Our petition has a lot of comments, and I am going to share them with you! If you are affiliated with the case, or you are part of the LMPD – then these are the people who DEMAND justice for Andrew Compton and his family! Here is what they have to say:
Andrew deserves a place to rest in peace where his loves one can visit him & know hi is save … let’s bring him home …. everyone deserves a place to rest in peace.
I am a christian,every missing person is precious.
I think that is awful, and even though it has been quite awhile I think they should still find his body.
Hope he is found, so that family can have closure.
What if it was your child? I couldn’t even bare to think about it….
Please help this family find closure. This is so devistating. Please please don’t stop looking for Andrew.
Please resume the search for Andrew. He deserves to be found so he can be properly laid to rest, and to bring closure to the family. You also need to determine COD. My blessings to family and friends. Melanie – San Diego.
Please resume the search to find Andrew. Provide his family with every chance to bring him home.
Please, allow this family to find their loved one.
Please help this family bring their son to rest in peace.
Please continue to search for Andrew, would you give up if it was your child? I would not. I pray they find him alive and well.
How would you feel if this was your child? Or you? Would you wants us to give up looking?
Andrew deserves to be returned to his family. Please put yourself in their position and you will know why this is so important.
Law enforcement should never give up on these case’s what so ever. We had a saying in the Marine Corps, never leave one behind, if you do”,, then we have already lost the war. Don’t forget nor leave behind the fallen folks. We have to look out for one another if we don’t who will? Let’s find Andrew.
As a mother of three sons I can’t imagine one of mine missing and certainly couldn’t stand knowing no one was searching ….please continue search…bring Andrew home!!!
So if Andrew Compton was the Chief of Police’s son, how long would the police department look for him in the landfill??
I will come home from the navy and look myself if I have to!!
I hope he is found
His family and all his friends deserve closure. Andrew needs to be brought home close to his family.
Such a horrendous thing to happen to such a good person. How can the police sleep at night knowing the pain and suffering his family is going through?
This is absolutely unacceptable. The search must be resumed. We cannot give up on finding a fellow human being. We live in the greatest country in the world whose greatest asset is its people. Each one of is valuable. When we refuse to continue to search, we lessen our value as a people. Please resume the search to find Andrew! It’s the right thing to do!
If it was my son I would be out there every day till we found him, I cant belive the cops stop only after 9 days.
This young man deserves to be found. His family deserve to be able to lay him to rest properly. Most of all, if we don’t find him, that man who hurt him may not be punished as he should be. Andrew is a person and he deserves dignity and justice.
Please keep looking. This is someone’s child. This is a real person.
Please get out there and find him.
I think of this family everyday-they deserve a final answer.
Please resume the search for Andrew. You should never give up searching until he is found.
A boy all alone is missing. Dead or not it is the job of the police to find him and take him home to his family. I hope the search resumes and they find him.
Please continue the search for Andrew, he deserves to be found, so his family can find closure.
My prayers are with you!!
I live in England so I cannot join in the search in person. The police are there to help those who can’t help themselves. If no body was found then maybe it’s because there wasn’t anything to find there. What about looking further afield? Resume the search and maybe the family can rest at ease.
This child needs to be brought home.
I think that is a shame that the police gave up so soon.
What would you do if it was YOUR child?
Please resume the search for Andrew. He is not trash, and he deserves to be returned to those who love him.
Please resume the search for Andrew. His parents deserve answers.
My heart goes out to this family. Please give them peace.
Please help this family find their son.
His family needs closure- resume the search!
I began attending Sullivan University in 2006 when I was 24, finished in 2008. My time there was filled with so much love and friendship, notably with the 18 year old kids. Andrew was a “first quarter”. HE IS ONE OF OUR OWN, and it breaks my heart that the LMPD just QUIT. I stop and think, What if this had happened to one of MY kids? I cannot even imagine the torment it is for the students who studied along side him, and the agony his family has gone through.
