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Wrongful Death Body of Missing SC Teen Found

The body of a missing teen was found Thursday evening, according to the Spartanburg County Coroner.

19-year-old Autumn Rayne Hunt went missing on February 3rd, leaving her home on the East side of Spartanburg.

During a bond hearing Friday for an armed robbery charge for Alfred Caldwell and Akello Jeter it was revealed that a search warrant produced a .40 caliber glock handgun that matched shell casings found next to Hunt’s body.

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According to the solicitor, murder warrants may be issued for one or both of them. It was also revealed in court that Jeter is the ex-boyfriend of Hunt.

Bond was denied for Caldwell and Jeter on the armed robbery charges.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger says Hunt’s body was found on Sims Chapel Road in the Arkwright community.

The coroner says this is being investigated as a homicide.

Spartanburg District 7 is very saddened to learn of the passing of one of their former students.

Autumn was a 2015 graduate of Spartanburg High School and very involved in Student activities including ROTC. After graduation Autumn entered the Army where she just returned from boot camp. She was very loved by faculty and fellow students.

Private Detective: Lexington Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Lexington Police are investigating after a gas station robbery overnight. It happened around 3 a.m. Friday morning at the Speedway on Alexandria Drive.

Police tell LEX 18 that it was an armed robbery, with the suspect aiming a handgun at the clerk and demanding cash.

The suspect is described as an African-American male standing around 5’8 and weighing 135 pounds. A Lexington Police Officer was patrolling the area and saw the suspect taking off from the store on foot.

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The officer began chasing the man and noticed the suspect throw the gun.

K-9 units were brought out to track the man’s scent but the search was suspended unsuccessfully. No one was injured during the robbery.

Police say the man was wearing black sweat pants and a grey hoodie. If you have any information you are asked to contact police.

Private Detective: Lexington Church Employee Arrested and Charged With Rape

A man associated with a Lexington Church has been accused of having sex with a teenage girl he met at the church.

Tony Sasnett is listed as the Bible study director at Greater Faith Apostolic Church. Now he is in jail facing multiple counts of third-degree rape.

Lexington Police say, 39-year-old Sasnett, asked the girl who is younger than 18-years-old, to send him nude pictures of herself. Detectives confirm that the victim is someone that Sasnett met in church.

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According to the victim, she and Sasnett had sex five different times.

Sasnett ran an in-home Bible study for Greater Faith Apostolic Church.  He was arrested Thursday at his job at Allied Communications on Werne Drive.

He declined to speak with LEX 18.  Sasnett’s attorney pleaded not guilty to the charges and waived formal arraignment. He will be back in court February 23.

Private Detective: Man Arrested After Robbery on Trent Boulevard

A Lexington man was arrested after police say he robbed someone overnight.

It happened in Lexington on Trent Boulevard. According to an arrest citation, Darius Woodson, 20,  held up a man at gunpoint and demanded $300 dollars.

The victim was able to identify the suspect as Woodson from a photo lineup.

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Officials said, during an interview Woodson admitted to Lexington Police that he did imply that he was armed with a firearm, and demanded the money. Woodson then described the victim, confirming his alleged crime.

Woodson is being held in the Fayette County Detention.

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Private Detective: Nicholasville Man Charged With Wanton Endangerment of Police After Crash

A man is charged with wanton endangerment of a police officer after police say he crashed his car into a cruiser.

According to a citation, Antonio  Waite was arrested after driving under the influence. Police in Nicholasville were dispatched to the Applebee’s after two men who appeared to be intoxicated caused a crash in the parking.

According to police, the two men fled the scene and turned right onto US 27. The responding officer noted that the driver of the getaway vehicle couldn’t maintain his lane. When the officer attempted a traffic stop, police say the suspect began to flee.

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Eventually, the driver lost control spinning and crashing in to a police cruiser. Police say they found Waite behind the wheel and he smelled strongly of alcohol and marijuana. Waite refused a blood test.

He was arrested and is charged with fleeing and evading, wanton endangerment of a police officer, OWI, failure to maintain insurance, reckless driving and disregarding a stop sign.

Private Detective: Charges Dismissed For Whitley Co. Man Accused of Trying Hire Hit Man

The Whitley County man who was accused of trying to hire a hit man on the website Topix had the charges against him dismissed Thursday.

The charges against Tristan Hall for allegedly making threatening phone calls to Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble were dismissed, as well as the charges for trying to hire a hit man.

