Posts Tagged ‘Murdered Teenager’

Emily Jeanette GarciaAn unidentified body was found on February 25, 1993 approximately 1.5 miles north on Old Cranes Mill Road off of Highway 46 in Canyon Lake, Texas by a road crew. The decomposing body was reported to the New Braunfels Police and Comal County Sheriff’s Office. The body was listed as a Jane Doe.

The medical examiners concluded that Jane Doe was a victim of murder and that she was carrying an unborn child.

A year later a friend of the murder victim phoned the family about the Jane Doe being a possible match to a teen who went missing from San Antonio.

It was verified from a fingerprint card that Jane Doe was the body of 15-year-old Emily Jeanette Garcia, who was reported missing on February 12, 1993 from San Antonio, TX.

Emily Jeanette Garcia was born on July 27, 1977 in Fort Hood, Texas to Roy Garcia and Sheila Smith-Ramirez. She is the younger sister of Elizabeth Garcia and according to authorities she was about 3 months pregnant at the time of her death however, family members say she was further into her pregnancy then what’s listed. In fact, she was able to determine that her unborn child was male and had already picked out the name Emilio.

February 12, 1993, the day of her disappearance, Garcia had boarded the city bus in San Antonio, Texas to go to an appointment with the health service to see how far along she was in her pregnancy. Her mother had occupied her and stayed with her till she boarded the bus for her appointment and then Sheila went on to her job. Emily never made it to her appointment and that was the last time her mother had seen her daughter alive.

Garcia was kidnapped and held against her will for twelve days. She had been raped, beaten and murdered by strangulation. There isn’t a description of a suspect available.

Initially her body was buried as Jane Doe in Bracken Cemetery on March 30, 1993 by Zoeller’s Funeral Home, but was later exhumed and buried as Emily Jeanette Garcia in Somerset, Texas by her family.

According to Garcia’s mother, Sheila Smith-Ramirez, they received a copy of the original Death Certificate on Sept 9, 2003, but it did not list her daughter as Jane Doe instead, it said N/A. They also have her listed as Caucasian and not of Hispanic Origin, which she was.  The cause of death is listed as strangulation, but newspaper articles claimed she had been sexually abused and that she was already dead before the killer(s) tied her up.

So as you can see, there are many inconsistencies in this case.

Garcia’s case is still open and still being investigated by New Braunfels Police Department, Texas Rangers and the San Antonio FBI. The agencies have not had any leads in years and Garcia’s case fades away as the years go on. However, It has NOT faded with family and loved ones who remain devastated decades later. They’re still determined to find out who is responsible for the death of Garcia and her unborn child. You can visit a website memorial for additional information on Emily Garcia.

A Lifetime movie titled The Killing Secret was made which recreates the abduction and murder of Emily Garcia. Clicking the link will bring you to the full movie which has been posted on YouTube. Scenes have been dramatized.

Her case remains unsolved.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact:

Det. Tommy Ward,
Comal County Sheriff’s office
(830)620-3400
email address: soatgw@co.comal.tx.us
Case #93-01164 or
Emily’s Family
Sheila Smith-Ramirez
emilysmiles2003@yahoo.com
or Emily’s Aunt
Theresa Yeary
tdontrich@socket.net
tyeary53@yahoo.com

kerby_acostaKerby Acosta, then 17, was standing with a group of friends outside of 4500 Mariposa Street in Denver, Colorado on the night of July 13, 1997. Suddenly, an unknown vehicle with several unidentified individuals inside drove by and one of them shot at the group, fatally striking Kerby, who died at the scene before hospital could assist his wounds.

Additional information on this case is very limited.

CASE Number: 9700-28853

Anyone with any information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Denver Police Department. You can also leave tips by contacting them privately on Denver Police Facebook page. — Contacting police on Social Media websites has become quite popular however, anyone with an emergency should contact 911.

Source: Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) – Cold Case Files Note: Clicking the source link will bring you to Kerby’s case as well as other unsolved Colorado homicides.

Unsolved Murder of Amy Lynn Drake (11/22/87 – 11/24/06)

Contributed photo
Amy Drake

Amy Drake went missing in late September, 2006 when she was 18-years-old. Her family filed a missing persons report with the Skowhegan Police Department.

Amy was a teenage girl who was born in Farmington, Maine on November 22, 1987. She lived in Skowhegan during her teen years and attended Jay and Skowhegan Schools where she was a cheerleader and good student. She was a good person and a typical, happy, kind teen so many were shocked and saddened when her murdered remains were discovered in the Fall of 2006.

According to reports, Amy went missing in late September, 2006. Her family noticed her purse and clothes were still at their home which indicates she planned to be back. They reported her disappearance to Skowhegan Police Department.

