Monday, October 22, 2012

Walton “Matt” Ward – Earthly Body Located – October 22, 2012

Walton Matthew Ward
Matt’s mother reported him missing after he never returned from a night out in Broad Ripple, Indiana.
After identifying her beloved son’s earthly body she was very heartbroken. She said she was still waiting to hear what might have led up to her son’s death. Matt was a good swimmer and “lived life to the fullest”, she says, which is why she can’t understand how he ended up in the water.
Matt was visiting from California and planned to go on a date on October 12, 2012, with a girl he’d met on She dropped him off outside Peppers Bar but never saw him again.
The owner of Peppers Bar confirmed that Matt visited the bar for nearly an hour Friday night, but he never met anyone there and left on his own.
“Something happened,” said the owner of Peppers Bar. “We don’t know what it was. Something made him leave here. If they were supposed to meet here, something made him leave here.”
Thankfully, like some others, Matt left word as to where he was going and even had his mom drop him off.  This saved weeks and perhaps even months of searching for him had he not told where he was going. He even did the right steps in meeting someone (that he did not know) in a public place. Matt also checked in with his mom during the night to let her know he was doing ok, which is another important safety practice that he adhered to which is also a very wise practice for all to follow.  Matt’s mom  received a call from her son at 10:30 p.m. Friday, saying he was doing fine. She never heard from him again.
At 1:30 a.m. on October 13th, there was a 911 call from the phone Ward was using, but the call only lasted for one second. Detectives traced the call back to a cell phone tower in Broad Ripple. While Matt did nearly all possible, and wisely, something invariably happened to him which caused his death. Something went very wrong. We pray his family receive their needed answers.
We know it is not always possible for young adolescents to meet with friends, or buddies, in attendance, however…if at all possible and one is going to meet another on a date for the first time, perhaps one solution may be to “double date.”  Have the young lady always bring a friend and the young man to do the same.  It is sad our world has come to this, but we must try in all ways to protect each other.  Our hearts and prayers go out to Matt’s mom and family. We pray that they find what happened to their beautiful son. A young man who followed nearly all “the rules.”

Friday, August 17, 2012

Seth A. Kilburn – Earthly Body Located – August 17, 2012

Seth A. Kilburn, 34, of Lake Placid. He was last seen leaving Wiseguys bar on School Street in the village of Lake Placid between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Sunday, August 12, 2012.
“The manner of death is undetermined,” the chief said, pending results from Medical Examiner Dr. C. Francis Varga.
“At this point in the investigation, we don’t suspect foul play.”
Police are awaiting toxicology results to see if alcohol or drugs were a factor.
“He was basically in plain sight, but not in an area you could see from the road,” Moore said.
The home is owned by an elderly person who could not conduct a search outside, police said.
“It appears Seth quite possibly fell off an embankment,” Moore told the Press-Republican.
“There was a dropoff at the location where he fell, from four to 10 feet.”
Moore said there was debris at the site where Kilburn landed.
Police do not know the actual time of death, but Moore said it is very likely Kilburn died as a result of the fall.
He was alone at the time, having last been seen at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, walking toward home after leaving Wiseguys Nightclub. Link to article

LAKE PLACID – Seth Anthony Kilburn, 34, of Lake Placid, passed away on Aug. 12, 2012.
Seth was born in Saranac Lake on Oct. 24, 1977, the son of David A. “Tony” and Celeste A. (Poirier) Kilburn of Lake Placid. Seth lived most of his life in the Lake Placid area.
He is survived by his children Sawyer and Harper; his parents Tony and Celeste Kilburn; his sister Emily Kilburn; his wife Kori Kilburn; and his mother and father-in-law Dede and Terry Bailey and his maternal grandfather Donat Poirier. Click to continue obituary.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Andrew Ell – Earthly Body Located – August 12, 2012

