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    I agree Watchful eye.

    Lexis was his target all along. JMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cazzie View Post
    From the article:


    I thought that they only found the body because of Sanders' cooperation with authorities. Maybe it's just bad wording?
    My bet is that it's just that...bad wording. I am confident that the FBI and local LE are gathering evidence that physically places Sanders at this body discovery site in case he reverses his confession later on, or if it's not admissible in court.
    A few things to know about Louisiana:

    1) Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
    2 )There are 5,000 types of snakes, and 4,998 live in Louisiana.
    3 )There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Louisiana, plus a couple that nobody has seen before.
    4) Squirrels and crawfish will eat anything.
    5) Unknown critters love to dig holes under tomato plants.
    6) Raccoons will test your crop of melons and let you know when they are ripe.
    7) Festivals are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect/animal or profession.
    8) It's not a "garden hose," it is a "hose pipe."
    9) A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola, or pop...it's a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: "What kinna coke you want?"
    10) It is not a "shopping cart", it is a "buggy."
    11) Fire ants float in a flood ... beware.
    12) People actually grow and eat okra.
    13) "Fixinto" is one word, as in "I'm fixinto go to Cannata's"
    14) There ain't no such thing as "lunch." There's "dinner" and then there's "supper."
    15) Sweet tea is appropriate for all meals, and you start drinking it when you're two.
    16) Backwards and forwards" means, "I know everything about you."
    17) "Jeet?" is actually a phrase meaning "Did you eat?"
    18) You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is, you work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
    19) Fried catfish is "the other white meat"
    20) Distances are measured in minutes, not miles.

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    I know we must wait for a positive ID but I have no doubt it's Suellen they found in AZ. This is such a tragic story. My deepest sympathy to the family & friends of Suellen & Lexis.

    It's easy to place blame on Suellen for choosing to bring Sanders into her life. I've seen comments on various new stories to that effect. I don't think that's fair. Suellen was just as much a victim of Sanders as Lexis. The man is a predator and he knew exactly how to get what he wanted. He was smart enough to operate under the radar for years. Don't fault Suellen for being conned by a pro. My feeling is this man was capable of tricking many, many people and he probably has left other victims. I hope they too will be found and identified.

    RIP Suellen & Lexis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandy113 View Post
    I know we must wait for a positive ID but I have no doubt it's Suellen they found in AZ. This is such a tragic story. My deepest sympathy to the family & friends of Suellen & Lexis.

    It's easy to place blame on Suellen for choosing to bring Sanders into her life. I've seen comments on various new stories to that effect. I don't think that's fair. Suellen was just as much a victim of Sanders as Lexis. The man is a predator and he knew exactly how to get what he wanted. He was smart enough to operate under the radar for years. Don't fault Suellen for being conned by a pro. My feeling is this man was capable of tricking many, many people and he probably has left other victims. I hope they too will be found and identified.

    RIP Suellen & Lexis.
    Going back to the beginning of this thread, some WS'ers tried to find information on Sanders and even knowing that he had a record, they had difficulty. IIRC, he was not an RSO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nola View Post
    My bet is that it's just that...bad wording. I am confident that the FBI and local LE are gathering evidence that physically places Sanders at this body discovery site in case he reverses his confession later on, or if it's not admissible in court.
    I've been particularly frazzled with inconsistent/erroneous MSM on other cases lately, and this one took the cake! (except that just before I came in here, I read a post with 3 different MSM's citing 3 different ages for Kody Maynard--hope he's found safe!)

    You worded this much better than I could have, thank you!

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    Poor Suellen. If only she could have known.... If only our country did a better job of protecting its citizens from the deranged and "dead".

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    Glad they got this monster before he hurts anyone else.

    Such a sad ending for their family.

    RIP Suellen and Lexis
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    'Dead' abduction suspect moved to Louisiana jail

    ALEXANDRIA, La. - The man wanted in connection with the abduction of a Nevada girl whose body was found in Louisiana last month is in the Rapides Parish jail.

    Fifty-three-year-old Thomas Steven Sanders was arrested Sunday at a truck stop in Mississippi.

    Maj. Jerome Hopewell with the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office tells The Town Talk that Sanders arrived in Alexandria Monday night. Hopewell said Sanders will appear before federal magistrate Friday for a detention hearing.

    The FBI says Sanders is charged with kidnapping 12-year-old Lexis Roberts, whose body was found last month in Louisiana. Officials say remains found Monday in Arizona are likely those of the girl's mother who also had been missing.

