26 Year Old Melinda Denny Missing After Her Boyfriend Johnathon Nall Threatens Suicide in Louisiana (Update: Melinda Denny Fiund Deceased found in Louisiana)
26 year old Melinda Denny, who was traveling with her boyfriend from from Mobile, Alabama to Texas is missing. Her boyfriend, Johnathon Nall, had threatened to commit suicide and was in a standoff with police at a gas station in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana on Saturday. Nall was taken into protective custody and then sent to a local hospital for evaluation. However, Melinda Denny was no where to be found. . Denny was not found later when deputies located Nall’s 1999 red Jeep Grand Cherokee, which the couple was traveling in, in a subdivision near the gas station.
Police in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, are searching for a missing Alabama woman whose boyfriend threatened suicide and engaged in a standoff with authorities Saturday, CBS affiliate WWLTV reports.
The woman, 26-year-old Melinda Denny, had been traveling with her boyfriend, Johnathon Nall, from Mobile, Ala. to Texas, reports the station. Just before noon Saturday, authorities responded to a report of a man with a gun at a gas station.
Authorities engaged in a standoff with Nall, who threatened to kill himself, reports the station. He reportedly did not threaten anyone else with the gun. He was then taken into protective custody after deputies shot him with a less-than-lethal bean bag round, reports the station.
Much earlier, Saturday morning, around 1:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s office received a call from Nall’s mother in Alabama who requested that deputies check on the whereabouts of Nall and Denny, as they were said to be in a parking lot on Highway 21 and needed money for gas.
Responding deputies made contact with the two and both subjects reported they were okay.
A weapon was found in the vehicle, but without ammunition, and a routine background check revealed no criminal history on either, so deputies released the two to continue their trip.
No additional contact was made with the pair until Nall was seen Saturday morning at the gas station.
Anyone who might have seen Nall’s Jeep Saturday along the I-12 area, or anyone who might have information about Denny’s whereabouts should call 9-1-1.
UPDATE I: Body of missing Alabama mother found five days after boyfriend arrested in armed standoff.
The body of a missing Alabama mother has been found in Louisiana five days after her boyfriend was arrested following an armed standoff with deputies.
The discovery of 26-year-old Melinda Denny’s body in St. Tammany on Thursday morning comes after shocking video surfaced appearing to show her boyfriend yelling hysterically while holding a gun to his head.
After a week of searching, St. Tammany deputies discovered the body of a missing 27-year-old woman from Alabama.
The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office says Melinda Denny died from multiple stab wounds. Denny was found along a fence line in an open field on Brewster Road in Madisonville.
Harold Ramis, Actor, Writer & Director Best-known for ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Stripes’ and ‘Caddyshack’ is Dead at Age 69 … Rest in Peace
It is truly a sad day, one of my favorite actors, writers and directors of all times has passed away … Dr. Egon Spengler, Moe Green, Russell Ziskey … Rest in Peace.
Harold Ramis passed away on Monday, February 24, 2014 surrounded by family in his North Shore Chicago home at 12:53 AM. Ramis, best known for his acting, writing and directing roles in such comedy classics as ‘Ghost Busters’, ‘Stripes’, and ‘Caddyshack’, died from complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. Tragically, he was only 69. Long before Ramis became a household name in the movie ‘Stripes’ and ‘Ghostbusters’, Harold Ramis was fantastic on SCTV. I think I just dated myself. For those who think SNL was funny and cutting edge, SCTV had it beat by a mile. Not familiar with SCTV, it is the show that launched the comedic genius and careers of John Candy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Rick Moranis, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas and of course, the late Harold Ramis.
I can honestly say, the world will be a little less funny without him … Harold Ramis, Rest in Peace.
Harold Ramis (Moe Green) provides a PSA on warning signs of death … “So You’re Dead; Now What?”
Ramis’ serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis’ Ocean Pictures production company.
Harold Ramis not only may be the most successful comedy writer-director that Chicago has produced, but some wouldn’t even confine that statement to Chicago.
“Harold was clearly the most successful comedy writer-director of all time,” said Tim Kazurinsky, who followed Ramis at Second City and later became his friend. “The number of films that he has made that were successful, that were blockbusters, nobody comes close. Even in light in of that, he was more successful as a human being.”
