Emily Jeanette Garcia

My name is Sheila Smith-Ramirez and I am requesting your help to solve my daughter’s murder.

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

It was verified a year later from a fingerprint card I had that this Jane Doe was the body of my daughter, Emily Jeanette Garcia, who was reported missing around the 12th of February 1993 from San Antonio, Texas. She was 3 months pregnant at the time of her death.

Her case remains unsolved.

We were told that this case had been investigated by the New Braunfels Police Department. We were also told that the Texas Rangers and the San Antonio FBI were working with this case. I have been in touch with both agencies and received an email back from the Texas Rangers. We still have not received a reply from the San Antonio FBI, but expect to soon.

The case is still active and they are still working on it, but have not had any luck with leads for ten years now. The detective working this case said that they had 2 suspects at the time. We don’t know if they are even suspects now and the detectives say they have very little DNA and other evidence to convict anyone.

If you or someone you know has any information about Emily’s death, please help me in any way that you can. I would appreciate anything you could do to help me. I really need closure on this.

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

We received a copy of the original Death Certificate on 9/29/03, but it does not even list her as a Jane Doe. All it says is that its N/A. They also have her listed as Caucasian and not of Hispanic Origin, which she was. It also says that the body was only 3 months pregnant and Emily claimed to be 3 months pregnant. The cause of death is listed as strangulation, but the newspaper article said she had been sexually abused and that she was already dead before they tied her up.

We still have had no answers as to what happened to the baby or any other circumstances surrounding her death. The autopsy was done in Austin and we are waiting for the autopsy report, but have been unable to get one yet.

We have also tried to find a death certificate with her name on it where they had exhumed the body and buried it as Emily Jeanette Garcia, but there are none to be found in the Texas Death Records and we do not understand this.

We really haven’t been able to find much of any records at all on Emily and do not understand this at all.


The Unsolved Murder Of Emily J Garcia In Texas
January 01, 2008 02:47 PM EST
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As I’ve written before, I like the A&E’s network show, Paranormal State. I tuned in last night and the team headed for Las Vegas to see a teenaged girl who was seeing a deceased teenage girl in her room. As soon as I saw the sketch the teenager made, I knew who it was.

I peruse unsolved homicides and missing people web sites. There are so many unsolved homicides and missing people that I never got to profiling her. I will now in hopes some one, some where, will give up the information needed to bring her killer to justice.

Emily Jeanette Garcia was 15 years old, and three months pregnant with a boy named Emillio when she disappeared on her way to have a pregnancy test taken in San Antonio, Texas. That was on 02/12/1993. Emily never made it to the Doctors appoitment that day, and she was never seen alive again.

On 02/25/1993, road workers found the nude body of a femaile in Canyon Lake, Texas. She was located 1.5 miles North of Old Cranes Mill Rd. Off of Hwy. 46. She had been dead just 24 hours. There were no personal belongings with the body, so she was named Jane Doe and buried in a paupers field cemetary.

A year later a friend phoned Emily’s mother and told her about Jane Doe. Her Mother had fingerprints taken of both her daughters when they were younger and that’s how Emily was finally identified. Her body was exhumed and she is now buried with family members.

Emily was held hostage for 12 days. She had been raped, beaten and then, strangled by ligature. She was only 4’10” and weighed 115 Lbs. For 12 days she was abused and at the mercy of a madman. There isn’t a description of a suspect on either The National Center For Missing Adults or when I Googled her name. I went to the Comal County Sheriffs Office, Texas web site and didn’t find anything at all about Emily.

She was on probation at the time of her death, and did time in “Juvie”. Her older sister, Elizabeth was also pregnant at the same time as Emily was. No other information about the crime or what authorities are doing to find out who did this to her is available.



Emily Jeanette Garcia was born on July 27, 1977 in Fort Hood, Texas to Roy Garcia and Sheila Smith-Ramirez. She is the younger sister of Elizabeth Garcia.


Emily Jeanette Garcia passed away on February 25, 1993 at the age of 15 as the result of abduction, rape, and murder. Emily had boarded the city bus in San Antonio, Texas on February 12, 1993 to go to an appointment with the health service to see how far along she was in her pregnancy. Her mother Sheila Smith-Ramirez had went along with Emily and stayed with her till she boarded the bus for her appointment and then Sheila went on to her job. Emily never made it to her appointment. She was never seen or heard from again. When her mother got home from work later that evening on February 12, 1993 and found that Emily had never returned home, she became worried and started contacting all of Emily’s friends. Noone had seen or heard from Emily. It was as if she had just vanished. After many hours of searching and calling all of her friends, Sheila became frantic and contacted the San Antonio Police Department to report Emily missing. Little did she know that she could not report her missing for at least 48 hours and that she would recieve no help there. Sheila kept looking, but her search was futile. Noone knew anything about Emily’s dissappearance. After the 48 hours, Emily was finally reported missing, but months went by, with no result. In the meantime, a body of a female was found on Old Cranes Mill Rd. in Canyon Lake, Texas on February 25, 1993. The body was of a young girl who had been raped and murdered. A report was made, but noone seemed to know who this young lady was. The link between this young lady and Emily Garcia took a year to come together. On the year anniversary of finding this young ladies body, a news show was aired to see if anyone could help to identify her. A friend of Sheila’s happened to be watching this news show and saw the photos of the unidentified female and thought it may be Emily. She called Sheila and told her about what she had seen and Sheila immediately contacted the Comal County Sherriff’s Office to see if this was her daughter. Sheila had taken her girls to be fingerprinted as young children and had taken the fingerprint cards along with her and this was how she found out that the Jane Doe was in fact her daughter Emily Garcia.
Emily had been abducted on February 12, 1993 and tortured for 13 days until her killer had finally murdered her on February 25, 1993 and then taken her body and dumped in in Canyon Lake along side the road.
The autopsy shows that Emily had been sexually molested and murdered by way of strangulation.
It has now been 12 years since Emily’s murder and her killer still remains at large. Her mother and her aunt Theresa Yeary continue to search for answers and refuse to give up until they find justice.
The fact that Emily was only 15 at the time of her murder is bad enough, but Emily was also pregnant with a little boy at the time of her murdrer.
If anyone has any information on the abduction, rape, and murder of Emily Garcia and her unborn son, please contact the following people:
Even if you may think it is a small detail, anything will help this family.
Det. Tommy Ward,
Comal County Sheriff’s office
email address: soatgw@co.comal.tx.us
Case #93-01164 or
Emily’s Family
Sheila Smith-Ramirez
or Emily’s Aunt
Theresa Yeary
or go to Emily’s Web Site at:

Our Search For Justice For Emily Jeanette Garcia & Her Unborn Son Emilio!!!

I have only just returned to Blessing, TX. from San AntonioTX, where I went to do some follow-up on Emily’s murder case, and to possibly set up the passing out of flyers on the north-side of town. I came back sick and disheartened by the way people are treating not only me, but my daughter Emily’s memory. I made a missing person report on or about the 12th of February 1993…..The man told me at that time, “Look, Lady, what do you want us to do?” “I’ve got 200 cases on my desk alone!” When I asked him,” if he and everyone that worked in that office had that many cases on their desks, what was being done?” he got mad at me and slammed the phone down. The missing person’s report that should have been made, and that could have made a difference between Emily being found alive or murdered, was never made. There was about 13 days where Emily was missing before she was murdered and her body was found in Canyon Lake. There was never, and still isn’t, a missing person’s report for Emily Garcia. I had my children fingerprinted when they were small for just such a reason as this. I, like other parents, assumed that these fingerprints are on file with the FBI, and that if anything ever happens to them, they will be able to identify the child by the prints they have on file. I looked for my daughter for over a year, before a friend of mine called me in Missouri where I was working at the time, to tell me they had passed a picture on one of the San Antonio TV News stations and that she thought that it may be Emily. I went back to San Antonio and contacted the number that they showed on TV and went to verify that it was Emily. The way they did that was by the fingerprint card that I had kept! Here I was looking for her in Bexar County (San Antonio), and they had her body in New Braunfels (Comal County), only minutes away, but they weren’t able to find out who she was? Emily had a juvenile record and they keep fingerprints. One of the articles said that they had checked the prints, and that it had been run on the teletype. Of all the police departments that we have contacted, which is about 80 offices, only one man from Thailand said that he had ever heard of this case. He said that he was originally from Texas. She was buried, not even as a Jane Doe, but listed on the death certificate as N/A. It said that she was not even of Hispanic origin, which she was. They buried her in a potters grave in the Bracken Cemetery. I have been trying for the past 10 years to find out what happened to her baby and whether or not they buried it with her. That one I finally found out from the Travis County Medical Examiner, who was gracious enough to give us the answer. The baby was “retained” for one year, according to law, and since the police or no one else showed interest, the baby (fetus) was cremated. It was a boy and would have been my first grandchild. The ashes weren’t even saved, even though, now they have ways to use these even to obtain DNA information. I also found out that no DNA had ever been run on the baby before it was cremated. I had gotten upset with the funeral home because a lady had written me to say that she had bought special things for Emily to be buried in and that they had buried her naked. The funeral home said they had put a hospital gown on her. I realize this may be small detail to some people, but to a grieving parent, it has the power to destroy them. As far as I can figure out, the N/A named death certificate was never registered with the state since it has no registered number on it. Other than this copy I recently received, I find no record. Next, when the police had verified that they thought that it was Emily, we had to go through Austin to get permission to exhume her body, and that took months, not sure how many now. At that time, it is my understanding, that they cannot exhume a body and rebury it without a death certificate, which there still is not one with her name on it filed in Texas anywhere. St. Mary’s Catholic Church didn’t want an exhumed body in the church, but finally agreed to do the funeral. Emily was finally laid to rest with the Garcia family in the Ramby Grove Cemetery in Somerset, TX. At this point, no one had still convinced me that it was really her, and I have not to this date been back to the cemetery. She isn’t there, anyway, and no matter where her body may be, she will always be in my heart. It breaks my heart to think that the baby was not with her either. They both had such tragic deaths, and so alone, when I had looked so hard for her. I was given a copy of the complete autopsy report by the Travis County Medical Examiner, complete with a picture, which after seeing it, I was more convinced that it was Emily. Finally someone to tell me something! It helped, even though it was not the kind of things that I wanted to know or see. But then, in these past 11 years, I have even imagined things more horrific, if that’s possible. There were things that came out in the autopsy I had not been aware of, but I appreciate the manner in which the coroner treated us, and has answered all of our inquiries honestly and in quick order to help us try to deal with some of the things that we are having to. We have sent off a request for an amended death certificate with Emily’s name on it, but have not received anything back as of today, May 13, 2004. I just came back from San Antonio, where I went to see if I could get some information about the Time-line that we are trying to make. This is from the last day that I saw, and talked to Emily before she disappeared on Feb. 11th, 1993. Emily had been on probation, and we had gone that morning (as close as I can remember..the 11th) because she was being released from probation. Then we went to the Dept. of Human Services to get her started on Medicaid because of her being pregnant. She thought that she was farther along than the 3 months that the ME describes in the autopsy report. Acceptable, because we can make mistakes about these things. Once we had been seen, they told Emily that she would have to go get a pregnancy test done and return with “proof of pregnancy” before they could get her signed up. That was the reason that she left and went to the north-side of town that day. She called me—probably a pay phone, because it was noisy–and told me that she could not get an appointment that day and would have to spend the night with her friend (which she had stayed there other times and I had the phone number that she had given me), and then go the next day. I never saw or heard from Emily again. Now, after her being murdered, no one seems to have ever heard of her—-No one knows anything, and many of the people that she thought were her friends, moved, changed their phone numbers, or weren’t available to talk to me when I asked if they had seen her. It was like she vanished or never really was. Now there doesn’t even seem to be much of a paper trail, either. Someone saw her, talked to her, or knows where she was for those 13 days or so between the time she disappeared from San Antonio, TX, and the time that her nude body was found dumped out in Canyon Lake, TX. That’s what we are looking for and what we hope to hear from all the things we have been doing.Here’s my findings from my trip to San Antonio.

