10-04-2015, 02:14 PM #1
FL - Georgia Jane Crews, 12, Montverde, Lake County, 8 April 1980
Georgia Jean Crews was 12
April 8, 1980, Georgia Jean Crews told her older brother she was going to walk to a nearby convenience store [later report says she was going to a friend's house]. Within an hour later, when she hadn't returned, her brother grew concerned. He began calling neighbors and friends. Georgia's father was a commercial fisherman. He and Georgia's mother were at a nearby lake checking on fishing gear. By midnight, over 100 people had joined in a search of Lake County.
A massive search was conducted over the following week.
April 10, 1980, LE received an anonymous phone call from a man:
“Hello… yeah… you know that girl that you looking fo… yeah, the twelve year old… yeah… she’s dead.”
April 16, 1980, people walking through a shortcut to a K-mart in Casselberry found Georgia's body, 25 miles from her home in Montverde. They detected a disturbing foul odor, and followed it to the source.
She was lying face up in bushes. One leg tucked under the other. She was clothed in the same jeans and blue tank top she'd been wearing when she left home, but she had no shoes.
X-rays and dental records were used to identify her badly decomposed body. There were no outward signs of injury, no gunshot wounds or stab wounds. There was no sign of sexual assault.
[A later report says she died from a stab wound to the back.]
Murdered Girl's Body Found
April 19, 1980
Unsolved Slaying Still Haunts Town
April 8, 1990|By Wesley Loy Of The Sentinel Staff
When the fifth-grader turned up missing, as many as 100 townspeople turned out to aid lawmen in the hunt, according to news accounts. Deputies used tracking dogs. They flew over the town in a helicopter. They went over the groves on horseback and even dragged the bottom of Lake Florence near the girl's home on Highland Avenue.
Mrs. Crews said she and her husband, Mike, working at that time as a commercial fisherman, had been out that afternoon setting a trotline for catfish.
Georgia was last seen by her older brother, Tony, who was 16 at the time. He told investigators that he and a friend, Eddie Page, were playing records when they saw Georgia walk out the front door.
Tony said he thought his sister was heading to her best friend's house to watch Kenny Rogers in The Gambler. The friend reported that Georgia never showed up.
The last sign of Georgia was a trail of footprints on a dirt road near her home.
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10-04-2015, 02:27 PM #2
Cross found on Georgia Crews' body
Her family had never seen it.
New evidence emerges in cold case disappearance and murder
12-year-old Georgia Crews from Lake County was killed in 1980
Published On: Dec 28 2012 11:46:17 PM EST Updated On: Dec 29 2012 07:48:12 AM EST
However, with every fresh set of eyes comes a different perspective and this time around new information has been discovered. It centers around a necklace Georgia was wearing when her body was found. It appears to be a homemade cross possibly constructed from parts of a motorcycle.
At the time, a friend told detectives the necklace belonged to Georgia, but during recent interviews Det. Jaymes learned that it did not. It is a lead that was never followed up on.
"We need to find ownership of the cross. It was not her cross," says Jaymes.
“It’s not something you see everyday,” Linda says. She and her husband have been studying photos of the necklace, memorizing every cut and curve.
“It’s not something you’d walk out and go to the jewelry store or Walmart and find. It belonged to somebody, and either that person was there when she was abducted or that person is the one who abducted and killed her.”
Murder of 12-year-old Lake County girl remains unsolved 35 years later
Gal Tziperman Lotan, Orlando Sentinel
September 26, 2015
Investigators who searched the scene also found a silver-colored cross.
It wasn't the cross Georgia usually wore, a little gold pendant on a delicate chain that her grandmother got her the previous Christmas.
The cross looked homemade. It was two pieces of silver-colored metal with holes drilled into them, welded together and attached to a thick silver chain.
It didn't look like anything her parents had ever seen their daughter wear.
"I have no idea how she came to be in possession of that cross or how long she had that cross," Jaynes said.
10-04-2015, 02:46 PM #3
A confession thrown out
April 8, 1990 By Wesley Loy Of The Sentinel Staff
I drove down a couple miles or so and pulled over where a bunch of trees were and kind of hid my car and . . . threw her in the back of the, I guess, the trunk or whatever.
Then I drove on, found some trees, sat there and drank some beer, thought a while, and then I took her out of the trunk and put her in the back seat.
I guess I commenced to rape her or something. She started struggling.
She got away. I grabbed her, and at the time, my right hand found an object, an ice pick or a screwdriver or something, and I stabbed her on her lower back . . .''
The words were spoken by Albert Lara Jr. on Sept. 25, 1980, at a prison in Fort Madison, Iowa.
It was Lara's confession to the murder of Georgia Jane Crews, as told to former Lake County Sheriff Malcolm McCall, former sheriff's Investigator Chris White, and Seminole sheriff's Sgt. George Hagood.
Lara would go on to say that he straightened up the girl's clothes and placed her, still alive, back in the car trunk. He would say that he hauled her to another town and dumped her body behind a big shopping center.
From the September 26, 2015, Orlando Sentinel article:
But his confession in Georgia's case didn't match some of the facts investigators had, prosecutors said at the time.
A local state attorney later threw the case out.
"The questions they asked him were almost like answers," Manna said. "They more or less told him the way she was murdered. And for some reason he admitted to it."
Lara, who is still in an Iowa prison, did not respond to a letter seeking comment.
Alfred Z. Lara, Jr. is serving a life sentence for the 1980 strangulation death of 15-year-old Jill Peters in Bellevue, Iowa.
10-06-2015, 08:25 AM #4Registered User
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I lived not to far from all this!
McCall and hagood omg not good!
They were very very bad, crupt, racist... Search "Groveland four".
jmo... I wouldn't want to point fingers at the LE but this time, I just wonder!
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