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The Kidnapping & Murder of Adam John Walsh

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Photo of Adam Walsh which was taken the same year of his abduction and murder

Adam Walsh was a 6-year-old boy from Hollywood, FL. On the afternoon of July 27, 1981 Adam joined his mother, Reve Walsh, on a trip to Hollywood Mall, which is right across the street from Hollywood Police Department.  The main reason for the trip was so Reve could stop by Sears Department Store to purchase a few items, including lamps.

Adam was your typical, friendly boy so when he saw a couple of children playing video games in the arcade section of the store he asked his mother if he could stay behind and watch. Figuring she would be less than 75 ft away in the lamp section, she said yes and left her son who was happy and amused with the video games, behind.

That was the last time she would see her son alive.

“I said, ‘I’m going right over here to the lamp department,’ and he said, ‘Okay, Mommy, I know where that is,'” Reve told Nightline in a 2011 interview.

Police records in Adam’s case released in 1996 show that a 17-year-old ‘security guard’ asked four boys to leave the department store. Adam is believed to have been one of them. It is unknown why they were asked to leave.

Reve noticed fairly quickly (about 5-10 minutes) that the lamp she wanted wasn’t in stock and headed back to the arcade. Adam was nowhere in sight. She wasn’t initially concerned, figuring Adam ran off with some kids she went out to search for him, asking local shoppers if they’ve seen him. After searching for over an hour, Reve began to panick and called police.

By the end of that week this case was National news, thousands of fliers with the smiling, brown-haired boy were published and posted all over cities and towns and eventually made their way out-of-state. But by then, it was too late.

 Two weeks (16 days) after Adam went missing his severed head was found in a drainage canal more than 120 miles away from home. The rest of his body has never been located.

From the beginning, the Walshes were disappointed with the Hollywood Police Department.

First, the Walshes say the cops didn’t take the missing persons case seriously enough. Then they say the police botched the murder investigation.

“It was one nighmare after another,” John Walsh said.

The prime suspect was Ottis Toole, an admitted serial killer who was in prison for many other crimes.

“You keep killing and killing and it gets easier and easier and it don’t really bother you,” Toole once told Texas law enforcement.

Toole made 24 documented confessions to killing Adam Walsh, including a 1984 videotaped interview with Texas Rangers. During the interview, he said, “I kind of feel bad about that Adam Walsh kid.”

“That is,” he said, “the youngest child I ever killed.”

Toole even had the gulls to write to the Walsh family, demanding $5,000 in exchange for telling them where the rest of their child’s remains were.

“I read that letter and went into the bathroom and threw up,” John Walsh would later tell Nightline in an interview. “I said, ‘This son of a bitch. We have to figure out a way for him to tell us what happened.”

In the decades that followed, Adam’s case remained open. Toole continued to recant his confessions about being the killer several times and for years he was never charged. Many people believed he was admitting guilt simply for the fame and to be remembered. They believed this because he never proved his guilt and wouldn’t tell police where the rest of Adam’s body was.

For years the case went unsolved and the Walsh family felt like they were the ones doing all the investigating. It became frustrating but they were not going to let their child’s name go down in vain.

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The Walsh Family – John Walsh in the middle, Reve Walsh (right) and daughter on the left

At the time there were no missing faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alert system in place to alert the public if a child goes missing, no National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, nothing. To a family who’s missing a child each minute feels like eternity and the Walsh’s were determined to change this.

They didn’t want other families to go through the tragedy they went threw and for the families who have gone threw unsolved tragedies. They were determined to catch as many predators and criminals as they possibly could.

Prior to his son’s murder, John Walsh was a partner in a hotel management company in Hollywood, Florida. After his son’s kidnapping and murder, he became a strong human and victims rights advocate, criminal investigator and the creator and host of America’s Most Wanted which has helped save thousands of missing people and solve crimes. Walsh is also a part owner of Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington D.C.

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John Walsh (pictured) has been a strong human and victims right advocate for many years and continues to speak out and help other families of crimes

Reve Walsh rarely speaks out about her child’s murder. In 2011, she sat down with Nightline ABC to discuss a new book “Bringing Adam Home,” which tells the story of her son’s case and the tragedy they went threw.

“When all this was going on, I just thought to myself, I can’t wait till it’s 20 years or 25 years,” Reve said. “I don’t care about getting old, I just want this experience of my life to be that far away from me because I thought it would be different. It’s really not.” Reve told Nightline.

