Tuesday, May 30, 2017
In honor of my 1 year mark for being a confirmed member of the LDS church I'm going to tell everybody what I've noticed is a big step in my journey over the year. The biggest change is my mom. She wanted absolutely nothing to do with our church but she likes people in the church being in my life. Also I noticed that she had the sister missionaries over for a dinner. That is a huge step in the right direction. Let me clarify 1 thing: it took my mom about a year since I was baptized to agree to let the missionaries over for a meal.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Naomi Michelle Miller was a woman who disappeared in 2005, and was found buried underneath the old San Angelo speedway on March 8, 2017. Disappearance: Miller went was missing in 2005, but was not reported missing until December, 2015. Her relatives have said that she "just took off" after a family fight one night which Tom Green County Sheriff David Jones during a press conference with local media, and also stated that none of her personal or banking records indicated any activity. Investigation and aftermath: The first suspect in the death of Miller was her ex husband Robert Miller, and the police have also arrested a second suspect in the death of Miller named Ludonna Gail Yoder who is the girlfriend of Robert Miller who said that she disposed of Miller’s body the night that she was murdered in a shallow grave at Miller's ex house on which was in Tom Green community. Miller's parents were contacted about her murder in 2005. Her ex husband Robert now faces charges in her death.
my ex and i weren't good for each other. we fed on each other's insecurities. i fed on his jealousy as i've not been sought after and he fed on the anxiety of me not wanting other guys. he of course was more brazed with his jealousy as 2 of the guys he didn't know and worried i'd like them more than him. luckily we got out of that relationship. he knew my secrets and weaknesses and fed on that. i'm still a tad embarrassed about 1 secret he knew but i'm slowly coming around to telling people like i'm coming around to the idea that boys can (and do) like me.
On February 14, 2017, the bodies of Abigail "Abby" Williams and Liberty "Libby" German were discovered on a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana after the girls had disappeared from the same trail the prior day. The murders have received significant media coverage due to the fact that a photo and audio recording of a man believed to be girls' murderer was found on the phone of German. Despite the photo and audio recording of the suspect being released to the public by police, and over 15,000 tips being sent to police, no arrests have been made in the case. Murders: At 1 p.m. on February 13, 2017, friends 13-year-old Abby Williams and 14-year-old Libby German were dropped off by a family member at an abandoned bridge where they planned to go hiking. The girls were reported missing at 5:30 p.m. after they did not arrive to be picked up from the bridge. Authorities initially did not suspect foul play was involved in the disappearance until the bodies of the girls were found at noon the next day, about a half mile from the bridge. Police have not publicly stated how the girls were murdered. Investigation: On February 15, police released a photo of man they wanted to speak to about the murders, but did not officially identify him as a suspect until February 19. Police later released an audio recording of him saying "down the hill". The photo came from German's phone, and was taken via Snapchat and authorities have indicated that more evidence relating to the suspect was found on the phone but has not been released.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sheila Fox (disappeared 18 August 1944) was an English girl whose disappearance at the age of six from Bolton, Lancashire, England, has been called one of World War II England's most "baffling" mysteries. Fox was nicknamed by the press as "The Girl in the Green Mac". Circumstances: Fox was last seen leaving her school at 4:00 pm in Farnworth on 18 August 1944, presumably on her way home, to which she never arrived. Companions of Fox claimed to have seen her with a man outside a bakery, where some accounts stated the pair were walking together and others stated she was sitting on the upturned crossbars of a black bicycle he was riding. The subject seen with the unidentified man matched Fox's physical description and also wore the same clothes she had been last seen wearing. The man seen with Fox was described as a well-dressed, clean-shaven male between the ages of 25 and 30 years, with a slim build. One of the witnesses claimed to have spoken with her and stated Sheila said she was "going with this man" when asked where she was going. Due to the fact that Sheila Fox was described as very shy, it is believed she probably knew the man "very well" if she was to interact with him. Due to this, it is strongly believed that the individual responsible for the child's disappearance was someone that the victim was comfortable with. After this, no trace of Fox was ever reported again. Fox's parents stated that Sheila may have been attempting to meet