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    FL - Vincent Binder, 29, Tallahassee, 2 April 2010


    Update: FSU students asked to delay foot search for their missing peer
    By Angeline J. Taylor • Democrat staff writer • April 9, 2010
    6:30 p.m. update

    Ten to 15 people met at the white building on the corner of Eppes Drive and Airport Drive to start searching for their friend 29-year-old Vincent Binder.

    Binder was last seen at his friends' apartment on the corner of Eppes Drive and Airport Drive at the The Lakes of University Center gated complex on April 2 at 12:30 a.m. Friends asked Binder if he wanted a ride to his Lipona Road apartment which is about a mile away from their complex.

    Beth Frady said Binder declined the ride.

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    Updated: TPD continues investigation into missing FSU teaching assistant


    By Angeline J. Taylor • DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER • April 10, 2010
    Police: Vincent Binder 'has just fallen completely off the grid'
    updated 3:30 p.m.

    Investigators are continuing their search for Vincent Binder, a Florida State University graduate student and teaching assistant who went missing early April 2.

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    Vincent Binder 29 Missing Grad Student April 02 2010 FLORIDA

    Florida State University graduate student Vincent Binder, 29, has been missing ever since he left a friend's house last week. On April 02, 2010, at 12:30 a/m he turned down a ride home and instead said he will walk. Being from New York his friends did not find that surprising as he liked to walk. However, he has not been seen since and has not shown up to his classes where he is an active graduate student and teacher's assistant, and also the coach of the debate team. This is out of his character and police ask if anyone has any information to please come forward. Vincent is described as: 5-foot-10 tall with blue eyes and brown hair and weighs 180 pounds.


    Anyone with information is asked to contact Tallahassee Police at (850) 891-4200, or your local police.

    (I have found information that Vincent Binder lived in Palm Beach County, Florida prior to attending FSU as an undergraduate.)

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    NAME: Vincent “Vince” Binder
    SEX/RACE: Male/White
    Age: 29
    HT: 5’10” WT: 180

    The Tallahassee Police Department is currently seeking information regarding the whereabouts of FSU graduate student Vincent Binder. Binder’s last known location was walking home from a friend’s house at about 12:30am on April 2, 2010 in the area of Airport Drive. Vincent Binder is a white male, 29 years old, about 5 ft 10 inches tall, 180 pounds. Anyone having contact with Mr. Binder on April 2nd or any time after is asked to contact the Tallahassee Police Department at 891-4200 immediately.
    Anonymous information may be provided by contacting Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS. You won’t have to give your name, just your information.
    The FSU Police Department requests that anyone who may have information to promptly contact the Tallahassee Police, even if the information seems insignificant.

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    Updated: 8:00 PM Apr 12, 2010
    TPD Reports Vincent Binder As A Missing Person-Update
    The Tallahassee Police Department is searching for 29 year old Vincent Binder.
    Posted: 5:56 PM Apr 9, 2010
    Reporter: Heather Biance
    Email Address: heather.biance@wctv.tv
    Vince Binder Latest

    Updated 4-12-10 at 7:21 p.m. by Heather Biance

    A dozen or so Tallahassee Police officers scoured the neighborhood surrounding Palmer Munroe Community Center Monday afternoon, talking with neighbors, hoping to unearth any clues that might be a missing piece in the disappearance of Vincent Binder.

    The 29-year-old's friends tell me it would be completely out of character for him to just pack up and go, but beyond just that, he doesn't have a car and his bike was found inside his apartment.

    Eleven days ago, Vincent Binder left his friend's apartment at the Lakes and started walking home down Airport Drive.

    Since then, it seems the 29-year-old Graduate student of Communication at FSU has vanished into thin air.

    "Then I started talking to all the professors asking have you seen him, has he shown up for classes. Once that didn't happen, something was wrong," says Vince's friend, Beth Frady.

    Friends and colleagues spent the weekend wading in water, scouring the area he was last seen, looking for any sign of Vince.

    "It's horrendous. It's a heavy burden to carry around," says Frady.