1) Keith Fortney: Now chief deputy of Juvenile Probation verified for me by phone on 10/29/03 that per Emily’s records that he saw Emily and I on 01/28/93 and can confirm that date. Emily was released from probation on the 11th of February 1993, but he didn’t see her in his office on that date. He doesn’t know if someone else saw us, but will check. He said that he will now help us in any way that he can regarding Emily’s juvenile records. They are sealed.

2) Department of Human Services
2535 Castroville Road
San Antonio, Texas 78237
210-436-4392 ext 765(extention will not dial direct)
The lady was nice, but explained that no records are kept longer that 3-5 years. Note: Can’t verify that they sent Emily for pregnancy test.

3) The place that Emily was going on February 12, 1993, in the Naco-Perrin area was evidently not Family Planning, but Planned Parenthood located at 11514 Perrin Beitel in San Antonio. I talked with the supervisor and they do keep all visits on their computer, even back 10 years. She asked what Emily’s name was, what my name was, Emily’s birth date and social security number for verification and had no match. Note: Emily could have used a different name, but they check all the information and besides, Emily had no reason to hide that she was going and what for since I already knew. We assume that she never got there that day or any other day.

4) Search for Emily’s father Roy Garcia: I contacted Minnie Witherspoon, Roy’s sister, where she was working at Niks Drug and Beauty Supply on New Braunfels Avenue in San Antonio, Texas. This was to let all the family know that we are working on this case and that they will be seeing things about it in the newspapers and on TV, so they will not be shocked. I asked her to contact Elizabeth, my other daughter, to let her know also.

5) I talked with Crime Stoppers to verify the reward for the flyers, and they referred me to Tim Kolbe for him to handle it.

6) I looked for information on Mauc and evidently it is no longer available or in service. Mauc is the juvenile detention program that Emily had been in.

We need your help in finding who murdered Emily Garcia and her unborn baby boy on February 25, 1993 in Canyon Lake, Texas. Emily was only 15 years old at the time of her murder and was pregnant with a little boy. Emily had been reported missing from San Antonio, Texas on February 12, 1993, which was 13 days before she had been murdered and her body found. If anyone has any information about Emily, about the 13 days that she was missing before her murder, or about her death, please contact:

Comal County Sheriff’s Office
Criminal Investigations Dept.
Det. Sgt. Tommy Ward

Texas Rangers Unsolved Crimes Team
Sgt. Trampas Gooding
Phone# 830-303-4189
Emily’s Family:
Theresa Yeary-Dontrich(Emily’s Aunt)
Phone #573-762-2327
Email Address:
Sheila Smith-Ramirez(Emily’s Mother)
Elizabeth Garica(Emily’s Sister)

Twila Jane Doering Wiley

Hello. We are John and Betty Doering. We lost our youngest daughter, Twila Jane Doering Wiley on August 7, 2003. Twila, who had just turned 21 and was pregnant with her first child, was killed by one shot to the head. Her body was found at our local park. We know the truth will come out but it is very hard waiting. We are determined to touch all the bases in remembering and honoring our sweet and beautiful abruptly departed daughter and our expected grandchild. Both of them as well as her family and friends that also were senselessly victimized by this loss deserve nothing less.

We know that Twila is among a flight of angels now and looks down on us smiling!

Death scene looked wrong, officers testify

Monroe County’s coroner and an Illinois State Police investigator testified Thursday that there was something peculiar about the way Twila Wiley’s body was found in August 2003 that suggested to them that she had been murdered. The coroner, Julie Gummersheimer, and Trooper Benjamin Koch were among the officials who were summoned to Konarcik Park in Waterloo on the night of Aug. 7, 2003, after Wiley’s husband, James C. Wiley, reported that his pregnant wife had committed suicide. Testifying on Thursday in James Wiley’s murder trial, Gummersheimer and Koch said that there was something odd about the way her belongings were arrayed near her body when it was found in a creek bed north of the park’s lake. A 9-mm semiautomatic pistol lay at her right side alongside a nearly empty can of Pepsi and the contents of her purse, including a small spiral notebook. A gun lock was found tucked inside her handbag. “To me, the scene didn’t appear proper,” Gummersheimer said. “Everything seemed to be too ‘in place,’ which alerted me that something was up.” Koch, an Illinois State Police crime scene investigator, said he drew a similar conclusion when he arrived at the scene. While he was being cross-examined by Wiley’s defense attorney, John O’Gara, Koch denied that he had told others at the scene that it appeared to have been “staged” to look like a suicide. “The scene did not appear right to me,” Koch testified. Wiley, 26, sat impassively through nearly seven hours of testimony Thursday. He has been charged with first-degree murder, homicide of an unborn child, concealing a homicide and obstructing justice. Authorities have suggested that Wiley may have become enraged at his wife because she was cheating on him. During opening arguments on Wednesday, O’Gara said that he would present evidence that Twila Wiley had become despondent and had committed suicide, using the gun that her husband kept in his nightstand. O’Gara also said that he would detail several sloppy mistakes that Waterloo investigators made that undermined the investigation. Although the defense is not expected to begin presenting its case until next week, O’Gara began picking apart the accounts of several law enforcement witnesses on Thursday during cross-examination. O’Gara got one prosecution witness, Capt. Suzanne Sweet of the Waterloo Police Department, to acknowledge that she executed a search warrant at the Wileys’ apartment within days of Twila Wiley’s death without first notifying the Illinois State Police. The Illinois State Police was the lead agency investigating Twila Wiley’s death. Under cross-examination, Sweet also acknowledged that she found an empty gun box and a leather gun pouch in the Wileys’ bedroom but did not take them into evidence. Earlier, O’Gara asked Koch, the State Police investigator, why Twila Wiley’s hands were not tested for gunpowder residue at the scene. Koch had testified that he placed paper bags over her hands at the scene to preserve blood evidence. “The gunshot residue folks don’t like it when you put bags on the hands before a gunshot residue test,” O’Gara told Koch. Koch told O’Gara under cross-examination that he returned to the morgue at St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis several days after Twila’s body was found. He said he was looking for bruises, which can suggest that a victim struggled with an assailant and which often do not appear until several days after death. Koch said he found “nothing remarkable” on Twila Wiley’s body. “That is no defensive wounds?” O’Gara asked. “No scrapes?” “No, sir,” Koch said.
Twila’s Eulogy
as delivered by
Annie Rieken, Aug 13 2003

Peace be to this house, again I say, Peace be to this house. Luke 10:5

Twila’s family honors me in the privilege of delivering these thoughts and remembrances. I’ve had a lot of help putting these reflections into a perspective that we hope will be restorative but more importantly inspire some closure and hope for aching hearts.

Did you all see the beautiful happiness collage that the family put together? As challenging as that must have been for the family to coordinate just a few evenings after Twila’s passing, I believe it must have been very therapeutic to touch back on those times and events when Twila’s world was part of their own.

She was a loved child, she knew it, and it showed in that smile that only Twila had. I know that she enjoyed her birthday parties, and Christmases, Easters and all the family celebration times, which build memories and lay solid foundations in a young mind. Twila did understand the principles of the Bible, she knew right from wrong, she memorized scriptural poems Grandma taught, and she remembered who Christ is. Once you know Christ, he never forgets you.

Twila had a unique character, tender and tough at the same time. I’ve seen her kiss her cat and known her to lay someone out for double-crossing her. In school counseling terms, we call young people like Twila “strong willed”; leave it to Twila to put a new edge to that meaning. Sometimes the very personality trait we most fear in our children is the very same character we admire in adults. These are the kids that are intense, hard to handle; almost impossible to steer in any direction but their own path, but eventually they grow up to be exemplary adults when they’ve had a good start. She was definitely a strong willed individual and by the time she was a young teen, she had made her own decision to chart her life journey on a course that John and Betty knew would be challenging.

Being a teen bride is always formidable, but she took her commitment seriously. Don’t we always want to spare our children from a struggle? When you raise a strong-willed child, at a point, you have to make the decision to let them go on their own journey or you face the realization that you will lose them. You could never force Twila into a mold she could not abide by. I know that John and Betty did everything within their human capacity to try to help Twila make sound decisions. This was one young woman who needed her life on her own terms. I want you folks, John and Betty, to remember you laid the proper foundations, and you planted the right seeds. She always knew her family loved her. She always knew the door was open to her.

Yesterday morning I went and spoke to the women Twila worked with and through their tears they told me some really wonderful things about her. Twila trained a young woman, Meg, who was Twila’s age. They were the youngest of the work crew. Meg told me how much she admired Twila. She told me that Twila never made her feel foolish or inept while she was learning. Twila was patient with her, understanding, and encouraged her. One of the others stated that Twila took her position there very responsibly. She was good with the customers and the other associates. John and Betty, they admired her work ethic. That comes from something she learned in her home life with you. Meg, Twila’s work buddy, said very sincerely to me, “she was a really good human, she definitely needs to be remembered.” I assured her that would be no problem.

Before I left their store, Meg approached me and said one last thing. She said that one big thing she admired about Twila was that she was non-judgmental. Twila confided to Meg that she had had some scrapes when she was younger but that she had not necessarily wanted too many people to know that about her. She didn’t want to be judged by the way she used to be, she wanted to be known for how she was now. She told Meg that she didn’t want to be judged so in turn she didn’t judge others. This statement tells me that Twila saw her life moving into a new or different phase. She most certainly saw her life journey as having a “then” and a “now.”

Twila specifically stated that she did not want to be judged and there is a lesson for us all in her statement. For all the questions left surrounding Twila’s departure from this Earth, we are charged not to judge. We need to turn this all over to God. It is hard to trust in God’s plan when we feel so miserable and can’t begin to put the pieces into any semblance of order. It does feel like a nightmare that we wish we could wake up from. Turn it over to God. He will give us peace. He is personal; he never left Twila, at any point of her life or death. We don’t know why things happen the way they do sometimes, this is where we have to trust in the creator’s will.

All things work for good to those who believe. That may sound like such a hollow statement at this time of grief. Can we rest knowing that the moment Twila’s spirit left her body she and her baby were instantly in heaven? Scripture tells us in eight places the reassurance that we instantly go to heaven on our death, that is a immediate and easy as stepping through a door. We will all be reunited with our families and friends some day. You will know the baby. We have to wait in the now and fulfill the lessons a tragedy of this magnitude leaves for us. Somehow, some day the reason will be known. Where Twila and the baby are now is in a perfection our human minds cannot comprehend. There is peace, love, joy, contentment and all the aspects of completion that our human understanding cannot hold.

John, Betty, Janay, Candy, Troy, other close family and friends; grief in this proportion takes some time to come to terms with. It will rise up and go away in the most unexpected places. The adversary loves times of sorrow to double your anguish. Satan will try to fill your memories with self-recrimination, doubt, anger and just about every form of unjustified guilt you can imagine. I exhort you all to resist him. In our minds, we can not hold two conflicting thoughts. We cannot hold a negative and a positive simultaneously. God’s word and love always remain more powerful over anything the adversary tries. I encourage you to memorize a simple line of scripture or think of a mission statement that will sustain you in the mental assault to come.

Simple scriptural passages such as:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Or
“He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Only God can fill the giant hole left by this experience. These words will lend comfort. God is personal, call on him.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present or the future, nor any powers, height or depth nor anything ,else in all creations will be able to separate us from the love of God. Romans 8 :38

Peace be to this house.

Trial opens in death of pregnant wife

Twila Wiley had just learned that she was pregnant when she was found shot to death in Waterloo’s Konarcik Park in August 2003, prosecutors said Wednesday at opening arguments in the murder trial of her husband, James Wiley. Kris Reitz, the Monroe County state’s attorney, and 15 prosecution witnesses said Wednesday that Twila Wiley, 21, was thrilled to learn that she was pregnant with her first child. Her face was brighter, they said, and she appeared to be patching up her marriage. The couple, married for five years, recently had moved out of James Wiley’s parents’ house into their first apartment. Reitz sketched a portrait of Twila Wiley as a young woman who had everything to live for when she was murdered on Aug. 7, 2003.By contrast, James Wiley’s attorney, John O’Gara, said that he would prove that “Twila Wiley had reached the end, that she took that gun, put it to her head and took her own life.” So began the murder trial of James Wiley, 26, in circuit court in Waterloo. James Wiley’s brother, Michael, 30, has been charged with concealing a homicide, obstructing justice and concealing a firearm. Police have said Michael helped his brother to make her death look like a suicide. O’Gara also said the Waterloo police made several sloppy mistakes in the early stages of their investigation, which he promised to detail for jurors next week. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty for James Wiley. In all, prosecutors plan to call about 40 witnesses, a process that is likely to occupy the court through Friday. The defense is expected to begin presenting its case on Monday. “This is going to take a while,” Reitz told jurors on Wednesday. The first witness was Twila Wiley’s mother, Betty Doering. Doering said that she had been estranged from her youngest daughter for a time after her marriage to James Wiley in 1998, but that the two had reconciled not long before Twila’s death. At least once in the summer of 2003, Twila sought refuge at her parents’ house during a fight with James, Doering said. “She was eager to have her baby,” Doering said. “She was very happy about it.” Police have alleged that James Wiley may have been motivated to kill his wife because she was having an extramarital affair. One prosecution witness who testified Wednesday, Charles P. Southerland, 27, said that he and Twila Wiley had a brief affair within weeks of her death, while both were working at the Dollar Tree store on Illinois Route 3 in Waterloo. Southerland said she was angry that her husband had brought a gun into their house – the same 9 mm pistol that was found with her body. “It’s Waterloo, everybody has a gun,” Southerland said. But, he said, Twila Wiley “just didn’t want it in the house.” Southerland said he last saw her the day before she died. She was in the parking lot outside the Dollar Tree store. She told him she was pregnant, he said. “She was happy,” Southerland said. “And when I say ‘happy,’ I mean she glowed.” Other witnesses testified that they saw the woman in Konarcik Park the afternoon of Aug. 7, 2003. Some said that they saw James and Michael Wiley driving around the park in a small red car late that afternoon. Five witnesses who were picnicking in one of the park’s pavilions that night, said they heard a single gunshot about 8:25 p.m.

Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Murdering Pregnant Wife

(KSDK) – Jury selection will begin Tuesday morning in the first degree murder trial of a man accused of killing his pregnant wife in a Monroe County, Illinois city park. James Wiley, 27, of Waterloo is accused of fatally shooting his wife, Twila Wiley, 21, and staging the crime scene to appear as though the woman had killed herself. Investigators discovered the victim’s body on the ground of Konarcik Park in Waterloo in August 2003, and early on considered the possibility of suicide, but quickly changed their minds and initiated what would be a year-long murder investigation. In October 2004, police arrested Wiley and his older brother who prosecutors say participated in the crime by concealing the murder and obstructing justice in the lengthy investigation. James Wiley is charged with the murder as well as causing the intentional death of his wife’s unborn child, concealing the homicide, and obstruction of justice. Monroe County Prosecutors are expected to take most of Tuesday selecting a panel to hear the case. Opening statements could come as early as Wednesday morning.

Wiley arrests give Doerings hope

John and Betty Doering of Waterloo tried to extend the benefit of doubt to their son-in-law, but suspected almost from the very beginning of their Aug. 7, 2003, nightmare that James C. Wiley murdered their daughter Twila Jane Wiley. Friday, Wiley, 26, and his brother Michael J. Wiley, 29, were taken into custody by the Waterloo Police Department and charged in Twila Wiley’s death and that of her unborn child. On Saturday—a few hours after learning of the arrests—John Doering said it was a “day to cheer” and said he had been on his “last flicker of hope.” John Doering said in an e-mail message Oct. 4 he had hopes the case would break “soon”—”This could be the pivotal week.” Doering, whose physical and psychological distress has been manifest the past year or so, said “much stiffness . . .left my body overnight,” giving way to “comfortably numb elation” after the arrests were announced. Monroe County State’s Attorney Kris Reitz had requested and obtained a warrant to arrest the Wiley brothers from Circuit Judge Patrick Young on Thursday. Police have not disclosed whether the Wileys surrendered or were picked up. James Wiley stands charged with first-degree murder, intentional homicide of an unborn child, concealment of a homicide and obstruction of justice. Michael Wiley is charged with concealment of a homicide, obstruction of justice and unlawful sale of a firearm—to his brother James, who since 1996 has been a convicted felon. The Monday before the arrests, Betty Doering had helped the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois pass out flyers and other material for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. She said at the time she had gotten more involved in victim’s rights issues since her daughter’s murder. She and her husband had also started combing Internet Web sites to learn more about cases similar to her daughter’s and had even shared theories and information they had gleaned there with local police. The police department, however, politely thanked them for their input, but did not use any of it in their investigation of the Wiley murders.

Husband Arrested In 14-Month-Old Murder

After 14 months of investigation, two arrests are made in the death of 21-year-old Twila Wiley. Her husband James Wiley and his brother Michael are behind bars. Twila was found shot in the head at a park in Waterloo, Illinois, back in August of 2003.

Twila’s father, John Doering, went to the murder site Friday he says to try and accept his daughter’s murder would never be solved. But when he returned home he received the news. “It’s a great sense of relief was my immediate reaction,” said Twila’s father John Doering. His next reaction was to call his wife at work. “She said she had to call the police station,” he recalls. She was in disbelief. Twila’s family had almost given up hope on resolving her murder. “As soon as I accepted it wasn’t gonna happen, here it happens,” said Doering.

Twila’s husband of five years, James Wiley, was arrested and charged Friday with first degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child. “The grandchild we’d be bouncing around right now,” said John. Twila was two weeks pregnant when her lifeless body was found in a Waterloo park 14 months ago. A weapon was found at the scene. It was registered to Michael Wiley, James’s brother. Michael is charged with concealing a homicide and obstruction of justice.

“This is the first step I hope in rightful rightful justice,” said Doering.

The arrests come as a relief not only to Twila Jane’s family but for police. “For about the past 14 months this was always on my mind. It’s taken a long time but we’re here,” said Waterloo Police Chief Joseph Brauer. Chief Brauer commends good police work and technology for the break in the case. He says a backlog with Illinois State Police is one reason why it took it so long. “They are extremely overworked and you more or less have to wait for their findings,” said Brauer. He would not comment on what technology led to the arrests.

As for James and Michael Wiley, their cases will be heard in court come November. They remain in jail, James on one million dollars bond and Michael on 100,000 dollars bond. “Maybe they should get out when she comes home,” said Doering defiantly. John and Betty Doering say they still don’t have complete peace of mind. Twila’s grave remains without a headstone. James Wiley is in a dispute with them over what the inscription on the tombstone should be.

Police Hope To Make Arrest Soon In Year Old Wiley Murder Case
Updated: 8/3/2004

By Kim Hibbs

(KSDK) — It’s been nearly a year since the body of a pregnant woman was found in a Waterloo, Illinois park. Twila Wiley’s body was found August 7, 2003 in Konarcik Park, a handgun was at her side. One year later, those involved in the case talk about their emotions that range from sadness and sorrow, to frustration and even optimism.

Looking at old pictures of his daughter, John Doering says, “Her spirit and memory are always available. (These pictures) are therapeutic in a way.” The crime is still fresh in the memory of Waterloo Police Chief Joe Brauer who visits the crime scene at least once a month. “I look around to see what I may have missed. To see if I overlooked anything that I need to look at again,” says Brauer.

A small memorial marks the spot 21-year old Twila Wiley’s body was found. Wiley’s husband told police she committed suicide. But he hasn’t said anything since. That is why police call him a “person of interest.” “You report a suicide, then decline to talk about it, or clear it up, or help clear it up, it raises suspicion obviously,” says Brauer.

“I know the Waterloo Police Department has been working hard. I don’t know about anybody else,” wonders Doering. He’s frustrated the investigation into his daughter’s death is taking so long. Chief Brauer says that’s because evidence from the case is sent to the Illinois State Police and local FBI office, which processes information from across the state. Chief

A coroner’s jury ruled Twila’s death a homicide. The gun that killed Twila belonged to her husband’s brother. Brauer expects to make arrest in the case within the next month, which would bring some closure to the family. “A good sense of relief that the next step is accomplished,” says Doering.

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Police chief predicts break in year-old killing of woman
By Michael Shaw
Of the Post-Dispatch

Twila Wiley, 21, was found shot in the head in a Waterloo park almost a year ago. No one has been charged in her death. Waterloo Police Chief Joe Brauer says that one or more arrests are forthcoming in the year-old killing of a 21-year-old pregnant woman beside a secluded creekbed in a Waterloo park. Next Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the discovery of Twila Wiley’s body. She had been shot in the head. The case has produced no arrests, and little news, but Brauer said in an interview last week that the case isn’t cold.

Four crime experts have been brought in to examine the evidence, he said. And he’s still waiting for reports such as a profile of the crime from the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. “Results are forthcoming. An arrest is forthcoming,” Brauer said, although he did not put a time frame on that prediction. Officers haven’t identified any suspects publicly. Brauer is now describing Wiley’s husband, James Wiley, as a “person of interest” in the case. “We’re focusing our attention on him and maybe more than him,” Brauer said during a brief interview. “The investigation is centered on him.” James Wiley reported his wife’s death in person to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 7 of last year, while accompanied by his mother.

Twila Wiley was killed with a handgun owned by her husband’s brother, police said. A day after her death, police charged her husband with illegally possessing the gun used to kill her – a charge his attorney disputes. James Wiley, 25, a construction worker, was convicted of burglary in 1996 and therefore barred from possessing a firearm. Investigators have not explained why they believe he possessed the gun that was used to shoot his wife. James Wiley, who is free on bond on the firearms charge, declined through his lawyer to be interviewed.

Twila Wiley was about two weeks pregnant when she was killed. She seemed at a crossroads – a teen bride who had lived for years in the same home with her in-laws. She and her husband had moved out to their own apartment six days before she was killed. Twila Wiley’s father, John Doering, of Waterloo, says he sometimes wonders why his daughter’s case has not drawn more attention. “If she had been missing, this would’ve been a bigger thing,” he suggests, referring to the Laci Peterson case in California and the case of a missing young married pregnant woman in Salt Lake City. “I don’t know why these other cases get the attention they do. Why isn’t this case like that?”

One reason may be that police didn’t officially call Twila Wiley’s death a homicide until more than two months after she was killed, referring to it only as “suspicious.” At the early stages, suicide was still considered a possibility by police. A Waterloo woman had hanged herself just days before Wiley died, but the city hadn’t had a murder since 1993. Then a crime scene analysis came back showing no gunpowder traces on Wiley’s hands. Hearing that evidence, a coroner’s jury ruled it was a homicide last October. The scene may have been staged in some way to look like a suicide, Brauer said, although he declined to offer details.

The possibility of suicide is still viable, according to James Wiley’s lawyer, Justin Kuehn of Belleville. Last week Kuehn filed a motion to have police turn over more evidence in the firearms case against his client. “We have reason to believe that contained within those materials are documents and other evidence demonstrating whether or not this was a homicide or suicide,” the motion states. Kuehn declined to comment.

Illinois outlaws the intentional homicide of an unborn child. Monroe County State’s Attorney Kris Reitz said such a charge is a possibility if an arrest is made in the case. Reitz confirmed that the investigation is continuing, including examination of the evidence by experts as recently as last week.

John and Betty Doering are reluctant to say much about their daughter’s death, wary of upsetting the investigation. But John Doering, a retired postal worker, did want to talk about Twila’s life. The family, which includes two other daughters and a son, moved to Waterloo from San Bernardino, Calif., where Twila had lived for about half her life. He said she was a scrappy teen who had to earn a GED after she was kicked out of school for fighting with another student. “She was the easiest one to raise for a long time, then she became the hardest to raise real quick,” he said while discussing the downward spiral of their relationship. He said Twila met James Wiley when she was 14 and James was about 17. The teens became inseparable.

He told a story of returning to his home to find James helping Twila install a lock on her bedroom door. Two years later, when Twila was 16, the Doerings allowed their daughter to marry, and she moved in with James Wiley and his family. The Doerings gave permission for the marriage, a requirement for a bride that young, but they did so reluctantly, John Doering said. Twila Wiley and her husband filed a protective order against John Doering in 1999, prompting him to write a rambling seven-page letter to the judge in the case. “Man, who is this guy and what has he done to my daughter?” he asks at one point. “Twila only came back into my life in May, a few months before she was killed,” he said. “I saw her at the Post Office. She came in and said, ‘Hi, Dad.’ She had been reconnecting with my wife for about two years.”

“No cooperation”

Brauer, the Waterloo police chief, is a veteran of the St. Louis Police Department, including five years as a homicide detective in the 1980s. He had been on the job as chief for only a few months when the call came in about Twila Wiley. “There has been no cooperation from the husband,” Brauer said of the investigation so far. Both he and the Doerings said that James Wiley did not attend the coroner’s inquest into his wife’s death or a candlelight vigil for crime victims that included Twila. “When you don’t have any cooperation, you have to start from scratch,” Brauer said.

Although secluded by woods, the spot where Twila Wiley died is a popular rendezvous for local teens. It’s at least 100 feet from the open area of the city’s Konarcik Park, and “pitch black at night,” according to Brauer. A narrow trail leads right to the spot. A small waterfall rushes past rocks etched with graffiti; some love vows carved into the stone there date back more than 40 years. The bullet that killed Twila Wiley went through her head and struck the face of those rocks. Her body was tucked under a waist-high overhang.

John and Betty Doering placed candles and flowers at the site. The flowers have wilted. One of the candleholders has been swept away. Twila Wiley is buried in Springfield, Mo., where her mother’s family resides. Her father said her grave isn’t marked with a headstone. There is still a dispute with James Wiley over the inscription, he said. Doering said he’d rather not discuss it. He said, “This is the darkest period of our lives.”

Glenda Moorehead

Hello, my name is Glenda Moorehead, and I have been missing for 16 years. I was divorced, and had three great children, and a good job. I don’t know how this happened to me, but it did and now my children, family and friends have to suffer. Here is my story.

My day started just like it did everyday. I went to work at 10:15am Sat. morning March 18, 1988.I was head waitress at El Charro’s. I had worked there for almost 18 years. I got off work at 5:00pm and stayed there for awhile to play some games on the machines. Later, I left and went home.

My son was there and I asked him what he was planning for the night and he said he didn’t know. I told him I was going to Proud Mary’s to play pool. (Mom was very good, and Proud Mary’s was a country dancing place were you could dance, or play games, pool and have a cold beer.) My brother Rickey was there playing pool. I played for awhile and danced.

I ran into Carol, a new acquaintance. She was friends with Sherry, whom I knew well. Carol asked if I would like to go over to the Brass Star. I told her okay, so around that time the disc jockey announced that the headlights on a 1972 Chevrolet, blue and white were on. I guess I didn’t hear the announcement. Around 11:00 pm we walked out the door of the club – Carol was parked out front and I was parked in the back on the left side of the building. That is the last time anyone ever heard from me.

Again, I am Glenda’s daughter and this is my theory of what took place that night. Mom left the club between 10:30 and 11:30 pm. I know mom made it to the car because her purse was in the seat, and she had put two dollars on top of it to stop and get cigarettes as she always did. The driver’s side window was rolled down about two inches, the keys were still in the ignition, her coat, the rest of her money, and her identification were still in her wallet, in her purse. My theory is that Mom was sitting in the car when someone approached, and she rolled down the window, then somehow the car door was opened ,and the attack commenced. The attacker had her at this point, carrying her to the back of the parking lot. But somehow she got away and ran to the side of the building were she lost one of her shoes. Then the attacker grabbed her again, and then took her to the side of the building and hurt her there. I believe that she got away again and ran to the back door of the club, and she was bleeding. She beat on the back door and no one heard her. I believe he grabbed her again, carried her up the parking lot to his vehicle and got away. All that was left was a trail of blood. She vanished, just like that, never to be seen again. A 43-year-old mom, loved by all that knew her.

This theory is just that. Only the abductor really knows what happened that night. We just wish we knew were our mother’s body is. We want to give her a proper funeral. We miss our mother every day and have learned to live with the pain in our hearts. We just keep going through the motions of living and breathing. The pain of losing someone, the torture that you go through can’t be communicated. No one understands why we haven’t gotten over it, they seem to have forgotten. It’s not on the 10:00 news anymore. That’s right, you seem to have forgotten it because it didn’t touch your life ,and I hope someone you love never ends up on the list of MURDERED AND MISSING.

If you see this photograph of Glenda Moorehead, and think you might know anything to help find her, please, I beg you to call.

CASE NUMBER 88-08755

Christopher Kates

 The following was written by Christopher Kates mother.

Christopher Kates was my first-born child. He was born on July 16, 1977, in San Francisco. I later had two more children, Matthew and Monica, after remarrying a man with 3 children from a previous marriage. So Christopher had 5 brothers and sisters all together, and we all lived together for the first 13 years of his life. When my husband and I divorced, Christopher, Matthew and Monica and I lived together. As the oldest again, he was not only big brother to my younger children, but very much the role model and father figure that they didn’t have. He always looked out for me and his brother and sister. The day he died, which was on my 40th birthday, and it happened also to be “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day”, my daughter was with me at work and was assigned the task of writing about her hero. Monica wrote about her big brother, Christopher, just moments before we got the news that he had been killed.

Christopher was loved by so many people. He was very sensitive and caring and had so many friends. Girls really liked him because of his sensitivity and compassion, not to mention his very good looks! He loved his nieces and nephews and younger cousins, and they would all run to him whenever we went to family gatherings. He always played with them and was so gentle. He also loved animals more than the average kid. He caught a squirrel once in Carmel CA., just by holding out his hands and patiently waiting for it to come to him. When we used to go camping he would have squirrels and chipmunks all over him, in his lap and up his arms as he fed them. Everyone else would have to put the peanuts down and stay back. I believed they sensed his love for them.

He had dogs that he cherished and cared for, and a cat that used to lick his hair like he was her child when he laid on the floor to watch television. The cat disappeared the day he was killed. I once got a ticket because of a stray dog he had rescued. We named her “Girl” since that’s what she responded to. She was used to straying and eating out of the trash, so she wouldn’t stay put in our yard. One day the dog catcher came and was about to take her, and Christopher came running to me pleading for me to save his dog. I did, and it later cost me over $300 in fines! We were not very well off financially, but I just couldn’t help saving that dog for my little boy. He was about 10 or 11 at the time.

Christopher’s favorite pastime was visiting with people, young and old. He like to talk about life and philosophical views. He loved to talk about God. He always wanted to know more about the nature of God, who He was and who we are and why we’re here. Since he was very young, maybe around 12 years old he was like that. When he died, many of his friends came and told me that Chris was the only person they ever talked to about God. They were all tough guys, growing up in a poor neighborhood and pretending to be strong. But my son brought out the best and the “real” person inside his friends. The last time I saw him alive I was visiting him in Vallejo where he lived. (His brother and sister and I had just moved to Washington and he wanted to stay behind because he had a daughter in Vallejo). A young girl who lived next door sat down beside me and told me what a great and true friend my son had been to her. She said he was her “best friend”, and he gave her wonderful advice about loving her children and being good to their father who wasn’t there to help her. She couldn’t say enough about how much his friendship meant to her. He had a tender heart.

He loved to go to the mountains and camping. He loved to go fishing and exploring. He spent hours and hours with his friends as a child catching frogs, tadpoles, crabs, fish, etc. He loved life. He wanted to do everything there was to do. Some of his best friends were his friends’ fathers; he could talk with anyone. Until he died and so many people came to say goodbye at his service, I didn’t even have any idea how huge the circle of people who’s lives he had touched and who loved him was. It was incredible and it was overwhelming.

Christopher was more than just an 18-year-old who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was my life. He owned my heart. It was him who made me a mother. It was him who taught me unconditional love, both how to give and how to receive it. He taught me true love. He taught me sacrifice and to find joy in living and giving. He loved me with all his heart and made me know it every day. He knew what I did for him and his little brother and sister, he told me all the time. I didn’t like the music he listened to, I thought it was evil and caused children to believe the world was all bad. But one day he forced me to listen to a song by Tu Pac called ‘Dear Mama’. I didn’t want to hear it at first but he asked me to just listen to the words so I did. The song was about the love and appreciation that a son felt for his mother. He talked about how hard it was for her as a single mother to bring up a son. Christopher knew my soul. He saw ME, a person, not just his mother who provided. He often told me I was the best mother anyone could ever have, and I knew he had thought deeply about this. He loved me like no one else ever has. His love and his presence is missed so deeply every day. I long to see him and I feel so lost so often, like I’m still searching for my lost child. Sometimes I feel like a ghost myself, wandering the Earth looking for my lost love. I have experienced many deaths at a very young age in my life, and loss and grief and sadness enough for 6 lifetimes. But nothing has ever compared to the loss of my son.

He was shot at 1:08am outside of his apartment in Vallejo CA. He was in the middle of eating a hamburger and fries from Nations hamburgers. He had been busy all day and kept saying he was so hungry. He finally got something to eat and sat down to enjoy it. (I read the autopsy which listed the content of his stomach, something I probably shouldn’t have read. He hadn’t had a chance to eat much of his meal.) All we know is that he suddenly left what he was doing and walked outside for reasons I don’t know and can only speculate. He fought with somebody briefly, and they shot him at close range in the chest with a sawed off shotgun.

Nobody called the police. In that part of CA. gunshots are common, although I can’t believe a shot as loud as a shotgun would not have scared one of the neighbors into calling the police. His roommates claim to have heard nothing. His dead body was found in a pool of blood in the parking lot outside his apartment at 7:00am by the apartment’s maintenance man. No one has been arrested. His friends told the police that a girl he had recently started seeing was involved with a guy who is in a Samoan gang, and he had called my son several times in the days prior to the murder and told him that he was going to kill him. I have recently learned the reason for the police never questioning this person, which is due to the fact that he has a lawsuit against the Vallejo Police Dept. for a previous arrest for murder which they goofed up somehow and he got off the charges, and now was suing them. They were not allowed to question him.

The police also received an anonymous call giving the name of someone Christopher grew up with as the murderer. The detective believes this guy is involved but cannot force him to take a voice stress test, which he refuses to do. This guy lives across the street from the gangster who had threatened my son. I believe he is either involved or just knows what happened and refuses to speak up because of fear. In any case, the police are not very cooperative with me as far as returning my calls or giving me any information. They are currently doing nothing to investigate my son’s murder because they have no information to go on.

