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Kat
09-15-2010, 02:01 PM
http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13155809

Updated: Sep 14, 2010 8:45 PM

Authorities say 31-year-old Suellen Roberts and her 12-year-old daughter, Lexis, were visiting the Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, AZ over Labor Day weekend.

They were expected home at the end of the long weekend, but never made it.They were with Thomas Steven Sanders, Suellen's new boyfriend of just two months.

We've since learned he has a criminal record, though it's unclear what the charges were.More details at link, can't snip without violating TOS.

Video at link.

Thread for Information and Family support only, it has other articles posted as well:

NV NV - Suellen Roberts (31) & Lexis (12) - Las Vegas - Mssg/Arizona - September 4, 2010 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

Kat
09-15-2010, 03:12 PM
I did a quick check for Thomas Steven Sanders in a couple of databases and I didn't find him but I didn't dig deep. Hopefully someone can ferret out his criminal history.

mahoneys07
09-15-2010, 03:41 PM
Kat ,
I am not finding him either :s I have tried veromi and pipl no finding any Thomas S Sanders

Kat
09-15-2010, 03:49 PM
Kat ,
I am not finding him either :s I have tried veromi and pipl no finding any Thomas S Sanders

I did AZ and NV inmates databases (inactive or paroled inmates). Nothing. That means nothing though.

I did the national sex offender database. Nothing.

RubyRed
09-15-2010, 05:10 PM
http://ktnv.images.worldnow.com/images/13155809_BG1.jpg

http://ktnv.images.worldnow.com/images/13155809_BG2.jpg

http://ktnv.images.worldnow.com/images/13155809_BG3.jpg

http://ktnv.images.worldnow.com/images/13155809_BG4.jpg



video at link also

http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13155809

RubyRed
09-15-2010, 05:15 PM
Shouldn't the daughter be in school?

kant
09-15-2010, 05:19 PM
In that photo of the man, is he wearing orange prison-issued gear? (Read: is that a mug shot?)

And maybe the girl was out of school for the holiday/long weekend?

moo

RubyRed
09-15-2010, 05:20 PM
They were headed to the Grand Canyon after the wildlife park.

Her cell was used on the 5th of September a day after she had talked to her Mom.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39175400/ns/local_news-las_vegas_nv/

RubyRed
09-15-2010, 05:24 PM
In that photo of the man, is he wearing orange prison-issued gear? (Read: is that a mug shot?)

And maybe the girl was out of school for the holiday/long weekend?

moo

That is a mug shot and the video shows another one as well.

I wasn't talking about the long weekend, I meant it has been 2 weeks now and police are not ruling out that she went to start a new life with him. If that were the case the girl would be in school.

Mandy113
09-16-2010, 09:13 AM
Is there really any reason to believe this woman took her child and ran off with this man she'd known a few months to begin a new life? I know sometimes people do crazy things but I haven't read anything which leads me to believe that's the case here.

It seems they just went for a weekend trip and something happened which prevented their return. I'm concerned for both of them.

RubyRed
09-16-2010, 10:23 AM
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg404/HFMCMissing/Missing%20Children%20-%20Associated%20Photos/SuellenRoberts.jpg http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg404/HFMCMissing/Missing%20Children/USA/Nevada/LexisRoberts2.jpg


http://www.helpfindmychild.net/lexis-roberts?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

RubyRed
09-16-2010, 08:29 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs333.ash2/61292_132076643506356_100001120622920_167125_38865 13_n.jpg

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Flagstaff,+AZ,+United+States&daddr=Bearizona+Wildlife+Park,+Williams,+Arizona+t o:Grand+Canyon+Village,+AZ,+United+States+to:36.01 425,-112.13797+to:36.01123,-112.14155+to:Las+Vegas,+Nevada,+United+States&hl=en&geocode=FUghGQIdL4VY-SkxJi7a944thzEAs9vOoTwfjg%3BFQ_8GQIdwmpQ-SFNib35RQ-H5A%3BFSQGJgIdNapQ-Skl4_-VTxczhzGhniKadMLMuA%3BFaqIJQIdDulQ-SnhfN8ZIRozhzGEpYBG98PMEA%3BFd58JQIdEttQ-SmhNVj3JhozhzEDixy4DaOvKQ%3BFdYQJwIdMJoi-SnRffWkgre-gDGjebPV5tXMOg&mra=ls&via=3,4&sll=35.893222,-112.239418&sspn=0.173274,0.264702&ie=UTF8&ll=35.563512,-113.521729&spn=2.783684,4.235229&z=8

Kat
09-16-2010, 09:34 PM
http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/state/mother-and-daughter-missing:-family-suspects-foul-play

Posted: 09/15/2010

Suellen and Lexis signed the guest book at their hotel and, on Saturday, surveillance photos of their car were taken entering Bearizona Wildlife Park.

That is the last time they were seen.

Kat
09-16-2010, 09:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/user/arizonakey

The above is a video (professionally made) as an advert for the drive through park.

I only put it here because of the article that said they were last seen entering the park.

It's a drive through park and although you can travel at your own pace and are welcome to stay until dusk, it only takes about an hour to drive.

I wonder if they have them leaving on video yet?

Mandy113
09-16-2010, 10:10 PM
http://www.coconino.az.gov/uploadedFiles/Sheriff/MissingPersonsLV.pdf

Found this missing persons poster. Lists the man who was with them as Steve Sanders, AKA "Spider"

Fairy1
09-16-2010, 10:15 PM
Trying to get some info on "Spider's" record. Hopefully soon.

newone
09-17-2010, 12:14 AM
http://www.youtube.com/user/arizonakey

The above is a video (professionally made) as an advert for the drive through park.

I only put it here because of the article that said they were last seen entering the park.

It's a drive through park and although you can travel at your own pace and are welcome to stay until dusk, it only takes about an hour to drive.

I wonder if they have them leaving on video yet?

Good Point Kat! -- it seems we only get a trickle of news here in this state (AZ)

Knox
09-17-2010, 02:13 AM
Ok guys, I found Sander's DOB at this link ... Lexis, 12, and Suellen, 31, Roberts MSG 9/5/10 from Williams, AZ - Help Find The Missing

When I ran his name and DOB, I found some records in TN (TN- DAVIDSON GENERAL SESSIONS COURT). Minor traffic stuff and unfortunately the database did not list the date of the offenses, so no way to tell how long ago they were.

Running him on another people finder database with his DOB, he shows up with addys in Clarksville, TN and Amite, LA but nothing in NV or AZ. Look some more tomorrow.

ETA; https://www.tennesseeanytime.org/foil/foil_index.jsp
The website is having problems right now and won't load. Someone can try in the morning.

Bratislava
09-17-2010, 12:03 PM
"It's not like my daughter just to turn cold and leave and not call me in so many days," said Mary Woodburn, Suellen's mother.

The family said the two weren't traveling alone and they now fear foul play, according to KTNV .

The mother and daughter were with Thomas Steven Sanders, Suellen's new boyfriend of just two months.

"I think maybe he did something to my daughter and now my granddaughter is with him alone. I don't know," says Woodburn.

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/state/mother-and-daughter-missing%3A-family-suspects-foul-play

It looks like this is quite unusual- family suspects fowl play. I wonder what role Lexis' father plays in her and Suellen's life.

Knox
09-17-2010, 02:26 PM
Snipped;
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39175400/ns/local_news-las_vegas_nv/

Police say the man who left with the woman may be her boyfriend. The two worked together briefly in Las Vegas a few months ago and then struck up a relationship. According to her family they were supposed to have returned on September 6th.

-and-

Roberts and Sanders reportedly began their relationship a few months back after meeting at a storage facility on Pecos Road. So were the two of them working at the storage facility or merely met there?

So little information out there on Suellen, it's hard to form an opinion on whether she and Lexis are MIA voluntarily. There's a significant age difference between she and Sanders, not that it counts in matters of the heart, but I do wonder if they are in a relationship or were just friends. My fear is that he may be a sexual predator who had his eye on Lexis rather than Suellen. He doesn't appear to a RSO in any of the states I have looked at this far, but as we all know they fly under the radar all the time. I would really like to know how long both of them had been in Vegas and what drew them there if they were new to the area.

Hopefully I'm jumping the gun and they are safe and sound somewhere, just not contacting family for whatever reason.





(http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39175400/ns/local_news-las_vegas_nv/)

ckwood32
09-17-2010, 03:46 PM
This is the strangest case. There is hardly any news out there!

Fairy1
09-17-2010, 09:17 PM
This is the strangest case. There is hardly any news out there!

Nothing on the Vegas news for the last two days. I hope someone is doing something to find these people!

cats5vegas
09-17-2010, 09:56 PM
Nothing on the Vegas news for the last two days. I hope someone is doing something to find these people!

I hadn't seen this at all on the Las Vegas news. I only found out about these missing folks through this website.

Salem
09-17-2010, 10:36 PM
Prayers they are found quickly!

I'm concerned that they were not seen leaving the park (or if they were, we don't know that). The phone being used on the 5th, could mean the man has the phone. Why can't they GPS trace it? If the phone is very new at all, it must have a tracker on it?

Salem

Fairy1
09-17-2010, 10:43 PM
I hadn't seen this at all on the Las Vegas news. I only found out about these missing folks through this website.

How sad is that? Still waiting to hear about Sanders' record, but doesn't it seem obvious that Suellen and Lexis are in danger?

RubyRed
09-17-2010, 11:32 PM
How sad is that? Still waiting to hear about Sanders' record, but doesn't it seem obvious that Suellen and Lexis are in danger?

I'm curious about his record too. The fact that she hasn't contacted her Mom has me very concerned. Lexis would have been registered in school also.

Bratislava
09-18-2010, 10:19 AM
Do we know if the park has a ticket stand? If so, surely LE has spoken to the person working there and has information on whether they left the park. Also, in the photo from the park video camera, it looks like Suellen is sitting in the backseat? Was it her car or his? Why would he be driving the car with Lexi in the front? Or am I just hallucinating (quite possible when nursing a newborn 24-7:)?

Kat
09-18-2010, 04:19 PM
Bratislava if you go back to the video (commercial actually) of the park I posted on page one, it shows the entrance. I posted that vid so that we could see the first couple minutes (the rest of it is just the animals, while cute don't give us any info :))

There appears to be several outbuildings and also what looks to be like a ticket booth as you drive in?

Have a look and tell me what you think? HTH :)

Mandy113
09-19-2010, 12:22 PM
It's very frustrating to find no news on this case. I wonder if we even have Sanders name correct, even the spelling, as I've seen him listed as Thomas Steven, as Steve, as 'Spider'. Maybe the spelling is off. Though I did see a missing poster listing his DOB, so I guess LE knows who he is.

Mostly, I would like to know if there was any reason for LE to actually consider Suellen may have taken Lexie & run off to begin a new life. Without any evidence to indicate she has gone missing voluntarily, I am very concerned about her & her daughter.

Knox
09-19-2010, 01:56 PM
ITA Mandy113, I'd also like to know if Sanders has any family out there. Where or who would this guy go to? How long had he been out west, what drew him there? If he did something to Suellen or Lexi or both, I doubt he would still be in the vehicle they were traveling in. Interesting that they have not spotted or found the vehicle yet.

Come on METRO, give us something to work with!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mandy113
09-19-2010, 04:24 PM
Knox ... I also tried doing some searches for Sanders last week but I didn't have DOB yet. Anyway, it looks like I hit upon some of the same info as you did. I'm very inexperienced with this type of searching & did not use anything but free site information so I didn't want to say anything. There are also some Sanders in AZ, specifically Phoenix IIRC, but I have no way of knowing if there's any connection to this Thomas Steven Sanders. Sanders is a relatively common name.

Knox
09-19-2010, 04:55 PM
M-0342-CR-40183 THOMAS STEPHEN SANDERS DEFENDANT
WILLIAMS, AZ 86046 Williams Municipal M-0342-TR-401150 THOMAS STEPHEN SANDERS DEFENDANT
WILLIAMS, AZ 86046 Williams Municipal M-0342-CR-70141 THOMAS STEPHEN SANDERS DEFENDANT
WILLIAMS, AZ 86046 Williams Municipal M-0342-CR-80171 THOMAS STEPHEN SANDERS DEFENDANT
WILLIAMS, AZ 86046 Williams Municipal

These may be him Mandy, no DOB to identify for sure though and middle name is spelled differently than what the media has put out there.

You can find these cases on page 7 using the search link below with first name of Thomas. Most of the names can be excluded by looking at the DOB's (his is 07/1957). The search is for all available online AZ county/city courts (including Phoenix).

http://apps.supremecourt.az.gov/publicaccess/caselookup.aspx

RubyRed
09-21-2010, 01:17 PM
I wonder what is going on with this case?

Mandy113
09-23-2010, 10:14 AM
Can't find any new info about Suellen & her daughter. This very brief article was published yesterday in the Arizona Daily Sun.

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_7b41ac3e-c688-11df-9243-001cc4c03286.html

RubyRed
09-23-2010, 01:29 PM
Sanders last used his phone on Sept. 5. Roberts last used her phone on Sept. 5, which placed them about 18 miles north of Williams.

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_7b41ac3e-c688-11df-9243-001cc4c03286.html

Kat
09-23-2010, 01:38 PM
Does it look like they may have possibly been traveling north on 64?

RubyRed
09-23-2010, 01:48 PM
Does it look like they may have possibly been traveling north on 64?

64 is the way I thought they would go to the Grand Canyon. Here is the map again for reference.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Flagstaff,+AZ,+United+States&daddr=Bearizona+Wildlife+Park,+Williams,+Arizona+t o:AZ-64+E%2FUS-180+W+to:36.01425,-112.13797+to:36.01123,-112.14155+to:35.86431,-112.13322+to:35.77719,-112.12925+to:35.33985,-112.16299+to:Las+Vegas,+Nevada,+United+States&geocode=FUghGQIdL4VY-SkxJi7a944thzEAs9vOoTwfjg%3BFQ_8GQIdwmpQ-SFNib35RQ-H5A%3BFfjkJQIdeidR-Q%3BFaqIJQIdDulQ-SnhfN8ZIRozhzGEpYBG98PMEA%3BFd58JQIdEttQ-SmhNVj3JhozhzEDixy4DaOvKQ%3BFfY-IwIdnPtQ-SkL25XL-R0zhzGsltQ0BHCRxQ%3BFabqIQIdHgtR-SkdGkkND-QyhzGRvVUIY_8kzA%3BFUo-GwIdUodQ-Snt37g5lZkyhzHXxtVyiTH5uQ%3BFdYQJwIdMJoi-SnRffWkgre-gDGjebPV5tXMOg&hl=en&mra=mru&via=3,4,5,6,7&sll=35.368895,-111.895752&sspn=0.688694,0.87204&ie=UTF8&ll=35.502046,-111.882019&spn=0.687556,0.87204&t=h&z=10

Kat
09-23-2010, 02:44 PM
64 is the way I thought they would go to the Grand Canyon. Here is the map again for reference.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Flagstaff,+AZ,+United+States&daddr=Bearizona+Wildlife+Park,+Williams,+Arizona+t o:AZ-64+E%2FUS-180+W+to:36.01425,-112.13797+to:36.01123,-112.14155+to:35.86431,-112.13322+to:35.77719,-112.12925+to:35.33985,-112.16299+to:Las+Vegas,+Nevada,+United+States&geocode=FUghGQIdL4VY-SkxJi7a944thzEAs9vOoTwfjg%3BFQ_8GQIdwmpQ-SFNib35RQ-H5A%3BFfjkJQIdeidR-Q%3BFaqIJQIdDulQ-SnhfN8ZIRozhzGEpYBG98PMEA%3BFd58JQIdEttQ-SmhNVj3JhozhzEDixy4DaOvKQ%3BFfY-IwIdnPtQ-SkL25XL-R0zhzGsltQ0BHCRxQ%3BFabqIQIdHgtR-SkdGkkND-QyhzGRvVUIY_8kzA%3BFUo-GwIdUodQ-Snt37g5lZkyhzHXxtVyiTH5uQ%3BFdYQJwIdMJoi-SnRffWkgre-gDGjebPV5tXMOg&hl=en&mra=mru&via=3,4,5,6,7&sll=35.368895,-111.895752&sspn=0.688694,0.87204&ie=UTF8&ll=35.502046,-111.882019&spn=0.687556,0.87204&t=h&z=10

Thanks Ruby!

