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lester_garnierLester Garneir (pictured) was a San Francisco police officer who was murdered 24 years ago by an unknown culprit.

On the evening of July 10, 1988 Lester was eating dinner with family in the Bay Area of Concord, California when he received a sudden phone call which cut the dinner short. After hanging up the phone, Lester left. This was the last time his family will see him alive.

Less than 24 hours after suddenly leaving his family’s home, Lester was found in Walnut Creek, only a couple of miles from his home, slumped over his stirring wheel in his 1984 Chevrolet Corvette. He had been shot in the head and chest.

His vehicle was parked across three parking spots in a manner that Lester’s law enforcement colleagues said was so that anyone approaching the car could be spotted.

The murder weapon, an AMT .380 semi-automatic, was never located.

Witnesses who were in Walnut Creek the night of the murder told authorities they saw two females leaving the crime scene area around the same time of the shooting. The first woman was described as a tall, thin blonde who cops now believe — thanks to advances in fingerprinting technology — was a Scottish immigrant named Catherine Kuntz.

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Kuntz moved to the United States from her home country of Scotland in 1985 after meeting a U.S. Navy Sailor.

The 44-year-old recently called a prison in Ocala, Florida, her “home.”

Kuntz is the prime suspect and police want her behind bars. They say that during the 1980’s Kuntz lived in apartments threw out Martinez, Concord, Walnut Creek and Alameda, CA. And often visited the Oakland area.

Three years after the murder of Lester, Kuntz was charged in Virginia for attempting a ‘murder for hire’ plot. She hired a teenager to murder her husband, Gregory Kuntz however, when Gregory survived he was able to aid police to the suspect shooter and although Catherine was cleared of the conspiracy charge, she did plead guilty to misdemeanor assault for her involvement in hiring the two young men to kill her husband.  For that, she was given credit for time served.

Kuntz served alot of time in prison for different crimes and although she’s been a long-time suspect in Lester’s murder police don’t have the evidence to charge her and Lester Garnier’s murder remains unsolved.

For additional information and photos on this case, please click: SFGATE – Unsolved Murder of a SF Cop

Most of the information was gathered from Lester’s case featured on America’s Most Wanted – There you will find additional information and anyone with information can submit a tip there as well.

Daniel-Leija

Authorities have been searching for a child rapist who has been on the run for over ten years.

Daniel Leija, now 50, is a former school bus driver from Yakima County, who has had a warrant out for his arrest for first degree child rape in Sunnyside, WA between the years 1997-2002.

The two victims, also residents of Sunnyside, were both females under the age of fifteen during the five-year period in which the crime occurred.

In 2002, both females went to Sunnyside Police Department to report the rapes they endured over a five-year period. Police then uncovered trunks and backpacks filled with over 100 videotapes recording the assaults. Leija was arrested and charged with multiple counts of rape and exploitation of minors and was held on $250,00 bail. However, Yakima Superior Court Judge Heather Van Nuys reduced his bail to $60,000 and he was released after relatives came up with the lower amount.

He immediately fled the area after his bail-release and hasn’t been seen since.

According to U.S. Marshals, who eventually took over the case, Leija was last known to be in Mexico.

It is believed that he is living under a different identity and has most likely altered his appearance.

Back when his bail was reduced, Leija was facing 18 counts of first degree rape and molestation, eight counts of second degree rape and molestation, two counts of third degree rape and molestation, 12 counts of sexual exploitation and with jumping bail.

Taylor-Wylie is a woman who lived with Leija in Sunnyside prior to his arrant. She says all of the sexual assaults counts are for actions he took against her daughters over a five-year period. She said in 2002 her daughters complained about Leija’s sexual assaults.

Wylie contends that Leija has made return visits to Sunnyside to visit family. She said his family claims he has since drowned, which she calls a “blatant lie.

Wylie’s daughters are now young adults but according to her, the wounds are still open.

“We try to go on, but the girls, they’re still drastically affected by it,” Taylor-Wylie said. “Anger, fear, tears… they’re so fragile.”

Taylor-Wylie says she and her four daughters, who now live in Bremerton, want to see Leija brought to justice.

Daniel Leija was recently featured on America’s Most Wanted, with the latest airing on October 12, 2012.

