Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Disappearance of Kayann Canfield

Kayann Canfield has been missing since October 21st, 2013. The 24 year-old woman lived in Toppenish, Washington at the time of her disappearance, and she had recently moved into a new place just two weeks before she vanished. Kayann was previously living at her grandmother's house with her two year-old son. Her grandmother had custody of the young boy, so he remained there after Kayann moved out--but Kayann kept in touch daily. 

Kayann was last seen visiting a friend in Wapato. She reportedly sent a text message to her stepfather and asked him to pick her up. Her stepfather agreed, but a short time later, Kayann sent him another message saying she got a ride from someone else. She never made it home and has never been heard from again. 

A few days later, police received notice that Kayann was seen walking with her boyfriend in Toppenish. Her missing persons case was then closed, and reports went out stating that Kayann had been located safe. However, Kayann's boyfriend said that he was not with her on the day they were reportedly sighted together. After a few more weeks passed without any sign of Kayann, investigators reopened her case. 

On November 5th, 2013, Kayann's mother found clothing that belongs to Kayann in a ditch near the west end of Toppenish. The clothes were freshly washed and clean, and it appeared that they had  recently been dumped in that location. Kayann's family members contacted authorities about the clothing. This finding seemed suspicious, and it ultimately contributed to investigator's decision to eventually re-open the case. 

Kayann reportedly struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. Due to this, investigators initially stated that they believed Kayann was a 'runaway'. Kayann's family members disputed this from the beginning. In fact, her grandmother told reporters that Kayann would not have run away, as she relied heavily on her family members. Investigators now believe that it is possible that Kayann met with foul play. 

If you have any information that could help solve Kayann's case, please go here to submit an anonymous tip. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Murder of Princess Hosang

Princess Hosang (26) mysteriously vanished in Lake Park, Florida on September 25th, 2015. Days later, her body was found in a field behind a local church. 

Before her death, Princess and her three children were living in Lake Park with Princess' mother, Patricia Carithers. Patricia first noticed something was wrong on the morning of Saturday, September 25th, when she went outside to water the grass. At the end of the driveway, Patricia found Princess' cell phone laying on the ground. Patricia then went inside to check Princess' bedroom. All of Princess' personal belongings were there, but Princess herself was nowhere to be found. It appeared that Princess had vanished overnight. She was reported missing shortly thereafter.

Both Princess' family members and investigators spent the following days searching and distributing missing persons fliers. On September 30th, 2015, investigators were searching and distributing fliers near a church on the 900 block of Roan Lane when they found human remains in a field behind the building. Those remains were later identified as that of Princess Hosang. She was found just two blocks away from her home. A cause of death has never been publicly revealed, however her manner of death was classified as a homicide.

To this day, no arrests have been made in the case--however, there a few potential persons of interest. According to Patricia, Princess was dealing with a stalker in the months leading up to her death. After Patricia found Princess' phone, she noticed that a certain number called Princess numerous times. Patricia explained to reporters, "there was a phone number that kept calling her every 5 minutes. And it started at 6:30 Friday night, the last call from that number was at 12:30 Saturday morning."It is believed that Princess vanished from the home shortly after that final phone call. Additionally, there are many documented instances of domestic abuse between Princess and the father of her children. It is unclear if investigators consider him to be a suspect.

Princess' case remains open and unsolved. If you have any information that could help the investigation please call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.

Monday, August 10, 2020

The Murder of Sheri Carter

Sheri Carter (29) was shot and murdered by Jimmy Dac Ho inside her Boynton Beach, Florida home on January 31st, 2011. Before her untimely death, Sheri was aspiring to become a lawyer, and she worked as an escort to make money to pay for law school. Jimmy, who worked as a police officer at Florida Atlantic University, responded to an online ad that Sheri had posted under the alias 'Stephanie'. 

Jimmy was off-duty when he arrived at Sheri's apartment that afternoon. Shortly after arriving, he went into Sheri's bathroom to undress. Sheri was reportedly frightened by Jimmy and changed her mind about sleeping with him while he was in the bathroom. She sent text messages to her boyfriend to express her discomfort. The first message said, "Omg have a total weirdo in my bathroom a little scared."Sheri's boyfriend, unaware that she was in danger, jokingly replied, "Dont let him sniff my"Sheri then replied, "No really u have no clue...." This was the final message that Sheri ever sent. She was shot just minutes later.

