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    Article from 1986

    Abduction witness meets police
    WED 05/28/1986 HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Section 1, Page 19, NO STAR Edition

    http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/ar...ts-police.html
    "GALVESTON - A man has told authorities he witnessed the weekend abduction of a 19-year-old Texas City woman, but did not report the crime because he thought nothing of it at the time.
    Houston and Galveston area law enforcement officers Tuesday were searching for a white male who was last seen early Sunday driving off with Shelley Kathleen Sikes.
    Late in the afternoon, authorities interviewed employees of the beachfront restaurant at which the attractive brunette had worked the past month.
    Sikes' blood-spattered Ford Pinto was found abandoned in a lonely marsh just north of the Galveston causeway.
    Investigators said they think she was kidnapped after her auto was forced from the road and its passenger-side window smashed.
    "He (the witness) said he saw a white male, he saw her and he saw an abduction," said Gean Leonard, chief deputy for the Galveston County Sheriff's Department. "They drove north on Interstate 45. That's about all the new information we have."

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    Quote Originally Posted by vlpate View Post
    Abduction witness meets police
    WED 05/28/1986 HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Section 1, Page 19, NO STAR Edition

    http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/ar...ts-police.html
    "GALVESTON - A man has told authorities he witnessed the weekend abduction of a 19-year-old Texas City woman, but did not report the crime because he thought nothing of it at the time.
    Houston and Galveston area law enforcement officers Tuesday were searching for a white male who was last seen early Sunday driving off with Shelley Kathleen Sikes.
    Late in the afternoon, authorities interviewed employees of the beachfront restaurant at which the attractive brunette had worked the past month.
    Sikes' blood-spattered Ford Pinto was found abandoned in a lonely marsh just north of the Galveston causeway.
    Investigators said they think she was kidnapped after her auto was forced from the road and its passenger-side window smashed.
    "He (the witness) said he saw a white male, he saw her and he saw an abduction," said Gean Leonard, chief deputy for the Galveston County Sheriff's Department. "They drove north on Interstate 45. That's about all the new information we have."
    How can anyone witness an abduction and think nothing of it at the time? If she was forced off the road she had to be upset unless she thought the person didn't do it intentionally. If he saw an abduction then he must have seen her being forced into another vehicle. jmo
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeannieC View Post
    How can anyone witness an abduction and think nothing of it at the time? If she was forced off the road she had to be upset unless she thought the person didn't do it intentionally. If he saw an abduction then he must have seen her being forced into another vehicle. jmo
    Exactly, especially if it happened the way Zwarst describes the abduction - breaking her window. Only a licensed hand gun owner is the solution in cases like this. That poor girl, and all the ones before and after her, had no way to defend themselves.

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    Couldn't the man who saw the abduction but didn't report it be brought up on charges?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scriptgirl View Post
    Couldn't the man who saw the abduction but didn't report it be brought up on charges?
    I haven't researched this case at all....but maybe he just saw them go up to the car and thought they were helping her. I don't know if he saw them break the window. I do know nothing seems really clear in this case. I just pray they never get out of prison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scriptgirl View Post
    Couldn't the man who saw the abduction but didn't report it be brought up on charges?
    I doubt it but it makes you wonder why he didn't call the law. What was he up to or was he just afraid and later had a sudden burst of conscience and decided to go forward? He might have saved her life if he had called LE right away.
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by vlpate View Post
    I haven't researched this case at all....but maybe he just saw them go up to the car and thought they were helping her. I don't know if he saw them break the window. I do know nothing seems really clear in this case. I just pray they never get out of prison.
    I feel the same way!
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/

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    the article said the guy thought it was a kidnapping he saw

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    Quote Originally Posted by scriptgirl View Post
    the article said the guy thought it was a kidnapping he saw
    I wonder if this man came forward before or after her family offered a reward?
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/

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    Texas Prison Inmates
    Huntsville Unit

    Gerald Pieter Zwarst

    TDCJ ID

    00485451

    Unit
    Huntsville

    DOB
    7/9/1954

    Age 57

    Home County Harris

    Sex - Male

    Race - White

    Height - 5 ft 8 in

    Weight -198 lbs

    Hair Color - Brown

    Eye Color - Blue

    Crime*

    Raw Description* AGG KIDNAPPING

    Committed On County Term Sentence Began Crime

    5/25/1986 Brazos Life 6/27/1987 AGG KIDNAPPING
    http://www.texastribune.org/library/...r-zwarst/8437/
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/


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    John Robert King


    TDCJ ID

    00479010

    Unit
    Michael

    DOB
    8/12/1957

    Age
    54

    Home County
    El Paso

    Sex
    Male

    Race
    White

    Height
    5 ft 10 in


    Weight
    182 lbs

    Hair Color
    Brown


    Eye Color
    Hazel

    Crime*

    Raw Description* Committed On County Term Sentence Began
    AGG KIDNAPPING 5/25/1986 Jefferson Life 6/22/1987
    http://www.texastribune.org/library/...rt-king/15614/
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeannieC View Post
    Just hit up the TDC database. Zwarst is up for parole this coming August, 2017.

    https://offender.tdcj.texas.gov/Offe.../search.action
    Michael W. ( Mick ) Stewart
    Texas Crime History Society
    Remembering murdered citizens * honoring slain law enforcement officers.

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    Had he committed other crimes before he killed Shelley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scriptgirl View Post
    what a sad story
    It is a very sad story.

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