Ramis’ career was still thriving in 1996, with “Groundhog Day” acquiring almost instant classic status upon its 1993 release and 1984′s “Ghostbusters” ranking among the highest-grossing comedies of all time, when he decided to move his family back to the Chicago area, where he grew up and had launched his career.
Ramis died Monday morning in his Chicago-area home, the agency said.
For more than 40 years, Ramis was a leading figure in comedy. A veteran of the Second City troupe in his hometown of Chicago, he was a writer for “SCTV” and wrote or co-wrote the scripts for “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978), “Caddyshack” (1980), “Stripes” (1981), “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Groundhog Day” (1993) and “Analyze This” (1999).
The films often featured members of his generation of comedy talents — veterans of the National Lampoon’s recordings, “Saturday Night Live” and “Second City TV” — most notably Ramis’ old comedy colleague and fellow Chicagoan Bill Murray.
“Harold Ramis and I together did ‘The National Lampoon Show’ off-Broadway, ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day.’ He earned his keep on this planet,” said Murray in a statement. “God bless him.”
Harold Ramis was a man before his time as he proclaimed in the 1984 movie classic, Ghostbusters … “Print is Dead”.
On a personal note, what makes some one like Harold Ramis so brilliant a writer, director and actor is his works are timeless. There are no more movies that are quoted by people in everyday life than Animal House, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Stripes, Groundhog Day and Back to School and “that’s the fact Jack”.
Tell ‘em about the Twinkie
Dr. Egon Spengler: Well, let’s say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area. Based on this morning’s sample, it would be a Twinkie… thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.
Maria von Trapp, the Last of the Famous Singing Siblings Made Famous in ‘The Sound of Music,’ Dies at Age 99
How very, very sad … The end of a singing family era … Maria von Trapp dies at the age of 99.
Maria von Trapp dies at her home in Vermont of natural causes at the age of 99. She was the last surviving member of the seven original Trapp Family Singers made famous in the 1965 movie, “The Sound of Music.” Maria von Trapp was the third child and second-oldest daughter of Austrian Naval Capt. Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp. Maria von Trapp was portrayed as Louisa in the film and musical. Maria was a missionary in New Guinea for 30 years. Maria Franziska von Trapp died on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Stowe, VT.
Maria Franziska von Trapp - Wiki
Georg von Trapp, born in 1880, became a national hero as a captain in the Austrian navy during World War I. He commanded submarines with valor and received the title of “Ritter” (the equivalent of the British baronet or “Sir,” but commonly translated as “Baron”) as a reward for his heroic accomplishments. Georg married Agathe Whitehead, the granddaughter of Robert Whitehead, the inventor of the torpedo, in 1912. They had seven children together: Rupert, 1911–1992 (Friedrich); Agathe, 1913–2010 (Liesl); Maria, 1914–2014 (Louisa) ; Werner, 1915–2007 (Kurt) ; Hedwig, 1917–1972 (Brigitta); Johanna, 1919–1994 (Marta); and Martina, 1921–1952 (Gretl).
“Maria had a wonderful life and we will miss her. The memories of her will live on.”
Born in 1914 in Zell Am See in the Austria Alps, Maria Franziska was the third of seven children of the aristocratic Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead, who died in 1922.
As a child, Maria Franziska had scarlet fever, the same disease that killed her mother.
Maria Franziska von Trapp served as a lay missionary in Papua New Guinea, according to the Trapp Family Lodge website, before returning to Vermont to live. She is represented by Louisa, played by Heather Menzies-Urich, in the 1965 movie.
At the age of 97, she wrote fondly of her childhood memories and cleared up one myth from the movie. Capt. von Trapp did have a special whistle to call each of his children – but they didn’t see it as a strict measure for keeping discipline.
Pic – BBC: Maria von Trapp, third from left
Maria von Trapp, the last of the singing children immortalized in the movie musical “The Sound of Music,” died at her Vermont home of natural causes, her half-brother told CNN on Saturday.
The native of Austria was 99 and lived in Stowe. She died Tuesday.
Maria von Trapp was the third-oldest child of Agathe Whitehead and Capt. Georg von Trapp. The couple had seven children: Rupert, Agathe, Maria, Werner, Hedwig, Johanna and Martina.
