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Richard Armitage - Filmography 2/5

2002 Sparkhouse - John Standring
2003 Cold Feet, season 5 - Lee Preston
2003 Ultimate Force, season 2 - Capt. Ian Macalwain
2003 Between the Sheets - Paul Andrews
2004 North & South - John Thornton
2005 Frozen - Steven
2005 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, season 4 - Philip Turner
2005 Malice Aforethought - William Chatford
2005 The Golden Hour - Dr. Alec Track

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19 year-old Sarah Lee Stern was an up-and-coming YouTube star from Neptune City, NJ when she was reported missing on December 3rd, 2016. A massive search for Sarah was prompted when her car was found abandoned, with the keys inside, on Belmar Bridge over Shark River. Thinking she may have jumped, a dive rescue team searched the water, possibly for her body, but none is found. In the days following her disappearance, both police and community members searched for Sarah in the surrounding area. Unfortunately, the searchers were unable to find Sarah or any clues to her whereabouts. 

On February 1st, 2017, nearly two months after her disappearance, Sarah’s childhood friend Preston Taylor (19) confessed that on the night of December 2nd, 2016, he helped Liam McAtasney (19) throw Sarah’s body over Belmar Bridge and into Shark River. Earlier that day, Liam allegedly went to Sarah’s house and strangled her to death before stealing $7,000 from her. After that, he left Sarah’s body at her house and called Preston to ask him to help dispose of her body. Preston then went to Sarah’s house, retrieved her body, and hid her under a bush near her home. Later that evening, both Liam and Preston returned to Sarah’s home and placed her body in the front passenger seat of her own car. Liam then drove Sarah’s car to Belmar Bridge, with Preston following in his own car. Upon arriving, the two threw her body into the river. 

Sarah, Liam and Preston were all childhood friends. In fact, Preston and Sarah attended the prom together in high school. Liam and Preston also feigned concern for Sarah following her disappearance, and volunteered in the initial search for her. Prosecutors allege that Liam had been planning to rob and kill Sarah for at least 6 months and that he let Preston in on the plan sometime before it occurred. Both Liam and Preston are scheduled to go to trial in 2018.

Sarah’s body has still not been located.