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FL - Somer Thompson, 7, Orange Park, 19 Oct 2009 #37

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  1. hoppyfrog

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    Thanks Hoppy
     
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    GRANNYL thanks for the links on the sunshine law. I need to read up on it.
     
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    FYI... I posted this on the link from the last thread before it was closed in reference to JH's name being brought up w/ Haleigh's case

    k... i posted on Somer's thread talking bout the name being brought up in Haleigh's case. The guy, in my opinion, is NOT connected to this case but I did read a "chirp" by someone close to Haleigh's case that mentioned JH's name being given to them to check "into"... his background info was on the chirp and it named his vehicles and past residences. my ONLY reason for bringing this "chirp" up is cuz that meant LE or SOMEBODY thought the guy needed to be looked at. This was MONTHS ago... not last week. So JH'S name was well known to LE and others involved in missing child cases in the area... Know what I mean ?
     
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    thanks for the new thread hoppy
     
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    http://wokv.com/localnews/2010/02/attorney-generals-office-no-in.html
     
  9. human

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    Can someone give me any rational explanation for this?

    LE has all of this info on JH. Child porn, lives on Gano, but YET he is able to drive to Mississippi and live there for a couple of weeks?

    Didn't they have him under surveillance? Why not? He can drive to another state and perhaps kill children there? This makes NO SENSE. None!
     
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    Did he move prior to LE completing all the forensics on his computer? And it would seem they did keep tabs on him as they found him right away?
     
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    Makes sense if he was being investigated for child porn (and considering the type that was found on his computer).
     
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    Human, excellent post from the last thread.

    [ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4805541&postcount=829"]Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - View Single Post - Found Deceased FL- Somer Renee Thompson, Orange Park, Thread #37[/ame]

     
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    I'm not talking about arresting him. I am talking about that LE had all of this info about JH and he is able to go to Mississippi. He is a free agent to do as he pleases, which means that he could kill other children on the way.

    This is what makes no sense to me.

    I understand the legal process. I don't understand why when LE could have reason to believe that he sounds extremely hinky, that they allowed him free reign to go where he wants.

    Does anyone think it would be impossible to get a court order to keep tabs on this guy with a reason to believe type of evidence given to a judge?
     
  14. Angel Who Cares

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    For everyone's quick & easy reference! :winko:

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    Man Is 'Person Of Interest' In Fla. Girl's Death
    Posted: 4:34 pm EST February 11, 2010
    Updated: 7:55 pm EST February 11, 2010
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    A man arrested in Mississippi on child pornography charges has been named as a "person of interest" in the slaying of a 7-year-old Florida girl who disappeared on her way home from school last fall. Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said Thursday that Jarred Harrell, 24, was arrested in Meridian, Mississippi.

    Officers executed a search warrant at a home on Gano Avenue. Authorities were searching that house Thursday. Harrell lived in the home near Somer Thompson's house.

    Officials also said Harrell was arrested on a charges unrelated to the Somer Thompson case. He was arrested on 29 counts of possession of child pornography.


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    RAW VIDEO: News Conference On Somer Thompson
    http://www.wftv.com/video/22538244/index.html

    VIDEO REPORT: Man Arrested In Somer Thomspon Case
    http://www.wftv.com/video/22539725/index.html

    DOCUMENT: Suspect's Booking Sheet
    http://www.wftv.com/pdf/22538458/detail.html

    CRIME SECTION: Latest News, Neighborhood Watch
    http://www.wftv.com/crime/index.html

    Article:
    http://www.wftv.com/news/22536284/detail.html
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    Person of interest in Somer Thompson case
    Updated: Friday, 12 Feb 2010, 12:30 AM EST
    Published : Thursday, 11 Feb 2010, 4:46 PM EST
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    Jarred Mitchell Harrell, 24, lived in the area where Somer Thompson is believed to have been abducted on Oct. 19 as she was walking home from school.

    Authorities are searching two homes in Lauderdale County, Mississippi and in Calahan, Florida, respectively. A search conducted on Thursday morning at 1152 Gano Avenue in Orange Park, where Harrell formerly resided, has already yielded evidence which led authorities to name him as a person of interest in the case. Harrell is being held on a $1 million bond.

    Thompson was last spotted in front of 1080 Gano Avenue, just a few blocks from her home ( see map in article link ).

    According to Harrell's arrest report, in August he was kicked out of an Orange Park apartment after a roommate thought he had stolen a cell phone.

    Harrell left behind a computer, and the roommates said they searched it because they thought Harrell had been using it to look at child porn, the report says. The roommates said they did find porn involving young girls and turned the computer and discs over to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Aug. 10. The materials were sent to state investigators, who confirmed the contents.

    It is unknown when Harrell moved into the Orange Park house that was searched Thursday, or when he left the neighborhood.

    After the news conference, Thompson's attorney, Michael R. Freed, released a statement that said Thompson and her family are "monitoring the latest developments in the investigation." The statement said that she was not prepared to speak publicly about the case Thursday.


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    Article:
    http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/local/021110-somer-case
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    Somer Thompson: Man named person of interest in girl's death arrested
    Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said a man who had lived in the girl's neighborhood was arrested in Mississippi Thursday on 29 charges of possession of child pornography.
    11:39 p.m. EST, February 11, 2010
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    Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said Jarred Mitchell Harrell, 24, who had lived in the girl's neighborhood was arrested in Mississippi Thursday on 29 charges of possession of child pornography. Harrell has not been charged in the death of 7-year-old Somer Thompson. Officials at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility in Mississippi said they didn't know if he has a lawyer.

    Harrell, who was arrested in Meridian, Miss., had lived until recently in a home near Somer Thompson's. Authorities searched that house Thursday. Deputies and an FBI forensics team were seen searching its front yard with rakes and shovels.

    Beseler, who announced the arrest during an evening news conference, said a vehicle had also been searched.

    According to Harrell's arrest report, in August he was kicked out of an Orange Park apartment after a roommate thought he had stolen a cell phone. Harrell left behind a computer, and the roommates said they searched it because they thought Harrell had been using it to look at child porn, the report says. The roommates said they did find porn involving young girls and turned the computer and discs over to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Aug. 10. The materials were sent to state investigators, who confirmed the contents. It is unknown when Harrell moved into the Orange Park house that was searched Thursday, or when he left the neighborhood.


    Article:
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news...son-fbi-search-house-20100211,0,2978810.story
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    UPDATED: Person Of Interest Arrested
    POSTED: Thursday, February 11, 2010
    UPDATED: 8:33 am EST February 12, 2010
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    Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said a 24-year-old man has been arrested on child pornography charges and named a person of interest in the Somer Thompson case. Beseler said Jarred Harrell has been charged with 29 counts of possession of child pornography that occurred in Clay County, and he was arrested Thursday by federal agents in Meridian, Miss., and is being held on $1 million bond.

    According to documents released by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Harrell possessed child pornography on his computer at a Wells Road apartment complex. Harrell was asked to move out of his residence in August after his roommates found out that he stole from them, according to an arrest warrant. He left the residence, leaving his computer and a box of CDs behind, according to the warrant.

    While Harrell was gone, the roommates searched the computer after they had been told Harrell had been caught looking at child porn, according to the warrant. They opened the images and found a nude white girl between the age of 6 and 8, and the computer was turned over to the sheriff's office on Aug. 10, according to the warrant. Harrell moved into the home on Gano Avenue between that time and December, when neighbors said he moved out.

    According to the arrest warrant, the computer was processed by the attorney general's office, and that's when five movies and 24 child pornographic images were found showing children as old as 10 and 13 years old.


    Video: Home Searched In Somer Thompson Case 2:50
    http://www.clickorlando.com/video/22537812/index.html

    VIDEO: Person Of Interest Arrested In Somer Case 1:59
    A 24-year-old man has been arrested on child pornography charges and named a person of interest in the Somer Thompson case.
    http://www.clickorlando.com/video/22541840/index.html

    Article:
    http://www.clickorlando.com/news/22535962/detail.html
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    Man Named Person Of Interest In Somer Thompson Murder
    Friday, February 12, 2010 12:33:09 AM
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    The Clay County Sheriff's Office is being very tightlipped on how exactly the man could be connected with the case. However, they said Jarred Harrell, 24, is a person of interest in Thompson's murder.

    According to officials, Harrell recently lived near where Somer was last seen.

    He was arrested Thursday in Meridian, Miss.

    "Investigators at the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the FBI and the FDLE conducted a search for evidence in which a suspect has been arrested and charged with 29 counts of possession of child pornography that occurred in Clay County recently," said Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler.

    Several other homes in Florida and Mississippi were searched, including a car. Because this is an ongoing investigation, Beseler said he couldn&#8217;t comment any more on how Harrell could be connected with Thompson&#8217;s murder.


    Video: Somer Thompson News Conference
    http://www.cfnews13.com/MediaPlayer...Conference_021120100956&cat=Local&title=Somer Thompson News Conference

    Article:
    http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/...terest_in_somer_thompson_murder_arrested.html
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    Police: Man Is Person Of Interest In Thompson Case
    Former Roommate Found Child Porn On Man's Orange Park Computer
    POSTED: 3:47 pm EST February 11, 2010
    UPDATED: 11:43 pm EST February 11, 2010
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    Police said Jarred Harrell, 24, was arrested by federal agents in Meridian, Miss., on 29 counts of possession of child pornography. Police said he is also a person of interest in Somer's disappearance and death.

    Beseler did say that, until recently, Harrell lived in a home near the slain girl's.

    A man who said he used to live with Harrell at an Orange Park apartment told police he had found nude pictures of children between 9 and 13 years old on Harrell's computer. "I hope he gets what he deserves," said the man, who only wanted to be identified as Matt. "That's really all I have to say about it."

    He said that when he saw the files on Harrell's computer, he "was about to vomit all over, honestly." Matt described Harrell as a "sneaky" person, capable of putting up a "good front."


    Other residents said they did not believe Harrell was capable of murder. "In my heart, no," said one woman. "His parents are my godparents. That's all I can say."


    Video: Police: Man Is Person Of Interest In Thompson Case 2:17
    http://www.wesh.com/video/22539933/

    Video: New Clues Released In Somer Thompson Case 0:29
    Investigators scour thousands of tips in the search for the person who killed Somer Thompson.
    http://www.wesh.com/video/21554264/index.html

    Map:
    http://www.wesh.com/maps/22535778/detail.html

    Article:
    http://www.wesh.com/news/22535699/detail.html
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    Person Of Interest Arrested In Somer Thompson Case
    Clay County Deputies, FBI, FDLE Search Vacant Home On Gano Avenue
    POSTED: Thursday, February 11, 2010
    UPDATED: 10:57 pm EST February 11, 2010
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    On Thursday afternoon, a search warrant was issued on a vacant house in the 1100 block of Gano Avenue near where Somer was last seen before she disappeared and was found killed in October. Beseler said Harrell previously lived at the home. Beseler said other residences in Callahan and Lauderdale County, Miss., and a vehicle have also been searched in connection with the case.

