Murder/Suicide: Two Police Officers and a Third Person Killed by Two Gunmen in Las Vegas on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada (Update: Two Gunman Kill Themselves)(Update: Slain Officers ID’d as Alyn Beck & Igor Soldo)
Two police officers ambushed and gunned down in Las Vegas …
Two gunmen have killed two police officers and a third individual in Las Vegas, Nevada Sunday around 11:30 am local time. The two police officers were shot as they ate lunch at a CiCi’s Pizza shop at 309 N. Nellis Boulevard. The shooting was described as an ambush as one of the suspects yelled, “This is a revolution”. The two gunmen then fled to a Wal-Mart across the street, where they shot to death a person near the entrance, then continued inside the store. The two then killed themselves in an apparent suicide pact. No names of the victims or suspects have been released. According to accounts, the two assailants were a man and a woman.
Two police officers and a third person were killed by two gunmen in Las Vegas on Sunday, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer.
The attackers first opened fire and killed the officers at about 11:30 a.m. as they were eating lunch, she said.
Witnesses told police that the gunmen said “this is a revolution.”
Gunmen kill two police officers
The shooters then crossed a street and went to a Walmart where the third person was killed at the store’s entrance, Meltzer said.
The suspects then killed themselves, she said.
Las Vegas Metro police Sheriff Doug Gillespie was not able to answer many of the media’s questions this afternoon due to the on going investigation into the murder/suicide shooting and police ambush this afternoon. Sheriff Gillespie did provide the names of the two deceased police officers, Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo.
The two Metro Police officers killed while they ate lunch Sunday have been identified as Officers Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 32, Metro Police said.
Rest in peace officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo.
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Three More Victims Identified After Elliot Rodger Deadly Killing Spree in Isla Vista, California … UCSB Students Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, George Chen, 19, and Weihan Wang, 20
Three more victims of the Elliot Rodger of the deadly killing spree have been identified. The three victims who were stabbed multiple times to death in unit No. 7 of a two-story, charcoal gray building on Seville Road have been identified as 20 year old Cheng Yuan Hong, 19 year old George Chen amd 20 year old Weihan Wang. The police state that Hong and Chen were listed as tenants at the apartment along with the 22 year old mass murderer Elliot Rodger. All three victims were students at the University of California Santa Barbara. Thirteen others were injured, some by gunfire and others by being hit by his vehicle. One was in serious condition at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
The three victims who were stabbed in the apartment of the man who unleashed a rampage in the college town of Isla Vista, California, were identified by authorities Sunday, two days after the violent spree.
The victims were identified as Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, and George Chen, 19, both of San Jose, and Weihan Wang, 20, of Fremont.
Authorities said that Hong and Chen were listed as tenants at the apartment of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who was suspected of causing the rampage. It was unclear if Wang was a roommate, too. All three were students at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Early today the three other shooting victims that were killed were ID’d, 22 year old Katie Cooper, 19 year old Veronika Weiss and Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez. All 6 victims in Isla Vista murdered were UCSB students. That fact that an individual with so many mental issues and for some time was not flagged some where along the line had legally purchased guns is troubling, and personally I am as pro-Second Amendment as it gets.
Hidden in Rodger’s bedroom were three guns purchased legally from licensed dealers in Goleta, Oxnard and Burbank, authorities said. They said Rodger used the guns and his black BMW to wreak havoc across a square mile of the quiet college town — running down cyclists and skateboarders, shooting through shop windows and exchanging fire with officers.
Elliot Rodger had wrote in his 141 page manifesto the details to his deranged plans that stated, “The first people I would have to kill are my two housemates, to secure the entire apartment for myself as my personal torture and killing chamber.” The psycho then went on to write that he would lure people into the apartment and kill them before an “ultimate showdown in the streets of Isla Vista.”
21 Year Old University of Cincinnati Student Brogan Dulle 5/18/14 in Cincinnati, OH (Update: Video Shows Missing College Student Looking for Phone)(Update: Found Deceased – VIDEO)(Update: Found hanged in building basement)
21 year old University of Cincinnati student Brogan Dulles has been missing since Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Brogan Dulles was last seen early Sunday morning in Clifton Heights at The St. Clair and Mac’s Pizza Pub. Dulle was last seen wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants between 179 East Mcmillan and 205 West McMillan. According to the police report, Brogan Dulle was last seen early Sunday morning when he left his East McMillan apartment to try to find his missing cellphone. A missing persons report was filed when Dulle did not show up for work at Mercy HealthPlex and Turpin Hills swim clubs where he is a swim coach and the family and friends could not contact him.
Brogan’s family has set up a Facebook page to help raise awareness and find Brogan Dulle.
Brogan Dulle was last seen early Sunday. He had been hanging out in Clifton Heights at The St. Clair and Mac’s Pizza Pub, according to a release. At about 2 a.m. as he was heading back to his apartment, Dulle realized he didn’t have his cellphone and decided to retrace his steps. He never returned home.
Dulle is 6 feet tall, weighs 145 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses.
Volunteers like Dave Rader with the Ohio chapter of Texas EquuSearch said he wants to help out.
“We actually seen it on the news and you know it just seemed like the kind of kid that just wouldn’t up and walk away and I felt like we had to do something,” Rader said.
Rader said he and his group cannot officially help search until the Cincinnati Police Department gives him the green light, but he’s ready to go when called upon and will at least give the family guidance on how to conduct searches.
“We’ve got trained professionals to go out with the search teams to show them what to do and what not to do,” said Rader.
“We would like to thank everyone who has searched, posted, shared or tweeted in our efforts to find Brogan, including those who love him and know what a wonderful and caring young man he is. We also want to thank the many complete strangers who are working so hard to help find Brogan,” Dulle’s family said in a statement.
UPDATE I: Video shows missing man looking for phone.
Cincinnati police said they have video that shows a missing man shortly after he left his apartment.
Assistant Chief James Whalen said a man investigators believe is Brogan Dulle, 21, was seen on video near his apartment around 2 a.m. Sunday apparently searching for his cellphone in the street. He was carrying a light of some sort to help see better, Whalen said.
Friends and family members of the UC sophomore handed out fliers at a booth at the Taste of Cincinnati Saturday afternoon.
“We always hope, try to stay positive,” volunteer Janelle Maxwell said. “It’s just getting harder and harder as the days go, because there’s nothing, no leads, no nothing.”
They said they plan on being at the food festival all weekend in hopes of getting new tips about Dulle’s whereabouts.
“It’s possible he could be out here or someone here could have seen him, so this is a really, really important spot to be to just get the word out,” volunteer Darla Maxwell said.
UPDATE III: FBI joins search for missing Brogan Dulle.
A family spokeswoman says the FBI is now involved in the search for missing University of Cincinnati student Brogan Dulle.
If you have any information or tips about Brogan Dulle’s whereabouts, please contact Cincinnati District 4 Police at 513-765-1212 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.
The body of Brogan Dulle has been found in a vacant part of a building next door to where he lived. The death is believed to have been self-inflicted; however, the coroner has not made a final determination of death. Tragic, just tragic. Our prayers go out the to family and friends of Brogan Dulle. Rest in Peace.
The Cincinnati Police Chief has confirmed Brogan Dulle was found dead in a building close to his apartment Monday night. Police were called shortly after 9p.m. Monday evening to a building on East McMillan between Maplewood and Paris St. The 911 call came from the landlord of the building where Dulle was found. Chief Blackwell described the initial call appearing to be a, “burglary in progress.” Upon further investigation by police they were able to determine there was a deceased male in the building. Local 12′s Curtis Jackson asked Chief Blackwell and the Hamilton County Coroner, Dr. Lakshmi Samarco, if the death appeared suspicious. Blackwell responded, “At this point obviously he’s been missing for seven days. So we think it appears, at this point, emphasis on it appears right now at this point, self inflicted.”
A University of Cincinnati sophomore missing for more than one week was found hanging in a commercial building next door to his apartment Monday evening, a bottle of wine and a crowbar on the ground next to his body, police said.
The landlord of the medical supplies building next door found a male intruder in the building’s basement, she told police in an emergency call, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
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Another Shooting at Fort Hood … 4 Dead Including Gunman … Shooter ID’d as 34 Year Old Fort Hood Soldier Ivan Lopez
If we learn nothing from history, be are destined to repeat it …
Sadly, yesterday we were witness to another shooting at Fort Hood where three people were killed and 16 individuals injured before the gunman killed himself. The shooter was identified as 34 year old Fort Hood Army specialist Ivan Lopez. According to Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the shooter served in Iraq in 2011 and was being treated for “behavioral health and mental health” issues. Lopez had been undergoing an assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder.
Have we learned nothing from the 2009 Fort Hood shooting where Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 12 soldiers?
There was a shooting on Fort Hood on Wednesday afternoon.
