On Monday night at around 9pm, Mingming Chen called police to report her 5-year-old daughter, Ashley Zhao, was missing.
She told police that she last saw her daughter hours earlier and felt she had wondered out of Ang’s Asian Cuisine, the restaurant her family operates.
Police and locals began a search for Ashley, and an endangered child alert was issued. These were called off when Ashley’s body was discovered found “deceased and concealed” inside the family’s restaurant.
It was then that investigators learned the truth about what happened to the girl.
According to police, Chen repeatedly punched her daughter in the head for reasons unknown at this time. The girl’s father, Liang Zhao, found his daughter on the ground with a green liquid coming from her mouth.
When he tried washing off the liquid, he noticed she was no longer breathing and attempted CPR, but was unable to save Ashley.…
There’s a lot of details with this case, so I’m going to start at the beginning.
Back in July, 41-year-old Sara Packer went to police to report her adopted daughter, 14-year-old Grace Packer, had run away from home after an argument. She explained she had done this before and that on this occasion, she had taken $300 from the home.
Over the next several months, the Abington Township Police Department investigated Grace’s disappearance, but without the help of Sara. They say Sara ignored them, didn’t let Grace’s family know she was missing and continued to collect a Social Security check in the girl’s name – spending over $3000 of the funds.
In November, Packer was charged with hindering attempts to find her daughter and later released on bail.
On October 31, hunters would find a head and torso in the woods and called police.…
When Keith Papini returned home from work on Wednesday he found that his wife, Sherri, and their two children were not home.
When she would not answer her cell phone and he learned their children had not been picked up from daycare, Keith used the Find My Iphone app to locate Sherri’s phone near the intersection of Old Oregon Trail and Sunrise Drive in Redding.
When he drove to the location he did not find his wife, but did find her phone with the ear-buds still plugged into the device.
“He found her phone close to the road,” said Sherri’s sister Shelia. “He called the authorities immediately.”
Investigators say that at this time they do not have any evidence pointing to an abduction, but aren’t ruling it out saying it’s still early in the investigation.
However, friends and family cannot think of any other scenario, describing Sherri as a dedicated mother who would have never left her children at daycare or intentionally disrupted their lives.…
Back in August, 30-year-old Kala Brown and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Charlie Carver, disappeared from their apartment leaving cell phones, a car, and their dog behind.
The faded from the news a bit until recently, when someone started posting on Carver’s Facebook page.
The person making the posts claimed the couple were fine and just decided to leave.
Their family members did not believe the posts were coming from the couple, thinking the page had either been hacked, or the handiwork of the person(s) responsible for their disappearance.
We now know the fate of Brown, who was found alive inside a storage shed on property belonging to 45-year-old Todd Kohlhepp, a registered sex offender.
Acting on a tip provided by a sex crime investigator, deputies were on the property when they heard banging coming from the storage container
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said Brown was “chained inside the container like a dog.…
For those of you who may not remember this case, here’s a quick refresher:
Erica was adopted by Casey and Sandy Parsons when she was two weeks old. In 2013, Erica’s step-brother reported her missing, but investigators would learn no one had seen the girl since 2011.
Casey and Sandy said they’d sent her to live with a relative in Asheville, but it turned out the relative didn’t exist. Over the next several months, police searched several properties but could not find Erica.
In 2014, Casey and Sandy were convicted on 76 federal charges for taking benefits for adoption assistance during the time Erica was missing. Casey was sentenced to 10 years, and Sandy was sentenced to eight years.
In July, Erica’s aunt and adoptive sister said they believed Erica was dead and that Casey and Sandy Parsons knew where Erica’s body was located.…
Heeringa was last seen in April of 2013 as she prepared to close up the Exxon Mobil gas station where she worked the late shift. A concerned customer called police 15 minutes after Herringa had made her last sale to report there was no employee at the open gas station.
Police believed Heeringa had been abducted from the store as her purse and keys were still there, and there was evidence she had been in the process of closing the store. Unfortunately, the gas station was not equipped with surveillance cameras but there were reports of a van in the area at the time.
Now, three years later, police think they may have the person responsible for Heeringa’s disappearance – and he may be a serial killer. Last week, 46-year-old Jeffrey Willis was charged with trying to abduct a teenage girl in April.…
Titchener says his wife, 57-year-old Shelley Titchener, left their home the day before Valentine’s Day after they got into an argument.
He claimed she told him she was going to stay with a friend and left without her car, cell phone, laptop or bipolar disorder medication. Two days later, Titchener reported her missing.
The odd thing about his version of events is that on the day Paul reported her missing, a next-door neighbor says she talked to Shelley in their neighborhood and she was seen shopping at a mall.
Neighbors said they would sometimes hear shouting coming from the couple’s home and that there was tension when Paul moved back in after leaving for some time.
A week later this past Sunday, a fisherman found the torso of a woman floating near the Fremont shoreline, 30 miles from Titchener’s home. On Tuesday, an arm was found in the same area.…
According to Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley, Tackett was visiting with his mother, Amber Tackett, at the home of her ex-boyfriend. The couple left the home at around midnight to run an errand, leaving the boy in the care of the boy’s grandparents.
When the couple returned around an hour later, they noticed the front door was open and the boy was not in the house. Police were called and a search began immediately that consisted of 50 volunteer searchers.
At around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, a neighbor spotted the boy in the back of a van parked almost a mile away. He was wearing only a diaper and was wrapped in a blanket. Tackett was pronounced dead at the scene, but a cause of death was not known. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
When asked whether the public should be concerned about a “random killer” on the loose, Medley responded “No” and added that the boy’s death appears to be an isolated incident.…
For those of you unaware of this case, the toddler disappeared from the Timber Creek Campground last July while camping with his family.
His parents, Deorr Kunz Sr. and Jessica Mitchell, thought the boy was being watched by his grandfather when they decided to do some exploring. When they returned and realized their son wasn’t with the rest of the family, the boy’s grandfather told them he thought he was with them.
After 30 minutes of searching, the family called police. What followed was an intensive search using police, search and rescue teams, dogs, people on horseback and atvs, and even a helicopter.
Approximately 150 people scoured a 2.5 mile radius surrounding the campground, sonar equipment was used to search a reservoir located a half a mile from where the boy was last seen, and a wolf’s den was even searched.
Absolutely no trace of Kunz has ever been found.…
WOODLAND PARK, CO – The Teller County Coroner’s Office has identified the remains found inside an abandoned cabin’s chimney as 18-year-old Joshua Maddux, who disappeared in 2008.
The remains were found last month by workers who were demolishing the cabin that has stood empty for almost 10 years. It took a month, but dental records were used to positively identify the body.
During a press conference announcing the identification, the coroner said there was no sign of foul play or trauma to the body and that it seems as if Maddux voluntarily climbed inside the chimney, probably to gain access to the inside of the cabin..
Maddux ran into serious trouble once he found that the chimney was equipped with a wood-burning stove that prevented him from getting inside the cabin. So, basically, the poor guy got himself stuck in a chimney and then died of dehydration – which can take three to four days.
I can imagine a handful of nightmare ways to die, and standing inside a chimney for days until dying of dehydration is definitely one of them.…
JEFFERSON, OH – Alesha Bell, the 18-year-old who went missing after sending her mother a text message that she was scared, has been found dead in a backyard fire pit owned by 40-year-old James Brooks.
On July 23rd, Alesha Bell left her home on foot to visit a nearby relative. She never made it there. The following morning, her mother received a text from her daughter that read: “Mom, if I make it home, I need you. I’m scared.”
Bell’s mother said a short time later, she received another text from Bell’s phone stating she was with an unknown person from Columbus. She then started getting texts from her daughter’s phone that she knew were not from her daughter because of the grammar and punctuation used.
When anyone tried calling Bell, the calls started going straight to voicemail and Bell was never heard from again. After reporting her missing, investigators would link Bell to James Brooks, a man who says he ran an escort service from May 2014 to May 2015.…
SANTA CRUZ, CA – A whole bunch of people are currently searching for 8-year-old Madyson Middleton after she was went missing Sunday night while visiting her mother near the Tannery Arts Center.
The call came in around 6 p.m. when the girl could not be located after going outside to play a couple of hours earlier.
Madyson was last seen riding her white razer scooter around her mother’s apartment complex. She was wearing a purple knee high dress with black leggings, a black baseball style helmet, and her hair pulled to the side in a braid.
Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said video surveillance at the complex showed Madyson still there at 5:05 p.m.
Community volunteers, the Santa Cruz police, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and a specialized state K-9 rescue team are all participating in the search for Madyson.
“The Santa Cruz Police Department has flooded the area with additional officers and detectives,” Blascke said. “Officers have scoured the complex and surrounding areas, including the woodland, parks and river levee in an attempt to locate Madyson.”
K9s tracked Madyson’s scent to the beach, but there is still no sign of the girl.…
LEADORE, ID — Deorr Kunz Jr., the 2-year-old boy who vanished from an Idaho campground four days ago, is still missing.
Last Friday, the toddler was with family at the Timber Creek Campground when his parents, Deorr Kunz Sr. and Jessica Mitchell, decided to some exploring on their own.
They had assumed the boy’s grandfather would watching him while they were gone, but when they returned they noticed their son wasn’t with the group. When they asked the boy’s grandfather about Deorr, he replied that he thought he’d went with them.
