The 11th Annual National Missing Persons Conference 2015
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CUE Center For Missing Persons
PO Box 12714
Wilmington, NC 28405
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Join us for our upcoming national conference for missing persons and all who work in the arena from advocating, volunteering, investigation, search and rescue and the identification process of those who are lost. This event is open to all who support the mission of finding a resolution for families who have suffered a missing loved one and are or have been a victim of crime.
Please share this information to anyone in this line of advocacy or missing person work, family of a missing person or homicide victim; see below. To contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org
◊ 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 www.ncmissingpersons.org or email us email@example.com
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.
Registration conference check 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 3/19/2015 & 7:00 am 3/20/2015
Note: The main hall entrance to the ballroom will remain open (Thursday) all day and evening hours for any participant or sponsor to set up items, informational handouts, missing person information or visuals, table display, banners, etc. When checking into the conference please request the person in charge for this area to help you in whatever you may need to assist you for a smooth process. You can also ship your items to the CUE Center, please be advised that the hotel will not handle items delivered to the hotel.
THE CONFERENCE CONCLUDES ON SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd @ 1:00 CUE Founder, Monica Caison training and discussion, presentation of your conference plaque and a lunch.
SORC Meeting – Thursday, March 19, 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-232-1687.
This meeting for is for the annual gathering ad training for directors.
TRAINING ASHI CPR Pro Course:
Thursday, March 19, 2015 (6:30 pm – 10:30 pm)
Instructor: Karin Bergholm
Karin Bergholm is a retired, Florida Law Enforcement officer, after proudly serving for 27.5 years. After retirement in 2012, she became a member of CUE and First Response Search Team, in Tallahassee.
Karin is a certified, adjunct instructor of CPR and First Responder for police recruits at The Florida Public Safety Institute, located near Tallahassee, Fl.
Karin is also in the process of training K-9 Trooper (a rescue dog) in the discipline of Human Remains Detection.
Kelly is a retired sergeant with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Fl. with 32 years of Law Enforcement experience and 8 years of Law Enforcement K-9 experience.
Kelly has been involved with Search and Rescue since 2004 and has certified canines in Human Remains Detection and Trailing. Her Certifications have been with North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and through National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) as well as Network of Canine Detector Services (NOCDS). Kelly has attended numerous seminars and classes, ranging from search and rescue techniques, crime scene preservation, NIMS, HAZMAT training, Blood borne Pathogens education, and is a CPR Instructor through the American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI). Kelly is a Florida State Outreach Coordinator for CUE Center for Missing Persons.
Certifications: Trailing (NAPWDA, NOCDS, NASAR), HRD NAPWDA, NASAR, NASAR SARTECH II, Florida State K9 Instructor Criminal Justice and Training Commission (CJSTC), First Aid Instructor (CJSTC), CPR Instructor (AMA), Trailing Instructor for NOCDS
Memberships and Affiliations: First Response Search Team (Team President), CUE Center for Missing Persons, Child Abduction Response Team, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, NASAR, NOCDS
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.
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We welcome this years videographer: Jordan White
Jordon White is a 16 year old high school junior from Amherst, Virginia with plans on attending Liberty University for a double major in film studies and wildlife biology. His hope is to one day produce documentary films. As the stepson of a State Outreach Coordinator for CUE, Jordon has been actively involved in a multitude of awareness events for missing persons, and in October of 2014 he used his talents to both photograph and film four Virginia rally stops on CUE Center’s 11th annual National “On the Road to Remember” Tour. By attending awareness events, the road tour, and meeting many families along the way, Jordon has learned about many of the various aspects of the journey that loved ones left behind go through and tries to capture the essence of this in his films and photos to share with others, particularly those within his own generation to make them aware of the issues of this often silent epidemic. Jordon and his parents are very excited and proud that he has been asked to attend the conference to film the event and produce a video of this exceptional experience.
