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LAUTH MISSING PERSON CASE PROFILES

Here you will find information on past cases of missing children, or  missing adults handled by Lauth Missing Persons Investigations Team. These Missing Persons case profiles are but some of the cases with which we have been associated.

CASE PROFILES:



The Case of Kadijah, 16 years old from Denver, CO
Missing Since November 8, 2002

A 15 year-old girl, Kadijah, was discovered missing from her home after she informed her mother she was going to the mall. Kadijah was lured by the promises of a young male, he was going to buy her clothes and CD’s while being her boyfriend. After a few weeks of communication, Kadijah left with the “boyfriend” who was later identified as a pimp that was traveling the country and luring other girls. Later, Kadijah was taken to Los Angeles where she was immediately placed on the street with two other girls. According to the pimp, Kadijah was to be prostituted to “make the money she borrowed” and ‘to show her love” for him. Kadijah was prostituted all along the West Coast and later sent to Florida to meet another pimp. While in Miami, Kadijah escaped from the associated pimp, and with no money, clothing or food, she became vulnerable and so was discovered by an older female pimp who had no association, and this woman made her promises. Kadiajh was then transported to Chicago and prostituted on the streets. After a few weeks in Chicago, Kadijah was approached by a “john” to commit rude sex acts, whereas she refused and was physically assaulted and struck by the “john’s” truck causing severe fractures in her hips. Kadijah was hospitalized and a titanium rod cast supported her fractured hips. A few weeks later, the missing girl was found and recovered in Chicago and reunited safely with her mother in Denver. (RECOVERED and REUNITED)

Child Prostitution Facts: According to the FBI national initiative program- Innocence Lost

•Child prostitution is the most complex and least understood serious violent crime.

• FBI reports show that there 293,746 prostituted children that either live at home or on the streets in the United States.

• Children of Prostitution include males and females, come from every socioeconomic level, and generally have low self-esteem.

•The pimps use seduction and intimidation for the recruitment of the children. Pimps target vulnerable victims to fulfill the need of the particular child they are recruiting.

•Typically, the pimps are cunning entrepreneurs, manipulative, and make promises of adventure and wealth.

• To sustain the victim, the pimp will use verbal abuse, fear, horrific violence, and random acts of violence to establish power. The pimp may threaten the girl to kill her and her family if she does not come with him.


The Case of Kevin, 20 years old from Encinitas, CA
Missing Since August 26, 2003

A 20-year old male named Kevin from the Encinitas, CA area. Kevin had been raised in a middle-class family and was a gifted student with near perfect SAT scores (verbal 780 and math 800), and while Kevin was always compassionate and kind to his family and friends he disappeared after a short argument with his parents in August 2003. Kevin had recently been diagnosed in the prodromal stages of schizophrenia and had never experienced an episode of psychosis.

Despite the argument, Kevin met with his friend, David, then they both traveled to meet with another friend just inside the border of Mexico in Tijuana. At approximately 9pm that night, Kevin and David returned to the border of Mexico to return to California. At the entrance point, and as a safety measure for a missing adult, INS temporarily detained Kevin because his parents had filed a missing persons report. The report, filed with the San Diego police department earlier also included a psychological notice that Kevin was recently diagnosed with Schizophrenia. After a few hours of waiting, Kevin’s friend David gave him $20.00 for a trolley fair to return to San Diego and then departed. A few hours after David departed the San Diego evaluation team arrived to the border office and spoke with INS and Kevin, and the evaluation subsequently released him.

The parents then contacted myself in October 2003 to request investigative services after their fruitless attempts in attaining further cooperation from the San Diego PD and US Embassy in locating their son. After Kevin reportedly never contacted his friends or family, the family had become terribly distressed about his possible whereabouts. Therefore, in December 2003 I traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, and spoke with several people in the area where Kevin was last seen. The witnesses provided information that placed Kevin back to the scene where he was seen earlier in the evening in August with his friend David. On the third day of the investigation our findings directed us to the Tijuana Police and then to the Tijuana morgue. A clerk at the morgue had identified Kevin as a murder victim based on the flyer we provided to her earlier in the afternoon. Evidently, the same night after Kevin had left the border crossing he had met his fate somewhere in Tijuana. Kevin’s body was found two days later in a small village outside of Tijuana. Unfortunately, details of the murder are horrific.

Then, most disturbing, is that the family was forced to exhume their son’s body to transport for burial in San Diego because he had been buried months earlier in a John Doe gravesite. Granted, this all may have been circumvented had the US Embassy in Tijuana or the San Diego Police Department conducted periodic inquiries to the morgue for information. Yet Kevin’s mother provided months ago a detailed flyer from our office for both. In fact, the US embassy repeatedly informed Kevin’s mother they were checking the morgues, jails and the border on a daily basis.

