Category Archives: Missing

Connecticut Woman Disappears; Family, Friends Desperately Searching

Certainly not a cold case but, seeing that it is right in my backyard…

Barb has a history with depression and was feeling depressed for about a week, rapidly getting worse. She was aggressively pursuing treatment. She saw her doctor on Friday, July 27 with her husband attending that appointment. He wanted to see her again on Monday, July 30th. Her husband drove to that appointment, and as was typical when dad was driving, mom did not take her wallet, keys, cell phone, etc. with her. They arrived about 15 minutes early and mom was concerned that her state had deteriorated and that she would be admitted to a hospital. She was afraid of going to the hospital. She waited in the waiting room, then at about 12:55 pm she handed her pills and glasses (everything she was carrying) to her husband and went to use the restroom, which was located in a shared hallway of the building where there was an exit door.

She can be seen on camera walking away, northbound on Highland Avenue, at 12:57 pm. After about 10 mins (just after 1:00 pm), her husband thought something might be wrong and asked that the office staff check on her. She was not in the bathroom and the key was found placed by the door exiting the building. We know, she told us, she did not want to go back to the hospital, she may have been suicidal, and we think that she saw an opportunity to get away and took it.

From there, we have no other confirmed sightings or interactions with Barb. We have scoured the buildings there and nearby with Waterbury Police and CT K-9 Search and Rescue Volunteer Organization on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Teams have scoured the area including the woods, word was out for neighbors to check back yards, sheds, other local hiding places. No trace has been found. We have had as many as 160 volunteers at a time organized and looking from Kennedy High School as well as so many more in their local communities. These groups include friends, family, church members, and complete strangers. We have searched all the local areas in great detail as well as searched many other areas that are familiar or hold value to Barb over the first days of this search. The Waterbury community has been outstanding searching their yards and neighborhoods – providing us direction and support, bringing by supplies, even letting us use their bathrooms. They have just been incredible as have others in surrounding communities where we continue our search. Flyers have been put up in many surrounding towns and volunteers continue to keep eyes open everywhere they go. We are so grateful for the help and the awareness!

We are in desperate need of some tip where there was direct interaction with Barb….a kind friend or stranger that has offered her a ride, food, money, shelter, or clothing or anything else. We ask that if you have had any contact with her in even a small way you quickly notify police at Waterbury PD – 203.574.6941 case no. 12-46416

UPDATE: Body Found in Louisiana–Strongly Believed to be Mickey Shunick

She was last seen May 19 on a surveillance video camera, riding her bike home like any other day. Today, police say they have found the body of 22-year-old Mickey Shunick.

Lafayette, LA – On the morning of August 7, 2012, investigators involved in the Mickey Shunick case received credible information as to the location of Mickey Shunick’s body. Investigators were directed to a section of property off of Louisiana Highway 10, near its intersection with Louisiana Highway 13, in Evangeline Parish. Upon going to the site, they discovered an area where a buried body was located. Working with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Lafayette Metro crime scene technicians began processing the scene with forensic experts from LSU. Read the rest of this entry

Hot Case: Missing Girl’s Bike Found

Mickey Shunick

After spending the evening with a friend, 21-year-old Mickey Shunick did something she’s done hundreds of times. Rode her bike home. This time, she didn’t make it and yesterday, just over a week since she was last seen, her bike was found beneath the Whiskey Bay Bridge in her hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana. Here are some pictures and some details from the site Find Mickey Now. Time is running out.

There is a $25,000 Reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of Mickey Shunick, no questions asked.  The reward is capped at this amount.

