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    IA - Grandson Sought After Couple Found Dead In Their Home on Mother's Day

    Police in Manchester, Iowa are looking for 17 year old Isaiah Sweet, who was apparently their Grandson, and who lived with them. Other family members went to the home for Mother's Day on Sunday afternoon, and found the victims murdered. Isaiah Sweet was last seen outside Manchester, Iowa driving a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche, but the article doesn't say when. The murders must have happened over the weekend. His twitter account had the following comments from May 12, 2012:

    3:10 AM - "Time to live my life"
    3:35 AM - he asked someone to text him ASAP
    11:33 AM - he asked the same person to text him now

    There were some other tweets about strange stuff, and he hasn't tweeted for 22 hours now - since 2:53 pm on 5/13/12. Such a sad waste of lives. I don't think it will take too long to find this kid.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...=feeds-newsxml

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reannan View Post
    Police in Manchester, Iowa are looking for 17 year old Isaiah Sweet, who was apparently their Grandson, and who lived with them. Other family members went to the home for Mother's Day on Sunday afternoon, and found the victims murdered. Isaiah Sweet was last seen outside Manchester, Iowa driving a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche, but the article doesn't say when. The murders must have happened over the weekend. His twitter account had the following comments from May 12, 2012:

    3:10 AM - "Time to live my life"
    3:35 AM - he asked someone to text him ASAP
    11:33 AM - he asked the same person to text him now

    There were some other tweets about strange stuff, and he hasn't tweeted for 22 hours now - since 2:53 pm on 5/13/12. Such a sad waste of lives. I don't think it will take too long to find this kid.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...=feeds-newsxml

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    What's with these teen murderers? "Time to live my life." Okay, and that means you have to kill your parents/grandparents? Whatever happened to good old fashioned running away?
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    It will be interesting to see the sequence of events that led to the murder of Isaiah Sweet's grandparents, Janet Mae Sweet, 62, and Richard Lee Sweet, 55. Isaiah was arrested and held for a few hours early SUNDAY morning, 5/13/12 in Iowa City because he set off an alarm when he tried to get into a convenience store at 2:41 am Sunday. I think the murders may have happened 24 hours earlier when he tweeted on 5/12/12 at 3:10 am, that it was "Time to live my life".

    "According to a criminal complaint, Isaiah Sweet spoke over the phone Friday with a person whom he told he had drugged his grandparents and thought they were dead because he could not find a pulse. Sweet also allegedly called that person Saturday morning and told her he had killed his grandparents."

    http://www.press-citizen.com/article...nts-Manchester

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    They found him.

    UPDATE: 7:50 p.m.

    From the Des Moines Register:


    MANCHESTER, Ia. - Authorities Monday evening captured a teenager accused of murdering his grandparents in their home here over the weekend.

    Isaiah Sweet, 17, was captured shortly after 7 p.m. during a search in northeast Cedar Rapids, said Larry Hedlund, a special agent with the Division of Criminal Investigation.
    http://www.press-citizen.com/article...nts-Manchester
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    What happened in the life of this 17 yr old young man that led him down such a horrible destructive path?? Drugs or mental issues? So sad.


    "Multiple neighbors described Sweet as a troubled teen who had fallen in with the wrong crowd after moving to Manchester to live with his grandparents, and said police were called to the home on numerous occasions."

    "Sweet entered West Delaware schools as an eight-grader in 2008 and dropped out Feb. 3 as a high school junior, she said. School Superintendent Rickey would not comment on Sweet further due to student privacy laws."



    http://www.press-citizen.com/article...nts-Manchester

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    Quote Originally Posted by southernnana View Post
    What happened in the life of this 17 yr old young man that led him down such a horrible destructive path?? Drugs or mental issues? So sad.


    "Multiple neighbors described Sweet as a troubled teen who had fallen in with the wrong crowd after moving to Manchester to live with his grandparents, and said police were called to the home on numerous occasions."

    "Sweet entered West Delaware schools as an eight-grader in 2008 and dropped out Feb. 3 as a high school junior, she said. School Superintendent Rickey would not comment on Sweet further due to student privacy laws."



    http://www.press-citizen.com/article...nts-Manchester
    Not only that, but why were the warning signs not seen? They were all over his postings on the internet. He constantly bragged about doing nothing but getting high and/or drunk. He used lanaugage that was violent, racist, and derrogatory towards a lot of people. If my child was saying those things on Twitter, I would intervene. Sadly, the grandparents may have not even been aware of his on-line presence, and his Mom is in another state, so there are obviously issues there. The thing is, many of his other friends on Twitter and Facebook seem to be living the same kind of life. Where are their parents? Why do they think it is cool to curse, drink, do drugs, have sex etc??? I am sounding like a prude, but believe me - I like to party, and I have done my fair share of it, but I would never post the kind of things these kids post online. The biggest problem I have with it, is that there is NOTHING positive on some of their accounts.

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    Isaiah Sweet charged with two counts of first-degree murder
    "Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Sweet made his initial court appearance on Tuesday in Clayton County District Court in Elkader....The judge ordered that Sweet's bond remain at $1 million and scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 25."

    http://www.press-citizen.com/article...sey=nav%7Chead

    VIDEO of initial court appearance: http://thegazette.com/2012/05/15/wat...double-murder/

    This is just tragic! My HS age son knows people who knew him (and new of him)...from what I have heard he was pretty messed up. So so sad...my thoughts and prayers go out to the Sweet family and friends.

    Here is a link to court filings:
    https://www.iowacourts.state.ia.us/ESAWebApp/TIndexFrm

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    Quote Originally Posted by marlame View Post
    Isaiah Sweet charged with two counts of first-degree murder
    "Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Sweet made his initial court appearance on Tuesday in Clayton County District Court in Elkader....The judge ordered that Sweet's bond remain at $1 million and scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 25."

    http://www.press-citizen.com/article...sey=nav%7Chead

    VIDEO of initial court appearance: http://thegazette.com/2012/05/15/wat...double-murder/

    This is just tragic! My HS age son knows people who knew him (and new of him)...from what I have heard he was pretty messed up. So so sad...my thoughts and prayers go out to the Sweet family and friends.

    Here is a link to court filings:
    https://www.iowacourts.state.ia.us/ESAWebApp/TIndexFrm
    Wow... talk about six degrees of separation! When I first heard about this story, I did a google search for Isaiah Sweet and found his Twitter account immediately. From there, it was easy to find his Facebook, and when I first went to his account, it told me that we "had 1 friend in common". What??? It is a teenage friend who lives close to me, HUNDREDS of miles away from Iowa, and who does not really know IS, she knows one of his friends, etc. etc..... It really is a small world, huh? I feel horrible for everyone involved in this case.

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    He looks young...., but will grow up fast during his trial...and not good for his stay in the prison system.

    Just horrible all the way around. RIP Janet and Richard


    ETA:
    DCI: Counselor dropped Sweet off at Cedar Rapids apartments


    Link has timeline also, but I am not succeeding at working it.

    **Iowa City police Chief Sam Hargadine said Sweet told officers that his grandparents were en route to Rochester, Minn., inferring they were headed north toward the Mayo Clinic.

    http://thegazette.com/2012/05/15/iow...urder-suspect/
    Last edited by hollyblue; 05-16-2012 at 12:03 AM.

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    Autopsy results show an elderly couple found dead in Manchester died of gunshot wounds, authorities revealed Wednesday.


    http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/enc...a-baadbc8bed4a.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Secrett View Post
    Autopsy results show an elderly couple found dead in Manchester died of gunshot wounds, authorities revealed Wednesday.


    http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/enc...a-baadbc8bed4a.
    linky no worky
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    I searched all over that site and couldn't pull up the article. I found this.


    An autopsy showed that Richard Sweet, 55, and his 62-year-old wife, Janet Sweet, were fatally shot, Delaware County Attorney John Bernau said. He declined to provide additional details, citing the ongoing investigation.
    Read more: http://muscatinejournal.com/news/sta...#ixzz1vMMjoLGI

    So I guess no drugging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovejac View Post
    I searched all over that site and couldn't pull up the article. I found this.




    Read more: http://muscatinejournal.com/news/sta...#ixzz1vMMjoLGI

    So I guess no drugging.
    awww... why didnt' my link work? Sorry I was away for a lil bit. Trying again- the article still comes up for me... testing

    http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/enc...dbc8bed4a.html

    ok that seems to work.

    Yeah, so his story of 'drugging' his grandparents was BS too-- so terrible, the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Secrett View Post
    awww... why didnt' my link work? Sorry I was away for a lil bit. Trying again- the article still comes up for me... testing

    http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/enc...dbc8bed4a.html

    ok that seems to work.

    Yeah, so his story of 'drugging' his grandparents was BS too-- so terrible, the whole thing.
    thank you! That one worked!

    I wonder if this is BS, too.

    According to Fisher, Sweet said he hadn't graduated from high school because his grandmother was always in the hospital being treated for leukemia.

    "He seemed angry about it," she said

    Read More: http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/enc...#ixzz1vMgDMG72

    Also, in the article it stated that his grandparents were his legal guardians.

    Wonder where Mom and Dad are?
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