The 11th Annual National Missing Persons Conference 2015

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Want to become a 2015 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

Scroll further down on this page to register on line form

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  cuecenter@aol.com

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

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

◊ Volunteers who are interested in training and becoming more involved

To learn more about CUE Center for Missing Persons please visit us at our web site 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 hold a devotion to the cause.

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

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

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

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

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

SORC Meeting – Thursday, March 19, 2015

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

To learn more about the program and get involved please contact CUE Center anytime at cuecenter@aol.com 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)

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

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Instructor: Karin Bergholm

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

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

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

 

kellyInstructor: Kelly Walker

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

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

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

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

 

stephanieLead Instructor – Stephanie White

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

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

 

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We welcome this years videographer: Jordan White

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

 

Friday Night Conference Attendee Party

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

 

Proclamation & Letters (2015)

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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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Instructor – Holly Hughes

Topic: Legal facts that can damage a case

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

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

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

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

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

Instructor – Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase

Topic: No Body Prosecution

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

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

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

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

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

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

Topic Guest Speakers

Bryan Queen – Topic: Media Matters

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

Victims Hours Presentations

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

sissiMissing Person: Bonnie Santiago

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

 

Speaker: Lois “Sissi” Roberts

 

 

Missing Person: Janet “Renee” Fieldbridget

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

 

Speaker: Bridget Whorley

 

 

jason Unsolved Justice: Jason Bolton

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

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

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

Speaker: Tomi Bolton

 

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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

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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 – 

Reading of the Poem Dedication – Sheree Justus

Vocal Tribute  – Heather Cohen

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

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

 

 

National Prayer – Pastor Angie Davis

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

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

Vocal Tribute

Candle Light Service Honorees

Angie Pipkin                         Alysha Tucker                              

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23 Responses to “The 11th Annual National Missing Persons Conference 2015”
  1. This is an opportunity to meet some amazing people who have turned tragedy into healing and triumph for others. You will never meet a more caring group of individuals than the victim survivor families. This is sure to be an inspiring conference suggested to all who support the mission of “resolution” for the missing and exploited. Some of the best information available for serving families. Fran Funderburg – Global Child Rescue NC

  2. antonette says:

    This is a great thing…my mother has been missing for 7yrs now from mooresville north carolina and its been nothing but covered up by the police dept. due to the suspect which was the last one with her. I even went to the DA and asked that they take it over and they refused because the police dept said its their priority to work on the case but they haven’t called me in years. I only have called them, and look into making attempts to find my mother but I am only one person with no help or support. I wish i could make the conferance but I can’t. God Bless

  3. monica says:

    Have you registered your case with our center? Please contact our center if you want help at 910-343-1131

  4. I know it will be a great conference. I support you all in all my media stories. Unfortuntely as much as I would like to come, CARAVAN TO CATCH A KILLER tours and my own search for Brittany’s kiler and my efforts to change the DNA laws take all my funds. I will be there in spirit!!! With gratitude for all yu do!! Maggie Zingman Mother of Brittany Phillips 10-4-85 to 10-4-04

  5. My heart has always been to protect the children and families of the missing. I feel that every human being has a right and to uncover and put to rest the minds of families who have lost a love one for the unknown should continue to be a high priority on the list.

  6. Kelly Osborn says:

    I am thrilled that I will be able to attend this conference again this year. Last year was my first time attending and the knowledge I gained was invaluable to me as a mother of a murdered daughter and also as a volunteer searcher for the missing. Meeting the other families of the missing and murdered makes you feel less alone and spending time with the many volunteers who devote their time and money to search for the missing is a blessing. I am looking forward to all the new things I will learn this year.

  7. Jane Tatum says:

    I wish that it were possible for me to attend the conference, as well as for Sherri Hamm and Michelle Crosslin and Teresa Triplett to attend. All of us have family responsiblities which preclude our leaving home right now, but all of us have a deep desire to learn more ways to be able to help the families of missing persons. I would also like to be able to begin the process of becoming a search and rescue technician. That is a wonderful opportunity this conference is offering, and makes me even more aware of how much I wish we could all four be there.

  8. Vivianne says:

    Hi friend, I wish I could come I’ve always wanted to do this, hope that one day I can make it in the near future to another conference..thanks again for the nothing short of the amazing work you do for others <3 Vivianne

  9. Rick Pasour says:

    It will be good seeing all my friends and making some new friends at this years conference. All the searchers, law enforcement,cue members have become part of my extended family over these years and it will be good seeing everyone again.

  10. Would love to know if there is a conference closer to Charleston, SC? Would love to get certified.

  11. Donna Sue Jordan says:

    Through the efforts of Ms. Caison and Cue, my family has closure. Ms. Caison was able to locate my brother, Jerry, who we have not heard from in over 10 years, in St. Petersburg, FL. My parents have talked to talked to Jerry and have recently been to visit with him. My parents and I are planning another trip to St. Petersburg this May.

    The efforts of everyone involved has encouraged me to become a volunteer for CUE and I have registered for the upcoming National Convention.

    Thank you.

  12. Wolfscratch says:

    ‘Wild Horses, or the 500 mile journey,couldn’t prevent me from attending my 3rd CUE National Conference’.. The folks are all genuine, the professionals & experts in the various fields are more than eager to share their knowlege with others.
    Although lasting only four days, it takes months to debrief from the enormous amount of information gained..
    The testimonies by the families of the victims will bring tears to your eyes, but their resilience, perserverence, and determination to bring their loved ones home, as well as Justice for others, will bring smiles of inspiration.
    Every year, I leave the CUE Conference rejuvenated and with a new perspective of what is most important in life…

    WS/Glenn Adams

  13. Cheryl says:

    I am sorry I had to miss the conference. I really had planned to come but personal reasons made it impossible to attend.

  14. David Clark says:

    My mother has been missing since 4/4/1987!
    Missing from Little Rock, Arkansas. Seems like
    A life time searching. Can really weight a person
    Down. Especially when it seems like you are the
    Only one searching for our loved ones! I feel for
    Those of you that have gone through this or still
    Going through it as I am. Never give up searching,
    Because its what they would do if you were the one missing!

  15. monica says:

    March 20th through the 23rd of 2014

  16. Ashley Dickerson says:

    I’m local, so I don’t need a hotel room and all that. I really just wanted to show support and get training/certified. Is that something happening at the conference? Can I get information on that?

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