Friday Night Conference Attendee Party
Martha has entertained CUE conference attendees and sponsors for the last five years and will return again, known as the ‘QUEEN OF KARAOKE’. Martha has won many titles such as Mrs. SC Congeniality, best karaoke entertainer in the Tabor City Yam Festival and brings a needed relief to many with her music. She joined the CUE family when Alice Donovan went missing and later became good friends with her daughters. She wanted to do something more to help out and help others who have a missing person. Over the years she has meet many families of the missing including Dawn Drexel, who daughter Brittanee remains missing and became loyal to the cause. The gift of making people happy is what she offers, even if for a moment, to see a smile on the faces who have suffered such a great loss. This year will be a reminder for Martha as she recognizes the anniversary of the loss of her mother and being with CUE for another birthday.
Proclamation & Letters (2015)
TRAINING SESSION 2015
Instructor – Peter J. Cestare, Lieutenant
Topic: Crime Scene to Courtroom
Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Scene Documentation, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Blood Pattern Analysis, Evidence Collection, Handling and Processing, Evidence Preservation, Court Room Presentation, Chain of Custody
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, and trajectory analysis.
He is charged with the forensics portion of the investigation, from arrival at the scene all the way through providing expert testimony at trial. He is required to preserve, collect, process, testify and present evidence in court. All of these skills are applied to physical evidence to determine if the evidence matches the version of events provided by victims, witnesses, or suspects.
Lieutenant Cestare began his career in law enforcement over 30 years ago having started 1981 in the New York City Housing Authority Police Department where the concept of vertical patrol evolved. He retired from the City of New York, where he was a Detective Commander in charge of the Major Case Investigations Unit / Elevator Vandalism Squad. While Commander of the Elevator Vandalism Squad, he specialized in mechanical injury / death investigations involving elevator systems and elevator shafts. He has conducted over 1000 elevator related fatality and injury investigations.
In addition, he was responsible for conducting site security surveys, elevator and building vandalism investigations for all New York City Public Housing locations. During his tenure with New York City, he was twice awarded the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Police Officer, the NYC Medal of Honor, and the NY Yankees Medal of Honor. Several of Lieutenant Cestare’s cases have been featured in documentaries, news shows and prime time specials. He is a published author in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. He brings with him a tremendous amount of insight into the field of forensics and crime scene investigations.
Lieutenant Cestare holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Empire State College, the State University of New York, in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Lieutenant Cestare has worked with city, county, state, and federal governmental agencies in various law enforcement aspects and criminal investigations. He is eager to assist security agencies, law enforcement agencies and personnel in their endeavors to become well educated in the field of crime scene investigations and forensics. “Instilling professionalism through training”.
Instructor – Holly Hughes
Topic: Legal facts that can damage a case
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
Instructor - Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase
Topic: No Body Prosecution
Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase is a native New Yorker, born in Elmira and raised in Westchester County. He received a B.A. in Politics from Wake Forest University in 1987 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1991. Mr. DiBiase joined the Washington office of the Wall Street firm Shearman & Sterling where he practiced corporate litigation for nearly four years. After turning down a clerkship with a federal district court judge in Texas, Mr. DiBiase joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in 1995.
He began prosecuting homicides in 1998, and during his time there tried 20 homicide cases. Although he was a federal prosecutor, Mr. DiBiase spent most of his career in the far grittier world of D.C.’s Superior Court, one of the nation’s busy urban courthouses. Mr. DiBiase specialized in domestic violence and forensic homicide cases.
His high profile cases included including United States versus Harold Austin, only the city’s second “no body” murder case ever, and United States versus Sydney Smith, where the main piece of evidence against Smith, a Metro employee who murdered his wife, was a cigarette the defendant left behind at the scene. Other cases he successfully prosecuted include United States v. John Williamson, a murder-for-hire case, and United States v. James Stewart, an attempted murder case involving a man who fired an AK-47 rifle down a street filled with children.
At various times he served as the Deputy Chief of the Misdemeanor Section, Chief of the Third District Homicide/Major Crimes Section, Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for Professional Development and Training, and Deputy Chief of the Homicide Section. He is the nation’s leading expert on no-body homicide cases and has a website that tracks and discusses these cases at www.nobodymurdercases.com. He consults with police and prosecutors throughout the country on no-body murder cases and has formally consulted on two dozen no-body murder cases.
