Body Found in the Passaic River Identified as Missing ‘Wall Street Journal’ Reporter David Bird, Missing Since 1/10/14
Morris County, New Jersey Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Long Hill Township Police Chief Michael Mazzeo made the announcement just after 2 p.m. Thursday, March 19 that the body found in the Passaic River was positively identified as a Wall Street Journal reporter, David Bird. On Wednesday two men were canoeing in the river when they came across a red jacket that Bird was wearing when he disappeared located near branches. The two men notified Bernards Township Police Department. David Bird, 55, has been missing since January 10, 2014 in Millington, NJ in Long Hill Township.
A body found in a New Jersey river has been positively identified as that of David Bird, a Wall Street Journal reporter who disappeared more than a year ago, officials said yesterday.
Dental records were used to identify Bird, 55, an energy-markets reporter who had been missing since taking a walk from his home by the Passaic River in Long Hill Township, N.J., on Jan. 11, 2014, the Morris County prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Two men canoeing on the river on Wednesday found the red jacket Bird was wearing when he disappeared. The boaters immediately contacted police, who later found human remains and sought to identify them, the prosecutor said.
“At this time, the medical examiner’s investigation into the cause and manner of death is ongoing,” the prosecutor said.
Wall Street Journal – Body of Missing Journal Reporter Found in New Jersey.
Mr. Bird, who had worked for Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Journal, for more than two decades, was instrumental in the expansion of energy markets reporting in the 1990s, leading its coverage of OPEC and energy markets and building a team regarded as among the best in business. He eventually became the deputy managing editor of the Dow Jones Energy Service.
“David Bird was a long-standing and valued member of the Dow Jones newsroom, and we are deeply saddened to learn today of his death,” said Gerard Baker, editor in chief of the Journal. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Robert “Jason” Owens Charged with the Murder of Missing 38 Year Old ‘Food Network Star’ Contestant Cristie Schoen Codd & her Husband 45 Year Old Joseph “JT” Codd Buncombe County, NC
36 year old Robert “Jason” Owens has been charged with the murder of 38 year old Cristie Schoen Codd and her husband 45 year old Joseph “JT” Codd. Cristie Schoen Codd and Joseph “JT” Codd have been missing since Sunday, March 15, 2015. Cristie Codd was also reported to be five months pregnant. Cristie Codd was a competitor on season 8 of Food Network Star on the Food Network. Robert Jason Owens was charged with first degree murder of the couple on Tuesday, as well as breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering charges. . He was also charged with the murder of the couple’s unborn child.
His arrest warrant states that Owens “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did of malice afterthought kill and murder” Cristie and J.T. Codd and their unborn child, ABC 13 reports. Owens was also accused of stealing a laptop computer, jewelry, and a handgun from the couple’s home.
Cristie Schoen Codd & Joseph “JT” Codd
A man who was the suspect in an unsolved missing persons’ case in Buncombe County has been charged with murder in the disappearance of a Leicester husband and wife that were expecting their first child later this year, according to deputies with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.
Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and her husband Joseph “JT” Codd, 45 were reported missing by family members on Sunday, March 15, deputies said. Family members said Cristie Codd was five months pregnant.
Deputies discovered the couple’s vehicles at their residence along with their two dogs, but the couple was nowhere to be found.
Robert “Jason” Owens
Family members said the home did not “look right.”
On Monday, deputies began an extensive search around the Codds’ property and in the surrounding neighborhood.
By Monday night, a deputies had taped off the area surrounding the home of Robert “Jason” Owens, 36, on Owens Cove Road. Flood lights illuminated the yard as detectives snapped photos of the property and went in and out of the home. Owen’s home stands about a half mile from the Codd’s residence.
Owen was later taken into custody and his truck was towed from the home.
On Tuesday morning, deputies confirmed that Owens had been charged with two counts of first degree murder, one count of murder of an unborn child, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering.
Arrest warrants state that Owens “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did of malice afterthought kill and murder” Cristie and JT Codd and their unborn child on March 12.
Deputies said Owens was also a suspect in the January 2000 disappearance of Asheville teenager Zeb Quinn.
