Baby Gabriel report released by Tempe police
by Nathan Gonzalez - Jan. 18, 2011 08:09 PM
The Arizona Republic
Tempe police sifted through hundreds of leads during the weeks after the
disappearance of Baby Gabriel Johnson in December 2009, ranging from the
speculation of a "psychic investigator" to tips from people who thought they had
spotted the child after watching television news reports.
In one case, investigators located a baby in Casa Grande who looked just like
Gabriel - and who police briefly thought might have been the missing child. In
another instance, a caller reported seeing a baby's body floating down the Rio
Grande River near Albuquerque, N.M. But in those and all the other cases, the
tips led nowhere.
On Tuesday, the Tempe Police Department released 230 pages of reports detailing
its investigations into the baby's disappearance. The report describes how
investigators chased false leads from Texas to Florida in the hope of finding
Gabriel, who remains missing.
There was the "psychic investigator," who claimed to have aided police and FBI
officials in the past. She informed Tempe police her "channel of information"
told her Elizabeth Johnson of Tempe, the child's mother, attempted to sell baby
Gabriel for $1 million, but the buyer only offered $500,000. The psychic also
said Gabriel, who was last seen in San Antonio, Tex., on Dec. 26, 2009, was
being cared for by an elderly woman in a state west of Santa Fe, N.M., "whose
first initials are "WA." None of the information could be confirmed.
There was the call from a person who reported seeing a baby similar to Gabriel
in a Walmart in Humble, Texas. "The caller stated that they have been watching
the Nancy Grace Show on CNN and have 'memorized' Gabriel's face," the report
In New Mexico, an anonymous informant reported in January seeing the body of a
child floating in the Rio Grande River. An exhaustive search of the river over
two days yielded no new information about Gabriel's whereabouts.
On March 6, Tempe police received a call from a Casa Grande police officer, who
received a tip that Gabriel was possibly spotted with a couple at the Little
Somburros Restaurant. Although the boy resembled Gabriel, the lead ended up
The report offers little new information into the disappearance of Gabriel, who
was 8 months old at the time and was at the center of a bitter custody battle
between his mother and his father, Logan McQueary.
Johnson was arrested Dec. 30, 2009, in Florida and is awaiting trial on charges
of conspiracy to commit custodial interference. Johnson has refused to tell
investigators what she did with baby Gabriel, despite messages to McQueary that
she allegedly killed the boy, police have said.
Tempe police spokeswoman Molly Enright declined to comment on the reports
released Tuesday, noting that the case is still under investigation by San