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Illinois Has Many Cold Cases, Check These Out? Was a Serial Killer at Large?


Every state has someone or several someones maintaining a list of cold cases. This means different things to different people. I’m always surprised at the varying numbers of listed cold cases, depending on the site visited. Part of that is because some sites count cases of missing persons among the cold cases; some are statewide and some are regional. Sometimes I’m not sure why all the known cases are not listed, when it is a governmental body who is maintaining the list. One site that seems to really go all out to cover everything in Illinois is: http://ilcoldcases.blogspot.com/ There is also a site maintained by the Illinois State Police at http://www.isp.state.il.us/crime/unsolved.cfm.

I didn’t know about many of the cases listed on the http://ilcoldcases.blogspot.com/. The administrator of that site has shown great dedication and done a tremendous amount of work searching for all the missing, unsolved homicides, unidentified dead and others. You will be shocked when you check out this site at the number of entries. It is doubly heartbreaking because there are pictures in most cases. These are all people who have met with violence or trauma or the unknown and all of them left people behind who seek justice or just simply the knowledge of what happened to a loved one. You can help them with that.

Rather than list one cold case per state, I am going to take a broader view. I will be dealing only with cold case homicides at this point, but feel free to bring up other cold cases if you have a particular interest, where there are missing persons, suspicions of foul play or other unusual cases. Maybe someone’s death was labeled an accident, a suicide or something else and you think it is a homicide or maybe even a homicide related to another crime. I don’t encourage wild speculation and won’t tolerate character assassination without any basis in fact but if you present a good case and try to remain respectful, I will see what I can do.

Just because I am only listing some of the cases for each state does not mean that all of the other cases are not equally important. It simply is not possible to go into every case in detail, especially in a state with large urban populations, such as Chicago. Again, feel free to discuss other cases.

Please review the Illinois cold case homicides below:

The Lane Bryant homicides are horrifying. Five women died Feburary 2, 2008, in Tinley Park, IL. They included Store Manager Rhoda McFarland, 42, of Joliet; Jennifer L. Bishop, 34, of South Bend, Indiana; Carrie Hudek Chiuso, 33, of Frankfort; Connie R. Woolfolk, 37, of Flossmoor; and young Sarah T. Szafranski of Oak Forest, only 22.

Six women were shot — five fatally — inside the Lane Bryant store at the Brookside Marketplace shopping center at 191st Street and Harlem Avenue. Ten years later, there have been no arrests and no charges filed. The murderer is at large. Investigators hope to finally locate their suspect. Police released a 3D image of a suspect.

This suspect is 6’- 6’ 2”, with a husky build and broad shoulders. He was 25-35 at the time of the murders, making him an estimated 35-45 now. His hair was braided that day, with with three to five puffy cornrows pulled toward the back of his head and a single braid with four light-green beads on its end dangling down his right cheek. He was wearing a charcoal gray ski or skull cap with a dark-colored, waist-length jacket and black jeans that had embroidery on their back pockets resembling a cursive letter “G”.

This is the suspect in the Lane Bryant homicides. Note his distinctive hairstyle.

This is a solvable case. The suspect was very distinctive and someone out there knows him. If you have information, call the tip hotline at 708-444-5394 or email lanebryant.tipline@tinleypark.org.

Dalton Mesarchik

Child homicide cases are the most distressing for investigators. No one has forgotten about this child. On March 26, 2003, seven-year-old Streator resident Dalton Mesarchik was reported missing from the front yard of his home. The following day, Dalton’s body was located in the Vermillion River. An intense, multi jurisdictional investigation ensued. Agents from the Streator Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, and Illinois State Police interviewed dozens of people and followed up on hundreds of leads in an attempt to identify the person responsible for Dalton’s murder. Physical evidence from Dalton’s body and the body recovery site was sent to the ISP Crime Lab for processing. The Dalton Mesarchik Task Force was set up to try to find the person(s) responsible. The crime is still unsolved.

Anyone with information of Dalton’s murder, the hammer used in the murder, or the location where Dalton’s body was found may contact: Illinois State Police – Dalton Mesarchik Task Force by telephone at 1-815-844-1500 (ext.2321) or email at daltonm@isp.state.il.us
Visit this ISP website for a photo and contact information: http://www.isp.state.il.us/crime/unsolveddetails.cfm?ID=47#WaitingforJustice

Keith Brown

Keith Brown’s homicide remains open in Southern Illinois. Keith Brown lived in Buckner, a small town in Franklin County. His wife reported him missing February 3, 1993 and he has now been gone 25 years. His blue 1989 Plymouth hatchback, (IL. Reg. KWA682) was discovered two days later in a remote area near Crab Orchard Lake in Williamson County.

