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The mutilated body of 13-year-old paperboy Danny Joe Eberle is found in his hometown of Bellevue, Nebraska. Eberle had been stabbed multiple times, bound with rope and tortured to death.
FBI investigators called in to help catch the vicious killer found only one clue that could help them: The rope that had been used to tie up the victim was so unusual that the FBI had no records of similar ropes made by any domestic manufacturers. As they began looking into international rope manufacturers, the body of another 12-year-old boy, Christopher Walden, was found deep in the woods near Bellevue, covered with snow.
With no leads as to the origin of the rope, the FBI concentrated on a witness who claimed to have seen Walden with a young man shortly before his disappearance. The witness, who agreed to be hypnotized to try to provide a description of the man, couldn’t produce a vivid picture, but managed to remember a tan sedan and seven digits, in no particular order, from the license plate. Unfortunately, Nebraska had over 1,000 license plates with these digits.
The break in the case finally came on January 11, 1984, when the operator of a Bellevue day care center noticed that a suspicious man was cruising the street outside, and reported the license plate number to the police. Detectives traced the car to a dealership that told them that the car was on loan to John Joubert, a 20-year-old radar technician. Joubert’s car, which was being fixed at the dealership, was a tan sedan that had a license plate containing two of the seven digits that had been recalled by the witness earlier.
When police caught up with Joubert, he had a duffel bag with a hunting knife and a length of rope inside. The rope turned out to be identical to the one found on Danny Joe Eberle, and Joubert was charged with multiple counts of murder. Apparently, the unusual rope had been especially made for the military in the Far East and brought back to the United States by one of Joubert’s friends.
Delving deeper into his background, investigators found that Joubert was also responsible for an earlier murder of an 11-year-old boy in Maine. After being convicted of the two murders in Nebraska and sentenced to death in 1984, he was convicted of murder in Maine as well and executed in 1996.
A young boy was found dead with his dog in his lap after trying to escape Oregon wildfire
A family spokeswoman confirms to CNN that both Peggy Mosso, 71,and Wyatt Tofte, 13, (pictured) died in the wildfires in Marion County, Oregon.
(CNN) — As wildfires ravage the West Coast, one boy and his dog died huddled together in a car, where they sought safety from the flames.
Wyatt Tofte, 13, died Tuesday in the wildfires in Marion County, Oregon, along with his 71-year-old grandmother, Peggy Mosso, a family spokesperson told CNN.
A family spokeswoman confirms to CNN that both Peggy Mosso, 71, (pictured) and Wyatt Tofte, 13, died in the wildfires in Marion County, Oregon.
Mosso was found dead in a car that went up in flames, as her daughter and Wyatt Tofte’s mother, Angela, stood nearby attempting to save her. Angela survived but is in critical condition. Her husband and Tofte’s father, Chris, also survived.
“Our family is devastated by the loss of our kind-hearted 13-year-old Wyatt and his beloved grandmother Peggy in the Santiam Fire in the early morning of September 8th,” a family statement said.
“After a long search for Wyatt, he was found in a car with his dog on his lap, but unfortunately, was not able to escape the fire. Angie is in critical condition with full-body burns,” the statement said. “We want to thank all emergency personnel and people who helped in the search. Our family appreciates the love and support we have received from everyone during this terrible tragedy.”
The Salem Statesman Journal reported Chris Tofte’s search for his wife, son and mother-in-law as the fire raged around him. On Tuesday, he found his wife badly burned, walking along the road to their home when he returned with a borrowed trailer to retrieve their belongings.
He didn’t recognize her at first, he told the newspaper, and he told her he was searching for his wife and son.
“I am your wife,” Angela replied, according to the Statesman Journal.
Wyatt Tofte was found in a different car, and the family assumes he ran and got into the car thinking he would be protected from the surrounding flames, the family spokesperson said.
“Wyatt, just the sweetest little boy loved to fish, played video games, like a lot of kids, just a very sweet polite, boy,” said Susan Vaslev, a family spokesperson.
At least four people have been killed by the fires in Oregon and Washington state. And wildfires in California have killed at least 20 people since mid-August.
In southern Oregon, two small cities — Phoenix and Talent, home to 11,000 people combined — have been almost completely destroyed by the fires.
“This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday.
