Archive for September, 2012

Pictured; Victim, Ana Maria Angel (18)

Victor Caraballo

Pictured; Victor Caraballo.

It didn’t take the jury long to find Victor Caraballo guilty on Friday, 09/29/12, for the 2002 murder Ana Maria Angel. Caraballo was sentenced to death and sent to Florida’s death row.

Caraballo alledgely confessed that he and four others kidnapped, robbed, raped and murdered Ana Maria Angel, who was 18-years-old at the time.

Ana Maria and her boyfriend, Nelson Portobanco, were returning from a stroll at Miami beach after celebrating their 4-month anniversary when Caraballo and the others shoved them into their truck. They stabbed Portobanco and dumped him on the side of the highway. Portobanco survived after faking his own death and alerted police. Ana Maria however, wasn’t as lucky. The gang took turn’s raping the young woman, who was in return crying and plea’ing with them to stop. Her plea’s fell on deaf ears as they continued to beat and rape her, eventually killing her execution style.

”For me, he was the worst. He was the head of  the group, he did the most damage to Ana Maria” Said Margarita Osorio, Ana Maria’s mother.

Ana Maria’s body was later found on the side of a road with a fatal gunshot wound in the back of her head. Investigators say her hands were held together as if she had been praying at the time of her murder.

Cold case solved as man convicted of murder 10 years after kidnapping teenager and forcing her to perform sex show with boyfriend before raping her and shooting her dead – Published 09/28/12 by Dailymail

First of five suspects go to trial for South Beach murder – Earlier report By WSVN

Testimony continues in 2002 murder trial – Earlier report published 09/24/12 by Local10

Baby Hope was located on July 23, 1991 in Henry Hudson Parkway, Manhattan, NYC – Cause of death was homicide, she had been asphyxiated. Description:Extimated age: 3-5-years-old Height and Weight: 3’2″; 30 lbs. Distinguishing Characteristics: Long wavy black hair, which was worn in a ponytail held by a yellow plastic ponytail holder. Eye color could not be determined. She had olive colored skin although some have ”fair skin” listed. She is Caucasian and possibly Hispanic descent. Examination by x-rays revealed she had no history of broken bones. She was malnourished Clothing: The child was wearing no clothes save for a light green linen-type cloth.. Dentals: Her front teeth were prominent. The child had kept all of her baby teeth and there was no evidence she ever had dental work.


On July 23rd, 1991, a decomposed body of a female child was discovered in a blue picnic cooler beside the Henry Hudson Parkway near Dyckman Street in Manhattan, NY. In the months that followed a few inconclusive facts emerged. The child was described as being between 3-5 years old. She was malnourished. She had been sexually abused.

A witness told police that while passing in a car on the Henry Hudson Parkway, she observed a well-dressed couple carrying a picnic cooler nine days prior to the body being found. Police believe they may be looking for a male/female relationship of either a girlfriend/boyfriend, husband/wife.


She was given the name ”Baby Hope” which was put on her grave-stone.

Baby Hope
 Clockwise from top Left: Early drawings of Baby Hope, her grave stone, Baby Hope was found nude accept for this yellow plastic ponytail holder, the cooler she was found in.


No one knew beyond a police artist’s sketch what she looked like. Until 01/15/92. The Bergen County Prosecutor announced that five Polaroid photographs found in June beside Route 46 in Garfield, N.J., near Saddle Brook, were pictures of the girl in the cooler.

“If it is in fact the little girl, then it is a very big break for us,” Lieut. Joseph Reznick, commander of the 34th Precinct, said. The photos were in a shopping bag on a shoulder of Route 46 near Midland Avenue on June 14. Each showed the girl having oral sex with a man whose face was cropped out of the pictures, Prosecutor John J. Fahy said yesterday.

“Around October one of our officers thought perhaps the two cases were related because of the similarities between the photos and the police composites,” Mr. Fahy said.

Investigators sent the skull and photos to the Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic laboratory in Washington. With help from Dr. Douglas H. Ubelaker of the Smithsonian Institution, the F.B.I. determined that the girl in the photographs and the one in the cooler were almost certainly the same.

 

Do You Know My Name?Henry Hudson Parkway Jane Doe **Baby Hope** The MySpace search for Baby Hope’s real name
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Pictured; Bobby Jack Fowler

VANCOUVER, British ColumbiaCanadian police have linked a dead U.S. convict to the killing of a teenage girl nearly 40 years ago, one of 18 young women who were killed or vanished along three highways in British Columbia over several decades. Oregon authorities are also investigating the man for possible links to four murders in the U.S. state.

