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Title: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 31, 2010, 02:35:36 PM
When you search for someone missing and feel like you have failed in all your attempts to bring them home, you need some hope. It gets lonely. You have fear. You feel so incredibly powerless. And, then there is hope. 

This thread is about Hope; just in case you need some hope today.  May God bless you, if you do.

Many of you may recall a boy who went missing on October 6, 2002, while riding his bike. He went missing for 1558 days, at the hands of a guy who took it upon himself to take the boy, on a rural road, back to his home. Shawn went through things no one, no boy, should ever have to go through.  But when he was missing he would see posters or see their online pleas from his parents who were still looking for him. His quote:

"There was a time when I was thinking about giving up, but then I just thought of what they were doing and searching for me and looking for me. And then I knew they weren't giving up so I figured I shouldn't"
   - Shawn Hornbeck, 1/17/2007

Shawn was found on January 15, 2007 and brought back to his parents' loving arms and an embracing community.

On January 12, 2008, one year later, Shawn posted this message:
"This upcoming weekend is a very special. On the 12th it will be a whole year I have been home. There are so many people I have met this past year. All of them are really good people. Most of them have searched for me or for other missing kids. I have also leaned a lot too since I started to school. I have met some really cool people. Even though I am the oldest kid at my school I get along with everyone really well. It was weird at first starting school again. I've come to enjoy it though and like all of my teachers. There are even some teachers that aren't mine that I am good friends with. "

"I am so glad to be home. There is nothing else that can match the love of your family. For four and one half years I wasn't able to have that feeling. On January 12, 2007 my life changed again - it was the happiest and best day of my life."

And, his parents, Craig and Pan Akers, posted this message:
Today marks the one year anniversary of Shawn's miraculous rescue and return to his family. It hardly seems possible that a year has passed since his return - a year filled with hope, love, laughter and joy. Shawn has made remarkable progress in every aspect of his life. Educationally he has excelled in every subject, making extraordinary strides forward to reach his current 9th grade placement and 3.96 grade point average. Emotionally Shawn has also made great progress in coping with the horrific events that defined his abduction and captivity. We are so very proud of the progress he has made in every aspect of his life. Listening to his laughter and seeing the sparkle in his eyes makes every hardship we endured during his captivity seem so distant and insignificant."

"We ask that everyone join us in our celebration on January 12 by spending the day with their family and loved ones. Pick an activity the whole family enjoys and can participate in and let laughter fill the air. Thanks again to everyone who stood by us in our days of darkness and all those that have been there to share in our days of sunshine. We truly appreciate the displays of kindness and generosity that have graced us from the very beginning of this ordeal."

These messages and more can be found at:  http://www.shawnhornbeck.com/

There is always hope.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Woodland on July 31, 2010, 02:52:45 PM
Concerned - your words along with the quotes are so beautiful.  I have not walked in your shoes, but you have taught me much today.  Thank-you.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 31, 2010, 03:18:15 PM
The story of little 4-year-old Alisa Maier: A story of hope

4-year-old Alisa Maier was abducted from a front yard while playing with her brother in Louisiana, Missouri, US.  Her mother and father were inside the house. Her mother pled on camera to the perp to just leave her daughter somewhere, somewhere where people are around to help her get home.  The perp, Paul S. Smith who was responsible for a murder 48 hours prior to taking the child, did just that. One and a half days later, he dropped the child off at a carwash in another community.

He had cut the child’s hair and purchased a new outfit for her. It was the tags on that outfit that told the police he purchased the clothes at a local Walmart. Walmart’s camera’s  show the perp on camera and because he had to show id for part of his purchase, they had his identity. When they closed in on him, he shot himself.

Here is a big dose of hope (and a lot of thankfulness):

Grandfather interviewed when Alisa found:

Public’s helped play a major role in finding little Alisa:

Alisa’s father explains how it feels to have heard the news they found her; her mother explains how it feels to have her home; and the father tells what it feels like to have strangers who came forward with information:

Alisa Maier came home (when she got out of the car, she gives her brother her new teddy bear):

Alisa Maier waved, in her grandpa’s hands.

There is hope.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: debbiec on July 31, 2010, 03:31:42 PM

 I also followed both of the stories that you posted about here Concerned. In both cases it was miraculous to me that each of these children was returned safe and sound to their family. Unfortunately I have to say that I have walked in your shoes. I know what it is like to have a loved one go missing.

You have a wonderful way of expressing yourself with words and the beautiful things you have written will be a source of hope and inspiration to any who feel they are in need of that. Thank you.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 31, 2010, 03:36:08 PM
Woodland and debbiec, the people on this site give energy. It's like that scenario where you feel like you are in a boat alongside a bunch of others all with a row, rowing.  And there comes that moment when you feel you can't row again, so you stop and you just don't have the strength to push that ore through the rough and rocky waters, and all the others keep rowing, and rowing, and rowing.  They don't stop. And, soon you learn from their energy and you pick up and row again.  You know someday, one of them might have to stop too, but that's ok, they'll row again.  I can only hope that those that are missing will know that there are those rowing for them. Those that never even knew them and those that love them. And, we can't wait until they can pick up their ore and row alongside us.  Now, wouldn't that be heavenly.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Woodland on July 31, 2010, 04:45:27 PM
Concerned - you are a 'light' in shining armour - showing others the way.  I'm proud to be an aquaintence.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 01, 2010, 09:30:40 AM
Little Jessie Chmiel is 3 years old. He was helping his family get ready for a bonfire on his family's farm in Bradford, near Toronto. And, he disappeared around 7 p.m.  There are vast fields of corn almost three metres high. High enough to lose an adult, much less a child of 3. The family looked but needed help. They needed immediate help.

Not to wait for three days when they can issue an Amber Alert. It was dark, and cold, and the air was filled with bugs. They got help. Yes, immediately. Not by one police force, but by four. Yes, four. My, how things have changed.

The Simcoe Police, Durham Regional Police, RCMP and York Regional in tandem, at immediate notice, went into action. They took it seriously. The boy needed to be found and time was, quite frankly, of essence. They didn't wait until morning, after a good night's sleep, after an official missing person's wait period, or to agree over jurisdiction. There was ground, and air, and canine units. And, twelve hours later there was little 3-year-old Jessie Chmiel. He was a little cold and covered in bug bites. He asked for his daddy who carried him out of the cornfield.

And, then he wanted another ride on the ATV.

The father admitted that without the help of those that rushed on scene, the ending could have been much different, "They are the heroes in this story. I can't tell you how much gratitude my family and myself owe them." 

Let's see, immediate assistance, serious search efforts, cooperation amongst law enforcement at all levels, and persistence...we can't agree more.

Things change. We get better. We have better results. We have hope.


For the dad's interview:  http://www.globaltoronto.com/found+safe+after+night+spent+corn+field/3343425/story.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 01, 2010, 10:06:47 AM
On February 26, 2010, a 54-year-old woman from Moncton was leaving work at Highfield Square Mall. She was excited to get home to watch the men's semi-final hockey game at the Olympics. She is a hockey fanatic. She didn't know her daughters who lived a distance away were planning a Skype call that night to let her know she was going to be a grandmother, again--and again!

Instead, Romeo Jacques Cormier, 62, decided she wouldn't get the chance to go home. According to the charges filed later, he would allegedly commit forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, sexual assault, utter threats and steal money from her.  He had done something similar to an elderly couple when he broke into their home and held a knife to their throats with demands. He had done this before.

The Moncton woman would hear about her new grandmother status from the television in the basement of Cormier's existence, during the next 24 days he assaulted her.

Then on March 24, Cormier left for food or supplies, and she escaped the house, past a guy sitting on the porch of the house next door and into the street towards a truck traveling down the road. He stopped even though she was only in a T-shirt and some underclothing. He let her in the truck even though he didn't know her, the nature of her distress, if the guy on the porch was a danger, or the danger he may be in. But, he knew what was right. And, he did it.

He took her directly to the police station. She had the opportunity to come home after 27 days captivity.

They say when she was reunited with her husband, they shared a long, long hug.

One of the first things she said to her daughters was "Congratulations."

Her daughter says, "We always knew she was a fantastic mother. We always knew she was strong and people have been commenting to us, just saying that we had strength, but we get it from her," she says. "I know that now and again, I'm just absolutely blown away how much strength she actually does have and I admire her even more, something I didn't know I could do."

The Moncton woman says she would see the media support, the family's efforts and the community outpouring and that is what gave her hope.

And, to the truck driver, the Moncton woman issued a statement from the hospital: "I would like to send a special thanks to my guardian angel, the driver who picked me up moments after my escape. Although my recovery will take time, I know that the strength of my family will help me through. Please accept my appreciation for all the support that was shown to my family during this time."

A news article reported the following:

The woman's two daughters, who live in Ontario, have been in Moncton since she disappeared Feb. 26. After weeks of waiting for any scrap of news, they were out of the house when word first came that their mother had been found alive.

"It was probably the first day that we let our guard down," her daughter says. "None of us had our cell phones on, so we had gone to the mall for an hour and when we pulled into the driveway some family and friends were waiting there for us and they just opened the door and started screaming and everyone was screaming. I can't even explain to you. It's what we'd been waiting for, but in all honesty had begun to lose hope that it was ever going to happen."

The woman's husband did not appear at a news conference the family held at Codiac Regional RCMP headquarters yesterday afternoon, but his daughters say he is overjoyed to have his wife home. At previous news conferences held while the woman was still missing, the pain he was going through was more than evident on his face. He often broke down in tears when trying to answer media questions about his missing wife.

"I wish you could see his smile," his younger daughter says when asked about how he is doing now. "When we got our mother back, we got our father back too. He's got his life back. He is just so happy."

The woman's younger daughter read a short statement on her mother's behalf.

"I would like you to know that I am so happy to have this horrible experience come to an end," the woman wrote. "Being home with family is the mental image that kept me focused on surviving each day and now is reality again.

"I would like to send a special thanks to my guardian angel, the driver who picked me up moments after my escape. Although my recovery will take time, I know that the strength of my family will help me through. Please accept my appreciation for all the support that was shown to my family during this time."

One of the woman's sisters lives in Riverview. She says the family never doubted for a second that something terrible had befallen her.

She says the worst part of the whole ordeal was just sitting around imagining all of the bad things that could be happening to her sister.

"And not knowing if she was alive or dead. Not knowing was brutal," she says, adding it was devastating and frustrating to have 600 tips come in and still not have a single clue that would lead them to their sister.

"The feeling of helplessness was getting stronger as the days went on. I pictured myself at 80 years old still having hope that she is out there."

The woman's family never completely gave up hope that they would find their mother, wife, and sister alive. Throughout the ordeal they continued to say they had a strong feeling that she was still out there.

You can read more at: 
Mom's return 'a miracle'
Published Friday March 26th, 2010

Miracles do happen.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 11, 2010, 07:36:45 PM
Some may not agree that finding your loved one, and bringing them home is always a sign of hope. But, some, will understand.

Distant Cousin Found Sylar's Presumed Remains
Updated: Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010, 6:40 PM MDT
Published : Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010, 6:21 PM MDT

RIMROCK, Ariz. - Skeletal remains of a young boy were found Tuesday in Yavapai County, just 2 miles from the Beaver Creek campground where 2-year-old Sylar Newton was last seen on July 24. But it wasn't deputies who found the remains -- it was a family member.

One of Sylar's distant cousins found the body in a wash, but when Don Newton first started searching for Sylar, he had no idea they were related -- he just wanted to help.

"I was just going to search for a baby, I didn't know who it was," says Newton. "I still was kind of unprepared for when I first found him and it kind of knocked me back."

Newton joined in the search for Sylar the day after he was reported missing during a camping trip with his custodial mother.

Christina Priem was planning to adopt the 2-year-old. Newton didn't know that he and Sylar were related, until a week into the search. That's when he discovered they were distant cousins.

"I asked God if he wanted me to find him and I was running out of any ideas where to look," he says.

Newton says he zeroed in on the wash after following some birds circling overhead. An autopsy will now determine if the remains are in fact Sylar's, and deputies suspect foul play.

Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh says he believes the toddler did not wander from the campground on his own accord, and a homicide investigation is ongoing. Authorities believe someone may have tried to hide the remains before they ended up in a wash, possibly swept there by recent flash flooding.

Newton says he wants justice for those responsible for killing Sylar, a long lost cousin he never got the chance to meet.

"I think God helped me find him… I want justice to be served."

Authorities say that Newton is not a suspect. It will take weeks for the results of the autopsy to come back.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 20, 2010, 07:46:30 PM
A Texas grandmother, Sharrel Blankenbaker, did the right thing. Most grandmother's would know, she did the only possible thing. She gave her life to save her granddaughter from the hands of an abducter, and in doing so, she probably saved an already abducted 11-year-old girl, and possibly so many more in the future. 

When stopped at the gas station a man grabbed the granddaughter, but the grandmother did, too. The man threatened the grandmother that he would kill the grandmother if she didn't let go and the grandmother didn't let go. The man shot grandmother but she broke her granddaughter free in doing so. The granddaughter ran for help. A tough decision for her to chose to help her grandmother, or run for help. The granddaughter chose to get help rationalizing rather that if she stopped for her grandmother the perp would probably take her.

It was discovered that the man had abducted an 11-year-old girl earlier that day, and tried to abduct two others unsuccessfully, as well. The guy was gunned down by police within hours of the grandmother being shot. Unfortunately, the grandmother was shot in front of three of her grandchildren. She died later that day in the hospital.

The granddaughter Cassidy Blankenbaker states, "I hope that when I'm older, that I can be exactly like her. I want to be the best mother-in-law, mother, grandmother, just be her. She was my role model. She was, I think, the woman everyone should be."

I couldn't agree with you more Cassidy. And, I would like to say, you did the right thing. What you did was the best chance that your grandmother could get help.  And, for the record, thanks to grandma Blankenbaker, Cassidy, I have no doubt you will undoubtedly do just that.

...be the woman everyone should be. I am so glad you have that opportunity.

There is hope.

Girl Mourns Hero Grandma Who Thwarted Kidnapper
(Aug. 17) -- Cassidy Blankenbaker says her grandmother died defending her from a violent kidnapper. The 12-year-old is calling her grandmother, Sharrel Blankenbaker, a hero for saving her from a man who tried to grab her at a gas station in Texas earlier this month...
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 20, 2010, 09:42:56 PM
Maybe you saw the tribute John Walsh made to Frank Bender, a long-time friend of the America's Most Wanted show. Frank Bender spent decades volunteering his time to fill a need that many on this site have in trying to connect found unidentified human remains with family members that are looking for their missing loved ones. Trying to solve, unsolvable crimes. He does this free-of-charge, on his own time. He is successful.

Frank Bender is a talented commercial photographer, turned sculptor and forensic artist.  After his naval service he found himself in a morgue during an art anatomy class where his mission was to create a bust from a badly damaged body. His bust led to the successful identification of a murder victim and started his interest in forensic science.  Sadly, just recently Bender worked on his last bust which was featured on AMW this month. Reportedly, Bender not only helped on AMW, but worked with police departments on many levels, the FBI, and with the governments of many countries. He started sculpting busts before computer-generated images were invented. Last year, he briefly stopped working while he spent the year caring for his wife who died from lung cancer.

Sadly, Frank will no longer be able to continue his work, as he was diagnosed with Mesothelioma which is an aggressive cancer. So far he has lived longer than doctor's thought he would. Infact, while sick he was on a mission of his own to save another little girl who remains unidentified, but Bender wants her to find her way home. AMW featured the work, and a tribute to Frank Bender, with one of the most heartfelt well wishes and sincere appreciation for all Bender has done for others out of the shear beauty of his heart, for a significant part of his life.  John Walsh stated that when Bender makes his final journey home, he believes Bender will be picked up in a rolls royce and taken to his next stop.

In his lifetime, on his own time, Bender was key in solving at least nine murders and helping to track many criminals, including Emil List a New Jersey accountant who killed his wife, mother and children before disappearing. He was called upon by the US when Mexican authorities asked for assistance in solving the feminididios of 400 female murder victims.  "The busts are based in part on the painstaking application of forensic science and art to fleshless human skulls and in part on deep intuition, an uncanny ability to discern not only a missing face but the personality behind it," reported Ted Botha in a book about Bender. Drawn to one particular skull, Bender worked in secrecy, under a culture of corruption, with casual violence, and even receiving anonymous threats --he worked on eight skulls.

His motivation:  He believed these individuals have been almost forgotten, except by their family. He wanted to bring them home.

And, I sincerely wish, as Bender journeys to a new home with his wife,  he will know that he too is tremendously appreciated and will not be forgotten. He has given us so much hope and so much faith in the goodness of mankind and what tomorrow will bring. God bless you.

When there are Benders, there is hope.

For the AMW tribute:

For Bender's Website:

For an article about Bender:
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 21, 2010, 06:11:15 PM
They took Happy Jack to camp. They had adopted the 9-year-old dog from a rescue years ago. Happy Jack had three legs, was blind and was deaf. They took him camping, but unlike other times, Happy Jack wandered away from camp. They got on their horses, woke adjacent campers up, who all jumped on their ATV's, their motorcycles, and their horses and joined in the search. But they didn't find Happy Jack. Then three weeks later, a group of horse riders who had seen Happy Jack posters, were determined to find him. They did, out of the corner of their eye, when canvassing a trail. He was hungry, perhaps tired, and reportedly barely alive. They called Keter, Happy Jack's owner, from the number on the poster. Keter had had sleepless nights, days of calling vets and area shelters. But now, Keter has Happy Jack.

There is hope.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: lostlinganer on August 21, 2010, 06:15:04 PM
What a nice story C.  You always find a happy ending to share.  Thank you for that.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 21, 2010, 06:24:56 PM
WGRZ-TV posted a note to would-be bank robbers on August 21, 2010, simply stating "When robbing a bank, be sure to put on your mask." You see, the bank robber had a dust mask secured around his neck, but in the excitement of robbing a bank and terrorizing bank tellers, he must have forgotten to pull the dust mask over his face when he walked into the HSBC bank in Eden, south of Buffalo, in the states. He did, however, remember to walk into the bank, hand the bank teller a note demanding money. And, the bank video shows the beautifully positioned dust mask centered around his neck. And, they believe perhaps, his friend may have noticed it too, because in the middle of the bank robbery he gets a phone call. Nobody is saying what was said, but he did grab the note and high-tailed it out of the bank into a get-away car. He does remain at large at the moment.

Just a good reminder that in crime, mistakes happen. That's a good thing.


Information from: WGRZ-TV, http://www.wgrz.com
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 23, 2010, 09:16:35 PM
Samantha Goodyear came home last night. Her parents were able to hug her. I bet that was some hug!

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 04, 2010, 11:08:25 AM
By most accounts, 36-year-old Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea Elementary School teacher Paula Gallant didn't get to complete the chapters of her own life. Her 5-year-old daughter Anna likely will not personally remember her mother, but through the stories to be told and the love to be shown by all those caring for Anna in the future. Paula Gallant, A Glace Bay native was found in the parking lot of the school where she taught, stuffed in the trunk of her green 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier on December 28, 2005.

Yet throughout the years that followed, chapters were told which honored her life and the unstoppable quest for answers from those who loved her. They hosted events, launched awareness campaigns, offered rewards, answered media inquiries, created a website (paulagallant.com), and never gave up. They kept her memory alive. 

Sources say her husband Jason MacRae was the suspect, all along. They questioned him on February 8, 2006, then released him.  “The elements of first-degree murder include planning and deliberation so obviously those components have been reviewed by the public prosecution service who recommended it was an appropriate charge,” said Halifax RCMP Supt. Darrel Beaton. “There are so many stages in the investigative process that have to be carried out: The evidence has to be assessed at every stage, the forensic evidence is not like you see on TV...Almost every homicide, unless someone confesses or you catch them at the scene with a smoking gun is going to take a period of time.”

It's been 4.5 years. They hit a brick wall one report states.  Then new information "came to light" in the spring of 2009. Others say "There was no late-breaking tip that led to the arrest, just solid investigating by members of the RCMP-HRP Integrated Major Crime Section."  Either way, there is a report that at least 15 investigators were assembled and reexamined old evidence to lay the groundwork for a first-degree murder charge they hope will stick.  An arrest was made on August 17, 2010.

"Paula's family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the HRP-RCMP Integrated Major Crime Unit, especially Staff Sgt. Frank Chambers and team for their commitment to this investigation. To family, friends, community members and the media, no words can fully express their deepest gratitude for the ongoing support they have received throughout this entire ordeal. It has been greatly appreciated and the strength, hope, and prayers that have been extended since Dec. 27, 2005 will never be forgotten." said Ted McInnis in a statement read on behalf of Lynn Gallant-Blackburn and Lana Kenny.

At this point in the story, "...police say it gives hope for other families who have been torn apart by unsolved homicides." 

It's clearly not a TV story that gets solved within 30 minutes, and it's not the chapter of the book Paula Gallant would have probably written as her life, or the life of her daughter. But it is, nonetheless a story of hope provided to many still waiting for their very own closure. 

...for it is a commendable story about the love two sisters had for their "baby" sister.  A verse in people that don't give up. A chapter about police that never close the file, and instead put in countless hours. A story about media that kept the story alive. A story about the bad guy behind bars. And, a story about the good guys that remain where they belong, making a community full of love and hope.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 04, 2010, 04:20:28 PM
Once upon a time there were two 22-year-old guys celebrating their birthdays which were two days apart. They drank, and drank, and drank. They came upon a police cruiser, and they stole some items. They found a control that opened the Point Edward OPP station garage door. They opened it. They stole items there, too. Sunglasses, cell phone, winter jacket and they stole a breath-test (no word yet on whether they used the device). They got caught. The defense lawyer said, they got stupid, but they were smart enough not to drive.  They wrote apology letters. They got one year's probation.

Sometimes the perps get stupid, and they get caught.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 23, 2010, 09:41:36 PM
It was suppose to be easy. Grab an 84-year-old Surrey woman's handbag in the streets of Vancouver, and run away. Easy money, thought the 28-year-old Allen James Barkley, also a Surrey resident. Easy, that is until the woman's 89-year-old husband gave chase.  He wasn't going to have any of it. He chased the snatcher into the corner of a stairwell that led to a dead-end. And, he wasn't too quiet about it, either. He yelled at the perp during the chase, grabbing the attention of a nearby security guard, while another person called for assistance.

The perp was charged with robbery.

The woman, well, she was treated for minor hand injuries and her property was returned, but most importantly she has a husband we can all be proud of. He did the right thing. Against, all odds. And, he's ok. His wife should be one very proud lady.

See, the system can work, with a little help (and perhaps a little love) from one another.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 25, 2010, 02:42:07 PM
The plan was to wait until she saw a person with merchandise leave a store in the McCarthy Boulevard strip mall, then grab the bag and run. The plan wasn't to get a bloody nose and two criminal charges for a botched robbery in northwest Regina. But, that's what Autumn Rain Sanderson, 18, got robbery, breach of probation, and a date scheduled with the provincial court judge on October 25.

Her error--grabbing the bag of an off-duty police officer, 10 years older than her.

Morale--crime doesn't pay, and police officer's bag a good punch.

Sometimes, the criminal picks the wrong guy and gets hurt.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 02, 2010, 09:26:03 PM
Imagine, having to tell a mother of a child who has been abducted, that her child has been found. Then imagine, having to tell that mother that when they bring the child into the room wrapped in a blanket, that she can't run over to him and hug him or hold him.

That is what Barb Snider has to do.  She has to tell the mother to resist the urge to run to her son, hug him, kiss him, even if it's been months since she last saw her baby. Instead, she tells the mother to wait until the child comes to her. The mother will undoubtedly cry. And, so will the child.

Now imagine, having to meet with a father whose daughter has disappeared. His helplessness at not being able to protect his daughter from harm, when father's are suppose to be able to protect their daughters. Despair.

Barb does this, too. Twenty-seven years ago, in 1983, Barb co-founded Child Find Ontario, one of the first nonprofit organizations dedicated to finding missing children in Canada.  Recently it was reported that she has graduated to international case manager with the Missing Children Society of Canada. She helps parents, police, lawyers, customs and border service, immigration officials, and more. One report claims she is the only caseworker in the field specializing in child recovery and reunification as well as cases of international child abduction.

Perhaps that is why she is invited to speak worldwide. She regularly participates in research and training sessions, too.

"Some of the children I have helped recover have grown up now. They have their own kids. It's delightful to receive Christmas cards from these families and to hear how they're doing," Barb says. "My job includes the rough times when I'm sitting with a family and struggling for the words to console them after their child's body is located. But it also includes the happy endings where I get to reunify a family. These times are why I have the best job in the world."

I think Barb would understand if I say that I hope some day soon she is able to retire (for no demand!).

But, until then, people like Barb give parents a lot hope and someone to turn to. So,


 http://www.mcsc.ca/UserFiles/File/Barb's%2025th%20Media%20release.pdf (http://www.mcsc.ca/UserFiles/File/Barb's%2025th%20Media%20release.pdf)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 05, 2010, 10:00:27 PM
We hear it too often--   8-year-old girl abducted by a stranger while playing with a group of friends outside a neighborhood home. An adult neighbor saw the man get out of his red pickup truck approach the group and persuade them to go with him. The adult neighbor yelled at the children to get away from him.  All the other kids scattered, but one who had followed him was thrown into the front seat and the driver sped away.  The little girl's mother raced after him, but could not find him.

An Amber alert was issued. Area resident Victor Perez had seen the media report and recognized the red truck parked in a drive, nearly 11 hours after the girl was abducted. He waited until the man left the driveway and tried to pull him over, at first just to talk to him. The guy wouldn't pull over and Perez hadn't seen the girl, but he continued to follow the truck.

"I didn't see no little girl. So the second time I cut him off, the little girl stuck her head out," Perez said. "That's when I said, 'OK, that ain't your girl right there,' Because he was hiding her--like pushing her down."

Perez cut the truck off and forced it to stop. The suspect pushed the girl out of the car and she ran to safety. She was free. She had been sexually assaulted, and who knows where the suspect was headed with her.

Perez said, "I thank God he put me here to help out that little girl--that's for sure."

The Fresno, CA, police force had called in 130 police officers that were knocking door-to-door in a three-mile area at the time.  Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, "I've got to tell you, it was the highlight of my career seeing (the victim) and her mom unite in that hospital room. Because we beat the odds today..."

Sometimes there alert neighbors, informed kids, concerned citizens that step up, media that immediately issue Amber Alerts, and 130 officers at the call.... it's called...


Thank goodness.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101006/ap_on_re_us/us_california_girl_abducted (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101006/ap_on_re_us/us_california_girl_abducted)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 19, 2010, 10:22:33 PM
By all measures it was a tough day today. RW trial day two, the day they revealed step-by-step how RW hid in Marie's basement waiting for her to fall asleep. "A mistake" someone called it a week ago. Today, we found out what that meant. She was suppose to sleep and instead she came looking for her cat which was in the basement where RW was hiding. When she found the cat, she found RW. Marie, trained by the military and one of their finest, called the intruder a "Bastard" was attacked, and fought back. She gave quite a fight. I think as we heard of her struggle we all mentally threw our biggest punches with her wanting the story to have ended differently.

It was also the day we found out about one of the women RW assaulted, who survived. And, when you hear the story in light of the others, you are thankful she made it. You wonder what made her circumstance different. She negotiated. She has disclosed her name to the media and has been publicly vocal about her ordeal because it helps her with the healing process. She has also suggested some improvements she would like to see that may help others from the same fate down the road, namely more vigilance in informing the public sooner so the public can chose to be more aware in their surroundings sooner and take their own protective measures.

We also heard about so many near misses RW had in the 80 some odd break-ins. His sick fetish for even the children. He broke into one house with two boys, but their dad was home, thankfully. Or the teen girls' room waiting for her to come home, but instead her father came home. And we are so glad. So many near misses. Sometimes some things turn out better than they were heading.

It was also the day we heard many of the details of RW's 12-hour reign of terror on Jessica. They say she was totally compliant doing everything in her power to not upset her attacker for he let her think if she did, she would have a chance at survival. She had grace through an extremely difficult situation, that no one wrote the rule books for.

So where is the hope today, you say? For there was a lot of devastation which words can not put justice to. The obvious is that the perpetrator got caught, and will likely spend the next 25 years behind bars. More  loss of life averted. And some lives spared along the way. For that we are thankful.

But I found a piece of hope today in the message each of the victims gave, in their own way. From Marie, I learned I could fight back. Knowing that she fought, will undoubtedly give others strength to do so, as well, if they feel it best...but maybe now our fight will carry a harder and smarter punch as we remember hers, and vow to learn better skills, just in case.   And from the vocal victim, we learned we don't have to be silent. We can learn from those who have been there, and together maybe heal. Perhaps survivors won't feel all alone knowing they have thousands of us standing behind them. Hopefully, that may make a perp think again, before first turning to crime. 

And, from sweet beautiful Jessica, came hope in the form we wouldn't necessarily wish was delivered in such a fashion. Even though it was voiced to her murderer and never relayed by him...Jessica's wish for her mother was delivered in court, "If I die, will you make sure my mom knows I love her." No matter how, and despite RW, her message reached home.

Sometimes amongst life's most difficult moments, we get messages. Some give us strength. Some give us protection. Some make us thankful. Some make us smarter. And, some bring us some peace.

Find hope (even in difficult days), find hope.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: debbiec on October 19, 2010, 10:44:27 PM

So eloquently put, concerned. I guess sometimes we just have to dig a little deeper or look a little harder to find something positive. Thank you for reminding us that we can always find hope, even in the most horrific of circumstances, and for putting it into words the way only you can. You have a wonderful gift.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jobo on October 20, 2010, 06:44:50 AM
Thanks Concerned...I needed your words of wisdom....I cried like a baby, no I sobbed (I still am)... to think of Marie-France and Jessica's last day on earth in the hands of this sick monster....
I have 2 daughters the same age as Jessica....what Williams did, is every Mother's nightmare.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 23, 2010, 10:16:34 AM
They say hope comes in many sizes. Makes sense. I hope for one tiny thing that can be expressed in three tiny words, "Please find Penny," yet there isn't a container big enough to hold the hope those three words have backing them.

Dan Richardson knows this, too. Dan is 53 and a 26-year veteran of the Ottawa fire service. He probably lost his hope somewhere between just placing his wife in a home due to her dementia...downsizing to another home...traveling to Scotland to find his family roots...and attempting to hike the top of the highest mountain in the United Kingdom to ward of the stresses that were consuming him.

It was after that very own hike, the fit firefighter found himself sweating profusely. He tried to cool himself off, but he collapsed rolling three metres down below the sidewalk and into thicket. He was having a heart attack, unconscious.

Odd, thought 10-year-old Melanie MacLennan who was walking Spike, her neighbour's border collie. She saw feet.

"I was scared," she recalled. "But, after I'd come to terms with it and I went over and tried to speak to him, but he didn't talk. I felt for a pulse on his wrist and there was a pulse."

She and Spike went for help. Her father Gary called paramedics. He said Dan looked "in a bad way" and worried "he was a goner."

Dan made it. "I feel like a very lucky man," said Dan. "I really owe my life to this little girl."

Doug Hempstead, a QMI Agency journalist reported that when asked if what she did makes her a hero, Melanie replied, "A bit. A wee bit."

...so there you have it. A bit. A wee bit of hope...can save lives.


http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Good_News/2010/10/22/15786581.html (http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Good_News/2010/10/22/15786581.html)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Woodland on October 23, 2010, 11:03:04 AM
What a brave young gal - she'll go far in life!  Her parents must be so proud.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 29, 2010, 08:21:38 PM
It was Wednesday, October 27, 2010, when Janice Patridge, 61, and her brother Howard Patridge, 73, went for a drive in their Suzuki SUV along Forest Service Road 11 in Oregon, US. They encountered snow. Actually, they got stuck in it. They were reported missing for failing to return home when they were suppose to.

The Linn County Sherriff's Office were under search and rescue mode in Williamette National Forest. They searched logging roads, and were joined by the Marion County Sheriff's Office Special Vehicles Unit and Jeep Patrol. A UH60 Black Hawk helicopter from the Oregon Army National Guard stepped up. The rescuers were not able to make cell phone contact, but were able to narrow the search down to a 760 square mile area. Still, they weren't found.

They had packed a few travel snacks, and they melted snow to drink, and they waited two days in the shelter of the car before they realized, they were going to need help.

How in the world did Howard, 73, who is 6'2" and weighing 370 pounds maneuver his wheelchair through the snow the vehicle couldn't navigate through is, well, perhaps an act of faith. Or, hope. Or, as Howard may say, it was all downhill from there. He was on a mission to get help for his sister, free the car, and return home, in good health. He did good.

After being stranded for two days he wheeled that chair nearly three miles before some hunters found him, drove him back to where his sister was, freed his sister and the car.

Howard and Janice made it home, healthy. You know, it happens....against all odds, sometimes. People find their way back home. Sometimes it takes more than hope. In this case, a wheelchair and some kind-hearted hunters...ok, and some faith, going downhill from there, albeit.

Just think the hunting story those hunters will share this season... "We didn't get the deer, hun, but we saved a life, or two..."

You may not have Howard, his wheelchair, or a few hunters, or downhill conditions, but nonetheless, there is faith. Bag that!!!

Let's bring em' home this season!

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2010/10/brother_and_sister_missing_in_remote_area_rescued_after_he_pushes_himself_three_miles_in_wheelchair.html (http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2010/10/brother_and_sister_missing_in_remote_area_rescued_after_he_pushes_himself_three_miles_in_wheelchair.html)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on October 29, 2010, 09:04:36 PM
Thank you very much for this Concerned; sometimes we lose sight of the fact that human will  and courage can overcome impossible adversities.  His sister was  truly blessed by having her disabled brother with her.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 31, 2010, 07:25:52 AM
Harvest Moon, or Moon Shine?  Interesting implied question Toronto Sun Reporter Mike Strobel danced around yesterday. Sort of. What have people become after the shimmery shades of eve, the turning of the season, in preparation of a new overnight harvest...where do they go after the bubbly (I think he meant to say stand on your own) spring! and after the lazy (I think he meant to say fun in the sun string bikini) summers? ...when its falls--but before winters frost sets in?

Simply, we age...overnight. Well, he didn't say it quite that way. He did use some class, he said "Their subtlety, I think," but he wasn't so subtle about it. He contrasted the need to gaze into women's eyes, posing the question what do YOU see..."Aside from cataracts, I mean." (Nice!!)

We know (as a "new dead" man in his 50s--his description, not ours) he's got an opinion, but he's leaving it up to the guys to judge what the "diets and gyms and maybe a nip or tuck or two have made 70 the new 60 the new 50 the new 40 the new 30 and so on..." will amount to tonight.

It's a character brought on by the journey--of loves, losses, joys and pains..."Moonlight Ladies" complete with laugh lines and arched eyebrows that can "wither" one with just a look. "This scares the bejeezuz out of many men. We can't bulls--'em," he says, "All our ploys are about as useful as treats on a boar hog."

He suggests that we come out tonight when the night falls, when the squirrels hide, when "Jack Frost" is in the air, after the sky was its bluest, the air its crispest and even slightly hints that a magic wand may come in handy.  Although anything "beats a sheet with cutout eyes any day."

You get the eary feeling that when the night falls, we just don't know what we will get, but bring it and wear it well, please! Admittedly, "some men faint. Some men perk up." 

He might be talking about life's journey, or life's effects, but I think he's talking a little about Halloween, and alot about the characters we become.  I'm left wondering whether I've fallen, or just colorful. Treat, or Christmas' seasons soon to be fruit cake. Oh, hell, where's the damn sheet? Better yet, the moon shine?

"Get lots of candy tonight, ladies," he salutes.  "Just tonight?" I ask?

....I thought Halloween was for kids?

Hope comes with seasons, let humor (or moon shine) in once in a while...it keeps the frost in check.

Happy Halloween!
(Nice and cute, Mr. Strobel--a must read. Not to mention he's got a picture of Anne-Margret, 46, on the beach in her bikini...damn. )

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2010/10/26/15837036.html#/news/columnists/mike_strobel/2010/10/30/pf-15891071.html (http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2010/10/26/15837036.html#/news/columnists/mike_strobel/2010/10/30/pf-15891071.html)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 04, 2010, 07:11:09 PM
The Australian  company name says it all, "Rockingham Wild Encounters." They take groups of around 30 adults and children on excursions to swim-with-the-dolphins. ....and sharks. Well, not intentionally.

Diver Elyse Frankcom's wild encounter started out like any other day, taking a group snorkeling. She felt a pull to the side, then another, then saw a grey figure, then felt her legs and buttocks inside the shark's mouth "It was horrifying," she said. "There is a lot of people that don't make it and a lot of people don't survive." 

She may not have, but she had a few things on her side.  She was wearing a shock device that gave the shark a shock, she punched the shark, and a guest on her tour, Trevor Burns, decided he would grab onto the sharks tail. It worked. The shark let go. She sank, and Burns grabbed her and pulled her to the surface.

She made it. When asked why he did that, Mr. Burns said his parents taught him to take care of people. 

Elyse had an emotional exchange with Frankcom stating, "Thank you so much, thank you so much....my hero."

Burns, simply replied, Anytime, okay?"

People like Burns, and Burn's parents, give hope.


http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20439290,00.html (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20439290,00.html)

Boat owner tells how man saves woman from shark attack (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZDmvl90lv4#ws)

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-11-02/world/australia.shark.rescue_1_shark-intensive-care-australian-woman?_s=PM:WORLD (http://articles.cnn.com/2010-11-02/world/australia.shark.rescue_1_shark-intensive-care-australian-woman?_s=PM:WORLD)

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 09, 2010, 06:38:11 AM
His name is Larry Skopnik. He's six-foot-three, weighs more than 200 pounds, and for the last 10 years ago uses a wheelchair after breaking his back in an ATV accident. But on Saturday night, November 6, 2010 he wasn't defined by his height, weight, or wheelchair....he was hailed a "hero" and to hear it from the Vancouver store's shopkeeper Cindy Grewal he was someone the world needs more of.  "My heart goes to him," she said. "Not even thinking for a moment that he is in a wheelchair...Such a sweetheart."

Of course, if you ask him he says he was just doing the right thing to the best of his ability. "It's in my blood to stand up for the small person." And, that he did. The customer was trying to pass a counterfeit $50 bill in her East Vancouver convenience store. The shopkeeper would not honour the currency and, in fact, refused to return the fake bill. The customer got angry, started fighting with the clerk and even came behind the counter hailing punches.

That's when the "Larry the Hero" grabbed him from behind. They threw punches and Larry was pulled out of the chair and onto the ground. He didn't let go. Two other customers assisted eventually. 

"Just because I am in a chair doesn't mean I can't stand up and do something righteous and do the right thing," Larry said. "Afterwards I thought about a knife or something, but at the  time, it was just about helping my friend the clerk."

The customer was briefly held, then let go without charges. When you watch the video, you wonder why.  They had the counterfeit bill, the 5 witnesses, the shopkeeper, and the hero--at least two who were assaulted. And, it was on video. If you can't press charges from that...where's the hope?

"When people can get away with these things over and over again, what's stopping them?" he said. "It's just going to escalate."

Larry did his part. We need better support for people like Larry to be as brave as he. But, for now we have our Larry's. Wouldn't it have been wonderful if the system had backed his efforts?

To view the video or read the story, click here:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/11/08/bc-skopnik-wheelchair-hero.html (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/11/08/bc-skopnik-wheelchair-hero.html)

If you get a chance click on the link, and see it all for yourself. Trully heroic.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jobo on November 11, 2010, 07:20:04 AM
For some strange reason the authorities let the perp go without charges......
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 27, 2010, 11:12:28 AM
Constable Chris Garrett of the Cobourg Police Service responded to a call regarding an alleged robbery of a youth on May 15, 2004, unaware that no actual robbery had taken place.  In fact, he was unaware that this was part of a plot to steal his vehicle and gun, kill two gas station attendants, then set off two home-made explosive devices at the Cobourg Police Station while shooting police officers and civilians. 

Unaware, Constable Garrett began taking details of the crime and radioed his colleagues with details. He was alone with the victim as his comrades began looking for the reported suspect. That is when the 18-year-old alleged victim, Troy Davey, suddenly attacked the Constable with a knife, causing a mortal wound to the Constable's throat.  Dying, Constable Garrett fired his entire clip of 17 bullets, trying to catch Davey before he succumbed to his injury.

Davey was hit.  He was arrested at the Cobourg Hospital when he sought help for his injury.

Constable Garrett, on that day, not only caught his own murderer but he prevented the planned murder of many, many more. This was during the course of his job. To think there are people like Constable Garrett, who willing pursue dangerous professions, and put their lives at stake each and every day. Willing to die for others. Determined to prevent others from harm. And, catching those who do.

There is hope (and appreciation).

http://www.cobourgpolice.com/hero.php (http://www.cobourgpolice.com/hero.php)

If you get a chance, check out the photo on the source site taken by Mark Leonard at the Chris Garrett Memorial Park. Powerful stuff.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: TalentsUnlimited on November 27, 2010, 01:07:25 PM
Concerned,  That is amazing.... thank you.
From Concerned:    If you get a chance, check out the photo on the source site taken by Mark Leonard at the Chris Garrett Memorial Park. Powerful stuff.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 05, 2010, 01:48:16 AM
Just in case you needed some hope today....

(For some things, there are no words. You just have to see it yourself.)

Madrid cop drags man off tracks as train arrives
By Jim Kavanagh and Per Nyberg, CNN
December 5, 2010 -- Updated 0512 GMT (1312 HKT)

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/12/05/spain.train.man.saved/index.html?hpt=C1 (http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/12/05/spain.train.man.saved/index.html?hpt=C1)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 13, 2010, 11:41:40 AM
We hear it all too often. A stranger, lurking around a playground, for children that don't belong to them. It was no different for little 3-year-old Savannah who innocently traveled down a slide only to end up in a stranger's arms. Developmentally disabled, and not knowing the fear of the situation, she reached out to hug him as he grabbed her and took off with her.

Her family witnessed the man abducting her and an aunt began screaming at him, while other family members went for assistance. The perp dropped the girl and ran.

But that wasn't good enough for her father who had just lost another child four months ago to sudden infant death syndrome. Nor, for little Savannah's grandfather. They hopped in the car and gave chase. When close the grandfather jumped out and clotheslined the perp.

They say he got the beating of a lifetime, but somehow managed to escape. Savannah's father didn't want this guy to have the chance to come back. He was caught. His explanation, he was homeless and hungry.

For family supervision, for fast acting relatives, little Savannah was home and managed to tell her father, "I love you, daddy."  And, he in return, "I love you too, baby." How many families never get this opportunity?

Sometimes, they get caught. There is hope.

http://www.kpho.com/news/26109720/detail.html?source=pho (http://www.kpho.com/news/26109720/detail.html?source=pho)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 13, 2010, 01:22:21 PM
A 13-year-old with her 18-month-old brother sleeping alongside her were awakened Sunday at 3 a.m. The girl was stabbed 30 times and raped. The little brother awoke during the ordeal and was stabbed 10 times.

Their mother: she had gone out for the night.

Somehow, beyond logic, the 13-year-old was able to run from the house with her baby brother and gain assistance from a neighbor.  Police and SWAT teams surrounded the house, and after two hours, break into the house to find the 14-year-old perpetrator (an acquaintance of the girl's brother) inside sleeping. At 14 he already had a criminal history. They don't know why he was there or how he got in.

The teen, who saved herself and the baby, were expected to survive although they are in critical condition.

The mother:  She came home at 9 a.m. and had no idea what had occurred.

Sometimes children amaze us by what they are capable of, what they go through, how they survive. And, how they save each other even when the parent is absent.

There is hope. Hope.

http://www.ktvu.com/news/26108244/detail.html?source=fran (http://www.ktvu.com/news/26108244/detail.html?source=fran)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 25, 2010, 06:01:32 PM
Her daughter had just come through brain surgery, and her husband walked out the door. With him, the financial means to pay the immediate bills.  On top of that she received a call from the bank that her house payment was four months late.

Amongst other things, she couldn't pay for her daughter's much needed physical therapy, so she cancelled. And, quite frankly, had no idea how she was going to come up with $5,000 in 72 hours for the other bills left behind.

But the physical therapist asked that they stop by anyways, for a moment for she had something for the young girl.  When they arrived the therapist wrote a check to the family for $5,000. Of course, the mother couldn't accept it, she had absolutely no way to repay it in a timely manner.

The physical therapist explained, it's not a loan. "Your daughter has shown me what survival is," the therapist said. "She not only survives, but she lives. I have learned more from her than this $5,000 could ever buy me."

And, then the therapist, herself, made a request of the family--don't ever mention it to her again.

Sometimes, a little kindness is delivered with hope.


This was a comment to a story, made below a story.
Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40782317/ns/us_news-giving/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40782317/ns/us_news-giving/)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 25, 2010, 06:18:46 PM
The local radio station was reading letters that people wrote about not having Christmas. One story, in particular, was about a family that had no toys for Christmas. To Shauna, an 8-year-old girl just weeks before her 9th birthday, this story hit heart strings.

"I want to help them get toys," Shauna exclaimed. She decided that for her birthday she did not want gifts for herself, only ones she could donate. Shauna donated six toys to the local fire station that year.

Her parents thought that would be a one-time event, but Shauna thought differently.

Every birthday since then, Shauna kept her resolve. By her 17th birthday, she had long surpassed 450 toys each year.

Then, 911 hit. Shauna, you know, by then knew how to collect toys, and she made a goal that year, in honor of that event, to collect 1,100 toys.

Some say Shauna has never had a birthday present since she was 8-years-old. They say she won't take one. And, now this year when Shauna is expected to give birth to her very first child, and like so many others is impacted harshly by the economy. But, Shauna still managed to collect 330 toys which reportedly overwhelmed the fire department. They, too, were adversely affected by the economy and up until Shauna's donation they had an empty warehouse this season. 

Shauna may have never had a birthday present, but perhaps she has a gift. One of which, many have been on the receiving end of.

There is hope.


Source:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40782317/ns/us_news-giving/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40782317/ns/us_news-giving/)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 25, 2010, 07:21:30 PM
It was a day in 1983, one of many daily trips Flo Wheatley and her 14-year-old son, Leonard, would be journeying from the hospital to the subway to a place they were staying at while undergoing Leonard's medical treatments. But this particular day, her son had grown weak, he was vomiting and near collapse. They still had a block to walk, when the rain began to pour.

"You need help, lady," she heard a guy proclaim. She did, but she was hesitant. The man was wearing jeans, sneakers and a cutoff army jacket, and he appeared to be homeless.

"No, we're okay," she said. But the man picked up her suitcase and helped her to the subway. 

"Don't abandon me," were the last words he spoke to her.

Two years later, in 1985, Leonard's illness had improved but the the experience with the homeless man still lingered in Flo. She stitched her first quilted sleeping bag using her children's old jeans, shirts and sweaters.  Flo and her husband drove to Manhattan and gave the bag to a homeless man. She made eight more that year, alone.

Soon, word got out that Flo was making 'Ugly Quilt's" and donations of fabrics were sent to her home. She made instructions for others on how to make the quilts, and others made them, as well.  Recycled fabric is sewn together to form two seven-foot squares. The seven-foot squares are then sewn together with old drapes, blankets and mattress pads added for padding. Neckties are attached for handles.

By 1992, more than 5,300 "Ugly Quilts" were distributed to those in need. Flo named her organization "My Brother's Keeper Quilt Group."

Today, "My Brother's Keeper" branches exist worldwide making "Ugly Quilts" to warm the homeless.

Their motto is:  To keep someone alive tonight until they can help, or be healed, by someone in our society, tomorrow.

Flo never, again, saw the homeless man that originally helped her and her son. Some have told her he must have been an angel, in her time of need. Today, she is thankful and Leonard is healthy. She has come to believe that his illness was a gift that changed their life.

Warm Hope.

Source:  My Brothers Keeper - TheSleepingBagProject.Org - Recycled fabric for the homeless (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiBIkC95LdQ#)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 27, 2010, 10:27:05 PM
What are the chances? A 30-year-old guy walks into the police station and says he wants to get something off his chest. He proceeds to confess to his role in a murder "cold case."  Matthew Anthony DaSilva admitted that he was the driver of a getaway car in the murder of Vancouver Cocaine dealer Shayne Preece, 27, found shot/dead before midnight on June 12, 2000, over ten years ago.

And, while he was there, heck..why not...confess to a role in another crime. This way he serves two consecutive years for two unrelated charges. Probably becomes a key figure in the details and testimony needed for others to be charged.

The victim's families finally get some answers. And some other criminals get charged for their roles in the crime as well.

We can only hope, right?!


Source:  http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=46f90cd5-5acc-4ec2-ace5-3edd27e4ad6f (http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=46f90cd5-5acc-4ec2-ace5-3edd27e4ad6f)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 29, 2010, 07:34:17 PM
Private Investigator Ken Brennan couldn't shake the case. A 21-year-old, blond who was living temporarily in a hotel in Florida was there recuperating from an severe injury to her hand. She was seen going into her room, but not seen coming out. She was found unconscious, badly battered, raped, naked, face down in weeds against the high grass and black mud of the Everglades 8 miles from the hotel, left for dead. But she wasn't.

She lived. She was brain injured, traumatized and could only attempt to remember fragments of the powerless, cruel moments. Nothing solid, or concrete enough, to deploy scarce police department resources in the high-crime area of Miami-Dade. They soon considered the leads to be "dried up."

The victim filed suit against the hotel. That's when the hotel hired Brennan, as they were preparing to defend themselves from the lawsuit. Brennan's biography included 8 years as a D.E.A. agent in Long Island. He left there to pursue other interests including becoming a private investigator. His clients were mostly businesses and law firms gathering evidence and answers for their civil court cases. Like this situation.

Except, this was different. He put more hours in than he was being paid. He set out to discover who raped and dumped this victim. Many scenarios came to mind. Did she slip out on her own? Was this a set-up by a syndication intent on pursuing litigation awards? Was she in the trades? Did she know the perp? Was it a hotel staff member?.... And, how did she get out of the room?

Through a series of vaguely connected steps, pure tenacity, tunnel focus, and armed with a belief that this case should be solvable Brennan reviewed and pursued what he was able to piece together from the crime scene photos, surveillance footage, and often confused victim statements. You could say, he went above and beyond. If you get a chance the story linked below is well worth the long read, very interesting...  It all revolved around a three-hour window of opportunity between 3:41 a.m. and when the survivor was found. 

Even though she entered her room at 3:41 a.m., she could not be seen exiting it. Surveillance cameras in perfect order, activated by motion detected movement, were checked. She was not seen exiting the door, hallway, or the exits. She hadn't gone out the window. This was a perplexing case. But, not impossible.

Brennan found the clues, followed them through, kept in contact with key individuals, used his resources, and tenaciously pursued. (Trust me, it's a interesting read.) He not only found the answer, they locked up the criminal. It wasn't his first, and they suspect he was a serial killer, cool, calm, collected and calculating who traveled all over for his job. He even believes there are more cases to be solved that the criminal was responsible for.  They don't believe he will ever walk a free man again.

The hotel, well, they got their answers, even if it didn't completely absolve them from responsibility.

Brennan did good.

Sometimes hope comes in the form of a person with a bit of talent and a lot of drive, even if the LE's resources were tapped.


To read how Brennan got the guy...
Source:  http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/12/vanishing-blonde-201012?currentPage=1 (http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/12/vanishing-blonde-201012?currentPage=1)

Nice job, Brennan. Nice job. And, thank you Allen Foote for opening up that file.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 16, 2011, 08:46:45 AM
She was born on September 11, 2001. On the day of her birth, her country (US) was held captive by a coordinated series of suicide attacks via hijacked commercial passenger jet airliners planned to crash into buildings with the intent of bringing a country to its knees, and nearly 3,000 victims to their deaths. She was one of several babies born on the day her country fell to their knees.

She "lived" her nine years. She was the only girl on a little league baseball team. She was an avid swimmer. She picked blueberries. Loved snorkeling. Would dance in the hallways with her mother, full of life and happiness. She loved animals and volunteered at children's charities, in particular Kids Helping Kids charity.

Many people use to think 911 was a sad day, but she personally never saw her birthday as sad. Her mother, Roxanna Green, says she was proud of it because she was a piece of hope on a terrible day. "From the very beginning, she was an amazing child," her mother said. "She was very bright, very mature, off the charts. She was the brightest thing that happened that day."

She was featured as one of 50 "Faces of Hope" an article featuring a child from every US state born on September 11. The proceeds of the publication sales, were donated to a September 11 charity.

They said she had a appetite for public service. Her dad said he could easily see her as becoming a politician. She had just been elected to her Tucson, Arizona, grade school student council. That is why a neighbor took her to see her state's representative, Gabrielle Gifford, at the grocery store, last week.  Tragically, she died that day. She was the youngest victim of a mentally unstable person intent on making a statement by opening up his semi-automatic Glock on a crowd. He shot the child. He ended her life and many others. He aimed to kill Gabrielle Gifford, and many of those at the event in her honor.  He didn't succeed at killing the politician.

Christina Taylor Green's funeral was held yesterday. She had brown hair, brown eyes, and a gentle smile. She sang in the church choir, but she would sing no more. As people began to try to make sense of a senseless act, a message unfolded nationally. The cost of venomous political dialogue could mean innocent lives. People stopped and thought perhaps...hatred, rhetoric and hostility can lead to the loss of an innocent life. Was it worth it?  Most will say, it is not the freedom of speech, but the act of a few deprived. The debate will linger on.

But, in the meantime, Christina's organs were donated, and she gave life to at least one other that we are aware of at the moment. Her father, John Green, told a reporter that when he received a call of a successful transplant he and his wife's spirit was lifted, and that once again they were proud of their daughter, "who has done another amazing thing."

The criminal(s), no matter how glorious they believed themselves to be, never did prevail, really, did they?

She never saw her birthday as sad. I get the feeling she never wanted her death to be anything but joyous. I somehow think through her life, she got her message across.

Christina remains, again, a reminder of what it is to be a piece of hope on a terrible day.

Rest in peace, little one.

A symbol of undying hope.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/7383962.html (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/7383962.html)
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/father-of-christina-green-daughters-organs-saved-little-girl-in-boston/ (http://www.mediaite.com/tv/father-of-christina-green-daughters-organs-saved-little-girl-in-boston/)
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/7383962.html (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/7383962.html)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/us/10green.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/us/10green.html)

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: debbiec on January 16, 2011, 03:58:36 PM

I've posted a picture of Christina below. Such a beautiful little girl.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on February 05, 2011, 08:30:11 AM
They are rightfully hailing him as a hero. His name is Const. Jim Moir.

He may not feel like a hero today. He is likely trying to figure out how you live life differently. A life with a crushed leg. But to others perhaps the word "hero" is not enough. Const. Jim Moir is a BC RCMP officer who was by the side of the road talking to Buffy-Anne Troy, 15, after happening across the Troy family's truck which lost control near Yale. The family had been returning from a funeral in Kamloops, B.C. when their vehicle slid off the road in freezing rain.

Then, it happened again, two other trucks coming down the hill also lost control on the ice and were headed towards them in a series of collisions. That is when Moir threw the girl to safety in a ditch before a truck pinned him against another vehicle.

"This was obviously a split-second decision where the constable realized what was happening, and his first thought was to do whatever was necessary to protect this girl," said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Peter Thiessen. "He clearly put her safety ahead of his own."

"I feel amazed that he would do that," Buffy-Anne said. "He's a real hero because if it wasn't for him, I would be seriously injured or dead. I'm so grateful."

"He's a giant of a man with a great bear of a heart," Moir's friend Shaun Kevilovski said. Moir is six-foot-six, 112 kg, and has served on the RCMP for 18 years, working with the Fraser Valley Traffic Services. "I was not surprised to hear he had done something like that."

Moir is expected to be off work for a several months.

In the line of duty?  Or, above and beyond?  Definitely, a hero.

There are those who do the right thing for others, and sometimes they get seriously harmed (not to mention risked their own life) in doing so. Proof that human kind cares for each other.

There is Hope....for tomorrow.

http://www.primetimecrime.com/ (http://www.primetimecrime.com/)
http://www.theprovince.com/news/UPDATED+Mountie+throws+Abbotsford+teen+safety+before+being+pinned+truck/4219640/story.html (http://www.theprovince.com/news/UPDATED+Mountie+throws+Abbotsford+teen+safety+before+being+pinned+truck/4219640/story.html)

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on February 11, 2011, 08:47:23 PM
China isn't allowed to Twitter, but they Microblog. Thank goodness, because little 6 year-old Wenie is returning home solely because of it. He has been gone for nearly the same number of years, as he was old at the time he was abducted--3 years. In fact, he had forgotten his real name, as his abductors renamed him Han Longfei.

They say if it weren't for a diligent poster, his mother's health would be still declined, and the father would still be spending all available time looking for his son. They say Wenie's mother had become quiet and fragile, washing her face with her tears when people came to inquire.  The father, Peng Gaofeng, often worked with reporter Chen Xinglan and Microblogger Deng Fei to bring attention to his son's disappearance through posting pictures, following leads, Microblogging and looking for lost children. They began to document the several thousand children that had gone missing in Shenzhen/Dongguan in recent years.  Foreign reports and Washington Post drew attention to a taboo topic in China.

In April 2009 to 2010(for an 18 month period), the government pursued it's fifth anti-children kidnapping campaign. In  that time 6,574 cases of kidnapped women and 4,595 cases of kidnapped children occurred. Also, 2,757 crime gangs were exposed, 17,486 were detained on suspicion of kidnapping, and 3,044 fugitives were arrested. But of much relief, 6,785 children and 11,839 women were rescued. But, not Wenie.

The father never lost hope that his son would be found. In fact, three years later he continued to pay his child's insurance fee. When asked by the insurance carrier "Isn't your child missing?" He simply replied, "I will find my child." He not only looked for his son, he participated in actively searching for many, many others.

Then the moment that every parent of a missing child waits for happened. Due to a poster posting the picture of missing children, yearly, it caught an eye. Peng Gaofeng got a call, but he was not particularly excited, they report. He had received many calls over the years and was tainted by swindlers.  So the student who believed he had seen Peng's son sent a picture. The picture was not mistaken. They even had it checked by experts to see if it was doctored, but it was not.

Peng would not tell his wife that he may have found their son. He needed to confirm this in person. They worked with authorities to track the child and find the right opportunity to move in. They learned, a man had abducted Wenie because he had a daughter and wanted a son who would grow up and take care of him and his family. But, the man died of cancer, and Wenie lived with the man's wife, elder relatives and her daughter on very little income to support them.

Peng waited outside the police station anxiously, nervously, and with the fear that perhaps this would not be his son.  Wenie was playing outside when the authorities grabbed him and moved in on the family. Outside the police station the car pulled up, and a small confused little Wenie got out. Someone shouted the boy's name. Peng burst into tears. The child looked at Peng and told the policeman, "That man crying is my dad."  Wenie didn't remember his own name, but he did remember his dad.

Peng, called his wife as he awaited a reunion with his son. Weeping uncontrollably he said those words every father of a missing child only hopes he will ever have the opportunity to say to his wife, "I've seen him. It's our son."  Then he kept repeating, "I have him. It is our child. It is our child."  He explained the first moments he held his son "I had no words." He said. "I just held him and cried. Three years of pain and pressure just exploded. I coudn't speak, I just held him."

Later, Peng got a call from his parents (Wenie's grandparents). They wanted to know if it was true. Peng handed the phone to his son who said hello to his grandpa, then to his grandmother.

And, what does the boy say, about seeing his father "I missed him. I recognized him."

They had to wait days in a hotel room for DNA clearance, which is already posted on the web to have happened. And, likely we won't hear much more of the story as reporters fear that even though China now has the world's largest population of internet users (457 million), and they've made some progress with Microblogs, blemishes of abductions are sensitive subjects that may get censored.

In fact, if you get the chance, you have to watch the video of Peng (link below) seeing his son get out of the police car, and the son seeing Peng for the first time. Peng holding his son, for the first time. It is absolutely beautiful, but I can not guarantee the link will work for too long.  Watch it now, if you can.

...It is hope, fulfilled. (Absolutely beautiful.)

http://shanghaiist.com/2011/02/10/watch_the_tearful_reunion_of_peng_g.php (http://shanghaiist.com/2011/02/10/watch_the_tearful_reunion_of_peng_g.php)

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/10/133644822/Chinas-Social-Media-Help-To-Rescue-Abducted-Boy (http://www.npr.org/2011/02/10/133644822/Chinas-Social-Media-Help-To-Rescue-Abducted-Boy)
http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20110209_1.htm (http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20110209_1.htm)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on February 16, 2011, 09:15:47 PM
We've heard this story before, in Canada, and now its making news in the US (San Francisco), as well. A thief entering neighboring properties and stealing over 600 items over the last three years.

This thief took the neighbor's bikini top down the street, a bath sponge, socks, shoes, gloves and a mother's swimming clothes. Truth be told he took a toy dinosaur, towels, and children's toys, too.

The neighbor's finally prepared. They had night-vision camera's positioned around the area. They named this elusive creature "Klepto" and they were determined to catch him.

It took three years. They soo found the real "Klepto" was known in the neighborhood as "Dusty."  Dusty, the cat. There he was, carrying a string of stolen goods in his mouth. And, they had it on tape. One particular item of clothing was so large and long that he splayed his feet for traction and he hobbled along the sidewalk while dragging the item home.

Dusty Klepto's story, for any of you who may be interested, will be fully covered on the TV show "Animal Planet" sometime this week--complete with video.

Hope...that not all thiefs are human, or harmful.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: maron on February 27, 2011, 12:12:33 PM
Thank you Concerned, I very much needed those examples of miracles. I must remember to keep faith and never lose hope in finding my friend. I stumbled acroiss this site yesterday when googling more info on the woman's body recently found near Barrie on Hwy 11. I had never heard of this site and so I searched to see if there was a posting for one of my best friends, Theresa Wilson, who has been missing since Nov 23rd 2010 and there was. I'm amazed and saddened at the same time to be reminded of how many people are missing and how many families and friends are greiving that loved one missing, left wondering, where are they...what happened?
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on March 12, 2011, 12:18:38 PM
The murder case is 26 years old. The victim was only 23, at the time, an aspiring actress. Her name was Joanne Marie Jones and she disappeared on April 19, 1985 from Long Beach, California. Her body was found in a remote area near Highway 39 and East Fork Road in the Angeles National Forest on June 8, 1985.

At the time she was leaving from work in West Covina, from her boyfriend's Long Beach home. Days later Stafford Joel Spicer, 33, was arrested while driving Jones' 1978 Chevrolet Camaro days after she went missing, the police statement says based on the information detectives had at the time, "There was insufficient evidence to pursue murder charges against Spicer in a court of law."

Steve Davis, the Sheriff's Homicide Cold Case Detective, in 2009 re-opened the case. He found uncovered DNA and used current technology along with good ole investigation elbow grease was able to book Spicer, now 59 and living in Las Vegas on stabbing Jones to death and booked on suspicion of murder.

I rather like their motto: "The motto of the Sheriff's Cold Case Homicide Unit is 'Time is on our side,'" Captain Mike Parker of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau said. "Homicide cases are never closed until they are solved."

Hope is hope, especially with dedicated detectives that never close a case until it is solved. Nice work!

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on April 05, 2011, 07:00:57 PM
Did you ever wake up wondering how you are going to do it? Get through another day, with something missing in your life? All these years I took it for granted. In my wildest dreams I never imagined doing without. Mornings were sweet. No acknowledgement was needed. You were one of a few things I needed in the morning. Routine, yes.

The routine was the same. Every day. I use to complain about that. At first there was something new about you. You smelled so good. Now, I don't even remember what you smelled like, just that I miss it. You became a routine in a good way. Something to count on. Something always there. You gave me energy. Purpose. Jump start. I look back now and I think I couldn't have done it without you, in my life, every morning.

So, here I am, searching the Unsolved Murders and Missing People. I'm missing you and looking for her (Penny) who I've searched for faithfully for more than two years. That makes two things that are missing in my life: You (my coffee !) and my Penny.

You see, Tim Hortons announced they were raising the price of my morning cup of coffee. So I thought I would do without. See what life is like without it in the morning. Sure, there would be withdrawals. But, they never went away. I know what it's like to miss things. I've been missing Penny for two years now. But, my cup of coffee was there, until now. Giving me energy. Purpose. Direction. Focus. Courage to take on another day of looking.   

I thought I could do without the coffee. After all, how long do the withdrawals last? Silly... I don't have to ask. When you miss something...you miss it. Everything about it. Every day.

Good news... I can at least get the coffee back. It'll cost me (as the price of coffee has almost doubled over the past year). But it's a small price to pay to only have to miss one thing, instead of two. So, for now, I'll pay the price. Drink coffee. And, gain energy for but another day. Because tomorrow I know, together, we will find my missing Penny. One thing at a time.

Hope...sometimes comes with a fresh cup of morning coffee. Granted, at a higher cost. ...but, it's hope, nonetheless.

...to tomorrow! Morn'

It’s soon going to cost more to get your morning cup of coffee. Tim Hortons is raising some of its menu prices, starting Monday. The company says there will be a ``small price increase,'' but won't specify which items will cost more or by how much. In February, Tim Hortons said it would pass along price increases for coffee and the ingredients for its doughnuts and other goodies to franchises and customers. Over the past year, the wholesale price of coffee has almost doubled.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on April 30, 2011, 09:33:57 PM
He says it became an obsession and that he keeps pushing and he doesn't let up.  So far, more than a few families and several police officers are appreciative. "It's a tremendous feeling of relief for me when I make an identification," said Stephen Fonseca, head of the coroner's identification and disaster response unit.

Last year, his team closed a 1959 file where a man drove his car  into Lake Okanagan and was presumed dead. He used his computer model and the DNA from the man's children to identify the remains which were found in 1987. 

They also identified the owner of severed foot No. 7 which washed ashore in B.C. His system profiles human remains much like police use to find suspects. In the case of foot No. 7 he entered data to indicate where the foot likely came from and matched it to missing persons which are also in the database.

"We are very proud of it," he said. "We know it's making identifications more efficient."

He developed a computerized program, reportedly the first of its kind in Canada and it stores information about human remains found, but not yet identified. It has become even more efficient as more information, such as GPS co-ordinates of all remains found, are entered into the program. There are approximately 200 B.C. cases the coroner has entered to date. The list grows by 3 to 5 new additions per year. Some of the remains date as far back as 1960s. They've also posted a searchable list of the profiles of unidentified human remains in B.C., accessible on missing-u.ca website.

His team has even matched human remains with individuals who have not even been reported missing yet. The remains were from a homeless man whose remains were located in East Vancouver. The man collected bottles and cans. Fonseca's office checked the expiration dates on the cans to provide a date stamp, when he discovered signed paintings also in the man's possession. The signature name eventually lead them to a brother in Germany whose DNA was then tested and matched.

It started in B.C. and other jurisdictions have expressed interest. In fact, rumor has it, it could just become a national application in the future.  "Police are getting excited about it, too," said Fonseca.

"It's a heavy responsibility to carry when they (the family and friends) expect you to find the connection between the unidentified remains and their loved ones," said Fonseca. "We get queries from the public every day." He says that's what drives him and his team. And, we say....

....that's what gives us hope. People and teams like him, making systems and efficiencies like that, for nationwide use. Can't wait. Nice work!

Source:  Coroner develops human remains database that helps bring closure to families sooner

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on May 01, 2011, 09:42:14 PM
Do you know what bothers me at times? How can a human being walk out the door and never  to be seen again? It is easier to find a family pet than a loved one. 
I know, some are found, and we treasure that, but too many remain lost. Where are they? Where and the heck did they go? What happened to them?
A small miracle happened to me the other day.  About 7 months ago my purse was ripped off of my shoulder and the young offender took off running with it (I was in a neighbourhood which one would consider crime free, and safe.)  I was placing my groceries into the trunk of my car in broad daylight in the busy parking lot of the grocery store. I lost everything in a flash. All of my ID. etc. etc.  In total my identity. Good citizens took chase, and eventually the perp(s) one 18 and one 16 years of age were caught, after a 10 block chase.-Now we have 2 good citizens.  The police arrested them, (good cops)  but alas,. no purse was found. 

I lost sleep over stolen identity - conjuring up all kinds of nightmare scenarios for months on end.

There was a rap at my door only two days ago, and here was this young man with his lovely son who found my purse in his back yard, (the perps dumped it while being chased),  and drove all of the way to my home to return it to me. 
Good citizen number 3.   Total = Good Citizens, helpful cops.
Yes, there are good people in this world, and I was on the end of kindness, and for that I am grateful
even just for today it gives me hope that humanity still exists amongst us.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 21, 2011, 09:11:40 AM
What would it feel like to have your son missing for two and a half years and being resolved that he had died and at the age of 79 not believing you would ever see your son again before you pass? Rader Sharma's mom knows. Her son was reported missing in September 2008 from Abbotsford, British Columbia.  They are Canadian citizens originally from Punjab, India. They have a heavy accent. That didn't help.

But recently, Rader's mother got the call all missing children's parents could only hope to get. Rader Sharma was alive, found in New York, and he wants to come home.

In fact, Rader has always wanted to come home, but nobody could understand him. He has a heavy accent, and very limited English. That's probably what got him lost in September 2008 when he boarded a Greyhound bus thinking he was headed "to go to the market" but ended in New York City.   It's probably what caused him to live on the streets, at times staying in shelters and churches. And, it is probably what caused a further mix up when he tried to get to "Columbia" but instead the train took him to "Columbia County." From there he walked to Dutchess County.

At some point early in Rader's journey the New York City Police Department had called the Abbotsford Police Department to report a man with a similar name was there. The Abbotsford Police Department Constable Ian McDonald, the public information officer for the department said the file indicates the family was contacted and the file was closed. But, perhaps the language difference was a barrier to true understanding. As Rader's mom reports she thought her son was still missing and she thought he was dead. The mystery on how the file got closed and how the family still mourned his loss is still not clear.

Nearly a year or two later, a paster by the name of John Ogden found Rader wandering on Route 9. The pastor didn't understand his accent, but wanted to try to understand what the man was saying. He took Rader to a manager of a Mobil gas station in Greenport. They were able to communicate in Rader's native tongue. Rader told him he hadn't seen his family in 2.5 years and he wanted simply to go home.  The manager went through Rader's belongings and found several phone numbers.

He made the phone call. Only a heartbroken mother could fully understand the true impact of the caller's words, "I found him." Rader's mother cried. She said she was 79 years old. Her wish was to see Rader before she died.

The good samaritan took Rader to his home, cleaned him up and gave him some new clothes. Rader stayed with him until Rader's mother and three brothers could pick him up.

Rader says he was happy to finally be going home.

It helps when we can try to understand eachother, and care--perhaps then, there is hope.

Source:  http://www.registerstar.com/articles/2011/03/23/news/doc4d896e6c88062428352861.txt
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: debbiec on May 21, 2011, 09:36:08 AM
Nearly a year or two later, a paster by the name of John Ogden found Rader wandering on Route 9. The pastor didn't understand his accent, but wanted to try to understand what the man was saying. He took Rader to a manager of a Mobil gas station in Greenport. They were able to communicate in Rader's native tongue. Rader told him he hadn't seen his family in 2.5 years and he wanted simply to go home.  The manager went through Rader's belongings and found several phone numbers.

He made the phone call. Only a heartbroken mother could fully understand the true impact of the caller's words, "I found him." Rader's mother cried. She said she was 79 years old. Her wish was to see Rader before she died.

The good samaritan took Sherma to his home, cleaned him up and gave him some new clothes. Rader stayed with him until Rader's mother and three brothers could pick him up.

Bless this man, who took the time to care enough to help a homeless man on the street. Most would have passed him by. In doing so he had no idea of the precious gift he would be giving a grieving mother......her son.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on May 21, 2011, 02:22:40 PM
Concerned:  I hope that I am not veering off topic, but thank you for bringing this man's plight to the attentioln of the public.  It means that there is still hope for those that are missing.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 21, 2011, 02:33:48 PM
Always hope.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 28, 2011, 10:31:45 AM
In December of 1985, a two-year-old was found wandering alone at a Kmarts in Lewis County, Washington. That very day, that two-year-old girl's life would change forever.

On that day, her 21-year-old mother, Diana Robertson, and her 36-year-old father, Michael Lloyd Riemer were reported missing.  Shortly after, on February 1986 the little girl's mother's remains were found on an abandoned logging road north of a place called Mineral. But her dad remained missing, even after numerous search and rescue missions.

In 1989 their story was featured on Unsolved Mysteries. It named Riemer as a person of interest because he had not been found and his whearabouts unknown. Numerous tips were generated. But no clues.

The little girl would be about 28. She grew up not knowing her mother or her dad, only that her father was a POI, only because he was not yet found. 

I wonder what the now grown woman felt like on Saturday, March 28, 2011, when they found her father's remains near the place called Mineral. Her father's remains were just found within a mile of where her mother's remains were found 26 years ago.

I wonder if she wondered all these years if she would ever meet her father. I wonder if she is relieved to learn that there is a possibility that her father may not be a POI in her mother's death. They say a child develops their emotional character from their early years, and that will have been shaped as she was tossed through new living arrangements and adjusting to her parents being gone, new care, and growing up learning from the guesses, the accusations, the insinuations, of those trying to find answers, but not really having them, yet.

After 26 years, the little girl has half the answers. There is hope, that at least she may get more. After all these years. I wish her well.

Source:  http://www.chronline.com/article_359de45c-651d-11e0-bd1b-001cc4c002e0.html

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyesofpris on May 29, 2011, 01:24:25 PM
Thanks for the stories of hope. I needed some of that today. I'm going through the kind of grief that most people just don't understand. I'm lurking, and considering putting some of my personal info out there, in case I'm the next statistic.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I've lost everything. I've been stuck in the appalling Ontario shelter system for nearly 2 years. I don't drink or do drugs. I'm as sane and rational as a person who lives like this can be. I have a college diploma and 2 years of university. I'm about 5-6 courses away from being qualified to WORK in the shelters I live in. I haven't had to prostitute myself--yet. But I have stolen food when I was hungry enough. I've also committed break&enters to find shelter against the cold. A friend of mine is studying to be a police officer, and mentioned a loophole in Ontario law that allows for a person to do this in life threatening circumstances. -20 degree weather, and a weight loss of over 20 pounds would qualify, imo. I haven't made a habit of this type of behaviour, and don't plan to, so I haven't been caught, or charged.

I've had it up-to-there with yet another shelter disrespecting my personal space, refusing to uphold their responsibility to keep obnoxious residents away from me and disregarding my right to NOT practise a religion. I am about to start sleeping rough again, so that if I am in a position where I have to use force to defend myself, I will at least be believed.

I wish there were somewhere to post my own description, in case I get killed out there, without inviting more stereotypes and bassackward ineffective programming designed by a bunch of Church Ladies who think all poor people are drug addicts. I guess that's all I'm trying to say. If I get killed tomorrow, it's important to me that there's some kind of hard evidence that proves that I don't fit the 'crackwhore' stereotype, that I don't deserve to live like this, and I don't deserve to die. Addicted sex workers don't deserve to die, either. And nobody who dies violently should be forgotten, everything she ever was stuffed into an "unsolved murder" box and ignored.

It's nice to see that somebody is honouring these victims' memories.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 29, 2011, 05:47:45 PM
eyesofpris, I have an idea. A couple of ideas. I think you can make it out of this test that you are in. So, I'm going to give you a few ideas. What the heck, might as well try them, maybe you won't have to worry about the lurking (and maybe we won't have to worry about you, too.).  Instead, maybe you'll be able to share the wonderful stories of realizing your potential.

I think you have great potential. I think there are people out there that are willing to help. They just don't know you are around, looking for a shot, and an opportunity. We've all hit hard times, albeit maybe not as hard as you right now. So, individually you would be surprised how people can reach out and provide help.

Here are some ideas:

1. Visit a college. Talk to admissions. Tell them how very close you are to achieving your degree, but where you are right now. Be humble. Tell them what you have told us...you know you can make it, you just need a chance. Is there any ANY opportunity they may know of that you may get some shelter, while finishing your degree. Tell them you are willing to work, on campus. I've heard of some being floor residents. They get free shelter, get paid, and enjoy finishing their degree.

2. Visit your local politician offices. Tell them who you are, what potential you have, and how very close you are to loosing it all. Do they have any ideas?

3. Go to shelter administration and tell them about your studies. Ask if they would invest in you, so you can help them with their mission. They may have room and board, and sponsor you, if you agree to work for them for six months after graduating. You just never know.

4. Go to a local hotel. Ask if they have any job openings. See if they can house you while you work there, for a short time, until you can get up and running.

5. Go to a home care agency. There are agencies that employ individuals to visit homes and provide basic services, like taking a resident to a dr. appt., making food deliveries, etc. If you are good at domestic work, there are people who can no longer take care of their own homes, but want to still live there. So, they may like taking in a boarder, especially college kids, who agree to mow the lawn, and drive them to the grocery, etc.

6.  Around college towns there are people that rent homes, but they look for a groundskeeper. They will give them free room and board if they agree to keep an eye on the property. Mow, shovel, light plumbing, help with contractors, notify them of renter problems.

7. Cottage rental properties often have room and board in the off season, or in a little room to the side. Again, if you are there to help them give keys to a new temporary rental, or look over the property, they may have a small area just waiting for you...one that isn't ideal for renting to seasonal, but just right for someone to overlook the property. This insures they don't go crazy.

8. Go to businesses that have an upstairs, or basement. Sometimes these spots are not used. They may be more than happy to help a person get back on their feet.

9. Go to crimestoppers and tell them what you've told us. See if they know how to help.

10. Reach out and shake people's hands and tell them your story. Tell them you are one job, one room away from making it. You just need a chance, and why it wouldn't be wasted on you. If they know of an avenue, can they please let you know. I've known business owners who have opened their stores to a person to stay there at night, but to be out by business open every day.

In fact, there was this boy not even graduated from school yet, who was living with his elderly grandmother. He had lost his mother and dad early in life. His ailing grandmother suddenly passed. He had no idea how to take care of himself. Or who to turn to. He joined many other teens out on the street, we seldom hear about.  He tried avoiding winters by going south. He came back to the area his grandmother lived as that is the only place he has ever known. Some guy gave him a dollar for every crate he collected at the market, as it saved the business owner from buying them. One day, he called into a radio station during a broadcast of a shelter that helped people get back on their feet. He told his story. Brought tears to people's hearts. As he was talking to the radio announcer a guy from the market called. He knew the boy, but never ever knew the boy was living off the streets. He saw him collecting crates every day. He said the boy was a very hard worker. In fact, he said he had a business at the market that had an apartment upstairs and he would gladly take the boy in. He would also give him a job. And, when the boy was able to save $2000 he could pay him what little rent they agreed on from that  point on..  The boy just cried.  Quite frankly, so did I. 

There are people that can help, because they've been there, they know. They just need a way to know you need a little help. Be open to opportunities. You'll make it.

Good luck to you. Keep us posted. We believe in you.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: MSprenkels on May 29, 2011, 11:11:24 PM
For Restorative Justice Week in November 2003, we at the Centre, in partnership with many community groups from Burnaby, were fortunate to sponsor Katy Hutchison as a speaker.  Meeting and working with Katy has been a highlight of this year.  Katy speaks around British Columbia, telling the story of her healing response to the tragic murder of her husband, Bob McIntosh in late 1997.  She also includes in her telling a cautionary tale of group synergy ‘gone bad’, which can happen when large groups congregate with alcohol and drugs.  It is an important message for our teens and adults alike.

Katy has responded to tragedy with courage and insight borne of a desire to move forward with healing and compassion.  Her story is compelling, demonstrating clearly some of the values and beliefs that are important when living restoratively. We are grateful to her for sharing her story so selflessly, and to the Vancouver Courier for allowing us to ‘reprint’ it here.

For further information about Katy’s schedule, consult her website at www.katyhutchisonpresents.com.  You may contact Katy directly at katy@katyhutchisonpresents.com.

The story of Bob

Naoibh O'Connor - The Vancouver Courier

Late in the evening of June 20, 2002, Katy Hutchison answered the phone in her Victoria home. On the line was a Squamish RCMP officer, asking if she would be willing to be picked up first thing the next morning.

He wanted her to meet Ryan Aldridge, the man who, hours earlier, had been arrested in connection with the 1997 death of Hutchison's then husband, Bob McIntosh. Though she had been warned the arrest was imminent, the result of a lengthy undercover operation, the request came as a shock.

McIntosh had died following an alcohol-fuelled attack by two young men after he went to check on a rowdy New Year's Eve party in Squamish, in the home of a friend who was on vacation. He was punched by Ryan MacMillan, who eventually pleaded guilty to assault and landed a three-year conditional discharge, meaning his record will be expunged if he stays out of trouble.

After McIntosh fell to the ground, Aldridge kicked him in the head several times. One of the blows severed an artery in the back of the 40-year-old lawyer's head. McIntosh was rushed to hospital, but pronounced dead almost immediately.

Now, five years later, the case was finally being resolved. The evening of his arrest, Aldridge watched a videotape where Hutchison pleaded that he admit to himself what he'd done. Afterwards, he broke down and asked to see her in person. The RCMP were prepared to oblige-it was an opportunity to gather further evidence against him, since the meeting would be videotaped.

Once the surprise wore off, Hutchison was also game for the encounter.

The following morning, she dropped her twins, Emma and Sam, at her brother's place-Michael Hutchison, her current husband, was on a fishing trip-and made her way to the airport where a helicopter was waiting.

At the Squamish RCMP detachment, she was led to a tiny room. Minutes later, Aldridge walked in. "It was all I could to not to give him a hug," she remembers. "He sat down across from me, distraught. He started to cry as soon as he got in the room. I said, 'It's going to be OK.' I was just handing him balls of Kleenex."

Hutchison wasn't concerned about getting a confession on tape-her goal was to impress upon him the importance of a guilty plea. "I was afraid of what a trial would be like for Emma and Sam," she says. In fact, by the time she arrived, he'd already written letters of apology to both her and the children.

After 20 minutes, the police removed Hutchison who, as she walked past the room where officers gathered to watch the pair on screen, noticed Aldridge was still being filmed. "He was sobbing by himself in the room," she says. "I didn't want him to be alone. I wanted someone to be there with him. That's when I lost it-I became totally unglued."

Five months later, Aldridge pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was handed a five-year sentence. The 25-year-old is currently imprisoned at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford, a medium security facility.

That initial encounter only bolstered Hutchison's determination to prevent other youths from following Aldridge's path. Impressing the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and other reckless behaviour upon students and parents alike has become a mission of sorts for the 42-year-old, who's put together a power-point presentation called The Story of Bob.

On Nov. 17, she'll kick off National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week at Magee Secondary by speaking at a parents evening. She'll also talk to students at three West Side high schools.

One day, Hutchison hopes Aldridge, who "respectfully declined" to be interviewed for this article, will join her at such events-a possibility she raised in late October when the two met for the second time. It was a five-hour, often emotional visit-part of the restorative justice process, where victim and perpetrator meet face to face to talk about the crime and its effects. It's a process Hutchison embraces, along with the opportunity to speak directly to teens. "You can't have this given to you and not try to find some use for it. The desire to do it is because I love my kids so much and I don't want to see them or anyone else in this position."

In the cozy kitchen of their Victoria home, Hutchison and her 10-year-old daughter Emma roll out dough for gingerbread cookies to be baked for the following week's school lunches.

While they work, Hutchison, a stylish and youthful-looking blond, recites her family's story patiently, something she's done in countless interviews over the past six years. She doesn't mind the media attention. "I knew from the start that this was a story full of life lessons."

Bob and Katy met in 1986, the night before he graduated from UBC's law school. Katy was a business administration graduate working as an operations manager for a ladies apparel manufacturer. They married in 1988.

The pair spent weekends skiing in Whistler, sleeping on friends' floors. When they decided to buy a house, Vancouver prices proved too steep. Squamish was an affordable alternative, plus it fit Bob's outdoorsy lifestyle and reminded him of Lynn Valley, where he grew up. Prior to the 1989 move, they agreed to commute to the city for work, but when Bob was finalizing the paperwork for the house, the local law firm offered him a job. Katy stopped commuting soon afterwards, following a skiing accident. She landed a job with Community Futures, the local economic development office. After struggling with infertility for a few years, the couple conceived Emma and Sam through in vitro fertilization. The twins were born in 1993. "It was amazing, it was such a cool time in our lives," Hutchison says. When the kids were 18 months old, she returned to Community Futures part time and worked as a sessional instructor at Capilano College. Bob spent his spare time training as an elite triathlete and focused on personal injury law, ironically specializing in head injuries.

On the evening of his death, friends from Tsawwassen were visiting. After the kids were in bed, another couple from Squamish joined the group, informing them a party was going on down the street at the home of Dr. Richard Cudmore, a friend of the McIntoshs who was out of the country. Bob phoned to speak with Cudmore's then 19-year-old son Jamie-now a rugby player for Canada's national team-but he wasn't there. The three men decided to walk over, with Bob grabbing a beer to try and blend in with the partying teens. They were separated almost immediately.

Within minutes of arriving, Bob was lying on the floor, blue and lifeless. An ambulance was called, while an RCMP cruiser sped Katy to the hospital. When she arrived, a doctor, another family friend, was trying unsuccessfully to revive her husband. The only outward signs of trauma was a bruise on Bob's temple and cut on his hand, but it wasn't long before Katy was told he'd died. "All I could think of was I have to go home and tell my kids."

According to Hutchison, a lethal combination of unruly teens and excessive, underage drinking at an unchaperoned party set the stage for Bob's death. Where were their parents and why didn't any of the teens have the courage to call for help when it became clear the evening was getting out of hand? she wonders. Early on, small fights had broken out and some partiers had been sick from drinking. Even the host had abandoned the New Year's Eve bash for another one elsewhere. In hindsight, Hutchison also feels it was a mistake for Bob to wade into the fray-he should have called 911, considering the number of drunken revelers packed into the home.

For Hutchison, the circumstances surrounding his death offer a host of lessons, all of which she's taken to heart. Parents, she insists, should always know where their kids are and who they're with and check on them periodically. Adults shouldn't endorse underage drinking, or leave their kids home alone. Planned parties for teenagers should include a guest list, start and end times and a strategy about what to do with unwanted guests. Teens should also be told not to pressure their friends into having get-togethers if they're left without supervision.

"It's not necessarily your kids, but unwanted kids that can cause the problems. It doesn't matter how on-the-ball a kid is, there are some so off-the-ball they can take others down with them," she says. "I'm not going to come out with a solution, but [Bob's] story reminds us of our more basic responsibilities as parents, how quickly things can go badly and the ramifications for kids."

In his third-storey office at West Boulevard and 43rd Avenue, Brian Hall-Stevenson is keenly aware of how alcohol and drugs can cause teens' lives to spiral out of control. The addiction prevention specialist for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority is organizing Hutchison's visit to Vancouver to help illustrate the point. The talk will address alcohol and other drugs, peer pressure and bad decision-making.

Representatives of From Grief to Action, a group working to improve the lives of drug users, their families and friends, along with Parents Together, a support group for troubled teens, will be on hand for a panel discussion following Hutchison's presentation.

Parents, Hall-Stevenson suspects, often ignore early-warning signs that their kids are on the wrong track. Newspaper headlines focusing almost exclusively on the dangers of hard-core drugs like crystal meth, heroin and cocaine don't help, since the vast majority of teens are more likely experimenting with alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana. The age of first use of drugs and alcohol is dropping sharply-it used to be during the latter high school years or university, but now can be as young as 10.

"If your 12-year-old is smoking cigarettes, your kid is starting to medicate his life needs with drugs," Hall-Stevenson argues. "Don't wait until crystal meth or heroin is on the scene to get excited."

Studies indicate most addicts start using by age 16. One in four teens binges on occasion-throwing back five to 20 drinks per sitting. By Grade 8, almost 52 per cent have at least tried alcohol, a figure that jumps to 71 per cent in Grade 10 and 80 per cent in Grade 12, according to a 2000 study by the University of Michigan. The figure for pot use climbs from 20 to 40 to close to 48 per cent during the same period-which far exceeds cocaine and heroin use.

Hall-Stevenson sympathizes with parents dealing with peer pressure, advertising campaigns targeted at youth, and a drug-dependent culture, but insists they can have a significant influence on their children's choices, especially at a young age. He maintains kids should be taught early on how to deal with anxiety, low-self esteem and other problems without the use of intoxicants. "Keep relationships close and loving as long as you can," he says.

Parents should also model good behaviour by dealing with their own problems responsibly and without drugs, to reduce the chances kids will fall into bad habits during their more vulnerable years. "If you get a 19-year-old who doesn't smoke tobacco, there's a snowball's chance in hell that they'll start."

Peter Hotston, now principal at Howe Sound Secondary in Squamish, was vice principal at the time of McIntosh's death. He knew the couple well, along with some of the students who attended the party, including MacMillan and Cudmore.

Many of the teens causing problems in those days were drop-outs or doing poorly in school, he says, adding that the much-publicized "code of silence" that kept the case in limbo for years likely stemmed from overwhelming peer pressure. "For whatever reason, the group was so much more important to them than anything else that it became their morality. In their eyes, they saw it as the right thing to do-not to squeal or snitch or rat on their group."

Hotston maintains the problem of out-of-control youths is a complex one, created in part by a more materialistic, permissive culture, in which both parents are working long hours. "It's more than just schools can cope with or even parents. At some stage, it's going to take a societal shift in what we value as important." Getting to kids when they're young is key, he says, since the older they are, the more likely they are to have been influenced by friends, music, television and inappropriate web sites.

Hotston emphasizes, however, that troublemakers are in the minority-most teens never get into trouble, and only five to seven per cent become a chronic problem. "It's wrong not to listen to bad news and to be defensive but I don't think Squamish is worse than anywhere else."

The town, however, has endured no shortage of bad press in the years since McIntosh's death. In 1998, a gang of youths attacked 16 mostly Filipino young people in a campground at Cat Lake.

Two years later, one car was torched and two more vandalized in Squamish after 30 to 100 youths "ran amok," according to news reports. Then, this summer, campers were terrorized by youths in two separate incidents. In one case, youths stole a car and drove it recklessly through a campground, while in another, three American tourists were attacked.

In response, the town organized an anti-crime forum this summer, where some teens complained the problem was that there was nothing to do in Squamish.

From his prison cell, Aldridge wrote a letter to the editor that was published in The Chief, Squamish's newspaper, Aug. 15. It was addressed to the youth of the town, and warned about the dangers of following in his path.

He admitted to being bored while growing up in the small town, but argued in retrospect, there was a lot to do. He wished he'd become more involved in outdoor pursuits such as soccer, football, fishing and hiking rather than drinking and partying.

Incarceration, he said, has put his life into perspective. "Some of you might think it is fun drinking and driving, harassing campers and attacking tourists; someone could get tragically hurt and there will be consequences," he wrote. "After being sentenced, you will go to jail and if you bring that punk attitude in here, you won't last a day!"

Aldridge warned readers that one tragic incident could change their lives forever. "My poor actions have impacted so many lives. I have to deal with the guilt every day for the rest of my life-because of my stupidity a life was taken. I don't want to see any of you making the same mistake. Squamish is a great place to grow up in, please don't ruin it for those who live there."

In Victoria, Hutchison is determined to set her own kids on the right path. Both attend private school and spend weekends participating in extracurricular activities.

Sam, a natural athlete like his father, plays soccer and hockey, while Emma, who takes after her mother's interests, paints. The blond-haired twins call Katy's new husband, Michael Hutchison, Dad and use his last name.

The couple tries to be strict, but loving parents. There are house rules: no television during the week, no Play Station and restricted Internet use. More than one of Sam's CDs has been trashed for inappropriate content. "Bob used to say we should raise our kids with an iron fist in a velvet glove," Hutchison says. "It's all about boundaries and expectations and consequences."

As for Aldridge, he's become like an honorary member of the family. Michael Hutchison teasingly calls him his wife's third child and his name pops up at odd times-during dinner, Emma has been known to wonder aloud what Ryan is eating.

Hutchison is often asked about her feelings towards Aldridge. "I have forgiven him, although I was never angry to begin with," she says. "All along, I've been much more concerned with the root causes of the behaviour rather than the behaviour itself." In a way, she says, her lack of rancour towards Aldridge has forced him to confront his actions, rather than simply becoming d efensive.

Her wish is simple: that he's learned from his mistakes and will live a productive life when he gets out of jail. "I'm not a poster person for an ultra-liberal point of view about the justice system, but in this particular situation, with this particular person, I have this view."

Aldridge is "doing everything right" at Matsqui, according to Hutchison-he's keeping a low profile, works out, has signed up for a few courses and appreciates his family more. Although he can apply for day parole in February, she doubts he will. "He's having a hard time accepting [that I forgive him], so until he does that and forgives himself, it's pretty hard for him to move on."

He also finds Emma and Sam "a tough part of the puzzle," says Hutchison, who also expects to meet Ryan MacMillan in the next couple of years-part of his sentence requires him to take part in the restorative justice process.

Although talking about Bob and the case is easy for Hutchison, not everything is-New Year's Eve, the whole month of January and even snowy climates spark tearful memories. When the moving men took training wheels off Sam's bike, Hutchison remembers thinking, "The wrong person's doing it."

Despite the thread of sadness that remains with the family, the scene back in the kitchen seems straight out of an American TV show pushing family values. Emma and her mother use flower-shaped cookie cutters to mark the dough for the gingerbread. When Sam makes an entrance, he's told to finish working on his language arts project before it's time to head out to soccer practice. He grudgingly retreats to another room, while Michael Hutchison steps in to say goodbye on his way to work. "Take an apple," his wife hollers, as he walks out the door.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: MSprenkels on May 29, 2011, 11:22:13 PM
What about welfare?  Also student loans is an option.  If you already have loans and should be paying them back, I know there are alot of programs now for students gong thru hardship and the government covering the loans.  If you enroll as a full time student you will not have to pay right away and can get some money for living expenses, ect.  I think getting into schooling could really help you.  Maybe talk to an admissions conseller at a college and they may have some advice.  I dont know what else to suggest as I haven't heard your whole story.  Would it be an option to get any sort of job just to get you on your feet, even if it is below what you are capable of?  I know it is tough if you are homeless to hold a job. And I am sure you thought of most of these options already.  Can you give us any more details as we may have more suggestions?

Thanks for the stories of hope. I needed some of that today. I'm going through the kind of grief that most people just don't understand. I'm lurking, and considering putting some of my personal info out there, in case I'm the next statistic.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I've lost everything. I've been stuck in the appalling Ontario shelter system for nearly 2 years. I don't drink or do drugs. I'm as sane and rational as a person who lives like this can be. I have a college diploma and 2 years of university. I'm about 5-6 courses away from being qualified to WORK in the shelters I live in. I haven't had to prostitute myself--yet. But I have stolen food when I was hungry enough. I've also committed break&enters to find shelter against the cold. A friend of mine is studying to be a police officer, and mentioned a loophole in Ontario law that allows for a person to do this in life threatening circumstances. -20 degree weather, and a weight loss of over 20 pounds would qualify, imo. I haven't made a habit of this type of behaviour, and don't plan to, so I haven't been caught, or charged.

I've had it up-to-there with yet another shelter disrespecting my personal space, refusing to uphold their responsibility to keep obnoxious residents away from me and disregarding my right to NOT practise a religion. I am about to start sleeping rough again, so that if I am in a position where I have to use force to defend myself, I will at least be believed.

I wish there were somewhere to post my own description, in case I get killed out there, without inviting more stereotypes and bassackward ineffective programming designed by a bunch of Church Ladies who think all poor people are drug addicts. I guess that's all I'm trying to say. If I get killed tomorrow, it's important to me that there's some kind of hard evidence that proves that I don't fit the 'crackwhore' stereotype, that I don't deserve to live like this, and I don't deserve to die. Addicted sex workers don't deserve to die, either. And nobody who dies violently should be forgotten, everything she ever was stuffed into an "unsolved murder" box and ignored.

It's nice to see that somebody is honouring these victims' memories.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyesofpris on May 30, 2011, 01:26:51 PM
That's a long and drawn out story, MSprenkels. Concerned did make a few suggestions that are worth discussing, tho. Unfortunately, the petty tyrants who run this place are absolutely dictatorial about the way they ration our computer time, and just about everything else. I'll have to type my full story, and ask my questions about the 3 excellent options Concerned offered when I get somewhere without the half hour time limit.

That's my biggest problem with accessing services in these places. Most of the people who can help treat us all as if we're unwelcome and ungrateful guests in the House of the Taxpayer, and we deserve to be punished. They won't even give me a decent pair of shoes for jobsearching. They're trying to tell me my ugly slippers, which aren't really even fit to wear outside, are good enough. The best donated clothing seems to be going to the churchy residents, some of whom have been here for 2 years and more. One worker here went so far as to tell me I'm not allowed to take MY money that I SAVED out of my tiny weekly allowance with my left hand!! For real! I'm not allowed to be ambidextrous in here!! AARGGHH!!

I'll hit the Employment Centre again tomorrow, and discuss these issues with you on the computers there. At least those people don't talk to me as if I'm using their computers to pick up guys on Facebook or something.

I know there's a way out of this mess. Thanks for being so supportive. :)

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: SAP on June 01, 2011, 07:35:14 PM

Young BC boy missing by parental abduction, 7 years, found quite by accident in Az. There is hope.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on June 26, 2011, 06:39:17 AM
Miracle of the frozen baby
by MOLLY WATSON, Evening Standard
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A toddler whose heart stopped beating for two hours when she became "frozen solid" in sub-zero temperatures is today awake after what her doctors describe as a miraculous recovery.
The 13-month-old girl was clinically dead when she arrived at hospital in Edmonton, Alberta.
Her body temperature had dipped to 16 C and doctors had difficulty opening her mouth. She had spent hours curled up in temperatures of minus 24 C, suffering severe hypothermia, after wandering out from a friend's house where she had been sleeping with her mother and two-year-old sister.
Her mother eventually found her, lifeless, at the end of a trail of footprints at 3am. She was frozen face down in the snow with her toes and fingers iced together.
Yet the little girl amazed Canadian doctors by regaining a heartbeat - without recourse to a heart-and-lung machine - soon after being placed on a "bear-hug" blanket heated by warm air, even though her body temperature was still barely half what is normal.
"Just when you think you're getting smart, you get stumped by something like this, where a child overcomes so many hurdles and comes through. It's humbling," said Dr Allan De Caen of Edmonton's Stollery Children's Hospital, adding that she was one of only "four or five" children who have ever survived such cold.
"Clearly something or someone was on this little girl's side."
A spokesman for the hospital said the unnamed toddler's ordeal had become "a miracle story".
Doctors said the fact that the girl was small may have saved her life because young and small children tend to cool so quickly that their organs and blood are preserved. That gives rescuers extra time to resuscitate them.
"The rate of cooling saved her," said Peter Cox, a doctor at Toronto's Sick Children's Hospital. "As you cool down, you decrease the rate of using oxygen and energy so that cells within the body do not become either oxygen- or energy-depleted."
It is depletion of oxygen or energy which causes damage to the brain, he said.
In Russia, where advanced medical equipment is scarce, some heart surgeries can be performed only after freezing the patient to the stage where they are clinically dead.
However, the Canadian toddler, now breathing without the help of a respirator, may lose some of her heavily bandaged toes and even limbs to frostbite over the coming weeks.
Experts fear that she may also be brain damaged after scans showed her brain had swelled slightly. Infection is also a danger.
But Dr Alf Conradi, head of the team caring for the girl, was hopeful that she would make a complete recovery. She is now bright, alert and playing with toys in her hospital cot.
He said: "When something this extreme happens, when the heart literally is stopped for an hour and a half, we have to be very cautious in being absolute about what the future holds."
But he added: "It's these kind of events that make you keep coming back.
"Hope is an extremely important piece of the work we do in the paediatric intensive care unit - and here's a great case to exemplify why that hope is there. I think it's likely that future holds a good outcome for this little girl."
Edmonton police have no plans to file criminal charges and consider the incident an accident. They think the child could have become disoriented from being in an unfamiliar house.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 06, 2011, 08:48:34 AM
It took 130 years. Chances are those that knew her personally, aren't living any longer. But, their children are, and they need to know that Julia Thomas was found.

Julia was murdered in 1879, but her head was never found, until October nearly 130 years later. Excavators discovered her skull in the back garden of the nature documentary maker (David Attenborough). Through review of murder records, census records, and radiocarbon testing detectives were able to connect Julia's skull with the remaining body parts found earlier.

It was confirmed, Julia was asphyxiated and had evidence of head injury. Kate Webster, 29, her maid, was convicted of the 1879 murder, and hanged. She had a previous record as convicted thief and fraudster when Julia hired her. Julia had words with her over her heavy drinking and pub-going ways.  Webster pushed her down a flight of stairs and strangled her after a fight occurred shortly after Sunday mass. There was dismemberment, an more.  It was dubbed the "Barnes mystery" back then when the body was found in the River Thames, but the head was missing.

Until October.

Closure. Case Closed.

It happens.

Source:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43653402/ns/world_news-europe/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 11, 2011, 10:24:47 PM
Her mother, through 18 years, knew there would be a day Jaycee would come home.  Jaycee, through 18 years of cruel captivity, held onto the same hope. Their story shows, it happened. It can happen.

Officer who helped save Dugard reacts to interview
 by John Alston

BRENTWOOD, Calif. (KGO) -- The UC Berkeley police officer who helped save Jaycee Dugard spoke with ABC7 News after watching the interview on ABC.

"Sometimes you just have to hold on to any kind of hope to survive," said Dugard.

One of the people who fulfilled that hope and saved Dugard was UC Berkeley Police Dept. Ofc. Ally Jacobs, who watched the interview from her Brentwood home.

"It's a little bit of nausea with hearing what really happened to her in her own words, but also just overwhelming pride at how strong she is," said Jacobs.

Jacobs, a mother of two, and fellow police employee Lisa Campbell, noticed something wasn't right when Phillip Garrido showed up at UC Berkeley two years ago along with the two girls he fathered with Dugard. Jacobs and Campbell provided the tip that ended Dugard's nightmare.

"Things happen for a reason. I'm not really sure why we were the chosen ones to end this. All I know is that we both knew something wasn't right and we did something about it," said Jacobs.

Officer Jacobs had made overtures and would like to someday meet the woman she saved.

"I would probably give her a big hug and just say that I'm sorry that it took so long and I'm glad that her and her kids are okay," said Jacobs.

"I can't imagine being beaten to death and you can't imagine being kidnapped and raped, so you just do what you have to do to survive," said Dugard.

"She is amazing. She has been behind the scenes for so long healing. There has been speculation as to how she is doing. We have only heard bits and pieces of Jaycee and to finally kind of get a glimpse of her personality," said Jacobs.

Officer Jacobs has gotten a phone call from Dugard's mother, who said not a day goes by that the family doesn't thank them for what they did.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 02, 2011, 07:07:11 PM
They knew something was wrong when the 22-year-old mother didn't drop off her 22-month-old son and also failed to show up for her 3 p.m. shift. They called police around 7:30 p.m. The police first told the family that oh you know she is 22-year-old and she was probably fine. But, her brother knew better.

Family members looked for her in downtown B.C. It was the weekend, and around 3 a.m. they spotted her parked car. Family members knocked on store doors. Her brother broke in the doors of several businesses near where she was parked. Nothing. Then he broke down another door and heard scurrying noise. Fearing whoever was in there may have a weapon, the brother found nearby police officers.

There she was, and her infant son. Tied up. Severely beaten in a violent assault. Infact, they say if the brother hadn't broken down the door, she would probably would be dead. The assailant told the victim he was just waiting for her to die, then he would kill her son, then himself. Her brother saved her life. And, perhaps the life of the little baby.

She had been repeatedly struck with blunt object--very severe cuts-- from a hammer requiring surgery, approximately 60 staples to her head alone. Sexual assault. They say every time the attacker went to hit the baby she insisted, "Hit me instead." So he did.

There is a Canada-wide manhunt for David Wesley Bobbitt, described as a clean-shaven white male with brown eyes and brown hair--balding--and a medium build. About 5'7", 180 pounds.  He leased Dave's Second Hand Store on Ellis Street the place the victim and her son went to that afternoon to get a mattress. The owner locked the door after she arrived. Then put on a mask.  They say he has leased the Ellis Street property for a couple years. He was 'desperate about his business" telling the victim he wasn't doing well. His lease was up. I guess he thought he could get away with murder? Wonder if he will get away with attempted?

It makes you wonder --were there more? The victim's father has a plea to everyone in the area to check on their loved ones. He made an impassioned plea to the local media "If anyone has relatives in Penticton or anywhere near . . . phone them, because if this guy hasn't killed himself already he is hiding in someone's backyard or he is in someone's home doing this to someone else."  Makes you wonder -- has he been doing this for a long time along? I mean I doubt people just "do this" on one day? And, there is lots of crime in the area. The police reportedly said he is known to them, and has been previously investigated for violent offenses."

Well the perp didn't get away with murder on this particular day, because the victim's brother saved a few very important lives that day. Considering one blow to the baby could have killed the child, but due to the mother's actions the child was unharmed, I can't help but think the mother also saved her child that day. I wonder if the need to protect her child, actually saved her life. Family, thank goodness for family.

Sometimes it happens. It happens. IT happens.
Way to go, brother. Good good job.

Store owner on run after attack

RCMP hunt for B.C. man after woman found assaulted with baby nearby
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyeswideopen on August 03, 2011, 12:18:24 AM
eyesofpris if you are still out there please private message me,  if you are any where near to where I live i may be able to help you with shoes to look for work or perhaps clothes depending on the size.  Please do message me.  I am struggling my self but may be able to help in some way.  I am serious about this.  Don't go back out on the street. message me I also have ideas for you.
People do care, so message me.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jobo on August 03, 2011, 05:38:33 AM
eyesofpris:   There is also the "Second Chance" program.    This is government run and finances people who want to go back to school.  I know some people that have gone through this program through Employment Canada, in Ontario.   My neice went through it for DSW course, and they also gave her money for daycare for her 2 kids.  And, she does NOT have to pay back.
I hope your situation gets better.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 06, 2011, 02:11:15 PM
What if food was too expensive -- $3 for bread and $7 for beef -- and you didn't have a job, but you did have a family?  Margarita Barrientos knows. She knows many in this situation. Actually, she was born into it, and well life hasn't changed. Poverty continues.

If you ask Margarita, she would probably tell you she is poor. Yet, she feeds thousands all the while wishing there were no more soup kitchens. Because if you didn't need soup kitchens, you wouldn't need to feed thousands that go hungry everyday-get it? "They shouldn't have to exist," she says.

Margarita today is an internationally recognized community organizer having received 40 prizes and honours from city, non-governmental organizations and many many churches. They use words like "exemplary citizen," "woman of the year" and "distinguished citizen." And, yet she is facing the same difficulties as the people she feeds everyday. Her husband is disabled from an accident, one of her children has a drug abuse problem, and she lives in Los Piletones, a very poor part of Argentina. According to the national census, they have 40 million, 9.9 percent, living in poverty. 2.5 percent in extreme poverty. Some argue, the actual numbers are double that.

She is 49-years-old and has a third grade education. She came to B uenos Aires alone at the age of 11 years old. She was born to an indigenous family and had lived and worked on the streets often going hungry. She met, at age 14,  the man who would eventually become her husband. He would receive leftover bread and baked goods that a bakery donated to him along his daily route of collecting cardboard and waste products for recycling. In turn they would distribute the goods to her "neighbours" who were in dire poverty and hungry, too.

Pretty soon she was "cooking" for 15, whatever they could scrounge up. Today, 30 women work alongside her without pay, many of them hungry and in poverty, too. They provide cooked meals to 1,600 people a day, 1,000 children, they serve three meals a day.  The government provides some subsidies, but not enough. They also get private donations of food, mattresses, clothing, blankets, furniture, computers, books, building materials and medicine...and they give it away to those in need.

Margarita, she says, "You often feel discouraged. Living in the slum isn't easy. But with hard work and sacrifices, you can do anything in life."

The Spanish NGO Mundo Cooperante named her as one of the "women who change the world." But, perhaps one of the biggest complements of Margarita is from one of the women that work at the center, "We learn so much from Senora Margarita, who does the impossible to make sure no one leaves with empty hands."

Sometimes people do the impossible. The impossible. Where does hope live?

Source:  http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/womens-rights/wr-americas/argentina/1009-argentina-one-poor-woman-who-feeds-thousands.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 06, 2011, 08:36:51 PM
Missing teen found
Published Tuesday October 4th, 2011

A5canadaeast news service

MIRAMICHI - After searching far and wide and exhausting dozens of leads, Miramichi Police Force found a 14-year-old girl missing for almost two weeks yesterday.

Miramichi police had tried to locate Alicia Hachey of Miramichi since she went missing from Miramichi Valley High School Sept. 23. Police scoured the streets of Miramichi, following up on dozens of leads that all led nowhere.

But that all changed yesterday. Working on a tip, Const. Andrew Vickers and Const. Andy MacFarlane located Hachey at a residence in downtown Newcastle, on the west side of Miramichi.

Moments later, Vickers walked the girl from his police car into the MPF's west-side office. Hachey, dressed in blues jeans, sneakers and a black sweatshirt, appeared to be in good health.

Vickers, who appeared tired as he talked to the Miramichi Leader outside the west office moments after walking Hachey inside, was modest about finding her.

"It was a team effort," he said, with a smile on his face.

But his superior officer, Sgt. Les Saunders, said Vickers went way above and beyond the call of duty on this case, working night and day on the file since the girl went missing.

"He was in on his days off and everything. He was in every day putting in something on the file," Saunders said.

Hachey's missing-person file wasn't even officially Vickers' case, Saunders said.

"He just took it upon himself. He did one pile of work."

Vickers was just glad Hachey was OK.

"She's in pristine health," he said, beaming.


Hope sometimes speaks for itself, brilliantly. Very nice job Const. Andrew Vickers.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: ttervoort on October 06, 2011, 09:28:58 PM
Thanks, Concerned.

It's true...sometimes all we have to hold onto is hope...and when we don't feel like we have it anymore, we have to push a little harder to find it...

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jobo on October 07, 2011, 04:25:58 AM
Thank you to Constable Vickers......we need more men in uniform like him.   
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Natalie on October 21, 2011, 09:17:07 AM
More good news:

New Mexico Man Rescues 6-Year-Old Girl from Suspected Kidnapper
August 17, 2011 at 10:16 am , by Holly Lebowitz Rossi
In the wake of a number of recent headlines about missing children, an inspiring story out of New Mexico tells how a neighbor rescued a 6-year-old girl who had been taken by a suspected kidnapper.  CNN.com reports:

Antonio Diaz Chacon noticed a commotion when a man grabbed the girl at a mobile home park in southwest Albuquerque.

Chacon saw the man, later identified as Phillip Garcia, cover her mouth and place her in a blue van, according to an Albuquerque police report.

“We heard a man going, ‘Hey, hey, let her go,’” his wife, Martha Diaz, told a 911 dispatcher. “The man came running to us. He said, ‘They stole our little girl.’”

“My husband went after him,” she said.

Chacon chased the van for several miles before Garcia crashed into a light pole and fled on foot, allowing him to rescue the girl and return her home, police said.

Garcia later returned to the van, police said. He fled down the roadway and got stuck on a mesa before being apprehended, police said.

Garcia has been charged with kidnapping, child abuse and tampering with evidence.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on October 21, 2011, 12:42:42 PM
There is still hope that this world has decent citizens who will enact when they see something. 

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 07, 2011, 09:29:14 PM
Can't help but think if we all help each other there is greater hope-in many ways.

Man who aided driver saved by him a few miles later
'It's an interesting turn of fate,' Wisconsin Highway Patrol officer says of events

MENOMONIE, Wis. — A Canadian man who had just helped a motorist change a tire in western Wisconsin had his good deed quickly repaid when, just minutes later, that same motorist helped to save his life.

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, Victor Giesbrecht, of Winnipeg, was driving Saturday evening on Interstate 94 about 9 miles east of Menomonie when he stopped to help a motorist change a tire.

Patrol Sgt. Michael Newton said that after driving off, Giesbrecht was stricken by a heart attack within a mile or two. His wife, Ann, helped bring their pickup truck to a stop, called 911 and waved her arms for help.

At about the same time, the motorists they had just helped pulled up.

The Star Tribune reported Monday that one of them, Lisa Meier, of Eau Claire, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him until emergency personnel arrived.

A state trooper and two Dunn County deputies took over and used an automated external defibrillator to help Giesbrecht regain a pulse and resume breathing.

A medical helicopter took Giesbrecht to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He was in serious condition Monday.

Newton said if Giesbrecht hadn't helped with the tire change, his initial rescuer might have remained stranded for too long to play a life-saving role.

"If he had been a few more miles down the road and had his heart attack, it could have been a different outcome," Newton said. "It's an interesting turn of fate."

He said Giesbrecht had suffered another heart attack about a year earlier.

Newton added that Dunn County having a defibrillator on hand "was the tipping point" in saving Giesbrecht's life. "Without that defibrillator, I don't know that the outcome would've been the same."

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyeswideopen on November 07, 2011, 09:48:04 PM
Wow a ment to be , isnt it. 
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jobo on November 08, 2011, 01:39:22 PM
I believe in fate.   This story confirms my belief.   

Many times I think of the "If onlys"....but things happen the way they do for a reason.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 13, 2011, 12:08:14 PM
Perhaps this is worth a shot for some who looking for missing loved ones.

Red Cross - Restoring Family Links

Whether the separation from your loved one happened many decades ago or more recently, the Canadian Red Cross may be able to help.

If you are in Canada and have lost touch with family members outside Canada as a result of armed conflict or natural disaster, click here.

If you are outside Canada and need assistance locating family. Click here to contact the ICRC.

To search for family registered on the ICRC Family News Network. Click here.

If you are in Canada and looking for a family member impacted by a major disaster in Canada. Click here to learn more.

Links for conducting other types of searches for family members when the Red Cross or Red Crescent is unable to help.

Missing persons

In Canada

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army operates a free (donation suggested) family search service.

Aboriginal people in Canada

Aboriginal Canada Portal
A Government of Canada web site with links to the major aboriginal organizations in Canada. The site is a good source for native information in Canada.

National Association of Friendship Centres
Dedicated to aiding aboriginal people living in urban centres, they may provide a grass roots level of tracing an individual.

Persons in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Poland and Ukraine

The Salvation Army should be contacted in the country of the missing person. They have a presence in many nations.

International Soundex Reunion Registry
An international reunion registry.

The United States

Missing in the USA
This site is a free message board. Messages may be posted according to a specific state or the whole United States.

White Pages Directory
An on-line version of the white pages with multiple search options.

Vital Records Information United States
This site contains information about where to obtain birth, death, marriage certificates and divorce decrees in the United States.

U.S. Postal Service Site
Useful for checking addresses for accuracy.

The Dogpile
This site has a reverse look-up tool using phone numbers, addresses and even email.

The Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration will provide a letter forwarding service for strong humanitarian purposes when all other possibilities have been exhausted. The Social Security Administration does not provide translation services, so the letter to The Social Security Administration must be written in English, but the enclosed letter to the sought person may be written in another language.

The request must be submitted in writing providing as much information as possible:
Sought Person’s name and Social Security number (if known)
Date and place of birth
Names of Parents
Name and address of last known employer with dates of employment (if known)
Relationship with the Sought Person
Reason for wanting to contact the person (** they will only accept requests for humanitarian reasons**)
Date of last contact

Send a letter in English with the required information along with a letter to be forwarded on your behalf t

Social Security Administration
PO Box 33003
Baltimore, Maryland 212290-3003

Missing in the UK

National Missing Persons Help Line
A charity organization that concentrates on finding the most vulnerable (young, old, sick). It works with other organizations, both national and international, as well as the police and social services.

This web site is a portal to several UK-based search organizations. It is a joint effort of nine different organizations, including the British Red Cross. The links include organizations on this list and cover almost all the same search parameters.

Missing in Australia

National Missing Persons Unit
A government funded organization dedicated to issues involving missing persons.

Missing in Poland

Canadian Polish Congress
A good place to start a search in Poland. The links page is extensive.

Missing in Ukraine

Ukrainian Genealogy Group National Capital Region
An Ottawa based web site about Ukrainian family history. It would be a good start for genealogical research.


National Library of Canada and National Archives of Canada
A good place to start for a genealogical search. The web site also provides links for searching within Canada.

A search engine for family relations in the United States. There are many links to information sources as well.

This site contains information about starting your genealogical search. Several links to different information sources.

The Holocaust Memorial Museum
The museum conducts searches of records related to the Holocaust, including for genealogy purposes.

Vital Statistics Offices


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories
Registrar General, Vital Statistics,
Department of Health and Social Services Government of NWT
Bag 9, Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
1-867-777-7420 or Tollfree: 1-800-661-0830
Fax: 867-777-3197

Nova Scotia

Registrar General, Vital Statistics,
Nunavut Health and Social Services Government of Nunavut
Bag 3, Rankin Inlet, NU X0C 0G0
Toll free: 1-800-661-0833
Fax: 867-645-8092


Prince Edward Island



Yukon Territories
Vital Statistics Government of the Yukon
4th Floor, 204 Lambert St., P.O. Box 2703, Whitehorse, YK Y1A 2C6
867-667-5207 or Toll free: 1-800-661-0408
Fax: 867-393-6486
If you have any questions please contact your local Red Cross office.
Links and Source of Info Posted on this site:
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyeswideopen on November 13, 2011, 12:16:16 PM
sorry Concerned I appreciate you message and link but have to say something?  When my brother was Missing and turned out murdered in 1989 the only organization that refused to help was the Salvation Army.  We were trying to track if he had stayed at their shelter in Thunder Bay which it turned out he had but they would give no info or help in any way.  Just had to give that input incase some one thinks they may help in that event. 
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 13, 2011, 12:32:25 PM
eyeswideopen, I'm so sorry to hear that. I guess I was hoping they could find some. It appears to me that they are more successful in finding those that have traceable id, but most of us have tried that with our local LE office in charge. I did read a story on their site that said they found a man who had run from Afghanistan and left his family. His wife with six kids left the country and tried to find him.

I was hoping that maybe they would have a network at the homeless shelters and food kitchens to tap into. Wishful thinking?

By the way, did you ever find your brother?
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyeswideopen on November 13, 2011, 12:36:01 PM
They actually had to be served a warrent before they would help.  We eventually found his body scattered over a two and a half mile area.  Thanks Concerned.  It was their shelter we were trying to find out if he had perhaps stayed in.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 13, 2011, 12:43:18 PM
That is so sad ewo. If you had known if he was at the shelter at the time you were looking and inquired to them, do you think you could have saved him?
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyeswideopen on November 13, 2011, 12:54:26 PM
No we couldnt have saved him, he was already dead since the first day he was missing.  But it left me with a very bad taste in my mouth for that organization.  I had supported it for many many years in donations , christmas funds etc which I never did again after that.  Sorry to rain on your parade your post is very informative and helpful,  I just didnt want people to think that organization would help them when actually they will not, not even as to if the missing person has eaten in their soup kitchen.  The only help is if one of the staff or volinteets ends up having a heart they may tell you something off the record but than anonimimity of of any one is well hidden.  Although it wouldnt have saved him, it would have given perhaps and indication as to his mind set or how far he fell he was an alchoholic who hadnt drank in more that five years.  Or told perhaps if he had been seen since the last known sighting of him.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 13, 2011, 01:01:42 PM
Unbelievable. Well, then, we will continue to find hope.... elsewhere and beyond. It (and they) exist, we just need to find them!!! I'm sure the board will appreciate your input on that.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyeswideopen on November 13, 2011, 01:11:59 PM
However that is not to say that no one will ever find help in a search from that organization.  I know that one man at the soup kitchen told me he could get me in the kitchen as a volinteer and put me on the front line serving the soup so I would see each person that came in.  I did this for three or four day but it didnt help find him although I continued to help there when I could when I was there.  That was in the Thunder Bay area and I actually lived in Mississauga so spent three weeks the first time up there searching and made two more trips before the first part of him was found.  So never give up on help any were if you dont try you wont get any where.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 28, 2011, 05:29:39 PM
He was looking for Pearl Da Massa, his daughter. But, little did he know she was told to tell everyone her name was Belle Flaherty. Pearl's dad, Henry Da Massa, was not alone in his search as he was accompanied by an international police hunt. Although she wasn't found for three years, she could have been seen in Mexican hostels, Texas bus stations, and Toronto group shelters with her mother. She was also featured on missing posters, in newspaper reports and throughout Interpol alerts since her fourth birthday. She is British by the way.

They didn't find her through good police work, as much as through shear luck. Montreal police were investigating an unrelated complaint.

Henry last saw his daughter in December 2008 when he dropped her off at a children's center. He had joint custody of his daughter with Helen Gavaghan who he never married. Helen was to pick the girl up from the center. Word soon came that Helen did pick her up and took her to a one-month vacation to India. That was the last he had seen his daughter. Helen didn't take her to India, she took her to Mexico, then the United States. She left a paper trail of hotel records even though she went to great lengths to disguise. In January 2009 she crossed into Canada and changed her name to Dana Flaherty and checked into a Toronto shelter for the homeless. When authorities were concerned that Pearl was denied education and medical care, the mother fled to a communal housing situation.

Missing Children Society of Canada offered a $10,000 reward for Pearl's return. The Toronto Fugitive Squad expanded a media campaign across public transit and buses, in newspapers, TV broadcasts and bulletin boards.

Her father campaigned on the internet on MissingPearl.org. Where it once contained the child's photos and the latest in the police updates,  on a beautiful day in September 2011 the website was finally changed. All that appeared was a photo of Henry and Pearl sitting on a step together. Confirmation that Pearl was finally found and reunited with her father. "We've had to go back to where we were three years ago and get used to each other again," Henry said. The mother, on the other hand, was in police custody, faced extradition to Britain for kidnapping charges. "I never advocate that a child should lose access to either parent, but if one parent is going to strive to take the child from the other parent, then steps have got to be taken to stop that," Henry commented. He said she will have to deal with the legal ramifications in Britain, then start dealing with being a mother again.

Pearl will be getting an education, health care, and finally a place to call home.

There is hope.

Source:  http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/09/26/after-hunting-for-three-years-u-k-father-finds-his-missing-daughter-in-montreal/

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 28, 2011, 05:55:22 PM
Imagine being in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, trying to secure three children to higher ground, but losing the grip of your 8-year-old daughter and watching her wash away. The tsunami claimed an estimated 230,210 to 310,000 lives that day. The parents spent months of frantic searching with no signs of hope. Years, in fact 7 years pass, when they were told a child arrived by bus and was sitting in a nearby coffee shop in Meulaboh city. She was trying to find her way back home. She only remembered her name and that of her grandfather, Ibrahim.

In the days after the tsunami she was taken in by a woman that soon forced her to beg on the streets. Little else is known though about what happened next. She only appeared in a coffee shop after having traveled through many towns, different regions, and places searching for someone that may be searching for her. She was 15 years old, and a bit discouraged, once again.

The little girl's grandfather was alerted to the girl's story by the coffee shop owner, his friend, who was aware that the family had been without child and hope. The grandfather went to visit the girl and saw vague similarities but was not sure. The parents were called. The mother, Yusniar, knew instantly it was her daughter. The girl had her father's face, after all. And, there was an undeniable scar over her eye and a mole on her hip.

The girl, Wati, also knew when she first saw her mother...she knew.

The family is whole, again.

Unbelievable miracles do happen.

Source: http://www.examiner.com/tampa-top-news-in-tampa-bay/girl-presumed-dead-2004-tsunami-found-alive-coffee-shop-video and http://www.inquisitr.com/171637/girl-tsunami-found-indonesia-2004/

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: amIam on December 29, 2011, 04:10:52 PM
When my brother was Missing and turned out murdered in 1989 the only organization that refused to help was the Salvation Army.  We were trying to track if he had stayed at their shelter in Thunder Bay which it turned out he had but they would give no info or help in any way.  Just had to give that input incase some one thinks they may help in that event.

Eyes, I had no idea of your loss and I am so, so sorry.  And I am extremely disappointed with the reaction you received from the Thunder Bay  Sally Ann.  Not meaning to lessen your experience at all but is there more than one Salvation Army hostel in Thunder Bay?

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyeswideopen on December 29, 2011, 04:50:45 PM
am I know that believe me.  And they would not help at either of them.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: amIam on December 29, 2011, 05:23:04 PM
So sad for you eyes.    I would have thought the Salvation Army would have bent over backward to have helped. 
But then again, I am thinking the old school Sally Ann and combined with the Cdn Red Cross have been so helpful to those in need. Times have oh so changed.
As with any church, the Salvation Army receives funding from various organizations in order to support their programs such as hostels. And it's tax free.  There is no accounting.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 08, 2012, 08:35:44 AM
Jaswinder (Jassi) Kaur Sidhu, 25, was a resident of Maple Ridge, B.C. (born in Canada on August 4, 1975) when she was murdered in Punjab, India, on June 8, 2000. Her body was found in an irrigation ditch in India, her throat slit. Her husband, Sukwinder (Mithu) Singh Sidhu, was seriously injured. They had secretly married against her family's wishes.  In 1995 she met her strikingly handsome husband while visiting family in Punjab with her mother and uncle. She was from a wealthy family known as millionaire blueberry farmers. He was considered a humble rickshaw driver and they fell in love. Some call it an "honor" killing. Most don't believe there was anything "honorable" about it.

Facts show it was a contract killing and 11 men were originally arrested in connection with her death. Seven later convicted had been linked to Sidhu's family in Maple RIdge through a series of cellphone calls in the days and minutes before the killing.  They kidnapped and tortured her telling her that her husband had been killed and that she would have to return to Canada. (Seriously, what family orders such treatment to a loved one?) Eventually the "order to kill came from Canada" as well and her throat was slit.

Her husband, a day earlier had been beaten and left for dead. He survived though. Her husband feared for his life. In fact, they hired a woman to proclaim that he assaulted her so he would be jailed for four years.

What is the chance that Canadian RCMP can find justice for the couple over a decade later? Look at the odds: It was an international crime. It happened overseas. It is considered a "cultural/religious" rite to some, in a country that condones arranged marriages and tradition. It was ordered and organized by an extremely wealthy family--her family for her murder. It required cooperation and coordination and dedication with and from the government of India. Involved family. Lots of family.

In 2005, the RCMP said there was an ongoing investigation, but they had no jurisdiction over crimes committed in India. They found a loophole though. They may have jurisdiction if the crime was planned in Canada and committed elsewhere. Seven men were convicted for murdering Jassi and attempted murder of Sidhu on October 21, 2005, but Jassi's mother and uncle, from a well-to-do family "got away with murder." They claimed "we did not kill her." At India's request the Ridge-Meadows RCMP investigated the case under a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) filed with Ottawa

....Until January 6, 2012 in Maple Ridge, B.C. when Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 63, and Surjit Singh Badesha, 67, were arrested in connection with the murder. RCMP proudly announce that after "an exhaustive eleven-year international investigation." The mother and uncle are being held. Extradition hearing is required. It could take years.

The odds were against LE. It requires patience. Dedication. Sometimes, against all odds (including political, cultural, geographic, jurisdiction, and religious values...). Sometimes it happens.

They worked with India to uncover evidence that indicated Jassi Sidhu's family were involved in the homicide. Members of the RCMP's Serious Crime Unit were actively involved due to the international scope and instrumental in obtaining extradition of the Canadian citizens.

What's the chances for justice?  They just got better.

There is hope.


Unbelievable Kudos RCMP! Nice job!

The Global News nicely outlines the series of events:

1995: Jassi Kaur, a beautician from a well-to-do family, visits the Punjab region of India with her mother, maternal aunt and uncle. She meets Sukhwinder (Mithu) Singh Sidhu, a poor rickshaw driver. They fall in love. A friend agrees to act as a go between to help the pair communicate after she returns to Canada.

1995-99: The long-distance love affair continues as Jassi Kaur keeps in contact with Mithu Singh Sidhu through the mail. The letters are delivered by a friend. They manage the occasional phone call.

January – February 1999: Jassi's family goes to India to arrange her marriage. She refuses to marry any of the prospective husbands.

Mar. 15, 1999: Jassi and Sidhu marry secretly and spend their first night together in a hotel.

Apr. 19, 1999: Jassi registers the marriage in India.

June 1999: Jassi's family learns their daughter has married Sidhu against their wishes. Her relatives demand that she divorce him.

February 9, 2000: Jassi begins the process of sponsoring her husband as an immigrant to Canada.

Feb. 10, 2000: Jassi's uncle, Surjit, has an affidavit drawn up that accuses Sidhu of forcing Jassi into their marriage. Jassi's is confined to her Uncle's home in Maple Ridge, B.C.

February 23, 2000: Based on the affidavit, Indian police investigate Sidhu and two of his friends for kidnapping Jassi.

Mar. 8, 2000: Jassi contacts Indian police insisting that she was never kidnapped.

Apr. 3, 2000: Jassi complains to the RCMP in Maple Ridge, B.C. that she has been threatened and struck by her uncle.

Apr. 6, 2000: The RCMP escort Jassi out of the family home after she calls and asks for help.

Apr. 13, 2000: Jassi leaves for India.

June 7, 2000: Jassi's mother contacts Jassi and Sidhu at his grandparents' home, where they have been hiding. After deciding the call was an effort to reconcile, Jassi tells her mother where the couple will be over the next few days.

June 8, 2000: Jassi and Sidhu are attacked by a gang. He is badly beaten and left for dead. He's taken to a hospital where he tells police that his wife was kidnapped.

June 9, 2000: Jassi's body is found in an irrigation ditch. Her throat had been slit.

July 9, 2000: Indian police arrest 11 men in connection with Jassi's death. They say it was a contract killing.

July 11, 2000: Indian police issue arrest warrants for Jassi's mother and uncle.

January 2001: Sidhu says he fears for his life after gunmen shoot at his home and he is almost run over while walking down the street.

2004: Sidhu is accused and convicted of sexually assaulting a woman. He spends four years in jail. He is released when the woman recants the allegation and says she was paid by one of Jassi's uncles to lie.

June 2005: The RCMP say there is an ongoing investigation in the case. Initially, they said they had no jurisdiction over crimes committed in India. Police later said that if a crime was planned in Canada and committed elsewhere, they would investigate.

Oct. 21, 2005: Seven men are convicted for murdering Jassi and trying to kill Sidhu. Indian authorities say Jassi's uncle and mother got away with murder. They had alleged that the pair hired the hit men and orchestrated the killing.

Jan. 6, 2012: Police in Maple Ridge, B.C., arrest Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 63, and Surjit Singh Badesha, 67, in connection with the murder of Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu in India 11 years earlier. They are being held pending an extradition hearing. It could take years before they face trial in India.

On Friday, police said that the Supreme Court of BC issued arrest warrants under the Extradition Act against Jassi Sidhu's mother Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 63, and Jassi Sidhu’s uncle Surjit Singh Badesha, 67, of Maple Ridge, BC. They were arrested on January 6 and are currently being held in custody pending an extradition hearing." The RCMP says that seven other individuals have already been convicted in India for charges including murder, attempt murder and conspiracy to commit murder relating to the death of Jassi Sidhu and attempted murder of her husband, Mithu Sidhu.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: meechie on January 08, 2012, 09:43:42 AM
I didn't want to post this here because it is a thread for hope, but.......

if you think that the RCMP did a good job on this case, and those people who were convicted in India are free and out of jail even though they got life in prison.. watch the 5th estates show from last night link below you will change your mind about this.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 20, 2012, 08:49:11 PM
Elizabeth Smart is getting married. Yes, Elizabeth Smart!

If that isn't hope at its finest proven state, what would be?

I almost don't want to repeat what she's been through. Because she has worked so very hard to be past it and why should we bring it up again? To give the perp victory? A sense that his works could still be relevant? That he could continue to make others sick by his actions? No, he doesn't deserve another breathe. So forgive me if I only offer up (for those that may need a reference) Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her parent's home while everyone slept inside. She was abducted, kidnapped, held against her will and much much worse. Again, he doesn't deserve one more wasted breath on him.

What I would like to say here, though, is how very wonderful that her family was able to have her back, alive after nine months. Not everyone has had that opportunity, and many still wait believing in hope. I can't even imagine what that phone call would be like. They didn't write the book on that one. I think a whole country was crying along with them, when we all heard the news she was alive and she was relatively healthy and she was headed home.

Today, she is engaged. She is going to keep her family, her fiance and any future children private. I can't blame her for wanting that. She has after all this time, gracefully presented herself to the nation so eager to hug her, so eager to love her, so eager to want to know what happened even if it was too painful for her to speak. She did. And, she continues to be an advocate for children--something her smile and existence does naturally, and effortlessly.

Elizabeth Smart is getting married!!!! I know, I've said that a number of times today. And, I'm sorry if I have repeated it. It is just so nice to be able to say those words. What are the odds that we would ever be able to celebrate such an event?  She's a gift of hope, strength, and grace all bundled in one.

She's getting married!!!! (Sorry... I can't help it.) Cartwheels anyone?

Source:  http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/20/10201087-former-utah-kidnapping-victim-elizabeth-smart-gets-engaged

UPDATE:  Elizebth Smart tied the knot in Hawaii over the February 18-19 2012 weekend. She got engaged to Matthew Gilmour, a native of Scotland who she met while performing missionary work in France, last month and planned to get married in the summer, but moved up the wedding to avoid media attention.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 21, 2012, 02:11:02 PM
It was 20 hours after little 9 year-old Calista Cordova went missing that she stood her ground to her abductor with simple words "I'm not going anywhere I'm going to wait for my mom to get here....

She was expected to walk home from her bus and return home after school Thursday. She didn't. Her mom reported her missing. An Amber Alert was issued. No word of her wherabouts for a day. Her captor's car broke down Friday In Colorado Springs, with two flat tires. A passerby who thought it was an apparent accident, picked up  Jose Garcia, 29, and Calista and drove them to a gas station.

Upon arriving at the gas station, Calista was the first out of the car and bolted into the gas station. She asked the station attendant to call her uncle, then she proceeded to call 911 herself. Her captor ran into the gas station to get her. That's when she said, "I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to wait for my mom to get here..." And she didn't budge.

Former profiler and current NBC Analyst Clint VanDant (sp?) was interviewed about the case on TV. He says sometimes a person abducted only has one chance to survive, and this apparently was hers. He said often a person gets the deer-in-the-headlights look and can't move, but not Calista. He said although she was victimized, she was determined not to be a victim.  He says only 1 in 5 make it and we lose one child every three days to kidnap, assault or murder. Calista was a lucky one. Maybe no luck at all... maybe it was just her very quick instincts, and her strong will. Or, maybe it was some instruction someone gave her along the way.

Whatever it was, it worked. VanDant says never go with an abductor. Always fight. Always run. Always get attention. Not just yell, but yell the situation. For instance, scream "He's not my father. I don't know this man. He is taking me against my will...." If you are in the store, start knocking things off the shelf, make a scene...  If a car approaches you going in one direction, run in the exact opposite direction.....

Calista's perp wanted her to go with him. But she held her ground. And, the perp looked at the store clerk, then ran.

Calista has two black eyes, a hug bruise on her face, and a cut on her lip. Her parents, have her home, once again.

"We have a very, very brave, courageous young lady who did things to save her life, and I'm very, very proud of her," says Interim Colorado Springs police chief Pete Carey.

The perp, well, he is arrested. Police indicate he is being considered for another similar crime in the area that happened to another girl Calista went to school with. They will be checking their files and his background for more unsolved crimes. 

I'm glad you are home Calista. You have probably not only saved yourself, but many many more young girls.




Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on January 21, 2012, 05:51:07 PM
Thank you Concerned for the wonderful articles.  Yes, there is hope, and miracles do happen.
Elizabeth Smart survived and is no longer a victim. That is the most precious thing of all.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: rebelgirl on January 21, 2012, 06:01:41 PM
It was 20 hours after little 9 year-old Calista Cordova went missing that she stood her ground to her abductor with simple words "I'm not going anywhere I'm going to wait for my mom to get here....

Wow...so proud of this little girl...I hope someone lets her know she may have saved other children.  She needs to know she was a hero this day.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 29, 2012, 08:30:07 AM
They call him the "Lego Man" and they had the audacity to believe they could launch him into "space." They did. They (Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, Toronto teens) weren't looking for fame, just wanted to invent something and test their theories.  You see, many, many people were spending billions upon billions internationally to find a way to launch suborbital trips 62 miles/100 kilometers in altitude and found it "devilishly hard"--this included the likes of Virgin Galactic, XCOR Aerospace, Blue Origin, and Armadillo Aerospace.

All they had was THE man made out of Legos and a thought or two. They were inspired by MIT students who kicked off the $150 balloon mission craze in 2009. In essence they wondered why it was so hard. They thought outside the box. They believed they could send "Lego Man" into "space" at a mere $500. I mean, what's the deal?

So they did. They devoted a couple Saturdays to put together their balloon-borne package which included four cameras, a cell phone GPS with app, a home-sewn parachute and a little handsome Lego guy holding a Canadian flag.  (Can you see the space engineers scratching their heads yet?) When they determined the right wind conditions, and calculated balloon trajectories, they headed to the local soccer field (who needs fancy launch stations anyways). They sent their "rig" up on a weather balloon that cost them $85.

The balloon rose 80,000 feet in 65 minutes with a scheduled disintegration. Lego man, with cameras recording his proud journey, can be seen above the clouds, amongst sunsets, with heaven like views and more as he descended back to Earth within a half-hour. He had a parachute, and plastic-foam box protection (wonder what that cost) and landed 75 miles away from launch point. Of course, the  boys had the cell phone GPS to find the now infamous "Lego Man" and bring him home. And, did I mention, they recorded two videos (now the talk on YouTube) and 1,500 photos. 

(Well don't tell them it wasn't necessarily "space" because they know that...but they made their point--it could be. I mean, if two teens with $500 could get a quarter of the way, isn't it possible big guys--huh????)  It should be able to be done without all the billions that everyone is so concentrated on these days. Their balloon ascended to 80,000 feet, a quarter of the way to outer space boundary, after all.

This is all great, but it could give folks the impression that sending things into space is so easy a kid can do it — so why are we spending millions or billions of dollars to put things into orbit?

If you recall SpaceX made three million dollar launches before its first success. It does make you wonder, doesn't it. Granted, launching payloads in orbit may be a bit different than Lego Man journeys, but hmmmm.....

Ho says "We never knew it would be this good." They never knew Lego would send it's congratulations. Media would want interviews. Donations would be made including top-of-the-line cameras to inspire further Lego Man adventures. Or, that a Toronto couple would offer to reimburse their past expenses.

And, perhaps equally important, the lesson of "Lego Man" may also be far-reaching. If we imagine. Sometimes simply, but sometimes with our own new thinking, experience, imagination, and persistence, maybe just maybe the impossible is possible. Even if the experts are already on the case.

Good job Ho and Muhammad. We can't wait to see what else "Lego Man" with Canadian flag, of course, can accomplish. Thanks for taking us on your journey!

What do you say, can Lego Man go all the way for $1,000?

Source: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/27/10253843-teens-send-toy-above-the-clouds
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on March 03, 2012, 08:31:08 AM
Twin laws. The term is rare to many. Important to a few that matter. It is all about two children born at the same time to the same parents but raised in separate situations. For some it is simply a decision to have them placed in different classrooms while learning. But, for some its more complicated. It's about whether two twins are separated at birth and whether they should ever be able to see each other again. If so, how is that going to work?

Twins aren't always adopted together. Agencies often make the decision on whether the parents adopting should even know the child has a twin. Even if the parents know there is a twin, do they do anything about it? Do they let the child grow up with some sort of relationship with the other?

Meet Lily MacLeod and her identical twin sister Gillian Shaw. Both adopted from China. Separate adoptive parents, both from Ontario. MacLeod's are from Keswick, north of Toronto, while the Shaws are from Amherstburg, just outside of Windsor. As fate had it, both sets of parents adopted through the same agency, and went to China at the same time to pick up their children. At first there was fear as both carried the picture of their soon to be child and feared one baby had been assigned to both parents. But there were two--exact mirror resemblance of each other. The resemblance was obvious. But the agency in China insisted the children were not related, even though they had the same birthday. They placed the girls on blankets next to each other and one turned to the left while the other turned to the right instinctively to touch and play with each other.

Maybe workers at the orphanage really didn’t know. Maybe they didn’t care. Or maybe, as the girls’ parents like to think, they couldn’t afford a DNA test and did what they thought was the next best thing: place the twins with families near each other. “They could have easily sent one of the girls to Australia and one to Canada and nobody would have been the wiser,” says Kirk. “To put the girls together in the same group of people, I think the orphanage was saying to us, ‘please find out.’”

It was if they had done that before. It was that day that the MacLeod's and the Shaw's made a pact to be "Twin Laws." Later the families privately confirmed the relationship through DNA/genetics testing.

The term "Twin Laws" is similar to "In Laws" in ways. It carries different meanings to others. They invent the rules as they go along.

Before leaving China, the Shaws and MacLeods made a pact — without having any idea what the commitment would entail — to raise the girls as sisters. The strangers were family now.

They agreed that the identical twins would be raised apart, yet as sisters. Quite unheard of, actually. This is rare. Or, at least rare to know about it. The families are now related, but different. One Catholic the other Presbyterian, but bonded by family. A responsibility to make some effort to sustain a relationship between the girls and get along, even if miles apart. For twins there is a twist. Same age, same life stages, and some competition. Both crawled with their bums in the air. Seven months later both learned to walk the same day. They monitor the length of their hair, their choice in clothes. Different sets of friends, one has other siblings the other doesn't. One can wear make-up, while the other is discouraged. But, make no bones about it the MacLeods and the Shaws now consider their daughters to have a set of parents, a set of aunt/uncle, eight grandparents and are a "blended family" they wouldn't have otherwise. They admit it is not always easy. They know it is not about them, it is all about the girls.

Twin-laws . This is what some couples have dubbed the parents of their child’s lost and found sibling, the people with whom they must — for better or for worse — forge a relationship.

Some twin or sibling families meet once, and their families are too different and never meet again. It doesn't work for all.

“This is a long-term commitment,” the site cautions. “You do not get to choose the family that has adopted your child’s sibling. It may or may not be a (compatible) match between the households.”

And from the moment they came out of the elevator in China, the MacLeods and Shaws were family, bound by a promise to bring the girls together as often as possible. “It was like getting married all over again,” says Allyson. “All of a sudden you’re like, well, we’re hitched.”

It's a cute story. Of two sisters separated at birth, an agency that looked away, and two sets of parents that "got married" the day they found their daughters. And, how two adopted sisters had the chance to grow up knowing each other, against all odds. It's admirable. You wonder, will they go to the same college some day?

"Twin Laws" they are defining them, together.

Hope and praise.

Source:  http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1140038--identical-twins-adopted-from-china-by-two-different-ontario-families-grow-up-400-km-apart
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Trouble445 on March 03, 2012, 10:11:42 AM
Wow concerned!.. ..thank you very much for posting this..
They know it is not about them, it is all about the girls.
I have nothing but admiration for the MacLeod and Shaw families who put the twin girls first.....awesome story!
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on March 10, 2012, 08:21:26 AM
Bruce Gherbetti from Vancouver has three children (now 8, 6 and 4) who were internationally abducted in September 2009 by their mother and taken to a place that became Japan's radioactive infested Fukushima Prefecture. A place that has an archaic family law policy. It took Gherbetti 23 months to find his children.  In that time his children lived 30 miles away from Fukushima Dai-ichi, maligned with the nuclear power plant which is now known to be have far reaching nuclear effects for decades to come. This is the power plant damaged by the Tsunami and earth quake responsible for thousands of deaths. Gherbetti's children lived through it, and continue to live dangerously close to its ruins.

"I was absolutely devastated." explains Gherbetti. "I arrived home and the house was utterly empty and devoid of all traces of my family and children. I felt at a loss and confused, but at the same time there was a realization that my children were gone — overseas, back to Japan."

Gherbetti not only worried about ever seeing his children, he soon worried whether they lived the devastation. If so, will their health be ok?  During his quest to find his children, Gherbetti said,  "My children, Rion, Lauren and Julia are delightful, precious and very dear to me. I was a loving father who was involved in every aspect of their upbringing until they were so unjustly internationally abducted to Japan. They need to know that I am alive, that I love them, and that I want to be with them. I don't know what they have been told. I don't know what they believe or what they know at this point. I just want to arrive and give them the opportunity to see that I am here and to be a part of their life."

He went to Japan, accompanied by a group of supporters. In the 23 months since he last saw his children he only had one conversation with his wife in which he recalls she said she wanted to "erase Canada from the children's memories." He says, "I feel what she has done is essentially denied them knowing half of who they are. It is not fair — it is simply not fair."

In Japan, he traveled traveled down every possible road. And, one day, he found them in the care of their grandmother while their mother was away. Searching for his children, walking down a road, he saw his daughter standing in a backyard. He called out to her and passed abunch of flowers to her across the fence. In tears while recalling the short reunion Gherbetti describes, "(She) saw me and it registered in about four seconds, and she said 'Dada.' I opened my arms and she came running into my arms. I was afraid that wouldn't happen, but also I was quietly confident in my heart that it would...Seeing me brought forward a flood of emotions that she probably couldn't deal with at her 6-year-old age," he says. "She was only 4 when she was abducted, so there is some confusion." Gherbetti's eldest daughter delivered then delivered a note from the 6-year-old just before the visit ended. "I think (she) was able to express her feelings the best way she knew how, and whether or not she or (her older sister) wrote the note, the expression is clear: 'Dady Love' — I love my daddy." He had 30 blissful minutes with this children, at that moment.

They say his hopes may be short-lived though. According to reports, Japan has never returned one American or Canadian child-citizen back to the child's country of origin and is considered the only G-7 member nation that has not signed the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of international Child Abduction, established to protect the rights of internationally abducted children. They are said to be non-cooperative to foreigners.

So what is Gherbetti to do? He moved to Japan. He intends to stay placing his health (not to  mention knowing his children's health) at risk of nuclear exposure while he abides by the laws of Japan so that his children will know him, his love for them, and will grow up with a father in their lives.

Eric Kalmus, Co-founder of the Japan Children's Rights Network stated, "Mr. Gherbetti's children are at the mercy of a court system that does not involve trained psychologists, nor consider the possibity of child abuse by a Japanese parent when rendering decisions. It is apparent that the love he shares with those girls has not, and will not be shattered by Japans lack of proper children's rights protection. Japan must make swift change to their antiquated family law system so that loving families like the Gherbetti's are not ripped apart by the abuse of parental abduction."

So while many, including Gherbetti, work to 1) change domestic law in Japan to incorporate joint custody system post separation and divorce, 2) have Japan sign the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction to comply with the spirit and intent of the convention, 3) resolve all outstanding cases of international child abduction (making their accession retroactive), and 4) enforce the domestic law....

...Gherbetti has an even stronger priority. Having lost his own father to cancer when he was 17, he is painfully aware of how important it is for children to have both parents in their lives.  "I know what it is to struggle without a father — to make your way in this life without the competence and guidance of a father. It made me realize that if I am ever in the position where I have children, I just want to emulate what he was able to give me. He was a very good man — a good father." Likewise, he believes his wife is a good mother that loves their children.

Gherbetti wants to be "a very good man -- a good father." Any doubts?

For now, Gherbetti holds onto the hand written note 'Dady Love' and the hope that he will see the chlldren again and will have the opportunity to be in their lives. He is mindful of a US citizen Christopher Savoie awarded legal custody of his children, who was arrested and imprisoned in 2009 when he attempted to retrieve his two children in Japan. For the sake of the children, hopefully Gherbetti's story will be different.

A true love story.

Source:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/11/prweb8949866.htm

To see a video of the reunion: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111108zg.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on March 15, 2012, 07:53:10 PM
In 2004, Miguel Morin disappeared. He was 8-months-old then. Today he is 8-years-old, and returning home. His mother is awaiting DNA confirmation that this is her son. She can't wait. Neither can his five other siblings.

Since 2004, when it was believed that the baby's babysitter Krystie Rochelle Tanner (also once the mother's friend, and even the baby's godmother) took him. Investigators lost track of her. Relatives said she just vanished. The case went cold. Infact, it was even closed. In February 2005 Houston prosecutors had enough evidence against Tanner, but no charges were filed because "authorities could not verify the exact date the boy was reported missing." (Seriously?) Today, the chief deputy  of the sheriff's department does not know why the case was closed. The police kept changing personnel responsible for the case.

Little is known about Miquel's experience these past 8 years. There was a complaint that Tanner and her boyfriend were neglecting their two children. They couldn't find the older one. He did have a leg injury last summer. The fact that the "mother" couldn't produce a social security number caused hospital staff to contact child welfare. Tanner used creative excuses, all different. Couldn't quite justify not sending him to school either. So in January the LE began investigating with the missing child's case listings, but that quickly went south because his name had been removed from the national missing children database.  They didn't have his real name anyways, although one of the names Tanner gave him was "Dirty." Caseworkers got tricky and discovered Tanner's older child was reported missing in Houston years earlier.

Today, Miquel sits in foster care, doesn't know his name, lacks education and doesn't know his age. His mother, Auboni Champion-Morin, doesn't know when she will be able to see him. Authorities said she must undergo a DNA test "even though they're sure of his identity." (Seriously?) She makes one thing clear, "I want to hold him in  my arms and let him know who I am," she said. "It's hard for me to hear that he's had no type of education, that he didn't know his age. I want to tell him that I love him." And, hopefully soon... he will know that first hand.

Champion-Morin said, "I prayed every night that he was safe, loved and he would come home one day." These prayers have a good chance of working. Hope. Pray. Hope. Pray. Hope. (You know the routine!)

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/mom-reunited-son-vanished-04-15927298?page=2#.T2KZtZi4L8s and http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/national_world&id=8582183

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: rebelgirl on March 15, 2012, 08:13:24 PM

Since 2004, when it was believed that the baby's babysitter Krystie Rochelle Tanner (also once the mother's friend, and even the baby's godmother) took him. Investigators lost track of her. Relatives said she just vanished. The case went cold. Infact, it was even closed. In February 2005 Houston prosecutors had enough evidence against Tanner, but no charges were filed because "authorities could not verify the exact date the boy was reported missing." (Seriously?) Today, the chief deputy  of the sheriff's department does not know why the case was closed. The police kept changing personnel responsible for the case.

This exactly why I don't understand why they told Kayla LaBelle's mother they would file a report and still haven't. She pregnant! If she is a captive what will happen to her baby before the believe she's missing.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on March 17, 2012, 04:48:37 PM
Rescues, they come in many forms. This one, though, lets you know what it feels like to be set free against all odds. If you can't view from the link, then go to YouTube and search for "Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets" it is well worth it. A nice visual to keep in mind.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on March 17, 2012, 05:34:36 PM
Glad someone was rescued from death row? This little boy is. I think so is his father.

Dog Rescued From Death Row Dedicates Her Life to Disabled Boy

Belgian Malinois has the uncanny ability to detect neurological changes—bringing comfort to a boy suffering from a terminal disease.

By Jocelyn HeaneyFebruary 2, 20123 comments

Lucas Hembree and his best friend, Juno. (Photo: Hembree Family/Vetstreet.com)<<this picture is just precious!!!!

Juno, an abandoned Belgian Malinois, was three days away from being euthanized at an animal shelter in East Tennessee when Chester Hembree saw her picture on the shelter website. “I had the feeling in my gut that I had to go see this dog,” Hembree recalls. Unlike Juno’s original owners, Hembree, a former law enforcement officer, understood the Malinois breed, reports Global Animal.

“I used to help with the training of police K-9s, and our dogs were Belgian Malinoises,” he says. “I loved their desire to work and their ‘never quit’ attitude.”

Hembree needed Juno’s work ethic and dedication. He’d selected the dog as a companion for his son, Lucas, who suffers from Sanfilippo syndrome, an inherited metabolic and degenerative disease. As Sanfilippo progresses, children lose the ability to speak, walk and eat. The condition can also cause neurological damage leading to seizures.

“The most catastrophic thing parents hear when they learn their child has this disease is that there’s no cure or treatment available,” says Chester. The Hembrees had searched for a service dog to make Lucus’ life a bit brighter, but were told the dogs would cost about $15,000 and that because of his condition, Lucus wouldn’t have made a good match for a dog anyway.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 13, 2012, 08:49:59 AM
Have you heard of the "miracle" that is still developing as we move around and breathe, even today? She's still fighting to "be." Her name is Aimee Copeland, 24, who resides in Snellville, GA, USA.  Right now, though, she is in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center where they have a unit best equipped in the state to handle rare infections. Aimee developed necrotizing facilitis after an accident on Tuesday, May 1, from a homemade zip line that caused a gash on her calf. Laymen call her condition the "flesh-eating" infection.

The day of the accident, Tuesday, Aimee went to the Tanner Medical ER and was treated with 22 staples on her calf and released. On Wednesday, complaining of severe pain not controlled by Motrin or Tylenol, she went back to ER for Darvocett. On Thursday, she complained of additional pain and received a prescription for antiobiotics, although she had a clean MRI report. She was released. On Friday, she was so pale and weak her friends carried her into the Tanner Medical ER again where she was diagnosed with necrotizing facilities in her damaged leg that had quickly spread into her hip and thigh. With this type of infection, every day counts. Odds are difficult.

At this point, "The surgeons advised me that they wanted to try to save her leg, but at this point saving her life took precedence," her dad, Andy, wrote later in a blog. "They removed all of the infected tissue and advised that she would have limited, if any use of her leg. They also called for a life flight to the JMS Burn Center in Augusta, which has the most advanced infection care unit in the state. Upon arrival at JMS, Aimee was once again rushed into surgery and the doctors completed a high-hip amputation of her left leg. They were also forced to remove tissue from her abdomen. As if this wasn’t enough, Aimee arrested when they moved her from the operating table, but they were able to successfully resuscitate her. The doctors say that Aimee’s probability of surviving the night is bleak."

The journey according to Andy has been "Two steps forward, one step back." Aimee has shown tremendous progress with so many odds placed in front of her. One day shows progress, and then her condition worsened overnight. "Her temperature is up to 102 and the progress she made yesterday was lost overnight. Her breathing is labored and she is once again relying on the respirator for support. We are reminded of the tenuous nature of her condition. The doctor was careful to set expectations this morning: Aimee’s survival chances are “slim to none”. She continues to experience a major shutdown of all five major organs. The rate of survival when three organs shutdown is very poor. Bad news never feels good, but I refuse to let it get me down." So far, her organs are not affected. A wonderful sign.
It has only been two weeks, but every second with a flesh-eating infection, counts. Today, is mother's day and Aimee continues to fight. Her father in an odd way looks forward to what they phrased as "Aimee's Day." This is a day when she is no longer hooked up to a breathing tube and she will be able to communicate with them. When her oxygen levels are healthy; and when she is no longer requiring daily surgeries to remove dead cells, or further amputations. She has stabilized to some extent, as they believe she will further lose her fingers and toes, but not the foot or further extremities they believed they would have to. They find hope that at least her palm will be saved so she can better work prosthetics. They pray her major organs will be spared. Most of all, they just want Aimee, and they'll take it from there. This will be "Aimee's Day" a bittersweet time when they will have to tell their daughter what has actually happened and come to grips with the journey ahead. They realize this will come as a crushing blow to Aimee, but they also know it comes with the assurity that she has a future; different nonetheless.

How does one hope? Aimee's grandmother, Jean West, may have had the best perspective. On Friday night, after the family was told that Aimee might not survive through the night, Jean simply said, "Here we go again!" Aimee's aunts added "Yep, we've been here before."  Twenty-three years earlier on a rainy day Aimee's mother, Donna,  swerved out of control and into the path of another vehicle and sustained closed head injury.

"When I first saw Donna in the Spartanburg Regional Neuro Unit, I was stunned. She laid there, tubes protruding from her nostrils, mouth, neck and arms, respirator pumping and torso heaving in odd unison. Her head was bruised and horribly swollen. There’s no way that was my wife. Someone made a mistake. 'No mistake,' the nurse said."  Aimee's mother was non-responsive, lifeless and reliant on machines to do the work her body could not do. At that time, Andy recalls "I walked back to the Neuro waiting room, angry, totally dejected and pathetically self-focused. God, why did you do this to me?"

That's when the family learned something about hope. "We all experience periods of despair, but when you mourn you need to question what you are mourning," writes Andy. "Are you simply pitying yourself? Are you throwing in the towel and quitting? Are you tossed about like a wave on the sea? If you are then God will not answer you. Be selfless, love those around you and believe in only the best possible outcome. That’s what I believe. That is what Aimee needs."

It is that endless hope that has brought Aimee so far. In the past 12 days her survival has been called a "miracle." Her lactic acid rose way above survival rate, and she survived. Brain swelling can cause tissue damage and yet she has her faculties. Oxygen deprivation reduced blood flow yet she has hope of not losing all her extremities as earlier predicted. Her blood pressure medication was discontinued and her body is regulating blood flow on its own.

Even good ole Bob Marley stepped up the fight, "Get up, stand up! Don't give up the fight!" played on the iTouch manned by her sister Paige while tired Aimee occassionally opened her eyes to the music. "When she had her eyes closed, she appeared to be mouthing the music, which was a bit funny to see because she has a couple of tubes shoved down her throat and her tongue protruded to the music while her lips moved," Andy explained.  "At the same time she was raising and lowering her eyebrows. Bob Marley’s message rang true to her. Aimee is not a quitter."

"Negative thoughts are bound to creep into our mind when we hear words of discouragement. The whole purpose of evil is to destroy hope," Andy explains. "I will remain hopeful in all things and I will not give up on my daughter. Some see a hopeless end; I choose to see endless hope."

There you have it, Aimee is still fighting for her life. Her parents see endless hope. And, we look forward to reading about the family's strides post "Aimee's Day."

...maybe we don't just need "some hope today" but "endless hope." I have a strong feeling it's out there.


Pictures of Aimee

Story about Aimee

Andy’s Blog

Facebook Page

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 13, 2012, 11:18:31 AM
Went to the grocery store this morning. An announcement rang overhead. "Boy, 9, missing." Thought maybe a boy was at the front desk missing his mother. Saw people walking aisle to aisle looking. Then within two minutes another announcements, "Folks, we have a nine year old boy missing, blond hair..." And, before you knew it almost every mother in sight left her cart. Some went aisle to aisle. Others went to the doors and didn't let anyone out, or in. Guys looked around. Some ran out to the parking lot. Those with a child stood in place with their kids in their arms.

Then, another announcement. "Folks, we wish to thank you. The boy has been located." Women walked back to their carts. Some had tears.

Happy Mother's Day.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 24, 2012, 07:31:40 PM
Rogue Orlando Montenegro, known as "Toti" was 20 when he disappeared in Buenos Aires in February 1976. He left behind a daughter only a few days old. It was in the midst of Argentina's so-called Dirty War that began when Marxist sympathizers were targeted by the military regime. Some were executed. Some went missing. Rogue went missing.

In 2000, Victoria Montenegro, Rogue's daughter, at the age of 24 learned that she was "appropriated" and a military couple had raised her.  Appropriated means "children whose parents were killed or disappeared during the Dirty War." She turned to Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo (May Square Grandmothers), an organization devoted to helping those who were taken away from their politically persecuted parents at a young age. The military couple told her that her biological parents had died in Buenos Aires in a shootout.

In 2002, The Argentinian Forensic Anthropology Team (EEAF), an independent organization, exhumed eight unidentified bodies located in a cemetery in Colonia, Uroguay. They didn't know how the bodies got there. They worked tirelessly to find out.

In 2007, the EEAF began the process of matching the DNA of unidentified bodies with that relatives of the missing. Victoria was one of 8,500 whose DNA was taken over a four year period.

This year, 2012, EEAF matched Victoria and Rogue's DNA.  The odds were against the discovery, primarily because the remains were discovered in another country. And it has been nearly 26 years of unanswered questions. DNA kits were compared across borders.

Although they don't know exactly why Rogue's remains were found in another country, the EEAF surmises Rogue was killed during a "dirty-flights" where military flights threw political prisoners who were alive into the sea.  They believe his body washed ashore on the Uruguayan coast where he and seven others were provided a nameless tombstone in the cemetary in Colonia.

Victoria calls it a "miracle" that the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo organization took her blood. "Recovering my true identity was paramount," she said. "As painful as it may be, we need to find the truth about our history," she said. "By exhuming and identifying our loved ones after all these years, we give them back their identity."

Today, Victoria is still searching for her mother. She has no clues. Her "appropriators" (her words for her adoptive parents) are deceased. But, she has a son, age 20, who is as old as her father was when he disappeared.

They have hope.

(Bless those two organizations for caring so much, and finding answers for a few, over many years.) Heavenly hope.

Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/24/world/americas/argentina-body-identified/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 26, 2012, 06:07:15 AM
Can you imagine. Being adopted at birth and always wondering who your parent is and if you will ever know them your biological parents. Sometimes time is against you. Sometimes luck is on your side.

For a man in Michigan, luck was on his side. He had been searching for his mother for years. But he was spelling her name incorrectly. When he realized, his search became easier. In fact, he found her. Her address was within close distance from his work, Lowe's. He told a co-worker that he had finally tracked his mother down, but had her last named spelled wrong. The co-worker said, "You mean the same spelling of the clerk's last name up front?"

Low and behold his co-worker is his biological mother. They had been working together for months. They finally found each other.

Wonderful story.

Source:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by2pkCyH3J0&feature=related

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on June 16, 2012, 07:42:59 AM
Police: Bucks County Mailman Prevents Kidnapping
June 14, 2012 11:47 PM

By Diana Rocco

BRISTOL BOROUGH, Pa. (CBS) - Two families are forever grateful to their Bristol Borough mailman who has come to mean so much more.

“That day is absolutely every parent’s worst nightmare. To this day I still stare at the corner where it happened and can’t believe it,” said Fred Ehrgott, the postal carrier whose now infamous on his route after saving two girls from a man trying to kidnap them.

Fred has been delivering the mail in the Washington Street neighborhood for years. Back in March he was on a route he’s not usually on, a day he wasn’t supposed to be a work when he saw Luis Lopez running after 9-year-old Melanie Jo Capriotti and her friend Mia. The girls were walking to another friend’s house when police say Lopez attacked them.

“I saw the girls break free from him and he was running after them,” Erhgott said.

Police say Lopez grabbed the girls by the neck and said, ‘You’re coming with me.’

They were able to get free. That’s when Fred got out of his truck and yelled at Lopez who took off. But Fred recognized him from his route and was able to lead police to his home, not far from the where the incident happened on the 300 block of Washington Street.

“I stopped at the right time luckily that day I was there.”

“ I wish more people stepped up and did what he did that day. He did a great job,“ said Sgt. Joe Moors, one of the arresting officers.

Police arrested Lopez within the hour. This week, Fred was honored by the borough. He received a standing ovation from the mayor and council. The girls read letters thanking Fred. Still, he says, he’s no hero.

“It was the right place at the right time, and instinct,” said Erhgott.

“ He doesn’t considered himself a hero because that’s who he is, that’s what’s in his heart,” says Blair Capriotti, Melanie Jo’s father, who says Erhgott is now his friend for life, and thank you doesn’t describe what he’s done for his daughter.

After Lopez’s arrest, two more victims came forward and identified Lopez for stalking them. He’s now being held on $2 Million.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jobo on July 15, 2012, 06:36:31 PM
Wrong number may have saved N.S. woman's life
13/07/2012 4:09:11 AMCBC News

A woman from the Kentville, N.S., area who was in distress called a wrong number, which may have saved her life.
Eileen O'Hara, who's blind, thought she was having a stroke and dialed what she thought was her daughter's number.
By mistake, the 77-year-old called Stephen Dykens.
Dykens was driving home to drop off his dog when O'Hara's call suddenly changed his plans.
"I was going to ignore it, and she said, 'I'm scared, I can't find my daughter and I think I'm having a stroke,' and when she said the word stroke that made me think, 'Wow this person really needs some help,'" Dykens said.

After Dykens discovered where she lived, he realized he was just minutes away.
"I looked up at that moment and the Greenwich Road sign was right there so I said 'We're here, we got to help ya,'" he said.
Dykens and his passenger rushed to her door and did what they could while they waited for an ambulance after calling 911.

"I was afraid to walk, but I opened the door to let them in and they came in to rescue me," O'Hara said.
"I just sort of bent down on my knee and had my hand on her leg and just kind tried to talk calmly and assure her that help was on the way," Dykens said.

O'Hara, who has lung and brain cancer, was taken to hospital and treated for bleeding in her brain.

She says she's grateful for the kindness of strangers.
"I'd say thank you very much, I appreciate it," she said with tears in her eyes.
Ruth Gaul, O'Hara's daughter, says words are not enough.
"What do you do when that happens? You just say thank you over and over again, and I would like to meet him and thank him in person," Gaul said.

But Dykens says he doesn't consider himself a hero.
"It's not that big a deal, I can't see why anyone else wouldn't do it, I mean it's just kind of wild that she called the right car going by," he said.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 21, 2012, 10:14:47 AM
There are more than 1,400 long-term missing person cases.
Of the 1,400 missing person's cases, OPP handles 300 of them.
The OPP has estimated 200 unidentified body cases can range from homicides to natural deaths.
In May 2006, the Ontario Provincial Police Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies Unit launched its website.
Since May, 45 missing persons and 13 unidentified bodies cases have been resolved.
In 2014 they expect to launch a inaugural national database -- a multi-mimillion dollar analytical software program with informaiton about missing and unidentified human remains; sparked by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

By centralizing the information, police forces will be able to make comparisons and more easily identify patterns in cases from one coast to another.

This is progress! Nice work.

Source:  http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/04/09/police-step-up-search-for-missing-persons
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 28, 2012, 10:05:40 AM
His name is Titan and he is 6 years old. He resides in Lawrenceville, GA.

Eight weeks ago, he came to the aid of Gloria Benton in the wee morning hours when she had fallen and broken her hip. Again in July 2011, Titan began behaving strangely, not letting Gloria's husband Benton leave the house. Titan positioned himself between the door and Benton not letting him leave the house. His actions made Benton walk back upstairs to find his wife had suffered a brain aneurysm and fallen causing a skull fracture.

Titan is a pit bull. Gloria will tell you she wasn't so keen, at first, having Titan around. Today, she thinks "He is so special. And you just can't give him enough love. He loves to be loved on."

Titan is the second runner up for the fifth annual Dogs of Valor Award from the Human Society.

Good job Titan. Lets all love on him.

Source:  http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/pitbull-honored-hero-163051715.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: SAP on July 28, 2012, 11:20:14 AM
Not meaning to make this into a thread about dogs, but the article is very catching. Pitbulls are underestimated and over "devilized" for lack of a better word. When they are raised in a loving environment (as any dog really) they are not the vicious creatures that many make them out to be. Vicious pitbulls are the product of people who haven't learned how to train/raise them for protection. Titan is a great example of love and bonding with his humans. :)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: SAP on July 30, 2012, 08:42:06 AM
Titan is recognized for his heroics:

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 07, 2012, 09:52:55 PM
Tiana Evans was at a public pool in American Fork, Utah, with her mother. When she looked into the water she thought she saw a younger child trying to get a ball at the bottom of the pool, but instead the young child was struggling to surface to gain air. Tiana swam closer, the younger child grabbed onto Tiana's thumb and Tiana pulled her to air. Tiana is 5 years old. Her mother called her a "hero" but Tiana disagreed, "She said 'no mommy, I'm a lifeguard."

And, then there is Gracie who sat in a prekindergarten class at Grace Varley, in New York, to learn about calling 9-1-1. It worked, as Grace was able to call emergency -- cool and collected -- to report her younger brother was choking on a piece of chicken and passed out. Her grandmother was unable to clear the boy's airway and carried her brother outside yelling for help. Officer John Adriella who was nearby was able to dislodge the food and recessitate the child.

Then there was 12-year-old Miranda Bowman who was in a truck driven by her grandfather Paul Parker after an afternoon of go-karting in New Jersey. While the truck ran at 80 mph, her grandfather asked her to keep talking to keep him alert as he wasn't feeling well. He had a heart attack and hit his head on the driver's side window. She momentarily freaked out yelling "Pop-pop, Pop-pop, Pop-pop" but quickly unbelted her seat belt, tried unsuccessfully to call 9-1-1, then reverted to diving underneath the steering wheel and pressing her hand on the brake. With it still moving, she strategically wedged her feet on the brake, popped up from the steering wheel, put it in park, and steered the to an area to force the car to stop. She had the presence of mind to think "Should I go into the corn field, should I keep going?'" she said. "Down the street was a red light and I saw woods. I said I can't hurt anybody else, I can only hurt myself,'" by putting the car into trees, she said. Even then the door wouldn't open and she wasn't able to smash out the window, but she spied a part of a broken passenger's side door and kicked it open. When asked how she knew to react she credited her father being an EMT, observing people drive, and watching a lot of "Law and Order."

A dog appropriately named "Angel" is also not to be outdone. Angel was accompanying Austin Forman, 11, to the shed in Boston Bar, B.C., to gather firewood. Angel began acting strangely. She kept checking to make sure Austin was OK. Then suddenly, Angel ran toward Austin; jumped over a lawn mower and right into the path of a charging cougar (intent on attacking the boy). Austin quickly sensed that Angel would not survive the attack unless he got help so her ran into the house to call 9-1-1. When RCMP arrived the cougar was still attacking Angel who was by then under the back porch. The officer shot the Cougar and Angel suffered puncture wounds, but survived. "She was my best friend, but now she's more than a best friend — she's like my guardian now," Austin said.

And, in Newmarket, 14-year-old Paige Dayal who had over 600 followers on her Tumblr social media account (a blogging platform to share photos, audio, video and views) sensed something was wrong with one of her follower's post. She didn't know him; never met him. But there was a sadness to his post that admitted he didn't have any friends and he believed everyone hated him. He was only 16-years-old, but other posters didn't seem to care. He was suddenly bombarded with hate messages with posters telling him he was worthless and that he should end his life. Then Paige noticed his posts went silent. She acted on an irksome feeling that he might do something drastic. She only knew that Luke lived in England. She called the police and RCMP who admitted they could not help. She sleuthed to find his hometown. So she contacted the Bath region central police. They arrived at Luke's house just in time. He had swallowed 36 pills and was rushed to the hospital. He survived and has since posted, "I am so grateful to the girl in Canada who rang the police. Seriously, I LOVE YOU," he told her.

Luke's mother believes "one person can make a difference" in another's life. I'm convinced this is true, with a few exceptions... even animals can make a difference. And, you can make your difference half way around the world, in a backyard, on the road, in your house, from the net, or in a public pool. Kudo to those who have tried to.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/tiana-evans-5-year-old-saves-child-from-drowning_n_1600870.html
Source:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/20/4-year-old-quick-thinking-saves-choking-brother/
Source: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/cars/Jersey+girl+steers+safety+when+grandfather+dies+wheel+foot/7023898/story.html
Source: http://forum.canucks.com/topic/324832-canadian-girl-saves-the-life-of-a-boy-half-way-across-the-world/
Source: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/crime/article/1140646--newmarket-teen-reaches-out-to-save-suicidal-boy-after-seeing-tumblr-postings
Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/01/03/bc-boston-bar-cougar-attack.html

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 26, 2012, 06:03:48 AM
She was listed as "missing" or "a runaway juvenile" a 15 year-old girl from St. Louis, MO, just disappeared on April 2010. No one could find her. No trace. No clue. (We've heard this many times, haven't we?). Then nearly two years later, Washington Park authorities raided a house and took a 24-year-old man and his mother into custody. It is believed that the captor's mother was in on it.

In those two years the girl, now 17, reports she was held against her will, beaten, and sexually assaulted almost daily. She tried to escape several times but was chased and brought back to the house at gunpoint. She was forced to give a false name during birth of her child. Neighbor's of the captor's house said they never witnessed anything that would raise concern. A "relative" helped her to escape, and this time it worked.

The girl is free, and with her comes her child, the result of a rape by her captor. It took two dozen SWAT team members wearing helmets and body armor, armed with assault rifles to rescue the baby.

There are blessings that live in hope.

Source:  http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/usatoday/article/57265696?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFrontpage%7Cp
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 07, 2012, 10:32:18 PM
Perhaps hope lies in the search party!

Missing woman unwittingly joins search party looking for herself



A group of tourists spent hours Saturday night looking for a missing woman near Iceland's Eldgja canyon, only to find her among the search party.

The group was travelling through Iceland on a tour bus and stopped near the volcanic canyon in the southern highlands Saturday afternoon, reports the Icelandic news organization mbl.is.

One of the women on the bus left to change her clothes and freshen up. When she came back, her busmates didn't recognize her.

Soon, there was word of a missing passenger. The woman didn't recognize the description of herself, and joined in the search.

About 50 people searched the terrain by vehicles and on foot. The coast guard was even readying a helicopter to help.

But the search was called off at about 3 a.m., when it became clear the missing woman was, in fact, accounted for and searching for herself.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 18, 2012, 05:10:13 AM
A TV news report. An alert teen...a missing man found.

Missing man located, Sydney Barnes, 96, Police thank media and 14−year−old girl
Broadcast time: 09:42 Tuesday, September 4, 2012
42 Division 416−808−4200

The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the media and, especially, a 14−year−old girl for their assistance locating a missing man.

Sydney Barnes, 96, was last seen on Sunday, September 2, 2012, in the Horseley Hill Drive/Tapscott Road area.
See previous release.

He was located on Monday, September 3, 2012, at 1:15 p.m., in Etobicoke, when the girl insisted her mother stop the car after the girl saw the man who had been reported missing on the news the night before.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyeswideopen on September 18, 2012, 03:43:11 PM
good for her, bet her mom is proud of her now.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 20, 2012, 05:19:39 AM
When a 39-year-old man rambling approached some children saying "God told me to take him. God told me he's coming with me," and grabbed an innocent 4-year-old boy outside a Florida apartment complex, the 4-year-old's 7-year-old cousin put her moves into action. Frightened, she struggled with the man to let her cousin go. She chopped and kicked the abductor and states "Cause my mama always said safety is first."

Her struggle raised the attention of an adult who started beating the abductor while the 7 yo yelled "Let my cousin go, let my cousin go." The abductor got away.

But the 7 yo provided police with information that enabled them to apprehend the perp. He was charged with attempted kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Her mother is very proud of her and says her daughter was always interested in karate. The Miami police honored the hero as the city's youngest crime fighter.

Source:  NBC News  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/19/13961387-miami-girl-7-honored-for-fighting-off-would-be-abductor?lite=obinsite

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Lou on September 20, 2012, 10:29:35 AM
Wow, what a brave little girl! I have always told my children that no matter what if anyone who you don't know comes to you asking if you would like to help find their puppy, or says they have candy for you, or tells you that they know your mommy and daddy you scream and run towards home and if the person touches you, you fight to get away, you do everything that you can to get to mommy and daddy. Every child should be tought safety first in these kinds of situations... IMO
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 27, 2012, 07:17:42 AM
When Peter Benenson was born on July 31, 1921 there wasn't a United Nations. International human rights treaties did not exist; human rights organizations were pretty much unheard of; and the term "civil society" had a different meaning.

Yet, when Peter Benenson left this world on February 25, 2005 it was said "In comparison with the world into which he was born, Benenson left behind him one changed so fundamentally that it is hard to conceive of the scale of the transformation.

Some people make a difference in the lives of others; in fact they devote their life's work to it.

Bless Their Hearts.

Peter Benenson Remembered

The man who decided it was time for a change

by Richard Reoch
February 26, 2005
The man who lit the fuse of the human rights revolution died this week, having refused all honours and leaving behind him a world changed by the countless protests and petitions he championed.

Peter Benenson, the founder of Amnesty International, was 83. He was born into a world without the United Nations. Not a single international human rights treaty was in existence. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights had yet to be written. There wasn't a single one of today's major human rights organizations on the political landscape. Civil society was yet to be born.

Inordinately modest and self-effacing, the one-time lawyer who launched Amnesty International in 1961 would never claim credit for the sea-change of the last 40 years. He was offered knighthoods by almost every successive British Prime Minister but he never accepted.

Each Prime Minister who wrote to him received a personal response from Benenson - who typed his own letters until late in life -- in which he would cite the current human rights violations Amnesty was confronting in the UK. He would suggest, without mincing his words, that if the government wished to take account of his work for human rights, what mattered was to redress those abuses.

In comparison with the world into which he was born, Benenson left behind him one changed so fundamentally that it is hard to conceive of the scale of the transformation. Nearly a hundred human rights treaties and other legal instruments are now in force internationally. Over ninety percent of the world's countries are now party to the most comprehensive of these, the twin international covenants on civil/political and economic/social rights. Almost all of those states have now formally given the right to their citizens to make international complaints.

In addition to the human rights bodies of the United Nations, there are now regional intergovernmental bodies covering up to three-quarters of the world's nations.

Women's rights, child rights, minority rights, workers' rights, the rights of disabled persons - all of these have been codified and strengthened by successive declarations, conventions and acts of national legislation. Torturers have become international outlaws. As we enter the 21st Century, more than half the countries of the world have rejected the death penalty - either by abolishing it altogether or ceasing to carry out executions.

However, the most extraordinary phenomenon - and the one on which Peter Benenson left his indelible mark - is the birth of what has come to be known globally as "civil society". Today there are well over a thousand domestic and regional organizations working to protect human rights. Among them, his brainchild Amnesty International, is one of the best known, with almost 2 million members, subscribers and supporters in more than 64 countries and territories.

But to think of Peter Benenson merely as the founder of one organization (indeed he started several others) is to misread perhaps the single most distinctive political feature of the period from the end of the Second World War to the present: the emergence of organized, non-violent public opinion as an increasingly powerful force in domestic and international politics. Historians may locate its origins in any number of social changes following the war. But there is one event that will incontestably be told and retold in any social history of that period.

It is the story of a man in a bowler hat reading his newspaper on the London underground in late 1960. He reads a small item about two Portuguese students being sentenced to seven years' imprisonment for raising their glasses in a toast to freedom. He is outraged, decides to go to the Portuguese embassy in London to make a personal protest and then changes his mind. Instead he gets off at Trafalgar Square station and makes his way to the church of St Martin's-in-the-Fields. He goes in, sits down for three-quarters of an hour, and thinks.

In his words, "I went in to see what could really be done effectively, to mobilize world opinion. It was necessary to think of a larger group which would harness the enthusiasm of people all over the world who were anxious to see a wider respect for human rights."

That man was Peter Benenson, then a barrister in London. When he came outside into the square, he had his idea. Within months, he launched his Appeal for Amnesty with a front page article in The Observer newspaper.

Nothing quite like it had ever been attempted on such a scale before. The response was overwhelming, as if people worldwide were waiting for exactly such a signal. Newspapers in over a dozen countries picked up the appeal. Over a thousand letters poured in within the first six months. And the post-bags of the world's heads of state changed forever.

Benenson's idea was so simple, perhaps that's why he remained so shy of personal publicity throughout his life. Termed "one of the larger lunacies of our time" by one of its critics, a network of letter writers was set up to bombard governments with individual appeals on behalf of prisoners jailed and ill-treated in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In an age of self-aggrandisement, his modesty was almost hard to fathom. He never went forward to receive the numerous accolades showered upon Amnesty, known universally by its candle in barbed wire. His mind was always fixed on what had not been accomplished and the countless victims still to be rescued.

"The candle burns not for us," he declared, "but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who ‘disappeared'. That is what the candle is for."

In later years, as Amnesty's impact grew exponentially and went on to harness the power of the international news media, other groups began to adopt and adapt its methods in support of their causes. The extraordinary impact of the environmental movement twenty years later, the women's rights movement and a host of other single-issue and coalition groups, working in their own countries or across national boundaries, can often be traced to the early examination they made of the methods Benenson's organization was using.

Today we take the power of charities, voluntary groups and people's campaigns for granted. But before that day in Trafalgar Square - the day on which a single newspaper reader decided it was time for a change - that power had yet to shake the world.
Nothing has ever been quite the same since. As he said in 1961, lighting the first Amnesty candle, "I'm reminded of the words of a 16th century man sentenced to death by burning: We have today lit such a candle as shall never be put out."

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 28, 2012, 12:46:13 PM
Sometimes they come home. Just ask Leilani Masumoto whose son was taken from her when the boy was 2 years old. They were reunited when Keoni was 7, five years later. They will celebrate their first Christmas together, again, thanks to some astute neighbors in Mexico that found the boy listed on a website listing missing children. Bless them.

Mother reunited with son 5 years after child's abduction.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 22, 2012, 06:51:36 AM
A simple conversation between a husband and wife in Indianaplis turned ugly. The wife, at home, and the husband on break at work checking in on the family. Imagine how the husband felt when his wife started screaming, "Someone just stuck their hand in the door."

With that the wife was soon overcome by a man approximately 35 years old and over 6 foot tall, heavy-set accompanied by a woman in mid-20's and two inches short of 6 foot, braided hair and two lip and one eyebrow piercings.

"Money, money," they demanded. "Give me the money or we take the baby." The perps hit the mother in the head with a gun.

"I don't have any (money)," the mother replied, and with that the female perp took the baby and took off towards the back door.

Maybe the husband was helpless miles away listening on the phone as his child was kidnapped, and the wife was too overcome but the couple's pit bull mix had a plan. He didn't let the would-be kidnappers leave the family's home with the baby. Nope, it wasn't happening.

The perp threw the baby back to the mother and only then, was the perp allowed to flee.

The perps fled the scene driving a 2002 to 2007 chocolate brown van with tinted windows that extend down the passenger side. There might be a dent in the passenger-side door, the police said. I wonder if the pit-bull made that statement too?


Source:  http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/dog-baby-kidnapping-165429685.html

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 23, 2012, 08:36:55 PM
Missing for 32 years. Susan Marshall's parents never moved from the house they were living in when Susan went missing in hope that she would one day return. Sadly they died in 2009.  Susan's siblings had long (reluctantly) accepted that Susan must have died, too.  So, when they received the message on Facebook asking if they had a missing sister, they suspected a hoax, but asked for a picture anyways. The moment the picture appeared, they burst into tears of joy.

Just thought you would want to know what it looks like when siblings reunite after one, missing for over three decades, returns to the family. Susan is in the lower left corner of the attached picture. It's a wonderful image, isn't it?

It happens. Happy holidays.

For Susan's full story:
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on January 11, 2013, 10:35:07 AM

Indiana boy abducted in '94 found in Minnesota

 First posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:51 AM MST | Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:57 AM MST

Richard Wayne Landers Jr. went missing in Indiana nearly 20 years ago and has been found alive, well and married in Minnesota. (File)

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A boy who went missing in Indiana nearly 20 years ago has been found alive, well and married in Minnesota.
Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was abducted by his grandparents on July 29, 1994, according to state police.
The then-five-year-old was considered "missing and endangered" when he disappeared in Wolcottville, Ind.
Warrants were issued for Richard and Ruth Landers, but charges were dropped in 2008 after police could find no trace of either the boy or his grandparents.
But Landers' parents continued to search for their son, police said in a release Thursday.
Landers' stepfather gave detectives the boy's Social Security card last October, and detectives found a man, who turned out to be the missing boy, using the number in Long Prairie, Minn.
The grandparents, who are from his father's side, are living in Browerville, Minn., under aliases but admitted their identities to police and verified that the 24-year-old man is Landers.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 11, 2013, 07:26:40 PM
The circumstances suggested her departure was unplanned. She was wearing black pajamas pants and a grey t-shirt; no shoes or coat. The house didn't appear to be broken into and one thing her family concluded and the authorities concurred--with the major snowstorm that hit leaving frigid winter weather 13-year-old Brooklyn Gittens would likely be a victim of the elements if she wasn't found.

Gitten's grandfather Craig Hiller made the plea during a news conference, one that way too many of us on Unsolved have witnessed in our lifetime. Please come home. She had run away before, but came back shortly after. This was different. Was she taken? Did someone with less than good intentions pick her up? The police said there were no signs of forced entry and likely she left or was forced to leave out her bedroom window. Her family didn't think she would have gone without her shoes or coat if it was her choice.

So some 1,000 volunteers joined in the 17-square-mile search around her Salt Lake City, Utah, suburb of Herriman.

Then her grandmother received the call Thursday morning; even though she went missing Tuesday at bedtime. Brooklyn called from WalMart in South Jordan, nearly seven miles away. Officers located the child; they suspect she was harbored by someone. They are trying to find out who, but Brooklyn isn't talking yet. The authorities are concerned because they suspect her departure was unplanned.

The police are calling this a successful investigation, thanking the community efforts, the public safety personnel and the media's response. We agree...we agree.

Welcome home, little angel.

Source:  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/11/16463314-missing-13-year-old-utah-girl-found-unharmed?lite&lite=obinsite
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 11, 2013, 07:47:17 PM
What would you do if you saw a toddler in nothing but a short-sleeved onesie being pushed in a stroller on a windy, frigid (29 degree) night by what appeared to be a grandmotherly 62-year-old woman on the University of Kentucky campus? What if you had a "gut feeling" that something was amiss?

Two University of Kentucky officers, Jennifer Ockerman and Emily Smith, thought it odd the toddler didn't have any shoes, gloves, hat or anything to protect her face. There were no missing children reports in Kentucky that matched the description, yet the officers were more than curious.

Come to find out Little Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra was with her grandmother Maria Baltierra-Dejesus; and the officers learned she shouldn't be. Alouette belonged to the State of California, but she was in Kentucky and grandma was registered as living in New York. Go figure. It is not clear where Alouette's parents are or why the State of California didn't know where she was, or how she came to be where she was found. Or, what grandma was doing on campus. Little Alouette who is 17 months old can't really explain much.

For now, though, she is in warmer circumstances in the custody of the Kentucky Child Protective Services which is working with the LA Police Department and the FBI to return her to California. Grandma was booked on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a minor and custodial interference. Wonder if California should be investigated by the Child Protective Services, as well, before the child is handed over to the system that lost her; I wonder if they were even looking for her.

It was a good thing, perhaps, that the officers were looking out for Alouette. Someone has to.

My hopes and prayers go out to you, may you find safe, warm, and caring love soon. If only the system could care about her as much as the officers had.

Source:  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/29/16239339-officers-gut-feeling-leads-to-recovery-of-missing-la-toddler?lite&lite=obinsite
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on February 10, 2013, 11:48:07 AM
The Telegraph, a U.K. newspaper, ran reminders of why there is hope... So far we have 18 who have been found alive. Is there more?

Jaycee Lee Dugard - The reappearance of Jaycee Lee Dugard 18 years after she was abducted has been hailed as a "miracle" by her stepfather, but there have been several similar cases in recent years

Natascha Kampusch - An Austrian schoolgirl who disappeared at the age of 10 became a media celebrity when she was found eight years later in August 2006. She had been kept for eight years in a small cellar underneath a garage in a suburb of Vienna. Her kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil, threw himself in front of a train shortly after she escaped.

Elisabeth Fritz - Another Austrian, Elisabeth Fritzl was held captive by her sadistic father Josef in a cellar beneath their family home for 24 years. She was repeatedly raped and forced to bear seven of his children, three of whom she raised in the dungeon while three were taken upstairs to live "normal" lives. The seventh died soon after birth. Elisabeth's plight was only uncovered after she slipped a note in the pocket of her daughter Kerstin's pocket when she went for treatment at a local hospital. Josef Frizl was sentenced to life in jail in March this year.

Shannon Matthews - The disappearance of the nine-year-old girl from her home in Dewsbury, West Yorks sparked a £3 million police investigation and attracted wide media coverage. But a month after she was reported missing she was found alive in the home of a distant relative, Michael Donovan. It later emerged that he had been acting in cahoots with the girl's mother Karen, as part of a plan to pocket newspaper reward money. Both Donovan and Karen Matthews were jailed for eight years for kidnapping, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.

Danielle Cramer - A 15-year-old girl who went missing in June 2006 was discovered by police a year later, locked in a secret understairs cupboard in West Hartford, Connecticut and pale due to a lack of sunlight. Police had gone to the house to arrest Adam Gault, 41, whom they suspected of murder, but instead managed to free Danielle

Natasha Ryan - A teenage Australian girl who had been missing for nearly five years reappeared during the trial of a man the prosecution said had confessed to murdering her. Natasha Ryan was found in a cupboard in a house she shared with her boyfriend, aged 18 in 2003.

Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby- Last January, police in America were stunned when they found Shawn Hornbeck, who had gone missing in October 2002, at a flat in St Louis. The police had been searching for missing 13-year-old William Ownby. Michael Devlin was arrested and charged with kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Elizabeth Smart - Nine months after 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart disappeared in 2002, the pretty blonde teenager reappeared a few miles from her family home in Salt Lake City. She was in the company of a married couple, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Ileen Barzee. Their trial was postponed indefinitely as they were found to be mentally incompetent.

Charlene Lunnon and Lisa Hoodless - Two 10-year-old girls were missing from their home in Hastings for three days in 1999 before they were discovered safe and well near Eastbourne. They were found after a suspicious member of the public alerted police after a massive police search failed to find them. A man was arrested.

Fusako Sano - This ten-year-old girl was kidnapped at age ten in November 1990 by Nobuyuki Sato and held in captivity for nine years and two months. She was found when the kidnapper's mother told police her son had been acting strangely.

Patricia Hearst - The 19-year-old heiress was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army from her home in Berkeley, California. In April 1974, she was photographed wielding a gun while robbing a bank in San Francisco. She asserted that she was committed to furthering the aims of the Symbionese Liberation Army and described herself as an urban guerilla. She was arrested and sentenced to 35 years' imprisonment, though she only served 22 months.

Steven Stayner and 5-year-old boy - The seven-year-old boy was kidnapped in Merced, California, in December 1972 and held for seven years by Kenneth Parnell. Stayner escaped in 1980, taking with him a five-year-old boy who Parnell had also abducted.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/6105152/Jaycee-Lee-Dugard-other-abducted-children-who-were-found-alive.html

We can also add:

Richard Wayne Landers, Jr. - An Indiana boy, 5, abducted in 1994 was found 19 years later in Minnesota using a different name. His paternal grandparents, Richard E. and Ruth A. Landers, upset at custody arrangements abducted Richard and lived under aliases.

New Brunswick Survivor (after being kidnapped by Romeo Cormier) - Trying not to put her name here so she can have some semblance of privacy after what she has been through. She was abducted at the mall after a work shift. She escaped when he went out to shop, a truck driver happened upon her and took her to a police station.

Calgary Survivor (after being kidnapped by Dustin Paxton) - After being severely tortured and dumped at a hospital, this victim escaped his captor, but with lifelong brain injury and many, many scars.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: debbiec on February 18, 2013, 12:59:37 PM
A great (an unexpected) outcome for everyone involved.     

Toronto baby wrongly pronounced dead after outdoor birth

CBC – 17 hours

 A baby girl in Toronto was born in sub-zero temperatures, rushed to hospital, pronounced dead and placed under a sheet before two police officers noticed she was still alive on Sunday morning.

The story started in a part of northwest Toronto where a 20-year-old woman reportedly gave birth outside on a day when the temperature went as low as -16 C during the morning hours.

In a telephone interview, Toronto police Const. Wendy Drummond said the child's mother "wasn't feeling well" on Sunday morning and decided to go to the hospital.

"She and her mother were walking to the hospital and it was en route that she in fact gave birth," Drummond said.

The child's mother, the newborn and the grandmother were taken to Humber River Hospital's Finch Street campus via ambulance.

Staff Sgt. Norm Proctor said the child was "worked on" in the trauma unit of the hospital with vital signs absent, but pronounced dead "after some time" and subsequently put under a sheet.

Two officers were then guarding the infant, while the coroner travelled to the scene.

"As per police protocol, officers remained with the child awaiting the arrival of the coroner, so that the death could be further investigated and the circumstances," Proctor said in a telephone interview with CBC News.

Some two hours after the initial call, the officers saw the sheet move. The baby, it turned out, was alive.

"In this particular situation, it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time," Drummond said.

"The officers were on a very sad detail…it was when they noticed the sheet moving that they were able to investigate a little bit further and detect a pulse."

The newborn is now in stable condition, police said. Drummond said the mother remains in hospital, but is in good condition.

Proctor said it was an unusual story with a happy ending.

"We work in an area where there's a lot of hard luck and negative stories that take place so this was a good story and at 31 Division, we’re all very happy about it," he said.

The officers involved in the situation did not want to speak to media about what had happened, Proctor said.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/toronto-baby-wrongly-pronounced-dead-outdoor-birth-011040019.html (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/toronto-baby-wrongly-pronounced-dead-outdoor-birth-011040019.html)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: SAP on February 18, 2013, 02:08:25 PM
Wow, the little tyke had an angel on her shoulders. As for the mother, she can be happy that her labor pains were just "not feeling well".  :)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on March 17, 2013, 04:44:18 PM
Did you hear the story of a mother of four from Scotland turned sleuth? Marie Parent was a mother who had run a bed and breakfast in Scotland. She returned to Canada in 1990 to reintroduce herself to her estranged father. While here, she learned of the disappearance of Louise Ellis, an Ottawa writer who had fallen under the romantic spell of Brett Morgan a convicted killer. Ellis had lobbied for his early release from prison where he was serving for robbery and fraud. In 1994 they dated. In April 1995, she disappeared.

Marie Parent knew Brett Morgan was the prime suspect. She took an interest in the case. So much so that the LE, who were wiretapping his phone calls still, questioned her motives, then asked her to go undercover for them. She agreed. She acted the reporter and gained Morgan's trust to the point she would record interviews with him. Morgan played the doting partner that was still searching for her.

Morgan would talk to Parent about "ifs" and speculations about ground being too frozen to bury a body, and how carrying a dead body is like shifting a sack of potatoes. She played it off like she thought he was just speculating. Morgan took Parent  to a wooded area  and dangerously put a bandana around her neck saying he thought she was cold. She knew he had strangled his first victim, so this had become dangerous. She refocused him. 

He tried to develop a romantic relationship with Parent.

The second time he took her there he lead her to Ellis' corpse. She saw something and pointed it out to him. It was Ellis' badly decomposed body. Not being able to admit he knew the body was there he put on a doting husband show. Then his eyes glazed over. She thought perhaps he had begun to think he now needed to kill her since she knew too much. She comforted him.

When safe, she contacted the police. He was arrested. Convicted. Sentenced in 1997 to life in prison with no parole for 25 years. He died in 1998 of hepatitis C.

It was a cold case to the LE. For Parent, it took six weeks to solve. She testified against him in court.

Sometimes, strangers solve cases. Hope.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on March 27, 2013, 05:29:12 AM
A teenager who was kidnapped by Floribert Nava, a 45-year-old woman, was forced into a car by threat of handgun and made to drive towards Philadelphia. The quick thinking teen saw police had a car pulled over on the shoulder of the road, so the kidnapped teen rammed the car she was forced to drive into the Delaware River Port Authority police cruiser.

The police found a handgun, duct tape, trash bags and latex gloves in the car. The teen may have just saved her life and others. The teen was reportedly kidnapped over an argument that involved the adoption of a newborn baby, and the perp was making her drive to where the adoptive parents were located. The article did not say what relationship Nava may have had with any of the parties involved.

Sometimes LE are in the right place at the right time.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/kidnapped-teen-saves-self-crashing-cop-car-142615190.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 05, 2013, 03:34:40 PM
Retired Ontario music teacher Jack Hurd was vacationing in a small village south of Nantes, which is near the Bay of Biscay in France. An area school girl is probably glad he was.

The girl, 11, was allegedly abducted from her school and sexually assaulted. Her mouth was taped and her limbs tied up and she was left in a field.

Hurd was touring the area in his car when he saw what appeared to be a "creature jumping up and down in the distance." He thought it was an animal, odd. But when he got closer, he realized it was not.

She was trying her hardest to get his attention, the only way she knew.

He didn't speak French, nor did he know where the police station was, but he put her in his vehicle and drove to a neighbor's house.

She was able to describe her abductor and his car. A 26-year-old man was arrested.


Source:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/04/15/ottawa-man-rescues-kidnapped-girl-in-france.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jobo on May 07, 2013, 04:37:55 AM

By Thomas Sheeran and John Coyne, The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com, Updated: May 7, 2013 2:56 AM
Frantic 911 call leads to 3 missing women

CLEVELAND - The voice of the long-missing woman was frantic and breathless, choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."

Those words led police to a house near downtown Cleveland where Berry and two other women who went missing a decade ago were found on Monday, elating family members and friends who'd longed to see them again.

Authorities later arrested three brothers. They released no names and gave no information about them or what charges they might face.

City officials have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Michael McGrath said he thinks Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s.

A 6-year-old also was found in the home, but police didn't disclose the child's identity or relationship to anyone in the home. The women appeared to be in good health and were taken to a hospital to be evaluated and be reunited with relatives.

The women's escape and rescue began with a frenzied cry for help.

A neighbour, Charles Ramsey, told WEWS-TV he heard screaming Monday and saw Berry, whom he didn't recognize, at a door that would open only enough to fit a hand through. He said she was trying desperately to get outside and pleaded for help to reach police.

"I heard screaming," he said. "I'm eating my McDonald's. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house."

Neighbour Anna Tejeda was sitting on her porch with friends when they heard someone across the street kicking a door and yelling.

Tejeda, 50, said one of her friends went over and told Berry how to kick the screen out of the bottom of the door, which allowed her to get out.

Speaking Spanish, which was translated by one of her friends, Tejeda said Berry was nervous and crying. She was dressed in pyjamas and old sandals.

At first Tejeda said she didn't want to believe who the young woman was. "You're not Amanda Berry," she insisted. "Amanda Berry is dead."

But when Berry told her she'd been kidnapped and held captive, Tejeda said she gave her the telephone to call police, who arrived within minutes and then took the other women from the house.

On a recorded 911 call Monday, Berry declared, "I'm Amanda Berry. I've been on the news for the last 10 years."

She said she had been taken by someone and begged for police officers to arrive at the home on Cleveland's west side before the man returned.

"I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years," she told the dispatcher. "And I'm here. I'm free now."

Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. DeJesus went missing at age 14 on her way home from school about a year later. They were found just a few miles from where they had gone missing.

Police said Knight went missing in 2002 and is 32 now. They didn't provide current ages for Berry or DeJesus.

Police said one of the brothers who was arrested, a 52-year-old, lived at the home, and the others, ages 50 and 54, lived elsewhere.

Ramsey, the neighbour, said he'd barbecued with the home's owner and never suspected anything was amiss.

"There was nothing exciting about him — well, until today," he said.

Julio Castro, who runs a grocery store half a block from where the women were found, said the homeowner arrested is his nephew, Ariel Castro.

Berry also identified Ariel Castro by name in her 911 call.

Attempts to reach Ariel Castro in jail were unsuccessful Monday. Messages to the sheriff's office and a jail spokesman went unanswered, and there was no public phone listing for the home, which was being searched by dozens of police officers and sheriff's deputies.

The uncle said Ariel Castro had worked as a school bus driver. The Cleveland school district confirmed he was a former employee but wouldn't release details.

The women's loved ones said they hadn't given up hope of seeing them again.

A childhood friend of DeJesus, Kayla Rogers, said she couldn't wait to hug her.

"I've been praying, never forgot about her, ever," Rogers told The Plain Dealer newspaper.

Berry's cousin Tasheena Mitchell told the newspaper she couldn't wait to have Berry in her arms.

"I'm going to hold her, and I'm going to squeeze her and I probably won't let her go," she said.

Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalized for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006. She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter, whose disappearance took a toll as her health steadily deteriorated, family and friends said.

Councilwoman Dona Brady said she had spent many hours with Miller, who never gave up hope that her daughter was alive.

"She literally died of a broken heart," Brady said.

Mayor Frank Jackson expressed gratitude that the three women were found alive. He said there are many unanswered questions in the ongoing investigation.

At Metro Health Medical Center, Dr. Gerald Maloney wouldn't discuss the women's conditions in detail but said they were being evaluated by appropriate specialists.

"This is really good, because this isn't the ending we usually hear in these stories," he said. "So, we're very happy."

In January, a prison inmate was sentenced to 4 1/2 years after admitting he provided a false burial tip in the disappearance of Berry. A judge in Cleveland sentenced Robert Wolford on his guilty plea to obstruction of justice, making a false report and making a false alarm.

Last summer, Wolford tipped authorities to look for Berry's remains in a Cleveland lot. He was taken to the location, which was dug up with backhoes.

Two men arrested for questioning in the disappearance of DeJesus in 2004 were released from the city jail in 2006 after officers didn't find her body during a search of the men's house.

One of the men was transferred to the Cuyahoga County Jail on unrelated charges, while the other was allowed to go free, police said.

In September 2006, police acting on a tip tore up the concrete floor of the garage and used a cadaver dog to search unsuccessfully for DeJesus' body. Investigators confiscated 19 pieces of evidence during their search but declined to comment on the significance of the items then.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: kathybarnes on May 07, 2013, 06:44:22 AM
i heard about this on the radio this morning!! WONDERFUL!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyeswideopen on May 07, 2013, 07:44:13 AM
Thank god they are safe and found.  Makes you wonder , you can see the one guy being a nutcase and doing that perhaps but his two brothers helping him............my god that is scarey for sure.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: SAP on May 07, 2013, 08:22:29 AM
Wonderful news!! ;D
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 30, 2013, 08:15:05 PM
Sometimes things just happen, unexpectedly. Like when reporter Norm Karkos and crew were standing on a rural Maine street about to report on a local man with dementia who had been reported by family to be missing for 14 hours. The reporter had to delay his report for a man walking up the street behind him that would disturb the serene video backdrop. The reporter politely waited until the elderly man, hands in pockets, walked on by. He said hi to him, then what happened next you would have to see for yourself. It slowly dawns on the reporter, the missing man may just be the guy that walked in shot. It was. Sometimes it just happens. A missing person is found.

Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jnqF81jq0-g
News Report: http://living.msn.com/life-inspired/the-daily-dose-blog-post?post=b4538a00-785c-459e-8fe4-dda0bc30822d
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyeswideopen on May 30, 2013, 09:26:21 PM
Priceless and so nice for there to be a happy ending for a change.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jobo on May 31, 2013, 02:49:48 AM
That is good news!  Thanks, Concerned.

I have two good stories out of Toronto: 
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Post by: Concerned on June 22, 2013, 02:55:33 PM
When she went through Miami, Florida, airport security, she seemed fearful, had severe bruises on her face she was trying to hide, and on closer look she had scratches on her body and what appeared to be rug burn on her shoulder.  Nelkis Alvarez, 25, caught the attention of TSA Behavioral Specialists, but denied needing help the first time they asked. But, when they urged a second time, she broke down in tears, told them she had been kidnapped, and pleaded to be separated from her captors. And, so they did.

There is hope when authorities can be trained in detecting behavior that leads to perps, especially when they don't give up easily.

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/melissa-pineiro-tori-beato-kidnapping_n_1723523.html
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Post by: Concerned on June 22, 2013, 03:21:11 PM
It was a race against time. Homeland security agents in the U.S., trained to chase down child perps, were horrified when they realized a potential perp was traveling with an 11-year-old child cowered in the seat, and the perp was taking and sharing pictures of her while appealing on the world wide web for advice on how to rape the child - or worse.

They scanned the guy's photos for any giveaway clue and all they could find was a road sign that appeared to say "203". As they looked, people were giving the perp advice, in gruesome detail, on how he could proceed. To date, agents that talk about the case they dubbed "Sunflower" hails a sad change in their tone of voice, reminding us of how very repulsive their day-to-day job is.

Highway 203, is in Kansas. Immediately agents in Kansas took to the road, only to be discouraged when they realized it was not Highway 203 as that stretch of roadway had no such sign. Meanwhile, ICE reinforcements flew to Kansas. They drove every highway in Kansas that starts with a "2."

"At the very end of the highway where it teed into another highway, we found the sign. I jumped out of the vehicle on a very busy highway and almost got hit by a car," said Agent Jim Cole.

They then called the local sheriff who recognized a backyard swimming pool in one of the photos. A raid ensued.

"When we went in that morning, [the 11-year-old girl] was still wearing those same pajamas as depicted in the images," said Cole. They arrested the suspect before the exploitation could escalate to rape.

The suspect? A minor, 16-years-old. 

The agents? They went on in 2012 to rescue another 123 children in other situations; some of the children between the ages of two and three, and nine between the ages of four and six. As of June 20, 2013, the first six months of this year, they have rescued 337 child victims and arrested 964 child predators.

How can we thank these individuals for devoting their careers to what must be some very difficult discoveries, both positively solved, and more yet unsolved? They haven't invented words for that, yet.

Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/19/us/cfp-us-race-against-time
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 16, 2013, 06:58:29 PM
Last Thursday afternoon in Lancaster, Penn., little Jocelyn Rojas was playing in her front yard  when a man, caucasian, between 50- and 70-years-old who walked with a limp and purported the virtues of ice cream kidnapped the little girl from her front yard. When the family noticed she was missing they frantically searched the area and called police.

What they didn't know, for the next two hours while they scoured the neighborhood, is that a 15-year-old boy named Temar Boggs and his friend had taken off on their bicycles to help search. About one-half mile into their ride they spotted Jocelyn in the sedan and gave chase. The driver tried to be elusive, but the teens were persistent. The driver would turn, they would follow in a heart-pounding race to not loose site of this perp.

Then something happened, the man stopped the car and let her out. She ran to the boys and asked for her mom.

"He's our hero," Jocelyn's grandmother Tracey Clay said, "There is just no words to say." 

Hopefully they will find the man soon and take him off the streets for good. They are looking for a man, caucasian, between 50- and 70-years-old who walks with a limp while wearing green pants and red-and-white striped shirt, and drives a reddish-purple or maroon car with round taillights AND who takes innocent little girls off the street while purporting the virtues of ice cream.

Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/15/justice/pennsylvania-teen-heroes/

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 19, 2013, 06:39:13 PM
Sometimes, I guess you just go looking after 52 years, post a picture, and well someone knows something about someone and, you know, they're found.

Now, Linda Evans - who was 7 at the time her mother Lucy Johnson disappeared - might just be able to see her mother when she saves enough money to travel to see her.

“I just hope I can be part of her life,” Evans, who is saving up for a visit, told the paper. “I’ll just give her a big hug and hope the words come easy.”

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Post by: Concerned on July 28, 2013, 06:56:25 AM
Her parents gave her a code word, just in case someone tried to take her somewhere under false pretense. The person picking her up - if it wasn't a parent - was suppose to know the code word, and only then should she go with them.

So it was no surprise that when a 10-year-old Ajax, Ontario girl who was waiting after school for her parents to pick her up was being lured by a guy - who happened to have a female in the car as well - with the age-old "your parents sent me to get you" line, she put the guy through the code test. Of course, he failed. And, amazingly she walked away, literally.

It's probably time that we have cameras at the schools. License plate checks in and around roadways, and all that other intrusive garbage. Because, it seems, kids can only do so much. Then the community needs to meet them half-way so that they can simply go to school and have a childhood. How incredibly sad that statement is. But, perhaps it's time.

After all, the car had a female in it. One that was late teens or early twenties with long, blonde hair wearing a purple or pink hat. I can't help but think she needed rescuing too. And, while we are all focused on the very smart girl with the code word, we also need to not forget about the one with the purple pink hat that was stuck in the car with a guy that was trying to lure a little girl under false pretenses. Someone is probably trying to find the girl in the purple/pink hat. She might be one of our own.  She's probably trying to be found, or at least hoping for escape. She needs help, too.

Can we do better? Hope in tomorrow.

Source:  https://apps.facebook.com/forumforpages/127345490770755/4b0ec1d3-b036-4d45-b113-73339bfbc581/0
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 31, 2013, 09:10:38 PM
It was a very significant 72 hour/3 day spree. In that time, 150 accused human trafficking perps were arrested by 1,200 law enforcement personnel from 230 U.S. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, freeing over 100 children from human traffickers. All I could think about was... over 100 children get to go home. They GET to go home. THEY get to go HOME! Or, in the least they have an opportunity to find a better life. It was a good weekend, all around. I can't help but think many, many families (and children) have their prayers answered.

There is hope. Keep it.

Source:  http://abcnews.go.com/US/fbi-rescues-100-children-prostitution/story?id=19804178
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Post by: Concerned on September 14, 2013, 07:30:41 AM
Aaron Arias, a 19-year-old college student, and Jamal Harris, a 17-year-old high school student, pulled up next to this car while cruising in Texas because "..we're checking out the woman in the backseat because, we're like, 'OK, she's kind of attractive.,'" said Arias. That's when they noticed the girl looked panicked and she was mouthing 'Help me.'  "And, then, all of a sudden, you know, the guy is turned back, looking at us," said Arias. That didn't deter the boys, they called 911 and followed the car until police arrived.

The woman, 25, had just been kidnapped while leaving the office building where she worked. The accused kidnapper, Charles Atkins Lewis, Jr., was driving the car and transporting his "catch" at the time the boy's laid eyes on the victim. Lewis was jailed with $50,000 bond and is charged with aggravated kidnapping.

So, if the timing is right, and if we are aware, and if we do the right thing sometimes the bad guys get caught.

And, the victim is unhurt.

Kudos to these young guys for doing the right thing and not getting hurt either. Their parents must be sooooooooooo proud.

Source:  http://www.nbcnews.com/id/53003826#.UjRgeOArz0c

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 09, 2013, 10:24:46 PM
Sometimes minutes count, sometimes seconds. Friday was one of them. A guy was looking for his cousin, 19-year-old Bethany Arceneaux, in Louisiana (U.S.). Two days prior she had been abducted. Her car was found abandoned behind a cane field a mile from the road. Police and bloodhounds were out searching the area without success. They were likely looking for Scott Thomas who had a child with Bethany. Bethany had a restraining order on him, which he had already violated.

Bethany's cousin (name is being withheld) was part of a search party of 20 relatives that understood the seriousness and they understood that time was of the essence. The cousin came across an abandoned house, heard screams and kicked in the door. The abductor was stabbing Bethany. The cousin shot the perp.

Bethany is still hospitalized and is expected to recover from the wounds. The sheriff's department has ruled the cousin acted within the state law allowing for deadly force to prevent great bodily harm or death. The district attorney is reviewing the case.

Hope lives in seconds, and minutes. And, as some of us know...in year after year.


Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/09/justice/louisiana-cousin-kills-kidnapper/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 21, 2013, 06:33:07 PM
Three women held captive for 30 years were found, and now free, Scotland Yard reports.

British police announced today that three women - a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, 57-year-old Irish woman and 30-year-old Briton - held in captivity against their will for 30 years, were freed.  One of the women called Freedom Charity after seeing a television documentary on the initiatives of Freedom Charity to fight forced marriages,  stating that she has been held in a house in London. Freedom Charity took immediate action and notified police. The women have had some "controlled freedom" but have been described as "highly traumatized" victims. Police are unsure where the youngest victim was born, but they believe that she has experienced "servitude" her entire life.

"Facilitating their escape was achieved using utmost sensitivity and secrecy and with the safety of the women as our primary concern," said Aneeta Prem, spokesperson for Freedom Charity.  The charity built trust with the women and coaxed them out of the house, communicating through prearranged phone calls. It was when they saw police gathered outside the house that they made their move.

According to the Met's Human Trafficking Unit this case is unprecedented, "We've seen some cases where people have been held for up to 10 years, but we've never seen anything of this magnitude before."

A man and a woman, both 67, from Lambeth, south of London, have been arrested by London's Human Trafficking Unit.

Disturbingly, Anthony Steen, UK Special Envoy for Human Trafficking is unsurprised by the discovery, "We don't know the number but we know it's pretty huge. Domestics are hidden away." He said, "The difference between slavery when it was manifest in America -- as it was in England -- was that you could see it everywhere...Since then having abolished it, it's grown, it's got bigger and bigger -- in fact they say it's between 10 and 20 times the size it was in the 1800s."

Let's "hope" they get a handle on this, immediately. Prayers to the women, and all others.

Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/21/world/europe/uk-captivity-arrests/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: eyeswideopen on November 24, 2013, 07:44:32 PM
Would this MOm reunited with her son after him being missing for 30 years

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 31, 2013, 08:55:21 PM
They call it a custom, we call it child kidnapping abduction and cruelty to children. She was missing for a week. Beaten repeatedly. You see some call it customary in Ethiopia that if a man wants to marry a young girl, a group of "men" take her against her will without her family's knowledge and with no mercy. They beat the girl down and often rape her (yes, can you imagine a "man" wants to marry a girl so he and his buddies beat and rape her?) until she is shocked and terrified. Until...she "agrees" to marry him. This girl was a mere 12 years old, the youngest of four siblings.

The news article - and I have to quote this as it is so hard to believe we can all read it worldwide and the kids continue to be terrorized and the perps continue to be allowed to be beasts - "Kidnapping young girls has long been part of the marriage custom in Ethiopia. The United Nations estimates that more than 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where most of the country's 71 million people live."  (If I do this math correctly, that would mean 49.7 MILLION (70% of 71 million) are privy to this outlandish behavior. (We are entering year 2014, aren't we?)

At any rate, this story has a somewhat hopeful ending.

Three lions - mind you, not humans - surrounded the girl forcing the seven men (who had beaten her repeatedly for one WEEK) to flee. The lions continued to guard her until authorities and her relatives found her. "They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest," said Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo who verified the story.

"A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn't eat her," said Stuart Williams, a wildlife expert with the rural development ministry.  He estimates that even though the lion is Ethiopia's national symbol, only 1,000 lions remain in the wild as hunters kill them for their skins and their large black manes.

Four of the seven men have been caught.

Believe in miracles yet?

(Perhaps a miracle that shows potential perps how to be attractive and respectful to a prospective woman they would like to marry would be the next miracle on the list for us to wish for. They will never know the power of real love. It amazes me that they don't try. How could you be proud of yourself if you have to force someone to be with you? So sad, really.)

Source:  http://www.nbcnews.com/id/8305836/#.UsN9pCgrz0c .
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: SAP on December 31, 2013, 10:09:32 PM
I hadn't realized that goes on in Ethiopia. The Ethiopians I know must be of the 30% who are not treated this way. Also they are from the cities rather than the poorer contryside.
There was a beautiful black model who began her career in England and then moved to USA, however her start in life in Africa was horrid. As a child of about nine she had been "stitched" ... a painful and unhealthy practice ... and was able to escape her aunt's house where this was going on. As she ran in the countryside she also came face to face with a lion which just looked at her and didn't make a move. I wish I could remember her name and post her story, however she was able to get to England through some very kind english people and went into modelling when she finished school. Later she married and moved to USA. That a lion will not touch, or will protect an injured human species is most interesting.

Thanks for sharing the article Concerned. Will those men ever learn to love? I truly wonder since it is likely so ingrained in them to be the controllers.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on January 06, 2014, 08:14:33 PM

Man reunited with family after news photo shows him keeping warm on street.

WASHINGTON – Nicholas Simmons disappeared from his parents’ house in a small upstate New York town on New Year’s Day, leaving behind his wallet, cellphone and everything else.

Four days later, an Associated Press photographer, looking for a way to illustrate unusually cold weather, snapped his picture as he warmed himself on a steam grate a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

Click on link for the full story.

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Post by: Concerned on January 25, 2014, 08:54:45 PM
Sometimes it happens. A school administrator grows suspicious about a child's school enrollment and contacts authorities. This boy was 13, missing for 13 years, and newly enrolled in a Missouri school. His grandmother Sandy Hatte, 60, has been arrested. The boy's father, who lives in Alabama confirmed that the boy was abducted in 2000 as an infant. The father had come home from work and the grandmother and baby were gone.

The boy was confused at first, when authorities picked him up at school, but “It was a good reunion,” said Detective Eric Menconi. “You could tell within the first three minutes they hit it off pretty well. Since then I’ve been on the phone with the dad and from what I’m understanding it’s going very well. He’s adjusting.”

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/22/boy-abducted-13-years-ago-in-florida-found-living-in-missouri/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 25, 2014, 09:24:11 PM
He was almost five years old living in India traveling on a train with his brother. His brother told him to stay put and he would be right back. So little Saroo Brierley fell asleep. He woke up on an empty train the next day. He had no idea where he was. An Australia couple adopted him. But, he never gave up. He had a photographic memory and he remembered landmarks. It would be 26 years later that he used Google Earth to look at the geographic sites, they become familiar... so he took a trip and he found his home, and around the corner was his mother standing there. The rest is history.

There story is told on the following video:

Saroo Brierley: Homeward Bound

A wonderful story. We need more of these.
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Post by: Have faith on January 26, 2014, 12:14:33 PM
Thanks Concerned.  It is a truly remarkable story.   :)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on February 04, 2014, 07:37:03 PM
Nathan Slinkard is his name. He was 5 when he was abducted with his brother Andrew, 7, and sister Sydney, 3, in October 1995. His mother failed to return the children to their father, as ordered by the court.

Last week, 18 years after the abduction and now 23 years old, Nathan flew from Guadalajara, Mexico, to Indianapolis where he was greeted by his father and aunt. He is staying with his father. Although detail of when they fled outside of the U.S. and where they lived and what happened to the other children has not been publicly released, officials have said they are safe and unconfined.

Two investigators - Sheriff's Department Lt. Ted Munden, the local investigator that has been assigned to the case, and Merideth Morrison, the representative from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - were on hand to witness the joy.

I must say, I hope many, many other investigators get the privilege of seeing their case subjects have such a resolve.

Welcome home, Nathan! (Boy, that sounds good.)

Source:  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/02/04/22575097-indiana-man-back-home-18-years-after-abduction and http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/parent/trena-faith-slinkard/nathan-slinkard/view.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on February 04, 2014, 08:07:05 PM
You know those young "kids" (usually over 70 years old) that wander out and don't tell anyone, but don't make it home because they have the onset of dementia and/or Alzheimer's - well sometimes they get dangerously lost, or stuck.

This happened to Bill Byerley's, 30, grandparents, Elaine and Vern Schweisthal, 85 and 89,  who were usually creatures of habit and checked on daily. So, when their vehicles were not in the drive, and the lights were off in the evening, the family knew something was up. They soon found out their Friday lunch date was stood up as well.

Byerley, a web developer by trade who is also trained in search and rescue, started a Facebook page immediately. Neighbors and friends shared posts allowing him to quickly assemble 200 local volunteers to canvas the area and racked up 650 FB page likes and over 40,000 post views.

A tip from a woman who had seen the couple at a truck stop allowed Byerley to announce a narrowing area of interest. So, a woman from the Princeton, Illinois, area decided to take a drive around the area's little known backroads and seldom used routes. Low and behold, she located them stranded on a remote gravel farm road in their Camry that had run out of gas.

They didn't recall eating or drinking for two days, nor recall lodging anywhere in the area. In fact, Vern only thought they had been gone a day. But, Elaine would have you know she thought she was on vacation.  Their vehicle reports their venture packed on 950 miles for what was suppose to be a 20-minute trip.

The morale: Some people find some who are lost when they set out to do good for someone they don't even know after hearing about someone in need that someone else read about after a community member makes a heartfelt plea for help in finding  loved ones who went missing. Huh?

It happens. Believe it.

Source:  http://mashable.com/2013/09/11/man-saves-grandparents-facebook/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: D1 on February 07, 2014, 12:58:47 PM
Yeah, this was a great example of the proper way to employ a facebook campaign. Its not all bad stuff that goes on there. When searching for missing people, every available tool  should be employed as fast as possible. This couple was very lucky.

A while back in an area where I used to live,  an elderly genleman with some dementia thought he was driving his old sales route. He was eventually located at a farm some 70 miles or so from home where he had made deliveries but had not been back to for almost 30 years. Its extremely hard to predcict or figure out where to search when this sort of behaviour can arise.
good one concerned, that fb campaign should be studied for how it was done to get the word around so well so fast.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on February 07, 2014, 01:22:22 PM
An excellent example as to what FB can do. Facebook has its place that is for sure. Shawn Hornbeck found an Appeal for info on his missing on a FB.  Cops just love it - to check to see who the suspect's  friends are, and future employers will also take a peek.

- other than that, it is helpful in missing persons, not only to bring it to the public, but usually to soothe families with wonderful supportive messages, which can go a long way.  jmo

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on February 23, 2014, 08:03:31 AM
I thought I would add this to our "hope" repertoire, as strange as it may seem. It is about a neuroscientist that discovers - later in life - that he, himself, is a psychopath. 

I found this short video interesting. A man who studies the brain and diagnoses brain abnormality in others, finally unbeknownst to him - but obviously known for years by his peers - comes to learn he is a psychopath.  He says it hit him much like a ton of bricks - the five requirements and a look into his past, and it all made sense.

The thing that brings me much hope, though, is that he is a psychopath that has never killed. He claims his most profound quality to be  manipulation to get what he wants. He says he didn't have to kill, harm others, or violate anyone because he had a life of what he wanted. Is there something that can be learned from this? Something that can help us rehabilitate where some had thought the ability did not exist? We can only hope.

Here's a clip from an interview:

I would be interested in reading his book now.
Book:  "The Psychopath Inside" - James Fallon, author, Neuroscientist and Self-Proclaimed Psychopath

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on February 23, 2014, 12:33:42 PM
I found it profoundly amazing to learn that few psychopaths cross the boundaries and break the law. Sociopaths as well.
We tend to use them interchangeably meaning one and the same. I have learned that there is a difference between a sociopath and a psychopath. I believe there is a thread under general where it gives the difference.
They are excellent at manipulation and controlling. Many leaders have these characteristics, and stay within the law .

On this site, we deal with socio or psycho killers, and it easy to assume that all psycho's and socio's are potential killers to be avoided at all costs.

 However,  I think we have all met one in our lives, as  they can be exceedingly witty, charming and fun to be around, but  don't expect their sincere compassion or sympathy, since they are not capable.

Since  empathy is not one of their strong points, they will leave the relationship, friendship, or in the case of bosses, fire you  with a shrug and move on.

 Psycho's make up the rules as they go along, and expect others to follow suit. Sadly, very often people do follow them, until they get burned (so to speak).

Thanks Concerned for your post.


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Post by: Concerned on April 11, 2014, 07:49:17 PM
Just 14-years-old, Amber Creek referred to as a habitual runaway who was in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services because even though her father loved her, he couldn't keep her out of drugs and alcohol and handed her to the state in December 1996. Even though the children's shelter noted her missing one month later on January 23, 1997, they didn't report her as missing until February 28 - 5 weeks after they last saw her, but over 2 weeks after her body was found in a marsh in Wisconsin, another state. She was buried as "Jane Doe" and over 100 people that didn't even know her - or know who she was - attended her burial.

Amber had been beaten, sexually assaulted and asphyxiated by a bag over her head. That bag had fingerprints and DNA was found on her body, but there was no match in the Wisconsin system or the FBI's database of 49 states. So, imagine how the Wisconsin authorities must have felt after hundreds of hours of investigation and 17 years later to get a phone call from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations. They were conducting a cold case project and discovered latent fingerprint comparison technology and found a DNA match to James P. Eaton, a 36-year-old bank operations manager from Illinois. He was 19 when Amber was murdered.

Investigators located and followed Eaton until he smoked and discarded two cigarettes. Those cigarettes, a paper bag, and bodily fluids would match him to Amber's murder. A preliminary hearing is set for April 16. Eaton could face life in prison, but he's had nearly two decades of freedom in the meantime.

Sometimes we get resolve. Not necessarily what we had expected or hoped for, but peace in knowing people cared enough to look, investigate, and prosecute even when a case goes cold. As for the Illinois system, they now photograph and fingerprint the children that come through their program and they report them missing right away.

Source: http://www.hlntv.com/article/2014/04/11/amber-creek-murder-arrest-james-eaton-cigarette-dna
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on April 22, 2014, 09:19:47 PM
For a 23-year-old woman working alone at a salon, it was undoubtedly one of the worst nights of her life. A 49-year-old man by the name of Kelly Swoboda who was found later to have kept handwritten surveillance notes with a personal ranking system on at least 20 women, kidnapped her. He had converted his van into a "movable dungeon" and duct taped her ankles and wrists for transport. The woman was miraculously able to escape from the moving vehicle - albeit with a fractured skull amongst her injuries.  But, they didn't catch him and she got away.

He became "smarter" and installed ropes, chains and zip ties in the ready. But, he'll never be able to use them. Portland, Ore., Detectives shot and killed him last month when they responded to a suspicious van following high school students. He exchanged gunfire and lost.

I just can't think of how awfully lucky those 20 women were that were on his list. They are blessed, and anyone else that would have been in his path. People, reporting suspicious activity and being alert within their communities put a stop to disgrace and tragedy.

Sometimes the bad guys are taken off the streets. And, communities are better for it.

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oregon-fugitive-stalked-women-had-dungeon-van-n87136
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on April 22, 2014, 10:05:06 PM
Chuck Hutton is in his mid-80s and in poor health, and that's what makes this story so bitter sweet. You see, for the last 41 years Chuck and his family have lived with the fear that his son, Robert Hutton, was a victim of foul play, and recently perhaps a victim of John Wayne Gacy's.  Robert was reported missing in 1972, at the age of 21 after his family hadn't heard from him during a trip he was making from New York to California on foot and by hitch hiking. They have been looking for him ever since. Chuck had resolved that he would die without knowing what happened to his son. The case was closed by the sheriff's office after several years of investigation.

In February 2012, Chuck's daughter was curious when she heard that the sheriff's office was trying to identify seven of Wayne Gacy's murder victims that remain unidentified, he had been convicted of 33 murders in 1980 and executed in 1994. Robert fit the description of a person Gacy was likely to hit upon - hitchhiking, traveling by bus, passes through Chicago, worked in construction, the timeframe and all. They, like so many families, provided DNA to see if there was a match.

There wasn't, thankfully. But, the detectives traced a man by the name of Robert Hutton to Colorado, then to Montana. They confirmed that this healthy and vibrant Robert Hutton was in fact, Chuck's long lost son.  "I sensed a little bit of regret when I was speaking to him," Lead investigator Jason Moran said. "He said he just got caught up in the '70's lifestyle, and after years went by he became embarrassed he hadn't had contact with his family and that made it easier to dismiss them," Moran said. Robert had tried to reconnect with his family in the '80s and then again in the '90s but failed to track them down.

Needless to say, Chuck and the family were "ecstatic" to find him. Chuck was reunited with his son last June and Robert visited Chuck's home several times since. Chuck is reportedly happy he was able to reunite with his son before he passes away.

And, the sheriff's office urges families who have lost a son during the Gacy era of crimes (1972 to 1978), to submit DNA as they would surely like to identify the seven remaining known victims and bring closure to other families. To date, 150 families like Chuck's have provided leads: one has been identified, seven missing person cases have been closed, five were found alive and two were found to have died of natural causes. They have 40 leads they are still investigating. 

"If nothing else were to come of this, if everyone who had concerns about missing persons would get their DNA swabbed and put in a national database, you'd be amazed how many could be solved," said Chicago's Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart who leads Gacy's investigation. He asks that anyone that may want their loved one ruled out as a Gacy victim, call 708-865-6244, they would like to solve more cases.

Source: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-19/news/chi-man-reunited-with-family-41-years-after-feared-a-gacy-victim-20131219_1_gacy-victim-gacy-investigation-william-george-bundy
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on April 23, 2014, 08:29:21 PM
It was the classic set-up, the perp used money to lure 9-year-old Willie down his driveway in Atlanta, Georgia on March 31, just far enough where the perp could grab him, surely with ill intent.  Then the perp drove the boy for three hours. During that time, Willie started singing "Every Praise," a Gospel song by Hezekiah Walker. The captor would curse at Willie, he would tell him to shut up, but Willie wouldn't stop singing the same song over and over and over.

Perhaps it was something about the song, or faith, or Willie, but the captor stopped the car. "He opened the door and threw me out," said Willie, unharmed. "He told me not to tell anyone."

The Atlanta Police have released a sketch of the suspect. And for Willie, his congregation held an event to celebrate his safe return and non-other than Gospel singer Hezekiah Walker traveled from New York to pay homage to the young boy who just wouldn't stop singing his song.

Sometimes, you've just got to...literally...believe. And, sing.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/schoolboy-willie-myrick-freed-by-kidnapper-because-he-wouldnt-stop-singing-gospel-song-every-praise-9278293.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 03, 2014, 03:07:28 PM
Alexander Sandy Francis Gammie was 22 when last seen on May 13, 1975. His half-sister Judy Samson, born a decade before "Sandy" has been looking - through heartbreak, frustration and uncertainty - for him for 38 years. She recalls that when they reported him missing there wasn't much interest from police, but her family was tenacious. They hired two private investigators, and they went to the locations he was known to go, looking for any clue. But, they found none. "It was not fun, I can tell you, over the years," she said. "I kind of hoped we'd find him alive." 

Last December, she was told different. A Vancouver police officer assigned to historical files that had been given to the B.C. Coroner Services and Disaster Response Unit in 2006 was able to match his dental records to the records of a body found in 1975 in Vancouver, the same year he had gone missing.

"You look back and you think, 'Gee, I've wasted all that time doing this work and trying to figure out," she said, stating she had no idea that police departments didn't communicate with each other about missing people. She said over the years she has had conversations with her other brother about wanting to know what happened to Sandy before they pass on. "So now we know," she said.

I guess finding our loved ones happens this way too, still.

Source:  http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/12/16/b-c-woman-who-spent-38-years-searching-for-missing-brother-shocked-to-learn-he-was-found-dead-same-year-he-disappeared/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 08, 2014, 05:32:16 AM
Losing a three-year-old for even five minutes will seem like 50 years. It's a sinking feeling that little Carson Urness' family knows too well. Two hundred people in and around Cooperstown, North Dakota, assembled to help find the boy.

Carson went missing around 7:30 p.m. from the family farm and in the next seven hours the volunteers gathered swiftly and were joined by search on ATV's, on horses, by foot, with search dogs, on the air (media) and in the air (small aircraft). Soon it was 2 a.m., moist, rainy and Sheriff Robert Hook had made the decision nobody wanted to hear.

"There was nothing more for them to do," Sheriff Hook said of the vigilant foot walkers. And, at that moment is when one of those vigilant foot walkers noticed a beautiful golden retriever named Cooper, Carson's family dog, with a child sleeping underneath.

Carson was found in good health, albeit with cold feet. Although they say every dog has its day, and the media dubbed that Monday as being Coopers, I can't help but think Cooper would rather have not gone through the important exercise. 

The link below shows a video of the dog.

Note to self, if a young child goes missing, ask about the whereabouts of the family dog.

Source: http://globalnews.ca/news/1315756/family-dog-protects-missing-child-until-found/?utm_source=Article&utm_medium=MostPopular&utm_campaign=2014
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Have faith on May 08, 2014, 11:17:27 AM
Concerned, I just read the same story on Face book.  The news report I read (linked below) tells of how this 3 year boy was left unsupervised outside.  When he didn't come in for supper, the mom thought--Oh well, he'll get hungry eventually.  When he still didn't come in by 7:30 pm, she went out to the yard to look for him.  He was long gone, and was found a mile from home at 2:00 am.

But it is a feel good story because of the dog--who turns out to be a better parent than the mother and father.   :)

articles/family-dog-protects-lost-toddler-until-found/26852/?cid=social_20140507_23454214 (http://articles/family-dog-protects-lost-toddler-until-found/26852/?cid=social_20140507_23454214)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 08, 2014, 07:12:54 PM
Wow HF, how very sad is that. I didn't read that version. I hope the parent has to go through some parenting classes. I wonder what other dangers they aren't aware of that the child may fall victim to.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on June 22, 2014, 12:54:40 PM
She wasn't even scheduled to  to work that day, but Tiger Truck Stop cashier Fawn Lasseigne Domingue took over for a fellow employee and was seven hours into the shift and had just closed out her register when a man and girl entered the Stop to buy a pack of cigarettes. Even though the truck stop is in Louisiana, the clerk noted a resemblance to a registered sex offender wanted from Plant City, Florida for the possible abduction of a 16-year-old with a mental disorder, a story featured in her newsfeed from a Facebook post from CNN's Nancy Grace program.

As another cashier processed the transaction, Fawn rushed to the back office to confirm the images on her phone. She called police. When she came out of the office the guy and girl had already left. She quickly jumped in her car and acted like she was going to the rest stop's restaurant so she could obtain information on the guy's white pickup truck and license number. To her disappointment there was no license plate, but the police from the local precinct and the sheriff's office both arrived on the scene.

At first they didn't think it to be true, and Fawn began to doubt her instinct when it was mentioned that the State police were already in pursuit of another guy who met the description, but then the 40-mile chase began. The alleged perp, Steven Patrick Myers, 41, tried to outrun the authorities. While in pursuit he unfortunately stabbed the girl eight or nine times and himself twice before the vehicle was forced to stop after having engine problems. The girl was taken to the hospital and was last reported in serious but stable condition. Myers was charged with attempted murder and criminal damage to property.

Sometimes, when you see a FB post, and take another's work shift, and run into the perp, and call the authorities, and the authorities respond, even though they question the possibility they pursue, ....and..... well, sometimes it just happens that way. Thank goodness.

Source:  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/quick-thinking-woman-who-saved-missing-florida-girl-has-no-n137531
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 06, 2014, 06:58:41 AM
Did you know that when a missing person is found after "too many" years some don't call it "closure" anymore, they call it "resolution." That's the way it may just end for the family of Marvin A. Clark, 70, who went missing over 90 years ago when he ventured out to make what was suppose to be a short (10 mile) stagecoach trip on Halloween weekend in 1926 to visit Mrs. Sidney McDougall, his daughter, in Portland, Oregon. Other reports state the 75-year-old man took the trip to see his doctor.

Authorities today didn't actually expect to find Marvin alive, he would be 160 years old, you see.  But, I sense it is a pride thing for them. His disappearance is considered one of the oldest "active" missing persons case in the NAMUS database, an acronym for National Missing and Unidentified Persons System funded by the National Institute of Justice in the United States.

Although the facts of the case dating back before the Great Depression are somewhat sketchy, much less conflicting, investigators over the years have tried to "resolve" the case. Having gone missing in 1926, it wasn't until 60 years later on May 10, 1986 that loggers clearing an isolated section of Portland discovered human remains, complete with a 1888 V nickel, a 1919 penny, a pocket watch, leather shoes, wire-rimmed glasses, a FOE pocket knife, four (what they believe to be card player) tokens, a corroded revolver and an expended .32-caliber bullet. At the time, medical examiners labeled it one of the oldest cases they had ever come across, likely suicide. They thought his identity may never be known even though a woman, Dorothy Willoughby, within days of the find told detectives it might be her grandfather who had been depressed over partial paralysis on his right side causing a "halting gait" and the inability to use his right arm.

Dorothy died in 1991 without "closure" as the detectives didn't feel they had enough evidence to solve the case.

But, low and behold upon reviewing the file in 2011, Dr. Nici Vance of the Oregon state medical examiner's office would be pleasantly surprised to discover that the man's case still could be found in the unidentified persons' storage unit. She was able to obtain a good DNA sample and with the help of a team of volunteer genealogists found three great-great-paternal grandchildren. To definitively resolve the case, though, they remain hopeful in trying to find ancestors on the maternal side (any ancestry gurus or retired detectives want to make their mark?).

Although some cases don't get "closure" they remain "active" until some astute practitioner uses their talents combined with a sprinkling of tenacity to finally find "resolution." Perhaps if this case gets solved, investigators on the next oldest missing persons case will do their pride thing and resolve another case, as well. One down, 10,000 active cases to go....

Source:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/30/investigators-seek-dna-to-close-126-oregon-missing-person-case/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 06, 2014, 08:54:44 AM
“We said, ‘Why don’t we go look for the car?" Charlene Plante later recalled. "It couldn’t have gotten that far.’”  And, that's how miracles happen.

7:08 p.m. the mother couldn't find her newborn child in the maternity ward
9:01 amber alert issued.
10:26 amber alert cancelled.

What happened in that 85 minutes after the amber alert was issued, Melissa McMahon can only describe as a miracle. McMahon, who states she has always kept a very close eye on her other three children, had a very strong maternal urge to check on her newborn in the maternity room approximately 16 hours after giving birth. She was right, something was wrong. Her child had been abducted.

Nearby, four 20-year-olds from Quebec were simply bored and passing time on Facebook. That is, until they learned of an Amber Alert for the missing newborn who had been taken from Trois-Rivieres maternity ward by someone posing as a nurse.  The four bored young adults - Marc-Andre Cote, Melizanne and Sharelle Bergeron, and Charlene Plante - got the notion to play detective and jumped in a car to search for the suspect's red vehicle. 

Ironically, when one of the other three in the group shared a surveillance photo of the woman suspected as posing as a nurse to gain access to the baby, Plante immediately recognized the the woman as her former neighbor, 21-year-old Valerie Poulin Collins.  They drove to the suspect's apartment complex and found the sought after red Toyota and lights on in the apartment. They called police.

Within three hours of the abduction, and within 85 minutes of the Amber Alert being issued, the newborn was headed back into her parent's arms. As for Baby Victoria, her first day's adventure in life caused tearful joy from a roomful of police officers, investigators, hospital staff and the like, least of all the very happy parents.

Collins was held on two charges, kidnapping and abduction, the later that could wield a 10 year maximum sentence. She was sent for a psychiatric evaluation.

"We're pretty adventurous...there wasn't really much else going on that night," said Plante of her group of friends. And, just like that the four young adults were able to solve the crime in less time than it took to issue the Amber Alert. Thank goodness!




Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 24, 2014, 05:20:41 AM
Calling all armchair sleuths, do you have your rescue drone yet?  Rescue drones are the all-intrusive, adult kid toy that is drumming up many concerns - both positive and negative - as it allows amateur drone pilots to control, fly-over and record its findings. Well it seems the past time has been gaining some cred as a search and rescue gadget that is beginning to catch attention.

Recently, Guillermo DeVenecia, an 82-year-old man went missing in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, for three days.  According to reports, David Lesh a ski and snowboard outerwear company owner in Colorado who happened to be vacationing and just happened to have his drone with him decided to search for the missing local man.

In just 20 minutes, Lesh was able to accomplish what helicopters, search dogs and hundreds of volunteers were unable to - he flew over a 200-acre field and through the robot's camera noticed DeVenecia stumbling out in the field.

Just because technology exists, doesn't mean it is popular though. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration has taken efforts to enforce against Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), aka drone, to be used for search and rescue. They have gone as far as issuing cease and desist letters to a company that was responsible for finding 11 missing people, albeit deceased.  EquuSearch, a search and rescue company based in Texas resumed its operations after a judge ruled in their favor, but there still exists a fine line between rescuing and risking interference in an investigation as people and authorities work through the wonders of new technology.

Source:  Mashable.com
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 24, 2014, 05:41:12 AM
Well, if you can't squelch 'em, join 'em, right? The Saskatchewan RCMP did just that in May of 2013. Why let all the private and individual drone owners have all the glory?

Armed with none other than the Dragan Flyer X4-ES, an unmanned aerial vehicle that weighs less than five pounds and contains an infrared heat-seeking camera capable of identifying "hot" items in white and "cold" items in dark, the RCMP was on a mission to locate a 25-year-old man missing after a rollover accident.  The man became disoriented after sustaining a head injury in the accident. He called authorities to say he was lost, cold and only wearing light clothing.

The GPS from the man's phone was able to narrow the search area. Helicopters using night vision and search lights tried to locate the man, but were unsuccessful. However, it was another story for the Dragan Flyer X4-ES which when deployed in hover mode and slow rotations was able to locate the man within five minutes - unresponsive and curled up into a ball at the base of a tree, next to a snow bank. Had the Dragan - which the RCMP only previously used to take accident scene pictures - not been deployed, the authorities believe the missing man would not have been found until later in the day and likely, by that time, would not have been found alive.

To see video of the aerial view of the UAV finding the man and rescuers being directed to the man's location, click on the link below.

Source:  http://cjme.com/story/lost-man-found-rcmp-helicopter-camera-saskatoon-region/109383
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 27, 2014, 06:01:22 AM
Fernando Cuevas, 39, left his house in Uruguay in 2011 to take a short trip to Argentina. His family didn't know where he was and Fernando didn't know who he was.

So severe was his condition that it rendered him with brain damage to the extent he could not walk, talk or remember. The medical staff treating him in the City of Corrientes were in doubt that he could survive. When no one came to look for him, the staff gave him the name that was scribbled on a piece of paper in his pocket, Wilson Perez. They baptised him and gave him his last rights. But, he survived.

He began to talk, but remains in the intellectual capacity of a child. Staff would eventually make a Facebook page for him in hopes that he would be recognized. Nearly four years after he had gone missing, a man that had been staying with Fernando at the time of his disappearance recognized Fernando's image and called medics who, in turn, contacted his family.

"I had to go straight away to visit him," said Valieria Castro, 37, Fernando's sister who recognized him instantly. "My parents couldn't make the journey but it was so wonderful to see him again and alive."

The family hopes to bring him home and in doing so, they hope his memory might start to come back.

(Makes a persons wonder if found alive but unidentified individuals should be added to the national missing directories?)

Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/missing-man-declared-legally-dead-3618554
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 27, 2014, 07:12:15 AM
According to family, Nejdra "Netty" Nance didn't resemble her parents.  She didn't have their hands or feet, as her brother did. During her teen years Netty began to feel like she didn't fit in and she asked questions. It wasn't until she became pregnant at the age of 16 that her reality began to unravel. Her birth certificate - required to register for prenatal care - was declared a forgery.

Little did she know, but her mother Ann Pettway was really her abductor. On August 4, 1987, Ann had posed as a Harlem Hospital Center nurse and snatched the 19-day-old Carlina White - the newborn daughter of Carl Tyson and Joy White -  who had been admitted to the hospital due to high fever. Ann who had recently miscarried, renamed the baby, took her home by train, and introduced her to her family in Connecticut.

When Netty confronted Ann about her birth certificate, Ann cried and told Netty another lie; she was born to a drug addict who left her with Ann. By all accounts, Netty tells of a wonderful childhood and a love for the only family she knew and grew alongside. But, she was curious. On December 2010 while on the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children's website, she found a case where the baby's picture resembled that of her daughter. Before DNA results were confirmed, Netty connected with her birth mother.

"Straight away there was a connection," said Netty." I just knew she was my mum. Just knew."

In her birth parents she found the likenesses she mourned as a child - in hands and legs. It would take a while, though, to sort through reality. Ann turned herself in to authorities in February 2012 and was jailed. Netty needed time to process her emotions. After all, she grew up feeling close to a family that was not her biological and she was developing a new relationship with a family that was. There was intense public interest in her story. Netty took time, away from everyone, to process and come to terms.

Today, she chats with her birth mother on a daily basis. They finish one another's sentences, they like the same foods, and they perform similar gestures.  She also writes to Ann on a weekly basis even though she has yet to face her. She decided to keep her name as "Netty" as that is the name she gave to herself. Netty doesn't want to be consumed by anger; she fears it would stop her from living. She resolves that she has two mothers, two fathers, a brother and wonderful relatives. She believes her life is richer because of it.

"I wouldn't be me if it wasn't for what I've been through, and I'm happy," she says.

Sometimes, a missing person finds oneself.

Source:  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/snatched-girl-who-solved-case-3548709
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 07, 2014, 05:52:05 PM
For 85-year-old Ovell Krell, the seven decade wait finally came to an end. She had a wonderful time with her brother George "Owen" Smith before he went missing, something her other siblings were too young to remember. He was 14 and she was 11 when he was sent to the Florida Industrial School for Boys and was  never seen again.

Ovell and Owen's parents died not knowing what happened to their son - their father died in the 1960s and their mother in the 1980s. Before they left they made Ovell promise she'd never stop looking for her brother. She would make a career of it, literally working 23 years as a police officer spending her free time in the detectives' bureau and forensic departments for ideas and clues.

In the 70 years since Owen went missing, the family heard about the school, now renamed, and stories about substandard treatment (to put it mildly) from many of the former students that were fortunate enough to survive. And, they knew there were 31 rusty, white crosses on the campus that were rumored to be burial markings of students that were the victims of fires, influenza, pneumonia, and other things. What they didn't know, though, was that 55 bodies would eventually be found on the 1,400-acre campus, and one was Owen.

Back in the day, the school didn't tell the parents that Owen went missing, until months later. They didn't actively look for him until Owen's mother threatened to come to the school and not leave until there were answers. In fact, the school once told the parents that they had found Owen under a porch and claimed that he must have crawled under the porch and died of pneumonia and basically the school had buried him. That was not good enough for the parents who felt something was amiss. A former school attendee once told the family he had been with Owen on what he thought was Owen's last sighting, and claimed the boys run away and were shot at. He hadn't seen Owen after that. But through all the stories, there was only suspicions and no proof.

Ovell thought she would die without knowing what happened to her brother, so in hopes of others being able to carry on her promise to her parents she wrote everything down. A few years ago she sent the information to everyone she could think of - the authorities, the press, politicians, and more. Many of them did what they could, wrote a story, opened an investigation, shared their experiences at the school, but still no signs of Owen. It wasn't until a research team took an interest in the crosses on the school property that Ovell would receive the long-awaited news. Her brother was found buried there.

The family has an idea of what may have happened, but chances are they will never have the proof. Today, Ovell is thankful for opportunity to bury her brother with the dignity and respect her family had longed for. Her promise no longer looms too heavy to bare.

It's an interesting story and an insightful video interview with Ovell - a testament to a sister who spent her life looking for her long-lost brother. And, she found him. May there be peace in at least that.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/07/us/florida-boys-school-dna-match/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on August 07, 2014, 06:01:02 PM
Lord knows, we need PEACE IN THIS WORLD Concerned!! Please join in with me, and sign Peace on your wonderful posts.
Thank you so much for this beautiful topic!! It has been read over 21,000 times.  That says a lot!! There are people who need hope!! And we need some PEACE in our lives as well.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 07, 2014, 07:09:11 PM
Peace, JB.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 08, 2014, 08:42:18 PM
People are declared missing for many reasons - foul play, natural occurrences, health conditions, and by their own free will or at their own hands, for example. Jannah, 4, and her brother Arif Pratama, 7, were carried away from their home clinging to wooden planks by huge waves in the quake-triggered tsunami in Indonesia in 2004. They went missing. Their parents, who survived the tsunami, were devastated.

So imagine how their parents, Jamaliah and Septi felt ten years later when Jamaliah's brother told them that he thought he spotted Jannah in North Sumatra, a neighbouring province, walking home from a school. He had asked about the girl only to find that she and another child were found by fishermen and taken to the mainland.  For a year the children lived with the fishermen and their families. One fisherman at one point wanted to adopt both children, but could only afford to provide for one more child. His mother, Sarwani, was the main caregiver for Jannah from that point on.

At first, Jannah's parents couldn't believe it could be true, but they travelled to the neighboring province to see.

"When we saw her, we knew, we felt the bond right away," the father said.

Jannah has moved back with her biological parents, and her adoptive family are delighted.

"We are very happy they have reunited. She will always be part of our family, and actually, we now all feel like one big family," Sarwani said.

So, about that other child found when Jannah was found. Could it be Jannah's missing brother Arif Pratama? The parents now believe it is possible. The father believes his son may still be on Banyak Island where the children first arrived after being swept away.

We can only hope, right? Oh, and wish, among other very important things. Do the other very important things. It helps.

Source: http://news.msn.com/world/indonesians-hope-to-find-son-lost-in-tsunami-after-reunion-with-daughter

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 14, 2014, 06:07:56 PM
When a person goes missing, look for the dog. It's a lesson that has made it in the news a few times. Karina Chikitova's story is no different.

Karina's mother didn't know she was missing for three days, not because she is neglectful, but merely because she thought Karina's father had taken her with him when he went to visit relatives in the neighboring Siberian village. Three days passed when the mother realized the little girl was actually missing, at that point she could only hope that the family's puppy dog that was also missing was somehow able to accompany Karina, and keep Karina safe and warm while they continued their search.

However on the ninth day of Karina's disappearance, the puppy returned without Karina. That's when the parents lost all hope of finding their daughter alive. "Our hearts truly and deeply sank. If she was to hug her puppy, we thought, this would have given her a chance to stay warm during nights and survive," said Afanasiy Nikolayev, a representative from the Sakha Republic Rescue Service.

But soon the puppy was determined to join the search and took rescuers straight to the little girl's location. Karina was found 11 days after disappearing. She was a little deydrated and had a few minor injuries, but she is back home where she - and her puppy - belong.

(I love these stories!)

Source:  http://www.examiner.com/article/puppy-saves-girl-siberian-girl-saved-after-puppy-leads-rescuers-to-her
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on August 15, 2014, 11:25:07 AM
Me too! :)

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on September 18, 2014, 09:13:46 PM
I am not sure if this belongs on this thread.  But here is a verse, of which you might of heard, whatever version, that I found in my brother's personal papers when he passed away at age 68.

He had some challenges as we all do in life,,,, but somehow this poem was important to him.  He would often recite a few stanzas. He had a bit of a "lilt" in his speech when he would recite it - and he would tap his foot.  ;)  It is the Irish in us!!

Gosh, one could almost put music to it! (come to think of it) :)

But it is a serious message - that may hit home with someone who is searching for " respecting one self", and what it means.

When you get what you want in the struggle for self,
And the world makes you KING for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what the man has to say.

For it isn't your father, mother or wife, whose judgement upon you  must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life,
Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people might think you're a straight shooting chum,
And call you a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass, says you are a bum,
If you can't look him straight in the eye.

He's the fellow to please, never mind the rest,
As he is with you - clear to the end -
And you have passed the most dangerous test
If the guy in the glass is your friend

You may fool the world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartache and tears,
If you've cheated the man in the glass.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Have faith on September 19, 2014, 05:23:16 PM
JB, I have never heard this verse, but it is so profound, honest and relevant in it's message to all of us.  Sincere condolences to you and your family, and may your brother rest in peace. 
I know that the children of the author, Dale Wimbrow Sr. would love to hear this story about your brother.  I hope that you will share it with them. 

http://www.theguyintheglass.com/ (http://www.theguyintheglass.com/)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on September 19, 2014, 06:09:28 PM
Thank you Have Faith for your kind words.  One can also insert gal for guy.  It also applies to women who are struggling with self worth.  It also has  a direct message to "people pleasers"  Amazing!!

 :) JB
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 05, 2014, 07:14:25 PM
What are the odds? That's what came to mind earlier this week when the news posted a frightening video of a man who approached a woman walking on the sidewalk on Sunday, then suddenly he abducted her. The video showed what seemed to be an arm around her neck or perhaps it was a weapon to her head, whatever it was it did not appear she could fight her attacker. He dragged her down a long sidewalk to a car. At times she resembled a rag doll her feet inches from the pavement. At other times, she appeared to be dragging and resisting. And, as they neared his vehicle she seemed to drop to the ground in resistance. They struggled, she fell to the ground, her purse and cell phone were scattered across the road.

A witness heard her call for help. The witness shouted, but to no avail. As he neared the commotion, the victim was placed in a vehicle and proceeded to try to kick out the window - causing caution for the witness who didn't know if it was a gunshot. He backed off, but it was later revealed that the witness would be the catalyst in alerting the authorities immediately, a move that authorities say saved her life.  Amazingly, there was local business footage that would give clues to the person who was abducted, the perp that took her,  the technique of the perp, and the vehicle to search for.

She was confirmed missing and investigators needed the public's assistance in finding her and her abductor. So, they posted a video of the abduction online on Monday (they didn't wait 24 to 72 hours, thank goodness).

What are the odds, I sadly thought, of her being found alive - especially when the video footage shown publicly may scare the perp into action, a chance that was outweighed by the possibility of the public being able to identify the subject in the video and the car used in the abduction? Most stories like this do not end well.

However, there was a break in the case when a man was shown using the victim's bank card at an ATM machine in Aberdeen, Maryland - approximately 75 miles from where she was abducted in Philadelphia.  The authorities released the new video, a day after the transaction happened. Again, authorities didn't wait days, weeks or months to release the footage. Officials immediately offered a $42,000 reward (including $25,000 from FBI).

The strategy worked. The public was able to help authorities identify the suspect, and authorities were able to track his vehicle's GPS. When he stepped out of the car in Jessup, Maryland, they nabbed him. The victim was found in the car, alive but with what they described as "minor" injuries.

"We got a very dangerous predator off the street," said Police Chief Charles Ramsey of Delven Barnes, the suspect. "My understanding is that even after she was in the car and she was bound she continued to fight and struggle with this guy, so she’s got a lot of fight in her, and that probably helped keep her alive." Apparently, the victim did not know the suspect. They will know more when they are able to interview her.

The suspect is being held on an unrelated warrant issued from Virginia for attempted capital murder, assault and malicious injury with acid, explosives or fire. Authorities are looking into a similar abduction where a 16-year-old female who was abducted off the street on October 1, in a similar fashion and identification of the same perp.

The victim's mother has spoken to her daughter. "I'm going to get my daughter. I'm going to get my baby." What gorgeous words to hear.

Sometimes people defy odds, they come home, and when that happens that's a wonderful thing.

Kudos to the determined authorities and to the concerned public for bringing this young woman home and the perp off the streets.


*Updated with new details. Deleted the victim's name, as she has been found alive.
**Updated to share new details of the witness' participation.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jobo on November 06, 2014, 06:22:08 AM
Oh, I am so glad you posted this news, Concerned, the other day. I watched the video of Carlesha being abducted...and it was on my mind just as I opened this thread.....I am relieved to see the Victim is okay. 
Wow, the article says she did not know her abductor.   I thought for sure it would be someone that knew her.....how the heck did he time it just right that he parked, walked up the street and then Carlesha just happened to be walking alone....with no one else around except that one car that comes into the video...sits a second or two...and then backs up right around the corner?   Thankfully Carlesha is safe.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 06, 2014, 08:37:36 AM
Jobo, it appears that he may have been waiting for her to get off the bus at the bus stop. It seems unknown at this point if he had been stalking her previously or whether it was wrong time, wrong place. She was on her way home from work and just blocks from home. Another news source claims he may have done this previous as authorities said there are similarities to another abduction in October that happened in a similar manner. I updated details in the post and added a third source for more details.

Surely, kudos go to the authorities and to the public.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 10, 2014, 04:15:58 PM
Yara Gambirasio, 13 and from a small town in northern Italy, went missing Friday, November 26, 2010, after leaving a gym for home,  700 meters  away. By all accounts, Brembate di Sopra was "the kind of place where nothing happens." Her parents called police by 7:30 p.m. after failing to reach her by mobile phone. Sadly, three months later on February 25, 2011 her body was found in a field 10 kms from her home. Although she had a dozen knife lacerations to her throat and back, they were superficial and the cause of death was determined to be exposure.

Hope sometimes isn't able to provide the ending we all had wished for, so in this story, the hope comes in wanting to bring the perp off the streets. Hope, in this story involves saliva on the back of a stamp. Who would have thought a stamp licked by a man who was deceased at the time of the murder could be the clue that would lead to the girl's suspected killer?

The extent to which the killer was sought is beyond my ability to tell correctly so you will likely benefit by reading the full story. It involved an unrelenting effort by investigators to turn every clue. And, it involved over 15,000 men and women who miraculously volunteered their DNA. "Nothing so large had ever been attempted anywhere in the world before, let alone Italy," says Giorgio Portera, a former Carabinieri lieutenant and now a geneticist employed by the girl's family. Infact, a newspaper Rome daily iL Foglio claims, "There was launched an operation perhaps without precedent in the field of criminology and jurisprudence - the genetic screening of an entire territory."

In that testing, a young man who frequented a nearby disco was found to not have "THE" DNA, but DNA very similar to that of the killer - he was deemed a close relative. So, when the police investigated his family, they found this father had 11 brothers and sisters. One of the uncles, Giuseppe Guerinoni who was a bus driver that had died in 1999 (nearly ten years prior to the murder) was yet to be ruled out as a connection. When investigators visited his widow, they found a stamp on the back of his driver's license that if it was licked by him proved to show a strong connection (not a match, mind you) with the DNA of the killer. Yet, the three children of Giuseppe were cleared when tested. Stumped, the investigators exhumed Giuseppe's body and extracted DNA from his femur confirming that Giuseppe was closely connected to the killer. The determined investigators were then on the hunt for a possible illegitimate son of Giuseppe and without family (they had no clue that he had had an affair) or friend's input (although one friend would admit Giuseppe was a lady's man and he had lots of women travel on the bus between work and home), the only way to do so was to locate any possible women Giuseppe had an affair with.

Investigator's reconstructed a bio of the bus driver's private life, listing every single woman he had ever known. When questioning the women, the investigators were met with "a wall of silence" they colorfully compared to that experienced with Sicily and the mob. After identifying 532 women the bus driver had known during his lifetime who he could have had sexual relations with and who were still alive, they tested all of them once in 2012/3 and again in 2014 to take advantage of a technology that tested the mitochondria (nucleus of the DNA) which produces more female traces. One woman, "EA" (name being withheld since case is ongoing), 67, was determined to be the mother of the killer. She had twins (a boy and a girl) and a younger son. She professed that she never had an affair with the bus driver - she claimed to be faithful to her husband she married at the age of 19 in 1967. However, two men would later tell investigators that they had had an affair with"EA" which discounted her claims. Also, much later Giuseppe's close friend divulged her name as the mother of Giuseppe's illegitimate children.

EA's oldest son, interestingly, was given Giuseppe as his middle name (name not fully disclosed as case is still ongoing). He is a carpenter, married and with three children and the family lived relatively close to where the murder happened. Investigators set up a roadblock in June 2014 near his home. They flagged down his car and performed a breathalyser on him which he passed, but which also gave investigators his DNA. The DNA was a clear match (21 compatible markers when 16 to 17 are normally considered enough to determine, and he has blue eyes which is also indicative in the DNA test) to the DNA found on the girl. Giuseppe was determined to be the father of EA's twins. Investigators were able to determine that the suspect's truck had been filmed by the security cameras of a station opposite of the gym at 6 p.m. on the day of the murder and ten minutes later by the girl's home. The suspect says he often frequented the route to see his brother or accountant and to avoid heavy traffic. The suspect last used his mobile phone on the night of the murder at 17:45 to call his brother but then switched it off until the following day.

The suspect denies involvement, and does not know why Yara's clothing would contain his DNA. His wife claims that he was home for dinner that night. And, investigators are without a defined motive. The suspect's lawyer is professing the suspect's innocence and questioning the DNA process. However, the investigators claim the suspect admitted to magistrates that in 2012 when the Italian police sought illegitimate male children of the bus driver, the suspect asked his mother, "Did you ever know Giuseppe Guerinoni?" (Why else would he ask her?)

The story is told in full detail at http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/the-murder-mystery-solved-by-dna-from-the-back-of-a-postage-stamp/ar-AA7qWpQ?ocid=mailsignout

Was this hope? Shear luck? Unrelenting determination? Or, a mistake?  Sometimes, we need a little of it all. May Yara finally rest in peace soon. She sure has a team of determined investigators looking after her honor.

Source:  http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/the-murder-mystery-solved-by-dna-from-the-back-of-a-postage-stamp/ar-AA7qWpQ?ocid=mailsignout
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 07, 2014, 10:01:51 AM
The glass on Camryn Wood's smart phone is cracked, but thank goodness it works because the tech-savvy 15-year-old millenial received an amber alert that read: "AMBER Alert 10:41 AM. Olympia City, WA AMBER Alert: LIC/#AIE8318 (WA) 2012 Blue, Dark Dodge Avenger." What Camryn didn't know was that the female driver of that vehicle had taken (parental abduction) her own 18-month-old son who she did not have custody of.

But, what Camryn - who was riding in a car with her father at the time of the alert posted - did know was that when she looked up from her phone a car fitting the exact description was in front of them. They called 911 within 60 seconds of the post and continued to follow the vehicle to a Holiday Inn parking lot while providing police with updates. Police arrived and took the mother and the unharmed baby into custody.

Sometimes hope comes to us when we collectively use the technology that is available.

Source:  http://buzz.hotmomsclub.com/clever-teen-does-the-unthinkable-to-save-kidnapped-baby-incredible/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 10, 2014, 07:32:59 PM
"He had beautiful blue eyes and a perfect smile," Janis Nixon said through tears about her brother at a news conference announcing that after 30 years David is confirmed deceased. Thirty years is a long time.

Her brother, David Nixon was last seen on July 6, 1984 at the corner of King and James Streets in Hamilton, Ontario. His body was found one month later in Lake Ontario. He was 23 years old. Twenty-three is young.

DNA and coordinated missing databases didn't exist back then, complicating the process of connecting the missing with who has been found. Technology is improving.

Nixon's disappearance didn't add up. He was young, healthy, religious, good family, and didn't have a criminal background. I'm sure his uncle has played back his last memory of David over and over and over again in his mind. He was the last to see David on the corner of the streets on the warm summer day. He invited David for coffee, but David said he was running late to meet someone. The words, "If only..." were likely on replay there ever after.

The family can now rest in knowing David doesn't need to be found. They will continue to wonder if perpetrators were involved, and if so, whether justice will ever occur. "We strongly believe that if foul play was involved, there are people out there who have information and know what happened to our brother. We are appealing to them to come forward," Janis said. "The recent confirmation of his death has raised more questions and we are committed to seek answers." Families feel compelled to honor their loved one's life, even in death. Rightly so.

David was one of 557 unsolved missing persons cases and 282 unsolved unidentified bodies in the OPP missing Persons Unidentified Bodies Unit listings. Now there are 556 and 281. And let us not forget there are 7,206 people listed missing on the Canadian Police Information Centre database. Every person counts and still holds a warm loving place in the hearts and souls of their many loved ones, family and friends. Their unsolved cases still burn a hole in LE's unending desire for answers, and years of investigation. When one person goes missing, or is murdered, it is safe to say, many more slowly suffer in wait.

And, also important, David's case is not closed. LE and OPP remain committed to discovering what exactly caused David's death. For that, we are collectively thankful.

Good work, LE, OPP and RCMP. Please - not meaning to be greedy - but, may we have some more?

David, welcome home. Peace to you and your family.

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/police-identify-body-of-hamilton-man-who-went-missing-30-years-ago-1.2841924
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 10, 2014, 08:30:56 PM
Do you need some hope today? The following ten technologies have been developed to deliver hope and progress. Did you know that...

1. Even the tiniest piece of broken glass found on clothing at a crime scene can lead to discovering the direction of bullets, the force of impact, or the type of weapon used?  They use LA-ICP-MS (Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry) machines that have a highly sensitive isotopic recognition ability.

2. Alternative light photography - through the use of blue light and orange filters - can help authorities show bruising below the skin's surface before it is even visible?

3. Ballistic specialists, crime scene investigators and firearms examiners use high-speed ballistics cameras to identify and match bullet trajectories, impact marks and exit wounds in an effort to solve cases and provide evidence during hearings.

4. The Video Spectral Comparator 2000 allows authorities to "lift" obscured or hidden writing and determine quality and origin of paper in situations where the paper is damaged by water and fire.

5. The Digital Surveillance for Xbox XFT Device is being developed to allow authorities visual access to hidden Xbox hard drive files and to replay recorded sessions during court hearings.

6. Forensic pathologists, anthropologists and scientists use 3D forensic facial reconstruction software to reconstruct images taken from human remains into a person's profile image/sketch for better ease in identifying remains that have been found.

7. When DNA profiling fails to identify criminals and victims using trace (i.e., hair or skin samples), DNA sequencers allow forensic scientists to analyze old bones or teeth to determine specific ordering of a person's DNA nucleobases and generate "reads" on unique DNA patterns.

8. Forensic Carbon-14 Dating is used not only to identify the age of human remains, but to actually identify the remains.

9. Automated fingerprint identification combined with magnetic fingerprinting capability allow crime scene investigators, forensic scientists and police officers to quickly compare fingerprints at the crime scene, virtually. Magnetic fingerprinting dust and no-touch wanding provide perfect impressions of fingerprints without contamination.

10. Forensic accountants use link analysis software to discover odd financial activity, unusual digital financial transactions, ascertain customer profiles, and generate probabilities of illegal behavior.

Just think, there are people inventing, testing, and learning to use these types of advancements every day. Bless them!

To read more about each of these technologies, visit http://www.forensicscolleges.com/blog/resources/10-modern-forensic-science-technologies .
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 23, 2014, 11:48:34 PM
Christmas will be a bit precious for a Los Angeles, California, family all because their 13-year-old boy was quick witted and tenacious in saving his 4-year-old sister from abduction.

A stranger, Earl Williams, walked into their backyard and asked the 4-year-old girl her name, then he grabbed her and walked away. Her brother immediately began yelling for someone to call 911 and he grabbed the man's arm (or the girl's arm - reports conflict).

Neighbors called 911 and flagged down the Los Angeles County Sheriff's patrol car to inform them of the direction of the screams. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department located the suspect and has since charged him with kidnapping. The sister and brother were not harmed in this incident.

"He was definitely quick on his feet," said Sheriff's Deputy Miguel Ruiz. " He's very responsible for his family and obviously his 4-year-old sister. So at this point, he is our hero for today."

The Sheriff's department is collecting toy donations they intend to deliver to the family for Christmas.

Source:  http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Teen-Saves-4-Year-Old-Sister-From-Would-Be-Kidnapper-286487501.html and http://www.inquisitr.com/1700326/california-boy-saves-sister-kidnapping-thwarted-by-13-year-old-boy-called-a-hero-after-he-saves-his-sister/

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on December 28, 2014, 09:44:01 AM
"A lot of the time, as investigators, that's what we need too," said Sgt. Lana Prosper, from the RCMP's National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains. "We need to know that the parents are hopeful. It keeps us motivated."

When it comes to hopeful, Crystal and Bruce Dunahee wrote the book. Their son, Michael, was abducted at the age of four nearly 24 years ago on March 24, 1991 from the Blanshard Park Elementary School playground in Victoria. Both parents and Michael's younger sister were present at the time Michael went missing: Crystal was playing ball in a nearby field and Bruce was watching from the sidelines, yet no one saw Michael disappear.

"It's the most well-known case in Canadian history in terms of a missing child," said Signy Amason, from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

Both parents remain hopeful, believing that their son is still alive. Crystal calls it "mother's intuition." If that is so, Michael is 28.

"I'm just wondering, you know, do I have any grandchildren, or where he is, or what's going on with his life," said Bruce.

Much was done to find Michael:

So, after such efforts, you may ask, "Why be hopeful?" It's been 24 years. So here is where the science of hope begins, and remains.

With every passing year, our hearts may sink. We might feel discouraged. We might want to give up, or in, to whatever place you go when the pain is deep and doesn't go away. But,...and this is a big and important "but" - every year brings new technologies, new science, new forensics, better best practices, new investigative eyes and ears, and determined technicians inspired by hopeful loved ones.

For Michael, this has been the case. With the onset of social media, missing persons investigations have given rise to a new level of competency and more tools. First, the government was able to establish a national missing person's site, while many private missing persons sites remain vigilant. More people today are able to read and learn about cases than ever before. Maybe, just maybe, Michael (or those that have come to know Micheal) may remember something, see his story, and something might click... he (or someone) might reach out. That's hope.

And, forensic artists are now able to create images showing what a child would look like at various stages of his or her life, including age 5, 10, 15, 17, 28... These photos are used to update flyers, websites, and social media posts. More reach, more information out there, more opportunity for someone to come forward. And, its working. A Canadian child missing 15 years ago discovered photos on social media that looked like the artist's rendering. This was a child that, like Michael, may have been too young at the time of his disappearance to realize he had been abducted. He inquired.

The hope is that as reports emerge, and a child's story is told in yet another forum on yet another day to yet more eyes and ears - someone somewhere that may be unaware might have a tidbit. And, tidbits can lead to answers, and in many cases answers have happy endings.

In Michael's case, the investigators have followed over 11,000 tips and leads without success, but they continue to keep his case open and revisit it often. It's the humane thing to do, especially when parents intuition and hope provide inspiration.

"Most people - almost all people - have some type of technological imprint on the internet," said Arnason. "You never know what you're going to find." Especially in today's day and age, people post pictures of themselves or their children and their friends on social media. Technology is advancing to the point where those images can be matched to artist renderings to provide possible leads. Investigators don't just wait for leads to come in, they sleuth, too.

Who could have predicted such advancements in social nature that could add so much fuel to investigations? And, who knows what next year is going to bring?

Where there is hope, tenacity and perseverance is in abundance.

(Perhaps in 2015, while sleuthing for our missing and keeping the threads current, we can identify more advances in technology and see how we can support the use of those advancements to bring us closer to our answers. Fuel the bridge, if you will. Progress....)

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/how-police-search-for-missing-children-decades-later-1.1340766
Michael's thread: http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=52.0
Michael's website: http://michaeldunahee.ca/app/en/

Missing: Michael Wayne Dunahee
Date of Birth: May 12, 1986
Missing Since: Mar 24, 1991
Missing from: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Characteristics: Michael was starting to show freckles when he disappeared.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond
At the time of disappearance: height: 3'0"; weight: 51 lbs
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 04, 2015, 02:21:38 PM
Richard III, the King of England from 1483 to his death in 1485, was buried without pomp and circumstance. He was the last English king to be killed in battle. It is believed that his tomb was destroyed and remains were considered lost for more than five centuries. Wikipedia will tell you that he was the last king of the House of York and he was defeated at Bosworth Field in the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses that marked the end of the Middle Ages in England. History of that era uncovers that Richard's short reign was part of a three-decade feud wherein both halves of England's reigning dynasty were pitted against each other and the crown was tossed around from cousin to cousin. His funeral was unceremonious and not coveted.

Somewhere after this war, his remains were lost - some archaeologists long believed that he rested in the location of the Greyfriars church choir, while other stories lead one to think his body was thrown into the River Soar when the church was abandoned.

This isn't a story about the merits of Richard III, or the politics that surrounded his death, or the reasons why he eventually became the subject of a Shakespeare's play. It is merely a commentary on the unbelievable way in which his historic remains were found - nearly 500 years later.

Enter Philippa Langley, an advertising executive unable to work due to health issues, who had taken a voracious liking toward reading literature. Around 2003, she became fascinated by King Richard III's story and was working on a screenplay about him when she developed a curiosity about where the King's remains were buried. She consulted with a fellow Richard III enthusiast, John Ashdown-Hill, who had recently published research that suggested that the King's body could still be in the grounds where the church once stood. Many had come to believe that when the church was dismantled and Social Service Department parking lots constructed, the King's remains had been tossed into the River Soar, perhaps by an angry mob.

In 2004, Langley who was curious for answers took a stroll on the two parking lots that were constructed over the old Church grounds and took a stroll on the property. That's when "it" happened.

"I had goosebumps. I just knew I was walking on his grave," she said, but was at a loss to explain "it." Whether "it" was a psychic vision, lucky intuition or some mystic step through time, she was convinced that Richard's remains were beneath her. Convincing others would be a challenge and require more than a hunch. Langley joined the Richard III Society, a group with 4,000 members worldwide and became inspired to retell Richard's story on film. She formed a small branch of the society in Scotland. They learned that after Richard's demise, Henry Tudor hastily crowned himself Henry VII and had Richard III buried in the Greyfriars church lot. The lot was demolished, its treasures confiscated, and its location - along with Richard's grave - forgotten during Henry VIII's reign when England abandoned Catholicism and disbanded monasteries. Langley wasn't convinced he was moved.

John Ashdown-Hill, commissioned by the BBC, published findings that coincided with Langley's intuition - that there was a likelihood that the grave would be closer to where the smaller parking lot now stood - the place Langley had goosebumps. Langley and Ashdown-Hill urged the popular archaeological TV series Time Team to excavate the area. They declined since there was no guarantee they'd find the King.

Four years later the duo formed a project group named "Looking for Richard" with the sole purpose to find his remains. In 2010, they convinced the Leicester City Council to let her hire archaeologists to conduct a dig in the parking lot. When council withdrew funding, Langley convinced the worldwide Richard Society to raise $28,000 to keep the project going for two more weeks, even when the odds of locating Richard III's remains at the very spot of Langley's goosebumps were one million to one (per lead archaeologist Richard Buckley).

On the morning of August 25, 2012, a mini excavator punctured the exact spot where Langley felt goosebumps a decade prior. The University of Leicester Archaeological Services, the Leicester City Council, a documentary crew, and Langley/Ashdown-Hill looked on. Richard III's remains were found within one foot of the spot, rendering Langley speechless.

Astonishingly, in this historic example it could (loosely) be said that goosebumps, networking and the tenacity by strangers led to the discovery of the long-lost human remains of a King.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: debbiec on January 04, 2015, 02:49:42 PM
Another source: Reply #31

http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=5528.30 (http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=5528.30)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 15, 2015, 01:45:27 PM
Sun Bin was four-years-old when he was abducted from a vegetable market in 1991 and fell victim to child traffickers in China. Now, 28-years-old he says he always felt he was adopted, but never asked his adoptive parents about how he ended up with them. He did, however, provide a DNA sample with police in Jiangsu in October 2014.

Recently, the police called to inform him there had been a match and that his family has been searching for him since the day he disappeared. His biological parents registered with a Chinese website named, "Baby Come Home." They provided information and DNA in hopes of a match, someday.

This week, Sun Bin was reunited with his biological father - he fell to his knees upon meeting him. The meeting was bittersweet for the pair as Sun Bin's mother died from cancer in 2011 and couldn't realize her "biggest wish in life" to someday be reunited with her missing son.

Sun Youjong, 60, Sun's biological father, believes the adoptive parents broke the law by accepting a kidnapped child, and says "But as long as my son comes back to live with me, I won't press charges against them."  The elder says he is happy and grateful, but bitter. He mentioned that his son was taken out of school when he was 15-years-old to work, and that is one thing he would not have allowed if he had the opportunity to raise his son.

Sun is currently trying to decide whether he will move in with his biological father or return to the coastal town in which he was raised.

Sun's family, is not the only family finding answers. Recently, the Chinese police rescued 37 newborn babies from being trafficked for $13,000 each.

Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/15/asia/china-trafficked-boy-reunited/index.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on January 15, 2015, 07:02:49 PM

Missing: Michael Wayne Dunahee
Date of Birth: May 12, 1986
Missing Since: Mar 24, 1991
Missing from: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Characteristics: Michael was starting to show freckles when he disappeared.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond
At the time of disappearance: height: 3'0"; weight: 51 lbs 

A parent's hope has no bounds!! Yes, other children have been abducted, adopted and raised by others.
Perhaps some day, if this little boy falls under the above circumstances, he may be reunited with his true family.

It is the constant looking and constant hoping with few visible answers that must be difficult for this family.

Life continues on, and I hope they had more beautiful babies, to watch over, and to see them grow, and to love and cherish them, and to be loved in return by them, and to have grand children from them. Very often through stress of a missing child, parents break up - but my wish still remains - either together, or in separate lives, they  both would make wonderful parents!! 

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 28, 2015, 08:06:30 PM
Fiona Pender, 25 and pregnant, was last seen alive on August 22, 1996, when she was dropped off at a flat in Tullamore, Ireland, that she shared with her then boyfriend. Although Fiona, who was a part-time model, hairdresser and seven months pregnant at the time of her disappearance has not been found, her case may be closer to resolve. A 41-year-old Irish man — the prime suspect in Fiona's case — has been arrested in Saskatoon, Canada for sexually assaulting and threatening to kill his current wife.

At the time of Fiona's disappearance, her boyfriend says he stayed at his family's farm outside of the area and had no idea how or why Fiona disappeared. Nearly two decades have passed without any evidence of Fiona.

"I've never forgotten about her. She's been on my mind constantly," said Josephine, Fiona's mother. "It's important for me to find her body and the body of her baby. I need to give them dignity."

In the time since the disappearance, a motorist came forward with a statement that he was almost forced off a road south of Tullamore by a four-wheel drive vehicle that was in the area on the night of Fiona was last seen. Another local man claims to have seen two men carrying something that resembled a rolled-up carpet from the building in Church Street where Fiona resided and placed the bulky object in the rear of a four-wheel drive vehicle that same night.

The authorities have a prime suspect in the case, but could not arrest him due to insufficient evidence. That suspect just happens to be the man arrested for multiple charges of sexual assault and threatening to kill his current wife. The arrest in Canada led to new information on Fiona's case which was provided to Irish authorities — possibly the location of where her remains may be located.  A woman has come forward stating that the suspect took her to a location in Ireland and told her that he had killed and buried Fiona there. Authorities are following up on the information.

Fiona's mother remains hopeful. The Irish authorities told her they were optimistic the new information could lead to a break in her daughter's case. Sometimes old habits catch up with people and — even decades later — sometimes answers may come.

(According to The Star Phoenix, a publication ban has been issued regarding the arrested man's identity.)

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on February 14, 2015, 08:15:59 AM
Much has been feared about truckers and their potential to commit crimes that are not easily detected, especially if they are cross-country drivers. One gets the feeling that a few bad apples have tarnished the reputation of many upstanding drivers over the years. Trucker Kevin Kimmel's ability to be observant and responsive reminds us of how valuable truckers can be as the eyes and ears across the roadway system. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why Kimmel's action was so refreshing, but it's not the most important reason. He saved a young woman.

Sitting in his truck at a stop, he noticed a young and somewhat distraught female looking through black curtains in what was usually a family-type RV. But, something about the distress in the young girls eyes and the color of the curtains caused curiosity.

"...the black drapes didn't make it look like a families' RV," he said. So, he watched further.

"I saw a guy come up and knock on the door then go inside the Pilot (a store)-then quickly came back and knocked again, all of the sudden the thing was rocking and rolling."

"I said that's not going to happen," he said, and called the police. "I've got daughters and granddaughters."

Virgina police arrested Aldair Hodza, 36, and Laura Sorensen, 31. They are charged with sex trafficking of the frightened and malnourished 20-year-old who was reportedly physically and sexually abused and forced into prostitution during the trip across State lines from Iowa to Virginia.

"He saved that girl's life and that's awesome," a fellow trucker said.

We agree. She gets a second chance, that's a blessing. Beautiful gesture, Kimmel.

Source:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trucker-who-helped-save-sex-captive-in-virginia-ive-got-daughters/

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on February 27, 2015, 02:16:17 AM
April 28 is a special day in the Cape Town household of Celeste and Morné Nurse. It is the day their daughter Zephany was born in 1997, 17 years ago. They knew their daughter for only her first three days of life before she was abducted from the mother's hospital room. They have searched for her endlessly and celebrated her birthday every day since.

The couple went on to have three more children but never gave up hope that they would one day find their daughter.

Cassidy Nurse, one of Zaphany's biological sisters started Grade 8 last month. Her school mates noticed a striking resemblance between Cassidy and another pupil at the school. The girl had the same birthday as April 28, but her name was not Zaphany. Still, the Nurses invited the girl over on the pretense that she meet Cassidy's family. The similarity was so striking to Morné that he called the police. The girls parents were questioned. DNA confirmed that the girl is Zaphany. They unknowingly lived only a couple of kilometres from their daughter all these years and played in the same park.

"I'll never, ever give up hope." Morné said in an earlier 2010 interview. "I can feel it in my gut — my daughter is out there and she is going to come home." And, she did.

The woman who raised Zaphany has been charged with kidnapping, fraud and fraudulently pretending that she was the biological mother of the child. The woman and her husband have no other children. Zaphany has been placed in the care of the Department of Social Services of the Western Cape Government. She believed that the parents who raised her were her biological parents and the realization of the recent events were traumatic for her.

"We have no closure here," Morné said as the family is trying to navigate what is in Zaphany's best interests moving forward. But, for now, they have at least been blessed to know their daughter is alive and treasure the moments they have been able to spend with her to this point. Hopefully, the family will find a way to stay close and perhaps Zaphany will come to know that her biological family have loved her tremendously all throughout the years. Poor Zaphany, this must be a very difficult time for her as she tries to process it all.

Source: http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/stolen-baby-found-17-years-later-1.1824397#.VPAggkKaL0c
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on March 06, 2015, 01:01:54 PM
Right or wrong, it happens — vigilanteeism.  When people are fed up with the injustice that they just can't stomach another incident.  The law will tell you that a person should be proven guilty and punished under a system of established guidelines and practices.

Reuters is reporting that on March 5, a huge angry mob overpowered a prison in Nagaland, India, and attacked a 35-year-old businessman who was accused of raping a woman. They dragged him naked, beat him and hung him until death.

Violence against women is reported to be widespread. There were 309,546 crimes, up from 244,270 from the previous year, against women in 2013 which include rape, kidnapping, sexual harassment and molestation. Rape has been an emotive crime in India since 2012 when a young student was raped and tortured on a New Delhi bus. Her death culminated in protests.

Some say it is a gender inequality issue, a disrespect for the women of India. The news reports that every 21 minutes a woman is raped in India, some have been tourists visiting from other countries.

The picture of the mob attached to the story demonstrates the intensity of despair that people are having with the issue not coming under control. I wonder what, if anything, the government will be instilling to restore calm and detour the crime now that the people are taking matters into their own hands.  The practice has been identified as a human rights issue, some say an embarrassment for the country.

Source:  http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/mob-in-india-breaks-into-jail-lynches-rape-suspect/ar-AA9sgpU?ocid=mailsignout
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on March 06, 2015, 01:11:17 PM
The Irish Independent newspaper is reporting that a 10-year-old boy saved his 12-year-old sister from a convicted sex offender's abduction. The man nabbed the girl on the pretense of asking her directions to a priest's home, then put her in his car and drove off. The boy jumped through the driver's window as the SUV was on the move and punched the man. The distraction gave the girl the opportunity to flea.

The suspect has a sex offender history, has robbed priests' homes and was once sentenced to four years in jail for abducting a 14-year-old girl.

It's pretty sad that our children have to be trained to save themselves from adults.

Kudos to this fine young man.

Source:  http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/10-year-old-saves-sister-from-abduction-by-sex-offender/ar-AA9sQ37?ocid=mailsignout
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 25, 2015, 11:47:25 AM
Twenty years ago, Travis Tolliver had the will but not the resources nor the connections to look for his biological parents. Now, at age 41 and feeling incomplete, he set out to find answers and feel whole again. He set out to find the people who he believed gave him up in Chili, his native country, for adoption to his American parents. Little did he know, he was stolen from his parents just hours after birth. His biological mother, Nelly Reyes, was told by hospital personnel that her child who was born healthy had developed a heart problem and had died. She was not shown her baby after death and never given a death certificate.

Travis traveled to Chili and meet his biological mother and, in doing so, discovered he has four brothers, one sister and some nieces and nephews. Nelly has two additional granddaughters and a daughter-in-law. Travis admits that being informed that he was not willingly given up makes him feel better. His mother, in tears, said she will hug him everyday and that she "loves him so much." And, throughout his visit to Chili she provides him with meals and as many kisses and hugs as she can in an effort to make up for all those years she was not able to.

Travis' adopted parents raised him in Tacoma, Washington in the United States without the knowledge that the adoption had been deceptive, criminal and unjust. Marcela Labrana, Chili's Director of Child Protection (SENAME) admits that her agency is currently investigating hundreds of cases of illegal adoptions that occurred between 1970s and 1980s, dubbed the "Children of Silence." Babies were either stolen and sold, or given up by grandparents wishing to hide their daughter's socially embarrassing pregnancy. The hospital Travis was born in, The Van Buren Hospital, in Valparaiso, has since been demolished.

If you get a chance to watch this video at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, don't miss the last few frames. They are so full of joy and love you can practically feel it, too, even if Travis doesn't speak Spanish and Nelly doesn't speak English - you can feel the love.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on June 07, 2015, 10:18:04 AM
It happened like it does in the movies. Mom and her son were visiting the Malipitas Public Library in California. Mom loses sight of boy who was in the children's section of the library. Mom alerts library staff. Library staff calls police authorities. Police search library only to discover a witness that described the boy leaving the library with a man. The call changes from a missing child investigation to a possible child abduction. As part of the process other police authorities are alerted and ancilliary services are called. One such service is the bus transportation system. The bus system alerted all drivers to be on the look out for a small boy in plaid shorts and red shoes and a man in a black hooded sweatshirt.

That's when Tim Watson, a Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority bus driver, spotted the crying 3-year-old missing child alongside a man that fit the description of the possible abductor. Without making it obvious, Watson stopped the bus in search for a fictitious green backpack.

"What I'm really trying to do is to get up without him knowing to look at the boy. So sure enough, I see the plaid shorts and red shoes. That's what really stuck out in my mind," said Watson who called dispatchers, who in turn alerted police. Police arrived at the Fremont bus station in time for the duo's exit.

"So I open my door one slowly, giving them time to get prepped and ready to go. I open up door two, the gentleman walks out calm, cool, collected as can be and they take him down on the spot," said Watson, who Milpitas Police Chief Steve Pangelinan refers to as "a hero, an absolute hero."

The suspect, Alfonso David Edington, 23 from Pittsburgh, was not from the area and police aren't quite sure at this time what he planned to do with the boy. There is no known connection between the boy's family and the suspect.

The boy was recovered in little over one hour from the time he was reported missing. The boy has been reunited with his emotional family and did not show any visible signs of being harmed at the time of recovery, according to police.

The police have one piece of advice for all parents, "Watch your kids to the best of your abilities."

Source: http://www.inquisitr.com/2151596/bus-driver-saves-kidnapped-boy-tricks-suspect-before-calling-california-authorities/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on June 20, 2015, 08:23:17 AM
Click on link to see a save of a paratrooper who's chute failed to open.\What bravery and quick thinking!!

Pictures and video


U.K. army jumper cheats death after parachute fails  0

First posted:  Saturday, June 20, 2015 06:22 AM MDT  | Updated:  Saturday, June 20, 2015 06:32 AM MDT

LONDON - A British army paratrooper from the country's famed Red Devils display team has had a narrow escape in front of hundreds of spectators, after he was caught mid-air by a fellow team member when his parachute failed to open properly.

The airshow in northwest England where the incident happened late on Friday said it was the first parachute fail in 25 years for the team, which is formed of 12 members of Britain's elite Parachute Regiment.

Spectators published dramatic photos and video on social media showing one soldier with a fully open parachute wrapping his legs around the ropes of his team mate's tangled parachute below.

"It was awful watching them struggling, especially when they veered off course -- until we realised they were purposely targeting the biggest area of water for ditching into," a spectator said on the airshow's Facebook page.

The men landed in a nearby marina. A British army spokesman said they were both unharmed and that the incident was being investigated. The Red Devils take part in over 60 public displays a year.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: SAP on June 20, 2015, 11:34:52 AM
Wow that was a real close call. Great he had a team mate near plus quick thinking.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 23, 2015, 06:23:16 AM
Seventeen-year-old Malyk Bonnet was headed home after work on August 1, waiting for a bus to Montreal when he heard a man screaming at a woman in the streets. "The guy was screaming at her, the girl. He wasn't really gentle with her, and I started watching, because I thought he would hit her, so I approached them a little bit," Bonnet said. The guy asked for bus money to Laval, Que., so Bonnet agreed to get some money at the convenience store - hoping to keep the couple in public spaces. When the opportunity arose where he had a moment alone with the woman who "seemed terrified," she pleaded with Bonnet, "Please help me. He don't want to let me go. I want to go home but he don't want to let me go."

The quick thinking teen told a white lie. He said he was headed in the same direction and would likely be accompanying them on the bus. His intent was to get the man to trust him, buy some time, keep them in a public place, and find a way to call police. He didn't know that the guy he was trying to "friend" in order to help the woman was considered very dangerous by police and had prior run-ins with the law. Infact, the guy had been found guilty of assault and death threats against his ex-girlfriend last year and was under a court order to stay away from her. Police were actively looking for the woman who was reported kidnapped by the guy earlier in the day.

He talked to the man on the bus, then on the metro to Laval. He offered to take the couple to Tim Horton's restaurant, gave the man $50 to buy food, and excused himself for a moment to go to the bathroom. He quickly borrowed a stranger's phone in the restaurant when he discovered his cellphone was in need of a charge. Police arrived in minutes.

The man was arrested, charged with kidnapping, assault and forcible confinement. And, the 29-year-old woman was extremely happy to be safe. "She was almost crying. She was so happy, so happy not to be with him," Bonnet said in an interview with Canada's CBC News.

Upon the arrest the perp was surprised to find that Bonnet was the person who called police. "So I played my game right," he said while mentioning that the perpetrator was tiny and if needed he would have used his size to save the woman. The Laval police intend to nominate Bonnet for a provincial bravery award.

"He managed the situation very well and took good decisions that probably saved the life of this woman," said Laval police Lt. Daniel Guerin. While Bonnet was being interviewed on camera with CBC, five strangers interrupted the interview to shake Bonnet's hand and commend him for his efforts. Bonnet, who admitted a few run-ins with the law in the past, enjoyed being on the other side of police efforts and said, "My mom is so proud of me. She bought like eight Journals. She's like, 'I'm going to show them to your kids one day.'"

Perhaps someone can show this young man the way to the police academy, like say http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/recruiting-recrutement/rec/requirements-exigences-eng.htm..... perhaps we can have a few more wins in this story.... I think he just found his calling...

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on August 31, 2015, 09:11:43 PM
There is still hope for those waiting for justice.


Arrest Made In Historical Murder Case
By Jake Kislinsky on August 28, 2015 10:43am@jake_kislinsky

The husband of a murder victim has been arrested, 28 years after her death in Chatham-Kent.

Police say 22-year-old Donna Jarvis was shot and killed on November 12, 1987. on Indian Creek Rd in Harwich Township. Police say during the initial investigation, there wasn’t enough evidence to lay criminal charges.

The case was reopened back in 2013, in conjunction with the OPP.

Now Chatham-Kent police say the victim’s husband, George Jarvis, was arrested on Thursday. He’s been charged with first degree murder in connection with the incident.

Chatham-Kent investigators have yet to be reached for comment.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 10, 2015, 09:17:45 AM
Imagine having a fleeting encounter with a guy in 2005 and being able to recognize him ten years later from a low-quality and partial image containing a blurry silhouette in a black woolen hat that was pulled deep over the forehead and a red bandanna covering all but the person's eyes. It's a gift that Gary Collins, a police constable from the local gang unit in London, England possesses. They call people with such gifts "super recognizers" for their ability to identify people through facial recognition that even the most astute computers are unable to match. In Collins case, he is able to recall faces, or partial facial features, he has seen before whether on the street or from a database even a decade earlier. "Computers are no match for the super recognizers," said Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville who heads the Central Forensic Image Team at Scotland Yard. The human superpower is thought by some to be cheaper than DNA analysis and fingerprinting.

During London riots, it is reported that Constable Collins identified 180 suspects when facial recognition software only managed to identify one. According to a Harvard test, he is top of his unit, an ever-expanding team of Scotland Yard's 152 super recognizers who partner with traffic police, jailers and violent crime investigators have tripled the number of identifications since April 2013. They have the ability to identify known thieves and sexual offenders in crowds of tens of thousands, for example. And, this year, they solved a high-profile murder of a teenage girl that had consumed the time of eight forces and 600 police officers. With over 200,000 hours of camera views of a riot that broke out, the super recognizers identified 609 suspects of which 90 percent of those charged were convicted.

Interestingly, though, studies have found that super recognizers with facial recall rarely have matching photographic memory capability. For Collins who has identified over 800 suspects, he fails to remember a shopping list. "I have to write that down," he was reported by the New York Times as admitting.

Source:  http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/london-police-super-recognizer-walks-beat-with-a-facebook-of-the-mind/ar-AAfhv85?li=AAa0dzB&ocid=iehp
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 18, 2015, 10:50:00 PM
Sometimes the perp is found because he feels the need to talk about his crime.

Carolyn Tousignant, the mother of a Carrie Ann Jopek who at the age of 13 went missing in Milwaukee in 1982, longed for a break in the 33-year-old case, especially when watching "Cold Case" or any other television show that seemingly would solve a crime on air in 30 to 60 minutes. "I would hope and pray one of these days we get the person who did that to Carrie," the mother told a reporter.

Carrie disappeared after she was suspended from school on purpose for roaming the halls. Her ultimate goal was to go to a house party. Carolyn relives her decisions that day, as she was called by the school and given the option of picking up her daughter or letting her walk one block home. Carolyn chose the walk and she never saw her daughter alive again. "I blame myself sometimes," said Carolyn even though she also knows that her daughter would have likely snuck over to the house party anyways.

Even though Carrie's body was found 17 months after her disappearance by a man repairing a deck, her killer would remain unidentified for three decades.

But for some reason yet unknown, Jose Ferreira, a 50-year-old man called TV station WISN 12 News to discuss the cold case. "His story was very detailed - disturbingly so," said station news director Chris Gegg. So they called the police on the man who was 17 at the time of Carrie's disappearance. Ferreira has since been arrested, appeared in court, and remains in custody in a Milwaukee County jail.

"I've been praying for this day...I never put it out of my mind," said Carolyn who says she misses her daughter "so much."

Source:  http://news.yahoo.com/man-charged-decades-old-cold-case-death-young-232025877.html

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 05, 2015, 05:40:39 AM
Sometimes the missing person is discovered when they apply for college.

Julian Hernandez, 18 and living in Ohio with his father, applied to college but his social security didn't match his identity. A school counselor worked with him to determine why. That's when they discovered that he was listed on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database. Julian was 5 and under the legal custody of his mother in Alabama when he went missing. Authorities have long suspected it was a noncustodial parental abduction and the dad was a person of interest.

The FBI's Violent Crime Task Force in Cleveland and Birmingham Division of the FBI began working together with the MCMEC and Vestavia Hills Police Department. Bobby Hernandez, the father who had changed both his and his son's identity and relocated to Ohio, was arrested and the child's mother was notified that her son is still alive and has been recovered.

Hernandez will face charges in Ohio and in Alabama, some of which is connected to the noncustodial parental abduction.

The mother and son will soon be reunited.

Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/04/us/missing-boy-found-alabama-ohio/index.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jobo on November 05, 2015, 12:20:18 PM
Wow...13 years later, Mom gets to know where her son is, and her son gets to see her again....Nice
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 30, 2015, 09:35:37 PM
Sometimes they are found by friends who never give up looking for them.

"I think I've turned out just to be 'a' friend, you know?" Andrew Meacham said about his childhood friend Steward Fletcher. "I mean, this is what friends do. You don't let each other just disappear.

Fletcher was Meacham's friend in fifth grade. Although they were friends in childhood, as they matured, Fletcher's personality changed and he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and embracing a transient life. When Fletcher was 44 he was last seen sleeping on a roadside bench in Florida.

Meacham became obsessed with trying to find his friend. Over the years he looked for him alive, then dead looking for unidentified remains that may match his buddy. By the time he found a case just five miles away from where Fletcher was last seen all of Fletcher's blood relatives had passed and there was little way to obtain DNA evidence to conclude the case.

Until, Meacham remembered he had a letter from his friend decades earlier. From that evidence, detectives were able to conclude the unidentified remains were that of Fletchers. After 16 years of searching, he was able to bury his friend's remains in the family plot.

Source:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/on-the-trail-of-missing-persons/2/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on February 20, 2016, 06:05:15 PM
Patty Wetterling has a very important message to provide to her son, Jacob Wettering who we hope turned 38 this month. The messages is that many have never given up. For the last 26 years she's been looking for him. Jacob was 11 when he was abducted by a man on October 22, 1989, in front of Jacob's friend and his brother. Her message is heartfelt...it reads:

Happy Birthday Jacob!

Birthdays are supposed to be about parties, hats and noisemakers, cake, ice cream, friends singing and making wishes but not yet. Not this year, again. How I wish to wrap my arms around you and hug you tight! I have watched the tape of your last birthday party over and over. We rented a suite at the Holiday Inn for your party. You and Aaron raced back and forth in the pool and took turns throwing each other in the deep end. It was so much fun!

I want you to know that since you were stolen away from us, people everywhere have been searching, praying and hoping for your safety and for answers. Last fall, 26 years later, news of possible answers had your story as the number two news coverage in the region. That’s pretty amazing 26 years later. People care. There are more good people than bad in the world and people still hope.

My birthday wish is for you to come home. We need to find you. I have another wish for every child who is home safe today, that they will never have to endure abduction or sexual exploitation of any type. We are working just as hard on prevention as we are on searching because this is so wrong…so unfair. I remember how much it bothered you when things were unfair. Me too, it bothers me too.

I am hoping and praying that people will remember you on February 17 and we ask that everyone hug their kids a little tighter, tell them that they love them and take time to play a game or read books. My wish is also that parents will support agencies that help to find our missing kids and help other victims. Today, we ask everyone to volunteer, attend events, send financial support and share safety information. The non-profit work continues on a daily basis. Sometimes sexual exploitation and abduction are on the news, and sometimes not, yet we all rely on the support and expertise of these agencies when we need them. They are there for us. They need our support as well.

And once again today, February 17, we will light our candles, fix your favorite foods and cake, and thank God for the gift of you.

We love you Jacob and we’ll never stop searching for you!

I so wish for a happy birthday for you…

Patty Wetterling

Since Jacob was abducted, Patty became the co-founder of Team H.O.P.E. and the chair of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and she refuses to give up on the search for her son.

"I've had the opportunity to meet many other searching parents and to meet children who come home and I thought, 'What point do you quit? Six months? A year and a half? Eighteen years?' I can't do that. When your child is born, you look into their eyes and you promise them you'll be there for them. I haven't been able to be there for him, but I can honor that promise--that I will never give up on him."

So, Jacob, just in case you need hope today. People are not giving up in trying to find you. Come home.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: kathybarnes on March 11, 2016, 09:47:00 AM

2 Sisters Found a Year After They Disappeared, Family Friend Charged with Kidnapping

BY TIM NUDD @nudd 03/11/2016 AT 09:45 AM EST
Two teenage sisters in upstate New York have been found almost a year after they went missing, and a woman described as a "family acquaintance" has been charged with kidnapping them, PEOPLE confirms.

Ky-Lea Fortner, 16, and Shaeleen Fitch-Fortner, 14, were located Wednesday at a home in Vestal, New York, state police said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. That's about 15 miles from the Susquehanna Valley school in Conklin, where the girls were last seen on April 27, 2015, waiting to board a school bus at the end of the day.

The girls had been living with a foster family in Binghamton, New York, when they disappeared and were initially reported as runaways, police said. But authorities now say the girls were kidnapped.

Police on Wednesday arrested Amanda Hellman, 29, a resident of the home where the girls were found. She has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, a felony.

Hellman was "a family acquaintance of the victims," police said. She was arraigned before Justice Joseph B. Meagher and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.

Hellman pleaded not guilty, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. The felony complaint claims she held the two girls against their will.

"Hellmann ... conducted numerous acts to prevent law enforcement from returning the two children to their foster parents," the complaint says.

Broome County district attorney Steve Cornwell credited good police work for the breakthrough in the case. "Eleven months goes by ... and you think the worst," he said. "State police have honestly been working this case every single day. They didn't give up."

The girls were turned over to Broome County Family Services.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 10, 2016, 07:54:59 PM
Sometimes they are found by property owners.

To Germany, the case of missing Peggy Knobloch is much like the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is to Britain. The nine-year-old girl disappeared in 2001 in broad daylight while walking home from school. She was seen as close as 50 yards from her front door by witnesses and then never seen again.

Weeks of search, police officers and military troops, even Tornado surveillance aircraft with thermal imaging cameras were deployed. The search spanned Germany, Czech Republic and Turkey, but not Peggy.

Now, 15 years later, a mushroom-picker stumbled upon her remains within ten miles of her home in Bavaria in a thickly forested area far from human habitation. They believe she died elsewhere and was brought to that location although it will take a while for them to learn more about her death. Animals are believed to have dug up her remains which then made her discovery by the mushroom-picker easier.

Her family has answers and her family has her remains. Not the ending they would have hoped for a little girl lost who would be 24-years-old today. And, a country can begin to heal and put those responsible behind bars. Sometimes crimes that were intended not to be unearth surface bringing some much needed answers.

Source:  http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/remains-of-nine-year-old-girl-who-disappeared-15-years-ago-found-in-german-forest/ar-AAi8RHs
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 28, 2016, 11:14:08 PM
Sometimes they are found by trained dogs on a mission.

Deja is labeled as a doggone hero. Partly, because he is a dog, and partly because he is a hero. A young girl was discovered missing from her home in the wee morning hours. Someone witnessed her being dragged into the wooded area. While searching the area, police found her purse and drag marks. Deja responded. The dog picked up her scent, followed the trail up the mountains of Ranch Cucamonga, and then stopped at the door of a cabin where he refused to leave.

The officers discovered the girl inside the cabin with her alleged abductor. He was arrested, she's now safe.

Hope comes when informants inform, authorities move fast, and trained professionals (even dogs) are on a mission. People get saved.

Source: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/K-9-Rescues-Kidnapped-Girl-rancho-cucamonga-388343712.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on July 30, 2016, 05:47:49 PM
A wonderful, happy ending. I often read this thread to cheer me up. There are so many "Good News Stories" posted by you on this thread.
Thanks Concerned.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 02, 2016, 11:24:09 PM
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 14, 2016, 08:37:43 AM
Sometimes they are found by someone who is observant.

Courtney Best needed a smoke, a break from her Papa Murphey's pizza shop job. For some reason, she stepped outside in front of the building, as opposed to out back as she usually does. She was watching a man walk across the parking lot and headed into a dollar store. He was with a little boy who looked scared. The guy was looking at her while walking. She looked down at her phone to catch an Amber Alert that announced a 7-year-old boy had been kidnapped and officials were looking for a white Dodge Avenger with an announced license plate number. She looked at the vehicle....a white Dodge Avenger.

At first she thought, "Couldn't be."  But, even still she discretely hopped into her own car and ran past the vehicle to check the license plate. It was a match. She called 9-1-1. By that time, the man and the child were back in their car and leaving the parking lot. "He's turning left on Staples but I'm gonna follow him," she told the operator.

No need, the police were ready for him. The suspect, Channing Galbraith was arrested and extradited to Jim Wells County to face kidnapping charges.

"What are the odds of me looking at my phone? And, I usually don't even look at Amber Alerts, as bad as that sounds, I look at them and I don't really pay attention," said Best who says she now pays attention to them when issued.

Divine hope, it happens.


Source: http://www.kristv.com/story/29516418/pizza-shop-employee-helps-rescue-kidnapped-child
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 14, 2016, 09:03:09 AM
Sometimes an observant parent follows their instinct and interrupts the crime as it unfolds.

Tim LeBlanc founder for the nonprofit Paws4Patriots, suffers from Veteran's insomnia combined with a sense of being extremely hyper vigilant. "I'm up all hours of the night, in and out and checking locks," he told a MyValleyNews.com reporter. On June 29, shortly after 2 a.m., his medical condition was put to task. On his rounds, he noticed his 12-year-old daughter's bedroom window was cracked open, then he noticed she was missing from her room.

He woke the household for assistance, but to no avail. That's when he and his 20-year-old son hopped into his truck and headed towards surrounding fields. Little did he know, his daughter had found a workaround to her emergency call only phone to be able to communicate on a social media site called Omegle where perpetrator Scott Stilwell, 27, convinced her to sneak out of her house and meet him, down the street by the fields.

"I wasn't expecting to find him trying to get her into the car," LeBlanc said. "He had the door open to his car and was trying to get her into the car."

He opted to take matters into his own hands in an altercation that rendered Stilwell (who tried to claim he was 16) unconscious (LeBlanc posted a picture of the unconscious Stilwell that is featured in the story). He would later learn that his daughter's phone although inactive and for emergency phone calls only was manipulated by the teen to find a way around the block. "She figured out how to pull up Facebook on it and be able to make a call from Facebook," LeBlanc said. She chatted with the guy on Omegle, and used Kik messaging. Police found pornography on the perp's phone and evidence that he had been working quite a while to lure her away.

"He coaxed a good kid into believing things were bad in her life. He played a real game."

Luckily, the real game, was no match for the vigilant Veteran dad. Surprisingly, the perp was only rendered unconscious while the police were called.

Vigilance and true restraint at work.

Source:  http://myvalleynews.com/most-relevant/exclusive-father-who-saved-daughter-from-abduction-tells-his-story-warns-others-against-internet-dangers/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 12, 2016, 04:14:34 PM
Joy Baker is a curious blogger from New London, Minnesota, who in 2014 was taking another look into the 25-year-old cold case of Jacob Wetterling's abduction. Jacob was an 11-year-old boy who was out with his 10-year-old brother and 11-year-old friend, renting a movie to watch while their parents were out for the evening. On their way from the store to home, a masked guy with a husky voice held a gun to them, asked their age, and hand selected Jacob to abduct. Told the other two boys to run into the field and don't look back. No one had seen or heard from Jacob since.

Baker was taking a more universal look at the case, looking into similar cases that had happened in the area around the same time. She visited the dead-end road where Jacob was abducted and had an urge to understand exactly what happened. The year prior she had investigated a similar story of Jared Scheierl, a 12-year-old boy snatched from a similar dark road in Nearby Cold Spring, Minnesota, sexually assaulted and left behind. As you can imagine it was not like Jared to want to talk about the incident that had taken place 25 years prior when he was 12. Especially in 2013 when his father died, he was going through a divorce, his dog was hit by a car, and this blogger wanted information. But, he did. He described the guy with the raspy voice and stocky build. Baker and Scheierl uncovered an article from 1987 that discussed a series of attacks on boys there and in 2014 they talked to John Walsh for the CNN show "The Hunt." Although statutes of limitations were in place in the Scheierl case, there was a hope that perhaps more recent cases would come forward to where the perp may be found and prosecuted. The two had created public pressure again to find Jacob Wetterling, hopefully alive.

Meanwhile, in those two years from 2014 to 2016, investigators were taking another look into the 25-year-old case.  They doubled back on a suspect from decades ago - questioned, surveilled and property searched month's after Jacob's disappearance. They sent evidence of Scheierl's case and the suspect's case back to the forensic labs to see if new DNA technology could lead them to a perpetrator. Scheierl's case had similarities to the Wetterling case in that when the perp let Scheierl go after molesting him, he took him to a woods and told him (like he did Wetterling's brother and friend) to run into the woods and not look back. Both boys were abducted on a dark long road. ... DNA tests of a hair and of Scheierl's case pointed to Danny Heinrich, the suspect of Wetterling's crimes years ago. The authorities had proof enough to once again raid Heinrich's home which produced 19 binders of child pornography, footage of boys and girls' backsides, bins of children's clothing, but nothing to connect Heinrich to Jacob.

Authorities needed to put the heat on. They went for federal charges of possessing and receiving child pornography against Heinrich which would lend tougher prison term for Heinrich than state charges. Scheierl had pressed civil suit against Heinrich. But without a confession or without evidence of Jacob's abduction, Heinrich wouldn't face further charges.

That's when the plea bargaining began. Heinrich would cooperate, if authorities would reduce charges. Authorities consulted Wetterling's parents who were still hopeful that Jacob may still be alive. They wanted information. So a tap dance of terms were negotiated. Heinrich would confess to Scheierl's abduction and, as they would all learn, Heinrich would confess to Wetterling's murder if authorities (and Wetterling parents consent) would accept a murder confession without a murder conviction. The authorities insisted on proof of the murder and at least a 20-year sentence. The parties agreed. Heinrich led authorities to where Wetterling was buried. Wetterling's shirt and bones were found.

Perhaps it is not the ending everyone had hoped for. But, a perp will be behind bars for a long time. And, Jacob's remains were brought home for proper burial. In what may seem odd to some, Jacob's parents wanted to know the details. They wanted to know his last words. His last thoughts. Heinrich confessed with detail in court for not only Jacob's case, but for Scheierl's case.

Scheierl was able to come to terms with his childhood, and he said a prayer for Wetterling. Wetterlings were able to learn about Jacob's last moments to which Ms. Wettering in a public announcement apologized to her son.

The authorities, the victims, the parents, the public received answers. Hopefully, some day, they will receive peace. Maybe we'll all learn more on how to protect the children better, and how to get help for people who have such illnesses.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 16, 2016, 09:50:31 AM
Sometimes they just remember who they are.

Take Edgar Latulip who at 21-years-old dissappeared from a home for disabled individuals. Sometime after boarding a bus he suffered a head injury that resulted in a loss of memory. He lived in Niagara region for decades before experiencing flashbacks that provided clues to his identity. Then, at age 50 - 30 years later - he remembers his name. DNA tests confirm his identity.

"I had hopes that he was out there somewhere," said Waterloo Regional Police Officer Duane Gingerich. "For us as investigators, this is great, this is awesome. It's satisfying because most of these cases don't turn out this way. You expect the worst when a person is missing for that period of time."

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35557275
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 16, 2016, 10:11:42 AM
Sometimes they solve their own case.

Take Carlina White, she was kidnapped from Harlem Hospital emergency room at 19 days old. As an adult, she started researching her past and contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. At 23-years-old she was reunited with her biological family. Her kidnapper, Ann Pettway, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Pettway was said to be a woman who was desperate for a child, had depression, and had childhood problems. In the perpetrator's adult life she was convicted of a number of crimes, including embezzlement, forgery, larceny and drug possession.

Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/31/nyregion/ann-pettway-kidnapper-of-carlina-white-gets-12-years-in-prison.html?_r=0
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on October 16, 2016, 10:35:37 AM
Sometimes they disappear willingly with hopes of never wanting to be found.

Take Petra Pazsitka who at 31-years-old who went missing without a trace in 1984 while living on campus in student accommodations in Braunschweig, Germany. She finished writing her university thesis, went to the dentist then was on her way to see her parents when she disappeared. In 1987, a carpenter's apprentice admitted to killing Pazsitka. She was officially declared dead in 1989.

However, at the age of 55, Pazsitka was discovered alive when police investigated a burglary in her flat. She told officers the name on her house door, Dusseldorf, wasn't hers and that she was actually Pazsitka. Pazsitka had devised an elaborate plan when she disappeared by putting aside money for her new life. She lived without a social ssecurity card, drivers' licence, passport or bank account. She never used false papers and never needed to show her official documents to anyone. Although she never provided authorities with her motive for disappearing, she clearly stated that she didn't want any contact with the public or her family.

Source:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/11893311/Missing-woman-found-30-years-after-man-confessed-to-her-murder.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 13, 2016, 12:10:15 PM
Sometimes they are miraculously found, when the odds were stacked against them.

Unknowingly, she worked for a registered sex offender cleaning houses that he sold. He kidnapped her and her boyfriend, killed the boyfriend, and held her in a steel four-foot-by-six-foot metal cage chained by the neck like a dog. The metal cage was located inside the padlocked, 30-foot-long metal storage container with little air flow and sat on a 100-acre plot of private land. She survived much.

The South Carolina officers were drawn to the location (don't know the reasons) and once on the property heard someone banging inside the container and screaming for help and assistance. They rescued her that day. They found her boyfriend's body on the property days later. And, they arrested the perp.

The perp, Todd Kohlhepp, 45, has since confessed to a number of murders, and on some of them led the authorities to the location where they can find the bodies. He also confessed to the 2003 Superbike Motorsports murder mystery where four people were shot execution-style. These were not his first experiences with the law. He is classified as a Tier III offender (the most serious on the state's sex offender registry) for kidnapping and crimes against children in Arizona. At age 15, he had pointed a gun to a 14-year-old girl's head and raped her. He served 14 years.  Authorities indicate that as early as 15 months old he was showing signs of a psychopath in the making. He hit other kids, destroyed their projects, shot a dog with a BB gun later in early childhood and bleached a goldfish because he wanted a gerbil instead. "As a young child he was already out of control, already into gratifying his power and dominance needs, already comfortable hurting other people." said Mohandie, a clinical police and forensic psychologist. He also had anger management problems. When talking to Kohlhepp's mother about his childhood behavior, Mohandie said, "What you're talking about is budding psychopath with anti-social personality characteristics - narcissism."

One couple - Todd's neighbors - mentioned that they felt lucky that he hadn't hurt their daughter after realizing he had asked them about her on a previous occasion. One women feels lucky that when friends tried to match her for a blind date with the perp, she had declined based on a instinct. And, many who worked for his real estate firm felt lucky they were not harmed while in his employ.

Most feel the girl rescued from the container is lucky to be alive today. And, family members of the deceased have expressed appreciation for her discovery as it helped to solve their decade long unsolved cases of missing loved ones. They finally get answers and resolve.

Source:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/11/04/missing-woman-found-alive-chained/93278544/ and http://www.cbsnews.com/news/todd-kohlhepp-case-48-hours-confessions-of-a-suspected-serial-killer-buried-truth/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Ron on November 13, 2016, 03:26:47 PM
The previous reply #229. The Todd Kohlhepp case was on television last night. ( Nov,12 ). on 48 Hours..CBS
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Sap1 on December 02, 2016, 07:20:03 PM
I'm so happy this family gets to keep the deer. It is part of their family, like any pet would be.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 08, 2017, 10:35:55 AM
Sometimes they're just looking for a good kick in the arse.

They called him "the missing Perth man" when he didn't return from a vacation flight from Bali on November 6, 2016. Josh Goudswaard is his name and he held a good job in the fitness industry. He met a girl on a social media dating site called Tinder and they booked a four-day romantic getaway. But, Josh wasn't on the scheduled flight home, his phone had been disconnected, and as the days flew by without word from him - out of character, his friend said - police discovered that his last bank transaction was registered in the UK. The only information they had about the girl Josh vacationed with is that her name is Anita.

It had been one month, and no word from their loved one. That's when family and friends took to social media, local media, family-to-friend-to-public strangers willing to assist. Flyers were made, posts with pleas were written, and family booked flights to New Zealand to go to the last known place they knew Josh had been to in hopes of finding a clue, any clue. Chief among the search party was Josh's friend Aaron Smith. As a friend, you can't walk away and you can't ignore the pressure to find a loved one that may be in need of assistance.

And, then the internet lent a hand. Brett Frischer, a New Zealand blogger known for his blog "Trippin' Through Life," found Josh on a beach in Thailand. Josh was in Thailand running around freely, learning how to play drums and seemingly unaware that so many people were looking for him. Josh told Frischer he would contact someone, although the blogger didn't think Josh got the "picture" of how big this search had become.

"A huge thank you to you all for caring!" said Josh's friend Aaron. If you are wondering how Aaron feels about his friend's adventure, he said, "You can be sure he'll be getting a good kick in the arse."

Source: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/missing-perth-man-josh-goudswaard-reportedly-found-playing-bongos-in-thailand-20161117-gsrqaf.html

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 08, 2017, 12:34:01 PM
Sometimes the authorities may have the answers, but deem it too expensive to pursue, especially if the person is already behind bars, according to this article.

They dubbed him London's subway serial killer. He was charged with five slayings, convicted of two, but he is suspected to be responsible for indiscriminately murdering 31 people since the 1950s. Previous to that, between 1953 and 1983, Kieran Kelly was charged with an astounding eight homicides of which he was acquitted on all counts. While in prison, he confessed to 16 murders, but according to a book "London Underground Serial Killer: The Life of Kieran Kelly" by former Scotland Yard Det. Geoff Platt, the Crown refused to prosecute due to the expense.

Kelly was born in Ireland in 1923, moved to London in the early 1950s for the Queen's coronation, and lived much of that life as a homeless alcoholic with a pathological hatred of homosexuals. He committed petty crimes and lived in or around the subway system. Kelly was suspected of nudging his victims onto the tracks and in some cases addressing the cops as the witness to the "suicide." Platt noted that when Kelly was in prison, the number of suspicious suicides had dropped. Some of the incidences were not suspected suicides, but instead involved mutilation by broken bottles of booze.

Kelly died behind bars in 2001. If he had been convicted of these crimes, he could possibly be dubbed one of Britain's most prolific serial killers, according to Platt.

Source: http://www.torontosun.com/2016/12/31/subway-serial-killer
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: debbiec on January 08, 2017, 01:11:34 PM
Wow Concerned. I had never heard of this guy til now.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 08, 2017, 01:36:53 PM
Sometimes the authorities know who the perpetrator is, but don't have enough evidence to convict him...yet.

Alexandra Flanagan, the 33-year-old hairstylist from Barrie was murdered. The perp did indignities to the body, spread her remains around town hither and yon, and he used dish soap and bleach to clean the crime scene at his home. He also left approximately ten text messages on Alexandra's phone the day of her disappearance on July 8, 2007. This led authorities to search his house. That's when they found Alexandra's DNA in a hidden duffle bag. The evidence, however, was not enough to convict him.

The officers would work on the case for three years. They kept the perpetrator in their sight, and set up a Mr. Big sting, a sting where they befriend the perp over time and try to gain evidence for the case. In fact, an officer befriended Andrew Keene one night at the end of his driveway with a ruse of a broken down vehicle. The two shared beers and eventually developed an ongoing "friendship." It was through that friendship that Keene would find solace in knowing that his new friend also had a tainted background, possibly working for the underground. The ruse led Keene into meeting another figure (another underground LE pretending to be a gangster with a fictitious criminal organization) who promised to help free Keene of suspicion by possibly having a prisoner take the wrap for Keene's deeds. To do so, Keene would need to give them convincing details of the murder, including where they could find Alexandra's missing torso.

At some point in the ruse, the LE's life became endangered, but he soldiered on providing sufficient proof to Keene that he was to be "trusted." It was through this detective work that Keene would disclose where to find the missing body part. And, it's this disclosure that provided authorities with enough evidence to successfully arrest, charge, convict and sentence Keene for the murder of sweet, vivacious Alexandra Flanagan. The family and friends of Alexandra would finally be able to put her to rest and find some level of closure.

Keene received life in prison without parole for 17 years. (Most of the jury advised the maximum of 25, but the judge reduce the crime to 17 years for second degree murder and five years to be served concurrently for performing an indignity to a body.) He ruled the sentence to begin the day of arrest on October 20, 2011.

Const. Scott Aikman, a 26-year veteran of the Toronto police force, helped in the Mr. Big scheme  known as "Project Mystic" by befriending Keene, gaining his trust, and securing his confession. He was honored in December 2016 with the 2015 William Bishop Award for investigative excellence. He dedicated the award to his own father (a religious minister, volunteer firefighter, police officer and police chaplain) who died while Aikman was investigating Alexandra's murder.

"Scott's gift of the gab and his uncanny ability to move at key moments stands out. For him to get Andrew to point out where the deceased torso (could be) recovered brought closure to the family," said Sgt. Bill Grant of Barrie City Police.

Source: http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2016/12/11/helped-convict-murderer-of-barries-alexandra-flanagan
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on January 08, 2017, 03:46:49 PM
Great Job.

We have a thread for Alexandria, but did not know that Mr. Big was involved.



Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jellybean on January 14, 2017, 08:27:12 PM
Here is a poem written by Joyce Aga from Malawi; (age 18)
Living in an impoverished village who was able to attend a school sponsored by MSNBC, and now wants to become a nurse.

I think it is inspiring, and perhaps it might bring words of encouragement to all who read it.

Little by Little We'll go

Little by little we'll go
No matter how far the distance is
we'll not be shaken
Little by little we'll we go
and reach our destination.

Little by little we'll go
no matter how bumpy the road is
we'll not turn back
but little by little we'll go
and fulfill our dreams

Little by little we'll go
no matter how narrow the path is
we'll force ourselves to pass
and little by little we'll go
and achieve our goals

Don't be shaken
Don't turn back
Don't be discouraged
Just move forward, little by little
Until you reach your destination.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 16, 2017, 12:45:53 PM
Sometimes they take on someone else's identity and create a new life.

Richard Hoagland seemingly disappeared from an idyllic life in Indianapolis on February 10, 1993. At the time, the spontaneous and successful roller and shaker, deal maker was living the dream with his second wife, 9-year-old and 6-year-old sons (Matthew and Doug). They had the big house, the steady income, exotic vacations, and what appeared to be a picture-perfect 11 year relationship with the love of his life, Linda Isler. Hoagland also had children from his previous marriage, as well.

That's why it seemed strange when he just disappeared one day. He didn't take his toothbrush, his passport, or any clothes. He did call wife number two at work and state he wasn't feeling well, and that he was going to go to the emergency room. He deemed it so urgent that he wasn't going to wait for her to arrive to go with him. But, none of the area emergency rooms documented Hoagland's arrival. Eventually, his car was found at the airport, with no record of him scheduling a flight.

The next summer he would send $50 to his boys for their birthday with a hand-written note, "Have a super birthday you are a super boy. I love you and miss seeing you. Let your mom help spend this money, you might want to put some away. Maybe sometime soon we will get to see each other. I bet I won't even know you. It has been so long. Mind your mother. Bye, Dad." That was it. The last they heard from him.

Twenty-three years would pass. In those years, the family lost their home, their car and their valuables. Family members would assist. Investigators would interrogate the wife, over and over and over as a suspect in his disappearance or to try to discern if the father had ties to the drug trade. Within ten years Hoagland was declared dead. Although son Matthew would become his mother's rock, son Doug struggled and turned to drugs. While in jail for possession of controlled drugs, Doug penned a letter in hopes it would find his father.

"At a very young age, I lost a person that I thought loved me. So for a long time I wondered what was wrong with me that would warrant someone being able to just walk away," Doug wrote in a PEOPLE magazine article. "At first I turned to anger, and later on I started using painkillers all the way to shootin' heroin. I became a full-blown addict. I stopped maturing like a normal person and could never let go of these things that seemed to always haunt me. I had a very low self-esteem, and that affected my drug use even more. I used drugs to get my confidence, since at times I felt less than I really was."

"He devastated us. He left us with nothing, absolutely nothing. I was very broken." Isler, the second wife, said. During an interview with ABC News' "20/20" she would ask, "How do you walk away from your own children? How do you turn your back?"

And then it happened. After 23 years, she receives a phone call from authorities in another state asking if she knew a Richard Hoagland. Yes, she "knew" one. The Florida Sheriff's Officer informed her that he was in custody.

He had fled to Florida, rented a room, found a death certificate of a relative of his roommate (the roommate's son) and assumed the identity of the 33-year-old commercial fisherman Terry Jude Symansky who had died in a boating accident, was never married and had no children. He obtained a birth certificate from Ohio, a driver's license from Alabama, and one from Florida, and established a new life in Zephyrhills, Florida. One that would involve marrying a woman named Mary Hossler Hickman in 1995 and starting a family, another son.

Until, that is, the real Terry Symansky's nephew was looking into his family history for a genealogy project. It said his uncle who had passed away, had gotten married two years after his burial. The nephew waited three years to tell authorities fearing that the perp would come after his family.

The fake Symansky was buying and renting properties, working odd jobs, and had obtained a pilot's license from the Federal Aviation Administration with his fake identity.

Not only was family number two shocked to learn about Hoagland's life decisions, but family number three was also blindsided. By that time the fake Symansky and his wife were married 20 years and his son's identity and last name was now in question.

Richard Hoagland reportedly told police he disappeared due to "family issues with his wife and children." Son Matthew Hoagland said, "I believe he got caught up with the wrong people - got carried away and over his head in something." An Indianapolis Star report claims Hoaglund told police he embezzled from his boss and was on the run from the law. A Tampa Bay report says, "Hoaglund's second wife in Indiana told deputies that he told her he had to disappear because he had stolen millions and was wanted by the FBI." According to Good Housekeeping, Hoagland said he wanted a divorce from his second wife but didn't think he could go through the divorce process, again. Reports indicate that authorities are still investigating the FBI claim but disclose that Hoagland didn't have a previous arrest record.

After discovering the identity fraud, Hoagland's third wife found a briefcase in the attic that contained his real identification documents, a deed to a Louisiana property Hoagland purchased in 2015, and a key to a storage unit that the Sheriff's Office still intended to search. She is left with the legal and financial ramifications of this case, such as what is her son's real last name and who now owns the property that she and her fake husband purchased?

The real Richard Hoagland is in Pasco County jail in Florida at $25,000 bond, awaiting his fate on identity fraud charges - fraudulent use of personal identification. Authorities are shocked that Hoagland's hoax lasted as long as it did. He survived taxes, social security, credit reports, bank accounts, government licensing, and government benefit programs. It may be due to the fact that he stole the identity before the reign of digital records.

Meanwhile, son Doug (from the second marriage) who was expected to be released from jail in late 2016 after serving a decade of drug-related sentences since 2006 has found relief. He feels he is now able to conquer his demons and forgive his father even if he still doesn't understand why his father really left.

"I'm sure the big underlying question for everyone is WHY? What was so bad that you had to disappear?" Doug inquired who hopes his father has found peace with himself. "It's been over 23 years and I know for a fact that the day you left is still fresh in everyone's minds."

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 18, 2017, 12:36:09 PM
Sometimes they are discovered missing through details from another case.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is searching a house in Manchester, New Hampshire, in hopes of finding clues to the disappearance of Denise Beaudin who went missing over 35 years ago at the age of 23. She was last seen by family in 1981 at a family gathering. Just one week after, the family visited her home to discover it was then empty. The family didn't report her or her infant daughter as missing back then as they knew the couple was going through financial difficulties and thought maybe they had left to avoid those issues.

Since she was never reported missing, the authorities never launched an investigation or searched the home she was last known to live. However, based on new information not yet disclosed the authorities are now authorized to look for her. They have closed down the street she once lived, received permission from new owners to search the 2,340 square-foot house, and added her to the National Crime Information Center's missing persons' database. Authorities have been in contact with the daughter who is now in her 30's and living in California and they know where Denise's live-in boyfriend Robert "Bob" Evans currently resides. He was 37 at the time of her disappearance and is now in his 70's.

"We hope to be in a position in a week or two to be able to release a lot more details about this case," said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin in a WMUR report that states the case is "full of twists and turns and could involve another mystery in New Hampshire."

The authorities area asking that anyone that knew either Beaudin or Evans between 1976-1981 to contact them. Beaudin graduated from Goffstown High School in 1976 and worked at General Cable and Demers Nursing Home in Manchester.


UPDATE:  Drifter Bob Evans Eyed as Serial Killer, tied to N.H. Murders. He is believed to have murdered girlfriend Denise Beaudin. "They suspect he killed her somewhere between New Hampshire and California and kept her infant daughter, named Dawn at birth, for several years before abandoning her in a California RV park in 1986. The girl, whome he renamed Lisa, was later adopted and is alive and well."

Source:  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/drifter-bob-evans-tied-denise-beaudin-case-bodies-barrels-n712506 and http://www.cbsnews.com/news/denise-beaudin-1981-disappearance-4-killings-linked-in-major-new-hampshire-cold-case-development/.

For a forensic look at the case, visit https://www.forensicmag.com/article/2017/02/tale-abandoned-girls-dna-led-notorious-cold-case.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 22, 2017, 11:39:24 AM
Sometimes they miraculously return in time to say goodbye.

Although it had been nearly 36 years since her disappearance, Rhena Bliss' mother refused to mourn her daughter's death. Some families of the missing go through a mourning process so they can move on. Some can't. Rhena's family couldn't. Her mother kept the same phone for four decades just in case her daughter would call.

Rhena Bliss was 29-years-old and the mother of two children when she was discharged from the Provincial Mental Hospital in Ponoka, Alta. She had all her worldly possessions packed into an antique ribbed travel trunk that was found in an apartment she rented in Edmonton in 1975.

"When a person goes missing, it's not a dramatic, traumatic event; it's a slow gnawing absence that's always there," says Rhena's younger sister Beverly Bliss who said she was close to Rhena and her sister's disappearance affected her life profoundly, including bouts of insomnia, and countless hours on the web searching for clues. "I would read the death notices, Google her name, her married name, variations of her name, all kinds of stuff....I really came to understand the importance of a funeral, of the need to say goodbye."

It would take the creation of Project KARE in the wake of the Robert Pickton mass murders to post cold cases, and then the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains to list missing persons, and the RCMP to post Rhena Bliss as a missing Alberta case. The post caught the attention of another sleuth, a social worker at the Cornerstone Housing for Women facility in Ottawa. The social worker made a hobby of surfing the web for clues to residents who, like Rhena, lived with mental illness and may not be aware or able to communicate their family history.  The social worker contacted RCMP Missing Persons after recognizing the online missing person's photo matched Rhena, a homeless woman that had been housed in their facility since 1995.

It took authorities a little while to get to the matter, but eventually on October 2011, the Edmonton Police called Bev to inform her that her sister had been found.

Little is known of Rhena's life for the 20 year period between 1975 and 1995, prior to her residence at Cornerstone. Due to her illness which can produce distorted and fabricated memories, it is hard to tell whether her recollections were real or imagined. But, the family was able to discern from her Medicaid card, social security card, bus pass, and bank account, that she spent significant time in Rockville, Maryland. She can also be tracked to Boston, California, Hawaii and New York. At some point, family believe she was deported to Canada and began living on the streets of Ottawa.

"Our biggest question was 'Why didn't they (authorities) find us in 1995?' If they looked her up in the missing persons, maybe we would have had 15 more years together," Bev said realizing that until recent years Canada did not share missing person's data centrally.

"I had to recognize that the illness had taken its toll, that the person I once knew wasn't coming back," Bev said of the bittersweet reunion with her sister. As it turned out, the family was only reunited for approximately five years. Rhena Bliss died of a rare form of cancer on October 16, 2016, a little shy of her 71st birthday. But, in those five years, Bev found peace in finding her sister. Rhena's children who didn't recall their mom, had a chance to meet her.

"It's not just me any more, it's us?" Bev recalled Rhena asking at the end of their the initial reunion. Rhena had some sort of peace, as well. The family moved her from Cornerstone to a long-term care facility. And, when Rhena died, they had the chance to say goodbye with a lovely Baha'i funeral.

"I wouldn't say there was closure...What we felt was gratitude that we were able to spend some time with Rhena again," said Bev. "It's a feeling I wish every family of a missing person could feel."

Source:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-rhena-bliss-was-missing-in-plain-sight-for-36years/article33444861/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on February 05, 2017, 12:08:52 PM
Sometimes the system works one-by-one (even on Super Bowl Sunday)

It was a gut-feeling and a trained eye that caused Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Shelia Fedrick to notice the 14- to 15-year-old girl that "looked like she had been through pure hell" traveling with a notably well-dressed older man.  Not to mention the flight was on its way to a final destination of Houston's William P. Hobby Airport around the time of the 2017 Super Bowl which is hosted today in Houston, Texas. Fedrick is one of an increasing number of flight attendants who volunteer and are trained to be Airline Ambassadors in recognizing human trafficking. She even testified before Congress in 2010 about witnessing women and girls flying from Moscow to the United States under the guise of becoming actresses and models were suspected of being victims of trafficking. This type of concern and testimony has helped to bring about the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 which allows for training of flight attendants to spot potential trafficking victims.

Even though Super Bowl officials historically refuse to admit there is a correlation between their event and sex trafficking trade demand, statistics and law enforcement gear up (sometimes years in advance) to recognize, investigate, capture, and prosecute more cases when the event comes to their town. Some national reports even say that once the event leaves a city that hosts Super Bowl and other large sporting events, dangerous and criminal activity is left behind. The drug trade and the sex trade that flocked to address the demand often begins roots in the cities once the game is long gone.

"The Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly," former Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told USA Today in 2011 who also announced they would be cracking down on the sex trade leading up to the big event with a zero-tolerance policy on human trafficking for the Super Bowl and thereafter. "It's commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States."

"It's not so much that you become a victim at the Super Bowl, but that many victims are brought in to be used for all the men at the Super Bowl," said Stephanie Kilper, a representative for Operation Freedom Taskforce in Akron, Ohio, about the shear number of men who flock into a sporting event who also create a demand for the sex trade as they expect to pay for sex at some point in the days leading up to or after the event.

Clemmie Greenlee, a former sex trafficking victim who was abducted at the age of 12 and raped by her captors, is one of many victims who have relayed their experiences in hopes that authorities and those in various industries like the hotel, transportation and hospitality industries can do their part to deter the underground activity. She reports that when it comes to the Super Bowl, she was expected to sleep with anywhere from 25 to 50 men a day. She says there was an immense pressure to meet her traffickers' demands.

"If you don't make that number (of sex customers), you're going to dearly, dearly, severely pay for it. I mean with beatings, I mean with over and over rapings. With just straight torture," she reports. "The worst torture they put on you is when they make you watch the other girl get tortured because of your mistake."

Flight Attendant Shelia Fedrick was eager to spend two days listening to former victims relate their experiences. This helped the flight attendant to identify passengers who appear frightened, ashamed, or nervous. She now looks for people traveling with someone who doesn't appear to be a parent or relative. She looks for bruises, battery or signs of being drugged. And, she is trained to notice when the adult insists on speaking for the child.

So when Fedrick saw the greasy blonde hair girl in aisle 10 on a flight from Seattle to San Francisco, her training kicked in. She attempted to engage the man and girl in conversation, and the man became defensive. She left a note in the bathroom for the girl who wrote back "I need help." So Fedrick alerted the pilot who notified authorities who met the plane at landing. From that point on she is trained to let it go and let the authorities take it from there.

Fedrick and many others involved in the identification efforts hope that someday the special training to recognize human trafficking will become a requirement for all flight attendants.

In the meantime, we can only hope that the men and women who participate in these events, recognize the elements they are dealing with when trying to satisfy an illegal sexual urge. That they realize some of these girls and women were once abducted  and kidnapped from our own neighborhoods, worldwide in part to satisfy their urge. The victim could be their (or their neighbor's) daughter, sister, mother or friend. Do they care? And, their behavior is the catalyst to the demand that brings so much pain and torture to the victims they have sex with. Without demand, this activity would be greatly curtailed in a way that one flight attendant on the lookout is not able to do on her own.

Sometimes it takes a change in overall culture to not get to the point that people think, somehow, their urge is worth ruining the life of an innocent child and the victims wider support system of parents, family and friends.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the authorities in charge of Super Bowl Sunday, the Olympics and all the other major sporting events that contribute to this activity would recognize and stand up against such crime. Or, the athletes and sporting organizations that qualify for play-offs publicly shame the act of paying for prostitution. Just think of how the fans of that great sport and those athletes would greatly curtail the demand of the sex trade industry.

I wonder how many other families who have a missing daughter, sister, wife or mother (son, brother, husband or father) have combed through all the dirty classifieds and online offerings year after year around Super Bowl Sunday and other major sporting events like the Olympics, looking for a trace of their missing loved one; hoping to find a needle in the haystack - their loved one alive and in need of being found and rescued?







Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: lostlinganer on February 05, 2017, 02:21:53 PM
great eye opener C; and encouraging to read this.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Sap1 on February 05, 2017, 05:13:57 PM
Large gatherings of men at any sporting meeting or any other celebration where thousands of people come together would be a great place for skilled people to watch out for traffickers as you mentioned above Concerned.
We already know that STW's migrate to where they would have more work ... as happened at Fort McMurray's oil boom, and it's also noticed at other events such as our Edmonton exhibition. I never thought of traffickers and their victims at these events. I hope police have considered this.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: jobo on February 09, 2017, 03:05:12 AM
Thanks for posting this article, Long Gone!
I read it and instantly thought this good news needed to be shared with our group.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on April 09, 2017, 12:56:27 PM
Sometimes they just need some time to walk in the woods...

A 10-year-old boy from Raleigh North Carolina was discovered missing from school on Monday. He was last seen at 3:45 p.m. as he was leaving Pleasant Grove Elementary School. He's normally picked up by a relative after school. The search crews searched all night around the school and in the woods behind the school because a camera showed him walking into the woods from the back of school.

They couldn't find him.

But, at 5 a.m. the next morning he walked into a hotel lobby and said he was ready to go home. Could they call somebody for him?

The front desk operator noticed the boy was wearing the same clothes that was described in the missing report and asked the boy where he had been. He simply said he had been walking all night in the woods - up to two miles away.

Paramedics said he was physically fine and police returned him to his mother who was overjoyed to have her son back.

Maybe sometimes our kids need a break, a walk...a moment. Don't we wish all cases could be as such. Sometimes we think the worst, but maybe sometimes we have to take the walk a child might explore and hopefully we find them in time, or they find us, safely.

Source: http://www.wral.com/missing-10-year-old-boy-found-safe-at-durham-hotel-cary-police-say/16556448/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Sap1 on April 09, 2017, 03:05:24 PM
Forest therapy.



Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world.

The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on April 13, 2017, 08:02:38 AM
Sometimes there's an app for that...

Hope sometimes comes in the form of new and exciting technologies. They spread slowly... perhaps a law enforcement entity hasn't heard about it yet, or can't afford it, or just doesn't have enough time, resources and energy to develop an approach that might not be helpful to the bulk of their cases. These men and women are busy, for sure. Sometimes, I just want to develop a depository of technology, information and resources so that when a case comes up... these busy men and women, departments and academies can just put the information into the database and the tool will be at their disposal at the time needed and at the reasonable price - maybe free.

It is because of a technology called Reuters CLEAR program that 11-month-old Savanna is alive today. She was taken to her doctor's office by her foster mother and accompanied by her birth mother. Savanna has sickle cell anemia and it is imperative that she receive medication for survival. After the doctor's appointment the Foster mother was the driving birth mother home when the birth mother asked to be let out of the car at a certain point. When the car stopped, the birth mother opened the door to kiss Savanna goodbye, but instead she bolted with the child. This is considered a parental kidnapping.

It was urgent that the child receive medication that the mother did not possess, so there was a time stamp on finding the kidnapped child. Detectives used this new CLEAR program that allows Law Enforcement to identify those connected to the individual. Retired Police Sgt. Jason Sloan and Officer Robert Bolden quickly prioritized the contacts and started knocking on doors. At one location, a person let LE into the house to discover the mother and the child sitting in a room.

“There’s no doubt that the fast and accurate and timely data that ... Sloan had at his disposal was the reason why a life was saved,” Police Chief James Craig said. “Had it not been for CLEAR, who knows what we’d be talking about right now.”  The officers were recently honored with the Thompson Reuters Everyday Heroes Award. The mother skipped out on her court date and hasn't yet been found. But, the baby is able thrive in a safe and supportive environment.

I wonder how many technologies are out there that could help solve a case if available to the appropriate sources, when needed?

Source:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/04/11/detroit-cops-honored-finding-kidnapped-baby/100334818/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on April 16, 2017, 07:29:56 AM
Sometimes the voices get beautifully louder....

"When my son Lee went missing he was 15. He would be 41," said Peter Boxell who has not seen his son since 1988 after he vanished from a football match in Sutton, South London. "I just want to find him."

I never thought I would be without you...

Peter is one of a UK group of determined relatives, friends and supporters of missing persons who joined together to form The Missing People Choir to sing the emotional and heartfelt song appropriately titled "I Miss You" in one of the world's largest forums, Britain's Got Talent. They are hoping for awareness, hoping to get their message across...hoping for a breakthrough...hoping.

"The choir is energizing, warming, safe, moving - beyond words," said Sarah Godwin whose son Quentin went missing from his family home in West Auckland, New Zealand, 25 years ago at the age of 18. "We can each feel our own love and sadness and pain, but we are there for each other and somehow it becomes joyful, too."

I always thought you'd be here safe with me. Maybe tomorrow I'll wake up to find you...

The group's members consists of Peter Lawrence whose 35-year-old daughter Claudia failed to show up for work as a chef in York and Rachel Edwards who is the sister of Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards who mysteriously vanished from a London hotel in 1995 at the age of 27. Emma Cullingford, the daughter of 57-year-old Sandra Hall who went missing in 2013, but was found deceased within a month in West Sussex also performs with the group. And, there is Denise Horvath-Allan whose son Charles went missing while backpacking in Canada in 1989 at the age of 20.

There are 140,000 children that go missing in the UK every year, they say.

I will hold on until tomorrow when I will have you near. I hope.

The group has recorded two songs, "I Miss You" and "I Hope."

I Miss You
By Jim Hawkins and Simon Rhodes
Sung by The Missing People Choir


I Hope
By Ash Alexander and Jim Hawkins
Sung by The Missing People Choir
I'm here waiting for
through the days, the months and the years.
Always searching...
In the darkness through the tears.
Rolling thunder
I can't take the silent lies
I won't stop calling
when faith is falling.

If I break will it mean that it's all over?
Though in hurt I can never turn away.
Without hope we all have nothing,
Only darkness lost in fear.
I will hold on to tomorrow
When I will have you near.
I hope.

The world keeps turning as I look up to the stars
Are you sleeping?
Sleeping safely where you are?
Are you calling from this nightmare?
Are you here?
Can you hear me?

Turning whispers to a scream
Nothing can make me stronger
Though it hurts
I will never turn away.

We are hope.
We all have nothing
Holding on just lost in fear
I will hold on until tomorrow
when I will have you here.

Without love there is no meaning.
Only darkness, pain and tears.
i will hold on until tomorrow
When I will have you here.

In my heart...
In my heart.
Without hope we all have nothing
Only darkness lost in fear
I will hold on until tomorrow
when I will hold you here.

I hope.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 28, 2017, 08:49:09 AM
Sometimes people run far, far away changing their lives (and their families) due to a crime

It's hard to tell what may have caused him to run - perhaps a disclosed mental illness, or perhaps outstanding charges connected to an assault and weapons charge. But, Anton Pilipa disappeared five years ago. And, his brother Stefan continued to look for him.

Originally the anti-poverty activist living in Toronto, Montreal and British Columbia went missing in 2012 and was found in Brazil when highway police in November 2016 picked up an itinerant man without identification.

"I knew he didn't belong to that road. Anton is a different type from us Brazilians, he stands out," Brazilian-Canadian Police Officer Helenice Vidigal said. She searched online and Twittered Stefan who didn't want to get his hopes up. He launched a drive to raise money for the trip, but by the time he got there, his brother fled the hospital and headed to the Amazonian jungle. He was soon found in a Manaus hospital where Stefan picked him up in January and brought him in February 2017. Upon return, Toronto arrested him for outstanding charges.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/02/09/missing-canadian-man-found-homeless-and-living-in-brazil-five-years-later/ 
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 29, 2017, 06:39:23 AM
Sometimes Getting Advice from Individuals that Make a Career Out of Finding People Can Produce Helpful Search Tips

There are many investigators out there who have the experience and expertise to help assist in finding a missing person. I stumbled upon a site today that was well written for a resource in the U.S., but this is just one of many. Finding the right investigator is probably a topic for another story, but here are a few tips provied on "Investigator Confidential"

Who Benefits from a Search?

How Do I Find Someone?

Other Resources to Find Someone

Source:  http://www.investigatorconfidential.com/02-find-a-missing-person.htm
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 29, 2017, 08:39:08 AM
There is nothing worse than missing a loved one and feeling helpless. Going years on end wondering if you've done everything to find your loved one. Constantly double-guessing, did I work alongside with law enforcement the best I possibly could? As the minutes, hours, weeks, days, months and years go by searching, waiting, and coping...

Here is a look at some proactive things you can become acquainted with to see if any learnings could apply. Be helpful. Spur ideas. Provide hope. Some of the resources below provide an overview of a process (that doesn't mean your current law enforcement takes this approach), however by looking up industry standards, you may run across something that will be helpful - if just for knowledge, or for direction, or to bring up with those searching for your loved one.

National organizations worldwide publish policy and procedures for finding missing persons so sometimes their insight can spur additional search ideas. Countries are collaborating and sharing best practices. Here are some resources I found from U.S. that they use to train, inform, or guide law enforcement there. (We should put together something similar for Canada, if found.)

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(R) in U.S. Publishes a Policy and Procedure Manual that Has Tips, for example:

Types of Cases that Come Before Them

Checklist of step-by-step recommendations for successful case investigation

Statistical information is available at:

Items law enforcement can do to help in investigations:

There are guidelines for conducting various types of cases, investigative checklists, initial response, investigative considerations, prolonged investigation tips, and recovery/case closure assistance:
(This list is not in the brochure, should be)

There's an Agency Self-Assessment for Missing-Children Preparedness Checklist that can help strengthen investigations for agencies that may not have had as much experience with these types of cases. See page 183-191 of http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC74.pdf

There is a Victim/Family Data-Collection Questionnaire. This provides a wealth of information that a parent can provide to law enforcement to have on hand, even if the law enforcement entity doesn't use this system. See page 195-203


Missing and Abducted Children: A Law-Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management, Fourth Edition 2011, http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC74.pdf

APCO International's (The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials - International) Standard for Public Safety Telecommunicators When Responding to Calls of Missing, Abducted, and Sexually Exploited Children, visit

Building Community Building Hope, 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide, visit

Amber Alert: Best Practice Guide, visit

North American Missing and Unidentified Persons System, visit

Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures and Forensic Techniques, visit

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: 2soccermom on May 29, 2017, 09:58:27 AM
Awesome posts, Concerned, with a great gathering of resources! I wonder in fact if these last two posts could actually use their own thread and be dupicated there? What do you think, DebbieC? The information provided could be quite useful for someone beginning a search but I don't think they would know to look/begin here. (lol, I agree these offer "hopeful" advice and so should stay here, I just think perhaps a "Suggestions when Searching" thread might also be awesome). What do you think?
Thanks again Concerned for putting this info together!
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 29, 2017, 02:12:00 PM
Hi 2Soccermom,

Here are a couple of sites we started that provide search suggestions, too:

What Resources Do We Have?

Unidentified and Missing Worldwide Search

Why People Disappear

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: 2soccermom on May 30, 2017, 11:05:53 PM
oh! Awesome. Sorry I haven't seen those already. G'job! :)
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on June 09, 2017, 05:20:10 AM
Sometimes their parents sing and their voices reach them.

In a rather unusual manner a group of individuals who are parents, family and friends of missing loved ones don't know what else to do when their loved one goes missing. They've tried virtually everything, and now they are waiting and holding onto hope. Sometimes they try unique ways, anything really, that might lead to their missing. This group was no different.

They came together in what must have been pure grief for a performance of a lifetime. Some have been missing their child for decades. And, even though they aren't singers by trade, they lent their voices to a few songs that sent messages to the missing in hopes of reaching them somehow and in some way. One incredibly emotional song, "I Miss You" says it all. This group, called "Missing People Group" took it a step further and entered Britain's Got Talent, primarily for the reach that a nationally televised program can deliver. I can't help but think they gave it their all that night.

And, something wonderful happened. A 13-year-old boy saw his face among those featured while the group sang. Although the story has yet to be told, or maybe never will, the important thing is he is now reunited with his mother.  And, maybe just maybe, there are more to come - a lead for Tom Moore, a boy missing for 14 years has also come in.

Sometimes we sing, and sometimes they hear. Let's hope to bring more home.

The performance on BGT of "I Miss You" - https://youtu.be/b4RlOiVJjCo 

Missing People Choir, visit http://www.missingpeople.org.uk/get-involved/other-ways-lend-a-hand/415-join-the-missing-people-choir.html

Source: http://www.unilad.co.uk/news/child-who-appeared-in-missing-people-choir-appeal-on-bgt-has-been-found/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on June 25, 2017, 08:28:50 AM
Sometimes they just didn't want to go to camp.

We can understand why a boy may not want to go to summer camp. It's not for everyone. It can be scary, intimidating and cause unusual behavior. And, so it was for an 11-year-old boy named Angel.

The boy was reported missing by his parents. News crews were alerted. A news crew helicopter was deployed to help with search and reporting efforts. That's when the news crews saw him. He was snoozing on the rooftop of his house.

"I didn't mean to cause any trouble," the boy said who admitted that his mother was embarrassed. "I didn't mean to waste any of the police officers' time."

When asked why he went missing, the polite boy replied that he just didn't want to go to summer camp.

"I was thinking of how hard my mom works to do this... It's very difficult for her, and I'm proud of the patience she has for me," he said. "I just do the most stupidest things sometimes."

Some of us here, wouldn't mind if those missing came back and just said "I just do the most stupidest things sometimes," and we'll leave it at that. No questions asked. Just make it home. We'll take it from there.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on June 29, 2017, 08:47:11 AM
Sometimes a stranger from another country provides a lifesaving tip.

She was 16-years-old and with her parents in Charlotte, North Carolina, when she left the house without telling anyone where she was going. The FBI's case went cold for more than a year. The authorities and the parents didn't know if she just left the house on her own free will in runaway fashion, or whether there was more to the story. Until, of course, her parents found her diary that alluded to an older man.

Then one night this week, the parents received a tip around 8:09 p.m. that their daughter was being held in a house 200 miles away in Georgia. The lady from Romania had been talking to the teen who claimed to be missing. By 12:32 a.m., FBI recovered her and took 31-year-old suspect Michael Ron Wysolouski into custody. He was charged with aggravated sodomy, curelty to a child, first degree deprivation, interference with custody, and false imprisonment.

The suspect held online conversations with the girl, got her in his good graces, and she met him. From the meeting he took her back to his home and she was confined there ever sense.

Her parents say she is happy to be back home and thankful for all the privileges that affords. However, they say, she is different than she was one year ago; perhaps rightly so.

Source: https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-06-26/missing-north-carolina-girl-found-in-georgia-alleged-captor-due-in-court
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 16, 2017, 05:03:40 PM
Sometimes a drone can cover more area in less time.

When authorities in the Yakutia Republic in Russia heard there was a four-year-old girl named Karina missing, six days had already elapsed. Sometimes that's too long, already. She went missing on July 29, but they received word on August 3 due to lack of communication between the child's parents - one parent thought the girl was with the other. The mother thought the father had picked her up, but the father had joined a brigade of firemen fighting a local fire. No one had been searching for her.

She was last seen entering the Siberian forest and swampland with her puppy. The foliage was thick. There were 30 kilometers/18.6 miles of dense forest, flowing rivers and swampland to cover. Authorities armed with 60 people spent nine days exhausting all technologies they had available - search (by foot and boat) parties, sniffer dogs, helicopters, and specialists. But, in the end, it was a drone that found Karina laying under tall grass in a swampy area near a river, exhausted, tired, and barely able to speak. She was pronounced critical, but stable in the hospital.

Twelve days, by herself, in rough terrain, four-years-old. Karina made it.

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 18, 2017, 08:10:03 PM
Sometimes global warming uncovers a loved one, or two.

Marceline Udry-Dumoulin is 79-years-old; she's been searching for her parents for 75 years. Her parents, Marcelin and Francine Dumouline were 40- and 37-years-old when they went missing in August of 1942. The couple with seven kids wandered to a mountain pasture to feed their cattle and were never heard from again.

"It was the first time my mother went with him on such an excursion," Udry-Dumoulin said, adding that her mother couldn't climb the difficult glacier in previous trips because she was "always pregnant."

The husband and wife were wearing World War II era clothing. They were found by a cable car company employee lying next to each other near a ski lift above the Village of Charndolin in the Swiss canton of Valais. It is believed they fell through a cravais and where buried under deep snow, but with global warming the glaciers have been melting.

"I can say that after 75 years of waiting, this news gives me a deep sense of calm," she said when asked how she felt about hearing the news that her parents had been found. The children were separated when the parents vanished and each spent a lifetime looking for their parents.

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/missing-couple-found-glacier_us_596e07a6e4b0b95f893e1058
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 23, 2017, 08:13:41 AM
Sometimes there is an app that works.

In China, there's an app to reunite families.

Fu Gui is 33-years-old today. He recalled memories from his earlier life with a family he no longer knew. So, in 2009 when he learned of Baobeihuijia (Baby Back Home), a website that tries to reunite lost, abducted, stolen or missing children in China, he was curious. All he had to do was upload a picture (the youngest one available) into the Baidu's cross-age facial recognition artificial intelligence database to find a match. He uploaded a picture of when he was 10-years-old. The software samples 200 million photos and refines positive matches with 99.7% accuracy. Sadly, there was no match.

Fu Gui was abducted in 1990 when he was six-years-old by traffickers on his way home from school and his life changed forever. He was sold and forced to live a much different life. In China, it is estimated that 10,000 (10,000 according to China, 20,000 according to the United States, and 70,000 according to other estimates) children are abducted yearly to be sold as child laborers, to the sex industry, or sent to the streets to beg. It's an persistent crime and parents who have lost a child have had little recourse in finding their young child among a large nation of people.

But, in 2017 (eight years after Fu Gui submitted his picture), a picture of a missing boy from Chongquing was separately submitted to the same database. It was a matter of weeks when Baidu's software identified a list of potential matches after comparing individual parts of the face to account for the child's morphing facial features as they age. The software works best when the pictures of the children are closer in age. This time, there was a match and DNA testing confirmed the connection.

Fu Gui has since been reunited with his family.

Now, American advertising agency JWT has partnered with Baidu (widely called the Google company of China) to put sculptures of parents with a missing child around town (study the sculpture carefully and you can see the missing child standing between the parent's legs). When passerbys see the white colorless statute they are encouraged to take a picture of the sculpture, download an app, and then watch the missing child come alive in full color and listen to various stories of families in search of their missing loved one. This unique campaign is gaining attention for the app so that individuals who may have been abducted at an early age are compelled to enter their photos and find their families.

To see this technology in action, visit https://youtu.be/j3amtofV8xg (or go to YouTube and search "BABY BACK HOME / Missing Children")

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on August 13, 2017, 09:30:32 AM
Sometimes agencies that work tirelessly to reunite kidnapped children are able to successfully find and reunite a missing child with their family.

And, this is how amazing the reunion can be (see video). Bless all the men, women, businesses and organizations that work tirelessly to find and reunite. And, all those that work tirelessly to keep children from being taken from their families/kidnapped.

Boy Reunited with Family After Kidnapped Four Years Prior - https://youtu.be/fDJyl1NhKUY

Source: https://youtu.be/fDJyl1NhKUY
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 04, 2017, 07:32:43 AM
Sometimes its about just wanting to find your mother.

It was 1985 in the outskirts of Manila when a little boy awoke amongst the care of his flatmates while his mother was at work. It wouldn't be unlike a five-year-old boy to wander outside to look for his mother. He did.

While he didn't find his mother, a man with good intent noticed he was lost in a very busy market and took him to an orphanage. After eight months there, he was internationally adopted to a family in Australia and lived a good life with a good family, but one thing was missing. He wanted to find his mother. He didn't know her name, and she lived only in his memories.

Joel was 30 when he returned to the Philippines with a photo of his 5-year-old self and began asking people if they knew of a woman who lost a son around 1985. He searched for one month and on one of his last two days before he would return to Australia, he found his mother, Herminia Rio. They had the last 24-hours of his trip together.

Joel would return, with his adopted mother to again meet with his biological mother. "I always knew there was another woman out there who loved him," said Ms. De Carteret, the adopted mother.

"Thank you," said Ms. Rio to Ms. De Carteret for raising her son.

"Part of this journey was about finding out who a I am... finding that little boy that got lost," said Joel who read a letter he wrote to his biological mother to apologize for wandering off and getting lost to bring a lifetime of heartache to his mother who he remembered was so kind and so loving. I can't help but think that his mother, even though she lost 30 years with her son, can finally rest and sleep a little better at night at least knowing where her little big boy is now.

Source:  http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/06/04/23/03/adopted-man-finds-his-filipino-mother-after-losing-her-more-than-30-years-ago

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Sap1 on September 08, 2017, 12:03:26 PM
Jaswinder (Jassi) Kaur Sidhu, 25, was a resident of Maple Ridge, B.C. (born in Canada on August 4, 1975) when she was murdered in Punjab, India, on June 8, 2000. Her body was found in an irrigation ditch in India, her throat slit. Her husband, Sukwinder (Mithu) Singh Sidhu, was seriously injured. They had secretly married against her family's wishes.  In 1995 she met her strikingly handsome husband while visiting family in Punjab with her mother and uncle. She was from a wealthy family known as millionaire blueberry farmers. He was considered a humble rickshaw driver and they fell in love. Some call it an "honor" killing. Most don't believe there was anything "honorable" about it.

Facts show it was a contract killing and 11 men were originally arrested in connection with her death. Seven later convicted had been linked to Sidhu's family in Maple RIdge through a series of cellphone calls in the days and minutes before the killing.  They kidnapped and tortured her telling her that her husband had been killed and that she would have to return to Canada. (Seriously, what family orders such treatment to a loved one?) Eventually the "order to kill came from Canada" as well and her throat was slit.

Her husband, a day earlier had been beaten and left for dead. He survived though. Her husband feared for his life. In fact, they hired a woman to proclaim that he assaulted her so he would be jailed for four years.

What is the chance that Canadian RCMP can find justice for the couple over a decade later? Look at the odds: It was an international crime. It happened overseas. It is considered a "cultural/religious" rite to some, in a country that condones arranged marriages and tradition. It was ordered and organized by an extremely wealthy family--her family for her murder. It required cooperation and coordination and dedication with and from the government of India. Involved family. Lots of family.

In 2005, the RCMP said there was an ongoing investigation, but they had no jurisdiction over crimes committed in India. They found a loophole though. They may have jurisdiction if the crime was planned in Canada and committed elsewhere. Seven men were convicted for murdering Jassi and attempted murder of Sidhu on October 21, 2005, but Jassi's mother and uncle, from a well-to-do family "got away with murder." They claimed "we did not kill her." At India's request the Ridge-Meadows RCMP investigated the case under a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) filed with Ottawa

....Until January 6, 2012 in Maple Ridge, B.C. when Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 63, and Surjit Singh Badesha, 67, were arrested in connection with the murder. RCMP proudly announce that after "an exhaustive eleven-year international investigation." The mother and uncle are being held. Extradition hearing is required. It could take years.

The odds were against LE. It requires patience. Dedication. Sometimes, against all odds (including political, cultural, geographic, jurisdiction, and religious values...). Sometimes it happens.

They worked with India to uncover evidence that indicated Jassi Sidhu's family were involved in the homicide. Members of the RCMP's Serious Crime Unit were actively involved due to the international scope and instrumental in obtaining extradition of the Canadian citizens.

What's the chances for justice?  They just got better.

There is hope.


Unbelievable Kudos RCMP! Nice job!

The Global News nicely outlines the series of events:

1995: Jassi Kaur, a beautician from a well-to-do family, visits the Punjab region of India with her mother, maternal aunt and uncle. She meets Sukhwinder (Mithu) Singh Sidhu, a poor rickshaw driver. They fall in love. A friend agrees to act as a go between to help the pair communicate after she returns to Canada.

1995-99: The long-distance love affair continues as Jassi Kaur keeps in contact with Mithu Singh Sidhu through the mail. The letters are delivered by a friend. They manage the occasional phone call.

January – February 1999: Jassi's family goes to India to arrange her marriage. She refuses to marry any of the prospective husbands.

Mar. 15, 1999: Jassi and Sidhu marry secretly and spend their first night together in a hotel.

Apr. 19, 1999: Jassi registers the marriage in India.

June 1999: Jassi's family learns their daughter has married Sidhu against their wishes. Her relatives demand that she divorce him.

February 9, 2000: Jassi begins the process of sponsoring her husband as an immigrant to Canada.

Feb. 10, 2000: Jassi's uncle, Surjit, has an affidavit drawn up that accuses Sidhu of forcing Jassi into their marriage. Jassi's is confined to her Uncle's home in Maple Ridge, B.C.

February 23, 2000: Based on the affidavit, Indian police investigate Sidhu and two of his friends for kidnapping Jassi.

Mar. 8, 2000: Jassi contacts Indian police insisting that she was never kidnapped.

Apr. 3, 2000: Jassi complains to the RCMP in Maple Ridge, B.C. that she has been threatened and struck by her uncle.

Apr. 6, 2000: The RCMP escort Jassi out of the family home after she calls and asks for help.

Apr. 13, 2000: Jassi leaves for India.

June 7, 2000: Jassi's mother contacts Jassi and Sidhu at his grandparents' home, where they have been hiding. After deciding the call was an effort to reconcile, Jassi tells her mother where the couple will be over the next few days.

June 8, 2000: Jassi and Sidhu are attacked by a gang. He is badly beaten and left for dead. He's taken to a hospital where he tells police that his wife was kidnapped.

June 9, 2000: Jassi's body is found in an irrigation ditch. Her throat had been slit.

July 9, 2000: Indian police arrest 11 men in connection with Jassi's death. They say it was a contract killing.

July 11, 2000: Indian police issue arrest warrants for Jassi's mother and uncle.

January 2001: Sidhu says he fears for his life after gunmen shoot at his home and he is almost run over while walking down the street.

2004: Sidhu is accused and convicted of sexually assaulting a woman. He spends four years in jail. He is released when the woman recants the allegation and says she was paid by one of Jassi's uncles to lie.

June 2005: The RCMP say there is an ongoing investigation in the case. Initially, they said they had no jurisdiction over crimes committed in India. Police later said that if a crime was planned in Canada and committed elsewhere, they would investigate.

Oct. 21, 2005: Seven men are convicted for murdering Jassi and trying to kill Sidhu. Indian authorities say Jassi's uncle and mother got away with murder. They had alleged that the pair hired the hit men and orchestrated the killing.

Jan. 6, 2012: Police in Maple Ridge, B.C., arrest Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 63, and Surjit Singh Badesha, 67, in connection with the murder of Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu in India 11 years earlier. They are being held pending an extradition hearing. It could take years before they face trial in India.

On Friday, police said that the Supreme Court of BC issued arrest warrants under the Extradition Act against Jassi Sidhu's mother Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 63, and Jassi Sidhu’s uncle Surjit Singh Badesha, 67, of Maple Ridge, BC. They were arrested on January 6 and are currently being held in custody pending an extradition hearing." The RCMP says that seven other individuals have already been convicted in India for charges including murder, attempt murder and conspiracy to commit murder relating to the death of Jassi Sidhu and attempted murder of her husband, Mithu Sidhu.


Latest on CBC, this mother and uncle will be deported from White Rock, BC to India. I can't imagine what will happen to them in a country who honors "honor killings". I just cannot even imagine the mindset of people who place sick misplaced "honor" before the love of a beautiful being that is flesh and blood relative.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 10, 2017, 10:05:21 AM
Sometimes willpower and social media find kidnapped children.

Peng Gaofeng's son Xinle was abducted outside his home in southern Chinese City of Shenzhen when the boy was three-years-old. His chances of finding his son in a country with such high population was slim, especially when the children are taken to the countryside. He knew his odds. But, what people don't realize is the power of a father on a mission, especially when the father has amassed a following on social media. China has 457 million internet users, the world's largest internet population.

Peng protested, he blogged. He even posed as a buyer of kidnapped children and saved the life of a boy and girl, but it wasn't his son. He would next bank on the fact that if he could get enough people to see his son's photograph, maybe just maybe, someone would recognize him. In China, they have big festivals and people go back to their hometowns to celebrate. Town folks from the outskirts come into town, as well. So Peng banked on the fact that his Weibo account, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, that had built 100,000 followers may be able to help with his search.

He pled with the followers to look at his son's features in the picture. His son's face is big, his teeth are pointed, and his eyebrows are far apart, and if you see him when you go home contact me, he would Weibo over and over.

It so happened three years after being kidnapped, that a follower who had returned home to Pizhou for the Chinese New Year holiday saw Xinle, got in touch with Peng, and contacted police. The police grabbed the boy and brought him back to the police station. As the car arrived, Peng burst into tears. The child who had forgotten his own name as Xinle had become use to being Han Longfei, the name the kidnapping family had renamed him, then told the policeman, "That man crying is my dad."

"I had no words. I just held him and cried," said Peng to NPR reporting service about the first time he held his son upon finding him. "Three years of pain and pressure just exploded. I couldn't speak, I just held him." He wept uncontrollably when he called his wife to say, "I've seen him. It's our son."

It happens. Have faith. I happens. Don't lose hope... I happens.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/10/133644822/Chinas-Social-Media-Help-To-Rescue-Abducted-Boy
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 05, 2017, 11:13:03 AM
Sometimes they escape.

She awoke in her Alabama home in the middle of the night choking from a man's grip around her neck. He had entered her home, choked her, demanded money, tied her up, and forced her into his vehicle, and repeatedly threatened to stab her. That fast, her life changed.

The perp, Timothy Wyatt, stopped the car in a remote area and forced her into the trunk and eventually pulled into a gas station. He entered the service station. And, that's the moment she needed, she found the escape lever, broke free and ran into the same gas station looking for help. Her escape was caught on video. The perp can be seen running out of the service station when he realized she had escaped. He headed for his car and took off only to be caught two days later sleeping inside a building. He was arrested for robbery, kidnapping and domestic violence.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/02/kidnapped-alabama-woman-caught-on-video-breaking-free-from-captors-trunk.html
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on November 05, 2017, 01:02:41 PM
Sometimes they return looking for their pension and old identity

Winston Bright, the father of three who was married and living in New York City, just disappeared on October 12, 1990. He kissed his wife and supposedly left for work, but he never returned. His wife looked for him, collaborated with NYPD and soldiered on. She raised three children, worked multiple jobs, and moved to a housing project.

She went to court to have Winston declared dead nearly ten years after looking for him without success. This would grant her access to his pension and insurance payouts.

Then out of the blue in 2007 Winston Bright who now called himself Kwame Seku and who was living in San Diego claiming amnesia, wanted to reclaim his identity and have access to his pension and insurance. In spite of DNA evidence, the judge ruled that he could no longer claim his old identity or his pension.

Source:  http://burstdaily.com/news/these-10-people-went-missing-decades-later-they-were-eventually-found/7/

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 28, 2018, 10:11:59 AM
Sometimes Next Generation Identification can solve a 30-year-old case

On August 21, 1986 in the 1600 block of East Holt Boulevard, Ontario, CA, police were called to an abandoned Ontario home to investigate the discovery of a body of a sandy-haired young man. At the time, black ink and paper card were used to preserve fingerprints. And, due to decomposition and poor quality prints, the fingerprints were not pristine. Since that time the discovery was referred to as Doe #27-86.

Over the next three decades over 9,000 posters were distributed to schools, businesses, truck and travel stops in California, Arizona and Nevada. A DNA profile was created and shared on many sites, including the National Missing and unidentified Persons System and the FBI's Violent Criminal Offender Program.

Then around March 2017, the FBI would take the poor and partial fingerprints that were taken over 30 years prior and put it through Next Generation Identification, or NGI, to finally give Doe #27-86 his name back. Joseph Pace is now listed as a homicide victim. And, authorities are a bit closer to being able to solve his case. NGI compared the fingerprints of the body found to other fingerprints taken when Joseph Pace was arrested for being drunk in public. It was a match. Records indicate Pace graduated from Needles High School only a few days before his body was discovered.

Source:  https://www.dailybulletin.com/2017/11/13/three-decades-later-fingerprint-technology-helps-identify-18-year-old-ontario-homicide-victim/
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 09, 2018, 09:38:22 AM
Sometimes it takes a storm.

Lt. William Thomas Barry Troy, 29 and a native of New Brunswick, disappeared without a trace on February 25, 1958. He was flying a F2H3-Banshee fighter jet in dense fog for the Royal Canadian Navy along the Florida coast headed for a naval station in Mayport, Florida. He was part of a four-aircraft formation. The other three aircraft landed, but he fell out of formation at some point with others unaware.

The U.S. Navy recovered a helmet and a wheel from his jet, but all were surprised that his body was never recovered and substantial aircraft debris never surfaced. They listed him as "buried at sea." His parents and siblings didn't stop in their search for answers. However, answers finally surfaced nearly six decades later, after Hurricane Irma dispersed on September 13, 2017, that is.

Days later on September 21, Zack Johnson was surveying the damage done by the hurricane. As he drove along a northeast Florida beach a "ball of stuff" along the high water line caught his attention. He says he must have driven by it at least five times without noticing and other rangers drove by it, too. At first he thought it was just jumbled debris until he noticed the military gear - a parachute rigging, a parachute harness, a float coat, bits of metal and survival supplies. Then he noticed the lieutenant's stencil on the back of a coat. He turned the items over to the Mayport NAS.

"It was traumatic for us and we really had no closure," said Dick Troy, 80 at the time of discovery. "My mom and dad grieved for many years. We all did, but a mother has a close attachment to her children, as you know, a special attachment. So they went to the grave without getting anything."

Johnson believes the items were buried for decades beneath sand dunes. He also says it appears that the pilot's parachute didn't open during the crash which brings comfort to brother Dick in that his brother's death may have been quick.

"Thank God the person who discovered it was good enough to do something about it," said Sandra Berry, Troy's younger sister. "If they had just not cared we could still be in the dark." The family hopes to obtain the discovered items for the family to keep as a reminder of their brother. They also look forward to hearing more details from the authorities, when available.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on May 09, 2018, 10:27:22 AM
Sometimes the social security number pops up.

Richard Wayne Landers, Jr., in 2013 at the age of 24, lived in Minnesota under a different name. He disappeared when he was five back in July 1994. Authorities think he may have been abducted by his paternal grandparents who were upset over pending court proceedings even though their son, Landers' father, was reported as "never involved in the boy's life." They pushed for felony charges for interfering with the custody proceedings, but charges were dismissed in 2008.

For 19 years, Landers was listed as a missing person until police ran his social security number and birth date. They found Landers using the number under a different name.

Lander's mother Lisa Harter was ecstatic, as one could only imagine.

Source:  http://www.itsybitsysteps.com/missing-5-year-old-boy-found-two-decades-later/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_89836

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on June 10, 2018, 07:57:07 AM
Sometimes the fact you don't have a valid birth certificate or government identification is a big clue.

Kamiyah Mobley was abducted at birth from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital in 1998 and subsequently raised in South Carolina. It would be 18 long years before her family would ever know what happened to her. It was only when a girl named Alexis Kelly Manigo couldn't get a job because she didn't have a valid driver's license or government identification that Gloria Williams (the woman she thought was her biological mother) told her the truth. Then Alexis told a friend, and then down the line the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received an anonymous tip about Kamiyah's whereabouts that unraveled the mystery.

Shanora Mobley and Craig Aiken will never get those 18 years back. They'll never get to shape the future for their daughter in those formative years. Instead, it would be found that Gloria (back then) had lost custody of her two other children and was in an abusive relationship that led to a miscarriage. She claims she was on auto pilot with her life out of control when she took the baby from strangers to start a new life with her newly kidnapped baby.

Now, perhaps is a good time to pause for a moment. Kamiyah was in the hands of a woman on autopilot who lost custody of her own kids and was in abusive relationships to the point of physical harm... was raising a child for 18 years. Kamiyah will never get the benefit to experience what those 18 years would have been like had she not been kidnapped and instead raised by her own biological parents.

Gloria Williams was arrested in 2017. In June 2018, she was sentenced to 18 years on a charge of kidnapping and five years for interfering with custody. Both sentences are to be run at the same time with credit for 511 days served in jail. The judge said the sentence reflects how many years the biological parents were without knowledge of their daughter, but she could feasibly get out early for good behavior and only serve, say 15 years.

Kamiyah is left to process the overwhelming emotions and love for the only mother she has known, and the reality of the situation, that two biological parents (strangers to her) are trying to find a way to be a part of their child's life.

Craig Aiken, Kamiyah's biological father, said this in court, "I first would like to thank God for the safe return of my daughter Kamiyah. I knew walking into this morning that there would be no winners in this situation. Despite today's sentence I would like to deal with the emotional toll this ordeal has taken on my family. At this time, I choose to remain focused on mending my family together through this situation. I believe now that this is over we can continue on our journey of healing together as a family and supporting my daughter with her decision-making. So at the end of the day, I would like to say thanks to the prosecutor, the investigators, Duval County and all my supporters and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for bringing my baby home. I just say hopefully we can bring home more kids. Hopefully this situation helps other parents to get through their situation with their kidnapped kids and stuff like that. I just want to say thank everybody and appreciate the support and we're just going to go meditate on this for a little while."

What else was he suppose to say? His daughter's life was in limbo and he didn't want to alienate her, so he chose this moment to focus on her health moving forward.

But the biological mother's statement in court was perhaps more revealing. Caught in needing to find justice and represent parents everywhere whose child is abducted by a stranger, but yet not alienate her newly found daughter who has ties with the only mother she grew up knowing - the "mother" that had stolen her ability to be with her child - Shanora Mobley, the biological mother received gasps in court when she was asked what sort of sentence her daughter's kidnapper should face. Her answer came quick and to a gasping courtroom, "Death," she answered. Aiken was asked the same question, his reply, "This is the part that she makes it hard for me, because my daughter doesn't want to see [Williams] get time," he said and admitted to reporters that he felt Williams had to pay.

Mobley, for her part, described celebrating her daughter's birthday each year with a cake she kept frozen for 18 years always wondering what it would feel like to one day see her daughter again... knowing she was missing the milestones every year that passed, from first baby steps to attending prom. The father had years and years of recurring dreams, holding his baby and playing with her but he could never attach a face to the child he never saw. "The only thing I have to remember her by is her name," he said. The parents told of the two decades of unsuccessfully searching for their daughter and the toll it took. They testified that they were viewed as suspects by police, neighbors and even each other.

For her part, Alexis Manigo has changed her name. She was 18 at the time of her abductor's arrest and given the choice to reconnect with her biological parents. Their first meeting was eventually on Facebook.

At sentencing it was said there is no winners and no losers. Odd. What about those who knew the abductor lost her children but was raising another child that suddenly popped up in the equation - but they never said anything? What about social services that took the abductor's other two children away, who didn't they find it odd she suddenly had another baby? What about when the abductor came down from "autopilot" as she claimed and knew what was right and what was wrong? What about the school systems that enrolled a child without a birth certificate or proper paperwork? What about the joy of all those who for years investigated the case, prayed for the family, searched for the girl? What about the hospital, another victim of the acts of an abductor? Perhaps the terms "winners" and "losers" means something different to everybody. There was great loss, terrible loss, years of loss. And, what could define a winner? A parent that gets to see their child alive and well 18 years later as a person who would grow to be completely different than if she was raised in their loving hands, perhaps? What about all the parents who are still searching for their own child who may get some semblance of hope in knowing their child may someday be found too, perhaps a different person, but found with an ability to build a new, but different, future together, hopefully.

Each in their own pain, each trying to seek justice, each trying to regain a relationship lost.

Sad in so many ways, yet they received the news we all wait for... our loved ones to be returned to us in some way, healthy, some day.

An odd story of hope.

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/woman-kidnapped-newborn-raised-her-183538200.html
Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2018/05/04/mother-of-baby-kidnapped-from-a-hospital-says-stranger-who-raised-her-deserves-death/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.171b24f402f2
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 05, 2018, 08:45:56 AM
Sometimes enhanced public discussions gets the collar

Grant Ayerst, 21 of Barrie, and Norman Whalley, 36 of British Columbia, both went missing on September 11, 1991. Officials said they met with foul play after Ayerst and Whalley traveled from British Columbia to Toronto for the purpose of conducting an illicit drug deal. Something diverted them to Barrie on September 11 to complete the deal where it was determined that they were met with foul play. They haven't been seen since. The cases remained "cold." The bodies never recovered. What's the chance they could be found after 26 years?

Simcoe County didn't give up. Investigations have changed, and so have the tools readily available to bring attention to the case. Officials created episodic YouTube videos that not only featured these two men, but Cindy Halliday (17), April Dobson (40), and Jaimee Lee Miller (30). Then they turned to social media to create awareness and invite conversation. They urged those with information to call the hotline, speak to an investigator direct, call in tips to OPP, or Barrie Police, or remain anonymous with Crime Stoppers.

Someone did. They aren't disclosing how the tip was received other than it was through social media and "enhanced public discussions." But, the result is the arrest and charge of two counts of first degree murder against Michael Guido Gerald Claes, 49 of Elmvale, Ont. in the deaths of Ayerst and Whalley. And, two charges of accessory after the fact to murder, contrary to Section 240 of the Criminal Code of Canada, for David Glenn Bond, 52 of Keswick.

Here's to new technology and the willingness to embark upon it to turn around homicide cases as dumbfounding as missing persons with no body recovered yet. Let's hope further for the case resolution of Halliday, Dobson and Miller.

Kudos to Barrie police and OPP for giving us hope!


Second arrest made in 17-year-old double homicide in Barrie.

Facebook posts by Simcoe that help bring about leads on cold cases.

New arrest made in relation to Grant Ayerst, Norman Whalley murder investigation

Simcoe YouTube Case File Episodes - Ayerst and Whalley:
https://youtu.be/IfqJ2DEcaD0 - Episode 1
https://youtu.be/e7d_eFJxjms - Episode 2
https://youtu.be/J_7Uj1Ezw44 - Episode 3
https://youtu.be/cDCGe5raMWE - Episode 4
https://youtu.be/kV3pO6dPxiw - Episode 5
https://youtu.be/OiSgMBNtLKA - Episode 6
https://youtu.be/eteEFE_90B4 - Episode 7

Simcoe YouTube Case File Episodes - Cindy Halliday, last seen on April 20, 1992

Simcoe YouTube Case File Episode 1 - April Dobson murdered on front porch on October 14, 2005 after helping to fix a friend's car.

Simcoe YouTube Case File Episode 1 - Jaimee Lee Miller, 30, Mother of three in Barrie, October 12, 2015 last seen, reported missing Nov. 2, 2015, remains found in March 2016, foul play determined to be a factor
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: lostlinganer on September 05, 2018, 08:26:18 PM
good to see this stuff... thanks C.
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 10, 2018, 05:22:01 PM
Sometimes tenacity and the process of identifying mummified remains can lead to new techniques for use today.

It was during the excavation in 1915 of a tomb of what was thought to be a rich local farmland King dubbed Djehutynakht, that they found the head of a mummified king, or was it his wife, they really didn't know. They only knew that both had been buried there. The mystery took 100 years to solve. In that time they extracted a tooth and analyzed it in New York, then Israel, but there was little DNA to be found for the process that existed during those years.

That tooth eventually landed on Odile Loreille's desk in 2016. As a Research Biologist for the FBI's Lab Division, she would try current techniques to solve the mystery of whether the mummy was female or male. She would grind material from the inner tooth into dna solution to amplify, copy and sequence. Even that did not work. A new technique would need to be created that would further amplify the trace amount of DNA available. They worked on that and succeeded in solving the mystery. It was, in fact, a man!

But, they didn't just solve this 4,000-year-old mystery (1991-1781 BC), they left behind a gift that keeps giving. Lucky for us, in the process they developed a technique that would revolutionize the ability to characterize DNA trace evidence, particularly useful in cases where skeletal elements are scarce, or trace DNA is found like in the discovery of age-old human remains of the missing.

"Anything that you can think about that may have trace amounts of DNA, I think we now may have a technique where we are going to be better armed to characterize that DNA," said Anthony Onorato, Chief of the DNA Support Unit of the FBI Laboratory Division.

And, there you have it, tenacity, progress and hope! What a combination.

Source:  https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/06/01/fbi-solves-mummy-identity-orig-tc.cnn
Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 16, 2018, 07:41:42 AM
Sometimes a case lingers in the mind of a retired sheriff until he can put the pieces together.

Retired Bibb County Sheriff Deputy Anthon Strickland was touched by the thought that a boy around the age of 15 who had been struck by a truck and killed in 1979 in Georgia was buried as a John Doe because he had no identification at the time of the accident. Nobody came forward in the area saying they had a missing loved one. And, at that time, there was no national database. He went to the boy's funeral and the feeling that some family out there was missing their child never left his conscience.

All John Doe had in his pockets at the time of the deadly accident was candy wrappers and a note with a phone number on it. The phone number that belonged to someone who had given the hitchhiking boy a ride. All the driver could recall at the time was that the boy said he was from Michigan and his name was "Drew Greer."

Investigators in Georgia tried to connect with Michigan authorities, but at the time there was no known database and the effort would mean contacting individual jurisdictions - there were hundreds of them. Media wasn't as social. My, how things have progressed. The case went cold, but forever made a lasting impression on the Sheriff. In the decades that followed, he would continue to search media sources for a boy named "Drew Greer."

In the meantime, the family of Andrew Greer in Lenawee County were searching for their son who was wearing a blue quilted parka when he ran away from Addison High School because he got in minor trouble.

His parents would go to authorities who didn't make a report because they thought he would return in a few days - a typical teen runaway. He never did. The Michigan State Police in 1979 launched an investigation, without success. The Lenawee County Sheriff's Department would try in 2000. Andrew's stepfather said at some point the authorities would point fingers at the family "wanting answers" but the family had no idea where he had gone.

Different family members would try at different times in the decades to come to resurge the case, gain media attention. In 2000, Andrew's father pushed tirelessly to launch an investigation. In 2014, Andrew's younger brother contacted friend Daniel Cherry, a journalist for The Daily Telegram, to ask him to write a story about his younger brother, in hopes of reopening the case. That's when Michigan State Police St. Larry Rothman entered Andrew Greer into a database for the missing persons and began working the case.

As fate would have it, Retired Sheriff Strickland had not stopped looking through available databases for teens that went missing around 1979. He suspected a link of the missing "Andrew Greer" with the John Doe who was possibly "Drew Greer" and in December 2017, he contacted Sgt. Rothman who in April 2018 traveled to Georgia to exhume the body for DNA testing with the assistance of Macon District Attorney's Office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

On Tuesday, August 14, the match was confirmed. Andrew's mother, Joyce had died the year before. Andrew's father had died several years prior after desperately hoping to find his son. But, Andrew's stepbrother, now in his 70's was thankful to finally know what happened - Andrew ran away from home, was killed when he was struck by a semi-truck while hitchhiking down I-75 near Macon on Valentine's Day in 1979. They suspect he was headed to Florida to be with other family members.

Andrew Jackson Greer's body is being transported back to Michigan for proper burial and Retired Sheriff Strickland no longer has to spend time looking for answers for a boy he never knew, but forever (and thankfully) held in his heart and mind.

When people (even strangers) don't give up, sometimes pieces of the puzzle miraculously come together even after 40 years to deliver much needed answers.



Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on September 17, 2018, 03:32:35 PM
Sometimes equipment developed for a different industry becomes affordable and efficient for search and rescue operations.

A sonar imaging technique that works similar to an MRI scanner was developed to help fishermen find where the big fish are at on both sides of a boat in up to 350 feet of water. The Oaklahoma Highway Patrol used it to find a '52 Chevy and a '68 Camaro that were about 100 feet offshore in Foss Lake. Six bodies were recovered in what is believed to be two cold cases from the 1970s.

The equipment manufactured by Humminbird costs about $2,800 compared to base models by traditional suppliers of underwater sonar suppliers who charge $40,000, or more. They hope by making sonar more affordable that departments of natural resources, search and rescue departments, and sheriffs' departments may work more quickly to turn some cases into rescues versus recoveries.

After recovering the body of a 13-year-old boy who was lost in 2012 due to a boat crash on Lake Lanier, Georgia, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources ordered 28 sonar units to equip their entire fleet.

For police divers in Scotland and Ireland, sonar is one technique of three they use in water searches as well as historic missing person cases. They choose their method depending on the environment (ditches, canals, rivers, large lakes, estuaries or oceans). They typically deploy old-fashioned traditional methods first, like accessing points of access and possible traveling distances to narrow their search. They use sonar from a boat or held by a diver to image the pond or lake bed. If soft sediment is an issue, they deploy ground penetrating radar which use radar pulses to image the subsurface. If an object is detected they then utilize a specially trained victim recovery dog to detect scent rising from a decaying body to determine a closer proximity.

Some point to future technological advances currently used by submarine surveys of telecommunication cables, offshore windfarms and oil rigs for hope in rescue and recovery efforts. Even underwater autonomous vehicle searches and aqueous drones may be able to roam on the bottom of waterways or along the sediment surfaces.

What other industry advances can we convert?

Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on January 14, 2019, 01:00:34 PM
Sometimes they grow up fast and escape.

Escape, she did. Right into the arms of a stranger walking a dog and some protective neighbors. Then boldly to police and FBI. Eventually, to the arms of her aunt Suzi Allard, grandfather Robert Naiberg, Aunt Jennifer who babysat her for 11 years, and seven other relatives. She made it home. SHE made it home.

Her name is Jayme Closs and she's 13 years old. Little is yet known of what happened in the 88 days she went missing from Barron, Wisconsin, on Monday, October 15, 2018. Her parents (father James, 56, and mother Denise Closs, 46) were murdered in their home. Someone called 9-1-1 from her mother's phone, perhaps her mother's last attempt to save her daughter Jayme. No one spoke, but the dispatcher heard yelling. Police would arrive to find the parents dead, the girl missing, and little clues as to what happened.

The community came together in those crucial days. The family, friends, school authorities, law enforcement and community, at large began searching for the missing teen. Some 2,000 volunteers (two-thirds of Barron's population) searched. Organizations offered assistance from around the country that formed as a result of other missing or murdered children who had been through this type of ordeal before. Who would do this? They really didn't know. They certainly didn't give up. But, they didn't have the answer even though they knew the stakes were high.

So, what does it take to find a missing girl when the clues just aren't surfacing? A determined young girl, apparently. Despite having witnessed her parent's death, and everything she went through in those 88 days of captivity, she had the strength to find an opening, escape without a coat or gloves in the Midwestern chill, seek assistance from strangers, meet with law enforcement to describe her abductor, and we can only imagine what else. In the end, she would be reunited with her aunt, her grandfather, and her dog Molly. She made it back. SHE made it back.

It's not quite home, the way she knew it. But, it's her new, bright future. Her grandfather and aunt say she is doing well, smiling and talking a little, but at times she goes blank to another place. It may be a while before she meets with her friends or returns to school, although she says she wants to and is more than welcome. We can believe the best mental health authorities will be working with her to bring her out of that dark space, and with family, friends and school officials to bring her into the future. What a wonderful little miracle she is; they all are. Someday she, as well, will feel her strength and beauty like we do. Yes, Jayme, you are beautiful and no one or no circumstance can ever take that away from you. You did it Jayme. YOU did it!

And, with your escape, Jayme, you gave us all relief. A little hope. A reason to believe. A path to restore faith. You've given others who may unfortunately find themselves in similar situations a great example of what to do and why. Hope that maybe a few more others will find their way home, too. Now it's our turn to make sure Jayme feels the same - relief, hope, belief, and faith against all odds. We send our thoughts, strength and prayers.

We have yet to know her story, perhaps never really will. Authorities are getting what information they can, when she is ready to provide it. And, that's okay for now. The alleged perp Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, who is believed to have kept her hidden in a cabin in the woods near Gordon, Wisconsin, was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for killing Closs' parents and one count of kidnapping Jayme, and armed robbery. Upon arrest, he admitted to police, he did it and upon further interrogation provided vivid details. Perhaps more charges will surface as more is discovered and evidence processed. Or, maybe, for Jayme's sake they won't - to spare her and in knowing the charges already provided are good enough to put him away and save what dignity Jayme has remaining. Upon conviction, he will likely be the one to spend many, many days in captivity now. Life without parole, perhaps. Rightly, so.

To the woman walking her dog in the right place, at the right time... bless you. For the couple in the nearest house who not only took them in immediately, but took measures to protect them... bless you. To all those who never stopped looking and responded immediately... bless you. To Jayme's parents who raised her to be strong and have the power to act... bless you. Now, we'll give our best wishes to the law enforcement and legal teams to secure the appropriate justice, while Jayme and the community begins to heal.

Just know, Sweet Jayme and family, there are many of us standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you. Hang in there, get well and thrive! Sadly, you've been through enough already.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on April 12, 2019, 10:35:06 AM
Sometimes we have to trust a parent's intuition.

Tony Lethbridge knew his son Sam and his habits - he wasn't the type to just disappear. When after 24 hours, his 17-year-old failed to reach his destinations or home and he didn't call or return text messages, Tony knew his son needed help. Tony and his wife reported him missing to the authorities. "The police officer actually asked us what do we think," said Tony, admitting that his wife didn't hold back. "My wife actually said, 'I think he's in a ditch or something, bleeding out.'" Sam's mother Leigh recalls, "I wanted to be positive with all my heart but my brain was telling me this may not have the happy ending." The authorities, according to Tony, told the couple to "go home and wait" for his son to return home. For Tony, that wasn't good enough.

Call it a wonderful connection with his son, or learned experience, or intuition... actually, call it whatever you would like... but sitting home was not the answer. You see, Sam was an apprentice electrician who had simply set out early Sunday morning to drive a friend to Wyoming on the New South Wales Central Coastline of Australia. Then Sam had plans to meet his girlfriend and had even texted her that he would see her at noon. But, nobody had heard from Sam since. By day's end he was missing. Sam's friends recall he was a bit tired when he set out for his drive, so the parents initially searched for hours along the Pacific Highway route that is well-known for fatal crashes. And after 24 hours, his parents sought assistance from the authorities. "It's out of character. It's not him," Tony told Sydney Morning Herald his reaction to the authorities rationalizing that his son might have run away, done this, or could have done that.

Tony also had a hunch that his son may have had an accident and was lying injured somewhere without the ability to gain assistance. He felt time was running out. He even recalled that six years earlier a man traveling the same roadway veered off the road and into a ditch and died from his injuries as no one found him in time (five days later). He realized there were points in his son's drive along Pacific Highway that would be hard to see an accident in the roadside brush or during the route's dangerous stretch. So Tony went to NSW-Hunter Region helicopter firm's reception area and begged for help. He needed an aerial view of the roadside trip. "I knew Sam might've been driving tired and if there was a chance he'd veered off the road in about the same place I had to check."

Upon arrival, Skyline Aviation office at Lake Macquarie Airport offered up Pilot Lee Mitchell and the ability to leave immediately. Even though Tony brought his hard-earned $1,000 AUD as a payment offer, no payment was accepted. It was decided that Tony's motion sickness would keep him grounded, while Tony's brother Michael would fly with the helicopter crew. Within ten minutes they located debris that lead to Sam's crashed Hyundai. Sam was trapped in thick bushland at Crangan Bay, south of Newcastle.

The helicopter stayed in the air to guide Tony and emergency services to the accident site. They found Sam alive, conscious, severely injured, bleeding, in pain, and dehydrated having been pinned at the waist against the dashboard for nearly 30 hours. It took emergency crews four hours to extricate him. He suffered spinal injuries. His right arm was broken, his right elbow dislocated, and right thighbone had pierced the skin. "Dad, I'd love a drink," he said. (I can't imagine what that moment felt like to his dad.) Tony jumped in joy and it was at that time the helicopter crew and Sam's uncle also knew Sam was alive. Sam would require intensive care, six surgeries and a year of rehabilitation.

"The doctors said they don't think Sam would've lasted much longer out there if we hadn't found him when we did," Tony said, relieved.

With two stories in hand, Tony would like to bring attention to the police about their missing persons protocol.  "We've done a number of search-and-rescue operations and they don't always end up as positively as this, so it's good to have a win," said Mitchell, a pilot with 18-years experience flying missions. Mitchell thought perhaps he can offer additional experience to Tony's plea for swifter action by authorities in missing person reports. Maybe, Sam (the victim) can offer a word or two, as well. It makes us appreciate the authorities that take inquiries serious and act immediately. We know, in our hearts, they are busy but our loved ones may be holding on with all they have.




Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 28, 2019, 08:13:27 AM
Sometimes we receive part of the story; enough for closure to begin.

Terry Vierra-Martinez was 13-years-old when she gave birth and placed her baby up for adoption. She, like many who make the gut-wrenching decision, had hopes her daughter would receive the care and have the future she felt she was not capable of providing at the time given her age. Sometimes love means you give it away.

Jim and Gloria Matthews felt blessed to adopt Jonelle. They had another daughter, Jennifer who was four years older than Jonelle. Their family was complete. They lived in a safe neighborhood in the Pheasant Run subdivision which was in a suburb of Greeley, Colorado. And by most accounts Jonelle's life was unremarkable around the time she went missing at the tender age of 12.

Five days before Christmas on December 20, 1984, Jim Matthews, a principal for a Kersey elementary school, dropped Jonelle off to school for a field trip to the nursing home to sing Christmas carols. Jonelle's sister was at the high school gym playing varsity basketball. And Gloria Matthews, her adopted mother, was out of state to visit family. It was a typical and unremarkable day in the lives of the Matthews' household. So it seemed.

Jonelle went missing that day. When Jonelle's father and sister came home at 9:30 p.m. after Jennifer's game, the house lights and TV were on but Jonelle was nowhere to be found. Normally, if Jonelle was to leave the house to go to a friend's house, she would write a note. It was out of character for her to just walk away and disappear. Jonelle had plans in the coming days to present at church, welcome sleepovers, and so much more. Her life was normal and basically routine. Except something didn't feel right, and police were called.

From police accounts, after the singing event Jonelle was dropped off at her house by another school mate and her school mate's father. They watched her enter her home. In hindsight, they recall that her garage door was open at the time. Jonelle took off her shoes and turned on the tv and space heater. She took off her stockings and put on her mother's slippers. She took a phone call from a teacher who left a message for Jonelle's father that she would not be at work the next day. Jonelle wrote the message on the message board for her father to see.

Police discovered footprints in the snow around the home. FBI and Greeley police were on the case that they regarded early on as a possible kidnapping. "There were no signs of struggle, but there are (sic) indications of possible foul play, which I can't disclose...," Lt. Paul Branham stated to Denver Post in 1984. Through the years there were intense searches, leads were followed, rewards offered, false discoveries made, volunteer efforts, psychics, flyers, a national media tour, and even President Ronald Reagan mentioned her case in a speech when launching the nation's new missing person's website NAMUS.

Five years after she went missing, tips still streamed in. Ten years, the family sadly declared her legally dead. In all, 34 years would pass. On Thursday, July 25, Jonelle's remains were found by workers digging for a pipeline in Weld County, Colorado, 20 miles away from the family home.

"We had 10 years without reason, 10 years without motive, 10 years with no answers," Gloria said in 1994. Now, 34 years after her disappearance, the family at least has Jonelle even though the reason, motive and answers still remain under investigation. Jonelle will finally receive a proper burial.

During upcoming ceremonies it is likely that the Matthews family (adoptive family) will be joined by Jonelle's birth mother, Terry Vierra-Martinez. In 1997, 13 years after Jonelle's disappearance when Jonelle would have been 25-years old, the biological mother hired a search consultant to locate the girl she had given up for adoption. She wrote a letter to the adoptive parents hoping to one day meet her daughter again. "I was thrilled that Jonelle's mother wanted to contact her, because Jonelle had always wanted that,' Gloria Matthews said. "But then I had to tell Terri that the little girl that she entrusted to us is gone."

Now, with the discovery of Jonelle, both families will have some peace, and perhaps, some closure even though more is to be discovered.


Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 28, 2019, 09:08:57 AM
Sometimes people hide in crevices and become stuck.

Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada was 25-years-old when he went missing on November 28, 2009 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It was a cold winter day when Larry ran from his home, upset with his parents. "There was a snow storm at the time," said Sgt. Brandon Danielson with the Council Bluffs Police Department.

He left sporadically, without his shoes, socks, keys or car. So, in hindsight, it is reasonable to assume he would likely go to some place familiar and close.  Authorities now believe he went to his place of work, the No Frills Supermarket, even though he was not scheduled to work at the time. After all, supermarket management said it was common for employees to enter and exit the store when they weren't on their shifts. Former employees admit it was common for workers to be in the space on top of the coolers which was used for storage. They used the space for unofficial breaks. In his efforts to hide, authorities now believe Larry likely escaped to this space, but may have accidentally burrowed or fallen and otherwise become trapped in an 18-inch gap between the cooler and the wall, a 12-foot fall.

Larry's remains were found Monday, January 24, 2019; ten years after he went missing. The supermarket has been closed for three years. Larry's remains were found by contractors who were tearing down the building. An autopsy report found no signs of trauma. The death has been classified as accidental. The noise of the freezers' compressors would have likely made it difficult for people to hear Larry's cries for help. (Which begs to ask, what about the odor?)

Larry's stories, and those of many others, remind us that when a person goes missing we should look for areas in which they could become accidentally trapped in the places they likely visit often. This includes wells, ponds, behind furniture, in crevices, trunks, appliances, and such. Look at home, at friends, at work, at school and at places they enjoy or have a pattern of visiting. Perhaps, armed with this knowledge, we will be more likely to find our loved ones sooner and perhaps in time.





Title: Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
Post by: Concerned on July 28, 2019, 11:36:48 AM
Sometimes they fake their disappearance to run from crime.

Kim Vincent Avis, also known by alias Ken Gordon-Avis, 55, was by many accounts a well-known busker in the town of Iverness, Scotland. Once a practicing, but reportedly unsuccessful, street performer, Avis had applied in 2008 for a street vendor licence. The town leaders were glad to hear that he was foregoing his flute and guitar performances to become a street vendor selling cheap jewelry. He's familiar to many there.

"We all know Kim and I would describe him more as a city institution than a street trader and I would support granting this licence," said Iverness Councillor John Ford the day of Avis' licence approval. "There is no finer ambassador for the city," added Councillor Donnie Kerr. The licence allowed Gordon to trade on High Street six days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kim reportedly gave back to the community, donated to charity, helped tourists navigate the town, stopped fights, and provided assistance to police on many occasions.

Not only was he popular, he apparently was wanted. Little known to many, he was out on bail for 24 pending felony sexual abuse charges (including rape and a string of sexual assault allegations) in Scotland. He failed to appear at the High Court in Edinburgh on March 11 to stand trial. Where could he be?

Meanwhile back in February, his 17-year-old son reported Avis missing after the father went for a swim at Monastery Beach, Monterey; a beach on the California coast in the United States. The beach is known for turbulent waters where at least 30 people died. Coast Guard helicopters, sheriff drones, and dive teams were deployed. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection combed the area. Soon they discovered the boy's story lacked significant detail. The boy couldn't provide crucial details like where his father went for a swim and how the two traveled from the Los Angeles International Airport to Monterey County, 300 miles away. There were no witnesses.

Suspicious authorities would soon discover the son was not telling the truth. Avis was a fugitive on the run. "After speaking with his ex-wife, we became suspicious of the drowning report. We re-interviewed his son and determined he was not telling the truth," stated a Monterey County Sheriff's Office press release. "Avis’s son was returned to Scotland with the help of Monterey County Child Protective Services."

California authorities then began working with the U.S. Marshals, Interpol and Scottish authorities to obtain a warrant and locate Avis with the hopes to eventually extradite him back to Scotland.

Avis was apprehended on Friday, July 26, in a motel parking lot in Colorado Springs, Colorado by Northern District of California - San Francisco U.S. Marshals, who are responsible for tracking down fugitives. An extradition hearing will be held for Avis in Colorado Springs later this month according to MSN.

"He is extremely well-known in Inverness and there are many people who will be very shocked at this news," said Thomas Prag, former Inverness Councillor.