Laura McComb and Her Two Children, 6 Year Old Andrew McComb & 4 Year Old Leighton McComb Missing Since Memorial Day Weekend in Wimberly, TX (Update: Body of Andrew McComb Recovered)
BEYOND TRAGIC … MOTHER AND TWO CHILDREN STILL MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD …
Laura McComb and her two children, 6 year old Andrew McComb and 4 year old Leighton McComb are still missing following the massive floods that hit Texas over the Memorial Day weekend. They were among 12 people who went missing as the vacation home in Wimberly, Texas, was ripped from its foundation in the rapid flood waters of the Blanco River (VIDEO). Jonathan McComb, was pulled from the floodwaters and taken to a San Antonio hospital for treatment. The McCombs were with Ralph and Sue Carey along with their daughter, Michelle Charba, her husband Randy and their 4-year-old son, Will. All are still missing. Say a prayer for the missing and their family.
Jonathan McComb was rescued on the bank of the Blanco River, but his wife, Laura McComb, and two children,
in addition to others who were in a house that was swept away, remain missing. (Image source: KVUE-TV)
UPDATE I: Laura McComb Salled Her Sister and said, ‘I Love You, and Pray’ While Inside the House Floating Down the Blanco River Called Her Sister Before It Hit Bridge.
Missing mom’s sister Julie Shields says, “I think recognizing with what’s happening with the weather, we all know and we have accepted that they’re gone.”
Julie Shields said she was on the phone with her sister, Laura, when their cabin was swept away.
“We are floating in a house that is now floating down the river,” Laura told Shields on the phone. “Call mom and dad. I love you, and pray.”
Those were the last words Shields had with her sister.
“My sister will always be my sister,” Shields added.
The conversation ended when Laura thought she saw a light from a helicopter that was there to rescue them.
“And I just expected to go to Wimberley High School the next day and find her,” said Shields. “When she wasn’t there, I knew something was very, very wrong.”
UPDATE II: Body of 6-year-old Andrew McComb Recovered.
The body of Andrew McComb, 6, whose family was in a house washed away by floodwaters in Wimberley, Texas, has been found, a Hays County, Texas, official said Friday.
The body was found Thursday evening near the border of Hays and Blanco counties, according to Trey Hatt, spokesman for the Hays County Emergency Operations Center, The Associated Press reported.
Authorities earlier this week reported recovering the body of a child from the Blanco River in Hays County, but did not identify the child.
Andrew McComb’s identity was confirmed using dental records, an official said today.
The Body of Missing 43 Year Old Michelle Carey-Charba Found Following Texas Floods on Memorial Day Weekend
Sad new in the case of missing 43 year old Michelle Carey-Charba, who was one of 8 people swept away in Central Texas as a result if the raging flood waters over Memorial Day weekend. . A body was identified on Wednesday as Michelle Carey-Charba.
Michelle Carey-Charba and her son, William, went missing during flash flooding in Wimberley, Texas,
over the Memorial Day weekend. Carey-Charba’s body was found and identified Wednesday.
A body was identified Wednesday as one of the eight people swept away when their vacation home in Central Texas was lost amid raging floodwaters over the Memorial Day weekend.
The discovery of 43-year-old Michelle Carey-Charba came as her family told NBC News that they were still holding out hope for the safe recovery of all of the missing who had been inside the home.
A ninth person — family friend Jonathan McComb — was found alive Sunday after being carried several miles away from where the house once stood in the small tourist town of Wimberley. He was being treated in the hospital for a collapsed lung, a broken sternum and broken ribs, his family said.
McComb’s wife, Laura, and their two children, Andrew, 6, and Leighton, 4, were also in the home and are still missing, along with Carey-Charba’s husband, Randy Charba, their 4-year-old son, Will, and her parents, Ralph and Sue Carey.
Searchers made a grim discovery in the Blanco River Wednesday when thebody of a boy was found in the river in Hays County, the city of San Marcos said in a statement Wednesday evening.
