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?

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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.

UPDATE I: Many many more updates at the Jawa Report and the PJ Tatler.

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Spc. Ivan Lopez, Fort Hood, Warrior Transition Brigade

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

UPDATE II: Missing Long Island college student leaves family with a mystery.

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.

UPDATE III: Who Is Jasmine Joseph? 6 Facts To Know About NY Nursing Student Missing After Last Speaking With Mother.

  1. She Was No Longer Taking Classes At New York Institute Of Technology
  2. Jasmine’s Parents Last Spoke To Her On Feb. 24
  3. Her Parents Never Saw Her Fall Semester Grades
  4. Her Parents Didn’t Consider Any Of Her Actions Suspicious
  5. New York Institute of Technology Has Spoken Out On The Case
  6. 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.

Jasmine Joseph Who Went Missing Last Month Found Dead

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.

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Melinda Denny

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.

St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office looking for missing Alabama woman.

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.

UPDATE II: Missing Alabama woman died of multiple stab wounds.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

UPDATE I: Cops – Mall gunman expressed ‘general unhappiness’ in journal.

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.

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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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UPDATE I: Search for missing Leanne Hecht Bearden turns up no new evidence.

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.

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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.


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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.

UPDATE V: Texas authorities call off search for missing woman, husband vows to keep looking.

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.

UPDATE VI: Woman in Houston who matched missing Colorado woman’s description turns out not to be 33 Year Old Leanne Hecht Bearden.

UPDATE VII: Family: ‘Strong possibility’ missing woman left on her own.

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.

UPDATE VIII: 33 year old Leanne Hecht Bearden found deceased, apparent suicide.

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 police@ci.garden-ridge.tx.us. 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/

Murder/Suicide: Utah Mom Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva Kills Two Young Daughters, Kenadee, 13, and Isabella, 7, Then Commits Suicide, One Day After Break Up with Fiancé

Just a complete  senseless tragedy …

Northern Utah police and the Davis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the murder-suicide involving a mother and her two young daughters. Police responded to a home at 2133 West 1175 South in Syracuse on Tuesday night to reports of gunshots. 32 year old Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva shot and killed her two daughters, Kenadee, 13, and Isabella, 7.  Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva the committed suicide. The murder-suicide occurred just one day after her fiance moved out of their shared Syracuse home.

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Facebook –  Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva (left), Isabella (center),  Kenadee (right)

Officers arrived on the scene in Syracuse on Tuesday night after reports of gunfire and found the bodies of 32-year-old Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva, 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva and seven-year-old Isabella Oliva.

Syracuse Police Officer Erin Behm said, “At this point, we know it is a murder-suicide. There are no suspects.”

Ramsdell-Oliva and her daughters had only recently moved into the Syracuse home, living there for about three months with Kyler’s then-fiancé, according to Behm. Police had been at the home one night prior to the incident, after Kyler and her fiancé broke up.

“The fiancé had been over there for his property, and they called the police to have us over there so nothing did happen,” Behm said.

Jorge Rodriguez, 24, and Melissa Pereira,25, Missing Since 12/27/13 Found Dead in Garage in Wayne, NJ (Update: Prosecutor says Death were Not Homicides)

BIZARRE …

24 year old Jorge Rodriguez and 25 year old Melissa Pereira have been missing since December 27, 2013. The couple was seen at Kmart buying candles the night they disappeared.  The couple was last seen leaving her home in Wayne, New Jersey on December 27; however, never made it to the Cherry Valley Manor a bed-and-breakfast in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, where they planned to spend New Year’s Eve. Sadly, their bodies were found Sunday inside a parked car in the garage behind the two-story apartment that Pereira and her mother shared on Lancaster Court more than three weeks after they were reported missing.

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Melissa Pereira, 25, and Jorge Rodriguez, 24, of Garfield, were last seen at Pereira’s Wayne home on Friday, Dec. 27.

Angie Escobar, Rodriguez’s cousin, confirmed the deaths on Sunday evening.

“We don’t want to say anymore information at this point,” Escobar said.

The couple was found about 10:30 a.m. Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Michael DeMarco said. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause and manner of death.

It was not immediately known how long the bodies were in the garage.


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The conclusion of this missing person case is as sad and grizzly as it is bizarre. The authorities did not immediately know the couples cause of death or how long they had been in the parked car in the woman’s garage. The police are saying that there is no reason for the public to be concerned, which would lead one to believe that this was a double suicide or a murder/suicide. Also, how is a couple missing for 3 weeks and no one check the apartment garage?

