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« Thread started on: Jan 28th, 2005, 12:54pm »

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CROTHERSVILLE, Ind. -- An Amber Alert was issued Thursday for a southern Indiana girl who has been missing since Tuesday.
Police believe Katlyn Collman, 10, of Jackson County, was abducted around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday at Crothersville Community School, at the corner of Preston and Oak streets in Crothersville, around 15 miles southeast of Seymour, Ind.

Police said Thursday that she was believed to be in extreme danger.

Police said Katlyn was likely abducted by an unknown suspect, described as a tall white male, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, very skinny, between 18 to 20 years old with short dark hair and a fair complexion. The suspect is believed to have been driving a white Ford F-150 pickup, made in the late 1980s or early 1990s.

Katlyn is a white female, 4 feet 6 inches tall, about 120 pounds and was last seen wearing a medium light blue winter jacket, a red short-sleeve shirt and black stretch pants with white stripes. She has brown eyes and brown hair, officials said.

Anyone with information on Katlyn's disappearance is asked to contact the Crothersville Police Department at (888)58-AMBER.

Several FBI agents joined the investigation Wednesday and interviewed family members in the search for clues in Katlyn's disappearance.

Police did not issue an Amber Alert in the case Wednesday because the situation did not meet the criteria at the time -- no one actually saw an abduction.

Her parents were convinced that she didn't run away.

"She always calls or she comes back to the house and asks if she can go again. She never just up and walks off -- never," said Katlyn's father, John Neace. "We just keep looking. Every little thing, we look, we run ... keep our hopes up," Neace said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at (812) 358-2141.

"I just want her home safe. I just wish she'd hurry up and come home," said Katlyn's mother, Angie Neace.

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xx AMBER Alert out of Crothersville
« Reply #1 on: Jan 28th, 2005, 12:56pm »

The Crothersville Police Department is investigating an abducted child from the corner of Preston and Oak, in Crothersville, IN, 15 miles southeast of Seymour, IN.

Kaylyn Collman's date of birth August 13, 1994. She is a white female, 10-years-old, 4'6" tall and 120 lbs.

She has brown eyes and brown hair. Katlyn Collman was last seen at 4:20 PM on January 25 at Crothersville Community School, Crothersville, Indiana and is believed to be in extreme danger.

Katlyn was wearing a red short sleeve shirt, black stretch pants with white stripes and a medium light blue winter jacket.

Crothersville Police Department says Kaylyn Collman was likely abducted by an unknown suspect, described as a tall white male, 5'8" tall - 6'0", very skinny, 18 to 20-years-old, short dark hair and fair complexion.

The suspect vehicle is a white Ford F-150 pickup truck, truck year late 80's or early 90's which was last seen in the Crothersville area.

If you have any information on Kaylyn Collman please contact Crothersville Police Department at 1-888-58-AMBER.

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xx Crothersville girl still missing
« Reply #2 on: Jan 28th, 2005, 11:18pm »

CROTHERSVILLE, Ind. -- A 10-year-old girl remained missing today, three days after authorities say she was last seen riding in a pickup truck with a man believed to be a stranger to the girl.

An Amber Alert was issued Thursday for Katlyn Collman, who disappeared Tuesday in Crothersville, about 40 miles north of Louisville, Ky.

Investigators were continuing to speak with a witness who reported seeing Katlyn riding in a pickup truck with a driver who was in his late teens or early 20s, Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said.

The girl's family last saw her about 4 p.m. Tuesday as she walked to a store about three blocks from her home to buy toilet paper, police said. A clerk told investigators that the girl bought the toilet paper, and an acquaintance talked to her about a block away as she headed home.

"Those last couple of blocks, something happened," Jackson County Sheriff Jerry Hounshel said.

The witness who saw Katlyn, a fourth-grader at Crothersville Elementary, in the truck said she looked like a normal passenger.

"There was no sign of her being held against her will or trying to get out," Goodin said.

He said investigators believed the driver was a stranger because they had not been able to find anyone in the town of about 1,500 people who could identify the truck or the driver.