    His friends handed out more than 60 ribbons Monday to those who know Vince from school, keeping him at the forefront of all of their minds.

    "He cared for everybody around him and this is sort of our return of that all coming together to care for him as much as he cared for the people that he interacted with everyday," says Vince's friend, Nicole Cox.

    Flyers have been put up all across the capital city. The hope is that as people walk up to pay their bills, they'll see the flyers, hopefully jogging their memories and giving crucial clues to Police.

    So far, the Tallahassee Police Department's investigation has turned up dry, but a tip has landed two investigators in Miami, Florida since Friday.

    Police won't say, what they're doing there and what they're hoping to find.

    Investigators won't say if foul play is suspected at this time, but they also haven't ruled it out.

    Friends are holding a prayer vigil on FSU's campus Tuesday, April 12th at 8 p.m. at Langford Green on Florida State's Campus.

    Updated 3:15p.m 4-12

    The following is a Press Release from TPD:

    On Thursday, April 8, 2010, the Tallahassee Police Department received a report that 29 year-old Vincent Binder was missing.

    Binder is a graduate student at Florida State University and has a small, but close group of friends.

    The reporting person indicted that Binder had not been seen since approximately 12:30AM on Friday, April 2nd.

    Officers responded to Binder’s apartment in the 900 Block of Lipona Drive in an effort to locate him, without success.

    The following morning investigators continued their attempt to locate Binder, again without success.

    Binder’s friends explained to investigators that he is very dependable and would not have been gone for this length of time without contact.

    Based on information received from Binder’s friends and family, investigators have reviewed Binder’s financial information and his phone records in an effort to locate him.

    The information obtained based on the records search cannot be disclosed at this time, but indicates a series of suspicious activities.

    The Tallahassee Police Department is working closely with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida State University Police Department.

    As of late Friday, April 9, 2010, investigators from the Tallahassee Police Department were in the Miami, FL area, following potential leads in the case.

    Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Vincent Binder is asked to contact the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477).
    Updated 1:30p.m 4-12

    TPD has confirmed that investigators in Miami-Dade County have been following up on a tip in the case since Friday.

    Officers are planning to canvas Tallahassee neighborhoods Monday afternoon. They’re hoping to talk with residents to see if they can learn more about his whereabouts or if anyone saw him walking home the night of April 2nd.

    We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
    Updated 9a.m 4-12

    Tallahassee Police say there are no new details at this time.

    We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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    Could an FSU student answer whether or not Vince Binder was a student or TA at FSU the 2008-2009 academic school year? Thanks!

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    UPDATE: 10:51 PM Apr 12, 2010

    updated 4-12 at 10:45pm by Candace Sweat

    It's been almost two weeks since a FSU Grad Student was last seen, and there are still no signs of his whereabouts.

    But the Tallahassee Police department is not giving up, and hit the streets Monday to find any clues that may lead them in the direction of Vince Binder.

    The search began around 3pm on Monday with a briefing at Palmer Monroe Community Center. From there, twelve officers spread out to canvass the neighborhood along Airport Road and Altkamire Drive. It's the area where they say Binder was last seen.

    Meanwhile, those who knew Binder on a personal level are busy doing some investigation of their own. They say it's completely out of character for him to just up an leave.

    "He had a ton of responsibilities. He loved those responsibilities. And for him not to show up to those responsibilities is a big huge red flag," said Binder's friend Beth Frady.

    A tip has led two investigators to Miami, Florida, but police aren't giving specifics about why they're there.

    They do say they're not giving up hope that someone out there has the information they need.

    Friends are holding a prayer vigil on FSU's campus Tuesday, April 12th at 8 p.m. at Langford Green on Florida State's Campus.
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    Current updates can also be found on the following facebook site:


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    UPDATE: April 13, 2010

    Police: Clues extend south in
    case of missing FSU student

    FSU student has been missing since April 2;
    investigators are in Miami

    April 13, 2010

    Though they're not releasing the specifics,
    Tallahassee police announced Monday that
    investigators have noted a series of suspicious
    activities after reviewing the financial and phone
    records of a missing Florida State graduate student.

