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Devastating End to 27-Year-Old Mystery


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer  

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Minnesota officials has finally learned what had happened to the 11-year-old, Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted on October 22, 1989 from St. Joseph. According to StarTribune, Jacob was riding home from a convenience store with his brother and his best friend when a masked gunman forced Jacob into his car and handcuffed him. His brother and friend were told to run or he would shoot them also. Tragically, on September 3rd, 2016, local authorities announced that they had in fact found Jacob’s remains on a farm in Paynesville, Minnesota.

Jacob Wetterling was sexually assaulted and killed on the same night he disappeared. The killer Danny Heinrich confessed to burying him and later after moving his remains to the farm where he led investigators. According to CBS Minnesota, Jacob’s mother became a national child advocate and helped create the Jacob Wetterling Act that Congress passed in 1994. This law requires anyone who is arrested and convicted of being a sexual offender must register with their state law enforcement. In addition, Jacob’s mother, Patty Wetterling, also created the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.

In 2015, Danny Heinrich becomes a “Person of Interest” after being arrested on unrelated child pornography charges. However, he denied his involvement in Jacob’s abduction on October 22, 1989.  According CBS Minnesota, a confession from Danny Heinrich in a plea deal has given Jacob’s family the answer that they have hoped for over the last 27 years. The killer’s confession led to Jacob’s remains and he was later positively identified by DNA. He will face 20 years in prison as a results of the plea deal for the pornography charges, but he will not face justice for killing Jacob.

 

References:

CBS Minnesota (2016) Plea Deal Negotiations Led To Discovery Of Wetterling Remains

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 8, 2016

Plea Deal Negotiations Led To Discovery Of Wetterling Remains

CBS Minnesota (2016) Wetterling’s Abduction & Heinrich’s Confession: A Timeline Of Events

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 8, 2016

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/09/06/wetterlings-abduction-heinrichs-confession-a-timeline-of-events/

StarTribune (2016) Danny Heinrich confesses to abducting and killing Jacob Wetterling

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 8, 2016

http://www.startribune.com/danny-heinrich-confesses-to-abducting-and-killing-jacob-wetterling/392438361/

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Police Believe They Have Found Lonzie Barton: Thrown away like garbage


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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January 12, 2016/Jacksonville, FL– The search for little Lonzie Barton turned to heartbreak and sadness today for the family of the adorable toddler, as well as the First Coast Community. In a press conference, Jacksonville’s Sheriff, Mike Williams stated that the investigators, “strongly believe that the human remains belong to Lonzie Barton” (FCN, 2016). According to JSO Chief of Investigations Tom Hackney, “Lonzie had been thrown away like a piece of garbage”.

The 21-month-old toddler has been missing for over six months, while Ruben Ebron and Lonna Lauramore Barton have been sitting in jail. Both suspects are facing two child neglect charges and lying to police. According to (FCN, 2016), the prime suspect in the case, Ruben Ebron and his lawyers led police to the toddler’s remains on the Southside of town on Snyder St. Sadly, police never searched this area during the initial massive search, but the searchers were only 2.5 miles from where the remains were found.

The District Attorney, Angela Corey was also at the press conference and has requested that the First Coast Community give the law enforcement and legal communities’ time to answer the questions that everyone has in this case. According to (FCN, 2016), she announced that there may be more charges facing both of the two suspects, but is tight lipped about what the charges may be. As the remains are analyzed in the next few weeks and months, the truth may come out about how this adorable happy child ended up being thrown away like a piece of garbage.

More updates to come.

References:

First Coast News (2016) Ebron led JSO to believed Lonzie Barton remains in Southside woods

Retrieved from World Wide Web on January 12, 2016

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2016/01/11/jso-investigating-wooded-area-southside/78629890/

 

 

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The New Developments in the Lonzie Barton Case


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Jacksonville, FL-Little Lonzie Barton have been missing for almost two months now, but the key suspects in his sudden disappearance are keeping their mouth shut. The suspects who police have arrested are William “Ruben” Ebron and his mother Lonna Lauramore Barton. According to Jacksonville.com, little Lonzie’s mother, Lonna has plead not guilty in court for two charges of child neglect and one count of lying to police throughout the investigation.

According to Fox30Jax, Chris Barton’s Aunt, Shirley Barton believes Lonna was involved in what happened to little Lonzie. She says Lonna is ‘evil’ and the family is upset that the children’s father, Chris Barton would help his estranged wife bond out of jail. The toddler’s father is standing by his estranged wife, because he believe that she has had no involvement in little Lonzie’s disappearance.

