Body of Missing Florida Girl Believed Found

  1. Body of Missing Fla. Girl Believed Found

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    By MITCH STACY, Associated Press Writer RUSKIN, Fla. - Police said Saturday they believe they have found the body of a missing 13-year-old girl, who disappeared from her home around the time a registered sex offender unexpectedly paid a visit.

    The body was discovered partially submerged in an abandoned fish pond about a half mile from Sarah Michelle Lunde's home, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said. Sarah was last seen on April 9, shortly after she returned home from a church trip.

    Gee has said that David Onstott, a registered sex offender the girl's mother once dated, has drawn investigators' attention, but he has not been named a suspect.

    Sarah, who had a history of running away, was reported missing Monday when her mother learned she wasn't at a friend's house. Her brother said Onstott made an unexpected pre-dawn appearance at their home hours after the girl was last seen.

    Onstott, 36, was being held after he was arrested Tuesday for allegedly threatening a man with a screwdriver at a bar. He spent 5 1/2 years in prison after being convicted in 1995 of sexual battery with physical force.

    About 200 volunteers joined detectives Saturday in a search for Sarah, some hugging and crying as helicopters buzzed overhead. A day earlier, detectives told volunteers to point out any bottles of Budweiser or Bud Light they found. Sarah's brother said Onstott took a half-empty beer bottle during his visit.

    On Saturday, Gee said many beer bottles had been found and were being checked to determine if any DNA evidence is on them.

    The fathers of two previously slain girls have been involved in the search for Sarah: Mark Lunsford, whose 9-year-old daughter, Jessica, was found dead last month after disappearing from her Citrus County home, and Roy Brown, whose 7-year-old daughter, Amanda, was killed by a convicted child molester in 1997.

    Roy Brown said he was concerned about Sarah's mother.

    "I just wanted the mom to know I'm here. Because things change, once the media and the searchers go, once it's all over, she still needs people," he said.

  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   mercyteapot
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    How many more are going to have to be abducted and/or killed before changes are made to keep these monsters from being released to do this again?
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    I heard a radio host blame the state of Florida.
    Of course the problem is that these men can't be helped.

    What will we as nurses do to change our laws?

    Will we start a letter writing campaign? To local, state, and federal officials? To the papers? Call. write, e-mail?
  6. by   jnette

    My God, enuff is enuff already !!!
  7. by   jnette
    Quote from spacenurse
    What will we as nurses do to change our laws?

    Will we start a letter writing campaign? To local, state, and federal officials? To the papers? Call. write, e-mail?
    Good thoughts there. Space.

    Let's keep 'em coming. Surely we can do SOMETHING !!!
  8. by   Roy Fokker
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- More than 10,000 fugitives from justice have been captured in a nationwide, weeklong dragnet involving federal, state and local authorities, said the U.S. Marshals Service, which led the effort.

    Operation FALCON lasted from April 4 - 10 and marks the largest number of arrests ever recorded during a single operation.

    Of priority: suspects wanted in homicides, sexual assaults, gang-related crimes, kidnappings, major drug offenses, and crimes against children and the elderly.

    The operation captured 10,340 people, of whom 162 were wanted for murder, 638 had outstanding arrest warrants for armed robbery and 553 were wanted for rape or sexual assault.

    Also captured were 106 unregistered sex offenders and 154 gang members.

    "We will use all of our nation's law-enforcement resources to serve the people, to pursue justice, and to make our streets and nation safer," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said.

    More than 70 percent of those arrested had prior arrests for violent crimes, said Gonzales.

    And some were considered especially dangerous. In one case, an armed man was found in a cave under a trap door in his kitchen floor, Gonzales said.

    Other fugitives who were caught include operators of two methamphetamine labs and an illegal alcohol-producing still.

    Officials acknowledge the decision to provide such a massive show of force at one time was expected to prompt publicity and help highlight the mission.

    But they insist the operation was strictly designed to carry out law enforcement objectives.

    One federal law enforcement official, who asked not to be identified, expressed surprise at the level of cooperation among the 25 federal agencies and the operation's success.

    "We didn't know what to expect, but the response from law enforcement personnel everywhere was truly amazing."

    Operation FALCON -- Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally -- involved more than 3,000 law enforcement officials participating in fugitive searches. As many as 10,000 may have helped at least part of the time, officials said. Five national and 83 district fugitive task forces coordinated raids under the U.S. Marshals Service.

    In addition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, the Secret Service, even the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development got involved.

