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January 25th, 2010, 02:12 PM
A 37 year old Geronimo woman was found murdered last night, and her 7 year old daughter is missing.
Aja (pronounce "Asia") Johnson is being described as approximately 4 feet tall and weighing 65lbs. She has brown hair, brown eyes, and a thin frame:
She is believed to have been taken her mother's estranged husband, 47 year old Lester Hobbs. He is 5'9, 180 lbs and has hazel eyes. He is not Aja's father. In fact, Aja's biological father was granted emergency custody of Aja back in November. Aja's now deceased mother, Tonya Hobbs, was only supposed to have supervised visitation with Aja and it was stipulated by the court that Aja was not to be around Lester Hobbs. It is being said that Hobbs no longer sports the goatee shown in the photo below, but that he does have a mustache:
It is believed that they could be traveling in a white, 1992 Toyota Paseo (similar to shown below) with an Oklahoma license plate of 577-BPW. According to reports, the rear passenger window of the car has been replaced with a sheet of plastic and the car has no hubcaps.
January 25th, 2010, 02:23 PM
oh no. oh please no. not another one. just look at his photo, you can read ugliness and depravity all over him. i'm heartsick because i think we all know what has happened to this angel. i hope i'm wrong, i pray i just have a nasty and suspicious mind. God be with this child.
January 25th, 2010, 02:32 PM
I can't find anything that says why she couldn't have Aja around this guy. I can speculate, but I would really like to know WHY...
January 25th, 2010, 02:43 PM
I can't find anything on that either, backlash. A search of Tonya Hobbs on http://www.oscn.net shows the order under her divorce proceedings. It simply states that Aja was not to be alone with her mother or with Lester Hobbs.
It was said that he was a convicted felon, so I looked him up on the DOC website as well. It shows a laundry list of convictions (mostly felonies) dating back to 1983, though none of the crimes listed are sexual in nature.
January 25th, 2010, 04:21 PM
He looks like a mean SOB......Aja, I hope you are found alive and well very soon.
January 25th, 2010, 08:04 PM
Law enforcement officials believe this child to be in grave or immediate danger.
The child has unknown medical problems.
From the Amber Alert post on Myspace…
This is looking no bueno already..Medical Issues?
I searched for this car on I20 all the way home from Fort Worth….of course I saw nothing but I couldn’t help but hope..
January 25th, 2010, 09:11 PM
Geronimo, OK, United States (AHN) - Oklahoma's Comanche County has issued an amber alert to find a missing eight-year-old girl believed to have been abducted by the alleged killer of her mother.
The search area includes Lubbock County in Texas as Aja Johnson and Lester Hobbs, 47, were reportedly spotted in Austin and Brady.
Aja, who is four feet tall and weighs 65 pounds, was last seen in her home Sunday night, when the body of her mother, Tonya Hobbs, 37, was found dead in her RV by police.
Read more: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7017625420#ixzz0dg0QwTsB
January 26th, 2010, 09:05 AM
The father of a missing Oklahoma girl is issuing an urgent plea for her safe return.
The 7-year-old's mother, Tonya Hobbs, was found dead late Sunday. Aja Johnson is believed to be with her mother's estranged husband, an ex-convict now wanted for questioning in Hobbs' death.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown says Lester Hobbs and Aja were last seen Saturday evening. She says "time is of the essence" in finding the girl.
At a news conference yesterday, Aja's father said through tears that if Hobbs or anyone knows where the child is, "please take her to a safe spot." He promised to pick his daughter up, with no questions asked.
Oklahoma authorities say law enforcement agencies also have been alerted in Texas, California and Oregon, where Lester Hobbs has relatives.
January 26th, 2010, 02:24 PM
"She's only been 7 years old for 20 days."~~Aja's father.
January 26th, 2010, 02:29 PM
"She's only been 7 years old for 20 days."~~Aja's father.
That really bothers me, for some reason...
January 26th, 2010, 04:56 PM
In August, Tonya Hobbs wrote in a court petition that Lester Hobbs once threatened to "hit my daughters in the head with a hammer and kill them."
Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=12&articleid=20100126_12_0_hrimgs464694
As of today they are expanding their search to the states of California, Texas and Oregon as Hobbs reportedly has relatives in those states.
January 26th, 2010, 11:02 PM
UPDATE 1 HOUR AGOAmber Alert: 7-Year-Old Aja Johnson Believed to Be With Accused Murderer
A 7-year-old Oklahoma girl who needs medicine for a psychological condition is believed to have been kidnapped by a man prosecutors charged today with the murder of the girl's mother this weekend, officials said today.
An Amber alert has been issued for a missing 7-year-old girl whose mother was later found dead inside an Oklahoma home. She is believed to be with Lester HObbs, her mother's estranged husband who is wanted for questioning in her murder.
(Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation)Comanche County prosecutors charged Lester Hobbs, 46, with first-degree murder in the beating death of his estranged wife Tonya Hobbs, whose body was found Sunday in her camper. They also charged Hobbs with kidnapping of Aja Johnson, who is not his biological child.
Aja's abduction is believed to have occurred sometime before 9 p.m. Sunday, when her mother's body was found by authorities at the Comanche County Sheriff's Office.
Tonya Hobbs' murder comes just five months after she filed for a protective order against her estranged husband who she said threatened to kill her if she ever left him. While an Oklahoma court initially granted the request, the case was later dismissed because neither Tonya Hobbs or Lester Hobbs showed up in court. Earlier today, attorney John Branch, who is representing Aja Johnson's father, J.J. Johnson, told ABCNews.com that without her medication the young girl's behavior will become erratic. Aja suffers from attention deficit disorder and sleep deprivation, said Branch, and without her medicine is likely to misbehave.
