Posts tagged ‘Homicide’

Arrest in 1993 kidnap-murder of 10-year-old Florida girl

An arrest has been made in the 1993 kidnap-murder of Andrea Parsons, who was 10-years-old when she disappeared in Port Salerno, Fla. / WPEC (CBS) MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – Police have made an arrest in the case of Andrea Gail Parsons, a 10-year-old girl who went missing 19 years ago in Port Salerno, Fla. Chester Duane Price, a 42-year-old convicted felon, is charged with first degree murder and kidnapping of a child under the age of 13, CBS affiliate WPEC reports.

An arrest has been made in the 1993 kidnap-murder of Andrea Parsons (pictured) who was 10-years-old when she disappeared in Port Salerno, FL
After being charged, Price implicated Claude Davis, a long-time suspect investigated and previously arrested in the case. Detectives have allege that the two abducted and disposed of the 10-year-old’s body together, the Palm Beach Post reports.

In 1993, Davis was arrested and charged with false imprisonment of Parsons, but the charge was later dropped due to lack of evidence. It is unclear if Davis has also been re-arrested or charged at this time.

Andrea Parsons was reported missing on July 11, 1993, at 11:06 p.m. by her mother, who had just come home from work. She had been left at home with her mother’s boyfriend. When the girl became bored, the boyfriend let her leave to walk to the store and a friend’s house, the newspaper says. Neighbors say they saw the girl leaving her home around 5:45 p.m., WPEC reports.

Parsons’ body was never found.

In 2001 the case was reopened by the Martin Co. Sherriff’s Office, which determined they had enough evidence to seek a grand jury indictment of Price, WPEC reports.

Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder told TCPalm.com that police “were aware of [Price] from the beginning of the investigation… He was one of our people of interest.”

Price is being held in jail without bond and is scheduled to appear in court Friday, according to The Palm Beach Post.

SOURCE: CBSNEWS

Police admit they DID overlook evidence that ‘would have convicted Casey Anthony’ after search for ‘foolproof suffocation’ on day daughter Caylee was last seen alive

  • A mis-spelled term was searched on Anthony family computer on June 16, 2008 when Casey Anthony visited her parents with her daughter, Caylee
  • Whoever conducted the Google search looked for the term “fool-proof suffication,” misspelling “suffocation.”
  • Caylee disappeared that day – but Casey didn’t report her missing until ONE MONTH later.
  • Her body was found six months later in December, 2008
  • Casey was deemed ‘the most hated woman in America’ and is now in hiding after being acquitted in the murder of Caylee Marie Anthony

Troubling: On the day that two-year-old Caylee Anthony disappeared, someone at the Florida home searched ‘fool-proof suffocation’. Casey (pictured) was acquitted of her murder in July 2011

ORLANDO, FLORIDA —  The Florida sheriff’s office that investigated Caylee Anthony’s death confirmed Sunday that it overlooked a computer search for suffocation methods made from the little girl’s home on the day she was last seen alive.

Orange County sheriff’s Capt. Angelo Nieves said the office’s computer investigator missed a June 16, 2008, Google search for “fool-proof” suffocation methods. The agency’s admission was first reported by Orlando television station WKMG. It’s not known who performed the search. The station reported it was done on a browser primarily used by the 2-year-old’s mother, Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of the girl’s murder in 2011.

Anthony’s attorneys argued during trial that Casey Anthony helped her father, George Anthony, cover up the girl’s drowning in the family pool.

WKMG reports that sheriff’s investigators pulled 17 vague entries only from the computer’s Internet Explorer browser, not the Mozilla Firefox browser commonly used by Casey Anthony. More than 1,200 Firefox entries, including the suffocation search, were overlooked.

Photo of Casey Anthony and little Caylee as a baby, less than two years later, she was National news due to her disappearance and murder

Acquitted: Casey Anthony reacts as she is found not guilty in the murder of her daughter Caylee. She is flanked by her attorneys, Jose Baez, left, and Dorothy Clay Sims, right

Acquitted: Casey Anthony reacts as she is found not guilty in the murder of her daughter Caylee. She is flanked by her attorneys, Jose Baez, left, and Dorothy Clay Sims, right

casey_anthony_leaving_jail.jpg

July 17, 211 In this file photo: Casey Anthony, right, walks out of the Orange County Jail with her attorney, Jose Baez, left, after she was aquitted for the murder of her daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony

Article originally published on 11/25/12

Click here for full article written and published by FOXNEWS

Couple Murdered Over 35 Years Ago In S.C. Still Unidentified

 Jane Doe

Above photos are two sketches showing what both victims looked like.

The female victim a.k.a “Jane Doe”  is described as having medium length brunette hair and blue-green/gray eyes. She was about 5’5” (165 cm) weighing roughly 105 pounds (47 Kg), thin frame and was estimated to be between the ages of 18-20 years.  Jane didn’t have any surgical scar. She is described as being an attractive young woman. She had pierced ears. Her eyelashes were very long. She had two small beauty marks on her left cheek and one on the right side of her face. She also had a mole on her right calf. Her legs were unshaven. She didn’t have elaborate dental work. Her upper and lower right wisdom teeth were missing and she had fillings in all back teeth. Her front teeth probably gave an even appearance when she smiled.

The male victim a.k.a “John Doe”  is described as having brown hair and brown eyes. He was about 6 feet tall (185 cm) and 150 pounds (70 Kg). He was estimated to be in his 20’s. He has a 4” (10 cm) appendectomy scar and two 2” (5 cm) scars on his right shoulder. John Doe had very elaborate and expensive dental work with bridges and crowns. He had an acrylic or porcelain crown on the left front tooth and fillings in most upper teeth. He also had some missing teeth in top and bottom but noticeable in top back left. He was missing his lower wisdom teeth.

The couple was discovered murdered at 6.20 AM on August 9, 1976 on Locklair Road, a rural dirt road between Interstate 95 and S.C. 341 in Sumpter County, South Carolina, USA. The couple had been shot at close range several times: in the back, chest and throat and had been dead for less than 24 hours. They weren’t carrying any identification and their identities remain unidentified more than three decades later.

South Carolina map with Sumter County  John & Jane Doe, crime scene

Left: A map of SC with Sumpter County showing in the yellow – Right: The crime scene

They had no money on them when their bodies were discovered but they seemed well to do. Their skin was smooth and had olive undertone making them look as possibly from another country than USA which would explain the reason why no-one local has come forward. The pair may have been hitchhiking through the country. It has been speculated that they might be brother and sister. Any money could have been stolen from the unknown killer.

The couple were buried laying besides each other  in August 1977 in Bethel (SC) United Methodist Church cemetery under two bronze plaques reading: “Male Unknown, Aug. 9, 1976” and “Female unknown, Aug. 9, 1976”.

John Doe was wearing a red T-shirt with “Coors America’s Fine Light Beer” written on the front and “Camel Challenger GT Sebring 75” on the back, faded Levi’s blue jeans and didn’t have any underwear on. He wore a Bulova Accutron yellow gold watch, serial number H918803 on his left wrist and a 14 karat gold ring with a gray linde star stone and the initials JPF engraved inside. He also had a box of Grants Truck stop matches in one of his pocket.

When found, Jane Doe was wearing an unbleached muslin blouse, a pink knit halter top that tied in the front, cut-off Levi blue jean shorts and a pair of wedge-heeled sandals with lavender, pink and purple straps. She had no underwear on. She was wearing three silver rings resembling American Indian or Mexican costume jewelry. One had red, white and blue stones, another a feather scroll with rust and green stone an and the third was oblong black stone with three green flecks.

For more in-depth information regarding this case, click: Handsome mystery couple found murdered in South Carolina

If you have any information concerning the victims identity, please contact:

Sumter County Coroner Verna Moore
803.436.2111 (office)
803.778.3613 (beeper)

Source: meyahna.tripod & Crime Library

New Reconstruction of Pasco County John Doe Found Murdered Over 23 Years Ago

experts

Reconstruction of murdered man found in Dade City, Florida in the Winter of ’89

11/06/12, DADE CITY, FLORIDA  — Forensics experts from University of South Florida have teamed up with the Pasco County Sheriff’s office to recreate the face of an unidentified “John Doe” who was located deceased near an orange grove in the Winter of 1989. The reconstruction of this individual is fairly new despite the fact that his identity has remained unknown for over twenty-three years.

The remains of ‘John Doe’ were found on January 24, 1989 by an artifact hunter in Dade City, FL and authorities believe he may have been dead for up to two years prior to his discovery. According to Pasco County Police, he had been shot twice in the head and when his skeletal remains were discovered he was nothing more than bones and clothes, weathered by years in the open field.

Shoes: Together, they have been able to ascertain that John Doe was a white male between 30 and 50 Years old. He was 5'7

John Doe was wearing cowboy boots (pictured above) when he was discovered in an open field near an orange grove.

He is described as a Caucasian adult male between the ages of 30 and 50 Years old, 5’7” inches tall with long    auburn hair. He also had several tattoos which included a Confederate flag, a Nazi symbol and the initials HFD and had a pair of brown Givenchy glasses on him. 

He was wearing a ‘Black Hills of South Dakota’ sleeveless shirt with a Native American picture on the back Indian on back and wore weathered light brown cowboy boots with mismatched socks, one of the socks were white with red stripes and the other was grey with blue strips.

He was found wearing blue mechanic-type pants with the name RANDY labelled on it, which could be a big clue in identifying him.

‘We’re really looking for the public’s involvement in this case because that’s what’s going to solve it,’ Detective David Boyer from the Pasco County Police Department.

‘There’s somebody out there that once they see this photo, it’s going to bring back some memories,’ Pasco Sheriff Nocco said. ‘Somebody knows something out there.’

 

Phone Symbol
If you have any information regarding this cold case, please contact: Detective Boyer at 352-518-5002. And for more information on the case go to:  http://www.pascosheriff.com/websmart/pasco/static/coldcases.htm
 

Kidnapped PA Baby Found In Bloody White Dress After Family Friend Tell’s Police Where To Find Her

Pictured; 10-month-old Saanvi Venna was kidnapped sometime between Monday morning threw Monday Aftersoon and her Grandmother, Satyavathi Venna, who was babysitting at the time, was found murdered. An Amber Alert was immediately issued and Saanvi is still missing 3-days later.

Latest Update: 10/26/12 — Police Find Saanvi Venna In A Bloody White Dress, Family Friend Arrested:

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. (AP) — A family friend charged with killing a baby girl and her grandmother told police he dropped the baby as he wielded a knife and the grandmother charged at him during a botched kidnapping, authorities said Friday.

Raghunandan “Raghu” Yandamuri, a native of India, targeted the family for a $50,000 ransom because he knew both parents worked, and he left copies of a ransom note, according to a police affidavit filed in a Philadelphia suburb.

Photo of abductor and murderer, Raghunandan “Raghu” Yandamuri

“It’s up to you to decide, do you want your 1-year-old or five months of your income?” the lengthy note said.

Ten copies of the note were left at the family’s King of Prussia apartment, but no one ever contacted the baby’s parents, both software engineers, after the grandmother was found dead Monday and the baby went missing.

Authorities instead found the body of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna in a bloody white dress early Friday beneath a bench in a basement fitness room at the sprawling apartment complex where Yandamuri and the victims lived.

The 26-year-old Yandamuri, interviewed Thursday as police canvassed the family’s friends, had told officers where to find the body, District Attorney Risa Ferman said.

Investigators had hoped to find Saanvi alive even as the week wore on. But she may have been dead before she left the apartment, Ferman said. Yandamuri told police that he put a handkerchief in her mouth to quiet her, tied a towel around her head and put her in a suitcase before he left, according to the affidavit.

Yandamuri was being held without bail on two counts of murder, kidnapping, robbery and other charges pending a preliminary hearing next week. He does not have a lawyer and did not enter a plea at a brief arraignment Friday afternoon. He told a judge he is not a U.S. citizen and was given time to make a private call to the Indian consulate.