Looks like a good area of that road is remote desert. JMHO. (with a lot of turn off roads that aren't named that I can see).

RubyRed
09-23-2010, 05:10 PM
They both last used their phones on Sept. 5 and were 18 miles north of Williams. So a few things could have happened.

1) A car accident and vehicle hasn't been found.

2) Something criminal happened by someone else.

3) Sanders harmed Suellen and Lexis.

4) Sanders harmed Suellen and took off with Lexis.

5) They left to start a life together and for unknown reasons are not telling family.


What do others think happened? Any ideas?

Mandy113
09-23-2010, 05:20 PM
It appears at least through Sunday the 5th, their trip was going as planned. I do not know that area at all, so I'm wondering if they could have become lost. Perhaps they couldn't make it back to the main road due to car trouble, ran out of gas, etc. I also wonder what cell phone coverage is like in those areas. I would assume there are "dead" areas so perhaps they were unable to call for help.

RubyRed has listed all the other possibilities I've thought about. Unless they really did run off to begin a new life, I don't have good feelings for a positive resolution to this case.

(Also they were driving a newer model vehicle. Would GPS be standard equip? Just throwing it out there ... I'm unfamiliar with how this technology works too)

RubyRed
09-23-2010, 05:43 PM
http://ktnv.images.worldnow.com/images/13155809_BG3.jpg

http://ktnv.images.worldnow.com/images/13155809_BG4.jpg

silver 2001 Kia Spectra with Nevada license plate 153 UCR.

http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13155809

Mandy113
09-23-2010, 09:34 PM
Thanks Ruby. I must have read the vehicle description wrong in the reports. I thought it was a newer model.

If Sanders was going to do something to Suellen & Lexie, it could have happened anytime during that trip. We don't know what his record is for. It does look like everything was going as planned. I'm leaning towards some kind of accident now.

I wish they'd release more information.

RubyRed
09-23-2010, 09:59 PM
Thanks Ruby. I must have read the vehicle description wrong in the reports. I thought it was a newer model.

If Sanders was going to do something to Suellen & Lexie, it could have happened anytime during that trip. We don't know what his record is for. It does look like everything was going as planned. I'm leaning towards some kind of accident now.

I wish they'd release more information.

It does seem like it was going as planned. I wonder if family is going to travel the road they were on and look for a possible accident? It is worth a try.

Fairy1
09-23-2010, 11:20 PM
It does sound as if they may have been in an accident.

Still waiting for news on "Spider's" criminal record.

Kat
09-23-2010, 11:36 PM
They both last used their phones on Sept. 5 and were 18 miles north of Williams. So a few things could have happened.

1) A car accident and vehicle hasn't been found.

2) Something criminal happened by someone else.

3) Sanders harmed Suellen and Lexis.

4) Sanders harmed Suellen and took off with Lexis.

5) They left to start a life together and for unknown reasons are not telling family.


What do others think happened? Any ideas?

I'm still at a loss. All of the above are open IMHO until we get more details.

About the accident scenario, they might have made a stop that was on the spur of the moment. I don't know what the weather has been there during the time frame that they were reported to have been missing but that area of the SW can be an extreme environment and if someone is unprepared and had an accident or car trouble they could easily become endangered from the heat quickly.

Knox
09-25-2010, 02:47 AM
Sep. 23, 2010
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

No leads on Las Vegas woman, daughter missing in Arizona

By MIKE BLASKY (http://www.reviewjournal.com/about/print/rjstaff.html)
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Police still have no information about a Las Vegas woman and her 12-year-old daughter who went missing in Arizona earlier this month.
Suellen Roberts, 31, and her daughter, Lexis, were last seen at the Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park in Williams, Ariz., on Sept. 4, according to the Coconino County sheriff's office. Williams is about 200 miles southeast of Las Vegas.


Thomas Steven Sanders, 53, also known as "Spider," accompanied Roberts on the planned trip to Arizona. Police said Roberts and Sanders met at a storage facility in Las Vegas, where they both worked. Sanders also is missing.

According to records, Sanders and Roberts made cell phone calls on Sept. 5, placing them 18 miles north of Williams.
All phone activity has stopped .

Las Vegas police Lt. Rob Lundquist said that the Coconino County sheriff's office is handling the primary investigation and that his unit was assisting.Thought we might have some news, disappointed that there is nothing new. Does it seem as if LE is not taking this case seriously?
http://www.lvrj.com/news/no-leads-on-las-vegas-woman--daughter-missing-in-arizona-103667824.html?ref=824

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
09-25-2010, 02:51 AM
NCMEC POSTER - http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewPoster&caseNum=1156334&orgPrefix=NCMC&searchLang=en_US

According to this, Thomas Sanders' date of birth is July 12, 1957.

brianh78
09-25-2010, 03:25 AM
hello all new member, I actually know Suellen and her daughter, been friends since 2001 when we worked together, and I am deeply concerned about them. Has anyone been able to find what charges the guys had in the past? Its not like her to up and disappear, hoping for the best and can not stop thinking about it. Does anyone have any updates cause the news isnt telling me much???

Mandy113
09-25-2010, 08:28 AM
Welcome to WS Brianh78. The only updates I've seen are the same news links posted here. I don't believe there is any more info known about Sanders record.

I have been wondering how seriously LE is taking this case. In the first article I read, it mentioned the possibility of them running off to begin a new life together. Though it's curious they also mentioned Sanders has a record.

I don't think Suellen & Lexie just ran off. I'm very concerned for them. Without any other info to go on, anything could have happened.

elepher50
09-25-2010, 11:57 AM
I cannot find any record for Sanders (and have looked fairly hard). Does anybody know if he has lived in any place other than Nevada - I am coming up blank. He is not a RSO as near as I can see... so am wondering what other records he has.

Coming up empty here.

brianh78
09-25-2010, 06:25 PM
Welcome to WS Brianh78. The only updates I've seen are the same news links posted here. I don't believe there is any more info known about Sanders record.

I have been wondering how seriously LE is taking this case. In the first article I read, it mentioned the possibility of them running off to begin a new life together. Though it's curious they also mentioned Sanders has a record.

I don't think Suellen & Lexie just ran off. I'm very concerned for them. Without any other info to go on, anything could have happened.

**thought it was me that was wondering if LE is just going through the motion and not giving a damn. I had an anxiety attact the second I opened the story friday night, like i said Ive known them since 2001-02, I seriously doubt the fact they would just run off with this guy (i know I tried to get her to go out with me for like 3yrs), maybe I can ask my friend to look this guy up in ncic or whatever the program the police use, maybe he can tell me for a record whats going on

Mandy113
09-26-2010, 05:45 PM
http://www.missingpersonreport.org/


About half way down the page of the site listed above, Lexie & Suellen's case is listed. They list the vehicle as a 2011 4 door Kia sedan, same license plate number and show a picture ( I assume an example of what the vehicle looks like ) I don't know much about cars, but it doesn't look like the vehicle we see on the video of them entering the park. Obviously, I know the vehicle on the video is the correct one. We've gotten such little info on this case. I'd like to know what we do have is correct and that every site is listing the correct information.

Knox
10-03-2010, 11:35 PM
This case is so baffling, no new press in over two weeks. Nothing from the family asking for help from the public, nada. I wonder if LE has found something that makes them believe the disappearance is voluntary?

Mandy113
10-04-2010, 01:02 AM
I look every day for any news. I haven't found anything. I wonder if anyone is even looking for them.

sherlockh
10-04-2010, 04:39 AM
This case is so baffling, no new press in over two weeks. Nothing from the family asking for help from the public, nada. I wonder if LE has found something that makes them believe the disappearance is voluntary?
Maybe it is that last phonecall that makes them think they ran away? I thought it was strange she said the mother had something to worry about if they didn't return by Monday. Sounds like a threat to run away, or maybe she was having bad fights with her boyfriend and she just said something like that? Whatever it is I thought it was a strange thing to say.
http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2010/09/10/20100910Flagstaff-missing-Las-Vegas-family-abrk-0910.html

Woodburn also said she received a call from Roberts over the weekend, saying that they "should be back by Monday," and if they aren't, Woodburn "should have something to worry about," officials said.

(snipped)

dreamweaver
10-04-2010, 04:47 AM
I could not a FB page or a myspace page.

RubyRed
10-04-2010, 10:28 AM
Didn't find any up-dates on them. Wonder what is going on with them?

MissouriLady
10-04-2010, 10:29 AM
http://www.missingpersonreport.org/


About half way down the page of the site listed above, Lexie & Suellen's case is listed. They list the vehicle as a 2011 4 door Kia sedan, same license plate number and show a picture ( I assume an example of what the vehicle looks like ) I don't know much about cars, but it doesn't look like the vehicle we see on the video of them entering the park. Obviously, I know the vehicle on the video is the correct one. We've gotten such little info on this case. I'd like to know what we do have is correct and that every site is listing the correct information.

I was thinking the same thing. It looks like a Dodge Caliber to me.

RubyRed
10-08-2010, 11:42 AM
I e-mailed a reporter contact out of Vegas and he is going to see what he can find out about this case and the criminal history of T.S. . I'll let you know when I hear back from him.

Bratislava
10-08-2010, 04:33 PM
Hoping for something new.

Kat
10-10-2010, 09:46 PM
Bump.

Where are you Suellen and Lexis? Come home soon!

Knox
10-20-2010, 01:42 PM
I e-mailed a reporter contact out of Vegas and he is going to see what he can find out about this case and the criminal history of T.S. . I'll let you know when I hear back from him.

Hear anything yet RR?

cats5vegas
10-27-2010, 08:38 AM
I saw a really quick story on Las Vegas local channel 3 news (KSNV) last night that a body found in Louisiana may be that of Lexis Roberts. They gave a very brief history of this case, but really no specific details regarding the body that was found. I also saw the story this morning, but there is nothing on their website about this. I can't find this information in the Las Vegas newspaper or any of the other news programs. Prayers still going out to Suellen & Lexis' family.

summer_breeze
10-27-2010, 10:59 AM
--- On Wed, 10/27/10, posters@ncmec.org <posters@ncmec.org> wrote:


From: posters@ncmec.org <posters@ncmec.org>
Subject: Missing Child Poster Partner Recovery - Arizona
To: <redacted>
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 8:28 AM

It is with great sadness and deep regret that we notify you that Lexis Roberts missing from Williams, AZ, has been located deceased. Please discontinue dissemination of this poster.

Please remove and discard any posters on this case that you have placed in public view.

We greatly appreciate your part in our efforts to reunite families and look forward to your continued support.


Thank you for your support.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Visit our web site at www.missingkids.com.

hollye
10-27-2010, 11:41 AM
:(, how terribly sad!

krista
10-27-2010, 12:09 PM
Ugh.....I'm sorry, but I'm just ticked off beyond belief with this case. This CHILD and her mother got almost NO media coverage....and now I feel like they are barely going to mention them in death as well.
I want to know what happened!! Where is the media??? Why does no one care about this child??? Was it an accident, a murder-suicide?? Where is their companion....is he also deceased or has he been found???

Bratislava
10-27-2010, 12:18 PM
No info at all! Horrible! My heart goes out to Lexis. What happened to her from Arizona to Louisiana??

elepher50
10-27-2010, 02:16 PM
Very sad indeed - was hoping for a much better outcome than this. I had initially searched for criminal history of T.S. and found nothing. Also, no facebooks or myspaces to provide any information.

Very sad. Rest peacefully Lexis and let there be justice.

ETA: Where the h3ll is the mother and the boyfriend????????????

elepher50
10-27-2010, 02:23 PM
On the evening of October 8th, 2010, human skeletal remains were found in a wooded area north of Harrisonburg, Louisiana.

The remains were found by hunters who reported this find to the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Since that time, numerous investigative agencies including the Louisiana State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshal’s Service, U.S. Postal Service, Office of Louisiana Attorney General, law enforcement in other states and LSU FACES have been involved in the case.

http://www.nbc33tv.com/news/catahoula-remains-identified

elepher50
10-27-2010, 02:24 PM
MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -Tuesday, October 26, the skeletal remains found in Catahoula Parish were positively identified as 12 year old Lexis Kaye Roberts from Las Vegas, Nevada. This identification was primarily based on dental records.

Lexis was last seen with her mother, Suellen Roberts, and Thomas Sanders traveling in a silver 2001 Kia Motors four door sedan with Nevada license plate 153UCR.

The search continues for Suellen Roberts and Thomas Sanders.

http://www.knoe.com/Global/story.asp?S=13397075

The hunt is still on for the mother and boyfriend.

myzzy
10-27-2010, 03:32 PM
the outcome is not what i wanted to hear RIP Lexis

cutegirltoo
10-27-2010, 03:39 PM
Ok guys, I found Sander's DOB at this link ... Lexis, 12, and Suellen, 31, Roberts MSG 9/5/10 from Williams, AZ - Help Find The Missing (http://helpfindthemissing.org/forum/showthread.php?p=774364#post774364)

When I ran his name and DOB, I found some records in TN (TN- DAVIDSON GENERAL SESSIONS COURT). Minor traffic stuff and unfortunately the database did not list the date of the offenses, so no way to tell how long ago they were.

Running him on another people finder database with his DOB, he shows up with addys in Clarksville, TN and Amite, LA but nothing in NV or AZ. Look some more tomorrow.

ETA; https://www.tennesseeanytime.org/foil/foil_index.jsp
The website is having problems right now and won't load. Someone can try in the morning.