Georg von Trapp’s second wife, Maria Kutschera von Trapp, wrote a book titled “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers,” which sparked two German-made movies and “The Sound of Music.”
So Long, Farewell …
On a personal note, if you ever make it to Stowe, Vermont, I strongly recommend that you visit the Trapp Family Lodge.
AMBER ALERT Issued in MO, OK, KS for Missing 10 Year Old Hailey Owens Kidnapped 2/18/14 in Springfield, Missouri (VIDEO) (Update: Suspect in Custody, Arrested on Kidnapping Charges)(Update: Hailey’s Body Found, Child Deceased)(Update: Craig Michael Wood Arrested Suspect, From Springfield, MO MAP)(Update: Wood Charged with First Degree Murder)
An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 10 year old Hailey Owens who has been missing since Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Springfield, Missouri. Hailey was grabbed in front of her own home in broad day light. The child abduction occurred around 4:50 p.m. on W. Lombard when Hailey Owens was approached by an unknown person and pulled into his vehicle. Police have described the kidnapper as a white male between the ages of 45 and 55, driving a gold 2008 Ford Ranger pickup with Missouri plate number 1YF454.
Hailey M. Owens went missing at 4:48 p.m. in Springfield. The man who allegedly took her is white, 45 to 55 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 200 pounds and has gray hair.
He might be driving a gold 2008 Ford Ranger pickup truck with Missouri plate number 1YF454, police said.
Owens is described as about 5 feet 2 inches tall, 90 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and purple sandals. She has pierced ears.
This is an Amber Alert, the Springfield Missouri Police Department has issued an Amber Alert that occurred at 3247 west Lombard at 4:48 pm on 02/18/14. Abducted was Hailey Owens a white female 10 years old. The suspect vehicle is a gold 2008 Ford Ranger Missouri registration 1YF454. The vehicle was last seen southbound on Scenic from Grand in Springfield, Missouri. The suspect is a white male, no further description is available. The victim, Hailey M. Owens is a white female 10 years old, 5 foot 2 inches tall, weighing 90 pounds with long brown hair, brown eyes and pierced ears. Owens was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and purple sandals.. . Please Contact Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.
A: Location where Hailey Owen was abducted. - B: Location where Craig M. Wood was arrested.
Springfield police are investigating an abduction of a girl in the 3200 block of West Lombard Street at 4:48 p.m. Tuesday. The girl is 10, 5-foot-2, skinny, with sandy blonde hair and pierced ears. She was wearing blue jean shorts. Her name is Hailey Owens.
A neighbor who lives at 3247 W. Lombard says a man went up to Hailey, who was outside the home, and talked to her, then grabbed her and threw her in his truck. Hailey’s mother told police that she has no idea who the man is.
Police are looking for a white man who may be driving a gold early 2000s Ford Ranger pickup that was last seen going south on Golden Avenue from Lombard. The truck has Missouri plates IYF 454.
UPDATE II: Suspect in Custody, Hailey Owens Still Missing.
An Amber Alert remains in effect for 10 year old Hailey Owen of Springfield, MO. An unknown man pulled her into his vehicle Tuesday afternoon. Police found him, and charged him with kidnapping, but Hailey remains missing. A search will continue through the night.
UPDATE III: Family says abducted girl’s body found.
The body of an abducted 10-year-old girl in southwest Missouri has been found, according to the girl’s family.
- The police have identified the suspect in custody as 45 year old Craig Michael Wood, charged with kidnapping.
- It is on an-going police investigation.
- The police made no mention of Hailey Owens’ body being found; however, parents have told media that they were informed their child has been found deceased.
Screen Grab from KMBC – VIDEO
UPDATE V: There appears to be a couple of individuals with the name Craig M. Wood and Craig Michael Wood that live in Springfield, MO
This most likely is the address as the suspect was found in his truck in the 1500 block of East Stanford in Springfield.
UPDATE VI: Craig Michael Wood: Suspect in abduction of Springfield girl Hailey Owens arrested for murder.
Craig Michael Wood
By 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Springfield police say they received a tip that led them to Wood at a residence in town. They initially believed he and Owens were heading to Oklahoma.
Wood was taken into custody and later booked for first-degree murder in the Greene County Jail, according to jail records, and an official with the sheriff’s office confirms it is the same man at the center of the abduction.
The body of missing 10 year old Hailey Owens was found in the basement of Craig M. Woods home with a gunshot wound to her head. 45 year old Craig Michael Wood charged with first-degree murder in the death of 10-year-old Hailey Owens. Wood has also been charged with armed criminal action and child kidnapping.
A Missouri grade school coach has been charged in the murder and kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl whose suspected body was found in his basement with what police said was a gunshot wound to the head.
Craig Wood, a football coach and teacher’s aide at Springfield’s Pleasant View K-8 School, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of Hailey Owens, whose body police believe was found in a storage bin.
For more updates, to provide your opinions and analysis and to read others, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Hailey Owens.
Anyone with information on Owens’s whereabouts are asked to 911 or Springfield police, at 417-864-1810
Snake Handling Kentucky Pentecostal Pastor Jamie Coots Who Starred in National Geographic’s Reality Show “Snake Salvation” Dies from … a Snake Bite
OK, YOU JUST CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP … I GUESS WE COULD HAVE SEEN THIS ONE COMING.
Jammie Coots, a Kentucky Pentecostal snake-handling pastor, who starred in a National Geographic reality show “Snake Salvation” has died of … hold it, hold it, hold it, that’s it you guessed it, a snake bite. Coots was a third generation snake handler who believed that a passage in the Bible suggests poisonous snakebites will not harm believers as long as they are anointed by God. I guess this last snake bite was not. WBIR reports that Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe said Coots was found dead in his home at about 10 p.m. Saturday. A snake bit Coots while he was handling the animal in his Middlesboro, Kentucky church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name.
Define irony … Coots is quoted saying in the below video that he never sought medical attention because of snake bites as he said when he first started in church, “that if I ever went to a hospital or doctor over a snake bite, I would quit the church.”
VIDEO from National Geographic via Mediaite
A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died — of a snakebite.
Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middleborough police said.
On “Snake Salvation,” the ardent Pentecostal believer said that he believed that a passage in the Bible suggests poisonous snakebites will not harm believers as long as they are anointed by God. The practice is illegal in most states, but still goes on, primarily in the rural South.
Coots was a third-generation “serpent handler” and aspired to one day pass the practice and his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, on to his adult son, Little Cody.
The National Geographic show featured Coots and cast handling all kinds of poisonous snakes — copperheads, rattlers, cottonmouths. The channel’s website shows a picture of Coots, goateed, wearing a fedora. “Even after losing half of his finger to a snake bite and seeing others die from bites during services,” Coots “still believes he must take up serpents and follow the Holiness faith,” the website says.
Sharpe said Coots went home before emergency workers got to the church. Officials then went to his house but weren’t given consent to treat him or transport him to the hospital. About an hour later officials said they returned to the home, but Coots had passed away.
Another preacher at the church, Cody Winn, said he was right next to Coots when he got bit during the Saturday evening service.
“Jamie went across the floor. He had one of the rattlers in his hand, he came over and he was standing beside me. It was plain view, it just turned its head and bit him in the back of the hand before, within a second,” Winn said.
He said Coots dropped the snakes, but then picked them back up and continued on. Within minutes, he said Coots headed to the bathroom with his son and Andrew Hamblin, an East Tennessee preacher who also handles snakes.
“Andrew said he looked at him and said ‘sweet Jesus’ and it was over. He didn’t die right then, but he just went out and never woke back up,” Winn said.
National Geographic said in a statement it was struck by Coots’ “devout religious convictions despite the health and legal peril he often faced.”
“Those risks were always worth it to him and his congregants as a means to demonstrate their unwavering faith,” the statement said. “We were honored to be allowed such unique access to pastor Jamie and his congregation during the course of our show, and give context to his method of worship.”
19 Year Old Miranda Barbour (with Husband Elytte Barbour) Admits to Pennsylvania Craigslist Killing of Troy LaFerrara, Says She Killed at Least 22 Others From Alaska to North Carolina … “When I Hit 22, I Stopped Counting”
19 year old female serial, thrill-kill, satanic murderer admits to killing of Troy LaFerrara and at least 22 other individuals … “When I hit 22, I stopped counting.”
