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20 Year Old Presbyterian College Student Heather Brooke Isbell Missing Since November 9, 2009 in Clinton, South Carolina

20 year old Presbyterian College student Heather Brooke Isbell has been missing since November 9, 2009. Heather Brooke Isbell was last seen around 5 PM on the Presbyterian College campus in Clinton, SC. According to police reports, Isbell failed to show for a tennis team picture. She could also nor be reached by cell phone.

Police say at this time that they do not expect foul play; however, are concerned about her safety.

 Missing: Heather Brooke Isbell

Clinton Public Safety Director Stacy Drakeford said that a missing person report was filed for 20-year-old Heather Brooke Isbell on Tuesday. They said that Isbell was last seen at about 5 p.m. on Monday.


  • 20 year old white female
  • height: 5 feet 7 inches
  • weight: 130 pounds
  • brown hair and brown eyes.

Heather Brooke Isbell was last seen driving a silver Toyota Tacome with license tag EYM260 by a fellow student. At this point police do not suspect foul play; however, according to sources it is considered out of character for Heather to just not show for a scheduled event and just disappear.

Family and Friends Praying For Return Of Missing College Student (VIDEO)

Prayers are pouring in for the safe return of a missing Presbyterian College student.  20 year old Heather Isbell, a sophomore on the school’s tennis team, disappeared on November 9th.  “She is the young lady everyone wants to be around,“ says family pastor Kenny Moore.  He says the Isbell is full of faith, giving her time on yearly mission trips.  It’s unlike Heather to “just disappear”, he says.  “The family is precious,“ he says through tears.  “When there’s someone out there you love, what do you do?  Your hands are tied.“

Police have seized her computer and are searching it for web sites she may have visited prior to her disappearance.

If any one has any information regarding there whereabouts of Heather Brooke Isbell, please call Clinton Public Safety at (864) 833-7512. If you can help investigators find her, you are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text a tip to “CRIMES” beginning with the term “TIPSC.”

November 11th, 2009 at 12:13am Posted by | Missing, Missing Adult, Missing College Student, Pictures | one comment

The Dana Pretzer Show On Scared Monkeys Radio – Sunday, November 1, 2009 – Special Guests: Clint Van Zandt, Steph Watts, Robin Sax and Catherine Harper Lee


Listen to the Dana Pretzer Show Tonight at 9 PM on Scared Monkeys Radio

Tonight Dana Welcomes Special Guests:

  • Clint Van Zandt, Retired FBI Agent and Security Expert will be discussing Somer Thompson, the murdered Fla 7 year old and Morgan Harrington, the missing Va Tech coed?
  • Steph Watts, TV Producer and Crime Reporter discusses some of the High Profile Cases in the News like the recent gang rape of a 15 year old girl while bystanders looked on and did nothing at a Richmond, CA High school Home Coming Dance. He will also be discussing the case of missing Haleigh Cummings.
  • Robin Sax, Former Sex Crimes Prosecutor will be discussing all things crime in this weeks edition of  “Nothing But The Sax”. She will be joined by special guest, Catherine Harper Lee, the Executive Director of The Justice League of Ohio discussing the Jaelyn Rice missing persons case.

November 1st, 2009 at 06:05pm Posted by | child welfare, Crime/Murder, Missing, Missing Children, Missing College Student | one comment

24 Year Old Howard University Student James Duncan III Missing Since March 25, 2009 in Washington, DC (Update: Found Safe)

24 year old James Duncan III, a Howard University sophomore, from San Francisco has been missing since March 25, 2009. James Duncan III was last seen at approximately 8:30 pm at the Howard Plaza Towers in the 2200 block of Sherman Avenue NW in Washington, DC.. Duncan is considered on the “critical missing” list.James Duncan Missing


  • Black male
  • 5 feet 6 inches tall
  • Weighing approximately 180 pounds
  • Brown eyes
  • Black hair
  • Duncan’s car, a burgundy 1998 four-door Toyota Camry with California plates, was found Monday in the 2600 block of North Capitol Street NW.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of James Duncan III, please contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099 or the Howard University Police Department Investigator Robert Thompson at 202-806-1085.

