Archive for September, 2012

Disappearance of Aspiring Actress (Cold Case)

Tracie Mosley.. Missing 4/17/95.. Reisterstown, Maryland in Missing People, Jane/John Does; Eastern States by Peter Henderson

Pictured; Tracie Lynn Mosley (18) Missing Since Apr.17,1995

State: Maryland Name: Tracie Lynn Mosley (although some reports have spelt her name ”Lynne.”)Date of birth: June 11th, 1976 Date of disappearance: April 17th, 1995 HT/WT: 5’10”, 150-lbs Hair/Eyes: Brown hair, Hazel eyes. Race: Caucasian Gender: Female. Marks/Scars: Fractured right clavicle, fracture right shoulder.

Description: Tracie was wearing a white shirt with a black jacket along with black pants and shoes. She was carrying a black purse as well.

Prior to the disappearance: Tracie Mosley was an 18-year-old aspiring actress who lived at 100 block of Westminster Pike located in Reistertown, Maryland. She came from a troubled past. Her mother was a heroin addict and her parents got divorced when she was in elementary school due to her mother’s addiction. Her mother moved to NY and Tracie lived with her father for several years. According to Tracie’s friends and family, she didn’t get along with her father and eventually moved in with her Grandparents in Reistertown. Both her Grandmother and mother have since passed away.

Photo of Tracie and her father shortly before her disappearance.

Disappearance: On the night of April 16th, 1995, Tracie went to dinner around 10pm at Jasper’s in Resiterstown with a friend. Later that night she planned on meeting up with her ex-boyfriend at the Harryman House on Main Street to hang-out and have some drinks.

The ex-boyfriend told police that he and Tracie left Harryman House at about 2am (04/17/95) and went to her friend’s apartment on Pittston Circle to pick up a six-pack of beer he had left there earlier. After picking up the beer, they went to Franklin High School to sit and talk. He told her he was getting tired and wanted to go home. He says they threw away the rest of their beer and left.

Tracie wanted to go back to her friend’s house on Pittston. During the car ride she asked if she could smoke a cigarette in the car, but her ex told her no. In his statement he told police that Tracie asked him to drop her off a on the corner (intersection) of Pittston and High Falcon Drive so she could walk the short distance back to her friend’s apartment and smoke a cigarette, so he did.

That was the last time Tracie was seen or heard from.

On the night of April 17th, 1995, at approximately 10pm, someone found Tracie’s purse on the curb, at the same corner her ex-boyfriend claimed to have dropped her off at.

The person who found the purse turned it over to police. When an officer went through the purse he found Tracie’s wallet, money, and other personal belongings. Police say the only thing that appeared to be missing from the last remaining piece of evidence was a pack of Tracie’s cigarettes.

Police say they knew something was wrong almost immediately. They began a full investigation: interviewing Tracie’s friends and family, talking with neighbors on Pittston Circle, and taking a close look at the man who saw her last.

Right away, detectives also began receiving strange phone calls from a woman claiming to be Tracie’s friend. The woman fed police wild stories about Tracie. She would call every couple of days and tell them something different. She told them Tracie had run away to be with her mom in New York. She said Tracie was dealing drugs in New York. She even told them Tracie was a manic-depressive and had checked herself into a mental institution.

Detectives followed every lead the woman gave them. Calls to the mental hospital were met with confusion. No one by the name of Tracie Mosley had ever walked through their doors. Tracie’s mother was just as confused.

During interviews, some of Tracie’s friends thought her former boyfriend did something, others theorized to Police that she might’ve left willingly. But those who were very close to Tracie say it isn’t possible. She wouldn’t just leave.
Suzanne Porter had met Tracie in the 8th grade. They both went to the same School and quickly became best-friends. According to Susan, Tracie was ”Intensely charismatic, she was very passionate about creativity and self-expression.”

“She owned a room whenever she walked into it,” Susan said.

Susan said she last saw Mosley while on spring break from her college in Indiana in March 1995, but kept in touch regularly and had just spoken to her two days before she disappeared.
They spoke about their plans for the summer, about possibly spending it at the beach, Tracie had dropped out of Westminster High-School a few years prior to her disappearance, to pursue an acting career, and Susan said she arranged to take a leave of absence from school to help Tracie get her GED.

Those plans are some of the reasons why Porter doesn’t think Mosley would have just taken off without telling anyone, as some of her friends hypothesized to police after her disappearance.

Investigator’s believe Tracie was the victim of foul-play.

Tracie was declared legally dead in 2000. The court assumed she had been murdered. Her case remains unsolved.


If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Tracie Lynn Mosley, please contact: Baltimore County Police: 410-887-3943

AMBER ALERT; Chloie Leverette And Gage Daniel, Two Tenn Kids Believed Dead In House Fire Now Missing

Left: Chloie Leverette (9) — Right: Gage Daniel (7)





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Mystery of children police now say are ‘missing’ after first presumed dead in tragic house fire

Shana Carter Found Deceased, Boyfriend Charged With Her Murder

Shana Carter Found Deceased, Boyfriend Charged With Her Murder

09/27/12, GRIMSBY: The boyfriend of a woman whose remains were found near Parry Sound last week has been charged with killing her.

Christopher Lee Sharples, 35, was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with the disappearance and murder of Shana Carter and has been charged with first-degree murder.

Sharples and Carter lived together in a home on Arrowhead Lane in east Grimsby along with Carter’s infant son.

Carter was reported missing to Peel Regional police by her sister on Dec. 11, 2010; she was 25 at the time.

CHCH-TV was reporting that Sharples has said previously that the last time he saw his companion was the night of Dec. 4, 2010 when she went outside at about 10:30 p.m. to have a cigarette.

Carter’s remains were found last Friday in a wooded area in Blair Township, off Highway 522 and just south of Grundy Lake. The remains were positively identified on Wednesday by the Ontario Coroner’s office.

Sharples is scheduled to appear in court Friday in St. Catharines.

Major crime took over the disappearance of Carter a year ago.

