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PostSubject: "Ride for Somer" Raises Money for Family   Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:29 am

'Ride For Somer' Raises Money For Family


Girl Disappeared Walking Home From School Last Month

POSTED: Monday, November 23, 2009
UPDATED: 7:01 am EST November 23, 2009





ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Thousands came together in Orange Park Saturday to help out the family of Somer Thompson. The 7-year-old who disappeared while walking home from school in October was found dead two days later.
About 1,800 motorcycle riders participated in an all-day poker run that ended at Whitey's Fish Camp, WJXT-TV reported.
The event raised money for a trust fund for the Thompson family's other two children. Channel 4's Richard Nunn served as emcee.
After the poker run, there was a candlelight vigil. Organizers said about 3,500 people attended the vigil.
Somer's mother, Diena Thompson, was there and expressed her gratitude to the crowd for their support.
"Without their support, I don't think I could make it through this. These people make me strong," she said.
There have been no arrests in the case. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
The total amount of reward money in the case stands at $45,000.
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PostSubject: The Search for Somer's Killer   Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:07 am

The search for Somer's killer



Updated: Friday, 18 Dec 2009, 11:24 PM EST
Published : Friday, 18 Dec 2009, 11:24 PM EST


ORANGE PARK, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Saturday marks two months since the disappearance and murder of a Jacksonville-area girl. Police still have no suspects in the killing of Somer Thompson.
The second grader disappeared from Clay County October 19. Her body was later found in a Georgia landfill. Since then, investigators have received more than 4,000 tips and have continued to call the case "hot."
Community donations have come in to raise money for a reward fund to find Somer's Killer. That fund is up to more than $64,000.The Clay County Sheriff's Office is still asking for tips at (877)227-6911 or CrimeStoppers at (866) 845-TIPS. You can also e-mail your tips to CART@claysheriff.com
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PostSubject: CCSO: Updates in the Somer Thompson Murder   Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:28 pm

CCSO: Updates in the Somer Thompson Murder

Posted on January 4th, 2010
by Jan Barrett in Society and Culture, crime


This in from TJ Hart - Jan Barrett

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office released this update in the murder case of 7-year-old Somer Thompson whose body was found in a Georgia landfill in October 2009:
“The latest leads/tips total is 4,474. A small portion of these remain open/active and are still being worked aggressively by the investigative team, or as we call it “Team Somer.”
There is a large quantity of evidence that remains at the lab and we are still waiting on test results to come back from these scientists. In regards to this evidence, we remain hopeful that results will point us in the right direction in regards to Somer’s killer. A wait of this length is not completely uncommon due to the amount of evidence submitted to the lab and the type of testing being conducted.
This investigation may now be described as focused and streamlined.
Even with the paring down of calls/emails to our team regarding the case, there is still plenty for the detectives to work on while we wait for the lab to do its painstaking work.
The supervisors on this case are also staying in communication with Diena Thompson and her family, keeping her up to date on the work being done.
As with any case, we remain committed to not releasing any details about the case that would hamper our efforts to arrest the person responsible.”
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PostSubject: Concern expressed for girl's safety before death   Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:28 pm

Concern expressed for girl's safety before death



Updated: Thursday, 14 Jan 2010, 4:19 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 14 Jan 2010, 4:09 PM EST


ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) — - A school social worker reportedly warned Somer Thompson's mother about the danger of the child walking home from school a year before she was abducted and killed.
The unidentified worker told the Department of Children and Families that 7-year-old Somer Thompson and her three siblings got lost at least once walking from Grove Park Elementary School and were found in woods with a stranger. But a DCF probe concluded the allegation had no basis. It also found the girl's mother, Diena Thompson, properly arranged for her children to be taken to and from school.
The 7-year-old girl vanished in late October as she was walking home from school. Her body was found in a Georgia landfill about 50 miles away.
No one has been charged in her death.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said earlier this month they have received 4,474 leads in the abduction and murder of Somer Thompson.
In a written release the sheriff's office says a large quantity of evidence remains and investigators are still waiting on test results to come back and are hopeful the results will point them in the right direction to find Somer's killer. They also say the time it is taking to get the results is not uncommon due to the amount of evidence submitted to the lab and the type of testing being conducted.
The 7-year-old disappeared on her way home from school in Orange Park October 19. Her body was discovered in a Georgia landfill 50 miles away, where trash from her neighborhood was dumped.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says the investigative team, known as "Team Somer", is staying in communication with Somer's mother, Diena Thompson and her family, keeping them up to date on the work being done.
Agents from the FBI, FDLE, U.S. Marshal Service, and NCIS are continuing to help in the investigation with agents assigned to the team.
There is a $45,000 reward for information leading to the killer through First Coast Crime Stoppers

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PostSubject: Social Worker Warned Somer's Mom Year Before Death   Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:32 pm

Social Worker Warned Somer's Mom Year Before Death

Thursday, January 14, 2010 4:09:43 PM


ORANGE PARK (AP) - A school social worker reportedly warned a northeast Florida girl's mother about the danger of the child walking home from school a year before she was abducted and killed.
The unidentified worker told the Department of Children and Families that 7-year-old Somer Thompson and her three siblings got lost at least once walking from Grove Park Elementary School and were found in woods with a stranger. But a DCF probe concluded the allegation had no basis. It also found the girl's mother, Diena Thompson, properly arranged for her children to be taken to and from school.
The 7-year-old girl vanished in late October as she was walking home from school. Her body was found in a Georgia landfill about 50 miles away.
No one has been charged in her death.

