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    Lightbulb Resources for Families of the Missing

    I believe there used to be a resources thread here that was a sticky. I looked through all of the pages, and could not find it. I also did a search for “resources” unsuccessfully. I think it would be a good idea to have one, so I will start one. If management disagrees, they can pull the thread.

    Resources would include organizations which assist families of the missing, a brief description of the organization, and link to their site.

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    There was one called "Information" which is no longer a sticky:

    http://websleuths.com/forums/showthr...ighlight=links

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    Quote Originally Posted by fourboys
    There was one called "Information" which is no longer a sticky:

    http://websleuths.com/forums/showthr...ighlight=links
    I'll sticky it if you like either one or both...just let me know in a post or pm

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    The old was was outdated and had some erroneous info in it, so let's keep this one, if that's ok. Thank you.

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    Missing in Canada

    Are you looking for a family member who has gone missing without explanation in Canada? If you are, there are websites that can help by letting others know about your missing loved one.

    Whether your family member disappeared recently or decades ago, we can create a publicly accessible case file that is included on The Doe Network or the North American Missing Persons Network (NAMPN) websites. Both sites feature profiles of those who have disappeared without explanation or under suspicious circumstances. This service is free. You will not be asked to pay to have your loved one's information added to the websites.

    Please note that neither The Doe Network nor NAMPN accept cases involving searches for lost loves, birth parents or old friends.

    If your loved one went missing in Canada and you would like to have his/her case added to The Doe Network or to the NAMPN websites, please contact lusia.doenetwork@gmail.com.



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    I have a great deal of respect for the National Center for Missing Adults (which also profiles some juveniles) and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (which also profiles some adults under 21). Other helpful but lesser known resources would be Project Jason and the Child Seek Network.

    And of course I'll mention my own site, the Charley Project. It's similar to the Doe Network and NAMPN in that it is a publicity vehicle for unsolved cases. The person must have been missing six months ago or longer. I mostly do US cases but will also profile foreign ones with a US connection (for example if the missing person was a US citizen who disappeared in another country.)

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    Here's an article about hiring a private detective and what families need to know:

    http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com...estigator.html

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    http://www.projectjason.org
    Read our Voice for the Missing Blog
    http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com/
    Last edited by Kelly; 04-14-2007 at 07:00 PM.

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    Part II of the series, Considering a Private Investigator, has been posted on the Project Jason Voice for the Missing blog. The purpose of this series is to provide families of the missing with enough information to be able to make a good decision about hiring a private detective to work on their missing loved one's case.

    You may read part II here:
    Project Jason-Voice for the Missing: 4/15/07 Considering a Private Investigator, Part II

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    Project Jason - Assistance for families of the missing
    Read our Voice for the Missing Blog
    Project Jason-Voice for the Missing

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    Healing Harbor: A Free Counseling Service offered by Project Jason

    Project Jason is pleased to announce the opening of Healing Harbor.

    Healing Harbor is a free service provided to families of the missing by nonprofit organization Project Jason and Duane Bowers, LPC.

    Families of the missing suffer a unique tragedy, one with which many professional counselors do not have the training or experience to be able to properly service their clients. In addition, many families do not have the financial means to seek professional counseling. Duane is one of the nation’s most qualified counselors in regards to issues faced by these families, and we are honored to have him with us to answer your questions.

    Healing Harbor can provide answers and assistance on a variety of emotional issues that effect family members of missing persons. This assistance may provide the boost needed for that family member to deal with and adapt to the situation without seeking counseling. (Please keep in mind that Healing Harbor should not be viewed as a substitute for individual, private counseling if needed.)

    Families of the missing who elect to participate in Healing Harbor are invited to post their question to Duane in our private forum area. These questions may cover any topic of interest in respect to emotional issues that relate to having a missing person in their life.
    If you are a family member of a missing person, and would like to take advantage of this service, please register at our forum, located at http://www.projectjason.org/dpforum/forum.php

    After registration, simply follow the instructions in the verification email you will receive, and then let us know that you have registered, so we can grant permissions for you to enter the special forum area. Email us with your username, the name of the missing loved one, and your relationship to them. After verification, we’ll open up access to Healing Harbor to you.

    The Healing Harbor forum is: http://projectjason.org/dpforum/forum_display.php?id=25
    Posting Guidelines, FAQ's, and other pertinent information: http://projectjason.org/dpforum/forum_display.php?id=26
    The Waiting List and Questions area: http://projectjason.org/dpforum/forum_display.php?id=27

    We hope that you will find healing in our safe harbor.

    With Hope for all of our Missing Loved Ones,

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    http://www.projectjason.org
    Read our Voice for the Missing Blog
    http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com/

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    This is a repost of information, however all of the links have changed and I cannot edit an old post. We were also finding that many people did not forward this notice to LE, family members, coroners, and medical examiners they know, so it's certainly worth a repost for that reason alone. Thank you.



