33 Year Old Leanne Hecht Bearden Missing Since 1/17/14 in Garden Ridge, TX … Reportedly Went for a Walk from In-Laws Home (MAP) (Update: Authorities Call off Searches)(Update: Did Leanne Bearden Leave on Her Own?) (Update: Leanne Hecht Bearden Found Deceased, Apparent Suicide)
33 year old Leanne Hecht Bearden has been missing since January 17, 2014 in Garden Ridge, Texas. Leanne’s family says that was last seen when she went to go for a walk on Friday afternoon around 1:00 pm in the Garden Ridge area (map). She said that she would be right back and has never been seen nor heard from again. The Denver, Colorado woman who had traveled the world with her husband was supposed to return home Tuesday; however, instead, she has disappeared in Texas. So how does a woman go missing after going for a walk from her in-laws home, who had just gone on a 56 country excursion with her husband, Josh Bearden, for the past two years?
She is 5-foot-2, weighs about 100 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She has two piercings on her left ear: one on the bottom and a small loop at the top. She was last seen wearing jeans and hiking shoes.
Friends and family of Leanne Hecht Bearden say that she did not just walk away. According to accounts, Leanne and Josh Bearden were scheduled on Monday to go back to Denver, where they had job interviews lined up. Also according to reports, Leanne Bearden and her husband were the only people in the house around 1 p.m. Friday. Leanne did not take her cellphone or any electronic devices and had $60 in cash at most (VIDEO). She had her wallet with credit cards; however, they have not been used.
Leanne and Josh Bearden were scheduled on Monday to go back to Denver, where they had job interviews lined up, Sculley said. They were renting their house there through an agency and were planning to take it over in May, Sculley said.
Leanne Bearden was having some difficulties adjusting after the worldwide excursion, according to her sister-in-law.
“It was kind of a hard transition for her, so she’s having some anxiety about it, but nothing that seemed like she was just going to run off,” Sculley said.
The Beardens blogged during their trip around the world at www.goexplore365.com. They met at a bar, got engaged after eight months of dating and were married at the Denver Zoo, according to the blog. Leanne Bearden has run nine marathons, was in a band before the trip and can do an Elmo impression, the blog says.
Leanne Bearden and her husband were the only people in the house around 1 p.m. Friday when she said she was going for a walk, Sculley said. Josh Bearden called police four hours later to report his wife had not returned, Sculley said.
Family members said she did not take her cellphone or any electronic devices and had $60 in cash at most. She had her wallet with credit cards but has not used them, according to her husband, who has been checking. Leanne Bearden also had her wedding and engagement rings when she left, family members said.
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Searchers scoured a 23-square-mile area — far larger than tiny, 6-square-mile Garden Ridge. More than 100 volunteers from Texas Search and Rescue and the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment joined the massive search, as did roughly four dozen law enforcement officials from Comal County, the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the FBI, among other agencies.
At the conclusion to an “exhaustive search” Saturday for Leanne Hecht Bearden, officials announced they found no evidence a crime had been committed in the area where she was last seen Jan. 17 and would end search efforts.
“We have exhausted the area surrounding our city and we will continue to follow all leads and watch for anything that might lead us to a positive result in finding Mrs. Bearden,” said Garden Ridge Police Chief Donna O’Conner. “The investigation leads us to believe, at this point, we have cleared any leads that might lead us to believe it is a crime committed in the immediate area when she walked off.”
The massive search and rescue effort was launched Saturday morning, as local law enforcement officials enlisted help from agencies across the state to find Bearden, who went for a walk eight days ago and never returned.
UPDATE II: Statement from Leanne’s Family.
As you can imagine, we are disappointed that today’s extensive search of the Garden Ridge area failed to lead to give us any more information as to Leanne’s whereabouts. On the other hand, the fact that she was not found encourages us to believe that she still survives and will eventually be reunited with us. We still do not know what happened to her once she began her walk from the Bearden home in Garden Ridge. We also encourage anyone who might have any information about her location to contact the Garden Ridge police at 210-651-6441 or their local police department. (more)
UPDATE III: Map of the area where Leanne Hecht Bearden went missing from.
UPDATE IV: Police Say Witness Saw Bearden leave the home January 17, they interviewed that man and verified the time she left the home by herself.
There is a quarry nearby as can be seen in the map search above. Maybe divers are needed, if they have not already done so, or side scan sonar.
A man trimming trees across the street reportedly saw Bearden leave the home January 17. Garden Ridge police say they interviewed that man and verified the time she left the home by herself, and that everything appeared fine.
“We just don’t know,” said Leanne’s father-in-law. “We will stick with what we know until we know something differently. And what we know is she walked out of the driveway and walked up the street and that’s all we know.”
Many of the Bearden’s friends have put their own lives on hold to help search. There is a quarry nearby, and several wooded areas.
A person matching the description of 33-year-old Leanne Bearden was seen in the Houston area, according to a Facebook page set up by her friends.
On Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Houston Police Department had ruled out the woman thought to be Bearden.
After two weeks of fruitless searching for Leanne Hecht Bearden, her family says evidence suggests “a strong possibility” that she disappeared on her own Jan. 17 from the Garden Ridge home of her in-laws.
That conclusion is based on accounts that Bearden, 33, was troubled before leaving the residence and on two reported sightings of her walking along FM 3009 toward Interstate 35 soon afterward.
For more updates, read others opinions and analysis and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Leanne Hecht Bearden.
If you have seen Leanne Hecht Bearden or have any information about her disappearance, please immediately contact the Comal County Sheriff’s Office at 830-620-3400. Garden Ridge Police Department at 210 651 6441 or e-mail email@example.com. 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/
DNA Tests Confirm the Remains Found on Queens side of the East River are that of Missing 14 Year Old Avonte Oquendo
Sad news in the story of missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo …
New York City medical examiners have confirmed that the remains found in Queens last week along the East River were those of Avonte Oquendo, the 14 year old boy with autism who went missing from his school in October 2013. After months of searching for Avonte Oquendo, the teenage boy who had autism and who couldn’t speak or care for himself is now tragically over. DNA tests confirmed that Avonte’s remains were found last week in the College Point section of Queens, miles up the East River from where he was last seen, leaving his school in Long Island City.
On Tuesday — five days after those body parts and scraps of clothing were found — Vanessa Fontaine learned that DNA tests proved her son’s remains indeed had been found.
Her lawyer said that Fontaine has been stoic, strong, focused and hopeful throughout this ordeal. But after police told her the news on Tuesday, “she finally just broke down … just crying and crying.”
“I kept saying, Vanessa, say it again,” David Perecman said of his muddled phone conversation. To which she replied through the tears, “It’s Avonte, it’s Avonte. (The police) came. It’s Avonte.”
So ended not just her family’s search for the teenager, but that of the United States’ most populated city. Police deployed sniffer dogs, combed surveillance footage and repeatedly canvassed each of New York City’s 468 subway stations because of Avonte’s love of trains.
The family is contemplating that they might sue the Department of Education for their negligence in Avonte’s death. Honestly, I can’t blame them one bit, especially when the 14 year old autistic boy who could not communicate with others was supposed to have been supervised at all times.
“They will go through the stages that you have to go through in order to accept what has happened,” Perecman said. “I’m sure there will be anger.”
Anger, he said, directed at what happened at the school, where a child with severe autism was able to run out the door, as seen on surveillance footage.
“There were so many things that went wrong,” Perecman said. “It befuddles the mind.”
Then, he said, the school’s immediate response delayed the search process.
“I am convinced in my heart of hearts, had a prompt reaction occurred, had some of this cascade of errors not occurred, that the police would have been called, they would have went outside and they would have found Avonte before this happened. He’d be home right now,” Perecman said.
For more updates, read others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Avonte Oquendo.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Are the Skeletal Remains Discovered Washed Up on a Beach Near East River in Queens, NY That of Missing Avonte Oquendo?
14 year old Avonte Oquendo has been missing since October 4, 2013. Avonte Oquendo, who is nonverbal and has autism, was last seen October 4 walking past a security guard and out of the Riverview School in Long Island City, Queens. Avonte was wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers on the last day he was seen alive. There have been numerous searches for the missing boy that have come up empty. Now the police have made a grisly discovery as partial skeletal remains were found Thursday washed ashore in Queens near the White Stone Bridge. According to police accounts, the skeletal remains of a left arm were found by a teen girl on the waterfront near Hermon A. MacNeil Park in College Point at around 7:30 p.m. Also found at the scene was a dark colored pair of size-5½ sneakers, that are similar to the ones that were described as the one’s that Avonte Oquendo was wearing when he went missing. The remains have been sent to the medical examiners office. The family of Avonte Oquendo has also been notified of the discovery; however, there has been no official identification yet.
