21 Year Old West Chester University Student Shane Montgomery Missing Since 11/27/14 in Manayunk, PA (Update: Found Deceased in Schuylkill River)
21 year old Shane Montgomery, a senior at West Chester University who was home for the Thanksgiving holiday was last seen by friends early Thursday morning at about 1:45 am, November 27, 2014, at a crowded bar in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. According to police, Shane Montgomery was asked to leave Kildare’s Irish Pub by a bar bouncer after Shane accidentally tripped into a DJ booth. The bouncer and Montgomery’s cousins had told investigators he was “not falling-down drunk.” Further, the bouncer stated that he spoke to the missing West Chester University senior who apologized and left. Kildaire’s Irish Pub is located on the 4400 block of Main Street.
- 5’11 white male
- weighing around 135 pounds
- Celtic cross tattooed on his back.
- He was last seen wearing a grey shirt.
About 500 volunteers, led by Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue, were split into groups of 25. Many of them were carrying flyers, going door to door as they searched Main Street in Manayunk and the nearby banks of the Schuylkill River.
A tree lighting and caroling event scheduled for Saturday night in Manayunk was cancelled as a result of the search, and officials were planning to hold a candlelight vigil at Canal View Park.
The reward for a West Chester University student who went missing during the early hours of Thanksgiving has now increased to $15,000.
This comes as the FBI announced that Philadelphia Police asked then to join in the search for 21-year-old Shane Mongtomery.
The FBI task force that helped find and rescue Philadelphia kidnap victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither has joined the search for missing college student Shane Montgomery.
As agents began reinterviewing witnesses in the Manayunk area Sunday, a police marine unit ended its inch-by-inch search in the frigid Manayunk Canal, failing to turn up any trace of Montgomery. The marine unit may next begin searching the nearby Schuylkill.
A law enforcement source with detailed knowledge of the investigation said the FBI was questioning the staff at Kildare’s Irish Pub, where the West Chester University student, 21, was last seen early Thanksgiving Day, after partying with friends.
The suburban Philly university is holding a candlelight vigil Wednesday in support of the search for Shane Montgomery, the 21-year-old who went missing early Thanksgiving morning, as the reward money for clues to his whereabouts climbs to $31,000.
Classmates of the 21-year-old West Chester University senior gathered outside the Sykes Student Union Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a candlelight vigil.
UPDATE VII: Candle Light Vigil for Shane Montgomery.
The family of a Philadelphia college student who disappeared early Thanksgiving morning said Sunday that police divers had found his keys in the Schuylkill River.
Shane Montgomery, a 21-year-old student at West Chester University, was last seen on surveillance footage walking into a parking lot along the river’s bank after leaving a bar in Manayunk, Pa., where he had been drinking with friends.
Kevin Verbrugghe, Montgomery’s uncle, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the keys had been found in the water just south of the parking lot. Verbrugghe said he confirmed the keys were his nephew’s by trying them on Montgomery’s front door.
If anyone has any information regarding Shane Montgomery, please contact police at 215-686-3353.
Body of Missing Ohio State Buckeye University Football Player Kosta Karageorge Found in a Dumpster Near Campus with Gun, Apparent Suicide
Tragic news to report in the case of missing Ohio St. football player Kosta Karageorge …
The body of missing 22 year old Ohio State University defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge was found Sunday in a dumpster near the college campus. It is reported that there was also a hand gun was recovered in the dumpster as well. Sgt. Richard Weiner, with Columbus police, said that Karageorge died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The body was found inside the dumpster was identified at the scene through tattoos.
Weiner said a woman and her son were digging through the dumpster when they discovered his body at East 6th Avenue and Courtland Avenue around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Police also discovered a handgun.
He was last seen leaving his East 7th Avenue apartment on Wednesday when he went for a walk at 2:00 a.m. His body was found a tenth of a mile from that location.
Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner discusses the death of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge, whose body was discovered Sunday afternoon.
The body of Ohio State University defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge was found today in a Dumpster near campus, along with a gun, Columbus Police said.
“At this time, there’s a lot of questions that we’re still trying to work out,” Sergeant Rich Weiner told reporters. “He was found inside of the Dumpster, the handgun was found inside of the Dumpster with him.
‘‘At this time we are able to confirm through tattoos here at the scene that it is the body of Kosta Karageorge,’’ Weiner said.
