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Examiner
  • No evidence found in landfill search

  • Independence police ended their search at the Courtney Ridge Landfill this week without finding what they were digging for.


    Police spokesman Tom Gentry said that during the investigation of the triple murders that occurred Nov. 16 on Pope Avenue, police learned that some of the evidence might have ended up in the landfill northeast of Missouri 291 and Kentucky.

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  • Independence police ended their search at the Courtney Ridge Landfill this week without finding what they were digging for.
    Police spokesman Tom Gentry said that during the investigation of the triple murders that occurred Nov. 16 on Pope Avenue, police learned that some of the evidence might have ended up in the landfill northeast of Missouri 291 and Kentucky.
    The home invasion left three people dead and a 12-year-old boy critically injured. The victims were Maria Hernandez, 48; her son Antonio Hernandez, 20; and her boyfriend, Tomas Dominguez.
    Five people have been charged in connection with the triple homicide. They are Carlos Zambrano Jr., 27,; Bobbie Jo Phillips, 37; Raul Soto, 22; Antonio Cervantes III, 32; and Kevin M. Finley, 33. Each are charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, one count of first-degree assault and one count of first-degree burglary.
    Gentry said there are no plans to resume the search for evidence at the landfill.

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