One person has been arrested after the discovery of former Bridalplasty reality show contestant Lisa Marie Naegle in a suburban LA backyard shallow grave.
The 36-year-old, who competed in 2010 for a dream wedding and plastic surgery on the show, last spoke to her husband on Sunday, December 18.
Police arrested a 34-year-old nursing student, Jackie Jerome Rogers, on December 20 after questioning him.
They said he told investigators Lisa Marie Naegle’s body was at his home.
Police spokesman Sal Ramirez said on Tuesday night of the discovery in Lennox, near Los Angeles International Airport: “We can confirm a body which we believe is Lisa Marie was discovered in a shallow grave at the suspect’s home.
“The detectives strongly believe it is her.”
Police did not give a motive for the killing.
Lisa Marie Naegle was hit on the head seven times with a hammer early on Sunday morning, TMZ reports, citing law enforcement sources.
Local newspaper The Daily Breeze reported that she taught nursing classes at West Los Angeles College and that Jackie Jerome Rogers was one of her students.
The former Bridalplasty contestant, who came fourth on the E! network’s reality show, had gone to a birthday party on Saturday night at Alpine Village, a beer hall and restaurant in another Los Angeles suburb, Torrance.
Her husband, Derek Harryman, said he had texted her at around 02:00 local time on Sunday to find out where she was.
“Within a minute or two, she called me,” he told the Daily Breeze.
“She sounded really, really drunk. She said, <<I’m going to get some food and then I’ll be home>>.”
But she never made it.
Lisa Marie Naegle’s family reported her missing on Sunday night and issued an appeal on social media for help in finding her.
They said they obtained photos showing her leaving the beer hall with Jackie Jerome Rogers.
Lisa Marie Naegle’s relatives contacted Jackie Jerome Rogers after they obtained CCTV footage which appeared to show her getting into the suspect’s vehicle.
Her sister, Danielle Naegle-Kaimona, told KABC-TV: “While he was talking to us and telling us his story, multiple different times he said he absolutely did not go home with her, or did not take her home.”
After being challenged that Lisa Marie Naegle had been filmed getting into his car, Jackie Jerome Rogers changed his story, the family said. He acknowledged that she did get into his car, but said she got out moments later. The family then contacted police.
British police officers will travel to Portugal to make the first arrests since they started to review the Madeleine McCann case in 2011, Daily Mirror reported.
Police investigating the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal want to speak to three men they believe were carrying out burglaries at the time of the girl’s disappearance.
According to the tabloid, police were preparing to travel to Portugal to make the first arrests since British officers started to review the case in 2011.
Madeleine McCann went missing aged three from her room at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve in May 2007 while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, leading to a global search that gripped the world’s media.
The police have since found mobile phone records which showed the three men in question made numerous calls to each other in the hours after the three-year-old disappeared, the mass-selling newspaper said.
Madeleine McCann went missing aged three from her room at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve in May 2007
Britain’s prosecution service has sent an International Letter of Request to Portuguese police seeking permission to arrest the trio, the paper added.
A spokesman for the police confirmed that a letter had been sent to the Portuguese authorities, but declined to comment on the contents of the letter.
“We can confirm a second International Letter of Request has been sent to the Portuguese authorities,” the spokesman said.
Despite huge international interest and numerous reported sightings from Belgium and Spain to Morocco, France and Malta, and investigations stretching as far away as Australia, the girl’s fate remains a mystery.
Madeleine McCann’s parents were named as official suspects by Portuguese police four months after her disappearance, but in 2008 they were cleared and Portugal’s public prosecutor later dropped the case, citing a lack of evidence.
The White House spokesman Jay Carney has said ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, who is believed to have been held in Iran for the last seven years, was not working for the US government at the time of his disappearance.
Jay Carney spoke the day after the Associated Press news agency reported Robert Levinson was on an unauthorized mission for the CIA.
Robert Levinson has been missing since March 2007.
Jay Carney declined to comment on what Robert Levinson was doing in Iran at the time he disappeared.
The Associated Press report, which Jay Carney labeled “highly irresponsible”, says Robert Levinson had done contract work for the CIA in his capacity as a former FBI expert in Russian organized crime.
But at the time Robert Levinson disappeared, his CIA contract was out of money, though the CIA analysts with whom he was working were trying to authorize more, the AP reported.
Jay Carney said there remained an ongoing investigation into Robert Levinson’s disappearance, and dismissed accusations by Levinson’s family that the US government had not done all it could to locate him.
Robert Levinson has been missing since March 2007
“Since Bob disappeared the US government has vigorously pursued and continues to pursue all investigative leads,” Jay Carney said.