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PostSubject: Somer's Mom Appears On 'Today' Show   Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:45 pm

Somer's Mom Appears On 'Today' Show


Investigators Continue Search For 6-Year-Old Girl's Killer

POSTED: Friday, January 22, 2010
UPDATED: 8:38 pm EST January 22, 2010



ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Three months after 7-year-old Somer Thompson was killed, her mother was back in the spotlight pleading for Somer's killer to be captured.
Diena Thompson issued a heartfelt message to her daughter's killer Friday morning on NBC's "Today" show, saying whoever killed her daughter will be caught.
Somer vanished on her walk home from school in October, and her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill.
"We are going to get you," Thompson said on the "Today" show.






An emotional Diena Thompson appeared on NBC's "Today" show Friday with a message for her daughter's killer: "We are going to get you."
Many questions remain in Somer's killing, most importantly who killed her and why.
"That's probably the worst part, the not knowing, because the scenarios you make up in your mind, they might be worse than what the actual truth is," Thompson said.

Thompson and her attorney said they've gotten little new information from police but understand why.
Investigators said they continue to pour through evidence. "Team Somer," which is made up of the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. marshals, has received 4,400 tips.
Results from crucial physical evidence, possibly including DNA, is expected back from a lab soon.
A reward for information stands at $65,000.
"We want this investigation solved, and of course we'll do anything we can to help," Clay County Commissioner Ronnie Robinson said.
The Clay County commission recently approved $60,000 to help pay for overtime for the sheriff's office, and more will likely be needed. Commissioners said they're ready to help.
"It's hard to get passed this because it's so close to home," Robinson said. "I don't think anybody in our area has forgotten."
"Every day, if I would've done this different. It's the worst pain that you could ever experience," Thompson said while crying. "I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy."
If you have any information that can help investigators in their search for Somer's killer, call the tipline at 877-227-6911 or e-mail cart@claysheriff.com.
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PostSubject: Somer Thompson: Is Justice Coming?   Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:19 am

Monday, February 1, 2010


Somer Thompson: Is Justice Comming?


By Susan Murphy Milano

On October 19, 2009, during the half-mile walk home from school, seven-year-old Somer Thompson got into a fight with her sister and ran ahead. Within minutes, she was nowhere to be found. Diena Thompson, Somer's mother, called home from work to check on her kids around 4:00 PM. When she learned Somer was missing, she went home to look for her daughter. According to reports, Diena ran home, and various members of the family searched the immediate area. Because Somer had a pattern of taking off on her own, her mother didn't call police for about three hours.

By nine that evening, there were helicopters and law enforcement searching the creeks alleys and wooded area within a two-mile radius.

In a news conference later that evening, police announced that deputies were contacting the 53 sexual offenders who lived in the area as part of their investigation. At the time of the abduction, 10 registered sex offenders lived within a mile, 39 within two miles, 74 within three miles, and 132 within five miles of Somer's house.

Two days later, authorities found the body of a white child in a Georgia landfill -- the landfill where the trash from Somer's neighborhood went every week. Crime-scene investigation units started working the site immediately.

The decision to search the town trash came from a detective. Authorities assigned an officer for each truck carrying trash, to watch as the refuse poured out. The little girl's body was in one of the trucks. If not for the quick thinking of one hell of a cop, Somer's body would never have been found. Makes me wonder: just how many bodies go undetected once they reach a landfill?

In the town where Somer lived with her family, children no longer play in the parks. More parents, I am told, send their children to after-school care. Out of fear, the community has come together to keep a watchful eye on anything suspicious. No child is left to walk alone. Drive through the neighborhood surrounding the Thompson home, and you'll see what looks and feels like a ghost town. You won't see children riding bikes or playing baseball in a nearby vacant lot.

In my opinion, this three-month-old case seems to have gone somewhat cold. No new developments keep this horrific case in the headlines. No one seems to be asking for the public to come forward with any tips or information that will lead to the killer -- except for Diena Thompson. In a recent interview on NBC, Diena discussed the case and the $65,000 reward offered to bring this murderer to justice.

