Daily Commentary – Friday, March 21, 2014 – Crime Stoppers Executive Director Richard “Dick” Masten May Soon be Arrested
- For eating a piece of paper to protect a tipster
After Nearly 25 Years, 66 Year Old David Zimmer Arrested for the 1989 Murder of His Estranged Wife Cathy Zimmer … His Brother Robert Zimmer, Also Arrested
It’s the reason why there is no statute of limitations on murder … After nearly 25 years, two brothers arrested in the 1989 murder of Cathy Zimmer.
On March 8, 1989, 38 year old Cathy Zimmer and mother of two went missing from San Jose State University. Forty-eight hours later on March 10 Cathy Zimmer’s body was found in the trunk of her vehicle wrapped in a distinct looking, handmade, colorful quilt. Her car was parked at the San Jose airport and she had been strangled. For nearly 25 years there were no suspects and the case was cold.
However, now after all this time two individuals have been arrested for the 1989 murder. Brothers, David and Robert Zimmer have been arrested in connection with the strangulation murder of Cathy Zimmer. 66 year old David Zimmer was the estranged husband of Cathy Zimmer. David Zimmer is expected to be arraigned early next week, . 69-year-old Santa Clara resident Robert Zimmer has been arraigned and is being held without bail.
Nearly 25 years after a Northern California woman was found strangled to death under a quilt in her car, authorities on Friday announced the arrest of her husband and his brother on murder charges.
The arrests came just weeks after prosecutors in Santa Clara County released new details in hopes of finally solving the case, including photos of the large, colorful quilt that covered Cathy Zimmer’s body when she was found March 10, 1989.
David Zimmer, 66, of Half Moon Bay, was arrested Friday in the slaying of his estranged wife. Cathy Zimmer’s body was found wrapped in a patchwork quilt in the backseat of her Chrysler New Yorker in a parking lot at San Jose International Airport in 1989, the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office said.
The breakthrough came just weeks after Santa Clara County prosecutors revealed the existence of the colorful patchwork quilt for the first time, hoping somebody would recognize it and lead them to whoever strangled the 38-year-old mother of two.
Instead, it appears DNA evidence found on an “intimate area” of Cathy Zimmer’s clothing helped lead investigators to her brother-in-law Robert Zimmer, 69, of Santa Clara. He was arrested last week and is being held without bail on a murder charge, according to a brief court document. His next court date is April 18, prosecutors said.
David Zimmer profited financially from his wife’s death, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Within a month of her slaying, he had sold their home for more than $225,000 and collected proceeds from two life insurance policies totaling $183,000, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
But citing an ongoing investigation, prosecutor Ted Kajani declined to provide many other details of how the cold-case unit he runs solved the case almost 25 years to the day of Zimmer’s death.
AMBER ALERT Issued for 11 Year Old Caitlyn Marie Virts Missing Since 3/6/14 in Dundalk, MD (Update: Maryland Girl F Safe in Florence, SC … Timothy Howard Virts Arrested)
An AMBER ALERT was issued for 11 year old Caitlyn Marie Virts who had been missing sunce Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Dundalk, MD. Caitlyn was last seen in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday.When police arrived to the home of the missing girl after some one in the home had reported a cardiac arrest, they found Caitlyn’s mother, 36 year old Bobbie Jo Cortez, deceased in her bedroom. Police believe Caitlyn was abducted by her father, Timothy Howard Virts, who police said was not supposed to have contact with her. An arrest warrant had been issued for Timothy Howard Virts in connection with her death.
The 11 year old Maryland girl is said to be traveling with her father, 38 year old Timothy Howard Virts, and believed to be driving a lack 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland license plates 5AJ4458.
Caitlyn Marie Virts
An Amber Alert has been issued by the Maryland State Police in reference to an 11-year-old female missing from the Dundalk area and Baltimore County police say she is connected to a homicide investigation.
Caitlyn Marie Virts was last seen in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday. She is described as a white female, 5 feet tall, 80 pounds, and possibly wearing glasses. It is unknown what she might be wearing.
Caitlyn is believed to be with her father, Timothy Howard Virts. He is described as a 38-year-old white male, 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds. He should be driving a black 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland license plates 5AJ4458.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-887-7320 or 911.
Cortez’s death is being investigated as a homicide. Police said Friday that Cortez died as a result of sharp force injury and that she had multiple cut wounds to her upper body. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday for her official cause of death.
