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.
Darion Marcus Aguilar
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.
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.
12 Year Old Raylynn Bolt & 14 Year Old Diana Tourdot Missing Since 1/25/14 in Riverside, CA (Update: Found Safe)
12 year old Raylynn Bolt and 14 year old Diana Tourdot have been missing since Saturday night, January 25, 2014. in Riverside, California. The two girls were last seen Saturday around midnight at the residence of one of their homes, although the authorities have not revealed the address. Police are keeping their options open as to whether they suspect foul play or think the girls might have run away.
Missing: Raylynn Bolt (left) and Diana Tourdot (credit: Riverside Police Dept.)
Raylynn Bolt, 12, is 5-foot-7 and 120 pounds with dirty blond hair and blue eyes. Diana Tourdot, 14, is 5-foot-6 and 120 pounds with dark brown, shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. Police did not have a description of what clothing they were wearing.
They were having a sleepover at the home of one of the girls, and were last believed to be at the residence about midnight, police said in a news release. Officials did not release specific information about where in Riverside they were.
Police ask anyone with information on the girls’ whereabouts to call them at 951-787-7911 or 911. Additionally, Detective Rick Cobb can be contacted at 951-353-7135 or Detective Jim Brandt at 951-353-7137.
A pair of missing girls set off a widespread and well-publicized search across Southern California, but it ended quietly as police found them within blocks of each other and close to their hometown.
Police said they found Raylynn Bolt, 12, and Diana Tourdot, 14, in San Bernardino on Monday night, about 15 miles from Diana’s home in Riverside, where they vanished from a sleepover Saturday. They were apparently unharmed.
“From what we could tell, they appeared to be OK,” said Lt. Dario Robinson of the San Bernardino Police Department, whose officers found one girl at a city park and the other on a nearby street waiting with a good Samaritan.
33 Year Old Leanne Hecht Bearden Missing Since 1/17/14 in Garden Ridge, TX … Reportedly Went for a Walk from In-Laws Home (MAP) (Update: Authorities Call off Searches)(Update: Did Leanne Bearden Leave on Her Own?) (Update: Leanne Hecht Bearden Found Deceased, Apparent Suicide)
33 year old Leanne Hecht Bearden has been missing since January 17, 2014 in Garden Ridge, Texas. Leanne’s family says that was last seen when she went to go for a walk on Friday afternoon around 1:00 pm in the Garden Ridge area (map). She said that she would be right back and has never been seen nor heard from again. The Denver, Colorado woman who had traveled the world with her husband was supposed to return home Tuesday; however, instead, she has disappeared in Texas. So how does a woman go missing after going for a walk from her in-laws home, who had just gone on a 56 country excursion with her husband, Josh Bearden, for the past two years?
She is 5-foot-2, weighs about 100 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She has two piercings on her left ear: one on the bottom and a small loop at the top. She was last seen wearing jeans and hiking shoes.
Friends and family of Leanne Hecht Bearden say that she did not just walk away. According to accounts, Leanne and Josh Bearden were scheduled on Monday to go back to Denver, where they had job interviews lined up. Also according to reports, Leanne Bearden and her husband were the only people in the house around 1 p.m. Friday. Leanne did not take her cellphone or any electronic devices and had $60 in cash at most (VIDEO). She had her wallet with credit cards; however, they have not been used.
Leanne and Josh Bearden were scheduled on Monday to go back to Denver, where they had job interviews lined up, Sculley said. They were renting their house there through an agency and were planning to take it over in May, Sculley said.
Leanne Bearden was having some difficulties adjusting after the worldwide excursion, according to her sister-in-law.
“It was kind of a hard transition for her, so she’s having some anxiety about it, but nothing that seemed like she was just going to run off,” Sculley said.
The Beardens blogged during their trip around the world at www.goexplore365.com. They met at a bar, got engaged after eight months of dating and were married at the Denver Zoo, according to the blog. Leanne Bearden has run nine marathons, was in a band before the trip and can do an Elmo impression, the blog says.