    According to documents released by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Harrell possessed child pornography on his computer at a Wells Road apartment complex. Harrell was asked to move out of his residence in August after his roommates found out that he stole from them, according to an arrest warrant. He left the residence, leaving his computer and a box of CDs behind, according to the warrant.

    While Harrell was gone, the roommates got into the computer to search for child porn after they had been told Harrell had been caught looking at child porn, according to the warrant. They opened the images and found a nude white girl between the age of 6 and 8, and the computer was turned over to the sheriff's office on Aug. 10, according to the warrant. Harrell moved into the home on Gano Avenue between that time and December, when neighbors said he moved out.

    According to the arrest warrant, the computer was processed by the attorney general's office, and that's when five movies and 24 child pornographic images were found showing children as old as 10 and 13 years old.


    The FBI and Clay County Deputies search a home on Gano Avenue near where Somer Thompson was last seen before she was found killed.
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    Video: 24-Year-Old Arrested On Child Porn Charges
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22539405/index.html

    Video: Home Searched; Neighbors React To Arrest
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22539485/index.html

    Video: Uncut: Sheriff Beseler Announces Arrest
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22539125/index.html

    Video: Search Warrant Issued On Gano Avenue Home
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22537721/index.html

    PDF Documents: Arrest Warrant For Jarred Harrell
    http://www.news4jax.com/download/2010/0212/22538536.pdf

    PDF Documents: Booking Sheet For Jarred Harrell
    http://www.news4jax.com/download/2010/0212/22538537.pdf

    Article:
    http://www.news4jax.com/news/22535336/detail.html
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    Police Arrest 'Person of Interest' in Somer Thompson Case
    Created: 2/11/2010 3:33:04 PM
    Updated: 2/11/2010 11:34:03 PM
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    In a news conference this evening, Sheriff Rick Beseler said they have arrested a person of interest in the Somer Thompson case. They say he is a former resident of the home on Gano Ave., which authorities searched this afternoon and into the evening. Jarred Harrell, 24, was arrested by federal agents today in Meridian, Mississippi on 29 counts of child pornography. Authorities said the crimes occurred in Clay County.

    Sheriff Rick Beseler said Harrell is a registered sex offender. His MySpace page identifies him as a former city of Jacksonville employee in the IT Department.

    Authorities in Mississippi said he is currently working at the Queens City Recycling plant. U.S. Marshals tracked Harrell to a home on 22nd Avenue Heights in Meridian, Miss. where he was arrested without incident.

    The Clay County Sheriff's Office said Harrell is a former resident of a home on Gano Ave. in Orange Park. A search warrant was served at the home, which is just one block west from where Somer Thompson was last seen. Searches also took place at locations in Callahan, Florida and Lauderdale County, Mississippi.

    Authorities searched inside and outside the home at 1152 Gano Ave. A table was set up with brown paper bags to collect evidence. It's unclear if any resident is or was inside the home.

    Somer's father, Sam, spoke to First Coast News this evening: "You can never be prepared for this. We are praying for everyone involved in the investigation. God will lead them to the truth in this matter. There will be justice for Somer. The needless taking of her life has impacted us so much. We've been waiting so long and it is terrible, really. You can't really move on, but I also don't ever want to move on. It's not finished. There is nothing that can bring total closure to this."


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    Video: Authorities Searching Home on Gano Ave. 02/11/10 Report
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66146287001

    Video: Person of Interest Arrested in Somer Thompson Case 02/11/10 7 p.m. Report
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66182003001

    Video: Somer Thompson Investigation 02/11/10 11 p.m. Report
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66182157001

    Video: Neighbors Speaks About Somer Thompson Case 02/11/10 Report
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66182051001

    FDLE Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators
    http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/of...v9NwZbWqbyKG94bnpKMqz4SD1J2JNT3rJ!-1702573649

    Georgia Sex Offender Registry
    http://www.georgia.gov/00/channel_modifieddate/0,2096,67862954_87983024,00.html

    Article:
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/topstories/news-article.aspx?storyid=151903&catid=3

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  15. Angel Who Cares

    Angel Who Cares If you seek an angel with an open heart, you shall

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    Part 2:

    Person of Interest in Somer Thompson Case
    Person of Interest Jarred Harrell, 24, Arrested on 29 Child Porn Charges, Lived Near Thompson

    Posted: Thursday, 11 February 2010 10:23PM
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    Police have arrested a former neighbor of Somer Thompson, the 7-year old girl whose body was found in landfill last fall, and named him a person of interest in the girl's disappearance and murder, investigators said today.

    Diena Thompson's Advice for Parents
    It is a struggle to balance that anger with a mother's need to stay strong for her remaining children. Thompson said the ordeal has been especially hard on Somer's twin, Samuel. They used to play in the pool together and race each other to see who could stay underwater the longest.

    "We used to nickname her 'Grace' because she couldn't really walk and chew bubblegum at the same time," Thompson said of Somer. She loved to dance, but she had no rhythm, Thompson said.

    "She was just so wonderful. And you take it for granted. You never think you're gonna be sitting here," Thompson said. "And you have a lot of regret because you may have been too busy. And you weren't really busy. You were just too busy in your head. And I'll have to live with that, and that's hard."

    She said she would tell other parents to be sure and tell their children they love them every day. "It don't take but a couple seconds. And when you think you're too busy, really think about what you're saying you're too busy for. Because you don't want to live with this. That's what I regret. It's hard to live with regret and guilt," she said.

    Diena understands acutely that the world's attention will move on. The flowers in her home are beginning to fade. The vigils that used to occur nightly have grown more infrequent.

    But she is determined to continue the fight for justice. "I know I'm not gonna let this monster win. I will be victorious in the end, and he will pay," she said. "We're gonna get him, and he will pay. And I hope he's scared."


    Article:
    http://www.thesky973.com/pages/6344095.php
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    Sheriff names child porn suspect a person of interest in Somer Thompson slaying
    Family friends of the former Clay man said they are sickened by the news.
    Story updated at 1:58 AM on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010
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    A Middleburg woman whose daughter was a one-time roommate of Harrell and who said she has known him and his family for years described him as a recluse who enjoyed playing computer games.

    Lisa Buchanan said Harrell spent at least some time alone in his mother&#8217;s home at 1152 Gano Ave. at the time of Somer&#8217;s disappearance.

    She said her daughter then found child pornography, with girls as young as 6, on a computer and computer discs Harrell left behind. Buchanan and her 46-year-old husband, Rod, said they went with their daughter to turn over the materials to police in August. Those materials were in turn given to the state attorney general&#8217;s Cyber Crimes Unit. Processing was not finished until after Somer&#8217;s death, authorities said.

    The Buchanans said they spotted Harrell&#8217;s vehicle outside his mother&#8217;s home a few days after Somer&#8217;s body was found and alerted police to their concerns about him. The couple said Harrell&#8217;s mother and stepfather moved out of the home about two weeks before Somer&#8217;s disappearance.

    The couple also said police became extremely interested after learning Harrell had been spending time at his parents&#8217; otherwise vacant home.

    Police have said they recently have been receiving a steady stream of laboratory tests of DNA and other evidence collected from where her body was found in a Folkston landfill.

    Records obtained by The Times-Union show the listed property owner, General L. Dailey &#8212; Harrell&#8217;s stepfather &#8212; moved out of the home late last year. Dailey, 66, owned the single-story brick house since 1996, according to Clay County property appraiser records.


    Video: Somer Thompson Ivestigation 2:30
    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid10363234001?bctid=66199489001

    Article:
    http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/...spect_a_person_of_interest_in_somer_thompson_
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    Somer Thompson: Person of interest arrested
    Last Update: 2/11 11:54 pm
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    Clay County Sheriff's Office Statement
    I have a short announcement to make and afterwards I will not be taking any questions:

    Members of the media have been inquiring about police activity on Gano Ave. today involving a search of a residence there. Additionally, other residences in Callahan, FL and Lauderdale County, Mississippi and a vehicle were searched in connection with this investigation.

    Earlier today a search warrant was executed at a residence at 1152 Gano Ave. Investigators from the Clay County Sheriff&#8217;s Office, the FBI and FDLE conducted a search for evidence in which a suspect has been arrested for 29 counts of possession of child pornography that occurred in Clay County recently. The suspect is identified as Jarred Harrell, 24 years of age, who formerly resided at the residence on Gano Ave.

    We are also naming Harrell as a person of interest in connection with the abduction and murder of Somer Thompson. Harrell was arrested today on child pornography charges by federal agents in Meridian, Mississippi without incident and is being held on a 1 million dollar bond on those charges.

    I cannot comment further about how Harrell may be connected to the Thompson case as that would require I comment on evidence in an ongoing investigation. Throughout this entire investigation we have been very careful to protect the integrity of our investigation by not releasing details that could be detrimental to the successful outcome or prosecution of the person responsible for this crime.

    Thank you for your cooperation.


    Video: Person Of Interest 2/11/10 2:26
    Police have named Jarred Harrell as a person of interest in the murder case of Somer Thompson
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36318@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Slideshow: Person Of Interest Arrested Photos 1-5
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/Photo.aspx?content_id=9a9b0f0e-f159-4f5e-81d4-99720264769a

    Jarred Harrell - Arrest Warrant (246.4KB)
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/media/lib/1/a/9/d/a9da06ab-10f5-47f1-956d-30375e288939/CP_Warrant.pdf

    Jarred Harrell - Booking Sheet (86.1KB)
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/media/...1-ba27-9a57be2e8865/Harrell_Booking_Sheet.pdf

    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...interest-arrested/Dg-bmlnxXk-B1JlyAmR2mg.cspx
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    Sheriff still not connecting arrest to Somer Thompson Case
    Last Update: 2/11 11:56 pm
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    Somer Thompson's family is still waiting for justice. Now for the first time in months, the Sheriff is talking about a possible person of interest in the case. "A suspect has been arrested, and charged with 29 counts of child pornography," said Sheriff Rick Beasler.

    But the sheriff is still very tight-lipped on how harrell is connected Somer's murder. "That would require I discuss evidence in an ongoing investigation," said the Sheriff.

