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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lyon Sisters - 1975 Cold Case - Person of Interest Named in Maryland Kidnappings

The Montgomery County, Police Department-Cold Case Squad and FBI Agents in the Baltimore Division have named a person of interest in the disappearance of sisters, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, from a popular suburban Washington D.C. shopping center in 1975.

Sheila and Katherine Lyons were last seen just after 2:00 p.m., walking between Wheaton Plaza and their home, only half a mile away. Their mother told them to be home by 4:00 that afternoon, but they never returned. They disappeared without a trace, and have not been heard from since.

Investigators say Lloyd Lee Welch, dob: 12/30/1956, aka: Michael Welch, was noticed paying attention to the sisters the afternoon they disappeared. Welch, a convicted sex offender, has been in prison in Delaware since 1997. He traveled extensively throughout the U.S. from the 70’s through the mid 90’s. Welch worked as a ride operator for a carnival company, often set up at malls. He was arrested in several states, charged with sexual offenses against young girls.

Click here for Information Package – Important Facts in Lyon Sisters Investigation

FBI & Montgomery County, Maryland Press Release

There may be victims who have not come forward. The information you provide could be vital in our search for evidence, and put to rest difficult questions for the Lyon family and for any other victims who may exist,” said Steve Vogt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Maryland.

Anyone who may have encountered Michael Welch is asked to call investigators at
1- 800-CALL-FBI

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Mr. Bones - Cold Case 1958

Unidentified White Male, 30's, Skeletal Remains found Oct 1958, Bedford, PA Unidentified White Male
The victim was discovered in October 1958 in a wooded area of Bedford, Pennsylvania Estimated Date of Death: Sometime in the 1950's Cause of Death: Gunshot wound to head Skeletal Remains

Vital Statistics Estimated age: 30 - 35 years old Approximate Height and Weight: 6'4"; 200 lbs. Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair; wore contact lenses. Dentals: Available. Gold dental work Clothing: Dungarees and a black motorcycle jacket. He also had poetry books, a canteen and camping equipment, a black wallet containing $38 and a brass key stamped "Active 195 Avenue A" on it & a .30-06 Springfield rifle. DNA: Available

Case History In October 1958 the remains of a white male were found in an wooded area in Bedford, Pennsylvania, about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh. While authorities believe the gunshot wound was self-inflicted, they don't know if it was an accident or suicide.
Investigators believe the man was well off because of the gold dental work and the contact lenses, which were unusual for the time. The contact lenses were traced to a Chicago manufacturer and fitted by an Illinois physician, but there are no records of the buyer.

The rifle was sold in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1939. The brass key hasn't been matched to any location. The dental work has yielded no matches.

If you have any information about this case please contact: Pennsylvania State Police Troop G 814-623-6133

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Joseph Carl Pike Missing June 2009

The family and friends of Joseph Pike are seeking help in locating him. Joseph was called "Little Joe" by his friends. He was last seen on East Pine Street, in the Flat Rock community. He was with a man named Junior Phillips, at the game room across from the Swift Stop. An intensive search for Pike was made in Flat Rock, wooded areas were searched and several ponds were drug. No clues have turned up in Joseph's disappearance.

Joseph's mother, Pat Pike, said she just wants to know what happened to her son. “He was a good young’un. He could have had a heart attack, he could have fallen and hit his head. We just don’t know one way or the other." Mrs. Pike said Joe made friends easily and never met a stranger. She said if people saw him walking from their home on McBride Road to the crossroads, they would give him a ride there or back home.

Missing since: June 26, 2009
Reported Missing: July 6, 2009
Missing from: Mount Airy, North Carolina
Age: 36
White Male
Height: 5’3
Weight: 145
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Facial Hair: Goatee

Pike has had several back surgeries and walks with a distinctive gait. He has had open heart surgery. He has rods in his left ankle. Joseph has a tattoo of the astrological sign Leo on the inside of his left thumb.

Human remains found in a wooded section of Cana, Virginia, not far from the North Carolina border on April 1, 2012 were not those of Joseph Pike. Those remains were determined to have been of an Hispanic man.

If you have any information on this case please contact: Surry County, NC Sheriff Department (336) 401-8900 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (336) 786-4000

UPDATE: A hunter found Joseph Carl Pike's remains April 12, 2013 in a wooded area of South Parkview Trail in Flat Rock. The University of North Texas identified Pike's bone fragment with the aid of a DNA sample and medical records. No other remains were found. The cause of Pike's death is still under investigation.

Becky Jane Williams UPDATE 2012

Becky has been Missing since 10-1-06. The person of interest in this case has been telling people that Becky has been found and buried. THIS IS NOT TRUE. BECKY IS STILL MISSING.