My heart goes out to the family of this young man. I pray they find the body of this little boy. He deserves a proper burial. Every one does. God bless.
Do not stop searching for Andrew until he is found.
his family deserves whatever it takes to find their beloved son. So do the right thing, do what you would do if it was your family member! Love & Prayers to the family.
This family needs peace. Please, do what it takes to find him!
This family brought Andrew to Lousiville to fulfill a dream of becoming a chef…….and all they got what a nightmare….please help find this young mans body so this family can have some kind of closure!!!!!!
Please do whatever you have to do to find Andrew Compton’s body. Every family deserves to at least have their son’s remains. It may be easy to just say, “Oh he’s dead, so let’s move on” but that is not the right thing to do for his family.
Please give this greiving family closure and their son the dignity he deserves.
Bring Andrew Home!!
Please find this boy. He deserves a desent burial. He is a human being and not a disguarded animal. His family deserves a closure and Gregory needs to burn in Hell.
This family needs to have Andrew found so that they will actually know if he is dead or alive. If the whole landfill was not searched, how do they justify stopping? Andrew could still be there in a part they didn’t get to yet! And if he is not found after a thorough search, then he may be alive somewhere.
Hope they do continue search and find out where he is.
His family deserves the closure and to have his body returned to them. They need to continue searching for this boy!
How can we give up on Andrew? I would never give up hopes of finding ANYONE that is MISSING!!!!!
If this was an officers child,you can bet they would still be looking…All missing people should have the right to be found….this is just wrong,not wanting to find this young man,he is a human being an has a family that loves him..he deserves to be found and for his family t have some kind of closure…Shame on Louisville Metro Police dept.
I can not imagine stopping a search after only 9 days. This young man deserves to be found and given a proper burial.
FIND THIS BOY AND GIVE HIS FAMILY THE CLOSURE THEY NEED …THEY KNOW HE IS THERE .. SO LOOK!!!!
This is a person…a son among many other beautiful things. He deserves to be found.
Please do the right thing and try to help bring closure to the Compton family.
Bring Andrew home, he is NOT a piece of trash, he deserves better. He deserves to be laid to rest by his FAMILY not a killer. His family deserves to have their son/brother found and given a proper burial.
Please look again for Andrew. You wouldn’t give up if this happened to your child.
This young man deserves to be found and laid to rest, so please continue to search for him. God Bless his family and friends and bring them PEACE….
Andrew deserves to be found. His family more than deserves to have full closure on this. Stopping the search only after 9 days was bs just because they caught the cold hearted killer does not mean the case is closed. We need to find Andrew no matter what it takes. Andrew was a great person and I’m glad I got the chance of knowing Jim. He is forever in all of our hearts.
This is not an issue that should be up for debate. This is something that needs to be done. It should have been done months ago. Please bring peace to this family and find him.
I miss you a whole lot Andrew You truly are missed.
This story has broken my heart since the beginning,although I don’t know the Compton’s personally…I had hoped that they would find closure or that Andrew would be found.As for the LMPD,if this was your child that was missing, would it still be acceptable that a human life was discarded like trash?He is someone’s son, brother,cousin,grandchild…don’t they deserve closure of some kind? Doesn’t Andrew deserve to rest in peace and not in a pile of garbage?
I am so sorry that this happened. I hope they will allow the search to continue.
As a parent of a Sullivan student in Louisville I would want to be able to put my child to rest properly. Please resume his search and allow the family and students to heal.
Andrew’s remains should be found. Let him and his family have closure.
It’s unacceptable to not continue the search. He wasn’t looked for long at all! The family deserves closure!
The previous post says it:
This young man deserves to be found. For the sake of his family and loved ones, please continue searching!
I can not begin to imagine loosing a friend or family member in the way John, Angela and Derik have over the last year. I stand behind the family and community in the efforts to prompt officials to resume the search for Andrew. If there is anything I can do for the family, please contact me.
