$5,000 Reward Offered In Unsolved Case Of Slain Durham Mother

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  1. terminatrixator

    terminatrixator All Posts JMO - May Godspeed Justice for Janet and

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    $5,000 Reward Offered In Unsolved Case Of Slain Durham Mother
    http://www.wral.com/news/6404283/detail.html

    POSTED: 2:38 pm EST January 24, 2006
    UPDATED: 4:11 pm EST January 24, 2006

    DURHAM, N.C. -- Nearly nine months after a Durham mother was found stabbed to death in her home, Durham police announced a reward Tuesday for information about the case.The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the April 26 slaying of 25-year-old Janet Abaroa.

    On The Web: Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation

    Abaroa's husband, Raven Abaroa, found his wife dead inside their home at 2606 Ferrand Drive around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. Their 6-month-old son, Kaiden, who was also in the home, was uninjured.In the hours before her death, Janet Abaroa, who was in the early stages of pregnancy, picked up her son at day care and went with her husband to drop off her car for repairs, police said in a news release issued Tuesday.The Abaroas then met with a church member at their home that evening before Raven Abaroa left the house around 8:30 p.m. in a gray Dodge Durango to play in an indoor soccer game in Morrisville.Police said that when Abaroa returned home that evening, he found his wife upstairs.Investigators spent nearly 24 hours collecting evidence from the home, including knives, a cell phone and financial items, including a checkbook and loan papers. Police searched the Dodge Durango, where they found a knife and a pawn shop ticket. Authorities also collected soil samples from the SUV and took swabbings from various locations in the house. They also took the clothes Raven Abaroa had been wearing.In August, Durham investigators searched through the couple's e-mail accounts in hopes of finding information that would lead them to an arrest.Although no charges have been filed and no suspects have been named in the case, investigators said they do not believe the homicide was random. Police said there were no obvious signs of a break-in, even though a laptop computer was reported missing from the house.The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, which posts rewards for families of victims who lack the financial means to do so themselves, will offer the $5,000 reward for six months. It is in addition to a reward being offered by CrimeStoppers for an arrest in the case.Anyone with information is asked to call the Durham Police Department at (919) 560-4440, ext. 247 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.
     
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  3. OriginalJerseyGirl

    OriginalJerseyGirl CERTIFIED FLYERS FANATIC!

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    OMG, finally something new!!!! Here's hoping that this will lead to a break in the case! Now let me go dissect the article!
     
  4. terminatrixator

    terminatrixator All Posts JMO - May Godspeed Justice for Janet and

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    http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=local&id=3841900


    Reward for Information in Mother's Murder



    [​IMG] Eyewitness News

    (01/24/06 -- DURHAM) - Durham police hope a new reward will lead to clues in the murder of a young mother.

    Janet Abaroa, 25, was found stabbed to death inside her Ferrand Drive home last April. No charges have been filed in the case, but police investigators do not believe the crime was random. A foundation that helps families who are not able to generate reward money on their own is now offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

    Abaroa is survived by her husband, Raven, and their young son. The woman was pregnant with their second child at the time of her death.
     
  5. OriginalJerseyGirl

    OriginalJerseyGirl CERTIFIED FLYERS FANATIC!

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    Well, it sounds to me like LE knows exactly who they're looking at. JMO.

    About the underlined parts:

    1) Why would they pick Kaiden up prior to dropping the car off? Is it that Janet was so anxious to see him after work? Is it that the sitter couldn't watch him beyond a certain time? Or is it that Kaiden would be a good distraction so that Janet wouldn't notice if Raven's behavior was out of the ordinary?

    2) I believe we've been working off of the impression that there were TWO hometeachers there that night but the article clearly states "a".

    3) Raven left at 8:30 but we last know of her being alive around 7:00 per the ME report. Also, I seem to remember talk of the game starting at 8:00. :waitasec:

    4) There's a very conspicious description of the car that Raven was driving and the location to which he was driving. Is this just thorough reporting or is this request trying to jog people's memories about that particular vehicle?

    Does anyone have an actual press release?
     
  6. LTUlegal

    LTUlegal Voices for Victims

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    OMG...I'm so happy about this! I sure hope this DOES help jog some memories for people!

    Maybe someone will come forward with whatever knowledge they have that will cause an arrest and conviction!
     
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    OriginalJerseyGirl CERTIFIED FLYERS FANATIC!

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    To whomever did this to Janet -

    although it's been 9 months, clearly the investigation is on-going. Whether a year passes, or 5, or 20, there will be someone working on this case. Eventually, all of the pieces will fall into place. So please don't ever think that this is a closed case; that you got away with it; or that people have forgotten Janet. Someday you will be held accountable.