DNA tests linked Bobby Jack Fowler to the 1974 killing of 16-year-old Colleen MacMillen, who was last seen leaving home to hitchhike to a friend’s house, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Insp. Gary Shinkaruk. Her body was found on a logging road. Police called it the oldest DNA match in Interpol’s history.

Pictured; Victim, Colleen MacMillen

Fowler, who died in prison in 2006, is a strong suspect in two of the other Canadian cases and a person of interest in seven others, but has been eliminated as a suspect in the remaining eight, Shinkaruk said.

Fowler was convicted in 1996 of kidnapping, assault, and the attempted rape of a woman he met at a bar in Oregon. He died of lung cancer at 66 while serving a 16-year sentence. A transient laborer with a long criminal record in the U.S., Fowler had worked in Prince George, British Columbia in the 1970s. Police are seeking the public’s help in finding out more about Fowler’s time in Canada, where he did not have a criminal record.

Canadian police announced in 2007 they were conducting an extensive review into 13 deaths and five disappearances connected to three highways in British Columbia. The cases date from 1960 to 2006 and involve hitchhiking women who were last seen within a mile (less than a kilometer) of the three highways. One of those highways has become known as the “Highway of Tears.” It runs about 450 miles (722 kilometers) between Prince George and Prince Rupert in British Columbia.

MacMillen’s brother, Shawn, described her as sweet and innocent and said he still had no words to express how terribly she was wronged. He thanked investigators.

“We are simply stunned and very grateful for their hard work,” MacMillen said. “It has been a long wait for answers, and although it is a somewhat unsatisfactory result because this individual won’t have to stand trial for what he did, we are comforted by the fact that he was in prison when he died and he can’t hurt anyone else.”

Shinkaruk said Fowler remains a strong suspect in the killings of Gale Weys and Pamela Darlington, both 19. Weys was last seen hitchhiking from Clearwater, British Columbia on Oct. 16, 1973 and was found dead six months later. Darlington was killed and found in a Kamloops, British Columbia park on Nov. 7, 1973. They have not ruled out Fowler in other murders.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Wayne Clary said they believe no single killer is responsible for all the Canadian cases. Police said they have very strong persons of interest in a few other cases, but are not yet able to bring evidence forward.

Rob Bovett, the district attorney in Lincoln County, Oregon, said Fowler is a person of interest in four unsolved killings of teenage girls there in the 1980s and 1990s.

Two of the girls, Jennifer Esson and Kara Leas, both 16, were last seen walking on a street in the coastal city of Newport, Oregon, in 1995. Their bodies were found almost three weeks later in a wooded area north of town.

“He’s a suspect in our 1995 case. I haven’t linked him – he’s a suspect,” Bovett said. “What makes him a suspect is his history, his M.O. and his location.”

Investigators are working on getting new DNA analysis for the double homicide, Bovett said. He also encouraged anyone with information on the case to come forward.

He said Fowler is a “person of interest” in the 1992 deaths of Sheila Swanson, 19, and Melissa Sanders, 17. They disappeared in May 1992 and their badly decomposed bodies were discovered five months later in a wooded area near Eddyville.

Bovett said investigators may not be able to get DNA evidence in that case.

Fowler was arrested in June 1995, five months after Esson and Leas went missing. He was convicted of the kidnapping and attempted rape of a woman who he met at a bar and took to a Newport motel. She escaped by jumping – naked and with a rope tied around her ankle – from a second-story window.

Canadian police said Fowler used drugs such as speed and was often violent.

“He was of the belief that a lot of the women he came in contact with, specifically women who hitchhiked and women who went to taverns and drank, had a desire to be sexually assaulted,” Shinkaruk said.

Source: huffingtonpost

Atlantic Highlands Jane Doe.. Found 12/10/88.. Atlantic Highlands,NJ.Atlantic Highlands Jane Doe.. Found 12/10/88.. Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

Drawing and clay bust of Atlantic Highlands Jane Doe

On December 10, 1988, while local residents gathered to help clear a parcel of land that runs along the Sandy Hook Bay in Atlantic Highlands for a bicycle trail, a local volunteer found what he at first thought was a plastic ball, which turned out to be a human skull. The resident reported the find to the Atlantic Highlands Police Department who began an investigation into this found human skull.

Once the Monmouth County Medical Examiner’s Office and the State of New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the skull was human, the Atlantic Highlands Police Department, with the assistance of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Connecticut State Police, Monmouth County Medical Examiner’s Office, State of New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office, Burlington County Medical Examiner’s Office, the local Department of Public Works and Water Department, excavated the area by sifting the earth in four sectors, recovering more than 85% of the skeletal remains.