In June, Niagara police offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for Carter’s disappearance.

Last month, police divers searched waterways, pools and ponds within a two-kilometre radius of her home. And this month, they seized the couple’s home to conduct a search.

The Niagara police major crime unit is still investigating and is looking to talk to the person who did renovations at the couple’s home at 4 Arrowhead Lane during the week of Dec. 6, 2010. The home is just off Main Street East.

That person is asked to call Detective Sergeant Paul Thibert at 905-688-4111, ext. 4251, or Detective Sergeant Dave Masotti at ext. 4302. The major crime unit general extension is 4200.

Source: thespec (clicking photo will link you to the source.)

UPDATE: Amber Alert Cancelled In Case Of Kidnapped Starks County Infant, Mother Arrested

Photo above of Mia Graci Thompson, born September 6th, 2012

Photo of Kendra Meaker, left and Timothy Thompson, right. With baby Mia in the middle.

UPDATE: 09/27/12 Starks County, IL – Amber Alert Cancelled for 3-week-old Infant, Mother Arrested:

An amber alert has been cancelled for a Stark County infant, and her mother, Kendra Elizabeth Meaker, 19, has been arrested.

Authorities say 3-week-old Mia Graci Thompson has been found alive on the side of a rural road in Illinois. She was transported to a hospital to be examined. Doctors say she was hungry but overall she was in good condition.

Mia was found several hours ago, just after 7pm, roughly twelve hours after being reported missing.

The child’s mother was taken into custody in connection to the incident.

Baby Mia was reported missing Thursday morning, an Amber Alert was issued after Mia allegedly disappeared from the backseat of a vehicle.

Kendra Elizabeth Meaker, 19, said that she had both of her daughters in the backseat of the vehicle. The other child is 11-month-old Mercedes Grace Meaker. Kendra says that when she came out of post office she found only Mia missing. However, authorities say Kendra later told police she did not realize Mia was missing until after returning home.

I will update this story when information becomes available.

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Published: 09/27/12 – Amber Alert for Kidnapped 3-week-old Infant – Starks CO, IL:

 Kendra Meaker, 19, the mother of Mia Graci Thompson, pulled into the Toulon, Illinois, Post Office earlier this morning. Baby Mia was snuggled in her car-seat sleeping next to her 11-month-old sister, so Kendra decided to run in the post office real quick. She came back and didn’t notice Mia missing until her drive home and that is when panic struck.

An amber alert has been issued to the public for assistance in finding baby Mia, who was wearing a yellow onesie with a flower on the left shoulder.

Authorities say there were no witnesses to the kidnapping and they believe the three-week-old is in danger.

‘My wife called me and she was in a state of panic. She told me that our granddaughter, one-month-old Mia Graci Thompson had been abducted,’ said Mia’s grandfather, Ken Meaker.

Mia was born on September 6 to Kendra Meaker and Timothy Thompson.

Investigator’s are treating Miss Meaker’s vehicle as a crime scene but said they have ruled out all family members as suspects. But due to no witnesses, they have no legitimate leads.

Mia is described as a white female, 8 pounds and 21 inches long.

The family has asked for concerned citizens to pray for the safe return of their little girl.

Toulon, Illinois, is a small town about 150 miles southwest of Chicago.

Was a missing mother of two harmed by ‘psychotic’ ex-boyfriend? Friends and family fear the worst after ‘fresh bleach stains found inside apartment’

Was a missing mother of two harmed by ‘psychotic’ ex-boyfriend? Friends and family fear the worst after ‘fresh bleach stains found inside apartment’

Gone: Michelle Warner, 31, vanished last Saturday night after storming out of her ex-boyfriend's apartment

Pictured; Michelle Warner, 31, disappeared last Saturday.

Texas police and volunteers are searching for  a mother of two from Houston who vanished over the weekend after a fight with  her ex-boyfriend, who then left town with the couple’s young son.

Friends and family say Michelle Warner, 31,  was seen last Saturday night at the apartment of her estranged boyfriend, Mark  Castellano, where the two lived with their three-year-old son, Cayden.

Castellano told police that he and Warner had  an argument, and the 31-year-old stormed out of the apartment, leaving her car  behind.

Following Warner’s disappearance, her former  boyfriend and their toddler son left for Odessa, located eight hours away from  Houston, to stay with relatives, ABC News reported.

People close to Warner described her as very  bubbly and talkative, and said that she would have never severed communication  with friends or taken off without her son. 

Warner’s cell phone has been off since her  disappearance, and no one in her circle has heard from the mother of two since  Friday night, raising concerns for her safety.

‘She would never ever go this long without  talking to somebody,’ long-time friend Stefanie Helton said. ‘She loved to talk.  We’ve pretty much talked to everyone she knows, and no one has had contact with  her.’

Warner’s uncle, Russell Johnston, told KHOU, ‘It  doesn’t make sense. There’s a lot of things that Michelle would do but nothing  like that.’

Warner, who also has an 11-year-old daughter  who lives with her father, started a new job as a paralegal just two weeks ago  and was excited about working again after spending the last 18 months  unemployed, Click2Houston reported….

For full story written and published by Dailymail, click the link at the top.

Murdered Monmouth County John Doe Still Unidentified

Murdered Monmouth County John Doe Still Unidentified

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Marlboro Police Department are engaged in a cooperative investigation regarding a murder which was discovered on April 29, 2002.

On April 19, 2002, a Marlboro family discovered a 55 gallon steel drum which had been dumped on their residential property. The steel drum had been originally located in a ravine on the property which contained a small stream. The drum was moved to the end of the driveway by family members. The family believes that the drum was placed on their property no earlier than the night of April 18, 2002.

On April 29, 2002, members of the Marlboro Police Department and the Monmouth County Health Department went to the property to remove the steel drum. The drum was found to be welded shut. Health Department officials utilized a probe to examine the interior of the drum and something solid was discovered. The Major Crimes and Forensics Units of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office immediately became involved. When the drum was opened, the body of a markedly decomposed, fully clothed adult male was discovered. No wallet or other identification was found with the body.