The Walsh family had dedicated their lives to helping other families find their missing relatives, children, etc. Over the years they’ve helped find thousands of missing people and criminals. They were not going to let their son’s horrific murder go in vain. But still, the frustrations grew each year Adam’s case continued to go unsolved.

“I cannot go to my grave not doing everything I can possibly do,” she said. “We are going to get a cold case detective, we are going to start from the beginning, and have this man work this case. I don’t care if you go to work just to pay the bill of this private investigator.’ And John said, ‘I know the guy.'”

That guy was Joe Mathews, a retired police detective who had briefly been involved in the Walsh case early on and was critical of how it was handled.

After combing through the case file, Mathews made a major discovery: a roll of film from the crime scene of Ottis Toole’s car — it was film that the original detectives never bothered to have developed. Pictures show bloody footprints on the driver’s side of Toole’s car. On the rear floorboard of the car — where Toole admitted to tossing Adam’s severed head — pictures show the bloody outline of a face.

“I have a blood transfer from Adam’s face onto the carpet — you can actually see his image. It’s as clear as the shroud of Turin, Veronica’s veil. It’s clear,” Mathews said.

He showed the picture to the Walshes.

“To me, it was the one thing that a mother knows, is that this is their child, that this picture is their child,” Reve Walsh said. “This is the piece of evidence that ties everything together for me and I can go to my grave knowing that not only that I did everything I could but that I found my answers in that photo.”

In December 2008, based on the evidence presented by Mathews — who is also one of the co-authors of “Bringing Adam Home,” — the new Hollywood Police Department Chief Chad Wagner officially closed the case, definitively naming Ottis Toole, who had since died in prison, as the man who killed Adam. Wagner apologized to the Walshes for mistakes that he said were made early in the investigation.

It’s been over 32 years since the kidnapping and murder of Adam John Walsh and his family never gave up on him and didn’t let his case go down in vain. America’s Most Wanted is still helping law enforcement solve thousands of crimes and they plan to continue for as long as they possibly can.

Click here to learn about the Adam Walsh Children’s Fund & The Adam Walsh Act

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Felipe Alexander Torrealba Wanted By The US Marshal’s For Multiple Crimes Including Murder (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Felipe Alexander Torrealba has been CAPTURED! 

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Captured Mugshot of Torrealba which is now featured under his listing on America’s Most Wanted

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The U.S. Marshals Service added a homicide suspect to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive list on October 10, 2012

Felipe Alexander Torrealba is wanted for multiple crimes in various jurisdictions in Texas and Florida, including: homicide, aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, trafficking oxycodone, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, aggravated assault with a firearm and resisting officers with violence.

Photo of Torrealba who has had a warrant out for his arrest since September, 2012 and was added on the US Marshal’s 15 Most Wanted last month on October 21, 2012. Torrealba is considered armed and dangerous

Torrealba is wanted by the Broward County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office for questioning in the murder of a 42-year-old man earlier this year.

Torrealba is a violent 26-year-old male with an extensive criminal history dating back to 2000. He has previously been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, carrying concealed firearms, battery, narcotics, larceny, fraud and failure to appear.

Torrealba has eluded capture on at least three occasions. On January 2, 2012 the Sweetwater (Florida) Police Department conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle driven erratically by Torrealba. The officers discovered the vehicle was stolen and the driver had outstanding warrants for narcotics and assault charges. Torrealba grabbed a weapon from the driver’s side and fled from the scene in the stolen vehicle.

In April, the Brownsville (Texas) Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Torrealba, who provided the officers with a Texas driver’s license issued in his alias “Jose Alberto Rodriguez” and was released. In August, Torrealba departed a targeted location minutes before U.S. Marshals Service personnel arrived to arrest him.

On September 26, 2012 Torrealba was involved in an altercation with two off-duty Miami-Dade police officers. Following a verbal dispute, Torrealba reportedly produced a handgun and began firing at them. Both officers were unharmed and Torrealba managed to get away.

“Torrealba is a violent career criminal, who not only poses a threat to the public but to law enforcement as well,” said David Harlow, Assistant Director of Investigative Operations for the U.S. Marshals Service. “It is imperative we utilize all available investigative measures to immediately locate and arrest Torrealba before he has the opportunity to offend again.”

