Posts tagged ‘Remains Found’

Elderly Woman Found In St. Clair County Identified As Mary Grenia

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Photo of Mary G. Grenia who police say was murdered and dumped by her daughter earlier this year

 

UPDATE – The unidentified Jane Doe discovered in a St. Clair County dumpster back in March 2013 has been identified as Mary Gertrude Grenia, an 89-year-old elderly woman originally from Salem, Oregon. Her daughter, also from Salem, has been arrested in connection with the death. Click here for the full updated story.

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Unidentified “Jane Doe” Description
State: Michigan
Estimated age Adult – around 80
Minimum Age: 60 years
Maximum Age: 100 years
Race: White Sex: Female
Hair:  Gray shoulder-length hair
Eyes: Dark eyes
Height: 5’0″ Weight: 100 lbs (est)
Probable Year of Death: 2013
Clothing: She was wearing an Indian print skirt and a blouse that was white, black and red
Other: Signs of having had a mastectomy and two surgical scars on her stomach

The remains of an unidentified woman were discovered on Tuesday, March 13, 2013 under a snow bank near a dumpster behind a Goodwill store in Port Huron, St. Clair County, MI. Detectives were able to determine that the woman’s body had been there since at least March 3, 2013 but had been concealed by snow and blankets.

Medical Examiners described the Jane Doe as an elderly woman with a recognizable face which helped an artist draw a composite sketch depicting what she may have looked like when she was alive.

An autopsy was done on the woman, but a cause of death wasn’t determined.

Case Number: SCC-13-025

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Detective Eric Stevens (810) 987-1726.

Identity of East River Jane Doe Found Deceased Over One Decade Ago Still Unsolved

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Date of Birth: January 1, 1985 (not the actual birthdate but an estimation)
Date of Discovery: May 6, 2000
Estimated Age When Found: Between 12 and 18 years
Estimated Age As Of Now: 28
Sex: Female Race: White (Victim may also be Hispanic or of mixed ancestry)
Hair: Black Eye Color: Unknown
Height: 5’6″ Weight: Approx 150 lbs
City/State: NYC, New York
Country: (Northeast) USA

The skeletal remains of a child or young teenager were discovered floating in the East River located near 57th Street in New York City. Medical Examiners estimate her age as being between 12 and 18, and they believe she has been deceased for up to several months prior to discovery. She was found wearing dark-colored cargo pants, a Champion blue sports bra, blue boxer shorts, a t-shirt with a skunk printed on the front and the words “Perfect Thyroid” on the back (Perfect Thyroid is a local band originating in the Kingston, NY area.)

A photo of the shirt and pants can be seen in the left-hand bottom corner.

Due to the condition of the remains, some items in the composite – such as hairstyle and skin tone – are the artist’s estimations based on the description medical examiners gave and should NOT be the sole significant marker for identification.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is asked to please contact the following agencies: 
New York City Police Department (NYCPD) 1-212-374-6919 (Case #: 3698-00)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)
NCMEC Cold Case Review Unit at 1-877-446-2632, ext. 6235 or 6342

NOTE: An unidentified individual located on US soil could be from anywhere around the world. Canada is closer to NY than California and it’s possible the victim was brought from up north. Child and females are the most targeted for abduction and/or human sex-trafficking and thousands of victims are smuggled into the US every year for profit. If you’re from another country don’t exclude the idea that this victim could be one of your own. Leave no stone unturned.

Two Similar Unsolved Cases of Unidentified Females Found In NY

These two cases are very similar. Both females were discovered in NY, both are Hispanic/Black woman, each with a similar tattoo on their breast, both murdered and unidentified, both with missing body parts when they were discovered. They were found ten years apart.

Victim One:

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A small tattoo of two red cherries on a green stem above her right breast

  • Unidentified Hispanic or Black Female
  • The victim was discovered on March 3, 2007 in Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York
  • Estimated Date of Death: Last week of February, 2007
  • State of Remains: Torso and two legs only
  • Estimated age: 35-50 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’7″ – 6’1″; 180 – 200 lbs.
  • Other: The torso had a stab wound and belonged to a large woman.
  • Clothing: She was wearing gray Champion sweat pants, a tan or cream-colored long-sleeved shirt by Voice and a red camisole bearing Spanish-language labels.

A female torso inside a suitcase washed ashore at Harbor Island Park in Nassau County, New York on March 3, 2007. About three weeks later, the two legs were found a day apart — on March 21 off Cold Spring Harbor and March 22 off Cove Neck, along Nassau County’s Gold Coast. Each leg had pink toenail polish on some toes. DNA confirmed the legs and torso belonged to the same woman.

Since the torso floated onto the beach as storm-fed floods hit the region, authorities have said it could have come from almost anywhere.

The dark blue or black suitcase is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. Police also found small scraps of paper tucked away in the crevices of the suitcase. When pieced together, it looks like a calendar with the Spanish word “cinco” and the phrase “begin to live.”

Mamaroneck Police Department are working jointly with Nassau and Suffolk Police
914-777-7780

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Victim Two:

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A tattoo of a peach in the shape of a heart with a bite taken out of it and two drips falling from its core was located on her left breast.

  • Unidentified Black / Biracial Female
  • Located on June 28, 1997 in Lakeview, Nassau County, New York.
  • Estimated Date of Death: No more than 3 days
  • Cause of death was homicide
  • Estimated age: 16 – 30 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: Unknown
  • Scars/Marks: She had an abdominal scar, possibly from a caesarean section.

