User Login    
 + Register
News : Man Fakes His Own Death
Posted by Randy on 2013/10/4 10:38:53 (903 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
2014/7/23 9:17:41 - North 65 Center in Trenton To Hold Fundraiser
2014/7/23 9:11:50 - Dr. G Discusses "End Of Life"
2014/7/23 7:29:21 - Livingston County Sheriff Reports On Transports To Department Of Corrections
2014/7/23 6:39:12 - Highway Patrol: Prescription Drugs Responsible For Deaths And Emergencies Every Day
2014/7/23 6:33:00 - Spickard Board Of Education Meets
2014/7/23 6:28:38 - St. Joseph Woman Sentenced To 5 Year Prison Term For Fraud
2014/7/23 4:51:03 - Unique Church Service Caters To Deaf Community
2014/7/23 4:46:18 - Schuyler County Sheriff Resigns Amid Legal Trouble
2014/7/23 4:35:36 - Fruit Recall Affects Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart Stores
2014/7/23 4:29:41 - Police: Man Hits Pregnant Woman With Car Then Takes Aim At Her Mom
2014/7/23 4:25:43 - Missouri Man Gets 37 Years For Purse Snatching
2014/7/23 4:18:41 - White House: Obama To Visit Kansas City Next Week
2014/7/23 4:15:05 - Springfield Sex Offender Indicted For Child Porn
2014/7/23 4:09:44 - North Central Missouri College Board OF Trustees Meet
2014/7/22 10:47:19 - Spickard Man Arrested
2014/7/22 9:43:27 - North Central Missouri Fair At Trenton Topic Of Open Line
2014/7/22 9:35:51 - Dream Factory Plans Sports Memorabilia Auction Fundraiser
2014/7/22 9:20:21 - Trenton R-9 School District Receives Check From "Buzzard Run" Event
2014/7/22 7:34:06 - Cameron Woman Injured In Rollover Accident
2014/7/22 4:50:00 - Trenton Woman Arrested
2014/7/22 4:42:46 - 10 Critically Ill Basset Hound Puppies Rescued From Breeder
2014/7/22 4:37:15 - Four Detained In Craigslist Robbery, Shooting
2014/7/22 4:31:44 - Man Arrested In Chase That Left 5-Year-Old Girl Dead
2014/7/22 4:24:03 - Missouri Man Receives Two Years Probation For Fatally Striking Kitten
2014/7/22 4:18:10 - Street Racers Block I-435 Traffic
2014/7/22 4:14:58 - Mystery Solved After Family Finds Wedding Rings Attached To Balloons
2014/7/22 4:09:00 - Hopkins Pays $190 Million In Settlement; OB/GYN Recorded Patients' Bodies
2014/7/21 9:50:34 - Cyclist Injured In Accident At Cameron
2014/7/21 9:50:00 - Circuit Court At Trenton Has Heavy Case Load
2014/7/21 9:42:07 - Laredo Resident Injured In Collision At Jamesport



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM