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Post by Justice4all on Mon May 10, 2010 12:24 pm

I can't believe people actually think the killer has been found. I pray that Nevaeh's family will one day receive answers and we will see justice in this case.
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Post by Piper on Mon May 10, 2010 11:29 pm

This child was buried alive, she had dirt in her lungs! Then partially encased in instant concrete.......I cannot believe even local people think her killer has been found! Are people so callous they can just forget about this child, and who did this to her?
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Post by Piper on Tue May 18, 2010 9:25 am

Carnival event to honor Nevaeh's memory

Posted: 7:08 a.m. May 18, 2010
By Tammy Stables Battaglia

Those still searching for her killer will commemorate 5-year-old Nevaeh's life with a carnival-type event in Monroe on Saturday, nearly a year after her death.

The community group Justice for Nevaeh is sponsoring "Remembering Nevaeh - One Year Later" at the Moose Lodge near the Monroe apartment complex where the girl was kidnapped May 24, 2009.

"We didn’t want to word it as a celebration, we didn’t want it to call it an anniversary," the group's co-chairwoman Risa Thompson, 42, of Livonia, a distant cousin of Nevaeh's father, said today. "But since Nevaeh was so young and innocent, we wanted to gear it toward the kids. We wanted the kids to have fun, and enjoy being a child. But at the same time it’s going to give the parents the knowledge to protect their child against another heinous crime."

From noon to 9 p.m., bounce houses, carnival games with prizes, food, live entertainment and exhibitions by local gymnastics and karate students will take place in the parking lot at 1320 North Macomb Street, where volunteers gathered a year ago to mobilize searches.

The event will also host presentations on child safety, abuse prevention, counseling and creating a child safety contingency plan. Pastor Dale Hayford of the Community Crosswalk Church in Monroe, who helped host the little girl's funeral, will open the event with a prayer.

Two fisherman found her body on June 4, buried in dirt and covered with concrete along the River Raisin. An autopsy showed the preschooler suffocated after inhaling dirt. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is still searching for her killer.

The event is also designed to raise money for a preschool scholarship offered through the Monroe Public Schools. So far, the group has raised $1800 to pay for other children to attend Riverside Early Learning Center, Nevaeh's school, and to place a memorial bench outside.

Information about her disappearance can be forwarded to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Nevaeh Buchanan Task Force at 734-457-6713.

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Post by Justice4all on Fri May 21, 2010 10:04 pm

Monroe to remember Nevaeh one year after death

by Amulya Raghuveer
Posted: 05.21.2010 at 8:22 AM






MONROE, MICH. -- Nearly one year has passed since the death of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan.

The Monroe, Mich. girl was kidnapped from outside the apartment building in which she lived with her mother and grandmother. After weeks of searching for the missing girl, two fishermen found her body buried in a shallow grave along the River Raisin in Monroe Co. May 24 marks the first anniversary of that day.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for any information regarding the crime. If you know anything, you are asked to call the Nevaeh Buchanan Task Force at 734-457-6713.

Nevaeh will be remembered Saturday, May 22 during an event at the Moose Lodge on North Macomb St. in Monroe. Event organizers say there will be games, food and live entertainment. The event runs from Noon until 9:00 p.m.


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Post by Justice4all on Sat May 22, 2010 3:39 pm

Remembering Nevaeh, a year later

Updated: Friday, 21 May 2010, 10:27 PM EDT
Heather Miller
FOX Toledo News reporter



MONROE, Mich. (WUPW) - It's been nearly a year since 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan was snatched from her Monroe apartment complex.

This weekend the group Justice for Nevaeh is seeking justice for the little girl will mark the occasion with an event aimed at keeping other kids safe.

They aren't calling it an anniversary, just simply "Remembering Nevaeh: One Year Later."

The 5-year-old was last seen May 24, 2009, the day before Memorial Day. Her body was found a week and a half later on the banks of the River Raisin in Raisinville Township buried and covered in quick-crete.

"I've looked at a lot of her baby pictures and all of that's gone. I've got memories and no one is going to be able to take that away from me," said Sherry Buchanan, Nevaeh’s grandmother. "It is hard to keep going every day. I mean she's in my mind constantly. I ask the good Lord every night to bring her justice."

Police have yet to name a suspect in the case. That adds even more heartbreak to the little girl’s family.

"I want someone to come forward,” said Buchanan. “I can forgive them, but they are going to have to forgive themselves. And the only way they can do that is to come out.”

Ever since her death, Justice for Nevaeh has been holding events and poster drives to keep her story fresh in everyone's minds and reminding everyone her killer is still out there.

"As fast as it came up, a lot of information stopped," said Risa Thompson. "So people weren't aware. I know when we did our first poster campaign in September I was amazed at how many people didn't know. They thought it was solved. It was a done deal."

The "Remembering Nevaeh" event will feature food, games, and entertainment geared for families. Special presentations will be held each hour for parents and tips on how to talk to your kids and what to do to make sure they don't become a target.

It will be held Saturday from 12- 9.p.m. at the Moose Lodge on North Macomb Street in Monroe.

Police have not made any arrests in the case.

If you know anything, you are being asked to call Nevaeh Task Force at 734-457-6713.


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Post by Justice4all on Sun May 23, 2010 12:03 pm

Nevaeh Buchanan timeline of events

May 23. 2010 12:09AM

2009

May 24 – 6:30 p.m. Nevaeh Buchanan discovered missing from the parking lot of the Charlotte Arms apartment complex on N. Macomb St.; 8 p.m. police notified; 12:30 a.m. May 25 Amber Alert issued

May 25 – George Kennedy and Roy Smith, two registered sex offenders, are taken into custody for violating their probation

May 26 – Hundreds of community members gather in the Kmart parking lot and search a large part of Monroe County

May 27 – Divers search two quarries in Monroe; Jennifer Buchanan questioned for hours by investigators

May 28 – Tips number 500; 240 people at Charlotte Arms interviewed by police

May 29 – DNA extracted from blood on property owned by George Kennedy fails to match Nevaeh

May 30 – Tips number 700; hundreds attend candlelight vigil

May 31 – Man, 64, picked up for questioning after investigators learn he visited the apartment complex and was seen burning items in his back yard

June 1 – Tips number 800; up to 100 investigators involved in the case

June 2 – FBI warns the public that the case could take years to solve; police announce they are searching for two vans — one green, one silver — that were near Hollywood Elementary School and were questioning an ice cream truck driver; final press conference held

June 3 – FBI announces $20,000 reward for information in the case, with a second, private $8,000 reward being offered; prayer vigil held at apartment complex

June 4 – Fishermen discover Nevaeh’s body along the banks of the River Raisin in Raisinville Township

June 5 – Groups of people gather and pray at river site, which becomes a memorial; sheriff announces that he believes the killer is a local person

June 7 – Tips number 1,000

June 8 – Cantrick School hosts seminar for the community mourners; Jennifer Buchanan walks off during interview with CNN’s Nancy Grace

June 9 – DNA results confirm the body in the crude grave was in fact 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan; George Kennedy and Roy Smith both are sent to prison

June 11 – First of two days of visitation begins for Nevaeh’s funeral

June 12 – Tips reach 1,100

June 13 – Funeral held after an estimated 1,500 people offer condolences during visitation; motorcycle hearse proceeds through Monroe past the Custer Statue and Munson Park; community members line the streets and balloons released

June 14 – Tips reach an estimated 1,200

June 20 – Jennifer Buchanan, in an Evening News interview, again denies knowledge of involvement in her daughter’s disappearance and says many in the community have shunned her or treated her poorly

July 14 – Autopsy results released and show Nevaeh died of asphyxiation and was most likely buried alive; family says they hope she was unconscious

Aug. 6 – FBI announces a $20,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest of a suspect; number of tips slow considerably

Aug. 25 – Justice for Nevaeh forms and announces it is raising money for a bench in her honor to be placed at Riverside School at W. Elm Ave. and N. Roessler St.

