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Emily Jeanette GarciaAn unidentified body was found on February 25, 1993 approximately 1.5 miles north on Old Cranes Mill Road off of Highway 46 in Canyon Lake, Texas by a road crew. The decomposing body was reported to the New Braunfels Police and Comal County Sheriff’s Office. The body was listed as a Jane Doe.

The medical examiners concluded that Jane Doe was a victim of murder and that she was carrying an unborn child.

A year later a friend of the murder victim phoned the family about the Jane Doe being a possible match to a teen who went missing from San Antonio.

It was verified from a fingerprint card that Jane Doe was the body of 15-year-old Emily Jeanette Garcia, who was reported missing on February 12, 1993 from San Antonio, TX.

Emily Jeanette Garcia was born on July 27, 1977 in Fort Hood, Texas to Roy Garcia and Sheila Smith-Ramirez. She is the younger sister of Elizabeth Garcia and according to authorities she was about 3 months pregnant at the time of her death however, family members say she was further into her pregnancy then what’s listed. In fact, she was able to determine that her unborn child was male and had already picked out the name Emilio.

February 12, 1993, the day of her disappearance, Garcia had boarded the city bus in San Antonio, Texas to go to an appointment with the health service to see how far along she was in her pregnancy. Her mother had occupied her and stayed with her till she boarded the bus for her appointment and then Sheila went on to her job. Emily never made it to her appointment and that was the last time her mother had seen her daughter alive.

Garcia was kidnapped and held against her will for twelve days. She had been raped, beaten and murdered by strangulation. There isn’t a description of a suspect available.

Initially her body was buried as Jane Doe in Bracken Cemetery on March 30, 1993 by Zoeller’s Funeral Home, but was later exhumed and buried as Emily Jeanette Garcia in Somerset, Texas by her family.

According to Garcia’s mother, Sheila Smith-Ramirez, they received a copy of the original Death Certificate on Sept 9, 2003, but it did not list her daughter as Jane Doe instead, it said N/A. They also have her listed as Caucasian and not of Hispanic Origin, which she was.  The cause of death is listed as strangulation, but newspaper articles claimed she had been sexually abused and that she was already dead before the killer(s) tied her up.

So as you can see, there are many inconsistencies in this case.

Garcia’s case is still open and still being investigated by New Braunfels Police Department, Texas Rangers and the San Antonio FBI. The agencies have not had any leads in years and Garcia’s case fades away as the years go on. However, It has NOT faded with family and loved ones who remain devastated decades later. They’re still determined to find out who is responsible for the death of Garcia and her unborn child. You can visit a website memorial for additional information on Emily Garcia.

A Lifetime movie titled The Killing Secret was made which recreates the abduction and murder of Emily Garcia. Clicking the link will bring you to the full movie which has been posted on YouTube. Scenes have been dramatized.

Her case remains unsolved.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact:

Det. Tommy Ward,
Comal County Sheriff’s office
(830)620-3400
email address: soatgw@co.comal.tx.us
Case #93-01164 or
Emily’s Family
Sheila Smith-Ramirez
emilysmiles2003@yahoo.com
or Emily’s Aunt
Theresa Yeary
tdontrich@socket.net
tyeary53@yahoo.com

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Could Michaela Garecht’s 24 Year Old Unsolved Kidnapping Finally Be Solved? Family Waiting For Results Of Bone Fragments Found In Linden Well

On the afternoon of 11/19/88, Nine year old Michaela Joy Garecht and a neighborhood friend rode their scooters in Hayward, California. This was a typical day for the little girl and both of them decided to scoot down Mission Boulevard to go to a local store a.k.a ”Rainbow Supermarket,” which was two blocks from her home. They parked their scooters and went into the market, on the way out Michaela noticed her friends scooter was moved in a different location from where they originally parked and when she went to retrieve it an unknown Caucasian male grabbed her against her will and forced her into his vehicle and sped away.

Michaela nor her kidnapper have not been seen since.

Her unidentified abductor was described as a young Caucasian male between the ages of 18-25 at the time of the 1988 abduction. He also had acne scars and a pimpled-face (pock-mocked.)

Missing girl Michaela Garecht and an artist's conception of her kidnapper. >

Left; Artist composite drawing of what Michaela’s kidnapper looked like in 1988. Right; Photo of Michaela Garecht.

Michaela’s abduction soon made national headlines and missing posters were making it’s way around the Country. Tips were pouring in left and right but all proved fruitless. Now almost twenty-four years later bone fragments were discovered in Hayward, in a Linden well and Michaela’s family are anxiously waiting for lab-results which police say could take weeks to come in.

 

Click the link above for the full story on the bone fragments discovered.

