Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A sister's mission - Justice for Mikelle Biggs

Mikelle Biggs
Missing January 2, 1999
It has been 17-years since 11-year old Mikelle Biggs vanished from her Mesa neighborhood on January 2, 1999. Her disappearance sparked the largest search for a missing child in Arizona's history.

Mikelle would have turned 29-years old today. The day Mikelle vanished, her younger sister Kimber, now 26-years old, had been outside walking the family dog while Mikelle had been riding Kimber's bicycle. The girls had been waiting for the ice-cream truck and Kimber recalls becoming cold and going inside her home for only a few minutes.

In in interview on March 31, 2016 with Angela Schuster of Cronkite News, Kimber recalls the moment she discovered her sister was gone, "It's almost like a Twilight Zone kind of thing. It was gray and foggy, and all I saw was my bike in road."

Mikelle's disappearance has weighed heavy on Kimber's heart. Growing up, Kimber was trying to cope with Mikelle's disappearance and the impact it had on her family that no words can adequately describe.

While experiencing fear that is common to someone with a missing family member, Kimber was also plagued with guilt thinking it had been her fault her sister had been abducted - fellow students at her school had not made coping any easier, even asking Kimber why she had left her sister alone.

Reassurance Mikelle's disappearance was not her fault that she received from her parents Darien and Tracy Biggs had not really been understood by Kimber until years later.

The trauma and "suspended grief" associated with the disappearance of a loved one is not often understood. According to professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Pauline Boss, when a loved one is missing, the ambiguity is one of the worst traumas a family member can experience. "People suffering this kind of loss often blame themselves," says Dr. Boss. The majority of her work is to remind the family members that the situation is not their fault. Dr. Boss is also the author of Loss, Trauma and Resilience.

Mikelle with sister Kimber Biggs.
When Mikelle went missing, Kimber became the oldest child of her younger brother Nathan and little sister Lynelle While there is a an empty space in the Biggs family, Kimber takes her role as big sister very seriously, spending time with her younger siblings, as she knows the pain of losing her own big sister.

Even though it has taken years to process the trauma associated with the loss of her older sister, Kimber has grown into a remarkable young woman who now has a child of her own. She has also mustered every ounce of courage and strength, becoming the primary  - and very outspoken advocate for her sister, creating Justice for Mikelle Biggs and publicly speaking in news interviews to gain answers. Even Phoenix Police Department's Missing and Unidentified Unit and Arizona Missing and Unidentified Persons created by Det. Stuart Somershoe, reached out to Kimber to help with the first Arizona Missing Person's Day held October 24, 2015, at Arizona State University's West Campus.

Having known Kimber since she was a little girl, she is a young woman who epitomizes the word "strength" and needs the continued support of the community.

"Society is really rough on the families of the missing. They don't understand quite what to do, and unfortunately what people tend to do therefor is stay away, says Dr. Boss. "Please don't stay away from these families."

The greatest source of strength comes from the heart but also from an external support network. One of the greatest birthday gifts Mikelle could receive is the continued support of her little sister Kimber in her effort to find answers to ensure the Bigg's family receive the justice they are so deserved.

We can support Kimber's effort by sharing the Facebook site Justice for Mikelle Biggs 

Anyone who has information about the disappearance of Mikelle Biggs is asked to call Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

Justice or Mikelle Biggs Facebook link: (https://www.facebook.com/mikellebiggs/?fref=ts)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Please say their names . . .

I read 'Please Say Their Names' today on the Streeter Family Blog . . .

Please Say Their Names
Stacy McCall, Suzie Streeter and Sherrill Levitt

The time of concern is over. No longer are we asked how we are doing. Never are the names of our loved one mentioned to us. A curtain descends. The moment has passed. Lives slip from frequent recall. There are exceptions: close and compassionate friends, sensitive and loving family. Still look. Still ask. Still listen. Thank God for them. For most, the drama is over. The spotlight is off. Applause is silent. But for us the play will never end. The effects on us are timeless. What can be said, you ask? Please say “their names” to us.

Love does not die.

Their names are written on our lives. The sound of their voices replay within our minds. You may feel they are dead. We feel they are of the dead and still they live. They ghost-walk our souls, beckoning in future welcome. You say, “They were our loved one”; we say, ” They are”. Please say “their names” to us and say “their names” again.

It hurts to bury their memory in silence. What they were in flesh is no longer with us. What they are in spirit stirs within us always. They were of our past but they are part of our now. They are our hope for the future. Please understand we cannot forget. We would not if we could. We know that you cannot know, yesterday we were like you. Understand that we dwell in both flesh and spirit. We do not ask you to walk this road. The ascent is steep and the burden heavy. We walk it not by choice. We would rather walk it with them in the flesh, looking not to spirit worlds beyond. We are what we have to be. What we have lost, you cannot feel. What we have gained you may not see. Please say “their names” for they are alive.

We will meet them again, although in many ways we’ve never parted. Their spirits play light songs, appear in sunrises and sunsets. They are real and shadow, they were and they are. Please say “their names” to us and say “their names” again. They are our loved one and we love them as we always did. More each day.


~ Author Unknown

There are just no words but I do know know how important it is to their families they are not forgotten. Sending much love and HOPE to the families of Stacy McCall, Suzie Streeter and her mother Sherrill Levitt (Springfield Three) who vanished June 7, 1992 from Springfield, MO. Someone knows . . . this is a reminder to them that it is not too late to come forward and the only 'right' thing to do.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Advocate Flashback with USA Network (The 4400 Show)

Flashback to about 2005. USA Network and the show '4400' PSA in partnership with my former agency Nation's Missing Children Organization & National Center for Missing Adults. A personal reminder that I was born to advocate BIGTIME!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Olivia Newton John's missing boyfriend reportedly found alive! Tell me what you think.

Good news? Finding someone alive always is the "best news" but there are other things we should also take into consideration with this particular kind of missing person case.

missing person caseA decade ago, I handled the missing person case of Patrick McDermott, Olivia Newton John's boyfriend. Daily Mail and MSN.com reports McDermott is reportedly alive and well living in Mexico. Hearing the new, I am sure it was nothing short of a miracle for his family and friends.

Originally reported on Dateline in 2010, the source appears very credible. Texas private investigator Philip Klein wrote a book in 2012 that detailed his investigation, Lost at Sea: The Hunt for Patrick McDermott. where he details his communications with McDermott and McDermott's legal counsel.

I have always waited until absolute confirmation from the FBI or investigating law enforcement agency before making comment. However, if it is true that he is in fact safe and sound and has requested his privacy, I do have something to say about that! 

Most might think that someone intentionally going missing for such a long period of time might be common, it is not. While I am grateful to hear such good news, I also have a problem. First, a case like this lessens the urgency and public concern for other missing person cases that "depend" upon ongoing dissemination of information. An individual selfishly vanishing without notifying friends and family only perpetuates the assumption that everyone that goes missing has left on their own, and n"no worries" because they are safe and sound. 

His family, his child, and his friends have suffered nearly eleven years of trauma "not knowing" if he was alive or deceased, reportedly even wondering if he committed suicide. In addition, immediately following his supposed fall overboard, law enforcement and the Coast Guard dedicated an enormous amount of investigative resources and search efforts . . .even my former agency provided assistance. We averaged 100 calls per day from law enforcement and families reporting new missing person cases throughout the country.

If Patrick McDermott is indeed okay, then welcome home buddy but in my opinion, you owe many a sincere apology because the resources that were expended on the search for you (while you were drinking Margaritas in Mexico), could have been used for someone who really needed help. One more thing . . . you should be required to fully refund the Coast Guard and investigating law enforcement agency. Just my opinion.

I would love to know your opinion. Do you think Patrick McDermott should "man up" and publicly apologize? Reimburse the extensive search and rescue efforts? Or both?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Someone Knows - The murder of Gabrielle Di Stefano

On August 15, 1982, 14-year-old Gabrielle Di Stefano had vanished but she was not reported missing to law enforcement until August 25th.