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Florida boy, 14, charged as an adult after cheerleader stabbed 114 times
Chilling new details have emerged about the fatal stabbing of a 13-year-old cheerleader who was found dead in a wooded area in Northeast Florida on Mother’s Day.
On Thursday, State Attorney for the 7th Circuit R.J. Larizza announced during a news conference that Tristyn Bailey was stabbed 114 times while fighting off her killer. He said at least 49 of the stab wounds were to her hands, arms and head and that they were “defensive in nature,” according to local media reports.
“We can’t say what happened at this pond but we know there was a struggle,” Larizza said at the news conference. “To say that it was horrific could arguably be made as an understatement.”
Charged in the case is 14-year-old Aiden Fucci, a schoolmate in St. Johns County. He has been in custody in a juvenile facility since his May 10 arrest on a charge of second-degree murder. Larizza announced Thursday that his charges would be upgraded to first-degree murder and that he would be charged as an adult. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted, according to The Associated Press.
“The bottom line is that premeditation could be inferred, certainly from just the sheer number of stab wounds that Tristyn Bailey had to suffer,” Larizza said. “Every time that arm went down, that was premeditation.”
He said a hunting knife was found in a pond not far from Bailey’s body. He also said that investigators learned Fucci had told several people he was going to kill someone by taking them to the woods and stabbing them.
Clothing with traces of blood was also found in Fucci’s home, which is less than a half-mile from the crime scene, according to WJXT, a TV station in Jacksonville. A GoFundMe page that was set up shortly after Bailey’s death has raised nearly $60,000, as of Friday afternoon.
Fucci made his first court appearance Friday morning on the first-degree murder charge and will be held without bond, according to WKMG. He will be transferred to an adult facility in Jacksonville but will be kept separately from the adult inmates.
Teen busted in murder of Florida cheerleader made Chilling Snapchat post
A teenage boy posted a disturbing image on Snapchat after he was busted for the slaying of a 13-year-old cheerleader found dead in a remote wooded area of Florida, cops said Monday.
Aiden Fucci, 14, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tristyn Bailey, whose body was discovered on Sunday evening just hours after she went swimming, according to St. Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick.
In a twisted Snapchat posted after the arrest, Fucci can be seen giving the peace sign in the back of a patrol car.
“Hey guys has anybody [sic] seen Tristyn lately,” read a caption on the social media post.
Bailey, a seventh-grader at Patriot Oaks Academy, where Fucci is in the eighth grade, was last seen Sunday at around 1:15 a.m. at a community center, local outlet WJXT reported.
Her family reported her missing at 10 a.m. — and a large search of the area ensued, with dozens of community members scouring the woods near the North Amenity Center.
The body of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey was found in wooded area after she went missing in St. Johns County, Florida. SJSO
Bailey’s body was found by a neighbor at around 6 p.m. in a remote wooded area near a pond.
Later that night, Fucci posted the photo with the twisted message on Snapchat, according to WJXT.
Fucci took this pic on the back of a squad car after his arrest for the murder of a cheerleader. Snapchat
The sheriff said that authorities were aware of the chilling selfie, but didn’t comment on it further.
Aiden Fucci, 14, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey. St. Johns County Sheriff
The investigation is still in the “very beginning stages,” Hardwick said.
He also didn’t immediately provide a motive for the murder, or a cause of death for Bailey, who was fully clothed, when she was found.
In addition to attending the same K-8 school, the teens grew up in the same neighborhood, according to local outlets.
Tristyn Bailey Bailey was last seen Sunday at around 1:15 a.m. at a community center. SJSO
Fucci was being held at a Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Volusia County. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday morning.
A candlelight vigil for Bailey was planned for Monday night in the Durbin Crossing neighborhood.
Tristyn Bailey was a seventh-grader at Patriot Oaks Academy, where Aiden Fucci is in the eighth grade. SJSO
Funeral held for Connecticut girl involved in ‘murder-suicide’
The four family members allegedly slaughtered by a juvenile in West Virginia have been identified — with the parents shot in bed and at least one child found in a “puddle of blood” in a hallway, according to a neighbor.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office identified the dead as Dale Long, 37, his 39-year-old wife, Risa Mae Saunders, also known as Risa Long, and two of their children, Gage Ripley, 12, and Jameson Long, 3.
