Where would you turn?

Where would you turn if you had an adult relative go missing? Of course you would contact police. And they in turn may notify other police agencies. But what then?

Police will usually only come in contact with, or run the information for, people who have broken the law or turned up deceased. So what if your relative doesn’t break any laws, and is still living? Would you want a way to try to reach out to them, to show your concern- to try to locate them? A way to reach out to as many people as possible? The National Center for Missing Adults is accessible to the public, and is viewed by a lot of people all over the country. It increases the chances for an endangered adult to be found.

The National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) serves as a national repository of information accessible to the general public, advocacy groups, and law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners.

They have been in operation since 2000, and according to their site, they have the following purpose:

1) to establish and maintain a national clearinghouse for missing adults;
(2) to assist law enforcement and families in locating missing adults;
(3) to serve as a national repository of information accessible to the general public, advocacy groups, and law enforcement for the purpose of tracking missing adults who are determined by law enforcement to be endangered due to age, diminished mental capacity, or the circumstances of disappearance are suspicious, when foul play is suspected or circumstances are unknown;
(4) to maintain statistical information of adults reported as missing;

(5) to provide informational resources and referrals to families of missing adults;
(6) to assist in public notification and provide victim advocacy related to missing adults;
(7) to develop and deliver training to improve law enforcement response to missing adults and their families through training and promotion of best practices in service delivery
.

Like many other agencies, NCMA was heavily involved in reuniting families after Hurricaine Katrina. In doing so, it seriously depleted their funds, and they are in danger of being shut down.

Voice 4 the Missing  and From Whispers to Roars has a post up with more details and ways you can help.

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Smart use of that cell phone camera

Several witnesses called police and told them that about 7:15 pm on Wednesday, they had seen a man force a woman into a car, and hit her several times. And that is not all they told police. One of the witnesses had taken a picture of the car with their cell phone camera. With that infomation, police were able to use a computerized system to find an ID.

About 8:50 pm, a woman went up to police and told them that she had been trying to break up with her boyfriend. And that he had a knife, and threatened to kill her and her child. She told them that she escaped when he pulled over at a fast food restaurant and went inside for water leaving her in the car.

Police went to the restaurant and arrested Francisco Zuniga, 35, on suspicion of domestic violence, exhibiting a weapon and making criminal threats. Police say the woman was not seriously hurt.

http://www.insidebayarea.com/trivalleyherald/localnews/ci_4078251

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/15085568.htm

A lot of quick thinking there. Witnesses taking a picture of the car, would help police tremendously. And the woman gathering up to courage to escape the vehicle at her first opportunity, going straight to a police officer. Thankfully, they were all quick thinking, as this one could have ended tragically. And it is good to know that people did what they could to seek help for a complete stranger. Way to go people!

Mug Shot

George Henry Frazier III, 37, showed up at the home of his former girlfriends 23 year old daughter. She has told police that he assaulted her and raped her at knifepoint.

She has also told them that forced her to drive her car to an ATM machine and withdraws money, then forced her to drive to a gas station to get gas.

At the gas station, she managed to tell someone she had been kidnapped, and Frazier took off in her car. Police were called, and when they spotted Frazier driving the vehicle they attempted to stop him.

He took off leading police on a chase which ended in his crashing the car.

Frazier has been charged with rape, burglary, robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, theft by taking and fleeing and attempting to elude. Police say that Frazier was uncooperative after his arrest, which resulted in him sticking his tongue out for his mugshot.

http://www.wtvm.com/Global/story.asp?S=5179740&nav=8fap

http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=82279    (Picture of suspect and his tongue at link)

Not much here about the relationship, or how it affected the case. But you know it had to affect the mother.

He raped her daughter at knifepoint. He stole from her daughter. He wrecked her daughter’s car.

He is facing a whole laundry list of charges. And his response? He flees officers, he wrecks the car, and to show how he feels about what he is accused of doing? He sticks his tongue out for the mug shot. I hope the jury has a chance to see it.

