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Paige Aiello, NJ College Student Missing Since Tuesday After Her Purse Was Found On The George Washington Bridge

paige-aielloPaige Aiello, 22, is a college senior who had been working two jobs and preparing to attend Rutgers Law School this fall when she suddenly went missing three days ago.

The honor student was last seen Tuesday March 9, 2013 by her father, Christopher Aiello and about two hours later her mother noticed her vehicle had been taken without her permission. Authorities said the car was found at a parking garage near a train station in a New Brunswick and later that same night her purse and car keys were discovered by a passerby on the south walkway of the George Washington bridge in NYC, which has her parents very worried. They have tried reaching her on her mobile phone numerous times to no avail.

‘Please get a phone,’ Christopher Aiello said ‘Call because we need you and want to see you again.’

Paige had recently moved back to her parents home to be with her family after struggling to deal with stress of her busy schedule, her family said. Her father believes her 22nd birthday, which was to be celebrated yesterday, could be a motive to her disappearance.

‘With her birthday coming and with the fact that she was distraught, [maybe] she just wanted to be missing and not celebrate during this time,’ Mr Aiello told NBC. ‘I really don’t know what to think.’

He also said that his daughter was the captain of the school’s woman’s tennis team and described her as being a ‘high achiever” and was dealing with alot of stress prior to her disappearance.

“She has been all-conference and has been accepted into approximately nine law schools for next year,” he said. “It’s maybe just too much.”

“She had hit almost like a wall where she felt she was not maybe either worthy of all this or she just couldn’t handle it. So the message that at least I’ve been saying all day is not only do we have to be watching our children that are not doing well and getting in trouble but we have to see and watch the kids that are the over-achievers. They have a self-imposed stress,” Aiello said. “She did express stress.”

NYPD have scanned the water below the bridge but have so far found no trace of the missing student. Christopher Aiello said he had been briefed by the Port Authority Police Thursday afternoon that no witnesses had reported seeing anyone jumping from the bridge, which gives many hope that she will be found alive.

Paige is described as a White female with long brown hair, brown eyes and a thin frame. She appears to have light freckles on her face.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact the phone numbers listed on Paige’s poster above.

Surveillance Video Showing Missing Brown University Student Shortly Before He Vanished

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FBI, Providence Police and the Department of Public Safety have been searching for a missing Brown University student who disappeared over two weeks ago in Providence, Rhode Island. They are hoping that new surveillance footage showing the young man walking will help in locating him.

Sunil Tripathi, 22, vanished without a trace on the morning of Saturday, March 16, 2013 shortly after walking out of his apartment near Angell Street in Providence. He left behind his possessions including a mobile phone, wallet and other personal belongings.

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Surveillance camera showing what is believed to be Tripathi on both March 14th (left) and March 16th (right)

Aside from the surveillance footage police have very little to go on. They have been following up on every tip that comes forward but so far have turned up empty.

‘We don’t have a direction, we don’t have a possible area,’ Det. Mark Sacco, of the Providence Police Department, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. ‘That is the strange part of the case – it starts and ends in his room.’

The missing student’s siblings have been conducting many searches in the local area looking for their youngest brother. Their searches have taken them to coffee shops, stores, homeless shelters, soup kitchens hospital and morgues. They recently appeared on ABC News to talk about their concern.

Sunil is a Indian-American male, 6’2″ tall, weighing roughly 130 pounds. He is described as bright, outgoing and very social and his disappearance is highly unusual.

A Facebook page, Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi, has been set up by those closest to the young man.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Providence Police Department / Det Mark Sacco (401) 641-8691

Unsolved Disappearance of a Framingham College Student Still Cold Thirteen Years Later

angel_torresFull Name: Angel Antonio Torres
Nickname(s): Tony
Missing since: 1999
Missing From: Biddeford, Maine
Lived In: Denmark, ME
Age Then: 21
Age Now: 34
Race: Hispanic Sex: Male
Height: 5’8″ Weight: 150 pounds
Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Jewelry: A gold necklace with a cross pendant

Angel Torres, called “Tony” by many, was a Framingham College Student who lived in Denmark, ME when he went missing over twelve years ago after a night out with friends. According to those friends, they were in the Old Orchard Beach / down Biddeford / OOB area before dropping Tony off in Denmark at 2AM on May 21, 1999. They said he was looking for a ride to North Conway, NH.

Tony’s mother, Ramona Torres, last spoke to her son on the phone on May 19, 1999.

