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Body of Missing Girl Found; Man Arrested
AP ^ | 2/6/04 | Mitch Stacy

Posted on 02/06/2004 7:34:15 AM PST by apackof2

SARASOTA, Fla. - The body of an 11-year-old girl whose abduction was captured by a surveillance camera has been found in a church parking lot and a mechanic has been charged with her murder, officials said Friday.

Sarasota County Sheriff Bill Balkwill refused to say where Carlie Brucia's body was found, but a law enforcement source close to the investigation said it was found between 12:45 a.m. and 1 a.m. Friday outside a church not far from the car wash where she was taken.

"Our prayers on behalf of everybody here in Sarasota County go out to the family," Balkwill said.

He said Joseph P. Smith, 37, has been charged with her murder. He is believed to be the tattooed man in a mechanic's shirt who was seen in a car wash surveillance video leading Carlie away by the arm Sunday evening, authorities said.

Investigators found the body after negotiations with Smith, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Earlier, authorities had said he was not cooperating.

"We now stand ready to complete our obligation, and assure you that he will pay the ultimate price for what he did to her," Capt. Jeff Bell said.

Family and friends had kept vigil outside Carlie's ranch-style house which was decorated with banners and posters reading, "We love you, Carlie."

Carlie was described by friends as a beautiful girl who loved actress Jennifer Lopez, going to the mall and hanging out. The youngster was known for greeting friends with warm hugs. She was heading home from a slumber party when she was abducted.

Carlie's friend Natalie Thomas cried after hearing that her classmate's body was found. She remembered Carlie's smile and that she liked to go on walks.

Carlie's family had gone into seclusion Friday and was unavailable for comment.

"There's nothing you can do to make anybody feel better and it's going to hurt for a long, long time," said Chuck Chambers, a private investigator who was working with the family.

"I need my daughter home," Carlie's mother, Susan Schorpen, had said Thursday. "She's a very, very important part of this family and community."

Members of her former Girl Scout troop took a day off from school Wednesday to pass out fliers at shopping centers, canvass neighborhoods and distribute pink ribbons adorned with Carlie's name.

A reward fund of $50,000 was offered for information.

Smith has been arrested at least 13 times in Florida since 1993, according to state records and convicted of drug possession and other charges. He was arrested in 1997 in Manatee County on kidnapping and false imprisonment charges, but was acquitted a year later.

An aide to Smith's public defender, Adam Tebrugge, had declined to comment Thursday.

Carlie was walking home from a friend's house at about 6:20 p.m. Sunday when she took a short cut behind Evie's Car Wash, which was closed for the day.

Car wash owner Mike Evanoff said he checked the security system video Monday after bloodhounds led deputies to the business. The images of Carlie popped up almost immediately when he turned on the system, he said.

"It was cold chills right up my back," Evanoff said earlier this week. "My manager couldn't even look at it. It's an awful feeling."

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This makes me ill
Prayers for the family of this innocent girl

I am also mad as *ell, look at this guy's criminal record!

Why was he on the street?!!

1 posted on 02/06/2004 7:34:17 AM PST by apackof2
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To: apackof2
The guy's PO tried to have him put in jail in December and the judge refused,,Judge ought to be horsewhipped.
2 posted on 02/06/2004 7:36:05 AM PST by cajungirl (John Kerry has no botox and I have a bridge to sell you!)
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To: apackof2
Investigators found the body after negotiations with Smith, ...

Don't like the sound of that.

3 posted on 02/06/2004 7:37:36 AM PST by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: cajungirl
Just add it to the list of government failures. The penal system is so overcrowded with drug users and pushers, that there is no room for the true degenerates who walk among us.
4 posted on 02/06/2004 7:39:41 AM PST by Banjoguy (Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.)
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To: cajungirl
The guy's PO tried to have him put in jail in December and the judge refused...

What a disgrace...

5 posted on 02/06/2004 7:39:41 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: LexBaird
As a side point to what we have been talking about....

Do you think what this guy did to this little girl was wrong, or does it really depend on the neighborhood he grew up in?

