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Friday, December 30, 2005

What Happened to Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible

On Dec. 30, 1999, authorities were alerted that there was house on fire in Welsh Oklahoma. Upon arrival to the residence, it appeared that this was not just a normal fire. Two people were later found shot to death and there were two teenagers missing. Those teens were Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible.
Who shot Danny and Kathy Freeman and where the girls? This is a question that remains unanswered six years later.
It was first believed in the initial phases of the case that perhaps the two teens were lovers and they murdered the parents and made a getaway. Then there was the pending lawsuit the Freeman family had against some police officials for an accidential shooting of Ashley Freeman's older brother that occurred one year prior to the disappearance. Was this a planned attack?
In late 2004, a suspected serial killer, Jeremy Brian Jones claimed responsibility for the disappearance of Ashley and Lauria. He claimed that a drug deal that went sour led him to the residence on that fateful night. He claimed that he shot Danny and Kathy before taking the two girls. His confession led police to an area where they'd search for Ashley and Lauria. That search turned up nothing. Jones has given police information on several other disappearance and murders in several states. He is not a person who is reliable so whether or not his confession of the Bible/Freeman disappearance is true, may never be known. It is known that Jones was residing less than one mile from the Freeman home when this crime occurred in 1999.
There are more searches planned for Ashley and Lauria. Oklahoma officials want to talk with Jones again. In November of 2005, Jones was setenced to death for an Alabama murder. It is unclear how or if they will be allowed to talk with Jones. Hopefully these two girls can be found and this painful mystery can come to a close.

For more information on Ashley and Lauria visit
Bible-Freeman Case Archive

Concerns Grow Over Missing Elderly Lady

On Dec. 29th, Louise Poe walked out of an assisted living complex in none other than Woodstock, GA. A place I've become all too familiar with since the disappearance of Sueann Ray. Poe is an elderly woman who has a medical condition.

Today I spoke with Sgt. Dan King who spent so much time on the Sueann Ray case before GBI took it. He said that probably tomorrow they would go back out again looking for Louise. I'm going to try to spend some time out there tomorrow helping. The fact that Louise is elderly makes time even more crucial in locating her. It is sad when you become on a first name basis with these police officials. I wish that in the upcoming year that there could be no more disappearances and no more deaths. Perhaps tomorrow Louise will be found and this can be a positive end to a mystery just before it rolls the new year?
If you have ANY information on the whereabouts of Louise Poe, please call the Woodstock Police Dept. @ 770-592-6030
Photo of Louise courtesy of 11Alive news Atlanta

