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University of Florida Student’s Unsolved Disappearance

Grandmother, Tiffany, and Hilary Sessions Tiffany Sessions
Right photo is grandmother,Tiffany & her mother Hilliary Sessions. Left photo is twenty year old Tiffany Sessions 

GAINESVILLE, FL — Tiffany Sessions was a 20-year-old second-semester Junior at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She promised her roommate that she would be back before the roommate had to leave for an exam, and went out for a power walk on February 9, 1989. She has not been seen since. Tiffany’s car, wallet, keys, and all personal effects were left in the apartment because she promised to be back. The only traceable item Tiff had with her on the walk was her Rolex watch, which was unique because it was an anniversary edition and had a blue face. Although a $250,000 reward was posted for her safe return; only bogus information was received and two people were caught and are serving time in jail for extortion. Tiffany is Hilary’s only child.

Despite distributing nearly five million Tiffany flyers, locally, nationally, and internationally; Tiff still has not been found. Because she was over the cut-off age for a “missing child”; there was only one agency nationally who would take her case: Missing Children HELP Center – because they would not accept any Government funding and as a result they were able to take Tiff’s case. It wasn’t until Tiff had been missing for nearly eighteen years that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the passage of Suzanne’s Law in 2003 allowed Tiff to be entered on NCMEC’s database along with an age enhancement at age 39.

Tiffany’s NCMEC Case Number: NCMA1070181

If you would like a physical description of Tiffany Sessions, along with an age-progressed photo of what the woman (now 44) would look like today, please click here.

Over the course of more than two decades that Tiffany has been missing, her case has gone from hot to cold, from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) to Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and back to Alalchua County. The case is currently listed as one of the twenty-eight cold cases in ACSO. Over 3,000 leads have been followed up and even today, new leads are coming in because of photograph distribution, publicity, newspaper articles, TV shows and interviews on the case.

Because Tiff would only know to come back to my house; I have not moved since before she disappeared. I do not plan on moving until the case is solved and I know what happened to her. I believe the most difficult issue with a long-term missing child is not knowing and teetering between the euphoria of a possible live return and the depression and grief of remains being found. I chose to live with the hope of a live return because I cannot imagine the other. I also chose not to be a victim and allow the actions of another person to hinder my assistance to other families.

Unfortunately, in April 2009 the missing children charity, Child Protection Education of America, I ran for over five years as Executive Director, lost most of its funding when President Obama said he was going to tax contributions to charities and the charity Board of Directors chose to dissolve, rather than go through a bankruptcy.

Even after more than 20 years since Tiff disappeared, people still know her story because of the ongoing publicity. Every day I make it my mission to do something for (1) Tiff’s case specifically, (2) help another family with a call, assistance, a contact, or encouragement or (3) an educational speaking engagement, a fingerprinting event, or promoting the radKIDS Program.

I want to thank every law enforcement officer, tipster, churches with prayer chains, and the general public for keeping Tiffany in their hearts for all the time she has been missing.

Clock Tiffany Sessions to view an official website created by close sources of the missing woman.

If you have any information regarding this case, please leave a tip at info@tiffanysessions.com or contact one of the Law Enforcement agencies below.

Alachua County Sheriff’s  Deptartment
Send Tiffany Sessions Leads to:
rdean@alachuasheriff.org
Case #: 01569-89
Phone: 352-367-4161

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) 
Send Tiffany Sessions Leads to:
LarryRuby@FDLE.State.Fl.US
Phone: 386-418-5411

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) 
Report Tiffany Sessions Leads to:
Phone: 800-843-5678

Source: Spcoalition.org

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

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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

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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

Man who threatened Mitchell was a suspect in missing woman case in 2009 in Alachua County

No recent information on Kamrie Mitchell case

Published October 1, 2012 article by WCJB —  Search for Kamrie Mitchell Continues:

They are still searching for any information that will lead them to her.
Mitchell’s mother Stefani says, “We’re on the timeline and they tell us they’re doing everything they can, but the hardest part of that is, that she’s still not here.”On August 25th Andrelo Witcher was arrested for breaking into Kamrie’s father, Tony Mitchell’s home and threatening Kamrie before stealing some personal items… Tony says that he feared for both his and his daughter’s life.

