Jessica Willness, a 12 year old girl from Sashatoon is missing.
Police say Jessica Willness was last seen on Saturday after walking to a friend’s house.
According to chatroom activity on the girl’s computer, Jessica may be drawn to a high-risk lifestyle.
She’s described as 5-foot-4, 130-pounds with long brown hair.
She was last seen wearing light colour denim jeans, a black muscle shirt and white high top shoes.
(Saskatoon Home Page)
As reported early this morning, the body of 5 year old Destiny Norton was found in the basement of neighbor Craig R. Gregerson. Gregerson’s property abutted the back yard of the home where Destiny Norton lived.
(20-year old Craig Gregerson has no previous criminal record, but was arrested for a domestic violence incident in 2004)
Police Chief Chris Burbank said the body of the child missing since July 16 was found at 8:30 p.m. Monday in the basement of Craig R. Gregerson, 20, whose property abutted the back yard of the Nortons.
The sudden shock of the reality of the sorrow, grief and the pain was overwhelming to those in the crowd and the family. In light of this horrendous and tragic discovery, many began to question how on earth with all the searching that was done for Destiny could she have been so close?
Neighbors and friends gathered outside the home of 5-year-old Destiny Norton and asked how the girl’s body could have gone undiscovered when it was so near.
“They told us they searched these buildings four f—— times,” Norton family spokeswoman Jeannie Hill said of police. “They did not do their jobs”.
(Salt Lake City Tribune)
The sad reality is that Destiny Norton may have been killed immediately. However, for those who followed the Jessica Lunsford case we discovered after the fact that Jessica was alive when the police were still looking for her as a missing person in the house where John Couey lived.
“All I know is the cops searched the whole freaking area and didn’t find nothing until today,” said Zach Willner, one of the 10 young people, including the Nortons, who lived together. “The person who got her had better freaking pay for it.”
Jeannie Norton, a friend of the family for 10 years, said police had said they searched the buildings four times.
The police did not release any information as to the cause of Destiny Norton’s death. Gregerson was booked in the homicide of Destiny Norton, but did not answer any questions.
Burbank earlier had announced the discovery of the body and told a news conference that Gregerson had been booked for investigation of homicide. He did not answer questions, and no information was released as to the cause of death or how long the girl had been dead.
The police did release a mug shot of Craig R. Gregerson from a previous arrest.
Police did release a mug shot of Gregerson that was taken when he was arrested in 2004 for investigation of domestic assault.
UPDATE: Destiny’s body found in Salt Lake City: Victim discovered in home of neighbor
Michael Brandy, Deseret Morning News
Destiny Norton’s uncle, Peter Brooks, is conforted by a family friend Monday night.
The outpouring of grief over the news that Destiny Norton’s body was found right under everyone’s noses in almost too much to bear. The extensive and exhausting searches and she was right there, so very close.
The search for 5-year-old Destiny Norton ended in tragedy as police recovered the little girl’s body Monday night.
Destiny’s body was discovered in the basement of a home just two buildings behind her own home, from which she vanished on July 16.
“I can’t understand how someone can do this to a child,” sobbed Destiny’s uncle, Peter Brooks. (Desert News)
We are sad to announce that Destiny Norton was found dead tonight. Her body was found in the basement of a home 5 blocks from where Destiny lived. The home where Destiny’s body was found was located at 518 East Elwood Place in Salt Lake City.
The body of Destiny Norton was discovered in the basement of a home five blocks from Destiny’s home Police have arrested Craig Roger Gregerson the lone inhabitant of a home at 518 East Elwood Place in Salt Lake City. The news was delivered in a press conference delivered by the Salt Lake City Chief of Police Chris Burbank.
(Video available of news conference)
Rest in Peace Destiny, God bless you.
UPDATE: The parents of Destiny Norton have posted a Thank you to all those that they are grateful to on Destiny’s web-site, Finddestinty.net
Destiny has been found, unfortunately, the result was not as we all hoped for.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the search, provided supplies, etc. Everything was greatly appreciated.
The other day we posted and began an email and call campaign to the main stream media to draw more attention to the case of the disappearance of 5 year old Destiny Norton. In a short period of time it has been a success. Tonight, Nancy Grace is stepping up to the plate and doing a segment on Destiny Norton tonight at 8:00 EDT.
