Isabel Celis: Three Years Missing; Police Silent on Persons of Interest

Saturday, April 21, 2012, Sergio Celis Calls Emergency 911

Tucson, Arizona

“Hello, I want to report a missing person said Sergio.Celis to the 911 dispatcher.

First impressions. Quick, don’t overthink. Was this a call for a friend, acquaintance in need, a work colleague?

Is this how YOU would report your “missing” six-year old daughter?

In this excellent updated commentary provided by Peter Hyatt on his website, the 911 call is analyzed according to the principles of Scientific Content Analysis (SCAN). This is a good introductory exercise for any readers unfamiliar with the techniques used by the FBI, law enforcement, specially trained military interrogators. [Refer to former military interrogator Lena Sisco’s guest blog.]  The beauty of the science is that any interested, motivated individuals can learn the techniques. Caution: it’s harder than it looks but fascinating!

Mr. Celis’ telephone call should shock listeners. Immediately, we’re alerted to deception. Put yourself in the position of Sergio Celis. It’s a Saturday morning. His wife had left for work. Their little girl — and only daughter — is found to be missing from her bedroom and is nowhere in the house.  As Peter explains,

the father of a kidnapped child is not likely to start his call with “hello.  Note: this is not expected by anyone in a hurry to get emergency information to an operator.

The father of a kidnapped child is not likely to refer to her as a “person.”  Please note that a “person” is gender neutral 

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“I believe she was abducted…”

Sergio Celis: “I want to report a missing person, my little girl who’s six years old, I believe she was abducted from my house.”

IsabelCelisTimelinePhotoEven though statement analysis studies words, not inflection or tone of voice, the calm, measured style is notable. He doesn’t need to be screaming or loudly weeping, but how much colder can he get?  We don’t need any special training to detect an immediate problem. Detachment. Guilty knowledge.  Deception.

His wife, Rebecca (Becky), was called at work prior to the 911 to inquire about Isabel and then told to “get her butt home” [chuckles at his own joke — and in a later interview gets defensive about public criticism.] Continue reading

Hannah Graham’s Remains Identified

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 “When we started this journey together we all hoped for a happier ending. Sadly that was not to be,” Graham’s parents, John and Sue Graham, said in a statement provided by the Albemarle County [Virginia] Police Department. “We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter. … Although we have lost our precious Hannah, the light she radiated can never be extinguished.”

This profoundly sad statement followed today’s announcement that 18-year-old Hannah had been positively identified., Her remains were found on October 18th during a search conducted by Sheriff’s Deputies. They were prepared to call it a day when they gave it one more try and found scattered human remains in a wooded area of Albemarle County. Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr., age 32, is reported to have previously lived not far from the spot where he dumped the body of this beautiful, brilliant University of Virginia student.

HannahGrahamStandingHannah was last seen in his company leaving a bar/restaurant in the early morning hours of September 13. Witnesses said she appeared physically impaired, barely able to stand, leaning into Matthew who was noted to have had a tight grip on her opposite arm.  Although Hannah had been drinking earlier at a party that night, surveillance cameras later captured her walking normally, at times running, prior to her encounter with Matthew, who approached her as she walked along The Mall, a popular avenue of restaurants, bars and nightspots.

Morgan Harrington

Morgan Harrington

Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, age 20, who disappeared in 2009, was murdered, her remains found only six miles from where Hannah’s were recovered. Forensic evidence has linked both Morgan and Hannah to Jesse Matthew,

Meanwhile, yesterday a judge issued a bench warrant for Matthew’s transfer to Fairfax County to face charges on a 2005 sexual assault case. The details of the assault reveal a brutal assailant. I believe it’s a certainty that Morgan and Hannah endured the same unspeakable torture prior to death.

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Charges for the murder of Hannah Graham are pending.

 

RIP Hannah

Hannah Graham Still Missing, Jesse Matthew, Jr. Extradited

Suspect Jesse Matthew Charged with Abduction, Attempt to Defile; Extradited from Galveston TX to Virginia

Missing student Hannah Graham, Alleged Abductor Jesse Matthew's mugshot

Missing student Hannah Graham, Alleged Abductor Jesse Matthew’s mugshot

 “We don’t know where Hannah Graham is and we have to find her,” Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said at a press conference Wednesday.

Is there a serial killer in Virginia? A bright, beautiful young university student has vanished, while her shattered parents plead for her return. University of Virginia student, 18-year-old Hannah Graham — missing since September 13 — was last seen in the company of suspect Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr., 32.

JesseMatthewCCTVThe two were captured on local businesses’ video surveillance throughout the late night and early morning hours. In the sequence of the surveillance,  Hannah is seen walking alone, even running, and appeared disoriented. This disorientation is alarming considering Hannah’s familiarity with the area. She attracted the attention of at least two men, one of whom is the suspect in her disappearance. The second man, an unidentified white male, later contacted police to explain that he was following Hannah because she seemed in trouble and might need help. Additional information about this second man has not been released. I want to know more about this guy who was spotted lurking in doorways, waiting for her to pass by, then following her. Call me skeptical, but a mature man lurking and following is not very likely to nurture fatherly feelings of concern for an attractive young woman. If indeed he believed she was “in trouble,” the solution is self-evident: Call The Police!!!

Earlier in the evening, Hannah was last seen by friends leaving a party held in an off-campus apartment. Captured by surveillance in the apartment building hallway, Hannah disappeared into the night carrying only her iphone. Video surveillance cameras along the way captured Jesse Matthew following her — hair in dreadlocks and wearing white board shorts. Witnesses saw him with Hannah at Tempo Restaurant and Bar, where he bought her a drink, according to what he told police. Hannah was seen after 1:00 a.m. leaving the bar with Matthew’s arm around her. The frightening aspect is Hannah’s inability to walk unsupported.

According to witnesses, Hannah was incapacitated, barely able to walk.  Her obvious state of vulnerability was a sign of distress. Were there no Good Samaritans? 

Police Focus on Finding Hannah, $100,000 Reward Offered

Hannah_Graham_RewardNoticeCharlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo has given brief pressers from the start, emphasizing the focus on finding Hannah. There now stands an award of $100,000 for information leading to her return.

 

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