Cassie Compton mentioned on her now – deactivated Facebook page that she was going to the Friday night football game on 9/12/14.
Who did she go with?
Did she come home that night?
Are there any pictures of her at the game, or the 5th Quarter party after the game?
Saturday 9/13/14, Cassie was picked up by an unnamed person according to Tracey Snyder, via interview with Jane Valdez-Mitchell.
Who picked her up?
In the interview, Tracey said Cassie was later brought to Tracey’s home. They then went to the derby in DeWitt together.
What was she wearing?
Who did she hang out with?
Are there any pictures of her at the derby?
Tracey then went on to say that Cassie spent the night at Tracey’s home.
Did she stay at Tracey’s house all night, or go out (on a date?) with Hunter Smith, Tracey’s son?
The next day on 9/14/14, they all hung around the house, had brunch, just a “normal” day. Around 6, Hunter drove Cassie home, dropped her off and left to head back home.
Here’s where things go sideways.
Cassie didn’t respond when her mother Judy called out to her. She changed her
clothes, then about 30 minutes later at 7:00 pm-ish, Cassie texts Hunter that she ‘going out for cigarettes’. She leaves the house with only her phone and is never seen again.
Now don’t judge her here. 1/2 the teenagers in America rebel against their parents and sneak a smoke, or worse. It’s becoming a norm, part of establishing independence from the adults that have been bossing you around for the past umpteen years.
Was the text code for “come pick me up”? Or maybe code for “I’m meeting Such n such”? Hunter must know what it means.
A few hours later Judy and Brandon become concerned that Cassie is missing. Remember, they know nothing about the text at this point. They call Tracey several times, then Brandon goes down to the Stuttgart police station to see if there’s anything they can do. They send him away. He calls Tracey one last time, with Hunter supposedly providing commentary in the background. Still, Cassie’s family has no idea where she could be. They still know nothing about the text.
No one knows where Cassie went, who she’s with, or that she went to get cigarettes…. except Hunter.
Local stores do not report having seen Cassie that night. Where did she normally buy her cigarettes? She’s only 15 at the time. Perhaps she had a supplier in a friend from church, or old school mate. Is that person someone she saw some time over the weekend?
Who was Cassie going to meet?
Where was Hunter all night? Where was he the next day? So many questions, so few answers.
In 2015, new questions were raised in the search for missing teen, Cassie Compton. Previously, Cassie’s mom Judy Compton and her live in boyfriend, Brandon Rhodes were named suspects in Cassie’s disappearance. Since that time, law enforcement has expanded their persons of interest pool to exclude no one. This alone tells us that police have no solid evidence tying Cassie’s disappearance to anyone in particular.
With the possibility of anyone being a suspect, new discussion of Cassie’s disappearance has come to include those last known to have seen her alive. Tracy Snyder went on the Jane Valdez-Mitchell show and discussed her last moments with Cassie. At face value, she was accepted as truthful and forthcoming. However, as time has passed and no new information has been provided to main stream media, it was only natural her interview would eventually be evaluated. Upon deeper scrutiny, it seems to have a lot of holes in it, raising new questions about her involvement, and that of her son Hunter Smith.
We know Cassie spent the night at the Snyder residence Saturday night. During that time, where were Smith and Cassie? Where was Tracy’s husband? Where did Cassie sleep? What time did she go to bed? What did she wear to bed? Who was the last person to see her before she went to bed? What time did Smith go to bed? Where did Smith sleep? Is there evidence of movement during the night, tying Cassie to any men inside the home, willingly or otherwise? What time did Cassie wake up? Who saw her first? What was her demeanor?
More questions: What bags or belongings does Snyder and Smith each recall Cassie taking with her when she left their residence? What was Cassie wearing when she left their residence? What vehicle was Smith driving when he left the Snyder residence to take Cassie home? Did Smith make any stops along the way to Cassie’s, or when he was returning home? Was Cassie actually dropped off at her home on 9/14/14 by Smith? Were there any witnesses? Where did Smith park while Cassie stepped out of his vehicle?
Snyder claims Smith saw Rhodes standing on the porch while Cassie walked into the home. Snyder said Smith said Cassie did not speak to Rhodes. Was Smith close enough to hear, if Cassie’s back was to him while she walked up the driveway? What does Smith say Rhodes was wearing? Was Rhodes alone? Did Rhodes appear to have spoken to Cassie? Could Smith hear? What was Rhode’s demeanor while Cassie walked up to the home? What does Smith say Rhodes was doing during this time?