Leanne Bearden and her husband were the only people in the house around 1 p.m. Friday when she said she was going for a walk, Sculley said. Josh Bearden called police four hours later to report his wife had not returned, Sculley said.
Family members said she did not take her cellphone or any electronic devices and had $60 in cash at most. She had her wallet with credit cards but has not used them, according to her husband, who has been checking. Leanne Bearden also had her wedding and engagement rings when she left, family members said.
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Searchers scoured a 23-square-mile area — far larger than tiny, 6-square-mile Garden Ridge. More than 100 volunteers from Texas Search and Rescue and the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment joined the massive search, as did roughly four dozen law enforcement officials from Comal County, the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the FBI, among other agencies.
At the conclusion to an “exhaustive search” Saturday for Leanne Hecht Bearden, officials announced they found no evidence a crime had been committed in the area where she was last seen Jan. 17 and would end search efforts.
“We have exhausted the area surrounding our city and we will continue to follow all leads and watch for anything that might lead us to a positive result in finding Mrs. Bearden,” said Garden Ridge Police Chief Donna O’Conner. “The investigation leads us to believe, at this point, we have cleared any leads that might lead us to believe it is a crime committed in the immediate area when she walked off.”
The massive search and rescue effort was launched Saturday morning, as local law enforcement officials enlisted help from agencies across the state to find Bearden, who went for a walk eight days ago and never returned.
UPDATE II: Statement from Leanne’s Family.
As you can imagine, we are disappointed that today’s extensive search of the Garden Ridge area failed to lead to give us any more information as to Leanne’s whereabouts. On the other hand, the fact that she was not found encourages us to believe that she still survives and will eventually be reunited with us. We still do not know what happened to her once she began her walk from the Bearden home in Garden Ridge. We also encourage anyone who might have any information about her location to contact the Garden Ridge police at 210-651-6441 or their local police department. (more)
UPDATE III: Map of the area where Leanne Hecht Bearden went missing from.
UPDATE IV: Police Say Witness Saw Bearden leave the home January 17, they interviewed that man and verified the time she left the home by herself.
There is a quarry nearby as can be seen in the map search above. Maybe divers are needed, if they have not already done so, or side scan sonar.
A man trimming trees across the street reportedly saw Bearden leave the home January 17. Garden Ridge police say they interviewed that man and verified the time she left the home by herself, and that everything appeared fine.
“We just don’t know,” said Leanne’s father-in-law. “We will stick with what we know until we know something differently. And what we know is she walked out of the driveway and walked up the street and that’s all we know.”
Many of the Bearden’s friends have put their own lives on hold to help search. There is a quarry nearby, and several wooded areas.
A person matching the description of 33-year-old Leanne Bearden was seen in the Houston area, according to a Facebook page set up by her friends.
On Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Houston Police Department had ruled out the woman thought to be Bearden.
After two weeks of fruitless searching for Leanne Hecht Bearden, her family says evidence suggests “a strong possibility” that she disappeared on her own Jan. 17 from the Garden Ridge home of her in-laws.
That conclusion is based on accounts that Bearden, 33, was troubled before leaving the residence and on two reported sightings of her walking along FM 3009 toward Interstate 35 soon afterward.
For more updates, read others opinions and analysis and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Leanne Hecht Bearden.
If you have seen Leanne Hecht Bearden or have any information about her disappearance, please immediately contact the Comal County Sheriff’s Office at 830-620-3400. Garden Ridge Police Department at 210 651 6441 or e-mail email@example.com. You may also contact Comal County Crime Stoppers at 830-620-TIPS(8477) or 800-640-8422. For web or text tips follow instructions at http://comalcrimestoppers.org/
12 year old Mina Ladson has been missing since Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mina was last seen at her residence in the 800 block of N 42nd Street on Tuesday. She is considered at risk as she takes prescribed medication.