LAFAYETTE, LA: 21-year-old Mickey Shunick (pictured) was last seen at about 2:00 am (May 19) riding a black and gold Schwinn Cutter bicycle with glittery gold handlebars from a friend’s home in the Saint Streets area of Lafayette. She was riding back home to the area near Ambassador and Congress, but never made it home and hasn’t been seen since. She is 5’1″ tall, weighing about 115 pounds, has shoulder length curly blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a small tattoo of a bicycle on her right outer ankle and a nose ring on her left nostril. She was last seen wearing a pastel multicolored striped shirt, light wash denim skinny jeans, and silver ankle boots. She was also carrying a light brown leather backpack, a black and yellow Vera Bradley wallet, a black Verizon slider phone and a small pink container of pepper spray. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Lafayette Police at 337-291-8633 or email

Last known photo of Mickey. Detectives were able to identify a bicyclist believed to be Mickey Shunick travelling on Versailles Blvd and Saint Landry Street. At approximately 1:47AM the bicyclist is captured on Versallies Blvd travelling towards St. John Street. She then travelled on St. John Street and crossed over University Avenue, continuing west on St. Landry Street where she was captured on video at approximately 1:48PM. Investigators are seeking information regarding a white newer model four door pickup truck, which was captured on video after Mickey Shunick travelled on both streets. Anyone with information about the case of the pickup truck is encouraged to call the tips line at 337-291-8633 or Crime Stoppers at 337-232-TIPS.

A Sister’s Undying Love: Cassandra Cales on Stacy Peterson

Cassandra Cales (left) and missing sister Stacy Peterson.

Four and half years ago, Stacy Peterson made a late morning call to her family. That was the last anyone has heard from her. Despite extensive searches, no trace of her has been found. Her husband, Drew Peterson now resides in the Will County Adult Detention Center in Joliet, Ill. Not for anything to do with Stacy, however. He’s there awaiting trial for the murder of the wife before Stacy, Kathleen Savio. Two years ago, Stacy’s sister Cassandra Cales posted this on the family’s website:



We have given up hope in finding Stacy alive however we have never given up hope in bringing her home, putting her to her final resting place and fighting for the justice she deserves. 

There is still an ongoing investigation with the Illinois State Police District 5. I Cassandra Cales and other members of the family continue our own searches and investigations. Some of you may think that because our searches have not been made public, or because I don’t make public statements, that we are not actively moving forward. As I stated in the beginning I would not stop searching until I find  Stacy, I am and will continue to look for Stacy, following all leads until I bring her home.  

Shortly after Stacy’s disappearance, I got the chance to talk with Cassandra. Here, from 2007 is that story.

Cassandra Cales

She has become the public face of determination.  Her strength and devotion have rallied others for one common goal–to find her sister, Stacy Peterson.  Twenty-two year old Cassandra Cales lives each minute of every day working herself to exhaustion trying to find Stacy.  While she’s athletic and physically strong, her heart aches with a pain no one can comprehend.  Stacy and Cassandra were very close–constant companions whether in person or on the phone.  They were soul sisters to the core.  Now Cassandra feels the worst has happened.  Her sister, just a year older than her is gone and Drew Peterson, a rogue cop, a disgraceful cop human being and also Stacy’s husband is behind it.

News reports in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, Ill., show Cassandra trying hard to be strong.  Marching from the home of Drew Peterson’s former wife’s home, a wife who died under suspicious circumstances, to the home of Stacy, Cassandra stayed strong.  Cameras continued to roll when she broke down.  She didn’t want the world to see her tears.  But there they were.  The raw emotion of a sister on a mission.  A sister, everyone should be so lucky to have.

“She was so precious to me,” Cassandra said.  “He took her away from me and it’s tearing me up inside.”

Drew Peterson

That “he” is Drew Peterson.  As Cassandra cried, he would clown around in front of TV cameras joking about the weight he’s lost since Stacy left.   He’s considered a suspect in Stacy’s disappearance.  His previous wife’s death is now also being re-investigated.

“She’s the only one in the world I loved more than anything,” Cassandra told me.

Stacy and Cassandra were close throughout their lives.  “We were all we had when we were growing up.  We were best friends.  And after Tina passed away, we made a pact that no matter what, we’d be together.  Through thick and thin and always be there for each other.”  Tina Ryan died of cancer last year at just 30.

