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Manuel Gehring Indicted on Two Counts First Degree Murder for Deaths of His Children

Aired July 21, 2003 - 14:04   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: All right, news just coming in to us. A story we've been following all last week. Really weren't expecting this news. But we've monitoring this news conference going on live out of Concord, New Hampshire.
You remember the story of Manual Gehring. He was the father believe to be involved in a double homicide, a homicide involving his two children, Sarah and Philip Gehring. Where we left this story last week was that authorities were trying to get him back from California to Concord. He had headed that way, just driving from New Hampshire into California. Now we're being told he has been indicted on two counts of first degree murder. Let's listen in and see if we can get any more information.

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PETER HEED, NEW HAMPSHIRE ATTY. GENERAL: Second, I want to tell you that this case is in a prime example of what can be done when state and federal authorities cooperate. In the gray suit is Special Agent in Charge Jay Fallon. He's in charge of all of New England, he's out of Boston. And Special Agent Fallon and his entire crew all the way across the country, special agents in California and the Midwest have been working hand in hand with our authorities throughout this case.

I know you folks have been sitting here waiting for things to happen, but I can tell you, things have been happening every single day, every single hour, every single moment. And it's all due to these folks.

I also want to acknowledge that we have had tremendous assistance from law enforcement authorities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and, of course, California. We've also had help in Nebraska, Nevada. All the way across our country. So this is a nationwide investigation.

And, ladies and gentlemen, it is not done, because even though Mr. Gehring has been charged, the investigation is not over. We still have not found the bodies. But the search is not over. That will continue.

Now, to address the specifics of that, I'd like my prosecutor, who has been doing such a fabulous job leading the prosecution in this case, that's Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strezlin, to come on up and he can give you some additional facts about this. By the way, I do want to thank all of you for being so patient and also getting the word out because we've gotten many witnesses and so and information from people that have responded to you. Thank you very much. Mr. Strezlin, thank you.

JEFFREY STREZLIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE ASSISTANT ATTY. GENERAL: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. What I can tell you is that the formal search has ended. We have not been able to locate the bodies in this case. However, as I said in the past, we continue to strategize and to try to reconfigure our search on a daily basis. And that's what we intend to keep on doing.

We're going to put substantial resources in trying to locate the bodies and we expect to potentially release additional information that might be helpful to the public. That's something that we're going to consider and we're look at. And we continue to receive information from various sources. And for that reason we're asking the public to contact us with any information that might be helpful in the case.

But as the attorney general has said, a lot of people have been working on this case and we expect that to continue in the future to locate the missing bodies. Thank you very much.

QUESTION: How were the children killed?

STREZLIN: I can't answer that question, I'm sorry.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

STREZLIN: I mean that right now we don't have any law enforcement officers out there on an active basis searching. And we're going to decide after today what steps we're going to take to try and continue the search. But we are going to continue the search. The question is, in what kind of form.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) specifically charges him with (OFF-MIKE) first degree murder?

STREZLIN: It charges him with purposely taking the lives of Philip and Sarah.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

STREZLIN: With a firearm.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

STREZLIN: Because Mr. Gehring traveled across the country and we don't have a specific location at this time.

QUESTION: Who is with Mr. Gehring now? (OFF-MIKE)

STREZLIN: I can't answer that question right now.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) STREZLIN: It's based on our review of the facts in the case.

QUESTION: Can you tell us where Manual Gehring is right now?

STREZLIN: Actually, I don't have that information right now.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) something about a gun (OFF-MIKE)?

STREZLIN: No, actually what I said was that the indictment charges that the act was committed with a firearm.

That's all I have right now. Thank you very much.

HEED: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. We anticipate being able to provide more information when we know what (OFF-MIKE). Thank you.

PHILLIPS: You have been watching a live news conference out of Concord, New Hampshire there. New Hampshire Attorney General Peter Heed, also New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strezlin.

Two counts of murder is what Manual Gehring has been indicted on. This is a story we've been talking about since last week. The missing children Sarah and Philip Gehring, after a Fourth of July party when the two were supposed to return back to their mother, they didn't.

At that time Manuel Gehring was brought into custody. He had left on a trip across country from Concord to California. He's in police custody now on his way back to Concord, New Hampshire. Police have been talking about possibility that he would be charged in a double homicide and now that has come forward. Manuel Gehring indicted, tow counts of first degree murder. The investigation continues. The search is still on for those two young children of his. Also, we'll continue to follow this story as it develops.

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