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.

https://www.facebook.com/datelinenbc


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

FIVE FAMILIES - ONE MISSION, JOINT AWARENESS VIGIL AT GOLDEN GATE PARK, A NOTE FROM THE SIDI FAMILY

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”
Weight:100lbs
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.

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

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Age, Race, Gender, Disability, Socioeconomic status play potential role in lack of resources and media coverage for missing persons










For Immediate Release
Monday, August 19, 2013

San Francisco – Sean Sidi vanished on May 21, 2013, near 150 Oak Street in San Francisco, CA. Frantic, Sean’s parents Claude Sidi and Lynn Ching, immediately called San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to make a missing person report. The Sidi’s were particularly concerned because Sean was recovering from emergency brain surgery after sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury in an accident several months earlier. According to a statement issued by Dr. Geoffrey Manley, Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital, “Sean’s medical condition puts him at significant risk of death, or of not making a meaningful recovery from his brain injury if not found quickly.” What the Sidi family did not realize is local and national resources to help them find their son are minimal. 


Kevin Collins missing February 10, 1984
It has been almost 30 years since Kevin Collins vanished from San Francisco on February 10, 1984. One of the first children to appear on a milk carton, Kevin’s case garnered national media attention.  

The missing, featured on a milk carton.

In the years following Kevin’s disappearance, there were many advances in the way law enforcement and media respond to missing child cases.  However, as the Sidi family found out, how much help you receive depends upon the age of your missing child and possibly even their gender. Unlike the disappearance of Kevin Collins, few missing persons ever become a household name.


As of August 1, 2013, there were 80,870 active missing person cases in the United States. The total number of active juvenile cases totals 40,671 missing children ages 0 - 17, and 11,025 active missing persons ages 18 - 21, with 29,174 active missing adults ages 22 - 99. Of the total number of active missing person cases 39,692 are missing males and the total number of individuals entered as disabled total 5,104.


In 1982, Congress enacted the Missing Children’s Act, requiring law enforcement to enter a missing child’s information into the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC). In 1984, President Ronald Reagan officially opened the doors of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to provide assistance to law enforcement and families of missing children up to age 17.


Suzanne’s Law, which passed in 2003, required that law enforcement enter any missing person between    18 - 21 years of age into NCIC.  In addition to NCIC entry, Suzanne’s Law enables law enforcement to register 18 - 21 year olds with the NCMEC and profiled on www.missingkids.com, along with making additional resources available.  However, despite the passage of Suzanne’s Law, many law enforcement agencies throughout the country are still unaware this law exists, and missing persons ages 18-21, are often not provided the services of NCMEC or properly entered into NCIC databases.


Sean was entered into National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS) and receiving services from NCMEC searching for their missing disabled son but discovered other resources to assist in the search are scarce. Experts say missing persons over the age of 18 still have minimal resources, and even less media attention, especially for missing young men.


Typically, Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts are not available for young adults who vanish – even if severely disabled. According to the official Amber Alert website, one of the criteria for issuing an emergency broadcast is the missing person must be under age 17. The California Highway Patrol - Silver Alert  website indicates the missing person must be 65 or older to issue a Silver Alert. Sean does not fit either requirement.


A family’s desperate efforts to find missing son transforms into national public awareness campaign

Sean Sidi, critically disabled missing person.
With the help of an army of volunteers, the Sidi family has conducted ground searches, held vigils, posted thousands of fliers, visited homeless shelters and food kitchens, and even traveled to the Montana Rainbow Gathering in an effort to find Sean. They have distributed a minimum 30,000 missing person fliers.


They have also conducted a very impressive social media campaign. The Sidi’s immediately created a website for their son at www.seansidi.com that has received over 80,000 unique site visits since May and 1,613,306 hits to their website. In addition, they created “Find Sean Sidi” Facebook page, along with utilizing Twitter and Pinterest, to get Sean’s information out to the public. Together, the social media sites are averaging 7,000 visitors per day.


The Sidi family post updates on activities, dates of vigils, personal notes to Sean from family and friends, and “Calls to Action” asking for help from the public to “share” and post fliers of Sean nationwide, hoping to generate the one lead that will bring Sean home safe. They even announced a $5,000 reward.


According to NOKR’s National Director for Missing Adults, Sean is considered an extremely “high risk” missing person case but even his critical medical condition does not garner the same media attention as other missing persons.


“Sean’s medical condition places him in a category of individuals with a disability who are at significant risk of injury or victimization if not found immediately - and with the public’s help, I believe we can find Sean,” says Kym L. Pasqualini. “I’ve spent twenty years in the field of missing persons and services to families of missing adults are minimal, but there also exists disproportionate media coverage and historically we have had more difficulty getting media coverage for missing adult males, and the same is true for missing persons of different races and socioeconomic status.” NBC news Damsels in Distress and TRU TV reports from 2004, reflect little has changed for families of missing adults.


