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Mother of missing woman bitter over killer’s release

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Photo taken in 2008 of Michael Yarnell a.k.a Honeymoon Suspect

News Tribune article published July 8, 2013 – A Morgan County man is scheduled to be released today from the Tipton Correctional Center after serving four years of a seven-year sentence for the death of his wife in 2003.

And the mother of the victim is not happy.

Michael Yarnell, 43, accepted a plea agreement in June 2009 on one count of first-degree involuntary manslaughter, if all other charges were dismissed against him.

Yarnell was charged with multiple felonies in 2008 after he allegedly confessed to killing his wife, Michelle “Angie” Yarnell, and leading her family and authorities to believe she ran away with another man.

“The reason he’s getting out now is that he was so successful in hiding her body, which is the evidence,” said Angie’s mother, Marianne Asher-Chapman. “To this day, we have never have found her remains. She is still a missing person.”

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Photo of Angie Yarnell who vanished almost one decade ago

Investigators testified that Yarnell admitted shoving his wife, causing her to fall off the couple’s deck at their Ivy Bend home in late September 2003.

After he sat with her for a while, they said Yarnell “freaked out” and loaded Angie’s body in a car with the intent of driving her to Versailles, but eventually took the body to a boat ramp at the Lake of the Ozarks, loaded her into a canoe and eventually “lost” her in the water.

Yarnell then fled the area and wasn’t found by authorities until August 2008.

“I will never understand how our criminal justice system allowed a liar like Michael Yarnell to lead them to such a path, fabricating a story which was nothing more than a self-serving lie to save his own skin from a life sentence or even a death sentence,” Asher-Chapman said.

Asher-Chapman’s experience led her to co-found Missouri Missing, a group dedicated to helping families of missing persons try to find their loved ones by connecting them with various resources, many associated with law enforcement, and keeping missing person cases out in the public.

Despite being able to help many since found the group in 2007, Asher-Chapman still has a hard time dealing with how her daughter’s case has been handled.

“The justice system in the case of my beloved daughter has done little more than to denigrate and insult her and her family and friends, and in no way, has brought any degree of true justice to we who has suffered at the hands of this dangerous predator,” she said.

“It gives him full freedom to continue to harm others.”

Source: News Tribune

‘If I die, take care of my boys’: Chilling journal of missing mother Susan Powell shows deterioration of her marriage – and warns that her death ‘may not be an accident’

  • Journal entries shows Susan Powell’s growing distrust with her husband Josh, as well as her attempts to repair their marriage
  • Entries reveal that she lamented over the loss of the loving husband she used to know
  • The couple tried to have a third baby just months before she disappeared
  • Josh Powell killed himself and her two sons in a horrific murder-suicide last year
  • Susan Powell disappeared in 2009, and her body has never been found

A newly-revealed journal has shown the despair and turmoil of Susan Powell, who felt like a prisoner in her marriage and warned that she didn’t trust her husband in the months before she vanished.

She had been married about a year when she started writing a journal. She was a love-struck, 20-year-old newlywed, dreaming of the future she would build with her husband.

‘I just feel incredibly lucky to have Josh,’ she wrote in 2002. Before long, however, she found herself torn.

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Photo of Susan Powell, mother of two, who went missing on December 6, 2009 in West Valley City, Utah

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Powell Family; Susan Powell far right – Susan’s husband Josh Powell behind, and their two children Josh and Michael Powell

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Susan Powell’s handwritten journal showed various entries, including the snippits above and below, in which she feared the worst over tensions with her husband

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Mistrust: Susan wrote that her husband Josh could not be trusted in a last will and testament written about a year and a half before she disappeared

susanHopeful: Susan also says at the end that maybe there will be a happy ending for everyone after she hinted that there was difficulty in her marriage

Horrific: Josh Powell moved to a home in Puyallup, Washington, where he ultimately attacked his boys with a hatchet after saying he 'had a big surprise' for them. He then set his home on fire, causing an explosion that killed them allHorrific: Josh Powell moved to a home in Puyallup, Washington, where he ultimately attacked his boys with a hatchet after saying he ‘had a big surprise’ for them. He then set his home on fire, causing an explosion that killed them all

