Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
As explained in the original 'Betrayed by Blood' list, over 50% of the murder victims each year are killed by someone known to them--such as a significant other, acquaintance, co-worker, etc. Out of the 50% of murder victims killed by someone known to them, almost half of those victims are killed by members of their own family. Below is a list of five more cases in which the victim was killed by a member of their family, and ultimately betrayed by their own blood.
Pamela & Helen Hargan
Reportedly killed by Pamela's daughter/Helen's sister, Megan Hargan
Murdered at the age of 20 by her 16 year-old brother, Kevon Watkins
|Image source: thecrimejournal.com|
According to Latoya, it appeared that Kevon was about to hit her--which is when Alexus intervened. Alexus ran into the room and grabbed her brother, and that point, he began to take out his anger on his sister rather than his mother. A struggle ensued between the two, but according to Latoya, it did not seem like a serious fight at first. Then, Kevon began to choke Alexus. Both their younger sibling and Latoya attempted to pull Kevon off Alexus to no avail. Eventually, Latoya called the police. Paramedics attempted to revive Alexus once they arrived, but unfortunately it was too late. She died at the hospital just a few hours later.
Michael remains behind bars as his charges are pending. [read more]
Allegedly murdered by her half-brother, David Haggard
Monday, September 28, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Over a decade has passed since Delcia’s death, and police have not made any arrests in connection with her murder. However, a detective working the case has stated that Raul is a suspect in the case. He has been reportedly been “extensively questioned”, but he has never been charged with anything related to the case. However, the detective also stated that they are open to exploring other suspects as well. He explained, “even though common sense dictates that we look at [Raul], I don’t want us to be oblivious to anyone else. I don’t want the people out there to focus all of their attention on Mr. Mata. If there is any bit of information out there that will lead us to another individual, I am all ears” Despite this, though, Raul has still not been ruled out.
A murder weapon was never found, but detectives reportedly have DNA that could lead to a suspect. They are hoping that the advancement in DNA technologies could help them identify the killer. Meanwhile, investigators are encouraging anyone with information that could help solve Delcia’s case to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477)
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Jonah's family members are hoping to one day receive answers in his case. They believe that there are individuals who attended that party who have yet to come forward with information. There is an $8000 reward in place for anyone with information that could lead to Jonah's killer. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact 866-945-8477 to submit a tip.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
As explained in the original 'Runaway Theories Gone Wrong' list, many children and teens who go missing are runaways. According to statistics, one and seven children between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away at some point. With those statistics being relatively high, many police departments will classify missing children/teens as runaways unless they see evidence that shows otherwise.
Similarly, many adults go missing on their own accord as well. Statistics show that the majority of missing persons cases are solved, and many missing people are found alive. Often times, a missing person will not be classified as endangered due to lack of evidence that something harmful has occurred. Unfortunately, though, there are many cases of both missing children and adults who are mistakenly believed to be missing on their own accord. These cases are often later reclassified as endangered, however by that point, a lot of valuable investigation time has passed. Below is a list of 7 cases of both children and adults who were originally believed to be missing on their own accord.
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. This seemed quite suspicious to investigators, and it ultimately led them to take another look at the case. After a second look, investigators announced that they believe Kayann met with foul play. Her case remains unsolved today. [read more]
Hailey Dunn was only 13 years-old when she vanished on December 27th, 2010. She was last seen at her mother's home in Colorado City, Texas, where she lived with her mother Billie, her brother David, and Billie's boyfriend Shawn Adkins. Shawn reportedly told investigators that he last saw Hailey around 3:15pm, after she told him that she was going to her father's house and then a friend's house for a sleepover. However, Hailey never arrived at her father's house or her friend's house--nor did she ever have plans to meet up with either.
Despite the suspicious circumstances, police initially believed that Hailey was a runaway. They believed it was possible that she was in hiding. However, it only took days for investigators to change their tune and reclassify Hailey's case as an endangered missing child. Suspicions began to build against both Shawn and Billie--especially after investigators found evidence that suggested both were very interested in murder and sexual sadism. Additionally, there was evidence that Shawn had child pornography in his possession. Still, investigators did not have evidence to charge either with anything related to Hailey's disappearance.
