Jan 17, 2017

Update: Body of Donella Zukosky Located

The body of missing woman Donella Zukosky has been located, bringing a tragic end to the search for her. Fox 23 News reports that a person of interest has also been arrested in association with the Oklahoma woman's disappearance and death.

The person of interest in this case has not yet been identified by authorities, but family members of the once-missing woman believe that this person of interest is who led police to her body. There are no other details available regarding this heartbreaking discovery at this time.

Please continue to check back on the Case to Case blog for more updates on this case.

Man Pretended To Be Justin Bieber To Trick Child Into Sending Him Nudes

A Los Angeles man has been arrested, after authorities say a man from Massachusetts tried to trick a nine-year-old girl into sending him nude photos. CBS News reports that 24-year-old Bryan Asrary told the child that he was Justin Bieber, in order to trick her.

Police say that the victim -- who is now 11-years-old -- was contacted on the internet by the man two years ago. The incident took place while the girl was playing around on Bieber's Instagram account, which apparently attracted the attention of the 24-year-old Massachusetts man. He reached out to the girl via direct message on the popular social media site.

The little girl says that the man told her to message him on KIK to talk to Justin Bieber -- which is where he evidently posed as the pop singer to trick the girl into thinking she was talking to him. Police say that Bryan Asrary coerced the girl into sending him nude photos of herself, threatening to hurt her if she didn't do it. For some reason, the girl was coerced into doing exactly what he wanted.

The 11-year-old victim says that Asrary contacted her again, demanding more photos of her. This time he threatened to publicize the photos that she had already sent him. Reports aren't clarifying on how authorities were alerted to the man's behavior, but they were able to track him down and question him regarding the alleged incidents. Police say that he has admitted to pretending to be Justin Bieber in order to extort inappropriate photos from young girls.

Bryan Asrary is being held in Massachusetts on suspicion of possession of child pornography. He may also face further charges in the state of California, which is where the young victim reportedly resides.

Lovelock, Nevada: Liddia Weatherman Is Missing

Update: Liddia has been located safely.

Authorities in Lovelock, Nevada are looking for 16-year-old Liddia Weatherman. The young girl was last seen on January 16, 2017, and has not been in contact with her loved ones since. She is 5'4", weighs around 120 lbs., and has dyed black hair and brown eyes. Her hair is shaved on the side as shown in recent photos of her.

Please view the missing flyer for Liddia Weatherman via the CFSI Nevada for Missing Children Facebook page (click here) 

Jan 8, 2017

This week's podcast: Missing people Jan. 11, 2017

The Case to Case podcast is back on a permanent schedule! Every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. -- Pacific time -- you can catch a live broadcast here on the Case to Case blog. You can also go straight to my Spreaker profile by clicking here, and bookmarking it. If you subscribe on the Spreaker page, you'll be notified every time there's a show. This week's episode is going to focus on missing people.

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Anytime during this show -- and any others -- I encourage live callers. Call in to discuss whatever topics the broadcast may be about, or call in with any other questions or comments. The Case to Case podcast aims to be totally interactive.

Jan 5, 2017

FAKE 'missing child alert' goes viral on Facebook

Recently, residents of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania were duped when they fell for a hoax on social media, which involved the fake disappearance of a child. With good intentions, these people reacted as anyone should when notified about the possibility of a missing child: They shared the hell out of the posts, in hopes of locating the lad or getting his face out in the public view. However, the child in this latest viral Facebook campaign wasn't ever missing. 

Fake news has been getting a lot of attention on social media these days, especially with the belief that satire news articles played a role in the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. However, fake posts involving crime stories (including missing people) pass through social media feeds every day. While it's a headache that this particular post went viral among residents of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, it's absolutely fortunate that this child is not indeed missing.

It takes a special kind of person to exploit the concept of a missing child in order to troll people on social media, but as long as the means exist, these people will continue finding ways to play "practical jokes" on those who have good intentions. Hopefully the rest of us don't let these trolls affect how we broadcast and alert others to the real dangers of missing children. For every single "fake" missing child alert, there are far more legitimately missing kids that need our attention.