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Mother of missing woman bitter over killer’s release

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

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

And the mother of the victim is not happy.

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

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

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

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Photo of Angie Yarnell who vanished almost one decade ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: News Tribune

Where is Elaina Steinfurth? Toledo Baby Missing Since June 2nd

eliana-endangered-missing18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth (pictured), known widely as “Baby Elaina” was reported missing on June 2, 2013 when her father went to pick her up along with her 4-year-old sibling at the mother’s Toledo, Ohio home located on the 700th block of Federal Street. When he arrived the child’s mother made excuses before claiming Elaina had been kidnapped.

Police, dive teams, volunteers and search dogs have been trying to locate the little girl for several weeks now to no avail.

June 2nd – HLN Timeline:

Terry Steinfurth Jr. described what happened when he went to pick his two daughters up from his estranged wife on June 2 and he discovered that Elaina was missing.

Angela Steinfurth, Elaina’s mother, had stayed at her ex-boyfriend Steven King’s house the previous night. When Terry went to the Federal Street home of King’s family to get the girls, he says he found Angela sitting on the porch smoking a cigarette.

“I asked her to go get the baby,” he said. “She told me she had just laid her down for a nap and she wasn’t waking her up.”

According to Terry, Angela let their 4-year-old go with him but she refused to go inside and get Elaina. Then he claims King started “yelling and screaming like he wanted to fight, ripped his shirt off.”

At that point, Terry says he left and came back with his father, Terry Steinfurth Sr., who got out of the car and confronted King.

“The boyfriend told me he would fight with me, like he wants to do with my son, and I just told him I wasn’t there to fight with him,” Steinfurth Sr. told Grace Monday. “I wanted to see my granddaughter.”

Steinfurth Sr. claims Angela told him she would not give Elaina up because she thought Terry would never bring her back. She finally agreed to go inside and get Elaina, and King went into the house with her, he says.

Steinfurth Sr. said Angela came back outside about a half hour later and claimed someone had taken Elaina.

According to a police report obtained by HLN Monday, King is believed to have left through the back door during this time without anyone knowing. Angela allegedly said he left to go look for Elaina.

The police report revealed additional information about the timeline of events on June 2. According to the report, Angela said she last saw Elaina when she put her down for a nap around 1 p.m.

She said she and her ex-boyfriend then went to the Family Dollar and, when they returned, the door to the bedroom where Elaina had been sleeping was still closed so she did not go in to check on her.

Around 2 p.m., Terry Steinfurth Jr. arrived. After arguing with Angela, he returned around 2:30 with his father and Angela agreed to get Elaina. 25 minutes later, Angela said Elaina was gone. Steven King had left at that point.

Police arrived around 3 p.m. and began interviewing witnesses and searching the neighborhood. King returned around 4:30 p.m., according to the report.

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Recent photo of Baby Elaina taken shortly before her disappearance

The police report described the King house as “unfit for living,” noting sewage overflowing from a toilet and dog feces on the floor.

King and his parents have not returned calls from HLN seeking a comment on the case since Thursday, but his mother and father both told HLN last week that he is cooperating fully with investigators and does not know where Elaina is.

Angela Steinfurth was arrested last Wednesday on a child endangerment charge for allegedly not seeking medical attention for Elaina after she suffered an injury. She remains in custody on $250,000 bond.

Angela’s stepfather, Richard Schiewe, suggested Monday that there is more to the story.

“My daughter screwed up big time, okay?” Schiewe told Nancy Grace. “I’m not making excuses. I can’t forgive and I can’t forget it. The story is she knows what happened to the baby. She got afraid because people threatened, if you say anything, you’re next.”

Schiewe claimed Angela told him she does not know where Elaina is, but she knows what happened to her and who took her from the house.

According to Schiewe, Angela told him she had made a big mistake, but he would not say what the mistake was, stating that the FBI told him not to talk about it. However, he did say his “gut feeling” is that Elaina is dead.

Elaina is described as a White female, brown hair, blue eyes, 2’1″ tall, weighing 21 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Your local authorities (911) and/or Toledo Police Department (419) 936-8995

Source of Timeline: HLN

Timothy J. Corcoran (16) Missing From St Louis County, MO

Timothy-Joseph-CorcoranClassified: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Timothy Joseph Corcoran
Missing Since: May 10, 2013
Missing From: St. Louis, Missouri
Age: 16
Race: White Sex: Male
Hair: Dirty Blonde Eye: Blue
Height: 6’1 Weight: 130 pounds
Clothing: Last seen wearing a black St Louis Cardinals baseball hat, white t-shirt and tan (possible khaki) shorts. He has a medium complexion.

The St Louis County Police Department are asking the public for help in locating a missing St. Louis Teenager.

Timothy Corcoran was last seen leaving his home on 2996 Old Baumgartner Road Oakville, St Louis, MO at approximately 11a.m. on May 10, 2013 to meet a friend for lunch. About an hour later his father returned home and found a letter that indicated Timothy may possibly harm himself.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
911 or the St Louis County Police at (314) 889-2341.

Irina and Oscar Vazquez Believed to Have Been Abducted By Their Mother (May be in Mexico)

IRINA-AZURA-VAZQUEZ• Victim #1
Case Type: Family Abduction
Full Name: Irina Azura Vazquez
Missing From: Cook County, IL
Date of Birth: June 14, 2006
Missing Date: Feb 22, 2013
Current Age: 6
Race: Hispanic Sex: Female
Height: 3’10” Weight: 45 pounds
Hair: Brown Eye: Brown

NCMEC Case#: NCMC1211577

 

 

 

Irina Vazquez was last seen on the night of February 22, 2013 in Berwyn in Cook County, Illinois. Irina’s younger sibling, Oscar Vazquez, was last seen on June 30, 2011. They’re believed to be in the company of their mother and she may have taken them to Mexico or may still be in the USA. She hs ties to San Antonio, TX.

Irina has a birthmark on her lower back. When Oscar was last seen he was missing is two front teeth. Both children may be going by the last name Carbajal, Vasques, or Carbajal-Vazquez.

OSCAR-CONRADO-VAZQUEZ• Victim #2
Full Name: Oscar Conrado Vazquez
Date of Birth Jun 30, 2009 Sex: Male
Missing Date: 02/22/13 Race: Hispanic
Current Age: 3
Race: Hispanic Sex: Male
Height: 3’2″ Weight: 30 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown

NCMEC Case#: NCMC1211577

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either child are asked to please contact:
Berwyn Police Department 1-708-795-5600
And/Or
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)