PRESS RELEASE -Family of Crystal Morrison is now offering a 30 day Cash Reward for the direct location of her whereabouts

August 20, 2015 by  
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Immediate Release
A New Reward of $25,000.00 for Concord Missing Woman
Family of Crystal Morrison is now offering a 30 day Cash Reward for the direct location of her whereabouts

Wilmington, NC – The family of Crystal Morrison in collaboration with the CUE Center for Missing Persons will now offer a cash Reward in the amount of $25,000.00 for the next 30 days beginning Sunday, August 23, 2015, The Reward is in honor of Crystal Morrison and her third year’s disappearance anniversary date. “Our days have turned into years now and life seems to move on no matter what, but our family remains stuck on one very important day leaving us to linger in the “what happened and where is our family member”, said the missing woman’s father, Rick Morrison.

The family will hold a private mass for the missing woman at their local church as they hope their efforts will produce some resolve for investigators. “I need my sister back, my family needs that one person who knows something to step forward and do the right thing and give us our loved one back”, said Mechelle Carey, sister of Crystal Morrison.

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Since the disappearance of Crystal Morrison numerous ground searches have been conducted, along with public roadside pleas and awareness events held by the family for information, to date none have yet to reveal the missing woman’s location. “It is important for families of the missing to continue the public awareness of their missing loved one, but often it can take a toll and exhaust those who are left to find answers”, said CUE Founder, Monica Caison. We hope this renewed effort will provide a closure of this case, it has been to long”, she added.

Crystal vanished leaving her work place at approximately 12:41 pm on August 23, 2012. Crystal had made a phone call for a ride that morning expressing she was ill and by all accounts appeared to exit her work place, waiting for that ride home. “Something happened and I was overwhelmed with the feeling something was really wrong, right from the start; my sister would have never left with no word to anyone especially her young son”, said Mechelle Carey.

Sunday, August 23, 2015 until September 23, 2015
Cash Reward of $25,000.00 for the direct location of Crystal Morrison

Tipsters can remain anonymous and should contact the (North Carolina) Concord Police Department 704-920- 5000 or the CUE Center for Missing Persons (910) 343-1131 or the twenty-four hour line (910) 232-1687. To learn more about this missing person case and others, please visit CUE online at

In 1994 Founder, Monica Casion launched the non-profit (Community United Effort), known as the CUE Center, which is focused on finding the missing, advocating the cause, and supporting families left behind. Since its inception, CUE has helped more than 11,000 families in what is often the most confusing and desperate times of their lives. The non-profit CUE Center is funded entirely by donations, and staffed by dedicated volunteers

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Become a CUE State Outreach Coordinator

February 8, 2015 by  
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Please see attached application if you are interested in becoming a part of the team as a State Outreach Coordinator (SORC) applications are still being accepted until February 15, 2015, thank you

State Outreach Coordinator

The SORC program was developed in March of 2012 to be an extension of CUE Center’s service to communities across the nation offering available people on the ground when a person becomes missing.

To have a person closer to a region to access the case needs and aid in the delivery of support and resources to each circumstance.

Bring forth a better understanding of crisis help, funding needs and offering an awareness of missing persons and issues in their respective states.

• Program Goals: Launch in March of 2012
• 3 Year to obtain 1 state coordinator per state
• 5 Year to obtain 4 state coordinators per state
Objective: to offer more efficient help on the ground to aid a missing person case – to network and build additional professional volunteer resources in more states for a wider reach – to obtain more funding on a national level – to successfully recover more missing persons – to foster the spirit of dedicated volunteerism – to gain more support for awareness of issues concerning victims left behind

Monica Caison
CUE Center for Missing Persons
PO Box 12714
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 343-1131 (910) 232-1687

Thank you another amazing national conference

January 24, 2015 by  
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CUE Center For Missing Persons
PO Box 12714
Wilmington, NC 28405

Join us for our upcoming national conference for missing persons and all who work in the arena from advocating, volunteering, investigation, search and rescue and the identification process of those who are lost. This event is open to all who support the mission of finding a resolution for families who have suffered a missing loved one and are or have been a victim of crime.

Please share this information to anyone in this line of advocacy or missing person work, family of a missing person or homicide victim; see below. To contact by email

◊ Advocacy concerning missing persons, families left behind or homicide victim

◊ Service agencies, non profit organization, law enforcement, search teams/groups, private investigators, coroner or those who work in the identification process

◊ Volunteers who are interested in training and becoming more involved

To learn more about CUE Center for Missing Persons please visit us at our web site or email us

THE PASSAGE AWARD In Memory of “Susan Murphy Milano”

This award is given to an individual, who has suffered the loss of a loved one by being a missing person, victim of homicide or one that has survived the cruelties from intimate partner violence. This award recognizes the survivor that has healed and who has risen above to contribute oneself to those who remain in need of guidance, empowerment, support and who continually hold a devotion to the cause.

The loss of Susan has been felt across the nation, she was a true supporter of the missing and the CUE organization. She remains truly missed by all.

