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« Reply #60 on: June 04, 2009, 06:56:59 PM »

Mom: 'Person of interest' in missing-woman case went to boot camp
11:07 AM EDT, June 4, 2009
The mother of James Virgil Hataway, the person of interest in the disappearance of an Ocoee woman, told WFTV she hasn't talked to her son lately.

Donna Hataway also told the station her son was sent to a boot camp and obtained his GED. But she said she hasn't seen him in many years and doesn't know anything about the current case.

Earlier this week, an Orange County Judge questioned Hataway's prior juvenile conviction of kidnapping and bodily injury out of Hillsborough County.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/orl-bk-hataway-mom-interview-060409,0,3119424.story?track=rss
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« Reply #61 on: June 04, 2009, 06:58:40 PM »

Suspect In Missing Woman Case May Be Tied To 5 Others
Posted: 5:12 pm EDT June 3, 2009
Updated: 7:16 am EDT June 4, 2009

OCOEE, Fla. -- Eyewitness News learned that one more person has come forward Wednesday, claiming James Hataway attacked her.

Ocoee police arrested James Hataway (read booking history) late Monday night, who they say was the last person to see missing 27-year-old Tracy Ocasio on May 27 after a Magic game. He has been named the prime suspect in her disappearance.

Ocoee police have linked a total of six possible victims to James Hataway, including Ocasio.

The sixth alleged victim came forward Wednesday and told investigators she had been roughed up by him.

"This Jimmy has a preponderance to do violence, he snaps, he gets angry, it's always a woman, ride home, end up alone," said Sgt. Mike Bryant, Ocoee Police Department.

A Casselberry woman told Eyewitness News Tuesday that Hataway tried to kill her last August. Ocoee wants Seminole County investigators to increase the charges in that case from battery to at least aggravated battery or attempted murder.

"We're hoping Seminole County will step up their charges to keep Jimmy in jail while we continue to look for Tracey," said Sgt. Bryant.

As days go by and more of James Hataway's past comes out, Ocasio's parents are in disbelief that he was ever on the streets.

"Incredible that he's involved in so many suspicious disappearances," said Joe Ocasio, Tracy's Father.

Ocoee police say they are getting dozens of leads and looking for more possible victims. They do know Hataway worked clearing shore lines and dumping debris illegally.

"He's very familiar with going out into open land at night and not getting caught dumping land debris and waste, that's a concern oh yeah," said Bryant.

Eyewitness News learned more about James Hataway. The 28-year-old lived with his father in Ocoee. He also worked with his father dredging ponds.

From 1993 to 1998, Hataway was in and out of juvenile hall. He has an extensive record of drugs, DUI and traffic violations.

Crime line has put up a $5,000 reward for information that leads to Tracy Ocasio's whereabouts. Police have Ocasio's car and they are going through it, looking for clues.

At a hearing Tuesday, Judge Heather Higbee revoked Hataway's bond on an earlier case of criminal mischief and he is being held on no Bond. However, a bond of $500 was granted on a current misdemeanor charge, but Hataway remains in the Orange County jail.


SUSPECT'S MOTHER TALKS TO WFTV

Donna Hataway is James' mother. She told Eyewitness News Wednesday that she's lost touch with her son over the years. Donna says she spent a lot of time with him in juvenile court, but hoped that he would turn his life around.

Donna said James was soft spoken. Donna, who is hearing impaired, says she heard about her son James' most recent trouble on the news.

For a while, Donna says she was living on the streets and just moved back to town about two years ago.

"Do you think he's capable of hurting, possibly murdering people?" asked WFTV reporter Kathi Belich.

"No I don't think so, because I tried to bring him up the right way," she replied.

Donna says she's worried and admits he was a troubled child with a serious juvenile criminal record, which sent him to a boot camp program.

"He improved, he improved and started to get straightened up and thought about what he did," she said.

Donna said he dropped out of high school, but did get his G.E.D. and said he does construction work and also worked at Perkins and Starbucks.

Donna blames his problems on drugs and says even though she hasn't seen him for years; she'd like to visit him in jail.

"I would say that, 'I love you no matter what good or bad. You'll always be my son,'" said Donna.

She says she doesn't know anything about the disappearances and assaults that have police focused on her son.


POLICE BELIEVE SUSPECT IS TIED TO MAN'S DISAPPEARANCE

As more people hear about the case, it's becoming an eerie game of six degrees of separation and James Hataway is in the middle.

Eyewitness News learned that Hataway was one of two people, who last saw a missing Apopka man.

