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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ember Graham, 6-month-old baby missing from Happy Valley, California


Matthew Graham
Ember Graham, six-months-old, went missing from her crib in California.  Ember was last seen in her home on Noosha Lane in Anderson (Happy Valley) on July 2, 2015.

Matthew Graham, her father, said he went to check on her around 5:30 a.m. and found the crib empty.  Matthew Graham was booked in to the Shasta County jail on Friday on an unrelated probation violation. 

Jamie Graham, is Ember's mom and she stated that Ember has a seizure disorder and needs medication. 

The police searched the area around the home and have now gone to the Clear Creek Road area. 

They have also released a photo of Matthew Graham's pickup truck and are asking the public to report if they saw the truck driving around or parked in the Clear Creek Rd. area.  The truck is a 1990 dark blue, full-size extra cab Chevrolet fleet side pickup with flat black paint on the side panels, black rims and no license plates.  There is also a cow bell hanging underneath the front bumper. 




If you have any information about this case, please call the Shasta County Sheriff's Office at 530-245-6135.

Erica Hochsterdler missing from Oklahoma City

Erica Hochstedler (AKA Erica Alexis) is missing from our house in South OKC. She was last seen at around 10pm last night (June 29) when she went to her room for bed and was discovered that she was gone around 9am this morning. We are not sure what she is wearing as she may have changed clothes. She does not have a phone on her, and we have no idea as to which direction she may have gone. If anybody sees or hears from her, please let us know immediately! We just want her home and safe. She is 14 years old, brownish hair, blue eyes. Approximately 5 feet 4 inches.

Oludumare Avodeji, 16, missing from District Heights, Maryland

Oludumare Ayodeji, 16, was last seen in the 1900 block of Altamonte Avenue in District Heights, Maryland,  on June 20 around 7 a.m. He was wearing a blue and black shirt and tan pants.  He is 5-10" tall and 180 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.  

If you have any information, please contact the Print George County Police at 301-77-4911.. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Roger Wilson missing from St. David, Arizona

"Roger Wilson, 64, from St. David, AZ missing two weeks.  Searches have come up empty . His twin brother spent time with authorities to no avail . I am the older brother in Reynoldsburg , OH wilsons@wowway.com 614-861-9794 Sending a photograph . They found one Roger Wilson at a hospital in Phoenix . Roger G. Wilson Born in Coshocton , Ohio"

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Janet Castrejon missing from Rustler Park in Arizona

Janet Castrejon, 44, from Las Cruces, New Mexico has been missing since June 19, 2015 from Rustler Park in Arizona.  Janet went camping at the Rustler Park in the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona with her mother and father.

Eduardo Castrejon, Janet's father told NBC News that Janet went walking with her mother to the campground to mail a later and they stopped at the restroom.  Janet waited outside and when her mother returned she was gone.

Janet suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident in 1988 and she has the mental capacity of a child and she needs assistance and has been living with her family since then.  It is unlikely she walked away on her own, because of the terrain and she always stayed with the family.

Search and rescue teams searched the area but could not locate Janet.  Janet's brother came to the camp site to help search, too.

Janet also has memory problems and cannot see well, so it would be difficult for her to wander far, so the family believes she may have been led away. 

"Please, for my daughter, if you saw something at all, come forward.  We're worried because of the fact she cannot see and people may not believe her.  People may assume she's acting when she cannot remember something.  Whoever has her will soon realize this and we don't know what they will do. She needs help now," said Eduardo.   

Janet is 5'3" tall, 250 pounds and long dark hair she wears in a braid.  She was last seen wearing a white shirt with black lettering, blue jeans and white tennis shoes with a red stripe on them.

If you have any information about Janet, please call the Conchise County Sheriff's Office at 520-432-9500.

You can also visit the Find Janet Castrejon Facebook page.

"Our sweet cousin has been missing since Friday, June 19th. Although authorities have been working hard to locate her,  raising  money for her cause would greatly increase the chances for her safe return. We can offer a reward to bring people with information forward as well as find other avenues to get her home safe and sound more quickly! Please help us bring Janet home!" Donations at GoFundMe. 
 
"Nuestra prima Janet ha estado desaparecida desde el Viernes, 19 de Junio.  Las autoridades han hecho su mejor esfuerzo en la busqueda de ella, pero ahora creen que ha sido secuestrada.  Queremos levantar fondos con el fin de ofrecer una recompensa por informacion que resulte en su retorno a salvo, y para ayudar a sus papas con cualquier gasto incurrido para facilitar su regreso. "
 

For contact information, helpful links and up-to-the-minute information on Janet Castrejon, please visit: www.findjanet.org

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Woman with amnesia has been identified

UPDATE 7/1/15 - The woman with amnesia was identified by her sister as Ashley Menatta, 53.  Ashley has never been married and has sisters in Colorado and Maryland. She was born in Pennsylvania, lived in Flagstaff, Arizona, and several years ago found her way to Southern California, where she lived in La Jolla, Vista, and Carlsbad, reports NBC San Diego.

