Two Des Moines, Iowa Police Officers Killed in Apparent Ambush Attacks … Suspects Still At Large

POLICE LIVES MATTER!!!

WHO-TV is reporting that two police officers were killed overnight in what is being called as an “ambush-style attack” in Des Moines, Iowa. The incident started at 1:06 a.m. Wednesday with a report of shots fired near 70th and Aurora. The first officer who arrived at that scene found an Urbandale police officer suffering from a gunshot wound. About 20 minutes later, a Des Moines police officer was found shot at the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Drive. The names of the officers who were killed have not been released at this time in order to contact and notify their families first. So far, there has been no information about a potential suspect or suspects released by police. There have been no information on a suspect and no arrests have been made at this time.

VIDEO – ABC Action News

Two metro police officers are dead following what is being called an “ambush-style attack” and police say there is a “clear and present danger to police officers right now.”

According to Des Moines police the incident started at 1:06 a.m. Wednesday with a report of shots fired near 70th and Aurora. The first officer who arrived at that scene found an Urbandale police officer in his patrol vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. Twenty minutes later a Des Moines police officer was found shot in his patrol vehicle at the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Drive. Both officers have died from their wounds.

VIDEO – AP

Des Moines Police are describing the shootings as ambush-style attacks.

At an early morning news conference Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department called the attacks a “cowardly act.” He also said, “Somebody out there is shooting police officers. We hope we find him before anybody else gets hurt, we definitely don’t want any of the public, in the community to get hurt but there is a clear and present danger to police officers right now.”

UPDATE I: Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek discusses the ambush … “There is a clear and present danger to police officers right now.”

As of a 5 a.m. press conference, police were still notifying the family members of the slain officers and planned to withhold the officers’ names, years of service and other details until later in the day, Parizek said.

Streets at both shooting scenes are closed as officers investigate, and classes have been canceled at Urbandale schools today. In Urbandale, the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue is closed, and in Des Moines, Merle Hay Road is closed between Urbandale Avenue and Hickman Road.

Police had no information on suspects as of 5 a.m. They could not say how many shots were fired or how many people may have been shooting.

Remains ID’d of North Carolina Teen Erica Parsons Who Went Missing in 2011 … Found in South Carolina

The remains were found in the Pageland Mount Croghan area of Chesterfield County Tuesday was that of Erica Parsons who went missing in 2011. The North Carolina girl was last seen in November 2011, but her family didn’t report her missing until July 2013. At the time, she was just 13 years old. Both parents are currently incarcerated in federal prison on numerous counts, including mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the government, among others. Erica Parsons found buried in rural South Carolina.

Erica Parsons

Human remains found in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, are confirmed to be those of missing teen Erica Parsons, according to officials, CBS affiliate WBTV reports.

The remains were found in the Pageland Mount Croghan area of Chesterfield County Tuesday. Family members told WBTV they were asked to go to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.

According to a release from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office they, along with the FBI, obtained leads in August of 2016 that Erica was “more than likely deceased.” On September 27, the release states, the remains were located. They were then sent to the NC Medical Examiner’s Office and were identified as the young girl.

Investigators have not said how the remains were located, or indicated how Parsons may have died.

Parsons was reported missing from Rowan County in July of 2013, but had reportedly not been seen for two years prior to that time.

Parsons was reported missing by her adoptive brother, Jamie Parsons, who said she had not been seen since November 2011. Parsons was reportedly adopted by Sandy and Casey Parsons at birth.

Jamie Parsons told investigators he asked his parents where Erica was and they said they had gone to Asheville to take Erica to her grandmother’s residence. He said he has not seen Erica since.

UPDATE I: Both parents are incarcerated in federal prison on numerous counts.

I guess we can add murder to the list as well.

Erica’s adoptive parents, Sandy and Casey Parsons, initially told authorities they had last seen their daughter when she went to a relative’s house – but investigators later determined they were lying, according to WCNC.

Both parents are incarcerated in federal prison on numerous counts, including mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the government, among others.

Prosecutors in a May 2015 trial said the Parsons continued to claim Erica as a dependent for tax purposes for almost two years before she was finally reported missing.

After Almost 27 Years After the Abduction of 11 Year Old Missing Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph, MN … His Remains Appear to have Been Found

AFTER NEARLY 27 YEARS, JACOB WETTERLING’S REMAINS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN FOUND …

It has been nearly 27 years since 11 year old Jacob Wetterling was abducted in St. Joseph, Minnesota; however, it now appears that the investigation in finding him may be over. The remains recovered this past week in central Minnesota are being forensically tested to determine whether they are that of missing Jacob Wetterling.  A person of interest has reportedly been cooperating with the case. According to reports, Jacob’s mother, Patty Wetterling, stated Saturday morning that her son’s remains have been found. “All I can confirm is that Jacob has been found and our hearts are broken.” The “person of interest” in the case, Danny Heinrich, has been in federal custody since late October, after authorities arrested him on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Some of the material featured children under the age of 12.

Jacob Wetterling

Almost 27 years after the abduction of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in Minnesota, a long trail of investigation appears to be near its end.

Remains recovered this week in central Minnesota are being tested to determine whether they are Wetterling’s. A “person of interest” in the case cooperated in the investigation, according to reports that first came from KSTP-TV, Minneapolis.

Jacob’s mother, Patty Wetterling, told KARE-TV, Minneapolis, Saturday morning that her son’s remains have been found. “All I can confirm is that Jacob has been found and our hearts are broken. I am not responding to any media yet as I have no words.”

Jacob was kidnapped shortly after 9 p.m. on the night of Oct. 22, 1989, after he and his brother, Trevor, 10, and best friend, Aaron Larson, 11, rode their bikes to a Tom Thumb store not far from the family’s rural home in St. Joseph to rent a video.

As they headed home, a masked man with a gun appeared on the remote dirt road leading to the Wetterling house, told the boys to lie face down in a nearby ditch and asked each his age. He then ordered Trevor and Aaron to run to the woods and not look back. When the boys did, Jacob and the masked man were gone.

In a statement from Patty Wetterling posted to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center website:

“We are in deep grief. We didn’t want Jacob’s story to end this way. … The Wetterlings had a choice to walk into bitterness and anger or to walk into a light of what could be, a light of hope. Their choice changed the world. … Our hearts are heavy, but we are being held up by all of the people who have been a part of making Jacob’s Hope a light that will never be extinguished. … Jacob, you are loved.”

 From 1999: 10th Anniversary of Jacob Wetterling Abduction

UPDATE I: Danny Heinrich, 53, declared him a “person of interest.”

They recovered books of child pornography, as well as a DNA sample allegedly tying Heinrich to the kidnapping and sexual assault of another Stearns County boy from the same time period. No charges can be filed in that case, however, as the statute of limitations has passed.

Heinrich’s brother, David Heinrich, his voice breaking with emotion, said Saturday that his prayers were with the Wetterling family.

“I want the Wetterlings to know I had no idea,” David Heinrich told KARE. “I am happy for them that they know — not that he’s passed, but at least they have closure.”

Missing 27 Year Old Jogger Vanessa Marcotte Found Dead in Princeton, MA

TERRIBLE, JUST TERRIBLE!!!

27 year-old Vanessa Marcotte was last seen 1 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2016 when she went for a run in Princeton, Mass. Sadly, the Mass. State Police K-9 unit found her body about a half mile from her mother’s house. Marcotte was found with burns on her head and feet.  NewsCenter 5 reported that it was not immediately clear if Marcotte was assaulted, but she was naked. Obviously the savage who did this was looking to erase any evidence by burning her body. Maybe we can do the same to the individual responsible for this heinous crime.

Say a prayer for the family during this difficult time.

Vanessa Marcotte

A New York City woman visiting family in Princeton was found dead after going jogging, according to Mass. State Police.

Police said 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was last seen 1 p.m. Sunday when she went for a run. A Mass. State Police K-9 unit found her body about a half mile from her mother’s house.

A source told FOX25 that Marcotte was found with burns on her head and feet. Investigators are examining the possibility that Marcotte was sexually assaulted and then set on fire.

Cops: Woman missing after jog found slain in Massachusetts.

After a search with K-9s by Princeton and state police, crews found the woman slain Sunday night in a heavily wooded area about a half mile from her mother’s home, reports CBS Boston. Investigators believe the woman was killed sometime between 1 p.m. that day — when she left her mother’s home– and 4 p.m.

There’s no word on Marcotte’s cause of death or a possible suspect.

Officials say they don’t know whether the crime was a random one. They’re asking residents to be careful and to jog or walk in pairs.

“Right now we have an active homicide investigation going on, you can’t be too careful,” Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early, Jr. said in a press conference Monday.

The murder comes less than a week after another young woman, Karina Vetrano, 30, was slain while jogging in Queens, New York. Police in New York City say they believe the crime is random, and are still searching for her killer.

Anyone with information is urged to call Massachusetts State Police at 508-453-7589.

30 Year Old Missing Jogger Karina Vetrano Found Dead Near her Queens, NY Home … Investigators Believe She was Sexually Assaulted & Murdered

Karina Vetrano, a 30-year-old jogger who was reported missing by her dad Tuesday afternoon was found dead in a marsh off the Belt Parkway less than half a mile away from her Queens, New York home.  Vetrano was found in the marshes near 161st Ave. and 78th St. in Howard Beach, Queens. The father, a retired FDNY official, set out with the search party. He, along with police, ultimately discovered his daughter’s body.

Katrina Vetrano

A 30-year-old jogger reported missing by her dad Tuesday afternoon was found dead in a marsh off the Belt Parkway less than half a mile away from her Queens home — and investigators believe she was murdered, police sources said.

Karina Vetrano was discovered deep in the marshes near 161st Ave. and 78th St. in Howard Beach late Tuesday, after cops conducted a massive search for her. Her pants had been pulled down and cops believe she was strangled and sexually assaulted, police sources said.

Cops found her cell phone near a bike path and discovered her body closer to the shoreline.

The city Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how she was killed.

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