Posts from the ‘Unsolved Cases’ Category

University of Florida Student’s Unsolved Disappearance

Grandmother, Tiffany, and Hilary Sessions Tiffany Sessions
Right photo is grandmother,Tiffany & her mother Hilliary Sessions. Left photo is twenty year old Tiffany Sessions 

GAINESVILLE, FL — Tiffany Sessions was a 20-year-old second-semester Junior at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She promised her roommate that she would be back before the roommate had to leave for an exam, and went out for a power walk on February 9, 1989. She has not been seen since. Tiffany’s car, wallet, keys, and all personal effects were left in the apartment because she promised to be back. The only traceable item Tiff had with her on the walk was her Rolex watch, which was unique because it was an anniversary edition and had a blue face. Although a $250,000 reward was posted for her safe return; only bogus information was received and two people were caught and are serving time in jail for extortion. Tiffany is Hilary’s only child.

Despite distributing nearly five million Tiffany flyers, locally, nationally, and internationally; Tiff still has not been found. Because she was over the cut-off age for a “missing child”; there was only one agency nationally who would take her case: Missing Children HELP Center – because they would not accept any Government funding and as a result they were able to take Tiff’s case. It wasn’t until Tiff had been missing for nearly eighteen years that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the passage of Suzanne’s Law in 2003 allowed Tiff to be entered on NCMEC’s database along with an age enhancement at age 39.

Tiffany’s NCMEC Case Number: NCMA1070181

If you would like a physical description of Tiffany Sessions, along with an age-progressed photo of what the woman (now 44) would look like today, please click here.

Over the course of more than two decades that Tiffany has been missing, her case has gone from hot to cold, from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) to Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and back to Alalchua County. The case is currently listed as one of the twenty-eight cold cases in ACSO. Over 3,000 leads have been followed up and even today, new leads are coming in because of photograph distribution, publicity, newspaper articles, TV shows and interviews on the case.

Because Tiff would only know to come back to my house; I have not moved since before she disappeared. I do not plan on moving until the case is solved and I know what happened to her. I believe the most difficult issue with a long-term missing child is not knowing and teetering between the euphoria of a possible live return and the depression and grief of remains being found. I chose to live with the hope of a live return because I cannot imagine the other. I also chose not to be a victim and allow the actions of another person to hinder my assistance to other families.

Unfortunately, in April 2009 the missing children charity, Child Protection Education of America, I ran for over five years as Executive Director, lost most of its funding when President Obama said he was going to tax contributions to charities and the charity Board of Directors chose to dissolve, rather than go through a bankruptcy.

Even after more than 20 years since Tiff disappeared, people still know her story because of the ongoing publicity. Every day I make it my mission to do something for (1) Tiff’s case specifically, (2) help another family with a call, assistance, a contact, or encouragement or (3) an educational speaking engagement, a fingerprinting event, or promoting the radKIDS Program.

I want to thank every law enforcement officer, tipster, churches with prayer chains, and the general public for keeping Tiffany in their hearts for all the time she has been missing.

Clock Tiffany Sessions to view an official website created by close sources of the missing woman.

If you have any information regarding this case, please leave a tip at info@tiffanysessions.com or contact one of the Law Enforcement agencies below.

Alachua County Sheriff’s  Deptartment
Send Tiffany Sessions Leads to:
rdean@alachuasheriff.org
Case #: 01569-89
Phone: 352-367-4161

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) 
Send Tiffany Sessions Leads to:
LarryRuby@FDLE.State.Fl.US
Phone: 386-418-5411

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) 
Report Tiffany Sessions Leads to:
Phone: 800-843-5678

Source: Spcoalition.org

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s First Missing Child Report

School photo of Cherrie Ann Mahan taken less than a year before her disappearance

Age-progression photo of what Cherrie Mahan might look like at 33 years of age. She would be 36 years old today.

Case Type: Non Family Abduction DOB: 08/14/76 Sex: Female Missing Date: 02/22/85 Race: Caucasian Age Now: 36  Height: 4’2″ (127 cm) Weight: 68 lbs Hair Color: Brunette Eye Color: Hazel City: Pittsburgh (31 kg) Missing State: PA Missing Country: United States Case Number: NCMC601805

Cherrie Mahan, born August 14, 1976, was an eight-year-old child from Butler County, Pennsylvania when she was abducted on Friday, February 22, 1985 around 4o’clock pm, just moments after stepping off the school bus, which was approximately 100 yards from her home along a road in rural Winfield Township. But the third-grader did not make it to the hilltop trailer she lived in with her parents.

The bus-stop was so close, the little girl’s parents could hear it pulling up.

