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Police: Sister of I-5 crash victim found dead in Woodland; ex-lover wanted for murder

Salvador Garcia is wanted in connection with the death of Karen Garcia Romero. Courtesy photo

A body found inside a vehicle at a Woodland parking lot Sunday is that of a missing Colusa woman whose sister died in last week’s wrong-way crash on Interstate 5, say police who are now seeking her ex-boyfriend on suspicion of killing her.

Karen Garcia Romero, 21, was last seen on the morning after the Jan. 7 collision in Yolo that killed her younger sister Jessica, her four friends and the other driver.

Texts were sent from her phone indicating she planned to run errands in Vacaville and Roseville and that she “needed time for myself.” But she never returned home, prompting her family to file a

Read more at: https://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/body-found-in-car-in-woodland-parking-lot/

Hopewell’s first homicide victim of 2018 found dead on sidewalk


HOPEWELL, Va. – Hopewell Police are investigating the first murder of the year. Officers said they found 29-year-old Willie Earl Cromartie shot to death in the 1900 block of Warren Avenue just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. When police arrived they found Cromartie lying motionless on the sidewalk, with apparent gunshot wounds.

Investigators said the preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was engaged in a verbal argument with an unknown offender that became physical and that led to the shooting.

Witnesses reported observing the offender, described as a light-complected black male, with an afro-style haircut, entering a silver or grey 4-door vehicle and fleeing the scene. The suspect was last seen wearing a light in color blue jacket.

Photographs of the alleged offender in the blue jacket

Read more at: http://wtvr.com/2018/01/09/willie-earl-cromartie-obit/

Hopewell’s first homicide victim of 2018 found dead on sidewalk …


HOPEWELL, Va. – Hopewell Police are investigating the first murder of the year. Officers said they found 29-year-old Willie Earl Cromartie shot to death in the 1900 block of Warren Avenue just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. When police arrived they found Cromartie lying motionless on the sidewalk, with apparent gunshot wounds.

Investigators said the preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was engaged in a verbal argument with an unknown offender that became physical and that led to the shooting.

Witnesses reported observing the offender, described as a light-complected black male, with an afro-style haircut, entering a silver or grey 4-door vehicle and fleeing the scene. The suspect was last seen wearing a light in color blue jacket.

Photographs of the alleged offender in the blue jacket

Read more at: http://wtvr.com/2018/01/09/willie-earl-cromartie-obit/

Phoenix Spending $1 Million on Landfill Search, but Investigators May Not Need Victim’s Body

But it’s not always true, and it’s surprisingly less true in recent years, thanks largely to DNA and forensic science.

“If there’s no body, there’s no death,” Avelina Tamala told a friend.

In 2017, 20 years after Tamala and his girlfriend, Anna Reyes, dumped her 3-year-old daughter in the desert, Tamala was convicted of murder. Reyes fled to Mexico and remains on the lam.

Together they had often kept the pretty little girl, Crystal Reyes, in a dog crate. One night, they bound and gagged her and put her in a cardboard box. As the couple rode bikes, Crystal died in that box. It was all documented in “Crystal’s Cage,” an exceptional piece of journalism by the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

Tamala was wrong. Ultimately, a hiker found a small fragment of Crystal’s skull, prompting a 20-year investigation into who she was, what happened to her, and who to blame.

Many cases,

Read more at: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/phoenix-landfill-search-no-body-doesnt-mean-there-is-no-case-10013301

Update: Victim Identified in Germantown Shooting

Update Friday: The dead man found in Germantown on Wednesday has been identified as Maurice Cortez Mercer, 30, of the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way, Montgomery County police said.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled his death as a homicide by gunshot wound.


About 3:51 p.m. Wednesday, Germantown District officers responded to a home in the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way, police said.

They were told of a suspicious situation — a man was unresponsive, police said.

“We get the call, and we don’t know what we’re walking into, and this is what we find,” Officer Rick Goodale said.

Police have not released the man’s name.

He had trauma to his body, police said.

This death is being investigated as a homicide, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore will conduct an autopsy to decide the manner and

Read more at: http://www.mymcmedia.org/police-investigating-death-germantown-homicide/

Update: Victim Identified in Germantown Shooting | Montgomery …

Update Friday: The dead man found in Germantown on Wednesday has been identified as Maurice Cortez Mercer, 30, of the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way, Montgomery County police said.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled his death as a homicide by gunshot wound.


