CUE Center brings families closure

May 6, 2012 by  
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In her 18-plus years as an advocate, Monica Caison has seen it all: The car stereo store owner who staged his disappearance to avoid creditors. The 9-year-old boy missing four months before being found dead, tucked into a suitcase and stashed behind a drug store. The killer who sent her a map pinpointing the location of his last victim.

All those cases drew a focused response from Caison’s Wilmington-based nonprofit, the CUE Center for Missing Persons, a sprawling network of volunteers whose growth in recent years is underscored by its rapidly expanding reach across the country.

But the organization was not always this big.

The tragedy that lifted CUE from obscurity to mainstream was the disappearance of Peggy Carr, a 32-year-old kidnapped at random by two men in a parking lot outside a city shopping center in April 1998.

Then a nascent and relatively unknown organization, CUE took a leading role in spearheading the quest for Carr in a case that galvanized much of the community. As the search unfolded over seven months, CUE helped feed, house and alleviate the financial and emotional strain on Carr’s family as searchers pursued her whereabouts.

CUE built on the credence and knowledge it gained during that formative time 14 years ago to grow from a blip in the voluminous world of missing persons to a nationally recognized support system. Today, it enjoys a reputation as a nationwide web of volunteers, still headquartered in the Port City, willing to marshal resources for missing persons and their families at a moment’s notice.

Carr’s mother, Penny Carr Britton, grew so close to Caison and CUE as the search for her daughter unfurled that she remains actively involved with the organization to this day. In March, she attended CUE’s eighth annual national conference, a gathering of field experts, families, search and rescue groups and law enforcement officials in Wilmington every year.

“When we got here, we didn’t know a soul. We didn’t know what to do,” Britton recalled about 1998, when she and other members of her family traveled from Ohio to assist in the search. “For seven months, Monica walked me through my life.”

Stepping in

In the years before Carr’s case became a high-profile drama, CUE had established itself as a mainstay for families on the emotional rollercoaster that follows the disappearance of a loved one. But the group had been struggling to define its mission, operating more on the periphery than the center.

Carr’s disappearance marked a turning point. The case swung nationwide attention on this corner of North Carolina. People seemed captivated by first the mystery of why she vanished and then the callousness of her murder. But it also shone a spotlight on CUE as the organization sought to assert itself as a community stalwart and family advocate.

Carr was months away from her wedding when two strangers abducted her outside a shopping center at the corner of Oleander Drive and Dawson Street on April 22, 1998. Held at gunpoint, she was forced to drive about 40 minutes to the edge of a soybean field in rural Bladen County, where the assailants killed her and left her body beneath berry bushes.

For the next seven months, nobody but the killers knew her whereabouts. As the search progressed, Britton and other family members, many of whom uprooted their lives in Ohio to live in North Carolina while the case developed, grasped for answers.

CUE, meanwhile, stepped in to relieve what anxieties it could, Britton said. The group not only nudged the case forward, but covered the family members’ hotel expenses, brought them dinner every night and did other small things to ameliorate their stress. Caison glued herself to Britton’s side, becoming a shoulder to lean on as she walked Britton through the whirlwind of emotion and bureaucracy that confronted them.

“I always tell people, that was our landmark case,” Caison, a stark blonde whose vigor, focus and dynamic personality make her a charismatic figure among victims’ families. “It was a crash course in seven months for every avenue I’d be working with for the rest of my life.”

Caison runs the organization from her home off Gordon Road in an office decorated more like a police station than a nonprofit center: Hanging from the wall are maps of the United States, missing persons posters and framed portraits of murder victims. A row of black file cabinets stand at the back wall. By her desk sit boxes overflowing with papers and manila folders.

From headquarters, Caison can connect with search teams, law enforcement officials, caseworkers and fundraisers from coast to coast. While the group has sought answers in cases ranging from teenage runaways to suicides and murders, the group claims as its token feature the attention it places on cases gone cold, in which the victim vanished years or even decades ago.

“What interested me about Monica is she would take the cases everybody else had given up on,” said Marshia Morton, a CUE volunteer based in Missouri. “She would beat the bushes and rattle some chains until she had a direction to go on.”

