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ASHLEY JOHNSON-BARR: Alaska vs. Peter Wilson for kidnapping, rape, murder of 10 year old

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Large, multi-agency search underway for missing girl in Kotzebue


    A massive, multi-agency search is underway in the Northwest Alaska city of Kotzebue for a 10-year-old girl who vanished two days ago, officials said.

    Ashley Johnson-Barr, 10, did not return home after going outside to play Thursday afternoon, said Clement Richards Sr., mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough.

    She was last seen at about 5:30 p.m. that day, at the Rainbow Park playground, the mayor said. Her family reported her missing when they couldn't find her.

    "I'm deeply concerned she hasn't been found yet," Richards said. "We're a small community where everyone knows everyone, so were trying as hard as we can to find her."

    Richards said up to 50 people have been involved in the search at any one time. That includes volunteers and local authorities going door-to-door with pictures of the dark-haired girl, and searching through abandoned buildings.

    The U.S. Coast Guard has flown two helicopters searching for Barr, including over waters outside the city of about 3,200 along the Chukchi Sea.


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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Kotzebue search under way for missing girl, 10

    Search efforts are continuing this weekend for a girl missing since Thursday in the Northwest Alaska community of Kotzebue.

    According to the Northwest Arctic Borough’s Facebook page, “hundreds of volunteers” are assisting Alaska State Troopers, Kotzebue police and borough and Arctic Circle search-and-rescue personnel looking for Ashley Johnson-Barr.

    “Please exercise caution and respect around town, as most of the searchers are on foot and walking through yards and behind houses,” borough officials wrote.

    Johnson-Barr has been missing since Thursday afternoon, according to borough staff, with search efforts suspended overnight Friday and resuming Saturday morning.

    Troopers spokespersons referred questions to Kotzebue police, who were preparing a statement on the search Saturday afternoon.

    Volunteers are being asked to report to the borough’s Assembly chambers, with food donations for searchers being accepted at Cudd Hall.

    “Taikuu to everyone who has volunteered already!” borough officials wrote.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search continues for Kotzebue girl missing since Thursday

    A multi-agency search with dozens of volunteers is continuing for a 10-year-old girl who went missing from the town of Kotzebue Thursday evening.

    The Northwest Arctic Borough took to Facebook Sunday morning to post a missing persons bulletin issued by the Alaska State Troopers. The borough wrote that officials and volunteers are "still actively searching for Ashley Johnson-Barr within town and the surrounding area."

    According to the post, the borough is looking for additional "adult volunteers to search in teams in specific locations on foot."

    Troopers write that the girl was last seen leaving Rainbow Park at 6 p.m. Thursday, wearing a pink sweater and jeans.

    Nathan Littlejohn, a spokesperson for the United States Coast Guard, said an MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter had been used in a thorough search of the area for Johnson-Barr on Friday.

    According to Littlejohn, that search was the full extent of the Coast Guard's involvement in the effort and their resources had not been requested again.

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  5. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    FBI agents to join search for missing Kotzebue girl

    Ten Alaska FBI agents are heading to Kotzebue as a search continues for a 10-year-old girl, officials said.

    Ashley Johnson-Barr has been missing since Thursday. She was last seen at the Rainbow Park playground in the Northwest Alaska town around 5:30 p.m. Her family reported her missing when she didn't come home.

    The girl's cellphone was found "in the street" about half a mile from the park, according to a statementfrom Kotzebue Police Chief Thomas Milliette.

    Read more: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2018/09/10/fbi-agents-to-join-search-for-missing-kotzebue-girl/
  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Well that makes it sound less likely that she accidentally fell into the water... :/
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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    'Still a search and rescue'; Troopers update on search for missing Kotzebue girl

    Search and rescue teams are continuing their exhaustive search of Kotzebue and the surrounding area for a 10-year-old girl missing since Thursday.

    Dozens of volunteers are teaming up with 15 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in a search led by the Alaska State Troopers.

    Volunteers are joining search and rescue teams with dogs to look for Ashley Johnson-Barr, who vanished after last being seen near Rainbow Park around 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

    Crews are going block by block, looking into abandoned buildings and any spot local kids are known to hide. So far, officials say only a cell phone has been discovered around a mile in the opposite direction from the girl’s usual route home.

    Wayne Booth-Johnson, Ashley’s uncle, said he traveled down from Kiana to help with the search. He said it is unlike her to go missing or to hide.