Friday, December 23, 2005

The Murder of Laci Peterson

On December 24, 2002, Laci Peterson was last seen by her husband "supposidly" in their Modesto, California home. Her husband, Scott claimed that after he went out fishing that Laci was gone when he arrived home. Laci was 7 1/2 months pregnant when she became missing. A massive search was launched for Laci, but to no avail, she was not found.
Early on, police were suspecting foul play in Laci's disappearance, but the family was not told this until sometime later. Their main focus was also that of Laci's husband, Scott. Something did not seem right about his behavior and statements.
One phone called the course of the investigation. That was the call of Amber Frey calling to tell police that she had been seeing a man that she believed was Scott Peterson. She would tell police that Scott had told her that he was unmarried. The plot began to thicken in the disappearance of Laci. Scott Peterson would begin a series of phone calls to Amber Frey and his calls were being recorded by police. The tapes would later reveal a twisted mind and plenty of deceit. It seemed that Scott Peterson was living a double life. Was this double life, a possible motive for murder? How could it be murder, when Laci was only "MISSING"?
With the tape recorded calls with Amber Frey now out in the open, the family of Laci Peterson forever severed ties with the son-in-law that they first thought was not capable of being involved with Laci's disappearance.
Approximately four months later, a person walking a dog along the shoreline of the San Franscisco Bay would find a badly decomposed body of a baby. Not too far up the shore, a torso was found. DNA testing would reveal that the baby and torso was that of Laci Peterson and her unborn child. The family of Laci's greatest fear had come to pass. Laci obviously had been murdered and evidence continued to mount against her husband, Scott.
Shortly after the discovery of the bodies of Laci and Conner, Scott Peterson was playing a game of cat and mouse with the police in San Diego, California, which is not far at all from the Mexico line. He was arrested at the Torrey Pines golf course. Inside Peterson's vehicle, there was $15,000 cash, all kinds of clothing, his brother's passport, and his appearance had changed dramatically. Scott had grown a beard (which is something a lot of men do) and his hair color had gone from brown to a bleached blonde. Was Peterson about to make a run for the Mexican border when he was stopped by police?
Peterson's trial began in 2004 and it was a huge event. Every channel carried updates on the trial of the man who murdered his wife and baby. Everyone listenend carefully as the Amber Frey tapes were played. In one word, the whole case of Laci Peterson and her husband's double life was "amazing". How could anybody be twisted and sick?
In November of 2004, the jury came back with a verdict that most of America was listening to. That verdict was GUILTY! Just a few weeks later, the judge accepted the jury's sentence of DEATH. He now resides on San Quentin's Death Row in California.
There are many questions still left unanswered about the death of Laci Peterson, but at least Scott Peterson was going to be made to answer for his crimes against his wife and unborn child.
Every year since this happened, as Christmas Eve arrives, I think of Laci Peterson and her family. What a horrible time to pull a stunt like this. What a reminder this must be for Laci's family. That one phone call that changed their lives forever.
Just recently, Sharon Rocha was awarded Laci's life insurance money. Scott Peterson tried to get his murdered wife's money. That was yet another example of why this man is right where he belongs. Sharon also has a book set for release on January 3, 2006 about Laci's murder. Sharon says that she wanted to tell the story that the news and others did not. This will be a first hand experience of the nightmare she went through. The book's title is called "For Laci". This is a book that I'm sure I'll pick up the day it's released.
Today my mind goes back to that 2002 Christmas Eve and the days following the disapearance of Laci. This was a senseless crime that could've all been avoided with a simple divorce. I hope that Laci's family can find some sort of peace and understanding as this anniversary arrives yet again.

For more information on the case of Laci Peterson visit:

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Innocent In Prison

Today's blog is an off topic but it relates to two crimes committed so therefore I feel like it does have a place in this blog. Today's blog entry focuses on two men who were actually innocent and put in jail for crimes they did not commit. The first case is that of Kevin Fox whose three year old daughter, Riley Fox became missing from his home after he arrived home from a night out with his brother. Kevin was keeping the children as any father would do while his wife Melissa was at a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk where she stayed overnight out of town. The following morning, Kevin woke up and was unable to find Riley. A massive search was launched that day and later on, Riley was found in a nearby river. Authorities would later blame Kevin for the child's murder and off to jail he went. This is a case where I watched from the sidelines very quietly and I never believed that Kevin Fox harmed the child in any fashion. From what I could see and read, he was not the baby's killer. My group supported Fox but we were not vocal due to the fact it was a sensitive case and many wanted Fox to fry for this crime. Who wouldnt want the person who did this to pay?
Earlier this year, DNA proved that Kevin did not murder Riley. FINALLY my theory was proven. Kevin Fox was not the only man wrongly put in jail in the state of Illinois. In 1988, there was the case of Jaclyn Dowaliby, a very high profile case. Jaclyn vanished from her home in the middle of the night. Her body was later found in a wooded area. The Dowaliby parents were charged with her murder but later aquitted of all charges. Her murder, just like Riley Fox's remains unsolved. Jaclyn's case prompted a book and a made for TV movie called "Gone in the Night".
Kevin Fox is now a free man and what was once a plea for help to prove that he was not guilty has now been redone to find out who did this to Riley.
The next man who has been put in jail for a crime he did not commit was Clarence Elkins. Clarence before his arrest for murdering his mother-in-law and supposidly raping his neice, was not a model husband. He had a history of drinking and sometimes being a jerk. Clarence spent seven years behind bars for a murder and rape he did not commit. It never seemed to fit that he'd go out for a night of drinking and decide to go to his mother-in-law's house that he did not get along with anyway. The child who testified against him was too young to be on the stand, and later recanted her statement. The whole case was a train wreck from the beginning. Just a week ago, DNA exonerated Clarence of these charges and he was able to leave a place where most of the people there really need to be. He is now back at home with his family. Clarence will be compensated for his time in prison and he should be. He did not belong there. The man who actually committed the crimes will be charged shortly.
There are so many men in prison who are innocent. There are so many who are right where they need to be. There are so many obvious reasons as to how they landed there. The cases which are NOT legit are usually the ones where nothing positive is being done to help free the inmate. It's always something bashing the victim or some assanine statement such as with the Peterson case.... Scott Peterson only dated Amber Frey four times. Ok, what the hell does that have to do with him murdering Laci? One date, two dates, three, how many would it take? You can usually spot the legit cases and the wishing it weren't true ones.
Lots of people think that our group only supports killing men who commit crimes against women and children, and that's not true. I do believe in the death penalty and those who do not, might change their view on that issue had someone they love be brutally murdered. I do believe in innocence of some of these men behind bars. Maybe they wouldnt, and to each it's own.
I feel for Kevin Fox and Clarence Elkins. You two are no longer having to sleep in that hell hole with those real murderer. I hope that in some fashion, they can have a normal and happy life. As for the others, admit what you did, ask God to forgive you and leave it at that. If you want to get technical, "Vengence is mine, sayeth the Lord".