with friends in London. Family members, greatly affected by the event, long hoped that she was still alive, as police were unable to find her body. They were also known to keep their doors unlocked if she was to ever return, had she run away. Neighbours of the Fox family stated that their hopes later changed to speculations that the girl had been murdered. Investigation: The case has always been treated as a missing person case, as no definitive evidence of murder, or even a body, was ever found. On the night of her disappearance and the following days, extensive searches for Fox were conducted in the area, by both members of the police force and volunteers. Despite their efforts, police were unable to find any evidence, including the clothing she was wearing, of where she and the man had gone after Fox was last seen. Newspapers covered the story, which was quickly "overshadowed" by events caused by the current war. Searches for Sheila were "expanded" in 2001, after police were notified by an individual claiming to have witnessed a twenty-year-old resident digging in the area around the time the girl vanished, during the late hours of the night and had long suspected foul play was involved. This tip led to the case being reopened by investigators. The location was fairly close to where she lived. Residents expressed doubts that anything would be found, as earlier maintenance of the city sewers in the area had not unearthed any remains. The property, at the time, was owned by the man seen digging, who is now deceased. The man was convicted of a rape six years after the disappearance and had later been convicted of a child's sexual assault in the 1960s. It was later excavated manually by authorities in hopes of finding her remains. The procedure, which began on 5 June and lasted a few days, was unsuccessful, as nothing of evidentiary value was discovered. The person of interest's son stated he had no knowledge of any circumstances requiring a police search. Some have connected the case to the murder of Quentin Smith, four years after she disappeared. Other similar cases were noted to be two attacks on schoolgirls that were the same age as Fox was, in 1945 and 1948. These involved an individual bearing a knife, which was not consistent with the events leading up to Sheila Fox's disappearance and the perpetrator was never apprehended.
The Springfield Three refers to an unsolved missing persons case that began on June 7, 1992, when friends Suzanne "Suzie" Streeter and Stacy McCall, and Streeter's mother, Sherrill Levitt, went missing from Levitt's home in Springfield, Missouri. Neither their whereabouts nor their remains have been discovered. Background: Sherrill Elizabeth Levitt was born on November 1, 1944, and was age 47 at time of her disappearance. She was 5 feet 0 inches (1.52 m), 110 pounds (50 kg), with short light blonde hair, brown eyes and pierced ears. She was a cosmetologist at a local salon and a single mother, and was described as being very close to her daughter, Suzanne Elizabeth "Suzie" Streeter. Streeter was born on March 9, 1973 (age 19 in 1992), was 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m), 102 pounds (46 kg), with shoulder length blonde hair and brown eyes. Her distinguishable marks included a scar on her upper right forearm, a small mole on the left corner of her mouth, and pierced ears (left ear pierced twice). Streeter's friend, Stacy Kathleen McCall, was born on April 23, 1974 (age 18 in 1992), was 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m) and 120 pounds (54 kg), with long dark blonde hair and light colored eyes. Disappearance: Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall graduated from Kickapoo High School on June 6, 1992. Streeter and McCall had been reported to be last seen at around 2:00 am on June 7, when they were leaving the last of the few graduation parties they had attended that evening. At some point during the night, they were also seen in Battlefield, Missouri. The pair planned to spend the night at a friend's house, but when they decided the friend's house was too crowded, they instead left to go to Streeter's (and thus Levitt's) home to retire for the night. It is assumed they arrived, because their clothing, jewelry, purses and vehicles were all present at the house the next day. Sherrill Levitt, Suzie's mother, was last heard from at approximately 11:15 p.m. on June 6 when she spoke with a friend on the phone about painting an armoire. The alleged timeline of the three is suspected to be convoluted, as the friends who last saw Suzie and Stacy the previous evening were also the first to arrive at the Levitt home the next day. McCall's parents contacted police in reference to their daughter's disappearance from Levitt's home more than 16 hours after the women were last seen, and other worried friends and family called and visited the home the following day. Police later estimated that the crime scene had been corrupted by ten to twenty people who visited Levitt's house. Upon the officers' arrival, the scene showed no signs of a struggle, except for a shattered porch light that had been innocuously cleaned by friends. Police also noted Levitt's bed had been slept in. All