Ashley plans to go live with her sister and to continue with chemotherapy to treat the aggressive cancer.

There has been no explanation where Ashley's accent came from.

Original story:

A woman that doesn't know who she is was found in California and Interpol is asking for the public's help in identifying who she is.

"Sam," the name that she is going by, was found by paramedics in Carlsbad, a town north of San Diego on Feb. 1. She was very sick and was rushed to the hospital and checked into ICU where she remained in and out of consciousness for several days. "Sam" remembers waking up in the hospital and hearing a nurse talking about hospice, and that is where she thought she was. She heard herself speaking with an accent, but she had no idea who she was or where she lived. Doctors found that "Sam" had an ovarian tumor and it was also what was likely causing her to have her memory loss, called retrograde amnesia, reports SBC news.

Read more here.

Roger Wilson missing from St. David, Arizona

"Roger Wilson, 64, from St. David, AZ missing two weeks . Searches have come up empty . His twin brother spent time with authorities to no avail . I am the older brother in Reynoldsburg , OH wilsons@wowway.com 614-861-9794 Sending a photograph . The found one Roger Wilson at a hospital in Phoenix . Roger G. Wilson Born in Coshocton , Ohio"

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Anthony Daggett missing from San Diego, Calif.


Anthony Daggett, 32, is missing from San Diego, Calif.  He was last seen at the Ocean Beach skate park on May 29th, 2015. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Child's body found on Deer Island in Boston







UPDATE 7/4/15 - The police are stating they are receiving lots of tips on this case and they received 20 million views which "shattered by far any response we've ever had to anything of Facebook," said State Police spokesman David Procopio.

Police do not believe the body found on Deer Island is Ayla Reynolds who went missing from Maine in Dec. 2011, nor Aliayah Lunsford who disappeared form her West Virginia home in 2011, or Caleigh Harrison who went missing from a Rockport beach in 2012. 

UPDATE 7/2/15 - The police have released a composite image of the Deer Island Baby Doe that was found on Deer Island on June 25, 2015.  She had brown eyes, brown hair, wieghed about 30 pounds and was 3 1/2 feet tall.  If you have any information, please call the Suffolk County State Police at 617-727-8817.

UPDATE:  6/29/15 - No new news on the identity of the little girl.  The police are meeting with a sketch artist to render a drawing.  Her ages has been narrowed down to 4-years-old.

Remains of a little girl have been found by a woman walking her dog on Deer Island on Thursday.

The remains were found in a plastic trash bag and when police arrived they found the remains were of a toddler girl with brown eyes and hair and was about 3 ½ feet tall and 30 pounds wearing pajamas.

Information that has come out has put the child's age between 3-4 years old.

Deer Island is part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area and lies on a peninsula that connects to the town of Winthrop. State police have searched the shoreline and water for any more evidence pertaining to the discovery, reports the Boston Globe.

The biggest mystery for the police is trying to figure out how the body got on the shoreline and the Coast Guard talked with investigators about reverse drifts, where they try to determine the place of origin where the body might have dropped into the water. Regardless of their work nothing was conclusive, reports My Fox Boston news.

There has been no reports of a missing child in the area and authorities are reaching out for help from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Anyone aware of a missing child in their community may call the Suffolk County State police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817, or Winthrop police at 617-539-5806.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bob Villarreal: Missing from Holland, Michigan since 1989

Bob Villarreal, 27,  went missing from Douglas, Mich. in 1989.  He was last seen at his mother's home in the Ottogan Mobile Home Park in Holland in May.  He was lying on his couch when she left and he was gone when she got back.



Bob had been involved in a minor hit and run before he went missing and authorities thought that was why he could not be located, as he didn't want to go to court for his third offense of drunk driving and his driver's license had been taken away.  Now police believe that something happened to him and he may have gotten involved with the "wrong crowd."

 
“In the back of our mind, we’re wondering if possibly he met with some kind of foul play,” Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Matt Doan told WOOD TV.
 
“As a sibling it’s hard, but as a parent it’s harder. Both my parents died without knowing what happened to him,” Linda Wood, Villarreal’s sister, told WOOD TV.


If you have any information about Villarreal to contact Doan at MSP Post in Wayland at 269-792-2213. You can also leave a tip anonymously there or here at this website.

