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Donna Jou was last seen by witnesses with John Steven Burgess, a convicted sex offender, at his residence 3617 Faris Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90034 around midnight of June 23-24, 2007. Her Mom saw her leaving that evening on a motorcycle with Burgess whom she met on the internet.
Burgess told investigators that Jou attended a party at his home and that he gave her cocaine, heroin and alcohol. He said he found her lifeless body sitting in a chair the following day and “she was gone … she was dead,” according to a statement he made when he entered his plea.
Burgess said that he panicked, got scared and “made a really bad decision” and dumped her body at sea.
Despite an extensive search, Donna Jou’s body has never been found.
Jou’s parents said they believed their daughter still may be alive – possibly the victim of human trafficking – and that Burgess made up a story about her disappearance only to be rewarded by prosecutors with a favorable plea agreement.
On May 06, 2009: Burgess pleated guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter and Concealment of Accidental Death and dumping Donna into the Pacific Ocean (due to lack of evidence to prove or disprove his statement, the court accepted his fabricated story).
On March 17, 2009 Superior Court of the State of California for the county of Los Angeles charged John Steven Burgess (a three times convicted sex offender) for the disappearance of Donna Jou.
After serving just half of a 5-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter, convicted sex offender John Burgess walked away from jail on Dec 7, 2011 from the Men’s Central Jail.
We still asking for John Steven Burgess to help us bring Donna home. Burgess is choosing
not to talk about his knowledge of Donna’s whereabouts.
Update July, 2012: HOLLYWOOD – A man convicted in the 2007 overdose death of a Rancho Santa Margarita woman he met via Craigslist is back behind bars on a parole violation after two women who responded to a recent Craigslist ad for a roommate told police about a disturbing encounter with him.
John Steven Burgess, whose release in December 2011 after serving less than half of a five-year prison sentence for the death of Donna Jou, 19, sparked outrage from Jou’s family and supporters, is being held without bail at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Station on suspicion of possession of ammunition, LAPD spokeswoman Karen Rayner said.
Donna’s parents are still offering a .$15,000 Reward for any information in finding Donna Jou.
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