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Title: Autumn Taggart (31), Murdered, June 10/2018, Windsor, ON
Post by: George Fayne on August 08, 2018, 11:01:33 PM

Police look for vehicle in Windsor murder case and release cause of death
Investigators believe victim's child was inside the home where the homicide happened

June 23, 2018

Windsor police release photo of homicide victim Autumn Taggart, also known as Maya Madolyn. (Windsor police)
Just a day after Windsor police released the photo of a recent homicide victim, authorities now say they're looking for more information about a vehicle possibly involved with the case.

Police are seeking a dark, newer model SUV that was parked behind the apartment building where Autumn Taggart's body was found on June 10 around 8 p.m. The apartment building is located at the corner of University Avenue West and McKay Avenue. It's believed the vehicle was there from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. earlier that same day.

Investigators also say her 9-year-old child was inside the home when it happened.

The cause of death has been listed as blunt force trauma to parts of Taggart's body. The 31-year-old woman also goes by the name of Maya Madolyn.

Windsor police investigating woman found dead in her apartment as a homicide

With hopes of engaging more people who aren't connected to social media, police will have the mobile command post stationed at the intersection of McKay Avenue and University Avenue West on Saturday and Sunday.

Authorities are asking neighbours in the area to look around their yards for items that don't normally belong there.

Title: Re: Autumn Taggart (31), Murdered, June 10/2018, Windsor, ON
Post by: freeman on August 09, 2018, 09:50:25 AM
A couple of weeks after her murder there was a violent robbery in the house right next to the building where AT was murdered, police are not saying if there was a connection

Title: Re: Autumn Taggart (31), Murdered, June 10/2018, Windsor, ON
Post by: George Fayne on August 09, 2018, 11:41:19 AM
Windsor does seem to have a robbery/b&e issue...

Title: Re: Autumn Taggart (31), Murdered, June 10/2018, Windsor, ON
Post by: freeman on August 17, 2018, 01:09:57 PM
Arrest made
Title: Re: Autumn Taggart (31), Murdered, June 10/2018, Windsor, ON
Post by: Sap1 on August 17, 2018, 02:59:47 PM
Wow, that was fast. Thank God for armchair warriors on social media! :) Just too bad Autumn had not reached out to police to begin with.
Title: Re: Autumn Taggart (31), Murdered, June 10/2018, Windsor, ON
Post by: freeman on August 28, 2018, 09:04:57 AM
They named the suspect in the murder

He is a Canadian but was arrested in Washington State.
Title: Re: Autumn Taggart (31), Murdered, June 10/2018, Windsor, ON
Post by: George Fayne on August 28, 2018, 11:38:55 AM
From the Seattle Times:

Canadian man wanted for rape and murder in Windsor, Ontario, arrested in Kent

Originally published August 28, 2018 at 6:00 am Updated August 27, 2018 at 8:42 pm

By Agueda Pacheco-Flores
Seattle Times staff reporter
A Canadian man, wanted in the June 2018 rape and homicide of a 31-year-old mother in Windsor, Ontario, as her young son lay listening in the next room, has been arrested at his parents’ home in Kent and is facing extradition in U.S. District Court.

Jitesh Bhogal was arrested on a federal warrant issued earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Seattle after he was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault in Canada on Aug. 5. Bhogal faces a detention and status hearing  Friday before Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue.

Prosecutors indicate they intend to file formal extradition papers soon, according to the court docket.

If convicted in Canada, he faces life in prison.

Bhogal is accused in the June 10 killing of Autumn Taggart, who was found in her third-floor-apartment bedroom late that day by her former boyfriend after their 9-year-old son said his mother had been in bed all day and he could not wake her.  Taggart is identified in U.S. court documents only by her initials.

Court documents say Homeland Security agents in Detroit, acting at the behest of Canadian authorities, followed Bhogal to a bar after he became a suspect in the crime and obtained Bhogal’s DNA from a beer glass, allegedly matching it to DNA found on Taggart’s body by forensic pathologists.

Bhogal is identified in court documents as a 28-year-old Canadian citizen who works in Detroit for a “major automobile manufacturer” as a “senior design release engineer.” Documents indicate he traveled almost daily between the United States and Canada.

According to court documents containing information provided by Canadian authorities, Bhogal had been at an apartment next door to the victim with an acquaintance, where they made arrangements to buy a small amount of cocaine.  The friend said Bhogal also wanted to hire a prostitute.

Taggart’s neighbor told police that he and Bhogal “consumed” some cocaine while sitting in Bhogal’s car — a late-model SUV — and then the friend took the drugs inside, later telling police he had intended to rob Bhogal all along. He told investigators he left Bhogal in the parking lot.

Later that morning, the neighbor awoke and saw that Bhogal’s vehicle was still in the parking lot, near the victim’s apartment. Investigators later found footprints on the roof of another truck that had been parked beneath the apartments and believe the killer accessed the victim’s home by climbing up two exterior balconies and entered through an unlocked sliding-glass door, according to court documents.

Police were first able to identify Bhogal through his cellphone number, which was used to make the drug deal. Investigators began tracking his movements, and said his travel and appearance changed after the date of the slaying.

Officials say Bhogal had a NEXUS identification card, a special form of ID for “low-risk travelers” to avoid long waits at border-entry points, according to documents.

Homeland Security agents followed Bhogal to a Michigan bar, where they took a beer glass he drank from and used it to obtain DNA that Canadian officials say matched evidence from the crime scene, according to documents.

Investigators say he left the vehicle he was allegedly driving the night Taggart was killed at his parents’ home in Kent, and he obtained a Washington driver’s license.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, the Windsor Police Service (WPS) was dispatched to the victim’s apartment the evening of June 10 after her 9-year-old son texted his father using his mother’s phone saying “mommy won’t wake up.”

When authorities arrived and entered her room, according to documents, they found Taggart’s body. An autopsy showed she had been badly beaten, raped and strangled.

According to statements made by the 9-year-old child to Windsor police, a man came into his room and told him to go to his bed and sleep. Afterward, the boy said he “heard a girl screaming … but did not get up to investigate because he was scared,” according to court papers. The boy spent the day watching TV and eating cookies before texting his father at almost 8 p.m. because his mother was still in bed, the document say.

A phone call to Bhogal’s defense lawyer, Gregory Murphy, was not returned.

Title: Re: Autumn Taggart (31), Murdered, June 10/2018, Windsor, ON
Post by: Concerned on August 30, 2018, 03:49:32 PM
That poor little boy. I hope he can find a way to put the past behind him and move forward in a healthy way.