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Title: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 08:04:23 PM
Another Angel missing :'( :'(  I will try to catch you all up on this case.


Amber Alert 

Missing From:  Monroe, MI
Missing Date:   
Issued for:   Michigan: Statewide 
Contact:  If you have information, please contact Monroe County Sheriff's Office, 734-243-7070
Circumstances: 
UPDATE 2: Child's photo added.

UPDATE: Child's name corrected.

The Monroe County Sheriffs Office is investigating an incident of an endangered missing child. Bike found in parking lot of apartment. The child was last seen at 8:15 p.m. on 5/24/2009 and is believed to be in extreme danger. If you have any information on the alleged victim, abductor or vehicle, IMMEDIATELY telephone 911 or Monroe County Sheriff's Office at 734-243-7070.

  Missing Child 
Name:  Neviaeh Amyah Buchanan
Alias:   
Hair Color:  Brown Eye Color:  Brown
Skin Color:  White Age:  5
Height:  3FT8 Weight:  45LBS
Gender:  Female   
Description:  Last seen wearing a red, white and blue striped shirt, knee length blue jeans.
 

http://www.ncmec.org/missingkids/servlet/AmberExternalFCServlet?act=retAmberCase&amberId=6928
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 08:08:16 PM
Why do woman let these men into their childrens lives. ???


Mom's Boyfriend, Brother Questioned
Search For Missing Child Continues

POSTED: Monday, May 25, 2009
UPDATED: 7:36 pm EDT May 26, 2009

MONROE, Mich. -- The boyfriend of a mother whose 5-year-old daughter is the subject of an Amber Alert and another man are in police custody and are being questioned about her disappearance.

Family members said George Kennedy, 39, has been dating the mother of Nevaeh Buchanan, who is missing.

Jennifer Buchanan denies that she was dating Kennedy and said they have been friends for several years. She said she knew he had a criminal record and is on the sex offender list.

In 2002, Kennedy was sentenced to 15 years in prison for home invasion and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was released in 2007 and remains on parole until July 2009.

Police said Kennedy is being detained because he violated the terms of his parole by having a relationship with a woman who has a child under the age of 17.

Jennifer Buchanan's brother, Michael Buchanan told Local 4 he knew Kennedy was a sex offender and he used to fight with his sister about letting him around his niece.

"Other than that, it's like Jenny is an adult. What can I really say?" said Michael Buchanan.

Another man, who was described only as a transient, was also questioned in the case. He was released Tuesday afternoon.

Nevaeh Buchanan's father, Shane Hinojosa, who lives in Toledo, said he has not seen his daughter in two and a half years. Hinojosa has been ordered to take a polygraph test.

The Monroe Evening News is reporting that Jennifer Buchanan told the paper that she failed one question Monday on a polygraph due to a lack of sleep.

Both Jennifer Buchanan and Kennedy failed questions on a lie detector. However, neither of them have been named as suspects in the case.

"I am not saying we're better people than they are. But I can guarantee if we had her we wouldn't all be doing this right now," said Hinojosa's mother Carla Elliotte.

Hinojosa said he's disappointed that the Jennifer Buchanan would let a registered sex offender come around his child.

"I wouldn't put my child in that situation. Putting my child around a pedophile like that."

Child Vanishes

Nevaeh Buchanan was last seen at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 1166 N. Macomb Street in Monroe. The Amber Alert was issued a few hours later.

Jennifer Buchanan told Local 4 her daughter lives with her and her mother and on Sunday evening she was outside playing with a friend. The friend came into her home and told the mother that Nevaeh was playing with her scooter.

Jennifer Buchanan said she went outside to tell her daughter not to go near the road, but when she got there the girl was gone.

Police found her scooter in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

"We need to speak with anyone who has specific knowledge of any of the events that occurred in the complex during the hours of 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.," said Monroe Lt. Todd Opperman.

Jennifer Buchanan said she is sure that someone snatched her daughter.

"Almost 100 percent sure she got snatched. I know she would have put up some kind of fight because she is loud. I think someone put a hand over her mouth, took her in the back," she said.

Fighting back tears, Jennifer Buchanan said she is sick to her stomach to even think about what could have come after that.

Nevaeh preschool teacher, Michelle Sims, said the girl was very close to her family.

"When grandma would drop her off, even up to a month ago, she would still cry that she wanted to stay with grandma instead of come with us," Sims said. "So, she was real clingy to grandma, just really involved with her family."

"If anybody has her and she's still alive, just bring her back to me," said Nevaeh's grandma, Sherry Buchanan. "That's all I ask of you and I won't ask any questions. I just want to hold her and keep her near to me, and if she's not let me lay her down and be peaceful with the good Lord up above."

Search Intensifies

Police searched inside all 180 units of the apartment complex Sunday night and continued to search for the girl Monday and Tuesday.

Police dogs, the FBI and surrounding law enforcement agencies searched a field around the complex Monday afternoon and the Michigan State police were searching the Monroe motel where Kennedy has been living and a nearby quarry.

Friends and family members have organized their own search teams around town.

A private investigator organized a search effort Tuesday evening. Crowds gathered at the Kmart on North Monroe Street before spreading out.

"We want to do something to help this little girl," said Jim Duvall, of the investigation company Duvall Group. "We're going to go on the west side ... we're going to walk the roads and check the ditches."

"I've been up all hours of the night. I've searched woods, ditches, canals, Dumpsters and through the whole county," said the Buchanans' cousin Shahn Lawson.

Buchanan is 3 feet 8 inches tall, 45 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a red, white and blue shirt and knee-length jeans. Her mother said she did not have on socks or shoes.

Police believe she was abducted and is in extreme danger.

"Just bring her home. Take me in her place. Do whatever you have to do to me," Lawson pleaded to a Local 4 camera.

If you have any information, call 911 or the Monroe County Sheriff at 734-243-7070.

Stay with Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit.com for the latest.

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/19556544/detail.html
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 08:15:03 PM
Girl's mom says stress led to failed question on polygraph test



http://www.monroenews.com/article/20...WS01/705259967

The mother of the missing 5-year-old girl said late this morning that she failed one question during a polygraph exam Monday, but it was due to stress and lack of sleep.
Jennifer Buchanan said she was held for many hours without food during questioning by investigators and that she felt like she was being treated as a suspect in the case of her missing daughter, Nevaeh.
"I guess I failed one question," Ms. Buchanan told The Evening News. "But I haven’t slept since she’s been missing. I haven’t eaten. I felt I was being held against my will. It was horrible."
Monroe County Sheriff’s Maj. Dan Motylinski confirmed that Ms. Buchanan failed a portion of the polygraph test. He also said that George Kennedy, a man being held in jail on unrelated charges, also failed parts of the polygraph test.
However, Maj. Motylinski said neither Ms. Buchanan nor Mr. Kennedy is considered a suspect in the girl’s disappearance. He said they were being questioned along with many others in an ongoing effort to find the girl.
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 08:16:47 PM
http://www.monroenews.com/article/20...WS01/705269982

The girl’s mother, Jenny Buchanan, was held for hours at police headquarters and reportedly took a polygraph test, which police said was common in such cases.
However, her mother, Sherry Buchanan, who has custody of Nevaeh, which is Heaven spelled backwards, said she felt her daughter was being treated as a suspect.
"She would never hurt that little girl," a tearful Ms. Buchanan said. "She loves that girl."

So the grandmother has custody of Nevaeh? I wonder why?
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 08:19:02 PM


http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/19556544/detail.html

Two men who are friends with a woman whose 5-year-old daughter is the subject of an Amber Alert are being called people of interest in the case.

George Kennedy and another man, who police have not identified, are in police custody in connection with the disappearance of Nevaeh Amaya Buchanan.
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 08:23:35 PM
Knife Found: Search for Nevaeh Buchanan

New information from Monroe Police, a hunting knife is found with human blood on it. Fox 2's Taryn Asher is following the case of a five-year-old missing girl.

Watch the video to get the latest update.

The knife belongs to George Kennedy, a convicted sex offender and boyfriend of Nevaeh Buchanan's mother Jennifer Buchanan. It was found in his tackle box and has been taken to a state crime lab for tests.

The mother of a missing 5-year-old girl failed a portion of a polygraph test but is not considered a
suspect in the case, authorities said Tuesday. Jennifer Buchanan told The Monroe Evening News that she failed one question Monday due to a lack of sleep. "I felt I was being held against my will. It was horrible, Buchanan said Tuesday.

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news...s_for_Neviah_B
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 08:33:03 PM
Authorities have not named a suspect but little Nevaeh Buchanan's family believes her mother Jennifer could be involved.

"I hope that it wasn't her. I hope she was not involved but my gut tells me if she wasn't immediately involved, she knows something," said Carla Elliotte, Nevaeh's grandmother.

It is a suspicion, NBC24 was told, that is echoed even by Jennifer's relatives. The fact that she failed part of a polygraph test does not help her case.

http://www.toledoonthemove.com/news/...aspx?id=304754
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 08:33:37 PM
http://www.freep.com/article/2009052...ear-old+Nevaeh


Updated at 12:10 p.m.

Investigators in Monroe have another person of interest in the case of missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan, the owner of the van driven by her mother's boyfriend -- and a convicted sex offender himself.
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Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said Roy Smith, 48, of Monroe may have been taken into custody Wednesday. Paroled in February 2008 on a third-degree charge of criminal sexual conduct, Smith's name was on the title of the van driven by George Kennedy, the registered sex offender who befriended the little girl's mother. Kennedy is being held on allegations he violated his parole by his contact with Nevaeh and her family.

"We don't want the public to become myopic with George Kennedy," Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said at an 11 a.m. news conference today, stressing the task force is still following all tips in their search for Nevaeh. "A child is still missing and we're still following up on leads."
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 08:51:54 PM
2nd sex offender jailed in Nevaeh disappearance
BY TAMMY STABLES BATTAGLIA • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • May 28, 2009

A second person of interest is in jail in connection with the disappearance of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan: The owner of the van driven by the girl’s mother’s boyfriend — and a convicted sex offender himself, investigators in Monroe announced today.

Roy Smith, 48, of Monroe, another friend of Nevaeh’s mother, has been in the Monroe County Jail since Monday while the Michigan Department of Corrections decides whether he violated his parole, spokesman Russ Marlan said.

Smith was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in a 1991 rape case, according to court records.

Smith apparently owned the van driven by George Kennedy, a registered sex offender, boyfriend of Nevaeh’s mother and a key person of interest in the girl’s disappearance.

Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said the men are part of the ongoing investigation to find Nevaeh, who an 8-year-old neighbor told FBI agents was kidnapped by a “bad man” and stabbed.

“A child is still missing, and we’re still following up on leads,” Crutchfield said.

Search warrant turns up toys in Kennedy hotel room
With black evidence dust staining four feet up the walls, a warrant laid out nearby and a condom on a dresser, the child’s toys in convicted sex offender George Kennedy’s hotel room stand out.

Three miniature metal motorcycles with shiny wheels and brightly colored paint, lay on a desk near the door.

They’re the same kinds of toys missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan’s grandmother clings to — some of the little girl’s favorite toys — hoping she might be found.

After five days of searching, Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said that hundreds of investigators still are on the case. Divers scouring two quarries Wednesday found nothing, so investigators are reinterviewing residents of the Charlotte Arms apartments where Nevaeh lives and was last seen.

Investigators are looking at two persons of interest: Kennedy, her mother’s boyfriend, and Roy Lee Smith, another acquaintance of her mother.


The last people to see Nevaeh were two playmates, ages 6 and 8, riding bikes and scooters in the parking lot of the complex about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The 6-year-old told investigators that she last saw Nevaeh going into the woods to meet “Daddy George,” according to a search warrant FBI agents used to comb Kennedy’s hotel room Wednesday. The 8-year-old told an FBI agent that Nevaeh was “kidnapped” and that a “bad man stabbed Nevaeh in the stomach with a knife,” according to the warrant.

