Logan McQueary, father of missing 8-month old (who would now be 10 months old) Baby Gabriel Johnson, believes that the police search of a San Antonio landfill will all be for naught and that his son is still alive, the victim of his mother’s giving him up or selling him. Although San Antonio police are treating the case as one of homicide and have reached the area in the landfill where they must now begin searching meticulously (about 30 feet down), Logan McQueary holds out hope that his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Johnson, presented little Gabriel Johnson to someone in Texas. And he believes she did it for a ruby and diamond ring.
Elizabeth Johnson left Tempe, Ariz., on December 18 with Baby Gabriel and was arrested in Miami, Fla., on December 29 without him. In the meantime, she stayed in San Antonio, Texas, from December 20-27. It is unknown exactly when Baby Gabriel was last with his mother, but Elizabeth Johnson purchased a bus ticket to Florida on Dec. 27, and she had no baby with her, nor did she have a baby with her when she boarded the Tornado bus.
But before she left San Antonio, Elizabeth John texted Logan McQueary that she had killed the baby, placed his body in a diaper bag, and tossed him in the trash. She said she would call him once she was safely in Mexico and let him know where he could find the baby’s “little blue body.” After her arrest, however, she recanted the text message, telling authorities she had only wrote that message to get back at McQueary for ruining her life. She then told Florida police she had given Gabriel Johnson to two people in a San Antonio park.
Logan McQueary, who is himself now actively involved in searching for Baby Gabriel Johnson in San Antonio, says that Elizabeth Johnson had a ruby and diamond ring on her when she was taken into custody in Florida. He says that the ring was worth approximately $20,000. He had lived with her for two years and Elizabeth Johnson never held a steady job, could not afford to buy a car, and had never owned such a ring.
McQueary believes that, given the nature of underground adoptions, she traded the baby, which she had fled Arizona to allegedly keep away from him, for the expensive ring. Rings and cash are a typical medium of exchange for illegal adoptions.
He also believes that Elizabeth Johnson’s grandfather was given the ring. Her grandfather denies ever receiving a ring that belonged to Johnson.
Logan McQueary’s hopes may pan out. Baby Gabriel Johnson might be alive and well. Still, after removing about 45 tons of trash from the landfill, San Antonio investigators are continuing their search for the missing child. Although authorities are quick to say that they hope that Gabriel is still alive, they are actively pursuing the case as a homicide.
“I’m really not worried about it that much because I don’t think Gabriel’s there at all,” he told KENS 5 (San Antonio).
McQueary later added, “I’m gonna keep searching until they prove me wrong. Gabriel’s still out there. He got handed off to somebody, and we’re going to find him.”
San Antonio investigators are now beginning the process of laboriously sifting through more tons of garbage. They have also brought in cadaver dogs to help with the search. As well as keeping an eye out for the obvious, investigators have been warned to look for a green diaper bag. When baby items were found at the hotel room where Elizabeth Johnson stayed while in San Antonio, the baby’s green diaper bag was missing.
But Logan McQueary refuses to give up hope. “It’s looking like Elizabeth handed him off to somebody,” he insists. “I don’t think Elizabeth did what she said. I think she just said that to hurt me.”
Investigators in Arizona and Texas are hoping that Logan McQueary is correct, especially those charged with sifting through the garbage at the Tessman landfill. No one truly wants to contemplate the alternative.
Elizabeth Johnson currently sits in a Phoenix jail, charged with kidnapping and custodial interference.