AETV will be airing the segment regarding the case of Clarence Elkins on several nights in the coming days. Please see the show times below.
What the Girl Saw. Tuesday, December 27 @ 8pm ET/PT AMERICAN JUSTICE® What the Girl Saw. Wednesday, December 28 @ 12am ET/PT AMERICAN JUSTICE® What the Girl Saw. Tuesday, January 3 @ 12pm ET/PT AMERICAN JUSTICE® What the Girl Saw. Tuesday, January 3 @ 6pm ET/PT

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Danger On Cruise Ships???

What is happening aboard these luxery cruise ships? Are American citizens in danger while on vacation?
My first questions began with the case of Amy Bradley who was vacationing with her family in March of 1998 when she vanished without a trace. Once the family realized that something terrible had happened, it took the ship more than a day to begin a full scale search. It was almost if the crew took the plea for help as a joke! It is now seven years later and Amy remains missing without a trace. Amy's story is one that is very complex in that there is evidence that Amy's disappearance was related to human trafficking. It is simply unacceptable that a person can become missing on a cruise ship and the family is treated in this fashion.
Next we have the newer case of George Smith IV who was a newly wed who took his honeymoon on a cruise ship. Less than one day into what was supposed to be a happy and memorable time, he became missing without a trace. It is now believed that George was a victim of foul play. Once again, reports are coming in that the cruise liner did not assist in the desperate search. Smith was aboard the same cruise liner - ROYAL CARRIBEAN that Amy Bradley was on when she vanished. This cruise ship has a terrible reputation for not helping these people. Our family has planned cruises previously but we refuse to use Royal because of the things that happened to Amy Bradley, and now George Smith.
It is becoming more and more evident that once US citizens leave our land, we have no rights or protection against violent crimes. I am in full support of Smith's family who is now pushing for a full investigation into the cruise liner and George's disappearance. Something must be done to protect people on these ships.
I think each person who is concerned about these disappearances aboard these ships should begin a letter writing campaign to these cruise liners and demand answers and assistance for George and Amy. There may be others I'm forgetting to include in this blog entry. Regardless of that, these people need to be found and this needs to stop!

(pictured left - Amy Bradley)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Things to be Grateful For

Today was one of those blah days. It was one where it's cold and grey outside but everybody else is off for the holidays, and you have a few more to go. It was one of those where you are thinking about this person and that person and the cases in general. Nothing major, it was just an ordinary day.

Today when I arrived home, there was a wreath with red flowers, which included a little church covered with artificial snow. As I walked closer to it, I realized who had sent it. I did that thing I do a lot. I felt that lump in the back of my throat. You know the one you get when you feel like you want to cry. As I opened the card, I realized it was from two of my dearest friends, Sarah Teague and her brother Danny Jenkins. Siblings who both have missing loved ones, Heather Teague and Sueann Ray. I normally do not post things like this but just standing there looking at the little church with the flowers made me stop and realize what my two friends are having to deal with and how so often I take things forgranted in life. The church hit a nerve with me because Patrice was found behind God's house exactly two weeks ago today. A place of peace, a place we find solace in hard times.