And they never strayed from that pact.  When Cassandra was in the hospital in her teens, Stacy would be with her everyday.  When Stacy married, they remained close.  “We’d talk several times a day by phone and see each other every other day or every couple of days.”  Stacy has two children two-year old Lacy and 4-year-old Anthony. She also adopted her husband’s two boys.  She doted on all the kids and would never leave them willingly.

That’s how Cassandra knew something was wrong October 28.  She filed a missing person’s report after not getting her daily phone call from Stacy.  Her husband claimed she’d run off to Jamaica with a boyfriend.  Nobody believed that.  Searches began and continue with Cassandra a big part of them.  So far, no leads.

Cassandra spends her days now printing fliers, searching and using the internet to get the word out about her sister.  And she spends a lot of time crying.  She can’t even see Stacy’s kids at the moment.  “I called to see if I could have them for Thanksgiving and over night and he said no.”  That’s pretty rough considering the kids look at her as their favorite “aunty.”

Last week, she posted a blog.  She called it “A Sister’s Love!” and no one could write it any better.  Here’s a portion of it.  The rest can be found on the Myspace page she created for Stacy.

I just wanted to tell you all that it really touches my heart to see you all sending me and my family your love and prayers. I know I’ve been doing my best to try and stay strong. But I truly believe it is you all that are lifting me up with your prayers and messages you send me. So let me tell you about my sister Stacy Ann Cales (I don’t consider her a Peterson) she was the most wonderful person you could ever meet. She could walk into a room with people she didn’t know and bring a smile to everyone’s  face. Granted I could do the same. Which is why we were so close, we did everything together, from the time we were lil taking baths together til just 2 1/2 weeks ago just hanging out and being there for each other. When one of us was down for whatever reason we would be there for each other. She would always call me a bunch a times a day just to see how my day was going and how I was feeling, and tell me how my lil nephew’s and niece were doing….When we would be in her Denali (SUV) with all the kids me and Stacy would sing all loud and goofy, to embarrass Thomas and Kristopher. They would laugh and giggle thinking we were crazy. But we just liked to have fun, and make others have a good time. Me and her were two pea’s in a pod, that I thought could never be split apart.  I have to say that this is the worst pain I’ve ever felt, I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. From this great tragedy comes great strength. I will not stop looking for my sister until she is found. She would have done the same thing for me. God lets everything happen for a reason, so all we can do is keep praying and let him guide us to her. It’s only a matter of time before we do find her. Thank you all for being here for me through these harsh times. It really means a lot.

“I look at her pictures everyday and tell her I love her,” Cassandra told me.  “And I tell her I won’t give up.”

On 30th anniversary of missing Alexander “Edwin” Shaw IV, sister promotes unclaimed 1983 North Carolina Governor’s reward money

North Carolina ( March 7, 2012)-  On March 16, thirty years will have passed since Alexander Edwin Shaw IV’s wrecked car was found slammed into  a pine tree near his home in Wagram , NC.   His disappearance generated an extensive land and Lumber River search by sixteen rescue units, and a National Guard and Ft. Brag army helicopter.  Search efforts continued for several days but no trace was found that week and none has been found in the thirty years that have passed.

His sister, Grace Shaw Abrams of Greenville, SC and mother Jane Blake Shaw of Chadbourn, NC are giving notice of unclaimed 1983 reward money.  The state of North Carolina still has $5000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the disappearance of Alexander Edwin Shaw IV, of Wagram, NC formerly of Chadbourn, NC.  According to Janie Pinkston Sutton, Special Agent in Charge, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Southeastern District, this reward will remain in effect until such time as information is received that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Mrs. Abrams said, “Our family is offering an additional $5000.00 making a total of $10,000.00 in reward money.”  Anyone having information concerning the case should contact Investigator Jonathan Edwards of Scotland County Sheriff’s Department or the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Southeastern District. Edwin Shaw’s missing person profile is located at  or­­­­­­­­­. NamUs provides a national centralized publicly accessible database for missing persons and the unidentified.  The database is available to law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners and the public.