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xx Girl, 10, vanishes with pickup driver
« Reply #3 on: Jan 29th, 2005, 2:20pm »

CROTHERSVILLE – A 10-year-old girl remained missing Friday, three days after authorities say she was last seen riding in a pickup truck with a man believed to be a stranger to the girl.

An Amber Alert was issued Thursday for Katlyn Collman, who disappeared Tuesday in Crothersville, about 40 miles north of Louisville, Ky.

Investigators were continuing to speak with a witness who reported seeing Katlyn riding in a pickup truck with a driver who was in his late teens or early 20s, Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said.

The girl’s family last saw her about 4 p.m. Tuesday as she walked to a store about three blocks from her home to buy toilet paper, police said. A clerk told investigators that the girl bought the toilet paper, and an acquaintance talked to her about a block away as she headed home.

“Those last couple of blocks, something happened,” Jackson County Sheriff Jerry Hounshel said.

The witness who saw Katlyn, a fourth-grader at Crothersville Elementary, in the truck said she looked like a normal passenger.

“There was no sign of her being held against her will or trying to get out,” Goodin said.

He said investigators believed the driver was a stranger because they had not been able to find anyone in the town of about 1,500 people who could identify the truck or the driver.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 29th, 2005, 11:29pm »

Crothersville, Indiana -- The search continued Saturday for 10 year old Katlyn Collman. Police say she was abducted Tuesday night and an amber alert was issued Thursday.


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Police released this computer-generated sketch of the suspect wanted in connection with the disppearance of Katie Collman.

On Saturday, a handful of crews with search dogs walked the Crothersville area. It is the third straight day they have been out. So far, they have not found much.

"What we do is we get the dogs in there and the dog's sense of smell is a lot more sensitve," says Kevin Riehle of the Jefferson County Search Dog Association."We check the area, clear the area, at least eliminate many areas"

Crews say they will be our searching again on Sunday.

But there are some who are wondering why the delay in the Amber Alert from Tuesday to Thursday.

"Have you heard about the missing girl?", it is a question Kim Garrison says without thinking. She is doing everything to find Katy Collman.

"Anyone coming through, local or non-local, we're showing the picture and asking to keep their eyes peeled"

"We just didn't have the information to put out an amber alert" says Sgt. Jerry Goodin of the Indiana State Police. H esays there just was not enough of a description to prove an abduction.

There is a strict code about that in Indiana.

The child must be under 18, believed to be in physical harm or death. Most importnatly, there must be enough information about the subject and even the suspect.

If you didn't have that says Goodin, "Then you'd be putting out an amber alert every 45 minutes each day of the year. In fact, in neighboring states like Kentucky and Ohio, both have similar criteria to Indiana. Meaning if this happened there.. you'd have the same scenario"

Goodin says since its inception in 2002, the system has worked.

Twenty times Indiana has amber alerts through pamphlets, through lottery signs, even the tickets themselves. Twenty times the child has come home safe.

"If Katie can hear me, honey, I hope you're ok, and I hope you get home soon," says Garrison, who hopes Katy will be 21 for 21.

The only people that can change an Amber Alert is the state legislature.

Sgt. Goodin sats after every Amber case there is a debriefing to discuss how the search went.

Once again, Katlyn i sten years old. Four feet six inches tall. She weighs about 120 pounds and has brown eyes and hair.She was last seen wearing a red short sleeve shirt, black stretch pants with white stripes and a light blue winter jacket.

Police believe she may have been abducted by a man who has not yet been identified

He has been described as five feet eigth to six feet tall, very skinny, between the age of 18 to 20 years old with short dark hair.

The suspect may be driving a white Ford F-150 pickup truck, late 80's or early 90's
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xx Indiana Girl Found Dead After Amber Alert
« Reply #5 on: Jan 30th, 2005, 6:17pm »

CROTHERSVILLE, Ind. -- The body of a southern Indiana girl who police believe was abducted last week was found Sunday morning in a stream about 20 miles north of where she was last seen, authorities said.
Police said they're investigating the death of Katlyn "Katie" Collman, 10, of the Crothersville area, as a murder. A state trooper found the body about five miles north of Seymour, Ind.

Authorities did not release information on what they believed was the cause of death.

