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Alleged killers talked about corpse on Facebook?

A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!

A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!

January 19th, 2010
05:10 PM ET

Disturbing last known photos of baby Gabriel just released

With each day that passes, hope is diminishing that baby Gabriel is still alive. And now newly released photos from Elizabeth Johnson’s camera have investigators and Gabriel’s own father very concerned. Arizona police say indicators giving them hope Gabriel is still alive are not as strong as they once were.

Gabriel Johnson / Photo Credit: Facebook
Gabriel Johnson / Photo Credit: Facebook

Newly released photos show the 6-month-old missing boy allegedly looking lethargic, sickly and his eyes drooping. And in another shocking twist, in at least two of the photos baby Gabriel is allegedly holding onto a medicine bottle. Investigators say the time stamp on 2 of the pictures is December 26, the last day Gabriel is seen alive and were taken at the Home Gate Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Tune in tonight at 8pm ET to see the disturbing new photos.

In other developments, it looks like Gabriel’s mother, Elizabeth Johnson, has taken another 180 behind bars. Johnson reportedly tells her grandfather during a jailhouse visit, she will not help investigators find her baby boy because she’s facing serious jail time. According to Johnson, her lawyers have advised her to keep her mouth shut because helping police is not going to lessen the prison time she’s facing on the kidnapping charges alone. To date, prosecutors have now filed four formal charges against Johnson, the most recent, conspiracy to commit custodial interference. Johnson’s different stories are not helping the search and cops are now forced to work two separate investigations, missing persons and homicide.

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January 19th, 2010
09:26 AM ET

Nancy Grace Cold Case

Teen drove into ditch, vanished as parents searched

New York (CNN) - It was the last day of classes, and Brandon Swanson, a 19-year-old freshman at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, was celebrating with his friends.

Swanson called home shortly after midnight May 14, 2008, telling his parents he needed a ride because he had driven into a ditch in the neighboring town of Lynd, Minnesota. Annette and Brian Swanson immediately set out in their pickup to look for their son and his green Chevy Lumina sedan.

 Brandon Swanson with sister Jamine
Brandon Swanson with sister Jamine

"We got in the pickup to go to this spot where he felt he was," Brian Swanson recalled. He thought he knew exactly where his son was, about 10 minutes from their home in Marshall.

"He was absolutely positive he knew where he was," Brian Swanson said. The parents stayed on the phone, talking to their son as they headed to pick him up.

But when they arrived, there was no car and no Brandon. They turned around and flashed the lights on their truck.

"We were saying, 'We're flashing our lights!' " Annette Swanson said. Over the phone, they could hear their son working the light switch in his car. Click-click, click-click.

"Don't you see me?" he asked.

"There was nothing," his father said, "absolutely nothing."

Everyone grew frustrated.

"At one point, he hung up on me, so I called him back and apologized," his mother said.
Swanson told his parents he would walk back to his friend's house in Lynd. His father drove home to drop Annette off and then headed back to look for the teen. They exchanged calls just before 2 a.m. and eventually carried on a long conversation while the younger Swanson was walking, trying to direct his father to where he was.

He told his father to look for him at a nightclub parking lot that was a popular meeting spot in Lynd. But at the 47-minute mark, the call ended abruptly. The teen shouted an expletive, and the phone went dead.

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