BIO: As an expert in the area of intimate partner violence and the prevention of homicide, Susan has created specific tools and procedures which the abused need to safely leave a violent relationship.Her books, “Defending Our Lives”, “Moving Out, Moving On” and Time’s Up, are considered the “bibles” of how to make the move away from abuse and deal with the many confusing situations surrounding violence prevention, stalking, break-up or divorce.Susan witnessed her father, a decorated Chicago Violent crimes Detective, brutally and violently attack her mother repeatedly. The words “if you leave I will kill you,” turned into reality the night Susan walked into her childhood home and found her mother murdered and her father in the next room dead from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound to the head. Susan vowed then, and has, since the murder-suicide of her parents, carved out a road making changes in the way the world looks at violence in and outside the home.Her books and strategies are taught world-wide and used by law enforcement, domestic abuse advocates, social workers, attorneys, health care workers, human resource departments and domestic violence agencies. The comprehensive strategies and escape plans utilized by Susan have been successful and tested by time for over 20 years.Susan uses humor, passion, and all her years of experience to motivate her audience to become more effective first responders, advocates and professionals in their work to stop family violence.Susan’s quest for justice was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois Stalking Law and the Lauternberg Act. She has been prominently featured in newspapers, magazines, radio and television including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Radio, ABC’S 20/20, Justice Files, E-True Hollywood, CNN, Sunday Today Show Profile, Women’s Day, Family Circle, US News and World Report to name only a few. She has frequently participated in guest media commentary panels on major news programs.

Registration conference check  6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 3/19/2015 & 7:00 am 3/20/2015

Note: The main hall entrance to the ballroom will remain open (Thursday) all day and evening hours for any participant or sponsor to set up items, informational handouts, missing person information or visuals, table display, banners, etc. When checking into the conference please request the person in charge for this area to help you in whatever you may need to assist you for a smooth process. You can also ship your items to the CUE Center, please be advised that the hotel will not handle items delivered to the hotel.

THE CONFERENCE CONCLUDES ON SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd @ 1:00 CUE Founder, Monica Caison training and discussion, presentation of your conference plaque and a lunch.

SORC Meeting – Thursday, March 19, 2015

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State Outreach Coordinators Meeting: Closed to the public, this meeting is for directors 9:00 am 5:00 pm (Lunch will be served during meeting)

To learn more about the program and get involved please contact CUE Center anytime at or call 910-232-1687.

This meeting for is for the annual gathering ad training for directors.




Thursday, March 19, 2015   (6:30 pm – 10:30 pm)

ASHI CPR PRO – this class is 4 hours of adult, child and infant CPR.  AED, BVM, one and two person CPR, and choking will all be covered.  Certificate of completion will be issued for participants.  Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a towel with you.  This class is a hands-on based class and participants will spend significant time on the floor working with a manikin.
ASHI Pet First AId – This class is a 4 hour class that will cover CPR and basic first aid for K-9’s.  Certificate of completion will be issued for participants.  Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a towel with you. This class is a hands-on based class and participants will spend significant time on the floor working with a manikin.
Both classes will run Thursday evening and also Saturday and Sunday mornings, agendas will provided upon checking in at registration.



Instructor: Karin Bergholm

Karin Bergholm is a retired, Florida Law Enforcement officer, after proudly serving for 27.5 years. After retirement in 2012, she became a member of CUE and First Response Search Team, in Tallahassee.

Karin is a certified, adjunct instructor of CPR and First Responder for police recruits at The Florida Public Safety Institute, located near Tallahassee, Fl.

Karin is also in the process of training K-9 Trooper (a rescue dog) in the discipline of Human Remains Detection.


kellyInstructor: Kelly Walker

Kelly is a retired sergeant with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Fl. with 32 years of Law Enforcement experience and 8 years of Law Enforcement K-9 experience.

Kelly has been involved with Search and Rescue since 2004 and has certified canines in Human Remains Detection and Trailing. Her Certifications have been with North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and through National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) as well as Network of Canine Detector Services (NOCDS). Kelly has attended numerous seminars and classes, ranging from search and rescue techniques, crime scene preservation, NIMS, HAZMAT training, Blood borne Pathogens education, and is a CPR Instructor through the American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI). Kelly is a Florida State Outreach Coordinator for CUE Center for Missing Persons.

Certifications: Trailing (NAPWDA, NOCDS, NASAR), HRD NAPWDA, NASAR, NASAR SARTECH II, Florida State K9 Instructor Criminal Justice and Training Commission (CJSTC), First Aid Instructor (CJSTC), CPR Instructor (AMA), Trailing Instructor for NOCDS

Memberships and Affiliations: First Response Search Team (Team President), CUE Center for Missing Persons, Child Abduction Response Team, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, NASAR, NOCDS


stephanieLead Instructor – Stephanie White

In 1987 I began my career with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and started teaching part time at the law enforcement academy in 1994. My real passion was teaching and in 1999 I left LCSO and became a full time instructor at the law enforcement academy. In 2002 I became the Medical First Responder Program Coordinator at the Florida Public Safety Institute/Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy.

I’m a CPR and First Aid Instructor/Instructor Trainer and a Training Center Director for the American Safety and Health Institute. I have trained thousands of law enforcement, corrections and probation officers over the years in CPR and First Aid. I am a member of the First Response K-9 Search Team in Tallahassee, Florida and a recent addition to the list of CUE Center State Outreach Coordinators. 

We welcome this years videographer: Jordan White


Jordon White is a 16 year old high school junior from Amherst, Virginia with plans on attending Liberty University for a double major in film studies and wildlife biology. His hope is to one day produce documentary films. As the stepson of a State Outreach Coordinator for CUE, Jordon has been actively involved in a multitude of awareness events for missing persons, and in October of 2014 he used his talents to both photograph and film four Virginia rally stops on CUE Center’s 11th annual National “On the Road to Remember” Tour. By attending awareness events, the road tour, and meeting many families along the way, Jordon has learned about many of the various aspects of the journey that loved ones left behind go through and tries to capture the essence of this in his films and photos to share with others, particularly those within his own generation to make them aware of the issues of this often silent epidemic. Jordon and his parents are very excited and proud that he has been asked to attend the conference to film the event and produce a video of this exceptional experience.


Friday Night Conference Attendee Party

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Martha has entertained CUE conference attendees and sponsors for the last five years and will return again, known as the ‘QUEEN OF KARAOKE’. Martha has won many titles such as Mrs. SC Congeniality, best karaoke entertainer in the Tabor City Yam Festival and brings a needed relief to many with her music. She joined the CUE family when Alice Donovan went missing and later became good friends with her daughters. She wanted to do something more to help out and help others who have a missing person. Over the years she has meet many families of the missing including Dawn Drexel, who daughter Brittanee remains missing and became loyal to the cause. The gift of making people happy is what she offers, even if for a moment, to see a smile on the faces who have suffered such a great loss. This year will be a reminder for Martha as she recognizes the anniversary of the loss of her mother and being with CUE for another birthday.


Proclamation & Letters (2015)

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Instructor – Peter J. Cestare, Lieutenant

Topic: Crime Scene to Courtroom

Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Scene Documentation, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Blood Pattern Analysis, Evidence Collection, Handling and Processing, Evidence Preservation, Court Room Presentation, Chain of Custody

clip_image002Lieutenant Cestare is actively employed in law enforcement in the State of South Carolina as the Commanding Officer of the Crime Scene Investigations Unit and the Property & Evidence Section of the Horry County Police Department. Lieutenant Cestare assists in the investigation of homicides and violent crimes and specializes in crime scene reconstruction, photography, preservation of evidence, evidence handling and processing, casting of tire and shoe impressions, latent prints, blood pattern analysis, and trajectory analysis.

He is charged with the forensics portion of the investigation, from arrival at the scene all the way through providing expert testimony at trial. He is required to preserve, collect, process, testify and present evidence in court. All of these skills are applied to physical evidence to determine if the evidence matches the version of events provided by victims, witnesses, or suspects.

Lieutenant Cestare began his career in law enforcement over 30 years ago having started 1981 in the New York City Housing Authority Police Department where the concept of vertical patrol evolved. He retired from the City of New York, where he was a Detective Commander in charge of the Major Case Investigations Unit / Elevator Vandalism Squad. While Commander of the Elevator Vandalism Squad, he specialized in mechanical injury / death investigations involving elevator systems and elevator shafts. He has conducted over 1000 elevator related fatality and injury investigations.

In addition, he was responsible for conducting site security surveys, elevator and building vandalism investigations for all New York City Public Housing locations. During his tenure with New York City, he was twice awarded the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Police Officer, the NYC Medal of Honor, and the NY Yankees Medal of Honor. Several of Lieutenant Cestare’s cases have been featured in documentaries, news shows and prime time specials. He is a published author in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. He brings with him a tremendous amount of insight into the field of forensics and crime scene investigations.

Lieutenant Cestare holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Empire State College, the State University of New York, in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Lieutenant Cestare has worked with city, county, state, and federal governmental agencies in various law enforcement aspects and criminal investigations. He is eager to assist security agencies, law enforcement agencies and personnel in their endeavors to become well educated in the field of crime scene investigations and forensics. “Instilling professionalism through training”.


Instructor – Holly Hughes

Topic: Legal facts that can damage a case

HollyHughesFor 10 years Attorney Holly Hughes has served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office in Atlanta, GA where she prosecuted some of the most high-profile cases in the United States, including working on the murder case against Ray Lewis, superstar with the Baltimore Ravens. Holly Hughes was a triple threat prosecuting homicides, hate crimes and high profile felony cases.

Prior to making a name for herself as a tough big-city prosecutor, she also worked as an attorney specializing in Discrimination and Civil Rights.

Holly Hughes has hosted the highly popular “Nancy Grace Show” on CNN Headline News Channel, and continues to appear as a frequent guest on the program as well as appearing as an expert witness on Swift Justice with Nancy Grace. She appeared on Court TV as a frequent commentator and legal analyst since 2003 and on Tru TV’s “In Session” and CNN HLN’s “Prime News.”

With hundreds of media appearances Holly Hughes is qualified as an expert in high profile litigation and criminal procedure with the Cold Case Research Institute of Georgia. She is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges, universities, law schools and conferences. She’s honored in Madison Avenue’s Who’s Who of Young Professionals.

After ten years with the DA’s Office, Holly Hughes is now in private practice in Atlanta, handling criminal defense and civil litigation.

Instructor – Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase

Topic: No Body Prosecution

TadThomas A. (Tad) DiBiase is a native New Yorker, born in Elmira and raised in Westchester County. He received a B.A. in Politics from Wake Forest University in 1987 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1991. Mr. DiBiase joined the Washington office of the Wall Street firm Shearman & Sterling where he practiced corporate litigation for nearly four years. After turning down a clerkship with a federal district court judge in Texas, Mr. DiBiase joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in 1995.

He began prosecuting homicides in 1998, and during his time there tried 20 homicide cases. Although he was a federal prosecutor, Mr. DiBiase spent most of his career in the far grittier world of D.C.’s Superior Court, one of the nation’s busy urban courthouses. Mr. DiBiase specialized in domestic violence and forensic homicide cases.

His high profile cases included including United States versus Harold Austin, only the city’s second “no body” murder case ever, and United States versus Sydney Smith, where the main piece of evidence against Smith, a Metro employee who murdered his wife, was a cigarette the defendant left behind at the scene. Other cases he successfully prosecuted include United States v. John Williamson, a murder-for-hire case, and United States v. James Stewart, an attempted murder case involving a man who fired an AK-47 rifle down a street filled with children.

At various times he served as the Deputy Chief of the Misdemeanor Section, Chief of the Third District Homicide/Major Crimes Section, Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for Professional Development and Training, and Deputy Chief of the Homicide Section. He is the nation’s leading expert on no-body homicide cases and has a website that tracks and discusses these cases at He consults with police and prosecutors throughout the country on no-body murder cases and has formally consulted on two dozen no-body murder cases.

Lectures/appearances: Mid-Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Investigators Association: Fall, 2007 conference (Presentation on Harold Austin case); How to Prosecute a No Body Case, Thompson West audio webcast presentation, March 31, 2010; “How to Investigate and Prosecute a No Body Murder Case”, January 20, 2012 (DuPont Police Department, DuPont, Washington); March 23, 2012 (Las Vegas PD), FBI conference on No Body Homicide Cases, April 15, 2012, NAMUS Conference, (Virginia Beach, VA), September 24, 2012; Florida Homicide Investigators Conference (Orlando, Florida), November 20, 2013

Media Appearances: Nancy Grace Show (HLN), “In Session” (TruTV), War on Crime (Internet Radio), Justice Interrupted (Internet Radio), Time’s Up (Internet Radio); Cellblock Psychic, Investigation Discovery, aired April 21, 2014.

Articles: “The Case of the Missing Corpses” Washington Post, June 29, 2008

Quoted in: Associated Press, Bucks County (Pa.) Courier, Daily Record (Baltimore, MD), The Day (Connecticut), Daytona Beach News-Journal, Charlotte Observer, Cape Cod On Line, Commercial Appeal (Memphis), Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Law Week Colorado, CBS News (local affiliates), KSL radio, Chicago Tribune, National Law Journal, Miami Herald, Mercury News Service, Minnesota Post, New Haven Register, New York Law Journal, New York Post, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Press & Sun -Bulletin (Albany, NY), Prince George Citizen (British Columbia), Journal & Courier (Indiana), St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sea Coast Online, South Bend Tribune, Southeast Missourian, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Star News Online (Delaware), Wake Forest Alumni Magazine and the Walker County (Ga.) Messenger.

Books (quoted in): Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives, By Marilee Strong, Mark Powelson, John Wiley & Sons Publishing, 2010; Cold Case Research Resources for Unidentified, Missing, and Cold Homicide Cases, By Silvia Pettem, CRC Press, (2012)

Books (author) (forthcoming): “NO BODY” HOMICIDE CASES: A Practical Guide to Investigating, Prosecuting, and Winning Cases when the Victim is Missing, By Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase, CRC Press (Nov. 2014)

Instructor – Sheryl McCollum 
Topic: Indentifying Factors in the Sex Trade Industry
Director, Cold Case Investigative Research Institute

With over 25 years of experience,education and a background in law enforcement , Sheryl McCollum is currently the Director of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, which is a collaboration between Auburn University Montgomery, Faulkner University and Bauder College. This collaboration brings together researchers, practitioners, students and the criminal justice community to develop new capabilities and work collectively to advance research, training and techniques in solving cold cases. The objectives of CCIRI are to provide the means, resources and guidance for Criminal Justice students throughout all Kaplan Higher Education to determine the solvability of actual unsolved crimes.


Topic Guest Speakers

Bryan Queen – Topic: Media Matters


Bryan Queen has over 20 years of experience in television news, currently he is News Director for Columbia, SC, NBC affiliate WIS-TV.

Queen was also News Director in Rochester, NY and was a news manager at News14 Carolina. He worked for NBC News for 7 years including positions in New York City, and Charlotte. He has also worked at WXII in Winston-Salem, NC, and WLOS in Asheville, NC

Queen has been a long-time advocate for missing persons and started 3 different tv franchises looking at Cold Cases.  He’s a former CUE Center for Missing Person Board member, and is currently serving as SC State Coordinator.



John Minor – Topic: A New Wave of Technology
minorMr. John Minor is the Provost of Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU).  Previously, he served on the UVU Board of Directors and as a UVU Regional Director for the Mountain West Region.  As Provost, he is responsible for all aspects of the academic mission to include academic curricula and personnel, unmanned flight training/instruction, and unmanned systems research programs. Mr. Minor oversees the departmental efforts of the University’s three Deans: Dean of the School of Unmanned Systems Technology, Dean of the School of Flight Training, and Dean of Research Programs and Academic Affairs.Prior to becoming Provost for Unmanned Vehicle University, Mr. Minor owned and operated American Eagle Aerospace LLC and was the Division Chief for the Air Force Sustainment Center’s Scientist and Engineer Strategic Workforce Management and Development Division, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Engineering Directorate, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.  Prior to that, he served as the Chief of the Systems Engineering Division for Hill AFB.Mr. Minor has over 36 years of professional experience and retired from the U.S. Department of the Air Force after serving over 27 years in both military and civilian capacities. He is an internationally recognized subject matter expert on airborne remote sensing, airborne sensors and systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and UAV systems, systems engineering, and flight test and evaluation.  He is a highly decorated academic leader, instructor and lecturer.  He is the former Technical Director of the USAF Test Pilot School.  In this capacity he was responsible for executing a 50 semester hour graduate level program graduating 48 student test pilots and engineers a year with a Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering as well as overseeing a 4000 hour annual test flying training program.   From 2006 to 2008, he led the efforts to get the USAF Test Pilot School academically recognized, accredited and approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for degree granting authority under USC Title 10, a first in the 63 year history of the military school.During his career, Minor served on the technical staff of the Air Force Flight Test Center, the USAF Test Pilot School, the 46th Test Wing, Lockheed Martin, the Lockheed Skunk Works®, Loral, and Sverdrup Technology. He began his career with the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing as a sensor system specialist on the SR-71 and U-2 aircraft. Since, he has worked on a number of high-value military programs to include the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN), the F/A-18D (RC) Tactical Reconnaissance (TAC RECCE), the Advanced Tactical Air Reconnaissance System (ATARS), and the RQ-3A TIER III Minus (DarkStar) High Altitude, Low Observable, Endurance, Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV), as well as numerous other classified manned and unmanned system programs.Mr. Minor accumulated over 1500 flying hours in over 30 different aircraft types, including 400+ hours in the RF-4C and 300+ hours in the F-16B/D. As a USAF Test Pilot School’s former Systems Master Instructor (1999-2003), he was responsible for developing a state of the art curricula and teaching sensors, weapons, systems, electronic warfare, directed energy, and unmanned systems theory, operations, and flight test to the next generation of USAF Test Pilots, Electronic Warfare Officers, and Flight Test Engineers. He has taught many short courses around the world for Society of Flight Test Engineers, the Association of Old Crows (AOC), Technology Training Corporation, and has lectured extensively throughout Europe to several Technical Universities and for the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).  Mr. Minor holds BSEE and MSEE degrees “with distinction” from the University of New Mexico under Air Force Institute of Technology sponsorship.  He is an Air War College and USAF Test Pilot School graduate.Mr. Minor has been honored with numerous awards and decorations to include: the Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, the 412th Test Wing’s Senior Leader of the Year Award, the Society of Flight Test Engineers Directors and Fellow Awards, the San Fernando Valley Engineers’ Council Distinguished Engineering Project Achievement Award, and the Engineers’ Council Distinguished Engineering Life Achievement Award for his educational contributions to the Edwards AFB engineering community. In 2010 he was honored to receive the “Kelly” Johnson Award for obtaining “Engineering Excellence” throughout his 35-year career by the Society of Flight Test Engineers.  John received the Team Hill AFB “Spirit Award” in 2011 and in 2014 he was honored to be selected as the IEEE Senior Engineering Manager of the Year for Region 6, Utah and Idaho.Mr Minor is a member of the following professional organizations: the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Fellow of the Society of Flight Test Engineers, (SFTE), Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) , the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) , Senior Member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Air Force Association (AFA), and the Flight Test Historical Foundation.  He was the President of the Society of Flight Test Engineers from 2004-2006.  Mr. Minor also has been inducted to the following science and engineering honor societies: Eta Kappa Nu – The Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi – The Engineering Honor Society, and Kappa Mu Epsilon – the Mathematics Honor Society
Laura Driver – Topic: A Deeper Look in Autisim & the Missing
Laura Driver began her law enforcement career in 1995 as a patrol officer with the North Carolina State Capital Police. She then moved to the Knightdale, NC Police Department working in the Crime Prevention Unit, DARE, Community Watch and Special Olympics.In 2000 Driver took a leave, but remained an Auxiliary Officer after the birth of her son who was diagnosed with autism.Returning to her career in law enforcement in 2004 she joined the Wake County Sheriff’s Office where she is currently employed.
She oversees Project Lifesaver conducting training of the equipment and re-certifications for 40 deputies and clients.She also oversees the Citizens Well-check Program, Manages a fleet of 400 vehicles, and works in the Evidence Division.
Driver, the parent of an autistic child, participates on the Respite Coalition Committee for North Carolina and is an Alzheimer’s First Responder.


Victims Hours Presentations

Families of the cases featured will share their story about their loved one and the struggles in an unforgiven journey

sissiMissing Person: Bonnie Santiago

Bonnie Santiago, age 56, disappeared in the early morning hours of July 12th, 2014 from her boyfriend’s home at Carter’s Mountain Orchard in Albemarle County, Virginia. She comes from a large and loving family with multiple children and grandchildren, and many siblings and loved ones who love and miss her dearly and desperately want her home. Her story will be shared by family member, Sissi Roberts.


Speaker: Lois “Sissi” Roberts



Missing Person: Janet “Renee” Fieldbridget

Janet “Renee” Field, age 49, disappeared on July 2, 2014, after last being seen at home in Scottsville, Virginia by her husband. Renee’s car was found abandoned two days later on July 4th at a Park & Ride in Zion’s Crossroads, Virginia. Her husband and family are anxious for answers that will help to bring their beloved Renee home to them. Her story will be shared by family member, Bridget Whorley.


Speaker: Bridget Whorley



jason Unsolved Justice: Jason Bolton

Jason was killed on August 21, 1991 after attending a friends party in Fayette County Indiana, near the Fayette, Franklin and Rush county lines (Laurel Indiana) A lot of people witnessed his death, got scared, and are even too scared today, to talk about it.

Jason was  tortured.  His assailants decided to castrate him successfully! If just one person would have stepped Jason up to the plate and called for help, even though Jason was bleeding to death from the castration, he might have lived. When Jason passed out from the pain of the castration they all thought he was already dead, but he wasn’t, so they decided they had to get rid of his dead body somehow, was it a staged a cover up?

His body was placed in the middle of the road, it is believed they got their own car and one person steered the driver so that one of the tires would run right in between my legs, they had already had his legs spread eagle, and they slowly run this car in between his legs and over his chest cavity which instantly crushed his chest, and to the right of his head. He went fast and easy after that. But it’s been 24 years now! Jason’s death an accidental death and said the car killed him when it run over him.

Speaker: Tomi Bolton



Missing Person: Christopher Douthat

Chris Douthat, age 24, disappeared on October 25th, 2013 in Vinton, Virginia. His mom dropped him off at work early that morning and when his shift was finished he went to a local grocery store that afternoon. He has not been seen or heard from since and there has been no activity on his cell or bank accounts. His family loves and misses him and desperately wants answers. His story will be shared by his mother, Mary Douthat.


