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Esme Kenney (13) and Casonya Crawford (14) are thought to have both been strangled by the same sex offender
Published: Mar 16, 2009 @ 5:48 PM
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Mar 08, 2009
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The suspect charged with the murder of 13-year-old School for Creative and Performing Arts student, Esme Kenney, could also be a suspect in the death of another teenager found murdered.
Sources close to the investigation say Kenney's remains were burned just like those of Casonya Crawford, who was found dead inside a wooded area in Avondale in May 2006.
Forty-year-old Anthony Kirkland pleaded not guilty during his arraignment.
However, police say when they found Kirkland in the woods where Kenney's body was discovered early Sunday morning, he had her iPod.
Police say they found the suspect in the woods shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday night.
Police started to question Kirkland. Investigators say he had Kenney's iPod.
Police say he claimed he found it.
"Obviously then foul play is then suspected. We believe Mr. Kirkland had something to do with her disappearance," said Cincinnati Police spokesperson Lieutenant Mark Briede."
"You start questioning him. 'What are you doing there?,'" said Lt. Briede. "And the investigation will tell you it was a very good job by the officers who located him there, which ultimately led to the recovery of Ms. Kenney and Mr. Kirkland being charged."
Judge Fanon Rucker set Kirkland's bail at $5.3 million.
Family and friends are devastated by Kenney's murder.
Someone laid a wreath outside Kenney's family mailbox along Winton Ridge Lane Road.
Kenney attend the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA).
"We are dealing with it the best that we can," said the school's interim Principal, Jonathon Futch. "We have people here, psychologists, are helping us deal with the grief. It's just a heartfelt loss for everyone."
"We're going to go through the grieving process and get through this thing, and we'll be okay," he said.
The suspect is also facing burglary and assault charges for allegedly attacking a man and stabbing him 10 times with a pair of scissors inside a home on Ridgeway avenue in Bond Hill on March 1.
The Ridgeway Avenue home where the stabbing occurred is about three, short blocks from where 14-year-old Casonya Crawford's remains were found burned in the woods near I-71 almost three years ago.
Crawford's grandmother, Patricia Crawford, says it does sound like there may be a connection.
She says she continues to hope police will be able to find her granddaughter's murderer.
Kirkland plead not guilty to Kenney's murder.
His bond was set at $5.3 million.
Man Charged With Esme Kenney's Murder May Be Linked To Another Teen's Murder
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