Even more questions: Who saw Smith leave at 6:05 pm? What was he wearing? Who saw Smith return at 6:45? What was he wearing? When did Smith finally tell his mother, Snyder, that he had received a text from Cassie, that she was going to get cigarettes? What time did Smith begin relaying messages to Rhodes through Snyder’s phone calls? Where was Smith from 6:45 pm on 9/14/14 until 9:45 pm on 9/14/14? Where was Smith from 9:14 pm on 9/14/14 until 9:40 am on 9/15/14?
There are so many questions left unanswered. As long as the Snyder-Smith family continue to hide in the shadows and do not come forward publicly with credible answers, they should be viewed as persons of interest. And if these concerns are not satisfactorily answered, the Snyder household should be considered suspects in Cassie’s disappearance. No stone will be left un-turned in the search for Cassie.
Sacramento, CA teen Faith King-Basey has been missing from the Discovery Park area since April 27, 2017. Faith is 15 years old, 5’2″, 120 lbs, blue eyes, and had dyed blonde hair when last seen. She has a seizure disorder, heart sensitivity and bee allergy, and is missing without her seizure medication and Epi-Pen.
If you’ve seen Faith, please contact the Sacramento Police Department at 916-808-0560, or dial 911 and mention case #17-175441.
Faith is a typical Grant High School student in Sacramento, California. In the months and weeks prior to Faith’s disappearance, she began experimenting with her appearance by constantly changing her hair style and color, makeup, and attire. The teen also had begun to bring home expensive gifts such as dresses, Louis Vuitton hand bags and makeup she was receiving from a mysterious person. Just like many teen girls, Faith was secretive about the where these posh gifts were coming from, claiming they were coming from “just a friend” she had been helping tutor. Like any caring and aware mother would, Faith’s mother Jessica King became concerned for her daughter’s safety. Faith reassured her mom that the lavish gifts were just payment for the tutoring. She asked Faith to be careful, and she kept a watchful eye on her daughter.
On April 26, the day before she disappeared, Faith and her mom had a “little tiff”, so Faith decided to spend the night at a friend’s house. The next day, April 27, she called her Mom claiming to have a headache and said she was heading home. But, she never showed up.
After she went missing, a classmate of Faith’s told her mom some troubling information that led the mom to conclude the “mysterious tutoring student” was in fact an older admirer, one Faith possibly met online.
An acquaintance of Faith’s said he saw her shortly after she went missing. He told Faith’s mom that she was seen posing for pictures on the levee, by a boat ramp near Discovery Park, somewhere between Richards Blvd. and old-town Sacramento. The acquaintance said the type of pictures she was taking were similar to those seen on Backpage. No other information was given.
Faith’s mom stated Faith has a friend with “a history of making poor choices”, but that the girl won’t discuss Faith with anyone, and has denied knowing anything about Faith’s whereabouts.
Faith’s mom also believes Faith took a few Uber rides, but can’t find any trace of it on Faith’s accounts. Faith is believed to also have a Line account, Kik account, and Snapchat account, which can no longer be located. She also learned Faith had made a second Gmail account, which she also cannot locate. Because of this mix of complex information, Faith’s mom now fears her daughter has become a victim of sex trafficking.
A swelling crowd outside Urbana’s federal courtroom building could be overheard chanting “Justice for Yingying” at Brendt Christensen’s accusal hearing this morning, which lasted a mere nine minutes. Christensen is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, being held without bond. He will face a judge again on July 5 to determine bond. The indictment hearing is scheduled for July 14, unless there is an indictment from a grand jury prior to that date.
Brendt Christensen’s booking photo
Today’s hearing had to be moved to a larger courtroom to accommodate the members of both families, Yingying’s and Christensen’s. Donning a prison jumpsuit, shackles at the ankles, and dead eyes, Christensen remained silent during the hearing, speaking only to acknowledge understanding of his rights. At minimum, Christensen faces up to life in prison for the kidnapping charge. In federal kidnapping cases where a death has occurred, the penalty is either mandatory life or the death penalty.
Newlyweds Brendt and Michelle Christensen in 2012, standing in front of the 2008 Saturn Astra that was used to kidnap Yingying Zhang on June 9, 2017.
The day before he was arrested, Christensen brazenly attended the walk for Yingying, smiling while in the arm of an unknown woman who is not his wife.
The boy we’ve all come to love, Piqui, that beautiful child we hoped was being hidden away yet safe and sound, has been found deceased. On July 1, 2017, LA County Sheriff’s officials confirmed that little Piqui’s body was found in a tree stump at Vista Point, an area accessed by Highway 154, located next to the campground and recreation area entrance at Lake Cachuma and overlook of Bradbury Dam.