 Mother Pleads for Help in Finding Missing Howard Student

Duncan’s mother, though, is still clinging to the hope that he is OK.

“I love my child; my family love my child. We wanna make sure he’s OK,” Ellenberg said.

Duncan’s mother flew in from California and says she plans to stay in the area passing out flyers and talking with students on Howard University’s campus until she learns of her son’s whereabouts or finds out what happened to him.

While the pressure of college can prompt some students to drop out and leave school abruptly, for reasons they have not made public D.C. police do not believe that has happened here and consider Duncan’s situation critical.

UPDATE I: Howard University student James Duncan III had been found Safe

Howard University student James Duncan III had been found. According to a university press release, Duncan was located Tuesday unharmed in an undisclosed location.

Metropolitan police and the Howard University Police Department declined to comment, due to Duncan’s wish for privacy, but Duncan’s mother, Terry Ellenberg, did speak about how pleased she was after receiving word of her son’s whereabouts.

“I’m very happy right now,” Ellenburg said. “I haven’t seen him yet, but I’m about to go to see if I can find him where I was told he was seen.”

April 11th, 2009 at 11:53am Posted by | Found Alive, Missing, Missing Adult, Missing College Student, Pictures | no comments

University of St Thomas Freshman Student Dan Zamlen Missing Since April 5, 2009 (UPDATE: Found Deceased)

18 year old University of St Thomas Freshman, Dan Zamlen, has been missing sinceDan_Zamlen 3:00 am on April 5, 2009. He was last heard from at 3am while talking to a friend on his cell phone when the line suddenly went dead. According to reports, it is believed Zamlen was near the Mississippi River near St. Clair Avenue in St. Paul at the time and had been drinking alcohol.

According to family members, Zamlen was on a phone call with a friend, and the last word heard were, “Oh my god, oh my god, I’m slipping.” At that point, the phone cut out and the friend called police.

Dan Zamlen Description:

  • 6-foot tall
  • weighing 175 pounds
  • He was last seen wearing a blue jacket and jeans.
  • Zamlen may be in need of medical attention as a Type 1 diabetic

Family and friend search for missing Dan Zamlen near area where he was last reported to be.

On Sunday afternoon, his parents, Dale and Sally Zamlen, and several friends from Eveleth and St. Thomas gathered near the spot where he was last heard from, a trail next to a grassy area next to a sharp, wooded slope.

Family and friends had combed the area with no results, and a Minnesota State Patrol made passes over the area. Just before 5 p.m., St. Paul Fire Department vehicles arrived at the scene, apparently to extend the search.

UPDATE I: Police search near Mississippi for missing St. Thomas student

UPDATE II: Search Continues for Missing Dan Zamlen

We all need to say a prayer that Dan Zamlen, his family and friends.

The search continues today for a University of St. Thomas freshman who has been missing since early Sunday, April 5.

More than 100 St. Thomas students, along with friends and members of Zamlen’s family, walked through the neighborhood yesterday afternoon and evening searching for him. Another large group of students, using flashlights, searched the St. Thomas campus Sunday night. Another thorough search of the campus is being conducted today.

St. Paul Police emphasized that students should not search the steep banks and bluffs along the river. The bluffs are especially slippery at this time of the year and the river is swollen because of spring runoff.

UPDATE III: Search for Missing Dan Zamlen Suspended by Police

After 3 days of searching for missing Dan Zamlen, police have suspended the day to day searches. However, friends of 19-year old Dan Zamlen aren’t giving up and have formed their own search teams.

After a three-day search turned up nothing, police said Tuesday they will suspend the active search for missing University of St. Thomas Dan Zamlen.

Police will continue to investigate Zamlen’s disappearance, but their day-to-day search won’t continue unless they get specific information about his possible whereabouts.

UPDATE IV: Search for missing St. Thomas student Dan Zamlen expands

Volunteers have knocked on more than 7,000 doors in the search for missing St. Paul college student Dan Zamlen, and as his disappearance nears the two-week mark, searchers plan to hit 3,000 more, a search organizer said Friday.

Chris Ismil, director of Iron Range Youth in Action, said the door-knocking effort would expand the search area to about a 3-mile radius from where Zamlen was last believed to have been.