“Each victim appears to have been shot,” the sheriff’s office said in an earlier release about Sunday morning’s bloodbath in Elkview, stressing that it “does not appear to be a random crime.”
Another member of the family — who local media said was a teenage boy — was located safely elsewhere, the sheriff’s office said.
A 16-year-old boy was charged with the murders Monday but was not identified “due to his age,” the department said, insisting it is “unlawful for our agency to release more information regarding juvenile offenders.”
Neighbor Nathan Gandee told WSAZ how he helped raise the alarm after one of the Longs’ relatives found their bodies during a wellness check after failing to hear from them.
“He said, ‘Well they are all dead … they are all dead in there,’” Gandee recalled.
“He said that the parents were in bed. The father still had a CPAP on,” he said, referring to a breathing machine that helps those with sleep apnea.
“The child was laying in the hallway in just a puddle of blood,” he told the station, saying he ran inside the house to call for help.
Chief Medical Examiner: 13-year-old girl found dead in basement of Manchester apartment building was strangled
Counselors were made available at Illing Middle School in Manchester, Conn., on Friday and Saturday after the death of seventh grader Zaniya Wright. Her body was found in the basement of the South Adams Apartments on Friday morning.
Manchester Police / Contributed
MANCHESTER &mdash A state expert determined Zaniya Wright&rsquos death was a homicide Saturday, as counselors were made available at Illing Middle School after news spread of the seventh grader&rsquos passing.
Chief Medical Examiner James Gill said Saturday an autopsy determined Wright was strangled, dying of compression of her neck. Her death was ruled a homicide, Gill said.
The 13-year-old girl, who was reported missing to police by her mother around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, was found dead in the basement of the South Adams Apartments on Olcott Street around 8:30 a.m. Friday, Lt. Ryan Shea said during a press conference Friday.
Shea described the basement as a common area for the building that is not tied to any specific unit. He did not say what led investigators to the building. It was unclear how long her body had been in the basement.
On Saturday, the lieutenant said there were no updates to report on the case, but on Friday said investigators are doing &ldquoeverything we can&rdquo to understand the circumstances that led up to the girl&rsquos death.
In a letter to the public schools community Friday, Manchester Superintendent of Schools Matthew Geary confirmed Wright was in seventh grade at Illing.
&ldquoI want to offer our most sincere condolences and prayers to Zaniya&rsquos family, her many friends, and people throughout our community traumatized by this terrible news,&rdquo Geary said. &ldquoFor all those who knew Zaniya both at school and in the community, this is a heartbreaking and incredibly sad day.&rdquo
Police working to identify young boy found dead on Vegas-area trail
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a boy believed to be about 10 years old after hikers found his body Friday morning on a trail outside Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said the body may have been placed on the trail in the town of Mountain Springs, about 30 miles west of Vegas, sometime Thursday night.
The discovery near the Mountain Springs Trailhead was reported about 7:45 a.m., police said. The boy was described as 8- to 12-years-old and likely Latino.
Help us identify the 8-12-year-old boy found deceased near Mountain Springs Trailhead, on MM20, SR160.
Anyone who recognizes the child, or believes they know the child on the sketch is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521. pic.twitter.com/VONCCBOJLt
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) May 29, 2021
Authorities were looking at missing children reports from Southern California to Nevada in their quest to find the child's identity.
"We have detectives from all over the agency working a variety of different aspects trying to identify this young man," homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said during a news conference Friday.
Police said the Clark County Coroner’s Office would determine cause of death.
Meanwhile, officials released an artist's sketch of the boy with the hope that someone may recognize him and provide them with a name.
"No one seems to know where he is," Houston Police Department spokesman Larry Satterwhite told reporters Monday evening. The child was reported missing about 6 p.m. Thursday, he said. But he may have gone missing weeks ago, Satterwhite said.
The last time Samuel was seen by someone outside his family was on April 30, the last day he attended school, Satterwhite said.
Theresa Balboa, who is the girlfriend of Sam's father, said she last saw the boy on Thursday morning at her mother's southwest Houston home.
"I was going to take Sam to school when his mother showed up with the police officer, or who I was under the impression to be a police officer, and they demanded me to release Sam," Balboa told KTRK-TV Monday. Sam's grandmother, Tonya Olson, told reporters Monday the family later learned the man was a fake cop.
