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Cayle Bywater Missing Since December 29, 2007 from Athens, GA (UPDATE: Body Found in Lake)

29 year old Cayle Bywater was reported missing on New Year’s Eve. Her neighbor found her dog running loose near Bywater’s S. Milledge Ave. home. Cayle Bywater was last seen on Saturday and spoke with a family member that same day.

Description:Cayle Bywater

  • 29 year old white female
  • 5’3” tall
  • 113 pounds
  • with curly brown hair
  • blue eyes.

Police found her backdoor open. Her purse, wallet, keys, cell phone and car are all still at her residence.

If anyone has information on missing Cayle Bywater, please call the Athens Clarke County Police Central Communications (706) 613-3345.

UPDATE I: UGA student’s body found in Athens lake

Athens-Clarke County authorities have identified the body of a woman found in a lake Friday evening as that of UGA student Cayle Bywater, according to WSB-TV. Bywater’s body was discovered in Memorial Park, the same park where the 29-year-old woman was last seen Dec. 29.

Her body had been taken to the State Crime Lab in Decatur for an autopsy.


The search for University graduate student Cayle Bywater came to a grim end Friday afternoon.

Divers from the Hall County Sheriff’s Department found Bywater’s body at 4:30 p.m. in a small lake in Memorial Park, almost two weeks after she was last seen.

It was a difficult end of two traumatic weeks for the Bywater family.

“We want everyone to know how bright and loving Cayle was,” said Bywater’s mother Valery during a news conference Friday night. “She touched everyone she met.”

January 12th, 2008 at 12:30pm Posted by | Found Deceased, Missing, Missing Adult, Missing College Student, Pictures | no comments

Matthew J. Wilson, Rice University Student, Missing Since December 15, 2007 in Houston, TX

Matthew Wilson, a 20 year old computer science major and straight-A student at Rice University has been missing since December 15, 2007.  According to reports, Matthew Wilson made a $400 cash withdrawal from his bank account on Dec. 14, the day he was last seen. We hope that the bank machine that the transaction was done at has a camera.

“He’s a very serious student. He doesn’t participate in high-risk behaviors. It was really out of place. This is a gentleman who takes his school work very, very serious.”

Wilson was not known to drink or party. (Houston Chronicle)


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.

If anyone has any information about Matthew Wilson’s whereabouts please call the Rice University Police Department at 713-348-6000. To respond to the Crime Stoppers offer, call 713-222-TIPS (8477).

“I saw him … he was in his room, working,” said Elliott Harwell, Wilson’s roommate, of that last Dec. 14 sighting.

Harwell, a history major, left their apartment Friday night to work on a paper.

When he came back Saturday and saw Wilson’s silver 2004 Dodge Neon was gone, he assumed his roommate was in a computer lab or library.

“He’s a very diligent student,” Harwell said.

So diligent in fact, that Wilson eschewed e-mail because he found it a distraction. Unlike many students, Wilson didn’t devote much online energy to anything other than work. No page on Facebook or MySpace.

Rice police are searching for missing student

Rice University police are looking for leads in the disappearance of 20-year-old student Matthew J. Wilson, who was last seen by his roommate the evening of Dec. 14 at their off-campus apartment.

Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to felony charges in the case. 

UPDATE I: Also Missing is Matthew’s car and backpack


(This is not the exact car, but the type of car missing)


Also missing is Wilson’s car, a silver 2004 four-door Dodge Neon with Oklahoma license plate 863 MCZ, and his backpack.

UPDATE II: Rice University Student Reported Missing

University police said junior Matthew J. Wilson, 20, was last seen at his off-campus apartment at about noon Saturday.

“We found out from a student who Matthew was supposed to have picked up on Saturday evening and take to the airport that he never showed up” police Chief Bill Taylor said. “So we now have information that he had some things planned later from what we originally knew.”

UPDATE III: Further Articles rgarding Missing Matthew Wislon:

UPDATE IV: Missing Student’s Family Pleads For Answers

He hasn’t been seen for nearly a week and the family of missing Rice University student Matthew Wilson is desperate for answers, KPRC Local 2 reported Friday.

