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Daisy Holland, Who Turns 2 Today, Has Been Missing Since Friday From Elk River, MN (UPDATE – FOUND DECEASED!)

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03/27/13 Update - The body of Daisy Jo Holland, the Minnesota toddler who disappeared from Wapiti Park Campground in Sherburne County on Friday night was pulled from the Elk River on Sunday May 26, 2013, according to Elk River police chief Brad Rolfe.

The body will go to the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office for identification and the cause of death, Rolfe said.

“At this time, there is no indication of foul play,” Rolfe said. “However, the investigation remains open.”

Daisy was last seen playing with other children just a few hundred feet from where her body was recovered. She was just one day short of celebrating her second birthday.

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Daisy Holland, who turns two years old today, has been missing since Friday, May 24, 2013. She was last seen at the Wapiti Park Campground in Elk River, Minnesota wearing black pants and a pink shirt with “Hello Kitty” on it.

A water search at Elk Lake has been conducted but so far the toddler’s whereabouts remain unknown.

Full Name: Daisy Holland
DOB: May 27, 2011
Missing Since: May 24, 2013
Missing From: Sherburne County, MN
Race: White Sex: Female
Height: 2’0″ Weight: 30 lbs
Hair: Blonde Eye: Blue

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Elk River Police Department (Minnesota) 1-763-765-3495
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

NCMEC Case #: NCMC1216618c1

Chicago Police Are Trying To Locate Two Missing People (UPDATE)

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03/21/13 UPDATE: Sadly, Michelle Manalansan, 27, has been located deceased in Pilsen apartment complex in Chicago, IL. She was last seen alive on February 9, 2013 in the 300 block of East South Water Street in Chicago. 

Manalansan was a student at Harold Washington College and had regularly frequented the downtown area of Chicago prior to her death.

Police are still working on the disappearance of another Chicago resident. Both cases are separate.

25-year-old Samuel Jones was last seen near the 2700 block of South Western Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago on March 2, 2013.

Full Name: Samuel Jones
Age: 25
Race: Black Sex: Male
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 190 pounds
Clothing: He was last seen wearing a denim, grey hoodie, blue work pants and black work boots.

Anyone with information regarding these cases are asked to please contact:
Detectives from the Chicago Police Department (312) 747-8380.

Terrilynn Monnette, Missing New Orleans School Teacher Has Been Located Deceased

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June 7, 2013 UPDATE — Sadly, 26-year-old Terri Monnette has been found deceased 98 days after she was last seen leaving Parlay’s Bar, a local bar in New Orleans, Louisiana.

For months Slidell police, family, friends and volunteers have been scouring City Park and the surrounding areas looking for the young woman and this past Saturday she was located by Mark Michaud, the leader of the Slidell Police Department’s dive team.

Michaud, 49, had gone to Bayou St. John on his 17-foot boat during his free time. Scanning the waters with a portable sonar device, he found a submerged car close to a bridge at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Wisner Boulevard.  He then grabbed his gear, dove in and saw a black Honda Accord – the same make and model as Monnette’s car. He then studied the license plate. It read, “WUN 494.”

It was Monnette’s car, and instead was a badly decomposed body in the driver’s seat — It was Terri Lynn Monnette. Cause of death: Drowning.

Rewind to 98 days: It was a Saturday night, March 2, 2013 and the West Bank elementary school teacher had been hanging out at Parlay’s bar in Eastern New Orleans. She had been drinking and having a good time with friends and co-workers and was what some described as intoxicated. At one point she was seen resting in her vehicle. Witnesses and surveillance cameras then saw  her speaking to a man in the parking lot around 4AM. The cameras show the both of them going their separate ways. She disappeared shortly after taking a right out of Parlay’s parking lot.

It seemed that the vehicle was pointed the way Monnette would probably have been going on March 2 after she drove away from Parlay’s bar in the 800 block of Harrison Avenue about 5 a.m. — the last time anyone saw her.

Click here for more information on this update.

03/11/13 UPDATE — Texas EquuSearch has been contacted and are now promoting Terrilynn’s missing case on their Web page. You can also download her missing poster and/or leave a donation. Your donation to Texas EquuSearch will be used for search missions, equipment, fuel, food, lodging for the Search Coordinators and expenses associated with the operation of their Mobile Command Center. Additionally, donations will be used for their day-to-day operating expenses.