Click here for full article and home video of Susan Powell prior to her disappearance – MailOnline

Vermont firefighters charged with holding boy,12, as sex slave for years (DAILYMAIL)

  • Vermont State police have charged two men with Connecticut ties in an alleged child sexual assault case
  • The suspects are both middle-age men who were respected firemen for the West Haven Fire Department
  • The assaults occurred in The assaults allegedly occurred in Ludlow and Cavendish, Vermont
  • The victim, who is now a young man in his twenties, came forward with the allegations last month, saying the assaults began when he was 12 and the sexual relations continued to last year.
  • Meyer is alledged to have brought other underage victims from Connecticut to Vermont where he would sexual assault them and then ask the victim to perform sex acts on them

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Suspects: Frank Meyer, 39, of West Haven, Conn., and Brett Bartolotta, 42, of Cavendish, Vt., are charged with aggravated sexual assault and slave trafficking

Click here for the full article written and published by MailOnline

‘They stole my baby’: Brazilian woman accuses hospital of snatching child from womb after doctors tell her she had ‘phantom’ pregnancy – MailOnline

Feb 17, 2013, BRAZIL —

  • Layane Santos received pre-natal treatment during her entire pregnancy
  • Santos says she was in her 38th week of pregnancy when she was rushed to a maternity hospital in Sao Paulo, south east Brazil, with abdominal pain and blood loss.
  • After a C-section doctors told the 19-year-old her the baby never existed
  • Lawyers say they will now ask a judge to seize hospital records

Layane Santos says she had received pre-natal treatment during her entire pregnancy with nurses even recording the growing size of her baby

Layane Santos says she had received pre-natal treatment during her entire pregnancy with nurses even recording the growing size of her baby

Layane Santos recieved these ultra sound results a week before the delivery showing the size of the baby's head and weight

Layane Santos recieved these ultra sound results a week before the delivery showing the size of the baby’s head and weight

Devastating: Layane and her husband had already named their daughter Sofia and spent thousands of pounds buying furniture for their first child's new room

Devastating: Layane and her husband had already named their daughter Sofia and spent thousands of pounds buying furniture for their first child’s new room
Click here for full article  published by Dailymail (MailOnline)

Kevin Collins Missing: San Francisco home searched in case of 10-year-old’s 1984 disappearance

(AP) SAN FRANCISCO – Police searched a home in San Francisco on Tuesday in connection with the high-profile disappearance of a 10-year-old boy nearly 30 years ago.

San Francisco police said in a statement that the examination of the backyard and garage of the house near the city’s Haight-Ashbury district was a “follow up to the cold case investigation” into Kevin Collins’ disappearance. They said the current residents aren’t suspects.

A law enforcement official said a “person of interest” in Kevin’s disappearance lived in the house at the time. That person has since died.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the search warrant used to inspect the property was sealed.

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Photo of 10-year-old Kevin Collins

Ann and David Collins, parents of missing Kevin Collins, on March 2, 1984 holding a missing poster. / AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File

During the search, cadaver dogs indicated the presence of remains under the concrete in the garage. Police said a preliminary review of the remains showed them to be animal bones, but the San Francisco medical examiner’s office was conducting further tests.

Police didn’t disclose what prompted investigators to seek a search warrant and renew the probe into the case. The FBI and the Alameda County sheriff’s department contributed to the search Tuesday.

Renewed interest in the case, which included a memorable milk carton image of the freckled-faced Kevin, put his mother on an emotional roller coaster, especially when the remains turned out to be animal bones.

“Mostly I’m just numb,” Ann Collins, 72, said. “To see them digging in a building so close to where he disappeared was shocking.”

Collins and her husband divorced, and she moved to the San Francisco suburb of Concord after an intensive search for her son.

“It would be nice to have closure,” she said. “But then a part of me, you know, doesn’t want to find him like that.”

Kevin was last seen waiting for a bus in the neighborhood after basketball practice at St. Agnes School in Haight. Following his disappearance, a local search that included the plastering of his photograph on posters throughout the city blossomed into one of the first child disappearances to garner national attention. His photograph was on the cover of Newsweek in 1984.