In a press conference today, Aja's father made a tearful plea for her safe return and reiterated his daughter's need for medical treatment.
"I'm here to make a plea to everybody who's listening. I need my little girl back," Johnson said. "She's missing, and I love her dearly. She needs her medication."
Authorities and Aja's family are worried the young girl could be in danger because of Hobbs' violence history.
According to public records, Hobbs has been in and out of prison for various charges, ranging from a conviction for burglary in 1983 to driving under the influence. Most recently Hobbs servied a 20-month prison sentence in 2005 for assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
Aja and her mother were visiting Hobbs at his sister's home prior to the murder and disappearance, according to authorities. Also traveling with Aja and her mother was Aja's older sister, who is not missing. http://www.newsrunner.com/display-article/?eUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fabcnews.go.com%2FUS%2Faja-johnson-medication-father%2Fstory%3Fid%3D9667716&eSrc=ABC+-+KTMF+23+-+Missoula+MT&eTitle=Amber+Alert%3A+Girl+With+Accused+Murderer
January 27th, 2010, 01:05 AM
developments in the desperate search for Aja Johnson. Her mother was killed. She was kidnapped. Now cops are searching for this little girl`s stepfather. Another case.
Authorities have charged Aja Johnson`s stepfather, Lester Hobbs, with her kidnapping and the first-degree murder of her mother, Tonya Hobbs.
Prosecutors say Lester beat his estranged wife to death.
An Amber Alert issued Sunday night for little Aja after mom was found dead in Lester`s RV, parked outside a relative`s home in Geronimo, Oklahoma. Investigators believe the child is with him as we speak. Yesterday, someone reported seeing the two in Brady, Texas.
J.J. JOHNSON, FATHER OF AJA: Everybody who`s listening and every parent who`s out there, I need my little girl back. Anyone out there who know where she is, please return her. Take her to a safe spot. I`ll come and get her and see that she`s picked up with no questions asked.
REPORTER, "THE OKLAHOMAN": Well, as you reported, the charge filed in Comanche County against Lester Hobbs, first-degree murder and kidnapping. And we learned that Tonya Hobbs died of blunt force trauma to her body. Violent manner of the death.
The district attorney in Comanche County, Fred Smith, said one of the reasons for getting this filed quickly today was to get assistance from the FBI and the U.S. Marshal Service.
Reports indicate Tonya was visiting Lester in an attempt to reconcile. Here`s Tonya`s mom talking about the recent charges.ALICE DUNKIN, GRANDDAUGHTER MISSING: I never thought that he would go that far, you know. He`d beat her up and slapped her and black eye and all this, but I didn`t think he would go as far as murder.
This guy only got 20 months for assault for a deadly weapon. He shouldn`t even have been out of jail. But I can`t really read into why sometimes women stay in these relationships. I know there`s things about them I don`t understand. And I don`t want to talk about somebody in a different situation and say something in something I can`t understand. But I don`t know why they stay in these relationships. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1001/26/ijvm.01.html
January 27th, 2010, 03:47 PM
Store security photo shows wanted man with slaying victim CNN) -
- Investigators released photographs Wednesday showing a man wanted in the case of a slain woman and her missing 7-year-old daughter.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation released images taken by a security camera of 37-year-old Tonya Hobbs and her estranged husband, Lester Williams Hobbs, as they shopped for food just hours before Tonya Hobbs was killed.
Police have charged Lester Hobbs with murder in his estranged wife's death. They also have charged him with kidnapping Tonya Hobbs' daughter, Aja Daniell Johnson, the bureau said Wednesday.
"These new pictures show the suspect car that is now missing as well as what the suspect, Lester Hobbs, looks like and the clothes he may be wearing now," a bureau spokeswoman, Jessica Brown, said in a statement.
Investigators have asked anyone with information about Hobbs or Aja to call a new hotline number at 1-800-THE-LOST.
The images released Wednesday were taken about 5:15 p.m. Saturday at a store in Lawton, Oklahoma. Shortly after that, the couple and Aja apparently went to the home of Lester Hobbs' sister to eat, police said.
Hobbs was found dead in a parked RV the next day in Geronimo, Oklahoma. Her daughter has been missing since then.
"We've got to find that little girl," Special Agent Ray Homer of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said this week.
The girl has a medical condition that requires medication, police have said, though they declined to elaborate.
Lester Hobbs, 46, and Aja are presumed to be in Hobbs' car -- a white 1992 Toyota Paseo with an Oklahoma tag number 577-BPW, police said.
Police have searched for them in Oklahoma and Texas.
Lester and Tonya Hobbs were separated, but apparently Tonya Hobbs was visiting her estranged husband in an attempt to reconcile, Richard Goss, agent in charge of the state bureau of investigation's Lawton, Oklahoma, office, told reporters this week.
Lester Hobbs is not Aja's biological father, police said. He has an extensive criminal history, Goss said, without elaborating.
Aja's biological father was awarded emergency custody of her in November, according to Oklahoma County District Court documents obtained by CNN affiliate KWTV of Oklahoma City.
At a hearing, Tonya Hobbs -- identified as Tonya Dunkin in the documents -- and the girl's father, John Johnson, agreed that she would have supervised visitation with Aja and keep the girl away from Lester Hobbs, the documents said.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/01/27/oklahoma.missing.girl/index.html Theres a video at the link
January 27th, 2010, 11:57 PM
Authorities believe that the vehicle Hobbs was driving was spotted this evening in Oklahoma City. The tag had reportedly been changed to a different Oklahoma tag with the number 858-BPE.
January 29th, 2010, 10:12 AM
he father of a 7-year-old Oklahoma girl believed to have been abducted by her slain mother's estranged husband violated a court order when he let the child make an unsupervised visit with the woman, an attorney said Thursday.
A Dec. 4 court order prohibited Tonya Hobbs from being alone with the girl and said the child could not be near Lester Hobbs, an ex-convict. But a lawyer for the girl's father, John J. Johnson of Oklahoma City, told The Associated Press that Johnson let Tonya Hobbs take Aja to a birthday party last Friday.
"He's kicking himself and blaming himself for letting these bad things happen," attorney John Branch said. "He's blaming himself for not living by the terms of the temporary order."
A judge granted Johnson temporary custody Nov. 6. A month later, the judge barred private visits between the girl and her mother and said the child had to avoid Lester Hobbs because Johnson feared Hobbs would not be a good influence on the girl, Branch said.
Johnson had recently come to believe Aja's mother was no longer seeing Hobbs, Branch said.
"At the beginning, they were together, but we don't know what's happened to the child since then," said Jessica Brown, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, who announced a $20,000 reward Thursday. "Time is not working in our favor."
Tonya Hobbs' mother, Alice Dunkin, said Lester Hobbs had previously threatened the family.
"He's got threats out that if anything happened to Tonya and it looked like he was going to jail, he'd come after her family," Dunkin told the AP.
In a petition for a protective order filed in August, Tonya Hobbs wrote that her husband vowed to kill her if she left him. "My husband has threatened to hit my daughters in the head with a hammer and kill them," she wrote.
But Branch said Thursday he and Johnson were unaware of any threats of violence or signs of physical abuse by Lester Hobbs.
"It's totally amazing to me all of this that's come out about what a bad actor he was," Branch said.
January 29th, 2010, 10:33 AM
I wonder why he took her from the home if he just intended to murder her?
January 29th, 2010, 11:21 AM
My mind's all over the place on this one.
The pessimist in me drums up so many scenarios...mainly: 1) He may have been molesting her, or intending to molest her long before killing Aja's mother and taking her. Something went wrong and Tonya Hobbs ended up dead. Did she walk in on Lester with Aja?
Or 2) was it his usual spousal abuse that he took too far this time? Perhaps Aja witnessed him kill Tonya and he felt he couldn't leave that witness alive?
Johnson clings to hope his child is alive.
"Lester always seemed quite loving toward her,” Johnson said. "He seemed to favor that little girl, even more than his own.”
Tonya Hobbs’ mother, Alice Dunkin of Oklahoma City, characterized the relationship differently. She said Wednesday that Lester Hobbs hated Aja and was very mean to her. But she also said Lester Hobbs wanted to see Aja and his own daughter, Kerissa Hobbs, over the weekend because he had a court date on a DUI on Monday and feared he would be sent back to prison.
Read more: http://newsok.com/missing-geronimo-girls-dad-searchers-cling-to-hope/article/3435522?custom_click=headlines_widget#ixzz0e0wsEWF D
January 29th, 2010, 01:08 PM
This isnt sounding very good I hope they find her soon but if hes already going down for murdering mom hes really got nothing to lose.Also theres a reason he wasnt allowed to be around her.Sad thing is this is another case of adults failing the child all 3 of them are at fault.
January 30th, 2010, 02:08 AM
Aja Johnson update: $15,000 reward offered in case of missing Oklahoma girl January 29, 10:55 PM
$15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Lester Hobbs, who’s been charged with kidnapping 7-year-old Aja Johnson.
Hobbs has also been charged with the kidnap and murder of Aja’s mother, Tonya Hobbs.
The monetary reward is being offered by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service in Oklahoma, according to KLTV.Aja is 4-feet tall, with brown eyes and brown hair and weighs about 65 pounds.
Lester Hobbs is 6-foot-1 and weighs about 190 pounds. He has green eyes, brown hair, and multiple tattoos, including wings on his chest and the word "Tony" on his left forearm. He was last seen driving a white 1995 Toyota Paseo with Oklahoma license plate 577-BPW. Reports indicate the rear window may be broken out and the vehicle is missing hubcaps.
Anyone with information should call the U.S. Marshals Service in Oklahoma City at (405) 231-4206.http://www.examiner.com/x-1168-Crime-Examiner~y2010m1d29-Aja-Johnson-update-15000-reward-offered-in-case-of-missing-Oklahoma-girl
January 30th, 2010, 02:10 AM
I hope to god shes someplace warm.B/c my daughter was supposed to fly here yesterday and couldnt b/c of ice storm and today and tomorrow again air ports shut down due to ice storm and snow.I cant help thinking about her and wondering where she is but Im getting a bad feeling as this drags on
January 31st, 2010, 05:41 PM
Tonya Hobbs 1992 Toyota Paseo
Praying for you Aja!
Since they suspect that Lester may travel through several states, why not a National Amber Alert, especially since they have photos to broadcast of everyone and the car!!??
February 6th, 2010, 01:50 AM
Authorities are focused on finding the 1992 Toyota driven by Hobbs.
At the same time, on the ground, officers once again go door to door in Geronimo.
While the search again turned up empty, investigators aren't giving up hope.
"We're glad Channel 4 was here providing us with helicopter support. We still hope we can get Hobbs found and get Aja back to her father," said Marc Crawford.
Investigators are still offering a 20 thousand dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Video from Chopper 4 Flying over the area......
February 6th, 2010, 02:13 AM
GERONIMO, Okla. — The U.S. Marshal’s Service has added its Sex Offender Investigation Unit to the search for a missing 7-year-old girl and her stepfather.