About 3:51 p.m. Wednesday, Germantown District officers responded to a home in the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way, police said.

They were told of a suspicious situation — a man was unresponsive, police said.

“We get the call, and we don’t know what we’re walking into, and this is what we find,” Officer Rick Goodale said.

Police have not released the man’s name.

He had trauma to his body, police said.

This death is being investigated as a homicide, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore will conduct an autopsy to decide the manner and

Read more at: http://www.mymcmedia.org/police-investigating-death-germantown-homicide/

Petersburg police identify carjacking suspect; victim in stable …

PETERSBURG, Va. – Petersburg police have identified a suspect wanted for carjacking, then dragging the victim about a half-mile behind his own truck.

Tony James Woodley, 24, of Petersburg,  is wanted for grand larceny, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license.

Petersburg police found the victim on the night of December 13, off Boydton Plank Road. The initial calls reported that a man had been shot in the head but that proved to be false, after further examination at the emergency room.

Crime Insider sources say the victim dragged about a half-mile and left with life-threatening injuries. They say he was battered and bloodied with road rash.

Tony James Woodley

Hours later, the suspect was seen driving the vehicle into several cars parked on Melville Street. At that location, police say the carjacker then ran off on foot.

The victim is now in stable condition and is

Read more at: http://wtvr.com/2017/12/22/petersburg-police-identify-carjacking-suspect-victim-in-stable-condition/

Petersburg police identify carjacking suspect; victim in stable condition

PETERSBURG, Va. – Petersburg police have identified a suspect wanted for carjacking, then dragging the victim about a half-mile behind his own truck.

Tony James Woodley, 24, of Petersburg,  is wanted for grand larceny, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license.

Petersburg police found the victim on the night of December 13, off Boydton Plank Road. The initial calls reported that a man had been shot in the head but that proved to be false, after further examination at the emergency room.

Crime Insider sources say the victim dragged about a half-mile and left with life-threatening injuries. They say he was battered and bloodied with road rash.

Tony James Woodley

Hours later, the suspect was seen driving the vehicle into several cars parked on Melville Street. At that location, police say the carjacker then ran off on foot.

The victim is now in stable condition and is

Read more at: http://wtvr.com/2017/12/22/petersburg-police-identify-carjacking-suspect-victim-in-stable-condition/

Petersburg carjacking victim recovering, interviewed by police in hospital

PETERSBURG, Va. — He was dragged about a half-mile and left with life-threatening injuries, but somehow by Tuesday night a Petersburg man was awake and talking.

Investigators hope to get crucial information that will help bring the man who carjacked him and left him for dead, to justice.

Petersburg police found the victim on the night of December 13, off Boydton Plank Road. The initial calls reported that a man had been shot in the head but that proved to be false, after further examination at the emergency room.

Crime Insider sources say the victim was battered and bloodied with road rash.

Hours later, the suspect was seen driving the vehicle into several cars parked on Melville Street. At that location, police say the carjacker then ran off on foot.

“He was ping-ponging off cars at first, but then he started entering yards, he was going back and forth and back and forth, and you

Read more at: http://wtvr.com/2017/12/19/petersburg-carjacking-victim-recovering-interviewed-by-police-in-hospital/

Victim dragged during Petersburg carjacking remains unconscious …

PETERSBURG, Va. – Authorities are asking for the public’s help as a Petersburg cajacking victims remains hospitalized.

The incident happened when a suspect stole the victim’s pickup truck in the 1700 block of Boydton Plank Road reportedly around 9:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Lt. Emanuel Chambliss with Petersburg Police said Friday evening that the victim remains unconscious, but is in stable condition at an area hospital.

Chambliss said the victim’s injuries were likely sustained when they were dragged holding onto the pickup.

Petersburg Police and Virginia State Police are conducting a joint investigation.

“We are still asking that anyone that may have witnessed the incident to contact either agency,” Chambliss said.

Sources said the vehicle stolen was a 2016 Dodge pickup truck, white in color, VA Registration VXZ3294.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here.

Read more at: http://wtvr.com/2017/12/15/i-85-boydton-plank-road-carjacking/