Keith Brown’ skeletal remains were found near Crab Orchard Lake in Williamson County in June 1993 in a different location than his car, months after he turned up missing. His remains were discovered when a farmer bailing hay in the field encountered skeletal remains and reported it to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department. Keith died from gunshot wounds.

Keith worked as a nurse at local nursing homes. Did he anger someone with whom he worked? Did he fire someone who sought revenge? Keith enjoyed fishing at Crab Orchard Lake. Did he encounter some at that isolated area near the lake who killed him at random?

There were other killings in the Crab Orchard Lake area around that time. Someone or several someones were targeting unaccompanied men found in the area and there were other vicious murders. So, it is not out of the question that the killer(s) targeted Keith because he was found alone in the area.

Although time has passed, there’s someone out there who has the information needed to solve this case. Maybe they were married to someone who talked about the murder or maybe they heard something at a gathering of family or friends. It’s time to get it off their chest and help solve this crime which left a family devastated.


LISA DAWN CARNES Brutally Murdered Massac County Illinois March 1984

Lisa Carnes’ body was found in a field in rural Massac County (Illinois) near Macedonia Church Road and U. S. Highway 45. She had been brutally murdered and left to die in a rural field. Carnes’ truck was later located roughly four miles from the site where her body was located. Her family tends to suspect that she knew her killer and had some connection with that killer. Her nude body was found March 30, 1984, near Macedonia Church Road and U.S. 45. Three decades after her body was found in a rural Massac County field, the murder of Lisa Ann Carnes remains unsolved.

Her pickup truck was found U.S. 45 and Illinois 169. Her clothes were found between the truck and a rural county road. A large amount of blood was found on the back porch of an unoccupied farmhouse. Her body was found about a quarter mile away. She died from a bullet to the back and the theory was that she ran to the farmhouse for help and finding no one there, fled through the field. Someone may have been afraid to talk at that time but maybe now their circumstances have changed and they can help bring a vicious murderer to justice.

Over time people get divorced, relatives pass away, domestic violence victims leave relationships that kept them so fearful they are willing to keep quiet even about murder. Maybe someone knows that their ex-spouse or boyfriend was responsible for Carnes’ death, maybe they were a child in the household and heard things no child should hear but they are now adults and not fearful of talking about what they heard. Murder does not occur in a vacuum. Most murders are not the result of a psychopathic, brilliant serial killer. Most of them occur because someone did something stupid at a time of weakness. These people are not career criminals, they nearly always leave some kind of trail and someone out there knows about it. Maybe the killer talked to friends over beers, maybe he came home one night covered in blood and distraught, maybe he even asked someone to come pick him up at the murder scene. SOMEONE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO LISA CARNES.

A Facebook page devoted to Carnes is at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LisaCarnes1984/

Kimberly Mabry
On April 14, 1995, the dismembered body of Kimberly R. Mabry, of Rockford, Illinois, was found in a creek, in a remote, rural area of Whiteside County near Coleta, Illinois. Kimberly was last seen alive on September 1, 1994, in Rockford, Illinois. The victim worked as an exotic dancer; she may have visited the Broadway Street and Grand Hotel areas in Rockford, Illinois.

Anyone with any information regarding Kimberly’s associates, areas she frequented, persons who frequent “crack” houses; and/or solicits prostitutes in the Rockford, Illinois area is urged to contact Sgt. Jerome Costliow, Illinois State Police at 815-632-4010 ext 283; or Analyst John Roman, Illinois State Police, Field Support Section at 888/375-9611, or romanjo@isp.state.il.us.

Unidentified White Female, Collinsville

On July 20, 1990, at 1:25 p.m., an unidentified, white female body was found in a bean field approximately 40 feet north of Lebanon Road, 1/10th of a mile west of the Troy and O’Fallon Road in Jarvis Township, Collinsville, Illinois. The victim’s death resulted from multiple cutting and stab wounds to the neck and torso; her fallopian tubes, uterus and ovaries were missing. Evidence of surgical removal could not be determined. No defensive wounds were found on the victim. The body appeared to have been placed at the site two to three days prior to discovery.

Anyone with any information regarding the identification of the unidentified victim is urged to contact Detective Leonard Suhre, Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 618/692-4433 or 618/ 692-0871.

Four Unidentified Black Females in 2002:

Could these be the work of a serial killer?

While the case on the Will-Kankakee County line is geographically not close to the others mentioned, serial killers often travel and that may be why these women have not been identified. Note also that two of the women were found near interstates and the others near other highways.


