Thursday, January 29, 2009

A request to seal documents?

Getting weirder.

☛TS Second search warrant issued in missing woman case 1/29/09

A request to seal documents related to the ongoing quest to find a missing McKinleyville woman refers to the case as “an ongoing investigation of a homicide,” although authorities say they continue to treat it as a missing persons investigation.

Monica Bradshaw, 53, was reportedly last seen by neighbors in September 2008 when she and her husband, Robin Bradshaw, set off together to bury a neighbor's horse. She was never reported missing.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office began investigating the case after being contacted by an insurance claims adjuster, who became suspicious after Robin Bradshaw allegedly acted strangely while submitting a claim on his wife's policy.

Neighbors also told the Times-Standard that Robin Bradshaw had allegedly offered different accounts as to his wife's whereabouts -- first saying she'd died of cancer, then later saying she suffered from depression and disappeared -- which made neighbors suspicious.

Investigators served a search warrant on Robin Bradshaw's home the weekend of Jan. 17, reportedly using an excavator to dig up portions of the property. According to court documents, investigators seized more than two dozen items during the search, including financial records, a computer, medications, receipts, a can of Campbell's soup and four items from the backyard.

The Sheriff's Office has repeatedly referred to the case as that of a missing person and has called Robin Bradshaw a “person of interest,” not a suspect...

Not clear from the article - are the records sealed? Who is asking for them to be sealed? And why?

☛TS Case of missing McKinleyville woman continues
☛TS Search continues for missing woman
Previous post: Monica Bradshaw: MISSING
☛TS Detectives search vehicle for evidence in missing woman case 1/30/09
Sheriff's investigators removed the door panels and carpet in a vehicle belonging to a McKinleyville man whose wife has been missing under suspicious circumstances since September 2008, a court-filed document said.

A search warrant affidavit filed in the Humboldt County Superior Court Thursday reveals that on Tuesday, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office investigators searched a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee registered to Robin and Monica Bradshaw. The vehicle had been seized from the Bradshaw residence on Dows Prairie Road in McKinleyville on Jan. 17.

DA's office (Paul Gallegos) still undecided in Bradshaw case; Gallegos to talk to pathologist next week May 28, 2010
Bradshaw sentencing postponed, Gallegos "weighing" decision May 5, 2010
...Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos received Super's report last week, but has yet to decide how to proceed with the case. At Tuesday's hearing, Bradshaw's attorney, Peter Martin, said Gallegos had contacted him asking that the sentencing hearing be postponed.

”He wants more time, I believe, to review the medical report and to request supporting materials from the medical examiner,” Martin said....

”It's going to be something Paul's going to have to think about.” April 27, 2010
-- Bradshaw autopsy report with Humboldt County DA; indicates blunt force trauma as cause of death
Autopsy report coming in Bradshaw case; plea agreement hinges on results for McKinleyville man accused of wife's murder APRIL 24, 2010
Bradshaw positively identified; full autopsy report pending more test results FEBRUARY 01, 2010
Autopsy set for Sunday in Bradshaw case JANUARY 23, 2010
ANOTHER PLEA DEAL - Bradshaw agreed to give location of body in plea deal JANUARY 09, 2010
Robin Stuart Bradshaw entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors last month, agreeing to disclose the location of his wife's body and plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, court records show.
Authorities believe they have found the body of missing McKinleyville woman JANUARY 08, 2010
The person further told investigators, according to the affidavit, that Robin Bradshaw confessed to first burying his wife in a shallow grave in the backyard of his home, only to later dig her body up and bury it on an undeveloped Danco subdivision off of Fieldbrook Road in McKinleyville.
Hearing for McKinleyville murder case continued NOVEMBER 05, 2009
Bradshaw Prelim continued to Nov. 5 SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
Prelim for Robin Stuart Bradshaw JULY 07, 2009
Bradshaw pleads not guilty to murdering wife June 16, 2009
Robin Stuart Bradshaw, arrested JUNE 16, 2009
Second search warrant issued in missing woman case - and a request to seal documents January 29, 2009
Monica Bradshaw: MISSING January 27, 2009
To recap: The husband of a McKinleyville woman who has been missing since September 2008 allegedly had his girlfriend impersonate his wife in an effort to retrieve her car from a local tow yard months after his wife's disappearance, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed with the Humboldt County Superior Court on Monday....

...A Sheriff's Office investigator was later dispatched to the Bradshaws' home on Dow's Prairie Road in McKinleyville and spoke with Robin Bradshaw, who allegedly told the investigator that he and his wife had been married for 30 years before she “up and vanished,” according to the affidavit.

Robin Bradshaw, according to the affidavit, then allegedly changed his story to say that his wife was down south with some friends, before changing it again to say that she went to visit her brother in Utah.

”As (the investigator) was speaking with Robin, he noticed that he was sweating and shaking throughout the interview,” the affidavit states, adding that Robin Bradshaw also could not stand still as if he were “tense and very nervous.”

The investigator later called Monica Bradshaw's brother in Utah and was told by the brother he had not talked with his sister in about eight years, according to the affidavit. The affidavit also states that Robin Bradshaw reportedly told the investigator that he had been seeing a girlfriend for about three months.

Last week, neighbors of the Bradshaw's property said they last saw Monica Bradshaw in August or September, when she and her husband set off to bury a neighbor's horse on a nearby property with a backhoe. They said the backhoe remained on the couple's property for some time, and they witnessed the husband doing some excavating work in the yard.

Some neighbors said they grew suspicious after Robin Bradshaw offered differing accounts as to his wife's location. Several neighbors said Bradshaw's husband first told them that his wife died of cancer, then later said she died years ago. He told them the woman they had come to know for the six or so years that he had lived in the neighborhood was actually Monica Bradshaw's sister. Then, neighbors said, Robin Bradshaw told them that his wife suffers from depression and had left the area.

Sheriff's Office Detective Karen Quinnel also interviewed Robin Bradshaw on his property, according to the affidavit, and reportedly learned that he had poured a concrete patio in the summer of 2008, soon after his wife's disappearance.

”Again, throughout the contact, Robin Bradshaw appeared nervous and tense,” the affidavit states....

1 comment:

  1. The records are probably being sealed to keep the information under wraps. If the T/S gets some of the details and prints them they might screw up the investigation, or at least a chance of nailing the husband.

    It's a good thing. Good to see the HC sheriffs and the DA investigators pursuing this. Wife has gone the way of Caylee, he cops just have to keep working so they can prove it.


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