An Amber Alert had been issued Thursday for Collman, who police said was abducted Tuesday from Crothersville. Police said she left a Crothersville store on foot, and someone saw her later that day with a man in a pickup truck outside a school in town.

Police released this composite sketch of man who reportedly was seen with Katlyn Collman in a pickup truck Tuesday.


Authorities said they believe the man abducted Collman, and they released a composite image of him Friday. He was described as a white male who was between 18 and 20 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, and very skinny with short dark hair and a fair complexion.

The vehicle was described as a white Ford F-150 pickup made in the late 1980s or early 1990s, police said.

During a press conference Sunday to announce the discovery of Collman's body, authorities didn't say how long they believe she had been dead or how long her body had been in the stream. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Louisville, Ky.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information in the case.
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 31st, 2005, 05:01am »

CROTHERSVILLE, Ind. -- The body of a missing 10-year-old girl was found in a stream Sunday, five days after she apparently accepted a ride from a young man in a truck while returning home from an errand.

The body of Katlyn ''Katie'' Collman was discovered 20 miles north of her hometown of Crothersville. ''We've come to know Katie. It hits everyone very hard," said state police Sgt. Jerry Goodin. AP
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 31st, 2005, 11:35am »

Bless her heart! Parents need to teach their children not to get into a vehicle or go anywhere with anyone unless the person knows the "code" word that the child and parents have discussed. This makes me so sad to think this little girl innocently trusted an adult......... sad
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 31st, 2005, 1:19pm »

This is just heartbreaking..... cry

Ziggygirl, I agree with everything you said. I wonder if Katlyn knew him, maybe that's why she went with him.

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xx Suspect sought in Crothersville child murder case
« Reply #9 on: Feb 1st, 2005, 07:15am »

The discovery of a 10-year-old girl's body marked the first time since Indiana's Amber Alert system was started two years ago that the missing child being sought was found dead.

A state trooper found the body of Katlyn "Katie" Collman in a stream Sunday, five days after authorities say she apparently accepted a ride from a young man in a truck while returning home from running an errand.

The trooper found the body in a wooded area about a quarter of a mile off Interstate 65 about 15 miles north of Crothersville, state police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said.

Investigators were awaiting the results of an autopsy scheduled for Monday on the first homicide in 25 years in the town of about 1,500 people some 40 miles north of Louisville, KY.

The alert was issued Thursday, two days after Collman, a fourth-grader at Crothersville Elementary, was last seen walking from a store about three blocks from her home after buying toilet paper, investigators said.

Crothersville Police Chief Norman Ford said he requested an alert Tuesday night but the case did not meet all the criteria. The alert was sent out once authorities had a description of the man seen with the girl and of the pickup truck a witness said he was driving.

Goodin said Indiana's 20 previous notifications under the Amber Alert system since March 2003 led to the missing children being found alive.

"This is the first Amber Alert that we've had in which we have brought home a dead person," Goodin said.

A friend of the girl's family said her father, John Neace, hoped authorities could find the person who killed her.

"His comment was that we now have Katie home, and it's time to look for the person who is responsible for this," said Terry Gray, an assistant fire chief at the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The disappearance and death put an air of fear in the town, Gray said.

"You can never prepare for this, and if anybody sits back and thinks it's not going to happen to them, or it's not going to happen to me, then they are foolish for thinking that," he said.

The girl's abduction shocked parents and children in the town.

"My kids -- now that this has happened -- they are not allowed outside, even in our yard, without me or their dad there," said Cheryl Baker, who was walking with her children several blocks from where Katie vanished. "They won't be allowed to do nothing unless they have us with them."

Police said they had leads, but did not release any more information. A $10,000 reward for information in the case remains offered.

A witness who saw the girl in the truck told police she looked like a normal passenger and was not trying to get out of the truck, Goodin said.

The driver was described as in his late teens or early 20s, white and very thin, 5-foot-9 to 6-foot-1, with short, dark hair. He was said to be driving a white, late-1980s or early-1990s Ford F-150 pickup.

"We do believe that she was abducted by a stranger ... because we cannot identify the pickup truck or the person who was in the pickup truck," Goodin said.
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xx Public invited to mourn girl abducted and slain
« Reply #10 on: Feb 2nd, 2005, 07:13am »

Crothersville -- Family members will let the community join them at Crothersville Elementary School to mourn Katie Collman, the 10-year-old girl abducted and slain last week.

