User Login    
 + Register
News : Man Fakes His Own Death
Posted by Randy on 2013/10/4 10:38:53 (1015 reads) News by the same author

When Raymond David Avett disappeared from his St. Charles home over the summer, police feared they would find him dead.

Click to see original Image in a new window

Avett had left suicide notes at several locations. One of his vehicles, a Ford Explorer, was discovered abandoned in downtown St. Louis, not far from the riverfront.

But investigators now say Avett — who turned up in Maryland three weeks later — was part of a scheme to cover up allegations that he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl.

Avett, 45, and his former live-in girlfriend, Jennifer L. Callaway, 34, were both charged late Wednesday with concealing a felony. Bail for Avett was set at $250,000, cash only. Callaway's bail is $200,000, also cash only.

Callaway is accused of coercing Avett into giving her his home, SUV, boat and life insurance in exchange for not reporting the alleged attack to authorities.

According to police, a relative of Callaway’s told her about the alleged abuse on May 27. The relative had discovered a diary kept by the girl, which included an entry suggesting that Avett had performed a sex act on her, police said.

Callaway called police to ask for assistance in moving her belongings out of Avett’s home in the 3000 block of Flatboat Station, but she never reported the abuse.

Three weeks later, police say Callaway sent Avett a text message indicating that she was going to be sending him a detailed document he needed to sign within 48 hours. If Avett agreed, Callaway said it would keep her from reporting the sexual abuse allegations, police said.

Later that day, Callaway sent the document, which demanded that Avett give up his $120,000 condominium, his H3 Hummer and his boat, the “Anita Cocktail.” It also said that he must apply for an insurance policy that would benefit the girl, police said.

Avett moved out of his home, and Callaway moved in and changed the locks, police said. Avett also handed over the keys to his SUV.

The next day, June 18, Avett disappeared.

“Apparently, it was an attempt to fake his own death,” said Sgt. Todd Wilson of the St. Charles Police Department. “I guess so he could go on with another life.”

Avett was located on July 12, when he was stopped by police in Maryland. According to authorities he had cashed out the proceeds of his retirement accounts, which were valued at more than $100,000.

St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said Thursday that Avett has not been charged with a sex crime. By failing to report the alleged offense, Lohmar said, Callaway took away his office’s ability to properly investigate the case.

Additionally, Callaway’s actions in allegedly blackmailing Avett created credibility issues with her testimony, Lohmar said.

“Bottom line is that we weren’t able to uncover any credible evidence that a molestation took place, aside from circumstantial evidence — the suspect Avett’s apparent willingness to go along with the extortion,” Lohmar said.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/3/30 13:20:00 - Amber Alert Issued For 13-Year Old, Missing From Henry County
2015/3/30 12:00:00 - Trenton Municipal Utilities Sets Budget For Fiscal Year
2015/3/30 11:50:34 - Princeton's Schoonover Receives High Score In Percussion Solo
2015/3/30 11:00:00 - Trenton HS Instrumental Music Department Earns Ten "1's" At Districts
2015/3/30 11:00:00 - THS Vocalists Excel In Districts
2015/3/30 10:32:27 - Area Teens Injured In Truck Accident
2015/3/28 5:50:29 - Harrison County Accident Injures Ridgeway Woman
2015/3/27 16:19:18 - Milan Blisters Putnam County To Open Baseball Season
2015/3/27 16:15:35 - Trenton Kiwanis To Host Easter Egg Hunt At Moberly Park
2015/3/27 16:08:33 - Pershing Boyhood Home To Host Easter Egg Hunt
2015/3/27 15:59:31 - Michigan Wolverines End Mizzou's Season In WNIT's Third Round
2015/3/27 15:52:45 - Royals Right Fielder Out With Jammed Thumb
2015/3/27 15:40:00 - Royals Lose Young Right-Hander On Waivers To San Diego
2015/3/27 14:20:00 - Trenton Bulldogs Sweep Early Bird Relays
2015/3/27 13:30:00 - NCMC Softball Routs Graceland's JV, Runs Winning Streak To 11
2015/3/27 11:40:00 - MBCA Announces All-State Academic Basketball Team
2015/3/27 11:32:48 - Highway 65 Accident Injures Three
2015/3/27 11:21:58 - Trenton Family Aquatics Center To Hold Lifeguarding Course
2015/3/27 11:07:22 - Chillicothe City Council Scheduled To Meet Monday Night
2015/3/27 9:40:00 - MBCA Announces All-State Basketball Team
2015/3/27 9:00:09 - Malta Bend Man Catches Record-Breaking Catfish In the Missouri River
2015/3/27 9:00:00 - THS Graduate Rebekah Capeder Named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American
2015/3/27 8:40:00 - Trenton Residents Meet, Brainstorm Ideas To Improve City
2015/3/27 8:37:34 - Health Center Hosts Open House To Kick Off Public Health Month
2015/3/27 8:31:22 - Gun Show Coming To Marceline This Weekend
2015/3/27 8:26:02 - State To Fully Fund A+ Program In Spring Term
2015/3/27 8:22:55 - Huffington Post Names NCMC As "Top Ten" Community College In U.S.
2015/3/27 8:20:57 - Senator McCaskill To Host Senior Listening Session In Chillicothe
2015/3/27 7:49:44 - MoDOT Warns Of Potential Bridge Closings, Without Financial Help
2015/3/27 7:41:46 - Vehicle Reported Stolen In Chillicothe, Recovered In Springfield



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM