Family and friends are desperate to find missing 29-year-old Carrie Olson. Carrie was last seen on Dec. 28, 2013, just days before New Year’s Eve, at a local Iowa gas station.
On Sunday night loved ones held another candlelight vigil to help keep Carrie’s face and information in the public eye.
According to a page dedicated to the search for answers, the owner published this message, “Thank you to everyone at St. Paul’s School and Church for creating such a beautiful vigil for Carrie last night. Your thoughts, prayers and kind words are appreciated more than you will ever know.”
Reports indicate surveillance shows Carrie pumping gas at 7-11 at 38th Street and 18th Avenue in Rock Island.
According to WQAD, Carrie’s iPhone 5S cell phone pinged last at Milan’s Camden Park. Since then, there have been no updates on her whereabouts.
Carrie stands 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs about 180 pounds. She has sandy brown colored hair and green eyes.
If you know anything, please contact police: 563.326.7979
It’s a case in Springfield, MO that has broken the hearts of millions across the country, and over the weekend thousands gathered to remember a beautiful 10-year-old girl. Police say Hailey Owens was abducted only two blocks away from her home last week by a complete stranger and murdered within hours.
According to a police timeline, the unknown man at the time, who is now identified as middle school football coach, 45-year-old Craig Michael Wood, allegedly abducted Hailey around 4:48 p.m. on Feb. 18.
Within minutes police were on the scene of the abduction because witnesses say they saw a man with gray hair snatch Hailey off the street and throw her into his gold truck.
One neighbor, according to reports, even got in his vehicle and attempted to chase the truck down, but the suspect, believed to be Woods, got away.
Based on the information witnesses gave police, they were able to issue an Amber Alert quickly and that alert led authorities to Wood’s door. The truck allegedly used in the abduction was parked outside.
Project ALERT is a special group of local, state and federal officials who are retired and now give their time to the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to assist with cases.
The volunteers who donate their time and expertise have a variety of specialized investigative training and can give a helping hand to law enforcement agencies across the country to assist with missing children cases.
According to NCMEC, their elite Project ALERT team is assisting on a special case in Columbus, Ga. where the body of a female was found below Interstate 185. Investigators believe the victim was between the ages of 14 – 21 and had been dead at least 24 – 48 hours before she was found.
It’s been a mystery since Dec. 2005, but a forensic artist with NCMEC completed a composite sketch of the girl.
This case is one of many cases the team is helping with. NCMEC says members from their elite squad met with the Columbus Police Department to work on this case and to offer insight.
The suspect has been described as an older white male with a beard and balding. He was last seen on foot fleeing.
Ruthanne was transported to a local hospital, and the other victim, who has not been identified, is recovering from her injuries. Investigators are working with the surviving victim to collect more information on the killer.
The big question today is could Ruthanne’s case be linked to another murder in November 2013? Only one mile from where Ruthanne was murdered, another local man, 69-year-old transportation planner, Ronald Kirby was also killed in his home. His case is still unsolved.
Although there have been a lot of leads in the most current case, police will be out in the neighborhood on Tuesday handing out fliers. The FBI is also assisting.
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“Let Your Heart Rule” is a campaign to help educate teens on healthy relationships. The program launched earlier this year to tackle difficult issues in relationships and to help educate teens on what is acceptable when in love.
Through their efforts and LoveisRespect.org you can take relationship quizzes, ask questions and learn about receiving materials for your school to launch your own campaign.
Cyber safety for children is at the top of the FBI’s list. It’s such a priority that the FBI has launched the FBI-SOS Online Surfing webpage. The FBI says with the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there’s now a tool for teachers to learn how to educate their students about cyber safety.
Through the online system, schools that participate can compete against one another. In addition, each grade and each level will be instructed to complete exams. Those exams can only be completed by third through eighth graders, but it’s important to note — anyone, of any age can visit the site and play the games.
It’s important to note the FBI says they are not collecting any personal information from each child who signs up.
To learn more, log onto FBI.GOV.
It was late in the evening on January 19, when Amber Long and her mom were walking down North Front Street. All appeared to be okay around 10:35 p.m., that is, until police say two men approached the women. If you take a look at the video Philadelphia Police released, you can see the men attempting to grab the women’s bags.
During the incident, you can see one of the suspects grabbing Amber’s bag from her arm, and just as that happened, one shot was fired. Investigators believe the gunman shot Amber in the chest before fleeing.
According to a press release, authorities believe the suspects fled in a 4-door Chevy Impala. Amber was transported to the local hospital where she was pronounced dead. If you know anything about this disturbing murder, please contact the Philadelphia Police department.