Oct. 16 – During an Evening News interview, family members say they are frustrated by a lack of progress in the case and plea for the killer to come forward; Jennifer Buchanan says Nevaeh’s body had no signs of trauma or sexual assault; her body also showed that there were no drugs in her system, only caffeine

2010

April 26 – Justice for Nevaeh holds a rally at the Monroe Moose Family Center on N. Macomb St. just down the street from the site of the kidnapping, and organizers say 5,000 fliers have been printed and 2,500 had been distributed earlier; Sherry Buchanan says she has moved out of the Charlotte Arms apartment and Jennifer is staying with a friend; while Jennifer is at the rally, she declines to speak with the media.

May 22 – Justice for Nevaeh holds another rally at the Moose Lodge called “Remembering Nevaeh: One Year Later”; the event includes bounce houses, carnival games, food, live entertainment, exhibitions by local gymnastics and karate students and presentations on child safety and abuse prevention

May 24 – The Rev. Dale Hayford, pastor of Crosswalk Community Church, is expected to lead family members in prayer during a quiet and private gravesite visit to observe the one-year anniversary of Nevaeh’s abduction


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Post by Justice4all on Sun May 23, 2010 12:11 pm

Visitors trek to Monroe grave site as search goes on for child's killer

Visitors trek to Monroe grave site as search goes on for child's killer

May 23, 2010
By MARK REITER
BLADE STAFF WRITER



MONROE - Jim DuBay said a day doesn't go by that someone doesn't drive into St. Joseph Cemetery in search of Nevaeh Buchanan's grave.

They have left stuffed animals, toys, and bouquets of artificial flowers at the granite headstone for the 5-year-old girl whose killing remains unsolved, said Mr. DuBay, manager of the Catholic cemetery.

"There has been a steady stream of people into here. There is no question that she has attracted a lot of visitors," he said. "Some people come into the office to ask where they can find her grave. They want to know where Nevaeh is buried."

Tomorrow will mark the one-year anniversary of her disappearance while playing outside the Monroe apartment complex where she lived with her grandmother and mother.



Finding the missing girl became the community's top priority.

Hundreds of volunteers and law-enforcement officers scoured woods and fields throughout the county. Divers explored the deep waters of quarries and lakes, and police officers took to the air in helicopters in search of clues.

A mammoth memorial of candles, notes, stuffed animals, flowers, and toys sprang up around a towering cottonwood tree outside the girl's home at Charlotte Arms apartments.

The high-profile search gained national attention. Television, radio, and newspaper reporters from Detroit and Toledo and as far away as New York descended on the North Macomb Street apartment complex.



Candlelight vigils were held nearly nightly at Charlotte Arms and other locations in Monroe, drawing hundreds of concerned people.

For 11 days, Nevaeh's mother, Jennifer Buchanan, her grandmother, Sherry Buchanan, and other relatives clung to hope she would be found alive and unharmed.

Their hopes gave way to tragic reality June 4 with the grisly discovery of the girl's body buried in concrete along a remote stretch of the River Raisin.

Days later, scores of people watched along Monroe's streets as a Harley-Davidson motorcycle pulled the glass-enclosed hearse containing her tiny white coffin to the cemetery.

Nearly a year later, there have been no arrests. Nevaeh's mother and grandmother no longer live in the two-bedroom apartment at Charlotte Arms.

Sherry Buchanan, who was Nevaeh's legal guardian, now lives with her sister and brother-in-law across town at the Willow Green Mobile Home Park.

A poster offering $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the girl's abduction and killing hangs on the fence outside the couple's well-kept mobile home.

Mrs. Buchanan said in an interview last week that she often thinks of Nevaeh, especially at night after working shifts at a Monroe grocery store.

"She is never out of my mind," she said. "She was like my little sidekick. Me and her did everything together."

Nevaeh's father, Shane Hinojosa of Toledo, said knowing that the person responsible for his daughter's death is still on the loose is both worrisome and painful.

"There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about what happened. All I can do is to keep the memories that I have of her," Mr. Hinojosa said.

An open case
In the days after the abduction, a task force of local, state, and federal investigators was handling more than 100 calls a day, leading to nearly 1,300 tips collected in the case.

On the three-month anniversary of her disappearance, investigators with the task force said daily tips in the case had trickled to single digits.

Detroit FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold said the investigation is continuing and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the lead agency, is still seeking tips.

"We are still very proactive in this case," Agent Berchtold said. "By far, this is not a cold case. It is still open. There is still sufficient work to be done. We are still receiving tips and we still want tips."

Sherry Buchanan said she last talked to sheriff's investigators about a month ago when a detective asked to obtain a copy of a digital video recording taken of Nevaeh's graduation from preschool just days before her abduction.

For the most part, she said, detectives have been tight-lipped, limiting details of the investigation.

"It is frustrating. Not knowing just exactly what is going on and how close in the investigation they are," Mrs. Buchanan said.

Quest for closure
The investigation almost immediately focused on George Kennedy, a convicted sex offender who had been in a relationship with Nevaeh's mother.

Kennedy and Roy Lee Smith, also a convicted sex offender and acquaintance of Jennifer Buchanan, were arrested for parole violations.

Described as "persons of interest" in the investigation, neither was charged but both men were sent back to prison for parole violations.

Kennedy, 40, who was transferred in January to a low-level correctional facility in Jackson. Mich., will have his next parole hearing one year from tomorrow, said John Cordell, Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman.

Smith, 49, who is locked up in a state prison near Traverse City, Mich., will go before the parole board on May 25, 2011, the spokesman said.

Sherry Buchanan said she cannot begin to feel closure until an arrest is made and someone is prosecuted.

"The hardest part is not knowing. If anybody knows anything, and if they can understand the pain I am going through, just please come forward," she said.

Justice for Nevaeh
The lack of an arrest has spurred Risa Thompson, a cousin of Mr. Hinojosa, and others to form a group that strives to keep Nevaeh in the public spotlight.

Called Justice for Nevaeh, the organization has launched a poster campaign and offered a $1,500 reward for information in the crime. That reward is separate from the $20,000 reward offered by law enforcement.

"Our group decided that we need to do a totally anonymous reward to get people to start talking," said Ms. Thompson, 42. Through spaghetti dinners and raffles, the charity group has raised money for the reward and funded a scholarship for youngsters in the Monroe Public Schools preschool where Nevaeh was enrolled.

The Discovery Preschool program for children ages 2 to 5 moved from Cantrick Elementary near Charlotte Arms to the Riverside Learning Center in September.

A wrought-iron bench donated in memory of Nevaeh by a local greenhouse overlooks the school playground. Plans are in the works to install a plaque on the back with an inscription and the little girl's name.

Karen Herkimer, director of Discovery Preschool, said the bench gives a place for parents to keep an eye on their children or sit together and talk.

More important, Mrs. Herkimer said, she hopes the bench serves as a reminder of the tragedy and the importance of protecting youngsters.

"We can never forget what happened," she said. "We also cannot forget that somebody is still walking around out there who is responsible. That is a hard memory and a hard thought to have to think that someone has not been caught yet," she said.

Yesterday, Justice for Neveah marked the one-year anniversary with a carnival at the Moose Lodge on North Macomb near Charlotte Arms.

Games, entertainment, and children's activities were scheduled as well as informational booths on child-safety awareness and abuse and counseling programs.

Gabby's Ladder, a grief and counseling service in Monroe that consoled Nevaeh's classmates and offered counseling support in community sessions after the tragedy, was among the groups that had literature available.

"Life is precious. Life is fragile. We need to be watchful all the time," said Kaye Lani Wilson, executive director of the nonprofit group.

A healing effect
The carnival and tributes such as the playground bench, she said, can have a healing effect for children and their families.

"When it hits so close to home like it did for these kids, it is very frightening. Children and adults and most everyone felt very vulnerable and probably felt that anything can happen at any time," she said. "The bench is a place of reflection and place to remember the short life of a very beautiful girl who was tragically taken from us."

