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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:


Body Found During Search for Dawna Natzke

From the Help Find Dawna Natzke Facebook page:

‎12/31/2011: A body has been found by volunteer searchers in the Ouachita National Forest. The Hot Springs Village Police have confirmed that a body has been found during a search involving over three hundred volunteers this morning. Investigators say it is too early in the investigation to confirm the identity. 350 volunteers and the Red Cross met at Jessieville High School at 8 am to search for clues in the disappearance of Dawna Natzke. Around 9 am, a body was found south of Highway 298.

Mom of 3 Missing in Arkansas–Dawna Natzke

It seems not a day goes by when someone doesn’t go missing in this country. Makes you wonder. Dawna Natzke was watching TV the night of December 21 according to her boyfriend. He went to bed at 11 p.m. and when he woke up, she was gone. Because she works as a police dispatcher in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, he thought she had gone to work. No one knew she was missing for 2 days. Her son reported her missing December 23 and the next day, her car was found completely burned out in a remote section of a forest. So far, no sightings and no reported suspects.


Police Squelch Rumors: Ayla Reynolds Has Not Been Found

Ayla Reynolds, the 20-month old girl who has been missing since December 16 has not been found according to a post on the Waterville, Maine Facebook page. Earlier in the day rumors that she had been found dead and rumors that she had been found alive circulated around the internet. Not true and the search continues.

This afternoon, rumors have run rampant regarding the status of this case. Please understand that at this hour, Ayla has not been located. Investigators are working harder than ever on this case, and we will release information as it becomes available and appropriate. We fully understand the emotion and attention that Ayla’s disappearance has caused. Please stay with us as we move forward, and please share this with your friends to help get the word out.

Aisha Khan, Missing Student in Kansas Found Safe: Was Not Abducted

Aisha Khan found safe

Something seemed strange about this from the beginning. Aisha Khan, a 19-year old student leaves phone messages to her sister saying a drunk man was bothering her and she slapped him after he tried to kiss her…she disappears in broad daylight in the midst of a crowded college campus and no one sees anything unusual…her voice during this “traumatic event” is calm and sounds almost scripted…yet police had to dedicate resources in case something terrible had happened. It didn’t. This was a planned “disappearance” for whatever reason. Facebook pages in her honor are still up, but I imagine they will be yanked soon. And people wonder why  police can be skeptical when an adult is reported missing especially after just a few hours? Aisha Khan has hurt so many more people in the future than she will ever know. Read the rest of this entry

Aisha Khan Missing/Abducted in Kansas

Overland Park police said 19-year-old Aisha Khan was last seen at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park at about Noon on Friday, December 16,2011. Police said Khan is 5’2″, weighs 120 pounds and has dark brown hair, brown eyes and wears glasses.She was last seen wearing black sweat pants, a yellow and black shirt, black scarf, black regular length jacket and a black and white long outer coat.If you have any information about her location you’re asked to call Overland Park police at 816-474-TIPS.

Missing Maine Toddler May Have Been Kidnapped

From Facebook page, Help Find Ayla

April 4, 2010
Ayla Bell Reynolds Missing Since 12/16/2011 From Waterville, Maine Read the rest of this entry