“This is on my mind. I’m thinking about it all the time,” said Wilson’s mother Cathy Wilson. “I’m trying to solve it in my head.”

To discuss the case of missing Matthew Wilson and to get further updates, please go to Scared Missing: Matthew Wilson.

December 22nd, 2007 at 02:33pm Posted by | Matthew Wilson, Missing, Missing College Student, Pictures, Search and Rescue | 32 comments

21 Year old Marshall University Student Leah N. Hickman Missing Since December 14, 2007 (UPDATE: Body Found Believed to be Missing Leah Hickman, Positively ID’d)

21 year old Marshall University student Leah N. Hickman has been missing since Leah_hickmanFriday, December 14, 2007.

Description: Leah N. Hickman:

  • white female
  • she is a junior at Marshall, majoring in journalism
  • height:  five-foot-four
  • weight: 125 pounds
  • brown hair
  • blue eyes.

Leah N. Hickman last talked with her mother, Sherry Russell, of Leon, early Friday afternoon. Her family, which expected her home for the holiday break, became concerned after she did not report to work at the Dress Barn on Saturday or Sunday.

Huntington Police Sgt. John Williams says Hickman’s car, purse, coat, keys and packed bags were found at the apartment she shared with her older sister.

Hickman’s family has posted fliers in neighborhoods, restaurants and service stations from Huntington to South Point, Ohio.

UPDATE I :Search Continues for Marshall Student

According to the police report Hickman’s purse, car keys and coat remained in her room. Her yellow Chevrolet Cavalier still is parked just outside her apartment building at 403 8th Avenue.

It’s known that Hickman bought McDonald’s at around 5:40 p.m. Dec. 14 and was supposed to meet with a friend later that evening, but never showed.

Caitlin and Leah’s mother say her voicemail on her cell phone is completely full and messages of concern stream across her MySpace page.

The Dress Barn in Barboursville, the store where Leah works, is offering $10,000 reward for any information about where the girl might be.

UPDATE II: Body That May Be Missing Student Found

The body of missing 21 year old Leah Hickman may have been found by investigators. Forensic investigators found the body in a common laundry room in the basement of the missing woman’s apartment building.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Investigators found a body in a crawl space Friday that police believe is that of a missing Marshall University student.

Forensic investigators found the body at 5 p.m. in a common laundry room in the basement of the missing woman’s apartment building, the Huntington Police Department said in a prepared statement.

The body has not been identified but indications are that it is that of 21-year-old Leah Hickman, who has been missing since Dec. 14, the department said.

There are no suspects, Police Chief Skip Holbrook said at a Friday night news conference. He provided few details, saying police do not want to jeopardize the investigation. He said police do not know how long the body had been in the crawl space. He would not say whether a cause of death has been determined.

Body found in missing W.Va. student’s home

Investigators removed the body of a young woman found in a crawl space at the apartment of a missing Marshall University student on Saturday afternoon.

Authorities also barred traffic from a three-block area around the four-unit building, and the Herald-Dispatch newspaper reported that forensic investigators had worked through the night and were expected to remain at the scene throughout Saturday.

The body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Charleston for an autopsy, the Huntington Police said. The agency said the next update about the case is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

“Although we strongly believe the body is that of Leah Hickman, a positive identification will be made by the medical examiner,” Lt. Rocky Johnson said in a statement.

UPDATE III: Body Found in Crawl Space Identified as Missing West Virginia Student

Police say a body found in a crawl space at a Huntington apartment building is that of a missing Marshall University student.

Huntington police announced Monday that the body had been positively identified as Hickman, a journalism student at Marshall.

They declined to release any details about how she died.


December 22nd, 2007 at 11:23am Posted by | Found Deceased, Missing, Missing College Student, Pictures | no comments

Emily Sanders, 18, Missing Since Nove 23, 2007 in El Dorado, KS (Bizarre Twist: Double Life as Porn Star, Zoey Lane) Found Deceased

Emily Sander, 18, is last seen leaving the Retreat bar in El Dorado with Israel Mireles on Friday, November 23, 2007. She has not been seen nor heard from since. Her car was found the following day at the Retreat, a bar east of El Dorado.

