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Filming for AMW “My Story” on Lily Aramburo

In an effort to bring awareness to the disappearance of Lily Aramburo, our team got together yesterday to shoot a video for America’s Most Wanted “My Story”.

AMW gets hundreds of letters each month from viewers who are seeking justice. Often, AMW is their last hope and the letter they send us might be the most important they have ever written. Like each writer, every My Story is different. Yet they all share a common bond — the search for justice.”justiceinmiami.org, America’s Most Wanted: My Story, Jul 2009

(Photo courtesy of Joe Carrillo) Here is Lilly’s mother, Lucely (left) and me (right) standing in front of the house where Lily was last seen in Coconut Grove, Florida.


Private Investigator Joe Carrillo and his partner Ana Lanuza.


Lucely asking the residents of Miami and Coconut Grove for their help. If you know anything at all about the disappearance of Lily Aramburo, please report your tip to law enforcement or place a call to Private Investigator Joe Carrillo at 305-926-3110.

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Lilly Aramburo and Missing Minorities Campaign

Dear friends, I was recently surprised to find Lilly Aramburo listed on a site called Missing Minorities Campaign. How awesome! It’s a great site and very helpful for the benefit of missing minorities. As we all know, missing minorities rarely make the news. And if they do, they don’t receive the same type of in depth coverage. (God knows how hard I’ve tried to get media coverage for Lilly!) But with sites like Missing Minorities Campaign and others using the internet to advocate for missing people, the more eyes we have looking out for our loved ones and the better chances we have of finding them.

Although most of us live very busy, sometimes hectic lives, a little time and effort goes a long way. You’d be surprised to know how easy it is to help. As I always do when I find a website, blog or organization doing good works, I stumbled their site, bookmarked it and shared it on Twitter and a few other networking sites and aggregators like Friendfeed. And it really helps! After reading the stories of the missing people on the Missing Minorities site and others, it’s very helpful to DIGG or STUMBLE the story or share on whatever social network and news submission sites you use. I joined their community, as well. After all, that’s what social networking is all about: community.

One last thing, if you use Twitter, please follow the Missing Minorities Campaign.

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Appeal to Miami Residents For Info in the Possible Homicide of Lilly Aramburo

In 6 months, it will mark the 2nd year anniversary since Lilly Aramburo was last seen by family and friends. The night was June 1, 2007, at approximately 2am. She walked out of her live-in boyfriend’s condo after a heated argument and has never been seen alive since.
Lilly Aramburo Texas Equusearch Flyer
Lilly’s family is asking the public for help. If you know anything at all or have information regarding the disappearance of Lucely “Lilly” Aramburo, Lilly’s mother, family and friends urge you to contact Miami Dade Police at 305-418-7200 or Crime Stoppers at (305)471-8477. (You can get a cash reward of up to $1000!) It offers complete anonymity. Lilly may have walked to the bus stop or to the Metrorail Station which is very near to Dadeland Mall. She may have traveled to the Coconut Grove area.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO LILLY?
Justice for Missing mother Lilly Aramburo

MISSING Lilly Aramburo

Chances are you’ve probably never met Lilly but if you did, you would understand why we’re so determined to find her. Lilly was a girl of peace, a young mother who loved her baby boy very much. She was a humble person and good friend who touched everyone she met with her beautiful smile. She had the energy of a small child. It is a shame that this had to happen. And that her disappearance has remained unnoticed, while the media arbitrarily picks and chooses who they find important.

She loved music, and although she loved rock, oldies were secretly her favorite songs. She loved to read and write in her journals, but refused to learn computers. She was a very simple girl, who shopped at vintage stores, and hardly ever wore much make up. The term earth girl, comes to mind when I think of her. And pixie, as well. People would often confuse her with being a teenager because she looked so damn young. Lily was tough as steel, both emotionally and physically. Once she fell off a 2nd story building at the University of Miami campus. She went to the hospital and walked out, took the brace off and kept going, because she had to be at work the next day.

When she was pregnant with her son (now 2 years old), she glowed. It was the most amazing time in her life. The loveliest I had ever seen her. Her skin looked a golden olive, and her almond shaped eyes, glistened. I could see life in her. And she was truly happy and hopeful, looking forward to the birth of her son.

I thought she would make it. She began taking prenatal yoga, went back to being a vegetarian, and was dedicated to meditating and praying a lot. We had no idea of what was to come. Almost 2 years later, and we’re still awaiting answers. Every day Lilly’s mother wakes up thinking about Lilly and what could have been. It must be so painful for her to raise her grandson, Lilly’s 2 year old son, while praying for the day when Lilly is found and finally put to rest.

We have reason to believe Lilly is a victim of homicide but many questions remain unanswered. And that is why we’re asking for your help.

We’re currently trying to piece together Lilly’s last movements. Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should immediately contact Miami Dade Police at 305-418-7200 or Crime Stoppers at (305)471-8477.

If you feel compelled to help find Lilly Aramburo, there are many ways you can help. Please do so by doing one or more of the following:
Friend on Myspace http://www.myspace.com/missinglillyaramburo
Join the Facebook Cause to Find Lilly Aramburo
Subscribe to the Justice in Miami RSS feed
Please Stumble, bookmark & share this post
If you’re in South Florida, print a flyer and post and share it as much you can.
If you’re a blogger, join the MyBlogLog Justice in Miami Community

Lily’s case has received very little media coverage. So far, the only article published about Lilly’s disappearance was in the Miami New Times last September. As you can see, Nancy Grace was kind enough to feature a Case Alert about Lilly, as well. Can you help us get media coverage for Lilly? Contact Nancy Grace and ask her to investigate Lilly’s possible homicide. We’d like Lilly to be featured on local media stations in Miami. Please let us know if you can help with this. Drop me a line or leave a comment on this post.

Lilly’s family and friends are grateful for your prayers and continued support. Let’s bring resolution to this grieving family.

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Important Petition Requires Your Immediate Attention

The abduction of Sean Goldman happened 4 years ago but his father, David Goldman has not given up on his son. He wants him back and he needs our help. For more information about this case, please visit his website Bring Sean Home. Check out these videos below. And if you’re like me, prepare to cry. This is a tragic story and desperately needs media attention and help from the US government. Please help this father get his son back by signing the petition.

Add your name to this petition and help bring Sean home where he belongs!
Direct link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/return-abducted-minor-sean-goldman-to-his-father
Bring Sean Home Website: http://BringSeanHome.org

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Emillie Hoyt Vanished From Highland Beach, FL

Emillie Hoyt is MISSING. She vanished without a trace January 2006. She may have traveled to Fort Lauderdale from Highland Beach, FL.

Description:
Alias: Emmy
Date of Birth: Oct. 7, 1982
Missing Since: Jan 2006
Missing City: Highland Beach
Missing State: Florida
Age: 23
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 5ft 6in
Weight: 110 lbs (aprox)
Hair Color: Light brown
Hair (other): May be dyed blonde
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Fair


Please to take a good look at her picture and go to the Flickr Missing Persons Group to see more pictures of Emillie. Her family needs to know the truth. No one vanishes into thin air. Someone out there has to know something. Please do the right thing and come forward if you know anything about Emillie Hoyt’s disappearance. Contact Det. Bob Devito at 561-266-5800.

You can help find Emillie by joining her Facebook Group and adding as a friend on myspace. If you use Twitter, you can follow @emilliesbrother. As you could imagine, they are desperate to find Emillie. The holidays are especially difficult for families dealing with the loss of a missing loved one. Please don’t forget about them. All missing persons deserve to be found.

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Lilly Aramburo’s Front Page Article on Miami New Times Puts Miami Police on Notice!

Wake up, South Florida! Lilly Aramburo is one of 5,000 people a year reported gone without a trace in Miami-Dade County.

Today, Lilly Aramburo’s story is featured on the front cover of the Miami New Times. The article appropriately titled
“Missing Peace” was written by Francisco Alvarado. I must say, he did a pretty thorough job. Much more thorough than Miami Dade Police! (Frank deserves many props!)

He accomplished the seemingly impossible…he tracked down Christen Pacheco and got his side of the story. He interviewed Kelly Starling and a neighbor of Christen’s who knew them and happened to talk to Lilly just before she vanished. I can’t help but wonder, how many resources did it take? Was it costly? Did it take that much time and trouble?

According to the article, “police inaction is one reason she hasn’t been found.” Amen to that! Even Christen Pacheco admits he’s spoken to a detective only once by phone since the initial report. Kelly Starling says she’s tried contacting the detective several times but he’s never returned the calls. She says “no one has been trying to do anything. I’ve been wanting to talk to the detective all this time.”

Captain Janna Bollinger-Heller from the Miami Dade County Police domestic crimes bureau was interviewed. She says Lilly’s case “has been a high priority.” “We have followed up on every lead.” Interesting…

Miami Residents, are you outraged? This could be your child or relative! They believe they have treated Lilly’s case with priority? If speaking with the last person to see her alive once by phone is priority, then I’d hate to even think about the cases that have not been a high priority.
If what Captain Bollinger-Heller says is true and there are only 4 detectives in Miami Dade for the 5000 reported cases of missing people, then how on earth are they supposed to be found?

I have a solution. Why don’t they classify Lilly’s case and others that qualify as homicides? They obviously have more detectives in Homicide. Besides, they have much more training and are better prepared to deal with these kinds of investigations.

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2008-09-11/news/missing-person-lilly-aramburo/1

Make sure to read all 5 pages! After you read it, let us know what you think. Leave a comment on the New Times Article. Click on the bottom left link that says write your comment.

Contact Francisco Alvarado (Author):
francisco.alvarado@miaminewtimes.com
or call 305-571-7562

Contact Miami New Times:
Email: editorial@miaminewtimes.com
Mail: Letters, New Times
PO Box 011591
Miami, FL 33101-1591
Fax: 305-571-7678

(If you send a letter, include your name, address and daytime phone number. The information is used for confirmation only.)

Lilly’s family and friends urge the South Florida Community to take a good look at her picture. If you know Lilly or any of the key players involved, including a guy who goes by the name “EJ” – PLEASE COME FORWARD!! This EJ was also there but has since disappeared, unwilling to cooperate. Keep in mind, Lilly has a son who deserves to know the TRUTH.

If you think you know something, anything can be a clue that leads us to find Lilly – please contact us right now. There are numerous ways to submit a tip. You can leave a comment on my blog or the Miami New Times article. You can submit a web tip to Miami Dade Crime Stoppers or call 305-471-8477. You can contact Miami Dade Police Detective Aaron Mancha at 305-418-7245 or amancha@mdpd.com. No matter how small a detail you may know, it may lead us to answers please reach out and help bring Lilly back home.

If everyone who reads this would take a moment to make a phone call to the US Attorney’s Office – it would be of tremendous help in demanding justice for Lilly. Ask them to investigate the possible homicide of Lilly Aramburo. It only takes a minute to make a phone call.

Contact the US Attorneys Office
99 N.E. 4th Street
Miami, Fl. 33132
Phone: (305) 961-9001
Fax: (305) 530-7679

I’d appreciate your feedback! If you have any questions or comments about the article, leave a comment here too!! And if you feel strongly about this case, like I do, help demand justice for Lilly. Justice has been interrupted for far too long.

Stay updated by subscribing to my RSS feeds or subscribe to receive email updates. Bookmark and Stumble this blog – share it with your friends. Help us bring Lilly home. Help her family get closure!

I am signing off for now but I’ll update later tonight with more thoughts on this Miami New Times article.

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Missing People are often Ignored by Police, Media and Society

Lucely “Lilly” Aramburo vanished a dark June night in 2007. Her fiance says she went for a walk at 2am. She’s never been seen or heard from ever again. This is so common these days. People go missing. Media people ignore the fliers from detectives, rarely reporting the story to the community. Right now there’s a child abduction that no one in Miami knows about because local media won’t report it to us. It’s not “juicy” enough, as Sergeant Varela told me and Lilly’s mom.
So why is it not important to members of our community? As humans and Americans we have the power to make a difference in small actions that we can do. However, most of us choose not to. Most of us are “too busy”. I ask, are you truly busy or are you distracted?
I urge you, please help me find my friend, Lilly. Or help the cause of the MISSING, there are countless others. You can help us get our stories heard.

Join my group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6448284204
Add Lilly as a friend on Myspace http://www.myspace.com/missinglillyaramburo
Join this Flickr group for Missing Persons http://www.flickr.com/groups/786046@N24/

Please contact me if you’d like to volunteer to help. You don’t need any special skills, just the desire to help. Thank you, dear friends…

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