Information about the reward offered by Justice for Nevaeh can be obtained at 412-849-0079 or by contacting Ms. Thompson at 734-419-3232. Tips and information can be left with the Nevaeh Buchanan Task Force at 734-457-6713.


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Post by Justice4all on Sun May 23, 2010 5:07 pm

This is a hard day because it was a year ago around 6:30 on a Sunday evening when Nevaeh disappeared.

R.I.P. Monroe's Little Angel! We will never forget you.

Here is a great tribute made around the time of Nevaeh's funeral last year.

A Song To Remember Nevaeh

And here is a beautiful tribute I found on youtube.



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Post by Julie on Sun May 23, 2010 6:41 pm

Wow! That was an awesome tribute to Nevaeh.
So sad.

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Post by Justice4all on Mon May 24, 2010 2:49 pm

One year later, Nevaeh's killer still sought

by Amulya Raghuveer
Posted: 05.24.2010 at 10:19 AM

MONROE, MICH. -- One year ago Monday, 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan went missing from outside her Monroe apartment complex. Just days later she was found dead. Her family is still waiting for answers.

The little girls was kidnapped while playing outside the apartment building where she lived with her mother and grandmother. After weeks of searching, Nevaeh's body was found buried in a shallow grave along the River Raisin. Her killer remains at large.

On Saturday, the Monroe community gathered to remember Nevaeh. 'I feel like if I would have seen her grow up, I would have been the happiest grandma there was," said Nevaeh's grandmother, Sherry Buchanan.

A $20,000 dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Nevaeh's killer. If you have any information regarding the crime you are asked to call the Nevaeh Buchanan Task Force at 734-457-6713.


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Post by Justice4all on Mon May 24, 2010 3:13 pm

This is a great article. It almost made me cry.

How the ordinary did the extraordinary

Tom Treece
May 24. 2010 11:57AM

‘I believed this was some kind of divine intervention and that alone was overwhelming,” he began before adding, “All things aside, even to this day I still wish someone else would have found her.”

So many times during the long, cold, dreary winter now in the rear view mirror, I thought about him and what he was thinking. I wondered how many times he had replayed June 5 in his mind. I wondered if he lay in bed at night and wondered how she got there, if he dreamed about her maybe skipping along happily with friends, or, perhaps more likely, in a nightmare.

That curiosity got the best of me and like most cats, I investigated by tracking down his number and then calling Guy Bickley in order to find out for myself.

“Hi, this is Guy,” the upbeat-sounding voice cackled from the answering machine, “Can’t come to the phone right now but you know what to do.”

After the machine beeped I explained who I was and of my interest in interviewing him for a column I would be writing in conjunction with (today’s) one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Nevaeh Buchanan; I asked that he please return my call.

During three succeeding runs of phone tag I began to wonder if this interview would ever happen, then I remembered my father’s words from days gone by, “Anything worth having is worth working for” and how any time you must work hard to achieve something, it usually turns out good. You will have to be the judge of that, but for me, I was not disappointed!

Once arrangements for us to meet were made I took the short drive to Newport Rd. and followed his directions to the humble abode that once upon a time stood in what used to be the county’s wide open spaces.

It isn’t that Guy Bickley is anti-social; it’s just that he, like many, is a backwoods type preferring quiet country life to hustle and bustle. Once inside his home one understands this from the mounted pheasants, coyotes, walleye, fox and deer, to name a few.

“You’re quite the hunter,” I comment as he ushers me through the foyer, kitchen and living room before we settle into his rustic dining room chairs.

“I love to hunt and fish!” he exclaims before launching into stories about various mountings around us and then adding, “Love living off the land and working with my hands.”

It’s an obvious statement as the walls are covered with not only mounted animals — he’s also an accomplished taxidermist — but wood carvings of every imaginable kind. Intricately carved walking sticks hang everywhere and I deduct they are his specialty.

When I ask him to tell me about himself he begins, “Well, I wear a lot of hats!” The hunter, fisherman, trapper and avid outdoorsman is a former construction laborer who currently “helps out a friend” in his metal finishing shop.

He is a father who melts when I point to a picture on the bureau and ask, “Who’s this?” Guy grins and tells me all about his 29-year-old daughter. “She has a bachelor’s degree,” he says before adding, “Never had a lick of trouble out of her. I’m very proud of her!”

My next point is to the boy pictured alongside her.

“That’s my son!” he proudly proclaims. “He’s a star football player for Dundee and one of their many good wrestlers”

While it’s obvious Guy is proud of his daughter, it’s also obvious there is something extra special about his son. Despite the many pictures adorning the walls documenting not only the son’s athletic and outdoor prowess but the father-son bond, in the end I would discover that the extra special bond has come, sadly, because of Nevaeh.

“We do everything together,” he begins. “He was with me from the beginning of all this, and I’ll tell ya, he has been one of my….”

Guy’s voice suddenly breaks from emotion. Momentarily he drops his head, stares at the floor and gives a nervous cough to help regain composure before finally adding “rocks!”

With the first painful moment averted, he continues, “You know, I’ve never looked at my son the same since that day. I notice things about him now that somehow I never seemed to notice before. I try hard not to miss anything about him now.”

I ask Guy about his parents. With no mention of his mother he shares, “My dad was a handyman, and I always envied him because he could grab anything and make something out of it.”

“And how is he doing?” I ask, remembering from news reports that his father was with him when he found Nevaeh.

“He’s doing okay,” he responds, again dropping his head to stare at the floor. “He lives in Tennessee now; we talk pretty regularly.”

It’s time for the moment of truth, and I boldly ask, “So tell me about finding Nevaeh.”

“It was the weirdest thing,” he begins. “We had intended to go to Lake Erie to fish that morning, but it was cold, about 49 degrees. I first had to take my son to school in Dundee, and on my way back I cut off from M-50 onto Dixon Rd. and drove by that spot just like I had done so many times before.”

As he speaks, I follow him in my mind as I, too, had traveled that trail many times before.

“I’d been meaning to stop and try it for fishing. It’s pretty remote with high banks and a steep incline down to the water.” Guy stops his story and adds, “Which is probably why whoever did it picked that place.”

Having also visited the place, I nod in agreement.

“So, I stopped and checked it out; the sun was shining and, truth is, I thought it was too cold to fish the lake, so I went home, picked up Dad and we came back. I had to help dad down the bank it was so steep.

“We each had two poles, so I put Dad in the easy spot and I went over to a side spot where there was kind of an oval-shaped patch of concrete. We wondered about the concrete, but there had been some erosion so I thought someone was trying to save the riverbank.

“We started catching fish, but pretty soon we caught a smell. I thought it was dead fish in the river. All the while, the concrete I’m standing on keeps cracking, but I don’t notice anything. Then, around noon, I started noticing blow flies on my arms and a little later they were all over my legs.”

I interrupt Guy. “I don’t understand. What are blow flies?”

“Green flies,” he answers. When I still look puzzled, he clarifies, “Black flies are house flies; green ones …” he pauses but then adds, “are maggot flies.”

The thought sends a shiver up my spine, but I nod understandingly and he continues.

“Soon I notice those flies trying to get into the cracks in the concrete, and I told Dad I thought something was terribly wrong. I pushed down with my foot, and it came right back up, so I brushed away the concrete crumbles and looked closer.”

Again, Guy’s voice trails off and again he takes comfort in staring at the floor before concluding, “That’s when I realized what I was seeing was human skin.”

Leaning forward with elbows on knees, Guy looks up with another glance, then sits upright and draws a deep breath, giving me the indication he’s happy the worst part of his story is over.

It isn’t.

“So what happened then?” I prod.

“I told my father to pack up, so we headed up back up the hill and called the sheriff. We told them we had a possible buried body. They finally came, and I led a detective back down the bank to where she was buried. He examined the area and then questioned us but then cut us loose.”

“Was that it? I ask.

“I talked to the FBI and a body-language guy from the Michigan State Police later,” he answers. “The authorities came around with a questionnaire that had a ton of off-the-wall questions.

“What do you mean?” I pry.

