Charles “Chase” Merritt Charged With 4 Counts of Murder in the Deaths of McStay Family (Joseph, Summer & Their Two Children Gianni and Joseph) (VIDEO)
ARREST FINALLY MADE IN THE MCSTAY MURDERS …
57 year old Charles “Chase” Merritt was arrested Wednesday, November 5th in Chatsworth, California and charged in the murders of the McStay family. Merrit was charged with 4 counts of murder in the deaths of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two small children, 4 year old Gianni and 3 year old Joseph. Merritt was a business partner of Joseph McStay’s. According to the LA Times, Merritt had a prior criminal history. He appeared in court Friday but his arraignment was postponed until Wednesday, there was no bail was set. According to Sheriff John McMahon of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office, the cause of death of the McStay family was “blunt force trauma” and that the murders took place inside the McSaty residence in Fall Brook.
The McStay family went missing on February 2, 2010. Their remains were discovered by motorcyclist in a shallow grave between Quarry Road near Highway 15 in the Mojave desert outside Victorville, CA in November 2013.
Charles “Chase” Merritt is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two small boys, San Bernardino County, California, District Attorney Michael Ramos told reporters at a news conference.
Merritt, 57, was arrested Wednesday without incident in Chatsworth, California, Detective Chris Fisher said.
Police say they believe the family died of “blunt force trauma” inside their home north of San Diego, but they declined to discuss specifics of the deaths or a motive.
Merritt, who was a business partner of Joseph McStay’s, appeared in court Friday but his arraignment was postponed until Wednesday. No bail was set.
Detectives Arrest Charles Ray Merritt in Connection with the McStay Family Murders
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Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmedearly Thursday that the remains found in Palmdale, California have been positively identified as Fox movie executive Gavin Smith. The remains were found by hikers in a rural area of Palmdale on October 26. Gavin Smith has been missing since May 1, 2012, when he was last seen between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday leaving a friend’s house in Oak Park, CA. On March 15, 2014 the LA County Sheriff’s Department found the Mercedes-Benz registered to Gavin Smith at a Simi Valley storage facility. The storage facility was linked to John Creech who is currently in-custody at Men’s Central Jail on an unrelated narcotics conviction. Smith had a relationship with Creech’s wife.
Two and a half years after he disappeared, the body of missing Fox executive Gavin Smith has been found, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The remains were discovered on Oct. 26 by hikers in a rural area of Palmdale, according to Nicole Nishida with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
They were later positively identified as the 57-year-old husband and father.
The autopsy results were not finalized and the cause of death had not been determined, Nishida said.
Sad ending to the case of missing Hannah Graham …
According to police, the remains found last weekend in rural Virgina have been positively identified as missing 18 year old UVA student Hannah Graham.
Remains found last weekend are those of Hannah Graham, the University of Virginia student who vanished more than a month ago.
The remains were discovered Oct. 18 in a heavily wooded area in rural Virginia where Hannah Graham, the 18-year-old University of Virginia student, disappeared more than a month ago.
A pair of dark, tight pants–like those Graham was wearing the night she disappeared–were found near the body.
“I don’t know how else to explain it. Something inside me just told me continue to look. I do believe God wanted us to find what we found,” said Dale Terry, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department.
18 Year Old College of St Rose Student Connor W. Trapatsos Missing Since 10/15/14 in Albany, NY (Update: Body Found Along the Hudson River near Albany)
Connor W. Trapatsos, an 18 year old, first year student at the College of St Rose has been missing since October 15, 2014 in Albany, New York. Law enforcement officials were told Friday that Connor W. Trapatsos was last seen by his roommate on Wednesday morning. Campus surveillance cameras confirm that Trapatsos left Brubacher Hall at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 15. A search of the residence hall has be conducted on multiple occasions campus security officers and the Albany Police Department. Police believe Connor Trapatsos may be walking west on Route 5 or Route 20 towards Rochester. The missing freshman’s family lives in Fairport, Monroe County. A New York State Missing College Student Notification has been released to police and hospitals, and email and roadside messaging was activated to notify drivers and the public, according to the release. The college has also handed out printed notices to local businesses and residents.
At this time, Police do not suspect foul play and his roommate tells local media that Trapatsos had been very withdrawn in recent weeks.
Missing: Connor W. Trapatsos
Trapatsos, 17, is 5 feet 7 inches tall with a slight build, according to a news release issued by the school. Counselors there have been made available for students or employees seeking emotional support.