Andressian Sr. planned Piqui’s murder as punishment to Piqui’s mother during their hostile divorce and custody battle. He had been uncooperative and lied to investigators prior to heading to Las Vegas, where he was observed partying it up. Andressian was then arrested just before fleeing the country to a place he could not be extradited. Recently, investigators found evidence on Andressian Sr.’s hard drive indicating he had searched how and where to hide a body.
In his first court appearance, Andressian Sr. appeared to find the loss of his son to be a laughing matter.
But we are all enjoying this image of him in chains
It’s been reported that Andressian Sr. told authorities where they could find Piqui’s body. Investigators have now placed a security hold on this case, which prevents coroner’s officials from discussing it further.
In a small twist, criminal attorney Daniel Nardoni has stated he is no longer providing Andressian Sr.’s legal counsel. Andressian Sr.’s new criminal attorney is Ambrosio Rodriguez. Rodriguez stated Andressian Sr. would be entering a plea of not guilty at Monday’s arraignment.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to all those who loved and lost Piqui. Here at FMP, we especially send sympathies to Piqui’s mommy Ana Estevez, who’s life has been forever damaged by this unfathomable and unnecessary tragedy.
In the early evening of June 30, 2017, the FBI and UI police, and K9 officers rolled up to 2503 W. Springfield Ave. Stonegate Apartments in Champaign, Illinois carrying guns and patrolling the area. Soon after, an FBI Evidence Response team entered building B. When they exited the building, they had suspect 28 year old Brendt Christensen under federal arrest for the kidnapping of Yingying Zhang. Police believe she is no longer alive.
On June 9, Yingying was using the mass transit busing system to get to her appointment of signing a new lease with a landlord at One North apratments. Just before 2:00 PM that day, she exited a bus and was seen flagging down another bus, which continued past her without stopping. It was then that she walked down to the I22 bus stop on the corner of N. Goodwin Ave. and W. Clark St. While waiting for the bus, which would still nto arrive for approximately 20 minutes, Yingying was approached by a black Saturn Astra 4-door hatchback. After conversing for a few minutes, Yingying entered the vehicle, which then drove northbound on N. Goodwin. Yingying has not been seen since. At 9:24 PM that evening, a UI Associate Professor reported Yingying missing to the UI police department. More information is available here.
Law enforcement learned of Christensen just three days after Yingying went missing. Christensen’s car was among the 18 vehicles in the Champaign area that matched the Astra seen on video surveillance. As they were contacting and interviewing all owners of Saturn Astra’s, Christensen was approached on June 12 around 8:10 PM after investigators located his 2008 black Saturn Astra (license plate #P399495) in the parking lot. After law enforcement personnel searched the vehicle, they noticed it had a large sunroof, a cracked front right hubcap, and the interior passenger door had been exceptionally cleaned compared to the other doors of the car.
On June 14, additional footage of surveillance revealed to investigators that the Astra that picked up Yingying also had a cracked front passenger hubcap. Law enforcement received authorization to search Christensen’s Astra further, and served a search warrant to Christensen on June 15. At that time, another occupant was also in the home. The Astra was towed, and Christensen was interviewed by the FBI.
According to an affidavit filed on June 30, On June 9 Christensen’s car was seen circling the block once Yingying had stopped at the corner. When he came back around he quickly approached Yingying and began engaging her in conversation. After about a minute, Yingying entered the car on the front passenger seat. Video surveillance shows Christensen driving up N. Goodwin Ave. past W. University Ave. It was during the June 15 interview that Christensen confessed to having picked up a distressed Yingying, but claimed she panicked after he made a wrong turn so her let her out of his vehicle just a few blocks away.
At the same time Christensen was being interviewed, the other occupant had approved a search of the apartment. At that time, several computers and Christensen’s cell phone were seized for further examination. The cell phone revealed that Christensen had visited a website in search techniques on how to abduct or kidnap another person. On June 16, the FBI began monitoring Christensen’s activities. 13 days later, on June 29 Christensen was overheard on audio surveillance describing the kidnapping of Yingying. It was then that law enforcement learned that Christensen had said he brought Yingying back to his apartment and held her against her will. With this information and other details the FBI has not released, the FBI announced that they do not believe Yingying is still alive.
The criminal complaint against Christensen is available on the UI Police website. The charge of the kidnapping alone is punishable by life imprisonment or death. He will remain in custody pending a federal court appearance in Urbana, IL on Monday, July 3, at 10:00 AM.
