Body Found in South River Confirmed to be that of Missing Teen Danielle Locklear, Ex-Boyfriend Je’Michael Malloy Confesses to Killing Her … Charged With Second-Degree Murder.

The female body found last week in the South River is that of missing 15 year old Danielle Locklear, who had been missing since March 11, 2014 in Hope Mills, North Carolina. According to the police, Danielle Locklear’s ex-boyfriend, Je’Michael Malloy, has confessed to killing the teen and dumping her body in the South River. 17 year old Je’Michael Malloy has been charged with second-degree murder. According to Sheriff Earl Butler and Chief Joel Acciardo,  Malloy and Locklear got into an argument on March 11 that turned violent and Malloy choked Locklear to death and stuffed a sock in her mouth.

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Investigators said Malloy and Locklear got into an argument on March 11, which is the night she was last seen leaving her grandfather’s home in the Fox Meadow subdivision. They said the conversation turned violent and Malloy choked Locklear to death and stuffed a sock in her mouth.

Malloy and a friend, 18-year-old Dominic Lock, then allegedly tossed her body over a bridge on the Cumberland/Sampson County line. Locklear’s remains were found with cinder blocks with tied to her body.

Right now, the body, which was found April 3 by an off-duty deputy, has not been positively identified. However, based on conversations and Malloy’s confession, police said they know it’s her.

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UPDATE I: Danielle Locklear’s boyfriend admits to her murder.

Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler and Chief Joel Acciardo called an emergency press conference to announce Je’Michael Malloy’s arrest as well as confirm that a body recovered April 3 from the South River was Locklear’s.

Acciardo said Malloy, 17, killed the 15-year-old South View High School student the night of March 11. Earlier that night she left home after telling her grandfather she was walking to a friend’s house about a block away. That was the last time her family saw her.

Deputies arrested Malloy Tuesday evening. A second suspect, Dominic Lock, 18, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy in Locklear’s death.

Acciardo said the night of March 11 Locklear actually walked to meet Malloy just outside her neighborhood. He said investigators learned that Locklear and Malloy got into an argument that night. Malloy told investigators the argument turned violent and he choked Locklear to death and stuffed a sock in her mouth.

He said he and Lock then tied cinder blocks to her body and tossed her into the South River just south of Autryville. Malloy lives nearby on Highway 210. Law enforcement officers searched his home on Friday. They also searched Lock’s home near Deep Creek Road in Fayetteville on Friday.

For more reports, read others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Danielle Locklear.

Body of Missing Teleka Patrick Possibly Found in Northern Indiana … Missing Since Dec. 5, 2013 in Kalamazoo, IN (VIDEO) (Update: Body Found in an Indiana Lake Positively ID’d as Teleka Patrick)

Could the mystery of missing Teleka Patrick finally be solved?

The body of missing 33 year old Kalamazoo doctor Teleka Patrick may have been found in northern Indiana.  A body was found in Lake Charles on Sunday morning when a fisherman discovered something floating in the water around 7 am. There has been no confirmation yet; however, the mother of  Teleka Patrick believes it id her.  Teleka Patrick went missing on December 5, 2013 when she was last seen in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, IN. Patrick’s car was found later that night off I-94 near Porter, Indiana.

The body of missing Kalamazoo doctor Teleka Patrick may have been found in a lake in Indiana on Sunday.

A body was found in Lake Charles on Sunday morning. Police have yet to identify the body officially, but Patrick’s mother says that it was her daughter’s body.

Another family member says that they hadn’t received confirmation yet.

A man fishing in the lake said he saw something floating in the water at Lake Charles around 7:10 a.m. and called the police.

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UPDATE I: Body Found Floating in Indiana Lake Linked to Missing Michigan Doctor.

The body was spotted by a fisherman who reported to police that he had spotted something suspicious floating in Lake Charles, in the town of Porter, Ind., just after 7 a.m. today, authorities said.

A female body dressed in dark clothing was recovered from the lake by Indiana State Police and members of the SCUBA team and Porter Fire and Rescue Department who arrived at the scene.

There were “no obvious external signs of trauma to the body,” Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said. “There is some decomposition, so it’s hard to tell for sure.”

The autopsy will be performed Tuesdayand the identification of body should be confirmed by Wednesday, he said.