Snipped and bolded by me.
How far is Amite, LA from the area where Lexis was found? Does anyone know?

tfrohning
10-27-2010, 03:48 PM
http://www.nbc33tv.com/news/catahoula-remains-identified

I just guessing but NV LE must had a hink that they were heading to LA:waitasec:

So little media on this case:furious: I hope they pick up the media and try to find Mom and Boyfriend but bad gut feel that mom not with us anymore.

tfrohning
10-27-2010, 03:53 PM
snip
The Louisiana State Police, the FBI, U.S. Marshall's Service, U.S. Postal Service, Office of Louisiana Attorney General, law enforcement in other states, and LSU FACES.

That the first time I seen Postal Service involve in missing person case. that interesting.

tfrohning
10-27-2010, 03:54 PM
snip from comment

the area that she was found was so remote that some of the local people didn't even know it existed. This poor child was found off a logging road and if you weren't familiar with the area, you could very easily get lost.

Lato
10-27-2010, 04:15 PM
Snipped and bolded by me.
How far is Amite, LA from the area where Lexis was found? Does anyone know?

According to Mapquest.....

2 hours 37 minutes / 144.85 miles


http://new.mapquest.com/?__aolrel=1288209813933

dreamweaver
10-27-2010, 05:03 PM
I just read the news about Lexis being found. Such a very sad ending.
I wonder if mom is still alive?

RIP Lexis. You were taken so young.

Bratislava
10-27-2010, 05:13 PM
I don't think the mother is alive anymore either. Sanders returned to safe territory (an area he knew well) to dispose of the body (perhaps bodies). This means he has probably contacted old friends, family, or acquaintances. LE should have someone to talk to.

nola
10-27-2010, 05:48 PM
Just saw this article - it has photos of mother and boyfriend.
http://www.8newsnow.com/story/13397457/breaking-news?redirected=true

laytonian
10-27-2010, 06:09 PM
snip
The Louisiana State Police, the FBI, U.S. Marshall's Service, U.S. Postal Service, Office of Louisiana Attorney General, law enforcement in other states, and LSU FACES.

That the first time I seen Postal Service involve in missing person case. that interesting.

If there were any communications *at all* concerning this case sent via USPS, the Postal Service Inspectors would become involved.

Things like:
Mailed ransom notes
Mailed tips (remember Cary Stayner's letter?)
Letters sent "home" by the POI or Lexis' mother.

Every package and letter can be traced to its origination, even to the very PO Box it may have been mailed from. Look at the envelope, and you'll see a bar code on the front, usually right below the delivery address.

laytonian
10-27-2010, 06:13 PM
According to Mapquest.....

2 hours 37 minutes / 144.85 miles

http://new.mapquest.com/?__aolrel=1288209813933

There must be something wrong with my computer.
All I see, is a map centered on my ISP's business address (Orem, Utah).

Lato
10-27-2010, 06:43 PM
There must be something wrong with my computer.
All I see, is a map centered on my ISP's business address (Orem, Utah).

Hi....I asked Mapquest for the distance from Harrisonburg, La to Amite, La and posted the "response" and the URL. Now you see why I hesitate
to contribute too much when we are talking links and pictures and maps.

Lato
10-27-2010, 06:50 PM
Hi Laytonian....could you help please.

Would like a map from Harrisonburg, La to Amite, La.

Thanks.

mommy23
10-27-2010, 06:55 PM
So where is Mom and Boyfriend? I cannot stand the thought that they both may have harmed this beautiful girl. And why so little attention? Their faces should be plastered across the nation!!!!!!

laytonian
10-27-2010, 07:05 PM
Hi Laytonian....could you help please.

Would like a map from Harrisonburg, La to Amite, La.

Thanks.

I did it backwards (duh) -- Amite, LA to Harrisonburg, LA (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Amite,+LA&daddr=Harrisonburg,+LA&hl=en&geocode=FdLD1AEd3PKa-im52NWGQAMnhjFtqG-rYP2Sbg%3BFc_N5AEdMuqG-ilbsmwfgoIvhjFO-HgQTEcISA&mra=ls&sll=31.246575,-91.157375&sspn=1.444097,2.340088&ie=UTF8&ll=31.527044,-91.098633&spn=2.879376,4.680176&z=8).

Here's something else I found interesting: Williams AZ to Harrisonburg, LA (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Williams,+AZ&daddr=Harrisonburg,+LA&hl=en&geocode=FTHdGQId5RlQ-SlVpQFT6Z4yhzGGU8DNx-elHQ%3BFc_N5AEdMuqG-ilbsmwfgoIvhjFO-HgQTEcISA&mra=ls&sll=31.527044,-91.098633&sspn=2.879376,4.680176&ie=UTF8&ll=34.379713,-100.50293&spn=22.224788,37.441406&z=5).

If you started out in Williams (just west of Flagstaff, on I-40), and drove to Harrisonburg, you'd never go through Amite.
With Lexis' body skeletonized to the extent that it took three weeks to ID, I'm thinking that was the direct route.

I'll bet mom's dead, and her remains are somewhere along that route (ie, the boyfriend killed mom, to get at the girl).

It's a lot of territory, and a lot of open space.

laytonian
10-27-2010, 07:11 PM
Hi....I asked Mapquest for the distance from Harrisonburg, La to Amite, La and posted the "response" and the URL. Now you see why I hesitate to contribute too much when we are talking links and pictures and maps.

It's not your fault at all; you did better than I did, when I tried Mapquest. I can't even FIND the link to post here. When I right-click, it just gives me options - instead of the map URL.

Mapquest was my favorite, for many years. I'm not a Google fan (they want to take over the earth), but they make it so darned easy to post their URLs.

Fairy1
10-27-2010, 07:49 PM
This is so very sad and I agree - Mom is dead as well. It's a miracle they found Lexis. Hoping for another miracle in the form of LE finding her killer. We never did find out about "Spider's" criminal record but, somehow I just know it's going to pizz us all off even more when we do.

Kimberlyd125
10-27-2010, 08:19 PM
Rest in Peace Lexis.

cats5vegas
10-27-2010, 08:27 PM
I see 3 possibilities: 1) mother and boyfriend killed Lexis, dumped body to run away together without burden of a child, 2) boyfriend killed Lexis and Suellen and the mother's body just hasn't been found yet, or 3) all 3 (including boyfriend) were innocent victims of another party. I really doubt that #3 is the case, but without any additional information or evidence, I don't think that possibility can be excluded entirely. RIP Lexis.

watchful_eye
10-27-2010, 08:38 PM
Oh G-d, this poor, poor, girl.

I have some very sneaking suspicions about people involved in this, but I know what the rules are on here.

Please keep in mind, I am making an OBSERVATION when I say this, nothing more...

Look at the picture of Suellen here:
http://www.8newsnow.com/story/133974...edirected=true

This looks like a mugshot to me. I'd like to know what Suellen's criminal history is---if any---just as much as "Spider"'s. NOT BLAMING here, just asking questions.

G-d bless poor Lexis. I have this feeling like this was not the only traumatic event in her life.

That is all I will say until more details emerge.

cats5vegas
10-27-2010, 08:50 PM
Oh G-d, this poor, poor, girl.


Look at the picture of Suellen here:
http://www.8newsnow.com/story/133974...edirected=true

This looks like a mugshot to me. I'd like to know what Suellen's criminal history is---if any---just as much as "Spider"'s. NOT BLAMING here, just asking questions.

.

I wonder if the photo is from Suellen's driver's license. My photo looks about the same. It's the same blue background. With the new DMV processes, they make you remove any eye glasses, pull your hair back and do not smile. I just checked my own drivers license, and it also looks like a mug shot - but it is the same blue color background.

Bratislava
10-27-2010, 08:58 PM
My impression from reading the articles is that Suellen and Lexis were very close. I think he killed both of them, and even thinking about how and when this happened makes me feel sick. Horrible, horrible, horrible.

Also, I don't think that looks like a mugshot. JMO.

Claudette
10-27-2010, 11:30 PM
That beard is horrid. What the heck did she see in him? It would probably be helpful to show a picture of him that isn't a mug and may be more current. The beard takes up so much space that shaving it off and dying his hair would make him look like a brand new person. And younger too - his skin doesn't look too aged, only his white hair. Plus, the eyes aren't really visible in the picture either.

Bilas
10-28-2010, 12:04 AM
So sad! Rest in peace Lexi!

I hope LE is working hard to find Sanders and get this POS!:furious: Most likely scenario for me is Sanders killed the mom and took Lexi to LA (I hate to think what he did with her) then killed her! Don't think mom had anything to do with this!

So sad!

revampz
10-28-2010, 04:04 AM
I have wondered what happened to this little girl and her mum and really did not expect this.......

I bet that is why he took them to this national park in the first place...

Premeditated.........

and as others have said on here why????

well money was probably not the motive, a nice car?? doubt it.....yes I agree, he was probably after the little girl....

I also dont think mum is alive judging by the phone call to her mother...

Sin City
10-28-2010, 06:10 AM
I just heard about this case today. It is rediculous that there wasn't more coverage. They traveled all the way to LA without LE looking for them along the way? Did LE drop the ball on Lexis & her mother? LE has a lot of explaining to do it seems.

nola
10-28-2010, 07:40 AM
Additional news coverage:
http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13397624&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

More photos of Thomas Sanders with and without facial hair need to be broadcast - I agree with earlier post that this guy could easily change his appearance by dying and cutting hair and removing beard.

Knox
10-28-2010, 11:05 AM
Bones those of Nev. girl

By Taylor Aswell (http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/staff/taylor-aswell/) | The Natchez Democrat
Published Thursday, October 28, 2010

HARRISONBURG —Investigators identified the bones found recently in Catahoula Parish, solving one mystery but unraveling an even longer string of questions.

Forensic experts confirmed Tuesday that the remains are those of Las Vegas resident Lexis Kaye Roberts, who was 12.

But why and how Roberts ended up 1,558 miles from home in a heavily wooded portion of rural Louisiana is still unknown.

The girl was last seen traveling with her mother, Suellen Roberts, and a man, Thomas Sanders, who was not a relative near Arizona National Forest.
According to helpfindmychild.com and news reports from KTNV in Arizona, Sanders had a criminal record.

According to KTNV story published on Sept. 15, Suellen Roberts’ mother, Mary Woodburn, belives foul play is involved.

“It’s not like my daughter just to turn cold and leave and not call me in so many days,” she said. “I think maybe (Sanders) did something to my daughter and now my granddaughter.”
http://media2.natchezdemocrat.com/img/photos/2010/10/27/102810_Suellen_Roberts_mug_t180.jpg?370a03faaa4bde 2115f371a02430eb3e6a451be5 (http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/photos/2010/oct/28/17623/) Suellen Roberts

http://media2.natchezdemocrat.com/img/photos/2010/10/27/102810_Lexie_Roberts_mug_t180.jpg?370a03faaa4bde21 15f371a02430eb3e6a451be5 (http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/photos/2010/oct/28/17622/) Lexie Roberts

http://media2.natchezdemocrat.com/img/photos/2010/10/27/102810_thomas_sanders_t180.jpg?370a03faaa4bde2115f 371a02430eb3e6a451be5 (http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/photos/2010/oct/28/17624/) Thomas Sanders

Roberts was identified through dental records by the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Lab.

http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2010/oct/28/bones-those-nev-girl/Rest in Peace sweet Lexis~

Where is Thomas Sanders?! LE needs to get this story on AMW and just like the rest of you said ... Additional photo's. Could it be there are none other than his booking photo? Interesting that he shows up with Amite, LA as a prior addy and that is where Lexis body was found. Was LE searching or looking for him in his old stomping grounds? I too wonder if LE let Lexis down?

ETA: I think Suellen's death preceded Lexi's and her remains are somewhere in AZ. I'm sure once she knew his motive for establishing a relationship was to gain access to Lexis, she fought him tooth and nail.

Knox
10-28-2010, 11:26 AM
Kelly said Lexis Roberts' remains were taken to LSU's FACES lab, where the program's director, Dr. Mary Manhein, discovered something.

"She remembered seeing a missing girl reported on the Internet," Kelly said. He said Las Vegas police were contacted and investigators spoke with a Las Vegas area dentist, who confirmed the dental records belonged to a patient of his.

Kelly said because of the positive identification, the investigation has surged forward.

"This is a tremendous step forward," Kelly said. "We would have trouble proceeding with the case without (the ID)."

http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20101028/NEWS01/10280324/1002/rss01

I wondered how they connected the dots. Authorities are still not saying what connections Sanders has to the area?

sadnpod
10-28-2010, 11:47 AM
Rest in Peace Lexis... Im with alot of you that think he probably harmed the mother first and she is yet to be found. Tragic...

Knox
10-28-2010, 12:01 PM
Thomas S Sanders
(Age 53) (http://www.peoplefinders.com/checkout/offer.aspx?type=people-name&item-id=1-388887913&item-count=2&fn=THOMAS&mn=S&ln=SANDERS&city=CLARKSVILLE&state=TN&searchtype=people-name)
Birth Date: 07/12/1957
http://www.peoplefinders.com/images/spacer.gifhttp://www.peoplefinders.com/App_Themes/Default/images/buttons/bkgdreport.png (http://www.peoplefinders.com/checkout/offer.aspx?type=people-name&item-id=1-388887913&item-count=2&fn=THOMAS&mn=S&ln=SANDERS&city=CLARKSVILLE&state=TN&searchtype=people-name)
ADDRESS 1:
Po Box 2364,
CLARKSVILLE, TN 37042

ADDRESS 2:
106 S Bay St,
AMITE, LA 70422

Knox
10-28-2010, 12:12 PM
23 SANDERS, THOMAS S 19570712 VIOL. OF BUMPER LAW
TN http://www.advanced.netdetective.net/images/info2.gif First NameTHOMASMiddle NameSLast NameSANDERSPrimary AddressN/ACityN/AStateN/AZIP CodeN/APhone NumberN/ADate of Birth19570712CourtTN DAVIDSON GENERAL SESSIONS COURTSource StateTNOffense VIOL. OF BUMPER LAW DispositionGUILTY 24 SANDERS, THOMAS S 19570712 TRAFFIC -MUFFLER VIOLATION
TN http://www.advanced.netdetective.net/images/info2.gif First NameTHOMASMiddle NameSLast NameSANDERSPrimary AddressN/ACityN/AStateN/AZIP CodeN/APhone NumberN/ADate of Birth19570712CourtTN DAVIDSON GENERAL SESSIONS COURT(LEGACY)Source StateTNOffense TRAFFIC -MUFFLER VIOLATION DispositionRETIRED 25 SANDERS, THOMAS S 19570712 TRAFFIC -MISUSE OF EVIDENCE OF VEH. REGISTRATION
TN http://www.advanced.netdetective.net/images/info2.gif First NameTHOMASMiddle NameSLast NameSANDERSPrimary AddressN/ACityN/AStateN/AZIP CodeN/APhone NumberN/ADate of Birth19570712CourtTN DAVIDSON GENERAL SESSIONS COURT(LEGACY)Source StateTNOffense TRAFFIC -MISUSE OF EVIDENCE OF VEH. REGISTRATION DispositionDISMISSED

KLCD620
10-28-2010, 12:16 PM
No wonder about Tom knew the area for dumping Lexi. I think Suellen isn't alive anymore. He tricked them into their death by false "lover" to Suellen. It's horrible way from him with intentions.