Cops are investigating whether an arm and legs found near a Queens shoreline Thursday are those of missing teen Avonte Oquendo, a police source said.
The human limbs were found near Powell’s Cove Blvd. and Endeavor Place in College Point about 7 p.m., police sources said. A sneaker also was found, sources added, but they could not say whether it belongs to the autistic 14-year-old boy, who went missing more than three months ago.
“We found the arm and it’s been here a while because it’s skeletal,” a police source said. “But where there’s an arm, there’s a body.”
Also found was a dark-colored pair of size-5½ sneakers, according to law-enforcement sources.
The sneakers match the description of the ones that Avonte, 14, was wearing when he went missing on Oct. 4 from a school in Long Island City.
The 14-year-old girl who initially discovered the arm wrote about the discovery on social media before alerting authorities, a police source said.
The remains were removed to the Queens County Morgue as Harbor Patrol divers and helicopters searched the cold, dark waters for additional body parts. The tide quickly came in and the search had to be suspended, but it resumed at daybreak.
The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. No positive identification has been made, but police have been in contact with the Oquendo family.
For more updates, others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Perons Forum: Avonte Oquendo.
18 year old Sean T. Murawske has been reported missing on Sunday, January 12, 2014 in Alma, Michigan. Sean Murawske was last seen at approximately 1:30 am at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity on West Center Street in Alma. Police are looking into a tip that an individual fitting the missing Alma college freshman’s description was seen walking on West Superior near Luce Road around 2 a.m. Sunday.
Sean Thomas Murawske – pic from Alma Police Department
Sean T. Murawske was last seen at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity on West Center Street in Alma, investigators said.
Murawske was wearing a dark colored shirt and khaki pants. Murawske has blonde hair, is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 180 pounds.
UPDATE I: Alma College freshman reported missing.
Schooley said a thorough search was conducted in that area and nothing was found. Searches have also been conducted on campus and flyers have been distributed.
He said an investigation into Murawske’s cell phone revealed nothing that police didn’t already know.
Police will open Gratiot County’s Emergency Operation Center Monday night to use as a command center, and a search will also be conducted by air.
UPDATE II: Search for missing student ends in tragedy.
The search for the missing Alma College student ended in tragedy when volunteers found the body of 18 year-old Sean Murawske in a field off Charles Road in Alma.
Information is still sketchy but there appeared to be no obvious signs of foul play, said Alma Police Deputy Chief Matt Schooley. An autopsy will likely be scheduled.
Volunteers from the Murawske’s home town of Harbor Beach found the body.
Anyone with information should call the Alma Police Department at 989-463-8317.
Body of 39 Year Old Missing Menachem Stark Kidnapped 1/2/14 Found in a Gas Station Dumpster in Great Neck, Long Island
39 year old Menachem Stark had been missing since Thursday, January 2, 2014 when he was abducted by two men after he left South Side Associates, located at 331 Rutledge St. around 11:30 p.m. Menachem Stark struggled with the suspects before forcing him him into a light-colored 2006 or 2007 Dodge Caravan. Sadly, this missing persons case has come to a gruesome end. The body of Menachem Stark was found at a Getty gas station on Cuttermill Road in Great Neck, Long Island about 20 miles away from where he was kidnapped.
The body of a Williamsburg businessman missing since Thursday was found today in a gas station dumpster on Long Island.
Police say the body of 39-year-old Menachem Stark was found at a Getty gas station on Cuttermill Road in Great Neck.
It’s a devastating end to a mysterious missing persons case. Police say surveillance cameras were rolling Thursday night as Stark was abducted on a Williamsburg street
UPDATE I: New York Times – Charred Body of Kidnapped Man Is Found on Long Island.
The charred body of a prominent Hasidic real estate developer who was kidnapped Thursday near his Brooklyn office has been found in a smoldering trash bin outside a Long Island gas station, the police said on Saturday.
