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VANISHED: Recent TN law could breathe new life into old missing persons cases

MEMPHIS, Tenn — Where is Ricarda Tillman-Locket? The young wife and mother disappeared 11 years ago leaving her family, a community and police searching for the answer to that question.

However, WREG has uncovered details about a tool that is open to both the public and law enforcement that could help solve cases like Locket’s, except we learned it hardly being used.

A new Tennessee law could change that, and possibly lead to closure for families with missing loved ones.

Across the country there are some 85,000 active missing person cases.

Richenda Pritchard’s niece, Richarda Tillman-Lockett, was reported missing Feb. 19, 2007.

“You don’t know what happened to them…you don’t know where they are. You don’t know if they’re alive. You don’t know if they’re dead,” said Lieutenant Cindy Capps of the Memphis Police Department.

Tillman-Lockett reportedly left work but never picked up her young

Read more at: http://wreg.com/2018/02/19/vanished-recent-tn-law-could-breathe-new-life-into-old-missing-persons-cases/

Baton Rouge’s most infamous true crime cases through the decades

From Making a Murderer episodes on Netflix to creepy podcasts on our phones, true crime has gripped us. When you’re reading about Bundy or Dahmer or Holmes, it’s easy to feel that the crimes are distant and removed from reality.

But behind every story is a city and its residents who were rocked by the case. Baton Rouge is no different: Comb through articles, documentaries and news reports, and you’ll find the lives forever affected by historic crimes right here at home.



In the construction of the Louisiana State Capitol, then-Governor Huey Long was adamant that it should be filled with marble. Italian Levanto marble in the Memorial Hall, jade-colored marble from Vermont, floors made of Mount Vesuvius lava.

Ultimately, one of those slabs would be the place the bullet landed when he was shot on the evening of Sept.

Read more at: https://www.225batonrouge.com/our-city/baton-rouges-infamous-true-crime-cases-decades

Statewide training to law enforcement, prosecutors on Child Exploitation Cases

Attorney General Andy Beshear and the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board today announced three statewide trainings focused on investigating and prosecuting child exploitation cases.

The two-day upcoming trainings, one in Gilbertsville, Louisville and Prestonsburg, are for law enforcement and prosecutors on “going beyond a child’s word and seeking evidence to corroborate a child’s statement.”

“One of my top priorities is to protect Kentucky families, especially our children, from abuse and exploitation,” Beshear said. “These free, statewide trainings will support our police and local prosecutors in their day-to-day work to protect our children and make our neighborhoods and homes a safer place.”

The Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, which the AG’s Office of Child Abuse

Read more at: http://wmky.org/post/statewide-training-law-enforcement-prosecutors-child-exploitation-cases

Attorneys for two men claiming innocence present their cases to Va. Supreme Court

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Virginia justices to consider exoneration pleas in two decades-old cases





Read more at: http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/virginia-justices-to-consider-exoneration-pleas-in-two-decades-old/article_93e0dc6c-f414-11e7-97f7-eb3ad97b980c.html

In These States, Missing Persons Cases Are Piling Up


Have you ever wondered which states have the most missing people? Huffington Post provided data on that topic as the result of a study. Here we’ll highlight the 15 states with the dubious distinction of having most open missing persons cases per 100,000 people.

1. Alaska

Alaska-Missing-Michael-Lemaitre He disappeared in the middle of the race.| Daniel Petty via Twitter

  • More than 10 missing persons per 100,000 people
  • A runner vanished into thin air during the Mount Marathon race in 2012.

 Maybe it’s because the state of Alaska holds such a vast amount of wilderness, but it has a rate of missing persons almost twice the national average. The state also holds the record of the highest percentage of missing people who are never found. There is even a section of the state Read more at: https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/in-these-states-missing-persons-cases-are-piling-up.html/?a=viewall

Gardaí appeal for assistance in two separate missing person cases …

Gardaí in Dublin are seeking the public’s assistance in two separate missing person cases. 

Shane Travers, 38, was last seen at St. James Hospital at 2pm on Monday, December 18. 

He’s described as 5’8″ in height, of medium build, with blue eyes and brown receding hair.

When last seen, he was wearing a black jacket, black cotton tracksuit bottoms and black runners.

Meanwhile, Jason Collins, 16, was last seen in the Blanchardstown Retail Park at around 1.45pm on Saturday, December 16. 

He is described as being 5’4″ with short brown hair and blue eyes and of slim build.

When last seen he was wearing a black Nike runners, grey tracksuit bottoms, black zip up top, white t-shirt and red hoodie under the zip up.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to contact Gardaí.

Read more at: https://www.shemazing.net/gardai-appeal-for-assistance-in-two-missing-person-cases/

Michigan cold cases: 16 kids we’re still searching for

MICHIGAN – The recent discovery of bones and teeth from three children in Montana raised suspicions that they could be the remains of three brothers who disappeared from southern Michigan in 2010. 

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton of Morenci were in their father John Skelton’s care when they were reported missing over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2010. They were 9, 7 and 5 at the time. A crew that was cleaning a property in Missoula, Mont. in September reportedly discovered bones and teeth in a box. The remains were examined and found to belong to three

Read more at: http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/michigan/michigan-cold-cases-16-kids-were-still-searching-for/499754380

Murder rates are down in Minneapolis — but so is the rate at which police are clearing the cases

Last year, 35 people were murdered in Minneapolis; 19 were murdered in St. Paul.

How many of those cases were solved? In St. Paul: 14, or about three quarters. The figure’s not so hot for Minneapolis: only 19, or about half, were officially solved. That’s according to FBI statistics compiled by the nonprofit Murder Accountability Project.

While St. Paul has maintained relatively steady numbers over the years for the rate of solved murders, officially known homicide clearance rates, the share of murders solved in Minneapolis is down. That mirrors a national trend: in 1965, 83 percent of U.S. murders were cleared. Last year, it was 56 percent.

That the murder clearance rate is down from the 1960s — before DNA testing, cell phone tracking and the internet — might come as a surprise.

“When you watch television, every murder gets solved by beautiful people standing in front of glittering TV monitors,” said Thomas

Read more at: https://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2017/12/murder-rates-are-down-minneapolis-so-rate-which-police-are-clearing-cases