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Body of missing Tracy girl found in suitcase
San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Monday, April 6, 2009 | Kevin Fagan, Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writers

Posted on 04/06/2009 9:43:37 PM PDT by thecodont

(04-06) 21:03 PDT Tracy -- Police in Tracy announced tonight that they found the remains of a child who went missing 10 days ago inside a black suitcase that was discovered earlier today floating in an irrigation pond.

Sandra Cantu vanished March 27 after telling her mother she was going to a friend's home to play.

The suitcase was found by farm workers at about 10 a.m. as they were draining the pond at a dairy farm on Bacchetti Road in Tracy. The location is about two miles from Cantu's home.

Witnesses told investigators the suitcase was not there when they drained the same pond about two weeks ago.

Cantu disappeared from the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park 10 days prior. The last official sighting of her was on a surveillance video taped that afternoon, showing her skipping outside her home.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: abduction; child; homicide
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Not a happy ending.
1 posted on 04/06/2009 9:43:37 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

May her little soul rest in peace and may the Son of a Bitch that did this suffer a long slow death.


2 posted on 04/06/2009 9:45:38 PM PDT by FLDemocracker (Those who beat their guns into plows, will plow for those who don't.)
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To: thecodont

Damn it I feared that would happen


3 posted on 04/06/2009 9:45:41 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: thecodont

Somewhere there is a monster that needs killing.


4 posted on 04/06/2009 9:45:44 PM PDT by umgud (I'm really happy I wasn't aborted)
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To: thecodont

Prayers up for this little girl. Evil is everywhere these days.


5 posted on 04/06/2009 9:46:02 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (So Orwell was off by 25 years! So what!)
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To: umgud

Find the bastard and hang him. No need for a trial


6 posted on 04/06/2009 9:47:04 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: thecodont

Prayers lifted for suffering innocents.


7 posted on 04/06/2009 9:48:11 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: thecodont

God damn it.


8 posted on 04/06/2009 9:48:23 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 77 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: FLDemocracker

Couldn’t have said it better.


9 posted on 04/06/2009 9:48:59 PM PDT by manic4organic (We Are S0 Screwed)
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To: thecodont

Perverts should die immediately. No courts, no legal system … just death,.


10 posted on 04/06/2009 9:49:27 PM PDT by doc1019 (Idiocy is as Obama does)
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To: thecodont

Oh darn, I thought I heard the police say the black container was empty. Poor girl. I sure hope they catch the guy.


11 posted on 04/06/2009 9:49:51 PM PDT by tinamina
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To: yorkie

Sad news & prayers.


12 posted on 04/06/2009 9:50:19 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: thecodont

Find the sob, stuff him in a suitcase, and throw him in a drainage ditch to drown slowly. Still would be too food for him.


13 posted on 04/06/2009 9:51:53 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady
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To: Sarah Barracuda

You said — Find the bastard and hang him. No need for a trial

The reason for trials is to make sure that you’ve got the right person...


14 posted on 04/06/2009 9:52:32 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Star Traveler

If he confesses then yeah, no need for a trial


15 posted on 04/06/2009 9:53:28 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: thecodont

How sickening. Prayers for the repose of her soul, and comfort and strength for her family.

A prayer for justice for the subhuman who would visit such harm to an innocent.


16 posted on 04/06/2009 9:54:13 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Star Traveler
The reason for trials is to make sure that you’ve got the right person...

Sometimes.

Sometimes it's to make sure the guy with money/connections walks.

17 posted on 04/06/2009 9:54:52 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 77 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Yep, 15 minutes in a locked room with me this animal and a baseball bat and I’ll save the taxpayers all but the room cleanup and body disposal bill...


18 posted on 04/06/2009 9:55:32 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: thecodont

Prayers for her family. Rest in peace little one and find comfort in God’s embrace.


19 posted on 04/06/2009 9:55:34 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: thecodont

I was afraid that she had been murdered, but had been praying that she would be found alive. So sorry to hear it, and prayers up for the family.


20 posted on 04/06/2009 9:58:23 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Impeach Obama)
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To: null and void

That’s not the reason that our founding fathers indicated... :-)

You’re confusing the results that sometimes happens with the “reasons” why the founding fathers set up our system the way they did...

In fact, I believe that those founding fathers thought that it was *preferred* that some of the guilty possibly go free, rather than even *one* innocent person be convicted...

They realized that if you made it difficult for the “state” to convict people that this would mean that some guilty people would go free. But, if you made it so that you could *always* convict the guilty ones — that this would mean some of the innocent would be caught up in the process. They decided it was preferable that some guilty ones go free...


21 posted on 04/06/2009 9:58:38 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Star Traveler

Ooops. Is my cynicism showing?


22 posted on 04/06/2009 10:02:10 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 77 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

I’m sure the founding fathers knew very well that some guilty ones would “get away with it”...

They weren’t dumb...


23 posted on 04/06/2009 10:03:33 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Star Traveler
They decided it was preferable that some guilty ones go free...

