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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

    BSAR Members Join Search For Ashley Johnson-Barr In Kotzebue

    Three Bethel Search and Rescue members are flying to Kotzebue to join the search for Ashley Johnson-Barr.

    Bethel Search and Rescue Members Sam Samuelson and Jim Pete are scheduled to fly out Friday, September 14 on the noon jet from Anchorage to Kotzebue to help look for the missing girl. Pete is also bringing his St. Bernard search dog named D.O.G.

    “We have been training our search dog for a year, and we thought it’d be a big help to shorten up this search and help recover this missing girl,” said Pete, talking to KYUK from the Anchorage airport.

    Pete and Samuelson are both senior members of Bethel Search and Rescue. This will be D.O.G.’s third search since completing his training. They are expecting to join the search in Kotzebue this afternoon and have been coordinating with the Alaska Search and Rescue Association incident command. Pete doesn’t know when they’ll return to Bethel.

    “We hope to get this concluded as soon as we can," Pete said, "but there’s no set date scheduled to coming back yet."

    Ravn Alaska donated three seats to get the team from Bethel to Kotzebue. They had to fly out of Bethel on Thursday to catch Friday's noon flight out of Anchorage. Pete has been using his layover in the city to stock up on supplies for D.O.G.

    “He’s food rewarded," Pete explained, "and I wanted to get him more treats and collapsible bowls for when we’re working, so I can water him and feed him while we’re out on the trail.”

    D.O.G's treat of choice is bacon.

    Both Samuelson and Pete are departing from Anchorage wearing purple t-shirts. The color is Ashley Johnson-Barr’s favorite and has become a symbol of hope and support for the search.

    Also on Friday evening, the community of Mountain Village is holding a prayer walk at 5:30 p.m. to show support for the family of Ashley Johnson-Barr and the city of Kotzebue. They are asking everyone to wear purple.

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  2. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    ‘We are one’: As Kotzebue prays for return of missing girl, an entire state joins in

    By Friday, people in dozens of villages and cities across Alaska were holding walks or prayer sessions or wearing purple — the girl's favorite color — in support of the people of Kotzebue and Ashley's parents, Walter "Scotty" Barr and Josie Johnson.


    Scotty Barr said in a text message Friday that his daughter was a "very happy person" who "always had a smile no matter what."

    Ashley liked playing basketball and went to church every week, Barr wrote. She loved to use her allowance to buy things for her friends, he said. She loved her niece and was "willing to do anything for her."

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    kdg411 Resource Mod

  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Troopers: Missing 10-year-old Alaska girl found dead

    A 10-year-old girl has been found dead Friday, authorities said, more than a week after she was reported missing in a remote Inupiat Eskimo town on Alaska’s northwestern coast.

    Ashley Johnson-Barr’s remains were found east of Kotzebue, Alaska State Troopers said.

    The Alaska State Troopers are the lead agency in the case. No other information about the discovery of her body was immediately released.

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Man arrested after body of missing Kotzebue girl is found

    Federal investigators said Friday evening they have made an arrest in connection with the disappearance of Ashley Johnson-Barr, whose body was found east of Kotzebue earlier in the day after she'd been missing more than a week.

    Peter Wilson of Kotzebue, 41, has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of the 10-year-old girl, and faces charges of making false statements to a federal agent, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

    "He's being transferred to Anchorage to face these charges," the agency said in a written statement.

    Agents are working to "process the scene" where the body was found, said Staci Feger-Pellessier, an FBI spokesperson, late Friday. She did not refer to the location of the body's discovery as a crime scene.

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  6. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    :bawling: I just saw this. Why does this keep happening?

    RIP sweet Ashley.
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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I know it! She should be playing with Barbie dolls today.
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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    "From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you": Family of Ashley Johnson-Barr expresses gratitude for community support

    The family of Ashley Johnson-Barr released a statement Sunday thanking everyone for the outpouring of support as they mourn the loss of the 10-year-old, who was missing for days before her body was recovered Friday evening.

