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Will Jodi Arias's conviction be overturned?

Jodi Arias is in the news again, and this time it's with the belief that she may be freed from prison. The National Enquirer claims that the convicted killer is appealing her murder conviction with the confident idea that she will be successful.

Jodi has raised approximately $40k to aid in her attempts at appealing her murder conviction. She's using those funds to hire a new defense team to assist her. While it seems laughable that she could ever be successful, it should be noted that her defense has made allegations against the state prosecution -- which could complicate things.

Jodi Arias is confident that she will be freed from prison after appealing her conviction. She's even reportedly talking about writing a book about the case once she is "free." Would you buy a book written by the woman convicted of killing Travis Alexander?

The Heather Elvis podcast: What you missed

I finally aired the Heather Elvis podcast, even though I was more than a week late. I do apologize for all the scheduling issues -- which seem to be the norm these days. I promise that I will deliver more episodes to you on a more frequent basis, even if it's only once every two weeks or so.

As for the Heather Elvis podcast, I talked about the circumstances of Heather's disappearance, and the interview that Tammy Moorer granted me in 2013. I focused on the behavior of the woman now accused of participating in the alleged kidnapping of the Myrtle Beach woman. I also made an exciting announcement at the end of the broadcast!

I didn't have time to take calls in this half-hour episode, but next time I will open the lines up to take live callers.

To listen to the podcast, use the player below:

Listen to "Mystery in Myrtle Beach: The Heather Elvis Disappearance" on Spreaker.

Alycia Yeoman remains missing after one month

It has been an entire month since Alycia Yeoman was last seen, and her loved ones are growing increasingly desperate for answers. In the latest update in the missing California woman's case, her family is now offering a reward in the amount of $50k, for any information that leads to her location -- or answers behind what may have happened to her. Her parents say that they refuse to give up on finding her.
Alycia was last seen on March 30, 2017 after leaving her home in her truck, which was later found abandoned in a muddy ravine -- along with her cellphone. It could be possible that her truck was purposefully driven off the road, but also possible that the 20-year-old coed was involved in an accident, before wandering away on foot. However, it should be noted that no evidence has ever indicated that Yeoman wandered away from her wrecked truck. 
Over the course of the search for Alycia Yeoman, random texts messages were sent to her mom claiming that she had been kidnapped. However…

Where is Jamie Lee Allison Margas?

Another young woman is missing in South Carolina, and the search for her is already attracting media attention. Jamie Lee Allison Margas was last seen on April 28th. Authorities say that she has not been in contact with her loved ones since she was last seen, which has sparked concern.

Jamie Margas is from York County, and is 18-years-old. She is described as being slender and of average height, with dark hair and brown eyes. She is of a medium complexion, and often wears makeup. Police admit that they don't have a description of what she was wearing when she was last seen, but the most recent photo of her has been provided for media use.

If you see the woman in the above photo, or if you feel like you may have information useful in the search for her, please do not hesitate to contact the authorities in York County, South Carolina. Any information could prove useful in locating Jamie Lee Allison Margas.

Jamie Margas is far from the only woman to go missing in South Carolina. To …

Police: Missing Uber driver committed suicide

A female Uber driver who had gone missing has reportedly been found dead. Police say that 45-year-old Krysten Laib disappeared earlier this month, and evidence had been found which indicated that she had intended on harming herself.

This final development in the missing woman's case confirms the suspicions of detectives. The body of the missing Uber driver was reportedly located in the Delaware river. Police say that she intentionally put herself there, taking her own life.

Even though police seem convinced that this woman killed herself, I can't help but wonder what her loved ones think. Did Krysten Laib have a history of mental illness? Did she express suicidal ideology in the past? If this woman did indeed kill herself, like police insist, what led her to make such a drastic and ultimate decision?

Madeleine McCann update: Cops focus on another red herring

To no surprise, Madeleine McCann is still missing. To be completely frank, it's unlikely that she'll ever be found. However, that won't stop investigators in the UK from investigating every single avenue but the one logical one that is staring them right in their collective faces. In the latest update to this ongoing saga, detectives have revealed that they have yet again another suspect in the search for answers behind what happened to the missing toddler. What's new about this latest red herring? She's a woman!