That day August 25th also is the last time her family reported seeing her.
12 days after Mitchell was last seen Witcher  was arrested by the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office for the break in on charges of armed burglary.
Sheriff Tony Cameron refused to comment on his connection the missing person case. “I dont ever name person of interest. they’re certainly people we’re interviewing, and we’re checking into their whereabouts and those kinds of things,” says Cameron.
The public defender assigned to Witcher withdrew from the case because of ethical concerns and says that he also doesn’t wish to comment.
A closer look into Witcher’s history shows that Mitchell is not the first missing persons case he may have had a hand in.
In 2007 he was brought in for questioning regarding the disappearance of his ex girlfriend Heather MacCrossen, who is still yet to be found.
If you have information to locate Kamrie please call Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 364-3443 and refer to case number 12-37472
Source: WCJB

Update: September 18th, 2012 – Man Who Threatened Kamrie Mitchell Is A Suspect In 2009 Disappearance Of Alachua County Woman –

The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office continues their search for Kamrie Cherai Mitchell, 24, who was last seen in the Branford, Lake City area on Aug. 25 by her family.

As reported previously by the Democrat, an O’Brien man was arrested for reportedly threatening Mitchell and others the night of Aug. 25 at the residence of Mitchell’s father, Thomas J. Mitchell III, where Kamrie Mitchell was said to be that night, according to Sheriff Tony Cameron.

Andrelo Larashard Witcher, 33, of 22601 CR 49, O’Brien, was booked on charges of burglary while armed and possession of a weapon by a felon for entering the home uninvited. No injuries were reported during that incident. Witcher also faces new charges of failing to comply with the sex offender registration and failure to comply with the driver license requirement for sex offender registration for a 2003 case in Duval County.

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Pictured; Andrelo Larashard Witcher

It was learned that Witcher was a suspect in a missing woman’s case from 2009 in Alachua County, according to Lt. Todd Kelly of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office who is one of the investigators handling that case.

Witcher became a suspect in the case involving his ex-girlfriend, Heather Ann MacCrossen, who was a former Cafe Risque dancer, according to Kelly. The last time MacCrossen’s family heard from her was in a phone call on Aug. 17, 2007 from a bus station in Gainesville. The family of MacCrossen officially reported her missing in December of that year.

“There seems to be some consistency,” Kelly said. “There’s some alarming behavior from the case here.”

It was believed that Witcher and MacCrossen had a violent relationship.

MacCrossen remains missing.

Kamrie Mitchell was reported missing by her family on Sept. 2. Cameron previously reported that Kamrie Mitchell had been known by family to disappear from time to time if she was upset, but that she always called her family to check in on her small daughter.

Her white four-door 1992 Pontiac Grand Am was found submerged in flood-waters on 184th Street, about halfway between Wellborn and the Ranchette’s area in eastern Suwannee County, near the Columbia County line on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Part of the road was still submerged in water that came from Tropical Storm Debby in late June.

Cameron said search teams have canvassed the area on foot, horseback and by sky in an attempt to locate Kamrie Mitchell. He said the search continues and includes interviews with friends and family.

Cameron said Mitchell is 5 feet 3 inches and 130 pounds. She has dyed brown hair and blues eyes. Mitchell has “Kamrie” tattooed on her left foot, “Grams” and a butterfly on her wrist and “Layla” with a footprint and a birth-date on her right side.

The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone who has any source of information to give them a call at 386-362-2222.

Source: Suwanneedemocrat

Updated: 09/14/12 – Man Being Questioned In Connection To Missing Woman, Kamrie Mitchell

A Suwannee County man has been arrested for threatening the life of a missing woman.  Investigators say they had a fight the night she went missing almost two weeks ago.

33-year-old Andrelo Witcher is in jail. He’s not being accused in the disappearance of 24-year-old Kamrie Mitchell but they are questioning him about it.

According to the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office, he intruded into Mitchell’s home where he assaulted her and her father, Thomas Mitchell August 25th.

The victims told Deputies Witcher had a firearm and made verbal threats towards them. The Sheriff says Witcher and Kamrie Mitchell were friends.  No injuries were reported at the scene.

Her white four-door 1992 Pontiac Grand Am was found submerged in floodwaters in eastern Suwannee County, near the Columbia County line on Wednesday, September 5th. Part of the road is still submerged in water that came from Tropical Storm Debby in late June.

Kamrie Mitchell’s family just wants to do anything they can to get their daughter back.

The Sheriff’s office says Mitchell is 5 feet 3 inches and 130 pounds. She has dyed brown hair and blues eyes. And she has a number of tattoos including her name “Kamrie” tattooed on her left foot

[UPDATE] Suwannee County, Florida– September 12, 2012

A man is arrested accused of threatening the life of a now-missing woman.