The purpose of this entry to tonight is to let people know that life has no guarantees, and that we must find a way to put our faith in the one who is really control. Sarah reminded me that Patrice's discovery was all in God's timing. His timing will be when Sueann, Heather, Carrie, and all these missing people will be found. Sunday as many of us open presents and visit with our friends and family, there will be so many families who are not celebrating because they miss somebody who was taken away. Sunday is not really about you and I. It's about the one who can help us through these difficult times and help us find these people. Let us remember him on his birthday - Christmas.
Sarah and Danny, thank you for sending me what was my favorite gift so far this holiday season. Thinking of you guys always. Tomorrow is a new day.

Actual photo of the church bouguet. I am so proud of this.
Today's blog is dedicated to all missing and murdered people

Sunday, December 18, 2005

A Night For Sueann

Tonight was the vigil for Sueann Ray who vanished on August 26, 2005. It was a cold day but beautiful outside. We had first feared a winter storm but it passed us. As I headed towards Canton for Sueann, we passed a place I'm all too familiar with. That is the salon where Patrice Endres was abducted on April 15, 2004. I have written a lot about Patrice lately, and those reading this blog are probably growing tired of it, but I can't help it. Patrice's case was one that was very close and important to my family. Patrice was the second case we ever worked on.
On the way tonight, I stopped as I always do and we put some artificial purple roses (in Patrice's color) with a note on the bench outside what used to be her salon. Since we have been working with Sueann's family, I always go by Patrice's salon and leave a rose.

I am hoping that within a few weeks a memorial can be held for her so that I have a more formal place to visit. GBI tells us that Patrice's cause of death is not going to be released because they are still using it in the investigation into her death.
I still wonder every day who hurt Patrice and why. One part of my heart feels better that Patrice has been found but the other part still aches for why something like this had to happen.
We made our way to Canton where Sueann's dad was waiting. We tagged 20 plus balloons for Sueann. Shortly after we finished tagging the balloons, Sueann's daughter arrived. This was very hard for me to look at because Sueann's daughter understands that her mom is missing but she cannot understand all the grown up terms and conditions. She is only six years old. The crowd began to gather around the cross that was placed just today near the parking space where Sueann's van was found a few days after her disappearance.

I felt a large lump form in the back of my throat as Sueann's daughter walked over to that space. I had to find something to do to take my mind off of it. We were so grateful for all the Atlanta stations showing up tonight. This is what it takes to get the interest level back up for Sueann.

If I could have one holiday wish, I would wish that all these families could have some peace and understanding for what they are having to endure. Especially those who are so small and should not have to witness something like this. You can see more photos from the Night For Sueann by clicking HERE

Additional Links:
Vigil Planned for Missing Mother

This blog entry is dedicated to Carrie Culberson and all missing and murdered people. I remember and care about all of you.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Justice for Katie Hamlin

Katie Hamlin's rapist and murderer was formally sentenced to life in prison plus 80 years yesterday in Cherokee County, Georgia. Katie was only 15 when she met up with a guy that she thought was her friend on July 1, 2002. Something went wrong that night. Jamerson decided to rape Katie and authorities believe she died during the assault. Jamerson Mangrum and another young man then sat Katie on fire and left her lifeless body less than a mile from his home. Someone found Katie burning a short while later. Katie was dead.
DNA testing revealed a brutal assault and it was liked to Jamerson Mangrum, who was only 17 at the time of the crime.

Mangrum claimed that he had sex with Katie before dropping her off at an apartment complex. Although Jamerson took the stand in his own defense, the jury did not buy his story. He was subsequently found guilty of Katie's rape and murder.
No body knows exactly what prompted the attack and murder, but Mangrum will spend the rest of his life behind bars. It is known that Katie fought for her life that night and that someone intended to kill her.
Katie's case was tried in Cherokee County, Georgia, the same county where Sueann Ray vanished this past August. An area I'm all too familiar with from the searching we've done for Sueann. What used to be a safe and quiet community has become scary and uncertain. There has to be a way to stop these things from happening.

