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    CA - Joanna 'Asha' Veil, 28, Ben Lomond, 9 Sept 2006 - Pregnant

    Authorities are looking for a six-and-a-half-month pregnant Ben Lomond woman who went missing Saturday and has since failed to show up for work and appointments, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday.

    Joanna "Asha" Veil, 28, was last seen Saturday evening when she left her job at the Ben Lomond Market, according to the Sheriff's Office. She was reported missing on Tuesday after she failed to show up for work on both Sunday and Monday and missed appointments.

    Veil has not been in contact with friends or family members since her disappearance, according to authorities. Police later found her unoccupied car about a quarter-mile from the market, located at 9440 Mill St.

    "The unusual circumstance of (Veil's) disappearance and her late stage of pregnancy has given cause for concern," the Sheriff's Office stated, noting that Veil is known for being reliable.

    Veil is described as white and visibly pregnant. She stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. She has brown shoulder-length hair often worn in a ponytail, a decorative tattoo around her left upper arm and a nose ring in her left nostril. Veil speaks with a European accent and was last seen wearing her market employee outfit, including a white polo shirt, tan pants and possibly a red sweatshirt.

    http://cbs5.com/local/local_story_257200657.html

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    Oh no! Praying for a swift and positive resolution to this latest missing person. When will this madness end??

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    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/arc...es/01local.htm

    Dead body found in Ben Lomond

    By Jennifer Squires
    Sentinel Staff Writer
    BEN LOMOND — Deputies blocked access to the end of Love Creek Road after a body was found face-down near the dirt road Thursday evening.

    An emergency dispatcher told deputies around 6 p.m. that the caller had described the body as a possibly pregnant woman wearing a Ben Lomond Market apron.

    Authorities would release no information about the body.

    The community continues to search for 28-year-old Joanna "Asha" Veil of Ben Lomond, who was reported missing Tuesday. Veil is 61/2 months pregnant and worked at the market.

    Sheriff's investigators declined to comment Thursday night.

    "The investigation is sensitive at this point in time," Sgt. Mario Sulay said.


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    Dead Body Identified

    According to our NBC station in Salinas, the body of a missing woman from the Santa Cruz mountains has been discovered.



    KSBW reported Joanna "Asha" Veil's body was found near a dirt road Thursday night.

    http://www.nbc11.com/news/9857464/detail.html

    I was hoping for a better outcome This reminds me of Laci Peterson because it's in the same general area. I'm interested in hearing the estranged husband's alibi for the night his pregnant wife disappeared.

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    Why? Is this another husband or ex something that has decided "if I can't have her no one will?" Whoever did this will be charged with 2 murders because that baby might have lived if it would have had the chance to be born now. S.O.B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbisangel
    Why? Is this another husband or ex something that has decided "if I can't have her no one will?" Whoever did this will be charged with 2 murders because that baby might have lived if it would have had the chance to be born now. S.O.B.
    Or another I don't want to pay child support story...

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    Co-worker Arrested In Case Of Dead Pregnant Woman

    Police have arrested the former co-worker of a pregnant woman found dead near a hiking trail in the Santa Cruz mountain town of Ben Lomond.

    A 37-year-old man was arrested Friday night on suspicion that he sexually assaulted and threatened to kill another woman, and authorities say he has not been ruled out as a suspect in the death of Joanna "Asha" Veil.

    http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=5418840&nav=9qrx

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    Paternity probed in pregnant woman's death

    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/arc...es/02local.htm
    Complicating the story is a short relationship with a man that those close to her say she had, and an unborn baby whose father investigators are trying to identify.

    In March, Asha told Veil she was pregnant, he said.

    Next, Asha revealed she'd had a short relationship with another man, and didn't know who had fathered the child, he said.

    She never told Veil who the other man was, he said, only that he was out of the picture and that Veil didn't know the man.

    Sheriff's investigators now await results of a paternity test to determine who fathered the unborn girl.

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    CA - Joanna 'Asha' Veil, 28, Ben Lomond, 9 Sept 2006 - Pregnant

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14851416/

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Police are investigating the discovery of a woman's body found in an abandoned storefront. Officers are trying to determine how the woman died and her identity.

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    Could this be Joanna Veil? =*(

    http://www.theksbwchannel.com/news/9...subid=10101103

    Authorities said 28-year-old Joanna Veil was last seen Saturday night leaving the Ben Lomond Market, where she works. Veil is 6 months pregnant.
    Why do I see so many angels everywhere, when I have so little faith in people? How can so much good exist among so much bad? Why don't my 2 angels desert me? There are others who deserve them more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elberethe
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14851416/

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Police are investigating the discovery of a woman's body found in an abandoned storefront. Officers are trying to determine how the woman died and her identity.