Composite sketch of suspect who is wanted for trying to lure children with candy.

Latest update: 10/16/12 -Arvada, CO — According to NBCNews, Arvada Police are now FINALLY turning their attention to this suspect who is wanted for a seperate case of (attempted) abduction:

Updated: 10/16/12 – According to NBCNews, Arvada Police are now finally turning their attention to this unidentified male. They would like to interview/question him in the wake of Jessica Ridgeway’s abduction and murder and would like the public’s assistance in identifying him:

Police in Arvada, Colo., are looking for a man suspected of trying to abduct two children a few weeks before 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway’s killingto see whether there is a possible connection.

In two reported incidents on Sept. 9 and Sept. 12, Arvada police said an 8- and 9-year-old were nearly abducted, according to police.

“Both of them said they were offered candy to get into the vehicle. In both incidences, they knew to run and tell an adult,” Arvada police spokeswoman Jill McGranahan told ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV.

Jessica’s body was found Oct. 10 in an Arvada park,  seven miles from her home in Westminster, Colo.

Meanwhile, police in Cody, Wyo., announced that a man suspected in a child abduction case was arrested Sunday in Belgrade, Mont. Authorities in the Ridgeway case do not believe there is a connection.

With no major breaks in the case, residents in and around Jessica’s hometown are on edge. A report that a man in a car tried to kidnap a 13-year-old boy in Jefferson County, Colo., this weekend turned out to be false.

The teen believed a man was trying to lure him into his parked car, so he ran inside his home and alerted his mother, who managed to snap a photo of the suspect in his blue sedan.

When the picture was circulated by police, the 18-year-old man in the car turned himself in and explained that he had been trying to get the boy to knock on the door of his ex-girlfriend’s home to get her attention, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer told KMGH.

A mug shot of the driver was taken, but he was released after police determined he was not a threat to the community.

“I think everyone reacted just the way they should have, in the light of everything that is going on,” Techmeyer said.

With so few clues, authorities have asked the public for help, urging them to be on the lookout for anyone showing behavioral changes.

“Child abduction, first of all, is an outrageous crime,” ABC News FBI consultant Brad Garrett said. “But then when the perpetrator actually kills a child, that is so above the pale, you’re going to get people maybe to come forward that wouldn’t normally.”

FBI profilers believe the suspect that they are hunting is likely male and might have recently missed work or suddenly left town. He might have changed his appearance or gotten rid of his car, profilers said.

“The sicko is out here, still,” Westminster resident Shanna Pearsy said. “Who knows where he is at but we need to find him.”

Jessica had been last seen Oct. 5, when she left for school. The fifth-grader never showed up at a nearby park where she was supposed to meet friends for the one-mile walk to her elementary school.

After an extensive search of the area, including knocking on doors and FBI road blocks, Jessica’s dismembered body was found Wednesday in an Arvada park, miles from where she was abducted.

“It’s hard to imagine why someone would want to do this to such a nice little girl,” Seth Snyder said Saturday at a memorial for Jessica.

Source of article above: ABCNews

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UPDATE: Could the suspect in this case be connected to the October 5th, 2012 disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway? Both cases happened the same week of October. Jessica went missing in the area of Jefferson County, Arvada, Colorado. Jessica disappeared while walking to school on Friday, 10/05/12 and police issued an amber alert later that day and less than 48 hours later, Jessica’s back-pack and water-bottle were found in a in a neighboring town of Superior.

Click here for more information on Jessica Ridgeway’s disappearance.

Published: October 8th, 2012, Denver, CO — Arvada Police are trying to locate a suspect in an attempted child abduction case. The man has approached children near Warder Elementary School and Fitzmorris Elementary School twice this week. In both cases, the unidentified adult male has offered candy to children, then tried luring them into his vehicle.

The first victim described the man as having a thin build and mustache, while the second victim described the man as having no facial hair. Police and witnesses are certain it’s the same man and he most likely shaved his facial hair after growing it to disguise himself.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male with light blond/brown hair and around 5’9” tall with a thin build. Police say he is between the ages of – Late teens to early thirties.

The biggest clue is the suspect’s vehicle which is described as a mid 1990’s era royal blue, four-door sedan with dents on the passenger side rear door. It may also have half of the rear wheels covered with a “skirt” similar to those seen on a  1996 Cadillac Deville.

Jefferson County Public Schools sent a letter home with all Arvada students on Thursday, (10/04/12) to alert parents and to remind them of the importance of talking with their child about ”stranger danger” and what to do if a stranger tried taking them against their will. It letter also talks about telling children to be aware of their surroundings.

