This undated photo from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office shows Amy Elizabeth Fleming, 60, Dania, Fla. Fleming, who moved to Florida from Las Vegas in Las Vegas, a year after her 3-year-old mysteriously disappeared more than 30 years ago, is arrested on a warrant charging her with killing the boy, authorities said Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Palm Beach County Detention Center/Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Piecing together torn-up jailhouse letters in dormant files in which in 1986 the disappearance of a 3-year-old boy in Nevada yielded a possible confession that led to the arrest of his mother in Florida on a murder warrant, authorities said Monday.
North Las Vegas Police Chief Pamela Ojeda said that the key to the arrest of Amy Elizabeth Fleming came, after the case was reopened in 2017 by detectives trying to trace the origin of a fraudulent birth certificate application in the name of the missing boy, Francillon Pierre.
“What happened was totally unintentional, I’m sorry, you know that,” Fleming wrote to her then fiance, Lee Shine, while the two were imprisoned for several months in 1987 to obstruct the investigation, according to a police statement is submitted to obtain a Dec. 13 warrant for Fleming’s arrest.
Fleming, 60, was arrested Jan. 29 at her marketing job in Boca Raton, Florida. The police said that she was transferred in custody to Nevada to face a murder charge.
The body of the child has not yet been found, but the Ojeda and the lead detective in the case, Steven Wiese, said the new testimonials also imply Fleming in his death.
“We would like to have the body of Francillon,” Wiese said, “or DNA evidence that proves something. That is not what this case is. This is a case of a lot of little things which, together, give us the knowledge that Amy Fleming was involved in the murder of her child.”
Two witnesses, whose names were blacked out in the statement, police said that they met the Glow of the tell of a woman in a jailhouse meeting area that “‘Amy had killed the baby.'”
In another letter, Fleming told Sheen, “You’re the only one I have left to care about. My family is not, Yo is not there, I can face my friends, for fear that they will be involved.”
The couple told the police the boy with the nickname Jojo, wandered away from them at a swap meet.
But researchers found no one who saw the child at the swap meet, according to the 18-page affidavit. Neighbors in the apartment complex where the couple lived said that they had not seen the boy with Fleming and Lester for more than a week.
Fleming, was 28 at the time and divorced from Pierre’s father, who lived in Haiti and was cleared as a suspect in 1986.
She was living with and later married Sheen, and the couple moved to Florida in 1987, police said.
Fleming and Sheen had accused months before the boy is the disappearance of physical abuse from him. She pleaded guilty in that case after his death were sentenced to probation.
Ojeda said the researchers do not have enough evidence at the time to seek a murder charge.
Shine, now 62, has not been charged with a crime.
Shine told the researchers that a few days before reporting the boy’s disappearance, he took him camping for a few days at an undisclosed desert location near the vast Lake Mead reservoir east of Las Vegas to the Colorado River.
“Although we regret that we could not bring you good news that we found Pierre, alive and well, we are lucky that we have some closure to those affected by this 32-year-old cold case” the head of the police said.