Archive for September, 2012

Disappearance of Aspiring Actress (Cold Case)

Tracie Mosley.. Missing 4/17/95.. Reisterstown, Maryland in Missing People, Jane/John Does; Eastern States by Peter Henderson

Pictured; Tracie Lynn Mosley (18) Missing Since Apr.17,1995

State: Maryland Name: Tracie Lynn Mosley (although some reports have spelt her name ”Lynne.”)Date of birth: June 11th, 1976 Date of disappearance: April 17th, 1995 HT/WT: 5’10”, 150-lbs Hair/Eyes: Brown hair, Hazel eyes. Race: Caucasian Gender: Female. Marks/Scars: Fractured right clavicle, fracture right shoulder.

Description: Tracie was wearing a white shirt with a black jacket along with black pants and shoes. She was carrying a black purse as well.

Prior to the disappearance: Tracie Mosley was an 18-year-old aspiring actress who lived at 100 block of Westminster Pike located in Reistertown, Maryland. She came from a troubled past. Her mother was a heroin addict and her parents got divorced when she was in elementary school due to her mother’s addiction. Her mother moved to NY and Tracie lived with her father for several years. According to Tracie’s friends and family, she didn’t get along with her father and eventually moved in with her Grandparents in Reistertown. Both her Grandmother and mother have since passed away.

Photo of Tracie and her father shortly before her disappearance.

Disappearance: On the night of April 16th, 1995, Tracie went to dinner around 10pm at Jasper’s in Resiterstown with a friend. Later that night she planned on meeting up with her ex-boyfriend at the Harryman House on Main Street to hang-out and have some drinks.

The ex-boyfriend told police that he and Tracie left Harryman House at about 2am (04/17/95) and went to her friend’s apartment on Pittston Circle to pick up a six-pack of beer he had left there earlier. After picking up the beer, they went to Franklin High School to sit and talk. He told her he was getting tired and wanted to go home. He says they threw away the rest of their beer and left.

Tracie wanted to go back to her friend’s house on Pittston. During the car ride she asked if she could smoke a cigarette in the car, but her ex told her no. In his statement he told police that Tracie asked him to drop her off a on the corner (intersection) of Pittston and High Falcon Drive so she could walk the short distance back to her friend’s apartment and smoke a cigarette, so he did.

That was the last time Tracie was seen or heard from.

On the night of April 17th, 1995, at approximately 10pm, someone found Tracie’s purse on the curb, at the same corner her ex-boyfriend claimed to have dropped her off at.

The person who found the purse turned it over to police. When an officer went through the purse he found Tracie’s wallet, money, and other personal belongings. Police say the only thing that appeared to be missing from the last remaining piece of evidence was a pack of Tracie’s cigarettes.

Police say they knew something was wrong almost immediately. They began a full investigation: interviewing Tracie’s friends and family, talking with neighbors on Pittston Circle, and taking a close look at the man who saw her last.

Right away, detectives also began receiving strange phone calls from a woman claiming to be Tracie’s friend. The woman fed police wild stories about Tracie. She would call every couple of days and tell them something different. She told them Tracie had run away to be with her mom in New York. She said Tracie was dealing drugs in New York. She even told them Tracie was a manic-depressive and had checked herself into a mental institution.

Detectives followed every lead the woman gave them. Calls to the mental hospital were met with confusion. No one by the name of Tracie Mosley had ever walked through their doors. Tracie’s mother was just as confused.

During interviews, some of Tracie’s friends thought her former boyfriend did something, others theorized to Police that she might’ve left willingly. But those who were very close to Tracie say it isn’t possible. She wouldn’t just leave.
Suzanne Porter had met Tracie in the 8th grade. They both went to the same School and quickly became best-friends. According to Susan, Tracie was ”Intensely charismatic, she was very passionate about creativity and self-expression.”

“She owned a room whenever she walked into it,” Susan said.

