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PostSubject: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:08 am


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Police search for missing child
October 28, 2009
WINTER HAVEN - Police are searching for a missing 2-year-old. Investigators say Masaraha Ross was last known to be in the company of her mother. The girl's mother, Ronkeya Holmes, 29, is also missing. Right now there are conflicting stories about their whereabouts.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:10 am

http://www.newschief.com/article/20091028/NEWS/910289996/1021/NEWS01?Title=Missing-2-1-2-year-old-might-be-in-danger-police-say

Missing 2 1/2-year-old might be in danger, police say



Masaraha Ross, 2 1/2 years old
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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WINTER HAVEN - Winter Haven Police Department detectives are searching for a 2 1/2-year-old girl who they say might be in danger.

The girl, Masaraha Ross, was last known to be in the company of her mother, 29-year-old Ronkeya Holmes, who also is missing, the police department reported late Wednesday afternoon.

Masaraha is black with black hair and black eyes, according to a missing persons flyer released by the police department. She stands about 38 inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds.

There are conflicting stories about the last known location of the missing girl and mother, but witness statements place them in either the Winter Haven or Haines City areas, according to Sgt. Brad Coleman, a spokesman for the police department.

"Multiple law enforcement agencies are involved in this case and information is currently being filtered from a variety of sources," Coleman said in a news release.

Anyone with information about location of the girl or her mother is being urged to call police Detective Sgt. Chris Ford at 863-291-5733 or 863-412-5973 or Detective Amity McGee at 863-291-5312 or 863-287-1961.

The police department had no further additional information to release Wednesday evening.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:11 am





WHPD say girl, 2 1/2, mother remain missing
http://www.newschief.com/article/20091030/NEWS/910305020/1021?Title=WHPD-say-girl-2-1-2-mother-remain-missing
Friday, October 30, 2009
News Chief staff report

WINTER HAVEN - Winter Haven Police Department detectives have yet to find a 2 1/2-year-old girl who disappeared along with her mother on Wednesday.

The girl, Masaraha Ross, was last known to be in the company of her mother, 29-year-old Ronkeya Holmes, who also is missing, the police department reported late Wednesday afternoon.

As of Thursday, detectives were continuing the search for Ross and Holmes.

"We are just looking at videotape at the time," Detective Amity McGee said without elaboration.

Masaraha is black with black hair and black eyes, according to a missing persons flyer released by the police department. She stands about 38 inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds.

There are conflicting stories about the last known location of the missing girl and mother, but witness statements place them in either the Winter Haven or Haines City areas, according to Sgt. Brad Coleman, a spokesman for the police department.

Anyone with information about location of the girl or her mother is being urged to call police Detective Sgt. Chris Ford at 863-291-5733 or 863-412-5973 or McGee at 863-291-5312 or 863-287-1961.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:47 am

Few Clues on Missing Pair

Various people's stories don't match up in connection with the mother-daughter case, which started Oct. 18.



Masarah Ross, age 3, daughter of Ronkeya Holmes. Hand out photo from the family The Ledger



Ronkeya Holmes, age 29, Family hand out photo Hand Out/The Ledger



Nafateria "Angel" Fletcher, from Alma Ga., is worried about her sister Ronkeya Holmes, age 29, and her niece Masarah Ross, age 3, in Winter Haven, Florida October 30, 2009. Pierre DuCharme/The Ledger




Edith "Eve" Fletcher, from Savannah Ga., is worried about her daughter Ronkeya Holmes, age 29, and her granddaughter Masarah Ross, age 3, in Winter Haven, Florida October 30, 2009. Pierre DuCharme/The Ledger

By Merissa Green
THE LEDGER


Published: Friday, October 30, 2009 at 10:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 30, 2009 at 10:24 p.m.


WINTER HAVEN | The mystery surrounding a missing 29-year-old Georgia woman and her 3 1/2-year-old daughter deepened Friday when police announced they had arrested a man who was found driving the woman's car.

Winter Haven detectives say they consider Ronkeya "Keya" Holmes and her daughter Masaraha endangered, and Lake Mary and Winter Haven police have enlisted the help of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI in trying to locate them.

Holmes' mother, Edith Fletcher, and sister Nafateria Fletcher last week came down from the family's home in Savannah to try and find her. When they couldn't by Oct. 22, they reported her missing to Winter Haven police.

The family last knew of Holmes' whereabouts Oct. 18, when she stayed with her former stepfather, Archie Forte, in Winter Haven, according to police. She had come to Winter Haven on Oct. 14 to try to pick up her daughter from Lester Ross, 31, who lives in Winter Haven and is Holmes' ex-boyfriend and father of Masaraha.

On Oct. 19, Ross' cousin, Joseph Wilcox, 34, of Winter Haven was stopped and arrested east of Orlando in Lake Mary while driving Holmes' 1992 baby-blue Ford Escort, according to police. He was arrested on charges he violated his probation on DUI and other charges. None of his charges relate to the Holmes case.

Winter Haven police say they have not found any evidence that a crime has been committed involving Holmes and her daughter, and investigators are checking statements given by her family and Masaraha's father.

There are a lot of inconsistencies, said Sgt. Brad Coleman, police spokesman. "If everyone's stories matched up, we wouldn't have the concern."

WHAT HAPPENED?

Since Holmes and Masaraha disappeared, Nafateria and Edith Fletcher have made two trips to Florida looking for her, and they want to know why Wilcox was driving Holmes' vehicle.

Police won't release information on that to the family or the media. Both Fletchers said they desperately want to know more from investigators and are distraught over the disappearance.

After talking to Ross, Wilcox and Holmes' sister, Winter Haven detectives say this is what's known about Holmes' trips to Florida:

April 14, Holmes met with Ross in St. Augustine to give Masaraha to him until she finished school.

Sept. 18, Holmes finished school and attempted to get her daughter back.

Oct. 2, Holmes sent Ross a text message telling him she was coming to get her daughter. When she arrived in Winter Haven on Oct. 3, Ross told her the girl was out of town with relatives and would return Oct. 4. Holmes' mother and sister both said every time Ross called to speak to her daughter or make arrangements to pick her up, Ross always said the girl was in Fort Lauderdale with relatives.

Oct. 4, Ross did not deliver Masaraha to her mother. Holmes returned to Georgia and contacted the Winter Haven Police to file a report. Coleman said the police department had no reason to believe the girl was missing or endangered, because child custody had not been established.

Between Oct. 14 and 15, Holmes returned to Winter Haven attempting to get her daughter again and was staying with Forte.

Oct. 16, Holmes stayed with her grandmother in Haines City. The next day, she stayed with Forte.

A FAMILY'S SEARCH

Nafateria Fletcher said she talked to Holmes on Oct. 18. Holmes said she was meeting Ross at the Haines City Walmart to pick up her daughter.

Both Fletchers said they pleaded with Holmes to take law officers with her, but Holmes said she trusted Ross to deliver Masaraha.

Nafateria Fletcher didn't hear from her sister until two days later. Then Holmes said she had been stopped by police and needed paperwork about her Escort, which had temporary license plates, because the car had been impounded.

"She acted like somebody was with her, and she didn't want to say anything," Nafateria Fletcher said Friday. "I asked her if she wanted me to come down, and she said, 'No, no, I'll take care of this problem.' We never heard from her after she called. She would never turn down my help."