I have a 4 year old granddaughter who is the light of my life and the “spitting image” of her father, Christopher. I had her for the first 2 1/2 years after my son was killed but her mother recently decided she wanted her and took her back to Vallejo where her father was killed. I am afraid for her every single day, but unable to do much about it. I see her often for 5 weeks at a time, but it is not enough. It is hard to let go.

It has been 3 years now. He was killed on April 25, 1996. It still seems like it just happened sometimes. Writing this has been the most helpful thing I have done. I cannot say thank you enough for the opportunity your web site has given me to express myself and make a memorial for my son. I haven’t even buried his ashes yet, they still sit in the original box in my bedroom. This is the closest I have done to a memorial or burial place for my child. My heart is with every single parent on this list, as well as all those who have lost someone to homicide but haven’t seen the site or haven’t found a place to share their memories.

I don’t understand murder, I really don’t. But I pray that each one of us will find peace somehow, and if I can help any other person who is suffering from the loss of their child, I will do anything I can to help. I know that mostly all there is to do is listen, and how I needed someone to do that for me, but no one I knew could handle it. If I can help someone, if you know of someone who needs my understanding, please direct us to each other. I am willing to listen and love & pray.

Teresita McNitt

Murray Griffin

Murray Griffin

Our Dad, Murray Griffin, was the 64 year old police chief in Belle Center, OH. He had been the police for 25 years and made $25 per WEEK for this position. He did it because it needed to be done and because their house payment was $90 per month. He also picked up the trash, plowed snow, patched the streets, etc., as his real job. The general “man about town” of the village of 900 population.

About 11:20 PM the phone rang and it was a man who said that he was on the phone with Phyllis Mullet and she started screaming for help. He hung up and called information for the police department number and was given my mom and dads phone number. He also called the Sheriff’s Department in the county.

Murray got off the phone and went in and put on his boots and his gun belt and left in the family car. He told my mom that he would be right back, there was a problem at Mullets house. Neither one thought much about it, because Murray had been down there before.

Murray left the house and the phone rang again and it was the Sheriff’s department. They told my mom that there was a problem at Mullets and for Murray to wait for them. They were sending back up. Mom told them that he had already left. The Mullet house was about 3 blocks from my parents house, so it took Murray only a couple minutes to get there from the time of the first call.

The Sheriff’s Department arrived 10 minutes later and before entering the house, which was dark, they went down the street two houses and asked the hood on the front porch what was going on at the Mullet house. He gave them the run a round for a few minutes and then they finally went to the Mullet house. In the meantime, my mom and sister started hearing the police radio in the kitchen come alive. They were reporting the code for Officer down, calling for search dogs, and calling for all personal to respond and for BCI to be called.

Shortly after, the Sheriff came to the door along with the lead detective and told my mom that Murray and Phyllis were dead. She was tied up, beat, raped, stabbed and her throat was cut in the kitchen downstairs. Murray was shot in the left knee, stomach, shoulder and middle of the back with his own gun and it was missing. He was found upstairs at the top of the steps. None of her blood was upstairs and none of his was downstairs.

Thus the nightmare began for us…

Someone in the town called the ex-husband who left his apartment at the lake (10 miles away) and headed for Belle Center. He was stopped and taken in for questioning. The search and investigation basically ended at that point while the hubby was being questioned. He had an alibi…he was at his apartment in bed, with his children in the other room.

Rumors started flowing around the town of 900 people who knew and loved Murray. The family listened to all of them and reported them all to the police.

The police knew nothing. One day they got a call from a man in Belle Center, who was the father of Terry Lowe. He said that Terry had written a suicide note and he feared for his son’s life. The Sheriff’s Department went to investigate and found pictures of the woman who was killed and her children. They also found a list of women around town that Terry had contact with. They read the suicide note and determined that he went to the lake. Instead of leaving all the evidence and getting a search warrant, they asked the dad if they could take the things in that they found. The dad ok’d it, so they took the stuff then went to the lake to look for Terry. They found his car, locked with his wallet and keys on the front seat. They began to drag the lake. The suicide note said, “I can’t take it anymore and am going to go away.” They spent three days dragging the lake and coming up empty. Next a phone call came that the Greenville Police Dept., on the Indiana/Ohio border, found a charge card belonging to Raymond Lowe, father of Terry, laying in the middle of the street. They sent a detective to Greenville who found Terry in a hotel. They brought him back to Ohio and questioned him on the faked suicide and the murders. He denied both and they let him go. He moved to Arizona and became a maintenance man for an apartment complex.

Four years later they brought him back and charged him with the murders. The pre-trial motion hearings started and then the next nightmare began…

During the two years that the pretrial motion hearings were going on, the family sat back and watched the whole case fall apart. Evidence was obtained illegally and an FBI expert witness was not allowed to testify. The accused admitted “doing things” to the woman’s daughter, but as the Defense attorney pointed out, “the accused was not on trial for being a pervert, he was on trial for a double murder.”

There were many motions brought and denied and two years later, they dropped all the charges and let the accused go free.

Within a year after the murders, the Sheriff resigned, the deputy who found the bodies resigned and went into nursing. The lead detective retired.

This is the story of our father. As of 1999, it has been 13 years, with no hope of a resolution. Our family has gone on. We had no choice. One thing that did help me through all of this was that the moment Murray stopped breathing, the killer got away with killing him. Nothing the judicial system could have done to the killer would have helped our family. It would have only helped the next family that this person comes across. I have also been determined to not let the killer take any more from me. He got away with killing Murray. We couldn’t have stopped him and we can’t bring Murray back. All we can do is take what we have left in our lives and hang on to that. By trying to be kinder, more helpful people, Murray and Phyllis did not die in vain.

Perhaps if someday, someone reads this and knows something to help the police, they can contact me.



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Unsolved Homicide of Graig W. (Andy) Anderson, Jr. and Anita Anderson, Husband & Wife


The Anderson’s story is derived mainly from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the News Tribune.

Until the evening of May 17th, 1995, the Anderson’s – parents of four and grandparents of seven – spent their last 15 years of winters in Texas managing a 55 acre RV Park and summers managing their real estate business. Until recently, they hadn’t considered the aspects of retirement or at least slowing the pace down a little.

The two had attended their grandchildren’s Spring Concert at school the evening of May 16th. After the Concert, they were seen leaving the school, presumed to be driving directly to their home to retire for the night. The next day there were neither return calls or any answers to telephone calls to their home. After being missed that day, their daughter drove to their home concerned for their whereabouts. The bodies of retired fighter pilot Graig W. “Andy” Anderson, 62, and his wife, Anita, 60, were found by their daughter and son-in-law that night in the Andersons’ upscale South Hill home in Pallyup, Washington.

Andy and Anita were found together, both shot in the head multiple times, on the couch in their living room. The police detective stated that “the victims could have been deceased for 24 hours” suggesting they may have been shot after they arrived home on May 16th from the Spring Concert.

The Anderson’s lived in a quiet neighborhood that had been showcased in the County’s first “Street of Dreams” home show. Like most homes in the Manorwood West subdivision, their brick two-story home had a stately façade with a professionally landscaped trimmed lawn. Nothing in the home appeared missing, there was no indication of any forced entry and no indication of any struggle.

Police have indicated to relatives that the victims may have known the perpetrator(s). Additionally, the County’s Medical Examiner stated that this type of shooting is a sign of a “professional hit”.

There is a significant reward available on this case. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959 or the Puyallup Police Department tip line at 253-841-5427. Calls will be kept confidential.

The Story of Jaycee Dugard

A girl disappears. Police can’t figure out who took her, and they can’t find a body. The investigation goes cold. Her family waits and wonders, torn between hope and resignation. And then, after years, she turns up—with children of her own, fathered by her alleged abductor and rapist during the nearly 20 years he and his wife imprisoned her in their backyard.

That’s the story of Jaycee Dugard, abducted on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe in 1991, and accidentally discovered in the Bay Area in 2009.

And it’s the story of Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender still on parole. His neighbors thought he was a dangerous creep; his family can’t find much good to say about him; and he was under the watch of the California justice system the whole time. Yet somehow, if investigators are correct in their allegations, he was able not only to abduct a young girl — but to hide her in plain sight without coming to the attention of authorities, including the parole officers who made routine visits to the Garrido home.

The son of a forklift operator and a real estate agent in Antioch, Calif., Phillip Garrido, now 58, was a quiet kid, but, by the time he graduated from Brentwood’s Liberty High School in 1969, he had come to stand out as a little weird. He had grown his hair out, experimented with drugs and played in a psychedelic rock band. To most of his classmates, the moccasins, the fringed leather jacket, and the black light in his bedroom marked him as an outsider.

Maybe he was just more in tune with nearby San Francisco’s youth culture than were his peers in the remote east end of the Bay Area. But his father would later point back to this period as a significant turning point, saying that the head injury Garrido sustained in a motorcycle accident changed him.

His high school sweetheart seemed like an unlikely match. Christine Perreira was the daughter of a locally prominent family. She had been popular in school, racking up a long roster of extracurricular activities. She would later report, though, that he beat her and that he’d raped a girl in school.

Garrido was charged with the rape of another girl in Antioch in 1972. The 14-year-old said that he gave her barbiturates and raped her when she passed out. But she refused to testify, and the charges were dropped. She would come forward in 2009 to make sure officials were aware of the incident, even though the statute of limitations on her case had long since passed.

Despite these incidents, Perreira and Garrido got married and moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1973. He’d allegedly been dealing drugs, and may have been pushed out of Antioch by other drug dealers. In Tahoe, she dealt blackjack at the Harrah’s Casino while he played the bass guitar.

She stuck by him through that first allegation and as he struggled to make it as a musician, but she would divorce him after a second set of criminal charges.

Garrido confessed later that he spent much of the fall of 1976 planning a crime. He stalked a woman, and rented a small Reno warehouse to serve as his stage. He covered the walls with thick rugs to keep things quiet, and hung plastic sheets throughout the building to obscure the view in case someone wandered in. He gathered all the accoutrements of a 70s bachelor pad: a mattress, satin sheets, a fur blanket, colored lights, a projector, wine, hashish and a stack of porn magazines.

On November 26, he ingested four tabs of acid, and attacked the woman he’d been watching. She fought him off and got away. So he dropped by the Harrah’s Casino where his wife worked and asked another card dealer for a ride. Katie Callaway Hall remembered him from the casino and agreed to give him a lift; she soon found herself tied up and on her way to Reno as Garrido preached about Jesus Christ. At the warehouse, he raped her over the course of almost 6 hours. A cop noticed the car outside and that the warehouse’s door was ajar, The officer knocked—and a naked, beaten Hall managed to run out.

During his trial, Garrido admitted that he regularly masturbated as he watched girls in front of their elementary school, and that he’d exposed himself to them. He blamed marijuana, cocaine and daily LSD use for his behavior.

He was convicted of kidnap and rape and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

He was sent to a federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan. His wife divorced him, but he struck up a relationship with a fellow inmate’s Texan niece, Nancy Bocanegra, now 54. The prison chaplain officiated at their wedding ceremony in 1981. Garrido used his time to study psychology and theology. He was offered a transfer to a mental health facility, but stayed in Leavenworth to complete his religious training. Prison psychologist J.B. Kielbauch saw in Garrido’s zeal as a new Jehovah’s Witness an indication that he would be unlikely to commit further crimes.

He served only 10 years before being paroled in 1988. If he hadn’t been set loose, things would have been different. If his wife hadn’t cooperated, things would have been different. As it was, though, Jaycee Dugard would face a nightmare of might-have-beens.

The Abduction Of Jaycee Dugard

South Lake Tahoe seemed like a great place to raise a family. Jaycee Dugard’s mother and stepfather, Terry and Carl Probyn, moved to the Californian resort town in late 1990 to escape the crime and stress of Orange County. It was a quiet, wooded, child-friendly neighborhood. Neighbors kept chickens under their porch.
Next spring, for the first time, Terry and Carl let their 11-year-old daughter walk alone to meet her friend and nearest neighbor halfway between their two houses on bucolic, wooded Washoan Boulevard. They watched the shy, pink-loving girl from afar the whole time.

And Carl was watching a few weeks later on June 10, 1991, when Jaycee walked to her school bus stop. He saw a couple in a gray sedan pass by the girl, then turn around. When the car reached Jaycee again, the driver pulled Jaycee inside and sped off. Probyn jumped on his bike and pedaled after them, but lost the car before getting its license plate number. He called the police, but he wouldn’t see Jaycee again for 18 years.
Probyn would later conclude that the couple in the gray car were Phillip and Nancy Garrido, who match his 1991 descriptions. Authorities would suggest that the Garridos drove through the same neighborhoods where he’d abducted Hall. Nancy later would tell investigators that when Phillip spotted Jaycee, he announced that she was the one he wanted, and that they came back the next day with a stun gun to subdue her.

A few of Jaycee’s classmates saw the incident too. Their statements eventually helped investigators confirm that Carl Probyn was not a suspect in the case. But the ordeal shattered the Probyns’ marriage nonetheless.

Nancy Garrido, on the other hand, stayed with her apparently monstrous husband—and seems even to have participated in his criminal acts.
Nancy Garrido: Another Victim Or Another Monster?

The Garridos had settled in the house just outside Antioch belonging to Phillip’s mother, who suffered from dementia which ultimately led to her hospitalization. A former nursing assistant, Nancy Garrido spent years taking care of her elderly, ailing mother-in-law, while the abducted Jaycee — and, eventually, Jaycee and Phillip’s daughters — lived among the motley collection of tents and sheds in the overgrown backyard. When a drugs-related parole violation sent Phillip back to jail for 6 weeks, Nancy was the one in charge.

Colleagues at the nonprofit Contra Costa ARC, where Nancy helped adults with developmental disabilities, called her a competent coworker. Neighbors and customers at Phillip’s printing business thought she was an unusually quiet, deferential wife, maybe even a hermit. She never had children of her own.

Was she under her erratic husband’s control, or was she as rotten as he was? Nancy cried when she was arraigned — were these tears for the girl, or for herself? Prosecutors allege that she, not just Phillip, had participated in the sexual abuse of Jaycee.

In addition to his wife’s consent, tacit or explicit, to his actions, Phillip Garrido also turned his checkered past into an opportunity to cloud the true, horrible situation from his community. When concerned neighbors realized that there was a registered sex offender in their midst, Garrido convinced them that he was only on the sex offender list because his vengeful ex-wife had falsely accused him of raping her.

So the secret endured — though authorities had repeated opportunities to uncover it.

In 2006, a neighbor reported that a woman and children were living in tents in the Garridos’ backyard. The call described Phillip Garrido as a “psychotic sex addict.” A Contra Costa deputy dispatched to the scene checked out the call and interviewed Garrido on the porch. He didn’t run a backround check, so he didn’t realize that Garrido was a paroled sex offender. And he failed to investigate the one place the caller had explicitly mentioned: the backyard.

A 2008 fire in the backyard summoned firefighters and police, but somehow didn’t reveal the habitation of the backyard compound.

Paramedics visited the house on emergency calls (presumably involving Garrido’s ailing mother) a number of times over the years, without noting anything suspicious.

Neither Garrido’s regular interviews with his parole agent nor mandated visits, both scheduled and surprise, by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation revealed the crime. The GPS device that tracked Phillip’s movement certainly didn’t note that he’d imprisoned and raped a missing girl at his own residence.

A neighbor whose property has also been searched in the case insists that’s because the whole story is in error. She says Jaycee and the children were living in the house, and that they seemed happy and healthy. According to this account, Jaycee wasn’t hidden away, locked in a dungeon like Josef Fritzl’s daughter. Instead, Jaycee worked at Garrido’s print shop, handling design duties. She saw customers regularly, she had access to a telephone and an email account, and could have drawn attention to her situation if she’d been abused. Angel, 11, and Starlit, 15, didn’t attend school and had never seen a doctor, but Jaycee and Garrido taught them to read and write, and his wife used her basic healthcare training to help keep them well. By this account, all might seem fairly normal.

Other neighbors and customers disagree, and paint a disturbing portrait of Garrido.

To most of the residents of that humble area of Antioch, Garrido was the mysterious guy that people whispered about, and his house was a spot the more sensitive among them avoided. They thought he was “creepy.” Parents warned their children to stay away. A group of teenage boys once chased him away from a graduation party after he’d showed up uninvited and proceeded to make inappropriate comments to the girls.

Several neighbors complained that Garrido proselytized excessively about his one-man church, God’s Desire. He showed them a machine — apparently just a mixing board and amplifier — through which he said God spoke to him.
On his blog, Voices Revealed (http://voicesrevealed.blogspot.com/), Phillip Garrido, aka “The Man Who Spoke with His Mind,” recorded his spiritual investigations and his efforts to convince others that he had some special insight into God and the human mind. His pseudo-legalistic and quasi-scientific rambling was hard to follow, but he seemed to be convinced that he could hear God and that he could control sound with his mind. He believed that he’d liberated his mind and God had revealed to him humanity’s real purpose. He seemed to have persuaded some of his local business contacts to sign documents attesting that they’d seen him electronically control an “unearthly” voice.

For all his evangelical efforts, he got angry when strangers and neighbors got too close to his property; in 2007, he seems to have followed the Google Search View camera car down the street as it filmed his neighborhood.

One print shop customer recounted that Garrido shared some of his home recordings, songs about his struggles with his attraction to young girls.

His own brother called him a fruitcake and said he wasn’t surprised to hear of the alleged crime. It seemed in fact to have surprised only the authorities, despite the GPS device he wore as part of his parole, and the court-mandated supervision by the agent assigned to his case.

A few days before his backyard reign of terror came to an end, Garrido hand-delivered two manuscripts to the FBI’s San Francisco office: “The Origin of Schizophrenia Revealed” and “Stepping into the Light.” In the latter, he discussed his struggle with his own violent sexual impulses, admitting that they were hurting his loved ones. He claimed he’d overcome them. Following his arrest, he insisted that he’d turned his life around and that his alleged victim would have a heartwarming story to tell; he told reporters the FBI papers would explain everything. He claimed that, thanks to his rebirth, he had never so much as kissed the two girls, though he held them each night as they fell asleep.

Garrido wanted to share his discovery that those who heard voices could learn to stop, think and control themselves. He wanted to hand out literature and speak on the grounds of the University of California, Berkeley. When he met with university officials to get the necessary permit, he brought two young girls with him, saying they were his daughters.

Special events manager Lisa Campbell thought something seemed wrong. She called in UCB police officer Allison Jacobs, who agreed. The girls were stilted and remote and didn’t look healthy. Garrido noted he’d been convicted of sex crimes and claimed that he was now doing God’s work. Jacobs ran a background check and discovered the 1977 conviction. She called Garrido’s parole agent, mentioning in passing her concerns about the children’s well-being. The agent didn’t believe Garrido had any children, but he promised to follow up.