UPDATE II: Private investigator Jim Carlin told CBS affiliate WWMT in Kalamazoo, Mich., there are several factors that lead him to believe the body is that of Dr. Teleka Patrick.

There is “no doubt” the body of a woman recovered from an Indiana lake is that of a troubled Michigan doctor who disappeared four months ago, a private investigator on the case said Sunday.

Private investigator Jim Carlin told CBS affiliate WWMT in Kalamazoo, Mich., there are several factors that lead him to believe the body is that of Dr. Teleka Patrick. He has been searching for the Kalamazoo doctor, who was last seen on Dec. 5. Her abandoned car car was found that same day along Interstate 94 in Indiana.

UPDATE III: Missing Michigan doctor’s body identified after discovery in Indiana lake.

A body found in an Indiana lake has been identified as that of Teleka Patrick, the Michigan doctor who’s been missing since December, the Porter County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

Her body was discovered Sunday in Lake Charles, west of Gary, Indiana, officials said.

The cause and manner of death are still pending further investigation, but are consistent with drowning, the coroner said in a statement Tuesday. An autopsy revealed no trauma, the statement added.

For more updates, read others comments and analysis and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Teleka Patrick.

33 Year Old Karla Villagra-Garzon Missing Since 2/24/14 in Elizabeth, NJ (Update: Karla Villagra-Garzon Found Dead, Husband Charged With Murder)

33 year old Karla Villagra-Garzon has been missing since February 24, 2014 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. According to her husband, Abayuba Garzon, told police that his wife said she was going to the Walgreens on Newark Avenue to get medicine for their 2 year old daughter at about 10:30 p.m. The Garzon’s home is on the 800 block of East Jersey Street, she walked to the store at 600 Newark Avenue. However, Karla Villagra-Garzon never made it to the store, according to surveillance video. Her husband reported her missing the following morning to police and has been cooperating in the investigation.

Hmm, last person to see Karla Villagra-Garzon wa the husband, who would let his 33 year old wife walk to a drug store at 10:30 pm in Elizabeth, NJ and the cameras at the Walgreens never caught her on camera? One might want to ask when was the last time she was seen by anyone else not named Abayuba Garzon.

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On Feb. 24, Karla Villagra-Garzon told her husband, Abayuba, she was going to the Walgreens on Newark Avenue in city to get medicine for their 2-year-old daughter.

That was the last time her family saw of the 33-year-old woman.

Abayuba Garzon told police his wife left the couple’s home on the 800 block of East Jersey Street about 10:30 p.m. and walked to the store at 600 Newark Ave., police Lt. Daniel Saulnier said.

Villagra-Garzon is described as 5-feet tall, 120 pounds, with long black hair and brown eyes.

If any one has any information or knowledge of Villagra-Garzon’s whereabouts or about her disappearance, please call Detective Louchan Holmes at (908) 558-2032 or the Elizabeth police Communications Center at (908) 558-2111.

UPDATE I: Missing Elizabeth, N.J. Mom Karla Villagra-Garzon Found Dead Husband Charged With Murder.

The body of  Karla Villagra-Garzon was discovered inside a vacant brick building in Chatham Township Tuesday night. As I speculated above, the story of missing 33 year old Karla Villagra-Garzon never made much sense the way described by her husband, Abayuba Garzon. No man in his right mind would allow their 33 year old wife to walk to a drug store at 10:30 pm in Elizabeth, NJ to get medicine for their child. Abayuba Garzon then did not report her missing until the next morning. Sorry, but this one was a no-brainer and pointed to the husband from the outset. As previously stated, “One might want to ask when was the last time she was seen by anyone else not named Abayuba Garzon.” Why? Because he was the one who committed the crime.

A mother from Elizabeth, N.J. has been found dead more than three weeks after she was reported missing, and her husband has been charged with her murder.

Karla Villagra-Garzon, 32, was found by police late Tuesday in a vacant home on Southern Boulevard in Chatham Township, Morris County – about 20 miles from Elizabeth, Union County prosecutors said.

Rivas has been charged with first-degree murder and other offenses in Garzon’s death, prosecutors said. He was ordered held on $2 million bond by New Jersey Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue.

