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Scott Michael Javins
Date of Birth - 11/19/81
Date Missing - 5/24/02
Missing from - Terre Haute, Indiana
L.E.A. - Vigo County Sheriff's Department
Contact - Tim Gossett
Telephone Number - (812) 462-3226

ID Info - NCIC # M-102441068. Scott is a white male, 5' 10" tall, weighs 160 pounds, has straight brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt over a white T-shirt, faded blue jeans and navy blue flip-flop sandals.

Circumstances - Scott was last seen in the vicinity of 22nd Street and First Avenue, in Terre Haute, Indiana, leaving a friend's house at approximately 2 a.m. His silver, two-door 2002 Honda Civic SI hatchback is also missing. At the time, the car had a temporary tag #F-269684 and the VIN # is SHHEP335324302685.

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« Reply #1 on: Apr 21st, 2005, 10:42am »

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Releasing a balloon, Mary Peters watched as the wind lifted the blue sphere into the evening sky Wednesday over the Ribbon of Hope memorial on the south side of Terre Haute's City Hall.

She knows firsthand the effect of domestic violence.

"My daughter was strangled to death when she was only 20 years old. It was very, very hard and I still call the prison to make sure [her daughter's killer] is still in prison," Peters, 56, of Terre Haute, said.

Her daughter, Danita K. Allen, was killed Aug. 2, 1996. Matthew S. Chandler of Terre Haute was convicted in her death and sentenced to 50 years in prison. Chandler had been dating Allen for about nine months.

Peters was among about 40 people who attended a candlelight vigil and survivor speak-out to remember victims of crime. This week is the 25th anniversary of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

"I am here to let her know that I never
forgot," Peters said of her daughter.

Kathy Minger, director of Vigo County Crime Victim Assistance, said this week helps to bring to light "that everyone in the criminal justice system should be aware that crime victims and survivors have rights, too Š and should be treated with dignity and respect. If people are not treated that way, then justice is not being served."

Victims Assistance soon will start a new support group for survivors of victims of crime. That support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Family Service Center, 619 Cherry St.

Sue Anderson, 62, wore a sweatshirt with a photograph of her great-grandson, Creighton B. Wells. The 20-month-old was killed Feb. 29, 2003. A trial is pending on the incident in Knox County, Anderson said.

"Our baby was shaken badly and strangled," said Anderson, wearing a blue ribbon on her sweatshirt above the words "God's Lil Angel."


For Gunner: Andrea Lindsay (center) of Paris, Ill., recites a poem she wrote for her son, Gunner Lindsay, 15 months, who was killed by a baby-sitter. Lindsay spoke Wednesday outside City Hall during the annual candlelight vigil for victims of crime. (Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza)
"I have worn this blue ribbon every day since that April and I will wear this blue ribbon at least until somebody is put away for this crime. I don't know if I'll stop wearing it then, just to let the little guy know I think about him every day," Anderson said.

In Indiana, more than one-third of all reports to child protective services last year for child maltreatment were substantiated, and 35 percent of abuse reports and 32 percent of neglect reports, according to the Indiana Family Social Services Administration and Prevent Child Abuse Indiana. The mission of those not-for-profit organizations is to serve as a catalyst for preventing child abuse.

Blue and silver-colored balloons were released, followed by the lighting of candles to help remember victims of crime as participants circled the stainless steel Ribbon of Hope. The ribbon stands in a memorial courtyard near City Hall, dedicated by Vigo County residents Merv and Doreena Javins.

It's been nearly three years since the Javinses last saw their son, Scott Javins, a 2000 graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School. Their son was last seen on May 24, 2002, after leaving a party.

"We've not given up hope that he may still come home some day because we don't know an answer," Merv Javins said. "We will continue to search and will do everything in our power to find an answer to his whereabouts."

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« Reply #2 on: May 17th, 2005, 10:01am »

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Indiana State Police divers came up empty-handed Wednesday after searching three bodies of water near West Terre Haute, looking for the car of a Terre Haute man who has been missing for almost three years.

This month marks the anniversary of the disappearance of Scott Javins, a 20-year-old Indiana State University student who was last seen at 2:30 a.m. May 24, 2002. He was leaving a party near 22nd Street and First Avenue driving a silver 2002 Honda Civic Si.