Her family was put into the CODIS system a year ago. They still think of Becky every day and wonder where she is and what happened to her. Becky's family and friends are still looking for her and do not intend on giving up their search. Not knowing is the hardest part. No matter what the circumstances... They want to bring Becky home.

Becky’s story is like so many others. She was a grown woman trying to find happiness and love. This quest led her to an involvement with a man her family did not approve of and a life they would never have wanted for her. It was a life she was trying to improve when she was reported missing.

Facts of the case: Becky was reported missing by her live in "BOYFRIEND". He told investigators, “She left walking. She was going to church. She never returned.”

The “Boyfriend”, was no stranger to Midland Police and was on probation at the time Becky disappeared. He has since violated his parole. During the investigation he was ask if he would be willing to take a polygraph test. He said yes, but shortly afterwards changed his mind. He has never taken a polygraph test and is still considered a person of interest.

Texas Missing Persons Clearinghouse
Name: Becky Jane Williams
AKA: Becky Kennedy, Becky Fotter
Case Number: M0701013
Case Type: Involuntary
Last Seen in: Midland (Midland County)
Last Seen on: 10/1/2006
Height: 5' 04"
Weight: 130 lbs.
Age Missing: 31
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Date of Birth: 5/22/1975
Race: White
Sex: Female
State Missing From: Texas
Country Missing From: USA

She was last seen wearing a black hat with flames, a red Tommy Hilfiger brand zipper shirt, blue jeans, and gray and black tennis shoes.

Please Remember: Anything told to Police by the boyfriend is suspect in nature and any or all may be wrong.

If you have any information on this case please Contact:
Texas Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Clearinghouse at (512) 424-5074




Sunday, September 23, 2012

Angel Williams-Guynup - Missing Sept. 22, 2012

Angel has been missing from SARATOGA SPRINGS N.Y. since Saturday night, Sept. 22, 2012. Police said Angel Williams-Guynup, 16, was reported missing from the Kayderossas House on Kirby Road around 9:00 p.m.

She was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and pajama pants. Currently, police do not suspect foul play, but they have not ruled anything out.

Police initially thought Angel was lost in woods near the city line around Route 29 when she went missing from the Kaydeross House around 9 p.m. Saturday. But after an extensive search, police received information Sunday morning indicating she was likely not in the woods and the ground search was suspended.

Height: 5 feet, 3 inches
Weight: 103 pounds
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown

Police believe she may know people in Albany, Schenectady and possibly in Georgia.

If you have any information, call Saratoga Springs Police at (518) 584-1800.

Heather Cameron - Missing Aug. 18, 2012

Heather is missing from Redding California. She called 911 on 9/18/2012 claiming she had been drugged with heroin in the Keswick Dam area and hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Her estranged husband Shaun Cameron says Heather has had some drug problems but it's unlike her to go this long without trying to contact her three young daughters who live with him. Shaun said the last time he saw Heather was on August 11 when he took their three daughters to visit her. Saturday was their daughter's second birthday and because the family still hasn't heard anything from her, Shaun says he knows something is wrong. "As bad as she's ever gotten she's never not checked on her kids. She's a great mom. She's made bad decisions in the last year," said Shaun.

Search and Rescue teams searched the area around Keswick Dam but were unable to track her down.

Age:28 Height: 5' 6" Weight: 115 Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown

If you have any information concerning the disappearance of Heather Cameron please contact:
The Shasta County Sheriff's Department at (530) 245-6000.

Missing Person Poster for Heather Cameron

Facebook Page for Heather Cameron

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Amir Jennings - Missing Nov. 22, 2011

Amir was last seen with his mother, Zinah Jennings, in Columbia, South Carolina, around November 22, 2011. Amir and his mother were reported missing by a family member in early December 2011. On December 24, 2011, Amir's mother was located after she was involved in a car accident. Amir was not in the car. Amir's mother was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct towards a child, after she was unable to provide information regarding Amir's whereabouts. Amir's mother has since been found guilty of unlawful conduct toward a child. She has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Amir's case is still unsolved.