Why a false alarm has renewed hopes that a missing five-year-old Utah girl will be found. Tune in Monday at 8 p.m. ET.
Also Dana Pretzer of C-Band Talk Radio will also be doing a segment tonight on the 5 year old missing Destiny Norton. However, Dana’s show is not the MSM, its “MAIN STREET MEDIA.”
We have also received positive feedback from Rita Cosby “Breaking News” and the producers of Joe Scarborough that they would do their best to mention the missing 5 year old. We realize that the MSM gets caught in news cycles; however, they need to realize that numerous stories can be handled at the same time and the law of diminishing returns comes into play when a cable network goes wall-to-wall on one story.
Today, July 24, 2006 marks the 6 month date that Jennifer Kesse has been missing. As with any heart broken family of a missing person; today is no different than any other. If you would ask the Kesse’s what today was, they would most likely say “Monday” and another day that they spend searching for answerers into their daughter’s disappearance.
For more information go to http://www.findjenniferkesse.com/
Also see past Jennifer Kesse Missing & Exploited archives.
An AMBERT ALERT was issued late Sunday for missing 5 year old Destiny Norton. An individual reported seeing a child matching Destiny’s description in Farmington at 8:10 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 89 and Shepard Lane.
The child was riding in a black extended-cab Dodge pickup truck, according to police.
The first three numbers of the truck’s license plate were possibly 915 or 519, according to the Amber Alert. A sticker on the rear bumper of the truck read “SPORTS 4×4.”
Police also issued a description of a man seen in the vehicle with the child. He is approximately 40 years old, 5 foot 5 and 160 pounds with black hair. He was wearing black pants, a white shirt, a baseball cap and skater shoes.
Americas Most Wanted: Little Girl Lost
A massive search effort is currently underway in Salt Lake City, Utah for a missing 5-year-old girl named Destiny Norton.
UPDATE: AMBER ALERT CANCELED
Amber Alert Canceled; Destiny Still Missing
Police canceled the Amber Alert for Destiny Norton after the pick-up truck that match the description as the one having Destiny in it was located. Destiny was not in the pick-up, the investigation continues.
(KUTV) FARMINGTON, Utah Police have canceled an Amber Alert that was issued late Sunday after a man told police he saw a girl in a pickup truck who matched the description of missing 5-year-old Destiny Norton.
The Amber Alert was canceled after the truck was found, police said. The girl was not in the truck and investigation was continuing.
Five-year-old Destiny Norton has been missing since Sunday, July 16th. To date there have been no real leads, it is like she just vanished in to the air. Hundreds of volunteers have searched in brutal 100 degree conditions for the missing Destiny Norton.
Rachael Norton, Destiny’s mother, also spoke at Friday’s press conference, thanking the volunteers for helping with the search. With temperatures reaching over 100 degrees, searchers are being well taken care of with everything from drinks to snacks and even sunscreen. All generously donated by local businesses.
Lori Hacking’s father joins search for Destiny Norton
Three father of past missing children come to help in the fraternity of parents of missing persons.
Eraldo Soares, the father of Lori Hacking, who went missing two years ago this week. It was later discovered that Lori Hacking was murdered by her husband. Eraldo Soares never forgot the help and giving that was provided to him and his family by the people of Utah in searching for his daughter. He felt he needed to thank them and repay them by coming to help search for Destiny.
But Soares will be forever be grateful to the people of Salt Lake City.
“They searched with us. They cried with us,” he said. “I am here because the people of Salt Lake City are wonderful and I want to give back to them.”
Eraldo Soares lives in the Los Angeles area. But when he heard about the disappearance of 5 year old Destiny Norton, he got on a plane for Salt Lake.
Soares landed in Salt Lake around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. He went directly to the volunteer headquarters at the old Liberty Ward House at 445 East Harvard. He signed in just like any other volunteer and then attended a briefing with his assigned team before going out to scour the around around 6th East and 300 South.
Family web site for Destiny Norton: http://www.finddestiny.net/
Five year old Destiny Norton is still missing. Police and search teams have been looking for Destiny Norton since last Sunday. VIDEO
70 of his officers are assigned to the Destiny Norton Case with more coming from surrounding agencies as well as the FBI. 250 people have been interviewed in detail. 260 tips have come in from the 799-INFO line as well as the police department’s website. 70% of those tips have been cleared — in other words, they were dead ends.