Emily Sanders

The search for answers in the disappearance of Emily Sander, a Butler Community College student, led authorities to Room 21 of the El Dorado Motel, where a manager reported an altercation may have occurred.

Authorities will not release details of the evidence they found Saturday in that room, but said they believe Emily Sander was the victim of violence.

Sander, 18, was last seen Friday at the Retreat, a bar east of El Dorado, leaving with Israel Mireles, 24. Her car was found the following day at the bar.

El Dorado Police Chief Tom Boren said Mireles is the last person known to be seen with Sander.

Emily Sander case timeline

UPDATE I: Friend: Missing Kansas Student Led Double Life as Internet Porn Star


This case was just thrown a bizarre curve ball. It appears that the missing Emily Sanders may also be an internet porn star named Zoey Zane.

A missing Kansas college student believed to be the victim of foul play apparently led a double life as an Internet porn star by the name of Zoey Zane.

Nude photos of 18-year-old Emily Sander appeared on a Zoey Zane Web site before she vanished, and investigators are looking into whether her modeling had anything to do with her disappearance last Friday.

“She enjoyed it. She is a young teenage girl and she wanted to be in the movies and enjoyed movies. She needed the extra money,” Nikki Watson, a close friend of Sander’s at Butler Community College, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “Nobody in El Dorado knew besides her close friends.”

Sander’s brother, Jacob Sander, confirmed that the nude woman pictured on the site is his sister.

El Dorado Police Chief Tom Boren said FBI and state experts on Internet crime have been called in.

“Investigators are aware that Miss Sander was apparently involved in a Web site situation,” he said. “Allegations that this may factor into her disappearance are being thoroughly investigated.”

Sander was last seen leaving a bar in El Dorado, about 30 miles from Wichita, with a man identified as Israel Mireles, 24, authorities said. Sander and Mireles had met that night at the bar, according to Watson.

UPDATE II: Body of secret porn star found in Kansas

Authorities said the preliminary physical description of the body found about 50 miles east of El Dorado matches that of missing college student Emily Sander. Investigators refused to give details about the state of the body or how it was found.

Cops Say Body Found During Search Matches Description of Missing Student

UPDATE II: Missing Kansas Porn Star Student’s Body ID’d

November 30th, 2007 at 08:03am Posted by | Crime/Murder, Found Deceased, Missing, Missing College Student, Missing Teen, Pictures | 2 comments

Jackson State University Student Latasha Norman Missing Since November 13, 2007 (Update: Found Dead, Boyfriend Arrested)

20 year old Latasha Norman, a Jackson State University student has been missing since November 13, 2007. Latasha Norman was last seen at the end of an afternoon class Nov. 13. She has recently, according to reports, been the target of of attacks.

In recent weeks, Norman had been the target of attacks. Someone slashed her car tires and removed the vehicle’s license plate. Her father instructed her to file reports with the campus police, and she did. Last week, an ex-boyfriend of Norman’s was charged with hitting her last month. He has withdrawn as a student from Jackson State, university officials said Wednesday. (Washington Post)

Missing Woman Coverage a Black and White Issue?

Why does one missing woman get all the attention while another woman’s story becomes a buried headline? Jackson, Miss., Police Chief Malcolm McMillin, who has been heading a search over the past eight days for 20-year-old Latasha Norman, thinks he knows one reason why. “As far as the interest by the national media in the story, I think race probably had an impact,” the police chief said.

Family Confident Missing JSU Student Is Alive The search continues tonight for the missing Jackson state student

After one week, very few clues have turned up on the wherabouts of Latasha.   She was last seen leaving an accounting class at Jackson state around 2:30 Tuesday November 13th. Her father Danny Bolden, “It’s been seven days now we’d like to bring this to a closure, just like the chief said we don’t have any leads yet we don’t know were still investigating, were crying out for help.” During a briefing on campus, investigators said they were limited in what they could say about Latasha’s case. They say they’ve received several tips and are following up on several leads. Hinds County Sheriff and Jackson Police Chief Malcolm McMillin says, “This needs to be national news. We need the rest of the country to have the same kind of concern we have for this.”