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articl...#ixzz15YCmq9Ab
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    Link of interview of employee at Flying J Truck stop in Gulfport, Miss. Thank you sooooo much for being aware of this creep and having the nerve to call the authories. You get a great big ATTA GIRL from me. Check out what this creep told her. OMG I am sure not that is wasn't his first "RODEO" as we say down here. CREEP I probly would have slapped him then and there.

    http://www.sunherald.com/2010/11/15/...yes-in-my.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by catahoula View Post
    Link of interview of employee at Flying J Truck stop in Gulfport, Miss. Thank you sooooo much for being aware of this creep and having the nerve to call the authories. You get a great big ATTA GIRL from me. Check out what this creep told her. OMG I am sure not that is wasn't his first "RODEO" as we say down here. CREEP I probly would have slapped him then and there.

    http://www.sunherald.com/2010/11/15/...yes-in-my.html
    "The truck stop employee, who asked not to be identified, told the Sun Herald that Sanders had been coming in to the Flying J just off Interstate 10 near Gulfport for three weeks before she called the FBI last week."

    And he was still driving the KIA. Pretty BOLD or stupid. Looks like he would have ditched the car & left the vicinity.

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    I doubt Sanders knew they had found Lexis's body. He probably thought he pulled a fast one and LE might play it as if they started a new life.

    This whole case makes me completly sick. From what I can see Sullen was not a bad looking women. Even with a kid she should have no trouble finding men. Usually when men get to be around her age they change from wanting to hookup; to settling down. Its like an alarm clock that goes off in most men 's head. Does anyone have an explanation of what she saw in Sanders? He was a drifter, short, fat, bald, gray haired, and MISSING MOST OF HIS FRICKING TEETH. He also probably treated her like a turd-dick he was. I mean for christ sakes I am a 25 year old MBA student, who is an attractive male, tall, and very muscular, a caring person, and even I have trouble finding someone who is not crazy or just wants you for money. Does it have something to do with looking for a father figured she never had?? My ex was like that. Before me and her dated, she dated an Saudi Araban excahange student who bought her things that her family never could do. However in exchange he beat her and treated her lower than a dog. She actually liked it. One time she knocked over her drink on the floor. A few seconds later she is kneeled on the floor looking up at me like a puppy who just pee'd on the carpet. I asked her whats up? She is like your suspose to beat me when I do something stupid like that. She was begging me to. My jaw dropped and told no amount money in the world could make me do that. Needless to say I got away fast.

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    Can anyone help me understand how a ex-convict can purchase ammo in Walmart? Wouldn't a proper background check restrict this sale?

    He had lived in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Nevada, and had worked as a night watchman, a pallet fabricator, a handyman, scrap-metal collector, welder and laborer. He also had a few brushes with the law and spent time in a Georgia jail on a simple battery conviction.

    The FBI found surveillance pictures that show Sanders buying ammunition at a Walmart in Las Vegas on Sept. 3, agents said.
    A few things to know about Louisiana:

    1) Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
    2 )There are 5,000 types of snakes, and 4,998 live in Louisiana.
    3 )There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Louisiana, plus a couple that nobody has seen before.
    4) Squirrels and crawfish will eat anything.
    5) Unknown critters love to dig holes under tomato plants.
    6) Raccoons will test your crop of melons and let you know when they are ripe.
    7) Festivals are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect/animal or profession.
    8) It's not a "garden hose," it is a "hose pipe."
    9) A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola, or pop...it's a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: "What kinna coke you want?"
    10) It is not a "shopping cart", it is a "buggy."
    11) Fire ants float in a flood ... beware.
    12) People actually grow and eat okra.
    13) "Fixinto" is one word, as in "I'm fixinto go to Cannata's"
    14) There ain't no such thing as "lunch." There's "dinner" and then there's "supper."
    15) Sweet tea is appropriate for all meals, and you start drinking it when you're two.
    16) Backwards and forwards" means, "I know everything about you."
    17) "Jeet?" is actually a phrase meaning "Did you eat?"
    18) You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is, you work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
    19) Fried catfish is "the other white meat"
    20) Distances are measured in minutes, not miles.