On May 24, 1999 Tony’s girlfriend called Ramona and told her Tony never showed up for his first day of work at a restaurant in Barre, ME. Ramona called police later that evening when she failed to get in touch with him.

Family as well as police believe Tony met with foul play however, they have no body or evidence to prove that theory.

Tony’s father, Narciso Torres said his son’s disappearance may be connected to individuals in the Saco, ME area. He said a group of unidentified people involved in criminal activity, who were not friends with his son, frequented the same parties and may no something.

“I think Tony knew them through other people. Tony may have been aware of crimes these people committed,” he said, possibly including the unsolved murder of a Maine teenager earlier that year.

“He was murdered and disposed of, but it’s not going to be solved unless someone comes forward,” he said.

A Maine State Police spokesman said he has no evidence the two cases are connected.

Ramona described Tony, who is her oldest son out of 3 boys, as a very social young man who enjoyed the company of woman and playing sports. She said he would call family regularly but the calls stopped suddenly. This is highly uncharacteristic of their beloved son and they immediately knew something was wrong. They have set up a scholarship in his name at Bonny Eagle High School where Tony attended and graduated from.

Tony was declared legally dead several years after his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.

A reward of $5,000 is being offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) involved.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Maine State Police (207) 657-3030 (out of state)
1-800-228-0857 (In State)
207-657-5748 (fax)
cid1@maine.gov 1 Game Farm Rd. Gray, Maine 04039

 

Samantha R. Smith – Missing Since November 2006 from Clinton, SC

 

samantha-renee-smithClassified: Missing
Full Name: Samantha Renee Smith
Birthdate: July 13, 1984
Missing Date: November 5, 2006
Missing From: Clinton, Laurens County, South Carolina
Age at time of disappearance: 22
Age Now: 28
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 110 lbs
Hair Color: Blonde (was long down to her mid-back and dyed red at the time she disappeared)
Eye Color: Hazel
Race: White
Gender: Female
Medical Conditions: Takes medication for asthma and suicidal thoughts but may not be taking it.

Samantha Smith was last seen on November 5, 2006 at a house she shared with her boyfriend, Walt Shockley, on 108 Leila St in Clinton, SC.

According to police Samantha and Shockley attended church earlier that morning and then went back to their residence. Sometime during the afternoon an argument broke out between the two of them and according to Shockley she left, taking only her purse with her.

Samantha attended college at Piedmont Tech and was studying to become an art teacher but stopped attending after her November 5th disappearance. Although she suffered from depression her family and loved ones doesn’t believe it was severe enough to cause her to hurt herself.

Her mother, Rebia Kinard, is desperate for answers. Her health is declining and all she wants to do is bring her daughter home.

“She had a very busy life. She never was still, and if she wasn’t at school or she wasn’t working, she was hiking or she was riding horses.” said Kinard.

Choking back tears, her stepfather, Rodney Kinard, told News 4 in an earlier interview, “It’s hell — living every day not knowing where she’s at.”

“We took all our savings and everything else we had to try to find her. Still, today, she hasn’t been found” said the Kinard’s in a 2007 interview.

Many suspect her boyfriend of holding the truth however, without a body no charges can be pressed and her case remains unsolved.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Clinton Police Department (864) 833-7528
Or email Capt. Butch Pressley –  kbpressley@ci.clinton.sc.us
Clinton Public Safety – (864) 833-7503
Anyone with information may remain anonymous.

 

Chicago Police Are Trying To Locate Two Missing People (UPDATE)

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03/21/13 UPDATE: Sadly, Michelle Manalansan, 27, has been located deceased in Pilsen apartment complex in Chicago, IL. She was last seen alive on February 9, 2013 in the 300 block of East South Water Street in Chicago. 

Manalansan was a student at Harold Washington College and had regularly frequented the downtown area of Chicago prior to her death.

Police are still working on the disappearance of another Chicago resident. Both cases are separate.

25-year-old Samuel Jones was last seen near the 2700 block of South Western Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago on March 2, 2013.

Full Name: Samuel Jones
Age: 25
Race: Black Sex: Male
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 190 pounds
Clothing: He was last seen wearing a denim, grey hoodie, blue work pants and black work boots.

Anyone with information regarding these cases are asked to please contact:
Detectives from the Chicago Police Department (312) 747-8380.

Dana Rishpy, Israeli National, Disappeared After Being Seen On Video With An Unidentified Male In Tulum, Mexico

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Above and below photos of Dana Rishpy taken shortly before her 2007 disappearance

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  • Birthdate: May 26, 1982
  • Birth Place: Israel
  • Missing From: Cancun, Mexico
  • Missing Since: March 30, 2007
  • Age Then: 24
  • Age Now: 29
  • Ht: 5’7″ Wt: 120 pounds (thin frame)
  • Hair: Long Wavy Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue (described as blue-green)
  • Sex: Female Race: White
  • Nationality: Israeli
  • Other: Dana has dual citizenship of Israel and Germany.

Dana Rishpy was a 24-year-old college student when she disappeared on the night of March 30, 2007. She originally to the United States from Israel to search for a good graduate school. She then took a vacation in Cancun, Mexico and was last seen at the Mezzanine Hotel in Tulum, Mexico after attending a beach party, and was seen accompanied with an unidentified male who was drinking. Family and loved ones don’t know who the man is and authorities haven’t been able to identify him.

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Who is the unidentified man in these still-shots?

The FBI and Israeli National Police have since become involved in Dana’s disappearance. They are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man in the photos above. This information could help in locating Dana Rishpy and/or provide new information about her disappearance. The individual is wanted for questioning regarding Dana Rishpy’s disappearance. He is described as a White male with a thin/medium build, and appears to be either North American or possibly Australian although some reports state she was last seen with an American man. Authorities say he is NOT a fugitive from the law and police just want to speak to him for possible information that he might not believe is significant but may yield clues that will locate her.

A couple years after Dana disappeared a homeless man came forward claiming to have witnessed the young woman’s murder.

Dana’s case has received a good amount of attention including being featured on America’s Most Wanted

Dana constantly kept in touch with family and friends threw phone calls and the internet. After March, 2007 the phone calls completely stopped and no trace of her has ever been located.

If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

American College Student Vanished In Florence, Italy Almost One Decade Ago

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Photos of Matthew A. Mullaney taken shortly before his 2003 disappearance

Matthew Mullaney was in his early twenties when he suddenly went missing nine years ago. He was born and raised in the United States but was attending college at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He had previously attended Fairfield University in Connecticut but had flown to Italy in January 2003 to study art. It was his first semester of college abroad and he was excited at the opportunity to explore another country/culture. Loved ones described him as an outgoing, social, friendly young man with no known enemies.

A few weeks after arriving in Italy, Matthew disappeared. On the night of January 31, 2003, Matthew told his roommate he was heading to the Lions Fountain Irish pub in Florence, a local spot frequented by American students. Witnesses reported seeing him in the early morning hours (approx 2:30AM) standing outside the Pub, getting ready to leave. That was the last time he was seen. His roommate reported him missing the following day on February 1, 2003, when he didn’t return to their living-quarters and couldn’t be reached.

“According to the staff, his behavior was normal and he was chatting with other students in the bar while there,” the young man’s family would later say in a written statement posted on a website they created (http://www.matthewmullaney.com/)

The FBI has since become involved with this case and on their website under his case it lists him as possibly being in Europe. Those sightings are not confirmed and family members and friends say he would have most definitely contacted them unless he was put into a situation where he couldn’t reach out to them. (Ex; Abducted.)

A website titled Have You Seen Matt? was created by loved ones who’ve been without answers for years. At the top of the site there’s a little intro which says;

We are (Matt Mullaney’s family), a family desperate to find our son/brother. His gentle spirit, quick wit and beautiful smile is missing from our lives. Matt is loved and missed by so many. We have been relentless in our search for him since February of 2003. Please take the time to look at his face ( and read our story) We know this is our only hope of receiving word about him. We have faith that someone out there has an answer for us. We hope and pray that you will come forward. Please help us find Matt…

  • Full Name: Matthew Alan Mullaney
  • Birthdate: November 5, 1981
  • Missing Date: January 31, 2003
  • Age Then: 22 years ago
  • Age Now: 31 years old
  • Born In: Brockton, MA – USA (New England)
  • Went Missing In: Florence Italy
  • Race: White (has Irish decent) Gender: Male
  • Hair: Dark Brown (thick and wavy)
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Ht: 5’10” Wt: 175 pounds
  • Possible Locations: Europe, Italy, USA, Etc
  • Other: He has pierced ears, but may not wear earrings. He has surgical scars on his left ankle, along with pins in his left ankle. He has a large tattoo of a shamrock with flames coming off the top of it in the middle of his back.

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Photo of Shamrock design similar to Matthew’s tattoo

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact Matthew’s mother, Terri Mullaney at 781-545-6995 — You can also leave a tip by clicking Matthew’s FBI Missing Persons Poster (also click the Facebook ‘share’ button on his poster to spread awareness.)