MP news snippets

Per Justin: it looks like Mitrice Richardson’s parents and Los Angeles County have reached a settlement. See my previous Mitrice writings here. Los Angeles County has agreed to shell out 900k for whatever mistakes they made before and after her death. Personally, I don’t think she was the victim of a homicide, but this was a very tragic case all around.

The prosecutor in the Jeanine Sanchez Harms case has announced that the evidence proves Maurice Nasmeh, the prime suspect in her disappearance, killed her. Nasmeh had been charged with murder, but the charges were dropped to give the authorities time to retest crucial physical evidence. Now the tests are over. It’s a little late, though, because Harms’s brother murdered Nasmeh early this year.

Somehow I missed this, but last month John Skelton pleaded no contest to false imprisonment in the disappearances of his three sons, Andrew, Alexander and Tanner. The boys have been missing without a trace since last November and were probably killed by their father. Homicide charges may be filed in the future as evidence warrants. In the meantime, John faces up to fifteen years in prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for September 15.

The News Tribune has written again about Misty Copsey: this article about her disappearance and this article about possible suspects in her case. (I commented on the first article.) The News Tribune did a three-part series about Misty two years ago, which provided a lot of new information on the case.

A human skull found in Temple, Texas has been identified as Daniel Patrick Sullivan, a 55-year-old who’d been missing since April 2009. The police say there’s no evidence of foul play, but the death is under investigation and the cause and manner of death are undetermined. It looks like they haven’t found anything but the skull, which obviously places limitations on how much they can find out.

Jamie sent me this article about four senior citizens who have been missing Vancouver, British Columbia Huntsville, Ontario since the late nineties. They were “vulnerable” because they were estranged from their families, had health problems and had been in and out of homeless shelters. Their names: Joan Dorothy Lawrence (age 77), John James Semple (89), John Leroy Crofts (70) and Ralph Bernard Grant (69). Foul play is suspected in their disappearances.

Tragedy strikes again in Jeanine Sanchez Harms case

The family of Jeanine Sanchez Harms, who has been missing from California since 2001, has had to deal with yet another terrible event culminating from her disappearance. She was last seen in the company of Maurice Xavier Nasmeh, an architect who in December 2004 was charged with murdering her. Unfortunately, the crime lab bungled the investigation and screwed up some vital evidence testing. Nasmeh sat around in jail, in limbo, for two and a half years before the judge ruled his Constitutional right to a speedy trial had been violated. They had to let him go. The prosecution swore they had the right guy and would re-file charges once they got all their ducks lined up properly. So Nasmeh, and Jeanine’s family, waited and waited and waited some more.

Well, Jeanine’s brother, Wayne Sanchez, got tired of waiting and went after Nasmeh himself on Saturday. He confronted him, first in a restaurant, then left to get a gun. He came back, and Nasmeh went into a coffee shop to get away from him, but Wayne came after him and shot him to death in the parking lot. He turned the gun on himself. It’s not clear whether this was a chance meeting or whether Wayne was stalking the guy or what.

So now two men are dead, two families are in terrible grief (again), a woman is still missing, and we are probably never going to know what really happened and whether Nasmeh was the killer or not. I don’t know anything about Nasmeh’s family, but Wayne left behind his parents, two daughters and a grandchild. His actions accomplished nothing and in fact made the situation infinitely worse.

What else is there to say?

Bay Area NBC
San Jose Mercury News (with a slideshow of thirty pics, including Wayne, Jeanine and Nasmeh)
San Jose Mercury News (editorial)
The San Francisco Chronicle