An autopsy performed on April 30, 2002, concluded that the cause of death was multiple sharp force injuries including a stab wound to the heart. The manner of death was determined to be homicide. It is believed that this decedent had been dead for approximately one month.

Numerous clothing items were discovered on the body. They are described as follows:

A short sleeved red, white, blue, and yellow striped golf type shirt with an inner tag reading Chaps Ralph Lauren and a size of XL. The words Chaps and Ralph Lauren are printed randomly all over the shirt.; Carhart utility or carpenter style jeans the size of which is 34×32; A pair of ankle high Chukka style black Timberland boots size 9 ½ wide; Hanes Jockey shorts, size 38; and A belt with a 3 prong belt buckle.

The decedent’s height was 6 feet and his weight is estimated to be between 140 & 150 pounds with a thin build. The decedent’s hips were very narrow and his fingers were long. Eye color was not discernible due to decomposition. Hair color is believed to have been dark brown or black and one quarter to one half inch in greatest length. Composite Sketch shows what the decedent might have looked like alive.

The decedent is believed to be a male of Hispanic/black admixture or white/black admixture. Age is estimated to be between 18 and 34.

A postmortem dental examination was performed. This examination revealed 16 upper and 16 lower adult teeth. The lower teeth are crowded in front. There are two large spaces between various upper teeth but there is no space in the middle. There is evidence of regular dental care.

Police have obtained a fingerprint from the decedent which is suitable for comparison. The fingerprint was launched through state and national fingerprint data bases with no matches found to date.

A Forensic Anthropologist with the New Jersey State Police has examined available evidence in the case. Based upon that examination, a composite sketch of what the decedent may have looked like was prepared.

Investigation has provided police with a basis to believe that the decedent may have been from central or northern New Jersey or one of the five boroughs of New York City.

Anyone with information concerning this matter is urged to call the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 732/ 431-7012 or 1 800/ 533-7443 (toll free) or the Marlboro Police Department at 732/ 536-0100

Manhunt For Elderly Man, Eugene Palmer For


Pictured; Victim, Tammy Palmer (39) Murdered by Eugene Palmer, her father-in-law Monday Morning.

On the run: Eugene Palmer, pictured, is armed and dangerous in the woods, police believe

Eugene Palmer (pictured) has been missing for a month

* Suspect is diabetic, experienced outdoorsman

Article added on Letsfindthem on Oct. 27, 2012 – Originally published on October 13, 2012 by Jonathan Allen – Huffingtonpost (link at end of article)

HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. — * “Mystery of the mountain?” – Nearly three weeks after Eugene Palmer parked his pickup truck along a densely wooded state park 30 miles (48 km) from New York City and vanished, the whereabouts of the elderly man considered the prime suspect in the killing of his daughter-in-law remain a mystery.

The morning of Palmer’s disappearance, his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer, 39, was shot to death at her home shortly after her children left for school. The New York Times reported that Palmer, 73, was upset with her over a restraining order she had filed against her husband, who is Palmer’s son.

Local police, who declined to comment further on the Sept. 24 killing near the town of Haverstraw, have been unable to find Palmer, an experienced outdoorsman, despite a search of Harriman Park’s 46,000 acres (19,000 hectares) of mountainous woods, streams, lakes and caves. The manhunt involved officers in bulletproof vests, tracking dogs and helicopters with thermal imaging equipment.

Although he is a diabetic, Palmer is described as the sort of hardy woodsman who could plausibly survive for weeks in the wild, armed only with his wits and, possibly, a gun or two, according to police and local residents.

“He hunted, he ate off the land as his forefathers did, he lived that type of life. There are so many places, so many caves in the mountain he could hide in,” said Brenda Earl, a warden at St. John’s in the Wilderness, a 19th-century church in a desolate section of the park.

Earl told Reuters on Friday that life was beginning to return to normal in the area after a period in which the missing suspect seemed like an ominous, lurking presence.

About 85 people attended Sunday’s service at her church, she said, and “it was happy and joyous, and nobody seemed to be afraid that he was lurking in the corners or anyplace.”

Hikers and fishermen, who three weeks ago were urged to steer clear of the park, have returned in their usual numbers, park officials say, even if they may still encounter Palmer’s bearded face on posters dotting the trails.

“People should still use caution, we just don’t see any reason for extraordinary measures,” said Jim Hall, executive director of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, who doubts anyone could survive long in the park without “a fair amount of equipment and wherewithal.”

Survivalist experts say Harriman would not have to go hungry if he is as skilled a hunter as he is said to be. The park has plenty of deer, raccoon and rabbits, although other creatures – poisonous rattlesnakes and copperhead vipers – pose a threat.

Even Palmer’s diabetes may not slow him down since a fugitive surviving in the woods would maintain an active, meat-rich, low-carb lifestyle.

“What he’s done here is gone on a perfect dietary treatment regimen, the sort before we had medicines,” said Daniel Lorber, a doctor and diabetes expert at the New York Hospital of Queens.

Haverstraw police would not discuss the case on Friday other than to say authorities were still looking for Palmer, declining to elaborate on whether he may be dead or alive. Police said previously that Palmer might have fled the area long ago, perhaps leaving his truck at the park as a ruse.

“People will always be looking even if they don’t find him,” said Earl. “Maybe it’s always going to be a mystery – the mystery of the mountain.”

Source: Huffingtonpost


09/28/12 HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. — He didn’t get the hour’s head start he was hoping for, but  a 73-year-old man wanted for questioning in the killing of his daughter-in-law  has been eluding police officers, dogs and helicopters for more than three  days.

Police suspect that Eugene Palmer is hiding in the woods of Harriman State  Park near his home in Haverstraw, about 30 miles north of Manhattan. They found  his green Dodge pickup truck there on Tuesday and sent dozens of officers in on  a manhunt, but by Thursday afternoon there were no confirmed sightings.

