From the Pasadena Star-News:

Elizabeth Duer, 27, of Baldwin Park, was located in County-USC Medical Center’s psychiatric ward early Friday, officials said. A nurse recognized her on a newscast and notified police she was there.
Baldwin Park police Sgt. Kevin Gauthier said police received a call from the hospital at about 12:30 a.m., notifying them she was there.

No foul play was involved in Elizabeth’s disappearance. When a missing persons case ends up this way, it’s a good thing, even if the circumstances — being in a psychiatric ward — are still difficult. It also means that this is now a personal issue for all involved — the formerly missing person and her friends and family. Unless something drastic occurs, there will be no further reporting on this case here.
[Pasadena Star-News]

eduer2.jpgOn Wednesday, police found the silver Honda Insight owned by missing Cal Poly Pomona student Elizabeth Duer. The 27-year-old landscape architecture student vanished on the evening of September 7 from her home in Baldwin Park, CA, after telling a roommate that she was running an errand.
Duer’s vehicle was found in the parking lot of a bank in Hacienda Heights. Police say they found no evidence of foul play. According to the Whittier (CA) Daily News, Duer deposited $600 in the bank on the night she disappeared. When her car was found it was coated with a layer of dust and looked as though it had been in the lot for some time — perhaps since the night of Duer’s disappearance.
A peculiar and potentially chilling wrinkle to this case is the fact that Duer told others that she feared she was being stalked. She reported a stalker to police in Baldwin Park as well as the Cal Poly Pomona PD. She didn’t give a description of the stalker, she just said she thought she was being followed.
Police in Baldwin Park admit that they don’t have that many leads in this case.
Here’s what we do know, thanks in part to a long article published by the Whittier newspaper:
* Elizabeth may have had a dispute with a roommate in February this year, but police doubt that confrontation is related to the alleged stalking. The roommate allegedly entered Elizabeth’s room without permission. This prompted Elizabeth’s landlord to ask him to move. The roommate said he would go back to Taiwan. Police didn’t confirm whether or not he actually did so.
* No phone calls have been made from Elizabeth’s cell since Sept. 7. There has been no bank activity since she deposited money that same night.
* Elizabeth Duer’s landlord, Betty Tsao, received a strange phone call the night Elizabeth vanished, but earlier reports about that call may have been confusing in part because according to the Daily News, Ms. Tsao “is not a native English speaker.”
* Elizabeth kept a “strict schedule,” most of the time.
* The day she dropped out of sight, Elizabeth baked cakes for herself and her roommates. There was no reason, such as a birthday; she just tended to do things like that for others.
* As Elizabeth left on the 7th, she told a roommate to relay to Ms. Tsao that she’d be back later that night. Ms. Tsao said that this was unusual; Elizabeth “didn’t usually say” such things.
* During a press conference given Thursday, Baldwin Park police Captain Mike Taylor said everyone associated with the missing woman has been very cooperative — including her boyfriend.
It’s hard to figure out what may have happened here. If viewed from a slight remove, that makes this young woman’s disappearance unusually intriguing.
On the one hand, people have faked being stalked in the past. Usually this is due to some form of mental illness. And that kind of mental illness could lead to self-destructive, even suicidal behaviors.
In this case, there’s no sign yet that Elizabeth Duer had any traits that might have made others suspect she was shamming about being stalked. Another tell-tale sign that she may have truly thought she was somehow being targeted: good luck trying to find any trace of the woman online. I can’t say that she didn’t have any personal profiles, because I’m not always able to find such things — but I’m usually pretty good at it, and so far, I’ve found no trace of Elizabeth Duer on Facebook, MySpace, or any other, similar (but less popular) site. She seems to have either had no use for the Web or she made a conscious effort to keep traces of herself offline.
Elizabeth’s family is truly worried. Yesterday I contacted one of her cousins, the owner of a weblog titled Scattered Marbles. She’s posted a number of articles on her blog about Elizabeth’s disappearance, and she told me that Brent Weaver, a cousin who has spoken to the press quite a bit, will be responding to me sometime today. If he does, I’ll post another entry.
In the meantime — Elizabeth Duer is 5’8″ and 120 lbs. She’s a hazel-eyed brunette. If you’ve seen her or have information that may help bring her home again, get in touch with Baldwin Park Detective Mark Harvey at (626) 960-1955, extension #421.
[Whittier Daily News]


