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    TX - Summer Baldwin, 29, raped & murdered, Lubbock, 13 Sept 2005

    Worker finds woman's body at city landfill
    BY JASON WOMACK
    AVALANCHE-JOURNAL


    A city sanitation worker found the body of a woman among the garbage at a city-owned landfill Tuesday morning, Lubbock police officials said.

    Police identified the woman as Summer Lee Baldwin, 29.

    The body was found inside a suitcase atop a 10-foot-high trash pile at the West Texas Region Disposal Facility about 10:15 a.m.





    "We are treating this as a homicide," Assistant Police Chief Thomas Esparza said at the landfill Tuesday afternoon.

    A steady stream of police cars and garbage trucks drove through the gates of the landfill Tuesday.

    The Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office had removed the body by early afternoon.

    Police could not comment Tuesday on the condition of the body or a cause of death, deferring to the pending autopsy.

    "We don't know how she died, where she died or when she died," Esparza said.

    The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office first responded to the landfill Tuesday morning. The office then turned the investigation over to police.

    The landfill sits on 1,240 acres about 15 miles northwest of Lubbock on FM 2528. It serves the city and 16 counties on the South Plains, often receiving between 800 and 1,500 tons of garbage daily.

    Landfill Manager John Cobb said the body was likely delivered to the facility on one of the trucks that unloaded at the site Tuesday morning.

    Landfill employees cover trash dumped at the landfill every night with at least 6 inches of a soil and slurry mix.

    Cobb said the refuse at the bottom of the landfill Tuesday was delivered by 40 trucks, which were all logged at the site.

    "We're guessing it came off a city truck," he said. "We've had private up there and commercial up there. That's why it is a guess."

    The area where the body was found, a pile of garbage more than a hundred feet in diameter, serves as a dump site for commercial and city garbage trucks.

    The trash heap sits at the bottom of a deep ravine, which is considered too dangerous for citizen use, Cobb said, pointing to the heavy machinery that pushed the garbage into large piles.

    The worker discovered the body as he sorted through the trash, searching for car batteries, tires or large pieces of metal deemed unacceptable for the landfill.

    "Something made him look in there," Cobb said. "Otherwise it would have gone unsolved."

    To read the whole story go to : www.lubbockonline.com, you may have to register to view it entirely.

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    The families of Joanna Rogers and Jennifer Wilkerson had a scare in waiting for the ID on this woman.

    You should look at her photo. Her eyes are so sad.

    Prayers for her family and friends,
    Kelly

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    Hi... I registered on the Lubbock Online site, but didn't see a photo of her there... just a photo of the landfill / police car... do you have a link to her picture? A friend of mine who I have lost touch with, her sister's name is Summer and is about that age, lives in Lubbock, and I know she had some drug issues & problems.... the name Baldwin really rings a bell, but I just want to see her picture to rule out this being her. (She had a different last name from my friend)

    This is so sad.... that poor girl & her family.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly
    The families of Joanna Rogers and Jennifer Wilkerson had a scare in waiting for the ID on this woman.

    You should look at her photo. Her eyes are so sad.

    Prayers for her family and friends,
    Kelly

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    Hi... disregard previous message.... I found a link w/ a photo, and it's not her. She does look so sad... very haunting eyes. She was very beautiful.

    I wonder how they ID'd her so quickly?


    Photo & details ***** WARNING **** disturbing details.

    http://www.kamc28.tv/news/default.as...ownews&id=1088
    Last edited by vanillasky; 09-14-2005 at 03:10 PM. Reason: to add warning about the details on that link :-(

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    I don't know, but it was a good thing for those who were waiting on the answer.

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    I tried to find any news reports about Summer missing in the first place, but didn't seem to find anything at a quick glance.

    Anyone else find anything ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonSays
    Hi... disregard previous message.... I found a link w/ a photo, and it's not her. She does look so sad... very haunting eyes. She was very beautiful.

    I wonder how they ID'd her so quickly?


    Photo & details ***** WARNING **** disturbing details.

    http://www.kamc28.tv/news/default.as...ownews&id=1088
    the article is gone...??? what happened?
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    http://www.kamc28.tv/news/default.as...ownews&id=1090

    Here's a link that works, I'm not sure if it's to the same article that was previously posted.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradise
    http://www.kamc28.tv/news/default.as...ownews&id=1090

    Here's a link that works, I'm not sure if it's to the same article that was previously posted.
    thanks...she does look very sad indeed.
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    I'm sorry... I don't know why it was removed... I even checked the link after I posted and it was working. Anyway.... it is a different one from the one Paradise posted.... it was an interview w/ the man who found her, and he described in detail what she looked like, and how it appeared that she died. Very, very disturbing. I will try and find another link that works.

    Quote Originally Posted by richandfamous
    the article is gone...??? what happened?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradise
    http://www.kamc28.tv/news/default.as...ownews&id=1090

    Here's a link that works, I'm not sure if it's to the same article that was previously posted.
    Now they've deleted this story as well! I wonder why?!


    Here is another article just posted about an hour ago.... it has some of the details of the one I first posted that was deleted - the only detail that is not in this story that was in the other deleted story is that there was a foot / toes sticking out of the suitcase when the worker came across it - and that she was nude.

    WARNING - some disturbing details following

    FULL STORY: http://www.klbk13.tv/news/default.as...ownews&id=1136

    Preliminary Autopsy Released In Death of Lubbock Woman

    New developments in the death of a woman found in a suitcase.
    Preliminary autopsy reports determined why Summer Baldwin, 29 died. Her body was discovered Tuesday morning at a landfill in north Lubbock County.

    Preliminary autopsy reports show that Baldwin was beaten to death. Witnesses say there were bruised on her head and neck.

    Baldwin is the third woman whose body was discovered in the county since 2003 and the fifth woman to disappear.

    The circumstances surrounding her death are still a mystery.

    "She looked badly beaten," says Vence Uribe, a worker at the landfill who discovered the body. "She had bruises all around her neck, like somebody had hit her, in the back. Her face was badly deformed. Her eyes were practically sticking out of her skull."

    Baldwin, along with 21-year-old Linda Trevino Carbajail and 21-year-old Cynthia Palacio, were all found inside the county. DNA evidence has linked Carbajal and Palacio to the same killer. Palacio was strangled to death in July 2003. Less than a year later, Carbajal was found on a dirt road three miles west of New Deal. She was beaten to death. Both women were believed to be prostitutes.

    Assistant Police Thomas Esparza of the Lubbock Police Department says he`s heard Baldwin may have lived a similar lifestyle.

    "We don`t have employment information for her," he says. "There are rumors about her being a prostitute. I can`t confirm that and I can`t deny that. We just don`t know yet."

    In 2004, two more women disappeared. Joanna Rogers, 16, and Jennifer Wilkerson, 26. To date, neither woman`s body has been discovered.

    Investigators say as of now, there is no hard evidence that any of the disappearances or murders are linked to Baldwin`s death. But police did confirm that they`re talking to at least one person who they think may know how she died.

    Baldwin`s mother, Uvah Roback, spoke with KLBK about her questions surrounding her daughter`s death.

    "We don`t know if anybody did something to her, we`re getting a lot of different input," she says. "I hear all these conflicting stories."

    Robak says she saw her daughter less than a week-and-a-half ago. The family got together in New Mexico for Labor Day. She said, at the time, Baldwin seemed happy. She is Robak`s only child.

    Police are still trying to track down the exact dumpster where Baldwin`s body was left. They hope that will designate an area that will help them in their investigation.

    Police are also looking into Baldwin`s lifestyle, trying to figure out if it could have led to her death.

    So who was the 29-year-old woman? Those that knew her say her temporary home was at a motel on the Clovis Highway. They also say she led a hard and dangerous life.

    Whether the sun is up or down, many say the Sunset Motel isn`t a safe place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodieo
    "We are treating this as a homicide," Assistant Police Chief Thomas Esparza said at the landfill Tuesday afternoon.
    Okay, they found the body of a woman stuffed inside of a suitcase and they are gonna treat it like a homicide????!!!????

    Anyone else besides me see the irony in his statement? Do they always have to make that same stoopid comment to appease people or what?

    S

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    Quote Originally Posted by sue1017
    Okay, they found the body of a woman stuffed inside of a suitcase and they are gonna treat it like a homicide????!!!????

    Anyone else besides me see the irony in his statement? Do they always have to make that same stoopid comment to appease people or what?

    S
    Yes, I noticed that also. The only reason I can think of them saying that is...it could have been accident being covered up or something, and they wanted to let everybody know that wasn't the case? It sounds kinda stupid though I think so I doubt thats the reason! Then again, I'd rather them give out any info vs. none.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonSays
    Hi... disregard previous message.... I found a link w/ a photo, and it's not her. She does look so sad... very haunting eyes. She was very beautiful.

    I wonder how they ID'd her so quickly?


    Photo & details ***** WARNING **** disturbing details.

    http://www.kamc28.tv/news/default.as...ownews&id=1088
    I think this may be the article, sometimes they move them.

    http://www.kamc28.tv/news/default.as...ownews&id=1092

    They also haven`t ruled out a connection to past unsolved murders. Cynthia Palacio, 21, and Linda Trevino Carbajal, 21, both prostitutes according to authorities, were found dead on dirt roads in Lubbock County. Palacio was strangled in July 2003, while Carbajal was beaten in April 2004. DNA results have linked the two murders to the same killer.

    Meanwhile, Joanna Rogers, 16, and Jennifer Wilkerson, 26, are still missing one year after disappearing.

    "I know a couple of bodies were found deceased in the city on dirt roads," says Esparza. "We`re looking into similiarites ... I don`t know. I really don`t."
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    She does look sad and she looks tired and stoned. She was so young but she looks much older.
    I wonder if the other 2 women who they found in the landfill were also known to live similiar "lifestyles".
    bhp

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