5 People Dead and 1 Missing after Whale Tour Boat Sinks off British Columbia, Canada

A Canadian whale-watching tour boat with 27 passengers on board has sunk off the coast of British Columbia. Five people have reportedly died and one individual is still missing. According to accounts  21 people have been rescued. The 65 foot vessel named the MV Leviathan II made a distress call late Sunday afternoon. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

The BC Coroners Service says five people have died after a whale watching vessel sank off the coast of Tofino, B.C., Sunday, while 18 were sent to hospital

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre confirms that the MV Leviathan II, operated by Jamie’s Whaling Station,had 27 people on board when it sank west of Vargas Island.

Of that total, 21 have been rescued, while one person remains missing.

JRCC says the search has been called off while the RCMP will assume responsibility for the person still unaccounted for.

CNN:

Five people died after a whale watching tour boat carrying 27 people sank off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia, on Sunday, rescue coordinators said. One person was missing.

Twenty-one people have been rescued, said the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.

Search and rescue efforts were wrapped up late Sunday.

The boat was a whale-watching vessel named the MV Leviathan II, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said.

A witness told CBC the boat sank far enough from shore that it could not be seen.

Posted October 26, 2015 by
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11 Year Old Janiya Thomas Missing Since August 2014 in Bradenton, FL (Update: Body Found in Freezer Believed to be Missing Girl)

11 year old Janiya Thomas has been missing for a year and has not been seen since August 2014 in Bradenton, Florida. The Bradenton Police Department was contacted by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the search of Janiya Thomas. Janiya was not with her mother, Keishanna Thomas nor was she found at the mother’s house at the Village at Cortez Apartments in Bradenton.  Keishanna Thomas was taken in to custody on Contempt of Court charges by Manatee County Juvenile Judge Scott Brownell for refusing to answer any questions about the well-being of her daughter.

Janiya_Thomas

The Bradenton Police Department and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing 11-year-old. According to BPD, the girl hasn’t been seen since August 2014.

On Friday, Oct. 16, the Bradenton Police Department was contacted by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the search of Janiya Thomas, 11.

Janiya was not with her mother, Keishanna Thomas nor was she found at the mother’s house at the Village at Cortez Apartments in Bradenton.

Appearing before Manatee County Juvenile Judge Scott Brownell, Keishanna refused to answer any questions about the well-being of her daughter. She was taken into custody for Contempt of Court. Janiya’s siblings are with the Department of Children and Families, according to Bradenton Police.

Both the Bradenton Police Department and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office are concerned for the safety of the girl. Officers confirmed that the teen hasn’t been seen for over a year.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Bradenton Police Detective James Curulla at (941) 747-3011 ext: 2224, or Detective Adrian Meridan at (941) 932-9326. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS.)

UPDATE I: Body in freezer believed to be missing 11-year-old girl.

The body of a girl who may be Janiya Thomas was found Sunday evening in a freezer in the garage of this residence in the 5000 block of 21st Way East in Bradenton, Florida.

Police believe they have found the body of a missing 11-year-old central Florida girl in a freezer.

Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said during a news conference late Sunday that a body was found inside a freezer in the garage of a grandmother of the missing girl, Janiya Thomas.

Authorities said the body is likely that of Janiya, who hasn’t been seen in months.

Maine Officials Believe They Found Skeletal Remains Of Missing Tennessee Hiker 66 Year Old Geraldine Largay

The Maine Warden Service said that they believe they have found the skeletal remains of the missing hiker 66-year-old Geraldine Largay from Brentwood, Tennessee.  Largay was last seen on July 22, 2013 as she headed out on a solo-hike. The remains were found on Wednesday morning about 3000 feet off of the Appalachian Trail. Several pieces of clothing and belongings consistent with items owned by Largay were found by a survey crew. Investigators do not believe foul play was involved in Largay’s death. John MacDonald, a spokesman for the Warden Service said Friday, “Positive identification will be determined in the coming weeks by the Medical Examiner’s Office, however, due to the location of the remains and evidence gathered at the scene the Maine Warden Service feels confident that Geraldine has now been located. ”

Geraldine Largay

Investigators who believe skeletal remains discovered in Maine are those of a missing Appalachian Trail hiker from Brentwood.

66-year-old Geraldine Largay was last seen on July 22, 2013 as she headed out on a solo-hike. She was supposed to meet her husband George the next day, but was never seen again.

More than a hundred people searched looked for Largay in the weeks that followed her disappearance. During that time not a single clue was found that could explain what happened to her.

Wednesday morning skeletal remains were discovered off of the Appalachian Trail. The Maine Warden Service said the remains were found 3,000 feet from the trail by a contractor conducting a forestry survey on property owned by the U.S. Navy in Redington. Several pieces of clothing and belongings consistent with items owned by Largay were found.

14 Year Old Mackenzie Marken Missing Since 10/12/15 in Weston, WI

14 year old Mackenzie Marken has been missing since Monday, October 12, 2015 from Weston, Wisconsin. Mackenzie was last seen leaving her home at about 7 a.m. Monday; however, never showed up for any of her classes at Mosinee High School. The Everest Metro Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find missing Mackenzie Marken.

Mackenzie Marken

Mackenzie Marken was last seen leaving her home at about 7 a.m. Monday, Everest Metro Police said. She is a student from Mosinee High School and has missed all of her classes this week.

Marken is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. She has brown eyes and straight, long brown hair. Marken usually wears purple glasses and may be wearing black combat boots, police said.

If anyone has any information regarding Mackenzie Marken, please call the Everest Metro Police Department at 715-359-4202 or a local law enforcement agency.

Posted October 15, 2015 by
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DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest of Anthony Joseph Palma in Case of Missing 8 Year Old Kirsten Hatfield Who Vanished from Bedroom in 1997 in Oklahoma

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT … ARREST FINALLY MADE IN 1997 MISSING PERSONS CASE. 

8 year old Kirsten Hatfield disappeared from her home in Midwest City, OK one night in May 1997. A former neighbor of the girl, 56-year-old Anthony Joseph Palma, was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. He is being held without bail. According to reports, Police said when Kirsten Hatfield went missing, the second-grader’s bedroom window was cracked and her underwear was found in the backyard. Recently the investigator assigned to the case realized that some evidence in the case was never tested. Thanks to improvements in DNA evidence, Anthony Joseph Palma was tracked down and volunteered a DNA sample. Low and behold, there was a match.  Anthony Joseph Palma lived 2 doors down from Kirsten Hatfield and amazingly still does. Could there finally be justice for Kirsten? However, sadly, her body has never been found.

Kirsten Hatfield

Kirsten Hatfield

Authorities were led to Palma after a new investigator assigned to the case last June realized the FBI or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation had never tested some of the evidence, Clabes said.

Using DNA technology that is more advanced than it was in 1997, lab technicians discovered blood from the window sill and the girl’s underwear came from an unknown male, he said. Investigators ran that DNA through a national database and didn’t find a match.

Authorities then tracked down about 10 men who’d previously been questioned and asked for DNA samples, Clabes said.

Anthony Joseph Palma

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FOX News 8 - DNA evidence, police in an Oklahoma City suburb arrested a man in an 18-year-old child abduction case.

Thanks to DNA evidence, police in an Oklahoma City suburb arrested a man in an 18-year-old child abduction case, authorities said Tuesday.

Kirsten Hatfield, 8, disappeared from her home in Midwest City one night in May 1997.

Police said the second-grader’s bedroom window was cracked and her underwear was found in the backyard, according to CNN affiliate KOKH.

The child has never been found, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said Tuesday at a news conference.

A former neighbor of the girl, 56-year-old Anthony Joseph Palma, was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. Authorities filed the murder charge because they believe Kirsten is dead, Clabes said.

Authorities were led to Palma after a new investigator assigned to the case last June realized the FBI or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation had never tested some of the evidence, Clabes said.

Using DNA technology that is more advanced than it was in 1997, lab technicians discovered blood from the window sill and the girl’s underwear came from an unknown male, he said. Investigators ran that DNA through a national database and didn’t find a match.

Arrest Made 18 Years After Disappearance of 8-Year-Old Oklahoma Girl Kirsten Hatfield.

The State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab found a DNA match to Palma in July, putting its odds of certainty at 263 sextillion to 1, according to the affidavit.

“The evidence shows that Kirsten may have been targeted by Palma for sexual assault,” Miller wrote in the affidavit. “It is likely that Palma has been motivated to stay in the same home to conceal evidence of the crime and/or the location of Kristen’s body.”

State corrections records show that Palma — who has lived at the same Midwest City address since 1991 — was convicted of assault and/or battery with a dangerous weapon in the early 1980s and was released from prison in 1986. Details of that conviction weren’t immediately available.

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