The community and family of Somer Thompson were spared the gruesome details of how this child, this precious gift of life, was murdered. Perhaps they need to be told. Maybe the community needs to demand answers. And maybe, by informing the community and the media, police can remove a predator from society so another child does not have to die!
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PostSubject: Tea, Somer Gives Look At Killer Search   Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:42 pm

Team Somer Gives Look At Killer Search


15 Clay County Detectives Assigned To Finding 7-Year-Old Girl's Killer

POSTED: Tuesday, February 2, 2010


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- For more than three months, 15 Clay County detectives have made it their primary focus to find the killer of Somer Thompson, the 7-year-old disappeared from her Grove Park neighborhood in October as she walked home from school.
Thompson's body was discovered three days later in a Folkston, Ga., landfill.
On Monday, Team Somer, as the detectives are called, showed Local 6 News partner WKXT-TV where they're working and what they're doing in their search.
"This is our main conference area where we are going through our leads right now. Close to 5,000 leads right now," Sgt. Dan Mahla said.
The detectives have received 4,477 tips, to be exact.
"One of the things that we do any time there is an abduction, we go back through our leads again and make sure that we didn't miss anything," Mahla said. "Part of our team is working on that. ... All our neighborhood canvass we completed. (It's) very, very time consuming knocking on everyone's door making contact with people who live in the area of the abduction.
"Up here on the wall is a blown-up map of where the Thompson family lives," Mahla added. "(It) shows a lot more of the streets of where Somer was at, walking down Gano (Avenue) from her school."
Investigators did not give any details in the case but said they are determined and optimistic Somer's killer will be identified and arrested.
If you know anything that could help investigators find Somer's killer, you're asked to call the Clay County tipline at 877-227-6911 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. You can also send an e-mail to cart@claysheriff.com.
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PostSubject: Search For Somer Thompson's Killer Continues   Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:28 pm

Search For Somer Thompson's Killer Continues


7-Year-Old Murdered On Way Home From School




POSTED: 11:59 am EST February 2, 2010
UPDATED: 12:19 pm EST February 2, 2010





ORANGE PARK, Fla. --

The search for a Florida girl who was murdered on her way home from school continues.


More than three months after Somer Thompson's kidnapping, Clay County detectives still do not have a suspect.


Detectives fear whoever killed Somer will attack another child.




Images: The Death Of Somer Thompson





Her mother vows to search until the killer is found.






"I will not sleep until this person is found. I hope they get you and they make you pay for a long, long time."

- mother Diena Thompson






"I will not sleep until this person is found. I hope they get you and they make you pay for a long, long time," mother Diena Thompson said.


So far, officials have received more than 4,000 tips.


Somer's body was found in a Georgia landfill.
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PostSubject: A Case Gone Cold Right Before Our Eyes   Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:16 pm

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A case gone cold right before our eyes...


Posted by: tish on Feb 3, 2010 Tagged in: Somer Thompson








Just 3 months ago, our nation was gripped with the case of this little second grade girl who vanished from the seemingly safe streets of Orange Park, FL. How could a little girl who walked home in a group just disappear??
But that's exactly what happened, and we are no closer today to having any answers than we were in the hours and days after her disapperance. We watched horrified as her mother angrily pleaded with the perps thru press conferences and secretly imagined what we would do in a similar situation, though not at all envious of Diena Thompson's situation. Her raw emotions gripped us as parents - so different from watching the Anthony's... we KNEW she was devastated. And I'm sure that in 3 months of virtually NO leads, NO answers, she is still that grieving parent pleading with LE and the public to help her in seeking justice for Somer.
We know in part what happened to Somer, just 3 days after she disappeared, she was found in a landfill - thrown out with the trash. LE did an excellent job in finding her so quickly, and I hope that their process sets a precedent for all missing children cases going forward. They are to be applauded for acting so quickly, thus preserving crucial evidence - yet, there is still no arrest, not even a person of interest or suspect named - what gives?
Are we watching the case grow cold before our very eyes? What, if anything, can we do to stop this from becoming cold?
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PostSubject: The Somer Thompson Investigation........   Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:26 pm

The Somer Thompson Investigation……….



February 5, 2010 by niecey456

I follow a lot of cases and sometimes I don’t always post on all of them, or post much on some of them, but that doesn’t mean I don’t follow them and pray. I found this piece on Somer Thompson’s case and I wanted to bring it to you. I believe law enforcement in this case have done a fine job and I believe they will succeed in finding out what happened to Somer.
Check it out:
http://www.news4jax.com/video/22469991/index.html
I would also like to say that the way Somer’s community reached out and came together, was second to none. God Bless Them All………………… Justice For Somer!
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PostSubject: Detectives Follow More Leads in Somer Thompson's Death   Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:05 pm

Detectives Follow More Leads in Somer Thompson's Death


Updated: 2/8/2010 6:36:21 PM


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested a 21-year-old man Feb. 5 for kidnapping and sexually battering a 16-year-old girl on her way to school last Thursday morning. This is about 10 miles from where Somer Thompson disappeared.

Now, JSO has spoken with the Clay County Sheriff's Office and passed along information to those investigating Somer Thompson's death, said Assistant Chief Tom Hackney with JSO.

