“Potential Witness in Timothy Haslett Case Found Dead, Identified as Jaynie Crosdale”

By | August 1, 2023

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The remains of Jaynie Crosdale, a potential witness in the case against Timothy Haslett Jr., have been found dead. The body was discovered in the Missouri River, and an autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death. Haslett is accused of holding a Black woman captive in his basement, where she was beaten and raped. Crosdale may have had relevant information in the case. Haslett faces multiple charges and could be sentenced to up to 36 years in prison if convicted. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are actively gathering evidence. ABC13 Houston reported

Missouri Witness Found dead in Case of Black Woman Held Captive

Investigation Continues into Potential Witness’s Death

Months after a grand jury indicted a Missouri man accused of holding a Black woman captive in his basement, a potential witness in the case has been found dead. Jaynie Crosdale’s remains were discovered on June 24 and positively identified by Clay County Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Thompson. The cause of her death remains unknown, and an autopsy is pending.

Crosdale, 36, was believed to have information relevant to the case against Timothy Haslett Jr., who was arrested in October 2022 after a 22-year-old Black woman accused him of holding her captive for a month in his Excelsior Springs home, where she suffered physical abuse and rape. Haslett, who has pleaded not guilty to nine charges including rape and kidnapping, faces up to 36 years in prison if convicted.

The Missouri Highway Patrol found Crosdale’s body in the Missouri River, according to local affiliate KMBC. Thompson expressed condolences to Crosdale’s family and reiterated their commitment to pursuing justice in the case.

As the investigation continues, the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion to increase Haslett’s $3 million bond. Earlier, community members, including Bishop Tony Caldwell, raised concerns about missing Black women in the area. However, the Kansas City Police Department stated that no reports of missing persons matching the description have been filed with the department.

This ongoing investigation aims to gather all evidence and information necessary to build a strong case against Haslett and deliver justice for Jaynie Crosdale.

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