Family, friends and concerned people in the community attended a prayer vigil last night at Wilson High School.

If you have any information you’re urged to please contact: Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500, or the New Orleans Police Department (below).

Terrilynn Monnette, a 26-year-old West Bank school teacher, was last seen in the early hours of Saturday morning, March 2, 2013.

She had gone to Parlay’s bar in the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in the Lakeview section of Crescent City with friends on Friday night going into early Saturday morning. According to witnesses including some of her employees, she had been drinking and was seen having a good time with several friends. Some reports claim that she was intoxicated, which could have rendered her vulnerable.

An eyewitness told police that he saw the missing teacher with an unidentified man in the bar’s parking lot, according to information on the missing person’s flyer that Monnette’s family has been distributing.

The manager of Parlay’s bar handed over video surveillance to police which show Monnette with an unidentified male walking to her car at approximately 3:45AM in the Parlay’s parking lot. They were in the car for a little while and then the man is seen getting out and going into his own vehicle. Both cars are seen driving off in opposite directions. This was the last spotting of Monnette and she hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

The bar’s general manager confirmed the eyewitnesses account, telling WGNO that the two talked in the parking lot “for a little while,” and that the bar’s video surveillance showed they left in separate cars. “He went one way, she went the other,”

Monnette’s mother also told police that between 3:30AM – 4AM, she had went to her vehicle to sleep because she had consumed alcohol beverages and didn’t want to drive under the influence.

Family and friends became immediately concerned and say it is uncharacteristic of Monnette to be away this long without contacting anybody. They have been searching and distributing missing person flyers with her photo and description on it. The posters have also been spreading threw out social media websites, especially Facebook.

Loved ones and volunteers gathered at Parlay’s bar at 7:30AM Thursday (03/07/13) to search. They walked through City Park banging sticks in bushes and searching through shrubs, hoping to find some sign of Monnette. City Park is a large park consisting of many yards, and searching will likely take more than a day.

Toni Enclade, the mother of Terrilynn Monnette, is adamant that her daughter will return to her safely.

“I really believe that she’s OK,” Enclade said with a firm nod of her head, as others searched the high grass near the City Park driving range behind her. “I’m very hopeful.”

Although hopeful, tension is rising and many are anxious.

Police are not only searching for Monnette, but are also trying to locate her 2012 three-door black Honda Accord with Louisiana license plate # WUN494.

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Photos of searches that were conducted this past week for the missing teacher who hasn’t been seen in over one week

Terri Lynn Monnette is described as a black female with a light complexion, long-brown hair and brown eyes, 5’8″ tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a long-sleeved green and gray striped shirt (some reports state that she was wearing a pink and yellow striped sweater.)

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An Internet user posted this picture warning which has been passed along. However, to avoid rumors surfacing, a commenter posted that their cousin also works for NOPD and says this is simply not true.

A Facebook page called Terrilynn Monnette was created, as well as the Facebook group Prayers to Find Terrilynn Monnette. It unknown at the moment who exactly runs the pages however, comments from those closest to Terrilynn are regularly posted.

Terrilynn Monnette is missed by many. Some of the comments posted on the Facebook support pages include;

My son keeps asking me has anyone found his teacher yet. Its really making my heartache to have to tell him no. I just keep telling him to say an extra special prayer at night with his bedtime prayers. Ms. Monnette IS a wonderful person that these children spend most of their day with. I cant speak for anyone else, but I’m tired of seeing the hurt /sadness in his eyes. PRAYERS GOING UP RIGHT NOW….. LORD FIND HER IN JESUS NAME.. AMEN

Fam, my heart is so full to see so many people working TOGETHER for such a noble cause, to FIND Terrilynn ♥ in all that you do please KEEP PRAYING!! Now it’s officially been over a week since our love one has been missing, but look how much we have accomplished via Social Media and by word of mouth… We’ve made such an impact and I sincerely want to THANK every one of you, keep praying, keep saying her NAME, keep telling her Story, keep showing her Picture… So glad to hear that the story made the news in CALI! God is So Good!! — with Alquincia Pope-Boston and 2 others.

Dozens of photos have also been posted including Terrilynn Monnette teaching her class.

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If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact:
New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) (504) 821-2222.