Police say they believe Matthew Watson was waiting in the woods in the 10,000 block of 103rd Street near Connie Jean Road to commit the crime. This is on the Westside.

"We made them aware of this individual, his motives and a little bit of his criminal history. They are aware of it and they are looking into it," said Hackney.

Watson made his first court appearance Saturday morning and will be held without bond. He has been arrested in the past and was linked to the Westside crime through DNA.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office released a statement on Monday which said:

"We can confirm that we were notified by JSO because their case involved a juvenile. As with many cases that occur near our border, they shared information about their case with us. We remain committed to not discussing any of the specific details of the Somer Thompson case and ask that no one make any assumptions about Somer's abduction and death based on JSO's comments."

Somer was abducted and murdered back in October 2009. Her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill. Police have sifted through thousands of leads looking for her killer. Somer's mom, Diena, spoke to First Coast News recently and believes the killer is local and spoke to Somer at least once to gain her trust.

The reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the Somer Thompson case has grown to $64,000.

Call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS if you have any information. You will remain anonymous. You can also send tips to the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 1-877-227-6911 or via email at cart@claysheriff.com.
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PostSubject: Authorities Searching Home on Gano Ave; Near Somer Thompson't Disappearance   Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:42 pm

Authorities Searching Home on Gano Ave.; Near Somer Thompson's Disappearance


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Created: 2/11/2010 3:33:04 PM
Updated: 2/11/2010 4:30:31 PM


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Clay County investigators have roped off a home on Gano Avenue this afternoon and are searching the front yard with rakes and shovels. According to the Florida Times-Union, a search warrant has been served at the home, which is just one block west from where Somer Thompson was last seen.

Authorities, including FBI agents, are searching in the front yard of the home at 1152 Gano Ave. A table has been set up with brown paper bags to collect evidence.

It's unclear if anyone is inside the home.

Diena Thompson, Somer's mother, told the Times-Union this afternoon she supports whatever work authorities can do to bring Somer's killer to justice.

"I'm not speculating on anything. I don't want to get my hopes up and I don't want to get my hopes down,"said Thompson, 35, of the search. "I'm going to put my faith in God and hope the Clay County Sheriff's Office does what they're good at."

The Times-Union spoke to neighbors who wondered if this search has to do with Somer Thompson.

"Does this have anything to do with the little girl?" asked Joey Smith, 24, who lives about a block away.

Lisa Gainers, who lives near the home being searched on Gano Avenue, said she hopes police will be able to learn more about Somer's disappearance and death from this search.

"If they find something pertaining to Somer, that's good," said Gainers, 49.

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Somer was abducted and murdered back in October 2009. Her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill. Police have sifted through thousands of leads looking for her killer. Somer's mom, Diena, spoke to First Coast News recently and believes the killer is local and spoke to Somer at least once to gain her trust.

The reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the Somer Thompson case has grown to $64,000.

Call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS if you have any information. You will remain anonymous. You can also send tips to the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 1-877-227-6911 or via email at cart@claysheriff.com.

You can donate to the Somer Thompson reward fund at Ameris Bank. It has two locations. One is at 888 Lane Avenue and the other is at 4835 Town Center Parkway. The account number is 3123504437.

First Coast News is headed to the scene and will bring you more information as soon as possible.

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PostSubject: Somer Thompson Reward Grows to $64K   Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:48 pm

Somer Thompson Reward Grows to $64K


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Created: 11/24/2009 6:12:10 AM
Updated: 11/24/2009 7:54:21 AM


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the abduction and murder of Somer Thompson has grown to $64,000.

The money is coming from First Coast Crime Stoppers and the Justice Coalition.

The reward money through the Justice Coalition includes a $25,000 donation from Allied Veterans of the World and more than $8,000 from the Molly Hatchett concert fundraiser.

First Coast Crime Stoppers has collected and additional $16,000.

Somer Thompson disappeared while walking home from school on October 19. Investigators found her body in a Georgia landfill two days later.

Call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS if you have any information. You will remain anonymous. You can also send tips to the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 1-877-227-6911 or via email at cart@claysheriff.com.

You can donate to the Somer Thompson reward fund at Ameris Bank. It has two locations. One is at 888 Lane Avenue and the other is at 4835 Town Center Parkway. The account number is 3123504437.