Miranda Barbour admitted in a prison interview with The Daily Item, that she and her husband, 22 Elytte Barbour, killed 42 year old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton in what isbe called the Pennsylvania Craigslist killing. The newlywed couple posted out on Craigslist paid companionship. Miranda said she agreed to sex for $100 with LaFerrara. The two met in the parking lot of the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Hummels Wharf, and drove nearly six miles to Sunbury. It was then when the Barbour’s killed the unsuspecting Craigslist respondent. Miranda Barbour and Elytte Barbour have been charged by Sunbury police in the November 11, 2013 fatal knifing of Troy LaFerrara. The victims body was found in the backyard of a home in Sunbury on November 12. Troy Laferrara had been stabbed 20 times and strangled.
Nineteen-year-old satanist Miranda Barbour admits to killing Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton. In a prison interview Friday night, she said that she considered sparing his life until he said the wrong thing. She also said LaFerrara was one of dozens of such victims she killed in the past six years.
LaFerrara, Miranda Barbour said, was Elytte’s first victim.
The 42-year-old Port Trevorton resident was killed on the Barbours’ three-week wedding anniversary.
“I remember everything,” Miranda Barbour said. “It is like watching a movie.”
She said she agreed to sex for $100 with LaFerrara, whom she met through a Craigslist ad. The two met in the parking lot of the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Hummels Wharf, and drove nearly six miles to Sunbury.
At one point, she planned to let LaFerrara out of her Honda CRV.
“He said the wrong things,” she said. “And then things got out of control. I can tell you he was not supposed to be stabbed. My husband was just supposed to strangle him.”
As if this was not bad enough. It get’s worse, much, much worse. Miranda Barbour also admitted to killing at least 22 individuals from Alaska to North Carolina. She stated, “When I hit 22, I stopped counting.” Miranda Barbour also stated that LaFerrara was Elytte’s first victim. Miranda Barbour also said that if she is let out of jail, she will kill again.
She wants to plead guilty to LaFerrara’s murder, and said she is ready to speak with police about her other victims.
“I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them,” she said.
LaFerrara, Miranda Barbour said, was Elytte’s first victim.
The 42-year-old Port Trevorton resident was killed on the Barbours’ three-week wedding anniversary.
“I remember everything,” Miranda Barbour said. “It is like watching a movie.”
UPDATE I: The twisted and warped past of Miranda Barbour including sexual molestation at the age of 4 and the introduction into a Satanic cult.
She said she was sexually molested at age 4 and was introduced to murder at 13, literally in the hands of a man who led her to satanism — beliefs that she said she held at the time of the LaFerrara homicide.
“I feel it is Miranda said when she was 4, she was sexually molested by a relative.
Elizabeth Dean, Miranda’s mother, confirmed Saturday that her sister’s husband was later arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
“It was bad,” Dean said. “I never let (her) stay anywhere except for my sister’s house, and I was devastated when I found out.”
Nine years later, Miranda joined a satanic cult in Alaska. Soon after, Miranda said, she had her first experience in murder.time to get all of this out,” she said. “I don’t care if people believe me. I just want to get it out.”
The FBI said on Sunday it was in contact with local police in the case of Miranda Barbour, who is charged with murdering a Pennsylvania man she lured via the website Craigslist and reportedly admits to the killing and at least 22 other slayings.
The FBI said on Sunday in a statement that its Philadelphia division “has recently been in contact with the Sunbury Police Department regarding Miranda Barbour, and will offer any assistance requested in the case.”
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Body of Missing Garden Ridge Woman Leanne Bearden Found in Texas in Wooded Area … Death Appears to be an Apparent Suicide (MAP of Area) … Suicide?(Update: Death Ruled a Suicide … Asphyxiation by Hanging)
33 year old Leanne Bearden has been missing since January 17, 2014 when she was last seen going for a walk on Friday afternoon around 1:00 pm in the Garden Ridge, TX area. Several searches have taken place for the missing woman to no avail. Today, Garden Ridge police Chief Donna O’Conner said a body found in the backyard of a Garden Ridge home this afternoon is believed to be that of missing Leanne Bearden. According to reports, the death appears to be an apparent suicide. Bearden’s body was found a few blocks from where she was last seen walking on Jan. 17 by a man working in the area.
