Missing Florida Teens, Perry Cohen & Austin Stephanos, Boat Found off Bermuda Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission confirmed the discovery of the single-engine vessel on which Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14. The 19-foot Seacraft vessel was found March 18 by the Norwegian ship Edda Fjord about 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda or about 1,000 miles from where Stephanos and Cohen were last seen before setting off on their fishing trip. The boat was  discovered off Bermuda nearly eight months after they vanished on July 24, 2015. Their vessel had initially been found by the Coast Guard two days after the teens were last seen; however, although Coast Guard rescuers located it near New Smyrna Beach, the vessel wasn’t secured and floated away. Now the boat has finally been found.

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Pic: ABC Local 10

A marine supply store sticker and engine serial number helped authorities identify the boat of two Florida teens who went missing at sea last summer.

The discovery of the single-engine vessel on which Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14, got lost at sea during a burst of severe weather on July 24 was confirmed Saturday by the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The 19-foot Seacraft vessel was found March 18 by the Norwegian ship Edda Fjord about 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss said in a statement. There was no immediate indication of what happened to the missing boys.

The boat, which was in the shipping lane, was removed from the water by the crew of Norwegian ship, according to Doss. Personal items were found on board, including a cell phone and plastic tackle boxes.

The marine store sticker and engine serial number helped identify the owner, Doss said.

Posted April 23, 2016 by
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AMBER Alert issued for Missing 12 Year Old Steven Merriman of Cookeville, TN

An AMBER ALERT has been issued in Middle and East Tennessee for missing 12 year old Steven Merriman of Cookeville, TN. According to The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Steven Merriman was last seen with his noncustodial mother Sheila Randolph. They are reportedly travelling in a 1995 Chevy Blazer with TN tags N71-32B. Investigators stated that the 32-year-old mother took the child from school in Cookeville around 3:15 on Wednesday.

An AMBER Alert was issued Wednesday for a 12-year-old boy in the areas of Middle and East Tennessee.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Steven Merriman was last seen with his noncustodial mother Sheila Randolph.

Randolph allegedly took him from school in Cookeville, Tennessee, at 3:14 p.m. She is wanted for custodial interference.

Steven was last seen wearing plaid shorts and a grey T-shirt. He is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 100 pounds.

They are reportedly travelling in a 1995 Chevy Blazer with TN tags N71-32B. It’s unknown which direction they’re going.

UPDATE I: AMBER Alert issued in Tennessee for missing 12-year-old.

Investigators believe they are traveling in a 1995 Chevy Blazer with TN tag N71-32B. Their direction of travel is unknown, but Randolph has ties to Walling, Spencer and Rock Island, Tennessee.

Merriman was last seen wearing plaid shorts and a gray t-shirt. He is 5’2? tall and weighs 100 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Randolph is 5’3? tall and weighs 190 pounds.

The “unknown” male also believed to be with Randolph and Merriman is 6-feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Steven Merriman please contact Cookeville Police Department at 931-526-2126 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

31 Year Old Nicole Mittendorff Missing Since 4/13/16 Update: Car Found in Shenandoah National Park Over the Weekend)

31 year old Nicole Mittendorff of Woodbridge, VA has been missing since Wednesday, April 13, 2016, however, she was reported missing Friday, when she failed to show up for her scheduled shift as a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue. Her last known contact with friends and family was Wednesday, April 13, when she sent a text message at about 10:50 a.m., according to the Facebook page, Find Nicole. Mittendorff has blonde hair, green eyes, is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds.

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Authorities in Virginia are searching for a missing woman whose abandoned car was found in Shenandoah National Park over the weekend.

Nicole Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge, Va., was reported missing on Friday, two days after her last contact with her family. Her 2009 Mini Cooper was found Saturday evening in a parking lot located in a remote area of the park.

Virginia State Police and U.S. Park Police suspended the ground and air search for Mittendorff Sunday evening after a second day without success. Operations will resume Monday morning.

Police say Mittendorff’s disappearance is not considered suspicious at this time.

Family members told The Washington Post that they reported Mittendorff missing after she failed to show up for her scheduled shift as a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue first responder, an action they described as highly unusual.

Nicole Mittendorff

UPDATE I: Mittendorff’s Mini Cooper was found abandoned just before 8 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot in Shenandoah National Park, in MadisonCounty.

VSP SEARCHING FOR MISSING WOODBRIDGE, VA WOMAN

VSP is searching for a missing Woodbridge, Va., woman whose vehicle was discovered Saturday (April 16, 2016) evening in Madison County. Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, was reported missing to the Virginia State Police April 15, 2016. Her 2009 Mini Cooper was found abandoned shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday in in the Shenandoah National Park.

State police and U.S. Park Police spent the night searching by ground and air for Mittendorff. Search efforts are still underway Sunday (April 17, 2016)

UPDATE II: Search resumes in Shenandoah National Park for missing Woodbridge woman.

Anyone with information about Mittendorff is asked to call the Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026, dial #77 on a cell phone, call 911 or email questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

Human Remains found in a Houston Pasture are those of a 17 Year Old Jessica Cain who disappeared in 1997 … Convicted Felon William Reece Pointed Authorities to the Location

The remains of 17 year old Jessica Cain who disappeared in 1997 have been positively identified according to the Harris County medical examiner’s office on Friday. Forensic experts used DNA to identify her. The remaining of the missing teen girl were found in a Houston area pasture. According to reports, William Reece, who is serving a 60-year sentence for a 1997 kidnapping, assisted authorities in the search and pointed authorities to the location. Investigators zeroed in on the field on East Orem Dr. thanks to a tip from an inmate named William Reece.

Tim Miller with Texas Equusearch assisted in the search for Jessica’s remains said the following, “I was there the day she disappeared on the original search, and this is not the news her family wanted to hear, but not knowing is usually worse.” Miller further went on to say, “They now have the opportunity to go through that grieving process. And realize that Jessica’s not coming back and get into that healing process.”

Jessica Cain

Human remains found in a Houston pasture are those of a 17-year-old girl who disappeared in 1997, the Harris County medical examiner’s office said Friday.

The remains of Jessica Cain, who disappeared after dining with friends, were identified through DNA analysis, said Audrey Carter, an investigator with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

A convicted kidnapper who might be linked to other violent crimes pointed investigators to the location of the remains. Investigators dug for more than three weeks in a rural pasture on the edge of Houston before finding the remains on March 18.

William Reece, who is serving a 60-year sentence for a 1997 kidnapping, assisted authorities in the search. Reece, 56, also recently led authorities to remains identified as those of 20-year-old college student Kelli Cox, who had been missing from Denton in North Texas since 1997.

Reece’s attorney, Anthony Osso, has said his client ultimately hopes to avoid the death penalty by cooperating with authorities.

UPDATE I: Human remains found in SE Houston field confirmed to be Jessica Cain.

Cain disappeared in 1997; her truck found abandoned on the side of I-45 near the exit to her home. Her case remained unsolved until detectives began searching a southeast Houston field in February of this year. After nearly three weeks of searching, skeletal remains were found.

The man who led investigators to the site is William Reece, who has been the prime suspect in Cain’s disappearance. A handcuffed Reece was spotted in the field over the few weeks the search took place, walking around with investigators.

After Cain’s remains were found in southeast Houston, Reece led investigators to a field in Brazoria County near Angleton. After a week of digging, investigators found what were later identified as the remains of Kelli Ann Cox.

Cox disappeared from the town of Denton in 1997.

Victims linked to suspected serial killer William Reece

Patrick Shunn, and Wife, Monique Patenaude Missing Since 4/11/16 in Arlington, WA

45 year old Patrick Shunn and his wife, 46 year old Monique Patenaude have been missing since Monday, April 11, 2016 in Arlington, Washington.  Two days after a married Arlington couple disappeared under suspicious circumstances, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding them. Anyone who has information about the investigation should call the sheriff’s anonymous tip line at 425-388-3845.

A man says his brother and his wife have disappeared from their Arlington home and have not been seen since Monday.

Erik Shunn wrote KIRO 7 Tuesday saying his brother Patrick Shunn, and Patrick’s wife, Monique Patenaude, are missing under unusual circumstances after an ongoing dispute with a neighbor.

Shunn says they were last seen Monday at 11 a.m. and were supposed to go to a concert with their neighbors later that day, but never showed up.

Calls to the couple’s cellphones go directly to voicemail and their dogs and livestock have been left unattended.

“What makes this suspicious for detectives is the fact that Patrick and Monique, it’s very unusual for them not to be in touch with family and friends this long,” Snohomish County Sheriff’s spokesman Shari Ireton.

UPDATE I: Help us find missing Arlington couple, Sheriff’s Office asks.

Shunn went to work Monday, but he failed to show up Tuesday at his job at an aircraft-interior refurbishing firm in Kirkland. Meantime, Patenaude was last seen about 1?p.m. Monday near the couple’s home in the 27800 block of Whitman Road, near the site of the Oso mudslide.

“Their disappearance is considered suspicious because it’s unusual for them not to be in touch with their work or their family and friends,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Wednesday.

“Both vehicles are gone from the house and both cellphones have been shut off,” the uncle added.

Detectives with the sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit are now investigating and looking for the couple’s vehicles: a tan 2000 Land Rover Discovery, with the Washington license-plate number AR02639; and a black 1995 Jeep, with the Washington license-plate number of WB02789.