Robert Durst Arrested in New Orleans on an Extradition Warrant out of Los Angeles, CA For the 2000 Murder of Susan Berman
Robert Durst has been arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana on an extradition warrant out if Los Angeles, California for the 2000 murder if Susan Berman. Durst was arrested on Canal Street by FBI agents just before 11:00pm Saturday at a J.W. Marriott hotel in New Orleans. The 71 year old Robert Durst was never charged in connection with the unsolved 2000 murder of Berman in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Berman was killed as New York authorities prepared to question her in the 1982 disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathie. Robert Durst has recently been the subject of the HBO true-crime series “The Jinx” about his suspected involvement in three murders. Durst was also tried for the fall 2001 murder of neighbor Morris Black, who was found dismembered in a Galveston, Texas, bay. He was acquitted in 2003 via a self-defense claim.
Durst was arrested by FBI agents just before 11:00pm Saturday at a J.W. Marriott hotel in New Orleans on a Los Angeles warrant for the murder of Susan Berman 15 years ago, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. FBI agents say Durst had registered under an alias and paid for the room in cash. Fake documents were found in his possession. The FBI believed he would flee, possibly to Cuba.
Berman’s body was discovered in her West Los Angeles home on Christmas Eve 2000. Since that time the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division has conducted an investigation into Ms. Berman’s death.
“We are relieved and also grateful to everyone who assisted in the arrest of Robert Durst,” Durst’s brother Douglas said in a statement to ABC News. “We hope he will finally be held accountable for all he has done.”
Durst, 71, has never been charged in connection with the unsolved 2000 murder of Berman in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, who was killed as New York authorities prepared to question her in the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathie. As a result of investigative leads and additional evidence that has come to light in the past year, investigators have identified Robert Durst as the person responsible for Ms. Berman’s death.
Following the arrest of Robert Durst, his brother, Douglas Durst, who now runs the family real-estate empire, released a statement Sunday afternoon saying: “We are relieved and also grateful to everyone who assisted in the arrest of Robert Durst. We hope he will finally be held accountable for all he has done.”
New York Times – On HBO’s ‘The Jinx,’ Robert Durst Says He ‘Killed Them All’.
On Sunday night, in the final moments of the final episode of a six-part HBO documentary about him, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” Mr. Durst seemed to veer toward a confession that could lift the shroud of mystery that surrounds the deaths of three people over the course of three decades.
“What the hell did I do?” Mr. Durst whispers to himself in an unguarded moment caught on a microphone he wore during filming. “Killed them all, of course.”
In the years since his wife, Kathleen Durst, disappeared in 1982 after spending the weekend at the couple’s country home in Westchester County, Mr. Durst has bounced in and out of jail for other crimes, cut ties with his family, remarried, and sued his brother for a $65 million share of the family fortune. Through it all, he has maintained his innocence in the disappearance of his wife, while also denying any role in the 2000 death of the Los Angeles friend, Susan Berman.
The note read ‘BEVERLEY HILLS POLICE – 1527 BENEDICT CANYON CADAVER’ – it has distinctive block capital lettering and the word Beverly Hills is misspelled.
A note written by Robert Durst, scion of one of New York’s largest real estate empires, may hold the key to the murder of his neighbor.
Durst, a billionaire, was questioned but not charged in the mysterious death of his first wife Kathleen McCormack in 1982.
The 71-year-old was then questioned in 2000 after the death of his longtime friend and elderly neighbor Susan Berman, shortly before she was to be questioned if she knew about Kathleen’s disappearance.
14 Year Old Erika Rodriguez & 13 Year Old Christopher Bagnall Missing in Pasco County & Tampa, FL … Two Teenagers Disappeared after Threatening to Hurt Themselves(Update: Teens Found)
TWO TEENAGERS, WHO ARE DATING, ARE MISSING IN FLORIDA …
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a missing child alert … 14 year old Erika Rodriguez has been missing since Friday, March 13, 2015 in Pasco County, Florida. Rodriguez was last seen wearing a low-top, gray Converse sneakers and jeans with possibly a long-sleeve t-shirt. Erika left her residence with $200 that she took from her mother’s purse, she also took her school backpack.
14 Year old Christopher Bagnall has been missing Since early Saturday morning, March 14 in Tampa, Florida. The two missing teens are dating and disappeared after threatening to harm themselves according to authorities. Caleb and Erika were last seen in the area of the 3000 block of Westchester Drive in Holiday, Florida. They appear to have runaway together.