The body of the developer, identified as Menachem Stark, 39, was discovered on Friday afternoon by workers at a Getty gas station in Great Neck, about 20 miles away from where he was kidnapped, the Nassau County Police Department said in a statement on Saturday.
UPDATE II: NY Post – Slain slumlord found in trash has enemies list a mile long.
The millionaire Hasidic slumlord found burned and suffocated in a Nassau County dumpster — his body still smoldering from the waist down — had so many enemies that investigators say they almost don’t know where to start looking.
“Any number of people wanted to kill this guy,” one law-enforcement source said of Menachem “Max” Stark, 39, describing the father of eight as embroiled in several “shady” real-estate transactions and being up to his tuchus in debt.
AMBER ALERT for 6 Year Old Markell Beasley Missing 12/21/13 in Jefferson City, MO … Abducted by 40 year old Demitrius Beasley (Update: Both Found Dead, Murder/Suicide)
An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday evening, December 24, 2013 for 6 year old Markell Beasley in Jefferson City, MO. The boy has been missing since Saturday, December 21. Markell Beasley is said to have been abducted/kidnapped by 40 year old Demitrius Beasley, who is not his biological father. Demitrius Beasley contacted the child’s mother and told her that he would not return the boy to her. Demitrius Beasley has been charged with kidnapping.
Markell Beasley is 51 inches tall and 52 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last wearing an orange hat with a grey and orange coat, blue shirt and blue jeans.
Demitrius Beasley is described as a 40-year-old black man who is 5 foot, 11 inches, 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information or has seen the missing boy or Demitrius Beasley is asked to call 911 or the Jefferson City Police Department at 573-634-6351.
Terrible news on this Christmas Eve, the Amber Alert has been canceled for 6 year old Markell Beasley as he has been found dead, a result of a murder/suicide.
The missing 6-year-old child from Jefferson City and the man police believe kidnapped him were found dead in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Tuesday night.
The Jefferson City Police Department issued the alert looking for Markell X. Beasley Tuesday evening.
Around 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, Cape Girardeau police responded to a 911 call of a person shot in an apartment. When officers arrived, they found Markell and 40-year-old Demetrius Beasley dead inside an upstairs bedroom.
A Cape Girardeau sergeant tells 41 Action News the evidence suggests a murder suicide and they are not actively searching for any suspects at this time.
9 Year Old Reann Murphy Missing Since 12/14/13 Found Dead in Trash Can Near Her Home in Smithville, OH (Update: Suspect Arrested in Murder of 9 Year Old – Picture … 24 Year Old Jaret Medsger)
9 year old Reann Murphy had been missing since Saturday afternoon, December 14, when she was last seen playing outdoors at the mobile home park at about 5:30pm where she lived at 5912 Akron Road (Map) in Smithville, Ohio. Sadly, the police found Reann Murphy’s body in a trash bin at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. It was not reported how the little 9 year old girl was killed. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies along with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are now investigating this case as a homicide. Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson stated, “Any violent death is troubling but the death of a child is much more so. We will leave no stone unturned as this investigation continues.”
9 Year Old Reann Murphy … RIP
Reann Murphy was reported missing on Saturday evening. Police said Murphy was last seen playing outdoors at 5:30 p.m. near her family’s Smithville mobile home park.
According to Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson, deputies from his department responded to the family’s home at 5912 Akron Road shortly after 8 p.m.. Deputies along with firefighters, civilians and other police searched the area for hours.
At approximately 1:35 a.m. on Sunday, police found the body of a small child in a trash dumpster near Murphy’s home.
Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies along with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are now investigating the homicide.
UPDATE II: The Seattle PI is reporting that an arrest has been made in the death of 9 year old Reann Murphy. That was fast!!!
Authorities say a suspect has been arrested on a murder charge in the death of a 9-year-old Ohio girl whose body was found in a trash bin.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest Sunday in the death of Reann Murphy. A news conference was scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
- The suspect and victim were seen together.
- Suspect was arrested at his residence.
- Will be charged with aggravated murder in the morning.
screen grab from News Net 5 Live Video
UPDATE III: 24-year-old Jaret Medsger is the suspect who has been arrested in the murder of 9 year old Reann Murphy. This dirtbag, murderer will be arraigned at 8:15 in a Wayne County courtroom Monday morning.
