Friday, November 22, 2019
Alexandria Kostial was a 21-year-old American college student who was found dead in a Mississippi lake in July 2019. A suspect, 22-year-old Brandon Theesfeld of Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested and charged with murder after Kostial's remains were discovered by a Lafayette County deputy. It was reported that Kostial had been shot multiple times. University of Mississippi student Rex Ravita, a former dorm neighbor of suspect Brandon Theesfeld, later described the suspected killer as misogynistic and arrogant, saying "I'm not going to sugar coat it, he was pretty much a daddy's boy type. Constantly had to reference his father's money, how his dad could get him out of anything, just that attitude all the time. Any type of vulgar comment he could say, any type of rude comment to anybody in our dorm, any of the women." Ravita lived in the same dormitory as Theesfeld for a year and claimed Theesfeld and Kostial dated on and off again for about a year before her death. The funeral for Alexandria Kostial was held in a suburb of St. Louis in July 2019.
Bianca Devins was a teen from New Hartford, New York, who was stabbed to death in Utica, New York on July 14, 2019, after attending a Nicole Dollanganger concert. The case gained international interest as images of Devins' mutilated corpse were shared on the Internet. Initial reports focused on depictions of Devins as a "social media star," though later details suggested media coverage may have exaggerated the teen's notoriety, and follower counts prior to the virality of images of her death indicate a modest following. Though early online discussion claimed Devins was killed by an online stalker, Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara revealed that prosecutors believe Devins was murdered by an individual she had met online, who to some degree had a real world relationship with her. Utica Police and prosecutors suspected the murderer acted out of jealousy over Devins showing romantic interest in another man. Immediately following the murder, images of Devins' corpse were posted on social media, primarily on messaging boards, as well as via Instagram, with the hashtag #RIPBianca. The alleged murderer and his victim had become acquainted via Discord, a chat app, and had apparently became friends before the stabbing. On July 29, 2019, Brandon Clark, the murder suspect, who was 21 years old at the time of the murder, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. The same day, Facebook terminated Clark's social media accounts and added images of the murder to a digital fingerprint database to prevent further distribution. The hashtag #yesjuliet was also blacklisted, while the Discord server that shared the corpse photo was terminated. Devins, a recent high school graduate, was an aspiring student at Mohawk Valley Community College with the goal of getting a degree in psychology in order to help adolescents with mental illness.
The murder of Mackenzie Speth Lueck occurred in June 2019, when 23 year old University of Utah student Lueck was reported missing and her remains later discovered. 31 year old Ayoola Ajayi was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murder following a search of his home and after Lueck's burned and buried remains were found. It was reported that the suspect, who police said killed and kidnapped Lueck before burning her body in his backyard, had a book on Amazon featuring characters who are killed and burned. The author name was the same as the suspect arrested and a Facebook page with photos of the suspect promoted the book.
The murder of Samantha Josephson which occurred March 31, 2019 is a prominent murder case in the U.S. state of South Carolina that led to the passage of Sami’s Law in New Jersey. Sami's law enhances protections for drivers and passengers using Ride Share services. Legislation at the federal level is pending as well. Josephson, who was 21, had ordered an Uber and mistakenly entered a car she thought was her ride. The alleged driver, Nathaniel David Rowland, is accused of using childproof locks to prevent Josephson from leaving the vehicle. Essentially the accused driver kidnapped Josephson and drove 65 miles from the starting point in Columbia, South Carolina, later murdering her.
