“I hope this will bring a small amount of closure to the families and to our community.”. Hobbs pleaded guilty to methamphetamine possession, among other charges, in Oklahoma, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with the last 10 years suspended pending successful probation, according to court records. Zion police reported to a call of a fight in an apartment in the 4100 block of Barberry Lane around 10:00 p.m. The body of a man was found in a retention pond Monday morning in north suburban Zion. Birmingham police are investigating a homicide after a body was found in Zion City Thursday afternoon. The bodies were discovered at Beulah Park around 6 a.m. (7 a.m. He said police conducted a search with help from a rescue dog and local citizen volunteer group. Officials on Friday identified the person found dead Thursday morning as 19-year-old Savannah McTague and said she was a Maine resident who worked for Xanterra at Zion Lodge. Shanes was referring not only to the murder of Hobbs and Tobias, but also a separate murder conviction in Virginia, as well as the abduction of three women, one of whom Torrez left for dead after sexually assaulting and strangling her. Man found dead at Zion National Park after medical emergency. “You are a serial killer,” Shanes told Torrez in approving the plea and sentence, which followed lengthy negotiations between Lake County prosecutors and defense attorney Jed Stone. ZION, Illinois (CNN) -- Two girls, both under 10 and described as best friends, were Monday found killed in a wooded park near a small Illinois town. Hobbs spent nearly five years in Lake County jail before he was exonerated in 2010 by DNA evidence that pointed to Torrez. host = new String(location.hostname); The cause of death appeared to be multiple stab wounds with a knife, said Lake County Coroner Richard Keller, adding at an afternoon news conference that autopsies were still under way. Police were alerted Saturday afternoon to a body near a rock pile in an empty lot near Lebanon, Illinois, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Under the negotiated agreement, convicted murderer Jorge Torrez, 30, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced by a Lake County Circuit Court judge to 100 years in prison for the brutal Mother’s Day 2005 slayings of Laura Hobbs and Krystal Tobias. Officials on Saturday identified the body that was found in Zion National Park earlier this week, ruling the death a suicide. He added investigators have "no solid leads.". [Most read] Column: A Catholic pastor speaks out about Trump. ", Hollabaugh said Laura was "a typical 8-year-old girl" who "always had a smile for everybody," and Krystal was "just as sweet as Laura was.". CNN's Keith Oppenheim contributed to this report. He said the police investigators who interviewed Hobbs were often praised by the previous Lake State’s Attorney’s Office administration, and the charging of Hobbs was instrumental in Lake County building a reputation for wrongful convictions. No initial signs of sexual assault were found, he said. Tracey Lynn Rieker, 44, disappeared Sept. 30 … "I have a lot of questions, but it's just mostly rage at whoever could do this to two little girls," she said. ZION CITY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (10/18/19): The body of an adult male was found in the Zion City area Thursday afternoon. Authorities identify man found shot dead in Zion Officers found the 44-year-old in a grassy area with several gunshot wounds, police said. The town was founded in 1901 as a utopian society by a Scottish minister, Dr. John Alexander Dowie, according to its Web site. Although Hobbs won a multi-million dollar settlement after being cleared, he was later arrested and imprisoned on drug charges. Galveston Police Detective Jeff Banks talks Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, about the findings in the autopsy of "Little Jacob," a young boy found dead on the beach in October. The cause of death is unknown at this time. But the agreement does formally find Torrez guilty in the deaths of Hobbs and Tobias, puts a 100-year sentence on the books and resolves the case more than a decade after the murders occurred. Torrez was sentenced to five life sentences at the state level in Virginia, and is sentenced to death at the federal level for Snell's murder. An unidentified middle-aged woman's body was found in a remote area in Zion early Monday evening, according to authorities. Johnny Williams, a man's body was found in the middle of a road around 2:30 p.m. A body of a missing hiker has been found below Angels Landing in Zion National Park. DECATUR — The Macon County coroner on Thursday said toxicology results would be needed to determine the cause of death for Kimberly D. Mashburn, who was found dead in the The Birmingham Police Department says they are investigating the incident as a homicide at this time. Stone said the plea deal was more than symbolic for his client. Zion murder case informant found dead ... to stand trial on 18 counts of murder alleging he killed the two girls and left their bodies in a Zion park. Rescuers on Friday found a dead body and continued searching for … ET); police did not identify the person who found them. Officers responded about 11:30 a.m. after maintenance workers from a nearby apartment complex saw the body in the pond in the 1500 block of Lorelei Drive, according to Zion police. Some parishioners walk out. "A couple of younger boys had seen them over at the park playing about 5:30 or 6 o'clock, and I guess that was the last time anybody saw them," Hollabaugh told Chicago television station WLS. "This is an unusual occurrence for our community, and we are going to do everything we possibly can to bring this to a quick resolution," Mayor Lane Harrison said. [Most read] Trump farewell planned for Wednesday morning at military base ahead of Joe Biden’s oath of office, [Most read] COVID-19 in Illinois by the numbers: Here’s a daily update on cases, positivity rate and hospital data in your area, [Most read] Members of Trump campaign behind rally that ignited US Capitol riot, records show, From running back to quarterback to receiver: How Libertyville’s Riley Lees ended his career at Northwestern and looks ahead to the NFL. Malcolm said the bodies were found off a bicycle path in a wooded area on the north end of the city park. “They both enjoyed playing outside.The children very much appreciated them,” said Constance Collinis, who was superintendent of the Zion Elementary School District at the time. != -1 ) { "Her brothers and sisters went out looking for her. It's a heinous crime. Zion police late Monday said in a news release that they recovered a body from a retention pond in the 1500 block of Lorelei Drive at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday. World News | Agence France-Presse | Saturday January 2, 2021 . Laura Hobbs, 8, left, and Krystal Tobias, 9, were found stabbed to death in Beulah Park on May 9, 2005. Shanes said the Zion girls were “brutally stabbed to death.” Noting specifics of the injuries, he said the girls were stabbed a combined 31 times. Three men and one woman have been killed in flash flooding in Zion National Park and three others are missing, park officials said. The body had been in … A man was found dead Sunday after going missing during a hike in Zion National Park, the National Park Service announced. A hiker's body was found in Utah's Zion National Park on Friday morning, according to Salt Lake Tribune. Shanes added that Torrez “is beyond potential for rehabilitation,” and that his actions met the legal standard of heinous, which includes actions that are “hatefully and shockingly evil.”