Stephanie Condon was 14 when she disappeared from Myrtle Creek, Oregon in October 1998. This was right around the time when I got interested in missing people and I recall the early days of her case. The NCMEC classified her as a runaway, for just a few days, and then as endangered missing. She had been babysitting and vanished without a trace, her toddler charge left unharmed. Anyway, as I blogged previously, Stephanie’s body was found in 2009. Last spring, Curtis Hill was acquitted of kidnapping and murdering her. There simply wasn’t enough evidence to convict.
Stephanie’s father, Martin “Marty” Condon, shot himself to death at his Douglas County, Oregon home on Wednesday evening. He was 53 years old. Everyone seems to be assuming it’s a suicide, although the police haven’t officially ruled it as one. My thoughts go out to Christine Condon, Marty’s wife and Stephanie’s mother, as well as the rest of their family. As if they hadn’t suffered enough already.
Also in Oregon, the Kaelin Glazier murder trial has been concluded. Kaelin disappeared from the town of Ruch in November 1996, at the age of 15. In 2008, her body was found only eighty feet from where she disappeared from. A suspect, William Frank Simmons, was arrested in 2011. He was sixteen at the time of Kaelin’s disappearance and was the last person known to have seen her before she vanished. Well, he’s just been acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter. (Oddly enough, it was by a 10 to 2 vote: apparently this is allowed in Oregon.) Simmons’s defense attorney asked that sentencing — a mandatory decade in prison — be delayed because he had “additional information that might have substantial bearing on the verdict.”
I feel so terrible for Stephanie Condon’s family.
By the way, on a happier note, Elizabeth Smart got married.
Whoa, that was quick. She just announced her engagement like last month and was talking about a summer wedding.
I believe they did a quick marriage to avoid the media.
I wonder what the additional information is?!
In that 10 years seems so SO little a sentence and inappropriate for taking someones life anyway. What information could they possibly have to reduce that further?!
Kaelin’s remains were found in 2009. Also I don’t see how they should be allowed to bring forward additional information (a witness has come forward, but they don’t know who or for which side) when they wouldn’t let the people who were around Kaelin and William Simmons testify on how he was had an unhealthy obsession with her and was always making sexual innuendos towards her in the school hallways. She was the type of person who was everyone’s friend and so she continued to be this guys friend even after other friends begged her to leave him alone. The whole thing makes me sick.
She was found in was found in 2008: http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120201/NEWS02/202010304/-1/rss01 “Glazier’s skeletal remains were discovered, unburied, in April 2008.” This is also in the Charley Project’s own resolved section: http://www.charleyproject.org/resolved/resolved38.html “Glazier, 15, disappeared from Ruch, Oregon on November 6, 1996. In April 2008, her remains were found near Ruch by a man working on his property. Authorities stated Glazier was a homicide victim, but there have been no arrests and little information has been released about her death.”