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WARNING – Extortionist Targeting Families of the Missing


A few weeks ago, I received an email from someone that said they had information about missing mother, Lilly Aramburo. I knew it was some sort of hoax. My intuition is rarely (if ever) wrong. Here’s the email below:

John <lutrija98@gmail.com>
reply-to johndoe19@ymail.com
date Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 3:30 PM
subject I have information on your missing person

Dear ,
I have an important information on your missing person.
Reply this email and i will give you more information.
Awaiting your reply
John

I responded back and said ‘I’m listening.’ Then he sent this:

John <frankzodos@yahoo.com>
reply-to johndoe19@ymail.com
date Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 4:39 PM
subject Info on Lucely

Dear ,
Lucely is being held by a serial rapist-kidnapper,who kidnaps and holds women captive for sex.

I know the kidnappers house and the exact location on his property were he is holding her and few other women captive.I managed to have this information because i am a handyman and i did some work recently near the place he is holding these women.

I will only give you the kidnappers address and the exact location on his property were he is holding her if you can pay $20,000 dollars only.You will pay $10,000 dollars in advance and pay the balance of $10,000 dollars when i give you the address and she is rescued.

For security reasons,i want to remain anonymous so please don’t inform the police or anybody about my communication with you until i give you the exact location of were she is being held.If you inform the police or anybody about my communication with you now you wont hear from me again and i wont give you the location.

Awaiting your reply
John

I did some research and learned that this person has been targeting families of the missing and trying to extort money from them. What a sick individual(s)! That’s some heavy karma they’re creating.

Peggy Florence, who’s daughter, Jasmine Haslag disappeared last June (just like Lilly) was targeted. She has a website She wrote this public warning on her website:

“Just know that if you receive any correspondence from a person stating they know the location of your missing loved one, that they are being held hostage/captive by someone and they are asking for an amount of money to provide you with information about your loved one, it is a scam intended to extort money from you. This person or persons truly have no information about your loved one, and they intend to take your money and run. These vultures will prey upon anyone, and this is no different then all the other internet money scams that go on everyday, except that they are preying upon very vulnerable persons and they know that these families are desperate to find their loved one, very hopeful of finding the loved one alive, and vulnerable to grabbing at any straws or leads, and they see the horrible situation of having a missing loved one as a very profitable scam to run.”

If you are a victim of this scam artist, please contact your local FBI.

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Tune in Live – Coverage of Lilly Aramburo’s Case at War on Crime Radio


Tonight, Sunday August 17, 2008 War on Crime Radio is hosting another exciting show with Levi Page and co-host Susan Murphy-Milano. Tune in as they discuss child predators, and continue their in-depth coverage of Lilly’s case. With special guest, Thomas Lauth. Thomas is an Investigator that specializes in missing person investigations. I hope you all join me. And participate in the discussion by calling (347) 838-9781 during the show!
It airs TONIGHT Sunday at 10PM EST/9CST.

To listen GO HERE: War on Crime Radio

Call in number is (347)838-9781. I urge everyone with a connection to the case, to call and express yourselves. If you’re too shy, then leave comments on the blog. I’d love to hear them.

Thank you, Levi and War on Crime!

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Missing Mother, Lilly Aramburo – Son is Almost Two!

Lilly Aramburo Texas Equusearch FlyerImage by seoyogini via Flickr


Lilly Aramburo Texas Equusearch Flyer
Originally uploaded by seoyogini

Next month, Lilly’s little boy turns two. This little boy is the spitting image of his mother. I wonder what it must be like for him, living without her.

Seems like just the other day, I got the phone call from David, his father, telling me Lilly was having the baby. I got ready as fast as I possibly could, jumped in my car and drove to from my apartment in Miami Beach to Hollywood to witness the baby’s birth.

So much has changed since then. That precious newborn is a toddler now, exploring the world around him. Without his mom. And without his dad. That’s “impermanence” for you.

And so it deeply saddens me to realize this child will grow up without both parents. But despite it all, he’s always happy, very bright and full of life. His grandmother has given so much love and attention.

Can you please help find his mom?

Help spread the news of this missing mother from Miami. There are many ways to help.

Email me, if you’re interested. Or leave a comment on the blog. And I’ll get right back to you.

Happy Birthday, sweet baby! May you always be joyous & happy and free from suffering!

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President’s DNA Initiative – Free courses in DNA evidence

I started an online course last night entitled “What Every Law Enforcement Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence”. I found it by mistake but am thrilled to be learning more about the topic. Although, I’m not in law enforcement, it’s pretty straight forward and easy to grasp. I started it last night and finished it within the hour. For more info, visit http://www.dna.gov/ The courses are free and available to law enforcement, family and victim advocates. They also provide booklets and publications like “Identifying Victims Using DNA: A Guide for Families”

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. The agency is committed to exploring crime control and justice issues. An area of focus is “DNA technology” which has increasingly become a vital tool in the criminal justice system. In order to increase and improve the use of this technology, the President announced a 5 year, billion dollar initiative, (President’s DNA Initiative), which promotes “Advancing Justice through DNA Technology”.

The President’s DNA Initiative targets specific goals:

  • To eliminate the current testing backlog of DNA samples
  • Improve DNA laboratories’ testing capacities
  • Research and Development of DNA technologies
  • Training and Assistance for criminal justice professionals
  • Provide access to post conviction DNA testing
  • The use of DNA for missing persons cases and identifying human remains
  • Protect the innocent

The UNT, Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI), with support by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), has become a recognized national center providing scientific and technical support to law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, and crime labs throughout the country.

UNTCHI in collaboration with law enforcement offers families with missing loved ones the opportunity to submit reference samples for DNA testing. The lab is one of only a few facilities that integrates nuclear and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) for analyses. Once DNA profiles are obtained, they are directly entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System plus Mito (CODIS+mito) database.

In addition to testing family and direct reference samples, the DNA lab works in collaboration with the Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology in Denton, Texas to help identify the remains of victims. DNA profiles obtained from remains are also entered into the CODIS+mito database.

Information for Relatives of Missing Persons,
Coroners, Medical Examiners & Law Enforcement Agencies

University of North Texas Center for Human Identification UNTCHI personnel will work with medical examiners, coroners’ offices, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Center for Missing Adults, and law enforcement agencies throughout the United States with the submission, collection, and analyses of Missing Persons samples.

A missing person report should be filed with the Law Enforcement Agency having jurisdiction where the individual was last seen or last resided. The Law Enforcement Agency will determine if the missing person meets a “High Risk” criteria. The agency may ask the family to submit personal articles belonging to the missing person (Direct Reference Sample, DRS); in addition, they may need to collect Family Reference Samples (FRS). The collection and submission of FRS can only be collected and submitted by the Law Enforcement Agency. Family reference collection kits (swabs) and the required paperwork are provided by the UNTSCHI. The collection kits and testing are provided free of charge.

After analysis, the profiles will be entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System and uploaded to the FBI’s National Missing Persons DNA Database.

Correspondence is mediated through the Law Enforcement Agency. If a match occurs, the Law Enforcement Agency will notify the family.

Law Enforcement Agencies, Medical Examiners, and Coroners may need to submit Unidentified Human Remains, (UHR). Identifying remains through DNA can be a lengthy process. There may be cases where there is no usable DNA or not enough relatives available for testing; however, our professional staff will pursue every avenue to obtain a profile.

Victim Advocates > What You Should Know About DNA Evidence

What You Should Know:

* What is DNA?
* Evidence Collection
* Contamination and Preservation
* DNA Testing and Interpretation
* Uses of DNA Evidence
* Identifying DNA Evidence
* Suggested Resources

DNA evidence is playing a larger role than ever before in criminal cases throughout the country, both to convict the guilty and to exonerate those wrongly accused or convicted. This increased role places greater importance on the ability of victim service providers to understand the potential significance of DNA evidence in their clients’ cases.

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the building block for the human body; virtually every cell contains DNA. The DNA in people’s blood is the same as the DNA in their saliva, skin tissue, hair, and bone. Importantly, DNA does not change throughout a person’s life.
The Value of DNA Evidence

DNA is a powerful investigative tool because, with the exception of identical twins, no two people have the same DNA. Therefore, DNA evidence collected from a crime scene can be linked to a suspect or can eliminate a suspect from suspicion. During a sexual assault, for example, biological evidence such as hair, skin cells, semen, or blood can be left on the victim’s body or other parts of the crime scene. Properly collected DNA can be compared with known samples to place a suspect at the scene of the crime. In addition, if no suspect exists, a DNA profile from crime scene evidence can be entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) to identify a suspect anywhere in the United States or to link serial crimes to each other.

The effective use of DNA as evidence may also require the collection and analysis of elimination samples to determine the exact source of the DNA. Elimination samples may be taken from anyone who had lawful access to the crime scene and may have left biological material. When investigating a rape case, for example, it may be necessary to obtain an elimination sample from everyone who had consensual intercourse with the victim within 72 hours of the alleged assault to account for all of the DNA found on the victim or at the crime scene. Comparing DNA profiles from the evidence with elimination samples may help clarify the results.

Using CODIS To Solve Crime

CODIS uses two indexes to generate investigative leads in crimes that contain biological evidence. The forensic index contains DNA profiles from biological evidence left at crime scenes, and the offender index contains DNA profiles of individuals convicted of violent crime. Each State in the Nation has a DNA database law that defines which convicted offenders must have their profiles entered into CODIS; some States even require that DNA profiles from all felons be entered into the database. CODIS enables Federal, State, and local forensic crime laboratories to work together—between jurisdictions and across State lines—to solve crimes.

From Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers, May 2001, Brochure, National Institute of Justice and Office for Victims of Crime

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VAN NORMAN’S RULES FOR DEALING WITH CIVIL SERVANTS

By David Van Norman – Civil Servant.

VAN NORMAN’S RULES FOR DEALING WITH CIVIL SERVANTS

Including, but not limited to, Coroners and Cops

“The Taxpayer Speech:

“Matthew was, and still may be, a taxpayer. His family are taxpayers. YOU are a taxpayer. They (or you, on their behalf) needn’t go begging, hat in hand, for information. He, they, and you, have already paid for that service! You support, by paying taxes and purchasing goods and services in the community (anywhere), the infrastructure of government, which includes law enforcement organizations. You paid for my training and experience (regardless of where you live) for me to learn what I know, and for the investigators in Whatever County to do what they do. You pay for the gas that propels their cars and the computers on which they type their reports. You, as a taxpayer, citizen, victim, loved-one of a victim, or private advocate acting on behalf of the family, have EVERY RIGHT to expect professionalism, and adherence to the rules of professional conduct. If you don’t get that, someone needs to loose their job!

“Law enforcement, like most organizations, has a political side. A deputy investigator, patrolman or detective will not be concerned with the political aspect of failing to do what needed to be done. They are insulated from above by layers of supervision. A sergeant is higher up the supervisory chain, but only a few have aspirations to rise into management. By the time a police officer is promoted to lieutenant, and certainly by captain or chief, politics is about all there is. The weakest link, believe it or not, is the department chief or Sheriff. A chief is generally an appointed position (serving at the pleasure of the county administration), while the sheriff or coroner is generally elected. Either way, scandal will end their careers (and does, on a daily basis) in a heartbeat. No matter how high-and-mighty I think I am, there is always someone higher, and mightier, than me, who understands that he (or she) is held in place by a fickle public.

“Law enforcement, by its very nature, can be intimidating to deal with. But, the fact is that law enforcement has more to fear from you than you from them. Provided you plan your contacts with them, and don’t expect the moon, you should be able to assist the family.

“I appreciate that it is difficult to communicate effectively with law enforcement or other forensic specialists. There are legitimate reasons that some information cannot be released to the public. No one knows who you are – you may be the murderer. But, if your salutation is professional, and includes a concise statement of who you are, and why you are calling – and if it sounds as though you make these calls on behalf of families 20 times a day, your credibility goes up.

“One of the reasons I use email so much, is that it gives the receiver a sense of solidity – having something in hand (or at least in a computer) that verifies the sender’s veracity. My signature block is chock full of junk, but anyone reading it knows they can check me out – I’m inviting them to! My emails are designed to overwhelm. I intentionally front-load everything. It presents in the minds eye a bulldozer that WILL NOT STOP. I want them to see me coming, take me seriously, and comply with my requests. I want them to know that if they don’t comply, I won’t be ignored. Not everybody gets that message… the first time. That’s another advantage of the email format, I just send the same message with SECOND REQUEST at the end of the subject line, with the original message attached (date-time stamped), and CC it to the receiver’s supervisor. That generally gets the job done.

“My standard advice is that during your legitimate inquiries, if anyone refuses to answer your questions, you should “walk up” the chain of command – at each level asking if it is the policy and practice of the subordinate to ignore inquiries from the grieving families of decedents.

“I recommend that you call the agency, and start your inquiry with an investigator – and hook him (or her). Then tell them that you have constructed an email with information about the missing person that you would like to send to him (or her) for ‘forwarding to the most appropriate authority within your department.'”
I’d like to thank Mr. David Van Norman for allowing me to publish his advice. It is my sincere wish that everyone who reads this post benefits from it, like I did.

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Join us on Flickr, Care2, Friendfeed, and Check out the Picture of Lilly’s Back Tattoo!

Thank you, Detective Mancha from Miami Dade Police Department, for providing us with this picture of Lilly’s back tattoo. This is the only known picture of it and we are extremely thankful to Det. Mancha for providing it to us.

Anyone with information should immediately contact MDPD at 305-418-7245.

I’ve used many social networking sites to assist me in my mission of finding Lilly and raising awareness for missing persons. If you have a loved one that’s missing, you are invited to join my group on Flickr. The group is focused on missing persons in the United States. Every member is encouraged to upload pictures of missing loved ones (as long as they disappeared within the US). This is a good idea in several aspects. Many people use Flickr. And it’s an effective way of raising awareness for the missing.
Join my room in Friendfeed. Members post links to pictures, articles, anything that has to do with missing persons. If you’re a social media lover, be sure to join us on various sites across the web. Care2.com. And a community on Mixx.com.
Add Lilly as a friend on myspace and join the group on Facebook and join the cause on Facebook. These are a just few of the ones I use. I’ll write an entire post about this in more detail in the near future.

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Lilly Aramburo Missing Miami Mother – MIA

I absolutely ADORE this picture. This is how I remember my friend. Smiling, laughing, enjoying the moment.

Lilly vanished, without a trace, on June 1, 2007. Life hasn’t been the same. Her mother lives in constant agony, waiting for her daughter’s return. Having to raise her grandson under such difficult circumstances is not an easy task. With each day, Lilly’s son slowly loses precious memories of his mother. He was 9 months old, last time he saw her smiling face and was held in her warm embrace.

We are asking the community for help – Do you know someone called EJ in Miami? Probably hung out in Coconut Grove by the Pier or Peacock Park and Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti. Do you know Christen Pacheco?

Anyone with info should immediately contact Miami Dade Police – Detective Aaron Mancha at 305-418-7245 or 305-471-8477. You can remain completely anonymous. Or leave a comment on this blog.

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To Lilly’s Murderer, Your Conscious Must be KILLING You!

Another newly acquired picture of Lilly courtesy of Miami Dade Police Department. With every new picture, sadness tends to overcome me. And all I’m left with are questions.

Christen Pacheco, the man Lilly was engaged to, was one of the last persons to see her alive. He reported her missing, 24 hours after the fact and before ever checking with family or friends. He tried to make it seem as if her intention was to kill herself. He fabricated a tale about Lilly leaving with bungee cords. If it was truly her intention to hang herself or take her own life, her body would have been found by now. My gut feeling screamed murder. But I am not accusing Christen. Although he never behaved like a man suffering due his fiance’s disappearance and never made any attempts to find her, he is innocent until proven guilty. However, several criminal profilers, including Clint Van Zandt, and others in the criminal justice field, all agree that police should have seen red flags immediately. They should have questioned her fiance thoroughly. Police should have started investigating at that most critical moment! But instead, they assigned her case to a detective (Detective Aaron Mancha) who was on vacation! Lilly’s life was treated as completely inconsequential and meaningless. I often think about why. Was it because she’s not white or well off? Was it negligence or something greater and uglier like Missing White Woman Syndrome?

Why is it that after all this time, Miami residents are still unfamiliar with Lilly’s case? Because her case has not interested the news media at all. How could it make an enduring news impression, even locally, if media is unresponsive and unwilling to report?

After all this time, I believe her little boy and family, deserve answers. Something happened to Lilly. She did NOT willingly walk away from her son and her life. Lilly would never allow so much time to pass without making a phone call or checking on her son. Someone took her from us. And many of us will not rest until she is found and justice is served for Lilly Aramburo.

Here’s a direct statement to her perpetrator: YOUR CONSCIOUS MUST BE KILLING YOU!!!

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Heather Riggio Update

Thankfully, a few media outlets have covered the disappearance of missing 20 year old Heather “Kitty” Riggio.  Heather, a petite blonde, was last seen wearing a pink top, jeans and high heels. On the afternoon of May 6, 2007 she left her family’s house in North Miami Beach and got into a white SUV, police say. She has never been seen since.
The Miami Herald wrote a good article about it on today’s paper. They have published a series of about 8 or 9 articles about Heather’s disappearance. You can find those articles in the Miami Herald archives. The writer, David Ovalle, included information about the Kid Finders Network. 
He writes: “The billboard is being provided to North Miami Beach police by the Kid Finders Network, a West Palm Beach-based volunteer organization run by Sherri and Dennis Milstead. Kid Finders, which relies on donations, provides mobile billboards aimed at finding missing young people. The price of Riggio’s mobile billboard — the printing of the banner and trailer upkeep — is about $3,000, footed so far by the Milsteads. ”We work off donations and we’re still trying to get sponsors,” Sherri Milstead said.“We’re hanging by a shoestring.”
Miami residents and businesses, please support Kid Finders Network. They desperately need corporate sponsors. Or if you are able to make a donation, you can do so by credit card or paypal safe and securely here. Please visit their website for more information. Their work is crucial to finding Heather and so many missing loved ones. They also seek volunteers to drive the mobile billboard.
From the moment I met Sherri and Dennis Millstead from Kid Finders Network, I immediately saw their devotion and personal sacrifice to find the missing. Dennis, kindly offered us a neat little gadget called Safety in a Flash. With Safety In A FLASH you can create missing person flyers, and it has the capabilities to export these files to police or missing person’s bureaus. Safety In A FLASH is highly recommended for the Elderly and those suffering with Alzheimer’s. Here’s a handy screen shot. I think it’s a great idea! Every single parent should have one for their kids or elderly parents. You can store birth certificates, pictures, fingerprints, etc. You can order one today for only a $65 donation to Kid Finders Network. Trust me, your family is worth it.
Here’s another article and video about Heather on CBS4. (The link is no longer active) And another on WSVN including video. You can find more information about Heather Riggio’s case by doing a Google search. There’s over 26,000 pages of search results.

From Heather’s sister’s Myspace page http://www.myspace.com/heathersmissing:

“We want as many people as possible to see her picture and know her story..But we need help..we need people to donate gas money and driving time to keep the billboard running..PLEASE contact Sherry @ 561-333-2779 if you can do anything..anything at all helps..thanks a lot, Lisa”.  
Heather’s family is torn up and suffering dearly for the return of their precious “Kitty”. See more pictures of Heather here. If you have any information, anything at all, please contact North Miami Beach Police at 305-949-5500.
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Kid Finders Network and North Miami Beach Police Spotlight Missing Person Heather Riggio



This morning I attended a Press Conference held by the North Miami Beach Police and Kid Finders Network for missing person, Heather “Kitty” Riggio. I was invited by Sherri Milstead, the Executive Director of Kid Finders Network. She learned about Lilly’s case and contacted me earlier in the week.

Kid Finders Network is a nonprofit organization which provides mobile billboards to families, organizations and Law Agencies in search of Missing Children and Missing Persons. They provide digital fingerprinting at public events and private sessions where there is 10 or more children. They offer custom websites, assist in searches, door to door flyers and from what I’ve seen, it seems they would do almost anything to help find a missing human being. They have a mobile billboard (pictured above) with Heather’s information and picture on it. It will stay at the police station in North Miami Beach until Monday. After that it will go to the area where Heather was last seen at in Homestead. It will cruise the area, increasing the odds of someone calling with an important tip. The drivers are trained in taking tips, too. You can see my entire set of pictures of the press conference and the mobile billboard by clicking the link under the picture.

Lilly’s mom and I could not contain our tears as we watched the press conference taking place. It’s interesting because we’re not emotional people. But this is an open wound for us. You can’t help but feel overwhelmed with compassion for families experiencing the same suffering. It was heartbreaking. But at the same time, I saw the dedication and all the effort put forth by the detectives from North Miami Beach Police Department. What a blessing for Heather’s family. I’ve been following her case and from the start, these detectives have done such a great job. I admire and commend them for their commitment and efforts to find Heather. They were able to get her story featured on America’s Most Wanted.

Here is the official press release from the North Miami Beach Police Department. They have it posted on their website:

Topic: Kid Finders Network to Assist in Missing
Persons Case Utilizing Innovative Mobile
Billboard

Date & Time: Friday, July 11th at 11:00 AM at NMBPD,
16901 NE 19 Av.

Narrative: Kid Finders Network will be assisting us with a missing person case where a young female, Heather Riggio, went missing on May 6, 2007 and the public’s help is paramount to helping us find her or find out what happened to her as foul play may be involved. Kid Finders Network is providing an innovative way to assist law enforcement with the recovery of missing persons by providing a mobile billboard that will feature vital information such as photographs of the victim, the areas she frequented, etc. which will be deployed in the area Heather was last seen.

Kid Finders will be at the North Miami Beach Police Department on Friday, July 11th at 11:00 AM with the billboard provided for this case. Representatives from Kid Finders Network as well as NMB Chief Rafael P. Hernandez, Jr. and Lead Case Detective Rich Rand will be present to speak about the case and unveil the highly effective and innovative billboard that will profile this case.

The original missing person flyer that features pictures of Heather Riggio will follow this press release and for information regarding Kid Finders Network you can visit their website at www.kidfindersnetwork.com. For more information regarding this press release please call Detective Rich Rand at 305-218-1234 or Sergeant Warren Hardison.

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Miami Police – Nothing Like CSI:Miami or First 48


Recently, I had a conversation with the detective from Lilly’s case. It only took a few weeks of daily messages to his voice mail and emails to him and his superiors inside the Miami Dade Police Department.

I was a little frustrated to say the least but very thankful to have the opportunity to seek help in several aspects in the search for Lilly. And more specifically, I had some questions that needed answers.

In the few weeks in which I waited to speak with MDPD, I managed to not only get two Search and Rescue Teams to volunteer, but I tracked down the owners of the property (where the recent tip said she’d be found) called them and received approval for the search. All we were waiting for was MDPD.

Back to the conversation with detective. After almost 3 weeks, not much had been accomplished on their end. According to him, he was out the previous week and nobody handles his cases while he’s out. Besides, Lilly’s is not his only case (I’ve heard this mantra over and over again). Nevertheless, I was happy to report that we had 2 SAR teams ready to move and all we needed was their approval. That approval never came. What I got instead was a bunch of excuses.

And since then, I can’t help but wonder why the MDPD would not allow two professional Search and Rescue teams from South Florida to help in the search for Lilly? The more I think about it, the less it makes sense.

You would think they would welcome and accept any help that’s offered to them since they’re so tied up with hundreds of missing persons cases. So busy that it’s taken more than 3 weeks to get the ball rolling in order to complete the search at the property where Lilly’s remains might be found. Instead, they insist they are fully prepared. They have cadaver dogs…

After an entire year of neglect to her case, now we must rely on them and them only?

And yet, why has it taken this long? Can it really be that the MDPD are that tied up? That it takes them weeks to simply find out who the property owners are? When it took me less than 20 minutes? Trust me, Miami Dade Police are nothing like what you see on CSI:Miami, more like Reno 911.

Honestly, what is it going to take for police to solve this case? Lilly did NOT willingly abandon her child. She did NOT just vanish!  

Does more blood need to spill?

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More Than One Entire Year and Lilly is still GONE ~ Desperately Seeking Justice


“Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.” -Lamartine

Since the moment I received the phone call from Lilly’s mother, I knew this was going to be a life changing event. Although, I was used to losing touch with Lilly every once and awhile, this was different. The more I learned about the details, the more I knew something was terribly wrong. She’d never abandon her child. Just a few days before she went missing, she wrote journal entries expressing hope and love for her baby and making plans for the future. She was in a treatment center until her scheduled court date. She was clear minded and making an effort to change her life. That day, she was picked up by Christen in the morning, at the treatment center. And the rest is history.

A short time after Lilly disappears, Christen’s Cadillac SUV disappears. And Kelly moves in with Christen. According to them, there was another person in the apartment the night Lilly vanished. A guy by the nickname “EJ”. It’s been more than one year since that night and we still don’t know anything about this person. Why have they not come forward? Miami Dade Police have yet to interview any of the people who were there at the condo the night she disappeared.

If you have any information or a tip, please contact Detective Mancha at 305-418-7245. If you know anything about her disappearance and could offer some insight, please email me. This has gone on way too long. Someone out there knows EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO LILLY. I urge you to contact the detective or call the tip line at 305-471-TIPS, you can remain anonymous if need be. Just make the phone call, please. No matter how small a detail, no matter how silly you think it may be, your information could help solve this mystery. It’s been a hellish experience for Lilly’s family and friends. Please help bring Lilly back home.

For the most recent update on Lilly’s case, please read Murder, Money & Power Miami Style. Very raw and unfiltered truth about what we are dealing with in the real life mystery of Lilly Aramburo’s disappearance. Please comment and make a quick phone call to the US Attorney’s Office at 305-530-7679. It appears the US Attorneys office are the only ones who can properly investigate this case. Also, please continue sending emails to Governor Charlie Crist and media. It makes absolutely no sense that after all this time, not ONE article has been written about Lilly’s case in local newspapers like The Miami Herald or Miami New Times. The local news channels are not helping either. It’s not due to lack of effort, I testify to that.

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Vote for Lilly’s news articles on Current – Help her story get Aired on TV!!

Last night, I submitted A few articles (written by Susan Murphy Milano)to Current TV. This morning, I received an email from Current TV explaining that the submissions have gained enough momentum to be featured on the UK homepage.

But wait-it gets better! Getting on the homepage means the submissions are being considered for inclusion in Current News pod, an open, participatory newscast on the web and Current TV. That’s right, TV!!

How do you get your item included in Current News? Encourage friends to vote on the submissions, and improve the chances of making it to air. You can also help make this happen by including a link on your Myspace, Facebook, blog, or other social networking sites-tell everyone to come vote!

Here are the links:

http://current.com/items/89054084_justice_interrupted_by_the_miami_police_depatment

http://current.com/items/89052773_missing_mother_lilly_aramburo_is_this_the_crime_scene

http://current.com/items/89056119_citizens_of_the_world_help_bring_lilly_aramburo_home

http://current.com/items/89057911_lilly_aramburo_blood_stained_road_must_be_investigated_by_police

Please remember to vote on the articles ~ it’s a great opportunity to tell the world about Lilly and this terrible tragedy. While you’re at it, please leave a comment. Let’s show them how important this case is.

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Can this be the crime scene?? See the pictures!

Susan wrote a great posting about the potential crime scene in Lilly’s disappearance.
Below are the pictures of the property where Lilly might be found. But getting police to follow up on this lead is a different story. As usual, it’s not their priority. For those that are not following the case, Lilly was last seen at her fiance; Christen Pacheco’s apartment on
June 1, 2007. She’s never been seen or heard from ever again. Christen reported Lilly missing 24 hours later, before calling her mother or family members & friends. According to his story, she walked out of his apartment at 2am in pajamas to pick flowers and took a bungee cord with her.




Media Stations to Contact:
WBZL 39 – MiamiWB affiliate.http://www.wb39.com/
WTVJ 6 – MiamiNBC affiliate.http://www.nbc6.net/
WFOR 4 – MiamiCBS affiliate.http://www.wfor.com/
WSCV 51 – HialeahTelemundo affiliate.http://www.wscv.com/
WBFS 33 – MiamiUPN affiliate.http://www.upn33.com/
WSVN 7 – MiamiFox affiliate.http://www.wsvn.com/
WLRN 17 – MiamiPBS and NPR affiliate.http://www.wlrn.org/

We’d love you to join us:
http://friendfeed.com/rooms/missing-persons
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/MissingPersons
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=21916321012
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/95328?recruiter_id=3309056
http://profile.myspace.com/Modules/Applications/Pages/Canvas.aspx?appId=100691

Following the case:
http://www.jurorthirteen.com/GeneralCategories/TalkBack/MsgBrds/tabid/60/view/topic/postid/518/Default.aspx
http://boards.insessiontrials.com/showthread.php?
http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2210087
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/True_Crime/2008/05/21/Missing-Woman-Lilly-Aramburo
http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/topics/lillyaramburo

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In honor of Lilly ~ “Lilly My One and Only”

Lilly loves this song. We used to listen to it together in my apartment in Miami Beach. That was before everything changed and she became engaged to Christen Pacheco. 
I saw the video recently and it overwhelmed me with sadness, made me cry for a little bit. I sat here on my computer remembering sweet Lilly and our times together. Thinking about her sense of humor, her laugh, her love for animals. I wanted to share it with all of you.
Please, take a moment to watch the video. The song is called “Lilly, my one and only” by Smashing Pumpkins.

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1st Annual Safety Awareness Event & Candlelight Vigil in honor of Lilly Aramburo

On Sunday, June 1st, 2008, Justice in Miami, Subliminal Pixels Lab and PK Graphics, sponsored a community safety event on the 1 year anniversary of Lilly Aramburo’s disappearance. The event was a success!

We listened to live music courtesy of Power 96. Safety information and ID kits were handed out to parents and children. Guests signed in to receive their ribbon and candle. We had the beautiful “Lilly” line of hats and headbands, for sale. They were designed and donated courtesy of Maggie’s Rose. You can see my girls and Havanna in the video wearing their hats. Everyone had something nice to say about them! If you’d like more information on the “Lilly” line, please feel free to go to the Maggie’s Rose website or contact us.

The butterfly ceremony/meditation was amazing. You could see the butterflies landing on our fingers and hands and the prayer flags in the background, blowing in the wind, releasing prayers for Lilly and all beings. A poem was read by Renea, Maya Angelou’s “Touched by an Angel”. And I read an excerpt from The Way of the Boddhisattva by Shantideva. We have a video clip of that below.

As a sign of solidarity with families of missing loved ones everywhere, Pastor Tony Isaacs led a special prayer. Our intention was that as each individual candle was added to the whole, it showed victims and their loved ones that there is a ray of hope.

All of the efforts were dedicated in honor of missing persons and victims everywhere, specifically, Lilly Aramburo, Heather “Kitty” Riggio, and Jennifer Kesse. Our aspiration is that they receive justice and the attention they deserve.

We’d like to extend a special thank you to our volunteers, (in no special order) Vivian, Renea, Sara, Delilah, Jamie, Hope Movement, the volunteers from Christ Fellowship, Pastor Tony Isaacs and all those who desire not to be mentioned (you know who you are!!) Thank you to our internet activists, our bloggers and friends in demanding justice…
And last but not least, a big hug and my sincere thanks to Bagua

THANK YOU! Your love and support helps us get through these difficult times. We stand with you in pride and gratitude. May you always live in truth and peace.

Although we had media present, only one channel and it’s affiliate played it on the news. Here is that clip from the vigil http://cbs4.com/video/?id=55873@wfor.dayport.com

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Messege from Lucely, Lilly’s mom

“Thank you for your support and encouragement that you brought to Lilly’s family and friends at the candle vigil. Also thank you to the people that could not be present but were involved in one way or another and who’s efforts were appreciated, you truly touched our hearts. Results have already been brought forward thanks to your passionate work and dedication. This is one step closer to finding Lilly and to bring her home.

God bless you and thank you again.”

Palden and Lucely

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Memo To Miami Homicide Detectives


The latest post about Lilly’s disappearance and the Miami Dade Police Department by Susan Murphy Milano on War on Crime.

Today, a meeting took place with Detective Mancha, Miami Police Department who is assigned to the missing person case of Lilly Aramburo.

I mean no respect to the men and women with the Miami Police Department who work around the clock to fight and solve crime on the street of Miami. I decided to post a memo regarding Lilly Aramburo.

TO: Detective A mancha:

FROM: Susan Murphy Milano

RE: Lilly Aramburo

Allow me to assist you in your job pertaining to the investigation into the disappearance of
Lilly, a woman and mother, who did not just “vanish” !

In your meeting today with Lilly’s family you stated the need for the vehicle identification number for the 2005 Black SUV Escalade owned by one Christian Pacheco. I believe that is your responsibility to contact the Florida departments of motor vehicles and obtain that number. Or obtain the various traffic violations of Christian Pacheco between November of 2006 through May of 2007 and it will provide you with that vehicle number.

Or you can check the following vehicle tags here are the numbers:

Florida Tag # TZ192G
Florida Tag # 45988L

One of the above vehicle tags will provide you with the vin number you need.

The 2005 Escalade also had a GPS system in the car. With the vin number you can contact the folks at Onstar and have them trace the last known area this car was in. And just maybe you will find it and locate Lilly Aramburo. Records indicate Christen Pacheco did not total his SUV. He did not make an insurance claim on this vehicle. He left shortly after
filling a missing persons report that sat on someone’s desk. A few days later he told people he was in an accident and totaled the car. Totally false!

Charge card records between 5/2/07 through 6/11/07 may provide important information.
The charge card records will help you with the time line.

In addition, the couple filed for a marriage license on 4/25/2007. Christen Pacheco was the last person to see Lilly Aramburo alive. Perhaps go to a judge and obtain a search warrant at head over to Christen Pacheco’s residence and you just might find important blood evidence on the carpet and in various spots throughout the condo. Lilly’s blood type can be checked against hospital records and records from St. Luke’s rehab center.

I am available to assist you any way possible. There are red flags all over this case. And they point in only one single direction. My email address is contact@movingoutmovingon.com
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Folks we need your assistance Miami Police Department appears busy these days taping episodes for the crime show the first “48”. This case is not that cold to investigate and make an arrest.

Please help us by emailing the following folks in outrage for not investigating the death of Lilly Aramburo.
jtimoney@mdpd.com Chief of Police Miami His telephone number is 1-305-603-6100
amancha@mdpd.com Detective on the case

Media Folks to Email:
WBZL 39 – MiamiWB affiliate.http://www.wb39.com/
WTVJ 6 – MiamiNBC affiliate.http://www.nbc6.net/
WFOR 4 – MiamiCBS affiliate.http://www.wfor.com/
WSCV 51 – HialeahTelemundo affiliate.http://www.wscv.com/
WBFS 33 – MiamiUPN affiliate.http:/www.upn33.com/
WSVN 7 – MiamiFox affiliate.http://www.wsvn.com/

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