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How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases

Mary Roach meets C.S.I. in this “lively study that’s part whodunit, part sociological study…The result is eminently entertaining and will be devoured by armchair detectives” (Publishers Weekly).

Currently, upwards of forty thousand people in America are dead and unaccounted for. These murder, suicide, and accident victims, separated from their names, are being adopted by the bizarre online world of amateur sleuths. It’s DIY CSI, solving cold cases from the comfort of your living room…

In an “absorbing look at a very odd corner of our world” (The Seattle Times), The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases provides an entree into the gritty and tumultuous world of Sherlock Holmes–wannabes who race to beat out law enforcement—and one another—at matching missing persons with unidentified remains. These web sleuths pore over facial reconstructions (a sort of Facebook for the dead) and other online clues as they vie to solve cold cases and tally up personal scorecards of dead bodies.

There is “no better guide for navigating this multifaceted world than Deborah Halber’s book” (Psychology Today), and The Skeleton Crew probes the macabre underside of the Internet and how even the most ordinary citizen with a laptop and a knack for puzzles can reinvent herself as a web sleuth. “Engaging and artful” (Los Angeles Times Review of Books), this witty and insightful look at the fleeting nature of identity is “brilliant” (The Wall Street Journal).

Search continues for missing person – The Inter

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PHILIPPI — Officials in Barbour County continue to search for a missing man.

Chief Deputy B.M. Carpenter, of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, confirmed that a search has been ongoing since Tuesday morning for Michael Anthony Johnson.

Johnson was allegedly last seen around 6 p.m. Aug. 10 in the area of Philippi. The 5-foot, 9-inch tall, 150-pound African-American man was last seen wearing dark jeans, dark flannel, brown boots and a baseball cap, according to information provided by police.

Johnson has black hair, brown eyes and a ponytail.

Carpenter said crews have conducted an area search in addition to a water rescue search in the Arden Grade area.

He said crews plan to broaden their investigation as their search for Johnson continues.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Department, Philippi Volunteer Fire Department, Belington Volunteer Fire Department, Junior Volunteer Fire Department and Stonewood Volunteer Fire Department have assisted in the

Read more at: http://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2017/08/search-continues-for-missing-person/

Suspect sought in robbery of second BB&T branch in Harford – The …

The BBT Bank branch in Abingdon was robbed Tuesday morning, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

It was the second bank robbery at a BBT Bank branch in Harford County in two days. On Monday, a Baltimore County man was arrested and charged after robbing the BBT branch in Churchville.

Around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, a man entered the bank in the 2100 block of Laurel Bush Road in Abingdon and handed a teller a note, according to a post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

In the note, the robbery implied he had a weapon and demanded money from the teller, according to the sheriff’s office. The robber ran out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Suspect sought in robbery of second BB&T branch in Harford

The BBT Bank branch in Abingdon was robbed Tuesday morning, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

It was the second bank robbery at a BBT Bank branch in Harford County in two days. On Monday, a Baltimore County man was arrested and charged after robbing the BBT branch in Churchville.

Around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, a man entered the bank in the 2100 block of Laurel Bush Road in Abingdon and handed a teller a note, according to a post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

In the note, the robbery implied he had a weapon and demanded money from the teller, according to the sheriff’s office. The robber ran out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Follow the Bitcoin to Find Victims of Human Trafficking

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – A team of university researchers has devised the first automated techniques to identify ads potentially tied to human trafficking rings and link them to public information from Bitcoin – the primary payment method for online sex ads.

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This is the first step toward developing a suite of freely available tools to help police and nonprofit institutions identify victims of sexual exploitation, explained the computer scientists from the New York University Tandon School of Engineering; University of California, Berkeley; and University of California, San Diego.

Human trafficking is a widespread social problem, with an estimated 4.5 million people forced into sexual exploitation, according to the International Labor Organization. In 2016, the National Center for Missing

Read more at: http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Follow-the-Bitcoin-to-Find-Victims-of-Human-Trafficking-1002262367

Let’s See If We Can ID This Car From A Hit And Run

A car involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Cheektowaga, New York escaped, leaving only blurry video, a small plastic part, and frustrated police. If there’s any group of dorky gearheads that can help, it’s this group, so let’s see what we can do.