A few days later, Fletcher said she received a call from her sister's cell phone but no one said anything. Then she received another from the phone, and this time from an unidentified woman asked for the paperwork on the vehicle, but when Fletcher asked to speak to Holmes, the woman hung up.

That's when Fletcher and her mother decided to drive to Florida and search. When police told them Wilcox had been arrested in Holmes' car, they grew more concerned.

On Oct. 22, the Fletchers went to the Haines City Police Department to file a report but were told by police there was nothing they could do because Holmes was an adult. Fletcher said she and her mother left frustrated.

But Haines City officials said they did take the information.

"I'm sorry that we didn't give them the customer service that they wanted, but we entered it into the system," said police Captain Brian Rall. "We're investigating it, and we're working on it jointly with the Winter Haven Police Department."

Rall also said a description of the missing mother and daughter was sent later that day to all law enforcement agencies. He said detectives this Friday were reviewing security tapes from a Walmart.

Nafateria Fletcher said she and her mother met with Winter Haven Police on Oct. 23 and told them what had happened.

That same day, Winter Haven detectives interviewed Ross, who told them he last saw Holmes and his daughter when he met them Oct. 18 at the Haines City Walmart and turned the girl over to her mother, according to police.

Edith Fletcher said she is praying for her daughter's and granddaughter's safe return and said it is out of character for Holmes not to be in touch.

"I know my daughter, and I know her sister," Edith Fletcher said. "They talk every day. Keya loves her phone."

Anyone with information about the missing pair can contact Winter Haven Detective Sgt. Chris Ford at 863-291-5733 or 863-412-5973 or Detective Amity McGee at 863-291-5312 or 863- 287-1961.

[ Merissa Green can be reached at merissa.green@theledger.com or 863-401-6968. ]

http://www.theledger.com/article/200...n-Missing-Pair

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sun Nov 01, 2009 3:06 am

Investigators searching for Winter Haven tot and her mother
TBO.com

Published: October 30, 2009


Winter Haven investigators searching for a 3-year-old girl and her mother consider both missing and endangered.

Masaraha Ross was last seen with her mother, Ronkeya Holmes, 29. Both are from Savannah, Ga., but had spent time in Winter Haven, where the child's father lives.

Investigators say they have no physical evidence a crime has been committed. For weeks before their disappearance, Holmes had been trying to get her daughter back after allowing the girl to stay with the father, Lester Ross, 31, of Winter Haven, investigators say.

During an Oct. 20 phone conversation between Holmes and her sister, Holmes said she had the girl but wouldn't say where she was staying. Holmes told her sister she would "take care of everything," investigators say.

Holmes' sister filed a police report Oct. 23. The child's father told police he last heard from Ross and his daughter Oct. 18, when he turned the girl over to Holmes at a Wal-Mart in Haines City.

Those who have had contact with the woman or child in the past two weeks can call Detective Amity McGee at (863) 291-5312.

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/oct...news-breaking/

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:29 am

Nancy Grace Transcript from Oct. 29th.


GRACE: Everyone, before we take you to Morgan Harrington, first live to breaking news Florida. Police say a 2-year-old baby girl in extreme danger. Her young mother also missing.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Florida police are desperately searching for a 2- year-old girl who`s considered missing and in danger. Winter Haven police say 2-and-a-half-year-old Masaraha Ross was last seen in the company of her mother, who is also missing. The pair were reportedly last spotted at a Wal-Mart on October 18th. Reports surface that the mom came to pick up her daughter, who was visiting with relatives. When family members did not hear from the mother, they called police.

Cops say there are conflicting stories as to the last known location of the mother and her daughter, but police believe they are in the Winter Haven or Haines City areas. Police will not say why the child is considered in danger.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Out to Mark Williams, anchor/reporter joining us out of Daytona Beach, Florida. Mark, I don`t get it. If the little girl was last seen with her mother, then why is she in extreme danger? What do you know?

MARK WILLIAMS, ANCHOR/REPORTER (via telephone): Well, right now, Nancy, police in Winter Haven aren`t saying much. They just issued a missing persons report late yesterday afternoon, within the last 24 hours. And since they`ve been missing, no one has heard from either (ph) the mother, and police say Masaraha is in danger, but won`t say what that danger is, Nancy.

GRACE: Do we know, Ellie Jostad, whether the mother is the custodial parent? Is there some problem with the mother? How did the mother get the little gill girl anyway?

ELLIE JOSTAD, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER: We, Nancy, don`t know if the mother has custody. But the way the police are wording this report is very interesting. They`re saying that they believe the little girl is with her mother and they`re saying that the mother is missing, but it is the girl who is in extreme danger. Apparently, the little girl was staying with relatives. The mother came to pick her up. They left, never returned and the relatives never heard from her. And that is why they became concerned and called police.

GRACE: Well, I can tell you right now there`s a reason the little girl, this 2-year-old little girl is not with her mother or father. She`s living with relatives. She`s with the mother, and police have put out a very cryptic message that this child is in extreme danger and the mother is missing. Not that the mother is in danger, the child is in danger.

The tip line, everyone, 863-291-5858. Take a look at Masaraha Ross.

Back to you, Mark Williams. Again, where were they last seen specifically? Rosie, put up a map, if we`ve got one, please.

WILLIAMS: Yes, Nancy, they were -- there`s conflicting reports. A detective for the Winter Haven Police Department says the pair was last seen at a Wal-Mart in neighboring Haines City, just the city over from the Winter Haven area, but then there was a second report they were last seen in Winter Haven itself. Those reports still up in the air, but I`d go with the detectives saying that they were last seen at that Wal-Mart in neighboring Haines city.

GRACE: Mark Brooks, former fed with the FBI, I don`t like it. I don`t like the way this has been worded. It`s not explaining to me what`s going on. It`s making me very suspicious of the mother. And I also don`t understand why we don`t have an Amber Alert. But what`s your take, Mike Brooks?

MIKE BROOKS, FORMER D.C. POLICE, HLN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: Good point, Nancy...

GRACE: Something stinks!

BROOKS: You know, and look, either -- OK, the child is in danger. If the mother is involved in this, they should just come out and say this. And if that`s the case, why doesn`t it meet the criteria to put out an Amber Alert? If she`s in danger, I think she does, and we should hear about a tag number, a car, something like that.

GRACE: Well, maybe they don`t have a tag number. Maybe they don`t know what car she was in. Hey, Brooks...

BROOKS: You know what? But video at Wal-Mart should...

GRACE: Exactly.

BROOKS: We have always seen great video coming from both inside and outside of Wal-Mart. Was she with anyone else? What kind of car? Couldn`t they enhance it to get a tag number, all these kind of things. But nothing so far, Nancy.

GRACE: Hey, Mark Williams, this is your neck of the woods. Is there a bus stop in front of that Wal-Mart? Did she necessarily have to have a car? Because I`m telling you, Target and Wal-Mart, they could teach NASA a thing or two about their surveillance video. If this woman was in a car, they should have video. And I still don`t get it, Mark. Why is there no Amber Alert on this baby girl and why is she in danger if she is with her mother? There is something way wrong with this.

WILLIAMS: Well, most Wal-Mart stores that I know of, there is usually a public bus stop, the county runs a public transportation system. And yes, the photos that come out of Wal-Mart are just breathtaking sometimes. But let me -- let`s go back to the Amber Alert thing. There has been -- in Amber Alert, the criteria is when an abduction has taken place. They haven`t even said anything about an abduction yet. And that`s one of the...