Law enforcement officers conducted a house-by-house search Wednesday for the missing girl and planned to check every home in the area, said Marc Crawford of the Sex Offender Investigation Unit.
An Amber Alert has been in effect since Jan. 24 for Johnson after her mother was found dead. Hobbs, 46, was charged Jan. 26 in Comanche County District Court with first-degree murder and kidnapping.
Crawford said that the Sex Offender Unit became involved in the investigation after investigators received information that Hobbs could be sexually abusing the child.
The Marshal’s Service moved its newest command center trailer to Geronimo Sunday night. Crawford said the $1.3 million mobile command post, housed in Oklahoma City, serves the service for the western portion of the United States including Alaska and can be flown anywhere it is needed.
“It’s one of the best pieces of equipment we have to track criminals and sex offenders,” Crawford said.
Crawford said the command center is able to link local law enforcement with Internet to satellite television information hubs and information can be sent and received almost instantly.
Praying for you Aja!!
February 23rd, 2010, 10:01 PM
Aja Johnson was beaten and bruised by her suspected abductor in August, according to a family friend who had sheltered the 7-year-old child and her mother at that time.
Lester William Hobbs, 46, the man wanted in connection with Aja’s apparent kidnapping and the slaying of his estranged wife, Tonya LeAnn Hobbs, "just went off” on the girl, bruising her "from her butt to the bottom of her knees,” said Sissy Miller, 26, of Blanchard.
"That poor child was bruised so badly she couldn’t even sit,” Miller said. "We took pictures and turned them into DHS. We told school officials, and they reported it, too, but we were just told there was nothing that could be done. Now look what’s happened.”
"I can’t even sleep at night,” said Miller, who is taking care of Tonya and Lester Hobbs’ 13-year-old daughter. "I just keep waiting to hear that little knock at the front door, hoping it will be Aja. I look all the time. Whenever I’m driving I’m constantly looking, thinking I might see her walking down the street.”
Miller said on a recent cold day, Aja’s older sister said to her, "‘I hope Aja has her coat. It’s really cold today.’ I just broke down and started crying.”
Roy Anderson, Miller’s father and next door neighbor, is also grieving. He had known Tonya Hobbs for 15 years and has raised her oldest child, a 15-year-old boy, since he was a baby.
Anderson said he worried about Tonya Hobbs’ relationship with Lester Hobbs.
"I tolerated him,” Anderson said. "Then I saw those bruises on that little girl, and that was it for me. I don’t care who you are, you just don’t hurt a child.”
Department of Human Services spokeswoman Beth Scott said Friday she could "neither confirm nor deny” the reports of Aja’s bruising.
February 25th, 2010, 05:52 PM
OSBI held a news conference this afternoon:
It's been 33 days since a seven-year-old Oklahoma girl went missing following the murder of her mother.
Aja Johnson is thought to have been abducted by 46-year-old Lester Hobbs after investigators sayhe brutally beat his estranged wife, Tonya Hobbs, to death with a hammer.
Despite a 20-thousand dollar reward and countless law enforcement officers on the lookout, neither Aja nor Hobbs have not been found.
Investigators with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigators say they're learning more about the suspect, who they say can survive on very little money with his only needs appearing to be cigarettes, liquor, and very little food.
Authorities say Hobbs is a self-taught automobile mechanic and will offer to do minor car repairs for little money. He has worked in the past in small automotive garages and as a mechanic in service stations. He also likes to frequent bars and will hustle a game of pool for money. He likes to cruise the Internet searching for lonely women. If Hobbs no longer has a vehicle, he will travel across the country by bus, or he will hitchhike.
Hobbs' own family members say he always considers himself the victim and never takes responsibility for any of his actions. They describe him as a cowering abuser who preys on women and children. His criminal record supports to this.
Investigators say Hobbs likes to change his appearance, possibly dying his hair and changing his facial beard growth. But, there are characteristics that should give him away -- tattoos and a broken nose.
Hobbs has the word "ROSE" tattooed across the top of the fingers of his right hand and "LOVE" tattooed across the top of the fingers of his left hand. His nose is visibly crooked from being broken sometime in the past.
Officials say there is a possibility that Hobbs is being helped by someone to avoid capture.http://www.ktul.com/news/stories/0210/710270.html
February 26th, 2010, 10:50 AM
New photos released: (screen shots from video (http://www.ksbitv.com/news/85355747.html))
http://i49.tinypic.com/2n0jnl.jpg http://i50.tinypic.com/4jssjs.jpg http://i46.tinypic.com/1zq36ft.jpg
Investigators believe Aja, who suffers from bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and sleeping issues that require medication, likely witnessed her mother's slaying, Goss said.http://www.newsok.com/agent-says-oklahoma-girl-may-have-witnessed-moms-slaying/article/3442221?custom_click=pod_headline_crime
February 27th, 2010, 03:08 AM
Oklahoma police now say Aja Johnson may have witnessed her own mother`s vicious and violent murder.
Cops are saying leave her at a Wal-Mart with a little sign that says Aja Johnson, Amber Alert. Just leave her somewhere.
Is Aja still alive? Can she hang on until Hobbs is caught? Not only can he survive on very little, but he may be going to pool halls, hustling people for money. He could be doing some minor auto repairs on cars to be able to gain some of that money.
when this alleged crime happened, there was an ice storm that paralyzed the entire region for eight to 14 days. So a lot of folks throughout the state of Oklahoma were without electricity, and some don`t even know about this case. They don`t even know that this case exists. So he may be hiding out possibly in an abandoned home or even in a vacation home in the area. So if you have a vacation home in the area, get someone to go out and check it.