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    latest is he will be in court in Alexandria then transferred to Catahoula, Booked and sent back to Alexandria where the Feds have charged him in the kidnapping charges and 1st degree murder. From what I am told the Federal charges are more than enough to get him death. Still no confirmed news but hearing he did tell them where Suellen's body was and that he has admitted to both murders. WANT TO BET? HE PLEAS INSANE!!!!!!!! SICK O

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    It doesn't matter to me why Suellen was with Sanders & I do not think any less of her because of it. She & her daughter were victims of this evil man. I think it's disrespectful to the memory of both of them to question her decisions in hindsight.

    Nola ... I've been wondering those same things about the ammo purchase at Walmart. As I don't own a gun, I know nothing about this type of transaction. It seems everywhere I go, I am asked to present photo ID and/or social security number. You would think some red flags would at least be raised when Sanders purchased ammo. But he could have used phony ID too I guess.

    I'm really curious when LE became aware of that purchase. In the very beginning of this case my feeling was they were not taking it seriously because they thought Suellen could have run off with Sanders.

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    After re-reading my post I want to add that I'm not suggesting that Walmart's ammo lead to this crime; Sanders is solely responsible (IMO). If he couldn't get the ammo, he still would have committed these murders - just in a different way. This purchase shows premeditation and planning on Sander's part, putting any insanity plea in question.
    A few things to know about Louisiana:

    1) Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
    2 )There are 5,000 types of snakes, and 4,998 live in Louisiana.
    3 )There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Louisiana, plus a couple that nobody has seen before.
    4) Squirrels and crawfish will eat anything.
    5) Unknown critters love to dig holes under tomato plants.
    6) Raccoons will test your crop of melons and let you know when they are ripe.
    7) Festivals are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect/animal or profession.
    8) It's not a "garden hose," it is a "hose pipe."
    9) A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola, or pop...it's a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: "What kinna coke you want?"
    10) It is not a "shopping cart", it is a "buggy."
    11) Fire ants float in a flood ... beware.
    12) People actually grow and eat okra.
    13) "Fixinto" is one word, as in "I'm fixinto go to Cannata's"
    14) There ain't no such thing as "lunch." There's "dinner" and then there's "supper."
    15) Sweet tea is appropriate for all meals, and you start drinking it when you're two.
    16) Backwards and forwards" means, "I know everything about you."
    17) "Jeet?" is actually a phrase meaning "Did you eat?"
    18) You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is, you work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
    19) Fried catfish is "the other white meat"
    20) Distances are measured in minutes, not miles.

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    Nola ... I agree. Sanders clearly planned this & is not insane. I'm not faulting Wal-mart for the ammo sale ... thank goodness they had that video of him to show LE. I was just wondering if you have to show ID or anything when you buy it.

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    FYI
    There are only two restrictions for buying ammunition. You have to be 18 to buy shotgun/rifle ammo and 21 to buy handgun ammo. Nothing else is needed. You can also buy ammunition online and have it shipped to your house. Some states do restrict shipping, but that is just a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandy113 View Post
    Nola ... I agree. Sanders clearly planned this & is not insane. I'm not faulting Wal-mart for the ammo sale ... thank goodness they had that video of him to show LE. I was just wondering if you have to show ID or anything when you buy it.
    Mandy - I am on the same page with you and would like to know the answer to your question as well- just wanted to make sure my initial post didn't come across as passing the blame for the crime onto the retail outlet. I, too have no experience with what's required when purchasing ammo but am still wondering why (if he is a convicted felon - as reports indicate) his purchase was not denied on Sept 3rd.

    If anyone knows what the process is for a retail outlet concerning background checks for ammo, post it. It could be that this purchase was completely legal or it could have triggered LE notification only. Maybe he did used his id and that's why and how LE located the video so quickly.

    Just such a sad story.
    A few things to know about Louisiana:

    1) Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
    2 )There are 5,000 types of snakes, and 4,998 live in Louisiana.
    3 )There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Louisiana, plus a couple that nobody has seen before.
    4) Squirrels and crawfish will eat anything.
    5) Unknown critters love to dig holes under tomato plants.
    6) Raccoons will test your crop of melons and let you know when they are ripe.
    7) Festivals are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect/animal or profession.
    8) It's not a "garden hose," it is a "hose pipe."
    9) A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola, or pop...it's a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: "What kinna coke you want?"
    10) It is not a "shopping cart", it is a "buggy."
    11) Fire ants float in a flood ... beware.
    12) People actually grow and eat okra.
    13) "Fixinto" is one word, as in "I'm fixinto go to Cannata's"
    14) There ain't no such thing as "lunch." There's "dinner" and then there's "supper."
    15) Sweet tea is appropriate for all meals, and you start drinking it when you're two.
    16) Backwards and forwards" means, "I know everything about you."
    17) "Jeet?" is actually a phrase meaning "Did you eat?"
    18) You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is, you work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
    19) Fried catfish is "the other white meat"
    20) Distances are measured in minutes, not miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catahoula View Post
    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
    Thanks (neighbor) Catahoula! Prayers for your Dad and Family