33 Year Old Missing Jessica Padgett Has been Found Dead in Northampton County, PA … Stepfather Gregory Graf Charged with Murder
33 year old Jessica Padgett has been found deceased in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Padgett’s body was found buried behind a shed on the property where her step father, Gregory Graf and Jessica’s mother lives. 53 year old Gregory Graff has been arrested and charged with murdering his step daughter. According to police, Graf shot Jessica Padgett to death in what appears to be a sexual assault. District Attorney John Morganelli said Gregory Graf admitted he shot Padgett in his home and disposed of her body.
Jessica Padgett had been missing since Friday, November 21 when she was last seen her job at the Duck Duck Goose Child Care center on Canal Street in Northampton around noon. Graf is being held without bail. The DA is still considering whether he will try this as a death penalty case.
Jessica Padgett – Rest in Peace
Gregory Graf was arrested after police found Jessica Padgett’s body on his property in Northampton County. Padgett, a mother and day care worker, had been missing since Friday.
The motive for the slaying appears to be sexual assault, District Attorney John Morganelli said. He didn’t elaborate.
Police began focusing on the 53-year-old Graf after he gave inconsistent statements following Padgett’s disappearance, he said. Graf later gave a statement admitting he fatally shot her, Morganelli said.
Padgett’s body was found buried behind a shed on the property where Graf lives with Padgett’s mother. The couple operates a fence company at the site.
“During an interview with the investigators he [Graf] did admit that he intentionally and knowingly caused the death of the victim at his home,” Morganelli said, adding the crime may have been premeditated. Surveillance video shows a man prosecutors believe is Graf, dropping his truck off in the Dollar General parking lot Friday morning. Later in the day, Morganelli said Graf returned to the parking lot in Padgett’s SUV, parked it and drove off again in his truck.
Susan Sandusky Martin has been missing since Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Lawrence County, Tennessee. Her family reported Susan Sandusky Martin missing after they had no contact with her and she failed to pick up her child from school on Thursday afternoon. Police said she may have been going to Walmart in Lawrenceburg or Pulaski, TN.
Susan Sandusky Martin
Martin is described as a white female who is 6’ 0?, 230 lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing black, capri-style exercise pants, purple tennis shoes, and light hooded purple pullover. She may be driving a red 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with the Tenn. license plate number A9448B with factory wheels and no tint on the windows.
The Sheriff’s Department said Martin left the Leoma, TN area with a possible destination of Wal-Mart in Lawrenceburg or Pulaski, Tenn.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Susan Sandusky Martin, please contact Investigator Blake Mays or Lt. Nathan Neese of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department at 931-762-3626 or Lawrence Central Dispatch at 931-762-0450.
A woman reported missing Thursday after she failed to pick up her child from school was later found deceased inside her car. No foul play was immediately suspected.
Family members of Susan Sandusky Martin told NewsChannel 5 her body was discovered early Saturday morning inside her car in the Leoma community.
Her cause of death was not immediately known, but according to her family, Martin suffered an apparent medical incident while driving, and drove through a stop sign on Pattershack Road.
The car continued where it ultimately came to rest in a small, wooded area.
34 Year Old Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely Missing Since 11/14/14 in Patrick County, VA (Update: Remanins Found of Missing Dawn Vessell Gravely … Anthony “Skeet” Joyce Arrested)
34 year old Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely has been missing since Friday, November 14, 2014 in Patrick County, Virginia. Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely of South Mayo Drive, was last heard from shortly after 10 p.m. Friday. Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith has said Gravely did not get in touch with friends on Saturday as usual, and Patrick authorities were contacted shortly before midnight Saturday to do a well-being check. When the police arriving at her home, Gravely was not there; however, her vehicle was.
Missing: Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely
Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely, 34, of South Mayo Drive, was last heard from shortly after 10 p.m. Friday.
Gravely is described as being 5’4” tall and weighing 220 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Smith said that clothing and possible vehicle descriptions are unknown.
Gravely did not make contact with friends as she usually does on Saturday, prompting authorities to be contacted just before midnight Saturday to check Gravely’s well-being, according to the release.
As investigators continued to search Monday for a Patrick County woman last heard from Friday night, a friend said the disappearance is out of character for the mother of two.
Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely, 34, of South Mayo Drive, last was heard from shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, authorities have said.
Catrina Harris, whose son is friends with one of Gravely’s two children, indicated that it isn’t like Gravely to disappear without word.
UPDATE II: 45 searchers continue to look for missing woman.
Law enforcement officers from several agencies scoured primary and secondary roads Tuesday for evidence that might lead to a missing Patrick County woman.
“Officers from multiple agencies are working in teams, doing foot searches along the roadway and side roads near the victim’s home on South Mayo Drive,” Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said Tuesday.
They are searching for information on the location of Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely, 34, who has not been heard from since shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, authorities have said.
