Entries in Body Found (21)


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.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Body Found in Jessica Ridgeway Search 'Not Intact'

The Ridgeway Family(ARVADA, Colo.) -- The investigation into the disappearance of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway took a grisly turn Thursday when police said that a body found during their search for Jessica is "not intact."

The condition of the body is delaying identification.

"It's not intact," Westminster Police Department spokesman Trevor Materasso said at a news conference Thursday. "This is extending the length of time it's taking for investigators to positively identify who that body is."

The body was found in an Arvada, Colo., park a few miles from where Ridgeway disappeared last week.

"We've released the information and contacted the family to let them know this information is being released publicly," Materasso said, seeming to refer to the revelation that the body was dismembered.

Police haven't officially tied the crime scene at the Pattridge Park open space in Arvada to the missing girl. But investigators have reasons to believe it is the body of the girl who vanished Friday on her walk to school, stressing that a positive identification will take time, according to three sources.

Materasso said authorities expect to have a news conference on Friday to release more information.

Police worked overnight under the floodlights of a fire truck as the body was carried out after dark on a stretcher. The body was found about seven miles from Jessica's home and close to where her backpack was discovered.

Police were alerted to the body hours after they said that Jessica's parents were not suspects in her disappearance and they believed she had been abducted. Police say they still don't have any suspects.

"At this point in the investigation, after thoroughly looking at the parents, we're confident that they're not involved in the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway," Materasso said on Wednesday. "The focus shifts to an unknown suspect, as we think that she was abducted."

Surrounded by 10 family members, including Jessica's father, Jeremiah Bryant, Jessica's mom, Sarah Ridgeway, said early Wednesday, "I know I didn't do anything. Everybody that's here knows I didn't do anything. Nobody in this room did anything to harm her or a tiny hair on her little head."

Bryant lives out of state and was in a custody battle with Sarah Ridgeway.

Ridgeway told police she last saw her daughter in Westminster, Colo., Friday morning when Jessica left for school. The fifth-grader never showed up at a nearby park where she was supposed to meet friends for the one-mile walk to her elementary school. It was a route she took every day, but this time she never arrived.

The school called to report Jessica absent, but Sarah Ridgeway told police she was asleep during the day because she works overnights and did not get the call until eight hours later, when she called police.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Georgia Teen Tweeted About Stalker Days Before Body Was Found

Goodshoot RF/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Ga.) -- Police are using tweets about a "stalker" to investigate the homicide of a girl who had been missing for a day in North Georgia.

Hannah Truelove, 16, was found dead Friday in a wooded area near the apartment she shared with her mother, one day after she was reported missing, police said.

A resident of the complex discovered the teen's body, which showed signs of trauma, said Sgt. Kiley Sargent, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

An autopsy has been completed but detectives are withholding the cause of death to avoid compromising the investigation, Sargent said.

Hannah tweeted days before her disappearance that she was being stalked.

"I got me an uglya-- stalker," she tweeted Aug. 12.

"So scared right now," she wrote Aug. 18.

"I need to move out of these dang apartments," she wrote Aug. 22, the day before she disappeared.

Sargent said investigators are "looking at different avenues," including whether someone had been stalking Hannah.

"We have to determine what she meant by stalker," Sargent said. "A stalker to a 16-year-old might not be a stalker to what may be Georgia code official. We're trying to determine what she meant by that."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Rebecca Weiss: Body of Missing California Diver Found

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department(RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.) -- A body that was recovered off the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. this weekend has been identified as missing diver Rebecca Weiss.

Recreational divers Saturday found the body of 50 year old Weiss just 200 yards off her favorite beach.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted today.

Weiss, 50, was free diving in a cove near Rancho Palos Verdes on Aug. 11, her husband, Alan Weiss, told police. The experienced diver had gone alone, he said.

After divers, life guards and a Coast Guard helicopter spent four days searching for Weiss but failed to find a body, homicide detectives turned their attention to her husband.

When Rebecca Weiss did not return, Alan Weiss, 60, told detectives he went to search for her in areas where the two would frequently dive.

He told authorities that he found his wife's car in a parking lot and her dive bag on the shore where she presumably entered the water.

Rebecca's mother, Vilma Causey, told ABC News that her daughter is an experienced diver who was swimming in calm waters near a popular beach.

"I was there yesterday because I wanted to see where this happened, and it's in a cove, it's nice water. There's no strong waves or anything like that. It is a very, very busy place, a big hotel and restaurant. It's for tourists and everybody. There are a lot of people. If she was there, somebody would see her," Causey said.

Causey declined to speculate about whether something suspicious happened to her daughter, saying that she would wait for the investigation to be completed. She said that Rebecca and Alan have been together for 25 years, married for more than 18, and that they seemed to be happy.

