Posts tagged ‘Cold Case’

The disappearance of Tara Calico

tara-calicoTara Calico, then 19, left her Belen, New Mexico home on the afternoon of September 20, 1988 to ride her bicycle on Highway 47. She, nor her bike, were  ever seen again despite numerous searches and media coverage including being featured on Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted, Vanished, Current Affair, etc.

Tara’s unsolved disappearance came back into the limelight when, on June 15, 1989, a woman found a picture in a parking lot outside a convenience store in Port St. Joe, Florida. A white van had previously been parked in the spot and the photo featured a teenage girl and an unidentified young boy, both were bound and gagged in the back of a van. It was speculated that the girl in the photo might be Tara Calico and that the boy was possibly Michael Henley, a 9-year old who vanished on a camping trip in NM the previous year. However, Michael’s remains were soon found in the same area he originally went missing.

Two other photographs featuring a gagged girl resembling Tara surfaced over the next few months, though they have never been released to the public.

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Photo of an unidentified young female and boy gagged and bound

There are many theories revolving around this case and it seems like the majority believe the young woman was kidnapped however, years after Tara went missing a Valencia County sheriff publicly stated his belief that she was killed the day she disappeared when two local residents accidentally hit her with their truck and disposed of her body, but he had insufficient evidence to make an arrest. But if this theory is true, then what’s the story behind the two kids in the photograph?

Tara Calico was born February 28, 1969 and would be 44 years old today.

Tara Calico: Gone Without a Trace – The Documentary Fan Page (Facebook)

The Unsolved Murder of Sylena Jo Dalton And The Kidnapping Of Her 2 Month Old Infant Still Unsolved

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Photo of Baby Allyson taken in 1998 as a newborn

Allyson Dalton has been missing since the morning of July 27, 1998 when she was just an infant. Her mother, 20-year-old Sylena Jo Dalton, was murdered at their second-floor apartment on 175 South Charles Street, Apartment B-8, Strasburg, Virginia and Allyson was kidnapped at the scene.

Both Sylena and Allyson were last seen alive by a family member at 7:45 AM but when a co-worker arrived at the apartment later that afternoon she came upon Sylena’s body on the couch. She had been stabbed to death and 2 month old Allyson, along with several baby bottles, were nowhere to be found.

Neighbors stated they heard no screams or disturbances.

Authorities believe both the murder and abduction took place between 9:15am – 10:30 am.

In 2001 Sylena’s mother filed a wrongful death suit against her daughter’s former boyfriend, Daniel E. Pompell, seeking $1.5 million in damages. She claims that Pompell killed Sylena and kidnapped Allyson. It is unknown if she was successful in the suit. At the time of the murder Sylena had listed Pompell as the baby’s “probable father” on paperwork filed with the state Division of Child Support Enforcement, according to a warrant filed in Fauquier County. The warrant also stated that he was at Dalton’s apartment “at the approximate time of her death” and “angry about the possibility of additional financial obligations on him if paternity of the child was proven”.

Police did search the Warrenton home of Pompell, then 29, but found no sign of Allyson and no evidence that would point to him.

The murder weapon has never been located and baby Allyson, who would be a teenager today, remains missing.

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The photo to the left is a composite sketch showing what Allyson may look at 12 years old.

Classified: Non-Family Abduction
Full Name: Allyson Kathleen Dalton
Missing From: Strasburg, VA
Date of Birth: May 17, 1998
Date of Disappearance: 7/27/98
Age Then: 2 months Age Now: 15
Missing From: Strasburg, VA
Sex: Female Race: White
Hair: Brown Eye: Blue
Height: 1’8″ Weight: 8 lbs
NCMEC Case#: 850707

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Virginia State Police 540-829-7766
And/Or Virginia State Police – Bureau of Criminal Investigations 1-800-572-2260
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST

Janice Pockett Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony

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Photo of Janice Pockett taken shortly before her 1973 disappearance

Friday, July 26, 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of Janice Pockett’s disappearance and presumed abduction and her family has an invitation for anyone and everyone which they’ve posted on Janice Pockett – missing since July 26, 1973, a Facebook page with over 1, 238 likes.

The town of Tolland, CT is honoring my sister by placing a memorial bench at Cross Farms Recreational Complex, just a short distance from where she disappeared in 1973. A Dedication Ceremony will be held on Friday July 26, 2013, the 40th anniversary of her disappearance. Everyone is welcome – please come and help us remember Janice.

