No Body No Crime … Not in the case of Murdered Brandy Rowe in KY


So it appears “if there is no body” there can be a case and a crime. Such is the case in Crime_SolversSaylerville, KY. Aruba may wish to take notes. Three Saylersville residents residents, Don Reed, Paul Arnett, and Linda Arnett, have been arrested in the murder of 28 year old Brandy Rowe.

Police arrested Don Reed, Paul Arnett, and Linda Arnett for the murder of Brandy Rowe, 28, of Salyersville. Rowe was last seen December 23 when she left a Magoffin County residence to go for a ride with some people she knew. Police say the group was headed to a rural area near the Magoffin-Breathitt county line  

State police say an acquaintance of Rowe’s contacted the Magoffin County sheriff’s office Monday to report she had been shot and her body dumped near the rural area where the group had been headed. (LEX 18)

 Isn’t it amazing when suspects are actually confronted with their crimes? The finger pointing begins.

The three suspects facing murder charges in the case of a missing eastern Kentucky woman pointed fingers at each other during a hearing Wednesday. (LEX18)

Police charged the 3 suspects with the following:

Reed was charged with murder, while the Arnetts’ were charged with individual counts of criminal facilitation to commit murder. Everyone was charged with tampering with physical evidence, according to a press release issued by the department. (Herald Dispatch)

To date no body has been recovered. Brandy Rowe has been missing since December 23, 2006.

Even without the body, police “have discovered enough evidence to substantiate a charge of murder,” said Trooper Elliott Gollihue, a spokesman for the Pikeville state police post. (Lexington Herald Leader)


Posted January 12, 2007 by
Aruba, Crime, Natalee Holloway | 18 comments

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    18 Responses to “No Body No Crime … Not in the case of Murdered Brandy Rowe in KY”

    1. Big Lou on January 12th, 2007 11:16 am

      The difference here is the police discovered enough evidence to substantiate a charge of murder. In Aruba they discovered it then DESTROYED all of it.

    2. glad2bAmerican on January 12th, 2007 11:21 am

      Wake up Aruba your country is sinking for your negligence

    3. Molly on January 12th, 2007 12:15 pm

      As of late, several missing persons crimes have been solved in a speedy fashion. Just watch the news. Aruba can’t solve ONE missing person crime. Can’t or won’t. As evidence here on SM, Aruba won’t solve the crime of missing Natalee Holloway. The crime could have been solved a long time ago. All Aruba needs to do is watch the US evening news. And now, three people are being convicted of a crime WITHOUT a body. What about another three people? They could be easily convicted “with no body”, if Aruba was really interested in punishing the perps J2K, etal. See how easily it can be done, Aruba? Just watch the news. You might learn something.

      molly (in Houston)

    4. Nut44x4 on January 12th, 2007 12:45 pm

      Maine holds at least one convict convicted with ‘no body’. Eventually she (and others he killed) were found. James Hicks of Etna, Maine. I believe the story can be found at A@E TV website. It can be difficult to convict, but not impossible…no matter where you live.

    5. Para2legal on January 12th, 2007 1:05 pm

      #1 – Exactly!!!

    6. Frank on January 12th, 2007 1:13 pm

      Amsterdam’s red-light district facing crime clean-up

      Jan 12 2:26 AM US/Eastern

      Amsterdam has launched a crackdown on “crime” kingpins in the city’s Red Light District that threatens to leave hundreds of sex workers out of a job, and has solicited help from a slightly bemused sector — Dutch banks.

      The city authorities have no quarrel with prostitution, which was legalized in 2001 in this country that has historically prided itself on tolerance.

      And they have no desire to shut down what is also a thriving tourist district and a “must” on the itinerary of one-third of all visitors to this city of canals, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

      “This is a frontal attack” aimed at cutting ties between prostitution and the underworld that uses the sex industry for laundering money, Mayor Job Cohen said in comments to the Het Parool newspaper.

      “One third of the businesses have been scrutinized, the other two-thirds will follow,” Hendrik Wooldirk, a spokesman for Cohen, told AFP.