Anyone with any information regarding both cases, please contact: Arvada Police Department 8101 Ralston Rd P.O. Box 8101  Arvada, CO 80001-8101 Nonemergency Phone: 720-898-6900 Administration Phone: 720-898-6660

You can also contact: Wesminster Police Department -303-658-4360

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 Ashley Freeman (Left) And Lauria Bible (Right) 

Missing Since December 30, 1999 from Oklahoma

Unsolved: Ashley Freeman lived in Welch, OK and had just celebrated her ”Sweet 16th” Birthday on December 29, 1999 with her best friend, Lauria Bible, a girl she grew up with.  She also had her boyfriend, Jeremy Hurst, come over but he left that night around 9:30pm.

Sweet turned to sour when, at 6am the following morning, a 911 call from the neighbor saying the Freeman trailer home was on fire and that the girls were inside. Police raced over and so did Jay and Lorene Bible, Laura’s parents. They began looking through the ashes and discovered the body of Kathy Freeman, Ashley’s Mother.

Police could not find the bodies of Danny Freeman, Ashley and Lauria. They theorized that he killed Kathy and abducted his daughter and her friend, however, his remains were found a day later on new years day. They both had been shot in the head before the fire.

Lauria Bible nor Ashley Freeman were never found.

Lauria’s purse was left behind with $200 in it suggesting they might have been abducted and robbery was ruled out as a motive.

Due to several mistakes in the investigation, much of the evidence at the crime scene was destroyed or tampered with. By the time the OSBI and FBI came to the scene, they had little to nothing to go on.

Photo Of Kathy & Danny Freeman

There were no suspects in the case, but before his death, Danny had warned his brother, Dwayne Vancil, that if anything happened to him to look at the Craig Count Sheriff’s Department. His son, Shane, had been shot and killed by a deputy after taking a truck, and they were about to file a wrongful death lawsuit on the department. The deputies voluntarily took themselves out of the investigation, and the case was turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the sheriff’s department all passed polygraph tests. Another theory was that Danny was a small time drug trafficker, and that he had met with two unidentified men two weeks before the murder, one of whom he did not want there and made them leave, but that theory never fit with the girls’ disappearance. Some believe Ashley killed her parents and fled with Lauria, because there was evidence of friction between Ashley and her father, but authorities do not believe that the girls could have hidden out for so long and those who knew the teen stated she wasn’t violent, and cared about her mother a lot.

This case was aired on July 3, 2001. It was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted and Vanished With Beth Holloway.

Jeremy Bryan Jones and another man have both “confessed” to having led both Lauria and Ashley from the house and killing them elsewhere, but one confession has been proven false, and the other confession is suspected to be false as well. The girls have never been found.

Mugshot of Jeremy Jones

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As of 2012, the girl’s whereabouts remain unsolved and Ashley Freeman’s family still hasn’t had Justice.

Pictured: Ashley Renae Freeman – Ashley may have last been wearing a t-shirt, blue jeans, a baseball cap, white tennis shoes, and a windbreaker.

Companion
DOB: 29-Dec-1983
Sex:
F
Hair: Lt. Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5. 7″ – 170 cm
Weight:145 lbs – 66 kg

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Lauria Jaylene Bible

Pictured: Lauria Jaylene Bible – Lauria may have last been wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, and either white tennis shoes or black boots. She was also wearing silver earrings in the shape of a heart with a diamond on them.

DOB: 18-Apr-1983
Missing:
30-Dec-1999
Age now: 16 years
Sex: F
Hair: Brown
Eyes:
Hazel
Height: 5’5″ – 165 cm
Weight: 130 lbs – 59 kg
Missing from:
Welch, OK, USA

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The Freeman Family:  

Ashley was living with her parents and her older brother, Shane Freeman, in a trailer-home in Welch, Oklahoma. Her family had problems that required counseling due to her brother Shane stealing his Uncles pick-up truck in 1998, and other behavioral issues. Shane was also charged with breaking into Lauria Bible’s family home in the first week of January, 1999. He had stolen some of Lauria’s possessions along with money and guns that belonged to the Parents of Lauria Bible.

That same week, on January 8th, 1999, Shane was driving a stolen vehicle that belonged to a neighbor. When the car broke down on a Oklahoma Country road. A Police Officer would later state that when he went to investigate and arrest Shane, that he (Shane) pulled a gun out of his back pocket. The Officer shot and killed Shane On January 8th, 1999. The incident was later investigated and it was ruled in favor of the Officer. Many people have their own theories of what happened that day. The Freeman family had an ongoing feud with the Welch Sheriff’s Office due to Shane being killed in what they believe was cold-blooded-murder. According to them, Shane was shot in the backside which would make the Officer’s account of what happened, false.