Still expanding

Recent developments have further solidified the organization’s status as a national order. Earlier this year, CUE rolled out a state director program in an effort to bolster its presence and streamline resource delivery. The plan envisions installing four outreach coordinators in each state within five years to act as liaisons to raise money, identify needs and assist families. Twenty-seven coordinators are now spread across 12 states, including four in North Carolina.

The directors, for example, are responsible for helping families file missing persons reports, elicit news coverage for their case and spread awareness about their missing loved one online and in the community through websites and billboards, among other things.

Dawn Drexel, one of two coordinators serving in New York, is among many whose participation stems at least in part from personal tragedy.

Drexel’s daughter, Brittanee, has been featured on a series of national television programs, from “Nancy Grace” to “Good Morning America,” since vanishing three years ago. A 17-year-old looking forward to high school graduation, the Rochester, N.Y. teen disappeared in Myrtle Beach in April 2009 during a spring break trip with friends.

In the investigation’s early steps, authorities tracked Brittanee’s cellphone to a swampland in Georgetown County, about 50 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Over the next two weeks, CUE mobilized some 200 searchers to scour the treacherous terrain.

Plump bugs swarmed. Snakes slithered. ATVs had to roll through the woods every few minutes to scare the alligators back into the river. Canine handlers carried six-shooters to protect their dogs, Drexel said.

Though Brittanee’s whereabouts remain unknown, Drexel’s experience put her on a path toward advocating for families undergoing similar heartache.

“She teaches you a lot of things, how to remain strong,” Drexel said about Caison. “She’s built me up to the point where I’m now able to advocate for Brittanee and also help support other families going through the same thing.”

In addition to advocating for missing persons, CUE runs internship programs for university and college students.

Allie Jeffords, a student at Ashley High School, chose CUE as the subject of her senior project. As part of her work, she enlisted family members and friends to assist her in throwing a fundraiser on a recent weekend outside K-Mart on South College Road to collect donations of money and office supplies.

Jeffords has known Caison since she was a child.

“She always instilled in us how important it was for the missing persons to be heard,” Jeffords said. “They do have a family member out there that needs to find them.”

To better coordinate its widespread string of volunteers, the group hopes to launch an online database in coming months to store and aggregate volunteer and resource information in one, centralized location accessible from anywhere in the world.

Christy Davis, a CUE volunteer whose Florida-based company, International Technical Industries, is creating the database, said the Web-based tool is expected to streamline the assembly of search teams and other resources. Also, the program might improve its chances of winning grant money by tracking hours volunteers spend in the field.

Rallying search parties quickly is an important capability in an arena where time may mean the difference between life and death, an open or closed casket.

In interviews, CUE members said the organization exists in part to bridge a gap between families and law enforcement. The latter, constrained by increasingly tight budgets and finite manpower, are sometimes unable to muster resources that families believe their cases deserve.

The volume of missing persons reports filed each year is staggering. In 2010, 85,820 people were reported missing nationwide, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But law enforcement officials say a vast majority of those involve people skipping town voluntarily. Since state and local governments have been forced to shed officers to fill budget gaps, detectives more than ever have to weigh relevant facts before launching a full-fledged investigation.

“You can’t treat everyone like an abduction. You don’t have the resources to do that,” said Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous. “You have to look at each case and look at the merits of it and see if there’s any real indicators” on whether they left of their own volition.

Evangelous has personally witnessed those frustrations expressed among families. In 1991, his cousin in Massachusetts vanished.

The police handling her case failed to treat it seriously, the chief said, despite the family’s assertions that she was an unlikely runaway. As it turns out, the man with whom she was last seen had killed her, stored her body in a plastic bag and left her in his closet. Police visited the man’s home but never searched inside. Officers eventually arrested the culprit, but only after he dumped the body in another location. He is now in prison.

Evangelous said CUE has become involved in various cases being investigated by city detectives over recent years. That includes the disappearances of Allison Jackson-Foy, 34, and Angela Nobles Rothen, 42, whose remains were eventually found in the woods off Carolina Beach Road. Both died at knifepoint. Their killings have not been solved.

Jackson-Foy’s sister, Lisa Valentino, now serves as a state outreach coordinator in New Jersey.

From missing to searching

Caison’s troubled teen life made her an unlikely candidate for matriarch of such a sizable missing persons organization. Through hours of interviews, she chronicled her life’s progression, from the beginning as a poor girl on the southside of St. Petersburg, Fla, to a missing persons advocate whose work brings her to far-flung corners of the country.