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    Could this be Joanna Veil? =*(

    http://www.theksbwchannel.com/news/9...subid=10101103

    Authorities said 28-year-old Joanna Veil was last seen Saturday night leaving the Ben Lomond Market, where she works. Veil is 6 months pregnant.
    Joanna Veil's body has been found on a trail last week on Thursday
    http://www.nbc11.com/news/9857464/detail.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gmommy
    Joanna Veil's body has been found on a trail last week on Thursday
    http://www.nbc11.com/news/9857464/detail.html
    Thankyou Gmommy. I totally missed that update. I had a feeling it was going to turn out that way. /sigh Maybe I hang out here too much. Don't have much hope anymore.

    Shouldn't speculate, but the timing of these. Maybe Santa Cruz isn't a safe place for women atm. Wonder if they are connected. Sure hope to hear something soon.
    Why do I see so many angels everywhere, when I have so little faith in people? How can so much good exist among so much bad? Why don't my 2 angels desert me? There are others who deserve them more.

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    More On Murdered Santa Cruz Woman

    http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercu...l/15748543.htm

    DESPAIR PERVADES REDWOODS
    Mystery in the mountains
    By Linda Goldston
    Mercury News

    It was a lot to happen in a small mountain town.

    Joanna Asha Veil disappeared after leaving work at the Ben Lomond Market on Sept. 9. The popular 28-year-old cashier was 6 1/2 months pregnant and everybody hoped for the best.

    Despair quickly seeped through the redwoods when her body was found Sept. 14, near the end of Love Creek Road, but it still wasn't over for the residents of Ben Lomond. The next day, Michael Patrick McClish, 37, a manager at the market and a friend and co-worker of Veil's, was arrested on suspicion of raping and threatening to kill another employee at the store. Late that night, somebody burned down the library of San Lorenzo Valley High School.

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    And more...

    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/arc...es/17local.htm

    McClish to stand trial, judge rules

    By Jennifer Squires
    Sentinel staff writer
    A judge has ruled there is enough evidence for Ben Lomond resident Michael McClish to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted two women.

    McClish initially was jailed in September on suspicion he raped, sodomized and threatened the life of a 29-year-old female former co-worker with whom he allegedly had an 18-month affair. In early October, the District Attorney's Office filed six additional counts of forcible rape that stem from a relationship prosecutors say McClish had with a teenage girl between 1989 and 1991.

    McClish's defense attorney, Mark Garver, said he plans to challenge Superior Court Judge William Kelsay's ruling on Tuesday. The defense could file a motion asking that another judge review the transcripts from the court proceedings and reconsider Kelsay's decision, Garver said.

    At issue is whether the statue of limitations applies in the six counts of forcible rape that allegedly occurred when McClish was in his early 20s and dating the teenage girl. In court, Kelsay acknowledged that the evidence for those charges was thin, but said investigators had met the burden of proof required for a preliminary hearing.

    The victim of those alleged crimes, who is now 34 years old, e-mailed the Sheriff's Office after McClish was arrested this fall, sheriff's Sgt. Mario Sulay testified Tuesday. She told investigators she had never reported the alleged rapes to law enforcement officials, Sulay said.

    Garver also disputes whether threats McClish allegedly made with a hatchet prior to allegedly sexually assaulting the 29-year-old contributed to the rape.

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    I've been following this case from the beginning, because I have a close friend who worked w/ MM at Ben Lomond Market.

    Here are some interesting articles from Santa Cruz Sentinel (most recent I could find):

    8/23/2010: Pregnant Ben Lomond Market cashier found slain 4 years ago was strangled with a rope, deputies testify during murder hearing

    8/24/2010: Ben Lomond murder victim intended to confront man who may have fathered her child, friend says

    8/26/2010: Former Ben Lomond man will stand trial for pregnant woman's death

    Allegedly, MM (who is married) had numerous affairs, often with coworkers / subordinates. He also has a history of violence towards women (convicted in 2007 of rape/sodomy). I think Asha might still be alive today had she not gotten pregnant. I think a possible child would've really messed with his life and marriage, so he took care of the "problem".

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    Murder trial date set for McClish - 10/11/2011

    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_18722569
    Michael Patrick McClish, the 42-year-old convicted rapist charged with killing a woman in 2006, will go to trial on the charge on Oct. 11.

    McClish, a former manager at a supermarket in Ben Lomond, is accused of beating and strangling pregnant Polish immigrant Joanna "Asha" Veil in September 2006.

    McClish and Veil worked together at the supermarket and had a personal relationship outside work, but he was not the father of her 7-month-old child, prosecutors said.

    In 2007, McClish was convicted of raping and sodomizing another woman and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. McClish is due in court Aug. 23 for motions on the homicide case and on Oct. 6 for a trial readiness conference, according to records.

    McClish is being held in Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.
    This is the first time I've read that MM was NOT the father of Asha's unborn child.

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