But Satterwhite said Houston investigators have not been able to verify that information, and that the boy's mother says she does not know Sam's whereabouts.
"All we have are reports. The last time we know, for a fact, he was in school and that was April 30," Satterwhite said. "We are looking everywhere."
Sam's parents share custody of the boy, Satterwhite said.
Texas EquuSearch volunteers have been helping police and others look for the missing child, who is 3 feet, 9 inches and weighs about 50 pounds. He has blue eyes and light brown hair.
"I've worked many, many of these cases. I don't have a good feeling," Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller told the station. "Nobody can find out anybody that's credible that can tell us the last time he was seen and where," said Miller, whose nonprofit organization helps look for missing persons. Samuel was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt with a red Kool-Aid man on the front, denim shorts and white Buzz Lightyear sneakers.
"I've literally tried to do everything from the very beginning to do what's best for my son," the boy's father, Dalton Olson, told the station. "That is my whole world and I can't imagine if anything happened to him and I believe he's still out there."
If you have any information on Sam's whereabouts, please contact the Houston Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 832-394-1840.
SJ man details encounter with 'crying' boy found dead near Vegas
'I AM DEVASTATED': A South Bay man believes he had an encounter with the boy shortly before he was reported missing and ultimately found dead along a Las Vegas trail. He questions if the events of that day are related to the tragic events that occurred in the weeks after.
Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd
A judged sentenced Derek Chauvin to 22.5 years for the murder of George Floyd. He is expected to serve about 15 years behind bars.
Derek Chauvin Sentenced To 22 Years In Prison For Murdering George Floyd
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyOne year and one month after murdering George Floyd, an unarmed, 46-year-old Black man in a crime so brutal it sparked a nationwide revolt over racist police violence, disgraced ex- Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for Floyd’s video-recorded killing on May 25, 2020. The verdi
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Reaction pours in after Chauvin’s mom gives emotional speech — without mention of Floyd
Chauvin was sentenced Friday after being convicted of killing George Floyd.
Derek Chauvin's mother speaks at his sentencing: ⟞rek has played over and over in his head the events of that day'
Carolyn Pawlenty asked the judge for a lenient sentence on behalf of her son, saying, "when you sentence my son, you will also be sentencing me."
A tropical wave is rolling across the Atlantic. It could run into rough conditions soon.
The strong tropical wave in the far western Atlantic could face some tough conditions that might slow it from strengthening, the National Hurricane Center said.
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Trump frequently mocked Rudy Giuliani, called him 'pathetic,' and said he 'sucked,' new book says
Trump berated and belittled Giuliani, while Giuliani craved Trump's attention and competed with other aides to sit next to him.
Husband reported missing found dead on a tractor — shot in the back, SC coroner says
He was slumped over the tractor’s steering wheel, officials said.
Husband reported missing found dead on a tractor — shot in the back, SC coroner says
He was slumped over the tractor’s steering wheel, officials said.
GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn enjoys making US history references but keeps getting the facts wrong
"It was Thomas Jefferson that said: 𧾬ts are stubborn things," Cawthorn said Thursday on the House floor. Those are actually John Adams' words.
Senate Republicans denounce ɾxtortion' and threaten to tank Biden's bipartisan infrastructure deal
"It seems like the momentum in the Republican caucus is to abandon this deal," said a former GOP aide, one day after Biden touted a bipartisan win.
‘Trump Train’ drivers who tried to run Biden bus off road sued under KKK Act
Two lawsuits were filed in relation to the incident: one against the Trump supporting drivers, one against law enforcement who “turned a blind eye.”
The Trump Organization could reportedly face criminal charges ɺs soon as next week'
The Trump Organization could reportedly face criminal charges ɺs soon as next week'
Germany knife attack: Three killed and several others injured in Wurzburg
Three people were killed and others injured on Friday in a knife attack in the southern German city of Wuerzburg. Police arrested the man, identified as a 24-year-old Somali resident of the city, after shooting him in the leg. German news outlets reported that the suspect had attacked people in the city centre with a knife at around 5pm. Video footage circulating online showed passersby trying to stop the suspect using folded chairs. A crowd of people gave chase, before a police car arrived on t
'Supernatural' star Jared Padalecki says he's 'gutted' to have learned about Jensen Ackles' prequel series from Twitter
For 15 years, Padalecki and Ackles starred on "Supernatural" as demon-hunting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester.