On September 15, 1982, a badly decomposed body was found in an open field in the area of 2000 North 600 West in Harrisville, UT. The area had been under construction at that time and the body was identified as Gabrielle. She was located in a trench, wrapped in yellow plastic. Her death was caused by a gunshot to the head.

Law Enforcement Contact: Weber County (UT) Sheriff's Office (801) 778-6999.

It is never too late to exercise your moral duty.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A year of learning after Stroke

Out of darkness comes light. I believe that on every level of my being. It has been nearly a year since I survived stroke. For me, this last year has been about learning . . . learning how to slow down and appreciate all the "little things" a little more each day, improving my faith, strengthening my courage so my inner light can continue to shine. I do sincerely and deeply appreciate the patience and encouragement of my children and those who love me.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Women Missing and Murdered - Online Dating and Personal Safety

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Gary Giordano, questioned in
the disappearance of Robyn Gardiner.
Photo Courtesy of National Inquirer

"It has been ten years since the New York Times declared it is socially acceptable to meet your date on the Internet," wrote Ann Friedman in a 2013 article titled "Perils of Online Dating." According to Friedman, one-third of America’s 90 million singles have used online dating services. While some find love, get married, and live happily ever after, some have met with tragedy.

While some find love, get married, and live happily ever after, some have met with tragedy.

See Kym Pasqualini's article about the dangers of online dating.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Arizona Physician Inspires Heart Health

I am unabashedly promoting North Mountain Cardio Health & Fitness and for a very personal reason.

I recently went to my regular physician who informed me, my Triglycerides were over 900. Yes, I did say OVER 900 and considering "borderline high" Triglycerides are anything over 150, . . . I was shocked and in fear considering I have lost many in my family to heart disease.

Dr. John Sutherland and his team  at 
North Mountain Cardio Health & Fitness 
inspire health with new integrated approach to treating
 cardiovascular disease and promoting heart health.
Partly dealing with genetics, I know the key to my longevity is in my own hands and know the importance of feeling I have options and guidance in my pursuit of heart health.

I met with Dr. John Sutherland, a cardiologist, at his beautiful new medical and fitness center and I felt like I had walked into a spa. As I sat with Dr. Sutherland, I could not help but to be incredibly impressed by his expertise but I was moved by his unwavering dedication to helping others - to saving lives. His humor was also more than uplifting.

One MUST meet Dr. Sutherland. He has a heart and unlike some physicians who inform you of  "life and death" health conditions, in a monotone voice, looking at the floor with grim face, while handing you a prescription on your way out the office door. The entire experience leaving my regular doctor's office made me wonder why I would procrastinate planning for my own funeral! I was in fear.

After visiting the North Mountain Cardio Health & Fitness Center and meeting the team of expert clinicians, I felt hope. I learned of the many options I have and a team of dedicated professionals who provide support and guidance in my "healthy heart" pursuit.

Instead of living like I was dying, as I walked down the hall following Dr. Sutherland, talking and chuckling about his new YouTube video about "Fat Rats" and I had a  "huge" smile on my face. No, Dr. Sutherland is no "Tin Man" and I felt like I was skipping down the Yellow Brick Road!

Getting healthy does not have to be intimidating! I urge you to visit www.northmountaincardio.com and drop by!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Three Women Missing in Missouri

After Two Decades, Three Missouri Women Remain Missing

Best friends Stacy McCall and Suzie Streeter
 missing June 7, 1992, from Springfield, MO. 
On June 7, 1992, Stacy McCall, Suzanne ‘Suzie’ Streeter, and Suzie's mother Sherrill Levitt vanished from Levitt’s home in an area of the 1700 block of E. Delmar Street in Springfield, Missouri. The three women’s disappearances have haunted the families and remained a mystery for two decades.

Sherrill Williams-Levitt would have turned 47 years old on November 1, following her disappearance. Her daughter, Suzie had just turned 19 years old on March 9, prior to her disappearance. Stacy McCall had just turned 18 on April 23, 1992. All have been missing 20 years.

