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Central Florida CrimeLine follows the guidelines and directions set out by the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers. According to the Crime Stoppers website:

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1000 to anyone furnishing anonymous information that leads to the arrest of criminals, including those committing serious felony crimes, and fugitives.

Why do we need Crime Stoppers?

Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that “Someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime” and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:

  • Fear of REPRISAL
  • An attitude of APATHY
  • Reluctance to get INVOLVED
  • They don’t list the total award amounts available however they do list these U.S. program statistics which would suggest their average paid reward is approximately $150.

    Arrests Made 477,161
    Rewards Paid $71,270,655

    Central Florida CrimeLine program statistics would suggest their average paid reward is approximately $286.

    Central Florida CrimeLine program statistics

    Arrests Made 1141
    Reward Amounts $327,065

    There has been some debate concerning if a reward should be paid to meter reader Roy Kronk after finding Caylee Anthony’s skeletal remains. At issue is whether he called 911 or CrimeLine; apparently the caller has to call CrimeLine and receive a code number to be eligible. Though CrimeLine may not pay, he may receive a reward from a different source.

    Atty. may offer reward to Caylee tipster

    ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) — An Orange County meter reader may get his reward after all. Orlando Attorney Mark NeJame told FOX 35 that he is strongly considering giving Ray Kronk $5,000 as a reward for finding the body of missing toddler Caylee Anthony.

    NeJame said Kronk is a good guy and did a good thing. He added that without him, Caylee may have never been found.

    NeJame resigned as the attorney for Caylee’s grandparents George and Cindy. Crimeline offered a $5,000 reward for information, but they denied Kronk’s claim on the money because he called 911, and not the crimeline number.

    Update 01-12-09 Man Who Found Caylee Anthony’s Remains Previously Arrested for Kidnapping

    ORLANDO, FL — The man who found Caylee Anthony’s remains faced kidnapping charges in the 1990s. Roy Kronk was arrested for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend. He says he was falsely accused, and a grand jury agreed. They expunged all records relating to the arrest.

    Kronk was hired by Orange County Utilities on May 27th of 2008. According to the information he provided the county, he owned a bail bonds company and worked as a bounty hunter in Kingsport, Tennessee for almost 11 years, ending in 2004.

    Update 02-03-09: Man who found Caylee Anthony’s remains reassigned to new job

    ORANGE COUNTY, FL — The county meter reader who discovered Caylee Anthony’s remains began a new job on Monday.

    Roy Kronk’s attorney says his client will be out of the public eye, working in a warehouse doing inventory control. Kronk found himself in the national spotlight in December after he found Caylee’s remains in a wooded area not far from her home.

    Related Post: Some good deeds do go unrewarded

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    The alleged abduction in 2006 of Trenton Duckett in Leesburg, Fl. and the disappearance of Elian Majano from Irving, Tx. had a few people asking whether the parents should use Private Investigators or Detectives to help find them.

    The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) publication “When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide” offers some advice.

    Private Detectives

    If the immediate search is not successful, you may be tempted to try almost anything. Some parents turn to private detectives to aid in the search. Consider hiring a private detective or investigator only if you are convinced that he or she can do something better or different than what is being done by law enforcement. Be certain that you are not simply wasting money that could be spent more productively in another way. If you decide to use a private detective, the following tips can help:

     

    • Always ask for and check references to find out if the investigator is legitimate.
    • Be wary of people who say they can bring your child back immediately for a specific sum of money. If you run into this situation, report it to law enforcement.
    • Make sure you are paying a reasonable rate. Insist that the investigator itemize expenses.
    • Make sure the detective has experience working with law enforcement. Law enforcement must be notified immediately of any leads you receive from a private investigator.

    Inform your assigned law enforcement investigator about your decision to hire a private investigator. In most instances, this individual will need to talk to law enforcement before becoming involved in the case.

     

     

    At the Project Jason-Voice for the Missing site the topic was discussed earlier in April in a special guest post.

    What you should know if you are seriously considering hiring a private investigator.

    Considering a Private Investigator, Part I

    You have made the decision to hire a private investigator. What do you need to know?

    Considering a Private Investigator, Part II

    In the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, allegedly after disatisfaction with Portuguese Police, her parents too turned to others.

    The couple have sought help from Control Risks Group, a detective-style agency which employs ex-SAS members and former military personnel.

    The McCann’s later hired Metodo 3 to aid in their search efforts. The contract was not renewed after costing £50,000 a month. Eventually Oakley International was hired but their services were not renewed as they too were unable to find her according to Telegraph.co.uk. To date, Madeleine McCann has not been found but there have been numerous alleged sightings since her disappearance on May 3, 2006.

    US-based firm Oakley International was taken on by the Find Madeleine Fund earlier this year on a £500,000 six-month contract.
    The company was chosen by double-glazing tycoon Brian Kennedy, who has promised to back the McCanns financially to help solve the mystery of the disappearance of their daughter.
    Oakley was hired to monitor a telephone hotline, carry out detective work and review CCTV footage from around the world of possible sightings of the missing girl.

    But Mr Kennedy became concerned by the level of Oakley’s £43,500 ($74,155) expenses claim in the first month of the contract.

    The company’s contract was terminated at the end of August after Mr Kennedy had become concerned at its lack of results.

     

     

    As in the disappearances of missing Madeleine McCann, there is a private investigation firm tracking allegeded sightings that authorities are unable or unwilling to follow up on in the case if Caylee Anthony. In this case it is D&A Investigations, Inc  whose website suggests Access to Knowledge is a Right ©. Ironically, so is remaining silent when speaking with authorities. Their rates have not been disclosed nor who is paying for their services.

    D&A is a full service, professional investigative and litigation support firm located in Orlando, Florida. We provide services to law firms, corporations, individuals and insurance companies and are committed to providing the most discreet, and professional services available, including but not limited to:

    • Background Investigations
    • Construction Audits
    • Litigation Support
    • Surveillance
    • Counter Measures (TSCM)
    • Witness Interviews

    Finding missing children wasn’t previosly listed as one of their areas of expertise but their is a tab on the site for Caylee Marie Anthony displaying her missing poster.

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    On the Resources tab of this site you can find several charities and foundations that assist with efforts to find missing children. Most are registered 501(c)3 charities. That designation alone shouldn’t keep you from learning more about the charities you choose to support.

    Man Who Runs Kid Finders Gets Physical During Interview

    ORLANDO, Fla. — He’s been arrested twice, once for assault and once for impersonating a police officer, and he’s the man Caylee Anthony’s grandparents are trusting to help find their granddaughter.

    Dennis Milstead runs the so-called Kid Finders Network, but Eyewitness News uncovered serious problems with his criminal past and his not-for profit group, including the fact Kid Finders has never found anybody.

     

    Per their Guidestar listing:

    Year Founded: 2006
    Ruling Year: 2007
    Fiscal Year: Information not available
    Assets: $682 (from IRS BMF on Dec 2007)
    Income: $23,357 (from IRS BMF on Dec 2007)

    Chief Executive
    Mr. Dennis Milstead

    Chief Executive Profile
    He’s not only the President but the Founder and Chairman of the Board and is actively involved in the day to day operation of the organization.

    kidsfinder

    GuideStar’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.

    Note: BMF is a business master file

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    Michelle Bart, the new spokesperson for the Anthony family , runs Helping Heroes Inc., a public-relations. In a recent article, Renewed Effort Begins To Find Caylee Alive,  she had this to say.

    “George and Cindy Anthony are so driven to bring home every child. There is no handbook to teach you what to do in this situation when faced with this kind of devastation to a family, and they have been wonderful,” Kid Finders Network spokeswoman Michelle Bart said.

     

    There is however one that suggests what you should do when a child is missing. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) publication “When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide” offers some advice. Because Caylee wasn’t reported missing for five weeks, the first few chapters probably were of little value. Some of those offering input into the guide were:

    • Heather Cox and Marion Boburka, mother and grandmother respectively of Shelby Cox, who was found murdered on November 18, 1995.
    • Colleen Nick, mother of Morgan Nick, who has been missing since June 9, 1995. (view video)
    • Claudine and Don Ryce, parents of Jimmy Ryce, who was found murdered on December 9, 1995.
    • Patrick Sessions, father of Tiffany Sessions, who has been missing since
      February 9, 1989.
    • Patty Wetterling, mother of Jacob Wetterling, who has been missing since
      October 22, 1989.

    A quick glance at Helping Heroes site and you may come away with impression it may be one more opportunity to profit off of missing Caylee as there is no mention of finding missing children among their many services.

    It is difficult to argue with the basic premise of this editorial from the Orlando Sentinel. You could even add Morgan & Morgan to the list if you believe Todd Black, an Anthony’s law firm’s representative.
     

    We think: Profiting from Caylee Anthony’s disappearance is reprehensible
    November 14, 2008
    There’s a trail of dirty money in the case of a young girl who has disappeared and is presumed dead.

    It leads to a $6,500 check NBC paid to Larry Garrison for exclusive photos and home videos that feature 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, who’s been missing for more than four months.

    It includes a $9.95 access fee for a Web site on the case set up by Leonard Padilla, a California bounty hunter with an appetite for media attention.

    And there’s the appeal of spiked TV ratings for shows like Nancy Grace, which nightly replays videos of the Central Florida toddler ad nauseam, to the delight of infatuated viewers.

     
    Search the Orlando Sentinel site and there are at least 48 articles using the search term Caylee Anthony and 169 images. Search using Trenton Duckett and there is 1 article Wrongful-death suit against Nancy Grace by Melinda Duckett’s relatives is set for 2010

    There are 327 other missing children in Florida receiving no media coverage at all listed at the NCMEC. This doesn’t include the 300 missing children in the “care” of The Florida Department of Children and Families.

    Note:

    Helping Heroes Productions
    Politics, Entertainment, LGBT Happenings, and Life.

    It seems after one lone post on August 2nd Michelle’s blog posts were mostly political in nature until Oct. Perhaps she has been to busy to blog or is still on a coffee break.

    HELPING HEROES PRODUCTIONS – We’re on a coffee break

    Saturday, August 2, 2008
    Caylee Anthony: Help Bring Her Home!

    Tuesday, October 28, 2008
    National Missing Person’s Vigil this Sunday!

    August blog posts
    Stephanie Tubbs Jones: Meeting Adjourned
    Sarah Palin, a Shocker Decision
    Obama: Hope for CHANGE!
    Hillary Clinton: A Real Team Player!
    Ted Kennedy Rocks the DNC!
    Obama-Biden Ticket: A Reflection

    On December 14,2008 Michelle resigned as as a family spokes person for the Anthony’s citing medical reasons.

    Update 01-22-09:    ‘Indomitable spirit’ and missing children advocate
    Claudine Ryce, who helped pass an anti-predator law after her son’s abduction and killing, died unexpectedly at 66.

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    Received November 14th via email.

    For Immediate Release
    From the Desk of Tim Miller
    Founder/Director
    Texas EquuSearch

    It has come to my attention that donations, intended for Texas EquuSearch (TES), have been solicited on websites other than the official TES websites (www.texasequusearch.org and http://www.pleasefindcaylee.com) . These donations are being looked at and investigated at this time.
    This is in no way a vendetta against any person, company or organization. I am only concerned with protecting the integrity of the Texas EquuSearch organization and the many, many people who have supported our organization spiritually, emotionally and financially since our beginning.

    At this time, I feel that we have a problem with donations which were made on a website created by another organization. My concern is that all those who have donated through that website feel as though these monies went directly to TES. The many who donated did so from their heart, for the search for Caylee, and with the intent of the money being sent to a non-profit organization, with full tax donation benefits.