Updates;
Volunteers search for missing N.O. teacher – The Advocate
Search party launched in Lakeview for missing teacher – Nola

Body of Missing Lambertville Woman, Sarah Majoras, Believed To Have Been Pulled from Lake

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Sarah Majoras, 39, a bartender who’s been missing since the early morning hours of Saturday, has been found deceased

01/31/13 LAMBERTVILLE, NJ — Body of Missing Lambertville Woman, Sarah Majoras, Believed To Have Pulled From Lake – 

Family and friends are mourning the death of their loved one after divers pull body from a frozen lake not too far from where the woman went missing.

Although the remains have yet to be identified,  many believe it’s missing bartender, Sarah Majoras, 39, who vanished one week ago after leaving John and Peters bar, where she worked as a bartender.

The discovery came after a shoe believed to have belonged to Majoras was discovered in the lake.  According to reports, authorities said they were investigating reports Majoras had been approached by an unidentified man the night she disappeared. However, police are still investigating  and haven’t yet found any evidence to point to foul-play.

In a strange twist, Majoras was found at the same area where her former friend, David Anderson from Ottsville was found in 2000. Anderson was in a band and was reported to have been seen walking in the same area on his way to Majoras’s boyfriend when he fell into the water and drowned.

Majoras disappeared shortly after leaving John and Peters bar in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Surveillance video spotted the woman walking alone on New Hope Lambertville bridge at approximately 2AM Saturday morning, taking a left turn onto Lambert Road.

“We’ve all been searching for Sarah and we were hoping that she would be coming home safe. We even joked that when we find her she needs to buy us a couple of beers or something, you know,” George Altonen, a friend of Majoras who was also employeed at John and Peters bar said when speaking to NJ reporters.

Altonen went on to say:  “Sarah was just a beautiful and wonderful person and she’s going to be loved and missed for the rest of my life,” said Altonen. “All our hearts go out to Sarah, Sarah’s family and her boyfriend Adam. She was a very funny woman. She was witty, she was very smart, a very super smart woman, you know…she always had a smile on her face.”

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01/29/13, LAMBERTVILLE, NJ — Lambertville Resident, Sarah Majoras, Missing Since Saturday -

A Lambertville, New Jersey resident has been missing for five days now.

According to friends and family, Sarah Majoras, 39, was at John in Peters bar in New Hope, PA, her play of employment, on Friday night going into the early morning hours of Saturday, January 26, 2013. At approximately 2AM, Majoras was seen crossing the New Hope Lambertville bridge, making a left turn onto Lambert Lane.

She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Investigators have released still-shots photos from surveillance, showing Majoras walking alone the night she disappeared. They hope releasing the photos will generate new tips that will help them solve this mystery.

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10AM this morning search crews and volunteers met up at 333 Rago Arts North Main Street in Lambertville, NJ and searched in muddy, chilly conditions for hours but the  missing woman’s whereabouts remain unknown.

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Loved ones created a Facebook page Find Sarah Majoras which has already gained over 11, 5000 ‘likes’. One of the administrators for the Find Sarah Majoras Facebook page debunked some rumors going around. He said:

“I would like to post FACTS here that have been given by the police and Mayor only. Please no speculation or hearsay. To dispel any myths that I’ve heard already. The dogs did not pick up a scent, there were no texts or calls from her phone. All your help is greatly need, she is a true friend to all of us and we want to find her asap.”

Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Sarah Majoras is asked to please contact: Lambertville Police Department at 609-397-3132.

Murder Victim Dubbed “Princess Jane Doe” Found In Blairstown Cemetary in the Summer of 1982

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These are three seperate composite sketches which were created by different artist to give an idea of what the unidentified Jane Doe may have looked like alive. Both sketches are an approximate description based on the deceased victim’s physical features and shouldn’t be used as the sole basis of identifying the victim.

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The identity of a young female discovered in Warren County, New Jersey on July 15, 1982 remains unknown over three decades later.

The unidentified female was given the name “Princess Jane Doe” after she was discovered in a wooded area in Blairstown Cemetary, Route 94, NJ. She had been beaten to death and medical examiners conclude her estimated time of death could have been up to several weeks prior to discovery. They also determined she wasn’t pregnant nor did she ever give birth. She had no drugs in her system at the time of her homicide.

The community was horrified that something like this could happen so close to home and saddened when nobody came forward to claim the body so they came together and raised the funds to give Princess Doe a proper burial and gravestone.

So many years have gone by and many believe Princess Doe wasn’t from the area due to the fact that nobody knows who she is. It’s possible she may even be from another Country which would explain why, despite thousands of people threw out the United States seeing her case, her identity remains a mystery. However, a witness did come forward saying she knew Princess Doe and that she lived in Long Island, NY and was estranged from her family.

Lt. Stephen Speirs of the Warren Co. Prosecutor’s Office has investigated Princess Doe’s case close for many years and had hoped to solve the mystery by July, 2007, which would have been the 25th anniversary of the discovery. But it’s now passing the 30th anniversary with just as many unanswered questions as there was 30 years ago.

Physical description: A young Caucasian female between 14-20 years of age with a thin frame. Eye color is unknown. When she was found she was wearing red nail polish on her right hand but no polish on her left, almost as if she started painting her nails but didn’t get to finish. Her left ear has two piercings, her right ear has an unknown amount of piercings.

Case Details:

Date Body Found: 07/15/82
Estimated Date of Death: 07/11/82
Estimated Age: 14 – 20 years (victim would be in her 40’s if she was still living today)

Hair: shoulder length brown hair

Weight: 90 – 100 pounds
Height: between 5’2” / 5’4”

Teeth: Lower anterior teeth are crowded (two of her front teeth were slightly darker than the rest of her teeth and her teeth also indicate she came from a middle-class background)

Clothing: A red V-neck pullover shirt with yellow piping on the front portion of the shoulder and blue and black piping around the neck, sleeves and waist. Victim was also wearing a red/white/blue print wrap-around skirt with a wide border print of peacocks on the lower portion.

Jewelry: A gold-colored chain with small white beads spaced evenly within the chain. Attached to the chain was a 14K gold cross with an ornate design.

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Photo provided by NJ State Website (link below)

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Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: The New Jersey State Police at 1-800-709-7090 or you can submit an online tip by e-mail missingp@gw.njsp.org

Source: NJ State Police Website & America’s Most Wanted

Missing college student found dead under Idaho bridge

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A University of Idaho student who has been missing since Saturday night was found dead under a bridge on Monday.

Joseph Wiederrick, 18, was found by a search and rescue team under the Paradise Creek bridge where he probably froze to death.

“He likely died of hypothermia in the sub-freezing temperatures,” said Chief Duke of the Moscow Police Department.

Joseph had gone to a party at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on Saturday and never returned to his dorm room. His roommate reported him missing.

Police have been able to piece together what must have happened to Joseph that Saturday night.

A woman said she talked to Joseph at her home in Moscow. She said he seemed okay and he talked about walking home. He left there and walked to North Mountain View Road and knocked on the door of another house. The woman was frightened and told Joseph to go to the house across the street. It was likely that no one answered at the home across the street so Joseph kept walking, reports KTVB news. Examiner  has the full article..

Online Fundraiser Set Up For Family Of Nick Cianciotto Who’s Body Was Recovered From Budd Lake Yesterday

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Photo of Nick Cianciotto the Mount Olive Highschool who drowned after falling through a sheet of ice on Budd Lake in Flander, NJ

Northern New Jersey residents, Melissa Phelam and Kim Maleyonok set up the fund campaign to help the parents of Nick Cianciotto with funeral expenses. They had set up the fund so that a check will be issued directly to Schimanski’s father, Clyde Schimanski Jr.

If you would like to donate to the family members, please click Memory of Nick Cianciotto to be directed to the campaign page, which will end on February 9, 2013

Maleyonok and Phelam had also set up a fund titled in Loving Memory of Clyde Schimanski, which reached it’s financial goal, so has since been shut down, with the website reading “as enough money has been collected to pay the funeral expenses of Clyde, we have shut down the page.”

According to NJ.COM, the fund was set-up Tuesday and by 8p.m. that night, had raised about $75. A little more than an hour later, it was up to nearly $750. By midnight, about $4,400 and continued to blossom.

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Photo of Clyde Schimanski III

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Photo of Clyde Schimanski Jr, the father of Clyde Schimanski III, speaking to reporters hours before his missing son was found in Budd Lake

 

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UPDATE: 01/09/13 FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY — Photos of Clyde Schimanski III and Nick Cianciotto released:

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Rescue workers located the body of Clyde Schimanski III (above) one day after locating the body of Nick Cianciotto (below.)

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Loved ones gathered at a local church where they were told the devastating news that both teenagers were recovered from Lake Budd.

‘I lost my son,’ Laurie Halloran, the mother of missing 15-year-old Clyde told the New York Daily News. ‘I feel numb.’

Family and friend’s also gathered at the lake to comfort each other and mourn the two losses.

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Friends and family gathered at Budd Lake (pictured) to comfort one another

Students at Mount Olive Highschool told CBS reporters that Nick Cianciotto had spoken about Ice fishing on Monday morning, hours before he tragically fell through the icy lake.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the deaths of Nicholas Michael Cianciotto III and Clyde Frederick Schimanski III, both of whom were 15 years old. The young men were deeply loved by their families and friends. The entire Morris County community mourns their loss,” Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said in a statement on Wed Jan 9, 2013.

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Mount Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum has been regularly leaving updates regarding the tragedy and letting the families know that the whole town is grieving with them.

“I have condolences for the family that lost their child today,” Greenbaum said in a news conference earlier today. “The entire community grieves with them.”

01/08/13 UPDATE – MOUNT OLIVE, NJ — A body was located in Budd Lake earlier today, after hours of searching for two missing teens who fell through the ice at Budd Lake in Mount Olive, New Jersey.

Authorities haven’t publically identified which victim had been recovered and are waiting for a positive identification.

Meanwhile, the father of one of the victims, Clyde Schimanski, who shares the same name as his son Clyde Schimanski Jr, told Star-Ledger: ‘Imagine screaming and knowing you’re going to die. He died a horrible death.’ — He went on to say his son’s death was part of God’s plan. ‘God works in mysterious ways,’  he said.

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Photo of Clyde Schimanski receiving a hug from a friend after body of one of the teenagers is recovered

The mother of Nick Cianciotto had said she told her son to “be care” as he headed out to Budd Lake

NJ Mayor Robert Greenbaum has been posted about the tragedy on Facebook, saying he believes the victims had gone to Budd Lake to ice-fish. He later posted an update warning the public that the chances of a successful recovery was unlikely.

‘Once again I am sad to report that we likely lost two young adults in Mount Olive this evening. May God bless their families and help ease their pain.’ he said.

It appears everyone has the same assumption, with one online-user even creating a memorial page earlier today titled  In Memory Of Clyde Schimanski & Nick Cianciotto which has already gained 1,466 ‘likes’ to honor the two boys.

Comments and posts on Nick Cianciotto’s Facebook page show that he was a typical, outgoing teenager who enjoyed hanging out friends. It also listed the Mount Olive Highschool student as currently in a relationship.

The Facebook of Clyde Schimanski is set to private but shows the teen smiling in a photo with a woman standing besides him.

This photo showing lit candles was posted as the default photo on the memorial page

01/08/13 MOUNT OLIVE, NJ — Search for two missing Mount Olive teenagers who fell through an icy lake last night called off

Firefighters, police, and cold water divers continue to search Budd Lake for two missing teenagers who fell through thin ice while at Budd Lake in Northern New Jersey last night.

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Rescuers have been searching Budd Lake since last night after two missing Northern New Jersey teenagers fell through the ice

According to reports, Nick Ciancotto, 14 and Clyde Schimanski, 15, rode their bikes to Budd Lake early yesterday evening. At approximately 6:30pm the ice beneath Ciancotto started to crack and he shouted for help. Shimanski then rode his bike onto the ice to try to save his friend and after riding a good distance into the lake, the two fell through.

Witnesses heard frantic screams shouting “help me, don’t let me die!” — they rushed to the scene and noticed the two teen’s frantically struggling. One of the witnesses attempted to walk on the ice and save the boys but when he reached about 700ft he heard the ice beneath him starting to crack and rushed off.  The hysterical boys were pleading to the witnesses for help, saying they didn’t want to die and the witnesses were consoling them and let them know rescuers were on their way.

