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Police wait for answers from mom of 4-year-old son who shot her …

One day after a 4-year-old child shot his mother in a pickup truck in Putnam County, police are still waiting to interview the mother. Capt. Joseph Wells with the Putnam County Sheriff s Office said Jamie Gilt, 31, of Jacksonville remains at UF Health in Gainesville and is medically unable to be interviewed yet, although police have been told she is recovering and in stable condition.

The Putnam County Sheriff s Office is investigating the case in conjunction with the Florida Department of Children and Family Services, Wells said. An investigation into the mother is ongoing. The case is generating national and international attention because a Facebook page that appears to be Gilt s has multiple posts supporting gun rights, and in a post hours before the shooting she said that her 4-year-old son gets jacked up to target shoot, The Washington Post, the Guardian newspaper in England as well as the liberal websites Daily Kos, Salon and Mother Jones all spotlighted the case on Wednesday.

Earlier story: Woman tells Putnam County deputy that son, 4, shot her in back while she was driving 1 Wells said Gilt could face a first-degree misdemeanor charge if it s determined she left the gun in a location where the child could get easy access to it. That criminal charge carries penalties of up to one year in jail, one year of probation and a fine of up to $1,000. The gun was registered to Gilt and she had a legal permit to carry it, so the only question was whether she was negligent in where she left the firearm, Wells said.

After the investigation is completed it will be up to the office of 7th Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza to determine whether criminal charges will be brought. Larizza s office declined comment on any charges, saying it is premature to speculate at this point.

Wells said previous gun cases involving children he s been involved with have varied, but sometimes prosecutors decide not to seek criminal charges under the theory that the parents have already suffered enough. Former Jacksonville State Attorney Harry Shorstein said it s important to use the laws to enforce gun safety, but in this case Gilt probably shouldn t face any charges. If he were the prosecutor, and the child had shot someone else, he d consider filing charges against the mother.

It s very important to make it clear that safety is important with guns, Shorstein said. But since the mother is the one who was shot, she s probably suffered enough, Shorstein said. You have to put great weight on the fact that the person who is criminally liable is the one who was shot, Shorstein said.

I d be very reluctant to prosecute in this situation. Shorstein also said the child shouldn t face any punishment, saying no one that age should ever be prosecuted, even as a juvenile. Wells said the child is not under investigation, and will not face any charges.

Police released the child into the custody of his grandmother and they believe the child is now back in Jacksonville with his father, Wells said. The gunshot went through Gilt s back and out the other side. When police arrived, Gilt told them her 4-year-old child accidentally fired the shot while sitting in the back seat.

A .45 caliber handgun was found on the floor in the back of the vehicle and there didn t appear to be any bullet entry points on the exterior of the truck so Wells said the shot was most likely fired from inside. The mother and her son were the only people in the vehicle. The truck, which had a horse trailer attached to the back, was parked partially in the travel lane of Florida 20 at Rowland Avenue, Wells said.

Family members later told authorities the two were on their way to pick up a horse from the woman s sister when the shooting happened. Wells said Gilt and her son were less than a mile from her sister s home where they were going to pick up the horse when she was shot. There was a booster seat in the back, but the child was not strapped in when police arrived.

He said investigators are trying to determine whether the child was fastened to the booster seat at the time of the shooting. A public Facebook account for a woman named Jamie Gilt who lives in Jacksonville and is from Palatka features various pictures of horses and pro-gun messages. Another Facebook page is called Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense.

One post, shared on the Jamie Gilt page Sunday, shows an image of two burglars breaking into a home with a message below saying guns are not the answer, but calling 911 is. In disagreement, Gilt shared the photo and commented that the criminals might change their plans if they knew they were going to get killed. The post included other comments in a discussion that defended the right to carry guns.

Thanks. All of ours know how to shoot too. Even my 4-year-old gets jacked up to target shoot the .22, Gilt responded Monday evening on Facebook after someone commented on the post.

The Times-Union reached out to several gun stores and shooting ranges on Wednesday and asked for their thoughts on child safety around guns. All declined to comment or did not return messages. The National Rifle Association also did not respond to requests for comment.

For more information check back with Jacksonville.com or pick up Thursday s edition of the Florida Times-Union.

Larry Hannan: (904) 359-4470 References ^ Woman tells Putnam County deputy that son, 4, shot her in back while she was driving (jacksonville.com)

Woman tells Putnam County deputy that son, 4, shot her in back …

A gunshot fired from inside a pickup truck in Putnam County went through the driver s back and out the front of her torso Tuesday afternoon. When a deputy asked the injured woman what happened, she said her 4-year-old son did it. Less than a day earlier, a Facebook post, which may belong to the victim, talked of letting a 4-year-old boy shoot targets.

The deputy noticed the woman behaving frantically inside the four-dour pickup truck at Florida 20 and Rowland Avenue just after 3 p.m. and he quickly realized she had been shot, Capt. Joseph Wells said.

The woman told the deputy her 4-year-old son accidentally shot her while he was sitting in the back seat. A handgun was found on the floor in the back of the vehicle and there didn t appear to be any bullet entry points on the exterior of the truck so Wells said the shot was most likely fired from inside. The mother, identified as 31-year-old Jamie Gilt of Jacksonville, and her son were the only ones inside the truck and the boy was unharmed, according to the Putnam County Sheriff s Office.

Related: Police wait to interview woman shot by 4-year-old son in Putnam County 1 She was shot through the seat and the round went through her back, Wells said of the bullet that went through Gilt s body. The truck, which had a horse trailer attached to the back, was parked partially in the travel lane of Florida 20, Wells said. Family members later told authorities the two were on their way to pick up a horse from the woman s sister when the shooting happened.

Wells said Gilt and her son were less than a mile from her sister s home where they were going to pick up the horse when she was shot. There was a booster seat in the back of the vehicle, but however the boy was not strapped in when the deputy got to them, Wells said. He said investigators are trying to determine whether the child was fastened to the booster seat at the time of the shooting.

A public Facebook account for a woman named Jamie Gilt who lives in Jacksonville and is from Palatka features various pictures of horses and pro-gun messages. Another Facebook page is called Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense. One post, shared on the Jamie Gilt page Sunday, shows an image of two burglars breaking into a home with a message below saying guns are not the answer, but calling 911 is.

In disagreement, Gilt shared the photo and commented that the criminals might change their plans if they knew they were going to get killed. The post included other comments in a discussion that defended the right to carry guns. Thanks.

All of ours know how to shoot too. Even my 4-year-old gets jacked up to target shoot the .22, Gilt responded Monday evening on Facebook after someone commented on the post. It s unclear if the Facebook account belongs to the woman who was shot Tuesday or if the 4-year-old referenced in the post is Gilt s son, but Wells said the gun found in the pickup truck after Tuesday s shooting was a .45-caliber handgun.

Gilt was taken to a hospital in stable condition and the boy is in the custody of family members, Wells said. He said the Department of Children and Families has been contacted but the shooting is being investigated as accidental. We re satisfied that this is not a criminal shooting, Wells said.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the boy got the gun and who it s registered to, Wells said.

He said no charges have been filed yet but authorities will work with the State Attorney s Office to determine if Gilt will be charged depending on how the boy obtained the weapon.

Joe Daraskevich: (904) 359-4308 References ^ Police wait to interview woman shot by 4-year-old son in Putnam County (jacksonville.com)

Call Box: Splash Water Park went down the drain in 2010 …

Dear Call Box: I recently visited Metropolitan Park and noticed that the Splash Water Park at Kids Kampus was no longer there. Can you tell me what happened? C.A., Jacksonville Dear C.A.: The Splash Water Park went down the drain in 2010.

The seasonal water park and Kids Kampus were torn down and converted into an open play field as part of the renovations to Metro Park. The park s multimillion-dollar renovation was part of then-Mayor John Peyton s initiative to improve public spaces downtown, according to a city website. The city redeveloped portions of Metro Park based on insight from residents and because there were few public spaces in the urban core for visitors to enjoy direct access to the St.

Johns River, the website said. The 10-acre Kids Kampus opened in March 2001. Its largest attraction was a safe city bicycle driving range, modeled after downtown, that included street signs, traffic signals, pretend roads and mini buildings representing a grocery store, gas station, restaurant, bank and police station.

It also had a large jungle gym area. Its seasonal water park featured Three Friends, a boat-shaped structure with water cannons, a slide and climb-on bridges. Dear Call Box: I recently read an interesting book from the Jacksonville Public Library called The Orphan Train about children from New York City being sent to the Midwest in hopes of being adopted.

