Category: Disappeared

DanielParks 2 smallThanks to the bravery of a woman who came forward after 34 years of torment and pain stemming from being raped when she was only eight years old, a monster has no place to hide.  Through years of numbing her agony with drugs and making a slew of bad decisions, she finally sought counseling in hopes of healing from her traumatic ordeal. As a way of therapy and seeking justice, her counselor convinced her to go to authorities to tell them what happened to her.

Soon after she reported the crime, Jefferson Parish detectives investigated her story and within a year her case was tried. At last, she would have the distinct pleasure of taking the witness stand to face the man whose brutality almost ruined her life.  Daniel Parks Sr. was found guilty. He was sentenced to thirty years in prison.

He can no longer hide behind a smile on his face or his friendly disposition; nor behind his honorary badge “volunteer firefighter.” The mask is off.  He is a monster.  A monster of the worst kind because he also betrayed her father, his best friend at the time, by raping the man’s 8-year old daughter who he had entrusted to take care of her while he went to work.

This is not the only crime against a child associated to Daniel Parks Sr.  There may be another victim.

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In the 1990s, she said she confronted Parks in his kitchen, while he cooked gumbo during a seafood boil he and his wife hosted. It was then, she said, that Parks lashed out at her, warning her she would end up like Stephanie Hebert, the slain Waggaman girl who lived only blocks from Parks and whom Parks’ wife babysat before the little girl was killed.

*Note: Daniel Parks was there when his wife babysat Stephanie Hebert and he was friends with the Hebert family as well.  The rape victim and Stephanie were also best friends.


On a hot summer afternoon, June 13, 1978 an innocent little girl disappeared from Live Oak Floral Acres Subdivision nestled on the river banks of Waggaman, LA.


Stephanie Hebert

Five-year-old Stephanie Lynn Hebert could not be found. The recent kindergarten graduate was last seen by her mother at 2:30 PM. She  told her mother she was going to play at a friend’s home three doors away but reportedly never got there.  She had blond hair, blue-eyes and wore baby blue rimmed glasses.

As helicopters scanned by air, about 100 deputies and fifty or so volunteers pushed forward on foot through the dense woods and swamp areas of the subdivision searching relentlessly for Stephanie. They called for heavy equipment to help give searchers access to areas covered in the underbrush and vegetation. The term “leaving no stone unturned” comes to mind, however Stephanie would not be found for months.  On November 29, 1978 she was found 12 miles away, tied to a tree, left to die.

After 72-hours of searching Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office felt strongly that there had been a kidnapping. JPSO spokesman, Lt. Harold Klibert said this area around Waggaman was extensively searched and the chance that the girl simply walked away and got lost was very slim.

Stephanie’s mother Joyce Hebert agreed saying ” Stephanie is all girl. She wouldn’t walk very far away from the house and get lost in the woods.”  The FBI was soon called in to determine federal kidnapping violation statutes if need be.

During the search, a lead developed. An ice cream truck vendor said  between 4:30 and 5:00 PM on the same day she disappeared, he sold 2 sticks of cotton candy to a girl that looked like Stephanie and she was with a woman wearing heavy make-up.  The ice cream vendor’s 14-year old daughter added that she saw the pair walking toward a 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

An 8-year old boy from the neighborhood later said he saw Stephanie about 5:30 PM with a woman of similar description about four blocks from the Hebert home but according to law enforcement this lead fizzled out.  No car or woman of that description were found but there may some truth to this story.

Stephanie lived at 117 Aster Lane.  Daniel Parks lived at 125 Evergold Lane.  Count the blocks.  Daniel Parks lived exactly 4 blocks away from the Hebert home.

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After 34 years, it’s understandable that a murder case would go cold.  The zealous Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has put in thousands of hours investigating this case.  In 2009, they were certain that the 16-year old brother of Stephanie’s friend Leesie was responsible for her death.  Stephanie had spent the night before at Leesie’s house and 2 days after Stephanie’s disappearance, his mother sent him back to live with his father out of state.

The detectives were relying on DNA to arrest this person, (now almost a 50 year-old man), but the DNA didn’t match.  No doubt, after 30 years of trying to solve this child’s murder, they were very dishearten but consider where this case is today? A lot has changed  since 2009.  Daniel Parks Sr. is a much stronger suspect.

