10-15-2007, 12:31 PM #1
FL - Christine Blackburn-Wiles, 39, Ocala, 21 April 2007
Oct. 13, 2007
Next Sunday, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a candlelight vigil at the downtown square for a missing 39-year-old woman
The day would mark the six-month disappearance of Christine Wiles who was last seen alive on April 21.
In early August, Marion County sheriff's deputies, with assistance from its volunteer Emergency Response Team, and the U.S. Forest Service searched an area north of State Road 40 and south to Forest Road 597. They also checked the shooting range near Forest Road 88 and a lake by the southeast corner of SR 40 and State Road 19.
Wiles is white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 160 pounds with auburn hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with any information about the case can call Sheriff's detective Rhonda Stroup at 732-9111, or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP. A $5,000 reward is being offered.
Aug. 4, 2007
Marion County sheriff's deputies today are expected to search a portion of the Ocala National Forest in the hopes of finding a missing 39-year-old woman who was last seen on April 21. But the news, so far, is not good. They have found her car, with blood in the trunk.
Authorities found Christine Wiles' car on July 24 in Marion County, but they are not saying where the 1995 Chrysler New Yorker was located.
A sheriff's press release simply said it "may have been seen in the area of the Ocala National Forest."
Maj. Chris Blair, bureau chief of the department's Major Crimes Unit, said Friday the amount of blood discovered was enough to do an analysis.
"We believe foul play is involved and we want to find this girl. We believe she's in the area of the Ocala National Forest and we're going to search tomorrow with K-9, air unit - whatever it takes to find her."
Wiles left her home in Ocala on April 9 for Texas, where she planned to visit a girlfriend and seek employment. Wiles did get a job as a waitress at Denny's Restaurant in Texas. Authorities said Wiles' parents didn't know their daughter had gone to Texas.
Wiles returned to Ocala on April 20 and saw her family the next day. She didn't say anything about being in Texas, sheriff's officials said. That was the last time her family saw her.
Approximately six weeks went by, and her parents were worried. It wasn't like her not to stay in touch, especially when so many events went by, including her daughter's 16th birthday party. Then, on June 9, after finding out from friends that his daughter may have been in Texas with her boyfriend, Wiles' father, Timothy Lane Blackburn, contacted the Sheriff's Office. The department told him to contact Texas authorities.
Texas officials listed Wiles as missing/endangered out of Nederland [TX].
Blackburn met the boyfriend only once and does not know his name, so even that meeting would seem to be of little help to authorities.
"It would be wonderful if they did [find her alive], but we don't think it's going to happen," he said. "At this point, we just want to find her and get the person who did this to her."
Blackburn plans to be at the site today.
Blackburn said he suspected something was wrong when his daughter didn't call him for Father's Day or her mother for Mother's Day.
Officials said they are putting together a timeline of her whereabouts, in addition to talking with friends, families and associates. Now, the last sighting was in Belleview on April 21.
Anyone with any information about this case, can call the Detective Rhonda Stroup at 732-9111, or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP. A $5,000 reward is being offered. She is described as white, 5-foot-6, 160 pounds with auburn hair and blue eyes.
Christine's missing poster with her photo is here:
Last edited by summer_breeze; 03-29-2010 at 03:24 PM.
02-03-2008, 03:45 PM #2
She could be a victim of Hilton's
02-03-2008, 09:29 PM #3
I've wondered the same thing, Meow.
02-29-2008, 07:23 PM #4
Search to be held May 1, 2008
29 Feb 08
A search is scheduled to take place in the Ocala National Forest on Saturday May 1st, for Christine Wiles. Wiles was last seen April 21, 2007, and was reported missing by her father in early May, 2007. Assistant Public Information Officer for Marion County Sheriff's Office Jennifer Fisher says evidence was found early in the investigation which has led detectives to conduct the search. Fisher adds, the focus of the search will be near and around Wild Cat Lake. The search will begin in the early morning hours and the Florida Trail Association will also have a volunteer group assisting in the search.
03-02-2008, 05:24 PM #5Former member
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March 1, 2008
Digg Del.icio.us Facebook Fark Google Newsvine Reddit Yahoo Print Reprints Post comment Text size: OCALA NATIONAL FOREST - The Marion County Sheriff's Office plans to search the area of Wildcat Lake in the forest today for the body of Christine Wiles, a Belleview woman who has not been seen since April.
Jenifer Fisher, Marion County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said that more than 100 law-enforcement officers, including a dive team and K-9 units, and volunteers will comb the site for Wiles' remains or evidence that might provide investigators with clues about her disappearance.
"We hope that the search brings closure to the family and provides us with evidence to further our investigation," Fisher said.
Wiles' father reported her missing after she failed to attend her daughter's 16th birthday party. On June 24, Marion authorities found a large amount of blood inside a 1995 Chrysler New Yorker owned by Christine Wiles. DNA tests later revealed the blood to be hers.
Fisher said authorities decided to search the area around Wildcat Lake because a witness reported seeing the Chrysler in the area around the time of her disappearance. The Sheriff's Office has searched the area before, but not as extensively as it will today.
Fisher declined to say where her Chrysler was found, but said that it was not at Wildcat Lake. In August, authorities searched another area of the Ocala forest near State Road 40 and Forest Road 88, but said they found nothing related to the case.
Stephen Hudak, Helen Eckinger, Jerry Fallstrom and Robert Sargent of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.
02-12-2009, 12:35 AM #6Former Member
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The Charley Project
Missing since April 21, 2007 from Belleview, FL
Date of Birth: November 2, 1967
5'6, 160 pounds
Caucasian female. Auburn hair, blue eyes. Some accounts refer to Blackburn-Wiles as Christine Wiles
If you have any information concerning this case please contact:
Marion County Sheriff's Office
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02-16-2009, 03:49 PM #7Registered User
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here are a few possibilities for your consideration
Unidentified White Female
* The victim was discovered on March 18, 2007 in Prairie View, Waller County, Texas
* Estimated Date of Death: March 18, 2007
* Cause of Death: Homicide
* Recognizable Face
* Estimated age: 30-50 years old
* Approximate Height and Weight: 5'4"-5'5" (64" Measured); 150-151 lbs. (151 lbs Measured)
* Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair; Hazel/blue.green eyes. Piercing on her right ear and two piercings on the left ear. Thin, arched eyebrows
* Distinguishing Marks: Vertical surgical scar on front and right side of knee with orthopedic screw in right distal femur; mole upper right lip;
stretch marks unknown due to child birth or extreme weight loss; birth marks or skin discoloration on body and numerous sores on face, neck and legs; pierced ears.
* Other: Her head hair and pubic hair had been closely cut.
* Fingerprints: Not Available Hands Not Recovered removed at wrist.
* Dentals: Available Harris Co ME Some work on one tooth and two other teeth were missing; all other teeth were present.
* DNA: Available in FBI NMPDD
* The victim was found in a field near Highway 290 and John Muse Parkway. Investigators believe that the murder happened at another location and then the body was dumped near a pasture between 2am and 4am.
There were no obvious signs of gunshot wounds or stab wounds. It is being treated as a homicide because the hands were cut off, a bag over her head, and parts of her body were covered in duct tape.
If you have any information about this case please contact:
Harris County Medical Examiner
Missing Persons Clearinghouse (Texas)
Waller County Sheriff's Office (Texas)
Unidentified White Female
* The victim was discovered on February 6, 2007 in Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida
* State of Remains: Partially skeletonized
* Estimated age: 30-45 years old
* Approximate Height and Weight: 5'5"-5'7" (66" est); 145 - 165 lbs.
* Distinguishing Characteristics: Long, reddish brown hair, pulled back into a ponytail; unknown eye color.
* Clothing: Multicolored cotton pullover shirt with an Italian label, light-colored "Spice Wear" skirt, dark colored thong-style underpants, leather string belt, two pair of socks one turquoise or blue/green the other white.
* Other: The victim had saline breast implants, Mentor Smooth Round Moderate Style 1600, manufactured in 1998. Implants are generally used in the year they are manufactured.
* Skeletal Findings: Nose and right wrist may have been fractured at some point in her life.
* Fingerprints: Not Available skeletal
* Dentals: Available. Entered into NCIC. Moderate periodontal disease and multiple metallic alloy dental fillings.
02-16-2009, 10:09 PM #8
They seem like possibilities. Are you going to notify the Marion County (FL) Sheriff's Office?
Just noticed that Christine isn't listed on the FL missing persons website http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/mcicsearch/ I wonder why?
02-17-2009, 09:14 AM #9Registered User
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I agree. There isn't much out there on her. I will contact them and see if these have been considered.
02-17-2009, 09:24 AM #10Registered User
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A detective will call me back.....
02-17-2009, 11:42 AM #11Registered User
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I have submitted the 2 possibilities.....
02-19-2009, 11:56 PM #12
Good work, Silly.
06-22-2010, 07:07 PM #13
Murder arrest made in case of missing woman
Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 4:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 6:12 p.m.
Sheriff's detectives charged Billy Joe Ashton Sr., 38, on Tuesday with the second-degree murder of Christine Blackburn-Wiles, whose body is still missing and who was last seen alive near Belleivew in April 2007.
09-04-2010, 04:32 PM #14
By Austin L. Miller
Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 6:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 8:46 p.m.
On Monday, Billy Joe Ashton Sr. was sentenced to 30 years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon who is a habitual offender.
03-09-2013, 05:08 PM #15
Apparently the charges were dropped. The case was too circumstantial. I feel for the family.
NOTE: On March 1, 2013, the Ocala Star Banner reported that all charges against Billy Ashton have been dropped:*"The State Attorney’s Office has dropped its murder charge against Billy Joe Ashton, the man accused of killing Christine Blackburn-Wiles six years ago.
"State Attorney Brad King, in a three-page explanation, wrote that much of the evidence linking Ashton to the death was entirely circumstantial.
"'That is,' King wrote, 'there is no direct proof by either witnesses nor admissible statements of the defendant that Ashton killed the victim, and the victim’s body has never been located.'""He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.My confession... I
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