This morning I read a Letter to the Editor about the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville that helped orphans sent here on the trains in the early 1900s. What can you tell us about that? N.M., Jacksonville Dear N.M.: We can add a little more to what you already know.

The Letter to the Editor, which ran shortly after a story on the downtown church s 175th anniversary, said that church leaders, particularly the Rev. William Boggs, played a key role in offering safety, hope and new homes to hundreds of children who came here on the trains. Boggs, along with the Rev.

D.W. Comstock, led the movement to establish the Children s Home Society of Florida in 1902, said letter writer Charlie Cromer, the society s state board chairman. More than a century later, the society serves more than 50,000 children and family members throughout our state, including 10,000 in Northeast Florida, Cromer wrote, adding that the society was grateful for the church s support.

Betsy Towers, a long-time member of First Presbyterian, said there was little additional information in the church archives. She said some children were sent to Tampa for placement as well. We are very grateful for the association that the Children s Home Society has had with the First Presbyterian Church, Towers said.

We talked to David Clark, the society s regional director of philanthropy, who said that he had been told the orphan trains came to Jacksonville after the Great Fire of 1901, and that the children were used for free labor to help rebuild the city. Comstock came to Jacksonville to start the society, and the orphan train movement was part of his reason for coming, Clark said. Comstock went to Boggs for help because First Presbyterian already had raised the funds to replace its wooden church, which had burned in the fire, with a Gothic Revival structure.

The society s website provides more information. It says that thousands of dirty, malnourished children boarded the trains desperately hoping to find families. Older children especially strong ones found homes quickly.

Younger ones, however, often went from city to city before someone noticed their sad, lonely eyes. More than 400 arrived in Florida, adding to the state s already growing population of homeless and abandoned children. Public welfare was nonexistent, and few laws protected children, spurring a national movement triggered by the constant stream of orphans traveling the tracks, the website said.

On a quest to find families for homeless, neglected children, the movement ventured to Florida in the early 1900s, counting on support from the wealthy. But the year before, fires destroyed much of Jacksonville, eliminating potential philanthropic dollars and underscoring the need for a foster and adoptive placement agency. Submit questions by emailing [email protected] 1 , calling (904) 359-4622 or mailing to Call Box, P.O.

Box 1949, Jacksonville, FL 32231. Please include contact information. If you have a picture to offer with your question, feel free to send it.

Sandy Strickland: (904) 359-4128 References ^ [email protected] (jacksonville.com)

'My Luck Has Run Out': Message Adds To Mystery Of Missing Man

Crystal Rogers Crystal Rogers, a 35-year-old mother of five, was last seen at her from Bardstown, Kentucky home on July 3, by her live-in boyfriend, 34-year-old Brooks Houck. Bardstown is a small city located roughly 60 miles southwest of Lexington. Rogers’ maroon 2007 Chevy Impala was found abandoned with a flat tire along Kentucky’s Bluegrass Parkway two days after she disappeared.

Her keys, purse and cell phone were reportedly found inside the car. Investigators have since named Houck a suspect in his girlfriend’s disappearance. Crystal Rogers is described as a white female, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150 pounds, with shoulder-length blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at 502-348-1840. READ: Search For Missing Mom Crystal Rogers Eerily Similar To Aunt’s 1979 Disappearance 1 Facebook image Sidney “Sid” Cranston Jr. Sidney “Sid” Cranston Jr., a real estate investor in Kingman, Arizona, mysteriously disappeared on June 16, 2015.

The 40-year-old was last seen having lunch with a friend at a property in the 1700 block of Club Avenue. Cranston left after lunch and presumably went to show a 10-acre property he owned to some potential clients. The identities of those clients are not known.

What happened to Cranston after his lunch remains a mystery. In the days that followed Cranston’s disappearance, jewelry belonging to Cranston was sold at a local pawn shop. The Kingman Police Department has declined to elaborate on the sale.

While the police are not revealing many details, Chris Cranston has hired a private investigator. He said he’s learned that phone records indicate his brother’s cell phone pinged a tower near the Hualapai Mountains on the afternoon of his disappearance. The area of those pings is where Chris and other volunteers have been focusing much of their search efforts.

Mystery READ: Mystery Surrounds Missing Arizona Realtor Sidney Cranston 2 Chris Cranston image Tamala Wells Tamala Wells, of Detroit, Michigan, disappeared on August 6, 2012. Her mother, Donna Wells-Davis, learned of her daughter’s disappearance on Aug.

7, 2012, when she received a phone call from her granddaughter, who was then 6 years old. The little girl said that her mom, then 33, had gone out the previous night and never returned.

The mystery deepened when the Pontiac Wells had supposedly been driving was found abandoned just a few blocks from her home. In an interview with HuffPost, the father of Wells’ daughter denied any involvement in Wells’ disappearance, but he didn’t deny how he feels about the mother of his child — or about the child herself. “She gives me a headache,” Rickey Tennant said. “Wells used to give me a headache, but I dealt with it, and I’m looking at it right now as ‘one headache is better than two headaches.'” READ: Ex-Boyfriend Calls Missing Woman One Less ‘ Headache’ 3 Donna Wells-Davis image David Neily David Neily disappeared in Mendocino County, Calif., on April 14, 2006. Additional information can be found at this link: www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/donald-cavanaugh-david-neily-missing_n_4319266.html 4 Neily was 69 years old when he was last seen.

He was 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighed 150 pounds, and had gray hair, green eyes and a white beard. He suffered from stunted growth due to a heart murmur, and as a result his legs were not proportional to his body. Anyone with information asked to call Sgt.

Jason Caudillo at (707) 468-3423 or the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Anonymous tip line at (707) 234-2100. Lisa Hodanish image Jason Ellis Jason Ellis, of Indianapolis, has been missing since Dec.

3, 2006. According to Project Jason 5 , Ellis disappeared from an apartment he shared with two roommates.

One of the roommates allegedly told police that Ellis, then 20, had left and taken his belongings with him. However, Ellis’ last two paychecks were untouched and his car was still parked at the residence. In 2010, authorities told local media that they suspect Ellis is the victim of a homicide, but investigators did not elaborate.

At the time of his disappearance, Ellis was 160 pounds and 6 feet 1 inch tall. He had a tattoo of his mother’s name, Neatrice, on his chest, tattoos of Scooby and Scrappy Doo on his left arm, and a tattoo of a maple leaf and his name on his right arm. Anyone with information regarding Ellis’ disappearance is asked to call the Indianapolis Police Department at (317) 413-7440.

Indianapolis Police Department image Ann Marie Newark Authorities in New Braunfels, Texas, are trying to locate 53-year-old Ann Newark. According to the San Antonio Express-News 6 , she was last seen on Sept.

12 leaving her New Braunfels home after a brief argument with a family member. Authorities said Newark suffers from depression and is believed to be armed with a handgun.

She is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 160 pounds. She has blonde shoulder-length hair, hazel eyes and a scar on her throat. Anyone with information about Newark’s whereabouts is asked to contact the New Braunfels Police Department at (830) 221-4100.

New Braunfels Police Department image Dara Hagans Dara Hagans, 32, of Wilmington, Del., was last seen on Oct.

16, when she left the Christiana Care healthcare facility on West 14th Street. According to Black & Missing Foundation Inc. 7 , Hagans suffers from a unspecified medical condition and there is a genuine concern for her safety and welfare. She may be operating a blue 2005 Ford Focus with Delaware registration 595519.

Hagans is described as 200 pounds and 5 feet 3 inches tall. She has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call (877) 972-2634.

Black & Missing Foundation Inc. image Chad Cookson WTNH.com 8 reports that Connecticut police are trying to locate Chad Cookson. The 44-year-old from Naugatuck was last heard from on Aug.

22, when he spoke with his son by telephone. Cookson’s son told police his father was depressed because of the recent death of his mother. Cookson is described as 250 pounds and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

He has brown hair and brown eyes. His vehicle, a red 2001 Pontiac Montana, with license plate 705-FET, is also missing. Anyone with information on Chad Cookson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Naugatuck Police Department at (203) 729-5221.

Naugatuck Police Department image William Culbreath William Culbreath, 77, of Volusia County, Fla., was last seen on Oct.

17, when he left his Deltona home to go to a doctor’s appointment in Orange City. Culbreath s wife reported him missing when he did not return. According to police, Culbreath could be suffering from delusions.

A description of the missing man has not been released. Investigators also are trying to locate his black 1997 Ford van with a gray stripe and Florida license tag number VA6257. Anyone with information about Culbreath’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 323-0151.