The baby’s father, Venkata Konda Siva Venna, and mother, Chenchu Latha Punuru, moved to the United States from India in February 2007 and moved into the apartment in June. The ransom note referred to them by family nicknames, leading police to hone in on friends and acquaintances.

The paternal grandmother, 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna, arrived from India in July and was scheduled to return home in January.

She opened the door to Yandamuri on Monday morning to see he was armed with a kitchen knife, authorities said. She retreated to the kitchen, while he picked up the baby from the couch, the affidavit said.

Yandamuri told police he dropped the baby and the grandmother came toward him and walked into the knife, leaving a deep gash in her throat, the affidavit said.

Yandamuri, who lived in a different building than the parents, told police that he had printed nearly 200 missing-child posters at work, distributed them and attended a vigil for the baby. But he later detailed the botched crime to police and said he had stolen jewelry, some of which he threw in the nearby Schuylkill River, the affidavit said.

A throng of people jeered at him, shouting “Hang him!” and other taunts, as he was led into court Friday in a bulletproof vest.

“We had been hopeful that Saanvi was still alive,” said Ferman, the prosecutor. “Tragically, that is not the case.”

Source: Hosted2.AP

_______________

Update 10/26/12 — PENNSYLVANIA; Body Of Kidnapped Baby Found,  Man Arrested:

Police in Pennsylvania have arrested a suspect in the kidnapping and killing of a 10-month old girl and the slaying of her grandmother who was taking care of her in a Philadelphia suburb. According to the affadavit for his arrest, Raghunandan Yandamuri, after telling police he committed the crime, asked police to say his wife turned him so she could claim a cash reward being offered for the child’s return.

Pictured;  Raghunandan Yandamuri

The body of the baby, Saanvi Venna, was discovered overnight, police said Friday. Her grandmother Satyavathi Venna, 61, was found slain on Monday in the family’s apartment in King of Prussia, about 15 miles north of Philadelphia and it was then that the baby was discovered missing.

Yandamuri, 26, an acquaintance of the family who lives in the same apartment complex, faces charges of first and second degree murder, kidnapping and burglary in what police say appears to have been a kidnapping for ransom that went awry.

Near the body of the grandmother, who died from stab wounds to her neck and chest, investigators found a ransom note demanding $50,000 for the return of Saavni, investigators revealed on Friday.

“If you want your daughter alive and safe, follow our instructions carefully,” said the message, which is attached as an exhibit to the criminal complaint provided by police. It called for the baby’s mother to deliver the $50,000 by 8 p.m. the same day, and warned, “Any cunning act from anyone of you will lead to your daughter’s death.”

Investigators issued an Amber Alert just before 5 p.m. Monday after the child’s father and slain victim’s son, Venkata Konda Siva Venna, found the woman’s body and realized his daughter was missing.

Police say Venna left work to check on the pair after receiving a call from a worried relative who was unable to reach them.

The baby’s mother, Chenchu Latha Punuru, was at work when Venna was killed and the child was taken, police said.

Pennsylvania State Police via AP

Saanvi Venna, 10 months old, in an undated photo provided by police. Police issued an Amber Alert for her on Monday after her grandmother, who had been babysitting, was found slain and the baby missing.

In the ransom note, the writer used the nicknames “Shiva” and “Lata” for Saanvi’s parents, which were known only to a handful of people, all of whom were in the community of Asian Indian Americans, according to an affidavit for Yandamuri’s arrest.

One of the people who knew those names was Yandamuri, who first told detectives he had no idea who had killed Satyavathi or taken Saanvi. He had attended a vigil held for the child and helped create and distribute missing child posters of the girl, it said.

Later in the interview on Thursday, Yandamuri said he was responsible for both deaths. He said he targeted the family because he believed they had money, and said his intention was to hide the child until the ransom was paid, the affidavit said.

According to the document, he told police he had stabbed the grandmother with a kitchen knife in a tussle for the child, stuffed a handkerchief into the child’s mouth to stop her from crying, and then put her in a blue suitcase, which he later abandoned in a sauna at the apartment complex gym.

Following Yandamuri’s description, investigators went to the sauna, the affidavit said.

“Hidden inside a dark wooden sauna under a deep bench, they found the lifeless body of Saanvi Venna. There was apparent blood on her white dress.”

The grandmother had been visiting from India since July, authorities said, and was planning to return in January.

A reward for information leading to the safe return of the child had jumped from $30,000 to $50,000 on Thursday.

Source of above article: US.NEWS.NBCNEWS

_______________

Update: 10/25/12 PENNSYLVANIA — Reward Money Increased For Baby Abducted After Grandmother Found Murdered: 

The reward for information leading to the safe return of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna increased on Thursday from $30,000 to $50,000.

Officials say since a reward was announced by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman on Wednesday, tips have been pouring in, but none have led to Saanvi. The infant was abducted from an Upper Merion apartment building on Monday.

– Reward Poster

Venna’s grandmother, Satyavathi Venna, 61, who was babysitting the infant was murdered inside the family’s home at the Marquis Apartment complex on the 200 block of West Dekalb Pike.

Three K-9 units were searching the area between the apartment building and the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Wednesday.

– News Release

– The Search for Saanvi

Investigators issued an Amber Alert just before 5 p.m. on Monday after the child’s father and the murder victim’s son, Venkata Konda Siva Venna, found the woman’s body and realized his daughter was missing.

Police say Venna left work to check on the pair after receiving a call from a worried relative who was unable to reach them.

Credit: Family Photo

Police described Venna as an Asian-Indian female, standing 2-foot-6 and weighing 21 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white dress with pink flowers and wearing unknown jewelry.

On Tuesday, investigators canvassed the apartment complex and drained the swimming pool in search of clues.

“Please don’t do any harm to the kid,” said Vasu Velaga, a neighbor of the family. “Please release her immediately. Please inform the police.”

The infant’s father spoke Monday night during a press conference.

“If someone finds my baby could you please bring my baby back?” Venna pleaded. “Don’t do any harm to my baby.”

