FBI offers $25,000.00 reward in ’09 Brittanee Drexel case; Rochester teen likely killed

June 10, 2016 by  
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The Brittanee Drexel case is now considered a homicide, seven years after the Rochester teen went missing while on spring break with friends in South Carolina.

The FBI announced Wednesday that Drexel, who was 17 when she was last seen at a Myrtle Beach hotel in April 2009, was likely held against her will and killed. Authorities are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

“We’ve known [she’s dead] for some time,” FBI Special Agent in Charge David Thomas said, according to the Democrat & Chronicle. “But in the interest of trying to protect the parents and still maintain hope that we could bring her back alive, we’ve kept that information…”

Thomas did not elaborate on how long “some time was,” but a lawyer for Brittanee’s parents told South Carolina’s The State newspaper that the Drexels were first informed it was a homicide on Tuesday. Even in 2014, authorities were searching for the teen in Georgetown County, near where Drexel’s cell phone sent its last signal in 2009.

According to the AP, investigators concluded that Drexel was likely killed near McClellanville, a fishing hamlet about 60 miles outside of Myrtle Beach and 15 miles from where her mobile device stopped transmitting, near the South Santee River. Thomas said she was likely alive in the area for up to five days, and asked anyone with information to contact the FBI.

13WHAM reports billboards with Brittanee’s picture have already been put up, with the reward offer included. Investigators also plan to go door-to-door, asking questions near where she was last seen.

“There’s probably more than one person who knows more than I know,” her father Chad Drexel told the Rochester TV station. “That’s why I’m so upset and emotional.”

“After seven long years of waiting and praying for the return of my daughter, we know she isn’t coming home alive,” his wife Dawn Drexel added in a press conference. “Brittanee’s life was stolen from her in a brutal and senseless fashion. I need your help in bringing the people responsible for her death to justice.”

Authorities wouldn’t say if they have identified any suspects, according to WHEC, but did threaten to charge anyone who withholds information in the case.

“We think we are at the point where one or two small pieces of information could put us over the edge. We’re reaching out to those people that may have information,” Thomas said.


Brittanee Drexel website – Submit a confidential tip

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: FBI 1-800-Call-FBI or CUE Center For Missing Persons 24 Hour Tip Line 910-232-1687

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The 14th Annual National Conference 2018

Location: Holiday Inn 5032 Market Street Wilmington, North Carolina 28405


Dates: March 15th through 18th of 2018 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Mailing: Community United Effort (CUE Center For Missing Persons)
PO Box 12714  Wilmington, NC 28405

Office (910) 343-1131 24 hour line (910) 232-1687 Fax line (910) 399-6137


2018 Sponsor Packet (click to print)

Join us for our upcoming national conference for missing persons and those who work in the arena from law enforcement, advocates, volunteering, organizations or agency, 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 have been a victim of crime.

Please share this information with anyone in the line if missing person work, family of a missing person or homicide victim; see below. To contact by email  cuecenter@aol.com

◊ 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 http://www.ncmissingpersons.org or email us cuecenter@aol.com

Thank You to our 2017 Sponsors

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          FRANKIE HINES & FAMILY     

The Stoneman Family


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.
2013 – Gail Soles
2014 – Lucy Combs
2015 – Marshia Morton
2016 – Donna Gore
2017 – TBA

Registration conference check in:

March 16, 2017, Thursday, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

March 17, 2017, Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 am

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 19th at 1:00 pm, Sunday you will join CUE Founder, Monica Caison in training, discussion, presentation of your conference plaque and a lunch.

SORC Meeting – Thursday, March 16, 2017

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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 cuecenter@aol.com or call 910-232-1687.

This meeting for is for the annual gathering and training for State Outreach Coordinators.


Thursday, March 16, 2017   (6:30 pm – 10:30 pm)


ASHI BLS CPR is a 4 hour course designed to help students recognize a life-threatening emergency, how to provide basic life support, and what to do in case of an airway obstruction or choking.  Course includes adult, child and infant skills.  A certificate of completion will be issued to participants that attend and complete all required hands-on skills and pass the end of course written exam.  This class counts toward training hours for those who are SAR Tech II certified.
This class is being offered Thursday evening from 6:30 – 10:30.  Sign-up sheet will be available at the Registration table.

Instructor: Kelly Walker

 kellyKelly 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

Lead Instructor – Stephanie White

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

Stephanie is a CPR and First Aid Instructor/Instructor Trainer and a Training Center Director for the American Safety and Health Institute. She has trained thousands of law enforcement, corrections and probation officers over the years in CPR and First Aid. Stephanie is a member of the First Response K-9 Search Team in Tallahassee, Florida and a State Outreach Coordinator.


We welcome this years videographer: Bryan Queen


Friday Night Conference Entertainment – Bullard Entertainment

Martha Bullard of Bullard Entertainment has provided her talent and entertainment for conference attendees for a number of years. Karaoke and dancing is always fun when listening to the oldies-goodies and top 40 tunes!

Most weekends you will find Martha and her music along the Myrtle Beach Coastline . She has won such titles as Mrs. South Carolina congeniality 1986 and the Best Karaoke Show of the Tabor City Yam Festival. She also has been entertaining the organization known as ARC  FOR SPECIALS ADULTS OF HORRY COUNTY.

Martha and her husband of eight years, Tony Bullard work as a solid team together to assure everyone has a wonderful celebration.



Proclamation & Letters (2016)

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Peter Cestare – Horry County Police “Identifying a Crime Scene & When it begins

Lieutenant 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, search and recovery of remains 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 35 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. During his tenure with New York City, he was twice awarded the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Police Officer, the NYPD Medal of Honor, and the NY Yankees Medal of Valor.

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.

Norma Peterson – Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit  “EAA”

On October 28, 2007 Norma’s sister-in-law, Stacy Peterson, went missing sending her family on a journey that has run the gamut. Now, several years later, they are able to talk about their family’s experiences with the media and the public’s attitude towards the family of a suspect. By discussing their personal experience it’s hoped they can change the perception of the public for other families of those related to someone convicted or suspected of heinous crimes.

Since Stacy’s disappearance Norma’s goal has been to bring awareness to the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit (EAA), a tool designed by Susan Murphy Milano to help abuse victims leave a relationship safely. She has assisted victims to create their personal EAA and is currently working with local law enforcement and legislators to establish the EAA as part of their domestic violence protocol. Through her direct work with Susan Murphy Milano she is a certified member of DocumentTheAbuse.Com.

Norma has established herself as a professional speaker on the topics of domestic violence and safety. She recently appeared on Crime Watch Daily and a future program on the OWN network about the Stacy Peterson case.


Thomas K. Hargrove, Founder and Chairman – Murder Accountability Project

Thomas K. Hargrove is a retired Washington, D.C., -based investigative journalist and former White House correspondent. He founded the nonprofit Murder Accountability Project in 2015 to track unsolved homicides nationwide. While working as a national correspondent for the Scripps Howard News Service, Hargrove developed an algorithm that uses FBI homicide data to identify clusters of murders with an elevated probability of containing serial killings. Authorities in Youngstown, Ohio, and Gary, Indiana, opened new homicide investigations in 2010 as a result of Hargrove’s findings. The algorithm’s identification of 15 unsolved strangulations in Gary was corroborated in 2014 with the arrest of Darren Deon Vann, who confessed to killing women for decades and then took police to abandoned properties in Gary where the bodies of six previously unknown strangulation victims were recovered. Working with fellow board member Prof. David J. Icove of the University of Tennessee, Hargrove developed another algorithm that can review the National Fire Incident Reporting System to identify undetected or unreported arsons. Working with Prof. Guido H. Stempel III of Ohio University, Hargrove co-founded the Scripps Survey Research Center and co-edited a two-volume encyclopedia The 21st Century Voter: Who Votes, How They Vote and Why They Vote published by ABC-CLIO in late 2015.

Patrick J. Atkinson – The Lost “Runaways, Prostitutes, Gangs and More”

Patrick J. Atkinson, founder and President of ITEMP, is also the founder and international executive director of The GOD’S CHILD Project and several other associated charities in the United States, Central America and Africa. Mr. Atkinson holds an MNM from Regis University and is on the faculty of three American universities.

Atkinson was raised in Bismarck, North Dakota and attended Minnesota State University – Moorhead. After graduation in 1981, Patrick turned down lucrative corporate job offers to work with runaways, prostitutes, and gang members in New York City Hell’s Kitchen. Two years later, Patrick moved to Central America where he began a twenty-five-year international career in war-zone reconciliation and post-war reconstruction.

He has been named the Benefactor of the City of Antigua- an international recognition last awarded four hundred years ago; knighted by the Spanish Order of St. James; and recently received the Guatemalan National Congressional Medal of Honor in recognition of the risks he took, and the thousands of Mayan Indian lives he helped to save, during the bloodshed of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war.

In 2000 and 2001, Mr. Atkinson was invited by the United Nations to develop child development and educational programs for street children left orphaned by the rampaging AIDS crisis in East and South Africa. In 2007, Atkinson was named “Goodwill Ambassador” for Peace by the Government of Guatemala.


Topic Guest Speakers 2017

Dana Ridenour – Author, Retired FBI Special Agent

Dana Ridenour was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration in 1989. After college, Dana attended Chase College of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor in 1992.

Dana entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in November of 1995 and retired April 6, 2016 with a little over 20 years on the job. Dana was assigned to four different FBI Field Divisions and had the opportunity to work a wide variety of cases to include multi faceted narcotics investigations, domestic sex trafficking of minors, and violent crime. Over the years, Dana was a proud member of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team where she and her team traveled to New York City in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. The highlight of Dana’s career came in 2003 when she attended and passed the FBI’s prestigious undercover school, thus allowing her to work as an undercover FBI agent. This undercover certification opened the door for Dana to work a series of long term, deep cover cases focusing on domestic terrorism. Dana had the rare experience of working a long-term undercover investigation with her husband who is a retired FBI agent. Dana was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer Award presented by the United States Attorneys Office for her work on a gang related human trafficking investigation involving a fourteen year old victim.

As a twenty-year veteran of the FBI, she spent most of her career as a FBI undercover operative infiltrating various criminal organizations including domestic terrorism extremists in the Animal Liberation Front. Dana recently released her debut novel, Behind the Mask. The fictional novel follows Alexis Montgomery, an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates a radical underground movement of the Animal Liberation Front. Behind the Mask won both the Hal Bernard Memorial Award for best novel and the Edna Sampson Award of Excellence at the 2014 Southeastern Writers Association conference. Following publication, Behind The Mask took top honors in the 2016 Royal Dragonfly Writers Awards winning not only the Grand Prize, but also first place in the Fiction-Novel category, and first place in the Newbie – First Time Author (Fiction) category. Kirkus Reviews awarded Behind The Mask the coveted Kirkus star and named the book as one of the best indie books of 2016.

Dana retired from the FBI in April 2016 and currently lives in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Dana’s second novel is scheduled for release Fall 2017.

Megan Madsen – Survivor, Advocate, Speaker

Megan is certified in Sexual Trauma in Serving Victims of Sex-Trafficking, Walking Alongside the Wounded, Trauma-Informed Care, Interpersonal Violence, Suicide Prevention, Case Management, Domestic Violence, and Health and Life Insurance. She is also a certified Guardian ad Litem. She has spoken at a number of events such as the S.C. Association of School Social Workers, League of Women Voters, Interpersonal Violence Conference, Midlands Technical College, Celebrate Recovery, S.C. State House, Communities in Schools, Columbia International University. She has been featured on WLTX, WIS, and FOX news, as well as in a Charleston Post & Courier Newspaper series on human trafficking in SC. She volunteers in the community and serves on RC Human Trafficking Task Force and the S.C. Human Trafficking Task Force. Currently, she volunteers with Lighthouse for Life; Christ Central Ministries, Nehemiah Project; and Richland County G.A.L.

Andy Whipple –  “Our Homeless Kids” Street Outreach Center-Project Lighthouse
 Andy Whipple, originally from Massachusetts, has been a resident of Horry County for twenty-five years. As a youth he encountered struggles similar to those youths involved with Sea Haven. At the age of thirty, he decided to go back to school and make a difference in the world, which lead him to Horry Georgetown Technical College and the Human Services Program. Immersing himself in college life he joined the Human Services Club and became Club President. Andy earned his way into Phi Theta Kappa with his academic excellence and excelled to the position of Vice President of Scholarships. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, and is now a part-time tutor at HGTC while working on his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College. Andy enjoys learning as much as helping others learn. Andy join the team through his full time student internship at the Street Outreach Center-Project Lighthouse. Due to his commitment and compassion, Andy moved into the position of Outreach Coordinator in May 2013, and was promoted to Program Manager in January 2016.


Victims Hours Presentations

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

Mother, Penny Britton 0f  Recovered – Margaret “Peggy” Carr





Family of “Missing” – Randy Davis





Family of “Recovered” – Cynthia Day





Family of “Missing” – Nieko Lisi





National Candle Light Service

Candle_flame_(1)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 2016.

Saturday March 18, 2017 Time: 7:30 pm (Open to the public and candles will be provided)

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 –  Stephanie White “Definition of Dignity and Courage”

Quote “Don’t wait until you need help to decide it’s time to give back”





Reading of the Poem Dedication – Sheree Justus
FB_IMG_1456752898193-1Sheree has been a CUE volunteer since the late 90’s and is dedicated to the cause and the families that suffer a missing loved one. Her search for the right words to address those in need of hope each year are of a great need and one she does with honor.




Vocal Tribute  – Heather Cohen “Read All About It”

Heather Cohen, was born and raised in a small town in Missouri where she began to pursue a career in the music and entertainment arena; almost the very moment she graduated from high school. As a child, Cohen was a runaway, and instantly found herself involved on a dark path in life filled with total destruction as a young adult.

It did not take long for her to learn just how scary the real world was. From L.A. producers promising stardom, to propositions of money for favors by the Sultan of Brunei and his posse, her experiences have led her through a difficult recovery and the journey to finally achieve peace to understand her real purpose in life.

Heather finds pleasure in expressing herself through music, her talent has aided in the healing of many broken hearts. In 2012, after an eye opening experience doing some volunteer work in a missing person’s case close to her home in Tennessee, she realized her calling as a private investigator. Today, Cohen is licensed in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky; and has also re-established her position as a Tennessee State Coordinator for the upcoming 2017 term.


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 – Heather Cohen “Amazing Grace”

Candle Light Service Honorees










Missing persons could be just next door

May 14, 2013 by  
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The CUE Center for Missing Persons would like to bring awareness to the thousands missing across the nation of those who remain missing and that families still have hope of a recovery in recognition of the recently rescue missing girls: we request that you revisit cold cases in your area and shed light on them. Thank you

Monica Caison-

By Monica Caison, Special to CNN
updated 12:40 PM EDT, Sun May 12, 2013
Kidnapped teens found decade later

Editor’s note: Monica Caison is the founder of CUE Center for Missing Persons, a nonprofit organization that advocates and searches for the missing and provides support for their families.

(CNN) — Miracles do happen. Like this week, when Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escaped their captor after being missing for a decade.

It turned out they were locked away and alive the entire time.

Their fortuitous escape is like a ray of light and reminds us that sometimes good things do happen. A cry for help came out from the walls of silence, and a member of the community responded, aiding in the rescue. The selfless act of a total stranger only reinforces that the public will help when needed.

Monica Caison

Monica Caison

But their story is unusual. Many missing persons who have been missing for a long time are still not found. We should urge all communities to play an integral part in assisting law enforcement in investigations about missing persons.

We live in a world filled with powerful technology that has enabled us to communicate faster and better, yet we seem to lack the simple face-to-face meeting that must take place when searching for clues and information in any type of investigation.

At-a-glance: Still missing in the U.S.

The old “knock and tell” method remains an effective tool today. It must be used when searching for our missing persons. When you talk to someone in person, you can read them better by registering their expressions, gestures and other factors. Sometimes, those things could yield clues. This door-to-door technique can make the difference in finding someone in hours, days or years.

There’s no doubt that trying to find missing persons requires a tremendous amount of work. Classifying cases as “runaways” or “walk-aways” does nothing to help the outcome of any given case. If anything, it could hinder and slow the process. The general public normally will not have a heightened sense of concern for those believed to have left on their own.

Are two missing women linked to Castro?

Police, community at odds in Cleveland


The sense of urgency and hitting the ground running from the start could be the difference in many missing person cases. A case can be misdiagnosed upon closing; this is when we confirm that the labeling provided a wrong direction. The word “missing” should be enough and important; the alert(s) system in place such as the Amber/silver provide an additional emergency notification seeking the public’s help.

The myth of “a waiting period” to report a missing person still lingers, and many families are turned away by officials and forced to begin their journey on their own without any direction or support. Due to heavy caseloads, law enforcement officials are frequently not afforded the continuous training and education that could help them in the search for a missing person.

Abused but alive: Lessons from survivors

All too often, information is not provided to victims suffering a missing loved one in the onset, such as where to file the report and what agencies can provide support services and help with advocacy and on-the-ground services. These are all key issues that need to be addressed as we move forward to bring home those missing in our country.

Cold cases and unidentified persons need to be revisited and reopened. All cold cases need to be updated and looked at again with a keen eye on what can be done to aid in a recovery.

As we rejoice in the happy ending for the three women and their families and friends, we need to be reminded that there is still much work to be done in the world of the missing.

We need to remember that there are thousands of people who are still seeking resolution and waiting for answers concerning their loved one. As a community, we need to come together, take notice and become aware of what happens in our homes, neighborhoods, towns and cities. And we need to always remember that “every missing person is somebody’s child.”




Tyler Perry offers $100K in missing men case

January 14, 2013 by  
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NAPLES -For nearly a decade, family members have been searching for information about two missing Collier County men.On Thursday morning, Tyler Perry, Reverend Al Sharpton, Benjamin Jealous, the president of the NAACP and Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk held a press conference in Naples to announce steps towards the missing persons investigations of Terrence Williams and Felipe Santos.

“This gives us hope. The only way to turn a cold case into a live case is to turn up the heat,” said Jealous.

Williams and Santos went missing eight years ago after encountering Collier County deputy Steven Calkins.

Calkins is no longer with the sheriff’s office. He was fired when he become uncooperative with investigators.

Sheriff Rambosk said Calkins remains a person of interest in the case.

Perry told the crowd in Naples that he found out about the case through the Discovery Channel. He has offered a $100,000 reward for anyone with information about the men.

“People should be outraged that this is happening in America in 2013. It is beyond offensive that someone, a deputy – someone who is entrusted by us, the community – and two people both put in his car and disappeared,” Perry said.

The Williams and Santos families, along with the Collier County Sherriff’s Office, are hoping Thursday’s renewed attention on the cases will encourage people to come forward with information.

“This is injustice and we have the power to change this; we have the power to see someone brought to justice,” Perry said.

“Sometimes you have to catch bees with honey. Tyler Perry has brought the honey,” Rev. Sharpton said.


Monica Caison with Tyler Perry, Rev. Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous (President-CEO of the NAACP) at recent press conference for Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos both missing from Naples, FL.- Picture taken by Lisa Valentino

Monica Caison with Tyler Perry, Rev. Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous (President-CEO of the NAACP) at recent press conference for Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos both missing from Naples, FL.- Picture taken by Lisa Valentino

ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

Resources & Links

January 25, 2010 by  
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CUE Center does work with many of the organizations listed in this area; you may contact the center for a referral. Below you will find links and resources to help you in your search for missing persons; cue center does not endorse any organization or it’s service. If you would like to link to cue, please contact the center before you post a link. The same is requested for the use of the cue logo before placed on a site or used in a public manner.

Ali Forever
Angels That Care
Attempt to Identify
Blue Line Radio
Center for HOPE
Child Seek
Clinton Herald
Diana Trepkov- Forensic Artist
Doe Network
Family INFO Safe
Finders HOPE
Find Monica Foundation
Find Pam Biggers
Forever Searching UK
Fort Lauderdale Florida Police
Friends of Summer Shipp
Garden For The Missing
Guard A Kid
Have You Seen Me?
Help Find Megan Maxwell
In Loving Memory Of Melinda Harder
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James P. Higham III

December 11, 2009 by  
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Ohio<br>James Higham III</br>

Missing Since: 01/03/02
Missing from: Youngstown, Ohio
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 12/03/85
Age at disappearance: 16
Height: 5’10”
Weight:160 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Race: White/Asian
Gender: Male
Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (White/Japanese).
Medium complexion. Mole on right cheek near nose. Hair may
be dyed red.
Medical Conditions: Unspecified mental conditions. Was
not taking his medication at the time.
Clothing: Blue jeans, black shirt, and tennis shoes.
Nickname: “Jimmy”

Details of Disappearance
Higham was last seen in Youngstown, Ohio on January 3, 2002, though most family members hadn’t seen him since August 2001. Relatives say that Jimmy only had the learning capacity of a 4th grader. He suffered from emotional and developmental problems. He did not speak English fluently, because he lived most of his life in Japan with his mom until his biological father brought him to the United States.
In March 2002, Higham’s guardians, David Sharpe and Jennifer Snyder, were charged with child endangerment in connection with his disappearance. The charge is due to the fact that his guardians did not report him missing until five months after he vanished.

Sharpe and Snyder reported Higham as a runaway, but his relatives and friends fear that he has met with foul play. Higham’s mother lives in Japan. His father is unable to care for him due to health problems. Snyder is Higham’s father’s ex-wife’s sister.

Higham’s loved ones say Snyder and Sharpe did not permit anyone to see or talk to Higham, and they suspected that there were problems between him and his guardians. Higham was supposed to be on medication for mental health problems at the time he disappeared but his guardians had stopped giving it to him after a dispute with his doctors. The family also believes that Higham was beaten over a period of time when living with Snyder and Sharpe.

No one has seen or heard from Higham since January 2002. Authorities suspect foul play.

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If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office
(330) 740-2370

Sharpe Due In Court In Connection with Teen’s Disappearance
…Youngstown man allegedly involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Higham in 2001 will appear in court today. 44-year-old David ……former live-in girlfriend Jennifer Snyder had custody of Jimmy Higham when police say the child was drowned in the bathtub of the …

Fire Damages Home of Suspect in Youngstown Missing Teen Case
…a Youngstown teenager. Jennifer Snyder is being held in the Mahoning County jail on a charge of helping to dispose of Jimmy Higham ‘s body. Snyder’s home on Pyatt street was heavily damaged by fire early Sunday morning. The blaze is under investigation …

Sharpe Sentenced for Homicide
…sentenced for the reckless homicide of 15-year-old Jimmy Higham . His attorney says Sharpe does feel remorse about what happened ……half year sentence is not justice Jimmy deserves. Jimmy Higham ‘s aunt Jennifer Snyder is serving four years in prison for …

Youngstown Man Pleads in Child’s Disappearance
…girlfriend Jennifer Snyder had custody of 15-year-old Jimmy Higham when police say the child was murdered in June of 2001 and then ……the killing but detectives allege she helped dispose of Jimmy Higham ‘s body and then reported

Missing For Five Years
The public is being asked to help find a man who has been missing for five years. Jimmy Higham was last seen in Youngstown on January 3rd, 2001. He was only sixteen then. The National Center for Missing and Exploited …

Tips Provide Info in Missing Child Case
…back six years. Jennifer Snyder was arrested by Youngstown Police in connection with the death of 16-year-old Jimmy Higham on Tuesday. Snyder had temporary custody of the boy when authorities believe he not only disappeared, but tragically died …

Bond Set for Woman Charged in Connection with Death of Missing Child
…going to happen, and Snyder was visibly upset. Snyder faces charges that she played a role in the disappearance of Jimmy Higham , a child placed in her care by Mahoning County Children’s Services. Police are still investigating a second suspect …

Suspect Indicted In “Where’s Jimmy?” Case
…with evidence, endangering children, permitting child abuse, and gross abuse of a corpse. Snyder had custody of Jimmy Higham the Third when he disappeared in 2001 at the age of 16. There’s been no sign of Jimmy since then. Police believe that …

“Where’s Jimmy?”: Snyder Pleads Not Guilty
…children, permitting child abuse, and gross abuse of a corpse. In an new investigation opened by Youngstown Police in May, detectives said they believe 16-year-old Jimmy Higham died in June 2001 while in the legal custody of Snyder.

Suspect in Missing Child Case Faces Prison for Another Crime
…July. Judge Scott Krichbaum ordered Snyder back to prison for one year. Snyder was the legal guardian of 16-year-old Jimmy Higham when he disappeared in June of 2001. Youngstown Police Detectives say the child died in her custody.


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Carrie Culberson

December 11, 2009 by  
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Ohio<br>Carrie Culberson</br>

Missing Since: 08/28/96
Missing from: Blanchester, Ohio
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 01/31/74
Age at disappearance: 22
Height: 5’2″
Weight: 122 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Race: White
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Culberson’s ears are
pierced. She has a tattoo of a sun on her inner right calf and a
daisy on her right hip.
Nickname: Carrie

Details of Disappearance
Culberson dated Vincent “Vince” Doan from 1994 – 1996 in their hometown of Blanchester, Ohio. A photo of Doan is posted below this case summary. Their relationship was extremely volatile and abusive. Culberson informed authorities that Doan smashed her car’s windows while she sat inside the vehicle and also hit her in the lower abdomen, bruising her kidneys, in 1995 and 1996. Culberson filed a criminal complaint of misdemeanor assault against Doan during the summer of 1996 after he allegedly hit her on the head with a space heater, requiring Culberson to receive five surgical staples to close the wound. Culberson and Doan were scheduled to appear at a court hearing in early September 1996 regarding the complaint.

Culberson’s family told authorities that Doan abducted her and held her at gunpoint for five hours in on August 25, three days before she was last seen, before she convinced him to drive her home. They also stated that Doan was obsessed with Culberson and was very controlling.

Culberson was last seen at approximately 11:30 PM on August 28, 1996. She was dropped off at her residence after attending a volleyball game with two friends. One of her neighbors say she left the house in her car a few minutes after arriving. Culberson has never been heard from again and her red 1989 Honda CRX disappeared with her. She was missed at 6:00 a.m. the next morning when her mother noticed that her car was not in the driveway.

Doan had appeared at the volleyball game the night Culberson disappeared, angry with her because she would not accompany him to court where he had to appear on a traffic violation. He wanted to drive her home, but Culberson attempted to avoid being alone with him. She was seen shaking her head “no” to Doan numerous times, and told him she was the designated driver and had to see her friends home. Doan finally left the bar angrily and those inside could hear his tires squealing as he peeled out of the parking lot.

Culberson’s loved ones believe that she may have driven to Doan’s house during the early morning hours of August 29, after her friends dropped her off at home. Doan at first claimed he hadn’t seen her, but later changed his story and said that Culberson arrived at his home at 12:30 a.m. and honked, but he refused to speak to her. He told authorities that she appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the alleged incident, but Culberson’s friends say she had only one beer while she was with them and was not drunk. Doan changed his story a third time and says Culberson went to his house and he came out wrapped in a towel and told her he no longer loved her, and she sped away in her car. Doan was immediately considered the prime suspect in Culberson’s disappearance, in part because of the many conflicting accounts he gave to investigators about the time he last saw her.

Authorities began searching Doan’s family’s property in Blanchester five days following Culberson’s disappearance. Bloodhound evidence indicated the presence of human remains in a pile of dirt on the property of Lawrence Baker, Doan’s father, but a dig revealed only a buried freezer containing plastic bags, clothing, and decomposing animal flesh that had once been used to feed Baker’s pet lion.
The former police chief, Richard Payton, was a friend of Doan’s family and allegedly warned them that Doan was bound to become a prime suspect in Culberson’s case. Payton allowed the Doan family’s property to be left unattended overnight during the search for evidence. Footprints were discovered on the floor of a drained pond on the property the following morning. Search dogs had traced Culberson’s scent to the edge of the pond earlier in the investigation. It is believed that Doan and possibly several of his relatives removed Culberson’s body from the pond during the evening hours when the site was not secured.

Doan was charged and tried for Culberson’s kidnapping and murder in 1997. He was originally charged with kidnapping only, but two counts of aggravated murder, reflecting two separate police theories of the killing, were added to the indictment five days before Doan was to go to trial. The trial had to be postponed over one month as a result. Doan maintained his innocence throughout the trial and attempted to stage an appeal, but his request was denied. He refused to answer prosecutors’ questions regarding the whereabouts of Culberson’s remains and utilized his Fifth Amendment rights during the proceedings.

The prosecution presented evidence that Doan was a very violent, controlling man whose abuse on Culberson had escalated into murder. One of Doan’s neighbors testified that she had seen him assaulting Culberson in his front yard on the morning of her disappearance. The ex-wife of Doan’s brother Tracey Baker said he appeared at the house she and Tracey shared at 3:15 a.m. that day, disheveled and appearing distraught. Blood was smeared on his clothing. Doan and Tracey drove away at 4:30 a.m. after Doan showered. They took a gun and some garbage bags. When they returned at approximately 5:00 a.m., both men had blood on them.

A cellmate of Doan’s also testified. They had been incarcerated together while Doan was awaiting trial. Doan allegedly told his cellmate that he thought Culberson had been cheating on him and he had to make her pay. He said he lay awake at night thinking of a hundred different ways to kill her.

The defense said that Culberson was probably still alive. They pointed to a lack of physical evidence that would prove she was dead, and dozens of sightings of her and her car after her disappearance. They pointed out that many of the people testifying against Doan had criminal records or were known to be habitual liars. Doan’s father and stepmother both testified that they had visited his house between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. the day of Culberson’s disappearance and found him asleep on his living room couch. The defense said this testimony proved he could not have killed Culberson.

During the trial a woman in Cincinnati, Ohio, called 911 claiming to be Culberson and said it was wrong to put an innocent man on trial. Culberson’s mother listened to a recording of the call and said the woman was not her daughter.

The jury reached a verdict after four days of deliberation on August 7, 1997. They found Doan guilty of one count of aggravated murder and three counts of kidnapping, determining that Doan kidnapped or tried to kidnap Culberson and she died as a result. They rejected the alternate prosecution theory that Doan killed Culberson to keep her from testifying against him in the assault case. Doan was sentenced to to life without parole for the murder and nine years for the kidnapping. He has always maintained his innocence in Culberson’s case and stated he was wrongfully accused.

The 12th District Court of Appeals upheld the Doan verdicts in February 2000. Payton was later released from his duty as police chief in Blanchester and was accused of assisting the Doan family cover up the murder scene in 1996. He was charged with obstruction of justice but pled guilty to two counts of dereliction of duty, recieving a year’s unsupervised probation, a $750 fine, and a ninety-day suspended jail sentence. Tracey Baker was found guilty of obstruction of justice in Culberson’s murder case and sentenced to eight years in prison; Lawrence Baker was tried but acquitted. Doan is currently incarcerated at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison located in Titusville, Ohio. Tracey is serving his sentence at Ross Correctional Facility in Chillicothe, Ohio. He will be eligible for parole in 2006.

Culberson’s family won a $3.75 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city in 2001. They paid the Culberson family $2 million and pledged to establish a memorial to domestic violence victims and make sure law enforcement officers will be trained further in handling domestic violence complaints. They will also continue searching for Culberson’s body. A plaque with her picture on it will hang in Blanchester Police Department’s front lobby until her remains are discovered. She has not yet been located and neither has her car.

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Anna Marie Scivetti

December 9, 2009 by  
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New York<br>Anna Scivetti</br>

Missing Since: 08/19/98
Missing from: New York City, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth:09/20/63
Age at disappearance: 34
Height: 5’2″
Weight: 115 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Race: White
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Wears eyeglasses or
contact lenses.
Medical Conditions: Manic depressive and requires
medication to regulate her condition.

Details of Disappearance
Scivetti was last seen leaving Ferrar Foods in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Scivetti worked as a receptionist there. Records show that she crossed the Outerbridge Crossing and made it back to Staten Island. Her vehicle is also missing and is described as a bluish gray, four door, 1988 Mazda with NY Lic# 420-5GT. (pictured below)
On the day of her disappearance, she was scheduled to meet her new landlord to give him a downpayment on an apartment. She and her new roommate planned to have dinner before the meeting. Scivetti did not show up for the planned dinner. Scivetti’s phone records indicate the last call she made was to Charles Chorman, the man who she had an on and off relationship with for four years. Chorman had been arrested for abusing Scivetti in 1997.

Chorman was rumored to be romantically involved with his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Bump, at the time of her disappearance in 1993. Chorman has refused to cooperate in the invesitigations of Bumps’ and Scivetti’s disappearances but has not been named as a suspect by Law Enforcement.

Anna’s family said that she would never leave without saying goodbye, or leave her dog unattended, or leave with no money in her pocket.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

New York City Police Department
(212) 473-2048


Anna Marie Scivetti

Eleven years later, the mystery of Anna Marie Scivetti’s disappearance still haunts her family as if it happened yesterday.

And now, the family of the 34-year-old West Brighton woman is once again asking for the public’s help in learning the truth about her fate, and doubling the reward they’re offering for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of her killer.

“What I am looking for is justice — truth and justice,” says Angel DeRuvo, Ms. Scivetti’s sister. “I’m her advocate.”For years, her family had offered a $25,000 reward. They’ve now increased that amount to $50,000.

Ms. Scivetti disappeared 11 years ago this past Wednesday, on her way back from her new job in New Jersey. In 2005, she was legally declared dead, and her sister has no doubt she was murdered.

“When she failed to come home from work, I just instinctively knew something was wrong,” Ms. DeRuvo said.

Ms. Scivetti’s sister described her as free-spirited and bohemian, a lover of music with an artistic side.

She vanished after traveling over the Outerbridge Crossing to Staten Island from her job as a receptionist in South Plainfield, N.J.

She was supposed to meet a friend for dinner and place a deposit on an apartment in Tottenville, but never showed up for either appointment.

She has not been heard from since, and her car, a blue-gray Mazda four-door sedan, New York license plate number U205G2, was never found.

Ms. Scivetti’s family continue to focus on her ex-boyfriend, Charles Chorman, 55, of Tottenville, who they believe has information about her disappearance.

Chorman is also the brother-in-law of Elizabeth Bump, a 39-year-old Tottenville woman who disappeared in April 1993 and was never found. He has never been charged in either case.

Chorman did not return phone calls seeking comment last week, and his lawyer, John Murphy Jr., who in the past has denied Chorman had any link to the disappearance, refused to discuss the family’s allegations.

“I’m not going to talk about it. I have nothing to say, and neither does he,” Murphy said.


Staten Island woman’s mystery disappearance

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Anna Marie Scivetti is described by her sister as free-spirited and bohemian, a lover of music with an artistic side.

Advance reports and court records show Ms. Scivetti obtained an order of protection in late 1997 after Chorman allegedly attacked her.


He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, yet Ms. Scivetti continued to see him and even went away with him two months before she vanished, according to her family and Advance reports.

Chorman also served four years in prison on federal charges about two decades ago for masterminding a car-theft ring that authorities say stole 500 cars worth $6 million.

District Attorney Daniel Donovan would not name a suspect in Ms. Scivetti’s disappearance — “We have not discounted any possibilities regarding Anna’s disappearance,” he said.

He hopes the increased reward will give someone incentive to come forward with information, and he urged people to contact his office, no matter how insignificant they think their tip might be.

“These circumstantial evidence cases end up being puzzles that you put together,” he said. “We just ask people who may have a piece of the puzzle to come forward.”

And Ms. DeRuvo hopes that the $50,000 might spur someone into action out of financial necessity.

Not knowing her sister’s ultimate fate, she said, is maddening.

“If someone dies from a disease or an accident it’s there, it’s not open-ended, it’s there. But when someone disappears, it stays open forever,” she said. “There’s questions that are not answered, and that stays with you. Why am I bringing this up 11 years later? Because it’s still there, and she’s not there.”

The investigation remains open, with a detective in his office assigned to it, Donovan said.

“We have not forgotten her, we have not closed the investigation. We work on this continuously,” Donovan said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Donovan’s office at 718-876-6300, or send an e-mail to info@rcda.nyc.gov. Tipsters can also contact the lead investigator, Det. John Juliano, at 718-556-7151.


SEARCH FOR ANSWERS Missing singer’s kin eye boyfriend

October 2th 2000
In the Staten Island neighborhood of Tottenville, the eyes of a pretty, raven-haired musician stare out from storefronts, light poles, trees and a billboard along the route convicted car thief Charles Chorman takes to work.

There are flyers on poles on Amboy Road, posters in the corner store, even a billboard on Hylan Blvd., not far from the car service where Chorman is a mechanic.

They show a picture of Chorman’s mistress of four years, Anna Marie Scivetti, and seek an answer to a question her family has been asking since Aug. 19, 1998: What happened to the young woman?

“Reward. The family of Anna Marie Scivetti are offering a $25,000 reward for the person providing direct information leading [to her] recovery.”

By now, her family has lost all hope it will find the young singer, who aspired to be a rock star, alive. They only wish to give her a proper burial.

And they think Chorman, 46, is the only one who knows where her body is.

Scivetti, 35, is not the only woman linked to Chorman to have vanished. His sister-in-law, Elizabeth Bump, 29, disappeared in 1993.

Inspector Charles Wells, commanding officer of the NYPD Special Investigation Division, called Chorman the “common denominator” between both women.

“We’d like to question Charlie Chorman because of his relationship with both women,” said Wells, who was quick to say Chorman is not a suspect. “He refuses to cooperate.”

Scivetti and Chorman had a rocky four-year relationship, marred by violence and tangled in lies, cops and her family said.

Chorman vacationed with Scivetti in California and at a Woodstock revival concert, telling her he was separated from his wife. In fact, he had never left his wife, Linda Bump, a fact Scivetti’s family said they did not discover until after she disappeared.

“I liked him. He never raised the hairs on the back of my neck,” said Scivetti’s stepfather, Phil Calundann. “It was not until I went to him, thinking that he might be able to help us find her, that I figured out he was a liar.”

Calundann said his stepdaughter kept much of her affair with Chorman a secret.

He said he hadn’t known that Chorman was arrested on Sept. 30, 1997, for pushing Scivetti to the floor, pulling her hair, and punching her in the head.

After pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and paying an $85 fine, he sent Scivetti a dozen red roses, said her sister Angel DeRuvo.

“It was a classic domestic violence type of relationship,” DeRuvo said. “My sister was an easy target for him.”

DeRuvo is the force behind the reward campaign. She said she is tired of Chorman “hiding behind the suit of his lawyer,” and decided to bombard him with constant reminders of her sister. “I want him to be brought in for questioning. I want him to be behind bars. I want him to tell me where my sister is buried,” DeRuvo said from her home, which has become the headquarters for Friends of Anna.

Because neither Scivetti nor sister-in-law Bump has been found, and there is no evidence of foul play, Chorman is under no legal obligation to answer questions from detectives.

His lawyer, John Murphy, said Chorman has done nothing wrong. “There is not a scintilla of evidence to say that he engaged in any criminality,” Murphy said. “If he were, he most certainly would have been arrested a long time ago.”

Initially, Chorman took a markedly different approach with the police regarding the disappearance of his sister-in-law.

Bump, a home health care aide, was last seen after noon on April 9, 1993, after she left the Staten Island home of an elderly patient.

That patient told detectives he saw two white men in their 30s beckon her across the street.

Five days later, her 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix was found a few blocks away – wiped clean of fingerprints, cops said.

Bump had lived in Somerset, N.J., with her sister, Chorman’s wife, while he was serving 41/2 years of a 12-year federal sentence in connection with auto theft. He was released in December 1992, five months before Elizabeth Bump disappeared.

Chorman was at first helpful, and even signed up to be a part of a search party. His wife, Linda, pleaded with the public.

“Please help us find Elizabeth,” she tearfully told reporters. But when it became apparent the police wanted to question her husband, Linda Bump hired an attorney.

In 1988, Chorman was convicted of being the mastermind of a stolen car ring that ripped off luxury cars from Staten Island and sold them to a car dealership in North Carolina throughout the early 1980s.

North Carolina prosecutors said Chorman stole at least 500 cars – worth about $6 million. The cars, primarily Cadillacs and Buicks, were stolen from malls and homes on Staten Island. The take from those crimes has never been recovered, police sources said.


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Shirley A. McKeown

December 6, 2009 by  
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Missouri<br>Shirley Mckeown</br>

Missing Since: 08/24/02
Missing from: Kansas City, Missouri
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 01/21/31
Age at disappearance: 71
Height: 5’5″
Weight: 145 lbs.
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Blue
Race: White
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Curly hair. Wears
Medical Conditions: McKeown wears a pacemaker.
She was otherwise in excellent health at the time of her
disappearance and was not on any daily medications.
Clothing: Blue jeans.

Details of Disappearance
McKeown was last seen at 9:30 a.m. on August 24, 2002 as she left her residence in the vicinity of Laurel Avenue and the 9100 block of east 44th Street, near the Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City, Missouri, to go to her daughter’s home in the 3400 block of Charlotte Street. She was helping her daughter remodel her house at the time of her disappearance. McKeown’s daughter was away the weekend of August 24 and McKeown was supervising the house painters. When she left them the day before, she had told them she would be back in the morning.

McKeown never made it to her daughter’s residence. Her daughter tried to call her at 2:00 p.m. on August 25, but got no answer. After several more calls with no answer she contacted McKeown’s neighbors, who said her dog had been left outside all night and her Sunday newspaper was still in the yard. The back door to the residence was unlocked. McKeown’s daughter said it would be uncharacteristic of her mother to neglect the animal or leave town without telling anyone. She reported McKeown missing on August 25, one day after she was last seen. There has been no activity on her bank accounts and credit cards since her disappearance.

On September 3, a week and a half after McKeown disappeared, her vehicle was found abandoned in a vacant lot near 33rd Avenue and Highland in Kansas City. The car, a white two-door 1990 Cadillac Deville, was hidden behind trees and covered with a car tarp and some brush. Its license plates, specialized Missouri conservation plates that are blue in color and read “MCQ-N,” were missing and have not been recovered. There was a large amount of blood in the backseat of the car, but no indication of McKeown’s whereabouts. Authorities stated that there was enough blood in the vehicle to prove that McKeown could not have survived.

A few days after the car was found, a man contacted police saying he had information about the vehicle. He came in for a voluntary interview. Investigators searched his home and yard afterwards. The man, who has not been identified, lives in the neighborhood where the car was found. Authorities have not said whether their search of his residence turned up any evidence relating to McKeown’s case. The man is not being called a suspect in her disappearance, but investigators believe he may have had contact with people who were involved in her disappearance. Another individual who had been driving McKeown’s car and had some of her possessions has been questioned, but has not been charged in connection with her case.

Foul play is suspected in McKeown’s disappearance; her daughter believes she could have been the victim of a carjacking. McKeown has no history of Alzheimer’s Disease or other mental problems and was in excellent health at the time she vanished. She is a retired nurse who used to work at North Kansas City Hospital in 1960s through the late 1970s, and has also held part-time jobs at Hallmark and at the Kansas City Royals ticket office. McKeown enjoyed antiques and refinishing old woodwork at the time of her 2002 disappearance. Her case is being investigated as a homicide and remains unsolved.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Kansas City Police Department
(816) 234-5136

Missing person information on the Kansas City Police Department website.

Shirley on the National Center For Missing Adults website


The Elusive Pursuit of Justice : Guest Blog by James Hart

Investigation Discovery

August 30, 2008

Last week, I talked to a woman named Bridget McKeown about the sixth anniversary of her mother’s disappearance. Shirley McKeown, 71, was driving to her daughter’s house when she vanished on Aug. 24, 2002. Days later, police found her car. So much of her blood was spilled in the interior, investigators concluded, there was no way that she could still be alive. In the years since, they’ve never discovered exactly what happened to her. Despite the best efforts of police, her killer has never been held to account.


Website dedicated to the disappearance of Shirley McKeown

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6 Years Later: Who murdered Shirley McKeown?

Kansas City Star

August 28, 2008

Shirley McKeown, 71, disappeared on Aug. 24, 2002, as she was driving to her daughter’s house in Midtown. When police found the vehicle on Sept. 3, so much of her blood was discovered in the interior that investigators knew she couldn’t possibly have lived. Though her body has never been recovered, McKeown has been considered a homicide ever since.

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Missing Shirley McKeown

Kansas City Star: Unfettered Letters

August 27, 2008

Even after six long years, I still miss my neighbor Shirley McKeown. On Aug. 24, 2002, Shirley left our neighborhood to run over to her daughter’s house. She has never been seen since. Her white Cadillac was recovered later, but no sign of Shirley.

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Five years later, no resolution in Shirley McKeown case

Kansas City Star

August 27, 2007

Friday was the fifth anniversary of local woman Shirley McKeown’s disappearance. The 71-year-old was probably carjacked while driving to her daughter’s house, her family says.

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Rally for the missing

Kansas City Star: Unfettered Letters

June 21, 2007

I would like to thank the North Carolina-based CUE Center for Missing Persons for coming to Kansas City to hold a rally Sunday at the J.C. Nichols Fountain near the Country Club Plaza. About 200 people gathered to remember Summer Shipp, Sam and Lindsey Porter, Shirley McKeown and Jody Ledkins. Other missing persons remembered were Loy Evitts, Crystal Kipper, Joan Butler, Theresa Brown, Christine Rusch and many others whose names we couldn’t recall.

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On The Road To Remember Tour – Kansas City

Fox 4 News Kansas City

June 14, 2007

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Everybody deserves to be looked for

Kansas City Star

Jun 6, 2007

I’d never heard of the Community United Effort before, but the North Carolina-based group’s Center for Missing Persons has planned a national tour where they’ll travel to different cities and publicize missing-persons cases. Their schedule includes a few rallies here in Missouri later this month.

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Kristi O’Pry

November 28, 2009 by  
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Louisiana<br>Kristi Opry</br>

Missing Since: 07/19/96
Missing from: Shreveport, Louisiana
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 05/08/70
Age at disappearance: 26
Height: 5’7″
Weight: 115-120 lbs.
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Race: White
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Double-pierced ears.
Scar on left side of her neck.
Clothing: Jeans, a short-sleeved black midriff shirt,
brown sandals, & carried a black denim purse with light
pastel-colored stripes.

Details of Disappearance
O’Pry needed to run errands on July 19, 1996 in her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. Eric Dale Mickelson, a friend of her boyfriend, agreed to drive O’Pry if she paid for his gasoline costs. Mickelson and O’Pry were riding in his white 1971 Chevrolet Fleetside pickup truck. Photos of Mickelson and his vehicle are posted below this case summary.

O’Pry and Mickelson visited her sister’s residence on Meriweather Road and departed at approximately 8:00 p.m. Mickelson told authorities that he and O’Pry stopped at the Circle K store on the corner of Walker Road and Mackey Lane. Mickelson stated that O’Pry used the pay phone at the store. Phone records did not show any indication of any calls O’Pry may have made from the location. Mickelson claimed that he did not witness O’Pry make a call from the phone; he said that he was repairing his vehicle’s stereo speaker wires at the time she was inside the business. Mickelson stated that he proceeded to drop O’Pry off at the El Chico entrance of the South Park Mall on Jewella Avenue in Shreveport at approximately 8:30 p.m. O’Pry has never been seen again. She was carrying a black denim purse with light pastel-colored stripes at the time of her disappearance. She was reported missing four days after she was last seen.

O’Pry’s boyfriend, Jerry “Todd” Dean, told investigators that Mickelson called him between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. on July 20, 1996, the day following O’Pry’s disappearance. Dean said that Mickelson told him he dropped O’Pry at the mall the previous evening. O’Pry lived with Dean and his friend, Wade Burnley, on Linwood Avenue at the time she was last seen. Dean did not inform O’Pry’s family that she never returned home until July 23, four days after she initially disappeared.

O’Pry did not take any personal belongings with her when she vanished. She left behind her three-year-old daughter, something that her family said was completely uncharacteristic of her behavior. Security guards at the South Park Mall told investigators that they did not observe anyone matching O’Pry’s description at the shopping center the night she was last seen. Authorities are not certain if she arrived at the location.

Both Dean and Burnley passed polygraph tests administered by law enforcement shortly after O’Pry’s disappearance. Mickelson refused to take a lie detector test, saying that he considers the devices unreliable. He was considered the prime suspect in O’Pry’s case, although for many years he maintained his innocence. He was subsequently charged with the unrelated murder of an elderly man. In 2007, while in prison awaiting trial on that charge, Mickelson confessed to O’Pry’s murder. He said he had strangled her and disposed of her body in a pond on his property on Woolworth Road, but later moved the remains to another location. Some months later, in August 2007, he was charged with second-degree murder in O’Pry’s case. Authorities stated they found unspecified evidence in the pond that corroborated his confession, but her body has not been located.

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Extensive searches have not yielded any clues as to O’Pry’s whereabouts. Foul play is suspected due to the circumstances involved in O’Pry’s disappearance.

Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office



Sequence of Events



  • Fri. July 19, 1996 — Kristi leaves her sister’s house on Meriwether Road at about 8pm with Eric Dale Mickelson in his pickup truck.
  • Sat. July 20, 1996 — According to Kristi’s boyfriend Jerry “Todd” Dean, Eric called him at home about 10 or 11am claiming he dropped Kristi off at South Park Mall the night before. Eric asks Todd to tell Kristi that she better not ever use him for a ride again.
  • Tue. July 23, 1996 — Kristi’s boyfriend “Todd” calls Kristi’s mother and reports that Kristi never came home Friday night. Kristi’s family begins contacting Kristi’s friends and acquaintances to see if they can find anyone who’s seen Kristi since Friday night.
  • Wed. July 24,1996 — Kristi’s mother alerts the police concerning Kristi’s disappearance. Many more phone calls are made to try and locate her.
  • Fri. July 26, 1996 — A search of Kristi’s home reveals that none of her personal belongings are missing. “This is a girl who really cared about her appearance … she wouldn’t have left on her own without all her stuff.” says her sister Paige. (Kristi’s toothbrush and make up were found in the bathroom) Her purse and keys could not be located anywhere inside her home. Family members begin posting flyers in Shreveport, East Texas and the surrounding area reporting that Kristi is missing.
  • August 1996— South Park Mall Security Guards that were at the mall entrance on horseback stated that they did not recall seeing anyone fitting Kristi’s description being dropped off between 8 and 9pm the night Kristi vanished. Private Investigator and retired Shreveport Police Officer Ken Hudson of Kenro Investigations offers his services free of charge. He advised the family to obtain Kristi’s dental records so they could be added to NCIC. A few days later William “Bill” Meeks of M & M Investigations also offered to donate his services to assist in the search for Kristi. Reporter Meredith White with Channel 6 (NBC) in Shreveport does the first “family” interview. Kristi’s mother and sister Paige were interviewed. The Times, a newspaper in Shreveport has done several stories on Kristi’s disappearance asking for anyone with information to come forward. The Thrifty Nickel newspaper in Shreveport also donated space in their paper. They ran a series of display ads for several weeks. The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office August 30, 1996 Press Release .
  • September 1996— Eric Mickelson, the man last seen with Kristi is refusing to cooperate with authorities and has refused to take a polygraph test. He claims that he doesn’t believe in them. Eric Mickelson told the detectives that before he dropped Kristi off at South Park Mall he stopped at the Circle K store at the corner of Walker Road and Mackey Lane across from Southwood High School so that Kristi could make a telephone call. Eric claims he didn’t actually see Kristi make a phone call because he had his head under the dashboard repairing his stereo speaker wires. Detectives got the records of all the telephone calls made to and from the pay phones located there but did not find any calls that could be linked to Kristi. Kristi’s mother went to visit Eric Mickelson asking him for help in locating her daughter, he told her that he did not know where Kristi was. Someone has begun to “destroy” and/or take down Kristi’s missing posters around Shreveport. Rumors of what became of Kristi are a hot topic all over town. The Most Wanted, a weekly newspaper in the Shreveport – Bossier City area devoted to locating fugitives and missing persons is running a series of display ads reporting Kristi’s disappearance. The friendship between “Todd” Dean and Eric Mickelson continues.
  • October 1996— Detective Roy Tabor with The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office takes over the case and he begins his investigation. The original detective on the case left the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office to work for another law enforcement agency. This change in detectives was much needed because the original detective did not believe anything had happened to Kristi. He kept saying “Oh she’ll problably show up in a couple of weeks”.
  • November 1996— Detective Roy Tabor continues to interview many people concerning Kristi’s whereabouts. Several hundred more missing posters are distributed all over North Louisiana and North East Texas.
  • December 7,1996The Times runs an article saying that the male acquaintance that was last seen with Kristi is not cooperating with authorities and has refused a polygraph. This was made public for the first time today.
  • March 10,1997— The Geraldo Rivera Show profiles Kristi’s case.
  • May 8,1997— Today is Kristi’s 27th Birthday.
  • May 28,1997— Front page article in The Times today. Reporter Larry Burton interviews Kristi’s sister Paige and Bill Meeks with M & M Investigations. A photograph of Paige holding Kristi’s child is also printed on the front page.
  • July 19,1997— Kristi has been missing for one year today.
  • December 27,1997–Detective Roy Tabor brought in cadaver dogs to search an area in South Caddo Parish. The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office December 27th 1997 Press Release.
  • Tuesday January 10,1998— Two of Kristi’s sisters fly to New York City to be guests on the Geraldo Rivera Show. The show about missing persons was taped the following day, January 11.
  • Tuesday February 3,1998— The Geraldo Rivera Show aired the story taped on Jan.11. Reporter Larry Burton with The Times did an article telling the citizens of the Shreveport area that Kristi’s case would be on the Geraldo Rivera Show today.
  • Friday May 1,1998— This web site went online.
  • Friday May 8,1998— Kristi’s 28th Birthday. Reporter Meredith White who now works for Channel 12 (CBS) in Shreveport interviewed two of Kristi’s sisters about how the World Wide Web can assist families and law enforcement agencies with unsolved cases. They discussed how Kristi’s new web site is helping spread the word of her disappearance. Everyone involved in the investigation feels like this web site will be an asset to the case. Kristi’s sisters made it very clear, they want justice, not revenge.
  • Sunday July 19,1998— Kristi has now been missing for two years. Family members are desperate to know what became of Kristi. They are asking local residents to assist in the search for the Missing Shreveport Mother. We hope that someone will come forward with helpful information, because it’s the right thing to do. Kristi’s disappearance has been a nightmare for her family and they pray that someone will come forward with the information they need to solve Kristi’s disappearance. Please pray for Kristi and her young daughter who is very confused and hurt by her mother’s disappearance.
  • Monday September 7,1998— The Geraldo Rivera Show taped back in January of 1998 was rebroadcast today. It’s widely believed that Kristi was murdered but Kristi’s family and friends pray that’s not the case and have refused to give up.
  • Wednesday November 11,1998— A talented reporter from The Inquisitor
    wrote an interesting article concerning Kristi’s disappearance.
  • Friday January 1, 1999— The investigation into Kristi’s disappearance continues on a daily basis. Assistance is still being sought from individuals who can provide helpful information concerning Kristi’s whereabouts.
  • Tuesday February 16, 1999Cosmopolitan Magazine published an article in the March 99 issue concerning “Missing Women”, Kristi’s name was included in the article.
  • Saturday May 8, 1999— Kristi’s 29th Birthday.
  • Friday May 5, 2000— Kristi’s Family once again requests that anyone who may have helpful information concerning Kristi’s fate and or location to please contact the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. Contact numbers and an email address are listed below.
  • Sunday May 8th, 2000— Kristi’s 30th Birthday.
  • Wednesday July 19th, 2000— Kristi vanished four years ago today.
  • Tuesday May 8th, 2001— Kristi’s 31st Birthday.
  • Thursday July 19th, 2001— Kristi vanished five years ago today.
  • Saturday December 15th, 2001— Kristi’s Family and Friends are living through another Holiday Season with no knowledge of Kristi’s location. It’s difficult to put up a Christmas Tree, buy gifts and cook a big dinner because despite it all, there’s still that empty chair at the table.
  • Wednesday May 8th, 2002— Kristi’s 32nd Birthday.
  • Wednesday May 29th, 2002— Even after all this time, we still have faith we’ll find Kristi one day. John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted told us he’s solved 20 year old crimes in the past and encouraged us not to ever give up.
  • Friday July 19th, 2002— Kristi vanished six years ago today.
  • May 8th, 2003— Kristi’s 33rd Birthday. An empty, sad day for her family.
  • Saturday July 19th, 2003— Kristi vanished seven years ago today. It’s hard to believe that this much time has passed with no resolution. Her little girl is growing up before our eyes still wondering what became of her mother. Those responsible for Kristi’s diappearance have caused far more damage than they will ever realize.
  • January 26th, 2004— William “Bill” Meeks, age 49, Private Investigator and Family Friend passed away unexpectedly today. Bill had a strong personal interest in finding justice for Kristi and spent countless hours over the years searching for her. Bill was a member of the Louisiana Private Investigators Association. He owned and operated M & M Investigations in Shreveport for sixteen years. He always assisted his clients with the utmost attention. Bill also served on the committee for Domestic Violence for Caddo and Bossier Parishes and was an advocate for abused women and children. His heart was made of gold and he was constantly there to help others. We hope he now knows the truth about what became of Kristi since he put so much effort into the case while he was here with us. God Bless You Bill, Thank You For Everything.
  • Friday April 23rd, 2004— Dateline NBC did an investigative report on the disappearance of 18 year old Kelly Dae Wilson who vanished from Gilmer, Texas in 1992. The story was aired on Friday April 23rd, 2004. (Kelly’s picture is shown below, Gilmer Texas is not far from Shreveport) At the end of the show Stone Phillips mentioned that strangely enough other women in the area found murdered or who had gone missing also have names that start with the letter “K”. He was talking about Murder Victim Kayla Mayberry (1994) and Missing Person Kristi O’Pry (1996) from Shreveport, LA. There’s also Kimberly Norwood who’s missing from Northeast Texas.
  • May 8th, 2004— Kristi’s 34th Birthday. Still missing you more than ever Boo.
  • Mother’s Day May 8th, 2005— Kristi’s 35th Birthday.
  • Tuesday July 19th, 2005— Kristi has been missing nine years today.
  • May 8th, 2006— Kristi’s 36th Birthday.
  • May 8th, 2007— Kristi’s 37th Birthday.
  • July 12th, 2007— Eric Mickelson is arrested for the murder of 86 yr-old War Veteran Charles Martin
  • Friday July 13th, 2007— While in Shreveport Police custody Eric Mickelson confesses to murdering Kristi. The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Department begins excavating the area where Eric claims to have abandoned Kristi’s remains. Mickelson Mentions Six Slayings total to Police. Caddo sheriff’s deputies are searching a creek and boggy area on Jefferson-Paige Road near the American Rose Center for evidence. Deputies dug at times with shovels and sent in a trained dog to search the area. Parish workers later joined, using a track hoe to dig out chunks of concrete and mud and put it in a dump truck. The sludge will be sifted through at another location. The sheriff’s office did not report locating tangible evidence. Sheriff Steve Prator said that no one else is suspected in the O’Pry case. Prator’s office is contacting other agencies because of what he said is the “serial nature” of the O’Pry and Martin slayings.
  • Saturday July 21th, 2007— About 10 Caddo sheriff’s recruits are set to join the search today for the remains of Kristi O’Pry. The recruits will help deputies and medical personnel comb an area near a creek off Jefferson-Paige Road near Greenwood. Investigators divided the area with strings Wednesday to form a grid. The grid makes identifying the location of any evidence more accurate and manageable. Deputies have been searching the area since July 13.
  • Wednesday August 8th, 2007— The Pond on Mickelson’s Woolworth Rd property was drained and searched. Information provided by Mickelson was corroborated by evidence recovered from the pond. Mickelson told detectives he strangled Kristi with his bare hands, then disposed of her body in a pond on his Woolworth Rd property. Mickelson said he moved her remains to several other locations some time later. Caddo Parish investigators conducted a detailed search of the Jefferson Paige Road area Mickelson led them to looking for remains, but nothing was ever found at that location.
  • Thursday August 23rd, 2007— Investigator Kay Ward with The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office charged Eric Dale Mickelson with second-degree murder in the death of Kristi O’Pry. Mickelson was already in the Caddo Correctional Center on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the July death of 86-year-old Charlie Martin. Detectives say after Mickelson was arrested, he confessed to killing O’Pry. He was the last person seen with Kristi before she disappeared in July of 1996.



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