6 posted on 02/06/2004 7:39:44 AM PST by laotzu
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To: cajungirl
What's the 411 on this judge, elected, appointed, Democrat, liberal, senile, crazy ??
7 posted on 02/06/2004 7:41:12 AM PST by skip2myloo
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To: ladtx
Investigators found the body after negotiations with Smith, ...

A LEO at one of the pressers this morning was talking about going fo "the ultimate punishment". Doesn't sound like Smith was negotiating. If he was, I think that LEO and others are going to be very angry.

8 posted on 02/06/2004 7:42:44 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: skip2myloo
Google up the name Rapkin for info on the judge. The other thread has his pic and phone number.
10 posted on 02/06/2004 7:47:01 AM PST by doodad
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To: Banjoguy
I might point out that this guy's previous crimes were mostly drug related. So he would have just added to your overcrowded penal system.
11 posted on 02/06/2004 7:47:05 AM PST by NTegraT
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To: mewzilla
I heard on the news last hour that there was a deal cut in an all night session last night.
12 posted on 02/06/2004 7:48:14 AM PST by doodad
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To: apackof2
He was on the street due to the morons who sat on his kidnapping trial in 1997-98.

Pray the next jury has half a brain between them.
13 posted on 02/06/2004 7:48:19 AM PST by CaptainK
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To: doodad
Jeez, talk about a deal with the devil. Hope the parents were consulted.
14 posted on 02/06/2004 7:49:31 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Banjoguy
is so overcrowded with drug users and pushers, that there is no room for the true degenerates who walk among us.

AHHH this creep was a drug user with a criminal past yet the system gave him many many chances.....why wasnt he in jail as a drug user?

15 posted on 02/06/2004 7:50:27 AM PST by alisasny (Thankyou to all who made 12/28 party so wonderful in NYC)
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To: NTegraT
He was acquitted of kidnapping charges in 1998. I don't know why the drug charges are being highlighted by the press.
16 posted on 02/06/2004 7:50:32 AM PST by CaptainK
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To: apackof2
Another case of a LEFTIST judge who finds it nearly impossible to "JUDGE" anyone. He (judge) should be impeached (removed) from the bench and put in the same cell as the perp. Sickening.

My prayers go out to the family and their sweet little girl. What a sad, sad day!

17 posted on 02/06/2004 7:51:05 AM PST by PISANO (God Bless our Troops........They will not TIRE - They will not FALTER - They will not FAIL!!!!!)
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To: apackof2
A real shame no doubt, Pray for the family. I wonder how much money the folks in Sarasota will spend on this jerks defence? "millions no doubt" a good rope only cost .18 cents a foot
18 posted on 02/06/2004 7:51:09 AM PST by JamesA (Stand up, stand together or die as one.)
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To: doodad
Harry Rapkin

FWIW, according to this site, his civil practice was 80% Personal Injury.

19 posted on 02/06/2004 7:51:35 AM PST by r9etb
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To: laotzu
Do you think what this guy did to this little girl was wrong

Huh? Am I missing something here? Please tell me you don't mean that.

20 posted on 02/06/2004 7:53:12 AM PST by doodad
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To: CaptainK
I don't know why the drug charges are being highlighted by the press..

It is the leftists attempt to hold blameless all predators from their actions. Exactly like trying to blame the GUN for murder, the SUV for the vehicle accident or the DRUGS for this crime. In other words it is an EXCUSE.

21 posted on 02/06/2004 7:56:55 AM PST by PISANO (God Bless our Troops........They will not TIRE - They will not FALTER - They will not FAIL!!!!!)
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To: CaptainK
He was acquitted of kidnapping charges in 1998

But plead no contest in a second assault and did time IIRC. In this assault he hit a woman in the face with a helmet and tried to pull her into some woods when a deputy spotted the commotion. He was found later by police and identified by the victim.