    Dear Families, Supporters, and Friends of Project Jason,

    We are pleased to announce that we have begun to provide law enforcement (LE) training by professional instructors, available in the form of audio files. These audio files can be accessed 24 hours a day on our website at http://www.projectjason.org/training.html There is no charge to utilize this training.

    We began our ongoing series with a 4-part program about DNA and CODIS as it pertains to solving missing persons cases. As you know, it is critical that LE make use of the available technologies and systems in place. Obtaining DNA samples from the family members of missing persons (or DNA from the missing persons themselves) in an attempt to match them to DNA from unidentified remains is one method of finding the answers about our missing loves ones, resolving cold cases, and solving crimes.

    Our guests for the DNA training are Dr. Arthur Eisenberg and George Adams from the Center for Human Identification (CHI) at North Texas University. Dr. Eisenberg pioneered much of today's DNA testing protocol and is one of the world's leading DNA scientists. "First and foremost, there never should be a human remain, a skeletal remain of anyone's loved one that would be buried or cremated without the retention of a DNA sample for analysis. If those samples are in CODIS, there's always a chance." Dr. Eisenberg stated.

    George Adams is the LE liaison for the CHI, has many years of law enforcement experience and regularly conducts training for the CHI. "Once you enter a sample into CODIS, you're not working within your jurisdiction, you're working within the jurisdictions of everyone entering samples into CODIS", said George Adams. "You are bringing in so much power into your investigation. It is explosive. If we can get everyone to do this, these samples will be matched, they will be made, and the sooner we match them the sooner the law enforcement can identify who the perpetrator is, and take him off the streets."

    More detailed biographies along with the audio training files can be found on the Law Enforcement Training page at http://www.projectjason.org/training.html

    Each audio segment is approximately 30 minutes long.


    Topics covered in the DNA training modules:

    History and types of DNA

    Best practices for obtaining DNA samples

    CODIS and State Databases

    Importance of Chain of Custody

    CHI Services

    The nationwide crisis and the need for these processes to become standard procedure

    While this information will be helpful for the families of the missing and organizations which serve them, the main goal is to disseminate this information to LE. You may feel free to forward this email to all interested persons. For families of the missing and organizations which serve them, all 4 parts will be of interest, but there are several messages of hope and encouragement in the last section. Working together, we can accomplish so much. There is always hope!

    If you have a missing loved one, and do not have either their DNA in CODIS or yours, Part II discusses steps for you, and then your LE, to take.

    Quick technical tips for playing audio files:

    Double-clicking on the audio file on the site will download it to your PC. It may begin to play nearly immediatetely, or may take several minutes to download, depending upon which audio players you have on your PC and how you have them set up.

    You can also download the files to a MP-3 player or an IPOD.

    Note: Persons using dial-up internet may encounter difficulties in playing the files.

    Direct links to the audio files:

    Part I:
    http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DN...byCHIPart1.mp3

    Part II:
    http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DN...byCHIPart2.mp3

    Part III:
    http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DN...byCHIPart3.mp3

    Part IV:
    http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DN...byCHIPart4.mp3

    Direct links for the biographies and CHI contact information for LE:
    http://www.projectjason.org/eisenberg.html
    http://www.projectjason.org/adams.html

    We will add more LE training on a regular basis covering a variety of topics.

    Please forward this notice to interested persons, including law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, and other families of missing persons.

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    http://www.projectjason.org
    Free Online Counseling for Families of the Missing
    http://www.projectjason.org/benefits.html#healingHarbor

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    I have re-written our services and benefits statement:

    Project Jason is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, and was established on October 6, 2003. Our organization primarily focuses on case assessment, resources, and support for families of the missing. We are not an investigative agency, nor do we perform searches. We offer services we are trained to provide. I handle all interactions with family members, and have over 100 hours of professional training in various aspects of missing persons, including emotional support, DNA, support tools, databases and related matters, case management, media interaction, and more.

    All of our services are free. As a nonprofit organization, we depend on the generosity of the public to support us, so that we can continue this very important work. We ask that this support come from other members of the community, rather than the families of the missing.

    Our services to families include:

    Case Assessment: We take a look at the case, what has been done, and is being done, and make suggestions to ensure that certain necessary steps that the family or Law Enforcement should take have not been missed. We may also then refer that family to other trustworthy organizations, based upon the results of the assessment.

    Awareness Programs:

    18 Wheel Angels: Bi-monthly poster dissemination campaigns aimed at truck drivers and business travelers. It includes a listing of the featured missing persons in a national trucking publication, Through the Gears.

    Adopt a Missing Person: Personalized awareness campaign in which photo buttons of the missing person and a personal biography written by family members are used to create and increase awareness.

    Come Home: Bi-monthly personalized poster dissemination campaigns targeting missing person cases wherein there is evidence that the person may be living a homeless lifestyle. Poster links are emailed to participating homeless shelters nationwide who then print and place the poster in their shelter.

    Voices for the Missing: Audio interviews done with families of the missing wherein they tell their stories.