The heartbreak continues no matter what. But peacefulness is challenged by doubts. Please resume the search, for peace and justice.
Each person involved in this case should think about ….what if this was their child?
I hope and pray Andrew’s family and friends will someday have at least a sense of peace and closure. Cheryl, that was a beautifully written piece about your nephew.
Andrew Compton, a human being, deserves more than just being written off as “another teenager dead.” The police should not stop until he is found and/or accouted for. Resume the search and bring in whatever specialized equipment that is needed until Andrew is found.
EVEN THOUGH THE COMMUNITY WANTS IT, ARE THEY STILL SEARCHING? NO.
PASS THIS ON, AND HAVE YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES SIGN THE PETITION!
Speaking With/For The Community,
Jake A. Wheat
People do not know everything about me, and right now I am at a crossroads in my life. A lot of you have been asking me questions via. email that are hard to answer individually, but I assure you that after this post I will have answered just about everything I can in one post!
So without hesitation, here are your collective questions and here is my general answers to those questions:
1. Are you still “interested, working on, involved in researching” the Andrew Compton/Gregory O’Bryan case and what happened to the “LookForAndrew.com” website?
A. The web server was deleted, and I have everything on a backup server. Honestly, I receive more anti-support mail than I do support mail, and while I still firmly believe that the LMPD need to resume the search, it seems that they feel they have done just enough to try to find Andrew’s body. I haven’t given up, and I certainly have not changed my opinion of the matter…. I just don’t am not sure if I want to live the “no good deed goes unpunished” lesson again. The general public are assholes, and if the LMPD wants the citizens of the Louisville Metro area to conduct the searches or provide them with leads then so be it…. I say call them every five minutes with a park trail path or strange looking mound of dirt and tell them you think it might be Andrew. That, at least, will get them off their asses. LookForAndrew.com is being rebuilt, so watch for that to come back online soon. I’m not giving up on Andrew, but I am giving up on a large percentage of the general public. It’s not right that this kid is just out there somewhere, and no one is looking. | Resume The Search For Andrew Compton (Facebook) | AndrewsAngels on Twitter
2. Your first book was awesome, is your second book also going to be gay fiction?
A. No, it is a graphic novel, which will be carefully categorized as horror fiction. James Eubank, a Louisville based tattoo artist is providing the illustration and the book will be released in October 2011. My first book, “The Spaghetti Seduction” is gay erotic fiction, and was written for a specific audience. It is selling quite well, and I am very proud to have people commenting on my work daily via. email.
3. I saw on Facebook that “Evil Dead: The Musical” was going to be performed in Louisville in October, 2011. Are you going to be a part of that production?
A. No. I will be promoting my new book during that time, and I have recently changed my supportive stance on this Production. I will be posting more about this soon, but please be advised that my official answer is “No, I will not be involved.” My Official stance on the 2011 production is, “I do not support it.”
4. Will you be doing a sequel to “The Spaghetti Seduction?”
A. It’s so amazing that I had so much fan mail from all over the World about that one story, and how so many people connected to Trent and the other characters in the story. I have indeed twisted around an outline, which I think would make a great sequel, but I handle sequels with tender loving care because I want to make sure that no one is disappointed. I promise that if and when I release a sequel, it will be something special.
5. Why haven’t you been blogging very much here lately?
A. Because I am working on my third book, which comes out in June 2012 and I am on a deadline with my publisher. Also, I want to make sure I have some time to make sure my next book kicks so much ass that the rest of the library books will feel it.
6. Can I get a signed copy of your book, “The Spaghetti Seduction?”
A. Of course, please email me and allow 48 hours for a response on getting your book signed. I realize a lot of you are not in the United States, so I will take each autographed book request on a case by case basis to make sure that I can get it to you in a timely manner.
