07-26-2010, 11:38 AM #1
KY - Brittney Kustes, 19, Brooks, 17 July 2010
This does not look good.
07-26-2010, 12:21 PM #2
Wow! They believe she's being held against her will by a RSO and they're hardly looking for her. This is ridiculous!
07-26-2010, 02:02 PM #3
Laurie Kustes, Brittney's mother, said the 19-year-old was supposed to testify against Elwell next week
I can not believe there isn't a massive search effort for Brittney!! This guy sounds like a psychopath (JMO, of course)! He assaulted her when she was 17-- he sounds like a predator who is now trying to get rid of a witness...
Are they not searching harder because she is now 19 and an adult?? perhaps there is more I don't know, but from the surface this looks very, very bad...
Prayers for Brittany...
An official says the person who saw Kustes in Taylorsville said she was asking for food and that Elwell would "not let her out of his sight."A run-away may leave on purpose, but that doesn't mean that they are able to get back home.... Never stop searching.
07-26-2010, 03:28 PM #4
07-26-2010, 03:45 PM #5
PS. this article said she's missing from Brooks, Ky. That's where her grandmother lived and she was last seen swimming with a friend. Well, she's been spotted since, but Brooks is where she went missing from.
PPS......another article mentioned Spencer County, Ky, where the RSO is SUPPOSED to be.
07-26-2010, 07:20 PM #6
Bullitt County KY shares a county line with Jefferson County Kentucky (IIRC a few years back the city of Louisville and Jefferson County merged).
Brooks KY is very close to the county line with Louisville-Jefferson County. It's out there by Fairdale IIRC.
Spencer county is more eastwardly IIRC (going off memory and I can't google a map right now because I have to get up as soon as I finish this post and run an errand) but it's about an hour or so away?
Lot's of open land in there. IIRC there aren't really mountains in that area but there are places to hide out if need be.
All just MHO from memory and speculation.
07-27-2010, 07:15 PM #7
The dead body found at the house was a friend of Roy Elwells. He was found hanging from a tree.
Source: America's Most Wanted website.
This girl is in Real danger. I hope she'll turn up ok
07-27-2010, 07:36 PM #8
I see some of the msm sites are starting to pick this up. It really should be NATIONAL!
Reward now offered for missing Bullitt Co. teen, may be with convicted sex offender
Reward now offered for missing Bullitt Co. teen, may be with convicted sex offender
07-27-2010, 07:39 PM #9
Here's a really cute picture of Brittney at this link.
Oh good grief! The reward is on a $1,000. I know that's probably all the family can afford. Hope someone steps up and increases it!
07-27-2010, 11:22 PM #10
this article says that he failed to register, which is 5 years in prison - doesn't this give the police probable cause to go out and ARREST him?
I've never heard of a missing persons case in which the missing person was seen by so many people and the cops can't get the guy - unbelievable. And he's "laughed off" requests by the sheriff to come in - of course he is! You have the previous violation to arrest the guy - Go out and get the guy for godsake!
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/07/27/...ex.html?hpt=T2Some people do crossword puzzles or Soduko in their spare time...I look at skeletal reconstructions and work on UID puzzles. I swear I'm not this morbid in person!
Help Fred Murray find his daughter and bring her home. He should not be walking those woods alone!
What Happened to Maura Murray? http://www.mauramurraymissing.com
07-28-2010, 01:03 AM #11
This case being covered on NG.
(we don't get it on until now here, so hopefully we will have transcripts soon).
07-28-2010, 08:08 AM #12
CLARK GOLDBAND, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER, COVERING STORY: Nineteen-year- old Brittney Kustes was in a pool with a friend. They were swimming one moment. The next moment, according to that friend`s account, she was gone.
Law enforcement on the search for 34-year-old Roy Vernon Elwell. Pat, he is a registered sex offender, law enforcement has described him as, quote, "a very bad dude", and they believe that Brittney is in danger.
LALAMA: Scotty McGaha, lieutenant detective, Bullitt County Sheriff`s Department. I hope I pronounced your name correctly.
With this guy, Elwell, referred to as the really bad dude, he`s got truly the arm`s length rap sheet, does he not?
SCOTTY MCGAHA, LIEUTENANT DETECTIVE, BULLITT COUNTY SHERIFF`S DEPARTMENT: That`s correct. He -- he has an extensive record that dates back to 1995, and that being everything from robbery, kidnapping, assault, stalking.
