Aaron Lamar Turner

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Above Images: Turner, circa 2008

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 30, 2008 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 24, 1991
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 220 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Turner'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.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue jeans, black Converse sneakers, and possibly a red and white hooded sweatshirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Turner was last seen in Coatesville, Pennsylvania at 3:00 p.m. on October 30, 2008. He left his home in the 40 block of Chester Avenue to walk to his community service assignment at the Community, Youth and Women's Alliance in the 400 block of east Lincoln Highway. He has never been heard from again. At first authorities treated Turner'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 Turner's residence, and his nephew, Bryan Byrd, was visiting from New Jersey. Photos of Chapman and Byrd are posted below this case summary. During the search, police found firearms, drugs, 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 Turner had never been at his home.

    DNA testing on the items recovered from Chapman's home revealed that the blood was Turner's. Turner'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 Turner's and Chapman's DNA were found on a pair of sneakers and a t-shirt. Byrd told police Turner had come to Chapman's home and he'd seen Chapman force Turner to walk into the basement at gunpoint. Chapman told Byrd to go upstairs and turn the music on as loud as possible. After Byrd had turned up the music, he went downstairs and saw Chapman and an unidentified third person shoot Turner to death. Byrd and Chapman dismembered Turner's body, put the remains in trash bags and put them out on the curb for collection. Turner's body has never been recovered.

    In June 2009, Chapman and Byrd were both charged with homicide, aggravated assault, conspiracy, abuse of a corpse and possession of instruments of a crime. They are awaiting trial. Authorities plan to seek the death penalty against Chapman, but not against Byrd. In September 2009, Cynthia Chapman Graves was charged with evidence tampering in Turner's case. She is Chapman's mother and police believe she tried to hide his Ford Expedition by driving it to New Jersey and abandoning in there. She isn't believed to have been involved in Turner's actual killing, however. Graves stated her son suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and was off his medication at the time of Turner's alleged murder.

    Turner 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 Turner's case due to the circumstances involved.

    Chapman Byrd
    Left: Laquanta Chapman;
    Right: Bryan Byrd

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Coatesville Police Department
    610-384-2300

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    Source Information
    Pennsylvania Missing Persons
    The Chester County Daily Local News
    Chester County District Attorney's Office
    WPVI-TV
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    KYW Newsradio 1060
    MyFox Philadelphia
    The Morning Call

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 18, 2009; casefile added.

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