Thomas S Sanders
(Age 53) (http://www.peoplefinders.com/checkout/offer.aspx?type=people-name&item-id=1-388887913&item-count=2&
fn=THOMAS&mn=S&ln=SANDERS&city=CLARKSVILLE&state=TN&searchtype=people-name)
Birth Date: 07/12/1957
http://www.peoplefinders.com/images/spacer.gifhttp://www.peoplefinders.com/App_Themes/Default/images/buttons/bkgdreport.png (http://www.peoplefinders.com/checkout/offer.aspx?type=people-name&item-id=1-388887913&item-count=2&fn=THOMAS&mn=S&ln=SANDERS&city=CLARKSVILLE&state=TN&searchtype=people-name)
ADDRESS 1:
Po Box 2364,
CLARKSVILLE, TN 37042

ADDRESS 2:
106 S Bay St,
AMITE, LA 70422

fhc
10-28-2010, 12:19 PM
Thomas S Sanders
(Age 53) (http://www.peoplefinders.com/checkout/offer.aspx?type=people-name&item-id=1-388887913&item-count=2&fn=THOMAS&mn=S&ln=SANDERS&city=CLARKSVILLE&state=TN&searchtype=people-name)
Birth Date: 07/12/1957
http://www.peoplefinders.com/images/spacer.gifhttp://www.peoplefinders.com/App_Themes/Default/images/buttons/bkgdreport.png (http://www.peoplefinders.com/checkout/offer.aspx?type=people-name&item-id=1-388887913&item-count=2&fn=THOMAS&mn=S&ln=SANDERS&city=CLARKSVILLE&state=TN&searchtype=people-name)
ADDRESS 1:
Po Box 2364,
CLARKSVILLE, TN 37042

ADDRESS 2:
106 S Bay St,
AMITE, LA 70422

Thank you Knox, I don't think this is his first rodeo. How many other women & children have been his victims? and does he already have his next victims in his sight? jmo, this should be all over national news, the way he moves around.

Knox
10-28-2010, 01:29 PM
Yes, FHC it is worrisome that he seems to fly so well below the radar. Hopefully LE has enough on him to locate him.

The more attention Media gives this case the quicker he will be found!!

Knox
10-28-2010, 07:11 PM
In the video; the reporter states Sanders has a criminal record that involves *crimes against juveniles*. No word on the type of crime, nor what state they were committed in.
http://www.mynews3.com/story.php?id=30585&n=5035

Makes you want to puke, doesn't it? Single Moms beware, run a background check on anyone you are going to have near your children. This sounds extreme, but how many times do we see this exact story play out.

Knox
10-28-2010, 07:44 PM
https://www.vinelink.com/vinelink/initMap.do
In case someone has time to research.

Knox
10-28-2010, 07:58 PM
Sorry I keep bombarding this thread ... Today is Lexi's 13th Birthday.

Bilas
10-28-2010, 08:12 PM
Happy Birthday Lexi!

Fairy1
10-28-2010, 11:10 PM
FBI and US Marshals involved now:

http://www.mynews3.com/story.php?id=30688&n=5037

Clearly, LE knows much more than they are revealing.

Happy Birthday, Lexis. Hope you are resting in peace.

justice57
10-29-2010, 02:00 AM
I am just mad that the media and LE in Las Vegas paid more attention to a celebrity doing drugs in her limo than they did looking for this mother and daughter. LE closed the missing persons report on September 16th.
RIP Lexis and hopefully they will find the person responsible.

nola
10-29-2010, 08:20 AM
http://media.azfamily.com/images/nevada-missing-roberts.jpg
Different photo of Sanders. His face needs to be plastered everywhere. Odd how he is never looking directly at the camera.

watchful_eye
10-29-2010, 09:30 AM
This case REALLY burns me good. :furious: :furious: :furious:

What is wrong with these women letting monsters around their kids???? I mean for G-d sakes!! :slap: :scream:

I hope Lexis is celebrating her birthday with the biggest, bestest party in heaven. :birthday:

cats5vegas
10-29-2010, 10:11 PM
No news on this thread all day? We need to keep this story going to find Suellen (I think he dumped her somewhere between Flagstaff and Louisiana), and to find the creep who did this to them.

nola
10-31-2010, 12:09 AM
http://enidnews.com/localnews/x1644184795/Remains-found-near-Fort-Supply-still-not-identified


Any chance that this might be Suellen?


http://mapq.st/h/7-Yl9p3Gop
Check out mapquest --- Flagstaff to OK City...Fort Supply is just North off the direct path east. What do ya'll think?

justice57
10-31-2010, 12:16 AM
A body was found near Atlanta Georgia today. Not very much info but here is the link:
http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/body-found-in-southwest-705622.html

Mandy113
10-31-2010, 02:40 AM
I just got caught up with the thread again. I am so sorry to find out this was the outcome. I followed the case daily from the start but there never seemed to be much news coverage. How did this poor child & her mother fall through the cracks? We weren't able to find out the details about Sanders record but apparently LE knew since that info was released early on.

Like many of you, I had a bad feeling about this one from the start. IMO, the mother has also been deceased for some time. I can't help but wonder if there had been more publicity for Lexie, could she have been saved before they reached Louisiana?

Thanks to all for following up on the case & providing the news links.

Mandy113
10-31-2010, 03:07 AM
http://enidnews.com/localnews/x1644184795/Remains-found-near-Fort-Supply-still-not-identified


Any chance that this might be Suellen?


http://mapq.st/h/7-Yl9p3Gop
Check out mapquest --- Flagstaff to OK City...Fort Supply is just North off the direct path east. What do ya'll think?


According to this update, the bones were not human remains.

http://enidnews.com/localnews/x500715686/BREAKING-NEWS-Bones-found-near-Fort-Supply-deemed-not-human/print

nola
10-31-2010, 11:24 AM
According to this update, the bones were not human remains.

http://enidnews.com/localnews/x500715686/BREAKING-NEWS-Bones-found-near-Fort-Supply-deemed-not-human/print

Thanks for the follow-up article...

Mandy113
10-31-2010, 11:50 AM
I've been thinking about Suellen & Lexis all night. Another child lost to a predator (my assumption). It breaks my heart. My guess would be Suellen is deceased and her body most likely left in the Arizona dessert. Most likely she has not been found yet.

What really upsets me is going back to read this article.

http://www.mynews3.com/story.php?id=27776&n=5037

Police say the two were accompanied by Thomas Steven Sanders. Police confirmed for us he does have a prior record but they would not disclose the details.

Police say with each day that passes there is more cause for concern.

“We’re obviously on heightened alert and concern because of the 12 year old girl being present,” Gililand explains.


Why didn't they release any details on Sanders' record? If they had, maybe the media would have followed it more closely. Instead, the story got little attention. I wonder if part of the problem was that they were from Nevada and went missing in Arizona?

Poor Lexis & Suellen. Condolences to their family with my prayers.

Knox
10-31-2010, 01:06 PM
That was my thought Mandy; Did the multi-jurisdiction facet of this case contribute to Sanders' success in eluding LE? Clearly Suellen's Mother voiced her concerns from the get-go. This case just makes me so sad.

mannip23
11-01-2010, 12:36 AM
That was my thought Mandy; Did the multi-jurisdiction facet of this case contribute to Sanders' success in eluding LE? Clearly Suellen's Mother voiced her concerns from the get-go. This case just makes me so sad.

Oh but I promise you if the grandma would have reported that Saunders was carrying marijuana across state lines you would have seen twenty local, state, and federal LE agency's on the case ASAP, and Sanders caught before he harmed the girl. Sadly kidnapping, rape, and murder of a twelve year girl is not as big of a deal and priority to law enforcement :frown:!!!!!

debzeg23
11-01-2010, 02:47 PM
From what I understand Sanders had ties to property approx 18 mile N or Williams, which is where the last ping was of Suellens phone. I believe she would die protecting her daughter and probably has. The sheriffs office would not search the property, not sure why. Sanders listed address in LA is only 146 miles from where Lexis body was found, in Harrisonburg, LA. The still are not listing him as a suspect, just a missing person along with Suellen. The family is so distraught that they have been unable to talk with the news channels here in Las Vegas and without some to speak to guess they don't have much of a story. The Police and FBI must suspect him unless they are stupid. Do they have to have physical evidence to issue a warrant. I don't understand any of this. Las Vegas didn't even have them listed as missing since AZ said they were spotted. Someone is not doing there job and a 12 yr old girl had to pay for it. What can I do to get some justice for her. From loving step-grandmother

Bratislava
11-01-2010, 03:31 PM
From what I understand Sanders had ties to property approx 18 mile N or Williams, which is where the last ping was of Suellens phone. I believe she would die protecting her daughter and probably has. The sheriffs office would not search the property, not sure why. Sanders listed address in LA is only 146 miles from where Lexis body was found, in Harrisonburg, LA. The still are not listing him as a suspect, just a missing person along with Suellen. The family is so distraught that they have been unable to talk with the news channels here in Las Vegas and without some to speak to guess they don't have much of a story. The Police and FBI must suspect him unless they are stupid. Do they have to have physical evidence to issue a warrant. I don't understand any of this. Las Vegas didn't even have them listed as missing since AZ said they were spotted. Someone is not doing there job and a 12 yr old girl had to pay for it. What can I do to get some justice for her. From loving step-grandmother

This is a truly distressing case. As a former single mom myself, I feel a tremendous amount of empathy for this family. My guess is that police are not officially posting wanted signs for Sanders because they know exactly where he is and they are watching his every move, waiting for him to make a mistake. Once he has given them what they need, the Wanted signs will be posted and he will be hauled off to the jail where he belongs.

Or maybe I'm just feeling hopeful because they found Toni's killer so quickly....

dreamweaver
11-01-2010, 03:37 PM
From what I understand Sanders had ties to property approx 18 mile N or Williams, which is where the last ping was of Suellens phone. I believe she would die protecting her daughter and probably has. The sheriffs office would not search the property, not sure why. Sanders listed address in LA is only 146 miles from where Lexis body was found, in Harrisonburg, LA. The still are not listing him as a suspect, just a missing person along with Suellen. The family is so distraught that they have been unable to talk with the news channels here in Las Vegas and without some to speak to guess they don't have much of a story. The Police and FBI must suspect him unless they are stupid. Do they have to have physical evidence to issue a warrant. I don't understand any of this. Las Vegas didn't even have them listed as missing since AZ said they were spotted. Someone is not doing there job and a 12 yr old girl had to pay for it. What can I do to get some justice for her. From loving step-grandmother


Welcome debzeg23:

I am assuming you are Lexi's step grandmother?
I am glad you are speaking out for her and for Suellen.

I think LE may have chosen to let AZ go ahead with the search since they were last seen in that state.
It does help when family is very involved and active with news media and police. But who knows how we would react if it was our family member who went missing.

With the FBI on the case now, that will be very helpful.

Bratislava
11-01-2010, 03:38 PM
Maybe they need a body for Suellen before they can list him as a suspect?

Mandy113
11-01-2010, 05:22 PM
Debzeg23 ... welcome to WS. I'm so sorry for your loss.

I can understand the family being far too devastated to speak to the media. Surely LE considers Sanders a suspect. In the early press releases, it was already mentioned he had a record.

I'm still new to WS & not from that part of the country so I don't know exactly what to do. But I'm sure we'll all do whatever we can to help find justice for Lexis & Suellen.

I will try emailing some of the journalists who posted stories about them when they first went missing. Most articles have a contact email address listed. Maybe one of them would be interested in pursuing the story.

trigger
11-01-2010, 07:23 PM
My heart goes out to her family. So very sad. This little 12yo girl could have been saved. I'm crying right now. Why, why, why?

Rubyred posted early on a map. I added Harrisonburg.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Flagstaff,+AZ,+United+States&daddr=Bearizona+Wildlife+Park,+Williams,+Arizona+t o:Grand+Canyon+Village,+AZ,+United+States+to:36.01 425,-112.13797+to:36.01123,-112.14155+to:Las+Vegas,+Nevada,+United+States&hl=en&geocode=FUghGQIdL4VY-SkxJi7a944thzEAs9vOoTwfjg%3BFQ_8GQIdwmpQ-SFNib35RQ-H5A%3BFSQGJgIdNapQ-Skl4_-VTxczhzGhniKadMLMuA%3BFaqIJQIdDulQ-SnhfN8ZIRozhzGEpYBG98PMEA%3BFd58JQIdEttQ-SmhNVj3JhozhzEDixy4DaOvKQ%3BFdYQJwIdMJoi-SnRffWkgre-gDGjebPV5tXMOg&mra=ls&via=3,4&sll=35.893222,-112.239418&sspn=0.173274,0.264702&ie=UTF8&ll=35.563512,-113.521729&spn=2.783684,4.235229&z=8

notapi
11-01-2010, 08:20 PM
I live a few miles from Harrisonburg, LA, where Lexis' remains were found. Someone would have to know that area to be able to dispose of a body there. It is in the hills--lots of trees. It isn't a place you just drive by. You have to be hunting or something like this. If it was Sanders--he could have had relatives there. Tonight on our local news, they had cadivor (?) dogs up there and crime lab, FBI from as far as Virginia look for more evidence. This is so SAD! In my opinion--Sanders is the one, and he most probably killed Suellen and disposed of her body between AZ and LA! My heart goes out to the family.

notapi
11-01-2010, 08:26 PM
If anyone is interested go to www.knoe.com (http://www.knoe.com), www.thenewsstar.com (http://www.thenewsstar.com) this is the local tv station and newspaper. Below is from Nov. 1st tv news:

CATAHOULA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News)--Federal and local investigators went to great lengths in Catahoula Parish on Monday to find new evidence tied to the death of the 12 year old Las Vegas girl whose remains were found there last month. And they're also looking for any clues that may lead them to the man and woman last seen with Lexis Roberts. KNOE 8's Meg Smith takes us on an exclusive tour of their search efforts.

The FBI, U.S. Marshals, and several other agencies combed the woods more than ten hours Monday. They're expanding their search for evidence within a two mile radius where 12 year old Lexis Kaye Roberts body was found October 8th.

http://www.knoe.com/Global/story.asp?S=13425854

trigger
11-01-2010, 09:24 PM
Welcome and TY Notapi. I'm so glad you know the area.

Keep all of us informed if you can.

We have to keep this board going so we can find the mom.

Glad NG was inquiring!

notapi
11-01-2010, 09:55 PM
You are welcome. There may be more in the newspaper tomorrow or days to come. Hope Nancy Grace gets on the case--She will beat it up and down and inside out--until Suellen is found. And the sorry person that did this. I am wondering if he had relatives in the Harrisonburg area! Someone said they used maps.google.com for Harrisonburg--you can zoom in on the area on the satallite and see how much hill and forrest area is is.

justice57
11-02-2010, 02:18 AM
This is so sad!! I have checked the national sex registry and he is not listed on it.

