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The Disappearance of Maura Murray: Everything You Need to Know About the Baffling Unsolved Case

In the months following Maura’s disappearance, Fred wrote to the New Hampshire governor’s office, pleading for his assistance in urging the State Police to accept help from the FBI. He said he never heard back and in the meantime had filed a Freedom of Information Act so that he could see what authorities were doing about his daughter’s case. He told the Daily Collegian in January 2005 that he would even hang out in local bars, hoping to overhear any snippet of info in case anyone was talking about Maura.

He enlisted a team of private investigators and they too had a falling out over disagreements about the way information was being shared, or not shared, but the PIs continued to work the case on their own.

Fred alleged that the police refused to properly investigate the possibility that Maura had been abducted. “There’s a bad guy on their turf in their backyard,”

Read more at: http://www.eonline.com/news/883921/the-disappearance-of-maura-murray-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-baffling-unsolved-case

Remains discovered in Nokesville identified as missing Fairfax County teen

The remains of a Fairfax County teen have been discovered and identified. 

On August 23, an autopsy was completed on the human remains which were located in an area near Nokesville Rd. and Fauquier Dr. in Nokesville on August 22. Based upon the investigation, detectives from the Prince William County Police Homicide Unit have identified the victim as Miguel Angel Ruiz Carrillo, 18, of Alexandria. Carrillo was previously reported as missing and endangered by Fairfax County Police on August 8.

On August 22, Prince William County Police and Fairfax County Police conducted a search in Nokesville based upon information received during the course of the investigation. After an extensive search, including the use of cadaver trained K-9’s, Carrillo’s body was recovered.

Prince William County Police say this incident was not random and appears to be gang related. Prince William County Police homicide detectives, with assistance from Fairfax County Police, are continuing to actively investigate Carrillo’s death.

Read more at: http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/articles/remains-discovered-in-nokesville-identified-as-missing-fairfax-county-teen/article_ccad453a-890c-11e7-9e03-7b20d763c424.html

Huntington Area "Cold Case" Murder Blistering Social Media; Just Dig They Ask

Samantha Burns was a Marsahall University student who was kidnapped and killed  in 2002 by Brandon Basham and Chadrick Fulks. Both are in federal  prison and facing the death penalty. There have been many searches for her body, including one in which Fulks was released in custody to take law enforcement to her burial site. She was not found. Searches were in West Virginia.

A spokeswoman for Community United Effort Search for Missing Persons said in 2009, the map did not match the area searched in or near Wayne County , WV.  

Burns’ family about three years ago on WSAZ asked for information on her whereabouts, so she could have a proper burial.

That’s what the video concerns. A man’s  new wife held a dark secret which allegedly began to  unravel when he went to dig  the foundation for a deck. 

After recounting his story to authorities, he posted a ‘live’ recording of

Read more at: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/150188

Serial 2.0: How the Up and Vanished podcast cracked a 2005 cold case

Ever since Sarah Koening ended her last recorded phone call with Adnan Syed two years ago, a flurry of podcasts have attempted to replicate the appeal and success of Serial. Few have matched its meteoric rise, and even fewer have accomplished what Koening was never able to do: solve a murder mystery.

That is until Payne Lindsey came along.

Lindsey hosts Up and Vanished, an investigative podcast about the missing case of Tara Grinstead, a 30-year-old beauty queen and high school teacher who disappeared from her Ocilla, Georgia, home in October 2005. Each week, listeners follow Lindsey as he scours through documents, retraces police steps, and earns the trust of locals in the small town of 3,414 people. As a result, the podcast has gained a strong following, garnering 33 million downloads to date and reaching as high as No. 2 on the iTunes charts. And just six months after

Read more at: http://ew.com/podcasts/2017/04/12/up-and-vanished-podcast-payne-lindsey/

Serial 2.0: How the Up and Vanished podcast helped crack a 2005 cold case

Ever since Sarah Koening ended her last recorded phone call with Adnan Syed two years ago, a flurry of podcasts have attempted to replicate the appeal and success of Serial. Few have matched its meteoric rise, and even fewer have accomplished what Koening was never able to do: solve a murder mystery.

That is until Payne Lindsey came along.

Lindsey hosts Up and Vanished, an investigative podcast about the missing case of Tara Grinstead, a 30-year-old beauty queen and high school teacher who disappeared from her Ocilla, Georgia, home in October 2005. Each week, listeners follow Lindsey as he scours through documents, retraces police steps, and earns the trust of locals in the small town of 3,414 people. As a result, the podcast has gained a strong following, garnering 33 million downloads to date and reaching as high as No. 2 on the iTunes charts. And just six months after

Read more at: http://ew.com/podcasts/2017/04/12/up-and-vanished-podcast-payne-lindsey/

How ‘Up and Vanished’ Podcast Helped Solve Cold Murder Case

Late last month, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation held a press conference in the courthouse in Ocilla, Georgia. The GBI had come down from Atlanta, some 168 miles away, to announce that they had arrested Ryan Alexander Duke for the murder of Tara Grinstead, who had disappeared without a trace 12 years earlier. As the crowd jostled for room in the packed courthouse, a pastor lead the group in a prayer, and then Agent J.T. Ricketson, a spokesperson for the GBI, took the microphone. He offered thoughts and prayers to Grinstead’s family, and recognized the community’s support during the long search. He then paused to thank the media for their help. “You guys have just been phenomenal in this whole endeavor,” he said. “Please know that you have had an impact, a significant role in this investigation and I am confident that today we have reached

Read more at: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/how-up-and-vanished-podcast-helped-solve-cold-murder-case-w472620

How ‘Up and Vanished’ Podcast Helped Solve Cold Murder Case …

Late last month, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation held a press conference in the courthouse in Ocilla, Georgia. The GBI had come down from Atlanta, some 168 miles away, to announce that they had arrested Ryan Alexander Duke for the murder of Tara Grinstead, who had disappeared without a trace 12 years earlier. As the crowd jostled for room in the packed courthouse, a pastor lead the group in a prayer, and then Agent J.T. Ricketson, a spokesperson for the GBI, took the microphone. He offered thoughts and prayers to Grinstead’s family, and recognized the community’s support during the long search. He then paused to thank the media for their help. “You guys have just been phenomenal in this whole endeavor,” he said. “Please know that you have had an impact, a significant role in this investigation and I am confident that today we have reached

Read more at: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/how-up-and-vanished-podcast-helped-solve-cold-murder-case-w472620

California man’s hobby is identifying missing people through his drawings – The Spokesman

Someone shot a teenager in the forehead and left her in a frigid cornfield in Caledonia, New York.

Her body was found Nov. 10, 1979. She had tan lines suggesting she was from a warmer climate. She wore a red and black windbreaker. Hooked inside a belt loop on her pants was a key chain with a locket that read, “He who holds the key can open my heart.” There wasn’t much for investigators to chase.

For 36 years, she was known as Caledonia Jane Doe or “Cali Doe.” She was buried in Dansville, a neighboring town in Livingston County. Her headstone read, “Lest we forget, unidentified girl.”

For 36 years, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department led a national search for not only the killer, but also for the identity of the girl in the cornfield.

In 2015, a guy recently laid off from his accounting job at Disney Studios in Burbank, California,

Read more at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/feb/05/california-mans-hobby-is-identifying-missing-peopl/

Long-lost father’s body identified after family searched for 36 years

 

A family’s 36-year search for their father finally came to end in 2016 after years of records, DNA samples, and advancements in technology significantly contributed to identifying the body of Joaquin Islas, according to Sacramento County.

The series of events started back in 1970 when Joaquin, 29, decided to become a migrant worker after leaving his wife and three children behind. One of Joaquin’s three sons, Hector, was 6 years old at the time.

In May of 1980, it was discovered a Southern Pacific Railroad Officer talked with Joaquin in North Highlands and recorded notes of their conversation. The notes would later become vital over 30 years later.

Two days after they spoke, Sacramento County says Joaquin was found dead near Antelope Road. There was no identification on his person, but other various things were found in his possession, including key clues such as a deck of cards

Read more at: http://www.abc10.com/news/local/long-lost-fathers-body-identified-after-family-searched-for-36-years/395919092

Long-lost father’s body identified after family searched for 36 years …

A family’s 36-year search for their father finally came to end in 2016 after years of records, DNA samples, and advancements in technology significantly contributed to identifying the body of Joaquin Islas, according to Sacramento County.

The series of events started back in 1970 when Joaquin, 29, decided to become a migrant worker after leaving his wife and three children behind. One of Joaquin’s three sons, Hector, was 6 years old at the time.

In May of 1980, it was discovered a Southern Pacific Railroad Officer talked with Joaquin in North Highlands and recorded notes of their conversation. The notes would later become vital over 30 years later.

Two days after they spoke, Sacramento County says Joaquin was found dead near

Read more at: http://www.abc10.com/news/local/long-lost-fathers-body-identified-after-family-searched-for-36-years/395919092