    Hats off to LE for all of the hard work you continue to do on this (and every) case. Thank you for doing what you do and confronting on a daily basis what most of us don't even have the strength to imagine.
     
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    I haven't posted in these thread for some time, though I've been checking in to see what's been new. I'm very happy that this step has been taken and to see that this isn't being let go.
     
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    Hallelujah!! :dance: This media attention is good news. Hopefully it will jog someone's memory. Your right JG it does seem LE was quite specific in details, I believe they do have someone in mind.

    I'm still holding out for a family member to turn on raven for the $ reward. Now that it's bumped up 5,000 grand maybe they will be more inclined to do so.
     
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    This is so good. Finally after 9 months they are asking for help!

    What I am thinking is that Janet picked up her son at day care and then went home to get raven and then dropped off her car for repairs?? Here are my questions: Why was Kaiden in daycare? Where was raven all day while Janet was working?
     
  11. Jenifred

    Jenifred I can feel it coming in the air tonight......

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    Probably doing the same things that he's been doing lately--nothing and doing it without Kaiden.
     
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    Such great news!
     
  13. terminatrixator

    terminatrixator All Posts JMO - May Godspeed Justice for Janet and

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    [font=&quot]$5,000 reward offered in slaying[/font]

    [font=&quot] http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/392400.html[/font]

    [font=&quot]Samiha Khanna[/font][font=&quot], Staff Writer[/font]

    [font=&quot]For nine months, family and friends have been waiting desperately for an arrest in the killing of Janet Abaroa, a young mother stabbed in her home.[/font]

    [font=&quot]On Tuesday, Durham police released more details about her last day alive and announced a $5,000 reward in the unsolved case.[/font]

    [font=&quot]In his first interview about the killing, the victim's husband said Tuesday that he hoped a reward, if not someone's conscience, would bring clues forward.[/font]

    [font=&quot]"Someone knows something," Raven Abaroa said in a telephone interview. "I don't know what it's going to take."[/font]

    [font=&quot]Janet Abaroa, 25, was found dead by her husband the night of April 26 inside her home at 2606 Ferrand Drive. Her 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was in the next room, uninjured, police said. At the time, police said there were no signs of forced entry and the crime was "not random," but they have not named any suspects.[/font]

    [font=&quot]On Tuesday, police said a laptop computer was missing from the home. They also said that on her last day, Abaroa went to pick up her son from day care, then she and her husband dropped off her car for repairs, according to a Durham police news release.[/font]

    [font=&quot]That evening, the couple hosted a friend from church at their home. About 8:30 p.m., Raven Abaroa went to Morrisville for a soccer game, the release said. About 11 p.m., he returned and found his wife dead, kneeling on the floor of a bedroom, according a medical examiner's report.[/font]

    [font=&quot]An autopsy report later showed that Abaroa was in the early stages of pregnancy when she was killed.[/font]

    [font=&quot]Little information has been released by authorities, but the case is still active, said Dena Kendall, 38, the victim's older sister.[/font]

    [font=&quot]"Our family has been in constant contact with the police," Kendall said Tuesday. Waiting for developments from police is frustrating, she said, "but we have to let them do their job."[/font]

    [font=&quot]Meanwhile, Raven Abaroa, 26, has moved to Utah with Kaiden. He left Durham shortly after his wife's death, he said, because there was no reason to stay.[/font]

    [font=&quot]"The only thing I had there was my family, and my family was taken from me," he said.[/font]

    [font=&quot]Months went by and Kaiden, now 1, took his first steps. He learned to kick a soccer ball, something that would have made his soccer-star mom proud, Raven Abaroa said.[/font]

    [font=&quot]"He knows who his mom is," he said. "He sees pictures of her and says, 'Ma,' " he added, sobbing.[/font]

    [font=&quot]Raven and Janet Abaroa were private people, and now strangers speculate on the details of their lives and the killing on Web sites, he said. He recognizes that even strangers want to see justice for his wife, but he also worries that people personify Janet as weak, as being helplessly victimized. They should remember her as the strong woman she was, he said.[/font]

    [font=&quot]"She [was] the epitome of what a woman should be," he said.[/font]

    [font=&quot]For the next six months, the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, based in Modesto, Calif., will pay $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the killing.[/font]

    [font=&quot]Carole Carrington, 72, started the foundation in 1999, when her own daughter, granddaughter and family friend were murdered on a trip to Yosemite National Park.[/font]

