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Body of Missing Teacher Found

New Orleans Police(NEW ORLEANS) -- The body of missing teacher Terrilyn Monette was found today in her car, which was discovered submerged in a Louisiana bayou, New Orleans officials said Saturday.

Monette's body was found in the driver's seat of the vehicle, according to ABC News affiliate WGNO-TV in New Orleans.

Monette, 26, has been missing since March, when she was last seen leaving a popular bar early in the morning hours. No suspects have been named in connection with her disappearance.

Her family, based in Long Beach, Calif., have been traveling to New Orleans for months in an attempt to bring more attention to her disappearance. On Friday they held a prayer vigil and asked that the FBI be brought in to handle the case.

Previously Monette's mother, Toni Enclade, had asked authorities to widen the search to a national level to find her daughter.

On Saturday, divers revisited a bayou that had already been searched, after sonar picked up an object in the water

State Rep. Austin Badon, who helped to organize many of the underwater searches in the area, was also there.

"It was not the outcome we had looked for, but we did find her. It allowed the family to have some sense of relief and closure," Badon told WGNO-TV.

After hearing that the car was being pulled out, Monette's family gathered to watch as the teacher's car was pulled to dry land.

"I don't understand why it took them so long to find her car," Enclade told The Times-Picayune. "This is supposedly one of the first places they would have checked. I'm just overwhelmed. It doesn't make sense."

At the time of her disappearance, Monette had recently become a second-grade teacher at the Woodland West Elementary school in Jefferson Parish.

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Police Locate Body of Missing 15-Year-Old Girl

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(BOONE, Iowa) -- A body pulled from the Des Moines River on Friday evening is likely that of missing 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard.

Shepard was abducted in May by Michael Klunder, a convicted sex offender who later committed suicide. Asked why Klunder was free, Gerard Meyers of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said, "That's a fair question, and I think it's being asked here in Iowa. It's probably going to be asked nationally and it's definitely going to get some attention."

Authorities received a call at about 7 p.m. from people fishing, saying that they had found a body in the river under the Kate Shelley High Bridge. According to the Des Moines Register, the body was found wearing clothing that was consistent with what Shepard was reportedly wearing at the time of her abduction.

Authorities also told the Des Moines Register that zip ties were found on the body.

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Body of Girl, 4, Recovered After Being 'Swept Away' by Storm

ABC News(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- The body of a 4-year-old girl was recovered after she was swept away by the rising floodwaters in the wake of tornadoes that ravaged the Oklahoma City area, but what happened to the rest of her family is unknown, police said today.

The young girl and her family took shelter from the barrage of tornadoes that touched down Friday night in a ditch three miles south of downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Police Department spokesman Lt. Jay Barnett told ABC News.

"They were seeking shelter from the storm and got caught up in it somehow," Barnett said. "She was trapped by the fast-rising waters associated with the storm and got swept away."

Barnett said it is believed she hid out with family members who may have included a 21-year-old adult male, as well as her 4-year-old, 3-year-old, and 5-month-old relatives.

Barnett could not confirm whether the girl was included in the nine deaths listed by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office.

The whereabouts of the child's family are still unclear, Barnett said.

"Until we actually recover additional bodies and are able to speak with available witnesses, we can't say for certain what happened," Barnett said. "We can also hold out some hope that not all of them were swept away, that not all perished."

Barnett could not comment on where the girl's body was found, saying it was part of an ongoing investigation.

A mother and her baby were also killed after they were sucked out of their car during the tornadoes.

The storm, which included an estimated five twisters, left others huddled and crying in walk-in freezers, smashed and flipped cars and trucks, and turned roads into rivers.

The woman and her infant were in a vehicle on Interstate 40 when the storm struck during rush hour. They were just miles from the city of Moore, Okla., which was devastated by a massive tornado that killed 24 people on May 20, said Betsy Randolph, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

"A mother and baby lost their lives out here tonight," Randolph said. "They were swept up in the storm... (They were) traveling on the interstate and their car was sucked up into the tornado and they were sucked out of their vehicle and thrown from their vehicle.

