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FL Police Question Man In Children's Watery Deaths

FL Police Question Man In Children's Watery Deaths

AP Photo - A firefighter, left, in a Delray Beach Fire Department boat, searches the bank of the C-15 canal with binoculars while another firefighter, right, looks at a sonar screen for evidence after two children were discovered dead in the canal, their

Macon Telegraph via YellowBrix

March 04, 2011

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The man being questioned in the deaths of two children found in luggage in a South Florida canal has a record of several arrests.

Police named Clem Beauchamp, 34, a suspect in the deaths Thursday, but Delray Beach Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said he has not been arrested or charged in the case.

Investigators have tentatively identified the children as siblings but have not released their names or if Beauchamp is related to them.

Beauchamp was arrested several times over the last 15 years, court records show. The most serious was in 1995, for aggravated assault with a firearm, and resulted in an 18-month sentence.

It was not immediately known if he has a lawyer.

Investigators said the girl, whose body was found Wednesday in a duffel bag, was between 6 and 10 years old. The boy, whose body was discovered later in a suitcase about a half-mile away, was between 10 and 12.

Authorities did not know how long the bodies had been in the water. Autopsy reports were not immediately released.

“We believe that this situation is domestic-related,” said Guerriero, who declined to elaborate.

Throughout the day Thursday, small boats of divers and other police combed the canal for clues. Guerriero said they found nothing.

Under a tree near the canal’s banks, a tiny makeshift memorial took shape, with a teddy bear, a hippo spotted with pink hearts and two bunches of carnations.

Neighbors said Beauchamp lives with his children from a current and past relationship in the small peach home that was surrounded by traffic barricades and yellow police tape Thursday night.

Margaret Gissone, 22, who said she is the sister of Beauchamp’s ex-girlfriend, said it’s been terrible waiting for police to identify the children, and wondering whether they are her niece and nephew.

The wide canal where the bodies were found flows east to west through this oceanside town southeast of West Palm Beach. The water is bordered by modest homes, tiny wooden docks and small motor boats, and dotted on either side with the lush green of palms and other trees.

Debbie Duarte, who lives along the canal, said the neighborhood is usually quiet. Before now, she said, the most surprising thing to turn up in the waterway was a bag of marijuana.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Too much to fathom, God bless the children and their families. We have since learned that the childen's mother was found dead in a landfill back in August. She was identified on this past Friday and connected with the children through her tattoos. This Beauchamp guy does not deserve to live.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers for family and friends. This guy needs to fry...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    I agree with HEYSARGEl.

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The scum of earth killing incident kids!!!! Take this POS and convict him and put him down !

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    So sad. Prayers for the little angels.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    May those children not have suffered any pain. My prayers go out to the family, friends, department and community during this most difficult time.

    My greatest hope is that this Subject finds his soul, recoginizes what he has done and off's himself. I can only pray this happens.

  • Sparkle_girl_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I just can't say what I feel about whoever did this, I may get tossed out of I will just say, may they put the electricity to this creature and fry him to a crisp, when caught! The kids are in a much better place, but sad that they met with such a horrible death. Prayers to the ones that loved them and will miss them.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers for the victims, and jail time ( lots of it !! ) for the POS who did the deed.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    A thorn in the side of local LE for years...

  • Wolf_001_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This makes me sick. Its always the innocents. why don't the wastes of skin off themselves and do the world a faver. RIP poor children.

  • Cpu_2010_max50


    over 3 years ago


    So horrible. Pray for the children and hope that who ever did this is found.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    so sad. I pray for the children's soul.

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