GRACE: Hey, hey!

WILLIAMS: ... components of an Amber Alert.

GRACE: They said extreme danger, a 2-year-old child, extreme danger. Masaraha Ross, 2 years old, black female, black hair, brown eyes. She`s only 38 inches tall, 30 pounds. Tip line, 863-291-5858. Tonight, police are in fear for her life. They simply say the mother is missing.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The search continues in the case of a missing 2- year-old Florida girl believed to be in danger. Police say 2-and-a-half- year-old Masaraha Ross was last known to be with her mother, who is also missing. The two were reportedly last seen at a Wal-Mart store in Haines City on October 18th and haven`t been seen since.

Reports are the mother came to pick up Masaraha, who was visiting relatives. When the family didn`t hear from the mother, they notified cops. Police will not say why the child is considered in danger but are desperate to find her. Police say there are conflicting reports as to the last known whereabouts of the pain, but say witnesses place them in either the Winter Haven or Haines City areas.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIP.../29/ng.01.html

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:20 am

Clothes, Baby Toys Found in Car of Missing Woman

Last Modified: Monday, November 2, 2009 at 9:52 p.m. WINTER HAVEN | Baby clothes and shoes, a child’s book and toys were in the back seat of the 1992 baby-blue Ford Escort that was brought back to Winter Haven on Monday.


Sgt. Kevin Dibbern gets the Vehicle Identification Number of the Ford Escort driven from Georgia to Winter Haven by Ronkeya Holmes. It was towed on a flatbed truck from Lake Mary to Winter Haven so police can examine it in Winter Haven on Monday. Holmes and her daughter, Masaraha Ross, have been missing for about two weeks.
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Ronkeya Holmes, age 29




Masaraha Ross

Her Savannah Technical College ID still hangs on the review mirror in the Ford Escort driven from Georgia to Winter Haven by Ronkeya Holmes. It was towed on a flatbed truck from Lake Mary to Winter Haven so police can examine it in Winter Haven on Monday. Holmes and her daughter, Masaraha Ross, have been missing for about two weeks.

On the front seat of the car belonging to Ronkeya “Keya” Holmes was a suitcase with women’s clothes in it.

The car belonging to the missing 29-year-old Georgia Woman and her 3½-year-old daughter, Masaraha Ross, was towed from Lake Mary so Winter Haven police can examine it.

The car was recovered Oct. 19 when police in Lake Mary stopped Joseph Wilcox, 34, of Winter Haven, who was driving it.

Neither Holmes or her daughter were in the vehicle when Wilcox was stopped in the city east of Orlando.
But their belongings were.
Wilcox initially told detectives he didn’t know whose vehicle it was and that his cousin, Lester Ross, who is Masaraha’s father, had asked him to drive the Escort to Florida’s east coast, said Sgt. Brad Coleman.

Wilcox would not talk to detectives further about what he was doing with the Escort, he said.

Ross, 31, is not returning phone calls to detectives, Coleman said.
Wilcox was charged by Lake Mary police with driving with a suspended license. He was moved from the Seminole County Jail to the Polk County Jail where he is being held without bail on charges he violated probation for driving on a suspended license.

Holmes and her toddler have been missing for two weeks and the events surrounding her disappearance have perplexed investigators because there are inconsistencies in statements from Holmes’ family and Masaraha’s father.
Investigators consider Holmes and Masaraha endangered.
Winter Haven police have the assistance of the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on the case.

The last time Holmes’ mother, Edith Fletcher, and her sister, Nafateria Fletcher, heard from her was Oct. 20 when she said she had been stopped by police in

Sanford and needed paperwork on the Escort.
The Fletchers learned Wilcox was the one stopped by police when they came to Florida from Savannah, Ga., looking for her.

Investigators are tracking Holmes’ cell phone records and they said the signal from her phone on the day she talked to her sister was from a cell phone tower in the Winter Haven area, Coleman said.

Holmes came to Florida to pick her daughter from her ex-boyfriend, Ross. They had arrange to meet at Walmart in Haines City.

Ross told investigators he last saw Holmes and his daughter Oct. 18 at the Haines City Walmart where he turned the girl over to her mother, police have said.
Ross could not be reached for comment.
Detectives with the Haines City Police Department reviewed the security tapes from Walmart on Friday but Holmes and her daughter were not spotted, Capt. Brian Rall said.
“The tapes were not of any value,” Rall said Monday.

Anyone with information about the missing pair, should contact Winter Haven Detective Sgt. Chris Ford at 863-291-5733 or 863-412-5973 or Detective Amity McGee at 863-291-5312 or 863-287-1961.

Anyone in the Haines City area should contact Haines City police at 863-421-3636.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:21 am

Neither Holmes or her daughter were in the vehicle when Wilcox was stopped in the city east of Orlando.
But their belongings were.
Wilcox initially told detectives he didn’t know whose vehicle it was and that his cousin, Lester Ross, who is Masaraha’s father, had asked him to drive the Escort to Florida’s east coast, said Sgt. Brad Coleman.

Wilcox would not talk to detectives further about what he was doing with the Escort, he said.

Ross, 31, is not returning phone calls to detectives.


The last time Holmes’ mother, Edith Fletcher, and her sister, Nafateria Fletcher, heard from her was Oct. 20 when she said she had been stopped by police in Sanford and needed paperwork on the Escort.
The Fletchers learned Wilcox was the one stopped by police when they came to Florida from Savannah, Ga., looking for her.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:23 am

New evidence found in missing mother and daughter case

Posted: Nov 02, 2009 9:30

New evidence found in missing mother and daughter case

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - 29 year old, Ronkeya Holmes and her 3-year-old daughter Masaraha seemed to have disappeared with out a trace.
Monday, Holmes' blue ford escort was found, her luggage on the front passenger seat and children's items in the back seat. Hanging from the rear view mirrror was a badge for Savannah Tech College where she was attending classes.


Police say Holmes allowed her daughter's father, Lester Ross, who lives in Winter Haven, Florida, to keep their daughter starting back in April so she could focus on school. When classes ended, she planned a trip to Florida to pick her up. When she arrived in Winter Haven, she was told the child was out of town with family.

Holmes returned to Georgia and called Winter Haven police to file a report.
A week later, Holmes traveled back to Winter Haven and spent days trying to get her daughter back. Her daughter's father says on October 18th he met Holmes to hand over the child at the Haines City Wal-mart.
Police say that other than the father's statement, they haven't been able to obtain any evidence that the child exchange actually occured.

Lester Ross' cousin, Joseph Wilcox, was found driving Holmes' car the very same day Ross says the mother and daughter were reunited.

Police say Joseph Wilcox and the little girl's father, Lester Ross, are no longer willing to speak with detectives. Investigators say they've received quite a few conflicting stories and are considering the mother and daughter missing and endangered.

Meanwhile Florida's Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI are now assisting in the investigation.

http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11430949

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:51 am

http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11437634

FBI looks for missing Savannah mother and child
Posted: Nov 03, 2009 6:49 PM EST
Updated: Nov 03, 2009 7:18 PM EST

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The search continues for a missing Savannah woman and her three-year-old daughter.

Ronkeya Holmes was in Florida trying to pick up her daughter Masaraha from the child's father, when the two vanished. Now the FBI is looking into the case.

It has been two weeks since the single mother and college student has been seen.

