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Let's Solve a Cold Case! Lonene Ray Rogers was last seen by  her husband Bud Rogers at 12:45 am on January 7, 1981.  According to Bud, the couple argued and he went to sleep. At 2:00 am Bud woke up and discovered that Lonnie was not in bed next to him. He initially assumed that she was angry and had gone to sleep on the couch. When he realized that she wasn’t on the couch he concluded that she left him for another man.  Please Rate and Review the show on Podchaser, Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Buy Me A Coffee - your donation will enable me to support cold cases by sharing the stories of the missing and unidentified.Links:True Crime P.I. Podcast GroupJustice For Lonene Facebook Group A Daughter's Journey and Story of Resilience-Amazon Lonene’s Uncovered Case File Opening Audio Credit - Rachel Polansky (WKYC) Seedy Streets and Come Out and Play  written and performed by the very talented Darren Curtis at DarrenCurtisMusic.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
Please Rate and Review the show on Podchaser, Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Buy Me A Coffee - your donation will enable me to continue to support families of the missing and to share their stories. In this episode you will learn about the life and disappearance of Lonene Ray Raffle Rogers told through the voices of the sister, who carries the gift and the burden of being one of the only people left on earth who really knew her. The daughter who is relentless in her pursuit of truth and justice and the son who may know the person of interest in this case better than anyone. It been 41 years, where is Lonene Ray Raffle Rogers and will justice ever be served? Lonene was last seen by  her husband Bud Rogers at 12:45 am on January 7, 1981.  According to Bud, the couple argued and he went to sleep. At 2:00 am Bud woke up and discovered that Lonnie was not in bed next to him. He initially assumed that she was angry and had gone to sleep on the couch. When he realized that she wasn’t on the couch he concluded that she left him for another man.  At the time of her disappearance, Lonnie Ray Rogers was 29 years old, approximately 5ft 5 inches tall and weighed about 140 lbs. She had long sandy brown hair, freckles and gray eyes. It was reported that she may have been wearing a navy blue peacoat, blue jeans and high brown bootsIn part two of The Life and Disappearance of Lonene Ray Raffle Rogers, Alison and Aaron will explain what their lives were like in the years following their mothers disappearance. We will also learn more about the initial and ongoing investigation into Lonnie’s case, Bud’s shocking criminal history, my visit to Saegertown and Alison’s quest to bring her mother home.Links:Justice For Lonene Facebook Group A Daughter's Journey and Story of Resilience-AmazonLonene’s Uncovered Case File Seedy Streets  and Come Out and Play  written and performed by the very talented Darren Curtis at DarrenCurtisMusic.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
On Thursday, May 23, 1985,  14 year old Jody Lee Ledkins went missing from Kansas City, MO. Initially, the police thought that she had runaway but in 1997, the Kansas City police department reclassified her case as a probable homicide. At the time of her disappearance, Jody Lee Ledkins was 5 ft 1 in tall and weighed 90 lbs. She had blondish, brown hair and blue eyes. She also had a small mole under her chin, a large birthmark under one of her arms, an appendectomy scar and she wore large round glasses. Her mother, Karen Stratton refuses to give up hope that one day her daughter will call or return home. Jody has been missing for 36 years. If you have information regarding the disappearance of Jody Lee Ledkins, please contact the Kansas City Police Department at  816-889-1442  or the National Center For missing and exploited children at 1-800-THE-LOST.If you're interested in an interactive experience,  click here to access Jody Lee Ledkins' case file on Uncovered.com.  200,000 plus cold cases aren’t going to solve themselves, I have partnered with Uncovered.com to bring you what I am calling… Cold Case Clips!  A Cold Case Clip is basically a minisode…a short version of a case. I will provide the audio while Uncovered provides the photos, timeline, map, important people and validated sources. As part of our partnership, Uncovered  is offering True Crime PI Listeners the opportunity to join their community for just 1 dollar. Use the code PI10 at check out and you'll receive a $10 discount for Uncovered’s Community level membership. The membership link and the promo code are listed below. So what are you waiting for…become a member today…. Let's solve a cold case!Membership Link: www.uncovered.com/membership PROMO CODE: PI10Sponsor: UncoveredHere’s how it works, Uncovered.com is a digital cold case database. Each visualized missing, murdered or suspicious death cold case