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The family of Jennifer Kesse are no longer willing to just sit on their daughter's "cold case." It's been 12 years since she disappeared. They have lawyered up and have a group of investigators that would like to take a look at her case and are asking the Orlando Police to hand over her files.

“We have secured a team of lawyers and investigators; we feel it’s time,” Drew Kesse said. “We have gone through the process of asking for public information, and it comes back completely redacted.”

Present during the press conference is the family of Michelle Parker, another Orlando woman who went missing in November 2011.

Source:  https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-jennifer-kesse-anniversary-20180124-story.html


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USA & Other / Re: Natalee Ann Holloway
« on: September 26, 2018, 10:38:56 AM »
Natalee Holloway case: Man who claimed to help Joran van der Sloot dispose of teen's body is stabbed to death

Stan Chambers, WTSP-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg
Published 8:55 a.m. ET March 15, 2018 | Updated 12:54 p.m. ET March 15, 2018


NORTH PORT, Fla. — In the 2017 series The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, John Christopher Ludwick made headlines when claiming he helped Joran van der Sloot dispose of the missing teen's body.

Now he, too, is dead.

Ludwick, 32, of Port Charlotte, Fla., a community northwest of Fort Myers, Fla., was stabbed to death Tuesday after he attempted to kidnap a woman from her vehicle in nearby North Port, police said.

Ludwick was roommates with the woman at one point and wanted a romantic relationship with her, but she didn't, North Port police spokesman Joshua Taylor said.

"He essentially ambushed her getting out of her car, going into her home," said Taylor.

The woman was able to wrestle a knife from Ludwick, then stabbed him in the abdomen, police said.

 “It appears that the male subject who has passed was attempting to kidnap a young woman as she exited her vehicle in her driveway. They are familiar with each other,” police said in a statement on Facebook. “A struggle ensued, and he is the one who ended up stabbed. He then fled the area on foot. He was found nearby suffering from the stab wounds.”

Ludwick was airlifted to a local hospital, where he died. The woman won't be charged, Taylor said.

"From every ounce of evidence we have so far, she was a victim in this case," he added....

Source:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/03/15/natalee-holloway-case-man-who-claimed-help-joran-van-der-sloot-dispose-teens-body-stabbed-death/427290002/

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London / Re: Jacqueline English - London, ON - Murdered - 1969
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:53:11 PM »
Wow, 49 years. Bless your hearts.

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General Discussion / Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« 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?

Source: 
https://www.nbcnews.com/technology/how-new-underwater-sonar-helping-solve-decades-old-cold-case-4B11194693
http://theconversation.com/how-science-is-helping-the-police-search-for-bodies-in-water-73931

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General Discussion / Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« 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.

Sources:

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/08/14/michigan-teen-missing-39-years/989931002/
https://www.wxyz.com/news/family-of-teen-missing-for-nearly-40-years-is-thankful-to-have-closure-after-so-long
https://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-29941_34757-475146--,00.html


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*NEW UNIDENTIFIED LIVING CASE*
Identity Needed for Living John Doe found in Kingman, Arizona

We are asking assistance from the public to help identify a living John Doe found in Kingman, Arizona. In July of 2017, this young man was found on the side of the road in poor health condition after indicating he was attempting to hitchhike to Oregon.

When asked, he provides his name as "Sam Carter Perez" and indicates he is originally from Springfield, Missouri. We have been unable to verify this claim. His race is currently listed as "Uncertain", but law enforcement believe it is possible he is Hispanic, Native American, or of a mixed race. He is approximately 5'6", weighs approximately 145 pounds, and wears glasses sometimes.

We would like to speak to anyone who has information on this person so we can help bring him home to his family.

Picture available on site. Looks to be in his 20s.

The NamUs case link can be accessed here: www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/52257

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General Discussion / Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« 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

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Police have charged Adam Jeffrey Strong with interference with a dead body (Rori Hache) and he remains in custody. Hearings to start in October. while searching his property at 19 McMillan Dr, they found the DNA of Kandis Fitzpatrick, 18, who has been missing since 2008.

Authorities are seeking information about Strong's movements from mid-1990s until his arrest. They are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have helped him tow his 18-foot boat to any body of water in the GTA.

Sources:

Police discover DNA of second woman, Kandis Fitzpatrick, while searching home of Adam Strong
https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/8733833-police-discover-dna-of-second-woman-kandis-fitzpatrick-while-searching-home-of-adam-strong/

Ex of Hache suspect says he needs to choke women to orgasm
https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/sun-exclusive-ex-of-hache-suspect-says-he-needs-to-choke-women-to-orgasm


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General Discussion / Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« 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!

Sources:

Second arrest made in 17-year-old double homicide in Barrie.
https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/8586810-second-arrest-made-in-27-year-old-double-homicide-in-barrie/

Facebook posts by Simcoe that help bring about leads on cold cases.
https://www.facebook.com/simcoecountycasefiles/photos/grant-ayerst-was-21-years-old-when-he-disappeared-on-september-11-1991-his-remai/1397438987002107/

New arrest made in relation to Grant Ayerst, Norman Whalley murder investigation
https://www.barrietoday.com/police-beat/new-arrest-made-in-relation-to-grant-ayerst-norman-whalley-murder-investigation-913674

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
https://youtu.be/QDS2GWMF6kw

Simcoe YouTube Case File Episode 1 - April Dobson murdered on front porch on October 14, 2005 after helping to fix a friend's car.
https://youtu.be/0Bzob_-BlEY

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
https://youtu.be/WaXgTWoIk8E

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Windsor / Re: Autumn Taggart (31), Murdered, June 10/2018, Windsor, ON
« on: August 30, 2018, 03:49:32 PM »
That poor little boy. I hope he can find a way to put the past behind him and move forward in a healthy way.

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I just happen to think, if they didn't know if one or two were involved, wouldn't it be easy to tell by the skids on the sheet?  If one was involved, the skids would line up and off the sheet being dragged and perhaps other types of drag marks across the walk and to the car. Especially if it was too heavy for the perp to carry. However, if there were two people, wouldn't the skids be localised to the middle section of the carry since both ends would be up in the air? Perhaps the walk up to the car wouldn't be lined with a streak, but instead touched upon at times? 

Just a thought that makes me wonder what the pattern was like and what the sheet showed. And, if Sonia had any scrapes from the drag. I wonder if that would be telltale in any way?

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General Discussion / Re: McDonald's Murderer Investing Money
« on: August 19, 2018, 01:18:00 PM »
Thoughts and prayers to the family of Arleen McNeil. Bless her heart.

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It is not just this thread. RW's thread was hit too.

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Somehow, it is easier to accept when foul play is ruled out. The loss is still real, I'm sure. But, knowing that they weren't needlessly or wrongly harmed by others helps. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of this young man. He was only 27, way too young.

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Awesome, so happy to hear. Bless his heart. More please.

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