On November 24, 2006, two days after the missing teen’s 19th birthday, hunters found her murdered remains in a wooded area off River Road in Norridgewock, ME which is approximately two miles from Skowhegan.

Authorities didn’t release the cause of death but did say she was in fact, murdered.

”Manner of death is always an issue that we withhold. We feel it’s very important. That kind of information can make or break the case, and what we don’t want to do is put information out there that could take away the possibility of narrowing down our focus on individuals,” Lt. Gary Wright from the Maine State Police said to Portland Press Herald in 2009. 

During Amy’s funeral, the Rev. Mark Tanner of the Federated Church in Skowhegan asked her family and friends to be vigilant in finding her killer, and they have been.

”We all have a job to do,” Tanner said. ”We have a responsibility to one another. We have a responsibility to our young people, and to the ones around us – to keep our eyes open.” 

”The voices that God has given us are voices that allow us to speak. Some of the worst mistakes we can make as people are to keep our mouths closed.”

Who would have wanted her dead? Maine State Police have been trying to figure that question out for over six years as well. They say someone has information regarding this case that they haven’t reported and hope they do what’s morally right and give Amy Drake’s loved ones the closure they’ve been desperately hoping and praying for.

”We continue to follow-up on any lead that comes in on it. We’re still reviewing the evidence that we have collected in the last couple of years,” said Wright.

Amy Lynn Drake

Amy L. Drake – Photo of her gravestone provided by Amy Drake’s Find A Grave 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: Maine State Police at (207) 624-7143 — You may also report information about this crime using the online Report a Crime form.

Source:
Maine State Police Website
Portland Press Herald
Find A Grave

 

Laralee Spear, 15

Date Found: 04/25/94 (according to Deland County Police website. Although some reports say 04/26/94)

Location Found: Deerfoot Road, Deland, Florida

Laralee Spear was a fifteen year old freshman who attended Deland High School. She was described as an A-student who had many friends and was part of the cheerleading squad. Laralee enjoyed riding her bike, sing in her church choir, and playing her violin. She loved animals, especially horses and hoped to become a pediatrician. Sadly she would never have a chance to fulfill her career dream.

On the morning of April 25, 1994, Laralee had woken up early to get ready and go to school. School rang out at 3:15pm and she took the bus to get home. The bus stopped on South Spring Garden Avenue, which was only a few blocks from Laralee’s home. The teen had her own route which included walking by Deerfoot Road. She promptly disappeared somewhere between the bus-stop and her home and it didn’t take Barbara Spear, Laralee’s mother, long to call Deland Police Department and report her daughter missing. Mothers Instinct told her something was not right. She knew her daughter and knew she would never run away.

Ninety minutes after calling police, her body was spotted by a police helicopter in a secluded area behind an abandoned house on Deerfoot Road. She had been murdered by multiple gunshots.

It wasn’t the first time this vacant house was a crime-scene. About one year prior, the house had been burned down and many believe the unknown killer was familiar with the area. Laralee’s walking route was right by Deerfoot Road and it’s possible she was picked at random. It’s also possible that the killer knew her or seen the teen and knew her walking route.

The area has had a history of complaints. Cops have been called to this house before. Teenagers often use the place for drug parties, neighbors say. There’s an old railroad trestle nearby.

Several witnesses from the neighborhood informed cops that they saw a black low-rider truck speeding away from the area at about the time the girl disappeared.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at (888) 277-TIPS.

Menendez (right photo) Boehm (left photo) 

Sarah Rae Boehm, a fourteen-year-old female teen, was described as a good student, cheerleader, and participated in her former school’s band.  The last time she spoke to her parents was 10p.m. on July 14, 1994, telling her that she was planning on staying at a friend’s house. She was reported missing less than 24 hours later to local law enforcement in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Several months later, on November 4, 1994, Sarah’s remains were discovered in the “Berlin Reservoir,” located within a Ohio state park, Portage County, Ohio. This rural community in Ohio was located approximately two hours away from the victim’s home in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Kathryn Menendez, another female teen victim, went missing on August 21, 1994, and her nude body was found several days later on an oil road near the “Berlin Reservoir.” Kathryn had been strangled to death. Both Sarah and Kathryn’s bodies were located approximately 1/2 mile apart in the same Ohio state park. Seventeen-year-old Kathryn was from Portage County, Ohio.

Information is being sought in both cases. Specifically, how Boehm from Pennsylvania ended up murdered in Ohio and information regarding the murder of Menendez. Investigators believe the two cases may be related. The FBI from both Pennsylvania and Ohio have been working closely with local law enforcement from Portage County, Ohio, as well as Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

KATHRYN MENENDEZ POSTER & SARAH RAE BOEHM POSTER

BYRON SMITH: Murder or Self Defence?

Byron Smith (center) and the teens he shot — Haile Kifer (left) and her cousin Nicholas Brady (right).

According to 64-year-old retired State Department worker Byron Smith, two Little Falls teens broke into his rural home on the Mississippi River when he shot and killed them in self-defense. He then let the bodies sit in his house for more than a day before authorities, following up on a suspicious vehicle report, came to Smith’s home and he told them about what happened.

The criminal complaint says that Smith shot the two as they came down his basement stairs several minutes apart on Thanksgiving Day. The complaint adds that he shot them numerous times – each in the head after already critically wounding them.

He then waited a day before asking a neighbor to alert authorities, the document added.

According to Smith, his home was burlarized on multiple occasions (eight) and he believes the teens had something to do with atleast a few.

Smith told investigators he shot Schaeffel as he walked down the stairs, then shot him again in the face as he lay on the floor looking at him.

“I want him dead,” Smith told police.

Smith said he sat down in a chair when Kifer started walking down the steps. Smith shot her and she also fell down the stairs. He tried to shoot her a second time, but his rifle jammed. When the gun jammed, Kifer laughed at him, fueling his anger.

“If you’re trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again,” he told police.

Smith told police he then shot Kifer “more times than I needed to” in the chest, leaving her gasping for air. He ended her suffering with a “good, clean finishing shot” under her chin.

“Smith acknowledged leaving the bodies in his home overnight before calling a neighbor to ask about a lawyer and to request that authorities be notified,” the Strib reports.

Source: blogs.citypages (clicking on the photo of Smith and the murdered teens will link you to the source.)

Photo of Lisa Dianne Norrell who was found murdered in Pittsburg, CA almost 15 years ago

Lisa Norrell was 15 years of age when she was last seen leaving a party in Pittsburg, California on the night of November 6, 1998.

According to other party goers, Lisa left at approximately 11pm and vanished. The following morning her black dress shoes, which she had worn to the party, were discovered on Highway 4 in Antioch. Later that year, Lisa’s deceased remains were found and her cause of death was determined to be homicide. Medical examiners say she died from asphyxiation.

Police and prosecutors were facing alot of criticism due to a former Antioch fire captain, Duanne Shoemake, had prior child-molestation charges filed against him dropped after he  provided supposedly key evidence in Lisa’s case.

David Heneby had confessed taking Lisa, holding her for several days and doing  “awful things” to her, according to the mother of one the girls allegedly molested by Shoemake.

Shoemake had learned of the confession by way of his sister-in-law, who also  happened to be Heneby’s mother-in-law.

On January 6, 1999 Heneby was arrested for the murder of Lisa Norrell. However, he along with another suspect were released the very next day after prosecutors determined that there was  not enough evidence to charge them with the crime. For reasons authorities will  not discuss, Shoemake’s information had not been strong enough to keep Heneby in  custody.

The mother of the molestation victim who is not being identified to protect her daughter’s identity,  was angered when she realized Shoemake would not be facing charges and filed suit against him. She has been critical of prosecutors’  handling of his case.

She said in an interview that Shoemake’s sister-in-law, identified as Dina Green, apologized earlier for having provided information that  allowed him to avoid prosecution.

“She called to apologize. She was sorry about Duanne finding out,” said the  mother of the victim.

Green reportedly had been cooperating with police, who at one point tapped  her phones in an attempt to build a case against Heneby. But, Green apparently had credibility problems herself and her account of Heneby’s confession was not deemed strong enough to stand up in court.

The mother confronted police about why they traded away a child molestation  case for a third-hand tip about a purported confession.

At that meeting, Pittsburg police defended their deal with Shoemake, saying he had helped them  make an arrest.

“Basically, they told me there was an arrest made and that was good enough,”  said the mother of the molestation victim. “But what he told them obviously did  not stick an arrest.”

Larry Cook, a lawyer representing the woman in her lawsuit against Shoemake, said  police “gave up very serious sex crimes charges for apparently nothing.” “The continued victimization of these girls is the fact that no arrest (in  the Norrell case) has been made, and law enforcement is unwilling to come  forward to account for their actions,” Cook said.

Heneby, 25, has since been convicted on unrelated assault charges and had served a six-year prison term.

Pittsburg police continue to investigate Lisa Norrell’s unsolved murder and despite receiving new, unspecified information years after from the Bay area and beyond, the case remains cold.

Meanwhile, Lisa’s mother, Minnie Norrell, continues to trust that authorities will bring her daughter’s  killer to justice one day. She had started a charity called ‘Lisa’s Closet’ to help  provide low-income families with clothing. And she has kept flowers, candles and  a picture of her daughter as a shrine to Lisa in front of her Pittsburg home.

“This memorial will stay here until the police find my daughter’s killer,”  Norrell said last month. “Only then will I take it down.”

Asked if he thought Lisa’s case would be solved, Zbacnik said, “We always  believe that. Homicides never go away.”