He has a pending charge in court tomorrow in Louisville, Kentucky. And that charge is for attempt to manufacture methamphetamine. So he does have an extensive criminal record. He is a bad person.
LALAMA: All right now, Nicole Partin, investigative reporter, apparently the day that Brittney went missing, he was seen driving up and down her street in the neighborhood? True?
NICOLE PARTIN, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER: Yes. Good evening, Pat. According to a witness, Brittney was in a swimming pool or at her grandmother`s friend and a witness said that Roy Vernon Elwell drove up and down the street a couple of times looking for Brittney, and the next thing the witness knew Brittney was gone with Elwell.
LALAMA: Laurie Kustes, mother of Brittney Kustes, thank you so much for taking the time to be with us tonight. I`m so sorry for what has happened. Anything we can do to help. That`s why we`re here.
Give us a little bit of history with this guy. How did he come into your daughter`s life and when did that happen first?
KUSTES: Well, it happened over a year ago. She got in with the wrong crowd of people. We found her with him. The police found her with him back then and when we got her back, she was addicted to meth.
LALAMA: Wow, that`s such a shame because, CW Jensen, retired Portland police captain, five years I spent with "Americans Most Wanted" traveling the country and cops in every jurisdiction would say to me, please do something about the methamphetamine epidemic. An insidious drug, just robs the soul out of you, correct?
JENSEN: It`s an awful drug. You know, it`s not good to be addicted to any drug, but I mean meth just tears people apart, wrecks their teeth, wrecks their lives, wrecks their brain. And that`s terrible. But, you know the bigger issue is that this guy is a predatory animal and I hope everybody pays attention to what he looks at and looks for him and this girl.
LALAMA: But Dr. Gwenn O`Keefe, pediatrician and founder and CEO of Pediatricsnow.org. I think what I`m saying is that apparently she had kicked the habit but that`s not something you walk away from so easily, methamphetamine, correct?
O`KEEFE: No, absolutely not. Once you`re hooked to meth, you can get back on it just -- almost by being in the same room with it. So this is a very high risk situation for this gal. And the clock is really ticking. We have to find her fast.
LALAMA: Patricia Saunders, clinical psychologist. It would be so easy for a guy like this to lure her back into the web, correct?
SAUNDERS: Absolutely correct. This -- methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous drugs in terms of wrecking the brain.
SAUNDERS: And the lure is almost irresistible.
LALAMA: Laurie Kustes, back to you. Tell us about the kidnapping. What were those circumstances and was she set to testify against him?
KUSTES: She was supposed to testify against him. I`m not sure what case this was about. I believe it was about the drug charges.
LALAMA: Clark Goldband, what can you tell us about this kidnapping? Did it actually occur? Was she under his duress, under his powers for a few days?
GOLDBAND: Pat, according to press reports there is a kidnapping charge pending against this guy. That`s the only information we have at this time. But I can tell you there have been multiple alleged sightings, Pat, and law enforcement asking for help this evening.
One sighting according to a female witness saying she saw this girl with scratches on her face and bruises. She inquired if there was anything she can do to help her and a male yelled, she`s fine, and drove away.
Law enforcement on the hunt for a gold car, possibly a Toyota, with a right passenger hubcap not there.
LALAMA: Ray Giudice, this is not a pretty picture. And this guy, at the very least, has violated probation, a registered sex offender. What`s his future when they finally get him?
GIUDICE: Well, he also has a problem that if she`s involved in a prior case as a victim, then his bond conditions would have a no-contact with her and this could be a witness tampering charge.
So kidnapping, false imprisonment. The charges are replete with his prior criminal history, he could be looking at a lot of years. But you know what? He was looking at a lot of years on the prior cases and he`s out.
LALAMA: Nicole Partin, investigative reporter, has he been harassing her? Has he been in and out of her life? Was he a boyfriend? What`s the story?
PARTIN: Well, the family claims that Brittney and Elwell were acquaintances. And that`s how they state -- that the two knew each other. We don`t have a lot of information as pertaining to did they communicate? Were they talking? Were they seeing one another?
But we do have this eyewitness at the pool, the grandmother`s home the day that Brittney went missing, saying that it was indeed Elwell driving up and down the street looking for Brittney and then moments later Brittney disappeared.
LALAMA: Laurie, tell us about the last time you spoke to your daughter and her wellbeing at that time.