UPDATE V:  Body pulled from the Mississippi River as that of missing University of St. Thomas student Dan Zamlen

The case of missing Dan Zamlen has come to a sad conclusion. A body pulled from the Mississippi River has been identified as that of missing Dan Zamlen on April 5, 2009. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

To discuss the case, provide your opinions and get updates go to Scared Missing Persons Forum: Dan Zamlen.

April 5th, 2009 at 06:46pm Posted by | Found Deceased, Missing, Missing College Student, Missing Teen, Pictures | 3 comments

Matthew Wilson Missing Since 2007 Found Alive on the Campus the University of California at Berkeley… “he wanted to disappear”

Rice University student Matthew Wilson had been missing since December 15, Matthew Wilson2007. His car had been found in Berkeley, CA on June 10, 2008. Now after all this time Matthew Wilson has been found alive on the campus of the Campus the University of California at Berkeley. Wilson was arrested by campus police in connection with trespassing and theft charges. All things considered, at least he is safe and alive.

A Rice University student missing since December was found, and arrested, on another campus in California, Berkeley Police said Thursday.

Matthew Wilson, 21, was detained by police on a routine patrol of the campus at the University of California at Berkeley Wednesday night, where he was found using a laptop in a classroom. He was arrested in connection with trespassing and theft charges after investigators learned who he was.

“He was detained because he was trespassing in the building after hours, and later admitted to the officer his true identity,” Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, the public information officer for the Berkeley Police Dept. told Thursday.

According to reports, Matthew Wilson had gone missing voluntarily and there was no indication of foul play.”He later told our detectives that he wanted to disappear.”


Matthew Wilson on 72-Hour Psychiatric Hold

When asked to identify himself, Wing said Wilson provided the officer with a false name before eventually admitting his true identify.

At that point, Wing said Wilson was arrested on four charges: providing false information to a police officer, possession of stolen property with a serial number obliterated, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

Wilson was taken to the Berkeley City Jail and then transferred to the John George Psychiatric Pavilion.

“Wilson is currently being held under a 72-hour psychiatric hold,” said Wing, who added that at the time of his arrest Wilson seemed psychically healthy and was coherent. “When he’s released back into criminal custody he will be arraigned.”

August 14th, 2008 at 09:06pm Posted by | Found Alive, Matthew Wilson, Missing, Missing Adult | 3 comments

Mother of Missing Rice University Junior Matthew Wilson Comes to Bay Area to Search for Son

Matthew J. Wilson, a junior at Rice University in Houston has been missing since December 15, 2007.  Wilson’s car was recently found on June 10, 2008 in the 1200 block of Allston Way in Berkeley, CA.


Matthew Wilson Description:

  • a 20 year old Caucasian male
  • 5 feet, 7 inches tall
  • weighs 135 pounds
  • red hair
  • green eyes
  • wears glasses
  • He had a full beard when his roommate last saw him.

Cathy Wilson, the mother of missing Matthew Wilson has flown to the Bay Area from Oklahoma and joined the search for her son.

His mother, Cathy Wilson, recently flew to the Bay Area from Oklahoma and joined the search for her son Saturday afternoon, according to Bridget Melson, co-founder of Trinity Search and Recovery.

“People really dig back into memory when they see her,” Melson said. ‘She looks so much like her son.”

The group will resume the search at about 2 p.m. today and plans on making stops at University of California-Berkeley as well as Bay Area Rapid Transit stations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland and Walnut Creek.

Melson said there have been more than 10 reported sightings of Matt Wilson in the Bay Area, including several in Walnut Creek within the last week.

Trinity Search and Recovery has handed out fliers to businesses in the area of some of the sightings, and employees reported seeing a man who fit Matt Wilson’s description, Melson said.


Cathy Wilson walks through People’s Park in Berkeley asking people if they have seen her missing son, Matthew. His car was found abandoned in Berkeley last month.

Family web site:

Mom comes to Bay Area to look for missing son

After the car was found on June 10, dirty and abandoned, on Allston Way in central Berkeley, a Pleasanton group that helps families search for missing loved ones got involved. The organization, called Trinity Search & Recovery, created a Web site with photos of Matthew and set up a telephone number for tips. A $25,000 reward is being offered by his mother, Rice University and Crime Stoppers of Houston.

Police in Berkeley and at Rice University have said they do not suspect foul play in Matthew’s disappearance. The book on identity theft suggests that Matthew may have considered changing his name, his mother said, but if that’s the case, it seems unlikely he would keep his flaming red hair and beard.

July 13th, 2008 at 10:47pm Posted by | Matthew Wilson, Missing, Missing Adult, Pictures, Search and Rescue | 3 comments

Missing Matthew Wilson’s Car Found Abandoned in Berkeley, CA

Matthew Wilson, a 20 year old computer science major at Rice University has Matthey_Wilson2been missing since December 15, 2007. Wilson’s vehicle, a silver 2004 four-door Dodge Neon with Oklahoma license plate 863 MCZ, has been found abandoned in Berkely, CA.

HOUSTON — The car that belongs to missing Rice University student Matthew Wilson has been found in Berkeley, Calif.

Wilson’s silver 2004 four-door Dodge Neon with Oklahoma license plate 863 MCZ was towed as an abandoned vehicle from a residential street in West Berkeley June 10. 

Berkeley police informed the Rice University Police Department there were no obvious signs of foul play inside the car, and they have issued a description and photos of Wilson with a request for the community’s help in searching for the missing 20-year-old from Haworth, Okla. Rice police notified Wilson’s family of the news.

”The discovery of Matthew’s car is an important piece of evidence,” said Rice Police Chief Bill Taylor. “We will cooperate fully with the Berkeley Police Department investigation, and we’re all hopeful that Matthew will be found alive and well.”,

Missing Rice student’s car found in California

“My understanding is that (Berkeley police) have done a thorough search of the car and feel comfortable that there was no indication of foul play,” said Rice University Police Chief Bill Taylor.

He added that Berkeley police indicated the car had been abandoned for some time.

Wilson’s mother, Cathy Wilson, said she has no idea why her son, who was last seen in Houston on Dec. 14, would be in Berkeley or whether he knew anyone there.

Though she is glad the car was found, she said, the discovery did not offer her full relief.

“I’m just pondering what else could have happened,” she said.




June 15th, 2008 at 12:09pm Posted by | Matthew Wilson, Missing, Missing College Student | 4 comments

Hey Aruba … No Body, No Crime, REALLY??? Jessica O’Grady Missing & Presumed Dead … Edwards is now serving 80 years to life

No body, No Crime … Only in Aruba and when a crime is committed like in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. In other places where people take crime seriously there are arrests, prosecutions and convictions made without a body all the time. Like in the case of missing Nina Reiser and her husband Hans Reiser who is presently on trial for her murder. Or in the case of Kendrick Williams as well. Its only in places like Aruba where a cover up of a crime takes precedent over a crime against an individual where justice is denied that such actions are condoned. It would appear that only in Aruba does Paulas Van der Sloot’s comments of “No Body, No Crime” ring true.

Satish says to Joran: I didn’t declare anything.
Joran says to the brothers: Of course you did.
Satish says to Joran: What did I say / against your father?
Joran says to the brothers: You said that he (Joran’s father) said that if there’s no corpse there’s no case, or I don’t know what more sorts of shit.
Joran says to the brothers: That’s not true, the only thing he (Joran’s father) said that if there’s no body there don’t have a case.

Jessica O'Grady 1

(Jessica O’Grady, University of Nebraska at Omaha student)

19 year old University of Nebraska student, Jessica O’Grady, is missing and presumed dead. Jessica O’ Grady was last seen on May 10, 2006. O’Grady made a cell phone call the night that she went missing stating that she was going to the house of the man she had dated, Christopher Edwards. Jessica O’Grady was never seen nor heard from again. No body, no crime, huh? Don’t tell that to Christopher Edwards. Jessica’s body was never recovered; however, Christopher Edwards is presently serving 80 years to life in the death of Jessica O’Grady.