    Unfortunately, any donations that were directed to any account, other than Texas EquuSearch will not qualify for IRS tax deductions in accordance with rules associated with 501(c)3 organizations. Those donations were deposited into an account other than a Texas EquuSearch owned account and were never forwarded to TES. Because the account is not owned or registered to a 501(c)3 organization, monies contributed cannot be claimed on tax returns. This may become very confusing when donors begin filing their taxes.

    When people begin filing their tax returns, claiming donations which they believe went to Texas EquuSearch and which we never received, TES will be audited. We are asking for any and all donation receipts from any website or pay mechanism other than those on the TES websites noted above, be forwarded to me at tim.miller@texasequusearch.org so that we may attempt to eliminate any misunderstanding between us and our donors.

    Again, this is not a vendetta against anyone or any organization. Please stay focused on the mission at hand, which is ALL of our missing loved ones. Always remember, “Lost is Not Alone”.
    I am thanking you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

    Your friend,
    Tim Miller
    Founder/Director
    Texas EquuSearch

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    There are 2,741 posters of missing children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The posters typically include a photo accompanied by descriptive information and the circumstances surrounding the child’s disappearance. No sensitive information is posted such as social security numbers, address or medical information. So why would they be opposed to any on-line registry which would contain the same information but be used as a proactive measure should the child go missing?

    A quick visit to their site under FAQ: Child ID you will find this statement.

    Should the information be stored in a central database?
    No. Some child ID systems use online registration features. Only parents and guardians should store and have access to these items and/or test results of their child(ren). NCMEC does not support storage of these items or test results for the purpose of providing child identification by law enforcement, government, schools, or any commercial company or third party, either for profit or not-for-profit.

    However, even though companies such as the Child Alert Center have long advocated making this information available to parents and law enforcement on line, it appears it is a viable solution now that contributions or sponsorships are involved.

    Is a child’s information safe online?
    Yes, a child’s information is safe online with Family Trusted. There is no central database; rather, the information is stored in a “virtual vault.” Only parents, not Family Trusted, can unlock or access a child’s information by using a user ID and password. The ability to keep information secure and then have instant access to it in the case of a missing child is critical to search efforts when every second counts.

    The Child Alert Center Charities, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit provides families of active military personnel registrations for free.

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    According to the NCMEC, most abduction attempts occur after-school, between the hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.1  Almost half of non-family abduction attempts happen when a child is walking to or from school or a related school activity.2
    The overwhelming majority of abducted children are taken by someone they know; even among non-family abductions more than 46 percent of the children know their abductors3.

    So you have to wonder how a  5 year-old in El Paso, Tx. could not only mistakenly board the wrong Daycare bus but attend the daycare seemingly unnoticed while authorities searched for her.

    The district sent out a statement that reads:

    “The El Paso Independent School District is deeply concerned that a student mistakenly boarded a daycare bus. Every campus in the district has procedures to identify whether a parent or daycare is to pick up a student. We rely greatly on the communication between our parents and staff to ensure the process goes smoothly. We will continue to improve our communications with parents to ensure that a situation of this nature does not happen again.”

    The owner of the daycare when questioned why it took three hours to realize she didn’t attend there issued a different statement.

    No comment.

    In Kentucky, a 5 year-old was simply dropped at the wrong bus stop.

    Bus Stop Mishap Leaves Child’s Mother Furious

    A mother searched frantically for her five year old son after he didn’t return home on the school bus Wednesday.

    But that mother’s fear turned to outrage, after she says she learned the Woodford County School bus driver let her little boy off at the wrong stop

    It would be easy to dismiss these as isolated incidents or to take comfort in the fact the children were unharmed. However if the statistics are to be believed, then the outcome could have been much different.

    1National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Special Analysis Unit.  This data analysis was conducted on 1,746 attempted abductions tracked and confirmed with law enforcement from Feb. 1, 2005 through June 30, 2008.
    2National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Special Analysis Unit.
    3This statistic includes all non-family abduction cases intaked at NCMEC within the past two years. In many of these cases, the relationship of the abductor to the child was never reported to NCMEC; therefore it is likely that far more than 46 percent of the children knew their abductors – the data was simply not recorded.

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