Related Links:
Mangrum Gets Life Plus 80 Years
Katie Hamlin Case Thread on FindCarrie Board

Today's blog entry is dedicated to Carrie Culberson and all missing and murdered people. May justice and answers be found for each person. You are in my thoughts always.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Forsyth Mystery Continues

December 6, 2005 closed one chapter to the mystery of April 15, 2004 in Forsyth County, Georgia. What was once thought to be an open and closed case, has now heated back up with uncertainty and concern.

Construction workers behind a small church in Dawsonville, GA discovered Patrice Endres' final resting place. Patrice was said to be in a river nearly 65 miles away by a man who claimed responsibility for her murder. The discovery was sad but wonderful in that we were able to locate Patrice when they told us initially she'd never be found in the river. Then questions began to arise about the fact Jeremy Jones gave a totally different location from where Patrice was actually found. Now apparently, law enforcement officials believe he lied.

In an interview late last week with AJC, Jones said that he lied about the whole kidnapping and murder of Patrice to obtain special treatment while in jail. He also claimed that he didnt kill anybody in Georgia, which is also a lie. We know that Jones murdered 16 year old Amanda Greenwell who was his neighbor. Can this man tell the truth?
Authorities say now that they are back at square one with Patrice's murder. They say that previously she was just missing but now it's a homicide. If Jeremy Jones didnt murder Patrice, then who did? There is no way her husband murdered her. He's been interrogated so many times, taking numerous lie detector tests, which he passed. He's not a suspect. Who could've known Patrice's schedule that day. Who knew that 30 minute window where she'd be alone? There is still a $17,000 reward in place for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for Patrice's murder.
The Forsyth County mystery still remains. Something obviously went wrong on April 15, 2004. There is someone who knows what happened to Patrice. Perhaps someone will come forward and solve this mystery. Patrice is finally home but she needs us to find her killer. I'm not ready to give up on this. We've come this far. I can continue to wait for answers.

Related links:
Authorities doubt Jeremy Jones killed hairdresser
GBI: No suspects in death of hairdresser

Monday, December 12, 2005

Remembering Our Goals and Intentions as Searchers

Today's blog entry is one that is often not discussed openly. That topic is the intentions and personal goals of those who work with missing people. I've been saving this entry for a while now, because when I wrote it, I wanted it to be written so that it got the point across and it was not confusing.
When I began working with missing and murdered people, I was somewhat ignorant for a better word as to what is working with and against us in this area. Often times, I trusted people who seemed to be authentic, but were far from it. Only time would prove my theories and need for others to hear me. How could someone be working for a not so nice purpose in a situation as serious as missing and murdered? Some people were authentic and hard core for several weeks or even months, and then they became either noexistent or scarce. This is a hard area to remain dedicated because there are days you are totally overwhelmed and others you are simply tired. As stated in a previous blog entry, we do not get any days off from this. It goes 24-7 year around. There are also those who see a vulerable situation as a way to gain something for themselves for whatever sick reasons. This does happen in life, and it's the darker side of life, just as those who've become a victim of a serious crime.

I've come to learn that there are several who crave the attention of the community, media and their peers. Often taking other people's ideas, thoughts and even words and using them as their own. Some will even go as far as to see what kind of financial gain they can obtain from this. Those who try to take the financial aspect are usually terribly mistaken because we just dont make any money working with the missing. Most of us work 8-5 jobs and then pay for a lot of necessary things out of our own pocket.

There are even those who attempt to turn an innocent family who is already devasted and confused around some of us who are authentic. The family believes that because they receive a well written email that possibly they are about to scammed and nobody wants to be scammed. Fear spreads over them because they are already in a mess. This is when certain people attempt to gain control of the situation and take over. They cut all communication because it's better to be safe than sorry, right? How do we know who we should trust when this happens? Are we gaining the truth or taking on somebody else's insecurity and issues?

I always tell our families to ask for references, ask for examples of services given, and never trust anyone who tries to overtake your ideas, words or thoughts and change them to suit their needs. These are your words. Your loved one is missing. The community would rather hear your than somebody else. You are the only one who give the final say on anything. Be suspicious of those who begin telling you things that seem impossible or strange. Most of all, you should never be charged for a service that is supposed to be free.

We are not here to compete for the limelight. We are here to help find these missing people. It is not about seeing our name in an article or saying, "I am in contact with the family". We are not eighth graders. We are supposed to be a team. There is always going to be somebody who comes up with something in this life to top your ideas or accomplishments. This is when you will see many people's true colors. This is also when you become the better person and overcome your own insecurities and say, "you know, you did a good job". One thing that is very important in this area is confidence in ourselves to make a difference and to bring as many others along with us who want the same thing. It's not about taking the easiest cases, or taking credit for it ending positive. We stand here in good times and bad times. We do not give up or lose focus of what is most important to us. There is no room for jealousy or control when it comes to the missing. We shall not use any excuse, even a missing child of our own to mistreat others or plant seeds of deceit in the wrong places. We shall take a look deep inside our hearts and see what really matters to us. Hopefully it will be the same thing that I get up for each day. It's the fact that somebody is waking up in another place hurting and needing answers. They have not got the strength to do everything alone. It wont kill me to step outside my own comfort zone and help. I'm not concerned with any rewards here on this earth. I'm more concerned with what happens on that day we blink out into where many of these loved one are right now that we are searching for. For every action that is wrong, there'll be a consequence. Make sure you are right when you decide to take a step in the wrong direction.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Search for Tara Grinstead

I just got home from the search for Tara this weekend in Ocilla, GA. Ocilla is a beautiful town where you just would not think somebody could turn up missing without a trace.
Saturday morning at 8 a.m. sharp mom and I rolled into the command post where it was already hopping with K9 units, citizens, and professional searchers. Looking over my shoulder, I saw Beth Holloway Twitty standing with a circle of people around her. What a strong person she is to set aside her own grief in Aruba to join us all here in Ocilla. I walked over to Beth and told her that we just thought she was a wonderful mom not letting up on this situation with Natalee. I told her who I was and about Carrie's case. I told her that there have been others who believed that "no body, no crime", and they were proven wrong. She was very interested in Carrie's case and talking with Debra
Culberson. I hope that within the next week or so, they can connect. Beth tells me that she's just learning all these things in the missing person arena. How sad that yet another person has been jolted from every day life into this hell of not knowing where their loved one is. She was one of the hightlights of our trip to Ocilla.

I was fortunate to get to visit with Jim Hanley and that sweet dog of his from Cresbard, South Dakota. Jim and I have been friends for a while now and he was one of the people who worked on the Dru Sjodin case when she vanished in 2003. Jim has been active in several missing person cases and Shania the dog is one of the sweetest dogs who searches for the missing. She worked the burnt out house that mysteriously burnt a few days after Tara Grinstead became missing. Watching her work was amazing because these animals are so smart and what they do helps find people. It's a drag that Jim lives so far away. I'm sure we could babysit the dog sometimes for him ;)
The last part of the day was mostly friends and workers gathering to discuss their ideas on Tara's search. I finally got an opportunity to speak to the man who I say that I want to be like when I grow up, that being Tim Miller. Tim Miller as many of you already know is the director of Texas Equusearch out of North Galveston Texas. His group has done extensive searching for Natalee Holloway and many others who are missing. Miller's own tradegy gave him the strength to stand up and help many other people. We talked about every state having a Texas Equusearch and he told me that he has this idea that this can possibly happen sometime. There is a great need for more organization of these search groups. This is becoming an epidemic in our country. I've heard many different descriptions of Tim Miller but my own observation was that he's a dad who wants to help these people. He wants to reach everyone but sometimes he cant be in every state all the time.
I felt our trip was beneficial although we did not find Tara. I have a better understanding of the details of her disappearance after being with those who have been focusing on this since it happened. I remain hopeful that Tara can be located before Christmas arrives. This is a terrible time for someone to be dealing with something like this. Matter of fact, any time of year is.
I think that these organized searches and gatherings give those of us who are tring to make a difference a chance to learn and grow in our work. There is always room for improvement. In addressing the group before we began on Saturday, Tim Miller said something that is very important. It's going to probably be a topic I write about later this week. He stated that we are all here or the same thing and to leave your egos and attitudes at the door. We can accomplish a lot more if we can set all that aside and get out here and work together. We all need to remember that when we start out on one of these ventures. I am thinking of all these missing people tonight and wishing that it were possible to help search for each of them.

