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Click here for individuals descriptions of each fugitive listed.

On March 13, 2013, the FBI updated its list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” by adding the name Edwin Rivera Gracias – seen here, bottom row, 3rd from left.

According to the FBI’s website, the list is a publicity program designed to publicize particularly dangerous fugitives who might not otherwise merit nationwide attention, according to the FBI’s website.

The program was founded on March 14, 1950, when a reporter asked late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover for the names and descriptions of the “toughest guys” the Bureau would like to capture. The resulting article generated so much publicity and had so much appeal that Hoover implemented the top ten program.

Since its inception, 497 fugitives have been on the top ten list. Among those listed, the FBI says that 466 have been apprehended or located, including 154 fugitives who were captured or located as a result of citizen cooperation.

The current top ten list is maintained on the FBI website and relies on the assistance of citizens and the media. A reward of up to $100,000 is offered by the FBI for information which leads directly to the arrest of a Top Ten fugitive. Members in the Top Ten list are not ranked.

Author: Roomie Huh CBS News
Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Unidentified "John Doe" found deceased in Illinois eight years ago

Facial Reconstructions of Unidentified “John Doe” found deceased in Illinois eight years ago

On January 6, 2005 at approximately 4PM the deceased body of an adult male was discovered at the Illinois/Michigan Shipping Canal near Summit, Illinois. He had been murdered. Illinois Police believe it’s possible he was homeless prior to his murder.

Despite reaching out to journalist/media and the internet, the identity and murder of this man remains unsolved.

Location Found: Summit, Illinois
Country: United States
Estimated Age: Between 50 and 60 years
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 185 pounds
Hair: Brown hair which was balding. He also had a moustache.
Clothing: White shirt, blue shirt, brown sweater, dark (blue) pants, black shoes (size 9) which slipped on in a way that slippers would slip on ones foot.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: Illinois State Police Sergeant James Minx #3021 and/or the Zone 1 Investigations Unit in DesPlaines at 847-294-4600. (Case # 05-10145DP)

Source: Illinois State Police Website

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Milan Police placed the banner with the picture of Crandall and Lily on the vacant lot at 325 W. 4th Ave., where her home once stood. The family, Milan Police Department and Quad-City Crime Stoppers are continuing to raise awareness of Crandall’s cruel murder which remains unsolved years later.

Quad City, Illinois — Harriet Crandall was 96-years-old and although she was getting weaker physically, she showed no signs of slowing down. A recent great-grandma to her granddaughter name Lily, she loved spending time with her and always wanted to hold her but didn’t think she had the strength to do it, so with the help of a pillow for her arm, she was able to hold Lily, James Crandall, the father of Lily and son of Harriet said.. It was definitely a precious moment and James didn’t hesitate to snap a photo.


“She was tickled having her there,” James said of the photo, which was taken in the fall of 2007.

But on the night of August 30, 2008 less than one year after that photo was snapped, Harriet was at her Milan home on 325 W. 4th Ave when a house-fire broke out and sadly, she didn’t make it. At first glance, it was thought to be just an terrible accident but when the autopsy report came in so did the truth. Harriet Crandall was dead prior to the fire. She had been strangled by an unidentified killer and the fire was just a cover-up. But who would want to harm such a defenceless woman?

Earl Higgins was Crandall’s neighbor for 10 years.

“I shot the breeze with her. It’s hard to believe,” he said about her death.

Higgins said he was home when his daughter woke him up about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 30, 2008, after seeing the Crandall house on fire.

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 11 p.m. They found Crandall’s body on the floor of her bedroom. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:44 p.m.

Harriet Crandall lived in the house for 71 years and raised her two sons there, said James Crandall of Sherrard, Ill., her oldest. She lived there alone since her husband died in 1986.

After her death, James Crandall tried to salvage from the burned debris the furniture his father had built.

“I couldn’t get the smoke smell out of the wood,” he said. “I finally set fire to it and finished it.”

His younger brother, Kenneth Crandall of Alexis, Ill., said coping with his mother’s death after a few years is “getting easier as time goes by. It still hurts.”

John Zelnio, president of Quad-City Crime Stoppers, pointed out that Harriet Crandall’s 100th birthday would have been today.

“Any minute, some good tip could come in,” Zelnio said.

Beckwith said that even though his investigators are currently not working any leads on the case, he’s still confident it can be solved.

“A lot of people saw and heard things,” Beckwith said. “What we need is information that will put us in the path of finding the person responsible.”

If you have any information regarding this unsolved murder please contact: Quad-City Crime Stoppers at (309) 762-9500 and Milan police at (309) 787-8520.

Harriets obituary:

Harriet Crandall, 96, of Milan, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at her home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. Those wishing to attend may meet at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, at 10:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Harriet was born April 6, 1912, in Beaman, Iowa the daughter of Harry and Bertha Esbolt Hawley. She married Harold Crandall on Dec. 3, 1933, in Rock Island. He preceded her in death on June 11, 1986.

Harriet was a stay-at-home mom. She was a good mother who lived for her family. She enjoyed traveling with her husband.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, James and Velma Crandall, Sherrard, Kenneth and Ann Crandall, Alexis; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Harriet was preceded in death by her brother, Glen.

There is a $3,000 reward for anyone with any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the indivigual who murdered this woman.

Twenty Year Old Cold Case In Illinois Still Unsolved

FBI hopes new $50,000 reward will help find mysterious killer twenty years  after college student raped, murdered, wrapped in duct tape, and dumped in  blanket

  • Tammy Zywicki,  21, was driving along Illinois freeway in 1992 when car broke down
  • One witness said  there was man stopped by the side of the road appearing to help young  student
  • Her body was  recovered hundreds of miles away in Missouri
  • Rapist and  murderer still remains at large


Published August 23rd, 2012 By Dailymail – Click link for full story

Wanted For The 2004 Murder Of Kevin Clewer (IL)

Unsolved murder of Kevin Clewer happened on March 24th, 2004 in Chicago, ILLINOIS.

He is described as a White/Hispanic, 5’7” inches tall, with a slim/athletic build. He speaks with a Hispanic or European Spanish accent. The composite sketch is an eye-witness account of what the Suspect looked like at the time of the murder. Look long and hard, does he look familiar? Does he match the description provided? (Please don’t take description 100% accurately, for example, the Suspect may have changed his hair-style, grew facial hair, etc.)

The person of interest may have been known as ”Fernando” and was last seen with Kevin in the North Halsted Street Area.

Kevin’s homicide was featured on a Television shows yet no tips/leads have lead to a Suspect.

For additional details on this Unsolved Murder, Please visit a site create by Kevin’s brother, Ron Clew:


Or call your local police. All calls can remain annoymous.