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Fugitive surgeon found living in a tent on a snowy mountain in Italy gets seven years for defrauding patients of $30million

A former surgeon arrested on a snowy Italian mountainside after five years on the run was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for billing insurers and patients for procedures he didn’t perform.

A federal judge imposed a more severe sentence than expected against Mark Weinberger, who ran a nose and  sinus clinic in Indiana until he disappeared during a European vacation shortly before he was charged.

Simon also said Weinberger had used his  patients as his own personal ATM machine, earning more than $30 million  in the three years before he fled.

Mark Weinberger

HIDING OUT: Dr. Mark Weinberger was living in this tent on a snow-covered mountain Italy when police captured him

Mark Weinberger

HIGH LIFE: Weingberer and wife Michelle lived a lavish life of tropical vacations, yachting, and five-story townhouses.

 

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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

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

Alexandra Marie Ducsay

Alexandra ”Zandra” Ducsay

At 4:44 p.m on May 16, 2006, twenty-six year old Alexandra “Zandra” Ducsay was found in a stairwell in her home on Boothbay Street in the town of Milford. She had been bludgeoned and died as a result of cranial and cerebral hemorrhaging. She had last been seen by friends that day at Bally’s Total Fitness in Stratford at 11am that day. While no suspect has been named, family members believe that someone she knew had been sending her threatening messages. There is now a fifty-thousand dollar reward for information leading the person(s) responsible for the murder of the bank analyst, dancer and television actress. Please contact the Milford Police Departmentif you have any information. They can be reached at 203-877-1465. All calls can be confidential.

UPDATE: Tiny piece of tape leads to arrest in Alexandra Ducsay’s killer. Exboyfriend Matthew Pugh (4) was arrested for the murder of Alexandra ”Zandra” Dugh six years ago. For more information, click:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2199352/Small-piece-tape-leads-arrest-ex-boyfriend-Connecticut-cold-case-murder-actress-years-ago.html

UPDATE: Unidentified Murder Victim Found In 2011 Was Scalped (KY)

Police in Kentucky are still investigating the unsolved homicide of A unidentified female.

The woman was found on August 15th, 2011 and is believed to be Native-American descent and was found scalped and shot to death in a wooded area in Barren County, Kentucky. Her skull was found in a drainage ditch off of Cumberland Parkway near Glasgow. Her bones were later found by investigators near Interstate 65, scattered over a 100-120-foot area.

Authorities are still trying to figure out how she ended up there and who murdered her. Police have run out of leads and are appealing to the public for more information as they await the results of a DNA test.

TO READ FULL REPORT PLEASE CLICK THE PHOTO OF BARREN COUNTY, KY – WHICH WILL LINK YOU TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE PUBLISHED AUGUST 30TH, 2012.

Anyone with information, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, is urged to call the Kentucky State Police at 207-782-2010 Or contact your local police.

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Allow A DNA-Test For Kristen Blaise Lobato

Duran Bailey died a gruesome death. The homeless man met his end on July 8, 2001. His killer didn’t stop with the fatal blow to the back of his head. The perpetrator stabbed him, slashed his throat, knocked out his teeth and severed his penis. The medical examiner counted 30 injuries to his genitals and upper body. Between the bruising and the blood, Bailey wasn’t just killed, he was brutalized beyond almost all recognition.

Bailey’s indignities didn’t end with his death. After the killer finished with his body, that person buried him in garbage, the refuse from the Flamingo Road dumpster where the bloody crime occurred.

His killer fled from there. But to where? Police say Panaca. That’s where they arrested 18-year-old Kirstin Blaise Lobato more than 10 days after the crime.

Others aren’t so sure. Lobato’s supporters, who have followed the case from day one, say prosecutors got the wrong person. While Lobato languished in jail, they said, Bailey’s killer remained at large. And they think the only way to free their friend may be to find the real murderer.

To that end, they recruited the Innocence Project, an organization that has freed hundreds of wrongly convicted prisoners. The group has offered to underwrite DNA testing in the Lobato case. Kirstin’s supporters hope some piece of cellular detritus, a scrap of a genetic fingerprint, will blow the old case wide open again.

There’s just one problem. So far, the district attorney’s office, District Court and state Supreme Court have blocked efforts to test the evidence. A petition on Change.org urging the DA to allow testing has garnered more than 125,000 virtual signatures. But the office hasn’t budged. – Click Link To Read Full Story: http://lasvegascitylife.com/sections/news/update-da-dna-and-kirstin-lobato-murder-case.html

To sign the petition to allow Kristen Lobato to take a DNA-test, click the photo of Kristen shown.