    Some fugitives relied on housing benefits, others on various Social Security benefits, sources said.

    Much of the law enforcement muscle came from 206 state law enforcement agencies, 302 county sheriffs' departments and 366 city police departments.

    Officials said fugitives were tracked in every state, in addition to Puerto Rico and Guam.

    Gonzales said that the operation demonstrates to victims that perpetrators can be caught and prosecuted for their crimes.

    The dragnet coincided with Crime Victims Rights Week.

    Congress gave the Marshals Service more money and authority to go after fugitives when it refocused the FBI's mission toward stopping terrorism in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks, said the agency's spokesman David Turner.

    Previous coordinated roundups did not involve as many officers or agencies and resulted in arrests in the hundreds, he added.

    A comparison with Marshals Service arrests in all of last year gives an idea of the scope of last week's sweep.

    In 2004, U.S. Marshals caught more than 36,000 federal felons and worked with state and local authorities to arrest an additional 31,600 fugitives.
    Thought I'd share that...
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    Thank you Roy. It is SO GOOD these people are in custody!

    OK I've started the easy part. Addresses.
    First we need to gather facts. Decide exactly what we want. What can we agree on?

    I think a mandatory life sentence for rape of a child will have to have a cut off age.
    How old would the adult have to be?
    How young would the willing child have to be?

    Perhaps in the fact finding phase we can gather data on repeat offenders.
    After we get something in writing each of us who wants to can visit the local offices and begin educating their staff.

    This may take a few years, but I think we just may be starting something good!
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Will we start a letter writing campaign? To local, state, and federal officials? To the papers? Call. write, e-mail?
    I'm doing this already. The local newpaper knows me on a first-name basis i've wrote so much to them.
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    I'm doing this already. The local newpaper knows me on a first-name basis i've wrote so much to them.
    OK Marie is writing letters to the editor.

    Every person reading that paper learns more.

    I'm ready to get a petition. I just need something simple that most can agree on.

    How about a life sentence ANY conviction for sexual abuse of a child under 18. AND for consensual sex with any child under 12 by anyone 18 and over.

    I am concerned there is a gray area for such as teen lovers when one turns 18 while the other is 16 or 17.

    What do you think?
  12. by   live4today
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    How many more are going to have to be abducted and/or killed before changes are made to keep these monsters from being released to do this again?
    I totally agree! Prison is too good for anyone who sexually abuses a child and/or kills them. :angryfire I think their punishment should be sexual abuse in the same way they abused their victims, then castrate them after they are abused, then burn them alive in a public forum. THAT's what I think about sexual predators. :angryfire
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am so far beyond angry and sick. Sick to death of these stupid perverts raping and killing our kids. I agree w/Spacenurse. We all need to campaign for change. This angers me beyond words. Toss them to the sharks. That is what I say. When will America finally wake up and say "enough already"!!!
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Did you know that here in California, child molesters no longer on parole or probation CAN live with a woman with young children? :angryfire

    I read an article this morning that takes all the rage of those of you who have posted about castration and sharks, etc., and puts it into words all of us can relate to when we think of poor little Jessica and Sarah and all the others . . . I'm so frustrated - there is a child molester living near me in a home with 2 children. :angryfire

    Anyway - here is the article:

    A time to kill
    Doug Giles (archive)

    April 23, 2005 | Print | Send

    Ecclesiastes states, "There is an appointed time for everything ... a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing," and among other things, ... there is, "a time to kill." Guess what time I think it is for John Evander Couey and David Onstott?

    With our nation's attention rightly riveted on the macabre murders of little Jessica Lundsford and Sarah Lunde, I think I just heard the clock strike Death:30 for the irretrievable duo who carried out these sickening slayings. I question the humanity, sanity, and if you're religious, the sanctity, of everyone who vies for sustaining the lives of Couey and Onstott, the confessed murderers of 10-year-old Jessica and 13-year-old Sarah.

    In addition to it being a time to kill these two sacks of dung, I think the judicial morons who previously gave wispy sentences to such dregs and released them without performing a chemical castration and a phallectomy with a rusty fork, and without branding SOB on these losers' foreheads, ought to go directly to prison for aiding and abetting these bastards. And I use the word bastard in a biblical sense.

    Furthermore, I believe Kelly Lunde, Sarah's mom, who actually dated Onstott, the convicted rapist who eventually killed her daughter, who didn't report her child missing for two, that's two, days, should to be forced to spend a few years in the Stupid Ward of What Were You Thinking Hospital.