That's right. The newest target in UK detectives' quest to avoid the obvious is reportedly a woman. Authorities are looking for this mystery woman, who was reportedly in the area around the time Maddie vanished, for a "significant line of questioning." So what could this mean for the case as a whole? Probably nothing. This phantom female suspect is more than likely no different from every other so-called suspect that's been named-and…

Stephen McAfee reportedly found dismembered and buried after missing for over a year

Police have made a gruesome discovery in the search for a man who has been missing for more than a year. CBS News reports that the dismembered body of Stephen McAfee has been located -- but that's not the only shocking development in this previously-cold case.
Authorities with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office reportedly located dismembered human remains on two different properties -- an abandoned property in Bruce Township, and the property inhabited by a 19-year-old man named Andrew Fiacco. 
Both Fiacco and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Yvette MacDonald, have been arrested in association with the missing Michigan man's death. Police have confirmed that these arrests may not have been made possible without the information provided by two tipsters. A young woman and her father reportedly met with detectives to reveal to them that 18-year-old Yvette MacDonald had admitted to helping Fiacco dispose of the 19-year-old missing man's body.
MacDonald has reportedly claimed t…

California teen accused of raping and killing elderly woman

A California teen has been arrested for committing an absolutely atrocious crime, which has left an 61-year-old woman dead. The Dreamin' Demon reports that 18-year-old Neven Butler is accused of raping and murdering the elderly woman in an usual location: A high school track.

Police say that the 61-year-old unnamed victim was walking along the track with a female friend, when the 18-year-old suspect seemed to appear from nowhere. Butler allegedly attacked the elderly woman, but also turned on her friend (who was trying to stop the assault). Ultimately, both women were raped by the assailant. However, authorities say that 18-year-old Neven Butler violently battered the 61-year-old victim to death as her younger friend fled from the scene to find help.

It appears that the California teen was on a sort of crime spree. That became apparent to police, who arrested him later in the same day, while in the middle of committing another assault. Police say the 18-year-old man was assaultin…

'Hipster' sought in string of assaults on women

A series of attacks on women in Seattle have authorities concerned, and they've issued a warning to anyone who may be walking alone in the area. At least two women have been victims of attempted sexual assaults, at the hands of an unidentified assailant.

The victims of these attempted assaults have described the man as a "hipster," and have provided details which lent to police sketch. There is also grainy surveillance footage, which appears to show who police believe to be the culprit in this string of assaults.

Police in Seattle want women in the area to be aware of their surroundings while out walking, as these assaults have taken place in open areas. Both incidents were stopped by passerby. This brash and brazen behavior indicates that the "hipster" attacker is emboldened enough to attack at any time. Authorities are encouraging women to take self defense classes.

If you recognize the person seen in the above sketch, please do not hesitate to get in touch w…

Heather Elvis update: Where's the body?

Will Heather Elvis ever be found? It's hard to tell, what with South Carolina authorities focusing primarily on the prosecution of Tammy and Sidney Moorer. It's been almost four years since Heather was last seen in the Myrtle Beach area, and there have been no discoveries of human remains, or any other hard evidence to determine that she's dead, and was murdered. So what's going on in this case?

On Thursday (April 13) at 6:00 p.m., PST, the Case to Case podcast will air a special episode about the disappearance of Heather Elvis. This show will be a pre-recorded airing, but there will be time to take live calls on the air after the presentation ends.

The Case to Case podcast takes live calls through Skype, now! The number to call during the END of Thursday night's broadcast is (702) 997-1983. Call during the end of the special presentation about Heather Elvis's disappearance, and speak live on the air with your comments and questions about the case.

Do you think…

Tammy Caison Moorer interview (Heather Elvis disappearance)

Author note: This post was written back in 2013, when Heather Elvis initially vanished, and prior to the arrests of Tammy and Sidney Moorer. The following is the original post after my discussion with Mrs. Moorer, who is currently accused of the kidnaping of Heather Elvis, who has never been found.

While the search for Heather Elvis continues, there are tons of rumors and speculation being exchanged not only in Myrtle Beach, but across the nation. In particular, the "FindHeatherElvis" Facebook page seems to be the source of much conversation, where many of these rumors form or end up being passed along. With over 40,000 people on the page seeking answers in Heather's disappearance, that's only to be expected. Tonight (January 21, 2014) I had the opportunity to speak on the phone with someone involved in the case who's been the focus of heavy scrutiny, whose husband is mentioned in the official police report associated with Heather's disappearance.

