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Destiny Norton's Body Found (5-yr old in Utah)
Deseret News ^ | July 25, 2006 | Paul Foy

Posted on 07/24/2006 11:54:44 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day

Salt Lake City police officers have found the body of missing 5-year-old Destiny Norton in the basement of a home in her neighborhood and have arrested the man living there, police Chief Chris Burbank announced.

The body was found at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Burbank said

The man being held for investigation of homicide was identified as Craig Roger Gregerson.

Earlier Monday, police had issued a sketch of a man seen driving a black Dodge pickup with a girl who looked like 5-year-old Destiny Norton.

Burbank told a news conference Monday night that the leads on Gregerson and on the man in the pickup had developed at the same time, and police officials decided to go ahead with the release of the sketch.

Burbank made a statement and declined to answer any questions.

Authorities also had said earlier that they were looking for a man who went by the name "Bubble Man" at the drum circles that are a weekly Sunday event at Liberty Park.

Destiny and her parents had attended the drum circle July 16 just hours before Destiny disappeared from outside her house. She was barefoot and wearing only an adult-size black T-shirt with gray stripes.

Volunteers turned out in smaller than usual numbers Monday, a state holiday in Utah, to help search for Destiny. They handed out leaflets at the Days of '47 Parade marking the arrival of Mormon pioneers to Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.

A $30,000 reward was offered for information leading to a resolution of the case.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: destiny; destinynorton; missingchild
So, so sad. The police missed her...she was apparently next door, or very close by.
1 posted on 07/24/2006 11:54:46 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Police find body of Destiny Norton
By Nate Carlisle
The Salt Lake Tribune



Eight days after 5-year-old Destiny Norton disappeared from her front yard, police discovered her body in the basement of the man who lives next door.
Craig Roger Gregerson, 20, was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Monday night on suspicion of homicide.
After Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank made the announcement, a crowd of about 100 gathered outside Destiny's home near 700 South and 500 East, where police were still present and yellow tape sealed off the yard and driveway. Some in the crowd appeared to stop at the home as they were returning from a fireworks show, but some residents questioned how the search for the girl could have gone so wrong, and how investigators could have missed something so close.
Some in the crowd shouted profanity at police and reporters. They also wept and hugged each other.
"They told us they searched these buildings four f------ times," Norton family spokeswoman Jeannie Hill said of police. "They did not do their jobs." "The police told me if I didn't stop going into buildings, I was going to be arrested," shouted Peter Brooks, who called himself Destiny's uncle. At one point, Brooks, who was in the parking lot of an LDS church across the street from the Nortons' home, fell to his knees weeping.
Around midnight, Burbank arrived to try and calm the crowd.
The discovery, made about 8:30 p.m. capped a day of hope for Rickey and Rachael Norton, Destiny's parents. Early in the day, volunteer and law enforcement officials marched along the route of the Pioneer Day parade, passing out fliers with the girl's picture. Later, police and the FBI said they were investigating a possible sighting of Destiny at a Smith's Conoco in Farmington. Investigators also released a composite sketch of a man reported as driving a black Dodge pickup with a girl matching Destiny's description inside.
"I think most of us feel quite strongly that we're very close," Hill said Monday night, about two hours before Burbank's announcement.
Burbank did not answer questions at a hastily called 10:30 p.m. press conference. It was unknown Monday night