Bob had a horizontal scar across the top of his right wrist, the initials "RV" tattooed between his left thumb and index finger and a crucifix tattooed on one of his arms.   He also goes by Bob, Bobby, Billy or Villy. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Police search for missing person from Winston Salem in Pffafftown and remains found

UPDATE 7/1/15 - Last week, the Winston-Salem Police Dept. were called to a home in Pffafftown concerning a missing person.  On Wednesday, Jason Michael Mitchell, 34, and Mary (Jenny) Utleye Mitchell, 48, of 3555 Brookbank Drive in North Carolina were charged with felonious destruction of body/concealment of death.  Records show they purchased the home in 2001.

Mary Mitchell

We now find out that during the search at the home, the police found human remains.  Who they belong to have not been released. 

Original Story:  The Winston-Salem police executed a search warrant at a home on the 3500 block of Brookbank Drive in Pffafftown, N.C. 
Jason Mitchell

Most of Friday they spent most of the day digging through the backyard of the house.  Then later on a bomb squad showed up to search the house. 

The police are saying that it is a missing person investigation from out of Salem-Winston, but nothing more than that.  No one knows who the missing person is they are searching for.

Although neighbors and the media have been asking for an explanation the police are not talking, and have closed off the street near the home. 

The police searched in a shed and then began searching the home again the following day.  So far, no one has been taken into custody.
  
Neighbors state that a Jason Mitchell, 34, lives in the home and that he kept to himself and was known to "mess in his yard and make fires." 

Teekah Lewis was only 2 when she went missing from a Tacoma bowling alley

Teekah Lewis was only 2-years-old when she went missing from a Washington bowling alley in 1999. 

This year she will be 18-years-old and her family is still searching for her.

"Actually, this year, especially this month, is very upsetting to me because I'm hearing about all these graduation parties, these kids graduating, and my daughter should be walking down that aisle this year, but she's not," said Teekah's mom, Theresa Lewis.

Teekah was at the New Frontier Lanes at 4702 Center St. in Tacoma on Jan. 23, 1999 with her family when she went missing.  Her mother turned to watch her brother bowl and in that instant someone snatched Teekah. 


There was a report that a boy saw two men hanging around the arcade area and appeared to be following Teekah.  There was also a report of a 1980 or early 1990s maroon car, maybe a Pontiac Grand Am, that sped away at the time of Teekah's disappearance. 

Later police found that on the same day there was an attempted abduction in Oakland Park involving a car of the same description. 

In 2012 Tacoma Police searched a home on the 800 block of S. Hawthorne St. after a man plead guilty to child luring at a different bowling alley.  Nothing was found.   

Tekkah is black and American Indian and has eczema with a skin discoloration on her face and left side of her buttocks.  Her hair also had a silver streak on the front right side.  She also has asthma.

If you have any information about her, please call the Tacoma Police Dept. at 1-253-798-4721.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Have the remains of Kristen Modafferi been found after 18 years?

Buster, a cadaver dog alerted to human decomposition in the basement of a home that a missing woman lived in 18 years ago on Thursday.   

Kristen Modafferi, was attending summer school at the University of California at Berkeley and working at a coffee shop at the Crocker Galleria Mall in San Francisco, when she went missing on June 23, 1997. 

Over the years it was thought that Robert Durst, the son of a New York real estate tycoon might be responsible for Modafferi's disappearance.  In March 2015, the police stated they could find no link.

On the Find Kristen website run by Dennis Mahon, the name Jon Onuma aka Jade Yoshino is a possible suspect.   Onuma made anonymous calls to TV stations with names of people that he said had something to do with Modafferi's disappearance, but the tips turned out to be bogus. 

The San Francisco Chronicle in 1999 reported that Oakland police Sergeant John Bradley said that "He's (Onuma) connected to the case.  We've established inconsistencies with respect to his initial statement to us."

On "America's Most Wanted," three women came forward and said that Onuma abused and tortured them psychologically and one woman stated that Onuma told her why he was abusing her, "I can't let you go.  Now you know what happened to Kristen Modafferi."  The woman did not know who that was at the time.

Mahon states that, "...it is possible that he is a world-class idiot but still not responsible for Kristen's abduction."  But the bottom line is Mahon doesn't really care about Onuma who died in 2006, but in finding Modafferi, and he hopes that his website will bring in tips that will do so.

After Buster's first discovered the decomposition smell by smelling the vents on the side of the house, Paul Dostie, former Mammoth Lakes police detective and owner of Buster gathered the soil samples.  The samples were given to the University of Tennessee to do the testing.  They will be able to find out if there is human remains in the soil and narrow down the age. 

Oakland police have been at the home and declared it a missing person case and not a crime scene. 

It is unknown at this time how long before the results of the soil samples will come back. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Do you recognize this child?

"Do I look familiar?  I'm not sure who I am.  I may have been abducted as a toddler in the mid-1960s.  I don't know my real birth name or birth date.  I was raised in the Houston, Texas area.  I remember being taken away from my sister, possibly twin sister, as we played in a playpen in the front yard of a white shotgun house.  This house may have been in Louisiana.  I'm looking for my parents and sister.  If you have nay information, please txt or call 832-766-7310."

What she does know: 
She is NOT Elizabeth Gill
She is NOT Edna Bette-Jean Masters
She is 54% British and I a small percentage of African heritage.
She has a widow's peak
She has blue eyes

12-year-old Kylan Smith missing in Los Angeles Found

UPDATE:  5/22/15 - Police have located Kylan and he is safe.
Kylan Smith, 12, is missing from Los Angeles.  He has autism and cannot communicate and was las seen in East Hollywood on Sunday in the 800 block of North Heliotrope Street.


Kylas is 4'11" tall, 110 pounds with black hair and brown eyes and he was wearing a white and blue short-sleeve t-shirt, dark blue pants and dark grey shoes.

If you see him, please call the Rampart police at 213-484-3450. 

Lana Medinger missing from Glassboro, New Jersey



Lana R. Medinger, 65, from Glassboro, NJ, was last seen at her home on Monday June 15, 2015.  She was going to a doctor's appointment in Washington Township that day but she never showed up.  She has not been seen since.

Lana is 5'1", 120 pounds and is driving a 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse with New Jersey plates.  

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Glassboro Police Department at 856-881-1500 or texting in anonymous tips to 847411.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Talisha Yellowfox-Brown missing from Minneapolis

 Talisha Marie Yellowfox-Brown, of Minneapolis, has been missing since June 11.

Officials said she may be in a 2003 or 2005 white Chevy Impala with black trim.


Talisha went missing in 2011 but was found in 2012.   


Talisha has pierced ears, a scar on her right eyebrow, small mole on the inside of her right eye and another by her right upper lip.

Anyone with information should call 911, Hennepin County Dispatch at 952-258-5321 or Missing Children Minnesota at 888-786-9355.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tina Pitts AKA Selwyn Richardson missing from Tulsa, Oklahoma since 2006

Tina Pitts, AKA Selwyne Richardson from Tulsa, Ok. has been missing since 2006 and on Friday the family received a handwritten letter describing where her body could be found.

The letter is written on a napkin, similar to the type that is seen to dry your hands in a restaurant or gas station, and says: "Look up under the part of the shop that he had added on after your daughter became missing on Apache Shield 'guy' shop on Apache." There was no explanation who "he" was and the word after Apache Shield could be gun or guy or maybe even another word. A Google search for Apache Shield guy or gun shop shows no listing at this time.

Keener Bain Hazard brought the case of Angie Denise Tucker to my attention as it had similarities with the Tina Pitts case.What is coincidental about this is that in 2007, Angie Denise Tucker went missing from Apache St. and Yale Ave in Oklahoma.  Her ex-boyfriends name was Allen Shield, who committed suicide in 2011 after a standoff with the police where he took an ex-girlfriends daughter as hostage.   Could the person that wrote the note be implicating Allen Shield?

The family has no idea who wrote the note that was left on Tina's mother's door, Edna Pitts and are hoping that the person comes forward, reports Fox 23 news.

Tina was scheduled to babysit on Nov 4, but she was not at her apartment on 21st St. and Mingo Rd. She was last seen with her ex-boyfriend on Nov. 5. Attempts to call her resulted in her not answering her phone and a missing person report was filed on Nov. 8. Tina's blood was found in her boyfriend's truck but there was not enough evidence to arrest him. Several years later he ended up in jail for unrelated weapon charges. Police later said that evidence found inside Pitts' apartment indicates foul play was involved.

Every year the family celebrates her birthday.

"Regardless, if I don't see her, wherever she is I celebrate," Angie Pitts, Tina's sister told KJRH news. "I have to let her know I'm keeping her spirit alive."

Anyone with Information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

Angie Tucker missing from Tulsa, Oklahoma since 2007

Keener Bain Hazard brought this case to my attention as it had similarities with the Tina Pitts case.

Angie Denise Tucker  went missing from Tulsa, OK on Nov. 3, 2007. 

Her children were at her mother's home at Apache Street and Yale Avenue.  She left to go to the store to buy cigarettes but never came back. 

Just a month before, Angie had accused her former boyfriend, Allen Shields of rapping her on Oct. 6 after he broke into her apartment.   Later Shields was arrested for burglary and rape and posted bond and was out the next day.  He said the sex was consensual.  Tucker went missing before she was to testify and subsequently the charges were dropped. 

In 210 Shields was charged with kidnapping, assault and burglary and five felonies after he had broke into their home and held his ex-girlfriend and her 9-year-old daughter.  The daughter managed to call the police and they arrested Shields. 

In 2011 Shields committed suicide after a standoff with the police after he broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend's daughter and held her hostage.  He eventually let her go and then killed himself.

In a similar case, Tina Pitts, AKA Selwyne Richardson from Tulsa, Ok. has been missing since 2006 and on Friday the family received a handwritten letter describing where her body could be found.

The letter is written on a napkin, similar to the type that is seen to dry your hands in a restaurant or gas station, and says: "Look up under the part of the shop that he had added on after your daughter became missing on Apache Shield 'guy' shop on Apache." There was no explanation who "he" was and the word after Apache Shield could be gun or guy or maybe even another word. A Google search for Apache Shield guy or gun shop shows no listing at this time.

What is coincidental about this is that in 2007, Angie Denise Tucker went missing from Apache St. and Yale Ave in Oklahoma.  Her ex-boyfriends name was Allen Shield, who committed suicide in 2011 after a standoff with the police where he took an ex-girlfriends daughter as hostage.   Could the person that wrote the note be implicating Allen Shield?



Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: November 3, 2007 from Tulsa, Oklahoma
Classification: Missing
Date Of Birth: November 20, 1973
Age: 34
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 155 lbs
Hair Color: Burgundy
Eye Color: Brown
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Meduim complexion.
Clothing: Black Jacket, Black shirt, denim Capri’s and black shoes.
Case Number: 2007073336
TES Case Number: 07820

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Crime Stoppers
(918) 596-COPS
OR
Tulsa P.D.
Det. Majors
(918) 596-9143

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Diana Perez missing from Bronx, dog found tied to pipe Found


UPDATE 6/21/15 - Diana returned home on Sunday and she was taken to the hospital for evaluation, according to news 12 Bronx. 

UPDATE:  6/20/15 - A surveillance video shines new light on how the dog ended up tied to the pipe.  The video shows Perez, herself tying her dog to the standpipe and then walking away.

The NBC New York reporter asked Diana's husband, Carlos, if she would run away, and he responded, ""I mean, anything is possible, but run away from my little man's graduation, prom that she's been preparing all this time? No," he said. 

Original story:

Diana Perez, 42, of Bronx, N.Y. was last seen on Sunday around 8 a.m. while she was walking her dog on White Plains Road and Cross Bronx Expressway in Parkchester.  She never returned.

Her dog. Snow White was found 3 miles away tied to a pipe on 156th Street and Bruckner Blvd.  Her dog had difficulty walking. 

Diana's son is graduation was middle school today and the family knows she would not have missed that.

Diana was wearing blue jeans and a white tank top and is 5'8" tall with brown eyes and hair. 

If you have any information about this case, please call 1-800-577-TIPS,

Monday, June 15, 2015

Maria Esther Ronceros missing from Menifee, California Found

UPDATE:  6/17/15 - Maria has been found.

Maria Esther Ronceros, 55,  is missing from Menifee, Calif. since June 12, 2015.  She was last seen at the Subway on Newport Rd. and Antelope Rd. on Sat. June 15, around 7 a.m.

Maria was wearing a gray cap, maroon sunglasses, a short-sleeve spotted animal print top, gray capri cargo pants with leopard animal print loafers, carrying an imitation lOuia Vuitton purse with a VS bright pink sequen beach bag.  She was wearing gold pearl hanging earrings, silver gold-plated bracelet and a gold ring with a purple stone on her right hand.  She also has a Loma Lina Univ. Hospital medical bracelet and a hug bruise on her left arm.  She is experiencing insomnia and has signs of dementia and needs her medication. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Nicole White Nieto last seen in Spanaway, Washington FOUND

UPDATE:  6/23/15 -  Jonathan Daniel Harris, 29, of Graham has been charged with 2nd-degree murder of Nicole. 

According to Pierce County Prosecuting Office in an official press release, "On June 6, 2015, White picked Harris up from his home and they drove to Jeepers Country Bar and Grill in Spanaway. Several hours later, witnesses saw the two leave the bar together in White’s car. She never made it home and was reported missing on June 7.

Detectives believe that after the two left the bar, they drove back to Harris’ house. He beat White to death and wrapped her in the tarp. Harris loaded White into her car, drove to the wooded area and rolled her down the ravine. Then, he drove her car off the side of the road near his house and walked home.

The next day, according to cell phone records and data stored on the ignition interlock device in his vehicle, Harris drove his car back to the site where he dumped White’s body.
During a search of Harris’ home, detectives located the sweatshirt he was wearing at the bar the night White disappeared. DNA from blood on the sweatshirt was a match to White."

Jonathan Harris
  UPDATE:  6/22/15 - White's body has been found wrapped in a tarp in the woods at the bottom of wooded ravine south of Lake Kapowsin, reports QFox 13.  She was found by search dogs.   Cause of death is not known at this time.  Her red Dodge Neon was found in a ravine in the 26000 block of 70th Avenue East near Graham.  Dogs led police to a nearby pond, but White was not found at that time.

The police have a person of interested, and he is currently in jail on unrelated weapons charges, said the Pierce County Sheriff's Dept. 

Nicole White Nieto, 28, 's been missing from Orting, Washington since last Saturday. 
Investigators say Nicole met a man at Jeepers bar in Spanaway, Wash..  Employees at the bar said that they had seen the man before at the bar.  
Nicole's car was found abandoned and partially hidden in a nearby forest area 7.5 miles away near 260th and Webster Road, hidden near a trail leading to an abandoned rock quarry in Graham, with the keys still in the ignition.
Pierce County Sheriff's Department served a warrant at the home of a person of interest .

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Angry Dad Left Baby in a Bean Field in Middle of the Night: Cops | Chicago Heights, IL Patch

Karyn Renee Mehaffy: Teen missing from Winfield, Iowa


 UPDATE:  6/17/15 - Police officer Dean Walter says, as everything initially unfolded there was a request for an Amber Alert, but it was turned down.  Today we are finding out that the case has been downgraded from abduction to runaway.
The police no longer consider this an abduction
“She’s willingly with him,” Walter said.  He also said that this is the first time in his career where a case has changed from abduction to runaway.

What is disturbing is there is a poster released that shows Amber Alert on it that was created by "Locate the Missing."  I have asked them to update their information and poster, because NO ONE should ever be putting Amer Alert on a poster when there is none.  An Amber Alert is allowed only by LE and to put that on a poster when there is NO Amber Alert should be against the law.

This poster is circulating around social media and an Amber
Alert was NEVER released.
 Whether Karyn was taken by three people or even one, or jumped in the car willingly seems to be playing itself out on social media.  The Bring Karyn Renee Mehaffy Facebook page still states that she was abducted.


Although anyone can understand the concerns of a mother, but this case is similar to many cases lately where hysteria out ways common sense, and a parent is using social media to rally to her cause and some are saying she is leaving out information and inflating stories.  Well meaning people are there to help, but others that are seeing holes in "mom's" story and are posting their comments. 

Now there is a photo on the Bring Karyn Renee Mchaffy home that is suppose to be a photo of the "boyfriend's guns, that was sent to the mother from the family according to the post that is likely meant to bring a whole new level of urgency.  Many are questioning if the photo is even true and if it was why would the "boyfriend's" family send the photos to her.    




Although the mom and the Facebook page is desperately trying to show her daughter in danger the police on the other hand are seeing it just the opposite.  Social media is split.  What do you think?

Original story:  Police are looking for 16-year-old Karyn Renee Mehaffy. Winfield Police Department and then Henry County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an abduction in the 300 block of South Olive Street in Winfield on Friday, June 12th.



 It was reported that 16-year-old Karyn Renee Mehaffy was abducted by three subjects in a dark blue SUV. The make and model of vehicle is unknown at this time. 

But then this was released on the Facebook page:



Most recently this:




Karyn is described as a 5'3” blonde hair with blue green bangs, tan, and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing green skinny jeans and a black sleeveless t-shirt. 

Anyone with knowledge of information regarding the whereabouts of Karyn, please contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office (319-385-2712) or you're local law enforcement agency.

Can you identify this Jane Doe from Seattle?


Authorities are asking for help to identify a Jane Doe found in Seattle.  She was found dead on May 29 under a highway overpass just below I-90 on Rainer Avenue South. 

Her cause of death has not been determined.

The woman is 5'6" tall and weighs 137 pounds. She has grey and black hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Department tip line at (206)233-5000 or the King County Medical examiners office at (206)731-3232 ext. 1

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Why did the defense attorney talk about the alleged weapon used in the McStay case to the media?


McStay family
UPDATE:  6/11/15 - In an interview with The Sun, Mettias stated:

"Mettias said the pretrial publicity surrounding the case, including comments made by law enforcement officials during the November news conference and a subsequent CNN interview with District Attorney Michael A. Ramos, has jeopardized Merritt’s chance at a fair trial and has tainted the jury pool. And that, Mettias said, is why he is now discussing Merritt’s case publicly."

I didn't hear anything during the CNN interview nor news conference that jeopardized the case. Hopefully, Metttias will further explain.  Regardless, it does not justifies Mettias' comments about the case now. 

Original story:
There is one thing about doing what I do, I never know what I am going to wake up to.  What information is going to come out on any missing/criminal case that turns it on a tail spin. 

This morning was another one of those mornings.  The first thing that popped up on my newsfeed was the story written by the Victorville Daily Press about the McStay case.

Attorney: Sledgehammer alleged weapon in McStay family killings

The prosecution side as well as the San Bernardino Sheriff's Office has been tight-lipped about what evidence they had against Charles "Chase" Merritt, but here is the defense attorney, Jimmy Mettias talking to a local newspaper, and speaking of things that the public has never heard before.

The murder weapon, has been speculated on, but never released, and this morning we hear that Mettias blatantly tells the media that the "common object" that SDCD Attorney Mike Ramos was referring to back in November, is according to Jimmy Mettias, a 3-lb. sledge hammer.  By the way, it's a little odd that Ramos called the sledge hammer a common object as not every home has one, but most every home has a hammer. 

And not only does the public now know what the object is, we now know that it was found in one of the graves and that the paint on the sledge hammer has no fingerprints and it was a negative match to the type of paint Chase used to paint the McStay home.   I am not so concerned with the paint as the hammer may never have been in the McStay home, BUT surely this hammer would have had blood on it.  My thought is that we will hear that luminol found blood on that hammer.  But, now Mettias says there was no DNA on that hammer. My assumption now that I know this is that this was a premeditated murder and no doubt the weapon found was not the weapon used.

Premediation: Car was parked at the border. Weapon in graves is not the same weapon used. Same type, but not same weapon. Tarp or plastic likely used before murder and family probably forced to lay on plastic before killed.

Mettias is also stating that the family could not have been killed in the home.  I really don't understand why the prosecution would have come up with this scenario unless they had evidence to back themselves up.   Mettias stated that the DA is relying on "small things" to show the murder happened in the McStay home, but he states there is "not a shred of physical evidence that would even suggest that a quadruple homicide by bludgeoning people would have occurred inside the house."   Not only does Mettias say there is no blood found, there was no hair or sign of a struggle. Even Michael McStay that was in the home stated there was no sign of struggle.  But, no hair?  Of course they found hair.

Mettias states that Chase's cellphone cannot be placed to the McStay's home or the Mexican border or the grave sites.  When you leave your phone at home, it does not show where you are at.  But what about the McStay cell phones?   The signal traveled around the area for several days after the McStay's went missing only to disappear by the Bonsall Bridge.  Someone was driving around with those phones to throw off the police.



Why is Mettias talking now, just days before the prelim and why bring up things that have never been said before? 

According to Wisconsin attorney, Dean Dietrich, this is what an attorney cannot talk about related to a criminal trial because they are likely to materially prejudice the criminal proceeding include the following:

"Things you may not discuss. Things that a lawyer may not talk about related to a criminal trial because they are likely to materially prejudice the criminal proceeding include the following:
  • the character or reputation of a suspect or witness in a criminal investigation;
  • the credibility of a suspect or witness in a criminal investigation;
  • the criminal record of a suspect or witness;
  • the identity of a witness;
  • the expected testimony of a party or a witness;
  • the possibility of a plea of guilty to the offense;
  • the existence or contents of any confession, admission, or statement given by the suspect;
  • a person’s refusal or failure to make a statement with regard to conduct or an offense;
  • the performance or results of any examination or tests;
  • the refusal or failure of a person to submit to an examination or test;
  • the identity or nature of physical evidence expected to be presented;
  • any opinion as to the guilt or innocence of a suspect;
  • information that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is likely to be inadmissible as evidence and that, if disclosed, would create a substantial risk of prejudicing an impartial trial; or
  • the fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime, unless the lawyer includes a statement explaining that the charge is an accusation only and the individual is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty."
I also found this information:

Model Code of Professional Responsibility Canon 7, EC 7-9 states that a "lawyer should always act in a manner consistent with the best interests of his client."  A lawyer "may take whatever lawful and ethical measures are required to vindicate a client's cause or endeavor."
BUT
The ABA Model Rules and Model Code both expressly place ethical limitations on attorneys in communicating with the press. The guiding principle of these rules is the protection of the jury from unfair prejudice.  Specifically statements that have a "substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing an adjudicative proceeding." 
 
A 1994 amendment allows an attorney to "make a statement that a reasonable lawyer would believe is required to protect a client from the substantial undue prejudicial effect of recent publicity not initiated by the lawyer or the lawyer's client," to the extent necessary to "mitigate the recent adverse publicity."  Specifically Model Rule 3.6 says, lawyers can strategically tailor pleadings and motions to make information public that otherwise would be subject to trial publicity rules.  There is no per se prohibition against press releases before trial, and information already out in the public would not violate ethical rules. 

The question I have, is the information about the sledgehammer as the weapon, and in the grave, Joey's hands tied, and other things Mettias spoke of in violation of ethical rules as it is not public record? I mean, it is not public record, right?  I do not remember anything being let out by the courts.  

I know several media outlets sued the DA's office for the release of search warrant affidavits for access to the evidence against Merritt, but they have been unsuccessful.
 
Of course, Mettias could have talked with the courts before he spoke with the media, and ran it passed them as to what he was going to say to make sure he did not cross the line of ethics.  And if he was an experienced lawyer that is exactly what he would have done.  

I am appalled that Mettias felt the need to talk about this information and what exactly was he trying to do by doing that in the first place?  He may have been trying to show his client in an innocent light, but in that attempt he showed himself as lacking decorum. 

Why did Metttias talk?  Well, I think Michael McStay may have the answer. 







Gray Hughes has put up two different videos showing the route to the grave sights and a video showing a couple actually at the grave sights. In the beginning of the second video you'll see part of the video recorded by Steph Watts before it goes to the car trip to the grave sights.  It is interesting to see that leaving the grave sights, it doesn't take to long to get back on the freeway.



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Kathleen Katie Barham missing after going to laundry room at apartment complex Found

UPDATE:  6/13/14 - The body found in the wooded area has been confirmed to be Katie.  Her death is considered suspicious. A cause of death has not yet been determined by the Medical Examiner.

UPDATE:  6/10/15 -   A body has been found in a wooded area near an apartment where Katie was last seen, after the police were called when someone reported a bad smell.

There has been no confirmation if it is Katie's body or not and state there was severe decomposition.  There is no positive identification of the body nor cause of death. 

The first thing that comes to my mind is why that area was not searched when Katie went missing.  The family put posters around town to let everyone know that Katie was missing, but there has been nothing said about whether the police or family searched the nearby woods.

The Portsmouth police have stated a detective was not assigned to the case till June 8 which about the time I heard about her missing.

Katie's fiance, Rich Fegan said that he woke up at 1:30 in the morning and she was not there.  He went to the wash room and found the clothes in the dryer, but she was gone.

Fegan also said he asked the police to track her phone and he said they said they could not do it without a warrant and it was too much hassle.

But on May 6, 2015, two federal appeals courts have now ruled explicitly that police don't need a search warrant to track the location of a suspect's cell phone, and a third court gave law enforcement a partial win on the issue, reports the National Journal.   Katie was not a suspect, but it would seem to me they could have done it very easily, but. Katie's cousin, Lee Deans told WTKR that Fegan didn't call her family until nine days after she went missing.

Fegan said he didn't want to "jump the gun and make everyone concerned for her before I was sure there was a problem,"

At this point we do not know what date Fegan told the police that Katie was missing.  Maybe the detective wasn't assigned till the 11th because the police were not called till the 8th. 

Even though, one of the first things that are done when someone goes missing is for searchers to search the immediately area in a 2-5 mile radius.   I have seen police knock on doors, I have seen volunteers on ATV combing woods and so far I have seen no evidence this was done.  It could be that the missing report given to the police was relayed as a non emergency situation by the person that reported it, and could have even been relayed as something that Katie did a lot.  Time will tell. 


Original story:  Kathleen "Katie" Barham, 32, has been missing from Portsmouth, Va., since Wed., May 27, 2015.  She went to wash a load of clothes in her apartment building on Bickford Lane and has not been seen since.

Portsmouth is 15 minutes away from Chesapeake, and Dana Lynn Turner, 43, from Chesapeake went missing on Sept. 22, 2011.  She was suppose to return a rental car and never showed up, but the car was turned in by someone else. 

7-year-old Jala Barnett endangered and missing possible with mother and fugitive Found

UPDATE 6/26/15 - Authorities say the case has been resolved.

Miami police are searching for a missing girl, along with her mother and step father after a man was found dead in a Miami motel.

Jala Barnett, 7, her mother, Kristy Evans, 34 and Michael Douglas Evans, 30, are missing after Joseph Everett Moniz, 46,  was found dead at the Sunshine Inn Motel at 4871 W. Flagler St. in Miami, Fla. on Saturday.

Detectives determined that a couple and a young child were guests at the motel. 

Authorities have put out a warrant for Evans and Kristy and Jala have been classified as endangered and missing since May 7, 2015, when Jala was pulled out of school and has not been seen since.

Evans is a fugitive who fled from New Philadelphia, Ohio while on house arrest awaiting trial on felony assault charges.



Police are also trying to find a blue 2005 convertible A4 with only a paper tag BDK6156 that was reported stolen.   The couple could be in a dark blue Ford Escort with Ohio tag 4067.


If you have any information, please call the Miami Police at 305-603-6350.

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