13 Disturbing News Stories You Probably Missed
One of the biggest news stories of 2012 has been the so-called Miami Zombie attack, where one man—theorized to be on bath salts—attacked a homeless man and gnawed on his face. But lots of other terrifying things happened all over the world this year that didn’t get nearly so much coverage. Read on.
1. Macabre Black Market
In Thailand, a British citizen, Chow Hok Kuen, was caught attempting to smuggle something very horrifying into Taiwan: six dried human fetuses covered in gold leaf, tattoos, and spiritual adornments.
Kuen bought the fetuses from a reseller and intended to turn them over for a profit in Taiwan, where the corpses, created in a “black magic spirit ritual,” are thought by some to bring good luck because of this, a black market has developed for them. Authorities were unable to determine the exact source of the fetuses.
2. Not Your Grandma's Finger Sandwich
Ryan Hart, a 14-year-old boy from Michigan, lived out a real-life urban legend when he found a severed finger in his Arby’s roast beef sandwich. Reportedly, Hart had nearly finished his sandwich when he “tasted something rubbery” and spat out a partial human finger.
According to the restaurant, a female employee had cut off her finger while slicing roast beef and neglected to immediately tell anyone. Other employees had unknowingly packaged the order and served it to Hart.
3. The Family Cook
A Los Angeles restaurant chef, currently on trial for his wife’s murder, admitted to police in a taped interview that he had not only killed her, but also disposed of her body in a very gruesome manner.
On the tape played for jurors, David Viens told police that the reason they had been unable to find his wife’s remains was because he had boiled her corpse in a 55-gallon drum of water, leaving only her skull behind.
4. Death At A Funeral
A 2-year-old boy who tragically succumbed to pneumonia in Belem, Brazil terrified his family when, one hour before his funeral, he sat up and asked his father for a glass of water. The boy, who had been dead since the day before, hadn’t shown any other signs of life during his wake or funeral preparations.
Sadly, when the boy laid back down again, the family was unable to rouse him a second time—so medical officials had to declare him dead once again. They were unable to explain his mysterious reanimation, and the child was buried later that evening.
5. Special Delivery
Ottawa, Canada police were baffled when a human foot was delivered to the Conservative party headquarters in a blood-spattered package. Weirder still, a few hours later, a severed hand was found in a similar container at a mail sorting facility, though its destination was never officially stated.
As if that weren’t enough, however, Montreal police also reported a strange case of human remains. Literally. A suitcase containing a human torso was found outside an apartment building the same day. Although a connection between the three parts was suspected, no official link has been acknowledged.
6. Night School
A literacy teacher in St. Petersburg, FL was jailed after she was caught encouraging teenagers to cut and burn themselves as part of a nighttime exorcism ritual conducted at the St. Petersburg Pier.
According to police, the teacher instructed the students to cut themselves to drive demons out of their bodies, and then to cauterize the wounds, using heated keys or even perfume as a makeshift fuel, to keep them from returning. The true motive behind the ritual is unknown.
7. Equine Attacks
Throughout 2012, a series of bizarre horse murders have been occurring in the English countryside. In January, a 2-year-old stallion was found dead, with his eyes, teeth, and genitals mutilated. Months later, in May, a pregnant mare was also found mutilated after being attacked with a blunt object. She died after giving birth to a stillborn foal. Finally, a few days after, a third horse was found beheaded on a beach, marked with a cross topped with a gull’s head.
No link has been made between the three cases, although locals in each instance claim that black magic or Satanism is somehow involved.
8. Neighborhood Hot Spot
If asked to list places in the world that might have secret nuclear reactors holding weapons-grade Uranium, you’d probably name countries like North Korea or Iran. One place you’d be neglecting, however, is the Eastman Kodak plant in Rochester, New York, a city with a population of more than 200,000 people.
Up until 2007, when it was decommissioned, Kodak operated the reactor for research purposes, and while they didn’t necessarily cover it up (it was on record with the federal government), they weren’t public about it, either. Local and state governments were unaware that the reactor existed—until it came out after the company went bankrupt early in 2012.
