Saturday, February 13, 2010

Do we have Somer's killer?

Somer Thompson went missing just a few months ago, on October 19, 2009, from Orange Park, Florida. Her body was found 2 days later in a landfill in Folkston, Georgia, just north of the state line, about 50 miles from home. Somer was 7 years old, and was walking home from school when she went missing.

Just the other day, on Thursday February 11, 2010, Jarred Mitchell Harrell was arrested in Meridian, Mississippi, for 29 counts of possession of child pornography. It must be understood that this man was not arrested in connection with Somer's murder, but he has been named a 'person of interest' by Clay County Sheriff Rick Breseler, who has declined to give further details pending the investigation.

What we do know about Jarred Harrell is that until recently he was living in Orange Park, somewhere between where Somer lived and where she went to school. A child who Somer often walked with said she sometimes stopped at a house to pat a friendly dog. Is this the same house where Mr. Harrel lived? We don't know, at least not yet.

It seems Mr. Harrell got into a bit of trouble with the people he was living with, and they asked him to leave. Harrell left a computer behind, which was found to contain child pornography, and was turned over to the police.

Some say he did it, some say he didn't, and some want to send him to hell right away. It seems the whole town of Orange Park loved Somer Thompson, who was described as a sweet kid who had a hug for everyone she meets, including the school crossing guards. Somer made the mile long walk to and from school every day with her siblings and friends, where all the parents thought it was a safe neighborhood for kids to walk. Until last October, no one had any reason to be afraid. Nearly everyone in town attended Somer's candlelight vigil and her funeral.


Peggy June Mercer said...

Hi Bill,
I'd like to post a comment about the Somer Thompson article. It's very disheartening to have a murder case, especially of a child that takes so long to catch a killer. I am sure the evidence in the case is now in and that the police are doing everything in their power to find the killer.
I wonder though, if they aren't barking up the wrong "tree" here..It's interesting in this case that nobody "heard" anything or saw anything out of the ordinary.

I also have to question the new "arrest" of the person of interest. Does he have an alibi for that day? Was he somewhere else? What places him there, at that time? I somehow may be wrong but don't think he's the guy. The public may disagree, as he was caught owning this horrid computer of child porn...but does this make him a gives him a motive, but other details must line up...lots of them.

Things continue to bother me about the Somer Thompson case. The "Friend" who didn't call the mother that Somer had not arrived..indeed, the mother did not know this until SHE called hour or so later...the children not seeing anything. A mile is not that far...I see someone Somer knew taking her book bag and making her "sweat"--i.e. the person on the bike saw her running around those tanks with a frown on her face...if it had been a stranger would she not have run screaming bloody murder...

The oldest sibling playing like nothing was amiss across the street at the park...where police recovered some evidence obviously from a public restroom...

An intelligent murderer would never kill like that and then haphazardly dump a body in a dumpster...unless this murderer was perhaps a juvenile or a mentally slow or dulled human being...I have said all along, the police were "barking" the wrong check the other older kids out...

I hope I am wrong...Lots of troublesome issues with this case. Would love to delve into the files of Debbie Key and try to "solve" that one as well. Love your website, please continue your
inspiration for all of us,

Peggy Mercer Author

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Anonymous said...

You have to express more your opinion to attract more readers, because just a video or plain text without any personal approach is not that valuable. But it is just form my point of view

Bill Widman said...

While I would like to think that my own opinion is so important to others, I know better than to count on it.

What I'm going for here is to get readers to tell me their opinions.
Thank you for yours.

That goes for everyone who has commented so far.