On Wednesday, 14 Indiana State Police officers and one Indiana Conservation officer spent the day diving in a lake and two ponds
The Vigo County Sheriff's Department contacted the State Police dive team after receiving tips about the area, said 1st Sgt. Daniel L. Jones, assistant district commander of the State Police Terre Haute Post.

The lake, which formerly was a coal mine, sits nestled in hills bordered partly by Harry and Alma Hoopingarner's property on Barnhardt Road. The lake measures about 400 feet long and about 25 feet deep.

Divers searched the lake in the form of an arc, overlapping each area so nothing was missed. State Police divers have searched for Javins in about 15 bodies of water during the past three years, Jones said.

The Hoopingarners said they are used to family and friends fishing in the lake, but aren't used to a swarm of police cars parked behind their house.

"We didn't think a car was in there but we wanted to be helpful," Alma Hoopingarner said. "I'd like to see them find him."

Although the dive team did not find Javins or his car, they did find a stolen four-wheeler and truck parts in the lake, Vigo County Sheriff Jon Marvel said.

"We will continue the search and follow up with any leads we may get," Marvel said.

Scott Javins' parents, Merv and Doreena Javins, have been relentless in the pursuit of finding their son or his car. They were not present during the Wednesday search because they were unaware it was going on, Merv Javins said.

"We shouldn't hear this from the street," he said.

Recently, Merv Javins bought a boat with equipment that scans images of the bottom of lakes. He plans to search for his son's car on his own.

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« Reply #3 on: May 24th, 2005, 06:50am »

Thinking of Scott today on this anniversary of his disappearance. Hoping for answers soon for his whereabouts.

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« Reply #4 on: Jul 22nd, 2005, 11:03pm »

Officials in Vigo County searched a pond for a missing Terre Haute man on Friday.

Scott Javins, 20, disappeared three years ago.

Last spring, police got an anonymous tip that his car could be in a pond just south of Dresser.

Because of the floods last winter, police waited to search the water.

On Friday, after taking a boat out on the pond, conservation officers said it was too shallow for a car to be submerged.

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xx Vigil shows crime victims they are not alone
« Reply #5 on: Apr 24th, 2006, 6:01pm »

By Joanne Hammer


Almost four years have passed since Merv and Doreena Javins’ son went missing and they still do not know what happened to Scott.

“I never thought I’d go this far without an answer,” Doreena said.

Less than one year after Scott Javins disappeared, his parents attended an annual vigil conducted during National Victims’ Rights week. Now they help the Vigo County Crime Victim Assistance program organize the event.

“It shows victims there are other people out there that are hurting and that they have the support of other people in the community,” Doreena said.

Scott was last seen about 2:30 a.m. May 24, 2002, as he left a party near 22nd Street and First Avenue in his silver 2002 Honda Civic Si. He was a 20-year-old student at Indiana State University.

Although police have followed numerous leads, the Javins have no answers. But they feel that someone, somewhere, knows something about their son’s disappearance.

Support from Kathy Minger, director of the Vigo County Crime Victim Assistance Program, has helped.

“It’s good to be able to talk to someone,” Doreena said. “She’s there anytime I need to talk.”

One of the best ways for a family member or friend to support a victim of crime is to listen, Minger said.

“The lack of understanding between family and friends can make it difficult,” she said. “What they need most is to have someone to listen to them, not give unsolicited advice.”

The vigil is designed as a time of remembrance for victims and family members who have been victims of a crime. It will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the lawn of City Hall at the six-foot-tall stainless steel “Ribbon of Hope” monument, which was dedicated by the Javins family in December 2003 to remember all victims of crime.

“It’s a reminder their loved ones have not been forgotten, that what has happened to their family has not been forgotten,” Minger said. “The families have something in common and those who have lost a loved one can help each other.”

The Crime Victim Assistance Program, which is sponsored by the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, is funded by the county and through grants. Staff are on-call 24 hours a day for crisis intervention. They also offer legal advocacy, state violent crime compensation, transportation, referrals and education.

The program’s role often is as mediator between law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office and the victims.

Crime Victim Assistance staff monitor felony arrests and alert the victim or their family if an arrest has been made, so they do not find out from the news. Staff also let the victim’s family know when the accused will be in court and keep track of felony cases as they go through the court system.

