Pet DNA samples of murder suspect Kenneth Ray Osburn has been sent to the University of California Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. Osburn is charged with the kidnapping and murder of 17 year old Casey Crowder. Animal hairs were found on Casey Crowder’s clothes. If a match, Kenneth Ray Osburn is going to have a difficult time explaining how his pets hairs got on the clothes of Crowder.
After police found Crowder’s body on Sept. 2, investigators reportedly found what they believed were dog hairs, and possibly cat hairs, on her and her clothes. Osburn owned several dogs, police said.
“I wanted those hairs analyzed,” Deen said in an interview. “I’m not going to leave any stone unturned.”
Arkansas State Police investigator Scott Woodward hand-delivered the samples to the California laboratory on Wednesday, the prosecutor said. UC-Davis houses one of the few testing sites in the country that processes forensic veterinary DNA.
Deen said he expected test results by the end of the year. (NWA News)
Analysts at the State Crime Lab discovered animal hairs on the clothing of murdered 17 year old Casey Crowder, a senior at Watson Chapel High School. The prosecutors now wish to collect DNA from the pets of Kenneth Osburn, the 46 year old truck driver who is charged with capital murder and kidnapping of Casey Crowder.
Analysts at the state Crime Lab recovered animal hair resembling that of a dog and cat on Crowder’s clothing, according to an affidavit for a warrant to collect DNA from Osburn’s dogs and cats.
Prosecutor Thomas Deen says an out-of-state lab will need to analyze the animals’ DNA because the Arkansas crime lab does not perform mitochondrial DNA testing on animal hairs. (KATV)
And in typical defense attorney fashion, Osburn’s attorney, Bing Colvin said, “investigators ‘mentally tortured’ Osburn to obtain a confession of Crowder’s murder.” Cry us a river … please. According to Court documents there was an affidavit that included an alleged confession.
Kenneth Osburn was arrested for the death of Casey Crowder September 28th. According to court papers Osburn “admitted that he caused the death of Casey Crowder. He admitted that he took Casey to 43 Canal in his Chevrolet truck where her body was found.”
Crowder’s body was discovered by National Guard troops on September 2 in a wooded area in Desha County. She ran out of gasoline six days earlier and disappeared while walking along Highway 65.
Osburn’s attorney, who declined an interview, says the alleged confession came after his client was questioned for 23 hours and repeatedly denied council.
Documents go on to say agents noticed “numerous scratches on both arms and one small cut on one of his arms”. (KATV)
Police made an arrest Thursday in the kidnapping and murder of Casey Crowder. 46 year old Kenneth Osburn was arrested Thursday and charged with capital murder and kidnapping.
Police make an arrest in the disappearance and death of missing Arkansas teen, Casey Crowder. 46-year-old truck driver Kenneth Osburn was arrested Thursday and charged with capital murder and kidnapping. Crowder disappeared during the early morning hours of August 27th after running out of gas while returning home from her boyfriend’s house. Crowder’s body was found six miles from the spot where she ran out of gas. (KSLA)
Crowder Murder Suspect Arrested
A 46-year-old truck driver is under arrest in the death of a 17-year-old girl who was killed after running out of gas in Arkansas on August 27th near Dumas on US 65.
Desha County officials say Kenneth Osburn was arrested on suspicion of murdering and kidnapping Casey Crowder. He made his first court appearance on Friday morning. The judge has ordered that Osburn be held without bond.
Officials say D.N.A. evidence and interviews with residents led to Osburn’s arrest. (WREG)
Desha Co. Officials Arrest Truck Driver In Crowder’s Death
A 46-year-old truck driver from McGehee was arrested Thursday in the death of Casey Crowder, a 17-year-old girl who was killed after running out of gas on U.S. 65.
Desha County Sheriff-elect Jim Snyder says Kenneth Osburn was arrested on suspicion of capital murder and kidnapping. (Eyewitness News ABC 24)
According to authorities in Arkansas, a female body was found about 3:30 pm on Saturday in a rural area near Dumas. Initially the police could not confirm the identity of the body. However, it has now been confirmed that the body was that of the missing Pine Bluff teenager Casey Crowder. Casey, God Bless and Rest in Peace.
DUMAS, Ark. — A Pine Bluff teenager missing for a week was found dead Saturday east of Dumas, a state police spokesman said.
The body of Casey Crowder, 17, was found, although state police spokesman Bill Sadler referred other questions about the case to Desha County Sheriff Don Smith or Sheriff-elect Jim Snyder.
PB teenager found dead near Dumas, state police say
The sheriff-elect would say only that the body of a female was found by ground search crews about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a rural area near Dumas. He would not describe the condition of the body, but said investigators couldn’t tell how old the person was.
He said the body was turned over to the state medical examiner for positive identification.
The Crowder investigation was continuing, he said, and authorities were seeking any information that might be helpful to the case. He said the toll-free number 1-888-688-8549 was set up to receive calls about her disappearance.
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