Body of Missing Garden Ridge Woman Leanne Bearden Found in Texas in Wooded Area … Death Appears to be an Apparent Suicide (MAP of Area) … Suicide?(Update: Death Ruled a Suicide … Asphyxiation by Hanging)

33 year old Leanne Bearden has been missing since January 17, 2014 when she was last seen going for a walk on Friday afternoon around 1:00 pm in the Garden Ridge, TX area. Several searches have taken place for the missing woman to no avail. Today, Garden Ridge police Chief Donna O’Conner said a body found in the backyard of a Garden Ridge home this afternoon is believed to be that of missing Leanne Bearden.  According to reports, the death appears to be an apparent suicide. Bearden’s body was found a few blocks from where she was last seen walking  on Jan. 17 by a man working in the area.

Seriously? Leanne Bearden has been missing for about a month, numerous searches were made, including a 23 sq. mile targeted area, yet a two block radius around the home that Bearden left to go on her walk on January 17th was not searched with a fine tooth comb, really? Law enforcement and the family believed from the outset that there was no foul play, Leanne might have left on her own, or she might have injured herself or gotten lost while on her hike.  Neighbors and property owners were asked to be on the look out for the missing woman and to check their property and out-buildings. With all that, Leanne Bearden was sadly found today deceased what is stated to be an apparent suicide. I must admit having been a part of many missing person searches, I am a bit amazed and some what suspicious that this area was not previously and better searched.

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The home where her body was found is located in the 21000 block of Fairview Circle, about two blocks from where she was last seen.

A source in Comal County confirmed to KSAT’s Steve Spriester late Thursday afternoon that her death was an apparent suicide.

Dispatch received a call at 12:18 p.m. on Thursday from a man who told them he spotted a body in a wooded area behind his house, O’Conner said.

The homeowner said he discovered Bearden’s body around noon on Thursday in a brushy area behind his home.

That area is an undeveloped part of his property he does not walk through often, but did on Thursday.

Garden Ridge police, Comal County Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Rangers went to the scene and examined the body, which had some identifying jewelry as well as a backpack, O’Conner said. She was apparently found with the same backpack she was carrying when she left her in-laws house.

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A: Location of home where Leanne Bearden left on 1/17/14

B: 21000 block of Fairview Circle area where Leanne’s body was found.

The location where her body was found (B) was about a half mile away from the home she left from (A) or about a 13 minute walk.

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UPDATE I: Thursday evening, Bearden’s family issued the following statement:

“Our family is understandably devastated by the news of the recovery of the remains of our beloved Leanne. We wish to thank the myriad of people who helped us search for Leanne, and who helped support us throughout this entire nightmare. We also wish to thank the members of the media who helped us tell our story. We thank the Garden Ridge Police Department and other agencies who provided such caring service to us. We especially thank the Heidi Search Center for their wonderful help and support. Although this is not the outcome we had hoped for, we draw comfort and strength from the outpouring of prayers, actions and good wishes from all — including over 20,000 Facebook friends. We ask for your continued prayers and good wishes for our family. Leanne was a lovely and remarkable young woman and we will all miss her greatly.”

UPDATE II: Body of missing woman found in wooded Texas area. … Chief of Police Not Speculating on Cause of death.

The body of a woman who had been missing for almost a month was found in a wooded area behind a home Thursday in Garden Ridge.

Leanne Bearden, 33, went for a walk on Jan. 17 while visiting her in-laws in Garden Ridge, and never came back.

Police responded to the scene around noon after receiving a tip from a person who spotted the body.

Donna O’Conner, Garden Ridge’s police chief, said both families had been notified after the body was found with ID, jewelry and a backpack, according to WOAI, the NBC affiliate in San Antonio.

The chief would not speculate as to the cause of death, and said they were waiting to get “all the facts.”

UPDATE III: Death Of Missing Denver Woman In Texas Ruled Suicide.

Police in Texas have released a statement saying a Denver woman who was missing for weeks and was found dead on Thursday killed herself.

Leanne Bearden went for a walk from her in-laws’ home in Garden Ridge, Texas on Jan. 17. She never returned. Her body was discovered just blocks from where she was last seen.

“Bearden’s preliminary cause of death result is asphyxiation by hanging,” according to a release from Garden Ridge, Texas, Police Chief Donna O’Conner.

