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-
Founder
910-232-1687
http://www.ncmissingpersons.org

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/10/opinion/caison-missing-persons

 

 

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.

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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

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The 10th Annual National Missing Persons Conference 2014

February 9, 2012 by  
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Breaking The Silence1Join 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.

THE CONFERENCE CONCLUDES ON SUNDAY, MARCH 23rd @ 1:00 pm

Please share this information with anyone who may work in the arena:

◊ Advocacy cocerning missing persons, families left behinnd or homicide victim

◊ Service agencies, non profit organization, law enforcement, search teams/groups, private investigators, coroner or those who work in the indentifcation 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 www.ncmissingpersons.org or email us cuecenter@aol.com

THE PASSAGE AWARD In Memory of “Susan Murphy Milano”
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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 holds a devotion to the cause.

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

 

SORC Meeting – Thursday, March 20, 2014

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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

 

 

TRAINING – Thursday, March 20, 2014   (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm)

ASHI CPR Pro Course:

4 hour CPR Pro class will teach you adult, child and infant CPR, conscious and unconscious obstructed airway, use of an AED.  Hands-on skills will be taught and evaluated as well as a written exam.

1Lead 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.

imageKarin 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.

 

Registration check in for conference attendees: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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 23rd @ 1:00 pm with a  round table open floor discussion, presentation of your conference plaque and a catered lunch.

Please share this information to anyone in this line of advocacy or missing person work, family of a missing person or homicide victim. To learn more about CUE Center for Missing Persons please visit us at our web site www.ncmissingpersons.org or email us cuecenter@aol.com

NOTICE: (This conference is a pre – registration conference ONLY) please contact our center for details, thank you.

Download and print Registration Application form below

Submit Registration: Mailing Address (CUE) PO Box 12714 Wilmington, NC 28405
Ph: (910) 343-1131 or (910) 232-1687 Fax: (910) 399-6137
Location: Holiday Inn Conference Center

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Note: Do not contact the hotel to register, the CUE Center for Missing Persons is responsible for submission of the rooming list and providing airport travel arrangements of all conference attendees. 

Want to become a 2014 sponsor?

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Download your packet here for printing forms, please mail them with your check  payable to:
CUE Center For Missing Persons
PO Box 12714
Wilmington, NC 28405

CUE Conference Official Photographer

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Carrie Eigbrett is an energetic, professional photographer specializing in nature, landscape & macro photography as well as on-location photo sessions for all ages. Her passion is in capturing your memories while showing your true personality. Carrie resides in and serves the Rochester and Fingerlakes, New York area.

 

 

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 friemds 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.

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TRAINING SESSION –  INSTRUCTORS

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Instructor – Ray Bechard    

Topic: Forced Labor Around the Globe

Raymond Bechard is an Author, Producer and Human Rights Advocate. He has worked to end injustice against all people for over twenty years. Bechard often advises social justice organizations in their mission to bring hope and encouragement to the world.

Among other writings he is the author of the recently published books, “The Berlin Turnpike: A True Story of Human Trafficking in America,” (TheBerlinTurnpike.com) which is a close, historical examination of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and its place within all American communities, and “Unspeakable: The Truth Behind the World’s Fastest Growing Crime,” an expose of Child Trafficking in all its forms around the globe.

Bechard also began and is the Executive Director of Men Against Prostitution And Trafficking (MENAPAT.org), the first anti-human trafficking Political Action Committee in America. Now, he is producing “Honor Bound,” a television series telling the previously untold stories of the US military’s humanitarian work throughout the world. (HonorBound.tv)   http://raymondbechard.blogspot.com

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Instructor – Holly Hughes

Topic: Social Media and the Law

For 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. http://hollybhughes.com

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Topic: Crime Scene Preservation
David retired from the Will County Sheriff Department, Joliet, Illinois after many years of service. He was a past U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Flotilla Commander 10-15 Channahon, Illinois. David Sullivan served in the past as the Will County E.M.A. SAR Division Chief, leading search efforts and first responders.
He is a Lead Instructor for Ground Search and Rescue & Search Management Classes for the Illinois SAR Council and is a HRD K9 handler with his experience beginning in 1998. Currently serving on the Advisor Board Member for NOCDS, and the Missouri State Outreach Coordinator for the CUE Center for Missing Persons.
David is listed as a AWDA K-9 Evaluator, member of the Semo Search Dogs Benton, Missouri and with the National Inland SAR School.  He has devoted his life to the service of locating the lost and their families.
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Instructor – Sheryl McCollum  - Director, Cold Case Investigative Research Institute

Topic: How “Throwaway” People Become Cold Cases

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

PeterHyattPeter Hyatt, Statement Analyst  

Topic: Statement Analysis as an Investigative Tool

Peter Hyatt is a civil investigator who has conducted more than 2,500 interviews including children’s interviews.  He uses Statement Analysis is his work, and teaches Statement Analysis in Interviewing. www.statement-analysis.blogspot.com  

 

 

 

 

 

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Gaétane Borders, Peas in Their Pods

Topic: What’s Race Got to Do With It? My Child is Missing!

Gaétane Borders is a psychologist, writer and speaker with 20 years of experience, and has devoted her life to making an impact in the lives of families. She is an advocate of children rights, and works tirelessly to help parents achieve healthy, harmonious, and emotionally stable environments for children.

As President of Peas in Their Pods, Gaétane helps to spread awareness about the epidemic of child abduction, and aims to arm parents with the knowledge necessary to prevent such tragedies. Through her advocacy work, Gaétane has sparked conversations regarding the disparate manner in which missing children of color are reported in the media.

Her dedication to empowering and helping parents has made her sought after, as she is often asked to contribute her expertise on radio shows, magazines and television programs. She has been featured on the Maury Povich Show, CNN News Room, CBS The Early Show, Real Savvy Moms, and has written articles for Essence.com, and various other publications. Gaétane has also been a regular contributor to the Nancy Grace Show, as well as a frequent guest parenting expert on Fox’s The Morning Show.

Dr. Scott Bonn

DocBonnTopic: The Curious Allure of Serial Killers

Dr. Scott Bonn is Professor of Criminology, media expert, public speaker, frequent guest analyst and commentator, and author of the critically acclaimed book, “Mass Deception.” He is an expert on state crime and serial killers.

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Topic Title: Unsolved Not Forgotten

Karen Beaudin is the published author of A Child is Missing-a true story and professional speaker. She addresses the subject of unsolved murders, the missing and unresolved deaths to law enforcement at homicide training sessions around the United States and in universities to criminal law students.

She’s an advocate for Cold Case Units and the creation of websites that list the unsolved, the missing and unresolved deaths in every state.  These websites can provide valuable information to law enforcement and makes available a place to leave anonymous tips. They also assure victims families that their loved one has not been forgotten. Recently Karen spoke at four Homicide Initiative Training Sessions in Ohio for the Bureau of Criminal Investigations. In 2009 she and her sisters were influential in establishing New Hampshire’s first Cold Case Unit. During Victims’ Rights Week, 2010, the Gloddy family received a certificate of appreciation from Governor John Lynch for their outstanding service on behalf of victims’ of crime.

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In 2012 the Ohio Attorney General recognized Karen for her advocacy in promoting Cold Case Units.   The Fraternal Order Of Police in Ohio acknowledged her valuable contribution to Ohio’s law enforcement community and the Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative. Karen has designed the Victims of Violent Crimes Bracelet for those affected by violent crimes. Information:

http://kbeaudin.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/victims-of-violent-crimes-braceletspecial-price-until-feburary-1-2014/

A portion of the profits goes to organizations that support victims of violent crimes and their families

 

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Elaine Pagliaro, Assistant Executive Director at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, retired from the Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Division of Scientific Services, Forensic Science Laboratory as Acting Director, where she worked in Criminalistics and Forensic Biology for almost 30 years.  During that time, Ms. Pagliaro was involved in most of the major criminal investigations in Connecticut and in cases of national prominence, such as the Penney Serra and Martha Moxley murders, the Michael Ross serial murders, the investigation of the death of Vincent Foster and the infamous “Woodchipper Murder” case.

