Friday, January 01, 2010

"He was pretty much a monster"

Greg Allen Hawkins and James Jay Keefer/Peoria Police Dept photo
'Person of interest' in Arizona homicide kills himself in Humboldt Hill Home
Detective Mark Lankford of the Glendale Police Department said Greg Hawkins was the person of interest and that he was found in his mother's home around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Hawkins' mother and a man who is under hospice care were also in the home.

Glendale police wanted to talk to Hawkins, officially listing him late Wednesday night as a person of interest in the killing of Cynthia Langrall, 57.

Langrall was killed in the early morning hours of Dec. 21, shot in the head while out for a run.

Arizona media reports state that neighbors heard two gunshots and that she was about a block from her home when she was shot. Langrall died at a hospital later the same day.

Glendale woman shot and killed while jogging

Peoria man tied to murder of Glendale jogger kills himself
Hawkins went missing about that time with James Jay Keefer, 55, whom Glendale police said was his roommate.

Keefer, 55, told friends he was going to an area northeast of Kingman, to go exploring. Family and friends have not heard from him since then, and all attempts to contact him have failed. Police later learned that he was with Hawkins.

The white 2005 Chrysler Sebring with a black top and Arizona license 1MSGT2U that the two men were driving was found at the California residence where Hawkins died.

Keefer, who is diabetic and may be without medication, is still missing.

He is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 210 pounds, with blue eyes and receding light brown hair.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of Keefer is asked to call the Glendale Police Department's Detective Sergei Droban at 623-930-3310 or Silent Witness at 480-948-6377.

Man From Eureka Standoff Identified The Journal Newscast of 12/31/09 quotes his brother as saying he's sad and not surprised "{Greg} was a loner as a child, he had different interests from kids his own age... he would do minor torture, and hold us down and make us do things against our will... so he'd box our ears and slap us, one time when we were kids for instance, he got a rope, tied the rope around a cat's tail, swung the cat around, and then threw the cat over a wire like a telephone wire and then ran down the street as the cat dangled from the wire, ran down the street smiling and laughing all the while..." adding his heart goes out to the victim's family, and offers his sincere condolences, "we're talking about Greg here and Greg is pretty much a monster"

How did he become a person of interest?
Two POI’s Sought in the Murder of Cynthia Langrall
On December 21, at about 5:45 AM, shots were heard in the area of 7300 W. Donald Avenue in Glendale, Arizona. Only seconds earlier, a resident's surveillance camera captured the image of a car passing through the area. A shocked neighbor found the body of a woman who would later be identified as 57-year-old Cynthia Ann Powell –a woman who regularly jogged in the area. Langrall was found lying in the street. She was taken to John C. Lincoln Hospital in critical condition. She did not survive. Langrall had been shot in the head.
Police seek information in homicide of jogger
1 of 2 men sought by police, takes own life
Keefer's family now fears he could be a victim.
His daughter Donna can hardly bring herself to look at pictures of her father.

She says she knew something was very wrong on Christmas day.

“Christmas, at 2 o’clock when my dad didn’t show. He would have been there. There’s no doubt in my mind,” said Donna.

Police originally believed Keefer and Hawkins were out exploring in Mohave County, something his family and friends say wouldn’t have been out of character for Keefer.

But they say all of the gear he would have needed was still inside his Peoria home.

Keefer’s best friend, James Ronje, says he knew something was off about Hawkins.

“I always had my suspicions of him,” said Ronje.

When they found out Hawkins was a “person of interest” in a murder investigation they became even more fearful something terrible had happened to Keefer.

Hawkins step-brother Scott Hawkins says he was a disturbed man.

“Greg is a strange character. I wouldn’t have expected him to go kill anybody. I’ll be just as curious as anybody to see what the circumstances were behind that,” said Scott.

For now Donna says she continues to try and make contact with her missing father.

“I text my Dad every night that I miss him and I love him,” said Donna.

Glendale police say they still hold out hope that James Keefer could be alive. The family hopes Valley residents will help with the search.

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