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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).

Statewide sex-trafficking ring operating in Fort Worth shut down with eight arrests

Some of the girls were recruited on Facebook and Instagram.

The seven girls and women ranged in age from 16 to 36. Their pimps charged $100 for a half-hour of sex, according to federal court records.

The pimps provided condoms, lubricants, rooms and cellphones, and used threats, violence, sexual assault and intimidation to control the victims, court records state. In one incident, a pimp punched a girl and forced her to remove her clothing while threatening to shoot another girl, federal agents said.

And Room 222 at a Super 8 motel in Fort Worth was a favorite spot in what federal agents called a statewide sex-trafficking operation that included young teens.

But federal officials said Tuesday that the operation has been shut down with the arrest of eight men, three of them brothers.

Each suspect faces a federal charge of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. If convicted, they face a maximum of life in

Read more at: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article179323426.html

YCSO searches for 3 runaway teenage girls

Three girls, ages 14, 15 and 17, left the Dewey campus of Mingus Mountain Girls Academy on Sunday, Oct. 15, and haven’t been located, Yavapai County Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.

The facility is a residential treatment center for emotionally and behaviorally at-risk adolescent girls.

Academy staff spotted the three runaways on the Mortimer Farm property at the junctions of highways 69 and 169 about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, D’Evelyn said, but they eluded the staff members.

“It is possible a boyfriend of one of the runaways intended to pick up the group in the Phoenix area, so they may have headed that direction,” D’Evelyn said.

The runaways are:

• Amber Bryant-Williams, 14. She’s African-American, with black hair and brown eyes. She is about 5-feet, 8-inches tall, weighs 120 pounds, and has a pierced nose. She was last seen wearing dark leggings and a denim jacket.

• Kristen Rempp is 17. She’s white, with blonde hair

Read more at: http://www.pvtrib.com/news/2017/oct/16/ycso-searches-3-runaway-teenage-girls/

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Installs State-of-the-Art Newborn Safety System

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 4:29 pm

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Installs State-of-the-Art Newborn Safety System


Read more at: http://www.highlandnews.net/news/top_stories/arrowhead-regional-medical-center-installs-state-of-the-art-newborn/article_f8fb08a6-b392-11e7-a89f-0fe20cea88f5.html

‘Dish It Out’ to raise funds for NCMEC

Local chefs will go head to head in a cooking competition to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Buffalo office, according to NCMEC.

The event, “Dish It Out,” is being held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road in Depew, and is one of the organization’s two main fundraisers.

Monies raised from the event will stay local and go toward supporting critical abduction-prevention education services for parents, children, law enforcement and other professionals, as well as internet safety education and case assistance to families and law enforcement on missing children’s cases, according to David Capretto, chairman of the event with his wife, Stacey.

“Dish It Out” will include a variety of auctions with items that include spa services, jewelry and four tickets to see a New York Yankees game, including on-field passes during batting practice, and a $250 Visa gift card. Bidders

Read more at: http://www.kentonbee.com/news/2017-10-18/Local_News/Dish_It_Out_to_raise_funds_for_NCMEC.html

Ex-husband arrested, but body still missing of woman last seen in Ontario – KABC

It started out as a missing person’s case in San Diego.

Former Army officer Julia Jacobson had disappeared along with her wheaten terrier Boogie.

But as the San Diego Police Department investigated, evidence soon led them to the Inland Empire.

Jacobson’s last known whereabouts were traced to Ontario, when her debit card was used at a convenience store on Sept. 2.

After that, everything in her name – credit cards, phone – went dark.

Her car, a white Chevrolet Equinox, was ditched in San Diego near her home.

Detectives did a forensic analysis on the car.

“We did find evidence that Julia was not missing by choice – that she had been murdered,” said Ontario detective Melissa Ramirez.

That’s when detectives started looking at the victim’s ex-husband, Dalen Ware.

“There’s been a lot of emotional abuse, a lot of physical abuse,” said Julia’s brother Jon.

There also was an indication there were still in frequent contact, with dozens of threats

Read more at: http://abc7.com/ex-husband-arrested-as-womans-body-still-missing/2545041/

Missing person from F Highway in Taney Co

Taney Co., MO — (10/17/17) Taney County authorities have issued a missing person advisory for 21-year-old Brianna Nicole Jensen. She is described as a white female, 5’ 4”, 140 lbs, and has long blonde hair. She was last seen around 2 AM by a roomate at 243 State Highway F Lot#4. Authorities say she was texting her father on Oct. 17, 2017 and her roommate was unaware she had left the camper. No contact has been made with Brianna since that time. She also goes by the name of “Bri.”

If contact is made with Brianna please contact the Taney County Sheriffs Office at 417-546- 7250.

There were no signs of foul play at the scene. We believe she possibly left on foot.

Read more at: http://www.fox5krbk.com/story/36620077/missing-person-from-f-highway-in-taney-co

Singer/songwriter Nora Payne, missing for 2 weeks, last seen at O’Hare – Chicago Sun

The brother of singer/songwriter Nora Payne, who has worked with such superstars as Michael Jackson, Brandy, Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez, says his sister has been missing for two weeks and was last seen at O’Hare Airport.

On Oct. 2, Julian Payne posted on Facebook: “Saddens me to post this. I’ll be short … if anyone sees my sister Nora Payne please reach out to us. We just want to make sure she is safe. We have not been able to locate her once her travel day last Thursday. We think she may be in Los Angeles Maryland or NY.”

The next day, he posted: “Instagram and Facebook family and browsers, we pass people everyday but she’s special to me…my only sister.” He wrote that on Sept. 27, she flew on an American Airlines flight with a layover at Midway Airport.

But on Oct. 4,

Read more at: https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/singersongwriter-nora-payne-missing-for-2-weeks-last-seen-at-ohare/

TEXAS DIGEST: A third of Rockport might not be rebuilt – Austin American

Federal authorities have arrested eight men in North Texas on charges they sold women, including at least three juveniles, to have sex with men who had responded to online advertising.

Read more at: http://www.statesman.com/news/state--regional/texas-digest-third-rockport-might-not-rebuilt/PhYHF04wUJ8yVHPNgRZsPL/

He deserted, changed his name and hid for 40 years. It just caught up with him, police say

It was July 6, 1977, and Jeffrey Michels hadn’t reported for duty at Minot Air Force Base, a remote military installation in northwest North Dakota near the Canadian border.

The base is known for its harsh, long winters and its impressive collection of nuclear missile silos. But instead of reporting for duty at the outpost, Michels disappeared — and wasn’t seen again for four decades, according to National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

That’s because Michels had deserted, police say. He assumed the name Jeffrey Lantz, got married, had kids and started a construction business in Florida. When he was arrested in Sanford, Fla. on Oct. 12 by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, he was charged with military desertion and was handed over to the U.S. Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations, according to an arrest report filed last week.

How was he found? The Air Force hasn’t responded to a request for

Read more at: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article179376586.html