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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 two new pieces were found approximately five miles from where 10 similarly cut pieces were discovered in August
  • Pieces are described as 4-by-4 inch cubes of ‘skin and fat and little bit of muscle tissue’
  • Police fear if the new pieces aren’t related to the others they may have a serial killer on the loose
  • If they’re related the killer is suspected of freezing the victim’s body to incrementally dispose of it in chunks

Shocking find: Two new pieces of human flesh have been found in a Detroit sewer, similar to these tattooed ones seen after found in August

Shocking find: Two new pieces of human flesh have been found in a Detroit sewer, similar to these tattooed ones seen after found in August

Puzzle: At least six or eight of the pieces had part of a tattoo on them though police have still yet to find their owner determined having been a large, white female Solving the puzzle: At least six or eight of the pieces had part of a tattoo on them though police have still yet to find their owner determined having been a large, white female

Intricately cut 4-by-4 inch cubes of human flesh have been discovered in a Michigan drain pipe launching fears of a serial killer on the loose just months after similar pieces of a tattooed woman were found.

Police in Suburban Detroit tell ABC that the two cubes of ‘skin and fat and little bit of muscle tissue’ were found in a sewer pipe by a sanitation crew in Warren on Thursday.

Police say they appear to have been dumped only recently though could be related to the 10 similarly-cut pieces bearing tattoos that were found about five miles away last August.

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Atlantic Highlands Jane Doe.. Found 12/10/88.. Atlantic Highlands,NJ.Atlantic Highlands Jane Doe.. Found 12/10/88.. Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

Drawing and clay bust of Atlantic Highlands Jane Doe

On December 10, 1988, while local residents gathered to help clear a parcel of land that runs along the Sandy Hook Bay in Atlantic Highlands for a bicycle trail, a local volunteer found what he at first thought was a plastic ball, which turned out to be a human skull. The resident reported the find to the Atlantic Highlands Police Department who began an investigation into this found human skull.

Once the Monmouth County Medical Examiner’s Office and the State of New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the skull was human, the Atlantic Highlands Police Department, with the assistance of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Connecticut State Police, Monmouth County Medical Examiner’s Office, State of New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office, Burlington County Medical Examiner’s Office, the local Department of Public Works and Water Department, excavated the area by sifting the earth in four sectors, recovering more than 85% of the skeletal remains.

An anthropology examination was performed upon the skeletal remains, which were identified as a:


Caucasian female
between the ages of 15 to 18 years old at time of death
5’1″ to 5’4″
approximately 100 to 120 pounds.

The decedent was found to be wearing the following: 

Platform sandal shoes, composed of brown leather with brown painted plastic platform soles and a 2½ inch high heel, size 6½
knee high white acrylic socks
grey & red nylon long sleeved laced top
white brassiere.

Additional items near the remains: 

Portion of one pink rubber “thong-type” sandal
leather like shoe or small boot with a picture of a football scene on side in red and white.


A botanist reviewed the scene and clothing in the skeletal remains and estimated the body had been in that same location for approximately the previous fifteen years. This would put the year of death at approximately 1973 to 1975.


An investigation by the Atlantic Highlands Police Department was conducted in an attempt to identify the human skeletal remains. The human skeletal remains were mapped out and placed in the National Police computer system for all law enforcement departments to compare to their missing persons.


The local media from the tri-state area converged on the small town of Atlantic Highlands and broadcast the human skeletal recovery for about four straight days. Massive medical coverage was aired and a special program called Crime Beat highlighted this case.
No identification was made.


In 1992, with the assistance of the FBI, a clay reconstruction was made over the human skull and is a possible resemblance of what this recovered female skeletal remains may have looked like. Additionally, several parts of the skeletal remains were sent to LabCorp in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina for mitochondrial DNA profiling in 1997.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic Highlands Police Department now have a DNA profile that can be used to link this female subject to a family member as well as dental records.


Anyone with information concerning this matter is asked to call the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732/ 431-7012 or 1 800/ 533-7443 (toll free) or the Atlantic Highlands Police Department at 732/ 291-1212.