Detectives have confirmed that Cortez was alive Wednesday and that she lived at the house with three children — Caitlyn, her twin sister and a boy — and two adults whose relationships with the victim have not been verified.
“The (other) children are safe and in custody of family members at an undisclosed location,” Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.
Police said they believe the children and the two other adults were in the house when Cortez was killed, Armacost said Friday.
Timothy Virts Arrested
UPDATE III: Caitlyn Marie Virts found safe in Florence, SC … Timothy Howard Virts Arrested.
The Baltimore County girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been located, authorities said Friday night.
“We found her,” the Baltimore County police said of the 11-year-old girl, Caitlyn Marie Virts.
She was found unharmed in a motel in Florence, S.C., the police said. Also found there was the man the FBI said was her father, Timothy Howard Virts.
An arrest warrant had been issued for the father, in connection with the death of her mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, of Dundalk, Md., the county police said earlier.
The girl was found unharmed, according to a statement by the Baltimore County Police Department.
“Detectives will be traveling to South Carolina as soon as possible to continue the investigation,” said Corp. John Wachter in a statement.
#Virts is in police custody and will be returned to Maryland “pending an extradition process,” the statement said. Police hope to return the girl home as soon as possible.
Zachary Rye Adams Indicted on Aggravated Kidnapping and First Degree Murder Charges in Death of Holly Bobo, Missing Since April 13, 2011 in Parsons, TN (VIDEO – Police Press Conference)
27 year old Zachary Adams was been charged with aggravated kidnapping and the first degree murder of Holly Bobo. A Decatur County grand jury returned an indictment against Zachary Adams. Holly Bobo was been missing since April 13, 2011 in Parsons, TN when she was seen being lead away into the woods from her home by a man wearing camouflage. Last week, search warrants were executed at property off Highway 69 in Decatur County that was owned by Zach Adams.
Zachary Adams – Pic: Decatur County Sheriff’s Office
Murder and kidnapping charges were filed Wednesday in the disappearance of Parsons, Tenn., nursing student Holly Bobo, marking the first major break in the case since she vanished nearly three years ago.
A Decatur County grand jury returned an indictment against Zachary Adams, 27, whose property was searched by law enforcement Friday in connection with Bobo’s disappearance.
The announcement was made during a news conference Wednesday held jointly by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, and the 24th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.
When TBI Director Mark Gwyn read the charges against Adams — especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder — there were audible gasps and a few screams from the audience.
It was simply heart-breaking watching today’s press conference when TBI Director Mark Gwyn referenced that the Decatur County grand jury returned an indictment against Zachary Adams of first degree murder. You could hear several audible gasps of grief and crying. Just simply crushing. The DA’s office will review the case to consider whether it is a death penalty case. One has to wonder whether Adams will accept a deal for life in prison if he provides where Holly Bobo’s body is located.
A West Tennessee prosecutor said his office will consider whether to pursue the death penalty against a 29-year-old man indicted on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder in the case of Holly Bobo.
A grand jury indicted Zachary Rye Adams on Wednesday. He remains in jail on a $1 million bond on an unrelated charge.
Our thought and prayers are with the family and friends of Holly Bobo. God Bless.
UPDATE II: Country music star Whitney Duncan, cousin of kidnapped and murdered Holly Bobo, tweeted after the devastating news from the TBI press conference.
Duncan tweeted shortly after the charges were announced. “Words can’t describe the heartbreak,” she wrote. “Thank u for the prayers.”
For more updates, read others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Holly Bobo.
Are You Kidding … Devery Kelley and Cornell Robinson Arrested For Armed Robbery Of Pregnant Woman In Labor in Annapolis, MD
What kind of a low-life must one be to rob a pregnant woman in labor?
24 year old Devery Kelley of Annapolis, MD and 44 year old Cornell Robinson of Washington, DC have been arrested by Annapolis Police for the armed robbery of a pregnant woman who was in labor. The incident occurred early Sunday morning as an eyewitness called police at around 4:30 a.m. after seeing a man and pregnant woman being held at gunpoint in the 1800-block of Copeland Street. The two scumbags, oh sorry alleged scumbags, fled the crime scene in a stolen vehicle; however, were later captured by police and arrested.
Cornell Robinson (left) – Devery Kelley (rt)
Annapolis Police arrest two people for an armed robbery of a pregnant woman in labor.