    Voice for the Missing Blog: Stories about missing persons along with a variety of educational information are shared.

    More Services for Families:

    We will create and upload a poster for the missing person and can also help them with media contacts and press releases. We provide them with emotional support and help them become empowered to seek new avenues for awareness. We place the photo of the missing person on our main website and keep a ongoing thread for updates and information on our forum. With an average of 700 website hits per day and climbing, this is also a valuable tool for awareness.

    Healing Harbor: Healing Harbor is the only free online counseling service for families of the missing. One of the nation's most respected and knowledgeable counselors in the area of the emotional needs of families of the missing, Duane Bowers, provides answers and assistance via our private forum.

    Family Member Forums: These private family member-only forums, provide families of the missing a way to meet and network with other family members, sharing their stories and offering each other support and additional tools for dealing with having a missing person in their lives.

    Other Services:

    Campaign for the Missing: This is a grassroots effort to pass legislation in each and every state that can positively effect the outcome of missing persons cases. Project Jason serves as the facilitator for this campaign, and mentors each volunteer through the process in their state.

    Law Enforcement Training: Free audio training on various topics designed to provide critical information to law enforcement, with the goal of dramatically improving the number of resolved cases. This information will also be helpful to coroners, medical examiners, and the families of the missing.

    Personal ID Kit: A free downloadable Personal ID Kit is provided by Project Jason in both English and Spanish. The kit contains a list of the first steps to take in the event your loved one is missing, plus valuable information that law enforcement will need. We encourage every member of the family to have one completed. No one is immune from becoming a missing person, and when it happens, every minute counts.

    Project Jason Forum: Our forum provides a wide variety of news and support information about missing persons and related issues. We also provide safety information for all ages.

    Project Jason: http://www.projectjason.org/

    Project Jason Forum: http://projectjason.org/dpforum/forum.php

    Project Jason Voice for the Missing blog: http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com/

    Contact us at:

    information@projectjason.org
    OR
    402-932-0095

    We are the Voice for the Missing; speaking for those who are not among us but who are forever in our hearts.

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason

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    A Project Jason Announcement:

    Good Day,

    Project Jason is pleased to announce an increase in monthly campaigns on our awareness program, the 18 Wheel Angels. Currently, two campaigns per month are featured on our website at http://www.projectjason.org/18wheel.shtml Beginning on November 1, 2007, we will now increase that to 4 campaigns per month.

    18 Wheel Angels is a poster dissemination campaign aimed at truck drivers, who are natural networkers. We also encourage business travelers and the general public to come to the website, download, print, and display these posters in local businesses. A special poster is made for each selected person on the campaign. An example of these posters can be found at the website and below my signature in this message. (This is not a poster displayed on trucks. It is a print and place campaign.)

    All missing persons who have been featured on the campaign will have their poster available to download on the 18 Wheel Angels page on our website until they are found.

    In addition to the campaign, the selected missing person's information and photo is also featured in a trucking publication called Through the Gears. This free magazine is distributed in truck stops nationwide and has a circulation of about 150,000. The selected missing persons' information will also be on the trucker.com website under Missing Persons. Depending upon available space, some families may have a short story about the missing person published in the magazine in addition to the photo(s) and basic data.

    Through the Gears is one of Target Media Partner's many publications. In partnership with Project Jason, they will now feature four missing persons per month.Two will be presented in Through the Gears, and the other two will be in the magazine Independent Contractor. (You can pick up your free copies at a local truck stop, but if it's far from you, you may want to call and ask if they carry that magazine. These are NOT with the regular for purchase magazines.)

    What does this mean to you as a family member of a missing person?

    The 18 Wheel Angels program is a great opportunity for awareness for your missing loved one. If he/she has never been featured on the campaign before, you can ask to be on the waiting list for the campaign. As with all of our programs, there is no cost to you. We develop the poster, upload it, submit it to our trucking industry partners and will also do a press release to the media in the area of the disappearance if you'd like. We have been told by several of the families whose loved ones were featured on the campaign that leads were generated from it.

    What does this mean to you as an organization providing assistance to family members of missing persons?

    The 18 Wheel Angels campaign can be another way you can help your families with awareness. We do need permission directly from the family to run their missing loved one on the campaign, so feel free to refer those qualified cases to us for assistance. Since we have more missing adult cases than child cases, we'd like to get some referrals from families of missing children as well. You can also forward this message to the families you serve.

    Excluded case types: (This is due to the targeted nature of the campaign and in working with publishing deadlines for the magazines, which run a month or more in advance.)

    Persons missing in a natural disaster, in a wilderness area, or in a body of water
    Persons declared by a court of law or a law enforcement agency to be deceased
    Repeat runaways, unless they have been missing for more than 6 months and their whereabouts are not known

    Check here to see if your missing loved one has already been featured: http://www.projectjason.org/18wheel.shtml

    If you have not registered your missing loved one with Project Jason before, please do so here: http://projectjason.org/report.html

    To see all of Project Jason's benefits and services, please click here: http://projectjason.org/benefits.html

    Statistics show that one in every 6 missing persons is located because of a visual aid, such as a poster. The 18 Wheel Angels campaign is one way to increase awareness, and hopefully, bring someone loved and missed back home.