Kat
11-02-2010, 04:03 AM
From what I understand Sanders had ties to property approx 18 mile N or Williams, which is where the last ping was of Suellens phone. I believe she would die protecting her daughter and probably has. The sheriffs office would not search the property, not sure why. Sanders listed address in LA is only 146 miles from where Lexis body was found, in Harrisonburg, LA. The still are not listing him as a suspect, just a missing person along with Suellen. The family is so distraught that they have been unable to talk with the news channels here in Las Vegas and without some to speak to guess they don't have much of a story. The Police and FBI must suspect him unless they are stupid. Do they have to have physical evidence to issue a warrant. I don't understand any of this. Las Vegas didn't even have them listed as missing since AZ said they were spotted. Someone is not doing there job and a 12 yr old girl had to pay for it. What can I do to get some justice for her. From loving step-grandmother

Deb, my heart and thoughts are with you and your family.

You have my prayers.

elepher50
11-02-2010, 06:50 AM
Las Vegas didn't even have them listed as missing since AZ said they were spotted. Someone is not doing there job and a 12 yr old girl had to pay for it. What can I do to get some justice for her. From loving step-grandmother

Respectfully snipped by me for space: Welcome to WS debzeg - wish it were under better circumstances.

Lexis needs justice and this Sanders character is flying under the radar as I cannot find him listed anywhere yet for past offenses against minors (that is apparently what his record is).

We shall keep on looking and I am sure LE is now on top of this albeit very late.

Hugs to you SGM.

notapi
11-02-2010, 06:40 PM
Just heard that Nancy Grace investigates this tonight. She will be able to get the word and pics out!

pufnstuf
11-03-2010, 07:31 PM
Presser tomorrow:

http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13441178

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – The Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office, FBI, and United States Attorney's Office will hold a press conference Thursday to discuss developments in the death investigation of Lexis Kaye Roberts.

The 12-year-old girl was found dead in a wooded area north of Harrisonburg, Louisiana, on October 8.

RubyRed
11-03-2010, 07:44 PM
*sigh* I was hoping this wasn't going to be the outcome.

notapi
11-03-2010, 07:56 PM
Sorry wrong info I got--Nancy Grace should have something on this case NOV 3 at 7pm Central time. I haven't heard the press conference. Will have to see if I can find it.

Knox
11-04-2010, 01:47 PM
Man sought in kidnapping of Las Vegas girl, 12, found dead in Louisiana

By Jackie Valley
Thu, Nov 4, 2010 (10:29 a.m.)

The FBI is charging a man who was believed to be with 12-year-old Lexis Roberts and her mother on a trip to Arizona with kidnapping the young girl, whose remains were found last month in Louisiana (http://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/oct/27/remains-missing-las-vegas-girl-12-found-louisiana/).

The FBI issued a federal kidnapping warrant for Thomas Steven Sanders, 53, who remains at large, officials in Louisiana announced today.

FBI officials in Louisiana said video footage from Sept. 3 at a Walmart in Las Vegas captured Sanders buying ammunition consistent with the caliber of weapon used in the homicide. A forensic anthropologist in Louisiana determined that Roberts died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Roberts was reported missing in early September by family members who said she was on a trip to Flagstaff, Ariz., with her mother, Suellen, 31, and Sanders. The trio never returned Sept. 6 as planned.

Hunters in a wooded area north of Harrisonburg, La., found the remains of Lexis Roberts on Oct. 8. Authorities confirmed her identity through dental records, officials from the sheriff's office said.



http://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/nov/04/man-sought-kidnapping-las-vegas-girl-12-found-dead/

Knox
11-04-2010, 01:49 PM
Officials also report that, in 1994, Thomas Steven Sanders was legally declared dead in the state of Mississippi by family members.

The FBI has obtained photographs of Sanders that illustrate how his appearance has varied over the last several years and known associates have provided information that Sanders is missing his upper teeth and has only two lower teeth.

He also is reported to have a tattoo on his chest of an unknown design and a scar on his abdomen. The most reliable recent physical description for Sanders is as follows: white male, age 53, 5'8", 200 or more pounds with brown eyes. Sanders has worked as a welder, a scrap metal collector, a night watchman, a pallet fabricator and a handyman.

Sanders was last seen driving a silver 2001 Kia Spectra with notable damage on the passenger side doors. It is likely that the Nevada license plate may have been replaced, possibly with stolen plates, to avoid detection. Sanders also has a history of exchanging vehicles through auto salvage yards.

Anyone with information on Thomas Steven Sanders or may have seen any one of these individuals since Sept. 3, 2010, are being urged to call their tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324)

http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13445834

ckwood32
11-04-2010, 01:57 PM
Officials also report that, in 1994, Thomas Steven Sanders was legally declared dead in the state of Mississippi by family members.

WTF??? legally declared DEAD? Well at least he's FINALLY a suspect!

Knox
11-04-2010, 02:05 PM
Just writing that same comment CK ... What is THAT about?

dreamweaver
11-04-2010, 02:08 PM
So, this man has multiple arrest records, reported previously, but no one could find a trace of him in the system and now .. somehow , for some reason... his family had him declared legally dead. I wonder what year that was.

I am thinking that mom is no longer with us either... as many other posters have said.

Hope this man is found soon!

Bratislava
11-04-2010, 02:48 PM
He purchased the ammo on Sept. 3... Was that before or after they went missing?

momtective
11-04-2010, 03:46 PM
HARRISONBURG, LA (KSLA) –A Nationwide manhunt now underway for a man suspected of kidnapping and murdering a 12-year-old Nevada girl, whose remains have now been positively identified after being found in Louisiana.

Louisiana Federal Investigators working with the Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Department has positively identified human skeletal remains found, but now need the public's help in locating those responsible for her death.

The remains were found, according to officials in a wooded area near Harrisonburg, Louisiana, back on Oct. 8, 2010, by hunters.

Upon thoroughly investigating, officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have identified the remains as those of 12-year-old Lexis Kaye Roberts of Las Vegas, Nevada.



http://www.ksla.com/Global/story.asp?S=13446931

Texas Mist
11-04-2010, 04:22 PM
The most recent articles linked don't say anything about looking for Suellen - just the perp...maybe it's just because the point is that there's a warrant out for him, but Suellen's not found yet....not sounding good. :(

momtective
11-04-2010, 05:30 PM
So, this man has multiple arrest records, reported previously, but no one could find a trace of him in the system and now .. somehow , for some reason... his family had him declared legally dead. I wonder what year that was.

I am thinking that mom is no longer with us either... as many other posters have said.

Hope this man is found soon!

According to the FBI, Sanders was declared dead in the state of Mississippi by family members in 1994. Investigators said they now know he is still alive and has ties to several states across the country.

http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=13445744

momtective
11-04-2010, 05:33 PM
Using his DOB I'm finding

Sanders, Thomas S
Age 53
Amite, LA
Clarksville, TN

Knox
11-04-2010, 05:55 PM
That's all been posted a few pages back Momtective.

So we know Sanders bought the ammo on Friday, September 3 in Vegas.
Suellen and Lexi signed the hotel guestbook in Flagstaff and were seen on video at the Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams on Sunday, September 4th.

According to records, Sanders and Roberts made cell phone calls on Sept. 5, placing them 18 miles north of Williams. All phone activity has stopped since then.

Appears that Sanders had a plan in mind before they even left Vegas.

Sleuthster
11-04-2010, 06:13 PM
Wow, this case really bothers me. Poor little girl and her mom!

What really gets me is that the FBI said he was declared dead in 1994?? Just Wow! So the guy is a psyco and he's been out there away from the radar since 1994 and the police are saying he has priors which we have no clue about. This concerns me WHY he was declared dead and WHAT he has been doing since 1994. Who is this guy really???

momtective
11-04-2010, 06:21 PM
Wow, this case really bothers me. Poor little girl and her mom!

What really gets me is that the FBI said he was declared dead in 1994?? Just Wow! So the guy is a psyco and he's been out there away from the radar since 1994 and the police are saying he has priors which we have no clue about. This concerns me WHY he was declared dead and WHAT he has been doing since 1994. Who is this guy really???

...and who else has he murdered?????:waitasec:

momtective
11-04-2010, 06:24 PM
That's all been posted a few pages back Momtective.

So we know Sanders bought the ammo on Friday, September 3 in Vegas.
Suellen and Lexi signed the hotel guestbook in Flagstaff and were seen on video at the Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams on Sunday, September 4th.

According to records, Sanders and Roberts made cell phone calls on Sept. 5, placing them 18 miles north of Williams. All phone activity has stopped since then.

Appears that Sanders had a plan in mind before they even left Vegas.

Thanks Knox :innocent: Hadn't really followed this case very closely until Lexis was found within a few hundred miles of my neck of the woods.

Sleuthster
11-04-2010, 06:26 PM
...and who else has he murdered?????:waitasec:

Exactly

notapi
11-04-2010, 07:26 PM
WOW--I just saw the local news! Sanders has family in McComb--left in 1987--no word from him--declared him legally dead--when he was young he spent time in Catahoula Parish--relatives there too-- where Lexi was found. So he was definately familiar with that area! I am with Momtective---just who else has he murdered and what all has he done. If Suellen and Lexi left with him for the Labor Day weekend---Just when did he buy the ammo at a Las Vegas Walmart?--It showed a survelance tape--only said in early Sept. Must have been just before they left. WHY IS IT AFTER THE AWFUL FACTS THAT THIS COMES TO LIGHT! www.knoe.com --may have the news video clip.

notapi
11-04-2010, 07:40 PM
Prayers are being lifted up for Lexi and Suellen's family. I cannot imagine the pain they are feeling and the feeling of helplessness. May God wrap His arms around all of you and give you all the strength to get through all the days to come.

Fairy1
11-04-2010, 08:11 PM
Oh man, I got chills when I saw he'd been declared deceased years ago. Lord only knows what else he's done. Totally under the radar. I hope he turns up at a relative's, but it seems unlikely to me.

SugarQueen
11-04-2010, 08:18 PM
I don't know anything about the area but could this be related?? NV NV - Human Skull Found in Palomino Valley (Washoe County) 31-Oct-2010 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

Fairy1
11-04-2010, 08:44 PM
I don't know anything about the area but could this be related?? NV NV - Human Skull Found in Palomino Valley (Washoe County) 31-Oct-2010 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118738)

I wouldn't think so. Washoe County is in northern Nevada. But if he did kill Suellen, she could be anywhere.

I hope they find him soon.

notapi
11-04-2010, 09:34 PM
I agree, Fairy1. Suellen could be somewhere in the Bearizona Wildlife area, or anywhere along the I-10. Wish every gas station along that area could have a pic and info about this case printed out for them. The hills around Harrisonburg is a place he is familiar with and he could be hiding out in them. Or even long gone from this area. Takes 7 years to declare someone legally dead--he left Mississippi in 1987--1994 declared dead--I think it is a lot of red tape to do that. Wonder how smart he was--by using -or not-his SS#. Even had that address in Amite, LA. I worked for my company for 17-18 years then they come up with this (W-9??)form for me to sign to say I was a US citizen.

Knox
11-04-2010, 10:02 PM
WOW--I just saw the local news! Sanders has family in McComb--left in 1987--no word from him--declared him legally dead--when he was young he spent time in Catahoula Parish--relatives there too-- where Lexi was found. So he was definately familiar with that area! I am with Momtective---just who else has he murdered and what all has he done. If Suellen and Lexi left with him for the Labor Day weekend---Just when did he buy the ammo at a Las Vegas Walmart?--It showed a survelance tape--only said in early Sept. Must have been just before they left. WHY IS IT AFTER THE AWFUL FACTS THAT THIS COMES TO LIGHT! www.knoe.com (http://www.knoe.com) --may have the news video clip.

At Thursday’s news conference, authorities said Sanders purchased ammunition used in the killing at a Wal-Mart in Las Vegas on Sept. 3, just before the trio left town for the Grand Canyon.
http://www.fox5vegas.com/news/25634664/detail.html

Knox
11-04-2010, 10:13 PM
Press Release
For Immediate Release
November 4, 2010

FBI New Orleans
Contact: Special Agent Sheila Thorne
(504) 816-3315

Suspect Named, Kidnapping Charges Filed
Catahoula Parish Sheriff James Kelly, United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, Western District of Louisiana, and David W. Welker, Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division of the FBI, announce the following:

On the evening of Oct. 8, 2010, human skeletal remains were found in a wooded area north of Harrisonburg, La. The remains were found by hunters who reported it to the Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office. Since then, numerous investigative agencies, including the Louisiana State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Postal Service, the Office of Louisiana Attorney General, the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) and law enforcement throughout the country have been involved in the case.
On Oct. 26, 2010, the remains were positively identified, based primarily on dental records, as being Lexis Kaye Roberts, age 12, of Las Vegas, Nev. Lexis was last seen with her mother, Suellen Roberts, and Thomas Sanders, traveling in a silver 2001 Kia Spectra sedan with Nevada license plate 153UCR.

Today the FBI announces that a federal kidnapping warrant was obtained in the Western District of Louisiana charging Thomas Steven Sanders with the abduction of Lexis Roberts. On Sept. 3, 2010, Sanders was captured on film purchasing ammunition at a local Wal-Mart in Las Vegas. The forensic anthropologist reported that Lexis suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The ammunition Sanders purchased was consistent with the caliber weapon used during the homicide.

In 1994, Thomas Steven Sanders was legally declared dead in the state of Mississippi by family members. However, we now know that he is still alive and has ties to several states across the country. We have been able to obtain photographs of Sanders that illustrate how his appearance has varied over the last several years. Known associates have provided information that Sanders is missing his upper teeth and has only two lower teeth. He also is reported to have a tattoo on his chest of an unknown design and a scar on his abdomen. The most reliable recent physical description for Sanders is as follows: white male, age 53, 5'8", 200 or more pounds with brown eyes. Sanders has worked as a welder, a scrap metal collector, a night watchman, a pallet fabricator and a handyman.

Sanders was last seen driving a silver 2001 Kia Spectra with notable damage on the passenger side doors. It is likely that the Nevada license plate may have been replaced, possibly with stolen plates, to avoid detection. Sanders also has a history of exchanging vehicles through auto salvage yards.

If you have information or have seen any one of these individuals since Sept. 3, 2010, you are urged to call the tipline: 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

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Knox
11-04-2010, 10:37 PM
(http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/09/10/20100910Flagstaff-missing-Las-Vegas-family-abrk-0910.html)http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/09/10/20100910Flagstaff-missing-Las-Vegas-family-abrk-0910.html

Vegas woman, daughter missing in Arizona

by Diana Martinez and 12 News - Sept. 10, 2010 11:17 AM The Arizona Republic

Police are searching for a Las Vegas woman and her young daughter, who were last seen in the Flagstaff area on Sept. 4.

Suellen Roberts, 31, and Lexis, 12, were visiting the Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, and they may have been accompanied by a man, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

A guest book at the park showed that Roberts made it to the park, officials said.

