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Janice Pockett Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony

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Photo of Janice Pockett taken shortly before her 1973 disappearance

Friday, July 26, 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of Janice Pockett’s disappearance and presumed abduction and her family has an invitation for anyone and everyone which they’ve posted on Janice Pockett – missing since July 26, 1973, a Facebook page with over 1, 238 likes.

The town of Tolland, CT is honoring my sister by placing a memorial bench at Cross Farms Recreational Complex, just a short distance from where she disappeared in 1973. A Dedication Ceremony will be held on Friday July 26, 2013, the 40th anniversary of her disappearance. Everyone is welcome – please come and help us remember Janice.

Name of Memorial: Janice Pockett Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony
Date: Friday, July 26, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Cross Farms Recreation Complex Tolland, Connecticut

Janice Pockett was a 7-year-old child from Tolland, Connecticut when she vanished on the afternoon of Thursday, July 26, 1973. She had caught a butterfly earlier that morning about three-tenths of a mile up the road from her home, and hid it under a rock. She left her home on her green bicycle to retrieve the butterfly but never made it. Her bicycle was found on Rhodes Road near the intersection of Anthony Road but Janice was never found.

Janice was born on October 15, 1965 and would be 47 today. So far there have been no main suspects in her alleged kidnapping and nothing to indicate she was murdered however, almost 4 decades later any hopes for a safe return have dwindled.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact:

Connecticut State Police at (860) 685-8000
You can also email family of Janice Pockett at mapeanevca@sbcglobal.net

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

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

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

 

Son, 27, desperately searches for his fugitive mother 17 years after she was charged with custodial kidnapping of him and his brother (DailyMail)

A man is desperately searching for his fugitive mother 17 years after she was accused of kidnapping him and his brother amid a custody dispute with her former husband.

Jonathan Wiegand, 27, still sleeps with a picture painted by his mother Linda under his pillow at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut, and said he does not know whether she is alive or dead.

But due to a lack of court resources, the charges against her have been dropped – so Jonathan hopes he will finally see her again.

‘I’m praying to God that she’ll come back now,’ Wiegand told the Hartford Courant. ‘It’s really affected my life. I’ve cried so many nights because of this.’

On the run: Linda Wiegand is pictured with her son Jonathan in 1993 - four years before she vanished after being accused of custodial kidnapping. The charges against her have now been droppedOn the run: Linda Wiegand is pictured with her son Jonathan in 1993 – four years before she vanished after being accused of custodial kidnapping. The charges against her have now been dropped

Linda Wiegand vanished after she was arrested in Las Vegas July 1996 with her two sons, whom she had allegedly kidnapped from their home in Connecticut.

At the time, her ex-husband, Thomas Wilkinson, had custody of Jonathan, who was 10, and his brother Benjamin Wilkinson.

She was charged with custodial interference and the boys were returned to their father. But when he caught day arrived, she never showed up.

Click here for full article published by MailOnline

Bennington Triangle – Unexplained Disappearances

Between the years 1920 and 1950, Bennington in Southern Vermont, close to the Massachusetts and New York borders, was the site of several mysterious and completely unexplained disappearances:

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Old snap-shot of Bennington, VT

* On December 1, 1949, Mr. Tetford vanished from a crowded bus. Tetford was on his way home to Bennington from a trip to St. Albans, Vermont. Tetford, an ex-soldier who lived in the Soldier’s Home in Bennington, was sitting on the bus with 14 other passengers. They all testified to seeing him there, sleeping in his seat. When the bus reached its destination, however, Tetford was gone, although his belongings were still on the luggage rack and a bus timetable lay open on his empty seat. Tetford has never returned or been found.

* On December 1, 1946, an 18-year-old student named Paula Welden vanished while taking a walk. Welden was walking along the Long Trail into Glastenbury Mountain. She was seen by a middle-aged couple that was strolling about 100 yards behind her. They lost sight of her when she followed the trail around a rocky outcropping, but when they rounded the outcropping themselves, she was nowhere to be seen. Welden has not been seen nor heard from since.

