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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #270 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 the woman, Gloria Williams, she thought was her 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, a woman eventually testified that back then she had just lost custody of her two other children and was in an abusive relationship that led to a miscarriage claims she was on auto pilot with her life out of control when she took the baby from strangers.

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 of 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 to 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.

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 in limbo and the need to not alienate her, but 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, 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, first steps to 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 her other two children away, 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, perhaps? All those parents who are still searching for their own child who may get some semblance of hope?

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.

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
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #271 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 tip 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 the 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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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #272 on: September 05, 2018, 08:26:18 PM »
good to see this stuff... thanks C.

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #273 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). 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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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #274 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 were candy wrappers and a note with a phone number on it. The phone number 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. 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 who 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 then 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 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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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #275 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 in up to 350 feet of water on either side of a boat. 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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