    "The outpouring of support from the state, from the country, and from the entire the world is hard to explain but we are so thankful for the walks, the candlelight vigils and the fundraisers.

    Thank you for keeping our family, our town in your prayers, we feel them. We would not be able to live through this without your prayers and support. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you.

    It so hard to know that we will never see our baby girl again on earth but we know she is in heaven and her soul is at peace. It will always be hard for us but we felt the love from everyone, and we can use this strength to carry on. For eight days we hope and pray for a better outcome but when she was found a small sense of peace came over us. This is not what we wanted, we wanted our baby girl to graduate high school to have a family, but she won't be able to do that.

    On behalf of the family, I would like to say thank you, thank you for all your support, thank you for all your comfort, your love that you've shown to our family."

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  9. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Man charged in connection with Alaska girl’s death


    An Alaska man found with the cellphone of a missing 10-year-old girl was charged Monday in connection with her death after GPS coordinates of where the phone had traveled led authorities to the girl's body.

    Peter Wilson, 41, of Kotzebue, Alaska, was formally charged Monday with making false statements as police tried to find Ashley Johnson-Barr, who had been missing since Sept. 6. The girl's body was found Friday just outside the remote town located on Alaska's northwestern coast.

    Wilson, 41, will make his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Anchorage on Tuesday. Online court records do not list an attorney for Wilson.

    Police interviewed a woman they identified only as JJ in the affidavit. She told investigators she found a cellphone in the pocket of a jacket belonging to Wilson, who occasionally stays with her.

    JJ said that late in the evening of Sept. 6, she and Wilson were at her home. She heard a cellphone ringing repeatedly, and she followed the sound to his jacket.

    "When she picked up the phone and tried to unlock it, she said Ashley's name displayed on the screen," the document says.

    She knew the girl and her family and called Ashley's parents, who told her the girl was missing. The girl's father retrieved the phone and later gave it to police.

    According to the affidavit, Wilson told the girl's father and police that he found the phone a half mile away from the park.

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Okay, so her phone was never actually found where police said it was found early on. This guy just put her phone in his pocket, left it on, and never even dumped it.

    Thank god for stupid criminals. How could they possibly have not been onto this guy from day one.
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  11. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Wilson is a beast - Did cops actually believe his story about the phone?
  12. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    He had possession of a missing girl’s phone - I’m ever the optimist so IMO the authorities could probably tell that something wasn’t adding up with him. Then when the phone location data became available they probably knew he lied about it being in the street. Then it’s just a matter of time until they find where she is, and they can prove a crime had occurred. Just speculation, of course.
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  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Man charged with murder over death of 10-year-old Alaska girl

    An Alaska man was charged today in the death of a 10-year-old girl whose remains were found more than a week after she was reported missing.

    State prosecutors charged Peter Wilson of Kotzebue with first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual abuse of a minor and tampering with evidence in connection with the death of Ashley Johnson-Barr. An autopsy revealed signs of strangulation and sexual abuse, and DNA evidence also linked him to the crime, according to prosecutors.

    Wilson, 41, pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges of making false statements as FBI agents and others searched for Ashley in Kotzebue, a remote Inupiat town on Alaska's northwestern coast.

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  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Trial date delayed for man charged with murder of 10-year-old Kotzebue girl

    A state trial date for Peter Wilson, the man accused in the kidnapping, rape and murder of a young girl from Kotzebue was delayed Wednesday.

    Wilson, who is accused of taking the life of 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr, was scheduled to go to trial at the end of December.

    But piles of police reports, and a potential conflict with the Public Defender Agency have slowed things down.

    The new trial date is set for late March 2019.

    Prosecutors say Wilson's case is complex with a large amount of evidence.

    The Public Defender Agency raised concerns about representing Wilson, as the agency already represents two people named as possible witnesses in the case.

