Establish National Protocol in Missing and Unidentified Person Cases
Every 30 seconds someone in the U.S. disappears, an average of 850,000 persons per year. Of that number, approximately 105,000 remain as open cases, unresolved. There are also unknown numbers of unidentified deceased persons, with estimates as high as 50,000. With modern technologies, available resources and tools, more cases could be resolved. With law enforcement budgets slashed, available training and knowledge of these tools and resources remain out of the grasp of many agencies. Cases go unresolved, family members remain in pain needlessly, criminals go free, and the unidentified deceased are buried and even cremated, taking the answers with them, sometimes forever. The Department of Justice crafted model legislation which would give law enforcement, coroners, and medical examiners the necessary protocol and tools to correct this injustice. Efforts have been made to pass this legislation on a state by state basis, but this process has proven to be slow. Each day that passes without these procedures in place increases the number of missing persons who may never be recovered, and unidentified deceased persons who might never be named. The legislation provides law enforcement with a check list of information to acquire from the family of the missing person, databases and other resources to utilize, such as DNA analysis, and the new NamUs. Coroners and medical examiners are given procedures to report the unidentified deceased, and enter all available identifiers into national databases, such as fingerprints, dental records, and DNA analysis. The text of the legislation can be found here:
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The Magnetic Fields - The One You Really Love
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RIP Lilly Aramburo. Justice will be done. Words can't describe how much we love you and miss you! xoxo
According to Miami police detective Freddy Ponce, McCormick made up the story about her missing 6-month old son to cover up the fact that she had a miscarriage six months ago and didn't want her ex-boyfriend, John Buchness, to know the truth.
If you're in Florida, please keep your eyes open for this baby and look out for a red Acura with a Massachusetts license plate. Police ask anyone with information to call Miami Police at 305-579-6630 or 305-579-6619.
Investigators are asking anyone who sees the child or the car to contact their local police department immediately.
If you're planning a holiday donation, please don't forget the missing. A few charities in special need of funding which we recommend supporting are:
National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA)
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr
I spent the day yesterday with my favorite boy in the world...Lilly Aramburo's 2 year old son, Palden:-) Lilly's mother, Lucely, invited me over to their new place, along with a few of Lilly's old friends from school. I had a lovely time. It was amazing to see how much her little boy has learned to talk. He took me by the hand and showed me his room and all his toys. He walked me over to a chest, lifted the top and showed me what was inside...Lilly's boots and shoes...and he said "gone...gone". He broke my heart in two. Although, he was a baby when he last saw his mother, Lilly, (it seems to me) her memory is still very much alive in his mind.
The following prayer is dedicated to Lilly and all missing loved ones. May they be in peace, free from all harm and suffering. May they be found and may justice prevail.
Prayer to Find What Is Lost
St. Anthony, when you prayed, your stolen book of prayers was given back to you. Pray now for all of us who have lost things precious and dear. Pray for all who have lost faith, hope or the friendship of God. Pray for us who have lost friends or relatives by death. Pray for all who have lost peace of mind or spirit. Pray that we may be given new hope, new faith, new love. Pray that lost things, needful and helpful to us, may be returned to our keeping. Or, if we must continue in our loss, pray that we may be given Christ’s comfort and peace.
In the midst of all this suffering, there has been some progress though. Lilly's mother, Lucely, requested a meeting with Captain Janna L. Bolinger-Heller from Miami Dade Police Department, she kindly agreed. Lucely, Joe Carrillo (private investigator), and I met with the Captain and Lieutenant Normando Gregorisch yesterday. It was our first time meeting Captain Heller in person, as well as Lieutenant Gregorisch. I must say, it was a very positive meeting. Obviously, I can't disclose any details since it involves an open investigation. The last thing I want is to compromise the case and let violent criminals get away with murdering my friend. If all goes well, and everyone keeps to their word, I have no doubt...the truth will come out and this case will finally be transferred to homicide.
Please light a candle and say a prayer for Lilly and her family.
Here are a few tips that might help you if you're grieving over the loss of a loved one:
- It’s ok to need comfort. Ask for, and accept the help.
- Talk about it. It's essential you have someone who will help sustain you emotionally. Seek out a good friend, family member or someone in your faith community to talk to.
- Look at pictures of your loved one. Remember their voice and everything about them.
