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Showing posts with label missing persons reward. Show all posts
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Trial and Tribulation of Lauren Spierer

Three male students -- former friends of Lauren Spierer -- are reportedly the last people to have seen the still-missing young woman alive in the early morning hours of June 3rd, 2011. But if they know anything they're not talking:

This year that recalcitrant trio finally found themselves sued for her presumed and wrongful death. 

Not only do the missing girl's parents adamantly believe that these fellows were responsible for giving their petite blonde daughter too much alcohol and/or drugs, leading to her injury and  disappearance, but they also accuse the boys of deliberately "stonewalling" them.

Thus, at the two-year mark of Spierer's high-profile missing persons case, a civil action was filed seeking reasonable compensation for the untimely loss of a loved one.

This week, however, a judge patently disagreed with the Spierers and their attorneys on the subject of who is or isn't a bad guy.  At least as pertains to one of the defendants ... READ FULL LAUREN SPIERER TRIAL UPDATE HERE.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

JESSICA HEERINGA AND AMY DEPOY: Lookalike Blondes Missing from Norton Shores

Michigan police say Jessica Heeringa 'was abducted', but as to Amy Depoy, who disappeared practically three months to the day, they have no idea yet.
MISSING: Amy Depoy and Jessica Heeringa
Depoy's disappearance a few days ago is similar to Heeringa's in that both abruptly vanished without a trace, leaving behind their cell phones, purses, and other valuables.
Depoy is 38-years-old and just like Heeringa, 25, is an attractive, slender blonde who sometimes wears glasses.
They both have children as well and reside with live-in boyfriends.
Suburban Norton Shores Michigan isn't exactly a high crime area, but the bold abduction of Jessica Heeringa on the night of April 26, 2013 from her place of employment, and the fruitless search for her and the kidnapper/s, has frayed nerves in this area.
Now the possibility of a second woman, almost identical in appearance, disappearing under equally suspicious circumstances leads many residents to fear a serial predator may be living among them.
Certainly, if that is true, abducting another victim doesn't bode well for the first...
Amy Depoy is 5' 8" tall with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was allegedly last seen by her son and reported missing by her mate.
Anyone who has information about Depoy's whereabouts, or that of Heeringa, is asked to call 911 or the Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME. Tips may also be phoned in to the Muskegon Police Department at 231-724-6750.

Friday, June 28, 2013

What really happened to Lauren Spierer?

The parents of missing person Lauren Spierer filed a lawsuit this week against the trio of young men who were last seen with their daughter on the day that she vanished: 

Robert and Charlene Spierer claim that the negligence of Corey Rossman, Mike Beth and Jay Rosenbaum -- who all lawyered up within hours of Spierer being reported as missing -- is what ultimately "resulted in her disappearance, death, or injury."

Attorneys representing the Spierers say a statute of limitations barring such a civil action was bound to kick in soon and, since the young woman still remains unaccounted for, they felt legally compelled to file suit for the wrongful acts of these former students.

All three defendants named in the suit had either admitted to being with a grossly inebriated Spierer the day she vanished without a trace, or were witnessed by others as being in her company in the hours before she went missing.

Many fellow revelers that evening had observed Spierer -- bruised from repeatedly falling down and practically incoherent -- being escorted and even carried at times by her three male comrades. 

However, all the men insist that Spierer somehow made a full recovery later on, then left their apartment for her own, barefoot, at around four in the morning. After which, they say they don't know what may have happened to her.

One of the youths in fact has alleged amnesia: He was punched in the face earlier that fateful night by an interceder who apparently hoped to convince him, through physical force, to take the visibly incapacitated woman safely back to her home so she could sleep it off.

He declined to do so, unfortunately, and Lauren Spierer continued to party with Rossman, Beth, and Rosenbaum for several more hours.

The Spierers insist none of those key players have ever been 100 percent forthright about the predawn events which led up to their daughter's disappearance, and they now firmly believe she never left the youths' apartment at all.
Original story published on the 2-year anniversary of Spierer's disappearance:

For Lauren Spierer, today, June 3rd 2013, marks two full years and 3,060 deadend tips since she disappeared without a trace from Bloomington Indiana, after a calamitous night of booze and drugs and carousing.
Some people theorize that this now-famous missing person was murdered and her body dumped someplace.
Others believe the petite young blonde was abducted while staggering  home to her nearby apartment.
They're the ones holding out hope that she may still be alive today, albeit living a desperate existence as somebody's hostage and sex slave.
After all, things like that have been known to happen from time to time, as Ariel Castro and his Cleveland kidnappings of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus prove.
But I don't think such a fate befell young Lauren Spierer.
She wasn't as lucky...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Jessica Heeringa Kidnapping - Updates

UPDATED May 8th: Amid grandstanding and blame-gaming in the Jessica Heeringa kidnapping investigation, the window of opportunity for Michigan authorities to find the 25-year-old mother of one alive is swiftly and sadly closing. 