Ok, that basically takes care of all of the messages that I received in my inbox regarding what is up in my life, and if you have additional questions email me and I’ll do my best to answer as soon as I can.
Jake A. Wheat
SPREAD THE LINK LIKE WILDFIRE!
Andrew Compton went missing on October 28th, 2010 and is alleged to have been killed by Gregory O’Bryan and Andrew’s body was stuffed into a TV box and dumped in this Indiana landfill. The cops searched for nine days, and are going only on the confession of Gregory O’Bryan, who also stated that he had sex with the corpse multiple times before he threw Andrew out with the trash. In October it was hopeful that Andrew may be still alive, and Gregory was just lying. It was hoped his body would be found, and possibly Andrew would even still be alive.
In November, many were awkwardly shocked when the Louisville Metro Police Department searched for Andrew’s body after nine days in the landfill, and then said they were giving up. The community was outraged when they seemed to just say that “Andrew was dead,” and it appeared that they were not going to look for him anymore. It was like Andrew was just “this gay kid who can just remain in the trash.”
In December Andrew was “declared dead” without a body, and the family had a memorial and a concert – and the FBI was called in to take over the case. Like all involvements with “most things Federal,” has fallen silent.
All of the finger pointing is still going to Gregory O’Bryan (who confessed to the murder, who was charged with the murder) but there is still no body. Yes, Andrew’s body is still missing and the LMPD & the FBI are NOT proactively looking for him.
Help us shout at the top of your lungs to the LMPD and the FBI – “FIND ANDREW COMPTON & DO NOT STOP TRYING!”
E-sign the petition to RESUME THE SEARCH TO FIND ANDREW COMPTON, and let the LMPD & FBI know that we will not allow them to give up after nine days. Help us send the message that Andrew Compton is NOT garbage!
In a previous post, I published an email from an anonymous person who stated that they dated Gregory O’Bryan weeks before he was accused of the murder of Andrew Compton. The email was very detailed, and raised multiple question with me. I contacted the anonymous source via. email with my questions, and they were kind enough to answer. Because my readers reacted so strongly to what this anonymous person stated in my previous post, I am sharing my answer to his questions with you here.
Below are my interview questions, via. email, with Gregory O’Bryan’s ex boyfriend:
Q. Where did you meet Gregory O’Bryan?
A. We first met on adam4adam.com [Same website that Andrew Compton and Greogry O'Bryan were introduced on....] Note: Jake A. Wheat & JakeWheat.com does not condone, promote, or advocate the use of online dating or hook-up websites in the interest of promoting a safer, healthier way to meet people for romance and dating. | ONLINE DATING SAFETY TIPS
Q. How long were you together before you started living with him?
A. We were together bout a week or two before he convinced me 2 move in with him.
Q. Gregory stated that him and Andrew “could have been boyfriends,” it seems Gregory moved very fast with matters of the heart, what are your thoughts on this?
A. My thoughts is that he does move fast with matters of the heart, but I think its a game to him so that way he can find him a fuck buddy to live with him while he plays on their emotions.
Q. How many men would you say Gregory had you do three ways with in the course of the time you were together?
A. At least more then ten.
Q. When you were attacked by Gregory and slammed through the drywall, how did you fight back to get out of the apartment? What made him stop?
A. Truth be told he stopped by his own accord, I don’t know what made him stop I still don’t know why he did till this day I admit I lied to my friend because I didnt want her to worry about me I told her I hit him with a skillet but I didn’t I just didn’t want (my friend) to think I was defenceless and weak.
Q. Did Gregory O’Bryan ever give you the impression that he was a pedophile?
A. No, he never gave me the impression that he was a pedophile.
Q. What do you think about Gregory’s research into injecting people with a date rape drug?
A. Well for one its scary but I believe he’s the type to do it after all he had a thing for getting his bf’s (boyfriends) high if it was by date rape drugs, meth, marijuana trust me I’ve been there first hand I know what hes capable of.
