Suspected South Carolina School Shooter Charged (Updated)

Townville Elementary School shooting victim Jacob Hall (Photo courtesy of the Hall family)
Townville Elementary School shooting victim Jacob Hall (Photo courtesy of the Hall family) reports that a 14-year-old South Carolina boy suspected of killing his father and wounding three others during a shooting at an elementary school has been charged as a juvenile with murder and three counts of attempted murder.

The teen is accused of killing his father at home on Wednesday before driving to nearby Townville Elementary School and opening fire, leaving two students and a teacher wounded.

One of the students, 6-year-old Jacob Hall, is currently in critical condition and on life support, according to family members.

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(Update: reports that Jacob Hall passed away Saturday afternoon)

Remains Found of Girl Missing Since 2011

erica_parsonsWBTV reports that remains found Tuesday in Chesterfield County, South Carolina have been identified as those of Erica Parsons, who went missing in 2011.

Investigators have not stated how the remains were located or how Parsons may have died.

Parsons was reported missing in July 2013 by her brother, Jamie, but had reportedly not been seen for two years prior to that time.

Jamie Parsons has accused his parents, Sandy and Casey – who reportedly adopted Erica at birth – of routinely abusing the girl before murdering her and burying her body in their backyard. Both parents, who are currently incarcerated on numerous fraud charges, have denied the allegations.

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True Crime Factor Interview: John Simpson

Ashley Simpson, missing since April 28, 2016

32-year-old Ashley Simpson disappeared from Salmon Arm, British Columbia in late-April of this year. Friends and family became concerned when the St. Catharines, Ontario native – who had been living in B.C. after working the winter season at a Pink Mountain inn – dropped off of social media and failed to maintain contact with her loved ones, atypical behavior from a young woman known for keeping in touch with those close to her.

For five months, Ashley’s family and friends have continued to search for the missing woman while upholding hope that they will see her again. Visits to B.C. from Ontario have become frequent for loved ones of Ashley seeking answers.

In May, Ashley’s father, John, announced that investigators suspected foul play in his daughter’s disappearance and were treating the case as a homicide investigation.

John Simpson kindly spoke with me on the afternoon of September 29 to discuss Ashley’s vanishing and other details surrounding the case.

You can visit the official Ashley Simpson website here and “Like“ the Please Bring Ashley Simpson Home Facebook page at this link. Ashley’s cousin, Rose Simpson, also runs a blog, Rose’s Cantina, featuring regular updates on the case.

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Ashley Simpson is encouraged to contact the Salmon Arm Royal Canadian Mounted Police at (250) 832-6044 or telephone the Canadian Crime Stoppers Association at 1-800-222-8477.

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Missing Indiana Siblings Found Dead, Mother Arrested

amber-pasztorWSBT-TV reports that two Indiana children who were the subject of an Amber Alert yesterday have been found dead and their mother has been arrested on murder charges.

The children, Liliana Hernandez and Rene Pasztor, both 7, were abducted by their mother, Amber Pasztor. Pasztor did not have legal custody of the children, who were living with their grandparents.

It is believed the body of Pasztor’s neighbor, 66-year-old Frank Macomber, who may have been traveling with her, has also been found near the abduction site.

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Washington Mall Shooting Suspect Arrested reports that 20-year-old Arcan Cetin was arrested yesterday in connection with five fatal shootings at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington Friday evening.

Cetin is accused of entering a Macy’s department store Friday and opening fire with a “hunting-type” rifle, killing four women and one man.

Authorities have not yet released a motive for the shootings.

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Suspect Charged in Murder of Missing Michigan Mother reports that Jeffrey Willis was charged with kidnapping and murder yesterday in the disappearance of 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa, a Michigan mother who vanished in 2013 from the gas station where she worked in Norton Shores.

Despite Heeringa’s story garnering nationwide attention, her body has yet to be found. Investigators remained stymied by the case until Willis was arrested in May in a different case.

In addition to the charges stemming from Heeringa’s disappearance, Willis also faces charges in the 2014 death of a female jogger and the attempted abduction of a teenage girl earlier this year.

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Suspect Sought in Chelsea Bombing (Updated) reports that a massive manhunt has been launched for 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is being sought in connection to an explosion Saturday evening in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood that injured 29 people.

Investigators reportedly believe Rahami may be part of a terror cell. Surveillance video places him at the scene of both the bomb that detonated in Chelsea, as well as one that did not explode and was taken away by police.

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(Update: reports that Rahami was taken into custody yesterday afternoon following a shootout with police)