Neil K. DeSousa, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Florida said, “The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force is dedicated to the apprehension of dangerous fugitives like Torrealba. With the assistance of our state and local law enforcement partners we will utilize all available resources until he is apprehended.”

Torrelalba is a Hispanic/Caucasian male, 5’09” weighing approximately 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Torrealba has a tattoo on his neck with the word “Jillian” and a tattoo on his left arm with the word “Alex” he also has gold teeth.

Torrealba is considered armed and dangerous.

A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Torrealba’s arrest.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102 or the nearest American Embassy/Consulate.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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

Cold case solved after eight years as bones found in desert revealed to be remains of stripper who vanished in 2004

Cold case solved after eight years as bones found in desert revealed to be remains of stripper who vanished in 2004

  • Azita  Nikooei was last seen eight years ago
  • Bones found  in 2008 and 2009 by gold miners in Mojave Desert
  • Fiance  Nathan Mowers was charged with voluntary manslaughter in February, and sentenced  to 11 years in prison earlier in February

Saga: After Azita Nikooei, left, disappeared, fiancé Nathan Mowers, right, was considered a person of interest, but cops didn't have enough evidence until earlier this year, when he confessed

After Azita Nikooei, (left) disappeared, fiancé Nathan Mowers, (right) was  considered a person of interest, but cops didn’t have enough evidence until  earlier this year, when he confessed

 

Click the link above for full article written by dailymail.

Criminal Jane Doe On Video Molesting Children Is Identified As MARRIED MOTHER

Identity of unidentified child molester caught on video tape is a MARRIED MOTHER and both her and her husband have been arrested and the child victims have been rescued.

PHOTO: Michelle Lee Freeman, 40, and her husband, Michael Serapis Freeman, 39

A Salem couple face federal charges after they were arrested in a national investigation that sought the public’s help to identify adults who appeared in videos and photos abusing children.

Michelle Lee Freeman, 40 and her husband, Michael Serapis Freeman, 39, surrendered to Salem Police in September, 2012 after the couple learned that an acquaintance had identified video-still photographs provided to media by ICE agents and shared among the public on social media websites. Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office – Click here for full article written and published by ABCNews.
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One of the main photos shared with the public in an attempt to identify the woman caught on video molesting children

09/12/12 PORTLAND, OR — ICE seeks public’s help to identify Jane Doe wanted for production of child pornography Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation
ons (HSI) is urgently seeking the public’s help to identify a suspected child pornography producer and rescue at least two underage victims.

This week, the HSI Child Exploitation Investigations Unit’s Victim Identification Program obtained a “Jane Doe” arrest warrant in the District Court for the District of Columbia for the suspect.

The unit believes that Jane Doe has produced child pornography videos featuring herself and an unidentified adult male engaging in sexual contact with two minor victims, one 5 to 7 years old and the other 3 to 5 years old.

Jane Doe, pictured above in all four photos, is described by HSI special agents with the agency’s Victim Identification Program as a Caucasian female, 25 to 35 years old, with a medium build, dark brown hair and blue eyes.

Suspect has a large mole or birthmark on the back of her left thigh.

Although her whereabouts are unknown, special agents investigating this case believe she lives somewhere in the United States.

HSI special agents inLos Angeles initially discovered the videos during a computer forensics examination of material in an unrelated child pornography case.

The material was submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the national clearinghouse for child sexual exploitation material. The center determined that the victims have not yet been identified or rescued.

Jane Doe’s information and photos are being distributed through law enforcement channels by the Victim Identification Unit, HSI Los Angeles and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in a unified effort to find the perpetrators and rescue the two children.

HSI is requesting that anyone with information about this person contact the agency immediately, in one of three ways:

Call the ICE Tip Line: 866-347-2423, which is staffed 24-hours a day; Email SPMduty@ice.dhs.gov; or Complete an online tip form at http://www.ice.gov/tips/. All tips will remain anonymous. Individuals should not attempt to apprehend the suspect personally.

HSI’s Victim Identification Program seeks to rescue child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

SOURCE: http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1208/120808washingtondc.htm

Amber Swartz’s Story

 

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Amber Swartz was just a couple months away from her eighth birthday when she was kidnapped around 4:15pm  on June 3, 1988 while playing in her front yard, she has not been seen or heard from since.