Lectures/appearances: Mid-Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Investigators Association: Fall, 2007 conference (Presentation on Harold Austin case); How to Prosecute a No Body Case, Thompson West audio webcast presentation, March 31, 2010; “How to Investigate and Prosecute a No Body Murder Case”, January 20, 2012 (DuPont Police Department, DuPont, Washington); March 23, 2012 (Las Vegas PD), FBI conference on No Body Homicide Cases, April 15, 2012, NAMUS Conference, (Virginia Beach, VA), September 24, 2012; Florida Homicide Investigators Conference (Orlando, Florida), November 20, 2013
Media Appearances: Nancy Grace Show (HLN), “In Session” (TruTV), War on Crime (Internet Radio), Justice Interrupted (Internet Radio), Time’s Up (Internet Radio); Cellblock Psychic, Investigation Discovery, aired April 21, 2014.
Articles: “The Case of the Missing Corpses” Washington Post, June 29, 2008
Quoted in: Associated Press, Bucks County (Pa.) Courier, Daily Record (Baltimore, MD), The Day (Connecticut), Daytona Beach News-Journal, Charlotte Observer, Cape Cod On Line, Commercial Appeal (Memphis), Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Law Week Colorado, CBS News (local affiliates), KSL radio, Chicago Tribune, National Law Journal, Miami Herald, Mercury News Service, Minnesota Post, New Haven Register, New York Law Journal, New York Post, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Press & Sun -Bulletin (Albany, NY), Prince George Citizen (British Columbia), Journal & Courier (Indiana), St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sea Coast Online, South Bend Tribune, Southeast Missourian, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Star News Online (Delaware), Wake Forest Alumni Magazine and the Walker County (Ga.) Messenger.
Books (quoted in): Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives, By Marilee Strong, Mark Powelson, John Wiley & Sons Publishing, 2010; Cold Case Research Resources for Unidentified, Missing, and Cold Homicide Cases, By Silvia Pettem, CRC Press, (2012)
Books (author) (forthcoming): “NO BODY” HOMICIDE CASES: A Practical Guide to Investigating, Prosecuting, and Winning Cases when the Victim is Missing, By Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase, CRC Press (Nov. 2014)
With over 25 years of experience,education and a background in law enforcement , Sheryl McCollum is currently the Director of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, which is a collaboration between Auburn University Montgomery, Faulkner University and Bauder College. This collaboration brings together researchers, practitioners, students and the criminal justice community to develop new capabilities and work collectively to advance research, training and techniques in solving cold cases. The objectives of CCIRI are to provide the means, resources and guidance for Criminal Justice students throughout all Kaplan Higher Education to determine the solvability of actual unsolved crimes.
Topic Guest Speakers
Bryan Queen – Topic: Media Matters
Bryan Queen has over 20 years of experience in television news, currently he is News Director for Columbia, SC, NBC affiliate WIS-TV.
Queen was also News Director in Rochester, NY and was a news manager at News14 Carolina. He worked for NBC News for 7 years including positions in New York City, and Charlotte. He has also worked at WXII in Winston-Salem, NC, and WLOS in Asheville, NC
Queen has been a long-time advocate for missing persons and started 3 different tv franchises looking at Cold Cases. He’s a former CUE Center for Missing Person Board member, and is currently serving as SC State Coordinator.
Driver, the parent of an autistic child, participates on the Respite Coalition Committee for North Carolina and is an Alzheimer’s First Responder.
Families of the cases featured will share their story about their loved one and the struggles in an unforgiven journey
Bonnie Santiago, age 56, disappeared in the early morning hours of July 12th, 2014 from her boyfriend’s home at Carter’s Mountain Orchard in Albemarle County, Virginia. She comes from a large and loving family with multiple children and grandchildren, and many siblings and loved ones who love and miss her dearly and desperately want her home. Her story will be shared by family member, Sissi Roberts.
Speaker: Lois “Sissi” Roberts
Janet “Renee” Field, age 49, disappeared on July 2, 2014, after last being seen at home in Scottsville, Virginia by her husband. Renee’s car was found abandoned two days later on July 4th at a Park & Ride in Zion’s Crossroads, Virginia. Her husband and family are anxious for answers that will help to bring their beloved Renee home to them. Her story will be shared by family member, Bridget Whorley.
Speaker: Bridget Whorley
Unsolved Justice: Jason Bolton
Jason was killed on August 21, 1991 after attending a friends party in Fayette County Indiana, near the Fayette, Franklin and Rush county lines (Laurel Indiana) A lot of people witnessed his death, got scared, and are even too scared today, to talk about it.
Jason was tortured. His assailants decided to castrate him successfully! If just one person would have stepped Jason up to the plate and called for help, even though Jason was bleeding to death from the castration, he might have lived. When Jason passed out from the pain of the castration they all thought he was already dead, but he wasn’t, so they decided they had to get rid of his dead body somehow, was it a staged a cover up?
His body was placed in the middle of the road, it is believed they got their own car and one person steered the driver so that one of the tires would run right in between my legs, they had already had his legs spread eagle, and they slowly run this car in between his legs and over his chest cavity which instantly crushed his chest, and to the right of his head. He went fast and easy after that. But it’s been 24 years now! Jason’s death an accidental death and said the car killed him when it run over him.
Speaker: Tomi Bolton
Missing Person: Christopher Douthat
Chris Douthat, age 24, disappeared on October 25th, 2013 in Vinton, Virginia. His mom dropped him off at work early that morning and when his shift was finished he went to a local grocery store that afternoon. He has not been seen or heard from since and there has been no activity on his cell or bank accounts. His family loves and misses him and desperately wants answers. His story will be shared by his mother, Mary Douthat.
Speaker: Mary Douthat
National Candle Light Service
The annual service is hosted by the CUE Center for Missing Persons in honor of those once missing, now recovered. Families from across the country attend the water front ceremony seeking comfort, supporting the thousands who remain missing in “the unveiling of the wall”. Come and join those left behind for a beautiful tribute along Wilmington’s Cape Fear River front victim testimonies, musical dedication and so much more. Candles will be provided. The service is a part of the weekend long national conference 2014.
Saturday March 22, 2014 Time: 7:30 pm (Open to the public and candles will be provided)
Riverfront Park, Downtown Wilmington Waterfront
Mistress of Ceremony – Sandra McClammy “The Midday Miss on Coast97.3″
Sandra McClammy aka “Sandra, The Midday Miss” was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. A graduate of the city’s inner city high school, New Hanover High, and the city’s college, UNCW has afforded her an excellent balance. As a teen growing up in the “hood” she vowed to never forget her roots and to grow socially in a manner by which she could have a conversation with anyone. As she grew into an adult, she learned how it is essential to recognize and embrace the desperate educational, social and economic conditions that affect young people. Today she has placed herself in the educational arena and entertainment world and thus educates youth via “edutainment”.
As a dancer and radio personality, Sandra understands how movement and music can provide solstice to the soul. With this Sandra also believes that as an educator it is critical to study and understand how we as adults can continue to help youth succeed despite the overwhelming odds against them. They must believe that they have a significant role in our society. Sandra is a UNCW graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature & Language and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Among the many boards and committees she serves on from the UNCW Alumni Board of Directors as Vice- Chair, to the Black Arts Alliance of Wilmington, she is also a proud member of the Wilmington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As a member of worldwide DJ coalition, Core DJs, she is the host and the producer of the syndicated CORE DJ Radio Show. For Cumulus Broadcasting she is the music director and midday host on COAST 97.3. Sandra has been in radio for 17 years.
Guest Speaker –
Reading of the Poem Dedication – Sheree Justus
Vocal Tribute – Heather Cohen
A Missouri native, Heather Cohen made Nashville her home in 2006 with dreams of making a name in the music industry. After the death of her mother in 2008, her interest shifted to the legal field. She received her Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2012; and her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies in 2014 with an emphasis in Criminal Justice.
Currently, Ms. Cohen works as a contract paralegal for a prominent personal injury firm in Nashville, as well as full time at a highly respected litigation firm. She spends her free time hosting and performing at artist showcases and organizing fundraisers in some of Nashville’s most popular venues
National Prayer – Pastor Angie Davis
Reverend 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.
Candle Light Service Honorees
Angie Pipkin Alysha Tucker