Date of Birth: June 28, 2010
Height: Approximately 2'2" (at the time of his disappearance)
Weight: Approximately 25 pounds (at the time of his disappearance)
Hair: Brown (short)
Eyes: Brown
Sex: Male
Race: Black

Remarks: Amir Jennings had 4 to 6 teeth with a gap in between the top two middle teeth (at the time of his disappearance).
If you have any information please contact: Columbia Police Department (South Carolina) 1-803-252-2911

Murder in Mayberry : True Crime in America's Hometown

In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies the town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. "Mount Airy served as the inspiration for the fictional town of Mayberry featured on the hit television series The Andy Griffith Show. Much like its fictional counterpart, Mount Airy is still characterized by many of the qualities and values that endear Mayberry to so many people". Mount Airy is the hometown of Andy Griffith and is thought of as America's Hometown. This book contains twenty-five amazing true crime stories, from the real Mayberry, spanning the years 1892 to 1976. Some of the stories you will read may sound beyond belief. You may find yourself saying "It couldn't have happened in Mayberry,"but it did!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Shelley Jones Mook - Missing Feb. 28, 2011

She was last seen by her ex-husband, Tyler Mook, around 3 p.m. that day when she went to his house to drop off their 6-year-old daughter Lilliana, according to investigators. She had a 4:30 p.m. appointment with her new landlord, but never arrived. Her Pontiac Grand Prix was discovered burned in Rutherford County late Monday night, just off Manchester Highway.
  Her Pontiac Grand Prix was discovered burned in Rutherford County , southeast of Murfeesboro Tennessee, off Manchester Highway just hours after her disappearance with no signs of Shelley. Her case remains unsolved

Missing From: Shelbyville, Tennessee Missing Since:02/28/11 White Female Age at Disappearance: 24 Height: 5’7 Weight: 135 Eyes: Hazel (wears contacts) Hair: Highlights Clothing: Black sweater dress, white leggings, suede boots Scars: Marks, Tattoos: Tattoo on right wrist ( Lilliana) Foot wings with DRP between them, tattoo on back of 2 purple lillies

Shelly's family needs your help. For more information on Shelly's disappearance please click this link Find Shelley

The reward for information concerning the disappearance of Shelley Jones Mook is $20,000. Contact the Bedford County Sheriff's Department at 684-3232 or the Tenn. Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (615) 744-4000

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

JYRINE HARRIS - Missing June 23, 2002

Jyrine Harris 2 years old was last seen sleeping on his bed in Irvington, New Jersey on the night of June 23, 2002. Jyrine has a few noticable scars: One above his right eyebrow, another on the inner part of his right arm, then another on the inner part of his upper left arm, and a birthmark on his back. Jyrine had suffered several fractures to his shoulder, wrist and his leg, as a result of having a brittle bone disease. At the time of his disappearance, Jyrine had a cast on his lower right leg, and there was writing on it.

Teekah Lewis - Missing January 23, 1999

Teekah Lewis, 2, was last seen on January 23, 1999 at the New Frontier Lanes bowling alley in Tacoma, Washington, where a mysterious had been stalking children for months. Two months before Teekah's dissappearance, a 4-year-old boy was molested in the bathroom of the bowling alley by a white man with curly brown hair and a beard. A man fitting that same description tried to abduct two other children on separate occassions, at the same bowling alley. It was clear that a creep had been lurking around but he was never caught.

Hollins Kes Davis - Missing 3 - 7- 2012

Hollins Kes Davis disappeared on March 7, 2012 from Capital Heights, Maryland. She is 15 years old with black hair, brown eyes, she stands about 5’5 and weighs approximately 200 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue Columbia jacket, blue jeans and black Adidas sneakers. Police don't know where Hollins was going or what was her agenda. Very few details are available at this time.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Brian Micah Capell - Update: LOCATED

Durham County Sheriff Office is searching for Brian Micah Capell.

March 4, 2010 10:57 PM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Brian Micah Capell.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Brian Micah Capell, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

He was reported missing from 5549 Glenn Oaks Drive. He was last seen at a doctor's office on Broad Street, according to the Durham County Sheriff's Office.

Capbell is driving a gold or bronze 2006 Nissan Altima, with N.C. license plate number YXM5501. He is described as a white man, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 274 pounds. He has blue eyes, long, blond hair, a mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing a blue, long-sleeve, button-up shirt, a possibly teal-green undershirt, blue jeans and white-and-black shoes.

To report a siting or location information for this person.
Sharon Gaines - Durham County Sheriff Dept.
Phone: 919-560-0900

Miller Jones Missing - NC Silver Alert Cancelled- UPDATED

Update: RALEIGH 3/17/10 9:59 AM -- At the request of the Kinston Police Department Public Safety, the N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled the Silver Alert for Miller Jones. For more information, call Commander Jenee Eubanks at the Kinston Police Department Public Safety at 252-559-6118.

Kinston Police Department Public Safety is searching for Miller Jones.

Missing: Miller Jones November 7, 2009 5:46 PM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Miller Jones.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Miller Jones, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Mr. Jones was last seen Saturday at Neuse Road, November 13, 2009 12:02 AM. He was approached by a concerned citizen who asked if he was lost. Mr. Jones said he was walking to Greenville... but he was walking in the direction of Dover. He seemed coherent at the time of the conversation.