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    It would seem easy to blame Suellen. (And I surely don't) BUT-- they were only going to be away for the weekend. Also, who is to say that Sanders didn't threaten her/or her family in some way to make them go with him. He had this planned really good--he only wanted Lexis and killed Suellen in AZ , used Lexis all the way to Louisiana and left her there dead. Wish Sanders would confess to where and when he killed Lexis. I just hope Mother and Daughter's remains can be placed to rest together, so they may rest in peace.
    Hopefully it will all come out in his trial.
    I FULLY BELIEVE THAT--if he couldn't have bought AMMO, he would have murdered them another way. It was in his head to do this---He had already done things to children--so in my opinion--that was his plan all along--And he knew the area and figured no one would connect him to Lexis.--as he could be long gone and under that radar again! FOOLED HIM!!!

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    This picture is 4 days old. I'm sorry, but I also have to ask how in the world Suellen would be romantically involved with this.

    Maybe she wasn't and they were just friends? Lord only knows what he told her to get them to go with him that weekend.
    ~~~Cynical Optimist~~~

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    Thanks for the prayers for daddy. Doing much better. Headed to New Orleans, LA. for complete checkup next week. Continue to send prayers.

    The latest on Sanders here is that he will be arrainded in Federal court today in Alexandria. Brought here and booked. Hopefully the Feds will take him back to ALexandria. I just don't even want to drive by the courthouse knowing he is there. CREEP.

    Let us all be aware of those who surround us and our families. Keep a sharp eye out for things that are not right, the things people say. This is not being nosey this is being aware there is a difference. IF that young lady at the truck stop in Gulfport had not called after several terrible comments he made to her I am afraid she would have been his next victim or someone else there. Thank the Lord for her strenght and "gonans" to call the FBI. I still hold to the fact that this is not his first "RODEO" HE has killed before I would bet. Just hope he will tell all that he has done and maybe this will show closure for others out there he has killed or hurt their family.
    OH I AM SOOOOO MAD>

    Thanks my friends. Will keep you posted on whatever I hear or see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairy1 View Post


    This picture is 4 days old. I'm sorry, but I also have to ask how in the world Suellen would be romantically involved with this.

    Maybe she wasn't and they were just friends? Lord only knows what he told her to get them to go with him that weekend.
    I just read this thread and agree. Living in a storage unit, old enough to be her father and two teeth to his name. How sad. This pic must have been before his jailhouse bath.


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    I was searching news to see if the body found in AZ was positively ID'd as Suellen. I missed this snippet of info from this link if it was posted earlier.

    http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news...und-10-28-2010

    Sheriff's officials in Arizona's Coconino County told the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a Thursday report that 12-year-old Lexis Kaye Roberts was seen Sept. 4 with her mother, 31-year-old Suellen Roberts, and a man, 53-year-old Thomas Sanders, at the Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park off Interstate 40 in Williams, Ariz.

    Las Vegas police say a Sept. 6 missing persons report was closed Sept. 16, after investigators learned the girl and her mother had been seen in Arizona.



    These links are the latest info I could find. Apparently, the body has not been positively ID'd yet.

    http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news...s-apx-11172010

    http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/...harges-murder/

    http://www.startribune.com/nation/109241764.html



    One more link .... I think Lexis & Suellen will at least get justice now.

    http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/2...00312/-1/rss01

    "I'm pleased with the way this came together," said Catahoula Parish Sheriff James Kelly, who was at the arraignment.

    Kelly said he'd seek a state murder charge on Sanders, possibly next week.

    Toney Edwards, an investigator with the Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office, said a tattoo on Sanders' chest was cited as one of the ways authorities identified Sanders. During the weeks Sanders was in Gulfport at the truck stop, he'd wear a button-down shirt with the top-half buttons undone, exposing the tattoo, Edwards said.

    At the hearing, Kelly glared at Sanders. "There are a lot of questions I have for him," Kelly said afterward.
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    Thank you for the updates Mandy113.

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