Stacy and Suzie had just graduated from Kickapoo High School on Saturday, June 6, 1992. The two young women had been at a graduation party at another friend’s home at approximately 2:00am on June 7. Initially the pair had planned to spend the night at a hotel, then at a friend’s home in Battlefield but left because the house was crowded with out of town guests. They departed in their own separate vehicles and headed to Suzie’s home to spend the night with her mother Sherrill. It is believed the two young women arrived at Sherrill’s home at approximately 2:15am and had planned to go to White Water Amusement Park the following afternoon. After Suzie and Stacy arrived at the residence, the trail follows twists and turns into darkness of the unknown.

Sherrill Levitt, Suzie Streer's mother, also
missing June 7, 1992 from Springfield, MO. 
The last contact Sherrill had with anyone was at approximately 11:15pm on the evening of June 6, 1992, when she had talked to a friend about refinishing and painting a dresser. Sherrill had been a single mother, described as being very close to her daughter and a successful hairdresser at a local salon.

The following afternoon, friends went to Sherrill’s home to meet Suzie and Stacy as planned, then head to the amusement park but no one answered the door. The friends observed the women’s vehicles parked in the driveway and noticed the porch light still illuminated but the glass globe covering the bulb had been broken and there was shattered glass on the front porch. The friends cleaned up the glass on the porch and proceeded to enter the home through the unlocked front door, not realizing they were entering a crime scene.

At first, friends thought maybe the women had gone for a walk. Later that day when the three women failed to arrive back at the home, a friend called Stacy’s mother, Janis McCall. Janis had not known Stacy had spent the night at Suzie’s home thinking she would be staying in Battlefield overnight. Stacy had last talked to her mother the night before when she called at about 10:30pm on June 6, informing Janis she would be staying in Battlefield. After receiving the call from one of the girl's friends that had been to the home, Stacy’s mother went to Sherrill’s home and later called police to report the three missing.

Stacy and Suzie's vehicles still parked outside.
When investigators arrived, they did not observe any sign of foul play or a struggle within the home. In fact, all of the women’s personal belongings including keys, makeup, purses, and clothing, were still inside the residence. The family dog, a Yorkie named Cinnamon, was anxiously running around inside the home and police noted the blinds inside the home were apart as if someone had been peeking through looking outside during the night. It appeared Sherrill had been in bed watching television, her glasses, and book on the nightstand, and cigarettes along with her lighter still in the home. Aside from the shattered globe on the porch, the glass discarded before it was determined it could have been a key piece of evidence, no additional evidence was found at the home that indicated foul play. Several searches of the surrounding area turned up nothing. It seemed like the three women had simply vaporized.

Following the women’s disappearances, police followed up on leads, interviewed individuals who had attended the party the previous evening, as well as relatives, friends, even boyfriends. One witness reported seeing a green Dodge van in the area but police were unable to identify the vehicle or owner. Several callers provided tips indicating the women may be buried at a local hospital parking structure prior to a concrete pour. Even Suzie’s older brother, Bart Streeter, has remained on the list of suspects.

The story appeared on several national TV shows including Unsolved Mysteries, 48 Hours and America’s Most Wanted (AMW). A male tipster called into AMW on New Year’s Eve in 1993 but disconnected when the operator attempted to patch the call through to Springfield Police Department. Investigators believe the individual had intimate knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the three women’s disappearance.

Early on, Robert Craig Cox was a person of interest in the case. Cox had served time in Florida on death row for the murder of 19-year-old Sharon Zellers. The Florida Supreme Court later over-turned the conviction due to insufficient evidence tying him to the scene. Cox was arrested again in California for a kidnapping that had occurred in 1985. After his release, Cox returned to his hometown of Springfield, Missouri after serving time in connection to the kidnapping. Janis McCall told news reporters she had knowledge Cox had been working on underground cable near Sherrill’s home at the time of the three women’s disappearances.

Leaving Missouri, Cox travelled to Texas where police interrogated him about a kidnapping in Plano, Texas. Eventually, Cox was arrested in Texas and sentenced to a Texas prison for aggravated robbery. While incarcerated in Texas, Cox told a grand jury in 1994, he had been with his girlfriend the evening the women disappeared. Despite the girlfriend later coming forward and recanting her initial story, corroborating Cox’s claims in 1995, the grand jury disbands in January 1995. Later Robert Keyes, a Springfield New Leader reporter claims Cox told him he knew the women were murdered, buried in Springfield and would never be found. Cox remains in prison and not eligible for release until 2025.An estimated 5,200 leads later – nothing.