Jessica O’Grady, who is presumed dead, was last seen alive on May 10, 2006. She made a call from her cell phone late that night, saying she was going to the house of a man she had dated, Christopher Edwards. Edwards is now serving 80 years to life for the 19-year-old woman’s death, although her body has never been found.

Investigators aren’t giving any details of the tip, but say it is promising.

New Tip In O’Grady Case Under Investigation: Anniversaries Of Disappearance, Conviction Near

March 29th, 2008 at 11:56am Posted by | Missing, Missing College Student, Missing Teen | no comments

Has Body of Missing Brianna Denison been Found … Body of Female Found in Field in South Reno, NV

Brianna Denison has been missing since January 20, 2008 when she was abducted by a serial rapist linked by DNA to a string of attacks near the University of Nevada, Reno campus. It now appears that a female body has been found and removed about 4:30 p.m. and taken to the Washoe County Coroner’s Office.

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Dozens of police officers searched for evidence in a field where the body of a woman was found Friday but declined to speculate whether it was that of Brianna Denison, a 19-year-old college student missing since she was abducted nearly a month ago.

A worker found the body about noon in a brush-covered field on the city’s south side near a light industrial area, Reno police spokesman Steve Frady said.

“There has been a lot of speculation, a lot of rumor about a possible connection with the disappearance of Brianna Denison. At this point we have no information to link that case with this one,” Frady said at a briefing.

About 45 law enforcement and crime lab personnel, including three FBI agents, remained at the scene before night fell.

Frady said the time and cause of death would be determined by an autopsy scheduled Saturday. Authorities have “no ID, not even a tentative ID,” he said.

UPDATE I: Body found in southeast Reno being moved

Authorities are moving the body of a woman found today in southeast Reno.

Spokesman Steve Frady earlier refused to comment on whether the investigation into the dead body is related to the abduction of Brianna Denison.

FOX NEWS: Is Body Found that of Missing Brianna Denison?

UPDATE II: Autopsy to Tell if Body Is Missing Reno Kidnap Victim, Brianna Denison

A worker found the woman’s body about noon Friday in a brush-covered field on the city’s south side near a light industrial area. The field is about eight miles south of the house near the University of Nevada, Reno campus where Denison was last seen in the early morning hours of Jan. 20.

“There has been a lot of speculation, a lot of rumor about a possible connection with the disappearance of Brianna Denison. At this point we have no information to link that case with this one,” Reno police spokesman Steve Frady said.

UPDATE III: Female Body ID’d as that of Missing Brianna Denison

RENO, Nev. —  Police say the body of a woman found in a field in Reno is that of a college student missing since she was abducted nearly a month ago.

The body of 19-year-old Brianna Denison was discovered Friday in a grown-over lot by a business park on the city’s south side. Police confirmed Saturday that the body was hers.

Autopsy results confirm that body is that of missing teen Brianna Denison

Reno Police confirm that the body found Friday in South Reno is that of missing Reno teen Brianna Denison. 

Police say that Denison was strangled to death, and her body had been in South Reno for at least a week. 

In a press conference, Police say they believe Denison’s kidnapper and murderer is still in the Reno area.  They also believe he is a serial rapist.   Police found DNA evidence at the scene of the crime that they say links the suspect to other sexual assaults near the UNR campus.

They describe the suspect as white man with light brown/dirty blonde hair.  He is 5’8” to 5′ 10” with a slender to medium build. The victim said the suspect was wearing a dark hooded pull over sweat shirt with no zippers or markings, athletic type nylon silver sweat pants with black stripes, and white tennis shoes.

February 16th, 2008 at 12:39am Posted by | abduction, autopsy, Brianna Denison, Crime/Murder, Found Deceased, kidnapped, Missing, Missing College Student | one comment

Santa Barbara College Student Brianna Denison Missing in Reno, NV … Man Sought in Disappearance

A 19 year old, Santa Barbara City College student, Brianna Denison is missing in Reno, Nevada. Brianna Denison of Reno was last seen at a home near the University of Nevada, Reno around 4 a.m. Sunday.Brianna Denison Blood was found on the pillow of the missing coed. Also her cell phone and purse were left behind at her friend’s house.


