Last Day to Vote for National Protocol for Missing And Unidentified Person Cases

Reminder: Today is the last day to submit your vote to Establish National Protocol in Missing and Unidentified Person Cases through Change.org's Ideas for Change in America. If you haven't added your vote, please do so now, time is running out! The first round of voting for the Ideas for Change in America competition will end tonight, December 31 at midnight Pacific Time. All you have to do is click on the widget below and sign in or register (it's easy) and vote!



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:
http://www.projectjason.org/downloads/ModelLegislation2008Revision.pdf

Important Petition Requires Your Immediate Attention

The abduction of Sean Goldman happened 4 years ago but his father, David Goldman has not given up on his son. He wants him back and he needs our help. For more information about this case, please visit his website Bring Sean Home. Check out these videos below. And if you're like me, prepare to cry. This is a tragic story and desperately needs media attention and help from the US government. Please help this father get his son back by signing the petition.





Add your name to this petition and help bring Sean home where he belongs!
Direct link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/return-abducted-minor-sean-goldman-to-his-father
Bring Sean Home Website: http://BringSeanHome.org

Tribute to Lilly Aramburo

There's never a day where thoughts of Lilly are far away. Listened to some of her favorite songs by the Magnetic Fields today... Somehow makes me feel better when I'm down. I remember the times we sat in my car as I drove her home, listening to music. She loved music. I could see her sitting next to me, smiling. As a tribute to Lilly's loving memory, here are a few of her favorite songs. The ones I listen to and reminisce...

The Magnetic Fields - All My Little Words


The Magnetic Fields - The One You Really Love


Sublime - Waiting For my Ruca


RIP Lilly Aramburo. Justice will be done. Words can't describe how much we love you and miss you! xoxo

Missing Baby Update: It Was All A Lie

Talk about waste of time and resources! I can't understand why someone would make up such a drastic lie just to cover up a miscarriage. Police are saying it was a desperate attempt to fix a broken relationship. Nearly 20 detectives worked the case during Christmas Eve and Christmas. Now police want McCormick to pay for the resources that were used in the search.
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Police: Missing Baby Story Was A Hoax


The search in Florida for a missing toddler with ties to Massachusetts has been called off - because it was a hoax.

Miami police had been looking for help in their search for 6-month-old Riley Buchness, who was reportedly last seen by his mother December 23 in Miami. 
It turns out there is no Camille and there is no Riley.


Miami police said Friday that the whole story was fabricated by the woman who claimed to be the missing child's mother.


That woman, Megan McCormick, has now been charged with filing a false police report.
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.

Police say Buchness had no knowledge of the miscarriage and was in Miami to meet his son for the first time.

That's when the story started to fall apart.

Search for Missing Miami Baby

What a nightmare for a parent to experience... The parents of a 6 month old toddler are desperately looking for the whereabouts of their baby boy. The baby was last seen with his babysitter, Camille on December 23rd. She's described as five feet six inches tall, weighing about 130 pounds, with dark brown hair halfway down her back and a gap between her teeth. She speaks with a heavy French accent.

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.
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Police: Missing Florida Boy May Be In Mass. Car


The search for a missing toddler in Florida has ties to Massachusetts.

6-month-old Riley Buchness was last seen by his parents December 23 in Miami.

Police did not offer details of his disappearance, other than he was with a woman by the name of "Camille."

Riley, who is white and about a foot tall was last seen wearing a white onesie with blue jeans.

His hair is in a mohawk style, he has one tooth, and a fake tattoo of an anchor on his left arm.

He's believed to be with a 20-to-30 year old woman named "Camille." Her last name is not known. She speaks with a heavy French accent. She is white, 5-feet-5 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds, with very long brown hair, brown eyes, and a gap between her teeth.

Police say Riley and Camille are possibly traveling in a red Acura, possibly with a Massachusetts license plate.
Investigators are asking anyone who sees the child or the car to contact their local police department immediately.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

On behalf of Lilly Aramburo's family and friends, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays. We'd like to thank you for all your kindness and support. We appreciate all your prayers for Lilly and wish you and your loved ones a safe and joyous holiday.

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)
Project Jason


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.

Prayers for Missing Mother Lilly Aramburo

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.

Amen.

Yet Another Holiday Without Lilly - An Update

This will be our 2nd holiday without Lilly Aramburo. The feeling of great loss and grieving hasn't stopped since her disappearance but Christmas is especially arduous. Emotions are raw. Most of Lily's family is processing through this the same way we would with a death, except there’s no closure because Lilly's body has not been found.

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.

10 Ways to Deal With Grief and Loss During the Holidays

Imagine if your loved one was missing or a victim of murder....how would you cope with the holidays? While the holidays are a time of joy, going to parties and celebrations, for families coping with the loss of a missing or murdered loved one, it's no picnic. Grief is a normal response to loss. When we experience grief, our thinking, feeling and behavior are deeply affected. Since the disappearance of my precious and dear friend, Lilly Aramburo - June 2, 2007, my life hasn't been the same. Since then, it's been quite a struggle to remain positive knowing she still has not been found. (Lilly's mother and 2 year old child are pictured above) Sometimes if you're grieving, its hard to experience genuine joy...especially during the holidays. But no matter how intense our feelings are, they are temporary and while painful, experiencing the process of grief is normal.

Here are a few tips that might help you if you're grieving over the loss of a loved one:
  1. It’s ok to need comfort. Ask for, and accept the help.
  2. 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.
  3. Look at pictures of your loved one. Remember their voice and everything about them.
  4. Find a support group. Share memories of your loved one. Allow your emotions to surface in order to work through them.
  5. 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.
  6. Create a memorial in his/her honor (If they loved flowers, plant or fund a garden)
  7. Get involved in a cause or organization that was important to them. Donate to them in your loved one's name.
  8. Try to eat healthy and exercise.Take it one day at a time. Try meditation, it's very beneficial for calming the mind.
  9. Support others who are grieving or experiencing loss, as well.
  10. Remember that your time on earth is limited and human life is precious.
Here are 5 ways friends can help:
  1. Be a good listener - Allow them to talk about their grief, or whatever they feel like expressing.
  2. Be non-judgmental. Do not criticize them...
  3. 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.
  4. If they're going through a trial or court proceedings, this can be very trying - offer a shoulder to lean on.
  5. 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.
We'd love to hear your thoughts. Do you have a missing or murdered loved one? Are you grieving? How are you coping with the holidays?

Missing Person Coral Springs, FL

Francisco Cuevas, age 47, was last seen on Saturday, November 3, 2007 in Coral Springs, Florida, at his place of employment and has not been seen or heard from since. Francisco was driving a 2004 Jeep Cherokee, black, 4 door. Francisco has a tribal tattoo on his right bicep and "pantha" tattoo on his left bicep. Anyone with information about Francisco Cuevas should contact the Coral Springs Police Department at 954-346-1200.

Kid Finders Network Update

Lately, I've been receiving a lot of traffic and comments on this blog from folks who are curious about my connection to Kid Finders Network. Seems like followers of the Caylee Anthony missing child case, have been Googling information about Kid Finders and have found my old blog posts. Like many of you, I too have been watching in wonderment at the latest controversy surrounding them. This post is for you, those who want to know how Kid Finders Network came into our lives.

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.

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