Saturday, October 13, 2007
Scott Javin Honda Civic Recovered From Wabash River Near Police Station Update 3-30-08 - by Legal Pub
Terre Haute is perhaps best known by outsiders for Larry Bird, Rose Hulman, and the federal penitentiary's that put Timothy McVey to death. Now, it made news late Friday afternoon for the wrong reasons when Indiana police recovered the car of a suspected homicide victim, Scott Javins. The vehicle was literally a few hundred yards from where the police station was located at the time of the death. The car and the victim disappeared on May 24, 2002. Javins has been the subject of posters, t.v. shows, newspaper articles, thousands of rumors, and even web cites (link) for over five years.
Seems like every suspect arrested in Vigo County had "information" as to Scott Javin's disappearance that they would offer prosecutors in exchange for a favorable plea. None of the so called "tips" ever really panned out until recently; nevertheless the legend of how and why Scott Javins disappeared continued to grow. Friday, the mystery of where Javin's car was located ended as divers pulled the submerged 2002 Honda Civic from the Wabash river near the east bank of Fairbanks park in down town Terre Haute. Police would not initially confirm whether the car contained any body parts; however, it clearly did!
Merv and Dorrena Javins, Scott's parents, watched video monitors as they pulled the car from the river. It was covered in mud. Terre Haute Police Chief George Ralston said other sections of the Wabash River had been searched in the past; however, this particular location had never been explored before yesterday. A tip received two weeks ago resulted in two other vehicles being removed Sunday from the river. (Local fisherman Don Kyle, 53, discovered a car and a van in the river two weeks ago and informed local police.)
Vigo County Sheriff John Marvel said a forensic pathologist will begin processing the car. Indiana State Police Officer, Sgt. D.I. Jones opined that the car went in the river a little North of where it was found because it would float for a few minutes. (This would put it close to police head quarters when it went into the river!) Don Kyle concluded by commenting on the local police, "I really think they did their job. Actually, I think that they wouldn't think to look that hard in a place this obvious."
Any tips? Call Wabash Valley CrimeStoppers:812-238-STOP or 812-238-7867
Update 10-11 Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt officially announced that a skull and some skeletal remains believed to be Javins were found in the car.
Update 10-23: Dr. John R. Mast confirmed the bones and skull were Javins.
Update 12-18: Coronor rules Scott Javin death was accidental. His parents dispute findings.
Update 3-31-08: A comment questions the similarities with the death of Brad Henley. Lt. Jeff Stephens investigated the Henley case. An annonnymous lettee to police suggested Henley's death was no accident. His body was found in his jeep in a pond not far from his home. Rumors speculate that both Javins and Henley may have been recreational drug users who may have upset the wrong people. (These are rumors and not to be taken as facts.) If you know anything about Henley contact the Plainfield Police Department.
If you have any information on the Javin's case which was ruled and accident, share it with the Terre Haute Police. If you want to remain anonymous, share it with Legal Pub.