True Crime News Roundup: Missing California Woman Found Dead In Remote Woods, Ex-Husband Arrested
Plus: Four University of Idaho students brutally murdered; Pregnant Florida mom found shot; Gabby Petito’s family awarded $3 million in lawsuit; Parents of boy found dead in washing machine charged with his murder.
On Nov. 13, Rachel Castillo, 25, was found dead in a remote area in the Antelope Valley. A few days earlier, Castillo’s sister, with whom she lived, had called the police saying that her sister was missing and when officers arrived at their home, they found "a significant amount of blood," and there were signs of a struggle. Police added that Castillo's personal belongings, including her cell phone, vehicle and car keys, were still in the home. Castillo's ex-husband, Zarbab Ali, was arrested Nov. 13 at his parents' home in connection with the murder.
Four University of Idaho found murdered, killer still at large
On Nov. 13, four University of Idaho students were found brutally murdered inside an off-campus home. Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21 were all found stabbed to death on the second and third floors of the home they shared. Police suspect the murders occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 13. There were reportedly two other roommates home at the time of the murders that were unharmed. As of now, there are no suspects in the case.
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Pregnant Florida teen mom shot dead while sitting in a parked car
On Nov. 11, 18-year-old Kaylin Fiengo was found dead from a gunshot wound in the driver’s seat of her car in the parking lot of a park in Sanford, Florida. Police say they believe Fiengo was there to meet up with somebody known to her. At the time of her murder, she was 12 weeks pregnant with her second child. Fiengo left behind a 1-year-old son. No arrests have been made and the gunman remains unknown.
Gabby Petito’s family awarded $3 million in wrongful death lawsuit against Brian Laundrie’s estate
On Nov. 17, a Sarasota County, Florida, judge ruled in favor of Gabby Petito’s family in a wrongful-death lawsuit against the estate of Brian Laundrie. The final judgment awarded $3 million to Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, as the administrator of Petito’s estate. “No amount of money is sufficient to compensate the Petito family for the loss of their daughter, Gabby, at the hands of Brian Laundrie,” Patrick Reilly, an attorney for Ms. Petito’s family, said in a statement. Petito, 22, was reported missing by her family in September 2021 after her fiance Laundrie returned home from the couple’s cross-country road trip without her. Her body was later found in a remote part of Teton County, Wyoming, and the county coroner determined she was killed by strangulation.
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Texas parents of young boy found dead in washing machine charged with murder
On Nov. 16, Jermaine Thomas, 42, and Tiffany Thomas, 35, were taken into police custody and charged with the murder of their 7-year-old son, Troy Koehler. In July 2022, the Thomas’ called the police to file a missing persons report for the boy. When officers arrived at the home, they found Troy deceased in the washing machine in the garage. Authorities determined his death was a homicide. Authorities are waiting on the medical examiner's office to determine Troy's cause of death.