    Judge Michael McDonald, presiding from Fairbanks, called Wilson's case "very serious," and told the parties it must be treated as a "very high priority."

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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Johnson-Barr murder suspect to get mental health evaluation

    The man accused of raping and killing a 10-year-old Kotzebue girl last year has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

    The order for Peter Wilson, 42, was handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess according to federal court records. It came in response to “defense counsel's concerns on defendant's mental competency,” regarding a charge that Wilson made false statements to FBI agents investigating the disappearance of 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr.

    Chloe Martin, a spokeswoman for Alaska U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder’s office, said Wednesday that Burgess’ order will temporarily place Wilson in federal Bureau of Prisons custody out of state. It wasn’t immediately clear where Wilson would be taken, or for how long his evaluation would continue.

    “Those usually take months,” Martin said.

    The order also vacated Wilson’s jury trial on the federal false statements charge, which had been set to begin April 1.

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  16. Canucklady

    Canucklady Active Member

    After the phone was found in this piece of craps pocket I would have loved 5 minutes with him and a pair of pliers. Maybe she was still alive then and could have been reunited with her family.
    I've said it before and I will say it again.....hopefully he has a really big cell mate with a hate on for child sexual offenders who doles out some jail house justice.
    RIP sweet angel.:vigil:
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  17. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Nine months and a long Arctic winter have come and gone since the abduction, sexual assault and murder of 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr in the northwest Alaska hub community of Kotzebue.

    Signs of Ashley can be found everywhere in this town of 3,200. At the cemetery, groups of kids gather at the purple-painted wooden cross marking her grave. They leave trinkets, teddy bears, necklaces, even sports medals. People slip bouquets of artificial flowers through the chain link fence at Rainbow Park, where the fifth grader was last seen playing on a Thursday evening in September.

    Her death lingers in other ways. The crime stunned Kotzebue and the rest of Alaska, galvanizing calls for everything from more robust public safety protections to action against the state’s high rate of child sexual abuse.

    Mandy Hill, who has worked with kids in Kotzebue for 16 years, said some parents who’d allowed their children to roam the town are hesitant now.
    “You hold your kids closer. You watch more. You kind of hold back on letting them play out,” she said.

    Ashley’s death also spurred a new level of public conversation about sexual abuse, one of Alaska’s most wrenching problems.

    “Our daughter started something,” Scotty Barr, Ashley’s father, said. “No more silence.”

    This year, the Anchorage Daily News is partnering with ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network to examine sexual violence in Alaska. In some ways, Ashley’s killing provided the impetus for that collaboration.

    On Thursday, the Daily News, the Arctic Sounder and ProPublica will partner to hold a public event called “Breaking the Silence: Stopping Sexual Assault in Alaska” at the Kotzebue Recreation Center. The event will feature local residents, speakers from Maniilaq Association (the regional social services organization), local officials and journalists, and it will explore the origins of the region’s high sexual assault rate, resources available for victims and possible policy solutions.

    Though a full school year has passed since Ashley’s murder, the people of Kotzebue are still reckoning with the very personal loss.

    “It’s still very present in town, every day,” said the town’s mayor, Lewis Pagel.

    For an anguished week after Ashley went missing from Rainbow Park, hundreds of people searched for the schoolgirl who loved basketball and church so much she’d attend a rotating menu of Bible study groups and church services up to five times a week, according to her dad.

    Her body was found on tundra outside of town a week later. Peter Wilson, a 41-year-old local man, was soon arrested and charged in her murder. It’s unclear whether Ashley knew Wilson, but he’d been to her home before, her uncle said in September.

    Charging documents in the case allege that Ashley left the park with Wilson on a four-wheeler before he sexually assaulted and strangled her to death.

    Wilson, originally from Kiana, had lived in Kotzebue for years before the killing but made few connections. He had been on a weekslong drinking bender before Ashley’s abduction and slaying, a relative of Wilson’s told the Daily News in September.
    Now he faces state charges of first-degree murder and sexual assault, as well as federal charges of lying to FBI agents investigating Ashley’s disappearance. A conviction on the murder charge could mean a sentence of life in prison.

