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Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
« Reply #45 on: July 27, 2016, 12:50:16 PM »
Still no justice for Lil Heaven. Rest in peace little angel. :(


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Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
« Reply #46 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.

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Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
« Reply #47 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!


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Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
« Reply #48 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.

Autopsy Results Show Nevaeh Buchanan May Have Been Buried Alive

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 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 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.



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Re: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, Monroe, MI - Body found
« Reply #49 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

Here is an interesting YouTube video that quotes family members on their suspicions, even Nevaeh's father is quoted, at

Also, here is a timeline of the events in Nevaeh's case as published in the Monroe News Archives, online at

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 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 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.
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