    Since Friday, TPD has had investigators in Miami to
    follow leads in the disappearance of Vince Binder.
    The 29-year-old communications student was last
    seen at about 12:30 a.m. on April 2, when he was
    seen walking from the apartment of two friends at
    Airport and Eppes drives to his apartment at Lipona

    A group of about 10 officers paired off to canvass
    the neighborhood where Binder often walked or
    biked. They knocked on doors showing residents a
    flyer of Binder and asking if they'd seen him.
    Officers connected with residents who live on a
    variety of streets south of Jackson Bluff Road,
    including Mayhew Street, Atkamire Drive, and
    Airport Drive.

    "We're trying to make contact with anyone who might
    have seen or heard anything," Lt. Dewey Riou said.
    "We're not looking for anyone in particular."

    Binder's friends and classmates distributed about 60
    white ribbons — they're calling them Binder Bows —
    as a reminder to continue talking about Binder's
    disappearance. An 8 p.m. vigil is scheduled for
    today at Langford Green near Doak Campbell

    The FSU College of Communication and Information
    is holding a meeting at 5 p.m. today in 1101 of
    University Center for students, faculty and staff with
    any questions.

    Binder is 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, with blue eyes and
    brown hair. Anyone with information is asked to
    contact TPD at 891-4200.

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    Attention, All: As we wait in hope for Vince's safe return, Vince's many friends around the Florida State University and Tallahassee Community have organized to hold a candlelight "Vigil for Vince" this evening (Tuesday, 4/13) at 8 p.m. The vigil will be held on Langford Green at the University Center, and we are hoping to have as many people come out as possible. The vigil is to bring hope, spread positive thoughts, and celebrate Vince. So, bring a blanket and a few good stories to share of our dear friend, to hold us over until he comes home. We hope to see everyone there.

    With much love and hope,

    Vinces' many friends
    Last edited by Clarity Matters; 04-13-2010 at 01:21 PM. Reason: date change

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    News from University of Florida - Gainesville, FL

    April 13th, 2010 11:31am
    Police searching for missing former UF student
    by Nathan Crabbe

    Vincent Binder

    Police are searching for a former University of Florida student who went missing in Tallahassee.

    Vincent Binder, 29, is a graduate student at Florida State University. Tallahassee police reported that he has not been seen since April 2.

    Binder is a former UF student and Gainesville resident, according to Melinda Sparks, a resident who said she was friends and worked with him here. She wanted to get word out about the search for him.

    “I figured the more people that know about it, the better,” she said.

    Anyone with any information on Binder’s whereabouts is being asked to contact the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477).

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    Official Website

    Live Official Website for Vincent Binder:

    Phillip Crowe Attention: The Official Website for Vincent Binder is live. The purpose of this site is to spread awareness of Vince's situation, and to collect donations towards a reward for information leading to his safe return. Please, find it in your heart to go to this site and donate what you can. Thank you so much.

    Home (Help Find Vince)

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    Update: Evidence in truck led authorities to link fugitives with missing FSU student


    April 13, 2010
    4:43 p.m.

    According to the Miami Herald, authorities found a bloody knife, cash receipts and other pieces of evidence in a stolen truck they traced to the three fugitives local police say are linked to missing Florida State graduate student Vincent Binder.

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    Posted on Tuesday, 04.13.10 - The Miami Herald

    3 Louisiana prison escapees captured in Miami-Dade hotel

    Millions of tourists visit South Florida every spring to escape their daily mundanity, stress or simply the cold.

    For three men from Louisiana, Miami-Dade County recently provided a brief -- albeit highly illegal -- respite from bars and shackles.

    While Quentin M. Truehill, Kentrell F. Johnson and Peter M. Hughes made their way to Florida in a stolen truck, they will likely hitch a ride back to Avoyelles Parish jail in Marksville, La., in the armed custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

    Thirteen days after using a homemade shank to force their way out of jail, their illicit holiday came to an abrupt end Monday, when authorities cornered the escaped convicts at a West Little River motel.