Gender: Male
DOB: 02/14/1947
Age: 63
Race: Black
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 pounds
Hair Color: Gray
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown

Other Distinguishing Physical Characteristics:
Walks with stiff knees, Walks with very small steps, Stutters when speaking.

Clothing Description:
Tan Ball Cap, Gray Jacket, White Sweater, Blue Jeans or Khaki Pants & Black Boots

To report a siting or location information for this person.
Kinston Department of Public Safety
Phone: 252-526-6654

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bryce Tarter Missing - UPDATE: Found

Bryce Tarter, Missing since January 31, 2010. He is 19 years old, 6ft tall, 155lbs., Light brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen leaving Armstrong Atlantic driving a white 2000 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab short bed, Maine license plate 944 7QD with a black grill guard and tinted windows. On the back drivers window he has an ATL Braves A and the passenger back window has an Atlanta Falcon symbol.

The Family knows: Bryce was at Georgia Southern at a party Saturday night, January 30th. He drove back to Armstrong Atlantic with some friends of his, who also had a dorm room. He did not live on campus, but was just hanging out with friends who did. We believe he was heading home, in Guyton. The route we believe he would take would be Highway 204 to Old River Road. There are other routes as well but this would have been the most logical.

He left in his White 2000 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Short Bed with either Maine or Georgia plates. He had two identifying stickers on his rear windows. On the passenger side was an ATL Braves "A" and on the drivers side was a Falcons symbol.

His cell phone had been dead since Saturday so we have not been able to track the cell phone. Sprint is one of the only carriers that can not track a cell phone once it is off. We are also unable to track the GPS. We are hoping that we are able to locate his truck tracking the vehicle alarm. His bank account has not been used since his disappearance.

Message from Bryce's Mom:
"I am relying on your prayers to help my family find the strength to make it through this search for Brycie. Please know how much your help and prayer mean to us." 

If you see him, or know ANYTHING, please call (910) 232-1687


UPDATE: On April 27, 2010, Bryce's truck and a body were discovered in a lake near the AASU campus. Police confirmed the next day that the body found inside was Bryce's.

Update: Robert Hall has been found.

Robert Hall Missing from Montague NJ:

Robert was last seen by his girlfriend leaving his place of business, Clove Road Deli, in Montague NJ. He said he was going to Shop Rite. He never made it there and has not been seen or heard from since. He drives a white 1983 Pontiac Fiero with NJ plate #WAM99M. It has a "Failed Inspection" sticker on it.

Robert is 48 years old, dark blonde hair, blue eyes.  He has a 2-inch scar on his forehead and a Scorpio tattoo on his right bicep. He may have been wearing a white t-shirt, a sweater, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact:
New Jersey State Police, Sussex Station
Agency Phone:  (973) 383-1514
Case #: B050200901985
NCIC #: M008553929

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Sonya Lynn Bradley - Cold Case

Kentucky State Police Request Help Resolving Sonya Bradley's Disappearance

On Thursday October 10, 2002 Sonya Bradley (35 years old) was last seen at her apartment in Eddyville, Kentucky. Ms. Bradley left necessary medication behind and did not tell her young children where she was going. As of this date, the whereabouts of Ms. Bradley remain unknown. It is believed that foul play may have led to her disappearance. Extensive searches conducted have failed to reveal evidence of her disappearance.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Sonya Bradley contact: Det. Sgt. Sam Steger at 1-800-222-5555 or 270-856-3721 email him at

Beverly Miller never dreamed that her daughter would end up on a cold case list. But she hopes it will help solve the 2002 disappearance and presumed murder of Sonya Bradley. "I don't know what it's going to take to bring my child home, but I can't find peace until she is home".

Abducted Children Information

Conventional Photos Don't Aid The Search for a Missing Child!
ScienceDaily — People's ability to recognize abducted children is impaired when they view a photo of a smiling, clean child, but come into contact with the same child whose appearance is very different because he or she is upset, crying, disheveled or unkempt.

Two experiments were conducted to test the ability of adults to recognize children from photos. Over 150 adults were shown pictures of children that were either "cleaned up" as they would typically appear, in school photos, happy and clean, as well as a "dirtied up" picture, where the child looked dirty, tired, sad or angry. Results from the study show that recognition is best when the original appearance of the child matched the appearance when memory is later tested.

"If your child is abducted you need to supply law enforcement with a recent photo of your child, preferably not a school photo, but one taken around the house at play. One taken in their natural state, the way you normally see them on a daily basis".
D.G. Smith