633 users online (63 members and 570 guests)  


Websleuths News


Page 1 of 9 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 129
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    The Ozarks
    Posts
    498

    MO - Donnie, 64, Sharon, 61, & Taron Luetjen, 15, slain, Camp Cole, 7 June 2009

    Benton County, Missouri authorities and investigators with the Missouri Highway Patrol are in the early stages of a death investigation in Cole Camp.

    Authorities say that a neighbor called police about 11:30 a.m. today (06-09-09) when she became concerened that she had not seen or heard from her neighbor's in a couple of days.


    Sources say the dead are, 15 year-old Taron Dion Luetjen, whose mother lives in Buffalo. Taron was found dead near her grandparents, Donnie and Sharon Luetjen, who had custody of the teen and who had recently come into a substantial amount of money.

    Authorities believe the Luetjen's may have been killed on Sunday or Monday.


    http://crimesceneinvestigations.blog...thorities.html
    Don't confront me with my failures.....I had not forgotten them.

    Jackson Browne

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    33,799
    So who would inherit the money?

    This sounds like an execution.

    http://www.fox4kc.com/wdaf-triple-ho...,1774067.story

    (snip)
    Luetjen was found dead at her grandparents' side. Donnie and Sharon Luetjen had custody of the teen. Her father died when she was just one-month-old.

    The girl's aunt said her sister, the girl's mother, was at work at the time of the murders. The mother lives in Buffalo, Missouri.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    33,799
    I won't post the links at the moment, but a quick google reveals the grandparents lost an aunt and stepfather in the past couple of month's.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Florida's Treasure Coast
    Posts
    14,495
    i wonder if this sum of money was inherited or from some sort of a lawsuit. at age 15 that would an odd age to be getting a large sum of money its usually held in trust until the minor reaches 18.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    33,799
    Quote Originally Posted by Beyond Belief View Post
    i wonder if this sum of money was inherited or from some sort of a lawsuit. at age 15 that would an odd age to be getting a large sum of money its usually held in trust until the minor reaches 18.
    At first I read that the way you did. But it appears to read they had custody of the teen and had inherited a large sum of money. I could be wrong though.

    Taron was found dead near her grandparents, Donnie and Sharon Luetjen, who had custody of the teen and who had recently come into a substantial amount of money.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    33,799
    http://www.kctv5.com/news/19708356/detail.html

    (snip)
    Meyer said investigators haven't released details about how the teen and her grandparents died, but said investigators reported "suspicious circumstances" surrounding the deaths.

    Sources have told KCTV5 News that the three were bound and shot.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    33,799
    From Googling I've found this family was very involved in their church and community. Their grandaughter was a talented singer involved with choirs and competed in contests. She also received many academic awards. They definitely did not live a high risk lifestyle. LE states they probably died on Sunday or Monday. I wonder if they were at church Sunday. Surely someone would have missed them if they weren't.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Nestled Deep in Southern Hospitality
    Posts
    21,908
    I say follow the money trail.

    Who would benefit the most by having these three people dead.

    imo
    "Pardon Our Noise, It's the Sound of Freedom" USMC New River Air Station, Jacksonville, North Carolina

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    The Carolina's
    Posts
    6,838
    So sad

    I wonder why the mother didn't have custody.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    in the moment
    Posts
    6,640
    It sounds as if these grandparent's were paternal, no? It's likely Taron stood to inherit money in the case of their demise.

    Where is the mom? Would she now be considered Taron's next of kin? What type of relationship was there between mother and daughter? Hmmmm!

    So few answers at this point. This is shocking and sad!


  11. #11
    gaia227's Avatar
    gaia227 is offline I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting - M. Twain
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    3,742
    Thanks for posting Kathee! Being from Missouri I am always interested in cases in the area.
    My first thought was a murder/suicide but that changed when SuziQ posted they were bound.

    I read in the comments of one of the articles that Taron's mother had not been in contact with her daughter for about 10 years.
    'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'
    --Ghandi


  12. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    The Ozarks
    Posts
    498
    The suspicious death investigation that began yesterday in Benton County, Missouri has now turned into a triple homicide investigation.

    When cops entered the residence about 5:15 they discovered 15 year-old Taron Luetjen (b.), and her grandparents Sharon Luetjen, 61, and Donnie Luetjen, 64, bound and lined up next to each other.....shot.

    http://crimesceneinvestigations.blog...ion-turns.html
    Don't confront me with my failures.....I had not forgotten them.

    Jackson Browne

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    3,671
    OBE, "Follow the money" sounds reasonable in this case. If the mother hasn't seen the girl in 10 years, she isn't bonded to her. She was at work during the murders, but there are ways to pay someone to do murder or a "significant other " who could do a crime and share in the benefits of inheritance. Opinion only.. the mother may be a total innocent person.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    The Ozarks
    Posts
    498
    Here's my take on the "mother was at work at the time the murders took place."

    How does the aunt know when the murders occured, especially if they happened on Sunday or Monday and they weren't found until yesterday?

    Just my reporter mind workin'.
    Don't confront me with my failures.....I had not forgotten them.

    Jackson Browne

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    3,671
    I was thinking that the girl was raised by maternal grandparents but her father died when she was an infant and she was raised by his parents. Her mother most likely had nothing to do with this. Still follow the money. These murders were so coldblooded... to line them up and shoot them was just heartless. Someone needed for them to be dead, most likely for money.

Page 1 of 9 1 2 3 ... LastLast


Similar Threads

  1. TN - Donnie Cooksey, 51, murdered, Cumberland City, 7 June 2016
    By OkieGranny in forum Crimes in the News
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-07-2017, 08:59 AM
  2. NOT GUILTY MO - William Van Note, 67, & Sharon Dickson, 59, slain, Sunrise Beach, 2 Oct 2010
    By davehead21 in forum Recently Sentenced and Beyond
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 02-15-2017, 07:00 AM
  3. GUILTY NJ - Colleen Kelsey, 49, found slain in Hamilton cemetery, 20 June 2009
    By kpdx in forum Recently Sentenced and Beyond
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-15-2016, 03:21 PM
  4. GUILTY CA - Joanne Witt, 47, slain, El Dorado Hills, 11 June 2009
    By 2step in forum Recently Sentenced and Beyond
    Replies: 41
    Last Post: 07-04-2012, 01:14 AM
  5. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-27-2009, 02:41 AM

Tags for this Thread