Unidentified black African American female
January 30, 2002
Near Mile Marker 22 Interstate 64

This unidentified black female was found in rural Mascoutah.

On Wednesday, January 30, 2002, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Illinois State Police responded to a complaint concerning the discovery of skeletal remains near mile marker 22 on Interstate 64. The complaint originated from workers of the Illinois Department of Transportation who were working in the vicinity and discovered the remains. The skeletal remains were situated off the roadway on the east side of the Silver Creek overpass in rural Mascoutah, Illinois. At the direction of the St. Clair County Coroner’s office, the remains were transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital, East St. Louis, Illinois, where an autopsy was performed. The autopsy, performed by Dr. James Petterchak, revealed the following information about the deceased: believed to be an African-American female, approximate age 20-30 years, with two rings on the left hand (one (1) 14 ct. small gold band (size 7 1/4) and one (1) costume style ring (size 6 ½) with a light blue colored tear shaped stone), wearing a black colored sleeveless one-piece Jason Matthews brand jumpsuit. The autopsy could not determine the cause of the death and it is believed that the victim has been deceased for several months. Additional forensic examinations will be conducted to determine the identity of the woman.

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the victim or the circumstances surrounding her death are urged to contact Illinois State Police Sergeant Kurt Sachtleben at 618/346-3788 or 618/346-3781.

Madison County

Unidentified Black Female Adult
Near the Silver Creek overpass, in rural Madison County at mile marker 23 on eastbound I-70

This unidentified African American female was found in Madison County.

Illinois State Police released a computer generated image of a black female victim on June 18, 2002. The remains had been discovered on March 11, 2002 near mile post 23 on I-70 (eastbound). The image reflecst how the victim may have looked prior to her death. The skeletal remains of the victim were originally discovered by Illinois Department of Transportation workers near an underpass in rural Madison County. A subsequent autopsy could not determine the cause of death and it is believed that the victim had been deceased four to six months. That means that she died around September-October 2002.
Anyone with information concerning the identity of the victim or the circumstances surrounding her death are urged to contact ISP Sergeant Kurt Sachtleben at (618) 346-3788 or (618) 346-3781.

Unidentified black female
Found March 28, 2002
Near Gall Route on IL Route 3

This unidentified female was found near Columbia, IL.

The Columbia Police Department and Major Case Squad started an investigation of skeletal remains on March 28, 2002, that were found on a creek bed on Route 3 near Gall Road in Columbia. Investigators located a size XL green shirt with a large “M” and the word “Mavericks”, in orange or yellow lettering, across the front of the shirt. The shirt also had two buttons at the top similar to a softball jersey. Also at the scene were a pair of khaki colored size 3 “Chazzz Credentials” shorts.

This African American female was aged 33-50, 5’ 1”, give or take three inches, and she was believed to have delivered a child or children. The forensic examiner believed she had been deceased at least six months but not more than a year. That would mean she went missing somewhere between about March 2001 and September 2001. Someone had to have missed her. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Joe Edwards of the Columbia Police Department at (618) 281-5151.

Will-Kankakee County
Unidentified African American female
Found October 1, 2002

Unidentified African American female found near the Will-Kankakee line in Illinois.

Will-Kankakee County Line, near Route 45
The skeletal remains of an African-American female were found October 1, 2002 near the Will-Kankakee County Line, near Route 45.

The ISP, in cooperation with the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office and the Coroner’s Office, is looking for information that may help identify her. She was approximately 30-40 years old at the time of death and stood around 5’3″ tall. She is thought to have died in 2001. A forensic artist provided this sketch and the hairstyle is only an estimate.

If you can provide any information about the possible identity of this person, or the circumstances of her death, please contact Trooper Darrin Devine or Master Sergeant Ruben Bautista, ISP, Zone 3 Investigations in Ashkum, (815) 698-2672. All information will be treated as confidential upon request.

Lisa Uzzle
The case of Lisa Uzzle isn’t as cold as many and maybe there is someone out there willing to come forth and talk about what happened to her. She was a well know postal worker with a mail route through Marion. She was found in late 2014 in what remained of her burning home and she died from a gunshot wound. The fire was probably set to destroy evidence and it did a lot of that. Her contacts could be tracked down from her cell phone by using her phone and text messages and internet usage for the day of her death.

Jefferson County

This case is particularly interesting because the victim had a condition that would have been obvious and surely there is someone out there would might suspect the person they knew with this issue might be this unidentified person. Obviously, at least to me, since only the head was located, this was most likely a homicide and the rest of the body concealed somewhere, maybe even nearby in Jefferson County. Someone out there can solve this case.