    Sheriff Beasler says he won't do that. "We have been careful to protect the integrity of the investigation by not releasing details that could be detrimental to the successful outcome of the investigation or prosecution of the person responsible for this crime."


    Video: Somer: The Investigation 2/11/10 1:51
    JARRED HARRELL IS SPENDING THE NIGHT BEHIND BARS IN MERIDIAN MISSISSIPPI, FACING 29 COUNTS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IN CLAY COUNTY
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36314@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...g-arrest-to-Somer/kZPJXRPjLkWAkVEIl0Ur2Q.cspx
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    Harrell's family friends suspect him in Somer's murder
    Last Update: 12:56 am
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    Rod and Lisa Buchanan are family friends with Jarred Harrell. Their Daughter and her fiance lived with Harrell in the Summer of 2009 in an apartment off the 2000 block of Wells. Rd in Orange Park.

    When the roommates suspected Harrell had child porn on his computer, they took a closer look at the computer. "She called me at work crying and was sick to her stomach," said Lisa Buchanan about the day in August when her daughter called and told her about what she found on the computer. Buchanan says her daughter and her fiance turned the computer over to police.

    Police say Harrell's computer contained pictures and videos of child porn. Some of the pictures, according to police, were on a CD labeled "Don't lose music."

    In October, when 7-year-old Somer Thompson disappeared and was found dead, the Buchanans suspected Harrell right away. "You just get that sick instinct in your gut," said Lisa Buchanan.

    The Middleburg couple has little doubt that Harrell is Somer's killer. "My gut instinct is yes," said Lisa Buchanan


    Video: Waiting for Justice 2/11/10 4:47
    THREE-AND-A-HALF YEARS AGO, FLORIDA HAD A MAJOR BACKLOG IN DNA TESTING
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36317@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Video: Who Is Jarred Harrell? 2/11/10 00:52
    ACTION NEWS HAS LEARNED THAT HARRELL SPENT THE LAST FIVE MONTHS AVOIDING AN ARREST WARRANT
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36315@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...ect-him-in-Somers/gCrQyplev0aCWqFYvgRLjA.cspx
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    Accused Child Pornographer Arrested, Named Person of Interest in Somer Thompson Case
    Person of Interest Jarred Harrell, 24, Arrested on 29 Child Porn Charges, Lived Near Thompson
    Feb. 11, 2010
    <snipped>
    According to arresting documents, a cluster of child pornography images and video was found on several CDs and a computer Harrell used when he lived with roommates at a home in Orange Park, Fla, in August. The computer, which had a filed called "Toddler Insertion," held "a large amount of child erotica and also child pornography," documents said.

    The roommates, who discovered the files, turned the computer over to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Aug. 10, two months before Thompson disappeared.


    Related
    Article: Investigators Leaning on Community to Solve Somer's Murder
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/somer-tho...eaning-community-find-killer/story?id=8942851

    WATCH: Somer Thompson Case: Profile of a Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8944780

    Somer's Killer May Have Attacked Before
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/somer-thompson-killer-serial-child-predator/story?id=8915179

    WATCH: America's Most Wanted: Somer's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8915737

    Hunting for Somer Thompson's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/hunt-somer-thompson-killer-mom-vows-justice/story?id=8897468

    WATCH: Search for Somer Thompson's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8897596

    Article:
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/jarred-harrell-24-arrested-somer-thomspon-case/story?id=9812666
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    Justice for Somer: Suspect's Former Home Searched
    2/12/10 Last Update: 1:08 am
    <snipped>
    FBI agents spent hours Thursday, emptying out the home on Gano Avenue where police say Jarred Harrell used to live.

    Agents spent hours collecting and cataloging anything that could be considered evidence.

    The search of the home on Gano Avenue wrapped up around 11pm Thursday. No word on exactly they found.


    Video: Somer: The Search 2/11/10 2:42
    INVESTIGATORS ARE SEARCHING A HOME ON THE SAME STREET WHERE SOMER WAS LAST SEEN, GANO AVENUE
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36313@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...mer-Home-Searched/VvxvIeq1eEmvdDu4fUIV7A.cspx
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    GMA~Exclusive: Diena Thompson, Mother of Murdered Somer Thompson: 'I Want [Killer] to Die'
    Mother's Heartbreaking Call for Answers Came Days Before Person of Interest Named in Child's Murder
    Feb. 12, 2010
    <snipped>
    "Why? Give me your best excuse, your best reason as to why you had to do this," Thompson told ABC News in an exclusive interview that aired today on "Good Morning America." "I want them to die. I want them to get the death penalty. I have to be the voice for Somer."

    The emotional interview took place just days before police named a former neighbor of the Thompson's a person of interest in the girl's death on Thursday. Jarred Harrell, 24, was arrested on 29 unrelated charges of possession of child pornography.

    Thompson, however, is determined to find her daughter's killer and said she can't wait to meet him or her face to face. "I feel like it'll give me some more closure because I still blame myself, you know? What if I did this?" she said. "And instead of looking in the mirror and blaming myself, I'm going to have a picture of someone else to blame. I want to see this person's face. I can't wait to meet him face to face."

    Thompson said she wants to know everything about how her daughter died. "I was there when she was born and I should know, how she left," she said. "Because I've built up so many scenarios in my head, that I honestly don't feel like anything they could tell me could be any worse than what I've already made up in my head."

    *More at link!

    WATCH: Closing In on Somer Thompson's Killer 4:47
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/closing-somer-thompsons-killer-9816218

    TRANSCRIPT: Diena Thompson on Catching Daughter's Killer Feb. 12, 2010
    http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/transcript-diena-thompson-catching-daughters-killer/story?id=9814175

    Related
    WATCH: Mother's Quest to Find Somer's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=9032241

    Article:
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/diena-thompson-murdered-somer-thompsons-mother-killer-die/story?id=9813969
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    Man Arrested in Somer Thompson Case
    7-Year-Old Florida Girl's Body Found in Landfill; Jarred Mitchell Harrell Called Person of Interest
    ORANGE PARK, Fla., Feb. 12, 2010
    <snipped>
    Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said Jarred Mitchell Harrell, 24, who had lived in the girl's neighborhood was arrested in Mississippi Thursday on 29 charges of possession of child pornography. Officials at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility in Mississippi said they didn't know if he has a lawyer.

    Harrell, who was arrested in Meridian, Miss., had lived until recently in a home near Somer Thompson's. Authorities searched that house Thursday.

    Dawn Nuss, 39, whose 8-year-old daughter Christina used to walk home with Somer, said her daughter told her that Somer used to stop at the house and pet a white dog. No one would ever come out of the house. Sometimes Somer would run ahead of the children walking home and hide in a ditch.


    *NOTE: Until CBS adds the video up on thier YouTube Channel, click on title to open video in a new tab! I'll edit the link asap! :wink:
    Early Show Video: Somer's Mom Wants Justice
    Maggie Rodriguez spoke with Diena Thompson about the murder of her daughter, 7-year-old Somer Thompson.
    [ame="http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5413196n"]Somer's Mom Wants Justice - CBS News Video[/ame]

    Article:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/12/national/main6200498.shtml?tag=contentBody;cbsCarousel
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    Today Show Video: &#8216;Person of interest&#8217; arrested in Thompson case 1:12
    Feb. 12: Authorities have arrested Jarred Mitchell Harrell, a man they believe may know something about the death of Somer Thompson. NBC&#8217;s Mark Potter reports.
    [ame="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/35364041#35364041"]Today Show Video Player[/ame]
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    Search For Somer's Killer Leads To Mississippi
    Person Of Interest Arrested; Vacant Orange Park Home Searched

    POSTED: Friday, February 12, 2010
    UPDATED: 9:57 am EST February 12, 2010
    <snipped>
    Beseler said Jarred Harrell has been charged with 29 counts of possession of child pornography that occurred in Clay County, and he was arrested Thursday by federal agents in Meridian, Miss., and is being held on $1 million bond.

    Beseler said other residences in Callahan and Lauderdale County, Miss., and a vehicle have also been searched in connection with the case.

    According to documents released by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Harrell possessed child pornography on his computer at a Wells Road apartment complex. Harrell was asked to move out of his residence in August after his roommates found out that he stole from them, according to an arrest warrant. He left the residence, leaving his computer and a box of CDs behind, according to the warrant. Authorities said Harrell moved into the home on Gano Avenue between that time and December, when neighbors said he moved out. According to the arrest warrant, the computer was processed by the attorney general's office, and that's when five movies and 24 child pornographic images were found showing children as old as 10 and 13 years old.


    Video: Search For Somer's Killer Leads To Mississippi
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22544531/index.html

    Video: Person of Interest In Somer Thompson Case & Search for Makia's Killer
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22542600/index.html

    Video: Search For Clues In Somer's Murder
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22542423/index.html

    Video: Crimes Against Kids
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22542225/index.html

    Article:
    http://www.news4jax.com/news/22542514/detail.html
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    Snow hampering Harrell's first appearance
    Last Update: 10:28 am
    <snipped>
    Its snowing hard here in Meridian, Mississippi. That snow is preventing Jarred Harrell from making his first appearance at the Lauderdale County Courthouse. Most employees can't get to work.

    That means Jarred Harrell may not appear before a judge until Tuesday. Monday is Presidents Day. I spoke with Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie and he tells me Harrell could sign paperwork to be extradited back to Clay County without appearing before a judge.

    Last night, photojournalist Jamey Cicalese and I drove nine hours from Jacksonville to learn more about Harrell. We've been in Meridian and for a few hours now. The snow keeps falling steadily.

    We'll keep you posted on what we learn in Meridian.


    Suspect Jarred Harrell is being held in Lauderdale County
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    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...-first-appearance/3m1MuiLmBkmoHDxMs_csWg.cspx
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    Video: Home Searched In Somer Thomson Case 2/12/10 5:56
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66256827001
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    Harrell aunt calls him "sweet dough boy"
    Last Update: 11:52 am
    <snipped>
    My photojournalist and I just left the house Harrell was staying at in Meridian. He was staying with his Aunt, Kriss Mizelle. Mizelle's house was searched by the FBI Thursday afternoon and the computers were taken.

    Mizelle tells me Harrell was visiting her last week. She said he enjoyed Meridian and started looking for a job.

    She says Harrell was just a "big dough boy" and a good guy. She doesn't believe he had child pornography or has anything to do with Somer Thompson's death. "He wasn't hiding. He wasn't acting strange," Mizelle told me.

    Mizelle is upset because she says people are jumping to conclusions about her nephew. "He's not a freak," she told me.

    Neighbor describes Harrell's FBI arrest
    Feb 12 - 11:02 am
    Right now I'm at Alma Bonner's house in Meridian. She lives across the street from where Jarred Harrell lived.