Volusia County Sheriff’s Office image Erik Lamberg Erik Lamberg, 51, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., has not been seen since May 28, 2013, when he checked out of a hotel in Laytonville. His vehicle was later found abandoned in Northern California. Despite several searches, authorities have been unable to locate the missing computer security technician.

Lamberg is described as 6 feet 5 inches tall, 200 pounds with sandy blond hair and blue eyes. Anyone who may have seen Lamberg or has information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 463-4086. A website 9 and Facebook page 10 have been created to share information in the case.

Samantha Lamberg image Tametre Taylor The Associated Press 11 reports that Tennessee police are trying to locate Tametre Taylor. The 40-year-old from Memphis was last heard from on Oct.

11, when she spoke with her pastor by telephone. No additional details have been released.

Anyone with information on Taylor s whereabouts is asked to contact the Memphis Police Department at (901) 545-2677. Memphis Police Department image Robert Mayer Robert Mayer, 46, of Dix Hills, N.Y., has not been seen since June 14. Robert Mayer’s red 2004 Pontiac GTO was found in the parking lot of the Long Island Rail Road’s Deer Park station the day after he disappeared.

The keys were not inside the vehicle and according to Mayer’s wife, the driver’s seat was adjusted much farther forward than her husband typically kept it. Mayer is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall and about 200 pounds. He has brown hair and green-hazel eyes.

He was last seen wearing a gray polo-type work shirt with a J.C. Electrical logo, light blue jeans and black work boots. His left middle finger is missing the tip.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives at (631) 854-8252. Mayer’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to his discovery. For more information, visit www.helpfindrobertmayer.com 12 .

Ida Mayer image Diane Miller Authorities in Clayton County, Ga., are seeking the public’s help in locating 58-year-old Diane Miller. According to WXIA-TV Atlanta 13 , Miller was last seen leaving her home on Sept.

29. Her caregiver reported her missing on Oct.

9. Authorities said Miller is schizophrenic and suffers from bipolar disorder. Investigators do not believe she has her medicine with her.

No physical description of Miller has been released. She was reportedly last seen wearing a blue/black sweater and black pants. Anyone with information is asked to call the Clayton County Police Department at (678) 878-5642.

Clayton County Police Department image Kenneth Lawson Patricia Bryan has been looking for her father, Kenneth Lawson, since June 6. The 76-year-old was last seen at his home in Union Point, Ga. A number of exhaustive searches have been conducted. “We have had no leads on the whereabouts of my father,” Bryan said. “He was not always in a state of confusion.

He would have moments were he would check out or not know where he was, but this was not all the time. Up till my father went missing, I didn’t realize just how many people with dementia and Alzheimer’s went missing on a daily basis. The media does not do them justice.” Patricia Bryan image Willie Michael Wheaton Willie Michael Wheaton, 57, was last seen at a Greyhound bus station in Jackson, Miss., on the evening of June 17, 2006.

Wheaton boarded a bus that was en route to Sacramento, Calif., but it is unknown if he ever arrived. For more information, visit Blackandmissinginc.com 14 . Blackandmissinginc.com image Jennifer Kesse Jennifer Kesse has been missing from Orlando, Fla., since Jan.

24, 2006. It is believed she was abducted from her apartment complex early that morning. On Jan.

26, 2006, Kesse’s car was found abandoned at a condominium complex located roughly 1 mile down the road from where she lived. Valuables were found inside the vehicle, leading police to believe Kesse was not the victim of a robbery or carjacking. Police bloodhounds tracked a scent from where the car was found back to Kesse’s condo, but the trail ended there.

At the time of her disappearance, Jennifer Kesse was 24 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 135 pounds. She had shoulder-length sandy blonde hair and green eyes. Anyone with information in the case or who would like to donate to search efforts can do so at Findjenniferkesse.com 15 .

Tipsters can also call anonymously at 800-423-8477. Drew Kesse image Jacob Tipp Jacob “Jake” Lipp, 27, is missing from North Huntingdon, Pa., last seen Dec.

16 in Pittsburgh by his girlfriend. Lipp and his girlfriend were at Static Bar when they got into a fight and the girlfriend drove off, leaving Lipp at the McDonald’s on Penn Avenue around 3 a.m.

She came back to get him and he was gone. He has not been seen since. Lipp is 5 feet 6 inches, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. (Missing Persons Of America) Missing Persons Of America image Lauren Spierer Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen around 4:30 a.m.

on June 3, 2011, just a few blocks from her apartment in Bloomington, Ind. Earlier in the night, Spierer had visited Kilroy’s, a nearby sports bar that closes at 3 a.m. When she left the establishment, she left behind her shoes and cell phone, police said.

After leaving the bar, Spierer reportedly went to the apartment of Corey Rossman, a fellow college student at the university, before deciding to walk home. What happened to her after that remains a mystery. She was reported missing less than 12 hours later.

Bloomington police, Indiana University police, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police and the FBI have all conducted searches for Spierer. Lauren Spierer is described as a white female, 4 feet 11 inches tall with a slender build. She has blue eyes and blond hair.

She was last seen wearing a white tank top with a light-colored shirt over it and black stretch pants. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Bloomington Police at 812-339-4477. Handout image Carlos Diaz Carlos Diaz, of Bronx, N.Y., disappeared on Dec.

23, 1986, after he went out to bury a family pet. He has not been seen since. He is described as a Hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 170 pounds at the time of his disappearance. He has a tattoo of the initials C.D. on his left hand.

For more information, visit Findthemissing.org 16 . Findthemissing.org image Vilet Torrez Vilet Patricia Torrez, 38, of Miramar, Fla., was last seen by a friend she met for dinner on the night of March 30, 2012. Authorities have declined to comment on where Torrez went for dinner and will not release the name of the person she was with.

Torrez’s movements after the dinner are also unknown, but the vehicle she was driving was later found at her residence in the 12900 block of Southwest 28th Court, a gated community off Miramar Parkway. Torrez was scheduled to work March 31 at her job with Bath Fitter in Doral, but she did not show up or call in. On April 2, Torrez was reported missing.

Her estranged husband, Cid Torrez, has since been named a person of interest in her disappearance. Torrez is 5 feet 3 inches, weighs 125 to 130 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call Miramar police at (954) 602-4000 or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

Handout image Michelle Parker Michelle Parker, 33, vanished on Nov.

17, 2011, the same day that her appearance with her ex-fiance, Dale Smith, aired on “The People’s Court.” The couple was in dispute over a $5,000 engagement ring. After hearing both sides, Judge Marilyn Milian ordered Parker to pay Smith $2,500. A few hours after the episode aired, Parker dropped her 3-year-old twins off at Smith’s condo for scheduled visitation.

Parker’s 2008 black Hummer H3 was found the following day in a parking lot on the west side of Orlando. Decals for Parker’s Glow mobile tanning business had been removed from the windows, police said. Police initially said that Smith was cooperating and was not considered a suspect, but during a later press conference he was named the primary suspect in Parker’s disappearance.

For more information, visit Find Michelle Parker 17 . Handout image Nieko Lisi Nieko Lisi, 18, lives in Jasper, N.Y., about 40 miles from Elmira. According to relatives, Lisi was en route to Buffalo when he disappeared.

He was last seen around 2 p.m. on Sept.

30, 2011, when he and friend Robert Knight, 20, stopped at Lisi’s uncle’s home in Addison, N.Y. Knight arrived at his parents’ home in Michigan on the morning of Oct.

1, 2011. He allegedly told family members Lisi had dropped him off, but no one physically saw Lisi, police said. Lisi’s family reported him missing and on Oct.

5, Michigan police went to talk to Knight about his friend’s whereabouts. According to WETM-TV, Knight “suffered some sort of ailment” during police questioning and was hospitalized. Knight was released from the hospital on Oct.

9. The next day, Knight was found dead in his parents’ home. Lisi is described as a white male, 5-foot-10-inches tall and 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He has a tattoo of Chinese writing on the back of his right arm, a large angel on his right side and a large woman with a devil’s tail on his left side. He was last seen wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a silver cross necklace. Anyone with information about Lisi’s whereabouts is asked to call New York State Police at (607) 776- 6866.

Lisi’s family is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to his whereabouts. Rachael Davis image Kelly Armstrong Kelly Armstrong, mother of a 2-year-old son, has been missing from Kokomo, Ind., since August 2011. Family members became concerned when they were unable to reach her.

A missing person report was filed on Sept.

26, 2011. In February 2012, authorities charged Armstrong’s boyfriend, Travis Funke, with voluntary manslaughter in her death. According to an arrest affidavit, Funke allegedly told investigators he killed Armstrong around the first of July, placing a plastic bag on her head, wrapping her in a tarp and putting her in a trash tote.