Former Springfield Sergeant Mark Webb who now serves as Chief of the Marionville Police Department told Kathee Baird, a crime reporter at the Ozark Sentinel brought to light what some feel could be the key to solving the case.

In 2002, law enforcement received a tip that led back to the unidentified green van spotted in the area of Levitt’s home the evening the women vanished. The caller indicated two men who had been working for a local concrete company at the time the women disappeared drove a green van. The caller told police the two men buried the women’s bodies on a farm in Webster County. After a two-week search of the property, items found at the scene and results of the search warrant were sealed.

Kathee Baird, a local crime reporter, took personal interest in the case and began an independent investigation that led her to a parking garage at Cox South Hospital that had been under construction in 1992. The hospital is only five minutes from Suzi and Sherrill’s home. Marionville Police Chief Mark Webb confirmed during his time as lead investigator at Springfield Police tips were in fact received early on directing them to the hospital-parking garage but not thought to be credible.

Baird contacted Rick Norland in 2006 and asked if he would assist by scouring the area with ground penetrating radar. Norland is an expert who assisted New York City authorities following the atrocities of September 11, 2001. Norland reported to AOL news he did in fact find three anomalies that are consistent with gravesites approximately 3 feet below the surface of the concrete. Norland recommended that a core sample be obtained from the area by drilling a hole to submerge a camera or device and positively determine what the anomalies are.

Despite Baird and Norland sharing findings and recommendations with police, a spokesperson for Springfield Police said it was not worth the thousands of dollars it would take to verify. Baird then offered to cover the cost to drill a core sample but the police spokesperson responded their own expert had concluded Norland’s findings were not credible. Experts in the field of ground penetration disagree with the police spokesperson and agree instead with Norland’s findings.

When asked if an independent team would be permitted to access the area to obtain a core sample, media relations at the hospital issued an email indicating this was an issue for the Springfield Police but would cooperate with the investigation.Even if the parking garage is not the final resting place of the three missing women, one must ask how the cost of coring an area of concrete could possibly be more of a concern that providing an answer to a family waiting 20 years for any information to end a nightmare most cannot even begin to comprehend.

Stacy’s mother, Janis McCall has never given up hope she will find her daughter alive. Like other parents who search for their missing child, giving up hope is not an option. Following her daughter’s disappearance, Janis founded One Missing Link, a nonprofit organization that helps other families search for their missing loved ones.

Recalling the last time she saw her daughter, Janis said, “The last thing I said to Stacy was that I love her, thank goodness!” Janis said Stacy said she loved them and promised to call later. After the graduation they had taken pictures and had asked Stacy if she wanted to eat her graduation cake but Stacy declined and said, “Don’t cut it until I get back tomorrow!”

When a loved one is missing, family members suffer incredible turmoil in the aftermath of the disappearance. They replay the last time they saw their loved one, what they could have said, what they should have said. Is their loved one suffering? Are they injured and in a hospital? Is someone keeping them? Do they need rescue? The mind takes on a life of its own constantly revisiting their last minutes of contact. Experts agree ambiguous loss is the most traumatic psychological experience a person can endure while existing in what seems a never-ending life of limbo.

In the meantime, this incredibly courageous mother with the strength of an entire lion pride continues searching for her beloved daughter. To Janis, if there is even a small chance her daughter Stacy McCall, Suzie Streeter and Sherrill Levitt are still alive, giving up is never an option.

Janis told Discovery ID, “If there is one tenth, one hundredth of one percent of a chance I can find her – I want that - I want to find her. I want her to know how very much she means to us.” One can look into this mother’s eyes and never fully comprehend what the last twenty years has been like.

When I asked Janis if there was anything she wished she would have said to Stacy the last night she saw her, Janis says, “I wish I had told her she couldn't go anywhere that night but that is a little unrealistic. If I had only known what I know now.”