    The 73-year-old baby sat her great grandchildren at her house this week and was shocked to learn Harrell is a person of interest in Somer Thompson's murder. Bonner says around 3:00 Thursday she saw about 20 law enforcement cars and dozens of people at the house.

    Bonner told us she didn't know Harrell. She says she only saw his car at the house a few days.


    Jarred Harrell's Aunt, Kriss Mizelle said people are jumping to conclusions about her nephew.
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    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...m-sweet-dough-boy/3m1MuiLmBkmoHDxMs_csWg.cspx
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    Neighbors: 'He Only Came Out When the Kids Came Out of School'
    Created: 2/12/2010 11:25:31 AM
    Updated: 2/12/2010 12:09:36 PM
    <snipped>
    Directly across the street from the home FBI agents searched Thursday, a "for sale" sign points to frustration. "I moved out of here because of this," says neighbor Sandra Russell. Russell and her sister Connie Torres are moving out because they say Jarred Harrell freaked them out. "I knew he had a few loose screws that needed tightening up," Russell told First Coast News' Erich Spivey. "I watched that house constantly because something just told me there's something not right with it," Torres said.

    The sisters started moving out weeks ago, and were greeted Friday with the stunning news. "I was devastated. I freaked out. All my friends started calling me. This is your neighbor.

    He would sit outside about the time the kids would come home and he would wash his car," Russell said.
    Added Torres: "He only came out when the kids came out of school."


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    Article:
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/topstories/news-article.aspx?storyid=151931&catid=3
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    Blog: On The Trail Of Jarred Harrell
    Channel 4 Reporter Jennifer Bauer's Blog From Mississippi

    POSTED: Friday, February 12, 2010
    UPDATED: 11:14 am EST February 12, 2010
    <snipped>
    Channel 4 reporter Jennifer Bauer and photojournalist Matt James traveled to Lauderdale County, Miss., where the man named a person of interest in the abduction and killing of Somer Thompson is in jail on child pornography charges.

    She is sending periodic updates from the place where Jarred Harrell moved sometime after leaving the home on Gano Avenue in Orange Park that the FBI and other authorities searched for evidence Thursday afternoon and evening. Bauer is sending blog posts throughout the day on what she has learned about Harrell's life there and if and when he will appear in court on the charges. Her most recent posts will be first.


    Friday, 10:15 a.m.:
    Went to the house where Harrell lived in Meridian and talked with a woman who identified herself as his aunt. She said, "I don't believe a thing that they are saying about him. He is not a monster." Watch my interview with her on the news at noon.
    Friday, 8:44 a.m.:
    I just had a cup of coffee with the sheriff (yes, this town is as small as you'd imagine). He says Harrell is in his jail, but like we've been reporting all day, the courts are closed down. If he goes before a judge, the sheriff is going to call me so we can get the perp walk.

    Sheriff tells me it won't exactly be a "first appearance" but more of a hearing to see what's going to happen to him. He'll likely be taken to Orange Park and may make is official "first appearance" there since it's their warrant. Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler will have those answers.

    In the meantime, we're going to drive around town and find where this guy lived, worked etc....

    Friday, 7:32 a.m.:
    Snow!!! The town is shut down. According to the radio reports they're expecting 5-7 inches.

    *More at link!

    Video: FBI Perspective On Crimes Against Kids
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22542225/index.html

    Article:
    http://www.news4jax.com/news/22542792/detail.html
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    Video: Roomates Suspected Harrell 2/12/10 0:46
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=36322@wtev.dayport.com
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    Somer's Mom On 'Emotional Roller Coaster'
    POSTED: Friday, February 12, 2010
    UPDATED: 12:22 pm EST February 12, 2010
    <snipped>
    Diena Thompson has been waiting for closure since daughter Somer vanished in October. Her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill. He has not been charged in Somer's death, and Diena Thompson's attorney, Michael Freed, said his client is trying not to get her hopes up about the latest development.

    "This has been an emotional roller coaster for her," Freed said. "We want to make sure the ride comes to an end before she reacts."

    Beseler released a statement that provided few details about the case and did not indicate what evidence makes Harrell a person of interest. "You just get this feeling that he's a very strange guy. He was not playing with a full deck. He's about four cans short of a six-pack," a neighbor said.


    Article:
    http://www.clickorlando.com/news/22544125/detail.html
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    Video: Neighbors React To Harrell Arrest 2/12/10 12pm Report 3:42
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66303730001

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  16. Angel Who Cares

    Angel Who Cares If you seek an angel with an open heart, you shall

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    Person of Interest in Somer Thompson Case
    Person of Interest Jarred Harrell, 24, Arrested on 29 Child Porn Charges, Lived Near Thompson

    Posted: Thursday, 11 February 2010 10:23PM
    <snipped>
    Police have arrested a former neighbor of Somer Thompson, the 7-year old girl whose body was found in landfill last fall, and named him a person of interest in the girl's disappearance and murder, investigators said today.

    Diena Thompson's Advice for Parents
    It is a struggle to balance that anger with a mother's need to stay strong for her remaining children. Thompson said the ordeal has been especially hard on Somer's twin, Samuel. They used to play in the pool together and race each other to see who could stay underwater the longest.

    "We used to nickname her 'Grace' because she couldn't really walk and chew bubblegum at the same time," Thompson said of Somer. She loved to dance, but she had no rhythm, Thompson said.

    "She was just so wonderful. And you take it for granted. You never think you're gonna be sitting here," Thompson said. "And you have a lot of regret because you may have been too busy. And you weren't really busy. You were just too busy in your head. And I'll have to live with that, and that's hard."

    She said she would tell other parents to be sure and tell their children they love them every day. "It don't take but a couple seconds. And when you think you're too busy, really think about what you're saying you're too busy for. Because you don't want to live with this. That's what I regret. It's hard to live with regret and guilt," she said.

    Diena understands acutely that the world's attention will move on. The flowers in her home are beginning to fade. The vigils that used to occur nightly have grown more infrequent.

    But she is determined to continue the fight for justice. "I know I'm not gonna let this monster win. I will be victorious in the end, and he will pay," she said. "We're gonna get him, and he will pay. And I hope he's scared."


    Article:
    http://www.thesky973.com/pages/6344095.php
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    Sheriff names child porn suspect a person of interest in Somer Thompson slaying
    Family friends of the former Clay man said they are sickened by the news.
    Story updated at 1:58 AM on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010
    <snipped>
    A Middleburg woman whose daughter was a one-time roommate of Harrell and who said she has known him and his family for years described him as a recluse who enjoyed playing computer games.

    Lisa Buchanan said Harrell spent at least some time alone in his mother’s home at 1152 Gano Ave. at the time of Somer’s disappearance.

    She said her daughter then found child pornography, with girls as young as 6, on a computer and computer discs Harrell left behind. Buchanan and her 46-year-old husband, Rod, said they went with their daughter to turn over the materials to police in August. Those materials were in turn given to the state attorney general’s Cyber Crimes Unit. Processing was not finished until after Somer’s death, authorities said.

    The Buchanans said they spotted Harrell’s vehicle outside his mother’s home a few days after Somer’s body was found and alerted police to their concerns about him. The couple said Harrell’s mother and stepfather moved out of the home about two weeks before Somer’s disappearance.

    The couple also said police became extremely interested after learning Harrell had been spending time at his parents’ otherwise vacant home.

    Police have said they recently have been receiving a steady stream of laboratory tests of DNA and other evidence collected from where her body was found in a Folkston landfill.

    Records obtained by The Times-Union show the listed property owner, General L. Dailey — Harrell’s stepfather — moved out of the home late last year. Dailey, 66, owned the single-story brick house since 1996, according to Clay County property appraiser records.


    Video: Somer Thompson Ivestigation 2:30
    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid10363234001?bctid=66199489001

    Article:
    http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/...spect_a_person_of_interest_in_somer_thompson_
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    Somer Thompson: Person of interest arrested
    Last Update: 2/11 11:54 pm
    <snipped>
    Clay County Sheriff's Office Statement
    I have a short announcement to make and afterwards I will not be taking any questions:

    Members of the media have been inquiring about police activity on Gano Ave. today involving a search of a residence there. Additionally, other residences in Callahan, FL and Lauderdale County, Mississippi and a vehicle were searched in connection with this investigation.

    Earlier today a search warrant was executed at a residence at 1152 Gano Ave. Investigators from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and FDLE conducted a search for evidence in which a suspect has been arrested for 29 counts of possession of child pornography that occurred in Clay County recently. The suspect is identified as Jarred Harrell, 24 years of age, who formerly resided at the residence on Gano Ave.

    We are also naming Harrell as a person of interest in connection with the abduction and murder of Somer Thompson. Harrell was arrested today on child pornography charges by federal agents in Meridian, Mississippi without incident and is being held on a 1 million dollar bond on those charges.

    I cannot comment further about how Harrell may be connected to the Thompson case as that would require I comment on evidence in an ongoing investigation. Throughout this entire investigation we have been very careful to protect the integrity of our investigation by not releasing details that could be detrimental to the successful outcome or prosecution of the person responsible for this crime.

    Thank you for your cooperation.


    Video: Person Of Interest 2/11/10 2:26
    Police have named Jarred Harrell as a person of interest in the murder case of Somer Thompson
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36318@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Slideshow: Person Of Interest Arrested Photos 1-5
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/Photo.aspx?content_id=9a9b0f0e-f159-4f5e-81d4-99720264769a

    Jarred Harrell - Arrest Warrant (246.4KB)
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/media/lib/1/a/9/d/a9da06ab-10f5-47f1-956d-30375e288939/CP_Warrant.pdf

    Jarred Harrell - Booking Sheet (86.1KB)
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/media/...1-ba27-9a57be2e8865/Harrell_Booking_Sheet.pdf

    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...interest-arrested/Dg-bmlnxXk-B1JlyAmR2mg.cspx
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    Sheriff still not connecting arrest to Somer Thompson Case
    Last Update: 2/11 11:56 pm
    <snipped>
    Somer Thompson's family is still waiting for justice. Now for the first time in months, the Sheriff is talking about a possible person of interest in the case. "A suspect has been arrested, and charged with 29 counts of child pornography," said Sheriff Rick Beasler.

    But the sheriff is still very tight-lipped on how harrell is connected Somer's murder. "That would require I discuss evidence in an ongoing investigation," said the Sheriff.

    Sheriff Beasler says he won't do that. "We have been careful to protect the integrity of the investigation by not releasing details that could be detrimental to the successful outcome of the investigation or prosecution of the person responsible for this crime."