The garbage container was supposedly picked up later that same day. Investigators spent six days sifting through 6,000 tons of trash at the local landfill, but were unable to locate Armstrong’s remains. Armstrong’s father, David Armstrong, doubts Funke’s version of events.

People interested in helping search or donating funds can do so at Operationfindkelly.yolasite.com 18 . Anyone with information is asked to contact Kokomo police at 765-459-5101. Shelly Rush image Robyn Gardner Robyn Gardner was last seen in Oranjestad, Aruba, on Aug.

2, 2011, traveling with Gary Giordano, an acquaintance she met on a dating website. Giordano claimed Gardner was swept out to sea while snorkeling in waters off Baby Beach. Giordano, 50, allegedly told police he had noticed a current pulling them out to sea and signaled to Gardner that they should return to shore.

But when he got to dry land, she was nowhere to be found. Authorities conducted an extensive search of the area, but were unable to locate the 35-year-old Maryland woman’s body. On Aug.

5, police took Giordano into custody before he left Aruba. Authorities held Giordano for four months in Gardner’s disappearance, but he was released without charges in early December. Gardner vanished in the same Aruban town where teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared in May 2005.

Gardner’s whereabouts, like Holloway’s, remain a mystery. For more information, visit the Robyn Gardner Full Coverage 19 page. Handout image William “Billy” Disilvestro Billy Disilvestro, 28, has been missing since Feb.

7, 2011, when his grandmother dropped him off at a friend’s house in Hamilton, Ohio. At about 2:30 a.m., DiSilvestro placed two calls — one to his mother and one to his grandmother. Both calls went unanswered.

What happened to DiSilvestro after that remains a mystery. According to police, the friend said DiSilvestro left the house after attempting to contact his mother and grandmother — presumably for a ride. It is believed he was headed to his grandmother’s house about 2 miles away, which would take him through a forested area called Milikin Woods.

Authorities have conducted several searches of the area, but have yet to find any sign of the missing man. DiSilvestro is described as a white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans and a gray winter coat with fur around the hood.

DiSilvestro has several tattoos, including the word SMOKE across his back, Jesus carrying a cross on his upper right arm, and a large angel on his upper left arm. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Butler County Sheriff’s Office at 513-785-1300. Debbie Estes image Susan Powell Susan Powell was reported missing by her family on Dec.

7, 2009, when she failed to show up for her job as a stockbroker at Wells Fargo Financial. Her husband, Josh Powell, told police he had been camping with their two children, then ages 2 and 4, and had last seen his wife around midnight. Suspicious of his story, investigators named Powell a “person of interest” in his wife’s disappearance.

Not long after, Powell and his two children moved back to his hometown of Puyallup, Wash. On Feb.

5, 2012, police say Josh Powell attacked his two boys, Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, with a hatchet and then set his home on fire, killing the three of them in a gas-fueled explosion. Since that time, a mountain of evidence has emerged that supports law enforcement’s decision to name Powell the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance.

Nevertheless, her whereabouts remain a mystery. Handout image Natalee Holloway Natalee Holloway, 18, from Mountain Brook, Ala., disappeared May 30, 2005, while on a trip to Aruba to celebrate her high school graduation. Holloway’s classmates said they last saw her leaving Carlos ‘n Charlie’s nightclub with Joran van der Sloot, then a 17-year-old Dutch honors student living in Aruba, and his two friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe.

All three young men would be arrested in the case, but they were released without being charged. On Jan.

13, 2012, van der Sloot, now 24, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the slaying of Stephany Flores on May 30, 2010. The Peruvian business student was found dead in van der Sloot’s hotel room in Lima that year.

Van der Sloot was charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the case. Holloway’s body has never been found. Handout image Lakeisha Nichole Archie Lakeisha Nichole Archie was last seen on Aug.

5, 2002. A family member dropped her off at a residence in the vicinity of Park Street and Buckeye in Sidney, Ohio, and she has not been seen since. Archie has a tattoo that reads “Lakeisha” on the right side of her neck, a tattoo of a black panther on her left forearm and tattoos of claws on each breast.

For more information, visit Blackandmissinginc.com 20 . Blackandmissinginc.com image Jessie Foster Jessie Foster has not been seen since March 29, 2006. According to her mother, Foster was living in Kamloops, British Columbia, in the spring of 2005, when she began traveling to the United States.

In May 2005, the then 21-year-old ended up going to Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Foster met a man and the two were quickly engaged to be married. The man was reportedly wealthy and the two lived together in a million-dollar home.

In 2006, Foster stopped calling her family. Concerned, they contacted her fiance and he allegedly said Foster had left him in April 2006. Foster’s family promptly reported her missing to police, but with few clues to follow, the case quickly went cold.

Foster is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 120 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Las Vegas Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Foster’s mother also maintains a website devoted to the case, which can be found at jessiefoster.ca 21 .

According to the site, a $50,000 dollar reward is being offered for information in the case. Glendene Grant image Jesse Ross Jesse Warren Ross was a 19-year-old sophomore when he vanished on Nov.

21, 2006, while attending a mock United Nations conference in Chicago. According to police, Ross was last seen at about 2:30 a.m., leaving the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, where a conference dance was held.

Surveillance footage from the hotel does not indicate Ross was intoxicated when he left. He was likely heading to his hotel, the Four Points Sheraton, about 10 minutes away. What happened to Ross after he left remains a mystery.

For more information, visit Findjesseross.com 22 . Findjesseross.com image Brittanee Drexel Brittanee Drexel, 17, was last seen by friends on April 25, 2009, when she left the Bar Harbor Hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to meet friends at the nearby BlueWater Resort. Surveillance footage shows Drexel arriving at the resort, then leaving roughly 10 minutes later.

What happened to her after that is a mystery. For more information, visit Helpfindbrittanee.com 23 . Helpfindbrittanee.com image Corrie Anderson Corrie Anderson, a 36-year-old mother of three from Chautauqua County, N.Y., was last seen at about 1 p.m.

on Oct.

28, 2008. Family members reported Anderson missing at about 3:45 p.m. that day, when she failed to show up at her son’s school for a meeting.

Two days later, a hunter discovered Anderson’s car abandoned about 2 miles from her house. Authorities used ATVs, helicopters and dogs to search areas of interest in the case, but there’s been no sign of Anderson. For more information, visit Findcorrie.com 24 .

Findcorrie.com image John James Morris John James Morris, 38, was last seen on July 30, 2007, in the driveway of his ex-boyfriend’s residence on Whites Ferry Road in Dickerson, Md. According to police, Morris’ ex-boyfriend was out of town on the day John stopped by to pick up his belongings. Morris has not used his credit card or cell phone since and, according to his family, he did not have his ADD (attention deficit disorder) medication with him when he disappeared.

For more information, visit Findjohnmorris.com 25 . Findjohnmorris.com image Ahren Benjamin Barnard Ahren Barnard was last seen in Boise, Idaho, on Dec.

4, 2004. He dropped his young son off for the evening with the child’s mother and presumably drove home.

His car was later found parked in his driveway, but he has not been seen since. For more information, visit Helpfindahren.com 26 . Helpfindahren.com image Roxanne Paltauf Roxanne Paltauf was 18 years old on July 7, 2006, when she disappeared from the Budget Inn hotel in Austin, Texas.

According to Roxanne’s mother, Elizabeth Harris, Roxanne had been staying at the hotel with her boyfriend. The couple had an argument and, according to the boyfriend, she left the hotel, leaving all of her belongings behind. For more information, visit Find Roxanne Paltauf 27 .

Elizabeth Harris image William “Billy” Smolinski William “Billy” Smolinski, was a 31-year-old resident of Waterbury, Conn., when he disappeared Aug.

24, 2004. Smolinski told a neighbor he was going out of town for a few days to look at a vehicle. He has not been seen since and his truck was later found in his driveway.

His keys and wallet were found inside. Investigators searched Smolinski’s home and truck, and conducted several interviews but found no clues suggesting what might have happened to him. For more information, visit Justice4billy.com 28 .

Justice4billy.com image Ray Gricar An esteemed district attorney, Ray Gricar was 59 years old in April 2005 when he vanished. He had served as the district attorney of Centre County, Pa., for nearly 20 years and was preparing to retire at the end of the year. On the morning of April 15, 2005, Gricar called his girlfriend, Patty Fornicola, and told her he was going for a drive on Route 192 toward Lewisburg.