personal property was left behind including purses, money, cars, keys, cigarettes, and the family dog (a Yorkshire Terrier). Later developments: On December 31, 1992, a man called the America's Most Wanted hotline with information about the women's disappearances, but the call was disconnected when the switchboard operator attempted to link up with Springfield investigators. Police said the caller had "prime knowledge of the abductions" and publicly appealed for the man to contact them, but he never did. Levitt and Streeter were declared legally dead in 1997. However, their case files are still officially filed under "missing". Investigators received a tip that the women's bodies were buried in the foundations of the south parking garage at Cox Hospital. In 2007, crime reporter Kathee Baird invited Rick Norland, a mechanical engineer, to Springfield to scan a corner of the parking lot with ground-penetrating radar (GPR). Norland found three anomalies "roughly the same size" that he said were consistent with a "grave site location"; two of the anomalies were parallel, and the other was perpendicular. The Springfield Police Department did not believe the scan was conclusive enough to "justify tearing up the concrete", and also stated that the parking garage was completed a year after the women disappeared. Suspect: In 1997, Robert Craig Cox, imprisoned in Texas as a convicted kidnapper and robber and the suspect in a Florida murder, told journalists that he knew the three women had been murdered and buried, and claimed their bodies would never be recovered. In 1992, Cox had been living in Springfield and, when interviewed then, had told investigators that he was with his girlfriend at church the morning after the women disappeared, which she corroborated. However, she later recanted that evidence and said that Cox had asked her to say that. Cox also stated that he was at the home of his parents the night of the disappearance, and they confirmed that alibi. Authorities were uncertain if Cox was involved in the case or if he was seeking recognition for the alleged murders by issuing false statements. Cox stated to authorities and journalists that he would disclose what happened to the three women after his mother had died. In media: The case remains unsolved in spite of upward of 5,000 tips from the public. In June 1997, a bench was dedicated to the women inside the Victim's Memorial Garden in Springfield's Phelps Grove Park. The case has been featured on 48 Hours, Unsolved Mysteries and America's Most Wanted. In March 2011, Investigation Discovery aired "The Springfield Three" on its Disappeared TV series.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Marcia Virginia Trimble was a 9-year-old girl who disappeared on February 25, 1975, while delivering Girl Scout Cookies in Green Hills, an affluent area in Nashville, Tennessee. Her body was discovered 33 days after her disappearance, on Easter Sunday, near the Trimble family home. She had been sexually assaulted. The case went unsolved for 40 years. A suspect was charged in 1979 but was released in 1980 for lack of evidence. In 2008, Jerome Sydney Barrett was charged with the assault and murder of Marcia Trimble, after DNA evidence recovered from her remains linked him to the crime. Barrett had been convicted in other attacks on women and children around the time of Trimble's murder. On July 18, 2009, a jury convicted him. He was sentenced to 44 years in prison. Marcia's murder occurred soon after two other crimes: -On February 2, 1975, Sarah Des Prez, a Vanderbilt University student, was murdered near the university, which is located close to Green Hills, where Marcia was murdered. -On February 17, 1975, a Belmont University student was raped in Nashville. Jerome Barrett was arrested in March, 1975, in connection with this crime. He was convicted of it a year later. Early murder investigation: Marcia Trimble disappeared while delivering Girl Scout Cookies in her neighborhood. The case was investigated by local and state police. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) joined the case due to the possibility of kidnapping. Trimble's body was discovered more than a month later. It was found that she had been sexually assaulted before being killed. Investigators searched the neighborhood, believing it likely that the murderer was a local resident. Police attention soon focused on Jeffrey Womack, a 15-year-old boy who lived near Marcia's home. Womack was one of the last people to see her alive. Marcia had come to Womack's house the day of her disappearance. Womack said that he had sent her away because he did not have money to buy cookies. He said that, after he learned of the girl's disappearance, he went to her house to tell the police there what he knew. According to Womack, the police aggressively questioned him and then made him empty out his pockets. Inside the pockets, police found a half roll of pennies, a five-dollar bill, and a condom. This seemed to contradict Womack's testimony that he lacked the money to pay Marcia. The condom suggested to police that he may have sexually abused Marcia. Womack later said that he had the condom because he was having a sexual relationship