The child’s age and identity have not been determined, and it is unknown whether he is on a list of those known missing, or another victim not previously reported missing, the city said.
Carey-Charba’s brother-in-law, Alan Daniel, said Wednesday that the search isn’t over: “We’re not going to stop looking until we’ve found them.”
Authorities said at least 23 people were killed and another 11 were missing after a series of storms pummeled Texas and Oklahoma,causing historic flooding in a region that had been crippled by severe drought.
The Careys own the home in Wimberley, where the Blanco River swelled 28 feet in an hour and a half. The McCombs are family friends, and they were all spending the Memorial Day weekend together.
17 Year Old Lara Diesh Missing Since 5/21/15 in Boulder, CO (Update: Missing Boulder Teen’s Body Found at bottom of Flagstaff Cliff)
17 year old Lara Diesh has been missing since Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. Diesh was last seen near New Vista High School walking eastbound on Baseline Road from 700 20th Street about 8:45 a.m. Thursday. She has not been seen or heard from since. The Boulder police are asking the public to help find this at-risk teenager.
Missing – Lara Diesh
Diesh was last seen near New Vista High School walking eastbound on Baseline from 20th Street about 8:45 a.m. Thursday. No one has heard from her since.
Diesh is described as a white female, 5-foot-7, 127 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing white pants and carrying a brown and blue backpack.
If anyone has any information about Lara Diesh’s whereabouts is asked to contact Boulder police at 303-441-3333.
A missing Boulder teen was found and identified as the young woman’s body at the bottom of Flagstaff Cliff, that Boulder Sheriff’s deputies investigated.
A woman’s body was found on Friday and investigated by police.
The autopsy positively identified the body as 17-year-old Diesh.
The cause of death has not yet been released.
24 Year Old Brittany Johnson Missing Since 5/9/15 in Albuquerque, NM (Update: Vehicle found Wednesday at Sandia Crest)(Update: Found Deceased)
24 year old Brittany Johnson has been missing since May 9, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brittany Johnson was last seen in Albuquerque near Broadway and Mountain at a spa, The Bath House, around noon on Saturday, May 9. However, she didn’t show up to her grandparents for Mother’s Day, nor did she attend her friend’s graduation party over the weekend. Authorities believe she was driving a 2006 red Toyota Corolla with a co-exist sticker on the back window and New Mexico plates KMD-048. There has been no activity on her credit card, and her phone goes straight to voice mail.
Police say she has brown hair and blue eyes.
Officials say she may be at-risk based on other circumstances involved and her disappearance is very uncharacteristic of her. Her brother says, she didn’t attend events she planned on going to over the weekend and didn’t check in on mother’s day.
24-year-old Albuquerque woman vanishes without a trace.
Lt. Pete Golden with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department said, “Her disappearance is highly unusual and is out of character for her normal pattern of behavior. Because it is so unusual and out of the norm is the reason we’re so concerned for her well being.”
The department issued an endangered missing person alert and described Johnson as “at-risk.”
“We don’t believe she is with anyone else who may be putting her at risk, but again, her behavior is out of the norm, and that is the reason for our concern,” he added. “Because her pattern of behavior is so atypical from what her friends, her family and everyone else she interacts with have described, it is a reason we have such an elevated concern for her welfare,” he explained.
This does not sound good. As per KOAT-7, Carolyn Herrera, Johnson’s best friend said she has been dealing with a lot of personal problems lately and might have gone to the crest to clear her head. Herrera said the last time she heard from Johnson was through text messages on Saturday, just before she went missing. Herrera further went on to say, “She’s been kind of doing some soul-searching and kind of figuring out what she wants to do.” She hasn’t been talking to friends as much.”
Search and rescue teams have been searching that area ever since…but so far no sign of her.
Now deputies say they’ve learned a male hiker came into the gift shop at Sandia Crest after finding car keys on a nearby trail.
They discovered the keys belonged to Johnson’s vehicle, so they decided to leave them on top of the car for when she returned. She never did.
Deputies are focusing on the area south of the parking lot where the keys were found but that could change.