A seemingly loving couple from northern New Jersey was found dead in a garage one month after their disappearance was first reported. The bodies of Jorge Rodriguez, 24, and 25-year-old Melissa Pereira were discovered yesterday in a parked car in the woman’s garage, over three weeks since they were last seen buying candles for a New Year’s Eve getaway at a bed and breakfast. This was Pereira’s final tweet:

The medical examiner is conducting the autopsies, and local police in Wayne, where the bodies were found, have not provided any further details beyond the location of the grisly discovery, in the garage behind an apartment Pereira shared with her mother. But Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Michael DeMarco told NJ.com there was “no reason for the public to be concerned.” Sources tell NorthJersey.com they were found in Rodriguez’s car.

UPDATE I: Deaths of missing Wayne couple were not homicides, prosecutor says.

Prosecutors do not believe the deaths of a missing couple whose bodies were found in a garage in Wayne on Sunday morning were the result of foul play, but investigators are still unsure how the couple died or when.

Prosecutors are still awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine how and when the couple died, but DeMarco said it did not appear they were victims of foul play.

“Detectives from the Wayne Police Department did not observe any outward signs that the deaths of Mr. Rodriguez of Ms. Pereira were as a result of a homicide,” he said in an e-mail. “Detectives could not estimate how long the bodies have been inside of the garage.”

Teenage Girl at the Center of the Maryville, Mo. Rape Case Daisy Coleman Hospitalized after Suicide Attempt … Cyber-Bullied to Commit Suicide (Update: No Rape Charges for Matt Barnett)

More cyber-bullying leads to attempted suicide of Maryville rape victim …

Daisy Coleman, the female teen at the center of the Maryville, MO rape case has been hospitalized after an overdose suicide attempt.  The Missouri teenager alleged in 2012 that she and another friend were sexual assaulted at a house party when they were ages 14 and 13. The firestorm and cyber-bullying that ensued was enormous. The case gained national attention and the “hacktivist”  group Anonymous came to her aid and mounted a call for action in the case as it appeared it was being glossed over.  The 16 year old girl is now at the Kansas City children’s psychiatric hospital after ingesting an unidentified amount of pills Sunday evening.  The news of Daisy’s attempted suicide was released by her mother, Melinda Coleman, in a Facebook post.

A Maryville Mo., teenager, who has been at the center of a rape case which made national headlines, was in a Kansas City hospital on Monday night after attempting to take her own life.

Daisy Coleman is the teen who claimed to have been raped by two high school students when she was 14 years old. Her family has accused prosecutors of dismissing her claims.

The rape accusations made by Daisy and her family subjected them to harassment from several Maryville community members, including both parents and students. The case eventually caught national attention.

The mother of Daisy Coleman calls on Anonymous not to abandon her daughter.

Melinda Coleman also begged cyber ‘hacktivist’ organization Anonymous, which showed support for her daughter late last year when the story was in the headlines, not to abandon the case after she said they failed to follow up on any of her leads.

‘Where is anonymous now?’ Dr Coleman wrote on Facebook Monday. ‘My daughter has been terrorized to the point she tried to kill herself last night. She may never be ok. Where are you and your super hacking skills and internet help now…….we really need them.’

CASE BACKGROUND:

The Raw Story:

Coleman was 14 in January of 2012, when the 17-year-old son of Republican state representative plied her and a 13-year-old friend with alcohol and then had sex with the semi-conscious girls. The assailant, Matthew Barnett, recorded the alleged assault on his phone, then left Coleman unconscious on her family’s frozen front lawn in Maryville, Missouri.

Barnett was arrested and charged in the case and confessed to police that he and his high school football teammates had sexual relations with the girls. He maintained that the girls were intoxicated, but awake, and that the sex and taping were consensual. Weeks after his arrest, all charges against Barnett were dismissed.

The Kansas City Star: Daisy Coleman, teen at center of Maryville sexual assault case, is recovering after suicide attempt.

The case centered on a January 2012 house party in which Daisy Coleman and a friend — ages 14 and 13 at the time — alleged they were sexually assaulted at the home of Matthew Barnett, then a 17-year-old Maryville High senior and the grandson of a former state representative.

Barnett was arrested on charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the latter for allegedly leaving Coleman incapacitated by alcohol and barefoot in her yard in 30-degree temperatures.

Also, 17-year-old Jordan Zech was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, which involved using a friend’s cellphone to film a portion of the encounter between Coleman and Barnett. (The case of a 15-year-old boy, who admitted having intercourse with the younger girl despite her repeated refusals, was handled in juvenile court.)