“We continue to be focused on everything we can to bring Bob home safely to his family. This remains a top priority of the US government.”
The Associated Press report alleges Robert Levinson was in Iran on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when revealed, caused serious tumult within the CIA.
The US agency reportedly paid Robert Levinson’s family $2.5 million to avoid a public lawsuit, and also disciplined 10 veteran analysts.
The team of analysts is said to have paid Robert Levinson to gather intelligence prior to his disappearance.
Three of the CIA analysts who hired him – who reportedly had no authority to run spy operations – were allegedly later forced out of the agency.
The media outlet says it was asked by the US government three times since 2010 to hold the story about Robert Levinson’s CIA ties.
The news agency said it decided to run the report after all efforts to locate and free Robert Levinson seemed to have failed.
On Friday, Jay Carney said the US government “strongly urged the outlet not to publish out of concerns for Robert Levinson’s safety”.
Neither the identities of the former FBI agent’s captors nor his whereabouts have been confirmed, but US officials asked for Iran’s assistance in finding him just days after Iran and Western powers signed an interim agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear programme in late November.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she believed Robert Levinson was being held in south-west Asia.
Robert Levinson, 64 when he went missing, was initially said to have been investigating cigarette counterfeiting as a private detective when he disappeared.
His family received images of Robert Levinson in April 2011, showing him wearing a long grey beard and an orange jumpsuit, and looking gaunt.
His family was also sent a video in November 2010, which they released in December 2011 to try to aid the investigation.
In the 54-second clip, Robert Levinson pleads: “Help me get home.”
Iran has said it does not know where Robert Levinson is and that there is no evidence he is in the country.
Investigators traced the phone used to send the photographs to Afghanistan, but the phone’s owner was not involved. The video was sent from a Pakistan internet cafe.
Ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, who is believed to have been held in Iran for the last seven years, was working for the CIA on an unapproved mission, the Associated Press news agency reports.
Robert Levinson went missing during a business trip to the Iranian island of Kish in March 2007.
US government officials have repeatedly called on Iran to help locate him.
“We have no comment on any purported affiliation between Mr. Levinson and the US government,” said a CIA statement.
“The US government remains committed to bringing him home safely to his family,” added CIA media spokesperson Todd Ebitz.
The Associated Press report alleges that the CIA paid off Robert Levinson’s family and reprimanded several analysts involved.
The media outlet writes that Robert Levinson was in Iran on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when revealed, caused a serious internal CIA scandal.
The CIA reportedly paid Robert Levinson’s family $2.5 million to avoid a public lawsuit, and also disciplined 10 veteran analysts.
The team of analysts is said to have paid Robert Levinson to gather intelligence prior to his disappearance.
Three of the CIA analysts – who reportedly had no authority to run spy operations – were allegedly later forced out of the agency.
The Associated Press investigation reportedly included interviews with top US and foreign officials and access to confidential documentation.
Robert Levinson went missing during a business trip to the Iranian island of Kish in March 2007
The media outlet alleges it was asked by the US government three times since 2010 to withhold information related to Robert Levinson’s CIA ties.
The news agency said it decided to run the report after all efforts to return Robert Levinson to the US were seen to have failed.
“The US government strongly urged the AP not to run this story out of concern for Mr. Levinson’s life,” said National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden.
“We regret that the AP would choose to run a story that does nothing to further the cause of bringing him home.”
There is no confirmation of who captured the former FBI agent or where he may be held, but US officials asked for Iran’s assistance in finding him just days after Iran and Western powers signed an interim agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear programme in late November.
“We reiterate the commitment of the United States Government to locate Mr. Levinson and bring him home safely to his family, friends, and loved ones,” White House spokesman Jay Carney wrote in a statement at the time.
“We respectfully ask the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to assist us in securing Mr. Levinson’s health, welfare, and safe return.”
In August, Secretary of State John Kerry also asked for Iran’s assistance in freeing Robert Levinson and two other US citizens held in Iran, a former marine and a Christian pastor.
Robert Levinson, 64 when he went missing, was initially believed to have been investigating cigarette counterfeiting as a private detective when he disappeared.
His family received images of Robert Levinson in April 2011, showing him wearing a long grey beard, in an orange jumpsuit, holding up five signs that read:
4th YEAR… You can’t or you don’t want…?
This is the result of 30 years serving for USA
Why you cannot help me?
I am here in Guantanamo – Do you know where it is?
The family was also sent a video in November 2010, which it released in December 2011 to try to aid the investigation.
In the 54-second clip, Robert Levinson pleads: “Help me get home.”
Although he has appeared in images and videos as a captive, Iran has said it does not know where he is and that there is no evidence he is in the country.