Source of article: CBS News

The Kidnapping & Murder of Adam John Walsh

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Photo of Adam Walsh which was taken the same year of his abduction and murder

Adam Walsh was a 6-year-old boy from Hollywood, FL. On the afternoon of July 27, 1981 Adam joined his mother, Reve Walsh, on a trip to Hollywood Mall, which is right across the street from Hollywood Police Department.  The main reason for the trip was so Reve could stop by Sears Department Store to purchase a few items, including lamps.

Adam was your typical, friendly boy so when he saw a couple of children playing video games in the arcade section of the store he asked his mother if he could stay behind and watch. Figuring she would be less than 75 ft away in the lamp section, she said yes and left her son who was happy and amused with the video games, behind.

That was the last time she would see her son alive.

“I said, ‘I’m going right over here to the lamp department,’ and he said, ‘Okay, Mommy, I know where that is,'” Reve told Nightline in a 2011 interview.

Police records in Adam’s case released in 1996 show that a 17-year-old ‘security guard’ asked four boys to leave the department store. Adam is believed to have been one of them. It is unknown why they were asked to leave.

Reve noticed fairly quickly (about 5-10 minutes) that the lamp she wanted wasn’t in stock and headed back to the arcade. Adam was nowhere in sight. She wasn’t initially concerned, figuring Adam ran off with some kids she went out to search for him, asking local shoppers if they’ve seen him. After searching for over an hour, Reve began to panick and called police.

By the end of that week this case was National news, thousands of fliers with the smiling, brown-haired boy were published and posted all over cities and towns and eventually made their way out-of-state. But by then, it was too late.

 Two weeks (16 days) after Adam went missing his severed head was found in a drainage canal more than 120 miles away from home. The rest of his body has never been located.

From the beginning, the Walshes were disappointed with the Hollywood Police Department.

First, the Walshes say the cops didn’t take the missing persons case seriously enough. Then they say the police botched the murder investigation.

“It was one nighmare after another,” John Walsh said.

The prime suspect was Ottis Toole, an admitted serial killer who was in prison for many other crimes.

“You keep killing and killing and it gets easier and easier and it don’t really bother you,” Toole once told Texas law enforcement.

Toole made 24 documented confessions to killing Adam Walsh, including a 1984 videotaped interview with Texas Rangers. During the interview, he said, “I kind of feel bad about that Adam Walsh kid.”

“That is,” he said, “the youngest child I ever killed.”

Toole even had the gulls to write to the Walsh family, demanding $5,000 in exchange for telling them where the rest of their child’s remains were.

“I read that letter and went into the bathroom and threw up,” John Walsh would later tell Nightline in an interview. “I said, ‘This son of a bitch. We have to figure out a way for him to tell us what happened.”

In the decades that followed, Adam’s case remained open. Toole continued to recant his confessions about being the killer several times and for years he was never charged. Many people believed he was admitting guilt simply for the fame and to be remembered. They believed this because he never proved his guilt and wouldn’t tell police where the rest of Adam’s body was.

For years the case went unsolved and the Walsh family felt like they were the ones doing all the investigating. It became frustrating but they were not going to let their child’s name go down in vain.

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The Walsh Family – John Walsh in the middle, Reve Walsh (right) and daughter on the left

At the time there were no missing faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alert system in place to alert the public if a child goes missing, no National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, nothing. To a family who’s missing a child each minute feels like eternity and the Walsh’s were determined to change this.

They didn’t want other families to go through the tragedy they went threw and for the families who have gone threw unsolved tragedies. They were determined to catch as many predators and criminals as they possibly could.

Prior to his son’s murder, John Walsh was a partner in a hotel management company in Hollywood, Florida. After his son’s kidnapping and murder, he became a strong human and victims rights advocate, criminal investigator and the creator and host of America’s Most Wanted which has helped save thousands of missing people and solve crimes. Walsh is also a part owner of Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington D.C.