Don`t forget that he is her stepfather, and so, of course, Aja is going to be familiar with him. Probably traumatized, if she did, indeed, see her mother`s death. Very introverted.
So a man passing himself off as the child`s father. The child might be very introverted, very shy, very quiet, not rebellious, not a talker, not a screamer. This is the sort of thing we should look for.
Never forget, Jane, the story of Shasta Groene, who was recovered a few weeks after her abductor took her because a waitress in a Denny`s restaurant recognized her from television pictures.
Again, cops say he`s adept on surviving on very little, maybe $20 here and there, which he can often get hustling games of pool to win some cash, hanging out at seedy bars, and he`s also known to cruise the Internet for women.
His hands are tattooed, one with the word "rose," one with the word "love." Now, it`s winter. He could be wearing winter gloves or work gloves if he`s working as a mechanic. But if he changes his appearance, he can`t change those tattoos. Anyone, a convenience store clerk or waitress, anyone, somebody pumping gas, could see a man with those tattoos on his hands and..
He has been described to us as a cowardly abuser who only confronts people of a lesser stature than himself. This is exemplified by his criminal record where he has a history of only assaulting women and children.
The weekend that Tonya took Aja over to Oklahoma to see Lester, she lied to the child`s father and said that they were going to a birthday party, she may want to keep the child overnight, and he let that happen. But instead, she did take the child over to see Lester Hobbs over that weekend. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1002/26/ijvm.01.html
February 28th, 2010, 04:07 PM
Hobbs' own family members say he always considers himself the victim and never takes responsibility for any of his actions. They describe him as a cowering abuser who preys on women and children. His criminal record supports to this.
Refreshing to see family so realistic about their relative.......
February 28th, 2010, 04:17 PM
thanks for the updates everybody....I keep hoping.....
February 28th, 2010, 07:06 PM
OMG...I just heard about this briefly in the news last night but I was under the impression it was recently. Holy Shit! This happened in January, what are the odds that she is still alive? I don't see this ending well
March 7th, 2010, 12:32 PM
The family of Lester Hobbs is pleading for him to let 7-year-old Aja Johnson go.
Lester's brother Buck said he was horrified but not surprised when he found out about Tonya's death.
"He's a very violent man. He had made threats to kill her many times. I don't think he's been with one woman he hasn't been," Buck Hobbs said.
Buck said he wants his brother brought to justice, but more importantly he wants Aja Johnson to get home safely.
The family said they have worried that neither Aja or Lester are still alive but are trying to stay positive.
"I don't think we'll ever see Lester again. He's too afraid of prison to turn himself in, but we want him to give up the little girl," Buck said.
Betty Smith, Lester Hobbs' sister... said she's concerned for Aja's life because they've seen him beat her before.
"He would beat her, leave bruises on her and make her eat jalapeno peppers," she said.
While the siblings said they are worried about Aja, they said they're also worried for their own safety. They said Lester Hobbs has threatened to kill them in the past.
"Yes, I'm scared," said Smith, saying she is concerned her brother could show up any time during the night.
"I barricade my door every night," said Buck Hobbs. "I hold my baby in my arms to keep him from coming and trying to hurt my child."http://www.koco.com/news/22759767/detail.html
March 7th, 2010, 01:18 PM
saw him on video lastnight and he does look like a coward.Very weasily appearance.And she was at least 2xs his size,he had to have caught her off guard or she didnt really resisit thinking it wouldnt go as far as her dying b.c she was a big woman
March 29th, 2010, 09:37 PM
YouTube- Issues 3/29/10 Aja Johnson
March 29th, 2010, 09:57 PM
2 bodies found near car sought in Okla. kidnapping
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Police say two bodies have been found near a car that belongs to a man charged with killing his estranged wife and kidnapping her 7-year-old daughter. Officers fear one of the bodies may be that of the young girl.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Monday that a body believed to be that of a child was found at the scene off Oklahoma 9 near Lake Thunderbird in southeast Norman.
Investigators say it's likely the other body is that of Lester Hobbs, who was accused of abducting Aja Johnson.
Hobbs was last seen with Aja on Jan. 23. The girl's mother, Tonya Hobbs, was found dead in Hobbs' motor home the next day. Police launched a search for Hobbs and the girl after finding Tonya Hobbs' body.http://www.azfamily.com/news/national/89476692.html
Thats close to my daughter!!
March 29th, 2010, 10:18 PM
Oh, good. You beat me to it.
Once again Whisper is on the ball.
March 29th, 2010, 10:28 PM
ty Amazon but I wish it were a better outcome to post rather then this
March 29th, 2010, 10:33 PM
I do hear you. Loud and clear.
March 29th, 2010, 10:38 PM
J.J. Johnson had a strong premonition that his abducted 7-year-old daughter, Aja, was dead. On Monday, that premonition appeared correct.
The decomposing bodies of an adult and child were found in a heavily wooded area near Lake Thunderbird. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said agents think the remains are those of Aja and her alleged abductor, Lester William Hobbs.
"We have no reason to think it is not those two people," Brown said at a news conference. "We do not know the cause and manner of death yet."
An aerial view from a television helicopter showed the vehicle's in a patch of clearing in a wooded area not far from 108th Avenue SE, just north of State Highway 9. A dirt road trailed past the vehicle through the woods.
"An OSBI agent came to the house and told me she couldn't positively tell me they had found Aja," Johnson told The Oklahoman as television crews gathered outside his south Oklahoma City home. "I said, 'I know it's her.' I saw her little jacket on the ground on TV.' We bought her a little blue jacket with orange lining for the winter.
