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NJ SARAH STERN: Missing from Neptune, NJ - 2 December 2016 - Age 19 *L. McATASNEY GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Missing 2015 to Present' started by Akoya, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    A year later, Sarah Stern's dad reflects on loss

    Michael Stern stood atop the Route 35 bridge in Belmar gazing at a high school yearbook photo of his only child in a white wooden frame strapped to the side of the metal railing.

    "Hello, Sarah," he said.

    Stern stood in silence as the early morning sun cut through the brisk air. He crossed his arms over his leather jacket.

    In the year since Sarah Stern, 19, was killed, the same one-word question has constantly crossed Michael Stern's mind: "Why?"

    "Nothing made any sense," he said. "It left my world pretty empty

    Surrounded by two of Sarah Stern's cousins and a family friend, Michael Stern visited the highest point of the Route 35 bridge Saturday morning. It was the same spot where, a year ago to the day, two childhood friends allegedly threw his daughter's body into the Shark River.

    Since Sarah Stern's death, Michael Stern said the feelings of sadness and sorrow "seem to get progressively worse."

    "When you have friends and family move away, you know you're going to see them again," he said Saturday morning, at the base of the Route 35 bridge. "There's no coming back for Sarah. No more holidays, no more birthdays, no memories to share."

    Just moments before, he had tied red and white carnations to the framed picture of his daughter, illuminated by the sunlight.

    He held her photo, wiped away tears beneath his small, black-lens sunglasses and embraced family members.

    He shook his head, waved goodbye and then walked away.

    MORE: http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2017/12/nothing_made_any_sense_father_of_sarah_stern_says.html
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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Covert Sarah Stern murder confession tape on the docket

    The disappearance of 19-year-old Sarah Stern puzzled the Shore area from the time the promising artist’s empty car was discovered atop the Route 35 bridge in Belmar in the early hours of Dec. 3, 2016.

    Then, almost two months later, an acquaintance of one of the missing Neptune City woman’s high school friends contacted Belmar police to tell them what he knew.

    But McAtasney wasn’t the only one with a plan. After his unnamed acquaintance started to worry McAtasney had actually killed Stern and went to the Belmar police on Jan. 24 to tell them what he knew, police and investigators from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office devised their own plot to electronically monitor and record any further communications the acquaintance would have with McAtasney.

    As a result, the unnamed informant was equipped with a device to covertly record audio and video of his future conversations with McAtasney. He arranged a meeting with McAtasney on Jan. 31 and drove to Bradley Beach for the rendezvous. Once there, with the recording device rolling, McAtasney got into the unnamed informant’s car and had a conversation in which he talked in vivid detail about the alleged murder of Stern and the disposal of her body.

    Details of that conversation were revealed in court in February, when McAtasney appeared before a judge for a detention hearing, after he and Taylor were charged in her murder.

    But now, despite the implication that what McAtasney said to the acquaintance was nothing more than the product of the wild imagination of a young man, Moriarty wants the covert recording thrown out of court.

    In court papers, he claims that the acquaintance who recorded the conversation was essentially serving as an agent of investigators to elicit incriminating information from McAtasney, now 20, of Neptune City. McAtasney was represented by a lawyer since being questioned by detectives three days after Stern’s disappearance, so police were aware they couldn’t question him without an attorney present to protect his right against self-incrimination, Moriarty claims in his court filing. As a result, the information investigators got from McAtasney’s conversation with the acquaintance is inadmissible in court, the defense attorney asserts in his legal brief.

    Prosecutors, however, claim McAtasney, now 20, of Neptune City, was neither in custody or coerced when he voluntarily made confessions to the acquaintance. In fact, they assert in court papers that it was McAtasney who repeatedly contacted the acquaintance to discuss the matter.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Liam McAtasney 'made up stories' about robbing, killing Sarah Stern, attorney says

    Liam McAtasney was "always making things up to be more interesting,'' the attorney for Sarah Stern's accused killer said in court on Wednesday.

    But which of McAtasney's statements about his 19-year-old former high school classmate's disappearance are true, if any, and which are fiction?

    Before Stern's disappearance on Dec. 2, 2016, he reportedly told an acquaintance who shared his interest in horror movies that he planned to choke Stern to death and dump her body over the Belmar Bridge.

    But the acquaintance, who made horror movies that McAtasney sometimes acted in, didn't take the conversation seriously because he said McAtasney was always making up stories for his horror films, said Charles Moriarty, McAtasney's attorney.

    "He was making up stories for my films,'' Moriarty said the acquaintance, Anthony Curry, relayed to authorities. "He was always making things up to be more interesting."