The family immediately began searching the area for the toddler before calling police about 30 minutes later. A search team was quickly formed and consisted of police, search and rescue teams, dogs, people on horseback and atvs, and even a helicopter.
Approximately 150 people scoured the campground, as well as a 2.5 mile radius surrounding the campground, but no trace of Kunz was found. This has lead some, including the boy’s parents, to believe the little boy was abducted.…
REDDING, CA – Matthew Graham, the man named as a person of interest in the disappearance of his 6-month-old daughter last week, is now armed and on the run.
Earlier this month, Graham called 911 report that he had woke up to find his daughter, Ember, missing from her crib.
Despite Graham’s wife and family claiming it was impossible for Graham to have hurt his daughter, police were suspicious of Graham from the onset. This was because of inconsistent statements he made to investigators, and the fact that he refused to take a lie detector test to clear him as a suspect.
“At this time we have not found any credible evidence supporting Matthew Graham’s account that Ember was abducted by a stranger or by anyone else,” the sheriff’s office said last week.
Graham was arrested for probation violation involving driving under the influence charges and a forgery conviction. However, on Wednesday he pleaded guilty to the charge and released. The judge ruled Graham didn’t have to wear a monitoring bracelet, but had to report to his probation officer weekly.…
At around 5:26 a.m. Thursday morning, Graham called 911 report that his daughter had vanished from her crib. He told police that he last saw Ember about 10:30 p.m. the night before and she was gone when he woke up.
Police began doubting Graham’s version of events before the day was out, mostly because of inconsistent statements he made to the Shasta County sheriff’s investigators.
Graham’s father told reporters that his son’s truck was also captured on surveillance cameras driving around that night. His father added that this was not surprising, as his son did this before whenever Ember got fussy.
“I mean who hasn’t driven around with a baby in the car to get them to settle down, because they fall asleep in cars, you know?” Wayne Graham said.
Graham was arrested for probation violation after he admitted to investigators that he had smoked medical marijuana even though his prescription had expired.…
Mike and Tina Careccia were last seen leaving their home to run errands at around 5 a.m. on June 22. Mike’s teenage son called 911 around 7:15 that night to report he was worried about his father and stepmother as they had not returned home and that their phones were off.
Investigators would find the couple’s car a few hours later, abandoned a half-mile away from their home and covered in dirt. In the days that followed, police, family and friends began searching the area for the couple using ATV’s dogs and a helicopter. In that time, there was no activity with the couple’s phones, bank accounts, credit cards or social media accounts.
No word on what lead police to bring a backhoe to the backyard of a home located a couple of blocks away from where the couple lived, but on Wednesday night they used it to start digging and recovered two bodies believed to be the missing couple.…
HAMPTON, VA – Police have arrested 44-year-old Tonya Slaton after the remains of her son, missing since 2004, were found in the trunk of her car.
Slaton was pulled over by a state trooper on the morning of June 6 for driving her Ford Mustang on expired tags. When the trooper asked Slaton about a large white spot on the floor behind the driver’s seat, Slaton explained it was from bleach.
The trooper asked Slaton if she had anything in the trunk of her car, she claimed she only had clothes in her trunk. When the trooper decided to look for himself, he reported the smell of rotted flesh as soon as the trunk was opened.
The source of the smell was the corpse of Slaton’s biological son, Quincy Jamar Davis, who has been missing since 2004. His body was in two plastic bags wrapped in duct tape. The boy has not been seen since 2004 when he was in seventh-grade at Virginia Beach Middle School.
Slaton never filed a missing person report, and it doesn’t seem as the kid had anyone who cared enough about him to notify authorities that he had simply disappeared.…
UPDATE – Bradshaw-Crowther was found alive and safe Monday in Boone, NC. A post on her brother’s Facebook page indicates that ” Carrie is presently hospitalized and is receiving much needed medical care….While it is unfortunate, we no longer expect a new addition to our family and ask for your continued prayers. We respect the HIPPA [sic] laws and we feel that releasing any more information should be in Carrie’s discretion after she has the opportunity to heal.”
SALISBURY, NC – About an hour before her scheduled 6:00 a.m. C-section last Tuesday, 49-year-old Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther disappeared.
As those of you obsessed with fertility and baby production already have concluded, Bradshaw-Crowther’s pregnancy is considered high risk; additionally, according to her 26-year-old daughter Lauren Lusk, her mother has a medical condition that requires a C-section.
Lusk and her wife Shelbi drove into Salisbury the preceding Saturday to help get the house ready for the baby; early Tuesday, she (and, presumably, Shelbi) ran out to gas up her vehicle for the drive to Charlotte.…