* In mid-October, 1950, 8-year old Paul Jepson disappeared from a farm. Paul’s mother, who earned a living as an animal caretaker, left her small son happily playing near a pig sty while she tended to the animals. A short time later, she returned to find him missing. An extensive search of the area proved fruitless. * For more information, see Vanishing Point.

The above quoted cases written by Rense. Click: Vanished – Strange Cases Of Unsolved Disappearances for additional strange cases by publisher Stephen Wagner.

Click Wiki – Bennington Triangle to learn more about the phrase and why that part of the County was coined ‘Bennington Triangle’.

Vermont firefighters charged with holding boy,12, as sex slave for years (DAILYMAIL)

  • Vermont State police have charged two men with Connecticut ties in an alleged child sexual assault case
  • The suspects are both middle-age men who were respected firemen for the West Haven Fire Department
  • The assaults occurred in The assaults allegedly occurred in Ludlow and Cavendish, Vermont
  • The victim, who is now a young man in his twenties, came forward with the allegations last month, saying the assaults began when he was 12 and the sexual relations continued to last year.
  • Meyer is alledged to have brought other underage victims from Connecticut to Vermont where he would sexual assault them and then ask the victim to perform sex acts on them

Accused

Suspects: Frank Meyer, 39, of West Haven, Conn., and Brett Bartolotta, 42, of Cavendish, Vt., are charged with aggravated sexual assault and slave trafficking

Click here for the full article written and published by MailOnline

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.)

Two Similar Unsolved Cases of Unidentified Females Found In NY

These two cases are very similar. Both females were discovered in NY, both are Hispanic/Black woman, each with a similar tattoo on their breast, both murdered and unidentified, both with missing body parts when they were discovered. They were found ten years apart.

Victim One:

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A small tattoo of two red cherries on a green stem above her right breast

  • Unidentified Hispanic or Black Female
  • The victim was discovered on March 3, 2007 in Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York
  • Estimated Date of Death: Last week of February, 2007
  • State of Remains: Torso and two legs only
  • Estimated age: 35-50 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’7″ – 6’1″; 180 – 200 lbs.
  • Other: The torso had a stab wound and belonged to a large woman.
  • Clothing: She was wearing gray Champion sweat pants, a tan or cream-colored long-sleeved shirt by Voice and a red camisole bearing Spanish-language labels.

A female torso inside a suitcase washed ashore at Harbor Island Park in Nassau County, New York on March 3, 2007. About three weeks later, the two legs were found a day apart — on March 21 off Cold Spring Harbor and March 22 off Cove Neck, along Nassau County’s Gold Coast. Each leg had pink toenail polish on some toes. DNA confirmed the legs and torso belonged to the same woman.

Since the torso floated onto the beach as storm-fed floods hit the region, authorities have said it could have come from almost anywhere.

The dark blue or black suitcase is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. Police also found small scraps of paper tucked away in the crevices of the suitcase. When pieced together, it looks like a calendar with the Spanish word “cinco” and the phrase “begin to live.”

Mamaroneck Police Department are working jointly with Nassau and Suffolk Police
914-777-7780

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Victim Two:

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A tattoo of a peach in the shape of a heart with a bite taken out of it and two drips falling from its core was located on her left breast.

  • Unidentified Black / Biracial Female
  • Located on June 28, 1997 in Lakeview, Nassau County, New York.
  • Estimated Date of Death: No more than 3 days
  • Cause of death was homicide
  • Estimated age: 16 – 30 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: Unknown
  • Scars/Marks: She had an abdominal scar, possibly from a caesarean section.

On June 28, 1997, a dismembered body was discovered in a wooded area of Hempstead Lake State Park, Lakeview, New York. Both arms, head, and legs below the knee were severed and have not been located. The torso was found on the west side of Lake Drive, about 200 yards north of Peninsula Boulevard.

She was found in a Rubbermaid container along with a red towel and a floral pillowcase.