Calling is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon until the 2 p.m. funeral service on Sunday.

No new details of the investigation were released Tuesday.

"We still think there is at least one person out there who knows something," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin. "We want them to know that we are not interested in who they are, we just want them to call us."

Goodin said investigators have been given preliminary autopsy results, but he declined to release the cause of the girl's death.

Katie disappeared more than a week ago. A massive search for her ended Sunday when her body was found in a creek north of Seymour
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A man has been arrested in the death of an a 10-year-old girl, who was found dead in a stream after she apparently accepted a ride from a stranger while returning home from an errand.

Charles James Hickman, 25, was charged Wednesday with murder, felony murder and criminal confinement in the killing of Katlyn "Katie" Collman, Crothersville police Chief Norman Ford said in a statement.


Hickman, of Crothersville, was jailed Wednesday awaiting his initial court hearing. If convicted, Hickman could face the death penalty or life in prison.

A state trooper found Collman's body Sunday, five days after authorities say she took a ride from a young man in a white truck after buying toilet paper. Her body was discovered in a remote wooded area north of Crothersville.

The girl's death was the first homicide in 25 years in the town of about 1,500 people some 40 miles north of Louisville, Ky.

State police issued a statewide Amber Alert last Thursday after they received enough information on the suspect's vehicle.

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« Reply #12 on: Feb 4th, 2005, 05:30am »

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CROTHERSVILLE, Ind. -- Most people here say Charles James "Chuckie" Hickman was always a pretty good guy.

Maybe he hosted a few too many late-night parties. And his habit of spending long periods of time in his front yard doing nothing was a bit odd.

But murder?

"I do not see how he could do this," said Cristy Bush, 20, Crothersville. "I didn't think he had that in him."

Hickman, 20, was arrested Wednesday in the death of 10-year-old Katlyn Collman, whose body was found last weekend near a lake about 20 miles from town.

Police said Thursday that Hickman had confessed to the crime, but they released few other details.

The turn of events shocked this quiet, southern Indiana community, about 40 miles north of Louisville, Ky.

"I about puked," said Rachel Bradley, 16, who described herself as a good friend and a former girlfriend of the suspect's.

"I've kissed him before," she added. "To think I've kissed a killer."

While police offered few details, residents filled in some of the gaps. Hickman fits the police description of the man wanted last week when they were still searching for Katie.

He lives in a trailer on U.S. 31, across the street from the Dollar General Store where Katie had run an errand just before her disappearance.

Friends say he didn't own a white truck fitting the description of the vehicle included in the Amber Alert issued after Katie went missing. But they say one of his friends had one.

Tina Barger, 42, lives next door to Hickman with her 11-year-old daughter, Patricia. They said late-night parties occurred nearly every night.

"I'd open the door and holler out the window for them to be quiet because it's 3 or 4 in the morning and my kid had to sleep," Barger said.

Barger noticed, however, things changed in the past week -- since Katie's disappearance. "Since that day, I haven't seen him one time."

Hickman is being held without bond in the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown. He is charged with murder, felony murder and criminal confinement. Neighbors said he lived with his mother in the trailer, but no one answered the door Thursday.

Bradley was walking around the neighborhood Thursday afternoon when she spoke to reporters. Other Hickman acquaintances confirmed she was close to the suspect.

Bradley, who said she dropped out of high school last fall, said Hickman did not have a job, a vehicle or a driver's license. All he did, she said, was sit around and watch people go by the house and throw parties.

Bush and others said Hickman was involved in a serious car accident years ago and had received some kind of settlement.

"Chuckie was one of my best friends," Bradley said. "He was in love with me, but I have a boyfriend. Lately he'd been acting weird, picking fights with my boyfriend."

Bradley said she answered questions Wednesday night from FBI investigators. She said she told them about a friend of Hickman's who owns a white truck -- the type of vehicle Katie was last seen in.

Police would not answer any detailed questions about the investigation Thursday and have not said how Katie died. Officers did say the investigation is on going.

"We are only 10 to 15 percent through," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin. "We are speaking to people of interest. The case is nowhere near being closed."