At some point after Jimmy exited Sheri's bathroom, he handcuffed her, shot her twice, and then left her for dead. Once Sheri's boyfriend discovered her, he called police. Sheri was then taken to a hospital where she unfortunately died four days later. Jimmy was quickly identified as a suspect through phone records. He told police that he changed his mind about having sex with Sheri and told her that he would not be paying her the $160 that he originally agreed to pay. Jimmy said that Sheri grew angry after this and ran into the kitchen to find a knife. After that, Jimmy explained that he acted in self-defense when he handcuffed Sheri. Investigators did not believe his story and subsequently charged Jimmy with kidnapping and murder after Sheri died. 

Ex-FAU cop found guilty in 2011 murder of Boynton Beach escort ...
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Jimmy pleaded not guilty and went to trial in 2014. In court, prosecutors explained that it was actually Jimmy who grew angry after Sheri decided not to have sex with him that fternoon. He then handcuffed her and shot her in the abdomen and in the neck. The shot to Sheri's neck shattered her spine and instantly paralyzed her. Surveillance footage from Sheri's apartment building revealed this all happened in a matter of minutes. The cameras captured Jimmy entering Sheri's apartment at 4:40pm and then leaving the apartment at 4:56pm. He then threw the gun he used into a canal before returning to his home and then going out to dinner with his girlfriend. 

It was also revealed that this was not Jimmy's first troubled encounter. In fact, numerous women accused him of making inappropriate sexual advances and comments over a period of several years beginning in 1995. He was also reportedly both physically and verbally abusive towards his ex-wife. 

Jimmy maintained his original story that he acted in self-defense. In fact, his defense team argued that Jimmy's gun went off on accident. The jury ultimately disagreed with the defense and found Jimmy guilty of both kidnapping and murder. He was given two life sentences and remains in prison today. 

The Disappearance of Diane Fields

Diane Fields vanished under suspicious circumstances during November 2014. The 44 year-old woman lived in East Dublin, Georgia at the time of her disappearance. The last person to reportedly see Diane was her live-in fiancé, who told police that he saw her on the morning of November 6th. 

According to the fiancé, Diane did not go to work that day because she was not feeling well. He still went to his respective job that day--and when he came home, he reportedly found a frightening scene: the back door to their house was kicked in, one of the bedrooms was in disarray, and a knife was laying on the floor of their hallway. Diane was nowhere to be found. However, all of her personal belongings were still inside the house. Diane has never been seen or heard from again.

Diane's fiancé told police that he believed somebody had broken into their home. When investigators arrived to search the home, they noticed that the scene appeared to be staged. One of the detectives told reporters that the back door was broken, but it appeared to be broken out--as if someone had kicked it from inside the home. Additionally, there was no blood or no other signs of a struggle found inside the house. 

Although Diane's fiancé stated that he last saw Diane on the morning of November 6th, it appears that nobody else had seen her since November 4th--two days before her reported disappearance. Investigators describe the fiancé as a "great person of interest" in Diane's case, but he has not been arrested or charged with anything related to her disappearance at this time.

Diane remains missing today. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigations at 478-374-6988 or go here to submit an anonymous tip. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

List Series: Unsolved Cases with Multiple Persons of Interest

Many unsolved disappearances and murders have known suspects or persons of interest. Investigators will often label someone as a suspect/person of interest when said person is unable to be ruled out. However, there are certain cases in which multiple people are unable to be ruled out--causing more than one person to be labeled as a person of interest. The following lists contains five examples of such cases, in which more than one person has been labeled as a person of interest. All five of these cases remain unsolved today. 

5. The Disappearance of Roxanne Paltauf

Roxanne Paltauf was 18 years-old when she vanished on July 7th, 2006. In the days leading up to her disappearance, Roxanne had been spending a few days at a Budget Inn motel in Austin, Texas with her 30 year-old boyfriend Louis Walls. Roxanne's family members learned that she was missing after Louis called Roxanne's mother from her phone. He told Roxanne's mother that Roxanne had angrily left the motel room the previous evening after the two of them had gotten into an argument. Roxanne's family members reported her missing very shortly thereafter. 