They would be sad today. . .seeing how just how many go free and too often because the 'spirit' of the law has been replaced with the semantics of the 'meaning of is'. And while you have the 'right to a fair trial'; this should not preclude one's responsibility to make it an honest trial.

24 posted on 04/06/2009 10:05:55 PM PDT by cricket (NOOOOOOO to Serfdom. . .)
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To: FLDemocracker

Thanks for saying it for all of us.


25 posted on 04/06/2009 10:06:15 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
No need for a baseball bat..

You'd be amazed how persuasive one can be with the very simplest of tools — an E-tool, pair of pliers or steel toed boots.

26 posted on 04/06/2009 10:11:42 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: thecodont

Very sad. Too bad the guys who found it pulled it over to the side, their prints may have covered the perps prints... my guess is on her sleeze neighbor.


27 posted on 04/06/2009 10:12:11 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: null and void
"Sometimes it's to make sure the guy with money/connections walks."

Yeah... Like Teddy Kennedy, the now liberal "Lion of the Senate!"

28 posted on 04/06/2009 10:17:31 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Galloping suffocating American Socialism stinks like BO!!!)
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To: thecodont

29 posted on 04/06/2009 10:20:35 PM PDT by Daaave ("Where it all ends I can't fathom my friends")
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

How about you and a flamethrowe instead? No need for the body disposal.


30 posted on 04/06/2009 10:20:45 PM PDT by Frohickey
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To: thecodont
Whatever sick bastard did this needs to be taken down- fast and hard! You hear about scum trying to lure little kids to 'help me find my puppy' all the time.

I've got an idea for you badge wearers out there: set-up stings that'll catch this class of criminal. Maybe even set-up in, I don't know, Tracy! for Christ's sake! 'Cause if you don't, we will and you're not going to like what happens next.

31 posted on 04/06/2009 10:22:03 PM PDT by budwiesest (Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.)
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To: thecodont
Rest in Peace, little child...


32 posted on 04/06/2009 10:29:31 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Star Traveler

In fairness to those expressing anger at the process, I do think it’s unlikely that the Framers intended for the BoR to be interpreted as liberally as it is today. I’m not so sure that the Warren Court’s vision of a fair trial is what the Framers had in mind.


33 posted on 04/06/2009 10:34:46 PM PDT by NinoFan
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To: Star Traveler
Yep, 2nd Amendment.
34 posted on 04/06/2009 10:36:48 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: liberty or death

Yes, a good point. They did intend for people to be able to defend themselves... for sure...


35 posted on 04/06/2009 10:38:52 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: thecodont

I’m pretty sure the perp has reserved his special place in hell.


36 posted on 04/06/2009 10:43:14 PM PDT by hope (don't listen to what they say, watch what they do.)
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To: NinoFan

I didn’t notice anyone expressing anger at the process, but rather anger at the perpetrator. The problem there — is — that “people” (in general) don’t really know who the perpetrator is, even when someone is accused or reported to be “allegedly” (as they put it), the perpetrator. You really *still don’t know* for sure.

And that’s what the “process” is for, in order to *prove* that someone is guilty (i.e, is “really” the perpetrator). I don’t think people should mix in the feeling for *absolutely demanding* someone be punished — with the “assumption” that a particularly-named person (for any kind of crime) is *really* the guilty party. You may think you know, but you really don’t know.

It’s also been shown that *most people* think the person who has been “accused” is really the guilty person — because they wouldn’t have been accused if they weren’t guilty in the first place. I know that goes against the “principle” of the matter in our system of government (i.e., innocent until proven guilty) — but — it’s actually the case that, in spite of that principle, most people think the accused people *are* the “guilty people”...

If a person is sitting in that courtroom, with an attorney, on the defense side, most of the public will assume that person is guilty in some way (in general and for the most part; not necessarily in every single court case, though...).

So, it’s *all the more important* — in light of that — to make absolutely sure that someone gets their trial and all the benefits of our system that was set up, to insure that anyone who is innocent is protected.


37 posted on 04/06/2009 10:49:05 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: thecodont

It is a terrible, terrible ending. I am glad they found her body, though. At least her poor parents know her suffering is at an end, they can bury her, and hopefully they can get some evidence (DNA, time of death, cause of death, etc.?)

God have mercy on us all.


38 posted on 04/06/2009 11:06:46 PM PDT by Marie2 (The capacity for self-government is a moral quality. Only a moral people can be free.)
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To: Star Traveler

That’s a really long post for a point that’s pretty obvious. Don’t waste time lecturing those who don’t need it.

As for this issue, I think anger at the process leads to comments about no trials being needed. If it didn’t take 20 years to execute someone, you’d see far fewer of these comments.


39 posted on 04/06/2009 11:10:21 PM PDT by NinoFan
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To: NinoFan

It has been settled in the past with vigilantes and will be settled in the future with vigilantes. From the beginning of time those that govern do not protect, and the governed are forced to protect themselves.


40 posted on 04/06/2009 11:14:46 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: Marie2
"One of the other men queried is a 60-year-old man who admitted he kissed Sandra on the lips two years ago. He told police he was just being friendly and that he had nothing to do with her disappearance."