22 posted on 02/06/2004 7:57:21 AM PST by doodad
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To: cajungirl
We need to know the name of this judge. Anyone got a photo as well?
23 posted on 02/06/2004 7:58:32 AM PST by Prince Charles
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To: cajungirl
Nail his nuts to the wall and give him a rusty razor blade; ditto the judge.
24 posted on 02/06/2004 7:59:22 AM PST by ladylib
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To: apackof2
I had been encouraging "innocent until proven guilty" on another thread. That's a good principle. But after examining the evidence, it looks like the guy they have in custody is the guy who did it. If this were my daughter, I'd willingly remove this guy from the land of the living, even if it meant my going to prison for it. Or at least I'd try.
25 posted on 02/06/2004 8:00:00 AM PST by Theo
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To: laotzu; LexBaird
Do you think what this guy did to this little girl was wrong, or does it really depend on the neighborhood he grew up in?

I don't care if an apple is rotten because it had a bad life.

It's still a rotten apple.

If he did it, he should be hanged with wire from a meathook.

26 posted on 02/06/2004 8:00:51 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: Prince Charles
See Post #19
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1072762/posts?page=19#19
27 posted on 02/06/2004 8:04:17 AM PST by thackney (Life is Fragile, Handle with Prayer)
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To: JamesA
real shame no doubt, Pray for the family. I wonder how much money the folks in Sarasota will spend on this jerks defence? "millions no doubt" a good rope only cost .18 cents a foot

A plastic bag over his head would be even cheaper.

In fact, they could even make money if they sold tickets.

28 posted on 02/06/2004 8:04:30 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: apackof2
Sorry, but why would her parents not have picked her up after the slumber party? I would never let my eleven year old daughter walk home alone, even in daylight. The perp should be fried and the idiots in the Florida justice system that let him go every time should be fired.
29 posted on 02/06/2004 8:04:40 AM PST by Paulus Invictus (4)
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To: ladylib
This has to stop.

It's time for some brave lawmaker to step up and propose a Constitutional Amendment to allow cruel and unusual punishment in cases involving the criminal death or injury to children.

Since the fear of the death penalty is not enough to scare these guys, maybe a chance that they would be heinously tortured just might make these creeps think twice.

30 posted on 02/06/2004 8:07:01 AM PST by TravisBickle (Are you talking to me?)
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To: Age of Reason
No he should be left to hang impaled on a meat hook.
31 posted on 02/06/2004 8:07:26 AM PST by DarthVader (Liberal Democrats = The domestic enemies of the United States)
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To: thackney
Thanks... I just ran across the black-robed perp's photo:


Judge Harry Rapkin
Circuit Court Judge
Manatee County, FL

32 posted on 02/06/2004 8:08:33 AM PST by Prince Charles
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To: r9etb
If 80% of his private practice was Personal Injury, the guy's a Democrat, and likely contributed significant sums of money to Democratic causes and candidates.
33 posted on 02/06/2004 8:09:27 AM PST by ought-six
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To: Age of Reason
Amen...this is what happens to society when we continue to allow judges to sit on benches that promote a feel good nation. Now we have a dead and probably very molested 11 year old. When will we wake up and realize that because of liberal views we now have judges letting these monsters roam free to devour our children...how many more little girls and boys will have to die? People it's time to start slamming these people...can anyone in the Sarasota/Tampa area start protesting this judge?
34 posted on 02/06/2004 8:09:29 AM PST by PaulaB (A socialist government will be the death of our children)
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To: apackof2
This group did an "escape school" presentation at my kids' school that seemed good for teaching your kids how to avoid getting abducted: www.escapeschool.com.
35 posted on 02/06/2004 8:09:30 AM PST by agsloss
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To: apackof2
The judge who last allowed this criminal to roam free should be held to account as well and be subject to the same punishments It's time 1st Strike laws are created and utilized in every state and the death penalty used as well. Crimes like this will slow down when these criminals know they will face the ultimate punishment. Liberal judges will think twice as well (if they have a brain in their head's that is...) May God bless and keep Carly in his loving arms.
36 posted on 02/06/2004 8:09:33 AM PST by Lucky2 (Before I die, I want Bill and Hillary tried for treason and jailed (executed) for their crimess.)
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To: laotzu
" Do you think what this guy did to this little girl was wrong, or does it really depend on the neighborhood he grew up in?"

Before I really jump off the deep end and perhaps make a fool of myself I am wondering, Do you think what this guy did to this little girl was wrong...?". Regardless of what neighborhood he grew up in.