Family members speaking on behalf of Saanvi’s parents pleaded for her return as they gathered at the Upper Merion Township Police Department on Tuesday.

“Bring the girl back to the parents,” said Ram Venna, 36, the girl’s uncle, who had flown in from his home in San Jose, Calif.

“We are pleading for everyone’s help in finding my 10-month-old niece. Please call the police if you have any information that can help locate Saanvi. All of the family is grieving my mother’s tragic death and praying for the safe return of my niece Saanvi,” said Rem Venna.

Madhukar Sanikommu, 42, of Warren, N.J., a cousin of Saanvi’s father, said the family was trying to hold onto hope that the girl would be found.

“We’re all devastated right now,” Sanikommu said.

Police say Satyavathi Venna arrived in the United States from India in July 2012 and was planning to return home in January 2013.

The child’s mother, Chenchu Latha Punuru, was at work when Venna was murdered and the child was taken, according to police.

The Citizen’s Crime Commission of Delaware Valley will be administering the reward posted by Upper Merion Township Police, The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Teluga Association of North America.

If you have a sighting please call 911 or if you have any information on the abduction, please call 215-546-TIPS.

Source of above article: Msnbc.Msn.Com

_______________

Update: 10/24/12 King of Prussia, PENNSYLVANIA — Father Speak’s Out As FBI Join Desperate Search For Kidnapped Baby Who’s Grandmother Was Found Murdered: 

Shiva Venna left work Monday afternoon to check in on his 10-month-old daughter, Saanvi, who was in the care of his mother. He arrived at his Upper Merion apartment to find his mother murdered, and his baby girl missing.

Local, state, and federal authorities are now working together to find the missing child, who was allegedly abducted between 8 am and 1 pm. Investigators identified the child’s dead grandmother as Satyavathi Venna, who was visiting her son and his family from India.

Venna returned home from work to check on the pair when a neighbor called, concerned that they were unable to get a hold of 61-year-old Satyavathi and the child. The infant, Saanvi Venna, was abducted from the Marquis Apartment complex in King Prussia. Friends of the family stated that Shiva Venna, the child’s father, called police after he discovered his mother dead and his daughter missing. The baby’s mother, Chenchu Latha Punuru, was at work when the homicide and abduction were discovered. Investigators issued an Amber Alert for the baby girl just before 5 pm.

USA Today reports that Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said “investigators are focusing all their resources on reuniting Saavni Venna with her parents,” adding that the grandmother’s murder and the child’s abduction are “intricately connected.” To that end, investigators have not released information regarding how the girl’s grandmother was killed or if there are currently any suspects in the case.

“All of our resources are focused on finding Saavni and reuniting her with her parents,” Ferman asserted. “The search for the child is intricately connected to the homicide investigation.”

On Tuesday, investigators searched the apartment complex, even draining the pool in search of clues. A neighbor of the family, Vasu Velaga, pleaded, “Please don’t do any harm to the kid. Please release her immediately. Please inform the police.”

A press conference was held Monday night to get word out about the missing child. Saavni’s father spoke: “If someone finds my baby could you please

bring my baby back?” The child’s father pleaded. “Don’t do any harm to my baby.”

Madhukar Sanikommu, 42, a cousin of Saanvi’s father, said the family was trying to hold onto hope that the girl would be found, adding “We’re all devastated right now.”

Saavni is reportedly Asian-India, who is 2’6″ tall and weighs 21 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white dress with pink flowers. She was also wearing jewelry.

If you see any sightings of Saanvi Venna you are asked to call 911 immediately.

Source of above article: Inquisitr

_______________

10/23/12  UPPER MERION, Pennsylvania — Desperate Search For Kidnapped Baby After Grandmother Was Found Murdered:

The desperate search for the 10 month old baby abducted from her King of Prussia apartment enters its second day with no sign of Saanvi Venna.

Police are also searching for her grandmother’s killer. 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna was babysitting at the time when someone killed her and took the infant girl.

Photo of Satyavathi Venna holding Saanvi Venna when she was a newborn. She was murdered while babysitting Saanvi Venna and the killer took the baby.  Police have no information on suspects vehicle, etc and is asking the public to be alert and if you spot the child, call 911 immediately.

Authorities with Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, Upper Merion Township Police along with the FBI are not saying much about the investigation while residents at the apartment complex where the crimes happened are wondering if they are safe.

Detectives hauled out bags of evidence from the police station while family members have been arriving from around the country to help in the search.

“I’m pleading with everyone to help find my 10 month old niece please call police so we can help find little Saanvi” said Ram Venna, the girl’s uncle.

Investigators spent the day at The Marquis Apartments on DeKalb Pike. The complex pools had been drained and flyers were being distributed to residents.

“I don’t want to let my kids out of my sight. Even if you take out the trash I’m scared to be by myself” said resident Joy Silver.

Several residents tell us security here has been a concern for years.

“It wasn’t that good when I was living here around one year back. You say you were robbed. Yes. I was robbed at gunpoint” said Tom Paulic who tells us he moved out because of safety concerns.

“It’s very nervous actually, it’s a bit scary”

Arumugam Margasagaiam who lives at Marquis Apartments says he’s not going back to work until police find the killer. He says frustration is growing among residents because of the lack of information.

“I have been searching the news channels since morning but It’s the same news. Since yesterday. It’s been the same news” said Margasagaiam.

Police are not releasing some of the details of the investigation out of fear for the little girl’s safety. They have not said how the grandmother died or if they are targeting a suspect.

Saanvi is described as 10 month old, Asian-Indian, 2’6 inches tall, 21 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white shirt with pink flowers.

If you have any information regarding this case or think you have a sighting of this child you are asked to immediately contact police by dialing 911.

Source: MyFoxPhilly

__________

10/22/12 UPPER MERION, Pa. – AMBER ALERT FOR KIDNAPPED BABY

10/22/12 – Pennsylvania State Police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing 10-month old who was reported abducted during a homicide:

On Monday night, Upper Merion Police identified the victim in the homicide as the grandmother of the missing 10-month-old.

The Upper Merion Township Police Department is searching for the 10-month-old girl, Saavni Venna, who was last seen at the Marquis Apartments on the 200 block of West Dekalb Pike in King of Prussia.

The 10-month-old, is described as an Asian-Indian female who weighs 21 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white dress with pink flowers, black hair and brown eyes.

The suspect and any vehicle information are not yet known.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call 9-1-1.

Update On Murdered NJ Child, Autumn Pasquale

Photo of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale taken this year

Latest Update: 10/27/12 — Family of Autumn Pasquale Back Off Search Effort Criticism:

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — The parents of a 12-year-old girl found dead in her southern New Jersey hometown are backing off criticisms of law enforcement’s search for her.

Lawyer Jaime Kaigh says he’s been hired by Autumn Pasquale’s (pas-KWAHL’-ee) parents to help them through the process of dealing with their daughter’s death.

Kaigh says he does not believe that investigators including the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office handled the case incorrectly.

A family spokesman had previously been critical of search efforts.

Autumn’s body was found in a recycling bin on Monday, 48 hours after she was reported missing.

Two teenage brothers have been charged with murder. They are due in court Friday for a hearing to determine whether they should remain in a juvenile detention facility.

Source: Hosted2.AP.ORG

_______________

Updated: 10/23/12 by USNEWS.NBCNews Clayton, NJ — Autumn Pasquale Murdered By Her Two Brother’s For Bike Parts:

— Two teenage brothers have been charged in the death of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale, whose body was found in a recycling bin, a New Jersey prosecutor says.

Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said Pasquale died in a manner consistent with strangulation.


“Preliminary investigation shows no signs of sexual assault,” Dalton said, adding “she was lured to the juveniles’ house where this crime was committed.”

Authorities said they believe the boys wanted parts from Autumn’s bike and that she was lured into the house, but Dalton would not speculate on a motive for her killing.

The boys’ father, Alonzo Robinson, told The Star-Ledger of Newark earlier Tuesday that he was interviewed about his sons’ involvement in Autumn’s disappearance. He said his sons were known for stealing bikes and police told him they found bike parts stockpiled in the basement. He told the newspaper that one of the boys had been previously charged for theft.

“I think someone wanted the girl’s bicycle,” Robinson said. “Maybe she wanted her bike and resisted, and one of them snatched her off a bike.”

Autumn was last seen around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday leaving her Clayton home while riding a white BMX bike to a friend’s house. The girl’s parents called police after she never made it to that friend’s house.

Her body was found late Monday in the recycling bin of a home where the teens’ live, about seven blocks from her own, authorities say.

The boys, ages 15 and 17, are charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposal of a body, tampering of evidence and theft. The 15-year-old boy was also charged with one count of luring, Dalton said. Both were in police custody.

Clayton NJ residents face grisly news – missing girl’s body found

Police believe the boys lured Autumn to their home, promising her parts for her BMX bike. During their investigation, the mother of the teens contacted police regarding postings on a Facebook account of one of the suspects, according to officials.

“Today we mourn the loss of a young girl…whose life was cut short before it really began,” Dalton said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her parents, her family. It is my hope that the arrests today provide a measure of closure, that the individuals responsible for their daughter’s death will be held responsible.”

The case spread fear and worries through the New Jersey town that had been desperately searching for the girl since she disappeared while on a ride through the neighborhood.

Autumn would have celebrated her 13th birthday on Monday.

“There’s evil everywhere, even in the small town of Clayton,” said Paul Spadafora, Autumn’s uncle.

Earlier Tuesday, Spadafora spoke with community members, thanking each of them of helping in the search for his niece.

Hundreds of volunteers took part in the search effort, including the Clayton Police Department, Child Abduction Response Team, New Jersey State Police, the FBI and officers from 40 other police departments.

Autumn’s bike was found Tuesday by police inside the same small house where Autumn’s body was found Monday night, NJ.com reported.

Autumn’s family was notified of the discovery, according to police.

“This is a very sad day for the Pasquale family,” Dalton said in a press release. “Our hearts go out to the family and to all the residents of Clayton who stood together in support of this young girl.”

Not long before the body was found, hundreds of people gathered at a candlelight vigil to pray for her safe return, NJ.com reported.

The prosecutor’s office and family had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to her return.

DeAnna Edwards-McMillen, a friend of Autumn’s, said Autumn was at her house Friday night and the two sent each other text messages on Saturday. The last one was received at 1:22 p.m. and DeAnna said she didn’t believe it was meant for her, according to The Associated Press.

The text read, “don’t be like that,” she said.

Autumn’s last text message was sent around 2:30 p.m., but Dalton, the prosecutor, would not say who it was intended for or what it said, The AP reported. Dalton said that there was nothing unusual about that message.

Pictured; Family member’s grieve at a candle-light vigil in memory of Autumn. It was held last night (10/22/12)

Autumn was reported missing at about 9:30 p.m., 90 minutes past her 8 p.m. curfew, Spadofora said, according to The AP.

“Say your prayers for Autumn and all the children who are lost and can’t find their way home,” Spadafora said at a vigil Monday, NJ.com reported.

Earlier on Monday, Clayton Mayor Tom Bianco said he was proud of the community’s joint effort in searching for Autumn.

“I can only imagine what her parents and the rest of the family are thinking right now,” Bianco said, according to NJ.com. “I have kids. I can’t even tell you what I feel now. We’ll get through and find her.”

The Facebook group, Find Autumn Pasquale, has more than 14,000 “likes,” with members offering condolences and words of support.

“My family misses u and im so glade that u had such a good time with us camping last weekend [sic],” commented Michelle Doughty after the news was announced early Tuesday. “I have such good memories of u and will always miss u. I will always have u in my heart.”

Source of above article: USNews.NBCNews

_______________

10/22/2012 – Clayton, New Jersey: Autumn Pasquale, 12, has been missing from Clayton since Saturday, October 20, 2012 – 

Clayton Police continue to search for the missing child.

Police say Autumn was last seen leaving her home on W. High Street in Clayton on Saturday Afternoon around 12:30 p.m. She was seen riding on a white Odyssey BMX bike. The girl’s parents reported her missing later that night around 9:30 p.m. when they couldn’t contact/find her.

CPD say she may have been spotted at an unknown time on E. Academy Street near Scotland Run Park not to far from her home, though this has not yet been confirmed.

Autumn is described as a Caucasian female, 5’2” tall, weighing approximately 120 pounds with blonde hair, blue eyes. She likes to wear her hair up and was last seen wearing a bun or pony-tail.

Photo of the missing girl with her hair tied back in a pony-tail.

She was last seen wearing navy blue shorts underneath navy-blue sweatpants, a yellow t-shirt with the words “Clayton Soccer” on front, bright-blue high-top sneakers and a silver or light grey Cinch backpack with the word “Reckless” printed across the back.

Her family is very worried about her as this is uncharacteristic of the young girl.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Clayton Police Department at 856-881-2300.

Whitney Heichel Suspect Admits To Downloading Child Porn And Hiding Two Handguns Before Arrest

Photo of Whitney Heichel who has been missing since Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from Gresham, Oregon.

Update: 10/27/12 GRESHAM, OR — Whitney Heichel Suspect Admits To Downloading Child Porn And Hiding Two Handguns Before Arrest: 

Indicted for the murder of 21-year-old Barista Whitney Heichel, Oregon man Jonathan Holt told police how he had desperately tried to hide evidence and confessed to downloading child pornography, according to newly released court documents.

Holt left a trail of evidence as police followed him in the hours before his arrest.

Jonathan Holt, 25, discarded one handgun in bushes at his north Portland workplace on Oct. 19, according to documents released Friday.

 Jonathan HoltMultnomah County Police Mug-shot Of Jonathan Holt After His Arrest For The Abduction And Murder of Whitney Heichel.

Confessed: Jonathan Holt accidentally left a trail of evidence for police as he tried to dispose of anything that cold tie him to Whitney Heichel’s murder

He tossed another handgun in the grass outside the suburban Gresham Police Department, just before confessing to sexually abusing and killing Heichel.

Heichel also admitted to breaking into Heichel’s home to steal an iPhone before abducting her and to downloading child pornography on his home computer.

Holt was arrested during that interview.

During a brief court appearance Friday, Holt, was indicted on charges of kidnap, robbery and sodomy. He was earlier charged with aggravated murder.

Lawyer Conor Thomas Huseby, appointed to represent Holt, declined to answer questions.

Hundreds of people from around the Portland area gathered Friday at a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Gresham for a public memorial for Heichel.

Her husband, Clint Heichel, spoke to reporters outside the hall, saying the family wanted to ‘give the community a hug’ and thank people for their kindness.

‘She was just a ray of sunshine,’ he said.

In the hours after Heichel failed to show up for work at a Starbucks cafe on Oct. 16, relatives and friends launched a wide-ranging search.

However, Holt, who was a neighbor, an acquaintance and attended the same church, was nowhere to be found, The Oregonian reported.

When friends finally spotted Holt nearly 12 hours later, court documents say he told them he had been on his way to work that day when he was robbed at gunpoint by two black men.

Holt didn’t report that robbery to police that day but when questioned by officers for the first time on Oct. 17, he said he’d been shaken by the experience and spent the entire day walking and crying.

HeichelHappier times: Though only 21 Heichel had a loving marriage with husband Clint

HeichelCircle of friends: Family and friends described the outgoing Heichel as a ‘ray of sunshine’

Police say Holt repeatedly changed his story about the alleged robbery.

Whitney Heichel’s Ford Explorer, with the passenger side window smashed, was found at a Walmart six hours after she disappeared.

A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of her body on Larch Mountain, east of Gresham.

Court documents released earlier say that Holt told Oregon State Police Sgt. Jon Harrington that he waited outside Heichel’s apartment and asked for a ride as she was leaving for work.

Minutes into the drive, he pulled a handgun and told her to drive to Roslyn Lake, the document said.

Holt then forced Heichel to perform oral sex before fatally shooting her.

He then disposed of his cellphone at the lake before driving to the mountain to conceal the body.

Heichel was shot four times.

Source of above article: Dailymail.co.uk

_______________

Update: 10/23/12 GRESHAM, OR — Whitney Heichel Suspect Admits To Raping And Killing The Former Starbuck’s Employee:

Pictured: Suspect, Johnathan Holt

The neighbor accused of killing Oregon barista Whitney Heichel told police he waited for her outside her apartment as she left for work and asked her for a ride, according to a police report. About five minutes into the ride, officials say, he pulled a gun on her.

Jonathan Holt, 24, who lived in the same apartment complex as Heichel and her husband, then “took [Heichel] by gun point in her vehicle” to an area near a lake and forced her to perform oral sex on him, according to the police report that said Holt “admitted” the events to a cop.

He then allegedly shot and killed her with a handgun before disposing of his cellphone in the lake. He took her body and concealed it on Larch Mountain in Multnomah County, Ore., where it was later found, according to the report.

Heichel, 21, vanished on her way to work as a Starbucks barista Oct. 16 and her body was found three days later.

Dr. Christopher Young of the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s office said Heichel died from four gunshot wounds. Holt’s cellphone was located at the lake and he was arrested after a series of interviews reportedly didn’t add up and officials found his fingerprints and DNA in her recovered car.

Holt made his first court appearance Monday evening, appearing via closed-circuit television in Clackamas County court wearing a suicide smock.

He reportedly cried throughout the arraignment, simply answering “yes,” to the judge’s questions.

Holt was charged with seven counts of kidnap, robbery, sodomy and murder. His case will soon be presented in a grand jury, and additional charges might be filed. If convicted of the most serious counts, he could face the death penalty.

He did not enter a plea at the hearing and will continue to be held at a county jail without bail. It is unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Heichel’s husband said he had “bet on forever” with his wife of less than two years and has now been left wondering why anyone would hurt her.

“She’s just very kind and loved everybody,” Clint Heichel told ABC News in an exclusive interview Monday. “She didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just, why? That’s the only question. Why?”