No new leads in student’s disappearance

Police reported no new leads Friday in the disappearance of Jackson State University student Latasha Norman, and her father said he’s staying in the Jackson area to be close to the investigation. “We haven’t heard anything new,” said Danny Bolden, of Greenville. He indicated press reports on his missing daughter are helping “keep the case alive.” He said police had told him they were following up on several phone calls but that nothing concrete had come up.

UPDATE I: Mississippi Police Find Missing Student Latasha Norman’s  Body, Charge Ex-Boyfriend Stanley Dwayne Cole With Murder

The case of missing Latasha Norman has come to a sad but not surprising ending Sadlly, the body of Latasha Norman was found dead by Mississippi police after her ex-boyfrined, Stanley Dwayne Cole, lead police to the location. Stanley Dwayne Cole has been arrested and charged with Latasha Norman’s murder.

The ex-boyfriend of a missing Jackson State University student was charged with murder Thursday after leading police to her decomposed body in the woods off a quiet Jackson street, authorities said.

Norman’s ex-boyfriend, Stanley Dwayne Cole of Greenville, was charged with murder after being interviewed by detectives on Thursday, said Jackson Police Sgt. Jeffery B. Scott.

“Investigators were able to locate the body based on information developed in the course of the interview,” Scott said.

For further updates and to discuss the case, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons forum: Latasha Norman.  

November 24th, 2007 at 12:13am Posted by | arrested, Crime/Murder, Found Deceased, Missing, Missing College Student, Pictures | one comment

Tragic End in Missing BYU Student Case … Camille Cleverley Found … Fell Off Cliff

BYU student, Camille Cleverley, had been missing for nearly a week and was last seen Camille Cleverleyriding her bike on August 30, 2007. Her bike had been taken by two teens who stated they theought it had been abandoned earlier this week. Now the unfortunate news comes that the body of Camille Cleverley was found at the base of a cliff approximately 1,000 yards from Bridal Veil Falls on Sunday afternoon.

Another sad and tragic end, rest in piece Camille.

Cleverley’s body was discovered at the base of a cliff approximately 1,000 yards from Bridal Veil Falls on Sunday afternoon. Officials say clothing on the body confirmed that it was Camille, and that it appears she died on the mountain. Exactly what kind of injuries she sustained were not made clear, but investigators say it looks as though she fell from the cliff above.

Camille Cleverly 2

Authorities are conducting an investigation to determine exactly what happened and they have not yet ruled out the possibility of foul play — even though there were no initial indicators of a homicide or suicide.

The area where Cleverley’s body was found is dense with thick brush and trees and is a spot where many hikers have encountered trouble in the past, officials said.

Camille’s body found

The search for missing Brigham Young University student Camille Cleverley has ended. Her body was located at the base of a cliff near the falls this afternoon. 

Search and rescue crews discovered Cleverley’s body at 3:31 p.m. in some brush and trees near a rock-strewn field at the base of a 200-foot cliff about a quarter-mile east of the falls, said Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy. 

Cleverley appears to have died from injuries sustained from a fall, said Tracy. Tracy said he could not yet rule out foul play pending a full investigation. Two detectives and a medical examiner were on the scene as of 4:30 p.m. (Salt Lake City Tribune)

September 9th, 2007 at 08:11pm Posted by | Found Deceased, Missing Adult, Missing College Student, Pictures | one comment

Suspect in Missing Donna Jou Case, John Steven Burgess Extradited back to California

Convicted sex offender, John Steven Burgess, was in a California court to face charges for failing to register as a sex offender while he was living in Los Angeles, CA. According to authorities, Burgess is refusing to talk. Why would he? Does anyone think he is going to confess to a murder when all they have him on is drug possession and failing to report as a sex offender? What do police officials think Burgess is going to say, “Oh yea officer, by the way I am guilty of murder as well?” While we are on the subject, LAPD, who is searching for Donna Joe?

While Burgess has not been charged in the disappearance of Donna Jou, 19, a prosecutor said he is considered a suspect in the case. He has also refused to talk to investigators, according to authorities.