"I get along with him. They seem to be happy, they were nice to each other," she said. "Maybe they have their own thing, like any married couple. I'm not so involved in that."

Rebecca Weiss, who works as a bookkeeper for one of her husband's business partners, is an avid traveler who spent time in India volunteering at an orphanage, Causey said. Her dream was to open an orphanage in Costa Rica.

"She was a very active person, loves diving, traveling, loves her dog. It was unusual she didn't have her dog with her; she always had the dog with her," Causey said. "She'd say, 'I'm teaching Nellie to surf.'"

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Mickey Shunick's Body Believed Found in Remote Wooded Area

Shunick Family(LAFAYETTE, La.) -- The body of missing Louisiana college student Mickey Shunick was believed to have been found Tuesday buried in a remote wooded area near a small cemetery, police said.

"We believe strongly this will be Mickey Shunick, but we cannot confirm that at this time," said Cpl. Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department.

Shunick, 19, was a senior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette when she vanished on May 19. She was last seen about 2 a.m. riding her bike from the home of her friend Brettly Wilson.

Brandon Scott Lavergne, a registered sex offender, was arrested and charged with Shunick's murder and aggravated kidnapping last month.

Mouton said authorities were directed to the body on a tip, but did not specify where the very detailed tip came from.

"We received credible information as far as where she could be located, off Route 10 in Evangeline Parish," the corporal said. "It was confirmed there was an area where a body was buried off the roadway and beyond a cemetery."

Mouton said police followed a private road past a small cemetery of about 30 headstones and into a wooded area to the spot where the body was buried. The burial site is about 45 miles from where Shunick disappeared.

Mouton said the body has been found, but not excavated because the area is being treated as a crime scene.

Shunick's family released this statement saying it is aware of what the police have found and family members are awaiting positive identification.

"It has been, and still is, a long journey in the search to find Mickey, so we truly feel that they deserve some time alone until they are ready to respond to the current rumor," the family's statement said.

The first clue to solving Shunick's disappearance came when her bike was found beneath a bridge at Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya River. The location of the bike was more than 25 miles from where she was last seen.

Soon after Shunick's disappearance, police released a surveillance video showing her on a bicycle the night she disappeared as well as footage of a white pickup truck.

Lafayette Chief of Police Jim Craft said the video led detectives to identify the truck as belonging to Lavergne, and to place Lavergne in the area on May 19.

Police said the rear rim of her bicycle was consistent with being struck by a vehicle from behind.

"Based on the info we have, and the vehicle seen in the area, [we believe] he was riding around, looking for someone to victimize," Craft said at the time of Lavergne's arrest.

video platform video management video solutions video player

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Lynn Jackenheimer Search: Body Found in Hunt for Missing Ohio Mom

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Police in North Carolina searching for an Ohio mother whose ex-boyfriend allegedly confessed to his brother that he strangled her during a vacation trip have found a body.

The body was found about 30 minutes from the vacation home where Lynn Jackenheimer, 33, was staying with her ex-boyfriend, Nathan Summerfield.

Summerfield, 27, has been called a "person of interest" in Jackenheimer's disappearance.

Dare County, N.C., Sheriff Doug Doughtie told ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland that a man doing some construction saw something suspicious and when he investigated he found a body.

Doughtie said authorities are working to identify the body, but they do not know whether it is a man or woman.

Jackenheimer and Summerfield spent a week vacationing in Nags Head, N.C., with their 3-year-old son and Jackenheimer's 13-year-old daughter.

On Sunday, Summerfield returned to Ohio and dropped the two children off with family, when he reportedly confessed to his brother that he killed his ex-girlfriend.

"I want to report a possible murder. My brother was in North Carolina with his ex-girlfriend. He came back and said he strangled her and dropped his kid off and left," Jake Summerfield told an Ashland county dispatcher.

Police in Ohio, along with the Dare County Sheriff's Office, began coordinating an investigation and a search of the Nags Head area.

Summerfield was last seen on Sunday driving a silver Honda Civic. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ashland County Sheriff's Department at 419- 289-3911.

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Body Found at Kentucky Derby Track Identified

MARK ABRAHAM/AFP/GettyImages(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Louisville, Ky., homicide detectives have identified the man whose injured body was found Sunday morning in one of the barns at Churchill Downs a day after the Kentucky Derby as Adan Fabian Perez, a 48-year-old from Guatemala.

Perez's body was discovered just before 5 a.m. in Barn No. 8, four barns away from where I'll Have Another, the horse that won the derby, was kept. 

He was identified by his 19-year-old son, Wilson Deejesus Fabian Perez.