Wednesday night, Apopka police picked up Tyler Watters. Watters is a friend of Hataway and someone who they believe may have information about the disappearance of the Apopka man.

In February, Chris George's car was found abandoned in a wooded area in Apopka. Initially, family and friends did not take it seriously. They looked for George, who also goes by the name George Onda, and didn't find him, but assumed he did not want to be found.

They thought the 29-year-old took off and went on a drug-induced binge. It was not uncommon for him to disappear for two to three weeks and then come home.

Jams Hathaway helped with the search for his friend. He was one of the last people to see George and told police that George may have been on hallucinogens.

Apopka police initially closed out the case, but now that James Hataway maybe involved in Tracy Ocasio's disappearance, detectives have reopened the case.

Authorities are in the process of re-interviewing all of George's friends, but they are still trying to locate one friend who is considered a person of interest.

Investigators say Hataway and that person of interest were the last people to see George before he disappeared.

Apopka police investigators say they did not consider George an endangered missing person based on what friends and family members told authorities at the time.

http://www.wftv.com/news/19648776/detail.html
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« Reply #62 on: June 04, 2009, 07:24:43 PM »

Good to see that Florida LE reads Blink on crime and Scared Monkeys forum 
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« Reply #63 on: June 05, 2009, 01:45:25 PM »

Sorry if this has been posted......

Phone Call Made On Missing Ocoee Woman's Phone
Friday, June 05, 2009 11:37:42 AM
ORLANDO -- It has been more than a week since Tracy Ocasio was last seen and authorities have found no trace of the Ocoee woman. But cell phone records are shedding light on the case. The 27-year-old woman was last seen leaving a bar with James Hataway.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, a phone call was made on Ocasio's phone hours after she allegedly dropped Hataway off. Police have notified the caller, but their identity has yet to be released.

Ocasio's phone has not been found.
   
But her car was found abandoned less than a half-mile from Hataway's house. A $5,000 reward is being offered in the case.

The Ocoee Police Department is expected to release video from the Florida Tap Room Friday afternoon.  That was the last place Ocasio was seen before she went missing.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about Hataway or Ocasio to call Ocoee Police Department at (407) 905-3160 or CrimeLine at (800) 423-TIPS.

http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2009/6/5/phone_call_made_on_missing_ocoee_woman39s_phone.html?cid=rss
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« Reply #64 on: June 05, 2009, 02:12:53 PM »

Man In Missing Woman Case Faces New Charges
Posted: 12:14 pm EDT June 5, 2009
Updated: 1:03 pm EDT June 5, 2009

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. -- The prime suspect in an Ocoee woman's disappearance could be charged in another case out of Seminole County Friday. Police say James Hataway, 28, may be linked to as many as six cases in the area.

A Casselberry woman came forward earlier in the week after she learned Hataway was a suspect in Tracy Ocasio's disappearance.


She told Eyewitness News that Hataway tried to kill her when she gave him a ride home last August.

Seminole County detectives say her case is their top priority and they may file charges Friday or early next week.

http://www.wftv.com/news/19668555/detail.html
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« Reply #65 on: June 05, 2009, 02:30:22 PM »

Jennifer Kesse family sees possible connection to Ocoee case
Jennifer Kesse's parents find disturbing similarities in the disappearance of their daughter and that of missing Ocoee resident Tracy Ocasio.
Bianca Prieto | Sentinel Staff Writer
12:35 PM EDT, June 5, 2009

Jennifer Kesse's parents find disturbing similarities in the disappearance of their daughter and that of missing Ocoee resident Tracy Ocasio.

Drew Kesse said his daughter once lived in the same neighborhood and likely visited the Florida Tap Room, the same bar where Tracy Ocasio was last seen alive last week.

And James Hataway, the only person of interest in Tracy Ocasio's disappearance, lives less than two miles from where Jennifer Kesse worked for several years. Add the fact that Hataway lived for a time in Hillsborough County, the same place where the Kesse's reared their family and Drew Kesse said it's enough of a connection to make him curious.

"Our lead detective is working with their [Ocoee's] lead detective," Kesse said. "There are a lot of similarities."

Orlando police have told the Orlando Sentinel repeatedly that there is no known connection between Tracy Ocasio's disappearance May 26 and Jennifer Kesse's in January 2006, but they have not ruled out anything.

"We always research anyone, anywhere who is listed as a person of interest in a possible abduction case," Orlando police spokeswoman Sgt. Barbara Jones said in an E-mail. "At this time [we are] not linking the person to the Kesse Case."

