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Friday, May 27, 2016

Loved Ones of Missing Man Sean Mitchell Criticize Police Response

The family and friends of missing man Sean Mitchell (below) say Aussie police have been unhelpful in the search for the 38-year-old Perth businessman.

Mitchell vanished from a pub in Mosman Park about a week ago, but an official search for him wasn't launched until a diver found some of his belongings several days later at the bottom of Swan River.

Missing person alert for Aussie businessman Sean Mitchell, 38 of Perth
Because of a delayed police search, all that's presently known is that Sean Mitchell vanished shortly after attending a work-related party last Friday night at the Belgian Beer Cafe.

He had informed at least one friend by phone as he was leaving that evening that he intended to "sleep overnight on a yacht" belonging to one of his drinking mates.

Mitchell abruptly disappeared shortly thereafter, but, almost five days in, police still hadn't "seriously" responded to his missing persons report.

"I am obviously scared that he did not get on the yacht," a female colleague Mitchell spoke to by phone on the Friday he went missing told reporters this week. "It is really frustrating."

The lost Australian was electronically tagged using Perth's rail station around 9:00 p.m. last Friday, and his cell phone pinged one final time near Mosman Park's Freshwater Bay yacht club -- a little more than an hour after this last known sighting.

Missing man Sean Mitchell, who operates a mining-recruiter enterprise, is an adult Caucasian male with red hair, blue eyes, and a "medium build."

Anyone with information about his disappearance in Perth, or with knowledge of Mitchell's current whereabouts, should contact police at 131-444 immediately.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Investigating the Smiley Face Murders

NEW: The Case of the Drowning Men (expanded and revised graphic edition)

An expanded and revised paperback edition of The Case of the Drowning Men (above) has been issued this spring to address significant developments and breakthroughs in the ‘Smiley Face Murders’ and includes more photos, forensics and victim profiles. It now also provides survival tips on how to avoid becoming a Smiley statistic, as well as a guide for what to do if your own young man goes missing and is later “found drowned.” 

Much has been happening in the decades-long drowning spree since the author’s original investigation was first published, and this enhanced volume will bring both newcomers and longtime case followers up to date.

This expanded and revised print edition also contains additional images, such as autopsy and water recovery photos, which some sensitive readers may find gory and disturbing. These are included out of scientific necessity, not for shock value.

As with the first edition, you’ll still find the only in-depth overview and analysis available of an unsolved serial case that has confounded waterfront communities, coroners and cops ever since 1997, and which in recent years has spread from the original killing fields of North America internationally.

With hundreds of victims documented in the United States, Canada and abroad now, no other serial murderers in the history of serial murdering have come anywhere near the body count of the ‘Smiley Face Killers.’ And that death toll continues to climb.

Learn everything there is to know about this elusive criminal gang, their widening victimology, and what progress is being made in the ongoing effort to capture them in The Case of the Drowning Men, by true crime writer Eponymous Rox.

The Creepy Murder of Missy Bevers Gets Creepier by the Week

The April 18th murder of Missy Bevers in Midlothian Texas by a SWAT-cop imposter was already weird enough, but recent developments are sending the case deeper into the creep zone.

Police have been focusing a lot of attention on the Bevers' unhappy union, and in that aspect of their investigation discovered significant "marital problems" as well as "money issues" by tapping into the couple's cell phones.

One search warrant even states that "a portion of these messages (as well as deleted messages) recovered indicate and confirm statements and tips provided to officers of an ongoing financial and marital struggle, as well as intimate/personal relationship(s) external to the marriage with identified target numbers."

So far eleven such “target” cell phone numbers have been pinpointed, and allegedly the slain fitness instructor was herself having some "intimate" online relations, too, via her LinkedIn profile.

Sadly, it may be that ignoring a certain romantic Web solicitation, a "creepy" sounding message sent to her in mid April, cost the 45-year-old her life days later; but all of the Bevers' communiqués are being analyzed by high-tech security specialists of New York City's police department.

The NYPD has probably the most sophisticated -- and controversial -- means of tracking unwitting suspects and POIs in the world, such as its 'Stingray' simulator technology which mimics a cell-tower to eavesdrop on all calls made or received in a specific area.

Why would that invasive tool be vital in the Missy Bevers murder investigation at this late stage? Because Texas officials think her slayer brought a cell phone with them the morning of the attack to take a few victim pics, and may even be continuing "to visit" the crime scene with it.

Despite that individual still being at large and unidentified, speculation remains firm that this cop impersonator, shown stalking the halls of Creekside Church about a half-hour before Bevers arrival for a scheduled class, "is female."

According to recently released court docs, police have decided that the hammer-swinging killer is most likely not a male, by the suspect's "feminine sway or walk," although they haven't yet landed on a motive for the premeditated assault.

They also believe that *her* distinctive gait, captured on a number of surveillance videos inside the building on the 18th of April, could be "indicative of some type of injury which affects the right leg/foot."

Creepy murder of Missy Bevers Gets Creepier by the Week

As disclosed in earlier coverage of the Bevers slaying, several exterior cams at the church were "malfunctioning" or possibly deliberately disabled that morning, so no actual footage of the murderer arriving and departing -- if they left the scene at all -- exists.

Police did recently identify a “vehicle of interest” from area CCTV taken hours before Bevers was bludgeoned to death with a hammer, but have not located either the “light-colored 2010 to 2012 Nissan Altima” or its owner.

Regarding last month's revelations that Missy Bevers' father-in-law brought a woman's "bloody shirt" to the local dry-cleaners just days after her killing, this has also been verified and the item seized as evidence. However, it's still not known whether his claim that the incriminating stains were from "a dogfight" is true or false because tests on the substance haven’t been returned from the crime lab yet.

Last week authorities publicly cleared all of the victim’s relatives, friends and students as potential suspects, noting that doing so didn’t completely “eradicate” anyone from future suspicion should more evidence surface.

Whomever the devious and demented person was that viciously slew exercise coach Terri 'Missy' Bevers in the predawn hours of April 18, 2016, the reward for information leading to their arrest and prosecution stands at $10,000.

Tipsters should phone the Midlothian Police Department’s tip line at (972) 775-7624.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Body of Missing Student David Miller Pulled from River

PHOTO: Missing college student David Miller has been found dead in the Mississippi River near Minneapolis.

The 20-year-old science major disappeared after leaving his University of Minnesota dormitory on foot May 10, 2016.

Security cams captured David Miller walking westward that night in the area of Interstate 35 near a campus overpass.

https://www.killingkillers.blogspot.comDorm mates said he didn't return, and Miller was reported missing shortly after he also failed to show up for important exams in the following days.

Police had been searching for him ever since and expressed concerned about the missing college student's welfare, because skipping classes and losing contact with loved ones "was out of character."

A body pulled from the Mississippi River close to the Ford Parkway bridge in Minneapolis on Wednesday morning was later identified as David Miller's.

Authorities are still investigating how the 6-foot-1 and 175-pound university junior entered the water.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call 911 or  (612) 624-2677.

The Hennepin County coroner has not yet ruled on a cause of death.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Missing Persons Reward for Martin Roberts, 19 of North Carolina

Missing college student Martin Roberts below disappeared from North Carolina on April 21, 2016.

According to his fraternity roommates, wherever Roberts was headed that Thursday afternoon he did not take his cell phone with him.

Reward now offered for help finding 19yo student Martin Roberts

Police this week said they will be extending their search for James Martin Roberts "across the state" but added that the 19-year-old doesn't drive or own a vehicle.

A report that he was seen over the weekend "in the Trout Lake region of Blue Ridge Parkway" was fully investigated -- on land and by air -- but turned out to be erroneous.

However, the Boone Police Department is "continuing to  develop leads" and "diligently" tracking the young man's whereabouts.

Martin Roberts is a slender blond-haired Caucasian male standing about 5-foot-10 and weighing around 150 pounds.

He attends Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, but allegedly was last sighted around noontime on the Appalachian State University campus near ASU's Convocation Center.

That day Roberts is said to have been wearing an Appalachian State windbreaker, khaki shorts, gray New Balance sneakers, a black shirt and a white golf hat.

A $1000 reward is now being offered by High County Crime Stoppers to help solve his missing persons case. Anyone with information about it is asked to call (828) 268-6959 or (828) 737-0125. 

Tips can also be emailed to www[dot]tipsubmit[dot]com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or by sending a text to 274637 (CRIMES) and adding 'NCTIP' within the message.

Detectives at the Boone Police Department can be reached anytime at (828) 268-6900.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Man found weighted, bound and drowned in Sheepshead Bay

NYC police are seeking help in solving the "obvious" murder of a man found weighted, bound and drowned in Sheepshead Bay.

https://www.killingkillers.blogspot.comThe drown victim who washed ashore this week near Manhattan Beach was wearing "cement shoes" and had his "hands tied behind his back" before being dumped in the water "in a plastic bag."

A spokesman for the NYPD said a Kingsborough College student walking near Oriental Boulevard on Monday morning discovered the unidentified male's weighted and bound corpse on the shoreline.

He didn't say whether police already know the murdered man's identity, but did reveal he has a number of tattoos on his back, including one of a rose and another of the Virgin Mary.