She was living in an apartment on Robinson Circle in Savannah with her mother at the time of her disappearance.

The phone calls keep coming in as family and friends try to figure out what happened to 29-year-old Ronkeya Holmes and her three-year-old daughter Masaraha Ross.

"It's just hard knowing that you have spent two weeks without her, not knowing anything. Where she is or how she is doing," said Ronkeyas mother Edith Fletcher.


Fletcher says her daughter Ronkeya let Masaraha stay at her fathers Winter Haven home in Florida, while she went to classes at Savannah Technical College.

As the time grew near for Ronkeya to pick up her daughter from the child's father Lester Ross, something didn't seem right.

"She would call and say let me talk to Masaraha or I am going to come get her," said Fletcher. "He always would say she is asleep or out of town. Months went by and I told her to just go and get her and when she got there he wouldn't give her to her."

Ronkeya filed a police report with the Winter Haven police and headed home to Savannah. One week later, on October 18, 2009, Ronkeya returned to Florida where she was supposed to meet Lester at the Haines City walmart to take her daughter home.

The two haven't been seen since.

Fletcher believes that exchange never happened.

"Last time I talked to him (Lester), he said I promise I took her to walmart," said Fletcher. 'The surveillance cameras don't show them no where."

Lester's cousin, Joseph Wilcox, was found driving Ronkeyas blue Ford Escort later that night.

Inside investigators found Ronkeyas luggage on the front seat, her college badge hanging from the rear view mirror and several children's items in the back seat.

"I think they planted it in there to cover it up," said Fletcher.

Two weeks have passed and still no sign of Ronkeya or her daughter.

Fletcher says she is waiting by the phone hoping something will turn up. "I'm ready for that call but I don't want to get that call."

Investigators say they are getting conflicting stories from those involved, and Wilcox and Ross are no longer communicating with authorities.

Investigators say the mother and daughter are considered "endangered."

The family plans on returning to Florida tomorrow where they will begin canvassing several neighborhoods in search of the mother and her child.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:52 am

http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=116906

Mom worried for missing daughter & granddaughter

Nov 03,2009
Tammie Fields

Tampa, Florida - Edith Fletcher, of Savannah, Georgia is spending a lot of time alone these days. She clutches a cell phone waiting for any news she can get. Her hours are spent worrying about what has happened to her 29-year-old daughter, Ronkeya Holmes, and Ronkeya's 3-year-old daughter.

The two were living with Fletcher who says, "It's just hard knowing that you've spent two weeks without her - not knowing anything - where she is or how she is doing."

Back in April Ronkeya left her daughter, Masaraha, with the child's father Lester Ross who lives in Winter Haven, Florida. She wanted to focus on her early Early Childhood Care and Education classes at Savannah Technical College. Six months after her classes ended in early October, she tried to get her daughter back.

Her mother says it wasn't an easy process.

"She would call and say, 'Well you know, let me speak to Masaraha' or 'I'm going to come get her.' He would always say she's either asleep or she's out of town. And I just told her to just go and get her and so when she got there, he didn't want to give her to her."

Family members say Ronkeya made the 10 hour roundtrip from Savannah to Winter Haven a few times and was unsuccessful in picking up her child, so Ronkeya filed a report with detectives at the Winter Haven Police department. A few weeks later, she tried to pick up her daughter again. She stayed at her former stepfather's home and her grandmother's home during that time.

Lester Ross told investigators that he handed over his daughter to Ronkeya on October 18 at a Wal-Mart store in Haines City. Ross says he has not seen or heard from either of them since.

But police say they have no evidence that the child exchange actually happened. Fletcher doesn't believe the exchange ever happened either. She says, "Even with the surveillance cameras that they have at Wal-Mart, they didn't show him nowhere."

Meanwhile on the same day around 11 p.m. Ross's cousin, Joseph Wilcox, was stopped by Lake Mary Police. He was driving Ronkeya's car. Wilcox was arrested on unrelated charges.

Investigators say they're getting inconsistent stories from the people involved and so believe the mother and daughter are in danger.

On Tuesday, evidence technicians spent the day inspecting Ronkeya's car for clues. There was a suitcase on the passenger side seat and children's clothing and items in the back seat.

Fletcher says "A bag of baby clothes that I think they planted in there just to cover up."

Fletcher says she's hoping for the best but bracing for the worst. "I'm ready for that call, but I don't want to get that call."

The FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are assisting Winter Haven police in the case by providing their resources.

If you know anything abou the missing mother and daughter you could earn a cash reward and you don't have to reveal your identity. Call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:41 am

Ronkeya Holmes,29, dtr.Masaraha Ross,3. Savannah, GA, missing since:10/18/09 (car found)

http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11430949

http://www.theledger.com/article/200...ng-Woman-s-Car

http://www.theledger.com/article/200...n-Missing-Pair

On Oct. 22, the Fletchers went to the Haines City Police Department to file a report but were told by police there was nothing they could do because Holmes was an adult. Fletcher said she and her mother left frustrated.

But Haines City officials said they did take the information.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:41 am

New evidence found in missing mother and daughter case

Posted: Nov 02, 2009 9:30
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New evidence found in missing mother and daughter case

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - 29 year old, Ronkeya Holmes and her 3-year-old daughter Masaraha seemed to have disappeared with out a trace.
Monday, Holmes' blue ford escort was found, her luggage on the front passenger seat and children's items in the back seat. Hanging from the rear view mirrror was a badge for Savannah Tech College where she was attending classes.

Police say Holmes allowed her daughter's father, Lester Ross, who lives in Winter Haven, Florida, to keep their daughter starting back in April so she could focus on school. When classes ended, she planned a trip to Florida to pick her up. When she arrived in Winter Haven, she was told the child was out of town with family.

Holmes returned to Georgia and called Winter Haven police to file a report.
A week later, Holmes traveled back to Winter Haven and spent days trying to get her daughter back. Her daughter's father says on October 18th he met Holmes to hand over the child at the Haines City Wal-mart.
Police say that other than the father's statement, they haven't been able to obtain any evidence that the child exchange actually occured.

Lester Ross' cousin, Joseph Wilcox, was found driving Holmes' car the very same day Ross says the mother and daughter were reunited.

Police say Joseph Wilcox and the little girl's father, Lester Ross, are no longer willing to speak with detectives. Investigators say they've received quite a few conflicting stories and are considering the mother and daughter missing and endangered.

Meanwhile Florida's Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI are now assisting in the investigation.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:43 am

FBI looks for missing Savannah mother and child
Posted: Nov 03, 2009

The search continues for a missing Savannah woman and her three-year-old daughter.

Ronkeya Holmes was in Florida trying to pick up her daughter Masaraha from the child's father, when the two vanished. Now the FBI is looking into the case.

It has been two weeks since the single mother and college student has been seen.

She was living in an apartment on Robinson Circle in Savannah with her mother at the time of her disappearance.

The phone calls keep coming in as family and friends try to figure out what happened to 29-year-old Ronkeya Holmes and her three-year-old daughter Masaraha Ross.

"It's just hard knowing that you have spent two weeks without her, not knowing anything. Where she is or how she is doing," said Ronkeyas mother Edith Fletcher.

Fletcher says her daughter Ronkeya let Masaraha stay at her fathers Winter Haven home in Florida, while she went to classes at Savannah Technical College.

As the time grew near for Ronkeya to pick up her daughter from the child's father Lester Ross, something didn't seem right.