Name of Memorial: Janice Pockett Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony
Date: Friday, July 26, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Cross Farms Recreation Complex Tolland, Connecticut

Janice Pockett was a 7-year-old child from Tolland, Connecticut when she vanished on the afternoon of Thursday, July 26, 1973. She had caught a butterfly earlier that morning about three-tenths of a mile up the road from her home, and hid it under a rock. She left her home on her green bicycle to retrieve the butterfly but never made it. Her bicycle was found on Rhodes Road near the intersection of Anthony Road but Janice was never found.

Janice was born on October 15, 1965 and would be 47 today. So far there have been no main suspects in her alleged kidnapping and nothing to indicate she was murdered however, almost 4 decades later any hopes for a safe return have dwindled.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact:

Connecticut State Police at (860) 685-8000
You can also email family of Janice Pockett at mapeanevca@sbcglobal.net

Mother of missing woman bitter over killer’s release

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Photo taken in 2008 of Michael Yarnell a.k.a Honeymoon Suspect

News Tribune article published July 8, 2013 – A Morgan County man is scheduled to be released today from the Tipton Correctional Center after serving four years of a seven-year sentence for the death of his wife in 2003.

And the mother of the victim is not happy.

Michael Yarnell, 43, accepted a plea agreement in June 2009 on one count of first-degree involuntary manslaughter, if all other charges were dismissed against him.

Yarnell was charged with multiple felonies in 2008 after he allegedly confessed to killing his wife, Michelle “Angie” Yarnell, and leading her family and authorities to believe she ran away with another man.

“The reason he’s getting out now is that he was so successful in hiding her body, which is the evidence,” said Angie’s mother, Marianne Asher-Chapman. “To this day, we have never have found her remains. She is still a missing person.”

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Photo of Angie Yarnell who vanished almost one decade ago

Investigators testified that Yarnell admitted shoving his wife, causing her to fall off the couple’s deck at their Ivy Bend home in late September 2003.

After he sat with her for a while, they said Yarnell “freaked out” and loaded Angie’s body in a car with the intent of driving her to Versailles, but eventually took the body to a boat ramp at the Lake of the Ozarks, loaded her into a canoe and eventually “lost” her in the water.

Yarnell then fled the area and wasn’t found by authorities until August 2008.

“I will never understand how our criminal justice system allowed a liar like Michael Yarnell to lead them to such a path, fabricating a story which was nothing more than a self-serving lie to save his own skin from a life sentence or even a death sentence,” Asher-Chapman said.

Asher-Chapman’s experience led her to co-found Missouri Missing, a group dedicated to helping families of missing persons try to find their loved ones by connecting them with various resources, many associated with law enforcement, and keeping missing person cases out in the public.

Despite being able to help many since found the group in 2007, Asher-Chapman still has a hard time dealing with how her daughter’s case has been handled.

“The justice system in the case of my beloved daughter has done little more than to denigrate and insult her and her family and friends, and in no way, has brought any degree of true justice to we who has suffered at the hands of this dangerous predator,” she said.

“It gives him full freedom to continue to harm others.”

Source: News Tribune

Almost 39 Years Since Jeffrey Bratcher Vanished From Ocean City Park In Ocean Shores, WA

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Case Type: Missing
Full Name: Jeffrey Michael Bratcher
Missing From: Ocean Shores, WA
Date of Birth: May 1, 1967
Date of Disappearance: June 15, 1974
Age Then: 7
Age Now: 46
Race: White Sex: Male
Height: 3’9″ tall Weight: 45 lbs
Hair: Sandy Brown Eye: Brown
Clothing: Last seen wearing a blue jacket, white football jersey with the number 33 on it, multi-colored plaid pants, a blue hat, white sneakers with no socks

NCMEC Case #: NCMC865393

Next week will mark the 39th anniversary since little Jeffrey Bratcher disappeared. Jeffrey, then 7, was last seen during the evening of June 15, 1974 playing with five other children, including his siblings, inside of Ocean City State Park in Ocean City, Washington.

The young boy was told that dinner would be ready at 7PM and to return to the picnic table that his family were stationed at. When it was nearing 7PM Jeffrey decided to take a separate path back to the picnic table which was approximately 150 feet from the shore. He separated from the other children and within moments he vanished.

The whole park had been searched by police, family and volunteers but no sign of Jeffrey Bratcher was ever found. Search dogs are believed to have picked up his scent which ended at the park’s entrance/exit. Authorities believe he was either kidnapped or somehow managed to fall in the Ocean and got swept out to sea.