Members of the community, even if they have never been a victim of violent crime, can show support to victims of crime by attending the vigil Tuesday. The vigil will offer a time for survivors to speak about their experiences, light candles, pray and sing.

“You never think you will be a part of that, you don’t think anything will happen to you,” Doreena said. “There are a lot of people out there that need help.”

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« Reply #6 on: May 22nd, 2006, 07:01am »

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Merv Javins, Scott Javin's father, said,"Frustration, pain, and a great loss."

This is how Merv is feeling as the four year anniversary of his son's disappearance approaches.

Wednesday May the 24th will mark four years Scott's parents declared him missing.

Dorenna Javins, Scott's Javin's mother, said,"The days don't get any easier. You still wonder what happened. You still look when you're out driving around. They don't get any easier."

The family feels not only pain having so many questions still unanswered. On top of that their son's case is so similar to Natalie Holloway's, a teen that disappeared last year in Aruba.

Dorenna said,"I feel for the family. We know exactly what they're going through."

But, it's a different story in one major way.

Dorenna said,"It's mostly girls that get national attention. The guys are just as important."

Holloway disappeared May 29th 2005, receiving intense media coverage. Even now she's still seen on network news.

Dorenna said,"We've contacted every talk show, every national news station you could think of on tv. We got no response."

Merv also wishes they could have had more coverage, "If we could get that information out, maybe if that did in that case scenario possibly somebody could call in and give another lead to go on."

Scott's parents haven't given up hope.

Dorenna said,"We're not going to give up until we know what happened, we can't give up."

The Javins and Vigo County officials are in the process of putting together a website for Scott Javins and all the missing persons and unsolved crimes in Vigo County.

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« Reply #7 on: May 24th, 2006, 06:53am »

By Laura Followell
The Tribune-Star


Life is moving on without answers for a Terre Haute couple faced with a slow and baffling four years of searching for their missing son.

Today marks the fourth year that Doreena and Merv Javins’ son, Scott, has been missing. “We’re going to do what we do every day and continue to look and search. It’s slow — very slow and frustrating,” Merv Javins said. “It doesn’t get easier as time goes on.”

The 20-year-old Indiana State University student last spoke with his mother on May 24, 2002, when he answered a call from Doreena on his cellular phone about 2 a.m. and said he was on his way home. That is the last time anyone is known to have spoken with Scott Javins.

There have been several leads over the span of the investigation, though none of them have proven successful.

There is room for improvement between investigators and the family, Merv said.

“We’ve been told that the city [police] has dropped the ball,” he said, meaning that they have turned the investigation over to the Sheriff’s Department. “[Investigators] tell us some things, other things they don’t.”

Vigo County Sheriff Jon Marvel said, “Leads that we continue to get are followed, and all of it has turned out to be the same stuff that we have heard time after time.”

This case is still being investigated to bring closure to the family and for the Sheriff’s Department, Marvel said.

At the Javins’ home on Tuesday, Doreena was wearing an angel-shaped pin with a dangling charm in the shape of a heart bearing Scott’s name, in remembrance of her son. She wears her Italian-charm bracelet on her right wrist nearly every day. It is pieced together with charms symbolic of her son’s life. Doreena’s face often lit up with a large smile as she talked about her son. She said they haven’t gotten rid of any of Scott’s belongings, but they have transformed his room that she once would not change.

“It’s bright yellow now,” she said, as she chuckled. “We needed a guest room, but everybody knows it’s Scott’s room. If he comes home right now I don’t care what color he paints it.”

Inside the room is a few of Scott’s things and a collage of photographs portraying Scott’s life.

It’s been four years, and the family is still coping daily with Scott’s disappearance. Merv said he is always looking for his son, looking for people who might know something about Scott and scanning the open roads and parking lots for a glimpse of a 2002 Honda Civic Si — the one he bought for Scott.

Scott was reportedly last seen driving his 10-day-old Civic as he left a party he attended at 22nd Street and First Avenue.

“We’ve chased cars down Third Street,” Doreena said. “You do what you gotta do.”

Ed Ping of Terre Haute, who organized search parties looking for Scott, is still as active as he can be in this cold case. He thinks about it often, speculating to try to figure out what happened to Scott.

“I thought the car could have been the motive, and other days I don’t think it was.”