An eyewitness called police at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday after seeing a man and pregnant woman being held at gunpoint in the 1800-block of Copeland Street.
The woman was going into labor prior to the robbery and was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center.
When officers arrived on scene, one of the victims pointed to the suspects fleeing the neighborhood in a stolen vehicle.
Holly Bobo Missing Since 4/13/11 in Darden, TN … Now Search Warrants Issued by TBI on Property Owned by Zachary Adams (Update: Zach Adams Booked into Decatur County Jail Friday, Charged with Aggravated Assault)
Holly Bobo has been missing since the morning of April 13, 2011 when she was seen with a man in camouflage being taken into the woods from her Swan Johnson Road home in Darden, Tennessee. Holly Bobo has not been seen nor heard from since. Now after years of there could be a break in the case of the missing nursing student, Holly Bobo. On Friday, the TBI executed search warrants in the investigation into the disappearance of Decatur County Holly Bobo on property on Adams Lane owned by Zachary Adams. Also on Friday according to Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt, 29 yer old Zach Adams was booked into the Decatur County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault. It was not known whether these charges are connected with the Holly Bobo missing persons case
TBI Director Mark Gwyn spoke to media Friday afternoon at the scene of one location where authorities were executing search warrants in the investigation into the disappearance of Decatur County nursing student Holly Bobo.
Gwyn said authorities will continue their searches today, Saturday and possibly Sunday at a property on Adams Lane in northern Decatur County and other locations. He wouldn’t say what the other locations are, just that there are multiple locations being searched in Decatur and surrounding counties.
Authorities have been searching the property on Adams Lane since early this morning.
Property records indicate the property is owned by Zachary Adams. Gwyn declined to comment about Adams.
Facebook: Bring Holly Bobo Home Safe
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The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that they have sent a cadaver dog to assist with search efforts going on Friday in connection to the Holly Bobo Case.
Chip Washington with the SCSO confirmed that the office has sent a cadaver dog to the scene.
About 30 miles away on Adams Lane in Decatur County, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Shelby County Cadaver dogs on scene looking for any sign of Bobo’s presence.
In the meantime, the man who lives at the residence, Zach Adams, is locked up on assault charges.
The TBI is not naming Adams as a suspect, but many are suspicious.
“My feeling the entire time was that it was somebody that is close to this community, it’s such a small area that it would have shocked me if it has been just random. I feel like she was targeted for some reason,” said Kyla Cooper.
UPDATE III: Adams is the owner of property searched Friday in connection to the Holly Bobo case has been arrested.
The search warrants were executed at property off Highway 69 in Decatur County Friday.
Investigators wouldn’t say what they were looking for, but at least two vehicles were towed away and a cadaver dog from the Shelby County Sheriff’s office was brought in to help with the search.
Saturday, investigators searched a well using underwater cameras.
Agents were seen from chopper images sifting dirt and looking for clues in an area behind Adams’ home. They used metal probes as they searched the grounds. Also, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office had a cadaver dog to assist with the investigation. Two to three more cadaver dogs will be made available to participate in the search again Saturday.
At least four vehicles were towed away from a property as a result of the search warrants. In addition, officials conducted interviews in surrounding counties.
This was also a comment from the article where Holly was prior to her disappearance being what is described as stalked.
Family members say she was leaving for school when they believed she was kidnapped.
Danielle Darnell, who lives in the area, says she and Holly Bobo’s mother saw three men acting strangely one week before Holly disappeared. She says she has known Adams her whole life.
Darnell says Adams and two of his friends were following Holly at a coon hunt dinner.
“Holly was on stage walking around the coon hunt. They basically stalked her a little bit,” she said.
UPDATE V: Tweets from Will Nunly (WKRN)covering the search and investigation of missing Holly Bobo.
For more updates, read others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Holly Bobo.
Information about Holly Bobo’s disappearance should be reported to 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
26 Year Old, Pregnant, St. Mary’s University Canadian Student, Loretta Saunders Missing Since 2/13/14 Has Been Found Dead in New Brunswick (Update: Blake Leggette & Victoria Lea Henneberry Previously Arrested, Now Charged with First Degree Murder)
Loretta Saunders – Facebook
26 year old Loretta Saunders, a Canadian student, studying at St.Mary’s University in Halifax has been missing since February 13, 2014. Saunders is a criminology major was writing her honors thesis on missing and murdered indigenous women when she vanished. Saunders, who was pregnant, went missing on Feb. 13 after she allegedly went to collect rent money from Leggette and Henneberry, who were subletting a Cowie Hill Road apartment from her. Saunders was last seen alive on Feb. 13 in Halifax; however , her car, a 2000 Toyota Celica, was recovered near Windsor, Ont. on Feb. 18 and Henneberry and Leggette were both charged with theft of a motor vehicle.
Loretta Saunders’ body was found Wednesday afternoon in New Brunswick, not long after police ruled the missing Saint Mary’s University student’s case a homicide.
Investigators from the RCMP in New Brunswick and Halifax police located the remains just west of Salisbury, in the median off Route 2 of the Trans-Canada Highway, Halifax police said in a news release issued just after 6 p.m.
Blake Leggette & Victoria Lea Henneberry, Twitter Photo
Halifax police laid first-degree murder charges Thursday against Loretta Saunders’ two roommates, saying the Saint Mary’s University student was killed at her apartment the day she went missing.
The pregnant Saunders, 26, died at the 41 Cowie Hill Rd. apartment Feb. 13, Supt. Jim Perrin of the Halifax Regional Police-RCMP integrated criminal investigation division said at a news conference.
Saunders had gone that day to collect rent money from Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Lea Henneberry, 28, whom Saunders’ boyfriend called subletters rather than roommates.
Charges of first-degree murder mean that police believe the crime was premeditated. Perrin said he does not foresee further charges at this point.
Henneberry and her boyfriend Leggette are due to face the charges in Halifax provincial court this morning, regional police said late Thursday afternoon.
14 Year Old Michaela Bruce Missing Since 2/25/14 in Springfield, OH … Abducted by Mark Edwards for Second Time, Felony Arrest Warrant Issued
14 year old Michaela Bruce has been missing since Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in Springfield, Ohio. According to reports, Michaela Bruce was abducted by 44 year old Mark Edwards for the second time since September 2013. Authorities say Edwards is known to be a survivalist, aka bum, hobo. With his pending trial coming up in March 2014 for the abduction and six counts of unlawful sex with a minor from the September incident where the two ran away, this most likely prompted his incident. The Sheriff’s office believes that Michaela Bruce, and the public could be at risk if the suspect, Mark Edwards, attempts to do something desperate to escape capture. With this being the second abduction of the 14 year old girl, when captured it is not going to end well for this suspect.
She likened her daughter’s relationship with Edwards to being in a “cult.”
“It’s like her little brain has been drilled over and over and over that he loves her. I trusted him. His daughter was my daughter’s best friend. His wife was my friend,” Tammy Bruce said.
Michaela Bruce (left) – Mark Edwards (right)
UPDATE I: Police receive numerous tips on the two and spotted rental car they were in but cut off pursuit.
Earlier Wednesday night, Fred Stegner, who operates the Springfield Soup Kitchen, 830 W. Main St., told News Center 7 Edwards and Bruce visited the facility sometime before 8 p.m. Tuesday. That would have been roughly an hour before the girl’s mother reported her missing at 9:02 p.m. in German Twp., near Springfield.
Edwards eats at the facility regularly, Stegner said, but Tuesday night was the first time anyone there has seen him with the girl. There were 200 to 250 people there at the time. Springfield police and sheriff’s deputies showed photos of the man and girl to volunteers Wednesday morning.
Edwards “came in with the blond lady,” Stegner said. “I didn’t know she was 14 until I came in today[Wednesday], but many volunteers told me they saw them.”
Also Wednesday evening, sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Young said deputies have continued to receive hundreds of tips, the most credible of which is that Edwards and Bruce may have been near State Route 235 and Interstate 270 late Wednesday morning. Deputies also searched several vacant houses in the area where Edwards and the girl abandoned a rental car he was driving.
Acting on one of the early tips, deputies responded to a Knight’s Inn on West Main Street in Springfield at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to look for Bruce and Edwards. Items believed to belong to Edwards and Bruce were located in a room. The state bureau of criminal investigation is analyzing items found in that room for DNA, Young said.
Deputies later spotted that rental car and pursued it but cut off that pursuit when the car ran a red light. Authorities found it abandoned at Rebert Pike and Cottage Drive in Springfield. A search of the area did not turn up Edwards or the girl. Officials said Edwards’ wife rented the vehicle Tuesday.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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UPDATE II: Edwards was arrested in September 2013 for abduction of Michaela Bruce and faced a March 4 trial date on six counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and interference with custody involving Bruce.