“It was difficult having them ask me if I did it or if I knew who did it or what led up to it,” he says. “I understand why they had to do that, seeing as how I’m the guy that found her. I had nothing to hide, so I was happy to do the best I could to help.”

With the majority of that fateful day’s details behind him, Guy sits back and again draws a deep breath.

“For some reason, I’ve had you on my radar screen ever since the day you found her,” I begin. “I saw your TV interviews and was especially moved the second day when in the middle of the interview you choked up. Can you share what’s gone through you mind since that time?”

With no hesitation he begins.

“Not a day goes I don’t think of Nevaeh, and most times I still choke up,” he says. “And there have been different coincidences, like a friend who saw her birthday tribute in the paper Feb. 3 and called to ask if I knew we had the same birthday!”

Guy throws his arms open wide for dramatic effect and exclaims, “What are the odds that the person who found her would have the same birthday as her?” He pulls his driver’s license from his wallet and shows it to me as if I might not believe him.

“It hasn’t really stopped,” he continues. “So many things happen that take me back, like the other day I saw a little girl with dark hair and pigtails and it brought me back instantaneously.”

The frustration of where he’s been, what’s he’s seen and what he must live with for the rest of his life intensifies, and his face begins to give telltale hints.

“I’ve driven back by the site a half dozen times since then out of respect for her,” he continues. “And I must say I’m comforted knowing she’s in no pain now and in a much better place. But,” he stops mid-sentence and turns to look me square in the eye. It’s obvious to me he’s preparing to share his heart this time along with his head. He continues.

“I grieve for those who love and miss her and don’t have her in their life. She was obviously loved by a lot of people.”

I strain to see if the eyes are misting as it also is obvious Guy Bickley is now locked in an unwanted emotional grip as he verbally grieves to me. It is what comes next, however, that has kept re-entering my mind in the days since this interview, a philosophical approach I guess I never would have expected out of this man with whom my association was a mere two hours old.

“What a loss to so many!” he groans. “A multitude of people will be lesser without her in their lives. I wonder what things might not happen now because she’s not here …”

Again his voice trails off and he shifts his eyes from his stare out the window to mine before adding, “You know, everybody has a purpose!”

In that moment, I did what I expect all parents did who knew this tragic story: We thought of our own.

For me, it was my grandsons, the oldest of whom had shared preschool graduation with Nevaeh only weeks before evil reached in and snatched her from the good half of this world.

Guy’s words reverberate in my mind, and even now I continue to wonder to what extent my own simple life and future would have been altered had that evil been directed at my family instead of theirs.

Guy continues philosophically.

“What my purpose is, I don’t know. The Good Lord has saved me from three heart attacks, a multitude of car wrecks, one in which I darn near drowned…”

Once again Guy’s voice tails off as he stops, looks at me and gives me the proverbial I-haven’t-been-a-choir-boy look before getting personal and adding, “Drugs, alcohol, three ex-wives.”

I give him the nonjudgmental space he’s hoping for and he moves on.

“I’ve always wondered, maybe God’s saving me for something special, and who knows, it might have been this! I’m not the most righteous person, but I can’t help wondering, why me? I guess somebody had to find her, and while on one hand I still wish it had been someone else, on the other I think of how it’s changed my relationship with my children, my sisters and my immediate family especially.”

“One more question,” I ask. “Do you think about whoever did this?”

“Of course,” he answers. “I was hoping it was one of those characters they already had in custody, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. All I wanted was them off the street because the thought that they are walking the street and someone else’s child may be next. ... Well, I don’t even want to go there as that’s very depressing. But it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ we find this person.

“Sometimes I lie in bed at night and wonder how they brought her to that location,” he continues. “Whether they brought her by truck, car or boat. I try not to think about it anymore than I can because it comes up enough on its own. I suppose it will get better and — hopefully — easier in time.”

I thank Guy for being so gracious and affording me this time to discuss what is — and forever will be — a painful subject for him to recall.

“Thank you for coming by,” he responds affectionately before adding, “This has actually been very therapeutic for me. ... I don’t have just anybody to bleed to.”

His answer causes me to grieve for him, and I ask, “Has anyone from Monroe County ever called or come by to thank you? I mean, you brought closure to thousands of people and an end to an exhaustive and very expensive search!”

Guy crams his hands in his pockets, shakes his head and answers, “Nope.” We stand locked in each other’s stare for a few moments before a fresh thought comes to his mind.

“The one thing that’s helped me most was a card I received in the mail. It was almost as if someone had this woman get hold of me to reassure me.” With that he turned to leaf through an unorganized pile of “Nevaeh stuff” on the table and pulled a note card from it and handed it to me. I read it aloud.

“Dear Mr. Bickley, I know you’ve wondered why it had to be you who found little Nevaeh. I went on one of the searches for her and realized it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. My prayer became, ‘Please God, reveal her whereabouts; please lead someone to her.’ I knew in my heart that was going to be the only way. He answered the prayers of His people; God used you to be His instrument. Please don’t think for a minute that it was a coincidence; it was truly a miracle. God uses ordinary people to do the extraordinary. He will also comfort and bless you during this difficult time. You are a very special man. Thank you! Debby Kansier.”

“It came at a moment this old tough guy was having a tough time,” he begins to me again. “The first day I was wound up and full of adrenalin, but the second day, after the umpteenth interview, it started to hit me. But like she said, I do believe God guided us to that location.”

Once outside, I shook his hand, thanked him again, and as I turned to head to my car he stopped me one last time to give clarity to an earlier question.

“That day I broke down on TV ... that emotion came from anger, not sadness! I was mad; mad at this faceless, son of Satan! Even though I know he or she has a soul, how could someone do this ... to a child! How can someone with a God-given soul do something like that to a baby?”

Again I gave Guy Bickley some emotional space and he finally ended with, “I just wish we had a little more resolve, something! God, please throw us a bone!”

On the one-year anniversary of the day the angelic Nevaeh Buchanan disappeared, I wish to reflect Guy Bickley’s sentiments exactly.

“Dear Lord, we need your help. In the same way you guided this unlikely hero to the place this heartless soul dumped her like so much unwanted trash, I ask you today to guide us to her killer. I also ask that you continue to bless and comfort the Buchanan family as well as my ordinary new friend whom you used to do the extraordinary.”

And heartless soul, if you’re reading this, you thought you had a perfect location for her body no one would find, but God knew all along. He also knows who you are, and just as I believe He answered Debby Kansier’s prayer, I believe He will also throw us that bone, and soon!

But what do I know?


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Post by Justice4all on Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:52 pm

Community hasn't given up on finding Nevaeh's killer

George Hunter / The Detroit News
Last Updated: June 07. 2010 12:27PM

Monroe -- They huddled in a semi-circle swapping theories and suggestions. Pastries were arranged on a table nearby, but few broke away for a snack.

After nearly three hours, the 21 men and women finally pushed their folding chairs back to their tables -- and then hung around the banquet hall for at least another half-hour, nibbling brownies and pondering the questions that brought them together:

Who killed Nevaeh Buchanan? Does anyone know who killed her? And if so, what's the best way convince them to tell police?

"The murderer is still out there," said Dorothy Moore, a former resident of the Charlotte Arms apartment complex where 5-year-old Nevaeh was last seen alive on May 24, 2009. "And I think there may be people who know more than they're saying."

The recent one-year anniversary of Nevaeh's disappearance brought the case to the forefront for a few days before the media moved on. But for the group of mostly Monroe-area residents, there is no more important story.

"There's a killer still on the loose, and we're worried about our own kids," Moore said.

The purpose of Thursday's informal gathering at the Moose Family Center in Monroe was to discuss how to persuade potential witnesses to end their silence, said Garden City resident Risa Thompson, Nevaeh's distant cousin, and the only relative in attendance. The others in the group aided in the search for Nevaeh after she disappeared.

"If someone does know something, we need to put pressure on them to go to the police before another kid gets killed," Thompson said. "Anyone who would do what they did to Nevaeh would do it to someone else."

After a search that lasted nearly two weeks, two fishermen discovered Neveah's body in a shallow grave near the River Raisin, a few miles from her Monroe apartment complex. Dirt was found in her lungs, suggesting she was buried alive.

Rev. Dale Hayford of Cross Walk Community Church in Monroe, who spearheaded one of the search efforts, implored anyone with knowledge about the case to come forward.

"Maybe someone knows something, but has a reason for staying silent," he said. "Maybe it's a romantic situation. Or maybe they're afraid of the police. But we're asking for them to put those things aside and let their conscience guide them."

Police have named no suspects in the case. Shortly after Nevaeh disappeared, detectives characterized two convicted sex offenders, George Kennedy and George Lee Smith, as "persons of interest." Both men remain in prison for parole violations, although their connection to the case, if any, remains unclear.

Several members of the group expressed frustration because Monroe County Sheriff's Office officials have been sparse with public comments about the case. Others suggested police don't want to give out too much information.

"No matter what, the police should at least say something," said Debbie Pike of Monroe. "There are a lot of people who care; the police need to let us know that this isn't a cold case."

Thompson, founder of the group Justice for Nevaeh, vowed she won't let the case go cold. She has had more than 10,000 fliers printed, and spent hours posting them in supermarkets, gas stations and other public places as far away as Indiana and Chicago.

"All it takes is that one person who saw something to recognize Nevaeh's picture," she said.

Moore, who also has passed out the fliers that offer a $20,000 FBI reward for the killer's capture, said the case haunts her nightly.

"I can't sleep knowing that the killer is still out there," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Monroe County Sheriff's Nevaeh Buchanan Task Force at (734) 457-6713.


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Post by Justice4all on Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:12 am

I don't really understand the headline because it's my understanding that Kennedy and Smith have remained in prison since the day after Nevaeh disappeared.

Other 2 persons of interest in case back in prison

http://www.freep.com/article/20100613/FEATURES01/6130460/1025/FEATURES/Other-2-persons-of-interest-in-case-back-in-prison

BY JEFF SEIDEL
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Two of the three men who were named persons of interest in Nevaeh Buchanan's May 24, 2009, disappearance are now back in prison.

The day after Nevaeh went missing, police locked up George Kennedy, 39, of Monroe, a friend of Nevaeh's mother, Jennifer Buchanan. He was a registered sex offender convicted in 2002 of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for raping a 15-year-old girl behind a gas station.

Just being around Buchanan was a violation of his parole, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections. Kennedy will be eligible for parole again May 24, 2011. He declined a Free Press request to talk about the case.

Police also locked up Roy Smith, 48, of Monroe, another acquaintance of Buchanan. Court records show Smith was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1991. He also was named a person of interest, but -- like Kennedy -- was never charged in the Nevaeh case.

Smith is now in prison on multiple parole violations. He will be eligible for parole May 25, 2011. He declined to talk to the Free Press, but his Monroe-based attorney, Jeff Osment, said Smith maintains his innocence.

"His scenario on what happened is, to me, extremely believable," Osment said, although he declined to elaborate. "It was pure speculation, based on his contacts and dealings."

James Easter was the third man named a person of interest in the case. Although he was questioned, he was never charged with a crime.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office detectives have made "significant progress" in the case, said Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield. He called it "our No. 1 priority. We work on it absolutely every day, not as much as we did initially, but we still work on it every day."
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Post by Justice4all on Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:15 am

Time line in the case of Nevaeh Buchanan

JEFF SEIDEL
Posted: June 13, 2010

May 24, 2009: Nevaeh Buchanan, 5, of Monroe is reported missing. Amber Alert issued. George Kennedy, 39, a friend of the girl's mother, is locked up in the Monroe County Jail. Authorities -- describing him as a person of interest -- seek to determine whether he violated parole by being around the girl; he was convicted in 2002 of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

May 25, 2009: Roy Smith, 48, of Monroe, another acquaintance of the mother, is jailed as state corrections officials review whether he, too, violated parole on a 1991 third-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction.

May 26, 2009: Volunteers continue search.

May 27, 2009: Investigators search Kennedy's hotel room, finding blood on a wall near a sink and on a pair of shorts and a towel.

May 29, 2009: Forensics investigators determine the blood does not match Nevaeh's. Police name Smith as a person of interest.

May 31, 2009: Monroe County sheriff labels James Easter a person of interest. Easter is arrested after he is spotted burning something behind his home.

June 3, 2009: Investigation task force says reward has reached $20,000 for information leading to the girl.

June 4, 2009: Fishermen find a child's body by the River Raisin in Raisinville Township, about 12 miles from Nevaeh's home.

June 13, 2009: Hundreds of people line the funeral processional route as Nevaeh is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in Monroe.

July 14, 2009: Autopsy results show Nevaeh might have been buried alive. Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said in a prepared statement that the death was by aspiration of fine particulate material.

April 26: Justice for Nevaeh, a group of friends and relatives, gathers at the Monroe Moose Family Center in Monroe for a rally to drum up support to find her killer.

May 22: A memorial event called Remembering Nevaeh -- One Year Later is held at the Moose Lodge in Monroe.


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Post by Justice4all on Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:33 pm

One year later: Who killed Nevaeh Buchanan?
Her murder gripped Michigan. In Monroe, it has never let go.

BY JEFF SEIDEL
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Posted: June 13, 2010



Day one of three

MONROE -- A simple surveillance camera about the size of a pack of cigarettes is wedged between the kitchen window and the sill. A cable snakes around the sink, across the counter and into the family room until it connects to a 12-inch, black-and-white TV.

Christina Pillette, 61, perches on her couch, watching that television, looking for clues, sometimes for hours at a time, acting like a real-life detective in some real-life TV show, trying to solve the year-old slaying that still haunts Monroe: Who killed 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan, burying her in a shallow grave, covering her with cement by the River Raisin?

"There he is," Pillette says excitedly, watching as her neighbor, James Easter, walks out of his Monroe duplex. Police named Easter one of three persons of interest in the case on May 31, 2009, seven days after Nevaeh disappeared. He was questioned but never charged with any crime. The other two men were returned to prison for violating parole.

Pillette and her husband, Dennis, moved into a one-story, three-bedroom house next to Easter's and started to watch him around the clock.

Easter says he knows he is being watched. By the police. By neighbors. By just about everybody.

"If they want to watch, let them watch," he says. "If they want to talk behind my back, I don't care about that either." Because, he says, he is innocent.

Nevaeh's death has broken apart families, pitted neighbors against one another, and left behind an uneasy swirl of fear and rumors, scrutiny and unfounded accusations. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says it has chased down more than 1,200 leads, but so far, no arrests have been made.

"Some are genuinely concerned," said Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield. "Is it my neighbor? Is it my cousin? Who is it?"

He isn't charged, but can't escape others' suspicions

Easter smiles an empty smile. He has four teeth left in his mouth. Over the last year, he has torn out several by hand, wiggling them back and forth, enduring a pain that felt like he was chewing shards of glass, trying to save money by doing it himself, until each tooth finally broke free.

Easter stands in his bedroom, wearing the same clothes as the day before, blue jeans and a blue-and-gray camouflage shirt. Pornography is stacked by his bed. A video featuring Ted Bundy, the infamous serial killer, stands on the shelf in the front room.

He lives in a cramped, cluttered, three-bedroom Monroe duplex with three large dogs, including one that he warns can strike like a rattlesnake. "Don't make any quick movements above his head," he says.

The carpet is stained and covered with dog hair. Boxes and papers and photographs and videotapes are piled in every room.

In the front room, Easter keeps a neat stack of newspapers about Nevaeh Buchanan's disappearance and death. Easter was one of the three men named a person of interest in the abduction of the 5-year-old girl from the parking lot of her Monroe apartment complex.

Easter has collected almost every story written about Nevaeh in the Monroe Evening News -- all but two, he says proudly, and as soon as he says this, he realizes it might sound suspicious.

"Don't say: 'Could this guy be collecting this because pedophiles and murderers like to collect their little evidence?' No," Easter says.

