“In August of 2012, Tony and Sue Bemis received the news no parent wants to hear. Their son, Chief Petty Officer John Keith Bemis had died by suicide. As they struggled to make sense of their loss, things didn’t add up. Seven years later, they still have questions about what exactly did happen to their son.” –CPO John Keith Bemis, Crimelines True Crime Podcast (December 22, 2019)
Navy sailor Andrea Daves’ deceased body was found in a charred vehicle at the end of a cul-de-sac in Lakeside, California on February 22, 2017. She was a mother of two children and on maternity leave at the time of her death. Initially the death was ruled as a homicide but in May 2017, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit ruled the cause of death as suicide due to thermal burns.
“Her mother, Pamela Johnson, told 10 News in February that her daughter loved serving in the Navy and was a good person. Johnson believed her daughter had been killed by someone else.” –East County Magazine
Marine Corps Corporal Lindell Mitchell Jr., 21, was shot to death in the early morning hours of Christmas in his home in Vista, California on December 25, 1991. Durwin Hammond, 22, also a Marine, suffering from a blow to the head. Hammond told deputies they were having a party at their apartment when the unknown assailants entered their home and began beating him. He managed to escape and as he was fleeing the scene to get help, he heard gunshots. The case went cold for over twenty years but the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) continued to follow leads in an extensive investigation. Kimberly Andrews, 40, was found guilty of first degree murder in May 2015 for her role in Lindell Mitchell’s shooting death. She was sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison. The investigation also led to the arrest of a second suspect, James Wesley Noble, 59, who was taken into custody in 2015. Noble was scheduled to go to trial October 17, 2016 for first degree murder but there was no information as to the outcome available on-line.