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Lily in The News! Thank You CBS4



Miami Dade Police Department reopened the investigation into the disappearance and probable murder of Lily Aramburo last month. Since then, a lot has happened! (I'll fill you in soon) And now the case has finally received local news coverage! CBS4 went out to Lily's mother's house yesterday morning and filmed the segment which features Private Investigator Joe Carrillo. CBS4 also interviewed the new detective on the case, Det. Ray Hoadley. The article below is taken from their website and has a few misspellings (Lily's mom is Lucely Zaldivar) but we can overlook them. We're just elated to finally see Lily on the news!



DANIA BEACH—-Lucely Saldina says she is not giving up, she is determined to find her daughter.
It has been more than three years since Lily Aramburu vanished, and now Miami-Dade Police tell CBS4 that they are stepping up their involvement in this troubled case, and they are also asking for the public’s help.


Aramburu was 23 when her boyfriend says he last saw her leaving their apartment not far from the Dadeland Mall. She has not been seen since.

“Lily represented everything that I knew that was good to me and always wanted,” said Saldina, whose Dania Beach apartment is filled with photos of her daughter and her grandson, Palden. Palden, 4, now lives with Saldina. “She represented happiness to me,” Saldina told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, as she fought back tears. “Hope is always there. I just want to find out if she is out there. Is she alive?”

Bud Aramburu had a problem.

“She was involved with drugs but was getting her life together,” Saldina said. “She was going to drug court and she had everything to live for.” Her little boy, Palden, was just 6 months old when she disappeared.
“The baby meant everything to her, she has a reason to stay alive,” Saldina said. “But I am realistic enough to realize that she may not be alive… I know somebody out there knows something.”
 
While there are no clues as to what might have happened, Saldina said “I know that Lily did not just disappear. She is a human being. She is a daughter and a mother. And that must be respected.” Saldina and Private Investigator Joe Carrillo have been circulating flyers describing Aramburu; she was 4-feet and 11-inches tall and weighed just 100 pounds. Her hair is brown and her eyes are hazel. She has pierced ears, a scar on her left hand and a scar on her lower abdomen. And she has two large, distinctive music symbols tattooed on her lower back.

Aramburu also had previously broken her right wrist and back.Aramburu also has a medical condition and may need medication.

Carrillo said some key, potential witnesses have not come forward. “We’ve attempted to speak to them,” Carrillo said. “And when you’re asking for help from people who know her and they won’t help, that raises some big red flags. I think there’s people out there who know who they are. We’ve managed to identify two groups of people who are of interest to police.”

D’Oench also spoke to the lead detective in this case Ray Hoadley who has just been assigned to this case.
Hoadley has been a detective for 25 years with Miami-Dade and says that it is too early to have additional details in this cold case.

“We’d like anyone who is in her circle of friends or anyone who was around her at the time she disappeared to come forward,” said Hoadley. “There’s some people out there who we have made contact with. I don’t know if they are deliberately trying to avoid us or whether it’s just that they are out of town,” Hoadley said. “Are you eager to solve this case?” asked D’Oench. “Absolutely,” Hoadley answered.

Saldina’s daughter has been featured on billboards and posters statewide since 2007, and Saldina says she welcomes the stepped-up efforts by Miami-Dade Police.

“Solving this would mean closure,” Saldina said. “It would mean answers. Answers for my grandson when he asks what happened to his mother.”

Anyone in the public who knows anything about this case is urged to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

News Update: Lily Aramburo Case Reopened

Lily's case has been cold for a long time. It's been a long, agonizing 3 and a half years since the night of June 1, 2007. But finally we have a news update to share. If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you may have noticed that I have had my issues with law enforcement, mainly with Detective Mancha's handling of Lily's case. Out of desperation, we tried (almost) everything including a week long hunger strike in order to attain police attention and coverage from local media. Nothing worked. In the process, I've made my share of mistakes.