The following day, Gricar’s red and white 2004 Mini Cooper was found locked and abandoned in a Lewisburg parking lot, not far from the Susquehanna River. Gricar’s laptop was later found in the river but authorities never found any sign of the missing DA. For more information, read “Case of Missing Pa.

District Attorney Baffles Police, Family” 29 . Handout image Jason “J.J.” Jolkowski Jason Jolkowski was 19 when he disappeared on June 13, 2001, in Omaha, Neb. Jolkowski, an employee at a local restaurant, received a call from his boss that morning and was asked to come in early.

Jolkowski’s car was in the shop so he arranged to meet a coworker at Benson High School, seven blocks from his home. It is believed that Jolkowski got dressed in his work uniform and then set off for the school. Somewhere along the way, he vanished without a trace.

Jolkowski’s mother, Kelly Jolkowski, has since founded Project Jason, a nonprofit organization created to assist the families of missing adults and children. For more information, visit Projectjason.org 30 . Projectjason.org image Donald Cavanaugh Donald “JC” Cavanaugh was reported missing in Mendocino County, Calif., in March 2005.

Additional information can be found at this link: www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/donald-cavanaugh-david-neily-missing_n_4319266.html 31 At the time of his disappearance, Cavanaugh was 63, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds. He had gray hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information asked to contact Sgt.

Jason Caudillo at (707) 468-3423 or the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Anonymous tip line at (707) 234-2100. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office image Nicholas Leis According to authorities in Miami Township, Ohio, 19-year-old Nicholas Leis has been missing since Aug.

28. He allegedly left his home after telling a witness he was unable to “take the pain anymore.” Police say Leis left in his mother’s car with a loaded gun.

The vehicle was found about a block away from his home not long after the teen left. Nicholas Leis is described as a white male, 5 feet 11 inches, and about 130 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Investigators are asking anyone with any information to contact the Miami Township Police Department at (937) 433-2301. Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 32 .

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Missing Woman Now A Wanted Fugitive

Crystal Rogers Crystal Rogers, a 35-year-old mother of five, was last seen at her from Bardstown, Kentucky home on July 3, by her live-in boyfriend, 34-year-old Brooks Houck. Bardstown is a small city located roughly 60 miles southwest of Lexington. Rogers’ maroon 2007 Chevy Impala was found abandoned with a flat tire along Kentucky’s Bluegrass Parkway two days after she disappeared.

Her keys, purse and cell phone were reportedly found inside the car. Investigators have since named Houck a suspect in his girlfriend’s disappearance. Crystal Rogers is described as a white female, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150 pounds, with shoulder-length blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at 502-348-1840. READ: Search For Missing Mom Crystal Rogers Eerily Similar To Aunt’s 1979 Disappearance 1 Facebook image Sidney “Sid” Cranston Jr. Sidney “Sid” Cranston Jr., a real estate investor in Kingman, Arizona, mysteriously disappeared on June 16, 2015.

The 40-year-old was last seen having lunch with a friend at a property in the 1700 block of Club Avenue. Cranston left after lunch and presumably went to show a 10-acre property he owned to some potential clients. The identities of those clients are not known.

What happened to Cranston after his lunch remains a mystery. In the days that followed Cranston’s disappearance, jewelry belonging to Cranston was sold at a local pawn shop. The Kingman Police Department has declined to elaborate on the sale.

While the police are not revealing many details, Chris Cranston has hired a private investigator. He said he’s learned that phone records indicate his brother’s cell phone pinged a tower near the Hualapai Mountains on the afternoon of his disappearance. The area of those pings is where Chris and other volunteers have been focusing much of their search efforts.

Mystery READ: Mystery Surrounds Missing Arizona Realtor Sidney Cranston 2 Chris Cranston image Tamala Wells Tamala Wells, of Detroit, Michigan, disappeared on August 6, 2012. Her mother, Donna Wells-Davis, learned of her daughter’s disappearance on Aug.

7, 2012, when she received a phone call from her granddaughter, who was then 6 years old. The little girl said that her mom, then 33, had gone out the previous night and never returned.

The mystery deepened when the Pontiac Wells had supposedly been driving was found abandoned just a few blocks from her home. In an interview with HuffPost, the father of Wells’ daughter denied any involvement in Wells’ disappearance, but he didn’t deny how he feels about the mother of his child — or about the child herself. “She gives me a headache,” Rickey Tennant said. “Wells used to give me a headache, but I dealt with it, and I’m looking at it right now as ‘one headache is better than two headaches.'” READ: Ex-Boyfriend Calls Missing Woman One Less ‘ Headache’ 3 Donna Wells-Davis image David Neily David Neily disappeared in Mendocino County, Calif., on April 14, 2006. Additional information can be found at this link: www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/donald-cavanaugh-david-neily-missing_n_4319266.html 4 Neily was 69 years old when he was last seen.

He was 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighed 150 pounds, and had gray hair, green eyes and a white beard. He suffered from stunted growth due to a heart murmur, and as a result his legs were not proportional to his body. Anyone with information asked to call Sgt.

Jason Caudillo at (707) 468-3423 or the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Anonymous tip line at (707) 234-2100. Lisa Hodanish image Jason Ellis Jason Ellis, of Indianapolis, has been missing since Dec.

3, 2006. According to Project Jason 5 , Ellis disappeared from an apartment he shared with two roommates.

One of the roommates allegedly told police that Ellis, then 20, had left and taken his belongings with him. However, Ellis’ last two paychecks were untouched and his car was still parked at the residence. In 2010, authorities told local media that they suspect Ellis is the victim of a homicide, but investigators did not elaborate.

At the time of his disappearance, Ellis was 160 pounds and 6 feet 1 inch tall. He had a tattoo of his mother’s name, Neatrice, on his chest, tattoos of Scooby and Scrappy Doo on his left arm, and a tattoo of a maple leaf and his name on his right arm. Anyone with information regarding Ellis’ disappearance is asked to call the Indianapolis Police Department at (317) 413-7440.

Indianapolis Police Department image Ann Marie Newark Authorities in New Braunfels, Texas, are trying to locate 53-year-old Ann Newark. According to the San Antonio Express-News 6 , she was last seen on Sept.

12 leaving her New Braunfels home after a brief argument with a family member. Authorities said Newark suffers from depression and is believed to be armed with a handgun.

She is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 160 pounds. She has blonde shoulder-length hair, hazel eyes and a scar on her throat. Anyone with information about Newark’s whereabouts is asked to contact the New Braunfels Police Department at (830) 221-4100.

New Braunfels Police Department image Dara Hagans Dara Hagans, 32, of Wilmington, Del., was last seen on Oct.

16, when she left the Christiana Care healthcare facility on West 14th Street. According to Black & Missing Foundation Inc. 7 , Hagans suffers from a unspecified medical condition and there is a genuine concern for her safety and welfare. She may be operating a blue 2005 Ford Focus with Delaware registration 595519.

Hagans is described as 200 pounds and 5 feet 3 inches tall. She has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call (877) 972-2634.

Black & Missing Foundation Inc. image Chad Cookson WTNH.com 8 reports that Connecticut police are trying to locate Chad Cookson. The 44-year-old from Naugatuck was last heard from on Aug.

22, when he spoke with his son by telephone. Cookson’s son told police his father was depressed because of the recent death of his mother. Cookson is described as 250 pounds and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

He has brown hair and brown eyes. His vehicle, a red 2001 Pontiac Montana, with license plate 705-FET, is also missing. Anyone with information on Chad Cookson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Naugatuck Police Department at (203) 729-5221.

Naugatuck Police Department image William Culbreath William Culbreath, 77, of Volusia County, Fla., was last seen on Oct.

17, when he left his Deltona home to go to a doctor’s appointment in Orange City. Culbreath s wife reported him missing when he did not return. According to police, Culbreath could be suffering from delusions.

A description of the missing man has not been released. Investigators also are trying to locate his black 1997 Ford van with a gray stripe and Florida license tag number VA6257. Anyone with information about Culbreath’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 323-0151.

Volusia County Sheriff’s Office image Erik Lamberg Erik Lamberg, 51, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., has not been seen since May 28, 2013, when he checked out of a hotel in Laytonville. His vehicle was later found abandoned in Northern California. Despite several searches, authorities have been unable to locate the missing computer security technician.

Lamberg is described as 6 feet 5 inches tall, 200 pounds with sandy blond hair and blue eyes. Anyone who may have seen Lamberg or has information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 463-4086. A website 9 and Facebook page 10 have been created to share information in the case.

Samantha Lamberg image Tametre Taylor The Associated Press 11 reports that Tennessee police are trying to locate Tametre Taylor. The 40-year-old from Memphis was last heard from on Oct.

11, when she spoke with her pastor by telephone. No additional details have been released.

Anyone with information on Taylor s whereabouts is asked to contact the Memphis Police Department at (901) 545-2677. Memphis Police Department image Robert Mayer Robert Mayer, 46, of Dix Hills, N.Y., has not been seen since June 14. Robert Mayer’s red 2004 Pontiac GTO was found in the parking lot of the Long Island Rail Road’s Deer Park station the day after he disappeared.

The keys were not inside the vehicle and according to Mayer’s wife, the driver’s seat was adjusted much farther forward than her husband typically kept it. Mayer is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall and about 200 pounds. He has brown hair and green-hazel eyes.

He was last seen wearing a gray polo-type work shirt with a J.C. Electrical logo, light blue jeans and black work boots. His left middle finger is missing the tip.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives at (631) 854-8252. Mayer’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to his discovery. For more information, visit www.helpfindrobertmayer.com 12 .

Ida Mayer image Diane Miller Authorities in Clayton County, Ga., are seeking the public’s help in locating 58-year-old Diane Miller. According to WXIA-TV Atlanta 13 , Miller was last seen leaving her home on Sept.

29. Her caregiver reported her missing on Oct.

9. Authorities said Miller is schizophrenic and suffers from bipolar disorder. Investigators do not believe she has her medicine with her.

No physical description of Miller has been released. She was reportedly last seen wearing a blue/black sweater and black pants. Anyone with information is asked to call the Clayton County Police Department at (678) 878-5642.

Clayton County Police Department image Kenneth Lawson Patricia Bryan has been looking for her father, Kenneth Lawson, since June 6. The 76-year-old was last seen at his home in Union Point, Ga. A number of exhaustive searches have been conducted. “We have had no leads on the whereabouts of my father,” Bryan said. “He was not always in a state of confusion.

He would have moments were he would check out or not know where he was, but this was not all the time. Up till my father went missing, I didn’t realize just how many people with dementia and Alzheimer’s went missing on a daily basis. The media does not do them justice.” Patricia Bryan image Willie Michael Wheaton Willie Michael Wheaton, 57, was last seen at a Greyhound bus station in Jackson, Miss., on the evening of June 17, 2006.

Wheaton boarded a bus that was en route to Sacramento, Calif., but it is unknown if he ever arrived. For more information, visit Blackandmissinginc.com 14 . Blackandmissinginc.com image Jennifer Kesse Jennifer Kesse has been missing from Orlando, Fla., since Jan.

24, 2006. It is believed she was abducted from her apartment complex early that morning. On Jan.

26, 2006, Kesse’s car was found abandoned at a condominium complex located roughly 1 mile down the road from where she lived. Valuables were found inside the vehicle, leading police to believe Kesse was not the victim of a robbery or carjacking. Police bloodhounds tracked a scent from where the car was found back to Kesse’s condo, but the trail ended there.

At the time of her disappearance, Jennifer Kesse was 24 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 135 pounds. She had shoulder-length sandy blonde hair and green eyes. Anyone with information in the case or who would like to donate to search efforts can do so at Findjenniferkesse.com 15 .

Tipsters can also call anonymously at 800-423-8477. Drew Kesse image Jacob Tipp Jacob “Jake” Lipp, 27, is missing from North Huntingdon, Pa., last seen Dec.

16 in Pittsburgh by his girlfriend. Lipp and his girlfriend were at Static Bar when they got into a fight and the girlfriend drove off, leaving Lipp at the McDonald’s on Penn Avenue around 3 a.m.

She came back to get him and he was gone. He has not been seen since. Lipp is 5 feet 6 inches, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. (Missing Persons Of America) Missing Persons Of America image Lauren Spierer Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen around 4:30 a.m.

on June 3, 2011, just a few blocks from her apartment in Bloomington, Ind. Earlier in the night, Spierer had visited Kilroy’s, a nearby sports bar that closes at 3 a.m. When she left the establishment, she left behind her shoes and cell phone, police said.

After leaving the bar, Spierer reportedly went to the apartment of Corey Rossman, a fellow college student at the university, before deciding to walk home. What happened to her after that remains a mystery. She was reported missing less than 12 hours later.

Bloomington police, Indiana University police, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police and the FBI have all conducted searches for Spierer. Lauren Spierer is described as a white female, 4 feet 11 inches tall with a slender build. She has blue eyes and blond hair.

She was last seen wearing a white tank top with a light-colored shirt over it and black stretch pants. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Bloomington Police at 812-339-4477. Handout image Carlos Diaz Carlos Diaz, of Bronx, N.Y., disappeared on Dec.

23, 1986, after he went out to bury a family pet. He has not been seen since. He is described as a Hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 170 pounds at the time of his disappearance. He has a tattoo of the initials C.D. on his left hand.

For more information, visit Findthemissing.org 16 . Findthemissing.org image Vilet Torrez Vilet Patricia Torrez, 38, of Miramar, Fla., was last seen by a friend she met for dinner on the night of March 30, 2012. Authorities have declined to comment on where Torrez went for dinner and will not release the name of the person she was with.

Torrez’s movements after the dinner are also unknown, but the vehicle she was driving was later found at her residence in the 12900 block of Southwest 28th Court, a gated community off Miramar Parkway. Torrez was scheduled to work March 31 at her job with Bath Fitter in Doral, but she did not show up or call in. On April 2, Torrez was reported missing.

Her estranged husband, Cid Torrez, has since been named a person of interest in her disappearance. Torrez is 5 feet 3 inches, weighs 125 to 130 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call Miramar police at (954) 602-4000 or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

Handout image Michelle Parker Michelle Parker, 33, vanished on Nov.

17, 2011, the same day that her appearance with her ex-fiance, Dale Smith, aired on “The People’s Court.” The couple was in dispute over a $5,000 engagement ring. After hearing both sides, Judge Marilyn Milian ordered Parker to pay Smith $2,500. A few hours after the episode aired, Parker dropped her 3-year-old twins off at Smith’s condo for scheduled visitation.

Parker’s 2008 black Hummer H3 was found the following day in a parking lot on the west side of Orlando. Decals for Parker’s Glow mobile tanning business had been removed from the windows, police said. Police initially said that Smith was cooperating and was not considered a suspect, but during a later press conference he was named the primary suspect in Parker’s disappearance.

For more information, visit Find Michelle Parker 17 . Handout image Nieko Lisi Nieko Lisi, 18, lives in Jasper, N.Y., about 40 miles from Elmira. According to relatives, Lisi was en route to Buffalo when he disappeared.

He was last seen around 2 p.m. on Sept.

30, 2011, when he and friend Robert Knight, 20, stopped at Lisi’s uncle’s home in Addison, N.Y. Knight arrived at his parents’ home in Michigan on the morning of Oct.

1, 2011. He allegedly told family members Lisi had dropped him off, but no one physically saw Lisi, police said. Lisi’s family reported him missing and on Oct.

5, Michigan police went to talk to Knight about his friend’s whereabouts. According to WETM-TV, Knight “suffered some sort of ailment” during police questioning and was hospitalized. Knight was released from the hospital on Oct.

9. The next day, Knight was found dead in his parents’ home. Lisi is described as a white male, 5-foot-10-inches tall and 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He has a tattoo of Chinese writing on the back of his right arm, a large angel on his right side and a large woman with a devil’s tail on his left side. He was last seen wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a silver cross necklace. Anyone with information about Lisi’s whereabouts is asked to call New York State Police at (607) 776- 6866.

Lisi’s family is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to his whereabouts. Rachael Davis image Kelly Armstrong Kelly Armstrong, mother of a 2-year-old son, has been missing from Kokomo, Ind., since August 2011. Family members became concerned when they were unable to reach her.

A missing person report was filed on Sept.

26, 2011. In February 2012, authorities charged Armstrong’s boyfriend, Travis Funke, with voluntary manslaughter in her death. According to an arrest affidavit, Funke allegedly told investigators he killed Armstrong around the first of July, placing a plastic bag on her head, wrapping her in a tarp and putting her in a trash tote.

The garbage container was supposedly picked up later that same day. Investigators spent six days sifting through 6,000 tons of trash at the local landfill, but were unable to locate Armstrong’s remains. Armstrong’s father, David Armstrong, doubts Funke’s version of events.

People interested in helping search or donating funds can do so at Operationfindkelly.yolasite.com 18 . Anyone with information is asked to contact Kokomo police at 765-459-5101. Shelly Rush image Robyn Gardner Robyn Gardner was last seen in Oranjestad, Aruba, on Aug.

