Archive for July, 2012

During the weekend of July 13, 2002, serious acts of vandalism occurred at the Lamson Corner Cemeterary located in Burlington, in Connecticut, at the corner of Scoville Road and Route 69. There was a group of youths that were seen around the cemetary around the time of the crime.  The Burlington Cemetary Association is offering a 1,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and convictions of those involved. If you have any information please call the Burlington Resident State Trooper’s office at 1-800-953-9949. All information can be kept confidential.

Hart Home Invasion Robbery

On  06/12/2009, at approximately midnight, three armed suspects entered a residence  in the 100 block of South Roscoe    Blvd in Ponte Vedra.  The homeowner was in  her room watching television when two of the suspects entered and demanded that  she open the safe.  The victim complied with the demand and suspects  proceeded to load the contents into a camouflage duffle bag, which they had  brought with them.  The third suspect went room to room looking for  additional safes.  The suspects then bound the victim’s hands and feet.   The suspects were in the residence for approximately 18 minutes.  Prior to  exiting the residence, the suspects disabled the house phones.

The  suspects were described as white males.  One was very husky, approximately  5’11” – 6’0” tall.  The second suspect was about the same height, but  thinner.  The third suspect was about 5’4” – 5’7”.  All three  suspects were wearing masks and gloves.  No vehicle description is  available.  The suspects took cash, jewelry and firearms.

Anyone with any  information concerning the identity of these three suspects is asked to contact  Detective Lynda Mobley at the St.  Johns County Sheriff’s Office at 824-8304.  You can also remain anonymous  and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling CrimeStoppers at  1-888-227-8477.

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WACHOVIA BANK ROBBERY

09/15/07

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a male subject wanted in   connection with a bank robbery from Saturday morning, 9/15/07. Deputies   responded to the bank (Wachovia) in the 400 block of S.R. 13 North (Julington   Creek) shortly after 11:00 a.m.
                            Witnesses stated that the man entered the   bank at 10:54 a.m. and waited for a customer before approaching the counter. The   suspect carried a black fanny pack type nylon bag and then brandished a black   handgun. He demanded all of the money from the teller’s station. An undetermined   amount of cash was turned over to the suspect who then fled out the door. It was   unknown if the suspect fled on foot or got into a vehicle.
                            The suspect   was described as a white male, between 30-50 years of age, 5’7”-5’9” tall, 200   pounds and was unshaven. He was wearing a dark colored polo shirt with vertical   stripes and a ball cap.
                            Anyone with any information concerning this   suspect is asked to contact Detective James Jackson at the St. Johns County   Sheriff’s Office at (904) 824-8304. You can remain anonymous and possibly be   eligible for a reward by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-(888) 277 TIPS (8477). Click here for suspect still images.

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SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

On 05/26/2006, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office   responded to 1000 W. Pleasant Place in Julington Creek Plantation in reference   to a suspicious package. During the investigation, it was determined the package   contained an explosive device which was rendered safe by the St. Johns County   Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad. The package is believed to have been placed at the   residence on the night of 05/25/2006 or the morning of 05/26/2006. Several   persons of interest have been developed in the investigation, however no arrests   have been made. Crime Stoppers is currently offering a reward of up to $1,000.00   dollars for information leading to the arrest of persons responsible for   building and or placing the device.

 New Haven, CT Murder Still Unsolved

Terrance Driffin was only 23 years old when his life was stolen from him. He had been on his way to visit his girlfriend when he was gunned down at 365 Shelton Avenue on May 5, 2007. His murder was the first of 11 that year in the city. Law Enforcement has run into problems with his case because people have not come forward with vital information. Driffin’s uncle is Ron Smith, the City Clerk of New Haven. Sadly this is not the first time, Smith has lost a family member to violence. He had a nephew and sister also die from gun violence. Someone knows what happened to Driffin and there is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for his murder.

If you have any information about the murder of Terrance Driffin please call the New Haven Police Department at (203) 946-6304 or (866) 888-TIPS. All calls can be confidential.

– Questions Surround Rhode Island Man’s Death Weeks After Disappearance –

Thirty-one year old Christopher Schmeller was reported missing by friends on September 30, 2002. On October 10, 2002 Tuesday morning about 10 feet down an embankment in a wooded area near the weigh station, his body was found. The Westerly Rhode Island Fisherman had died as a result of blunt trauma. The area was just off of Interstate 95 in Waterford, Connecticut and has had dead bodies left there before. Police from both Connecticut and Rhode Island have worked on the case and have labeled Schmeller’s death as suspicious. A friend of his had reported that he was last seen at the Superior Court House in Wakefield and had been nervous about finding a ride home because of an individual he had feared was there at the time. If you have any information about the suspicious death of Christopher Schmeller please contact the Waterford Police Department at (860)-442-9451 or the Westerly, Rhode Island Police Department at 401-596-2022.

Unknown Hit and Run Driver Still Eludes Justice

On December 23, 1982, 15 year old Sherry Miller and her brother in law were walking along Route 101 in the town of Dayville, just miles from the Rhode Island border. Just before 9PM that night, She was fatally hit by an older model dark-colored pick-up-truck. The vehicle was described as having damage to the right front side it was also missing a mirror and a radio antennae. It has been 25 years since this hit and run driver has eluded justice and her family desperately wants to find the individual(s) responsible for her untimely death. If you have any information, please call the State Police at Troop D at 860-779-3900.

Justice Is Still Elusive in New Haven Hit And Run Fatality

It was early Saturday morning on August 20, 1994 when 24 year old Richard Riccio and a group of his friends were walking on the Tomlinson Bridge on Forbes Avenue near Waterfront Street. Riccio was struck and killed by a vehicle described as being white, gray, or light-colored. It was a small to midsize car, possibly of Japanese make, maybe a newer model. Witnesss acounts state that the car was driven by a male with a possible female passenger in it. It is believed that the vehicle sustained damage to the front end and hood area, the front grille, and a smashed front window. The car was last seen driving from Styles Street over the Q Bridge, off Interstate-95 into the James Street area. The State of Connecticut has authorized a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this for this crime. If you have information you may contact the New Haven Police at 203-946-6304.

Was Dead Hitchhiker from Connecticut?

 It was October 18th 1984 near the small town of Malvern, Arkansas. An Unidentified white male died as a result of a car accident when the vehicle he was in landed in a body of water. The other occupant of the car (the owner) managed to get out safely. The victim had been under water for as long as 30 minutes and died two days from his injuries. His name is not known and it is believed he had been hitchhiking when he was picked up by the owner of the vehicle in Louisville, Kentucky. The owner of the car was driving to Houston, Texas and allowed the hitchhiker to come along. During the drive, the owner of the vehicle allowed the victim to drive while he (the owner) went to sleep. Shortly after the victim took the wheel, the two got into a car accident.

The deceased is a White male 5’8″; 167 lbs and around the ages of 25 to 35 years. He had medium to dark brown hair which measured about 6 inches in length. The deceased also had a bushy, brown beard, brown eyes a small circular scar on his left ankle. Found on him were: Brown boot shoes; a pair of red, black and white sweat socks sized M8; a cut brown sweater; 28 x 32 Corduroy trousers; and multicolored long sleeved shirt ” John Henry ” (his neck size was 14 1/2 inches (32-33)). There is a belief that he may have been from the New Haven, Connecticut area. He may have also been trying to get to California. If anyone has any information as to who please contact the Hot Spring County Coroners Office at 501-732-0561 . You can email them at chris.edwards@crimelab.arkansas.gov.

To see a post-mortem photo of the unidentified please click here. Picture is not gory but still could be disturbing to some.

Is a certain area of Route 8 a Burial Ground for a Serial Killer(s)?

November 14, 2006, a hunter discovered skeletal remains of a woman in Litchfield just off of route 8 near exit 41 on the northbound side of the highway. Weeks later the victim was identified as 22 year old Jessica Muskus of Waterbury, She was originally reported as missing in Waterbury on Aug. 2, 2004.

This area of Route 8 has been no stranger to homicide and mystery. Eighteen years ago about a mile from where Muskus was found, the body of Karen Everett 24, was found off of Valley Road in Harwinton, near the highway in October of 1988. Months later in almost the same spot the body of Mildred Alvarado, 30 was found in January of 1989. Both victims were known to have engaged in prostitution, drugs and had been strangled. Some theories point to the same individual in both of those killings. In 1993 Evelyn Bettencourt was located near the Valley Road area and was shot to death. An individual was eventually convicted for her murder however, he is not a suspect in the deaths of Everett and Alvarado. In 1994, the body of Olga Maria Cornieles-Ubiera, 32, was found off Route 262 in Thomaston, approximately eight miles south from the Valley Street area. She had no history of drug use or prostitution and Police have never indicated whether they think her murder was related to the homicides of Everett and Alvarado.

One common thread between the four murdered women is that they are all from Waterbury. There are also two additional women from Waterbury that are missing. Then 37 year old Bernadine Paul has been missing since 2000 and Marilyn Mendez Gonzalez who was 26 years old at the time has not been seen since 2003. There is no indication that these two disappearances are linked to any of the above murders.

Perhaps the most bizarre murder in this area happened at a now closed rest area in Litchfield not far from the other victims. In 1986, the arms and torso of 26 year old transient Jack Franklin Andrews were found wrapped in quilts and garbage bags. His head, legs and genitalia were never located. His murder is still unsolved, and police have theorized that he may have been the victim of a serial killer. His murder is not believed be related to any of the other homicides in the area. Convicted serial killer Richard W. Rogers has been considered a person of interest in the Andrew’s case. Rogers had been convicted of the murders of two men in New Jersey and a suspect in ones in Florida and Pennsylvania as well.

UPDATE – Convicted rapist/murderer Stephen Hayes has confessed in a letter to an anonymous individual that he is responsible for 17 murders of women in New England. Hayes is currently on Death Row for the 2007 Cheshire Home Invasion murders of Jennifer Hawke Petit and her two daughters Haley and Michaela. Many in Law Enforcement are not taking these claims seriously, as Hayes is known to be a pathological liar. However, Hayes lived in the town of Winsted for much of his life which is off of route 8.

Looking For Leads In 16 Year Old’s Murder

On June 1, 2004, 16 year old Jessica Rose Keyworth, was found strangled and found down stairs in an old abandoned house located at 23-25 Pearl St in Waterbury, CT. On May 30, she had taken a local train from Bridgeport, CT to Stratford, CT and then another train to Waterbury alone. She was supposed to meet friends at their house and then they were to all drive together back to Job Corps in Devens, Massachusetts. Police are trying to find out what happened in the 24 hours prior to her being found deceased. A picture of Jessica as well as a shirt she was last wearing are attached. Her family is filled with grief and are looking for answers. There is $50,000.00 reward being offered and you can contact the Waterbury Police Department at 203-574-6941 if you have vital information.

Disappearance and Murder of Woman Raises Questions

Deborah Bates
Victim – Deborah Bates

Deborah Bates was 23 years old when she disappeared from her apartment on Liberty Street in Lowell on Feb. 23, 1993. At the time she was 6 months pregnant. Eleven years later, her skeletal remains were found March 11, 2004, around 50 feet from the on-ramp leading from the Lowell Connector to Route 3 South.

At first suspicion focused on the unknown Main South Woodsman Killer who is believed to have murdered Betzaida Montalvo, 29, and Carmen Rudy, 28, found in Marlborough in September of 2003. As well as Dinelia Torres, 33,who was found in Hudson in March 2004. The three worked as prostitutes in the Main South neighborhood of Worcester.

Alex Scesny is considered “a person of interest” in those killings and is charged in the 1996 murder of Theresa Stone in Fitchburg. Police do not believe though that he is responsible for the murder of Deborah Bates. Whoever, killed Bates, had recently placed her and the remains of her unborn child near the site of discovery.

Law Enforcement have looked at her ex-boyfriend with who she had a son with in 1990. There had been allegations of physical abuse and drug usage in their relationship. The ex-boyfriend had also served jail time for armed robbery and had several restraining orders filed against him by Bates.

If you have any information about the murder of Deborah Bates and her unborn child, please call the Lowell Police Department at 978-937-3232.