Roberts' relationship with the man, who has not been identified, is unclear, but they may have worked together prior to the trip, said Lt. Rex Gilliland, a spokesman for Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

All three were seen at a motel in Flagstaff on Sept. 4, authorities said, adding that they plan on reviewing security video from the motel.

Roberts' mother, Mary Woodburn, said she expected her daughter and granddaughter to be back home by Sept. 6.

Woodburn also said she received a call from Roberts over the weekend, saying that they "should be back by Monday," and if they aren't, Woodburn "should have something to worry about," officials said.

Media has said Sanders was Suellen's boyfriend, has that fact been confirmed by the family?

I'm confused by the revelation that he was declared dead back in 1987 (finalized/filed in 1994). So he pops up in Vegas and uses his real name all these years later? That does not make any sense. LE needs to clarify this point.

Texas Mist
11-04-2010, 11:24 PM
[URL="http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/09/10/20100910Flagstaff-missing-Las-Vegas-family-abrk-0910.html"]

Media has said Sanders was Suellen's boyfriend, has that fact been confirmed by the family?

I'm confused by the revelation that he was declared dead back in 1987 (finalized/filed in 1994). So he pops up in Vegas and uses his real name all these years later? That does not make any sense. LE needs to clarify this point.



Sounds like LE doesn't know what Sanders has been up to all these years...and dang! if the FBI doesn't know, that's scary!


Authorities said 53-year-old Thomas Steven Sanders, legally dead in Mississippi since 1994, apparently had been living in Las Vegas where he met Lexis Roberts and her mother, Suellen Roberts, a few months ago. Lexis Roberts’ remains were found in east-central Louisiana in early October.

Relatives told investigators the girl and her mother had known Sanders for two or three months, said Robert King, the FBI agent in Alexandria heading up the investigation.

Investigators are trying to piece together what happened to Sanders since relatives declared him dead after not hearing from him for seven years.

“He just walked away one day and never came back,” King said.

http://www.rgj.com/article/20101104/NEWS12/101104046

trigger
11-05-2010, 12:21 AM
[URL="http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/09/10/20100910Flagstaff-missing-Las-Vegas-family-abrk-0910.html"]

Media has said Sanders was Suellen's boyfriend, has that fact been confirmed by the family?

I'm confused by the revelation that he was declared dead back in 1987 (finalized/filed in 1994). So he pops up in Vegas and uses his real name all these years later? That does not make any sense. LE needs to clarify this point.


This is just horrifying. He shot this 12yo girl several times. :furious: They have to find him.

IMO I don't think he was Suellen's bf just a co-worker. He planned this out and once they were in the car he pulled out his gun and kidnapped them.

yosande
11-05-2010, 04:56 AM
i'd like to know what happened in 1987 to cause him to "walk away."

Has he been killing people since then?

LE knows he is "resouceful" and able to "live off the land."

They have a lot of information, imo, and it may be that there are missing times within his record. LE has also said he has "crimeS against minorS, as in plural, and in "several states."

So, I suspect he has spent a lot of time in prison in these several States, and it's the time between prison terms that they need to fill in now that they know he kills people.

I hope they do some searching up there where Lexis was found. It could be a dumping ground for other murders, as well as the property he has ties to 18 miles north of Williams where the last cell pings of Suellen were located.

One thing that is interesting about him is that even though it is said that his family hasn't seen him in years, he tends to not be too far away from them. Seriously, they haven't heard from him? or they just aren't saying so.

Did he have a large life insurance policy on him?
They had to file him dead in 87, then wait seven years, then file to legally have him declared dead. Who does that unless there is something to gain from it?
Money, real estate?

Did he have a history of mental illness before 87?

They haven't said who his family is in Miss. and I know we aren't suppose to go there.

Just pondering a bigger picture than a lone stranger who has been flying under the radar for 23 years.
My mind imagines several legally dead names with large insurance policies in several States is all.

Delete this messages if it wandered too far into the no zone.
tia.

jmo and all that......

cats5vegas
11-05-2010, 09:33 AM
I am glad that this is front and center on the local Las Vegas news this morning. However, I wish that they had a better picture of Suellen than what I believe is her DMV photo. It just looks too much like a mug shot. I believe that she was a victim of this guy and won't be found alive, but it would be nice to see a real picture of her (especially a picture of her and Lexis together).

catahoula
11-05-2010, 09:47 AM
Hey guys. This has been one huge story for our little community. I sure hope they find this animal and put him away for good. This is just my suspensions but where he put Lexis body is FAR off the Beaten path. My family has a hunting lease in those hills and have hunted there for over 20 years. I was born and raise in Harrisonburg and have been in the hill many many times. But even now I couldn't find my way in or out. If he hasn't been here in YEARS then he must have had help dumping her body. I promise you don't just drive in and out of this place. Local people have been known to be lost. This man had help! In my heart I believe Mom is dead too but don't think he brought her this far. What mom wouldn't fight that monster. Please keep our law inforcement in your prayers. We have good people here who are working to catch this man and they will with everyones help. Lets get him off the streets and bring him to justice. Talk is that as soon as all this is settled the good people of Catahoula are planning to place a memorial at the spot where little Lexis was found. These hills are breath taking and beautiful but this has put such a cloud on the beauty. RIP Lexis. Catahoula Parish love you.

catahoula
11-05-2010, 10:04 AM
Just wondering. Does this monster have a driver's linc., how in the h_ _ L can he buy ammo without ID. I can't. LA need to back track this man from Arz. He has dumped moms body somewhere between NV and LA. How can someone be declared dead and keep drivers licn. and ID in the same name????? I am just really puzzled as to how this man got away with all this. Must be VERY CLEVER!!!!!! Has to be. And don't tell me his family didn't know where he was. BULL! And were his arrest made after he was declared dead? Something went terribly wrong with our justice system in this case. LA needs to check into other missing children from NV to Miss. and see if he could be connected to any of them. I guess he thought since he was "Dead" he could get away with murder.

catahoula
11-05-2010, 10:13 AM
Does anyone know when Nancy Grace plans on airing the story. I just feel like when it goes national we will find this man. America's Most Wanted needs to get this story too. They seem to have a good track record in catching people.

watchful_eye
11-05-2010, 10:52 AM
:furious:http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5isElCQb7FE_k4Py1fd6x6DYTdlCw?docId=1f938e19c f1e452c9384407ec545f2d1:furious:

My wave of reaction to this news:

1. :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

2. :furious::furious::furious::furious::furious:


3. :censored::censored::censored:

SugarQueen
11-05-2010, 11:06 AM
Okay, am I losing my mind or are they showing photos of 2 different vehicles? The picture from Bearizona appears to be a hatch back?

catahoula
11-05-2010, 11:38 AM
That is different cars. ?????????????????????????????????

Bratislava
11-05-2010, 02:12 PM
Do we know anything about Lexis' biological father? Is he alive? Has he been involved in any searches or efforts to get media attention focused on this pair? I have so much sympathy for him right now. To be alive and imagine what this horrible man did to your teenage daughter.... Grrrrr.

cutegirltoo
11-05-2010, 02:37 PM
I wonder if they got his real name from running prints he left behind in NV. That may be when he popped up on the radar. I bet Suellen knew him by another name.

Mandy113
11-05-2010, 02:51 PM
Once again, I'm behind in my reading here. How does someone ... with a record ... get declared dead without having their record updated to show that?

Why didn't LE take this case seriously from the beginning? If they had, perhaps Suellen & Lexis could have been saved.

End of rant & back to lurking.

Knox
11-05-2010, 03:45 PM
I am glad that this is front and center on the local Las Vegas news this morning. However, I wish that they had a better picture of Suellen than what I believe is her DMV photo. It just looks too much like a mug shot. I believe that she was a victim of this guy and won't be found alive, but it would be nice to see a real picture of her (especially a picture of her and Lexis together).

http://media.trb.com/media/photo/2010-09/56194805.jpg

Knox
11-05-2010, 03:50 PM
http://media2.myfoxphoenix.com//photo/2010/11/05/kidnapping12pm110510.DPP_tmb0003_20101105131159_64 0_480.JPG

Knox
11-05-2010, 03:51 PM
http://media2.myfoxphoenix.com//photo/2010/11/05/kidnapping12pm110510.DPP_tmb0004_20101105131217_64 0_480.JPG

Knox
11-05-2010, 03:52 PM
The two photos above and the Wal-Mart Surveillance video can be found here ... http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/national/man-declared-dead-1994-wanted-kidnapping-apx-11052010

What is the black thing he put on the counter, is it a shirt?

Knox
11-05-2010, 04:03 PM
http://cbskxntam.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/fbi-wanted-3851.jpg?w=383&h=250

ckwood32
11-05-2010, 04:05 PM
I agree Mandy - it doesn't appear they took this seriously.

carbuff
11-05-2010, 04:23 PM
The two photos above and the Wal-Mart Surveillance video can be found here ... http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/national/man-declared-dead-1994-wanted-kidnapping-apx-11052010

What is the black thing he put on the counter, is it a shirt?

It looks like a shirt to me. A fairly bulky one, possibly a dark plaid flannel?

Bratislava
11-05-2010, 04:29 PM
I agree Mandy - it doesn't appear they took this seriously.

Which is crazy, since Lexis obviously missed school. Suellen, who seems to have been a mother who cared for her daughter, would not have kept her daughter from school, esp. as a single mom knowing that DHR watches single moms more closely than married moms.

What was LE thinking???

notapi
11-05-2010, 08:00 PM
Hey guys. This has been one huge story for our little community. I sure hope they find this animal and put him away for good. This is just my suspensions but where he put Lexis body is FAR off the Beaten path. My family has a hunting lease in those hills and have hunted there for over 20 years. I was born and raise in Harrisonburg and have been in the hill many many times. But even now I couldn't find my way in or out. If he hasn't been here in YEARS then he must have had help dumping her body. I promise you don't just drive in and out of this place. Local people have been known to be lost. This man had help! In my heart I believe Mom is dead too but don't think he brought her this far. What mom wouldn't fight that monster. Please keep our law inforcement in your prayers. We have good people here who are working to catch this man and they will with everyones help. Lets get him off the streets and bring him to justice. Talk is that as soon as all this is settled the good people of Catahoula are planning to place a memorial at the spot where little Lexis was found. These hills are breath taking and beautiful but this has put such a cloud on the beauty. RIP Lexis. Catahoula Parish love you.
Thanks Neighbor--That is what I said about having to know the area--and being a dense area. I also wondered about him having help. I am not from Harrisonburg--but not to far from there.--there is a closeness in a small community--Things like this just doesn't happen around here--This case is really pulling at our heart strings!! And LEXIS WILL NOT EVER BE FORGOTTEN over here!!

Knox
11-05-2010, 10:49 PM
Officials: Suspect lived unnoticed after 'death'

As federal and state investigators mount a nationwide manhunt for Thomas Steven Sanders, they are still trying to piece together how a man who abandoned his family in 1987 and was declared dead in 1994 lived unnoticed for years. Even though authorities arrested him on multiple charges during that time, they never realized he had been declared dead.

Sanders' relatives in Louisiana haven't heard from him in years, said Toney Edwards, an investigator for the Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Department.
"He dropped out of his life, but maintained a criminal record (http://www.muscatinejournal.com/content/tncms/live/#) throughout that time," Edwards said.

A federal warrant was issued Thursday accusing Sanders of kidnapping 12-year-old Lexis Roberts, whose skeleton was found by hunters early last month. Her 31-year-old mother, Suellen Roberts, is missing. Officials say she is not a suspect in her daughters death and they hope she has not met with foul play.

We still consider her a missing person," Edwards said.
A few details about Sanders' movements are beginning to emerge.
Investigators know he lived in several states, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Nevada.

Sanders worked as a laborer, a welder and a scrap metal collector, but left little record behind, Edwards said. He lived under his own name but avoided putting that name down in writing, investigators said.

"He didn't have utilities turned on in his name, didn't have credit cards, didn't sign up for stuff," Edwards said. "He was out of general society."
The last time Sanders' family saw him was in June 1987. His wife, Candice Sanders, divorced him the next year, claiming she was in poverty and was apparently hoping to collect benefits to support their three children.

She was granted a divorce in February 1988 "on the statutory grounds of habitual, cruel and inhuman treatment," according to a divorce decree obtained by The Associated Press. The divorce records said the couple married in Feb. 2, 1979, and lived together until June 28, 1987.

Sanders' parents, brother and ex-wife petitioned a Mississippi court in July 1994 to have him declared dead, according to court records obtained by The AP. Mississippi officials would not release a copy of Sanders' death certificate, citing privacy issues.

There is no requirement to report a death to the Social Security (http://www.muscatinejournal.com/content/tncms/live/#) Administration, said Wesley Davis, a spokesman for the agency.
"We're concerned with benefits received illegally," Davis said. "A younger person would probably not be receiving benefits so if he kept paying to that account it would not attract attention."

Despite the Mississippi death certificate, Sanders was able to move about easily, said FBI agent Robert King. "There's no national death database," King said. "He could have established a new identity or maybe just stuck to the old one and still slipped through the cracks."

Sanders used Tom and Steve as first names over the years, and the nickname "Spider," investigators said. He did collect a string of arrests during the period, Edwards said.

According to records obtained by the Associated Press, his arrests included possession of drug paraphernalia and a number of traffic and motor vehicle incidents, all in Tennessee. He was sentenced to two years in Georgia for simple battery. State and federal authorities said some of the charges involved minors, but they refused to elaborate.

Although suspects are supposed to be fingerprinted when arrested and the prints submitted to the FBI national database, the practice is not always followed, said Ronnie Jones, a professor of criminal justice at Southeastern Louisiana University, and consultant to law enforcement agencies.

In many places, he said, "you can just sign for a misdemeanor arrest and not be taken to jail. And if it's a relatively minor offense sometimes the practice is allowed to slide."

http://www.muscatinejournal.com/news/national/article_51102c78-df59-5a9e-90ac-09b7d5311fe5.html


Here are some new details ...

Mandy113
11-06-2010, 09:40 AM
Thanks for posting that update Knox. I'm still puzzled LE isn't saying what Sanders crimes were against juveniles. I realize it's too late for Lexis but now that this man has killed, who knows what he may do next.

Also, the security video from Walmart was from Sept 3. Do the bigger stores keep those tapes for awhile? I've so often heard in other cases the videos are only kept a short time. I wonder how LE knows he changed his appearance before leaving Vegas.

Most disturbing of all now to me is the last phone call Suellen made to her mother. She said if we're not back by Monday then you have something to worry about. Did she already sense they were in trouble?

Just my ramblings on a case which has stayed with me since I first read about it.

Knox
11-06-2010, 01:18 PM
Hi Mandy113 ... When you look at the basis for the divorce filing it seems obvious that Sanders was not a nice person, even back then. I wonder if he was abusing his three children and that is the basis for the Juvenile Offenses and also his reason for taking off? It makes sense that LE is only mentioning that the charges exist and providing no details, involves a minor/minors.