Tracy Ocasio, 27, was last seen leaving the bar with Hataway early May 27 following an Orlando Magic playoff game. Hataway told police Tracy Ocasio drove him home and left, but investigators say hours later her cell phone was pinging off of towers just feet from Hataway's home. She has not been found.

Kesse and his wife, Joyce, met with Orlando's top brass and the detective assigned full-time to their daughter's case for more than two hours at OPD headquarters Thursday afternoon. Police told them their daughter's case was far from over.

"It was a very positive meeting," Kesse said. "They are actively working a couple dozen leads that are 'extremely viable,' as they put it."

Kesse said they went into the meeting prepared to hear that their daughter's case had gone cold but were surprised and pleased to hear that progress is still being made. The police did not divulge specific information about investigative leads but assured them that the case is not over, Kesse said.

"At this point, we've been on so many roller coaster rides with things that we've had to be involved in, until something big breaks, I don't really care to know," Kesse said. "It's our unconditional love for her and the fact that she needs to be found" is what keeps them going. And we will not stop."

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/orl-bk-tracy-ocasio-060509,0,2057126.story?track=rss
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« Reply #66 on: June 05, 2009, 02:32:50 PM »

Prosecutors investigate brutality reports about man linked to missing Ocoee woman
Prosecutors investigate 9-month-old allegations of brutality against James Virgil Hataway, the man at the center of the search for missing Tracy Ocasio

Seminole County prosecutors worked Thursday to investigate 9-month-old allegations of brutality against James Virgil Hataway, the Ocoee man at the center of a current missing-persons case in Orange County.

Ocoee police continued to gather evidence in that disappearance. Tracy Ocasio, 27, of Ocoee was last seen May 27 after she left a bar in the MetroWest community with Hataway. He told police she drove him home, then left.

Hataway, 28, of Ocoee remained in the Orange County Jail on unrelated drug charges.

But he soon could be charged in Seminole County. On Thursday, Rachael M. Clarke, 22, of Orlando met with prosecutors in Sanford and told them what happened to her Aug. 7.

According to a Seminole County sheriff's report, Clarke drove Hataway home that night after the two went to the home of friends. She leaned over to hug him goodbye, according to the report, and he began squeezing her.

On Tuesday, she told reporters that he wrapped his hands around her neck and choked her.

She managed to get out of the car and run down the street but tripped, and he grabbed her by the hair and began slamming her head into the ground, according to the Sheriff's Office report.

He also twisted her neck in an apparent attempt to break it, according to the report.

Clarke began to scream, and when neighbors came outdoors, Hataway fled, she told reporters.

By the time Seminole County deputies arrived, Hataway was gone, according to the report. But Clarke had bruises on her neck and scratches and scrapes on her face, back, hand, arms and knee.

That all happened in Fern Park in Seminole County, where Hataway lived at the time.

Deputies tried to find Hataway during the next few days but could not, according to the report, so they filed paperwork with the State Attorney's Office in Sanford.

Even so, Hataway was never charged.

Chris White, chief assistant state attorney in Seminole, said Thursday that was because Clarke failed to respond when his office asked for her help.

That changed this week. After learning that Hataway was a person of interest in Ocasio's disappearance, Clarke went to Ocoee police.

On Thursday, she said she was unhappy that Hataway had not already been charged with attacking her.

White said prosecutors did not file charges in August because they needed to hear Clarke's version of events and needed to know whether she would be willing to testify against Hataway.

Now that she's told them yes, they're trying to track down witnesses, he said.

"We want to find the people who heard her screaming and came out and interrupted his attack on her," White said.

Prosecutors also want to talk to people who, earlier in the evening, saw Clarke and Hataway together.

Seminole County deputies originally treated the attack as a misdemeanor, but if there is sufficient evidence, White said, charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery or false imprisonment could be appropriate.

In the other case, Ocasio's friends and family held out hope Thursday that the 27-year-old jewelry maker would be found soon.

"I'm keeping my hopes up," said Emily Hamilton, a close friend. "But I don't think this is going to have a positive outcome."

Detectives have scoured the area near Hataway's Ocoee home with bloodhounds and cadaver dogs but have found no sign of Ocasio, said Ocoee police Sgt. Randy Conyers. A search inside Hataway's home produced similar results.

Surveillance video shows Ocasio leaving the Florida Tap Room in MetroWest with Hataway sometime after 12:30 a.m. May 27 after an Orlando Magic playoff game, according to police.