Mina is described as 5’2” and 129 lbs with a dark complexion and eyes and black straight hair in braids. She was last seen wearing khaki pants, a navy shirt, a pink jacket with a gray stripe, a black and gray scarf and black boots
DNA Tests Confirm the Remains Found on Queens side of the East River are that of Missing 14 Year Old Avonte Oquendo
Sad news in the story of missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo …
New York City medical examiners have confirmed that the remains found in Queens last week along the East River were those of Avonte Oquendo, the 14 year old boy with autism who went missing from his school in October 2013. After months of searching for Avonte Oquendo, the teenage boy who had autism and who couldn’t speak or care for himself is now tragically over. DNA tests confirmed that Avonte’s remains were found last week in the College Point section of Queens, miles up the East River from where he was last seen, leaving his school in Long Island City.
On Tuesday — five days after those body parts and scraps of clothing were found — Vanessa Fontaine learned that DNA tests proved her son’s remains indeed had been found.
Her lawyer said that Fontaine has been stoic, strong, focused and hopeful throughout this ordeal. But after police told her the news on Tuesday, “she finally just broke down … just crying and crying.”
“I kept saying, Vanessa, say it again,” David Perecman said of his muddled phone conversation. To which she replied through the tears, “It’s Avonte, it’s Avonte. (The police) came. It’s Avonte.”
So ended not just her family’s search for the teenager, but that of the United States’ most populated city. Police deployed sniffer dogs, combed surveillance footage and repeatedly canvassed each of New York City’s 468 subway stations because of Avonte’s love of trains.
The family is contemplating that they might sue the Department of Education for their negligence in Avonte’s death. Honestly, I can’t blame them one bit, especially when the 14 year old autistic boy who could not communicate with others was supposed to have been supervised at all times.
“They will go through the stages that you have to go through in order to accept what has happened,” Perecman said. “I’m sure there will be anger.”
Anger, he said, directed at what happened at the school, where a child with severe autism was able to run out the door, as seen on surveillance footage.
“There were so many things that went wrong,” Perecman said. “It befuddles the mind.”
Then, he said, the school’s immediate response delayed the search process.
“I am convinced in my heart of hearts, had a prompt reaction occurred, had some of this cascade of errors not occurred, that the police would have been called, they would have went outside and they would have found Avonte before this happened. He’d be home right now,” Perecman said.
For more updates, read others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Avonte Oquendo.
57 Year Old David Byles of Pinehurst, North Carolina Missing Since 1/20/14 After Cayman Islands Dive at Barracuda Wall off Seven Mile Beach (Update: Classified as Search & Recovery)
57 year old David Byles of Pinehurst, NC has been missing since Sunday, January 20, 2014 in the Cayman Islands. David Byles went missing during an organized dive at Barracuda Wall off Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. According to accounts, Byles did surface with his wife from the dive and was in the process of swimming back to the dive boat when he disappeared. The dive company, Sunset Divers, part of the Sunset House diving resort in George Town, reported Byles missing on Sunday morning. Police air and marine units along with volunteers joined in the search for the missing tourist. Search efforts for the missing man have turned up his scuba tank, buoyancy control device and an article of his clothing in the water Monday. The items were located by police and volunteer divers at approximately 10:10 a.m. this morning, around 110 feet off the Barracuda Wall. However, David Byles is still missing.
Rita and Dave Byles
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said 57-year-old David Byles of Pinehurst, North Carolina, was last seen Sunday morning during an organized dive at Barracuda Wall off Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach.
Byles had surfaced with his wife after a dive and they were swimming about 100 yards back to the boat when he vanished from view, police said. An immediate search of the area by the boat’s crew failed to find him.
Since then, police divers and various other personnel have conducted marine and air searches. The missing man’s scuba tank, buoyancy control device and an article of his clothing were found in the water Monday, but there was no sign of Byles, authorities said.
Updates, pics and VIDEO can be seen at Cayman 27.
The search for missing diver David Byles continued into its third day and hope is dwindling that Mr. Byles will be found alive. Police have confirmed their efforts have now been classified as a “search and recovery” mission.
“We are now in our third day of searching,” said Inspector Ian Yearwood in a press statement to Cayman 27. “It’s clear to everyone involved that it’s now extremely unlikely that Mr. Byles will be found alive. We have shared our concerns with his wife and we continue to keep her fully updated as to the status of the search and of any developments.”