19 Year Old Hayley Howard Missing Since 3/1/14 in New Orleans, Louisiana … MAPS (Update: Hayley Stopped for a Flat Tire on Her Way Home to Slidell)(Update: Hayley Howard Found Dead in Car in Irish Bayou)

19 year old Hayley Howard has been missing since early Saturday morning, March 1, 2014 in New Orleans, LA near the UNO Lakefront Campus. Hayley was last seen driving away from the parking lot of 2000 Lakeshore Drive (MAP) at the UNO Lakefront Campus around 1:50 a.m. Saturday in her 2002 silver Toyota Corolla with Louisiana license plate XBP 643. According to reports, she was intoxicated. According to police, Haley’s cell phone was pinged in the area of Leon C. Simon about 2:00 a.m. Saturday, and near the Irish Bayou around 6:00 Saturday morning. She has not been heard or seen since.

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Hayley Howard was last seen driving away from the parking lot of 2000 Lakeshore Dr. at the UNO Lakefront Campus around 1:50 a.m. Saturday. Her family has not seen or heard from her since her disappearance.

Hayley was last seen intoxicated in her vehicle, a 2002 silver Toyota Corolla with Louisiana license plate XBP 643.

She is described as a Caucasian female, about 5’3″ tall, and weighing about 105 lbs. Hayley was last seen wearing a knee-length, black dress with white polka dots, and black shoes with a small heel and silver accent on the toe.

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UPDATE I: New Orleans police and St. Tammany deputies search for missing Hayley Howard.

A friend told deputies she stopped for a flat tire on her way home to Slidell and a passing motorist helped her. The NOPD says they determined her cell phone was near Irish Bayou around 6 a.m. Saturday.

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UPDATE II: Second map of the route that missing Hayley Howard would have taken from school to her home.

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UPDATE III: Parents, friends search for missing 19-year-old student.

Howard, 19, has been missing since Saturday around 1:50 a.m. She was last seen on UNO’s campus. Her family says she was on her way home to Slidell when her 2002 Toyota Corolla with the Louisiana license plate XBP 643 had a flat tire. A group of people helped her fix it then she mysteriously disappeared.

“I was told by her boyfriend, the last person to speak with her, ‘They were nice people a group of nice people. Helped me change the tire,’ she said. She wanted to go. Apparently she had left the area and wanted to go back and thank them and pay them,” said her father James Howard.

“That’s obviously a suspicious thing for us that the last person that allegedly saw her was helping her repair a flat tire in the middle of the night,” said Hayley Howard’s friend Elizabeth Gelvin.

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UPDATE IV: Search for missing UNO student Hayley Howard focuses on waterway at Irish Bayou

The search Wednesday for missing University of New Orleans student Hayley Howard, 19, focused on the waterway off of Interstate 10 at the Irish Bayou exit, where rescue crews had gathered in the afternoon.

A police boat placed a buoy near the Irish Bayou bridge by 4:15 p.m. But authorities had not provided any details about why they had shifted their focus to the water.

UPDATE V: Body, car of missing UNO student found in Irish Bayou.

It always troubled me that it was originally reported she was last seen driving away intoxicated. Sadly, today the body of missing Hayley Howard was found. The car belonging to missing UNO student Hayley Howard was  brought up from the water by a bridge over the bayou one mile before the Irish Bayou exit on I-10 eastbound on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

A heavy police presence and a helicopter were at the scene in Irish Bayou in the search for 19-year-old Hayley Howard.

A tow truck arrived at the scene where a silver car was pulled from the water.

Police said Howard’s body was found in the vehicle.

According to police, Howard appeared to crash into the bayou. Foul play was not immediately suspected and the investigation was being treated as a fatal accident. Ttoxicology test will be performed.

Car pulled from Irish Bayou where search for missing UNO student centered Wednesday; body recovered

Crews pulled a silver car from the Irish Bayou at the edge of Lake Pontchatrain Wednesday, as the search for missing University of New Orleans student Hayley Howard, 19, focused on the waterways off of Interstate 10. A body was recovered, authorities confirmed.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas is expected to give a statement by early evening. Howard’s relatives, including her mother, were on the scene, praying and embracing supporters.

A coroner’s van had arrived by 5 p.m.

If anyone has any information about Hayley’s whereabouts, please call Detective Sandra Contreras at the sixth district station at 658-6060 or 658-6146.

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.

