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Friday, February 27, 2015

Missing Men from Liberty County Texas

All these men are missing from Liberty County Texas.

These names have numbers because they are part of the Missing Texas Forty, which is a list of 40 plus men and woman that have disappeared from Montgomery County and Liberty County, Texas.

Walter Brawner - 06-10-2008: 23. Walter Brawner, w/m, 67 y/o. Shepherd TX (Found him to be missing from San Jacinto County and not Montgomery or Liberty - leaving here for now [7/23/12])
Two of Mr. Brawner's children had stopped by to visit him for Father's Day in 2008. Mr. Brawner's vehicle was in the driveway, but there was no response at the door. The adult children went to a neighbor who had a key that allowed them entry into their father's home. Mr. Brawner was not there. The children became suspicious of the neighbor upon asking some questions and called the local authorities and reported their father missing. Mr. Brawner has not been found to date. Foul play is suspected and the neighbor is a person of interest in this case.
Rodney Stokely - 19.   01-22-2008: Rodney Stokley, w/m, 19 y/o. Cleveland, Liberty County, TX 
His father related what he knows of the night his son disappeared — Jan. 22, 2008.
A buddy of Rodney’s had picked him up at the family’s home and taken him to Brookhollow Apartments for his buddy’s birthday celebration. What he knows about what happened next is based on the friend’s account and what police have uncovered.
“His buddy and girlfriend were arguing so Rodney said he would leave, and left on foot. He made a couple of phone calls including one to his girlfriend. He made a couple more phone calls after that but the battery on his phone was going down,” said his father. The last of the calls he made pinged, or connected, off a cell phone tower on Wells Road off Plum Grove Road. After that, no calls were made from the cell phone and no one ever heard from Rodney again.  “Everything was going good and then Rodney disappeared. It’s not like him to be gone and not in contact with us,” said Rodney Sr. “That’s where his trail ends.” The “not knowing” is the worst part of it all for the Stokley family.
Mark Rhineburger - 40.  02/15/2012  Mark Larry Rhineburger, 39, from Crosby, Texas Liberty County was last seen at the Shell gas station on FM2w100, Indian Shores subdivision on February 15, 2012 around 5:30 a.m.  Mark was driving a 2005, white 4-door Chevy pickup with a crew cab.  His truck was found on February 15, near County road 2148 in Liberty County near Romayor, Texas.  It was out of gas. Mark is 5'10" tall, 170 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.  (New information has come out about this case on March 22, 2012.  Click here to read.

Dennis Rogers- 41.  03/08/2012 Dennis Rogers, 54,  from Plum Grove, Texas Liberty County was last seen going for a walk in the woods near his home on CR 347 South.  He called 911 and told them that he had gone too far and was lost.  The authorities reported on March 13 that the case was now criminal and would not elaborate any further.

Edwin Rogers - 37.   12-30-2011: Edwin Clark Rogers, w/m, 62 y/o. Tarkington, Liberty County, TX
Rogers’ son, David, and his own brother, Lesley Rogers, were the last two people he spoke with before his disappearance. Lesley Rogers said his brother told him he had been at the VFW in Liberty.
“I talked to him at 11:43 p.m. on the 30th,” said Rogers. “He asked if I was still up. I said no, so he said, ‘Ok, I’m gonna go on then.’ I guessed he was talking about going home.”
David Rogers said his dad had called him a few minutes earlier and said the same  thing.  No one has heard from Edwin Rogers since then. The next day, Dec. 31, Rogers’ stepson, Josh Roskie, said he and his wife saw Rogers’ jeep on the side of SH 321, but didn’t think anything about it because his parents had argued and were separated at the time. He said a few days later, several other people had seen the jeep in the same location, so he began to worry and called his mom. Roskie said after he called his mom, she went down to the car and placed a rock on the tire as a way to monitor the vehicle's movement. She also found Rogers’ cell phone under the front seat and became worried. Rogers’ stepdaughter, Gina Goh, said she found out about her stepfather’s disappearance on Friday, Jan. 6, and reported Rogers as missing to authorities.
Family members say it is completely uncharacteristic of Rogers not to keep in touch.
Rogers’ sister-in-law, Tabitha Rogers, said she suspects foul play.  “He just doesn’t disappear like this,” she said. “It’s not like him not to keep in contact with family.”
Larry Baker - 29.   01-29-2010: Larry Baker, w/m, 55 y/o. Cleveland, Liberty County, TX
A 54-year-old Cleveland area man remains missing and endangered on Monday. Larry Richard Baker, Sr. suffers from multiple serious health problems including high blood pressure, multiple strokes and the beginning stages of dementia.
Baker, who lives near the intersection of Plum Grove Road (FM 1010) and CR 325 was last seen Thursday night by his sister who lives on the same property when she took food to him.
Westley Moore - 47.  6/9/13 - Westley Moore, 32, (W/M)  Westley Allen Moore, 32, has been missing from Liberty County Texas since June 9th, 2013.Authorities searched for him near the pipeline area near the 6800 block of Outlaw Bend where Polk County, Hardin County and Liberty County all merge together and specifically Hardin County where Mr. Moore was last seen.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Jack Rattigan: Senior missing from New Hampshire Found