Adan Fabian Perez worked for horse trainer Cecil Borel, the brother of veteran jockey Calvin Borel.  Perez started working for Borel in 2008 as a groomer.

"We found evidence of injuries that lead us to believe he was involved in an altercation and that foul play was involved," Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley told ABC News.

The owner of Barn No. 8, Angel Montano, told ABC News affiliate WHAS-TV that one of his employees found the body, but Perez didn't work for him and he did not know him.

"The barns themselves have various stalls for the horses," Smiley said.  "He was found in the barn and not in the stall with a horse or anything."

Before the body was identified, police said there was no evidence of a connection to Churchill Downs, the racetrack where the Kentucky Derby is held annually, or the Kentucky Derby, police said.

"We are still trying to determine what led to the incident.  At this point we don't have anything pointing to the fact that this had any association with Churchill Downs or the Derby itself," said Smiley.

Smiley said police have not named any suspects or made any arrests.

She said authorities are waiting for an autopsy report to determine the cause of death. 

video platform video management video solutions video player

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Kentuck Derby Mystery: Body Found, Cops Say Evidence of Foul Play

MARK ABRAHAM/AFP/GettyImages(LOUISVILLE, KY.) -- Louisville, Ky., homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose injured body was found this morning in one of the barns at Churchill Downs a day after the Kentucky Derby, authorities said.

The body was discovered just before 5 a.m. in Barn No. 8, four barns away from where I'll Have Another, the horse that won the derby, was kept.

"We found evidence of injuries that lead us to believe he was involved in an altercation and that foul play was involved," Louisville Metro Police spokewoman Alicia Smiley told

The death is being investigated as a homicide, but there is no evidence of a connection to Churchill Downs, the racetrack where the Kentucky Derby is held annually, or the Kentucky Derby, police said.

"We are still trying to determine what led to the incident. At this point we don't have anything pointing to the fact that this had any association with Churchill Downs or the Derby itself," said Smiley.

Smiley said police have not named any suspects or made any arrests.

Some workers sleep in the backside of Churchill Downs, Smiley said, but she was not sure if anyone was supposed to be in the barn overnight.

Trainer Angel Montano, who works out of Barn No. 8, told ABC News affiliate WHAS-TV in Louisville that one of his employees found the body when he arrived for work.

Smiley said authorities are waiting for an autopsy report to determine the cause of death.

"There are homicide detectives on the scene. They are investigating any type of death regardless of the manner of how it occurred," she said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Body Found at Churchill Downs Day After Kentucky Derby

MARK ABRAHAM/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- A man’s body was found Sunday morning in one of the barns at Churchill Downs — a day after the Kentucky Derby, authorities said.

The body was discovered just before 5 a.m. in barn no. 8.

Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said it’s too early to determine if the person died of natural causes.

“At this time we are currently awaiting the coroner so that we can have a specific cause of death. Until then that we are treating it as a death investigation,” Smiley said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Arrest Made, Body Found in Search for California Woman

ABC News(SAN DIEGO) -- Authorities searching for Brittany Killgore, a 22-year-old California woman who disappeared last Friday, arrested a woman on suspicion of murder and then located a dead body based upon leads stemming from the arrest, officials said.

The body, which has not been formally identified, was found near Lake Skinner in Riverside County, Calif., the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Key to the case was an apparent suicide note at the arrest scene that detailed Killgore's fate and the location of her body, according to ABC News affiliate KGTV in San Diego.

The suspect, Jessica Lynn Lopez, who police said was 27, was arrested at a Ramada Inn in San Diego Tuesday morning and then treated for an undisclosed medical condition at a local hospital, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Authorities expected to charge her with murder after her release.  They would not disclose her relationship to Killgore.

The developments came after Killgore's estranged husband said he would return home from Afghanistan, where he is an active duty Marine, to help in the search for his wife.

Killgore, of Fallbrook, Calif., filed for a divorce from her husband, Cory Killgore, also 22, just days before she disappeared Friday evening.

Police said they believe 45-year-old Marine Louis Ray Perez may have been the last person to see Killgore alive.  Perez was arrested Sunday on an unrelated charge of possession of an AR-15 assault rifle and is being held in San Diego Central Jail on $500,000 bail.

"Mr. Perez was not cooperative or what we felt was fully forthcoming in his interview," said Lt. Larry Nesbit of the San Diego Sheriff's Office.

"He's being actively investigated for this murder," Nesbit told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

Killgore told friends she was going to spend Friday evening in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.  However, authorities believe she never made it.  Her cell phone was recovered in the area by San Diego trolley security.

Police declined to say whom Killgore planned to spend the evening with or the nature of her relationship with Perez.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio