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Missing Aaron Lamar Turner
Aaron, circa 2008; LaQuanta Chapman; Bryan Byrd
Missing Since 10/30/2008
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 12/24/1991 (29)
Age 16 years old
Height and Weight 5'10, 220 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description Blue jeans, black Converse sneakers, and possibly a red and white hooded sweatshirt.
Distinguishing Characteristics African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Aaron's nickname is Head. He had some facial hair when he disappeared. He has the letter "A" tattooed on one hand and the letter "T" tattooed on the other hand.
At first authorities treated Aaron's case as a runaway, but as time passed and no one heard from him, they began to investigate other theories. There were several reports that Turner was harmed or killed after his disappearance, possibly because he owed money to somebody. Authorities searched a landfill for his remains, but nothing was located.
Authorities searched the home of LaQuanta Chapman in November 2008. He lived across the street from Aaron's residence, and his cousin, Bryan Byrd, was visiting from New Jersey. Photos of Chapman and Byrd are posted with this case summary.
During the search, police found firearms, marijuana, a trash bag containing the dismembered body of a dog, trash bags containing bloody clothing, and two bloodstained chainsaws that smelled like human remains. Chapman and Byrd were both charged with several weapons and drug violations, and Chapman was also charged with cruelty to animals. When interviewed after his arrest, Chapman said the blood was from the dead dog, and that Aaron had never been at his home.
DNA testing on the items recovered from Chapman's home revealed that the blood was Aaron's. Aaron's DNA was also found on a bloodstained jacket, which had a bullet hole with a bullet fragment still attached. Human hair and tissue were found on the chainsaws, and Aaron's and Chapman's DNA were found on a pair of sneakers and a t-shirt.
The motive for the murder was reportedly a dispute over drugs. According to Byrd, Aaron's body remained in the basement for five days after his death. Chapman and Boyd then dismembered it with a chainsaws. Chapman then shot his pit bull to death and used the same chainsaws to dismember the dog's body, in an effort to disguise Aaron's DNA on the tools. They put Aaron's body parts in trash bags and put them out on the curb for collection.
Byrd identified the second shooter in the basement Michael Purnell. Purnell has never been charged in connection with Aaron's death. Chapman was convicted of Aaron's murder in 2012 and sentenced to death, but in 2016 his death sentenced was overturned and he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Aaron was in the eleventh grade at Coatesville Area Senior High School when he disappeared; his family stated he was an honor student with perfect attendance. He was also taking auto mechanics classes at the Center for Arts and Technology in Brandywine, Pennsylvania.
Foul play is suspected in Aaron's case due to the circumstances involved. His body has never been recovered.
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