Court records show the couple are now embroiled in a legal dispute with neighbors, some of whom Shunn and Patenaude claim have repeatedly trespassed on their property near the Stillaguamish River with recreational vehicles and unleashed dogs. A trial on the civil case has been set for later this year.

Posted April 14, 2016 by
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25 Year Old Colin Madsen Missing For Over a Week in Eastern Siberia Has Been Found Dead

The body of missing 25 year old Colin Madsen has been found in eastern Siberia. Madsen, a native of Jefferson City, Missouri, who was studying at a university in the nearby city of Irkutsk, vanished a week ago, March 27, early on a Sunday morning in the Sayan mountains, where he was on a hiking trip with friends. He was found two kilometers from the spa village of Arshan. According to accounts, Madsen had been traveling with three friends, two local Russians and another American student, on exchange at the same university. He left the guest house where the group was staying in the village of Arshan, without warning at around 5 a.m. and wearing only a T-shirt and trousers despite freezing temperatures outside. He had not been seen since. A cause of death has not yet been determined.

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 A U.S. student missing for over a week in eastern Siberia has been found dead, Russian investigators said today.

Colin Madsen’s body was found by rescuers about a mile from the village where the Missouri man had disappeared in the Buryatia region, investigators said in a statement released by the local branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee, the equivalent of the FBI.

Russian police had earlier opened a possible murder inquiry into Madsen’s vanishing in the foothills of the Sayan mountains, roughly 3,000 miles from Moscow, where a search for the student has been gradually intensifying since last Monday.

But today’s statement said that there were no signs of outward injury on Madsen’s body or any indication he had been robbed. Investigators said a cause of death has not yet been established but the statement suggested that it may be related to drugs.

Police are now testing Madsen’s body for traces of narcotics and the statement noted that the group with which Madsen had been traveling had taken drugs in the day before his disappearance.

Police today said the murder inquiry remained open while the full circumstances around Madsen’s death were established.

UPDATE I: Pravda is reporting that Madesen may have froze to death as a results of being impaired due to drugs.

36 Year Old Jeremy Cross Missing on Percy Priest Lake While Boating With His Son & Family Friend at Anderson Road Campground & Recreation Area on 4/2/16 in Nashville, TN

36 year old Jeremy Cross has gone missing Saturday, April 2, 2016 while boating with his 10 year old son and a family friend in Nashville, Tennessee. Firefighters were called to Percy Priest Lake just before 7 p.m. Saturday to the Anderson Road Campground & Recreation Area. According to  Tennessee Wildlife officer Kaleb Stratton, the 10-year-old boy and the family friend were able to get away from the boat. They last saw the boy’s father clinging to the upturned canoe and trying to put on a life vest. The three extremely high winds and waves near Hole in the Wall island.

Search efforts continued Sunday for a 36-year-old man who went missing on Percy Priest Lake while boating with his son and a family friend, according to the Nashville Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to the lake just before 7 p.m. Saturday, but as of 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the man remained missing, spokesman Brian Haas said.

The three had been out on the lake most of the day when they encountered extremely high winds and waves on the lake near Hole in the Wall island, Haas said.  The group, who had been out in a canoe and a kayak, tied the kayak to the canoe and tried to get to land, but high waves capsized the canoe.

The 10-year-old boy and the family friend were able to get away from the boat, Haas said. They last saw the boy’s father clinging to the upturned canoe and trying to put on a life vest. Tennessee Wildlife officer Kaleb Stratton identified the man as Jeremy Cross.

UPDATE I: Father missing after canoe capsizes on Percy Priest Lake.

The rescue effort began around 7 p.m. Saturday night. Two boats from the Office of Emergency Management, one boat from the Nashville Fire Department, one boat from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Metro Police’s Air 1 helicopter all assisted in the search.

Thermal imaging, sonar and search and rescue dogs were utilized in the search.

Due to increasing winds and dangerous conditions on the water, the search was called off around Midnight before Cross could be found.

The search continued at the Anderson Road recreation area beginning at 9 a.m.

Patrick McDermott, Olivia Newton-John’s Boyfriend, Who Vanished 11 Years Ago Seen in Mexico

 Patrick McDermott has been spotted again …

It has been 11 years since Patrick McDermott, the former boyfriend of singer Olivia Newton-John, disappeared. However, according to reports Patrick McDermott, who dated the Australian star for nine years, has been found alive and well after vanishing on a fishing trip more than a decade ago. Woman’s Day claims that McDermott is living in Mexico and has settled down with a European girlfriend. As reported at WGNTV, private investigator Philip Klein made the bombshell claim, saying he learned Patrick McDermott, who was last seen June 30, 2005 on a fishing boat near San Pedro, California, is now living in a small village in Mexico near Puerto Vallarta.

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Olivia Newton-John’s former boyfriend, who disappeared 11 years ago, has been found secretly living in Mexico with a new lover, according to fresh reports.

