Archive for October, 2012

Five Month’s Later And Still No Answers For The Family Of Brittney Nicole Wood Missing From Mobile, Alabama

10/31/12 MOBILE, ALABAMA → Nineteen-year-old Brittney Wood went missing in late Spring. She was last seen on the afternoon of May 30, 2012 leaving her home on Tillman’s corner in Mobile, AL to go visit her friend Courtney. Somewhere along the road she ended up in Fairhope in the Styx River area to visit her uncle Donald “Donnie” Holland. She was suppose to be home that evening and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Unfortunately Hallond was the last known person to have seen Brittney but committed suicide by a self-inflicted gun-shot wound less than 48 hours after her disappearance and according to Baldwin County Police Department, Holland was being investigated for a sex crime at the time of his death. Other family members have since been arrested in an undercover investigation on sexual abuse which was said to be unrelated to Brittney’s case.

Initially Brittney’s mother, Chessie Wood, said that the distance from Courtney’s home to her uncle’s home was too far for Brittney to walk, so she believes that Brittney must have gotten a ride from someone. It was later learned that her uncle (Holland) picked her at approximately 7:30pm that night. The reason why she decided to go with Holland isn’t totally clear but what is clear is that Holland was the last known person to have seen Brittney Wood alive.

Her case was listed on The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children two months after her disappearance and many people including her mother have tried very hard to keep her face and story out there.

Brittney’s case is being investigated by Mobile Police Department who at first didn’t take her disappearance seriously and assumed she was just a runaway and believed she was still alive hiding out somewhere. An officer for the Mobile Police Department made a statement back in July, two months after Brittney was last seen, saying: “There have been a number of arrests with other family members. It is interesting; but we don’t have anything right now that says that she’s in any sort of trouble.”

But Brittney’s mother always suspected someone was wrong and that she doesn’t believe her daughter is alive.

“I don’t think my baby’s alive; I just don’t. I wish I could, but I don’t,” said Wood.

She also went on to say that she left home in good spirits and had no reason to willingly runaway, nor would she leave her daughter. She also said that Brittney didn’t have a car, money and didn’t bring any extra possessions including extra clothing and none of her friends have spoken to her since May.

There is a $15,000 reward being offered for information leading to the recovery of Brittney Nicole Wood.

Relative Of Brittney Wood Released From Jail – Published October 29, 2012

If you would like to join a Facebook page aimed at finding Brittney and supporting her loved ones, please click: World Wide Search for the Truth About Brittney Wood

You can also join The Hometown search for Brittney Wood which was created by the step-mother of Brittney.

Description of Brittney Wood is on the above poster along with phone numbers to contact authorities if you have any information regarding this case.

A Texas Woman Got More Then A Treat This Halloween When She Discovers A NEWBORN BABY In A Handbag

October 31, 2012, TEXAS — A newborn baby is miraculously ‘doing fine’ after spending a freezing night outside in Texas wrapped in a towel inside of a pillowcase, inside a handbag.

The baby was abandoned Sunday night near a North Texas home as temperatures dropped into the 40s, said local authorities. 

The baby’s identity is still unknown and Corsicana police are appealing to the public for information that could lead to finding the mother. 

 
Police are still searching for the mother of an unidentified newborn abandoned in a handbag with its umbilical cord still attached

Survivor: Police are still searching for the mother of an unidentified newborn abandoned in a handbag with its umbilical cord still attached

The infant was discovered by Mihoko and Phillip Brown outside their home when their cat, Stinky, started sniffing around the door near where the handbag was dropped.

The Browns live on the corner of a dead-end street off busy State Highway 22.

The infant was discovered by Mihoko (pictured) and Phillip Brown outside their Texas home

The infant was discovered by Mihoko (pictured) and Phillip Brown outside their Texas home

‘I put my ear to the door and heard something, and I barely opened the door and saw the bag,’ Phillip Brown told the Corsicana Daily Sun

‘I said, “Somebody’s left us a puppy in this bag.” Then it started crying and I said, “This is a baby”.’

Mihoko said she was grateful that the baby had enough energy to cry loud enough for them to find him.

‘I was trying to make him quit crying. I just went, kind of swinging and holding him and singing a little bit,’ she told NBC. 

Police said the baby’s umbilical cord was still attached.

‘He’s stable and appears he’s going to be fine,’ Police Chief Randy Bratton said. ‘We’re very fortunate because it got pretty cold last night. If the baby hadn’t been found quickly there’s a good chance the baby might not have made it.’

Police suspect the baby’s mother may not have known that Texas has a Baby Moses law granting legal immunity to any mother who leaves her infant at a hospital, fire station, or police station.

Authorities are searching for the mother at area hospitals and checking with local schools in case she was a student.