For more updates, provide your own opinions and analysis and read others, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Leanne Hecht Bearden.

Body of Missing Virginia Police Capt. Kevin Quick Found; 3 More Arrested in Officer’s Murder (Halisi Uhuru, Anthony Stokes Jr. & Leslie Casterlow)(Update: Suspects Had Gang Ties, Prior Criminal History)

Three more individuals have been arrested in the death of  Waynesboro Police reserve Captain Kevin Quick. Halisi Uhuru, Leslie Casterlow and Anthony Stokes are accused of killing Kevin Quick during an abduction early this week. Quick’s body was found next to a road in Goochland County, about 60 miles west of Richmond, on Thursday afternoon. An autopsy has confirmed that found human remains are those of a Waynesboro reserve police officer who was reported missing a week ago.

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Pic – From left to right, Halisi Uhuru, Anthony Stokes Jr. and Leslie Casterlow (Henrico Sheriff’s Office)

Three people were arrested after the body of a missing Virginia police captain was found dumped on alongside a rural road, according to a report.

The trio of suspects — Halisi Uhuru, Leslie Casterlow and Anthony Stokes — are accused of killing Waynesboro Police reserve Captain Kevin Quick during an abduction early this week.

UPDATE I: In a press conference police said the case has changed status to a death investigation.

“Unfortunately this case transitioned from an investigation into a disappearance, into a death investigation, and as a result we are still very actively pursuing new leads,” Geller said Friday afternoon, a week after Quick disappeared.

Late Thursday night police made more arrests in connection with the case; two men and a woman were arrested. Police believe additional charges could be made, and possibly additional suspects charged.

Forty-nine-year-old Leslie Hope Casterlow, of 10900 block Wild Ginger Cir. in Manassas, 31-year-old Anthony Darnell Stokes Jr, of the 10000 block Portsmouth Rd. in Manassas and 22-year-old Halisi Uhuru, of the 1700 block Franklin Tpke. in Danville, were charged with Principle 2nd Degree Capital Murder During Abduction.

This charge is different from Capital Murder in that it is not punishable by death penalty but is punishable by life in prison.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney has also added a felony count of Gang Participation for each  individual arrested Thursday, though investigators would not go into detail.

UPDATE II: Suspects in Capt. Kevin Quick’s death had gang ties and were out on early prison release.

What a shock, some suspects involved in the death of Kevin Quick had a criminal history and had been let out on good behavior. Gert Wright, also known as Halisi Uhuru, was let out of prison early. Wright’s family wrote letters to the state requesting that he get out early, saying “Gert is destined for Greatness.” Yeah, this punk was destined for murder.

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Court documents reveal a disturbing criminal history for two men arrested in connection with Waynesboro police captain Kevin Quick’s death.

The case has transitioned from an investigation into a disappearance, into an official death investigation. Late Thursday night police arrested three more people in connection with the case; two men and a woman.

Leslie Hope Casterlow, age 49, of Manassas, Anthony Darnell Stokes Jr., age 31, of Manassas and  Halisi Uhuru, age 22, of Danville, were charged with Principle 2nd Degree Capital Murder During Abduction.

This charge is different from Capital Murder in that it is not punishable by death penalty but is punishable by life in prison.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney has also added a felony count of Gang Participation for each  individual, though investigators would not go into detail.

The trio are being held at the Henrico County Jail West and will be in court on Monday.

A CBS 6 investigation revealed that 31-year-old Anthony Stokes and 22-year-old Gert Wright, also known as Halisi Uhuru, were recently released from prison.

In fact, 31-year-old Anthony Stokes spent 12 years, nearly half of his life in prison for crimes he committed when he was just 19. He was convicted on possession of a weapon, robbery, kidnapping and use of a firearm charges.

UPDATE III:  Sixth suspect named in disappearance and death of Waynesboro officer Kevin Quick.

Police made another arrest Sunday in the disappearance and death of a missing reserve police officer from a small town in Virginia.

Anthony L. White, 22, of Mineral, Va., was taken into custody without incident in Louisa County and charged with one felony count of gang participation, according to Virginia State Police.