Q. What do you think about Gregory’s flash drive containing child pornography, and boy’s underwear with bodily fluids that were discovered on them?
A. The child porn is something I was unaware of until recently I was aware of the underwear, he had bought some for me to wear, but the police woman I talked to said the ones they discovered had Disney characters on them I don’t recall him buying me any like that but I do find this whole thought to be sickening.
Q. Was Greogry O’Bryan into bondage? He mentioned that “Andrew wanted to be tied up,” but I don’t believe that. Is it Gregory who perhaps forced the issue?
A. Yes, he was into bondage. He had tied me up before as he began to have his way with me it was unpleasant and Greg does have a rather dominate agressive side I dont believe Andrew originally wanted to do it I think he was conditioned into it like I was.
Q. Was Gregory only doing meth at the time, or what other drugs did he use?
A. Meth, Marijuana, and extreme use of alcoholic drinks. Possibly others idk about.
Q. His HIV disclosure was made public on the news, however do you think Gregory knew before he went to jail that he was HIV positive?
A. Yes, he knew. He just never disclosed it to anyone. I found out by the news.
Q. How soon after your break up with Gregory did the Andrew Compton story become known to you?
A. About two and a half weeks after, we broke up I found out he killed Andrew.
Of course, all of my sources remain anonymous for the simple fact that I cannot share the identity of the person speaking, due to the fact that I could potentially disrupt the case against Greogry O’Bryan. We shall call this person “John” to protect him, and some elements of this write up have been changed to keep certain detailed locations discreet, while still providing the actual details:
Jake: John, thank you for taking the time to conduct this interview. How would you best describe living with Greogry O’Bryan, the confessed killer of Andrew Compton?
John: Living with Greg was like walking on broken glass. When we first started living together things were great, he took me places, he showered me with gifts, and he even took me out to movies & restaurants. He would take me shopping for clothes, and we listened to music together.
Jake: When did thinks start to go downhill for the both of you?
John: After about a month things started to change rapidly and very drastically. For instance he had a thing for getting his boyfriends high on meth, and he always wanted to do three ways with other people. He wanted me to get high so that I would bottom more often and get me more into the mood for sex. I myself was foolish enough to go along with it because I thought he loved me and I thought I was in love.
Jake: Was Gregory O’Bryan violent, or did he have a temper?
John: His temper was another thing that changed it got to the point were I was always doing what he told me to and if I didnt we would argue, we had gotten into several fights both physically and verbally already at this point, so I would spend most my day online looking for guys with meth who wanted to have three ways with me and him even if i didnt want to do it but it went on and on it got to the point were I was so out of it that I started drinking bleach everyday. Many a nights I laid awake crying wishing I would die. I was tired of being forced into drugs and sex and being hit and verbally bashed.
Jake: What were you doing for money to buy all of those drugs, for each of the three ways?
John: At this point I was working as a exotic dancer at a local gay club, and Greg really didn’t like this at all he told me several times then one night he told me he wanted me to stop working there that it wasnt good for me that he would take care of me and I told him I liked the job that it was good money that we needed and I wasn’t going to stop.
Jake: How did he react to you telling him that you were not going to quit dancing at the club for money?
John: That is when things took a turn for the worst thats when he got really physical, even more so than he had before, he had haled off and punched me with so intensity and force behind it I was scared. The next thing I knew I was being choked and getting slammed through dry wall, but I did fight back I hit and kicked as hard as I could I mean he was three times my size and bout 6 foot something and here I was scared and fighting thinking he was going to kill me.
Editors Note: It has been speculated, although not confirmed the following occurred for “John” to escape Gregory O’Bryan’s attack:
From another source regarding this same incident: My friend hit him on the head with a skillet and knocked him out just to get away. I was scared to death when he told me what happened be cause he has seizures and they are dangerous. I strongly believe that if my friend wasn’t able to get away from Greg he would have been killed just like Andrew.