When the baby is discharged from the hospital he will be placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225569/Abandoned-baby-umbilical-cord-attached-miraculously-survives-chilly-Texas-night-handbag.html#ixzz2AuA7oxLZ 
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Endangered Runaway: Nancy Acevedo Last Seen February 15, 2012 In Valley Stream

Nancy Acevedo  **  Valley Stream, New York  *  February 15, 2012

Pictured: Nancy Acevedo (15)

Missing From: Valley Stream, New York
Date Missing: 02/15/2012

Nancy Acevedo
DOB: 03/31/1997
Race: White/Hispanic
Sex: Female
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Weight: 110 lbs.
Height: 5’6″

Additional Information: Nancy is fifteen-years-old and is listed as a runaway and was last seen in Valley Stream, NY.  She sometimes goes by the nicknames “China or Chinita” and speaks fluent Spanish and may still be in the local area.

This case has very little information out to the public and most of NY State has not even heard of this Nancy Acevedo or her disappearance but a fourteen-year-old (now fifteen) being missing for this long should be a concern. If you know or think you’ve spotted Nancy please contact the numbers below.

Investigating Agency: Nassau County Police Department
NYS Missing Persons Clearinghouse
1-800-346-3543
www.criminaljustice.ny.gov

You can also call: 1-800 FIND KID (1-800-346-3543)

Felony Warrant Still Active For Non-Custodial Mother Who Kidnapped Daughter In NY On November 21, 2001

Annette Carla Clark ** New Paltz, NY * 2001

PARENTAL ABDUCTION: Annette Carla Clark was abducted by her non-custodial mother on 11/21/01 in New Paltz, New York and taken to New Mexico.

Age-progressed photo of what Annette might look like at thirteen-years-old. She would be seventeen years old this year.

Missing Since: November 21, 2001 from New Paltz, New York
Classification: Family Abduction
Date Of Birth:March 1, 1995

Age: 5 (now 17)

Height: 4’2″ (in 2001)
Weight: 55 lbs. (in 2001)
Hair Color: Light Brunette
Eye Color: Brown
Race: Hispanic
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears
AKA/Alias: May use her middle name “Carla” and/or
the last name “Torres”.
Case Number: NCMC926736

WANTED: Gloria Torres Velez Clark has a felony warrant for kidnapping is on file for Velez who is believed to have abducted Annette before fleeing to Mexico.

Relation to victim: Kidnapper

Date of birth: June 25, 1955

Date of incident: November 21, 2001

Sex/Race: Hispanic Female

Hair/Eyes: Brown/Brown

HT/WT: 5’1” – 110lbs

 
 
 → In November 2001, Annette Carla Clark was abducted from New Paltz, New York to Cuernavaca, Mexico by her non-custodial mother, Gloria Torres Velez Clark. Her father, Steve Clark, has full custody of Annette and has been searching for her. There is a U.S. federal warrant for the arrest of Gloria Torres Velez Clark.
 
Annette’s maternal grandmother, Victoria Velez Aranda, lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Annette has been seen at her home numerous times. Gloria’s siblings also live in or near the area and the family continues to hide Annette and Gloria.
 
Gloria Torres Velez and Annette Carla Clark were last seen in the town of Colima, state of Colima, Mexico in October of 2007. Annette was placed in a DIF (Mexican family services) facility and returned to her mother in an extrajudicial (illegal) action before her father could complete pending legal action to have her returned to the United States.
 
Throughout this ordeal, Mexican agencies and officials have acted with deceit, criminality and malfeasance, violating international law and international agreements such as the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the UN Convention on the Rig hts of the Child. These agencies and officials have also violated Mexican criminal statutes against the abduction and hiding of a minor. The actions of DIF (Mexican family services) in Cuernavaca and Colima have been particularly reprehensible. Mexican conduct in this case is one small example of a larger problem of a failed state.
 
If you spot Annette or her mother in Mexico, do not contact Mexican agencies. Please contact the FBI or Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, or contact us at this site. The abducting family will react with hostility if you approach them about this matter. Annette will likely exhibit traits of extreme parental alienation and Stockholm Syndrome.
 
International parental kidnapping is a serious form of child abuse. Help reunite Annette with her father, Steve Clark, and other family members who continue to look for her, with the hope she will have a chance to come home to the life that was stolen from her.
 
Annette’s ears are pierced. She uses the name Carla. She also uses her mother’s maiden name Torres Velez. Annette is light-skinned.
 
Annette has a fraudulent birth certificate issued by the municipality of Jiutepec in the state of Morelos.
 

Investigating Agency
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact:
New York Police Department (NYPD)
1-845-691-2922
OR
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
(800) 843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

 
You can also leave a anonymous tip to Annette’s loved ones by clicking HERE.
 

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone and always remember to stay SAFE!

 

St Louis Elderly Woman Missing Since October 20, 2012

10/30/12 St. Louis Missouri — St. Louis Police are asking the public for assistance in locating an elderly woman who has been missing since Saturday October 20, 2012.

