In a shocking development, the remains of Jaynie Crosdale, a potential witness in the case against Timothy Haslett Jr., have been found dead months after a grand jury indicted Haslett on nine charges.
Clay County Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Thompson confirmed the identification of Crosdale’s remains in a press release on Monday.
However, the circumstances of her death remain unknown, and an autopsy is pending.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that Crosdale’s body was discovered in the Missouri River.
The 36-year-old may have possessed crucial information relevant to the case against Timothy Haslett Jr., who was arrested in October 2022 after a 22-year-old Black woman accused him of holding her captive in his Excelsior Springs home for a month.
The victim alleged that she was subjected to beatings and sexual assault during her captivity.
The victim’s harrowing escape to a neighbor’s home, wearing lingerie and a metal collar with a padlock, and duct tape around her neck, led to Haslett’s arrest.
Subsequently, a grand jury indicted Haslett on nine charges, including first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree kidnapping, and two counts of first-degree assault.
With each allegation, he has filed a not-guilty plea.
Authorities found a small room in the basement of Haslett’s home that matched the victim’s description, adding weight to the evidence against him.
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If convicted on all charges, Haslett faces up to 36 years in prison.
The investigation into the case remains active, with the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office relentlessly pursuing evidence to deliver justice for the victim and Crosdale’s family.
Since October 7, 2022, Haslett has been detained and is being held under a $3 million bond.
On Monday, the prosecutor’s office submitted a motion to raise his bond.
While the tragic discovery of Jaynie Crosdale adds another layer of complexity to the case, the authorities are determined to continue their vigorous pursuit of justice.
The community remains on high alert, demanding that all potential leads and information be thoroughly investigated to ensure the safety of its members.
This case has also brought to light concerns raised by Kansas City community leader Bishop Tony Caldwell and others, who claim that Black women have gone missing or been murdered without sufficient police follow-up.
While the investigation continues, authorities are working to address these concerns and ensure that all individuals are treated with the utmost care and diligence.
As the investigation unfolds, the community watches with a mix of hope and trepidation, trusting that law enforcement will leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of truth and justice for the victims involved.
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Source: ABC News