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Sex: Male
Race: Hispanic
Age then: 40
Current Age: 50
Height/Weight: 5’7” tall 190 pounds
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair):
Black
Eyes: Brown
Last Seen:
Yakima County , Sunnyside WA
Last Known Locations:
Yakima County , Sunnyside WA (and possibly Mexico)

 

Outdated mugshot photo of Leija with no facial hair

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact: U.S. Marshals by calling 509-654-5060

The Unsolved Murder of Rashawn Brazell has become one of the most horrific murder cases in the state of New York

→ Rashawn was a 19-year-old who lived in Bushwick located in Brooklyn, NY. On February 14th, 2005 (aka Valentine’s day.) at approximately At 7:30 that morning, an unknown person rang the apartment building’s buzzer and Rashawn went down to meet him. According to other witnesses, they seen Rashawn with a unknown adult male, outside his Brooklyn, New York apartment and the two men entered the subway together at the Gates Avenue station. Witnesses believe the two exited at the Nostrand Avenue station in Bedford Stuyvesant a short time later. Rashawn was suppose to meet his mother, Desire Brazell,  later that day for lunch. He never showed up and couldn’t be reached.

Three-days-later on February 18th, 2005, two transit workers found a bloody trash bag in the tunnel of the Nostrand Avenue station. The bag contained Brazell’s right shoulder, right arm and lower legs. Then Five-days after Rashawn’s dismembered body parts were found, a piece of Brazell’s pelvis was found in a Greenpoint recycling plant.

Police have chased down many possibilities behind the sick murder – from angry gay lovers to a twisted serial killer. “We have chased hundreds of leads across the country and we are not closer today than we were in 2005,”said Lt. John Cornicello, commander of the NYPD’s Brooklyn North homicide squad.

Investigators spent time in Texas sniffing around a duffel bag factory after DNA evidence proved that an empty black bag sitting in the subway tunnel was used to carry the victim’s corpse. “It is very hard to say after all this time that there is nothing new. It is a shame.”

Poster’s have been posted all threw out the City featuring Rashawn’s horrific murder, just about everybody in Bushwick has heard about Rashawn’s murder and they all had one question… Why?

Desire Brazell holding a photo of Rashawn.

Since Rashawn Brazell’s butchered body was found scattered across Brooklyn over seven years ago, his mom has lived with the added burden of fear that the killer will strike again. Or possibly has struck again to someone else, somewhere.
“I hope someone can call in and give the information we need to close this case,” said Desire Brazell. “I don’t want any family to go through what I went through.”

When Rashawn’s disappearance and murder first unfolded, media refused to cover his story, which in return caused outrage and responses from bloggers and activists arguing that his murder received very little coverage due to the fact that he was a black gay working-class male. Rashawn’s case has since aired numerous times both Nationally and locally on America’s Most Wanted, with the latest airing in 2008.

After the last airing of AMW, Rashawn’s case started to loose interest. So to keep public-interest, in 2008 the Brazells lead a memorial march in Rashawn Brazell’s honor from his old Bushwick apartment to the Bedford-Stuyvesant subway station where his body parts were found. They hope the walk will stir up public interest in the case leading to that one clue pointing cops towards Rashawn Brazell’s killer.

Rashawn Brazell In Younger Years

Rashawn wasn’t a trouble maker, he played by the law, had a job, hung out with friend’s, graduated, had an apartment and was loved by many people and deserves Justice just like any other murdered human being. His family deserves Justice and the killer is still at-large. Who will he strike next?

Stephanie Crane, 9, went missing in Challis, Idaho, on Oct. 11, 1993. This age-enhanced photo shows what she may look like today.

Above Composite Sketch Of What Stephanie Might Look Like Today

Below is a school photo taken of Stephanie when she was 9 years of age

Stephanie Crane missing children,Stephanie Crane

Infomation provided below was taken off of America’s Most Wanted Website (amw.com)

On Oct. 11, 1993, Sandy Crane dropped off her 9-year-old daughter, Stephanie, at a bowling alley in Challis, Idaho. The third-grader was going to bowl with friends, then walk directly across the street to the local high school for soccer practice. Sandy gave Stephanie money for a snack, smiled and told her to be home by 5 p.m.

Two hours later, Stephanie had not come home, and Sandy sensed something was wrong. She jumped into her red Ford Bronco and went looking for her daughter. At 8:15 p.m. she walked into the Custer County Sheriff’s Department and reported her daughter missing.

The sheriff’s department immediately organized a search of the area. Officers and volunteers quickly organized and combed the area, searching for Stephanie until 1 a.m. They resumed a mere six hours later with even more volunteers.

“The community really came together; we all put in extra time,” said Linda Dubiel of the Custer County Sheriff’s Department. Members of the volunteer fire department, search and rescue, Idaho State Police, the FBI and search dogs all contributed to the search.

Witnesses spotted Stephanie on the sidewalk of Highway 93 next to the high school. No evidence of a struggle was ever found.

After extensive daily searches for Stephanie, local law enforcement came up with very few clues — it seemed as though the 9-year-old had simply vanished. As the hours ticked away and turned into days, there would be no signs of young Stephanie Crane.

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