The tragedy of seven-year-old Somer Thompson's 2009 murder was that it didn't have to happen. Somer's assailant, Jarred Harrell, 24, was in police custody in 2009. The police also had Harrell's computer, which contained child pornography. But investigators hadn't seen the material, which would have
How well do you know the neighbors who you've seen watching your children playing in the park or walking home with friends? The abduction case of 7-year-old Somer Thompson in Orange Park, Fla., refocused attention on the threat of violent, sexual predators who prey on children. Somer had been last
It seemed like a neighborhood right out of the 1950’s, where adults kept an eye out for trouble and children walked home from school every day without fear. Until, one day last October, when seven-year-old Somer Thompson seemed to vanish...
In the cover of darkness, a man runs. He is alone, and yet he is being watched. Neighbors awakening to their weekday obligations notice that for the man, dawn has become a kind of witching hour of stealthy activity. For weeks, 24-year-old Jarred Harrell was observed scurrying from his shed to
Child Safety Expert Says Abductors' Tactics Shown to Be Effective to Win Kids' Confidence
The report that 7-year-old Somer Thompson's body had been discovered in a landfill shook the town of Orange Park, Fla., to the core. The little girl had disappeared walking home from school two days earlier. Police quickly came to believe that the killer lived in the seemingly typical suburban
Mother of Somer Thompson, 7, Shocked to Find Girl Walked to School Through 'Jungle of Monsters'
ABC News' Lee Ferran reports: The man who police say brutally sexually assaulted and murdered Florida 7-year-old Somer Thompson, was formally indicted by a grand jury today. The four-count indictment includes charges of murder in the first degree, kidnapping, sexual battery and lewd or lascivious
BREAKING NEWS: It's a tragic story we've been following for months -- the disappearance, discovery, and investigation into the death of 7-year-old Somer Thompson. Thompson vanished on a walk home from school and her body was discovered in a landfill...
ABC News’ Lauren Pearle Reports: Jarred Harrell, the “person of interest” in the Somer Thompson murder, was officially charged yesterday with 26 new criminal counts: 2 counts of child molestation and 24 counts of making child pornography (called “promotion of a sexual performance of a child”). The