Doretha Ewing, 72, was last seen on the afternoon of October 20 near the intersection of Interstate 44 and Grand.

She was last known to be wearing blue denim Capri’s along with a burgundy sweatshirt and black sandals over white socks. She drives a 1997 red two-door Saturn with both front hubcaps missing.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Doretha Ewing is ask to please contact: CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477 – Or the St. Louis Police Department on their non-emergency line 314-231-1212 (if your information regarding Ewing is urgent then please call 911.)

The Disappearance Of A Popular Teacher And Former Beauty Queen In

Tara Grinstead’s case featured on TV-Show ‘Disappeared’ – (S02 – E02 – Part 1/4)  – 

10/30/12 IRWIN COUNTY, GEORGIA — Tara Grinstead (born November 14, 1974) was two weeks shy of her 31st birthday. The high school history teacher who lived in Ocilla, GA went missing on October 22, 2005. She has not been found dead or alive. Neither police nor the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ever identified any suspects.

A native of Hawkinsville, Georgia, Miss Grinstead was a former beauty pageant queen. In 1999 she won the title of Miss Tifton and competed in the Miss Georgia pageant. Money from pageant winnings helped her to attend college and get her teaching degree. She then dedicated her life to teaching dozens of students. According to those who knew her, she was not only beautiful an intelligent but she was a genuinely kind person who volunteered for many different activities/charities.

On Friday (night) October 21, 2005 Tara went to watch a beauty-pageant, as a former beauty-queen she had a love for pageants and in 2005 she coached beauty-contestants. After the pageant she went to a barbecue then went home. Nothing was amiss and she was in good spirits. The next day, on October 22, 2005 she was spotted at her house. This would be the last time she was ever seen or heard from.

Tara Grinstead's house, front view

Small photo of Miss Grinstead’s house.

On October 22, 2005 Miss Grinstead was seen at her Irwin County home. That would be the last time she would be seen or heard from. On October 24, 2005 concerned co-workers called Ocilla police-department and on Monday at approximately 9:00am, a missing persons report was filed. OPD went to the home where Grinstead lived alone with her dog. After knocking fell on deaf ears they went in to search. They found her cell phone inside the house. Her car was outside, unlocked. Her purse and keys were gone and so was Tara Grinstead.

According to the missing woman’s sister, Anita Gattis, a neighbor had told her that a suspicious man was at her house the night she disappeared. The neighbor said the man’s black truck was parked shortly after she was last seen.

Her case went national and many people jumped in to help get the word out on the vivacious, respectful, kind woman. Many passed out missing person flyer’s. You couldn’t walk one block in Irwin County without seeing the missing face and description of Miss Grinstead. No-one could ignore the brunette beauty who dedicated her life to teaching dozens of students. There were many efforts to raise money and a reward of 200,000 was set-up for anyone with any information on Tara’s whereabouts but nothing ever came out of it.

Two weeks after the disappearance on Monday, November 14, 2005 nearly 200 of her friends and family gathered outside the missing woman’s home to hold a candlelight vigil and celebrate her 31st birthday. Despite nearly a month without any word from Grinstead, her family remains hopeful that they would see their loved one again.

Around the same time Miss Grinstead’s birthday vigil was going on, AMW was airing her story on TV. The episode brought in many tips but again nothing every came out of it. The episode was aired again to no avail.

Bobby Conner, the Irwin County High School principal Irwin County High School principal was quoted by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution as saying: 

“We’re a small community and this has really touched home because it is something you read about happening elsewhere. This is someone with a tremendous, magnetic personality, and the kids just love her.”

Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) had found DNA on a latex glove in Miss Grinstead’s yard. They believe the person whose DNA was on the glove could hold the main key into solving this case and although they could not identify the potential suspect. GBI did say however, that the DNA belongs to a male. The DNA has been compared to dozens of male who knew Miss Grinstead or who were associated with her in some way. None of them matched. The DNA has also been entered into Georgia and national databases but still no matches.

As of October, 2012, Seven years after Tara Grinstead’s disappearance, Both Ocilla Police and GBI say this case is not considered a ”cold case” and is still very active. Adding that leads still come in on a weekly basis.

For a more detailed story on Tara Grinstead’s life and disappearance, please click: The Mysterious Disappearance Of Tara Grinstead – Crime Library

A website was created (missingtara.com) titled ” TARA GRINSTEAD OFFICIAL SITE ” —— As well as another website titled (findtara.com) ”  Help Us Find Tara Grinstead ”

A Facebook group titled ” 5 Years Later: What Happened to Tara Grinstead? ” has over 2,200 ”likes”

If you have any information regarding Tara Grinstead please contact: Ocilla Police Department – (478)987-4545

You can also leave (anonymous) tips by calling:

Georgia Bureau of Investigation – Agent Dominic Turner at (229) 468-7494 or (229) 468-TIPS.