    [font=&quot]It was publicity of the reward that broke open that case and put a serial killer behind bars, Carrington said. Now, it is how she helps other families.[/font]

    [font=&quot]"When you've got a tragedy in your life, helping other people helps you, too," Carrington said in a telephone interview.[/font]

    [font=&quot]Since 1999, the nonprofit foundation has offered more than $2.5 million in 364 cases, including the killing of congressional intern Chandra Levy.[/font]

    [font=&quot]Durham CrimeStoppers also is offering up to $1,200 for information. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator S.W. Vaughan at 560-4440, ext. 247, or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.[/font]

    [font=&quot]Staff writer Samiha Khanna can be reached at 956-2468 or skhanna@newsobserver.com.[/font]

     
  14. terminatrixator

    terminatrixator All Posts JMO - May Godspeed Justice for Janet and

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    [font=&quot]"He knows who his mom is," he said. "He sees pictures of her and says, 'Ma,' " he added, sobbing.

    Cry me a River Raven. Oh the Shades of Sociopathacy, shining brightly through the sobs. Are we sure this guy isn't friends with Scott Peterson? Did he take lessons from Scottie on how to be a Cad and how to Cry on Cue or what.

    Rave, how about kicking in some of your part-time bike shop money, hey, even better, why didn't YOU think about setting up a Reward as opposed to spending your free TIME working part-time in a bike shop, playing soccer and bicycle, dating, buying new cell phones, playing online, going through jobs at lightening speed. You disgust me.
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    terminatrixator All Posts JMO - May Godspeed Justice for Janet and

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    "[font=&quot]Raven and Janet Abaroa were private people, and now strangers speculate on the details of their lives and the killing on Web sites, he said. He recognizes that even strangers want to see justice for his wife, but he also worries that people personify Janet as weak, as being helplessly victimized. They should remember her as the strong woman she was, he said."

    Oh how wrong the Raven has it. This stranger has No doubt in my mind that Janet was NOT the weak one Old Rave.

    Janet was strong, much stronger than you. Must stronger than you will EVER be. See Raven, she had a conscience, she was smart, and caring.

    She was very strong to try to make her marriage work, though you tried to destroy it on more than one occasion. Taking you back, for the sake of trying to make a marriage work, and raise a Child is VERY strong.

    Me, and many like me DO NOT think of Janet as weak. YOU, however, are VERY WEAK!

    How dare you say Janet Marie was not victimized? What do you call being MURDERED in your own home is????

    Kaiden was victimized, when his Mother was taken away. Janet Marie Christiansen was victimized by a weak man, who has absolutely NO care, NO conscience.

    Janet is watching her Murderer, every single day, and keeping track of what he is doing.

    Being Murdered does not make one weak, Janet's strength is here, Seeking Justice Raven.

    Can you taste it? Can you Hear it? Can you Feel it?

    I bet you will eventually.
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    http://www.herald-sun.com/durham/4-693472.html

    Jan 24, 2006 : 10:47 pm ET

    DURHAM -- A $5,000 award is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the April 26 slaying of 25-year-old Janet Abaroa, according to a Durham Police Department news release.

    Abaroa, of 2606 Ferrand Drive, was stabbed to death between the hours of 8:30 and 11 p.m. while at home with her 6-month-old son. Abaroa's husband, Raven, found her body after returning from an evening sporting event. The couple's son, Kaiden, was uninjured, police said.

    There were no obvious signs of a break-in, according to police, and only a laptop computer had been taken from the house.

    Raven and Kaiden Abaroa now live in Utah with his family.

    The reward is being offered by Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, an organization "committed to raising public awareness of the issue of missing persons who have gone missing under suspicious circumstances and of innocent people who have fallen victim to violent crimes," according to the Foundation's mission statement.

    The $5,000 reward is in effect for six months, according to police, and is offered in addition to a reward offered by CrimeStoppers.

    Anyone with any information about the murder is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.
     
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    OriginalJerseyGirl CERTIFIED FLYERS FANATIC!

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    You know, we've kind of touched on this before but thinking about this again months later kind of has a different implication.

    For the past several months, we've been hearing about Raven going off on trips and dates and such, pushing Kaiden off on anyone that'll take him. We even wondered why this would be - he seemed like such a proud, doting father from Ravenstree. But knowing what we know now, perhaps Kaiden was at the sitter that day simply because Raven didn't want to watch him. He was the doting father as long as he didn't have to be responsible for anything. There was no reason for Kaiden to be at the sitter's while Raven wasn't working, especially considering the financial problems that were going on. Why not save a few dollars by spending time with your child when you're not at work? Sounds like a win/win situation. I wonder - what was Raven doing while he was at the house alone (while Kaiden's needs were being met by someone else all day)? Putting pictures of Kaiden on his website to prove what a great father he was? Overcompensating on that website for the man that he couldn't be in reality. The worst kind of person - the kind that knows what a good person does but spends more time and energy trying to give the impression of being that person rather than actually being it.

    Anyway, even when it came time to pick up Kaiden from the sitter's, who was it that picked him up? Janet - after working all day - to put food on Raven and Kaiden's table! Raven couldn't pick him up and have him waiting for Janet when she got home from a long day at work?

    I think that the reality is that Raven has never interacted with Kaiden outside of watching Janet bathe him, and wash him, and feed him. Raven is a good father in pictures only. He created "Raven - the perfect family man" on that stupid web site of his but could never compare to it in real life. The Raven we're seeing now that he's in Utah is the Raven that he's been all along. He was as incapable of caring for Kaiden back then as he is today. The difference is that he had Janet back then and was able to present himself as some grand father because of the excellent care that Janet took of Kaiden. Now that Janet's no longer here, we see the Raven he's always been - a terrible husband and a terrible father.
     
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    Raven, I hope & pray that this is true. That little boy needs his mommy in any capacity in which he can have her. Regardless of everything else, when Kaiden gets older, HE will hold you accountable for how well he does or does not "know" Janet. Do the right thing for Kaiden. Make her a regular part of his life each and every day.

    And thank you for answering that question for us.
     
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    I keep coming back to this ...

    I wish we could know how this all transpired. Did Raven start complaining during this interview about the strangers on websites, etc., prompting the reporter to ask "Do you at least recognize that even complete strangers are interested in finding justice for your wife?", and he said "Yes, but I don't want people to think that she was helplessly victimized ... she was a very strong woman ..." The way this conversation took place is just as important as what was said. Without the context, I can't decide what this means.

    Right now, I'm leaning towards the idea that Raven couldn't control himself and just had to say something about WS, (I suspect he might even have mentioned it by name but that it was changed by the reporter). I also wonder if Raven might have said these things with a touch of anger and hostility towards Janet.

    Finally, I wonder if Raven is worried that a future jury might perceive Janet as meek and victimized. That wouldn't help her murderer's case much - a murderer would probably want to work on changing that type of perception of the victim ASAP.
     
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    I'd still love to know what repairs they were ... was it an immediate issue that had just presented itself or was it an ongoing problem?

    Was this appointment scheduled that day, days prior, the week prior ... ?

    What was the problem that was so significant that they needed to have it fixed in the midst of their financial troubles and on a weekday afternoon?

    Is there any record of past automotive appointments that the Abaroas had had? Was it customary for them to bring a car in on a weekday afternoon or had they usually brought it in on the weekend?

    Etcetera ...
     
  21. LTUlegal

    LTUlegal Voices for Victims

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    First, JG, let me say that you always bring out very good points to ponder...

    Your earlier post about the context of the conversation with Raven, I wonder, too, how it was brought up. I wonder if she said, "you know, I've seen that people (from ws) are very passionate about this case, do you have anything to say to them?" As a reporter, I would think she'd want to bring that up although I'm sure he wanted to tell everyone here to, ahem..."kiss off".

    Janet was a very slight woman, no matter how you look at it, she was a petite person, and of course she was strong, but obviously not strong enough to fight off her attacker, whom she probably trusted with her life. I think as far as her disposition, I don't think she was the one to cause a confrontation, I think she just tried to keep things low-key. I think if she brought up a problem, it was probably raven who would get p***ed off and erupt until he got his way.

    Now, when it comes to picking up Kaiden from the babysitter...well, yes, it appears before Janet's death and after her death, Kaiden has only been an accessory for raven. Like, a matching handbag or cute shoes complete an outfit...Kaiden just completes the appearance of raven when it's convenient. I do find it very sweet that he's kicking a soccer ball, because I do believe that Janet would be proud of that.

    Regarding the automotive repairs...was this something as simple as an oil change? Pretty much anywhere, you'll find a place open all week, but I know that in my town, finding a repair shop that works on the weekend is next to impossible without paying through the nose. But, yes, if it was something that didn't need to be done right away, why do it when money was strapped? They had 2 other vehicles...or really, since raven wasn't working, how badly did he need to have another vehicle, he wasn't watching Kaiden! Why spend money if you don't have to??? I guess that would be a question throughout raven's life...
     

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