Statistically speaking, those odds grow bleaker once 72 hours have passed.

Nearly two weeks has in fact lapsed since she vanished from her job at an ExxonMobil mart, and still there's no clue as to the petite young woman's whereabouts, nor the identity of the person or persons who allegedly abducted her just as she was closing the gas station for the night.

This, despite the fact that police where *on the case* within minutes of her kidnapping...
In the meantime, the many hundreds of tips they say they've been fielding and following are also proving useless, as all the prime suspects -- many already registered sex offenders -- are interviewed and then ultimately released, having established airtight alibis for the night of April 26th when Heeringa vanished without a trace.

Choppers also scanned the nearby wooded park this week accompanied by search-and-rescue teams on the ground. They were prompted to do so by belated reports of gunfire in the hours immediately after Heeringa's abduction. But police announced by day two of this effort that there was nothing whatsoever to be found there.
Apparently a pair of glasses had further set that frantic search into motion as well, although the glasses too proved to be a red herring.

The biggest problem is that the Exxon station Jessica Heeringa worked at had no surveillance system in place. A surprising security deficit, considering their popularity these days, and one which continues to hinder the investigation considerably. 
However, those residents in the neighbourhood not actively boycotting the owner of that franchise location, are claiming cameras have recently been installed throughout the premises.

This follows a wave of retaliatory gasoline thefts during the week, presumably done in protest of the owner's insistence on only hiring "pretty, young females," his refusal to assign a second person to assist with late shifts and store closings, and his deliberate decison not to install any kind of security devices that would have served to safeguard vulnerable workers like Heeringa.

The place wasn't robbed of anything, of course, but a prized and underpaid employee.
As to the investigation into her puzzling disappearance, a substance found in the parking lot of the mini-mart has been identified by DNA labs as Heeringa's blood. Teams of K-9s, however, have found no scent leading from the property, which further confirms she was whisked away by somebody. Purportedly a muscular, 6-foot tall, 30-ish man in a silver minivan captured minutes later by cameras at various businesses along the way.

Who that party actually is, despite a police sketch circulating all over the country AND the internet is becoming murkier and murkier day by day, as eyewitness testimony also becomes more and more suspect.
Whether their tales are true, false, or gravely embellished, who knows for certain. Some people will invent stories in such high profile cases as the Heeringa case though, driven by a need to insert themselves and seem important.
It's also not uncommon at all for the actual perpetrator to do the same, solely to throw a wrench in the operation and investigators off his trail...
BOOKMARK:  Validated updates will be added here and/or the comment section.

Monday, March 25, 2013


What's Natalie Wood got to do with it?

Continuous coverage of the “Smiley Face Killers” investigation;
with breaking news, updates, photos, and brand new evidence.

DEAD IN THE WATER FEATURE ARTICLE – examining new proofs and a new ruling in the Natalie Wood “accidental drowning” investigation - autopsy analysis and comparison with the November 2012 disappearance and drowning death of 22-year-old Joshua Swalls from Indianapolis, Indiana  /  page 47
Wrongful Death, or Bloody Murder? – investigating the David Gerken disappearance and drowning behind the Buffalo Bills’ stadium in upstate New York mid November 2012  /  page 1
Drowning In Neglect – why it’s always “an accident” ‒ crime exposĂ© on the cozy relationship between the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County Coroner’s Office  /  page 7
Voices For the Dead (Interview #1): in depth Q&A with the family of Indianapolis drown victim Walton Matthew Ward, 23, who vanished in October 2012 during an altercation with a bar bouncer and was found dead 11 days later in the White River  /  page 13
BLOOD ALCOHOL: Smiley Strikes Again – close up examination of postmortem toxicology findings for Matt Ward – drowning while intoxicated…when hardly even drunk  /  page 25
Voices For the Dead (Interview #2): in depth Q&A with the family of Indianapolis drown victim Joshua Swalls, who mysteriously disappeared and drowned in November 2012…while sober  /  Page 33
SMILEY INTERNATIONAL: Seeping and Creeping ‒ new faces, new cases, new places  /  page 57
Is Keyes Key To the Gillis Disappearance? a missing youth, and his link to a dead serial killer  /  page 60
10 Tips For Eluding the Smiley Face Serial Killers ‒ complete survival guide + sample profiles  /  page 65
Odd Drownings & Drowning Odds:  calculating the statistical chances of dying in freshwater  /  page 71 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

DOUBLE THE MONEY: the search for Colin Gillis

UPDATE 4/29/13 - click/read/share: "MYSTERY AT TUPPER LAKE"

They may have abandoned the notion of ever finding their loved one alive again, but they've never forsaken him.
In fact the family of missing upstate New Yorker, Colin Gillis, is as determined as ever and have even increased the reward they're offering to $25,000, in hopes of bringing him home once and for all.
Gillis, 18 and a pre-med student at SUNY Brockport, was visiting his hometown in the Adirondacks during Spring Break in March of 2012.