For more photos from Tara's Search Click HERE
Visit the Texas Equusearch Website
South Dakota Sar911

This blog entry is dedicated to Carrie and all other missing and murdered people.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

One Search Ends - Another Begins 12-8-05

Today has been another day of trying to process the fact that Patrice has been found and I’m no longer wondering where she is. I can only imagine how the reality has set in for her husband.
It seems impossible but it’s real. Several people have asked me if we will take down her website because it reads Find Patrice. I think I’ll leave it in place as a keepsake for her family. I’m just not ready to take it down. We will just reword some of the material on the site to reflect a memorial site.
There is now a journey for justice underway as one phase of this mystery concluded yesterday. This all still feels very strange to me, although I’m relieved we finally found Patrice.

This weekend my group will be heading almost 200 miles South to Ocilla Georgia to join Texas Equusearch and Sar911 in the search for Tara Grinstead. We will be there for two days. It almost feels as if we should be staying home for Patrice but there is nothing going on right now except media blurbs. I am sure that the 200 mile drive will include a long conversation about Patrice and about what has possibly gone wrong with Tara.
Next week’s forecast appears to be a busy one. On Dec. 18th we have Sueann’s vigil @ the Canton Wal-mart where she vanished. We have to make this night beautiful because Sueann remains missing and this is the first Christmas her family will have to celebrate without her.

Our family is watching the developments in the Cherokee murder trial of Katie Hamlin today. The jury is expected to be given the case. It is believed Katie was raped, murdered and then set on fire by a young man named Jamerson Mangrum and another young man. If they should come back with a verdict today, I will redo this section of the blog.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Patrice Endres Has Been Located 12-6-05

As I type this blog tonight, I'm at a complete loss for words. At about 3 a.m., I was jolted out of bed with the news that Patrice Endres was found late yesterday behind a church less than eight miles from where she vanished on April 15, 2004. The news did not begin coming across the airwaves until approximately 5:00 a.m. but the chill was already in the air at my house. We knew it was Patrice before it was confirmed later today.

Some people working on a fellowship hall at a church in Dawsonville, Georgia saw buzzards flying in the sky and went to see what the commotion was about. They found a deer carcass and close by, they found what was human remains. They called 911 immediately. This is when the disappearance mystery of Patrice began to draw to a close after 600 long days.

In late March of 2005, Forsyth County police revealed that a man named Jeremy Brian Jones had confessed to abducting, raping, murdering and then disposing of Patrice in a nearby river. The searches for Patrice turned up nothing. As the one year anniversary of her disappearance drew closer, we planned and carried out a special night for Patrice at a location overlooking the river. We went out there and threw purple roses into the river and watched them float away. Hearts broken, there was nothing more we could do for Patrice. We were told she'd probably never be found. I had come to believe this was how it was going to be, until I was proven wrong today.

Patrice was found on a road that has yet another church on the same street called "Sweet Water Creek" church. The same "Sweet Water Creek" Jeremy Jones spoke of disposing of Patrice. I now wonder was his confession true but sketchy because of his drug abuse? Authorities in Forsyth County say that because Patrice was not found where Jones claims he put her, does not mean he is cleared. They still believe he is the one who took Patrice that fateful day.What makes this mystery so interesting is the fact that Patrice was found five days after an Alabama judge sentenced Jeremy Jones to die for murdering another woman. The day Patrice was found was also on her husband's 60th birthday. My mother and I searched several church yards in the first months after Patrice's disappearance because my mother had a dream that Patrice was in a field with tall trees and she heard church hymns playing. We did not go too far to the next county where Patrice was ultimately found because being in the South, there is a church on every block. I have to wonder if he had kept searching because of mom's dream, would we have found Patrice? We dismissed it all as crazy dreams, because we all have them from time to time.