Two months later, however, Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice dropped the felony charges against the two older youths, citing a lack of evidence and, later, a lack of cooperation on the part of the alleged victims’ families.

Currently the alleged rape case is being reviewed by a special prosecutor after initial charges against boys were dropped.

A special prosecutor appointed in a controversial case of an alleged rape in Maryville, Missouri, promised on Monday to review the case “without fear and without favor.”

“I know that this case has raised a variety of concerns in northwest Missouri, so please know this: This case will be thoroughly reviewed,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.

“I can also assure you that politics, connections or any other reason you can think of will not play a role in our review of this case. It will be the evidence, as it is in every case that we review,” she said.

A judge appointed Baker as special prosecutor days after a different prosecutor, who dropped charges, said he’d request the move.

UPDATE I: Dead rabbits have been dumped in Paige Parkhurst’s family car as fellow Maryville rape victim Daisy Coleman attempts suicide

UPDATE II: No Rape Charges for Suspect in Daisy Coleman Rape case … pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment. (bumped from 1/8/14 – 5:48 am)

A Missouri man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolmate when he was 17 was charged Thursday with a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.

The charge against 19-year-old Matt Barnett was filed in Nodaway County Court in Maryville. He is scheduled to be arraigned later Thursday. His lawyer, J.R. Hobbs, didn’t immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.

Matthew Barnett pleads guilty to misdemeanor 2 years after teen claimed she was raped.

Two years probation and no jail time?

A Missouri man pleaded guilty Thursday to a second-degree misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with a highly publicized sex assault case involving a teenage girl, a prosecutor said.

Matthew Barnett, 19, was sentenced to two years’ probation.

Prosecutors said Barnett, then 17, gave alcohol to his victim, Daisy Coleman, until she was impaired, and left her outside her home in temperatures below freezing during the early morning hours of January 8, 2012.

 

47 Year Old Aubrey Lee Price, Missing Banker Presumded Dead Accused Embezzling $17-$21 Million Found Alive … Arrested After Routine Traffic Stop in Georgia

HIDING IN PLAIN SITE …

Fugitive, missing 47 year old Aubrey Lee Price, a former banker who was accused of faking his own death in 2012 to cover up the millions of dollars he stole in an investment scheme was found alive and arrested after a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Brunswick, Georgia. Aubrey Lee Price was last seen in Key West, FL on June 16, 2012, when he boarding a ferry for Fort Myers after telling acquaintances in a letter that he had lost a large amount of money in his trading and planned to kill himself by jumping overboard. Unbelievably, after all this time on the lam, Aubrey Lee Price was arrested after being pulled over by a police officer because his windows were too darkly tinted. Price  is scheduled to make his initial appearance at 10 a.m. in U.S. District Court in Brunswick.

A former banker accused of faking his own death in 2012 to cover up the theft of millions of dollars has been arrested after a traffic stop in Georgia, authorities said.

Aubrey Lee Price, 47, was arrested on Tuesday after Glynn County sheriff’s deputies stopped him on Interstate 95 in Brunswick, Ga.,  and discovered his identity, NBC station WXIA of Atlanta reported. Heavily tinted windows in a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck were his downfall, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Price was wanted in connection with an investment scheme in New York in which he is alleged to have stolen millions between January 2011 and January 2012, the FBI  said. He was accused of moving $21 million into accounts to hide his thefts and losses from investments and trading when he was a director of a southern Georgia bank.

FBI Indictment: Indicted him on wire fraud and securities fraud charges.

Old Aubrey Lee Price – Before

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Old Aubrey Lee Price – Now

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CNN: Georgia banker who allegedly embezzled $17 million captured after years on lam.

Yet a Glynn County, Georgia, sheriff’s office website showed that he was booked Tuesday and is being “held for federal authorities on a charge of giving a false name, address or birth date to a law enforcement officer.” Officer Kay Jones said that Price was being held for federal marshals.

UPDATE I: Atlanta Journal Constitution - Fugitive Ga. banker due in court today.

Aubrey Lee Price, the South Georgia bank director accused of defrauding his clients and faking his death, is scheduled to make his first appearance before a judge on Thursday, about 48 hours after a simple traffic stop ended his 18 months on the run.

Price, 47, is scheduled to make his initial appearance at 10 a.m. in U.S. District Court in Brunswick.

Price was indicted in July 2012 of embezzling $21 million from Montgomery Bank & Trust, a small bank in tiny Ailey, Ga. MB&T was a bank Price and his investor clients came to save, but which later failed after his alleged fraud was uncovered. He was also accused of bilking investors in his money management business of many millions more.

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