Jake: How did you make him stop?
John: He stopped and began to pack my things and toss them in the hall way and thats when I called my friend and moved out and that was the last I ever had seen of him up until I saw him on the news like a few weeks after we had broken up and I had moved out. I saw that he confessed that he had killed Andrew Compton and I was shocked and later I found out he was HIV positive which he neglected to tell so I went and got tested twice and I ended up being HIV negative. I thank god he used condoms though I will admit he had enough decency to do that at the least.
-MORE QUESTIONS AND MORE FROM THIS INTERVIEW COMING SOON-
Jake A. Wheat
WebSleuths.com’s first post about Andrew Compton’s case was made on November 6, 2010 by a username of KaylynnCoulture, and proceeds into the entire quagmire of case details from the point where Andrew went missing, to the latest information about Greogy O’Bryan’s trial date being moved. Indeed, I follow this case carefully online, and wanted to mention that to speculate with other community members in a public forum is a great way to catch up on this case, and digest additional facts – as members of this forum comb the web.
Take some time to read through the pages of posts dedicated to the Andrew Compton case, and then ask yourself – why did they stop searching? Why aren’t we still looking for Andrew?
Andrew Compton is still missing. His body has not been found. He does not deserve to be forgotten, left behind, or left for trash. Why? Because he was more than just a kid who met a killer on the Internet, and we as a community need to stand up and mobilize to have our voices heard…… we must resume the search for Andrew. I contacted Andrew’s Father, and asked to learn more about Andrew and the things that he enjoyed and loved. Andrew’s Father kindly sent me a beautifully written piece below that was composed by Cheryl Lamb and Angela (Lamb) Compton – and he said that I could share it with you, my readers.
Andrew Compton was many things……… let me introduce you:
“Andrew Blaine Compton left us on October 28, 2010 to be with his heavenly Father and those that had gone before him. Andrew was born two months prematurely with life-threatening lung and heart issues that required very radical treatments to save his life. His parents camped out at his bedside day and night, wondering if he would even survive. Quiet and strong, he made it through those first two months. Andrew had many subsequent hospitalizations, including open heart surgery and a surgically placed feeding tube until he was 5. Over the years, a lot of hard work was done with Andrew to get him and keep him healthier. As his health improved, he began to blossom. In 3rd grade, he began baking in 4-H, having a flair for finding the most complicated recipes. His elementary school had done a great job of helping him to grow and expand his horizons. His family was surprised when he wanted to be in the school plays in the 4th and 5th grade. There were no cuts – all he had to do was get in front of the microphone. He did well. His Grandmother was a seamstress, and she supported him with a fabulous costume.
Andrew was very fond of all animals – even the stuffed animals. His brother, Derek took special pride in kidnapping his favorite – known as Huskie – which prompted Andrew to raise his voice (which he rarely did otherwise) and chase his brother. He raised and showed rabbits – even lavender colored ones! When one of them would have babies, Andrew would take them up to his room, lie on the floor, and let them hop all over him. He and Derek, were also known to go to the local animal shelter and frolic with as many of the cats and kittens as they could. He would go to the pet store just to pet whatever random animals they had. He showed his cat, Butterscotch in 4-H. He was especially proud of Butterscotch’s cage cover that had been sewn by his Grandmother. His father, John, always had a dry sense of humor, which made him smile. Andrew had his own sense of humor, and would tell lengthy, sometimes pointless, jokes at dinner that would make Derek laugh so hard that he would nearly choke.
Andrew and his brother, Derek, formed deep relationships with kids their own age in the neighborhood, often playing around their houses in the evening with very creative “night games” such as capture the flag and foursquare. It was always hard to get them to come in. Andrew, his brother, and friends would create and tape shows with various costumes and props usually involved. Andrew enjoyed many overnights with his cousins and friends, and especially enjoyed when his cousins from Arizona or Chicago came to visit. His favorite beverage was hot chocolate – not just any hot chocolate, mind you, but made with only the best chocolate available. It was a must – whether in the searing heat of August or in the icy frostbitten cold of January. He loved chocolate so much, it seemed that Andrew’s quest in life was to discover the best chocolate in the world. He treasured cooking – especially baking – with a particular fondness for desserts. Sometimes he would wake his parents up late at night with his baking activities. He was known to have more than one dessert – sometimes two or three – after dinner.
