Convicted sex offender, John Steven Burgess, was in a California court to face charges for failing to register as a sex offender while he was living in Los Angeles, CA. According to authorities, Burgess is refusing to talk. Why would he? Does anyone think he is going to confess to a murder when all they have him on is drug possession and failing to report as a sex offender? What do police officials think Burgess is going to say, “Oh yea officer, by the way I am guilty of murder as well?” While we are on the subject, LAPD, who is searching for Donna Joe?
While Burgess has not been charged in the disappearance of Donna Jou, 19, a prosecutor said he is considered a suspect in the case. He has also refused to talk to investigators, according to authorities.
Burgess was arrested late last month in Jacksonville, Fla., after police there say they spotted him trying to dispose of a bag of crack cocaine outside a Motel 6. He pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge for possession of crack in Florida and waived extradition to California last week, said George Bird Jr., his attorney. (NBC San Diego)
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Burgess named suspect in student’s disappearance
According to Texas EquuSearch, they are planing to go to California this Wednesday, August 1, 2007 to help search for the missing 19 year old Donna Jou. Donna has not been heard from since June 23, 2007 when she attended a party. The family of Donna Jou contacted TES in hopes that they may be able to help find Donna Jou.
Texas EquuSearch stated that they look forward working with law enforcement to help aide in the process of bringing the missing Donna Jou home to her family. Its Texas EquuSearch’s motto, “You are not Alone,” and TES hopes that between the family, law enforcement and themselves, they can bring a resolution to this missing persons case and Donna Jou home to her family.
Recently 35-year-old John Burgess was arrested in Florida on separate charges; however, he remains a prime suspect in Donna Jou’s disappearance.
Sex offender arrested in coed’s disappearance
A registered sex offender sought in connection with the disappearance of 19-year-old Donna Jou of Rancho Santa Margarita was in custody in Florida today, but her whereabouts remain unknown.
John Burgess, 35, who calls himself SinJin Stevens and has his mother and other relatives in Florida, was arrested Tuesday in Jacksonville after he was seen on a bicycle near a motel dropping a clear plastic bag that officials said contained rock cocaine.
Missing teen’s father, Reza Jou, begs for help
Anguishing about his daughter’s disappearance more than a month ago, Reza Jou asked Monday for the governors of California and Florida to expedite the extradition of a convicted sex offender who could know the teen’s whereabouts.
Meanwhile, Burgess isn’t cooperating with Orange County investigators from California who interviewed him in Florida about Jou’s disappearance.
Jou’s father wants Burgess taken to Los Angeles for questioning. Reza Jou asked attorneys general, governors and Burgess’ mother to intervene.
“He is in jail in Jacksonville, Fla., using his constitutional right not to speak about my daughter’s whereabouts,” Jou said. “This is a very urgent matter. My child’s life is in danger.”
Jou said he’d received no response to his urgent plea, but The Daily News contacted California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office for comment.
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19 year old Donna Jou has been missing since June 23, 2007. Now it appears that there may be a break in the case. Police in Florida have arrested sec offender, John Stevens Burgess. Jacksonville police spotted John Stevens Burgess trying to dispose of a bag of crack cocaine outside a Motel 6. Burgess is also a person of interest in the disappearance of Donna Jou.
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Police in Jacksonville, Fla., arrested John Steven Burgess, 35, who also goes by the name Sinjin Stevens, on a drug charge Tuesday, Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office in Orange County, Calif., confirmed to ABC News.
Burgess, a convicted sex offender, is a person of interest in the disappearance of Donna Jou, a 19-year-old who had just finished her freshman year at San Diego State University and who met Burgess on the Web site Craig’s List. (ABC)
Man arrested in Florida in case of Orange County missing student
Amormino said homicide investigators from Orange County were in Florida, where Burgess is currently being held on a drug charge and for failing to register as a sex offender.
Burgess has not been charged in connection with Jou’s disappearance, but authorities remain suspicious.
“This is another very suspicious act,” Amormino said. “He is clear across the country and he chose not to speak with investigators.”
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UPDATE I: Truck Found In Florida In Case Of Missing OC Woman
Police have found the missing truck of a man arrested in Florida. He is wanted for questioning in the disappearance of a 19-year-old San Diego State coed.
Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino says extensive media coverage of Burgess’ arrest led an anonymous tipster to call police with the location of the man’s 1998 blue Ford Ranger truck. Amormino says the truck was found in the Jacksonville area and is being processed by forensic investigators.
Truck is located in hunt for O.C. teen
“Forensic personnel are going through that truck with a fine-tooth comb in an attempt to locate any type of evidence which may lead us to [Jou's] whereabouts or what might have happened to her,” Amormino said.
Jou and Burgess apparently met on Craigslist.com. She was last seen June 23, when Burgess allegedly picked her up for a date at her mother’s Rancho Santa Margarita home and took her to a party at his rented West Los Angeles home, authorities said.
On July 8, the license plate of a pickup truck and a motorcycle helmet belonging to Burgess were found – along with rope, rubber gloves and a scrubbing brush – near railroad tracks about 1 1/2 miles from his house. (LA Times)
19 year old, San Diego State University student Donna Jou has been missing since June 23, 2007. Donna Jou was last seen at a party held at a Los Angeles home rented by John Steven Burgess. Burgess is a registered sex offender.
Investigators believe Burgess, a registered sex offender, picked Jou up on a motorcycle earlier that day near her Rancho Santa Margarita home, Amormino said.
Jou met the man on the Web site Craigslist.org, Amormino said.
The day after Jou left for the party, her mother received a text message from Jou’s cell phone saying she was coming home, Amormino said.
Jou, however, never arrived. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Men Sought In Case Of Missing Teen
Police said they are looking for a man named Kyle who is also known as Skinny Puppy. One of Jou’s family members identified him as the man who rode away with Jou on June 23, according to authorities.
The other man they are looking for is John Steven Burgess, a registered sex offender who rented the house where Jou was last seen.
Family members are very worried about Jou’s well-being.
Sex Offender Sought for questioning in the disappearance of Donna Jou
On Friday, Sheriff’s investigators narrowed their search to John Steven Burgess, a convicted sex offender who calls himself SinJin Stevens. He drives around in a blue 1998 Ford Ranger pickup with the vanity plate SINJIN 1 – and a 1981 Yamaha motorcycle with license plate of 14X1224. He disappeared the same day Donna did – and authorities want to talk to him.
“He’s wanted for questioning in the disappearance of Donna Jou,” Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.
Burgess, who was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child and of sending harmful material to a minor using the Internet, never registered as a sex offender. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. (OC Register)
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