Her name is…

Missing teen alert: Where is Mikayla Chronister?

Authorities in Marion County, Oregon are looking for 16-year-old Mikayla Chronister. The teen was last seen on Christmas day 2016 -- but her disappearance has not attracted even a second of media coverage. With it being nearly four months since she vanished, will she ever resurface? Was this teen's holiday disappearance the result of something criminal, or is she another runaway waiting to resurface when she's of-age?

It's always disturbing to see a disappearance receive no media attention, especially when the disappearance involves a teenage girl. Mikayla Chronister's disappearance comes with very few details, so the circumstances surrounding her case are practically unknown by anyone but her loved ones. Meanwhile, authorities in Oregon are sharing her flyer on social media -- and she's listed among Oregon's missing children cases.

I should note that there are at least two public profiles on Facebook seeming to belong to this missing teenager. One of those pr…

Where is Tiffany Griffin? Woman missing from Maricopa County

Maricopa County authorities are looking for Tiffany Griffin. The 34-year-old Arizona woman was reported missing very recently, but hasn't been seen since January. Her loved ones say that she hasn't reached out to them in many months, which is a disturbing element in her disappearance. Could this missing woman be the victim of foul play? Or is her disappearance the result of other circumstances?

There are no media reports covering the disappearance of 34-year-old Tiffany Griffin.

Tiffany was last seen in the Phoenix area, but details surrounding her last sighting are practically nonexistent. Furthermore, the only photos provided of this woman in this search are mugshots -- and a single selfie. It's easy to presume that the lack of photos could make it difficult in spreading awareness of her case.

If you know anything about Tiffany's disappearance, you are encouraged to contact the authorities in Maricopa County. Any information could prove useful in tracking down Tiffan…

Was Annalise McClanahan-Calvert kidnapped?

Authorities in California are looking for 16-year-old Annalise McClanahan-Calvert. The young woman vanished on Sunday night, after walking outside during a church service that she was attending. Her loved ones are frantically trying to find her, and police are handling this disappearance as a "runaway" case. However, other circumstances may indicate that something is amiss in Northern California. Could this missing teen be the victim of foul play? Or is she missing voluntarily? 
It should be noted that this is the second disappearance of a young woman, within a five-mile-radius, in the past two weeks. That detail alone is enough to feel a sense of dread, even though there aren't many details to indicate any outcome in this disappearance. Almost two weeks ago, 20-year-old Yuba College coed, Alycia Yeoman, disappeared after leaving her residence. Her truck has been found abandoned, but she still remains missing. The disappearance of 16-year-old Annalise McClanahan-Calvert…

Alycia Yeoman update: Ransom hoax causes distraction

It's been nearly two weeks since 20-year-old Alycia Yeoman was last seen by loved ones, and the investigation behind her disappearance is becoming sort of a mess. While authorities scramble to find the missing college coed, trolls have come out of the woodwork to disrupt things, and to cause unnecessary pain. In the latest update in this case, authorities have confirmed that they have tracked down the mystery person responsible for sending ransom notes to the missing woman's family.

According to CBS News, the mother of missing woman Alycia Yeoman received anonymous texts following her daughter's disappearance. The content of those texts demanded ransom money in exchange for information leading to Aly's whereabouts. The texts claimed that the 20-year-old college coed had been kidnapped.

Come to find out, the ransom texts were all just a hoax concocted by someone who clearly has too much time on his hands. Police have tracked him down, and confirmed that the suspect has…

Satara 'Silver' Stratton: A heartbreaking update

I'm saddened to share with readers of the Case to Case blog, that Satara Stratton has passed away. For those of you who remember her, she was the focus of one of my cases, back in 2012. She had gone missing, and her mother reached out to me. After Satara was found, she had a long road of recovery ahead of her, and I have been there to watch her along that path with hopes that she'd continue flourishing into the talented and ambitious person she was.

It's been five years since she was rescued from the grips of the sex offender who held her captive, and who kept her compliant with drugs. It's been five years since Satara was given a second chance at life, and she took great advantage of that second chance.

