Monthly Archives: March 2017

Cold Case 2014: Missing Person Case Turns into Homicide. Who Killed Young Mother D’Lisa Kelley? – NBC 5 Dallas

D’Lisa Kelley was found in a Dallas neighborhood beaten and strangled in March 2014, a week after her grandmother begged police to check on her. Her murder remains unsolved.

It was a controversial case that raised serious doubts about how an officer handled a desperate call for help.

Now, NBC 5 has obtained never before seen surveillance video that may help crack the case.

Kelley’s family says she had a laugh that was infectious.

“That laugh. She had a laugh that would grab you from across the street, ‘Who is that?'” recalled Kelley’s mother, Lasondra Kelley.

But the sounds of joy that for 24 years her mother remembers well were disrupted by a single phone call March 7, 2014, from the young woman’s grandmother.

“She was like, ‘I’ve been trying to contact Lisa, have you talked to her?'” said Lasondra Kelley. “I haven’t talked to her,” she told her

Read more at: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Cold-Case-2014-Missing-Person-Case-Turns-into-Homicide-Who-Killed-Expectant-Mother-DLisa-Kelley-417812503.html

Chewing Gum Helps Solve 35-Year-Old Cold Case Murder

DNA extracted from a 35-year-old piece of chewing gum helped detectives connect the dots in the murder of a mother in her apartment in England. Nova Welsh was found dead in the storage cupboard three weeks after her family moved to Miami.

“We were trying to reach her to confirm that we had arrived safely, but we could never get any answer,” said Valerie Welsh, the victim’s sister.

The father of her children, Osmond Bell, was arrested in 1981 in connection to Welsh’s death, but he was later released due to insufficient evidence. Welsh’s sister was not convinced Bell was innocent, because she said Bell was a possessive ex-boyfriend.

Years later, British police re-opened the case and focused on a piece of bubble gum used to seal the lock on the storage cupboard in which Welsh’s body was found. DNA from the gum matched with Bell’s, and forensic scientists

Read more at: http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Chewing-Gum-Helps-Solve-35-Year-Old-Cold-Case-Murder-417849363.html

Suspect in notorious 1995 Greeley cold case murder leads …

John Sandoval, whose first-degree murder conviction in the death of his estranged wife was overturned last year, led investigators to her remains in exchange for a plea deal.

The remains of Kristina “Tina” Tournai Sandoval have been exhumed from where he buried her beneath a grave in Sunset Memorial Garden cemetery where a World War II veteran was later interred. She was found inside a wrapping 21 inches below the bottom of the grave.

Sandoval on Friday pleaded guilty in Greeley District Court to second-degree murder. He will serve 25 years in prison and five years on parole. His sentence was dated back to August 2010 when he was convicted of first-degree murder.

Sandoval, 52, was to face a second trial this week in the Oct. 19, 1995, murder of Tina Sandoval.

Tina Sandoval’s mother Mary Tournai had reported her missing that day after she didn’t return from a planned meeting with Sandoval.

“She would have continued

Read more at: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/31/1995-greeley-cold-case-murder-john-sandoval/

Suspect in notorious 1995 Greeley cold case murder leads investigators to wife’s remains in plea deal

John Sandoval, whose first-degree murder conviction in the death of his estranged wife was overturned last year, led investigators to her remains in exchange for a plea deal.

The remains of Kristina “Tina” Tournai Sandoval have been exhumed from where he buried her beneath the concrete vault in a grave in Sunset Memorial Park where a World War II veteran was later interred. She was found inside a wrapping 21 inches below the bottom of the grave.

Sandoval on Friday pleaded guilty in Greeley District Court to second-degree murder. He will serve 25 years in prison and five years on parole. His sentence was dated back to August 2010 when he was convicted of first-degree murder.

Sandoval, 52, was to face a second trial this week in the Oct. 19, 1995, murder of Tina Sandoval.

Tina Sandoval’s mother Mary Tournai had reported her missing that day after she didn’t return from a planned meeting with Sandoval.

“She

Read more at: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/31/1995-greeley-cold-case-murder-john-sandoval/

Fugitive Pleads Guilty in Texas Woman’s Cold Case Murder – People

More than 30 years after a 22-year-old Texas woman was found strangled to death inside a bathroom stall, her family finally got to witness her killer plead guilty to murder and be sentenced to prison.

Earlier this week inside a Travis County, Texas, courtroom, 52-year-old Robert Van Wisse was sentenced to 30 years for the murder of Laurie Stout after he’d evaded arrest for years, PEOPLE confirms.

“We don’t typically negotiate with a fugitive, but this was a very unusual circumstance,” says Travis County Assistant District Attorney Amy Casner.

The guilty plea will help “bring some closure to the family of the victim,” Casner tells PEOPLE.

The plea was the result of a months-long process that began in December when Van Wisse was added to the FBI’s list of 10 Most Wanted Fugitives.

He was living in Mexico when he heard the news and decided he was ready to surrender to authorities. He turned

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/robert-van-wisse-guilty-plea-austin-texas-cold-case-murder/

Texas Woman’s Killer Returns from Hiding in Mexico to Plead Guilty — 34 Years After Her Murder

More than 30 years after a 22-year-old Texas woman was found strangled to death inside a bathroom stall, her family finally got to witness her killer plead guilty to murder and be sentenced to prison.

Earlier this week inside a Travis County, Texas, courtroom, 52-year-old Robert Van Wisse was sentenced to 30 years for the murder of Laurie Stout after he’d evaded arrest for years, PEOPLE confirms.

“We don’t typically negotiate with a fugitive, but this was a very unusual circumstance,” says Travis County Assistant District Attorney Amy Casner.

The guilty plea will help “bring some closure to the family of the victim,” Casner tells PEOPLE.

The plea was the result of a months-long process that began in December when Van Wisse was added to the FBI’s list of 10 Most Wanted Fugitives.

He was living in Mexico when he heard the news and decided he was ready to surrender to authorities. He turned

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/robert-van-wisse-guilty-plea-austin-texas-cold-case-murder/

Crowdfunded Thimbleweed Park Murder Investigation to be Closed Unsolved

Sheriff tells amateur investigators to leave town: “There’s
nothing-a-reno to see here.”

THIMBLEWEED PARK – March 30, 1987 – The Thimbleweed Park Sheriff
has formally closed the ongoing investigation into the dead body
under the bridge citing lack of evidence, dwindling interest, and a
desire to get home by 8:00pm to watch wrestling.

The murder victim is believed to be a European visitor with no
ties to the local community. The unsolved murder is the latest in a
series of suspicious events that include the sudden death of town
founder Chuck Edmund and the mysterious disappearance of his
brother, Franklin.

In the course of the investigation, the Thimbleweed Park
Sheriff’s Department raised suspicions about two uninvited federal
agents, disgraced entertainer Ransome the Clown, and pillow factory
heiress Delores Edmund. Though their involvement has not been
definitively ruled out, the Sheriff today insisted he sees

Read more at: http://www.develop-online.net/press-releases/crowdfunded-thimbleweed-park-murder-investigation-to-be-closed-unsolved/0231231

Cold Case: Couple pleads guilty in 2007 Norfolk murder case …

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NORFOLK, Va. – A couple that was indicted in connection with a 2007 murder pleaded guilty in court Thursday.

Frank Wilson Everett and Teressa Ann Everett each pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor Concealing a Dead Body, one count of misdemeanor Accessory after the Fact, and one count of felony Defiling a Dead Body, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Lori Jordan

Lori Jordan

Teressa and Frank Everett were previously charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, concealment of a dead body and defilement of a dead body in July.

The couple was indicted for the murder of Lori Jordan.

Jordan’s body was discovered in a wooded area in the

Read more at: http://wtkr.com/2017/03/30/cold-case-couple-pleads-guilty-in-2007-norfolk-murder-case/

Cold Case: Couple pleads guilty in 2007 Norfolk murder case

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NORFOLK, Va. – A couple that was indicted in connection with a 2007 murder pleaded guilty in court Thursday.

Frank Wilson Everett and Teressa Ann Everett each pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor Concealing a Dead Body, one count of misdemeanor Accessory after the Fact, and one count of felony Defiling a Dead Body, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Lori Jordan

Lori Jordan

Teressa and Frank Everett were previously charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, concealment of a dead body and defilement of a dead body in July.

The couple was indicted for the murder of Lori Jordan.

Jordan’s body was discovered in a wooded area in the

Read more at: http://wtkr.com/2017/03/30/cold-case-couple-pleads-guilty-in-2007-norfolk-murder-case/

Crowdfunded Thimbleweed Park Murder


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

THIMBLEWEED PARK – March 30, 1987 – The Thimbleweed Park Sheriff
has formally closed the ongoing investigation into the dead body
under the bridge citing lack of evidence, dwindling interest, and a
desire to get home by 8:00pm to watch wrestling.

The murder victim is believed to be a European visitor with no
ties to the local community. The unsolved murder is the latest in a
series of suspicious events that include the sudden death of town
founder Chuck Edmund and the mysterious disappearance of his
brother, Franklin.

In the course of the investigation, the Thimbleweed Park
Sheriff’s Department raised suspicions about two uninvited federal
agents, disgraced entertainer Ransome the Clown, and pillow factory
heiress

Read more at: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/294890/Crowdfunded_Thimbleweed_Park_Murder_Investigation_to_beClosed_Unsolved.php