From News Net 5: Police took 24-year-old Jarrod Metsger into custody shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday. Police said Metsger is a neighbor and acquaintance of the Murphy family. At this time, no motive has been established for the murder.
If any one has information in this case, please contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 330-287-5750 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Year Old Autistic Boy Randle Barrow Missing After Fire in Huntsville, AL (Update: Woman Killed in Fire ID’d as 42 Year Old Delicia Lattice Barrow)(Update: Body of Randle Barrow Found in Lake Guntersville
Be on the look out for 8 year old Randle Barrow in Huntsville, Alabama.
Police are searching for missing 8 year old Randle Barrow after performing a welfare check for Randle, who had not been to school for two day, on Saturday, December 14 at 4900 Alburta Road in Huntville, Alabama.When police officers got to the home, no one answered the door and they noticed that smoke was coming from the home. Upon entering the home firefighters found one female victim inside, who was transported to Huntsville Hospital with life threatening injuries. The woman later died. However, Randle Barrow was no where to be found.
Missing – Randle Barrow
Randle Barrow attends the School For Autistic Children. Randle had just recently been returned to his mother, he had been in the temporary custody of Demetrius Bell and his wife because of the mother’s health issues.
For several weeks Randle was in the temporary custody of Demetrius Bell and his wife. Randle’s mother, who is Bell’s good friend, voluntarily put her son in their care because of her health issues. ”The whole idea was when she got better, we would just return him to her care,” Bell says.
Just recently Randle’s mother asked for him back. Bell says in the days leading up to Saturday, she became harder and harder to reach.
Saturday morning, Bell got a phone call that something might be wrong. ”The director of the school that he attends, the School For Autistic Children, called us and told us she was concerned,” Bell says.
UPDATE I: The female victim in the fatal fire has been identified as 42 year old Delicia Lattice Barrow, the mother of Randle Barrow. Police are calling this a death investigation.
Police identified the woman killed in the fire as 42-year-old Delicia Lattice Barrow. Officers are searching for eight-year-old Randle Barrow, who police said is autistic.
Firefighters responded to the house and put the fire out. Police found Delicia Barrow inside the home. She was taken the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Police said Randle Barrow was not found inside the home and that they have not been able to locate him. Investigators are still taking pictures and searching throughout the home.
If anyone with information about his whereabouts of Randle Barrow, please contact the Huntsville police at 256-722-7100.
UPDATE II: BREAKING NEWS: Body of Missing Eight-Year-Old Randle Barrow Found in Lake Guntersville.
Our news partners The Huntsville Times AL.com is reporting authorities have found the body of missing eight-year-old Randle Barrow in Lake Gutnersville.
Sad news to report …
Tragic news to report in the missing persons case of 5 month old Jackson Farrey. It is believed that the body of missing five-month-old Jackson Farrey was found in the Northeast desert. Jackson’s parents, 22 year old Jeffrey Farrey, 20 year old Jennay Farrey, and their 17 month old son, Blake Farrey were found in an undisclosed location outside of the state of Texas. They had been reported missing for about a week from n El Paso, TX. They were taken into custody on Sunday.
We are left to only ask, why? How could anyone harm something so precious? Rest in peace Jackson.
A 5-month-old boy missing from El Paso since last week is believed to have been found in the desert near U.S. 54 in southern New Mexico on Wednesday — the same day the baby’s father was returned to El Paso from Michigan and held on a $1.5 million bond, the El Paso Times reported.
The boy’s remains, believed to be those of 5-month-old Jackson Farrey, were found a quarter of a mile west of U.S. 54 in Orogrande, near McGregor Range and in an area commonly used for military training, the Times said.
The boy’s father, Army Spc. Jeffrey Farrey, 22, was being held in El Paso County Jail, the paper reported.
Police were working to confirm whether the remains were those of Jackson Farrey, who was reported missing from his El Paso home last week along with his parents and his 19-month-old brother, Blake Farrey, the Times said.
On Wednesday, representatives of the FBI, New Mexico State Police, Border Patrol and El Paso police were in Orogrande recovering the remains, which would be taken to the state Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque to determine the identity of the remains and the cause of death, El Paso police spokesman Darrel Petry told the paper.