He is frustrated by the police. He says they still have his bedspread locked up in evidence along with more than 100 of his X-rated movies and other videos, which were taken from his apartment after the little girl went missing May 24, 2009. Easter was held for questioning for three days but was later released. No charges have ever been filed in the case, and police will not say who is or isn't a person of interest. That uncertainty has left many parents afraid, unwilling to let their children play outside without being under constant watch.

A chilling ramble

The Free Press interviewed Easter four times in the last month. He was cordial and accommodating, but at times quirky, doing an entire interview holding a half-eaten fried chicken leg in his hand, which he waved back and forth to make a point.

A retired steel factory worker who was once arrested for indecent exposure, Easter, 65, describes himself as a loner, afraid to be around large groups or eat in restaurants. His strongest, most rewarding relationship is with his dogs, mutts that are all related and descended from a pit bull and a boxer.


Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20100613/FEATURES01/6130459/1318/A-year-later-the-murder-of-Nevaeh-still-grips-Monroe

This article is eight pages long, but very interesting and I recommend reading the whole thing.
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Post by Justice4all on Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:34 pm

James Easter speaks to the Free Press about the Nevaeh Buchanan murder



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Post by Piper on Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:34 pm

The Guy Bickley interview brought tears to my eyes. I could only imagine how such an event would change your life forever. He was there for a reason, to find Nevaeh.......
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Post by Justice4all on Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:10 pm

I feel bad for the guy if he is innocent, but I can see why people are suspicious of him. He went outside and burned things right after coming home from a 12 hour interrogation, he's been arrested for indecent exposure in the past, he has tons of pornography and a Ted Bundy video, he describes how he would have went about taking Nevaeh and how he thinks the person strangled Nevaeh and buried her, etc.
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Post by Justice4all on Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:09 pm

Here are a couple more disturbing things from the Free Press article about Easter.

He snaps his fingers, and then his voice changes. Without prompting, he starts speaking as if he's talking to Nevaeh's killer.

"You choked her to death while you were putting cement over her," he says. "Ready-mix cement. You choked her to death to hold her in there."

In a blink, his perspective changes again and he begins a chilling rant, describing how Nevaeh might have been killed.

"Man, visualize yourself on your knees at the edge of the river," Easter says, starting to ramble. "And this little girl, and you already have the hole dug and now you are holding her in there. Now, what do you got? You got a pail here where you knocked over. And you scooped the rest over. Maybe, it's possible you could have done it by yourself and your hands are in there, holding her down, while she is struggling and her legs are kicking up and pretty soon she finally suffocates."

He leans over his bed, moving his arms, as if he is acting out what Nevaeh's killer might have done on the shores of the River Raisin.

"Now, you imbed her legs," he says, moving his hands as if he is tucking her legs into a hole. "And curl up her body, whatever way you do. Put some more."

He suggests the killer might have needed more concrete to finish the job and cover Nevaeh's body.

"Maybe, you have a second bag and you get some water from the river and start mixing some more and put it," he says. "He was well-equipped. He or she or both of them knew what they were going to do."

He finishes and sniffles. In every interview, he stresses over and over that he didn't kill the child.

"That's not in my nature," he says.

He says he wouldn't risk going to jail. "I wouldn't tempt it."
He remembers a tall FBI agent asking him: "Explain this, Jim: What do you think happened?"

Easter says he tried to answer -- hypothetically.

"If I was a bad guy and I was looking for something like a little girl or a little child, I would have drove my pickup in there," he told the Free Press. "I would have made a horseshoe around the office and the pool."

He says he would have pulled onto the street, turned on his hazard lights, pretending to have a vehicle problem, and then "snuck up along the blind side of those pine trees. Walked clear to where she had been. That's a long ways to go. You have to go past the Dumpsters. Then, there is an opening before you get to the street. There were always maintenance people hanging around there."

Police searched his home and carried out boxes of X-rated videos. The evidence log is three pages long. The first item listed was the burned sex toy found in the fire pit. Other items include a roll of duct tape, gloves from a red garbage can and several Barbie dolls. Easter says he bought the dolls for his granddaughter and planned to give them to her for Christmas.

Police took fiber samples from the carpet and furniture and dusted for fingerprints around the bathtub and other high-traffic areas.

Bloodstains were found outside his bathroom, behind the faucet of his sink and on a quilt. Easter says he is not sure where the blood came from. Maybe he cut himself.
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In Nevaeh case, search for answers brings some peace
Questions haunt cops, grieving family and man who found her

BY JEFF SEIDEL
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Posted: June 14, 2010

Day two of three

• DAY ONE: One year later: Who killed Nevaeh Buchanan?

Sometimes, when the world seems dark and the tears come, Guy Bickley pulls out a letter.

It was written by Debbie Kansier, a stranger from Monroe.

"Dear Mr. Bickley, I know you have wondered why it had to be you who found little Nevaeh. ... I went on one of the searches for her and knew it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. My prayers became, 'Please dear God, reveal her whereabouts. Please lead someone to her.' "

• COMPLETE COVERAGE: The search for Nevaeh's killer

• RELATED COVERAGE: Time line in the case of Nevaeh Buchanan

• RELATED COVERAGE: Who's who in the story

Kansier, 58, has a grandson and granddaughter about the same age as Nevaeh Buchanan. She remembers the stillness the day the 5-year-old girl disappeared, a sad silence broken only by the sound of helicopters. To this day, when she hears a helicopter, she thinks about searching for Nevaeh in a farmer's field.

"God used you as his instrument," Kansier wrote. "Do not think for a minute it was coincidence. ... Our God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. He will also comfort and bless you during this difficult time. You are a special man. Thank you."

Bickley reads those words and finds some relief. Because he feels he was used that day, June 4, 2009. He believes he was led by a higher power. The day he found Nevaeh in a shallow grave by the River Raisin.
Nothing's same since that day

Guy Bickley had planned to go fishing with his dad, Lowell Kirk, on Lake Erie, but it was windy on June 4, 2009, and on a whim -- in one of those moments that would change his life forever -- he switched everything.

"How 'bout fishing on a river?" he asked.

"OK," his dad said.

They headed down to the River Raisin to fish a spot that Bickley had always wanted to try, but never had the time.

Bickley, 53, of Newport parked off Dixon Road in Raisinville Township, across the street from a farmer's field, inside a guardrail, on the edge of the drop-off about 20 feet above the river. "It's pretty much straight down, with some flat spots to get some traction. That didn't deter us," he said. "That just meant fewer people would go down there, in our eyes."

Bickley let his father have the best spot, a wide-open area. Bickley took a small, flat area and stood on a thin concrete slab. He assumed the concrete was part of the road that had washed down the embankment.

They had a couple lines going and caught so many fish they quickly lost track: suckers and bullhead, rock bass and blue gills.

"Do you smell that?" Bickley asked.

"Yeah," Kirk said.

The smell came and went, like it was being carried in the wind. Bickley walked upstream and saw a logjam. He thought that perhaps a dead fish was stuck in there.

After about three hours of fishing, the concrete slab started to crack, and Bickley noticed about a half-dozen flies on his legs. "Dad, something's not right here," he remembers saying.

He bounced on the concrete, and it went down and came right back up, like it was floating. "It was like there was a balloon or ball under there," he says. "Dirt don't do that, let alone concrete."

Bickley kicked it with the toe of his work boot. He estimates that it was only about a half-inch thick. A chunk maybe 8 inches long and 6 inches wide came apart, and he saw some skin.

"It wasn't the belly of an animal," Bickley says, lowering his voice. "It wasn't a fish. It was skin, you know, with super fine little hair."

He assumes he was looking at the back of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan, who'd disappeared from her Monroe apartment complex 10 days earlier.

Immediately, they packed up and called 911.
Everything changes

Later that night, Bickley was interviewed by the FBI and gave a DNA swab sample. "They told us that it was to eliminate us possibly from anything they might find of ours, a cigarette butt or pop can, knowing we were there," he said.

