Monthly Archives: June 2015

Cold case investigators behind Philly’s Vidocq Society are in high demand

Once a month, for the last 25 years, criminal investigators and forensics experts have been meeting for lunch behind closed doors in Philadelphia to discuss some of the nation’s most heinous crimes.

But what might appear a shadowy cabal to the casual viewer is actually a volunteer collection of crimefighters donating their time and expertise to help smaller police departments investigate unsolved crimes.

It’s called the Vidocq Society.

 ‘We just give our opinion’

For decades, police in Phoenix couldn’t figure out who stabbed two women and left their bodies near the Arizona Canal in the early 1990s.

Running out of leads, they eventually hit a wall in the investigation.

So last year, two Phoenix investigators flew to Philadelphia to seek out the expert advice of the Vidocq Society’s current and retired criminal investigators.

The two investigators left with one strong kernel of advice from Vidocq members — they had probably already come

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Missing sisters, 9 and 15, last seen in west Oak Cliff are found safe …

Janiah Reyna, 9, and her sister Jessica Oradz, 15, were last seen on foot around 7 a.m. Friday in the 4400 block of Brandon Street, near South Cockrell Hill Road in west Oak Cliff.

Janiah is described as a Hispanic girl who is 4-11 and about 80 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police described Jessica as a runaway; no detailed description of her was available.

Anyone with information about the girls’ whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Dallas police at 214-671-4268.

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Police arrest two for guitar theft

by: Martina Del Bonta
Updated: Jun 10, 2015 – 4:39 PM


TULSA, Okla. – Quick Facts:

  • Martin guitar stolen from Firey Brother Music store
  • Value of guitar estimated at $1,500
  • Store owners turned to social media to help find the suspects
  • Two people arrested 

Police arrested two people for the theft of a guitar after a Tulsa music store turned the tables with social media.

FOX23 learned someone walked out of Firey Brother Music with a $1,500 guitar. The theives were

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A path of her own: Beaver native goes from young mom to forensic criminologist

BEAVER — When Laura Pettler was 17, it would have been easy for someone who didn’t really know her to assume that she didn’t have much of a future ahead of her, that she would be another statistic.

As a teenage mother who struggled to graduate from Beaver Area High School, self-determination kicked in. A lifelong interest in serving her community, along with a love of mysteries and detective work, began to shape her path.


Pettler grew up on Fourth Street in Beaver. Surrounded by family, friends and neighbors, Pettler said she had a wonderful childhood. She remains close to some of her elementary school friends. She loved music and played in musical theater, including a production of Annie Get Your Gun at the Brodhead Cultural Center. She also participated in academic games and Girl Scouts.

Another interest was piqued during her younger years: crime.

Pettler grew

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