      The banks’ part, in the eyes of city officials, would be to finance “honest entrepreneurs” to keep the sex business transparent and break the stranglehold a handful of powerful bosses now have on the district.

      “The banks are not really chomping at the bit to finance sex businesses,” said a spokesman for the Dutch association of banks (VNB), Hein Blocks.

      “Just because prostitution is legal now does not mean it is a respectable field.”

      Undaunted, Mayor Cohen is urging banks to step up and approve loans for “honest” businessmen and women who want to set up their own brothels but now have no alternative but to borrow money from the district kingpins.

      So far, only one-third of the companies investigated have been deemed above-board and allowed to keep their operating licenses. The other two-thirds, or some 33 sex businesses that represent 20 percent of the total in all of Amsterdam, lost theirs.

      This last group runs about half of the estimated 200 storefront windows where prostitutes ply their trade — and draw curious onlookers to the red-light district.

      Many of the sex clubs have filed appeals. They remain in business pending the court rulings, expected in February. If the municipality wins, they will be shut down permanently.

      For more than a century, Amsterdam’s sex trade has centered on this district near the city’s center and known locally as De Wallen, after the ancient city ramparts that once stood there.

      Its picturesque canals lined by quaint 17th-century houses vie for attention with peep-shows, sex shops and the ubiquitous store-front rooms where sex workers in skimpy lingerie sit behind red neon-lit windows offer their services.

      The district is so famous it has its own listing on the city’s official tourism website.

      Not everyone supports the crackdown, notably the prostitutes’ union The Red Thread.

      “Some 200 jobs are threatened,” a Red Thread spokeswoman, Metje Blaak, told AFP.

      She believes the crime bosses will simply circumvent city efforts by moving from the red-light district to another area to continue illegal practices.

      “The situation will not get better for the women,” Blaak said.

      One of the big bosses targeted by the drive is Charles Geerts, a former market stall holder who got his start selling porn movies and made a multi-million-euro (-dollar) fortune by investing in real estate and financing other sex businesses.

      Nicknamed “King of De Wallen”, he is said to be the district’s unofficial — and uncompromising — banker.

      The financial daily Financieele Dagblad recently gave a hint at his wealth, saying he sold off one-fifth of his prostitution empire for 3.5 million euros (4.5 million dollars).

      The municipality has targeted all his businesses in De Wallen. Though few details have emerged, Geerts’ lawyer told Dutch media the municipality suspects his client of trying to launder money he allegedly made in the drug trade.

      If Geerts’ appeal fails, he has threatened to close down all his windows and turn the Red Light District into a ghost town haunted by illegal prostitution, conducted outside state-certified establishments, and drug trafficking — a scenario that would likely drive away the tourists and turn De Wallen into a no-go area overrun by dealers and street walkers trying to finance their habit.

      The city’s crackdown relies on a Dutch law that allows officials to withdraw a license to operate a commercial establishment if the owner is suspected of criminal activities. The key is the burden of proof — it falls entirely on businesses to show all transactions were 100 percent legal.

      Though banks are not exactly eager to join the clean-up, Blocks said they have promised to keep an open mind. If the drive succeeds, it’s the banks after all that would get the business from “honest” investors in the lucrative sex trade.

      At Amsterdam city hall they are not giving up.

      “Prostitution is legal. We are convinced that the sex business and transparency go well together. It’s difficult but it’s possible,” said Wooldrik.

      “The proof is that one-third of the businesses scrutinized were still allowed to keep their licences.”

    7. Jehnifer on January 12th, 2007 1:30 pm

      For those at SM forum…”Maximum Impact” is a “liqid aroma” sold legally as a “video head cleaner” on websites all about sex but with disclaimers about “not intended fro human consumption”. Seem to recall mention of finding a liquid cleaner on the beach with the shirt or something?

    8. Patti on January 12th, 2007 5:06 pm


      The world has gone awry…

    9. nurturer on January 12th, 2007 6:57 pm

      #1, BIG LOU – For once we agree. And Aruba will pay.