It seems everyone in town knew Hickman or his family.

Rhonda Hutchinson, 22, a gasoline station clerk, said Hickman's family were "good people."

"I was absolutely shocked," Hutchinson said. "I never would have dreamed (the suspect) would be from Crothersville. And I was even more shocked to find out it was Chuckie."

Hickman's grandmother lives about a mile west of town. He has an aunt who is a sixth-grade schoolteacher. Along with his mother, they all looked for Katie -- except for him.

"This is just devastating for them," Hutchinson said. "For both families."

Margaret Street, who is Hickman's grandmother, was reluctant to speak with reporters but did confirm that her grandson did little more than sit in his front yard.

"(His arrest) shocked me," said Street while standing on the back porch of her two-story brick home. "He sits in the yard. That is all I know. He sits there in the yard so everyone can see him."

Street also said Hickman did not own a vehicle, nor did he have a driver's license.

Jackson County Sheriff Jerry Hounshel said Thursday that Hickman did not appear to have an adult arrest record but might have had a juvenile record.

Katie was a fourth-grader at Crothersville Elementary School, where her funeral is set for Sunday.

Terry Gray, a spokesman for the girl's family and chief of the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department, said Hickman's arrest was a bittersweet moment for Katie's family.

"Everybody is trying to make sense of it," Gray said Thursday night. "The biggest question is why? What did this girl do to deserve what she got?"

Katie's father, John Neace, works at a factory, and his wife, Angie, is a stay-at-home mom. Katie has a half sister who doesn't live at home.

Gray said the family was asking the community to refrain from taking any kind of hostile action against the Hickman family, maintaining that family members have been supportive during this ordeal.

Katie's family has been unavailable for comment since State Police found the girl's body Sunday near Cypress Lake, 20 miles away.

"It's disheartening," said Alisa Sweazy, 44, who has lived in Crothersville all her life. "It's a small community, and someone we all know. It's hard to accept. There are only 1,500 people who live here, and the adults know everybody."
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« Reply #13 on: Feb 4th, 2005, 11:18pm »

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BROWNSTOWN, Ind. - Two men have been charged in connection with the abduction and slaying of a 10-year-old girl whose body was found in a creek, authorities said.

Charles Hickman, 20, charged with murder and criminal confinement in the death of Katlyn Collman, told investigators her abduction was intended to scare the girl into keeping quiet about methamphetamine activities in her neighborhood, prosecutors said.

The suspect did not speak to reporters as he was led into a courthouse for a hearing Friday.

Another man, Timothy C. O'Sullivan, 22, and an unidentified 17-year-old boy were awaiting a hearing on charges they allegedly gave false information to officers investigating the case.

Court documents filed by prosecutors said that Collman drowned about 15 miles from her hometown of Crothersville. Her body was found Sunday and she had last been seen five days earlier as she walked three blocks home from an errand to buy toilet paper.

Hickman told investigators that Collman was brought to his home by the residents of an apartment near the store where she had shopped, the documents alleged. He said the residents were worried Collman had seen them producing or using methamphetamine and that she might tell others what she had seen, according to the documents.

"They decided to scare her with the hope that she would be intimidated enough to keep her observations to herself," FBI agent James Kouns wrote in an affidavit.

Prosecutors allege that Hickman tied the girl's hands behind her back. Hickman first told investigators the girl tried to run away and fell into the creek, but also said he might have "bumped" her into the water.

Prosecutors had not decided whether to seek the death penalty against Hickman.

The girl's death was the first homicide in 25 years in the town of about 1,600 people some 40 miles north of Louisville, Ky
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xx Three Charged In Indiana Girl's Murder Case
« Reply #14 on: Feb 5th, 2005, 11:46pm »

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Three people have been charged in the slaying of an Indiana girl who was abducted and murdered.

One of the suspects, Charles Hickman, told investigators that he abducted 10-year-old Katie Collman to scare her into keeping quiet about methamphetamine activities in her neighborhood.

Another man and a 17-year-old teenager were also charged with allegedly giving false information to officers investigating the case.

Collman's funeral is scheduled for Sunday at her Crothersville, Indiana elementary school.

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