Woman’s Day claims Patrick McDermott, who dated the Australian star for nine years, has been found alive and well after vanishing on a fishing trip more than a decade ago.

The magazine claims that fresh evidence confirms previous reports that McDermott is living in Mexico, having settled down with a European girlfriend.

Investigator John Nazarian told the publication: “It’s rumored he was with a German national. I spoke to people there. The girl he was travelling with was described as having a German accent.”

Although speculative theories at the time ranged from self-harm to accidental death, Mr. Nazarian described them as “preposterous.”

“To come up with the conclusion that he fell off the boat, and allegedly no-one saw him fall off the boat, is the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” he said.

McDermott was 48 at the time he went missing from the fishing boat Freedom, which had set off from San Pedro Marina for a fishing trip on June 30th, 2005.

None of the 22 passengers saw McDermott go overboard, and he was not reported missing until a week later when Ms Newton-John contacted authorities after he failed to show up for a family gathering.

U.S. investigators launched an exhaustive search for the cameraman, but two months later revealed McDermott had faked his own death and was living in Mexico.

Officials also revealed that McDermott disappeared shortly after filing for bankruptcy, having unpaid debts totalling more than $30,000 at the time, including $8000 in child support owed to his ex-wife Yvette Nipar for their son, Chance.

Posted March 22, 2016 by
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Amber Alert Canceled in CT … Missing 7 Year Old Ariel Revello Found Safe

AMBER ALERT CANCELED … Ariel Revello Found Safe!!!

Earlier today an Amber Alert has been issued for 7 year old Ariel Revello of Trumbull, Connecticut. Police say 43-year-old Rodolfo Revello assaulted his estranged wife with a knife before fleeing with the child around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. The woman was treated at a hospital and released. Saturday night police confirmed that Revello had been found safe in Queens, New York. Trumbull police say Rodolfo Revello, the boy’s father called them around 5 p.m. Saturday and said he was leaving Ariel with a relative. Rodolfo Revello is still at large and police intend to issue a warrant for his arrest on multiple charges.

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Ariel Revello, 7, is a Hispanic male, 7 years old, with brown hair and brown eyes. he is approximately 4’8″ and weighs 75 pounds. He was last seen wearing gray and blue pajamas, a gray sweatshirt, an olive green puffy jacket, and blue croc shoes.

The suspect, Rodolfo Revello, is a Hispanic male about 43 years old, bald and with brown eyes. He is about 5’9″ tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He may be armed.

The vehicle was identified as a white Ford Transit van, with Connecticut license plate C040379.

Connecticut police say a 7-year-old who they allege was abducted by his father after an early morning domestic assault has been found safe.

Trumball police say an Amber Alert for Ariel Revello was canceled Saturday evening. Authorities didn’t make clear where the boy was found.

They say they are still searching for his father, 43-year-old Rodolfo Revello, who may have been headed for the Bronx in New York City.

15 Year Old Ky-Lea Fortner & 13 Year Old Shaeleen Fitch-Fortner Missing Since 4/27/15 Found in Upstate New York … 29 Year Old Family Acquaintance Amanda Hellman Arrested

Ky-Lea Fortner and Shaeleen Fitch-Fortner found safe!!!

Two teenage sisters, then 15 year old Ky-Lea Fortner and 13 year old Shaeleen Fortner went missing and had not been seen since 4/27/15 in Binghamton, New York. The two girls live with their foster family where they were last seen at their Susquehanna Valley school waiting to get on the school bus at the end of the school day. The police had considered this a case of runaway teens. Flashforward nearly one year later, Ky-Lea Fortner and Shaeleen Fortner have been found in upstate New York.

According to the State Police, the two teens were found Wednesday night about 15 miles away from where they were last seen at a property in the nearby town of Vestal at 327 Torrance Ave.  29 year old Amanda Hellman, a “family acquaintance,” was arrested at the property Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping second degree, a class-B felony. Hellman was arraigned before a judge and remanded without bail to the Broome County Jail, in Binghamton. Both girls were turned over to Broome County Family Services.

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Two teenage sisters have been found in upstate New York nearly a year after vanishing and a family acquaintance has been charged with their kidnapping, police said Thursday.

Ky-Lea Fortner and Shaeleen Fitch-Fortner were reported as “teen runaways” last April. The girls — then aged 15 and 13 — had been living with a foster family in Binghamton when they disappeared and were last seen waiting for a bus at their school, according to New York State Police.

They were found Wednesday night about 15 miles away from where they were last seen at a property in the nearby town of Vestal, state police said in a statement Thursday.

Police said Amanda Hellman, a 29-year-old “family acquaintance,” was arrested at the property Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping second degree, a class-B felony. Hellman was arraigned before a judge and remanded without bail to the Broome County Jail, in Binghamton.

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