The good news is, to our relief, the investigation into Lily's disappearance has been reopened and reassigned to a new detective. Detective Ray Hoadley from Miami Dade Police Criminal Investigations Division Homicide Bureau is now lead detective. Lily's family, Private Investigator Joe Carrillo and I have all met with the him. We are working closely together. I'm hopeful as never before. And I have absolute faith in Detective Hoadley. He's got over 20 years of experience under his belt and has investigated many difficult cases. He's very effective at what he does. Det. Hoadley is working daily to find the answers which will bring about a resolution to this case.

  Lily Aramburo updated flier:
Miami Dade Police Investigative Case #: 070602291858
NCIC# M497579638
NamUs MP # 1542
Once again we're reaching out and asking anyone with information to come forward. If you believe someone you know might be involved, please call immediately and share that information. It may be nothing or it may be the missing piece of information that will help bring closure to Lily's family and little boy. The truth shall set you free.

We know someone knows what happened to Lily and they need to step forward now, not tomorrow or next week or month or year from now – NOW! Make the call to Detective Hoadley at 305-471-2400 or you can email him at rbhoadleyjr@mdpd(.com).

If you wish to remain anonymous please contact Miami Dade County Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477) OR 1-866-471-8477. crimestoppersmiami.com You may be eligible to receive a reward.

Lily Aramburo pictures

Assist in the search for Lily by sharing this post with all your friends across the internet. Follow @HelpFindLily  on Twitter and connect with us on Facebook. And please be sure to stay tuned to America's Most Wanted

Thank you so much for your help and continued support. Many heartfelt thanks for all your prayers for Lily and her family. We are especially grateful to those special individuals who have donated so much of their time and effort into the search for Lily; thank you Joe Carrillo and team. Thank you kindly for your dedication and hard work. And last but not least, sincere thanks to Miami Dade Police Detective Hoadley.

Lily Aramburo Featured on Billboard for Florida Missing Children's Day

Monday September 13th, 2010 Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse hosted the twelfth annual Florida Missing Children’s Day in Tallahassee.

During the weekend leading up to the event, advertisers with the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association (FOAA) will be donating digital billboard space throughout the state to feature children and adults from Florida that are still missing. Lamar, Clear Channel Outdoor and CBS outdoor are participating. The artwork will feature 25 missing children and adults. The billboards will run beginning today through Monday.


“The Florida Department of Law Enforcement appreciates our outdoor advertisers for partnering with us once again to broadcast the photos of missing children and adults,” said Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “It is our hope that someone, somewhere in our state will recognize one of these faces and provide us with information that will reunite them with their families.”

The following children and adults will be featured on billboards:

Danielle Bell, missing from Pensacola since Sept. 28, 2001
Tavia Bailey, missing from Pensacola since Jan. 24, 1986
Preston Mills, missing from Pensacola since June 25, 2010
Ali Gilmore, missing from Tallahassee since Feb. 2, 2006
David Jackson, missing from Tallahassee since Oct. 28, 2008
Portesha Morris, missing from Monticello since April 16, 2001
Tiffany Sessions, missing from Gainesville since Feb. 9, 1989
Shirlene Roberts, missing from Jacksonville since Sept. 9, 2009
Mark Gibson, missing from Jacksonville since March 12, 2008
Mark Degner, missing from Jacksonville since Feb. 10, 2005
Bryan Hayes, missing from Jacksonville since Feb. 10, 2005
Zachary Bernhardt, missing from Clearwater since Sept. 11, 2000
Ronkeya Holes and Masaraha Ross, missing from Haines City since Oct. 18, 2009
Jennifer Kesse, missing from Orlando since Jan. 24, 2006
Phillip Desir, missing from Palm Bay since Feb. 7, 2009
Desiree Wilson, missing from Orlando since Jan. 16, 2010
Navisha Maddox, missing from Orlando since April 15, 2008
Jacqueline Hernandez, missing from Clermont since Dec. 22, 2007
Teresa Alfonso, missing from Marathon since Sept. 3, 1974
Lucely Aramburo, missing from Kendall since June 1, 2007
(billboard featuring Lily is off I-95 & 8 St Miami)
Deelee Bohler, missing from Miami since Nov. 2, 2005
Gayle Moran, missing from Lake Palcid since July 30, 2009
Danny Mordenti, missing from Punta Gorda since May 22, 2008
Alexander Erb-Sanchez, missing from Ellenton since Nov. 4, 2008

Florida Missing Children’s Day is held each year to recognize past and present missing children and their families, to educate citizens on safety awareness, and to honor individuals in our state who have made a difference in the life of a child. Families of missing persons will travel to Tallahassee to attend the ceremony and honor the memory of their loved one.

Links
Sun Sentinel post 
Capital News Service 

South Florida friends and family, if you're in the area please take a look at the billboard featuring Lily. It is on the West side of I-95, 100 feet South of 8th Street. According to the FDLE, the billboard will be up until October 19th. If you see it and have your phone handy, snap a picture and send it to me via (HelpFindLily(@)gmail.com). If you capture it on film or video, please share it on Facebook and Twitter - add #Justice4Lily. Please contact me if you need any assistance! Thank you for all your support. Thank you Florida Department of Law Enforcement! And a great big thank you to the advertisers for donating to this awareness campaign for Florida Missing Children's Day.

Justice for Lily Hunger Strike on Monday November 16


Monday, November 16, 2009 would have been my best friend, Lilly Aramburo's 26 birthday. Lily has been missing since June 2, 2007. Her plight has been featured on Nancy Grace and Americas Most Wanted.
Lily disappeared from the apartment of her heroin addicted boyfriend in the Dadeland area. Since then, her mother Lucely and I have launched an exhaustive search for her only to become disillusioned and extremely frustrated with the lack of effort of the Miami Dade Police Department. (Lucely on Lily's 2 Yr anniversary)

Police failed to locate two witnesses that were present the night she disappeared. We've been working with private investigator Joe Carrillo and his team for over a year locating the two witnesses within days. A convicted killer has been identified by the investigators as a person of interest in her disappearance. After four meetings with the missing persons detectives, a convicted killer who served time for murder has yet to be interviewed even though identified and located by the private investigator. Why? Police refuse to answer the why.

Lily's mother and I desperately need to bring attention to her disappearance and want answers from the Miami Dade Police Department. We're both commencing a hunger strike Monday at 9:00 AM in front of the Miami Dade Government Center until we get answers.

RSVP via FACEBOOK and please join the Find Lily Aramburo Facebook Cause!

Location: Government Center
111 NW 1 Street
Miami, Fl.



View Justice for Lily Aramburo Protest Rally & Hunger Strike in a larger map

We'd like to thank all of you for supporting us in our fight to find Lily and for keeping Lily in your hearts and minds. PLEASE do not stop passing on this blog to all you know! You can also help support the search for Lily by donating to Lily's reward fund via paypal or by purchasing a T-Shirt.

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Anyone with information pertaining to the disappearance of Lily Aramburo is urged to contact Private Investigator Joe Carrillo at 305-926-3110 or call Miami Dade Police at 305-418-7200.

Video of Lily Aramburo on AMW My Story

Young Mom Lily Aramburo Disappears
Lilly Aramburo has been missing since June 2007.


In the early hours of June 2, 2007, Lilly Aramburo left her boyfriend's apartment, never to be seen again. As her family and friends have told us, she would never leave her baby son behind on her own free will.

Now, they have turned to America's Most Wanted for help.

Lilly is described as friendly and always willing to listen and help a friend in need. A blog has been started, called Justice in Miami, to raise awareness about her case.

At 22, she was not without problems. She struggled with drugs, and may have found herself in a situation where people she knew did her harm.

Those who love her have great concerns about her not being alive when she left that house.

Private Eye Working To Find Lilly
Lilly's friends are desperate for answers in her disappearance.

Law enforcement sources say they know the last place she was seen alive, a private home on the street.

Those who love her have great concerns about her not being alive when she left that house.

A South Florida private investigator has received some great tips that have been passed on to Miami law enforcement.