In the Summer of ’98, Ashley’s father Danny , who is known to have a violent temper, was charged with abusing Shane. Her father stated that the whole incident was exaggerated and overblown although visible marks were on Shane.

Shane isn’t the only one who caught the bad-end of Danny’s temper. In 1985 he was charged with beating his father-in-law after the man trimmed his bushes without asking Danny first. Rumors stated that Danny was involved in drugs and was verbally and physically abusive of his children, although he denies this.

Kathy Freeman was unlike her husband or son, she was considered the main bread-whiner who always showed up to work. A loving, dependable, caring person who didn’t have trouble with the law.

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 For more information regarding the Freeman Family, click the link provided. http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/f/freeman_ashley.html

For more information on Lauria Bible, click the link provided. – http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/bible_lauria.html

A $50,000 reward is being offered in the case.

Anyone with information concerning this case should take no action, but instead immediately contact the nearest FBI Office or local law enforcement agency. For any possible sighting outside the United States, contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate.

Or call 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) with any information.

Pictured: Victim – April Marie Tinsley

FORT WAYNE, IN, COLD CASE → April Tinsley was your typical eight year old but that all changed on good Friday, April 1st, 1988, also known as ”April fools day”. April was on her way home from a friend’s house in Fort Wayne, Indiana when she was kidnapped, raped and murdered by an unknown killer,  Three days later, her body was found on the side of the road, approximately 20 miles away, in an area of farmland.

Fort Wayne police department and other law enforcement agencies worked around the clock looking for April’s killer, media ended up drawing in many tips and leads which all lead to dead ends. April’s case has even made it to ‘America’s Most Wanted’ to no avail. However, John Walsh, host of the show, visited Fort Wayne on August 20th, 2012 to film the second episode of April’s murder hoping for answers or information.

Very little information or details are known about the killer. He is male, Caucasian or Hispanic and was last seen in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Below is a composite sketch of what April’s killer might look.

Two years after the murder of April Tinsley, a note appeared on a barn door near where her body was found. The note, seen below, read “I kill 8 yea old April Marie Tinsley. I will kill again”  Near the message, “ha ha” was faintly scrawled. Fourteen more years had passed when four more notes in a similar handwriting began appearing at several Fort Wayne residences. Three were left on little girls’ bikes; the fourth was in a mailbox. Whom ever wrote the notes claimed responsibility for the murder of April Tinsley and threatened to kill again.  They were written on yellow lined paper and placed in baggies that included used condoms and/or Polaroid photos. The notes stopped in 2004 and the killer hasn’t been heard from since. This could indicate a couple of things, he passed away or is currently in jail for a separate crime.

Police say this note was placed in a ziplock bag that also included a condom. They also say the DNA on the condom matches the DNA found on April Tinsley.

Police say this note, pictured above, was written by the killer , it was placed in a zip-lock bag that also included a condom. They also say the DNA found on the condom, matched the DNA found on April Tinsley.

_____FBI Profiler Jennifer Eakin says writing experts believe that the killer may have the writing disorder known as disgraphia.

FBI Profiler Jennifer Eakin says writing experts believe that the killer may
have the writing disorder known as disgraphia.

Authorities found this sex toy 20 feet from the crime scene. The device is called a Ben Wa Squirmy Manual Crank, and investigators are looking for more information on the device.

Authorities found this sex toy 20 feet from the crime scene. The device is
called a Ben Wa squirmy Manual Crank, and investigators are looking for more
information on the device.

A disturbing threat was scrawled across a barn door in Fort Wayne, Ind., two years after April Tinsley was brutally killed. Cops believe the person responsible for April

A disturbing threat was scrawled across a barn door in Fort Wayne, Ind., two
years after April Tinsley was brutally killed. Cops believe the person
responsible for April’s murder is the same person who wrote this message.

Cops say this bedspread may be a key clue in identifying April

Cops say this bedspread may be a key clue in identifying April’s killer.
Included with the fourth and final note he left specifically for a young Fort
Wayne girl to see, were pictures of the suspect himself lying on a blue-green,
paisley-patterned bedspread.

Whoever murdered April Tinsley enjoyed taunting the young girl’s family, police, and the community, especially other little girls. The sick man got some type of twisted pleasure out of it. He needs to be caught, dead or alive so April Marie Tinsley and her family and anyone who has been victimized by this individual, can have justice and closure.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please leave a tip by calling or emailing: +1-866-60A-PRIL or email aprilinfo@ci.ft-wayne.in.us

A video posted on youtube which describes the unsolved disappearance of Madeleine McCann, 3. Video also provides photos of the young girl and her family.