    Booth-Johnson said that volunteers are put into small search and rescue crews to look at a small two or three block area before coming back to the borough building to debrief.

    Crews use the My Tracks app to show team leaders exactly where they’ve been. Booth-Johnson said the family wants to thank the volunteers, and particularly the dozens of strangers, who have come out to help with the search.

    When asked what he would say if a person knew where she was, Booth-Johnson said, “please bring her home.”

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  8. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    This doesn't sound good at all. Someone in a vehicle must have abducted Ashley and then threw her cell phone out the window. :(

    I hope this ends with Ashley returning home safely. Whoever has her, you won't get away with it!
  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Kotzebue search for missing girl expands to coastline

    The search area for a missing Kotzebue girl has been expanded to include coastline of the Kotzebue Sound.

    Jonathan Taylor, the communications director for the Alaska Department of Public Safety, said the case is still considered a search and rescue mission.

    Two more FBI agents have joined the effort, bringing the total to 17; ten Alaska State Troopers, one Village Public Safety Officer and three Kotzebue Police officers are also assisting.

    There are currently two K-9 search teams in Kotzebue and another is on the way.

    Volunteers have been scouring the area for days. Taylor said there will soon be limited opportunities for more experienced searchers.

    “Some of the areas along the coastline and other areas that will need searchers to continue to canvas are a little more challenging as far as terrain goes. So we want to make sure folks are safe,” Taylor said.

    According to Taylor, search crews have covered nearly 10 square miles of ground and have over 1,000 searcher hours.

    "To answer your question of how much land we've covered in the search and rescue, we have searched 9.5 square miles (which includes the surface of the lagoon at 1.35 sq mi), he said. "This is from the incident management team and doesn’t include areas folks may have searched on their own. AIMT is keeping detailed maps with GPS Tracking."

    Taylor said teams are using boats to get a better look of shorelines around the Kotzebue Sound, Swan Lake and Kotzebue Lagoon. Alaska Wildlife Troopers also had an aircraft scanning from the sky.

    It’s reported Ashley was last seen at Rainbow Park around 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on September 6. Her cell phone was later found in front of the NANA building a few blocks away -- in the opposite direction of her house.

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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  11. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    I wonder if someone may have taken her to the coast and gotten her on a boat. Is there much ship traffic in that area?

    She could have been taken on an airplane, too. Would a small airport keep a log of when planes took off? Thinking they could determine which airplane(s) took off shortly after Ashley was abducted and look for the owner/pilot.
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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search continues in Alaska for missing 10-year-old girl

    Nearly a week has passed since 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr went missing from a northwest Alaska community.

    In cold water, three divers search under floating docks and small boats.

    Above ground, crews are deployed to recheck areas not searched thoroughly for any clues to where Johnson-Barr is.

    "Every little willow in case we find something small of hers or anything. We're searching this way and then we'll go that way. Keep searching," said volunteer Clara Walker.

    Despite their days of hard work, authorities say the volunteer army is set to be scaled down.

    “We expect that the areas that volunteers are capable of searching, the vast majority of them will likely have thoroughly been canvassed by this evening, " said Jonathon Taylor, DPS Communications Director.

    Over 1,000 hours of searching has been done and continues.

    Despite the enormous expanse, officials aren't giving up hope.

    "Right now, as we're working with our search and rescue personnel, we're asking them to search for her as if she's still alive because we'd like her to be safely reunited with her loved ones,” said Jonathon Taylor, DPS Communications Director.

    However, Taylor said weather conditions are becoming a factor.

    “I think in the briefing this morning to volunteers there was a comment made that we are getting to the point now where it is getting cold outside and so we need that urgency because if she is in an area where there's exposure, things of that nature, we need to find her and we need to get her where she would be safe from cooler temperatures that are coming," said Taylor.

    Officials say they plan to expand the search further outside of Kotzebue on Thursday.

  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    This is so sad! Such a vast area and yes, winter is coming quickly. :tears:
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  14. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Search for Alaska Missing Girl Turns Shifts to Investigation
    A search that includes multiple FBI agents has yielded no sign of a 10-year-old girl who went missing in a remote, largely Inupiat Eskimo town north of the Arctic Circle on Alaska's western coast.
    Sept. 13, 2018, at 3:34 p.m.


    Alaska State Troopers, lead agency in the case, said Thursday authorities are shifting their focus from a search and rescue mission to a law-enforcement investigation.