Brown described the bodies as being in "quite an extended state of decomposition," meaning fingerprints and dental records will used to make a positive identification. Authorities also found a note at the scene. While Brown declined to say what the note said, she added that "it does give us a glimpse of what was in Hobbs' mind at the time."
Johnson, meanwhile, said the wait has been tortuous.
"About three weeks ago, I started to suspect this," said Johnson, who received sole custody of his daughter after a court order in October. "As a parent, you have this fire in you that burns for your kid, and that fire went out.
"I just knew that gutless man would end up killing Aja and then himself. I've known all along that he was a coward."
March 29th, 2010, 10:43 PM
An OSBI agent came to the house and told me she couldn't positively tell me they had found Aja," Johnson told The Oklahoman as television crews gathered outside his south Oklahoma City home. "
I said, 'I know it's her.' I saw her little jacket on the ground on TV.' We bought her a little blue jacket with orange lining for the winter.
How heartbreaking is that??He saw and knew her coat on tv before anyone had time to get to him
March 29th, 2010, 10:45 PM
This is so tragic
March 29th, 2010, 11:09 PM
Police said they found the car after receiving a tip from an unknown person around 2:45 p.m. Monday.
SkyNEWS 9 HD captured one body being pulled from the driver's seat of the vehicle, and another body was found outside the car on the passenger's side.
Brown said a note was also found inside the car. She did not go into details of what the note said exactly, but said it was somewhat of a suicide note.
"It does give us an idea of what happened, and what Hobbs was thinking at the time," Brown said.
Brown said the car had been there "weeks if not more than a month or so," but investigators do not believe it had been there since Hobbs and Aja went missing in January.http://www.news9.com/global/story.asp?s=12222803
March 29th, 2010, 11:11 PM
Aja's father, J.J. Johnson, Terri Johnson, J.J. Johnson's wife, said from video she saw of the scene, she recognized a jacket outside of the vehicle as Aja's.
"We saw the coat Aja took with her on the back rear tire of the car," Terri Johnson said.
"I cannot thank you all enough for everything you have all done for me. Your support is overwhelming. I moved here in 1982, and from the bottom of my heart I love Oklahoma," J.J. Johnson said.
J.J. Johnson said he stayed home instead of coming to the crime scene because he wanted to remember his baby girl the way she was when he last saw her in January, "beautiful, happy and full of life."http://www.news9.com/global/story.asp?s=12222803
March 29th, 2010, 11:23 PM
March 30th, 2010, 12:47 AM
This is so shitty...I just can't believe it!
March 30th, 2010, 07:53 PM
March 31st, 2010, 04:57 PM
Body is positively indentified as Aja Johnson and the piece of shit
March 31st, 2010, 05:46 PM
Little Aja should ahve been protected vigilantly against a man who had already been violent against her. I cannot understand why a mother would even then visit a man who posed danger to her daughter. So sorry Aja, you deserved life and all the possibilities.
In November, an Oklahoma County judge approved an emergency temporary order granting Johnson custody of the girl and prohibiting unsupervised visits with the girl's mother or any contact with Lester Hobbs.
J.J. Johnson, who had temporary custody of his daughter, told a judge in November that Hobbs had already hurt the girl and he feared he would do it again.
Still, Johnson let the girl's mother take her to a birthday party, and Tonya Hobbs took the girl to visit Hobbs. On the weekend of Jan. 24, police say, Lester Hobbs bludgeoned his estranged wife to death, kidnapped the girl and disappeared.
J.J. Johnson said he stayed home instead of coming to the crime scene because he wanted to remember his baby girl the way she was when he last saw her in January, "beautiful, happy and full of life."
Aja's facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Find-Aja-Johnson/288041293903)
March 31st, 2010, 08:11 PM
Yes she should have been protected but had a dumbass as a mother
Sorry dead or not mom fucked up she knew she wasnt to have her around that POS
How is that pronounced?
April 1st, 2010, 12:15 PM
J.J. Johnson said Wednesday he learned of the note’s contents from investigators, adding that it only revealed the true character of his daughter’s killer.
"Lester went on in the note ... blaming all these people for his problems — Tonya, myself, his parents,” said Johnson, Aja’s father. "He named off all these people. Everyone but himself. What a coward.”
Read more: http://newsok.com/aja-johnsons-dad-says-note-revealed-killers-ire/article/3450534#ixzz0jridgI4c
Even in the end, no fucking accountability.
April 1st, 2010, 12:16 PM
How is that pronounced?
From what I've previously read, yes.
April 2nd, 2010, 11:23 AM
So glad this wasteof space isn't alive any longer to bring harm to other people but i sure as heck would have liked hearing he died gutted in prison
"Lester went on in the note ... blaming all these people for his problems — Tonya, myself, his parents,” said Johnson, Aja’s father. "He named off all these people. Everyone but himself. What a coward.”Loser, POS, coward indeed. At the end it comes down to being everyone's fault but his....yeah, sure whatever, tell it to the one who'll be bringing you hell for an eternity.
Rest in peace little Aja, you deserved life.
April 3rd, 2010, 12:04 AM
FBI: OSBI Rejected Help In Aja Case
OKLAHOMA CITY --
The FBI said it offered its Child Abduction Response Team to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in the Aja Johnson search and the OSBI refused.
Johnson, 7, disappeared after the slaying of her mother in January in Geronimo. Her body, along with the body of her alleged abductor, Lester Hobbs, were found near Norman on Monday.
OSBI Agent Richard Goss said his team did everything it could to find Johnson and Hobbs as quickly as possible, including contacting the FBI.
