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« 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 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
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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 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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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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« 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), 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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« 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 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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« 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 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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« Reply #276 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.

Source:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/14/us/jayme-closs-suspect-court/index.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/missing-wisconsin-teen-jayme-closs-family-celebrates-her-return-n958271
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/14/us/jayme-closs-neighbor-armed/index.html
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/jayme-closs-kidnapping-suspect-decided-to-take-teen-after-seeing-her-get-off-a-school-bus-complaint-says/ar-BBSfdbn?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout
 
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« Reply #277 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.

Sources: 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/nation/tony-lethbridge-gets-help-from-above-to-find-son-trapped-in-car-wreck/news-story/11019317b34065ad5c4dd08d687f89c4

https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/fathers-instinct-saves-teenager-we-werent-going-to-give-up/news-story/03108226adbcfc804cb2827c9a563dd8

https://www.littlethings.com/dad-helicopter-missing-son/?utm_medium=Facebook&utm_source=cafe&utm_content=50shades_fanpage&fbclid=IwAR0GHFKACkJr5ZxbrUKLzDbUn2qMv2a-9CsvN-T93hqiiNrbALl2wBWzXFs
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« Reply #278 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.

Source:
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/07/26/greeley-missing-janelle-matthews-homicide/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/07/26/jonelle-matthews-ronald-reagan-greeley-colorado-remains-found/?utm_term=.bc3bedbb7116


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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #279 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.

Hope.

Source:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/22/body-found-behind-supermarket-cooler-employee-missing-10-years/1801273001/

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/22/us/supermarket-missing-person-death-trnd/index.html


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« Reply #280 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.

Sources:

https://www.newsweek.com/scottish-man-who-faked-own-death-avoid-rape-charges-arrested-colorado-springs-1451432

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/scottish-man-who-faked-own-death-to-avoid-rape-charges-is-arrested-in-colorado-springs/ar-AAEWTgk?li=BBnba9O&ocid=mailsignout

https://globintel.com/usa/kim-vincent-avis-bio-wiki-age/

https://www.kktv.com/content/news/Wanted-man-from-Scotland-who-reportedly-faked-his-own-death-caught-in-Colorado-Springs-513274811.html

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/sons-silence-after-scots-rape-14079516