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    St Maarten - Leta Cordes, 49, Philipsburg, 11 Jan 2008

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...nes-california

    23 Jan 08

    A Mission Viejo woman who disappeared this month while reportedly walking to a casino on the Caribbean island St. Maarten never arrived at the resort, a spokeswoman said.

    Frank Cordes, 42, said his wife, Leta Lynn Cordes, 49, left their island vacation home -- where they had gone to spend the holidays -- about 11 p.m. Jan. 11 and walked to the Westin St. Maarten Hotel, about 10 minutes away.

    But surveillance tapes from that evening show that she never entered the hotel or casino, said Westin spokeswoman Karen Gee-McAuley.

    "She's a regular customer," Gee-McAuley said, adding that the hotel and casino staff "know what she looks like. She wasn't there that night."

    None of the casino employees "reported seeing her that evening," she said. The surveillance tapes were turned over to local authorities after being reviewed by security personnel.

    On Tuesday, Cordes said he had heard "conflicting accounts" about whether his wife had arrived at the casino. He said the local media reported that she was seen at the casino, but "this has not been 100% verified by police."

    Cordes said he had been stymied in his efforts to obtain information from Westin officials because they refuse to talk to him. Gee-McAuley said he should be talking to police because they are in charge of the investigation.

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    Last year, Orange County sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic violence call at the couple's Mission Viejo home. Cordes said he called authorities when his wife became violent after they had argued. He said his wife chased him into his home office and was banging on the door with a hammer.

    Cary Honstein, a friend of the missing woman, said Tuesday that Leta Lynn Cordes called her the night of the incident in January 2007 and said that Frank Cordes "had laid hands on her."

    Cordes denied hitting his wife and said he had been slapped by her. He said she "went on a rampage" over a dispute about life insurance and threw household objects at him.

    Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said deputies defused the situation and there were no arrests.

    Cordes said he and his wife had enjoyed a "harmonious relationship" since the incident.

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    Last edited by summer_breeze; 03-29-2010 at 01:37 PM.

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    I just picked up the Brangelina issue of People magazine, and this story is in there. I find it hard to believe that this husband has nothing to do with her disappearance. He immediately claims that he went to look for her , and that he has nothing to do with her disappearance. In the next sentence, he goes on to say that "someone has taken away" his wife. his choice of words is interesting.

    also check out : http://letacordes.com/

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    Before people got the story, people in St. Marteen were afraid of negative publicity for their island.

    http://sxmprivateeye.com/node/12785

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    Leta Lynn Cordes, 49, has been missing from the Caribbean Island of Sint Maarten / Saint Martin since Friday, January 11, 2008. She was last seen by her husband Frank Cordes around 10:50PM on the Dutch side of the island near the Westin Hotel. Frank Cordes has stated Leta departed their vacation home alone on foot to make the quarter mile walk to the casino at the Westin Hotel. Leta had nothing more than a blouse, jean shorts, black laced sandals, around $200, and her drivers license (she did not have her passport). She has not been seen since.

    Description:

    Leta Lynn Cordes is 49-years-old
    5-foot, 3-inches
    135lbs
    Long curly red/blonde hair below her shoulders
    A g777 tattoo with flames on her lower back like you would see at a Las Vegas casino

    Details:

    Leta Cordes is an American who resides in Mission Viejo, California with her husband Frank Cordes.
    Leta Cordes and her husband have visited the island of Sint Maarten for several years, and just finished building a vacation home on the island. They felt comfortable and safe.
    Leta Cordes has never been out of touch with family or friends before.

    Please do not hesitate to contact the Dutch authorities on the island at 011-599-542-8761, or the FBI at 714 245 5207 if you have any information. Even the most minor of details are important.

    If you wish to contact the operators of this site please contact us at letacordes@gmail.com

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081015/ap_on_...sing_american_1
    Missing American's husband arrested in St. Maarten Wed Oct 15, 7:52 PM ET





    PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Police in St. Maarten have arrested the husband of a missing Southern California woman on suspicion of involvement in her disappearance.

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    Prosecutor Taco Stein says Frank Cordes was taken into custody in the Dutch territory on Tuesday and is considered a suspect. Cordes has not been charged with any crime.

    Stein declined Wednesday to give more details. He did not say what prompted the arrest nearly 10 months after the disappearance of Leta Lynn Cordes, of Mission Viejo, California.

    Frank Cordes has told police he last saw his 49-year-old wife when she went to a hotel to gamble after a night of drinking. The hotel says she never arrived.

    Extensive searches have turned up no sign of the missing woman.

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    The Search for Leta Lynn Cordes Continues---- Media after the Husband---

    http://www.smn-news.com/st-maarten-s...osecutors.html

    Tuesday, 17 February 2009 21:35

    French Quarter: --- Several local media personalities including CBS and NBC stormed over to Dawn Beach at the home of Frank Cordes in the hope of speaking with the husband of missing American Leta Lynn Cordes. Frank Cordes grabbed the opportunity to further declare his innocence in the disappearance of his wife, while bashing the Today Newspaper and their reporter David Mc Gregor.

    Cordes felt that the Today Newspaper maybe responsible for his arrest namely the reporter who are working closely with the search team and the friends of Leta Lynn Cordes.

    In answering questions as to why he was not part of the search that is taking place yesterday and the day before he said he was not invited and did not feel he should be the one to crush their party. Cordes responded to questions surrounding the insurance monies and other allegations towards their uphill marriage. He said he did not have an extra marital relationship neither did he think his wife had one. Asked if he felt his wife ran away he said he did not want to speculate anymore but he did not feel anyone would have survived over a year without their own belongings.

    However, Frank Cordes maintained his innocence in the disappearance and possible murder of his wife Leta Lynn Cordes.

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    NBC Features Leta Cordes Story On Dateline

    http://www.huliq.com/1/80959/nbc-fea...story-dateline

    Submitted by Armen Hareyan on 2009-05-16

    The story of the disappearance of Leta Cordes is being featured tonight on Dateline NBC at 8PM ET. I am not sure what new information they can bring to the story, but it does look as if they have some interviews with Cordes' friends and family.

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    Justice for Leta Cordes - Facebook Site




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