The 8-year-old also told investigators that he tried to help Nevaeh, but could not. He was unable to convey clearly that he actually saw the events, “possibly due to developmental level or trauma,” investigators wrote in the warrant.

On Wednesday, investigators found a pair of shorts and a towel both stained with blood in Kennedy’s hotel room, as well as bloodstains on the wall and photos of a girl who looked similar to Nevaeh, according to the search warrant’s return. State Police investigators also discovered human blood on a silver multi-purpose tool found in a glove box of the van Kennedy was driving.


http://www.freep.com/article/2009052...woods++stabbed
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 09:08:10 PM
Mom: Missing Nevaeh 'was my everything'

Tanveer Ali / The Detroit News
Friday, May 29, 2009

Monroe -- Special response teams and a helicopter arrived at the Charlotte Arms Apartments today, hoping to pick up on clues as the search for 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan enters its fifth day.

Authorities say they have received more than 530 tips with a fluctuating number of persons of interest. So far, police have named two men as persons of interest, George Kennedy, 39, and Roy Smith, 48. Both men are registered sex offenders and are associated with Jennifer Buchanan, Nevaeh's mother.

Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said state police are putting a priority on analyzing evidence. Police found a tool with human blood on it in a van owned by Smith.

Authorities also have submitted evidence found in Kennedy's motel room, including blood found on clothing, a towel and the bathroom sink, to the state police crime lab in Northville. Crutchfield said the department is awaiting the results of those tests.

In a telephone interview with The Detroit News while searching for her daughter with 25 others, Jennifer Buchanan, 24, said a letter investigators found addressed but undelivered to Kennedy had nothing to do with Nevaeh. According to Buchanan, she wrote Kennedy saying she would take care of his personal business while he was away in jail.

Buchanan wouldn't say whether she believes if Smith or Kennedy had anything to do with Nevaeh's disappearance.

"I'm confused at the moment. I don't know anything right now until police say something," Buchanan said.

Buchanan said five days after her daughter's disappearance, she still is determined to find Nevaeh.

"I'm more determined than anything," Buchanan said. "I adored her. Everything I did was for her. She was my everything."

Buchanan said Smith never met Nevaeh, and Kennedy was never left alone with her daughter.

Buchanan said she met Kennedy two years ago, dating him for about six weeks before turning the relationship into a close friendship. She said Kennedy was a father figure to Nevaeh, giving her things Buchanan couldn't provide herself, from toys to new school clothes.

"All three of our relationship together was like a family. He claimed her as a daughter," Buchanan said. "He was in my daughter's life more than her own father."

Buchanan said she met Smith only a couple months ago, hanging out with him only with Kennedy.

"I did not know Roy that well," Smith said. "I was very careful who met my daughter."

Both men knew Buchanan, in apparent violation of their parole terms, and both have been locked up by police on unspecified parole violations following Nevaeh's disappearance.

Nevaeh's uncle, Shaun Lawson, said he never liked Kennedy, who was known to Nevaeh as "Step Daddy George." He said he won't draw conclusions with Kennedy and Nevaeh's disappearance until tests are completed.

"It bothers me. It bothers everybody," Lawson said. "I got an eerie feeling (when meeting Kennedy)."

Lawson was hesitant to pass judgment on Buchanan, but Carla Elliotte, Nevaeh's paternal grandmother, said the mother still has some questions to answer.

"I don't understand why (Nevaeh) was outside by herself, but (Jennifer) still has not answered that question," Elliotte said.

In 2002, Kennedy was convicted of criminal sexual conduct for having sex with a girl younger than age 16. He also was accused of attempting to accost juveniles for immoral purposes, making sexual comments to young girls and also was convicted of home invasion. He received sentences of two to 15 years and was paroled in July 2007.

Smith is on parole for the 1993 rape of a 24-year-old woman. He was released from prison in February 2008, having served his minimum 15 years of a 15-50-year sentence. He also has convictions for larceny, breaking and entering and being a repeat felony offender.

FBI agents and a 100-person task force continue to look for clues in the area surrounding the 108-unit apartment complex where Nevaeh lived with her mom.

"I want to find her. I want to bring her back home," Buchanan said. "I'm not the bad guy here."

Both Crutchfield and Andrew Arena, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit office, said while people await the results of the blood samples, they should continue providing tips at (734) 243-7070.

"Expectations (regarding evidence) in our society today are a little bit unrealistic because of 'CSI' and crime shows," Arena said.

http://detroitnews.com/article/20090...Nevaeh-goes-on
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 09:13:57 PM
Test Reveals Blood Is Not Girl's

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/19601269/detail.html
MONROE, Mich. -- A piece of evidence that would have linked a man who police are calling a person of interest in the disappearance of a missing 5-year-old girl has been ruled out, investigators said.

Investigators said the blood splatters found on a knife discovered in 39-year-old George Kennedy's car and the blood-soaked shirts found in his Monroe motel do not match Nevaeh Buchanan's.
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 09:20:53 PM
Latest in search for Nevaeh: Green van search
Updated: June 1, 2009 12:13 PM EDT

MONROE (WTOL) - In a daily press conference by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department on Monday, June 1, Sheriff Crutchfield said they are following a tip about a box-style, green mini van.

The sheriff's department got a tip that the van may have been parked in the area. They are looking for the person or persons in the van for questioning purposes only, believing they may have witnessed something that may be helpful to the case.

The sheriff did not reveal any further details and stressed they are following up on every lead.

In all, Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said Monday police are processing 800 tips in the case.

He also says authorities have spoken with two young boys who were believed to have been at the playground that day. The boys and the person with the minivan all were sought as potential witness


http://www.wtol.com/global/story.asp?s=10456200
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 09:25:40 PM
Police looking for silver van, too

by Ray Kisonas , last modified June 02. 2009 11:57AM

Police are now looking to question the occupants of a silver van in addition to a green van at a Monroe school in the continuing search for Nevaeh Buchanan.
At a press briefing late this morning, Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said the task force has received numerous tips regarding a green box-style van that was in the area of Hollywood Elementary School, which is near the apartment complex where the 5-year-old girl was last seen nine days ago.
Police are also hoping to question as witnesses a mother and two small children who were in a silver mini van at the school between 6 and 7 p.m. on that Sunday, which was May 24.
Investigators also questioned the driver of an ice cream truck that in the vicinity, but Sheriff Crutchfield declined to reveal any details of what was learned.

http://www.monroenews.com/article/20...WS01/706029964
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 09:31:33 PM
Task Force not sharing much new information

By Laura Rice
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 at 10:42 p.m.


MONROE, MI -- Nevaeh Buchanan is still missing and authorities are being tight-lipped about any progress.

The halt in communication is frustrating many of those searching for the little girl.

The search task force answered very few questions at a press conference Tuesday morning.

The media updates had been held daily but will not be anymore.

Tuesday, more than ever, questions were dodged.

"I'm not commenting on who is and who isn't a person of interest... I'm not going to comment on any specifics on any interviews... I'm not commenting on lab results... I'm not commenting on any information we've derived from tips," said Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield.

Friends and family of Nevaeh can only hope the silence means something good.

"Hopefully it's good news that they have come upon something that is going to bring nevaeh home," said JoAnn Combs, Nevaeh's great grandmother.

But searchers wish investigators would share even more not less.

"If they're going to stop (press conferences) then they should have an agent or something to come out and help direct the force out here to help the citizens find this little girl," said Dan Pletz, search organizer.

In the final two press conferences, police focused pleas on information from anyone who was at the Hollywood School playground in sight of where Nevaeh disappeared.

"There's always kids over there it seems. Especially obviously with summer coming more and more," said Matt Harvell.

Of late, it is the only update on Nevaeh's disappearance: the hope that someone in a green van or a silver van or on the playground saw something, anything.

"The smallest thing could be the biggest possibility. So we're still hoping and praying that she's alive we're doing alright. We're holding in there," said Shane Hinojosa, Nevaeh's father.

Holding in there and hoping the task force really does know more than what they are sharing.

"You have to realize we aren't telling you everything we know," Sheriff Crutchfield said Monday.

And they hope that Tuesday's silence means they know something especially important.

To encourage everyone not to forget about Nevaeh, loved ones are holding a community-wide vigil Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Arms Apartment Complex.
http://www.toledoonthemove.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=307760
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 09:34:23 PM
20,000 reward offered in Nevaeh disappearance



Tanveer Ali / The Detroit News

Monroe -- Investigators are offering $20,000 reward for information that could pinpoint the location of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan, who has been missing for 10 days.

A 100-person Task Force continues to look for two vans that were in the Hollywood Elementary School parking lot on May 24 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., when Nevaeh went missing.

Authorities hope the people associated with both vans might be able to offer crucial information that could help find Nevaeh.

The task force has received numerous tips about a green box-style minivan in the playground parking lot, just behind the apartment complex where Nevaeh went missing.

Another silver minivan was present, believed to belong to a mother and her two small children.

Anyone with information concerning Nevaeh's disappearance should call the task force tip line at (734) 243-7070.

tali@detnews.com (734) 462-2094

http://www.detnews.com/article/20090603/METRO/906030420/1361/$20-000-reward-offered-in-Nevaeh-disappearance
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - missing 5/24/09
Post by: Edsonmom on June 03, 2009, 09:43:33 PM
mom just got out of prison herself in January 09 guess that explains why gramma was raising Nevaeh

http://www.state.mi.us/mdoc/asp/otis2profile.asp?mdocNumber=627126
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on June 04, 2009, 09:54:20 PM
RIP NEVAEH  :'( :'(

Search for Nevaeh uncovers child's body near River Raisin

Monroe -- Monroe County Sheriff's Department investigators on Thursday found a child's body west of Monroe that may be the body of the missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan.

Police cordoned off an area near the River Raisin around Dixon Road in the area of Ida-Maybee and Neiman roads.

Evidence experts were preparing late Thursday to examine a body that searchers discovered that had clothing similar to what Nevaeh was wearing when she disappeared from her Monroe home on May 24, a person familiar with the investigation said.


http://www.detnews.com/article/20090...erts-called-in
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on June 04, 2009, 10:02:56 PM
Family confirms body found is Nevaeh
, last modified June 04. 2009 8:41PM
RAISINVILLE TOWNSHIP -- A body found today at the River Raisin in Raisinville Township has been confirmed as the missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan of Monroe.

Police officers have spoken to the family, and a relative has confirmed to The Monroe Evening News that the child found was Nevaeh.

"That baby was innocent," her grandmother, Sherry Buchanan, said. "I want capital punishment."

Law enforcement search teams have been staged today at the River Raisin near Ida-Maybee and Dixon Rds. in Raisinville Township.

N. Custer Rd. is blocked to traffic between Muehleisen and Yensch Rds. On the south side of the River Raisin, all traffic has been shut down on Dixon Rd. at Sullivan Rd. and Neiman Rd.

The news media have been ordered to stay at least two miles away from where the road blocks have been staged. News helicopters have been ordered to clear the air space.

Nevaeh has been missing since the night of May 24.

The Monroe Evening News will continue to post details as they become available.
http://www.monroenews.com/article/20090604/NEWS01/906049994
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - BODY FOUND
Post by: Edsonmom on June 04, 2009, 10:09:21 PM
    :'( :'( her body was in cement. :'( :'(

Body near river said to be Nevaeh
BY AMBER HUNT, ZLATI MEYER AND JEFF SEIDEL • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS • June 4, 2009

Updated at 10:15 p.m.
Two men bass fishing on a bend of the River Raisin in Raisinville Township found the body of missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan about noon today, a family friend said late today he learned from police.

The pair – a man and his father -- noticed a disruption in the soil along the edge of the river and saw a large cement block and a chip in it, from which a terrible smell emanated.


The younger man apparently poked at the soil and saw skin. They immediately contacted police.


Investigators in white crime scene fatigues arrived at the scene this evening and remained some nine hours later, reportedly recovering evidence from what was a shallow grave along the water’s edge that had been covered with some kind of fast drying cement powder.


