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The Murder of Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis

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On Jan. 9, 2002, Ashley Pond, 12, disappeared on her way to Gardiner Middle School in Oregon City, OR. Two months later, her friend Miranda Gaddis, 13, vanished and neither was ever seen alive again. On the weekend of Aug. 24-25, FBI agents found the remains of Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis at the home of Ward Weaver III, the father of one of their school friends.

Ashley's body was found in a hole in the yard under a concrete slab that Weaver claimed was for a hot tub. Miranda Gaddis' remains were found in a bag in a storage shed.

Weaver, a brutal man with a long history of violence and assaults against women, was indicted and charged with six counts of aggravated murder, two counts of abuse of a corpse in the second degree, one count of sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of attempted rape in the second degree, one count of attempted aggravated murder, one count of attempted rape in the first degree and one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, one count of sexual abuse in the second degree and two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree.

Latest Developments

Ward Weaver Case Was Challenge for FBI Investigators
Jan 30, 2006
Shortly after Ashley Pond, 12, and Miranda Gaddis, 13, disappeared from their Oregon City apartment complex, Ward Weaver III was a prime suspect in the investigation, but it took the FBI eight months to get a search warrant that eventually turned up their bodies on Weaver's property.

Previous Developments

Weaver Pleads Guilty, Avoids Death Penalty
An Oregon man who killed two of his daughter's friends and hid their bodies on his property pleaded guilty to murder charges and received two life sentences for the deaths of Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis.

Ward Weaver Competent to Stand Trial
A series of long trial delays apparently ended for Ward Weaver, accused of killing two teenage girls in 2002, when an Oregon City judge ruled he was able to stand trial after Weaver's attorneys withdrew their motion that their client was not mentally fit to assist in his own defense.

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