. The mother of one of the girls called police at about 8:50 p.m. (9:50 p.m. A search and rescue team found the body of the 19-year-old Savannah McTague on Thursday. “It has been a very long time, and this ensures he’ll never do anything like that to anyone else.”. ST GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) - The body of missing hiker reported on Wednesday has been found in the Angel's Landing area of Zion National Park, according to St. George News. According to Sgt. He said police put out flyers urging residents to look for the girls, but did not take further steps because "there was no indication that there was any specific foul play.". Laura's grandmother, Emily Hollabaugh, said the girls may have gone to the park for a picnic. ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – The body of a missing hiker was found below Angels Landing, a popular trail with 1,500-foot drop-offs with handrails along the most narrow and dangerous part of the route. Keller said there were "obvious injuries" and that police were looking for murder weapons. “I’m very happy that justice has finally been done in this case,” Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said Tuesday. ET) to say that her daughter had failed to return home as scheduled at 7 p.m., the chief said. They also found his wife, 53-year-old Dawn R. Whitney dead in the bathroom. Zion is a city in Lake County, Illinois, United States. ZION, Illinois (CNN) -- Two girls, both under 10 and described as best friends, were Monday found killed in a wooded park near a small Illinois town. They didn't find her, and then, about 9 o'clock, they called the police. Ten years after Krystal Tobias and Laura Hobbs were stabbed to death in Zion's Beulah Park, trial for the latest murder suspect awaits. }else { Zion had three reported murders in 2002 and none in 2003, according to the police department's annual reports. “Your murder of these two girls was reprehensible. The victim hasn't been identified and it's unknown at this time who he died. The area coroner said Laura Hobbs and Krystal Tobias died from "stab wounds" but were not sexually assaulted. Sheriff Booker did not say whether the deaths are considered suspicious. //-->. Body of missing 18-year-old kayaker found in LI Coast Guard ends search for boat carrying 20 from Bahamas to Florida Long Island woman vanishes with 2-year-old daughter In going over details of the Zion case, Shanes said that Torrez knew the girls because he was friends with one of their siblings, and that after the murders, he joined the Marines “as an escape route” instead of as an honorable commitment. At least one of the girls' bicycles was found at the scene. The girls were reported missing by their parents Sunday evening. While he was extradited to the Lake County jail from Virginia in 2014 to face charges in the Zion case, Torrez is currently on death row and serving life sentences for a previous murder conviction and other violent crimes. The latest charges come after Hobbs was released on parole for his last Wichita County convictions in May 2017 that included evading arrest. “One murder is a tragedy,” Shanes told Torrez. Home to about 23,000 people, Zion is 44 miles north of Chicago. Shanes said both the state of Virginia and the federal government have approved the provision of the plea that calls for the transfer of Torrez from Red Onion. (Family photos provided by the Zion Police Department) In exchange for guilty pleas by Torrez on two counts of first-degree murder, one for each girl, 16 other counts against Torrez were dismissed. document.write('Monday, May 9, 2005 Posted: 11:24 PM EDT (0324 GMT)'); Also, Torrez — who previously had been convicted of murder in an unrelated case in Virginia — will be able to move from Red Onion State Prison in Virginia to a federal Department of Prisons facility, likely in Terre Haute, Ind., according to Stone. Laura Hobbs, 8, left, and Krystal Tobias, 9, were found stabbed to death in Beulah Park on May 9, 2005. Stone suggested an abusive childhood helped form the adult Torrez became. One Dead, Nine Missing In Norway Landslide. Low-risk high school sports return in three regions, but basketball and football remain in limbo. ‘Maybe the season gets pushed back,’ IHSA says. “He will spend the rest of his life in prison, but he deserves to be treated like a human,” Stone said. Torrez, a former Zion resident, was linked by DNA evidence in 2014 to the killings of 8-year-old Hobbs and 9-year-old Tobias in the Beulah Park nature area. Keller earlier said the girls were found in a wooded area and were not covered. “I just want to say we’re glad it’s over,” she said after the hearing. After the girls’ bodies were discovered, with Jerry Hobbs aiding police in the search, the Zion murders quickly became national news. All external sites will open in a new browser. It's a crime against not only those kids, but against all of us.". Hobbs recently made news with another arrest again this month, according to a Wichita Falls, Texas, television station, which reported Hobbs, now 48, was jailed in Archer City after a police pursuit Sept. 4. The two victims were Daniel Chidester, 23, and Jesse Scaffidi, 23, both from Las Vegas, Nevada. Zion police say a Waukegan man who was stabbed during a fight in a Barberry Lane apartment died after being taken to a nearby hospital. Bodies Found in Zion Identified. Autopsies determined both girls died of multiple stab wounds. The population was 22,866 at … document.write('Tuesday, May 10, 2005 Posted: 0324 GMT (1124 HKT)'); ZION, Ill., May 9 - Two second-grade girls who spent Sunday riding bikes around this working-class town on the edge of Lake Michigan were found dead of stab wounds … Krystal Tobias’ mother, Marina Tobias, was among several Tobias family members who watched the plea deal and sentencing play out Tuesday morning.