The Rev. Dale Hayford, senior pastor of Monroe Crosswalk Community Church and a friend of the family, said police told the family they are 99 percent sure the body is that of Nevaeh. Some additional testing will have to be done to confirm her identity beyond doubt, he said.

Ryan Bickley, 15, said his father, Guy Bickley, found the body this morning when he was by the river fishing with his grandfather around 11 a.m.


The teenager said the body was encased in a cement block and they could smell it. His father, he said, chipped a piece of cement away and saw skin and when he saw skin, he stopped and called police. The block was near the water.


Nevaeh's mother was huddled with friends at her apartment in Monroe.

A mobile command unit, which signifies intense police activity, arrived earlier this evening at the area of Dixon Road and Sullivan in Raisinville Township. Police were acting on a tip that the body of Nevaeh could be buried there.


A medical examiner truck also arrived at the scene.


Volunteers claimed to have found a clump of long brown hair, said the Rev. Dale Hayford, senior pastor of Crosswalk Community Church in Monroe.


Barricades kept traffic away from North Custer Road, west of Ida Maybee Road.

 Since Nevaeh's May 24 disappearance, police have zeroed in on a few men with histories of sex assault convictions, but no one has been charged in the case and leads are dwindling.


One man, George Kennedy, 39, told a Ohio newspaper this week he had nothing to do with the girl’s disappearance. In fact, he told the Toledo Blade, he helped the girl’s mother search for Nevaeh.


Earlier in the day, firefighters from area departments sent over not only volunteers, but also equipment, to breathe new life into the nearly two-week search.


“I hope this is what we needed," said Elisa Boyer, 31, of Monroe.


Firefighters from agencies such as Monroe, Monroe Township, Ida Township and Dundee are being tracked electronically into a system usually reserved for battling blazes.


The fireTRAX program logs who searches where, then allows that volunteer to move onto another unsearched area when finished, said Monroe Township Firefighter Joe Hernandez.


“We want to help any way we can,” said Ida Township firefighter Mark Andrews, 19. “We hope to find her alive, but finding her in any way will help the family.”
http://www.freep.com/article/20090604/NEWS06/90604076/1008/Medical+examiner+truck+at+Nevaeh+search+area

Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on June 05, 2009, 08:55:30 PM
Evidence Collected At River May Lead To Killer

Investigators returned to the steep river's edge Friday to look for more evidence.

The FBI said some type of cement was found on top of the body, which appeared to be buried in a shallow grave.

"It's a little more sophisticated than just dumping a body," said Andrew Arena, the lead FBI Investigator in the case,.

A key piece of evidence collected at the site is a 90-pound bag of cement.

Only a few stores in the area sell 90-pound bags of cement. The Kuhlman Cement Company, which is located behind the home of the person of interest George Kennedy, sells 90-pound bags of cement.

Also, it appears that the fence outside the cement company was recently cut.

Doug Blause from the Monroe ACE Hardware said investigators asked him Friday if he sold 90-pound bags of cement, but his hardware store sells only 60-pound bags.

Investigators continue to look at surveillance images at other hardware stores in the area.

Investigators said they found a glove near the scene, but they have not said what importance it may have to the case.

The discovery site is about 7 miles from the Charlotte Arms Apartment, where Nevaeh's mother said she was outside playing with a friend when she disappeared.

Investigators are also hoping that the autopsy will give the child's time of death. They can then match calls made and alibis around the time of the child's death.

The discovery of the body believed to be Nevaeh should allow investigators to focus on finding the person responsible, Crutchfield said.

There have been no arrests in the case.

"That person to our knowledge is still out there in the community. In my opinion it is a very sick or disturbed person we're looking for -- a person that is able to abduct and murder an innocent 5-year-old child," said Crutchfield.

Two men, Kennedy and Roy Lee Smith, both convicted sex offenders, were named people of interest in the case.

Police said Kennedy and the girl's mother have been dating. However, Jennifer Buchanan, said they were just friends.

Kennedy, 39, is being held on suspicion of parole violation. According to his parole, he is not to date a woman who has a child under the age of 17.

Kennedy told the Toledo Blade in an interview from jail that he had nothing to do with Nevaeh's disappearance and when he found out she was missing; he went to look for her.

"I didn't take her and I definitely didn't kill her," he said.

Preliminary DNA results on blood from a knife collected from Kennedy's vehicle failed to match Nevaeh's blood.

Smith is the owner of Kennedy's car.

Both men remain in custody.

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/19662141/detail.html
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: capeheart on June 11, 2009, 07:51:57 PM
On a review of this case on NG, they said there was also a rubber glove found in the cement. They figure the killer used it to mix up the cement, because it is fast acting cement and he put gloves on so it wouldn't stick to his/her hands. They may be able to get fingerprints off of the glove, on the inside of the glove. This would be great if they could get that evidence. It is a miracle that she was found so quickly. If these men had not have been fishing there, she may likely would never be found. Hoping they get enough evidence with DNA to match up with the killer of this very beautiful child. That child should never have been in the care of her mother, especially when she was associating with sex offenders. I just cannot believe what these women will do to get a man. How could a mother do that to her child, it boggles my mind. Hope they find the killer of this child. ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Sleuth on June 11, 2009, 11:02:35 PM
Another little one has received her angels wings too soon.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Family and friends say goodbye to Nevaeh Buchanan,

The story of 5 year old Nevaeh Buchanan has touched the lives of thousands. Today, the community says goodbye to the little girl. Visitation is open to the public and continues until 8 tonight and from noon until 8 tomorrow at Merkle funeral service in Monroe. Her funeral is Saturday at noon at the Stewart Road Christian ministries. Nevaeh will be buried at Saint Joseph cemetery following the service.
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Sleuth on June 14, 2009, 03:01:08 AM

Quote [One man, George Kennedy, 39, told a Ohio newspaper this week he had nothing to do with the girl’s disappearance. In fact, he told the Toledo Blade, he helped the girl’s mother search for Nevaeh.]

I have always found this a strange utterance. It seems to me quite a few men/women say this and then bingo, he/she is arrested for murder of the person they were helping to search for. As was the case with Mclinic (sp) who handed out posters of little Tori.  Even stranger still are the women who date or even marry men when they have young children and know the person is a sex offender of young children. What are they thinking of to put their children in such danger? They may as well set their children in front of a moving train. I really, really hope that the mother is charged with endangering her daughter.
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Sleuth on June 14, 2009, 03:08:58 AM
I was searching for more news on little Nevaeh and found this on the newspaper comments site.

Denise Says:
June 5, 2009 at 11:43 am

Lisa~ I am from Monroe. Navaeh’s grandmother had custody because the loser mother had been in prison for burglary. The grandmother, the mother, and Nevaeh all lived in the same apt. I don’t know why the family would allow the stupid mother to have such scum around that child. In my eyes they are all to blame…but the mother should rot in &*#^!


And another comment:


She said, "Im not pregnant, by this guy, George Kennedy."   So is she pregnant with someone else's?  AGAIN, her story is not adding up to what her upstair's neighbor reported.  This is what she says about her conduct "everyone makes mistakes."  OMG! She also seems to need to say George had a new girlfriend for about 2 weeks, she has a tone about her.   She now is saying she thinks someone associated OR HIS GIRLFRIEND.   She has no explanation why anyone associated to George would harm Neveah, then she throws in there that maybe someone owed George money - well if she is not his girlfriend why would anyone take it out on Neveah -- does not make sense.   Its all about her - interesting as well is she is still referring to it as a disappearance.   She is perfectly able to explain how she is grieving & says "without an audience."    OK this chick is whacked!

Im still listening.  "She's just a Monroe angel" it seems so staged to me.  I hate to say this but after listening to her for 2 weeks, she is as ignorant as they come & I wonder if she even graduated HS.  She refuses to take responsibility for exposing her child to these SO's...unflippinbelievable!

And still more. I will try and find the link.


There is an awful lot of bashing going on to mother of Neveah. Reminds me of the bashing that went on with little Tori's mother. But little Tori's mother did not date and associate with know sexual predators.
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: capeheart on June 15, 2009, 05:39:10 PM
This mother was totally irresponsible in communicating at any level with a predator of children. There was not much chance of Navaeh not being in danger, because there were dangerous relatives around her as well as two known sex offenders of her mother's. When she was being interviewed, I found her very flat. I feel she should be charged and handcuffed at this point. Because I do believe that Mr. K. could be a suspect, even though he said he was not. I don't know if he's been completely cleared, if he had an alibi for that day. Well, he went looking for Navaeh, well there have been many who were guilty go looking for a child and  the same time they were the person that committed the crime. Another senseless tragedy of a little girl. What in the hell kind of monsters are these people. The death penalty should be sought for this case.  Something has to be done to keep the children safe. Tougher laws, the death penalty, and more people reporting when they feel a child is in danger. Everyone has to be aware of it to help the chidren. RIP Naveah and I hope and pray your killer will be caught and very soon. These animals never stop, they get very confident and will kill again. :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Sleuth on June 15, 2009, 09:48:28 PM
I think the Police should throw the book at this Mother. Then the Judge can slam dunk her for being irresponsible, selfish and dumb. I really should not be saying that, because a mother lost her child, but it pisses me off when a child is needlessly killed due to actions of a parent who should have been protecting her only child. When a mother loves, really loves their children they do everything within their power to protect their children.
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: capeheart on June 17, 2009, 04:11:30 PM
I also think they should be taking the mother in for questioning. They should lean on her to take a polygraph and get down to some honest answers. She zigzags around the questions and it just seems to me like she's lying. In the case of Tori, well the police might have told her mother to act like that, because they had Terri Lynn in custody. So we were not understanding what was going on and I guess she couldn't say too much, because they wanted to get information from the now accused. But in the case of NB, her mother was hanging out with sex offenders. There were a lot of people asleep at the switch and no one watching out for Nevaeh. The death penalty for sure should be handed down in all of these cases in the US. We don't have the DP hear, but sometimes I wish we had it, such in the case of Tori.  ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on June 18, 2009, 10:13:28 PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Person of interest in Nevaeh case left free despite actions
George Hunter / The Detroit News

Monroe -- George Kennedy's parole officer urged corrections officials three times to send the convicted sex offender back to prison for violating the terms of his parole, but each time the officer's supervisors overruled the recommendations.

Kennedy, 39, who has been named by police as a person of interest in the murder of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan, was released from prison in July 2007, after serving five years for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Within three months of his release, he had violated the terms of his parole, said John Cordell, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections.

"In September 2007, his (parole officer) violated him for consorting with other people who had felony records," Cordell said.

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Instead of going back to prison, he was sent to the Ingham County Jail for 30 days, Cordell said. After his release, Kennedy was put on a GPS tether.

But within two months, Kennedy had violated the rules of his tether placement by not being at home during the time ordered. So he was sent to the Tuscola County "technical re-entry program" for 90 days, Cordell said. "That's a program that gives intense therapy to those who need a period of adjustment," Cordell said.

Kennedy's parole officer reported a third violation in December 2008, this time because he had a romantic relationship with a woman who had a criminal record and was the parent of a minor child -- both violations of his parole, Cordell said. Kennedy was again sent to the Tuscola program.

Cordell said proper action was taken by corrections officials.

"In two years, for a parole officer to ask that an offender be sent back to prison isn't out of the norm," he said. "It's the parole officer's job to report violations, and then it's the supervisor's job to determine if the violation was bad enough to warrant sending the offender back to prison.

"In this case, the supervisor obviously thought it better to send (Kennedy) back for more intense therapy."

Kennedy since has been arrested. He is incarcerated in the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson. Kennedy was returned to prison because of his friendship with Jennifer Buchanan, a convicted felon who had a minor child, Nevaeh, Cordell said.

Roy Lee Smith, a convicted rapist who also was arrested for a parole violation after being named a person of interest in the murder case, also was sent to the Egeler Center because he violated his parole by having a relationship with Jennifer Buchanan.

Prior to that, Smith's parole officer reported last year that he'd violated his parole when a drug test showed he'd been abusing narcotics, Cordell said.