Investigators traced the phone used to send the photographs to Afghanistan, but the owner was not involved. The video was sent from a Pakistan internet cafe.
The FBI offered a $1 million reward in March 2012 for information leading to Robert Levinson’s safe return.
However, the US government has not received any sign Robert Levinson is alive in nearly three years, the Associated Press reports.
British detectives searching for new leads in the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann have received 5,000 calls.
Investigators were inundated with tips from UK, Germany and Holland after police issued a computer-generated image of a suspect last month, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood told the BBC.
“The media appeals produced a fantastic response from the public in all three countries,” he said.
“I know the appeal generated a large number of calls to the Portuguese police also.”
Many of the tips were from people who were in Portugal’s Praia da Luz resort when 3-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3, 2007, Andy Redwood added.
British detectives searching for new leads in the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann have received 5,000 calls
The computer-generated image represents a man who was spotted carrying a child towards the beach near the resort.
Portuguese police closed the investigation in 2008. But after two years of reviewing case documents, London’s Metropolitan Police reopened the case in July, saying there was a good chance Madeleine was still alive. Portuguese detectives followed suit last month.
Five years after officially closing the book on Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, the Portuguese authorities say new material justifies reopening the investigation.
Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, said they were “very pleased” with the decision and hoped it would finally lead to their daughter being found.
Andy Redwood said police have widened the timeline they’re examining and in the last few months have opened two other investigative trails.
Portuguese police has decided to reopen their inquiry into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann, the public prosecutor’s office has announced.
Madeleine McCann, from Leicestershire, was 3-year-old when she disappeared from Praia da Luz in the Algarve, Portugal, in May 2007.
Portugal’s attorney-general said “new elements of evidence” justified the “continuation of the investigation”, which was shelved by police in 2008.
Madeleine McCann’s parents said they hoped for “the answers we so desperately need”.
Scotland Yard began a review of the case in May 2011 – codenamed Operation Grange – and opened a formal investigation in July 2013.
They said the Portuguese decision followed the “discovery of new lines of inquiry as a result of an internal review of the original investigation by the Portuguese Policia Judiciaria”.
It comes after Scotland Yard said at a briefing earlier this year that the Portuguese inquiry would not be re-opened until judges there were convinced there were solid grounds to do so.
Madeleine McCann was 3-year-old when she disappeared from Praia da Luz in the Algarve
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley and Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood met senior Portuguese police last Thursday in Lisbon for a briefing on the new lines of enquiry which they said were “separate” to those being followed by the Metropolitan Police (Met).
Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were also briefed on the plans to apply to reopen the investigation.
They said they were “very pleased” the Portuguese inquiry, which will run in parallel with the Met operation, was being reopened.
“We hope that this will finally lead to her being found and to the discovery of whoever is responsible for this crime,” they said.
“We once again urge any member of the public who may have information relating to Madeleine’s abduction to contact the police in Portugal or the UK.”
Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner for specialist crime and operations, said the meeting was “very positive” and both forces had a “shared determination” to solve the case.
“I believe that we have the best opportunity yet to finally understand what happened to Madeleine,” he said.
Scotland Yard detectives believe mobile phone records may hold the key to solving the Madeleine McCann case.
Three-year-old Madeleine McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, vanished on holiday in Praia de Luz, Portugal, in 2007.
Police are analyzing data from thousands of phones belonging to people in the village at the time. There are 41 potential suspects, they say.
A major appeal based on “substantive” new information will be broadcast on the BBC’s Crimewatch on October 14.
Madeleine McCann was days away from her fourth birthday when she disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the inquiry, said officers were examining a “substantial amount of data” from mobile phones thought to belong to people who were in the resort of Praia de Luz in the days just before, during and after Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.
Police are trying to identify the owner of each phone to build up a picture of exactly who was in the area. More than 3,000 people live in Praia de Luz, while holidaymakers and seasonal workers visit from countries across the world.
“This is not just a general trawl,” said Det. Ch. Insp. Andy Redwood.
“It’s a targeted attack on that data to see if it assists us to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann at that time.”
Detective Chief Inspector Redwood said officers had so far been unable to attribute a “large number” of mobile numbers and admitted that it was difficult to do so with phones bought six years ago on a pay-as-you-go basis.
The records also contain information on which phone numbers were dialed and when calls were made. It is thought some phone numbers might appear on police intelligence systems or be linked to criminals.
“We can see what the phone is doing, but we can’t see the text messages,” said the detective.
Scotland Yard detectives believe mobile phone records may hold the key to solving the Madeleine McCann case
“It shows a timeline of the call data.”
According to Scotland Yard, the phone records had been “looked at” during the initial Portuguese police investigation but not in detail.
Asked by reporters if the information held the key to the investigation, Det. Ch. Insp. Andy Redwood replied: “It could do.”
He said there was no CCTV available – evidence which is often used to help solve missing persons inquiries in the UK.
Scotland Yard announced it was launching an investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in July – after spending two years reviewing the case, under the codename Operation Grange.
At that time, detectives said there were 38 “persons of interest” from five different countries – Portugal, the UK and three others that were not named.
Police said the number had now gone up to 41, of whom 15 were UK nationals.
However, detectives said work was “pretty now complete” on three of the Britons and they were likely to be struck off the list in the near future.
No one has been arrested.
Since July, police have formally requested the co-operation of the Portuguese authorities and a team of six senior detectives from Faro, in the Algarve, has begun working on the inquiry. Portuguese authorities dropped their investigation into her disappearance in 2008.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said it was a “good and professional” relationship and it was hoped that in future a small group of Scotland Yard detectives would be based in the Algarve to work with the Portuguese.
“It’s easier to do it alongside than at a distance,” he said.
Law enforcement agencies in 30 other countries – most of them in Europe – have also been asked for their assistance, principally to trace people thought to have been in Praia de Luz at the time.
Appeals for witnesses and information are also expected to air in Germany, the Netherlands and, possibly, the Republic of Ireland – the countries where most of the tourists in Praia de Luz came from.
The Crimewatch programme will feature a reconstruction and interviews with Kate and Gerry McCann, who, for the first time, will appear alongside detectives working on the investigation.
Police said the investigation was “gathering momentum”, though much work was still to be done.
Of 39,148 documents from the various police and private investigator inquiries detectives from Operation Grange have processed 21,614 of them.
The number of police tasks, known as “actions”, to be carried out by the new 37-strong investigative team numbers 4,920, of which 2,123 have been completed.
Andy Redwood said police were working backwards from the moment Madeleine McCann went missing to understand what happened to her.
In December 1993, Judith Bello of Stanwood, Washington, vanished from her work place – she did not return home or pick up her three-year-old son from day care.
At the time, a massive police search was sparked into finding the 28-year-old mother.
Judith Bello’s car was later found abandoned outside a post office in Stanwood triggering a major crime investigation that would last almost two decades.
Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives feared Judith Bello had been the victim of a crime as it was deemed unlikely she would have voluntarily left her son.
Eventually Judith Bello’s profile was added to a deck of cards of unsolved homicides or missing persons.
The mystery stretching over 18 years was finally brought to a close last week when Judith Bello herself called detectives to say she was alive and well and had started a new family in California.
Judith Bello’s profile was added to a deck of cards of unsolved homicides or missing persons
Judith Bello, who was last seen on December 13, 1993, when she suddenly left her work at the National Food Corporation in Silvana, had spotted her profile on the sheriff’s website.
The woman is featured on the eight of hearts in the county’s deck of cold-case playing cards, among seven other people who vanished under suspicious circumstances.
Judith Bello is the first missing person in the 52 cards to be located.
Since receiving last week’s call, detectives worked to confirm her story and verify her identity.
Through multiple interviews with Judith Bello and her family, detectives are confident that she is alive and has three new sons, sheriff’s Chief Kevin Prentiss said.
The investigation revealed that Judith Bello left her family because of marital problems and has escaped the state in August 1994.
It is not known why Judith Bello did not contact her family or the sheriff’s office until now.
“There are a lot of reasons why people go missing, and not all of them are bad,” Kevin Prentiss told HeraldNet.
“Sometimes people just don’t want to be found.”
Detectives have since put Judith Bello in contact with her family, who had helped to confirm her identity.
“Everybody is happy,” her brother Roberto Bello told HeraldNet.
The family had much to celebrate when they gathered for Thanksgiving last week, Robert Bello said.
“We finally found out that she is alive. We also have three (new) nephews,” he added.
Judith Bello explained that she left because of serious problems with her husband and did not reach out to her family because she was scared of her husband and feared that he would cause problems for her siblings, Robert Bello told HeraldNet.
Three months after her disappearance, Judith Bello’s husband left town with their son. Police for years were unable to locate the man.
Robert Bello said the family had not heard from his sister’s son until several years ago, when he called his grandmother in Mexico before she died.
They have remained in contact with their nephew, now 21.
The family is hopeful that they will be physically reunited with Judith Bello soon and several of her brothers are planning to go to Fontana to be with her for Christmas, Robert Bello said.
“I think it gives hope to other people whose loved ones are missing,” Kevin Prentiss said in the HeraldNet report.
Detectives created the deck in 2008 in hopes of generating leads on unsolved homicides and missing-persons cases.
The cards were handed out in jail and prisons with a reward offered for viable tips.