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VA- Officials: Missing Missouri man committed suicide

9-16-2008 Virginia:

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. | A southeast Missouri man who fled a year ago after being charged with child sodomy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to authorities in Virginia where his remains were found.

John Dunivan, the former Butler County clerk, was accused of sodomizing a young girl.

Remains found earlier this month near Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Va., were positively identified through the use of dental records as Dunivan, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Phil Gregory said.

Highway patrol investigators had been asked to forward forensic information to the chief medical examiner's office in Roanoke to either identify or exclude Dunivan after a human skull was discovered Aug. 31 by hikers on private property near a remote area of the park.

The skull, according to authorities, was located about a mile and a half from where Dunivan's truck was found along Interstate 81, on the western edge of Virginia near Marion. The truck had been found there July 20, 2007 by a Virginia State Police officer, who was checking on an abandoned vehicle.

The rest of the skeleton was found Sept. 1 by investigators under several layers of brush in what appeared to be a "makeshift survival shelter," Smyth County Sheriff's investigator Bill Eller said.

A revolver and a passport, later identified as belonging to Dunivan, were found near the remains, Eller said.

Dunivan was 61 years old when he was charged in July 2007 in neighboring Ripley County with first-degree statutory sodomy involving an 11-year-old girl.

According to a probable cause statement by a Highway Patrol officer, the girl told investigators that she had oral sex with Dunivan "too many times to count" at numerous locations, including at Dunivan's Ripley County property, in Poplar Bluff and at a motel in Jefferson City, which is about 250 miles to the northwest.

A 12-year-old girl also told investigators that Dunivan had touched her genitals on the outside of her clothing, according to the probable cause statement, but that incident did not result in the sodomy charge. ..News Source.. by AP

UK- Inquest hears of pledge to lure police to their deaths

9-19-2008 United Kingdom:

A SEX offender killed when his van burst into flames left a note vowing to take out as “many police as I can”.

A jury inquest heard how Terence Langrell packed the white Ford Transit with three proprane gas cannisters and petrol.

Then, on August 1 last year, the 42-year-old “baited” officers into a slow pursuit around the streets of south Liverpool.

Five officers were injured as they approached the van in Park Road, Toxteth.

Liverpool Coroner’s Court heard how Langrell was given an official caution for attempting to procure an act of gross indecency with a 14-year-old in Flint, North Wales.

A registered sex offender until December 2004 he developed a hatred of officers.

One fragment of a note found in the car read: “You lot abuse your powers and do what you want, you are wrong. I will make you pay for the last six years.

“I will kill as many police as I can.”

The BSM driving instructor lived with his parents in Leasowe.

He was reported missing on March 27, 2007, but was spotted travelling in the Shetland and Orkney Isles.

Shortly before 10pm on August 1 officers began to follow Langrell after his driving outside Smithdown Lane was described as “suspicious”.

The pursuit took police through Granby Street, Warwick Street and Ullet Road, before Langrell mounted the kerb in Park Road.

Witness Paula Wright described looking out of her dining room window and seeing the driver was covered in “blue flames”. ..News Source.. by Kevin Core

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