Patrice's body may be kept at the GBI crime lab for a while until they determine the cause of death and all the important factors to find out exactly who did this to her. In my heart, I know that Patrice is no longer out in the elements, waiting to be found. May Patrice rest peacefully tonight. She's been found. God was ready to reveal her whereabouts. Somehow, she knows how hard we looked for her. I never gave up in the far side of my mind that one day Patrice would be found.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Obcession Of Finding Sarah and Phillip

Sarah and Phillip Gehring were taken by their father to a Fourth of July celebration in July of 2003 when something went awry. The children were reported to have been in a heated arguement with Manuel A. "Manny" Gehring. They never returned home again. They were visiting their dad under the pretences of the custody agreement between he and their mother. When the children did not return home as planned, it was clear that something terrible had gone wrong and that Manuel had lied about several things. The FBI traced his movements from his credit card cross country. Once authorities closed in on Manuel, they learned that the children were no where to be found. At first Manuel claimed that he had no clue where they could be then would confess something very heinous. Manuel claimed that he shot and killed both children and then buried them somewhere along Interstate 80, a very long stretch of highway in the midwestern part of the United States.
It appeared at first that Manuel was a deeply troubled man but he wanted to help lead authorities to the burial site of his two children. They were never given the exact location. Manuel hung himself inside his jail cell before he could ever make it to trial and his sketchy details of where the placed the children were not enough to locate them. It appeared this would forever be an unsolved case.
A lady named Stephanie Deitrich became aquainted with Sarah and Phillip's mother, Terri Knight. Deitrich became what many people those of us who are searching for the missing "obcessed". She began searching just about every weekend or day off from her cashier's job for the two children. She never gave up on her mission, although it appeared that this case was one that would never be solved because so many parts were missing from the puzzle - until one day.
On Thursday, December 1st, while walking her dog, she stumbled across what appeared to be a shallow grave. That grave would later prove to be the one thing Stephanie Deitrich had been searching for for over 2 1/2 years. She had found Sarah and Phillip!!! On the following Saturday, the medical examiners office would reveal that the two bodies found were indeed those of the two missing Gehring children. This nightmare of not knowing could finally conclude for Terri Knight.
I have to wonder what all those people who called Stephanie Deitrich a freak or obcessed think about her now that she's cracked probably one of the most complex missing person cases in US History??? This woman in my book is a hero and this is an example of how we should never give up on those things we feel so strongly about. There's a reason why we do this searching. Not everybody is called to do it. Hats off to this couragous woman who found these two children, and God bless Terri Knight who never gave up hope that those children would be found eventually.

This blog entry is dedicated to Carrie Culberson and all other missing and murdered people.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

What Really Happened to Derrick Engebretson?

On December 5, 1998, eight year old Derrick Engebretson went with his dad and grandfather to pick up the holiday Christmas tree at Rocky Point area of the Winema National Forest, in Klamath County, Oregon when something went wrong. Derrick somehow got separated from his dad and grandfather and vanished into thin air. At first it was believed that Derrick simply wandered off into the nearby woods. To make matters worse, the next day after his disappearance, a massive snow storm hit the area disabling the search efforts for Derrick.

In the days after Derrick's disappearance, a witness came forward and said that they saw a man struggling with a young boy inside a vehicle near the area where Derrick vanished. Almost six years after Derrick's disappearance, a man named Frank Milligan was charged with murdering another 10 year old boy, became a prime suspect in Derrick's disappearance case.
It has never been confirmed that Milligan was indeed the man who took Derrick that fateful day at the Christmas tree farm, but it's quite possible. This story touched my heart when I first read about it. A young child looking forward to the holidays, vanishes without a trace, possibly taken by a sexual deviant. Please remember Derrick as December 5, 2005 arrives. He would be 14 years old now. May God bless him no matter where he is tonight. Christmas is for the children to enjoy. I hate to think of any one of them being taken away at any time, especially during the holidays. My thoughts are with all missing and murdered people and their families during this time. Derrick is still missing but not forgotten.

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Today's blog entry is dedicated to Carrie Culberson and all other missing and murdered people.

Friday, December 02, 2005

A Night For Sueann Ray - Dec. 18, 2005

We have been planning a special night for Sueann Ray for the last few weeks now. The plans have finally been finalized. A community vigil is to be held at the Canton Wal-mart on Riverstone Parkway on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005 beginning @ 6 PM EST. We are planning on having her DVD's to pass out to the people who come to the vigil that were so graciously created by Jim Viola from Bogota, NJ whose wife is also missing. The purpose of the DVD's are to show Sueann's face to as many people as possible. We are planning to release balloons and have the candles lit by all visitors. For more information and a downloadable flier with more information and directions click HERE

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