  • 19 year old white female
  • five feet tall
  • 98 lbs
  • long dark hair
  • blue eyes
  • She may have been wearing light blue or pink sweat pants and a white tank top

If anyone has information on Brianna Denison’s whereabouts, please call Reno Police at (775) 334-2115.

Denison was last seen around 4 a.m. Sunday. A family member says Denison had been out with friends, and went to a friend’s house to sleep on the sofa. A few hours later, Brianna had vanished.

Brianna’s aunt says blood was discovered on Brianna’s pillow. She also says Brianna’s cell phone and purse were left behind at the friend’s house. That house is near Mackay and College, not far from the UNR campus. (Las Vegas Now)

Brianna Denison_1

For further updates and to discuss this case go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Brianna Denison.

UPDATE I: Man Sought in Teen’s ‘Suspicious’ Disappearance

Brianna Denison Reported Missing Sunday After Friends Discover Blood on Her Pillow

Authorities have announced that they wanted to talk to an unnamed man in his 40s who may have information in Brianna Denison’s whereabouts. The man dropped Denison’s friend off at the house where she was staying after she failed to get a taxi cab.

A man in a sport utility vehicle picked up one of Denison’s friends around 1 a.m. Sunday at the Sands Regency Hotel Casino after she failed to find a taxi. The driver dropped her at the house where Denison was staying. While the ride was without incident and police are not calling the man a “suspect,” they say that he is a “person of interest” who may know something about the disappearance. “It’s a leaf that’s unturned,” Macdonald said.


Brianna Denison_11

Police today released surveillance image of a car driven by a man who they say may know something about Denison’s whereabouts.

Police in Reno, Nev., want to talk to a man they believe may have information about a 19-year-old woman’s “suspicious” disappearance Sunday.

Brianna Denison was last seen around 4 a.m. Sunday when she went to sleep on the sofa at a friend’s house near the University of Nevada in Reno. The two had been at a party at the Sands Regency Hotel Casino earlier in the night. The friend gave Denison a blanket and pillow before going upstairs to bed.

When the friend came downstairs later in the day, Denison was missing and a bloodstain the size of a “silver dollar” was on the pillow she had been using, Lt. Robert Macdonald, a spokesman for the Reno Police Department, told ABC News.

The blood caused some alarm for police, Macdonald said, but the bigger concern was that it appeared Denison had disappeared wearing no shoes and only the sweats and a light shirt she’d worn to bed. Her cell phone and purse had also been left behind. 

UPDATE II: Search on for Woman Missing Who Disappeared From Nevada Home

A 19-year-old college student mysteriously vanished from a Reno, Nev., home early Sunday morning, and cops fear she may have been kidnapped.

“We’re treating this as an abduction case right now,” Lt. Robert McDonald of the Reno Police Department told FOX News. “A small amount of blood on her pillow is of interest to us.”

Cops are looking for a tan-colored, later-model GMC or Chevy Suburban and a white male, about 45 years old, who might be of Latin descent.

“He’s certainly a person of interest. We’re treating him as a person of interest, not a suspect,” McDonald said.

The man driving the vehicle had picked up a friend of Denison’s earlier that evening from the party both were attending when the friend was trying to hail a cab and dropped her off without incident at Mackay Court, the residence where she lived and Denison was staying, McDonald told

UPDATE III: Friends of Missing Brianna Denison set up FACE BOOK site


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Friends of missing teenager Brianna Denison have set up a “Find Bri” page on the popular social networking site

The page, set up by Ashley Stern of Colorado, shows a photo of the 19-year-old who has been missing since late this weekend.

The page can be found here and encourages anyone with information about Denison to call a number listed at the bottom.

America’s Most Wanted

After leaving the casino, police say Brianna returned to a friend’s home at 1395 MacKay Court at around 4 a.m., and was reportedly last seen falling asleep on a couch.  The residence is in an area close to the University of Nevada, and is populated mostly by college students living off-campus.  That was the last time anyone saw the 19-year-old psychology student. 

Earlier that night, a friend, who was also staying at the MacKay Court residence, solicited a ride from an unknown male.  The girl arrived home safe and sound, and police say that the journey was without incident.

