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    CA - Karen Mitchell, 16, Eureka, 25 Nov 1997

    Cadaver sniffing dogs and search and rescue personnel combed an area at the foot of Hilfiker Lane on Saturday for any signs of Karen Mitchell.

    Mitchell was last seen Nov. 25, 1997, on the 3300 block of Broadway, just five days before turning 17
    http://www.times-standard.com/Storie...899907,00.html
    Last edited by JBean; 02-12-2010 at 12:19 PM.

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    Karen Mitchell is the primary missing person who was suspected of being a victim of Robert Durst (aside from the case of his wife).
    Of course that was all just speculation and intertwining of connections like the fact that Durst had just recently been a customer at Karen's Aunt's store shortly (or maybe it was after) this disappearance.
    I had a thread on her here before but maybe it didn't survive the software update.

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    Hey Up2, It didn't survive, but here's the article that started the whole discussion on the possible connection between Karen and Durst: http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsro...0125durst.html

    Jury selection tomorrow in Scarsdale man's murder trial
    By JONATHAN BANDLER
    THE JOURNAL NEWS
    (Original publication: August 25, 2003)

    Suspicion in his wife's disappearance has hounded Robert Durst for more than two decades. It intensified when his best friend was shot to death in Los Angeles three years ago — and grew even more when he admitted killing a cantankerous neighbor in Texas and was accused of chopping up his body and setting it adrift in Galveston Bay.

    Now, as the 60-year-old Scarsdale native and scion of a Manhattan real estate empire goes on trial in that Galveston killing, investigators in northern California are taking a close look at Durst, suspecting he might have played a role in the disappearance of two teenage girls there in 1997 — 18-year-old Kristen Modafferi in San Francisco and 16-year-old Karen Mitchell in Eureka...

    ...Information linking Durst to the two California cases was first reported in publicity material for the paperback edition of "A Deadly Secret," writer Matt Berkbeck's book about the Durst saga that will be published next week.

    Five months before Mitchell disappeared, Modafferi vanished after leaving her waitress job at a San Francisco coffee shop, headed for Land's End Beach on San Francisco Bay in Oakland. One of the original detectives in that case, John Bradley, is now an investigator with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and has spent the past several months investigating Durst's ties to northern California. He said information he has obtained put Durst in the area at least on the weekend before Modafferi disappeared and on the day that Mitchell went missing, although Parris said he was still looking into whether Durst was in Eureka that day.

    Bradley, too, sees similarities between Durst and the sketch in the Mitchell case, but is even more intrigued by the description of the car. Although Durst had a green Ford Explorer in northern California at the time, a drug user and prostitute who reported Durst befriended her told authorities she only knew him to drive a light blue car, Bradley said...

    I hope all is well with you!

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    I just realized that I don't even know what Karen Mitchell looks like, even though we've talked about her extensively before. Here's some information on her:
    http://www.pollyklaas.org/missing/kids/karen.htm
    The drawing of the suspect looks a lot like Robert Durst!

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    with that hairdo... she reminds me of Dru Sjodin...

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    For Karen

    With love and hope, Lanie

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    For Karen, and all who love and miss her.

    Praying for answers, Lanie

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    Any new info?

    Does anyone know if Ward Weaver from Oregon was ever positively eliminated as a suspect? I've never heard if it was established whether he was in Hoopa at the time or not.

    Ward Weaver is the man who murdered two teenage girls in Oregon last year, and buried them in his yard. He apparently lived in Hoopa for some time.

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    When was there a connection made between Ward Weaver and Karen Mitchell?

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    He apparently grew up in the area (Hoopa, I believe), and there were some rumors he may have been there when she disapeared. His family denied it. No solid connection that I know of. I was just wondering if it had been established that he was or was not in the area.

    His father's name was on the original suspect list, but he has a solid alibi. He's already doing life.


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    Thanks. I hadn't heard that. Interesting.

    Do you have an opinion about Robert Durst being a suspect? Do you think Weaver is a more likely suspect than Durst, vice versa, or..?

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    I'm a little skeptical about Durst. He seems to kill people he's associated with. Now if what they're saying is true, that he was in her business the week she disapeared, then I'd say he was a good suspect. But I haven't seen any of the evidence of that yet.

    Id give better odds to Weaver, but again I don't know if it's been established if he was in the area or not. Right now the police seem to be concentrating on a group of tweakers in Eureka. But they're guarding whatever evidence they have pretty closely.

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    Where Is Karen Mitchell?

    Dave Parris doesn't need reminding that Karen Mitchell was last seen 10 years ago today.

    While working as a detective with the Eureka Police Department, Parris made the Mitchell case a top priority when she was reported missing. He still does, keeping a position with the department while working as police chief of the Yurok Tribal Police Department.

    ”I've actually kept a reserve status down there so I can work on it,” Parris said. “We're working it on a weekly basis.”

    Mitchell was last seen along Broadway on Nov. 25, 1997, walking to the Coastal Family Development Center, where she cared for children. She was almost 17 -- just five days short of her birthday -- and living with her aunt and uncle, Annie and Bill Casper, in an unincorporated area of the county.

    Her disappearance is treated as a kidnapping-homicide case.

    http://www.times-standard.com/ci_755...ce=most_viewed

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    I just looked at Karen's photo's and she reminds a lot of that girl that was pictured in that photograph found in a car or a dumpster or something like that. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Someone had found a couple photo's somewhere. One was of boy, the other was a girl. I think they both had duct tape on their mouths and hands tied behind their backs. Also, near the girl was books by VC Andrews. I'll do some research to see if I can find more information.

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