with a local woman. According to Womack, his mother and a neighbor found out that the police were questioning him and insisted that any further interrogation must be done with a lawyer present. Reporter Demetria Kalodimos believed that Womack's decision to call a lawyer made police more suspicious of him. They felt that an innocent person had no need of a lawyer. Womack's attorney, John Hollins, advised him to stop cooperating with police. After that, Womack refused to discuss the case with either the police or the media. Unable to obtain a confession, the police resorted to other means to try and gather evidence against Womack. When Womack was 17 years old and working as a bus boy in a restaurant, the police sent an undercover officer into the restaurant to befriend him, but they did not get any incriminating evidence. Womack passed two polygraph tests. In 1980, authorities finally arrested him for Marcia Trimble's murder, but the charge was dismissed for lack of evidence. Many police officers involved in the case continued to believe that he was guilty. DNA samples were taken from semen collected from Marcia's body, but these samples were stored improperly and deteriorated over time, limiting investigators' ability to identify or exclude suspects. Police collected DNA samples from 96 suspects, including Womack, but none of these samples matched the DNA found in the semen. Evidence found: Investigators said they believed more than one man's semen was found inside Marcia's body. Semen also was found on her clothes. Investigators believed Marcia had been lured into a garage and killed there. Her body was found fully clothed next to bags of fertilizer in the garage. Despite having been lying there for a month, there was little decomposition, due to the cool, dry environment. The cause of death was determined to be strangulation because Marcia had suffered a broken hyoid bone. Police found it difficult to determine how many people were involved in the crime. They believed the perpetrator was a juvenile and someone Marcia knew. Dirt that was found on her shoe was mainly upon the sole, indicating that she had walked into the garage, and had not been dragged into it. Semen was found on the girl's blouse and pants but not on her underwear. Semen was also found in her vagina, but there was no other sign of rape or penetration. Investigators believed Marcia's attacker was either an adolescent boy or a man with a very small penis. DNA tests seemed to indicate there was semen from as many as four different attackers. One investigator doubted this because the samples had been poorly preserved. "I'm not confident in the DNA sample that we've got," Nashville homicide detective Tommy Jacobs said. Theories pursued by investigators: In 2001, a local paper interviewed Police Captain Mickey Miller, former homicide detective Tommy Jacobs of the Nashville Police, and former FBI agent Richard Knudsen about the unsolved Trimble case. Each had a different theory about what had happened on the evening when Trimble disappeared. Captain Miller said that while Trimble was killed in the garage where she was found, that may not have been where she was sexually assaulted. Miller thought that Trimble might have been sexually assaulted at a tree nursery which became part of the investigation. Citing DNA evidence, he also believed that she was sexually assaulted by up to three boys. Jacobs was not sure that Marcia left her home to deliver cookies to Marie Maxwell. He suggested she might have been planning to meet up with Womack. Jacobs said he thought that someone Marcia knew lured her into the garage. He did not know if it was Womack or just an "adolescent teenager with his hormones blitzing." "The suspect just raped someone. It was probably a new experience for him, and it was a new experience for Marcia. It was a tense situation. Marcia screamed. I don't think the perpetrator wanted to kill her. I think he wanted to gain control of her and make her be quiet." In contrast to Miller (his former boss), Jacobs did not believe that Marcia was sexually assaulted by more than one person. The FBI's Knudsen posed a different theory. He said that Marcia had walked to Marie Maxwell's home as the woman was pulling into her driveway. Given the timing, Marcia could not have known that Maxwell was returning home unless someone had called to tell her. Just minutes earlier, Maxwell had parked her car in front of a neighbor's driveway to ask a quick question. That house was across the street from the Womack and Morgan homes. If Jeffrey Womack was home during that time, or if he was at Peggy Morgan's house, he could have seen Maxwell's car and called to Marcia. Knudsen placed Womack at the driveway with Marcia The three investigators' theories varied widely, but they concluded that whoever killed Marcia most likely was a juvenile who lived in the neighborhood. Indictment of Jerome Barrett: On June 6, 2008, a Davidson County Grand Jury indicted 60-year-old Jerome Sydney Barrett, charging him with first-degree murder and felony in the case of Marcia Trimble. Barrett had formerly been indicted and convicted for other assaults against women and children. At the time of Marcia's murder, Barrett