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Texas EquuSearch in Boliver County, MS Looking for Missing Stacey Hazelton

After some delays due to in-climate weather Tim Miller and Texas EquuSearch have Stacey_Hazeltonfinally been able to start searching for missing Stacey Hazelton. Stacey went missing on May 2004 and has not been seen since. Her ex-boyfriend, James Arthur Fanning, has been tried and convicted of her murder. Despite many previous searches by law enforcement, Stacey’s body was never found.

Texas Equusearch arrived today in Bolver County, MS to begin searching for Stacy Hazelton’s body. A witness in the murder trial stated that Hazelton;d body was burned and buried in the woods near a creek in Duncan, MS. TES will be working in conjunction with the Boliver County Sheriff’s Department.

An update from the search informs us that TES brought in ground penetrating units and have found some ground anomalies. These points of interest have been probed and cadaver dogs were brought in and showed some interest. At this point there has been nothing definitely located. The Texas EquuSearch team will be working through the night as local authorities brought in lights and there is a threat of more bad weather in the area in the morning. Updates will be coming in as news comes forth.


(Lancaster on-line)

The parents of Stacey Hazelton have expressed their thanks and for Texas EquuSearch coming to help them find their daughter.

For Bruce and Natalie Hazelton, Stacey’s parents, Texas Equusearch aiding in the search efforts makes the possibility of finding her remains all that more real. “This feels great, I can’t thank them enough,” said Natalie. “They are traveling all that way to come and search. We are hopeful and thinking positive. My mother has really worked hard to get this organization involved. “Our hope is that we will be able to bring Stacey’s remains home,” she added. “They told us to remain positive, so that’s what we’ll be.” (The Boliver Commercial)

More can be found at the family website,

UPDATE I: Thursday 12:05PM, Tim Miller discusses results of search

According to Tim Miller, they worked until around 3:30–4:00 this morning searching for Stacey Hazelton. Tim Miller stated, “it appeared that Stacey could have been here at one point. The cadaver dogs had hits, but we did not find her. However, it was important to clear this area for possible locations of Stacey.” Although this search effort was without a conclusion Tim Miller suggested to law enforcement that maybe she may be in the area. The authorities have no idea whether Stacey was buried in the ground or just covered up. Tim Miller suggested a controlled burn of the area to rid it of the over vegetation so that the area can be searched again. This time a greater circumference surface area search. He believes the controlled burn in planned for this weekend.

We also had the opportunity to talk to Kent Schneider with the ground penetration unit. Scared Monkeys initially met Kent during the Natalee Holloway search in Aruba in 2005. Also involved in the Search for Stacey Hazelton was Dave Holloway, the father of missing Natalee Holloway.

Tim Miller wanted to personally thank the Boliver County Sheriff’s Department, those that helped and loaned equipment for the search, Kent Schneider, Dave Holloway and the other search teams that participated in the search. Tim Miller said, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish in such a short period of time when all work together for a common purpose, it all just comes together.”


February 28th, 2007 at 11:24pm Posted by | Crime/Murder, Missing, Missing Adult, Search and Rescue, Stacey Hazelton | no comments

Tara Grant Still Missing … Shades of Other Missing Person cases … Stephen Grant looking like Scott Peterson and now OJ Simpson

34 year old Tara Grant is still missing. There has been no sign of the mother of two since February 9, 2007. There has been much speculation, but few leads. The MSM has drawn its attention to the case and as much as some local media outlets would negatively compare the attention to the over-saturation of missing persons cases like Lacy Peterson and Natalee Holloway; speaking from experience its much better the case gets media attention than is forgotten.

However, there is a blog that has followed this case as have we and has written several posts somewhat similar to a Natalee Holloway post we did so many months ago …

“Tara could be any woman _ your sister, your friends, yourself,” says Lisa Watson, who has written several entries about Grant on her blog, “The Lisa Life: My Life in a Suburban Town.”

The reason why this case is beginning to gain media attention is the uncanny resemblance to other cases such as Lacy Peterson. A husband being looked at as a primary focus and having involvement with another woman that looks somewhat suspect to say the least.

UPDATE I: Cop report: missing woman’s husband carried $3,000 cash when police stopped him

This is rather peculiar. Stephen Grant, the husband of missing Tara Grant was found with $3000 in cash on him when police stopped him. Grant gave the excuse that the $3000 was to pay the lawyer.

Stephen Grant had more than $3,000 in cash on him when police stopped his sport-utility vehicle the day after he reported his wife, Tara, was missing, according to an arrest report.

Stephen Grant, 37, told The Detroit News today he was carrying the cash to pay his lawyer.

“That was the first day I met with my attorney, and I assumed I was going have to pay him cash, but he took a check,” Grant said. (Detroit News)

Why didn’t Stephen Grant just ask the attorney when he spoke to them whether they took a check or not? This really makes no sense and is a pretty lame excuse. Many things that Stephen Grant has done, acted and said are rather troubling. Question to Stephan Grant, why did you feel the need to hire an attorney before the police arrested you and interrogate you?

Grant said the police stopped and arrested him in order to interrogate him.

“I get why they stopped me,” he said. “They thought I was going to be a little girl and go down there and cry and confess all my sins. But there’s no sins, though.”

Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said he would have been upset if officers hadn’t arrested Grant.

“It’s standard procedure — if someone is driving on two suspended licenses, we arrest them.”

February 28th, 2007 at 10:11pm Posted by | Missing, Missing Adult | 2 comments