UPDATE IV: Reno Cops: Missing Student Was AbductedBrianna Denison_5

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Investigators went door to door Tuesday searching for a 19-year-old college student who they believe was kidnapped from a friend’s home over the weekend. Brianna Denison was last seen around 4 a.m. Sunday when she went to sleep on her friend’s couch after a night of partying. She slept near an unlocked glass door and used a 2-foot-tall teddy bear as an extra pillow, police said.

When the friend awoke, Denison and the teddy bear were gone. Her purse, cell phone and clothes, including two pairs of shoes, were undisturbed, police said.

“We have not come up with any other clues, any of the items or anything that would lead us to Brianna at this time,” police Lt. Ron Holladay.

UPDATE V: FBI Joins Search for ‘Abducted’ Teen
Authorities Now Say Brianna Denison Was Likely Taken From Her Friend’s Reno Home

The FBI has joined the investigation into what police now say was likely the abduction of a teenage woman from a friend’s Reno, Nev., home sometime Sunday morning.

Tips, Frady said, continue to come to investigators. “We are continuing to talk to people,” he said. “We are getting information, and we’re continuing to follow those leads.”

Authorities also continue to seek an unnamed man in his 40s, who they believe may have information about Denison’s whereabouts.

The man became implicated in the abduction investigation after he dropped another one of Denison’s friends at the same house where she had been staying. Many college-age women share the rental house near the University of Nevada.

Authorities say that the man picked up Denison’s friend around 1 a.m. Sunday at the Sands Regency Hotel Casino after she failed to find a taxi. The driver, considered for now a “person of interest” rather than a “suspect,” dropped the young woman at the house roughly three hours before Denison and another friend returned from the same party.

UPDATE VI: Denison Investigators Interview Registered Sex Offenders

Investigators have begun interviewing sex offenders who live in the neighborhood where Brianna Denison disappeared from. They say within a one-mile span of the home on Mackay Way, there are about 100 registered sex offenders…and police want to talk to all of them.

Officers checked every empty home, building and alley in the Mackay Way neighborhood, leaving no trash can unturned. With no sign of Brianna, they say their next step was taking a closer look at neighbors with past convictions of a sex crime.

Reno search focuses on sex offenders

Police question nearly 100 as they continue hunt for former Mendocino woman

The Regional Sex Offender Unit, which includes Reno and Sparks police as well as Washoe County sheriff’s deputies, was focusing on sex offenders who live within a mile of the Mackay Court residence where Denison was staying before she disappeared.

That was part of a larger effort to contact more than 1,700 sex offenders registered in Washoe County.

“We’re continuing to be out in the field and the sex offender unit is also working on this,” said Steve Frady, public information officer for the Reno police and fire departments.

Authorities expressed frustration with the search.

“From our perspective, we don’t have any credible leads in which to follow up at this point,” University of Nevada, Reno Police Chief Adam Garcia said Wednesday night.

“Basically, Brianna has disappeared. She has fallen off the face of the Earth,” he told a Reno radio station.

UPDATE VII: Possible Suspect Sketch Released In Missing Teen Case

Brianna denison-suspect-sketch

(sketch of Reno, NV serial rapist)

Already linked to the December sexual assault of a woman in Reno, police said Thursday they now have DNA evidence that also ties the suspected abduction of Brianna Denison to an attack in the same neighborhood back in late November.

Police also released a composite sketch of a suspected rapist in a previously unreported attack in the area in October that investigators said is “not inconsistent” with the descriptions in the other three cases.

The developments stem from an “exponential increase” in information flowing into police tip lines since investigators released a description on Monday of a suspect in a December kidnapping and sexual assault also near campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, Reno Police Commander Ron Holladay said.

Police said DNA helped link that crime to evidence collected at the Reno home where the 19-year-old Denison last was seen in the early morning hours of Jan. 20.

On Thursday, Holladay said they now have connected all three attacks with DNA and were investigating the October rape of a woman who came forward on Wednesday to report she was attacked at gunpoint in a UNR parking garage within 100 yards of a campus police station.

January 21st, 2008 at 03:46pm Posted by | abduction, Brianna Denison, kidnapped, Missing, Missing College Student, Missing Teen, Pictures | 3 comments

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