Always close to her family, Caison’s rebellious streak kicked off after her parents divorced. She ran away from home multiple times as a teenager, with her parents reporting her missing more than once. She hitchhiked around the country and lied about her age to find work, staying for a while before she circled back home.

“I was definitely a juvenile delinquent,” Caison said. “I was rebellious because I wanted my family back, I wanted my parents back.”

During those influential years, Caison learned about people’s ability for self-realization and change. “I was that person who was very likely to end up in a ditch somewhere,” she recalled. But “look who I became now. Look at what I’ve done with my life and my community. So should we be so quick to judge?”

By 18, she moved to Southeastern North Carolina to live with her mother and siblings. But she found her mother involved in an abusive relationship and, fed up with her stepfather’s rage, moved into her own place. In 1985, Caison, then 22, married her longtime boyfriend, Samuel.

As she grew older, child-rearing and volunteer work came to dominate Caison’s life. Her time revolved around public schools, which her children attended. Over time, she fell into the role of nonprofit volunteer, raising money for various charities and working with troubled youth.

In the early 1990s, Caison’s volunteerism led her to Karen Brown, the founder of the Non-Profit for Public Safety and Awareness. Brown dissolved the organization soon thereafter, but not before convincing Caison to carry the torch with her own nonprofit. Inspired by tragedies in her own life and the disappearances of people she was close to, Caison chose to draw attention toward something she felt needed more: missing persons.

In 1994, CUE was born.

Since its inception, the group has processed more than 9,000 cases of missing people. CUE pours volumes of time and resources into each one, Caison said, printing fliers, buying billboards, creating websites and launching searches.

Families lauded the efforts. But while they work in conjunction with law enforcement on cases, some police officials have expressed concerns that CUE’s assertiveness can pose a risk to the integrity of criminal cases. And some other search and rescue groups have questioned CUE’s reliance on private donations instead of government funding and grants, calling its fundraising tactics over-aggressive.

Despite the criticisms, CUE has worked frequently with law enforcement officials and search and rescue officials in a variety of states to help families home in on missing loved ones.

Lori Roberts, of Wilmington, credited the group with finding her daughter’s 13-year-old friend when she vanished from Killeen, Texas. CUE offered a reward for information about the girl’s whereabouts, generating the tip that led authorities to her location.

“They suspected she was going to be trafficked over the Mexican border,” said Roberts, now a state outreach coordinator for North Carolina. She said Caison stayed in touch with the family throughout the investigation, always answering her phone, even if it rang at 3:30 a.m. “I was so scared and kept begging Monica, ‘You have to find her.’ ”

Since CUE draws solely on volunteers for its manpower, nobody accepts a paycheck. A big “0″ has always appeared beside Caison’s name under the income disclosure portion of the group’s tax forms.

A mother’s path

On the day she vanished, Carr left to run errands, leaving her fiance a note that read, “Be back soon.” While she was inside the store, a white Mazda carrying Curtis Cobbs and Bem Holloway pulled into the parking lot.

As Carr was starting her black Geo Tracker and getting ready to leave the shopping center, Holloway jumped into the passenger seat. He first tried to pay her to drive him somewhere. But when she refused, he brandished a gun and ordered her to follow the Mazda, which was being driven by Cobbs.

The gun didn’t actually work, but Carr could not have known.

The trip took her over the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, past rusted barns and dusty convenience stores that border N.C. 87, finally ending in a Bladen County soybean field. Cobbs later testified that Holloway stabbed Carr while he watched.

The men had wanted her car, betting it would make a fine getaway vehicle in a robbery later on. But they eventually decided against using it. Instead, they dumped the GEO about 16 miles away, on the shores of Lake Waccamaw.

Britton still struggles with the knowledge of her daughter’s death. Since her body was found, Carr’s friends and family have turned the scene into a memorial complete with wind chimes, small stone sculptures and day lilies now proliferating beyond the picket fence that surrounds the site. They regularly visit the spot to clear out weeds and lay new mulch.

After killing Carr, Holloway and Cobbs went on a crime spree through Columbus and Robeson counties. They were later imprisoned for their crimes. Holloway was shot to death the next year during an escape attempt at a prison work farm near the Virginia line. Cobbs’ sentence ended earlier this year.