KUSTES: She was happy. We were going shopping that weekend to buy her stuff for her car. She wanted some floor mats and, you know, things like that and that nature. She had been working. Got her a job. Was saving money to fix her car up, was happy. Spending a lot of time with her family and friends.
LALAMA: But, Linda Lee, defense attorney, it sounds like somehow she was under this guy`s spell.
LEE: Well, I think that the drug addiction is possibly a factor here. That can be something that he did use to lure her in. And it really goes to the issue of whether or not she went willingly or not.
This may not be a kidnapping at all. Of course, what the witness just said about seeing her with bruises tends to lead to the point that perhaps it was a kidnapping, but if drugs are involved, and something as powerful as meth, there is no telling whether or not at this stage whether or not it was an actual kidnapping or if she went with him voluntarily.
LALAMA: Scotty McGaha, any information in that regard? Do you believe she might have just thought, OK, yes, I`ll go hang out with him a little while longer or he may have abducted her?
MCGAHA: I don`t have personal knowledge, you know, as far as her being taken unwillingly. But I know this. That a person that had seen her, that came to her residence, said she was -- appeared to be starving, she was hungry.
She also -- he had her cell phone. He wouldn`t let her go in the bathroom without her being -- with him being there. So we`re looking at that as she`s there against her will at this time.
LALAMA: Wow. Interesting.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: According to Brittney`s family, their daughter has had former interaction with the man the Bullitt County Sheriff`s deputies consider a person of interest in this case.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Thirty-four-year-old Roy Vernon Elwell, a sex offender with a lengthy criminal history.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: According to the Kentucky sex offender registry, prior kidnapping and unlawful containment conviction on his record.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Law enforcement searching for 19-year-old Brittney Kustes.
KUSTES: We will find you. We will find you.
(END OF VIDEO CLIP)
LALAMA: Clark Goldband, NANCY GRACE producer, doesn`t seem like they`re destined to go far. Doesn`t he have a little support system right in the area?
GOLDBAND: Well, Pat, that`s what law enforcement is saying. In fact, multiple sightings, but they`re all right in that immediate area of Kentucky.
Also, Pat, quite concerning to law enforcement is the fact that the only thing that she has with her is her cell phone and whenever anyone tries to call that cell phone, it goes dead.
LALAMA: Nicole Partin, apparently that`s all she took, cell phone? Nothing else.
PARTIN: No, that`s it. Her car was found at the grandmother`s home, all of her belongings, her makeup, everything was left except the cell phone. And again, there`s no trace, there`s no text return, there`s no phone calls returned, nothing. It`s a dead end.
LALAMA: Laure Kustes, mother of Brittney, why no call to cops for a couple of days?
KUSTES: I`m sorry?
LALAMA: Why wasn`t police alerted sooner?
KUSTES: Well, she`s 19 years old, and we had to wait so many days to make the report.
LALAMA: Anything you can tell us very quickly about your daughter that might help us find her?
KUSTES: She has a red star tattoo on her left foot. She has a butterfly pink tattoo on her rib cage. It`s pink butterfly tattoo. And then she`s got some pink lilies on her left-hand leg.
LALAMA: Laurie, we ache for you and we hope for the best.
07-28-2010, 08:34 AM #13
Yay! This article says because it's receiving national attention, they're getting more tips! and better ones too! Hope this will lead to her recovery.
From the above NG transcript, the mom said they had to wait to report her missing. I don't get it. Brittney was going to be testifying against this guy in a criminal trial. What makes a sensible person believe she would be with him willingly. LE should have begun looking for her ASAP. Those days delayed could be a matter of life and death.
Let's pray that the right person spots them and contacts LE in time.
Case of missing Bullitt Co. woman capturing national attention
"The tips are getting stronger going to the media and hopefully we're going to find them soon," said McGaha during the appearance on 'Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell'
Kustes said she is grateful networks are interested in her daughter's story.
"The more I can get her face out there, the quicker, of course, we can find her," she said.
"You've got a little more eyes and ears right there that's the good part it helps you," said McGaha.
Kustes said she is unsure whether her daughter left voluntarily.
"I do know if she did voluntarily go, she didn't go thinking she wasn't coming back," said Kustes.
Kustes told us that a year ago police found her daughter with Elwell after she'd been gone for days and that Brittney came home hooked on meth. Kustes said she sent Brittney to rehab to kick the habit and that her daughter was supposed to testify in court against Elwell -soon.
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07-28-2010, 08:37 AM #14
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