With no leads to the woman’s identity, the police published a picture of the approximately two-inch wide tattoo in a national tattoo magazine, in the hopes of finding the artist who did the work. They received a call from a man in Connecticut who claimed he remembered giving the tattoo to a woman. The artist said he remembered the customer as a young black woman, about 18 or 19 years old, who was accompanied by two women, an aunt and a cousin. During the session, he also claimed she told him she was from either the Bronx or Long Island and that she was in Connecticut because having trouble with her boyfriend at the time. It is possible the woman had other tattoos on her arms or lower legs that the killer did not want found.

NCIC Number: U-037859772
If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Detective William Brosnan
Nassau County Police Department
516-573-7000
OR
1-800-244-TIPS

Source: Doe Network

Identity of Victim Found In A Chimney At A Dorchester Apartment Complex In 2005 Still A Mystery

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Both reconstructions were created based on the description of the unidentified woman. The photos should not be the sole identifying factor.

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  • The victim was discovered on October 14, 2005 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts located in New England, USA
  • Estimated Date of Death: She could have been deceased anywhere from 3 months to five years before discovery
  • Victim is believed to be a woman in her twenties or thirties with a small/medium build
  • She had long, dark brown hair, possibly even black, that went past her shoulders
  • She had plastic nails painted red. It’s unclear if they were drugstore nails or if she went to a nail salon
  • Medical examiners believe she bore at least one child prior to her death
  • An Anthropologist conducted an extensive examination and population profile of the deceased and the results denote strong Caucasian genetics. However there were several other genetic identifiers/traits pointing to population mixture, such as her mouth, and jawline. She may or may not have appeared to be Caucasian by her skin color, or other visual ethnic features. She may also have appeared to be Caucasian, and claimed or been of another ethnic background independently. Therefore, these facts should not eliminate the possibility of her being from either the Caucasian/Hispanic, Black or Asian population.

At first, chimney sweep Mike Scanlan thought the long spindly thing was a tree branch as he pulled it free of the debris behind a piece of particle board at the bottom of a disused Dorchester apartment complex incinerator.

His flashlight showed the object in its beam. Red plastic fingernails glinted.
Scanlan found a body buried in the incinerator cavity. There was not a single broken bone. There were no signs of injury.

Boston Police Sgt. Paul Donovan assumed control of the investigation at 17-19 Winter St., searching for the path by which the woman’s skeleton ended up at the complex.

Without available witnesses, and with only what the bones could tell his team – Donovan faced a difficult prospect.

“Usually the evidence will take you where it takes you,” Donovan said. “In this case, we’re lacking evidence.”

The dead woman was between 25 and 35 years old. She probably stood 5-foot-2-inches. She was deemed of white heritage, but also possessed Hispanic, Asian or black features.

One outstanding identifier: her partial dental plate, either made in the Caribbean, or elsewhere by a Haitian or Jamaican dentist.

A dental expert told Donovan the plate was probably black market or underground. Find the dentist, and Donovan could find her name, her family, where she lived. Unlicensed plate-makers, however, mean unlisted dentists.

Donovan looked for witnesses.

“I think she was there since 2002,” Donovan said. “Somebody who had some association with the building — a resident, an employee or someone familiar with a resident or employee — has some knowledge about whatever happened.”

Between January 2002 and January 2005, Donovan said, an access door to the building basement was typically left unlocked. Whoever buried the woman knew that, he said, and knew of the chimney as a hiding place.

Another way to break the case, Donovan surmised, was to find anyone who knew the woman before she disappeared. He needed a picture of her in life. He turned to Boston Police forensic artist Gregory Mahoney.

Mahoney was able to produce a computer reconstruction of the woman’s features.
Until someone recognizes her picture, Donovan is in charge of a file full of questions.

“In all my other cases, you try not to let your gut influence you too much,” he said. Now, for Donovan, gut feeling is critical to the completion of his investigation.

He’s watching Winter Street, waiting, and reaching out to Boston once again for anyone who saw anything around that basement.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact:
Boston Police Department Homicide Unit
Sergeant Paul Donovan
617-343-4433

Source:

Massachusetts State Medical Examiner’s Office
Official Cold Case Investigations
The Boston Channel
The Doe Network