He waited

Connie Smith, 50, had broken up with her boyfriend Lyle Quentin Brown. Family did not say why. They expressed surprise as to what happened. They say that Brown was employed as a truck driver and mechanic. They say the couple had their share of problems, but that Brown was not the violent type and they weren't aware of any criminal history though they did know that he drank.

Police say that Brown broke into McNeil's home on Sunday. She wasn't there so he waited until she returned. Police say he then shot her several times.

He then went to the sheriff's office and turned himself in and told authorities where to find the body.

http://www.kten.com/Global/story.asp?S=5021194

http://www.kten.com/Global/story.asp?S=5016554

I don't understand. First he broke into the home and waited there for her to come home. Time to consider the actions he was about to undertake. Then he shoots her, multiple times. Then he just goes to the sheriff's dept and turns himself in?

What possesses a person to murder another human being, knowing they will then be facing prison? Did he not have any good memories with her? Or did he think that by killing her, he would erase her from his life?

It doesn't work that way. Those memories, both the good and the bad will stay with him. During the trial, and during prison. Is it something to do with pride, that he didn't want people to know that she had broken it off with him? Everyone will know now. Is it a fear that she would pick up with someone else? Well, she won't be now, but neither will he.

So what did he accomplish with the murder, except to put himself in prison? Evidently he must have felt somewhat the same way, as he turned himself in.

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Missing child, murdered Mother

An Amber Alert went out on Monday for 19 month old Alejandra Gomez.

Alejandra and her mother, who has not been identified, were from Mexico. They were renting a room in another person's home. Sunday the person who was renting the room to her, checked in her room and found the 23 year old woman dead from a stabbing. The baby was missing.

Police have a person they would like to speak with. He is Gildardo Rosas Rodriguez, 31, who is also known by the names of Gildardo or Fernando. Police believe he may have been present at the time of the murder and that he may have the baby.

Until today the relationship between the two wasn't clear. All police have said is that Rodriguez was not the child's father. One media station has now announced that Rodriguez and the victim have three children together and they all came from Mexico. But he is not Alejandra's father.

Police theorize that he may have returned to Mexico, but they have been unable to determine where he may have crossed the border. He may be driving a gray 1985 Honda Accord with license plate 1MGA355.

He is Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches and 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt.

http://www.10news.com/news/9354832/detail.html  (picture of person of interest at link)

http://www.kfmb.com/stories/story.53237.html

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20060612-9999-1m12lvdead.html                              (Picture of Alejandra Gomez and the person of interest at link)

It is always scary when a child is missing. But especially now when police believe that the man who has the baby may have been present at the time of the murder.

The mother was stabbed and there is no information being made public that the baby has been harmed, so that is a good thing. But what happens if he tires of the infant or if he becomes desperate?

The fact that two different countries are involved also complicates things. But the two countries are now cooperating more when it comes to criminals of violent crimes fleeing across the border or searches for children. So there is hope that the infant can be found and returned to what is left of her family.

But she must be found first.

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The Missing and Murdered Children also has a post on this and can be found here.

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Alejandra Gomez has been found unharmed in a home in Southern Mexico. She is now in the custody of Mexican authorities. The Mexican consulate is working with Children's Protective Services and the police regarding the return of the child to the US, as she is a US citizen. Her grandparents, who live in Mexico have been notified of her recovery. FBI is in Mexico in that area and are working to locate Rodriguez, as he has not been captured.

Police say they don't know anything about the home where the child was found, who owned it or how long the baby was there.

Evidently there was a witness to Rodriguez leaving the Gomez home with the child on Saturday night, but the roommate did not find the mother's body until Sunday.

The article mentioned that Gomez and Rodriguez had previously lived together, but that he had returned to Mexico while she had moved to the address where she was killed. There is no mention of the three children she was alleged to have with Rodriguez.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20060616-9999-7m16baby.html