- Find a support group. Share memories of your loved one. Allow your emotions to surface in order to work through them.
- Keep a journal or blog. Some find it helpful to express themselves through art by painting, drawing or arts & crafts or by listening to music or singing.
- Create a memorial in his/her honor (If they loved flowers, plant or fund a garden)
- Get involved in a cause or organization that was important to them. Donate to them in your loved one's name.
- Try to eat healthy and exercise.Take it one day at a time. Try meditation, it's very beneficial for calming the mind.
- Support others who are grieving or experiencing loss, as well.
- Remember that your time on earth is limited and human life is precious.
- Be a good listener - Allow them to talk about their grief, or whatever they feel like expressing.
- Be non-judgmental. Do not criticize them...
- Support them by helping with household chores or cooking whenever possible. Their ability to do even simple tasks can be impaired. Don't ask, just do it.
- If they're going through a trial or court proceedings, this can be very trying - offer a shoulder to lean on.
- Send cards on important days such as their birthday, anniversary of their death or disappearance. Consider honoring their life by organizing a candlelight vigil and inviting the community.
Press Conference for missing person Heather "Kitty" Riggio
Originally uploaded by seoyogini
The date was July 2008, I received an email through Myspace from a friend, the sister of a missing person, Heather Riggio. She told me about Kid Finders and how they were doing a mobile billboard for Heather. She suggested I contact them to see if they'd be willing to do the same for Lilly. To my surprise, a few days later, I received an email from Sherri Milstead of Kid Finders. She told me about her organization and the work they were doing for Heather Riggio's case. She explained that along with the mobile billboard, they did press conferences to raise awareness in the community. She offered their services for Lilly. I was very excited about the possibility and immediately notified Lilly's mother.
A short time later (about a week), I received another email from Sherri. She asked me if I could meet her the following morning at the North Miami Beach Police station, where they were having a press conference for Heather Riggio. She wanted to talk about Lilly's case. I agreed and contacted Lilly's mother to go with me.
About 10am on Friday July 11th, we drove to the police station. We saw the mobile billboard for Heather parked out in front of the building on the busy Avenue. Lucely (Lilly's mother) and I met Sherri and Dennis Milstead moments before the press conference took place. (Pictured above) We watched as everyone exited the station and took their place in front of the mobile billboard. We listened to detectives and Kid Finders speak, we watched as reporters for the Miami Herald and WSVN Channel 7 asked their questions. It was a tough moment us. Although we felt happy for Heather and her family, we could not escape feelings of sadness for Lilly. Quietly, we fell to the background and took a seat.
A short time later, we had our meeting with Sherri and Dennis. They seemed nice and willing to help. They assured us that they would do the same for Lilly. They said it would not be long before the billboard would be ready with Lilly's picture and information. Dennis gave us each his invention, Safety in a Flash. After conversing for some 45 minutes, Lucely and I left our meeting hopeful.
On July 19th, I got an email from Sherri. She assured me that she did not forget about Lilly. And went on to explain that they were being pulled away to Orlando for a Missing 2 year old girl named Caylee Anthony. She said "As you know we are KID Finders Network and small children take precidence but rest assured we are still working on getting a mobile billboard out for Lily as fast as we can."
That was the last I heard from Sherri and Kid Finders Network. My emails to Sherri haven't been answered. But this is the kind of thing I've grown used to. I'm sure she's been really busy with the whole Caylee Anthony search.
But the fact remains, my dear friend, Lilly Aramburo is still missing... just like little Caylee. But NO ONE, not one organization is volunteering to search for Lilly Aramburo or doing anything at all for her or her 2 year old son.
The discussion will be led by Ruth Bennett, public affairs officer in the Office of Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State. The speakers are Jan Langbein, senior policy adviser in the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, and Marylouise Kelley, director of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The featured speakers will discuss ways to promote collaboration at the local and national levels among private and public partners to combat violence. They will also discuss legal, educational, health and infrastructural reforms, as well as offer firsthand observations of their successes and challenges in the field of domestic violence intervention and prevention services.