Susan said she last saw Mosley while on spring break from her college in Indiana in March 1995, but kept in touch regularly and had just spoken to her two days before she disappeared.
They spoke about their plans for the summer, about possibly spending it at the beach, Tracie had dropped out of Westminster High-School a few years prior to her disappearance, to pursue an acting career, and Susan said she arranged to take a leave of absence from school to help Tracie get her GED.

Those plans are some of the reasons why Porter doesn’t think Mosley would have just taken off without telling anyone, as some of her friends hypothesized to police after her disappearance.

Investigator’s believe Tracie was the victim of foul-play.

Tracie was declared legally dead in 2000. The court assumed she had been murdered. Her case remains unsolved.


If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Tracie Lynn Mosley, please contact: Baltimore County Police: 410-887-3943

AMBER ALERT; Chloie Leverette And Gage Daniel, Two Tenn Kids Believed Dead In House Fire Now Missing

Left: Chloie Leverette (9) — Right: Gage Daniel (7)





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Mystery of children police now say are ‘missing’ after first presumed dead in tragic house fire

Shana Carter Found Deceased, Boyfriend Charged With Her Murder

Shana Carter Found Deceased, Boyfriend Charged With Her Murder

09/27/12, GRIMSBY: The boyfriend of a woman whose remains were found near Parry Sound last week has been charged with killing her.

Christopher Lee Sharples, 35, was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with the disappearance and murder of Shana Carter and has been charged with first-degree murder.

Sharples and Carter lived together in a home on Arrowhead Lane in east Grimsby along with Carter’s infant son.

Carter was reported missing to Peel Regional police by her sister on Dec. 11, 2010; she was 25 at the time.

CHCH-TV was reporting that Sharples has said previously that the last time he saw his companion was the night of Dec. 4, 2010 when she went outside at about 10:30 p.m. to have a cigarette.

Carter’s remains were found last Friday in a wooded area in Blair Township, off Highway 522 and just south of Grundy Lake. The remains were positively identified on Wednesday by the Ontario Coroner’s office.

Sharples is scheduled to appear in court Friday in St. Catharines.

Major crime took over the disappearance of Carter a year ago.

In June, Niagara police offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for Carter’s disappearance.

Last month, police divers searched waterways, pools and ponds within a two-kilometre radius of her home. And this month, they seized the couple’s home to conduct a search.

The Niagara police major crime unit is still investigating and is looking to talk to the person who did renovations at the couple’s home at 4 Arrowhead Lane during the week of Dec. 6, 2010. The home is just off Main Street East.

That person is asked to call Detective Sergeant Paul Thibert at 905-688-4111, ext. 4251, or Detective Sergeant Dave Masotti at ext. 4302. The major crime unit general extension is 4200.

Source: thespec (clicking photo will link you to the source.)

UPDATE: Amber Alert Cancelled In Case Of Kidnapped Starks County Infant, Mother Arrested

Photo above of Mia Graci Thompson, born September 6th, 2012

Photo of Kendra Meaker, left and Timothy Thompson, right. With baby Mia in the middle.

UPDATE: 09/27/12 Starks County, IL – Amber Alert Cancelled for 3-week-old Infant, Mother Arrested:

An amber alert has been cancelled for a Stark County infant, and her mother, Kendra Elizabeth Meaker, 19, has been arrested.

Authorities say 3-week-old Mia Graci Thompson has been found alive on the side of a rural road in Illinois. She was transported to a hospital to be examined. Doctors say she was hungry but overall she was in good condition.

Mia was found several hours ago, just after 7pm, roughly twelve hours after being reported missing.

The child’s mother was taken into custody in connection to the incident.

Baby Mia was reported missing Thursday morning, an Amber Alert was issued after Mia allegedly disappeared from the backseat of a vehicle.

Kendra Elizabeth Meaker, 19, said that she had both of her daughters in the backseat of the vehicle. The other child is 11-month-old Mercedes Grace Meaker. Kendra says that when she came out of post office she found only Mia missing. However, authorities say Kendra later told police she did not realize Mia was missing until after returning home.

I will update this story when information becomes available.

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Published: 09/27/12 – Amber Alert for Kidnapped 3-week-old Infant – Starks CO, IL:

 Kendra Meaker, 19, the mother of Mia Graci Thompson, pulled into the Toulon, Illinois, Post Office earlier this morning. Baby Mia was snuggled in her car-seat sleeping next to her 11-month-old sister, so Kendra decided to run in the post office real quick. She came back and didn’t notice Mia missing until her drive home and that is when panic struck.

An amber alert has been issued to the public for assistance in finding baby Mia, who was wearing a yellow onesie with a flower on the left shoulder.

Authorities say there were no witnesses to the kidnapping and they believe the three-week-old is in danger.

‘My wife called me and she was in a state of panic. She told me that our granddaughter, one-month-old Mia Graci Thompson had been abducted,’ said Mia’s grandfather, Ken Meaker.

Mia was born on September 6 to Kendra Meaker and Timothy Thompson.

Investigator’s are treating Miss Meaker’s vehicle as a crime scene but said they have ruled out all family members as suspects. But due to no witnesses, they have no legitimate leads.

Mia is described as a white female, 8 pounds and 21 inches long.

The family has asked for concerned citizens to pray for the safe return of their little girl.

Toulon, Illinois, is a small town about 150 miles southwest of Chicago.

Was a missing mother of two harmed by ‘psychotic’ ex-boyfriend? Friends and family fear the worst after ‘fresh bleach stains found inside apartment’

Was a missing mother of two harmed by ‘psychotic’ ex-boyfriend? Friends and family fear the worst after ‘fresh bleach stains found inside apartment’

Gone: Michelle Warner, 31, vanished last Saturday night after storming out of her ex-boyfriend's apartment

Pictured; Michelle Warner, 31, disappeared last Saturday.

Texas police and volunteers are searching for  a mother of two from Houston who vanished over the weekend after a fight with  her ex-boyfriend, who then left town with the couple’s young son.

Friends and family say Michelle Warner, 31,  was seen last Saturday night at the apartment of her estranged boyfriend, Mark  Castellano, where the two lived with their three-year-old son, Cayden.

Castellano told police that he and Warner had  an argument, and the 31-year-old stormed out of the apartment, leaving her car  behind.

Following Warner’s disappearance, her former  boyfriend and their toddler son left for Odessa, located eight hours away from  Houston, to stay with relatives, ABC News reported.

People close to Warner described her as very  bubbly and talkative, and said that she would have never severed communication  with friends or taken off without her son. 

Warner’s cell phone has been off since her  disappearance, and no one in her circle has heard from the mother of two since  Friday night, raising concerns for her safety.

‘She would never ever go this long without  talking to somebody,’ long-time friend Stefanie Helton said. ‘She loved to talk.  We’ve pretty much talked to everyone she knows, and no one has had contact with  her.’

Warner’s uncle, Russell Johnston, told KHOU, ‘It  doesn’t make sense. There’s a lot of things that Michelle would do but nothing  like that.’

Warner, who also has an 11-year-old daughter  who lives with her father, started a new job as a paralegal just two weeks ago  and was excited about working again after spending the last 18 months  unemployed, Click2Houston reported….

For full story written and published by Dailymail, click the link at the top.

Murdered Monmouth County John Doe Still Unidentified

Murdered Monmouth County John Doe Still Unidentified

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Marlboro Police Department are engaged in a cooperative investigation regarding a murder which was discovered on April 29, 2002.

On April 19, 2002, a Marlboro family discovered a 55 gallon steel drum which had been dumped on their residential property. The steel drum had been originally located in a ravine on the property which contained a small stream. The drum was moved to the end of the driveway by family members. The family believes that the drum was placed on their property no earlier than the night of April 18, 2002.

On April 29, 2002, members of the Marlboro Police Department and the Monmouth County Health Department went to the property to remove the steel drum. The drum was found to be welded shut. Health Department officials utilized a probe to examine the interior of the drum and something solid was discovered. The Major Crimes and Forensics Units of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office immediately became involved. When the drum was opened, the body of a markedly decomposed, fully clothed adult male was discovered. No wallet or other identification was found with the body.