Haverstraw Police Chief Charles Miller said Palmer is a hunter who grew up  in the area and is familiar with the rocky, hilly terrain of the 45,000-acre  park.

“There are so many places to hide,” the chief said Thursday. “He could be  hiding anyplace.” He acknowledged there’s also a chance that the truck was a  ruse and Palmer is elsewhere.

Palmer’s photo, with his distinctive beard, has been sent to police  departments throughout the region, Miller said, along with a warning that he is  believed armed and dangerous.

Palmer hasn’t been charged, and Miller said he wants to hear his account of  the killing of Tammy Palmer, 39, the mother of two teenagers.

“We’d like to hear his side of the story as to what prompted the shooting,” Miller said. “There’s more than one side to a story.”

He said he had scaled back the search Thursday, and “we’re hoping he’ll see  that we’ve backed off a little bit and he’ll walk out and talk to us.”

Tammy Palmer had been estranged from her husband, Eugene Palmer’s son John  Palmer, for several months, police said. The couple had lived in a home near  Eugene Palmer’s, on land he owned, but John Palmer had been sent out by court  order, police said.

Family members said that angered Eugene Palmer. His sister told The Journal  News that he said Monday morning he had just killed Tammy Palmer. She said that  he asked her not to call police for an hour, but that she dialed 911  immediately.

When the truck was found the next day, bloodhounds were brought in and they  seemed to track Palmer’s scent to a campsite, but Miller said the campfire ashes  were cold, “so it wasn’t like we spooked him. It could have been somebody  else’s.”

Miller said Palmer had a heart attack about a year ago and has diabetes. He  said it’s not known whether he took medications with him.

Tammy Palmer’s death has prompted a custody fight for her son and daughter  between their father and their maternal grandparents. A family court judge on  Thursday granted custody to the grandparents pending an October hearing.

Tammy Palmer’s funeral is set for Saturday.

Source: nydailynews


Updated: 09/26/12 Stony Point, NY – Fatal shootings sets off manhunt in Harriman Park Yesterday.

Search helicopters flew low and slow above Harriman State Park forestland Tuesday as the manhunt continued for 73-year-old Eugene Palmer, who police said they want to question about the shooting death of his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer.

On the run: Eugene Palmer, pictured, is armed and dangerous in the woods, police believe

On the run: Eugene Palmer is being sought by police.

Haverstraw police Chief Charles Miller said police combing the woods in the afternoon discovered Palmer’s green 1995 Dodge Ram pickup truck about a half-mile from his home down a trail behind a knoll on park property.

Bloodhounds loaned by Westchester County police then picked up a scent and traveled up steep ridges and woods before growing too tired to go on.

Miller said police were waiting for a search warrant before digging through the vehicle, but had potentially found something else related to Palmer. He wouldn’t reveal what they found.

Speaking from the search command center at Lake Welch, Miller said police have divided the 46,000-acre-plus park into four quadrants to help aid in the search.

So far, they haven’t crossed the Orange County line, though Miller said state troopers had visited Grahamsville in Sullivan County where a family member has a home.

“I believe at this point he’s (Palmer’s) alive. He’s spent years in the woods,” said Miller. Despite Palmer’s age, having diabetes and having suffered a heart attack in the past, Miller said his property borders the park and he knows its terrain well, which gave him an edge.

At 7:40 a.m. Monday police received a call about three shots being fired on Willow Grove Road, where Tammy Palmer lives. The road leads into the park. After the first shot, the caller heard screaming, Miller said. Then the screaming stopped. When police arrived at the home of Tammy Palmer, 39, they found her dead in her backyard from a shotgun blast to the chest.

Eugene Palmer was last seen at his sister’s home before he disappeared.

He has a shotgun and possibly a long rifle too, Miller said, but he wasn’t sure what other supplies he might have.

By about 6:30 p.m. a last group of searchers was still left in the woods. Miller said when the group returned to the staging area, where more than 30 police vehicles from several agencies were parked, they would secure the park and continue the search in the morning.

The ongoing search left the park closed for the night and campgrounds were shut down. Bicyclists Forrest Cutrer, 26, and Mike Smedes, 24, traveling up from New York City, had planned on spending the night at the Beaver Pond Campgrounds. They said they were told by rangers that Palmer had been near the area and were closing the grounds for the night. “If something were to go wrong with the trip, a police manhunt for a murderer wouldn’t have been it,” Smedes said.

Source: recordonline

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Update: 09/25/12 NY – Manhunt for an elderly man who allegedly shot his daughter-in-law to death Monday morning:

Eugene Palmer, 73, of Haverstraw, NY, told relatives that he shot Tammy Palmer, his 39-year-old daughter-in-law, just moments after she put her two children on a bus for School.

Tammy’s father, John Pannirello told Fox News in an earlier interview, that Eugene Palmer confessed the killing to his sister, Elaine Babcock. “He admitted it, he admitted it to his sister,” Pannirello told FoxNews. “He said, ‘I just shot Tammy.’” Babcock said Palmer first gave her money to pay his taxes and then confessed to the murder. The last thing he said  to her was: “‘Give me an hour to get away and then do whatever you have to do call the police…whatever you have to do,’” she told the station, “and then he just took off.”

Haverstraw Police Chief Charles Miller told reporters that Palmer is the prime suspect. He is considered a skilled huntsman who owns several guns and police have said that he could survive in the woods by himself for a long time.

Tammy was seperated from her husband, which is Eugene Palmer’s son. Relatives of the family said that Eugene and Tammy had been arguing over Eugenes son’s custody rights.

On Friday, several days before Tammy’s murder, Eugene Palmer reportedly flashed a weapon at Tammy Palmer and she threatened him with a log,

“He had a gun in his holster and wanted to abuse her,” Pannirello said. He then goes on to say: “She said he wanted her and the kids out of the house. She told him she’s not leaving. She picked up the log to chase him away.”

Eugene Palmer recently began a campaign of harassment after she took out an order of protection against her husband, John, barring him from her home north of NYC, where she was raising their two children.