    With Hope for all of our missing loved ones,

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    http://www.projectjason.org
    Read our Voice for the Missing Blog
    http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com/

    Example of poster: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...LeahPoster.jpg

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    For those of you who know someone in law enforcement that may benefit for taking a Missing Adults Training Class please send them the link below. I have been working with Fox Valley Technical College for 4 years and we have trained several hundred LE.

    The next class is in Virginia on July 8-10, 2008

    "The National Center for Missing Adults in partnership with
    Fox Valley Technical College, Criminal Justice Center for Innovation

    Learn about critical investigative tools, federal legislation and resources YOU and YOUR AGENCY need to know to effectively respond to reports of missing adults. This is a MUST-HAVE training for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. This training is designed for investigators, detectives, college campus police officers, police academy instructors, dispatchers, and policy makers."

    http://www.fvtc.edu/public/content.aspx?ID=1238&PID=1


    Robert Cooke
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCOOKE View Post
    For those of you who know someone in law enforcement that may benefit for taking a Missing Adults Training Class please send them the link below. I have been working with Fox Valley Technical College for 4 years and we have trained several hundred LE.

    The next class is in Virginia on July 8-10, 2008

    "The National Center for Missing Adults in partnership with
    Fox Valley Technical College, Criminal Justice Center for Innovation

    Learn about critical investigative tools, federal legislation and resources YOU and YOUR AGENCY need to know to effectively respond to reports of missing adults. This is a MUST-HAVE training for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. This training is designed for investigators, detectives, college campus police officers, police academy instructors, dispatchers, and policy makers."

    http://www.fvtc.edu/public/content.aspx?ID=1238&PID=1


    Robert Cooke
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    RC!!! What a wonderful surprise to see you here this AM with news that I can share with our local LEO. I sooooooo wanted to contact you while this following case was still a mystery. Please read if you have the the time and now that your family remains in my heart and thoughts.

    http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58743

    Love,
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    National Institute of Justice is setting up two databases. One a database of unidentified remains and the other a database of missing person reports.

    Currently they are submitting unidentified remains. There are some there now and the database is searchable. By 2009 families and LE will be able to submit missing persons reports. At the missing persons site there is info about state clearinghouses, victim assistance info and other resources.
    http://www.namus.gov/

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    Not sure where to put this and if it needs to be moved somewhere else, please do.



    Campaign towards a National Missing & Unidentified Person's Day!


    PLEASE go to the link below and sign the petition for a National Missing and Unidentified Persons Day!!! Spread the word of this petition link to everyone you know and post wherever you're able! ~ Thanks!!!

    Petition for a Missing Persons Day Worldwide!
    www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/280079339#top

    Join this Cause on Myspace...
    http://www.causes.com/myspace/causes...ca&recruiter_i...

    Also, please join as well as invite your contacts to join Peace 4 the Missing to strengthen our numbers towards accomplishing this as well as hopefully many to come great causes.
    www.peace4missing.ning.com
    www.activelyaware.blogspot.com

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    Justice Interrupted


    This is a brand new venture featuring 3 powerful women combining forces for victims rights.

    Susan Murphy Milano, victims advocate, Robin Sax, LA Prosecutor, and Stacy Dittrich, former detective will be a powerhouse of help for all kinds of crime victims.......their radio show will definitely be one to listen to for interesting conversation and details of the cases that are brought to them to investigate.

    "The Justice Interrupted team investigates the crime, so those responsible do the time."


    http://justiceinterrupted.blogspot.com/

    Their website is under construction and should be up this fall.

    Each of these women brings a different perspective and insight to the business of crime. I am copying a brief biography of each from the blog and you will see that this is a formidable group to be reckoned with. I wish them all the best of luck on this much needed venture and success for each victim who comes to them.




    About Robin Sax
    Robin Sax is a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney who specializes in prosecuting sex crimes against children. For over fifteen years, she has prosecuted some of the most despicable defendants who have committed the most heinous crimes. For the last seven years, she has been the prosecuting attorney for the Child Sexual Assault division of the Los Angeles County Sex Crimes Unit. In that capacity, Robin works with a multi-disciplinary team at UCLA's Rape Treatment Center/The Stuart House, along with law enforcement, victims’ advocates, social workers, and members of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. She conducts forensic interviews of child victims of sexual abuse, structures investigation plans to maximize the chances of successfully prosecuting their abusers, and handles all aspects of subsequent prosecutions.

    A nationally renowned legal analyst and speakerRobin is a legal analyst and commentator often called upon to provide insight into high profile media cases. She was most recently featured on Nancy Grace and Larry King Live, where she covered current news stories involving Natalee Holloway, Stacey Peterson, and Baby Grace. She also recently appeared on Fox News THE LINE UP, discussing the Bobbie Cutts and OJ Simpson cases, among others. Robin’s radio appearances include regular spots on “The Dana Pretzer Show” on *************.com.