About the Author: Kym L. Pasqualini is founder of the Nation’s Missing Children Organization in 1994, and the National Center for Missing Adults in 2000, and served as CEO until 2010. Kym is considered an expert in the field of missing persons and has spent 20 years working with government officials, law enforcement, advocates, private investigators, and national media.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Listen Up Everyone! Dateline NBC wants to hear from you!

At times, when a family is suffering significant trauma such as “not knowing” where a loved one is, we wonder what we can say or what we can do to ease some of that pain. Words are not always easy to come by when we see a family suffering in ways we could never really comprehend unless we are placed in the same circumstance.

Every family I have known throughout my twenty-years working in the field of missing persons ALL say, “This is a club no one wants to be a part of”.

Families of missing persons suffer ambiguous loss and according to a woman, who I consider a pioneer in her field, Dr. Pauline Boss has stated, “Ambiguous loss differs from ordinary loss in that there is no verification of death or no certainty that the person will come back or return to the way they used to be.” According to Boss, the trauma of ambiguous loss is the most severe of human experiences.

According to the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC), as of November 30, 2013, there are 84,135 active missing person cases in the United States. The numbers of active missing person cases are unimaginable. In California alone, there are currently 20,421 active missing persons and 20,421 families searching for answers.

It is not always easy to know what to say to a family desperately searching for someone they love. However, when called to action, when we let our united voices be heard on behalf of others, there is no better way to help these families maintain their strength to remain the loudest of the voices of those who remain missing. Here is our chance to help. ~ Written by Kym L. Pasqualini, founder and CEO of National Center for Missing Adults (1994-2010)

*IMPORTANT: Following is a letter from Lynn Ching, the courageous mother of Sean Sidi, a young man who has been missing from San Francisco since May 21, 2013. Sean suffered a life-threatening fall prior to his disappearance and diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). 

DATELINE NBC is soliciting stories about missing persons. Needless to say we would LOVE to get national coverage, about Sean (SIDI), ALL the young men missing from San Francisco, and the fact that young men are going missing from San Francisco at an alarming rate. 

YOU will greatly increase our chances of getting on DATELINE NBC, if you leave a comment AT THE DATELINE LINK BELOW about Sean SIDI and the situation in general. In your message, please refer to Sean’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/findseansidi as it references ALL the missing boys.


Four (4) boys missing in 2013 alone!!! Derrick SHAO, age 20 (Missing 11/2013, found deceased); Paulo NETTO, age 23 (Missing 10/2013); Sean SIDI, age 19 (Missing 5/2013), Crishtian HUGHES, age 20 (Missing 2/2013). Three others who vanished earlier, are still missing: Shawn DICKERSON, age 25 (Missing 12/2011); Cameron REMMER, age 31 (Missing October 2011) & Jackson MILLER, age 23 (Missing May 2010). 

The rate that our young men are vanishing from San Francisco is a (disturbing) COMMUNITY ISSUE. Please let Dateline NBC hear from you!

Thank you!
Lynn (Sean’s Mom)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Thank you for all of you who came to the Vigil yesterday to support the families of the missing boys from San Francisco ~ Crishtian Hughes, Shawn Dickerson, Cameron Remmer, Jackson Miller and our son Sean. It was heart breaking to hear the parents speak about their missing sons.

We need to keep the awareness of these missing boys alive ~ each of these boys deserve to be brought home safely to their families. As difficult as it continues to be each and every day for us, we must continue our search.

We certainly appreciate everyone's help. With your help, we have been able to expand our outreach of Sean's disappearance throughout several western states. Thank you.

The Sidi Family

For more information visit www.seansidi.com.

Joint Awareness Vigil for five missing young men from San Francisco The families of Sean Sidi, Cameron Remmer, Shawn Dickerson, Crishtian Hughes, and Jackson Miller joined together at Golden Gate Park on September 14, 2013, to raise awareness. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Family of fifth young man missing in San Francisco joins Joint Awareness Vigil at Golden Gate Park

Despite several searches by hundreds of people, and the distribution of over 30,000 missing person fliers, Sean Sidi has still not been located. The Sidi Family continues to move forward in hopes of finding their son. They have announced that they will be holding a “Joint Awareness Vigil” this coming Saturday, September 14th @ 2:00pm with 4 other families who also have sons missing from San Francisco. Come hear the families speak about their on-going search for their missing sons, and what – if anything – San Francisco Police is doing to help locate these young men.