Lonzie’s mother was separated from her husband, Chris Barton, at the time of little Lonzie’s disappearance and she was dating Ruben. However, her estranged husband believes that Lonna Barton had nothing to do with little Lonzie’s disappearance. According to News4Jax, a witness was angry as little Lonzie’s mother did the ‘happy dance’ as she was being released from jail. So far, little Lonzie has not been found and police are building a murder case against William ‘Ruben’ Ebron.

According to First Coast News.com, former State Attorney Harry Shorstein spoke to a FCN reporter after little Lonzie Barton had been missing about a week. Attorney Shorstein is not part of the Lonzie Barton case, but explained that the toddler’s body is not needed for prosecuting this case. However, he also knows that it will be a difficult task for the assigned prosecutors, because they must prove that the suspects have been lying since day one.Many people believe the mother knows more than she is saying, but at this point she is not talking to anyone.

According to One News Page.com , an audio recording surfaced that revealed Lonna L. Barton talking with a friend about using drugs and about Ebron involvement in Lonzie’s disappearance. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has this secret recording and it is now part of their investigation into little Lonzie’s disappearance. This case started when this adorable blonde-haired, blue-eyed toddler and his five-year-old sister were left in the care of the mother’s boyfriend William ‘Ruben’ Ebron. The mother Lonna was working at Wacko’s as an exotic dancer.

Ebron took her to work and later texted her to find a ride home, which she found with a co-worker. According to News4Jax, Lonna’s coworker gave her ride home and she stated that the mother’s actions were odd and suspicious.
She was living in a one bedroom apartment with Ebron and the two children at the Ravenwood Apartments located at 8030 South Old Kings Rd.

According to Jacksonville.com, on July 24th, 2015, Ebron reported his car stolen with the toddler in it. Ebron told investigators that his car was stolen with the toddler sleeping inside of it, but the police found the car a few blocks away and Lonzie was not inside the car.

According to News4Jax, a video surfaced that showed Ebron was lying and police arrested Ebron immediately. At first, the police made the mother seem like she was a victim, who was distraught over the loss of her missing son. From the moment police met Lonzie’s mother that night, she instantly began telling a series of lies. According to News4Jax, she told police that she didn’t know her apartment number and she didn’t know Ebron.

Police discovered throughout the investigation the Ebron was a drug dealer and that Lonzie’s mother lived with Ebron. Police say she knew he stored and sold drugs that were stored in an unlocked location, which put both of the small children in harm’s way. Later, through more intense investigations and witnesses that knew Lonna, actually told police about a tattoo that Lonna had on her side that read …‘Ruben’.

According to News4Jax, on Aug. 18, 2015, police arrested Lonna Lauramore Barton for lying to police and two counts of child neglect, but more charges may follow. Police say they have dealt with nothing but lies from the mother Lonna and Ebron, since the 911 call came in the early hours of July 24th, 2015. Unfortunately, both parties have lied from the very beginning of the investigation, which has police frustrated and wanting justice for little Lonzie Barton.

According to WOKV, little Lonzie had a bruise to the back on his head by his ear, he was lethargic, vomiting, and he had yellow fluid coming from his ear. His mother went to work, instead of rushing the injured child to the hospital. Additionally, she had a heated argument with Ebron, but still left both minor children with him.

The investigators are piecing together a murder investigation against Ebron, because little Lonzie deserves justice and a proper burial. If the mother had a part in this crime, the investigators will charge her as well as Ebron. Right now, police are still asking everyone to pray, so they can find this adorable boy’s body. These new developments have broken the hearts of many in the First Coast community, who have helped search for this toddler.

According to First Coast News.com, after being missing for almost two months now, the police have search on a massive scale and private parties have also searched for this toddler. A week after little Lonzie went missing the police shifted from a search rescue mission to a recovery mission. According to First Coast New.com, Little Lonzie is a distant cousin to Haleigh Cummings, due the mother’s side of the family. Haleigh went missing and had never been found up to this day, even after gaining national headlines.

Recently, Lonna and Chris Barton were arrested on felony drug charges after selling drugs to an undercover cop. According to First Coast News.com, both Chris Barton and Lonna Barton were being watched by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office for several weeks now. According the spokesman, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s was not involved in this arrest or drug dealing investigation. Now, the judge are requesting the each suspect take drug tests, as well as setting a high bond for each suspect.

Little Lonzie is missing, presumably he is dead, but both parents have a drug problem and they chose to continue getting high. According to First Coast News.com, the boyfriend Ruben has tried to escape and has made threatening calls, but police are asking him to come clean about the toddler’s whereabouts. So, as these parents keep making bad choices, the police can only hope that someone will break and finally reveal where little Lonzie is buried.