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John Walsh (pictured) has been a strong human and victims right advocate for many years and continues to speak out and help other families of crimes

Reve Walsh rarely speaks out about her child’s murder. In 2011, she sat down with Nightline ABC to discuss a new book “Bringing Adam Home,” which tells the story of her son’s case and the tragedy they went threw.

“When all this was going on, I just thought to myself, I can’t wait till it’s 20 years or 25 years,” Reve said. “I don’t care about getting old, I just want this experience of my life to be that far away from me because I thought it would be different. It’s really not.” Reve told Nightline.

The Walsh family had dedicated their lives to helping other families find their missing relatives, children, etc. Over the years they’ve helped find thousands of missing people and criminals. They were not going to let their son’s horrific murder go in vain. But still, the frustrations grew each year Adam’s case continued to go unsolved.

“I cannot go to my grave not doing everything I can possibly do,” she said. “We are going to get a cold case detective, we are going to start from the beginning, and have this man work this case. I don’t care if you go to work just to pay the bill of this private investigator.’ And John said, ‘I know the guy.'”

That guy was Joe Mathews, a retired police detective who had briefly been involved in the Walsh case early on and was critical of how it was handled.

After combing through the case file, Mathews made a major discovery: a roll of film from the crime scene of Ottis Toole’s car — it was film that the original detectives never bothered to have developed. Pictures show bloody footprints on the driver’s side of Toole’s car. On the rear floorboard of the car — where Toole admitted to tossing Adam’s severed head — pictures show the bloody outline of a face.

“I have a blood transfer from Adam’s face onto the carpet — you can actually see his image. It’s as clear as the shroud of Turin, Veronica’s veil. It’s clear,” Mathews said.

He showed the picture to the Walshes.

“To me, it was the one thing that a mother knows, is that this is their child, that this picture is their child,” Reve Walsh said. “This is the piece of evidence that ties everything together for me and I can go to my grave knowing that not only that I did everything I could but that I found my answers in that photo.”

In December 2008, based on the evidence presented by Mathews — who is also one of the co-authors of “Bringing Adam Home,” — the new Hollywood Police Department Chief Chad Wagner officially closed the case, definitively naming Ottis Toole, who had since died in prison, as the man who killed Adam. Wagner apologized to the Walshes for mistakes that he said were made early in the investigation.

It’s been over 32 years since the kidnapping and murder of Adam John Walsh and his family never gave up on him and didn’t let his case go down in vain. America’s Most Wanted is still helping law enforcement solve thousands of crimes and they plan to continue for as long as they possibly can.

Click here to learn about the Adam Walsh Children’s Fund & The Adam Walsh Act

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America’s Most Wanted
ABC News
Wikipedia
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New Boston police join missing person network

The New Boston Police Department announced Tuesday they have become a participating member of the A Child is Missing Alert Program.

The program is similar to what the state has in the Amber Alerts, but the A Child is Missing Alert Program places actual calls to local citizens — more than 1,000 calls within 60 seconds. The alert message will include the age of the missing person, a description of the person, their clothing description, and the last known time and location of where the person was seen. The alert covers under persons under the age of 21 and disabled and elderly persons, often with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“Once an officer takes a missing person report that falls under the guidelines of his program, we will place a immediate call to the A Child is Missing Alert Program operators who then will input the information into their automatic data system and a recorded message will be sent out to all local telephone numbers in the New Boston and Scioto County areas, informing our local citizens of the alert,” said New Boston Police Capt. Steve Goins.

The standard Alert Program utilizes computer mapping and enhanced satellite imagery to select an appropriate calling area, and will call between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., unless significant extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise. Police departments also have access to 24-hour alert calls. Unlisted phone numbers and cell phone numbers can also be entered into the database at http://www.achildismissing.org to receive alert calls.

According to the program, a child is reported missing in the United States every 40 seconds.

Goins said getting missing persons information out to the general public in a quick and timely manner is a major factor in helping find the missing child or elderly person before they are hurt. The more people in our area that can assist the police in going out in their neighborhood and helping to look for the person, the more likely the outcome will be successful in finding the person.

“This program will most definitely benefit the department in how we search and look for missing persons. The program is also a free service to all law enforcement agencies,” Goins said.

Source: Portsmouth Daily Times