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PointBlank
Jun 25th, 2005, 02:16 PM
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Bodies of 3 Camden Boys Found

http://abclocal.go.com/images/062405_im_boysfound.jpgCAMDEN, N.J. (AP) June 25, 2005 — For two tortured days, searchers turned the city upside down. They combed alleyways and woods, abandoned houses and vacant lots, looking and looking again for any clue to the mysterious disappearance of three young boys. In one heartbreaking moment Friday, the search ended - right where it began, when David Agosto lifted the trunk of a banged-up maroon Toyota Camry sitting in tall grass in the yard where the boys were last seen.



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For two tortured days, searchers turned the city upside down. They combed alleyways and woods, abandoned houses and vacant lots, looking and looking again for any clue to the mysterious disappearance of three young boys. In one heartbreaking moment Friday, the search ended - right where it began, when David Agosto lifted the trunk of a banged-up maroon Toyota Camry sitting in tall grass in the yard where the boys were last seen.

There, he found the bodies of son Daniel Agosto, 6, his 5-year-old friend Jesstin Pagan and 11-year-old Anibal Cruz.

Investigators weren't certain how the boys got there, and the bodies were being examined to determine the cause of their deaths.

"We haven't determined whether this was foul play or whether it was just a tragic accident," said Camden County Prosecutor Vincent Sarubbi. Autopsies were planned, as was an examination of the car, which had dents in the right rear and right front.

A neighbor was watching when David Agosto made the tragic discovery.

"I saw him open the trunk and he just started screaming and he collapsed to the ground," said Carmen Villa, 37, who lives across the street.

With that, part of the mystery was solved, but in other ways it was only deepened. At this point, Sarubbi conceded, "There are more questions than answers." Not only how the boys got into the trunk, but why didn't searchers - who combed the yard next to Cruz family home - find them sooner?

"It's just a tragedy," said Melissa Martinez, 25, weeping as she watched from Villa's front yard across the street as police began cordoning off the scene. "They've been there all the time. We were just standing here yesterday saying `Where could they be?' and the whole time, they were right there. It's just heartbreaking."

The boys vanished without a trace Wednesday night while playing in the yard, according to authorities.

For two days, strangers handed out missing persons fliers to passing motorists, civilians aided in the search and everyone wondered how three children could suddenly go missing at once.

The disappearances triggered a search in which 150 police, firefighters and other law enforcement personnel scoured the neighborhoods of this poor city across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.

But it turned up nothing, until Agosto's father made the grisly discovery. He broke out in tears, throwing himself against a car, and was later taken away on a stretcher by paramedics, crying and flailing his arms and legs.

According to Police Chief Edwin Figueroa, the vehicle - which neighbors said had sat unused in the yard for three months - had been searched before, but apparently the trunk went unchecked.

Cruz and Agosto both lived in the vibrant multi-ethnic Cramer Hill neighborhood where the bodies were found. Pagan lived in neighboring Mount Ephraim and was visiting Cruz's home when they disappeared.

Relatives said Cruz often played with younger children - in part because they were more like him than kids his age. He suffered from neurological problems and had just finished the fifth grade at a school for special needs students.

"He may be 11 years old, but his mind is more like a 4- or 3-year-old," said his grandmother, Carmen Cruz.

Agosto, who disappeared a day before his last day of kindergarten at the H.C. Sharp Elementary School just down the block from his house, had never been off the block alone before, according to his mother, Iraida Roman.

She described him as a regular kid who liked to "ride bikes, play in the dirt - simple kid stuff." Pagan also attended a special needs school, said a family friend, Cornell Worlds Jr. The boy idolized the Los Angeles Lakers and star player Kobe Bryant, Worlds said. He was "a good-spirited type of kid," Worlds said.


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Ive watched this on the news the past two days. I hoped this wouldnt happen. I just hope they find out what happened.

Meesh
Jun 25th, 2005, 02:33 PM
:sad: So sad, that's where I was born. Camden

FLL
Jun 25th, 2005, 02:44 PM
Watching that on the news was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo painful :sad:

Rocketta
Jun 25th, 2005, 02:45 PM
Geez, that is sad. :sobbing:

I don't understand why they wouldn't have searched in an abandoned car's trunk either? :confused:

Why would an 11 year old lock themselves up in a trunk?

or were they forced?