    Robin is also a sought-after speaker on child sexual assault, family violence, domestic abuse, stalking, Internet safety, and the criminal justice system. For over a decade she has shared her valuable insight and expertise at national conferences and with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and the California District Attorney's Association.


    About Susan Murphy-Milano
    Respected author, nationally recognized relationship safety expert, tireless advocate for battered women and children. In January of 1989, Susan's father, a Chicago Violent Crimes Detective, murdered her mother and then took his own life. That very night, after discovering their bodies, she vowed to change the way society viewed domestic violence and broken relationships.

    Susan's quest for justice has been trumpeted across the pages of newspapers, magazines, radio and television, including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Radio, ABC's 20/20, CBS 48 Hours, Nightline, CNN, Sunday Today Show Profile, Women's Day, Family Circle Magazine, U.S. News and World Report among others. Expertise: In 1993, she was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois stalking law and has constantly argued for the rights of battered women and children, both through legislation and through national television appearances and print media. And as National Executive Director of Project:Protect, Susan directed crime scene investigation, safety and successful prosecutions of numerous high profile cases.

    Author of "Defending Our Lives" Doubleday books and "Moving Out Moving On" when a relationship goes wrong. Susan’s life story, “Murphy’s Daughter,” is currently under option by Lionsgate Films and is set for a 2011 release. She is also featured on an upcoming “E True Hollywood Story.” Susan is Co-host of War on Crime Radio and is also a member of Women In Crime Ink.


    About Stacy Dittrich
    Stacy Dittrich is an award-winning 15-year law enforcement officer, author, media consultant, and former detective specializing in sex crimes. With past training by a former FBI Behavioral Specialist, Stacy is certified through the National Institute of Truth Verification as an examiner (CVSA- lie detector). Stacy has also been assigned to a federal drug task in the investigations of numerous homicides. In 2002, she received the Victim’s of Crime Award from former Ohio Attorney General, Jim Petro and is a certified law enforcement instructor.

    Stacy is the author of the upcoming CeeCee Gallagher thriller series about a female detective. She and her first novel in the series, The Devil’s Closet, were recently featured on CNN’s Nancy Grace. Based on an actual case Stacy investigated, the novel debuts in October, 2008, followed by Mary Jane’s Grave, the second in the CeeCee Gallagher series, debuting in June 2009. Stacy’s first true-crime book, Murder Behind the Badge, will debut in September, 2009 (Prometheus) and her memoir, “Stumbling Along the Beat: A true story of a policewoman’s journey,” debuts in Spring 2010

    Stacy is a member of the International Thriller Writer’s Association, Sisters in Crime, and is a regular contributor on Women in Crime Ink, a new web blog by an impressive group of award-winning true-crime authors, print and broadcast journalists, crime novelists, producers for CNN and CBS News, television personalities, and criminal justice professionals. Stacy is also a guest contributor at OfficerResource.com.

    Stacy has appeared as a law enforcement commentator on CNN, Fox’s Geraldo at Large, The War On Crime, The Dana Pretzer Radio Show, numerous radio stations nationwide, SELF magazine and Women’s World magazine. She has given her expert and professional opinion on cases ranging from the Jon Benet Ramsey case to the Manson Family. She comes from a long line of law enforcement, as her husband, father, and uncles are police officers. Stacy Dittrich currently resides in Ohio with her husband and two daughters.

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    Justice Interrupted "Erupts" On The Scene





    Three powerful, experienced women have joined forces to give a voice to victims of crime that have been silenced for various reasons. Victims advocate, Susan Murphy Milano, former detective and author, Stacy Dittrich, and prosecutor Robin sax are combining their talents to help investigate crimes and get answers for those that need them.

    Each of these women brings a different perspective and insight to the business of crime. I am copying a brief biography of each from the blog and you will see that this is a formidable group to be reckoned with. I wish them all the best of luck on this much needed venture and success for each victim who comes to them.http://my.opera.com/Delilah1234/blog...ce-interrupted

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008
    Justice Interrupted Investigates
    Justice Interrupted Crime Radio Network:
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/justiceinterrupted

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008


    Time: 7 PM /PST 9 PM /CST 10 PM/EST

    Call -In Number to the Show: 914-338-0663


    This week's show we will highlight the Case of Rachel Conger missing since March of 2008.

    Links for Rachel http://www.bringrachelhome.blogspot.com

    The Lilly Aramburo Case missing since June of 2007.

    Links for Lilly: http://mothersarevanishing.blogspot....gnored-or.html

    And we will feature the wife of a Law Enforcement Officer who lives one day at a time uncertain if she will remain safe by the time she begins her new life. The police officers wife will share safety concerns and issues commonly faced when married to someone in law enforcement.