As a high school sophomore, he spent the day at Ghyslain Chocolates in Union City, Indiana, working side by side with the owner, a Montreal-born pastry chef. After that experience, he knew for sure that this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. This led him to enroll in the Culinary Arts program at Sullivan University in Louisville, moving there in mid September. He made many friends quickly at Sullivan and was evolving into a social butterfly, much to the pleasant surprise of his parents and family. Everyone one who met Andrew liked him. One of his cousins, Sean, said that Andrew never got on his nerves, which went against the dynamics of the rest of the family. His family worked very hard to get him to smile, and smile he did with his famous sheepish smile. Although not one to initiate a conversation, he always wanted to be included.
Andrew was a quiet, sweet, kind, trusting, laid-back, friendly, lovable kid who loved well and was well loved. He affected the lives of many in ways he could never have dreamed, and he was affected by us in ways we could never have imagined.
Rest In Peace, Andrew.”
…… now that you have met him, and now you know the kind and gentle person that Andrew was in life, won’t you join me in raising your voice to tell the LMPD to resume the search to find him?
“I was just wondering if you knew any reason why they changed his trial date from January 2012 to April 2012. Andrew and his family deserve justice sooner rather than later. Also, since they just searched 9 days in the landfill for the body have you thought of asking the police of contacting a search team that is based in Texas but they search for people all the time and they probably find peoples remains all the time. The name of the search team is Texas Equsearch and the website to e-mail the founder is www.texasequusearch.org.” | Mission Statement | About TES
1. The reason why the changed his trial date from January 2010 to April 2010 is not known to me, but I will work to find out the answer to that question.
2. I will forward on the information about Texas Equsearch to the proper people, and use this as a suggestion. You, like many people who are following this story feel the same way you do, and the LMPD may need outside resources to perform the job that they seem to be incapable of. Trust me, we need to mobilize our efforts to let the LMPD know that we are not going to remain silent, and that Andrew Compton’s body needs to be found.
I appreciate your email, it is these types of emails and messages that keep me motivated and strong – because sometimes I feel like not many people care. I am glad that you and select other members of the community do feel as you do, and I will continue to work to bring Andrew and his family some justice and closure.
Jake A. Wheat
A dilemma (Greek: δί-λημμα “double proposition”) is a problem offering at least two possibilities, neither of which is practically acceptable.
Andrew Compton was a young, ambitious, and quiet young man. He was loved by friends and family, and has been missing since October. Police said Andrew went missing, and then stated that Andrew met a cold hearted killer online, and that the killer admitted to throwing Andrew’s body in a dumpster, which lead them to search a landfill…. for nine days.
Bloggers have used my website to comb through various pieces of information, and other concerned citizens have come forward on my blog to either inform me of leads, experiences with Andrew’s killer, and to further expand on various theories regarding his disappearance.
This causes a dilemma for me, because I need to try to respect the Louisville Metro Police Department and allow them to prosecute Andrew’s killer, but I also feel that the LMPD has dropped the ball on this one and has not done enough SEARCHING for Andrew’s body.
The dilemma is that Andrew is still out there somewhere, possibly wrapped in a rug inside of a box, and Gregory O’Bryan is in jail awaiting trial – and will be for almost another year. Andrew Compton’s family have to suffer each day with the fact that their Son is still missing, and they have to trust in the LMPD to follow leads, bring their Son to justice, and yet… they cannot fully have closure.