The search for Mr. Byles continues and Inspector Ian Yearwood is calling on any boat owners or divers who can assist in the search this afternoon to contact him on the following numbers – 649-7803 or 526-3159.
23 year old Jonathan M. Schaff from Fairfield, VT has been missing since Saturday, January 18, 2014 in Granville, New York. Schaff was last seen around 4:30 a.m. after an altercation at Riverside Pub on Main Street in Granville. According to the Granville Police, Schaff suffered a cut to his head and his glasses were broken during the bar fight; however, he was not believed to have been seriously injured. Police said that Schaff had been drinking, but it was unclear whether he was intoxicated. [Editors note, um, if you are drinking in a Granville bar and getting into a fight, you were intoxicated.] Schaff was last seen walking east on Main Street, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt, brown Carhartt jacket and blue jeans. Schaff is described as 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. Police said Schaff and two friends had parked a their car at Loomis Trucking, near the state line, and walked a half-mile or so to the Granville bar.
Missing: Jonathan M. Schaff
Jonathan M. Schaff, 23, was last seen around 4:30 a.m. after an altercation at Riverside Pub on Main Street in Granville, according to Granville Police. He was reported missing late Saturday afternoon.
Dozens of searchers from New York and New England returned to an area along the state line that is dotted with slate quarries and streams, looking for clues as to where Schaff has gone. The search expanded to an area north along county Route 25 and Vermont Route 31 later Monday, after cell phone data potentially placed his phone further north, police said. It was unclear what the time frame was for the phone data, however.
The search was called off for the day at dusk Monday, and was to resume Tuesday morning.
Granville Police said Schaff suffered a cut to his head and his glasses were broken during the fight. He was not believed to have been seriously injured. No arrests were reported by police in connection with the fight. Police said he had been drinking, but it was unclear whether he was intoxicated, police said.
He was last seen walking east on Main Street, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt, brown Carhartt jacket and blue jeans.
Police said Schaff and two friends had parked a car at Loomis Trucking, near the state line, and walked a half-mile or so to the Granville bar.
A Fair Haven man is thought to be in the Pawlet area after disappearing early Saturday morning following a pub fight in Granville, N.Y., Vermont State Police said Monday.
Schaff left the Riverside Pub on foot, and he was last seen walking east on East Main Street in the area of the New York-Vermont state line, police said. Cell phone data collected by police placed Schaff possibly in the area of Sheldon’s Concrete or Newmont Slate Company on Vermont 149 in Pawlet.
Anyone with information in the case was asked to call Granville Police at 642-1414 or Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101.
Jorge Rodriguez, 24, and Melissa Pereira,25, Missing Since 12/27/13 Found Dead in Garage in Wayne, NJ (Update: Prosecutor says Death were Not Homicides)
24 year old Jorge Rodriguez and 25 year old Melissa Pereira have been missing since December 27, 2013. The couple was seen at Kmart buying candles the night they disappeared. The couple was last seen leaving her home in Wayne, New Jersey on December 27; however, never made it to the Cherry Valley Manor a bed-and-breakfast in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, where they planned to spend New Year’s Eve. Sadly, their bodies were found Sunday inside a parked car in the garage behind the two-story apartment that Pereira and her mother shared on Lancaster Court more than three weeks after they were reported missing.
Melissa Pereira, 25, and Jorge Rodriguez, 24, of Garfield, were last seen at Pereira’s Wayne home on Friday, Dec. 27.
Angie Escobar, Rodriguez’s cousin, confirmed the deaths on Sunday evening.
“We don’t want to say anymore information at this point,” Escobar said.
The couple was found about 10:30 a.m. Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Michael DeMarco said. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause and manner of death.
It was not immediately known how long the bodies were in the garage.
The conclusion of this missing person case is as sad and grizzly as it is bizarre. The authorities did not immediately know the couples cause of death or how long they had been in the parked car in the woman’s garage. The police are saying that there is no reason for the public to be concerned, which would lead one to believe that this was a double suicide or a murder/suicide. Also, how is a couple missing for 3 weeks and no one check the apartment garage?
