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Title: 2011 Pamela Santiago 10-09-2011
Description: Harrison County


Ell - October 11, 2011 11:07 PM (GMT)
GULFPORT -- Police are asking the public's help identifying a body found today in the woods off River Road near the Biloxi River Estates.

The woman is white, about 35 to 45 years old, 5-foot-6-inches. She weighs about 225 pounds.

She has blond hair, blue eyes and a small tattoo on her right foot.

AMANDA McCOY / SUN HERALD - AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Gulfport Police gather evidence at the scene of a suspicious death in the Biloxi River Estates area on Tuesday, October 11 2011. A body was found in the woods by a resident approximately 50 feet off River Road on a path.

She was wearing a gold necklace with a pendant on it with the name "Pamela."

Chief Alan Weatherford said the woman had been in the woods about 50 feet off the road for at least 24 hours. She was found by a resident of the area on a worn path in the woods.

Police are treating the death as a homicide, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gulfport police at 868-5959 or Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-433-TIPS (8477).


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Ell - October 12, 2011 10:29 AM (GMT)
Police need help identifying murder victim

Woman’s body found in woods off River Road

By DONNA HARRIS - dharris@sunherald.com

GULFPORT -- Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman whose body was found Tuesday near a worn path in the woods off River Road.

She is white, about 35-45 years old and 5-feet-6-inches tall. She weighs about 225 pounds.

She has blonde hair, blue eyes and a small tattoo on her right foot and was wearing a gold necklace with a pendant on it with the name “Pamela.”


AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Gulfport police gather evidence at the scene of a suspicious death in the Biloxi River Estates area on Tuesday. A body was found in the woods approximately 50 feet off River Road.


Chief Alan Weatherford said the woman had been in the woods about 50 feet off the road for at least 24 hours. The body was discovered about 11 a.m. by a resident of the area who was walking on the path, he said.

The area is called Biloxi River Estates and is south of Dedeaux Park. It is slightly west of the Biloxi River.

An autopsy was completed Tuesday, Coroner Gary Hargrove said, but the cause of death has not been released.

Police are treating the death as a homicide, Weatherford said. “It’s going to be a slow process getting back there, preserving any evidence we may have,” he said.

He said Gulfport police are checking with other agencies about missing person reports. The woman’s death is the 15th homicide in Gulfport this year and the third this week.

A minister’s wife and son were found shot to death Monday at their home on Kent Avenue in the Kenwood subdivision. The suspect was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot at his apartment about two miles away.

“It’s concerning to me,” Weatherford said.

Anyone with information about the woman’s identify is asked to call Gulfport police at 868-5959 or Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-433-TIPS (8477).


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Ell - October 13, 2011 02:53 AM (GMT)
Murder suspect arrested in Alabama (Updated 3:50 p.m.)

By DONNA HARRIS - dharris@sunherald.com


GULFPORT -- Gulfport police just told the Sun Herald that murder suspect Ryan Allen Abeyta, 29, has been captured on Moffett Road in Semmes, Ala., by U.S. marshals.

Abeyta is a suspect in the strangulation death of his mother.

He is expected to remain in Alabama pending extradition to Mississippi.



The body of 56-year-old Pamela Marlene Santiago was found Tuesday by someone walking along a path in the woods about 50 feet away from River Road in the Biloxi River Estates area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gulfport police at 868-5959 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.


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Ell - October 13, 2011 10:05 AM (GMT)


Murder victim’s son captured in Alabama


By DONNA HARRIS - dharris@sunherald.com





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GULFPORT -- Brad Abeyta said his brother, who is accused of strangling their mother and leaving her body in the woods, is devastated by what he’s done.

A fugitive task force of federal marshals captured 29-year-old Ryan Allen Abeyta about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 9000 block of Moffett Road in Semmes, Ala., Chief Alan Weatherford said. Ryan Abeyta was charged with murder in the death of Pamela Marlene Santiago, 56, in her Harmony Circle home in Gulfport earlier this week. He is in custody in Mobile awaiting extradition to Mississippi.

Santiago’s body was found Tuesday by someone walking on a path in the woods about 50 feet off River Road in an area south of Dedeaux Park in Gulfport.








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Brad Abeyta talked to his younger brother by phone Wednesday, shortly after arriving in Gulfport from his home in Colorado Springs. “He is 100 percent devastated. He wants his mother. And we just ask for prayers for him because it’s going to be a hard road to live under that,” he told the Sun Herald.

Brad Abeyta said Ryan had lived with their mother on and off for several years, and has battled drug and alcohol addictions since he was a teen.

The older brother believes mother and son argued and it escalated into a physical confrontation that ended in their mother’s death.

Their father, Ray Abeyta, said fear may have prompted Ryan to leave her body in the woods and run.

“He was scared. He didn’t know what to do,” he said.

“He had lost his mom,” Brad Abeyta said.

The older sibling said his brother wasn’t normally violent.

“Ryan was very faithful to Mom, when Ryan was Ryan. Ryan had the most amazing, loving heart,” he said. “He has a great heart -- when he’s Ryan. He’s battled some addictions and when he’s on that he just changes, like most of them do.”

Abeyta said he will support his brother.

“Am I my brother’s keeper? Absolutely. I already forgive him. And I love him more now than I ever did before. That’s how I see God loving us. There’s no judgment here,” he said.

Santiago was close to completing an online degree in medical management from Phoenix University.

“She was a straight-A student,” her friend Barbara Stipe of Colorado Springs said Wednesday. The two had met in Korea when their husbands were stationed there.

“She was the best friend I ever had,” Stipe said. “She didn’t have an enemy.”

Stipe last talked to Santiago on Sunday. “Everything was fine. She was doing her homework,” she said.

Brad Abeyta said his mother was excited to be in school.

“She wanted to go back and fulfill her dream of graduating and working in that field,” he said.

His mother taught him how to cook, clean and even knit. “She was so talented in everything that she did,” he said. “Everything that she did, she did it to the fullest.”

She was a prayerful Christian as well.

“My mom was a person that really helped me to understand the unconditional love God has for us,” he said. “She was always so supportive and always had a smile. She was always willing to help anybody.”

Brad Abeyta said this tragedy has brought his family together. “The glory of God will shine in any crisis,” he said. “I believe there will be a lot of restoration in the family. This will bring us stronger and closer together. And we will survive


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