Video via Anakerie on YouTube. Here’s Anakerie’s blog.
The video above is just raw footage of a clash between Cindy and George Anthony and protesters outside their home in Orange County, Florida. I like it better without any announcer breathlessly clouding the narrative. It lays bare the bones of the idiocy now occurring outside this suburban home under siege near Orlando — you know, the home of Disney, the happiest place on Earth?
As you can see, late in the video, there is a real-live parade of idiots walking back and forth in front of the Anthony residence.
Inside that home are George and Cindy, missing toddler Caylee’s grandparents, and of course, the vacantly pretty mother who is to blame for starting all this crap in the first place, one Casey Anthony. If you’re really bored, you can read the transcript of her call 911 about these mouth-breathers outside the house by clicking here.
There are a lot of reasons I think these people protesting at the Anthony home are idiots. That’s saying something, if you consider the fact that I have no doubt that police will one day find that key bit of evidence they need to put Casey away for her daughter’s murder. It’s saying a lot when you know that I find Casey’s parents’ behavior disgusting as well. Cindy and George Anthony are two of the worst cases of denial and enabling I’ve ever seen play their family drama out in the news. It seems as though they could care less about their missing granddaughter, no matter what they say — at this point, they only care about Casey, and keeping her sorry ass out of jail.
These people protesting, though — what the hell is wrong with them? Who are they? Have they made some kind of sick fucking pilgrimage to the Anthony home to do this crap?
I don’t think they care about what happened to Caylee, either. No. The protesters are attention whores, pure and simple. They’re just troublemakers who have found a way to flip their usual paradigm and seem like they’re on the side of right by protesting someone whom they perceive as a child-killer. By protesting a family they see (admittedly rightly, in my opinion) as enablers of their adult daughter’s crimes and deceptions.
At this point, I see them as only marginally better than the Anthonys, and rather hope that someone snags some raw video sometime soon of the police finding a reason to pepper-spray the whole lot of them.
Here’s what news coverage of these righteous folk could cause: the jury pool could be tainted. The protesters are helping to set up a beautiful case for a change of venue. Jose Baez could plausibly now say to a judge that there is no way in hell his client could get a fair trial for anything anywhere in Orange County.
The change of venue would cost Florida taxpayers more money, and it could work in Casey Anthony’s favor. All it would take for Casey to get a mistrial would be one lone juror who didn’t watch the coverage — easier to find outside of the Orlando area — and found her somehow sympathetic.
Here’s the other reason I am appalled by these ridiculous freaks and the clown show they are putting on at the Anthony home — at times ably assisted by Cindy and George, of course — they’re doing the impossible, and almost — almost making the Anthonys somewhat sympathetic.
If I can even think of such a thing, it tells me that someone else will truly feel sympathy for the Anthonys. That could lead to another attorney willing to jump in and help pro-bono with this oh-so-high profile case. It could lead to further financial assistance for the family, ensuring that should Casey be arrested again — and with a (most likely) inherently criminal personality like hers, she will be — she will still have money for bail, should a judge still set bail for her.
In fact, someone with lots of money, looking for a “story” could even see this sort of footage and want to give Casey herself some more cash. For a narcissistic personality like hers, incapable of guilt, that would be heaven.
So — even though there is a moment of schadenfreude whenever I see George and Cindy paying a little for their willful blindness towards what Casey truly is, I have only one simple thing I’d want to say to all the stupid protesters: you’re not helping.
Look, justice rarely moves rapidly enough for anyone. Whether you’re an innocent person falsely convicted or a stone-cold killer who will one day go away forever, justice still moves at its own pace. Nothing shouted in the middle of a humid Florida night by some half-wit, backwoods idiot with a misspelled protest sign shaped like a tombstone is ever going to change that.
The other thing about the protests of the Anthony home is this — they will become the story (if they haven’t already). I fear they’ll become the story in a bad, ugly way, if people don’t stand down, soon. If that happens, little Caylee will fade further into the shadows. Lest anyone forgets — this is still, in the end, her story. No midnight protests will bring her justice. They will only bring the protesters attention, make the family look sympathetic, and further obscure the only thing anyone really wants in this case — the truth.