December 1, 2008 at 9:00am EST
Speakers: Sue Else, President, National Network to End Domestic Violence and Ruth Bennett,
Public Affairs Officer, International Women\'s Issues Office, US Dept. of State
Topic: Taking Action to Combat Domestic Violence: Overcoming Obstacles
Next Broadcast: December 1, 2008 from 4:00pm EST to 5:30pm EST
Speakers: Jan Langbein, Senior Policy Advisor, Office on Violence Against Women, US Dept. of Justice
Marylouise Kelley, Director of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, US Dept. of Health & Human Services
To view the webcast, go to www.cpcwebcast.com/state.
Source: U.S. Department of State
Date of Birth: Oct. 7, 1982
Missing Since: Jan 2006
Missing City: Highland Beach
Missing State: Florida
Height: 5ft 6in
Weight: 110 lbs (aprox)
Hair Color: Light brown
Hair (other): May be dyed blonde
Eye Color: Brown
Please to take a good look at her picture and go to the Flickr Missing Persons Group to see more pictures of Emillie. Her family needs to know the truth. No one vanishes into thin air. Someone out there has to know something. Please do the right thing and come forward if you know anything about Emillie Hoyt's disappearance. Contact Det. Bob Devito at 561-266-5800.
You can help find Emillie by joining her Facebook Group and adding as a friend on myspace. If you use Twitter, you can follow @emilliesbrother. As you could imagine, they are desperate to find Emillie. The holidays are especially difficult for families dealing with the loss of a missing loved one. Please don't forget about them. All missing persons deserve to be found.
We had an amazing vigil for Lilly today. Lucely, Lily's mother came out with the baby (Lily's 2 year old son) despite feeling ill & being feverish. She brought Lilly's grandmother and cousin, too. We were so delighted to see them. Baby Palden has grown so much and he's talking like crazy! He is identical to Lily. He's super charismatic and gorgeous! He helped my girls make a heart in the sand made from yellow, pink and purple roses. (pictured above) We looked at Lily's baby pictures & pictures of her growing up, released balloons, and dedicated prayers. It was all very harmonious.
Joe Carrillo, (the pi working her case) couldn't make it due to a trial he's preparing for tomorrow but he provided a prayer for me to read at the vigil. I read it and everyone stood in solidarity. Joe also requested for everyone to please pray for their efforts. (I'm asking too!) Here's the prayer:
O, Blessed Mother and St Joseph,
you searched when your Son Jesus
disappeared when he was twelve.
You would not give up
until he was found.
You know the pain of having someone missing,
and the joy of finding them,
as you found your son.
Help those who are searching now,
to find the answers to their questions,
and an end to their searching.
Inspire people to be vigilant,
so that their eyes and ears
may see and hear news that will bring hope.
Comfort those who feel lonely and sad
because the one they love has vanished.
Be with them in the storm
and guide them in their efforts.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Isn't it lovely? We're very fortunate to have you on our side. Thank you so much, Joe.
I really appreciate each and everyone who came out to Miami Beach today to show your support and love for Lily. Thanks so much to Carmen for being there for us, you're a godsend. For those who couldn't make it, we'd be so grateful if you could please light a candle and dedicate a prayer for Lily. Thank you for your loving kindness and compassion on this special day.
Please help Glendene receive the answers she's been waiting so long for. Especially if you live in Las Vegas. Please tune in and help spread the word!
Visit her blog: http://jessiefoster.blogspot.com/
Thank you, AMW!
Sunday, November 16th is Lilly's birthday. She would have been turning 25 years old. Lilly has been heavy on my mind more than ever as time passes and she is yet to be found. It's heartbreaking to know it's been more than 16 months since we saw Lilly's sweet smile or listened to her kind words. Her absence is felt every day by many who knew and loved her. It's frustrating having no idea if or what the authorities are doing anymore. What we do know is her investigation was not handled as they should have in the beginning. Having to endure constant comments about adults having a right to go missing, Lilly's case went cold fast. Every day more time passes without answers, without clues. Disillusioned by law enforcement, I place all my trust in karma. Justice will prevail.
Everyone is invited to join us this Sunday for a Birthday Vigil in Lilly's honor on her 25th birthday ♥ in Miami Beach. We will gather on 80th Street & Collins Ave to celebrate Lilly's life in the company of family and friends who love and miss her dearly. Bring a candle and a prayer, together we can start the healing process.
Sadly, life hasn't been the same since June 2, 2007. It won't ever be back to normal until the truth about what happened comes to light and the persons who did this are brought to justice. Lily will always remain in our hearts and minds. ♥Karma Drolkar, forever a yogini...(Yogini is an enlightened woman with spiritual powers and deep insight.)
WHAT: BIRTHDAY VIGIL FOR LILLY ARAMBURO
WHEN: SUNDAY, November 16th, 2008
WHERE: 80th Street and Collins Ave in Miami Beach, FL
By the water...
Let Lilly's name not be forgotten.
Thank you for your continued support.
There are less than 2 weeks to go before UNIFEM will hand over all signatures to the Say NO to Violence against Women campaign to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. So far, more than 580,000 people have added their names. This is an enormous show of support, yet we are still aiming for 1 million signatures. If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to sign your name to the petition.
Please spread the word further and encourage 3 friends to sign up.
Ask them to join an ever-growing movement of people who demand that violence against women be a top priority for governments around the world at:
You CAN make a difference! Grab your own widget for social networking pages and help put an end to Violence Against Women: http://www.rocketxl.com/unifem
Thank you for all you do!
As stated by the Media Bias article, "Thousands of kids go missing each day -- so why do we never seem to hear about the African-American children?" Great question, Mom Logic! Thanks for bringing this issue to the forefront.
Media Bias: Only White Kids Get Abducted
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As an ode to Lilly, I've been using Twitter to highlight the issue. You too can take a stand and Share Your Voice with America. If you're a blogger, blog about it, educate your readers. Make a statement that stopping domestic violence should be a community priority. Raising awareness is not brain surgery, anyone can do it. If you use Twitter, you can follow @yogini to receive my updates. Also, please consider joining the Million Voices Campaign, the campaign to end domestic violence through the National Domestic Violence Hotline. And please follow them on Twitter @MillionVoices
Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior designed to exert power and control over a person in an intimate relationship through the use of intimidating, threatening, harmful, or harassing behavior. Including, multiple forms of physical abuse, sexual, and emotional or psychological abuse. Domestic violence is a crime. It affects everyone, our families, communities and our workplaces. Yet violence against women is often ignored and rarely punished.
The statistics of domestic violence are staggering! According to the U.S. Justice Department, one in four American women have experienced domestic violence directly, and more than half of all Americans (56 percent) say they have at least one friend, relative or co-worker whom they know has been involved in domestic violence. On average, more than 3 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day. Women are much more likely than men to be killed by an intimate partner.
Domestic abuse may escalate from threats and verbal abuse to violence and murder. Injuries & death are the ultimate consequence but the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic violence can also leave lasting scars. No one should have to live with this kind of suffering.
If you're a victim of domestic violence, there is help. Please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Trained advocates are available 24 hours a day/365 days a year. They can refer you to resources available in your area.
The hotline was established in 1996 as a component to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress. VAWA was drafted by Senator Joseph Biden with support from a number of advocacy organizations. There is a safe way out. Start by calling the hotline. It may be a start to a new life, without violence. If you are living with your abusive partner, you should have a safety plan in place.
Where to go for Help:
If you are in immediate danger or have been hurt, call 911. Remember, domestic violence, any kind of physical assault or abuse is a crime. Police are required to
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Nationwide Directory of domestic violence shelters
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Find local support, shelter from domestic violence, or free/low-cost legal services.
In closing, here's a poem written by Lilly in 2006 when she was pregnant and spending time with my family at our Miami Beach apartment. Lilly, there's not a day that goes by that we don't think about you and miss you!
in the distance, beneath my mind,
I felt things like cold hands and teeth chattering.
I could barely make out its sounds
but it soothed me somehow,
it was light and translucent.
as I slept,
I felt a horrible black ghost pushing down on my chest,
It violated me.
and it told me things.
I have never been the same!
I dream of flat green prairies that stretch out for days
and crash into the violet lining of the sky in a perfect display of interdependence.
when I go to sleep at night,
I feel the warmth of womb
and the beating of a heart inside of me, and feel at peace.
GRACE: "Case Alert," the search for a young mom vanishing, Miami, Florida, 24-year-old Lily Aramburo reported missing June 2007 from a condo she shared with a live-in. According to reports, since her disappearance, the condo has been found desolate, full of trash, appliances missing. She`s 4-11, 108 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, tattoo lower back. If you have info, call Miami-Dade police, 305-418-7200.