These past four years, Ping has looked for Scott as if he was his own son, he said.

As Doreena talked about her son, the family’s Shih Tzu rested on her lap. “You just don’t disappear off the face of the Earth. Buffy misses him, too. She was his dog.”


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By Howard Greninger
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TERRE HAUTE — A $100,000 reward is being posted for a limited time for information leading to the recovery of Vigo County resident Scott Michael Javins or information leading to an arrest and conviction in his missing-person case.

The award is valid from Nov. 5 to Nov. 24.

“Scott’s birthday is November 19th and it sure would be great to either have him home or an answer by his birthday. He will be 25,” said Doreena Javins, his mother.

Scott Javins disappeared on May 24, 2002. He was last seen in the vicinity of 22nd Street and First Avenue in Terre Haute. His vehicle also is missing, a silver, two-door 2002 Honda Civic SI Hatchback.

Joe Mammana, a Philadelphia businessman and victims rights advocate, is posting up to $2 million, offering $100,000 rewards for 20 missing people spanning a 20-day period.

Javins was selected for the list from the Midwest Coalition for the Missing.

“Of the cases the Sheriff’s Department has, this is a case we really want to solve,” said Vigo County Sheriff Jon Marvel.

“Of all our cold cases, the Scott Javins case is probably the one that bugs me the most. On all of the other murder cases, we know who did it, but we cannot get enough evidence to put them behind bars, until someone comes forward,” Marvel said.

“But this one there has been absolutely nothing, zero. Other than ‘someone said someone said.’ We would really like for this person to come forward who was with the individual on the night when Scott disappeared or close to that individual,” Marvel said.

Marvel and Terre Haute Police Chief George Ralston said their departments have followed up on every lead provided. “We have been using radar to search area lakes and have searched some places two or three times,” Ralston said.

A search was made last weekend in Clark County, Ill. That search was organized by the Cue Center for Missing Persons from Wilmington, N.C., and included Midwest Search Dogs, an Indianapolis group; Southwest Florida K-9 search team of Fort Myers, Fla.; GSSARDA Search Team of Mundelein, Ill.; Will County Office of Emergency Management, Joliet, Ill.; Vigo County Sheriff’s K-9 search and rescue; Terre Haute City Police Crime Scene Unit; and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.

The search was not successful.

Merv Javins, father of Scott Javins, said he and his wife plan to “hit the area real hard with posters and banners and do everything that we can between now and the end of the reward to bring an answer and get this $100,000 out in front of everybody and hopefully it will bring somebody in to talk.

“We wish we would have had an answer four and a half years ago.

“If you’ve not walked in a missing person’s shoes, you have no idea of what they face every day. It is just miserable living this life,” Merv Javins said. “I don’t think it would matter whether you had six children or just one child. It is just heartbreaking, not knowing if he is safe someplace or not knowing that he has a warm bed to sleep in or not knowing if he is laying in the middle of a cornfield or anyplace,” he said of the couple’s only child.

“It is just an answer that we have to find. We have pushed for four and a half years and we are going to continue to push to bring home that answer,” he said.

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By Deb McKee Kelly
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TERRE HAUTE — Police say there is too much silt and mud in the car that belonged to Scott Javins to determine yet whether any human remains are inside.

However, authorities say they are treating the discovery Friday afternoon of Javins’ car in the Wabash River as the start of a homicide investigation.

Javins went missing May 24, 2002, and has not been heard from or seen since. For the past five and a half years, Javins’ family members have sought local and national media attention to help find Scott, who was 20 years old and an Indiana State University college student when he and his car disappeared.

Police say it was a tip Friday morning to the Indiana State Police Special Investigations Group out of the Evansville Post that led them to search a section of the Wabash River near the eastern bank, just south of Fairbanks Park and the Terre Haute Family Y. There, Indiana State Police divers located a car matching the general description of Javins’ 2002 Honda Civic Si.

Shortly after pulling the submerged car from the river, police confirmed the vehicle identification number matched the VIN on Javins’ title.

While other sections of the river have been searched in the past, that particular area never had been explored, Chief of Police George Ralston said during a news conference Friday evening.

Police would not elaborate on the origin of the tip, or whether it was connected to a tip two weeks earlier that led them to two other vehicles removed Sunday from a nearby area in the river.

