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Search for missing ten year old Nevada girl ends after her murdered remains were located in a undeveloped housing tract

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Photo of Jade Morris, 10

LAS VEGAS — Police suspect that a casino worker killed a 10-year-girl before going to a Las Vegas resort and allegedly slashing the face of a co-worker with razor blades.

The search for Jade Morris ended Friday afternoon when officials confirmed that it was her body that was found a day earlier in an undeveloped housing tract. The Clark County coroner’s office said she died of multiple stab wounds,

Jade was last seen Dec. 21 with family friend Brenda Stokes Wilson, who picked her up to go Christmas shopping.

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MUGSHOT: Brenda Wilson

Wilson, 50, returned the car she had borrowed for the outing to a friend two hours later. Jade never came back. Investigators later found blood on the driver’s door and steering wheel of the 2007 Saab sedan.

Later that night, Wilson was wrestled to the ground with razors in each hand after allegedly slashing the face of a female co-worker at the Bellagio casino.

A judge raised her bail to $60,000 from $600,000 Friday morning after she was identified as the prime suspect in the child’s killing.

“It’s no secret the defendant is the suspect in the murder of 10-year-old Jade Morris,” prosecutor Robert Daskas told Senior Clark County District Court Judge Joseph Bonaventure at the hearing.

Later Friday, Las Vegas police homicide Capt. Chris Jones said investigators were still moving forward.

“As soon as we get all the evidence in that we need, we’ll book her on the murder charges,” he said.

Wilson has been jailed since the 21st on felony battery with a weapon, burglary and mayhem charges that could get her decades in prison.

Police said she offered no help in the search for the missing girl. Murder and kidnapping charges could get her life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

On Thursday, Las Vegas police responding to a 911 call found a girl’s body in unkempt brush near palm trees in a small traffic circle about 10 miles from the downtown Las Vegas outlet mall where Stokes was to have taken the girl shopping.

On Friday evening, Jones called the slaying “unfathomable.”

“Even having our jobs, we still can’t wrap our heads around this,” he said. “A lot of people think that just because of our positions we can understand it, but we can’t.”

In court Friday morning, Wilson stood flanked by eight police officers as her lawyer, Tony Liker, clutching a Bible and a copy of the charging documents, asked the judge to postpone arraignment until Wednesday to give him time to meet with Wilson.

Wilson, who had been identified by police and prosecutors as Brenda Stokes, told the judge Friday that her full name was Brenda Stokes Wilson.

Jade’s father, Philip Morris, was removed from court Wednesday by armed court officers after shouting questions about his daughter’s whereabouts to Wilson. He did not attend Friday’s hearing.

The two dated for several years, and Jade had a long and trusting relationship with Wilson, according to the girl’s grandfather, Philip Tucker.

Tucker said Philip Morris lived in Billings, Mont., and worked at a Flying J truck stop for more than a year. He would stay with Wilson when he visited Las Vegas, Tucker said.

Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the slaying. But Tucker said Wilson appeared to believe that the face-slashing victim had become romantically involved with Philip Morris.

Wilson picked up Jade for their shopping expedition around 5 p.m. Later, she got a ride with a friend to the Bellagio. She allegedly attacked her co-worker, Joyce Rhone, at around 9:30 p.m.

Rhone, 44, was hospitalized with deep cuts on her face, including one from her ear to the edge of her mouth.

Wilson told investigators that she visited her doctor last week, seeking to be admitted to a hospital “due to feeling like she wanted to hurt someone.”

 Source: Huffingtonpost

Austisic Man Found Buried In Wood’s Was Tortured & Murdered By Half Brother

12/05/12, WISCONSIN — Matthew Graville couldn’t read well or remember numbers. He could drive his friends crazy with his incessant talking. But all he really wanted, by all accounts, was to fit in.

When detectives found the 27-year-old autistic man’s body buried in the woods months after he disappeared, they uncovered what investigators say was a horrific story of family violence.

His half brother, Jeffrey Vogelsberg, had repeatedly tortured and abused Graville, prosecutors say, and the beatings finally went too far.

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Matthew Graville (pictured above) who had Asperger’s Syndrome, was allegedly tortured and murdered by his stepbrother Jeffrey Vogelsberg (below) in Mazomanie, Wisconsin
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‘[Vogelsberg] is someone who deserves to be hung up… and left to be tortured,’ said Richard Swangstu, who befriended Graville when they were teenagers living in a foster home.

‘Matt was a brother to me. I didn’t lose a friend. I lost family.’

Vogelsberg is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. An extradition hearing in Washington state, where Vogelsberg moved after Graville’s death last summer, is scheduled for Thursday.

Vogelsberg’s attorney, Lisa Contris, didn’t return several messages, and Vogelsberg didn’t respond to a letter requesting an interview.

Another man who owned the house where Vogelsberg and Graville lived is accused of helping to hide Graville’s body.

Robert McCumber told investigators he went to bed listening to Vogelsberg beat Graville in the bathroom, but he also said the beatings were nothing new.

House of horrors: This photo shows the home in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, where prosecutors say Vogelsberg beat and tortured Granvile to deathHouse of horrors: This photo shows the home in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, where prosecutors say Vogelsberg beat and tortured Granvile to death

When he woke up on July 1, Graville was dead on his couch; Vogelsberg was gone – on his way to Missouri to see his wife graduate from U.S. Army basic training at Fort Leonard Wood.