Needless to say JPSO owes a bundle of gratitude to the rape victim for coming forward.  In my opinion she is a very courageous woman and I pray that she will live the rest of her life in peace and perhaps give courage to other victims of child molestation/rape to come forward as well.

Without DNA exonerating the other suspect, its possible an innocent person may have been arrested for this crime, changing his life forever.  Stranger things have happened.

In any case I’m just thrilled to say…

JPSO has officially announced, “Daniel Parks Sr. IS a suspect in the murder of Stephanie Lynn Hebert.”  Carpe Diem!


Merry Christman Everybody!



Daniel Parks initial arrest for rape


Charles, 7 Braden, 5

By KOMO STAFF and Associated PressPublished: Feb 5, 2012 at 9:57 PM PST

GRAHAM, Wash. – A powerful explosion and fire at the home of Josh Powell killed him and his two young sons Sunday, authorities said, more than two years after Powell’s wife Susan vanished under suspicious circumstances.

The explosion shook the normally quiet cul-de-sac neighborhood where Powell had been living. It came just moments after a caseworker had brought Powell’s two young sons, Charles, 7, and Braden, 5, there for a supervised visit.

Flames roared through the home near the intersection of 182nd Street and 84th Avenue after the 12:30 p.m. explosion.

Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving multiple frantic 911 calls, where they found two young victims and an adult male victim. All were found in the same room in the middle of the house, said Sgt. Ed Troyer, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman.

Troyer said emails Powell sent to authorities seemed to confirm that Powell planned the deadly blast. Troyer didn’t elaborate on the contents of the emails, but said they make police believe “this is intentional, this is planned … this is a double murder-suicide.”

Authorities were removing three bodies from the home Sunday evening as fire crews and police continued to search the rubble. Troyer said it appeared some sort of accelerant was used to make the house burn faster.

Powell’s wife Susan disappeared in December 2009 under suspicious circumstances while the couple was living in Utah, and he lost custody of his two sons last year.

A social worker brought the two boys to Josh Powell’s home Sunday for what was to be a supervised visit. They rushed toward the home, leaving the social worker behind. By the time she got to the door, Powell had let his sons in but locked her out, Graham Fire and Rescue Chief Gary Franz told The Associated Press.

The case worker reported smelling gas fumes, and suddenly an explosion ripped through the home just as the caseworker went to her car to report Powell’s actions to a supervisor.

A lawyer for Josh Powell says he received a three-word email from his client just minutes before the explosion. It said, “I’m sorry, goodbye.”

Attorney Jeffrey Bassett tells The Associated Press the email arrived at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, but he didn’t see it until two hours later, when others informed him of the blast. He says he knew Josh was upset after being ordered to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation recently, but he didn’t see this coming.

Authorities later said Josh Powell also sent emails with a similar “goodbye” message to a few family members.

Steve Downing, a lawyer for the boys’ maternal grandparents, says they are beyond devastated. They always feared Josh would do something like this.

Downing told the AP the children had started talking to their grandparents about things they remembered from the night their mother vanished.

“They were beginning to verbalize more,” he said. “The oldest boy talked about that they went camping and that Mommy was in the trunk. Mom and Dad got out of the car and Mom disappeared.”

Sgt. Mike Powell of the West Valley City Police Department in Utah said it was too soon to say how Josh Powell’s death may impact their probe.

“Quite frankly, this has obviously quickly unfolded up in Washington and we’re obviously just working through the details ourselves here,” said Powell, who is not related to the family.

Powell did not return a telephone message later in the evening Sunday regarding the children’s assertion that their mother had been in the trunk of the family’s car on the night she disappeared.

Gov. Chris Gregoire issued a statement saying, “I am deeply saddened by reports that two young children, Charles and Braden Powell, lost their life today in a terrible tragedy. My heart is heavy with their loss and my thoughts go out to the children’s family, friends, and schoolmates. “This is a very sad day.”

Missing wife, Susan Powell

The sudden and tragic development was the latest in a dizzying series of twists in the case of missing mom Susan Powell.

Just last week a Pierce County judge had ruled that Powell’s two young sons must remain in the custody of Susan Powell’s parents.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kathryn J. Nelson also ruled that Josh Powell must undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation and polygraph test before he could regain custody of his sons. But he was allowed two supervised visits a week.

Powell told police he last saw his wife Susan at about midnight on Dec. 7, 2009, just before he and the couple’s young sons – then 4 and 2 – headed out for a winter camping trip in subfreezing temperatures in the Utah desert.

Since then, Josh Powell has been the only named person of interest in connection with her disappearance.

Powell and his two sons moved to Puyallup, where he and Susan grew up, after she vanished.

The three of them lived with his father, Steven Powell, for a time. But in a bizarre twist, Steven Powell was arrested for voyeurism and child pornography last September. After that, Josh Powell lost custody of his sons and they had been in the care of Susan Powell’s parents.

Steven Powell, meanwhile, is in jail awaiting trial. Troyer said after Steven Powell was informed of his son’s and grandsons’ deaths, he “called us some names” and didn’t say anything else. He has been placed on suicide watch.

The caseworker who brought Powell’s young sons to his home was a provider under contract to the state Department of Social and Health Services.

“The visit supervisor for this particular agency had taken the children to the home. When she does that, she sits through the visit and might take notes on her observations,” said Sherry Hill, a spokeswoman for the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services. “She pulled up in the car, and the kids ran out ahead of her. He closed the door and locked it. She wasn’t able to get in, and that’s when she smelled gas.”

Another DSHS official, Denise Revels Robinson, said the caseworker wasn’t injured, but was traumatized by the events.

We were relieved to learn that the caseworker was not physically injured but understand that she is suffering from grave emotional trauma as a result of the horrific event,” she said. “The sadness of such a thing touches everyone involved with these children.”

Kirk Graves, 39, of West Jordan, Utah, Josh Powell’s brother-in-law, said he and his wife, Jennifer, were stunned by the explosion and sudden deaths.

“It’s a shock. A total complete shock,” he said. “We never contemplated the idea he would do something like this. You just don’t expect it from a father.”

Kirk Graves said he and his wife think Josh Powell deliberately set off the explosion to kill him and his sons.

“His world was falling apart around him and he was going to lose his boys and get arrested for Susan’s disappearance,” he said. “He’s a narcissist and he has no love for anyone but himself.

The day of the child custody hearing last Wednesday, Josh Powell submitted a six-page affidavit attesting to his love of the boys and his competence as a caregiver and insisting that it was time for the boys to come home.

“For over four months already, my interactions with my sons and many other aspects of my character have been investigated and documented by CPS,” he wrote. “I have proven myself as a fit and loving father who provides a stable home even in the face of great adversity. … It is time for my sons to come home.”

By Sunday night, there was a growing memorial to the slain Powell boys at the elementary school they attended in Puyallup. Dozens of people gathered at Carson Elementary to place candles, stuffed animals, balloons and messages out front. Among them was Denise Cox, the sister of the boys’ missing mother, Susan Powell.

By KOMO STAFF and Associated PressPublished: Feb 5, 2012 at 9:57 PM PST



Please help find Patti Adkins

After working the second shift as the assembly line supervisor at a Honda plant, 29-year-old Patricia Adkins clocked out at midnight on June 29, 2001.

Patti, as she was often called, was never seen again. Friends say she had plans for the fourth of July holiday week with a married co-worker she’d been having an affair with. The two were allegedly headed to a remote part of Canada. When the single mother didn’t pick up her daughter as scheduled on July 8 family knew something was wrong. Police say the married co-worker is the only person of interest in Patti’s disappearance. Despite numerous interviews with him police have not gotten any closer to finding Patti.
It was reported on Discovery ID that between 2000-2001, Patti gave her boyfriend as much as $90,000.
When Patti’s sister called the man’s home, at first he said he didn’t know her then changed his mind. He and his wife talked to Patti’s sister for 45 minutes. She now feels that they kept her on the phone to gather information.
On the night she left her job for the last time, she swiped out at 12:00.19 AM without a thing in her hand. She told her sister that she wouldn’t need anything. Her married boyfriend, her “soul mate” would buy her whatever she needed when they got to Canada.
She was told to swipe out at work and walk directly to his truck. She was to slide in the back of his truck and hide under a bed cover so not to be seen by another co-worker who rides with him back and forth to work.
The co-worker’s friend confirmed the Boyfriend, dropped him off at his door that night and the boyfriend’s wife confirmed her husband was home with her just minutes later. Since this was a long 4th of July weekend for the Honda employees, the Wife claimed her husband did mostly odd jobs at their home except for Thursday, he went fishing with friends.
There isn’t any hard evidence to arrest Flowers but detectives did find a small drop of blood on the truck bedcover. The Marysville detectives have yet to attain a conclusive identification on the blood found because it’s so minute; described as the size of a splattered mosquito.
Although the circumstances are compelling the detectives are reluctant to bring the co-worker/boyfriend to face a Grand Jury. They want to make sure that this person is found guilty. As we know, double jeopardy.
On September 7, 2010, “The Columbus Dispatch” reports:

Case in brief

Patricia “Patti” Adkins, a 29-year-old single mother from Marysville and supervisor at the Honda of America plant, disappeared at midnight, June 29, 2001, after clocking out from work. She was never seen or heard from again. She has been declared legally dead. Despite exhaustive searches over several years across several counties, her body has never been found.

 Keys to the case

Police have a suspect.
Patti had a longtime boyfriend who was married. She had told her closest friends and relatives that she was leaving with him for a weeklong trip to a remote part of Canada and that she wasn’t allowed to take anything with her. Detectives have what they believe is forensic evidence that places her in his pickup truck about the time of her disappearance. They are awaiting technological advances to better test it.


June 26, 2001:
Patti Adkins’ boyfriend orders a new tonneau cover for his pickup truck.
June 29:
10 a.m.: The man picks up the cover, installs it and drives the truck – a vehicle he usually doesn’t drive – to work.
Early afternoon: Patti takes her golden retriever and cats to the kennel. She catches a ride to work with a friend. Patti tells her that she is leaving after work with her boyfriend but that she will have to hide in the bed of his pickup truck for awhile until all is clear.
June 30:
19 seconds after midnight: Patti clocks out at Honda. She is never seen nor heard from again.
July 8:
Noon: Patti fails to show up as expected to pick up her daughter.
4 p.m.: Patti’s sister, Marcia Pitts, checks Patti’s house and finds her Honda Accord in the garage and her personal items undisturbed.
7:15 p.m.: Marcia filed a missing persons report with Marysville police.
July 10:
Police interview the boyfriend for the first time. He denies any relationship or involvement.
July 13:
The boyfriend consents to a search of his property. They discover a spot of blood on the tonneau cover, which he told them he removed from his truck on July 7.

TIPLINE: 937-645-4101 EXT. 442
Missing Since: June 29, 2001
Missing from: Union County, Ohio
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age at Disappearance: 29
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 120 lbs
Hair: Brown/Blonde
Eyes: Hazel

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction in this case. Tips can be left anonymously at 614-461-8477 or online at (select the “submit a tip” tab). Information, without promise of the reward, can also be directed to Detective Jeff Stiers of the Union County sheriff’s office at 937-645-4101 ext. 4442.
Sources: Union County sheriff’s office files, Dispatch research and interviews

Co-Worker’s name is Brian Flowers.

Some have said “the wife was in on it….they talked on the phone with the sister for 45 minutes the husband and wife are both in on it…… ”

Some others have said,”
Brian Flowers and his wife will get to live the rest of their lives always looking over their shoulders. The technology is coming… He’s going to go to jail. She gave him money, he used her, and when she started making demands… he got rid of her. She was sleeping with a married man, and she bought the stupid line that he would leave his wife. Sure, she’s a whore and an adulteress. But the penalty in this country for being an adulteress and a whore is not death. Not in THIS country.

“I happen to disagree with the above comment. I do not see Patti Adkins as a whore. She was a 29 year old mother with a beautiful 5yo daughter who just happened to fall in love with the wrong person.”

But the penalty for murder can, and likely will, involve death for Brian Flowers.

And even if he escapes justice in this life, he wil not escape it in the next. And his wife will have this on her head as well. I hope his wife realizes that now that he’s gotten away with it once… how easy would it be to make HER disappear if he considers her a loose end? He’s already cheated on her at least once, for a long period of time. What if he falls in love with the next mistress, and having a divorce isn’t convenient? Mrs. Flowers could end up going “missing” as well.

“Justice comes eventually. One way or the other”


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