2, 2011, traveling with Gary Giordano, an acquaintance she met on a dating website. Giordano claimed Gardner was swept out to sea while snorkeling in waters off Baby Beach. Giordano, 50, allegedly told police he had noticed a current pulling them out to sea and signaled to Gardner that they should return to shore.

But when he got to dry land, she was nowhere to be found. Authorities conducted an extensive search of the area, but were unable to locate the 35-year-old Maryland woman’s body. On Aug.

5, police took Giordano into custody before he left Aruba. Authorities held Giordano for four months in Gardner’s disappearance, but he was released without charges in early December. Gardner vanished in the same Aruban town where teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared in May 2005.

Gardner’s whereabouts, like Holloway’s, remain a mystery. For more information, visit the Robyn Gardner Full Coverage 19 page. Handout image William “Billy” Disilvestro Billy Disilvestro, 28, has been missing since Feb.

7, 2011, when his grandmother dropped him off at a friend’s house in Hamilton, Ohio. At about 2:30 a.m., DiSilvestro placed two calls — one to his mother and one to his grandmother. Both calls went unanswered.

What happened to DiSilvestro after that remains a mystery. According to police, the friend said DiSilvestro left the house after attempting to contact his mother and grandmother — presumably for a ride. It is believed he was headed to his grandmother’s house about 2 miles away, which would take him through a forested area called Milikin Woods.

Authorities have conducted several searches of the area, but have yet to find any sign of the missing man. DiSilvestro is described as a white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans and a gray winter coat with fur around the hood.

DiSilvestro has several tattoos, including the word SMOKE across his back, Jesus carrying a cross on his upper right arm, and a large angel on his upper left arm. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Butler County Sheriff’s Office at 513-785-1300. Debbie Estes image Susan Powell Susan Powell was reported missing by her family on Dec.

7, 2009, when she failed to show up for her job as a stockbroker at Wells Fargo Financial. Her husband, Josh Powell, told police he had been camping with their two children, then ages 2 and 4, and had last seen his wife around midnight. Suspicious of his story, investigators named Powell a “person of interest” in his wife’s disappearance.

Not long after, Powell and his two children moved back to his hometown of Puyallup, Wash. On Feb.

5, 2012, police say Josh Powell attacked his two boys, Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, with a hatchet and then set his home on fire, killing the three of them in a gas-fueled explosion. Since that time, a mountain of evidence has emerged that supports law enforcement’s decision to name Powell the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance.

Nevertheless, her whereabouts remain a mystery. Handout image Natalee Holloway Natalee Holloway, 18, from Mountain Brook, Ala., disappeared May 30, 2005, while on a trip to Aruba to celebrate her high school graduation. Holloway’s classmates said they last saw her leaving Carlos ‘n Charlie’s nightclub with Joran van der Sloot, then a 17-year-old Dutch honors student living in Aruba, and his two friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe.

All three young men would be arrested in the case, but they were released without being charged. On Jan.

13, 2012, van der Sloot, now 24, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the slaying of Stephany Flores on May 30, 2010. The Peruvian business student was found dead in van der Sloot’s hotel room in Lima that year.

Van der Sloot was charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the case. Holloway’s body has never been found. Handout image Lakeisha Nichole Archie Lakeisha Nichole Archie was last seen on Aug.

5, 2002. A family member dropped her off at a residence in the vicinity of Park Street and Buckeye in Sidney, Ohio, and she has not been seen since. Archie has a tattoo that reads “Lakeisha” on the right side of her neck, a tattoo of a black panther on her left forearm and tattoos of claws on each breast.

For more information, visit Blackandmissinginc.com 20 . Blackandmissinginc.com image Jessie Foster Jessie Foster has not been seen since March 29, 2006. According to her mother, Foster was living in Kamloops, British Columbia, in the spring of 2005, when she began traveling to the United States.

In May 2005, the then 21-year-old ended up going to Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Foster met a man and the two were quickly engaged to be married. The man was reportedly wealthy and the two lived together in a million-dollar home.

In 2006, Foster stopped calling her family. Concerned, they contacted her fiance and he allegedly said Foster had left him in April 2006. Foster’s family promptly reported her missing to police, but with few clues to follow, the case quickly went cold.

Foster is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 120 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Las Vegas Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Foster’s mother also maintains a website devoted to the case, which can be found at jessiefoster.ca 21 .

According to the site, a $50,000 dollar reward is being offered for information in the case. Glendene Grant image Jesse Ross Jesse Warren Ross was a 19-year-old sophomore when he vanished on Nov.

21, 2006, while attending a mock United Nations conference in Chicago. According to police, Ross was last seen at about 2:30 a.m., leaving the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, where a conference dance was held.

Surveillance footage from the hotel does not indicate Ross was intoxicated when he left. He was likely heading to his hotel, the Four Points Sheraton, about 10 minutes away. What happened to Ross after he left remains a mystery.

For more information, visit Findjesseross.com 22 . Findjesseross.com image Brittanee Drexel Brittanee Drexel, 17, was last seen by friends on April 25, 2009, when she left the Bar Harbor Hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to meet friends at the nearby BlueWater Resort. Surveillance footage shows Drexel arriving at the resort, then leaving roughly 10 minutes later.

What happened to her after that is a mystery. For more information, visit Helpfindbrittanee.com 23 . Helpfindbrittanee.com image Corrie Anderson Corrie Anderson, a 36-year-old mother of three from Chautauqua County, N.Y., was last seen at about 1 p.m.

on Oct.

28, 2008. Family members reported Anderson missing at about 3:45 p.m. that day, when she failed to show up at her son’s school for a meeting.

Two days later, a hunter discovered Anderson’s car abandoned about 2 miles from her house. Authorities used ATVs, helicopters and dogs to search areas of interest in the case, but there’s been no sign of Anderson. For more information, visit Findcorrie.com 24 .

Findcorrie.com image John James Morris John James Morris, 38, was last seen on July 30, 2007, in the driveway of his ex-boyfriend’s residence on Whites Ferry Road in Dickerson, Md. According to police, Morris’ ex-boyfriend was out of town on the day John stopped by to pick up his belongings. Morris has not used his credit card or cell phone since and, according to his family, he did not have his ADD (attention deficit disorder) medication with him when he disappeared.

For more information, visit Findjohnmorris.com 25 . Findjohnmorris.com image Ahren Benjamin Barnard Ahren Barnard was last seen in Boise, Idaho, on Dec.

4, 2004. He dropped his young son off for the evening with the child’s mother and presumably drove home.

His car was later found parked in his driveway, but he has not been seen since. For more information, visit Helpfindahren.com 26 . Helpfindahren.com image Roxanne Paltauf Roxanne Paltauf was 18 years old on July 7, 2006, when she disappeared from the Budget Inn hotel in Austin, Texas.

According to Roxanne’s mother, Elizabeth Harris, Roxanne had been staying at the hotel with her boyfriend. The couple had an argument and, according to the boyfriend, she left the hotel, leaving all of her belongings behind. For more information, visit Find Roxanne Paltauf 27 .

Elizabeth Harris image William “Billy” Smolinski William “Billy” Smolinski, was a 31-year-old resident of Waterbury, Conn., when he disappeared Aug.

24, 2004. Smolinski told a neighbor he was going out of town for a few days to look at a vehicle. He has not been seen since and his truck was later found in his driveway.

His keys and wallet were found inside. Investigators searched Smolinski’s home and truck, and conducted several interviews but found no clues suggesting what might have happened to him. For more information, visit Justice4billy.com 28 .

Justice4billy.com image Ray Gricar An esteemed district attorney, Ray Gricar was 59 years old in April 2005 when he vanished. He had served as the district attorney of Centre County, Pa., for nearly 20 years and was preparing to retire at the end of the year. On the morning of April 15, 2005, Gricar called his girlfriend, Patty Fornicola, and told her he was going for a drive on Route 192 toward Lewisburg.

The following day, Gricar’s red and white 2004 Mini Cooper was found locked and abandoned in a Lewisburg parking lot, not far from the Susquehanna River. Gricar’s laptop was later found in the river but authorities never found any sign of the missing DA. For more information, read “Case of Missing Pa.

District Attorney Baffles Police, Family” 29 . Handout image Jason “J.J.” Jolkowski Jason Jolkowski was 19 when he disappeared on June 13, 2001, in Omaha, Neb. Jolkowski, an employee at a local restaurant, received a call from his boss that morning and was asked to come in early.

Jolkowski’s car was in the shop so he arranged to meet a coworker at Benson High School, seven blocks from his home. It is believed that Jolkowski got dressed in his work uniform and then set off for the school. Somewhere along the way, he vanished without a trace.