    If you have a case you would like the Justice Interrupted team to investigate or highlight the case of a family member or friend who have been silenced by the legal system or, you are too afraid to ask for help in an unsolved murder or crime relating to a loved one we are an email away.

    Justice Interrupted Crime Information

    Do you have a friend or a loved one who is missing or has vanished without a trace?

    If a friend or relative is missing or vanished and you believe they have meet with foul play:

    Was the person going through a divorce?
    Did they end an abusive relationship?
    Was there a custody dispute?
    Did they file or have a court order of protection?
    Were they being stalked by a former lover or spouse?
    Were police ever called to the home?
    Was a police report ever filed?
    Do you have good reason to suspect the person they were involved in a relationship with harmed your loved one in some way?

    Are you having a difficult time getting Law Enforcement to pay attention or investigate the case?

    Is your case stalled in missing persons when it should be reviewed by homicide or cold case investigations?

    Were you ever told by the person who is missing, vanished or murdered, "if something ever happens to me it was this specific person who is responsible?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, we may be able to assist you and or bring attention to a specific case.
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    Project Jason is pleased to announce its newest program, the Awareness Angels Network.
    ( More information can be found at http://www.projectjason.org/awareness.html)

    It’s a fact that one in six missing persons are found as a result of a visual aid, such as a billboard or a poster, thus the importance of poster dissemination in missing person cases. Placing posters is an easy way for you to get involved, and it can make a real difference for the families of the missing.

    With your Awareness Angels Network (AAN) membership, you’ll receive notifications via email about new missing person cases, updates on current cases, and recovered persons. These notifications inlcude a link to a special Awareness Angels Network poster you can print and place.

    Once you are subscribed, the email notifications you receive include a link to the printable poster for a specific missing person, plus a link to Project Jason’s forum, where you can keep up on the latest case news and information.

    We encourage you to:


    *Print copies of this poster and display them near your home, at your workplace and in public places.

    *Give copies of this poster to friends and associates who can place posters near their homes and workplaces.

    *Give copies to friends or associates who travel so they can place the posters in more wide-reaching areas.


    When the missing person is located, we will notify you. At that time, you will be asked to remove any indoor, outdoor and Internet postings of this person.


    Email notifications will be sent to you upon the following events:

    New Case: Project Jason receives a new case submission from the family of a missing person and completes the verification process. New cases are persons who may have been missing for any period of time and the family is registering with us for the first time.

    Updated Case: This notification will be sent out upon any substantial change of information on the original Project Jason poster. This could include the addition of an age progression photo, or new information received that could aid in location of that missing person.

    Annual Missing Date Notice: On or before the annual missing date of persons registered with Project Jason, an AAN notification will be sent out to remind the members that the person is still missing and to request poster placement.

    Law Enforcement Request: This notification will be sent out upon the request of law enforcement who may seek a targeted distribution area. There may be evidence that the missing person may be in a region other than the one he/she disappeared from, and poster dissemination is needed in this area. Project Jason officials may also, at their discretion, and based upon reliable sources, request distribution in another area.

    Location Notice: A person whose case was previously sent out on the AAN has been located alive. Any additional information that can be made public will be found on the link included in the notification.

    Deceased Location Notice: A person whose case was previously sent out on the AAN has been found deceased. Any additional information that can be made public will be found on the link included in the notification.


    Project Jason has divided the US into 14 geographical regions for this program. You may subscribe to as many regions as you wish. We encourage multiple region subscriptions since we’re a very mobile society. It doesn’t take long for a person to travel great distances. In some cases, a missing person may not necessarily be in the same area or location where he/she was last seen. Your notification emails will cover missing persons who were last seen in the region to which you subscribed.

    Once you subscribe to a region, you will be offered a special widget which you may add to your website, blog, MySpace, Facebook, etc. The widget is our thank you for being an Awareness Angels Network member. It will also serve to encourage others to become members, as the widget links right to our site. The more helping eyes, ears, and hands we have, the greater the odds of success.

    From now until about mid-September, the focus of the program will be outreach to gain subscribers. When we begin the email notifications, it is important to have a reasonable subscriber base. In mid-September, we will begin to send the notifications on a more regular basis.

    We're asking interested persons to subscribe AND to send this message to others.


    Remember the facts: One in every 6 are found because of visual means, such as a poster. You can make a difference with your Awareness Angels Network membership!