To them, I can imagine that it feels almost that no one cares. I could not imagine what that must feel like, and I cannot accept that the GOOD citizens of Louisville would allow that to be acceptable either.
Why should I care if a ambitious, bright, and loved human being was killed by a man he met on the Internet? Why should I care if his killer bragged about hooking up online with young men, and turned out to be HIV positive, and had multitudes of evidence in his apartment to theorize that this MAY NOT HAVE BEEN his first murder.
Why should I care that the Louisville Metro Police Department only searched for Andrew’s body for nine days, and then quit looking. Why should I care that leads regarding Andrew’s killer were reportedly ignored by other people that Andrew’s killer attacked – because the police didn’t care?
Why should I care that Andrew’s family have to wonder where their son’s body may be, and that when I write about this topic on my blog I get emails from people who tell me that “dudes dead, it’s over, they got the killer, so what?”
Your right, I don’t care. I don’t care to sit on the sidelines and not say or do anything about how wrong THIS is, and I DO NOT CARE to accept that we as a community cannot RESUME THE SEARCH for Andrew’s body, and do all we can to bring his family some closure.
HERE IS THE DILEMMA: DON’T SPEAK OUT AND LEAVE ANDREW MISSING? LET ANDREW’S KILLER GO ON TRIAL WITHOUT THE STRONGEST EVIDENCE POSSIBLE BEING DISCOVERED? STAND UP LOUISVILLE – IT’S THE RIGHT THING.
I do care about…. letting the Louisville Metro Police Department know that I feel they are slacking, and that while they may be following leads, and they may have enough evidence to convict Andrew’s killer – they have given up on Andrew.
I do care about….letting people know that Andrew’s killer, Gregory O’Bryan, has been reported to have attempted to drug and harm other “hook ups” and “boyfriends” before, and yet – those “reports” were allegedly ignored by the LMPD when they occurred. If they were not ignored, would O’Bryan already have been in jail? Would Andrew still be alive?
I do care about people who have come forward to tell me that “they stumbled across something in the woods,” and that they wanted to report that it “may be something related to Andrew” or it may not. The community seems to be more motivated in searching for Andrew than their own law enforcement? That does not install confidence in the Louisville Metro Police Department, and frankly makes me wary about supporting them.
Indeed, a concerned citizen did run across torn clothing and what appeared to be disturbed ground in the woods of a park, and reported it. The LMPD were contacted, and nothing was heard from again – only by a anonymous contact did I find out that the LMPD finally investigated the area:
I just found out that last night, the lead detective and the dog handler (with dogs) went out to use the dogs and dig aroud the area that was discovered. Unfortunately they found nothing and the dogs did not indicate on anything there either (including that the shirt had blood on it).
The Louisville Metro Police Department should want the community to trust, feel safe, and support them. Indeed, the best way is to respond to the people of the community who are kept awake at night by the fact that Andrew is still out there somewhere, possibly buried in the trash, or somewhere else that hasn’t yet been searched. Wait, wasn’t that what the FBI was going to do? Did they do anything? If they can investigate community provided leads (after much probing to do so) then WHY are they not investigating on their own?
Andrew’s killer gets press, in fact the 4/19 pre-trial conference trial date got pushed back from 1/6/12/ to 4/1912. That means that O’Bryan will be pushed into the spotlight (again) in this case a year from now, and that gives US a chance to bring Andrew to rest as he deserves, respectfully, before that time. I do care about Andrew’s family, and the fact that as a community the City of Louisville is allowing Andrew to remain missing…..makes me very angry. So what now? Here is what I propose:
1. Organize. How many people will email me, and let me know they want to help mobilize a campaign to “Resume The Search To Find Andrew Compton?” Join on Twitter | Join on Facebook | Sign Petition One | Sign Petition Two
2. Get the local media involved to help us spread the word.
3. Stand up as a community, show we care, and do the RIGHT thing….. find Andrew.
Who cares? Who will help?
Will it be you?