"She would call and say let me talk to Masaraha or I am going to come get her," said Fletcher. "He always would say she is asleep or out of town. Months went by and I told her to just go and get her and when she got there he wouldn't give her to her."

Ronkeya filed a police report with the Winter Haven police and headed home to Savannah. One week later, on October 18, 2009, Ronkeya returned to Florida where she was supposed to meet Lester at the Haines City walmart to take her daughter home.

The two haven't been seen since.

Fletcher believes that exchange never happened.

"Last time I talked to him (Lester), he said I promise I took her to walmart," said Fletcher. 'The surveillance cameras don't show them no where."

Lester's cousin, Joseph Wilcox, was found driving Ronkeyas blue Ford Escort later that night.

Inside investigators found Ronkeyas luggage on the front seat, her college badge hanging from the rear view mirror and several children's items in the back seat.

"I think they planted it in there to cover it up," said Fletcher.

Two weeks have passed and still no sign of Ronkeya or her daughter.

Fletcher says she is waiting by the phone hoping something will turn up. "I'm ready for that call but I don't want to get that call."

Investigators say they are getting conflicting stories from those involved, and Wilcox and Ross are no longer communicating with authorities.

Investigators say the mother and daughter are considered "endangered."

The family plans on returning to Florida tomorrow where they will begin canvassing several neighborhoods in search of the mother and her child.

http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11437634

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:37 pm

Police still seek girl, 3, and mother
Department spokesman said progress in case is expected soon
By Donna Kelly
News Chief staff

http://www.newschief.com/article/200...l-3-and-mother

Published: Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 4:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 2:13 a.m.
WINTER HAVEN - Winter Haven Police Detectives continue their investigation into the disappearance of 3 1/2 year-old Masaraha Ross and her mother, Ronkeya Holmes, 29, who were declared missing and endangered on Oct. 28.

Sgt. Brad Coleman, spokesman for the department, had nothing new to report Wednesday but said authorities are continuing to analyze all information connected to the case.

"In the next couple of days, you're going to probably see some significant progress in the investigation. That's not to say we have any leads telling us where this mother and child are," Coleman said. "We have some things we are working on that hopefully are going to provide some new information in the next couple of days."

Coleman said information will be relayed to the public as quickly as possible, especially in light of the widespread public interest in the case, which has attracted national attention on such shows as CNN's, "Nancy Grace."

Masaraha lives in Savannah, Ga., with her mother, but she was visiting her father, Lester Ross, in Winter Haven. Holmes had come to pick up her daughter after the visit.

Coleman said Friday that authorities were told Ronkeya Holmes was supposed to meet Ross at the Wal-mart in Haines City, where he was to give the child to her mother.

According to Coleman, authorities reviewed surveillance tapes from Wal-Mart but didn't glean any information from them because they didn't clearly indicate if anyone involved in the case was actually in the store.

Holmes' car was retrieved around 11 p.m. Oct. 18 after Joseph Wilcox, 34 of Winter Haven, was stopped by Lake Mary police while driving the 1992 Ford Escort driven to Florida by Holmes. Wilcox, who is Lester Ross' cousin, was arrested on unrelated charges and the vehicle was impounded.

Coleman said assorted items belonging to the mother and daughter were found in the car, including clothing items and an identification badge for Ronkeya Holmes discovered hanging from the rear-view mirror.

Coleman said authorities received conflicting stories about the last known location of the missing girl and mother, but witness statements placed them in either the Winter Haven or Haines City areas,

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:36 am

http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11463397

Search continues for missing mother and child



Nov 07, 2009
Lynda Figueredo

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – The family of a missing Savannah mom, and her child are hoping someone will come forward with information on their whereabouts.

It has been almost 3 weeks since a Savannah woman and her child simply vanished.

Now family members are doing some searching of their own, canvassing two cities in Florida looking for 29-year-old Ronkeya Holmes and her 3-year-old baby girl Masaraha Ross.

"We not able to sleep. All of us had our own personal relationship with my sister you know. It's just, it's hard, real hard having to be there for each other," said Angel Fletcher, the sister of the missing mom.

It was October 18, 2009 when Ronkeya drove to Florida to pick up her daughter from the child's father.

Masaraha was staying at her father's home in Winter Haven while Ronkeya took classes at Savannah Technical College.

The child's father says he handed the girl over at a Haines City Walmart, but police haven't found any evidence to back up that claim.

We spoke to the Ronkeya's mother shortly before she headed to Florida in search of her daughter.

"It's just hard knowing that you have spent two weeks without her not knowing anything. Where she is, or how she is doing," said Ronekya's Mother, Edith Fletcher.

With each day that passes Fletcher worries that her daughter may no longer be alive.

"I'm ready for that call, but I don't want to get that call," said Fletcher.

Investigators found Ronkeya's car shortly after her disappearance with her luggage in the front seat, her college badge hanging from the rear view mirror and several children's items in the back seat.

"I think they planted it in there to cover it up," said Fletcher.

Ronkeya's mother believes the child's father may have something to do with their disappearance.

Either way the family says they won't stop searching until they know what really happened to Ronkeya Holmes and her child.

The FBI is also looking into this case.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:52 am

Update - Masaraha Ross - Still Missing With Mother - FBI Involved Now
Posted on November 4th, 2009
by Jan Barrett
Masaraha Ross, 3 years old was reported missing late last Wednesday afternoon along with her 29 year old mother, Ronkeya Holmes. The Winter Haven Police department has reason to believe they might be in danger. Now the FBI has been called in to help with the search for them.

Holmes was living in Savannah Georgia with her mother at the time she went missing. She went to Florida to pick her daughter up who had been staying with her father. She has not been seen since.

Holmes’s mother, Edith Fletcher says her daughter let the baby stay with her father in Winter Haven, Florida while she attending classes at Savannah Technical College. She says when time came for Holmes to pick her daughter up from her father, Lester Ross, something just didn’t feel right.

“She would call and say let me talk to Masaraha or I am coming to get her,” said Fletcher. “He would always say she is sleeping or out of town. Months went by and I told her to just go and get her and when she got there he wouldn’t give her to her.”

Holmes filed a police report in Winter Haven and then went back home to Savannah only to return on October 18, 2009. She was supposed to meet Lester at the Haines City Wal-Mart there to pick up her daughter. Fletcher says she hasn’t seen the two of them since. She doesn’t think they ever met at the Wal-Mart. Surveillance a tape from the Wal-Mart doesn’t show him there at all even though Fletcher swears he took her there.

Later that night Lester’s cousin was found driving Holmes’s car which is a blue Ford Escort. They found Holmes’s luggage on the front seat and her college badge hanging from the rear view mirror and several children’s items in the back seat. Fletcher thinks they planted those things there to cover up for something. She says she continues waiting by her phone hoping for a call but she prays she doesn’t get that certain call.

Authorities are saying they are getting conflicting stories and Wilcox and Ross are no longer communicating with them. As of right now the mother and child are both considered “endangered”.

Something sure sounds fishy to me. I would like to know how Wilcox came about Holmes’s car to begin with. He must know something about where Ronkeya and Masaraha are.

I hope this young mother and child are found soon. Something sure isn’t right about this whole thing. I agree with Edith Fletcher. My prayers are with her that her daughter and granddaughter are safe.