The school provided an update on Saturday, adding that Trapatsos left Brubacher Hall at 10 a.m. Wednesday, which was confirmed by campus surveillance cameras. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black hooded sweatshirt with the words “Pilot 21″ on the back. He was wearing blue shorts and blue Nike running shows and carrying a dark-colored backpack.
The College of Saint Rose has reported to law enforcement officials that Connor W. Trapatsos, an 18-year-old first-year student from Fairport, Monroe County, New York, is missing.
Connor, who resides in Brubacher Hall, was last seen by his roommate this past Wednesday morning. The College was informed this afternoon. The residence hall has been searched thoroughly three times by Saint Rose Security officers and the University at Albany Police Department.
The investigation is now focusing on information from the public, said Aran Mull, deputy chief of the University at Albany Police Department.
“He had money, appears to be in good health and appears to be moving with some purpose, but we don’t know what that is,” Mull said.
The first-year student whose nickname is “Trapper” left Brubacher Hall alone carrying a dark-colored backpack.
He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, a black hooded sweatshirt with the words “Pilot 21″ on the back, blue shorts and blue Nike running shoes.
Information from Trapatsos’ computer showed he had been looking up bus routes, police said.
He was seen getting change for and taking a bus out of Crossgates Commons on the morning of Oct. 15. He got off the bus in Glenmont before heading to the Selkirk area, Mull said.
Anyone with information regarding Trapatsos’ whereabouts is asked to call the University at Albany Police at (518) 442-3130 or Saint Rose Security at (518) 454-5187.
New York State University Police at Albany confirmed on Thursday that the body found along the Hudson River near Albany is that of missing Fairport teenager Connor Trapatsos.
State Police said that the body was found on the river’s west bank Wednesday afternoon by CSX railroad employees working on a bridge near the Thruway in the town of Coeymans, just south of Albany. The medical examiner confirmed the identification.
32 Year Old Actress Misty Upham Reported Missing on 10/6/14 in Auburn, WA (Update: Misty Upham Confirmed Dead: Family ID Body)
32 year old actress Misty Upham was reported missing by her father on Monday, October 6, 2014. Upton was last seen leaving her sister’s apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington on Sunday. The Blackfeet actress best known for her roles in “August: Osage County” and “Frozen River,” has been confirmed missing by Washington state police. According to the Auburn Police Department, they received a call with a report of a suicidal person at her parents’ apartment, but when officers responded they were told the suicidal person had already left.
“Our officers responded to her apartment where she lives with her parents on Sunday for a suicidal call,” Commander Steve Stocker tells PEOPLE. “When our officers got there, she had already packed up some belongings and left the apartment, so the officers were not able to contact or find her.”
The following day, Upham’s father, Charles, wanted his daughter listed officially as a missing person. However, Upham does not fit the criteria for a “missing and endangered person,” per Washington state law, in which the person’s missing occurrence has to be “unexplainable, involuntary or suspicious,” according to Stocker.
“As far as the information we have, she took some things with her, she has a bus pass and even access to some money, and [the case] has been assigned to a detective, but we aren’t putting resources [to look for her],” says Stocker.
In the last year, police have responded to Upham’s apartment four times for suicide calls, and according to past police reports, this is not the first time Upham has left home, Stocker says.
If you have any information regarding Misty Upham’s whereabouts, please contact Washington’s Auburn Police Department at 253-288-2121.
UPDATE I: Body Found … Misty Upham Confirmed Dead: Family Identifies Body.
A spokeswoman for the family of Misty Upham has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that a body found in a Seattle, Wash. ravine on Thursday afternoon is, as was widely suspected, that of the 32-year-old Native-American actress and activist — best known for her roles in the films Frozen River and August: Osage County — who was first reported missing on Oct. 6. The King County Coroner’s Office will address the media about the case on Friday.
Sad conclusion to the case of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter, she has been found dead.
The body of missing 49 year old Beverly Carter has been found in a shallow grave at a concrete company about 25 miles northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas. According to Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Carl Minden, the police found the body of Beverly Carter shortly after midnight on Tuesday in a Little Rock suburb about 25 miles north of the area where she was reported missing. Beverly Scott went missing on Thursday, September 25, 2014 as Carter was showing a home in Scott, Arkansas. 33 year old Arkansas prison parolee Aaron Lewis was arrested hours earlier after an intensive manhunt on suspicion of being responsible for the disappearance of Beverly Carter. He will now face a capital murder charges as well.