Christopher Bagnall, 13, left his Tampa home near Dale Mabry and Lois Avenue early Saturday morning, authorities said. He may be traveling with Erika Rodriguez, another teenager reported missing Friday night in Pasco County.
Bagnall and Rodriguez have threatened to hurt themselves, authorities said.
Tampa authorities do not know what Bagnall was last seen wearing. But the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Rodriguez, 14, has scars on both arms, upper thighs and beneath her armpits – from a history of mutilation. She also has a red mole on the left side of her forehead.
The teenagers are dating, detectives said, so Bagnall may have picked Rodriguez up Friday night. Before she left, Rodriguez grabbed $200 from her mother’s purse, authorities said.
Description: Erika Rodriguez
- about 5 feet, 6 inches tall
- weighs 120 pounds
- She has auburn hair and light grown eyes
- a red mole at the hairline on the left side of her forehead
- She has scars on both arms, under her armpits and on her upper thigh’s from self-mutilation.
- Was last seen wearing low-top, gray Converse sneakers, a long-sleeve T-shirt and possibly blue jeans.
Description: Caleb Bagnell
- 5 feet, 4 inches tall
- weighs about 130 pounds
- brown hair
Anyone who may have seen Erika or Caleb should call the FDLE at 1-888-356-4774 or Pasco County Sheriff’s Office at 727-847-8102, toll-free, at 1-800-706-2448 or 911.
UPDATE I: Police have located the 2 missing teens.
Tampa Police Officers have located the two missing teens in South Tampa, Caleb Bagnall and Erika Rodriguez. They are safe.
14-year-old Erika Rodriguez, was located and taken into protective custody in Tampa.
16 year old Janie Ivory has been missing since Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. According to the Atlanta Police Department, Janie Ivory went missing on Thursday near Midtown in the 1500 block of Piedmont Road when she was supposed to be picked up around 6 p.m. by her aunt, but never showed up. Ivory never showed up at her work or at school. Atlanta authorities have listed her as a runaway.
Janie Ivory – Source: Atlanta Police
The Atlanta Police Department says that Janie Ivory went missing on Thursday in the 1500 block of Piedmont Road. She was supposed to be picked up around 6 p.m. by her aunt, but never showed up.
Police say Ivory never showed up at her work or at school. She is listed as a runaway, but police are asking the public’s help in finding her.
Ivory is described as being 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, black leggings and a black purse.
If anyone has any information with regards to Janie Ivory’s location, please call 911 or contact police at 404-546-4260.
15 year old Haley Marie Rankin has been missing since Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Simpson County, Mississippi. Haley Marie Rankin was last seen Tuesday around 1 AM. Authorities say Haley Marie Rankin was last seen about 10 a.m. Tuesday near Highway 13 North, near Rankin County.
Haley Marie Rankin – Source: Simpson Co. Sheriffs Office
Haley Marie Rankin, 15, was last seen Tuesday around 1 a.m. Authorities believe Haley may have been on Mississippi 13 North, near Rankin County around 10 a.m.
Haley was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with small holes around the bottom and orange shorts.
If anyone has any information regarding Haley’s whereabouts is asked to call the Simpson County Sheriff’s Dept. at 601-847-2921.
14 year old Ariana-Lei Poitra has been missing since March 5, 2015 in Fargo, North Dakota.
14-year-old Ariana-Lei Poitra was last seen one week ago wearing a purple shirt, black leggings, knee high white socks, gold colored Ugg boots and a gray leather coat.
She also had a black and white camouflage backpack.
Poitra is white, 5’5″, 140 pounds.
She wears glasses and has tattoos on her right hand.
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Ariana-Lei Poitra, please call their local law enforcement, or Fargo police at (701) 235-4493.
22 year old Alyssa Whitcomb has been missing since March 4, 2015 in Toledo, Ohio. Whitcomb was on her way to a job interview at Downtown Latte Coffeehouse on St. Clair Street around 2 p.m. that Wednesday, but never showed up. Whitcomb is part of the Toledo Volunteers of America, where she had been in a drug rehab program.
