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No evidence of serial killer in cases of missing and murdered people: Toronto police

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – There’s no evidence that a serial killer was involved in the cases of recent missing and murdered people in the Church and Wellesley Streets area of Toronto, police said on Friday.

Investigators have addressed several concerns brought up by the community and posts on social media while giving an update on the investigations into the murder of Tess Richey, the death of Alloura Wells and missing people Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen.

Speaking about Project Prism, the taskforce set up to investigate the disappearance of Kinsman and Esen, Detective Sergeant Michael Richmond said there was no evidence that dating apps were involved in these cases.

“There has been a great deal of misinformation and speculation relating to the Project Prism investigation disseminated through the media and other mediums,” Richmond stated.

Richmond added that there has been no evidence that the two missing men are connected to each other or connected

Read more at: http://www.news1130.com/2017/12/08/no-evidence-serial-killer-toronto-police-say/

Police question if 5 missing women are victims of a serial killer

TACOMA (KCPQ)— The discovery of a partial human skull last month in a wooded area in East Pierce County has reignited interest in solving some long-term missing persons cases.

Investigators won’t know if the skull fragment is from a man or a woman until DNA test results are complete.

“Anytime there are human remains found in the state, loved ones of missing persons from around the state and sometimes bordering states will reach out and make sure that we are making that comparison and ruling out or checking on their loved ones,” said Carrie Gordon with the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit.

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Missing: Helen Tucker’s mother refuses to give up hope


Helen Tucker (left) and an age projection of Tucker (right).

Helen Tucker (left) and an age projection of Tucker (right).

TACOMA — Helen Tucker was 27-years-old when she went missing in Tacoma on January 20, 1994.

She is one of five women and teens who went missing in the same area between 1994 and 2010 who were working as prostitutes.

Tacoma Police are now asking for the public’s help with any information about who Helen associated with.

“Whatever their lifestyle is, their lives matter. They’re someone’s children,” said Freda Gable, Helen’s mom.

When her daughter was little, they lived in Bonney Lake.

Helen as a child.

“She was such a quiet baby and happy baby. She never cried. She squeaked,” said her mom.

Helen went to school in Sumner,

Read more at: http://q13fox.com/2017/11/30/helen-tucker-mother-of-missing-daughter-in-tacoma-says-she-wants-answers/

Vanished: Search for five women missing in Tacoma includes possibility of a serial killer

TACOMA — The discovery of a partial human skull last month in a wooded area in East Pierce County has reignited interest in solving some long-term missing persons cases.

Investigators won’t know if the skull fragment is from a man or a woman until DNA test results are complete.

“Anytime there are human remains found in the state, loved ones of missing persons from around the state and sometimes bordering states will reach out and make sure that we are making that comparison and ruling out or checking on their loved ones,” said Carrie Gordon with the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit.

There are more than 1,800 missing persons statewide and 146 of those are women in Pierce County.

Investigators are taking a regional approach to try to solve these cases because serial offenders don’t pay attention to law enforcement jurisdictions.

They are starting in Tacoma where five women and teens

Read more at: http://q13fox.com/2017/11/29/vanished-search-for-five-women-missing-in-tacoma-includes-possibility-of-a-serial-killer/

Vanished: Search for five women missing in Tacoma includes …

TACOMA — The discovery of a partial human skull last month in a wooded area in East Pierce County has reignited interest in solving some long-term missing persons cases.

Investigators won’t know if the skull fragment is from a man or a woman until DNA test results are complete.

“Anytime there are human remains found in the state, loved ones of missing persons from around the state and sometimes bordering states will reach out and make sure that we are making that comparison and ruling out or checking on their loved ones,” said Carrie Gordon with the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit.

There are more than 1,800 missing persons statewide and 146 of those are women in Pierce County.

Investigators are taking a regional approach to try to solve these cases because serial offenders don’t pay attention to law enforcement jurisdictions.

They are starting

Read more at: http://q13fox.com/2017/11/29/vanished-search-for-five-women-missing-in-tacoma-includes-possibility-of-a-serial-killer/

Vanished: Search for 5 women missing in Tacoma includes …

TACOMA — The discovery of a partial human skull last month in a wooded area in East Pierce County has reignited interest in solving some long-term missing persons cases.

Investigators won’t know if the skull fragment is from a man or a woman until DNA test results are complete.

“Anytime there are human remains found in the state, loved ones of missing persons from around the state and sometimes bordering states will reach out and make sure that we are making that comparison and ruling out or checking on their loved ones,” said Carrie Gordon with the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit.

There are more than 1,800 missing persons statewide and 146 of those are women in Pierce County.

Investigators are taking a regional approach to try to solve these cases because serial offenders don’t pay attention to law enforcement jurisdictions.

They are starting

Read more at: http://q13fox.com/2017/11/29/vanished-search-for-five-women-missing-in-tacoma-includes-possibility-of-a-serial-killer/

Vanished: Search for 5 women missing in Tacoma includes possibility of serial predator

TACOMA — The discovery of a partial human skull last month in a wooded area in East Pierce County has reignited interest in solving some long-term missing persons cases.

Investigators won’t know if the skull fragment is from a man or a woman until DNA test results are complete.

“Anytime there are human remains found in the state, loved ones of missing persons from around the state and sometimes bordering states will reach out and make sure that we are making that comparison and ruling out or checking on their loved ones,” said Carrie Gordon with the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit.

There are more than 1,800 missing persons statewide and 146 of those are women in Pierce County.

Investigators are taking a regional approach to try to solve these cases because serial offenders don’t pay attention to law enforcement jurisdictions.

They are starting

Read more at: http://q13fox.com/2017/11/29/vanished-search-for-five-women-missing-in-tacoma-includes-possibility-of-a-serial-killer/

Missing: Tacoma teen vanishes after telling mom she was with truck driver

TACOMA — Tami Kowalchuk was a troubled teen who thought she “knew the ropes.”  Despite her troubles, Tami was always honest with her mom.

“She communicated a lot with me,” said Cindy Cherry.

On Dec. 26, 1999, 17-year-old Tami told her mom she was going out with friends and that she would be back later. She called her mom later in the evening, and said she ran into an acquaintance, a truck driver named Tony. She wanted to come home and get some clothes so she could go one of his long-haul trips.

Cindy knew her daughter’s history and said no. Tami had a court ordered curfew of 10 pm. Her mom told her she needed to come home.

That was the last time Cindy heard her daughter’s voice.

“Tami thought she knew the ropes,” Cindy said. “And she didn’t. She caught up with someone a little bit smarter than her.”

A young girl’s hopes turns to

Read more at: http://q13fox.com/2017/11/29/missing-tacoma-teen-vanishes-after-telling-mom-she-was-with-truck-driver-green-river-killer/

Podcast explores Duquesne missing persons cases

Duquesne graduate student Dakota James disappeared this past winter under mysterious circumstances, and after a six-week city-wide search, his body was found in the Ohio River.

Two years earlier, Duquesne nursing student Paul Kochu went missing under mysterious circumstances, and after an extensive search, Kochu’s body was discovered in Wheeling, W.Va.

The striking similarities in the characteristics of the two men and the circumstances of their disappearance are the subject of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s first-ever serialized podcast produced in conjunction with the Center for Media Innovation (CMI.)

Michael A. Fuoco, an enterprise reporter for the Post-Gazette, had been working on a long-form story about the similarities in the cases when an editor’s podcast recommendation induced an idea.

“I was working on it for a print story for three months and my editor recommended a podcast ‘In the Dark’ which has nothing to do with

Read more at: https://ppuglobe.com/2017/10/podcast-explores-duquesne-missing-persons-cases/