02-10-2006, 09:33 PM #1Former member
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NY - Michele Harris, 35, Owego, 11 Sept 2001
Michele Anne Harris
Above Images: Harris, circa 2001
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
# Missing Since: September 11, 2001 from Owego, New York
# Classification: Endangered Missing
# Date Of Birth: September 29, 1965
# Age: 35
# Height: 5'2"
# Weight: 100 lbs.
# Hair Color: Blonde
# Eye Color: Brown
# Race: White
# Gender: Female
# Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo of a flaming sun
on right ankle. Pierced ears. Breast augmentation.
# Clothing: Khaki shorts, white sneakers, a navy blue polo
shirt with red and white striped collar with "Lefty's" logo.
# Jewelry: Gold and silver watch and numerous rings, earrings
and bracelets. Two chain necklaces (one of the necklaces
has a religious pendant on it).
# AKA: Michele Taylor
# NCIC Number: M-351840030
# Case Number: SP Owega 01-270
Details of Disappearance
Michele was last seen at approximately 9:30 pm leaving her place of employment in the vicinity of the 400 block of Broad St. in Waverly, NY. She went to visit a friend in Barton, NY and left at approximately 11:30 pm to go back to her residence in Spencer, NY. Her vehicle, described as a gold 2000 Ford Windstar Van with NY dealer plates, was located the following morning near her residence in the vicinity of the 300 block of Hagadorn Hill Rd. in Spencer, NY. The keys were in the ignition.
In October 2005, her husband, Calvin, was charged with her murder. Michele's body has not been recovered.
02-10-2006, 09:35 PM #2Former member
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Calvin Harris, 44, today in Tioga County Court for a pre-trial hearing, waived his right to a speedy trial and agreed to the September trial date.
Prosecutors say Harris killed his wife, Michele Harris, who disappeared Sept. 11, 2001. The couple has four young children.
Harris was indicted on a single count of second-degree murder, a felony, on Sept. 30 -- a little more than four years after Michele Harris, 36, vanished after leaving her waitressing job at a Waverly tavern the evening of Sept. 11, 2001. Her body has never been found.
Calvin Harris remains free on $500,000 bail, set by Tioga County Judge Vincent Sgueglia, who will oversee his trial in September.
02-11-2006, 10:55 AM #3Registered User
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How convenient that she disappeared on the day that the World Towers came down. I am sure that would have been his his claim - that she was lost in them. Unfortunately, he probably didn't know that she had been seen AFTER the towers had come down. Well, maybe he can claim that someone else killed her and made her body disappear.
02-13-2006, 12:02 AM #4Registered User
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I do believe, however, that her case would have got more coverage if it wasn't for 9-11 happen. I mean, we have a wealthy, attractive, blonde suburban soccer mom vanished into thin air. The news media likes that.
02-27-2007, 02:50 PM #5Registered User
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Tioga Charges Harris Again In Wife's Death
Less than a month after a judge threw out a murder indictment against Calvin Harris related to the 2001 disappearance of his estranged wife, a second grand jury has re-indicted the Tioga County businessman on a single charge of second-degree murder, court officials confirmed Monday.
Harris will be arraigned on the charge today in Tioga County Court in Owego, officials said. The 45-year-old Spencer resident remains free on $500,000 cash bail set after the first indictment in September 2005. Broome County Judge Martin E. Smith will oversee the high-profile case, including today's arraignment.
A clerk in Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene's office said Monday the district attorney would not comment on the case.
In January, Smith threw out the initial murder indictment on the grounds that the grand jury proceedings conducted by Keene were improper.
Harris' Binghamton-based attorney, Joseph F. Cawley Jr., declined comment Monday afternoon because he said he had not seen a copy of the latest indictment.
Michele Harris vanished sometime between 9:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 2001, and the following morning, when she was reported missing by an acquaintance, police said. The then-35-year-old mother of four had left her waitress job at a Waverly tavern at 9:30 p.m., witnesses later said.
05-27-2007, 01:45 PM #6Former Member
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NY - Cal Harris on Trial for Murder of Wife, Michele Harris
Michele Harris is still missing. She was in the process of getting a divorce from her wealthy husband, Calvin. Her vehicle was found with the keys in it at the entrance of their driveway. He is now on trial for her murder. Here are a few links with photos and information.
This is Michele.
Michelle was still living under the same roof as her soon-to-be ex-husband with their four children. His family and he are influential and wealthy. After the divorce, she would have been set for life.
She was dating a much younger man at the time of the murder. The defense is trying to pin the murder on him saying that he had moved to be closer to Michele, giving up his job, a girlfriend and a home for her, only to realize that she wasn't as serious about him as he was about her.
I really feel that the husband murdered her. However, this is a weak case with little to go on because her body has never been found. Her blood was found in the garage. Henry Lee was due to testify in this case about blood spatter that was found. I feel certain that his credibility will be brought into question with the happenings in the Phil Spector case.
Calvin Harris reminds me of Perry March. I just hope that justice is served for Michele and her family.