On June 28, 1997, a dismembered body was discovered in a wooded area of Hempstead Lake State Park, Lakeview, New York. Both arms, head, and legs below the knee were severed and have not been located. The torso was found on the west side of Lake Drive, about 200 yards north of Peninsula Boulevard.

She was found in a Rubbermaid container along with a red towel and a floral pillowcase.

With no leads to the woman’s identity, the police published a picture of the approximately two-inch wide tattoo in a national tattoo magazine, in the hopes of finding the artist who did the work. They received a call from a man in Connecticut who claimed he remembered giving the tattoo to a woman. The artist said he remembered the customer as a young black woman, about 18 or 19 years old, who was accompanied by two women, an aunt and a cousin. During the session, he also claimed she told him she was from either the Bronx or Long Island and that she was in Connecticut because having trouble with her boyfriend at the time. It is possible the woman had other tattoos on her arms or lower legs that the killer did not want found.

NCIC Number: U-037859772
If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Detective William Brosnan
Nassau County Police Department
516-573-7000
OR
1-800-244-TIPS

Source: Doe Network

Unidentified Teenager Found In Madison County On October 16, 1997

Unidentified White Female – Homicide Victim
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These sketches are computer-generated facial reconstruction done by a forensic artist at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which were created based on the description of the victim. The photos should not be the main identifying factor.

•Estimated age: 15 – 19 years old
•Approximate Height and Weight: 4’10″- 5’1″ (147-155 cm)
•Distinguishing Characteristics: Shoulder length dark blond or light brown hair with a possible reddish tint. Her eye color and weight couldn’t be determined.
•Clothing: She may have been wearing a white with blue broad stripes casual, sleeveless top, size unknown, which was found near the skeletal remains outside of the plastic sheeting. No jewelry was recovered.

 

The skeletal remains of a murdered teenager were discovered on October 16, 1997, by a hunter in a remote wooded area in Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama, near Indian Creek Road, South of Kelly Spring Road.

Indian Creek Road is near a major roadway – Alabama Highway 53. The highway is a connector that runs between Huntsville, Alabama and Interstate 65 in Ardmore, Tennessee. So it’s possible the person responsible for the homicide came from another state and choose to the area at random, possibly knowing the area was discrete.

According to authorities, the victim’s body was wrapped in plastic sheeting commonly used in construction. The plastic was wrapped with gray duct tape.

The victim is believed to have been deceased for a period of up to 1 – 1 1/2 years before discovery. She was not wearing clothes when she was discovered. The body drifted down the creek, and washed onto the bank, and that’s when the teen was found by a hunter.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Madison County Sheriff’s Department
Criminal Investigations Squad
256-532-3713
Email
or
The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program Unit (VICAP)
Crime Analyst Glen W. Wildey, Jr.,
703-632-4166

NCMEC Case Number:
NCMU400002

NCIC Number:
U-071281620
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Murder Victim Dubbed “Princess Jane Doe” Found In Blairstown Cemetary in the Summer of 1982

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These are three seperate composite sketches which were created by different artist to give an idea of what the unidentified Jane Doe may have looked like alive. Both sketches are an approximate description based on the deceased victim’s physical features and shouldn’t be used as the sole basis of identifying the victim.

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The identity of a young female discovered in Warren County, New Jersey on July 15, 1982 remains unknown over three decades later.

The unidentified female was given the name “Princess Jane Doe” after she was discovered in a wooded area in Blairstown Cemetary, Route 94, NJ. She had been beaten to death and medical examiners conclude her estimated time of death could have been up to several weeks prior to discovery. They also determined she wasn’t pregnant nor did she ever give birth. She had no drugs in her system at the time of her homicide.

The community was horrified that something like this could happen so close to home and saddened when nobody came forward to claim the body so they came together and raised the funds to give Princess Doe a proper burial and gravestone.

So many years have gone by and many believe Princess Doe wasn’t from the area due to the fact that nobody knows who she is. It’s possible she may even be from another Country which would explain why, despite thousands of people threw out the United States seeing her case, her identity remains a mystery. However, a witness did come forward saying she knew Princess Doe and that she lived in Long Island, NY and was estranged from her family.

Lt. Stephen Speirs of the Warren Co. Prosecutor’s Office has investigated Princess Doe’s case close for many years and had hoped to solve the mystery by July, 2007, which would have been the 25th anniversary of the discovery. But it’s now passing the 30th anniversary with just as many unanswered questions as there was 30 years ago.

Physical description: A young Caucasian female between 14-20 years of age with a thin frame. Eye color is unknown. When she was found she was wearing red nail polish on her right hand but no polish on her left, almost as if she started painting her nails but didn’t get to finish. Her left ear has two piercings, her right ear has an unknown amount of piercings.

Case Details:

Date Body Found: 07/15/82
Estimated Date of Death: 07/11/82
Estimated Age: 14 – 20 years (victim would be in her 40′s if she was still living today)

Hair: shoulder length brown hair

Weight: 90 – 100 pounds
Height: between 5’2” / 5’4”

Teeth: Lower anterior teeth are crowded (two of her front teeth were slightly darker than the rest of her teeth and her teeth also indicate she came from a middle-class background)

Clothing: A red V-neck pullover shirt with yellow piping on the front portion of the shoulder and blue and black piping around the neck, sleeves and waist. Victim was also wearing a red/white/blue print wrap-around skirt with a wide border print of peacocks on the lower portion.