includes a case summary, pictures, an interactive map and timeline, links to source information, calls to action and more. In addition to the database,  Uncovered is building a true crime community focused on turning interest into advocacy. I joined Uncovered a little over a year ago and have been impressed with their training opportunities and their commitment to thoughtful citizen detective work. Community members engage in independent  and collaborative research. As a member of  Uncovered, I am inspired by the work that is being done to bridge the gaps and bring attention to these casesSources:  Uncovered.com -Jody Ledkins' Case SummaryCharley ProjectKSHB 41 Digital Article Music: Seedy Streets and Come Out and Play written and performed by the very talented Darren Curtis at DarrenCurtisMusic.comAd Music - Slick Move by David Renda/ Fesliyan Studios Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
 This episode mentions child abduction, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. These words are used in context to describe support services provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.Today, we will discuss the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the amazing work the Center does to support families, law enforcement and the community. If you are anything like me when someone says NCMEC you think of age progressions and missing person’s posters. But the truth is NCMEC does so much more. Join me as I talk with John Bischoff, Vice President- Missing Children Division, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Discover the role NCMEC plays when a child goes missing, their relationship with law enforcement, how they turn data into solutions and the support they offer families. Don’t miss this episode.  As Vice president, John oversees all US missing children’s cases, both in the states and abroad.  He also manages the  (1-800-THE-LOST®) tipline and call centers. For those of you who might be wondering...John began his career in cyber security at America Online. After 13 years at AOL, John accepted a position at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in mass care and emergencies. At FEMA, John was responsible for post disaster family reunification.  After a couple of years at FEMA, John took a position at the National Center for Missing and Exploited children. If you are interested in learning more about John’s credentials you can read his bio here.This episode is dedicated to Adam Walsh and his parents, Reve and John. Adam was born on November 14, 1974.  4 months and 13 days before his 7th birthday,  Adam was abducted and murdered. Over the past 47 years, Reve and John Walsh have been advocating for missing children. Their unwavering determination to enact change, led to the creation of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Since its inception in 1984, NCMEC has helped law enforcement recover over 355,000 missing children.Special thanks to John Bischoff for sharing his time and knowledge me, so that I could share it with you.Sources:National Center for Missing and Exploited ChildrenFor NCMEC’s Forensic Artists, Every Face Tells A Story, Every Child Has A NameMusic: Seedy Streets and Come Out and Play written and performed by the very talented Darren Curtis at DarrenCurtisMusic.com
Sandra disappeared from South Bend, Indiana on March 11, 1987 just 4 days shy of her 17th birthday.  Sandra is described as an African American female with black hair and brown eyes who stood 5 foot 5 inches tall and weighed about 130 lbs. At the time of her disappearance, Sandra attended Washington High School. The year prior to Sandra’s disappearance was a rough one, she witnessed the murder of a friend, received threats, testified at trial, became pregnant and was told by the father that he was planing to marry someone else. Did any of these events cause her disappearance. Authorities have never been able to answer this questions. We all know people don’t just disappear, someone knows something, someone heard or saw something. If that someone is you, please contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-The-Lost or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-7867. Follow us on instagram and twitter, like our True Crime PI Facebook page and join our facebook group to discuss the case featured in each episode. If you enjoy this podcast please, take a minute to rate and review it. Ratings and Reviews  attract listeners and ultimately result in more exposure for these cases.  Visit my website at truecrimpi.com to suggest a case and if you’re feeling generous, click on the Buy me a Coffee link to support this podcast. Thank you for listening. Sources:Various Articles 1985-1987 South Bend TribuneNewspapers.com - Clippings available upon request.Ourblackgirls.comFamily Asking For Help Finding Missing Daughter- ABC57Missingkids.orgCharlie ProjectNamUsDoenetwork.orgSpecial Thanks to Sargeant David Young for talking with me about Sandra's case.Music: Seedy Streets and Come Out and Play written and performed by the very talented Darren Curtis at DarrenCurtisMusic.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
Hello, True Crime PI Fans, I’m your host Dana Poll. Did you know that, In the United States there are more than 200,000 unsolved missing, murdered and unidentified persons cases? Last season I covered the case of an unidentified Jane Doe, this Season, I am  shifting my focus from the unidentified to the missing.  In Episode 1, I will investigate the case of Sandra Kay Powell, a pregnant teen, from South Bend Indiana who disappeared in 1987. Episode 2,  will feature an  interview with John Bischoff, Vice President- Missing Children Division-National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I will then be releasing a series of episodes on the Disappearance of Lonene Ray Rogers; a deaf mother from Meadville, Pennsylvania. Lonene disappeared on January 7, 1981. This series will include interviews with Lonene’s sister, daughter and her son. Season 1 Updates:Cobb County Jane Doe and Saginaw John Doe!Follow us on instagram and twitter, like our True Crime PI Facebook page and join our facebook group to discuss the case featured in each episode. If you enjoy this podcast please, take a minute to rate and review it. Ratings and Reviews  attract listeners and ultimately result in more exposure for these cases.  Visit my website at truecrimpi.com to suggest a case and if you’re feeling generous, click on the Buy me a Coffee link to support this podcast. Thank you for listening. Music: Seedy Streets and Come Out and Play  written and performed by the very talented Darrin Curtis at DarrinCurtisMusic.com.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
On October 8, 1988, the Saginaw Police department was contacted by a resident of an Apartment house located in the 400 block of Carroll Street. According to Lieutenant Kendziorski, the resident noticed that one of the apartment doors was ajar. After taking a look inside and seeing what appeared to be a deceased person the resident called the police.  When police arrived they discovered the body of a 16-20 year old african american male, with a shotgun wound to his face. Saginaw John Doe and his family need our help. If you are interested in helping to crowdfund this case, please visit www.dnasolves.com and click on Saginaw John Doe. Every little bit helps and brings us a step closer to identifying him. If you can’t donate but would still like to help, I have created a shareable post with a  link to Saginaw John Doe’s DNAsolves.com page.  You can find it on our True Crime PI Facebook and Instagram pages. Please take a moment to share this post with your friends and followers. Together we can help find the missing , give the unidentified back their names and provide answers to  the families who have been forced to carry the unbearable burden of not knowing. As I was editing this episode, I received news that 2 more Does have been identified through DNA profiling and Genetic Genealogical research and one of the identifications has led a suspect being charged with criminal homicide. Carbon County (Beth) Doe Identified as Evelyn ColonGrace Doe Identified as Shawna GarberThese two young women were brutally murdered. Their cases were cold with little hope of ever being solved. Today, they became the perfect example of why identifying the unidentified is so important. www.dnasolves.com/articles/saginaw_john_doe/The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)Who is Saginaw John Doe (1988)?Saginaw Police and Othram team up in hopes of identifying teen killed in 1988Saginaw police partner with Texas DNA lab to ID teen killed in 1988Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
In this episode, I share comments from Amy Hutsell, Human Trafficking, Child Abuse and  Sexual Assault, Program Director at the Georgia, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and from the Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office regarding grant funding and DNA Profiling/Genealogical Research for Our Doe.  It is exciting to think that we are closer to solving this case than we have ever been before, but for now...we wait. Our role in this investigation is complete; we dug deep, asked questions, connected with and shared our findings with the people who can take this investigation to the next level. The ball is now in their court. I trust that they will do their best to identify Our Doe and and her killer.In addition, I answer listener questions, discuss an upcoming Bonus Episode and what I have planned for Season 2 of True Crime PI.I will be taking a short break before I return for Season 2. So, if you enjoy listening to True Crime PI, please follow or subscribe on your favorite podcast player, so that you never miss an episode. Thank you for listening!www.truecrimepi.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