We ask everyone to continue the awareness campaign. You can make a huge difference! Lilly deserves justice and that is why I am asking you to contact Nancy Grace and ask her to investigate Lilly's disappearance.
If you have any information, PLEASE contact Miami Dade Police at 305-418-7200 or call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 or 866-471-8477. You can also report your tip online anonymously https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=139
Thank you for all of your support! And special thanks to Levi from War on Crime for making this happen!! =) Nancy, THANK YOU!
Today, Lilly Aramburo's story is featured on the front cover of the Miami New Times. The article appropriately titled "Missing Peace" was written by Francisco Alvarado. I must say, he did a pretty thorough job. Much more thorough than Miami Dade Police! (Frank deserves many props!)
He accomplished the seemingly impossible...he tracked down Christen Pacheco and got his side of the story. He interviewed Kelly Starling and a neighbor of Christen's who knew them and happened to talk to Lilly just before she vanished. I can't help but wonder, how many resources did it take? Was it costly? Did it take that much time and trouble?
According to the article, "police inaction is one reason she hasn't been found." Amen to that! Even Christen Pacheco admits he's spoken to a detective only once by phone since the initial report. Kelly Starling says she's tried contacting the detective several times but he's never returned the calls. She says "no one has been trying to do anything. I've been wanting to talk to the detective all this time."
Captain Janna Bollinger-Heller from the Miami Dade County Police domestic crimes bureau was interviewed. She says Lilly's case "has been a high priority." "We have followed up on every lead." Interesting...
Miami Residents, are you outraged? This could be your child or relative! They believe they have treated Lilly's case with priority? If speaking with the last person to see her alive once by phone is priority, then I'd hate to even think about the cases that have not been a high priority.
If what Captain Bollinger-Heller says is true and there are only 4 detectives in Miami Dade for the 5000 reported cases of missing people, then how on earth are they supposed to be found?
I have a solution. Why don't they classify Lilly's case and others that qualify as homicides? They obviously have more detectives in Homicide. Besides, they have much more training and are better prepared to deal with these kinds of investigations.
Make sure to read all 5 pages! After you read it, let us know what you think. Leave a comment on the New Times Article. Click on the bottom left link that says write your comment.
Contact Francisco Alvarado (Author):
or call 305-571-7562
Contact Miami New Times:
Mail: Letters, New Times
PO Box 011591
Miami, FL 33101-1591
(If you send a letter, include your name, address and daytime phone number. The information is used for confirmation only.)
Lilly's family and friends urge the South Florida Community to take a good look at her picture. If you know Lilly or any of the key players involved, including a guy who goes by the name "EJ" - PLEASE COME FORWARD!! This EJ was also there but has since disappeared, unwilling to cooperate. Keep in mind, Lilly has a son who deserves to know the TRUTH.
If you think you know something, anything can be a clue that leads us to find Lilly - please contact us right now. There are numerous ways to submit a tip. You can leave a comment on my blog or the Miami New Times article. You can submit a web tip to Miami Dade Crime Stoppers or call 305-471-8477. You can contact Miami Dade Police Detective Aaron Mancha at 305-418-7245 or email@example.com. No matter how small a detail you may know, it may lead us to answers please reach out and help bring Lilly back home.
If everyone who reads this would take a moment to make a phone call to the US Attorney's Office - it would be of tremendous help in demanding justice for Lilly. Ask them to investigate the possible homicide of Lilly Aramburo. It only takes a minute to make a phone call.
Contact the US Attorneys Office
99 N.E. 4th Street
Miami, Fl. 33132
Phone: (305) 961-9001
Fax: (305) 530-7679
I'd appreciate your feedback! If you have any questions or comments about the article, leave a comment here too!! And if you feel strongly about this case, like I do, help demand justice for Lilly. Justice has been interrupted for far too long.
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I am signing off for now but I'll update later tonight with more thoughts on this Miami New Times article.
Time: 7 PM /PST 9 PM /CST 10 PM/EST
Call-In Number to the Show: 914-338-0663
Radio Show Link- http://www.blogtalkradio.com/justiceinterrupted
WARNING: Be careful with Susan Murphy-Milano. Check out the post Sincerest Apology to Christen
Please call the Comen Detective Agency at 571-2667, if you have any information regarding the disappearance of Viriadiana Maldonado.
A $1,000 reward is being offered if she is found by midnight on January 10th.
- Justice Interrupted Show featuring Lilly Aramburo's case has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 9, 2008 at 10:10 PM Central Standard Time or 11:10 Eastern Standard Time (whatever your time zone) Please call in with your questions. I hope you are able to listen. I'll be updating you all with the most current info about her case.
- We have created a new Lilly Aramburo Milk Carton. I urge all families with a missing loved one to use this free service. My Milk Carton is a free resource that allows you to create a milk carton for your missing loved one. It's very easy to use, all you need to do is register for your free account, submit the information and pictures about the missing person in the form provided and you're all set. The pictures must be smaller than 2MB in size to upload. It takes between 24-48 hours. Using a milk carton to aid in your search is a playful and catchy way to get serious attention and have your missing person noticed.
- I've saved the best for last. Next week, the Miami New Times is publishing an article about Lilly!!! That's right, an article on the front page of our independent newspaper, Miami New Times! I'm sure it will help her case in many ways. Finally, Miami residents will get to know her story. I think it will be published next Wednesday night or Thursday morning, I'll keep you posted. I'm rejoicing!! Thanks, Frank and Miami New Times!! Love you guys=)
Don't forget to let me know what your thoughts are my latest post! Free Online Resources for Finding Missing Persons Using Social Media
Can you feel the buzz of excitement in the air? (No, I'm not referring to the possibility of Barack Obama taking the White House in November!)
All the elements in the universe are coming together perfectly to create a meaningful resource and advocacy for victims, their families and lovers of truth and justice everywhere...in the form of Justice Interrupted Crime Radio Network. A threesome made up of Susan Murphy-Milano, Stacy Dittrich, and Robin Sax. These women offer insight in the criminal justice and victims advocacy field.
Be sure to mark your calenders for the premiere show coming to you live - Tuesday, September 2, 2008. The show will highlight the Case of Rachel Conger, (pictured above) a mother who vanished March of 2008. Rachel was trying to leave her abusive husband. He abducted her March 13, 2008. His body was found 3 days later with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The case of missing Miami mother, my friend, Lilly Aramburo, (pictured with her baby) will also be discussed. Along with the wife of a Law Enforcement Officer who lives in constant fear for her life. She will share her story and safety concerns.
Radio Show Premiere
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Time: 7 PM /PST 9 PM /CST 10 PM/EST
Call -In Number to the Show: 914-338-0663
Radio Show Link- http://www.blogtalkradio.com/justiceinterrupted
I made a HUGE mistake about Justice Interrupted and Susan Murphy-Milano. I would not recommend anyone needing help to go to them. I learned a very valuable lesson for trusting Susan Murphy-Milano, the hard way. Please see the following post for more info: Sincerest Apology to Christen Pacheco
Personally, I am relieved. As the Spokesperson, for a missing mother, I know from experience how frustrating it is to get media attention. I know what it's like to spend endless hours making phone calls to the press, emailing newspapers, radio stations and news channels, contacting anyone having the ability to publish a story. All in vain. I've come to the sad conclusion that media (especially locally) suffer from Missing White Woman Syndrome. There is a clear bias. Media attention has everything to do with the right race, age, social class and gender. Otherwise, don't expect them to cover your story. Notice that most women who get plastered all over the news are usually attractive, white, and middle to upper-class. Things would have turned out very differently if Lilly had white skin and came from a wealthy family. The Miami Herald doesn't care about a Hispanic woman who lived in Kendall and went missing.
UPDATE 12/20/08 and WARNING
Since this post, I've learned that Susan Murphy-Milano is not to be trusted. For more info on my experience with Susan, please see my Sincerest Apology to Christen You see, I was lied to by Susan. She told me she had evidence (GPS and credit card records) which proved Christen Pacheco (Lilly's fiance) was responsible for her murder. All lies...
*Please be very careful if you're thinking of going to Justice Interrupted for help.*
Consider this. On any given day, there are as many as 100,000 active missing person cases in the United States, and every year, tens of thousands of people vanish under suspicious circumstances.
According the FBI, National Crime Information Center (NCIC) there are 105,229 active missing adult cases in the United States as of 1/1/2008. And 6,954 active cases of unidentified persons. Keep in mind, it is not yet mandated by law for law enforcement to include the Unidentified persons into the NCIC database. Many cases are never reported to law enforcement or entered into the NCIC. If it were fully utilized to its potential can you imagine the results?
With that said, take a moment to reflect on all the missing children, missing mothers, all the countless missing...worldwide. Think of their mothers, family & friends - what must it feel like to realize your loved one has VANISHED. I understand that this is not something you may enjoy doing. Ordinary folks don't think of such depressing things. But can you just imagine for a second, the hell it must be to not know where you're son/daughter is? The panic, fear & rush of thoughts, are they being harmed; are they alive/dead...? What a helpless & horrific experience for a human being to have to endure! Every missing child and adult is someone's son or daughter, wife/husband, sister, grandmother, friend; This is an enormous problem throughout the world.
How about signing a petition for a Missing Persons Day to honor the missing and their families? I think it would be very helpful. The petition has the potential of making that day manifest! It would emphasize awareness of the suffering families around the world experience on a daily basis and encourage conversation and media attention (needed so desperately). It would help create change. No matter what country you live in, sign it and kindly forward to your friends. You can make a difference right now.
Project Jason is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to families of the missing by providing resources and support. They create awareness in a myriad of ways to help bring them home. It was founded by the parents of Jason Jolkowski, who disappeared June 13th, 2001. Making it their mission to help others dealing with the loss of a missing loved one. Recently, they found an excellent way of obtaining awareness.
Project Jason is the first missing persons’ assistance organization to have a property in a new area of Nonprofit Commons, a section within the virtual world, Second Life. Their theme is “Every Face Tells a Story” and the site exhibits special posters of missing persons. These posters contain articles written exclusively for Project Jason in Second Life, contributed by the families of each missing person featured. All of the posters and objects are clickable, taking you to the featured link on Project Jason's site for news and information about the missing person.
If you're on Second Life, please visit Project Jason's Office. If you're interested in getting an account, it's free. All you have to do is register. Please consider donating $27 to Project Jason for Jason's 27th Birthday Campaign. Their goal is to raise $2,700 by October 6th, the 5th anniversary of Project Jason.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from someone that said they had information about missing mother, Lilly Aramburo. I knew it was some sort of hoax. My intuition is rarely (if ever) wrong. Here's the email below:
date Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 3:30 PM
subject I have information on your missing person
I have an important information on your missing person.
Reply this email and i will give you more information.
Awaiting your reply
I responded back and said 'I'm listening.' Then he sent this:
date Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 4:39 PM
subject Info on Lucely
Lucely is being held by a serial rapist-kidnapper,who kidnaps and holds women captive for sex.
I know the kidnappers house and the exact location on his property were he is holding her and few other women captive.I managed to have this information because i am a handyman and i did some work recently near the place he is holding these women.
I will only give you the kidnappers address and the exact location on his property were he is holding her if you can pay $20,000 dollars only.You will pay $10,000 dollars in advance and pay the balance of $10,000 dollars when i give you the address and she is rescued.
For security reasons,i want to remain anonymous so please don't inform the police or anybody about my communication with you until i give you the exact location of were she is being held.If you inform the police or anybody about my communication with you now you wont hear from me again and i wont give you the location.
Awaiting your reply
I did some research and learned that this person has been targeting families of the missing and trying to extort money from them. What a sick individual(s)! That's some heavy karma they're creating.
Peggy Florence, who's daughter, Jasmine Haslag disappeared last June (just like Lilly) was targeted. She has a website She wrote this public warning on her website:
"Just know that if you receive any correspondence from a person stating they know the location of your missing loved one, that they are being held hostage/captive by someone and they are asking for an amount of money to provide you with information about your loved one, it is a scam intended to extort money from you. This person or persons truly have no information about your loved one, and they intend to take your money and run. These vultures will prey upon anyone, and this is no different then all the other internet money scams that go on everyday, except that they are preying upon very vulnerable persons and they know that these families are desperate to find their loved one, very hopeful of finding the loved one alive, and vulnerable to grabbing at any straws or leads, and they see the horrible situation of having a missing loved one as a very profitable scam to run."
If you are a victim of this scam artist, please contact your local FBI.