An autopsy performed on April 30, 2002, concluded that the cause of death was multiple sharp force injuries including a stab wound to the heart. The manner of death was determined to be homicide. It is believed that this decedent had been dead for approximately one month.

Numerous clothing items were discovered on the body. They are described as follows:

A short sleeved red, white, blue, and yellow striped golf type shirt with an inner tag reading Chaps Ralph Lauren and a size of XL. The words Chaps and Ralph Lauren are printed randomly all over the shirt.; Carhart utility or carpenter style jeans the size of which is 34×32; A pair of ankle high Chukka style black Timberland boots size 9 ½ wide; Hanes Jockey shorts, size 38; and A belt with a 3 prong belt buckle.

The decedent’s height was 6 feet and his weight is estimated to be between 140 & 150 pounds with a thin build. The decedent’s hips were very narrow and his fingers were long. Eye color was not discernible due to decomposition. Hair color is believed to have been dark brown or black and one quarter to one half inch in greatest length. Composite Sketch shows what the decedent might have looked like alive.

The decedent is believed to be a male of Hispanic/black admixture or white/black admixture. Age is estimated to be between 18 and 34.

A postmortem dental examination was performed. This examination revealed 16 upper and 16 lower adult teeth. The lower teeth are crowded in front. There are two large spaces between various upper teeth but there is no space in the middle. There is evidence of regular dental care.

Police have obtained a fingerprint from the decedent which is suitable for comparison. The fingerprint was launched through state and national fingerprint data bases with no matches found to date.

A Forensic Anthropologist with the New Jersey State Police has examined available evidence in the case. Based upon that examination, a composite sketch of what the decedent may have looked like was prepared.

Investigation has provided police with a basis to believe that the decedent may have been from central or northern New Jersey or one of the five boroughs of New York City.

Anyone with information concerning this matter is urged to call the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 732/ 431-7012 or 1 800/ 533-7443 (toll free) or the Marlboro Police Department at 732/ 536-0100

Manhunt For Elderly Man, Eugene Palmer For


Pictured; Victim, Tammy Palmer (39) Murdered by Eugene Palmer, her father-in-law Monday Morning.

On the run: Eugene Palmer, pictured, is armed and dangerous in the woods, police believe

Eugene Palmer (pictured) has been missing for a month

* Suspect is diabetic, experienced outdoorsman

Article added on Letsfindthem on Oct. 27, 2012 – Originally published on October 13, 2012 by Jonathan Allen – Huffingtonpost (link at end of article)

HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. — * “Mystery of the mountain?” – Nearly three weeks after Eugene Palmer parked his pickup truck along a densely wooded state park 30 miles (48 km) from New York City and vanished, the whereabouts of the elderly man considered the prime suspect in the killing of his daughter-in-law remain a mystery.

The morning of Palmer’s disappearance, his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer, 39, was shot to death at her home shortly after her children left for school. The New York Times reported that Palmer, 73, was upset with her over a restraining order she had filed against her husband, who is Palmer’s son.

Local police, who declined to comment further on the Sept. 24 killing near the town of Haverstraw, have been unable to find Palmer, an experienced outdoorsman, despite a search of Harriman Park’s 46,000 acres (19,000 hectares) of mountainous woods, streams, lakes and caves. The manhunt involved officers in bulletproof vests, tracking dogs and helicopters with thermal imaging equipment.

Although he is a diabetic, Palmer is described as the sort of hardy woodsman who could plausibly survive for weeks in the wild, armed only with his wits and, possibly, a gun or two, according to police and local residents.

“He hunted, he ate off the land as his forefathers did, he lived that type of life. There are so many places, so many caves in the mountain he could hide in,” said Brenda Earl, a warden at St. John’s in the Wilderness, a 19th-century church in a desolate section of the park.

Earl told Reuters on Friday that life was beginning to return to normal in the area after a period in which the missing suspect seemed like an ominous, lurking presence.

About 85 people attended Sunday’s service at her church, she said, and “it was happy and joyous, and nobody seemed to be afraid that he was lurking in the corners or anyplace.”