Since Louis was the last person to see Roxanne, he was very quickly labeled a person of interest in the case. Louis allegedly had a history of being abusive towards Roxanne as well. However, he was not the only person of interest. Just days after Roxanne's disappearance, on July 13th, 2006, Roxanne’s personal identification card was found in the possession of another man named Geoffrey Moore. Her ID was found in his wallet after Geoffrey was arrested for attempting to rape an exotic dancer at a location near the Budget Inn where Roxanne was last seen. Investigators spoke to Geoffrey about Roxanne after his arrest, but it is still unclear how exactly Roxanne’s ID came into his possession.

Roxanne remains missing today. Both Louis and Geoffrey remain persons of interest in the case. Roxanne's loved ones believe Louis is responsible for her disappearance, however authorities have not been able to rule out Geoffrey either. Roxanne's case remains unsolved. [read more]

4. The Murder of Jill Behrman
Jill Behrman murder: Here's a timeline of her case

Indiana University student Jill Behrman vanished at the age of 19 on May 31st, 2000. The young woman left her Bloomington, Indiana home on her bicycle that day and never returned home. Two days later, her bicycle was found abandoned in a field north of town. 

The police were mislead in Jill's case from the beginning. In 2001, a woman named Wendy Owings came forward and stated she was in the car with another woman named Alisha Sowders and a man named Uriah Clouse when they hit Jill while driving around under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Wendy told authorities that Jill was not dead after she was hit, but they believed she significantly injured so the women decided to kill her. Wendy claimed they dumped Jill's body in a creek and then abandoned her bicycle on the other side of town. However, in March 2003, Jill's remains were found in a remote area of Morgan County. She was not found in the creek where Wendy claimed she had been dumped. An autopsy also revealed that Jill's injuries were not consistent with being struck by a vehicle. In fact, Jill had died of a gunshot wound to the back of her head. At that point, Wendy changed her story and denied her involvement in Jill's death. She was already incarcerated for an unrelated charge at the time she made the confession about Jill's death, so it was believed that Wendy was coerced into a false confession. She and Alisha were cleared of suspicion. However, Uriah Clouse remained a suspect. 

Clouse continuously denied his involvement in Jill's death, and eventually investigators closed in on another suspect: John Robert Myers II. Myers had reportedly made incriminating statements about the case to his friends and family members. In March 2006, a grand jury began an investigation into Jill's disappearance and death. About a month later, on April 9th, 2006, Myers was arrested and charged with Jill's murder. He was eventually convicted by a jury and sentenced to 65 years in prison. Years later, in September 2019, a District Court judge in Indianapolis took another look at the case and ultimately decided to vacate the murder conviction against Myers. The decision came after it was deemed that Myers received "ineffective assistance of counsel" during his trial, which is a violation of Sixth Amendment rights. It was also determined that Myers' attorneys made inaccurate statements to the jury during opening statements. 

Jill's case is now back to being classified as unsolved. Both Clouse and Myers remain potential suspects. [read more]

3. The Disappearance of Keiosha Felix

Keiosha Felix has been missing since April 30th, 2012. She was only 15 years-old at the time she vanished. Keiosha was last seen at her aunt Patricia Andrus' home in Duson, Louisiana. Patricia told police that Keiosha left their home and never returned. Keiosha was initially labeled as a runaway, however as detectives investigated her disappearance, they learned that Keiosha had told Patricia that Patricia's boyfriend Leon Wilkerson Jr. had sexually assaulted her. This raised many suspicions against both Leon and Patricia, especially because Patricia never reported the alleged assault, nor did she tell investigators about it after Keiosha went missing.  In July 2012, Leon was arrested and charged with rape and second-degree kidnapping in connection with Keiosha’s disappearance. Patricia was arrested and charged with improper supervision of a minor and accessory to rape. Keiosha’s cousin Portia Felix, who told investigators that she heard from Keiosha after her disappearance, was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice. A month later, Leon’s brother Ronald Wilkerson was also arrested and charged with kidnapping in connection with Keiosha’s case.