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how detectives discovered the body or what lead them to Gregerson.
It also was unknown if the sketch released earlier in the day and the tip Destiny was seen in Farmingtion had any connection to Gregerson.
Destiny went missing July 16 from her home at 721 S. 500 East. Thousands of volunteers searched the city for her and distributed her photograph on fliers throughout the state. Meanwhile, police investigated the possibility she was abducted. Until the Farmington tip, there had been no sightings of Destiny deemed credible.
For Utah, the ordeal conjured images of previous searches - sucessful and unsuccessful. Those who searched or lent support included the families of Lori Hacking, Garrett Bardsley, Brennan Hawkins and Elizabeth Smart. Like those searches, this one gained national attention.
Earlier Monday night, Rachael Norton appeared on the CNN Headline News show "Nancy Grace."
Gregerson's home in the 500 block of East Elwood Place was sealed with yellow police tape Monday night. A search of Internet court records in Utah did not reveal any criminal convictions for Gregerson.
The Salt Lake County officals reported he was booked into jail in December 2004 on suspicion of domestic assault, but it was unknown Monday how that case was adjudicated.
In February, Gregerson sought a protective order against a woman with the same last name, court records show. The following month, a 3rd District judge granted the woman's motion to terminate the order.

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_4091504


2 posted on 07/24/2006 11:58:11 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Why does our government "of the people" do things the people don't want--overtax & overregulate us?)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Explain please

an "Advertisement in a response posted"


3 posted on 07/25/2006 12:01:29 AM PDT by Dov in Houston
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To: Dov in Houston

Explain what? "Oops." That's my explanation.


4 posted on 07/25/2006 12:07:43 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Why does our government "of the people" do things the people don't want--overtax & overregulate us?)
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To: Dov in Houston

The text was copied from the original news story with the link. There's probably an advertisement in the middle of the story.


5 posted on 07/25/2006 12:08:37 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: Choose Ye This Day
looking for a man who went by the name "Bubble Man" at the drum circles

Sheesh.

Let the relatives form a circle with 9 irons and let the drumming begin.

6 posted on 07/25/2006 12:12:05 AM PDT by JOAT
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To: Choose Ye This Day
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.Matt 18:6
8 posted on 07/25/2006 12:18:51 AM PDT by carumba (The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Groucho)
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To: Dov in Houston

This is a thread about a girl missing for 8 days that was tragically found dead in a neighbor's basement.

Will you please quit hijacking it to discuss your petty grievances?

Do you have anything to say about the subject at hand?


9 posted on 07/25/2006 12:19:31 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Why does our government "of the people" do things the people don't want--overtax & overregulate us?)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Seems to be lots of pedophiles in Utah lately.
Is it the water?


10 posted on 07/25/2006 12:27:11 AM PDT by XR7
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To: Dov in Houston

Take a chill pill!


11 posted on 07/25/2006 12:27:24 AM PDT by blondee123
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To: Choose Ye This Day

My Heart goes out to this family

I hope and pray for this childs soul

Yet when I see commercialism I shedder to see what is to come. Please do not attack me. I attacked you not. The "advertisment placed here" was what offended me and I shall state you said "Oops" so it may have been an accident.

May this child sit at the base of the throne of G-d as one of his children. And may this conversation end, although I doubt it will


12 posted on 07/25/2006 12:28:35 AM PDT by Dov in Houston
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To: Dov in Houston
My Heart goes out to this family

I hope and pray for this childs soul...

May this child sit at the base of the throne of G-d as one of his children.

Amen, amen and amen.

13 posted on 07/25/2006 12:34:51 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Why does our government "of the people" do things the people don't want--overtax & overregulate us?)
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To: Dov in Houston

Why did you leave out the o in the word "God?"


14 posted on 07/25/2006 12:34:54 AM PDT by moog
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To: Choose Ye This Day

After Jessica - it would seem like neighbors are the first place you'd look.
I wasn't sure what a drum circle was - http://www.rhythmweb.com/circle/faq.htm

is this kind of a new hippie thing, I'm assuming that in Utah it wouldn't necessarily be an ethnic event?


15 posted on 07/25/2006 1:09:27 AM PDT by justche (If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

If PETA wants animals and humans to be equal then the bastard who did this needs to be "put down" just as an animal would. Tragic story.