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The special prosecutor confirms that the charges were dismissed without prejudice.

Private Detective: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Feb ViCAP Alert

Contact ViCAP for information on how your agency can obtain access to the ViCAP Web National Crime Database and view this case. Additional ViCAP Alerts can be viewed at: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/vicap/.


Unidentified Remains – Allenstown, New Hampshire

Attention: Homicide/Missing Persons/Crime Analysis Units

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Victim 1

Victim 2

Victim 3

Victim 4

Date Found 11/10/1985 11/10/1985 05/09/2000 05/09/2000
Sex Female Female Female Female
Race White White White White
Age 22 to 33 5 to 11 2 to 4 1 to 3
Height 5’4” to 5’7” 4’2” to 4’4” 3’10” 2’5”
Weight (lbs) 120 to 140 65 to 85 Unknown Unknown
Hair Color Brown Brown Brown Blonde
Hair Style To shoulder To collar Wavy Wavy
Additional

Information

3 fillings, missing teeth Double-pierced ears Pronounced overbite Large gap in upper front teeth
NamUs UP# 2174 UP# 2173 UP# 2175 UP# 2176

 

1/6/2016

On November 10, 1985, the unidentified remains of an adult female (victim 1) and a juvenile female (victim 2) were discovered in a 55-gallon metal barrel covered with a tarp. They were located in a wooded area behind a trailer park adjacent to Bear Brook State Park near Allenstown, New Hampshire. Victim 1 is a white female aged 22 to 33, and victim 2 is a white female aged 5 to 11. On May 9, 2000, a second barrel was discovered approximately 100 yards from the first with the skeletal remains of victims 3 and 4. Victim 3 is a white female aged 2 to 4, and victim 4 is a white female aged 1 to 3. All four victims were killed between 1980 and 1985 and possibly as early as 1977. DNA analysis revealed that victim 1 is the mother of 2 and 4. Victim 3 is not maternally related to victim 1, yet there is a possibility of paternal relationship to the other juveniles. All four victims likely were living in the same area for the last 2 to 3 months of their lives.

For futher information and photographs regarding these victims, refer to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database. Case report numbers are identified above.

ViCAP Alert #: 2015-11-03

To provide or request additional information, please contact the New Hampshire State Police Cold Case Unit at 603-271-2663 or coldcaseunit@dos.nh.gov or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.


Unidentified Remains – West Chester, Ohio

Attention: Homicide, Missing Persons, and Crime Analysis Units

Found on March 7, 2015, in a wooded area near Tylersville Road, West Chester, Ohio

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1/6/2016

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, a human skull was found by kids in a wooded area in West Chester, Ohio. Evidence collected in the area suggests that the individual was wearing a Bobby Brooks brand white, short-sleeved, pull-over shirt with red and blue horizontal stripes; Faded Glory brand blue jeans (size 12); and SAS brand black tie shoes. Found nearby was a blue denim cloth bag with a black fanny pack containing a pair of scissors, a knife, a lighter, and cotton candy lip gloss. Items also recovered, which may be associated with the victim, include two pairs of eyeglasses (prescription and reading) and a pair of gloves. This individual most likely died within the past 6 months.

Race: White

Sex: Female  

Age: 35 to 60 (estimated)

Height: 5’3” to 5’9” (approximately)

Weight: Unknown

Hair: Brown/Gray (6 to 12 inches long)

Eyes: Unknown

Clothing: Bobby Brooks brand white shirt with red and blue horizontal stripes, Faded Glory blue jeans, and SAS “Freetime Women’s Tripad” brand black shoes. A fanny pack and a two-handled blue denim cloth bag also were recovered.

Dental: Upper dentures without implants and lower dentures with mandibular implants. Decedent had severe bone atrophy in the maxilla and mandible. This was an expensive, unique dental prosthetic.

ViCAP Alert #: 2015-11-02
Coroner #: 
15-174
NamUs #: 13635

To provide or request additional information, please contact Detective Travis Oakes, West Chester Police Department, Butler County, Ohio, at 513-759-7267 or toakes@westchesteroh.org, or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.