"We know that the storm picked them up and swept them away. When the troopers found them, they were both deceased," the officer added.

They were not immediately identified.

Randolph described a nightmarish situation on the interstate.

"The sky was black, there was debris flying through the air," she told ABC News. She said there was heavy rain and hail the size of "softballs" that was hitting people as they escaped from cars that were colliding and being sent airborne by the storm.

"It was absolute chaos with all the crashes and vehicles flying through the air," she said.

Randolph compared the damage along Highway 40 to a parking lot strewn with wrecked cars and said there were not enough troopers to respond to each accident.

Hail, flood waters and downed power lines made it difficult for police and emergency crews to access the area, Randolph said.

"I cannot stress to you just how important it is that if people don't have to be out, that they stay inside and seek shelter," she said.

Beverly Allam, 57, was trying to leave her home and head south to outrun the storm, but got trapped in what she called "a mass exodus" as other motorists also tried to flee.

She was at Highway 9, 10 miles from I-40, but the winds were strong enough to push her van into a different lane and make her fear that the van would tip over. She was with her daughter Helema, 16, and son Mohamed, 33. They fled for shelter into a Sinclair gas station and took shelter with 50 other strangers in the station freezer.

In the freezer there were a few people freaking out crying with their pets, she said. There were some comforting others, and a few just trying to keep things light with jokes.

This storm particularly scared her and she has lived in Oklahoma her whole life. She describes the sky as pitch black and said she was able to see power surges and flashes in the sky.

"You just try to make a run for it and get away," Allam said.

She was particularly scared because she has never been without a shelter in storm situations, "the only way to survive theses storms," she said.

When they emerged from the freezer, Allam saw that her car windshield had been shattered by the hail and the lot was littered with glass and huge balls of hail. On her way home after the worst had passed "the roads were like rivers," Allam said.

Addie Pendarvis was working at a Sonic, a drive-in diner, when the tornado emergency went into effect.

"When my bosses called me, I had to get everyone and put them in the walk-ins until I got the call to get everybody out that it had passed us," she said.

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Body of Missing New Jersey Girl Believed Found

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CLAYTON, N.J.) -- The body that investigators found inside a recycling container in Clayton, N.J., has preliminarily been identified as that of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl who went missing this weekend.

The body was found at about 10 p.m. Monday, according to a statement released by Bernie Weisenfeld, spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.  Police have not given the exact location of the recycling container, but indicated that it was not far from Autumn Pasquale's home.  She was reported missing Saturday night.

"This is a very sad day for the Pasquale family," Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said in a statement Tuesday morning.  "Our hearts go out to the family and to all the residents of Clayton who stood together in support of this young girl."

An autopsy to confirm the body's identity will be conducted Tuesday morning by the Gloucester County Medical Examiner's Office.

Weisenfeld said Pasquale's family has been notified of the discovery, which came a few hours after a candlelight vigil was held for the girl.

Pasquale had been the subject of an extensive search in the past two days that involved about 200 law enforcement personnel and hundreds of volunteers.

Pasquale's father, Anthony, said he last saw her on Saturday around 12:30 p.m., leaving their home on a white BMX bike.  Her father reported her missing at 9:30 p.m., 90 minutes after her 8 p.m. curfew.

A friend, 11-year-old DeAnna Edwards-McMillen, said Pasquale was at her house Friday night and they exchanged text messages on Saturday, ABC News affiliate WABC-TV reported.

She said she received the last one at 1:22 p.m. and didn't believe it was intended for her.  She said it read, "Don't be like that."

The last known communication was in a text message she sent around 2:30 p.m.  Dalton would not say who received the message or what it contained.  But he said there was nothing alarming or unusual about it.

Dalton said earlier on Monday that investigators accounted for all the registered sex offenders in the area, interviewed them and were searching their properties, according to WABC.

Pasquale would have turned 13 next Monday.

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Missing Student's Body Found in Boston River

WCVB/ABC News(BOSTON) -- The body of Boston Architectural College graduate student Jonathan Dailey was found in Boston's Charles River Tuesday morning, reportedly bound with chains and weighted with a cinder block.