Christensen was born on June 30, 1989. Married in 2011, Christensen had a bright future. He dropped out of the Ph.D. program for Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from UI, but got his BS in Physics from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and graduated with his Masters in Physics at UI in May 2017. He also served as a teachers assistant at the university. After graduation, the anti-social man commenced spending the bulk of his time playing video games and exploring how to perform a kidnapping. Christensen Was spotted holding hands with an unknown woman at the walking vigil that was held just a day before his arrest.
More details about Christensen are available here.
Photo of Brendt and Michelle Christensen courtesy of WBC News
Yingying’s family, UI officials, and the Chinese consulate were all advised of the evidence against Christensen, and his arrest prior to releasing the information to the media. A campus wide memorial service was scheduled for July 1 to honor Yingying young life, but it has been postponed to a later date to allow her family to grieve in private and come to terms with their loss.
Investigators have identified the cause of Aly Yeoman’s death as drowning. However, they have not yet declared the manner of her death. With no evidence of foul play, suicide nor accident have been ruled out. They further confirmed they found a blood alcohol content of about 0.07% in her system. Nothing else was listed in the toxicology or lab reports.
Aly was a beautiful, young Yuba College student who was last seen leaving Mike Lizarraga’s Romero Street home on the evening of March 30, 2017. Later that same night her truck was spotted driving around a locked gate and entering a levee road along the Feather River in Live Oak, California. The next morning, March 31, farmers spotted her truck stuck in the mud at a nearby orchard off Pennington Rd., with a single set of footprints leading away from it. After she was reported missing on April 1, her cell phone pinged on April 2 at 4:33 AM near the Romero St. residence. On April 3 the farmers finally called in the abandoned truck since no one had come to claim it. Detectives searched the entire area and reported the discovery of her truck to the media. Then around dusk that night, Aly’s phone mysteriously appeared near the levee where her truck had been abandoned four days earlier. After many weeks of searching and investigating, on May 6 a fisherman randomly found Aly deceased in the river near where investigators had already searched.
Investigators are still waiting on forensic results from Aly’s Toyota Tacoma. And questions remain unanswered on how her cell phone could have pinged in the Romero St. area after her truck was seen stuck in the mud, yet found near her truck four days later. Unless there is any new information gleaned from the truck forensics lab results, or until someone with more information comes forward, the investigation into Aly’s last hours and death will be at a standstill.
Little 9 month old Elijah Clyde was handed over to Roseland Community Hospital staff in Chicago, Illinois on June 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM when his parents Sarah Evans and Jerrell Clyde could not be found. Baby Elijah was determined to be healthy and showed no signs of abuse or neglect.
The hospital, which is on Chicago’s south side at W. 111th St. and State St., claims to have had past encounters with the woman who dropped off little Elijah, and that she is believed to be mentally ill. She was taken to Jackson Park Hospital for care. Elijah’s local grandparents are eager to bring him home, but children’s welfare services has chosen to place him in foster care until his parents are found.
If you have any information to the whereabouts of Elijah’s parents, you should contact the Area South Special Victims Unit at 312-747-8274.
Today, the FBI announced in a press release that the black Saturn Astra used to abduct Yingying Zhang from a bus stop on the University of Illinois campus streets in Urbana has been located. The FBI has stated that no further tips are needed about the Astra. They further revealed that several additional leads have developed and the investigation is still active. The rewards for information leading to the whereabouts of Yingying are still being offered.
Yingying was last seen on UI security cameras entering the car on the corner of N. Goodwin Ave. and W. Clark St. on June 9, 2017 at 2:04 PM. They asked that information about Yingying’s location should be called in to 1-800-CALLFBI (1-800-225-5324), your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate in your area.
More information about Yingying’s abduction is available here.
One June 9, 2017, Yingying Zhang was kidnapped from the streets that weave through the University of Illinois campus in Urbana. She was last seen willfully entering a 2008 black Saturn Astra 4-door hatchback at 2:04 PM for reasons unknown, wearing a charcoal-gray hat with a white logo on the front, a white/pink flannel long-sleeve shirt, a white undershirt, jeans, white shoes and carrying a navy blue backpack. She has shoulder-length, dark brown hair and wears glasses.
Crime Stoppers and the FBI have united to offer a $50,000 reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of Yingying. No further details will be released to the public nor her family to protect the integrity of the investigation, to make sure Yingying is found as quickly as possible, and for fear of information being be detected by her kidnapper. The search is now considered a national priority by the FBI. Any information or tips should be sent in via the FBI online form, called in at (800)CALL-FBI [(800)225-5324], or dial 911.
Yingying earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Sun Yat-Sen University in China in 2013. She earned her Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Peking University in Beijing in 2016. She worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Botany at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China until April 24, 2017, when she came to central Illinois to research photosynthesis and crop productivity under UI’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences classes. Yingying has been staying in university housing at the Orchard Downs complex on S. Race St. in Urbana since she arrived.
The very excited 26 year old UI agricultural student had made an appointment to sign a lease with an apartment manager at the One North apartment complex in the 1600 block of N. Lincoln Ave. in Urbana, where she could interact with friends and share living expenses. At 1:30 PM the visiting scholar texted the property manager saying she was running late and would not be there until 2:10 PM. She then picked up the 1:35 PM Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District Teal Line bus at the south shelter near the Orchard Downs complex. She exited the bus at 1:52 PM at the stop on the corner of Springfield and Mathews avenues to switch to another bus line. She walked several blocks down to the 22S Illini bus stop, and waited under a tree on the east side of N. Goodwin Avenue near the corner of W. Clark St.
Surveillance video provided by UI police shows that the black Saturn Astra had circled the area prior to making contact with Yingying. Perhaps it was tracking her after she exited the bus. When it came back around the driver quickly approached Yingying, who had been standing quietly for only a few minutes at the bus stop in front of the UI Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. The white male driver pulled up and immediately captured Yingying’s attention, and they exchanged conversation with for a few minutes. Yingying is then seen entering his car around 2:04 PM, which sped away northbound.
The future landlord sent a message to Yingying’s phone at 2:38 PM saying “Hey Yingying! Just checking in to see if you’re on your way.” But she did not reply and has not been heard from again. Her friend (Chuck Guo) contacted The News-Gazette on June 10 to report her missing and seeking publicity in finding her.
The Chinese Consulate General in Chicago helped Yingying’s father (Zhang Ronggao), aunt (Liqin Ye), and boyfriend (Hou Xiao Lin) get an emergency visa to come from Nanping in southeastern China to the United States on June 17. Yingying’s mother wasn’t physically up to making the trip, and is emotionally distraught.
On June 24, Yingying’s relatives from China attended a candlelight vigil in Chicago, put on by school alumni and members of the Chinese community. Yingying is described as a real family person, with dreams of becoming a professor in the United States or China. Our heartstrings were pulled when Yingying’s father publicly begged to his daughter to hold on and not give up.
Neither of Yingying’s parents, nor her 24 year old brother (Xin Yang Zhang) attended college. Her father is a truck driver at an electrical company and her mother is a housewife. Yingying chose UI because she received enough money from a grant to afford to live and study there, and not be a financial burden to her parents. She stayed in touch with family by phone and WeChat.
The university is housing Yingying’s family while they are here, and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association on campus is assisting with meals. The family will use any monies raised towards a reward.
A news story out of China mentions a June 9 report of a black car driving the campus, the driver pretending to be a plainclothes police officer and asking students if they needed a ride. He had a police badge on his chest, but his name was blocked. After students refused to enter the car, the driver left the scene. The news story also indicated that Yingying’s parents were expediting their visas to come to the US and help with the search for her.
On the UI’s Reddit page, a user named “rosabel34” said the driver of a black sedan had approached a friend of hers on June 9, which was reported it to the police. According to the friend, the man had a badge on a chain under his shirt and claimed to be an undercover police officer. He asked her come up to his car for a few questions, but the girl refused.
According to carsalesbase.com, The Astra replaced the Saturn Ion in 2008. The total number of Saturn Astras sold in the US: 11,968 sold in 2008; 6,298 sold in 2009; and 25 sold in 2010. The ratio of black ones sold is undetermined. Individuals can research further here. The Astra was available stateside as 2-doors and 4-door hatchbacks, with a 138-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. Buyers could choose from a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic. 4-door models were available in base XE and sporty XR trim levels. Available safety features included ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Among Astra’s standard features were OnStar assistance, stolen vehicle tracking, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, heated power mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers. The Astra had conventional steel body panels, not dent-resistant plastic panels. Image of pricing and features available here. Dicsussions about features, sales and reviews available here and here and here.
● Tips sent to Crimestoppers are eligible for the $40,000 portion of the reward. Information can be submitted to the Champaign County Crimestoppers as follows:
– Call 217-373-TIPS (217-373-8477)
– Use an online form at http://373tips.com
– Use the P3 Tips mobile app available on iOS or Android
– Calls and messages to Crimestoppers route through a third-party call center that strips all identifiers prior to forwarding the information to police. Callers are assigned a unique identifying number to remain anonymous.
● Tips sent to the FBI are eligible for the $10,000 portion of the reward. Information can be submitted to the FBI as follows:
– Call 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324)
– Use an online form at https://tips.fbi.gov/