Local fisherman Don Kyle, 53, contacted police when he discovered a car and a van while he was fishing in that area. He was helping some people retrieve their boat when his foot hit what he thought was another boat, he said during an interview Friday evening.

After diving down to take a look, he discovered a compact car and a van not far away from it. He notified the police immediately, he said.

While waiting for police to arrive, Kyle said he swam out again as far as he could go and may have found a third car.

Though police said finding Javins’ car resulted from Friday’s tip, Kyle can’t help but feel that he, too, may have contributed.

Still, Kyle said he doesn’t think that the discovery of the third car almost two weeks after the first two vehicles, or the fact that Javins’ car may have been in that spot the whole time, reflects poorly on the police working the missing person’s case.

“I really think they did their job,” he said. “Actually, I think that they wouldn’t think to look that hard in a place this obvious.”

According to Vigo County Sheriff Jon Marvel, a forensic pathologist will begin processing the car todaySat. For now, the car is secure in a bay at the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.

“We now have a crime scene,” Marvel said. “For five years, we didn’t have a crime scene, we didn’t have a car, we didn’t have a body — we do now.”

Marvel later stated he did not intend to indicate that police had a body, only that they have a car and a crime scene to begin the investigation.

Indiana State Police First Sgt. D.L. Jones said the extraction of the vehicle went more quickly than expected, after equipment was brought in to clear a section of trees on the bank so the crane could be positioned to bring up the car.

Jones added the “car could not have went in there” where it was found, because of the slope of the bank and the thick vegetation along the shore. He said it probably went in further upstream, and floated down to where it finally settled.

“A car can float for two or three minutes before it will sink,” he said, adding that Javins’ car had settled on the bottom of the river.

Police said the vehicle was about seven or eight feet below the surface of the water at the deepest point.

Authorities could not say whether or not the windows of the car had been rolled up or were down, or any other information about the state of the vehicle when it was recovered, because of the current investigation.

Marvel commended the efforts of the Indiana State Police divers.

“[They] have dove many, many times in lakes, and in the river, looking for this vehicle,” he said Friday. “Today, they were successful. I want to commend them and thank them very much.”

The Vigo County Sheriff’s Department will be the lead agency in the case.

County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt, who was on the scene at the river throughout the afternoon, said as the investigation continues, the evidence will be protected for the sake of a future trial.

“We feel good,” Modesitt said. “We want to bring closure for the family and this is a start.”

Crystal Garcia contributed to this story. She can be reached at (812) 231-4271 or crystal.garcia@tribstar.com.

Deb McKee Kelly can be reached at (812) 231-4254 or deb.mckee@tribstar.com.







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Name: Scott Michael Javins

Date of birth: Nov. 9, 1981 in Terre Haute

Education: 2000 Terre Haute North Vigo High school graduate; sophomore at Indiana State University majoring in safety risk management.

Work: Four years at Paitson Bros., now know as Paitson Bros/ACE Hardware.

Last seen: Around 2:30 a.m. May 24, leaving the corner of 22nd Street at First Avenue in a silver 2002 Honda Civic Si

Description: Javins weighs 150 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes and was wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans, blue sandals and a rope bracelet at the time of his disappearance.

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« Reply #11 on: Nov 16th, 2007, 8:36pm »

By Liz Nichols

For the past month, News 10 has been collecting notes from you to the Javins, here on our website.

We collected all the notes and printed them out.

Wednesday, we delivered your thoughts and prayers to the Javins.

We received notes from nearly 150 people throughout the Wabash Valley, even as far away as California and Florida.

The Javins say they are grateful for the community's constant support through this tough time.

"All we can say is thank you. Thank you for everybody who wrote in and kept us and Scott in their hearts. There's just no words to describe it," says Merv Javins, Scott's father.

The Javins would like us to pass along to you: their annual candlelight vigil that was set to take place on December 8th has been cancelled.

They say with everything going on with Scott's case, this year was too difficult.

But, Doreena Javins says the vigil will continue next December.

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Caring About All Missing & Murdered People
Please visit www.FindCarrieCulberson.Com
And www.AngelGardenOfHope.Com
My group inspired to help others because of Carrie.
See also our missing & murdered person blog
http://findcarrie.blogspot.com
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