06-04-2007, 10:13 PM #7
I am not so sure this is a weak case though. Missing body cases are getting guilty verdicts more and more these days.
The juries just dont buy the "she can come through that door at anytime" defense mumbo jumbo anymore.
imoo"Pardon Our Noise, It's the Sound of Freedom" USMC New River Air Station, Jacksonville, North Carolina
06-05-2007, 04:09 PM #8Former Member
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What a beautiful woman. I'm sorry for her children and her family.
06-05-2007, 11:23 PM #9
I had not heard of this case until today. I think they have the right man from what I've read at the search results on this new site:
(lots of articles!)
06-09-2007, 01:12 PM #10Former Member
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06-10-2007, 09:17 AM #11
04-03-2008, 01:51 PM #12Registered User
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Bumping case up. Does anyone know the outcome of the charges and trial?
04-20-2008, 08:38 AM #13Registered User
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Guilty of 2nd degree murder
06/08/2007Harris found guilty of second degree murder; DA to seek maximum prison term
BY SCOTT KULAH
OWEGO, N.Y. -- It was just one word that will change so many lives forever -- guilty.
His attorneys tried to console him, but Calvin Harris could do nothing but sob after the jury delivered the verdict.
Found guilty of the second-degree murder of his wife, Michele, who disappeared on Sept. 11, 2001, Calvin Harris, 46, will now face prison time -- but how much is the next question.
Tioga County, N.Y., District Attorney Gerald Keene said following the trial that he may recommend Calvin Harris receives the maximum sentence of 25 years to life.
"I think that the maximum sentence would be appropriate because not only what he did to Michele but what he did to his kids by taking their mother away," he said.
Harris, who left the courthouse in handcuffs and in the custody of the Tioga County Sheriff's Department, had his bail revoked and is slated to return to the courthouse for his sentencing on Aug. 24 at 8:30 a.m.
Greg Taylor, Michele Harris' brother, said after the verdict came in, "It doesn't really bring closure. I'm glad Cal is where he belongs now; but, until we find her body and get her property there is no closure.
"Hopefully Cal will someday tell us where she is and have some compassion for our family," he added. "He took so much away from us."
As Keene and special council for the prosecution Thomas Kline left the Tioga County Courthouse in Owego, N.Y., the district attorney said he was pleased with the jury's decision, and that the extensive amount of evidence investigators provided was key in getting the conviction.
"I don't think it was any piece of evidence," he said. "I think it was a combination of everything -- especially the blood evidence -- there was no other explanation for it."
He also said the time frame of the conviction, which comes nearly six years after Michele Harris was last seen, was necessary so the defense could not argue that she had gone somewhere and can still come back.
As for Michele Harris' body or a murder weapon, Keene said it will probably never be found.
"Where he put it, that's where she is and that's where she's going to stay," he said, referring to a comment that Calvin Harris allegedly made to Michele Harris prior to her disappearance, when he told her that if he killed her no one would find the body and it wouldn't be pinned on him.
The prosecutor also said Judge Martin E. Smith made a good decision by not allowing certain background information to be submitted as evidence or testimony during the trial.
With Harris now incarcerated for an undetermined period of time, it is now unclear what will happen with the custody of the Harrises' four children.
"I hope they are going to be with relatives that will provide them with support and love," Keene told the media as he walked out of the courthouse Thursday.
He also thanked the jury -- which deliberated for about five hours -- for their hard work in the recent weeks.
"It takes some courage on their part to look at the evidence and say even though there is no body and there is no weapon, it's still obvious that this is the man who killed her," Keene said.
Defense attorney Joseph Cawley Jr. said Harris was "understandably upset" and that although the jury worked very hard, they are very disappointed with the outcome of the trial.
Harris' trial began on May 23. The jury made its decision after hearing testimony from 48 witnesses and observing 253 pieces of evidence.
Scott Kulah can by reached at (570) 888-9652; or e-mail: email@example.com
07-03-2008, 07:08 AM #14Registered User
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If a tree falls in the woods....
“If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
I have no prejudice to either family but I have an opinion to what may have happened the night of September 11, 2001. I am curious to what all of you think about it. The only information I am basing my opinion on is from what I read in the Press & Sun, Morning Times, and The Daily Review. Also, pictures can tell a story as good as or better than the words printed around it. Like they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Calvin bringing pictures of his kids to court with him was a prop for the jury to see just before they decided his fate. It is just like an adult dressing up for court to appear innocent (as if you shave and get a haircut you couldn’t possibly commit a crime) and a child dressing down to look younger so the court won’t view the child as an adult.
When Calvin first heard the jury announce he was guilty he cried out “No, No, No, Oh God No”, that was the reality that he was not going to get away with Michele’s murder. Moments later there is a picture of him being escorted out of the courtroom with the same expressionless look on his face as he had during the whole trial, that was the wheels turning as he tries to plan his next course of action. That’s just my opinion though.
Everyone knows what the United States, and the rest of the world for that matter, went thru on the morning of 9/11/2001. Only two people know what really happened that night at the Harris estate. It would have been very easy not to draw too much attention doing things out of the ordinary that day.