WHAT: ‘Joint Awareness Vigil’ (attached is the flier)
WHERE: Golden Gate Park – Music Concourse (next to Academy of Science)
WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
WHY: The purpose of the Joint Awareness Vigil is to raise public awareness of the families’ desperate search to locate their sons, ALL of whom went missing in San Francisco: Sean Sidi (19 yrs old, missing May 21, 2013); Chrishtian Hughes (20 yrs old, missing February 7, 2013); Shawn Dickerson (age 24, missing December 2, 2011); Cameron Remmer (31 yrs old, missing October 6, 2011); Jackson Miller (23 yrs old, missing May 15, 2010).

Why are so many young men missing from San Francisco? What is San Francisco Police doing to help the families locate their sons? Do missing boys in San Francisco get less attention from law enforcement than missing girls?

According to Kym Pasqualini, Founder of the ‘National Center for Missing Adults, “These families have faced numerous barriers with San Francisco Police Department in their individual searches for their children, and their concern as to what exactly is being done by San Francisco Police, to find these young men is warranted.”

PARKING OPTIONS: 1) Street; 2) Music Concourse parking lot - enter Fulton & 10th / $5 per hour; 3) Event Parking behind Music Concourse - enter 9th/Lincoln or Fulton & 8th & drive to Music Concourse Dr ($ 8 /day). You will need to have a copy of Sean's Missing Flier to show that you are part of event.  4) Kezar Lot (on Stanyan)

For continued updates on Sean, you may visit either Facebook or the website http://www.facebook.com/findseansidi and http://www.seansidi.com/.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The disappearance of Christine Walters

Christine Walters vanished November 14, 2008, from Eureka, CA
Christine Walters mysteriously vanished on November 14, 2008, from Eureka, CA.

Prior to her disappearance, the 23-year-old was a junior at University of Wisconsin studying botany and ethnobotany, the scientific study of the relationships between people and plants. Christine has always been a free-spirit who practiced Yoga, and along with her course of study, the communities in northern California appealed to her love of spirituality and living green.

Christine had traveled to Oregon and northern California in the summer of 2008, keeping in regular contact with her family.

Christine's contact with her family then became more infrequent. On November 14th, Christine was found standing on a doorstep of a home on Tompkins Hill Road, approximately 20 miles south of Arcata in northern California. Completely nude, feet bloodied, Christine’s body was covered with brier scratches. Acting very disoriented, Christine begged the homeowner for help, saying she was being followed by someone. After notifying the police, Christine was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital to be treated for injuries. It was determined Christine was not using substances at the time, legitimizing her fear was more than the ramblings of a high hippie.

Confused and frightened, Christine had expressed to authorities and her family, she was in fear of someone who was following her, stating repeatedly, “They are going to find me wherever I go.” 

Once released from the hospital, police took Christine to Red Lion Inn on 4th Street, in Eureka where Christine was to make arrangements to fly home to Wisconsin to her family. Her father wired $1000.00 to her account that remains untouched. It is known Christine went to the copy center on November 14, 2008, to pick up documents her mother had faxed so she could replace her lost identification and immediately travel home. Video surveillance at the copy center indicates Christine looked paranoid while there, clutching her faxed documents close to her body as she left. That was the last time anyone saw Christine.

Christine was reported missing on November 17, 2008 after she failed to contact her parents and return home to Deerfield, WI. Following her disappearance, Christine’s backpack was found at Green Life Evolution Center in Arcata, and contained her money and identification that she had lost. It is believed Christine would often leave her backpack at the spiritual center while she walked in the beautiful Arcata Community Forest.