Unknown female in Jefferson County
Found January 24 or 27 (both dates found in unsolved listings), 1993
Wayne Fitzgerald State Park in Jefferson County

The head of a white female was found in a wooded area in the Wayne Fitzgerald State Park in Jefferson County. Postmortem examination revealed the victim had approximately shoulder length reddish-brown hair.

Analysis by the University of Illinois Anthropology Department indicated the victim’s age ranged between 30 to 50 years. Unusual skeletal characteristics of the skull and upper front cervical vertebrae indicate the victim suffered from chronic spasmodic torticollis, or wryneck, a condition which causes stress on the muscles which are responsible for maintaining upright head posture. Evidence of a healed traumatic lesion on the skull suggests this condition may have been preceded by head trauma; this would have resulted in the victim maintaining a leftward tilt of the head.
Anyone with any information that would help identify this unidentified victim is urged to contact Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at (618) 242-2141 or ISP at (618) 542-1137.

Darlene Polizzi Has Been Missing 50 Years Can You Help?

Darlene DeWolff Polizzi has been missing for fifty years. Her family misses her. She may have been the victim of Raymond Alves, who is an already incarcerated suspected serial killer.

Young Darlene DeWolff Polizzi went missing 50 years ago from Bergen County, NJ. Maybe you remember her or a possible suspect in her missing, Raymond Alves.

Raymond Alves is in prison for attacks on other teenagers and is a suspect in several homicides.

I was contacted by the family of Darlene DeWolff Polizzi who disappeared from Lodi, New Jersey, April 24, 1967. She’s been missing for 50 years. Her family hasn’t forgotten her.

Darlene DeWolff Polizzi was a young woman, just 19, when she went missing from Lodi in Bergen County, New Jersey, April 24, 1967. Her nieces called her “Aunt Dee Dee.” Darlene has reddish brown hair and brown eyes, a small female at 5’ 3” and weighing 100 pounds. She was wearing a brown blouse and a skirt with polka dots, along with a brown suede coat with a fur collar, when she went missing.

She and her husband were looking at new apartments with her husband and had returned home to Westminster Place in Lodi, NJ. Her husband went out, leaving Darlene home alone. She was reported missing by her husband on April 25 and he believed she took several items of clothing, but left behind most personal belongings, including her jewelry. She was a waitress at the Hangar Restaurant in Paramus and known to frequent Tommy’s Diner on Paterson Avenue in Wallington.

There is some belief that Darlene might have been the victim of a serial killer. Raymond Alves worked with Darlene’s husband at a sheet metal plant and Darlene was friends with Alves’ wife. Some of the suspicion came about due to the highly suspicious move of the Alves family the day after Polizzi disappeared. Alves was convicted of raping a teenager in Fair Lawn and pushing another teenage girl off a bridge in Clifton in 1976.

He served 23 years of a 47-year sentence and was released from prison in 2000. Authorities suspected that the murders of seven teenage females whose bodies were found in Bergen County, NJ, might be laid at his doorstep, that he might be a serial killer. He has not been charges in these deaths nor in Polizzi’s disappearance but the concern is there.

Alves has been a controversial figure after being released without prosecutors being notified. He was locked back up after a nationwide manhunt after his release and being featured on America’s Most Wanted.

Prosecutors weren’t aware that Alves was being let go and never got a chance to seek to have him civilly committed as a sexually violent predator and had the arrest warrant issued. He also failed to comply with Megan’s law to register as a sex offender. The AP reported that he claimed to have raped and killed more than a dozen women. Law enforcement officials also say Alves remains a suspect in the unsolved slayings of six young women in Bergen and Passaic counties between 1966 and 1976.

Alves has been active in filing suit against the Department of Corrections for mental health treatment for inmates and other relief in New Jersey. I once had a perp who was a serial sex abuse offender and that is how he spent, and is still spending his time in prison, filing federal lawsuits over this and that.

There aren’t a lot of remaining family members of Darlene Polizzi, but they miss Aunt Dee Dee and have continued to look for her and urge that official channels remain open and looking for her. Maybe initially she was just another missing woman and authorities didn’t know if she’d been taken or left on her own, because the police didn’t get a statement from her sister, who had been looking for her. Her sister was 8 months pregnant at the time. The police also did not have DNA until they obtained it from the last surviving sister, who passed last year. One niece wasn’t born when her Aunt Dee Dee disappeared but she is among those who still wants to know what happened to her.

Was Raymond Alves responsible for her disappearance or was there another person responsible for her disappearance and the murders of other young women during that time period? If you have any information about Darlene or any of the other young women, now is the time to provide that information.

The family would appreciate that anyone with any information about Darlene contact:

The Bergen County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office
Lt. Carmen Martino

Does Hawaii (Kauai) have a serial killer who is still at large?