Unfortunately, the officials handling the case did so improperly. In September 2012, it was determined that Duson PD's Lt. Gerald Credeur had illegally arrested two people for kidnapping, given false testimony and made an illegal search and seizure during the investigation. As a result, the charges against Leon and Ronald were dropped. The following year, the charges against Patricia and Portia were dropped as well.

Many still believe that Leon, Ronald, Patricia and Portia are involved in Keiosha's disappearance, and  that they are only free because the investigation was botched. However, detectives have now labeled an unidentified man as a person of interest as well. This man was reportedly spotted at an AT&T store in Lafayette, Louisiana shortly after Keiosha’s disappearance. The man purchased a SIM card at the store, and said card was later used with Keiosha’s password. Keiosha remains missing today, none of the aforementioned individuals have been ruled out. [read more]

2. The Disappearance of Brittanee Drexel
FBI: Brittanee Drexel was likely sexually assaulted before death ...

Brittanee Drexel vanished at the age of 17 on April 25th, 2009. Brittanee is originally from Rochester, New York, but she vanished while on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Brittanee's mother had not allowed her to go on this trip, however Brittanee went anyway--after telling her mother she was spending the weekend with a friend. On the night of her disappearance, Brittanee was hanging out with a male friend at the Blue Water Resort. She left that hotel shortly before 9pm, but she never made it back to the hotel where she was staying. Brittanee has never been seen or heard from again.

Once Brittanee was reported missing, detectives looked at various registered sex offenders in the Myrtle Beach and Georgetown areas. One particular man they looked at was Raymond Moody, a sex offender who had been convicted of kidnapping and raping a young girl years earlier. Detectives conducted searches in properties where Moody had stayed, and they continued to keep him on their radar over the years. 

However, in 2016, a press conference was held that implicated other individuals in Brittanee's disappearance. During the conference, FBI officials announced that Brittanee was taken from Myrtle Beach to the McClellanville area, where she was held for a few days against her will and then was killed. When asked how the FBI came to this conclusion, the lead investigator said: “there has been an exhaustive amount of evidence in this case. The investigators are certain that this is what happened and I can’t give you the exact details on that, but we are certain.” McClellanville local Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor was named as one of Brittanee's kidnappers.

Years have passed since this announcement, but no arrests have been made in Brittanee's case. Taylor denies involvement in her disappearance. No other persons, including Moody, have been definitively ruled out. Brittanee remains missing today. [read more]

1. The Disappearance & Murder of Lindsey Baum
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Lindsey Baum was only 10 years-old when she vanished on June 26th, 2009. She disappeared while walking home from a friend's house in McCleary, Washington. Lindsey left her friend's home around 9:15pm and was expected home by 9:30--but unfortunately she never arrived. Her mother reported her missing by 11pm that evening.

Searches for Lindsey unfortunately came up empty. However, the investigation into her disappearance did turn up a few persons of interest. In 2010, the FBI searched the home of a 47 year-old man who had provided “inconsistent” statements to police, but no arrests were made. Two years later, investigators searched the home of local jewelry/pawn shop owner Tim Hartman. Throughout the search, investigators found ropes and handwritten notes about Lindsey’s disappearance. Hartman was publicly labeled a person of interest, but he was not arrested. Years later, during the summer of 2017, three elderly brothers known as the Emery brothers were arrested in Mason County, Washington and charged with possession of pornography. Mason County is located just 17 miles from Lindsey’s home in McCleary. Investigators searched their home for a possible connection to Lindsey, but have yet to reveal if they found one.

Despite the multiple persons of interest, investigators were seemingly unable to locate Lindsey or determine what happened to her. Meanwhile, in September 2017, a hunter found human remains in a remote area of Eastern Washington--located an approximate three hour drive away from Lindsey's home in McCleary. The remains were sent to Quantico, and in May 2018, they were positively identified as that of Lindsey Baum. Her death was labeled as a homicide.

