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NWT could get RCMP unit dedicated to unsolved murder and missing person files

There are 71 unsolved, historical cases of missing and murdered persons in the Northwest Territories, and this year’s territorial budget has proposed to create an RCMP unit dedicated to working on those files.

The unit would consist of three members who would work to organize, catalogue, and investigate cold cases of missing and murdered persons in the territory. These cases can include instances of suspicious deaths, unsolved homicides, missing persons and unidentified human remains.

Police say 63 of the cases are still open investigations, and some date back to 1985.

“The majority of the 63 open investigations into missing persons involve reports of persons wandered off, lost, or presumed drowned,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Justice in an email.   

An advocate for Indigenous people, Gail Cyr, said she supports the idea of implementing the unit.

“Families of the Northwest Territories certainly do need to

Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/missing-murdered-cold-case-rcmp-historical-unit-budget-1.4532611

Person County cold case murder ‘like a horror movie,’ sheriff says

ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A Rougemont man is behind bars in Person County after being charged with the murder and kidnapping of a man who has been missing for more than four years.

In January 2013, 48-year-old Gerald Pollard went missing. Thirty hours later, Pollard’s family called the sheriff’s office.

Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones says this case seems more and more like a horror movie.

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Gerald Pollard (Person County Sheriff’s Office)

“It was not uncommon for him from time to time for him to be gone for a day or so and nobody hear from him,” said Jones.

Except possibly for one man, 56-year-old Scott Sykora.

Sykora faces several charges including kidnapping and murder.

“It’s a big relief this case in the beginning we didn’t have a lot to work with and then it

Read more at: http://wncn.com/2017/11/08/person-county-man-charged-with-cold-case-murder-sheriff-says/

Person County man charged with cold case murder, sheriff says

ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — Deputies in Person County have charged a man with murder in a 2013 missing-person case, despite not yet having found the missing man’s body, Sheriff Dewey Jones confirmed Wednesday.

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Gerald Pollard (Person County Sheriff’s Office)

Scott Gerard Sykora, 56, of the 3400 block of Mount Harmony Church Road near Rougemont, has been charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder, the sheriff said. He’s charged with the death of Gerald Pollard, who vanished in January 2013.

The arrest was prompted by a confidential tip, and investigators are relying on forensics in the case, Jones said.

The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are possible, according to the sheriff.

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Person County deputies make arrest in cold case murder – WTVD

The Person County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a 2013 missing persons case.

After a confidential tip, deputies arrested 56-year-old Scott Gerard Sykora Monday in the 3400 block of Mount Harmony Church Road in relation to missing person, Gerald Pollard.

Pollard, 52, went missing in January 2013. While authorities investigated, the case eventually went cold after not receiving any leads.

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Sykora was booked into Person County Jail, charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder.

Deputies said Pollard has yet to be found.

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Hunt on for person who betrayed Anne Frank

AMSTERDAM • Hiding from the Gestapo secret police in an annex of her father’s warehouse in Amsterdam during World War II, Anne Frank heard a little knock on the wall.

She could not be sure who or what it was and it frightened her.

She was right to be scared: Just months later, on Aug 4, 1944, the police discovered the hideout during a raid and arrested her and seven others living behind a movable bookcase.

All but Mr Otto Frank, the diarist’s father and later the editor of The Diary Of A Young Girl, perished in Nazi death camps.

Anne Frank died of typhus at 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, just a few weeks before British troops liberated the place.

Who gave the eight people up has remained a mystery.

Now, almost 75 years later, a team of experts led by a retired Federal Bureau Of Investigation agent is turning to

Read more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/hunt-on-for-person-who-betrayed-anne-frank

Did the Same Person Kill Two Missing Relatives Less Than a Year Apart?

About 10 months after her teenage nephew Jeremiah Pittman vanished in North Carolina, 25-year-old Zilphia Lowery also disappeared — and then, like Pittman, she turned up dead.

Were the slayings connected?

Authorities looked into that question while investigating both homicides, UPI reports. The cases will be spotlighted in a Thursday night episode of AE’s Cold Case Files.

As one investigator explains in an exclusive clip, “We had two people in the same family, in the same year, go missing. … These cases either have to be related or it is a real coincidence.”

While law enforcement reportedly probed the possibility that Lowery and Pittman, 18, were killed by the same relative, it took 15 years after Lowery went missing in 1993 for the truth about her death to be confirmed.

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