Thursday, September 28, 2006


Basically, Blog has become my own little scrapbook. Deal with it.

Here's a news story from KMBC-TV 9 (CBS) on the case I covered:

( - there's a picture of her and video of this story at this link.)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The body of a 22-year-old mother was found in the trunk of a car in the parking garage of Liberty Hospital Tuesday night.

Liberty police said they found Heather Robbins after receiving a telephone tip just after 9 p.m. The cause of death was not released, but investigators said they believe Robbins was killed at her home in Plattsburg.

Officials said surveillance video showed the car being dropped off in the parking garage, but it's not clear who was driving.

Police said the woman's boyfriend, Joseph Hill, 20, of Raymore, turned himself in and has been charged in the case. Officers said Hill told them that he had been in a fight with the victim.

The victim's father, Raymond Robbins, reported his daughter and her 9-month-old son missing from their home Tuesday evening.

Police said the infant was found with Hill. The child is safe and is in the custody of Social Services, officials said.

Raymond Robbins said he wants his grandson to know the good things about his mom.

"She always looked for the best in people," Raymond Robbins told KMBC's Chris Nagus. "I'll try to convey to him that his mother loved him and wanted the best for him."

Friends told KMBC's Peggy Breit that Robbins and Hill had a history of domestic violence.

Raymond Robbins said his daughter saw good things in Hill, and she convinced him to do the same.

"She could talk me into things, and that's the problem She talked me into letting Joe come back way too many times," he said.

The victim's father said Hill would often visit at the family's home.

"Jeckyl and Hyde. When I was here, he was happy-go-lucky good-natured. When I wasn't here, all hell broke loose," Raymond Robbins said.

He said he's distraught and filled with guilt over his daughter's death.

"Probably can never forgive myself for letting that happen," Raymond Robbins said.

He said he believes Hill is the person responsible for his daughter's death and he's hoping for a life sentence.

"I don't want him to come up for parole, and then say he deserves a second chance. Heather didn't get a second chance," Raymond Robbins said.

Hill is being held on $1 million bond.


And this is a less informative news article from the KC Star:

Body, of woman, 22, found in car at Liberty Hospital
The Kansas City Star

The body of a 22-year-old woman was found late Tuesday in the trunk of vehicle left in a parking garage at Liberty Hospital.

The woman’s identity has not been released because her family is still being notified. Authorities in Clinton County said she lived in rural Plattsburg and would not say how she died. Her death is being investigated as a homicide, said Corey Sloan, spokesman for the Northwest Missouri Major Investigation Squad. Investigators said the homicide occurred in Clinton County.

An autopsy was being performed today. A number of details surrounding the slaying are not being released because a possible suspect remains at large, Sloan said.

Relatives reported the woman and her 9-month-old son missing just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. Sloan said the sheriff’s department soon went to the woman’s residence in the 1400 block of S.W. Town and Country Lane in rural Plattsburg to look for the missing woman and her son.

Around 9:45 p.m., Clinton County dispatchers received a call from Liberty police who said they had information that there was a dead body inside the trunk of a vehicle at Liberty Hospital. Police soon found the body of a 22-year-old woman inside the vehicle, and she was later identified as the missing woman, Sloan said.

Sloan said authorities did not know how Liberty police received information that the body was in the car at the hospital. The vehicle belonged to a relative of the deceased woman, he said.

The 9-month-old boy was later found unharmed with a 20-year-old male acquaintance. Investigators have identified the man as a person of interest but did not immediately know his relationship to the woman or the child. The man was taken into custody by Cass County authorities.

The boy was later placed in protective custody. Investigators have not found out how the man and the child ended up in Cass County. Sloan also said they did not know whether the man was arrested or turned himself into authorities.

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