16 posted on 07/25/2006 2:00:54 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Native Texan)
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To: justche

it's a big thing among the wicca freaks


17 posted on 07/25/2006 3:55:41 AM PDT by snuffy smiff (used to hang folks for treason; wish they still did...)
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To: justche

Not new. The only ethnicity I ever associated with the kind of drumming and drum circles I've seen was Native American. I never thought about it being an African "thing," but I suppose it can be.

It's mostly just "New Age," so to speak. Some people in one of my meditation classes went to these and they were definitely hippie-ish, although upscale hippie-ish, or "up-market" as they sometimes say now.


18 posted on 07/25/2006 4:02:02 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Choose Ye This Day

So sorry to hear this. In the clothing description, did they mean what she was found wearing or what she was wearing when she disappeared? Only an over-sized T-shirt? Nothing else? Out in her yard? I hope that's wrong.


19 posted on 07/25/2006 4:05:00 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Choose Ye This Day

The link has been taken down.

This is pitifully sad! I can't imagine the depth of the grief!


20 posted on 07/25/2006 4:07:43 AM PDT by tutstar (Baptist ping list-freepmail to get on or off)
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To: justche

It's a druggie thing. Marijuana users do it on Sunday.


21 posted on 07/25/2006 4:21:36 AM PDT by carumba (The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Groucho)
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To: moog

Why did you leave out the o in the word "God?"

It pleases the PC crowd. Says a lot about the poster also.


22 posted on 07/25/2006 4:51:35 AM PDT by wolfcreek (You can spit in our tacos and you can rape our dogs but, you can't take away our freedom!)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

One of the reasons I couldn't work in law enforcement. He would never make it to booking.
Can this be tried as a federal? Or can they put this scumbag to death in Utah?
What needs to be done to get him dead to worms as quick as possible?
My, God, this is evil incarnate--so many--kill all these bastards until there are no more.


23 posted on 07/25/2006 5:21:00 AM PDT by BamaAndy (Heart & Iron--the story of America through an ordinary family. ISBN: 1-4137-5397-3)
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To: wolfcreek

I always thought that G-d was an Orthodox Jewish way of mentioning God.


24 posted on 07/25/2006 5:38:35 AM PDT by brf1
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To: Rte66

I believe that's right. One of her mom's maternity T-shirts.


25 posted on 07/25/2006 5:55:13 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Why does our government "of the people" do things the people don't want--overtax & overregulate us?)
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To: brf1
I always thought that G-d was an Orthodox Jewish way of mentioning God.

I believe you are correct.

26 posted on 07/25/2006 6:00:19 AM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname (Is it OK to steal tag lines from tee-shirts and bumper stickers?)
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To: Rte66

I'm so out of the loop these days.....


Thanks


27 posted on 07/25/2006 7:43:25 AM PDT by justche (If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: carumba

there has got to be a special level of hell for perps like this. There was a case in Mississippi this past weekend of a perp kidnapping, raping, & shooting in the head and left for dead, a little six year old girl. She was found twenty hours later and brought to Memphis for treatment. The POS in this case was having the usual "peronal problems". Yeah, right! There is no reason to take out one's "personal problems" out on a child. The perp in this thread and the one I just mentioned should have a special level of hell to languish in. They are the lowest form of vermin that needs to be dealt with in the most severe manner.


28 posted on 07/25/2006 8:17:24 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (RADICAL ISLAM IS A CULT. IT MUST BE ELIMINATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.)
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Gotta wonder about the family in this case, too...
nbc11.com:

Destiny, who is 3 1/2 feet tall and about 45 pounds, with brown eyes and blonde hair, was last seen wearing a long black-and-gray adult-sized T-shirt. Her missing child Web site said that Destiny's hair is short and blonde with green streaks in it, but that it may have been cut and/or dyed another color. Also, her bottom row of teeth are all covered in silver caps.


29 posted on 07/25/2006 12:20:07 PM PDT by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: wolfcreek

I thought you were going to say something about it being taken in vain.


30 posted on 07/26/2006 5:27:21 PM PDT by moog
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