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« Reply #255 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/

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #256 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.

Source:
http://people.com/human-interest/missing-11-year-old-boy-found-hiding-on-his-roof-by-florida-news-crew-i-didnt-mean-to-cause-any-trouble/
http://nbc4i.com/2017/06/21/missing-boy-found-on-roof-of-home-by-reporter-covering-story-in-helicopter/

 
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« Reply #257 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
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« Reply #258 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.

Sources: 
https://www.rt.com/news/179248-siberia-girl-drones-rescue/
http://dronelife.com/2014/08/11/man-hunt-without-man-drones-for-search-child/
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #259 on: July 18, 2017, 08:10:03 PM »
Sometimes Global Warming will find 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
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« Reply #260 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")

Sources:
https://youtu.be/j3amtofV8xg
http://www.vocativ.com/427175/facial-recognition-lost-children/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/27/technology/china-us-ai-artificial-intelligence.html?mcubz=0
http://adage.com/article/creativity-pick-of-the-day/face-recognition-app-lets-identify-kids-missing/241813/
http://www.digitalrev.com/article/facial-recognition-link-photos-reunites-missing-child-familb
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #261 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
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« Reply #262 on: September 04, 2017, 07:32:43 AM »
Sometimes its about a boy who got lost who through pure will finds his mother 30 years later.

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 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

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« Reply #263 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.

Hope.

Unbelievable Kudos RCMP! Nice job!


The Global News nicely outlines the series of events:

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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.
http://www.globalnews.ca/timeline+jassi+kaur+sidhu/6442554858/story.html

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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.
http://www.lfpress.com/news/canada/2012/01/07/19213631.html

Sources: 
http://www.lfpress.com/news/canada/2012/01/07/19213631.html
http://www.globalnews.ca/timeline+jassi+kaur+sidhu/6442554858/story.html
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=d80baed6-d391-47c6-85e6-a8cc03fbfbdf

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.

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« Reply #264 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
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« Reply #265 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
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« Reply #266 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 had 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/

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« Reply #267 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/

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« Reply #268 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.

Source:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article176884046.html


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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #269 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.

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