was working in her neighborhood. Barrett first took responsibility for the 1975 murder during a private conversation on the rooftop of the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center. During questioning, "He said he did not rape her. He killed her." "He said his DNA was on her, but not in her." Barrett once again claimed to have killed Marcia immediately after he had had an altercation with another jail inmate. It was during this altercation, the convict said, that Barrett claimed to have killed "four blue-eyed bitches." Journalists revealed that, for more than a decade, investigators had concealed the fact that DNA evidence excluded numerous neighbors as potential suspects. A retired police detective admitted that the men were excluded and that they had not been told of the fact. In the early years of the investigation, the use of DNA evidence was new, and investigators did not thoroughly understand its implications. Investigators were not sure the DNA evidence was conclusive for excluding suspects. In addition, detectives admitted to careless handling of Marcia's body, stating that they simply cut her blouse and pants off in the shed without wearing protective gloves. Barrett's record: Sarah Des Prez, a Vanderbilt student, was murdered about three weeks before Marcia Trimble. Metro's Cold Case Unit was able to apply new DNA analysis to evidence from the Des Prez murder to bring charges against Barrett. At the announcement of the arrest of Barrett, police suggested that he might have murdered Marcia. The police said that Barrett's whereabouts and crimes during the period of Marcia's murder had placed him under increased scrutiny. On February 17, 1975, a Belmont University student was raped in Nashville. Jerome Barrett was arrested in March, 1975, in connection with this crime. He was convicted of it a year later. On December 3, 2007, Nashville television stations reported that DNA recovered from the Trimble crime scene matched that of Barrett. "Advances in DNA testing enabled a match between crime-scene evidence and Jerome Barrett, a 60-year-old Memphis man with a criminal record of sexual assaults on both grown women and children." Barrett was in jail from March 12, 1975, until after Marcia's body was found. Impact upon Nashville: Residents were upset by the fact that the victim was a child, and that the crime took place in an affluent neighborhood. This was at a time when people felt that their children were safe. The delay in finding and recovering the girl's body also disturbed people. FBI agents were brought in to assist with the investigation. After Womack's release in 1980, residents continued to be haunted by this unsolved murder. Each year, Nashville media highlighted the story on the anniversary of Marcia's disappearance or of the discovery of her body. The case marked a time of great change in how news was covered by local media, and in the emerging importance of DNA evidence (not well understood in earlier years). Nashville Police Captain Mickey Miller said of the case: In that moment, Nashville lost its innocence. Our city has never been, and never will be, the same again. Every man, woman, and child knew that if something that horrific could happen to that little girl, it could happen to anyone.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
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Friday, May 5, 2017
Project Jason is a non-profit organization started in 2003 by Jim Jolkowski and Kelly Murphy of Omaha, Nebraska in dedication to finding their missing son Jason Anthony Jolkowski (missing since June 13, 2001). The project also works to prevent abductions from taking place and presented LB111, Jason's Law, to the State Judiciary Committee. It was passed on National Missing Children's Day, May 25, 2005. Jason's Law established a missing person's clearinghouse in the state of Nebraska. Disappearance of Jason Jolkowski: On June 13, 2001, 19-year-old Jason Jolkowski called into his work at Fazoli's stating that he made arrangements for a co-worker to pick him up for his shift at Omaha Benson High School, where Jolkowski previously attended school, due to his car being at the auto mechanic's. The school was 8 blocks from his home. He was last seen by a neighbor taking out the trash at his home before walking to the school. Under an hour later, between 11:15-11:30 a.m., Jolkowski's co-worker had called his home stating that Jolkowski had failed to be at the high school for a ride to work. Jolkowski has not been seen or heard from since then. Shortly after his disappearance, the school's security cameras were checked, but none of them showed Jolkowski arriving at the school. Between November 5 and November 24, 2006, Pennsylvania philanthropist Joe Mammana offered rewards of $100,000 for information leading to a recovery or a conviction in Jason's case as well as 19 other cases. Services provided to families of the missing: Project Jason provides free online counseling for families of missing persons. It also has a free yearly retreat for families of the missing and provides a program called Family Media Assistance, which encourages local media outlets not to let the missing fade from the public view.