Beverly Carter – Rest in Peace
Authorities say the body of an Arkansas real estate agent who disappeared Thursday has been found in a shallow grave at a concrete company.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Carl Minden says Beverly Carter’s body was found early Tuesday at Argos Concrete Company in a rural area about 25 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Disturbing: Body Found Inside 55 Gallon Cement Sealed Drum in Sorage Unit Likely Missing 22 Year Old Theresa DeKeyzer
22 year old Theresa DeKeyzer has been missing since Monday, June 16, 2014 in Warren, Michigan. Theresa has not been seen after being dropped off about four blocks from her home her boyfriend near 9 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue. Also, her cellphone has not been used has her bank accounts been accessed since that day. Police have previously interviewed DeKeyzer’s 37-year-old boyfriend, Scott Wobbe, who is currently jailed in a drug case. They’ve also searched his home with cadaver dogs, but found no evidence to show that he was involved in DeKeyzer’s disappearance.
Now police have made a gruesome discovery in a Plymouth Township storage unit, the Travel Trailer Storage Facility, on Ann Arbor Road. While serving a search warrant on Thursday, police found a woman’s body inside a 55-gallon blue plastic drum that was filled with sand, sealed with cement and wrapped in plastic. The individual inside the 55 gallon drum is believed to be that of missing Theresa DeKeyzer. Although, authorities used tattoos, jewelry and clothing to help identify the body, they are awaiting the Wayne County medical examiners confirmation for a positive identification.
Dental records will be examined over the weekend to determine if a decomposed body found in a 55-gallon plastic drum is that of a missing Macomb County woman.
Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green tells The Associated Press Friday that there are “strong indications” the victim may be 22-year-old Theresa DeKeyzer.
“It was quite disturbing to see a 22-year-old young gal stuffed in a 55-gallon drum and cement poured over her in the fetal position,” Green told WWJ’s Mike Campbell.
The Wayne County medical examiner’s office says Friday that autopsy results are pending.
Warren police were executing a search warrant Thursday at the Travel Trailer Storage Facility, on Ann Arbor Road, when they found a woman’s body inside a 55-gallon blue plastic drum that was filled with sand, sealed with cement and wrapped in plastic. The barrel was apparently bolted to the floor of a small utility trailer at the facility.
The Detroit News: The storage lot was rented by a man nine days after the Warren woman disappeared.
The storage lot where Theresa DeKeyzer’s body was discovered Friday in a concrete-capped barrel was rented by a man nine days after the Warren woman disappeared.
Doris Temple, manager of Travel Trailer Storage on Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth Township, wouldn’t identify the man who rented the space, citing privacy.
Boone Police Find Body Near Appalachian State University Campus … Could Be Missing 18 Year Old Anna Marie Smith (Update: Boone PD Believe It Is, NC Driver’s License & APP St. ID Found)
Police in Boone, NC have found a body and are confirming that they are working to identify the body found near campus of Appalachian State University on Saturday morning. Neighbors said someone called authorities Saturday to report a suspicious odor in a heavily wooded area off Poplar Grove Road, on the west edge of the Watauga County university town. It is believed to be that of missing 18 year old Anna Marie Smith, but there has been no official confirmation yet. Anna Marie Smith was last seen on September 2, 2014.
UPDATE I: The family on Facebook, Find Anna Marie Smith, says “At this point we do not have confirmation that Anna was found. I realize there are many news reports out there now, but again the family DOES NOT have confirmation.”
UPDATE II: But … The Watauga Democrat is reporting that according to area law enforcement, the body of missing student Anna Smith was found Saturday morning in a wooded area off of Poplar Grove Road.
Scanner traffic also indicated that a body had been found in the Poplar Grove Road area. Boone Police vehicles blocked a section of Poplar Grove Road and redirected traffic at the intersections with Bodenheimer Drive and Water Street.
At 11:54 a.m., however, Boone Police Sgt. Shane Robbins said he could not confirm the report at the time. At 1:43 p.m., Boone Police issued the following statement:
“At approximately 10:30 a.m., Boone Police officers responded to a report of a deceased individual located in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road, on the west end of town. Boone Police investigators are processing the scene. The identity of the individual is unknown at this time. More information will be released when it becomes available.”
Calls and emails to university spokespersons were not immediately returned Saturday morning. Around 2:45 p.m. ASU posted the following message on its Facebook page from Chancellor Sheri N. Everts:
“Dear members of the Appalachian community, I am deeply saddened to share that the Boone Police Department has confirmed that a body was discovered mid-morning (Sept. 13) at an off-campus location in Boone. The town of Boone and State Bureau of Investigation are in charge of the investigation. While the media is reporting that it might be the body of missing freshman Anna M. Smith, the investigating agencies have not made an identification. As more developments take place, we will send you further updates. I ask that you keep in mind this is an incredibly difficult time for Anna’s family, and keep their wellbeing foremost in your thoughts.”
The Boone Police Department believes a body found in a wooded area in the western section of the town Saturday is missing 18-year-old High Point student Anna Smith.
The Boone police said late this afternoon that “Initial evidence located at the scene indicates that the deceased is Anna M. Smith.”
A North Carolina driver’s license and an Appalachian State University student Identification card belonging to Smith were found at the scene.
A State Medical Examiner is at the location of the body. The body will be transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for an autopsy, according to police.
Police in Boone have confirmed the body found around this morning near the Appalachian State University campus is that of missing student Anna Smith.
Police responded to a report of a deceased individual in the woods near Poplar Grove Rd. at around 10:30 Saturday morning. An ASU identification card and a North Carolina driver’s license belonging to Smith were found at the scene.
The cause of death was not immediately available, but Boone Police said an autopsy at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem will yield more information.
The sad, but all to common conclusion …
Cedar Park Police had been searching for two year old Colton Turner, whose mother was being held in nearby Williamson County on a charge of abandoning and endangering a child. Sadly, the police have discovered the remains of the missing two year old boy. Colton’s mother, identified as Meagan Work, says she last saw Colton in Austin in July. Police say Work is homeless and that the two lived out of Work’s car in Houston, Austin and Cedar Park.
The police are now investigating this missing persons case as a homicide and vowed to bring all those responsible in Colton’s death to justice.
Colton Turner, Rest in Peace
Texas authorities say they’ve recovered the body of a small child in Austin and believe it’s the remains of a missing 2-year-old boy.
Police had been searching an Austin field for Colton Turner, whose mother was being held in nearby Williamson County on a charge of abandoning and endangering a child.
Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix said authorities consider the case a suspicious death and that Williamson County and Travis County prosecutors are collaborating on more charges against the missing child’s mother, Meagan Work.
Cedar Park Police Press Conference
4 p.m. Police have declined to say who led them to the site where Colton Turner’s body was found. Officials also declined to say when they think the boy died or whether he was found buried in some sort of container.
“We are not going to go into the investigative details of what brought us to where we’re at,” Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix said. “We still have search warrants to run.”
3:35 p.m. update: Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix said investigators believe the remains of a small child discovered in Southeast Austin on Friday belong to Colton Turner, 2.
Mannix said the case of is now considered a suspicious death. He said Turner’s mother, Meagan Work, who on Friday was being held in the booking area of the Williamson County Jail, gave three separate accounts about the child’s disappearance.
In a joint news conference with Cedar Park police, Austin Police ChiefArt Acevedo said part of the investigative process will include digging into the history of Turner’s family and any contact with Child Protective Services. Acevedo says he wants to bring justice to a boy whose body was “discarded” as if he were a cat.
3:20 p.m. update: Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix said the remains of a small child were discovered in Southeast Austin. He said investigators have reason to believe it is Colton Turner, 2. (MORE)
For more, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Colton Brandt Turner.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Confirm that Remains Found Sunday in Decatur County is that of Missing Holly Bobo (VIDEO)
Sad conclusion to a three year search … Holly Bobo has been found.
The TBI, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, has confirmed that the remains found in Decatur County is that of Holly Bobo. On Sunday, two individuals found a human skull in an isolated wooded area in Decatur county while searching for ginseng. The remains were found about 10 miles away from the property of her suspected killer, Zachary Adams. Two men have been charged in connection with Bobo’s death, Zachary Adams and Jason Wayne Autry. Both have pleaded not guilty. District Attorney Matt Stowe stated, he is “ready, willing and able to seek the death penalty in this case. We are going to make sure that everyone who played a part in the heinous crime that has attacked the peace and dignity of the great state of Tennessee faces a consequence for that.”
Bobo’s remains were found Sunday in Decatur County, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Monday night.
CNN affiliate WREG reported that hunters had found a human skull.
District Attorney Matt Stowe said he is “ready, willing and able to seek the death penalty in this case.”
“We are going to make sure that everyone who played a part in the heinous crime that has attacked the peace and dignity of the great state of Tennessee faces a consequence for that,” Stowe said Monday night.
UPDATE I: Press Conference VIDEO of the confirmation of the remains found in Decatur County, TN are that of missing nursing student Holly Bobo.
RAW VIDEO: TBI holds conference on discovery of Holly Bobo’s remains.
Now it is time to get JUSTICE FOR HOLLY!!!
District Attorney Matt Stowe promised that everyone involved in the death of Holly Bobo will be held accountable. Stowe said he is “ready, willing and able to seek the death penalty in this case.”