About 45 officers from multiple agencies covered an estimated 100 miles of road in Patrick and Henry counties Tuesday during the foot searches. Smith said nearly all his deputies were taking part.
Smith said the foot searches done Tuesday stretched into Henry County (an estimated 20 to 30 miles from Gravely’s home), where they focused on areas Patrick authorities identified. He declined to elaborate on why those areas were chosen.
A reward is being offered for information on Gravely’s location. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Smith at 276-692-7012 or the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office at 276-694-3161.
Patrick and Henry County deputies have found the remains of missing Patrick County mother Shelly Gravely.
Gravely was found at around 12:30 Saturday morning in Henry County, just north of the North Carolina state line.
Investigators have arrested Anthony “Skeet” Joyce in connection to her disappearance. He was arrested just before midnight in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Joyce is being held in the Guilford County jail as a fugitive from justice. Patrick County investigators have obtained warrants for abduction and robbery.
Charles “Chase” Merritt Charged With 4 Counts of Murder in the Deaths of McStay Family (Joseph, Summer & Their Two Children Gianni and Joseph) (VIDEO)
ARREST FINALLY MADE IN THE MCSTAY MURDERS …
57 year old Charles “Chase” Merritt was arrested Wednesday, November 5th in Chatsworth, California and charged in the murders of the McStay family. Merrit was charged with 4 counts of murder in the deaths of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two small children, 4 year old Gianni and 3 year old Joseph. Merritt was a business partner of Joseph McStay’s. According to the LA Times, Merritt had a prior criminal history. He appeared in court Friday but his arraignment was postponed until Wednesday, there was no bail was set. According to Sheriff John McMahon of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office, the cause of death of the McStay family was “blunt force trauma” and that the murders took place inside the McSaty residence in Fall Brook.
The McStay family went missing on February 2, 2010. Their remains were discovered by motorcyclist in a shallow grave between Quarry Road near Highway 15 in the Mojave desert outside Victorville, CA in November 2013.
Charles “Chase” Merritt is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two small boys, San Bernardino County, California, District Attorney Michael Ramos told reporters at a news conference.
Merritt, 57, was arrested Wednesday without incident in Chatsworth, California, Detective Chris Fisher said.
Police say they believe the family died of “blunt force trauma” inside their home north of San Diego, but they declined to discuss specifics of the deaths or a motive.
Merritt, who was a business partner of Joseph McStay’s, appeared in court Friday but his arraignment was postponed until Wednesday. No bail was set.
Detectives Arrest Charles Ray Merritt in Connection with the McStay Family Murders
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Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmedearly Thursday that the remains found in Palmdale, California have been positively identified as Fox movie executive Gavin Smith. The remains were found by hikers in a rural area of Palmdale on October 26. Gavin Smith has been missing since May 1, 2012, when he was last seen between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday leaving a friend’s house in Oak Park, CA. On March 15, 2014 the LA County Sheriff’s Department found the Mercedes-Benz registered to Gavin Smith at a Simi Valley storage facility. The storage facility was linked to John Creech who is currently in-custody at Men’s Central Jail on an unrelated narcotics conviction. Smith had a relationship with Creech’s wife.
Two and a half years after he disappeared, the body of missing Fox executive Gavin Smith has been found, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The remains were discovered on Oct. 26 by hikers in a rural area of Palmdale, according to Nicole Nishida with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
They were later positively identified as the 57-year-old husband and father.
The autopsy results were not finalized and the cause of death had not been determined, Nishida said.
Sad ending to the case of missing Hannah Graham …
According to police, the remains found last weekend in rural Virgina have been positively identified as missing 18 year old UVA student Hannah Graham.
Remains found last weekend are those of Hannah Graham, the University of Virginia student who vanished more than a month ago.
The remains were discovered Oct. 18 in a heavily wooded area in rural Virginia where Hannah Graham, the 18-year-old University of Virginia student, disappeared more than a month ago.
A pair of dark, tight pants–like those Graham was wearing the night she disappeared–were found near the body.
“I don’t know how else to explain it. Something inside me just told me continue to look. I do believe God wanted us to find what we found,” said Dale Terry, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department.