The Suwannee County Sheriff says 33-year-old Andrelo Witcher threatened Kamrie Mitchell. She’s been missing since September 2nd.

The sheriff also tells us on August 25th he robbed her father’s house. Right now the sheriff says he’s not sure if Witcher is actually connected to Mitchell’s disappearance.

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Suwannee County, Florida  September 7, 2012

Sheriff Tony Cameron says Kamrie Cherai Mitchell was reported missing on Sunday, September 2.

The sheriff said her car was found in floodwaters on 184th Street near the Columbia County Line on Wednesday, September 5.

Source: http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/Suwannee-County-Missing-Woman-169190976.html

Updated: 09/13/12 – Man Arrested For Making Threat’s Against Missing Missing – Live Oak

An O’Brien man was booked into the Suwannee County Jail Thursday for reportedly threatening Kamrie Mitchell and others the same day her family said they last heard from her, according to the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office.

The SCSO has in custody Andrelo Larashard Witcher, 33, of 22601 CR 49, O’Brien, who is being questioned over the disappearance of Mitchell. He was booked into the jail on Thursday, Sept. 6 for the Aug. 25 burglary, armed trespass and assault at the residence of Mitchell’s father, Thomas J. Mitchell III, where Kamrie, 24, was said to be that night. Cameron said that Witcher is a friend of Kamrie’s.

Aug. 25 is also the last day Kamrie’s family reported seeing her but reported her missing on Sept. 2. Cameron previously reported that Kamrie had been known by family to disappear from time to time if she was upset, but that she always called her family to check in on her small daughter.

The report by the SCSO states that on Aug. 25 around 10:22 p.m., Witcher reportedly entered the 196th Terrace home. Victims in the home told deputies that Witcher had a firearm and made threats towards them verbally while inside the home and that they were fearful of him.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

Search continues

The search for Kamrie continues. Her white four-door 1992 Pontiac Grand Am was found submerged in floodwaters on 184th Street, about halfway between Wellborn and the Ranchette’s area in eastern Suwannee County, near the Columbia County line Wednesday, Sept. 5. Part of the road is still submerged in water that came from Tropical Storm Debby in late June.

Cameron said search teams have canvassed the area on foot, horseback and by sky in an attempt to locate Kamrie. He said the search continues and includes interviews with friends and family.

“We got investigators out,” said Cameron. “I don’t really think she’s out here where we’ve been searching. She could be in the hospital, she could be with friends. We just don’t know at this time.”

He said that Kamrie has many friends in this part of the state and investigators are talking to each one that they learn of. He said when they talk to one, they get names of other friends that they can talk with.

“We will just keep checking until we find something out,” said Cameron.

Cameron said that through their interviews they are learning a lot of who Kamrie Mitchell is personally.

The family of Kamrie said that they are happy that the news and photo of their missing loved one is circulating in the media and through social media and wants to thank those that are helping.

“We’re hoping to find someone who knows something,” said Talesha Longstaff, cousin of Kamrie Mitchell and one of the family spokespersons.

Longstaff put together a missing poster with information on Kamrie Mitchell with three photos.

Longstaff said the family wants to thank all those that have searched and are continuing to search for Kamrie.

Cameron said Mitchell is 5 feet 3 inches and 130 pounds. She has dyed brown hair and blues eyes. Mitchell has “Kamrie” tattooed on her left foot, “Grams” and a butterfly on her wrist and “Layla” with a footprint and a birth-date on her right side.

Please report any information regarding Mitchell to SCSO at 386-362-2222 and refer to case number 12-37472.

Source: http://suwanneedemocrat.com/suwannee/x72177948/From-todays-Democrat-Sheriff-Man-arrested-for-making-threats-against-missing-woman

UPDATE: 09/10/12 –

→ Kamrie Cherai Mitchell (24) was last seen in the LAKE CITY, BRANFORD, FLORIDA area on 8/25/2012. Her father was the last person to see her. Nobody has seen or heard from her since. On 9/5/2012 i found Kamrie’s white 4-door 1992 Pontiac Grand Am submerged in water with her cell phone and other personal possessions inside. The person whom i got the tip from stated that the car had originally just been parked at the water’s edge and a day later was submerged in water with the trunk open .

The sheriff’s department says foul play is involved and needs help with getting some tips to lead them to Kamrie. After finding the car we had divers and atv’s and horseback riders scour the area for 2 days and came up empty-handed we are needing some public attention on this to hopefully bring some tips in to find her . The family wants Kamrie home and misses her very much .

