September 3, 2019 — Missed that one — Dineane Ducharme is in Eaton County custody

Each week I would use an inmate locator to see if Dineane Ducharme had been extradited from Texas to Eaton County in the matter of the murder of her step-father,  Roberto Higüey Alejandro Caraballo, 37. Ducharme is accused of the murder along with Chris McMillan, and Ducharme’s mother, Beverly McCallum. They beat him to death with at least one hammer and perhaps another instrument on or about May 7, 2002 in the basement of the home Caraballo, McCallum, and Ducharme, shared 334 Horatio Street, Charlotte.

One Chris McMillan allegedly also was on hand to assist in the murder. His arrest came first in November of 2018. The arrest warrants for Ducharme and McCallum went out at the same time. None of those warrants came to light until last April when Lansing State Journal reporter Kara Berg found a court proceeding in a first degree murder arrest against McMillan and reported it. (Shortly thereafter followed a press conference…all in these pages.) And while McMillan was scooped up first in Grand Rapids, Ducharme was in jail in Texas and it was going to take some time to bring her to Eaton County.

So I waited and I looked…and I completely missed it. It took a return call from Detective Sergeant John Ivey of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department today to set me straight. Using his choice of inmate finder, Vinelink.com, he led me right to her. (And you can replicate that yourself.) Moreover, he told me she had been in Eaton County custody since May 24.

Oh. Thank you.

And it may be that her preliminary hearing is in November. (These things often change.)

Now, that leaves Caraballo’s wife, Beverly Ducharme McCallum (and a long list of aliases) as on the run. And she is a whole other story. Evidently when she caught word that her daughter was talking to retired Detective Bob Donker in Ottawa County about the murder (yep, that’s how it started unravelling in 2015), McCallum married a Pakistani doctor as a sort of internet bride and had since then been living there. The U.S. and Pakistan have an extradition treaty but these things really can take time. It hasn’t happened yet.

Eaton Country has a warrant for her arrest, but it will take the help of the U.S. State Department for what Ivey called an extraditable warrant. He noted other cases in Mexico where it’s taken upward of two years to bring home a fugitive. So, I asked, who could tell me about the progress in this case?

Well, that would be someone from the State Department. So I have reached out through the department’s media division. Here’s what I wrote:

I am following up on a request for the extradition from Pakistan of Beverly Ducharme McCallum wanted in the murder of Roberto Caraballo on or about May 7, 2002. She fled the country roughly in 2015.

Where do things stand? Any estimates?

And so, I wait a little more. But I am grateful to have some answers and that Dineane is right now where she needs to be.

1 Comments

  1. Cathy, September 3, 2019:

    Awesome!

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