Mar 29, 2010
Heart-Wrenching Ending To Tragic Case
Little more than two months after Lester Hobbs fled Geronimo, Okla., with his stepdaughter, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation confirmed with AMW that two bodies, believed to be that of Hobbs and 7-year-old Aja Johnson, were found in a rural part of Norman.
A property owner in Norman noticed a white Toyota Paseo on his property and called local authorities. When cops arrived at the scene, they found the two bodies and immediately contacted the OSBI.
Authorities were not able to officially confirm the identity of the bodies due to severe decomposition. While an adult male -- believed to be Hobbs -- was found inside the Paseo, the body of a small child was found outside the vehicle, exposed to the elements.
"We have no reason to believe it's not them," said OSBI Agent-In-Charge Richard Goss.
Inside the vehicle, "He [Hobbs] did leave a note -- and it can be very easily interpreted that it's a suicide note," said Agent Goss.
Authorities would not reveal the contents of the writings.
Throughout the harsh Oklahoma winter and into the early days of the spring, many state and national agencies worked diligently to bring Aja back to her worried family. Tragically, the storybook ending everyone prayed for would never come to fruition.
"It's a sad ending, and it's not at all the outcome we'd hoped for," Agent Goss said.