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Seven Tips To Prepare For Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy heading up the East-Coast – Here’s seven tips to prepare for storm.
1) Prepare for Phone Interruptions

Spry advises business owners to have a communication plan, in case neither phone nor texting is available.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, knocked out cell phone towers and land lines left employers and employees without the means to communicate. Spry advises employees to know and understand the disaster plan in advance and each have a copy of it they can easily refer to.

Paul Reynolds, electronics editor with Consumer Reports, said cell phone users can usually text more successfully than call when a network experiences high volume, like during 9/11, because texting uses less data. But those not familiar with texting may need a tutorial. He said a full QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to text versus a numeric keypad on basic cell phones, which can be more cumbersome and harder to learn.

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2) Create a Disaster Plan, or Test Your Current One

Homeowners should consider which valuable objects they will take with them in case of an emergency evacuation.

Spry said a disaster plan should clearly communicate pre- and post-disaster procedures to any relevant people. For families, that includes near and far relatives and friends. Business owners should communicate disaster plans to employees, customers, vendors, and business partners.

Spry said the safety of people, such as employees and customers, should be the first procedure. The plan should next address how to protect your property and business records.

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3) Check Insurance Policies

Spry cautions that homeowners and business owners should never fully rely on an insurance policy.

Homeowner’s policies usually do not cover loss due to flooding, but coverage can be purchased from the federal government. Homeowners can ask their agents about the details or contact the National Flood Insurance Program at 1-800-379-9531.

It is especially important to review your homeowner’s policy with your agent or broker so you understand the amount you will receive in the event of a covered loss, and whether it will be adequate to rebuild your home. Homeowners should also know the amount of a deductible and any special provisions in the policy such as wind exclusions. And include your insurance company’s toll free claim number and insurance agent’s phone number in your emergency evacuation kit.

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4) Assess Your House for Vulnerabilities

Homeowners should inspect their homes for potential problem areas of a house in case of a disaster, such as old trees.

You should also make sure the roof does not have holes or is missing shingles. To safeguard against strong winds, you may have to nail down new shingles or remove loose objects, like lawn furniture.

Some fix-it tasks can be completed over a weekend, such as reinforcing a garage door, vents and a gable, or triangular, roof, so water does not leak in. Those living in low lying areas where coastal storms surge should move electronic devices off the ground floor and put heavy furniture on blocks to prevent damage from flooding. Also, homeowners should roll up rugs.

Spencer also advises that you look around your neighborhood for vulnerabilities, such as from abandoned properties.

If a hurricane or tropical storm approaches, homeowners should notify the lender or bank that has taken ownership of the foreclosed property, as well as town officials, of concerns regarding foreclosed homes, he said.

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5) Take Video or Photos for a Home Inventory

For insurance purposes and for your own personal keepsake in case of a disaster, you should have a home inventory or a photographic record.

While you are doing that, you can consider which few items to bring in case of an evacuation.

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6) Consider Important Supplies

FEMA recommends people should have a bare minimum of a three-day supply of water and you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day.

A normally active person needs at least one-half gallon of water daily just for drinking, but sometimes children, nursing mothers, the sick and people in hot temperatures may require more, according to FEMA.

You may also want to prepare covered foods and about a month’s supply of medication. You should also prepare traditional and special batteries for products like cell phones.

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7) Shelter Considerations: Pets

During Hurricane Katrina, there were some people who did not evacuate as recommended because they had pets, or they did not know what to do with their pets.

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety advises that if you are going to evacuate with a pet, make sure your hotel or shelter accepts pets.

In two seperate missing person’s cases, mothers turn in their own sons

Westminster Police Photo (Mugshot) Of 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg

10/27/12 — DENVER, Colorado — Mindy Sigg sat sobbing, listening to prosecutors tell a court that her 17-year-old son had confessed to the abduction and killing of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.

While any mother would be devastated, there was an even more heartbreaking wrinkle for Sigg: She was the one who called police.

It was not the only high-profile case this week in which a mother made that painful choice. In New Jersey, Anita Saunders saw something on a Facebook page that led her to call police.

Her two sons, ages 15 and 17, are now charged with murdering 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale, a bike-lover who authorities said was lured to their home with the promise of new parts.

What does it feel like to turn in your child, knowing they could be sentenced to many years in prison? Surely, no one knows but those who’ve done it.

But a main motivation, according to one criminologist, is simply a desire to do the right thing.

“These are law-abiding people, pro-social people,” said Kathleen Heide, professor of criminology at the University of South Florida. “And besides doing the right thing, the parents often want to get their children help.”

What they often aren’t aware of, though, are the full ramifications in terms of likely punishment.

“If these are cases of first- or second-degree murder, in most cases the kids will be charged as adults,” Heide said. “This means they can be sentenced to life in prison.”

In both cases, authorities are deciding whether to prosecute the suspects as adults.

Certainly not all parents are ready to turn in their kids. One high-profile case from the 1990s, in fact, resulted in strains between the United States and Israel, when a father helped his teenage son escape this country after a particularly brutal murder in Maryland. The son, Samuel Sheinbein, confessed and is now serving a 24-year sentence in Israel — a lighter term than he likely would have gotten in the United States.

Mindy Sigg made a different decision. Reached by phone on Wednesday, she told The Associated Press: “I made the phone call, and he turned himself in. That’s all I have to say.” Then she broke down in tears.

Her son Austin Reed Sigg made his first court appearance Thursday in the death of Jessica and in a separate attack on a 22-year-old runner, who managed to break free, in May.

Prosecutors say he has confessed in both cases, and investigators have overwhelming DNA evidence against him. He was ordered held without bail; prosecutors are expected to formally charge him next week.

Sigg’s father, Rob Sigg, issued a written statement Thursday commending his ex-wife’s decision and asking for prayers and support for the Ridgeway family.

“This horrible event is a tragedy for both the families, as well as the community. I ask also for your prayers and support for Austin’s mother, whose courageous act — unimaginably painful for any parent — has put this tragedy on the path to resolution,” he said. “I am hopeful that as the legal process unfolds, the Ridgeway family may come to know peace.”

Peg Claspell, who lives near the Siggs, said she was grateful to the mother for her decision and called it the “most loving, difficult thing.”

“I can’t imagine the pain for her, and she’s in my prayers,” Claspell said. “She has a long and difficult time ahead of her.”

Claspell’s husband, Tom, struggled when asked if he would turn in a child. “I can say yes, but I don’t know if I would. It would be a very hard thing to do,” he said, explaining it would depend on the severity of the crime.

In a case like this, “I probably would,” he said.

In the New Jersey case, Justin Robinson, 15, and Dante Robinson, 17, have been charged with murder and other counts in the death of 12-year-old Autumn, whose body was found Monday stuffed in a recycling bin only blocks from her home in Clayton.

An autopsy found the seventh-grader suffered blunt force trauma consistent with strangulation.

The boys are due in court Friday for a hearing to determine if they will remain in custody.

What’s rare about both cases, said Heide, the criminologist, is that boys of this age rarely kill girls, especially girls so young. “Usually boys this age kill other males, and in their own age cohort,” she said.

Jessica disappeared three weeks ago after leaving her home in the Denver suburb of Westminster to walk to school. She never arrived. Her remains were found on Oct. 10. Sigg was taken into custody late Tuesday after police received the mother’s phone call. He lived about a mile from Jessica.

Sigg wore a blue-green jail uniform and had a light goatee when he appeared in a heavily guarded courtroom in Golden.

Four of his family members were seated in the court, and they sobbed at times during the hearing.

When District Judge Ann Gail Meinster asked Sigg if a parent was present, he said “Yes” and looked toward his relatives. He then mostly sat with his head bowed.

Seven of Jessica’s family members sat in the courtroom with their arms around each other. Sigg glanced in their direction just once.

Public defender Ryan Loewer had argued for setting bail for Sigg, saying he has no prior criminal history. Prosecutor Hal Sargent said Sigg had confessed and investigators had a strong case.

“There’s DNA evidence, and the evidence is overwhelming,” he said.

After the hearing, Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey said prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty for Sigg because he is a minor.

Storey said the law is unclear on whether Sigg could be sentenced to life in prison.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that the death penalty was unconstitutional for minors. Colorado law allows for life sentences for juveniles convicted of serious crimes, but it would be up to a judge to determine whether that’s appropriate, Storey said.

Storey declined to discuss the possibility that Sigg might enter an insanity plea.

Former high school classmates painted a picture of Sigg as an intelligent teen who often wore black and complained about school but who would stay late sometimes to work on computers. Sigg was interested in mortuary science and was taking forensics classes, said Rachel Bradley, 17, who attended Standley Lake High School with him.

Sigg enrolled in August at Arapahoe Community College, which offers the state’s only accredited mortuary science program. He didn’t have enough credits yet to apply to that program.

Sigg had left Standley Lake High in July after finishing the 11th grade and later earned a GED. School officials don’t know why he left.

Former schoolmate Sarah Morevec said Sigg had been bullied for having a high voice.

Source: hosted2.ap.org

Friend of Kyron Hormon’s Stepmother, Terri Young Refuse To Answer 142 Questions Regarding the Missing Child’s Disappearance

Refusal: Desiree Young has asked a judge to force DeDe Spicher to answer all of the questions put to her during a deposition taken earlier this month in which Spicher asserted her Fifth Amendment right to every one

 

  • Kyron Horman mysteriously vanished in 2010 after not showing up for class at Skyline School located in Multnomah County, Oregon.
  • Kyron was seven-years-old two years ago and would be nine this year.
  • Terri Hormon, Kyron’s Ste[mother is the prime suspect in his disappearance.
  • Biological mother Desiree Young suing stepmother Terri Horman for $10m
  • Friend DeDe Spicher refusing to answer any questions
  • Kyron Hormon’s case was national news and even featured on Oprah and Dr. Phil

Pictured Above; Kyron Horman has been missing since June 4, 2010 from from Skyline School on June 4, 2010

Photo of Terri Hormo, the prime suspect in Kyron’s disappearance. She has not been charged with his disappearance and possible murder because Kyron’s whereabouts remain unknown.

 

Click here for full article written and published by Dailymail on 10/24/12

Human Sex-Trafficking – Those who are abducted and/or forced into modern day slavery

Lifetime Movie – Human Trafficking Movie Part 1 There are 19 video clips to this whole Lifetime movie. Each clip is around 10 minutes with the total of 19 clips, (with 19 titled ”final part.”) To continue watching the movie, click on the video responses which is in order 1-19 or you can look at the related videos (which will be on the right-side of the youtube page.) If you’re having trouble finding a certain clip let me know and I will get the video-link.

To learn more about Human Trafficking or to report a tip and additional numbers/hotlines, please visit: Polarisproject.org

Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will. Child sex trafficking includes any child involved in commercial sex. Sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable people with histories of abuse and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry. Sex trafficking exists within the broader commercial sex trade, often at much larger rates than most people realize or understand. Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues of the overall sex industry, including residential brothels, hostess clubs, online escort services, brothels disguised as massage parlors, strip clubs, and street prostitution. – (for sex-trafficking resources, please go to polarisproject.org)

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. – To contact the National Human-Trafficking Resource Center, call: 1-888-3737-888

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Facts/Stats – Did you know?

That the UNITED STATES is one of the largest markets for sex-slavery in the WORLD. Modern day slavery is only occurring because we choose to ignore it.

Did you know that approximately 800,000 people are trafficked annually across international boarders, with atleast half being children and most (atleast 80%) being female.

Did you know that after the illegal sale or drugs and weapons, the most profitable business is human-trafficking.

Did you know that Child/Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. 

Did you know that the average age of entry for children victimized in sex-trafficking is 12 years (According to the US Department of Justice)

Did you know that the average number of victims for non-incestuous pedophiles who molest girls is 20, for pedophiles who prefer boys 100!

Read below for additional child trafficking statistics..

Child/Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. Child/ human trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal enterprise, after drugs. U.S. State Department

The global market of child trafficking at over $12 billion a year with over 1.2 million child victims. UNICEF

As many as 2.8 million children run away each year in the US. Within 48
hours of hitting the streets, one-third of these children are lured or recruited into the underground world of prostitution and pornography. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The average age of entry for children victimized by the sex trade industry is 12 years. U.S. Department of Justice

Approximately 80% of human trafficking victims are women and girls and up to 50% are minors. U.S. State Department

The average number of victims for non-incestuous pedophiles who molest girls is 20, for pedophiles who prefer boys 100! The Association For the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)

300,000 children in the U.S. are at risk every year for commercial sexual exploitation. U.S. Department of Justice

600,000 – 800,000 people are bought and sold across international borders each year; 50% are children, most are female. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade. U.S. Department of State, 2004, Trafficking in Persons Report, Washington, D.C.

An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year. The number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country is even higher, with an estimated 200,000 American children at risk for trafficking into the sex industry. U.S. Department of Justice Report to Congress from Attorney General John Ashcroft on U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons

An average serial child molester may have as many as 400 victims in his lifetime. Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Study

Child pornography is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States right now. Nationally, there has been a 2500% increase in arrests in 10 years. FBI

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which helps to identify and locate children in pornography photos and videos, says it’s staff reviewed more than 10.5 million images in 2009 alone.

Reports of exploited children grow every year, in 2009, the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children received more than 120,000 reports on its cyber tip line. In 2010, the number grew to over 160,000 with the vast majority being from child pornography.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contact info below…
Report a Sighting of a Missing Child

Please report any information regarding a missing child to the Call Center. We have operators available 24-hours a day to receive “sightings” by telephone or via the Internet. Call the toll-free Hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678) 24-hours a day.

Ten Halloween Safety Tips

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Everyday there seem’s to be another (attempted) child-abduction, it’s scary! Especially in the Denver, CO area, and with Halloween coming up i’ve decided to post ten very important safety tips to ensure a happy and safe Halloween.

♦ Ten Halloween Safety Tips:

1. Children should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adult or at the very least, a large group.

2. If a parent isn’t going to accompanied their kids, a talk about ”stranger danger” before Halloween is a MUST! (Ex: Being aware of their surroundings, never walking off alone, never go inside a strangers house when your trick-or-treating and don’t hesitate to scream if you have to.)

3. Trick or treat in areas that are well known and do not wonder into unknown neighbourhoods

4. All candies (‘treats’) need to be carefully inspected to make sure they have not been tampered with. If you find a suspicious candy, you need to contact the police.

5. Children need to be told to stay away from stray animals

6. Children should wear be wearing comfortable sneakers and masks that do not interfere with their vision. It is much better to create a face mask using make up.

7. Children need to watch for any vehicles on the road very carefully and not run across the streets. (avoiding the streets altogether would be idle if possible. Many people drink on Halloween and foolishly drive putting everyone in danger.)

8. Children should wear clothing that is easily visible in the dark – reflective materials are the best. You can even purchase reflective stickers which are inexpensive and sticks right on.

9. CARRY A CELLPHONE. (Incase you’re ever in a situation that needs immediate assistance.) And if your child(ren) will be going out without you make sure they have a phone handy (if possible.) Also have them check in at-least once at a specified time.

10. If you have even the smallest doubt about letting your kid(s) go trick-or-treating TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS and organize a party for children in the neighbourhood or plan up something fun for your child(ren.)

Adult Missing Persons In Connecticut: Are Police Doing Enough?

 

This article focuses on Connecticut missing persons but every State/Country has the issue.

Adult missing persons in Connecticut: Advocate says police aren’t doing enough

The Problem:

State officials and various databases have different statistics on how many people are missing in the state. State police last week put the number at 37, while the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Person System, or NamUs, lists 250 missing, while Cruz said it is actually around 700 people.

When the New Haven Register asked various police departments in the region about cases listed on NamUs, many weren’t up to date, with found individuals still listed, and some missing not entered. Some departments indicated they have no role in updating the NamUs site. U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5, has proposed the “Help Find the Missing Act,” aimed at providing funding for NamUS and connecting databases to improve them.

Cruz also is seeking to have a centralized, continuously updated missing persons clearinghouse for Connecticut.

Of the different tallies of missing, Cruz said, “It just shows we need a clearinghouse so we know the exact numbers.”

Discrepancy in numbers:

Lt. J. Paul Vance, spokesman for the Connecticut state police, said the agency will support whatever the legislature determines is appropriate.

“Missing person cases are very difficult for the families — the not knowing,” Vance said. “Sometimes, people want to leave for various reasons — they may be mad at someone or want to break up with someone. Our objective is to locate the person, be sure they are OK, and report to the family that they are OK, or bring them back home. Obviously, some missing people are the victims of violent crime. It is a tragedy for the families who just don’t know.”

Police can use the latest technology and old-fashioned police work to try to find these people, Vance said.

“Some cases drag on forever, and some missing people are never found,” Vance said. “We do have people in our area who possess expertise in the area (of finding the missing).”

The National Crime Information Center, or NCIC, had 85,820 active missing person cases as of Dec. 31, 2010, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 2009, there were 2,092 missing adult person cases reported in Connecticut, legislative documents show. Cruz’s office has contacted police departments around the state for numbers. Cruz said the exact number of open missing person cases in the state is difficult to determine, but she estimates it is at about 700. Vance had a much lower number, and said state police records show 37 open missing person cases in the state.

Missing People Cases:

Lisa Calvo was 40 years old and homeless when she was last seen in 2005 in the Fair Haven section of New Haven.

 

Lisa Calvo

Nineteen-year-old Jose Ortiz was abducted while riding his bicycle on Dec. 28, 2005, in New Haven, and hasn’t been seen since.

 

Jose Ortiz

Evelyn Frisco of New Haven had a court appearance in 2004, then disappeared.

 

Evelyn Frisco

Barbara Jean Monaco of Derby vanished in August 1978 at the age of 18 while vacationing in Virginia Beach, Va. She has never been found and is believed to have been murdered.

 

Barbara Jean Monaco

They are just a few of the state’s missing, people who have left behind families mourning their absence and questioning what happened to them.

To try to address the problem and solve the mysteries surrounding missing residents’ disappearances, State Victim Advocate Michelle Cruz plans to propose the creation of a statewide missing persons unit to the legislature.

“We need a missing persons unit for the whole state devoted to working on these cases,” Cruz said. “A lot of police departments have had to cut back. Bigger cities have a lot of unsolved murders, so they are under a lot of pressure. I think having a missing persons unit for the state, a centralized investigative unit, would help.”

Families seek more help

Cheshire resident Janice Smolinski’s son, William Smolinski Jr. of Waterbury, disappeared Aug. 24, 2004, at the age of 31, and police say they believe he was murdered. Janice Smolinski, who has become an advocate for the missing, said she believes having a state missing persons unit would be “very helpful.”

 

William Smolinski

“Maybe more would be done about missing people,” Smolinski said. “Hopefully, it would mean big improvements in the state. I’m happy to see the state’s victim advocate is dedicated to this cause.”

“While some adults are people who have taken off, there are many cases where something has happened to them — either they were murdered or got hurt somewhere — and police need to take it seriously,” Smolinski said.

Diane Nickerson of Naugatuck is looking for answers into the disappearance of her daughter, Carrie Ann Monroe, who had been living with her boyfriend at a Berlin hotel when she vanished about two years ago.

 

Carrie Ann Monroe

“I think a missing persons unit would be helpful,” said Nickerson, who broke down crying when she talked about her daughter. “It has been two years for us.”

Lt. Julie Johnson, unit commander for the New Haven Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit, said of Cruz’s idea for a statewide missing persons unit: “I think any added resources in any area would be beneficial. For missing person cases, we’d take any help we can get.”

New Haven has a detective devoted to missing person cases, and can draw on others when needed for an endangered missing person, she said.

“In most cases, people are found quickly or return home,” Johnson said. “A high number of our missing persons are runaways — their parents report them missing and they return home shortly afterward. We devote as much time as we can. We exhaust leads and look to the public to provide information.”

The New Haven Police Department has posted information about four missing person cases on its website, seeking tips. These include Calvo, Frisco and Ortiz, and Ande Fan. Fan, who lived in the Bella Vista complex, disappeared in 2004, leaving behind his belongings. Police also have featured Calvo’s and Ortiz’s cases on prison playing cards in an effort to get tips. According to Johnson, these four missing individuals are presumed dead.

 

Photo of Ande Fan

“No one place to look”

Cruz says her proposal for one up-to-date, centralized database or clearinghouse for all Connecticut missing persons could help solve more cases.

Cruz said that while her office’s research puts the number at about 700 missing people in Connecticut, without one list that is continuously updated, it is difficult to determine the exact number.

“There is no one place to look or turn to, and each police agency has its own information,” Cruz said. “I think that NamUs could be part of the clearinghouse database. In many states there is a clearinghouse and they also assist families with fliers and publications, which can be costly. Not many families of the missing can afford to pay for these items.”

A state law went into effect in October for Connecticut that requires law enforcement agencies to accept “without delay” any report of a missing adult. Also, information collected relating to a missing adult has to be entered into the National Crime Information Center database “with all practicable speed.”

Previously, different police departments around the state had different policies, and some would ask families to wait for a period of time and then file a report on a missing adult. When Smolinski’s son disappeared, police told the family to wait three days before filing a missing persons report, she said.

Smolinski said it is too soon to tell if the new state law is making a difference, but she has seen improvements in the years since her son disappeared.

“I think they were starting to step up investigations even before the bill passed,” Smolinski. “I certainly will be watching, and I really hope there are changes.”

According to Smolinski, police still tend to put more emphasis on cases when it is a missing child or elderly person.

Cruz has made a brochure for families of missing people that outlines state law concerning reporting missing people, and gives advice on what to do if a loved one disappears.

“Reports of missing people need to be taken seriously,” Cruz said. “Each of us creates a groove, patterns. The people who know and love us know what we do. I’ll talk to my mom, go to work. If I stop, then the people who know and love me know something is wrong.”

Cruz said fast police response is crucial to solving missing person cases. Law enforcement can obtain video recordings from surveillance in an area, such as from stores and parking lots. Video surveillance systems often record over old footage every 12 hours or so, so it is important to look at them before this happens and potential key evidence is lost, according to Cruz.

If a juvenile is missing, police obtain those videos immediately, Cruz said.

Smolinski said she believes if Waterbury police had responded immediately, and obtained forensic evidence, her son probably would have been found quickly.

According to Johnson, New Haven police put out press releases about missing adults.

“If there is any indication of foul play or suspicion of anything other than them leaving of their own free will, we investigate missing person cases the same way, regardless of the person’s age,” Johnson said.

The new state law calls for state and municipal police training to include how to use NamUs. Cruz said her office plans to do training on the NamUs system for state law enforcement agencies in the spring.

“A lot of police departments have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention NamUs, and we have to change that,” Cruz said.

Smolinski also stressed the importance of NamUs, which is open to the public, and has led to people finding matches between the missing and unidentified.

“Law enforcement needs to learn it, so names are entered in,” Smolinski said. “If the person is missing, you need DNA, dental and fingerprint information put into the database.”

National legislation proposed:

Legislation targeting the missing person issue on the national level is still being considered.

Murphy introduced the “Help Find the Missing Act,” or “Billy’s Law,” in honor of Billy Smolinski, in 2009, and it is designed to help solve missing person cases, and identify remains. It hasn’t gotten enough support yet to pass.

Murphy said he has reintroduced it, and he hopes to get it passed in the coming year.

“We scaled back the scope and the cost to try to get more support,” Murphy said. “There are thousands of people who go missing, and thousands of unidentified remains.”

Murphy estimated there are 40,000 sets of unidentified remains, and the national proposal seeks to create an organized system to match remains to the missing.

According to Murphy, federal law currently doesn’t mandate that information about missing adults and unidentified bodies be entered into national databases. While law enforcement can voluntarily report this information, a lack of resources and knowledge of the national databases often prevents them from doing so, Murphy said.

The legislation would authorize, and therefore help ensure funding for, NamUs. At http://www.namus.gov, it has information on missing people and unidentified decedents, a tool for trying to match them. The plan includes $2.4 million annually to fund NamUs from 2012 to 2017, according to Murphy.

The proposal would connect NamUs with the NCIC, to create more comprehensive missing persons and unidentified remains databases, and streamline the reporting process for local law enforcement.

The legislation would create an incentive grants program to help states, local law enforcement and medical examiners report missing and unidentified persons to NCIC, NamUs and the National DNA Index System.

The current proposal is for up to $8 million to go toward the grant program, according to Murphy. If a police department or agency gets the federal grant money, then within 72 hours of an adult going missing, they must put the required information into the NamUs and NCIC databases, according to Murphy’s office.

German Girl Escapes Kidnapper And Alleged Rape After 3 Days In Rostock

German Girls Escapes Kidnapper

Photo above taken Tuesday, October 16, 2012 police work infront of an apartment building in Rostock, located in Northern Germany, where a German girl was held hostaged and raped for three-days until she managed to escape her kidnappers.

10/17/12, BERLIN — Police say a 17-year-old girl who was kidnapped after she left a club in northern Germany and allegedly raped while in captivity has escaped.

Officials said Wednesday they have arrested a 28-year-old suspect with a previous rape conviction. He is alleged to have kidnapped her at knifepoint in Rostock on Friday night and taken her to his apartment, where he beat her up and tied her up.

The girl was reported missing after she left a disco in the city on foot and failed to appear at an arranged meeting with a friend.

City police chief Thomas Laum said that, when the suspect was out of the apartment Tuesday afternoon, the girl managed to free herself and escape through a first-floor window.

The suspect was arrested later Tuesday.

Source: Huffingtonpost

Several cases of missing people from the State of Arizona

Pictured above; Justin Richardson prior to his disappearance, below is a age-progressed photo created last year, It shows what Justin might look like at 23 years of age.


Pictured; Justin Richardson

County: Coconino City: Grand-Canyon State: Arizona

Justin Richardson also known as ‘little man’ to those who knew him, was born June 6th, 1988 and had just turned thirteen a month prior to his disappearance on July 2nd, 2001. He had went to Grand-Canyon National Park with some friends who’s names are unknown to the public. They said they were hanging out with Justin when suddenly he walked away. It isn’t mentioned why he walked away and he hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Justin is twenty-four years old as of 2012. Few details are released on his disappearance.

It highly possible that the teen is deceased and somewhere in Grand-Canyon National Park. He could’ve died as a result of getting lost, injured, or worse, foul play. GCNP is a large area and searches were conducted, searching the whole area would’ve took a very long time.

Justin is described as a Caucasian, young male with brown hair and eyes. He was 4’10”, weighing approximately 100 pounds and was last seen wearing a red Chicago Bulls jersey and denim shorts.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Coconino Police Department 928-774-4523

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Pictured; Cameron John Sequeira

County: Forest Lakes City: Coconino State: Arizona

— Cameron Sequeira (pictured) was 34-years-old when he was last seen leaving his home on Blue Bird Circle in Forest Lakes on the night of June 26th, 2010 with his dog, a black/whitish-grey healer mix. He appeared to be taking his dog for a walk, nothing unusual until his dog returned a couple days later without Cameron who hasn’t been seen or heard from since. He would be 34-years-old as of 2012. It is unclear what happened to him. There isn’t any main suspects nor was he ever found. Nothing appeared to be stolen although it is possible that something was taken. Cameron has alot of physical characteristics which would help in identifying him, which are:

Hair-Color: Brown
Hair-Style: Wavy, thick, just above shoulder.
Body Hair: Legs, and arms only
Facial Hair: Legs, and arms only
Eye: Brown
Deformities: Right Eye is smaller than the left, and is fake. Very little eye lashes. Eye does not move.
Scars And Marks: Had surgery for pelvis injury. 2 large scars in front just below the stomach.
Tattoos: Tattoos, on his arms an Alien on one and a joker on the other.. a little old man smoking a pipe under a mushroom. On the back of his shoulders there was a VW man and on the other a VW women.
Piercings: One Nipple.
Artificial Body Parts: Plastic eye implant on a piece of coral. Rods and pins in his pelvis.
Other Distinctive: Scoliosis.. one extra rib bone.
Foreign Objects: A piece of coral implanted in the eye sock-it. Rods and pins holding his pelvis together.
Skeletal Information: Has a curve of the spine, (Scoliosis). Has an extra rib bone.

It is unclear what type of clothing/shoes he was wearing but those who know him say he was was most likely wearing shorts and his work-boots or black (skater) tennis-shoes.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Coconino Police Department 928-774-4523

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Pictured; Tia Payne, photo above taken a year before her disappearance. Photo below taken shortly before her disappearance.

County: Maricopa City: Phoenix State: Arizona

— Tia Payne was 18-years-old when she was last seen and/or spoken to on August 1st, 2010. The young woman from Maricopa County had told family and friends about a modelling-job she got. She was excited believing this would be the door that opens many others. After speaking about the new job, she promptly disappeared and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Did Tia meet with foul-play? Sex-trafficking? Did she runaway? Someone knows what happened.