Despite the challenges they have faced in their effort to find their missing son, Sean’s parents remain undeterred from continuing their aggressive public awareness campaign.


“We will never stop searching for Sean until he is found.  Despite the many advances in the way law enforcement and media respond to missing child cases, since Kevin Collins’ disappearance 30 years ago, there is a serious lack of resources available when an adult goes missing,” says Lynn Ching, Sean Sidi’s mother. “It has been very difficult to obtain government assistance in our search for Sean. There is an urgent need for stronger laws to ensure timely assistance in the search for missing adults, especially those with serious medical conditions.”


Please contact Lynn Ching at (415) 713-5913 for interviews. For general information and statistics about missing persons, you can reach Kym L. Pasqualini at (480) 466-0063 or kym.pasqualini@nokr.org.



About NOKR
Established in January 2004, The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a humanitarian non-profit 501c3 dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR is a 100% volunteer work force with volunteers in 87 countries. NOKR is a resource on more than 92% of all State websites, the American Red Cross, International Committee for the Red Cross, Homeland Security Disasterhelp.gov, USA.gov, Ready FEMA, and other federal agencies, as a critical resource for daily emergencies. NOKR is also an official partner of Microsoft HealthVault. For more information, please contact NOKR Deputy Director Gerry DiStefano at (803) 319-3017 or Kym L. Pasqualini at (480) 466-0063. Visit NOKR's website at www.nokr.org.

Justice for Bernadette Stevenson Caruso - What you can do to help!

 
Bernadette Stevenson Caruso, missing 27 years.

Bernadette Stevenson Caruso has been missing since September 27, 1986.

The 23-year-old was last seen leaving her place of employment at Shaw's Jewelry Store in the Eastpoint Mall, in northeastern Baltimore County, Maryland. A witness saw Bernadette get into her vehicle in the mall parking lot at approximately 5:05pm that afternoon.

Bernadette was in a child custody dispute of her 3-year-old daughter, and had also filed charges of domestic violence against her estranged husband, a Baltimore County police officer. She had been scheduled to appear in court within two weeks of her disappearance. 

Prior to her disappearance Bernadette had told a coworker that her estranged husband had called her and she was going to go see him to have a discussion.

Her gray/green 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier with MD license plate FYW-097 remains missing.


Call to Action

Missing 27 years, Bernadette deserves JUSTICE. Her family has only 6 weeks to gather signatures on the Justice for Bernadette Stevenson Caruso petition, and present it to the State Attorney by September 27, 2013, the anniversary date that marks 27 years Bernadette has been missing.

Bernadette was one of my missing persons cases while I served as CEO for the National Center for Missing Adults from 1994-2010. For additional information about Bernadette's case and the families efforts to find answers please visit http://www.bernadettestevensoncaruso.org/ 

I was signer #1008 and I urge everyone to spare a moment to ensure justice for this mother and sign the petition to show that every life is valuable and Bernadette has not been forgotten.

PLEASE SIGN & SHARE AS IF THIS WERE YOUR DAUGHTER/SISTER/MOTHER
It only takes a moment & would help this family immensely.

To make a difference and sign the petition please go visit GoPetition Justice for Bernadette Stevenson Caruso

Thank you so much!

Kym L. Pasqualini

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Teen Pleads for Return of Her Missing Brother








For Immediate Release:
Thursday, August 8, 2013

San Francisco - Sean Sidi vanished on May 21, 2013, near 150 Oak Street in San Francisco, CA. His family has been desperately searching for Sean who suffered a traumatic brain injury and underwent emergency brain surgery prior to his disappearance. His mysterious disappearance has baffled police and the Sidi family has conducted ground searches, held vigils, posted thousands of fliers, and traveled to surrounding states searching for the missing nineteen year old. Now, his fifteen-year-old sister Danielle Sidi, is pleading for her brother’s safe return.


As of July 31, 2013, there were 84,525 active missing person cases in the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Nationally, 5,601 missing persons were entered into NCIC as having a disability that places the missing person at significant risk.  California has one of the highest numbers of active missing persons, totaling 20,032 active missing person cases as of July 31, 2013.


Danielle Sidi with her older brother Sean Sidi
At a time when teens sometimes get a bad rap, Danielle Sidi is a young teen with a mission. Involved in various humanitarian projects, this young competitive soccer player, has volunteered at retirement homes, built houses with “Global Works” in Puerto Rico, served meals to the homeless, and scheduled to begin a yearlong volunteer position with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco. Danielle is a young girl who now has a mission that has hit home, finding her missing disabled brother.