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PostSubject: Person of interest in Somer Thompson case   Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:57 pm

Person of interest in Somer Thompson case



Updated: Thursday, 11 Feb 2010, 4:52 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 11 Feb 2010, 4:46 PM EST


Sources close to the investigation tell FOX 35 News that a person of interest has been questioned in the Somer Thompson murder case.
FOX 35 news has also confirmed there was a search warrant issued at a home near where Thompson was last seen walking home from school, the day she disappeared.
That search warrant was at 1152 Gano Avenue. Neighbors there say they saw investigators and crime scene techs pulling stuff out of the home.
Thompson was last spotted in front of 1080 Gano Avenue, just a few blocks from her home. 7 year old Somer disappeared October 19th, 2009. Her body was discovered in a Georgia landfill 50 miles away, where trash from her neighborhood was dumped.
Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler announced he will hold a 7pm Thursday news conference with new developments in this case.
Watch Fox 35 News at five, six, ten and eleven for more.
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PostSubject: Person Of Interest Names In Somer Case   Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:00 pm

Person Of Interest Named In Somer Case


Body Of 7-Year-Old Florida Girl Was Found In Landfill

POSTED: Thursday, February 11, 2010
UPDATED: 7:52 pm EST February 11, 2010






ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Authorities announced Thursday night that they have a person of interest in the case of a northeast Florida girl whose body was later found in a landfill.
VIDEO: House Searched

Somer Thompson, 7, vanished in late October as she was walking home from school. Her body was found in a landfill about 50 miles away three days later.
Prior to naming Jarred Harrell, 24, as a person of interest, officials served a search warrant on the man's former home, which is located near where Somer disappeared.
Investigators were seen entering the house on the 1100 block of Gano Avenue and collecting evidence.

Harrell was arrested by federal officials earlier Thursday on child pornography charges in Meridian, Miss. He is being held on $1 million bond. Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said he could not disclose any more details about the case or why Harrell is being considered a person of interest.
No one has been charged in Somer's death. Authorities have said they've been sifting through thousands of tips in the case.
Investigators searched a separate, vacant home in the days after Somer's body was found. They collected evidence from the home and have been waiting for lab results to return.
The family of Somer Thompson released a statement saying, "At this time, Diena Thompson (Somer's mother) and her family are monitoring the latest developments in the investigation into the abduction and murder of Somer Thompson. However, Diena is not prepared to speak publicly on the matter and asks that you please respect her and her family’s privacy as they continue to process events as they unfold. In the near future, Diena will address the media on the latest developments in the case."
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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PostSubject: Police: Man Is Person of Interest In Thompson Case   Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:19 pm

Police: Man Is Person Of Interest In Thompson Case


Girl's Body Found In Landfill




POSTED: 3:47 pm EST February 11, 2010
UPDATED: 7:53 pm EST February 11, 2010


ORANGE PARK, Fla. --


Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said a man arrested Thursday evening on child pornography charges is also a person of interest in the slaying of 7-year-old Somer Thompson.
Police said Jarred Harrell, 24, was arrested by federal agents in Meridian, Miss., on 29 counts of possession of child pornography. Police said he is also a person of interest in Somer's disappearance and death.
"Investigators from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and FDLE conducted a search for evidence in which a suspect has been arrested for 29 counts of possession of child pornography that occurred in Clay County recently," Beseler said.

Harrell is being held on $1 million bond on the child pornography charges.
Beseler made no further comment as to how Harrell is connected with the Thompson case.
"I cannot comment further about how Harrell may be connected to the Thompson case, as that would require I comment on evidence in an ongoing investigation," Beseler said. "Throughout this entire investigation we have been very careful to protect the integrity of our investigation by not releasing details that could be detrimental to the successful outcome or prosecution of the person responsible for this crime."


Beseler did say that, until recently, Harrell lived in a home near the slain girl's. The Clay County Sheriff's Office and the FBI were searching the home along Gano Avenue in Orange Park Thursday evening.
Somer disappeared Oct. 19 as she walked home from school in Orange Park. Her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill.
Investigators have refused to reveal how Somer died. During the four-month investigation, authorities said they pursued thousands

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PostSubject: Man Is 'Person Of Interest' In Florida Girl's Death   Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:38 pm

Man Is 'Person Of Interest' In Fla. Girl's Death



Posted: 4:34 pm EST February 11, 2010
Updated: 7:55 pm EST February 11, 2010
ORANGE PARK, Fla. --

A man arrested in Mississippi on child pornography charges has been named as a "person of interest" in the slaying of a 7-year-old Florida girl who disappeared on her way home from school last fall.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said Thursday that Jarred Harrell, 24, was arrested in Meridian, Mississippi.



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Officers executed a search warrant at a home on Gano Avenue. Authorities were searching that house Thursday. Harrell lived in the home near Somer Thompson's house.
Officials also said Harrell was arrested on a charges unrelated to the Somer Thompson case. He was arrested on 29 counts of possession of child pornography.


Somer disappeared Oct. 19 as she walked home from school in Orange Park. Her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill.

Investigators have refused to reveal how Somer died. During the four-month investigation, authorities said they pursued thousands of leads.

Jarred Harrell is being held on a $1 Million bond.

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PostSubject: Person of Interest Arrested in Somer Thompson Murder   Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:56 am

Person of Interest Arrested in Somer Thompson Murder


Taren Reed Courtney Gaver Jody Davis Gary Detman

Created: 2/11/2010 3:33:04 PM
Updated: 2/12/2010 10:25:44 AM


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A man who used to live in a home near where Somer Thompson disappeared is in jail in Mississippi as a person of interest in her kidnapping and murder.