Jolkowski’s mother, Kelly Jolkowski, has since founded Project Jason, a nonprofit organization created to assist the families of missing adults and children. For more information, visit Projectjason.org 30 . Projectjason.org image Donald Cavanaugh Donald “JC” Cavanaugh was reported missing in Mendocino County, Calif., in March 2005.

Additional information can be found at this link: www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/donald-cavanaugh-david-neily-missing_n_4319266.html 31 At the time of his disappearance, Cavanaugh was 63, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds. He had gray hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information asked to contact Sgt.

Jason Caudillo at (707) 468-3423 or the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Anonymous tip line at (707) 234-2100. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office image Nicholas Leis According to authorities in Miami Township, Ohio, 19-year-old Nicholas Leis has been missing since Aug.

28. He allegedly left his home after telling a witness he was unable to “take the pain anymore.” Police say Leis left in his mother’s car with a loaded gun.

The vehicle was found about a block away from his home not long after the teen left. Nicholas Leis is described as a white male, 5 feet 11 inches, and about 130 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Investigators are asking anyone with any information to contact the Miami Township Police Department at (937) 433-2301. Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 32 .

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District Attorney Baffles Police, Family” (www.aolnews.com) ^ Projectjason.org (www.projectjason.org) ^ www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/donald-cavanaugh-david-neily-missing_n_4319266.html (www.huffingtonpost.com) ^ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org)

Hambleton Hall one of the Great Houses of England: LuxEcoLiving's …

By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World 1 2 Fay Ce Que Voudras- Do As You Please If your looking for an experience that encapsulates the beauty and serenity of the English countryside in a part of the world that is known for the origins of fox hunting, do explore one of the places where the famous British playwright Noel Coward resided and wrote. Hambleton Hall 3 ranks as one of our top choices for 2016 With a Michelin starred chef at the helm, Aaron Patterson exceeds as the “Genius Loci” sourcing the most amazing local harvests. We dined like Downton’s Crawley family, and slept like royalty in our room with interiors masterfully designed by Stefa Hart. 4 5 “Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade”- Noel Coward LuxEcoLiving Photo Credits-Tim Hart welcomes the Chuda’s to Hambleton Hall My dream came true.

As an American born citizen with English ancestry, I had a yearning to discover how my grandmother might have lived. I can assure you she never had the opportunity to live like this. Pride of Britain- Hambleton Hall Known throughout Great Britain and the world as one of the finest Relais & Ch teaux’s, a heroic vision of Mr.

and Mrs. Hart who took ownership of the estate and transformed it into an iconic landmark, best loved and often frequented by aristocrats, royalty and locals who come to dine and reside in what we discovered tops some of the best hotels in all of Europe. Michelin star Chef, Aaron Patterson and his highly skilled team use only the best local produce.

Having just returned from Alain Ducasse’s 6 beautiful Inn’s in Provence, I have to admit, Aaron Patterson deserves two more stars. Every meal was superb! Hambleton Hall has received many accolades.It’s wine list is stellar and reached the final round of the AA Wine Award after having been chosen from over one thousand wine lists based on quality of its wine selection and presentation.

Built in 1881 as a hunting box by Walter Marshall which later became infamous for the enjoyment of fox hunting. It is also a prestigious member of properties in Pride of Britain 7 along with other great houses. Tim Hart has a passion for great hospitality.

His standards for perfection are unmatched. Every detail has his signature. The gardens and grounds speak to his love of nature.

This historic house may have started with Walter Marshall but it will best be known as the House of Hart. My absolute #1 pleasure is breakfast in bed. All of the baked goods come from Tim Hart’s amazing bakery which he opened with Julian Carter to produce top quality traditionally made bread for Hambleton Hall and Hart’s Nottingham. 8 9 Site seeing around the village and hamlets were truly an experience worth undertaking.

You must visit the bakery where all of the most delicious breads and English pastries are baked and delivered daily. If you love antiques and wonderful relics or hats and consignment clothes…. ask Mr.

Hart for directions. Visit Old Bakery Antiques 10 on Main Street in Wymondham for unique items like these Victorian door knobs. And look for Marc Taylor hats in nearby a consignment store.

I absolutely loved our conversation about the rich and somewhat risque goings on in HH’s history. Tim Hart accounts, “Some time ago I had the good fortune to receive, on loan, Walter Marshall’s scrap book. This document consists of a compilation of clippings mostly of a scandalous or scurrilous kind reflecting his interest in gossip, scandalous divorces, demi-mondaine girls (some revealing their arms and ankles) and spicy tales from the ‘pink-un’ .” Editor’s Notes: A Rose Tea – Photo By Ellen Easton 2007 All Rights Reserved Our introduction to Hambleton Hall was discovered through the kind generosity of Ellen Easton and her blog, Tea Travels .

Thank you. Special thanks to Tim Hart and his guest relations staff. Transportation provided by DMG Ltd. 11 12 13 14 You don’t want to miss seeing Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.

Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587. 15 “Let’s drink to the spirit of gallantry and courage that made a strange Heaven out of unbelievable Hell, and let’s drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again.”-Noel Coward References ^ LuxEcoLiving (www.luxecoliving.com) ^ Healthy Child Healthy World (www.healthychild.org) ^ Hambleton Hall (www.hambletonhall.com) ^ Michelin starred chef (www.hambletonhall.com) ^ Stefa Hart. (www.hambletondecorating.co.uk) ^ Alain Ducasse’s (luxecoliving.com) ^ Pride of Britain (www.hambletonhall.com) ^ Tim Hart’s amazing bakery which he opened with Julian Carter (www.hambletonbakery.co.uk) ^ Hart’s Nottingham. (www.hartsnottingham.co.uk) ^ Old Bakery Antiques (www.oldbakeryantiques.co.uk) ^ Hambleton Hall (www.hambletonhall.com) ^ Tea Travels (whatscookingamerica.net) ^ Tim Hart (www.hartsnottingham.co.uk) ^ DMG Ltd. (luxecoliving.com) ^ Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.

Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587. (www.burghley.co.uk)

The Thin Magic – Huffington Post

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness , which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my life was having cancer in my mid-thirties. This experience unraveled the way I see the world and made me a student of all spiritual paths.

With a steadfast belief in our aliveness, I hope what’s in this book will help you meet the transformation that waits in however you’re being forged. The following piece is an excerpt from the book. 1 The Thin Magic We’re just now climbing out of the ravine and so the guard around my heart is loosening and I cry easily. Stillness is showing its face, again.

I almost lost you. Was forced to try it on. Your roots, growing in my heart for years, were ripped up by the storm.

We were hanging by a thread. But mir- acle of the ordinary, hard skin graft of time–we’re still here. And light is again whispering along the empty chairs in the park.

And pigeons sit on top of store signs watching as we die and come alive again. A young couple now in front of me. They’re falling into each other’s future, not knowing what ravine they will have to cross.

It would all be despairing, if not for the thin magic of how the light from the beginning skips through every heart that dares to love. The barely seeable light that slips now up the edge of our grief, like another dawn we’re not quite ready for. A Question to Walk With : In conversation with a friend or loved one, describe a time when you felt yourself coming alive again.

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Reduced to Joy by Mark Nepo Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What Is Sacred by Mark Nepo References ^ Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness (marknepo.com) ^ here (www.huffingtonpost.com) ^ here (www.huffingtonpost.com)

Man identified who attempted to rob off-duty federal officer at his …

A man who attempted to rob an off-duty federal law enforcement officer was shot and critically wounded Sunday after pulling a knife on the officer, Jacksonville police said. Special Agent Donald Wells of the Department of Homeland Security shot the man police identified as Talmadge King, who earlier in the day had helped move a washing machine into the upstairs of Wells Springfield home, said Assistant Chief Scott Dingee of the Sheriff s Office. Wells paid King after the washer was moved Sunday afternoon.

About 10:30 p.m. the man returned to the house on East Fifth Street and said he lost his phone there. Wells looked but did not find the phone, then returned to the front door where King pulled a knife and attempted to rob Wells, Dingee said.

Wells grabbed his gun and shot King, according to a release from the Sheriff s Office. The suspect was on the victim s porch when police arrived. Officers found a fixed blade knife at the scene.

King, 47, was arrested for armed robbery and was absentee booked into the jail because he is at a local hospital being treated. Staff at the hospital found the victim s bank card in the suspect s clothing, police said. King was found guilty of fraudulent use of credit cards in November 2014 following a September 2014 arrest.

He was sentenced to 12 months in jail.

He was also found guilty of petty theft in 1988.

Dana Treen: (904) 359-4091