Police believe Palmer, a retired park ranger, is hiding somewhere near Harriman State Park, close to the New Jersey border. They warn that he is considered armed and dangerous.

Source: FoxNews


Pedro Bravo will plead NOT guilty to murdering Christian Aguilar

Pictured above: Christian Aguilar disappeared on September 20, 2012 and was located deceased a couple weeks later.

Pictured below: Pedro Bravo, the last known person to see Aguilar alive has pleaded not guilty to his murder.

Christian Aguilar (top) an 18-year-old Student who attended University of Florida has been missing since Thursday, September 20th, 2012.

Updated: 10/20/12 Miami, FL — Pedro Bravo will plead NOT guilty to murdering Christian Aguliar:

GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) — Despite overwhelming evidence, a public defender says 18-year-old Pedro Bravo will plead not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the death of Doral Academy graduate and UF student Christian Aguilar.

Court records show that the family of Pedro Bravo has requested a public defender to represent the 18-year-old. Public Defender Stacy Scott said Friday that her office planned to file the not-guilty plea on Bravo’s behalf.

Aguilar was last seen in a Gainesville Best Buy with Bravo. Aguilar’s remains were found last week in rural Levy County.

Police say Bravo originally told them that he beat Aguilar unconscious and left him in a parking lot.

Bravo’s previous lawyer tells The Gainesville Sun that Bravo’s family doesn’t have the money to hire a private attorney for a potentially lengthy trial.

Source: miami.cbslocal


Previous updates below.

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Updated: 10/15/12 Miami, FL — Remain’s found in Levy County ARE Christian Aguilar:

The remains found in Levy County have been positively identified as missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar, the Gainesville Police said Monday.

Police said the positive identification on the remains of the 18-year-old University of Florida student was made through dental records. Additional forensic testing will be performed to determine the manner of death and to document any trauma wounds.

“The Aguilar family has been notified of the positive identification,” the police said in an email statement.

Meanwhile, a memorial service for missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar was planned for Monday night in Gainesville.

PHOTOS: Christian Aguilar Case

Aguilar’s family has been involved in the planning of the service to held at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, which holds about 900 people. Several people were expected to talk about the teen during the service, and there will be reception afterwards in the Catholic Student Center.

The service will be held in Spanish and English and there will be a candlelight ceremony as well. It is open to the public.The Gainesville Police Department on Saturday said they assisted the Levy County Sheriff’s Office after the body was discovered, but the identity of the remains has not been confirmed.

The remains were found around 2:30 p.m. Friday by hunters at the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club, east of Cedar Key, according to the Gainesville Sun. Gainesville Police, in Alachua County, said they responded to the area, located off State Road 24 on Parker Boulevard, at the request of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. Gainesville is about 60 miles northeast of the area where the body was found.

The remains were found six miles off paved road with blue Vans shoes, duct tape and blue jeans, according to reports.

“It looked like somebody tried to bury it, unsuccessfully,’’ The Miami Herald reported Fred Oliver, a volunteer with the sheriff’s office, as saying. “They saw the skull, realized it was face down, and they realized it was not an animal.’’

“They’re almost sure they know who it is,” Oliver was quoted as saying.

The student’s father, Carlos Aguilar was in Gainesville with the police on Saturday.

“I just want to make sure that everybody knows that our prayers have been heard. We, as a family believe that Christian has been found, but we will wait until the authorities confirm it,” said his father Carlos Aguilar during a news conference in Gainesville on Saturday.

The 18-year-old was last seen Sept. 20 with Pedro Bravo, his friend and former classmate, at a Gainesville Best Buy, authorities said.

“While some people still hoped to find Christian alive, the unfortunate reality is going to sink in,” Gainesville Police spokesman Ben Tobias told the Gainesville Sun. “I’m glad the family is finally going to get some closure.”

Police arrested and initially charged Bravo, also 18, with depriving a crime victim of medical care, but he was later charged with murder after police say they found blood in Bravo’s SUV and found Aguilar’s backpack hidden inside a suitcase in Bravo’s closet.

Police also said Bravo bought a shovel and roll of duct tape days before the student vanished.

On Thursday, a vigil led by Father Luis A. Rivero of St. Thomas University was held at Carlow Park in Sweetwater.

Volunteers from around the state had helped in the effort to find Aguilar, and on Twitter, people used #HelpFindChris as a hashtag. There was also a Facebook page set up and dedicated to the search.

                                  Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

Source: NBCMiami

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Updated: 10/14/12 Miami, FL — Parent’s say remains found in Levy County ARE missing UF Student:  

Although investigators have yet to say definitively, the family of missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar said the remains found Friday are their son.

The 18-year-old has not been seen since late September.

After all the anxiety and all the man hours of searching, the Aguilar family feels like they’re one step closer to peace.

“We, as a family, believe that Christian has been found,” said Carlos Aguilar, Christian’s father. “But, we will wait until the authorities confirm it.”

They took the podium Saturday at UF for a brief press conference.

Gainesville police officers were there in support, but didn’t answer any questions.

Aguilar delivered a message in both English and Spanish, while his wife clung to his side and broke down with emotion.

“Our family is going to be grieving,” Aguilar said.

The break in the case came Friday afternoon in Levy County.

Hunters stumbled upon remains at the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club and called police.

Gainesville detectives assisted, and after a short time, alerted the Aguilar family.

Positive identification of the remains cannot be made until forensic processing is complete, but they wanted them to know just in case.

It was the news family and friends feared, but expected as time went on.

They thanked everyone who’s worked day and night to find Christian alive, despite the odds.

For now in the short term, they’ll look ahead and heal the best way possible.

“If it wasn’t for the prayer, if it wasn’t for the support, if it wasn’t for the angels that came through, and that they care about my family and they care about a missing student that is now part of this society,” Aguilar said.

Christian was last seen at a store with high school friend Pedro Bravo. Bravo previously said the two had a fight and he left the 18-year-old in a parking lot. He’s been charged with first-degree murder.