Federal agents arrested 24-year-old Jarred Harrell in Meridian, Mississippi, Thursday on 29 counts of child pornography.

Harrell is being held on a $1 million bond in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

It appears unlikely that Harrell will appear in court Friday morning because of bad weather in Mississippi. His earliest court appearance could be Tuesday since Monday is a holiday.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office said the pornography crimes occurred in Clay County.

READ THE ARREST WARRANT: WARNING -- VERY GRAPHIC DETAILS -- NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

Investigators say Harrell once lived at 1152 Gano Avenue.

The home is one block west of Somer's home and along the route she walked to and from Grove Park Elementary school.

Somer disappeared October 19 while walking home from school with her brothers.

Authorities found her body in a landfill in Georgia several days later.

Investigators roped off the home on Gano Avenue where they've been scouring the yard with rakes and shovels.

Authorities placed paper bags of evidence on a table outside.

The home is one of several searched by authorities. The others are in Callahan and where Harrell lived in Lauderdale County, Mississippi.

Harrell currently works at the Queens City Recycling plant.

His MySpace page identified him as a former city of Jacksonville employee in the IT Department.

The investigation into Harrell began last August when his roommates asked him to move out of an apartment on Wells Road. They accused him of stealing an iPod. He moved out on August 4, 2009.

The affidavit for arrest warrant indicates Harrell left his computer and disks behind.

Investigators said his roommates, after being told he had been caught viewing child pornography before, searched his computer and found images and movies of child pornography.

The roommates turned over the computer to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on August 10, 2009.

The Office of the Attorney General Cyber Crimes Unit processed the computer and retrieved 24 images and five movies containing child pornography.

Diena Thompson, Somer's mother, told the Florida Times-Union Thursday afternoon she supports whatever work authorities can do to bring Somer's killer to justice.

"I'm not speculating on anything. I don't want to get my hopes up and I don't want to get my hopes down,"said Thompson, 35, of the search. "I'm going to put my faith in God and hope the Clay County Sheriff's Office does what they're good at."

The Times-Union spoke to neighbors early Thursday afternoon who wondered if the search had to do with Somer Thompson.

"Does this have anything to do with the little girl?" asked Joey Smith, 24, who lives about a block away.

Lisa Gainers, who lives near the home being searched on Gano Avenue, said she hopes police will be able to learn more about Somer's disappearance and death from this search.

"If they find something pertaining to Somer, that's good," said Gainers, 49.

Somer's father, Sam, spoke to First Coast News this evening
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PostSubject: Re: SOMER THOMPSON   Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:09 pm

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Person of Interest Arrested in Somer Thompson Murder


Taren Reed Courtney Gaver Jody Davis Gary Detman

Created: 2/11/2010 3:33:04 PM
Updated: 2/12/2010 10:25:44 AM


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A man who used to live in a home near where Somer Thompson disappeared is in jail in Mississippi as a person of interest in her kidnapping and murder.

Federal agents arrested 24-year-old Jarred Harrell in Meridian, Mississippi, Thursday on 29 counts of child pornography.

Harrell is being held on a $1 million bond in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

It appears unlikely that Harrell will appear in court Friday morning because of bad weather in Mississippi. His earliest court appearance could be Tuesday since Monday is a holiday.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office said the pornography crimes occurred in Clay County.

READ THE ARREST WARRANT: WARNING -- VERY GRAPHIC DETAILS -- NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

Investigators say Harrell once lived at 1152 Gano Avenue.

The home is one block west of Somer's home and along the route she walked to and from Grove Park Elementary school.

Somer disappeared October 19 while walking home from school with her brothers.

Authorities found her body in a landfill in Georgia several days later.

Investigators roped off the home on Gano Avenue where they've been scouring the yard with rakes and shovels.

Authorities placed paper bags of evidence on a table outside.

The home is one of several searched by authorities. The others are in Callahan and where Harrell lived in Lauderdale County, Mississippi.

Harrell currently works at the Queens City Recycling plant.

His MySpace page identified him as a former city of Jacksonville employee in the IT Department.

The investigation into Harrell began last August when his roommates asked him to move out of an apartment on Wells Road. They accused him of stealing an iPod. He moved out on August 4, 2009.

The affidavit for arrest warrant indicates Harrell left his computer and disks behind.

Investigators said his roommates, after being told he had been caught viewing child pornography before, searched his computer and found images and movies of child pornography.

The roommates turned over the computer to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on August 10, 2009.

The Office of the Attorney General Cyber Crimes Unit processed the computer and retrieved 24 images and five movies containing child pornography.

Diena Thompson, Somer's mother, told the Florida Times-Union Thursday afternoon she supports whatever work authorities can do to bring Somer's killer to justice.

"I'm not speculating on anything. I don't want to get my hopes up and I don't want to get my hopes down,"said Thompson, 35, of the search. "I'm going to put my faith in God and hope the Clay County Sheriff's Office does what they're good at."