One must understand Mr. Harris had access to numerous vehicles from the Royal dealerships. Searching for evidence of foul play in Michele’s van and/or Cal’s pickup, only, doesn’t seem like enough searching to me. On occasion car dealers need to decrease the lot’s inventory and one way, besides selling the vehicle, is to send the vehicle to the scrap yard to have it destroyed and collect money for the raw metal.
I don’t know exactly what happens to vehicles after they have been destroyed. I am guessing they may be ground up and melted down to be recycled into something else. I am sure someone could provide that answer. Let’s just assume the vehicles are melted down. I don’t think it would be a far stretch of the imagination that Mr. Harris could take a vehicle (V1) off one of his lots, maybe park it at the end of his driveway in such a way as to block the entrance so Michele couldn’t drive up. The Harris driveway is fairly long and secluded. Keeping her at the end of the driveway would reduce the possibility of his children hearing a struggle. She would then exit her vehicle (V2) to see why there is a car at the end of the driveway blocking her path. At that time, Mr. Harris could have overpowered Michele, restrained her and forced her into the trunk of V1. Mr. Harris then could have driven V1 back to the dealership where it would be placed on a car carrier ready to go to the scrap yard Cal then could pickup his own vehicle and return home.
Remember, this is September 11th 2001. Most people would have the terror attacks on their mind and might miss clues, mistakes made by Mr. Harris, or anything out of the ordinary and certainly would have trouble recalling anything not related to the attacks. Therefore if the body was in a vehicle on a car carrier it would go unnoticed because there could be a good possibility these cars would not have been inspected for unusual items before being scrapped. Chances are, if the vehicles are checked at all, it would have been done prior to being loaded onto the carrier.
Now these cars are off to the scrap yard where they, and their contents, will be crushed. If Michele was inside one of these vehicles her bodily fluids would somewhat be absorbed by other materials such as fabrics and foam cushioning inside the car as well as anything Mr. Harris may have wrapped her in.
The small amount of blood found in the garage and kitchen home probably had nothing to do with the murder. If Michele or one of the children cut themselves in the garage it would be reasonable to believe that they would go to the kitchen to tend to the wound. Maybe Brian Early should have been asked by police if he had noticed any recent injuries on Michele that may have created the blood spatters in the garage and kitchen. Hindsight is 20/20. Unfortunately the police made some mistakes by not questioning more people right from the start. As a police officer, one should not try to prove a suspect committed a crime but instead disprove all suspects until only the guilty suspect or suspects remain. The scene was not initially considered a crime scene until the blood evidence was found. This also means any evidence of a struggle at the end of the driveway my have been compromised by numerous vehicles entering and exiting the driveway. Assume the worst until you can rule it out in order to preserve the crime scene.
While the police were focusing on the Harris property as being the only crime scene, they may have been loosing key evidence. I didn’t hear about any of the dealerships being searched. I didn’t hear about the local scrap yard being searched. I didn’t hear about an inventory discrepancy check at any of the dealerships to show there might have been a car missing from the lot. This is all speculation but in hindsight it would have been something to consider.
I do not think Brian Early would have harmed Michele. I think Brian cared for her too much, something Cal did not. I also think that even if Brian had murdered Michele, the body would have been found by now. Crimes of passion are harder to cover up because they are usually not well thought out. These crimes are committed on a spur of the moment and after the act is done the assailant has to figure out what to do with the victim and evidence linking them to the crime. I feel there would be way too much room for error even when the world was looking the other way. When Calvin stated to Michele, if he were to kill her, he wouldn’t need a gun and that no one would find her body and that no one would be able to link the murder to him that is probably when he was developing a plan to take Michele’s life. The idea was already there, that is why he said what he did. Now he just needed to calculate exactly how and when to do it.
There are people that I am not too fond of and if they were to go missing I wouldn’t be too upset if they were never found. On the other hand, if I were the main suspect in their disappearance, I would try my best to find them and to find the real truth to what happened if only to take the attention off of me. I would not just sit back and let others accuse me of a crime I knew I did not commit. I think Calvin was pretty confident he had pulled off the perfect crime and that no one would be able to link him to Michele’s disappearance so he probably did not feel the need to assist in the search. In fact he probably found it amusing that everyone was looking in the wrong places. Every day that passed he could feel a little more confident because he would know any possible evidence was being lost to the elements or forgotten.
Based on what I have read, heard, or seen I think I have given good explanations as to how Mr. Harris could have killed his wife Michele while leaving no evidence of a weapon or a body to ever be discovered. I don’t believe there was any true blood evidence since the police didn’t check the scrap yard. The weapon would have been Calvin himself abducting Michele and the car crusher used to crush the car her body was placed in. The body itself would now be lost forever after being crushed and melted down for recycle. There would be no need for anyone to help Mr. Harris and he wouldn’t have to forever trust someone with a secret that could destroy his life. Sending cars from his dealerships to the local scrap yard may not be out of the ordinary. Therefore pulling off the act of murder in that way would not be very hard and once it was done and the body was gone he would be home free.
01-15-2010, 10:04 PM #15
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