“It’s like a black hole opened up and she fell in,” said Janice McKinney, Cherrie’s mother. She recalled that she and Cherrie’s stepfather, Leroy, could hear the bus pulling up that day, but Cherrie never arrived so he went to the stop to look for her. ”He came flying back up because she wasn’t there,” said Janice. The police were immediately contacted and they did a search in the area and asked local’s if anyone had seen the missing child. Witnesses reported to police that they had seen a suspicious looking van. A bright blue-green 1976 Dodge van with a mural of a mountain and skier painted on the side. Most of the leads given to police have been sightings of Mahan or the van, but  the van nor the missing child had ever surfaced. 

Van 2  SKETCH – front view and back view of the van spotted in the area at the time of the abduction

Van 1

Police were never able to find the vehicle which is strange considering the bright colors and mural design.

Cherrie’s case was very wide-spread, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children opened in 1984 and Cherrie was featured as its first child listed on their mass-mailed “Have You Seen Me?” cards. Her case was on CNN in January 2011 and many people threw-out the Country still hear about the young girl’s mysterious disappearance.

Cherrie was a third grader and an only child, who just turned 36th birthday this past Summer, but in the minds of many, she will always remain a missing girl.

“People still talk about it,” said Trooper Frank Jendesky, the lead detective working on the case for the Pennsylvania State Police for the past 15 years.

 In January 2011, Pennsylvania police received a very promising tip/lead, but will not release details as they fear it will endanger the investigation.

Cherrie Mahan had her ears pierced at the time she went missing and was last seen wearing a gray coat, blue denim skirt, blue leg warmers and beige boots.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is asked to please contact: Pennsylvania State Police Missing Persons Unit – 1-412-284-8100

Or leave a tip by contacting: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children - 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

Young man mysteriously disappeared after a night out with friends

Photo(s) of Kyle Fleischmann who disappeared four years ago

Charlotte NC — Kyle Fleischmann was 24 years old when he went missing in the early morning hours of November 9, 2007 after hanging out with friends in uptown Charlotte, NC.

After spending the evening at a Dane Cook concert (on Nov. 8, 2007) Kyle and his friends decided to go to a bar in Uptown Charlotte around 11p.m. and they stayed for a couple hours. Around 1a.m. on 11/09/07, his friends left to go home and at this point, Kyle stayed behind.

At 2:18a.m., Kyle attempted to go his sister while at Buckhead Saloon but their was no answer. He left the Saloon two minutes later and walk’s to Fuel Pizza, which is right next to the Saloon.

He makes several phone calls. The first call is placed at 2:42a.m. and the call lasts about 10 seconds. This call was to a place he had visited earlier that day for business. He then immediately calls his voice-mail. After calling his voice-mail, he attempts to call his father’s office phone, no answer. He calls his father 3 more times within the next 15 minutes but his father had already gone to sleep for the night. He call’s his best-friend Daniel at 3:28a.m. but the call only last 4 seconds. Less than one minute later, Kyle attempts to contact his room-mate Bruce which only last 6 seconds. That was his final call before he vanished without a trace.

Kyle is described by those who know him as a popular, outgoing, responsible young man who worked with special needs children, so when he didn’t show up to work and no-one could get in-touch with him, that’s when everyone knew something was wrong.  After a missing persons report was filed, authorities looked at surveillance video’s in various locations and Kyle was seen on the videos.

He hasn’t been seen or heard from since that night and Charlotte police are stumped and would like to speak to absolutely ANYBODY who was at or near the Buckhead Saloon or Fuel Pizza in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina on November 8, 2007

Richard Fleischmann says this picture of his son shows Kyle

Kyle’s father, Richard Fleischmann says this photo shows his son’s char actor

Race:
Caucasian
Age at Disappearance:
24
Current Age:
29
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
180 lbs.
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair):
  • Brown
  • Kyle is known to wear gel in his hair occasionally, and this can make his hair appear darker than it actually is.
Eyes:
  • Green
Last Seen:
  • Charlotte , NC
  • Police say Kyle was last seen leaving the Buckhead Saloon in Uptown Charlotte around 2:15 a.m.
Other Possible Locations:
  • North Carolina
Last Known Locations:
  • Charlotte , NC

Kyle’s unsolved case has been featured more then once on America’s Most Wanted, with the latest  airing on August, 2012. 

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact: Charlotte Police Department - 704-336-7600

You can also leave a tip on CMPD’s website by clicking here, or mail them at the following address: 601 E. Trade Street  Charlotte, NC 28202

Abduction of Anthonette Cayedito

School photo of Anthonette Christine Cayedito who was shot in the Fall of 1985, approximately a half a year prior to her disappearance

Anthonette Cayedito, age 9, was kidnapped from her home in the early morning hours (approx 3.a.m) on April 6, 1986 from Gallup, New Mexico. Her disappearance was profiled on Unsolved Mysteries a few years later. About one year after her abduction a call came in to the Gallup police department. The girl on the phone claimed to be Anthonette, saying that she was in Albuquerque, but before she could say anything else, an unidentified male voice said, “Who said you could use the phone?”, at that point the girl screamed and the call ended. Anthonette’s mother was certain that the voice was her daughter’s, but she still could not be located. Four years later, a Carson City waitress told police that she served a couple and a young girl, and that while she was there the young girl intentionally pushed her fork off the table, and every time the waitress put the fork back on the table, the young girl squeezed her hand. After the three left, the waitress was cleaning the table when she found a napkin that said “Please help me! Call the police,” One month later, detectives interviewed Anthonette’s younger sister, Wendy, and she told them that a man knocked at the door in the middle of the night. She said that when Anthonette went to the door, she asked who the person was, and the man said that it was their Uncle Joe. When Anthonette opened the door, two men grabbed her and took her away. Police interviewed the real Uncle Joe and they ruled him out as a suspect. They believe that Anthonette was abducted by someone who was not a family member, but may have known the family. Penny later went to a medicine woman who told her that Anthonette was alive and that she was being held against her will, and that she may have had a child. Despite this, Anthonette has never been found.

Authorities are not sure if the restaurant sighting was in-fact Anthonette but if it was, that incident was the last reported sighting of the kidnapped child who would be a 36-year-old adult today.

Anthonette’s case was wide-spread, not only because of the crime, but because of the mysterious of the phone call that took place and the waitress sighting. Many people assume she couldn’t possibly still be alive because no further contact or sightings have been reported in the past three decades, but that isn’t always the case. Victim’s of kidnapping who are held against their will for long periods of time can develop what is called Stockholm Syndrome,which is very similar to Battered Person Syndrome.

Robert Epstein, PhD, Director Emeritus a child psychologist at the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies has said that the most crucial psych development period is in childhood, which would make victim’s of child abduction and abuse extra venerable to Stockholm. Take the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard for example.

Jaycee Dugard was 11-years-old when she was kidnapped in 1991 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido as she walked to the bus-stop which was only one street away from her Lake Tahoe, California home. Within a minute of her abduction, she was already tasered, forced against her will into a vehicle with two ”strangers”, that in itself is a traumatizing experience but the next 18 years would change Jaycee’s psych forever.

The first several years, Jaycee was tied up, locked in a sound proof shed in the back of the Garrido’s Antioch, CA home. She was sexually assaulted almost immediately, abused emotionally, mentally, and physically, she was threatened by Garrido, telling her the police won’t believe her if she ever tried running away, and he even threatened her with the one thing she loved and missed the most, her family. This instantly put Jaycee into ”survival mode.”

Several years and two (rape) pregnancies later, Jaycee’s mind-set had completely changed, she has learned to cope and is now under Garrido’s ”spell” and the physical ropes have come off, however, the invisible ropes would stay on for years. 

Now, It isn’t all threats and abuse. The ‘good-cop, bad-cop’ strategy is also utilized so that the detainee will confide in them and in Jaycee’s case, it was Nancy who played the ‘good cop,’ pretending to ‘sneak’ out a peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, buying her a kitten and pretending to care about the little girl who she helped kidnapped.

In 2009, a police officer took notice of ”Alyssa” and her two ”sisters”, who were both eleven and fifteen at the time. Realizing something wasn’t quite right the officers dug deeper and ended up having the Garrido’s along with “Alissa” come down to the Police Department. At first, Phillip Garrido was doing all the talking so police separated all of them, but even when Jaycee was alone with a police officer she wouldn’t admit who she really was and kept telling the officers that the Garrido’s were “good people”. Cops used different strategies and eventually “Alissa” opened up and told officers her real name, Jaycee Lee Dugard. She also told them her two little sisters were in fact her daughters, Angel and Starlit.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido were immediately arrested and Jaycee was initially upset but that has since passed and right now, as of 2012, Jaycee and her daughters are on a long road to recovery and have been spending the past few years with her family, especially Tracy Probyn, her mother.

Age progressed photo of what Anthonette Cayedito may look like at 30 years of age. She would be turning 36-years-old in 2012.

Date of birth: Christmas 12/25/1976 Date of abduction: 04/06/1986 Location: Gallup, New Mexico (US) Race: Biracial (American Indian and Caucasian) Hair/Eye: Brown, Brown Identifying factors: Mole on her right cheek, a scar on her knee and another scar on her lip.

NCMEC Case Number: NCMC600709

If you have any information regarding this cold case you’re asked to please contact: Gallup Police Department at 505-863-9365

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (1-800-THE-LOST)

University of Missouri Student Missing For Almost One Year

Photo of Phoenix Coldon taken the same year of her disappearance

Short description: Missing since 12/18/11 in unincorporated St. Louis, Missouri North County (Spanish Lake area). Her car was found running near the intersection of 9th Street & St. Clair Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois, keys in the ignition, motor running. She has not been seen or heard from since.

Full story: Phoenix Coldon, then 23, a college student who attended the University of Missouri when she went missing on December 18, 2011 in St. Louis. She was last seen in her vehicle, pulling out of the driveway at her family home around noon. A few hours later, around 3p.m. her 1998 four-door Chevrolet Blazer was found abandoned at the intersection of 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois (Spanish Lake Area) with the engine still running, it was impounded and it took authorities two weeks to connect the car to the young woman’s disappearance. 

Phoenix’s parents, Goldia and Lawrence Coldon are devastated and have for the past eleven months they have been desperately seeking any information about their daughter whereabouts. They said the last time they saw their daughter, she was talking on her cell phone, then she backed out of the driveway and drove away, but none of Phoenix’s friends claim they were on the phone with her at that time and the caller on the other end remains unknown.

Phoenix’s case is very similar to the disappearance of Stacey English, 36, who went missing in Atlanta. on December 26, 2011, one week after Phoenix disappeared. Both woman’s vehicles were found abandoned and running less than 20 miles from their home. One of the last people to see Stacey was Robert Kirk, a friend from St. Louis, and although the two were not together, Robert was currently living with Stacey at her condo at the time she went missing, the two had gotten into  a verbal altercation and Stacey kicked him out. He has returned to St. Louis and Police say he has been cooperative and they have not named him or anyone else a suspect in Stacey’s disappearance. 

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Left; Stacey English Right; Phoenix Coldon

For additional information on both Phoenix Coldon and Stacey English, click: Phoenix Coldon and Stacey English: Could there be a connection?

Foul play is suspected in Phoenix’s case although no evidence points to it. She is 24 years of age as of 2012 and was last seen wearing grey sweatpants (UMSL/Linderwood printed down one pant leg), a dark hoodie believed to be black or blue, and tennis shoes.

Case Number:11-76537 – Case Type: Endangered Missing

Race:
Black
Age at Disappearance:
23 (Born May 23, 1988)
Current Age:
24
Height:
5’6”
Weight:
125 lbs.
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair):
  • Dark-Reddish-Brown
  • Shoulder Length
  • Pierced ears
Eyes:
  • Brown
  • Wears glasses
  • Wears contacts
Last Seen:
  • St. Louis , MO
  • Her car was found 25 minutes from her home on Ninth Street and Clair Avenue.
Other Possible Locations:
  • Illinois
Last Known Locations:
  • St. Louis , MO
Vehicle To Look For:
  • 1998 Chevy Trail Blazer

FACEBOOK PAGE: Missing Phoenix Coldon which was created by the missing woman’s family and a close family friend. They give contact info which states: Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Lawrence or Goldia Coldon (Phoenix’s Dad & Mom – 314-653-6606); anonymous tip line (305-482-3771) or Detective Vogel (314-615-8630) of the St. Louis County Police Department; or call Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-8477, an anonymous tip line that pays up to $1,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Phoenix Coldon.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: St. Louis Police Department -  404-614-6544.

Disappearance of Jennifer Marcum last seen at the Denver International Airport

Jennifer Lynn Marcum – Missing since: February 17, 2003 Location: Denver, Colorado

→ On the Morning of February 17, 2003, Jennifer Marcum, 25, drove her brown four-door 1999 Saturn to the federal detention center in Denver to visit her boyfriend, Steve Ennis, who was suspected of being involved with running a large distribution ring for the drug Ecstasy. Shortly after the visit at approximately 11:00am, she was seen near the Denver International Airport. That would be the last time her family and friends would hear from their loved one.

Shortly after she went missing her vehicle was spotted in the airport parking-lot, abandoned. Authorities first initial guess was that she boarded a plane. They searched the area, asking airport employee’s if they’ve seen the young woman, they also checked all flights that departed on 02/17/03 but Jennifer wasn’t on any of them. They looked at her cell-phone records but the phone calls stop abruptly around the same time she disappeared.

Having trouble with the mysteries disappearance, Denver police asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for assistance but despite dozens of tips, searches, interviews and media publicity, Jennifer Marcum’s remains missing.

FBI investigating Jennifer’s case heard that she may have had plans to travel to the Spokane area of Washington and possibly New York but it is unknown if she arrived at either destination and foul-play is suspected. Many people believe Jennifer’s disappearance is connected to her boyfriend’s illegal activity, but no evidence proves this theory. According to Steve, Jennifer would frequently visit him at the prison and its possible that someone may have known her routine and followed her after the visit. Police do have a suspect in the case but without a body to prove a crime there is little they can do.

Suspect: Scott Kimball, a convicted serial killer who is currently serving 70 years in prison is also a suspect in several other unsolved cases including the disappearance of Jennifer. In November, 2010, Kimball wrote a nine page later to a news outlet proclaiming his innocence in several cases involving murdered/missing woman, saying he wasn’t in the areas at the time the crimes were committed.

Photo of Scott Kimball at one of his trails for a separate crime

Photo of Jennifer with longer, brunette hair, which is her natural color. She changed her style dramatically prior to her disappearance.

Description: Caucasian female standing 5’6” tall and weighing approximately 120 (slim body frame.) She has naturally brown hair (although she frequently dyed it light) hair blue eyes. Both her ears were pierced at the time of her disappearance and she also had breast implants with unique serial-numbers on them. She was wearing a intrauterine device which is used for birth-control.

Aliases: May use the last names Hoyle or Wiggin

Date of birth: June 15, 1977, Jennifer was 25-years-old in 2003 and would be 34-years-old this year.

 If you have any information regarding Jennifer Lynn Marcum, you’re asked to please contact: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at 303-629-7171

North Carolina’s Oldest Missing Person Case

11/09/12, NORTH CAROLINA — A native of Bladenboro, Leila Bryan and her husband, E.C. “Eddie” Bryan, lived at Carolina Beach. The couple worked for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Leila had been enrolled in nursing school when the couple became engaged and were married. Bryan got her an office job at the railroad. Leila’s mother disapproved of the marriage, as Eddie was divorced.

The weekend of the disappearance, Mary Rachel, 4, and Leila, 36, were headed for Bladenboro to visit her family. Because of tension between her husband and mother, Eddie decided not to accompanying his wife and daughter. (Some reports claim the two were suppose to stop at a local food market as well.)

She planned to leave either Friday or Saturday, possibly riding with her brother, Berry Lewis. Mary Rachel’s Sunday shoes were polished, and several rings Leila always wore were found at the Raleigh Street home. The rings were Leila’s favorites, and she rarely left home without them, according to friends.

On May 10, 1941, Eddie Bryan told investigators that Leila said she was driving to a store a few blocks from their home. Bryan later told investigators that Mary Rachel asked to ride along.

Leila Bryan (36)

Mary Rachel Bryan (4)

At Carolina Beach at the time, according to town records, there was a small grocery store catering to fishermen and vacationers, a store similar to a general store, and a combination grocery/ department store. All three of the stores were in the same general area, near the modern intersection of U.S. 421 and Channel Drive. Where Leila went shopping that evening, if she did, has never been discovered. Neither mother nor child was ever seen again.

Pictured: Aerial Shot of Carolina Beach

Berry Lewis went to Carolina Beach to visit his sister around 9 p.m. on May 10, 1941. Lewis awakened Bryan, who told his brother-in-law that Leila had gone to the store. Lewis apparently drove around the beach for an hour or so, looking for Leila and Mary Rachel. Figuring he must have somehow missed them, he returned to the Bryan home, located in the 200 block of North Raleigh Avenue. Leila Bryan’s 1935 Ford coupe was still missing. Husband, brother, or both called police.

Bryan told police he was making concrete forms in the couple’s garage when Leila had come home around 6:30 p.m. and made supper. Leila and Mary Rachel had spent the afternoon on the beach.

Local attention was intense as well-Leila’s family was well-liked and widely known in the Bladenboro area. Searchers were combing the island and the surrounding areas for any clue of Leila, Mary Rachel, or the Ford coupe. Professional divers searched areas where a car could be driven into the Cape Fear River, Snow’s Cut, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Officers visited gas stations from 50 to 100 miles away, since Eddie Bryan told investigators he didn’t think the Ford had more than half tank of gasoline when Leila left.

At the request of a newspaper, officers in Pinellas , Florida, began searching for the woman when the pair was reported spotted nearby. Officers questioned some of Eddie Bryan’s family who lived in the area, but no clues were located. Stories and advertisements were placed in newspapers across the country as leads and suspected sightings were checked and rechecked.

Officers thought they had a break later that summer when someone found a piece of automobile windshield in Snow’s Cut (a large canal connecting the Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway north of Carolina Beach). It was just a few feet offshore, out from a little beach. It was in maybe 18 inches of water at the outside, and had been there for a while. Investigators determined the glass could have come from a 1935 Ford, but couldn’t be sure. The windshield fragment was sent to the SBI lab in Raleigh, but as the case grew cold over the years, the glass disappeared.

Investigators examined three possible fates of Leila and Mary Rachel: Leila could have committed suicide, taking her daughter with her, by driving into the Waterway, the Cape Fear River or off Snow’s Cut;
Leila could have run away, hiding her own and Mary Rachel’s identities to escape what some reported was an unhappy marriage;
or, the woman and child were murdered, and their bodies hidden, and the car dismantled or destroyed.

Investigators never found sufficient evidence to suggest anyone killed Leila and Mary Rachel. No one was ever charged. Nor was there an indication by friends or family that she had ever considered suicide.

 

According to the State Bureau of Investigation, the case is now closed.

Anyone with information regarding this case or others please call the CUE Center for Missing persons tip line at 910-343-1131.

Source: NCMissingPersons

Baby Kidnapped Over A Decade Ago Still Missing

This segment of unsolved mysteries was aired on August 28, 2001, several months after the kidnapping. Jacqueline’s case was also aired on America’s Most Wanted (web exclusive.)

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Photo of Jacqueline Castaneda taken shortly before she was kidnapped

Birth name: Jacqueline Castaneda-Vasquez
Location of incident: 
Avondale, Phoenix, Arizona
Date of birth: 
January 14, 2001
Date of abduction: 
May 6, 2001
Other: 
She is described as a Caucasian/Hispanic female with brown hair and brown eyes and a heart-shaped birthmark on her upper arm. On the day the baby was kidnapped, she was wearing a white outfit and was strapped into a green and white car seat. She would be 12-years-old (and turning thirteen in a couple of months.)

Short description of abduction: Jacqueline Vasquez was just a baby when she was last seen at a swap meet located on 12300 West Buckeye Road located in Avondale, AZ.  At the time of her disappearance, Jacqueline was wearing a white outfit and was strapped into a white and green car-seat carrier. She has a heart-shaped birthmark on her upper right arm.
According to police, the baby’s father dropped off Vasquez and her family at the event Sunday morning. An older family member ran a booth at the meet. Despite leads from the local community, Jacqueline has not been seen since she disappeared. Police have no suspect’s, but they would like to speak to the woman in this sketch

Full story: In May of 2001, Olivia Castaneda arrived at a swap meet outside Phoenix, Arizona, with two of her three  children, Niely Castaneda who was just a toddler, and Jacqueline Castaneda who was 4-months-old going on 5-months, and the children’s grandmother (a.k.a Olivia’s mother)

“My husband dropped me off there with my two babies, my two year-old Niely, and Jacqueline, my four month-old baby. I took Jacqueline out of the car with her car seat, and Niely, I took her walking.”

Before meeting her mother inside, Olivia needed to use the rest room. She finally found a portable bathroom. Finding it too cramped and dirty, she made a decision that would lead to tragedy:

“Jacqueline couldn’t fit inside, so I just took my two year-old, Niely, inside the rest room ’cause she could have walked away if I left her outside. I was in the rest room, like, for a minute, when I came out, Jacqueline wasn’t there anymore.”

Hoping that her mother had taken the baby, Olivia rushed into the swap meet:

“I felt more upset and more nervous when I saw my mom was by herself. She didn’t have the baby. And that’s when I felt I was going to die. I mean, I just–I didn’t know what to do.”

After 20 minutes of searching booth to booth, the police were called. According to Sgt. Mark Lucas of the Avondale Police Department, they immediately sealed off the swap meet:

“There was an officer stationed at all the exits and along the fence line. And as cars were leaving, we would check the vehicles as they left. As people were leaving the side exits through the gates, we would go ahead and check them, make sure they weren’t carrying an infant or had a car-carrier.”

Witnesses reported a suspicious woman lurking around the rest-room shortly before the kidnapping and a vehicle speeding away moments after the incident. The vehicle is described as a  red, full-size, (possibly Ford) Pick up truck. According to the website “25missingpersons,” authorities have not yet connected the vehicle to the abduction.

To see a small composite sketch photo of the unknown suspect please click: Charley Project.

Witnesses description of the woman matched and a sketch of the woman was made, but she has yet to be identified.

But despite police standing by exits, the baby was never rescued and her family remains heartbroken.

Many people have had their own theories and assumptions, one being, that the kidnapper was a female who couldn’t have children of her own and desperately wanted a child and jumped at the first opportunity to steal another mother’s baby to raise as her own. Police list her possible locations as “National” however, she could be ANYWHERE and authorities are hoping that somebody is alert and recognizes the child who will be turning thirteen on January 14, 2013. The most identifying characteristic is the heart-shaped birthmark on her arm.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children came out with an age-progressed photo of what Jacqueline might of looked like at age 6, today, she would be 12-years-old.

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Age-progressed photo of what Jacqueline might of looked like as a younger child

If you have any information regarding this case, you are urged to contact: Avondale Police Department (Arizona) – 1-623-932-3660 Or leave a tip by calling: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST  – Other options: Contact the nearest FBI Office NCIC #M-321554928

For any possible sighting outside the United States, contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate NCIC #M-321554928

Or leave an anonymous tip by going to Unsolved Mysteries Official Site.

Disappearance of a toddler at a bowling alley remains unsolved

Pictured above: Teekah Lewis, photo taken almost one month to the day of Teekah’s disappearance. Her case is a classic case of child abduction and almost fourteen years later, her case remains unsolved.

Age progressed photo of what Teekah Lewis might look like at 16 years of age

11/07/12, TACOMA, WA — Teekah Lewis was just a toddler when she was abducted while on a family outing. The 2-year-old vanished on the night of January 23, 1999 while she was with over a dozen family members at a bowling alley which is now “New Frontier Lanes” located on Center Street in Tacoma, Washington.

At approximately 10:15pm, the tot was in the arcade section pretending to play videos games, and the last time her family saw her she was enjoying herself and was all smiles. It only took a few moments to turn around and realize she was missing and that’s when panic struck.

A frantic search ensued, but the little was nowhere insight.

There was over 300 people at the bowling alley on the night Teekah disappeared yet nobody witnessed anything. According to family members, she was last seen playing the race-car video game which was only a few feet away from family and approximately five or six feet away from the exit door.

“There’s somebody in that bowling alley that knows something. there was over 300 people and not one person seen anything. i can’t believe it.” Teekah’s mother, Theresa Lewis said back in 2010.

Investigators interviewed hundreds of people threw-out the years including many of the people in the bowling alley that night, but no arrests were ever made and Teekah was never located and almost fourteen years later, her whereabouts remain unknown.

Every so many years, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children would distribute a age-progressed photo of what the missing child might look like and each time, callers would call in with possible matches only to find out it was a Miss-identification.

Age-progressed photo of what Teekah might have looked like at age thirteen, she turned sixteen-years-old this past year.

 Tacoma Police have said the case remains active and although they don’t have that one missing piece of the puzzle, they still get tips every so often and one of those tips came up 2010 when Theresa Lewis said she received a new tip from a man in his 40′s at a vigil that was being held on her daughters tenth anniversary since her disappearance. The unidentified man was quote as saying that he had visions of the missing child.

 The information was then relayed to police and when asked for details, Theresa said: “There’s just more to the story. I just can’t say. I wish I could, but I can’t,” English said. “All I can say is that it’s a roller coaster.”

 Investigators have spoken to the tipster, whom he only described as an “area man.” The tip prompted Tacoma police to begin digging at the Native Garden at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, but nothing every came from that lead and the case started to go cold.

Authorities have asked for the public’s assistance in helping identify a vehicle seen on the night Teekah disappeared. Witnesses reported seeing a maroon (late-model) 1980′s or early 90′s Pontiac Grand Am with dark windows and a spoiler who was at the bowling alley’s general area on 01/23/99

This case has been featured on TV shows including America’s Most Wanted, the episode is a web exclusive and can be found online. 

Teekah Lewis was last seen wearing a tweedy-bird sweatshirt with white sweatpants and carrying a little clear tot size purse. Some other facts below.

  • Has eczema with a skin coloration on her face and left side of buttocks
  • Has asthma which may require medical attention
  • Has dimples when she smiles
  • Has curly dark hair with natural red and grey highlights
  • Has brown eyes
  • Was 3′feet, weighing 35 pounds when she was last seen
  • Both ears were pierced in 1999
  • She is Biracial – Caucasian/Native-American/African-American
  • Her birthday also falls on Independence Day (07/04/96)

findteekahlewis.com ← website created titled “Find Teekah Lewis”

Her loved ones are still praying for a miracle, they’ve said they will never give up on her safe return, with Theresa saying: “I hope nothing bad’s happening to her. I believe she’s still alive. I’ve never had that gut feeling that she wasn’t”

In July, 2012 Tacoma police searched a local home for any evidence regarding the missing toddler. The search of the house in the 800 block of South Hawthorne Street came after authorities contacted a man who pleaded guilty to a child-luring at a different bowling alley in Tacoma, WA. According to Detectives,  they are still evaluating this part of the investigation, but have not discovered anything significant at this point. But despite another dead-end, police and loved ones of the missing girl remain hopeful that one day this case will get solved.

January 27, 2013 will mark the fourteen years since Teekah Lewis was last seen alive and her family continues to celebrate her life, with her birthday falling on the 4th of July,  every year her mother bakes her a cake, buys her balloons and writes a message to the toddler on it. In her mind, her daughter is still a toddler who hasn’t aged, despite the fact that she’d be in her teens today.