    Video: Somer: The Investigation 2/11/10 1:51
    JARRED HARRELL IS SPENDING THE NIGHT BEHIND BARS IN MERIDIAN MISSISSIPPI, FACING 29 COUNTS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IN CLAY COUNTY
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36314@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...g-arrest-to-Somer/kZPJXRPjLkWAkVEIl0Ur2Q.cspx
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    Harrell's family friends suspect him in Somer's murder
    Last Update: 12:56 am
    <snipped>
    Rod and Lisa Buchanan are family friends with Jarred Harrell. Their Daughter and her fiance lived with Harrell in the Summer of 2009 in an apartment off the 2000 block of Wells. Rd in Orange Park.

    When the roommates suspected Harrell had child porn on his computer, they took a closer look at the computer. "She called me at work crying and was sick to her stomach," said Lisa Buchanan about the day in August when her daughter called and told her about what she found on the computer. Buchanan says her daughter and her fiance turned the computer over to police.

    Police say Harrell's computer contained pictures and videos of child porn. Some of the pictures, according to police, were on a CD labeled "Don't lose music."

    In October, when 7-year-old Somer Thompson disappeared and was found dead, the Buchanans suspected Harrell right away. "You just get that sick instinct in your gut," said Lisa Buchanan.

    The Middleburg couple has little doubt that Harrell is Somer's killer. "My gut instinct is yes," said Lisa Buchanan


    Video: Waiting for Justice 2/11/10 4:47
    THREE-AND-A-HALF YEARS AGO, FLORIDA HAD A MAJOR BACKLOG IN DNA TESTING
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36317@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Video: Who Is Jarred Harrell? 2/11/10 00:52
    ACTION NEWS HAS LEARNED THAT HARRELL SPENT THE LAST FIVE MONTHS AVOIDING AN ARREST WARRANT
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36315@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...ect-him-in-Somers/gCrQyplev0aCWqFYvgRLjA.cspx
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    Accused Child Pornographer Arrested, Named Person of Interest in Somer Thompson Case
    Person of Interest Jarred Harrell, 24, Arrested on 29 Child Porn Charges, Lived Near Thompson
    Feb. 11, 2010
    <snipped>
    According to arresting documents, a cluster of child pornography images and video was found on several CDs and a computer Harrell used when he lived with roommates at a home in Orange Park, Fla, in August. The computer, which had a filed called "Toddler Insertion," held "a large amount of child erotica and also child pornography," documents said.

    The roommates, who discovered the files, turned the computer over to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Aug. 10, two months before Thompson disappeared.


    Related
    Article: Investigators Leaning on Community to Solve Somer's Murder
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/somer-tho...eaning-community-find-killer/story?id=8942851

    WATCH: Somer Thompson Case: Profile of a Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8944780

    Somer's Killer May Have Attacked Before
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/somer-thompson-killer-serial-child-predator/story?id=8915179

    WATCH: America's Most Wanted: Somer's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8915737

    Hunting for Somer Thompson's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/hunt-somer-thompson-killer-mom-vows-justice/story?id=8897468

    WATCH: Search for Somer Thompson's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8897596

    Article:
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/jarred-harrell-24-arrested-somer-thomspon-case/story?id=9812666
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    Justice for Somer: Suspect's Former Home Searched
    2/12/10 Last Update: 1:08 am
    <snipped>
    FBI agents spent hours Thursday, emptying out the home on Gano Avenue where police say Jarred Harrell used to live.

    Agents spent hours collecting and cataloging anything that could be considered evidence.

    The search of the home on Gano Avenue wrapped up around 11pm Thursday. No word on exactly they found.


    Video: Somer: The Search 2/11/10 2:42
    INVESTIGATORS ARE SEARCHING A HOME ON THE SAME STREET WHERE SOMER WAS LAST SEEN, GANO AVENUE
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36313@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...mer-Home-Searched/VvxvIeq1eEmvdDu4fUIV7A.cspx
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    GMA~Exclusive: Diena Thompson, Mother of Murdered Somer Thompson: 'I Want [Killer] to Die'
    Mother's Heartbreaking Call for Answers Came Days Before Person of Interest Named in Child's Murder
    Feb. 12, 2010
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    "Why? Give me your best excuse, your best reason as to why you had to do this," Thompson told ABC News in an exclusive interview that aired today on "Good Morning America." "I want them to die. I want them to get the death penalty. I have to be the voice for Somer."

    The emotional interview took place just days before police named a former neighbor of the Thompson's a person of interest in the girl's death on Thursday. Jarred Harrell, 24, was arrested on 29 unrelated charges of possession of child pornography.

    Thompson, however, is determined to find her daughter's killer and said she can't wait to meet him or her face to face. "I feel like it'll give me some more closure because I still blame myself, you know? What if I did this?" she said. "And instead of looking in the mirror and blaming myself, I'm going to have a picture of someone else to blame. I want to see this person's face. I can't wait to meet him face to face."

    Thompson said she wants to know everything about how her daughter died. "I was there when she was born and I should know, how she left," she said. "Because I've built up so many scenarios in my head, that I honestly don't feel like anything they could tell me could be any worse than what I've already made up in my head."

    *More at link!

    WATCH: Closing In on Somer Thompson's Killer 4:47
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/closing-somer-thompsons-killer-9816218

    TRANSCRIPT: Diena Thompson on Catching Daughter's Killer Feb. 12, 2010
    http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/transcript-diena-thompson-catching-daughters-killer/story?id=9814175

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    WATCH: Mother's Quest to Find Somer's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=9032241

    Article:
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/diena-thompson-murdered-somer-thompsons-mother-killer-die/story?id=9813969
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    Man Arrested in Somer Thompson Case
    7-Year-Old Florida Girl's Body Found in Landfill; Jarred Mitchell Harrell Called Person of Interest
    ORANGE PARK, Fla., Feb. 12, 2010
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    Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said Jarred Mitchell Harrell, 24, who had lived in the girl's neighborhood was arrested in Mississippi Thursday on 29 charges of possession of child pornography. Officials at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility in Mississippi said they didn't know if he has a lawyer.

    Harrell, who was arrested in Meridian, Miss., had lived until recently in a home near Somer Thompson's. Authorities searched that house Thursday.

    Dawn Nuss, 39, whose 8-year-old daughter Christina used to walk home with Somer, said her daughter told her that Somer used to stop at the house and pet a white dog. No one would ever come out of the house. Sometimes Somer would run ahead of the children walking home and hide in a ditch.


    *NOTE: Until CBS adds the video up on thier YouTube Channel, click on title to open video in a new tab! I'll edit the link asap! :wink:
    Early Show Video: Somer's Mom Wants Justice
    Maggie Rodriguez spoke with Diena Thompson about the murder of her daughter, 7-year-old Somer Thompson.
    [ame="http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5413196n"]Somer's Mom Wants Justice - CBS News Video[/ame]

    Article:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/12/national/main6200498.shtml?tag=contentBody;cbsCarousel
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    Today Show Video: ‘Person of interest’ arrested in Thompson case 1:12
    Feb. 12: Authorities have arrested Jarred Mitchell Harrell, a man they believe may know something about the death of Somer Thompson. NBC’s Mark Potter reports.
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    Search For Somer's Killer Leads To Mississippi
    Person Of Interest Arrested; Vacant Orange Park Home Searched

    POSTED: Friday, February 12, 2010
    UPDATED: 9:57 am EST February 12, 2010
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    Beseler said Jarred Harrell has been charged with 29 counts of possession of child pornography that occurred in Clay County, and he was arrested Thursday by federal agents in Meridian, Miss., and is being held on $1 million bond.

    Beseler said other residences in Callahan and Lauderdale County, Miss., and a vehicle have also been searched in connection with the case.

    According to documents released by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Harrell possessed child pornography on his computer at a Wells Road apartment complex. Harrell was asked to move out of his residence in August after his roommates found out that he stole from them, according to an arrest warrant. He left the residence, leaving his computer and a box of CDs behind, according to the warrant. Authorities said Harrell moved into the home on Gano Avenue between that time and December, when neighbors said he moved out. According to the arrest warrant, the computer was processed by the attorney general's office, and that's when five movies and 24 child pornographic images were found showing children as old as 10 and 13 years old.


    Video: Search For Somer's Killer Leads To Mississippi
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22544531/index.html

    Video: Person of Interest In Somer Thompson Case & Search for Makia's Killer
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22542600/index.html

    Video: Search For Clues In Somer's Murder
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22542423/index.html

    Video: Crimes Against Kids
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22542225/index.html

    Article:
    http://www.news4jax.com/news/22542514/detail.html
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    Snow hampering Harrell's first appearance
    Last Update: 10:28 am
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    Its snowing hard here in Meridian, Mississippi. That snow is preventing Jarred Harrell from making his first appearance at the Lauderdale County Courthouse. Most employees can't get to work.

    That means Jarred Harrell may not appear before a judge until Tuesday. Monday is Presidents Day. I spoke with Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie and he tells me Harrell could sign paperwork to be extradited back to Clay County without appearing before a judge.

    Last night, photojournalist Jamey Cicalese and I drove nine hours from Jacksonville to learn more about Harrell. We've been in Meridian and for a few hours now. The snow keeps falling steadily.

    We'll keep you posted on what we learn in Meridian.


    Suspect Jarred Harrell is being held in Lauderdale County
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    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...-first-appearance/3m1MuiLmBkmoHDxMs_csWg.cspx
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    Video: Home Searched In Somer Thomson Case 2/12/10 5:56
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66256827001
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    Harrell aunt calls him "sweet dough boy"
    Last Update: 11:52 am
    <snipped>
    My photojournalist and I just left the house Harrell was staying at in Meridian. He was staying with his Aunt, Kriss Mizelle. Mizelle's house was searched by the FBI Thursday afternoon and the computers were taken.

    Mizelle tells me Harrell was visiting her last week. She said he enjoyed Meridian and started looking for a job.

    She says Harrell was just a "big dough boy" and a good guy. She doesn't believe he had child pornography or has anything to do with Somer Thompson's death. "He wasn't hiding. He wasn't acting strange," Mizelle told me.

    Mizelle is upset because she says people are jumping to conclusions about her nephew. "He's not a freak," she told me.

    Neighbor describes Harrell's FBI arrest
    Feb 12 - 11:02 am
    Right now I'm at Alma Bonner's house in Meridian. She lives across the street from where Jarred Harrell lived.

    The 73-year-old baby sat her great grandchildren at her house this week and was shocked to learn Harrell is a person of interest in Somer Thompson's murder. Bonner says around 3:00 Thursday she saw about 20 law enforcement cars and dozens of people at the house.