Jewelry: A gold-colored chain with small white beads spaced evenly within the chain. Attached to the chain was a 14K gold cross with an ornate design.

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Photo provided by NJ State Website (link below)

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Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: The New Jersey State Police at 1-800-709-7090 or you can submit an online tip by e-mail missingp@gw.njsp.org

Source: NJ State Police Website & America’s Most Wanted

Bodies of three Wyoming residents found in plane wreckage Yesterday Morning in Utah

The bodies of Matthew Ahrens, 37, Trista Meyer, 34, and her daughter Shyann Lenz, 9, have been found deceased one week after they vanished flying from California to their home State of Wyoming after visiting Ahrens family in California for the Holidays.

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Left; Ahrens Middle; Shyann Right; Trista

Searches were conducted on November 25, 2012 when the missing family suddenly vanished while flying home after celebrating Thanksgiving with Ahrens family in his hometown in Bakersfield, CA.

Ahrens was the pilot and was flying the plane when it crashed in Utah on their way to Gillette, Wyoming. The three stopped off in Fillmore, Utah to refuel and Meyer texted her sister to tell her she would be home in a few hours, that was the last communication before the crash.

 Family don’t no what went wrong and described Ahrens as an ”experienced pilot.”

After a week of searches by authorities in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter spotted the wreckage in mountainous terrain Sevier County at 8.15am Yesterday, November 2, 2012.

The bodies of their two dogs were also discovered.

‘They were just about clear at the top of the mountain. I don’t know if they got disoriented or couldn’t get enough altitude. I don’t know what it is.’ said Sevier County Sheriff, Nathan Curtis.

The bodies have been taken to the state medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.

Shyann Lenz’s biological father, Mark Lenz is devastated with his daughters death.

‘They’re in God’s care now,’ Lenz said. ‘We don’t have to worry about them being cold and we don’t have to worry about them being out there anymore. They’re on their way home.’

Mark Lenz’s Facebook page shows him and his daughter Shyann on the default. He also left a comment saying:

One thing I noticed today, in between crying bouts, is that the world seems more cold and more empty than ever before. I have lost my way and I am struggling to find it again, my children make it easier I guess, but the hurt is still overpowering, I try to look at pictures, which makes me cry harder, I try to pray it makes me cry harder, I try to remember shy and tris being silly and I smile but then cry really hard. Ugh I am unsure how to proceed, usually I have some idea, but not today. Shyann I love you my little angel, daddy is not giving up, he has just lost his way. I cannot wait to see you again, and until then just sit up there with Pop and keep watching your dad make a fool of himself, you always said I was good at that. I love you lil lady, and I will see you soon. Love Daddy

A Facebook group Prayers for Trista, Shy and Matt was created which has turned into a memorial with over 11,000 ‘likes’

Pedro Bravo will plead NOT guilty to murdering Christian Aguilar

Pictured above: Christian Aguilar disappeared on September 20, 2012 and was located deceased a couple weeks later.

Pictured below: Pedro Bravo, the last known person to see Aguilar alive has pleaded not guilty to his murder.

Christian Aguilar (top) an 18-year-old Student who attended University of Florida has been missing since Thursday, September 20th, 2012.

Updated: 10/20/12 Miami, FL — Pedro Bravo will plead NOT guilty to murdering Christian Aguliar:

GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) — Despite overwhelming evidence, a public defender says 18-year-old Pedro Bravo will plead not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the death of Doral Academy graduate and UF student Christian Aguilar.

Court records show that the family of Pedro Bravo has requested a public defender to represent the 18-year-old. Public Defender Stacy Scott said Friday that her office planned to file the not-guilty plea on Bravo’s behalf.

Aguilar was last seen in a Gainesville Best Buy with Bravo. Aguilar’s remains were found last week in rural Levy County.

Police say Bravo originally told them that he beat Aguilar unconscious and left him in a parking lot.

Bravo’s previous lawyer tells The Gainesville Sun that Bravo’s family doesn’t have the money to hire a private attorney for a potentially lengthy trial.

Source: miami.cbslocal

 

Previous updates below.

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Updated: 10/15/12 Miami, FL — Remain’s found in Levy County ARE Christian Aguilar:

The remains found in Levy County have been positively identified as missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar, the Gainesville Police said Monday.

Police said the positive identification on the remains of the 18-year-old University of Florida student was made through dental records. Additional forensic testing will be performed to determine the manner of death and to document any trauma wounds.

“The Aguilar family has been notified of the positive identification,” the police said in an email statement.

Meanwhile, a memorial service for missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar was planned for Monday night in Gainesville.

PHOTOS: Christian Aguilar Case

Aguilar’s family has been involved in the planning of the service to held at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, which holds about 900 people. Several people were expected to talk about the teen during the service, and there will be reception afterwards in the Catholic Student Center.

The service will be held in Spanish and English and there will be a candlelight ceremony as well. It is open to the public.The Gainesville Police Department on Saturday said they assisted the Levy County Sheriff’s Office after the body was discovered, but the identity of the remains has not been confirmed.

The remains were found around 2:30 p.m. Friday by hunters at the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club, east of Cedar Key, according to the Gainesville Sun. Gainesville Police, in Alachua County, said they responded to the area, located off State Road 24 on Parker Boulevard, at the request of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. Gainesville is about 60 miles northeast of the area where the body was found.