Keep this child is your prayers until he comes home!

References:
First Coast News.com (2015) Attorney: Body is not needed to prosecute in a missing person’s case
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 16, 2015
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/2015/07/29/attorney-explains-how-to-prosecute-a-suspect-in-a-missing-persons-case-if-the-victims-body-is-not-recovered/30850649/

First Coast News.com (2015) Chris and Lonna Barton, Lonzie’s parents, arrested on drug charges
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 18, 2015
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2015/09/16/baker-county-sheriff-news-conference-bartons/32534937/

First Coast News.com (2015) Missing boy is related to Haleigh Cummings, another missing children
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 16, 2015
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2015/07/25/another-missing-child/30674871/

Fox30Jax.com (2015) Barton family member: Lonzie’s mom ‘evil’
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 16, 2015
http://www.fox30jax.com/news/news/local/barton-family-member-lonzies-mom-evil/nnQzr/

Jacksonville.com (2015) Lonzie Barton’s pleads not guilty to child neglect, giving false information charges
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 15, 2015
http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2015-09-09/story/mother-lonzie-barton-pleads-not-guilty-charges-child-neglect-and-giving

Jacksonville.com (2015) Man who reported Lonzie Barton missing charged with neglect; was using drugs at the time, affidavit says
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on July 26th, 2015
http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2015-07-24/story/man-who-reported-lonzie-barton-missing-charged-neglect-was-using

News4Jax.com (2015) Lonna Barton’s coworker opens up about the night Lonzie vanished
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 13, 2015
http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonna-bartons-coworker-talks-about-night-lonzie-disappeared/34808628

News4Jax.com (2015) Lonzie Barton’s mother arrested for child neglect and lying to police
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 6, 2015
http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonna-barton-arrested-in-lonzie-barton-case/34793284

News4Jax.com (2015) Witness: Lonzie Barton’s mother does a ‘happy dance’ as she bonds out of jail
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 11, 2015
http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonzies-mother-lonna-barton-bonds-out-of-jail/34891822

One News Page.com (2015) Missing Florida toddler’s mother caught on tape?
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 11, 2015
http://www.onenewspage.com/n/US/7556l8vb3/Missing-Florida-toddler-mother-caught-on-tape.htm

WOKV (2015) Police: Missing toddler’s mother arrested; toddler was injured before disappearance
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 5, 2015
http://www.wokv.com/news/news/national/jso-lonzie-barton-injured-disappearance/nnMkt/

Posted in Crystal S. Kauffman, Lonna Barton, Lonna Lauramore, Lonzie Barton, missing child, Ruben Ebron

Lonzie Barton’s Mother Has Been Arrested


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Jacksonville, FL., Little Lonzie Barton was reported missing early Friday morning at 2:19 AM on July 24, 2015. Now, four weeks later, according to News4Jax, police have arrested Lonzie’s mother Lonna Lauramore for one count of lying to police and two counts of child neglect. The toddler and his 5 year-old sister was left in the care of Lonna’s live-in boyfriend Ruben Ebron, who reported his car stolen with the toddler still inside of it.

Police scrambled to find little Lonzie, but they still have not found this toddler after a wide spread search and an AMBER ALERT. Mr. Ebron was arrested on July 24, 2015 on two counts of child neglect and one count of lying to police was just recently added. According to News4Jax, the police have stated that both the mother and her live-in boyfriend have been lying, since the moment the police answered the 911 call. The night of his disappearance, Lonna told police that she didn’t know Ruben Ebron.

However, police learned that she lives with him and recently they learned that she has a huge tattoo on her side with Ruben’s name. Additionally, police said she lived in one bedroom apartment with both kids and Mr. Ebron, who bought and sold drugs to pay the bills. Police remain convinced that Mr. Ebron has murdered the child and they are looking for a body, due to new evidence that has emerged. According to WOKV, a third party told police that little Lonzie had a bruise on the back of his head and he had yellow stuff draining out of his ears.

The witness also stated that the toddler was lethargic and may have needed medical care for his injuries. However, Lonna got into a heated argument with Mr. Ebron, but he never gave her a satisfactory answer on how Lonzie obtained these injuries. Then, instead of taking Lonzie to the hospital for his injuries, police say she left the two children in Mr. Ebron’s care. She had him drop her off at Wacko’s, where she worked as an exotic dancer and he had both children at that time. According to News4Jax, the coworker stated that the mother’s actions were odd and suspicious.

After work, she asked a coworker drop her off at home, but the coworker said she wanted to be dropped off at a different apartment complex off Old Kings Rd. Additionally, she asked the coworker to take her to a place where someone owed her money. According to News4Jax, the police saw her coworker’s car and he asked them questions, which is when the officer learned that Lonna was the missing toddler’s mother.