Does beautiful, idyllic Hawaii have a serial killer? Investigators believe that may be the case, with three victims that fit the same profile and have similar physical characteristics. One victim was able to survive her attacker’s attempt to take her life.

Maybe this 2000 attacker has left the area or is in prison for something else. While the attacks occurred in an isolated area, it was near the beach and probably had people who regularly went to the area for surfing. Your information could change the direction of investigators or let them know they are on the right track. Women in the area still feel fear because of the assailant, who is still at large.

Lisa Bissell and Darren Singer weren’t as fortunate as the second victim, who was left seriously injured. Both of them faced an attacker with a knife and were sexually assaulted and killed. Bissell was believed to have been taken to the isolated Polihale Beach Park on the west end of the island after being attacked elsewhere. On April 7, 2000, 38 year old Bissell was found in a ditch, stabbed to death, off a roadway leading to Polihale.

Lisa Bissell was the first victim of the Kauai serial killer who is still at large.

The lone survivor, a 52 year old woman, was attacked doing yard work in Kekaha. She suffered a broken arm and was stabbed in the abdomen during an attempted sexual assault.

Daren R. Singer, 43, was found at Pakala Beach, partially clad, another victim of stab wounds. There were signs indicating she was also a sexual assault victim and cash was located at her campsite, suggesting robbery was not the motive for the killing. She was similar in appearance to the 38yo Bissell. Singer was a local craftsperson and reported a Krishna devotee. Pakala Beach is located in a remote area of Kauai but popular with surfers. Bissell was killed only a few miles away and the location was also near where the third surviving victims was seriously injured during an attempted sexual assault.

Daren Singer, Kauai murder victim. Found at Pakala Point Beach.

Lisa Bissell was killed April 7, 2000.

The unknown victim was assaulted and injured in a sexual assault attempt in a yard at Kekaha on May 22.

Daren Singer was killed August 30.

Each victims was sexually assaulted.

The weapon used in each case was a knife.

The victims were all Caucasian.

Each victims was 5’ 2” to 5’ 5” tall.

Each victims weighed about 100 pounds.

The victims were all alone at the time of their attacks.

The attacks were all on the west side of Kauai near the beach.

Each victim appears to have suffered at the hands of a single assailant.

The victims were all middle aged, from 38-52.

Police have been very active in this case, interviewing as many as six suspects. They also located a vehicle they suspect may have been used to move a victim’s body. DNA results are pending. The surviving victim was able to provide information for a composite.

The surviving victim provided information for a composite of her attacker.

Forward any information related to this crime to Special Investigator John Burgess at 808-241-1734 or Special Investigators Joe Adric or Paul Kanoho at 808-241-1757. You may also send information to the Kauai County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at 808-241-1888 or via email:coldcase@kauai.gov

Athens Clark County GA 25yo Kelvin McDuffie Brutally Murdered Reward Offered

Kelvin McDuffie Will Be Dead 14 Years in January: Do You Have the Answer?


Kelvin McDuffie was shot multiple times in January 2003 in a remote area of Olympic Drive.

Kelvin McDuffie was shot multiple times in January 2003 in a remote area of Olympic Drive.

Kelvin was a 2nd Lt. in the U. S. Army Reserve and University of Georgia student.

Kelvin was a 2nd Lt. in the U. S. Army Reserve and University of Georgia student.

Kelvin McDuffie was a young man with a future.   He had a girlfriend he wanted to marry, had plans to have his own business and own a home.   He was a student at the University of Georgia and a 2nd Lt. in the U. S. Army Reserves.    His dreams and life were cut short on January 16, 2003 when his bullet-riddled body was found by a delivery driver in a remote area of the 1500 block of Olympic Drive in eastern Clark County, GA in the early morning hours.

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are asking the public to contact them if they have any information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for McDuffie’s murder.   Anyone who might have heard or seen anything from the hours of dusk on Wednesday, January 15, and 5:30 a. m. January 16, 2003, are requested to call.    Anyone who was well acquainted with McDuffie or had spoken with him in the weeks before his death are also encouraged to call investigators.


. A REWARD is available for information leading to an arrest and conviction. If you have any information, please, contact any of the following:

Athens-Clarke County Police Department – (706) 613-3888 ext. 305
E-mail: jameswilliams@co.clarke.ga.us

Georgia Bureau of Investigation – (706) 542-7901
E-mail: steve.baxley@gbi.state.ga.us

For further information, visit:http://www.accpd.org/UNSOLVED/mcduffie.html

“Santa Claus” Brutally Murdered in Polk County FL; Suspect at Large

Ronald Leggett, a Polk County businessman, was found brutally murdered inside his residence in June 2003.