Speaker: Mary Douthat



National Candle Light Service


The annual service is hosted by the CUE Center for Missing Persons in honor of those once missing, now recovered. Families from across the country attend the water front ceremony seeking comfort, supporting the thousands who remain missing in “the unveiling of the wall”. Come and join those left behind for a beautiful tribute along Wilmington’s Cape Fear River front victim testimonies, musical dedication and so much more. Candles will be provided. The service is a part of the weekend long national conference 2014.

Saturday March 22, 2014 Time: 7:30 pm (Open to the public and candles will be provided)

Riverfront Park, Downtown Wilmington Waterfront

Mistress of Ceremony – Sandra McClammy “The Midday Miss on Coast97.3”

smSandra McClammy aka “Sandra, The Midday Miss” was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. A graduate of the city’s inner city high school, New Hanover High, and the city’s college, UNCW has afforded her an excellent balance. As a teen growing up in the “hood” she vowed to never forget her roots and to grow socially in a manner by which she could have a conversation with anyone. As she grew into an adult, she learned how it is essential to recognize and embrace the desperate educational, social and economic conditions that affect young people. Today she has placed herself in the educational arena and entertainment world and thus educates youth via “edutainment”.

As a dancer and radio personality, Sandra understands how movement and music can provide solstice to the soul. With this Sandra also believes that as an educator it is critical to study and understand how we as adults can continue to help youth succeed despite the overwhelming odds against them. They must believe that they have a significant role in our society. Sandra is a UNCW graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature & Language and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Among the many boards and committees she serves on from the UNCW Alumni Board of Directors as Vice- Chair, to the Black Arts Alliance of Wilmington, she is also a proud member of the Wilmington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As a member of worldwide DJ coalition, Core DJs, she is the host and the producer of the syndicated CORE DJ Radio Show. For Cumulus Broadcasting she is the music director and midday host on COAST 97.3. Sandra has been in radio for 17 years.


Guest Speaker – 

Reading of the Poem Dedication – Sheree Justus

Vocal Tribute  – Heather Cohen

heatherA Missouri native, Heather Cohen made Nashville her home in 2006 with dreams of making a name in the music industry.  After the death of her mother in 2008, her interest shifted to the legal field.  She received her Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2012; and her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies in 2014 with an emphasis in Criminal Justice.

Currently, Ms. Cohen works as a contract paralegal for a prominent personal injury firm in Nashville, as well as full time at a highly respected litigation firm.  She spends her free time hosting and performing at artist showcases and organizing fundraisers in some of Nashville’s most popular venues



National Prayer – Pastor Angie Davis

1383666_719930624686947_377433594_nReverend Angie Davis is fully ordained as a minister of the gospel. She has been in many positions of leadership in and outside of the church. Her present position is as an ordained Elder at Inspirational House of Praise in Leland, NC, where she is also the Praise and Worship leader. She is passionate in her endeavor of preaching and teaching the gospel as well as being a spiritual counselor to those in need.

She is also employed with local Ophthalmologist, Dr. Laura Harris, where she is the Surgical Coordinator. At present, she has been committed to officiating the National Candlelight Vigil Prayer for CUE for many years. It is her prayer that God will give the families comfort and courage as well as Hope through the Word of God and the knowledge that He is always there to lift them up. She is the mother of two children, Matt and Hannah. The grandmother of three, Caleb, Kameron and Savannah. She resides in in Winnabow, NC.

Vocal Tribute

Candle Light Service Honorees

Angie Pipkin                         Alysha Tucker                              

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Support the Cause – Win a Laptop Computer

January 23, 2015 by  
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Computer information will soon be announced

Winners will be announced on October 24, 2015 during the  National Missing Persons Road Tour named “On the Road to Remeber”, Grand Rally Stop in Wilmington, NC at 2:00 pm. Tickets are a $5.00 donation.

Please contact CUE for details at or call (910) 232-1687.

CUE Center For Missing Persons
PO Box 12714
Wilmington, NC 28405


“On The Road To Remember” Missing Persons Tour

July 4, 2014 by  
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 This year’s Tour Honoree is Donna Ingersoll

Donna IngersollMissing From: Wabasha Minnesota
Missing Since: 12/16/90
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Classification: Missing
Age at Disappearance:25
Date of Birth: 11/29/65
Height: 4’9
Weight: 106
Eyes: Green
Hair: Bleached Blonde

Scars, Marks, Tattoos: Tattoo of a Cross on her right arm.
Special Identifiers: Glasses and her right index finger is shorter

Details of Disappearance
On December 16, 1990 at approximately 11;45 P.M Donna Ingersoll walked away from a private residence located in Wabasha MN. Donna had been drinking and was involved in a fight with her boyfriend at the time of her disappearance.

She ran out the back door and has not been heard of since. It was a very cold winter night and it is unclear if Donna had a coat with her. Investigative Agency Wabasha Police Department ( Minnesota ) 651-565-3361




A rally stop is a place that is pre set by anyone who wishes to host one “see below” for suggested person(s). Once a location is secured CUE will inform the host of time and date of arrival. Each stop is one hour and a half  long for whatever program the host wishes to have and feature;  this is your time to bring an awareness to your community of missing persons.


Candle light or prayer vigils, clothes line display project, lantern launch
Balloon release, flower toss, butterfly release, roadside displays or demonstrations
Display Board, Banners, Signs, Marques
Guest Speakers; law enforcement, town/state dignitaries, community leaders, pastor, etc.
Tribute performances (vocal or dance)
Tables set up for displays of missing persons photos and information
Public event or safety activities
Invite the families of unsolved homicide, missing,  public, family, friends and media (our team will aid in media coverage)

The most important thing is to be creative in your rally stop


Police – Sheriff or police departments
Government agencies, i.e. Mayor, town hall
Parking lots of stores that have frontage or businesses alike
Home of the families of the missing
Parks of any kind or large grassy areas
Local churches, schools, community buildings

National Tour Purpose and Inspiration

leahoveralls The annual tour was created to generate new interest in cold cases of missing people across our nation. The inspiration came in 2004 from the case of North Carolina college student Leah Roberts, who had gone on a cross-country trip of self-exploration. Her wrecked and abandoned vehicle was found, but Leah is still missing. Leah’s case went cold and interest faded until CUE volunteers set out on a grueling 14-day trip to retrace her route and inform the media of all those who were missing in the path of the tour. In the years to follow, it only seemed right to keep hope alive after families across the country voiced the need for more help and supported the tour idea.

National Tour Objective

The national road tour, called “On the Road to Remember,” is an awareness campaign that focuses on missing persons cases that have gone cold or have not received appropriate media coverage on the local level – much less the national level.. The tour, which travels through many states annually, provides that attention.

In all cases of missing people, it is vital to inform the public of the missing person’s circumstancesO quickly and to disseminate that information to the media and the public. In most cases where details are released immediately to the public through an organized campaign, the public brings forth information that aids in the investigation and or the location of the victim. The media plays a significant role in getting the word out on the behalf of the missing person and should be recognized as a vital resource to any investigation.

Interest in many of the cases we have featured in previous tours has been renewed. The media has learned about local cases they were unaware of; case investigations have been renewed, and searches conducted. Information has resulted in new leads in some cases, and has even helped identify an unknown decedent and in 2008 solved a cold case of twenty eight years. And finally, each tour some of the missing featured have been found from various efforts, which is the main reason we conduct the tour despite the toll it takes on our all-volunteer staff.

It is the belief of the CUE Center for Missing Persons that all investigations, the public, volunteers and the media should work in collaboration on cases involving missing children and adults; until this happens, their will continue to be cases of the missing labeled “cold” or “inactive.”



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Last Seen Alive premiere episode with Monica Caison founder of CUE Center for Missing Persons

May 14, 2014 by  
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Six-Episode Series Premiering Monday evenings at 10:00 pm  EST

Reunites Families with Lost Loved Ones or in Ongoing Cases, Urges Viewers to Come Forward Leads —

Please Tune in Investigation Discovery Channel Monday June 30th and  Monday July 7th at 10:00 pm featuring CUE founder, Monica Caison

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— Six-Episode Series Premiering Sunday, June 1 at 9/8c Reunites Families with Lost Loved Ones
Or In Ongoing Cases, Urges Viewers to Come Forward with New Leads —

(Silver Spring, MD) – We’ve all witnessed the national impact of an Amber Alert when a child goes missing, with police and media mounting a major operation to find them. Unfortunately, cases are rarely investigated with the same urgency when the missing person is over the age of 18 or considered a possible runaway, leaving devastated loved ones lost and alone in their search for answers. Investigation Discovery’s new series LAST SEEN ALIVE follows the emotional and action-packed journeys of 12 families-turned-detectives as they chase down leads, interview potential witnesses, and travel cross-country in the hope of reuniting with their recently missing relatives. Beginning with the moment the person was last seen alive, episodes chronicle the search efforts of a desperate family with everything to lose, aided by a skilled investigator determined to turn chase down every lead. Though the status of these investigations could change at any minute, many concluded filming with heart-warming resolutions, some with tragic endings, while others remain open and active to this day. The six-episode first season of LAST SEEN ALIVE premieres Sunday, June 1 at 9/8c only on Investigation Discovery.

“LAST SEEN ALIVE is a natural evolution in storytelling for ID. Our viewers have always been moved by stories of families desperate to find missing loved ones, sometimes after decades of anguished searching,” said Kevin Bennett, general manager of Investigation Discovery. “LAST SEEN ALIVE affords ID the rare opportunity to make a profound impact on recent missing-persons investigations, using our national platforms on air and online to bring much-needed attention to ongoing cases. We hope ID viewers can help produce a new lead that just might be the missing link to bringing a person home.”

More than 700,000 people go missing every year in North America, and every hour they stay lost lowers the odds of their safe return. The five investigators featured throughout LAST SEEN ALIVE have proven track records of locating missing persons despite the odds being against them. Monica Caison, Tom Klatt, Kelly Townsend, Amber Cammack, and Christine Burke rely on years of experience as missing-person experts, law enforcement officers, police detectives, and private investigators to guide families in their search for answers and do much of the heavy lifting.
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The first four episodes are:
A Mother’s Love premieres Sunday, June 1 at 9/8c
Scarlett DeLoach
Had been last seen April 30, 2013 in Reidsville, NC — Age at the time of disappearance: 16
Nine months ago, 16-year-old Scarlett DeLoach disappeared from her North Carolina home in the middle of the night. Her mother enlists the help of missing-persons expert Monica Caison to chase leads, including the possibility that Scarlett’s boyfriend and his mother helped her run away. A promising tip eventually leads to an isolated house in rural Virginia. But when the chase becomes another dead end, it’s up to Monica to switch gears and take a radical new approach.
Nicole Martindale
Last seen September 24, 2013 in Sarnia, Ontario — Age at the time of disappearance: 18
For five months, Julia Martindale has been searching for her 18-year-old daughter, Nicole. Believing she’s on the run with her dangerous outlaw boyfriend, Brandon, has left her in a constant state of anxiety. When local police run out of leads, private detective Tom Klatt steps in to take over. The investigate lead after lead until the case takes a dramatic turn when Nicole suddenly surfaces and makes contact.