"That's not a violation that would typically send you back to prison," he said.

Buchanan, who served 13 months in prison for a home invasion, also has consorted with convicted felons -- but she had served her entire sentence and thus was not on parole, Cordell said. He explained that offenders who have served their sentences do not have the restriction on contact with other felons.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate convicted sex offenders in the area for possible clues.

According to neighbors, FBI agents have twice visited the Monroe home of Vernon Davis, a 33-year-old man who was convicted in May 2007 of having sex with a minor younger than 16. Davis served no prison time for the offense, records show.

The Michigan Sex Offender Registry reports that Davis' home address is an apartment complex on Bacon near downtown Monroe. But his neighbor, 24-year-old Katherine Taormina, said Davis is never there. She said FBI agents questioned her about Davis after Nevaeh was reported missing.

"They came by here twice," Taormina said. "They asked if I'd seen him. They told us they were trying to get information about where he was when the girl disappeared. I told them I know he's supposed to be living here, but he never comes here. He usually stays down in Toledo."

Also Monday, Wayne County Medical Examiner Carl Schmidt said he had not yet completed Nevaeh's autopsy. He added that any further information would have to come from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's officials on Monday did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

ghunter@detnews.com (313) 222-2134
http://www.detnews.com/article/20090616/METRO/906160371/1409/METRO/Person-of-interest-in-Nevaeh-case-left-free-despite-actions
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on June 25, 2009, 10:23:11 PM
Sheriff: Nevaeh case will be solved
by Ray Kisonas , last modified June 25. 2009 11:16AM
Three weeks ago, the body of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan was found in a shallow grave along the River Raisin and investigators still have not released how she died, what type of evidence has been collected and whether they have any solid suspects.
But Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said he is confident the case will be solved.
"We’ll resolve it," he said.
Information continues to be held tight by investigators, and the FBI continues to be involved with the investigation, Sheriff Crutchfield said. He said a cause of death either is not being released or has not been determined because test results still are not completed even though the Michigan State Police crime lab has made the case a priority.
Sheriff Crutchfield said nothing has changed regarding new information being released to media.
"We’re waiting for official results from the medical examiner’s office," he said. "We don’t have a (cause of death) yet."
Some of the evidence collected had to be sent to another lab for unspecified reasons. Sheriff Crutchfield added that investigators continue to follow up on tips, which number around 1,200. Calls offering tips have slowed in recent days, he added.
Family members, including Nevaeh’s mother and grandmother, also have not heard any new information regarding the investigation or cause of death.
Two men who are registered sex offenders and were linked to the case as persons of interest remain in prison. George Kennedy and Roy L. Smith are being housed at Jackson prison for parole violations.
Nevaeh disappeared May 24 from her Charlotte Arms apartment complex on N. Macomb St., and massive searches involving the community followed.
Fishermen found her body on June 4 in a grave covered by concrete.
http://monroenews.com/article/20090625/NEWS01/706259986
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on July 06, 2009, 05:22:56 PM
Search Continues for
Nevaeh's Killer
Updated: Friday, 03 Jul 2009, 7:52 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 03 Jul 2009, 7:52 PM EDT

By ROOP RAJ
FOX 2 News
MONROE, Mich. (WJBK) - The Monroe County Sheriff's Department and the FBI are looking at 400 sex offenders in Monroe County. It's been nearly six weeks since Neveah Buchanan was first reported missing. Family members are still waiting for closure.

Neveah Buchanan's cousin is talking about the trauma left behind since her death. He and other family members are waiting on official autopsy results and the killer to be found.

"It's hard to think about, but we need the person or persons caught soon," said Shaun Lawson.

The first autopsy is set to be completed. Now, a second one is set to be used to confirm the exact cause of death. The FBI tells FOX 2 the results may not be released to the public immediately, fearing it could change someone's story.

With little, new information, the FBI has the following tip. "Don't engage in rumors. Don't spread rumors," said Robert Beckman. "If there's somebody that tells you something that you think... may be related to a fact, call the FBI and we'll follow up on it."

Beckman says the 400 registered sex offenders in Monroe County are being interviewed and their stories checked multiple times. The sex offenders are said to be cooperative.

"The people that we talked to were very cooperative with us and, in many cases, they themselves, the people who were on the sex offender list, were also concerned about the fate of Nevaeh Buchanan," Beckman said.

Whatever DNA is found from Nevaeh's body will be compared to samples taken from those sex offenders. Investigators are even taking fiber from people's carpets in the Charlotte Arms Apartments. They're calling for more tips and patience, saying it could be weeks longer for autopsy results to become available.

"Until then, we're stuck here silent. We still keep our eyes and ears open, wondering," Lawson said. Wondering when they'll find the person responsible for taking Nevaeh away from them.
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/090703_nevaeh_search
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on July 07, 2009, 01:22:50 AM
Des all they have is 2 POI's in custody on other charges.. but no direct leads that the public is aware of, to who killed her..I just pray that one day soon, there will be justice for this little angel..
Title: Nevaeh may have been buried alive
Post by: Edsonmom on July 16, 2009, 01:36:04 AM
Article published July 15, 2009
Nevaeh may have been buried alive
Girl, 5, died of asphyxiation, inhaled dirt, autopsy shows


Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, of Monroe was found dead June 4.


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By MARK REITER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

MONROE - Nevaeh Buchanan, the murdered 5-year-old Monroe girl whose body was discovered by fishermen last month, may have been buried along the River Raisin alive, authorities said yesterday.

Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said autopsy results released by the Wayne County medical examiner showed the girl died of asphyxiation and had inhaled dirt into her lungs.

Nevaeh's body was found June 4 buried in a shallow grave and encased in concrete. She had been missing for 11 days.

Sheriff Crutchfield said last night that the girl may have been buried alive or held down in the dirt, causing her to suffocate. The autopsy showed that the body had no trauma such as broken bones or bruises, he said.

The sheriff said the exact day or time of her death couldn't be determined, but the autopsy indicated she died shortly after she was discovered to be missing from her home. "I can't give you a day or time. But it would have been soon after she disappeared. Within a window of a day or so, if not on that very same evening."

No one has been arrested. Her funeral was held one month ago this week.
Nevaeh had been riding a scooter in the parking lot of the Charlotte Arms apartment complex on North Macomb Street in Monroe shortly before she was reported missing on the evening of May 24.


She lived in the apartment complex with her mother, Jennifer Buchanan, and grandmother Sherry Buchanan.

A Newport, Mich., man and his stepfather who were fishing along the river in Raisinville Township kicked loose the freshly poured concrete to expose part of the girl's body, extinguishing the family's hope of finding the girl alive.

Diana Lawson, Nevaeh's great-aunt, said detectives went yesterday to the Food Town in Monroe where her sister Sherry Buchanan works to discuss the autopsy findings. "They said to her Nevaeh was buried alive," Ms. Lawson said. "She had a little dirt in her throat. She didn't suffer anything."

She said her sister became very emotional after sheriff's detectives told her about how her granddaughter had died.

"She had tears streaming down her cheeks. She's very upset," Ms. Lawson said.

Shaun Lawson, Ms. Lawson's son and Nevaeh's cousin, said she was found face-down in the shallow grave and naked, with her clothes tucked underneath her.

Sheriff Crutchfield said he wouldn't comment on whether the victim was found naked or sexually assaulted. "We aren't discussing those types of details," he said.

The sheriff said toxicology testing conducted by the medical examiner's office showed that she wasn't drugged.

Ms. Lawson said Nevaeh's 24-year-old mother, Jennifer, was inside the Charlotte Arms apartment complex last night and was "not taking it easy" upon hearing about the autopsy.

Shane Hinojosa, Nevaeh's father, learned of the autopsy results from media reports, said his mother, Carla Elliotte.

"He is devastated," she said.

Sherry Buchanan was at work last night and declined to comment.

Ms. Lawson and her son last night renewed their appeal for state lawmakers to institute the death penalty in Michigan for murder.

"I want to see him suffer in a slow death," Ms. Lawson said.

Mr. Lawson said that state taxpayers will end up footing the bill if the killer or killers are arrested and convicted.

"This guy, if they catch him, will end up getting three meals a day and watching cable TV," he said. "The person needs to be caught. That is the main thing. Until the person is caught, every child in this community is in danger."

When asked if there was any solace to autopsy findings that Nevaeh may have died unconscious and didn't suffer trauma, Mr. Lawson said: "It makes it worse. She was buried alive. That's got to be the cruelest way to go - to have all that fear in you when you are dying."

A task force of local, state, and federal investigators has received more than 1,200 tips since the girl's disappearance.

Investigators are continuing to ask the public for help in developing leads and are asking for tips and information on vehicles or anyone who had fished along the river bank near Dixon Road, about halfway between Monroe and Dundee. They are asked to call the task force tip line at 734-243-7070.

"We continue to interview people daily. We are working on tips and they lead us to other tips. We have to clarify those tips and move on," the sheriff said.

Sheriff Crutchfield said testing being conducted at the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory on evidence recovered at the gravesite is ongoing. He refused to comment on what was found at the scene.

Blade Staff Writer Tom Troy contributed to this report.

Contact Mark Reiter at:
markreiter@theblade.com
or 419-724-6050.

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090715/NEWS02/907150347
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on July 16, 2009, 01:44:15 AM
Task force furious over
autopsy leak
Detroit media released Nevaeh's
autopsy Tuesday
Updated: Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009, 5:19 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009, 4:18 PM EDT

Michelle Zepeda
MONROE, Mich. - Monroe County investigators are not happy with the leak of the autopsy results for Nevaeh Buchanan.

Although that information is generally public information, the Nevaeh task force, which is comprised of Monroe city, Monroe County, Michigan State Police, and the FBI, chose not to release the results.

The autopsy results were leaked to the Detroit Free Press, which published the report Tuesday afternoon..

The move sent investigators scrambling to notify Nevaeh's family and try to patch up this major blow to their investigation.

Monroe County Sheriff Det. Heath Velliquette said that his department is extremely upset that Nevaeh's autopsy results were leaked and made public. The results could hamper the task force's efforts in charging a suspect with the 5-year-old's murder.

Captain Ray Carroll, with the Toledo Police Department, has been a part of hundreds of investigations and knows how the leak of information can devastate a case.

"I'm sure that was key information they wanted to keep to themselves probably for a variety of reasons," Capt. Carroll said. "I don't know how the public is better off knowing those details they're extremely disturbing."

After the autopsy results were leaked about the 5-year-old Monroe girl, the Monroe Sheriff's Department did confirm late Tuesday that she died basically from inhaling dirt, possibly after being buried alive.

Before the leak the task force had not told Nevaeh's family how she died June 10.

"It's very upsetting and so traumatic and all of these people have heard it before me," Diane Lawson, Nevaeh's great aunt said Tuesday evening.

When detectives develop suspects in a case they keep information out of the public light that only they and the suspects know. Capt. Carroll said that is a valuable tool they may need to get a confession or make an arrest.

"Our job is to put the bad guy in jail," he said. "We're well aware that the news media is a competitive industry and we appreciate everything the media has done for us in getting information out there. We appreciate when news media understands why we don't put information out."

The task force is requesting anyone who has fished in and around the River Raisin in Raisinville Township where Nevaeh's body was located, or saw any vehicles or people in that area are asked to call the (734) 243-7070 tip line.

http://www.foxtoledo.com/dpp/news/michigan/wupw_Task_force_furious_over_autopsy_leak_071509
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Sleuth on July 21, 2009, 12:32:36 PM
I found the charts and interpretation by Caroline, on her forensic astrology web site. Interesting, with a description of the abductor/killer and why the mother failed the lie detector test. This is the link for those who want to see the astrology charts for little Nevaeh.

http://forensicastrology.blogspot.com/2009/07/nevaeh-buchanan.html

Friday, July 3, 2009
Nevaeh Buchanan
Young Girl Found Dead While Her Killer Runs Free

You have all heard this horrible story about this little girl who was kidnapped and then found dead in a mud hole covered with cement. This would be shocking and unbelievable if we hadn't just had a young girl kidnapped, raped and found dead in a suitcase but a few months earlier. And this girl was found to have been killed by a woman, a Sunday School teacher, no less! It has gotten so bad in the world at this time in our history that nothing is beyond imagination. There are first times for everything and they are happening all the time.

