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.

Perry Cohen_Boat

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.

Nicole-Mittendorff

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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