Bickley, who works in construction part-time, has years of experience working with concrete. He said the killer probably used the river water to mix the concrete. "It was nice and smooth. Some water had to be added ... so it would set."

The next day, he was doing an interview with a TV reporter and started crying.

"I crashed," he said. "I lost it."

It felt like the world was caving in on him. "All of a sudden, all I could do was think of my own kids: What if it was my son? What if it was my daughter? What if it was one of my nieces? I started to get very emotional."

The experience has changed him. Normally an upbeat guy, Bickley has taken on a dark and foreboding view of life. "If somebody can take the life of a little baby like that, then nothing is what we think it is," he says.

"It hit me a lot deeper than I was willing to admit in the beginning."


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Post by Piper on Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:49 pm

Justice4all wrote:I feel bad for the guy if he is innocent, but I can see why people are suspicious of him. He went outside and burned things right after coming home from a 12 hour interrogation, he's been arrested for indecent exposure in the past, he has tons of pornography and a Ted Bundy video, he describes how he would have went about taking Nevaeh and how he thinks the person strangled Nevaeh and buried her, etc.

This guy and his ramblings gives me the creeps...........I remember reading about him early on in the case.
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Post by Justice4all on Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:17 pm

He was supposedly cleared as a person of interest Piper, but from the article it looks like the police are still keeping an eye on him.
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Post by Justice4all on Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:36 pm

Nevaeh's mom caught between pain, anger

BY JEFF SEIDEL
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Posted: June 15, 2010

Day three of three

MONROE -- Jennifer Buchanan met with a detective and begged for information. Tidbits. Anything.

Was her 5-year-old daughter Nevaeh wearing clothes when the police found her body June 4, 2009? Could she just see them? Could she touch them?

She needed details to help her deal with the frustration and anger that had built up in the year that had passed since her little girl was abducted and killed.

I told them, 'If you guys don't have anything, just tell me,' " she said. "They are keeping us in suspense."

Detectives from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office say they are trying to keep some details secret, things only the child's killer would know. And they refused to let her see the clothes found in the shallow grave by the River Raisin.

"It's very frustrating," said Buchanan, 25, of Monroe. "I hope and pray every day they are going to come to me and tell me something, but it just doesn't happen."

For months, Buchanan refused to talk to the news media, and rumors swirled. Some say she was involved in Nevaeh's killing. Others say she knows more than she lets on.

In her first interview in eight months, Buchanan talked to the Free Press about the question at the heart of the rumors: Did she have anything to do with her daughter's death?

'I dream about her a lot'

Buchanan walks through Monroe, trying to avoid the spotlight, trying to grieve in private, but the whispers hang in the air.

Did she have something to do with her daughter's death? Does she know who did it? She understands the scrutiny and rattles off the statistics: "Nine times out of 10 -- a big majority of time -- it turns out to be the parents," she says. "Not in my case, obviously."

She insists she is innocent.

"I wouldn't be sitting here a year later if they had any suspicions whatsoever. And that's what the detectives have told me, and that's why I don't see why people still don't see that or understand that."

Everybody, it seems, has a different theory about what happened to Nevaeh Buchanan, a rambunctious girl from Monroe who loved SpongeBob SquarePants and the Black Eyed Peas.

One rumor morphed into a tall tale about an angry mob beating up Buchanan in a bar, accusing her of playing a role in the 5-year-old girl's death.

Others say Buchanan had another baby after Nevaeh died. To all of the rumors, Buchanan bristles.

"I don't have anything to do with this. And I don't know who did this, and I'm not pregnant, and I've never gotten beat up at a bar," she said, opening up to the Free Press last week in a 1 1/2-hour interview.

These days, Buchanan says she is simply existing, staying with friends, stuck in place, not working, not going to school. She has tried to get a few restaurant jobs but hasn't had any luck. "There are a few places that told me they couldn't hire me," she says, "because I would be bad for business."

The worst part comes late at night. When she sleeps, she dreams about Nevaeh.

"I dream about her a lot," she says. Some are happy dreams. "Sometimes not. Sometimes, they are scary."

And she wakes up.

Police won't stop the innuendo

Police have never charged anyone in Nevaeh's kidnapping or slaying, and few details about the investigation have emerged.


Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20100615/FEATURES01/6150344/1318/A-year-later-the-murder-of-Nevaeh-still-grips-Monroe/Nevaehs-mom-caught-between-pain-anger
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Post by Justice4all on Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:42 am

Police seek tips in child's 2009 abduction and slaying

By Rupa Mikkilineni, Nancy Grace Producer
July 5, 2010 10:50 a.m. EDT



New York (CNN) -- Her mother named the little girl Nevaeh, "heaven" spelled backwards. Jennifer Buchanan says her daughter always was a little bit of heaven to her.

Nevaeh Buchanan was 5 when she was kidnapped on May 24 last year; her body was found in a shallow grave on June 4.

A fisherman found Nevaeh's body along the bank of the River Raisin near Monroe, Michigan, about 10 miles from the apartment she shared with her mother and grandmother.

An autopsy showed the child died of asphyxiation. According to local news reports, she was most likely buried alive, though police will not formally confirm details. They did say, however, that a material similar to cement was found on top of her body.

A year later, no one has been charged with abducting and killing Nevaeh. Her family is still waiting for answers.

Last month, on the anniversary of the child's death, an organization called Justice for Nevaeh held a rally down the street from the apartment complex where she lived. The event included games and food for children as well as karate, self-defense classes and child safety presentations.

Nevaeh was last seen the evening of May 24, playing in the U-turn driveway of her apartment complex.

"She wasn't supposed to be outside," Jennifer Buchanan said. "She was supposed to be upstairs at a neighbor's playing with her friend at their place."

Buchanan said she searched for Nevaeh after another child tattled that she was playing outside. She recalled the cold fear that gripped her when she found her daughter's tricycle abandoned at the edge of the property.

"The sun was going down. It was almost 8 p.m. so I went looking for Nevaeh, but we couldn't find her," said Buchanan, 25, who herself had recently been in trouble with the law. She had spent a few weeks in jail before being placed on probation in connection with a home invasion.

"I was in some trouble, but after I got out I focused on my daughter and getting my life back together," Buchanan said.

Nevaeh's official guardian was her grandmother, who lived in the apartment with them.

Buchanan said police told her that Nevaeh was not sexually assaulted and that no drugs were found in her system.

Police would not discuss whether the child was sexually abused, but Detective Sgt. Heath Velliquette of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said toxicology reports came back negative.

Early in the investigation, police focused on two of Buchanan's friends. Both were convicted sex offenders. The men were arrested on parole violations and questioned extensively. Neither has been officially named a suspect.

One of the men was living at a nearby motel, and police searched his room but found no forensic evidence to connect him to the child's disappearance.

Buchanan explained that she met one of the men while reporting to her probation officer. She said she had known him for two years and never left her daughter alone with him.

Nevaeh called him "Daddy George," and he brought her toys and gifts, Buchanan added. She said she knew about his past rape case, adding, "I believe people should get a second chance."

Police have since shifted their focus away from the two sex offenders.

"We are looking in a different direction in recent months, based on our investigation," said Velliquette.

Investigators are looking at another Monroe resident, but Velliquette would provide no further details.

"This is not a cold case," Velliquette said. "We are following up leads and investigating new information every day."

Police say that while they are not naming any suspects or persons of interest, investigators have not ruled anyone out either.

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of a suspect. If anyone has any information, police ask that you call their tip line at 734-457-6713.


http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/07/05/grace.coldcase.nevaeh.buchanan/
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Post by Justice4all on Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:58 pm

New push to find Nevaeh Buchanan's killer

Updated at 05:25 PM today



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The group "Justice for Nevaeh" organizes dozens of events aimed at finding the killer. Recently they launched a new campaign. "We decided that we were going to take a little bit more of an aggressive approach," said Justice for Nevaeh co-chair Joe Starkey.

"We've put together a poster which is actually Nevaeh talking. It's Nevaeh's message," Starkey explains. The message includes things like, "How do you sleep at night knowing what you did to me?" and "Did I deserve this?"