Again, there has been no confirmation on the identity of these remains.

Source: cfnews13

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Updated: 10/13/12 Miami, FL — Remain’s found likely to be Missing University Of Florida Student:

Authorities said a body, likely the remains of missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar, was found in Levy County by hunters.

Christian disappeared less then a month ago on Thursday, September 20th, 2012.

The Gainesville Police Department on Saturday said they were assisting the Levy County Sheriff’s Office after the body was discovered, but the identity of the remains has not been confirmed.

The body was found around 2:30 p.m. Friday by hunters at the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club, according to the Gainesville Sun. Gainesville Police, in Alachua County, said they responded to the area, located off State Road 24 on Parker Boulevard, at the request of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. Gainesville is about 60 miles northeast of the area where the body was found.

PHOTOS: The Christian Aguilar Case

“Two young fellas were looking for firewood by themselves,” Fred Oliver, a volunteer with the sheriff’s office, was reported as saying. “They picked up the scent, the odor of something dead.”

The student’s father, Carlos Aguilar, is traveling from Miami Saturday to meet with investigators.

The 18-year-old was last seen Sept. 20. with Pedro Bravo, his friend and former classmate, at a Gainesville Best Buy, authorities said.

“The police tell me they have a body that matches Christian,” he was quoted as saying by the Herald. “I am just going to see if this is my son.”

“While some people still hoped to find Christian alive, the unfortunate reality is going to sink in,” Gainesville Police spokesman Ben Tobias was quoted as saying by Gainesville Sun. “I’m glad the family is finally going to get some closure.”

Oliver said told the newspaper the men had thought it was a deer’s body, but he said it was obviously human.

Blue Vans shoes, duct tape and blue jeans were found with the body, the Gainesville Sun reported the authorities as saying.

The newspaper said that even though the clothes match what Aguilar was wearing when he went missing, the remains still must be identified through testing, according to a source.

“They’re almost sure they know who it is,” Oliver was quoted as saying.

Police arrested and initially charged Bravo, also 18, with depriving a crime victim of medical care, but he was charged with murder after police say they found blood in Bravo’s SUV and found Aguilar’s backpack hidden inside a suitcase in Bravo’s closet.

Police also said Bravo bought a shovel and roll of duct tape days before the student vanished.

VIDEO: Pedro Bravo Charged With Christian Aguilar’s Murder: Gainesville Police

On Thursday, a vigil led by Father Luis A. Rivero of St. Thomas University was held at Carlow Park in Sweetwater.

Volunteers from around the state had helped in the effort to find Aguilar and on Twitter people used #HelpFindChris as a hashtag and there was also a Facebook page set up and dedicated to the search. Police recently changed the search from rescue to recovery.

But during the extensive search,  two of Agular’s relatives were having trouble getting visas to leave Colombia and join the family in the United States.

Sen. Marco Rubio’s office says two of Aguilar’s aunts have been trying to secure humanitarian travel visas but were denied. His office has been trying to assist them.

The visas were denied on grounds that the women failed to present strong enough ties to Colombia. Both have pending green card applications.

VIDEO: Sweetwater Officials Join Search for UF Teen

                     Source: NBCMiami


Updated: 09/29/12 – Miami, FL – Blood Found In Pedro Bravo’s SUV:

Blood was found in the sports utility vehicle of Pedro Bravo, the  man accused of murdering a missing University of Florida student,  Gainesville Police said Saturday.

The Florida Department of law enforcement said it will rush test  the blood in the vehicle and compare it with DNA samples of  Christian Aguilar. Authorities said they also discovered  Aguilar’s backpack hidden inside of a suitcase in Bravo’s closet.

Also on Saturday, UF scientists confirmed that limerock residue  was also found in the vehicle, leaving Gainesvlle Police to  believe Aguilar is located near areas of limerock.

Bravo, the friend and former classmate of Aguilar, was held in  jail without bond Saturday for first-degree premeditated murder.  Police say Bravo changed his story after being confronted with  evidence.

Bravo was charged for the alleged crime Friday, although he was  first arrested on Monday for depriving a crime victim of medical  care. Neither Aguilar nor a body has been discovered, according  to Gainesville Police.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was scheduled to help search for the  student on Saturday, according to officials. Along with other volunteers, Scott planned to search for three  hours in the wooded area near 5700 SW 34 St. in Gainesville.

Back in South Florida, a donation station for the Aguilar family  is scheduled between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Sweetwater City Hall.

“We just need to raise money so we can keep the family up there  and help with any expenses that they need,” said Jenina Valdes,  who said she graduated with Aguilar.

She also spoke to NBC 6 South Florida about the new charge  against Bravo.

“There are so many rumors going around, but again, both Pedro and  Christian were very good friends, they were very good people, and  for this to happen, I mean, this broke our hearts completely,”  she said.

The family of the missing teenager asked for water, snacks,  machetes and rubber boots. It also requested volunteers.

“The search has not stopped in any way and we need more  volunteers,” said Michelle LaPiana, who has a daughter in  Gainesville assisting in the search. “It’s not going to stop  until we recover Chris Aguilar for his parents.”

Aguilar has been missing for more than one week. Numerous police  agencies and volunteers have spent day after day searching woods  and other areas around Gainesville for signs of Aguilar, 18, with  little to show for their efforts.

On Wednesday, Gainesville Police said Bravo bought a shovel and  roll of duct tape “several days” before the disappearance.

Source: msnbc


Update: 09/27/12 Miami, FL – Pedro Bravo’s Roommate Says He Last Saw Him on Night Christian Aguilar Disappeared:

A Gainesville roommate of Pedro Bravo – the teen charged in connection with the disappearance of University of Florida freshman Christian Aguilar – says he last saw Bravo on the night Aguilar vanished.

Roberto Finnale said he hasn’t had contact with Bravo, 18, for the past six days.

“The last time I saw him was on Thursday, the night that everything unraveled. It was around 8 to 10 p.m.,” Finnale told NBC 6 South Florida.