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Missing Persons – Oscoda, Michigan

Attention: Homicide/Missing Persons/Crime Analysis Units

Missing since October 31, 1969

1/6/2016

On Friday, October 31, 1969, schoolmates Pamela Sue Hobley (15) and Patricia Spencer (16) were reported missing from Oscoda, Michigan. The girls were not considered friends, but it is thought that they may have skipped school together. No one has seen or heard from them since.  Neither girl had a purse or ID with them. Foul play is suspected. For additional information and photographs regarding these victims, refer to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database, case report numbers MP# 11478 and 11479.

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Name: Pamela Sue Hobley

Race: White

Sex: Female

Age: 15

Height: 5’6” to 5’8”

Weight: 100 to 115 pounds

Hair: Brown (longer than shoulder length)

Eyes: Brown

Clothing: Chunky shoes, 3/4 length white fur-like coat with brown fur trim, brown and white plaid skirt, long-sleeve blouse with ruffled cuffs, and white cotton knee socks

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Name: Patricia Spencer

Race: White

Sex: Female

Age: 16

Height: 5’3” to 5’5”

Weight: 120 to 130 pounds

Hair: Blonde (longer than shoulder length)

Eyes: Blue

Clothing: Tweed or brown plaid skirt, brown sweater, grey and green plaid jacket, and brown shoes with thick heels

ViCAP Alert #: 2015-12-04
NameUs:
MP# 11478 and 11479

To provide or request additional information, please contact Detective Sergeant Sarah Krebs, Michigan State Police, Lansing, Michigan, at 313-215-0675 or krebss@michigan.gov, or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.


Missing Person – Conewago Township, Pennsylvania

Attention: Homicide/Missing Persons/Crime Analysis Units

Missing since January 29, 1999

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1/6/2016

On Friday, January 29, 1999, Diane Louise Wolf (Althoff) was reported missing after she did not show up to work at 11:00 p.m. at Hanover Foods, located on Route 116, Hanover, Pennsylvania. She last was seen depositing money at Allfirst Bank, located on Dart Drive, at 7:30 a.m. that same morning. Two days after Diane disappeared, her 1994 turquoise Pontiac Grand Prix was found securely parked at the Weis Market parking lot in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Diane left behind her cell phone, clothes, and personal effects. Her purse and credit cards have not been used or found. Foul play is suspected. For additional information and photographs regarding this victim, refer to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database, case report number MP# 1466.

Name: Diana Louise Wolf (Althoff)

Race: White

Sex: Female

Age: 47

Height: 5’5” to 5’6”

Weight: 175 to 190 pounds

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Tattoo: Purple rose on left ankle

Clothing: Unknown

ViCAP Alert #: 2015-12-02
NameUs:
MP# 1466

To provide or request additional information, please contact Trooper Scott Denisch, Pennsylvania State Police, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 717-671-7500 or sdenisch@pa.gov, or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.


Unidentified Remains – Jackson County, Wisconsin

Attention: Homicide/Missing Persons/Crime Analysis Units

Found on August 15, 1978, in the Township of Knapp, Jackson County, Wisconsin

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1/6/2016

On Tuesday, August 15, 1978, the Jackson County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Office was notified of the recovery of a human skull in a remote area in the Township of Knapp. The photos are a scientific reconstruction approximating the victim’s appearance in 1978. The man’s hairstyle, the presence or absence of a beard, mustache, eyeglasses, eye color, height, and weight are unknown. One silver-colored Medi-Stud brand earring was located near the body. The earring is believed to have been used by ear piercing salons. For additional information and photographs regarding this victim, refer to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database, case report number UP14211.

Race: White

Sex: Male

Age: 28 to 52 (estimated)

Clothing: One silver-colored Medi-Stub brand earring was located near the skull.

ViCAP Alert #: 2015-12-01
NameUs:
#UP 12415

To provide or request additional information, please contact Special Agent Joseph Welsch, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Madison, Wisconsin, at 715-839-3830 or welschjw@doj.state.wi.us, or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.


Missing Person – Bloomfield, Indiana

Attention: Homicide/Missing Persons/Crime Analysis Units

Missing since January 1, 2015

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1/6/2016

On Friday, January 2, 2015, Marina Pearl Boelter was reported missing by her coworkers after she did not show up for work at the IGA grocery store, located off South Highway 231, Bloomfield, Indiana, on January 1. Marina Boelter last was observed after work at approximately 6:00 p.m. on December 31 at the old Sunoco gas station gravel lot directly north of the IGA. She has not been seen since. For additional information and photographs regarding this victim, refer to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database, case report number MP# 27383.

Name: Marina Pearl Boelter

Race: White

Sex: Female

Age: 18

Height: 5’3”

Weight: 120 pounds

Hair: Blonde/strawberry blonde

Eyes: Blue

Clothing: Marina last was seen wearing pink and white Nike Shox shoes. She frequently wore a cross necklace as displayed in the photo.

ViCAP Alert #: 2015-12-03
NameUs:
MP# 27383

To provide or request additional information, please contact Detective Bradley Stille, Indiana State Police, Indianapolis, Indiana, at 812-332-4411 or bstille@isp.in.gov, or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.


Unidentified Remains – Glennie, Michigan

Attention: Homicide/Missing Persons/Crime Analysis Units

Found on October 26, 1994

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1/6/2016

On Wednesday, October 26, 1994, a hunter found the nude remains of a white female, between 30 to 50 years old, 50 to 75 yards north of Bamfield Road, located in Huron National Forest. This location is approximately two-tenths of a mile east of the Brodie Road and Bamfield Road intersection in Glennie, Michigan. It is estimated that this victim died 1 to 4 years prior to her remains being found. She suffered a fracture to her left arm just above the elbow years before her death. The victim also displayed evidence of healed injuries to the spinal column in the upper and lower thoracic region. These injuries may be the result of a traffic accident. For additional information and photographs regarding this victim, refer to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), case report number UP# 8371.

Race: White

Sex: Female

Age: 30 to 50

Height: 5’0” to 5’4”

Weight: Unknown

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Unknown

Dental: There is a distinct gap between the two upper front teeth. Victim displayed poor dental care. She did have some teeth removed, which is consistent with the victim possibly having braces when she was young.

ViCAP Alert #: 2015-12-05
NameUs:
UP# 8371

To provide or request additional information, please contact Detective Sergeant Steve Harshberger, Michigan State Police, Alpena Post, at 989-356-5739 or harshbergers@michigan.gov, or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.


Missing Person – Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Attention: Violent Crime/Cold Case/Crime Analysis Units

Missing since 01/27/2014 from Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Vanessa Smallwood

9/8/2015

Vanessa Smallwood last was seen on January 27, 2014, at Any Garment Cleaners in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She was driving a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country van with New Jersey license tag WSJ-52H. Her cell phone recorded a ping at approximately 1022 hours at 738 Broad Street, Clayton, New Jersey. Since that time there has been no activity from the victim, to include use of her credit and debit cards.

Race: Black

Sex: Female

Age: 46 (at time of incident)

Height: 5’0”

Weight: 150 lbs

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

Clothing/belongings: Black cotton jacket, blue dress, and silver wedding ring

ViCAP Alert #: 2015-09-01
Agency case #:
2014-2283

To provide or request additional information, please contact Detective Christopher Ent of the Burlington Township, New Jersey, Police Department at 609-239-5867 or cent68@burltwppd.com or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.

 


Unidentified Human Remains – Bel Alton, Maryland

Attention Violent Crime/Missing Person/Cold Case/Crime Analysis Units

Found on 6/18/1998 in Bel Alton, Maryland

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8/4/2015

On June 18, 1998, the unidentified remains of a black female were located in Bel Alton, Maryland. The victim was found nude and covered with brush and vegetation near an abandoned home. She had a fractured skull and appeared to have been killed at another location and transported to the body recovery location.

Sex: Female

RaceBlack

Age: 25 to 35

Height: 5’4” to 5’6”

Weight: 115 to 135 pounds

Hair: Black

ViCAP Alert #: 2015-07-01

To provide or request additional information, please contact Detective Brion Buchanan of the Charles County, Maryland, Sheriff’s Office, at 301-609-6477 or buchananb@ccso.us or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.


 Unidentified Human Remains – Highland Springs, Virginia

Attention: Violent Crime/Missing Person/Cold Case/Crime Analysis Units

Found on 1/28/2014 in Highland Springs, Virginia

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6/11/2015

On January 28, 2014, the victim’s remains were found near some vacant apartments in Highland Springs, Virginia. The victim’s skull was separated from the other remains due to either animal interference or environmental circumstances. Other skeletal bones were found tied inside four layers of black, plastic trash bags and were lying underneath a futon mattress. Under the mattress was a “Sponge Bob” fleece blanket.

Sex: Male

Race: White or Hispanic/Latino

Age: 25 to 35

Height: Approximately 4’8” to 5’3”

Weight: Unknown

Hair: Unknown

ViCAP Alert #: 2015-05-02

To provide or request additional information, please contact Detective Matt Rosser of the Henrico County, Virginia, Police Department at 804-928-0273 or Ros44@henrico.us; Investigative Analyst Joyce Salmon of the Henrico, Virginia, Police Department at 804-501-4842, SAL06@henrico.us, or joyce.salmon@henrico.us; or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.


Unidentified Human Remains – Immokalee, Florida

Attention: Violent Crime/Missing Person/Cold Case/Crime Analysis Units

Found on October 18, 1980, in Immokalee, Florida

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2/10/2015

The remains of an unidentified Hispanic male were discovered in Immokalee, Florida. The victim was wearing Levi’s brand blue jeans; K-Mart brand underwear; a Prest Rite-brand long-sleeved, red-checked flannel shirt; green socks with orange and white stripes at the top; and brown boots. The victim may have had family living in Houston and Dallas, Texas. He was known by the name Raldalpho or Raldalfo (name spelling was determined to vary).

Race: Hispanic

Sex: Male

Age: 20 to 25 years old

Height: 5’6”

Weight: 154 pounds

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

Distinguishing characteristics: Linear scars on both the left and right arms

Agency Case #: 80-36053
NamUs #: 1294
ViCAP Alert#: 2015-01-01

To provide or request additional information, please contact Senior CRI Kim K. Cherney, Collier County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office, at 239-252-0050, kim.cherney@colliersheriff.org, or kim.cherney@leo.gov; or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.


Missing Person – Atlantic City, New Jersey

Attention: Violent Crime/ Cold Case/Crime Analysis Units

Sierra Sahara Thomas

Missing since November 21, 2002, from Atlantic City, New Jersey

2/10/2015

On November 21, 2002, Sierra Thomas was with a male friend when her then-current boyfriend saw them together. A short time later, the victim and her boyfriend met. He is the last person to see her alive. He last was seen wearing light blue sweatpants, dark blue or black shirt, black jacket, and a multicolored scarf.

Race: Black

Sex: Female

Age: 19 years old (at time of disappearance)

Height: 5’1” to 5’2”

Weight: 140 to 150 pounds

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown                                                    

Agency Case #: 02-158598
NamUs #: 11955
ViCAP Alert#: 2015-02-01

To provide or request additional information, please contact Detective Charles Stuart, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Police Department, at 609-318-4450 or cstuart@acpolice.org, or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.


Unidentified Human Remains – Alsip, Illinois

Attention: Violent Crime/Missing Person/Cold Case/Crime Analysis Units

Found on 09/23/1980 in Alsip, Illinois

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2/10/2015

On September 23, 1980, at approximately 12:19 p.m., the body of a black female was located in the Cal-Sag Channel in Alsip, Illinois. The victim was facedown in the fetal position, naked from the waist down with six stab wounds to her back and two to her chest. She was bound with an electrical cord around her hands and had a neck tie around her neck, which also bound one hand to her upper legs. Her face was covered with adhesive tape. She was found wearing a blue wool sweater, dark floral blouse, and a beige bra.

Race: Black

Sex: Female

Age: 19 to 25 years old

Height: 5’5” to 5’7”

Weight: 133 pounds

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

ViCAP Alert#: 2015-02-02

To provide or request additional information, please contact Special Agent Ken O’Brien, Illinois State Police, at 847-608-3213 or Kenneth_Obrien@isp.state.il.us, or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 or vicap@leo.gov.


Unidentified Human Remains – Clay County, Missouri

Attention: Violent Crime/Missing Person/Cold Case/Crime Analysis Units

Found on April 18, 1985 in Clay County, Missouri

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3/10/2015

On April 18, 1985, the victim’s remains were found in a field on Cooley Road north of Route 210 in rural Southeastern Clay County, Missouri. The only remains found were the victim’s skull and a few other bones. There was a brown hair comb, numerous teeth, and two bullets recovered near the skull.

Sex: Female

Race: Unknown

Age: 18 to 25

Height: Approximately 5’5”

Weight: Unknown

Hair: Brown

ViCAP Alert #: 2015-03-01

To provide or request additional information, please contact Detective Shane O’Roark of the Clay County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office at 816-407-3716 or coldcase@sheriffclayco.com or the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) at 800-634-4097 FREE or vicap@leo.gov.