UPDATE:  2/27/15 - I received this message: 

"He was found safe and sound last night at Quincy Medical in Quincy, MA. He ended up getting into a minor accident, a little banged up and bruised up but nothing serious and his family took him home. Thanks again for your help and for sharing the link on your great site."

Jack Rattigan, 82, left his home in Londonderry, N.H. on Wed. Feb 25 around 5:30 p.m. and is now missing.  He was seen driving his 2007 silver Dodge Dakota Truck with plates 2JACKS.  He does frequent Hannaford's, Walmart and Applebee's in Derry.  He will also park at Lake Massabesic.

 He was wearing a long sleeve sweater, with black slacks and winter boots. He does not have his front teeth in.

He is 185 pounds and between 5'8" and 5'9", does not have a cell phone or credit cards.

If you see him or his truck, please call the police.

Christopher Sylvia: Missing hiker in San Diego

UPDATE:  2/27/15 - There were lots of searchers and dogs looking for Christopher today.  Because of a storm coming in Friday night they had to call off the search for him, but will be back to look for him again on Monday.

Original story:Christopher Sylvia, 28, has been missing while hiking in Anza, Calif. near Highway 74 on Feb. 16, and the SDCSD decided to released a public bulletin on Wednesday.

Christopher told a friend to meet him at Warner Springs on the 17th but Christopher never showed up. His backpacking gear and belongings were found near where he was to meet his friend.  And that is where they started their search and then panned out.  Chris may have left his gear there and then went higher up the peak to try and make a phone call or to look around.  Whatever the reason he never returned back to his gear.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Searching for Cloudia Wells

On Wednesday, I helped search for a homeless woman that might be Robin Wells Burton's mom, Cloudia Wells that she has not seen for 15 years.

Robin's mom, Cloudia Wells  was reported missing from San Diego 15 years ago, and she didn't even know where to start to look until she saw the photo of the homeless woman in the LA Times (top photo).  Robin found out that the photo was taken in 2013 in Skid Row.  Robin knew she had to start searching there.  Robin planned to drive from Illinois to Los Angeles to look for her mom but didn't have the funds.

After a few months, Robin was able to raise the money with help from many, including Stephanie Coplin, from "Letters to our Missing" and  They began their trip last week.    Local news from  Collinsville, Ill. did a story before Robin left Illinois.

Also, I did a story about Robin and her search for her mom called after Robin received a horrific phone call from the San Diego Police Dept. before she left on her trip:

Daughter of missing mother posts rude phone message from San Diego Police Department

Stephanie Coplin and volunteer Clint discuss the next step in the search

Robin and Stephanie made it to San Diego on Monday, Feb. 23, and talked with the local Channel 10 news about her search.

Robin and Clint search near area
where woman from bus stop would walk
Robin and Stephanie planned to go to Venice on Wednesday, but yesterday afternoon I saw a woman sitting at a bus stop in Santee and emailed the photo (see above) to Robin.  Robin wasn't sure it was her.  I went back with my son this time and he gave the woman a bottle of water and took a video of the woman just for Robin to see, so we could eliminate the possibility and then we emailed that to Robin.
Robin still wasn't sure, and she was planning on going to LA.  Then Robin began getting tips that Cloudia may be in San Diego.  The uncertainty of my photo and all the tips leading to San Diego, Robin decided to put off her trip back up to LA, and continue searching in the East County area of San Diego.
Robin went to businesses on N. Magnolia in El Cajon and ran into a manager at the Weinerschnitzel that had video surveillance that showed the same woman I saw yesterday.  Everyone there was so supportive.  They said that she came in there at least twice a week.  The Starbucks in the same shopping center confirmed they saw her often too and they were just as supportive.  I even saw a Starbucks employee outside the store double checking a homeless woman that went walking by with a red shopping cart, to see if it was the woman from the bus stop. 

Since this was the area that the woman was seen everyday, Stephanie waited at the Weinerschnitzel, while we drove up and down the boulevard and behind buildings and then to a homeless shelter.  We got a tip that she might be near the bridge where the homeless went to sleep.
Homeless sleeping under the 67 bridge in El Cajon, Calif.
 Everywhere we went we kept getting positive sightings. Everyone knew her, everyone had seen her and knew she pushed a shopping cart up and down the main street.  That's wonderful, but was that woman, Cloudia?  

Homeless Woman at the bus stop
We even headed to an area that had a broken fence after we received a tip.  Dawson and Clint volunteered to search as it was a place you did not go alone, but nothing was found.  

Robin had doubts that it was her mom, but we couldn't ignore the fact it could be.  Even with my photo and video and the surveillance video from the Weinerschnitzel, no one was sure it was not her mom.  Plus, everyone who had actually seen her face to face were saying after they compared the video to the photo of Cloudia, that they were the same.  With so many people who had seen the woman at the bus stop saying it was the same person as in the photo, Robin could not leave San Diego until she knew for sure.  No one wanted to be left thinking, what if, for the rest of our lives.  We kept searching for this woman who was at the bus stop. 

All we knew for sure right now was that the video at the Weinerschnitzel was definitely the same woman at the bus stop. But was that Cloudia? 

Then late Wednesday night, Robin told me that she had found the woman in the video who ended up having blue eyes and not brown, like her moms.
"As most of you know tips came in that led me to Santee, California Wednesday. To look for a homeless woman a few people thought was my mother. As I searched for this lady. I stopped by a church I found out She went to. I asked If I could go in their sanctuary. I sat down and just cried and prayed harder than I have in a long time. I search the streets, shelters, underpass, river. As we were getting ready to go get a motel room their She was. It was getting dark and she was walking with her shopping cart. We pulled up and I got out and spoke with her. Right away I knew it wasn't my mother Cloudia Leslie Wells Missing. But I stayed a few minutes and spoke to this lady. She loved my necklace I had on. And I explained to her that it represented my mom who is also homeless. I handed the lady $20.00 and told her to be safe. She thanked me and went on her way. We had stopped to get food to go. We pulled over in a parking lot to eat. I see the woman again But this time without her shopping cart. I watched her as she walked in the liquor store and purchased her a bottle of whisky. Instead of getting mad, I wasn't at all. How good it must of felt to her to have that drink. Jesus did turn water into wine. Don't be so harsh to judge the homeless. We don't know what they have been thru. We haven't walked in their shoes. God led me here for a reason. I just hope that reason is to find my mom. Just wanted to share my experience with you all tonight. Good night and God bless you all."
The woman at the bus stop was not Cloudia.  Robin's search in San Diego has come to a disappointing end, but it doesn't stop her from continuing. 

Homeless woman at bus stop
 Robin will get up tomorrow and start all over again, as you never know what tomorrow will bring. Each of Robin's steps are steps of hope, and that hope may help someone else that is searching for their loved one, and help them to keep strong and keep searching.

Kristy Gillihan: Missing from Antonio since 2005 Found

According to Facebook page, Kristy has been found.

Missing From Texas: Kristy Colleen Gillihan
Date Missing: 2005
Age Missing :18 Years Old . Now 28
Birth Date: Jan 1st 1987
Hair: Dark Blonde To Light Brown
Eyes: Dark Brown
Height: 4 Ft 11 In
Weight: 93Lbs

"Hi , My name is Hope Christine Gillihan My Daughter Kristy Colleen Gillihan ran away from Home 10 years ago ! it broke my Heart Please Help Me Find Her."

Elijah Jackson: Missing from Washington DC

Elijah Jackson, 31, is missing from Northwest DC.  Elijah walks with a cane.  He was wearing a heavy green jacket, tan boots, tan/black checkered scarf, green beanie.  He was last seen on Mon. Feb. 16, 2015.  If you see him, please call the Metropolitan Police Dept. at 202-727-9099 or leave a tip here. 

Unique Harris: Young woman disappears after witnessing a murder in 2010

Unique Harris was 24 when she went missing in 2010 from the 2400 block of Hartford St., se, in Washington DC.  Her mother Valencia still puts up flyers and is searching for her.  Please help share this poster. 

Justice Rees: Newborn kidnapped from Sacramento, mother found disoriented

UPDATE:  2/25/15 - The body of missing Justice was found on the shores of a remote slough in Yolo County.  Authorities are trying to get to the bottom of what happened.In an interview with the Sacramento Bee, the police chief said "it's too early to tell if there was foul play."

Is this a case of post-partum depression or kidnapping?

Original story:  The Marin County Sheriff's Department are looking for a new born baby that the mother said was kidnapped.

Samantha Green,  23-year-old mother of the baby, Justice Rees told police that she and her baby were kidnapped on Monday.  She was heard calling for help along a lough west of Knights Landing in Yolo County on Tuesday, which is located near the Sacramento River. 

The police said she was disoriented and hysterical as she told them her story.  She also had injuries and was taking to the hospital, said Woodland Police Capt. Dale Johnson.

The police do not know why Green was in Knight's Landing as she does not live there and has no known links to the town.  She does have family in Woodland which is about 10 miles away. 

The police have been searching the area for the baby whose age has been said to be 14-217 days old, but have found nothing as of yet. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Carley McIlvain 16 year old from Hemet CA FOUND

There was communication from Carley's Grandmother, around midnight or early morning of February 26, 2015. She is apparently safe, though not much word on details.
Misty McIlvain statment
She is still listed as a missing person until she is back with her father and myself her legal guardians. This is turning into a child abduction by a family member. So safe is relative...she is at least not on the streets right now.
Her grandmother is estranged from the family.

Statement from Carley Anne
Just to make it very clear everyone, my mother is give false information about me, i ran away, I'm not a missing person, i am in a very very safe environment and the police know where i am and my mom is trying to make sound like she is a great mom when she isn't, i worry about my safety , she has tried killing me before and told me "i hope you get raped in life", and i don't even go to school because i watch kids all the time and i need school for my future so before you people say I'm in the wrong there are two sides to every story. Thank you and sorry for concerning anyone.

I had personally asked Carley a few questions:
  1. Are you trying return to school in Hemet posible staying at your grand mothers
  2. are you able to file charges against Misty and her husband
  3. have you seen the movie frozen

Carley Ann's Reply
  1. Yes i plan to go to school, as i want to be a cop when im older
  2. and I can't file charges
  3. and yes i have seen that movie

Carley McIlvain, 16 years old, and her mother moved to Minnesota recently. Carley had flown back to Hemet, CA, to visit with her friend. Carley was in care of her friend’s mom. Her friend’s mom had purchased a plane ticket for a flight back to Minnesota that was scheduled to depart at 9:22am, on February 24, 2015, from LAX. When her friend’s mom woke to take Carley to the airport she was not there. It is believed that Carley left the home early in the morning of February 24, 2015, to avoid returning to Minnesota, per a note she left behind.

Tim Jaskiewicz: Man from SC goes missing in Georgia

Tim Jaskiewicz, 51, has been missing since Feb. 16th, from Richmond Hills, Georgia. Tim recently moved home to Charleston, SC after separating from his wife. He went missing while visiting a friend in Richmond Hills, GA. His friends said they went out for an errand and Jaskiewicz was not there when they returned, and they have not seen or heard from him since, she said.
"Last seen at p.m. on Feb. 16th. His phone last pinged at midnight and has not been turned back on and no activity on his credit cards or bank accounts.

Critically endangered man has gone missing. 5’10” tall approximately 150 lbs. thinning dirty blonde hair brown eyes. Last seen in Richmond Hill Ga. Lives in Charleston SC. and has a 9 & 11 child in Apollo Beach Fl."

 Please note that he may be driving a red 2002 Toyota Tundra with a Florida tag BDZN21.  If you happen to see the truck parked along side the road, please call the police or Det. Linto at 912-756-5845.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cancelled Amber Alert: Elinor Trotta, 3 years,Found

Cancelled Amber Alert!

Recovered Safely:
Tuesday Morning, Michael Trotta 39 year old father of Elinor, was taken into custody in Massachusetts. 3 year old Elinor is safe!
On February 23, 2015 The New castle Police department responded to a domestic dispute at the School Side Apartments New Castle, at 800 Block of East Basin Rd at 6:48pm. The ex-boyfriend 39 year old Michael Trotta reportedly assaulted the Mother of Elinor Trotta and left with Elinor, their 3 year old daughter.

Erica Alonso: Missing woman from Costa Mesa


Erica Alonso, 27, has been missing since Feb. 14, 2015.  She was last seen at the Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa.  Surveillance video shows her and her date leaving with another couple.  The couple and Erica had gone to the man's home in Irvine and they left around 3:45 a.m. and Erica got into a fight with the man.  Erica drove away about 10-15 minutes later. 

The Orange County Sheriff's Department have interviewed the man, whose name has not been released.

The police have not classified Erica's disappearance as a crime and there are no suspects. 

Erica may be driving a Honda Civic with California plates 7FSS564.

If you have any information about her please call (714) 647-7000 or leave an anonymous tip here.

Chad Ferschweiler: Missing from Oregon Found

UPDATE:  2/26/15 -The Corvallis Police Department issued a statement saying that Ferschweiler had been found unharmed at a hotel on the central coast.

“It appears Ferschweiler has been traveling up and down the coast since leaving Corvallis on February 16, 2015,” the statement said.
Original story:  Chad Ferschweiler, 34, was last seen on Feb. 16, 2015 in Corvallis, Oregon. He was suppose to open the Pita Pit in Corvallis on Monday but he did not show up and has not been seen since 9 a.m. on Feb. 16.

He was last seen wearing a Chive zip up hood, Pita Pit trucker hat and chinos.  There is no formal search being done by the Corvallis Police Department.

His Facebook page shows a guy with a great sense of humor.  Chad I hope you realize how many people care about you and you make contact with everyone and come back. 

On Instagram the post reads:  "His family says he has been depressed and struggling, and he failed to report to work Monday morning. No one has seen him since. He drives that Pontiac there, Oregon plates, and the tags are expired. Has a green Bill Murray sticker in the back window. If ANYONE has ANY information on him - if you've seen his car even, please contact Corvallis police IMMEDIATELY. There is no formal search as the police say that an adult is basically none of their concern when they go missing, but so many of us disagree. #FindChad #newberg #newport #yamhillcounty #linncounty"
Aaron Deen, the owner of the Salem Pita Pit, said that he originally owned the Corvallis Pita Pit and sold it to Ferschweiler in February 2011, according to the Albany Democrate Herald, but Ferschweiler didn’t meet the terms of the sales agreement, so  Deen began legal proceedings to take back the business. As of February he was in control.

The Corvallis Pita Pit was closed Monday, and a sign on the door asked anyone who knows anything about the location of Chad to contact the Corvallis Police Department.

Chad, please leave a note here or call someone and let them know you are okay.   Everyone is worried about you and we just want to offer our friendship.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Julia Potter: Child missing from Seattle

Julia Potter, 7, is missing from Seattle, Wash.  She may be with her dad, Jason Potter, 45. 

Police Agency:
If info, or seen, contact the Seattle Police Department, Det. Jason Stolt, at (206)233-1536,
Sheriff's Dept/Criminal Investigations Unit; Det. Luke Hillman at (206) 263-2117, WSP Missing Persons Unit, at (800) 543-5678, 1-800-THE LOST, or 9-1-1
Case # 14-372496 NCMEC# 1240281 OR leave an anonymous tip here.

Gavin Marsh: Missing in San Francisco

UPDATE:  2-25-15 "Thank you to everyone that has shared my site. Gavin had made contact with us last night and we were able to get him back home this evening (Feb 23/15) safe. I cant thank everyonte (sic) enough for your prayers and continued support."

Gavin Marsh, 23, is from Avon, Ind. and he was last seen in San Francisco on Feb 14, 2015.  His family is looking for him.  If you see him, will you tell him to please call home or please leave an anonymous tip.  

Please contact Amanda Blackburn with any information 317-201-6328

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Do you know who Sean is?

UPDATE:  2/25/15 - Just a note to let you all know that every single one of your links you have sent me, of who you think Sean is, has been sent to  They have responded to me and are looking at each and everyone of them, and also told me they have received a lot more from others.  So, know that NamUs is doing what they can to find out who Sean is.  Kudos to NamUs.

Original story:  This photo above comes from the Missing Homeless Facebook page, as it was placed there asking for help to identify this man. 

The post read:

"This is Sean. A poster has known him for several years and taken him food, clothes, and blankets. Sean is Special Needs. He can't read or write and sounds like an 8 year old child when he talks. He recently told me that he is here because he got lost and can't find his way home. He was on a Greyhound Bus to visit someone and got on the wrong bus at a rest stop. He's been lost ever since. He thinks he's from Springfield, Missouri. Someone has to be looking for him. He's such a harmless, gentle soul. Please pray for him."

Almost immediately a poster posted a photo of Sean White.  Although Sean White looked heavier than Homeless Sean, it could have been a match, especially taking into consideration that Sean White would have been homeless for 10 years.

It took about 24 hours before we all got the word through the News-Leader who has been following the story, that Sean White was not our Homeless Sean.  According to the News-Leader, Sean was found a short time later in 2004 and is currently living in a psychiatric hospital in Farmington.  Sean White's brother confirmed he is there. 

More research found that Sean White remained on the list as a MP by the police department and it was a mistake that the information had not been updated to show he had been found in 2004.

So, the search is back on for Sean.  Please share with everyone and let's see if we can find out who this Sean is and help him reunite with his family. 

Richard Downs: Missing from Kentucky

Richard "Chad" Downs, 38, has been missing from Louisville, Kentucky since Feb. 6, 2015.  He was last seen leaving Assured Auto Care in Jeffersontown heading towards PRP. 

He drives a green and tan 1997 Chevy truck with plates 737TAR. 

If you have any information about his whereabouts, please call 911. 

The Hidden South: Hundreds of photos of homeless people

Heather, a reader, sent me this link to a page called The Hidden South.  It has hundreds of photos and bios of people that are homeless.  If you are missing a loved one you should go to that page and look at the photos.  If you are an armchair detective you should go there and look to see if you can match anyone with a reported missing person.

Also, don't forget to go to my new Facebook page, Missing Homeless in America to find more photos of homeless and possible missing people.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

Marisa Kaluhiokalani: Missing from New Jersey Found

UPDATE:  2/22/15 - "Help Find Marisa" posted Marisani had been found Saturday evening.

"Marisa has been found. She is home safe with her family and we just ask for some time to heal," read the status update. "Thank you everyone for all your love, prayers, and help. You have no idea what it means to us and Marisa."

Original story:  Marisa Kaluhiokalani, 27, from Woodbury Heights, New Jersey has been missing since Feb. 2, 2015.

Marisa was seen in Camden after a friend dropped her off to cash a check.  She never returned home.  Which was particularly unusual as it was her daughter's third birthday, the following day. 

Marisa is a cancer survivor and left behind her medication. 

Marisa is 5'4" tall, 160 pounds with a tattoos of a flower on her left leg and left wrist and a ribbon on her right wrist and a butterfly on her right shoulder. 

If you see her, please call the Woodbury Heights police at 856-848-6707. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NAMUS: A tool everyone should use

NamUs is a website that many do not even know about.  In fact, there are law enforcement personnel that do not even know about it even though it is a government run website.

NBC Philadelphia ran a story on NamUs that explains not only about it, but also about the disconnect there is between NamUs, NCIC, the public and missing person statistics.  

It used to be that NCIC was the only database out there.  In fact, to this day it still remains basically the same as it has always been, simple stats on a screen that makes you think you have taken a time machine back to the 1980s.  There is no touch screen, no photos, just a green text on a black background provided by the Matrix style at the time.

"NCIC or the National Crime Information Center, is an electronic index of crime data, overseen by the FBI since its launch in January 1967 and only available to federal, state and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies," reports NBC Philadelphia.

The entry of this information relies on law enforcement, so if they have a heavy case load or a secretary or radio operator can't be wrangled up to help input information, the information may sit for awhile.  Even to this day, that information seldom is passed to NamUS.  

"A big reason the FBI reports 84,924 active missing person records as of Dec. 31, 2014 while NamUs currently has 10,985 in its system," reports NBC Philadelphia.

But these two entities were never suppose to meet.  NCIC was exclusively for the use by law enforcement and was, and still is, so protected that if law enforcement personnel tried to look up information on their neighbor the database would flag them.  NamUs is so wide open that the public can put the information in themselves.

Currently, there is no law that says this information needs to be shared or requires law enforcement to enter what they have into the NamUS database, and I have to agree that it really should remain that way, and the family themselves should be putting the information into NamUS. One reason is because they know the information is in there immediately and they are not waiting around for an LEO to do it AND nobody knows your family member like you do.  So, you can put in birth marks, tattoos, and even scars as identifiers.

The criteria to put in a missing person on NamUs is so wide there is nothing holding the general public back from entering in their missing family member.  In fact, if you are not even related to the person, but know they are missing you can enter their information into NamUs.  It is also turned out to be a wonderful tool for armchair detectives everywhere that have taken on the task of matching a John or Jane Doe.

Just recently, a volunteer known as greymetal shared a flyer of Grateful Doe found on NamUs.  Grateful Doe's DNA is being tested to see if he is a match with Jason Callahan.
DNA is being done to find if Bossier Doe (left)
matches missing Carol Cole
That same type of investigating was done by Todd Matthews, who is currently heading NamUs.  He became involved in knowing who "Tent Girl," was.  She had not been identified since 1968 when her body was found in Kentucky,  Matthews began doing his own volunteer investigating in 1987 and in 1998 Barbara Ann Hackman Taylor was identified as "Tent Girl," after Todd found her sister. 

Luckily, NamUs is now being used by medical examiners who are putting in information on a Jane or John Doe in hopes that they find a match or one shows up when a family enters their missing family member into the database.  

With about 40,000 deceased people, whose identities are unknown there is a very good chance that a family can find their long-lost missing family member by using NamUs.  And it is important for every one of them to get their DNA put into the system.
As much as I believe it needs to be entirely up to each person that reports a missing person to be responsible for entering their own family information in to the database, it is just as important that law enforcement let these families know about NamUs, and encourage them to follow through and use it.  It is very apparent there is a lack of knowledge about NamUs  when "only 1,063 missing persons and 1,103 unidentified remains cases have a fingerprint card in the original NamUs database," reports NBC Philadelphia.

You can read more about NamUs by clicking on this very informative story by NBC Philadelphia - Missing in America:  A Mass Disaster Over Time.

Brian Eric Carlstrom Missing Since August 9, 1986 From Helendale California

The day of August 09, 1986, Brian Eric Carlstrom left his friend’s house in Silver Lakes Calif., apparently headed for Las Vegas, Nev. on the evening of August 9, 1986.  There was a possible sighting of Brian at the Saddle West Casino in Pahrump, employees.

Brian Carlstrom, 1978 Ford F250 truck, was found with all his personal belongings untouched, 20 miles North of Pahrump, in remote area of the desert. The truck was found thrashed, on a steep mountain rutted dirt road.  Most of his boots suitcase, etc. were in the bed and bounced out along the way, showing how hard it was driven to get it where it was found.

Brian Eric Carlstrom
Born December 06, 1959
Brian is described as:
6 feet tall at 190 to 200 pounds
Blond hair blue eyes and full beard
Scares: 80% burn scars: Particularly both of his arms, his upper torso and on the right side of his neck
Wearing Light Colored Shirt and Denim pants

Please Contact:
San Bernardino County Sheriff Department
Victor Valley Station
11613 Bartlett Avenue
City of Adelanto
California, 92301

Phone: 760-552-6833

WeTip at 1 800 78CRIME (800 782 7463)
San Bernardino Co. Sheriff Department 909-387-3695

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McStay Family: The people vs Charles "Chase" Ray Merritt - Ongoing updates of the trial

UPDATE:  2/19/15 -

Chase Merritt told the Judge today that the law library at the jail was "pretty much useless."  The Judge, unruffled by Chase's criticism replied, "he couldn't' do much about that."

Such is the way the hearing went today with accused murderer of the McStay family. 

Merritt said he did not receive any discovery yet.

Smith ordered Robert Ponce to turn over all discovery to PI Farrell who was assigned to Merritt.  Outside the courtroom, Ponce told the media he had handed over 9,000 pages on a disc to Farrell on Wednesday.

By law, defendants may not have access to documents with addresses and phone numbers

The prosecuting attorney Sean Daugherty said he gave Farrell  pages 1-9 of the 415 pages this morning. 

Merritt stated he didn't think that 5 weeks was enough time for discovery and that the cap of $1,000 for Farrell's work on the case would get "eaten up".

"He's going to be spending 50 to 60 hours a week easily at least for the next three to five weeks," said Merritt.

Judge Smith told Merritt that he could print out pages of discovery himself. 

The Judge Smith is also looking for the doctor's referral that states that he was okay to act as his own attorney.  Merritt said he went to a doctor and he said he was "good to go," but Judge Smith said he never received anything so he was ordering the doctor's approval to be submitted to the court. 

Lastly, Judge Smith appointed David Call as Merritt's advisory counsel.  He even is allowing him to bring his laptop to jail with him, when he is talking with Merritt. 

Merritt has till March 16 to file a motion to retrieve files seized by authorities. 

The preliminary hearing where the prosecutor presents evidence to outline the case against Merritt is scheduled April 3. The court hearing is scheduled for March 16.

Missing woman found alive, partially naked in cardboard box at Texas dump

A missing woman that has not been publicly identified was found partially naked in a cardboard box at a Texas dump.

The Hispanic woman went missing from a Dallas night club and workers found her around 9a.m. Saturday at the Hunter Ferrell dump in Irving and called the police. 

The poor woman did not know where she was and was only wearing a skirt.

The missing persons report said they last saw her at the club.  The friend said her friend was so intoxicated they would not serve her anymore, so they walked out of the club and a man offered to help while she went to get her car. When she came back both were gone.

Rebekah Leicy: Missing from Ohio

Rebekah Leicy, who lives on Wood Street in Mansfield, Ohio was reported missing on Feb. 6, 2015.

A friend of hers reported her missing because he had not seen her in 10 days and before that he spoke with her every day.

Police were told she was seen getting into a dark blue or black Dodge Charger with 3-4 men.  A neighbor woman said she saw Rebekah on Wood Street heading toward Marion Avenue on Jan. 23 at 1 a.m.
Another neighbor said they saw her going up to West Third Street. 

If you have any information about her whereabouts, please call the Mansfield police at 419-755-9724.

Carol Ann Cole: Waiting for DNA match wtih Bossier Doe

Composite of Bossier Doe on the left and Carol Cole on the right.
There may be a match in the Bossier Doe case.  Bossier Doe was found in Bossier Parish, La. on Jan. 28, 1981.  She had been stabbed to death. 

When the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office put up a composite drawing of Bossier Doe on Facebook, Jeanie Phelps saw the picture and thought it looked a lot like her sister, Carol Ann Cole from Kalamazoo, Michigan that went missing 30 years-ago.

 DNA has been taken from the family  and they are waiting fro the results. 

There is also a possibility that Bossier Doe may be a former student at New Bethany Home for Girls, a boarding school that operated between 1971 to 2001 and was closed down after a year-long investigation.  bossier

Apryl Foster: Missing from Florida Found

UPDATE:  2/22/15 -
Divers with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office found Apry's car in a lake near Open Field Loop and Rain Dance Place in Brandon.

Inside the car was a body with clothing that matched Apryl's.

Apryl Foster, 33, from Tampa, Fla. has been missing since Feb 11, after she went out for the night in Ybor City.

Foster works at Ulele restaurant in Tampa Heights and worked until 11 p.m. that night.  She went to the club, Bad Monkey afterwords.  She walked next door and went to the Double Decker at around 11:30 p.m. where she sang Karaoke.  She left at 2:20 a.m.

Apryl posted regularly on her Facebook page, and her last entry was Feb. 7 

Foster did not show up for work the next day, and according to a Facebook post she would have worked a double shift that day.  Her 2009 red Chevrolet Aveo with plates K125YC is still missing.

There is a $15,000 reward for information on her whereabouts. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Charles Reed: Missing from Phoenix

Charles Reed has been missing from Phoenix, AZ since Feb 4. 

"Last seen by the police on February 4th said to possibly be homeless. Has been out of contact with friends and family since Christmas. Please help."

Fernando Subia: Missing from Fresno since December 2014

Fernando Subia, 46, was last seen walking near Adams and Clovis avenues in Fresno, Calif. on Dec. 9, 2014, and he has not been seen since.

Subia worked at the Harris Ranch Beef plant near Selma.  He has not showed up for work nor returned home. 

Subia left behind his wife, Elizabeth and four children. 

Rocky Pipkin of the Pipkin Detective Agency tells KMJ, Subia's disappearance is very suspicious. 

"There are some unusual circumstances that I cannot comment on at this time, that we do know for a fact, but it's confidential at this point," Pipkin said.

The family is offering a $7,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Andrea Durham: 13-year-old Fort Walton Beach girl missing since 1990

Andrea Durham, 13,  from Fort Walton Beach, Fla. went missing in 1990.  Andrea was vacuuming the apartment in the home while her mother, Roseanne Sterling and sister Ashyea Alford, 15, left to go to a meeting.  When they returned the vacuum was in the middle if the floor and Andrea was gone. 

"None of her things were gone or disturbed," Alford told CNN.  "We couldn't' find anything of hers that was missing."  

If you have any information about this case, please call the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at 850-69-2000 or leave an anonymous message here.
Andrea is featured in this video along with other missing teens.  

Kristy Jean Rogers: Teen went missing from Crestview in 1997

Kristy Jean Rogers, 16, from Crestview, Fla.  has been missing since August 2, 1997.  Kristy told her family that she was spending the night at her friends home, but actually went to her boyfriend, Mack Cawthon's home.

Mack said that Kristy left his house to go home around 5 a.m., which was less than one mile away, but she never arrived. 

In Feb. 1998, a bag that had Kristy's clothing in it was found behind the Crestview Plaza Shopping Center in the woods.  The police had searched that area with dogs shortly after Kristy went missing and it was not found at the time.  They believe it was dumped there after they searched. 

Then in 1999, female remains were found in a Boynton Beach canal and the police stated it was Kristy in 2001.  A week later they announced they had made a mistake oin the dental records and it was not her.

In 2015, the authorities are attempting to bring Kristy's case to the public in hopes that someone will give them a tip.    Kristy would be 34-years-old today.

There has been no suspects named in her disappearance.

 If you have any information about her disappearance please call the Crestview Police Dept. at 850-682-2055 or leave an anonymous tip here.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Wyatt Brent: Teen missing from Marin County may be going to San Francisco or Los Angeles Found

UPDATE;  Just got a Twitter message that Wyatt has been found in Utah.

  2h2 hours ago
Happy 4 Brent family that son Wyatt has been found in Utah after 14 days! Thnx twitter pals 4 RTs!

Original Story:  Wyatt Brent, 16, has been missing from his home in Marin County, Calif. since Feb. 10, 2015.  It is believed he may be heading to the San Francisco/Bay area or Los Angeles.  

He is interested in Juggalo. Juggalo's are fans of the group Insane Clown Posse or any other Psychopathic Records hip hop group, and also attend annual festivals.

His loving family is utterly devastated and deeply concerned for his safety and well-being. 

Any information about his intent and/or whereabouts is vital.  His family, friends and community are desperately searching for him and want him home safely as soon as possible.
 Wyatt Brent
16 years old
Blue eyes / brown hair
Braces on teeth
165 lbs
If you have seen or heard anything about Wyatt, we urge you to contact: 

If you would like to leave an anonymous tip you can do so here.  

Thanks for sharing and keeping an eye out for Wyatt. 


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