And there are far too many of these cases going unsolved. Haleigh Cummings, Adji Desir, Amber Dubois, Haylee Donathan and Lindsay Baum, all children, all recently missing, their cases going cold. Even in this day and age, with forensic analysis, DNA, computer indexes, fingerprint databases and intensive media coverage with public involvement on a scale never seen before, we are not finding these children and when we are they are dead. And then we are not able to find out who did this to the child. The only thing we can do is pray and try to fight back, to reach deep into our hearts and souls to find solutions to the horrors that face us. There is something terribly wrong with humanity that it is cold and devious to this extent, taking innocent children to horrible deaths and not caring or even looking back. Who are these people? Are they human? Or are they demons of a sort, a scourge created by our demanding, cold society? Are they the victims of abuse and cold treatment, raised in unloving households, full of hate and confusion, taking out their childhood angst on other children?

I do not even begin to have an answer to this. I am sure you are all at a loss, as well. Great minds have been unable to fix this mess and here we are, still suffering with the results of what amounts to chaos. Anyone who can take a little girl like this and kill her cold and then leave her in mud and cement is unfeeling, uncaring, evil in my book. And this is why I am going to bravely try to read this chart, to try to find out who did this and where they might be now. I realize the odds are extremely slim that I would discover this in a useful, detailed fashion... I think even the most gifted psychic would struggle with it. But I am going to try. I am going to try to use the stars to find the answers to this horrible, unforgivable crime.

This child was last seen in a parking lot at 8 pm in Monroe, Michigan on May 24. Why the child was out and about at 8 pm by herself has come into question, but I have other cases coming up where children were out and about on their own at 9 pm and later. In my day, my mother had us all in bed at 9 pm. No excuses, no complaining. Not that I didn't sneak into the living room later at night and watch the old horror movies after she had gone to bed, but that was the extent of my daring do. And this was up until I was 16 years old! Yes, we were an old fashioned Catholic family... and this was the late 1960s... but why have things changed so much? It's beyond me. Frustrations vented, I will forge ahead with the readings. The first chart I drew up was for the time at which Nevaeh was reportedly last seen, 8 pm.



In this chart, I am going to read it for a child. Her mother is signified by the first house and Neveah, by the fifth. The fifth house ruler is Mars in Aries, which is placed in the fifth. Opposing the fifth house is the eleventh, which is the child's seventh house. This is ruled by Libra, with Venus being conjoined Mars in the fifth. This child is in a playground or play area with another person. Whether this is an adult or another child I am not yet certain. The Moon, co-significator of the child, is in the seventh house and too close to the Sun. This puts the Moon under the Sun's beams and right away screams danger. The Sun does not rule an angular cusp but it is in an angular house, conjoined a ruling planet. I am thinking that this represents a man who is right there, with the child. In fact, he is dangerous to the child. Both the Moon and the Sun are disposed of by Mercury, which is placed also in the seventh. Mercury is in Taurus and not conjoined, so this to me shows another child not associated with Nevaeh. Mercury is retrograde so the child is not aware of what is going on... or if the child was aware of something, she or he would be tardy in coming forward with information. Because both planets are disposed of by Mercury, it may well be that this other child is the reason they are all there. The older person may have been at first interested in this other child and then turned attention to Nevaeh. And Nevaeh may have actually been in the play area because she saw this other child already there. It is my opinion that Navaeh was already near or around her abductor at this time.



And then the charts start to show changes around 9 pm. This chart has the eleventh house ruler moving into the fourth house with the fifth house ruler following. He is taking her to a home in the neighborhood. Interestingly, the first house ruler, Jupiter, is in conjunction with Neptune in the third. This shows her mother moving around the neighborhood, either on foot or in a car. Neptune being the fourth house ruler shows the child is hidden nearby in a home; in the same neighborhood, it looks like. Uranus is angular at the fourth house cusp while it rules the third house, showing again that the mother and child are near each other in the same neighborhood. The child is being led to a home in the neighborhood, but one that is either out of sight or unsuspected. The fifth house ruler, Mars, is also sinister to a sextile with the first house ruler, Jupiter, showing no friction between the mother and daughter. I do not believe Navaeh ran away nor does the chart show her mother being involved. But the Moon is still under the Sun's beams, showing Navaeh to be in grave danger.


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And the chart for 10 pm shows the two of them in his home. He has taken the child to his home and that is where she is being hidden. And this is where he kills her. The next few charts show the child's murder clearly. At 10 pm, the fifth house ruler is Venus and it is conjunct Mars, the eleventh house ruler. This shows the child in the company of this man at his home; the Moon is still hovering under the Suns' beams, showing the person to be a man and that he is dangerous. These planets are in the sixth house. A traditional reading for the Moon in the sixth in a missing person or runaway chart is that the child will most likely never be seen again. The sixth house also shows illness or debility; it is as if the child is sick or near death. These two planets, the Sun and Moon, are both disposed of by Mercury in the fifth. Double marker for a child. And a big omen for me is the eighth house cusp; at 24 degrees of Cancer, it is now exactly square Mars, the marker for her abductor and closely square Venus, the marker for Neveah. He took her back to his home to rape her and kill her. That's the story in a nutshell.

One thing I must say in this instance. I do not see the Mother's markers at play in this chart. She is ruled by Jupiter for the most part and this planet makes no contact with the planets that are in play. It makes me think that she had no part in any of this and as bad as everything looks on the surface, she either did not know the person who did this or never suspected him at all. I think, in retrospect, that she failed the lie detector because she truly suspected her friend and thought he was responsible. I cannot say, from these charts, that he was in fact responsible. I just do not see ties between the abductors planets and hers. There is a sextile between her planet (Jupiter) and the markers (Venus and Mars) but this tells me that something she did made this easy... or just helped it along. By not watching her child more closely, for instance.. or by exposing her to different people and making her too accepting, perhaps. But I do not see direct involvement on the part of the mother. It's just not here.



And then comes the death chart. The planets start to line up; minute by minute, hour after hour, they fall into place. Saturn enters the child's fourth house at around 11 pm. This shows her being confined and held against her will. This is happening in this man's home. And then Pluto enters the child's eighth house at midnight. This shows violence, probably of a sexual nature. And then, just before midnight, Gemini moves onto the fifth house cusp with Mercury falling into the childs' twelfth house. She is restrained, sexually assaulted and killed. Mercury in Taurus rules the throat and Gemini on the fifth house cusp indicates the lungs or breathing. She was either strangled, smothered or suffocated to death. The Moon is still under the Sun's beams from the fifth house, showing murder to occur during a sexual act. The child's fourth house cusp at 0 degrees of Virgo is trine Pluto in 2 degrees Capricorn in her eighth house. Her first house Moon in Gemini is disposed of by Mercury in Taurus in her twelfth house. There is no doubt in my mind that these charts are saying she was suffocated or strangled to death just before midnight.



Now, I will make my usual weak stab at describing this horrible person. Start out, please, by knowing that he is in the same neighborhood and that he held, raped and killed this child not far from her home. The search for this man should start there. And then the chart defines him as Mars in Aries. Traditional readings give these descriptions of Mars in Aries: a man of medium stature, large boned and wiry. Long, oval shaped face with a broad forehead and high cheekbones. Thin and strong at the same time. Stand out ears set high on the head and short hair. What is described as a "military" look. This man has a long nose with wide nostrils that dilate when he's excited. He had reddish or red-brown hair with reddish brown or startling blue eyes. He has a "fiery" demeanor; hot headed, expressive, energetic and argumentative. He may be athletic and talented in martial arts or sports. Fast runner. He has a small mouth with a "smirky" smile. And his skin is rough, dry and probably freckled. Reddish, flushed tint. If a man who looks this way lives nearby or in the near neighborhoods, then he should be investigated. He would have a good reputation, known as a hard worker and enthusiastic. Not a bum, not lazy, not a trouble maker. The fact that he did this will be a surprise for everyone even though the warning signs were there. Often, society admires macho, controlling men without realizing the dangers they pose. Until they are caught doing something like this, they are admired as "strong", "virile", "masculine" and "energetic". In truth, they can be very twisted by their own proclivities, desires and needs that go unnoticed and not investigated by others.

All I can say right now is I hope they catch this man. He is bound to do this again.. and again. I hate it when it takes several murders or more for somebody to get caught... frame Ted Bundy in your mind. It is just awful that so many lives have to be taken for authorities to become aware of an evil in our midst. Of course, this is the price of living in a free society and no, I am not willing to give up freedoms in exchange for safety. We just have to be more aware, more vigilant, and willing to go beyond traditional ideology. Only when we are open to the idea that evil in our midst could be in the form of what we have come to believe is good will we be on the path to finding true security. It is in the intuition, the instinct, the "gut feeling" that truth comes through. We must learn to trust our hearts.
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Concerned on May 16, 2010, 06:33:35 AM

The search for Nevaeh Buchanan
Monday, February 15, 2010

Almost a year and 13,000 tips later, no killer has been charged with the child's death
It's the most high-profile murder case in our area in years. Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, was taken from her home and buried alive. It happened last summer, but to this day, the crime remains unsolved.

Her name was Nevaeh-- heaven spelled backward-- and on her tombstone, she's called "Monroe's Little Angel."

Diana Lawson is Nevaeh's great-aunt. She still lives in the Charlotte Arms apartment building, across the hall from where Nevaeh was last seen. That was May 24 of last year.

How Nevaeh disappeared is unclear. After a massive 10-day search, two fishermen uncovered her body. It was encased in cement along a bank of the River Raisin, near the town of Maybee.

A large, wooden cross now stands along the riverbank, marking the site where investigators recovered Nevaeh's body. It's here you'll also find signs offering a $20,000 reward to whomever can help solve this mystery.

Two weeks ago would have marked Nevaeh's sixth birthday. A small crowd gathered to remember the girl, including Nevaeh's mother, Jennifer Buchanan. Jennifer did not speak to the media.

She and Nevaeh's grandmother, who was the girl's legal guardian, have since moved out of Charlotte Arms.
Meantime, Nevaeh's aunt says she still contacts investigators, asking for updates.

We were all set to talk with a sergeant about the investigation and where it stands, when the sheriff of Monroe County pulled the plug. At this point, we are told there will be no on-camera interviews about the Nevaeh Buchanan case.

We do know the two men originally considered "persons of interest" are still in prison. George Kennedy and Roy Smith never faced new charges.

The convicted sex offenders were both found guilty of violating parole by contacting Nevaeh's family. They're currently finishing out their original sentences.

As for Nevaeh's great-aunt, she wonders how much detectives know and how much she doesn't. "They're not talking much about anything. I don't know if they've got anything, any clues."

That leaves her, and many others, to question: what led up to the killing of Monroe's little angel? Who took the young life of Nevaeh Buchanan? And perhaps the most nagging question of all -- Why?

The sheriff's office has fielded 13,000 tips. The lead detective continues to investigate every day. If you have any information, give them a call at 734-240-7550

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=news/local&id=7278752
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Concerned on May 16, 2010, 06:37:39 AM
A year later, no answers in Nevaeh Buchanan murder
George Hunter / The Detroit News

Monroe -- Risa Thompson had a distressing conversation recently with a stranger who thought her nightmare was over.

"When he found out I was related to Nevaeh, he said: 'The cops caught the guy who killed her, didn't they?' " Thompson said. "I still talk to people who think the murderer has been caught."

Thompson, cousin of slain 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan, is trying to get the word out that the killer is still on the loose.
It's been almost a year since Nevaeh was last seen by neighbors as she played on her scooter in the Charlotte Arms Apartments in the evening of May 23.

After a search that made national headlines, Nevaeh's body was found June 4 about 10 miles away by two fishermen who spotted skin beneath freshly poured concrete near the River Raisin. An autopsy later revealed she had dirt in her lungs, meaning she likely was buried alive.

The case was highlighted for several weeks after the abduction in the national media, including segments on CNN's Nancy Grace show.

But while the nationwide spotlight has waned, the pain remains for Nevaeh's family.

"It bothers me that people think this is over," said Thompson, 42, of Livonia. "Some people are surprised to hear that the killer hasn't been found."

Thompson has joined with friends and relatives to form Justice for Nevaeh, a group whose aim is to keep the case in the public eye.

The group last month held a poster campaign and passed out hundreds of fliers bearing two images of Nevaeh, along with the offer of a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer.

Sherry Buchanan broke into tears at the April 26 poster campaign as she discussed the pain of not knowing who killed her granddaughter.

"It's really hard," she said. "I still want answers. I want to see whoever did this face to face. There are so many things I want to ask. Why her? She was just a baby. I don't understand it.

"I want them to come forward; to give themselves up," the grandmother said. "I just want them to know how I feel. I hurt inside. I pray every night that they don't sleep good -- I hope they see Nevaeh's face every night like I do."

Since September, more than 10,000 posters have been passed out and hung in area grocery stores, gas stations and other businesses. In addition, Lake Erie Transit, which runs eight bus routes in Monroe County, has agreed to display large posters on the outside of two coaches, and smaller versions inside eight of their buses.

Nevaeh's friends and family say they haven't heard much from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, which is conducting the murder investigation.

"We're not hearing a lot from the police," Thompson said. "But I think they're just doing their job; they can't put information out there that they can't prove 100 percent, so they're being careful.

"They don't want a child killer to get off on a technicality."
Two sex offenders who were friends with Nevaeh's mother, Jennifer Buchanan, were arrested shortly after the girl disappeared and named "persons of interest" in the case. But while George Kennedy, who served five years in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old girl, and convicted rapist Roy Lee Smith remain in prison for parole violations, police said months ago they are not connected with Nevaeh's murder.

Phone calls to Monroe County Sheriff's detectives Friday were not returned.

Sherry Buchanan said her daughter has also been eliminated by police as a suspect, although she said people still give Jennifer Buchanan "funny looks."

"I know people think she had something to do with it, but the sheriffs told me they don't consider her a suspect," Sherry Buchanan said. "People have ridiculed my daughter. She's taking it hard."

Jennifer Buchanan appeared at the poster campaign but did not speak to the media.

"It was hard enough to get her to come," Sherry Buchanan said. "She's hurting inside. We all are."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Monroe County Sheriff's Nevaeh Buchanan Task Force at (734) 457-6713.
ghunter@detnews.com (313) 222-2134


From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100510/METRO/5100333/1409/rss36#ixzz0o5sheFwH
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: capeheart on May 16, 2010, 01:33:04 PM
I also thought that this case was solved, because there was not too much information during the year about Nevaeh. In the early stages of the case it was noted that the mother was around people who were sexual predators and I thought they had arrested someone. I truly hope the police are focusing on this case and find who killed this little girl. There was a great deal of time taken to try and conceal the body. Were there any video surveillance cameras around the area where Nevaeh went missing? Her mother should start camping on the doorstep of the police station and keep after them at least once a week about this case. This is terrifying to think that this person is out there and can harm another innocent child.  ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on May 28, 2010, 12:15:31 PM
Nevaeh killer reward fund increased
Combined reward now sits at $22,500
Updated: Wednesday, 19 May 2010, 12:00 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 19 May 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

MONROE, Mich. (WUPW) - A group in Monroe, Mich. hopes more cash will lead police to find Nevaeh Buchanan's killer.

Justice for Nevaeh is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The $1,500 is separate from the $20,000 offered from the FBI and $1,000 from Michigan Crime Stoppers.

Nevaeh was abducted during Memorial Day weekend 2009. Her case has gone unsolved for nearly a year.

Her body was found along the River Raisin a week later.

Police have not made any arrests in the case.

If you know anything, you are being asked to call Nevaeh Task Force at 734-457-6713.
http://www.foxtoledo.com/dpp/news/local/Nevaeh-killer-reward-fund-increased
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on May 28, 2010, 12:29:35 PM
Nevaeh Buchanan timeline of events

2009

May 24 – 6:30 p.m. Nevaeh Buchanan discovered missing from the parking lot of the Charlotte Arms apartment complex on N. Macomb St.; 8 p.m. police notified; 12:30 a.m. May 25 Amber Alert issued

May 25 – George Kennedy and Roy Smith, two registered sex offenders, are taken into custody for violating their probation

May 26 – Hundreds of community members gather in the Kmart parking lot and search a large part of Monroe County

May 27 – Divers search two quarries in Monroe; Jennifer Buchanan questioned for hours by investigators

May 28 – Tips number 500; 240 people at Charlotte Arms interviewed by police

May 29 – DNA extracted from blood on property owned by George Kennedy fails to match Nevaeh

May 30 – Tips number 700; hundreds attend candlelight vigil

May 31 – Man, 64, picked up for questioning after investigators learn he visited the apartment complex and was seen burning items in his back yard

June 1 – Tips number 800; up to 100 investigators involved in the case

June 2 – FBI warns the public that the case could take years to solve; police announce they are searching for two vans — one green, one silver — that were near Hollywood Elementary School and were questioning an ice cream truck driver; final press conference held

June 3 – FBI announces $20,000 reward for information in the case, with a second, private $8,000 reward being offered; prayer vigil held at apartment complex

June 4 – Fishermen discover Nevaeh’s body along the banks of the River Raisin in Raisinville Township

June 5 – Groups of people gather and pray at river site, which becomes a memorial; sheriff announces that he believes the killer is a local person

June 7 – Tips number 1,000

June 8 – Cantrick School hosts seminar for the community mourners; Jennifer Buchanan walks off during interview with CNN’s Nancy Grace

June 9 – DNA results confirm the body in the crude grave was in fact 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan; George Kennedy and Roy Smith both are sent to prison

June 11 – First of two days of visitation begins for Nevaeh’s funeral

June 12 – Tips reach 1,100

June 13 – Funeral held after an estimated 1,500 people offer condolences during visitation; motorcycle hearse proceeds through Monroe past the Custer Statue and Munson Park; community members line the streets and balloons released

June 14 – Tips reach an estimated 1,200

June 20 – Jennifer Buchanan, in an Evening News interview, again denies knowledge of involvement in her daughter’s disappearance and says many in the community have shunned her or treated her poorly

July 14 – Autopsy results released and show Nevaeh died of asphyxiation and was most likely buried alive; family says they hope she was unconscious

Aug. 6 – FBI announces a $20,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest of a suspect; number of tips slow considerably

Aug. 25 – Justice for Nevaeh forms and announces it is raising money for a bench in her honor to be placed at Riverside School at W. Elm Ave. and N. Roessler St.

Oct. 16 – During an Evening News interview, family members say they are frustrated by a lack of progress in the case and plea for the killer to come forward; Jennifer Buchanan says Nevaeh’s body had no signs of trauma or sexual assault; her body also showed that there were no drugs in her system, only caffeine

2010

April 26 – Justice for Nevaeh holds a rally at the Monroe Moose Family Center on N. Macomb St. just down the street from the site of the kidnapping, and organizers say 5,000 fliers have been printed and 2,500 had been distributed earlier; Sherry Buchanan says she has moved out of the Charlotte Arms apartment and Jennifer is staying with a friend; while Jennifer is at the rally, she declines to speak with the media.

May 22 – Justice for Nevaeh holds another rally at the Moose Lodge called “Remembering Nevaeh: One Year Later”; the event includes bounce houses, carnival games, food, live entertainment, exhibitions by local gymnastics and karate students and presentations on child safety and abuse prevention

May 24 – The Rev. Dale Hayford, pastor of Crosswalk Community Church, is expected to lead family members in prayer during a quiet and private gravesite visit to observe the one-year anniversary of Nevaeh’s abduction
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Concerned on June 15, 2010, 08:03:23 PM
Here is a nicely written memorial piece for nevaeh. 

Edsonmom, nice job on the timeline. This article confirms one other detail to add to your nice work.  It confirms that the police told nevaeh's family that she died on June 4th, the day she was found, 11 days after missing. Sadly, that puts a whole new look at what the poor lil one must have gone through.

http://www.freep.com/article/20100615/FEATURES01/6150344/1372/Features/Nevaehs-mom-caught-between-pain-anger

POSTED: JUNE 15, 2010
Nevaeh's mom caught between pain, anger
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Concerned on August 31, 2010, 09:43:35 PM
Lil "Heaven" spelled backwards. Her days on earth ended backwards of "Heaven." She will always hold a special place in my heart.

A July 6, 2010 article discloses new information about the investigation.
- "Buchanan (Nevaeh's mother) said police told her that Nevaeh was not sexually assaulted and that no drugs were found in her system."
- "An autopsy showed the child died of asphyxiation. According to local news reports, she was most likely buried alive, though police will not formally confirm details. They did say, however, that a material similar to cement was found on top of her body."
- "Police would not discuss whether the child was sexually abused, but Detective Sgt. Heath Velliquette of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said toxicology reports came back negative."
- "Police have since shifted their focus away from the two sex offenders. "We are looking in a different direction in recent months, based on our investigation," said Velliquette. Investigators are looking at another Monroe resident, but Velliquette would provide no further details."
- "This is not a cold case," Velliquette said. "We are following up leads and investigating new information every day."

For full story:  http://us.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/07/05/grace.coldcase.nevaeh.buchanan/index.html
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: capeheart on September 01, 2010, 09:35:41 PM
That is very good news related to this case. It is great that the police are still active on this case and that they are looking in another direction. Hopefully this time there will be an arrest. :( :( :( :(
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Edsonmom on October 15, 2010, 09:20:13 PM

Article published September 13, 2010
Drive to find Nevaeh's killer intensifies
Monroe group circulating posters of letter written in murdered child's voice
By JENNIFER FEEHAN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