It would also seem that he knew his Death Certificate had not been submitted to the SSA, as he felt a certain degree of comfort in using his real name and SS# when working. I would not be surprised if he was in contact with his parents or brother over the years. If the ex wife only filed for local assistance and not SSA death benefits for the children, SSA would have no idea that payments should not be coming into his account after 1997.

I am still curious about whether Suellen and Sanders were romantically involved or just friends. I wish someone would clarify that point. I don't know why it matters to me, but it does. I guess it speaks to motive and how he was able to convince Suellen about taking this trip.

watchful_eye
11-09-2010, 11:31 AM
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Manchester+native+missing%2C +daughter+slain%3B+nationwide+manhunt+for+suspect&articleId=40c318b7-622c-4652-bc6f-df2b055b3b68

I am so sorry, but HOW ON EARTH did Suellen fall for this guy's tricks??? Ohhhh g-d.

You have a budding young daughter and no family nearby and you let a man into your life because he wines and dines you? I know she was having a tough time financially, but jeez.

He had to have worn dentures, because I don't see how he could have woo'd a woman in her 30's with only 2 teeth---unless the money and gifts were enough.

This case is so unbelieveably outrageous. I am so sorry Lexis! My prayers go out to the family. :furious:

watchful_eye
11-09-2010, 11:35 AM
I am still curious about whether Suellen and Sanders were romantically involved or just friends. I wish someone would clarify that point. I don't know why it matters to me, but it does. I guess it speaks to motive and how he was able to convince Suellen about taking this trip.

Knox:

If you read the link I just posted, it mentions Suellen's father was not involved in her life. Additionally, she was clearly a single mother to Lexis.

Perhaps Suellen was looking for a father-figure for both her and Lexis. Otherwise, the age difference between the 2 is pretty odd.

But, taking a trip together seems weird, even a "family" trip, after 2 months of knowing each other.

Terrible mistake in judgement. This guy is the definition of HINK.

elepher50
11-09-2010, 06:02 PM
Not much wonder I couldn't find him - he was listed as dead. Find this creep and put him away.

Rest peacefully Lexis.

Knox
11-09-2010, 06:29 PM
Thanks for linking the story WE, finally some background on Suellen and Lexi.

I have compassion for Suellen and her circumstances, sounds as if she was very vulnerable. The very sad and unfortunate thing, is predator's like Sanders sense this and prey on the weak. It would be easy to judge Suellen at this point, say that she failed in her duties to protect her daughter, but I think she paid the price for that lapse in judgment with her life.

Sanders won't get away with this, it's only a matter of time.

notapi
11-09-2010, 08:55 PM
News up date from LA. Many, La is near the Texas line.----

http://www.thesabineindex.com/index/node/4321

Fugitive spotted in Sabine Parish, detectives investigating sightings
Submitted by Daniel on Mon, 11/08/2010 - 08:50 News

A nationwide manhunt continues for a man suspected of kidnapping and murdering a 12-year-old Nevada girl, whose remains were found in Louisiana.

Louisiana Federal Investigators, working with the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Dept. positively identified the skeletal remains as those of Lexis Kaye Roberts. The remains were discovered in a wooded area near Harrisonburg on Oct. 8 by hunters. Evidence of a gunshot wound was discovered.

The FBI has said that the child was last seen with her mother, Suellen Roberts and a man they have identified as Thomas Steven Sanders. The trio was last seen traveling in a silver 2001 Kia Spectra with Nevada license plates. The car had severe damage on the passenger side, authorities said.

On Thursday, Nov. 4, a federal kidnapping warrant was issued for Sanders, charging him with the abduction of the child. Agents are also seeking information on the whereabouts of her mother, Suellen Roberts. She is considered a missing person.

Mrs. Roberts is not a suspect in her daughter’s death and investigators hope she has not met with foul play. Sanders and Roberts reportedly met several months ago in Nevada, before traveling to Arizona and the Grand Canyon National Park over the Labor Day weekend, according to the missing woman’s grandmother.

Agents said that Sanders was legally declared dead in Mississippi back in 1994. They now believe he is alive and that his appearance has changed dramatically over the years.

Federal investigators are still trying to understand how a man who abandoned his family in 1987 and was declared dead 16 years later, lived unnoticed for years. Investigation showed that he was divorced by his wife, Candice Sanders, a year after he disappeared, claiming she was in poverty and was apparently hoping to collect benefits to support their three children.

She was granted a divorce in February 1988 “on the statutory grounds of habitual, cruel and inhuman treatment”, according to a divorce decree obtained by the Associated Press. The couple had married in 1979.

Investigators said that Sanders had been arrested on multiple charges during the time he was believed to be dead, but no law enforcement agency ever discovered the fact. Arrests included possession of drug paraphernalia and a number of traffic and motor vehicle incidents, all in Tennessee. He was sentenced to two years in Georgia for simple battery, and some of the charges involved minors.

Sanders, who has relatives in Louisiana, said they haven’t heard from him in years, according to Toney Edwards, a Catahoula Sheriff’s investigator.

Since identifying the fugitive, investigators have retraced his steps, discovering that he has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Nevada. He had worked as a laborer, welder and scrap metal collector, living under his given name.

Fugitive’s description

According to a description of the fugitive, his upper teeth are missing and he has only two lower teeth. He reportedly has a tattoo on his chest and his abdomen is scarred. He weighs over 200 pounds and has brown eyes.

At one time, Sanders had long white hair and a white beard. However, before leaving Nevada, he cut his hair, dyed it black, and shaved his beard.

Local sighting?

On Thursday, Nov. 4 at 5:18 p.m., a Florien woman notified the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Dept. that she saw Sanders on the news and that he fits the description of a man who tried to lure her 10-year-old daughter in his truck last week.

The local woman, who lives on the Plainview Road, told local detectives that the man was driving an older model white truck with numerous five gallon buckets in the back. She said it looked like diesel had been spilled down the sides of the truck.

The concerned mother said she had notified Florien school, who in turn advised the bus driver. The bus driver, according to local detectives, said that he noticed a truck parked at Prewitt Chapel Church behind the sign for several days, and when the bus passed, the truck would follow it.

All parish and local units have been notified and faxed copies of Sanders’ photo.

Reports of a sighting in Zwolle were also fielded by Sabine Parish detectives.

Anyone with information concerning the local incident, or information on the fugitive, is asked to contact the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Dept. at 256-9241. Anyone who has seen Sanders or the mother since Sept. 3, 2010, is to call the FBI tipline at 1-800-225-5324.

Fairy1
11-09-2010, 09:08 PM
I hope LE is right on his sorry azz heels!

notapi
11-10-2010, 08:10 AM
Has anyone heard whether or not LE are searching the Bearizona Wildlife Park. He may have done something with Suellen and left her somewhere in there---or have they searched the property near Williams---I don't hear reports from that area.--

Bratislava
11-10-2010, 10:00 AM
Has anyone heard whether or not LE are searching the Bearizona Wildlife Park. He may have done something with Suellen and left her somewhere in there---or have they searched the property near Williams---I don't hear reports from that area.--

It looks like Suellen is visible in a photo early on in the threads showing the 3 leaving Bearizona Wildlife Park. There is a camera at the security gate.

IMO, he killed them both pretty close together on a timeline. I don't think Lexis would have trusted this man after he killed her mother.

carbuff
11-10-2010, 10:33 AM
It looks like Suellen is visible in a photo early on in the threads showing the 3 leaving Bearizona Wildlife Park. There is a camera at the security gate.

IMO, he killed them both pretty close together on a timeline. I don't think Lexis would have trusted this man after he killed her mother.

He might have kept her prisoner, however. A 12-year-old hundreds of miles from home in a car with a man and a gun doesn't have a lot of ways to fight back.

notapi
11-10-2010, 09:36 PM
I agree with you, carbuffI sure think this was his intentions all along--especially seeing him on walmart servalence camera buying ammo---I think Suellen trusted him and he either got rid of her first or she fought and he killed her--Then took off with Lexis(That was his intention to start with--especially since he has had prior (??) with juvenilles. It sounded like Suellen had full intentions of being back home after Labor Day weekend.

Fairy1
11-10-2010, 10:09 PM
I'm so sorry for Suellen's and Lexis' family:

http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13482116

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – The remains of 12-year-old Lexis Roberts were found weeks ago in Louisiana.

Now, her family is demanding justice from a man they call a "monster."
A nationwide manhunt is currently underway for Lexis' alleged killer. Her family is just now able to talk about the ordeal; her grandmother, Mary, has been a wreck since Lexis' body was found. She's now speaking out to bring more attention to a case that is, so far, turning up few leads.

trigger
11-10-2010, 11:09 PM
This case gets me so mad. I saw a show last night (I almost got away with it). This guy on the show was on the run for 27yo. He was arrested several times, even his last arrest his finger prints match that he was wanted for murder and they let him go. It wasn't until LE received a TIP that he was arrested.

I think we will find out this monster has murdered other people, possibly another mom and daughter. LE has now retraced his steps, discovering that he has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Nevada. I wonder if there are mother and daughter missing in those states in the last 20 years?.

Hope they get him soon. He has to be found.

Knox
11-10-2010, 11:28 PM
"I warned her to not go out of state with this person, to check his background. You don't know anything about him. I was just concerned."

That mother's intuition was chillingly correct.

"It's beyond words. There is no words for it at all."

Police say Sanders has a criminal history of battery and sexual abuse of children. He was also officially declared dead in 1994 after disappearing.
http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13482116

So now we know ... Battery and Sexual Abuse.

pufnstuf
11-11-2010, 08:59 AM
"Dead" Man has Local Ties (http://enterprise-journal.com/news/article_68905420-ed00-11df-a684-001cc4c03286.html)

Although an FBI spokeswoman in New Orleans would not discuss who authorities have contacted, Kelly said authorities have talked with Sanders’ mother, Mary B. Sanders, who he said lives in the McComb area.

FBI spokeswoman Sheila Thorne said Sanders grew up splitting his time between Mississippi and Louisiana. She said the search for Sanders is nationwide.

“We’re talking to people in Mississippi and Louisiana,” Kelly said. “We’re getting calls from all over the country on the FBI hotline, including two leads we’re checking in the parish. We have no reason to suspect at this time that he is in the McComb area.”

A decree of presumption of death declaring Sanders legally dead was signed in Pike County Chancery Court on Sept. 16, 1994.

More at link above.

Mandy113
11-11-2010, 09:58 AM
"I warned her to not go out of state with this person, to check his background. You don't know anything about him. I was just concerned."

That mother's intuition was chillingly correct.

"It's beyond words. There is no words for it at all."

Police say Sanders has a criminal history of battery and sexual abuse of children. He was also officially declared dead in 1994 after disappearing.
http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13482116

So now we know ... Battery and Sexual Abuse.

Yes, now we know. After more than 2 months of Suellen missing & now Lexis is dead. I just can't understand how some cases make it all over the news and then there's one like this where it seems no one was really looking for them. I'm sad & angry. I agree with Trigger & the other posters. This man has undoubtedly committed other crimes after he was declared dead.

bellyup
11-11-2010, 12:04 PM
why was he "declared dead" ? So someone could claim SS death benefits? WTH ? That person HELPED him get away with this IMO.

krista
11-11-2010, 12:42 PM
why was he "declared dead" ? So someone could claim SS death benefits? WTH ? That person HELPED him get away with this IMO.

In the US, most states will make the family to wait a certain amount of time (generally 7 years) without contact, bank activity, sightings, etc. before the family can request a court order for the registrar to issue a death certificate to the family. Once the family recieves a death certificate, they can CHOOSE to file it with the SSA for benefits. I'm not sure it has been established that anyone filed the death cert with the SSA. There would be a $250.00 death benefit and *possibly* a benefit to minor children if he had any. So, the death cert issued by the registrar wouldn't be odd or unusual if the family had had no contact after all that time.
From what's been on public record, it sounds like he was pretty horrible to his former family.....so I would think it was MORE likely his abandoned wife killed him herself than that she was covering for him. imho

pufnstuf
11-11-2010, 12:50 PM
why was he "declared dead" ? So someone could claim SS death benefits? WTH ? That person HELPED him get away with this IMO.

He had been missing, no contact with her or any members of his family, for almost a decade. What she did was within the law.... besides, who would want to stay married to a man with whom she had absolutely no contact--who as far as she knew WAS dead.

I certainly disagree that she helped him get away with this. His whole family is terrified that he's going to show up and harm them. Considering his history, I don't blame them.

Can you imagine how shocked they were to learn that he's still alive? They are very traumatized by this, and I feel horrible for them.

carbuff
11-11-2010, 01:00 PM
He had been missing, no contact with her or any members of his family, for almost a decade. What she did was within the law.... besides, who would want to stay married to a man with whom she had absolutely no contact--who as far as she knew WAS dead.

I certainly disagree that she helped him get away with this. His whole family is terrified that he's going to show up and harm them. Considering his history, I don't blame them.

Can you imagine how shocked they were to learn that he's still alive? They are very traumatized by this, and I feel horrible for them.

Thank you for saying that much better than I could. This is awful for everyone concerned.

Knox
11-11-2010, 07:05 PM
I haven't seen any details released from Sanders family, so I can't speak to how they feel. But one of the things I have always liked about Websleuth's is the compassion we have for all victims. Which includes in some cases, the perpetrator's family. They didn't ask for any of this and should not be condemned merely because they are related to a person who committed a heinous act.

Just for the record, the ex-wife never received SS benefits, the death certificate was never filed with the agency. The story link is a page or two upstream.

notapi
11-11-2010, 07:50 PM
Wow!! Yes--we can hash it out here---but compassion is what I have seen here (I am fairly new here). And from what I have read---he was abusive to his family and who knows but them--if he had sexually abused his children. --So he drops out of sight--and does no telling what else--BUT, MY QUESTION IS (like everyone else)--FINGER PRINTS--Why didn't they register, through all the other arrest and his 2 year jail time--, as a dead man! I can never understand the LAW. IMO--Once a sex abuser--always a sex abuser--THERE IS NO REHIBILITATION for this. Hasn't it been seen over and over in the news???? I have 3 grandchildren--and I want to cry right now--to think of something like this--I think I could kill someone with my bare hands-I NEED TO STOP THIS NOW--sorry to vent that. But can't the legal system see a pattern with this--arrest them--let them out--then they do worse--kill. --I just heard on HNL that a pedofile wrote a book--a "HOW TO BOOK"!!! Amazon finally took it off the digital shelfs. but is selling!

cats5vegas
11-12-2010, 08:30 AM
http://www.lvrj.com/news/relatives-of-slain-las-vegas-girl-grieve--lament-lost-opportunities-107437348.html

Interview with Lexis' grandmother. Also, there apparently will be a segment on AMW this Saturday.

Cazzie
11-12-2010, 12:06 PM
http://www.lvrj.com/news/relatives-of-slain-las-vegas-girl-grieve--lament-lost-opportunities-107437348.html

Interview with Lexis' grandmother. Also, there apparently will be a segment on AMW this Saturday.
From that article:

Lexis was looking forward to the start of classes at Silvestri Junior High in Las Vegas, but disappeared just 10 days into the fall semester. She had signed up for band and was determined to learn to play the viola.

