Posts Tagged ‘Unsolved Crimes’

  • Death Row Debbie’s’ conviction due in part because of detective lying under oath
  • Judge decided to believe police officer over mom of four-year-old son
  • Milke would have been the first woman executed in Arizona since the 1930s
  • Prosecutors failed to disclose lead detective, who claimed he obtained a confession, had past misconduct issues

An Arizona mother who had spent 22 years on death row after being found guilty of murdering her four-year-old son is set to be released.

Debra Jean Milke’s guilty verdict was overturned earlier this year – but now prosecutors have failed to file an expected appeal meaning she will be released in just weeks.

Known as Death Row Debbie, 48-year-old Debra Jean Milke’s was found guilty in 1989 for the gruesome slaying of her toddler son Christopher who was shot three times in the back of the head and dumped in the desert.

Debra Jean Milke has been on Arizona's death row for nearly 20 years for plotting her 4-year-old son's murder
Ready for release: Debra Jean Milke, above, had her murder conviction overturned after spending more than 20 years on death row for the killing of her 4-year-old son, Christopher, below, in December 1989
Christopher, 4, was reported missing on December 2, 1989

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unidentified-wanted-njOn September 4, 2009 at approximately 2:15PM an unidentified lone gunman armed with a black and silver/gray handgun walked into the Maplecrest Finance Station Post Office located at 1767 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, New Jersey and robbed an employee who worked there.

Police haven’t been able to identify or capture the suspect however, they were able to draw up a composite sketch based on the details given by witnesses.

If you believe you may know who is involved in this crime please take no action to apprehend the suspect yourself, instead, contact authorities immediately. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the unidentified suspect.

SUSPECTS DESCRIPTION: Dark skinned complexion, thin mustache, goatee. Was wearing a black t-shirt with dark gray writing on the front, light gray athletic shorts, and white or gray sneakers at the time the robbery was committed.

Age: In his 20’s or early 30’s
Build: Slim
Sex: Male
Hair: Short black at the time the crime was committed
Height: Approx 5’8″ – 6’0″
Eyes: Brown
Weight: 180 pounds
Race: Black

U.S. Postal Inspectors and the Maplewood Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (973) 693-5450
or (877) 876-2455 (select Option 2)

All information will  be kept anonymous.

Two suspects still wanted for the armed robbery of a store in Union, New Jersey during the Summer.

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They were described as being two black males, believed to be in their late teens, both with a thin (med) build, standing approximately 6`0″ tall. If the still-shots are two small for viewing then please click here to view a larger set.

In the early morning hours of July 10, 2012 at approximately 4:00AM, two young black males, believed to be in their late teenage years, robbed the Quick Check store located on Morris Avenue at gun point.

According to the victim’s who were working the late night shift, the male wearing the white t-shirt pulled out a silver revolver and ordered the store employees to the floor while the suspect wearing the striped shirt, bright blue sneakers, went behind the counter and removed the cashier draw which contained an undisclosed amount of money. The unidentified robbers then fled on foot, heading in the direction of Sayre Road.

Even though the robbers were caught on security footage, no one has yet come forward with their identity and the case remains unsolved.

Case: UN-12-03655

New Jersey Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of these individuals. You can contact NJCS by calling 908-654-TIPS 8477

You are also urged to contact: Union County Police Department with any information. You can Submit a Web Tip on their website UCTIP and/or text them – Text “UCTIP along with your message” to 274637 (Crimes)

Gina CyphersGina Cyphers was murdered in Salina, Kansas, on December 28, 1995. She was 24 years old at the time of her death, and the mother of a baby boy. On the morning of December 28, 1995, Gina took her baby to the “Morning Out for Moms” child care at a local church. This was a routine she followed every Thursday morning. As always, she was to pick the young boy up at 11:30 a.m. When she failed to return at the appointed time, the church telephoned her live-in boyfriend at his place of employment. The boyfriend went home, only to find her murdered inside the trailer they shared.

Gina’s murder occurred more than seventeen years ago, and there has still been no arrest made.

 

 

Click Unsolved Crimes for additional crime-scene photos and contact information regarding this case. Clicking the link will also bring you to other unsolved homicides.

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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

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Photo of Rose Marie Moniz

On March 23, 2001 Rose Moniz, a 41-year-old female from New Bedford, Massachusetts, was found by her father murdered inside her home on 3448 Acushnet Ave. She had been bludgeoned to death.

Frances Cunha, the mother of Rose Moniz, quoted a man known to Moniz. She said:

“He said he would kill her. He told her, ‘It may take a week, it may take a month, it may
take a year, but mark my words, I will kill you.” “She was a good girl…..and someone beat
her to a pulp. My beautiful daughter.”

But despite the threats of an unknown man, Rose’s case remains unsolved.

If you believe you have any information regarding this cold case you’re asked to please contact: New Bedford Police Department’s Unsolved Homicide Tip Line at 1-866-SOLVE-07

 

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.