04-16-2010, 12:07 PM #1
TN - Stefanie Cavanaugh, 26, Columbia, 11 April 2010
Investigators Search For Missing Maury County Mother
Posted: Apr 15, 2010 10:22 PM EDT
By Jeff Tang
COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Three days ago, a young mother of four from Columbia disappeared. Police and family members have no idea where Stefanie Cavanaugh could be.
Her loved ones worry she is in danger, but hold out hope that she is somewhere safe.
She was last seen with her boyfriend, Jeff Quintana, early Sunday morning.
Last edited by summer_breeze; 04-16-2010 at 03:50 PM.
04-16-2010, 03:27 PM #2
Mother Of 3 Missing Since Sunday
Stefanie Cavanaugh Walked Away From Argument With Boyfriend
Reported By Deanna Lambert
POSTED: 4:14 pm CDT April 15, 2010
UPDATED: 5:31 pm CDT April 15, 2010
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -- A Columbia mother walked away from an argument with her boyfriend Sunday, and she hasn't been seen since.
04-16-2010, 03:47 PM #3
Body Matches Description Of Missing Mother
Identity Not Confirmed, Says Sheriff
POSTED: 1:53 pm CDT April 16, 2010
UPDATED: 2:13 pm CDT April 16, 2010
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -- Maury County Sheriff Enoch George said a body has been found that matches the description of a missing Columbia woman.
The body was found Friday morning near Curtis Creek Station Road off Neapolis, south of Spring Hill, but the woman's identity hasn't been confirmed. George has confirmed that the body found is a homicide victim.
04-16-2010, 03:50 PM #4
Body Of Missing Woman Found In Maury County
Posted: Apr 16, 2010 2:28 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 16, 2010 3:33 PM EDT
COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Officials confirm they have found the body of 26-year-old Stephanie Cavanaugh in Maury County.
Rest in Peace Stefanie.
04-16-2010, 04:19 PM #5
So sad. Rest in Peace, Stefanie.Bless the beasts and the children
For in this world they have no voice,
They have no choice.
I’ve gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get back, keep me here.
04-18-2010, 04:38 PM #6
Police interviewing potential suspects
By CHRIS GRAHAM/ email@example.com
Foul play is suspected in the death of a 26-year-old Columbia mother who had been missing since last Sunday.
“This is the person to all indications that we had been searching for,” said Maury County Sheriff Enoch George.
Tommy Tankersley told WKRN News Channel 2 he found Cavanaugh lying face down in a driveway leading to an abandoned house as he was preparing to show the property to potential buyers.
Cavanaugh was last seen Sunday morning walking north on Nashville Highway after getting into an argument with her boyfriend, Jeff Quintana. The two had been at Embers Tavern and Grille earlier that night. After leaving, they drove south on Nashville Highway before Cavanaugh got out of the vehicle near Greens Mill Road — about a mile from where her body was found.
Authorities have declined to say how Cavanaugh was killed, though they believe her body had been there two days before being discovered.
Maury County Sheriff’s Detective Brandon Park said he will be talking to several people who knew Cavanaugh, including Quintana. There are suspects, though the investigation is in its preliminary stages, officials said.
“Everybody that needs to be talked to is going to be talked to,” Park said. “There are suspects ... we are not going to hang a title on anyone.”
Agents with the FBI Violent Crime Task Force and the Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team are assisting with the investigation.
06-18-2015, 03:32 PM #7
From July 2013:
Through four days of testimony Jeff Quintana remained stoic, but on Friday afternoon he burst into tears when the jury foreman read the verdict. Not guilty...
Cavanaugh was found brutally killed on Frye Road in the Neapolis community on April 16, 2010. She was stabbed 16 times and suffered 10 blows to her head, Dr. Thomas Deering, a medical examiner on the case, testified Friday. Deering said it was impossible to determine which wound caused her death, as a number of the blows — including those to her head, lungs and neck — were potentially fatal...
In January 2010, only a month before Cavanaugh moved from Pontiac, Mich., to Spring Hill, and only three months before her death, she had filed a petition for a personal protection order against a man named Avi Benyuri in Oakland County Circuit Court. She wrote that Benyuri stalked and harassed her and specifically threatened to “take my life away from my three small children.” The defense said this behavior made Benyuri a more probable suspect than Quintana... He said the sheriff’s department barely considered Benyuri or any other suspect in the case.
Park testified Thursday that representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Benyuri as part of the investigation into Cavanaugh’s death. The detective said he even considered Benyuri as a suspect. But the FBI reported he denied ever having been to Tennessee, including during the weekend of Cavanaugh’s death.
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