An anthropology examination was performed upon the skeletal remains, which were identified as a:


Caucasian female
between the ages of 15 to 18 years old at time of death
5’1″ to 5’4″
approximately 100 to 120 pounds.

The decedent was found to be wearing the following: 

Platform sandal shoes, composed of brown leather with brown painted plastic platform soles and a 2½ inch high heel, size 6½
knee high white acrylic socks
grey & red nylon long sleeved laced top
white brassiere.

Additional items near the remains: 

Portion of one pink rubber “thong-type” sandal
leather like shoe or small boot with a picture of a football scene on side in red and white.


A botanist reviewed the scene and clothing in the skeletal remains and estimated the body had been in that same location for approximately the previous fifteen years. This would put the year of death at approximately 1973 to 1975.


An investigation by the Atlantic Highlands Police Department was conducted in an attempt to identify the human skeletal remains. The human skeletal remains were mapped out and placed in the National Police computer system for all law enforcement departments to compare to their missing persons.


The local media from the tri-state area converged on the small town of Atlantic Highlands and broadcast the human skeletal recovery for about four straight days. Massive medical coverage was aired and a special program called Crime Beat highlighted this case.
No identification was made.


In 1992, with the assistance of the FBI, a clay reconstruction was made over the human skull and is a possible resemblance of what this recovered female skeletal remains may have looked like. Additionally, several parts of the skeletal remains were sent to LabCorp in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina for mitochondrial DNA profiling in 1997.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic Highlands Police Department now have a DNA profile that can be used to link this female subject to a family member as well as dental records.


Anyone with information concerning this matter is asked to call the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732/ 431-7012 or 1 800/ 533-7443 (toll free) or the Atlantic Highlands Police Department at 732/ 291-1212.

Published 09/24/12 – Dailymail (link below)

A 20-year-old college student died after  being struck by a single punch while protecting two female friends from a  carload of attackers in a quiet Minnesota college town.  The blow knocked Colton Gleason to the  ground, causing him to hit his head on the pavement. He died of head trauma  hours later at the hospital.

Police are calling the attack in St Cloud  random and do no know why the five to seven occupants of the car confronted Mr  Gleason in an alley near the campus of St Cloud State University.

Colton Gleason was studying business at Minnesota State University

Pictured; Colten Gleason (Victim)

His horrifying death, from just one punch to  the face, has shocked his friends and family.

‘This was a violent, unnecessary and  senseless crime,’ his father John Gleason told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. ‘We want justice. We’re still  trying to get some direction out of this.’

‘Please God, no. Tell me this is not  happening,’ his friend Johanna Heidmann tweeted on Friday. ‘I will never  understand God’s plan or why he does the things he does. Rest in peace Colton I  love you and miss you so much already.’

Mr Gleason, who was studying business at  Minnesota State University-Mankato, had traveled an hour from his hometown of  Greenfield to St Cloud to visit his friends.

They were walking in a residential alley near  the St Cloud State University campus about 11.30pm on Friday when a  light-colored four-door sedan with five to seven people inside pulled up.

Officers believe the occupants were on the  way to a nearby party. The car was so close to Mr Gleason, he put  his hands on it to prevent the vehicle from hitting his friends, his father  says. The car stopped and at least one man got out. The man then hit Mr Gleason in the face,  knocking him to the ground. He bashed his head on the asphalt in the fall. After the attack, the car sped away.

John Gleason said he has no doubt his son was  protecting his friends from the assailant. ‘My son put himself in harm’s way and it cost  him his life,’ the older Gleason told the Star-Tribune.

Police are hoping someone in the car will  come forward to report what they saw.

A $1,000 reward is being offered, though  investigators so far are baffled by the random act of violence.

Mr Gleason’s two friends could only provide  vague descriptions of the attacker and the car he rode in.

Mr Gleason was a standout on his high school  football and soccer teams whom friends described as warm and always happy.

‘He was smiling all the time. His interests  were living life to its fullest,’ John Gleason said.’

Source: Dailymail

Janice Pockett.. Missing 7/26/73.. Tolland, Connecticut    Peter J. Henderson, Jr.

Photo Of Janice Pockett, Taken The Year She Disappeared.