MONROE - A group working to find the killer of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan began circulating posters Sunday that they admit are a little "in your face."
With three photos of a smiling Nevaeh followed by a picture of the river bank where her body was found and of her grave site, the posters contain an open letter from the little girl to her killer.
"Tell me, how do you sleep at night knowing what you did to me?" reads the text, written as if spoken by Nevaeh herself. "When you fall asleep, do you hear my heart beating? Do you hear me breathing? Giggling? Crying? You were once 5 just like me. Tell me, did I deserve this?"
Pittsburgh attorney Joseph Starkey, Jr., co-chairman of Justice for Nevaeh, said the group decided it was time to step up its campaign to find out how Nevaeh vanished May 24, 2009, outside the Monroe apartment complex where she lived with her mother and grandmother. Her body was found 11 days later under concrete along the banks of the River Raisin.
Some 15 months later, no arrests have been made in the nationally publicized case.
"We needed to think of a way to become a little more provocative, maybe a little more aggressive, understanding that whoever did this doesn't have a conscience - but maybe they do - or maybe someone they know does," Mr. Starkey said.
Justice for Nevaeh has increased its reward for information leading to an arrest in the case to $2,500. With $2,500 from Crime Stoppers of Michigan and $20,000 from law enforcement, the reward adds up to $25,000.
The group held a gathering at the Moose Lodge in Monroe Sunday to distribute the posters, but the event attracted just a handful of people.
The absence of a crowd unsettled Brandi Elmore, who stopped by with her husband, Dion, and their 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Alexis.
They did not know Nevaeh or her family, Ms. Elmore said, but helped search for the missing girl each evening after work until Nevaeh was found.
"It seems like people are forgetting. It's going to the back burner," Ms. Elmore said. "No matter where you live in Monroe, it happened in your backyard."
As Alexis played with a tiny stuffed kitten handed out at the event, her mother said Nevaeh's disappearance and killing were unsettling particularly because their daughter was just a year old at the time.
"We both went to the funeral. I needed closure," she recalled. "It was very hard, and when you've been searching for 11 days, that becomes part of your life."
Like the Elmores, neither Mr. Starkey nor Risa Thompson, co-chairman of the Justice for Nevaeh group, ever met the young girl.
Although Ms. Thompson is a distant cousin of Nevaeh's father, she said she was drawn to help out simply as an admittedly overprotective mother.
"She captured my heart from the beginning," said Ms. Thompson, of Garden City, Mich.
She said her group has distributed about 5,000 posters every month since it was established a year ago. Members plan to keep working to make sure the case is not forgotten.
"I will never give up," Ms. Thompson said. "If it's the last breath I take, I will still seek justice."
Justice For Nevaeh has raised money for the reward and for a scholarship fund for students at the Monroe Public Schools preschool that Nevaeh attended.
Mr. Starkey said all other costs, including printing posters, are borne by the group's members.
"This is a group of genuinely concerned citizens that want to see this case solved," he said. "… Our hope is that people don't get bored with us. I don't want people to say, 'Not them again.' I want people to say, 'Boy, those people really care.'"
The new posters conclude with a plea to call 734-457-6713, which is the Nevaeh Buchanan Task Force at the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.
"Tell them what you did or what you know so that we all can rest in peace," the poster reads. "[Signed,] Nevaeh."
Contact Jennifer Feehan at:
jfeehan@theblade.com
or 419-724-6129 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              419-724-6129
http://toledoblade.com/article/20100913/NEWS16/9120358 (http://toledoblade.com/article/20100913/NEWS16/9120358)
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Sleuth on October 16, 2010, 12:51:57 AM
Am I glad the group of wonderful citizen's who work towards, 'Justice for Nevaeh are putting up poster's of the little one, where she was found, and the words; ["Tell me, how do you sleep at night knowing what you did to me?" reads the text, written as if spoken by Nevaeh herself. "When you fall asleep, do you hear my heart beating? Do you hear me breathing? Giggling? Crying? You were once 5 just like me. Tell me, did I deserve this?" ] They are appealing to a person with a conscience, I don't think this person has a conscience.
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: capeheart on October 16, 2010, 11:56:09 AM
This animal that did this to this little girl does not have a conscience. And I just wonder what little children are in danger as we speak because of this monster. It is hard to comprehend the evil that exists out there and puts the children in so much danger.  :( :( :( :( :(
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Sap1 on July 27, 2016, 12:50:16 PM
Still no justice for Lil Heaven. Rest in peace little angel. :(

http://umbrellaofsuspicion.com/2016/05/nevaeh-buchanan-7-years-later/

MONROE, Mich.

(Via WJBK) – It has been nearly 7 years since little 5- year-old Nevaeh Buchanan disappeared outside her mother’s Monroe apartment complex on May 24, 2009. The community instantly came together searching and praying for her safe return, but sadly two weeks later a fisherman discovered her body buried on the banks of the River Raisin.Two men, George Kennedy, 39, and Roy Lee Smith, 48,  who were close to her mother and were also convicted sex offenders, were arrested on probation violations and questioned about Nevaeh’s murder – but never held responsible.

(Via ABC)~ Autopsy results showed Neveah Buchanan suffocated after inhaling dirt, according to the Associated Press, leaving investigators to believe she was still breathing when she was put into the crude grave along the banks of the River Raisin or her face was forcibly held in the dirt.

As the anniversary approaches, her family wants the mystery surrounding Nevaeh’s death to be solved once and for all. There is still a $50,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest. If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP, you can stay anonymous.
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: jellybean on July 30, 2016, 12:58:07 PM
How very sad.  Monsters, both of them.
Why would the Mom have anything to do with these two? She knew that they were sex offenders.

I wonder where the mother is today.

jb
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Sap1 on July 30, 2016, 02:18:28 PM
Mom had just gotten paroled after serving 2 years for a home invasion/robbery, and mom had moved in with her own mother (grandmother to the little girl) who had custodial rights. She left Nevaeh in the company of N's mother for just a few hours and this is what happened.
She is listed on the Net with a prison number. I hope this woman's tubes were tied, cut and lasered so there is no more opportunity for her to bear more victims. A mother she is NOT!
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Concerned on January 20, 2017, 07:12:49 PM
I am posting this story because earlier in the thread it was said that lil Nevaeh may have died on the day she was found, 11 days after she went missing. However, this new story would make you think she died sooner, perhaps by someone that held her face in the dirt, or while being buried alive with cement over top. It is so hard to imagine an innocent child having to have had such a sad end to life. At any rate, this story summarizes three, possibly four, suspects and why they may be suspected.

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Autopsy Results Show Nevaeh Buchanan May Have Been Buried Alive

By SARAH NETTER
July 17, 2009

A 5-year-old Michigan girl whose body was found in a cement-covered grave last month may have been buried alive.

Autopsy results showed Neveah Buchanan suffocated after inhaling dirt, according to the Associated Press, leaving investigators to believe she was still breathing when she was put into the crude grave along the banks of the River Raisin or her face was forcibly held in the dirt.

Nevaeh's body was found by fisherman June 4, wearing a shirt that matches the description of the clothing the little girl was last seen inbefore she disappeared from the parking lot of her Monroe, Mich., apartment complex on May 24.

Her family is now left to imagine the horrors Nevaeh experienced in her last moments alive.

"We will find out who did it," her great aunt Diana Lawson told ABC's Detroit affiliate WXYZ, "and you will see judgment day."

Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield was not immediately available for comment today, but said shortly after the discovery of Nevaeh's body that there were no visible signs of abuse and that she had been buried along the River Raisin "for awhile."

He declined to comment specifically about how the body was buried, only that it had some type of concrete or cement on the top. He also would not say what else investigators recovered from the grave.

There have not been any arrests made yet in the case.

Crutchfield has named two convicted sex offenders as persons of interest. George Kennedy, 39, and Roy Lee Smith, 48, both said to be acquaintances of Nevaeh's mother, were arrested shortly after Nevaeh's disappearance on probation violations simply for being associated with a child.

When Nevaeh's mother, Jennifer Buchanan, was told about the body found along the river, "she broke down, and broke down hard," Michael Buchanan, her brother, said last month. "She couldn't believe her daughter had to go through this."

Crutchfield said Jennifer Buchanan was cooperating with police, but would not comment when asked if they believe she knows something about the crime or who murdered her daughter.

A Gruesome Find for Family of Fishermen

Guy Bickley, along with his son and father, found the little girl's body while they were fishing along the riverbank.

Ryan Bickley, 15, told The Associated Press his father had spotted a block of poured cement and was hit by the smell he likened to a decomposing body.

Ryan said the smell "overwhelmed them" as his father moved closer to chip away at a piece of the cement, which revealed what appeared to be human skin.

Nevaeh's family members told the Detroit affiliate that they are even more suspicious now of George Kennedy, a 39-year-old registered sex offenderand friend of Nevaeh's mother, who has been named a person of interest by Monroe County police.

Kennedy, who is jailed on probation violations for simply being associated with a child, works with cement in the area where the body was found, according to the family's statements to WXYZ.

Whoever the killer is, Sherry Buchanan told the station, "I hope they give him everything that's got coming to him."

"I told the officer, I said, 'You're not going to be able to protect him,'" she said. "I said 'One way or another, I said, I am going to get to him."

Who Kidnapped Nevaeh?

In addition to Kennedy, police have also named a second person of interest in the case, another sex offender who knew Jennifer Buchanan. That man, Roy Lee Smith, 48, was released from prison last year after serving 15 years for multiple criminal sexual misconduct convictions, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections Web site. Other convictions include mulitple counts of larceny.

He, too, was jailed for probation violations.

When asked in May if Buchanan herself was a person of interest, Crutchfield replied "no comment," according to ABC affiliate WXYZ.

Smith's mother, Donna Smith, told ABCNews.com that her son is not involved in Neveah's disappearance.

"I don't believe my son has anything to do with this," Donna Smith said, adding that his previous conviction was because a 24-year-old girl he was with "decided to holler rape."

A bloody towel and a blood-stained tool, along with photos of young girls, were among the evidence confiscated from Kennedy's motel room and in a van that also has ties to Smith.

Donna Smith said her son had traded the van to Kennedy about a week and a half ago and got Kennedy's Thunderbird in return.

In 1998, Kennedy, 39, was charged with a felony for having sex with a girl under 16. That charge was later dismissed, court records show.

In addition to the 1998 charge, court records show that by 2002, Kennedy had been charged with a home invasion and accosting a 13-year-old girl. Kennedy's former court-appointed lawyer Peter Sickels told ABCNews.com that the charges were combined in a plea deal that allowed him to be released from prison in 2003.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source:  http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=8089505
Title: Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
Post by: Concerned on January 20, 2017, 07:25:33 PM
Three new sources of information I found online on this case:

This case can be heard in a podcast on American Crimecast, at https://www.americancrimecast.com/case-log/nevaeh.

Here is an interesting YouTube video that quotes family members on their suspicions, even Nevaeh's father is quoted, at https://youtu.be/7psW-hPR5-E


Also, here is a timeline of the events in Nevaeh's case as published in the Monroe News Archives, online at http://www.monroenews.com/article/20130524/NEWS/305249877:

A complete timeline of events relating to the disappearance and murder of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan of Monroe, the investigation, and the efforts to remember her. Source: Monroe News archives.

Timeline of events relating to the disappearance and murder of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan of Monroe, the investigation, and the efforts to remember her. Source: Monroe News archives.

Nevaeh Buchanan timeline of events

Posted May 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Updated May 24, 2013 at 5:30 PM

May 2009


Sunday May 24 ? 6:30 p.m. Nevaeh Buchanan discovered missing from the parking lot of the Charlotte Arms apartment complex on N. Macomb St. in Monroe. This was Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Her mother, Jennifer, started searching the apartment complex, around the grounds and near Kmart after noticing just her daughter?s scooter but not her daughter outside.

Sunday May 24 - Police notified at 8 p.m.

Evening of Sunday May 24 - Police search began, and soon included K-9 units and helicopter flights in addition to ground searches. The helicopter flights would continue for the next few days.

Monday May 25 - Amber Alert issued at 12:30 a.m. Under procedures set up in 2001, Michigan Amber Alerts were faxed to radio and TV stations through a list maintained by Michigan State Police; others who wished to receive the alerts could do so by subscribing to a cell phone text alert service. In the history of Michigan's Amber Alert program, Nevaeh was one of only 10 children who have been found dead. The vast majority are recovered alive, and within hours of the alert being posted.

Monday May 25 ? George Kennedy and Roy Smith, two registered sex offenders, are taken into custody for violating their probations.

Tuesday May 26 ? Hundreds of community members gather in the Kmart parking lot and search a large part of Monroe County.

Wednesday May 27 ? Divers search two quarries in Monroe; Jennifer Buchanan questioned for hours by investigators.


Thursday May 28 ? Tips number 500; 240 people at Charlotte Arms interviewed by police.

Thursday May 28 - About 100 federal, state and local police officers are now involved.

Thursday May 28 and Friday May 29 - Airport High School students wear yellow shirts and hang yellow ribbons on their lockers as a student-led effort to show their support for Nevaeh.

Friday May 29 ? DNA extracted from blood on property owned by George Kennedy fails to match Nevaeh.

Friday May 29 - At least 240 people have been interviewed as law enforcement continues its investigation. "They're just doing their job," one of those questioned said about police.

Saturday May 30 ? Tips number 700.

Saturday May 30 - Hundreds attend candlelight vigil in apartment courtyard.


Saturday May 30 - National media who are following the story include America's Most Wanted, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell and Nancy Grace.

Sunday May 31 ? Man, 64, picked up for questioning after investigators learn he visited the apartment complex and was seen burning items in his back yard.

June 2009

June 1 ? Tips number 800; up to 100 investigators involved in the case.

June 2 ? FBI warns the public that the case could take years to solve; police announce they are searching for two vans ? one green, one silver ? that were seen near Hollywood Elementary School (the school is now known as Arborwood North Elementary) and were questioning an ice cream truck driver; final press conference held.

June 3 - Amber Alert fliers are being distributed in a huge area of Michigan and Ohio, ranging from Flint to Maumee, Ohio.

June 3 - Numerous social media pages, Internet bulletin board discussion groups and web sites have sprung up to help find Nevaeh.


June 3 ? FBI announces $20,000 reward for information in the case, with a second, private $8,000 reward being offered; prayer vigil held at apartment complex.

June 4 - The Salvation Army of Monroe County and its Emergency Disaster Service team are serving about 300 meals a day at the Monroe County Emergency Operations Center for law enforcement officers who are involved with the search.

June 4 ? Fishermen discover Nevaeh's body along the banks of the River Raisin in Raisinville Township. According to Monroe News accounts, family members "howled in grief" when officials came to the apartment complex to officially give the news. Friends and supporters in the meantime gathered in the courtyard for prayer. Internet chatter on MonroeTalks.com and other social media sites morphed from pleas to help find the girl to expressions of grief as the headlines broke.

June 5 - Press conference took place at 10:30 a.m. so that law enforcement could report to the public and media. It was broadcast live on area TV stations.

June 5 ? Groups of people gather and pray near the river site, which has become a memorial spot.

June 6 - Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield is quoted in The Monroe News that he believes the killer is a local person.

June 6 - Monroe News editor Deborah Saul discusses the community response in her weekly column.


June 7 ? Tips number 1,000.

June 8 ? Cantrick School (now known as Arborwood South Elementary) is a location for a seminar for community mourners.

June 8 - Jennifer Buchanan walks off during interview with CNN's Nancy Grace.

June 8 - Numerous fundraisers to help with funeral expenses have been reported to The Monroe News.

June 9 ? DNA results confirm the body in the crude grave was in fact 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan; George Kennedy and Roy Smith both are sent to prison.

June 11 - Nevaeh?s obituary is printed in The Monroe News. An excerpt: ?Nevaeh was an excellent student. She enjoyed every day at preschool, and recently had graduated from the Discovery Preschool Program at Cantrick. She could often be found spending time at the playground or hanging out with her new best friend Austin. She thought that she was ?hot stuff? while driving her Power Wheels Escalade or riding her scooter. Even at the age of five, Nevaeh enjoyed the sound and look of a motorcycle.?

June 11 ? First of two days of visitation begins for Nevaeh's funeral.


June 12 ? Tips reach 1,100.

June 12 - Gestures of sympathy include a 4-foot large memorial painting and "prayer boxes" that a Toledo artist donated.

June 13 ? Nevaeh's funeral service took place after an estimated 1,500 people offer condolences during visitation and 700 attending the funeral itself. The motorcycle hearse proceeds through Monroe past the Custer Statue and Munson Park; community members line the streets and balloons are released as area residents watch the procession.

June 14 - A prayer vigil took place in the memory of Nevaeh Buchanan and other children who are missing nationwide.

June 14 - The Nevaeh Buchanan Abduction Task Force reports that evidence has been submitted to the Michigan State Police Crime laboratory in Northville.

June 14 ? Tips reach an estimated 1,200.

June 15 - A series of community grief sessions is announced with the help of Gabby?s Ladder Family Grief Center, Monroe Public Schools, Monroe County Community Mental Health Authority and Monroe County Intermediate School District.


June 15 - The Neveah story is moved off the front page of MonroeNews.com to a side page. During the next few weeks, area residents would ask why the story was no longer in the daily headlines in Monroe and regional media. The reason: there was little new information to report and only occasional updates would be available from then on.

June 20 ? Jennifer Buchanan, in a Monroe News interview, again denies knowledge of involvement in her daughter's disappearance and says many in the community have shunned her or treated her poorly.

June 25 - Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield is quoted in a Monroe News article that he is confident the case will be solved.

July 2009

July 7 - Community grief session held in Dundee.

July 14 ? Autopsy results released. They show Nevaeh died of asphyxiation and was most likely buried alive; family says they hope she was unconscious.

July 15 - Another community grief session takes place with the support services of Gabby?s Ladder Family Grief Center and Monroe Community Mental Health Authority.


July 15 - "This continues to be our highest priority. We aren't going to let off at all," Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield is quoted in The Monroe News as saying.

July 22 - A spot along Dixon Rd. in Raisinville Township, near the river spot where her body was found, continues to be treated as an ad hoc memorial space with area residents leaving stuffed animals and other memorabilia.

August 2009

Aug. 6 ? FBI announces a $20,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest of a suspect; number of tips slow considerably.

Aug. 25 ? Justice for Nevaeh committee forms and announces it is raising money for a bench in her honor to be placed at Riverside School at W. Elm Ave. and N. Roessler St.

Aug. 25 - Tips on the case have "slowed to a trickle," one of the investigators says.

Aug. 26 - Plans are announced to put a memorial bench at Riverside Early Learning Center. Those who are supporting this effort include extended family members, who are hosting a spaghetti dinner in Westland.


October 2009

Oct. 10 - A child identification program in Nevaeh's memory took place in Wayne.

Oct. 16 ? During a Monroe News interview, family members say they are frustrated by a lack of progress in the case and plea for the killer to come forward; Jennifer Buchanan says Nevaeh's body had no signs of trauma or sexual assault; her body also showed that there were no drugs in her system, only caffeine.

April 2010

April 26 ? Justice for Nevaeh holds a rally at the Monroe Moose Family Center on N. Macomb St. just down the street from the site of the kidnapping. Organizers say 5,000 fliers have been printed and 2,500 had been distributed earlier; Sherry Buchanan says she has moved out of the Charlotte Arms apartment and Jennifer is staying with a friend; while Jennifer is at the rally, she declines to speak with the media.

May 2010

May 22 ? Justice for Nevaeh holds another rally at the Moose Lodge called "Remembering Nevaeh: One Year Later"; the event includes bounce houses, carnival games, food, live entertainment, exhibitions by local gymnastics and karate students and presentations on child safety and abuse prevention.


May 24 ? The Rev. Dale Hayford, pastor of Crosswalk Community Church, is expected to lead family members in prayer during a quiet and private gravesite visit to observe the one-year anniversary of Nevaeh's abduction.

June 2010

Early June - A memorial bench in Nevaeh's honor is dedicated at Riverside Early Learning Center's playground. The preschool program she once attended at Cantrick had by that time moved to the Riverside building.

Late June - Justice for Nevaeh Committee hosts a reward canvassing and information event.

September 2010

Sept. 12 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a public awareness event to help launch a poster campaign. The text on the poster released this date is addressed to the killer: "Tell me. How do you sleep at night, knowing what you did to me?"

October 2010


October - An anonymous donor gave $25,000 toward the reward, increasing the Justice for Nevaeh reward to $27,500. The reward offered by Crimestoppers Michigan remained at $2,500 and the Nevaeh Buchanan Task Force at $20,000. In total, the reward could be $50,000.

November 2010

Late November - Three young brothers ? Andrew, Alex and Tanner Skelton ? went missing from Morenci. Some of those who searched for Nevaeh also joined the Skelton search parties. As of May 2014, those boys are still missing.

January 2011

Jan. 20 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a poster canvassing event.

Jan. 21 - "It's frustrating but I still have hope," said Nevaeh's mother, Jennifer Buchanan, said in an interview with The Monroe News. "I feel like we're getting closer."

February 2011


Feb. 17 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a poster canvassing event.

March 2011

March 31 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a poster canvassing event.

April 2011

April 9 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a children's Easter Egg hunt and party. More than 200 children and 150 adults attend.

May 2011

May 28 - Justice for Nevaeh committee helps organize a tree planting ceremony at Riverside Early Learning Center on Roessler St. and a playground dedication at Monroe Moose Family Center 884.


June 2011

June 16 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a poster canvassing event.

July 2011

July 21 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a poster canvassing event.

August 2011

Aug. 28 - Justice for Neveah committee hosts a Back to School Bash.

September 2011


Sept. 22 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a poster canvassing event.

November 2011

Nov. 17 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a poster canvassing event.

Nov. 22 and 23 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a toy drive for its upcoming children's party.

December 2011

Dec. 6 - Joe Starkey of Justice for Nevaeh, in an interview with The Monroe News, says "We are very confident that this crime will be solved. The investigation is still very active at many levels of law enforcement. ... Personally, I am driven by outrage and anger. Remember that on a cold, dark night in late spring of 2009, someone abducted Nevaeh, took her to the banks of the River Raisin, and murdered her in a most heinous way."

Dec. 11 - Justice for Nevaeh hosts two childrens' parties for its third annual Christmas celebration.


January 2012

Jan. 19 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a poster canvassing event and a Mom 2 Mom clothing swap.

February 2012

Feb. 2 - In honor of Nevaeh's birthday, the Justice for Nevaeh committee launched the Reading Train Reading Program. This campaign is intended to encourage reading among children, and promote parental participation in a child's education.

March 2012

March 2 - Justice for Nevaeh committee lends its expertise and support as community members look for a runaway Bedford Township teen.

May 2012


May 23 - In an interview published in The Monroe News, Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said investigators are closer to arresting the person they believe is responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Nevaeh Buchanan, the 5-year-old girl who was snatched from an apartment complex three years ago.

May 27 - Candlelight vigil in Nevaeh's memory takes place at St. Mary's park.

May 29 - "We're back to square one," a police investigator told The Monroe News.

May 30 - The Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts a poster distribution event.

August 2012

Aug. 22 - The Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts its annual Back to School Bash.

October 2012


Oct. 23 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts its annual Monster Mash children's party.

December 2012

Dec. 11 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts its annual children's Christmas party.

Late December - The national Amber Alert system retires a subscriber-only cell phone text message service that was available at the time of Nevaeh's death, and now uses the Wireless Emergency Alert system to sends notifications to all mobile devices within a specified area. Updates also were made to the radio and television station notifications, so that the messages arrive via the Emergency Alert System network, a digital service that automatically interrupts the broadcast to provide an emergency message from authorities.

May 2013

May 22 - Focus on the Children committee hosts a spaghetti dinner to raise money for the Nevaeh Scholarship Fund to help Monroe-area families with preschool expenses.

June 2013


June 2 - Baby Elaina Steinfurth was last seen in Toledo. Some of the volunteer searchers involved in the Nevaeh case got involved with looking for this toddler. After her body was found in September, her mother and the mother's former boyfriend were both sentenced in Lucas County Common Pleas Court to life in prison.

August 2013

Aug. 13 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts its Back to School party.

October 2013

Oct. 25 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts its Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat.

December 2013

Dec. 20 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts its Christmas party. About 170 people attended the event at the Monroe Council 1266, Knights of Columbus, hall, where children could visit with Santa and win prizes, and parents could make arrangements for a child identification kit. Families in need also were invited to pick out Christmas gifts in a separate room.


April 2014

April 4 - Justice for Nevaeh committee hosts its Easter Egg Hunt and Party.

May 2014

May 12 - Justice for Nevaeh committee promises $1,000 to Waterloo Elementary School?s playground project.

May 22 - The Monroe News publishes a report that several investigators say they believe they who took and killed Nevaeh Buchanan; his name was not published but details provided include the fact this man was not any of the "persons of interest" named early in the investigation and that he is in prison on another felony charge.

May 24 - During the last five years, Justice for Nevaeh has handed out more than 10,000 reward posters, given preschool scholarships, hosted more than 20 children's events, written newsletters and contributed $2,500 toward what is now a $50,000 reward in the case

May 24 - Justice for Nevaeh hosts a memorial event and balloon release at St. Mary's Park. Some family members and several searchers were among the dozens who attended, other relatives marked the date by making a private visit to the riverfront area.

May 25 - Five years after Nevaeh was found, Monroe News columnist Tom Treece explains that fisherman Guy Bickley and his son Ryan still tend the site along the riverbank in her memory. Mr. Bickley said he believes others no longer fish there.

Last update: May 25, 2014.