18 Year Old College of St Rose Student Connor W. Trapatsos Missing Since 10/15/14 in Albany, NY (Update: Body Found Along the Hudson River near Albany)
Connor W. Trapatsos, an 18 year old, first year student at the College of St Rose has been missing since October 15, 2014 in Albany, New York. Law enforcement officials were told Friday that Connor W. Trapatsos was last seen by his roommate on Wednesday morning. Campus surveillance cameras confirm that Trapatsos left Brubacher Hall at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 15. A search of the residence hall has be conducted on multiple occasions campus security officers and the Albany Police Department. Police believe Connor Trapatsos may be walking west on Route 5 or Route 20 towards Rochester. The missing freshman’s family lives in Fairport, Monroe County. A New York State Missing College Student Notification has been released to police and hospitals, and email and roadside messaging was activated to notify drivers and the public, according to the release. The college has also handed out printed notices to local businesses and residents.
At this time, Police do not suspect foul play and his roommate tells local media that Trapatsos had been very withdrawn in recent weeks.
Missing: Connor W. Trapatsos
Trapatsos, 17, is 5 feet 7 inches tall with a slight build, according to a news release issued by the school. Counselors there have been made available for students or employees seeking emotional support.
The school provided an update on Saturday, adding that Trapatsos left Brubacher Hall at 10 a.m. Wednesday, which was confirmed by campus surveillance cameras. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black hooded sweatshirt with the words “Pilot 21″ on the back. He was wearing blue shorts and blue Nike running shows and carrying a dark-colored backpack.
The College of Saint Rose has reported to law enforcement officials that Connor W. Trapatsos, an 18-year-old first-year student from Fairport, Monroe County, New York, is missing.
Connor, who resides in Brubacher Hall, was last seen by his roommate this past Wednesday morning. The College was informed this afternoon. The residence hall has been searched thoroughly three times by Saint Rose Security officers and the University at Albany Police Department.
The investigation is now focusing on information from the public, said Aran Mull, deputy chief of the University at Albany Police Department.
“He had money, appears to be in good health and appears to be moving with some purpose, but we don’t know what that is,” Mull said.
The first-year student whose nickname is “Trapper” left Brubacher Hall alone carrying a dark-colored backpack.
He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, a black hooded sweatshirt with the words “Pilot 21″ on the back, blue shorts and blue Nike running shoes.
Information from Trapatsos’ computer showed he had been looking up bus routes, police said.
He was seen getting change for and taking a bus out of Crossgates Commons on the morning of Oct. 15. He got off the bus in Glenmont before heading to the Selkirk area, Mull said.
Anyone with information regarding Trapatsos’ whereabouts is asked to call the University at Albany Police at (518) 442-3130 or Saint Rose Security at (518) 454-5187.
New York State University Police at Albany confirmed on Thursday that the body found along the Hudson River near Albany is that of missing Fairport teenager Connor Trapatsos.
State Police said that the body was found on the river’s west bank Wednesday afternoon by CSX railroad employees working on a bridge near the Thruway in the town of Coeymans, just south of Albany. The medical examiner confirmed the identification.
32 Year Old Actress Misty Upham Reported Missing on 10/6/14 in Auburn, WA (Update: Misty Upham Confirmed Dead: Family ID Body)
32 year old actress Misty Upham was reported missing by her father on Monday, October 6, 2014. Upton was last seen leaving her sister’s apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington on Sunday. The Blackfeet actress best known for her roles in “August: Osage County” and “Frozen River,” has been confirmed missing by Washington state police. According to the Auburn Police Department, they received a call with a report of a suicidal person at her parents’ apartment, but when officers responded they were told the suicidal person had already left.
“Our officers responded to her apartment where she lives with her parents on Sunday for a suicidal call,” Commander Steve Stocker tells PEOPLE. “When our officers got there, she had already packed up some belongings and left the apartment, so the officers were not able to contact or find her.”
The following day, Upham’s father, Charles, wanted his daughter listed officially as a missing person. However, Upham does not fit the criteria for a “missing and endangered person,” per Washington state law, in which the person’s missing occurrence has to be “unexplainable, involuntary or suspicious,” according to Stocker.
“As far as the information we have, she took some things with her, she has a bus pass and even access to some money, and [the case] has been assigned to a detective, but we aren’t putting resources [to look for her],” says Stocker.
In the last year, police have responded to Upham’s apartment four times for suicide calls, and according to past police reports, this is not the first time Upham has left home, Stocker says.
If you have any information regarding Misty Upham’s whereabouts, please contact Washington’s Auburn Police Department at 253-288-2121.
UPDATE I: Body Found … Misty Upham Confirmed Dead: Family Identifies Body.
A spokeswoman for the family of Misty Upham has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that a body found in a Seattle, Wash. ravine on Thursday afternoon is, as was widely suspected, that of the 32-year-old Native-American actress and activist — best known for her roles in the films Frozen River and August: Osage County — who was first reported missing on Oct. 6. The King County Coroner’s Office will address the media about the case on Friday.