Graville was born with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism marked by an inability to read social cues, repetitive routines and clumsiness.

Criminals have long preyed on the disabled.The violent victimization rate for the disabled 2010 was 28 per 1,000 people, almost twice the rate among non-disabled people, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Accomplice? Landlord Robert McCumber allegedly helped Vogelsberg by hiding Graville's bodyAccomplice? Landlord Robert McCumber allegedly helped Vogelsberg by hiding Graville’s body

Still, Graville’s case left Wisconsin investigators shocked.

‘In 33 years, 25 as a detective, I find it difficult to find another case where an individual took advantage of a developmentally disabled male for their own entertainment,’ Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney told reporters at a news conference to announce the charges.

‘Matthew lived a living hell.’

Graville’s early life is murky. At some point he ended up foster care.

Those records are confidential and his biological mother, Vicki Graville, declined to comment, saying she doesn’t want to jeopardize the investigation into her son’s death.

When he was 16 or 17, Graville moved into a foster home, where he roomed with Swangstu.

At first Graville drove him ‘up the wall’ with his incessant talking, Swangstu said, but as he learned more about Asperger’s, he took Graville under his wing.

They went to high school together and they worked at the local McDonald’s.

Graville was happy, Swangstu said. He loved listening to rap music, watching funny movies, whittling walking sticks or sitting outside.

‘Enjoying the simplicities of life,’ Swangstu said of the time they spent together. ‘Sitting around a bonfire. Drinking soda. Watching fireworks go off. Playing catch in our yard. … Matt was a loving, kind, gentle soul.’

Eventually Graville moved out of the foster home and somehow connected with Vogelsberg, his 28-year-old half-brother.

Vogelsberg and Graville went on to rent McCumber’s house in Mazomanie, a village of about 1,650 people 25 miles west of Madison.

Brutal end: Police retrieved the 28 year old's corpse from rural woods in Lone Rock, WisconsinBrutal end: Police retrieved the 28 year old’s corpse from rural woods in Lone Rock, Wisconsin

Court records show Vogelsberg had been in trouble with the law before.

He had been convicted of siphoning gas from vehicles, shooting a man with a BB gun and throwing his dog down his apartment stairs.

A former landlord accused him of blowing up her chicken with a bottle rocket.

Vogelsberg’s grandfather reported Graville missing in July. Weeks went by with no sight of him.

In September, investigators caught a break when county workers notified them someone had used Graville’s food stamp card at a Madison grocery store two weeks after he disappeared.

Mommy dearest: Matthew's stepmother Laura Robar allegedly stole from his bank accounts after his deathMommy dearest: Matthew’s stepmother Laura Robar allegedly stole from his bank accounts after his death

According to the criminal complaint, store surveillance video identified the card user as Vogelsberg’s mother, Laura Robar, who has since been charged with identity theft.

She led investigators to McCumber, who told them that Vogelsberg regularly abused Graville, beating him and shooting him with a BB gun repeatedly, according to the complaint.

Finally, Vogelsberg became convinced Graville was poisoning Vogelsberg’s children and started beating him in the bathroom.

McCumber said he didn’t interfere because Robar was there and he thought she wouldn’t let things get out of hand.

When he found Graville’s body the next day, he called Vogelsberg, who told him to wrap the body in plastic and place it in a chest freezer in the garage, according to the criminal complaint.

Several days later, he and Vogelsberg buried Graville in the woods along the Wisconsin River.

McCumber said Vogelsberg had a pistol and he was afraid he might kill him.

Vogelsberg was arrested on November 5 in Washington state, where he moved after his wife was assigned to a base near Tacoma. He remains in custody with no bail.

McCumber is set to be arraigned later this month. His attorney could not be reached for comment.

Robar is set to stand trial early next year. Her attorney, Jason Gonazlez, said in court Wednesday that Robar was involved with making ‘some really bad decisions’ and is cooperating with detectives, but he doesn’t believe prosecutors can prove all the elements of identity theft.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Kaiser said in court Wednesday that Robar has said she will do anything to protect her son.

Swangstu said he will always be angry at Graville’s family.

‘There won’t be a day when I don’t resent what his family did,’ he said. ‘He was doing everything he needed to do until he connected with his real family. His real family ruined it.’

SOURCE: DAILYMAIL

 

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

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

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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.’

 

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Suspect charged with murder of missing University of New Hampshire student, 19, who vanished from campus

Suspect charged with murder of missing University of New Hampshire student, 19, who vanished from campus

Police have arrested a Dover man in connection with the disappearance and murder of Elizabeth Marriott who’s body has not been found but Dover Police Department said they have enough evidence to assume she is deceased. They have told her heart-broken family to stop search efforts.

Elizabeth also known as ”Lizzi” was a nineteen year old marine biology major who lived with her aunt in Chester, NH. She was a 2011 graduate of Westborough High School in Massachusetts and was a Student at University Of New Hampshire.

She had attended a class at the university on Tuesday night and made plans to visit a friend in Dover. Police tracked down the friends, who said Lizzi never arrived that evening.

Click the photo of Elizabeth Marriott for the full story written and published by Dailymail.