    Lt. David Hanson said in a statement the probe also is looking at whether a crime might have been involved.

    More at: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alaska/articles/2018-09-13/search-for-alaska-missing-girl-turns-shifts-to-investigation
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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I understand the need for immediate search and rescue, but I hope they were also looking at this angle all along.
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  16. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    impressive community effort for this beautiful child:

    Local weekly newspaper September 11th

    Communities come together in search for missing girl
    Residents across the Northwest Arctic are coming together, in person and in spirit, in support of a massive search for a missing girl.
    Ashley Johnson-Barr, 10, of Kotzebue, was reported missing by her parents, Scotty and Josie, on Sept. 6 when she didn't return home from a local park. In the days since, hundreds of volunteers have rallied both in her hometown and in the outlying villages knocking on doors, cooking hot meals and walking the streets to aid in the effort to find her.

    (photo of Ashley holding her Honor Roll certificate)

    Local search and rescue personnel, along with dozens of community members, have done sweeps throughout the town, checking inside homes and across the tundra.

    "Businesses closed to allow employees to help, people took leave to help, food poured in," said local resident Maija Katak Lukin. "(S)earchers swept the town on foot, from end to end, walking through willows, knocking on doors, looking under buildings. New community members, old community members, every denomination, race, and political party came together to help search for our little girl." She estimated more than a hundred people volunteered in the first days of the search.

    Days started end ended with prayers in the search and rescue meeting base in the assembly chambers and in homes around the area. Hunters donated caribou meat, which was passed out to families who offered to cook it and bring it back. Others pulled moose and fish out of fridges and freezers and prepared it in large stew pots to serve.

    "Cooking warm food is so important to wellbeing, (and not) having to worry about a warm meal while struggling with this traumatic (event)." said Erin Conwell, one of the volunteer cooks. "My mother raised me in Fairbanks and I was deeply immersed into Athabaskan culture, meaning that in times of need, whether a death or other stressful time of need, people being together (is) important, whether that's in groups searching for a person ... or groups cooking together ... Cooking is what I was raised to do."

    The borough put out a call for snacks and food that could be taken out into the field with searchers to be brought to the meeting site, as well. It's a call that, like the others, will be answered.

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    noZme Bronze Member

    & those are only the offenders who have been caught. It's scary to think how many more there could be.
  19. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    No plan to scale down search as efforts move toward investigation

    The search for a missing 10-year-old girl from Kotzebue was widened Thursday, with searchers turning toward Kotzebue Sound and surrounding waterways.

    Alaska State Troopers say search efforts for Ashley Johnson-Barr are shifting more toward investigation and analysis, including of a cellphone — the only evidence that's been found so far.

    Jonathon Taylor with the Department of Public Safety says that, despite the shift, there are no plans to scale down the number of law enforcement officers involved in the search.

    Currently, there are 17 FBI special agents, 10 Alaska State Troopers and three dog teams working with the Kotzebue Police Department, under the leadership of AST. Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are also assisting efforts.

    A bloodhound named Abby was brought in and could be seen searching around Kotzebue on Thursday, including the area close to Rainbow Park, the last spot that witnesses report seeing Barr-Johnson last Thursday.

    A search and rescue dog named Taku was working with her handlers in the afternoon outside of town on the tundra. She ran through thick brush on shorelines and swam through ponds, directed by her handlers on shore.

    The teams on the ground were assisted by a crew flying in a helicopter owned and operated by the Northwest Arctic Borough that spent the day taking aerial photos for investigators. Two United States Coast Guard helicopters also performed two flights.

    In the southern end of town, three divers searched underwater near the Ralph Wien Memorial Airport.

    Meanwhile, local volunteers were partnered with FBI special agents Thursday morning to knock on doors around town and follow up on leads.

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  20. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search continues for missing girl but authorities suspect foul play

    A search that includes 17 FBI agents has yielded no sign of a 10-year-old girl who went missing in a remote, largely Inupiat Eskimo town north of the Arctic Circle on Alaska’s western coast, prompting authorities to investigate whether foul play was involved.

    Ashley Johnson-Barr was last seen playing with friends at a local park in Kotzebue a week ago. Her cellphone was later found a half mile from Rainbow Park, in the opposite direction as her home in the community of about 3,100 people.

    "We are confident that someone in this community knows what happened to Ashley and needs to come forward and share that information with us," Hanson said.

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