    ``These guys are the worst of the worst, no doubt about it,'' said Barry Golden of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force. ``These are guys our [department] is designed to go after.''

    The Associated Press reported that Tallahassee police said one of the men may have been involved in the disappearance of a Florida State University stu- dent, Vincent Binder, 29, last seen on April 2.

    Their back story, as provided by the U.S. Marshals, reads like a Hollywood script.

    Truehill, 22; Hughes, 22; and Johnson, 39, all have a history of violent crime and ended up serving hard time together at Avoyelles Parish.

    Early on the morning of March 30, they made their escape. They held a makeshift knife to a guard's neck and demanded to be let free. The corrections officer complied -- but not before another guard tried to intervene and was cut on the hand for his trouble.

    Authorities chased the escapees with dogs but lost them in the woods. The trio was able to steal a black Chevy 2500 pickup truck from a nearby home and fled the area.

    Over the next few days, they drove through Louisiana, across Mississippi and Alabama before making it to Florida. Their destination: the home of Miami-Dade resident Shirley Marcus, 40.

    Authorities believe they arrived in South Florida on or around April 4, and hid out here with Marcus' help before checking into the Budget Inn at 8929 NW 27th Ave. on Monday.

    Little did they know that time was running out on their newfound freedom.

    Last Wednesday, authorities discovered their stolen truck, which they abandoned at Haulover Park. Inside the vehicle was a bloody knife, along with cash receipts and other pieces of evidence that ultimately led police Monday to the Budget Inn.

    Detectives first caught up with Truehill -- who had been serving a 30-year manslaughter sentence -- and Hughes, who along with Marcus were pulling into the hotel in her car. A half-hour later and a few blocks away, they picked up Johnson. All three surrendered without incident.

    They will remain in county lock-up on escape charges and await extradition back to Louisiana. Marcus has been charged with harboring a fugitive and accessory after the fact.

    Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/1...#ixzz0l29r4Nr0

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    Oh my...I'm just now reading about this case. It doesn't sound good. I hope someone talks soon. I can't imagine what Vincent's family and all of his friends must be going through - or what Vincent went through! I'll be praying for him and his family!

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    Updated: 6:52 PM Apr 13, 2010

    Fugitives Arrest Linked To Missing FSU Student
    Police believe it is likely that the fugitives were involved in two robberies in Tallahassee and possibly the disappearance of Vincent Binder.

    Three prison escapees are under arrest in Miami and one admits to being involved in the disappearance of missing FSU graduate student, Vincent Binder.

    The bottom line is Vincent Binder is still missing but the arrest of three prison escapees in Miami has them one step closer to finding out to what happened to him.

    Quentin Truehill, Peter Hughes and Kentrell Johnson were arrested at a Budget Inn in Miami Monday night.

    U.S. Marshals say the men were doing time for robbery and manslaughter when they held a knife to a prison guard and escaped.

    Investigators did find a bloody knife in a stolen truck the men were driving as well as some identification and some receipts which led back to Tallahassee.

    One of the men admitted to being involved in Binder's disappearance but didn't say much more.

    Officer David McCranie with the Tallahassee Police Department says,
    "We certainly have a mountain of information, evidence, phone records, financial records...things are certainly moving in the right direction. But again our focus right now is to find Mr. Binder and make sure he's okay and if he's not okay make sure those responsible are brought to justice."

    Tallahassee police believe the escapees were involved in two robberies in Tallahassee the night Binder disappeared.

    One was at the Walgreen's on Tennessee Street and another was at an apartment complex on White Drive. Police say the men did use a weapon in those robberies but wouldn't specify. Right now they don't know if the fugitives have any link to Tallahassee or if they were just passing through.

    Late Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Marshals released surveillance video of the fugitives. It shows the men going through a drive-thru in North Miami in a stolen Chevy truck.

    Two important details-- it was April 4th- just two days after Binder disappeared and it was actually a Burger King receipt in that truck that helped Marshals track them down.


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