The remains were found six miles off paved road with blue Vans shoes, duct tape and blue jeans, according to reports.

“It looked like somebody tried to bury it, unsuccessfully,’’ The Miami Herald reported Fred Oliver, a volunteer with the sheriff’s office, as saying. “They saw the skull, realized it was face down, and they realized it was not an animal.’’

“They’re almost sure they know who it is,” Oliver was quoted as saying.

The student’s father, Carlos Aguilar was in Gainesville with the police on Saturday.

“I just want to make sure that everybody knows that our prayers have been heard. We, as a family believe that Christian has been found, but we will wait until the authorities confirm it,” said his father Carlos Aguilar during a news conference in Gainesville on Saturday.

The 18-year-old was last seen Sept. 20 with Pedro Bravo, his friend and former classmate, at a Gainesville Best Buy, authorities said.

“While some people still hoped to find Christian alive, the unfortunate reality is going to sink in,” Gainesville Police spokesman Ben Tobias told the Gainesville Sun. “I’m glad the family is finally going to get some closure.”

Police arrested and initially charged Bravo, also 18, with depriving a crime victim of medical care, but he was later charged with murder after police say they found blood in Bravo’s SUV and found Aguilar’s backpack hidden inside a suitcase in Bravo’s closet.

Police also said Bravo bought a shovel and roll of duct tape days before the student vanished.

On Thursday, a vigil led by Father Luis A. Rivero of St. Thomas University was held at Carlow Park in Sweetwater.

Volunteers from around the state had helped in the effort to find Aguilar, and on Twitter, people used #HelpFindChris as a hashtag. There was also a Facebook page set up and dedicated to the search.

                                  Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

Source: NBCMiami

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Updated: 10/14/12 Miami, FL — Parent’s say remains found in Levy County ARE missing UF Student:  

Although investigators have yet to say definitively, the family of missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar said the remains found Friday are their son.

The 18-year-old has not been seen since late September.

After all the anxiety and all the man hours of searching, the Aguilar family feels like they’re one step closer to peace.

“We, as a family, believe that Christian has been found,” said Carlos Aguilar, Christian’s father. “But, we will wait until the authorities confirm it.”

They took the podium Saturday at UF for a brief press conference.

Gainesville police officers were there in support, but didn’t answer any questions.

Aguilar delivered a message in both English and Spanish, while his wife clung to his side and broke down with emotion.

“Our family is going to be grieving,” Aguilar said.

The break in the case came Friday afternoon in Levy County.

Hunters stumbled upon remains at the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club and called police.

Gainesville detectives assisted, and after a short time, alerted the Aguilar family.

Positive identification of the remains cannot be made until forensic processing is complete, but they wanted them to know just in case.

It was the news family and friends feared, but expected as time went on.

They thanked everyone who’s worked day and night to find Christian alive, despite the odds.

For now in the short term, they’ll look ahead and heal the best way possible.

“If it wasn’t for the prayer, if it wasn’t for the support, if it wasn’t for the angels that came through, and that they care about my family and they care about a missing student that is now part of this society,” Aguilar said.

Christian was last seen at a store with high school friend Pedro Bravo. Bravo previously said the two had a fight and he left the 18-year-old in a parking lot. He’s been charged with first-degree murder.

Again, there has been no confirmation on the identity of these remains.

Source: cfnews13

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Updated: 10/13/12 Miami, FL — Remain’s found likely to be Missing University Of Florida Student:

Authorities said a body, likely the remains of missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar, was found in Levy County by hunters.

Christian disappeared less then a month ago on Thursday, September 20th, 2012.

The Gainesville Police Department on Saturday said they were assisting the Levy County Sheriff’s Office after the body was discovered, but the identity of the remains has not been confirmed.

The body was found around 2:30 p.m. Friday by hunters at the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club, according to the Gainesville Sun. Gainesville Police, in Alachua County, said they responded to the area, located off State Road 24 on Parker Boulevard, at the request of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. Gainesville is about 60 miles northeast of the area where the body was found.

PHOTOS: The Christian Aguilar Case

“Two young fellas were looking for firewood by themselves,” Fred Oliver, a volunteer with the sheriff’s office, was reported as saying. “They picked up the scent, the odor of something dead.”

The student’s father, Carlos Aguilar, is traveling from Miami Saturday to meet with investigators.

The 18-year-old was last seen Sept. 20. with Pedro Bravo, his friend and former classmate, at a Gainesville Best Buy, authorities said.

“The police tell me they have a body that matches Christian,” he was quoted as saying by the Herald. “I am just going to see if this is my son.”

“While some people still hoped to find Christian alive, the unfortunate reality is going to sink in,” Gainesville Police spokesman Ben Tobias was quoted as saying by Gainesville Sun. “I’m glad the family is finally going to get some closure.”

Oliver said told the newspaper the men had thought it was a deer’s body, but he said it was obviously human.

Blue Vans shoes, duct tape and blue jeans were found with the body, the Gainesville Sun reported the authorities as saying.

The newspaper said that even though the clothes match what Aguilar was wearing when he went missing, the remains still must be identified through testing, according to a source.

“They’re almost sure they know who it is,” Oliver was quoted as saying.

Police arrested and initially charged Bravo, also 18, with depriving a crime victim of medical care, but he was charged with murder after police say they found blood in Bravo’s SUV and found Aguilar’s backpack hidden inside a suitcase in Bravo’s closet.