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Post by Justice4all on Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:11 pm

This happened about 35 minutes from the Charlotte Arms apartment complex where Nevaeh was abducted. I wonder if this could be the creep who murdered Nevaeh. I'm glad the girl's mother noticed in time and screamed at her to get away from the car.

Bedford parents on edge after attempted child abduction

Updated: Sep 16, 2010 6:26 PM EDT
By Erica Shaffer

BEDFORD, MI (WTOL) - Parents in southeast Michigan troubled after an attempted child abduction was reported off Packard Road in Bedford, Michigan Wednesday.

Jennifer, who wants to remain anonymous, says she was just around the corner when she overheard a conversation her five-year-old daughter was having with a stranger.

"My youngest one was up at the car door talking and I heard the guy saying you know if you could help him find his dog," said Jennifer. "I screamed at her to get away from the vehicle."

Jennifer says as soon as the man saw her he sped down St. Anthony Road in a Ford Explorer.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, the suspect is described a heavyset white man in his 50s with salt and pepper or gray hair. He was driving a 1996 or 1997 teal green Ford Explorer with Michigan license plates.


Read more: http://www.wtol.com/global/story.asp?s=13168943


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Post by Julie on Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:51 pm

That is so scary. I'm glad the mother heard what he said to her, and stopped it in time.
Too, too scary!

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Post by Julie on Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:53 pm

And this makes it even more scary....

"Unfortunately, my daughter just kept saying ‘mom he just wanted me to help him find his puppy,'" said Jennifer.


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Post by Justice4all on Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:58 pm

That is very scary. You think you have your child prepared for stranger danger, then as soon as one seems nice and pulls at their heartstrings about a lost puppy, they feel sorry for the guy and forget all about the possible danger. This is another reason why you must keep an eye on young children at all times.
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Post by Julie on Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:06 pm

Too bad the mom couldn't get the license plate number, although she had alot of other identifying info.

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Post by Justice4all on Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:28 pm

Anonymous donor increases reward for info about Nevaeh

October 28, 2010

MONROE, MI (WTOL) - An anonymous donor added $25,000 to the reward for information about Nevaeh Buchanan, a little girl who was kidnapped and killed outside of her Monroe apartment building in June 2009.

As a result, the Justice for Nevaeh fund was able to double its reward to $50,000 Wednesday for information leading to the killer's arrest.


Read more: http://www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=13406882
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Post by Piper on Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:27 am

How very generous of the donor. afro
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Post by Piper on Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:42 pm

2nd Annual Nevaeh Buchanan Christmas Party

by Kevin Kistner
Posted: 12.14.2010 at 4:07 PM

MONROE, MI -- Justice for Nevaeh is keeping the memory alive of a little girl whose life was cut short by a killer.

The 2nd Annual Nevaeh Buchanan Christmas Party is Wednesday and Thursday. It's being held from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at the Moose Lodge, 1320 North Macomb Street, Monroe. There will be food, games, crafts and Santa.

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Post by Justice4all on Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:23 am

'Justice for Nevaeh' holds event to raise awarenss

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's been two years since Nevaeh Buchanan went missing in Monroe, Michigan and police are still trying to find who killed the 5 year old girl. This week, the organization called Justice for Nevaeh is holding an event to raise awareness.

The new Justice for Nevaeh flier is heart wrenching and it's clear it was written for Neveah's killer. Risa Thompson says, "We are not going away. We will see this through the end until Nevaeh has justice."

Nevaeh Buchanan went missing outside of her Monroe, Michigan home on May 24, 2009. Her body was found on the banks of the River Raisin about 2 weeks later. Police still have not named a suspect in her death.


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Post by Justice4all on Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:41 pm

"Justice for Nevaeh" keeps girl's murder in spotlight

April 9, 2011



It's been nearly two years, and the Monroe murder of five-year old Nevaeh Buchanan remains unsolved. The group "Justice for Nevaeh" is trying to change that.

The organization held two Easter parties in Nevaeh's name. They hope that keeping her story in the public eye will finally bring some much needed closure to the case.


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Post by Piper on Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:00 am

I always hope to read there has been a break in this case. Nevaeh's killer needs to be found. This child was buried alive. Sad
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Post by Justice4all on Tue May 24, 2011 10:11 pm

Family, friends of Nevaeh Buchanan still searching for answers two years after her death

Tuesday, May 24th, 5:54 pm
By Colleen Wells

MONROE, MI. - The tears continue for Carla Nash. Two years ago, her granddaughter, 5 year-old Nevaeh Buchanan, disappeared from the Charlotte Arms Apartment Complex in Monroe, Michigan. Her body was found nearly two weeks later, buried along the banks of the River Raisin, just outside of Monroe. The case remains unsolved.

"We thought there would be answers by now. At least on the road to answers or something, but nothing," said Nash.

Despite thousands of tips and a 50,000 dollar reward, investigators have yet to make an arrest in her death.


Read more: http://monroe.wtol.com/news/crime/family-friends-nevaeh-buchanan-still-searching-answers-two-years-after-her-death/55513
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Post by Justice4all on Mon May 30, 2011 2:41 pm

Nevaeh remembered with tree plantings, playscape dedication

by Paula Wethington
May 29. 2011 12:51AM

Justice for Nevaeh dedicated two trees and a playground Saturday in the memory of Nevaeh Buchanan of Monroe.
The 5-year-old girl was reported missing May 24, 2009, from her Macomb St. neighborhood and found dead several days later.
A year ago, a bench was dedicated in her memory at Riverside Learning Center.
This year's anniversary remembrances involved flowering apple trees placed at Riverside Learning Center and at Monroe Moose Family Center 884. A playground called Nevaeh's Playscape also was dedicated Saturday at the Moose lodge.


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Post by Piper on Mon May 30, 2011 4:55 pm

Thanks for posting. What great ways to remember this precious child.
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Post by BREEZE4 on Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:46 pm

We helped in the search for her. I see the police sure dont seem to have time for Nevaeh. I have not herd one word on this case in a very long time. I lived less than a mile from her mother when she went missing.

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Post by Piper on Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:17 am

Breeze, I admire anyone that goes out to search for these missing children. Nevaeh suffered a horrific death, bless her little heart.
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Post by Justice4all on Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:34 pm

Years later, organization is still pushing to find toddler's killer

by Angi Gonzalez
Posted: 11.17.2011 at 11:49 PM

MONROE, MI -- More than 2 years since the abduction and murder of Nevaeh Buchanan, the organization "Justice For Nevaeh" is still working to find person responsible for the Monroe toddler's death.

On Thursday night, another event was held to distribute posters publicizing the up to $50,000 still being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.


Read more: http://www.northwestohio.com/news/story.aspx?id=688112
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Post by cisme on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:28 pm

I am new here so forgive me for not knowing how to Utilize this site.I was just wondering if anyone had any recent news as to if they had any leads on Neveah from Monroe Mi? I lived there and was there when she dissapeared.thank you.

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Post by Estee on Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:39 pm

WELCOME to RC...cisme...Hope you like it well enough to stay...We have a great bunch of people here....Feel free to PM (private message) me anytime and don't be shy about asking questions...
Someone here should be able to answer them...

Sorry, I haven't heard any news about this case in quite a while...
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Post by cisme on Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:55 am

I posted here a few days ago asking about any updates about Neveah...i.e...leads,etc..Estee answered me but for some reason It said I did not have permission to post let alone pm her.I really do not know where to go with this as I think I may have information about it but I do not want to name names and ruin someones life over false accusations.I was living in the town where she went missing at the time she went missing.I know the exact spot where she was found and to know where she was found you would HAVE to be a local.An old friend of mine made some strange comments the night she dissapeared and in the days following and for some reason I just can not shake the words from my mind.I looked online for an annonomous phone line I could call but no such luck.My problem is if I am wrong it could destroy an innocent persons life but if I am right it could end a parents worst nightmare and give some peace to this child.I am open to suggestions and willing to share any and all information privately.Thanks...and I hope this post made some sense.C

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