Hikers and fishermen, who three weeks ago were urged to steer clear of the park, have returned in their usual numbers, park officials say, even if they may still encounter Palmer’s bearded face on posters dotting the trails.

“People should still use caution, we just don’t see any reason for extraordinary measures,” said Jim Hall, executive director of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, who doubts anyone could survive long in the park without “a fair amount of equipment and wherewithal.”

Survivalist experts say Harriman would not have to go hungry if he is as skilled a hunter as he is said to be. The park has plenty of deer, raccoon and rabbits, although other creatures – poisonous rattlesnakes and copperhead vipers – pose a threat.

Even Palmer’s diabetes may not slow him down since a fugitive surviving in the woods would maintain an active, meat-rich, low-carb lifestyle.

“What he’s done here is gone on a perfect dietary treatment regimen, the sort before we had medicines,” said Daniel Lorber, a doctor and diabetes expert at the New York Hospital of Queens.

Haverstraw police would not discuss the case on Friday other than to say authorities were still looking for Palmer, declining to elaborate on whether he may be dead or alive. Police said previously that Palmer might have fled the area long ago, perhaps leaving his truck at the park as a ruse.

“People will always be looking even if they don’t find him,” said Earl. “Maybe it’s always going to be a mystery – the mystery of the mountain.”

Source: Huffingtonpost


09/28/12 HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. — He didn’t get the hour’s head start he was hoping for, but  a 73-year-old man wanted for questioning in the killing of his daughter-in-law  has been eluding police officers, dogs and helicopters for more than three  days.

Police suspect that Eugene Palmer is hiding in the woods of Harriman State  Park near his home in Haverstraw, about 30 miles north of Manhattan. They found  his green Dodge pickup truck there on Tuesday and sent dozens of officers in on  a manhunt, but by Thursday afternoon there were no confirmed sightings.

Haverstraw Police Chief Charles Miller said Palmer is a hunter who grew up  in the area and is familiar with the rocky, hilly terrain of the 45,000-acre  park.

“There are so many places to hide,” the chief said Thursday. “He could be  hiding anyplace.” He acknowledged there’s also a chance that the truck was a  ruse and Palmer is elsewhere.

Palmer’s photo, with his distinctive beard, has been sent to police  departments throughout the region, Miller said, along with a warning that he is  believed armed and dangerous.

Palmer hasn’t been charged, and Miller said he wants to hear his account of  the killing of Tammy Palmer, 39, the mother of two teenagers.

“We’d like to hear his side of the story as to what prompted the shooting,” Miller said. “There’s more than one side to a story.”

He said he had scaled back the search Thursday, and “we’re hoping he’ll see  that we’ve backed off a little bit and he’ll walk out and talk to us.”

Tammy Palmer had been estranged from her husband, Eugene Palmer’s son John  Palmer, for several months, police said. The couple had lived in a home near  Eugene Palmer’s, on land he owned, but John Palmer had been sent out by court  order, police said.

Family members said that angered Eugene Palmer. His sister told The Journal  News that he said Monday morning he had just killed Tammy Palmer. She said that  he asked her not to call police for an hour, but that she dialed 911  immediately.

When the truck was found the next day, bloodhounds were brought in and they  seemed to track Palmer’s scent to a campsite, but Miller said the campfire ashes  were cold, “so it wasn’t like we spooked him. It could have been somebody  else’s.”

Miller said Palmer had a heart attack about a year ago and has diabetes. He  said it’s not known whether he took medications with him.

Tammy Palmer’s death has prompted a custody fight for her son and daughter  between their father and their maternal grandparents. A family court judge on  Thursday granted custody to the grandparents pending an October hearing.

Tammy Palmer’s funeral is set for Saturday.

Source: nydailynews


Updated: 09/26/12 Stony Point, NY – Fatal shootings sets off manhunt in Harriman Park Yesterday.

Search helicopters flew low and slow above Harriman State Park forestland Tuesday as the manhunt continued for 73-year-old Eugene Palmer, who police said they want to question about the shooting death of his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer.

On the run: Eugene Palmer, pictured, is armed and dangerous in the woods, police believe

On the run: Eugene Palmer is being sought by police.

Haverstraw police Chief Charles Miller said police combing the woods in the afternoon discovered Palmer’s green 1995 Dodge Ram pickup truck about a half-mile from his home down a trail behind a knoll on park property.

Bloodhounds loaned by Westchester County police then picked up a scent and traveled up steep ridges and woods before growing too tired to go on.

Miller said police were waiting for a search warrant before digging through the vehicle, but had potentially found something else related to Palmer. He wouldn’t reveal what they found.

Speaking from the search command center at Lake Welch, Miller said police have divided the 46,000-acre-plus park into four quadrants to help aid in the search.

So far, they haven’t crossed the Orange County line, though Miller said state troopers had visited Grahamsville in Sullivan County where a family member has a home.

“I believe at this point he’s (Palmer’s) alive. He’s spent years in the woods,” said Miller. Despite Palmer’s age, having diabetes and having suffered a heart attack in the past, Miller said his property borders the park and he knows its terrain well, which gave him an edge.

At 7:40 a.m. Monday police received a call about three shots being fired on Willow Grove Road, where Tammy Palmer lives. The road leads into the park. After the first shot, the caller heard screaming, Miller said. Then the screaming stopped. When police arrived at the home of Tammy Palmer, 39, they found her dead in her backyard from a shotgun blast to the chest.

Eugene Palmer was last seen at his sister’s home before he disappeared.

He has a shotgun and possibly a long rifle too, Miller said, but he wasn’t sure what other supplies he might have.

By about 6:30 p.m. a last group of searchers was still left in the woods. Miller said when the group returned to the staging area, where more than 30 police vehicles from several agencies were parked, they would secure the park and continue the search in the morning.

The ongoing search left the park closed for the night and campgrounds were shut down. Bicyclists Forrest Cutrer, 26, and Mike Smedes, 24, traveling up from New York City, had planned on spending the night at the Beaver Pond Campgrounds. They said they were told by rangers that Palmer had been near the area and were closing the grounds for the night. “If something were to go wrong with the trip, a police manhunt for a murderer wouldn’t have been it,” Smedes said.

Source: recordonline

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Update: 09/25/12 NY – Manhunt for an elderly man who allegedly shot his daughter-in-law to death Monday morning:

Eugene Palmer, 73, of Haverstraw, NY, told relatives that he shot Tammy Palmer, his 39-year-old daughter-in-law, just moments after she put her two children on a bus for School.

Tammy’s father, John Pannirello told Fox News in an earlier interview, that Eugene Palmer confessed the killing to his sister, Elaine Babcock. “He admitted it, he admitted it to his sister,” Pannirello told FoxNews. “He said, ‘I just shot Tammy.’” Babcock said Palmer first gave her money to pay his taxes and then confessed to the murder. The last thing he said  to her was: “‘Give me an hour to get away and then do whatever you have to do call the police…whatever you have to do,’” she told the station, “and then he just took off.”

Haverstraw Police Chief Charles Miller told reporters that Palmer is the prime suspect. He is considered a skilled huntsman who owns several guns and police have said that he could survive in the woods by himself for a long time.

Tammy was seperated from her husband, which is Eugene Palmer’s son. Relatives of the family said that Eugene and Tammy had been arguing over Eugenes son’s custody rights.

On Friday, several days before Tammy’s murder, Eugene Palmer reportedly flashed a weapon at Tammy Palmer and she threatened him with a log,

“He had a gun in his holster and wanted to abuse her,” Pannirello said. He then goes on to say: “She said he wanted her and the kids out of the house. She told him she’s not leaving. She picked up the log to chase him away.”

Eugene Palmer recently began a campaign of harassment after she took out an order of protection against her husband, John, barring him from her home north of NYC, where she was raising their two children.

Police believe Palmer, a retired park ranger, is hiding somewhere near Harriman State Park, close to the New Jersey border. They warn that he is considered armed and dangerous.

Source: FoxNews