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LAST SEEN ALIVE Investigator Bios

MONICA CAISON The cases of Scarlett DeLoach, Cami DiGirolamo, and Pamela Biggers
Monica Caison has dedicated 20 years of her life to the search for missing persons. In 1994, she launched the non-profit CUE Center for Missing Persons, which has since processed more than 9,000 cases across North America. Caison and her nation-wide group of volunteers have spent countless hours and resources working to unlock the truth and find the lost. As a rebellious teenager growing up in Florida, Caison learned the hard way the dangers and adversity of running away from home. “I was that person who was very likely to end up in a ditch somewhere,” she recalls. But while hitchhiking across the country and lying about her age to find work, Caison found the strength to change and the desire to help others. Now she dedicates all of her time to the search for missing people. She coordinates with law enforcement agencies around the country and is often the reassuring voice on the other end of a 3am call from a frantic parent.



CUE Center 2014 Winter Newsletter

August 25, 2013 by  
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Dear Supporter
Please see attached newsletter and visit this link for an online chance to WIN! All is support of the search for missing persons.See slide presentation and learn more about what we do and the continual growth.

 Download and Print 2014 Winter Newsletter Here  



Don’t forget our national conference “A Pathway to Resolution” in March, please share, post and attend. We have just a few more updates and we are excited, see you there!
Thank you
Monica Caison
CUE Center for Missing Persons
PO Box 12714
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 343-1131 (910) 232-1687





The Search For Hope

March 16, 2011 by  
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Throughout all stages of a missing persons investigation, up to the point of its positive or negative resolution, there is only one verifiable victim: the family of that missing person. The missing person might have been abducted, or worse, but from the moment that someone considers the absence of a loved one to necessitate a 911 call, the family that makes that call is going to be caught in a whirlpool of fear, panic and helplessness that most people dont understand and law enforcement officials rarely have the resources to address in any sustained way.

In Wilmington, however, these families have an advocate, a fierce, hands-on assistant in the search for missing loved ones. Her name is Monica Caison, and shes the founder and director of the Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons, a nonprofit organization based in Wilmington, which, since 1994, has been aggressive in its attempts to keep missing person cases from going “cold” or “inactive.” By marshalling nationwide resources that include law enforcement personnel and an army of volunteers, the CUE Center has been instrumental in returning loved ones to their families, creating a sort of template for families confronted by such a loss, a blueprint for action that combines elements of the actual search process with a powerful family support tool hope.

“Shes tops, as far as Im concerned,” says Marc Benson, a private investigator, former detective in the New Hanover County Sheriffs Department, recent candidate for the sheriffs job and the host of Blue Line Radio on The Big Talker (106.3 FM). “I first ran into her 16 or 17 years ago, when I was a detective sergeant in the Sheriffs Department.”

Bensons first impression of Caison left him thinking she was just a “soccer mom,” doing what she could to find people whod gone missing thinking, too, “Good for her, but were the professionals here, so dont call us, well call you.”

In the spring of 1998, Benson found himself re-assessing his original impressions of Caison and her organization. In April of that year, 32-year-old bride-to-be Peggy Carr was abducted from a mall parking lot in Wilmington. One day, she was here; the next day, she was not. Shed disappeared quickly and completely, and lacking evidence to the contrary, law enforcement officials considered the possibility that her disappearance, in spite of her impending marriage, was voluntary. Without a clue to work on, the investigation languished. Displeased with this sort of response from law enforcement officials, Peggys mother called Monica Caison, whose private phone remains the direct line to what was then the fledgling and relatively unknown CUE Center for Missing Persons. Seven months after Peggys disappearance, Caison and her volunteer army were instrumental in discovering the whereabouts of Carrs remains in Bladen County.

“It became a multi-state investigation, a national media case,” says Caison, “and it taught us everything. We worked side by side with law enforcement, set up a 24-hour tip line. The FBI would pick up our logs. We were learning, too. It was the first time, really, that the full weight of the resources (we had) came to bear. We kept (the case) in the public eye, just kept plugging and plugging, constantly searching. It was our landmark case.”

More important than Caisons literal presence beating the bushes, actually searching was the support she gave to the family.

“Monica would just sit for hours and comfort me,” said Peggy Carrs mother in an interview for People magazine in March 2009, months after her daughters body had been discovered.

“My respect for her increased because of the presence she had with that family,” says Benson, who, at the time, was looking on from the Sheriff Departments sidelines, because it was a Wilmington PD case. “She went up there (to Bladen County) with volunteers and canvassed the area with pictures. She made sure that everybody up there looked at every little detail (coming out of the investigation). I was quite impressed with the resources she was able to pull together.”

What is so striking about Monica Caisons work with the CUE Center is the individual, up-close-and-personal effort she invests in countless, physical searches for these people, and the tireless campaign she wages to keep families in the loop of any ongoing investigation. Law enforcement agencies, from the local to the national, may falter during an investigation, due to a lack of either resources or will, but from the moment the CUE Center and, specifically, Monica Caison steps aboard, families are assured that their missing loved one will not, in Monicas lifetime, be forgotten until theyre found. In most cases (though not all), the outcome is not good. Caison is more often than not searching for a body, and she is known for a stubborn, relentless and often un-appreciated approach to any obstacles in her way.