kcmorris.jpgTrue Crime Report reader “oxfordmom” left a comment on a previous post about the disappearance of Stem, NC mother of two Kelly Currin Morris:

Just got the Butner Creedmoor News, and they have a pic if Scott Morris on the front page and Kelly’s Honda, appears to be exactly as they found it in the undeveloped subdivision. This report states that the husbands vehicles have been impounded (Wednesday) for investigation, sorry I dont think this small paper has a website for a link to pic.

Investigators went back to the burned-out home Kelly Morris shared with her husband Scott and their two children on Thursday. Granville County Sheriff David Smith told local media that the police are seeking any clues that might have been missed.
A Raleigh-Durham TV station reported that Kelly’s family has hired search dogs from a private company to help find any sign of Kelly in the dense woods surrounding the home.
William Scott Morris is a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance. Allegations that he “got away with murder” 8 years ago have yet to be proven.
If you think you have information that can help bring Kelly Currin Morris home to her children, call the Granville County Sheriff at 919-693-3213.
[abc11.com]

kcmorris.jpgTrue Crime Report reader “oxfordmom” left a comment on a previous post about the disappearance of Stem, NC mother of two Kelly Currin Morris:

Just got the Butner Creedmoor News, and they have a pic if Scott Morris on the front page and Kelly’s Honda, appears to be exactly as they found it in the undeveloped subdivision. This report states that the husbands vehicles have been impounded (Wednesday) for investigation, sorry I dont think this small paper has a website for a link to pic.

Investigators went back to the burned-out home Kelly Morris shared with her husband Scott and their two children on Thursday. Granville County Sheriff David Smith told local media that the police are seeking any clues that might have been missed.
A Raleigh-Durham TV station reported that Kelly’s family has hired search dogs from a private company to help find any sign of Kelly in the dense woods surrounding the home.
William Scott Morris is a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance. Allegations that he “got away with murder” 8 years ago have yet to be proven.
If you think you have information that can help bring Kelly Currin Morris home to her children, call the Granville County Sheriff at 919-693-3213.
[abc11.com]

eduer.jpg
Elizabeth Duer, age 27, vanished 11 days ago. On September 7 the CalPoly Pomona student told a roommate she was heading out to run an errand. She left her Baldwin Park, CA apartment — where she’d lived for about a year — in her silver Honda Insight.
Then she just dropped off the face of the earth.
Elizabeth’s cousin, Brent Weaver, told KABC in Los Angeles that it wasn’t like Elizabeth “at all” to simply walk away from everything. To vanish on her own. Brent said that there was “no conceivable reason the family can think of why she wouldn’t have contacted somebody.” Elizabeth Duer, said her cousin, was “not the type of person” to just go away without telling someone.
Before she disappeared, Elizabeth Baldwin claimed she was being stalked. One press source stated that she’d been making this claim for a year and a half. And the day Elizabeth disappeared, something creepy happened. Duer’s landlord, Betty Tsao, received an odd phone call.
The call came around 10 that night. Tsao said it came from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Tsao told KABC that the caller said ‘We have Elizabeth.’
The caller asked questions that just sounded wrong. He asked if Elizabeth was at home. Then he said she’d be home soon.
In his interview with KABC, Brent Weaver said there was another problem with this phone call. The L.A. County Sheriff, Weaver said, “has no record of the call. We don’t know who this guy was.”
Elizabeth’s family believes she had a stalker. She also had a boyfriend, and he seems to think she did, too.
Speaking to another LA TV station, Brent Weaver said, “Her boyfriend thought it was possible that she was actually going to confront this person that she thought was a stalker — and we don’t know that, but that’s what we’re extremely worried about, that if she was going to confront this person, something bad could’ve happened. We just don’t know.”
Elizabeth’s aunt, Pati Weaver, spoke to the Whittier Daily News about her niece’s disappearance. She said that it was strange that Elizabeth left her room unlocked. The whole situation, said Pati Weaver, is “just so unlike” Elizabeth Duer.
Elizabeth is a brunette with hazel eyes. She is 5’8″ tall and weighs about 120 lbs. Her silver Honda is a 2000 model, California plate #5WXE205. Call Detective Mark Harvey at 626-960-1955 if you have any information about her disappearance.
[abc7.com, KNBC.com and Whittier Daily News.]