He was last sighted leaving a party in Tupper Lake on foot, heading along highway 3 toward his parent's residence in nearby Piercefield a few miles away.

But he never made it.
The hunt for him throughout the following days and weeks was one of the most comprehensive ever launched for a missing person in this mountainous region of woodlands, waterways and swamps.
In all, thousands of acres and searchers were involved in the rescue effort, and even soldiers from the neighboring military base provided tactical support. Yet all that was ever found of the young man was one shoe and a driver's license...
Colin Gillis is described as a Caucasian male approximately six-feet tall and 180 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a black and white striped shirt, blue jeans and red sneakers, and was carrying (or wearing) a reversible black and red L.L. Bean jacket together with an orange and black day pack.

Anyone with any information at all as to what became of him is urged to contact the Ray Brook State Police headquarters at 518-897-2000, or the DEC dispatch at 518-897-1300.
NOTE: I will be covering this missing person case more extensively in the upcoming feature article titled  'Mystery At Tupper Lake" but in the interim you can read more details concerning the Gillis disappearance, as well as the reward terms, here, and by using this site's search box.

Saturday, February 23, 2013


UPDATE 3/21/13: Jacb Samusenko disappearance and drowning
"accidental" coroner says.  READ FULL NEWS STORY HERE 

UPDATE February 26, 2013: Still no leads in either the Samusenko or Shipowski disappearances, and now a third teenage male has gone missing from Pennsylvania. (More updates in the comment section.)
UPDATE February 27th 2013: CHRIS KING, 19, HAS BEEN FOUND - King vanished from Bensalem PA sometime in late afternoon on the 21st of February. A 2012 graduate of Neshaminy High School, he is believed to have been located safe in neighboring Philly.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 23, 2013: Police claim they have lots of "theories, but no new leads" in the Jacob Samusenko disappearance. And now a second Pennsylvania youth -- Kade Shipowski age 17 -- has also gone missing...read more in the comment section.

ALERT: Jacob Samusenko, 17 from Erie Pennsylvania, went missing from his neighborhood on the afternoon of January 29th 2013. He was last seen taking the garbage out dressed in athletic wear. His family believes he may have decided to go for a quick walk or  jog, but no one has seen or heard from him since.
An anonymous stranger is now aiding the Samusenko's search efforts by offering a $10,000 reward for the youth's return. Jake Samusenko is described as five-foot-five and 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Samusenko is a very responsible and mature young man and his long absence, especially without communication, is uncharacteristic. Erie police ask that anyone with information call them at 814-870-1120

Sunday, February 10, 2013


$10,000 Reward
After numerous fundraising events, the family of 24-year-old Nick Wilcox is able at last to offer a monetary reward for information that will lead to closure in his disappearance last month.
"Bad case, good case, I hope to bring him home," the young man's sister, Andrea Wilcox, vowed when she announced the $10,000 reward to reporters this week.
Wilcox was last seen alive on New Year's day when he was being physically removed by unnamed bouncers from a disreputable and now defunct downtown Milwaukee bar, the Irish Rec Room. No explanation was ever provided for why his forced removal was necessary.
Additionally, police who were stationed in squad cars just outside the establishment that night claimed they witnessed nothing. They also say they have "no leads" regarding the Wilcox disappearance and have stopped searching for him.
Over the past decade or more, Milwaukee has been the scene of many similar ejections of young men from riverside pubs, which far too often has led to weird nonrecreational drowning deaths. Apparently with that in mind, police divers had immediately searched an area in the Milwaukee river where the "ice appeared to be disturbed" but reported that Wilcox wasn't in it.
The city of Milwaukee is also notorious for mysterious dash cam malfunctions in police cruisers -- an unbelievable 80% fail rate has been reported by patrol officers. That means valuable video feed from the specific units poised outside the Irish Rec Room to make arrests the night Nick Wilcox was ousted by security will likely never be retrieved.
Dash-cam failure and police brutality are two issues the residents of Milwaukee have finally decided to confront head on in 2013 as they seek once and for all to take the hiring, firing, and disciplining of cops out of the hands of police.
If successful,  they'd be the first in the land to implement this significant legislative overhaul -- for two  plus centuries law enforcement agencies throughout the United States have policed themselves and exercised sole discretion over who will or will not be members of the force.
Milwaukee citizen activists are hoping their sweeping reform proposal, combined with the mandatory installation in all squad cars of reliable dashboard cameras, will usher in a new era of 100% police accountability and guarantee greater public safety in their neighborhoods as a result.
In the meantime, Wilcox's loved ones will continue canvassing the particular Milwaukee neigborhood where he was last known to be in, as well as handing out and hanging up new fliers with reward information.
Nick Wilcox is six-foot-two, between 180 and 200 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a grey shirt, dark pants and black shoes when he vanished. More details can be found at the Facebook page Find Nick Wilcox.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Police renew search for missing college student

The Search For Colin Gillis Is On Again

With hunting season about to go full speed, New York State Police and officers from the Department of Environmental Conservation in the Tupper Lake region have renewed their efforts to locate the now-19-year-old Colin Gillis, calling on hunters to assist them in finding articles of the young man's clothing, or worse, even his body.
Missing since March of 2012, Gillis was home for spring break and had attended a party with his friends on the evening of March 10th. He is said to have left that event alone on foot in the early morning hours of March 11th and was last sighted by a passing motorist walking along Route 3 in the direction of his family’s nearby Piercefield home.
He never made it there.
The eyewitness, a local newsman driving his elderly mother to her residence in the town of Tupper Lake, had promptly driven to the nearest police station to report that he’d observed a young man (who would later match Gillis’ description) apparently in “distress” and “flailing his arms” to oncoming traffic. Police said they immediately went to the area in question but, by the time they got there, the youth, presumed now to be Gillis, had already vanished.
In the days and weeks following his mysterious disappearance, numerous law enforcement agencies and nearly a 1000 community members searched over 2000 acres of Adirondack woodland as well as all the nearby waterways, but there was no sign of Gillis. There was also no indication anywhere of someone having fallen through the ice and drowning either, by now an established pattern of death in these strange disappearances of college-age men in the I-90 and I-94 corridor, since 1997.
Oddly enough, the only item belonging to Collin Gillis which was recovered in the massive ground and air rescue attempt was his driver's license, clearly indicating that he’d been asked for identification by whomever it was that had stopped him that darkened morning. It’s obvious too that Gillis did in fact produce a picture ID 'on the spot' for the yet unknown subject or subjects involved, because his license was found at the side of the very highway he’d last been observed walking on before he went missing.
Gillis was a pre-med student in his sophomore year at Brockport University and is described as 6’1” tall, 170 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was clothed in a black and white striped shirt, blue jeans and red sneakers, and was carrying (or wearing) a reversible black and red L.L. Bean jacket together with an orange and black day pack.
Foul play is strongly suspected in the Gillis disappearance and therefore the official inquiry into it remains active and the search status labeled as “continuous”. This means, in addition to an ongoing but sporadic investigation, exercises and drills are also being routinely conducted in and around the location the victim was last known to have been at between March 10th and March 11th, 2012.
“In the past, we’ve had hunters come across things that have helped us locate people,” DEC spokesperson David Winchell explained last week.

The Gillis family is also offering a substantial financial reward for their loved one’s return or for information about what may have happened to him. Although heartbroken and worried, they remain optimistic. “We are still hopeful and we await Colin's arrival every day," his brother Lyndon recently stated. 
With late autumn baring the trees and a wider range of visibility as a result, it is hoped that savvy outdoorsman may more easily spy something of interest as they prowl the woods for game this season.
Anybody who does come across such items, or who has any information at all concerning the Collin Gillis case, is asked to contact Ray Brook State Police headquarters at 518-897-2000, or the DEC dispatch at 518-897-1300. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Killing season upon us...once again

Summer is officially over, and yet that's when the dubious drownings start up again--all young men, all mysteriously disappearing, all matching a strikingly similar description--as has been the case now since 1997.

Add the Boston Architectural grad student Jonathon Dailey, 23, to the growing list of 2012's victims. He disappeared on October 2d and was found in the Charles River by a Boston University rowing coach on October 9th 2012.
Will the police insist his drowning too is "accidental" which has become the norm for them in regard to these peculiar deaths? Well, that might be kind of difficult this time since Dailey's body was discovered with a chain wrapped around it and anchored to a cinder block. But...

"It is far too early to make a determination as to manner of death, and reports indicating that the individual was the victim of a homicide are premature," said Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney.

Just a couple weeks before Jonathon Dailey went missing in Massachusetts, 18-year-old pre med student, Harsha Maddula, likewise disappeared after becoming separated from his friends sometime around midnight. An undergrad at Chicago's illustrious Northwestern University, Madulla's corpse was found by a local fisherman on September 27th, floating near a harbor in Wilmette, Illinois.

The cause of his death is still being determined and toxicology tests may take weeks to process as well. However, Wilmette police investigators have expressed their opinion anyway, despite not being in possession of all the facts yet. "There were no signs of foul play on the body," they said.

Also consistent with a troubling pattern in the drowning men phenomena, rescue divers had already thoroughly searched the area Maddula was ultimately found in. So perhaps it's time law enforcement officials just admit that DISAPPEARING AND DROWNING OFF SEASON is unto itself a sign of foul play, and then truly begin to give this perplexing matter their undivided attention.

Or else call in the FBI...again.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Help sought in suspicious drowning

The family of 23-year-old "drown" victim Gregory Hart believe he was murdered and they are appealing for the public's help in gathering information which will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his disappearance and subesequent drowning in Providence Rhode Island in March of 2010.
Greg Hart was at a downtown Providence pub celebrating a new job when he mysteriously became separated from his friends. His badly battered corpse was found a few days later on the banks of the Woonasquatucket River. His loved ones conducted the search for him because local authorities appeared to be unwilling to launch a timely search and rescue. The facts of this young man's death are covered in THE CASE OF THE DROWNING MEN.
Find photos and more at:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

MISSING PERSON: $10,000 Reward

One of law enforcement’s major arguments against the popular theory of a serial killer targeting college-age men for death-by-drowning in the northern corridor of the United States is that, not infrequently, two or more victims in different states go missing in the same timeframe, or even within only a few hours of each other.

In the spring of 2005, both Todd Geib and Josh Snell mysteriously disappeared in this manner, each phoning a cryptic SOS to their friends before their cellphones went dead, and each later found drowned in nearby bodies of water.

So too, victims Sylvester McCurry (of Wisconsin), Eric Peterson (of Minnesota) and Jon Lacina (of Iowa) all vanished in early 2010 between the 19th and 22nd of January, and likewise perished.

This, however, just doesn’t fit a serial killer’s motif, the experts adamantly insist—serial killers don’t target able-bodied young males, they don’t drown their victims, they don’t kill more than one at a time, and they don’t operate in groups, either. A group of killers being implied in this case for these alleged abductions to be occurring simultaneously over such a broad region…

In March of this year, 26-year-old Tom Hecht of Milwaukee Wisconsin and 18-year-old Colin Gillis of Upstate New York vanished on the same night. Both men somehow becoming separated from their friends in the wee small hours of morning, and both exhaustively searched for by their loved ones, volunteers from the community, and police agencies, in the days and weeks that followed.

Tom Hecht was ultimately discovered drowned, as fits a troubling pattern in hundreds of these cases, but Colin Gillis was never heard from again.

The pre-med student from Brockport University had briefly come home from college to visit for Spring Break. His family said that Gillis was in typically good spirits and especially looking forward to seeing some of his old high school friends at a large gathering planned for the evening of March 10th, 2012.

According to eyewitness reports, Gillis eventually left that party on foot early in the morning of March 11th,  and he was last seen shortly thereafter walking on State Route 3 between the villages of Tupper Lake and Piercefield, where his family resides.

It was, in fact, an area newspaper reporter who happened to be driving his mother home who last spotted the young man “walking against the traffic” and “flailing his arms” as if signaling for help. It was a frigid hour to be walking but, because the reporter’s mother was elderly, the man didn't feel it prudent to stop and offer Gillis any assistance. He did however, promptly drive to the nearest police station to file a report concerning the incident.

Police state they then immediately drove out to the area in question and searched for the individual themselves, but they say by the time they arrived there the young man was already gone. Massive efforts to find Gillis began on the very next day, and, in the frantic weeks and months following his bizarre disappearance, thousands of volunteers and professionals scoured thousands of square miles of land and water, in hopes of rescuing him.

State Police have since downgraded the official search for Colin Gillis to “Limited Continuous” and say they have not ruled out foul play in the matter. They urge anyone with information about this missing person to telephone them at 518-897-2000. Additionally, the Gillis family is offering $10,000 for his return. To view the specific terms of this reward and to find more updates visit http://www.facebook.com/colingillissearchupdates

Gillis  is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall and170 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a white shirt with black stripes, blue jeans and red sneakers.  It’s now been over four excruciating months since the Gillis family has seen their loved one.  Help find Colin Gillis, and bring the young man home.