Charity Aiyedogbon was a Nigerian businesswoman who vanished without a trace on the 10th of May, 2016 in Abuja. Background: Charity was a businesswoman who owned a joint venture called Chavid Limited (a combination of her name “Charity” and her husband’s name “David”) which comprised a Fashion Design business and a Restaurant, also located in Abuja. The business also bloomed to the extent that she had trainees under her supervision. She was a mother of four children. At the time of her disappearance, she was already estranged from her husband of 15 years, David Aiyedogbon. She was living in a rented apartment. Apart from her business activities, Charity was also active on Facebook prior to her disappearance. She was popularly known by the name "Deepdeal Chacha De Hammer". Charity was a member of a Facebook group "FEMALE IN NIGERIA" (FIN). She was also active in the group to the extent that she became comfortable enough to reveal details of her private life to members of the group. As she chronicled her travails which by her account, included black magic, alleged assassination attempts on her by her husband, separations and arrests to mention a few, the women of the group sent virtual hugs, kisses and empathetic messages to her. Speculations have been made that she probably made herself vulnerable to predators in the group by revealing her "secrets". This group consisted of about 40, 000 members. Charity also regularly updated on her Facebook page. According to information from her Facebook friends, her last known update on social media was until May 11, a photo of herself sitting in a vehicle with the words: “going on a road trip” at about 9.11am. Investigations: It became apparent that Charity had previously received threats to her safety from some undisclosed individuals days before her disappearance. Her friends revealed that the threats prompted her to contract a technician to install CCTV cameras in her apartment. After her disappearance, all attempts to contact her though her mobile phone proved abortive. Charity's case was reported to the Gwarimpa Police Division in Abuja. Investigators gained access into her Abuja apartment with her landlady and some security personnel. Further investigations revealed that there was no indication that she had planned to go on any trip as she had no bag packed and every item in her apartment was in order. A pot of stew was still on the cooker after she left the house. Investigative efforts to retrieve her call logs, revealed that the last call from her phone was made on May 9, to a number registered to an individual named Rabi Mohammed. The last received call from another number showed the same date. The Federal Capital Territory Police Command arrested some suspects in connection with her disappearance (who were later freed), while her vehicle and two mobile phones were recovered. Aftermath: A Nigerian lawyer, Emeka Ugwonye accused Charity's estranged husband, David for being involved in her disappearance. However no concrete evidence could be used to implicate him. David later sued the lawyer for defamation. Some have gone on further to question the professionalty and claims of the lawyer. Charity's eldest daughter Juliet, received backlash on social media for planning to proceed with her wedding while her mother was recently declared missing. However, the wedding was postponed indefinitely as a result of more controversy following Ugwuonye’s claims over her missing mother. Various support groups have emerged to bring justice for Charity. A dismembered corpse of an unidentified woman discovered in Abuja was rumoured to belong to Charity. However, no DNA test has been conducted by the police to confirm her identity. Till date, no conclusion has been drawn regarding the dismembered body. Controversies have followed Charity's case which further blured the lines between reality, fact and speculation. Charity is still declared missing.
