Thursday, August 17, 2006

8/17/06 Know Anyone in Law Enforcement?

Update, 8/26/06: Fox Valley Technical College has now officially booked the facility for the training seminar. While we have not met our official attendence goal, we are close. Please keep sending out this information so that we can reach more LE about this valuable training.

If you do, please email the letter that follows to them.

The more LE we can get into more training, the better for our cause. As LE budgets across the county continue to be cut to the bone, missing persons' investigative training is left behind.

This training is excellent. I attended an abbreviated version of it myself. It's also a bargain at $275 for 2.5 days. In the corporate world, training of this level would most likely cost up to 5 times more. The instructors are top notch, and as you can see by the training roster, the line up of subjects taught is comprehensive. Even though it is missing adults investigation, much of what is taught can apply in all case types and age ranges.

There are not many opportunities for this caliber of training available. We invite LE from all over the country. No matter where you live, we ask you to forward this in case your LE might be able to attend. It will help all of us who deal with this situation now, and the missing persons cases which will, unfortunately happen in the future. Thank you.

The Letter:

Good Day,

The National Center for Missing Adults has partnered with Fox Valley Technical College's Criminal Justice Center for Innovation to provide training in the prevention, investigation and treatment of cases involving missing adults. In conjunction with Project Jason, we are proud to bring this national training program to the Omaha area.

*Investigating Missing Adults will take place on October 4-6, 2006 at the Holiday Inn, 3321 South 72nd St, Omaha, Nebraska 68124.

This is a must-have training for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies; and is designed for investigators, detectives, college campus police officers, police academy instructors, dispatchers, and policy makers. If you do not fall into this category, but know of someone who would be interested in this training course, we appreciate your assistance in forwarding this message to him/her.

This two and one-half day training program is designed to provide investigators from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies with the tools and techniques necessary for effective management of missing adult cases. There is still time to register for this worthwhile training course and I encourage you, or others from your organization, to attend if at all possible.

Training topics include:

Definition and Scope of the Missing Adult Problem

The Family Perspective and Victim Impact

Considerations for the Effective use of Media by Investigators

Legal Considerations for Investigating and Developing a Case

Framing an Investigation Through Case Management

A Targeted Approach - Investigating Cold Cases and Unidentified Missing Adults

DNA - The Situational Analysis of Missing Adults

NCIC – A Firsthand Look at Technology: An Investigative Resource

CODIS, Blending Forensic Science and Computer Technology

Application of Federal, State, and Local Supporting Resources


Putting it all Together - Practical Exercises for Investigators

*Information provided can also be useful in investigating juvenille cases.

View additional details, past participant comments, and access the registration form on our website at

Completed registration forms may be faxed to our office at 920.996.7192.

Questions regarding this training course may be directed to:

Barbara Nelson, Program Manager
Fox Valley Technical College
Criminal Justice Center for Innovation
Ph: (888) 370-1752

Training offered in conjunction with:

Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
President and Founder,Project Jason
Read our Voice for the Missing Blog

Saturday, August 12, 2006

8/12/06 Urgent Locate

Update, September 12, 2006:

Emma was found safe in Chicago. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way.

For those in the Chicago area, particularly downtown, please be on the lookout for 16 year-old Emma Wasserman. Email this blog entry to anyone you know who is in Chicago, asking for their assistance. Her parents are extremely concerned and have requested our assistance. At this time, LE is not recommending media awareness.

Here are the details on Emma:

D.O.B.: March 30, 1990
Date Missing: July 22, 2006
Age: 16
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 125
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Complexion: Fair

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Emma has shoulder-length brown hair. She sometimes wears it back in a pony-tail. Emma sometimes wears glasses. Both ear lobes and cartilage are pierced.

CLOTHING DESCRIPTION: Emma was wearing blue jeans, a charcoal grey t-shirt with an elaborate cross with an eyeball in the middle, and a bright Kelly Green hooded sweatshirt with white paint splash designs when she disappeared. She was carrying a brown leather purse with a shoulder strap.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF DISAPPEARANCE: Emma was last seen around 11 pm on July 22, 2006 at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. She was with a 40 year-old black male and a 19 year-old white female.

NOTE: Emma has been diagnosed as clinically depressed with an unspecified mood disorder and is possibly bipolar. She is also polysubstance chemically dependent and needs to receive treatment.

DETECTIVE GENTILE (1-312-746-9259)
Case Number: HM 492994

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