“I made a mistake”

Toni Myers, 42, told her 11 year old daughter that she was going to walk down to her ex-boyfriend’s to pick up some of her things Saturday evening.

Friends say that Myers had recently broken up with Shane Geedy. The two had spent a lot of time together until recently. The two had been dating a while, and Geedy is the one who told Myers about a vacant townhouse in his neighborhood last fall. It was convenient then as it was just a few houses down from where Geedy lived. So Myers moved her family there.

Police say that Geedy told them he had been drinking all day when Toni showed up at his home to collect her belongings. The two went to the basement to talk, Geedy wanted a cigarette and he didn’t smoke in his home, only in the basement or outside. Toni was found in the basement, dead from one gunshot to the neck. The coroner says that the gun barrel was less than 3 inches from her neck when she was shot.  

After shooting her, police say that Geedy called a police officer he knew and asked him to meet with him. The two met, and Geedy told the officer that he shot Toni Myers, and gave him the gun. Court records say that Geedy confessed, but was not clear what the argument was about.

Friends say that Myers had been wanting to break up Geedy for a while. They say she had tried before, but Geedy scared her, telling her she would be sorry if did. And they say that Geedy did not want the breakup.

The 11 year old daughter saw police and ambulance’s at Geedy’s home that day. But she knew that Geedy had threatened to kill himself, so she thought that might be what happened. Family says there were no signs of abuse in the relationship. But they became concerned when Toni went to a family party recently without Geedy, and while she was there- Geedy called her 20 times.

Allegedly Geedy had been in relationships before. Since the shooting, another woman has stepped forward. The two had been engaged. They had dated from 1995 until 1999. But when she broke it off, she says that he had stalked her, he had called her constantly and threatened suicide.

She says she was at work when a friend called and told her that Geedy had broken into her home with a loaded gun, and was waiting on her. She called police and they found Geedy in her driveway. He had spent the night in her darkened home, waiting for her. In Feb. 2000 she filed for a protection from abuse order. It is alleged that Geedy had been stalking her since they broke up in December 1999.  Court documents on the protection from abuse order say that Geedy was arrested at the time. But the court records have been expunged, there is no record left to determine the disposition of the case. All that is left is the anecdotal reference and the protection from abuse order.

Shane Geedy has been arrested and is charged with criminal homicide. Charges are being debated on whether to charge him with 1 st degree or 3 rd degree murder.

Toni Myers was the mother of three children, ages 11,14, and 17. Geedy himself has two children, ages 11 and 14.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/base/news/115310404973550.xml&coll=1

http://www.pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1153186829179380.xml&coll=1

http://www.pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/base/news/115336242056500.xml&coll=1

http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2006/07/19/news/news12.txt

The legal wrangling on this case has already begun. More detail about that can be found in the last article. No one is disputing that Geedy killed Toni Myers. The wrangling at present is over what degree of charges should be levied against him.

Toni Myers had three young children. She had an extended family. She had friends and co workers. All have lost. From what is being said about her, she was a good mother and a good friend. And all feel tremendous pain and loss.

Geedy has 2 young children. Likely, if they know, they are pretty confused right now. If adults cannot understand how this could happen, how could children be expected to understand.

Geedy allegedly told the officer he called “I made a mistake”. But apparently this wasn’t the first time he made this mistake. Just the first time he was able to carry it through. The way he handled breakups with both girlfriend’s seemed to follow a similiar pattern. A pattern that seems very common in domestic violence situations.

Would it have worked if Myers had gotten a protective order? Maybe, maybe not. Just because it worked once, doesn’t mean it would work the second time. Her only protection might have been a safety plan.

Everyone wants to know

Have you ever wondered about what goes through the thoughts of a man who is about to kill his family? Crime Scene Blog has some posts on David Crespi, the man who admitted to killing his 5 year old twin daughters. Police talked to him about the questions that everyone wants to know and Crime Scene Blog has posted the questions and the answers.

BTW, Crespi admitted that killing his children did not make it better. It just gave him more and bigger problems.