Police also said Bravo bought a shovel and roll of duct tape days before the student vanished.

VIDEO: Pedro Bravo Charged With Christian Aguilar’s Murder: Gainesville Police

On Thursday, a vigil led by Father Luis A. Rivero of St. Thomas University was held at Carlow Park in Sweetwater.

Volunteers from around the state had helped in the effort to find Aguilar and on Twitter people used #HelpFindChris as a hashtag and there was also a Facebook page set up and dedicated to the search. Police recently changed the search from rescue to recovery.

But during the extensive search,  two of Agular’s relatives were having trouble getting visas to leave Colombia and join the family in the United States.

Sen. Marco Rubio’s office says two of Aguilar’s aunts have been trying to secure humanitarian travel visas but were denied. His office has been trying to assist them.

The visas were denied on grounds that the women failed to present strong enough ties to Colombia. Both have pending green card applications.

VIDEO: Sweetwater Officials Join Search for UF Teen

                     Source: NBCMiami

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Updated: 09/29/12 – Miami, FL – Blood Found In Pedro Bravo’s SUV:

Blood was found in the sports utility vehicle of Pedro Bravo, the  man accused of murdering a missing University of Florida student,  Gainesville Police said Saturday.

The Florida Department of law enforcement said it will rush test  the blood in the vehicle and compare it with DNA samples of  Christian Aguilar. Authorities said they also discovered  Aguilar’s backpack hidden inside of a suitcase in Bravo’s closet.

Also on Saturday, UF scientists confirmed that limerock residue  was also found in the vehicle, leaving Gainesvlle Police to  believe Aguilar is located near areas of limerock.

Bravo, the friend and former classmate of Aguilar, was held in  jail without bond Saturday for first-degree premeditated murder.  Police say Bravo changed his story after being confronted with  evidence.

Bravo was charged for the alleged crime Friday, although he was  first arrested on Monday for depriving a crime victim of medical  care. Neither Aguilar nor a body has been discovered, according  to Gainesville Police.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was scheduled to help search for the  student on Saturday, according to officials. Along with other volunteers, Scott planned to search for three  hours in the wooded area near 5700 SW 34 St. in Gainesville.

Back in South Florida, a donation station for the Aguilar family  is scheduled between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Sweetwater City Hall.

“We just need to raise money so we can keep the family up there  and help with any expenses that they need,” said Jenina Valdes,  who said she graduated with Aguilar.

She also spoke to NBC 6 South Florida about the new charge  against Bravo.

“There are so many rumors going around, but again, both Pedro and  Christian were very good friends, they were very good people, and  for this to happen, I mean, this broke our hearts completely,”  she said.

The family of the missing teenager asked for water, snacks,  machetes and rubber boots. It also requested volunteers.

“The search has not stopped in any way and we need more  volunteers,” said Michelle LaPiana, who has a daughter in  Gainesville assisting in the search. “It’s not going to stop  until we recover Chris Aguilar for his parents.”

Aguilar has been missing for more than one week. Numerous police  agencies and volunteers have spent day after day searching woods  and other areas around Gainesville for signs of Aguilar, 18, with  little to show for their efforts.

On Wednesday, Gainesville Police said Bravo bought a shovel and  roll of duct tape “several days” before the disappearance.

Source: msnbc

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Update: 09/27/12 Miami, FL - Pedro Bravo’s Roommate Says He Last Saw Him on Night Christian Aguilar Disappeared:

A Gainesville roommate of Pedro Bravo - the teen charged in connection with the disappearance of University of Florida freshman Christian Aguilar – says he last saw Bravo on the night Aguilar vanished.

Roberto Finnale said he hasn’t had contact with Bravo, 18, for the past six days.

“The last time I saw him was on Thursday, the night that everything unraveled. It was around 8 to 10 p.m.,” Finnale told NBC 6 South Florida.

He said he was in the kitchen of their Gainesville apartment as Bravo was on his way out.

“I heard a sole pair of footsteps, and out of instinct, I say, ‘Hey, how’re you doing,’ and it was Pedro’s voice that said, ‘I’m doing all right,’” Finnale said. “And it was very nonchalant, but within a couple of minutes, like five minutes later, he was already out the door. He seemed like he was in a rush.”

Bravo remained in custody Wednesday on $100,000 bond on a charge of depriving a crime victim of medical care related to Aguilar’s disappearance.

VIDEO: Doral Academy Holds Vigil For Missing UF Teen

Gainesville Police said Wednesday that Bravo, who was a classmate of Aguilar’s at Doral Academy Preparatory High School, bought a shovel and roll of duct tape several days before Aguilar disappeared. A massive search is underway for Aguilar in Gainesville.

When Finnale moved to his Gainesville apartment, he needed roommates, and he says his complex hooked him up with another roommate and Bravo. “He was quiet, and he was a little secluded, and yeah, he kept to himself for the most part, but he seemed like a very nice guy,” Finnale said.

He said it was a shock when he learned that his roommate was named a person of interest in the Aguilar case. “I hope that everything turns out, that everything turns out all right,” Finnale said.

Source: NBCMiami

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Earlier Update: 09/25/12 Miami, FL: Friend of Missing UF Student arrested as search continues…

The family of a missing University of Florida freshman from South Florida say they’re holding out hope he’ll be found safe as police continued to search for him Tuesday.

Christian Aguilar, 18, has been missing since Thursday, and authorities suspect foul play. On Monday, Gainesville Police arrested Aguilar’s classmate, 18-year-old Pedro Bravo, on a charge of depriving a crime victim of medical care, a third-degree felony.

Bravo appeared in bond court Tuesday where he was ordered held on $100,000 bond by Alachua County Judge Thomas Jaworski. He will have to wear an ankle monitor and won’t be allowed to leave the country if he posts the bond.

PHOTOS: The Christian Aguilar Case

Members of Aguilar’s family and Bravo’s parents attended the hearing, where Aguilar’s mother pleaded with Bravo for more information.

“Pedro, we ask directly to you, to give us one clue, one address, any place where he may remember where my son could be, no more,” Claudia Aguilar said.

Gainesville Police say Bravo told investigators he was involved in an altercation with Aguilar on Thursday, and on Monday released a surveillance photo of the two together from the day of the disappearance.

After Tuesday’s hearing, Bravo’s attorney, Larry Turner, said his client is very concerned about Aguilar and said Bravo’s parents have offered to join in the search.

“These are two best friends, best friends get into fights just like brothers and sisters get into fights,” Turner said. “We’re hoping that Christian is alive and well and that he will be found in good health. The family is praying for that, they’ve offered to assist.”

Police have been searching for Aguilar since Friday, and have been joined by several friends, teachers and family members, but so far haven’t found him.

The search had also spread to social media. A Facebook page called Find Christian Aguilar was set up and the hashtag #HelpFindChris was being used on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Gainseville Police a shoe was found in the area of 1100 NE 53rd Ave., but it does not appear to be the same type worn by Aguilar on the day of his disappearance.

Authorities also said his cellphone is no longer active.

In a statement released Tuesday, Gainesville Police said a command post has been established at Forest Park at Southwest 43rd Street and Southwest 20th Avenue. Several search warrants have been executed in relation to the case and investigators are plotting a timeline of when Aguilar was last seen, police said.

“I’m exhausted right now, but right now I got more faith,” Aguilar’s father, Carlos, told NBC 6 late Monday night. “That’s what keeps me going. I think anyone right now would be already giving up but I got hope and faith and that’s what’s keeping me going.”

Father of Missing UF Teen Asks for Help in Search

Carlos Aguilar said he would continue to search for his son on Tuesday with the help of friends and family members who traveled to Gainesville from South Florida to help.

“All these people are coming so far away to support him, to look for him, to search for him, tell you the caliber of human being he is and the family that is behind him,” Carlos Aguilar said.

Police have said Christian Aguilar, a graduate of Doral Academy Preparatory High School, may be disorientated and or seriously injured and unable to seek medical attention.

“My son always kept in communication with us, he never passed a lot of hours without talking to us,” Carlos Aguilar said. “It’s not normal, that’s the reason we’re concerned.”

Alexander Aguilar, Christian’s brother, said he spoke to him on Wednesday, the day before he went missing.

“Words cannot describe how bad this feels, the uncertainty of knowing whether or not he’s fine, where he is, it’s killing all of us right now,” Alexander Aguilar said. Chris was never like this, is never like this, he would always call, always keep in touch with my parents.”

In a statement, police said Bravo “was held for mental examination under Florida’s Baker Act on Friday after making comments to investigators that he wanted to harm or kill himself.”

Bravo has given police at least three different versions of what occurred, authorities said.

Police said Tuesday that since Bravo has retained an attorney, they can’t speak with him.

“I assure you any help that can be given will be given,” Turner told reporters Tuesday.

Bravo and Aguilar both graduated from Doral Academy last spring. A girl who also attended the school came between them, senior Roger Sanchez said Monday.

“They had been dating for two years prior, Pedro and this girl. And after that they had broken up and I guess Christian began dating her,” Sanchez said. “Pedro had driven back from FIU up to Gainesville to get back with her and it turns out he found out that they were basically – his best friend was dating his ex-girlfriend. That’s what led to the whole dilemma.”

That girl was identified as Erika Friman. She told NBC 6 South Florida that her ex-boyfriend knew their relationship was over.

“The whole case, I don’t think it had anything to do with me,” she said.

Friman joined the group of volunteers to help with the search.

“I believe he’s alive,” she said. “I’m not going to think otherwise until we have evidence.”

On Tuesday, friend Sebastian Arias, who traveled from South Florida to Gainesville to join in the search, said he wasn’t giving up.

“Right now, I’m just trying to stay positive because there’s been a lot of stuff going around. I’ve been out in the field all day because I do have a positive outcome for this and I know that we’re gonna find Chris because he’s a strong person,” Arias said. “The reason I came here is to bring him back.”

Police said Aguilar is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and of medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue/gray hoodie and either light blue or gray jeans. Anyone with any information in the case is asked to contact Gainesville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at 352-393-7670.

There will be a candlelight vigil for Aguilar at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Trail Park at 780 Northwest 127th Avenue in Miami.

Source: NBCMiami

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Originally Update: 09/24/12 Miami, CA: A friend of a missing Miami man who attends the University of Florida in Gainesville was arrested Monday.

Pedro Bravo, 18, is accused of denying a crime victim medical care to Christian Aguilar, 18, and was being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond Monday night, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Aguilar’s father, Carlos Aguilar, was shown on South Florida television news reports, machete in hand, searching for his son in a wooded area.

The father told WSVN-Ch. 7 that he hopes to find his son and that “he’s going to be beat up, but OK.”

Aguilar’s girlfriend, Erika Friman, told the student-run newspaper The Independent Florida Alligator, “It’s heartbreaking that this would happen to someone who is so good.”

The missing man has a history of depression, Gainesville police said.

Before the college freshman disappeared, he and Bravo had a confrontation, police said. Bravo told investigators he left Aguilar in a parking lot, police said.

After telling police he wanted to harm himself, Bravo was held for examination under Florida’s Baker Act on Friday, police said.

Aquilar is a 2012 graduate of the Doral Academy in Miami, where his brother Alex Aguilar is a junior.

“He was a stellar student,” Principal Douglas Rodriguez said of the missing man who spent his middle and high school years at the academy. “He was very, very motivated, at the top of his class in terms of GPA, and was in dual enrollment.”

Aguilar completed college freshman-level courses in math and science during his senior year, Rodriguez said, and studied biomedical engineering.

Students at the academy have raised $2,000 to pay for the Aguilar family’s expenses while they stay in Gainesville during the search.

Some of the academy’s students are upset, Rodriguez said, and have received counseling. “We’re very hopeful there will be a positive outcome,” Rodriguez said.

In February 1989, another UF student with South Florida ties, 20-year-old Tiffany Sessions, disappeared while walking near campus. If she is still alive, Sessions would be 43.

Her father, real estate developer Patrick Sessions, launched a national awareness campaign about his daughter and became an activist for missing children and their families.

Aguilar is 5 feet 3 inches tall with a medium build and was wearing a blue/gray hooded sweat shirt and light blue or gray jeans.

Source: Huffington Post

Remains Found In Shallow Grave 43-Years-Ago Indentified As Girl, 14, Who Disappeared From Orange Grove

  • Elizabeth Ernstein vanished in 1968 while walking home from school
  • Body found in  shallow grave one year later was never identified
  • Exhumed in 2011, and positively identified as missing student this year
  • Authorities believe Ernstein was murdered, but would not elaborate

Closed case: Authorities identified 44-year-old remains as those of Elizabeth Ernstein, who vanished in 1968

Authorities Identified 43-Year-Old Remains As Elizabeth Ernstein.

Dailymail has the rest of the story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2197044/Elizabeth-Ernstein-Remains-43-years-ago-shallow-grave-identified-girl-vanished-orange-grove.html#ixzz25L2oW6aL

Lyric Cook & Elizabeth Collins Found Deceased In Woods By Hunters

Elizabeth Collins, 8 (left) – Lyric Cook, 10 (right)

LATEST UPDATE: 12/06/12  -  ‘Our nightmare of not knowing is over’: Mothers’ agony as hunters find bodies of missing cousins who disappeared five months ago while riding their bikes

  • Investigators have held on to hope that Lyric Cook, 11, and Elizabeth Collins, 9, were alive
  • Grainy video showed the girls riding by on their bicycles on the day that they vanished in Evansdale, Iowa
  • Young cousins were last seen on July 13

The mothers of the girls who went missing while riding their bikes in July have spoken of their agony after the discovery of their dead bodies, and said the only comfort is the nightmare of not knowing where the children are is over.

Hunters discovered the bodies of Lyric Cook, 11, and nine-year-old Elizabeth Collins, from Eastern Iowa, in a wooded area yesterday after they vanished on July 13 near Meyers Lake in Evansdale.

Elizabeth’s mother Heather Collins posted a statement on her Facebook page late last night: ‘We have been so blessed by the outpouring of all the prayers and support tonight with the gut wrenching news that my beautiful daughter and niece’s bodies were found by hunters today.

Close: The girls, pictured in 2009, often spent the day together when Lyric's mother was at work

Like sisters: The girls, pictured in 2009, would often spend the day together when Lyric’s mother was at work and were very close

Cousins: Elizabeth Collins, 8, and her cousin have been missing since Friday July 13, 2012      'Not sure why': Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, has been missing since last week and FBI officials say the family has not been totally cooperative

The bodies of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey were found by hunters on Yesterday December 4, 2012

Helen Collins, the mother of Elizabeth, said: 'This was (not) the outcome we wanted but we know that they are up in Heaven with our Savior and our nightmare of where they are and what is happening to them has been answered'Helen Collins, the mother of Elizabeth, said: ‘This was (not) the outcome we wanted but we know that they are up in Heaven with our Savior and our nightmare of where they are and what is happening to them has been answered’

‘This was (not) the outcome we wanted but we know that they are up in Heaven with our Savior and our nightmare of where they are and what is happening to them has been answered.

‘Lord, we know that you have them in your loving arms and we are so blessed for that.’

The bodies have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for autopsies.

Captain Abben who has been leading the investigation, said the nearly five-month-old case has been very difficult for the families, the community and law enforcement officers, too.

He said: ‘It is definitely not the outcome we wanted. Numerous officers from many, many jurisdictions have worked on this case around the clock since the 13th of July, when we were notified of this.

‘This is a difficult thing for us to go through; a difficult thing for the people of the community.’

Discovery of the two bodies came on Day 145 of the girls’ disappearance.

Abben says the area where the bodies were found is still being processed.

Estranged: Lyric's parents, Misty and Dan Morrissey, both have checkered criminal pasts - and were investigated as persons of interest in the disappearance of the girlsEstranged: Lyric’s parents, Misty and Dan Morrissey, both have checkered criminal pasts – and were investigated as persons of interest in the disappearance of the girls
Missing: The two young cousins have been missing since Friday, July 13 after going for a bike ride togetherMissing: The two young cousins have been missing since Friday, July 13 after going for a bike ride together
Grandmother: Wylma Cook, pictured, was believed to be the last person o see the girls before they vanishedGrandmother: Wylma Cook, pictured, was believed to be the last person to see the girls before they vanished

The girls were last seen leaving from their grandmother’s house on their bikes.

The grandmother, Wylma Cook, has said Lyric knew not to go far because the girls planned to leave for the home they shared in nearby Waterloo with Lyric’s mother, Misty Morrissey, by 1:30pm.

She said that she expected the girls to return for lunch or a drink of water or juice as they always did when they were playing in the heat.

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Published: 09/05/12 – Did Missing Iowa Girl’s Cause Mass Panic?

→ After missing Iowa girls Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins vanished from Evansdale, attempted abduction reports seemed to increase drastically. While law enforcement in the area treat each and every report thoroughly and honestly, is it possible that some of them are just the resort of mass panic? It’s likely that many attempts are stories made up either by the children or the people calling — as this sometimes happens when cases become high-profile. High profile missing persons and unsolved homicide cases sometimes attract strange individuals, and that’s an understatement.

After the two missing Iowa girls became a national news story, at least two reports of creeps in vans attempting the abduction of children. In each case the children were able to run free and tell their parents all about it. This could be brought on by the common knowledge this case has shared of a van driver being questioned in regards to Lyric’s and Elizabeth’s disappearance. However, it’s equally possible that there is a van driving child predator lurking about the neighborhoods throughout the state.

There haven’t been any investigative updates in this tragic case, which is making it hard to foresee a positive ending. The case is approaching its two-month-mark soon, but will detectives bring news to the public regarding the possible whereabouts of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook? There are also no updates regarding the recent hospitalization of the mother of Lyric Cook, who recently appeared to overdose on medication.

SOURCE: http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981611289

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08/15/12 – Missing Iowa Girls Not The Only Children in Family to Vanish - http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981546919

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09/11/12  - Vigil for Missing Iowa Girls

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07/30/12 - Missing Iowa Girls May Be Alive & Mysterious Boater May Know Something

Some hopeful news on a day that everyone is talking about children being shot in movie theaters and abused by football coaches. Investigators think the two missing cousins from Iowa are still alive! The girls’ bodies are not in the lake, and the case has been officially classified an “abduction.” But what exactly did they find or discover that makes them think that? You almost never hear investigators say they believe that an abducted child is still alive after almost a week later. There is definitely something up here, a twist is coming that we don’t expect, I can feel it. Could the mysterious person in the paddle boat on the lake possibly hold the key?

Police are looking to interview someone who was paddleboating on the lake at the time the girls vanished. He or she is not necessarily a suspect, but police obviously think he may have seen something. I wonder if this has some connection to the “object” near the shore bagged as evidence that everyone made a big deal about.

Late last week it appeared as if the parents might have had something to do with the girls’ disappearance, as they were reportedly not cooperating with police. Dan Morrissey and Misty Cook-Morrissey, Lyric’s parents, have both served time in jail over drug charges, and Dan has a history of domestic violence. But Misty Cook-Morrissey apparently submitted to a lengthy lie detector test today and is telling everyone she passed. Dan is also currently off the hot seat for now, though he’s being watched closely.

It can’t be that difficult to track down people in the area who have paddle boats. I’m sure investigators are scouring the county as we speak. Another theory could be the disappearances are linked to the parents’ drug past. Or, maybe someone the girls knew took them.

The case is so wide open right now that any scenario is possible. In the end it really doesn’t matter what it is as long as the girls are found safe and unharmed, and let’s hope that happens very soon.

 

Video footage has emerged of two Iowa cousins who went missing on Friday, July 13.

ABC News has obtained the footage of 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and her 10-year-old cousin, Lyric Cook, riding their bikes on the same day they went missing. It lasts just a few seconds.

“It looked kind of grainy, I mean just zoom they were by the thing and so it’s very hard to really make much out of the thing,” Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben said. “The girls were less than a block from the house when this camera captured them riding by, important to note they were riding away from Meyers Lake.”

Investigators are examining the footage for clues that could lead to the discovery of the missing girls who, authorities say, were abducted twelve days ago after riding their bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale.

The children’s grandmother, who was babysitting the cousins when they disappeared, told the AP she has no idea how they ended up across town by a lake.

Earlier this week, ABC reported that the families of the two cousins remain hopeful.

“They told us they do have a couple of leads and that is it. Anything is hopeful,” Heather Collins told ABC News’ Robin Roberts.

On Saturday, the AP reported that authorities still believe the girls are alive.

“We believe these girls are alive, and we are not discouraged by the passage of time since their disappearance,” FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said. “We are urging anyone with information to come forward. Any information, as insignificant as it may seem, could be vital to this investigation.”

Cook’s parents, Misty and Daniel Morrissey, have criminal records relating to methamphetamine, and Daniel Morrissey has been eyed by family members as a suspect in the girls’ disappearance.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/25/missing-iowa-cousins-video_n_1702822.html#slide=1233330

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Saturday July 21, 2012 - Iowa Cousins Case Now Considered Abduction
Monday July 23, 2012 – FBI Believes Missing Iowa Girls are Still Alive
Thursday July 26, 2012 – Surveillance footage Found of Missing Cousins
Sunday August 11, 2012 – Vigil for Missing Iowa Girls

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