None of the aforementioned people have been publicly ruled out in Lindsey's case. Still, no arrests have been made either. Lindsey's murder remains unsolved. [read more]

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Murder of Angelina Sicola

Angelina Sicola (20) was found murdered in her Colorado Springs, Colorado apartment on May 2nd, 2013. The young woman was a student at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and she also worked as a martial arts instructor. Angelina was experienced in taekwondo and was preparing to take test for her second-degree black belt. Unfortunately, before she had the opportunity, her life was cut short.

One of Angelina's professors first noticed something was off on May 1st--the day before her body was found. Angelina did not show up for class that day, which was very uncharacteristic of her. Angelina also had plans to meet up with her father at a doctor's appointment on May 2nd. When she did not show up as planned, her father went to her apartment to check on her. Once inside, Angelina's father discovered a horrific scene: Angelina was dead. She had been strangled to death. 

There was no sign of forced entry in Angelina's apartment, which indicates that Angelina was likely killed by somebody she knew. As an experienced martial artist, Angelina knew how to defend herself--so it is possible that Angelina left bruises and/or other defensive wounds on her attacker. Though years have passed since her murder, investigators are hoping that someone will recall seeing a person with unusual bruisings or markings on their body around the time of Angelina's death. 

Detectives have otherwise kept quiet about the details of their investigation into Angelina's murder. At this time, nobody has been arrested or charged with anything related to her case. No suspects or persons have been publicly identified. Angelina's case remains unsolved today.

If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact the Colorado Bureau of Investigations at (303) 239-4201.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Murder of Tiffany Ojeda Hill

Tiffany Ojeda Hill (35) was murdered by her estranged husband Keland Hill (38) on November 26th, 2019. The mother-of-three was accompanied by her own mother, Aurea Conde on that  fateful afternoon as she picked up her children from their school in Vancouver, Washington. Tiffany, Aurea, and the three children were sitting inside Tiffany's van when Keland approached the vehicle and fired several shots through the windshield. Both Tiffany and Aurea were struck by several bullets. Aurea survived the attack, but unfortunately Tiffany did not. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The children were fortunately not physically injured, but they witnessed the entire horrific event.
Keland Hill
Keland fled from the scene in his car. He led police on a short chase before he eventually turned the gun on himself on Padden Parkway and Andresen Road. Keland was then transported to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

Nearly three months before Tiffany's murder, Keland had been ordered not to contact her. Nearly three months before Tiffany's murder, Keland had been ordered not to contact her. Tiffany was reportedly scared for her life in the weeks leading up to her murder. Keland had been proven to be a violent person, and he had also violated the no-contact order several times in the months leading up to Tiffany’s death. All of this begs the following question: why wasn’t Keland in jail during November 2019?

The no-contact order was served after Tiffany reported that Keland pushed her into a wall and then prevented her from calling 911. This incident occurred on September 11th, 2019, and Keland was given the no-contact order the following day. Just two days later, Tiffany reported that Keland violated the order by attempting to contact her. He violated the order yet again on September 19th and October 10th. 

Nearly a month went by without any contact from Keland--but then he violated the no-contact order yet again on November 7th. When Tiffany called police this time, they discovered that Keland had put GPS tracking device on her vehicle. He was subsequently arrested. The following day, investigators conducted a danger risk assessment with Tiffany--and she was placed in the extreme risk category. 

Due to this extreme risk, prosecutors fought to keep Keland in jail following his November 7th arrest. At a hearing on November 15th, 2019, the prosecutor asked the judge to raise Keland's bail from $75,000 to $2,000,000. The prosecutor explained, "the state believes that if the defendant is released, he will kill the victim. I have grave concerns about this case."A statement written by Tiffany herself was also read at the hearing, which stated, "He's going to kill me if given the opportunity. I beg you to not allow him to get to me and my children, we have no family here, nowhere to go, we have no money and nowhere to hide from him." Despite all of this, the judge only raised Keland's bail to $250,000. He was bailed out on November 21st--just five days before he shot both Tiffany and her mother--and then later himself.

Tiffany's family members have pledged to make an effort to improve the justice system, which they said ultimately failed Tiffany. Tiffany's children have moved to New York, where they are being raised by her mother and sister. 

The Disappearance of Kayann Canfield

Kayann Canfield has been missing since October 21st, 2013.  The 24 year-old woman lived in Toppenish, Washington at the time of her dis...