Arrested was James Easter, 64, who had been questioned by police, then dropped off at his Oak Street home about 5 a.m. About 15 minutes later, he had built a fire in his backyard and was burning “things,” said Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield. That elevated him a little bit [in terms of interest],” said Sheriff Crutchfield. Easter was charged Sunday on a misdemeanor arson count.
He was being held in the county jail in lieu of a 0 bond He is slated to appear Monday in Monroe County District Court The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that it wants to speak with the driver of a green, box-style minivan who may have information in connection with the disappearance of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan.
She was last seen Sunday riding her scooter in the parking lot of the complex.
Blood found inside the hotel room of a convicted sex offender who is a person of interest in Nevaeh Buchanan’s disappearance did not match the girl’s blood, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said this evening.
James Easter, 64, of Monroe was taken in for questioning Saturday. Police have not said why he has been named a person of interest in the case.
Investigators would only say that Easter frequently visits a woman, who may be a family member or his girlfriend, at the Charlotte Arms apartment complex where Nevaeh Buchanan lives.
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Police found her bicycle in the parking lot of an apartment.The Michigan State Police Crime Lab tested the blood found inside the hotel room of convicted sex offender George Kennedy, 39, a friend of Nevaeh’s 24-year-old mother, Jennifer Buchanan, Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said.MONROE — A week after the disappearance of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan, Monroe County sheriff’s detectives have arrested a third man on unrelated charges and located two boys they hoped would have information in the case.But she said she wouldn’t be certain it was her granddaughter “until I see that baby’s face …I’m not giving up hope yet because it could turn out to be another baby.”The search for Nevaeh Buchanan officially ended Tuesday as the Michigan State Police crime lab in Northville positively identified the body found last week in a shallow grave as the missing 5-year-old Monroe girl.Officials with the investigation would not identify on Monday the two people who have been detained. He said they were being questioned along with many others in an ongoing effort to find the girl. – More than 100 members of a task force comprised of local and federal law enforcement agencies are working to find a 5-year-old Monroe girl whose disappearance three days ago is being investigated as an abduction.He was convicted on one count each of attempted criminal sexual conduct and attempted children-accosting for immoral purposes, according to the Michigan State Police. Police officials also told The Evening News that George Kennedy, a man being held in jail on unrelated charges, also failed parts of the polygraph test. Meanwhile, FOX 2’s Taryn Asher has learned that Michigan State Police cadaver dogs are searching two separate stone quarries in the Monroe-area for the missing girl.He called her regularly in the mornings, she said, but the last time she had seen him was four days ago. Buchanan said she knew he was a registered sex offender. Investigators in Monroe have another person of interest in the case of missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan, the owner of the van driven by her mother’s boyfriend — and a convicted sex offender himself.She said her daughter knew him well enough that she would have gotten into a car with him. Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said Roy Smith, 48, of Monroe may have been taken into custody Wednesday.The Task Force assigned to the case is urging the public to offer any additional information concerning the 5-year-old girl’s whereabouts between p.m. The body was found about seven miles from where Nevaeh last was seen May 24 in the parking lot of her apartment complex in nearby Monroe.Buchanan said police told her a body had been found.