A seemingly loving couple from northern New Jersey was found dead in a garage one month after their disappearance was first reported. The bodies of Jorge Rodriguez, 24, and 25-year-old Melissa Pereira were discovered yesterday in a parked car in the woman’s garage, over three weeks since they were last seen buying candles for a New Year’s Eve getaway at a bed and breakfast. This was Pereira’s final tweet:
The medical examiner is conducting the autopsies, and local police in Wayne, where the bodies were found, have not provided any further details beyond the location of the grisly discovery, in the garage behind an apartment Pereira shared with her mother. But Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Michael DeMarco told NJ.com there was “no reason for the public to be concerned.” Sources tell NorthJersey.com they were found in Rodriguez’s car.
Prosecutors do not believe the deaths of a missing couple whose bodies were found in a garage in Wayne on Sunday morning were the result of foul play, but investigators are still unsure how the couple died or when.
Prosecutors are still awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine how and when the couple died, but DeMarco said it did not appear they were victims of foul play.
“Detectives from the Wayne Police Department did not observe any outward signs that the deaths of Mr. Rodriguez of Ms. Pereira were as a result of a homicide,” he said in an e-mail. “Detectives could not estimate how long the bodies have been inside of the garage.”
17 year old Amanda Matos has been missing since Friday night, January 17, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida. Amanda was last seen leaving her home in the 9900 block of Three Lakes Circle around 7:30 pm. Amanda Matos is considered missing and endangered as she had threatened to harm herself. The police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the missing teen.
Missing & Endangered: Amanda Matos
Amanda Matos left her home in the 9900 block of Three Lakes Circle around 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, said the Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office.
Matos’ family has not seen or hear from her since she left the home.
Matos has threatened to harm herself and she is considered to be a missing and endangered teen, said Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Matos is described as being 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes. She also has a tattoo of the name “Sandra” on the middle of her back, Barbera said.
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Amanda Matos, please call the sheriff’s office at 561-688-3400 or the nearest law enforcement agency.
Are the Skeletal Remains Discovered Washed Up on a Beach Near East River in Queens, NY That of Missing Avonte Oquendo?
14 year old Avonte Oquendo has been missing since October 4, 2013. Avonte Oquendo, who is nonverbal and has autism, was last seen October 4 walking past a security guard and out of the Riverview School in Long Island City, Queens. Avonte was wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers on the last day he was seen alive. There have been numerous searches for the missing boy that have come up empty. Now the police have made a grisly discovery as partial skeletal remains were found Thursday washed ashore in Queens near the White Stone Bridge. According to police accounts, the skeletal remains of a left arm were found by a teen girl on the waterfront near Hermon A. MacNeil Park in College Point at around 7:30 p.m. Also found at the scene was a dark colored pair of size-5½ sneakers, that are similar to the ones that were described as the one’s that Avonte Oquendo was wearing when he went missing. The remains have been sent to the medical examiners office. The family of Avonte Oquendo has also been notified of the discovery; however, there has been no official identification yet.
Cops are investigating whether an arm and legs found near a Queens shoreline Thursday are those of missing teen Avonte Oquendo, a police source said.
The human limbs were found near Powell’s Cove Blvd. and Endeavor Place in College Point about 7 p.m., police sources said. A sneaker also was found, sources added, but they could not say whether it belongs to the autistic 14-year-old boy, who went missing more than three months ago.
“We found the arm and it’s been here a while because it’s skeletal,” a police source said. “But where there’s an arm, there’s a body.”
Also found was a dark-colored pair of size-5½ sneakers, according to law-enforcement sources.
The sneakers match the description of the ones that Avonte, 14, was wearing when he went missing on Oct. 4 from a school in Long Island City.
The 14-year-old girl who initially discovered the arm wrote about the discovery on social media before alerting authorities, a police source said.
The remains were removed to the Queens County Morgue as Harbor Patrol divers and helicopters searched the cold, dark waters for additional body parts. The tide quickly came in and the search had to be suspended, but it resumed at daybreak.
The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. No positive identification has been made, but police have been in contact with the Oquendo family.
For more updates, others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Perons Forum: Avonte Oquendo.