Tia would be twenty-years-old as of 2012. She has naturally brown hair and eyes. 5’5 feet weighing approximately 160 pounds. Tia had a tattoo of a pink-bear with her last name, ‘Payne’ underneath it on left arm. She also had a stick figure tattoo on her right-hip. Her ears were pierced.

To view Tia’s modelling page, click link: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1660518

Anyone with any information regarding this cold case is asked to contact: Phoenix Police Department 602-262-7354

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Pictured; Ira Jack Josytewa

City: Phoenix State: Arizona
County: Maricopa

Twenty-one-year-old Ira Jack, a father a two hasn’t been seen or heard since August 28th, 2001 when he left a friend’s house in the 3400 block of W. Buckeye Rd in Maricopa. His vehicle, a 1996 teal-green Nissan Altima was discovered abandoned in a (parking-lot) apartment complex near 38th Ave and McDowell Rd. His car door was left open and his possessions were still in his car. It’s as if he opened his door to get out and vanished into thin-air. He never arrived at his job at a warehouse and no-one could get intouch with him nor did he cash the last paycheck he recieved. He would be 32-years-old this year.

Ira is Biracial Hispanic/Native-American with brown eyes and dark hair that was cut short with a pony-tail in the back.. He has a surgical scar on abdomen and another scar on his left knee-cap. Height was between 5’5”-5’7” and weighed approximately 168 pounds (give or take a few pounds.)

He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt with dark blue jeans and white Nike sneakers.

Anyone with any information regarding this cold case is asked to contact: Phoenix Police Department 602-262-7354

Suspect charged with murder of missing University of New Hampshire student, 19, who vanished from campus

Suspect charged with murder of missing University of New Hampshire student, 19, who vanished from campus

Police have arrested a Dover man in connection with the disappearance and murder of Elizabeth Marriott who’s body has not been found but Dover Police Department said they have enough evidence to assume she is deceased. They have told her heart-broken family to stop search efforts.

Elizabeth also known as ”Lizzi” was a nineteen year old marine biology major who lived with her aunt in Chester, NH. She was a 2011 graduate of Westborough High School in Massachusetts and was a Student at University Of New Hampshire.

She had attended a class at the university on Tuesday night and made plans to visit a friend in Dover. Police tracked down the friends, who said Lizzi never arrived that evening.

Click the photo of Elizabeth Marriott for the full story written and published by Dailymail.

Are Multiple Child Abduction Attempts in Arvada All The Work Of One Person?

Article Published on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 by ”Missing Persons of America” who has written this post about a possible child-predator lurking the streets of Arvada. This man has not been caught by police. There has been alot of abductions/attempted-abductions in the Denver/Arvada area lately. Are these attempts all the work of one child predator or multiple?

Missingpersonsofamerica wrote: — In Fall of 2011, the Arvada Police Dept. were looking for a man who was wanted in a series of attempted child abductions and an indecent exposure incident.

On November 4, three 12-year-old girls were in the area of 69th and Robb Street with a man approached them and exposed and touched himself.

On November 12, 2011, a man jumped out of the bushes and grabbed a 12-year-old girl at the Danny Kendrick Park and Apex Recreation Center and tried to abducted her, but she was able to get away.

On November 16, a 6-year-old child was approached by a man as she sat in a lounge area of the YMCA on Eldridge Street.  He covered her mouth with his hands and took her outside, but she was able to break free and run to her parents inside the building.

The police did not say if all these incidents were by the same man, but the descriptions are similar, and they were all in the same general area.

This man is still at large.  Could he have come to the area during hunting season and then left when the sketch was released, only to come back the following hunting season.  He was thought to have had a blue mountain bike. Could he have used that mountain bike to ride that Denver suburban park where Jessica’s remains were found.  Could this man be the one that abducted Jessica Ridgeway?

The suspect was described at the time as a white male, in his 50’s to 60’s with salt-and-pepper colored hair. He has a wrinkled face and a pot belly. His height is between 5’ 5” and 6’ tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. He may be associated with a grayish-colored sedan and possibly a blue mountain bike.

Retired FBI behavioral analyst Clinton Van Zandt said tip-offs about the suspect could include someone suddenly growing a beard, getting a new  haircut or other changes in appearance. Other clues might be  out-of-character behavior, he said.

But, I am thinking if the suspect only comes to the town during hunting season, his growing a beard or strange behavior would not be noticed.

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