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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, Pregnant, St. Mary’s University Canadian Student, Loretta Saunders Missing Since 2/13/14 Has Been Found Dead in New Brunswick (Update: Blake Leggette & Victoria Lea Henneberry Previously Arrested, Now Charged with First Degree Murder)

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26 year old Loretta Saunders, a Canadian student, studying at St.Mary’s University in Halifax has been missing since February 13, 2014. Saunders is a criminology major was writing her honors thesis on missing and murdered indigenous women when she vanished. Saunders, who was pregnant, went missing on Feb. 13 after she allegedly went to collect rent money from Leggette and Henneberry, who were subletting a Cowie Hill Road apartment from her. Saunders was last seen alive on Feb. 13 in Halifax; however , her car, a 2000 Toyota Celica, was recovered near Windsor, Ont. on Feb. 18 and Henneberry and Leggette were both charged with theft of a motor vehicle.

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Sadly, two weeks after going missing, Loretta Saunders’ remains were found Wednesday on the median of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Salisbury, New Brunswick, according to Halifax Police.

Loretta Saunders’ body was found Wednesday afternoon in New Brunswick, not long after police ruled the missing Saint Mary’s University student’s case a homicide.

Investigators from the RCMP in New Brunswick and Halifax police located the remains just west of Salisbury, in the median off Route 2 of the Trans-Canada Highway, Halifax police said in a news release issued just after 6 p.m.

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UPDATE I:  Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Lea Henneberry, 28, Cahrged with 1st-degree Murder of Loretta Saunders.

Halifax police laid first-degree murder charges Thursday against Loretta Saunders’ two roommates, saying the Saint Mary’s University student was killed at her apartment the day she went missing.

The pregnant Saunders, 26, died at the 41 Cowie Hill Rd. apartment Feb. 13, Supt. Jim Perrin of the Halifax Regional Police-RCMP integrated criminal investigation division said at a news conference.

Saunders had gone that day to collect rent money from Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Lea Henneberry, 28, whom Saunders’ boyfriend called subletters rather than roommates.

Charges of first-degree murder mean that police believe the crime was premeditated. Perrin said he does not foresee further charges at this point.

Henneberry and her boyfriend Leggette are due to face the charges in Halifax provincial court this morning, regional police said late Thursday afternoon.

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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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.

21 Year Old American Bates College Student John Durkin from Rye Beach, NH Studying Abroad Missing Since 2/19/14 in Rome, Italy (Update: Found Dead in Italy Railroad Tunnel)

21 year old John Durkin of  Rye Beach, NH, an American student from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine has gone missing while studying abroad in Rome, Italy. Friends traveling with the group said Durkin has not been seen since February 19., 2014. They said he went out to a bar and never returned.  The students left for Rome in January through a program at Trinity College, which has a campus in Rome. John Durkin went missing from Sloppy Sam’s. This was the last place that John Durkin was seen.

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John Durkin … Missing in Rome, Italy

An American student studying abroad in Italy is missing, his college said.

John Durkin is an economics major from Rye Beach, New Hampshire. He attends Bates College in Maine, but was taking part in a study abroad program in Rome through Trinity College in Connecticut.

He’s been in Rome for a little more than a month as part of a semester-long program, according to Tom Durkin, a family spokesman.

Two days ago, he went to a bar with a group of friends and never returned, according to the spokesman, who said he left the bar alone.

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Statement from Bates College:

Staff from Trinity College are working with the Italian authorities to determine the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.

This situation is deeply distressing for John’s family, his fellow students and the entire Bates community. We are working actively with Trinity College to monitor events as they evolve, and we will share information as it becomes available.

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The family is asking anyone around the world with information to contact them via Twitter via their newly-established account @JDurkinMissing.

UPDATE I: Missing 21 Year Old John Durkin Found Dead Saturday in Railroad Tunnel in Rome, Italy.

21 year old John Durkin was was deceased in Rome, Italy Saturday.  His body was found dead inside a railroad tunnel in central Rome. According to accounts, John Durkin had been hit by a train; however, investigators are still looking into the death of the Bates college student.

A Bates College student who went missing two days ago while traveling in Italy has been found dead, authorities said Saturday.

The body of 21-year-old John Durkin, of Rye Beach, N.H., was discovered in a railroad tunnel in Rome, authorities said. CNN reported that Rome railroad police said he had been hit by a train.

The State Department confirmed the find but did not release details about the circumstances of the death, citing “respect for the family at this difficult time.”