Ocoee detectives found her yellow, two-door Chevrolet Cobalt abandoned and unlocked less than a half-mile from Hataway's house.

Ocasio's cell phone is missing, but newly released reports show that her mother tried to call her on it about 8:30 a.m. the morning she disappeared. Cell-phone records show that call pinged off a tower about 1,000 feet from Hataway's home.

Ocasio told Hamilton that she first met Hataway at the Florida Tap Room about a week before she disappeared.

Detectives encourage anyone with information about this case to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477. Tipsters, who can remain anonymous, are eligible for up to a $5,000 reward.

Apopka police earlier this week re-interviewed Hataway about the disappearance of another person, friend Onda Christopher George, 29. He disappeared in February and has not been seen since. Hataway and two other men were seen by police near George's abandoned car on Ocoee-Apopka Road.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-tracy-ocasio-missing-hataway-060509,0,5320149.story?page=2

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« Reply #67 on: June 05, 2009, 03:31:49 PM »

NEW BLINK POST:

http://blinkoncrime.com/2009/06/05/prime-suspect-in-disappearance-of-ocoee-woman-tracy-ocasio-james-hataway-linked-to-jennifer-kesse/

PRIME SUSPECT IN DISAPPEARANCE OF OCOEE WOMAN TRACY OCASIO JAMES HATAWAY LINKED TO JENNIFER KESSE
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« Reply #68 on: June 05, 2009, 03:38:30 PM »

I am truely amazed at how quickly this case was related to Jennifer Kesse's by the monkeys.

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« Reply #69 on: June 05, 2009, 03:57:28 PM »

The 3rd witness in the George case is in this shot. He is taking a break. Taking a break right after Onda George goes missing apparently.

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« Reply #70 on: June 05, 2009, 03:58:24 PM »

Yes, there has been some discussion about the sex of this POI:



Just noticing the white clothes of the POI compared to the white clothes of Tyler Watters, friend of James Hataway and Onda George (missing).


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« Reply #71 on: June 05, 2009, 04:11:57 PM »

Mr. and Mr. Heavy Tat, please step front.


 
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« Reply #72 on: June 05, 2009, 04:19:31 PM »

There has never been any doubt in my mind that the perp photo of Jennifer Kesse was a White Male..  I messed with the images for weeks looking for some clue.
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« Reply #73 on: June 05, 2009, 04:23:19 PM »

I never thought the person in the surveillance video was wearing a hat, the video has haunted me. But the one pic of partying with that Watters character with the black hat on, maybe the person in that video is wearing a similar hat. The only thing is the person in that video looks skinnier then Watters.
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« Reply #74 on: June 06, 2009, 02:49:08 PM »

James Hataways MySpace

http://friends.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=profile.friendmoods&friendId=84193174
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« Reply #75 on: June 06, 2009, 06:47:37 PM »

NEW BLINK POST:

http://blinkoncrime.com/2009/06/06/missing-woman-tracy-ocasio-suspect-james-hataway-dark-myspace-of-vader-mcgirth/
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« Reply #76 on: June 06, 2009, 07:47:49 PM »

Regarding Blink's newest post over at her site, with a link to Hataway's myspace page (can't post photos over there, so will comment / discuss over here):

I have attached a quick little comparison that I did.

The blonde girl does indeed appear to be Rachel (see info on the jpg nametag for the pic - Blink, is that how you pulled it from his site, or did you rename it when you posted it in the photos you displayed?)

Followed the link to "AC" myspace page via her message to Hataway & clipped her page, also shown in image below . . . AC ("Amanda"?) certainly looks like the girl in the pic w/ Rachel, to me. Note her current comment re: how much she should get involved... perhaps she knows something / has a Hataway story as well?
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« Reply #77 on: June 06, 2009, 07:53:18 PM »

Ok - clearly my photo attachment was too big. Let's try this again . . . sorry!
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« Reply #78 on: June 06, 2009, 07:57:19 PM »

...try again to get this right so you can see the entire thing... I am SO sorry for taking up so much posting space!Still learning how to do this! 
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« Reply #79 on: June 06, 2009, 08:07:09 PM »

Also from Blink's site, pic attached below -

Is this bloodied & beaten up person Chris George ("Onda") that is missing? There are also pictures of Hataway even more bloodied (& then bandaged), as provided by Blink from Hatawy's myspace page . . .

Isn't that a Nazi/Skinhead flag above his head on the wall?
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