Those that know Lilly think some people might be afraid to come forward. Lilly's loved ones want to know what may have been done to her.

Continue reading Lily Aramburo America's Most Wanted "My Story"

Filming for AMW "My Story" on Lily Aramburo

In an effort to bring awareness to the disappearance of Lily Aramburo, our team got together yesterday to shoot a video for America's Most Wanted "My Story".

"AMW gets hundreds of letters each month from viewers who are seeking justice. Often, AMW is their last hope and the letter they send us might be the most important they have ever written. Like each writer, every My Story is different. Yet they all share a common bond — the search for justice."justiceinmiami.org, America’s Most Wanted: My Story, Jul 2009
(Photo courtesy of Joe Carrillo) Here is Lilly's mother, Lucely (left) and me (right) standing in front of the house where Lily was last seen in Coconut Grove, Florida.


Private Investigator Joe Carrillo and his partner Ana Lanuza.


Lucely asking the residents of Miami and Coconut Grove for their help. If you know anything at all about the disappearance of Lily Aramburo, please report your tip to law enforcement or place a call to Private Investigator Joe Carrillo at 305-926-3110.

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Thank You Enrique and Joe!

As some of you already know, this past Monday April 20th, Lucely (Lily's mother), Joe Carrillo (our private investigator) and I went on the world famous morning radio show "El Show de Enrique y Joe". We had the opportunity to inform and appeal directly to the South Florida community for information about the disappearance of Lilly Aramburo. A big warm hug to Joe Carrillo, the best private investigator in Miami, for his help in making it happen!

Janet and Lucely on Enrique y Joe Radio Show

El Show de Enrique y Joe

Joe Ferrero from Enrique y Joe Radio Show

Pictures Courtesy of Joe Carrillo

Enrique and Joe ~

Lucely and I want to thank you for letting us be guests on your show. It was a real honor. We are very impressed with all the thought and organization you put into your shows.Your energy and passion was so inspiring and positive.You made it so easy and so comfortable for us. We really appreciate your willingness to educate your listeners about the disappearance and possible murder of Lily Aramburo, a Miami native and young mother who's case remains unsolved. The world needs to know about this. Lily's case hasn't been featured on the local news yet. We really thank you for having us on as guests and devoting so much valuable time on your show to cover this topic. I know your listeners were concerned enough to do their own research. Thank you so very much!

Sincerely,
Janet
Family Spokesperson for missing person Lilly Aramburo
Site
http://justiceinmiami.blogspot.com/
Social Media Strategist at Subliminal Pixels Lab
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http://www.subliminalpixels.com/
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Invitation to Imagine Miami's Changemaker Summit

I'd like to invite my local readers to an exciting event in South Florida. It's unusual for me to blog about events unless it's somehow related to a missing person but this post is special.

The Imagine Miami Changemaker Summit is being presented by the Human Services Coalition and Imagine Miami. The Human Services Coalition (HSC) is a local non-profit organization that adopts and shares new, innovative approaches to community change. The summit will focus on Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement featuring hands-on workshops with National and Local experts. If you're an activist, volunteer, philanthropist, nonprofit organization or just someone who cares about Miami Dade, this is THE event you don't want to miss.

This totally Green gathering will bring together civic, community and grassroots leaders, emerging leaders from lower-income neighborhoods; community capacity builders from nonprofit, government, education and other sectors; and artists for social change to make a difference.

WHAT: Imagine Miami's Changemaker Summit
WHEN: Saturday, April 04, 2009 8:30 am - 5:30 pm (Eastern Time)
WHERE: Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus (Rm. 3210)
NE 4th St. between Biscayne Blvd. & NE 2 Ave.
Bldg. 3, 2nd Fl (Chapman Conference Center)
Miami, FL 33132

What You’ll Learn:
  • How to Start a Community Conversation
  • How Your Story Can Inspire Action
  • How to Tackle a Community Challenge By Building On What Works
  • How Local Groups Turned Their Passion Into Action
You can register for the event here. For more information, please call (305) 576-5001 ext 45, or email: corinnam@imaginemiami.org. The cost for the summit is $45 in advance or $60 at the door. Space is limited so register now to reserve your space.

