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  1. #16
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    I am a retired Police Officer. Born and raised in WV, moved to Florida for 20 years, retired and moved back to the beautiful WV mountains. We bought a beautiful old Victorian house that was built in 1918 and have been working on retoring it to it's original glory for the past 3 years. I discovered WS's while following the Jessica Lunsford case. I have met some wonderful people here and am impressed with their skills in research. I have found that each person has their specialty in different areas of research. When everyone puts their skills together the result is amazing. I really enjoy working with everyone here.
    Retired 08/03/03

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    Hi I am Alyssa Alie for short. i am 24 from connecticut. i work full time in retail as a shoe specialist for target and still live at home with my parents and my 3 younger siblings . I came to Ws looking for more info janice pockett who went missing from connecticut in 1973 at the age of 7. when im not researching info on her i also follow other threads such as annas, and sharon marshall. when im not on websleuths i like to write poetry, read books, line dancing, beading, shoping,the beach, and playing with my 3 year old golden retriver and my 7 year old all white cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow205
    I have met some wonderful people here and am impressed with their skills in research. I have found that each person has their specialty in different areas of research. When everyone puts their skills together the result is amazing.
    The collective talents that each person bring to WS is this community's strength. Some are good researchers, some are good at making connections that others might not see, some are are good at coming up with "crazy" ideas that turn out to be not-so-crazy. Together, the sum is greater than each individual part.

  4. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Doogie
    The collective talents that each person bring to WS is this community's strength. Some are good researchers, some are good at making connections that others might not see, some are are good at coming up with "crazy" ideas that turn out to be not-so-crazy. Together, the sum is greater than each individual part.
    LOL, Dr. D. I prefer to call them 'out of the box' ideas- sounds a little better, and since that is my specialty...........

    PS. Though I have to admit, Dr. D. has me beat on the 'out of the box' ideas- I seem to remember something about a toe?......ROFL!!!
    Last edited by mysteriew; 05-26-2006 at 12:47 AM.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew
    Though I have to admit, Dr. D. has me beat on the 'out of the box' ideas- I seem to remember something about a toe?......ROFL!!!
    Guilty as charged. I think I've been watching way too much Sopranos. I always ask myself, "WWPWD?" (What would Paulie Walnuts do?)

  6. #21
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    Everybody has little flights of fantasy when they get involved in a case. Mine just seem to be more consistent than most.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Newbie to this case

    Hiya Everyone! My name is Christine...really I am 35, 36 very soon, married with 12 yr old and 6 month old. I work FT as Full Charge Bookkeeper and have 2 PT home businesses, 1 computer repair, 2 bookkeeping and taxes.

    I came to WS to read about Ray Gricar, a missing PA DA who helped my family a great deal back in the 80's. From there, I went nuts! There is so much on WS to do! Then I decided to slow down a bit, was getting behind at work and home, LOL, and try to concentrate on just a few cases at a time. So, I thought, I'll pick one hot (Amber Harris) and one cold (Rose Cole).

    I am currently involved in Rose Cole case, which has brought me to this case, and also working on Amber Harris. I followed the Amber Harris case from day 1 and as most of you know the case went from missing to Homicide just recently.

    I want to find Rose so bad because she was so lonely, and I want her to know how much she IS loved, even by us, and we don't even know her!

    I now want to help find Anna.....what a joy that would be, what a JOY!

    I love each and everyone one of you here, you are all an incredible bunch! I have made some good friends since hanging out at WS.

    BTW...who's coming to the WS 1st Annual Get Together ????? A chance to meet in person and discuss all of our work here!

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    Welcome, Christine2448. We can use all of the help that we can get.

    For years, Annasmom and her family felt that while people were sympathetic to their situation, no one seemed interested in actively assisting in the search for Anna. Well, Websleuthers have risen to the occasion and as a result, we are closer to finding an answer than we have ever been. With all of your help, we can find the truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Doogie

    For years, Annasmom and her family felt that while people were sympathetic to their situation, no one seemed interested in actively assisting in the search for Anna.
    I just got a form letter from the San Mateo Sheriff's office in response to my request for a copy of the case file (made on the proper form). They asked for a postage fee and picture identity but then said since the case involved a juvenile (38 years old??) I would have to have a court order from Juvenile authorities to get the file. This, after the detective supposedly on the case helped me fill out the form. I think they just want me to go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annasmom
    I just got a form letter from the San Mateo Sheriff's office in response to my request for a copy of the case file (made on the proper form). They asked for a postage fee and picture identity but then said since the case involved a juvenile (38 years old??) I would have to have a court order from Juvenile authorities to get the file. This, after the detective supposedly on the case helped me fill out the form. I think they just want me to go away.
    WHAAAAT?????? The detective said that if there was any trouble, to call him and he would be able to approve the release. Sounds like trouble to me, so lets see if he will do what he says he will.


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    I bet they are going to pull the old, "she was a juvenile but she would be an adult now and entitled to the right to her privacy" excuse.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Why would they even bother to ask for a postage fee and picture identity if they were going to play cat and mouse? So infuriating. I have "met" some of the nicest people in LE offices you could ever hope to meet, and I have met some that are so infuriating that I just want to go screaming into the night. I hope somehow you are able to sort this out and get them to offer up their file.

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    Doesn't make sense to me. 32 yrs ago a stranger (MH) gets a copy of the file, but not a family member today? Gee, do I smell trouble. Oh, have I ever mentioned "go higher" yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherlockJr
    Oh, have I ever mentioned "go higher" yet?
    In the course of rereading Annasmom's manuscript, I was reminded that the FBI did review the case in the context of a cluster of missing girls that occured in the Bay Area in the 1980's (Amanda Campbell, Amber Schwartz, etc.). They never were able to come to any conclusions.

    There are jurisdictional issues concerning the FBI. At the time of Anna's disappearance, the law stated that the FBI could only get involved if there was a ransom note or if strong evidence existed that the child was transported across state lines. That criteria has now changed, but I do not know if it is retroactive to pre-existing cases.

    Concerning the San Mateo Sheriff's and this new roadblock that they have thrown up: Annasmom, I would call the detective back and get his input on this. He seemed to be sincere in wanting to get us this info. You are probably right in that they want you to go away - what you need to do is make it clear to them that the only way for them to make you go away is to give us what we want. I know that is not your nature, but I would recommend that you get in touch with your "inner-*****" and become a pain in their rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Doogie

    Concerning the San Mateo Sheriff's and this new roadblock that they have thrown up: Annasmom, I would call the detective back and get his input on this. He seemed to be sincere in wanting to get us this info. You are probably right in that they want you to go away - what you need to do is make it clear to them that the only way for them to make you go away is to give us what we want. I know that is not your nature, but I would recommend that you get in touch with your "inner-*****" and become a pain in their rear.
    This made me laugh out loud. It's nice that you assume I'm not in touch with this, ahem, negative side. First, though, I just sent the six dollars and the photo ID and assumed the clerk had called the detective. I'll stay on it.

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