Some people are saying that Satara's death is the result of a drug overdose -- that she relapsed into heroin addiction. These insensitive, and ignorant, comments are all over the internet right now (I'm looking at youMyDeathSpace).

The fact of the matter is thi…

Missouri mom accused of medical child abuse

A Missouri mom has been arrested, after authorities say she intentionally overdosed her own son with prescription steroids. KY 3 News reports that Sandra Stilgenbauer is accused of committing medical child abuse over the course of at least three years.

It's what some are calling a classic case of Muchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Authorities say that Stilgenbauer, herself a licensed medical professional, was warned by her son's primary doctors to not administer medications that he may not need. Nonetheless, she allegedly concocted the directive that he needed steroids, not long after he had undergone a gallbladder removal surgery.

Detectives say that the Missouri mom sought out the services of multiple doctors, before finally finding one who was willing to prescribe the medication -- which, again, was reportedly not needed. Medical professionals say that the past three years of dosing the child with steroids has caused him to develop a rare condition called Cushing Syndrome. Cushi…

Horrifying Easter Sunday Crimes

Easter Sunday isn't all about chocolate, family dinners and festive scavenger hunts. It's also a day on which a plethora of horrifying crimes have been committed. While you enjoy this year's Spring festivities, keep in mind how lucky you are that you're not one of the subjects of the following horrifying cases (yet).

A brutal triple-slaying
In the year 1937, a disgruntled New Yorker apparently lost his mind on what some consider to be among the holiest of days. Police say Joseph Gedeon violently murdered his wife and his adult daughter, before turning on a roommate (boarder) in the home. The triple-slaying attracted mass media attention, not only because of the ferocity of the crime, but the day on which it occurred.

Joseph Gedeon denied knowledge of the crime, telling police that he had been out bowling on the night that his daughter (a model), his wife and their boarder were shot dead. However, detectives discovered a gun in his possession, which matched what was pre…

Jessica Runions update: Remains found after six month search

Remains belonging to missing woman Jessica Runions have been located and identified, bringing an end to a search that has spanned across six months. Authorities have confirmed that a skull was found in a remote area -- not far from another set of human remains, which have not yet been identified. Was this missing woman slain? What's more: Is her death connected to the unidentified  body found near her remains?

A man has already been arrested in association with Jessica's disappearance, and has remained the prime suspect since his September arrest. Kylr Yust is accused of burning the vehicle belonging to Jessica Runions, which he allegedly did shortly following her mysterious disappearance. This, naturally, put him in the spotlight as the only suspect in her disappearance. Kylr is also accused of involvement with the disappearance of another young woman named Kara Kopetsky.

The loved ones of Kopetsky are awaiting the results of a possible identification of the other set of rem…

Alycia Yeoman update: Abandoned vehicle stirs worry in missing woman's case

Authorities in California are looking for missing Yuba College coed, Alycia Yeoman, who hasn't been seen since last Thursday. Now there are disturbing developments in this already-worrisome case, which could indicate a worst-case-scenario. The truck belonging to the missing California woman has been located, but she is still nowhere in sight.

This disappearance is particularly disturbing, due to the possibility that the missing woman could be a victim of kidnapping. However, authorities haven't necessarily confirmed with 100% certainty that Alycia Yeoman was abducted, or is missing against her will. What evidence exists in this case to support such a theory?

As for the discovery of the truck belonging to the missing woman: Authorities say that it had apparently gone off the road approximately 10 miles from the home where she was last seen. Police say footprints were visible in the mud near the abandoned vehicle, which appeared to walk away from it. This could indicate that Al…

Was Joann Ringer murdered? Missing woman's car located

Missing Massachusetts woman Joann Ringer vanished around March 2nd, and hasn't been in contact with her loved ones in over a month. The 39-year-old woman disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and now there are disturbing updates developing in her case. Could these latest updates indicate the worst case scenario in her disappearance? Or are authorities on the trail to locating this missing woman?

Police have confirmed that the car belonging to missing woman, Joann Ringer, has been located. The 2011 VW Jetta was found in Easthampton -- approximately an hour and a half from where she was last seen (in Clarksburg). The driven distance of this abandoned vehicle could indicate a number of possibilities in this developing case. However, the most important detail to remember is that Joann Ringer is still missing.

