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Kidnapping that hapened back in the 1980's

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Norman, OK

#1 Sep 7, 2009
Does anyone remember a kidnapping and murder of a little girl in Bryan, TX around 1988? I think her name was Candy and her body was found off of Villa Maria where Blinn is now located. I was telling my husband about it but couldn't find the her name or the suspect's on the internet. Please help.:D
remember well

Bryan, TX

#2 Sep 17, 2009
her name was Kandi Kirkland. Not sure on spelling. The man who murdered her was James Otto Earheart and he was executed a few years back.
i rode her bus

United States

#3 Jan 26, 2010
I rode the bus with her
i do rember her name was kani kirkland
the guy that killed her was a fat sorry sob
here ya go

United States

#4 Jan 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 1999
AUSTIN - Texas Atorney General John Cornyn offers the following information on James Otto Earhart who is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 11th.
On May 26, 1987, the body of nine-year-old Kandy Kirtland was found buried in a trash heap in Bryan, Texas. Her arms had been bound with part of an electrical cord, and she had been shot once in the head. She wore the same turquoise shorts, white shirt, white tennis shoes, and jewelry she had worn two weeks earlier when she had disappeared.
Several people testified to having seen Earhart and his car in the area on the day that Kirtland disappeared. Earhart admitted to having given Kirtland a ride on the afternoon of her disappearance, and made an incriminating statement while talking to his mother while in jail awaiting trial.
Due to the damage done to the bullet when it struck Kirtland in the head, it could not be traced to a six-shot .22 revolver owned by Earhart. However, an elemental analysis of the bullet by the FBI demonstrated that it was "analytically indistinguishable" from two of the five remaining bullets in Earhart's revolver and three other bullets found at Earhart's home. Numerous electrical cords were also found at Earhart's residence, but none were determined to be exactly like the one removed from the body of Kirtland.
Human blood was found on Earhart's gun and the car he drove at the time of the offense. Human blood was also found on shirts recovered from Earhart's automobile. The blood on Earhart's gun was consistent with "blow-back blood"--blood which sprays back from a gunshot wound at close range--but was too minuscule to test. Blood in the car was also too minuscule to test. However, tests on the blood found on the sleeve of Earhart's shirt revealed that it belonged to someone other than Earhart and was consistent with the blood type of Kirtland. Finally, the State presented evidence of Earhart's flight from the crime shortly afterward, during which time Earhart sold his car under an assumed name.
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United States

#5 Jan 26, 2010
heres a link for the story

College Station, TX

#6 Feb 16, 2011
look you should find a way to make this public cause im 15 and my dad showed me this and i was appauled it happened when my dad was 12 and his best friend knew kandy and kids these days get mad when there parents give the guidance but maybe theyll open there eyes when they see this that somethin like this hits close t home and we dont want another incident like this again ever
thanx and god bless
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Houston, TX

#7 Apr 12, 2011
Kevin m

United States

#8 May 17, 2011
I was kandy's classmate and friend, i 3917still to date miss her and pray for her...

United States

#9 May 20, 2011
Thank u for not forgetting her. My lil sister went to Crockett w her. I have thought of Candi often. Never able to find anything on her. I have always used her death as an example of how unsafe it is for my children to be outside w out adult supervision. My prayers are still w her family.
Jan Brown

United States

#10 Jul 11, 2011
Kevin m wrote:
I was kandy's classmate and friend, i 3917still to date miss her and pray for her...
I am Kandy's mother. I would love to hear from you.
Sabert Earhart

Brazoria, TX

#11 Sep 22, 2011
He was my uncle. I hope he is rotting in hell.

Houston, TX

#12 Apr 2, 2012
Jan Brown wrote:
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I am Kandy's mother. I would love to hear from you.
"My prayers go out to you in these days and thank you for hard work.

San Antonio, TX

#13 Nov 15, 2012
I remember that all too well. I lived in that area and I remember all the flyers that went around with her picture on it and I felt so bad for her and her family. SO trageic and it should have never happened.
Chris Martin

Corpus Christi, TX

#14 Dec 7, 2012
Jan Brown wrote:
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I am Kandy's mother. I would love to hear from you.
Jan, I don't know if you remember me, but my brother and I spent time with you while you were in College Station when she went missing. We lived at Willowick Apts. and you were staying there with a friend until she was found. I know it's been years but you took us swimming at the pool during the day. Still to this day I can't forget how strong you were during that entire time. I have never forgot about you or your daughter since then. I hope you are doing well and know that she is not forgotten. Email me if you would like
Lori Osgood shirk

Louisville, KY

#15 Jul 26, 2013
I have and will always pray for your family.i want you to know that candi is remembered daily and my love goes out to you.i am her 2 nd cousin.i lived on sage briar.2 streets down in sagemont.i'm on an iPad and the key boards not working..small print .i have thought about you all for so one should have to bear that much pain.please know that people hurt and love with you.i have a picture I was going to paint w her AS an angel.I DIDN't know if that would be appropriate but it's the best painting I have ever pictured.with love and sympathy.i will never forget her.sincerely Lori shirk
Johnny McClellan

Houston, TX

#16 Sep 30, 2013
Jan Brown wrote:
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I am Kandy's mother. I would love to hear from you.
Enjoyed meeting and talking to you this evening at BTL. I always seem to get more out of my talks at BTL than I give and hearing your story and how you handed your loss was inspiring. You seemd to have gotten to a better place much faster than I did.

Reading about the loss of your daughter made me think even more about the loss of my brother. Our losses were about a year apart.

Hope to see you again at BTL.

Amie Matejka

United States

#18 Aug 8, 2014
She was my class mate. I will never forget her.
Renee Luna

Houston, TX

#19 Aug 11, 2014
Candi was my best friend everytime I see things on the need I think of her. How I miss her everyday she and I rode the bus every day together that day was the same as any other day she and I were the last few kids on the bus I told her bye and that I would see here later that's the last time I seen or talk to her. I feel sometimes I should've of done More but we were kids but as I look at my two children I'm remind of her and what she would've looked like and how many kids would she of had. I pray for the family alot as every year of her death it's still fresh in my mind. I keep a close eye on my kids I wish I could get back in touch with the family and let them know I'm still thinking of her and I always will. GOD BLESS the family you will always have a place in my heart

Henderson, TX

#20 Dec 16, 2015
I was in the classroom next door to Kandy in the 4th grade at Crockett Elementry. We had lunch at the same time and recess too. I remember her fondly on the play ground and at lunch. i also remember the feeling of total disbelief when i saw my friend was missing on the local news. I remember how sad we all were at school those last few weeks of the school year, how we talked about it constantly. i remember being scared to death to be alone at my house, unlike ever before. I followed the story through high school and i was very aware of his execution. I often thought about Kandy at milestones in my life like graduation, prom, college, all of those things that she would never see. When my own kids came along i was often over the top with making sure they were not alone, one time my son wondered off at a festival and i lost my mind, all i could think about was some one like Earhart grabbing his hand. Of course, he was fine and I spotted him minutes later, safe and sound. I bet every kid in that school was in some way affected for life by that experience and to this day, for those of us who knew her, Kandy will forever be our 9 year old friend.

Houston, TX

#21 Mar 29, 2016
1 more for u wrote:
heres a link for the story
I have looked for this article for years. She was one of my best friends in school. After she moved, I saw her on the news when I was I kid. I was devastated. I still think about her often.

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