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Hunters asked to be more attentive when hunting this season for missing people

Search groups who look for missing people are asking hunters to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious they may find while in the woods.

“They get into places we sometimes can’t,” said Monica Caison, the founder of the CUE Center for Missing Persons in Wilmington, NC.

Caison said in the past 72 hours, her organization has received reports of six bodies/skeletons being found nationwide by hunters.

“They start getting found as soon as the hunters start hitting the woods,” she said, noting the holidays especially bring out lots of hunters.

Caison said not only should hunters be looking for bones (if you can’t rule out a bone being an animal, she says call police), but also looking for disturbed ground or dirt, signs of possibly a shallow grave.

Also, hunters should be aware of manmade items that look out of place like purses, clothing, shoes, wallets, keys, etc.

“If it’s way deep in the woods and it doesn’t fit, they should definitely call that in,” she said.

Just two months ago, a couple of hunters prepping land in rural Spartanburg County stumbled upon some skeletal remains which turned out to be missing 20-year-old Crystal Freeman.

“It happens all the time,” Caison said, “so be vigilant.”

Source: WSPA

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a happy Thanksgiving. God Bless!

Disappeared – Lost Highway

Twenty-two year old Bradyn Fuksa vanishes from his new apartment. When his car is found 700 miles away, Bradyn’s parents feel their world turn upside down. But the surprises don’t stop there as it’s revealed that Bradyn has been guarding a dark secret.

Beloved Janitor Lead A Double Life As A BANK ROBBER

  • Michael Webb was a trusted member of staff at LA Fitness in Deerfield Beach, south Florida
  • Outside his day job, he was a skilled bank robber who had carried out five heists in as many months
  • His bosses were shocked when the FBI informed them that he had been killed when his last robbery went terribly wrong
  • A career criminal, Webb had served prison sentences countless times since his early 20s
  • Florida Police dubbed Webb the “Counter Jumper” before finding out his true identity.
  • In recent months, Webb had carried out five successful local robberies before being caught in his six robbery gone wrong.

Popular employee: Slain banker robber Michael Webb (right) with baseball star Manny Ramirez at Deerfield Beach LA Fitness where he worked

DAYTIME: Popular employee and janitor Michael Webb (right)  with baseball star Manny Ramirez at Deerfield Beach LA Fitness where he was employed. in South Florida

Career criminal: Webb had been in and out of prison on a number of occasions since his early 20s

DOUBLELIFE: Career criminal, still-shot from the security camera shows Michael Webb robbing a bank earlier this month

‘If the power went out, or something broke, I would call Mike and he would know exactly what to do,’ Sean Lynch, the gym’s general manager, told The Sun Sentinel. ‘So when the FBI walked in, showed me his picture and told me he was dead, it hit me like a ton of bricks.’

Bandanna Bandit: Over a seven-month period in 1989 and 1990, Webb robbed 11 South Florida banks

Bandanna Bandit: Over a seven-month period in 1989 and 1990, Webb robbed 11 South Florida banks

 

Click here for the full article and video written and published by Dailymail.co.uk on November 12, 2012

Etan Patz Suspect, Jose Ramos, Re-arrested For Violating Megan’s Law

  • Jose Ramos was re-arrested shortly after being released from a 25-year sentence, because he failed to provide accurate information as required of sex offenders under “Megan’s Law”, according to state police.
  • Ramos was once the prime suspect in Etan Patz abduction but charges were never filed due to lack of evidence.
  • Failed to supply information to state police and taken into custody again
  • Etan vanished on May 25, 1979, while walking alone to a school bus stop in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood
  • The NYPD is currently trying to build a case against Pedro Hernandez, a New Jersey man who has confessed to killing the boy

Jose A. Ramos was successfully sued for wrongful death in Etan's disappearance but never convicted of criminal charges

Pictured above: Jose A. Ramos, the prime suspect in the disappearance of six-year-old Etan Patz, but he was never convicted in connection to the case due to lack of evidence or a body.

Etan Patz

Pictured: Etan Kalil Patz was born October 9, 1972 and was six years old when he disappeared while waiting at his bus-stop one block away from his family’s lower Manhattan apartment in NYC. He was declared legally deceased in 2001

11/07/12, PHILADELPHIA — A man long considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of a New York City boy more than three decades ago was released from a Pennsylvania prison on Wednesday then immediately arrested on a Megan’s Law violation, state police said.

Jose Antonio Ramos was immediately taken into custody following his release from a northeastern Pennsylvania prison where he spent more than 20 years for molesting children because he failed to provide accurate information as required of sex offenders, according to state police.

Ramos had long been suspected in the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, who vanished May 25, 1979, after leaving his Manhattan home to go to a bus stop two blocks away. It was the first time his parents had let him go off to school alone.

Investigators in Etan’s case have long been focused on Ramos, who had been dating the boy’s baby sitter and later served the time in Pennsylvania for molesting two other boys.

State police did not immediately specify what information Ramos failed to supply. A phone message left with state police in Wyoming County was not immediately returned Wednesday morning.

Etan’s disappearance prompted a massive search that stretched as far as Israel and spawned the national movement to publicize the cases of missing children. The blond, blue-eyed boy’s photo was among the first put on milk cartons, and his case turned May 25 into National Missing Children’s Day.

His parents never moved or changed their phone number, in case he returned. In 2001, they obtained a court order officially declaring their son dead. They have become outspoken advocates for child protection issues.

Ramos was declared responsible for Etan’s death in a civil court in 2004, but the Manhattan district attorney’s office has said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him criminally. Ramos has denied any involvement in Etan’s disappearance.

Earlier this year, a new suspect named Pedro Hernandez was charged with Etan’s murder after police said he confessed this spring. His lawyer, Harvey Fishbein, has said Hernandez is mentally ill, and authorities have not cited any additional evidence to implicate him beyond his own admission.

Prosecutors are expected this month to announce whether they believe there’s evidence enough to continue pursuing a case against Hernandez, who worked at a convenience store near Etan’s home when the boy disappeared and told police he strangled the boy and stuffed his body in a trash bag.

Source: t.news.msn.com (credit goes to Joann Loviglio of Associated Press)

If you would like additional information on “Megan’s Law” click: Parents for Megan’s Law

The Worlds Worst Phychic Continues To Deceive For Profit

Sylvia Browne (born Sylvia Celeste Shoemaker October 19, 1936) is an American author who describes herself as a psychic and spiritual medium. She has made several appearances on Larry King Live, was a weekly guest on The Montel Williams Show, and hosts her own hour-long show on Hay House Radio, discussing paranormal issues and giving callers advice in her role as a psychic. She has made millions of dollars by manipulating and exploiting thousands of people with her false predictions. Many families of missing or murdered loved ones have contacted Sylvia in a bid to get some closure only to find out that her predictions were nothing more than her own assumptions, theories and guesses.
In 1992, Browne was convicted of investment fraud and grand theft. Her claims and predictions have caused numerous controversies and reports of her failed predictions have appeared in several newspapers. Critics such as James Randi, with whom she has had a long running feud, say that she is a cold reader whose readings are indistinguishable from those achieved by mentalists using cold and hot reading techniques. Recent press coverage has asserted that she is inaccurate overall.
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The most extensive study of alleged psychic Sylvia Browne’s predictions about missing persons and murder cases reveals a strange discrepancy: despite her repeated claim to be more than 85 percent correct, it seems that Browne has not even been mostly correct about a single case. To many she is an obvious fraud yet she is allowed to continue and make a fortune over exploiting and defaming emotionally fragile people.
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Browne’s predictions have a history of being wrong or unhelpful. In the course of this research, we examined a variety of sources to study Browne’s involvement with law enforcement. Browne was sometimes paid by families of the victims, charged at least one police department $400, and received money as well as publicity from her appearances on television. She is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and, as reported in 2004, earned a minimum of $847 for each talk show appearance. Yet in all these cases, Browne has never supplied independent proof that she has ever helped law enforcement. More than that, she is repeatedly wrong. During the Sago Mining Disaster, she claimed the miners were alive when they were actually dead. She also said Richard Kneebone was alive in Canada, but his decomposed body was discovered a few days later in California. More recently, she predicted that a 9/11 firefighter was alive, but his body was found in the World Trade Center rubble two weeks later.
Browne’s tendency to mess with the emotions of family who have missing/murdered loved ones never fails, using their suffering and pain for her personal gain. Read below for more.
Browne is not only wrong in many of her ”guesses,” but also tells suffering families horrible things. In 1999, Browne did a reading for Opal Jo Jennings’ grandmother, who wanted to know what happened to Jennings, a six-year-old abducted from her front yard in Texas. Browne told the grandmother, “She’s . . . not . . . dead. But what bothers me—now I’ve never heard of this before, but for some reason, she was taken and put into some kind of a slavery thing and taken into Japan. The place is Kukouro. Or Kukoura.” Browne was wrong. Child molester Richard Lee Franks was charged with the kidnapping that same year and convicted the following year. Jennings’ remains were discovered in 2003. Medical examiners concluded that “Opal was killed by trauma to the head with[in] several hours of her abduction.”

Photo of Opal Jo Jennings (November 24, 1992 – March 26, 1999) – Victim of child abduction and murder. Opal’s loved ones were a victim of Sylvia Browne’s false ”predictions”

Missing person Holly Krewson was a similar case, one in which Browne needlessly tainted the memories of a family’s loved one on national television. In 2002, Browne told Holly’s mother, “She is in Los Angeles, and when she was calling you, she was on drugs. But she’s still alive.” Browne also said that the girl was a dancer in an “adult entertainment nightclub,” and “you might get a Christmas card postmarked Los Angeles.” Holly’s family made regular visits to the Los Angeles area, scanning the clubs for their missing loved one, but to no avail. Holly’s mother, Gwendolyn Krewson, died of an aneurysm in 2003. Three years later, Holly’s body was identified. As it turned out, Holly was murdered, and her body was discovered in 1996. The remains were only identified as Holly in 2006, after sitting in the medical examiners office for ten years. Needless to say, Browne was completely wrong in every aspect of the case and hurt an already devastated family.
Photo of Holly Krewson – Murder victim who was slandered and defamed by Sylvia Browne’s false ”predictions”
In a 2006 appearance on Montel, Browne did a reading about Robert Hayes, who was serving in the Army National Guard when he was killed at an ATM. Browne told Hayes’s crying fiancée that he met a man at a casino who “took Hayes,” then robbed him to get the casino winnings. The police later found that although Hayes told his fiancée he was going to a casino, he actually went to meet another woman, and there are no reports in the press about him being at a casino. In fact, Hayes was the victim of a conspiracy by four people, including a local beauty queen, who lured Hayes to meet her so they could rob him. Browne said Hayes was shot three times “in the head, chest, and over to the side,” to which the fiancée replied, “I didn’t know he was shot in the head. The police never said that.” The fiancée then added, “The police said he got shot in the hand.” When asked if the case would be solved, Browne said, “Yeah, but it’s gonna take them at least a good two years.” However, the police announced they arrested four people in connection with the murder on April 11, 2006. The first airing of Browne’s predictions occurred on April 26, 2006. Browne was wrong about who did it, the conspiracy, where he was shot, who was involved, and when the case would be solved. By October 2007, three of the suspects pled guilty and were sentenced for Hayes’s murder. The Montel Williams Show and other media outlets have been silent about this and other cases. In fact, a full transcript of this show no longer exists on LexisNexis; instead, there is only a brief summary that excludes the aforementioned details. The authors had to seek the transcript and video by other means to include the details in this article.
Browne’s failures are too extensive to explore in detail here, and more famous ones, such as the Shawn Hornbeck case, have been explored in this magazine before. Below is a list of names of people Browne has performed readings about. Some of the cases marked “unknown” were already de facto solved by law enforcement. They know who most likely committed the crimes, but the suspects were never brought to justice and the cases went “cold,” so they are still officially unsolved and open. In other cases, Browne was consulted to confirm the families’ suspicions, determine how to bring the likely perpetrator to justice, or provide more information. This makes her predictions even less impressive, as she is “solving” exhausted cases that the police have already in large part solved and about which she can say almost anything, since any new developments are highly unlikely. On the other hand, some are official accidents and suicides that the families feared were actually murders.
 
Among the many harmful things that Browne does is convince the loved ones of victims of untimely deaths that foul play was involved and, conversely, convince the loved ones of murder victims that no foul play was involved. However, if the families are correct in their suspicions and these are actual murders, the last thing they need is a psychic involved in the case.

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STOP SYLVIA

If you’re a skeptic of Sylvia Browne then I think you might like James Randi Foundation - James Randi is a very smart man and retired magician who knows all the tricks Sylvia uses to fool victims. He has offered Sylvia ONE MILLION DOLLARS in a ”$1,000,000 challange” and all Sylvia would need to do is prove her abilities. Years later, the one million dollars remains on hold.

If you believe Sylvia Browne should be stopped and/or would like to read other false predictions then you will enjoy stopsylvia.com - a website created by an individual who believes Sylvia should face legal action and her victims should be entitled to a refund for every failed prediction she makes. She of-course will not adhere to this for obvious reasons (psst. she’d be out of a job.)

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A Survivors Story – The Tamara Brooks Foundation

Sharon Brooks

→ On July 31, 2002 Tamara Brooks, then sixteen years old, and Jaci Maris, were kidnapped from Quartz Hill, California. The local Sheriff’s Department issued California’s first Amber Alert which mobilized and united 13 government agencies in an intense effort to locate the girls. The alert was successful. The girls returned to the safety of their families but the story did not end there.

On October 2, 2002 the President hosted the first White House Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children. Experts and surviving families from across America convened to share and rally around best practices for making America safer for all children. Sharon Brooks emerged as a vocal advocate for children and the passage of the federal Amber Alert law.

As a mother of four children and an educator Sharon has always been keenly aware of the need to keep children safe. But the kidnapping and assault of her daughter in 2002 made her cognizant of the fact that our nation needs far more than child safety education. Both Sharon and Tamara have become renowned speakers on the importance and effectiveness of the Amber Alert program. Each, in their own right, speak at conferences of law enforcement personnel sharing their experiences so that officers will be more conscientious about the experiences of victims and their families. Sharon is a passionate advocate for victim and surviving family counseling so that they can begin the healing process. She is an equally passionate advocate for legislation that will bring criminals who commit crimes against children to justice and keep them off the streets. Sharon shares her story, time and efforts in this arena in the hope that one day our nation will not need to issue any Amber Alerts and that children will be safe.

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About Tamara Brooks Foundation:

Tamara is a vibrant and outspoken young woman who, after being abducted in 2002, continued with her life as a high school student in California to become Valedictorian of her graduating class. Tamara is not just another violent crime “survivor” – Tamara excels in life – she helps empower others by presenting at various events around the country. Her goal is to help other victims of childhood violence, not just to survive – but to excel in life.

Click here to view the Tamara Brooks Foundation

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