Case Type: Non Family Abduction

DOB:  Oct 15, 1965 Missing Date: Jul 26, 1973 Sex: Female Race: White Age When Last Seen: 7 Age Now: 7y/o in 73′ – 46y/o (today) Height: 4’0″ (122cm) Weight: 65 lbs (29 kg) Hair Color: Blonde Eye Color: Blue Case Number: NCMC923957
Missing From: TOLLAND, CT. United States
Clothing Description: She was wearing blue shorts with an American flag pattern, a blue and white striped shirt and blue sneakers when she was last seen. Circumstances:Janice left her home by bicycle on the afternoon of July 26,1973 and was never seen again. Her bicycle was found nearby Rhodes Road adjacent to a wooded area. Janice has a gap between her front teeth. .  

New York (CNN) — On a July afternoon in 1973, a little girl set out on her bicycle in a pristine corner of Connecticut. Janice Pockett, 7, was looking for a butterfly she’d caught and left on a rock by the road a couple of days earlier.

“We were driving my mom crazy I remember,” said her younger sister, Mary Engelbrecht, who is now 43. “My sister and I had been bickering over something stupid — a toothbrush, I think.”

Janice asked if she could ride off by herself and their mother said yes. It was a big deal, Engelbrecht said, because it was the first time either girl had been allowed to go anywhere by herself.

Janice never returned and 37 years later, the mystery of what happened to her continues to trouble residents of Tolland, a quiet community in the semi-rural suburbs of eastern Connecticut.

Engelbrecht still has vivid memories of the day her sister vanished. She recalls that their mother gave Janice an envelope for the butterfly. She remembers how Janice rode off on her green, Murray banana-seat bicycle.

Half an hour went by, and there was no sign of Janice. Engelbrecht, then 6, remembers walking up the street holding her mother’s hand as they went looking for her sister.

They found her bike less than a mile away, abandoned on a dirt road close to the woods.

“We found the bike, but my sister was nowhere,” Engelbrecht told CNN. “Police later told us they never found her butterfly, or the envelope either.”

Connecticut State Police continue to work the case. According to Detective Dan Cargill, a member of the investigative team, police found the bicycle between the rock and the Pocketts’ home.

It appeared Janice may have been on her way back home when she was snatched,” he said.

Police searched on foot and horseback, and used cadaver dogs to search the woods near the dirt road where the child’s bike was found.

Photo Of Janice Taken Shortly Before Her Disappearance.

Over the years police and volunteers have continued searching. They say they’ve gone over every inch of the woods. No evidence related to Janice Pockett was ever found.

“I know in the initial search they scoured the woods for newly dug holes, but found none,” Cargill said.

Janice’s bicycle was tested for fingerprints and, more recently, was tested with newer technologies available to investigators. Again, no forensic evidence was found.

Hundreds of potential suspects were questioned; homes in the neighborhood were searched, tips were followed up, and criminal background checks were done. Still, nothing.

“The dirt road where her bike had been found had tire tracks on it from various vehicles and our investigators followed up, searching vehicles fitting those tracks but again no clues were found,” Cargill said.

Leads on possible suspects were followed, but investigators were frustrated by the dead ends.

“There were hundreds of names of possible suspects, but many were ruled out,” Cargill said. “Some who are still on the list, we simply didn’t have corroborating evidence to substantiate them as suspects.”

One potential suspect, now deceased, lived about 20 miles from Tolland at the time Janice Pockett disappeared. His criminal record included prison terms for the abduction and attempted murder of two boys in Massachusetts. And the man later was convicted of molesting two boys in Montana.

When police searched the man’s Montana home, they found fragments of a child’s bones, but could not match them to Pockett. The man died in prison in 2008, and the identity of the child whose bones were found remains a mystery.

Janice Pockett’s disappearance remains an open investigation, police said, adding that they still receive tips from time to time.

Map showing Vernon, CT and surrounding towns, etc.

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)Connecticut State Police 1-860-779-4900 or 1-860-779-4940

You can also leave a annoymous tip on the tip-line at 860-896-3200.

Photo of Wanted Person Wan Sheng Lin

Race: Asian
Sex: Male
DOB: July 14, 1974
Height:    5′ 9″
Weight: 120 – 135 pounds
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Other: Tattoo of ‘Flying Dragon’ on right shoulder and chest.
Additional Information
Wanted For: Murder in the second degree.
Last Seen:

Date: 11/16/1997

Incident: Wan Sheng Lin is wanted for the 1997 robbery of the Dragon Garden Chinese Restaurant and the murder of an off duty employee in a nearby apartment. A second offender has never been identified. The crime happened in Pulaski, NY.
Incident Date: 11/16/1997

Incident Location:

Village of Pulaski, Oneida County, New York

 

 

 

Agency:     NYSP Troop D
Address: Oneida, New York
Phone/Email:    

(315) 366-6066
nysvicap@troopers.ny.gov