    Bonner told us she didn't know Harrell. She says she only saw his car at the house a few days.


    Jarred Harrell's Aunt, Kriss Mizelle said people are jumping to conclusions about her nephew.
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    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...m-sweet-dough-boy/3m1MuiLmBkmoHDxMs_csWg.cspx
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    Neighbors: 'He Only Came Out When the Kids Came Out of School'
    Created: 2/12/2010 11:25:31 AM
    Updated: 2/12/2010 12:09:36 PM
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    Directly across the street from the home FBI agents searched Thursday, a "for sale" sign points to frustration. "I moved out of here because of this," says neighbor Sandra Russell. Russell and her sister Connie Torres are moving out because they say Jarred Harrell freaked them out. "I knew he had a few loose screws that needed tightening up," Russell told First Coast News' Erich Spivey. "I watched that house constantly because something just told me there's something not right with it," Torres said.

    The sisters started moving out weeks ago, and were greeted Friday with the stunning news. "I was devastated. I freaked out. All my friends started calling me. This is your neighbor.

    He would sit outside about the time the kids would come home and he would wash his car," Russell said.
    Added Torres: "He only came out when the kids came out of school."


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    Article:
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/topstories/news-article.aspx?storyid=151931&catid=3
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    Blog: On The Trail Of Jarred Harrell
    Channel 4 Reporter Jennifer Bauer's Blog From Mississippi

    POSTED: Friday, February 12, 2010
    UPDATED: 11:14 am EST February 12, 2010
    <snipped>
    Channel 4 reporter Jennifer Bauer and photojournalist Matt James traveled to Lauderdale County, Miss., where the man named a person of interest in the abduction and killing of Somer Thompson is in jail on child pornography charges.

    She is sending periodic updates from the place where Jarred Harrell moved sometime after leaving the home on Gano Avenue in Orange Park that the FBI and other authorities searched for evidence Thursday afternoon and evening. Bauer is sending blog posts throughout the day on what she has learned about Harrell's life there and if and when he will appear in court on the charges. Her most recent posts will be first.


    Friday, 10:15 a.m.:
    Went to the house where Harrell lived in Meridian and talked with a woman who identified herself as his aunt. She said, "I don't believe a thing that they are saying about him. He is not a monster." Watch my interview with her on the news at noon.
    Friday, 8:44 a.m.:
    I just had a cup of coffee with the sheriff (yes, this town is as small as you'd imagine). He says Harrell is in his jail, but like we've been reporting all day, the courts are closed down. If he goes before a judge, the sheriff is going to call me so we can get the perp walk.

    Sheriff tells me it won't exactly be a "first appearance" but more of a hearing to see what's going to happen to him. He'll likely be taken to Orange Park and may make is official "first appearance" there since it's their warrant. Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler will have those answers.

    In the meantime, we're going to drive around town and find where this guy lived, worked etc....

    Friday, 7:32 a.m.:
    Snow!!! The town is shut down. According to the radio reports they're expecting 5-7 inches.

    *More at link!

    Video: FBI Perspective On Crimes Against Kids
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22542225/index.html

    Article:
    http://www.news4jax.com/news/22542792/detail.html
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    Video: Roomates Suspected Harrell 2/12/10 0:46
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=36322@wtev.dayport.com
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    Somer's Mom On 'Emotional Roller Coaster'
    POSTED: Friday, February 12, 2010
    UPDATED: 12:22 pm EST February 12, 2010
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    Diena Thompson has been waiting for closure since daughter Somer vanished in October. Her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill. He has not been charged in Somer's death, and Diena Thompson's attorney, Michael Freed, said his client is trying not to get her hopes up about the latest development.

    "This has been an emotional roller coaster for her," Freed said. "We want to make sure the ride comes to an end before she reacts."

    Beseler released a statement that provided few details about the case and did not indicate what evidence makes Harrell a person of interest. "You just get this feeling that he's a very strange guy. He was not playing with a full deck. He's about four cans short of a six-pack," a neighbor said.


    Article:
    http://www.clickorlando.com/news/22544125/detail.html
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    Video: Neighbors React To Harrell Arrest 2/12/10 12pm Report 3:42
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66303730001

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    Calliope Former Member

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    I'm sure they watched him. I'm not sure what you're asking tho'. If he's not under arrest, how do they prevent him from moving?
     
  18. Angel Who Cares

    Angel Who Cares If you seek an angel with an open heart, you shall

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    Part 3:

    VIDEO REPORT: Mom Talks After Person Of Interest In Girls's Murder Arrested
    http://www.wftv.com/video/22544433/index.html
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    Snow Forces Court Delay for Somer Thompson Person of Interest
    Created: 2/12/2010 12:01:49 PM
    Updated: 2/12/2010 12:15:51 PM
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    Jarred Harrell will have to spend a long weekend in jail.

    "I'm very upset that bad people are in a good town," said Lauderdale County (Miss.) Sheriff Billy Sollie. Sollie added that the sheriff's department wasn't heavily involved in the case; they got a call from the FBI to arrest Harrell, and they did so.

    Harrell's first appearance was scheduled for this morning, but severe winter weather in central Mississippi forced a delay. Also, Monday is a federal holiday (President's Day), so court is not in session again until Tuesday.


    Article:
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/topstories/news-article.aspx?storyid=151933&catid=3
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    Slideshow: Blog: On Trail Of Jarred Harrell 1-8
    http://www.news4jax.com/slideshow/news/22543711/detail.html
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    Friends Found Porn On Harrell's Computer
    Man Says Daughter, Fiancé Who Lived With Harrell Turned Computer In To JSO

    POSTED: Friday, February 12, 2010
    UPDATED: 4:02 pm EST February 12, 2010
    <snipped>
    "They went up and turned the computer on and saw things that no one should have to see," Buchanan said. "They found it at like 12 in the morning. We were at (the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office) when my wife got off of work at 7 a.m. We were at JSO around 8:30 that morning with the computer.

    "We took it to JSO thinking that that's where we needed to take it. And once we handed it over to JSO, they handed it over to Clay County," Buchanan said.

    JSO released a statement Friday regarding the computer that was turned in on Aug. 10, saying: "The witness claimed it contained pornographic materials involving children. A sex crimes detective interviewed the witness. The detective determined that the residence where the computer was located is outside of JSO&#8217;s jurisdiction. The witness was advised of this, and the detective notified the appropriate law enforcement agencies, Orange Park Police and the Clay County Sheriff&#8217;s Office. The computer was placed into evidence at JSO, and retrieved by the Clay County Sheriff&#8217;s Office on Thursday, August 13, 2009."

    Buchanan said he was shocked to learn that Harrell's parents had moved out two weeks before Somer Thompson was reported missing, but Harrell still lived at the home.

    Buchanan and his wife decided to go by that house. "And when we drove by, his vehicle was in the driveway, and it was right across the street from the athletic field, right where she (Somer) had to walk every day," Buchanan said.

    After that, Buchanan said he went to a Clay County detective and let him know that Harrell was living in that house on Gano.


    Article:
    http://www.news4jax.com/news/22546613/detail.html
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    Uncut Video: 'Things No One Should See'
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22548251/index.html

    Video: Jarred Harrel: What We Know
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22548961/index.html
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    CCSO Releases Statement about Efforts to Solve Somer's Case
    Created: 2/12/2010 4:56:39 PM
    Updated: 2/12/2010 6:17:08 PM
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    With questions still looming about Jarred Harrell's involvement in Somer Thompson's death, the Clay County Sheriff's Office has released a statement about its efforts to solve this case. Several questions have been asked about the timing of Harrell's arrest on child porn charges and could he have been arrested before Somer's murder.

    From Beseler's response:

    Some disturbing commentary has been brought to our attention regarding the timing of the arrest of Jarred Harrell on child porn charges, namely, the inference that the Clay County Sheriff's Office could have somehow arrested this pornography suspect (Harrell) before the tragic death of Somer Thompson. As we have said all along, we must protect the integrity of our investigation..so not every detail is releasable and not every question can be answered at this time...

    An investigation into any allegation of child pornography possession involves far more than simply establishing that a computer contains the illegal photos or movies...To infer that the Harrell child pornography investigation somehow languished is unfair and inaccurate.


    Video: Neighbors Callahan Home Searched 1:22
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66331639001

    READ THE ARREST WARRANT: WARNING -- VERY GRAPHIC DETAILS -- NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
    http://download.gannett.edgesuite.net/wtlv/docs/021110_harrell_warrant.pdf

    Article:
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/topstories/news-article.aspx?storyid=151948&catid=3
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    Former FBI Agent looks inside Somer investigation
    Last Update: 4:48 pm
    <snipped>
    As an FBI agent Dale Carson spent his career tracking criminals. Now as an attorney he works the criminal law system.

    And he admits he was surprised how long it took investigators to arrest Jarred Harrell, even though his former roommates had turned over his computer, that allegedly had child pornography on it, back in August. "In this case I think they would've gone out of their way to locate him."

    But Carson says to make an arrest and get a warrant to search Harrell's Gano home they needed to build a case against him. And prove the computer belonged to him. "If you step back as an investigator and intellectually look at this and do it the right way you're more subject to win a case when it does come to trial. And you're likely to identify who is actually involved."

    And he says Thursday's search and arrest may have been the result of a lot of behind the scenes work. "They could have been surveilling him for a period of time. We just don't know that yet."


    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...mer-investigation/pGGIyEF8HUK7PFT711uvaQ.cspx
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    Father of Somer Thompson Reacts to Person of Interest Arrest
    February 12, 2010
    <snipped>
    The father of a murdered 7-year-old responded to news that authorities arrested a person of interest in her death Thursday.

    Sam Thompson spoke to FOX8 Friday, a day after authorities in Mississippi arrested a man they are calling a person of interest in the kidnapping and killing of 7-year-old Somer Thompson. Sam Thompson, who lives in Graham, talked about how difficult it would be to face the man authorities are calling a person of interest.

    Watch the video to hear Sam Thompson's reaction to news of the arrest.


    Video: Father of Somer Thompson Reacts to Person of Interest Arrest 2:54
    http://www.myfox8.com/videobeta/?watchId=29eb694a-00a2-44a5-b572-f72e912077d0

    Article:
    http://www.myfox8.com/wghp-sam-thompson-reaction-100212,0,1493441.story
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    Clay sheriff defends lengthy procedure to arrest child-porn suspect
    Story updated at 6:53 PM on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010
    <snipped>
    The Clay County Sheriff&#8217;s Office was given a computer loaded with child pornography and a suspect in August, nearly two months before getting a warrant for a full forensic analysis from state experts. By the time results were back, Orange Park first-grader Somer Thompson went missing and was then found dead in a Georgia landfill. That computer belonged to Jarred Mitchell Harrell.

    Beseler told The Times-Union his detective was working on the Harrell case &#8220;almost every day&#8221; but said he could not get into specific details. &#8220;The perception that this case was just put off is inaccurate and incorrect,&#8221; Beseler said. Beseler said his deputies have to verify possession of the pornographic material by analyzing download times and bank transactions to determine who the videos and pictures belong to.

    Clay deputies received Harrell&#8217;s computer Aug. 13 after former roommates found child porn on the hard drive and several discs Harrell left behind after being kicked out that month.

    Eleven days after they got the computer, Clay deputies had Harrell pulled over for not wearing a seat belt. &#8220;There&#8217;s no way we could have arrested him based on what we had,&#8221; Beseler said.

    It would be another month &#8212; Sept. 25 &#8212; before the computer would be given to the state attorney general&#8217;s Child Predator CyberCrime Unit. &#8220;It sounds like a long time for it to be turned over to the state,&#8221; said Jeffrey Ian Ross, a criminologist at the University of Baltimore who has been studying law-enforcement practices for more than two decades. Nothing was done with the computer for two more weeks while the state waited on a warrant, Attorney General&#8217;s Office spokeswoman Sandi Copes said.

    The state started a forensic search of the computer Oct. 9. &#8220;At that point, this was a routine case,&#8221; Beseler said. Ten days later, Somer disappeared. &#8220;At no time was this request prioritized by Clay County, nor did we have any indication that computer was connected to the Somer Thompson case,&#8221; Copes said. The results of the computer search came back Nov. 12. It generally takes between 30 and 45 days to get the results, Copes said, but if a city or county says they are urgent, they can be turned around in a week.

    In fact, five days after Somer disappeared, Clay authorities sent a computer to the state CyberCrime unit and asked for results to be rushed, Copes said. The results were back within a week, she said. Copes said she could neither confirm nor deny if the second computer was sent because of a connection to Somer&#8217;s death, and Beseler said he did not know what case it was for.

    *More at link*

    Article:
    http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/...lengthy_procedure_to_arrest_child_porn_suspec
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    VIDEO REPORT: Tip Led To Arrest Of Suspect In Girl's Murder
    http://www.wftv.com/video/22548764/index.html
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    Neighbors Making Noise
    Last Update: 12:16 am
    <snipped>
    Neighbors can't believe the man police are calling a "person of interest" in the Somer Thompson murder investigation lived right next door.

    "I used to see Somer come across the street here, and she and her family would wave at me and say hello. And it just freaked me out when all this happened. And then y'all put the guy on tv! It blew my mind!" said neighbor Sandra Russell.

    Police say Jarred Harrell lived in a house on Gano Avenue. They say he was busted for having sexually explicit photos of young girls on his computer.

    Neighbor Connie Torres said, "I noticed he would only come out and smoke cigarettes when the kids were out of school. He'd stay in the whole day. He wouldn't come out."

    The house is only about a quarter mile from Grove Park Elementary School. Dozens of children walk past there every day. Back in October, Somer was one of them.


    Video: Somer Thompson 2/1/2/10 2:26
    Somer's Neighbors React
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=36344@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Article:
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/conten...bors-Making-Noise/xItsb7EvP0yRGbOneEkuPg.cspx
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    Video: Why Wasn't Harrell Arrested Months Earlier?
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22552243/index.html

    Video: People Who Knew Jarred Harrell Speak
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22549720/index.html

    Video: Roommates Found Porn On Harrell's Computer
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/22548480/index.html

    Video: Somer: Community Reaction 2/12/10 1:35
    Following the tragedy of Somer Thompson, the community in Clay County has gathered together to offer their support
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36334@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Video: Somer: Community Reaction 2/12/10 2:08
    THE FAMILIES WHO LIVE IN SOMER'S NEIGHBORHOOD ARE RALLYING AROUND HER FAMILY ONCE AGAIN
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36328@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Video: Somer: Person Of Interest 2/12/10 2:19
    THE PERSON OF INTEREST IN SOMER'S CASE, JARRED HARRELL, FIRST POPPED UP ON LAW ENFORCEMENT'S RADAR IN AUGUST OF 2009
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36342@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Video: Somer: Person Of Interest 2/12/10 2:08
    A relative of the man named as a person of interest in the Somer Thompson murder case says that Jarred Harrell is being slandered
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36332@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Video: Somer: The Investigation 2/12/10 3:50
    INVESTIGATORS ARE QUESTIONING A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE SOMER THOMPSON MURDER CASE
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36325@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5

    Video: Sadness & Relief 2/12/10 2:44
    SOMER'S COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER IN THE WAKE OF THIS ARREST, THE SAME WAY IT DID FOLLOWING HER MURDER
    http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=36331@wtev.dayport.com&navCatId=5
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    Jarred Harrell's Aunt: Officials are Questioning the Wrong Man
    Created: 2/12/2010 6:50:22 PM
    Updated: 2/12/2010 11:40:38 PM
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    In an interview at her Meridian home, Kriss Mizelle, Jarred Harrell's aunt, told First Coast News Harrell is a gentle young man who "couldn't hurt a flea." However, locals in the small town are talking about two things: the arrest of Jarred Harrell and the snowfall.

    Mizelle said the family has been inundated with questions. "It looked like a bee's nest around here. It was the very furthest thing from my mind that my nephew was in any kind of trouble," said Mizelle.

    Mizelle said the reason for Harrell's arrest is shocking, but said others had access to her nephew's computer. Regardless, she said he is no killer. "I do not believe with all of my heart. I do not believe it was my nephew. At all, I just do not."

    Mizelle said she is speaking out because Harrell's immediate family is shell shocked by all the media attention. She said they are afraid whatever they say will be twisted.

    Harrell is originally from Lucedale, Miss. but lived in Meridian. He was homeschooled before moving to Florida. Police say he lived in a home on Gano Ave., which was just one block west from where Somer Thompson disappeared. His family said Harrell just moved back to Mississippi a few weeks ago.


    Video: Jarrell Harrell's Aunt: Official Questioning The Woman 2:05
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66385625001

    Article:
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=151955&catid=3
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    Jarred Harrell's Computer Processing Timeline
    Created: 2/12/2010 6:22:14 PM
    Updated: 2/12/2010 7:10:54 PM
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    Roommates turned over Jarred Harrell's computer to police more than two months before Somer Thompson's murder.

    So why did it take so long to arrest him? The answer is simple, proving it was his computer and he knew what was on the computer takes a long time.

    Harrell's roommates say they found child porn on his computer, in their Wells Road apartment, in August 2009. The roommates then gave the computer to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Aug. 10.

    JSO determined the case was out of their jurisdiction, so the computer was turned over to the Clay County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 13. According to the State Attorney General's office, Harrell's computer arrived at their cyber crime unit on Sept. 25, 2009.

    The unit wasn't able to start taking the computer apart to do forensic testing until Oct. 9, when an official search warrant was received.

    The testing was completed on Nov. 10, nearly a month after Somer was killed. The official report, deeming that what was found on Harrell's computer was child porn, was sent to the Clay County Sheriff's Office two days later, Nov. 12.

    The Clay County Sheriff's Office said the detective assigned to the child porn case worked on the case every single day before the computer was sent to the AG's office. The AG's office said forensic cases normally taken three to six months to handle. Harrell's was done in one month's time.

    Somer disappeared on her walk home from Grove Park Elementary Oct. 19.


    Video: Jarred Harrell's Computer Processing Timeline 3:32
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66362692001

    Article:
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=151953&catid=3
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    Neighbors Say Callahan Home Searched in Connection to Jarred Harrell
    Created: 2/12/2010 6:08:38 PM
    Updated: 2/12/2010 7:12:24 PM
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    A home in Callahan was searched in connection with the Somer Thompson case. It's unclear who lives in the home, but First Coast News has learned it's one of Jarred Harrell's relatives, though police have not confirmed that.

    Police were at the home for hours on Thursday, according to neighbors. Neighbors said the home was searched by the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in connection to the Somer Thompson case, and newly-named person of interest Harrell. Neighbor David Current said he saw police cars and an FDLE crime lab truck, but had no idea what was going on.

    Current said the home in a rental and the family living there just moved in a couple of months ago. "These are new neighbors renting from a woman. I haven't spoken with them," said Current.

    Today, there was no sign left behind that police were even there. Neighbors said they don't recall seing Harrell hanging around.


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    Video: Neighbors Say Callahan Home Searched 1:22
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=66331639001

    Article:
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=151952&catid=3
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    *Here's a news link to a local news site in Meridian, where JH is being held at this time!
    http://www.wtok.com/news

    Video: Extradition Pending for Harrell 2:03
    Updated: 11:26 PM Feb 12, 2010-The investigation of the death of 7-year-old Somer Thompson in Florida led to Meridian and the arrest of 24-year-old Jarred Harrell Thursday.
    http://www.wtok.com/video/?autoStar...default&clipId=4541436&flvUri=&partnerclipid=

    Video: Suspect Held In Florida Childs Death 1:04
    http://www.wtok.com/video/?autoStar...default&clipId=4537799&flvUri=&partnerclipid=
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    Exclusive: Diena Thompson, Mother of Murdered Somer Thompson, Recalls Daughter
    Mom Called for Answers Days Before Person of Interest Named in Child's Murder
    Feb. 12, 2010
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    The emotional interview took place just days before police named a former neighbor of the Thompsons as a person of interest in the girl's death on Thursday. Jarred Harrell, 24, was arrested on 29 unrelated charges of possession of child pornography.

    "We are also naming Harrell a person of interest in connection with the abduction and murder of Somer Thompson," Florida's Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said Thursday.

    Harrell lived on the street near where Somer was last seen Oct. 19, 2009. He was under surveillance for some time, police said. Neighbors described Harrell as antisocial and withdrawn, and said they saw Somer occasionally stop to pet a little white dog near his former home.

    After his arrest Thursday, authorities searched the new home of Harrell's family, particularly a shed.

    The term "person of interest" has no legal ramifications and police have not named Harrell as a suspect. Despite a statewide search, Diena Thompson knew that day that she would never see her daughter again. "I can't explain it, but I just knew that she was gone," she said.

    *Much more at link!

