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Remains of slain girls found, but 1968 murders remain unsolved

Reading Eagle | From left, Tom Stiver, brother of Sandra and husband of Martha; Elizabeth Stiver, mother of Sandra; and Hazel Stiver DeMoss, sister of Sandra, at the Berks County Coroner’s office in July 2014, when the remains of Sandra were given to them. Sandra, 14, and Martha, 17, was murdered in 1968 and lay in unmarked graves for 46 and 47 years, respectively .

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Charleston couple takes on unsolved WV mysteries for YouTube series – Charleston Gazette

Does anyone know who killed LaRoy Gorman? Thirty-five years ago, the banker was murdered coming out of a restaurant in Charleston. His killer was never found.

What really happened to Samuel Riser? Seven years ago, the 60-year-old Cabin Creek native vanished, and people haven’t stopped wondering.

“I guess it’s like they say,” Sean McCracken said. “Everybody loves a mystery.”

McCracken and his wife, Carrie, certainly do. Earlier this year, the pair started “Mysterious WV,” an unsolved-mysteries show on YouTube, where they revisit unsolved and cold cases from around the state, retell the stories and present whatever facts they can find.

“Ultimately, we hope to get some of these cases solved,” Carrie said.

Before there was “Mysterious WV,” it was just Sean and Carrie sitting down to watch public-access-style unsolved-mystery shows on YouTube.

There are plenty of them.

Amateur sleuths pick over old crimes, look for missed clues and string together theories about who done it.

“We fell into

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Abduction, murder of 17-year-old unsolved after 37 years

This week marked the 37th anniversary of the unsolved murder of a 17-year-old Washington, D.C., girl who was abducted and her body was found stabbed in the woods in Charles County.

On Nov. 13, 1980, at approximately 8:20 p.m., Deborah Ann Brooks was abducted while she was walking from her home in Northeast Washington, D.C., to a nearby drugstore. She was later murdered and her body was left in the woods in Charles County.

“It devastated the whole family, it was the first time we had anyone pass away in our family, for her [death] to be so drastic and harsh,” Deborah’s younger brother Paul Brooks said. “It was totally devastating to the family. It still effects us.”

Deborah, Paul and their older brother Frederick were raised by a single mother.

Frederick had recently joined the army and was away from home for about six months before Deborah’s death.

“Our family grew a lot closer

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Cold case revisited: TV show will feature Scottsbluff unsolved murder case

SCOTTSBLUFF — There is never a day that Dani Vesper, now in her 20s, doesn’t think of her father, Jason Vesper. Her father’s murder case still remains unsolved, almost ten years after someone stabbed and killed him.

On Jan. 2, 2008, Jason Vesper died just a half-block from his residence in the 1200 block of Avenue H. He had been stabbed multiple times and was found by his wife, Debbie, in his vehicle.

At the time of her father’s death, Dani Vesper was just 14 years old. Since then, she graduated high school. She graduated college. She moved, is now married and has a child. Her brother, Joshua, is also married and has two children.

“(My father’s case) is something that I think about every day,” she said. “It’s hard. People think that you move on but you can’t. You are missing a crucial part of your family, someone who is supposed to

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Gatto Murder: One of Over 1500 Unsolved in LA

Former California State Assemblymember Mike Gatto speaks to reporters at the November 2015 vigil honoring the 2nd anniversary of the murder of his father, Joseph, in his Silver Lake home. Pictured with Gatto is his sister Mariann holding a police composite of the only suspect in the case and cousins of the slain arts teacher, Sylvia Barham, of Glendale and Vita Cortese of Los Angeles. Photo: Allison B. Cohen.

SILVER LAKE—Four years later, the 2013 murder of Joseph Gatto remains unsolved.

Gatto, then 78, was killed in his Bright Lane home, near the Silver Lake Reservoir, November 12, 2013. Police say he died from a single gunshot to his abdomen and was found sitting at his desk on the second floor of his home.

According to Thomas Hargrove, who founded the non-profit

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Gatto Murder Case: One of Over 1500 Unsolved in LA

Former California State Assemblymember Mike Gatto speaks to reporters at the November 2015 vigil honoring the 2nd anniversary of the murder of his father, Joseph, in his Silver Lake home. Pictured with Gatto is his sister Mariann holding a police composite of the only suspect in the case and cousins of the slain arts teacher, Sylvia Barham, of Glendale and Vita Cortese of Los Angeles. Photo: Allison B. Cohen.

SILVER LAKE—Four years later, the 2013 murder of Joseph Gatto remains unsolved.

Gatto, then 78, was killed in his Bright Lane home, near the Silver Lake Reservoir, November 12, 2013. Police say he died from a single gunshot to his abdomen and was found sitting at his desk on the second floor of his home.

According to Thomas Hargrove, who founded the non-profit

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Cold case revisited: TV show will feature Scottsbluff unsolved murder case

In a Star-Herald file photo, Jason Vesper’s vehicle is shown on Jan. 2, 2008, where it landed in the yard of a neighbor. Vesper had left his home for a short time prior to him being found stabbed.

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wbir.com | Appalachian Unsolved: Digging for details about … – WBIR

Giving a name to the unknown dead is a tough job that the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System is working to achieve.

“When you start with a dead body it’s trying to piece back that to an individual, why they were here, truth is always stranger than fiction,” explained NamUs director Todd Matthews.

To solve many of the older cases in their system, their team is starting with bare bones.

“It’s a challenge because you can’t Google a filing cabinet, written documents get lost and old and kind of disappear,” said Matthews.

NaMus online database is a living file. Their team is always looking to update it with new details to improve chances of finding a match.

In some circumstances, this means field research. Matthews and his team are looking into two John Does in Cumberland County, and

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