William Hardy, a 25-year-old local resident who lives in a house off the lake told Star-Ledger that he was out on his front porch with his house mate when he heard the panicked screams and immediately dialed 9-1-1, grabbed a flashlight and  rushed down to the lake where he spotted a blue light which quickly sank beneath the water. He believes it was a cellphone belonging to one of the victims.

First crew rescuers showed up and by this point, the teens were nowhere in sight. They’ve been searching the freezing lake since, breaking through over 100 feet of ice but have found no sign of the teenagers thus far and today authorities were treating the search as a recovery rather than a rescue.

Shortly after the incident, the Mayor of Mount Olive, Robert Greenbaum posted a statement on Facebook about the tragedy and saying that he believed the two teenagers, who were both students at Mount Olive High School, went to the lake to ice fish. He went on to say that “The lake is not guarded in any way.”

The father of Clyde Schimanski is holding out hope although he doesn’t believe the outcome will be successful.

‘It hurts my heart. Until they pull him out, I’ll…hold tight. I want to know they find him.‘ said Mr. Schimanski.

A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead shining lights into the dark waters of the lake before the search was eventually called off.

Search for missing ten year old Nevada girl ends after her murdered remains were located in a undeveloped housing tract

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LAS VEGAS — Police suspect that a casino worker killed a 10-year-girl before going to a Las Vegas resort and allegedly slashing the face of a co-worker with razor blades.

The search for Jade Morris ended Friday afternoon when officials confirmed that it was her body that was found a day earlier in an undeveloped housing tract. The Clark County coroner’s office said she died of multiple stab wounds,

Jade was last seen Dec. 21 with family friend Brenda Stokes Wilson, who picked her up to go Christmas shopping.

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MUGSHOT: Brenda Wilson

Wilson, 50, returned the car she had borrowed for the outing to a friend two hours later. Jade never came back. Investigators later found blood on the driver’s door and steering wheel of the 2007 Saab sedan.

Later that night, Wilson was wrestled to the ground with razors in each hand after allegedly slashing the face of a female co-worker at the Bellagio casino.

A judge raised her bail to $60,000 from $600,000 Friday morning after she was identified as the prime suspect in the child’s killing.

“It’s no secret the defendant is the suspect in the murder of 10-year-old Jade Morris,” prosecutor Robert Daskas told Senior Clark County District Court Judge Joseph Bonaventure at the hearing.

Later Friday, Las Vegas police homicide Capt. Chris Jones said investigators were still moving forward.

“As soon as we get all the evidence in that we need, we’ll book her on the murder charges,” he said.

Wilson has been jailed since the 21st on felony battery with a weapon, burglary and mayhem charges that could get her decades in prison.

Police said she offered no help in the search for the missing girl. Murder and kidnapping charges could get her life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

On Thursday, Las Vegas police responding to a 911 call found a girl’s body in unkempt brush near palm trees in a small traffic circle about 10 miles from the downtown Las Vegas outlet mall where Stokes was to have taken the girl shopping.

On Friday evening, Jones called the slaying “unfathomable.”

“Even having our jobs, we still can’t wrap our heads around this,” he said. “A lot of people think that just because of our positions we can understand it, but we can’t.”

In court Friday morning, Wilson stood flanked by eight police officers as her lawyer, Tony Liker, clutching a Bible and a copy of the charging documents, asked the judge to postpone arraignment until Wednesday to give him time to meet with Wilson.

Wilson, who had been identified by police and prosecutors as Brenda Stokes, told the judge Friday that her full name was Brenda Stokes Wilson.

Jade’s father, Philip Morris, was removed from court Wednesday by armed court officers after shouting questions about his daughter’s whereabouts to Wilson. He did not attend Friday’s hearing.

The two dated for several years, and Jade had a long and trusting relationship with Wilson, according to the girl’s grandfather, Philip Tucker.

Tucker said Philip Morris lived in Billings, Mont., and worked at a Flying J truck stop for more than a year. He would stay with Wilson when he visited Las Vegas, Tucker said.

Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the slaying. But Tucker said Wilson appeared to believe that the face-slashing victim had become romantically involved with Philip Morris.

Wilson picked up Jade for their shopping expedition around 5 p.m. Later, she got a ride with a friend to the Bellagio. She allegedly attacked her co-worker, Joyce Rhone, at around 9:30 p.m.

Rhone, 44, was hospitalized with deep cuts on her face, including one from her ear to the edge of her mouth.