Namus staff and advocates were recently in Elizabethtown, North Carolina conducting NamUs training for sixty law enforcement agencies from several North Carolina counties : Robeson, Cumberland, Moore , and Bladen to name a few on how to utilize the database to assist with missing persons cases.  In addition they gave missing person’s families an opportunity to establish a profile and provide family DNA samples to be compared against the unidentified bodies’ database.

“We hope the reminder of the unclaimed reward money on this anniversary will lead someone to contact the authorities.  Thanks to NamUs forgotten missing persons cases can be remembered.  Cold missing persons cases like my brother’s do matter to families- after all we are the ones left behind without resolution and every missing person has family somewhere.” says Mrs. Abrams.

In an effort to bring awareness to the NamUs web tool and her brother’s mystery missing story, Grace began a blog on his 53rd birthday January 23.

Kidnapped Girl’s Father: I Am Coming

Two weeks ago, Samantha Koenig was selling coffee in an Anchorage, Alaska hut common for the region. Surveillance tape shows someone breaking in, robbing the place and taking Samantha by force. She hasn’t been heard from since although some news reports indicate police are making “some progress.” Below is a message Samantha’s father has for whomever did this. Like James Koenig says, do the right thing. Read the rest of this entry

Support the Help Find the Missing Act (Billy’s Law)

From the Surviving Parents Coalition Facebook Page

As parents & families of children who were abducted, sexually assaulted, murdered, recovered or are still missing, the Surviving Parent Coalition is calling upon the United States Congress to pass H.R. 1300 S. 702 The Help Find The Missing Act (Billy’s Law).

We are passionate about funding for the National Missing and Unidentified Person System (NamUS). Many of the members of the Surviving Parent Coalition still have a missing child. NamUS gives hope to a searching family to bring their missing loved one home. We know that we represent thousands of families suffering for the loss of their child, brother, sister, mother or father and every single one of our loved ones matters. Read the rest of this entry

Girl Kidnapped From Work-Samantha Koenig

From her Facebook page:

Anchorage police say Samantha Koenig (18) was kidnapped at gunpoint from Common Grounds Espresso at 630 East Tudor Road in Anchorage at 8pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

Security footage shows a man, significantly taller than Samantha who is 5′ 5″ tall, wearing a dark hoodie and possibly a baseball cap, entering the shop then walking with Samantha towards Old Seward Highway. Police say all of the money was missing and have reason to believe Samantha was robbed.

This case has been classified as an abduction based on Samantha’s demeanor and the man’s actions seen on the tape.

Samantha is 5′ 5″ tall weighing 140 pounds with brown hair and eyes.

Call in tips to Anchorage Police Department at (907) 786-8900 or Samantha’s father James at (907) 441-8370. Download Samantha’s flyer:


New TV Show Focuses on Missing African Americans-Jaliek Rainwalker on February 1

Jaliek Rainwalker shortly before he disappeared.

It’s been more than 4 years since Jaliek Rainwalker disappeared near Greenwich, New York. My other blog, covered his story but unfortunately it was hacked and those posts are now gone forever. A new TV show focusing on missing African American’s “Find our Missing” will feature his story on February 1 on TV One.

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Dawna Natzke Found Near Boyfriend’s Former Residence

While it’s not confirmed, the body found today in the forest just 5 miles from her home and 5 miles from where her burned out car was, the family of Dawna Natzke says it’s her. Police haven’t officially made the identification however they have let her family know of the find. She was found near a former residence of her boyfriend, Kevin Duck.  The family just set up a Facebook page called Justice for Dawna Natzke. Duck earlier claimed he went to bed after they both attended a Christmas party December 21. Dawna worked as a police dispatcher for the Hot Springs Village Police Department in Arkansas.  Duck said he thought she was at work when he woke up. Dawna wasn’t reported missing until December 23 by one of her children.