Sad Sad Sad!!! :crying2:

PointBlank
Jun 25th, 2005, 02:51 PM
The 11 year old had the brain capacity of a 4 or 5 year olds. He wouldnt of known.

Pureracket
Jun 25th, 2005, 02:54 PM
I'm in Philly right now, and they showed the footage of the father just discovering the body. It has to be one of the saddest images I've seen. Also, one of the boys' little friends was on the front porch, and he heard about it. The little boy physically collapsed into tears, and I lost it. Sad! Sad! Sad!

PointBlank
Jun 25th, 2005, 02:56 PM
I cant watch the news. Reading it was hard enough. Watching the news. :unsure:.

PointBlank
Jun 25th, 2005, 03:29 PM
I finally watched the video link. I hope it wasnt a murder. Apparently they werent there when they searched before but they were found there latrer on.

harloo
Jun 25th, 2005, 04:54 PM
It really pains me that two of the children who had neurological problems were out in the back alone without any adult supervison. Kids do things while playing, and you have to watch them especially if they have mental disabilities.

I don't know if it was a predator or not, but most likely it seems that the kids were playing some game and did not realize that it was dangerous.

This is very sad.:sad:

Rocketta
Jun 25th, 2005, 04:55 PM
The 11 year old had the brain capacity of a 4 or 5 year olds. He wouldnt of known.

Ah, that makes sense.

Steam
Jun 25th, 2005, 07:32 PM
I was just reading the article about them in yesterday's New York Post. What a sad ending. I don't think I'd be able to watch the news on this.

SelesFan70
Jun 25th, 2005, 10:27 PM
:sad: Really sad! But I have a hard time believing 3 kids just got into the trunk of car. It doesn't make sense.

VeeDaQueen
Jun 25th, 2005, 11:31 PM
:sad: Really sad! But I have a hard time believing 3 kids just got into the trunk of car. It doesn't make sense.

Oh come on. You never did that?

Kart
Jun 25th, 2005, 11:54 PM
Very sad.

PointBlank
Jun 26th, 2005, 02:29 AM
Oh come on. You never did that?

I used to do it. But it was always with a car that had a pull handle to open it from the inside incase you ever locked yourself in.

VeeDaQueen
Jun 26th, 2005, 05:49 AM
I used to do it. But it was always with a car that had a pull handle to open it from the inside incase you ever locked yourself in.

Me 2 ;)

Wannabeknowitall
Jun 26th, 2005, 05:52 AM
Geez, that is sad. :sobbing:

I don't understand why they wouldn't have searched in an abandoned car's trunk either? :confused:

Why would an 11 year old lock themselves up in a trunk?

or were they forced?


Sad Sad Sad!!! :crying2:

I live in the area. The story has been going on for a while and I swear that someone checked that trunk. Something just isn't right here. I don't see how it can be determined that they weren't forced in the trunk. It feels unsolved to me still.

@m@nd@
Jun 26th, 2005, 06:09 AM
:sad: o my goodness........cant believe it

rebel_ffighter
Jun 26th, 2005, 10:14 AM
OMG!I just saw the video on the news...and I can say that is the most socking thing I have seen lately! :sad: :eek:
I dont know but something just isn't right....What kind of game were they playing in order to get in there all the three of them?...maybe police must search more this case!

Rocketta
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:22 PM
I live in the area. The story has been going on for a while and I swear that someone checked that trunk. Something just isn't right here. I don't see how it can be determined that they weren't forced in the trunk. It feels unsolved to me still.

yeah well for them not to have checked the trunk is weird because it's one of the places to look for missing kids....that and abandoned refrigerators....Kids find it fun to close themselves up in places like that.

This case seems a little spooky to me. Very very sad but spooky too!

decemberlove
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:29 PM
yeah well for them not to have checked the trunk is weird because it's one of the places to look for missing kids....that and abandoned refrigerators....Kids find it fun to close themselves up in places like that.

This case seems a little spooky to me. Very very sad but spooky too!

Yeah, it's very strange, especially in a city where people hide all types of things in trunks. Why bother looking in a car, if you aren't going to look in the trunk? Who hides bodies in the backseat of a car?

The trunk is always the first place a cop looks when searching a car.

Something is NOT right... :(