The body, the second found in the river in as many days, was discovered at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday by a Boston University rowing coach.  It was found less than two miles from where Dailey, 23, went missing nearly a week ago.

Authorities would not describe the condition of the corpse, but the Boston Globe, citing unnamed law enforcement officials, reported earlier Tuesday that the body was found chained to a cinder block.

"It is far too early to make a determination as to manner of death, and reports indicating that the individual was the victim of a homicide are premature," said Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney.

On Sunday, police found the body of a 62-year-old man near the Boston University Boathouse.  That man's identity has yet to be released, pending notification of his next of kin.

Daily is a student at Boston Architectural College and worked as a salesman at an American Apparel clothing store.  He was known for taking adventurous trips, but friends and family say he would have informed them if he were going away.

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Body in Freezer Might Be Woman Who Disappeared in 1983

Comstock/Thinkstock(AUGUSTA, Maine) -- The body of a woman who disappeared in 1983 may have been found inside an unplugged freezer in the storage unit of a former boyfriend who recently died, according to police.

The children of Francis Frank Julian were cleaning out his storage unit following his death earlier this month when they came across a body inside the unplugged freezer.

They notified police, who took the freezer and the body to the medical examiner for identification and cause-of-death investigations. Police expect some results from the medical examiner's office later in the week.

Police say the woman could be Kitty I. Wardwell, of Holden, Maine, who disappeared at the age of 29 and was last seen by Julian when the couple was fighting one night in 1983.

Julian, then 52, allegedly dropped Wardwell off at a motel in New Hampshire and never saw her again, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Despite multiple interviews by police, Julian was never named a suspect, and no one was ever arrested or charged with her disappearance.

Wardwell's disappearance has remained a cold case for the police department, which has featured a missing persons report on its website for the woman for years. McCausland said that detectives in the department received all-new assignments Monday to begin investigating the case anew, and interviews with family members of both Julian and Wardwell were already under way.

Julian was 80 when he died in a hospital in Lewiston, Maine. He had 11 children from two different wives, both of whom died before him.

McCausland would not give further details about the circumstances under which the body was found, other than to say the freezer was a floor unit and it was not plugged in.

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Missing California Student Michelle Le's Body Identified

MichelleLeMissing [dot] com(HAYWARD, Calif.) -- The body discovered in Niles Canyon earlier this week has been confirmed to be that of missing California nursing student Michelle Le, according to the Hayward Police Department.

Although the remains discovered have been confirmed to belong to Le, the cause of the woman's death is still undetermined by the Alameda County Coroner, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Le's remains were found in the same area where police believe the woman charged with Le's murder dumped her body.

John Hayes, a volunteer in the search for Le, discovered the remains in a remote, brushy area of Alameda County on Sunday, but investigators originally said it could take weeks to determine whether they were of the young woman.

On Monday, Giselle Esteban, who is suspected of Le's murder, made her second court appearance and was charged with murdering Le.  Esteban was appointed an attorney, who asked for time to review the case.

"All I can say at this point is that I've just met Ms. Esteban and so I really don't have anything substantive to say at this point," defense attorney Andrea Auer said.

Esteban, 27, and currently pregnant with her second child, told ABC News' San Francisco affiliate KGO-TV in June that she "hates" Le because Le was friends with the father of Esteban's 5-year-old daughter.  Esteban has denied having anything to do with Le's disappearance.

Police, however, have said that evidence, including cellphone records, indicate that Esteban was in the same wooded area as Le when she vanished.

Le, 26, went missing May 27, when she took a break from her nursing classes at a Hayward hospital.  She told colleagues she was going to her car, but she never returned from the break and her locked Honda SUV was found later half a mile away.

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Body of Dead Woman Found in Indianapolis Creek

Comstock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indianapolis police are investigating the death of a woman, whose body was found in a creek on the northeast side of the city on Sunday night.
The location, Fall Creek, is about 65 miles north of Bloomington, Ind., where missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer was last seen on June 3.