Once again I list all the children we need to remember just being reported on here at BNN. Caylee Anthony, Adji Desir, Haleigh Cummings, Somer Thompson, Elizabeth Olten, Masaraha Ross, Shannon Dedrick, Alex Mercado and Rebecca Marie Allen. Please say a prayer for those that are missing are found soon and those that have been taken from us may rest in peace after getting the justice that they deserve. I know there are others missing too but I can’t name all of them even though I wish I could but I can pray for them as well which I do.

Jan Barrett

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Stop the abuse and murder of the children in the U.S.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:53 am

http://www.newschief.com/article/20091107/NEWS/911075034/1021?Title=Police-still-seek-info-on-girl-mother

Police still seek info on girl, mother

News Chief staff report
Published: Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 4:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 2:25 a.m.

WINTER HAVEN - Law enforcement officials continue to seek new information about the disappearance of 3 1/2 year old Masaraha Ross and her mother, 29 year old Ronkeya Holmes.

Masaraha As of Friday afternoon, the whereabouts and condition of Holmes and Masaraha remained undetermined, said Sgt. Brad Coleman, spokesman for the Winter Haven Police Department, said in a press release.

"Winter Haven Police detectives, in cooperation with other involved law enforcement agencies, continue to follow up on multiple leads in this case. We are attempting to interview anyone who may have information related to their disappearance," Coleman said.

Earlier in the week, Coleman indicated officials were following several leads that might possibly shed light on the disappearance of the mother and daughter.

"Sometimes what appear to be promising leads do not yield anticipated results, however we continue to utilize all available resources and all legal means available to seek information and/or evidence that will bring this investigation to conclusion," he said in the release.

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.

In accordance with Florida public records laws, redacted copies of case reports from this incident may be available to the media. Requests for reports should be made through the WHPD records division at 863-291-5649.

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:55 am



Masaraha L. Ross

DOB: Mar 24, 2007
Missing: Oct 18, 2009
Height: 3'2" (97 cm)
Eyes: Brown
Race: African American
Age at disappearance: 2
Sex: Female
Weight: 30 lbs (14 kg)
Hair: Black
Missing From:
Haines City, Flordia
United States



Ronkeya Holmes-Companion

DOB: Sep 22, 1980
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Eyes: Brown
Race: African American
Sex: Female
Weight: 145 lbs (66 kg)
Hair: Black

Both photo's are of Masaraha. She may be in the company of her mother, Ronkeya Holmes. Ronkeya may have dyed her hair.

Contact Information:
Winter Haven Police Department (Florida)
1-863-291-5858

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:43 pm

Florida Missing Mother and Daughter
Florida family hopes for safe Mother/Daughter return.

The family of a missing mom and her 3 and a half year old daughter are hoping someone will come forward with information on their whereabouts.

Family members from Georgia are in Winter Haven, Florida handing out flyers and talking to police.

29-year old Ronkeya Holmes was in Florida to pick up her daughter.

The child's father says he handed her over at a Haines City Wal-Mart but police haven't found any evidence to back up that claim.

http://www.wtvynews4.com/news/headlines/69480152.html

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:43 pm

Update: Mother and child missing out of Polk County
Tammie Fields 8 days ago (That would have been 11/14/09)

Winter Haven, Florida - Detectives from the Winter Haven police department traveled to Adel, Georgia this week in hopes of tracking down leads in the case of a missing mother and child out of Winter Haven, Florida.

Back in April, Ronkeya Holmes of Savannah, Georgia left her daughter, Masaraha, with the child's father Lester Ross who lives in Winter Haven, Florida.

Ronkeya wanted to focus on her early Early Childhood Care and Education classes at Savannah Technical College. Six months after her classes ended in early October, she tried to get her daughter back.

Her mother, Edith Fletcher, says it wasn't an easy process.

"She would call and say, 'Well you know, let me speak to Masaraha' or 'I'm going to come get her.' He would always say she's either asleep or she's out of town. And I just told her to just go and get her and so when she got there, he didn't want to give her to her."

Family members say Ronkeya made the 10 hour roundtrip from Savannah to Winter Haven a few times and was unsuccessful in picking up her child, so Ronkeya filed a report with detectives at the Winter Haven Police department. A few weeks later, she tried to pick up her daughter again.

Lester Ross told investigators that he handed over his daughter to Ronkeya on October 18 at a Wal-Mart store in Haines City. Ross says he has not seen or heard from either of them since.

But police say they have no evidence that the child exchange actually happened. Fletcher doesn't believe the exchange ever happened either. She says, "Even with the surveillance cameras that they have at Wal-Mart, they didn't show him nowhere."

Fletcher and other family members have said they believe Ross's family members cared for Masaraha during the six month time frame. Several of Ross's neighbors say they never saw a child at his home.

But just this week Winter Haven police, an agent from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI all traveled to Adel, Georgia which is North of Valdosta. They spoke with Masaraha's relatives who confirm that Masaraha was in Winter Haven at some point during the summer. Still no one knows where the child is now.

Police say they're talking to women who know Lester Ross. Sergeant Brad Coleman says they've learned that Ross has fathered 12 children with 8 different mothers. Two women they say are currently pregnant.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Coleman says Lester Ross seems to have disappeared from the area too.

Investigators say they have received inconsistent stories from some of the people involved in the case and so believe the mother and daughter are in danger.

On the same day Ronkeya and Masaraha were supposed to be reunited Ross's cousin, Joseph Wilcox, was stopped by Lake Mary Police. He was driving Ronkeya's car. Wilcox was arrested on unrelated charges.

Ronkeya's car has been searched for clues. There was a suitcase on the passenger side seat and children's clothing and items in the back seat.


The FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are assisting Winter Haven police in the case by providing their resources.

If you know anything about the missing mother and daughter you could earn a cash reward and you don't have to reveal your identity. Call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story...117721&catid=8

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:45 pm


Absence of mom, girl signals empty holidays.
By Donna Kelly
News Chief staff


Published: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 4:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 2:03 a.m.
WINTER HAVEN - Edith Fletcher isn't looking forward to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday - it just won't be the same without her daughter, Ronkeya Holmes, and granddaughter, Masaraha Ross, who have been missing for a month.

"Holidays don't even matter anymore. Holidays are for family," Fletcher said Tuesday during a phone interview from her home in Savannah, Ga. "A holiday isn't a holiday without your babies."

It's difficult, she said, to wait for news of her daughter and granddaughter. She is frustrated by not knowing what has happened to them and information seems slow in getting to her. And she doesn't understand why the man she believes is responsible for their disappearance - Masaraha's father, Lester Ross - has not been listed by law enforcement agencies as a suspect.

But Detective Amity McGee of the Winter Haven Police Department said investigators from several agencies - WHPD, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - are working together to find Holmes, 29, and her 3 1/2-year-old daughter. Authorities are still sifting through and analyzing information received through court orders.

"At this time nobody has been named a suspect," McGee said.

Meanwhile, Fletcher is on a leave of absence from her supervisory job at the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront until Nov. 24, while she deals with the emotional roller coaster she's been on since her daughter and granddaughter were declared missing Oct. 28.

She wonders about "her babies" - where they are, what they are doing, how they are dressed, whether or not they are eating.

"All these things you wonder every day," she said.Fletcher describes her daughter as "a good mom.""She loves her kids. She takes them to the mall and to the park," she said. "She has a sweet personality. Everyone loves her."

In addition to Masaraha, Holmes has an 8-year old daughter, Remiah.