Authorities have their work cut out for them with this case. There are multiple questions to ask in regards to this case. For instance: What kind of lifestyle did Joann Ri…

Florida woman missing: Where is Shalimar Cliburn?

Authorities in Sumter County, Florida are looking for Shalimar Cliburn. The 27-year-old woman was last seen around March 4th, and hasn't been in contact with her loved once since this date. This is a disturbing detail in her disappearance, with it being more than a month since anyone has seen or heard from her. Is this missing woman the victim of foul play, or did she vanish under some other circumstances?

The details surrounding the disappearance of Shalimar Cliburn aren't widely available, but police believe she was last seen at a residence in early March. She may be driving a a 2005 Grey Dodge Neon, but neither the missing woman or the vehicle have been spotted sine the last day she was seen. The vehicle's plates are identified with Florida tags reading  ASDF41.

If you have seen this missing woman, or if you feel that you may have information regarding her disappearance, please do not hesitate to call authorities in Sumter County. The Florida woman's loved ones are…

Where is Elizabeth Armistead? Texas woman missing for nearly a month

Police in Bastrop County, Texas have been looking for Elizabeth Armistead. The 26-year-old woman hasn't been seen since around March 13th, and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance are thin. What happened to this missing woman?

With it being nearly a month since Elizabeth vanished, it's hard to rule out that she could be the victim of foul play -- especially given the fact that she has not been in contact with her loved ones. Unfortunately, this woman's case isn't attracting much attention in the mainstream media -- nor has social media picked up any interest in it. With this lack of interest, and lack of movement, it may become easy for this case to slip between the cracks, remaining unsolved.

If you know anything about the disappearance of Elizabeth Armistead, please do not hesitate to contact authorities in Bastrop County. Authorities in Texas could use all the help necessary in locating this missing woman.

What happened to Krista Sypher? My thoughts

Authorities in Portage County, Wisconsin have been searching for Krista Sypher since around March 20th, but little has come up in the search for the missing woman. There are some suspicious circumstances in this case that have attracted my attention. In particular, I'm perplexed at the fact that her husband failed to report her missing for at least a week after she was last seen. Does this mean he is hiding something, or that he may be involved in her disappearance? Or did other circumstances lead to the lengthy delay in reporting the Wisconsin woman missing?

Krista Sypher was reported missing by her husband on the 20th of March, but had last been seen by loved ones on the 13th -- seven days prior to being reported missing. Since the search for the missing woman began, police have executed a number of search warrants in association with the investigation. Stevens Point Journal reports that detectives aren't ruling anything out in regards to her disappearance. That includes th…

Taylorlyn Nelson presumed murdered, but where is her body?

Authorities in Arizona have been searching for 21-year-old Taylorlyn Nelson since the end of March, but there are now some devastating developments in her case. Loved ones of the missing woman have confirmed that a man has been arrested in association with her murder. However, she remains missing with no determinable end to the search. Will this missing woman's body ever be found, or is the state of Arizona going to have to prosecute their suspect without a body of evidence?

Taylorlyn vanished from the Phoenix area sometime after March 11. Since she was last seen, her disappearance has attracted media attention, thanks to the endeavors of her loved ones. Unfortunately, an update from her family members has confirmed that a man named Kodi Bowe has been arrested, and is accused of killing the 21-year-old Arizona woman. Circumstances surrounding the alleged murder of the missing woman are not yet being clarified in media reports.

How did this woman die? Was the man accused of killin…

Henderson mom smiles in mugshot after killing toddler son

A Henderson, Nevada mom has been charged with killing her own son, but judging by her mugshot, it doesn't look like she's bothered by the arrest. Police say that 29-year-old Jazmin Ramirez lied about how her two-year-old child sustained fatal injuries, when she first reported to emergency workers that he wasn't breathing. However, the truth is coming out in this shocking case of alleged infanticide.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that two-year-old Uriel Heczko was pronounced dead on March 13th, after his mother called 911 to report that she had found him unresponsive in their home. At the time, she claimed that the tot had suffered injuries after falling from a bed, but a medical exam quickly found that this could not be the case. The two-year-old child passed away from his injuries, not long after his mother reported the incident.

It's highly likely that the Henderson mother beat or shook the toddler to death -- or a combination of both. Sadly, cases like these …