European Stars And Stripes, July 27, 1999, Page 9

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - July 27, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseTHE STARS AND STRIPES U.S. NEWS Tuesday, July 27, 1999 Handyman admits slaying Confesses to killing woman, suspect in 3 earlier deaths SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A motelhandyman confessed to the beheading of a naturalist at Yosemite National Park, the FBIsaid in an affidavit filed Monday. Cary Stayner, who was arrested Saturday, provided details aboutthe slaying of 26-year- old Joie Ruth Arm- strong that only policeknew about, the affi- davit said. Stayner, 37, also hasbecome the prime sus- pect in the slayings ofthree Yosemite sight- seers in February, theFBI said, even though he originally was ques-tioned and ruled out as a supect in those killings. Armstrong Stayner Stayner caught the attention of park rangers again last week after someone spotted his sport utility vehicle near Armstrong's resi-dence an hour after she was last seen there Wednesday night. Armstrong's decapitated body was foundThursday nearby. Her head wasn't found until later. FBI agents had questioned Stayner after the body was found - even searching his back- pack for her head - but let him go. They de-cided to take him in again after learning that he had failed to show up to work at the Cedar Lodge in El Portal. He was arrested Sat-urday at a nudist colony near Wilton af-ter someone there heard news reportsand called authorities. James Maddock,FBI special agent in charge of Sacramento,said Sunday that Stayner also is be- lieved to have played arole in the killings of Carole Sund, 43, her15-year-old daughter, Juli, and family friend Silvina Pelosso, 16, ofArgentina. The three were lastseen alive in February at the Cedar Lodge.Carole Sund's and Silvina's bodies werefound in the trunk of their rental car. Juli'sbody was later found hidden off a lightly traveled highway. "We have developed specific information linking Stayner to the Sund-Pelosso murders," Maddock said. FBI agents wondered whether they mighthave prevented Armstrong's murder if they had linked Stayner earlier to the three killings in February."I struggled with that issue for the last 24 Pelosso Carole Sund hours, and I continue todo so," Maddock said. "I'm confident we'vedone everything that reasonably could have been done." Stayner previously was questioned in the slay-ings but ruled out as a suspect, Maddock said.He did not elaborate. Investigators in that case had focused on aloose-knit band of ex- cons in Modesto whohave histories of sex and drug offenses. Au- thorities had said they were confident that most of those responsi- ble in the sightseer killings were already incustody on unrelated charges. Maddock said there is no evidence linking Stayner to the other people who have comeunder scrutiny. "We are looking atwhether (Stayner) is solely responsible (for the sightseers murders) or if others are involved," Maddock said. The parents of Carole Sund, Carole and Francis Carrington, were at the FBI's news conference Sunday."We're happy that it looks like maybe the case is over," Ms. Carole said afterward."It brings some closure, no question," her husband said. Julie Sund Brother was kidnapped child MERCED, Calif. (AP) - The FBI's suspect in the brutal slaying of a woman at Yosemite National Park is the brother of a young man who shocked the nation with his story of being kidnapped.Murder suspect Cary Stayner is a brother of Steven Stayner, who in 1972 was snatched off a Merced street at age 7. He remained missing for seven years. Steven Stayner was reunited with his family in 1980, hailed as a hero for finally going to police when his abductor kidnapped another boy. But as if he lived his short life under a cloud, he died in 1989 in a colli-sion with a hit-and-run driver.. He was 24.It was as if Stayner's life was split in three - his early years growing up in a working-class family of seven, his lost years with kidnapper Ken- neth Parnell and the time back with his family.Parnell, a convicted child molester, kept his hold on Stayner by shower- ing him with gifts and telling him his parents could no longer afford him. Steven's siblings ranged from age 4 to 12 when he was kidnapped and lived their own ordeal. "When Steve came home, every- body else all got shoved in the back- ground and here's this hero," said his mother, Kay. When Steven died, Kay Stayner said she felt like her son had been "loaned to us." AP file photo Steven Stayner testi- fies about his abduc- tion and captivity. IN THESTARS AND STRIPES 10 YEARS AGO July 27,1989-A study by the Institute of German Eco- nomics in Cologne said a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from West Germany would mean economic dis- aster for several regions. 20 YEARS AGO July 27, 1979 - Retired NATO commander Gen. Alexander M. Haig Jr. Urged the Senate to postpone ap- proval of the SALT II treaty until its-serious flaws were resolved. 30 YEARS AGO July 27, 1969 - Meeting in Manila, President Nixon and Philippine President Ferdi- nand Marcos agreed Ameri- can bases should remain in Southeast Asia. 40 YEARS AGO July 27, 1959 - Defense Secretary Neil McElroy said the Soviet Union might have already beaten the United States in the race to supply combat units with the first in- tercontinental ballistic mis- sile. 50 YEARS AGO July 27, 1949 - In the face of a mounting economic cri- sis, Britain informed the Or- ganization for European Economic Cooperation that it needed an additional $400 million in 1949 to carry out its national recovery pro- gram. One World. One Card One Plan. The ATAT Military Saver Plus"1 Plan and the AT&T Calling Card. Whether you're based in the U.S. or abroad, it's the only plan you'll ever need. For more information and to iif n up, call toll-free I 177 171.74*7 ext. II3Z9. ©1999 AT&T Launch analysis suggests leak SPACE CENTER, Houston(AP) - Photographs taken sec- onds into space shuttle Colum- TIRED OF INFLATION? LET OUR LOW PRICES ON CONTACT LENSES PICK YOU UP. No Shipping and Handling No Membership Fee SIX TOLL FREE NUMBERS: Belgium: U8GCK73195 Italy: 1670-154BO Germany: 0150-822591 Spain: 900-WMW7 Holland: (MHM)22H-I7 UK: 0000-89727") OR E-mail: [email protected] Internet: $ bia's launch suggest that hydro- gen escaped from one or more cooling tubes in its right engine, the space agency said. Such a fuel leak could have caused the shuttle to shut down suddenly if more hydrogen had escaped, forcing the first-ever shuttle emergency landing, either in Florida or West Africa, NASA said Sunday. In spite of the suspected mal- function and an unrelated electri- cal short five seconds into launch Friday, Columbia and its cargo - the world's most powerful X-ray telescope - safely reached orbit under the control of Air Force Col, Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a U.S. space flight.The suspected problem will not affect the rest of the flight, saidWayne Hale, NASA's mission op- erations representative, becausethe three main engines are not used after propelling the shuttleinto orbit. Columbia is scheduled to land in Florida tonight.Early Monday, Collins and her crew continued to work on sci-ence experiments while ground controllers kept track of the free-flying Chandra X-ray Observato- ry, successfully executing the sec- ond of five rocket burns to adjust the telescope's orbit. Hale said as yet there is no proof of a hydrogen leak. But such a leak could have been the reason Columbia's engines shut down a second or two early dur- ing the 8'/2-minute climb to orbit, leaving the shuttle seven miles lower than expected. Columbia's engines will be inspected after landing. "Obviously, when you're deal- ing with main engines, and they have a lot of energy flowing through that system, you want them to operate exactly down the middle of the pike because bad things might happen," Hale said. "We don't think this is a case that even approaches that."On a couple of other shuttle launches, hydrogen has leakedfrom cracked tubes in engine noz- zles but at a smaller rate than ap-pears to have happened this time, Hale said.The cooling tubes, if split, would have begun leaking one ortwo seconds before liftoff and continued throughout the ascent,he said. ^ /J J''1':J':*>l,/A«'./j^l,A'V'-:/'.j'V:»|1'l*: i'V'V' . *'••* J* t'' I ;