FBI finds human remains at burned-down home, charges filed in case of missing Toledo teens
TOLEDO, Ohio - Members of the FBI and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations found human remains at a property on Chase Street in Toledo while investigating the disappearance of two Toledo teens, Toledo Police said. In the hours after officials arrived on the scene, TPD also announced two others are facing criminal charges in the case.
Law enforcement officials are investigating the disappearance of Ke’marion Wilder and Kyshawn Pittman. Police have not yet identified the remains found at the scene.
Two others have now been charged in connection to the disappearance of the teens. Cruz Garcia, 24, is now facing two counts of kidnapping and Diamond Rivera, 29, is facing one count of obstruction of justice. Officials tell 13abc they picked up the two Thursday on Seaman Road in Oregon.
According to court documents, Garcia is accused of assaulting the teens with a gun, tying them up, and leading them to a vehicle that was waiting. Details about where Garcia or the driver may have taken the boys next were not disclosed in the records. Rivera is accused of giving a false alibi for a person involved in the kidnapping. Police said they questioned her several times in the investigation.
Toledo Police had previously arrested three people in connection to the case. Carrissa Eames, Crystal Laforge-Yingling and Corbin Gingrich are facing obstruction of justice charges in connection to the case that court documents say is being investigated as a kidnapping. The defendants are accused of lying about the whereabouts of people involved with the disappearance of the juveniles. Officials collected phone records and video evidence that showed the defendants were lying, police said.
Documents obtained by 13abc say the last time anyone had any contact with the teens was when they were at Eames’ and Gingrich’s home on Maumee Ave, where police executed the search warrant. Officers obtained several pieces of evidence there during the search, including 11 rounds of ammo, multiple bags of suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a piece of glass with possible blood, and a DVR.
Officials blocked off a portion of Chase Street in Toledo for an investigation including members of the FBI Evidence Response Team from the Cleveland Division early Thursday afternoon. Crews focused on the site of a fire that destroyed a house there earlier this month. 13abc was on the scene of the fire on Chase Street back on Dec. 5, the same day the boys were reported missing. Officials at the scene told us the vacant house went up in flames around 1:00 a.m. on the 5th. A firefighter fell through through the floor of the home when they were inside, but crews were able to pull her out safely. Crews took a defensive approach to fight it, eventually letting it burn out and demolishing the home. TFRD did not release a cause of the fire but police said Thursday officials are investigating it as a case of arson.
Toledo Police said Thursday there are likely several others involved in the case but information about other possible suspects was not disclosed.
Later Thursday afternoon, a crowd gathered near the scene where officials were conducting the investigation on Chase Street, with people holding missing person flyers showing the teens’ faces.
Those with information on this case can contact Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111. This is a developing story. Check back for information as we learn more.
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