Walked away from group of friends after an eve of drinking. – Located deceased.
Andrew Ell, 22, of Warren County, was found face-down in a ravine on the North Service Road off Interstate 70 about one mile west of Highway 47. Ell’s body was 16 feet below the guardrail in about four inches of water and three inches of mud, according to the Warren County coroner.
Authorities with the Major Case Squad said preliminary results indicate Ell drowned and that his death was an accident.
They said he had injuries consistent with a fall down the ravine. They aren’t sure why he wasn’t able to get out of the water at the bottom of the ravine, but said he had been drinking and that could have been a contributing factor.
The final results of an autopsy will take weeks, authorities said.
Ell may have been trying to get home after eating at a fast-food restaurant, family members say.
Ell’s mother, Cathy Ell of St. Paul, said her son had been out with friends on Friday night. They went to Jack in the Box around midnight and then drove across the street to eat the food in the parking lot of Burger King, she said.
Her son left to use the restroom and never returned, she said.
“The other people who were with him got concerned and went to look for him,” she said. “They tried to retrace his steps and checked all the places that were still open but couldn’t find him.”
Ell said her son had left his cell phone in the truck he was riding in, so he couldn’t call anybody.
“We’re assuming that he was attempting to walk home,” she said.  ”One of the friends called me about 10:30 Saturday morning and asked me if Andrew was at our house. I called 911.”
She said her brother, niece and nephew had found her son’s body.
Warren County Coroner Roger Mauzy pronounced Ell dead at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. He said a guardrail separates the service road from the ravine where Ell’s body was found.  He said the road was poorly lit.
Mauzy said Ell’s body showed no major visible of signs of trauma. Ell’s driver’s license listed a St. Paul address but that he was  living with friends in Warren County, Mauzy said.
Ell described her son as vivacious, fun, close to his family and a big tease.
“You couldn’t stay mad at him because he would say things like ‘Oh, Mom, your hair looks really nice today’, and just totally diffuse the situation,” she said.
Andrew Ell was employed as a field service technician with CK Power in Creve Coeur. He was a graduate of Linn State Technical College and St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon.
A wake for Ell will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay in St. Charles. A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul.
“He was a good boy; he’s going to be missed so much,” Cathy Ell said.
Anyone with information on Ell’s whereabouts before he disappeared is asked to call the Major Case Squad at 636-456-2208.  News Source Link

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jorry Palm – Earthly Body Located, July 31, 2012

Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk has confirmed that the remains found inside a car that crashed into a swampy area on Route 46 in Niles belong to a man reported missing in Akron June 9.A helicopter pilot saw a wrecked car in the area of the bike trail near the Weathersfield border on Tuesday afternoon and contacted the Ohio State Highway Patrol. After a short search, police found a red Mazda belonging to Jorry Palm, 28, who has family in Niles. “He had pretty much ruled out foul play. He is hanging on to the remains for a few more days, just to do some follow up testing, but he is fairly comfortable at this time that no foul play was involved,” said Niles Police Capt. Ken Criswell.
The car was found off state Route 46, a heavily traveled roadway, but it was not easily visible from that road.
“Unfortunately he went off the road, the car became airborne, we had minimal trails and not a good location from his cell phone records, couldn’t pinpoint where his last activity was on his phone,” Criswell said.
The remains were identified using dental records, according to the coroner. Criswell said toxicology tests will not be performed because the body was too badly decomposed
The cause of death has been listed as drowning associated with blunt force trauma as a result of the crash.
The cause of the accident is unknown, but the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a press release on Tuesday that the car was traveling north on Route 46 at a high rate of speed, went off the left side of the road, struck a large area of concrete/brick debris, went into a wooded area, over a ravine and came to rest on its roof. The impact split the car into two pieces.
The vehicle was found laying in about 18 inches of water.
Family members and friends of Palm said it is too difficult for them to talk at this time, but said he was a wonderful person who will be missed. They also thanked the community for all of the support.
Niles detectives have been assisting Akron police since early June in an attempt to locate Palm. Criswell said numerous agencies, including the state Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation also assisted in the case.  Jorry was a brilliant young man who worked at Lockheed Martin and is loved and will be missed by many. His last message to him mom, as posted on her fridge was the below note:

AKRON – Jorry Michael Palm, 28, formerly of Niles, died Saturday, June 9, 2012.
Jorry was born March 7, 1984, in Corpus Christi, Texas, the son of Steve Palm and Cheri Van Dyke.
He worked for Lockheed-Martin in Akron.
He is survived by his parents; two sisters, Cassandra and Lindsey Palm; a brother, Jarod Palm; his maternal grandmother, Shirley Karr; and his paternal grandmother, Eileen Swesey.
Jorry’s life will be celebrated with a service at 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Church at Warren in Cortland.
Interment has taken place at Crown Hill Burial Park.
Arrangements are entrusted to McFarland and Son Funeral Services Co.
Previous reports: Jorry Palm, 28, is missing. He was seen at Tiny’s Tavern, his best friend’s club, on Triplett Boulvard in Akron, Ohio on Saturday, June 9, 2012. He left the club and went to the ATM at the PNC Bank on West Wilbeth Road. Shortly after he went to the Karam’s Lounge on Brown Street in the city of Akron at about 2:30 a.m. He never arrived. Neither Jorry or his vehicle have been seen since. His last cell ping was in the town of Niles, Ohio. Police are also looking for Jorry’s missing car, a red four-door Mazda Speed 6 with an Ohio license plate number of FDX-3947.
Jorry graduated from Kent State University with a Computer Science Degree and works for Lockheed – Martin in Akron, OH as a Software Engineer. Jorry has a home that he shares with two roommates. This is totally out of his character. Jorry’s parents, family and friends are extremely worried. His mom and dad are taking this extremely hard.  He and his mom always talked numerous times throughout the days either via the phone or through text messaging. They ask if anyone has information, no matter how insignificant, to please contact authorities or send an anonymous letter or message.
Date Missing: June 09, 2012
Last Seen: Akron, Ohio
Age at Time Missing: 28 yrs
Hair: Blonde Eyes: Blue
Height: 5’7″ Weight: 180 lbs
Clothing: Khaki shorts and gray OSU shirt
Transportation: Also missing, a red four-door Mazda Speed 6
with an Ohio plate number FDX-3947, with with translucent green tape on cracked rear spoiler.
Other: May be wearing glasses or contact lenses.
If you have any information you are asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2530, the Niles police at 330-652-9944, or your local police.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Benjamin R. Fuder – Earthly Body Located July 29, 2012

Benjamin R. Fuder – Left downtown area alone after midnight.
Located deceased.

Benjamin R. Fuder, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student reported missing over the weekend was found dead at a quarry early Sunday, according to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.
The body of Benjamin R. Fuder was last seen in downtown Whitewater around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Fuder’s body was found at Whitewater Limestone Quarry in the town of Whitewater at 6:45 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Walworth County dispatcher on Sunday afternoon refused to reveal Fuder’s age or hometown or cause of death and referred questions to the Walworth County sheriff, who was not in the office Sunday.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nathan Bihlmaier – Earthly Body Found May 22, 2012

Nathan Bihlmaier- Left Establishment alone.
Located Deceased.

Nathan Bihlmaier, 31, traveled from Cambridge, Mass., to Portland, Me., with two classmates to celebrate their upcoming graduation from the exclusive Harvard Business School. Nathan was to earn his MBA degree on May 24,2012, however, he disappeared after leaving an Irish Pub on the Portland waterfront on May 20, 2012.
His friends were initially unaware that he had left the bar. They later spoke to him several times by phone in an attempt to find each other. In the final call around 12:15 a.m., Bihlmaier said he was in front of a large, official-looking building that he didn’t recognize. Police now believe that the building may have been the US Custom House on Commercial Street, a short distance from the bar. Yet, his friends were still unable to find him.
Not long after that call, at 12:54 a.m., Bihlmaier’s mobile phone stopped sending signals.
Nathan’s  wife, Nancy, was pregnant with the couple’s first child. His body was recovered on May 22, 2012 from the harbor.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Lance Corey Gaines – Earthly Body Found May 01, 2012

Lance Corey Gaines – Left Establishment Alone
Located Deceased.

OCEAN CITY, Md. – A body has been found in Ocean City – and police have confirmed it to be missing 22-year-old Lance Gaines.
The New York father was last seen at 1:00 AM on April 21, 2012  at the Sandbar on 33rd street. He and his family were vacationing in Ocean City. Police pulled his body from the bay near 32nd Street on May 01, 2012. The body was sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy – the cause of death is still under investigation.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Franco Garcia – Earthly Body Found April 11, 2012

Franco Garcia – Left Establishment alone.
Located deceased.
Franco Garcia
Franco Garcia, whose Feb. 22, 2012 disappearance sparked a massive search that ended when his body surfaced last week in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
Authorities said preliminary autopsy results suggested the 21-year-old chemistry major may have died after an accidental fall into the water.
Friends last saw Garcia, a junior at Boston College, while drinking at a bar near campus after a band practice.  His body was pulled from the River on April 11, 2012.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tom Hecht – Earthly Body Found March 22, 2012

Tom Hecht – Left Establishment Alone.
Located Deceased.

The 28-year-old went missing March 10, following a pub crawl on Water Street.  The report states Hecht was last seen at Rosie’s Tavern just after 9:00 p.m. that night.
According to detectives, surveillance video from the bar, show the man staggering and swaying back and forth.
Friends told police, they were unaware Hecht was still at the bar when they left in a cab.
Later video shows Tom walking alone, but investigators say they’re still unsure where he plunged into the river.
The Hecht family issued a statement saying they are heartbroken and thanked volunteers for their search efforts.  Final toxicology results are not expected to be complete for several weeks.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of Tom Hecht an accident.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Eric Duffey - Earthly Body Located - March 05, 2012

The body of missing Wisconsin college student Eric Duffey has been found in the Wisconsin River after an exhaustive search involving 150 volunteers.
Duffey, 21, disappeared early on Saturday morning having been out celebrating his birthday with friends at Joe's Bar.
He was last seen at about 1.15 am leaving the bar and is thought to have been heading for his residence or that of his girlfriend. 
Stevens Point Sgt. Dan Wheeler said officials removed Duffey’s body at around 1.10 pm this afternoon from the river, which goes through the city about 110 miles north of Madison.
The coroner's office made a positive identification after meeting with Duffey's family.

Kudronowicz said the department had received new information that led officials to believe Duffey walked into the Wisconsin River, adding ‘I think alcohol had something to do with his actions.’
But Duffey’s father Darren told WISC-TV: ‘I know that they were drinking, but it doesn't sound like they were drinking heavily. It wasn't like they were doing 21 shots or anything like that.'
Sgt Wheeler said that information included a witness who came forward and said he heard someone yelling for help at about 1.30 am Saturday near the Clark Street bridge. But Wheeler said the witness didn't see anyone when he checked.
Several college-age men around Wisconsin have disappeared after drinking heavily at taverns only to turn up dead in local rivers over the last decade.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Jimmy Slack – Earthly Body Found January 23, 2012

Jimmy Slack – Left Concert Establishment Alone.
Located Deceased.

The body of Jimmy Slack, the Bridgeville man who had been missing for more than a month, was recovered Monday afternoon on the shore of the Ohio River, Bridgeville police Chief Chad King confirmed.Slack, who graduated in 2004 from Chartiers Valley High School and was living with his parents in Bridgeville, had gone to a String Cheese Incident concert at Stage AE on the North Side. He was separated from a friend, who left with another person when she tried but failed to find him. They later exchanged numerous text messages and phone calls with her before he disappeared.
Family members became concerned when Slack didn’t return or answer calls to his cell phone. They said he was getting ready to return to his job working on a barge and that he would never want to miss his niece’s birthday that weekend.