But the girls had called him “Dad” and spoke of both their mother and an older sister. That “sister” was Jaycee.

On August 26, 2009, the parole officer arranged a meeting with Garrido, who was accompanied by his wife and “Allison,” whom the parole officer had never met before—and who turned out to be Jaycee. “Allison” was also the name she went by at Garrido’s shop, Printing for Less.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported that Garrido, when confronted, had admitted kidnapping her, and said the children were his. Police arrested Nancy and Phillip Garrido and interviewed Jaycee. She confirmed her identity, and was able to answer questions to which police say only the child or her abductors would know the answers.

After 18 years, Terry Probyn was reunited with her daughter Jaycee, and she met her grandchildren. As the case proceeded, Jaycee and the children took refuge from the media in a Bay Area hotel, and tried to get used to their new freedom.

Jaycee’s stepfather reported that she had expressed guilt about not being able to escape. He noted that Jaycee had been with the Garridos longer than she had lived with her own mother — and that she’d developed a strong bond with the Garridos.

An El Dorado County judge set a $30 million bail for Phillip Garrido; it’s likely that if someone tried to post bail, “parole hold” would keep him in prison. As of September 16, 2009, no bail had been set for his wife. Their attorneys are arranging psychiatric evaluations of both. They’ve pleaded not guilty to a combined 29 felony charges.

Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren E. Rupf has publicly apologized for his department’s failure to recognize the situation when they visited the Garridos in 2006 and 2008. Now people are wondering what other crimes authorities may have missed.
Authorities are investigating whether Garrido may have been responsible for other unsolved murders and abductions in California and Nevada. They’ve searched his house again, checking for the clothing of two missing girls, and for graves.

Dublin, Calif., police are investigating Garrido’s possible role in the disappearance of Ilene Misheloff in 1987.

Hayward police are trying to determine whether Garrido may have been responsible for the kidnapping of Michaela Garecht in 1988. He resembles a sketch based on witness descriptions of that woman’s abductor.

There are also other cases in which Garrido, while not officially a person of interest, is nonetheless the object of unofficial speculation:

In 1989, a brother and sister disappeared near their bus stop in Reno. According to Katie Hall, the victim of his first proven rape, Garrido had told her that he had also abducted two girls in 1976. A 17-year-old was also slain in Reno that same year.

Between 1998 and 2002, the bodies of nine raped and murdered women, mostly prostitutes, were found in an industrial park at which Garrido worked at the time.

In early September 2009, a neighbor found a bone fragment near Garrido’s home. An expert who examined it for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office deems it human, but there’s a chance the bone is from much older, perhaps even pre-Columbian, inhabitants of the area. DNA tests are pending.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido will face a court hearing October 29, 2009.


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Cabin 28: The Unsolved Keddie Murders

On April 11th, 1981, in a small resort cabin nestled in the Hills of northern California, a triple murder took place so horrific it still haunts the area to this day.

That morning around 9:00a.m., Sheila Sharp, who had stayed the night at a neighbor’s house not more than 15 feet away, walked through her front door, not knowing what she was about to see would change her life forever. Directly inside, on the floor, were her 16 year old brother, John Sharp, and his 17 year old friend, Dana Wingate. Both were bound hand and foot, stabbed, and hammered to death. There was blood on every surface of the cabin. On the blood-soaked couch was her mother, Sue Sharp, also murdered in the same brutal fashion. Amazingly, her 2 younger brothers and a friend were in a back bedroom, untouched. However, her younger sister, Tina, was missing.

The walls had cuts on them, the furniture was busted up, and the victims were beaten. However, no one seemed to hear anything that night. The case quickly grew cold, and rumors of the town being haunted hurt the community so deeply it eventually became a ghost town, with only a hand full of residence living there today.

To this day, the case remains unsolved.

This site is dedicated to helping the living victims of these crimes get closure, and bring a cold-hearted killer to justice. There are many leads and suspects still out there.

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Justice for Daniel Ramirez

 Daniel M. Ramirez, a 17 year old who was murdered on July 4, 2007. Daniel was innocent and was murdered for no reason. The family and friends of Daniel believe that Justice can be served, and believe that enough evidence is out there to put those responsible behind bars and bring justice for his loved ones. They believe that not enough effort has been put forth to bring this matter to a speedy conclusion and petition that this case be brought to the attention of a superior government official. They do this in hopes of pushing those involved in this case to devote more time and efforts in bringing the evidence forward that is out there to make an arrest and bring justice forward for Daniel. Daniel was at a party outside on the patio when he gave his seat up to a girl, then the shooting started and Daniel took 1 shot out of 8 killed him. He was shot in the heart and 2 times in the right hand. Daniel took bullets that wasn’t even intended for him. Someone out there took a beautiful,kind and caring young mans life. Daniel’s life was precious and Daniel was so young with a future of hope and dreams that was taken away from him. PLEASE Go here to sign the petition- it only takes one minute to sign: click here:
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Daniel Ramirez was born September 13, 1989 and passed away July 4, 2007. He is survived by his loving mother Deanna & father Richeard Fernandez, two siblings, Stephanie and Richeard Jr., Grandmother Rose Mead, step-grandfather John Mead. Aunts & Uncles and many cousins and friends. Daniel was preceded in death by his brother Jason Ramirez, grandfather Rollie Diehl, and his sister Lisa Fernandez. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed, but will never be forgotten. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 12, 2007, from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Phoenix Memorial Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be Friday, July 13, 2007, 10:00 A.M. also at Phoenix Memorial Mortuary Chapel, 200 West Beardsley Road, Phoenix, AZ. A family gathering after the funeral service and burial will be held at the North Valley Freewill Baptist Church, 18220 North 20th Street, Phoenix, AZ where food and fellowship will be shared. The Ramirez Family is proudly being served by Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Brittanee Drexel- Missing 4-25-2009

More than four months after her disappearance, Brittanee Drexel’s whereabouts remain a mystery.

Drexel, 17, of New York, disappeared April 25 after leaving the Blue Water Resort on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.

Almost from the very beginning detectives theorized Drexel was abducted and feared she was in danger. During the first few weeks of her disappearance, police and volunteer searchers with the C.U.E. Center for Missing Persons initiated exhaustive searches.

The main search focused on the North Santee Community in Georgetown County, an area where Drexel’s cell phone last gave a signal the night she vanished.

“Law enforcement stepped right up and said we got something wrong here. A lot of times (missing persons) cases will be downplayed for a week or two until they realize they really have a problem. And then what happens is they realize it’s too late. You don’t capture the media and attention of the community,” CUE founder and director Monica Caison said.

Despite heavy media coverage, inevitably the weeks came and went. The organized searches stopped. Summer dragged on. Eventually Brittanee’s story faded from the headlines, and there was still no Brittanee.

But on Saturday there was a renewed effort to keep her story front and center among the Myrtle Beach community at a missing persons awareness tour, and the person sponsoring that effort knows the pain of a missing person.

Angie Gilchrist’s mother is Alice Donovan who was abducted, raped and killed in November 2002 by Brandon Bashum and Chadrick Fulks.

For years Donovan remained missing, despite the death sentence convictions of her murderers. In late 2008, Gilchrist ran into Monica Caison with the CUE Center, and together they decided it was time to find Alice. Previous searches by CUE, police and others yielded nothing.

“It is the most excruciating, tormenting thing to ever have to deal with. Your life stops,” Gilchrist described of her ordeal with her mother’s murder and subsequent disappearance.

Caison wrote to Fulks in prison, and to her amazement, he sent her a package stuffed with maps pointing to where Alice could be found.

Caison’s crew jumped into action and in January 2009 they found human bones that would later be positively identified as Donovan.

Far from a “success” story, it is a story that brings closure, something Brittanee Drexel’s mom is desperately searching for.

“I still have hope that she’s somewhere out there,” Dawn Drexel said Saturday at the Myrtle Beach stop of CUE’s “On The Road to Remember Tour.”

Dawn left Myrtle Beach at the end of June after spending two months in Myrtle Beach searching and raising money for her daughter’s cause.

Her frustration is growing.

“I just wish people would come (forward) and call one of the tip lines,” Drexel said.

Those tip lines, run by the Myrtle Beach Police Department and the CUE Center, have lit up in the months past, but no tip has generated the clue needed to crack the case.

Dawn, Monica and police are determined to keep the tips flowing, and one of the ways to do that, they say, is through events like the one held Saturday.

It was a small gathering of no more than a dozen folks — from lead detectives to Dawn to Monica to a few who didn’t even know the Drexels — but it was meaningful.

“The whole purpose of the tour is to get their information out, tell their stories, show their pictures and to visit their towns and rally their communities to remind them they’re still missing,” Caison explained.

As for the investigation by police, NewsChannel 15 learned that detectives have brought in an FBI agent to be “thoroughly briefed” on Brittanee’s case.

Detectives are also working with the CUE Center to organize a new search sometime later this Fall when the leaves fall and the terrain becomes easier to navigate.

What won’t become easier is Dawn Drexel’s anguish.

“Brittanee’s 18th birthday is coming up which is going to be very difficult in Ocotber,” Dawn said adding, “I just want to know something. I know my daughter didn’t just disappear off the face of the earth.”

Anonymous tips and information can be called in to the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-918-1382 or to the CUE Center at 910-343-1131.

Donations to the planned search effort can be made to CUE, a non-profit organization, by visiting their web site http://www.ncmissingpersons.org or by calling them.