Wilson told investigators that she visited her doctor last week, seeking to be admitted to a hospital “due to feeling like she wanted to hurt someone.”

 Source: Huffingtonpost

Missing NC Teen Found In Lake

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Dive teams (left) searched for Kayla Campbell (right) who’s cellphone, bike and helmet were discovered at a lake on 12/10/12

12/13/12 LATEST UPDATE: Parents’ agony as body of missing teen is found in pond four days after her phone and bike were found nearby

  • Kayla Campbell was last seen on Sunday at her parent’s house in Mint Hill, North Carolina
  • Father reported her missing when she failed to come home Sunday night
  • Father Robert Campbell expresses concern over ‘unhealthy’ relationships she had through her Tumblr page
  • Her bike, helmet and cell phone were found near the pond two days ago and police searched but body only found when pond drained

Click Dailymail.co.uk for the updated article

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12/11/12, NORTH CAROLINA — Police have been searching for Kayla Campbell, 16, after finding the teen’s bike, helmet and cell-phone abandoned near a large lake off Pumpkin Way Drive in Mint Hill yesterday

Kayla was last seen on Sunday, December 9th around 2:30pm leaving her Mint Hill home in Dartmoor, NC sometime during the afternoon. As she was leaving, she told her parents she would be home in a little while. When she didn’t return, her father phoned police and told them that his daughter was supposed to return home at around 5:15 p.m.

FBI have joined in on the search for the missing girl after police and dive teams searced the lake for several hours after finding her possessions. They pulled her items out of the pond but Kayla’s whereabouts remain unknown. Tips have been pouring in and authorities are following up on everyone of them.

“Detectives received several tips throughout the evening and are following up on all calls that were received,” investigators told WBTV on Tuesday morning.

According to family members, Kayla suffers from depression.

Her brother Josh Campbell told WBTV: ‘She’s a great kid, couldn’t ask for a better sister. All we want right now is for her to come home safe and unharmed.

He went on to say: “On her battle with depression, Kayla was getting better. She was working with professionals who were getting her the helps she needs and she was getting better.”

Kayla is described as a Caucasian female with brunette (brown) hair and blue eyes. She is 5’6” tall weighing approximately 125 pounds.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact: Mint Hill Police Department at (704)-545-1085.

 

Austisic Man Found Buried In Wood’s Was Tortured & Murdered By Half Brother

12/05/12, WISCONSIN — Matthew Graville couldn’t read well or remember numbers. He could drive his friends crazy with his incessant talking. But all he really wanted, by all accounts, was to fit in.

When detectives found the 27-year-old autistic man’s body buried in the woods months after he disappeared, they uncovered what investigators say was a horrific story of family violence.

His half brother, Jeffrey Vogelsberg, had repeatedly tortured and abused Graville, prosecutors say, and the beatings finally went too far.

Matthew Graville
Matthew Graville (pictured above) who had Asperger’s Syndrome, was allegedly tortured and murdered by his stepbrother Jeffrey Vogelsberg (below) in Mazomanie, Wisconsin
Jeffrey Vogelsberg

‘[Vogelsberg] is someone who deserves to be hung up… and left to be tortured,’ said Richard Swangstu, who befriended Graville when they were teenagers living in a foster home.

‘Matt was a brother to me. I didn’t lose a friend. I lost family.’

Vogelsberg is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. An extradition hearing in Washington state, where Vogelsberg moved after Graville’s death last summer, is scheduled for Thursday.

Vogelsberg’s attorney, Lisa Contris, didn’t return several messages, and Vogelsberg didn’t respond to a letter requesting an interview.

Another man who owned the house where Vogelsberg and Graville lived is accused of helping to hide Graville’s body.

Robert McCumber told investigators he went to bed listening to Vogelsberg beat Graville in the bathroom, but he also said the beatings were nothing new.

House of horrors: This photo shows the home in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, where prosecutors say Vogelsberg beat and tortured Granvile to deathHouse of horrors: This photo shows the home in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, where prosecutors say Vogelsberg beat and tortured Granvile to death

When he woke up on July 1, Graville was dead on his couch; Vogelsberg was gone – on his way to Missouri to see his wife graduate from U.S. Army basic training at Fort Leonard Wood.