Danielle Sidi and her brother Sean have always been close sharing laughs at home and sharing fun times while traveling with their parents. “I just want my brother home,” says Danielle Sidi. When asked what she would like to say to her missing brother, Danielle tearfully responded, “Sean, I miss you and need my big brother.”


Kym L. Pasqualini, NOKR National Director for Missing Adults and 20-year expert in the field of missing persons, is working with the Sidi family. “We often do not realize the impact on children and teens when a sibling goes missing, as ambiguous loss is considered by medical experts to be one of the most traumatic of human experiences,” says Pasqualini. “Considering the emotional impact families experience when a child goes missing, I am in awe of Danielle’s strength and courage to ask national media for help finding her brother.”

The family remains very proactive in their search for Sean and post updates and messages to Sean on their website at www.seansidi.com. Danielle Sidi also set up a Facebook page for her brother at https://www.facebook.com/findseansidi. The sites are averaging 7,000 visitors per day.  

Please contact Lynn Ching and Danielle Sidi at 415.713.5913 for interviews.

For general information and statistics about missing persons, you can reach Kym L. Pasqualini at 480.466.0063 or by email at kym.pasqualini@nokr.org.

About NOKR
Established in January 2004, The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a humanitarian non-profit 501c3 dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR is a 100% volunteer work force with volunteers in 87 countries. NOKR is listed as a resource on more than 92% of all State websites, the American Red Cross, International Committee for the Red Cross, Homeland Security Disasterhelp.gov, USA.gov, Ready FEMA, and other federal agencies, as a critical resource for daily emergencies. NOKR is also an official partner of Microsoft HealthVault. For more information, please contact NOKR Deputy Director Gerry DiStefano at (803) 319-3017 or Kym L. Pasqualini at (480) 466-0063. Visit NOKR's website at www.nokr.org.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Paying it Forward for Sean Sidi

  • A note from Sean's Dad

    Hello supporters of FIND SEAN SIDI, We are starting a new phase of fundraising. We would like to
    raise funds to support further investigation, flyer production and bus and newspaper/online advertising. Our goal in this second phase of fundraising is to get Sean's missing person information on city buses, billboards and in newspapers.

     Please help us raise the additional dollars needed to support this. NOTE: Thank you to all the friends and family who have already supported us. Your friendship in this difficult time has kept us focused, perseverant, optimistic and grateful.

    Please go to http://www.donationto.com/searchforseansidi to help.

  • Claude Sidi
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    $5,000 Reward Offered by Family of Missing Person Sean Sidi


    Sean Sidi vanished on May 21, 2013 near 150 Oak Street in San Francisco, CA. With the help of an army of volunteers, the Sidi family has conducted ground searches, held vigils, posted thousands of fliers, and even traveled to the Montana Rainbow Gathering in an effort to find the missing nineteen year old. The Sean Sidi Facebook page is now averaging over 7,000 visitors per day. Hoping to generate the one lead that will bring Sean home safe, the family is announcing they are offering a $5,000.00 reward for anyone with information that leads to Sean’s safe return or the arrest and conviction of any person(s) responsible for his disappearance.

    For nearly two months since Sean’s disappearance, the Sidi family has enlisted the help of their community in a desperate effort to try to locate the missing young man who suffers from a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to a statement issued by Dr. Geoffrey Manley, Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital, “Sean’s medical condition puts him at significant risk of death, or of not making a meaningful recovery from his brain injury if not found quickly.” Sean underwent emergency brain surgery only months before he vanished.

    According to missing person experts, Sean is considered an extremely “high risk” missing person case. Kym L. Pasqualini has worked in the field of missing persons for twenty years as founder and former CEO of the National Center for Missing Adults. “Sean’s medical condition places him in a category of individuals with a disability who are at significant risk of injury or victimization if not found immediately,” says Pasqualini. “Every day Sean is missing creates more concern and urgency.”

    Sean’s mother Lynn Ching hopes offering the reward will be the incentive that someone needs to provide information about Sean Sidi’s whereabouts.

    The Sidi family has released a new missing person flier that includes the $5,000.00 reward and phone number for the San Francisco Police Department. The Sidi family is also asking for help of more volunteers to continue distributing and sharing Sean’s flier nationwide. The Reward flier can be downloaded and printed at http://www.seansidi.com/page/Missing-Flier.aspx or fliers can be mailed by contacting lynnkching@yahoo.com.

    Kym L. Pasqualini is founder and served as 17 years as CEO of the Nation’s Missing Children Organization & National Center for Missing Adults until 2010. Kym is an expert in the field of missing persons and continues to advocate for crime victims utilizing 20 years’ experience working with government officials, law enforcement, advocates, private investigators, and national media. Kym can be contcted at kympasqualini@gmail.com or 480.466.0063.