    10. Maggie on January 12th, 2007 7:11 pm

      My neighbor was tried and convicted of killing his wife years ago and her body was never found either. He burnt her and threw the remains in the river. His mistress turned on him and talked. She was with him when he did it. The only forensics were damage to the trees around where he burnt her with diesel fuel 2 years I think after it happened. He’s doing life, I believe he was the first person doing life in Illinois without a body found.

    11. Fools Gold on January 13th, 2007 7:23 am

      All that ever needs to be proven is that a death took place and that the death was a murder. A corpse is simply an easy way to prove death but it has never been a requirement in the law.

      Conspirators pointing fingers at each other is expected and is the primary investigative tool employed in many crimes. Criminals know that the first to make a deal gets a sweet one and no one else gets anything.

    12. Patti on January 13th, 2007 9:20 pm


      I loved your post… more people need to be aware of the shinanigans that go on in Holland. Imagine, a license to sell a soul…

      I suppose that it is every man’s right to do whatever he wants as long as it’s within the boundries of the law. But in the case of Holland, the law is too broad.

      We all ask Holland, how it is that they can do this to their own people and, soon, the answer comes… they don’t. They do it to the ones from Russia, they do it to the ones from Columbia, but rarely, to their own.

      How, may I ask, is the value of one man’s flesh worth more than another? If one is born into a country who’s government is corrupt, heartless and cruel; does that give another the right to capitalize on their misfortune? Is the blood of a Dutchman more precious than the blood of a Jew, or a Russian, or a Columbian? And how do you come by so much flesh to sell?

      You sell them a dream… a promise that you never intend to keep. With the hope of a future, a job and freedom, you welcome them in to your city of filth. You prey upon their hopes and you give them a job while you keep them trapped in your dungeons for the world to see. They smile for you while their hearts are breaking, praying for the one thing that you can never give them… their freedom.

      Holland, you are a disgrace. You have become, to the world, a resting place for the restless. The ones that stay up all night breading their violence into the minds of the innocent.

      You will fall and when you do, no one will be there to catch you; for you have come to be more dispicable than any “wall” could ever be.

      You call us to your pastures. You could drown in our tears. We will cry til the whole world hears and you will never silence the dead… ever again.

      We hate you.

    13. Patti on January 13th, 2007 10:52 pm


      And, now, I ask you…

      What will become of an investigation into the corruption
      of one small island? Please, I want to know.

      Justice for Natalee
      Boycott Aruba

    14. Steven on January 14th, 2007 2:32 am

      “The three suspects facing murder charges in the case of a missing eastern Kentucky woman pointed fingers at each other during a hearing Wednesday.”

      Did one of them actually SAY that another had MURDERED?

    15. Waterboy (previously, Jerry) on January 14th, 2007 12:32 pm

      I hate Starbucks and Joran.

      I love Styrofoam (extruded polystyrene). I Love it, I love it, and I love it. ( #3 from the movie Multiplicity).

      Why do I hate Starbucks? The coffee is expensive and taste like turpentine, and you can’t get it in Styrofoam even if you ask.

      Why do I hate Joran? Hey, what’s to like.

    16. Mandi on January 15th, 2007 11:19 am

      I am confused…who reported to the ALE that there was a rape, shooting, and murder? Oh right, no one. There is not evidence that anything has happened to NH, and no I do not believe the ALE made evidence disappear. If Natalee’s parents want answers, they should file a lawsuit in Aruba.

    17. Elle on January 21st, 2007 5:50 pm

      To Steven (1/14/07): Per the police officer’s testimony at the preliminary hearing, two of them said the 3rd one murdered the victim. The 3rd one is not talking.

      To update: Brandy Rowe’s body was found on 1/21/07.
      However, there would have been a case even had her body not been found.

    18. Frailty on January 27th, 2007 3:28 am

      I have missed Brandy since highschool, but seriously—those people she was associating with were NOT anyone’s friends. They’re poor pathetic individuals. That town is backwater and a druglord haven, it’s so saddening. I’m glad I got out. It’s a deadend for everyone. No jobs, no lives, no honor or virtue whatsoever. That’s the life people choose to live. In some odd way, I think it was Brandy’s way of getting out. God Rest her Soul.

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