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James Villalobos of Western Mass News is reporting that the body discovered in the Connecticut River in Longmeadow was Achim Bailey, and in a twist there were no signs of foul play.
If the cops say there’s no foul play then that likely means he was not murdered. The Springfield PD is holding a press conference at 1:15, so we will find out more. I’m just as baffled as the rest of you right now. How do you end up in the CT River without foul play? To me that sounds like he wasn’t choked, beaten, stabbed, or shot. But you can still be throw in that river without foul play being detected, and if you enter it in January you’re probably not going to survive.
Just to review, in late January a complete stranger named Dante Pagan, who happens to sell cell phones (that are likely stolen) on Facebook for a living, randomly “found” Achim’s full functional cell phone and turned it on after it had been on the railroad tracks for 2 weeks.
He said he was up at 5 AM, in the pitch dark, looking for clues to find out where this complete stranger could be.
He took shots at the police and claimed that God directed him to find the phone.
His story was obviously full of holes and many began to understandably assume that he knew something about Achim’s disappearance that he wasn’t saying. He wisely elected to do a 30 minute interview in order to clarify some things, and despite saying “just to clarify” a billion and one times, only made himself look more shady.
The shadiest part about that interview is still how he discussed the death of his “grandfather” decades ago, who was missing for the same amount of time Achim was, and who Dante claims was found in the CT River.
A lot of people are speculating that maybe Achim slipped and fell into the river because he was drunk. Achim was seen on video at 3 AM. He had over 2 hours to walk off whatever drunkess he was feeling. I find it very hard to believe he just slipped and fell into river, although it’s certainly possible.
However, it still doesn’t explain how Dante found that phone. His story still makes zero sense and he did not find that phone and turn it on. That was a lie, and a physical impossibility. As I’m writing this the SPD is holding a news conference about it:
Quote about Dante:
“We interviewed him at length. It didn’t yield as new additional information.”
They also warned people not to get too drunk, alluding to the possibility that they’re running with the narrative that he fell into the river and he was not killed. This would obviously be much easier for the police, but I have faith that this is just what they’re saying publicly, and that they are still investigating Dante. How can they not? These are murder police. They’re not stupid. They watched the interview with Dante. They know that nothing he said made any sense at all. Even if they can’t pin a murder on him, it’s plain as day that he’s lying and obstructing in this case.
Some have speculated that Dante purchased the cell phone off of whoever killed Achim, and only “found” it when he realized what he had in his possession. If that’s true it means that he knows who killed him and is covering it up. Who knows what’s true though. I just find it very hard to believe that Achim dropped his cell phone on the railroad tracks, accidentally fell into the river, and then Dante found his fully functional phone two weeks later.
Our condolences to the Bailey family, who seem like great people. This is a sad day for them, but at least they finally have closure. And thank you to James Villalobos for his relentless pursuit of the truth and his steadfast reporting.
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This is horrible news. I was hoping he would be found. Very sad. Sad.
I know I shouldn’t assume. And I do not know what happened other than Achim is gone and his family are suffering a very tragic loss and I pray that god be with them all at this time. Unfortunately it does not stop my mind from racing and just having all these thoughts that just don’t add up. That man who found his phone said his grandfather fell into the river and he also said something along the lines of maybe Achim May have also fallen in the river. Yet his phone was found in perfect condition 12 days after New England’s crazy winter from rain to snow and back to rain then the temps dropped to single digits. But the phone worked perfect!! No problems at all. They say, ( so far) no signs of foul play, can you prove if someone is held underwater? I’m so sorry for this family and yet I am also happy, they can now put Achim to rest. I just feel like there was foul play. The last thing I want is to cause the family any more pain. I just wonder. And something tells me there is a lot more to this story. I do not think he just fell in. I’m sorry. And to Achim’s family and friends, god bless you all. And I’m so very sorry you must suffer the loss of a young man gone way to soon. God bless and may Achim Rest In Peace.
Not to be morbid, but just because there aren’t signs of foul play doesn’t mean there wasn’t any. It may be difficult to detect at this point. God rest his soul and bless his family.
Didn’t Dante say he probably fell in the river? I could be wrong but I’m 99% sure he made a comment that he could have fallen in the river. Poor Achim. And God Bless his family
Uncle turtle turd didn’t you blame this death on the man that found a phone ?? Do you not think your opinion brought harm to that man’s life
Its cute that you think TB cares about ruining innocent people’s lives.
Hes got a blog to publish!!!!
Knew it was Dante all along. Even before the interview. He pushed him in and now they investigating his grandfathers dearth cause it was never really solved hmmm….
Wait. This guy sells used phones for a living? Give me a fucking break! Is there really a question as to how he obtained it? He’s obviously hiding something!
Oli. The guy who played shitty rock and was found dead in a pond. Update please!
In the spirit of fairness and Dog Park Diane, there is absolutely no evidence this guy murdered anyone.
You guys would be really sucky cops.
Worse then the real ones. (Expect for Officer Foxy lady)
Glad you aren’t a cop as no case would ever be solved. Lets just dismiss all the inconsistencies with his story and ignore that he supposedly found the deceased guys phone on the tracks. Lots of people slip into a river and throw their cell phone as they are drowning. Fucking shit for brains.
Cops have investigated him and have not charged him.
But I’ll go with the top notch skill of a TB keyboard warrior like yourself.
Randall, you fucking idiot, shut your dumbass mouf boy.
Smiley Face killer(s)
Look at who the politicians put in charge of police departments. This state with its political correctness is ruining our society just to show how accepting they are. She might be the best leader ever made but I doubt it from the 10 seconds I watched that abortion of a press conference
That’s not a man? Haven’t watched the presser yet but that doesn’t look female.
My first thought exactly. Found in the water because he was “drunk”. Yeah – probably not