The murder of Kathleen Jo Henry occurred on September 4, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. The murder occurred at a local TownePlace Suites hotel, operated by Marriott International. The murder of Kathleen Henry, who was also sexually assaulted before her death, made international news when it was revealed that her alleged killer, Brian Steven Smith, recorded her death in both still photograph as well as numerous videos which he recorded on an SD card. Henry's remains were found along Alaska's Seward Highway on October 2, 2019. Detectives with the Anchorage Police Department recognized Smith from a previous investigation involving him, and obtained a warrant for his arrest. On October 8, 2019, Smith was arrested at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, where he arrived after returning from a trip. Smith was subsequently booked into an Anchorage jail. Police have stated that they discovered thirty-nine photos and twelve videos related to Henry's assault and murder on the SD card, which was found by a woman on the street in the Fairview section of Anchorage. On October 17, 2019, Smith was charged with the murder of a second woman, Veronica Abouchuk, whom Smith allegedly confessed to killing. Smith allegedly admitted to her death, and told authorities where they could find her body. Kathleen Jo Henry: Kathleen Jo Henry was born December 22, 1988 in Bethel, Alaska. An Alaska Native woman, Henry obtained her GED in 2012, while incarcerated in Alaska's Highland Mountain Correctional Center, a state prison in the Anchorage neighborhood of Eagle River. A divorcee who was single at the time of her death, Henry struggled with addiction and misdemeanor run ins with law enforcement over the years. She was a frequent user of Facebook and other social media, and enjoyed writing poetry. At the time of her death, she was 30-years-old. Suspect: Brian Steven Smith was identified as the suspect in the murder of Kathleen Henry, based on photograph and video evidence obtained by the Anchorage Police Department. Since then, Smith has been implicated in another murder, and authorities consider him a serial killer. His past in both the United States, as well as in South Africa, is the subject of an ongoing, international investigation. Brian Steven Smith was born in South Africa, in the Cape Town area, and later immigrated to the United States. Smith became a U.S. citizen in September 2019. In 2019, Smith was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska after he returned from an out of state trip, and was charged with the sexual assault and murder of Kathleen Jo Henry that past September, at a Marriott International affiliate, where he was an employee and had rented a discounted room from September 2-4. Police believe the murder of Henry occurred on September 4, 2019. On October 17th, 2019, Smith was charged with murdering a second woman, Veronica Abouchuk, after allegedly confessing to her murder and telling authorities where they could find her body. Detectives with the Anchorage Police Department, as well as the U.S. FBI, continue to look into Smith's past.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
when i played in the day care i loved it. i showed a little girl how to do a "big handshake". i saw how she loved her BFF and didn't want her to leave despite sometimes being a little baby bully. she had a big jelly belly. another little baby who was their friend loved kissing me. once he kissed me while his nose was running. after i wiped my mouth out i said ok time to wipe your Nosie. another kid kissed me the week he turned 2. it was so cute. he blew me a kiss on my way out. that week was so cute. he kissed me a lot.
The kidnapping and murder of Yingying Zhang occurred on June 9, 2017 when Zhang, a visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, was abducted by Brendt Allen Christensen, a Champaign resident and former physics graduate student at the university. Christensen lured Zhang into his car at a bus stop on campus with the promise of a ride after she missed a bus, but then took her to his apartment where he raped and murdered her while his wife was out of town for the weekend. On June 30, 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested and charged Christensen in federal court. Christensen was convicted of one count of kidnapping resulting in death and two counts of making false statements to agents of the FBI, for which he received a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole on July 18, 2019. Yingying Zhang: was born in Nanping, a small city in Fujian Province in southeast China, to Ronggao Zhang and Lifeng Ye. Zhang has one younger brother, Zhengyang Zhang. She played in a band and had ambitions of becoming a professor in China. In 2013, Zhang graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in the top of her class. In 2016, she graduated from Peking University. Zhang was a visiting scholar in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. before travelling to the United States. She arrived in the United States in April 2017 to conduct research on photosynthesis and crop productivity for one year in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, within the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES), at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was considering entering a doctoral program at the University of Illinois. Zhang planned to marry her boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou, in October 2017. Kidnapping: On the afternoon of June 9, 2017, Zhang was traveling on a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD) bus in Urbana, Illinois, to an off-campus apartment complex where she was planning to sign a new apartment lease. She was running late and sent a text message to the leasing agent at 1:39 p.m. to inform them that she would arrive