45 Year Old Waynesboro Police Department Captain Kevin Wayne Quick Missing Since 1/31/14 in Afton, VA … Foul Play Suspected (Update: Vehicle Found)(Update: Three Arrests Made)(Update: Body Found in Search)(Update: Found Deceased)

45 year old Kevin Wayne Quick, a captain with the Waynesboro Police Department’s Police Reserve Unit, has been missing since Friday, January 31, 2014 in Afton, Virginia. Kevin Quick was last seen Friday at 10:15 p.m., when he left his mother’s residence in Afton. Quick was headed to a friend’s home at Turtle Creek Apartments in Albemarle County, about 20 miles away, but he never arrived. Surveillance photos show two men who investigators think have information about Quick’s disappearance.

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Quick’s silver 1999 Toyota Forerunner, with Virginia license plates 614-068 with the seal of the Commonwealth in the middle, are also spotted in the photos that show the SUV in Fork Union on Friday and Manassas on Saturday.

Extensive ground and air searches took place Saturday night and Sunday morning near the areas of the residences in Afton and Albemarle County.

Quick described as a white male, six feet one inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and medium build. He wears contacts or glasses and has a scar above his left eye.

UPDATE I: Two men sought in Virginia police captain’s disappearance.

Surveillance photographs place Quick’s silver 1999 Toyota 4Runner in Fork Union, Virginia, on Friday and in the Manassas area Saturday, before it was recovered abandoned outside of a residence Monday in Louisa County, an hour away from where Quick was last seen. The SUV is being examined by the Virginia State Police.

Photos have surfaced that show two unidentified adult males who investigators believe may have information regarding Quick’s disappearance. Photos of one of the persons of interest have been released.

Homeowner Frank Houchens told CNN affiliate WWBT that he called police when found Quick’s vehicle in his driveway. He said police from nearby Harrisonburg, Virginia, showed him photos, but he did not recognize the person of interest or Quick.

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UPDATE II: Missing Va. police reserve captain’s vehicle found.

The vehicle was found about an hour away from where he went missing.

Virginia state police say a vehicle has been recovered belonging to a missing man who is a captain with the Waynesboro Police Department’s Police Reserve Unit.

State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says a homeowner found the 1999 sport-utility vehicle in Mineral on Monday, two days after Kevin Wayne Quick was reported missing.

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NELSON CO., Va. – Virginia State Police has recovered the vehicle belonging to missing Nelson County man, Kevin W. Quick, 45. In addition, the local business community has dedicated $7,000 as a potential reward for anyone with information that leads to Quick’s discovery. The search continues at this time for Quick, who is a captain with the Waynesboro Police Department’s Police Reserve Unit.

State police has received numerous tips and leads regarding the investigation and are actively pursuing them at this time. Investigators are still asking for the public’s help and encouraging anyone with information to call the Virginia State Police at #77 on a cell phone or at (434) 352-7128, or any one of the assisting agencies.

Quick’s abandoned silver 1999 Toyota 4Runner was discovered by a Louisa County Sheriff’s Deputy Monday (Feb. 3, 2014). It is now being examined as evidence in Quick’s disappearance.

UPDATE III: Three arrested made in connection with the theft of missing police captain Keven Quick’s vehicle.

UPDATE IV: Virginia police - Body found during search for missing officer…. no Identification yet.

Searchers in Virginia looking for a missing auxiliary police captain found a body Thursday afternoon. Authorities said they were in the process of identifying the remains.

A spokeswoman for Virginia State Police said the investigation into the disappearance of Kevin Quick was ongoing while officials examined the body, which was found along on the Fluvanna and Goochland county line.

Spokeswoman Corinne N. Geller said once the deceased was identified and the family notified, police would release the name.

UPDATE V: Body of missing VA police captain found in Goochland.

Waynesboro Police reserve Captain Kevin Quick has been missing for nearly a week. Virginia State Police confirms a body was found Thursday afternoon in a remote area along on the Fluvanna and Goochland county line. Law enforcement sources say the body was found on Old Columbia Road.

While law enforcement sources say the body is Quick, State Police officials say they are still working on identifying the body and gathering evidence. They say they will release the name once they have finished identifying the body and notifying next of kin.

If you have information that could help investigators, call #77 on a cell phone or 434-352-7128.

