11-10-2013, 10:04 PM #1
FL - Amanda "Mandy" Dougherty, 5, Boca Raton, 22 September 1994
Amanda Mandy Doughtery
Sadly, there wasn't a lot of info that I can find, and only this one picture.
On September 22, 1994, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Amanda was reported missing at her residence in North Lauderdale by her father and mother. The victim was in bed at approximately 10:00 p.m. The mother claimed to have checked on the victim before she went to bed, between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. At approximately 6:00 a.m., the victim's father and brother found the front door of the house open and the victim missing. On September 24, 1994, Amanda was discovered 28 miles north of North Lauderdale in Palm Beach County. The body had trauma and a wire wrapped around her neck. The victim was found nude, but was not thought to be sexually assaulted nor showed any indication or combative wounds.
For years, investigators believed that David Dougherty murdered Mandy. With his previous record and the fact that he was the last to person known to have seen her alive, he was naturally a suspect. According to police, David failed two lie detector tests and a voice stress test. As Sherlock Holmes would say, there’s also the fact that the two watch-dogs in the house never barked on the night Mandy went missing.
David had served time for manslaughter and had been placed on probation for attacking his 72-year-old cancer-stricken grandmother. Then, several years after Mandy was murdered, he was arrested for choking his wife during a domestic assault in which he held police at bay with a starter pistol. Cops logically concluded that David Dougherty may have flown into a rage and killed his daughter, then covered it up by dumping her body in a remote area.
However, since there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime, David was never charged. Then, on November 30, 2000, that changed.
For more info - http://kidnappingmurderandmayhem.blo...der-mandy.html
02-28-2014, 06:02 AM #2
Stephen Covell a possible suspect
Suspect Confesses To Abduction, Rape Of Girl, 10
November 29, 2000
By ANDREAS TZORTZIS and PAULA McMAHON Staff Writers and Staff Writer Sean Cavanagh contributed to this report.
Covell resembles the description witnesses gave police of the man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 3-year-old girl in early August. The girl was later found alive in a dumpsite near West Prospect Road. The man in that case also had a scar on his face and drove a red vehicle, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
"We are definitely looking into that case, as we are other cases," Englehardt said.
Detectives in Palm Beach County want to question Covell about the 1994 murder of 5-year-old Amanda Dougherty, his friend's daughter, who was abducted from her North Lauderdale home.
"He was never eliminated as a suspect," said Paul Miller, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. "No one was ever eliminated."
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office have questioned Covell "extensively" about Amanda's death since her body was found near Boca Raton in September 1994, said FDLE spokeswoman Page Patterson. He was reinterviewed recently after an intensive effort was launched to examine the case again, Miller said. No charges have been filed against Covell in connection with Amanda's death.
02-28-2014, 06:41 AM #3
I was able to locate several articles in google newspaper archives.
Body of Girl Found
Dozens of volunteers and police officers had searched for 5-year-old Amanda Dougherty
Sept 26, 1994
Body found nearby said to be Amanda
Sept 26, 1994
We stand by as our children die
Oct 6, 1994
Disappearance of second child raises parents' fears
Oct 25, 1994
(The other child was 7-year-old Christina Holt)
Parents not strangers most likely to kill
Nov 4, 1994
Do something, react -- don't "what if"
Oct 6, 1994
(Interesting article by Hal Habib)
Parents stonewall in death of child
Detective haunted by death of little girl
March 20, 1996
Kidnapping suspect wants tape thrown out
June 7, 2001
A jogger saw a little girl sitting on a parch bench, crying, around Midnight. A couple of hours later, neighbors noticed he Doughtertys' front door open, and their pit bulls roaming around outside. Why wouldn't the jogger call police, or try to help the little girl? Then another jogger found Amanda's body a few days later.
Last edited by bessie; 02-28-2014 at 07:15 AM.
02-28-2014, 06:45 AM #4
Since Christina Holt was mentioned, I'll post a couple of links about her murder. Her mother and stepfather were charged.
Mother won't be released on bond
Christina Holt's Hometown ready for closure
Dec 3, 1994
Witness says she heard the girl sob
Oc 31, 1996
Christina Holt suffocated
03-09-2016, 06:00 PM #5
Rest in Peace dear Amanda. You will never be forgotten.
In the news articles it is mentioned that Stephen Covell was a friend of Amanda's father. Since there were two guard dogs there could not have been an intruder who was not known in the house.
I hope and pray that there is a confession in this case. I applaud the law enforcement officers who have worked so hard on this case. I am sure that many of them, retired now, still wish for this case to be solved.
Dear little Mandy - your light shines on."Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Disclaimer: This is just my opinion. If I knew the truth then I wouldn't need to form an opinion.
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