 I talk with David Mittelman, Founder and CEO of Othram and DNAsolves.com. David will discuss how Othram enables human identification from DNA evidence. He talks about the role Othram and DNAsolves.com played in the identification of Mostly Harmless, a John Doe who was discovered in 2018, and the Pecos Jane Doe. He will also explain how we can help identify Our Doe and others like her.  DNAsolves.com gives law enforcement, the family and friends of a missing person or anyone interested in helping to identify an unidentified person the ability to submit a case, crowdfund a case and ultimately to help solve a case! Before, DNAsolves.com, law enforcement had to secure funding prior to submitting the case for DNA profiling and genealogical research. In some cases, finding the funds could take years. Now, law enforcement, me, you, family or friends can submit a case to Othram. If approved, a crowdfunding campaign can be created on DNAsolves.com. You and anyone who is interested in solving the case can donate to insure it gets funded. Personally, I think this is a brilliant model because it inspires collaboration and provides us with a proven and effective way to help identify the unidentified.  I wanted to know more about what to expect once a case is accepted and funded.  David  gives us a behind the scenes look at the process. www.dnasolves.comwww.othram.comJoin me next time for the last episode of the first season of True Crime PI.  I will share my final thoughts and any available updates on this case. I will also be featuring listener questions and comments in this episode.  So, if you have a question or a comment visit www.turecrimepi.com and look for the Send a Voicemail tab on the right side of the home page.  I look forward to hearing from you. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
If the death of Samuel Little and the details contained in the last episode left you feeling like “this case would never be solved”. Keep listening. There have been some surprising developments over the past 30 days. Amy Hutsell, Program Director at the CJCC has submitted my case research to the SAKI Task Force. This is the task force that has been charged with matching Georgia homicides to Samuel Little confessions and they are actively working on this case! I am not sure how long the  reexamination will will and obviously, I am anxiously awaiting the results. Recently,  Othram, a  Texas-based lab that specializes in using next-generation sequencing and genetic genealogy to identify human remains,  has solved several high profile and lesser known cold cases,  Othram’s website explains that they are the first private laboratory built to apply the power of modern parallel sequencing to forensic evidence saying Quote” Our scientists are experts at recovery, enrichment, and analysis of human DNA from trace amounts of degraded or contaminated materials. We help investigators break through previously impenetrable forensic DNA barriers and close previously unsolvable cases. We decipher genetic identities, so YOU can solve cases.Unquote.The YOU in this sentence doesn’t only mean homicide detectives, cold case investigators and police officers, it means you, and me and us. It means anyone who is passionate about helping to give the unidentified back their names and provide answers to families who have been forced to carry the unbearable burden of not knowing. Collectively, with the help of Othram and the DNAsolves crowdfunding platform, we can identify her. 3 months ago when I released the first two episodes of this podcast, I would have never imagined that  3 episodes later I  would be waiting for the results of a task force review that could once and for all prove that Our Doe was one of Samuel Little’s victims. It is truly mind blowing. On the other hand, I have always believed that this podcast could help identify her. I feel really confident that before long, she will have her name. I am grateful to all of you for listening and for your continued support. Special thanks to Detective John Dawes for being more than willing to discuss this case with me. His honesty gave me hope and the confidence to continue searching for ways to solve this case. Detective Dawes believes that every case is solvable, if you are willing to work...he has never stopped trying to solve this case and neither should we.Join me next time, when I talk with David Mittelman, Founder and CEO of Othram Labs and DNAsolves.com. David will discuss how Othram enables human identification from difficult evidence such as touch DNA, rootless hair and old bones. He will talk about the role Othram played in the identification of Mostly Harmless,a John Doe who was discovered in 2018, and he will explain how we can help identify our Doe and others like her. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