jasonderekbrown.jpgJason Derek Brown has been a fugitive since November of 2004. According to the FBI, that was when Brown allegedly pulled an armored car heist in the parking lot of a movie theater in Phoenix, Arizona. During the robbery, Brown allegedly shot and killed guard Robert Palomares, age 24; five slugs to the guard’s head from a .45-caliber.
Brown hauled off $56,000 from the robbery, made his getaway on a mountain bike.
I’ve been familiar with the story of this member of the FBI’s Top Ten for some time. I couldn’t help but be curious, because he had the makings of a master criminal, in many respects — making him a pretty scary dude. After all, Brown has a Masters Degree in International Business and he speaks fluent French. He’s a sporty, showy guy who likes to be the center of attention, make like he’s a high-roller with lots of cash.
It’s hard not to wonder why the FBI hasn’t caught him yet.
Turns out authorities may be closer than ever to putting playboy Jason Derek Brown behind bars. A witness who was once a Mormon missionary with Brown recently spotted the fugitive in Salt Lake City. Basically, the witness looked over at a red light and damned if he didn’t see Jason Brown in the other car. Brown’s hair was longer and he was deeply tanned, but it was the same guy.
Once Brown locked eyes with the other driver, the spark of recognition between them compelled the fugitive to hit the gas. He drove through the light.
Expect America’s Most Wanted to be all over this one.
As usual, if you have information that might lead to the arrest of Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Jason Derek Brown aka Jason D. Brown, Derek Brown, Greg Johnson or Greg Harline Johnson, contact your local FBI field office. The feds are offering $100,000 as a reward for info that leads directly to Brown’s arrest.
[Federal Bureau of Investigation, AZCentral.com and AMW.com. ]

edhall2.JPGGuess this is my day to do some follow-ups on really creepy guys in the news.
Edwin Hall has been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping, raping and murdering Kelsey Smith. If anyone ever deserves the death penalty, this guy probably does, but he decided to plead guilty last July to keep his ass out of the hot seat. Hall abducted the 18-year-old in June 2007 from a Target in Overland, KS. Searchers found Kelsey’s body 15 miles and four days later across the state line in Missouri.
Hall will go away for life without parole and another 47 years (concurrent).
Hall spoke in court today, saying he couldn’t “find the right words to say,” but he was “so sorry” for what he’d done. “That’s it,” Hall finished, “That’s all I can say.”
Hall’s attorneys tried to have a pity party for the defendant prior to his sentencing, but bereaved mother testimony trumped “poor little killer” testimony. Kelsey’s mother took the stand and said that life was “about choices.” Then she asked the key question: “When does one have to take responsibility for their own life?”
At least Hall was caught before he could do more. Because I’m pretty sure that if he’d had the chance, he would have definitely tried again. Life sentence or death penalty, whatever — good riddance to this flat-eyed psycho. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.
[Kansas.com]