Whitcomb is described as 5 feet 3 inches, weighs 150 pounds, has brown eyes and brown hair with blond highlights in the front. She has a diamond piercing below her lip and a piercing on her chest. She also had three tattoos: Chinese writing on her shoulder, purple lilies down her left side, and green Chinese writing on her lower back.
Whitcomb disappeared March 4 from the Toledo Volunteers of America, where she had been in a drug rehab program. As part of the program, they help the participants find jobs to pay off their court fees.\
The 22-year-old had been on her way to a job interview at Downtown Latte Coffeehouse on St. Clair Street around 2 p.m. that Wednesday, but never showed up, according to information family said they received from Toledo police. Detectives at the station are not releasing information to media.
A Mansfield friend in the program went with Whitcomb to the interview, Long said. Both were supposed to return to the VOA by 4 p.m. The friend returned, but Whitcomb did not, Long said.
The friend said they don’t know what happened to her, Long said.
Then, around 7 p.m. that night, another friend in Mansfield reported getting a call from someone they believed to be Whitcomb. The caller asked for a ride from Toledo, but the woman said she didn’t have money to make the drive. The caller hung up.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact their local police station. Toledo police can be reached at 419-245-3142; Ashland police can be reached at 419-289-3639; Mansfield police can be reached at 419-522-1234.
Search and Rescue Underway for 7 Marines & 4 Soldiers Missing After Army Helicopter Crashes During a Night Training Exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle (Update: Debris Found, Presumed Dead)
There is a search and rescue missing taking place after an Army helicopter crashed last night during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle. According to Andy Bourland, spokesman for Eglin Air Force Base, the Army National Guard helicopter, a UH-60 Black Hawk, was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and search-and-rescue crews found debris around 2 AM. There were two helicopters involved in the training mission, one returned without incident. The Marines were part of a special operations group based at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and the soldiers were from a Hammond, Louisiana-based National Guard unit. Sadly, this does not look good. Although a search and rescue mission is underway, it appears that all may have died.
Seven Marines and four soldiers were missing early Wednesday after an Army helicopter crashed during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle.
The area where the crash happened Tuesday night was under a fog advisory. The area was still extremely foggy Wednesday morning, Eglin public affairs specialist Sara Vidoni said.
Search crews in the Florida Panhandle struggled with dense fog Wednesday morning as they tried to find seven Marines and four soldiers missing after their Black Hawk helicopter crashed late Tuesday night during a routine training exercise.
The Army National Guard helicopter– a UH-60 Black Hawk– was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and search-and-rescue crews found debris around 2 a.m., said Andy Bourland, spokesman for Eglin Air Force Base, outside Pensacola.
“At this time all are missing,” Bourland said. A military official said the 11 service members are presumed dead.
Bourland told “Fox & Friends” that debris was found near the Navarre Bridge, which is located on a small strip of land between Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Seven Marines and four soldiers were presumed dead this morning after going missing Tuesday when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a routine night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, base officials said
The helicopter was reported missing at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and debris was located at about 2 a.m., base officials said in a statement.
Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland told ABC News that it’s unknown whether weather played a factor.
“There was fog. I do not know at this time if it was a contributing factor, but when our search-and-rescue personnel arrived on scene there was very limited visibility,” he said.
We have been able to confirm these were MARSOC Marines on board the Blackhawk that crashed, but MARSOC spokesmen Capt. Barry Morris said they are not releasing the names of those on board yet.
There was some debris found around 2:30 Wednesday morning, but none of the seven missing marines or four Louisiana-based missing soldiers have been found.
17 year old Mackenzie Dodd has been missing since Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in East Ridge, TN. She has a medical history and may be in need of medication and is believed by authorities to be voluntarily missing from the home. Police describe Dodd as 5’5″, 140 lbs., with blonde hair and blue eyes. She may have a purple streak in her hair.
Missing – Mackenzie Dodd
The East Ridge Police Department is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Mackenzie Dodd. She is 17 and was reported missing/endangered from East Ridge last Wednesday.
She is 5’5”, 140 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She may have a purple streak in her hair. She has a medical history and may be in need of medication. She is believed to be voluntarily missing from the home.
If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Mackenzie Dodd is urged to contact the East Ridge Police Department at 423 867-3720, or the confidential tip line, 423 867-0016.