    If you haven't subscribed yet, read what the families of the missing have to say about poster placement by our Awareness Angels Network members:

    The totality of my life has only one purpose, to find my missing daughter and bring her home safe. Every other aspect of my life has come to a halt. Thank you very much for placing posters of my child.
    Reza Jou, father of missing Donna Jou

    My heart is lifted and hope shines every time someone displays a poster of my son. I believe it is through the love and kindness of the public that my son will eventually be found; but without their concern and active participation, I fear this agonizing mystery will continue to go unresolved. Please, please help me find my son.
    Vicki Barnard, Mother of Missing Ahren Barnard


    Each poster placed carries the hopes of our family, that someone, somewhere, knows something, and will step forward to shine light on the darkness of loss. So, from my heart I thank you for each poster hung, and for each prayer quietly spoken.
    Christy Davis, mother of missing Michael "Austin" Davis

    I want to thank each and every one of you who hangs a poster for my son, Brian. This is the only way that I may hopefully find him and bring him home so that I may have some peace in my life someday. Someone knows what happened, and only with your help can I keep my son alive in the public’s eyes.
    Randy, Brian Shaffer's Dad


    Time Marches on, yet it stands so still. Your smallest remembrance or recognition could help bring our loved one home. Thanks to all those who care.
    Donajean Kapp, Sister of Dori A. Myers, Abducted 01-11-06

    Words cannot express what it means when strangers care enough to place posters for us. The memory of this act is forever etched in our hearts.
    John Lopez, Jeff and Lesa Stivers, Father, Uncle and Aunt of missing Marissa Lopez


    (You'll be able to read more soon from the families we serve on the Awareness Angels Network page on our main website.)


    About the Awareness Angels Network logo you see pn our program page:

    The angel's wings represent the members of the Awareness Angels Network, who will answer our plea for help and place posters to help find a missing person. In this representation, the father was ready to go out and place more posters of his missing daughter, but just then, she was found and returned to his loving arms. The angel's wings surround them, also representing the love and concern we have in our hearts for others, even those whom we have never met. The logo tells the story of what CAN happen when we all work together to make a difference.

    With your help, we'll have many happy endings.

    Subscribe here today: http://www.projectjason.org/aan.html

    Note: You can also subscribe to our Project Jason newsletters on the website noted above. You may choose either the Supporter's Newsletter (general news about Project Jason and the missing) or the Family Member Newsletter. (specialized information of interest to family members of missing persons) These selections are below the AAN regions in the list. The newsletters will begin publication in September.

    All missing persons are loved by someone, and their families deserve to find the answers they seek in regards to the disappearance. Please help us help them. Subscribe to the Awareness Angels Network today, and ask your friends to as well. Thank you.

    There is always hope.

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    www.projectjason.org

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    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Austin, TX Branch

    Making Central Texas safer for children
    9/29/2008 7:33 PM
    By: Karina Kling

    Realizing your child is missing can be a parent's worst nightmare.

    An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing every year in the United States and in 2006 more than 60,000 were reported missing in Texas alone and Texas law enforcement is taking a step forward to keep kids safe.

    It's been almost seven years since Rachel Cooke of Georgetown went missing during an afternoon run.


    More including a video:
    http://news8austin.com/content/top_s...sp?ArID=220903

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    video: http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/whataboutme.htm

    workbook: www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/217714.pdf

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    New missing child alert may help save lives
    By Andrea Bullard
    Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 1:37 p.m.

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    The program uses phone calls to alert people living in the area of where a child is reported missing. They can make 1000 phone calls in just 60 seconds. While the program is called “A Child is Missing”, they also alert people when college students, elderly, disabled and teenagers disappear.

    Article:
    http://wstm.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=223831

    Silver Alert
    Posted: 12:12 PM Oct 8, 2008
    Last Updated: 8:52 PM Oct 8, 2008

    With the stroke of his pen, Governor Charlie Crist has created a Silver
    Alert system in Florida.

    Similar to Amber Alerts, the Silver alert is designed to create a wide spread lookout for seniors who wander from their surroundings.

    It was created after Mary Lallucci’s mother checked herself out of a Pinellas County nursing home and accidentally drove into the intracoastal waterway.

    “And I hope our tragedy saves lives, and I know it wills saves lives.
    That’s the only thing that brings comfort to my family is that our
    tragedy will save someone else’s life. And we thank all of you.”

    The state plan is patterned after a Pinellas County plan that has been
    in effect 3 months.

    To learn more about the Florida Silver Alert program, visit www.fdle.state.fl.us

    Article:
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    Forever searching group

    I am one of the co-founders of Forever Searching, the group and myself are located in the UK, although we have active members in the States, Europe, Canada and Australia.

    The sole purpose of Forever Searching is to raise awareness to missing children and adults, on a global basis. This is explained in more detail on our site. www.foreversearching.com

    How we operate - A case-worker is allocated to a case, they are responsible for raising awareness to their allocated missing person. They work closely with the family advising the family of all awareness activity, in some cases taking direction from the family.

    The case-workers have a small team of people working with them, supporting them, carrying out various activities, which i will attempt to explain in a little more detail for you.

    We distribute the missing person's poster to what we deem as "Priority" focus areas such as hospitals, schools, supermarkets etc in the area of the disappearance or in an area where there is a strong possibility that the person might be. We ask the recipient of the mail to print off the poster and display on notice-boards etc, in as many public areas as possible.

    The mails are individually tailored to the missing person, telling the recipient the details of the disappearance and contact details if the person is seen or known to them

    We use social net-working sites such as my-space, bebo, Sonica, and Face-book to raise awareness - we usually will have the poster of the missing person and we advise about the circumstances of the disappearance.

    We create a video of the missing person, working with the family in respect of content. The video is uploaded to You-Tube onto our channel. Foreversearchingkids. These video's are also released through the social net-working sites.

    We create press-releases, which we distribute to media to raise awareness of the case.

    We lobby government agencies in respect of changes in relation to children's rights and laws governing missing children. We usually do this, to support the family of a missing child who need an issue raised at government level.

    We are all volunteers, we have recognized charity status in the UK. We do not charge any family, for any of the activity that is carried out by the group.

    We have a private forum for the families where they can talk and share best practices with each other.

    Forever Searching is very focused on the family aspect - to-gether with the family we want to ensure that the profile of the missing person is kept high in the public domain - and that every opportunity is taken and every avenue is investigated to ensure that the missing person does not just become another statistic.

    To us visibility of the missing person is KEY.

    Please if you require any further information about Forever Searching, do not hesitate to contact me, we don't promise miracles, but we do promise committement and passion for this cause.

    If there is a family out there that needs our support - please do not hesitate to contact me - we will do everything in our power to ensure that your loved missing one is not forgotten.

    kathy@foreversearching.com

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    Questionnaire helps Orlando police break spiral of domestic abuse
    Mark Schlueb | Sentinel Staff Writer
    February 11, 2009
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    Orlando cops will soon carry a new weapon when they respond to domestic-violence calls: a questionnaire designed to predict whether a victim could eventually be killed by an abuser.
    It might not sound like much, but experts say the short list of questions represents a radical shift in the way domestic battery is handled -- and could cut the city's rising murder rate.
    "This is a huge, outside-the-box step for OPD. It's this kind of thinking that saves lives," said Carol Wick, CEO of Harbor House of Central Florida, which runs a shelter, hotline and other services for domestic-violence victims.
    Too often, domestic violence spirals into murder, records show. Eight of Orlando's 42 homicides last year were elated to domestic violence.
    But few of those victims had contact with domestic-violence advocates, who typically wait until their abuse hotline rings or a victim walks in the door looking for help.

    That's about to change.In a few weeks, Orlando officers who respond to a domestic-violence call will be required to go over the questionnaire -- known as a "threat-assessment checklist" -- with victims. It's designed to determine which cases are similar to ones that have ended in death. It includes questions such as "Is there a firearm in the house?" and "Has your partner been stalking, following or watching you?"

    A Harbor House advocate will check the questionnaires and contact individuals whose scores are high enough that experts think they are in grave danger.
    Judges also will have a copy of the questionnaire when an accused batterer makes a first appearance in court. And caseworkers who deal with Orange County families under scrutiny by the Florida Department of Children and Families will use a similar checklist.
    But Orlando may be the only Florida city besides Jacksonville that will soon require its officers to complete the questionnaire in all domestic-violence cases.

    Do you need help?
    If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, help is available. Here is a list of Central Florida domestic-violence hotlines:
    *Orange County: Harbor House, Orlando, 407-886-2856 * Seminole County: Safe House of Seminole, 407-330-3933 * Osceola County: Help Now of Osceola County, Kissimmee, 407-847-8562 * Lake County: Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties, Leesburg, 352-753-5800 * Volusia County: Domestic Abuse Council, 386-255-2102 * Polk County: Peace River Center -- Domestic Violence Shelter, 863-413-2700 (Lakeland)
    Article:
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...,5768541.story
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    Central Florida domestic-abuse hotlines
    February 11, 2009

    If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, help is available. Here is a list of Central Florida domestic-violence hotlines:
    • Orange County: Harbor House, Orlando, 407-886-2856

    • Seminole County: Safe House of Seminole, 407-330-3933

    • Osceola County: Help Now of Osceola County, Kissimmee, 407-847-8562

    • Lake County: Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties, Leesburg, 352-753-5800

    • Volusia County: Domestic Abuse Council, 386-255-2102

    • Polk County: Peace River Center — Domestic Violence Shelter, 863-413-2700 (Lakeland)

    Article:
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...,4863576.story
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    We are a network and support group for families of missing persons and victims of domestic violence and other crimes.

    We do not work cases, nor solve cases, but we try to connect members seeking help with their cases to an organization or people who do.

    We have many members who have missing loved ones, many members who are a part of the vast network of organizations, private investigators, law enforcement, domestic violence advocates. We are quite diverse.

    We are about support and encouragement along with finding ways to make positive change through networking and open dialogue.

    Thus our "mission"...........

    This is a supportive "haven" intended to foster dialogue and sharing of resources involving Missing Persons Awareness, Supportive Missing Persons Loved Ones Interaction, Domestic Violence Issues as it relates to Mothers and Networking between Missing Persons and Domestic Violence Prevention Organizations. We do not focus on "debating" issues, finding fault nor picking apart any of our fellow "family members" of Peace4.

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