Bizarre … Columbia, MD Mall Gunman Darion Marcus Aguilar was Reported Missing Prior to His Murder/Suicide Saturday and Shooting Deaths of Brianna Benlolo & Tyler Johnson

Talk about bizarre, man reported missing after case turned into a murder/suicide.

19 year old Darion Marcus Aguilar, a College Park, MD resident was reported missing at about 1:40 pm on Saturday, January 25, 2014. However, earlier in the day the Howard County Police had a much bigger incident occurring as a gunman walked into the Columbia Mall in Columbia, Maryland and started shooting. In the end, two were dead, Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, MD, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Ellicott City, MD.  Also, the gunman turned the shotgun on himself and committed suicide.

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Police said Sunday they received a missing persons report for Darion Marcus Aguilar at about 1:40 p.m. Saturday. Howard County Police say Aguilar went into the Mall in Columbia about 11:15 a.m. Saturday, armed with a shotgun and homemade explosives. He fatally shot two store employees before killing himself.

A Prince George’s officer went to Aguilar’s home in College Park to speak with his mother about 5 p.m. Saturday and saw Aguilar’s journal. The portion the officer read made him concerned for Aguilar’s safety.

However, as police were trying to determine the identity of the mall shooter, they were also investigating the report that Darion Marcus Aguilar. The police pinged the phone of the missing 19 year old and would learn that it was coming from the Columbia Mall. Tragically, the police would then discover in a bizarre twist of events that the missing man and the individual who had killed two people at the mall at about 11:15 a.m. before shooting and killing himself were the same person, Darion Aguilar.

As PGPD tracked the missing person’s phone, they discovered it was pinging from Columbia Mall. The missing person and the yet-unidentified deceased shooter turned out to be the same person, Darion Aguilar, 19.

Aguilar’s mother had called about 1:40 p.m. from their home in the 4700 block of Hollywood Road in College Park to report him missing. An investigator talked with the mother and read Aguilar’s journal, which had wording that raised concern for his safety, police say.

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

Police state at this point they have no motive and that there was no known connection between the shooter and his victims. Sometimes you don’t need a motive, sometimes these things happen because you have a depressed individual who has crossed the line of no return. You cannot rationalize the irrational.

He added that police served a search and seizure warrant at the shooter’s house and retrieved documents, computers and other potential evidence, including a journal.

In that journal, Aguilar “does express some general unhappiness with his life, but I really don’t have any other information about that now,” the chief said.

33 Year Old Leanne Hecht Bearden Missing Since 1/17/14 in Garden Ridge, TX … Reportedly Went for a Walk from In-Laws Home (MAP) (Update: Authorities Call off Searches)(Update: Did Leanne Bearden Leave on Her Own?) (Update: Leanne Hecht Bearden Found Deceased, Apparent Suicide)

33 year old Leanne Hecht Bearden has been missing since January 17, 2014 in Garden Ridge, Texas. Leanne’s family says that was last seen when she went to go for a walk on Friday afternoon around 1:00 pm in the Garden Ridge area (map). She said that she would be right back and has never been seen nor heard from again.  The Denver, Colorado woman who had traveled the world with her husband was supposed to return home Tuesday; however, instead, she has disappeared in Texas. So how does a woman go missing after going for a walk from her in-laws home, who had just gone on a 56 country excursion with her husband, Josh Bearden, for the past two years?

She is 5-foot-2, weighs about 100 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She has two piercings on her left ear: one on the bottom and a small loop at the top. She was last seen wearing jeans and hiking shoes.

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Friends and family of Leanne Hecht Bearden say that she did not just walk away.  According to accounts, Leanne and Josh Bearden were scheduled on Monday to go back to Denver, where they had job interviews lined up. Also according to reports, Leanne Bearden and her husband were the only people in the house around 1 p.m. Friday. Leanne did not take her cellphone or any electronic devices and had $60 in cash at most (VIDEO). She had her wallet with credit cards; however, they have not been used.

Leanne and Josh Bearden were scheduled on Monday to go back to Denver, where they had job interviews lined up, Sculley said. They were renting their house there through an agency and were planning to take it over in May, Sculley said.

Leanne Bearden was having some difficulties adjusting after the worldwide excursion, according to her sister-in-law.

“It was kind of a hard transition for her, so she’s having some anxiety about it, but nothing that seemed like she was just going to run off,” Sculley said.

The Beardens blogged during their trip around the world at www.goexplore365.com. They met at a bar, got engaged after eight months of dating and were married at the Denver Zoo, according to the blog. Leanne Bearden has run nine marathons, was in a band before the trip and can do an Elmo impression, the blog says.

Leanne Bearden and her husband were the only people in the house around 1 p.m. Friday when she said she was going for a walk, Sculley said. Josh Bearden called police four hours later to report his wife had not returned, Sculley said.

Family members said she did not take her cellphone or any electronic devices and had $60 in cash at most. She had her wallet with credit cards but has not used them, according to her husband, who has been checking. Leanne Bearden also had her wedding and engagement rings when she left, family members said.

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

Searchers scoured a 23-square-mile area — far larger than tiny, 6-square-mile Garden Ridge. More than 100 volunteers from Texas Search and Rescue and the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment joined the massive search, as did roughly four dozen law enforcement officials from Comal County, the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the FBI, among other agencies.

 At the conclusion to an “exhaustive search” Saturday for Leanne Hecht Bearden, officials announced they found no evidence a crime had been committed in the area where she was last seen Jan. 17 and would end search efforts.

“We have exhausted the area surrounding our city and we will continue to follow all leads and watch for anything that might lead us to a positive result in finding Mrs. Bearden,” said Garden Ridge Police Chief Donna O’Conner. “The investigation leads us to believe, at this point, we have cleared any leads that might lead us to believe it is a crime committed in the immediate area when she walked off.”

The massive search and rescue effort was launched Saturday morning, as local law enforcement officials enlisted help from agencies across the state to find Bearden, who went for a walk eight days ago and never returned.

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UPDATE II: Statement from Leanne’s Family.

As you can imagine, we are disappointed that today’s extensive search of the Garden Ridge area failed to lead to give us any more information as to Leanne’s whereabouts. On the other hand, the fact that she was not found encourages us to believe that she still survives and will eventually be reunited with us. We still do not know what happened to her once she began her walk from the Bearden home in Garden Ridge. We also encourage anyone who might have any information about her location to contact the Garden Ridge police at 210-651-6441 or their local police department. (more)

UPDATE III: Map of the area where Leanne Hecht Bearden went missing from.


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UPDATE IV: Police Say Witness Saw Bearden leave the home January 17, they interviewed that man and verified the time she left the home by herself.

There is a quarry nearby as can be seen in the map search above. Maybe divers are needed, if they have not already done so, or side scan sonar.

A man trimming trees across the street reportedly saw Bearden leave the home January 17. Garden Ridge police say they interviewed that man and verified the time she left the home by herself, and that everything appeared fine.

“We just don’t know,” said Leanne’s father-in-law. “We will stick with what we know until we know something differently. And what we know is she walked out of the driveway and walked up the street and that’s all we know.”

Many of the Bearden’s friends have put their own lives on hold to help search. There is a quarry nearby, and several wooded areas.

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

A person matching the description of 33-year-old Leanne Bearden was seen in the Houston area, according to a Facebook page set up by her friends.

On Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Houston Police Department had ruled out the woman thought to be Bearden.

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

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

After two weeks of fruitless searching for Leanne Hecht Bearden, her family says evidence suggests “a strong possibility” that she disappeared on her own Jan. 17 from the Garden Ridge home of her in-laws.

That conclusion is based on accounts that Bearden, 33, was troubled before leaving the residence and on two reported sightings of her walking along FM 3009 toward Interstate 35 soon afterward.

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

For more updates, read others opinions and analysis and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum:  Leanne Hecht Bearden.

If you have seen Leanne Hecht Bearden or have any information about her disappearance, please immediately contact the Comal County Sheriff’s Office at 830-620-3400. Garden Ridge Police Department at 210 651 6441 or e-mail police@ci.garden-ridge.tx.us. You may also contact Comal County Crime Stoppers at 830-620-TIPS(8477) or 800-640-8422. For web or text tips follow instructions at http://comalcrimestoppers.org/

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.

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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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NY Post: Cops investigate human remains for link to missing autistic boy.

“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.

UPDATE I: Human remains found in Queens; Avonte Oquendo family notified:

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.

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18 Year Old Sean T. Murawske Missing Since 1/12/14 in Alma, MI (Update: Found Deceased)

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.

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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.

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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.

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