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Toronto / Re: Laura Babcock-Missing June 2012
« Last post by SAP on April 13, 2014, 10:28:40 AM »
Problem is the police classed Laura as a runaway even though her ex boyfriend did some sleuthing for them and found that Laura's last calls on her cell were with Dellen.
Yes, they dropped the ball badly in this case and if they hadn't, at least 2 more death possibly could have been spared.
General Discussion / Re: REEVA STEENKAMP MURDER/FEB 14, 2013
« Last post by capeheart on April 13, 2014, 09:53:40 AM »
 Ron, because of your screen name, I guess you are a male member. I know the comments we put on here are our opinions. My opinion is that Oscar knowingly and without any cares for Reeva's safety killed her. Okay, this is my theory on this. He and Reeva had a big argument about something, possibly an ex boyfriend texting her, as was stated he did. Okay, this escalated.  Reeva had intentions on leaving, she had her street clothes on. The argument went on and she went in the bathroom with her cell phone and I believe keys were mentioned. Now who goes to the bathroom with their cell phone. He in a rage went after her with his gun, with the intention of killing her. She did not even have a chance to call 911 or get help, whatever the emergency number is there. Okay, after shooting through the door four times, he then tried to break the door down with the cricket bat. He knew Reeva was the only other person in the house. He was breaking down the door, to make sure she was dead, that is my opinion.  HE DID NOT CALL EMERGENCY NUMBER, he called other people, I believe it was his brother, before any EMR people were called. I say GUILTY  OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER, that is my verdict. Also the clips of him firing at watermelons and getting an unusual thrill of seeing things explode, over the top. He is a nut job and guilty of taking a beautiful woman's life. To bad she had to die and didn't get out when she saw signs of his jealous nature. >:( >:( >:( >:(   
Toronto / Re: Laura Babcock-Missing June 2012
« Last post by leonagleant on April 12, 2014, 10:44:04 PM »
If you read the comments by readers at the end of the news article, there is a great deal of frustration with police that that didn't investigate Laura's disappearance properly. If they had kept tabs on Mellard who was the last to communicate with her, they might have prevented further deaths. They might at least have investigated his father's so called suicide more carefully if he was on the radar as a possible murderer. And Tim Bosma might still be alive.
Newfoundland Unsolved Murders & Missing People / Re: Joshua Miller
« Last post by RubyRose on April 12, 2014, 03:39:15 PM »
That would make sense, Annastaisha.  Also, unfortunately in this particular case, the cab driver may not have realized he was as badly injured as he was.

Other Saskatchewan Locations / Re: Daniel Ruskin -age 31 - missing - Hague/Osler Sask
« Last post by SAP on April 12, 2014, 02:23:41 PM »
Thank you. These grown men should really know better than to waste people's time looking and worrying. Everyone carries a cell and there's an abundance of phone booths everywhere.
They waste valuable resources. The young teens who show up a week later is another peeve, showing up as if nothing happened. Alot of wasted police hours for searching. Not good when police resources are limited and stretched as it is.
It's time for them all to grow up and tell their loved ones the truth and why they need time away.
I always share Missing Canada's missing pages and my timeline is always full and then I find the kids showed up a few days later. Look if they want a romp somewhere, at least let their parents know they will be with friends. As for myself, I just finished cleaning up my timeline and it took a long time and I will NOT be sharing anymore links as it takes up too much bandwidth and for what? That is unfortunate that some take "missing" so lightly because then when someone is truly missing and injured or murdered, others may not give them the time of day. Time to stop being selfish and Daniel Ruskin that goes for you too. Grow up!
Newfoundland Unsolved Murders & Missing People / Re: Joshua Miller
« Last post by Annastaisha on April 12, 2014, 09:10:48 AM »
I recently started working as a dispatcher for a cab company. The cabbies that I work with - most would not report an incident like that and if they did, it would be because they were stiffed on cab fare and marked as No Service - if we knew who he was. Generally after the bar, we just "FLAG" cars - meaning a generic message to all the cars out that night that there are people at a bar - we don't dispatch individually to a bar in bar hours (just residential addresses).  It very well could be that the driver was holding onto the phone for payment. Drivers where I work are allowed to take collateral.
Daniel Ruskin was found safe and sound near Vermillion AB on Sunday, Apr. 6 -
General Discussion / Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Last 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
Other BC Locations / Re: Natasha Lynn Montgomery - Deceased - Still Missing
« Last post by looking on April 11, 2014, 07:07:02 PM »
The snow is melting around PG.  Almost time for a search.  Spring is the best.
Other BC Locations / Re: Natasha Lynn Montgomery - Deceased - Still Missing
« Last post by gumpslou on April 11, 2014, 06:40:04 PM »
Thnak you Besani, I hope this is the year she is found.... or Cody lets us know where he put her.... All I can is keep praying...
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