In March 2013, human remains were found in Scurry County. A month later, those remains were identified as that of Hailey Dunn. Her death was classified as a homicide. To this day, Shawn Adkins remains the only person of interest in the case, but no arrests have been made. [read more]
Despite these circumstances, police initially believed that Tisa left on her own accord. Her family has never believed this, as they do not believe Tisa would voluntarily be out-of-touch with her loved ones. As the investigation continued, police eventually began to think that something sinister happened to her. About a year after Tisa’s disappearance, a team of investigators searched the home of Edwin Morris, but reportedly nothing significant was found. Still, investigators returned to the same spot in 2011 and 2015 to conduct further searches. Morris has officially been named as a person of interest in Tisa’s disappearance. He is currently in prison on for an unrelated conviction, and at this time he has not been charged with anything related to Tisa’s case.
Tisa remains missing today. [read more]
Monday, September 21, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
|One of the last known images of Hailey Dunn(13), taken on Christmas Day 2010. She vanished from her home in Colorado City, Texas just two days later. In March 2013, her remains were found in Scurry County. Her death was labeled as a homicide.|
|Hailey and David with their mother Billie, and her boyfriend Shawn Adkins|
|Billie Dunn in court (oaoa.com)|
After this, news about Hailey's case seemed to fade. Shawn Adkins remained a person of interest, but he was not arrested or charged with anything related to Hailey's disappearance. It would be another two years before any significant updates in Hailey's case. Unfortunately, the next big update was the discovery of her remains in March 2013. After the remains were identified, her loved ones' worst fears were confirmed: Hailey had been murdered. Investigators have never publicly revealed her cause of death, but her father said that he was told she most likely died of blunt force trauma.
|Clint and Hailey Dunn|
Clint Dunn's appeals on social media caught the attention of an unnamed individual who reportedly found several items belonging to Hailey in a public place during late spring/early summer 2011. The individual who found the items was in middle school at the time, and did not know Hailey or about her disappearance. Due to this, the individual did not tell authorities about finding the items. Years later, in 2019, the individual--now an adult--saw one of Clint's posts about Hailey's case. It was then that the individual remembered that one of the items found years earlier had the name 'Hailey Dunn' on it. The individual then messaged Clint to tell him about it. The items and the location where they were found have not been publicly revealed, but Clint stated that they were found in an area that was searched numerous times in the initial stages of the investigation.
It is a family's worst nightmare to have a loved one go missing. When a beloved person suddenly vanishes, those who care for that person are likely to experience fear, anxiety, and extreme stress. Those feelings are likely to be intensified when a person goes missing while in a place outside of their own hometown--especially if that person is not particularly familiar with the area. As explained in the original 'Missing Far From Home' list, this impacts family's ability to aid in the search for their loved one--especially if they live in a completely different location and are unfamiliar with the places their loved one might have gone. Below is a list of 5 more cases of individuals who have unfortunately gone missing while away from their hometowns. All of these cases remain unsolved today.
5. Erika Lloyd
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
Randisha Love was murdered inside her family's Fulton County, Georgia home on January 12th, 2016. That day began as a seemingly typical day for the 17 year-old girl. Randisha attended school at Westlake High and then took the bus home in the afternoon. She called her mother at 4:15pm and asked her to bring home some dinner. Nothing seemed unusual about the phone call. Unfortunately, at some point between the time the call ended and 9pm that evening, Randisha was shot several times. She was found by her mother and brother after they returned home shortly after 9pm.
Both investigators and Randisha's family are unsure of a motive for her murder. Nothing was missing from their home, so a robbery was quickly ruled out. Additionally, police found no signs of forced entry inside the home, which indicates that Randisha was likely killed by somebody she knew and had allowed into the residence. It appears that Randisha was targeted--but investigators still do not know who targeted her or why. Detective Stewart Webb of the Fulton Police told reporters, "We’re still trying to figure out why this girl would have been targeted. There’s no obvious reason this should have happened to her."
Randisha had aspirations to one day join the Air Force. She participated in her school's ROTC program and got good grades in her classes. By all accounts, it appeared that Randisha was a typical high school student without any known enemies. Still, investigators believe that one of Randisha's classmates might have information about her killer. In an appeal to the public for information, Detective Webb explained, "I’d like to reach out to the student body of Westlake High School. There’s at least two grades there that were attending school during the time of the murder. I would like them, their families to talk about it and if they have any information, rumors, talk that they heard in school that year, to please contact Crime Stoppers or the Fulton County Police Department."
If you have any information that could lead to Randisha's killer, please contact 404-577-TIPS (8477) to submit an anonymous tip.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
|Jerome Mitchell and Jade Winston (image source: KFVS12 News)|
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