Every parent hopes that their kid turns out to be a good, respectable member of society. But despite a parent’s best efforts, things don’t always turn out that way. Kids can stumble along the path or end up on the wrong one entirely.
But for everyone who goes down the wrong path, there is always a chance to change things and start doing good. It was exactly when a mother’s son seemed to be turning his life around that she would find out that it was too little, too late…
Lanisha Kincaid was the mother of a man she’d named Carlton Lamaar but she and just about everyone else called him by his nickname “Lovie.” Unfortunately, despite Lanisha’s best parenting efforts, Carlton had a somewhat troubled youth…
Getting In Trouble
When he was a teenager, he started going down a bad path. Beginning in 2005, he began having run ins with the law. Again and again, he would be hit with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia charges and spend a short period of time in jail…
His longest time in prison was a 5 month stint in 2010 for an assault charge but, aside from a 2017 DWI charge, it seemed as if Carlton had begun to turn his life around. Since then, he’d been out of trouble and Lanisha would see her son Lovie occasionally and they would keep in touch through texts and phone calls.
On January 15th, Lanisha and her son spent a little bit of time together during the day. It was a Monday, which meant that Carlton had to go to work in the afternoon. “I told him I loved him,” Lanisha said. When she said goodbye to him, she had no idea of the kind of ordeal that was to come…
Over the next few days, Lanisha and Carlton didn’t have any contact but it wasn’t abnormal that they go a few days without talking to each other. But on the 19th, Lanisha got a phone call from another member of her family that terrified her.
Strange Phone Call
The family member told Lanisha of a strange phone call she’d received that had made her afraid for Carlton’s life. “She told me that some guys had my son and that they were beating him and he was in the background yelling that they were going to kill him,” she said…
Lanisha’s first thought was that she had to protect her son. She got the phone number of the people who had called from the family member and called them back right away. “[To call back], that is my first reaction as a mother,” Lanisha said.
When she did, the person on the other end of the line said that if Lanisha got him $700 by 2 pm that day, she could have her son back. Lanisha didn’t have $700 cash on hand or an easy way to get it at such short notice…
What followed was half-a-dozen phone calls back and forth between Lanisha and her son’s abductors. Despite her pleas for them to accept a smaller amount of money or give her more time, the kidnappers were adamant: they wanted their $700 and they weren’t willing to wait.
Without the ability to pay the ransom the kidnappers were asking for, Lanisha contacted the police. Given the deadly urgency of the situation, the police began an intense search for Carlton’s kidnappers based on the phone number Lanisha had been in contact with…
Police were able to quickly make an arrest, followed by several more based on the interviews of the first suspects as well as cell phone records they were able to recover from Carlton’s phone records.
In the hours leading up to his disappearance, Carlton had received a number of threatening, profanity-laced voicemails. They all demanded that Carlton pay back some amount of money and gave him “until the end of the day” to do so…
Police investigators working with the theory that a group of people wanted Carlton to pay them for some drug-related debt and when he didn’t pay up, they thought they would kidnap him and get the money from his family. In total, they made 6 arrests and began to confirm their theory and to find out what happened to Carlton.
On January 19th, Carlton Edmondson was apparently abducted by a group of 6 people: Robert Littleton, Leighkatherine Mina, Valerie Dollar, Brittany Arnold, Michael May, and James Combs. They beat Carlton up and took him to Combs’ house…
Once they were there, they started making the ransom calls, demanding the $700. During the last of the ransom calls, Carlton’s father Robert Pearson tried to explain that they couldn’t give the kidnappers all that they wanted. The man on the other end of the line didn’t argue at all.
A Remote Spot
“He said, ‘that’s all I needed to hear’ and then hung up,” said Robert. “I haven’t heard from my son since then. After that phone call, the kidnappers drove Carlton out to a remote spot in the woods where they started beating him…
Police would later recover brutal video of the beating Carlton received. As difficult as it must have been for investigators to watch, it did help them identify several of the suspects. Also, using the video and the confession of Littleton, they were able to locate the site where Carlton’s beating took place.
Out Of Sight
Littleton said that they’d beaten Carlton badly but left him alone and alive in the woods. But by the time the police found the spot where he’d been left, Carlton was nowhere to be found. The intensive search for Carlton continued in the hopes that he was still alive…
But because of the below-freezing weather and the likely severity of his injuries, investigators significantly scaled down their search for Carlton, presumed him dead, and increased the charges for his abductors to include murder.
Hope and Fear
“He is such a loving person. He just got off the good path for a while but was getting better,” said Carlton’s mother Lanisha. “My worst fear is that he’s never found. My greatest hope is he’s still alive and they’ll return him home to me.”