Three people are dead along with the shooter, and 16 others were injured. All were active duty military.
Thirty-four-year-old Fort Hood soldier Ivan Lopez was identified as the shooter. General Milley said that the shooter was being treated for mental issues, but not yet diagnosed with PTSD. The shooter is married with family in the local area, and he just arrived at Fort Hood in February.
Lopez is said to have been the only gunman.
Gen Milley believes the shooting started when he opened fire in a building. He then left the building, got into his vehicle, and fired. He then got out of his vehicle again and went into another building. After entering the second building, he became face-to-face with an officer and that is when he shot himself.
Spc. Ivan Lopez, Fort Hood, Warrior Transition Brigade
Pic from Rusty Shackleford – Twitter: @mypetjawa
UPDATE II: Press Conference (VIDEO)
The suspect, a soldier who had served in Iraq, “had behavioral health and mental health” issues, Milley told reporters late Wednesday.
The general said there was no known motive for the shooting.
“There is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism, although we are not ruling anything out,” he said.
The suspected shooter was wearing combat fatigues, said a U.S. official briefed on the shooting. He was armed with a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun that he purchased recently, said Milley.
22 Year Old Jasmine Joseph Missing Since 2/24/14 in Syosset, NY (Update: Last Phone Call from Near Lifetime Fitness on Robbins Lane – MAP)(Update: Found Deceased in Vehicle, Suicide)
22 year old Jasmine Joseph as been missing since Monday, February 24, 2014 in Syosset, New York. The parents of Jasmine Joseph say she was last seen leaving her home in Syosset to attend nursing classes at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY. She was last seen driving a 2012 gray Nissan Altima. However, the university says she hasn’t attended a class there since May of 2013. But the missing Long Island girls father has a statement that proved he paid for his daughter to attend the school this past fall semester. The Nassau Police are asking for the public’s help to find Jasmine Joseph.
click on pic to enlarge – source: Facebook-Find Jasmine Joseph
Police say the parents of 22-year-old Jasmine Joseph, say she was last seen leaving her home in Syosset to attend classes at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury.
According to Joseph’s parents, she called them just after 2:45 [Note: missing persons flyer says 5:17 pm] and said she was studying in the college library and she has not been seen or heard from since.
Joseph is described as an Asian, Indian female 5’4″ tall, 120 lbs, brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing white and black sneakers, black jeans and a green sweater.
Jasmine Joseph – source: Facebook-Find Jasmine Joseph
New York Institute of Technology released the following statement:
“The NYIT Old Westbury community has been in contact with and is cooperating with the family of a former student, whom the family has reported as missing. Many students and staff members are actively helping to spread the word and share photos, in the hopes that the public will recognize this young woman and contact her family or the authorities. The young woman has not been a student enrolled at NYIT since May 2013; as such, we are unable to provide any current information. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.”
Missing: Jasmine Joseph – Source: Nassau Police
UPDATE I: From Find Jasmine Joseph … Jasmine last call to parents from Lifetime Fitness according to cell phone records.
According to the missing persons flyer for Jasmine, she was last spoke with her mother on Monday, 2/24/14 stating she was at the NYIT library at the Old Westbury campus and would be home within an hour. Now we know that Jasmine was not at the library at the time of the phone call to her parents, but instead at Lifetime Fitness at 350 Robbins Lane in Syosset, NY.
We just received information about Jasmine’s last known whereabouts according to cell phone records. Monday at 5:15 pm she was at Lifetime Fitness on Robbins Lane. If anyone saw her in that area please call the numbers on the flyer!! #teamjasmine #kompassist.
We are waiting for more information from the police, but the family went and checked it out and no one remembers seeing her there. It’s possible she was stopped outside and not inside the building. We will update as we receive more information.
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350 Robbins Lane – Lifetime Fitness less than 5-10 minutes from Joseph’s home
Jasmine Joseph’s parents are struggling to understand why the 22-year-old nursing student never came back home on Feb. 24. An investigation into her disappearance has revealed that the Syosset woman has been keeping important parts of her life a secret from her family.
