Acting on a tip from a prison informant, the police spent several days this past week looking for Darice Knowles. She was a 22-year-old Bahamian girl who was visiting Florida when she disappeared in June 2006. The authorities’ efforts were rewarded with a foot bone which they are confident is from Darice. Her family in the Bahamas has been notified. I think it’s amazing that anything was found at all. They were looking in a heavily wooded area the size of a football field and the foot bone could not have been more than a few inches in size.
I might add that some of the comments on the Florida Today article linked below are horrifying. Some person is saying the cops shouldn’t have bothered to look for Darice’s body because she was a foreign national. I really hope this person is just a troll trying to annoy people and doesn’t really believe that. I do not understand such cruelty and lack of compassion and basic human decency.
Central Florida News 13
So I just got this very angry, rude email from a woman whose mother is on my site and she’s screaming at me about false information and inaccuracies when, as far as I can tell, there are none. It’s like she didn’t even bother to actually read the casefile, where I say exactly what she is claiming I didn’t say. What’s even stranger is that this woman has communicated with me before, asking me to add info to her mom’s file, which I did. I last heard from her four and a half years ago, which is when I last updated the file. I don’t know what her problem is now.
I found this anniversary article about Joey Offutt, who’s been missing since early July 2007. She disappeared under bizarre circumstances. She was a single parent of three children; one of them was a six-week-old baby, one was a toddler and one was school-age.
On July 12, Joey’s house was set on fire in the middle of the night. When the fire department arrived and put out the fire, they found the body of Joey’s baby boy in the bathtub. He had been dead since before the fire started but no cause of death could be established. Joey’s older children were fortunately staying with relatives at the time. Joey was last seen on July 4, that is to say, over a week before the fire started.
I haven’t seen a lot of press attention about this, and the police seem to be keeping whatever they know to themselves. I haven’t heard any serious suggestions that Joey was the one who killed her son, set the fire and ran off. Her family believes she was probably kidnapped. They described her as a religious woman and a devoted parent who wouldn’t have abandoned her family.
I really hope this case is solved sooner rather than later. It is, after all, probably a double homicide.
I found this article about Doug and Valerie Herrman, the prime suspects in the 1999 disappearance of their adopted son Adam whom I’ve written about many times before. Doug and Valerie are currently facing fraud charges; they admitted to receiving tens of thousands in state benefits for Adam’s care after he had “run away” from their home. That’s really the least of their worries, but that’s all that’s on the plate…for now.
The article, and this one too, have pictures of the Herrmans, the first I’ve seen. I will have to put some in Adam’s casefile.