Seriously? Leanne Bearden has been missing for about a month, numerous searches were made, including a 23 sq. mile targeted area, yet a two block radius around the home that Bearden left to go on her walk on January 17th was not searched with a fine tooth comb, really? Law enforcement and the family believed from the outset that there was no foul play, Leanne might have left on her own, or she might have injured herself or gotten lost while on her hike. Neighbors and property owners were asked to be on the look out for the missing woman and to check their property and out-buildings. With all that, Leanne Bearden was sadly found today deceased what is stated to be an apparent suicide. I must admit having been a part of many missing person searches, I am a bit amazed and some what suspicious that this area was not previously and better searched.
The home where her body was found is located in the 21000 block of Fairview Circle, about two blocks from where she was last seen.
A source in Comal County confirmed to KSAT’s Steve Spriester late Thursday afternoon that her death was an apparent suicide.
Dispatch received a call at 12:18 p.m. on Thursday from a man who told them he spotted a body in a wooded area behind his house, O’Conner said.
The homeowner said he discovered Bearden’s body around noon on Thursday in a brushy area behind his home.
That area is an undeveloped part of his property he does not walk through often, but did on Thursday.
Garden Ridge police, Comal County Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Rangers went to the scene and examined the body, which had some identifying jewelry as well as a backpack, O’Conner said. She was apparently found with the same backpack she was carrying when she left her in-laws house.
A: Location of home where Leanne Bearden left on 1/17/14
B: 21000 block of Fairview Circle area where Leanne’s body was found.
The location where her body was found (B) was about a half mile away from the home she left from (A) or about a 13 minute walk.
wooded area where body was found
UPDATE I: Thursday evening, Bearden’s family issued the following statement:
“Our family is understandably devastated by the news of the recovery of the remains of our beloved Leanne. We wish to thank the myriad of people who helped us search for Leanne, and who helped support us throughout this entire nightmare. We also wish to thank the members of the media who helped us tell our story. We thank the Garden Ridge Police Department and other agencies who provided such caring service to us. We especially thank the Heidi Search Center for their wonderful help and support. Although this is not the outcome we had hoped for, we draw comfort and strength from the outpouring of prayers, actions and good wishes from all — including over 20,000 Facebook friends. We ask for your continued prayers and good wishes for our family. Leanne was a lovely and remarkable young woman and we will all miss her greatly.”
UPDATE II: Body of missing woman found in wooded Texas area. … Chief of Police Not Speculating on Cause of death.
The body of a woman who had been missing for almost a month was found in a wooded area behind a home Thursday in Garden Ridge.
Leanne Bearden, 33, went for a walk on Jan. 17 while visiting her in-laws in Garden Ridge, and never came back.
Police responded to the scene around noon after receiving a tip from a person who spotted the body.
Donna O’Conner, Garden Ridge’s police chief, said both families had been notified after the body was found with ID, jewelry and a backpack, according to WOAI, the NBC affiliate in San Antonio.
The chief would not speculate as to the cause of death, and said they were waiting to get “all the facts.”
UPDATE III: Death Of Missing Denver Woman In Texas Ruled Suicide.
Police in Texas have released a statement saying a Denver woman who was missing for weeks and was found dead on Thursday killed herself.
Leanne Bearden went for a walk from her in-laws’ home in Garden Ridge, Texas on Jan. 17. She never returned. Her body was discovered just blocks from where she was last seen.
“Bearden’s preliminary cause of death result is asphyxiation by hanging,” according to a release from Garden Ridge, Texas, Police Chief Donna O’Conner.
For more updates, provide your own opinions and analysis and read others, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Leanne Hecht Bearden.
Arguably the most famous child star ever has passed away …
This hardly seems possible … legendary child actress Shirley Temple Black has died at the age of 85. The child star known for her curly hair and dimples died of natural causes Monday night at her Woodside, California home surrounded by her family and caregivers. Shirley Temple Black lifted America’s spirits as a bright-eyed, dimpled child movie star during the Great Depression and later became a U.S. diplomat.