The search for a missing woman near the Sandia Crest has turned up a different set of remains. Deputies think they may belong to a woman who vanished last year.
While wrapping up their search for 24-year old Britney Johnson Thursday night the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said a crew found a skeleton in an open area south of the crest parking lot.
BCSO spent Friday morning recovering the remains and looking for clues around the skeleton which they believe has been there for about a year. Deputies say the remains were not buried and had no clothes, wallet or anything else that would identify the person.
Deputies did say it’s possible that the remains belong to a woman who was reported missing about a year ago. They are treating it as a crime scene.
Deputies say the medical investigator will confirm the identity next but that could take up to a couple weeks
Anyone with information is urged to call the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department at 505-886-1065 or 505-798-7000.
According to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, Brittany Johnson who has been missing since Saturday May 9, 2015 was found deceased Friday at the base of a steep cliff in the Sandia Mountains at approximately 4:50 pm.
Rescue crews spotted her while scanning the western cliff face of the mountain just south of the Sandia Crest parking lot. Due to extreme weather conditions, her recovery took more than six hours.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department believes her death to be accidental. The Office of the Medical Investigator has conducted an autopsy but their final report of findings will take some time to be completed.
8th Victim Pulled from Amtrak Train Crash … Identified as Missing 45 Year Old Bob Gildersleeve Husband and Father of Two
The search is over for missing Bob Gildersleeve …
An 8th victim has been pulled from the of Amtrak 188 crash sight on Thursday. Bob Gildersleeve was thought to be aboard the train when it crashed Tuesday night in Philadelphia, however, remained missing. His family gathered in Philadelphia after the accident and passed out fliers with his photo. Sadly, what many had suspected came true. A body was discovered on Thursday by a cadaver dog in the wreckage and was identified as 45 year old Bob Gildersleeve, a husband and a father of two. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Bob Gildersleeve and the other families who lost loved ones in this terrible train crash.
The NTSB announced earlier that the train had been traveling 106 mph heading into a turn where the speed limit was 50 mph. The engineer claims he does not remember anything.
45 year old Bob Gildersleeve, RIP
Bob Gildersleeve, a 45-year-old husband and father of two, was the latest victim identified in the crash.
Gildersleeve’s family gathered in Philadelphia after the accident, passing out fliers with his photo and identifying him as missing as recently as Wednesday.
With the discovery of the body by the cadaver dog Thursday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said officials had accounted for all 238 passengers and five crew members who were believed to be aboard the train, which started in Washington and passed through Maryland on its way toward New York.
By Thursday evening, officials said, all eight of the dead had been identified.
Gildersleeve’s death was confirmed by Doug Baker, chairman and CEO of Ecolab. Gildersleeve had worked at the Minnesota-based water, hygiene and technologies company for 22 years, most recently as vice president of corporate accounts for institutional business in North America out of offices in Towson.
- Jim Gaines, an award-winning AP video software architect and a father of two
- Justin Zemser. a Naval Academy midshipman from New York City
- Abid Gilani. a senior vice president in Wells Fargo’s commercial real estate division in New York
- Rachel Jacobs, who was commuting home to New York from her new job as CEO of the Philadelphia educational software startup ApprenNet
- Laura Finamore, a New York City resident who worked in commercial real estate
- Giuseppe Piras, an Italian businessman from Sardinia who worked in the wine and olive oil business.
- Derrick Griffith, 42, dean of students at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. A statement from the college described Griffith as “a pillar in the community” who had just been granted a Doctorate of Philosophy by the City University of New York.
24 Year Old Abbey Russell Missing Since 4/25/15 in Stillwater, MN (Update: A Body Recovered From St. Croix River)(Update: Found Deceased, Body Identified As Missing Stillwater Woman)
24 year old Abby Russell has been missing since early Saturday morning, April 25, 2015 in Stillwater, Minnesota. Abby was last seen at her house around midnight, near the intersection of Poplar Street and Highway 95 (MAP). She was reported missing 2 a.m. Saturday. The Stillwater police are asking for your help to locate Abby Russell. The missing 24 year old is described as being 5-foot 7-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and having shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes.
The Stillwater Police Department responded to a report of a missing female in the area of Highway 95 and Poplar Street. The woman, identified as Abby Russell, was last seen at her residence.
She is described as 5 foot-7, 150 lbs., with shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes.
Extensive ground and aerial searches have been conducted since her disappearance was reported.
A sonar search Monday afternoon of the St. Croix River near the Stillwater Marina turned up no sign of Abbey Russell, a 24-year-old Stillwater woman who has been missing since early Saturday.
The area was searched after bloodhounds showed “moderate interest” in it, said Sgt. Jeff Stender of the Stillwater Police Department. Though the lead was not promising they decided to search the area with side-scanning sonar, which provides a relatively clear picture underwater, so the area could be ruled out if the search proves fruitless.
UPDATE II: FACEBOOK – Help Find Abbey Russell
Authorities retrieved a body from the St. Croix River early Saturday afternoon, just north of downtown Stillwater.
According to a press release, both the Washington County Sheriff’s office and the Stillwater Police Department assisted in the recovery.
The body was found in the area where police have been searching for Abbey Russell, a 24-year-old Stillwater woman who hasn’t been seen since last Saturday.
If anyone has any with information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Stillwater Police Department at 651-351-4900.
Officials have identified the body pulled from the St. Croix River on Saturday as 24-year-old Abbey Russell, the Stillwater woman who’s been missing for a week.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Sunday afternoon, saying that the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office was able to identify the body, which was found in the river just north of downtown Stillwater.
No foul play is suspected in Russell’s death. However, the medical examiner’s full statement has yet to be released, pending a toxicology report.
Remains Found of 22 Year Old Chelsea Bruck Who Went Missing after Attending a Halloween Party on 10/26/14 in Newport, MI
The remains have been found of 22 year old Chelsea Bruck in Monroe County’s Ash Township, Michigan. Bruck’s skeletal remains were discovered Friday afternoon in dense woods near Interstate 275. The Wayne County Medical Examiner positively identified the baked body found as Bruck on Saturday. Chelsea Bruck went missing on 10/26/14 after attending a Halloween party in Frenchtown Township, Michigan. Previously, Bruck’s handmade Poison Ivy Halloween costume had been found on April 5 at a vacant industrial site in Flat Rock.
Monroe County Sheriff Dale Malone stated at a news conference, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bruck family.” He also said, “evidence at the scene indicated it was a homicide. In all likelihood, the crime was committed at or near where the body was located.”
The missing persons case now becomes a homicide case. Sheriff Malone believes that the person who dumped her body at this location was familiar with the area and the railroad tracks.
A body discovered Friday afternoon in dense woods near Interstate 275 in Monroe County has been identified as Chelsea Bruck, who has been missing since October.
Wayne County Medical Examiner spokesman Ryan Bridges said the body was positively identified as Bruck, 22, on Saturday.
“It’s been ID’d through dental records,” said Bridges.
Monroe County Sheriff Press Conference – Chelsea Bruck investigation
Bruck’s body was found at 2 p.m. in a wooded parcel by a railroad track near Carleton, said Heath Velliquette, chief deputy of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office .
A property owner was using a bulldozer to clear heavy brush on his land when the machine malfunctioned, said Velliquette.
While waiting to resume work with the heavy machinery, the property owner stumbled upon the body, said the sheriff’s office.
The decomposed body appeared to be in the woods for “months,” said Velliquette.
He declined to say whether the body was buried in any way.
No weapon was discovered at the site, he said.
Because of the long period the body was in the woods, the sheriff’s office used an anthropologist to help determine the identity, he said.
Body found in Ash Twp. confirmed as Chelsea Bruck’s
VIDEO – WXYZ-TV Detroit, Channel 7
22 Year Old Missing Indiana University Student Hannah N. Wilson Found Dead … 49 Year Old Daniel E. Messel Arrested & Charged with Murder
22 year old missing Indiana University coed Hannah N. Wilson has been found dead. Hannah Wilson of Fishers was reported missing after she was last seen early Friday morning. Her body was found Friday morning, near Plum Creek, which is east of Lake Lemon in Brown County about 20 miles from the IU campus. The county is just east of Monroe County, where the IU campus is located. According to the Brown County Coroner, Hannah died as a result of blunt force trauma. According to reports, Wilson suffered three or four blows to the head.
A missing Indiana University senior died of blunt force trauma, according to the Brown County Coroner.
Hannah Wilson, 22, of Fishers, was reported missing after she was last seen early Friday morning. Her body was found near Plum Creek, which is east of Lake Lemon in Brown County.
Indiana State Police said Daniel Messel, 49, of Bloomington was arrested on a preliminary charge of murder in connection to her death.
Brown County Coroner Earl Piper said an autopsy performed Saturday morning determined Wilson died of blunt force trauma to the head, approximately 4-7 hours before her body was found Friday morning.
Indiana State Police confirm they discovered the body of 22-year-old Hannah N. Wilson in Needmore, about 20 miles from the Bloomington campus in rural Brown County, though her time of death was ruled to be four- to seven hours before she was found. She had three- to four blows to the head and bruises on her hands, arms and shoulder according to Brown County Coroner Earl Piper. The bruises may be defensive wounds.
She was fully dressed when investigators found her, wearing pants, a long-sleeved blouse and lace-up tennis shoes. There was no sign of sexual assault.
Coroner Piper also conducted full toxicology tests, but those results will take 10-14 days.
Police are still working to determine what weapon was used against her.
A spokesman with Indiana University released the following statement:
“The entire IU Bloomington community mourns the tragic death of Hannah Wilson. Our deepest sympathies go out to Hannah’s family and friends during this unspeakably sad time.”
Hannah Wilson was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority at Indiana University, that released a statement on Saturday:
“The entire Gamma Phi Beta family mourns the tragic loss of Hannah. She was a sister, friend and cherished member who will be genuinely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hannah’s friends, family and the women of Beta Phi Chapter.”
Daniel Messell – previously convicted felon
The police have arrested 49 year old Daniel Messell and charged him with the murder of 22 year old Hannah Wilson. What a shock, this POS was a previously convicted felon and let loose to once again prey on an innocent community. The Police have not disclosed a possible motive or said whether Messel and Wilson knew one another. No additional details on the killing had been released by Saturday evening. Messel was being held at the Brown County Jail.
Indiana State Police confirmed the identity of the student to be 22-year-old Hannah N. Wilson from Fishers, Indiana.
After an investigation, police were led to Daniel Messell, 49, of Bloomington.
He was arrested by detectives and is being held on a preliminary charge of murder.
Messel is a convicted felon. His long list of arrests dating back to 1993 include Criminal Recklessness; Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated; Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury; and Disorderly Conduct.
An autopsy Saturday morning showed that Hannah N. Wilson died of blunt force trauma to the back of the head, Brown County Coroner Earl Piper said.
A woman driving on Plum Creek Road Friday morning saw Wilson’s body face-down in a vacant lot at State Road 45 and Plum Creek. A call to the Brown County Sheriff’s Department reporting the body came in at 8:30 a.m., according to dispatch logs.
Wilson had been dead for 10 hours or less when she was found, Piper said. She was wearing pants, a blouse and lace-up tennis shoes.
Piper said no weapons were found at the crime scene.
UPDATE III: Balloon Release to honor the life of Hannah Wilson
Information and investigative leads are still being gathered as this investigation is still active. Investigators and the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office encourage anyone with information related to Hannah Wilson’s activities prior to being reported missing to call the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post at (812) 332-4411.
5 Year Old Fiona “Kitty” Grace Carroll Missing Since 4/22/15 in Kemah, TX (Update: Found Deceased Under a Dock at the Kemah Marina)
5 year old Fiona Grace Carroll has been missing since Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in Kemah, Texas. U.S. Coast Guard said the missing girl’s father called police about 5 PM and told them that his 5-year-old daughter Fiona Grace Carroll, known as Kitty, had disappeared near the edge of the pier. Kemah, Nassau Bay and Seabrook police and the U.S. Coast Guard are assisting with the search.