"Unfortunately, that never happened," said Cloutier. "Maybe she's playing it as an angel."

JLMcKenna83
11-12-2010, 01:49 PM
I have a question, when you are arrested / jailed in NV, do you have to provide a SS#?

carbuff
11-12-2010, 02:17 PM
I have a question, when you are arrested / jailed in NV, do you have to provide a SS#?

I'm guessing you don't, because it's not related to your work/tax history. There was a law passed a few years back saying SSN's can't generally be used as identification. But that's just a guess.

tfrohning
11-13-2010, 11:56 AM
FBI fugitive possibly spotted in Sabine Parish
Florien, La. — A Florien woman may have spotted Thomas Steven Sanders, the man wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection to the kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old Nevada girl, whose remains were found in Louisiana.
On Thursday, Nov. 4 at 5:18 p.m., a Florien woman notified the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Dept. that she saw Sanders on the news and that he fit the description of a man who tried to lure her 10-year-old daughter in his truck last week.
The local woman, who lives on Plainview Road, told local detectives that the man was driving an older model white truck with numerous five gallon buckets in the back. She said it looked like diesel had been spilled down the sides of the truck.
The concerned mother said she had notified Florien school, who in turn advised the bus driver. The bus driver, according to local detectives, said that he noticed a truck parked at Prewitt Chapel Church behind the sign for several days, and when the bus passed, the truck would follow it.

http://www.leesvilledailyleader.com/news/x1615402086/FBI-fugitive-possibly-spotted-in-Sabine-Parish

JLMcKenna83
11-13-2010, 02:53 PM
I'm guessing you don't, because it's not related to your work/tax history. There was a law passed a few years back saying SSN's can't generally be used as identification. But that's just a guess.

That's really too bad, it would stop things like this from happening if your SSN was required. It would have shown as deceased had it been entered.

Knox
11-13-2010, 06:04 PM
I think in one of the LV news stories, someone was quoted as saying that if the charge was a misdemeanor that there was minimal info required in the booking process (siting from memory, don't quote me verbatim).

Having Sanders social security number ran when arrested would not have produced any alarms. My understanding is that his ex-wife/family never filed the death certificate with the Social Security Administration. So his being declared dead never showed up, as JLM said above. What still confuses me is at what point did LE put two & two together?

In one of the last interviews with Suellen's Mother, she states they met at the storage facility *where Sanders worked under the table (for cash)*. Ok, so we know he worked for cash, what about a drivers license? Did he have a car? Did he ever pick Suellen up?

What happens when a homeless person is arrested? How does LE verify that the information they are given is correct if they have no fingerprints in the system and no valid identification?

notapi
11-14-2010, 10:54 AM
DEAR LORD< HOPE THIS IS TRUE!!!!!---Heard that Sanders was caught!!! Don't know how true it is--but here is the info-------Thomas Sanders has been caught in Biloxi, Ms. Sanders was aired on Americas Most Wanted..people calling giving details about a truck stop where he had showering and eating. They also have the KIA in custody too. Catahoula parish and the FBI are headed to get him now... GREAT JOB CATAHOULA !!!

Knox
11-14-2010, 11:00 AM
You can run but you can't hide!! Keep us updated on the breaking news notapi!!

Where is Suellen?

notapi
11-14-2010, 11:09 AM
Sanders was aired on America's Most Wanted andI missed it!http://www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=75353

Knox
11-14-2010, 11:28 AM
Suspect Declared Dead Nabbed By Authorities, Held As “Person Of Interest” In Child’s Homicide

http://www.michellesigona.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Thomas-Sanders-suspect.png
Thomas Sanders (kidnapping suspect)

UPDATE: Getting word from a source early this morning that Sanders was arrested at a Mississippi truck stop. Authorities also seized the vehicle he was traveling in… more to come on this case…
This case was originally brought to me a couple of weeks ago from one of my U.S. Marshal contacts. Yesterday, the investigation advanced to new levels and now the FBI and U.S. Marshals are on the hunt for a man they believe kidnapped Lexis.


http://www.michellesigona.com/2010/11/suspect-declared-dead-nabbed-by-authorities-held-as-person-of-interest-in-childs-homicide/

dreamweaver
11-14-2010, 11:48 AM
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Manchester+father+of+slain+g irl,+12,+was+left+out+in+cold&articleId=05240aca-f225-416b-96de-fd4c4a5aa274

I do not know if this has been posted yet or not.
Eight years ago, Damon Garrow put his 4-year-old daughter in a moving van and kissed her and his girlfriend goodbye. The mother and daughter were moving to Nevada. They sought a better life than a teenaged Garrow could provide.
Garrow read in the New Hampshire Union Leader that his daughter was brutally slain. Shot multiple times, Lexis Kaye Roberts, 12, was discovered by hunters outside of Harrisonburg, La., in early October.
The girl's mother -- Manchester native Suellen Roberts, 31 -- has been missing since early September. The FBI is seeking her boyfriend, Thomas Steven Sanders, 53, on a charge of kidnapping Lexis.
It was the first Garrow heard of the case.

Fairy1
11-14-2010, 03:47 PM
I can't find anything confirming he's been caught!

tfrohning
11-14-2010, 04:19 PM
http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2010/11/suspect_in_kidnapping_of_nevad.html
Suspect in kidnapping of Nevada girl nabbed in Mississippi

Fairy1
11-14-2010, 05:03 PM
Thank you tfrohning - this is great news.

dreamweaver
11-14-2010, 08:19 PM
http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2010/11/suspect_in_kidnapping_of_nevad.html
Suspect in kidnapping of Nevada girl nabbed in Mississippi

Wonderful news. Now if LE can just get him to say where Sueellen is.

cutegirltoo
11-14-2010, 08:40 PM
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Manchester+father+of+slain+g irl,+12,+was+left+out+in+cold&articleId=05240aca-f225-416b-96de-fd4c4a5aa274

I do not know if this has been posted yet or not.
Eight years ago, Damon Garrow put his 4-year-old daughter in a moving van and kissed her and his girlfriend goodbye. The mother and daughter were moving to Nevada. They sought a better life than a teenaged Garrow could provide.
Garrow read in the New Hampshire Union Leader that his daughter was brutally slain. Shot multiple times, Lexis Kaye Roberts, 12, was discovered by hunters outside of Harrisonburg, La., in early October.
The girl's mother -- Manchester native Suellen Roberts, 31 -- has been missing since early September. The FBI is seeking her boyfriend, Thomas Steven Sanders, 53, on a charge of kidnapping Lexis.
It was the first Garrow heard of the case.

BBM-

Does that break anyone else's heart like it does mine? I think I will take the day off tomorrow, WS has been a bit hard on the heart the last few days.

watchful_eye
11-14-2010, 08:43 PM
http://www.ajc.com/news/man-thought-dead-jailed-741704.html

Re-posting.

This guy is a real m*&^%$f&^%$r.

Thank G-D he is OFF THE STREETS.

Fairy1
11-14-2010, 08:48 PM
I fear there may be many more victims of this freak. I hope he reveals where Suellen is. I worry she may never be found if he doesn't.

MissouriSadeyes
11-15-2010, 07:42 AM
It's early for me but I thought I just heard he has been arressted in Mississippi....has anyone else heard this?
I am going to look for a link.

Texas Mist
11-15-2010, 07:52 AM
It's early for me but I thought I just heard he has been arressted in Mississippi....has anyone else heard this?
I am going to look for a link.

yep he was arrested at a truck stop - here's the link tfrohning posted upthread

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2010/11/suspect_in_kidnapping_of_nevad.html

Bratislava
11-15-2010, 10:03 AM
I wonder if this maniac will let everyone know where Suellen might be found.

dreamweaver
11-15-2010, 02:28 PM
http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/police-seek-missing-woman-suellen-roberts-after-arrest-of-dead-man-thomas-steven-sanders/19717343

The drifter arrested in the kidnapping of a 12-year-old girl found dead in Louisiana is cooperating with authorities, who are trying to find the girl's missing mother, according to media reports.



Sanders is being cooperative, Catahoula Parish Sheriff James Kelly told the AP today. He was unarmed when he was arrested and didn't resist.

Knox
11-15-2010, 04:06 PM
JACKSON (AP) — On paper he was deceased, legally declared dead 16 years ago. In reality, Thomas Steven Sanders had lived openly for years without anyone noticing that fact — until his weekend arrest on suspicion of kidnapping a Las Vegas girl who recently turned up dead.

Sanders was arrested Sunday at a Gulfport, Miss. truck stop after a massive nationwide manhunt and charged with kidnapping 12-year-old Lexis Roberts, whose body was found last month in Louisiana, the FBI said. The girl's mother, 31-year-old Suellen Roberts is missing and feared dead in a bizarre case that leaves many wondering how a legally dead man can go unnoticed for so long — even after being arrested in several states under his real name.

Authorities say the answer is pretty simple, really. There's no national death database in the United States, said James Kelly, sheriff of Catahoula Parish in central Louisiana where the girl's skeleton was found by hunters in October.

http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2010/nov/15/man-long-declared-dead-cooperating-investigation/If Sanders only does one good thing in his life ... He needs to tell LE where to find Suellen. I'm thankful he is cooperating with LE.

I get the feeling by the words used in the news story that he is a coward. When faced with men pointing a gun at HIM he melted. I hope Suellen and Lexis' family and loved ones feel some sense of relief at his arrest. My heart goes out to them.

Gene
11-15-2010, 04:32 PM
Not sure if the information in this video is new or not. I have read most of the posts in this thread but not all of them.

This video has an over view of the case including a photo of Lexis that I had not seen before and at the very end of the clip you can see the video of a very heavy Sanders buying bullets at a LV walmart:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7jgv32JyZc

He looks alot different in the video than he does in the wanted photos that we have seen.

cluciano63
11-15-2010, 06:27 PM
I think they may have found Suellen but I can't log into the story as I can't remember my password...

cluciano63
11-15-2010, 06:28 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=12155305

Here is a link...

t93
11-15-2010, 06:29 PM
Here's a link to a Yahoo story where police say they believe they found Suellens body:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101115/ap_on_re_us/us_declared_dead_charges_arizona

(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101115/ap_on_re_us/us_declared_dead_charges_arizona)

queenofcorona
11-15-2010, 06:30 PM
Just found this story on my hometown newspaper's website, looks like they have found Suellen Roberts' body. So sad :(

http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20101115/NEWS01/101115038/Body+found+in+Arizona+linked+to+girl+in+Louisiana+

dreamweaver
11-15-2010, 06:53 PM
Here's a link to a Yahoo story where police say they believe they found Suellens body:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101115/ap_on_re_us/us_declared_dead_charges_arizona

(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101115/ap_on_re_us/us_declared_dead_charges_arizona)

I am glad to know they have found her body. But, this means, that more than likely Lexi was with him alone for a period of time.

Prayers for Sueellen and Lexis's family and friends.

RIP.

cluciano63
11-15-2010, 06:59 PM
What a sad, bizarre, story...

So sorry for Suellen and Lexi's family and friends...

notapi
11-15-2010, 07:52 PM
I didn't think he got this far with Suellen. Had to be in AZ---This is so horrible. I don't think she is alive--I hope it is her. This family will never get over this--only will have to deal with day by day. God will give them strength to do so. At least they will know where Suellen and Lexis are and will not have to deal with the gnawing-wondering of where they are.

Fairy1
11-15-2010, 08:02 PM
I am glad to know they have found her body. But, this means, that more than likely Lexi was with him alone for a period of time.

Prayers for Sueellen and Lexis's family and friends.

RIP.

I couldn't help but think the same thing. Poor Lexis and poor Suellen.

Praying for their family and for swift justice.

Knox
11-15-2010, 09:11 PM
I doubt we will ever know the whole truth of what he did to either one of them. He has nothing to gain now that Suellen's body has been found. What counts is that he will never see the light of day again. Truth be told, it may be easier for their family if not every single ugly detail of what they experienced at his hands were revealed.

http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubsectionID=1&ArticleID=87497

Flagstaff to Seligman is 75 miles ...

tfrohning
11-15-2010, 11:29 PM
snip

Authorities say the found the body acting on information from the FBI
http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=13507607


I betting he talking. How sad :(

darlin gal
11-16-2010, 06:22 AM
A body found in Arizona could be that of murdered 12-year-old Lexis Roberts' missing mother, Suellen, police believe.
The likely remains of the 31-year-old were discovered along a mountainous stretch of highway in the state's north-west a month after her daughter's body was found in woods in Louisana.
A man legally declared dead 16 years ago, Thomas Sanders, 53, has been charged with kidnapping Lexis after his arrest at a truck stop in Mississippi on Sunday after a nationwide manhunt.

'There will be an autopsy in the next day or two to verify it was Suellen and possibly give us a time of death,' Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said. 'We do believe it is Suellen based on evidence obtained at the scene.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1330097/Dead-man-arrested-murder-12-year-old-girl-Now-mothers-remains-found.html#ixzz15RYQpSf4

nola
11-16-2010, 07:56 AM
http://www.prescottenews.com/?option=com_content&task=view&id=4228

Just saw this come across my news feed. So sad!

Cazzie
11-16-2010, 08:07 AM
http://www.prescottenews.com/?option=com_content&task=view&id=4228

Just saw this come across my news feed. So sad!
From the article:

Detectives, along with assistance from the FBI, are attempting to determine if Thomas is linked to the death of Suellen assuming confirmation of the body’s identity by the Medical Examiner. FBI agents had provided YCSO with leads as to the likely whereabouts of the body found today.
I thought that they only found the body because of Sanders' cooperation with authorities. Maybe it's just bad wording?

catahoula
11-16-2010, 10:25 AM
Sorry I have been gone. Dad in the hospital with blood clot in Lungs. But I am sooooo glad that our LE caught this creep and found the moms body. Word here is that he is spilling his guts. They would probly never found the moms body if he had not told them where it was. He is to be transferred to Harrisonburg some time today. I have a close relative who is employed by the Sheriffs dept. This is just the begining for our little community. Please keep us in your prayers. This is a VERY small VILLAGE and this will be really something for us to handle. But we will see this through to the end. Thank you all for your prayers and I will keep in touch

Just checked population 746

catahoula
11-16-2010, 11:15 AM
He is SPILLING HIS GUTS He told them where he put mom's body.

watchful_eye
11-16-2010, 11:18 AM
Catahoula---prayers for your dad!!

I have a feeling this POS knew exactly what he was doing before he met Suellen.

1. Find a vulnerable, troubled, naive single mother with a young daughter

2. Lure her into a relationship with lavish attention and gifts, then earn her trust with false promises

3. Orchestrate an "event" in which he can isolate her and her daughter, kill her, then have the daughter all to himself

It is VERY possible he did this to other single mothers, of whom REALLY lived off the radar (drug addiction, no family to check on them, etc.), as no one knew he was alive, and any missing women/children could not have been reported. AND if they WERE reported....I'd start connecting the dots if I were you LE!