Ronald Leggett, a Polk County businessman, was found brutally murdered inside his residence in June 2003.


Ronald Leggett, a 56 yo business owner in the Lakeland (Florida) area, was found murdered inside his residence on Timberidge Drive on June 16, 2003.  After Leggett had not been in contact with anyone for several days, his parents went to his home to check on his welfare and discovered his body upstairs near the couch.   He had been savagely attacked and his injury included both multiple blunt force trauma and stab wounds.
Leggett’s bearded appearance caused him to become known to many area residents and friends as “Santa Claus.”  He was well known in the area and operated a used appliance business as well as owning many rental properties, which would, of course, have placed him in regular contact with many different people.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case and its detectives have pursued his many business contacts as well as social network contacts in hope of locating suspects.   Leggett had been married five times and police are still investigating a widespread group of contacts, family members, neighbors, and business associates, to gain leads that might lead to an arrest.


Police reported nothing was stolen and there was no forced entry.   Both of these things suggest that Leggett knew his killer and probably let him/her into his residence.


The viciousness of the attack might suggest that the killer had something personal to settle with Leggett, along with the fact that nothing was missing to suggest that burglary was the motive.


Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (863) 298-6379, or send an email to coldcase@polksheriff.org


Paula Grossi of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Police Seeking Tips

REHOBOTH BEACH, Delaware, Sussex County

Paula Grossi was the victim of a gun related homicide during a break-in at her home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in 2007.

It’s been more than five years since Paula Grossi, age 45, of Rehoboth Beach, was killed on January 26.  Police are still actively seeking leads in her murder and you might have the one piece of information that can link the other things they know to lead to a suspect.


Unlike many cases where there is no known suspect and police are searching in the dark, they have composites they would like to match to suspects and bring charges against them.  Police hope the composites will jog someone’s memory and bring them the call that can close this case.



Paula Grossi was killed in her home on January 26, 2007, from gunshot wounds after two suspects tied other up two other people inside her home on Winner Circle near Rehoboth around 12:50 p.m. that day.   The killers ransacked her house after tying up the family member and friend of Grossi in the home.   After the suspects fled, the other people were able to free themselves and found that Grossi had been killed.


While there did not appear to be force used to enter the home, it does not mean that the suspects were known to the inhabitants.


Paula Grossi’s family is offering a $25,000 for the arrest of the killer.   Please verify the reward if you have an interest in it as families do sometimes withdraw rewards not claimed within a reasonable time.   Paula Grossi had medical problems and used a cane to get around, which made her unable to effectively fight back making her murder even more horrendous.   An informant tried to collect the original $100,000 reward offered, but kept dragging his feet and it was withdrawn.


One suspect is a W/M, approximately 40 or more, 5’ 6” and about 200 pounds with a mark of some kind under his left eye, possibly a tattoo of tear drops.  He was dressed in black overalls, brown construction boots, black knit cap and dark gloves.   Black overalls are not a normal piece of clothing and maybe someone knows someone of that description who wears black overalls.

This suspect in the Paula Grossi murder may have a tear drops tattoo under his left eye.  This is a distinctive characteristic.  Do you know him?

This suspect in the Paula Grossi murder may have a tear drops tattoo under his left eye. This is a distinctive characteristic. Do you know him?

The other suspect is between 20-25 approximately, 5’ 7”, around 160 pounds, wearing a hooded jacket, wool skull hat and white gloves.

The second suspect in the Grossi homicide may be someone you know.  Check out his face and think back.

The second suspect in the Grossi homicide may be someone you know. Check out his face and think back.

These suspects are not similar in appearance  and their presence together might remind someone of two people they know who fit that description that hang out together.   This is a case that can be solved.


Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit at (302) 739-5939, Troop 7 at (302) 644-5020, Crime Stoppers, or 911.

Norwalk, Connecticut Double Homicide Rackita Smalls and Iriquois Alston

Iriquois Alston was shot execution-style in a car with his girlfriend Rackita Smalls in Norwalk, CT

Iriquois Alston was shot execution-style in a car with his girlfriend Rackita Smalls in Norwalk, CT

Rackita Smalls had her life in front of her and was murdered in Norwalk, CT, along with her boyfriend Iriquois Alston

Rackita Smalls had her life in front of her and was murdered in Norwalk, CT, along with her boyfriend Iriquois Alston

Iriquois Alston – Rackita Smalls – Norwalk – August 6, 2011 – $50,000 REWARD
Iriquois Alston, age 27, and Rackita Smalls, age 22, were found shot to death in a parked car in Norwalk on August 6, 2011.    This execution-style murder happened in the back seat of the black Honda sedan in which they were parked in front of 4 Avenue B in Norwalk shortly before 8 a.m. on August 6, 2011.   Both were shot in the head.


Rickita, a 2007 graduate of Bassick High School worked at the bakery at Stop and Shop in Westport.   The couple had been dating and Alston also was the father of a son and daughter.   Rickita’s family reported that she was family oriented and a hard worker.   She enjoyed drawing, art and baking and was going to return to college.


Alston had recently been released from prison after serving an eight-year sentence for armed robbery.

Police are offering $50,000 to help catch the killer — or killers.   Their deaths remain unsolved.


Anyone with information is asked to call Norwalk Police Detective Justin Bisceglie at 203-854-3181. Anonymous tips can be submitted to the Norwalk Police Department Tipline at 203-854-3111, submitted online on the NPD website or via text by sending “NPD” and the information to CRIMES (274637).



On May 23, 2004, Denver officers were called to the location of 1400 block alley King/Lowell to respond to the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, the officers found two wounded individuals, in addition to the victim, Jason Arrellano, who was pronounced dead at the scene.   Jason, age 15, remains the victim of an unsolved homicide and Denver Police would like to talk with anyone who might have any information that would help them find his killer.

Maybe the saddest thing about the murder of this young man is that there was so little media attention afterward.    I looked for further information and outrage about his death and didn’t find it.   The police, however, are still interested and invested in finding Jason’s killer.

Since other people were present and injured, his death could have been the result of bad blood between the killer(s) and those injured or it could have been a random shooting.   Regardless of why he was targeted, Jason’s young life was snuffed out before he was able to grow up and find his own way in life.


Anyone with information regarding this case, is asked to please contact the Denver Police Department.   Please contact the officer for this case:

Audrey Simkins
Cold Case/ViCAP Criminal Intelligence Analyst
Major Crimes Unit
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Phone: 303-239-5764
Email: audrey.simkins@state.co.us

15 Year Old Jason Arrellano shot down in the street in Denver Colorado

15 Year Old Jason Arrellano shot down in the street in Denver Colorado

Rebecca Simon 2002 Murder Rialto, California


Sgt. Paul Stella of the Rialto Police Department in California is seeking help from the public to solve the vicious murder of Rebecca Simon who was found dumped in a vacant field.    She left her home on November 4, 2002, at around 5:30pm, going to the grocery store and she was never seen alive again, other than by her killer.   Rebecca was found on November 5, brutally beaten and murdered at another location that has never been discovered.   Rebecca’s loving family and her two year old daughter were left alone by her death.


Police stated that she had become involved with a bad crowd, one involving a street gang and illegal drugs the last few years of her short life.   The brutality of her slaying and the circumstances of her leaving a young daughter made this case especially important to the detectives who had been involved.  The police are asking for leads in this case.


Someone may have seen Rebecca walking to the grocery store, have seen her getting into someone’s car or heard someone talking about what had happened to her.    Her homicide could have been gang involved, an angry boyfriend, or even an unknown stranger.   It is important to her family and to the dedicated detectives seeking to solve her case, that justice is served.


Anyone with information about Simon’s case or other unsolved homicides in Rialto is asked to call Sgt. Stella at 909-820-2632 or Mills at 909-421-4990.

Rebecca Simon was murdered in Rialto, CA, in 2002

Rebecca Simon was murdered in Rialto, CA, in 2002

Jennifer Lueth and Diana Shawcroft

Jennifer Lueth left in a blue truck with her best friend and was found dead three months later in an isolated location.

Jennifer Lueth left in a blue truck with her best friend and was found dead three months later in an isolated location.

Diana Shawcroft was found dead, along with her friend, Jennifer Lueth.

Diana Shawcroft was found dead, along with her friend, Jennifer Lueth.


We never expect to never see our loved ones again when they to do some simple, routine, thing like going to the store.   Diana Shawcroft and Jennifer Lueth did exactly that on May 24, 1996, telling Diana’s older sister, Kristina Frigoin, that they were going to the store and would be returning in a little while.   They did not take anything with them that suggested they wouldn’t be returning, such as their makeup that Kristina said they never went anywhere without taking.   Diana, age 20, and Jennifer, age 19, were best friends and had moved from Colorado to stay with Diana’s sister. Diana and her sister had had a spat before they left for the mini-mart.

