10-11-2008, 03:21 PM #1
My Search Effort - Blanchard Park - Econ/Colonial by the Post Office - Photos
I went searching this area initially just to take a few photos as some people here wanted to know what the area looked like, and to decide what I wanted to look into on an additional return. I decided to look into the woods just becasue I was there and ended up doing more searching than I initially inteded.
The police have done a very extensive search during the NG case as I have found out yesterday. There is a map in the Blanchard Park -NG thread which shows the location where NG's body was located in this park, this is an incorrect location. Her body was discovered on the east side of the canal opposite of where shown on that map close to the bench you can see in my photo's from across the canal, about 25-75 yards back in the woods.
The area I searched was the woods directly behind the post office and church. I started on the north end walked about halfway in and about 75% through it southward, as I was tired and decided to exit, I kept following what I felt was a natural progressive way through the woods and exited in a similar fashion. At that very point I exited I found some items of concern that I though may actually have been involved in Nicole G's case and reported them to the police. About 45 minutes kater a Deputy arrived. I stood with the deputy for almost an hour and a half while we waited for CSI to come and view the find. The items where things one would think a homeless person would cary/own ... Old work pants cut short, old blanket, hammer - grip was split all the way down and loose hammer's handle was loose from the grip and rusty, Brass knuckles, either a rubber "surgical" (glove ? maybe not own but maybe use to hide prints?...) type glove or a bunch of condoms all flattened out and pressed into a flat shape that appeared to be a glove all folded up, a bottle of hair spray. Also deeper in these woods I saw other items such as paper plates and a piece of copper wire sheath where the wire was removed by splitting the sheath. Homeless take the time to do this because they can get more money for it "clean."
I was thanked for reporting these items but was informed that (and this was all they could tell me about it) these items were not involved with the crime and they were only going to collect the hammer and brass knuckles (as the weapon is illegal to begin with) as meerly found property. CSI said these had nothing to do with NG's murder and there would be no DNA evidence on the other items that they could test for. They mentioned thorughly searching this area and suggested these items may have been left sometime after NG's murder. There was never any mention of cause of death or possible weapons used only that it was a brutal murder and that they thought a homeless person was invlved so I felt it was important enough to report this stuff since it appeared to have been something that a homelss person maybe owned and they were items that could have been used to cause great injury. Apparently these items did not cause the types of imjury's she sustained.
There are way to many to post/comment individually to each photo so I thought I would post them and if people wish to ask some specifics I will try to respond as well as I can to those concerns.
Background on this park:
The bridge on east colonial (highway 50) that crosses the econ as it flows south does not have a fence and something could be thrown into the waterway from here.
This areas has changed considerable from what google earth/maps shows. There is a very large church building next to the post office now.
Homeless hang out in the woods in this area, there is a camp of about 50+ in the woods just on the other side of Econ. Road I spoke with a deputy in detail on this while we waited for CSI to show up regarding the items of concern that I thought may be evidence.
the above link shows the location on a map.
Here are the Slideshows:
Link for those who cannot use the picture: http://s373.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=01552d10.pbw
Link for those who cannot use the picture: http://s373.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=2d1d263d.pbw
Link for those who cannot use the picture: http://s373.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=ca6a854e.pbw
The individual files are in photobucket as well if you wish to post a specific one to ask a question. If you follow the progression of the slide show this also follows my path of travel in the order that I took the pictures.
Last edited by Friptzap; 10-11-2008 at 10:34 PM.
10-11-2008, 03:56 PM #2
10-11-2008, 04:37 PM #3Patiently Waiting
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Wow, my heart would be pounding so hard if I was doing that search. Were you nervous? Thank you for doing that and posting and reporting what you found. You never know when something like an old rusty hammer and brass knuckles can mean something in another case.
10-11-2008, 04:47 PM #4
I had to wait 45 minutes just for the deputy to show up and another one and a half for CSI. Started at 2:00 searching with no lunch and nothing to drink! I didn't intend to be there so long hehe But it was worth the effort.
I was told by a passerby that after Caylee was reported one of the search efforts was the section of woods just north on the other side of the east west bound portion of the river. Opposite side where those large storm pipes cross over. (storm- sanitation whatever they are)
If you notice some of the bikers? a couple appear to be homeless men I base this purely on speculation of appearance and demeaner and the particular bikes they were riding and the items they were carrying. They could just be construction workers that live off the park somewhere but considering the area and the amount of homeless that live in the woods I could see them easily beeing homeless men.
10-11-2008, 04:53 PM #5
Is that the same church you are mentioning, the same area you searched? It's so great that you can do that and get back to us. I'm going to have some lunch then check out all your photos and maps. Thanks!!
Last edited by QuietStorm; 10-11-2008 at 05:19 PM. Reason: Running my mouthAnd a rock feels no pain. And an island never cries.
10-11-2008, 05:02 PM #6
God Bless you for searching. I for one appreciate your efforts, photos, and comments."Words can break someone into a million pieces, but they can also put them back together. I hope you use yours for good, because the only words you'll regret more than the ones left unsaid are the ones you use to intentionally hurt someone."
10-11-2008, 05:17 PM #7And a rock feels no pain. And an island never cries.
10-11-2008, 05:17 PM #8
As far as Michigan and Conway is concerned this area is surrounded by residential neighborhods. The north east corner is a sewage treatment plant behind this is an apartment complex. The North west corner is a condominium complex (old apartments really.) The South west corner is a shopping center (strip store type shopping center) behind this shopping center is Sawgrass apartments. I lived for several years in the apartment complex behind the treatment plant and in another where Michigan intersects Semoran Blvd (state road 436) so I am familiar with the area. Lake underhill is about a mile north of here on Conway. This would probably be the closest area one could find to place a body that is not as congested with housing. But none of these smaller lakes in my opinon have enough depth to the wooded areas to slip in far enough to avoid notice. And being so close to residential areas I can see children going in and out of these wooded areas often. I suspect the larger parks that are more in commercial areas and surrounding the airport more than I suspect these smalle ones. But anything is possible with Casey.
Oh ehre is a map link that shows this area you are refering to.
10-11-2008, 05:22 PM #9
10-11-2008, 05:27 PM #10Registered User
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Thanks so much for sharing this Frip! It makes such a difference to see this places with photographs and it gives a much better sense of what is possible/not relative to the case.
10-11-2008, 05:44 PM #11And a rock feels no pain. And an island never cries.
10-11-2008, 06:32 PM #12
WOW ~ your slideshows are great! It helps us that don't live there to get an idea of what you searchers are up against!!
My thoughts & prayers are with all the searchers. Good luck!!Judge Stan Strickland "God didn't set Casey free - a jury did"
10-11-2008, 07:00 PM #13Former Member
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10-11-2008, 08:18 PM #14
GREAT JOB, Friptzap! Kudos to you!
10-11-2008, 09:12 PM #15
Thanks so much for your time and hard work! You help to bring this area up close and personal for us. It's people like you that make a difference.
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