Archive for March, 2013

Yesterday Marked The Two Year Anniversary Since Madison “Maddy” Scott Vanished At A Campground In Northern British Columbia

madisonscottFull Name: Madison Scott
Nickname: Maddy
Missing From: British Columbia, CA
Age Then: 20
Current Age: 21
Race: White (Medium complexion)
Sex: Female
Hair: Ginger / Auburn
Eyes: Hazel
Weight: 160 lbs
Height: 5’4″
Tattoos: Bird silhouette tattoo on the inside of left wrist
Other: Maddy’s ears and nostril are pierced. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and blue jean capris.

Madison Scott also known as “Maddy” by those closest to her, has been missing for two years when she was last seen on May 28, 2011 at approximately 3AM at a partying in Hogsback lake, which is a well-known recreational and camping area that also has a reputation as a party spot for young people. It’s approximately 25 kilometers from Vanderhoof in Northern British Columbia, Canada.

According to family and witnesses she had arrived at Hogsback on Friday and vanished a day later. Maddy was very close to her family so when she failed to contact them on Sunday they went ahead and filed a missing persons report with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), who immediately started searching. They found her tent and abandoned vehicle but no sign of Maddy.

Maddy’s case is widespread in British Columbia and her devastated family and loved ones have reached out to the public numerous times. They have created posters, bracelets and continue to host events in her name. They say the disappearance is very uncharacteristic and are desperate for answers.

Maddy was 20-years-old in 2011 and would be 22-years-old today.

Todd Scott, a young man who use to attend Nechako Valley Secondary School with Maddy, described her as outgoing, outdoorsy and “really, really nice.

You can go to Help Find Madison Scott for more information on this case. You can also join the Facebook group Help Find Madison Scott which is still very active and has over 1,000 followers.

An individual left an update on the Facebook page earlier this month stating that authorities for the RCMP who have been investigating this case have found no evidence to suggest that whomever is responsible for Maddy’s disappearance was staying at the campground the night of May 28, 2011.

Since Maddy’s disappearance almost two years ago, a reward of over $100,000 has been raised and is being offered to anyone with information leading to the recovery of Maddy Scott or the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Vanderhoof RCMP (250) 567-2222 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Alternately mail Box 1190 Vanderhoof, B.C. VOJ-3A0 or use TIPS page

 

23-Year-Old Roanoke County Man Missing For Over One Week

scott-wheelingPolice in Virginia are seeking the publics help in trying to locate a young man who has been missing for twelve days.

Scott Dwayne Wheeling, 23, was last seen on March 18, 2013 in the area of Merriman Road and Meadowlark Road in Roanoke County, VA. He was not believed to have been driving any vehicles.

Detective Dan Walters from the Roanoke County Police Department said Wheeling was also seen at the Ruby Tuesday on Virginia 419 and near Tanglewood Mall on the day he went missing. There have been several unconfirmed sightings which police are still actively pursuing.

Friends and family immediately became concerned and have since messaged him on Facebook, but he has yet to respond.

According to his Facebook profile Wheeling is a father of two young children who moved from his hometown of Vinton to Roanoke County within the past couple of years. He also goes on too say that his children and wife are his ‘world’.

Scott Wheeling was last seen wearing a black jacket, dark-colored denim jeans, and light blue Nike-brand tennis shoes. He does not have any tattoos.

Authorities say they have limited leads at this point but are still actively searching for Wheeling and are asking the community to keep an eye out for anyone walking along the road.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Roanoke County Police Department (540) 562-3265

The Mystery of The McStay Family Disappearance

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Last month marked the 3rd anniversary since a family of four mysteriously vanished from their Southern California home.

Joseph McStay; his wife, Summer; and their two children, Gianni and Joseph Mateo, have not been heard from since the night of Thursday, February 4, 2010. A neighbor’s security camera was triggered at 7:47PM when the McStays white 1996 Isuzu Trooper left the family’s home in a quiet cul-de-sac on Avocado Vista in Fallbrook, CA. The neighborhood is described as the “friendly village,” and is about 18 miles from the Pacific Coast and some 50 miles north of San Diego.

Loved ones contacted authorities less than 24 hours after failing to reach the family. When police entered their house they found eggs on the kitchen counter and bowls of popcorn in the living room. Their two dogs were also in the house but not a single trace of the McStays.

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The McStay family home

On February 8, 2010, four days after the family mysteriously disappeared police believed they found a reliable lead. The family’s locked and abandoned Isuzu Trooper was located in San Ysidro, just two blocks from the US / Mexico border. Surveillance video taken that night shows a family fitting the description of the McStays walking into Mexico although it hasn’t been confirmed if it was indeed them. Many don’t think it. I mean why would a successful couple with a nice house in a safe neighborhood leave suddenly without saying so much as a goodbye to their family and loved ones. It makes little sense.

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The McStays Trooper

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Still shot from the surveillance video showing four individuals who resemble the McStay family crossing the US Mexico Border. It has never been confirmed if it was indeed the missing family and nobody has come forward claiming to have been the family shown in the video.

Cell tower records reveal that the two mobile phones belonging to Joseph and Summer McStay last pinged a pair of T-Mobile towers along Highway 76 in Bonsall, at a point seven miles west of the family’s home in Fallbrook.

After the 7:47 p.m. departure that Thursday night, Joseph McStay’s mobile phone – a T-Mobile G1 Android – received no further incoming calls. It made only one outbound call.

At 8:28 p.m., Joseph McStay’s phone dialed his business partner Chase Merritt. Records indicate a call duration of one minute. No further calls or text were ever made or received.

It is now being reported that the call to Merritt was made from within a one-and-a-half mile radius of a cell tower that sits beside the old Bonsall bridge that spans the wide and densely overgrown bed of the San Luis Rey River.

The mobile phone belonging to Summer McStay registered its final call at 4:42 that same Thursday afternoon. Disconcertingly, though, her phone continued to receive text messages after the disappearance – eight, in total. Three texts sent by family friend McGyver McCargar arrived on Friday. The last four texts, including two messages from Dan Kavanaugh, an associate of Joseph McStay, arrived on Saturday. The final text message registered at 10:59 a.m., presumably just before the mobile phone’s battery was exhausted.

Some of these text messages to Summer McStay pinged the same T-Mobile tower as Joseph McStay’s phone call on the night of the disappearance. The other text messages pinged a companion tower on the opposite side of the river.

“Summer McStay’s phone was not buried, and wasn’t submerged. It was not broken. It was switched on, and for two days it was within reach of the T-Mobile tower by the old Bonsall bridge.”

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Joseph’s mother, Susan Blake, writes to her son Joseph all the time. “I send him e-mails,” she says, “keeping him updated on what’s going on.”

She hasn’t received any answers. All she can do is hope that she’ll see him and her grandchildren again one day.

Those closest to the missing family remain hopeful that they are still alive even though it’s been three years and not a single confirmed spotting.

“If you look at the clothing that they were wearing at the time, it coincides with when the vehicle was found; it leads you to believe that was them crossing the border,” Investigator Dennis Brugos said. “I can’t say definitively it’s them, but it’s a high probability.”

But Joseph’s mother isn’t convinced.
“My son’s meds were in that car,” she tells CNN. “My son has asthma and doesn’t go anywhere without the meds on him. And to have babies go without car seats. This is the stuff that doesn’t add up.”

Mike McStay says he is unsure if it was his brother and family in the video. “The best is that the children appear to be size appropriate, but I could never get an ID off the adult. Even if it were them crossing, we still don’t know to what intent. We don’t know if it was under duress or willingly.”

“My brother is out there. I want what everyone wants, a phone call, a letter, something. I don’t want to know why he left. We just have to know that they are OK.” says Mike.

