True Crime Factor Interview: Debbie Palacios

Magazine cover featuring Tammy Lynn Leppert
Magazine cover featuring Tammy Lynn Leppert

To many around her, Tammy Lynn Leppert appeared to have life in the palm of her hand. The 18-year-old had dominated the child beauty pageant scene as a young girl before transitioning into modeling, gigs which assisted her in landing a pair of acting roles – including a bit part in Oliver Stone’s legendary crime film Scarface.

Leppert vanished in Cocoa Beach, Florida on July 6, 1983, allegedly after being dropped off by a friend in the parking lot of a bank. Her disappearance was preceded by weeks of bizarre behavior which sometimes included violent outbursts, and Leppert had apparently confided to her mother, Linda Curtis, that someone was trying to kill her.

Following Curtis’ death in 1995, Leppert’s sister, Debbie Palacios, resumed the search for the missing actress along with her daughter. Palacios kindly spoke with me on the morning of January 27 to discuss various theories surrounding Leppert’s disappearance, speculation regarding potential suspects in her sister’s case – including infamous serial killer Christopher Wilder – and more.

There are two family-run Facebook pages dedicated to Tammy Lynn Leppert, which can be found at Never Forget Tammy Leppert and My Missing Sister, Tammy Leppert. The Unsolved Mysteries page covering Leppert’s case is available for viewing here.

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Tammy Lynn Leppert may contact Detective Christen McClure of the Cocoa Beach Police Department at (321) 868-3326. 

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True Crime Factor Interview: Rubi Paltauf

roxanne_paltauf_poster18-year-old Roxanne Paltauf vanished after leaving an Austin, Texas motel on July 7, 2006 following an alleged argument with her boyfriend of two years. Despite over a decade of investigation and the emergence of two suspects – including one man found in possession of Paltauf’s identification card – the whereabouts of the young woman remain unknown.

Paltauf’s disappearance has received considerable coverage in the Texas media and was profiled on a January 2011 episode of Investigation Discovery’s Disappeared program titled “Gone on the Fourth of July.”

Roxanne’s sister, Rubi, kindly spoke with me on the evening of January 21 to discuss her story. You can visit the Missing Roxanne Elizabeth Paltauf Facebook page managed by the Paltauf family here.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Roxanne Paltauf is encouraged to telephone Capital Area Crime Stoppers at (512) 452-5223 or contact Detective Richard Faithful of the Austin Police Department Missing Persons Unit.

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Authorities Locate Rhode Island Sisters Missing Since 1985

kimberly_yates kelly_yatesCBSNews.com reports that two Rhode Island sisters abducted by a non-custodial parent in 1985 have been located in good health.

Authorities issued a felony warrant in 1988 for Elaine Yates after she disappeared with her daughters, Kimberly and Kelly Yates, whom were in the custody of their father at the time.

Kelly was 10 months old at the time of the kidnapping. Kimberly was 3.

Officials were reportedly tipped off to the whereabouts of the women by an anonymous source. All there were living under assumed identities in the Houston area.

Please visit the above link to read more.

Ontario Teen Missing, Feared Kidnapped (Updated)

alyssa-langille-profileAn Amber Alert has been issued for 15-year-old Mississauga, Ontario resident Alyssa Langille.

Peel Regional Police say a witness saw two males forcing Langille into a silver or gray minivan, believed to be a late model Honda Odyssey, yesterday afternoon.

Langille was reported missing by her parents late last year, but returned home on her own volition.

Please visit the following links for more information:

Missing Children Society of Canada

Missing People Canada

(Update: The Toronto Star reports that Langille has been located safely)

New Year’s Message From Spiritfinder.org

spiritfinder_logoJennifer Scott of Spiritfinder.org sends the following:

Hi,

The New Year is wonderful for most, but for those suffering a tragic loss, it can be overwhelming.

In my endeavor to reach out to others with anxiety and depression, I’ve met many people struggling to cope with the passing of a loved one. It’s got me thinking about all the people across the country who will be starting off 2017 dealing with a loss, and my heart simply won’t let me stand by without trying to help somehow.

Would you consider passing these supportive resources along to your audience? I think they could help a lot of grieving families.

Helping Your Child Deal With Death

Overcoming the Loss of a Child Without Drugs or Alcohol: A Parent’s Guide

How Grief Can Make You Sick

Advice for surviving the death of a spouse or partner at a young age

How to Help an Elderly Parent Deal With the Death of a Spouse

How to Avoid Family Conflicts after the Death of a Parent

Coping With the Death of Your Pet

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death

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(Photo Credit: Reuters)

A South Carolina jury sentenced convicted mass murderer Dylann Roof to death yesterday, reports CBSNews.com.

Roof, 22, was found guilty on 33 counts of federal hate crimes last month after confessing to the murders of nine African Americans during a June 2015 prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Please visit the above link to read more.