He said he was in the kitchen of their Gainesville apartment as Bravo was on his way out.

“I heard a sole pair of footsteps, and out of instinct, I say, ‘Hey, how’re you doing,’ and it was Pedro’s voice that said, ‘I’m doing all right,’” Finnale said. “And it was very nonchalant, but within a couple of minutes, like five minutes later, he was already out the door. He seemed like he was in a rush.”

Bravo remained in custody Wednesday on $100,000 bond on a charge of depriving a crime victim of medical care related to Aguilar’s disappearance.

VIDEO: Doral Academy Holds Vigil For Missing UF Teen

Gainesville Police said Wednesday that Bravo, who was a classmate of Aguilar’s at Doral Academy Preparatory High School, bought a shovel and roll of duct tape several days before Aguilar disappeared. A massive search is underway for Aguilar in Gainesville.

When Finnale moved to his Gainesville apartment, he needed roommates, and he says his complex hooked him up with another roommate and Bravo. “He was quiet, and he was a little secluded, and yeah, he kept to himself for the most part, but he seemed like a very nice guy,” Finnale said.

He said it was a shock when he learned that his roommate was named a person of interest in the Aguilar case. “I hope that everything turns out, that everything turns out all right,” Finnale said.

Source: NBCMiami

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Earlier Update: 09/25/12 Miami, FL: Friend of Missing UF Student arrested as search continues…

The family of a missing University of Florida freshman from South Florida say they’re holding out hope he’ll be found safe as police continued to search for him Tuesday.

Christian Aguilar, 18, has been missing since Thursday, and authorities suspect foul play. On Monday, Gainesville Police arrested Aguilar’s classmate, 18-year-old Pedro Bravo, on a charge of depriving a crime victim of medical care, a third-degree felony.

Bravo appeared in bond court Tuesday where he was ordered held on $100,000 bond by Alachua County Judge Thomas Jaworski. He will have to wear an ankle monitor and won’t be allowed to leave the country if he posts the bond.

PHOTOS: The Christian Aguilar Case

Members of Aguilar’s family and Bravo’s parents attended the hearing, where Aguilar’s mother pleaded with Bravo for more information.

“Pedro, we ask directly to you, to give us one clue, one address, any place where he may remember where my son could be, no more,” Claudia Aguilar said.

Gainesville Police say Bravo told investigators he was involved in an altercation with Aguilar on Thursday, and on Monday released a surveillance photo of the two together from the day of the disappearance.

After Tuesday’s hearing, Bravo’s attorney, Larry Turner, said his client is very concerned about Aguilar and said Bravo’s parents have offered to join in the search.

“These are two best friends, best friends get into fights just like brothers and sisters get into fights,” Turner said. “We’re hoping that Christian is alive and well and that he will be found in good health. The family is praying for that, they’ve offered to assist.”

Police have been searching for Aguilar since Friday, and have been joined by several friends, teachers and family members, but so far haven’t found him.

The search had also spread to social media. A Facebook page called Find Christian Aguilar was set up and the hashtag #HelpFindChris was being used on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Gainseville Police a shoe was found in the area of 1100 NE 53rd Ave., but it does not appear to be the same type worn by Aguilar on the day of his disappearance.

Authorities also said his cellphone is no longer active.

In a statement released Tuesday, Gainesville Police said a command post has been established at Forest Park at Southwest 43rd Street and Southwest 20th Avenue. Several search warrants have been executed in relation to the case and investigators are plotting a timeline of when Aguilar was last seen, police said.

“I’m exhausted right now, but right now I got more faith,” Aguilar’s father, Carlos, told NBC 6 late Monday night. “That’s what keeps me going. I think anyone right now would be already giving up but I got hope and faith and that’s what’s keeping me going.”

Father of Missing UF Teen Asks for Help in Search

Carlos Aguilar said he would continue to search for his son on Tuesday with the help of friends and family members who traveled to Gainesville from South Florida to help.

“All these people are coming so far away to support him, to look for him, to search for him, tell you the caliber of human being he is and the family that is behind him,” Carlos Aguilar said.

Police have said Christian Aguilar, a graduate of Doral Academy Preparatory High School, may be disorientated and or seriously injured and unable to seek medical attention.

“My son always kept in communication with us, he never passed a lot of hours without talking to us,” Carlos Aguilar said. “It’s not normal, that’s the reason we’re concerned.”

Alexander Aguilar, Christian’s brother, said he spoke to him on Wednesday, the day before he went missing.

“Words cannot describe how bad this feels, the uncertainty of knowing whether or not he’s fine, where he is, it’s killing all of us right now,” Alexander Aguilar said. Chris was never like this, is never like this, he would always call, always keep in touch with my parents.”

In a statement, police said Bravo “was held for mental examination under Florida’s Baker Act on Friday after making comments to investigators that he wanted to harm or kill himself.”

Bravo has given police at least three different versions of what occurred, authorities said.

Police said Tuesday that since Bravo has retained an attorney, they can’t speak with him.

“I assure you any help that can be given will be given,” Turner told reporters Tuesday.

Bravo and Aguilar both graduated from Doral Academy last spring. A girl who also attended the school came between them, senior Roger Sanchez said Monday.

“They had been dating for two years prior, Pedro and this girl. And after that they had broken up and I guess Christian began dating her,” Sanchez said. “Pedro had driven back from FIU up to Gainesville to get back with her and it turns out he found out that they were basically – his best friend was dating his ex-girlfriend. That’s what led to the whole dilemma.”

That girl was identified as Erika Friman. She told NBC 6 South Florida that her ex-boyfriend knew their relationship was over.

“The whole case, I don’t think it had anything to do with me,” she said.

Friman joined the group of volunteers to help with the search.

“I believe he’s alive,” she said. “I’m not going to think otherwise until we have evidence.”

On Tuesday, friend Sebastian Arias, who traveled from South Florida to Gainesville to join in the search, said he wasn’t giving up.

