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FBI: Bones from suspect’s yard not Bobby Joe Fritz

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In 1983, a small village south of Fond du Lac, Wis., found itself in hurried search for a missing boy. Authorities’ searches came up fruitless and the case remains open today.
Joshua Clark | USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

SHEBOYGAN – The FBI has determined that several small bone fragments dug up 27 years ago from the yard of a man who has since died in prison were not those of Bobby Joe Fritz, who vanished

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After 19 Years, Family Still Searching For Some Answers – thejournal

“He had a sense of humor that wouldn’t quit,” his grandmother said, “a grin that would light up a room.  He loved to hunt and he loved to fish.  He loved to drive that truck in the mud and he loved his dog.”

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Hope, despair for families of missing kids

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In 1983, a small village south of Fond du Lac found itself in a hurried search for a missing boy. Authorities’ efforts came up empty and the case remains open today.
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

They came from big cities and small towns. They ranged from toddlers to teenagers, and their family circumstances and upbringings varied widely.

They are Wisconsin’s lost children — missing, endangered and the subject of painful memories for loved ones.

Some were taken by strangers. Others were likely victimized by someone they knew. A few might have died accidentally.

Some might still be

Read more at: http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/story/news/investigations/2017/03/16/hope-despair-families-missing-kids/97342220/

Hope, despair for families of missing kids

They came from big cities and small towns. They ranged from toddlers to teenagers, and their family circumstances and upbringings varied widely.

They are Wisconsin’s lost children — missing, endangered and the subject of painful memories for loved ones.

Some were taken by strangers. Others were likely victimized by someone they knew. A few might have died accidentally.

Some might still be alive.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System has identified 19 Wisconsin minors who disappeared and have never been found.

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A USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin examination reveals that the cases, which date as far

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Sunbury chief resurrects Barbara Miller cold case

SUNBURY — Sunbury Administrative Police Chief Tim Miller is resurrecting a nearly three-decade-old cold case and recruiting an old friend to join a team of Northumberland County officials in an attempt to find out what happened to Barbara Miller.

Barbara Miller was 30-years old when she vanished July 1, 1989 after being dropped off at a bar in Milton. When Tim Miller arrived in Sunbury in July as the new chief, he said he would be reviewing several unresolved cases, including that of Barbara Miller. The police chief and the victim are not related.

Tim Miller’s involvement comes about a year after a team of Northumberland County officials resolved to form an investigative alliance into Barbara Miller’s disappearance and death. She was declared dead by a Northumberland County judge in 2002.

District Attorney Tony Matulewicz, Coroner Jim Kelley and

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Accused chapter 8: The aftermath

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Bob Young talks about his confession and life after Beth’s murder 37 years ago.
Amanda Rossmann and Amber Hunt

A lot has changed since Beth was killed in 1978.

Her boyfriend Bob Young has a daughter of his own. Beth’s friends can’t talk about her death without breaking immediately into tears. Her family’s view on Young’s guilt has evolved.

But a few key things haven’t budged. And they could make all the difference in this case.

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Mom’s trial for ’91 killing highlights cold case challenges

NEW BRUNSWICK – An anonymous tip that went nowhere and a 25-year-old blanket could be responsible for solving one of New Jersey’s most enduring murder mysteries — was 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey killed by his own mother?

Jury selection is scheduled this week for the murder trial of Michelle Lodzinski, whom authorities have portrayed as a struggling single mom who blamed her son for a pair of failed romantic relationships. A conviction would provide a measure of vindication for generations of investigators who never bought Lodzinski’s claim that Timothy was abducted from a carnival in May 1991.

In an age when countless true-crime shows depict suspects routinely tripped up by DNA extracted from a microscopic fiber or bead

Read more at: http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/2016/02/15/coldcase-jersey-child/80419550/

Mom’s trial for ’91 NJ killing highlights cold case challenges

NEW BRUNSWICK — An anonymous tip that went nowhere and a 25-year-old blanket could be responsible for solving one of New Jersey’s most enduring murder mysteries — was 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey killed by his own mother?

Jury selection is scheduled this week for the murder trial of Michelle Lodzinski, whom authorities have portrayed as a struggling single mom who blamed her son for a pair of failed romantic relationships. A conviction would provide a measure of vindication for generations of investigators who never bought Lodzinski’s claim that Timothy was abducted from a carnival in May 1991.

In an age when countless true-crime shows depict suspects routinely tripped up by DNA extracted from a microscopic fiber or bead of sweat, the case against Lodzinski — with no DNA evidence and no eyewitnesses — will focus attention on the challenges inherent in prosecuting and gaining convictions for long-ago crimes.

“I have seen cold cases with

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Where is Asha?

For 16 years, people throughout Cleveland County and across the nation have been asking, “Where is Asha?” In the early morning hours of Feb. 14, 2000, 9-year-old Asha Degree apparently left her family home on Oakcrest Drive near Fallston. She walked from the home onto N.C. 18 and was never seen again. The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has kept the investigation into Asha’s disappearance open, and her family works tirelessly to make sure people don’t forget the tragedy that struck their family 16 years ago.

For 16 years, people throughout Cleveland County and across the nation have been asking, “Where is Asha?”

In the early morning hours of Feb. 14, 2000, 9-year-old Asha Degree apparently left her family home on Oakcrest Drive near Fallston. She walked from the home onto N.C. 18 and was never seen again.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has kept

Read more at: http://www.shelbystar.com/news/20160213/where-is-asha