View Full Version : GUILTY MI - Sabrina Dalzell, 12, Ludington, 18 June 2004

06-21-2004, 10:25 AM
LUDINGTON, Michigan (AP) -- More than 200 firefighters, police officers, relatives and other volunteers searched an area near Lake Michigan on Sunday for a 12-year-old girl who disappeared from her home.

Police were holding a man known by the child's mother for questioning, but did not release any information about him except that he was 30 and had a criminal record.

Sabrina Dalzell was last seen Friday. Her mother, Amanda, left the girl and her 10-year-old brother at home that night, and discovered Sabrina missing the following morning. Police said the boy didn't appear to know anything about his sister's disappearance.

06-21-2004, 11:02 AM
We have a child predator who has been in the Lenawee, Washtenaw, and Monroe counties here in Michigan this past month. We only have a composit sketch posted of this man in these ares. It's pretty scary that this man has not been comprehended yet... I live in Lenawee county and he was spotted at my childrens school during the last week before school let out. I'm so glad my children are out for summer vacation, everyone just keep praying that this creep is caught...... Our children are never safe no matter how young or old they are!!!! I pray they find this little girl and can bring her home safely.....

06-21-2004, 11:08 AM
Fox News is reporting that this little girl has been found, murdered. :*(

06-21-2004, 11:13 AM
Here's the website for the creep that has not been comprehended in our area yet

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Contact: Sgt. Hunt, Cambridge Twp Police Department 517-467-4737

Suspect wanted for attempted abduction.

Suspect: Possibly latino or american indian descent
Age: ~ early 40's
Described as dark skinned with long straight black hair, wearing sunglasses

Suspect wanted for an attempted abduction of two little girls. Suspect was driving a black 2-D sporty car, possibly a Dodge Stratus or Pontiac Grand Prix with a moonroof. The suspect was sighted in Cambridge Township and in the city of Tecumseh.

If you can identify this person or have any information of the is case, please contact Sgt. Hunt of the Cambridge Township Police Department at (517) 467-4737.

Composite done by Tpr. Sarah Foster

06-21-2004, 11:13 AM
There has been an arrest as well. Here's the link.


LP Moderator
06-21-2004, 11:17 AM
Well, so much for leaving a 10 and a 12 year old at home ALONE while the mom goes out "socializing." :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh: When will they EVER FREAKING LEARN?????????????????????????????

06-21-2004, 11:44 AM
Sad, so very sad!!! Rest in peace little baby....

06-21-2004, 11:55 AM
Well, so much for leaving a 10 and a 12 year old at home ALONE while the mom goes out "socializing." :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh: When will they EVER FREAKING LEARN?????????????????????????????

Poor little child. I couldn't agree more LP.


06-21-2004, 12:02 PM
Missing 12-Year-Old Michigan Girl's Body Found
Authorities Hold 30-Year-Old Man In Jail

POSTED: 8:02 am EDT June 21, 2004
UPDATED: 10:47 am EDT June 21, 2004

LUDINGTON, Mich. -- The body of a missing Michigan girl who disappeared Friday night has been found near her home in Ludington.
Sabrina Jean Dalzell

More than 200 rescuers have been searching for the 12-year-old girl.

Ludington Police said they have made an arrest in the case.

A 30-year-old parolee and family acquaintance is jailed in while authorities check for links to Sabrina Dalzell's disappearance. Police would not say whether he was the person charged with the crime.

Police had searched a home, property and van linked to him.

An Amber alert had been issued for the girl. It has been canceled.

Sabrina's mother left her and her 10-year-old brother home Friday night for a social event. Sabrina was gone when her mother returned in the morning.

06-21-2004, 01:28 PM
Sad news today...

Missing Michigan girl found dead (http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Midwest/06/21/missing.girl.ap/index.html)

"LUDINGTON, Michigan (AP) -- A 12-year-old girl who disappeared from her home has been found dead, and authorities made an arrest, police said Monday.

The Ludington Police Department refused to elaborate before an afternoon news conference. Sabrina Dalzell was last seen Friday.

Police have been holding a 30-year-old ex-convict known by the child's mother for questioning, and they obtained warrants and searched property belonging to the man or his family over the weekend, Undersheriff Laude Hartrum said.

Sabrina's mother, Amanda, left the girl and her 10-year-old brother at home Friday night, and discovered Sabrina missing the following morning. Police said the boy didn't appear to know anything about his sister's disappearance.