Kim Swartz, Amber’s mother, wouldn’t normally let Amber play alone but let it slide, knowing there next-door-neighbors were going to be home soon. Kim would check outside every 15-20 minutes and when she went to check on her, a little past 4pm, she noticed Amber wasn’t in eyesight and began looking for her.  She opened the door and called out for her and got no reply, that’s when she went out and noticed the jump-rope Amber was skipping on was also missing. After realizing her daughter wasn’t around, Kim became frantic and called Pinole Police Department, who came shortly after.

Amber’s story quickly received national attention due to the rarity of stranger abductions, especially in her town located in Pinole, California

Pinole Police along with the community came together to help search for the little girl. Police made stops to every house in the neighborhood, asking if anyone happen to see the missing girl. Amber’s face along with details of her disappearance were plastered on every pool in Pinole. People couldn’t get the image of the missing child out of their head and parents were fearful, paying extra close attention to their children and refused to let them play outside or walk to school by themselves.

On June 4th, one day after Amber disappeared, PPD located a pair of pink socks near the Swartz home. The Socks were found on A baseball diamond by the creek that flows behind Amber’s home. According to Investigators, this particular place had already been searched and it is believed that they were left after the initial search. Kim believes the socks may have belonged to her daughter, but wasn’t positive at the time. The same day, a witness claimed she seen someone matching the young girl’s description at Alvarado Park around 5o’clock PM being roughly handled by an adult white male being thrown into a car near the park’s entrance. The witness described the unknown man, saying he looked around 40 years of age, between 5’7” and 5’8”, and weighing approximately 160-170 pounds. He was driving an older model four-door general motors car, tan in color. Police were never able to identify the man and aren’t sure if the young girl was infact Amber.

For many years, Timothy Bindner was one of the main suspect’s in Amber Swartz abduction and possible murder.  Bidner was also a suspect in several other missing/murdered cases, including the disappearance of Michaela Garecht, Ilene Misheloff, Tara Cossey and Amanda Campbell.  But, over two decades later, police  were able to link DNA to the real culprit in Amber’s abduction. Curtis Dean Anderson.

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Left; Amber Swartz, photo taking shortly before her disappearance Right; Curtis Dean Anderson, Amber’s kidnapper and killer

Police link Curtis Dean Anderson to the murder of Amber Swartz-Garcia

If you would like more detailed information regarding the kidnapping of Amber Swartz-Garcia, click: Charley Project: Amber Swartz

The Amber Foundation for Missing Children – Providing assistance to the families of children who have been abducted by a stranger.

A Few Unsolved Homicides in Connecticut

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No Arrests in Murder of Mother of Two

Anne-Marie Caro had just turned 37 years old when a relative found her murdered in her home on Stafford Avenue in Mansfield. It was August 28th of 2005, and the former middle school teacher and mother of two school aged boys was last known to have returned from her job at a Home Depot in Manchester. The police have not named any suspects and it was determined that she had been strangled. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the state police at 860-886-6603. There is a fifty thousand dollar reward leading to information that will assist in the arrest and conviction of her murderer(s). All correspondence can remain confidential.

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What Happened to Billy Smolinski?

31-year-old William Smolinski was last seen around 3:45 pm at his residence at 130 Holly Street on August 24, 2004. The Waterbury man was last seen by a neighbor and asked that person to watch his dog. Smolinski indicated that he was going to leave for a period of three days. That was the last time he was seen. He left behind personal belongings such as his vehicle and wallet. Billy’s family have been actively looking for him and have placed fliers with his picture on them in the surrounding towns where he was last seen. There has been visual documentation of Billy’s ex-girlfriend ripping and vandalizing many of these posters. While she has not been named a suspect, she has filed a lawsuit against Smolinski family. If you have information concerning this case, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Haven at (203)777-6311. There is a fifteen thousand dollar reward.

Bill’s case was aired on a Few TV shows, his parents have a Facebook page dedicated to the disappearance of their son. They also have set up a fund in honor of Billy. For More information please click the link below.

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There is also an article by the Waterbury Observer about this case to view Click here.

More information regarding  William Smolinski below

Who would ever have thought that well-known Connecticut Defense Attorney John
Williams who defended Black Panthers as well as Puerto Rican Nationalist Group
Los Machetoros would go against Jan Smolinksi. It seems that Williams is hired
by the school busing company that employs Billy Smolinski’s former girlfriend.
The same ex-girlfriend who has been videotaped tearing down missing person
fliers of Billy. The same person who managed to get Jan Smolinski arrested by
Woodbridge Police. If Bill’s ex-girlfriend is not in any way responsible for his
disappearance, tearing down missing person fliers sure makes one look
suspicious. Now, the lawsuit also targets The Waterbury Observer and Billy’s
sister, Paula. It’s been alleged that Williams knows this case can’t be won but
that the legal fees alone could seriously financially damage the Smolinski
family and the Waterbury Observer newspaper. Williams has asked for a settlement
in what amounts to legalized extortion. John Williams had a final demand at
$25,000 for Billy’s ex-girlfriend and $5000 for B and B Transportation. And we
all know that Williams will be getting a nice cut out of it. According to the
Waterbury Observer a case could cost the paper and the Smolinski family anywhere
between fifty to a hundred thousand dollars. Wow. All just for hanging up a few
fliers. Well, John Williams, I guess going after a grandmother is much easier
than the police departments that help screw up this case to begin with….. If
you want to see John William’s website please visit here. You’ll
notice how the site mentions that Williams proudly defended Lorne Acquin who was
convicted of killing nine people in the worst mass murder case in Connecticut’s
history. For more information about this development in the Smolinski case Click
here. 
 Also please visit  Justice 4 Billy. To support and send well-wishes to the Smolinski Family.

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The Mystery of David Paul

January 2, 1988 was a cold, bitter day and while many people were busy recuperating from celebrating the New Year, a horrible death had just occurred. While walking along a wooden path in the southern part of Meriden, a woman thought she saw a little doll wrapped in pink and white blankets nestled against a tree in an empty company parking lot. As the woman approached closer she made the startlingly discovery that it was a dead 7 1/2 pound blue-eyed, blonde haired boy. The newly born infant had died from the extreme cold in a few short hours. The boy was given the name, David Paul by a pastor at a local church. The name means beloved little man. It’s been almost twenty years, since David Paul’s lifeless body was found. It is suspected that he was abandoned by a female (most likely his mother) and police are looking to find her. There is a 20,000 dollar reward being offered in this case. If you have any information about the death and abandonment of David Paul, please call the Meriden Police Department at 203-634-3784.

Reward Offered in Death of Woman Found Murdered in House

The State of Connecticut has a $25,000 reward for information leading the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the strangulation homicide of Dawn Delvecchio. The 39-year-old woman was a mother of two and was reported missing just days before her body was found in July 26, 2005. She had been staying at a house where she was house sitting. If you have any information about this crime, you are urged to call the State Police at contact State Police at 800-842-0200.

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Murder in Greenwich – CT

Greenwich is well-known as one of the richest towns in the entire country. While the Martha Moxley murder has garnered national headlines because of the convicted murderer’s connection to the Kennedy family, there is a murder of a teenaged boy who has gone unsolved. In August 31st. 1984, Matthew Margolies was last seen heading towards the woods to go fishing. His family reported he was missing and five days later his body was found in a makeshift grave under a pile of leaves. He died of multiple stab wounds. A knife was found nearby, but his fishing rod was gone. His body had been found under some leaves with dirt shoved down his throat. There is a $50,000 REWARD for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the 1984 murder of 13-year-old Matthew Margolies which occurred in the Glenville section of Greenwich, CT.

If you have information contact the Greenwich Police at 203-622-8000 or on the web at: Greenwich Police For more information about this case you can click on the link to a story by CourtTV.

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Who killed this Hartford Teenager?

UPDATE: On December 5, 2008, Pedro Miranda from New Britain, CT was arrested for the murder of Mayra Cruz, Rosa Valentin, and Carmen Lopez. Mayra’s case is officially SOLVED!

  On October 8, 1987, 13-year-old Mayra Cruz was last seen alive in the Asylum Hill Neighborhood of Hartford. She was a school bus stop and was seen by a witness getting into small yellow car with a young hispanic male estimated to be about 25 years old in the driver seat. A month later her lifeless body was found in a wooded area of East Windsor, a town more than fifteen miles away. She had been deceased for several weeks. The man she was last seen with was described as having dark hair which was long in the back and parted in the middle. His hair was short on the sides just above his ears.

If you have any information as to who may have killed Mayra Cruz please contact the Hartford Police Department at 860-543-8720.

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Information was obtained by CT Cold Case which is a website that list the names and faces of unsolved murder victims. Click the link for additional cases in the New England area.