- She Was No Longer Taking Classes At New York Institute Of Technology
- Jasmine’s Parents Last Spoke To Her On Feb. 24
- Her Parents Never Saw Her Fall Semester Grades
- Her Parents Didn’t Consider Any Of Her Actions Suspicious
- New York Institute of Technology Has Spoken Out On The Case
- Police Currently Don’t Suspect Criminal Activity In The Disappearance
If anyone has any information regarding Jasmine Joseph whereabouts to contact Nassau County Police Department Missing Persons Squad at (516) 573-7347 or to call 911
UPDATE IV: Body Found Inside Car Is Jasmine Joseph
The body found inside the car of a 22-year-old Long Island woman missing since February is that of Jasmine Joseph, police confirmed Tuesday.
Joseph committed suicide and inhaled noxious fumes of some sort, police told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.
No foul play is suspected, police said.
Nassau Police Inspector Kenneth Lack said Joseph “apparently inhaled a noxious substance, but the medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.”
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.
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.
Bizarre … Columbia, MD Mall Gunman Darion Marcus Aguilar was Reported Missing Prior to His Murder/Suicide Saturday and Shooting Deaths of Brianna Benlolo & Tyler Johnson
Talk about bizarre, man reported missing after case turned into a murder/suicide.
19 year old Darion Marcus Aguilar, a College Park, MD resident was reported missing at about 1:40 pm on Saturday, January 25, 2014. However, earlier in the day the Howard County Police had a much bigger incident occurring as a gunman walked into the Columbia Mall in Columbia, Maryland and started shooting. In the end, two were dead, Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, MD, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Ellicott City, MD. Also, the gunman turned the shotgun on himself and committed suicide.
Darion Marcus Aguilar
Police said Sunday they received a missing persons report for Darion Marcus Aguilar at about 1:40 p.m. Saturday. Howard County Police say Aguilar went into the Mall in Columbia about 11:15 a.m. Saturday, armed with a shotgun and homemade explosives. He fatally shot two store employees before killing himself.
A Prince George’s officer went to Aguilar’s home in College Park to speak with his mother about 5 p.m. Saturday and saw Aguilar’s journal. The portion the officer read made him concerned for Aguilar’s safety.
However, as police were trying to determine the identity of the mall shooter, they were also investigating the report that Darion Marcus Aguilar. The police pinged the phone of the missing 19 year old and would learn that it was coming from the Columbia Mall. Tragically, the police would then discover in a bizarre twist of events that the missing man and the individual who had killed two people at the mall at about 11:15 a.m. before shooting and killing himself were the same person, Darion Aguilar.
As PGPD tracked the missing person’s phone, they discovered it was pinging from Columbia Mall. The missing person and the yet-unidentified deceased shooter turned out to be the same person, Darion Aguilar, 19.
Aguilar’s mother had called about 1:40 p.m. from their home in the 4700 block of Hollywood Road in College Park to report him missing. An investigator talked with the mother and read Aguilar’s journal, which had wording that raised concern for his safety, police say.
Police state at this point they have no motive and that there was no known connection between the shooter and his victims. Sometimes you don’t need a motive, sometimes these things happen because you have a depressed individual who has crossed the line of no return. You cannot rationalize the irrational.
He added that police served a search and seizure warrant at the shooter’s house and retrieved documents, computers and other potential evidence, including a journal.
In that journal, Aguilar “does express some general unhappiness with his life, but I really don’t have any other information about that now,” the chief said.
33 Year Old Leanne Hecht Bearden Missing Since 1/17/14 in Garden Ridge, TX … Reportedly Went for a Walk from In-Laws Home (MAP) (Update: Authorities Call off Searches)(Update: Did Leanne Bearden Leave on Her Own?) (Update: Leanne Hecht Bearden Found Deceased, Apparent Suicide)
33 year old Leanne Hecht Bearden has been missing since January 17, 2014 in Garden Ridge, Texas. Leanne’s family says that was last seen when she went to go for a walk on Friday afternoon around 1:00 pm in the Garden Ridge area (map). She said that she would be right back and has never been seen nor heard from again. The Denver, Colorado woman who had traveled the world with her husband was supposed to return home Tuesday; however, instead, she has disappeared in Texas. So how does a woman go missing after going for a walk from her in-laws home, who had just gone on a 56 country excursion with her husband, Josh Bearden, for the past two years?
She is 5-foot-2, weighs about 100 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She has two piercings on her left ear: one on the bottom and a small loop at the top. She was last seen wearing jeans and hiking shoes.
Friends and family of Leanne Hecht Bearden say that she did not just walk away. According to accounts, Leanne and Josh Bearden were scheduled on Monday to go back to Denver, where they had job interviews lined up. Also according to reports, Leanne Bearden and her husband were the only people in the house around 1 p.m. Friday. Leanne did not take her cellphone or any electronic devices and had $60 in cash at most (VIDEO). She had her wallet with credit cards; however, they have not been used.
Leanne and Josh Bearden were scheduled on Monday to go back to Denver, where they had job interviews lined up, Sculley said. They were renting their house there through an agency and were planning to take it over in May, Sculley said.
Leanne Bearden was having some difficulties adjusting after the worldwide excursion, according to her sister-in-law.
“It was kind of a hard transition for her, so she’s having some anxiety about it, but nothing that seemed like she was just going to run off,” Sculley said.
The Beardens blogged during their trip around the world at www.goexplore365.com. They met at a bar, got engaged after eight months of dating and were married at the Denver Zoo, according to the blog. Leanne Bearden has run nine marathons, was in a band before the trip and can do an Elmo impression, the blog says.
Leanne Bearden and her husband were the only people in the house around 1 p.m. Friday when she said she was going for a walk, Sculley said. Josh Bearden called police four hours later to report his wife had not returned, Sculley said.
Family members said she did not take her cellphone or any electronic devices and had $60 in cash at most. She had her wallet with credit cards but has not used them, according to her husband, who has been checking. Leanne Bearden also had her wedding and engagement rings when she left, family members said.
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Searchers scoured a 23-square-mile area — far larger than tiny, 6-square-mile Garden Ridge. More than 100 volunteers from Texas Search and Rescue and the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment joined the massive search, as did roughly four dozen law enforcement officials from Comal County, the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the FBI, among other agencies.
At the conclusion to an “exhaustive search” Saturday for Leanne Hecht Bearden, officials announced they found no evidence a crime had been committed in the area where she was last seen Jan. 17 and would end search efforts.
“We have exhausted the area surrounding our city and we will continue to follow all leads and watch for anything that might lead us to a positive result in finding Mrs. Bearden,” said Garden Ridge Police Chief Donna O’Conner. “The investigation leads us to believe, at this point, we have cleared any leads that might lead us to believe it is a crime committed in the immediate area when she walked off.”
The massive search and rescue effort was launched Saturday morning, as local law enforcement officials enlisted help from agencies across the state to find Bearden, who went for a walk eight days ago and never returned.
UPDATE II: Statement from Leanne’s Family.
As you can imagine, we are disappointed that today’s extensive search of the Garden Ridge area failed to lead to give us any more information as to Leanne’s whereabouts. On the other hand, the fact that she was not found encourages us to believe that she still survives and will eventually be reunited with us. We still do not know what happened to her once she began her walk from the Bearden home in Garden Ridge. We also encourage anyone who might have any information about her location to contact the Garden Ridge police at 210-651-6441 or their local police department. (more)
UPDATE III: Map of the area where Leanne Hecht Bearden went missing from.
UPDATE IV: Police Say Witness Saw Bearden leave the home January 17, they interviewed that man and verified the time she left the home by herself.
There is a quarry nearby as can be seen in the map search above. Maybe divers are needed, if they have not already done so, or side scan sonar.
A man trimming trees across the street reportedly saw Bearden leave the home January 17. Garden Ridge police say they interviewed that man and verified the time she left the home by herself, and that everything appeared fine.
“We just don’t know,” said Leanne’s father-in-law. “We will stick with what we know until we know something differently. And what we know is she walked out of the driveway and walked up the street and that’s all we know.”
Many of the Bearden’s friends have put their own lives on hold to help search. There is a quarry nearby, and several wooded areas.
A person matching the description of 33-year-old Leanne Bearden was seen in the Houston area, according to a Facebook page set up by her friends.
On Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Houston Police Department had ruled out the woman thought to be Bearden.
After two weeks of fruitless searching for Leanne Hecht Bearden, her family says evidence suggests “a strong possibility” that she disappeared on her own Jan. 17 from the Garden Ridge home of her in-laws.
That conclusion is based on accounts that Bearden, 33, was troubled before leaving the residence and on two reported sightings of her walking along FM 3009 toward Interstate 35 soon afterward.
For more updates, read others opinions and analysis and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Leanne Hecht Bearden.
If you have seen Leanne Hecht Bearden or have any information about her disappearance, please immediately contact the Comal County Sheriff’s Office at 830-620-3400. Garden Ridge Police Department at 210 651 6441 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Comal County Crime Stoppers at 830-620-TIPS(8477) or 800-640-8422. For web or text tips follow instructions at http://comalcrimestoppers.org/