She has qualified as an expert witness in the areas of forensic biochemistry, forensic DNA analysis, hair examination, and crime scene reconstruction in Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Louisiana and in Federal court. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science, a Life Member Awardee of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, and served on the Connecticut Commission for the Standardization of the Collection of Sexual Assault Evidence. Recently she served on the committee that wrote and revised the training videos on sexual assault for the State of Connecticut. Ms. Pagliaro has authored numerous publications on forensic science for professional journals and has presented at national and international symposia. A recent book, Forensic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, which she co-edited with Drs. Rita Hammer and Barbara Moynihan, received a best advanced practice book award from the American Journal of Nursing.

A summa cum laude graduate of the Quinnipiac University School of Law, Ms. Pagliaro is a member of the bar in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and the Federal District of New Hampshire.  Ms. Pagliaro is an adjunct faculty member at several Connecticut universities and colleges, including Quinnipiac University, where she instructs students of criminal justice and the law, and the University of New Haven.

Victims Hours Presentations  

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National Candle Light Service

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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 – “Where Do I Turn Too”  

birdieIn 1994 Birdie dedicated her life to work for and with victims of crime, after her youngest daughter, Amy Caroline, 18 years old, was carjacked and brutally murdered.

She founded Justice for Citizens to promote victim support; support victim-oriented legislation through citizen involvement; monitor the courts to report on the enforcement of existing laws; reform the judicial process to favor the victims and the community and increase public awareness of the judicial system.

Birdie served on North Carolina Victim Assistance Network Board thirteen years. Member of NC Interagency Council; Criminal Justice Partnership Program – Brunswick County; Child Fatality Task Force – Brunswick County; Governor’ Crime Commission – Victim’s Rights Study Group. Among numerous awards received – 2005 National Volunteer for Victims Award presented at the 2005 National Crime Victims Rights Week Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. and in 2013, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award.

Reading of the Poem Dedication - Sheree Justus

Vocal Tribute “Come Home” by One Republic

kidAllison Davis is a software design student at the Central Academy of Technology and Arts in Monroe, N.C. She has been a member of the Charlotte Childrens Choir since 2007.

Allison has traveled the Southeast performing with the Charlotte Childrens Choir. The highlight of her performance history thus far was singing at The White House in Washington, D.C. in 2011.

Allison has been a member of the missing persons community since her grandfather Billy Pound disappeared in November 2010. It is her honor to be a part of this conference.

 

 

 

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 

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One Purpose, recording artist from Spartanburg S.C. The group consists of the Reverend Darrell Smith, pastor of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Gaffney SC, Minister Mekesha Watson, three sisters, Jackie Peake Thompson, Jocelyn Peake, Jeanette Peake Porter and a good friend- Donna McDowell (not pictured).

Singing is in their blood. The three sisters along with their cousin– Reverend Darrell Smith began singing at a very young age as part of the church choir at their church Shiloh Baptist in Pauline SC, under the direction of the sisters mother Minnie Peake. They were introduced to Minister Watson (whose father is also a preacher: Reverend George Watson) in 1995 when the sisters father Reverend J. Lewis Peake became the pastor of the church Watson attended. Donna McDowell has been with the group for almost two years.

The group released their first Gospel CD in 2012 entitled “Wait”. Over one thousand copies were sold within six months of their release date. One Purpose is currently preparing to go back into the studio to record their second CD, expecting to be released in the Fall of 2014. The purpose of their ministry is to uplift people and draw them closer to Christ and to each other. They have traveled extensively ministering through songs to do just that.

God has made provisions for them to share the stage with gospel greats such as Tommy Ellison’s Legendary Singing Stars, Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites, Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s, Harvey Watkins Jr. & The Canton Spirituals, The Jackson Southernaires, Luther Barnes, The Swanee Quintets, Keith “Wonderboy “Johnson, Pea Bo Bryson and The McDonald Sisters. All their success, they owe to God and acknowledge that without Him, they are nothing and can do nothing.

“ ONE PURPOSE, A MINISTRY WITH A PURPOSE “  

Unveiling of the Wall – Candle Light Service Honorees & Families

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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
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Blue Line Radio
Center for HOPE
Child Seek
Clinton Herald
CODIS
CNN
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
Investigations Discovery
Justice For Chris Bartholomew.
Justice for Citizens
Justice for Mary Badaracco
G.I.N.A. 411
Kyle Fleischmann Foundation
Life Prints
LostNMissing Inc
Michelle Sigona-International Crime Correspondent
Missing Branson Perry
Missing Brittanee Drexel
Missing Crystal Soles
Missing Debbie Key
Missing Dori Ann Myers
Missing Gayle Moran
Missing Irish People
Missing John Morris
Missing Melanie Metheny
Missing Minors
Missing Patricia Viola
Missing Shirley Hunt
Missing Travis Baker
Mothers Are Vanishing
Missing Pieces Show
Missing Tara Grinstead
Mississippi Missing & Unidentified
NC Crime Control
NC-VAN
NC Wanted
News 14 Carolina
Officer.com
Out Post for Hope
Peace for the Missing
Project EDAN
Project Jason
Protect Every Child
Rachel Alert Network
Readers Digest
Safe Surroundings Private Investigations
Seattle Times
Second Life
Sun Coast Cruisers
Team Hope
Tribute To Christopher Micheal Pierce
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Victims Rights Advocacy Organizations
Wilmington Chamber
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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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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
Missng 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.


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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.
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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.

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Staten Island woman’s mystery disappearance

August 23, 2009


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.

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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.

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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
eyeglasses.
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.

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Shirley on the National Center For Missing Adults website

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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.

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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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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

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June 14, 2007

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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.

The Kansas City stop will be for several local missing people: Shirley McKeown, Sam and Lindsey Porter, Jody Ledkins, Jon Van Dyke, and Summer Shipp…

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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.

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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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Johnny Gosch

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Iowa<br>Johnny Gosch</br>

Missing since: 09/05/82
Missing from: West Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: 11/12/69
Age at disappearance: 12
Height:5’7
Weight :140
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Light brown, short hair; blue eyes.
Marks, Scars: Gosch has facial freckles. He has a horseshoe-shaped scar on his tongue and a birthmark on his left cheek.
Clothing: A white sweatshirt with Kim’s Academy imprinted on the back, warm-up pants and blue rubber thong sandals.
Dentals: There is a gap between his front teeth.
Nickname: Johnny

Circumstances of Disappearance
Gosch disappeared while conducting his newspaper route in West Des Moines, Iowa on September 5, 1982. He was tailed by his dachshund, Gretchen. Gosch was seen speaking to a male suspect while working his paper route on 42nd Street and Marcourt Lane. Gretchen returned home without her master. Because of the Gosch case, Iowa passed a law requiring immediate investigations of missing children.
Gosch disappeared from the same vicinity as  Eugene Wade Martin did in October of 1984 and  Marc James-Warren Allen in March of 1986. Martin also vanished while working his newspaper route; It has not been proven that these three cases are related in any way, but it is worth noting the similarities.

Gosch’s mother claimed that her son is alive and that he visited her in 1997. She announced her revelations during a 1999 pedophile crime organization trial in Nebraska. Gosch’s mother said that he came to her Iowa apartment in March 1997 with an unidentified male friend. She claims that Gosch told her he was abducted by members of a pedophile crime organization and he escaped from the group at an undetermined time. Gosch’s mother also said that her son was in fear of repercussions from the group and that was the reason he chose to remain “underground.” She stated that she has had no further contact with her son since his 1997 visit and that she remained silent about the event until called as a witness in court because she fears for Gosch’s safety.

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