Graville was born with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism marked by an inability to read social cues, repetitive routines and clumsiness.

Criminals have long preyed on the disabled.The violent victimization rate for the disabled 2010 was 28 per 1,000 people, almost twice the rate among non-disabled people, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Accomplice? Landlord Robert McCumber allegedly helped Vogelsberg by hiding Graville's bodyAccomplice? Landlord Robert McCumber allegedly helped Vogelsberg by hiding Graville’s body

Still, Graville’s case left Wisconsin investigators shocked.

‘In 33 years, 25 as a detective, I find it difficult to find another case where an individual took advantage of a developmentally disabled male for their own entertainment,’ Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney told reporters at a news conference to announce the charges.

‘Matthew lived a living hell.’

Graville’s early life is murky. At some point he ended up foster care.

Those records are confidential and his biological mother, Vicki Graville, declined to comment, saying she doesn’t want to jeopardize the investigation into her son’s death.

When he was 16 or 17, Graville moved into a foster home, where he roomed with Swangstu.

At first Graville drove him ‘up the wall’ with his incessant talking, Swangstu said, but as he learned more about Asperger’s, he took Graville under his wing.

They went to high school together and they worked at the local McDonald’s.

Graville was happy, Swangstu said. He loved listening to rap music, watching funny movies, whittling walking sticks or sitting outside.

‘Enjoying the simplicities of life,’ Swangstu said of the time they spent together. ‘Sitting around a bonfire. Drinking soda. Watching fireworks go off. Playing catch in our yard. … Matt was a loving, kind, gentle soul.’

Eventually Graville moved out of the foster home and somehow connected with Vogelsberg, his 28-year-old half-brother.

Vogelsberg and Graville went on to rent McCumber’s house in Mazomanie, a village of about 1,650 people 25 miles west of Madison.

Brutal end: Police retrieved the 28 year old's corpse from rural woods in Lone Rock, WisconsinBrutal end: Police retrieved the 28 year old’s corpse from rural woods in Lone Rock, Wisconsin

Court records show Vogelsberg had been in trouble with the law before.

He had been convicted of siphoning gas from vehicles, shooting a man with a BB gun and throwing his dog down his apartment stairs.

A former landlord accused him of blowing up her chicken with a bottle rocket.

Vogelsberg’s grandfather reported Graville missing in July. Weeks went by with no sight of him.

In September, investigators caught a break when county workers notified them someone had used Graville’s food stamp card at a Madison grocery store two weeks after he disappeared.

Mommy dearest: Matthew's stepmother Laura Robar allegedly stole from his bank accounts after his deathMommy dearest: Matthew’s stepmother Laura Robar allegedly stole from his bank accounts after his death

According to the criminal complaint, store surveillance video identified the card user as Vogelsberg’s mother, Laura Robar, who has since been charged with identity theft.

She led investigators to McCumber, who told them that Vogelsberg regularly abused Graville, beating him and shooting him with a BB gun repeatedly, according to the complaint.

Finally, Vogelsberg became convinced Graville was poisoning Vogelsberg’s children and started beating him in the bathroom.

McCumber said he didn’t interfere because Robar was there and he thought she wouldn’t let things get out of hand.

When he found Graville’s body the next day, he called Vogelsberg, who told him to wrap the body in plastic and place it in a chest freezer in the garage, according to the criminal complaint.

Several days later, he and Vogelsberg buried Graville in the woods along the Wisconsin River.

McCumber said Vogelsberg had a pistol and he was afraid he might kill him.

Vogelsberg was arrested on November 5 in Washington state, where he moved after his wife was assigned to a base near Tacoma. He remains in custody with no bail.

McCumber is set to be arraigned later this month. His attorney could not be reached for comment.

Robar is set to stand trial early next year. Her attorney, Jason Gonazlez, said in court Wednesday that Robar was involved with making ‘some really bad decisions’ and is cooperating with detectives, but he doesn’t believe prosecutors can prove all the elements of identity theft.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Kaiser said in court Wednesday that Robar has said she will do anything to protect her son.

Swangstu said he will always be angry at Graville’s family.

‘There won’t be a day when I don’t resent what his family did,’ he said. ‘He was doing everything he needed to do until he connected with his real family. His real family ruined it.’

SOURCE: DAILYMAIL

 

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