Saturday, July 14, 2007
Were at lost for words another child murdered ICE now involved.
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TACOMA, Wash. - A Thai immigrant convicted of incest led investigators to the body of a 12-year-old girl who had been missing since the Fourth of July, and is expected to be charged in her death, authorities said Friday.
Police are also trying to determine whether Terapon Adhahn, 42, is connected to other missing child cases that date back to 1986.
Zina Linnik, abducted during a neighborhood fireworks display, died from "homicidal violence
Zina disappeared July 4 after being sent down an alley behind her home to bring back some of her siblings, who had wandered off to watch fireworks. Her father heard her scream, found a single flip flop on the ground and saw a boxy gray van driving away. His partial recollection of the license plate number led investigators to Adhahn.
A search of the Parkland home south of Tacoma where Adhahn had been staying turned up "girl's undergarments," according to a search warrant return.
The cases being reviewed by police date back more than 20 years. Michella Welch, 12, of Tacoma, was found dead hours after the girl disappeared from a park on March 26, 1986. Later that year, Jennifer Bastian, 13, of Tacoma, was found dead in a park where she'd been last seen riding her bicycle two weeks earlier.
Other cases under review by authorities include a 4-year-old who vanished in 1995 and a 10-year old who vanished last year.
Adhahn, a legal permanent resident of the U.S., could not have been deported for the incest conviction because it was not an aggravated felony and it was his first offense, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said Friday. But a 1992 conviction for intimidation with a dangerous weapon could have made him deportable, and Adhahn was being held this week on an immigration complaint. He also was charged with failing to register as a sex offender.
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