The hit-and-run tragically resulted in the death of 55-year-old Robert Prigl. The car is only known as being “grayish” and likely has some front-end damage.

These pictures are pretty awful; it seems to be a full-sized sedan, and the tail/marker lights appear fairly high-set.

The lost plastic part is much more clear:

The texture of the curved parts of the piece seem like something external and visible, but it’s quite difficult to say for sure. It’s small, just about 3/4″ long.

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Anyone with any ideas as to what kind

Read more at: http://jalopnik.com/lets-see-if-we-can-id-this-car-from-a-hit-and-run-1797914413

Still No Sign Of Stony Point Girl Missing For 10 Days

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. – Law enforcement agencies in Rockland County continue their search for a missing teenage girl.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Chidlren has issued an alert for 16-year-old Kacie Downey, who was reported

missing

from Stony Point on Monday, Aug. 7.

Downey is described as 5-foot-5 white female with light brown/blonde hair and brown eyes, weighing approximately 120 pounds. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has released two photos of the teenager.

Anyone with information regarding Downey’s whereabouts have been asked to contact the Stony Point Police Department by calling (845) 768-2422 or The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678. Leads can also be emailed to missingpersons@dcjs.ny.gov. The information can be

Read more at: http://northrockland.dailyvoice.com/news/still-no-sign-of-stony-point-girl-missing-for-10-days/719260/

Arrested Development Season 5 Potential Release Date, Cast Updates, Plot Details, News, And More

In 2013, Arrested Development brought a wealth of on-screen talent and bankable promotions and publicity for Netflix. Now fully immersed in the original programing game, Netflix is expanding its ever-growing library at an extraordinary rate. 

The streaming giant no longer needs the Bluths. Now the real question is whether the series is capable of returning to a similar format that initially captured its cult audience all those years ago on Fox. 

Here’s what we know about Arrested Development season 5…

Arrested Development Season 5 Latest News 

Talking with Rotten Tomatoes, Jason Bateman said that season five will be a return to the Fox format:

“I’ve read the first three scripts, and it all continues to be either all together or paired off in twos and threes, basically the same format as the Fox episodes, so that’s all back on.”

“It is pretty much a direct pick-up from where we left off in season 4, so I

Read more at: http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/arrested-development/238139/arrested-development-season-5-potential-release-date-cast-updates-plot-details-news-and-more

Law enforcement still searching for missing Philippi man

PHILIPPI — Barbour County law enforcement personnel are still searching for a Philippi man in relation to a missing person case.

Michael Anthony Johnson, 54, has been missing since last Thursday when he was last seen at about 8:30 p.m. in Philippi, according to Barbour County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Brett Carpenter. Jackson is a black male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and weighs approximately 155 pounds.

Jackson was last seen wearing a long sleeved, possibly dark flannel shirt with a T-shirt underneath, dark jeans and a baseball cap.

Carpenter said law enforcement began the search around his home and surrounding areas. The family has a camp near the Tygart Valley River, so authorities searched the river near Arden for about seven hours on Tuesday.

“We took dogs down to ensure there wasn’t a body in the river,” he said. “We are going to broaden the search and see what we can find out.”

Nothing was

Read more at: https://www.theet.com/news/free/law-enforcement-still-searching-for-missing-philippi-man/article_74a3e7a0-5cd3-59dd-b7c2-9f0a4283ebeb.html

A FORMER LARUE COUNT, KENTUCKY HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL HAS PLEAD GUILTY TO CHILD …

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Attorney General’s task force investigation leads to the arrest of a Kuna man accused of a sex crime

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced an arrest from investigators with his Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit.

23-year-old Joseph M. Law of Kuna was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Ada County Jail. Law is charged with one felony count of sexual exploitation of a child.

The investigation started after the ICAC Unit received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, Boise Police Department and Ada County Sheriff’s Office assisted the ICAC Unit.

Anyone with information regarding the exploitation of children is encouraged to contact local police, the Attorney General’s ICAC Unit at (208) 334-4527 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

The Attorney General’s ICAC Unit works with the IdahoICAC Task Force, a coalition of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, to investigate and prosecute individuals who use the internet to criminally exploit children.

Read more at: http://www.kivitv.com/news/attorney-generals-task-force-investigation-leads-to-the-arrest-of-a-kuna-man-accused-of-a-sex-crime