Archive for September 30th, 2009

John Couey died of natural causes in prison. Jessica Lunsford, 9-year-old, was buried alive after having been raped, kidnapped and ultimately murdered by him. His privacy is protected, hers was not.

Convicted child killer Couey dies in prison, Florida officials say

(CNN) — A Florida death-row inmate convicted of abducting and murdering 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford in 2005 has died, prison officials said Wednesday.

John Evander Couey, 51, died at 11:15 a.m. ET of natural causes, a Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman told CNN. He had been taken to a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital from Florida State Prison in Starke, Florida.

Because of privacy laws, no further information could be released by the Department of Corrections.

A source close to the case told CNN that Couey’s death was not unexpected and he had been ill for some time.


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An AMBER Alert has been issued in Mooresville, NC for Keara and Sierra Hess.

The Iredell County Sheriff`s Department is searching for 2 missing children: Keara Hess and Sierra Hess. Keara is nine months pregnant and may be in need of immediate medical attention. The victims are believed to be with Mathew Charles Hess.

Both sisters are reportedly traveling with their adoptive father. They were last seen at their home near Mooresville on the morning of Sept. 24. Possible destinations include Fayetteville and the state of Tennessee. The vehicle is a green 1993 Ford Explorerr with NC license tag number YTE-8014. The vehicle’s back passenger window is reportedly broken and has been covered with Plexiglass and duct-taped in place.

If you have information, please contact Iredell County Sheriff’s Department, 704-924-4057 or 911.

An AMBER Alert has also been activated in Nashville, TN for Yair Anthony Carrillo. The AMBER Alert has been activated by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department for 4 day old Yair Anthony Carrillo. The child was taken by a white female who was posing as an immigration worker. She had come to the residence and demanded the mother give her the baby. When the mother refused to comply she stabbed the mother approximately 8 times.

If you have seen the suspect, vehicle or child, please contact the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department at 615-862-8600 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Update 09-30-09: Amber Alert canceled for pregnant 12-year-old, sister

RALEIGH — An Amber Alert issued earlier today for a pregnant 12-year-old and her sister, who were last seen in Iredell County last week, was canceled late Wednesday morning after the girls were found in Tennessee.
The N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety identified the two girls as Keara Hess and Sierra Hess.

State authorities say both girls were with Mathew Charles Hess, 40, their adoptive father.

For more on this alert, visit the N.C. Amber Alert Web site.



Update 10-02-09:
Baby Allegedly Kidnapped by Fake Immigration Agent Found Safe

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A newborn infant kidnapped from his mother in Tennessee was found safe in Alabama on Friday, and a woman suspected of abducting the baby was arrested, police said.
Nashville police said week-old Yair Anthony Carillo was found at a home in Ardmore near the Tennessee line.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn identified the arrested woman as Tammy Renee Silas, 39, of Ardmore. He said charges are “pending,” but she was not immediately charged. She was being questioned and will be held at the jail in Morgan County, Ala., police said.



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