    Wilson has pleaded not guilty to the state and federal charges.

    It’s not unusual for a defendant to be prosecuted on both federal and state charges at the same time, said Jenna Gruenstein, a district attorney with the state Office of Special Prosecutions.

    Wilson had been held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex in Anchorage but was taken to Seattle for a psychiatric evaluation requested by his federal public defender. He is expected to return to Alaska after the evaluation has been completed, Gruenstein said. (Barr said he was told by the state and federal prosecutors that the psychiatric evaluation was necessary to ensure both cases could move forward.)

    Meanwhile, a Fairbanks judge is currently overseeing the state case. Wilson is now on his third state court-appointed attorney. The first two assigned to the case were removed because of potential conflicts of interest with other cases handled by their respective offices, according to court documents.
    Ariel Toft, Wilson’s current lawyer, has not returned a phone call and email seeking comment.

    Wilson is scheduled for trial in September, but that’s likely to be delayed. Trials in high-profile homicide cases typically take years to resolve, whether they go to trial or end with a plea agreement.

    People in Kotzebue have been watching the progression of the criminal cases closely, Pagel said.

    “If anything happens — something gets moved, gets changed — that information gets out pretty quickly,” he said.

    A Father’s Life
    In the nine months since his daughter’s death, Barr has become an activist and an appointee on a statewide public safety panel.

    In January, Barr and his daughter Aaliyah were invited to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s State of the State address in Juneau. Dunleavy addressed Barr directly in the speech, along with Edie Grunwald, the mother of murdered Palmer teen David Grunwald.

    “Your loss is going to be the catalyst that will push us forward into a safer Alaska,” Dunleavy told Barr.

    Dunleavy subsequently appointed Barr to the Executive Clemency Advisory Committee, a panel that advises the governor on applications for pardons and sentence reductions.

    Barr said he hears from people, some strangers, on a weekly or even daily basis about his daughter’s death and the implications for public safety in Alaska.
    “They’re scared. They want stuff done,” he said. “We want a safer place to live in.”

    Confronting Abuse
    After Ashley’s death, people close to the man accused of killing her began telling stories of their own about Wilson.

    Two female relatives accused him of raping them repeatedly throughout their childhoods without consequence. That brought back a question that has confronted Alaska for decades but is now being asked aloud: Did a culture of silence protect him?

    “Some ladies, and young girls, sure did try and go speak up. Guess what happened? Nothing happened,” Barr said. “People told them: ‘They never did this to you. You’re just making up stories.’”

    Wilson and his attorneys have not responded to the abuse allegations.

    Hill, who has worked with Kotzebue children for 16 years, said a fundamental change in the way people talk about sexual assault and child abuse is still far off.

    “We’re such a tightknit community and region, it’s hard for people to speak up,” she said.

    Kotzebue showed its heart and soul in the way people banded together to search for Ashley and organized to mourn her. But there’s work to be done.
    “We still remain short on public safety,” Hill said. “We still remain with alcohol and drug problems.”

    It’s summer again, and playgrounds are growing busy with kids “playing out” in the endless Arctic daylight. Barr said he and many other parents in Kotzebue are now struggling with how much freedom to give their children, he said. Ashley had a curfew and a cellphone on the night she disappeared from Rainbow Park.

    That’s one change that many people in Kotzebue say they feel.

    Gayle Ralston, who was mayor of Kotzebue until October, is a relative of Scotty Barr’s through his wife’s family. One of his grandchildren was a close friend of Ashley’s.

    Since her death, Ralston said he’s been emphasizing personal safety to his grandkids with a new urgency and vocabulary.

    “We remind them that, unfortunately, there’s evil out there wherever you go,” he said. “We tell them, don’t be alone. If you see something, say something.”

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