Britton learned about Cobb’s release for the first time on the day she was accompanied by a StarNews reporter and photographer to the murder scene in March. The reporter looked him up in the prison database later that day, and notified her that Cobbs had been let go two months before. Nobody contacted her beforehand. She thought he had more time to serve.

The day after deputies came across Carr’s remains in November 1998, Britton visited the site to lay eyes on the field where her daughter spent her last moments. The sight uncorked her bottled emotions. She wailed so palpably that deputies and search volunteers standing in earshot joined her in crying. Caison, glued to her side, hugged the grieving mother.

The next day’s newspaper ran a photo which captured that scene, showing Britton clasped in an emotional embrace with the blonde-haired woman she’d come to consider part of the family.

Brian Freskos: 343-2327

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Alyssa Mclemore

February 11, 2011 by  
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Missing Since:04/09/09
Missing from Kent,Washington
Classification:Endangered Missing
Date of Birth:07/23/87
Age at Disappearance: 21
Asian female
Height: 5’1 – 5’3
Weight:130 pounds
Eyes:Brown
Hair:Black

Details of Disappearance
McLemore lived with her mother and grandmother in Kent, Washington at the time of her disappearance. Her grandmother spoke to her on the phone at 6:30 p.m. on April 9, 2009. McLemore’s mother was dying of scleroderma, a serious autoimmune disease, and on April 9 her grandmother told McLemore that her mother’s condition was worsening. McLemore assured her grandmother that she would come home. A witness reported seeing her in Kent that day, near 30th Avenue South and Kent-Des Moines Road. The witness saw a green 1990s model pickup truck, possibly with Oregon license plates, approach McLemore. She has never been heard from again. Her mother died three days later, but her family was unable to get in touch with her. The day after her mother’s death, McLemore’s cellular phone went out of service and stopped taking messages.

Authorities discovered McLemore’s cellular phoned dialed 911 at 9:15 p.m. on April 10, the day after she was last heard from. The dispatcher heard a woman asking for help, but the phone did not have a GPS sensor and its exact location could not be determined before the line went dead. Authorities believe the call came from the Kent area, however. The caller has never been identified.

McLemore has a young daughter whom she left in the care of her boyfriend, the child’s father. Her boyfriend describes her as a devoted parent who would not have abandoned the child.  Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency
Kent Police Department
253-856-5800

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Kellisue Ackernecht

June 17, 2010 by  
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Missing since: 09/30/08
Missing from: Johnstown, New York
Classification: Missing
Date of Birth:  12/16/1972
Age at time of disappearance:  35
White Female
Height: 5’10″
Weight: 135lbs
Hair : Auburn
Eyes : Brown

Identifying Characteristics: Wears glasses and a wedding band on her left hand, was last seen wearing tan pants, new white sneakers, and a Rite-Aid apron. She has a patch on her right cheek.

Circumstances of Disappearance:
Kellisue was last seen September 30th leaving her job as a shift supervisor at an Amsterdam Rite Aid around 9:45 p.m. She was driving a 10-year-old Saturn sedan. Three hours later, police found the car engulfed in flames a few blocks from her Johnstown home, with no sign of Kellisue. The car was parked in an area neighbors call Frog Hollow, near the Rail Trail. Police said this street wasn’t the usual way Kellisue drove home. The car was completely destroyed by the fire.

Medical Conditions: According to her husband, she takes medication for depression, but stopped taking it before she disappeared.

Investigative Agency:
City of Johnstown Police Department ( New York)
Agency Phone:  (518) 736-4021

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Brandy Renee Hanna

December 13, 2009 by  
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South Carolina<br>Brandy Hanna</br>

Missing Since: 05/20/05
Missing from: Charleston, South Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 11/16/72
Age at disappearance: 32
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 115 lbs.
Hair Color: Sandy/Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Race: White
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo of a “sun” on right
shoulder, tattoo of a “heart” between thumb and forefinger
of right hand, three piercings in left ear, two piercings in right
ear, gap in upper front teeth, crooked upper teeth, missing
molars.
Clothing: Possibly a light blue shirt, blue jeans, white
athletic shoes.
Jewelry: Diamond ring (very small diamonds make up the
shape of a flower).

Details of Disappearance
On May 20, Brandy – a waitress at Alex’s Restaurant on Dorchester Road – served a friend lunch. She was happy, excited to have the entire weekend off and before her. That afternoon, she caught a ride home with a customer and later talked to her mother by phone.
Sometime that night, she disappeared from her apartment, leaving behind all her belongings and her money.

According to the Post & Courier, “Everyone who knows Hanna says there is no chance she would just leave. She’s shy, has a tight circle of friends. She never missed work, where she has a great rapport with her customers. And silence is not her thing. Until she disappeared, she was on her phone constantly, chatting and text-messaging friends, and sometimes talking to her mother more than a half-dozen times a day”.

Family Website for Brandy Hanna

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Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
North Charleston Police Department
Detective Jourdan
(843) 745-1015
OR
Crime Stoppers
(843) 554-1111

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Delwin Locklear

November 24, 2009 by  
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Delwin Locklear

Missing Since: 07/7/04
Missing from:  Maxton, North Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 05/05/77
Age at disappearance: 27
Height: 5’7″
Weight: 185-190 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark Brown, graying
Eye Color: Blue
Race: Native American
Gender: Male
Distinguishing Characteristics: Two tattoos, one on
each upper arm; one says “Lumbee”, and the other is a
picture of praying hands. Pierced left ear. Fingerprints
are available. Wears goatee. Small strawberry birthmark
on back of neck under hairline, scars across both
inner wrists.
Medical Conditions: Asthmatic
Clothing: Usually wears T-shirts or button-up dress
shirts size X-Large, baggy shorts or jeans (size 38), shoe
size 9 1/2, may be carrying two wallets (1 black leather
tri-fold, the other a brown leather bi-fold).
Jewelry: Two gold rope chain necklaces (one necklace
had a woman’s ring on it), silver wristband bracelet
with a gold ball on each end, diamond stud earring.
Nickname: “Little Dee”

Details of Disappearance
Delwin disappeared from a wooded area behind his residence in Maxton, North Carolina, on July 7, 2004. Search and Rescue teams scoured the area with K-9 units and ATV’s about five days later. There was no evidence of Delwin’s whereabouts found. Volunteers continue to search around his residence.

Robeson County Sheriff’s Department
(910) 671-3100

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Pamela Bradshaw

November 24, 2009 by  
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Pamela Bradshaw

Missing Since: 09/20/01
Missing from: Wilmington, Brunswick County, North Carolina
Classification: Missing
Date Of Birth: 03/17/59
Age at disappearance: 42
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 110 lbs
Hair Color: Black/Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Race: Black
Gender: Female

Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Bradshaw has a surgical scar on her left breast. Her molars have been removed. Bradshaw may use the alias name Denise Williams.
Medical Conditions: Bradshaw is HIV-positive.

Details of Disappearance
Bradshaw was last seen late on the day of September 20, 2001. Her daughter dropped her off at her residence on Red Cross Street in Wilmington, North Carolina. Later she was seen talking to someone in a white vehicle that was idling in the middle of the street. She has never been heard from again. Few details are available in her case.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Wilmington Police Department
910-343-3645

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Families look for help in search of 2 missing women

Two families continue to search for answers in the case of two missing women. Priscilla Rogers, 41, and Pamela Bradshaw, 47, both lived in Wilmington.

Families look for help in search of 2 missing women

After 10 years, daughter still searching for missing mom

Ten years have passed since Pamela Bradshaw disappeared from Wilmington. Now her only child is back in town handing out fliers and meeting with the investigators on the case.

Woman missing for nine years, family looks for answers

Posted:Apr 19, 2010 1:29 PM CDT

Posted by Debra Worley – email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Almost nine years ago, a Wilmington woman disappeared from the area after last being seen dropping her daughter off at home.

According to authorities, 47-year-old Pamela Bradshaw was last seen Sept. 20, 2001 on Red Cross Street in Wilmington.  She was seen talking to someone in a white vehicle that was idling in the middle of the street.  She has never been heard from again.

There are few details available in Bradshaw’s case, but officials know she is HIV positive and most likely hasn’t received medical treatment.

Bradshaw’s family came to the Wilmington area Monday in hopes of reopening her case to find answers in her disappearance.

Bradshaw is an African American woman with a surgical scar on her left breast.  Her molars have been removed and she may use the alias name Denise Williams.  She stands 5’9″ tall and weighs around 110 pounds.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department (910) 343-3645.