edhall2.JPGGuess this is my day to do some follow-ups on really creepy guys in the news.
Edwin Hall has been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping, raping and murdering Kelsey Smith. If anyone ever deserves the death penalty, this guy probably does, but he decided to plead guilty last July to keep his ass out of the hot seat. Hall abducted the 18-year-old in June 2007 from a Target in Overland, KS. Searchers found Kelsey’s body 15 miles and four days later across the state line in Missouri.
Hall will go away for life without parole and another 47 years (concurrent).
Hall spoke in court today, saying he couldn’t “find the right words to say,” but he was “so sorry” for what he’d done. “That’s it,” Hall finished, “That’s all I can say.”
Hall’s attorneys tried to have a pity party for the defendant prior to his sentencing, but bereaved mother testimony trumped “poor little killer” testimony. Kelsey’s mother took the stand and said that life was “about choices.” Then she asked the key question: “When does one have to take responsibility for their own life?”
At least Hall was caught before he could do more. Because I’m pretty sure that if he’d had the chance, he would have definitely tried again. Life sentence or death penalty, whatever — good riddance to this flat-eyed psycho. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.
[Kansas.com]

jmk.jpgFor today’s edition of “Super Kreepy People Who Make My Skin Crawl” I’m bringing up good old John Mark Karr. Apparently, we’ve done gone and run him out of Atlanta (I live in the Atlanta area). Karr was about as popular as a torch-bearing General Sherman around these parts.
Just in case you never followed true crime before yesterday, I’ll remind you that Karr was the fellow who claimed in the summer of 2006 that he killed JonBenet Ramsey. (Just follow the link. I don’t really need to remind you who JonBenet was, do I?)
Oh, the hoopla! Everyone was covering the story non-stop. Some intrepid reporter even made sure to note Karr’s dinner on his flight home to the U.S. from Thailand, where he was making a living as a teacher when he was arrested. Who among us hasn’t wondered from time to time what alleged child rapists and killers eat when they fly in federal custody?
In the end, the accused possessor of child porn proved to be nothing but a slimy little fabulist. He’d managed to convince at least one guy [read that sordid story here]and almost convinced the authorities in Boulder, where JonBenet was murdered, but sadly, his DNA didn’t match the unknown male DNA found during the Ramsey investigation.
So then Karr, who really seemed to relish all the attention he received, sorta-kinda tried to revert to obscurity. He moved in with his father, Wexford Karr, in Sandy Springs, GA (10 miles from where I live, but I swear I was still a little skeeved by this), and for all I know, he made weekly pilgrimages to JonBenet’s grave, which is just 11 miles west of here in Marietta.
Karr actually found a new girlfriend, an unusually open-minded soul named Brooke Simmons. They had issues, though — Karr ended up in an Atlanta courtroom at one point, accused of some mild domestic violence against Simmons and his dad. She broke up with Karr a few months back and got her own moment in the media spotlight telling Inside Edition what it was like to be engaged to the man who lied about killing JonBenet. Because, you know, in some strange alternate universe I never want to visit, that sorta thing apparently matters to someone. Seriously, though — must have been a slow news cycle.
Simmons, incidentally, still thinks her ex-fiance might have had something to do with JonBenet’s murder.
The news embedded here in the snark (something I can’t really control when Karr comes up) is this — JMK has left the building. By building, I mean country.
In Sandy Springs, his neighbors made it a point to make him uncomfortable. In his father’s words, Karr was “treated like a criminal.” So, to help his dad with some property the elder Karr owned in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood, JMK moved into a residence there. Well, he planned on it, anyway. Grant Park residents weren’t any happier about the prospect than the fine folk living in suburban Sandy Springs. Speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Grant Park denizen Amy Martin said “We don’t want him living here.” Ms. Martin pointed out that Grant Park is a “family-friendly neighborhood.”
Wexford Karr will not say where his son has gone. My guess would be Thailand or some other country with a certain reputation. Chances are he’ll try and find some kind of teaching or tutoring position.
If so, I say, good luck with that, Kreepy One. Just don’t let the customs turnstile hit you in the ass on your way out.
[ajc.com]