    Mmmmmhmmmm I'm sure.
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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    With her body still missing, Sarah Stern's accused killer to challenge expert about tides

    The attorney for the man accused of killing of Sarah Stern, his 19-year-old childhood friend, and dumping her body off a Jersey Shore bridge in 2016 plans to challenge the findings of the state's expert on water tides.

    Neither the prosecutor nor murder suspect Liam McAtasney's defense attorney would say what the expert has said or plans to say during his testimony. However, Stern's body was never recovered, despite a massive search effort on land and in the Shark River inlet in the days following her disappearance.

    Monmouth Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said during a press conference early last year that Stern's body may have been carried out to sea by swift tides in the Shark River inlet.

    McAtasney's trial was originally scheduled to start in September, but it's unlikely that will occur.

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Trial in Sarah Stern murder set for January

    Liam McAtasney will stand trial early next year in the murder of his childhood friend, Sarah Stern, after rejecting the only plea bargain available to him.

    McAtasney on Monday formally turned down a plea bargain calling for a life prison term without the possibility of parole. He said he will face trial in the murder and robbery of Stern, the 19-year-old Neptune City woman whose body has never surfaced following her disappearance in 2016.

    Doyle said McAtasney, without the benefit of a plea bargain, faces a total of life in prison plus an additional 15 years if he is convicted of all of the charges at trial.

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sarah Stern murder: A dad's sleepless nights as trial is set to start

    For more than two years, there’s been an uneasy feeling in the pit of Michael Stern’s stomach, fueled by the unknown.

    It surfaced when the 1994 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight his daughter, Sarah, usually drove was found abandoned in the southbound shoulder atop the Route 35 Bridge in Belmar — with the keys still in it — in the wee hours of Dec. 3, 2016.

    It lingered as rescue teams launched massive water operations, and community volunteers scoured the land, looking for the missing 19-year-old woman from Neptune City, to no avail.

    It worsened early the following year when, with Sarah Stern still missing, her father learned that two childhood friends and former high school classmates of his daughter — one her date for the junior prom — were arrested and charged with her murder. They were accused of killing the budding artist in a robbery and throwing her body in the Shark River Inlet to make it look like she had committed suicide, so they could share $10,000 they stole from her.

    The uneasy feeling endures — at times keeping Michael Stern up at night and spawning nightmares — as one of those classmates, Liam McAtasney, now 21, of Neptune City, is set to go on trial this week for murder in a bizarre mystery that has gripped the Shore since Sarah Stern disappeared.

    “It’s a couple of years now, and it’s a long wait, and I’m praying that everything goes well, but you just never know," Michael Stern said in a telephone interview last week, on the eve of trial.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Jury selection begins in trial of man accused of killing childhood friend

    Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of a Monmouth County man accused of killing his childhood friend in order to obtain money she had inherited.

    Liam McAtasney is accused of killing former high school classmate and friend Sarah Stern in December 2016. Prosecutors say that McAtasney strangled Stern during a robbery, threw her body into the Shark River and staged it to look like a suicide.

    Search and rescue teams spent days searching for the 19-year-old Neptune woman, but never recovered her body.

    The trial is expected to last six weeks.

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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sarah Stern murder: With body missing, can jurors be fair?

    Prospective jurors will be asked if the absence of a body would affect their ability to render an impartial verdict in the Sarah Stern murder case.

    That was one of the questions discussed in court Tuesday morning as jury selection for the trial of Liam McAtasney was about to get underway.

    Other questions potential jurors will be asked are: what famous person they would like to have dinner with; and, if they watch true-crime television shows, whether they think investigations in real life are handled the way they are on the shows.

    But first, they will be asked if they can sit for an eight-week trial and whether have any prior knowledge about the high-profile case. Those who do will be asked if their familiarity with it will affect their ability to render a fair and impartial verdict.

    English said there is a pool of 275 jurors that would be brought to court Tuesday afternoon, from which attorneys will begin picking 16 who ultimately will sit for McAtasney's trial. Of those, four will serve as alternate jurors.

    Jury selection is anticipated to take two weeks. English said he expects the next few days will be spent weeding out potential jurors who cannot sit for a lengthy trial.

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sarah Stern’s body was swept out to sea before anyone could find it, expert testifies. It’s never been found

    An expert on ocean tides testified Tuesday that Sarah Stern, who prosecutors allege was killed by her childhood friend and tossed off a Jersey Shore bridge in 2016, likely drifted out to sea before anyone could find her body.

    The expert, Hugh Roarty of Rutgers University’s Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, presented his findings during the fifth day of Liam McAtasney’s trial. The 21-year-old is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of 19-year-old Stern, who was reported missing after her car was found abandoned on the Route 35 bridge in Belmar on Dec. 3, 2016.

