In January1978, the sleepy city of OcalaIn FloridaThe disturbing murder of an 8 year-old child shaken me. Trisa ThornleyAs usual, she had left school but never returned to home. HoweverTwo months later, her body had been found in a plastic bag. OcalaThree years prior, the nation was in news for its picturesque horse farms, meandering rivers, and beautiful landscapes. Ottis Toole6-year-old kidnapped, murdered Adam Walsh in 1981, forever changing the nation’s treatment of missing children cases.
Investigation Discovery’s ‘On The Case With Paula Zahn: Terrifying Calls’ dives deep into the abduction and murder of TrisaIt explains the various complexities of the case in detail. IfWe have all the information you need to find out the details of the case, the identity and current whereabouts of the perpetrator. So let’s dive in, shall we?
How Did Trisa Thornley Die?
Trisa Gail ThornleyShe was an 8-year-old free-spirited girl who lived with her parents. James Ann ThornleyThe town of OcalaIn Marion County, Florida. SheShe was also very close to her sister. Tracy or Traci. TheThird-grader was loved by her teachers and friends, as well as her friend. Kelley HarrissReminiscing about the last day she spent with her. TheTwo girls had slipped into a large closet in their classroom and were playing school.
KelleyShe played the student, she said. TrisaThe teacher was posed. SheIt was a joyful and vibrant day, I recollect. TrisaOn the pretext of being a good sport, she was even rewarded with a comic and a gum-machine ring. KelleyGood marks are earned. On January 23, 1978, TrisaThat day, I left school at 2:30 PM to go home. But I never returned. WithThe missing complaint was filed and a search party was established. AfterThere were weeks of scouring. Trisa’s body did not turn up.
HoweverOver 50 days later, Trisa’s remains were found in a wooded area of the town. On March15th of December 1978, three gopher hunters found a naked and tied up body of a young girl in a plastic bag in a forest area near. Ocala Airportat Southwest 60th StreetIn Ocala. TheyThey informed the authorities who arrived on the scene and identified the incident as little Trisa’s body. TheMedical examiners concluded that the body was mutilated, and she had been strangled.
Who Killed Trisa Thornley?
InitiallyThe police were unable to find any evidence orThe suspect was involved in the brutal assassination. HoweverThe parents of TrisaThey had received an obscenit phone call in which they were taunted and asked if they wanted their little girl back. TheThis call was traced by police Aubrey Dennis Adams Jr., who served in the capacity of a correctional officer Marion Correctional InstitutionAt the time. AsAccording to reports, he was also a friend. Thornley family.
ShockedAnd in tears Trisa’s mother, Ann, stated, “SheWith them, I would have gone anywhere Dennis.” TheFamily also revealed that AdamsHe and his ex-wife visited their home several times. TheInvestigators were also able obtain physical evidence Adams’ vehicle and house that matched the evidence found at the crime scene. HeHe was arrested in March1978 based on his incriminating statements to the officers as well as circumstantial evidence.
InHis written statements AdamsHe admitted that he had offered TrisaA ride in his car to get home that fateful evening. HoweverHe went in a completely different direction. Adams said he remembered “being stopped somewhere and she was screaming and I put my hand over her mouth and she quit breathing.” HisVerbal confession also stated that the man had removed Trisa’s clothes and tied her hands with a rope he kept in his car so that her body fitted in the plastic bag. HeWe have no plans to enter into any kind of sexual relationship. TrisaHe said he had thought about it, but couldn’t bring himself to do it.
How Did Aubrey Dennis Adams Jr. Die?
In October 1978, Aubrey Dennis Adams Jr. was convicted for the first-degree murder TrisaHe was sentenced in death January1979 by a trial Judge. HeAppealed to, but the Florida Supreme CourtHis conviction and sentence were confirmed. HisMotions for postconviction relief and petitions for writ habeas corpus were denied by the Florida Supreme Court. FinallyOn May 4, 1989, AdamsIn the end, it was electrocution. Marion County, Florida.
Aubrey Dennis Adams Jr. According to reports, he was the 21st victim of an automobile accident. Florida’s electric chair since it resumed executions in 1979. Trisa’s mother was present along with Trisa’s sister and other relatives outside the State PrisonWhere is it? AdamsHe died in the electric chair. She said, “HeFinally, he got what he wanted. WhyDid they drag it out like that? It’s just a relief. I’m so glad it’s over.”InHis final statement Adams wrote, ″I hope and pray that all the new and reopened wounds will be healed quickly after my passing.”
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