This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Spokane man held in Idaho probe of meth-related killings (Idaho)


BOISE, Idaho -- A young man has been arrested on an accessory charge that could lead to more answers in the killing of a woman in Boise County, apparently by her son, State Police said.

Jacob W. Larson, 21, of Spokane, Wash., was arrested last Wednesday in the Spokane area on a warrant from Boise county and has admitted helping John Albert Schmeichel to bury the body of Schmeichel's mother, Crystal Ann Nelson, 47, in the remote Harris Creek area in 2004, police Officer Rick Ohnsman said.

Nelson's partially buried remains were found by two hunters April 29 and were identified with the aid of a forensic dentist a few days later.

She and her son were both reported missing in July 2004. Schmeichel was located in Valley County in January 2005 and told police his mother was fine but had moved to a different part of the country.

Two months later, Schmeichel was shot to death, apparently over suspicions that he had stolen drugs and money. Ronald Huntsman was convicted of first-degree murder in that killing earlier this year and faces sentencing this summer.

Ohnsman said Larson and many others who knew Schmeichel said he had talked of killing his mother and burying her in the back country.

"We don't suspect (Larson) is the killer," Ohnsman said. "The theory is that Schmeichel probably killed his mother somewhere in Ada County and had Larson help him bury the body."

Detectives have yet to determine cause of death of motive for the killing of Nelson, but Ohnsman said some of Schmeichel's associates were involved with methamphetamine.


Information from: The Idaho Statesman,


Blogger Amy said...

Keep doing what you are doing. People read things like this so randomly and you will never know how many people you touch. I am sorry for your loss.

Monday, May 22, 2006 2:54:00 PM  

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