    Y'know, it's amazing to me that these two recidivist rapists were allowed to free range while our legal wizards felt the need to Lojack Martha Stewart and treat her like Hannibal Lecter for lying. I would venture to say that the scales of justice are now more unbalanced in the United States of Asininity than Margot Kidder trying to work a treadmill after a quart of corn liquor.

    Let me see if I'm getting this "sage" judicial insight right. Tight-leashing a 60-year-old billionaire blonde Jurassic diva in her multi-million dollar mansion is a must, and letting Chester the Molester run free and relatively unsupervised to skulk our schoolyards, playgrounds, ice cream parlors and churches is okay?

    What the heck is wrong with us?

    How many raped pre-pubescent girls have to be buried alive in shallow graves before we enact lethal Moses-like sanctions on these nightcrawlers and send them quickly to a just God who will, in turn, overnight them to an eternal hell?

    Here's what I think needs to happen to a person found guilty of raping and/or killing a kid.

    I think said person should ...

    1. Be executed immediately. Like, within a couple of days. Yep ... wait maybe two days, max, after the conviction, and then swiftly turn them into a grease stain. And just to err on the side of mercy, because I'm a Christian, have whatever family and friends who'll claim them come to pay their last respects, vomit on them or whatever.

    After that, let them have their last supper of Vienna Sausages, pickled eggs and a nice cold cup of tobacco spit, then have the father of the victim they raped/killed come forward and throw the switch on a substantial pack of C4 and publicly explode these Darwinian holdovers to smithereens. With, of course, the entire nation watching and a live cable feed fed straight to every jail cell inhabited by a child molester.

    2. If that's too much to ask of our wuss culture, and the hellions get off light by getting to spend the rest of their "life" in prison, then let's make certain that they get to stay in the most sadistic hell-hole in the country. A place that makes Abu Ghraib look like a kibbutz. Here's how it'd work. When they arrive at the worst place in the world, we should make certain that the GP comes out to greet them in the prison yard with the perp's face plastered up on a big screen.

    Then, just so there is no confusion with regard to what they're in for, we could put their little victim's face up on the overhead, describe what these dogs did to her, give everyone their new cell number, tell everyone where they'll be working for the next few years, show all inmates the precise spot the beasts will eat lunch, issue them a pink unitard to wear and then ... let the chips fall where they may.

    3. And for the convicted sexual predators who are, for whatever ridiculous reason, out of jail and on parole or given probated sentences, I say we corral these cats quickly and do due diligence before the lechers lapse. With the ones we are able to locate and capture, I say we crudely spot-weld on the inside of these violent felons' empty skulls a transmitter that also has the ability to taser the culprit should the need arise. For example: say Dufus decides he wants to leave his cinder-block-based trailer home and stroll across county or state lines. The person monitoring the rapist (who would be paid for by the parents of the felon, who failed in their task to properly raise a child) sees he's moving out of prescribed bounds and boom ... hits a button and tasers Mr. Palm Pilot into Strokeville right where he stands. Shock the monkey! Whaddya think?

    Now, for the child molesters and rapists who are out of custody and making normal people feel awkward, I think you might want to ask authorities to let you back into prison, because I sense that America is about to make you very uncomfortable. Yes, I believe parents, grandparents, pastors, and some politicians are about to turn the tables on you genetic anomalies, ratchet up the heat and righteously make you, not the innocent, feel ill at ease. So ... be afraid. Be very afraid.

    My ClashPoint is this: Concerned parent: do a quick check on and get ready to get freaked out about how many live a few doors down from you. However, when you do get the lowdown on where these lowlifes live, don't spend your family's time locked indoors in fear of such culprits.

    Let's make them shake in their boots. Let's train our little girls to be Lara Croft tomb raiders. Let's get the local TV news to run dailies of their faces and the places they inhabit. Let's get the newspapers to have a special sewage section dedicated to showing and keeping tabs on them. Let's put HazMat signs in the front yards where these creeps live.

    Let's force them out of our communities and let them get their own place where all of them can feel at home and not be judged, and where they can do the dirty deeds to each other. I know a perfect place; it is 666 Lucifer Lane, close to the river Styx on Dante's second concentric circle. And I'm positive, positive, there would be a lot of people available to help get them there.

    Instead of getting mad at ABC and writing letters about Grey's Anatomy, we need to write letters and protest that child molesters can live with kids and near kids.

    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Apr 28, '05