The mini-mart was only a few blocks away but since the girls were adults and known to be adventuresome, Kristina was not immediately alarmed.   The girls were seen at the min-mart around 7 p.m. where they bought cigarettes and soda and sat outside drinking it.   The girls had been there for a couple of hours when a blue truck arrived.   According to witnesses, the girls talked to a man in the truck for quite a while and then got into the truck with him.   That was the last time anyone saw the girls alive.


Investigators concentrated on finding the man in the blue truck (see the picture).    It was believed likely that the girls knew the man previously and the girls had been to a number of parties and nightclubs where they met a lot of people in the short time they had been in Glendale.   The girls were known to be naïve and Lueth’s mother believed they would have been easy targets.   Young people that age believe they are bullet-proof and these young ladies were not an exception.


Nothing was heard about or from the girls until three months had passed.    Two men hunting in a remote desert area 100 miles north of Phoenix found the girls in an extremely isolated area 16 miles from the nearest highway.   Access was possible only by pickup truck or four-wheel drive.    The girls had been murdered, their cause of death withheld by police, and Diane Lynne Shawcroft lay on top of Jennifer Sue Lueth.


The police believe that due to the very isolated and hard to reach area, the killer knew the area well.   Lueth’s father also stated that Jennifer was strong and a scrapper and he did not believe that one assailant would have been able to control and kill both girls.


The families erected two wooden crosses with pictures of the girls at the site where the girls were found and only the police and the families knew exactly where this was located.   Police monitored the site occasionally in case the girls’ killer decided to visit their graves.    The police found evidence of that four years later on September 29, 2000.  The girls’ memorial pictures were stolen from their frames.  Nothing else had been disturbed and it would seem like a strange thing for anyone other than the killer to take.


The families are looking for justice for their loved ones.


Witnesses can be helpful in two ways or rather at two locations.  The girls talked to the man in the blue truck for an extended time and it would be unusual for people not to notice two pretty young women in a public place for an extended time.     Someone may have known the man in the truck or seen him well enough to give the police a description.


People familiar with the desert area near Phoenix might know of someone with a blue truck who visits there.    We know it is likely that he has returned there to take the pictures of the girls.


These women were seen by many people and likely lots of people saw them talking to the man in question.    Think back to that fateful day and ask yourself if you might have seen the girls and later learned that they had been found dead and maybe your mind wandered to seeing two girls talking to a man in a blue truck.    Any time the police receive information, it provides a vital link that allows them to find the entire picture.


There was one final strange twist to this case. The families erected a shrine where the bodies were found. Pictures of both girls were placed at the foot of two wood crosses.  Police decided to occasionally survey the sight, hoping to find evidence of a visit from the killer. Four years later, on September 29, 2000, they found it. Both photos of the girls had been removed from their frames. Only police and the victims’ families knew the exact location where the girl’s bodies had been found. Diane’s father:

“Nothing else seemed to be disturbed and it definitely raised questions as to who would want the pictures, who would go to that much effort to go back in as far as it is, get the pictures, and take them.

killer. Four years later, on September 29, 2000, they found it. Both photos of the girls had been removed from their frames. Only police and the victims’ families knew the exact location where the girl’s bodies had been found. Diane’s father:

“Nothing else seemed to be disturbed and it definitely raised questions as to who would want the pictures, who would go to that much effort to go back in as far as it is, get the pictures, and take them. Hard to even imagine who it would be, or why they would do it, unless it was the perpetrator.”

No evidence that might identify the murderer has ever been found. Authorities would like to question the man in the blue pick up who was the last person seen with the girls.


On the day they disappeared Diana and Jennifer were seen at the mini-mart at approximately 7:00 p.m. According to the cashier, the girls bought cigarettes and soda. But instead of going home, they lingered outside the store. The cashier later saw a man pull up in a blue truck. The girls conversed with the driver and then got into the truck. The driver of the truck drove off. That is the last time the girls were seen alive. Family members believe the girls knew the driver or they would not have left with him.

Three months later two men were hunting in a remote desert 100 miles north of Phoenix. Both Diana Shawcroft and Jennifer Lueth had been found murdered. But the location of the girl’s bodies offered several clues as to who the killer or killers might be. The area is extremely isolated some sixteen miles from the nearest highway and accessible only by pick-up truck or four-wheel drive. Authorities believe that the killer has frequented the area or has some personal knowledge of the area. Authorities also believe the killer was either very strong or there was more than one person involved in the killings.

The search for Diana and Jennifer’s killer or killers continues. Authorities would especially like to question the man who was the last person seen with the girls. He may be driving a blue pick-up truck. Please complete the form below to submit a tip online.


Drawing of the man seen talking to the girls

This blue Chevrolet truck resembles the truck of the man who drove the girls away.

This blue Chevrolet truck resembles the truck of the man who drove the girls away.