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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

Joshua Hakken Located In Cuba By CNN Reporter, Says He’s Father Wanted For Abducting 2 Sons (HuffingtonPost)

Children Kidnapped FloridaA CNN reporter claims to have located and talked to the man wanted for abducting two children and sailing them to Cuba.

Reporter Patrick Oppmann says he found suspect Joshua Hakken at a Havana marina and confirmed that he was the father of 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase Hakken, who arrived in Cuba on Monday.

Joshua Hakken wouldn’t answer any questions, and Cuban security reportedly told Oppmann to leave. But Oppmann also claims he saw a child on Hakken’s boat, as well as a woman matching the description of Hakken’s wife.

Authorities allege that Hakken entered his mother-in-law’s home in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, tied her up and left with Cole and Chase. From there the family took the treacherous journey from Florida to Cuba.

The boys had been living with Hakken’s mother-in-law since last year after Hakken lost custody of them due to drug possession charges. Police say he tried to abduct them before, by taking them from a foster home at gunpoint.

It’s yet unclear what, if anything, authorities can do to retrieve the family from Cuba. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and FBI are investigating.

Source: Huffington Post

Sandy Hook Hero, Gene Rosen, Now Being Harassed By Conspiracy Theorist Who Believe The Newtown Resident Is Nothing More Then A Fake

It’s been exactly one month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and according to Huffingtonpost,  Gene Rosen (pictured) is now being harassed by conspiracy theorist also known as “truthers”, who believe the alleged hero is nothing more than an actor and pedophile.

 A good Samaritan who harbored six terrified survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre has been singled out by conspiracy theorists accusing him of being a liar and an actor.

On the morning of the shooting, Gene Rosen of Newtown, Connecticut, was feeding his cats when he discovered four terrified children hiding out in his driveway. They told him their teacher was dead, and he listened to their chilling account of the tragedy still going on at the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In the aftermath, Rosen, 69, was interviewed by many of the media outlets that descended on the small community, and his anguished face flashed across television screens around the world.

The sincerity of that anguish was questioned by a group of conspiracy theorists who call themselves “truthers,” Salon reported earlier this month. These truthers have so far posted Rosen’s personal information online, created fake social media accounts using his name and harassed him via email and phone.

“I don’t know what to do,” Rosen, a retired psychologist told Salon in a follow-up interview on Tuesday., “There must be some way to morally shame these people, because there were 20 dead children lying an eighth of a mile from my window all night long. And I sat there with my wife, because they couldn’t take the bodies out that night so the medical examiner could come. And I thought of an expression, that this ‘adds insult to injury,’ but that’s a stupid expression, because this is not an injury, this is an abomination.”

Unfortunately for Rosen, it is an abomination that has gained ground in the weeks since the deadly school shooting. Websites, like, have sprung up questioning Rosen’s motives for sharing his story.

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SOLVED: Jane Doe Discovered In 1985 Is NC Woman Who Disappeared Ten Years Earlier

  • Priscilla Blevins, 27, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, last seen in 1975
  • Detective knocked on sister’s door last month and said she’d been found
  • Turns out woman spent more than 20 years locked away in storage facility
  • Skeletal remains found in 1985 near a N.C. main road but could not be identified

‘It was equal parts of relief, surprise, sorrow and joy at the opportunity to finally bring my sister home’

Cathy Blevins Howe, 
Priscilla Blevins’s sister


Every day for the past 37 years, Cathy Blevins Howe has wondered about the whereabouts of her 27-year-old sister, who vanished from her Charlotte, N.C., home in July 1975.

Howe had long accepted that her sister, Priscilla Ann Blevins, was likely dead, but was afraid she might go to her own grave without the opportunity to say goodbye. The reality of that fear deepened when her parents, Bob and Sadie Blevins, died in 2002 and 2001, respectively.

Pictured; Priscilla Ann Blevins

The waiting and the fear finally came to an end last month, when the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department contacted Howe and said her sister’s remains had been found at the state medical examiner’s office in Chapel Hill. The remains, initially identified as “Jane Doe,” had been in storage at the facility for more than 20 years.

“It was just unbelievable and it still is,” Howe told The Huffington Post. “It was equal parts of relief, surprise, sorrow and joy at the opportunity to finally bring my sister home.”

Authorities had been trying to uncover Jane Doe’s identity since 1985, when she was found off Interstate 40 in Haywood County near the Tennessee border. Unfortunately, there were no identifying characteristics and the technology at their disposal was limited.

The mystery of Priscilla Blevins’ disappearance began July 7, 1975. Blevins was last seen by her roommate on that date at their home in the 1700 block of Tyvola Road in Charlotte.

“I wish I knew the circumstances,” Howe said. “She simply disappeared.”


The search for Blevins started immediately after her disappearance, but the case quickly went cold. Detectives had little evidence and few clues to follow.


“I got involved in 2000,” said Howe, who was 23 and in college when her sister disappeared. “My parents had originally spearheaded the investigation, but as I got older and had a daughter myself, I felt the need to try again. I got associated with Detective Lee Tuttle of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and he was very receptive to and interested in pursuing what, for all intents and purposes, should have been considered an almost impossible case.”


With the advent of DNA databases for missing and unidentified persons, Tuttle collected a mitochondrial DNA sample from Howe. The sample was entered into the national database and they waited for a potential match.


On Oct. 18, Tuttle was notified that remains recently entered into the database — the Jane Doe found off Interstate 40 in 1985 — were a match. They then confirmed the results with Blevins’ dental records.


Howe said she has been told that an autopsy was performed on her sister, but she does not know the results. She also said she does not know whether authorities have listed her sister’s death as foul play, but she said she would not be surprised if they did, given the circumstances.


“The missing person case has been solved — she has been identified after having been missing for 37 years — but there are plenty of questions that remain unanswered,” Howe said. “But right now my focus is on bringing her home.”


Detective Lee Tuttle, the lead investigator on the case, whom Howe refers to as her “hero,” did not immediately return a call for comment from HuffPost.


Howe said she is planning a “memorial homecoming” for her sister on Nov. 17 in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University. Blevins graduated from the university in 1971 and before her disappearance, taught English in South America.


“I just feel so honored that I get to welcome my sister home. What a blessing it is,” Howe said.


Meanwhile, Howe said she has advice for other families of the missing.


“It is my hope that this tragedy for our family can somehow serve as a vehicle to let other folks know that miracles do happen and there is technology available,” she said. “If your missing loved one is not in the DNA database, they need to get in there. It worked a miracle in my life and my family’s life.”

Howe added, “I hope all the folks whose lives are touched with an event like this will have the opportunity to bring their loved one home.”



Article written and published on 11/01/12 by Huffingtonpost – Resubmitted on 11/02/12

German Girl Escapes Kidnapper And Alleged Rape After 3 Days In Rostock

German Girls Escapes Kidnapper

Photo above taken Tuesday, October 16, 2012 police work infront of an apartment building in Rostock, located in Northern Germany, where a German girl was held hostaged and raped for three-days until she managed to escape her kidnappers.

10/17/12, BERLIN — Police say a 17-year-old girl who was kidnapped after she left a club in northern Germany and allegedly raped while in captivity has escaped.

Officials said Wednesday they have arrested a 28-year-old suspect with a previous rape conviction. He is alleged to have kidnapped her at knifepoint in Rostock on Friday night and taken her to his apartment, where he beat her up and tied her up.

The girl was reported missing after she left a disco in the city on foot and failed to appear at an arranged meeting with a friend.

City police chief Thomas Laum said that, when the suspect was out of the apartment Tuesday afternoon, the girl managed to free herself and escape through a first-floor window.

The suspect was arrested later Tuesday.

Source: Huffingtonpost

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