"I want to make sure everybody understands that the FBI was involved in this investigation from the very beginning," Goss said.
He said the OSBI did not decline the FBI's offer to use a team of agents who specialize in missing children cases, but that there wasn't anything extra to do.
"The FBI agent reviewed the checklist that their CART team has for child abductions and he determined that both the OSBI and the U.S. marshals had covered everything that the team would have done," Goss said.
He said the FBI approved of how the OSBI agents were handling the case and that the two bureaus stayed in contact during the 9-week search.
An FBI representative said Friday that it does not criticize OSBI for its handling of the case, and it considers it very important for the FBI to maintain positive relationships with all law enforcement partners.
April 4th, 2010, 12:30 PM
Report: Aja Johnson Had Been Bound
OKLAHOMA CITY --
A medical examiner's report offered new information about the death of Aja Johnson.
The 7-year-old was found dead in a vehicle near Norman on Monday, nine weeks after she disappeared and her mother was slain. Lester Hobbs, who police said killed Aja's mother, was also found in the car with her body.
The report said that Aja had been tied up at some point. It also said that a butter knife had been found at the scene.
The medical examiner is still working to determine what caused Aja's death.
April 7th, 2010, 04:46 PM
Family and friends have gathered to say their last goodbye to 7-year-old Aja Johnson.
The funeral started at 1:30 p.m. at the Vondell-Smith Funeral Home in southwest Oklahoma City.
Johnson's body was found last week in a wooded area near Lake Thunderbird. The state Medical Examiner's office has released a partial autopsy report, saying the girl died a "violent, unusual or unnatural" death
A memorial fund has been set up in Johnson's name
April 7th, 2010, 04:49 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A partial autopsy report on 7-year-old Aja Johnson says the girl died a "violent, unusual or unnatural" death.
The girl's body was found last week near Norman with the body of Lester Hobbs. Police believe Hobbs abducted the girl and killed her
then himself after killing his estranged wife - Tonya Hobbs - on Jan. 24.
The partial autopsy report released Monday says Aja Johnson suffered cuts to her neck - but does not give a suspected cause of death. A report on Hobbs also says he died a violent death but does not list a cause
April 10th, 2010, 07:52 AM
Aja Johnson’s abductor might have killed her by forcing her to drink antifreeze, her father said he was told last week by the state medical examiner’s office.
A search warrant filed Thursday in Cleveland County lists an automobile engine coolant reservoir among the items found in or near the car where the body of Lester Hobbs was found.
Other items listed in the search warrant returned by the Norman Police Department as found in or near the car were two knives and three pieces of rope.
"I was told Lester cut off the bottle of antifreeze from the engine, and that was found lying in the seat next to him,” said J.J. Johnson, who buried his 7-year-old daughter this week in south Oklahoma City. "Why else would that bottle be there? And since there was no blunt force trauma to her body and head, it looks like he probably killed her with antifreeze.”
Medical examiners are awaiting results from toxicology tests. Spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said she could neither confirm nor deny if a special test had been done to detect antifreeze.
The badly decomposing bodies of Hobbs and Aja were found March 29 in woods southeast of Norman. Hobbs’ remains were inside the white Toyota Paseo that state agents said he used in Aja’s abduction. Aja’s body was near the car, covered with a blanket.
"If I know Lester, in his sick way, he loved that little girl,” Johnson said Friday. "He figured, ‘If I can’t have her, no one will.’ So I think he killed her with antifreeze, and then himself like a coward.”
Aja’s partial autopsy report, released Monday, showed there were four to five cuts on the left side of her neck — wounds an out-of-state pathologist told The Associated Press indicate she might have had her throat slit.
"I think those cuts were made after Lester killed her,” Johnson speculated. "I think he did that because he knew it would haunt me.”
The state medical examiner has not ruled on cause or manner of death for Aja or Lester Hobbs, pending toxicology results.
Among the items found in or near the car were a red plastic candy bag, a piece of blue fabric, a silver sequined blouse, elementary notepaper with writing, an old gray shirt, a hunting boot and a booster seat.
Detectives found 15 unspecified articles of clothing, four bags or purses, two pairs of footwear, latent fingerprints and assorted papers, according to the returned warrant.
Two search warrants were filed, one for the car and another for the property surrounding the car. The reservoir was listed among items that were found on the property.
May 7th, 2010, 04:23 PM
Medical examiner says Lester Hobbs himself did die of antifreeze poisoning.
May 27th, 2010, 01:01 PM
In the three years leading up to Lester Hobbs’ abduction and murder of stepdaughter Aja Johnson, he threw lit firecrackers in her bedroom to awaken her, slashed her mattress and sheets with a knife and repeatedly beat her with a flexible ruler, a new report reveals.
Records show the state Department of Human Services received seven reports of abuse and neglect in the two years leading up to Aja’s abduction, but the agency pushed for months to keep Aja and her stepsister in Hobbs’ home, according to a death review report issued by the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.
The new report shows Aja was repeatedly abused and required psychiatric care in the years leading up to her death.
Aja told authorities in November that when her biological father sent her clothes, Hobbs cut them up and made her carry the ripped clothes around.
Hobbs also would grab her by her hair and make her clean the floor with a toothbrush, she reported.
Aja’s stepsister said Hobbs also "whipped them with a paddle and rammed Aja’s head into a wall.”
Aja and her stepsister were placed in a foster home in July 2006, but DHS returned the girls to Hobbs’ home in May 2007 for a trial reunification, the report states.
Problems surfaced almost immediately.
In July 2007, a Comprehensive Home-Based Services (CHBS) worker documented that Aja’s mother reported Hobbs had been throwing lit firecrackers into the girls’ bedroom to wake them in the morning. The worker told Hobbs to stop doing that because it was a fire hazard.
The worker also reported Hobbs admitted spanking the children with a flexible ruler and quoted a defiant Hobbs as saying, "if DHS doesn’t like the way that he disciplines his children, they can take them back and raise the children themselves.”
A Lincoln County DHS worker told Hobbs the next day that "as a parent he had the right to spank Aja,” but if he started leaving bruises on the children "it would be a different situation.”
Aja and her stepsister were removed briefly from the home on July 20, 2007, because of a crisis in the home that required law enforcement intervention, but they were returned four days later. A week later, DHS recommended that the children continue living in the Hobbs home in DHS custody.
A Lincoln County judge approved continuation of the reunification plan.
In September 2007, Aja reported to a CHBS worker that Hobbs had used a knife to cut up all the new clothes her biological father had given her. The worker also documented that Hobbs had slashed Aja’s mattress and sheets with a knife because he was angry with her and had gotten into a fight with a neighbor and threatened to stab the person.
The worker quizzed Hobbs about bruises found on Aja in late June 2007, and quoted Hobbs as saying he had been angry with Aja and "probably hit her too hard.”
The first official allegation of abuse was filed in September 2007, when a complaint was filed with DHS over a 3-inch by 4-inch bruise on then 4-year-old Aja’s back. The reporting individual said Aja initially said Hobbs had caused the bruise by whipping her but later said the bruise was caused by a dog jumping on her.
It also was reported that Aja had drawn a picture of a naked man and stated she had taken a lot of baths with her stepfather.
A DHS worker documented the bruises the next day and said Aja stated Hobbs had told her not to let anyone see them. The worker said Aja denied bathing with her stepfather.
DHS ended the trial reunification and returned the girls to foster care on Sept. 26, 2007.
A month later, however, a Lincoln County judge approved another reunification plan to be implemented after the parents completed parenting and marital counseling sessions. The children were placed back in the Hobbs home in March 2008 for another trial reunification.
Lincoln County DHS workers stated in May 2008 they thought the "children were conditionally safe” based on their evaluation of risk factors but said Aja needed to be evaluated because she continued to "make statements that she wanted to burn the house down or cut someone with a knife.”
The children were briefly removed from the home in May 2008 when Aja was placed in an inpatient psychiatric facility and her stepsister was returned to foster care, but nine days later a Lincoln County judge approved a plan for them to be reunited with Hobbs and their mother.
Aja was admitted to a children’s behavioral health hospital because of "violent tendencies toward herself and her family” on June 10, 2008, but was released July 18, 2008, and placed back in the Hobbs home for another trial reunification.
In a bizarre turn of events, a CHBS worker reported on Sept. 30, 2008, that Aja’s mother had called attorneys to report she had relapsed on drugs. Three days later, DHS recommended that a judge release Aja and her sister from DHS supervision and allow both children to continue living in the home of Hobbs and their mother. The judge followed the recommendation and dismissed the case.
• On April 16, 2009, DHS received a report that Aja, then 6, was engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with boys and that Hobbs was a threat to the children and anyone who questioned him. DHS concluded the children remained safe.
• On June 17, DHS received a report Aja had been out sick from school for a full week and the reporter was concerned the child might be too bruised to go to school. DHS screened out the report as not indicating abuse.
• On Aug. 5, DHS received an abuse complaint that alleged Hobbs had hit Aja’s mother and taken her car keys to prevent her from leaving. DHS was told Hobbs had forced Aja to scrub the floor with a toothbrush for stealing cookies from his bedroom. When DHS investigated, the children told a worker Hobbs had "threatened to kill them with a hammer.” Aja’s mother told the worker she wanted to leave the house, but no beds were available in area women’s shelters. The worker told the mother she needed to keep Hobbs away from the children or she could be charged with child endangerment. The worker recommended to the district attorney that "Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs not expose the children to any domestic violence and Mrs. Hobbs continue to protect her children from any abuse or neglect.”
• On Sept. 10, DHS received a neglect complaint. DHS was told Aja was exhibiting serious behavior problems and had been abandoned by her mother. DHS screened out the complaint after Aja’s mother was found in a local hospital being treated for a health condition. DHS said someone was caring for the children.
• On Oct. 29, DHS officials in McClain County received a report that Aja had been seriously abused and abandoned by her mother with a friend and neighbor. The reporting party said the mother refused to turn over guardianship of the children because she needed their "checks.” The person also said the mother had returned the children to Hobbs, who had "beat them to a pulp” in the past. DHS screened out the report as not alleging abuse or neglect.
• On Nov. 2, DHS received a seventh report of abuse or neglect involving Hobbs and his wife. When DHS investigated, it found living arrangements had changed and Aja had been taken to live with her biological father and her stepsister was living with a friend. The biological father signed a safety plan to keep Aja away from Hobbs and not allow her to leave his home with her mother. The father was granted a temporary custody order in Oklahoma County civil court.
• DHS subsequently received two more abuse reports — after Aja had been abducted.
This is so sad. Once again, the system completely failed this little girl. Seven years old and she was having severe psychiatric problems and they kept sending her back to him. It's so obvious that this was a terrible situation for these kids, I can't believe all the recommendations that they be put back in the home. I hope the stepsister is doing okay now that she's out of there.
May 27th, 2010, 01:14 PM
starting to remember why i needed a break from DD. nothing personal DD guys. this is horror.
RIP little angel. no more cruelty will touch you. :(
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