The bright-eyed, adorable little actress was a No. 1 box-office draw in the 1930s, helping to boost America’s spirits after the Great Depression and saving the Fox studio from bankruptcy.
Shirley Temple, the enchanting singing and dancing child star with the glowing corkscrew curls who saved a Hollywood studio and helped yank America from the throes of the Great Depression, died Monday night. She was 85.
CNN: Shirley Temple Black, the former child star who later became a U.S. ambassador, has died at 85, her publicist says.
Temple began acting at age 3 and starred in four massive box-office draws before she turned 10, commanding a then-unheard of $50,000 per movie.
Her first film of notice appeared in 1932, when she played the part of the Baby Burlesks in a series of short films called “War Babies.”
For about 18 years, she sang, tap danced and acted her way into the hearts of millions.
She retired from filmmaking at 22, after marrying Charles Black and changing her last name to Temple Black.
But she did not fade from the public eye. Far from it.
She embarked on a new career as a foreign diplomat: She served in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations from 1969 to 1974, was U.S. ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, and U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.
Shirley Temple – On The Good Ship Lollipop
FOX News: Former Hollywood child star Shirley Temple dies at 85.
Temple became a nationwide sensation. Mothers dressed their little girls like her, and a line of dolls was launched that are now highly sought-after collectables. Her immense popularity prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to say that “as long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.”
“When the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time during this Depression, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles,” Roosevelt said.
She followed up in the next few years with a string of hit films, most with sentimental themes and musical subplots. She often played an orphan, as in “Curly Top,” where she introduced the hit “Animal Crackers in My Soup,” and “Stowaway,” in which she was befriended by Robert Young, later of “Father Knows Best” fame.
She teamed with the great black dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in two 1935 films with Civil War themes, “The Little Colonel” and “The Littlest Rebel.” Their tap dance up the steps in “The Little Colonel” (at a time when interracial teamings were unheard-of in Hollywood) became a landmark in the history of film dance.
Following her venture into television, Temple became active in the Republican Party in California. In 1967, she ran unsuccessfully in a special election in California’s 11th congressional district to fill the seat left vacant by the death of eight-term Republican J. Arthur Younger from leukemia. She ran as a conservative and lost to law school professor Pete McCloskey, a liberal Republican who was a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War.
She was appointed Representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly by President Richard M. Nixon (September – December 1969), and was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana (December 6, 1974 – July 13, 1976) by President Gerald R. Ford. She was appointed first female Chief of Protocol of the United States (July 1, 1976 – January 21, 1977), and was in charge of arrangements for President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration and inaugural ball. She served as the United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (August 23, 1989 – July 12, 1992), having been appointed by President George H. W. Bush.
Daily Commentary – Thursday, February 6, 2014 – 19 Year Old Teen Faces Deportation After Fatal Accident
- She and her friend drove their SUV over a pile of leaves killing two children
Oscar Award Winning Actor 46 Year old Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in Manhattan NYC Apartment … Apparent Drug Overdose
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN FOUND DEAD …
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Oscar Award winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, has been found dead in his New York City apartment. The 46 year old actor was found dead in his apartment located at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The NY Post is reporting, Hoffman was found by a friend at approximately 11:30 am Sunday inside his Greenwich Village home. The Post is also reporting that his death was of an apparent drug overdose.
Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law-enforcement official said.
The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
The movie ‘Capote’ is obviously what made Philip Seymour Hoffman a house hold name; however, my favorite roles of Hoffman were George Willis Jr. in A ‘Scent of a Woman,’ Dustin Davis in Twister and Scottie J. in Boogie Nights.
UPDATE I: In much more happier times, Philip Seymour Hoffman winning Best Actor for ‘Capote’. Sadly, I cannot help but notice that two of the actors who were up for ‘Best Actor’ at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006 are now dead. Heath Ledger was also found dead in his NYC apartment in 2008.
UPDATE II: TMZ is reporting authorities found a needle in his arm.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the actor was found Sunday morning inside of his Greenwich apartment … and they’re still on scene investigating.
Details surrounding his death are unclear … but the actor had struggled with drug problems … most recently checking himself into a rehab facility for heroin back in May.