Additional articles can be found at Feb FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

Wrongful Death OH Convicted Murderer Pleads Guilty to 2005 Murder of Woman

A Toledo, Ohio, convicted murderer pleaded guilty before Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, in United States District Court, on Friday, February 5, 2016, to a Federal Information charging him with the 2005 murder of a woman at Fort Knox Military Base, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

In court, defendant Ernest Otto Smith, 49, admitted that on or about January 7, 2005, he murdered Cathy M. Barnett willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation, on the grounds of Fort Knox, within the special territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

According to the plea agreement, on January 3, 2005, Smith robbed and shot and killed James Dillingham in Toledo, Ohio. It is believed Barnett was present during the murder. Shortly after the murder, Smith and Barnett fled Toledo and ultimately headed south to Kentucky in Smith’s van. Smith had formerly lived and worked near Fort Knox.

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During the trip to Kentucky Smith decided to murder Barnett because she witnessed the Dillingham murder and could tell the police about the murder.  On January 7, 2005, Smith’s van broke down in Kentucky and Smith and Barnett hitchhiked and they were dropped off near Fort Knox.  Smith and Barnett walked approximately one quarter of a mile down a service road off the main highway, into a wooded area located on the grounds of Fort Knox, in Meade County, Kentucky.  In the wooded area, Smith first attempted to break Barnett’s neck, and then beat her on the head with a tree branch until Smith knew Barnett was dead.  Smith left Barnett’s body in the woods and eventually traveled to Tennessee where he was arrested in Nashville on January 21, 2005.  In March 2006, Smith was convicted in Ohio of the Dillingham murder and was sentenced to 32 years of imprisonment.

In late 2010, Smith spoke with his former parole officer, Dan Van Vorhis, who asked Smith what happened to Barnett.   Over the course of several recorded conversations, Smith explained to Van Vorhis the details of her murder.  Smith also identified where Barnett’s remains would be found.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched and found Barnett’s remains on the grounds of Fort Knox, in the wooded area identified by Smith.

As a result of his guilty plea, Smith faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, and a potential $250,000 fine.Smith was in the custody of the Ohio Department of Prisons. His sentencing before Senior Judge Russell is scheduled for March 22, 2016, at 3:00pm in Louisville.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Pedophile Tracking Floyd County Man Sentenced to 165 Months For Receipt of Child Porn

A Floyd County man, who previously admitted that he received nearly 30,000 images of child pornography, has been sentenced to 165 months in federal prison.

On January 28, U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves has sentenced Bret A. Dunning, 53, for receipt of child pornography.  Judge Reeves has also ordered Dunning to pay $10,000 in restitution and has assessed a $1,750 fine.  Under federal law, Dunning must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for 15 years.  Dunning must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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Dunning admitted, at his guilty plea, that he had downloaded child pornography images from the internet.  In March 2013, Kentucky State Police conducted a search at Dunning’s residence and found the images.  The images depicted prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Dunning pleaded guilty in October of 2015.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Howard Marshall, Special Agent in Charge, FBI; and Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by Kentucky State Police and the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Marye prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

Fraud Investigation Lexington Couple Pleads Guilty To Grant Fraud

A Lexington couple has admitted in federal court that they submitted false claims related to federal grants from the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) and defrauded the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Today, Jerome Hahn, 69, pleaded guilty, to conspiracy to defraud the United States with respect to claims, before U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves.  On December 16, 2015, Vesta Brue, 70, pleaded guilty to making a false claim against the United States.

According to court documents, Vesta Brue certified on behalf of Telehealth Holdings, LLC, a company owned by Jerome Hahn, that the company had incurred expenses totaling $222,037, relating to two federal grants Telehealth received from NIH, for the development of medical devices.  Brue falsely certified that the funds had been spent in accordance with grant rules and regulations.

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Brue and Hahn waived their right to be indicted by a grand jury, were formally charged in court, and admitted to the charges.

Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Howard S. Marshall, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Derrick Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Atlanta Region; and Christopher A. Henry, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, jointly announced the guilty pleas.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate K. Smith represents the federal government in this case.

Vesta Brue is scheduled to be sentenced on March 30, 2016.  She faces a maximum prison sentence of 5 years and a maximum fine of $250,000.  Jerome Hahn is scheduled to be sentenced on May 18, 2016.  He faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $250,000.  Any sentence will be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutes.

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