“Right now, I’m just trying to stay positive because there’s been a lot of stuff going around. I’ve been out in the field all day because I do have a positive outcome for this and I know that we’re gonna find Chris because he’s a strong person,” Arias said. “The reason I came here is to bring him back.”

Police said Aguilar is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and of medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue/gray hoodie and either light blue or gray jeans. Anyone with any information in the case is asked to contact Gainesville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at 352-393-7670.

There will be a candlelight vigil for Aguilar at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Trail Park at 780 Northwest 127th Avenue in Miami.

Source: NBCMiami

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Originally Update: 09/24/12 Miami, CA: A friend of a missing Miami man who attends the University of Florida in Gainesville was arrested Monday.

Pedro Bravo, 18, is accused of denying a crime victim medical care to Christian Aguilar, 18, and was being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond Monday night, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Aguilar’s father, Carlos Aguilar, was shown on South Florida television news reports, machete in hand, searching for his son in a wooded area.

The father told WSVN-Ch. 7 that he hopes to find his son and that “he’s going to be beat up, but OK.”

Aguilar’s girlfriend, Erika Friman, told the student-run newspaper The Independent Florida Alligator, “It’s heartbreaking that this would happen to someone who is so good.”

The missing man has a history of depression, Gainesville police said.

Before the college freshman disappeared, he and Bravo had a confrontation, police said. Bravo told investigators he left Aguilar in a parking lot, police said.

After telling police he wanted to harm himself, Bravo was held for examination under Florida’s Baker Act on Friday, police said.

Aquilar is a 2012 graduate of the Doral Academy in Miami, where his brother Alex Aguilar is a junior.

“He was a stellar student,” Principal Douglas Rodriguez said of the missing man who spent his middle and high school years at the academy. “He was very, very motivated, at the top of his class in terms of GPA, and was in dual enrollment.”

Aguilar completed college freshman-level courses in math and science during his senior year, Rodriguez said, and studied biomedical engineering.

Students at the academy have raised $2,000 to pay for the Aguilar family’s expenses while they stay in Gainesville during the search.

Some of the academy’s students are upset, Rodriguez said, and have received counseling. “We’re very hopeful there will be a positive outcome,” Rodriguez said.

In February 1989, another UF student with South Florida ties, 20-year-old Tiffany Sessions, disappeared while walking near campus. If she is still alive, Sessions would be 43.

Her father, real estate developer Patrick Sessions, launched a national awareness campaign about his daughter and became an activist for missing children and their families.

Aguilar is 5 feet 3 inches tall with a medium build and was wearing a blue/gray hooded sweat shirt and light blue or gray jeans.

Source: Huffington Post

Wanted: Santa Clara County Robbery Suspect

Published 09/25/12, California: San Jose police department are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect who they believe robbed two Santa Clara County banks in the last month and attempted to rob a third. Investigators believe the suspect robbed a U.S. Bank at 1099 Lincoln Ave. in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood on August 28th, 2012 and a U.S. Bank in Sunnyvale on September 5th, 2012

In both cases, the man entered the banks, demanded money and took off running with an unknown amount of stolen cash, police said. Police stated the same man also entered a U.S. Bank in Sunnyvale on Aug 27th, but attracted attention for acting suspiciously and did not rob the bank.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his mid-twenties to early thirties, 6-feet-tall and weighing approximately 190-pounds.

Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you have any information that can help solve this crime.

Illinois Woman Disappeared On May 23rd, 2010 After Being Dropped Of At Amtrak Train Station (IL)

Benedetta Leigh Bentley

Jefferson COUNTY, Centralia, illinois.

Last known alive: May 23, 2010 at 15:16

Benedetta Bentley, also known as ”Beth,” a resident of Woodstock, has been missing since May 23rd, 2010. Beth was dropped off across from  the Amtrak Train Station in Centralia, Illinois about an hour before her 6pm train which was suppose to take her to Union Station, Chicago. The train left at 6pm and arrived in Chicago at 11pm that night but according to Amtrak records, along with Amtrak rider’s who were interviewed, Beth never boarded the train. 

The following day, on May 24th, 2010, when she did not arrive home as expected, a missing person’s report was filed by her husband with Woodstock Police Department. Searches were conducted in both Mt. Vernon and Centralia to no avail. She turned 43 years old on February 12th, 2012.

Photo of Beth (right) and a friend.

Description: Caucasian female, 5’7”, weighing approximately 170 pounds at the time of her disappearance. She has Platinum Blond colored hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black tank top and blue denim mini skirt and sandals (flip-flops.)

She was wearing a Pandora bracelet, her wedding ring, a large white purse and a name brand (Vera Bradley) pink and orange overnight bag.

Large Vera Bradley Bag, pink and orange, which held all of Beth’s overnight possessions.
She has an iPhone with a Ed Hardy-lookalike-casing. (But not real Ed-Hardy.)


Miles For Beth Bentley Campaign

How is works: You register at the site for “Miles for Beth Bentley” and navigate to the county you live in or are familiar with, search for any road way and adopt it. Once you adopt the road or street, you must register that information on the site. This effort will aid the search for Beth as it is imperative to locate information on her travels and or whereabouts. Each ADOPTED” road or street that is delivered posters door to door, will allow us to obtain knowledge on Beth and where might have been in her travels. This campaign is open to anyone who would like to help in this case.

Purpose: The concept for this campaign is to garner the attention of the general public and media outlets in an effort to aid in awareness of a missing mother, Beth Bentley; and to help identify areas of interest to conduct future search efforts.

Objective: To challenge citizens of the state of  Illinois to participate in locating Beth Bentley who remains missing. We hope to eliminate roads, streets and highways in search of any clue or tip she may have left behind. Our ultimate goal to locate missing, Beth Bentley and afford her family a resolution.

Link to Mapquest to the routes that Beth may have traveled. In and around the area of the blue line is the possible directions of travel.


If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Woodstock Police Department at 815-338-2131, Crime-stoppers at 1-800-762-7867, or Illinois State Police, Zone 7 Investigations at 618-542-2171.