Archive for the Found Dead Category

Body of Missing Student Found

Posted in Found Dead on April 21, 2011 by projectnewera

Baltimore City Police confirm a body found in the Susquehanna River near the Conowingo Dam is missing North Carolina student Phylicia Barnes. Her father and brother first told WJZ about the positive identity Thursday afternoon.

Mike Hellgren reports the bodies of a man and a woman were found Wednesday.

The autopsies began at 10 a.m. Thursday at the medical examiner’s office. Medical examiners compared the missing North Carolina teen’s dental records with one of two bodies found on the Susquehanna River.

The bodies were in bad shape, so bad police couldn’t tell what race they were. But they knew one was a man and another was a woman.

Read more at the Baltimore CBS Local website.

Different Day, Same Scenario: 2 Year Old Beat to Death with Basketball Shoe by Mother’s Boyfriend

Posted in Found Dead, Project New Era on May 20, 2010 by projectnewera

Click HERE to watch the video (which gives MUCH more detail)!

A Memphis, Tennessee man is in police custody after authorities say he beat a 2-year-old to death with a basketball shoe after she accidentally defecated on the floor.

Police report that 23-year-old Calvin Jones was babysitting his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter when the child had an accident on the floor.

Jones told police that he “disciplined” the child with a basketball shoe and the back of his hand, smacking her several times.

When the child’s mother, 21-year-old Anisha Alford returned, the child reportedly complained of not feeling well and was cold to the touch.

A witness tells police they saw the child gagging and spitting up with her eyes rolling in the back of her head but say Alford refused to take her to a hospital. Instead the couple went to sleep and woke up in the morning to find the child dead.

Jones faces charges of first degree murder and aggravated child abuse. Alford has been charged with first degree child abuse as well.


Jersey Couple Murdered Right After Engagement Party

Posted in Found Dead, Murdered, Project New Era on April 5, 2010 by projectnewera

Just hours after friends joyfully toasted them at their engagement party, a couple lay dead on a Jersey City street this morning, shot during what police said was a possible carjacking.

College sweethearts Michael Muchioki, 27, and Nia Haqq, 25, had planned to marry next April, those close to them said. On Saturday evening, the couple celebrated their engagement with friends and family at Delta’s, a soul food restaurant in New Brunswick, and then at a larger gathering at Perle, a club and lounge also in the Middlesex County city.

Afterward, a friend said, they begged off going to a diner, opting to return to Muchioki’s Jersey City apartment in Haqq’s Honda CRV. Police said the couple were shot around 3 a.m., a few doors from Muchioki’s home.

Today, as the news spread, their loved ones, shocked and devastated, arrived at Muchioki’s Randolph Avenue home. Many stood outside crying and hugging one another.

“My heart has been ripped out,” said Muchioki’s mother, Sandra Muchioki. “We will celebrate him (Muchioki) for the rest of our lives.”

Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said the couple were found dead near Haqq’s vehicle. Each had been shot twice, each once in the head, he said.

Based on the crime scene and witness statements, authorities believe the couple were approached by three carjackers — a man and two women — after they parked, but that an anti-theft device prevented the car from being easily moved, DeFazio said.
He said the carjackers left the scene in a gold Pontiac Grand Am.

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Mother, Her Two Children & Sister Murdered

Posted in Found Dead, Murdered, Project New Era, Ridiculousness on March 28, 2010 by projectnewera

About 12 hours after a mother, her two children and her sister were shot to death inside their Upper 9th Ward home, about a dozen men, women and children packed a relative’s kitchen.

Angel Davis, 25; Jamaria Ross, 7; Joseph Davis, 4; and Malekia Davis, 17, all died from multiple gunshot wounds sometime late Thursday, according to John Gagliano, chief investigator for the Orleans Parish coroner’s office.

Detectives on Friday did not know what circumstances led to the bloodbath. Joseph Ross, the children’s father, aided the investigation through the day, Assistant Police Superintendent Marlon Defillo said.

“We’re working this (case) hard,” Defillo added.

Joseph Ross returned to the family home at 1940 Clouet St. after work Thursday about 11:45 p.m. and found his girlfriend, their children and his girlfriend’s sister lying in separate areas of the home, bleeding badly.

Ross called 911. However, all four died before officers and paramedics could arrive to help them, police said.

