Shot in Savannah – The Brandon Tyree McCullough Cold Case

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He stepped outside of his apartment to smoke his last cigarette. No, he wasn’t quitting the habit. He would be shot and killed with the lit cigarette still hanging from his mouth. Who would kill the beloved Brandon Tyree McCullough? Why was he beaten up the week before his death? Who was the man seen fleeing the scene? Most importantly, why has this case gone unsolved for nine long years?


Brandon T. McCullough was the eldest son of Audry McCullough, and like all mothers, she had high hopes and dreams for his future. Unfortunately, those dreams would be destroyed when she got the news that her son had been shot in the head outside his apartment building.

On December 27, 2009, Tyree, as he was lovingly called, stepped outside of his apartment to smoke a cigarette never knowing that it would be his last. A lone gunman walked up to the man and shot him point blank in the head with a .38 caliber weapon. The police report stated there were powder burns on Tyree’s hat. Tyree slumped against the wall and witnesses reported seeing a tall, slender black male with dreadlocks fleeing the scene. Witnesses also describe seeing a two-toned Ford F150 pickup with the driver matching the previous description.

Tyree was taken to a nearby hospital but died a few hours later. During the investigation, another witness claimed she had witnessed a Gray Gallant with four black males before the shooting. She found it odd because as soon as she stepped out into the breezeway, the car hurried away. This witness also reported an incident that happened a week before the death of Tyree. She saw a tall black man running from the breezeway just moments before Tyree stumbled down the stares with a torn shirt and a shoulder injury.

Could this man be the shooter? Who were the four men in the gray Gallant and why did only one of them return?

If you have any information, in this case,, please contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line (912) 234-2020


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Missouri’s Missing – Dana Bruce

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A single mom goes out for a much-needed break one Saturday night in the rural town of Sedalia, MO. She meets a good ole’ boy in a red Ford truck and decides to ask the sitter to stay the night. She stops by the house just before midnight to pay the sitter’s extra fees, but never returns home. Ten years and a thousand rumors later the family is still at a loss. Where is Dana Bruce?

Dana Bruce, 23 was the mother of two young children; Dylan 4 and Destiny 2. Her mom’s night out has lasted ten years, and now her children have no recollections of their devoted mother. Their grandmother, and now legal guardian, keeps their mother’s memory alive with pictures and scrapbooks. It’s all these two children have left. Dylan is now a teenager, and it’s been reported that he reads the online reports about his mother every few weeks.

Dana had a problematic upbringing being bounced between foster homes and spending some time in a girl’s group home in Sedalia as a child. She seemed determined to give her kids a better life and tried to make something of herself, but by 23 she was still searching for Mr. Right. On the night of October 4, 2008, her search leads her to Malone’s Bar in downtown Sedalia. Video surveillance last records her around 11:30 pm. A short time later she is seen with a man driving a newer model Ford F150. Dana returns home to pay the babysitter the extra fee for agreeing to stay the night and was never seen again.

Authorities tracked down the man in the red truck and questioned him. A short time later he skipped town. He was later arrested in Georgia on possession of an illegal substance and driving on a suspended license. This man has been classed as a person of interest but hasn’t been publicly named.

Rumors abound in the small rural town, and many of them are far-fetched, but the local police assure the public that they have doggedly tracked down each one. Some locals blame her ex. Some locals believe she is underneath the concrete at the nearby Pro-Energy construction site. Police could not verify either one of these so-called leads.

If you have any information about this young mother, please contact the Sedalia Police Department. (660) 826-8100.

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Phantom Disappearance – Carmen M. Owens

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A quiet, somewhat reclusive woman buys a bus ticket to Green Bay and vanishes. Her medicine is still at home, and she carries nothing but a purse. Did she even get on the bus? Did she get off the bus? No one knows, and now 20 years later her existence is almost erased from memory. What happened to Carmen Owens?

These cases are the hardest for me to write about and not because of the lack of information. The thought that someone can disappear and be forgotten is devastating. Carmen Owens was a quiet woman who lived a somewhat reclusive life. She had a few friends in Shawano but only seemed close to her mother, Verona Owens.

Carmen walked to the local grocery stores and coffee shops and frequently visited the library where her mother worked. She was an avid reader, but there are no records of what she was reading. The library hadn’t installed a computer system as of 1998. Perhaps she was checking out a book on starting a new life. We will never know.

The lack of information about this 41-year-old woman is frustrating for the police and armchair detectives alike. 

Verona Owens died in 2009 hoping her daughter would walk through her door one day, but that still hasn’t happened.

Greyhound employees cannot say if Carmen reached Green Bay, or even if she ever boarded the bus in Shawano.

One thing we do know for sure is the fact that Carmen frequently traveled to a shopping mall in Green Bay, WI with her mother. Perhaps this is why the woman left without her luggage or her required medications. Maybe she was going on a shopping trip and planned to return.

There’s a strange twist to this case that makes people wonder. When police searched her home, they found some names written on an envelope.

“Ashthanoth, Athanor, Carmen Owens Farnam.”

Were these names the scribblings of a mentally unstable woman on medication? Or, were these names aliases she planned to use when she ran away?

The police also found a notebook with names of apartments for rent in the Green Bay area, and they found a map of Minnesota. What did all of this mean? Did she run away? Why haven’t they found her if she rented an apartment under an alias? Why didn’t she take any of her belongings? Why did she leave behind the medication for her mental health issues?

The Shawano Police Department hasn’t given up on the case, and they hope to find her one day. Owens’ information was entered into several national databases in hopes of locating the missing woman. They collected and stored her DNA from items they found in her home. The police also plan to place her picture on the back of playing cards to distribute to prison inmates. So far none of these tactics have yielded any results.

I implore you to share this woman’s story and her picture everywhere possible. Please don’t let this woman be forgotten. She needs to be found, and you can help make a difference.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Shawano Police Department at (715) 524-4545.

 

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Beloved Educator’s Body found. Murderer still unknown

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Beloved educator was found murdered in a wooded area outside the Red Cliff Indian Reservation. Who put her there and why? Investigators have tried to answer those two questions for fifteen years now.

Jody Ricard, 50 of Washburn Wisconsin loved life and spent her days helping others. She was very active and enjoyed camping and skiing. She attended her local church regularly and volunteered as an advocate for parents with disabled children. Jody also loved to teach. After homeschooling her children, she began to work in early childhood education. In 2003, she was teaching Native American children how to read and was the director of the Red Cliff Chippewa Even Start educational center. This is where she was on Friday, June 27, 2003, and it would be the last place she was seen alive.

Around 3 pm, Jody called her husband to tell him she should be home about 5 o’clock, but when she didn’t arrive her family began to worry. Investigators found Mrs. Ricard’s car still in her parking spot at the center. Her cellphone was inside the car, but her purse and briefcase were still in her office. There was no sign of the beloved school teacher. A massive search was conducted, and the local Native American community rallied forces to form search teams. All of the searches were futile until a man went searching for firewood near the Red Cliff Indian Reservation. In doing so, he stumbled upon the remains of the teacher.

Despite the ongoing investigation, the police haven’t been able to find the killer or a motive for the slaying of such a well-loved woman. If you have any information on this case, please contact the Bayfield County Sherrif’s Department (715) 373-6122

 

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