Authorities are searching for a young girl in the water near the Kemah Boardwalk after her father reported her missing on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The U.S. Coast Guard said the father called police about 5 p.m. and told them that his 5-year-old daughter Fiona Grace Carroll — known as Kitty — had disappeared near the edge of the pier.
The Kemah Police Department held a press conference early Thursday morning on the details of the continued search for Kitty. The girl is described as having blonde, shoulder-length hair and wearing a red-and-white shirt.
There is sad news to report in the case of missing 5 year old Fiona “Kitty” Grace Carroll. She was found under o dock at the Kemah marina by Texas Equusearch volunteers. Fiona Carroll had just celebrated her fifth birthday Tuesday.
The search for a 5-year-old girl at a Kemah marina came to a tragic end early Thursday morning, Texas Equusearch said.
A searcher found the girl’s body under a dock not far from her dad’s boat, Equusearch confirmed with KHOU 11 News.
Earlier in the morning, the Kemah Police Department identified the girl as Fiona “Kitty” Caroll.
More than 100 members of law enforcement joined the search. A Galveston County dive team, the Kemah Fire Department, the Seabrook Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted in the search, and Texas Equusearch also brought in its sonar equipment to help.
74 Year Old Lynn Crink Missing Since 4/17/15 in Edgecomb, ME (Update: Found Deceased in Sheepscot River)
74 year old Lynn Crink has been missing since Friday, April 17, 2015 in Edgecomb, Maine. According to authorities, Lynn Crink went missing at 4:30 PM Friday, April 17, when she left home at 30 Quarry Farm Road (MAP) on foot. However, when she didn’t return, her husband reported her missing on Saturday at 1:23 PM. Lynn Crink as a white female, 5 feet, seven inches, 193 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Aiding the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in the search is the Maine Warden’s Service, Maine Marine Patrol, Maine State Police and Lincoln County Search and Rescue.
Missing – Lynn Crink
Authorities would like to hear from anyone with information on the whereabouts of an Edgecomb woman whose husband reported her missing Saturday, April 18, according to a press release Sunday afternoon from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Lynn Crink, 74, of 30 Quarry Farm Road has been the focus of a weekend search.
Crink went missing at 4;30 p.m. Friday, April 17, when she left home on foot, the release states. “When she didn’t return, her husband reported her missing on Saturday at 1:23pm.,” the release continues.
The Maine Marine Patrol searched for a second day Sunday by boat, and also by air, Marine Patrol Sergeant Tom Hale said. Marine Patrol crews were in two boats Sunday morning, one boat traveling one shoreline of the Sheepscot River, the other traveling the other side, Hale said. The Marine Patrol’s search ended Sunday afternoon, with no plans to return unless or until new information is received, Hale said at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Beginning at about 4 p.m. Saturday, three officers searched by boat for about three hours, including during low tide, upstream and downstream of the home, Hale said.
UPDATE I: Search Continues for Missing Lynn Crink.
On Saturday, Maine Marine Patrol officers Matthew Merriman, DeniAnne Kilgore and Joel Tourtelotte, under the supervision of Sgt. Tom Hale, searched the Sheepscot River from an inflatable boat from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., according to Jeff Nichols, spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources.
At 5:50 a.m. Sunday, the the Marine Patrol was back on the water, and sent pilot Steve Ingram up in a marine patrol plane to search from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Nichols. Marine Patrol Specialist Mike Forgues took a Maine State Police dive team out in a Marine Patrol vessel, Nichols said.
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Lynn Crink, please call the sheriff’s office at 207-882-7332.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has recovered the body of Lynn Crick, 74, from the Sheepscot River in Wiscasset.
Officials said a couple walking their dog discovered the Edgecomb woman’s body.
Crick’s body is being transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for an autopsy and to determine the cause of death.