Daughter continues search for missing mother 10 years later

By Ana Ribeiro
Ana.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

Published: Monday, April 19, 2010 at 3:06 p.m.

Allder’s intuition told her she should come to Wilmington, and on Monday she was here to talk to people who knew her mother and to detectives, to give out fliers and try to draw attention back to her case. Her mother, Pamela Bradshaw, has been missing since September 2000, and information is scarce.

“I just felt like she was there, like I needed to come down no matter how long I was going to stay and try to get some help,” said Allder, a 34-year-old mother of two. She said she doesn’t believe Bradshaw is alive, and is looking for closure.

What the CUE Center for Missing Persons has heard is that Bradshaw was last seen near Red Cross Street, leaning into the passenger side of a blue Cadillac-style vehicle with a white top. Bradshaw was 41 when she disappeared.

The Wilmington-based victim advocacy center and its founder, Monica Caison, have worked to keep the case alive. A case like this is especially tough for those affected this time of year, with Mothers’ Day approaching, Caison said.

Allder says it’s bizarre to look at the billboards of missing persons and realize it’s happened to her family.

On Monday, she clutched a flyer with her mother’s picture as she spoke to cameras in the parking lot of a Wilmington hotel. As tears overpowered Allder, Caison came to her side and gently asked if she’d like to take a break.

The break didn’t last. A reporter with a notepad followed Allder as she sat down, and asked what her mother was like.

She said that growing up, she kept going back and forth between her mother and grandmother, as Bradshaw’s drug addiction “overpowered her being a mother.” But Allder says she always saw the good in her mother.

“She was great,” Allder said. “If she had 50 cents, she was going to give you a quarter. … She was outgoing, she was fun, caring, loving. …Not a mean bone in her body.”

The last time Allder saw her mother was when she drove her home to Seventh and Red Cross streets on Sept. 20, 2000, after Bradshaw had spent time with her grandchild. Following her mother’s disappearance, Allder moved away but has been back to Wilmington several times since, hoping to find some answers.

Bradshaw is described as black, 5’9″, 110 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. She has a surgical scar on her left breast, her molars have been removed and she is HIV-positive, according to the CUE Center’s Web site. Bradshaw may use the alias Denise Williams.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Wilmington police at 343-3600. In case of a sighting, the best bet is to call 911, police say.

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Yvonne Belcher

November 19, 2009 by  
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Florida<br>Yvonne Belcher</br>

Missing Since: 12/22/00
Missing from Green Cove Springs, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth:05/05/75
Age at disappearance: 25
Height: 5’0″-5’4″
Weight: 100-125 lbs.
Hair Color: Blonde/Strawberry
Eye Color: Blue
Race: White
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo of a dagger
with a blood drop on upper right breast. Heart tattoo on
right ankle. Cross-shaped scar on one of her upper arms
and another scar on her right breast.
Clothing: Gray and black Jacksonville Jaguars’ sweater,
jeans and sneakers.
AKA: Yvonne Weiss, Yvonne Owens


Details of Disappearance

Belcher was last seen in Green Cove Springs, Florida on December 22, 2000. She and her husband, Jesse A. Owens (nicknamed “Andy”) resided with his mother on Highland Avenue. The couple argued during the early morning hours and the police were summoned to the house to end the dispute. Owens told authorities that he saw Belcher walk down Highland Avenue at approximately 2:30 AM. The temperatures were at the freezing mark at the time.
One of Belcher’s friends told investigators that he gave her a ride to an undisclosed residence several blocks away from Vermont Street shortly after 2:30 AM. He said that he waited several minutes for Belcher to return to his car before departing from the house. Another friend reported seeing her walking along Vermont Street towards Florida Route 16 around daybreak. Belcher has never been heard from again.
Owens reported Belcher as a missing person two days after her initial disappearance. He stated that his wife had a history of leaving their home for several days after arguments. Authorities said that Owens and Belcher had a stormy relationship. He was arrested and charged with beating her shortly before their March 2000 wedding. Officials stated that Owens cooperated with the investigation into Belcher’s disappearance and was not considered a suspect.

Green Cove Springs Police Department
(904) 529-2220


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Card Program –

October 18, 2009 by  
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Decks of cards featuring 52 cases of unsolved homicides, missing persons, wanted persons and the unidentified in an effort to bring awareness of cold cases.