However, as a family struggled for months to find answers, there is now, at best, closure for the family. (FOUND DECEASED)


The Case of Seth, 20 years old from Colchester, CT
Missing Since May 29, 2002

On May 29, 2002, Seth was last seen by his sister at a local gas station in Colchester, CT, obtaining gasoline for his vehicle. For the next two weeks his parents worried steadfastly by the telephone with hope. Most distressing to the parents had been a series of ATM transactions on Seth’s debit card for large amounts at various areas between Colchester and Boston. Later, between June and July the transactions stopped and also stopped was a further response by the police to investigate because he was listed as a missing adult. On August 14, 2002, the parents retained my services to locate their son. After working tediously for a week on the case from my office I was able to determine a focus-specific location in Boston.

On August 21, 2002, with the parent’s authorization, I traveled to Boston and met Seth's father and discussed at length the investigation and how I planned to proceed. Seth had come from a middle-class hard working family, and his family was all very close, never withholding information from each other, and the fact that Seth had some previous disagreements with his parents did not lead the parents to believe he had left because of household arguments. Further, the father believed this perception did not underestimate the chances that Seth had been confronted with violence, and the Colchester police had literally discounted the case and sparsely worked the case for only a few days. Seth’s parents simply wanted to know if their son was alive.

On August 22, 2002, Seth was located in Boston, MA. He had been traveling extensively after leaving Colchester, CT, periodically sleeping in his car and eating at missions for homeless. After speaking with him for nearly an hour I proposed contacting his mother, and with some apprehension, he decided it would be best and for the next 15 minutes he spoke with his mother in deep conversation about personal issues. Seth later visited his mother and now the parents have since written a warm thank-you note for my assistance.

Seth’s parents had discovered there was a miscommunication nearly marring their relationship, yet after the intervention Seth later visited his family, reunifying their relationship. (RECOVERED AND REUNITED)



CASE OF BOAZ ZINO, 22 years of old from New York City, NY
Missing since January 3, 1999 from Oakland, CA


On January 3, 1999 Bo became missing from Oakland, CA after a short history of mental illness.

In high school Bo had some difficulties, but graduated as a good student and later went onto New York State College and SUNY Albany where he achieved the Dean’s list. But Bo did not return to school until later, instead he got involved in the Big Apple circus for a short time. Since the circus his mother had noticed some dramatic changes in his behavior. According to Bo’s mother, prior to the circus Bo was “brimming with emotion” but after his return home he seemed “scared and dulled with inner pain.” Then in the spring of the same year, Bo returned from the circus, reenrolled at SUNY Albany but merely obtained incomplete grades, to never return.

Bo was inherently steadfast about change, so he traveled to Israel where his father lived, and joined a yeshiva religious school where he resided and studied for several months. Unfortunately, a few months later Bo dropped out and began living at his grandmother’s house near Tel-Aviv.

This turn of events raised his mother’s awareness, especially after the change in Bo’s disposition following the circus. But truly startling was a phone conversation with his mother while Bo was in Israel. Almost overnight, Bo, who was skillful at poetry, rhyming, and articulating a good debate, was having difficulty with simple conversation, constantly pausing to complete his thoughts and a response seemed to be even more complicated. Bo’s mother spoke of Bo as having a “beautiful soul with profound beautiful insights” but before going to Israel he was easily distracted and talked and was nearly obsessed with government conspiracies. His mother, for a short time, merely discounted his thinking because he was hanging around very radical younger people. Yet Bo’s mother, after continued conversation with Bo, realized it was not just social but a delusional manifesto.

For Bo’s mother this was a tragic and eye-opening experience, she therefore flew to Israel and was able to immediately get Bo psychiatric help. Bo started taking Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medication, and immediately his social and verbal skills improved. Later, his mother had to return home, yet Bo refused to return and she had to leave him at a religiously based home for victims of mental illness. A few months later, Bo left the residence and stopped taking his medication, incidentally, Bo and his father returned to the states and approximately one month later Bo was hospitalized at Cornwall Hospital.

After a brief two-week stay in Cornwall Hospital, Bo joined the Army and was enlisted to leave on November 30th, 1998. While his mother and brother dissented to such a drastic choice, his father and also his family doctor thought the military might counterbalance Bo’s increasing confusions and social withdrawal, so they agreed that he enlist. Yet by choice Bo failed to inform the Army of his current drug usage of Zyprexa while also excluding his recent hospital stays in Israel and Cornwall.