It was "obviously a homicide," the detective emphasized, noting that the victim's feet had been "submerged in concrete" to guarantee he would suffer a gruesome death.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Foreign Med Student Ambrose Monye Missing in Chicago

PHOTO: Relatives of 28yo missing med student Ambrose Monye, who vanished in Chicago a month before graduating, is "perplexed" and "distraught" over his disappearance.

Monye has been studying internal medicine in Guadalajara Mexico, but was completing clinical rotations this spring at Jackson Park Hospital, alongside one of his siblings.

The "shy and quiet" young doctor-to-be hasn't been seen or heard from since on or about April 21st, and both his cell phone and bank accounts have gone inactive.

missing persons alert for Chicago med student Ambrose Monye

Ambrose Monye allegedly last interacted with his brother and may have been sighted by a colleague the following afternoon in the area of the Chicago hospital where he'd been interning.

A missing persons report for him was filed a few days after he failed to show up there again as scheduled and simultaneously lost contact with loved ones.

Though the athletic and "soft spoken" 28-year-old was known to frequent the nearby university library and cafes in the Hyde Park neighborhood, he didn't socialize much because he was too bashful "to even talk to strangers."

Monye instead spends most of his free time "just studying" or visiting with his relatives.

According to them, he isn't depressed, has no health issues requiring medication, and "has never gone missing before."

Foreign med student Ambrose Monye is 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion.

Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts should alert Area Central detectives in Chicago's South Side at (312) 747-8380.

Monday, May 2, 2016

ALERT for 29yo Navy Vet Calvin Potter, Missing in Minnesota

No one has seen or heard from 29yo navy vet Calvin Potter (below) since he left his workplace in Chaska Minnesota a week ago.

29yo navy vet Calvin Potter is missing in MinnesotaPotter was last seen around 10 p.m. on April 26th driving away from the Qualitech facility in his vehicle.

The blue 2009 Chevy Cobalt has Minnesota plate ID number 586-CRH.

The 29-year-old man's sudden disappearance last Tuesday, and continued lack of contact with his loved ones and employer, is considered extremely "uncharacteristic."

Family and friends are also reporting that Potter's cell phone has gone dead.

Calvin Potter is a 5-foot-9, 160-pound Caucasian male with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who knows what happened to him or with info about his current whereabouts is asked to contact the Bloomington Police Department at (952) 563-4900. 

Tipsters phoning the BPD about Calvin James Potter's missing persons alert should also reference case number 16-003948.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Feds probe the tragic death (and life) of Prince

As a federal probe into the tragic death of superstar Prince broadens to include the DEA, some super sad facts about his life are also emerging.

Almost two weeks after the 57-year-old entertainer was found alone and "unresponsive" at his Minneapolis mansion and pronounced dead by paramedics, an official cause of death still hasn't been declared.

Suicide or foul play, though, has been quietly ruled out, as law enforcement focuses instead on his history of pill-popping and "such things as where the medications came from and what prescriptions Prince had obtained."

Amid addiction, AIDS and bankruptcy rumors, it's widely believed Prince died from an inadvertent overdose brought on by decades of substance abuse and a host of health issues he'd been battling for years.

Feds probe the tragic death (and life) of Prince

Those close to the gaunt 5-foot-3 musician say he suffered debilitating hip problems caused by a lifetime of wearing and performing in platform shoes, and had begun self-medicating early in his career to "conquer" stage fright and epilepsy.

They also revealed that Prince was diagnosed HIV positive back in the 1990s and that recently his medical condition had developed into full blown AIDS.

The incurable disease -- coupled with drug addiction -- not only left him disoriented, paranoid, emaciated and unable keep down food, but reportedly created a shocking picture of an already dying man:

"His face was yellowish," one unnamed source told the National Enquirer over the weekend. "The skin on his neck was hanging off and the tips of his fingers were a brownish-yellow."

On the night preceding Prince's sudden death episode, he had driven miles from his Paisley Park home to fill an illegal prescription for painkillers under one of many false names created for him so to "avoid a paper trail."

That long and winding pathway to death is now the subject of a criminal investigation which could see some of his private physicians and closest associates eventually held accountable.

Complicating matters further, the chronically ailing and reclusive rock-star made no Last Will and Testament, although he had several family members who could have been named as heirs, including a blood sister. 

Consequently, legal experts are warning it will "take years" to sort out Prince's multimillion-dollar business holdings and personal estate, the values of which could steadily diminish while his relatives slug it out in a courtroom.

As they start lining up to do just that, police continue this month to pore over the dead celebrity's once-very private affairs and collect more physical evidence in his high-profile death inquiry.

Autopsy and toxicology tests were completed by the last week of April, but those results are still pending.