Masaraha lives in Savannah, Ga., with her mother, but had been staying with her father in Winter Haven while Holmes went back to school. Holmes had come to pick up her daughter to take her home. At the time, Sgt. Brad Coleman, spokesman for the Winter Haven Police Department, said Holmes was to retrieve Masaraha from Ross at the Wal-Mart in Haines City.
But surveillance tapes from Wal-Mart didn't allow detectives to see whether or not the exchange actually took place.

Law enforcement agencies started piecing together the story, which began April 14 ,when Holmes met with Lester Ross in St. Augustine. Holmes was leaving Masaraha with Ross until she finished training to become a certified nurses assistant and a childcare associate.
When Holmes finished school around Sept. 18, she began attempting to get her daughter from Lester Ross. On Oct. 2, she made contact with Ross via text messaging and informed him that she was traveling to Winter Haven to pick up her daughter. The following day, Holmes arrived in Winter Haven and contacted Ross, who told her that Masaraha was out of town with an uncle and would be returning Oct. 4.

On Oct. 4, Ross did not deliver Masaraha to Holmes as promised. Holmes returned to Georgia and on Oct. 7, contacted Winter Haven Police Department to make a report.

By Oct. 14-15, Holmes was in Winter Haven trying to get her daughter back and was staying with her former stepfather, Archie Forte. She then stayed with her grandmother in Haines City one day before returning to Forte's home.

On Oct. 18, Nafateria Fletcher came to Winter Haven because she was worried about her sister.

Later that night, Joseph Wilcox, 34 of Winter Haven, was stopped by Lake Mary Police while driving the 1992 Ford Escort driven to Florida by Holmes. Wilcox was arrested on unrelated charges and the vehicle was impounded. Wilcox is Lester Ross' cousin. Items belonging to Holmes and her daughter, such as clothes, toys and Holmes' identification badge were found in the car.

On Oct. 20, Nafateria Fletcher spoke with Holmes on the phone. Fletcher said Holmes told her the car had been towed when Wilcox was stopped by police and arrested. Holmes would not tell Fletcher where she was located.

Oct. 23, Fletcher filed a report with the Winter Haven Police Department.
Ross told police he last saw Holmes and his daughter on Oct. 18, when he turned Masaraha over to Holmes at the Haines City Wal-Mart.

Ross and Wilcox have stopped providing information in the case, Coleman indicated earlier this month.

Edith Fletcher and her family continue to pray and face each day as it comes. Holmes' sisters, Tameka and Nafateria, who is called Angel, continue to have dreams about their sister. And Fletcher will return to Winter Haven on Thursday.

"We're doing the best we can. We are just depending on God. That's all we can do," Fletcher said.

"I really need my babies back because I miss them," Fletcher added.

Anyone with information about Ronkeya Holmes and Masaraha Ross is asked to call McGee at 863-291-5312 donna.kelly@newschief.com

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:36 am

MOTHER, DAUGHTER LAST SEEN IN OCTOBER
Father of Missing Girl Denies Part in Pair's Disappearance
Lester Ross complains about scrutiny, says he doesn't "have anything to hide."

WINTER HAVEN | The father of missing 3 1/2-year-old Masaraha Ross said he had nothing to do with the disappearance of his daughter or her mother.

Masaraha and her 29-year-old mother, Ronkeya Holmes, have been missing since October, and Lester Ross may have been the last person to see the two. Lester Ross said the media attention and police scrutiny has caused him to drink heavily and has affected his ability to get contracts through his company, Ross Construction.

"I feel like they are mostly at me," Lester Ross said about investigators. "Jack Daniels made a lot more money from me. I don't have anything to hide."

Lester Ross said he hired an Orlando lawyer who is using a private investigator to help with the search, but he hasn't received any updates.

"I just think that she doesn't want to be bothered," Lester Ross said. "I just want them to surface so then I can just be done with pretty much her family."

Winter Haven detectives have the assistance of a special agent from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement who is working full time on the case.

Winter Haven investigators say they have tried to interview Lester Ross again and said they have had a hard getting a response from him. The last time investigators spoke with him was Oct. 29, said Winter Haven Detective Amity McGee.

But Lester Ross said he's always been accessible and is still living in his Winter Haven residence.

"I took seven individual lie-detector tests," Lester Ross said. "I told them everything I knew."

Detectives are puzzled by conflicting statements from witnesses, including Lester Ross and Holmes' family, McGee said. She would not say whether Lester Ross is a person of interest or a suspect in the case.

Lester Ross, who is originally from Georgia, said he had a sexual relationship with Holmes, but he never was her boyfriend. He first met Holmes five years ago at a motel on U.S. 17 North in Winter Haven where he said he went with his cousin, Joseph Wilcox, to meet some friends.

Lester Ross said he continued a sexual relationship with Holmes, who he said was living at the motel, and she also had a relationship with Wilcox, 34.

Wilcox has been at the center of the investigation into the disappearance of Holmes and her daughter because he was found driving Holmes' car.

"We talked every now and then," Ross said about his involvement with Holmes. "I met one of her sisters, and I had a relationship with one of her sisters. My cousin (Wilcox) had a relationship with her. It wasn't nothing to brag about."

When he found out Holmes was pregnant with Masaraha, Ross said, he willingly took on the responsibility of fatherhood and kept his daughter for a year shortly after she was born.

He kept her again for a second time for five months beginning in June because Holmes was pursuing nursing at a community college in Georgia.

"She was saying she needed a break, and she needed to get herself together," he said.

GETTING MASARAHA BACK

Three weeks before Holmes and Masaraha were declared missing, Holmes was trying to get her daughter back from Lester Ross and contacted the Winter Haven Police Department seeking help.

Police reports show Holmes sent text messages to Lester Ross, questioning him about their daughter's whereabouts.

Lester Ross told Holmes that Masaraha was out of town with his uncle and should come back in a few days, according to the police report. When that didn't happen, she turned to the police for help.

On Oct. 7, Officer Lloyd Smith was sent to Lester Ross' home to make arrangements for Holmes to get the girl.

In his police report, Smith said he rang the doorbell and knocked on the door several times with no response.

Holmes told the police officer her mother received a voice mail message from Lester Ross, indicating he had a family crisis in Fort Lauderdale and that he would return Masaraha once the family crisis was resolved.

But every time Holmes called to check on Masaraha, Lester Ross told her the girl was somewhere else, said Nafateria "Angel" Fletcher, Holmes' sister.

Rather than wait, Holmes wanted to report Masaraha missing. Smith told her that if she wanted to report her daughter missing, she needed to contact her local police department in Georgia and file a missing-person report. He also said he would file an informational report documenting their conversation.

Lester Ross said that during his conversations with Holmes, there was no mention of getting her daughter back. What she did want was to become a family with Lester Ross, he said.

"She wanted to be together," Lester Ross said. "I told her, 'You don't have yourself together yet and I can't take care of nobody else.' She wasn't working."

Fletcher said she doesn't doubt her sister wanted a relationship with Lester Ross.

"She was so in love with Lester," Fletcher said. "It's like he meant the world to her. I guess she trusted him so much because she was in love with him."

In addition to rekindling a romance, Lester Ross said, Holmes wanted to relocate to Polk.

In her 1992, baby-blue Ford Escort, Holmes returned to Winter Haven from Savannah, Ga., on Oct. 14 to try to pick up her daughter from Lester Ross.