So on November 30th, 1998 Bo last sat and spoke with his family at home in NYC, until a few weeks later, after a phone conversation between Bo and his father on the day before he left for Oakland from Fort Sill. According to his father the conversation was upbeat, simply discussing that he was going to Oakland to see his relatives. After two weeks of basic training at Fort Sill the newly enlisted had a two-week Christmas-New Year’s break. Bo set off on a bus from Lawton, OK that traveled to El Paso, NM, where they changed buses that carried them to Oakland. And while another two other privates stepped off the bus in Oakland, they asked Bo to come visit with their families, but Bo informed them that he was traveling onto San Francisco to visit relatives. A few weeks later Bo’s family was notified that Bo never returned to Fort Sill for active duty.

Bo’s mother’s anger and concern were now heightened. Angry because the Army did not keep a better hold on Bo’s anticipated whereabouts during the leave. This caused her to contact a number of Army officials and question their policies and try to discover new information on his whereabouts.

Determined to find Bo, she contacted a number of elected officials in New York but heard little response. Then she contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) who then referred her to Nation’s Missing Children’s Organization and Center for Missing Adults (NMCO). The non-profit association such as NCMEC or NMCO is important in that they offer increased public awareness for prevention of missing adults and children and offer assistance to families such as resources.

At the Center for Missing Adults, they documented pertinent information about Bo such as his physical identifiers, date missing, initial police report, and contact information for his relatives, important information for helping police agencies inter-communicate among one another. Further, if Bo would ever have been stopped in a vehicle or detained by police, or his remains found he would then be listed in the NCIC database for nationwide police notification among agencies and/or identification.

After unsuccessful attempts in persuading the military, the Lawton Police Department, and her states' representatives to look at the case, it was now noticeable that her son’s identity was lost in a complicated system whereby most police agencies do not have a classification system for missing adults. Overall the police pursuit of the case depends much on the media exposure and characteristics of the missing person.

Personally, the origin of some cases I have received stemmed from a police agency ruling individually that the person missing had left on their own accord, ruling out any chances of further police involvement. Then there are a number of cases where the police failed to see true evidence of foul play, and startling stories were told to me by the families of police failure to properly process and analyze a scene, or produce an adequate chronological history of events for the last 72 hours for the missing. Thus, my involvement would be quickened and I would approach the investigation overall from two angles, an unsolved homicide and at-risk missing person.

In Bo’s case he had been missing since 1999 and I did not receive the case until November of 2001. There were a number of random possibilities where Bo may have traveled for he had a great appreciation for the homeless, admiring their resourcefulness and ability to adapt to unusual conditions. Cases like these require an in-depth look into the personal background of the missing from as far back as childhood up to the last minute before they vanished. Bo had written and kept a journal for the last few years of his life that helped in creating a focus on his personal ambitions and idealistic lifestyle. Coupled with his appreciation for the homeless and his past history of mental illness, the chances of Bo being homeless were very high. However, locating Bo could be somewhat labor-intensive (expensive) and difficulty was high, so I could give no assurances to his mother that he would be found.

Therefore, the focus-specific area was San Francisco. Bo’s mother and I tried for months to get ABC’s Prime Time Live involved, focusing on broadening the media attention in the hopes there would be someone that could identify him. After numerous conversations with Prime Time Live, they wanted to film on-site while I was conducting the investigation in December, this would bring public awareness and knowledge of Bo’s identity. Seldom do chances like these come along for a client, and Prime Time Live is nationally televised. Yet I assured my client this was not confirmed until the film crews and their equipment show up at the hotel. My travel agent reserved the rooms to accommodate the film crew.
On December 4th, 2001, I flew to San Francisco and met with Bo’s mother and father.

On the evening of December 4th, 2001, I received word from ABC’s Prime Time Live that they would not run the show. This notice crushed my client, but actually increased the expediency of the investigation, however, limiting the public exposure of Bo.

In the logistical sphere, the investigation was to cover all of San Francisco and include the following: various areas of the homeless, social service agencies, hospitals, morgues, newspapers, colleges, blood banks and hospitals. In the evening, on day 5 of the investigation I spoke with a shelter team member in San Francisco from Oakland who was supervising for the evening. After a long conversation, he identified the picture on our flyer as Bo, and indicated that he recently had seen him at an Oakland shelter. However, his hair was longer but also identified another photo of Bo with longer hair. Most acute was his identification of a beauty mark on Bo’s right cheek.

The next seven days, myself and Bo’s mother combed the areas of Oakland and Berkeley, with a particular focus on shelters and parks. And while we located an additional witness at the Oakland shelter who identified Bo, he and other’s opinions were that Bo was probably in Berkeley, but only staying in a shelter brief time. These witnesses substantiated this with the number of young transient homeless in the parks of Berkeley. But the Berkeley areas produced no signs of Bo, and the investigation ended.

Bo’s mother, although saddened I had not found Bo, expressed a sense of closure for locating two witnesses that positively identified him in an immediate area. The case remains open in hopes that Bo is seen and communicated with or that true closure is someday received. (OPEN CASE)

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