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Experts say every second counts in missing children cases

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Every minute counts when it comes to searching for a missing child.

In 2016, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety says Amber Alerts were issued for 10 children in our state. Luckily, all of those children were found.

Experts say those types of success stories are thanks to the hard work, quick thinking, and collaboration between authorities and citizens.

According to ECU’s criminal justice chair, Dr. William Bloss, after 72 hours of searching, it is less likely authorities will find a missing child safe.

Bloss explains the Amber Alert system helps recover children quicker because the alerts create a collaboration between the public and authorities, where citizens can be on the lookout and give officials valuable information.

He also says that it is pretty standard for FBI agents to help in these investigations because authorities know they need

Read more at: http://www.witn.com/content/news/Experts-say-every-second-counts-in-missing-children-cases-460638693.html

Bringing cold cases to life

Two new podcast series telling the stories of missing people are pulling big audiences, but they also raise big questions. Mediawatch asks the makers: can they help solve the mysteries of the missing? Do they risk exploiting the sorrow of relatives?

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There are more than 400 people officially listed as missing in New Zealand at any given time, but few people stay missing for years and years. 

You might think anything worth knowing about those cases has already been fully investigated by police and aired by the media.  

Not necessarily. 

RNZ’s podcast series The Lost looks into five people who are still missing. Episode Two looked at the disappearance of Te Puke mother Judith Yorke, who was last seen at a party 25 years ago when she was 25 years old.

Producer and presenter Paloma Migone discovered police considered Judith Yorke’s former boyfriend, Aaron Komene, their main suspect but never said so publicly. And the police

Read more at: https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/mediawatch/audio/2018622729/bringing-cold-cases-to-life

Jackson Police talk about they respond to missing persons cases

Shelby Isaac was found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting and killing E.J. Tate, his girlfriend Edwina Thomas, and their unborn child in January 2016. 

Read more at: http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/36875823/jackson-police-talk-about-they-respond-to-missing-persons-cases

Under scrutiny: Bite mark testimony in death row cases


Jackson resident Cedric Willis discusses his life since being released from prison after serving 12 years for a crime he didn’t commit. DNA evidence exonerated Willis 10 years ago.
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Decades after controversial bite mark testimony by then-forensic dentist Michael West helped send many defendants to death row, courts in the state are still wrestling with what action to take in the cases of those convicted.

Bite mark forensic dentistry has been discredited over the years, and even West has testified that DNA evidence should be used instead of bite mark evidence.

Last month, the Mississippi Supreme Court ordered a new trial for a former death row inmate convicted in part because of West’s testimony and the

Read more at: http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2017/11/10/death-row-cases-bite-mark-testimony-under-scrutiny/839634001/

New fingerprint technology is helping FBI identify bodies from cases as old as 1970

Just after Thanksgiving Day in 1983, James Downey dropped off his older brother, John, at a Houston bus station, then quickly turned away so neither the police nor a motorcycle gang affiliated with his brother could later demand details about where the bus was headed.

Representational image. Pixabay.

Representational image. Pixabay.

For 34 years, he didn’t hear a word about him. Then this spring Downey received a heart-breaking call, one that more than 200 families across the country have gotten in the last few months since the FBI began using new fingerprint technology to resolve identity cases dating back to the 1970s.

Authorities reported that the remains of a man found beaten to death decades ago along a brushy path in Des Moines, 800 miles away, had been identified as his brother.

“We always figured something had happened to him,” James Downey said from his home in

Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/new-fingerprint-technology-is-helping-fbi-identify-bodies-from-cases-as-old-as-1970s-4187179.html

Jacksonville detectives honored for helping crack 2 notorious cold cases

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives who helped crack two of the city’s most notorious unsolved cases were honored at a ceremony Thursday morning . 

Detectives Margo Rhatigan and Glenn Warkentien worked on both cold cases: The 1974 murder of Grand Park food store owner Freddie Farah and the 1998 kidnapping of hours-old newborn Kamiyah Mobley.

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Glynn County highlights missing persons, ‘cold’ homicide cases

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – During a visit by the Community United Effort’s Center for Missing Persons to the Glynn County Police Department this week, local officials highlighted a case of a brother and sister missing for 28 years and four unsolved homicide cases.

Michael  Monica Bennett

Age progression photos of Michael and Monica Bennett show how they might look today.

June 21, 1989: Siblings Michael and Monica Bennett were reported missing and have never been located. Their father, Robert George Jr, said

Read more at: https://www.news4jax.com/news/georgia/glynn-county-missing-persons-unsolved-homicide-cases-highlighted

Several states searching out flawed FBI hair, fiber cases; Wisconsin …

A joint project by the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the New York-based Innocence Project and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is re-examining FBI analysts’ testimony and findings in thousands of cases involving microscopic hair analysis. The FBI has acknowledged most of its analysts overstated the reliability of the technique more than 90 percent of the time. This is what hair looks like under a microscope.

Read more at: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/several-states-searching-out-flawed-fbi-hair-fiber-cases-wisconsin/article_ef4d5081-89af-5141-be0c-9f5459499072.html