Witnesses saw the body floating in the water amid some debris just before 7 p.m., according to local reports.

Police say they cannot provide even a basic description of the body, which was badly decomposed.

"We're not able to determine any type of identity, not even a race at this point, because the body is so decomposed," Kendale Adams, Indianapolis police public information officer, told ABC News affiliate WRTV. "Once we find out who she is, then we can backtrack and try to determine the events that led to her demise."
Bloomington police are in contact with the homicide detectives investigating the case, according to a spokeswoman, and the Marion County Coroner's Office will conduct an autopsy Tuesday morning.
Spierer disappeared a month ago after a night out with friends at Kilroy's Sports Bar in Bloomington. No arrests have been made in the case, but DNA samples have been gathered from several people thought to have been among the last to see her.

At a July 1 press conference, Spierer's parents urged their daughter's friends to share information that could help in the search for the missing 20-year-old.

"I want to say to the person who has Lauren or has harmed Lauren: Shame on you! In relationship to that, the person who knows this person who's not coming forward with the information, I beg you to come forward," Charlene Spierer said.

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White House to Release Photo of Osama bin Laden's Corpse?

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration has photographs of Osama bin Laden’s dead body and officials are debating whether to release them to the public, officials tell ABC News.

“There’s no doubt it’s him,” says a U.S. official who has seen the pictures and also reminds us that Osama bin Laden stood at six-foor-four.

The argument for releasing them: to ensure that the public knows and can appreciate that bin Laden is dead. There's skepticism throughout the world that the U.S. government claim that it killed bin Laden is true.

The argument against releasing the pictures: they’re gruesome. Bin Laden is said to have a massive head wound above his left eye where he took a bullet, with brains and blood visible.

In July 2003, the U.S. government released photographs of Saddam Hussein’s dead sons Uday and Qusay Hussein but not until after they had been touched up by a mortician.

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Body Found at Camp Where Sen. Brown Alleged He Was Molested

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(SANDWICH, Mass.) -- The body of a man who committed suicide was found Wednesday at the summer camp where U.S. Sen. Scott Brown said he was sexually abused as a child.

The body was discovered shortly after police confirmed they were launching an investigation into complaints by a second man who came forward to say he had also been molested at the camp when he was a 10-year-old boy back in 1985.

A heavy police presence was seen at Camp Good News in the town of Sandwich on Cape Cod, Mass., at about 10:34 a.m., according to ABCNews' Boston affiliate WCVB-TV. Massachusetts State Police released few details about the death.

Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Matthew Murray told ABC News the body was that of a man who was "an apparent suicide by gunshot wound."

Brown, a Republican, revealed earlier this year that he was abused at Camp Good News in Sandwich. He wrote about it in a book entitled Against All Odds.

Brown's office had no comment Wednesday.

The Cape and Island's District Attorney's office launched an investigation this week into an allegation that the former 10-year-old camper was molested by an employee who still works at the camp.

"My first reaction was, 'Is it the alleged perpetrator?,'" said Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer representing the man, who was not identified. Garabedian said his client is also wondering who the deceased may be.

"We don't know," Garabedian said. He said only camp workers would likely be there at this time of year, where they live year-round in cabins. Students are only on sight in the summer for camp. The man who allegedly abused his client has been referred to as either a counselor or an assistant director.

Garabedian said earlier this week that his client "was inspired to come forward because Scott Brown came forward. He felt empowered."

Garabedian said the former camper, who is now an adult, came to him two weeks ago and disclosed that he had been abused when he was a camper more than 25 years ago by a counselor or assistant director. The lawyer took the allegations to the Barnstable County District Attorney's office which has promised to investigate.

A Massachusetts state trooper called Garabedian's office Tuesday looking to get in touch with the victim. Garabedian said that his client would "fully cooperate" with any investigation because "he wants to make the world a safer place for children."

Garabedian described the complainant on Tuesday as a single man living in the Boston area. Garabedian said, "He is in a lot of emotional pain, but now that he has come forward my client feels as though a great weight has been lifted." 

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