The reward for information to the return of Destiny Norton has been doubled from its original $15,000.00.
The Mayor announced that the reward for information leading to Destiny’s whereabouts is doubling. The FBI is now pledging $15,000. That will be added to what’s already been donated by Meadow Gold and the Sund Foundation, making the total cash reward $30,000. (ABC 4)
National Media Doesn’t Show Up for Destiny Norton Story
The search for Destiny Norton has generated plenty of local coverage on TV, radio, in the newspapers and on the .
One of the few MSM types that have at least referenced Destiny Norton’s disappearance was staunch victims rights advocate Nancy Grace, thank you. VIDEO
It is true that we have not seen any news in the Main Stream Drive by media either on the case of the disappearance of Destiny Norton. That is rather unfortunate. Upon writing this post we are sending a plea to several producers in the MSM in hopes that they will cover this story. In my opinion it has all the aspects of what they normally do cover. Sometimes they just need a nudge.
A five-year-old girl disappears without a trace, and a community searches. Among the apparent mysteries is why, so far, the national media have stayed away. Jeannie Hill/ Friend, Search Coordinator: “It is a little frustrating, especially since the fact that we haven’t found her yet. It should have national attention. It should.” The kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart drew blanket coverage in 2002, though in that case her younger sister actually witnessed a man taking the girl. The national media showed up two years later when Lori Hacking disappeared and her husband Mark became a prime suspect. Lori’s father says he’s surprised they’re not back now. (KLS)
Family web site for Destiny Norton: http://www.finddestiny.net/
Monday will mark the 6 months anniversary since Jennifer Kesse has gone missing from her Orlando residence. Her family and friends plan on holding a special event Monday in support of Jennifer Kesse and a fundraiser.
Her family, friends and supporters plan to mark the occasion with a “Stand Up for Jennifer” event at the corner of John Young Parkway and Conroy Road, not far from Jennifer’s condo and the apartment complex where her car was found a few days after her Jan. 24 disappearance. The event — from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. — is designed to keep attention focused on the case.
Another fundraiser is planned for this coming Wednesday, “Stand Up for Jennifer”.
“Stand Up for Jennifer” event/fund-raiser scheduled for the Improv in downtown Orlando on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts officially at 7:30.
A $10 admission/donation is encouraged but not required to the Jennifer Kesse Trust Fund, which “will be used for Jennifer’s psychological treatment upon her recovery.” All the money from admission goes to the nonprofit. (Orlando Sentinel)
For more information go to the family website for Jennifer Kesse, http://www.findjenniferkesse.com/
Searches continue for Jon Francis who has been missing since Saturday. An aerial search using infrared and sensor technology is underway for the missing hiker in the Grand Mogul peak area.
A helicopter and small plane sweeping the Grand Mogul peak using infrared and sensor technology.
Early Friday afternoon several aircraft did show up to circle Grand Mogul peak in hopes of spotting anything unusual from the air.
A military helicopter spent several hours near the mountain and also near Redfish Lake Lodge. (KTVB)
Search resumes for missing Stillwater man
The 24-year-old Francis told co-workers at a Bible camp near Ketchum that he planned to go for a hike up Grand Mogul in the Sawtooth Mountains on Saturday.
But Francis didn’t return when he said he would, and authorities started aerial and ground searches for him.
Police say Francis’ car was found in a parking area, where he boarded a shuttle to the spot where he began his hike. But no one has reported seeing him since.
Authorities said in a statement released Wednesday that they determined Francis reached the summit on Saturday, but human and dog search teams found no sign of him on two descents from the top of Grand Mogul (KSTP)
Ground Search for Missing Hiker Considered Too Dangerous
Veteran mountain rescue volunteer George Gunn of the Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue says there’s good reason for that: it’s just too dangerous.
“The top up here is where he was, and you can see there’s very little timber. It’s very steep sided,” said Gunn, pointing to a photo of the summit of Grand Mogul in the Sawtooth Mountains.
The terrain is so steep, Gunn says it is easy to fall.
Since rescuers couldn’t find Francis on the formal trail, Gunn says it’s likely the 24-year-old may have fallen or gone off the beaten path– factors that widen the search area significantly and make working conditions for rescuers several times more unpredictable and dangerous. (KBCI)