at approximately 2:10 p.m. After riding on one bus, she exited at 1:52 p.m. and tried to transfer to another. However, because she was on the wrong side of the street for boarding, the bus did not stop after she attempted to flag it down. The CUMTD stated it is against company policy to stop for pedestrians on the wrong side of the street, as to do so would encourage them to run into oncoming traffic. Zhang then walked to another bus stop a few blocks away at the corner of North Goodwin Avenue and West Clark Street, directly in front of the university's PBS radio and television station, WILL. Surveillance video cameras showed that a black Saturn Astra passed by her at 2:00 p.m. as she waited at the bus stop, and then circled back around and stopped where she was waiting at 2:03 p.m. She spoke to the driver for approximately one minute, and then entered the car. The leasing agent sent a text message to her at approximately 2:38 p.m., but received no reply. As the hours passed, Zhang's friends, aware of her errand and expecting her to return quickly, grew increasingly worried. At 9:24 p.m., an associate professor called police to report her missing. Search efforts: The University of Illinois Police Department and Urbana Police Department worked with FBI agents to locate Zhang, offering a reward of US$10,000 for information leading to her location. The University's large Chinese student population helped coordinate search efforts on and around campus. On June 17, Zhang's father and a maternal aunt, and her boyfriend arrived in Champaign to confer with authorities and to aid in the search. On June 19, the University of Illinois in conjunction with Champaign County Crime Stoppers, announced a reward of $40,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for the apparent kidnapping of Zhang. This reward is the largest offered in the 31-year history of the Champaign Crime Stoppers organization. On July 14 the reward was increased to $50,000. Zhang's family said they would not leave the country until she is found. On August 19, Zhang's mother and younger brother also flew to the United States. Several citizens had reported seeing an Asian woman matching Zhang's description in Salem, Illinois on June 16. Zhang's family traveled to Salem to follow possible leads and the FBI investigated the reports, but it was later determined that the woman was not Zhang. The university announced that they planned to install additional, high-definition, security cameras throughout the campus. Investigation: Investigators were unable to discern the license plate number of the vehicle from security camera footage. However, they determined that there were 58 four-door Saturn Astras registered to owners in the Champaign County area. One of these vehicles was registered to Brendt Allen Christensen, a Champaign resident. Christensen, born June 30, 1989, is a former Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in math and physics and graduated with a master's degree in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2017. Before starting graduate school, he married Michelle Zortman in March 2013. Investigators interviewed Christensen on June 12, 2017 and inspected his car. When questioned, Christensen reportedly claimed that he did not remember what he was doing at the time of Zhang's disappearance. He later told investigators that he may have been sleeping, or at home playing video games. On June 14 investigators reviewed the surveillance video footage and observed that the car's sunroof was similar to the one on Christensen's car. They also noted that the car in the video had a cracked hubcap and, upon reinspecting Christensen's car, found that it had a cracked hubcap. They concluded that the car in the footage belonged to Christensen. On June 15 local police and FBI investigators questioned Christensen and executed a search warrant for his car. The black Saturn Astra was initially towed to a secure bay at the Champaign Police Department, and on June 18 was transported to the FBI Springfield Division's main office in Springfield, Illinois. Investigators noted that the passenger door of his car "appeared to have been cleaned to a more diligent extent than the other vehicle doors", which they said "may be indicative of an attempt or effort to conceal or destroy evidence". During questioning on June 15, Christensen admitted that he had given an Asian female a ride, but said that he dropped her off after only a few blocks when a wrong turn caused her to panic. Concurrent with this questioning, agents at Christensen's apartment sought and obtained written permission from another occupant of the residence for search and seizure of items at the residence. Agents took possession of computers and a cellphone belonging to Christensen, and subsequently sought and obtained a federal search warrant for a forensic examination of the phone. Law enforcement agencies then placed Christensen under continuous surveillance, beginning on or about June 16. On June 29, Christensen had attended a memorial walk for Zhang with his girlfriend, Terra Bullis. Bullis cooperated with FBI investigators and agreed to wear a wire, thinking that it would exonerate Christensen if he didn't commit the crime, while she also cared about the missing person (Zhang). An affidavit filed by an FBI agent said that in the audio recording, Christensen told Bullis he had brought Zhang back to his apartment and held her there against her will. Christensen bragged to his girlfriend that he was a serial killer and that Zhang was his thirteenth victim, but investigators were unable to find any other victims, and doubted this claim. Legal Proceedings: On June 30, the FBI arrested Christensen and charged him with kidnapping under Title 18 U.S.C. Chapter 55, § 1201 of federal law. According to the law, if a kidnapping results in the death of any person, life imprisonment or the death penalty is prescribed. The FBI report noted that in April, before the alleged kidnapping, Christensen used his cellphone to access the sexual fetish website Fetlife, visiting forums such as "Abduction 101". Christensen had no prior criminal record and no record of disciplinary problems at the university. At a court hearing on July 5, U.S. Magistrate Eric I. Long denied bail for Christensen after hearing submissions from the prosecutor and Christensen's attorneys, Evan and Tom Bruno. Long said that Zhang's still being missing weighed against Christensen, and that Christensen was the last person to see Zhang. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Freres said that there was no "combination of conditions" where Christensen was not a danger to the community. Freres revealed more details from the investigation not presented in the criminal complaint. He told the court that Christensen had attended a vigil held for Zhang on June 29, where he had described "the characteristics of his ideal victim", and had pointed out those in the crowd who matched them. Additionally, Christensen was recorded saying that Zhang had resisted and fought with him, and he was also recorded threatening someone who then provided incriminating evidence to authorities. Christensen's attorney Evan Bruno argued that he should be released on bail due to his lack of criminal record and his ties to the local community. On July 12, 2017 a federal grand jury formally indicted Brendt Christensen for kidnapping Yingying Zhang. The indictment alleges that Christensen "willfully and unlawfully seized, confined, inveigled, decoyed, kidnapped, abducted, and carried away" Zhang "and otherwise held her for his own benefit and purpose, and used and caused to be used a means, facility and instrumentality of interstate commerce, namely, a Motorola cellular telephone and a Saturn Astra motor vehicle, in committing and in furtherance of the commission of the offense". Christensen pled "not guilty" at his arraignment on July 20, 2017. Christensen's trial began in June 2019 with his attorney, George Taseff, admitting in the opening statements that Christensen killed Zhang and he was on "trial for his life" because he could face the death penalty. Evidence was provided that before Christensen abducted Zhang, he had posed as an undercover police officer and attempted to abduct graduate student Emily Hogan. He asked Hogan to get into his car, she refused, and he drove off. Hogan reported this to the police and posted about the incident on social media. After picking up Zhang later that morning and taking her back to his apartment, Christensen choked, raped, and stabbed her in his bedroom before dragging her to his bathroom where he beat her with a baseball bat and decapitated her. On June 24, 2019, the 12-member jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning its verdict. Christensen was found guilty of one count of kidnapping resulting in death and two counts of making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During sentencing deliberations, the jury could not unanimously agree to sentence Christensen to death. As a result, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on July 18, 2019. Following the trial, prosecutors revealed information about Zhang's remains that Christensen divulged through his attorneys in November 2018 under an immunity agreement. The day after he killed Zhang, Christensen claimed he put Zhang's dismembered body in three separate garbage bags which he then disposed of in the dumpster outside of his apartment. Over the next two days, Christensen claimed he disposed of Zhang's personal belongings in various dumpsters in the Champaign-Urbana area. The dumpster in which Christensen placed Zhang's remains was emptied three days later and the contents taken to a private landfill in Vermilion County, compacted at least twice, spread over an area fifty yards wide, and subsequently buried under thirty feet of garbage. Recovery of Zhang's remains would be difficult and a search for her remains has not begun. As of October 20th 2019 Christensen is confined at the FTC Oklahoma City with BOP Number 22127-026.
Monday, November 11, 2019
Mary A. Anderson is the pseudonym of an unknown woman who committed suicide in a Seattle, Washington hotel room in October, 1996. Investigations by multiple agencies following her death have failed to identify her. Death and discovery of the body: On Wednesday, October 9, the woman reserved a room by telephone at the Hotel Vintage Park about 90 minutes before checking in. She arrived with two bags and paid cash for two nights. In the hotel's register, she entered the name Mary A. Anderson, along with a New York City address and telephone number, all of which investigators later determined to be false. On Friday, October 11, her body was discovered by hotel staff after she failed to check out. She was found reclining in the bed, clasping a bible to her chest with the pages open to Psalm 23. A suicide note was found on the bedside table. She left no identification. The Medical Examiner later determined she had consumed a lethal mixture of Metamucil and cyanide and ruled her death a suicide. She was white, estimated to be between 30-50 years old, and well-groomed with manicured nails and neatly combed hair. She had a copper intrauterine device inserted and she appeared to have had breast surgery at some point in her life. Investigation: When her hotel registration information proved false, investigators unsuccessfully attempted to identify her through fingerprint records on file with the FBI, as well as through missing person reports filed in the U.S., Canada, and through Interpol. They were also unable to trace the origins of the cyanide she had used to end her life. The medical examiner’s office stated that the woman had "intentionally obliterated" any means of identification.