Following Christine’s disappearance, information gathered by Indiana private investigator Thomas Lauth,  indicates she may have participated in a “tea ceremony” with others in the Arcata Community Forest, substantiating this was the area Christine had been prior to showing up at the rural home on Tompkins Hill Road.

If anyone has information about Christine’s disappearance please call Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251. You may also visit www.findchristinewalters.com.

Christine Lindsey Walters
Christine Lindsey Walters
DOB: 08/08/85
Date Missing: 11/14//08
Missing From: Eureka, CA
Race: White
Height: 5’ 4”
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red
Identifying Marks: tattoo of small butterfly on lower front hip and large tattoo of a purple and green Iris flower on nape of neck/upper back. Left nostril pierced and ears double pierced.
Nicknames: Airy Star, Star Meadow, and Star

Friday, August 23, 2013

A video about Sean Sidi, who is much loved and missed by his family.

Video Produced By Sean's cousin, Rachel Jones. 

"Sean is loved and missed by many people, including a very large family in Hawaii (mom's family) and relatives in Europe (dad's family). From the time that he was 3 months old, Sean regularly visited with relatives in Hawaii and Europe, getting to know both sides of his family.  This video provides a glimpse of Sean, bonding with his family in Hawaii."  

 Please watch video.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Proudly wearing the Whistleblower Badge

Whistleblower Bradley Manning sentenced to 35yrs.
Photo courtesy Parick Semansky, AP 

The definition of a whistleblower is an individual who takes action to expose a wrongdoing within an organization in hopes of stopping it. A whistleblower is someone whose conscience and concern for those impacted by a wrongdoing, is more important than the ramifications they may personally suffer by exposing the information. Whistleblowers take personal risk to live according to their morals.

We have a choice in life; we either choose to live according to ethics and principals or we choose to brush some things under the carpet according to what benefits us, and live according to an agenda.

I was accused of whistleblowing after exposing Cleveland PD had removed kidnapping victim Michelle Knight from the FBI NCIC system only 15 months after her disappearance ten years ago and for the record, they removed her only 5 months after she vanished. Full Cleveland Plain Dealer article.

Michelle had fallen through the cracks and a decision I made because I felt if it could happen to one missing person, there were still over 85,000 others who it could happen to. As public servants we are accountable, and especially when lives are involved. The only way to improve is to acknowledge failures and take corrective action and the local, state and federal government have this obligation. As advocates, we have a responsibility to represent the victim, not pick and choose sides because it benefits our agenda. I will proudly wear the "Whistleblower" badge because I know I did the right thing . . . and we all should wonder what side of the fence my accusers stand.

Pvt. Bradley Manning also believes he did the right thing exposing our U.S. government's repeated human right's violations, negligence, and cover-ups of Afghan civilian deaths, corrupt officials, collusion with warlords, and a failing US/NATO war effort. Let's remember that violations of human rights apply to all humans. Using the threat to National Security is not a green card for the U.S. government to permit atrocities internationally or domestically.

Sentenced to 35 years in prison, this 25-year-old deserves the support of the people or - we can choose to support "war crimes" and brush Pvt. Manning under the carpet because we don't have the courage to live up to a moral obligation.

I choose to "Stand With Brad" and sign the petition to grant him clemency. What will you choose to do?

For more information about how you can help free Bradley Manning visit We Stand With Brad

Bradley Manning Support Network Advisory Board members:
  • Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink: Women for Peace
  • Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, board member for the National Whistleblower Center
  • Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistle blower
  • Kathleen Gilberd, co-chair of the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and activist
  • Robert Meeropol, executive director of the Rosenburg Fund for Children
  • Michael Moore, documentary filmmaker
  • Pete Perry, Veterans for Peace activist
  • Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network
  • Jose Vasquez, executive director of Iraq Veterans against the War
  • US Army Colonel Ann Wright (ret.), former US State Department official
Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee members:

  • Gerry Condon, national co-chair of the Veterans for Peace GI Resistance Working Group
  • Bob Meola, member of War Resisters League National Committee
  • Jeff Paterson, project director of Courage to Resist
  • Loraine Reitman, privacy advocate
  • Kevin Zeese, co-founder and executive director, Voters for Peace