Mike McStay is familiar with the theories speculating on what might have happened including one presented in the new book, “No Goodbyes: The Mysterious Disappearance of the McStay Family.”

Author Rick Baker says his own investigation including reviewing hundreds of personal e-mails, shows that Summer and Joseph were having problems and that their relationship was, in his words, about to “explode.” Baker speculates, among other things, that at least one of the family members may have met with foul play.

“I personally believe that Summer probably killed Joseph and we should be looking for Summer and the two kids, rather than a family of four that decided to just flee on their own,” Baker told 10 News.

He said personal emails from Summer indicated that she was a “very unhappy … conflicted woman” before the family vanished. Still, he admits that he doesn’t have all the answers in the bizarre case.

“If I should discover that you have ignored this message and keep digging around I will turn on you,” wrote Summer to Joseph in 2007. “I’m so sick of your nosy (expletive). You’d better stop or we’re over”

“I must say… this is one of the nastiest e-mails I (have) ever gotten…So foul, I can’t believe it came from you,” Joseph’s email reply said.

Mike McStay bristles when asked to comment on Baker’s suggestion. “I don’t know how he sleeps at night,” McStay says of the author. “I suspect he’s looking for money. He’s a good manipulator and knows how to twist things. He’s just trying to sell books.”
Blake, the mother, says there were many inaccuracies in the book. “It was very hard to read all this, very heartbreaking, the accusations.”

Baker says he is donating all of the book’s profits to a search and rescue organization in Houston. He is also offering $25,000 cash to anyone who can lead him to any of the four missing McStay family members.

Police dug into the family’s background. Summer McStay had stayed home to raise her children but planned to return to work prior to the family’s disappearance, her brother-in-law said.

Mike McStay calls sister-in-law Summer McStay an “incredible mom.”

Joseph McStay owned Earth Inspired Products, a company that built custom water features for high-end commercial businesses around the world, says Mike McStay, his younger brother.

Younger sibling Joseph McStay would have turned 6 on January 31, 2013 and Gianni McStay would be 7 now.

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Right; Gianni Left; Joseph

Thousands of tips and leads were followed, as well as searches and National media attention but police are nowhere closer to solving the mystery.

“This is definitely an unusual case,” says Lt. Glenn Giannantonio of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department’s homicide division “At this point we are no closer to finding them than on the day they disappeared. I know that sounds horrible, but we just don’t know what happened to them.”

Giannantonio cautions there is no evidence to indicate foul play. “Everything leads us to believe the disappearance is voluntary. It’s still categorized as a missing persons case,” he says.

“We have to rely on facts and evidence. We don’t want to publicize unsubstantiated theories. Everyone has theories, however we can’t come out and say this is what actually happened unless we have something to back that up. Other people can, but that’s not the business we are in.”

Mike and his mother get reported sightings of the McStays on a regular basis. They come from all over the country. Mike, who says he chases them all down, recently received a tip from Belize, where his brother owned property.

“Every time one comes your heart pumps and you hope to God that this is it,” Blake says, “and when it’s not you fall apart. It’s heartbreaking and very hard.”

Blake says the search for her family is the biggest fight of her life. “I refuse to give up. I hope to God, but at the same time it’s been three years.”

A website was set up to help find the family, McStayFamily.Org, which features a blog that is still updated.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact:

San Diego Sheriff’s Office 858-974-2321 or 858-565-5200 after-hours.
Tips can also be called in anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 888-580-TIPS(8477). A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by CrimeStoppers for information leading to an arrest.

FBI in Tampa Still Investigating the Disappearance of Robert A. Wiles Who Was Kidnapped For Random Several Years Ago

Photo of Robert Wiles taken in 2003

wilesClassification: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Robert Arthur Wiles
Nickname: Rob
Missing Since: 04/01/08
Missing From: Lakeland, FL
Date of Birth: September 23, 1981
Place of Birth: Sylvania, Ohio
Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Height: 5’9″ Weight: 165 pounds
Race: White Sex: Male
Scars/Marks: He has a hernia scar on his abdomen and acne scars below his ears and around his jaw line
Other: Wiles was a pilot, diver, fisherman, and an athlete

Robert Wiles, then 26, was employed by a family owned Toledo-based business, National Flight Services, which is an aircraft maintenance company. He was a business development manager at the company’s branch and on April 1, 2008 he was working one of his shifts at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Tampa, Florida when he suddenly disappeared. A co-worker told authorities he last seen Wiles at approximately 6:30PM and surveillance cameras show no sign of him after that time.

Wiles’ car was located abandoned in the parking lot at the family business, and he had missed a flight from Orlando to Dallas scheduled the day after his disappearance which immediately raised concerns.

robert-wilesA few days after Wiles went missing his parents, Thomas and Pamela Wiles in Ohio received a ransom letter demanding $750,000. The note was signed “Group X” and was emailed to them. His parents followed the notes instructions but no further demands were ever made.

According to reports, Wiles father had purchased kidnapping insurance for his company for the sum of $750,000 back in 2006, two years prior to his son’s disappearance. This indicates that whomever was responsible knew that information.

Authorities gathered enough evidence to arrest Stobert Lindell Holt, also known as Toby Holt, and on January 31, 2012 he was found guilty of manslaughter, extortion, and writing a threatening letter in connection with Wiles’ disappearance. However, Wiles has not been found.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Tampa, FL are seeking any information that will lead to the recovery of Robert Wiles.

Foul play is suspected.

Wiles will be turning 31 this year.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Federal Bureau of Investigation – Tampa Florida Office 866-838-1153 and/or
Your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

 

 

Two Years Since 18-Month-Old Joshua Davis Jr Vanished From His New Braunfels Home

davisCase Type: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Joshua Jayvaughn Davis Jr.
Missing From: New Braunfels, TX
Date of Birth: August 16, 2009
Missing Date: 02/04/11
Age Then: 1
Current Age: 3
Height: 2’0″ Weight: 30 lbs
Hair Color: Black Eye Color: Brown
Missing Country: USA
Case Number: NCMC1165276
Clothing: Last seen wearing a blue and red button down long sleeve shirt, a gray long sleeve Rocawear shirt, dark blue Rocawear jeans, a beige and white Rocawear onesie, a diaper, and black and white socks
Other: He may be in need of medical attention

joshua-davisJoshua Davis Jr. was 18 months old when he went missing in New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas. According to his parents he was last seen on the evening of February 4, 2011. The Davis house was full of people when he vanished.

The missing child’s mother, Sabrina Benitez, spoke on HLN back in 2011 and said she was watching “Toy Story” with Joshua shortly before 8PM Friday evening when he left the room, heading toward where six other adults and another child were. About 10 minutes later, when the boy hadn’t come back to watch the video or pick up a toy, Benitez asked the others about his whereabouts and they all responded that they didn’t know where he went. Everyone in the home checked inside and outside. Within minutes, family members called police who started investigating immediately and sent an alert to 2,500 nearby residents believing the missing toddler walked outside and may be lost.

Benitez believes her son was kidnapped — insisting it would have been all but impossible for him to go outside. Even if he did, Benitez said, he would have been smart enough to try to get back in or would have been spotted by now.

Although New Braunfels Police initially assumed Joshua left the home without anyone noticing or taking him. It’s been over two years and theories have changed with most believing he had been the victim of abduction.

One individual was seen going in and out of the Davis home around the time Joshua disappeared, but that person is not considered a suspect. Police don’t think anyone at the house took him and no Amber Alert had been issued for him because such an alert typically requires solid evidence that an abduction occurred.

Still, Benitez said her toddler couldn’t have gotten outside himself, noting he wasn’t tall enough to turn a doorknob.

“The only way that the baby would have gotten out the door is (if) the front door (was) open,” she said. “But we had the doors closed.”

The steps were covered with ice at the time leading Benitez to believe that there would be signs of Josh if he did get out.

Since the beginning of February 2011 dozens of searches, both community and private, have been conducted focusing on wooded/isolated areas to no avail.

“They had scent dogs out here, and (they) said there was no scent of him leaving the yard,” the toddler’s father, Josh Davis Sr., told CNN affiliate KENS back in 2011. “So I don’t see how he could have wandered off, or else they would have picked something up.”

Family still reach out to Joshua on Let’s FIND Joshua Davis, a Facebook page created by loved ones less than 24 hours after he went missing. Many strangers lurked the Facebook page shortly after it was created, criticizing the parents of the young boy. The negativity has since decreased thanks to the administrator of the page.

Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Joshua Davis Jr. could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
New Braunfels Police Department (TX) 1-830-221-4100
Crimestoppers (TX) (830) 620-TIPS.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST
Or Your Local FBI.

Elderly Woman Found In St. Clair County Identified As Mary Grenia

Mary Gertrude Grenia

 

Photo of Mary G. Grenia who police say was murdered and dumped by her daughter earlier this year

 

UPDATE – The unidentified Jane Doe discovered in a St. Clair County dumpster back in March 2013 has been identified as Mary Gertrude Grenia, an 89-year-old elderly woman originally from Salem, Oregon. Her daughter, also from Salem, has been arrested in connection with the death. Click here for the full updated story.

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Unidentified “Jane Doe” Description
State: Michigan
Estimated age Adult – around 80
Minimum Age: 60 years
Maximum Age: 100 years
Race: White Sex: Female
Hair:  Gray shoulder-length hair
Eyes: Dark eyes
Height: 5’0″ Weight: 100 lbs (est)
Probable Year of Death: 2013
Clothing: She was wearing an Indian print skirt and a blouse that was white, black and red
Other: Signs of having had a mastectomy and two surgical scars on her stomach

The remains of an unidentified woman were discovered on Tuesday, March 13, 2013 under a snow bank near a dumpster behind a Goodwill store in Port Huron, St. Clair County, MI. Detectives were able to determine that the woman’s body had been there since at least March 3, 2013 but had been concealed by snow and blankets.

Medical Examiners described the Jane Doe as an elderly woman with a recognizable face which helped an artist draw a composite sketch depicting what she may have looked like when she was alive.

An autopsy was done on the woman, but a cause of death wasn’t determined.

Case Number: SCC-13-025

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Detective Eric Stevens (810) 987-1726.

Irina and Oscar Vazquez Believed to Have Been Abducted By Their Mother (May be in Mexico)

IRINA-AZURA-VAZQUEZ• Victim #1
Case Type: Family Abduction
Full Name: Irina Azura Vazquez
Missing From: Cook County, IL
Date of Birth: June 14, 2006
Missing Date: Feb 22, 2013
Current Age: 6
Race: Hispanic Sex: Female
Height: 3’10” Weight: 45 pounds
Hair: Brown Eye: Brown

NCMEC Case#: NCMC1211577

 

 

 

Irina Vazquez was last seen on the night of February 22, 2013 in Berwyn in Cook County, Illinois. Irina’s younger sibling, Oscar Vazquez, was last seen on June 30, 2011. They’re believed to be in the company of their mother and she may have taken them to Mexico or may still be in the USA. She hs ties to San Antonio, TX.

Irina has a birthmark on her lower back. When Oscar was last seen he was missing is two front teeth. Both children may be going by the last name Carbajal, Vasques, or Carbajal-Vazquez.

OSCAR-CONRADO-VAZQUEZ• Victim #2
Full Name: Oscar Conrado Vazquez
Date of Birth Jun 30, 2009 Sex: Male
Missing Date: 02/22/13 Race: Hispanic
Current Age: 3
Race: Hispanic Sex: Male
Height: 3’2″ Weight: 30 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown

NCMEC Case#: NCMC1211577

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either child are asked to please contact:
Berwyn Police Department 1-708-795-5600
And/Or
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)