Heichel said the married suspect lived in his apartment complex, and they attended the same church. Heichel said he and his wife cared for the Holts’ plants and cats when they were away. Heichel helped Holt jump-start his motorcycle two weeks ago, he said.

“It’s very difficult, we only had a year and nine months together and when you get married you bet on forever,” Heichel said. “She was just a beautiful little person, just full of love, and she was just a ray of light to everybody.”

Police have not reported a motive for the killing.

Heichel was reported missing last Tuesday morning when she did not show up for work at Starbucks, which was a five-minute drive from her home. Shortly after, her Ford Explorer was found abandoned in a Walmart parking lot with its passenger-side window shattered.

Her husband reported her missing at 10 a.m., about 2 and a half hours after she was supposed to report for work.

Heichel’s bank card had been used to get gas at two different gas stations within eight minutes, her husband said, and police had been studying a surveillance video from the first station.

A man told police he recognized Heichel in the passenger seat of her car at another station shortly before 9:30 a.m., but said a man was driving.

For part two of this article written and published by ABCNew’s please Click here

_______________

Updated: 10/22/12 GRESHAM, OR — Murdered Starbuck’s Barista Whitney Heichel Was Raped Then Shot Several Times:

The young Oregon barista Whitney Heichel who vanished on her way to her job at a Starbucks was sexually assaulted before she was shot “multiple” times, according to charges filed today against the man arrested in her death.

Jonathan Holt, 24, a neighbor of Heichel and a member of the same Jehovah’s Witness church, appeared via closed-circuit television in Clackamas County court wearing a suicide smock.

He reportedly cried throughout the arraignment, simply answering “yes,” to the judge’s questions.

Holt was charged with seven counts of kidnap, robbery, sodomy and murder. His case will soon be presented in a grand jury, and additional charges may be filed. If convicted of the most serious counts he could face the death penalty.

He did not enter a plea at today’s hearing and will continue to be held at a county jail without bail.

“The cause was multiple gunshot wounds and the manner was homicide,” Dr. Christopher Young of the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s office told ABCNews.com.

The search for the missing 21-year-old woman came to a grim conclusion Friday night when police found her body and arrested a neighbor in connection with her death.

Police found Heichel’s body on Larch Mountain, a 40-minute drive up winding roads from her home in Gresham, Ore.

They arrested Jonathan Holt, 24, an acquaintance and neighbor, after a series of interviews reportedly didn’t add up and they found his fingerprints and DNA in her recovered car.

Heichel’s devastated husband said that he had “bet on forever” with his wife of less than two years and has now been left wondering why anyone would hurt her.

“She’s just very kind and loved everybody,” Clint Heichel told ABC News in an exclusive interview. “She didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just … why? That’s the only question. Why?”

Clint Heichel said that the married Holt lived in his apartment complex, and they attended the same church. Heichel said that he and his wife cared for the Holts’ plants and cats when they were away. Two weeks ago, Heichel helped Holt jump-start his motorcycle.

Heichel is grieving the loss of his wife and the future they had planned together.

“It’s very difficult, we only had a year and nine months together and when you get married you bet on forever,” he said. “She was just a beautiful little person, just full of love, and she was just a ray of light to everybody.”

Police have not reported a motive for the killing and have released few details about when Holt may have approached Whitney Heichel or if he had been stalking her.

Heichel was reported missing on Tuesday morning when she did not show up for work at Starbucks, which was just a five-minute drive from her home. Shortly after, her Ford Explorer was found abandoned in a Walmart parking lot with its passenger-side window shattered.

Her husband reported her missing at 10 a.m., about 2 and a half hours after she was supposed to report for work.

Heichel’s bank card had been used to get gas at two different gas stations within eight minutes, her husband said, and police had been studying a surveillance video from the first station.

A man told police he recognized Heichel sitting in the passenger seat of her car at another station shortly before 9:30 a.m., but said a man was driving.

For part two of article written and published by ABCNews Click Here

Source of article above: Abcnews

_______________

Updated: 10/19/12 – Missing Starbuck’s Employee Murdered, Neighbor’s Arrested: 

GRESHAM, OR. – Searchers found the body of a young Oregon woman who vanished this week on her way to work and a neighbor has been arrested, Gresham police said late Friday night.

The body of Whitney Heichel, 21, was found on Larch Mountain, a remote, forested area east of Gresham, Police Chief Craig Junginger told a news conference.

After collecting DNA and fingerprints and conducting three interviews over three days, police arrested Jonathan Holt, 24, of Gresham, for investigation of aggravated murder, the chief said.

Holt lived in the same apartment complex as Heichel and her husband.

The Starbucks barista reportedly left her apartment for work at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday on a drive that typically takes less than five minutes.

Her husband, Clint, called police roughly three hours later. He told investigators he tried to reach Whitney multiple times after her boss alerted him that she never arrived for her 7 a.m. shift.

Police said Heichel’s ATM card was used at a nearby Troutdale gas station at 9:14 a.m. Tuesday. Two hours later, her sport utility vehicle was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot with the passenger side window smashed.

Missing Oregon barista’s cell phone found; police searching for clues

A child later found her cell phone in a field that lies between the gas station and the Wal-Mart, giving investigators another venue to search.

Police have been searching Larch Mountain since Wednesday, believing that Heichel’s SUV was driven there.

“To say that this case brought fear and anxiety to the community is an understatement,” Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis told the Oregonian on Friday. “Our law enforcement personnel and our community searched for Whitney as if she were a member of their own family.”

Detectives interviewed Holt on Wednesday and Thursday before arresting him during a Friday night interview, the chief said.

Stay informed with the latest headlines; sign up for our newsletter

There were “many inconsistencies” in Holt’s interviews, Junginger said.

Additional crime lab evidence received Friday morning tied him to Heichel’s vehicle, the chief added.

It was not immediately known if Holt was represented by a lawyer.

Pictured; Whitney’s husband, Clint Heichel, get’s a hug from his mother-in-law as he attempted to speak out Thursday, before his wife’s body was discovered.

Jim Vaughn, a family spokesman, addressed the Friday night news conference, thanking police for their commitment in the case.

“Really, words can’t begin to express the sadness that our families are experiencing tonight,” Vaughn said.

“Whitney was a very loving person,” he added. “She was warm, she was kind, she was everything you would want in a friend, relative, spiritual fellow worshipper.”

He asked for privacy for the family, saying “our loss and heartache is too much to bear right now.”
Police took no questions.

Source: Usnews.Abcnews (Associated Press contributed to this report.)

_______________

Update: 10/19/12 – Kids find cell-phone belonging to missing Starbuck’s Employee, Whitney Heichel:

Children playing in an apartment complex in Oregon found a cell phone that apparently belongs to missing 21-year-old woman Whitney Heichel.

Parents of one of the children told ABC affiliate KATU that the children found Heichel’s phone in bushes outside the Troutdale Terrace Apartments Thursday evening. The family says the phone had a screensaver of a picture of Heichel and text messages asking if she was okay.

“I was pretty shocked. I mean I knew right away … I recognized the face,” April Fletcher, the mother of one the girls, told ABC News.

“[The kids] started flipping through some of the text messages … from [her] uncle, and there was one from Scott that was trying to find out ‘where are you. Are you OK?’ So I mean it just kind of confirmed it to me that it was her cell phone,” she said.

The apartment complex is about four miles away from Heichel’s home in Gresham, Ore. Police have not said whether the phone belongs to Heichel.   Hours before the phone discovery, Heichel’s mother, Lorelei Ritmiller, urged people in the Portland area to keep looking for her daughter, who she described as the “sunshine” in her heart.   Ritmiller spoke of her missing daughter at the Gresham city council chambers Thursday as investigators continued to search for clues after she went missing Tuesday.

“She’s gentle. She’s compassionate … She’s this compassionate laughing person. Her heart is as big as the sun … This is just a great human being. This is a person you’d think no one could ever hurt,” Ritmiller said, according to ABC News affiliate KATU.

Ritmiller said she last saw her daughter Monday, the night before she disappeared. She said her daughter was talking about her future and the desire to start her own family.   “That was her biggest hope — to have babies,” she said.

Ritmiller said her daughter’s nickname within the family is “Mama,” because she’s always been motherly figure to everybody, including her six siblings.   Whitney Heichel’s husband, Clinton, only managed to utter a few words as he attempted to make a statement, but broke down and left the podium.

On Thursday, police searched a wooded area nearby and examined the surveillance video at a gas station that captured Heichel’s black Ford Explorer around 9 a.m. the day she disappeared. Police said they have also interviewed the gas station attendant, but would not elaborate on what was said.   Investigators have not released any specifics about the video or who was driving the vehicle. Many other businesses have provided police with security footage, reported KATU.

Police said they recovered potential evidence during searches of Dodge Park and Larch Mountain on Wednesday and Thursday. Police used red tape to mark where they found broken glass and tire marks in the heavily wooded area near Heichel’s home.   In a briefing on Thursday afternoon, Gresham Police Department spokesman Lt. Claudio Grandjean said investigators found “some important items” during their search, although he would not elaborate. Grandjean said that tips have been pouring in with about two dozen reported to police on Thursday and 21 on Wednesday.

The police have labeled Heichel’s disappearance “suspicious.”

“Generally speaking, stranger-on-stranger crime is not very common,” said Grandjean.

Source of above article: Abcnews.go.com

For some reason my media-link isn’t working so for part two of this article, click: http://abcnews.go.com/US/whitney-heichel-missing-kids-found-cell-phone-belongs/story?id=17514873&page=2

_______________

Published: 10/17/12, GRESHAM, OR — Starbuck’s Employee Missing From Gresham Since Tuesday:

A young Starbuck’s employee has not been seen or heard since Yesterday Morning and her loved ones fear she was abducted.

Whitney Heichel, 21, left her Gresham apartment building at approximately 6:50a.m.. She was employed at a local Starbucks and was suppose to be at her 7a.m. shift which is only a few minutes away from her home.

She never made it.

Several hours later, and four-miles from her home her black SUV was located abandoned in a Walmart parking lot with it’s windows smashed out and the back-seats pushed down. And according to an article posted online, there was also a large amount of mud on her tires.

Her ATM card was used at a local gas station at 9:14 a.m. with blurry surveillance tape showing her vehicle at the location, Gresham Police confirmed.

Police asked those who worked at the gas station if they seen anything and a gas-station employee said he witnessed a suspicious looking male driving the black SUV as Whitney sat in the passengers side. He said the man looked like he was in a hurry and appeared to be anxious.

Her ATM card was later used at a local gas station at couple hours later at 9:14 a.m. with blurry surveillance tape showing her vehicle at the location, Gresham Police confirmed.

Pictured; Whitney Heichel posing with her Husband of two years, Clint Heichel as they take a picture of themselves.

Her husband, Clint Heichel told Fox 12 that he learned of his wife’s disappearance when her manager at Starbucks called to say she had not arrived for her shift.

”She got dressed this morning, normal everything. Kissed me goodbye, said goodbye,” he said on Tuesday.

Shortly after Whitney’s shift started her Employer, who noticed she wasn’t there and didn’t called went ahead and contacted her husband and said, “Hey, I was just curious, did Whitney decide to be sick or not feeling well? Have you seen her or talked to her?”‘ he told KATU.

After hanging up with her boss, Client tried repeatedly calling and texting Whitney to no avail. That’s when he went and called 911. .

“I hope she’s okay,” Client said Tuesday. “Anyone who has a loved one or is married knows if your spouse goes missing and there’s no word… I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to think, I don’t know what to do.”

Whitney Heichel is described as a Caucasian female, with a slim body frame, brown hair and brown eyes, 5’2” and weighing approximately 120-pounds.

Search: A map of Gresham, Oregon shows the short distance between Heichel's home and her work

A map of Oregon posted by Dailymail shows the distance from her home, work, Walmart parking-lot and the Gas-Station where the Witness spotted Whitney and a ”Suspicious looking man.”

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Whitney Heichel or what happened to her, please contact:  Gresham Police at (503) 618-2719.