I've already purchased my ticket. If you're interested in attending the event and would like to meet there, please let me know by leaving a comment on this post. I'd love to connect with you.

Until next time, stay safe! And don't forget to Subscribe to my feed to ensure you don’t miss any news or updates.
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Thank You Miami New Times!

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Miami New Times for including our blog, Justice for Lilly Aramburo on their local blog links. We are very grateful to the Miami New Times Blog for linking to us! Another reason we love the Miami New Times. First, Francisco Alvarado writes the only article ever printed about Lilly, a cover story published last September and now this. It's a very big deal and I'm extremely humbled.

If you use Twitter, please be sure to follow the Miami New Times.

By the way, let's keep our fingers crossed for a follow-up article on Lilly Aramburo's disappearance. Feel free to help make it happen by contacting the Miami New Times directly.

Missing Person: Lilly Aramburo  Missing from: Miami, FL

As always, we appreciate the ongoing support we have received from everyone. Please continue to spread the word about Lilly's disappearance. And help us bring her home!


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The Search for Missing UF Student Tiffany Sessions

February 9, 1989, 20 year old University of Florida student, Tiffany Sessions told her roommate she was going for a jog and never returned. That was the last time anyone ever saw Tiffany. This week marked the 20th year anniversary of Tiffany's disappearance from Gainesville, Florida.
tiffanysessionsposter

Earlier this week, Alachua County Sheriff's Office announced new leads in the case. Tiffany's father, Patrick Sessions, a Miami resident and dedicated missing children advocate told the Miami Herald he does not expect to find Tiffany alive. He just wants closure.

The Sessions Family launched the “Official Tiffany Sessions” Website, http://tiffanysessions.com/. Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip. It's also a resource for other families coping with the disappearance of a loved one.

The Sessions family is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the remains of Tiffany Sessions and the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her abduction. Anyone with information about Tiffany's disappearance should call Detective Bob Dean at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office at (352) 367-4161. Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest by calling Crime Stoppers at 372-STOP (7867). Anonymous tips can be left on the web site at http://www.alachuasheriff.org. Please help this family get closure.

One of the most devastating events that can happen to a family is the disappearance of a child. Can you imagine the agony this family has suffered for 20 long years? Think about it. Almost a lifetime of not knowing what happened to your child, your flesh and blood! The not knowing is simply torturous. If you know anything at all about Tiffany's disappearance, please come forward and help this family get the answers they've been waiting for.

In most likelihood, Tiffany is probably gone. Her family may never have the chance to see her smiling face and get to hold her in their arms again. But her name and memory lives on.

Last year, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 502, the “Jennifer Kesse and Tiffany Sessions Missing Persons Act.” Governor Charlie Crist signed the bill, which broadens the authority of FDLE’s Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse to provide assistance on investigations involving missing adults younger than 26 and missing adults age 26 and older who are suspected by law enforcement to be in danger.
"In addition, the Act requires that local law enforcement authorities transmit missing child and adult reports to the state and federal criminal databases within two hours of receiving the report. The local law enforcement agency investigating the case must also attempt to obtain a DNA sample if the child or adult has been missing for more than 90 days. These DNA profiles will be analyzed and uploaded into the FBI’s National DNA Index System and continuously searched against unidentified human remains."
What a huge leap for missing persons in my hometown state of Florida! Just a year ago, if someone over 18 went missing, law enforcement could easily say the missing person has every right to disappear. The law didn't require police to do much. Having dealt with the disappearance of my friend, Lilly Aramburo, I can tell you that the Jennifer Kesse and Tiffany Sessions Missing Persons Act is of immense benefit to missing persons! And an ode to Tiffany.

Website: http://tiffanysessions.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/tiffanysessions

Additional links:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami-dade/story/894835.html
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/feb/09/091828/20-years-later-family-still-searching-tiffany-sess/

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Appeal to Miami Residents For Info in the Possible Homicide of Lilly Aramburo

In 6 months, it will mark the 2nd year anniversary since Lilly Aramburo was last seen by family and friends. The night was June 1, 2007, at approximately 2am. She walked out of her live-in boyfriend's condo after a heated argument and has never been seen alive since.
Lilly Aramburo Texas Equusearch Flyer
Lilly's family is asking the public for help. If you know anything at all or have information regarding the disappearance of Lucely "Lilly" Aramburo, Lilly's mother, family and friends urge you to contact Miami Dade Police at 305-418-7200 or Crime Stoppers at (305)471-8477. (You can get a cash reward of up to $1000!) It offers complete anonymity. Lilly may have walked to the bus stop or to the Metrorail Station which is very near to Dadeland Mall. She may have traveled to the Coconut Grove area.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO LILLY?
Justice for Missing mother Lilly Aramburo

MISSING Lilly Aramburo



Chances are you've probably never met Lilly but if you did, you would understand why we're so determined to find her. Lilly was a girl of peace, a young mother who loved her baby boy very much. She was a humble person and good friend who touched everyone she met with her beautiful smile. She had the energy of a small child. It is a shame that this had to happen. And that her disappearance has remained unnoticed, while the media arbitrarily picks and chooses who they find important.

She loved music, and although she loved rock, oldies were secretly her favorite songs. She loved to read and write in her journals, but refused to learn computers. She was a very simple girl, who shopped at vintage stores, and hardly ever wore much make up. The term earth girl, comes to mind when I think of her. And pixie, as well. People would often confuse her with being a teenager because she looked so damn young. Lily was tough as steel, both emotionally and physically. Once she fell off a 2nd story building at the University of Miami campus. She went to the hospital and walked out, took the brace off and kept going, because she had to be at work the next day.

When she was pregnant with her son (now 2 years old), she glowed. It was the most amazing time in her life. The loveliest I had ever seen her. Her skin looked a golden olive, and her almond shaped eyes, glistened. I could see life in her. And she was truly happy and hopeful, looking forward to the birth of her son.

I thought she would make it. She began taking prenatal yoga, went back to being a vegetarian, and was dedicated to meditating and praying a lot. We had no idea of what was to come. Almost 2 years later, and we're still awaiting answers. Every day Lilly's mother wakes up thinking about Lilly and what could have been. It must be so painful for her to raise her grandson, Lilly's 2 year old son, while praying for the day when Lilly is found and finally put to rest.

We have reason to believe Lilly is a victim of homicide but many questions remain unanswered. And that is why we're asking for your help.

We’re currently trying to piece together Lilly's last movements. Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should immediately contact Miami Dade Police at 305-418-7200 or Crime Stoppers at (305)471-8477.

If you feel compelled to help find Lilly Aramburo, there are many ways you can help. Please do so by doing one or more of the following:
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Join the Facebook Cause to Find Lilly Aramburo
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If you're in South Florida, print a flyer and post and share it as much you can.
If you're a blogger, join the MyBlogLog Justice in Miami Community

Lily's case has received very little media coverage. So far, the only article published about Lilly's disappearance was in the Miami New Times last September. As you can see, Nancy Grace was kind enough to feature a Case Alert about Lilly, as well. Can you help us get media coverage for Lilly? Contact Nancy Grace and ask her to investigate Lilly's possible homicide. We'd like Lilly to be featured on local media stations in Miami. Please let us know if you can help with this. Drop me a line or leave a comment on this post.

Lilly's family and friends are grateful for your prayers and continued support. Let's bring resolution to this grieving family.

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.
clipped from wbztv.com

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.

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.

Roses, Balloons and Prayers for Lilly Aramburo



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.
Amen

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.

Domestic Violence Awareness and Twitter


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
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TDD)
email: ndvh@ndvh.org

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!

Sometimes,
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.

and Sometimes,
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!

and sometimes,
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.

and sometimes,
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.