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Peggy Lynn Johnson (formerly known as Racine County Jane Doe, or by the nickname "Crystal Rae") was a young white woman whose body was discovered in 1999 in the town of Raymond, Racine County, Wisconsin. The victim was aged 18 to 35 years at the time of her death, which had occurred after her enduring several weeks of extreme neglect and both physical and sexual abuse. New developments in the case emerged after her body was exhumed on October 16, 2013. In November 2019, authorities announced the victim was successfully identified after two decades. Additionally, a suspect remains in police custody for her murder. Both the victim's and suspect's name were released on November 8, 2019. Discovery of the body: Racine County Jane Doe was discovered close to a field on July 21, 1999. Her death had occurred within one day of the discovery of her body. One of the two people who discovered the body stated that an arm appeared to be broken, since it was in an unnatural position. Because it had rained on the night the body was dumped, little evidence of the perpetrator was found. An autopsy indicated this young woman had died from a combination of multiple injuries, such as burning and beating, and had endured several weeks of neglect and both physical and sexual abuse, which had increased in severity in the days immediately prior to her death. She showed signs of having been malnourished and sexually abused. A "cauliflower ear" deformity evident upon her body may have been caused by the extensive abuse which she had been forced to endure in the weeks prior to her death. Over 50 people attended Johnson's funeral on October 27, 1999 after the autopsy and other examinations were completed. She was interred at Holy Family Cemetary in Caledonia, Wisconsin. Her gravestone read "Daughter: Jane Doe", along with the dates of discovery and burial, with the phrase "Gone, but not forgotten". Description: Examination revealed the victim may have been a cognitively disabled individual. She had a "cauliflower ear" deformity, which likely resulted from abuse. It was believed that she was most likely 18 to 30 years old, although she may have been up to 35. Her teeth were not well cared for. Her front incisors protruded from the mouth, and decay was present on many teeth. Some teeth were missing. Her curly hair was reddish-brown, collar-length, and appeared to have blond highlights. Her eyes were either brown, green, or hazel. There were two earrings in each of her ears. She had visible bruises and cuts across her body, and a fractured nose. She wore a man's shirt, gray in color, with a floral design on the front. After contacting the shirt's manufacturer, it was learned that this type of shirt was first sold in 1984. She was also wearing black sweatpants. She was not wearing shoes. Investigation: Multiple reconstructions were created of the decedent's face. In 2012, an additional reconstruction was created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Another version of this facial composite exists, which depicts a differing facial rendition of how Racine County Jane Doe may have appeared in life. At one time, she was thought to be Aundria "Alexis" Bowman, who is presumed to have run away from her adoptive parents' house in Hamilton, Michigan on March 11, 1989. DNA profiling, via her mother Cathy, demonstrated that they were not the same person. Additional missing persons such as Tina D'Ambrosio and Karen Wells were ruled out. Some believed that this case could be linked to the murder of Mary Kate Chamizo (née: Sunderlin), a previously unidentified victim who was discovered in Lake County, Illinois. Chamizo was also found malnourished, had poor dentition and had been beaten to death. Three were arrested in that case; one was convicted All three were later cleared due to new evidence. The remains were exhumed on October 16, 2013, for further study and transported to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the body had previously been examined in 1999. Authorities hoped that by studying the bones, they would be able to tell where the woman had lived prior to her death. It was announced on July 19, 2015, that the examination of the remains had been completed and that they would be reburied on July 21 on the 16th anniversary of their discovery. Authorities stated they had indeed uncovered new leads from the exhumation, but they declined to state any details. On October 20, 2016 it was announced that chemical isotope testing performed by the Smithsonian on a sample of her hair and bone suggest she may originally have been from or spent several years of her life in Alaska, Montana or portions of southern Canada. Authorities did not comment on what testing the results are from, whether recent with hair or history from bone. Additionally, it was revealed the victim or her murderer(s) were from southeastern New England, such as New Hampshire and New Jersey. Although the murder remained unsolved, investigators stated they hoped that the case will eventually come to a close. A press conference in 2013 is said to have uncovered more clues. Identification: On November 7, 2019, the Racine County Sheriff's Office announced that Sheriff Christopher Schmaling would hold a Media Briefing the following day to release information about Racine County Jane Doe's identity and the name of the individual in custody for her death. The announcement stated that "both the victim and the individual in custody have substantial ties to a northwestern Chicago suburb." On November 8, 2019, Racine County authorities identified the victim, through DNA comparison, as Peggy Lynn Johnson, 23, of McHenry, Illinois. Her suspected killer was identified as a 63-year-old nurse, Linda LaRoche. Johnson was never reported missing. LaRoche was arrested