The Times-Union spoke to neighbors early Thursday afternoon who wondered if the search had to do with Somer Thompson.

"Does this have anything to do with the little girl?" asked Joey Smith, 24, who lives about a block away.

Lisa Gainers, who lives near the home being searched on Gano Avenue, said she hopes police will be able to learn more about Somer's disappearance and death from this search.

"If they find something pertaining to Somer, that's good," said Gainers, 49.

Somer's father, Sam, spoke to First Coast News this evening

I am so happy this filthy disgusting slime left his computer and other evidence behind but wonder why he did that?

Hoping that this guy IS connected to Somer's murder....and Peace
will somehow come to the Thompsons and Somer can rest in Peace
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PostSubject: Somer's Mom On 'Emotional Roller Coaster'   Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:03 pm

Somer's Mom On 'Emotional Roller Coaster'


Person Of Interest Arrested In Somer Thompson Case

POSTED: Friday, February 12, 2010
UPDATED: 12:22 pm EST February 12, 2010


Jarred Harrell, 24, has been named as a person of interest in the slaying of Somer Thompson.



ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The mother of a slain 7-year-old who disappeared while walking home from school is trying not to get her hopes up after police said a man arrested on child pornography charges is a person of interest in the case, her attorney said Friday.
Diena Thompson has been waiting for closure since daughter Somer vanished in October. Her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill.
Late Thursday, Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler announced that 24-year-old Jarred Mitchell Harrell, who had lived in their neighborhood, is a person of interest in the case. He was being held on $1 million bond after being arrested in Mississippi on 29 charges of possession of child pornography, according to a warrant.
He has not been charged in Somer's death, and Diena Thompson's attorney, Michael Freed, said his client is trying not to get her hopes up about the latest development.
"This has been an emotional roller coaster for her," Freed said. "We want to make sure the ride comes to an end before she reacts."
Beseler released a statement that provided few details about the case and did not indicate what evidence makes Harrell a person of interest.
Officials at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility in Mississippi said they didn't know if he has a lawyer.
According to an arrest report, he was kicked out of an Orange Park apartment in August because a roommate thought he had stolen a cell phone. Then his roommates searched his computer because they thought he had been using it to look at child porn. They found porn involving young girls and turned the computer and discs over to the Jacksonville sheriff's office on Aug. 10, according to the report. The materials were sent to state investigators, who confirmed the contents.
Harrell later moved into another house in Orange Park that authorities searched Thursday. It wasn't clear when he moved from there to Meridian, Miss., where he was arrested.
Deputies and an FBI forensics team were seen searching its front yard with rakes and shovels. The sheriff's office restricted access to at least a block around the home, which is in a neighborhood filled with tidy, ranch-style houses.
Somer vanished Oct. 19 as she was walking home from school, sparking a search that lasted for two days. Investigators sorted through more than 225 tons of garbage at a landfill some 50 miles away, across the state line in Georgia, before their worst fears were realized: Sticking out of the rubbish were a child's lifeless legs.
Authorities have checked into thousands of tips in the case in the nearly four months since, but no one has been charged.
Dawn Nuss, 39, whose 8-year-old daughter Christina used to walk home with Somer, said her daughter told her that Somer used to stop at the house authorities searched and pet a white dog. No one would ever come out. Sometimes Somer would run ahead of the children walking home and hide in a ditch.
"I thought this was the safest place to allow my children to walk home," Nuss said.
"You just get this feeling that he's a very strange guy. He was not playing with a full deck. He's about four cans short of a six-pack," another neighbor said.
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PostSubject: Neighbors: 'He Only Came Out When the Kids Came Out of School'   Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:20 pm

Neighbors: 'He Only Came Out When the Kids Came Out of School'



Created: 2/12/2010 11:25:31 AM
Updated: 2/12/2010 3:19:09 PM


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Directly across the street from the home FBI agents searched Thursday, a "for sale" sign points to frustration.

"I moved out of here because of this," said neighbor Sandra Russell.

Russell and her sister Connie Torres moving because they say Jarred Harrell who had lived in the house that was searched, scared them. "I watched that house constantly because something just told me there's something not right with it," Torres said.

Police arrested Harrell Thursday at his new home in Meridian, Miss. He faces 29 child porn charges.

He does not face any charges in connection with Somer Thompson's disappearance, but "we are also naming Harrell as a person of interest in the abduction and murder of Somer Thompson," Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said Thursday.

Somer, 7, was abducted in October on her way home from school in Orange Park and her body was found days later in a Georgia landfill. The case is unsolved.

The sisters started moving out weeks ago, and were greeted Friday with the stunning news. "I was devastated. I freaked out. All my friends started calling me. This is your neighbor," Russell said. "He would sit outside about the time the kids would come home and he would wash his car."


In Callahan today, neighbors near the house searched yesterday in connection to Harrell's arrest said they didn't know the people who live there well, that they kept to themselves and hadn't lived there very long.

Investigators searched through the house for several hours, though nobody answered the door today and the house appeared empty.

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PostSubject: Snow Forces Court Delay for Somer Thompson Person of Interest   Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:24 pm

Snow Forces Court Delay for Somer Thompson Person of Interest


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Created: 2/12/2010 12:01:49 PM
Updated: 2/12/2010 12:15:51 PM


MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Jarred Harrell will have to spend a long weekend in jail.

The 24-year-old was arrested yesterday for child pornography, but Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said he is a "person of interest" in the kidnapping and murder of Somer Thompson in Orange Park last October.

"I'm very upset that bad people are in a good town," said Lauderdale County (Miss.) Sheriff Billy Sollie.

Sollie added that the sheriff's department wasn't heavily involved in the case; they got a call from the FBI to arrest Harrell, and they did so.

Harrell's first appearance was scheduled for this morning, but severe winter weather in central Mississippi forced a delay.

Also, Monday is a federal holiday (President's Day), so court is not in session again until Tuesday.

Harrell used to live near the Thompsons, and his home was along the route used by Somer on her way home from school. He only moved to Mississippi recently.
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PostSubject: Jarrad Harrell's Aunt: Officials are Questioning the Wrong Man   Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:00 am

Jarred Harrell's Aunt: Officials are Questioning the Wrong Man


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Created: 2/12/2010 6:50:22 PM
Updated: 2/12/2010 11:40:38 Pm


MERIDIAN, Miss. -- In an interview at her Meridian home, Kriss Mizelle, Jarred Harrell's aunt, told First Coast News Harrell is a gentle young man who "couldn't hurt a flea." However, locals in the small town are talking about two things: the arrest of Jarred Harrell and the snowfall.

Harrell, 24, has been named a person of interest in the disappearance and murder of Somer Thompson. He was arrested Thursday in Meridian on 29 counts of child porn. The Clay County Sheriff's Office said the pornography crimes occured in Clay County.

READ THE ARREST WARRANT: WARNING -- VERY GRAPHIC DETAILS -- NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

Harrell was initially scheduled to make an appearance in court on Friday morning, but a large amount of snow delayed that.

Mizelle said the family has been inundated with questions.

"It looked like a bee's nest around here. It was the very furthest thing from my mind that my nephew was in any kind of trouble," said Mizelle.

She said she understands the fear in Jacksonville and the need for answers in the tragic disappearance and murder of Somer Thompson.

But Mizelle said officials are questioning the wrong man.

"Anybody can take a mug shot and sling it up on a television set. This man was arrested for this, this man is suspected of this, this man was living here. Well, so were countless other people."

Mizelle said the reason for Harrell's arrest is shocking, but said others had access to her nephew's computer. Regardless, she said he is no killer.

"I do not believe with all of my heart. I do not believe it was my nephew. At all, I just do not."

Mizelle said she is speaking out because Harrell's immediate family is shell shocked by all the media attention. She said they are afraid whatever they say will be twisted.

Harrell is originally from Lucedale, Miss. but lived in Meridian. He was homeschooled before moving to Florida. Police say he lived in a home on Gano Ave., which was just one block west from where Somer Thompson disappeared.

His family said Harrell just moved back to Mississippi a few weeks ago.

Harrell will face an extradition hearing in Mississippi next week. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond in the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Meridian.

Somer disappeared on her walk home from Grove Park Elementary Oct. 19. Her body was found a few days later in a Georgia landfill.

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PostSubject: Slain Girl's Mom Curbs Hopes Over Person Of Interest   Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:08 am

Slain Girl’s Mom Curbs Hopes Over Person Of Interest

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ORANGE PARK (AP) - The mother of a slain 7-year-old is trying not to get her hopes up over the recent arrest of a man on child pornography charges that could be linked to her daughter's case.
Diena's Thompson's attorney, Michael Freed, told The Associated Press on Friday his client is optimistic the arrest will help bring closure to the case, but doesn't want to overreact prematurely.
Clay Co. Sheriff Rick Beseler said Jarred Mitchell Harrell, 24, is being held on $1 million bail in a Meridian, Miss., jail after he was arrested by federal agents on 29 counts of child pornography. Those crimes occurred while Harrell lived in Clay County, Beseler said.
The little red-headed girl disappeared Oct. 19, 2009 on the way home to her home from school. Two days later, her body was found in a north Florida landfill.
Freed called the case "an emotional roller coaster" for Somer's mother.
Investigators have refused to reveal how Somer died. During the four-month investigation, authorities said they pursued thousands of leads.
Deputies searched an Orange Park home just a few blocks from Somer's home. Harrell lived there recently. Investigators also searched other properties in Florida and Mississippi, along with a vehicle.
"Throughout the investigation, we have been very careful protecting the integrity of the investigation by not revealing details that could be detrimental to our investigation." Beseler said
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