    WATCH: Justice For Somer
    http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/justice-somer-9826549

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    WATCH: Closing In on Somer Thompson's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/closing-somer-thompsons-killer-9816218

    Exclusive: Somer's Mom: 'I Want [Killer] to Die'
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/diena-thompson-murdered-somer-thompson-mother-killer-die/story?id=9813969

    Diena Thompson on Catching Daughter's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/transcript-diena-thompson-catching-daughters-killer/story?id=9814175

    Somer Thompson Person of Interest Arrested
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/jarred-harrell-24-arrested-somer-thomspon-case/story?id=9812666

    WATCH: Mother's Quest to Find Somer's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=9032241

    Investigators Leaning on Community to Solve Somer's Murder
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/somer-tho...eaning-community-find-killer/story?id=8942851

    WATCH: Somer Thompson Case: Profile of a Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8944780

    Somer's Killer May Have Attacked Before
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/somer-thompson-killer-serial-child-predator/story?id=8915179

    WATCH: America's Most Wanted: Somer's Killer
    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8915737

    Article:
    http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/exc...red-somer-thompson-remembers/story?id=9821495
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    Ex-stepfather says Harrell possessed child porn as teen
    Former Orange Park resident linked to Somer Thompson&#8217;s slaying.

    Story updated at 2:03 AM on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010
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    After being told Friday of Harrell&#8217;s arrest on child pornography charges and being linked to Somer Thompson&#8217;s slaying, Richard Wharton said he felt ashamed he didn&#8217;t act on his find eight years earlier. &#8220;I&#8217;m not proud of what I did,&#8221; said Wharton, 65, who was married to Harrell&#8217;s mother for 15 years before divorcing in 2005.

    Harrell got caught stealing when he was 13, but was otherwise a quiet, church-going teen who enjoyed being with friends, Wharton said.

    Three years later, Wharton learned his 16-year-old stepson had another interest.

    Wharton said he was curious about what Harrell kept in a locked tackle box in his bedroom closet, so one day he took off the hinges and pulled out one of several discs. He loaded the disc onto a computer and found pornographic images of young girls, some no older than 5 or 6. They were the same ages of some of the girls found on the Clay County discs, the arrest warrant said.

    Wharton said he asked Harrell&#8217;s mother whether she thought the teen had a problem with pornography and she said no. Wharton said he didn&#8217;t tell her about his find and put the discs back in the box, assuming it was a passing phase. &#8220;I thought it was an age thing,&#8221; Wharton said.

    Messages left by the Times-Union with Harrell&#8217;s mother on her cell phone and Facebook page and his current stepfather&#8217;s cell phone were not returned.

    Harrell&#8217;s aunt, Kriss Mizelle, told the Meridian (Miss.) Star Friday that Harrell had been living with her for about 2 1/2 weeks before his arrest. Authorities seized Harrell&#8217;s computer and his aunt&#8217;s computer during the arrest in the town of about 40,000 people in eastern Mississippi.

    As for his criminal background, Florida records show one arrest in 2007 for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana in Jacksonville. He has no arrests in Mississippi.

    *Much More At Link!

    Article:
    http://jacksonville.com/community/c...her_says_harrell_possessed_child_porn_as_teen
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    Major arrest in Meridian
    Man may be connected to Florida murder
    February 12, 2010
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    Jarred Mitchell Harrell, 24, was taken into custody by FBI agents Thursday afternoon in Meridian and charged with 29 counts of possession of child pornography. According to the affidavit for his arrest from the Clay County Sheriff's Office, multiple items of child pornography &#8212; including graphic photos and videos of children between the ages of 6-13 &#8212; were discovered on his computer after a search of his former home in Orange Park, Fla., in August of 2009.

    In Meridian Thursday, FBI agents swarmed the large country tin-roof home, moving on and off of the spacious covered front porch. The agents didn't appear to take anything from the home but did spend more than an hour searching. The home is located on the north end of 22nd Avenue Heights, which winds around and up the hill in the south part of Meridian's city limits behind the Cefco gas station.

    Some neighbors, who refused to give their names, said they'd seen Harrell in recent days, but they believed in lived in one of the small rental cottages that are located behind the large home.


    Article:
    http://meridianstar.com/local/x1230897323/Major-arrest-in-Meridian
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    Aunt says Harrell &#8216;isn't a monster&#8217;
    February 13, 2010
    Due to an early press time on Friday, the full story could not be included in this edition. Read more in Sunday's edition of The Meridian Star.
    <snipped>
    Kriss Mizelle said she's been experiencing anxiety attacks since she came home Thursday to the big white house she shares with her friend Larenda Mingledorff and found federal agents inside.

    Those agents said her nephew, Jarred Mitchell Harrell, had been arrested on 29 counts of possession of child pornography. Mizelle only found out later that her 24-year-old nephew was being held in connection with the kidnapping and death of 7-year-old Somer Thompson of Orange Park, Fla., in October of last year. Harrell had been living with her for the past two weeks.

    To Mizelle, Harrell was just a normal, lazy young man. "He isn't the monster they say he is," said Mizelle, sitting on a sofa in the living room Friday as rare Mississippi snow fell outside. "He came here to visit, maybe find a job. He liked it here and in no way did he act or say anything that would make me think he'd done anything wrong &#8212; especially child porn or murder."

    Federal agents arrested Harrell in Meridian at about 2 p.m. Thursday. Deputies with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department escorted Harrell from the federal building to the Lauderdale County Detention Facility where he is now fighting extradition back to Florida. Sollie said officials there will have submit documents for a governor's warrant in order to bring Harrell back to Florida.


    Article:
    http://meridianstar.com/local/x1687379797/Aunt-says-Harrell-isnt-a-monster
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    Clay sheriff defends lengthy procedure to arrest child-porn suspect
    Story updated at 2:29 AM on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010
    <snipped>
    Beseler vigorously defended his officers and the investigation Friday, saying that questions about whether Harrell should have been off the street before Somer&#8217;s death were &#8220;irresponsible.&#8221;

    Beseler told The Times-Union his detective was working on the Harrell case &#8220;almost every day&#8221; but said he could not get into specific details. &#8220;The perception that this case was just put off is inaccurate and incorrect,&#8221; Beseler said. Beseler said his deputies have to verify possession of the pornographic material by analyzing download times and bank transactions to determine who the videos and pictures belong to.

    In fact, five days after Somer disappeared, Clay authorities sent a computer to the state CyberCrime unit and asked for results to be rushed, Copes said. The results were back within a week, she said.

    Copes said she could neither confirm nor deny if the second computer was sent because of a connection to Somer&#8217;s death, and Beseler said he did not know what case it was for. Rod Buchanan, whose daughter is one of Harrell&#8217;s former roommates, said authorities said Harrell would not to consent to a search of his computer. Beseler would not discuss whether Harrell gave consent.

    Buchanan complimented the work of Clay detectives and said they were concerned about having a solid case and doing everything by the book. &#8220;If they would have acted sooner, the guy probably would have walked away or gotten a slap on the wrist,&#8221; Buchanan said.


    Video: Somer Thompson Investigation 2:30
    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid10363234001?bctid=66199489001

    Article:
    http://jacksonville.com/community/c...engthy_procedure_to_arrest_child_porn_suspect

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  19. Angel Who Cares

    Angel Who Cares If you seek an angel with an open heart, you shall

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    Porn suspect's link to Somer case uncertain
    Clay investigators, girl's family remain tight-lipped in case.

    Published: Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
    Last Modified: Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 12:03 a.m.
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    In the days after a 7-year-old vanished on her way home from school, authorities launched a massive manhunt, interviewing all the registered sex offenders in a 5-mile radius. This week, nearly four months after she died, Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler announced a person of interest in the case, an unemployed 24-year-old restaurant worker who lived on and off in Somer's neighborhood. Friends and authorities say he kept files of child pornography on his computer. Somer's mother, Diena Thompson, was trying not to get her hopes up, her attorney said Friday.

    Harrell's aunt said she does not believe he is capable of violence. "They tried to make it sound like he's some monster, but he's not," said Kriss Mizelle, who let Harrell stay with her in Meridian. "I could say all these good things about him, but nobody wants to hear that. They think you're delusional and don't know about his secret life, but he's a good kid."

    Freed, Diena Thompson's attorney, said neither she nor her daughter knew Harrell.

    Mizelle, Harrell's aunt, said he moved about three weeks ago from Florida to Meridian because he had visited and liked the area. It wasn't clear where he had been before then. "They made it seem like he ran here to hide, but he was putting in job applications and using his Social Security number," she said. Harrell was originally from Lucedale, Miss., and was home-schooled before moving to Florida. He worked various jobs, from cooking to retail, Mizelle said. She said authorities also took a computer from her home Thursday.


    Article:
    http://www.gainesville.com/article/...e=Porn-suspect-s-link-to-Somer-case-uncertain
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    Somer Thompson's Father Reacts To 'Person Of Interest' Arrest
    Created: 2/12/2010 12:16:50 PM
    Updated: 2/12/2010 6:37:29 PM
    <snipped>
    "It's like reliving it all over again. We've waited so long to find out who this man was and to finally see his face on TV was a feeling of I'm not ready for this yet," said her father Sam Thompson, who lives in Alamance County.

    Sam Thompson said he is ready for answers and closure about how his daughter Somer died. "It's been painful. There's a process of healing, which is tremendous, but without knowing who did it or how she was taken, these are all thoughts in your mind once you let your mind start to wander, you always see the worst," he said.

    Thompson said he's not convinced yet that authorities have his daughter's killer. "If they have this person and they connect his name along with Somer, there's definitely something there. But I find out as you find out. They still have to be careful. They don't want this person to get away on a loophole," he said.

    So what does he want to happen to whoever did take Somer? "I think he should be put away in a solitary confinement cell with no sunlight for the rest of his life. He should have to suffer something. Just being executed, that's the easy way out," he said.

    One of the hardest things for Thompson might still be to come. "As a father to have his daughter taken and to have to look this man in his eyes one day. That's something that I really have to pray hard about that I'll be able to look this man in the face and forgive him for what he's done," he said.

    Thompson's immediate focus is on remembering his daughter. "We miss her so much," he said crying. "Now all I have are memories."

    Thompson is becoming an advocate for child safety. He points to jessicaslawnownc.org for examples on how serious the threats are. He said a "Somer's Law" is in the works to prevent children from walking home alone. "How many more laws are we going to have to name after our dead children before we wake up and do something about it and stop this from happening," Thompson said.


    Article:
    http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=137328&catid=57
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    Video: Break In Somer Case? February 12, 2010
    Police investigating the death of 7-year-old Somer Thompson arrest a man on child porn charges.
    [ame]http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2010/02/12/bts.summer.thompson.case.wjxt[/ame]

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  20. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    Does anyone know why he was home schooled ?
     
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