What 60-year-old man kisses a seven-year-old little girl on the LIPS?

"Sandra disappeared from the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park in Tracy on March 27 after telling her mother she was going to a friend's home to play. The last official sighting of her was on a surveillance video taped that afternoon, showing her skipping outside her home."

There is no reason on earth this should have happened.

41 posted on 04/06/2009 11:17:11 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

“What 60-year-old man kisses a seven-year-old little girl on the LIPS?”

Either a seriously demented man, as in he has senile dementia, or a pervert.

Fathers, grandpas and uncles excepted. But this 60 year old was just a neighbor. Obviously there is a problem there.

But I have to believe she had been warned away from that guy. So I don’t think she would have gone anywhere with him.


42 posted on 04/06/2009 11:19:46 PM PDT by Marie2 (The capacity for self-government is a moral quality. Only a moral people can be free.)
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To: NinoFan

You said — Don’t waste time lecturing those who don’t need it.

I have no idea who really “needs” what, when I post. I’m just commenting on stuff. The reader will have to determine what they need and don’t need. I usually figure “if the shoe fits, wear it; if not, don’t wear it...” That takes care of it fairly simply...

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And then you said — If it didn’t take 20 years to execute someone, you’d see far fewer of these comments.

From my perspective, whether it takes 20 days or 20 years to execute a guilty party, I would venture to say that people are going to be *just as upset* about a killing like this. I don’t think that they’re going to be less upset about this sort of killing of a little girl, simply on the basis that you can “churn out” the executions faster. That won’t make it any better, at all, for the little girl or the family or the public.

In the end, if the guilty party is convicted and it does take years to bring to the point of an execution, justice is being done, in any case and being done “finally”.

One could compare this to the same thing that God does, when He considers “human beings”. God says, that “right off the bat” that human beings have the *death sentence* on them and they *all deserve to die* — as all human beings are *guilty*. BUT, in spite of that *death sentence* for all human beings and the fact that all human beings are *deserving of the death sentence* — God allows “time” and “grace” for people to repent of their sins and to ask for forgiveness. God may give people a 70-year reprieve from their *death sentence* (and that *death sentence* is *well-deserved* for all people, no matter who they are).

Thus, if God gives a several year “reprieve” from your death sentence and my death sentence — then I shouldn’t think it’s too much of a problem that the guilty party (of such a crime as stated above) is finally executed after some years. It’s being *done* and *completed* in any case.


43 posted on 04/06/2009 11:23:48 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: NinoFan

Yes, if justice was swifter (a death penalty offense shouldn’t take more than a year for a jury trial, appeal to the governor and all) then we wouldn’t be calling for a vigilante torture fest. When we are denied reasonable justice, we get unreasonable. Justice is absolutely necessary for a civilized society.

I’d like to see a fair trial with a jury of 12 decent citizens, properly conducted. Then I’d like to see the accused, if found guilty, swiftly killed. They can appeal to the governor if they think they have some grounds for appeal. That’s it.


44 posted on 04/06/2009 11:30:33 PM PDT by Marie2 (The capacity for self-government is a moral quality. Only a moral people can be free.)
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To: thecodont

I along with everyone else here had so hoped and prayed this would not end like this.

Sad day.


45 posted on 04/06/2009 11:30:44 PM PDT by NoLibZone (PROUD to be a part of the minority in our current culture. / Obama bows to the ruler of Mecca.)
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To: Marie2

I suppose you are one of those that gets all worked up when you hear about some child molestor that gets let out with a ankle bracelet, cuts it off and then molests some other kid too. Me too :(


46 posted on 04/06/2009 11:40:09 PM PDT by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: 21twelve

Yeah, the ankle bracelets aren’t cutting it.

You can still molest a kid if you are wearing an ankle bracelet.

You can’t molest anyone if you are dead.


47 posted on 04/06/2009 11:59:18 PM PDT by Marie2 (The capacity for self-government is a moral quality. Only a moral people can be free.)
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To: 21twelve

Cutting a monitor will be noticed by the monitoring station.


48 posted on 04/07/2009 12:29:42 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Great. Now the monitoring station knows the guy is on the run.

There was a ankle bracelet molester up here in Seattle that cut it off. A few days later molested/killed? a little girl and then was easily caught. (It almost seemed liked he wanted to get caught?). There was another story about a homeless molester with a bracelet that they couldn’t track. I never did figure out if it was the same guy.

Its one thing to put a ankle bracelet on someone so they don’t drink and drive depending on the situation. My sister (RIP) for example. Law abiding citizen until it came to her drinking problem and driving. Although her parole bracelet was still too lenient for her IMHO, it did keep her from drinking and driving.

Quite the other for some guy who the state has labelled as a Level III (Highly likely to reoffend) but they let him out anyway.


49 posted on 04/07/2009 12:55:06 AM PDT by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Why go hi tech? Tie him up and stake him on a fire ant mound. The ants will even do a lot of the cleaning. :0)


50 posted on 04/07/2009 5:08:40 AM PDT by seemoAR
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