9. Ritual of Horror
An apparent drug-fueled ritual in Mexico ended with a 5-year-old boy severely wounded. According to authorities, the participants held the ceremony because they believed that a large earthquake would soon bring about the end of the world.
After ingesting unspecified drugs and reciting a group prayer, the boy’s own mother gouging her son's eyes out at the climax of the ritual. In the end, eight people were arrested by police—several of them members of the boy’s family.
10. Take That, Officers
In Hackensack, New Jersey, police were called to the home of a man threatening himself with a knife. When they arrived, they found Wayne Carter, a mentally ill man who had been unable to receive proper treatment and was living in a room in his brother’s home.
When police attempted to subdue Carter, he horrifyingly cut open his own abdomen and began throwing his intestines and hunks of skin at the officers, saying that he was “going to die today” and “going to heaven.” Despite a self-inflicted partial disembowelment, Carter survived.
11. The Disappearing Toxic Package
At a U.S. Postal Service sorting facility in Orlando, Florida, employees discovered a mysterious package leaking a brown, sticky chemical and covered in tubes and wires. According to its return address, the parcel came from Yemen. Jeffrey Lill, the shift supervisor, had the facility evacuated and moved the package to a hazardous materials zone.
Soon after, Lill became sick, suffering from fatigue, tremors, and neurological issues, all consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. The Postal Service, however, claims the events never happened and that no such package ever existed. Even after other employees and documents confirmed Lill’s story, the Postal Service still denies the incident. Doctors have so far been unable to determine Lill’s exact illness.
12. Out for Some Air
In South Los Angeles, police received a call about something very out of the ordinary—a pair of what appeared to be lungs were left in the middle of a sidewalk and had apparently been “sitting out there all day long.”
Initially, it was unknown if the lungs came from a human or animal, or if they were even lungs at all. Tests later determined that they were lungs and they did come from an animal, but authorities considered them to be “not of forensic value” and disposed of them. The type of animal the lungs belonged to and how they ended up on the sidewalk in the middle of the day were never determined.
13. Nails for Hair
Memphis resident Shanyna Isom was given steroids for an allergy attack in 2009, a totally standard treatment. For the last three years, however, her body has undergone one of the strangest allergic reactions in medical history.
All of the hair follicles on Isom’s body have begun to create 12 times the normal amount of skin cells. Now, the hair on her head and body has instead been replaced with human nails, rendering her unable to walk or even sit up. Her doctors have been completely stumped, but a variety of treatments have improved her condition to a small degree and she is now able to walk with a cane.
Girlfriend of Missing Boy Samuel Olson's Dad Gave Odd Interview Days Before Body Was Found in Her Motel Room
Samuel Olson, a Houston 6-year-old who was reported missing last Thursday, was tragically found dead Wednesday in a motel room more than 130 miles away from his home. Now the spotlight is on the boy&rsquos father&rsquos girlfriend, who was arrested after she was allegedly found in the motel room with his body.
Theresa Balboa, 29, was taken into custody in Jasper, Texas, and was expected to be charged with tampering with evidence. She had been under suspicion since giving a bizarre TV interview on Monday, claiming that Sam had been taken by his mother and a police officer.
&ldquoI was going to take Sam to school when his mother showed up with a police officer, what I was under the impression to be a police officer, and they demanded me to release Sam. They said I would go to jail, because I have no rights to him. So I had no choice but to hand him over,&rdquo Balboa said.
Balboa stood side-by-side with Sam&rsquos father, Dalton Olson, as he made an emotional appeal for his son&rsquos safe return.
&ldquoI just want to bring my son home safely. I can&rsquot even think. I can&rsquot sleep. I can&rsquot hold down any food. I&rsquom just concerned, because it&rsquos the most important thing in my whole life,&rdquo Dalton said.
An army of volunteers had launched a massive search for Samuel, led by his devastated grandmother. As the investigation continued, Balboa&rsquos story began to fall apart. It turns out that Samuel hadn&rsquot been seen in a month.
On Tuesday, Balboa reportedly vanished. A tipster spotted her at the Best Western and called police. Samuel&rsquos body was found stuffed inside a tote bag, according to authorities.