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Jovin
03-11-2004, 06:32 PM
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - The body of a missing 7-year-old girl was found stuffed in a shallow well Wednesday afternoon in a heavily wooded area about a mile from her home in southeast Ohio, authorities said.

Volunteers found the body of Brittany Hendrickson in Noble County less than a day after her mother, Misty Hendrickson, reported her missing from her home in this community of about 200 people in neighboring Monroe County.

Monroe County Chief Deputy Tim Price would not comment on the cause of death, but said blood and other evidence indicates the death was a homicide.
"I don't know of any reason to believe it was a stranger abduction,'' he said.

Hendrickson left her three children with her boyfriend, Fred Muntz, Price said. Muntz told authorities he was asleep when Hendrickson left and when he awoke, the girl was gone.

Lebanon is about 100 miles southeast of Columbus.
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I just found this in today's edition of the Wheeling W.VA News Online

http://www.oweb.com/state/state.asp

Jovin

Casshew
03-11-2004, 07:10 PM
Hopefully we will hear more about Brittany, what happened to her and who is responsible.

How many times have we heard about 'boyfriends' watching the kids?

bluehawaii25
03-11-2004, 07:20 PM
Another tragedy! Bet the boyfriend is involved. Keep us posted as to any developments.

Ghostwheel
03-11-2004, 07:53 PM
http://www.theintelligencer.net/
This is where the link at the above link goes:
http://news-register.net/news/story/0311202004_new01.asp

Love_Mama
03-11-2004, 08:57 PM
Oh God Bless her..............this is so sad@

xxxxxxxxxo
mama

dannyodie
03-12-2004, 07:04 AM
I myself would guess that the " boyfriend " is involved. seems like I read that he was asleep when the mom left. why would a mother leave someone sleeping knowing that the children needed looking after? I am sure time will tell us all of the answers on this. too many times like one of you said is that its always a boyfriend to watch the children, thing is to many creeps in this world that don't have a stable life and can't have a normal social life so they prey on the small and meek.. jmo

KOOL LOOK
03-12-2004, 11:13 AM
Hopefully we will hear more about Brittany, what happened to her and who is responsible.

How many times have we heard about 'boyfriends' watching the kids?

I agree. Not placing blame here, for I know the mother never intended or even thought of harming her girl, butttttttttttttt we must use righteous judgement. This is a perfect example. He was no stranger, he was the mom's boyfriend. Some flags in something had to be there.

You just can't convince me he was the perfect normal boyfriend if he is involved, more likely than not, there wasn't some ref flags up swinging look here, look here. Analyze this. Go with your intuition, this just doesn't feel right, can't put my finger on it. Well if you can't put your finger on it, until you can, don't put your children through it. I really do hope he's not involved, just more heartache for the mother and family if so.

Edited to add, I just read ghostwheels post listing the news articles. Fred Muntz was arraigned on Wednesday for the murder of Brittany. The other 2 children were 5, girl 8 months, boy, and the mother was the live in girlfriend. That explains why police had to have a search warrant to enter the residence in order to investigate. It was Fred's home. He surely must have asked for a search warrant instead of voluntarily allowing crime scene investigators into the home.

It reports mother last saw Brittany at 5:15 p.m., reported Brittany missing a little after 9 p.m. that same evening. Small window time frame. Premeditated if you ask me. Wonder where the mother went? Who is the father of the 8 month old baby boy? If not Fred's, sounds to me this was a fairly recent move into the home for the mother and children. :snooty:

ariel7
03-12-2004, 10:07 PM
Here is the update from my local paper: http://www.daily-jeff.com/article.php?pathToFile=/articles/news/&file=_news1.txt&article=1&tD=

So,SO sickening!!!!! MY heart is just broken over this little girl's
brutal,brutal death.

Casshew
03-12-2004, 10:28 PM
Oh.. so it was the Mom's boyfriend.. hummmm what a surprise :mad: :rolleyes:

Poor little girl ~ this is a death penalty case, I hope he rots in hell

mindys
03-12-2004, 11:09 PM
http://images.ibsys.com/2004/0311/2915932_200X150.jpg

Rest In Peace Brittany.