37 posted on 02/06/2004 8:11:43 AM PST by ImpBill ("America! ... Where are you now?")
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To: Theo
I don't have a daughter, but if it had been my wife, or my sister, or one of my nieces, I'd remove the b*stard, as well.
38 posted on 02/06/2004 8:12:24 AM PST by ought-six
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To: TravisBickle
With my plan, the piece of garbage castrates himself, willingly. All it costs the state is a hammer, a couple of nails, and a cast-off, rusted razor blade.
39 posted on 02/06/2004 8:16:46 AM PST by ladylib
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To: Prince Charles
Looks like Fritz Mondale if you ask me. This guy has something to answer for.
40 posted on 02/06/2004 8:17:55 AM PST by cajungirl (John Kerry has no botox and I have a bridge to sell you!)
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To: mewzilla
It would be unforgivable if they took the death penalty off the table in exchange for the location of the corpus. The same thing could have been accomplished with polite questioning conducted with a cocked pistol pressed firmly against the temple. This fiend deserves more the millstone than the electricity, and to spare him from "the ultimate penalty" would be more criminal than the foul deed itself.
41 posted on 02/06/2004 8:26:17 AM PST by Dionysius
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To: ought-six
Well, as a mother and a grandmother (my grandchild is just about a year younger than this girl), let me give you an indication of how I feel about it........

LET ME AT HIM!

42 posted on 02/06/2004 8:27:00 AM PST by beachn4fun (Hey Democrats........all your votes belong to us..... Republicans in '04.)
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To: Theo
The judicial system is responsible for treating this man as innocent until proven guilty. We have no such obligation and is the reason why I suspect your pleas weren't met with much cooperation. As for me, I wildly sling opinions from the hip all the time.

I'm still shaking my head at no Amber Alert and the judge who passed over a violent felon's parole violation. I would do everything in my power to mete out some justice to this guy, especially in light of the government's failure to do so.
43 posted on 02/06/2004 8:30:07 AM PST by kenth (This is not a tagline. You, sir, are hallucinating.)
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To: apackof2
Maybe the Prosecutors were to busy going after Rush Limbaugh to put him away!!!
44 posted on 02/06/2004 8:30:52 AM PST by BallyBill
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To: apackof2; cajungirl; JohnHuang2; PISANO
he checked the security system video Monday after bloodhounds led deputies to the business.

A little off subject, but it is truly amazing how these dogs can do what they do!!!!

45 posted on 02/06/2004 8:35:24 AM PST by thesummerwind (Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: doodad
Could THIS be the judge?????? Venice, FL is ONE town away from Sarasota.....it MUST be the same guy....attorney in 1991 BEFORE he was appointed judge....hmmmm.....looks like a DIM to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JUDGE HARRY RAPKIN - DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN DONOR??

46 posted on 02/06/2004 8:43:57 AM PST by soozla (LIBERALS are the suckiest bunch of suckers that ever sucked!)
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To: PISANO
I don't know why the drug charges are being highlighted by the press..
It is the leftists attempt to hold blameless all predators from their actions. Exactly like trying to blame the GUN for murder, the SUV for the vehicle accident or the DRUGS for this crime. In other words it is an EXCUSE.

*** DING DING DING *** No more calls; we have a winner.

47 posted on 02/06/2004 8:45:24 AM PST by steve-b
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To: Dionysius
It would be unforgivable if they took the death penalty off the table in exchange for the location of the corpus.

Personally, I'd see no problem with making that deal -- and after he gave up the info and it was verified do my best Bill Clinton impression and start quibbling about the exact definition of "death", "penalty", "table", etc.

48 posted on 02/06/2004 8:49:48 AM PST by steve-b
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To: apackof2
"Why was he on the street?!!"

Liberal prosecuters and judges.

49 posted on 02/06/2004 8:49:55 AM PST by nightdriver
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To: apackof2
MAD yes definitely!!
Orlando Salinas reported earlier that Smith's probation officer had tried to have him put back in jail on Dec. 30 but the judge said no.
I have had it up to my eye teeth with some of our judges here already and this is just the cherry on top!
50 posted on 02/06/2004 8:52:27 AM PST by tutstar ( <{{---><)
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