Photo of Theresa  Lewis, Teekah’s mother, taken on July 4, 2011, her daughters 15th birthday

Click here to view an article written and published by Komonnews on July 4, 2011 regarding this case.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Tacoma Police Department - (253) 798-4721

Or contact: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s toll-free Hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

The Disappearance Of Joseph Pichler

Hope For Joe Pichler

Photo of Joseph Pichler taken shortly before his disappearance.

11/04/12, BREMERTON, WA → Joseph David Wolfgang Pichler was born in Bremerton, Washington on Valentines day (February 14, 1987) and was described by family as a good kid who never ran away or got in trouble. He moved to (Los Angeles) California at six-years-old to focus on acting and even had some success appearing in various TV shows and movies including The Fan (starring Robert Deniro and Westley Snipes,) Varsity Blue, Children and their Birthdays, and his most popular role as Brennan Newton in the third and fourth installments of Beethoven.

 Hope For Joe Pichler

Childhood photo

Joe with Frankie Muniz    Hope For Joe Pichler

Joe Pichler as a child actor. Photo of him standing to the right next to Frankie Muniz

Hope For Joe Pichler

 Joe in his younger years posing with singer/rapper “LL Cool J”

Joe didn’t want to go back to his hometown of Bremerton but his family felt he should come back and finish highschool and, in 2003, with their insistence he left Los Angeles and moved back to Washington. He graduated from Bremerton High School in 2005 and  was planning to move back to LA in 2006 to get back into acting but wanted to wait until his top braces were off which would have taken approximately one year so in the mean time he got a job, moved into his own apartment and spent much of his time hanging out with his friends and family.

Joe went to hang out at a friend’s home on the night of January 5, 2006. There, he hung out with several different friends playing cards and drinking beer. Everyone who was there that night claimed Joe was in good spirits and his behavior was normal but according to one friend his mood changed when the night ended and everyone left.

According to reports, Joe drove his friend’s home after a night of drinking and playing card games. After dropping them off he placed a call at 4:08am to one of the friends that he was with earlier that night. The unidentified friend said that Joe was upset and inconsolable and told him that he didn’t know why he was crying and that he couldn’t stop drinking. He told him he would call him back in an hour but never did and hasn’t been heard from since.

His vehicle, a silver 2005 Toyota Corolla, was located a few days later on January 9, 2006 at the intersection of Wheaton Way and Sheridan Road on Lebo Blvd. All of his possessions including his cell phone were still in his car except his wallet and car keys. He was reported as officially missing by his parents 11 days later on January 16, 2006 after not being able to reach him.

According to reports the young man’s apartment was unlocked with lights on which is out of character and not something he is known to do.

Police initially believed that after leaving his friend’s house that night he committed suicide by jumping off the Port Madison Narrows but search dogs did not pick up any scents and nothing ever surfaced despite numerous searches.

Nobody has ever come forward with any creditable sightings or information regarding his whereabouts.

A letter written by Joe was discovered, in it he says he wished he would’ve been a “stronger brother” for his younger brother and asked that his little brother be given his belongings.

Joe’s family insisted that he met with foul-play, they said he wouldn’t have taken his own life and no hard evidence points to him doing so. His family is still actively searching for clues as to what happened the night of his disappearance.

The Pichlers

Photo to the left is Joe’s mother – photo to the right is Joseph Pichler

Statement written by Kathy Pichler, Joe’s mother:

My son, Joseph Pichler, went missing five and a half years ago. His case was handled SO poorly by police and most of the evidence was lost. Their mistakes were because local police didn’t know the correct procedures for missing children/persons. Since the disappearance of my son, my local law enforcement has learned to handle these cases much better. For that I am very thankful. It helps find some purpose for my family’s tragedy. Joseph is not a runaway; that’s the only thing I know for sure about his disappearance. After nearly six years, we still have no resolution. Since Joseph’s disappearance, my focus has been to help raise awareness of our nation’s epidemic. I also struggle to get through each day without answers as to the whereabouts of my missing son. Our system is so very broken, in so many ways. Through education and prevention, there is hope. I keep looking for purpose in my son’s disappearance. The only way I’ve found anything positive about my loss is when I help others live this nightmare. I do understand the suffering of other parents. Now I try to work for a better future so that others aren’t forced to wear these shoes.

Joe was 19 at the time he went missing and would be 25 today. He likes to wear T-shirts and loose baggy jeans and is described as a Caucasian male with light brown hair, hazel-green eyes, standing 6’2 and weighing roughly 165 pounds. He also has a small scar at the bridge of his nose and although he had gotten his lower braces taken off prior to January 2006, he still had his top braces on.

He has a tattoo of a red Star Wars emblem on his right forearm

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Bremerton Police Department – 360-308-5400 or # 360-473-5228

You can also contact: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

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