On Sunday, searchers combed a rural area that included a pond, which was searched with sonar equipment. The area is several miles from the girl's home in Ludington, about 250 miles northwest of Detroit."

06-22-2004, 02:56 PM
sorry, didn't see there was a thread started on this one already...

Angie, there are lots of reservations in the area, how many casinos are within 30 miles of where he was seen?

06-22-2004, 06:48 PM
He's been formally charged:

Another sad and likely preventable case (leaving a 10 &12 year old home alone?? I dont think so!!)

06-23-2004, 06:21 AM
• A West Shore Bank fund has been established in memory of Sabrina Dalzell to help Sabrina’s family pay for funeral expenses. Donations may be made at any West Shore Bank location.
• Stephens Life Story Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Services will be announced later.


Daily News Staff Writer

The murder of a girl her friends and classmates describe as always happy and always smiling has left a community stricken with a grief that is hard for many to put into words.

Twelve-year-old Sabrina Dalzell was killed after being taken from her home in the early morning hours Saturday, June 19, police say.

06-23-2004, 07:59 AM
sorry, didn't see there was a thread started on this one already...

Angie, there are lots of reservations in the area, how many casinos are within 30 miles of where he was seen?

Hey Rocky, I'm not sure, because I've never been to any casino's, I;m sure they are more than 30 miles away. Life's a big enough gamble. I live in the most southeastern part of Michigan. Yes, just down the road 7miles west is Tecumseh, deffinitely Native American Heritage.

07-01-2004, 05:08 AM
While the community begins the process of recovering from the loss of 12-year-old Sabrina Dalzell, attorney Douglas Springstead is preparing his defense for the man charged with Dalzell’s kidnapping and murder.

David Mears, 30, was taken into custody for questioning, then arrested within hours of Dalzell being reported missing on Saturday, June 19. He remains lodged at the Mason County Jail without bond.

Springstead said he expects Mears will waive his right to have a preliminary exam in 79th District Court today. The hearing was scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

“It is my position, and I think (Mears) will agree with me, that the prosecutor can prove there was a crime committed and there is probable cause that he did it,” Springstead said.

07-01-2004, 05:11 AM
Sadly, the recent kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Sabrina Dalzell in Ludington, brings it all back: the year 2002, when the abduction of Elizabeth Smart and eight other children gripped the nation. Particularly similar are the circumstances surrounding Sabrina’s death and the killing two years ago of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam of San Diego.

Police said that Sabrina’s mother, Amanda Dalzell, 31, left Sabrina and her 11-year-old brother, Tony, at home about midnight last Friday while she went out socially.

She discovered her daughter was missing when she returned home at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Sabrina’s disappearance launched an unprecedented search in this small, tight-knit community involving rescue workers and more than 250 volunteers.

Sabrina was last seen wearing white pajamas. Danielle too was last seen wearing blue flowered pajamas, and the search for her sparked nationwide attention

01-09-2006, 04:01 PM
My parents live less than a block from where Sabrina disappeared. My little sister was scared to death after this happened. Ludington is a very small town, a place where nothing like this could ever happen. Everyone knows everyone. I even worked with Sabrina's mother a few years back. You read about all of the evil in this world and just never imagine it will hit so close to home. When something like this happens it shakes your faith in everything. I was rather surprised to stumble across a thread for Sabrina here. I appreciate all of your interest and prayers and know her family would, too.

08-12-2010, 10:43 PM
I agree many would leave a 12 and 10 year old at home alone, but overnight so the mom can go party? No. I don't even have kids and I can tell you that's a huge no.

07-05-2015, 08:25 PM
From November 2004:


With friends and family members sitting close by, Amanda Dalzell stood in court Monday afternoon to address the man who kidnapped and murdered her daughter, Sabrina, this past June. She spoke to David Wayne Mears, 31, who pleaded guilty in September to taking 12-year-old Sabrina from a bedroom in her Ludington home, driving her to a rural area of Mason County, and cutting her throat with a box cutter.

Amanda stood for a moment and took a deep breath to compose herself before she spoke. “I just want to say to David that I hope what you did to my daughter will haunt you for the rest of your life,” she said...

Judge Monton sentenced Mears in accordance with the plea agreement to 32 to 48 years on a second degree murder charge and 32 to 48 years on a kidnapping charge. The sentences will be served concurrently, at the same time, and Mears will be eligible for parole in 32 years, according to Marlan. He will be held in a high security prison.