Written by Chandler Vaughn
SACRAMENTO, Calif.- California’s Prop 69 leads to scant investigation of teen murder, botched trial and potential wrongful conviction of Ryan Douglas Roberts.
The killers, who may be “friends” of the victim, remain free.
Advisory: In the eyes of the law, Jessica Funk-Haslam’s murder has been solved.
FUNK-HASLAM MURDER- Jessica Funk-Haslam was a bright and beautiful American teenager growing up in Rosemont, a quiet suburb of Sacramento, California. Like many teens, Jessica had a rebel spirit and wanted independence from her parents.
On the evening of March 5, 2012, Jessica left the apartment where she lived with her mother and was never seen alive again.
Sadly, Jessica and her mother, Tara Funk-Haslam, argued immediately before Jessica left home. The topic of the argument was the very fact that Jessica wanted to go out that evening. “She wanted to meet someone”, her mother stated, but didn’t want to say who. Her mother appropriately said no and a conflict ensued. Stubbornly, like a true teen, Jessica headed out the door unaware of any danger in her path, as she had done once before, two months earlier. In January, a similar incident took place. Jessica left home without permission and later called for a ride from a Watt Avenue apartment complex. Her parents were never able to determine who she had contact with that day, but she made it home safely, thank goodness, unlike the night of March 5th.
ROSEMONT PARK MURDER- On the evening in question, Jessica reportedly boarded a light rail train and a bus to familiar Rosemont Community park, 200 yards from Albert Einstein Middle School, where she attended 8th grade. Events of that fateful evening remain a mystery. Only small reports and fragments have surfaced that shed light on what Jessica may have been doing that evening. One witness, who did not want to be identified, reported hearing the sound of a young girl and man talking in the bleacher area around 2 a.m. Another witness heard screams, followed briefly by a mans voice in the direction of the baseball field.
Jessica was reported missing the morning of March 6th by her mother, unaware that a body had been discovered at Rosemont Park.
BODY FOUND– Tragically, Jessica was found at sunrise by a female walking through the park. Although no obvious signs of sexual assault were present. She had been fatally beaten, strangled and stabbed in the neck. It was determined that Jessica was likely murdered between 8-10 p.m.
Eventually, video footage from a home surveillance system was turned over to investigators. The residence where the video camera was located was 150 yards from the baseball field. It shows a possible suspect running east down Rosemont Drive. When the individual sees cars approaching, he/she appears to hide and then continue running after the cars have passed. The person in the video was never identified and has disappeared back into the woodwork of Sacramento County.
The above account was the story released to the public following the murder of Jessica Funk-Haslam. After this time, many statements were made, recorded as official documents and later recanted.
TRUECRIMECALIFORNIA.COM-For more details, including the recanted original story of teenage “friend”, Savannah Lawless, see article: “Ryan Robert’s Wrongful Conviction”.
***All individuals mentioned are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
May Jessica Funk-Haslam rest in eternal peace.
True Love Never Dies.
WRONGFUL CONVICTION-RYAN DOUGLAS ROBERTS