Missing mother Lilly Aramburo's Poster on Second Life - Thanks Project Jason!


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.

Boycott Miami!!


If you listened to War on Crime Radio tonight, you heard Levi suggesting a protest of Miami. I've included the show below, take a listen for yourself. Boycotting Miami is a great idea! If I lived outside of Miami, I'd be scared to visit here. Don't be fooled, Miami Dade Police are not like what you see on CSI:Miami or The First 48.

Lilly was a lifetime resident. She vanished June 1, 2007. Miami Dade Police have not properly investigated this case from the start. The case was assigned to a detective who was on vacation. No one did anything for months! The flyer was created over 2 months later. Police did not interview Christen Pacheco, her boyfriend and the last person to see Lilly alive, until many months after. The list goes on and on. Obstacle after obstacle. Up until the present moment, they are not cooperating or properly investigating the case. Just think about how they will treat a tourist!



This can happen to you or your loved one! Lilly's story is not special. People disappear from Miami every day. The problem comes in when police don't do their jobs and don't investigate. Civil servants (police) are paid by our tax dollars. There is no excuse for their disregard of human life! Miami Dade depends heavily on tourist dollars. Boycott my beautiful city and refuse to travel here until Miami Dade Police investigate Lilly's case. No one should have to endure the suffering that Lilly's family has had to endure. Is it a coincidence that the media in Miami rarely report on missing persons? I think not.

Help find Lilly. Boycott Miami. If boycotting is too big a task, then please please for the love of truth, make a phone call to to the US State Attorneys Office in Miami and politely ask them to investigate the possible homicide of Lilly Aramburo. It only takes a minute. The phone number for the State Attorney's Office in Miami is 305-961-9001. Also, please contact Attorney General Bill McCollum Office, the Contact Person is Sandi Copes at (850) 245-0150. If you'd like to contact Miami Dade Police, the detective's name is Aaron Mancha, his phone number is (305) 418-7245 and his email is amancha@mdpd.com.

Prayers for Our Missing Loved Ones

These prayers, I dedicate to all missing loved ones. May they be free of suffering.

Universal Love Aspiration

Through the working of Great Compassion in their hearts,
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness,
May all be free from sorrow and the causes of sorrow;
May all never be separated from the sacred happiness, which is sorrowless;
And may all live in equanimity, Without too much attachment and too much aversion; and live believing in the equality of all that lives

Buddha's Discourse on Good Will

May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The mean and the powerful,
The short and the long,
the subtle and the gross:
May all beings everywhere,
Seen and unseen,
Dwelling far off or nearby,
Being or waiting to become:
May all be filled with lasting joy.
Let no one deceive another,

Let no one anywhere despise another,
Let no one out of anger or resentment
Wish suffering on anyone at all.
Just as a mother with her own life
Protects her child, her only child, from harm,
So within yourself let grow
A boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.

Missing Mother, Lilly Aramburo - Son is Almost Two!

Lilly Aramburo Texas Equusearch FlyerImage by seoyogini via Flickr


Lilly Aramburo Texas Equusearch Flyer
Originally uploaded by seoyogini
Next month, Lilly's little boy turns two. This little boy is the spitting image of his mother. I wonder what it must be like for him, living without her.

Seems like just the other day, I got the phone call from David, his father, telling me Lilly was having the baby. I got ready as fast as I possibly could, jumped in my car and drove to from my apartment in Miami Beach to Hollywood to witness the baby's birth.

So much has changed since then. That precious newborn is a toddler now, exploring the world around him. Without his mom. And without his dad. That's "impermanence" for you.

And so it deeply saddens me to realize this child will grow up without both parents. But despite it all, he's always happy, very bright and full of life. His grandmother has given so much love and attention.

Can you please help find his mom?

Help spread the news of this missing mother from Miami. There are many ways to help.

Email me, if you're interested. Or leave a comment on the blog. And I'll get right back to you.

Happy Birthday, sweet baby! May you always be joyous & happy and free from suffering!
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