on November 5, 2019, in Cape Coral, Florida. She had reportedly confessed to killing someone during her stay in Illinois to various individuals, one of which alerted police on September 23, 2019. According to a criminal complaint, LaRoche was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and concealment of a corpse. Johnson's body will be exhumed and buried next to her mother in Belvidere, Illinois. LaRoche had first encountered Johnson in around 1994. The victim was homeless after her mother's death and agreed to serve as a housekeeper for LaRoche in exchange for room and board, according to her ex-husband and five children. The emotional and physical abuse against Johnson took place over a significant period of time before her death. She was also subjected to poor living conditions and malnourishment. LaRoche's ex-husband stated he had come home to find Johnson deceased. The suspect claimed the victim had overdosed and would relocate her. Paramedics were not called and LaRoche, a nurse, did not provide medical assistance to the victim. There was never information released about toxicology tests performed on Johnson's body. LaRoche herself told inconsistent stories about leaving Johnson with her grandmother or abandoned her, while alive, along a roadway in Wisconsin. "All of us present here, who have investigated the deaths of individuals during the course of our careers, have seen many troubling things. However, the utter, barbaric brutality inflicted on this young woman is something none of us will never forget." Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling, addressing the media to announce the formal identification of Peggy Lynn Johnson and her alleged murderer, Linda LaRoche. November 8, 2019.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
The kidnapping of Amber Swartz-Garcia occurred on June 3, 1988 in Pinole, California when she was seven years old. She had been playing jump rope in her front yard when she was abducted. Amber was the daughter of Bernie Swartz, a police officer, and Kim Swartz. Her father was shot and killed four months before her birth, and her mother then lived with Al Garcia, and Amber took his last name. Disappearance and possible killer: Over the years, the police announced that suspects, including a volunteer who helped search for missing children and a defrocked priest had been questioned intensively in the kidnapping. In 2009, Pinole police and the FBI announced that her killer was convicted murderer Curtis Dean Anderson, who died in prison in 2007 one month after confessing to her kidnapping and murder. Anderson had a long criminal record and had been convicted of kidnapping and murdering Xiana Fairchild of Vallejo, California, who was also seven years old, and also of kidnapping and sexually assaulting another girl, who escaped. He had bragged about kidnapping 11 girls. Investigation and aftermath: Anderson told FBI agents that he sedated Amber while he drove to Arizona to visit his aunt. He said that he killed Amber in a motel room near Tucson, Arizona and disposed of her body near Benson, Arizona. No human remains or credible evidence of Amber's death has been found, other than Anderson's confession. As a result of his confession the case was declared closed. Kim Swartz was convinced that Anderson was lying to get attention. In 2013, after a petition campaign, the Pinole police agreed to re-open the case.
Friday, November 1, 2019
Jennifer Dulos went missing in Connecticut on May 24, 2019. She was 50 years old at the time of her disappearance. Authorities suspect that she was killed in a violent attack at her home in New Canaan. Her husband, Fotis Dulos, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have been arrested on charges of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in connection with the disappearance. Police suspect that Fotis Dulos had been lying in wait for Jennifer and attacked her when she arrived at her home, after dropping her children off at school. Police allege that Fotis Dulos and Troconis went to Hartford, Connecticut, to dispose of garbage bags containing items with Jennifer Dulos' blood on them on the night that Jennifer disappeared. Jennifer and Fotis Dulos were in the midst of both a contentious divorce and child-custody proceedings. Background: Jennifer Farber Dulos graduated from Brown University and later earned a master's degree in writing from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Jennifer was a stay-at-home mother; she also wrote a blog. Fotis Dulos also graduated from Brown University and later earned an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. Fotis started his own business as a luxury home developer. The couple married in Manhattan in 2004 and moved to Farmington, Connecticut. They started a family and eventually had five children, two sets of twins and another daughter. Disappearance: Jennifer Dulos was last seen on May 24, 2019, when she dropped her children off at New Canaan Country School. That same day, she missed a doctor's appointment in New York City, and two of her friends reported her as missing that evening. That same night, police found blood, which they later discovered belonged to Jennifer, in the garage of her New Canaan home. Police also found evidence of Jennifer being the victim of a serious assault. That same evening, Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were captured on video dumping garbage bags, which contained Jennifer's blood, in 30 trash bins in Hartford, Connecticut. Jennifer's car was later found near Waveny Park in New Canaan. At the time Jennifer went missing, she and her husband were estranged and engaged in a tumultuous divorce. They were also involved in contentious child-custody proceedings. The couple's children are living with Jennifer's mother, Gloria Farber, to whom a judge granted temporary custody.