She is 5’3″ and 130 pounds with natural blonde hair (dyed brown) and blue eyes. She has “Kamrie” tattooed on her left foot, “Grams” and a butterfly on her wrist, and “Layla” with a footprint and Layla’s date of birth on her right side.
If you have information to locate Kamrie please call Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 364-3443 and refer to case number 12-37472.

LATEST UP – 09/08/12 –

SUWANNEE COUNTY – TV 20 was the first to interview the family of 23-year-old Kamrie Mitchell, the woman missing in Suwannee County.

Her father was the last person to see her, and he says this isn’t like her.

The family says a friend found Mitchell’s car pushed into water early Wednesday morning, and the sheriff confirms her cell phone had been left behind.

Kamrie Mitchell’s father says it was absolutely a road she would have driven on, but right now it can only be passed via a canoe because it’s flooded, the leftovers from Tropical Storm Debbie.

So why was it in that water? The questions remain, but her sister tells me this isn’t a tragedy, because they are going to find her alive.

 Kyla Ryan: “Do you think finding the car is more helpful or less helpful?”

 

Family: “I think it gave us hope when she wasn’t in it, that she could be somewhere out there.”

The car is an anchor holding this family together, because its something tangible, a concrete clue that has provided the hope they need, to remain optimistic.

Her sister Laura Laggart tells me that her father, “was supposed to wait until the tow truck got there, but he had to pry it open, he had to know if his daughter was in there…thankfully she was not.”

A Facebook friend found the car and told Kamrie Mitchell’s family.

Her sister Kershta Mitchell says they, “swam in that water for hours with sticks trying to find anything they could.”

The car in the water is bringing the whole community together to help.

Jennifer Rousseau Rentschler says, “it’s so wonderful that everyone is coming together…whether they know her or not…she is a person, and she is missing  and everyone who has been searching just wants her to come home.”

Searchers are looking in the area near where the car was found.

Volunteers and sheriff’s deputies were on horses scouring the area, the flooding providing obstacles to the search.

Sheriff Tony Cameron believes foul play could be involved.

 The family, however remains steadfast in their belief that they will bring Kamrie home.

 Family: “We don’t have time to cry. God is the glue holding us together.”

 The family says the car was accidentally towed to their house, and then the sheriff’s office had to collect it.

The sheriff says that the people who own the land on either side of the dirt road are cooperating…and have let them freely search anywhere they need to.

 

Name: Kamrie Cherai Mitchell

Last Seen: Lake City/Branford Area on 8/25/12

Age: 23

Description: 5’3″ 130 pounds, with natural blonde hair, dyed brown, and blue eyes. She has “Kamrie” tattooed on her left foot, “Grams” and a butterfly on her wrist, and “Layla” with a footprint and birthdate on her right side.

Information: Call the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office at: (386) 364-3443, case number 12-37472

SOURCE: http://www.wcjb.com/local-news/2012/09/kamrie-mitchell-missing-her-family-speaks-about-search

 

Search continues for missing mother after car found submerged in water.
09/07/12 LATEST UPDATE – Live Oak, FL — Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron said this morning that the search continues for Kamrie Cherai Mitchell who was reported missing on Sunday, Sept. 2 and whose car was found submerged in flood-waters on 184th Street near the Columbia County line Wednesday.It was previously reported that Mitchell was reported missing by family on Wednesday, the same day her car was found. However, Cameron said today that family reported her missing around 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. The family has not heard from her since Aug. 25.Mitchell’s white four-door 1992 Pontiac Grand Am was found submerged in flood-waters on 184th Street, about halfway between Wellborn and the Ranchette’s area in eastern Suwannee County, near the Columbia County line Wednesday. Part of the road is still submerged in water that came from Tropical Storm Debby in late June. Stefani Mitchell, mother of Kamrie Mitchell, told the Democrat that her daughter lived in Lake City, but would occasionally stay with her father who lives in southern Suwannee County. 
Cameron said the search continues near where her car was found.“We got investigators out,” said Cameron. “I don’t really think she’s out here where we’ve been searching.” 
Cameron said they have thoroughly searched the area around where the car was found which includes searches by sky, the SCSO mounted posse and ATV.“She could be in the hospital, she could be with friends. We just don’t know at this time,” said Cameron.He said that Kamrie Mitchell has many friends in this part of the state and investigators are talking to each one that they learn of. He said when they talk to one, they get names of other friends that they can talk with.“We will just keep checking until we find something out,” said Cameron.

