A roundup of resolves

It sometimes happens that I get several resolved cases dumped on me all at once. Today is one of those days. We’ve got:

Alice Louise Donovan, 44, who was kidnapped from Conway, South Carolina on November 14, 2002. Her abductors were too thoroughly frightening young punks, Brenden Basham and Chadwick Fulks, who’d broken out of jail and gone on a multi-state crime spree of robbery, car theft, burglary, kidnapping and murder. The suspects were arrested two days later. They were later convicted of carjacking resulting in death in Alice’s case. Bone fragments found in Horry County, South Carolina in January have just been identified as Alice’s. Basham and Fulks are both on death row now. Another of their victims, a West Virginia college student named Samantha Burns, is still among the missing.

Michael Ray Larsen, 49, a transient who disappeared from Fort Bragg, California in August 2003. His skeletal remains were found near a homeless encampment in Fort Bragg last week, and were identified this week. There was no indication of foul play. It looks like he might have fallen off a cliff.

Tiairra Jo Garcia, 19, disappeared from Pasco, Washington on June 22, 2008. Her dirtbag boyfriend and three of his associates were charged in connection with her disappearance. The police believe Tiairra’s boyfriend accidentally shot her and then let her die without trying to get help for her. Tiairra’s remains turned up in Mount Rainier National Park. The boyfriend was sentenced to eight years in prison and one of his friends got one year for their roles in her death. It hardly seems to be enough.

Brody Shaun Shelton, 3, and his sister Logan Willow Shelton, 1, were kidnapped by their mother from Las Vegas, Nevada on March 19, 2004. The children have been found safe, according to the NCMEC; I have no other details.

Charges filed in Tiairra Garcia disappearance

Manslaughter charges have been filed against a suspect in the 2008 disappearance of Tiairra Jo Garcia, nine months after she disappeared. The suspect is her boyfriend, Marnicus Antonio Lockhard. He supposedly shot her by accident and let her die without getting medical help. The coroner has issued a death certificate for her.

There are three other suspects in Tiairra’s presumed death: Ashone Mikah Hollinquest, Verla Nicole Spencer and Andrea Rachel Parr. The three of them, and Lockhard as well, were already facing charges of kidnapping Tiairra, and it’s possible they may be charged in her death as well. The cops think her body is on Mount Rainier, buried under a dozen feet of snow.

Why women date dirtbags like Lockhard, I don’t know. The guy is violent, he was reportedly abusive to Tiairra, he carried a gun, he had warrants out for him in two states and he has a criminal record a mile long. Surely she could have done better than that.

Reading about all these women who are victimized by their partners, I feel lucky that my boyfriend treats me well and has never been abusive towards me. He would NEVER hurt me and even if he did injure me accidentally, he could go through hell and high water to get help for me. But I shouldn’t be lucky to have a boyfriend like that. It should come automatically.

More articles:
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Tri-City Herald
The Tacoma News Tribune