This is when police say, Lonna began immediately lying to the investigators and the coworker confronted her when they were alone. The coworker felt she was not acting like a distraught mother, whose child has just been reported missing.  According to News4Jax, the coworker stated that Lonna Lauramore Barton didn’t get upset, instead she starting acting odd. The coworker said she seemed to be consoling Mr. Ebron, instead of freaking out about the toddler’s disappearance.

Police are building a murder case against Mr. Ebron, because they believe that he murdered the toddler and they believe that he has the answers to where the toddler’s body is located. After an exhaustive search for over a week, police are still no closer to finding this adorable 21 month-old little boy. According to News4Jax, the police are hoping someone has information that will help them find this missing toddler and bring his body home. Furthermore, Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any tips or information that will lead them to recovering Lonzie’s remains.

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References:

News4Jax.com (2015) Lonzie Barton’s mother arrested for child neglect and lying to police

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on August 20, 2015

http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonna-barton-arrested-in-lonzie-barton-case/34793284

WOKV (2015) Police: Missing toddler’s mother arrested; toddler was injured before disappearance

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on August 20, 2015

http://www.wokv.com/news/news/national/jso-lonzie-barton-injured-disappearance/nnMkt/

News4Jax.com (2015) Lonna Barton’s coworker opens up about the night Lonzie vanished

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on August 20, 2015

http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonna-bartons-coworker-talks-about-night-lonzie-disappeared/34808628

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Amber Alert Issued for Lonzie Barton: A 21-month-old Missing Toddler


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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According to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an AMBER ALERT has been issued for Lonzie Barton, a 21-month-old Jacksonville, FL. Toddler. He was reported missing on July 24th, 2015 around 2:00 AM, by the mother’s boyfriend and he also reported his car missing. That morning, little Lonzie and his 5-year-old sister was in the care of his mom’s boyfriend, William Ruben Ebron. The toddler went missing from the 8000 block of Old Kings Rd and police need the public’s help to find him.

His car was a 1995 orange Honda with a black hood, but the car was eventually found four blocks away from the apartments. However, the toddler was not inside the car and the police fear that the boyfriend knows more than he is telling them. Little Lonzie was only wearing a diaper at the time of his disappearance, but police are concerned that he may have just walked off from the car. According to Jacksonville.com, the police are asking everyone to look on their properties and keep a look out for this blonde hair blue eyed toddler.

The police are searching for the toddler on foot and with search dogs, as well as other agencies that have offered their services. The police say that the natural parents are victims and not considered suspects, but Mr. Ebron was charged with two counts of child neglect on Friday, which was unrelated to this case. However, he was on bond from a prior case from Baker County and he had a record of different types of charges like: armed robbery, grand theft auto, possession, domestic violence, and violation of probation.

According to Jacksonville.com, one of the conditions of his bond was that he was not supposed to have contact or live with Lonna Lauramore. The couple was living together in the Ravenwood apartments at 8030 South Old Kings Rd. The mother and father are working closely with police to help find their son. According to Jacksonville.com, both the mother and the boyfriend face drug related charges, which is separate from the toddler’s disappearance.

The mother’s boyfriend, Mr. Ebron told the police that he stopped by the apartment to “get something”, but later he admitted that he went inside to “use cocaine”. The police verified that the mother was working at the time her young son went missing, while in the care of her boyfriend. According to Gray, the police say that the mother’s boyfriend is now considered a suspect and may have been lying about the car being stolen.

Unfortunately, both children were left alone inside the car by Mr. Ebron, but the 5-year-old sister got frightened and left the toddler in the car by himself. The police believe that Mr. Ebron has the answers, which they need to find the missing toddler. The investigation has turned from a missing child to a possible homicide investigation. Police are now focusing on searching waterways, retention ponds, and wooded areas.

If you have seen this child, call 911 immediately!

References:

Gray, Jeremy (2015) Lonzie Barton Amber Alert: Boyfriend of missing Florida toddler’s mother now suspect
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on July 26th, 2015
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/07/lonzie_barton_amber_alert_boyf.html

Jacksonville.com (2015) Man who reported Lonzie Barton missing charged with neglect; was using drugs at the time, affidavit says
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on July 26th, 2015
http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2015-07-24/story/man-who-reported-lonzie-barton-missing-charged-neglect-was-using

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (2015) AMBER ALERT: Lonzie Barton
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on July 26th, 2015
http://www.missingkids.com/poster/AMBER/11784/8682/

©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman