Authorities were led to Downs after comparing DNA from the crime scene to that of his aunt.
UAF Chancellor Dan White said in a statement Friday that Sophie’s murder “sent shock waves throughout our university and local community, and challenged our sense of security.”
“While today’s news is a step toward justice for Sophie and her family, it is also a reminder of a traumatic chapter in our community’s history,” he said. “If you are struggling with this news, please reach out for help.”He is expected to be extradited to Alaska.
(CNN)Five minors are charged with criminal homicide in the deadly shooting of a Nashville musician, police said.The suspects, ages 12 to 16, had a stolen loaded gun with them when they were arrested, Metro Nashville Police said. CNN isn’t naming the suspects.The five were in a stolen pickup truck in an alley behind Kyle Yorlets’ home Thursday afternoon when they robbed him of his wallet, investigators said. It’s believed Yorlets, 24, was shot when he refused to hand over the keys to his vehicle.The stolen truck was found later Thursday, according to police.
The skeletal remains of a missing woman were found Wednesday morning and now a man is facing homicide charges.
By Kalhan Rosenblatt
Three people were arrested on Saturday in connection to the fatal shooting of a Utah real estate broker who was allegedly killed while attempting to evict tenants from a building he owned, according to the Salt Lake City Police Department and NBC News affiliate KSLTV.
On Saturday, the Salt Lake City Police Department said it had located the body of David Stokoe, 40, a father of four, who went missing two days earlier.
Later that day, the department posted that three people — Jessica Reese, who also goes by the last name Miller, 38, Diana Hernandez, 30, and Manuel Velasquez, 31, — had been arrested.
Reese and Hernandez were arrested on suspicion of obstruction of justice. Velasquez was arrested on suspicion of murder.
By Janelle Griffith
A man who allegedly killed four members of his family, including a 9-month-old girl, in their home in Oregon, was shot dead by police while he was attempting to kill another young girl, authorities said.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to 911 calls of multiple-homicide and domestic violence at approximately 10:15 p.m. PT (1:15 a.m. ET) Saturday at the residence in Woodburn, about 20 miles south of Portland.
Police arrived at the scene and found four people — who range in age from 9 months to 66 years old — dead inside the home and the suspect, Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, attempting to kill an 8-year-old girl. Deputies shot and killed Gago, the sheriff’s office said in a tweet.
Jayme Closs’ kidnapping suspect began his plot to abduct the 13-year-old girl from his Wisconsin home after seeing her get on a school bus and deciding that “he knew that was the girl he was going to take,” the criminal complaint revealed Monday.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told authorities he spotted Closs for the first time after he stopped behind a school bus on Highway 8 while he was driving to work at the Saputo Cheese Factory, where he worked for only two days. He didn’t provide a specific reason why Closs was his selected target and the complaint doesn’t provide a date for the chance encounter. Soon after, however, Patterson said he purchased a mask to use in the abduction.
“The defendant stated he had no idea who she was nor did he know who lived at the house or how many people lived at the house. The defendant stated, when he saw [Jayme Closs], he knew that was the girl he was going to take,” the complaint stated.
Patterson was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping and armed burglary after police captured the 21-year-old following Jayme’s escape from the Gordon, Wisconsin house. He appeared in court for the first time Monday and his bail was set at $5 million cash
Officer Natalie Corona, 22, was pronounced dead at UC Davis Medical Center. She was the second female police officer shot to death in a two-day span, and, though the incidents aren’t connected, the killer’s motive remains a mystery in both. Corona was shot after responding to a three-car crash around 6:45 p.m.
MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities are investigating a battle between two suspected gangs that left at least 20 bodies, 17 of them burned, in a border town.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at his daily morning news conference that initial information pointed to a “battle between two groups,” and that security officials would later provide further information.
An 86-year-old Florida woman is accused of beating her 89-year-old husband to death with her walking cane inside the couple’s home.
Ramona Maxine Lund was arrested after her husband, Francis Joseph Lund, was found dead in their home, Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson announced during a press conference on Monday. Police said the scene was originally believed to be a medical emergency but was later determined to be a crime scene.
Neighbors called police on Saturday after seeing Ramona Lund standing over her husband’s body, believing he had fallen down, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
When officials spoke with Ramona Lund, she was unaware of where she was and what time it was.
A statement was released Friday from a spokesperson for producers of The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey, stating that ‘The parties have reached an amicable resolution of their differences and will have no further comment,’ according to the Daily Camera.
Burke’s lawyer, Lin Wood, told Reuters that, ‘the case has been amicably resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.’
He later tweeted: ‘After handling many defamation cases for them over the past 20 years, hopefully this is my last defamation case for this fine family.’
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A nail salon worker was murdered over a manicure on Saturday, Dec. 29, when she tried to stop a customer who didn’t pay from driving away.An employee who works at the shopping plaza near where it happened at Flamingo Road and Decatur Boulevard witnessed the entire incident from a storefront window.
He spoke on condition of anonymity about the moments a fleeing customer ran the nail salon worker over right in front of him, saying he couldn’t believe his eyes and how he barely slept after reliving the whole tragedy in his dreams.
LAS VEGAS — A 21-year-old Las Vegas woman was being sought Thursday for allegedly using a stolen car to run over and kill a Las Vegas nail salon owner who chased her for failing to pay for a $35 manicure, police said.
Las Vegas police released an April 2018 jailhouse photo of the suspect, Krystal Whipple, along with an internet plea for information and storefront security video footage of the Saturday afternoon incident.
The video shows Ngoc Q. Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove, California, jumping on the front of a black convertible sedan before being dragged beneath the car as it speeds away.
He was arrested during an execution of a search warrant at a residence about 200 miles south of where the shooting happened.
Arriaga, 32, is suspected of fatally shooting Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, after the officer stopped him before 1 a.m. PT (4 a.m. ET) Wednesday on suspicions he was driving under the influence. He is facing a homicide charge.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga was living in the U.S. illegally and trying to flee to Mexico, said Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson.
State police charged Dominique Jones, 27, of Uniontown, with criminal homicide after a Christmas Day stabbing in South Union Township.
Officers were called to a Holiday Inn Express on May Higgens Lane around 2 p.m. Tuesday, finding a man with a stab wound to his neck and a trail of blood from the lobby to a nearby room, according to a police report.
The man, identified by Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV as Tre Montel McCargo, 25, died at Uniontown Hospital that afternoon, police said.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh, 33, was shot and killed during a traffic stop just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday.