15 year old Danielle Cramer had been missing since June 14, 2006. Danielle Cramer was discovered by police in the home of an acquaintance of her parents. It would appear that Danielle Cramer was locked in a small room underneath the stairs.
Police from Bloomfield went to the home of an acquaintance of her parents with search warrants and to obtain DNA, and found the girl; she was locked in a tiny, 3-foot-tall, 4- or 5-feet-deep room under a staircase, blocked by a dresser, reports the Associated Press.
Her parents had not seen or heard from her in the year in which she was gone, no one around the neighborhood had seen her; there was no indication that anyone had, anyway, and the girl was quite pale. It is probable that she’d been indoors for a long time.
Adam Gault and Ann Murphy were arrested by police and taken in for further questioning.
Authorities have yet to say exactly what Cramer may have been subjected to during her time in captivity. Gault has been charged with unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment, and custodial interference, and is being held on bond. Murphy is facing conspiracy and risk of injury charges.
(Adam Gault arrested)
(Ann Murphy arrested)
(Adam Gault, Ann Murphy and Kimberly Cray all face multiple charges for imprisoning a Connecticut teen)
An incredible story of terror and survival has led to the freedom of a long missing 15-year-old girl in the U.S. Danielle Cramer disappeared from her West Hartford, Connecticut home in June 2006, and authorities had been searching for her ever since. Many had given up hope she was still alive. But incredibly on Wednesday, they found her safe in a place no one ever thought to look – a locked space hidden under a stairwell in a couple’s West Bloomfield home.
UPDATE I: Video Trove Of Porn: Sexual Material Reportedly Found On Tapes Seized From Man Charged With Holding Girl
This bizarre story just got even more strange as the man accused of imprisoning a 15 year old girl is now found with a treasure trove of homemade porn. However, Bloomfield police are disputing the information, saying that they don’t yet know what is on videotapes seized from Adam Gault’s home.
Police have found homemade pornography on videos seized from a man charged with unlawfully keeping a teenage girl from her family for a year, a law enforcement source close to the investigation said.
The source said investigators are trying to determine the identities of a number of girls in the videos, which are of poor quality and were apparently posted on the Internet at various times. Adam Gault, a West Hartford dog trainer, is charged in the disappearance of 15-year-old Danielle Cramer of Bloomfield.
Danielle has told authorities that Gault was using her for Internet sex shows and modeling. It was not clear whether Gault, 41, participated in the shows. (The Hartford Courant)
Adam Gault, 41, had a collection of grainy videos – some of which were posted on the Internet – that featured various young girls who have yet to be identified, sources told The Hartford Courant.
The videos were taken at Gault’s home, sources said.
Gault has been held on $1 million bond since Wednesday, when cops found Danielle Cramer, 15, locked in a secret room under a staircase.
Gault’s common-law wife Ann Murphy and a friend, Kimberly Cray, are also in custody.
UPDATE II: Just Like a Typical Defense Attorney … States Clients were only Harboring 15 year old Against Abusive Parents.
So these people were saving her from abusive parents and exploiting her to do porn on the internet? Isn’t that rich.
The parents’ attorney, Marc Needelman, also dismissed as “a total fabrication” defense claims that the girl had been abused at her own home and that she had found a safe haven in the home of Adam Gault, a 41-year-old man who had once worked with her stepfather. Police also have contested the claims.
“The Bloomfield police department has been involved in the investigation for over a year. They publicly stated yesterday in no uncertain terms that (the girl’s parents) have absolutely no responsibility, have committed no crimes or engaged in any improprieties,” Needelman said. (Houston Chronicle)
UPDATE III: Police Dispute Attorney’s Claim That Suspects Offered Safe Haven to Girl Who Disappeared
UPDATE IV: Accused kidnapper may have more victims