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Statement from Family:

“It is with much sadness that the Durkin family informs you of the loss of John Nolen Durkin and thanks everyone for their support during the past few days.”

Statement from Bates said President Clayton Spencer:

“This is a time of deep sadness for our community and for so many people who knew and loved John.  We are profoundly sad and share the tremendous grief of his family.”

AMBER ALERT Issued in MO, OK, KS for Missing 10 Year Old Hailey Owens Kidnapped 2/18/14 in Springfield, Missouri (VIDEO) (Update: Suspect in Custody, Arrested on Kidnapping Charges)(Update: Hailey’s Body Found, Child Deceased)(Update: Craig Michael Wood Arrested Suspect, From Springfield, MO MAP)(Update: Wood Charged with First Degree Murder)

An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 10 year old Hailey Owens who has been missing since Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Springfield, Missouri.  Hailey was grabbed in front of her own home in broad day light. The child abduction occurred around 4:50 p.m. on W. Lombard when Hailey Owens was approached by an unknown person and pulled into his vehicle. Police have described the kidnapper as a white male between the ages of 45 and 55, driving a gold 2008 Ford Ranger pickup with Missouri plate number 1YF454.

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Hailey M. Owens went missing at 4:48 p.m. in Springfield. The man who allegedly took her is white, 45 to 55 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 200 pounds and has gray hair.

He might be driving a gold 2008 Ford Ranger pickup truck with Missouri plate number 1YF454, police said.

Owens is described as about 5 feet 2 inches tall, 90 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and purple sandals. She has pierced ears.

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AMBER ALERT:

This is an Amber Alert, the Springfield Missouri Police Department has issued an Amber Alert that occurred at 3247 west Lombard at 4:48 pm on 02/18/14. Abducted was Hailey Owens a white female 10 years old. The suspect vehicle is a gold 2008 Ford Ranger Missouri registration 1YF454. The vehicle was last seen southbound on Scenic from Grand in Springfield, Missouri. The suspect is a white male, no further description is available. The victim, Hailey M. Owens is a white female 10 years old, 5 foot 2 inches tall, weighing 90 pounds with long brown hair, brown eyes and pierced ears. Owens was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and purple sandals.. . Please Contact Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.


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UPDATE I: Amber Alert: Stranger abducts girl in west Springfield, MO.

Springfield police are investigating an abduction of a girl in the 3200 block of  West Lombard Street at 4:48 p.m. Tuesday.  The girl is 10, 5-foot-2, skinny, with sandy blonde hair and pierced ears.  She was wearing blue jean shorts.  Her name is Hailey Owens.

A neighbor who lives at 3247 W. Lombard says a man went up to Hailey, who was outside the home, and talked to her, then grabbed her and threw her in his truck.  Hailey’s mother told police that she has no idea who the man is.

Police are looking for a white man who may be driving a gold early 2000s Ford Ranger pickup that was last seen going south on Golden Avenue from Lombard.  The truck has Missouri plates IYF 454.

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UPDATE II: Suspect in Custody, Hailey Owens Still Missing.

An Amber Alert remains in effect for 10 year old Hailey Owen of Springfield, MO.  An unknown man pulled her into his vehicle Tuesday afternoon. Police found him, and charged him with kidnapping, but Hailey remains missing.  A search will continue through the night.

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UPDATE III: Family says abducted girl’s body found.

The body of an abducted 10-year-old girl in southwest Missouri has been found, according to the girl’s family.

UPDATE IV: This morning’s 6:30AM Police press conference:

  • The police have identified the suspect in custody as 45 year old Craig Michael Wood, charged with kidnapping.
  • It is on an-going police investigation.
  • The police made no mention of Hailey Owens’ body being found; however, parents have told media that they were informed their child has been found deceased.

Follow up VIDEO after press conference.

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UPDATE V: There appears to be a couple of individuals with the name Craig M. Wood and Craig Michael Wood that live in Springfield, MO

This most likely is the address as the suspect was found in his truck in the 1500 block of East Stanford in Springfield.

UPDATE VI: Craig Michael Wood: Suspect in abduction of Springfield girl Hailey Owens arrested for murder.

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By 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Springfield police say they received a tip that led them to Wood at a residence in town.  They initially believed he and Owens were heading to Oklahoma.

Wood was taken into custody and later booked for first-degree murder in the Greene County Jail, according to jail records, and an official with the sheriff’s office confirms it is the same man at the center of the abduction.

UPDATE VII: Body of missing Missouri girl found in home of elementary school coach: police.

The body of missing 10 year old Hailey Owens was found in the basement of Craig M. Woods home with a gunshot wound to her head. 45 year old Craig Michael Wood charged with first-degree murder in the death of 10-year-old Hailey Owens. Wood has also been charged with armed criminal action and child kidnapping.

A Missouri grade school coach has been charged in the murder and kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl whose suspected body was found in his basement with what police said was a gunshot wound to the head.

Craig Wood, a football coach and teacher’s aide at Springfield’s Pleasant View K-8 School, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of Hailey Owens, whose body police believe was found in a storage bin.

For more updates, to provide your opinions and analysis and to read others, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Hailey Owens.

Anyone with information on Owens’s whereabouts are asked to 911 or Springfield police, at 417-864-1810

19 Year Old SIU Student Pravin Varughese Missing Since 2/12/14 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL (Update: Found Deceased)

19 year old Pravin Varughese has been missing since Wednesday night, February 12, 2014 from the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Varughese was last seen at a party in the 600 block of West College Street in Cabondale. According to accounts, Varughese called a friend in Chicago a couple hours later after leaving the party. His friend stated that it sounded like the missing SIU student was running or arguing with some one. Varughese posted a message on Twitter suggesting that he had been in a fight, “Bloody knuckles… guesss i was in a fight #backdown”. 

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Missing – Pravin Varughese

Picture – Screen grab from WGN 9 News Video: click on pic to watch VIDEO

Description:

  • Varughese is of Indian descent
  • 5-foot-7
  • 150 pounds
  • short brown hair
  • brown eyes
  • He was unshaven when last seen, and wearing a red shirt with dark blue jeans and purple shoes
  • He has the words “Fear God” tattooed on his chest

The family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts. 19-year-old Pravin Varughese was last seen Wednesday night at a party on the Carbondale campus.

Phone records show he called a friend in Chicago almost two hours later.

That friend said it sounded like Varughese might have been running or arguing with someone.  Varughese also posted a message on Twitter suggesting he may have been in a fight.

Pravin Varughese Twitter account: @TheOnlyPravin (warning: adult language)

The SIU teen’s Twitter account shows a tweet at 11:06 p.m. Wednesday that reads: “99% of the time I have no idea whats (sic) going on,” and another at 11:17 p.m. that reads: “Bloody knuckles . . .guess I was in a fight #backdown.”

FACEBOOK – MISSING:  Pravin Varughese

My brother, Pravin Varughese, has been missing since Wednesday, February 12. He is a sophomore at SIU Carbondale, and he was last seen at 606 West College around 11:15/11:30 PM. He was also wearing the same shirt as pictured Wednesday night.

Especially to those who live in or knows anyone that lives in Carbondale or anywhere near the area: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share this event. My family and I do not know many people in Carbondale, and we really need your help in order to spread awareness. We do have police and detectives involved, but the more people that are involved, the sooner we can find him. And for those who are far, we ask that you share this event and please please please keep Pravin and his safety in your prayers. Doing this would really mean a lot to me and my family.

If you have ANY information about Pravin since 2/12, PLEASE do NOT hesitate or be scared to contact anyone of us; every bit of information can really help us out. We’re not trying to get anyone in trouble or anything; all we want is Pravin home safely.

-Carbondale Police Department (618) 457-3601
-Detective Weisenperger (618)839-7965 OR (618) 457-3200 Ex441
-Priya Varughese (847)873-6633
-Ashly Thomas (847)322-0558

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Facebook – click on pic to enlarge

UPDATE I: Missing SIU Student Found Dead.

Carbondale police told us they found the body of SIU student Pravin Varughese on Tuesday. The Morton Grove teen disappeared over the weekend.

They say foul play is not suspected — but that may change and there’s still mystery as to what happened the young man’s last tweet “Bloody knuckles . . . guess I was in a fight #backdown.”

The sad specter of what happened ended in a wooded area off East Main Sstreet in Carbondale. Investigators found the body of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese.

Carbondale police said there is an additional reward of up to $1,000 for information given to Crime Stoppers at 618-549-2677. Anonymous tips can also be sent through the Carbondale police website or contact Carbondale Police Department (618) 457-3601

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