Burgess was arrested late last month in Jacksonville, Fla., after police there say they spotted him trying to dispose of a bag of crack cocaine outside a Motel 6. He pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge for possession of crack in Florida and waived extradition to California last week, said George Bird Jr., his attorney. (NBC San Diego)

(Missing Donna Jou)

Burgess named suspect in student’s disappearance

August 22nd, 2007 at 12:40am Posted by | abduction, arrested, Donna Jou, Missing, Missing College Student, Missing Teen, sex offender | no comments

30 Year Old Kelly Gorham Missing Since August 7, 2007 in Alfred, Maine (Update: Found Deceased)

Kelly Gorham has been missing since Thursday, August 7, 2007 when she failed to show up at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. Police are calling Kelly Gorham’s disappearance suspicious. Description:

  • Gorham is 5 feet, 2 inches tall
  • 140 pounds
  • blonde hair
  • blue eyes
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Zabarsky at 657-3030.

Kelly Gorham, missing Alfred woman.A 30-year-old nursing student from Alfred who was last seen eight days ago was responsible and conscientious, making her sudden disappearance particularly alarming, Maine State Police said Wednesday. Kelly Gorham, who lived by herself in an apartment over a garage on Water Street, was last seen by her landlord and another neighbor at about 11 p.m. on Aug. 7, said state police Lt. Brian McDonough. When she didn’t show up for her job as an intern at Maine Medical Center in Portland at 1 p.m. the next day, a co-worker called state police. (Portland Press Herald)

UPDATE I Searchers find ‘evidence,’ but not woman

Search teams on foot and in the air fanned out over 268 square miles Saturday during a full-day search for Kelly Gorham, a nursing student missing for nearly two weeks. But the intensive hunt turned up no sign of Gorham and no immediate breakthrough in the case. Searchers found some undisclosed items in the woods in the vicinity of Gorham’s apartment, but officials downplayed their significance. “We found evidence. They’ll make assessments about what value they’ll have in the investigation,” said Lt. Pat Dorian of the Maine Warden Service. “Obviously, we did not find Kelly and that’s what we were hoping for.”

UPDATE II: Searchers find evidence but student remains missing

Wardens downplayed the significance of items found Saturday in woods in the vicinity of Kelly Gorham’s apartment. The items will be analyzed by detectives. “We found evidence. They’ll make assessments about what value they’ll have in the investigation,” said Lt. Pat Dorian of the Maine Warden Service. So far, state police detectives have conducted about 75 interviews and processed several cars in connection with the case. Investigators believe someone knows about her location, said Maine State Police Lt. Brian McDonough. On Friday, Gorham’s mother and authorities appealed for help. “All of you people, please, dig down deep to that goodness and if you know anything, pick up the phone. Help us find our Kelly,” Pauline Gorham said.

UPDATE III: Kelly Gorham Found Deceased in Northern New Hampshire

The body of Kelly Gorham was found in Stewartstown, NH. She was buried on land that belonged to her ex-fiance’s family in northern New Hampshire. Ex-fiance, Jason Twardus had denied any involvement in Kelly Gorham’s disappearance; however, all signs point to the obvious.

Carlson said Jason Twardus has been questioned by police since the disappearance, which came two months after the couple broke off their engagement. He said Twardus denies any involvement in Gorham’s death.

The day after they raided the Twardus home in Rochester, investigators headed to Stewartstown. “The father told them where he had a piece of land, and that’s where they found the body,” Carlson said.

He said he spoke to Jason Twardus around 3 p.m. Wednesday and he maintained his innocence. “I said, ‘Everything is pointing to you.’ He said, ‘I know it is and I’m scared to death.’ ” (Portland Press Herald)

Missing Maine Nurse Found in N.H. Grave
Police Do Not Know the Cause of Kelly Gorham’s Death, but Ruled It a Homicide

August 19th, 2007 at 10:36am Posted by | Found Deceased, Kelly Gorham, Missing, Missing College Student, Missing Teen, Search and Rescue | 3 comments

Tim Miller & Texas EquuSearch Attend the 21st Annual meeting of Parents of Murdered Children (Family of Kenny Ebarb)

Kenny Ebarb has been missing since July 17, 2005 in the vicinity of the 21000 block of Countryside Rd. near FM 1960 East. The next day, July 16, 2005, Ebarb’s truck was found, abandoned and burned, about 23 miles away, in Huffman, TX. For two years, Ebarb’s family has dealt with Kenny’s disappearance with a range of emotions from hope to despair, frustration to anger, grief to loneliness not knowing what happened or having recovered his body. The case was deemed a homicide without a body.

More than 400 people including the Ebarb family and Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch attended The 21st annual meeting of Parents of Murdered Children. So many times we forget about the pain and anguish that family members go through after their loved one’s body is found. It can be even worse psychologically for those left behind when a body is never found. They are just left to wonder and anguish over what happened. Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch said during the conference:

The couple were joined in the hotel lobby by Tim Miller, founder of Texas Equusearch. Miller said cases of missing young men are “often overlooked or ignored” by the media, which “tends to focus on cases of missing women, or children.”

Miller was the luncheon speaker at the convention. Still, he took time to sit with the Ebarbs, gently advising them to attend one of the many workshops held for parents, relatives and siblings of murder victims.

“Everybody in this room thinks they’ve gone through the worst possible thing – losing a child,” Miller said. “I can tell them they have not. The worst possible thing is what you two are going through – not knowing. Not having that closure that allows you to fully grieve.” (Houston Chronicle)

The families of murdered and missing loved ones are a breed apart and have special issues and problems that none of us could even begin to relate to. Please remember that even after their family members are found. That although their missing loved one has been returned home, their grieving process goes on for years.

August 5th, 2007 at 12:54pm Posted by | Kenny Ebarb, Missing, Missing Adult, Missing Children, Missing College Student, Missing Elderly, Missing Teen, Texas Equusearch | 2 comments

21 Year Old Mahalia Xiong Missing Since 2AM Friday Morning (7/13/07)in Green Bay, WI (UPDATE: Found Deceased)

21 year old Mahalia Xiong, a University of WI – Green Bay student has been missing since 2:00 AM, the morning of Friday, July 13, 2007. Mahalia Xiong was reported missing when she did not return from a night of bowling and drinking at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Xiong and her friends left the bowling alley about 2 a.m. Friday morning. Xiong took her own route home, heading for Green Bay and calling her boyfriend at about 2:30, but not leaving a message. No one has heard from her since.

Xiong is an officer in the university’s Southeast Asian Student Union. Her brother, Tou Lee, says his sister is a responsible, outgoing leader.

She was driving a four-door, 1996 Mercury Sable.


Green Bay Police Search For Missing Student

21-year-old Mahalia Xiong was last seen Friday around 2:30am – in a car traveling north on South Oneida Street.

  • Xiong has a medium build
  • about 5′ tall
  • weighs 105 pounds
  • She was last seen wearing black high heels, blue jeans and a long sleeve white shirt
  • The vehicle is described as a white 1996 4-door Mercury Sable with Wisconsin plates of TFD-715.

If anyone has any information regarding the missing Mahalia Xiong please contact the Green Bay Police Department at 920-448-3208.

Another Wis. College Student Missing

Xiong and her friends left the bar and returned to Ashwaubenon so she could pick up her car about two Friday morning. She took a different route and headed back to Green Bay.

She called her boyfriend about 2:30 a.m. but didn’t leave a message. No one has heard from her since. Xiong was physically seen driving her car around the same time.

University of Wisconsin – Green Bay web site

UPADTE I: Female Body Found in Car of Missing Wisconsin Student

A female body was found in the car that a 21-year-old University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student was last seen driving before she vanished two weeks ago. The car was pulled from the Fox River near downtown Green Bay Thursday, authorities said.

Green Bay Police Chief Jim Arts said a female body was in the vehicle and an autopsy would be conducted Friday to identify it and determine a cause of death.

The Mercury Sable was found in deep waters with “zero visibility” so divers could not immediately identify it or read the license plate, said Lt. Dave Wesely.

Wesely said the tracks were found near an industrial park and they went right into the river. (FOX)

How Police Recovered the Sunken Car

July 17th, 2007 at 07:19am Posted by | Found Deceased, Mahalia Xiong, Missing, Missing College Student | 4 comments

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