No one can ever hurt you again.

Ghostwheel
03-13-2004, 12:28 AM
If they have been together 5 years, it is possible Brittany was the only one that wasn't his.

I will, of course, suspend judgment until the autopsy comes back with evidence that the boyfriend was the one who sexually abused her. There's always that little voice in my head that says: If the boyfriend was asleep, the mother could have done it (weirder things have happened) OR Brittany could have walked out of the house and been picked up by some weirdo stalking her and waiting for an opportunity (weirder things have happened).

johnny
03-13-2004, 10:56 AM
The autopsy report says she died from drowning and blunt force trauma to the head on Tuesday Night? Which day did she come up missing? Did the mother work nights? She was reported missing Tuesday night! The mother says she left for work with her boyfriend a sleep, who reported her missing?

The Noble County Sheriff's Office received a preliminary autopsy report from Chief Deputy Coroner Dr. P.S. Murthy of the Stark County Coroner's Office showing the cause of death to be drowning, with the time of death being Tuesday night.

"The report showed fractures and blunt force trauma to the head, trunk and extremities. Severe to head with right side linear skull fracture," Smith said. "There were signs of sexual abuse with severe trauma."

mindys
03-13-2004, 12:06 PM
The autopsy report says she died from drowning and blunt force trauma to the head on Tuesday Night? Which day did she come up missing? Did the mother work nights? She was reported missing Tuesday night! The mother says she left for work with her boyfriend a sleep, who reported her missing?

The Noble County Sheriff's Office received a preliminary autopsy report from Chief Deputy Coroner Dr. P.S. Murthy of the Stark County Coroner's Office showing the cause of death to be drowning, with the time of death being Tuesday night.

"The report showed fractures and blunt force trauma to the head, trunk and extremities. Severe to head with right side linear skull fracture," Smith said. "There were signs of sexual abuse with severe trauma."To make a long story short, she was still alive when placed in the well. She was reported missing Tuesday night by the Mother when the Mother came home (3 hours later), boyfriend said he thought Brittany may have went with her, found Wednesday after an all night search when a searcher saw a child's shoe floating in the water.

KOOL LOOK
03-13-2004, 12:08 PM
Ghostwheel, I agrede with your scenerious, anything's possible. I've even seen cases where the husband or boyfriend took the fall in child deaths committed by the mother.

This murder seems to reek of anger and rage. Sexual abuse with severe trauma? That's a strong statement. Only thing I can think of is an object of some kind must have been used.

Please no one get upset with me, but I hold the mother into some kind of account to. To what level I'm not sure because I don't know all the facts. :hand:

Please keep us updated with new articles. Thanks

mindys
03-13-2004, 12:12 PM
Only thing I can think of is an object of some kind must have been used.



Not necessarily. A child's body is not ready to have sex of any kind, especially with a grown man. The object very well could have been the one between his legs.

Doyle
03-16-2004, 04:56 AM
Noble County's sheriff of 32 years can't remember a crime more grisly than the deliberate drowning of a little girl stuffed alive in an abandoned well and covered with heavy rocks.
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/8189690.htm

wwwxxyyzz
03-17-2004, 01:53 PM
Noble County's sheriff of 32 years can't remember a crime more grisly than the deliberate drowning of a little girl stuffed alive in an abandoned well and covered with heavy rocks.
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/8189690.htm
Here's the saddest thing from the above article:

"Authorities said the autopsy indicated a history of physical and sexual abuse. The Stark County coroner found the girl had been beaten severely all over her body, and her skull was broken on the right side.

Wells said he often saw Mundt yelling at Brittany and spanking her -- sometimes with her pants and underwear pulled down. He said he thought about calling authorities but decided against it because he didn't want to cause trouble for the family."


This had been ongoing abuse and even was noticed by someone else. (Although that should have started with the mother!) This little girl could have been saved. That makes me angry.

Casshew
03-17-2004, 02:42 PM
Hi BFF Butterfly :blowkiss: :)