At the time of his disappearance Jeffrey and his siblings were visiting his father and step mother in Ocean Shores. His mother, who lived in Mesquite, Texas, had full custody.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is asked to please contact:
Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office (360) 249-3711
And/Or
The National Center for Missing And Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST

‘If I die, take care of my boys': Chilling journal of missing mother Susan Powell shows deterioration of her marriage – and warns that her death ‘may not be an accident’

  • Journal entries shows Susan Powell’s growing distrust with her husband Josh, as well as her attempts to repair their marriage
  • Entries reveal that she lamented over the loss of the loving husband she used to know
  • The couple tried to have a third baby just months before she disappeared
  • Josh Powell killed himself and her two sons in a horrific murder-suicide last year
  • Susan Powell disappeared in 2009, and her body has never been found

A newly-revealed journal has shown the despair and turmoil of Susan Powell, who felt like a prisoner in her marriage and warned that she didn’t trust her husband in the months before she vanished.

She had been married about a year when she started writing a journal. She was a love-struck, 20-year-old newlywed, dreaming of the future she would build with her husband.

‘I just feel incredibly lucky to have Josh,’ she wrote in 2002. Before long, however, she found herself torn.

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Photo of Susan Powell, mother of two, who went missing on December 6, 2009 in West Valley City, Utah

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Powell Family; Susan Powell far right – Susan’s husband Josh Powell behind, and their two children Josh and Michael Powell

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Susan Powell’s handwritten journal showed various entries, including the snippits above and below, in which she feared the worst over tensions with her husband

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Mistrust: Susan wrote that her husband Josh could not be trusted in a last will and testament written about a year and a half before she disappeared

susanHopeful: Susan also says at the end that maybe there will be a happy ending for everyone after she hinted that there was difficulty in her marriage

Horrific: Josh Powell moved to a home in Puyallup, Washington, where he ultimately attacked his boys with a hatchet after saying he 'had a big surprise' for them. He then set his home on fire, causing an explosion that killed them allHorrific: Josh Powell moved to a home in Puyallup, Washington, where he ultimately attacked his boys with a hatchet after saying he ‘had a big surprise’ for them. He then set his home on fire, causing an explosion that killed them all

Click here for full article and home video of Susan Powell prior to her disappearance – MailOnline

Three women who have been missing for a decade, found ALIVE just a few miles from where they lived (HUFFINGTONPOST)

a-CLEVELAND-GIRLS-404x304CLEVELAND — Two women who went missing as teenagers about a decade ago were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, within a few miles of where they disappeared.

Cheering crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where police said Amanda Berry (pictured left) Gina DeJesus (pictured right) and a third woman were found earlier in the day. The identity of the third woman hadn’t been confirmed.

Police didn’t immediately provide any details of how the women were found or what conditions they were in.

Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. DeJesus went missing at age 14 on her way home from school about a year later.

In January, a prison inmate was sentenced to 4 1/2 years after admitting he provided a false burial tip in the disappearance of Berry, who had last been seen the day before her 17th birthday. A judge in Cleveland sentenced Robert Wolford on his guilty plea to obstruction of justice, making a false report and making a false alarm.

Last summer, Wolford tipped authorities to look for Berry’s remains in a Cleveland lot. He was taken to the location, which was dug up with backhoes.

Berry’s mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalized for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006. She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter, whose disappearance took a toll as her health steadily deteriorated, family and friends said.

Two men arrested for questioning in the disappearance of DeJesus in 2004 were released from the city jail in 2006 after officers did not find her body during a search of the men’s house.

One of the men was transferred to the Cuyahoga County Jail on unrelated charges, while the other was allowed to go free, police said.

In September 2006, police acting on a tip tore up the concrete floor of the garage and used a cadaver dog to search unsuccessfully for DeJesus’ body. Investigators confiscated 19 pieces of evidence during their search but declined to comment on the significance of the items then.

No Amber Alert was issued the day DeJesus failed to return home from school in April 2004 because no one witnessed her abduction. The lack of an Amber Alert angered her father, Felix DeJesus, who said in 2006 he believed the public will listen even if the alerts become routine.

“The Amber Alert should work for any missing child,” Felix DeJesus said then. “It doesn’t have to be an abduction. Whether it’s an abduction or a runaway, a child needs to be found. We need to change this law.”

Cleveland police said then that the alerts must be reserved for cases in which danger is imminent and the public can be of help in locating the suspect and child.

Source of article: Huffington Post

Updated articles on case:

Chilling video captures the moment cops raided the home of Cleveland ‘kidnapper’ to free captors

Hi grandpa, it’s Mandy – do you still have my car? First words of kidnap victim to her grandfather after being released from Cleveland house of horrors

‘I would have reported him – brother or no brother’ – Ariel Castro’s brothers break their silence after to insist they knew nothing about female prisoners in home

Kidnap victim Michelle Knight is deaf in one ear and will need facial reconstruction surgery after years of brutal beatings at the hands of her captor

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