Cameron said that through their interviews they are learning a lot of who Kamrie Mitchell is personally.

The family of Kamrie Mitchell said this morning that they are happy that the news and photo of their missing loved one is circulating in the media and through social media and wants to thank those that are helping.

“We’re hoping to find someone who knows something,” said Talesha Longstaff, cousin of Kamrie Mitchell and one of the family spokespersons.

Longstaff put together a missing persons poster with information on Kamrie Mitchell with three photos. 
Longstaff said the family wants to thank all those that have searched and are continuing to search for Kamrie Mitchell. She said she also wants to thank the person that brought lunch for those that searched.

09/06/12 UPDATE: Car found Thursday Submerged In Water –
Live Oak — The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a woman who was reported missing on Wednesday, according to Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron.
Kamrie Cherai Mitchell’s white four-door 1992 Pontiac Grand Am was found submerged in water on 184th Street near the Columbia County line, Cameron said.
According to Cameron, her car had been parked on the road since late August, but had been pushed into the water recently. After SCSO contacted the family that the vehicle would be towed, the family reported her missing he said. Cameron said that Mitchell, 24, had been known by family to disappear from time to time if she was upset, but the family became alarmed when SCSO called about her car. The family had last seen Mitchell on Aug. 25.
“We are concerned that there could be foul play involved because she hasn’t made contact with her family,” Cameron said.
On Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assisted SCSO with an aerial search of the area. Cameron said that they did not find anything in the search. The SCSO Mounted Posse was out searching the area by horse and ATV yesterday and the search continued today.
Cameron said Mitchell is 5 feet 3 inches and 130 pounds. She has dyed brown hair and blues eyes. Mitchell has “Kamrie” tattooed on her left foot, “Grams” and a butterfly on her wrist and “Layla” with a footprint and a birthdate on her right side.
Please report any information regarding Mitchell to SCSO at 386-364-2222 and refer to case number 12-37472.
Article Originally Published By: Suwanneedemocrat.com – Link: http://suwanneedemocrat.com/local/x872301540/Missing-woman-sought

Brandford, Florida – 09/05/12 – Kamrie Mitchell is 24-years-old and was last seen in Lake City (FL) on August 25th, 2012

Nobody has seen or heard from her since. Family is convinced foul play is involved stating Kamrie has never gone more than a day or two without contacting her friends and family and without checking up on her child.

It appears the missing woman has had trouble with the law – http://www.mugshotsonline.com/florida/ocala/kamrie-mitchell/58398641 – more than once. A website called ”Mugshots Online” says Kamrie Mitchell got arrested on July 4th, 2012 A.k.a ‘Independence Day‘, in Ocala, Florida for ”Petit Theft” of $100.00. She is listed as being 23-years-old at the time which leads me to believe that the young woman had a Birthday this past Summer.

Another website lists Kamrie again, stating she was arrested May 10th, 2012 for ”reckless driving”. This particular website has more detailed information.- http://florida.arrests.org/Arrests/Kamrie_Mitchell_7905000/

And her latest mug shot is this past August (08/13/12) for probation violation. – http://www.mugshotsworld.com/kamrie-cherai-mitchell-2

Perhaps the young woman got in trouble with the wrong person(s).?

Pictured; Kamrie Mitchell’s default picture on Facebook, features her along with her daughter.http://www.facebook.com/kamrie.mitchell (Can be viewed by the public)

Kamrie’s Facebook also states the young woman was born in Wichita, Kansas. I’m not sure how long ago she moved to Florida. It also stated the young woman graduated Brandford, Connecticut High School, but that could be the result of an error, considering the young woman is from Brandford, Florida.

Her friends and family are very worried about Kamrie Mitchell and are asking the public to keep an eye out for the missing mother of one.

Kamrie Mitchell is described as being 5’3”, approximately 130 pounds with is 5’3″ and 130 pounds with natural blonde hair (frequently changes hair-color, which was dyed dark-brown at the time of her disappearance.) and blue eyes. She has multiple tattoo’s which include, “Kamrie” tattooed on her left foot, “Grams” and a butterfly on her wrist, and “Layla” with a footprint and birthday on her right side.
She is driving a white 4-door 1992 Pontiac Grand Am sedan.
If you have information to locate Kamrie please call Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 364-3443 and refer to case number 12-37472