Lester Ross told investigators he last saw Holmes and his daughter Oct. 18 at the Haines City Walmart, where Holmes got her daughter back.

Haines City police detectives reviewed surveillance tapes from Walmart and found no evidence Holmes or her daughter were there.

The last time Edith Fletcher or Nafateria Fletcher say they heard from Holmes was Oct. 20, when Holmes was stopped by police in Sanford and needed paperwork on the Ford Escort.

Nafateria Fletcher said Holmes sounded "stressed" on the phone. Then Nafateria Fletcher received another call from Holmes' phone and an unidentified woman asked for the car's registration. When Nafateria Fletcher asked to speak with Holmes, the woman hung up.

The car was recovered the day before the last phone call from Holmes when police in Lake Mary stopped Lester Ross' cousin, Wilcox, who was driving it with a suspended license.

Neither Holmes nor her daughter was found in the car when Wilcox was stopped, but police did find Holmes' belongings, including toddler clothes and toys.

Wilcox was moved from the Seminole County Jail to the Polk County Jail, where he was held on a charge of violating probation. He was released from jail Jan. 17 and could not be reached for comment.

Wilcox initially told detectives he didn't know whose vehicle it was and that Lester Ross had asked him to drive the Escort to Florida's east coast.

Lester Ross disputed that and said he didn't know what his cousin was doing with Holmes' vehicle and hadn't asked after Wilcox was arrested.

In a recent follow-up interview with Lester Ross, he said he talked a few times to his cousin in jail on a three-way conversation with Wilcox's girlfriend. Lester Ross said he never asked Wilcox where Masaraha was.

"It was nothing about what was going on," Lester Ross said about the jail telephone conversations.

Lester Ross also said he doesn't think his cousin would endanger Holmes or his daughter. "He ain't that type of guy," he said.

If Holmes were endangered, it wasn't while he made contact with her, Lester Ross said. She managed to call her family after his cousin was arrested, he said.

"If something was wrong, then she needed to tell somebody then," Lester Ross said. "Why didn't she tell her people?"

But Nafateria Fletcher doesn't believe how Lester Ross recounted the incident.

"I really think he's lying because how did Joe get her car?" she said.

Holmes' mother said Lester Ross initially helped the family search for the missing pair. Edith Fletcher said that was the only time she saw Lester Ross and she hasn't heard from him since.

She said she fears something bad has happened to her daughter and granddaughter.

Edith Fletcher said she has worked tirelessly to keep her daughter and granddaughter fresh in people's minds. She travels frequently to Polk to circulate fliers, to knock on doors and to organize volunteers. A few months ago, Holmes' family raised a $2,000 reward. With each passing day, it gets harder for Holmes' mother to have hope.

Anyone with information about the case can contact the Winter Haven Police Department at 863-291-5733 or 863-291-5312.

http://www.theledger.com/article/20100202/NEWS/2025055/1410?Title=Father-of-Missing-Girl-Denies-Part-in-Pair-s-Disappearance

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PostSubject: Re: Masaraha Ross (2) & Mother- Ronkeya Holmes (29) R.I.P.   Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:18 am


Masaraha is believed to have last been seen in the company on her mother, according to Sgt. Brad Coleman, spokesman for the Winter Haven Police Department.

"Our investigators consider both Ross and Holmes to be missing and endangered at this time," Coleman said.
Coleman said Friday morning that an Amber Alert has not been issued because this case doesn't qualify. He said Masaraha is with her mother, who has legal custody of the child.

Mother and daughter - whose age was corrected by police from 2 1/2 years old to 3 1/2 years old Friday afternoon - were reported missing late Wednesday afternoon.

According to Coleman, Masaraha lives in Savannah, Ga., with her mother, but she was visiting her father in Winter Haven. Holmes had come to pick up her daughter after the visit.

"We had information that there was supposed to be a child exchange in Wal-Mart in Haines City," Coleman said Friday morning.
Coleman said authorities reviewed surveillance tapes from Wal-Mart but didn't glean any information from them.
"The quality of the video didn't allow us to see clearly if anyone involved was there," Coleman said.
Coleman said authorities received conflicting stories about the last known location of the missing girl and mother, but witness statements placed them in either the Winter Haven or Haines City areas, Coleman reported Wednesday.
By Friday afternoon, authorities had compiled a chronology of events from a report filed by Holmes several weeks ago and another filed by Nafateria Fletcher of Alma, Georgia on Oct. 23.

Coleman provided the following timeline of events compiled from information supplied to Winter Haven Winter Haven Police Department by Holmes on Oct. 7:
April 14, Holmes met with Lester Ross in St. Augustine. Holmes and Ross have a child together, Masaraha. Holmes was leaving Masaraha with Ross until she finished school.
Sept. 18, Holmes finished school and began attempting to get her daughter back from Lester Ross.
Oct. 2, Holmes made contact with Ross via text messaging and informed him that she was traveling to Winter Haven to pick up her daughter.
Oct. 3, Holmes arrived in Winter Haven and made contact with Ross, who told her that Masaraha was out of town with an uncle and would be returning on Oct. 4.
Oct. 4, Ross did not deliver Masaraha to Holmes as promised.
Holmes returned to Georgia and on Oct. 7, contacted Winter Haven Police to make a report.
"It should be noted that on October 7, 2009, we had no reason to believe that Masaraha was missing or endangered and child custody, from a legal standpoint, had not been established," Coleman said in the written statement.
Fletcher, 31, of Alma, Ga., is Holmes' sister. Her statement to police resulted in the following addition to the time line of events:
Oct. 14-15, Holmes was in Winter Haven attempting to get her daughter back and was staying with her former step father, Archie Forte.
Oct. 16, Holmes stayed with her grandmother in Haines City.
Oct. 17, Holmes was in Winter Haven, again staying with Forte.
Oct. 18, Fletcher came to Winter Haven because she was worried about her sister.
Oct. 18, at 10:52 p.m., Joseph Wilcox, 34 of Winter Haven, was stopped by Lake Mary Police while driving a 1992 Ford Escort driven to Florida by Holmes. Wilcox was arrested on unrelated charges and the vehicle was impounded.
Oct. 20, Fletcher had a phone conversation with Holmes. Fletcher states that Holmes told her that her car had been towed when Wilcox was stopped by police and arrested. Holmes would not tell Fletcher where she was and that she had Masaraha with her. Holmes also told Fletcher that she (Holmes) would "take care of everything."
Oct. 23, Fletcher filed a report with the Winter Haven Police Department.
Ross, was interviewed by the police and he stated that he last saw Holmes and his daughter on Oct. 18, when he turned Masaraha over to Holmes at the Haines City Wal-Mart. He states that he has not seen or heard from either of them since.
The case is still being investigated by several departments, including Winter Haven Police Department, Haines City Police Department, Lake Mary Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"Although we are considering Masaraha Ross and Ronkeya Holmes as missing and endangered, we have not obtained any physical evidence that a crime has been committed at this time," Coleman said in the written report. "Information contained in the above time line has been provided to us by involved parties. Our investigators are in the process of confirming and fact checking all statements provided to date."
Masaraha is black with black hair and black eyes, according to a missing persons flier released by the police department. She stands about 38 inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds.
The Winter Haven Police Department is attempting to identify, locate, and interview anyone who has had contact with Masaraha and Holmes in the past two weeks. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Amity McGee at 863-291-5312.
Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.
donna.kelly@newschief.com

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