    The tide when Stern’s body entered the inlet was strong because it was three days after the new moon, he testified. At the same time, the tide’s phase -- known as the ebb phase -- was going out towards the Atlantic for the duration of the time period Weisbrot gave him.

    “The body would have traveled in towards the bay if the tide was coming in,” Roarty said.

    He said the wind direction was also traveling from the west to the east, which would make the body “travel faster out of the inlet.”

    Roarty estimated that it would have taken Stern’s body approximately 53 minutes to exit the inlet. He said that once it entered the Atlantic Ocean, it would move 7 miles off the coast within 24 hours.

    Roarty said Weisbrot told him that investigators believed Stern’s body was tossed off the bridge anywhere from 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2016, to 2:46 a.m. on Dec. 3, 2016.

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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sarah Stern murder secret video: 'It took me a half hour to kill her'

    Liam McAtasney plotted long and hard how to bring about the demise of childhood friend Sarah Stern and get away with it, he said in a chilling video secretly recorded by a friend.

    He spent a lot of time with the 19-year-old Neptune City woman before her death to make it look like they were better friends than they actually were, to deflect suspicion from him once she went missing, McAtasney said.

    He said he observed her pulling her car out of her driveway so that when the time came, he could drive just like her while transporting her body in the passenger seat of her car to the Route 35 bridge to dispose of it.

    But when the plan was put into effect, the fortune he was expecting to net in a robbery of Stern turned out to be only a fraction of the $50,000 to $100,000 he had anticipated, and the money was useless.

    "She only had 10G, and this money, I don't know if it's burnt or something, it's old money, terrible quality. I don't even think I can put it in the bank," McAtasney said on the video.

    So, he said he buried it at Sandy Hook.

    "I did something really dumb and planned it out for a half a year," McAtasney said.

    Curry, who said he is a filmmaker, was on the witness stand at the time. In testimony leading up to the video being shown, Curry said he went to police in January 2017, more than a month after Stern went missing. He testified that McAtasney, with whom he was good friends since they went to Neptune High School together, told him on Thanksgiving 2016, a little more than a week before Stern went missing, of his plans to murder her.

    Curry, who downed bottles of water on the witness stand while facing a man he says he is no longer friends with, said McAtasney told him that Thanksgiving night that Stern had found some money, and he was going to kill her for it. McAtasney said he was going to choke her and throw her body off the bridge, and have his roommate, Preston Taylor, waiting there to drive "the escape vehicle," Curry told the jury.

    "He said it would be a great idea for a movie," Curry testified.

    Curry said he didn't take the conversation seriously, until the following January, when McAtasney sent him a message on Snapchat, a social media platform on which messages disappear after they are read. Curry said he took a picture of the message to show to police.

    More disturbing details at link: https://www.app.com/story/news/loca...ed-confesses-killing-secret-video/2744907002/
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  12. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    ‘Sitting on the jury LMAO,’ juror in Sarah Stern murder trial posts on Facebook

    The defense attorney for the man accused of strangling his childhood friend Sarah Stern and tossing her body off a Jersey Shore bridge is seeking a mistrial after a juror posted a comment about the case on Facebook.

    The juror was dismissed about 4:30 p.m. Thursday after Judge Richard English’s chambers received a call that someone spotted a comment posted by the juror. The information wasn’t made public, however, until Wednesday morning prior to the start of the day’s proceedings.

    The comment was in response to a news article about the case and said, “Sitting on the jury LMAO" (laughing my a-- off), Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Meghan Doyle said Wednesday.
  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    PEOPLE! What the heck is wrong with some of them?
  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    She was probably on her phone when the judge was giving instructions to not talk/post about the trial. :rolleyes: "But, I didn't know!"
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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    No Mistrial in Sarah Stern Case Despite Juror's Facebook Post

    A judge has denied a defense request for a mistrial in proceedings against a man accused of strangling former high school classmate Sarah Stern during a robbery and throwing her body off a bridge.

    Lawyers for Liam McAtasney made the request after a juror was dismissed last week for a Facebook post in her name that made a flip comment about the trial.

    The judge denied the mistrial request Thursday but said the juror will face contempt of court charges over the post. The juror has said her 15-year-old sister made the post.

    The judge spoke individually with each juror about the post and the juror's dismissal.

    That led to the dismissal of another juror who had contacted the dismissed juror when she didn't show up to court earlier this week.

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  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Sarah Stern’s alleged killer used stopwatch app, cop testifies. Prosecutors say he was timing her death

    A detective testified Wednesday in the Sarah Stern murder trial that her alleged killer, Liam McAtasney, accessed the stopwatch app on his phone on Dec. 2, 2016. That’s when, prosecutors say, McAtasney timed how long it took Stern to die after he strangled her.

    "It took me half hour to kill her,” McAtasney said in the video. “I thought I was going to choke her out in a couple minutes. … She was having a seizure on the floor. I got a shirt and shoved it down her throat so she wouldn’t throw up and held my finger over her nose and set a timer. That’s the only time I had my phone.”

    Sosdian testified that McAtasney accessed the stopwatch app around at 4:15 p.m. He did not say how long the app was in use.

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  17. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sarah Stern murder: Man says he saw victim alive

    A Neptune man today told a jury he was certain he saw Sarah Stern about 5 a.m. on Dec. 3, about 12 hours after prosecutors allege Liam McAtasney murdered her.

    Craig Hetzel Sr. said he was driving his son to work that morning when he saw “a girl walking down the street,” at Third Avenue and Main Street in Bradley Beach.

    She ducked into an alley between the movie theatre and cigar store, but not before he made eye contact with her, Hetzel said.

    He said he was positive she was the same person he later saw on missing persons posters.

    Shown Stern’s photo on a large screen in the courtroom, Hetzel said, “That’s her, that’s her.””

    Hetzel was the first witness called by McAtasney's defense attorney, Carlos Diaz-Cobo.

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  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Rut roh! I hope this is a true and accurate sighting!
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  19. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Murder confession or horror film audition? Sarah Stern jury asks to review pivotal hidden camera video

    The jury in the Sarah Stern murder trial requested Monday to review the chilling video of Stern’s accused killer, Liam McAtasney, talking about how he allegedly executed his plan to strangle Stern for her cash.


    The jury also asked to review several taped interviews McAtasney had with police in the days following Stern’s reported disappearance on Dec. 3, 2016. They also want to review surveillance video from one of Stern’s neighbor’s house that authorities say shows McAtasney and Taylor returning to the residence to remove Stern’s body, as well as a video re-enactment of Taylor showing detectives how the two went about that.

    Lastly, the jury wants to listen to a phone call between a witness, Craig Hetzel, and a private investigator working for the defense. In the call, Hetzel talks about how he claims to have seen Stern on the street in Bradley Beach the morning after authorities say she was killed by McAtasney.
  20. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Guilty verdict in New Jersey trial of man accused in classmate's murder

    Anthony Johnson reports on the ex-classmate who was found guilty of all counts in the murder of Sarah Stern.

    Updated 1 hr 47 mins ago
    FREEHOLD, New Jersey (WPVI) --
    A man accused of murdering a former high school classmate and throwing her body off of a bridge in New Jersey has been found guilty.

    WABC-TV reports, Liam McAtasney was convicted of strangling 19-year-old Sarah Stern in her Neptune City home before disposing of her body in the Shark River in Belmar.

    The defense had claimed there was no physical evidence to support the accusations against McAtasney, who told a judge last week that he would not testify on his own behalf.

    Jurors in the case heard a chilling, grisly confession allegedly recorded by one of McAtasney's friends.

    Anthony Curry, an amateur filmmaker, came forward to authorities in January 2017, about a month after the murder. He testified that McAtasney had approached him the previous Thanksgiving with his plan to kill Stern and steal money left to her when her mother had passed away.

    After Stern's disappearance, Curry went to police, who had him contact McAtasney and arrange a face to face meeting. It is a secret video recording set up in Curry's car, McAtasney allegedly admitted in graphic detail choking Stern for a half an hour, stealing her safe and throwing her body off the bridge with accomplice Preston Taylor's help.

    Taylor has pleaded guilty and already testified against McAtasney.

    In the alleged confession, McAtasney describes Stern going into convulsion and taking a half hour to die. Most of the details are too disturbing to print.
    While the video confession was being played, Stern's father sat in the courtroom being consoled by family members as he trembled and cried.

    Related: Dad of New Jersey teen allegedly killed by classmate testifies at trial

    Prosecutors allege that McAtasney killed Stern over roughly $8,000 that was in her home. He apparently thought he was going to get $100,000 but was mistaken about the amount of cash, Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle previously told jurors.
    Stern was last seen at her home on the night of December 2, 2016. Hours later, her unoccupied vehicle was found on the Route 35 Bridge over the Shark River Inlet with the keys still in the ignition. Her body has never been found.

    Authorities believe McAtasney dumped the body with the help of Taylor, who was Stern's former prom date and McAtasney's roommate at the time.

    He said McAtasney told him Stern had the "type of money somebody would kill for" and that the plan was to get her drunk and take the money left to her by her mother, who had died while they were all in high school.

    McAtasney has denied everything. If convicted he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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