Edwards was arrested in September 2013 when he was found with Bruce after she went missing from her school bus stop. At that time, Edwards and the girl werefound in a green Ford Expedition in the 3300 block of Ohio 41. She was hiding in the rear of the vehicle under blankets. Deputies found a Taser, knives, condoms, a spear and other items in the SUV. Officials have said Edwards is known to be a survivalist.
Amber Alert Issued for 15 Year Old Nomei Velazquez Missing Since 2/24/14 in Nacogdoches, TX … Abducted by Juan Fabian Arenas Delacruz (Update: Nomei Velazquez, Suspect Arrested)
An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 15 year old Nomei Velazquez, who has been missing since February 24, 2014 in Nacogdoches, Texas. The sheriff’s office reported that Velazquez went missing Monday after being last seen leaving school on foot. She reportedly didn’t return home. The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office issued the alert as authorities believe that Juan Fabian Arenas Delacruz is suspected of abducting Velazquez and might be traveling northbound on I-35. They could be be traveling in a 2004 silver Volkswagen Passat with Texas plate: DF7T507.
Left to Right, Nomei Velazquez Juan - Fabian Arenas Delacruz
Velazquez is 4 feet and 11 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, black tennis shoes, glasses and was carrying a brown purse. She also goes by the nickname ‘Mimi.’
The man suspected of taking her is Juan Fabian Arenas Delacruz. He may be traveling in a 2004 silver Volkswagen Passat with Texas plate: DF7T507. He’s described as 5 feet and 11 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He also has facial hair.
UPDATE I: Someone reported seeing the vehicle in the Kansas City area at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Another citizen reported seeing the car around 5:15 Wednesday morning between Ottawa and Emporia, Kan.
Anyone with information about them should call 911 or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 800-572-7463.
A Texas teenager who Tuesday night was the subject of an Amber Alert in Kansas was found safe late Wednesday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas after her suspected abductor was placed into custody on the campus of Texas Tech University, authorities said via social media.
Officials on Wednesday morning canceled the Amber Alert in Kansas for Nomei Velazquez, 15, after learning a cellphone ping that placed her near Lenexa was read incorrectly.
She later was located in Lubbock after authorities took her suspected abductor, Fabian Arenas Delacruz, 28, into custody, according to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office page on Facebook. Delacruz was found working at a job site on the campus of Texas Tech. Authorities shortly afterward tracked down Velazquez, who was in a nearby motel room, and deemed her to be safe.
13 Year Old Boy Arrested for Throwing Snowball at Police Officer … Charged with a Felony, Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer
Not sure if this should be a felony, but shows a complete lack of respect for authority.
A 13 year old boy has been arrested and charged with a felony for throwing a snowball at a Chicago police officer. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 4900 block of West Congress Parkway, about a half a block from where the boy attends school. The boy claims that he was wrongfully picked out of a crowd. The unnamed minor was charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer. The boy claims that he is not the one who threw the snow ball. Then again, every one accused of a crime is innocent. But what might be more troubling than throwing a snowball is a felony offense, is the complete and total lack of respect by this 13 year old for authority. Who is so stupid to actually throw a snow ball at a cop in his/her police marked car? In addition to the charges, the school has suspended the boy for five days.
Snowball Fight Scene from ELF
A 13-year-old boy arrested for allegedly hitting a Chicago police officer with a snowball says he was wrongly picked out of a crowd of kids walking home from school.
And besides, he adds, the snowball didn’t even hit the cop.
“It made me mad,” said the eighth-grader, who is facing a felony charge of battery to a police officer. “He (the officer) said the snowball hit him but it hit the car, not him.”
The officer reported that the boy threw a snowball and hit him in the arm while he sat in a marked squad car. The boy was taken into custody and charged as a juvenile with aggravated battery to a peace officer, a felony. The Tribune is not naming him because he is a minor.
Of course, the question that springs up is should the boy have been arrested for his actions. Would it have made a difference whether it was an ice-ball, rock, bottle? The New York Daily News is referencing the projectile as a “chunk of ice”. As stated earlier, what is most disturbing is that these young punks are obviously not taught at home that such an act is not only wrong, but a show of complete disrespect for authority. Hell of a way to learn a lesson.