On April 16, 2017, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. was shot and killed while walking on a sidewalk in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Steve Stephens, posted a cellphone video of the shooting on his Facebook account, leading many media outlets, both during the manhunt and afterward, to dub Stephens the "Facebook killer". A warrant was issued for Stephens for aggravated murder. Two days later, he committed suicide by gunshot when cornered by police in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Shooting: The shooting happened at around 2 p.m. EDT on April 16, 2017, in the 600 block of East 93rd Street in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood. The shooter uploaded a video of the event. Seconds before the shooting, Stephens exited his car, approached the victim and asked Godwin to say the name of a woman believed to be associated with the suspect. Stephens then said "She's the reason why this is about to happen to you", before shooting Godwin, who fell to the ground after he was shot. Facebook said the video was uploaded to the website after the fact, not livestreamed as initially reported. In other Facebook posts, Stephens claimed responsibility for thirteen murders, but police said they were not aware of any other victims. Manhunt: A search for Stephens began soon after the shooting, prompting lockdowns at a number of locations, including Cleveland State University. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters that detectives talked with Stephens by cellphone shortly after the shooting, but had had no further contact with him since that time. The manhunt expanded to other states on the morning of April 17. Residents in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and Michigan were asked to be on alert, and a US$50,000 reward was offered for information leading to Stephens' arrest on a charge of aggravated murder. The FBI also aided the Cleveland Police Department. At 11:10 a.m. on April 18, Stephens pulled into the drive-through lane of a McDonald's restaurant in Harborcreek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania, 100 miles from the location of the shooting. An employee recognized Stephens from news reports and, after verifying with fellow employees, provided Stephens with part of his order, but stalled him by stating that his fries were still cooking. During this time police were called to the restaurant. Stephens, wary, left without his fries. As Stephens pulled out of the restaurant, state police gave chase heading westbound through Wesleyville, Pennsylvania. Stephens made it to the corner of Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue in the city of Erie, where Pennsylvania State Police successfully executed a tactical maneuver to bring the car to a stop. As police approached Stephens' car, he shot himself in the head and died instantly. Suspect: Stephens worked at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency for children and families. He was wearing his work ID badge and repeatedly mentioned Beech Brook in videos on the day of the murder. Police confirmed there was no known connection between Godwin and Stephens prior to the shooting and that Godwin was selected at random. Stephens' mother was quoted as having told authorities that Stephens told her by phone he was "shooting people" because he was "mad with his girlfriend" of about three years, who was confirmed to be safe and was cooperating with investigators. Criticism of Facebook: The graphic video of Godwin's killing remained accessible to the public on Stephens' Facebook page for more than two hours on April 16 before it was removed by Facebook, according to a timeline shared by the company. The delay generated renewed criticism of Facebook over its handling of offensive content and, in particular, public posts of video and other content related to violent crimes. "We have a lot of work to do, and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in his April 18 keynote address at F8, Facebook's annual developers' conference. "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr.," Zuckerberg added. On May 3, 2017, Facebook announced that it was adding additional personnel to its "global community operations" team to proactively screen Facebook Live content for violent and other inappropriate content. The new reviewers "will also help us get better at removing things we don't allow on Facebook like hate speech and child exploitation," Zuckerberg said.