“I want my family back,” Ross told an Associated Press reporter outside his home. “They never did nothing to nobody. We don’t do nothing but go to work and come home again.”

Ross told the reporter that the mother of his children was shot while hiding in a closet.

Read the Full Article HERE

Body Found: Shaniya Davis

Posted in Found Dead, Project New Era, Ridiculousness on November 16, 2009 by projectnewera

Shaniya Davis

A couple days ago, I was sent information from a follower on Twitter about a case involving a young girl named Shaniya Davis from Fayetteville, North Carolina. According to reports, Shaniya was reported missing by her mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis (below, left) on Tuesday November 10th and authorities began searching for her about an hour later, suspecting foul play.

According to arrest reports, Davis “knowingly provided Shaniya Davis with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude” and she “permit(ted) an act of prostitution.” Shaniya was “given” to 29-year old Mario Andrette McNeil (pictured right) for sexual favors in exchange for drugs and/or cash. McNeil was spotted on security camera carrying Shaniya into a Sanford Comfort Suites hotel.


Sadly, Shaniya’s body was found today in an area bordered by Highway 87 south and Walker Road – just south of Sanford – during a second day of searching.


This has got to be one of the sickest stories I’ve posted on Project New Era to date. How horrible to know that a mother would literally sell their child to a pedophile in exchange for drugs? I will post more later….

Source 1 & Source 2

Found Dead: Yasmine Tatum-Massey

Posted in Crime, Found Dead, Murdered, Project New Era on March 11, 2009 by projectnewera


Original Article Found at Today’s TMJ

A Milwaukee man is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of a woman whose body was found in his basement.

A criminal complaint filed Monday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court charges 29-year-old Calvin Pirtle in the killing of Yasmine Tatum-Massey.

Authorities say Pirtle’s girlfriend found blood in their home last Wednesday and called police after finding the body inside a plastic bag in a garbage container in the basement.

An autopsy showed the victim was strangled.

The complaint quotes Pirtle as telling officers he recognized Tatum-Massey as having been with two people who robbed him earlier, and he lured her to the home to have sex and later choked her when she fought him.

Murdered: Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak & Sgt. Jan Pawek Pietrzak

Posted in Abuse, Found Dead, Hate Crime, Murdered, Project New Era, Sexual Assault, Torture on November 13, 2008 by projectnewera


*Editor’s Note: Before I catch any “flack” about having someone who is not African-American on the site, let me preface by saying that THIS was, in my humble opinion, a hate crime. Hate crimes are becoming far more common than ever and I’m afraid the statistics involving hate crimes will only increase now that we have elected Barack Obama as president. The victims, as shown in the photo, were an interracial couple murdered by FOUR BLACK men. This story is absolutely heart wrenching. It is said that Quiana was in the process of writing Thank You notes (for the wedding) when the accused came into the house, tortured both victims and raped her before killing them both, execution style. Why?


Original Article Found at NBC San Diego

Court records indicate four Marines acknowledged they had roles in the robbery, sexual assault and murder of a Camp Pendleton-based Iraq veteran and his wife last month in Riverside County.

Pvt. Kevin Darnell Cox, 20, of Tennessee; Pvt. Emrys John, 18, of Maryland; Lance Cpl. Tyrone Miller, 20, of North Carolina; and Pvt. Kesuan Sykes, 21, of California face murder charges in connection with the case.

The four were charged Tuesday with the execution-style slayings of Marine Sgt. Jan Pawek Pietrzak and Quiana Faye Jenkins-Pietrzak. The couple, who were originally from New York, were found gagged, tied and shot in the head on Oct. 15 in the living room of their home in Winchester. Sheriff’s deputies were called after the sergeant failed to show up for work.

The couple’s home was ransacked and jewelry and other items were taken. A fire was set, apparently in an effort to destroy evidence. The Camp Pendleton-based Marine sergeant and his wife were tortured before they were shot execution-style, according to a published report.

Investigators said they believe the motive was financial in nature.

Pietrzak’s mother, Henryka Pietrzak-Varga, prepared herself the possibility that her son could die in Iraq, but, in her words, “to die like this, in their own home? They were good kids. They didn’t deserve to die like this.”

The couple married in August and had been living off-base in Winchester in a five-bedroom home they recently purchased that had been foreclosed, according to the paper.

Add’l Articles:

NY Daily News (Various Articles)
Victim’s Mother Makes Plea to Obama
Follow Up to Murderers