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Zebb Quinn is an American man who went missing on January 2, 2000, in Asheville, North Carolina. Quinn was 18 years old and working at a Walmart in Asheville when he disappeared. To this date his case remains unsolved. Last known activities: Quinn ended his shift at Walmart around 9pm on January 2, 2000. He met a friend named Robert Jason Owens in the Walmart parking lot before driving separately to look at a vehicle Quinn was considering buying. The two men were seen on surveillance footage at a gas station down the road at approximately 9:15pm. Owens later told police that sometime between leaving the gas station and 9:30pm, Quinn flashed his headlights, signaling for him to pull over. Quinn told him that he had received a page and needed to return the call. After Quinn returned from the pay phone, Owens described him as "frantic". Quinn told him that he needed to cancel their plans to look at the vehicle and, as he drove off, he rear ended Owens' vehicle. Hours later, Owens was treated at the hospital for fractured ribs and a head injury that he said he sustained in a second car accident that evening. No accident report was filed with police. Quinn's mother Denise Vlahakis filed a missing person's report the next afternoon. Two days after Quinn was last seen, a man purporting to be Zebb Quinn placed a phone call to the Walmart where Quinn was employed. The man told them he wouldn't be in to work because of illness. The coworker who received the phone call was familiar with Quinn's voice and became suspicious. The phone call was traced back to a Volvo plant where Owens worked. Owens admitted making the phone call, claiming that he was doing his friend a favor after Quinn phoned and asked him to call in sick for him. Owens denies any involvement in Quinn's disappearance but is considered a person of interest in the case. Investigation: During the investigation, police interviewed a woman named Misty Taylor, whom Quinn was interested in romantically. Quinn had developed a relationship with her in the weeks preceding his disappearance and had told his friends and family that Taylor's boyfriend, Wesley Smith, was abusive and had threatened Quinn after he discovered Taylor and Quinn had been speaking. Taylor and Smith deny any involvement in the disappearance. A review of the phone records in the case indicates that the page Quinn received that evening was dialed from the home of his paternal aunt, a woman named Ina Ustich. Quinn had very little contact with Ustich prior to his disappearance, and she denied making the call. Ustich told police she was having dinner at the home of her friend Tamra Taylor, Misty's mother. Misty and her boyfriend, Wesley, were also present. Ustich later filed a police report stating that her house was broken into that evening during that time frame. Although nothing was stolen, she reported that a few picture frames were moved around. Two weeks after Quinn's disappearance, his vehicle was found parked near the hospital where his mother worked. A pair of lips were drawn on the car's back windshield, and a live Labrador mix puppy was found inside the vehicle. A hotel key card was discovered in the vehicle, but investigators were unable to trace the key. Also found in the car were several drink bottles and a jacket that did not belong to Quinn. Police collected forensic evidence from the car but uncovered no new leads. Quinn's mother believes the car was placed there by someone who had knowledge that she worked nearby, with the hope that she would find it. The puppy ended up being adopted by one of the investigators. Police believe more than one person was involved in Quinn's disappearance, but no arrests have been made in the case. No link between Owens and Misty Taylor or Wesley Smith has been established. "We all feel very certain that he was killed that night," Quinn's mother Denise Vlahakis commented, noting that he had no extra clothes, money, or contact lens solution with him when he disappeared. 2015 developments: On March 17, 2015, 15 years after Quinn's disappearance, Owens was arrested in an unrelated incident for the disappearance and murder of Food Network Star television contestant Cristie Schoen, her husband J.T. Codd, and their unborn child. In June 2015, detectives investigating Quinn's disappearance announced they had unearthed "fabric, leather materials, and unknown hard fragments" under a layer of concrete on Owens' property. The search warrant was initially obtained March 31, 2015. According to the warrant, in addition to the fabric, leather, and hard fragments, investigators found an unknown white powder substance, as well as pieces of metal and concrete after digging up the concreted fish pond area. On another part of the property, authorities found "numerous plastic bags containing possibly pulverized lime or powdered mortar mix." Authorities did not comment on whether the fragments found were human bones or if they believe they discovered Quinn's remains, citing an ongoing investigation. Owens later admitted killing Schoen, Codd, and their unborn child in March 2015. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of dismembering human remains. In a plea deal his attorneys reached with Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams, Owens was sentenced on April 27, 2017 to spend a minimum of 59.5 years to a maximum of 74.5 years in prison without the possibility of parole. Media coverage: The case remains unsolved, but received increased visibility in 2012 when the show Disappeared covered the case.