 Over the course of four decades and across 19 states, the deadliest serial killer in US history left a trail of at least 93 victims. Although he was arrested several times and linked to sexual assaults, attempted murders and actual murders, he was for one reason or another repeatedly released to kill again. Samuel Little believed that the reason he was able to avoid a conviction for so many years was because he targeted women who were sex workers, runaways  and drug addicts. Women, who he believed were low risk because they were less likely to be missed. On September 2, 2014, his luck ran out. He was finally convicted for the murders of 3 young women, in the late 80’s and sentenced to 3 consecutive life sentences. In October of  2019, the FBI named him the most prolific serial killer in US History. Just a little over a year later at 4:53 am on December 30, 2020, 80 year old, Samuel Little died in a California hospital. Episode 4,  tells Little's story and highlights the possible connection to Our Doe, NamUs Case - UP10724 - Cobb County, GA - May 10th, 1984. Retired Cobb County  Homicide and Cold Case  Detective, John Dawes, explains how he submitted crime scene photos, the reconstruction created by retired GBI Forensic Artist, Marla Lawson and a map for Little's review. Dana Poll and Detective Dawes provide insight into the mind of the most prolific serial killer in US History.Sources:Washington Post Series:https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/samuel-little-serial-killer/part-two/https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/samuel-little-serial-killer/part-three/New York Magazine Article:https://www.thecut.com/2018/12/how-serial-killer-samuel-little-was-caught.htmlSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
Thank you for listening in 2020. I hope that you will continue to enjoy this podcast in 2021 and beyond. The news of Samuel Little's death last week was deflating but I have hope that investigators will continue to build on what they know and more identifications will be made.    The next episode of True Crime P.I.  will be released on Wednesday, January 13th. It will focus on Samuel Little and his possible connection to our Doe. Detective Dawes will provide insight into the mind of the man who he believes could be her killer. In the mean time, if you are interested in learning more about Samuel Little and his victims, I recommend that you listen to The Fall Line podcast - Season 11. This special 4 part, limited series sheds light on how Little nearly got away with 4 decades of murders. According to the podcast, roughly half of Littles victims were living in the Southeast at the time of their murders. A number of these victims are either Jane Does or are currently considered “unmatched confessions”. This podcast is extremely informative and more than worth the listen. Simply search for The Fall Line on your favorite podcast player.I would also like to recommend another True Crime podcast, In the Red Clay. This 12 episode series  tells the story of Billy Sunday Birt,  who was said to be the leader of the “Dixie Mafia” and the most dangerous man in Georgia history. In the Red Clay, documents the legend of  Billy Birt through the eyes of his son, Stoney. Stoney’s memories reveal the complexities of the man, the father, and the criminal who was loved and feared by so many.  If you live near Winder, GA be sure to visit the Rock Solid Distillery owned by Stoney Birt.Happy New Year!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
In this episode, Detective Dawes answers the questions raised in Episode 1. His answers will  shock you and explain why, after 36 years, Our Doe remains unidentified and her killer has never been found.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
In this episode, I discuss this case with retired Cobb County Police Detective, John Dawes. Detective Dawes was a member of the Cobb County Police Department for 29 years.  He retired in 2013, but was soon asked by District Attorney, Vic Reynolds, to lead the newly established Cobb County Cold Case Unit. Detective Dawes knows this case inside and out and will answer many of the questions presented in today’s episode. What he shares with us will explain why after 36 years, this case remains unsolved.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
NamUs Case UP#10724 -Cobb County, GA - May 10, 1984This episode tells the story of an unidentified white female discovered in a wooded area in South West Cobb County. She has been unidentified for 36 years and her killer has never been found.Sources:NamUs Casefile -https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/10724Georgia Bureau of Investigationhttps://gbi.georgia.gov/cases/unidentified-remains/cobb-county-white-femaleDoe Network-Case Filehttp://www.doenetwork.org/cases/623ufga.htmlMarietta Daily Journal - February 27, 2011-Cobb County Authorities Seeking Help Solving 78 Old Murdershttps://www.mdjonline.com/news/cobb-authorities-seeking-help-solving-old-murders/article_91ac16ae-a28c-5b58-b70f-70dba727e13e.htmlWebsite Information on The Knits brand Playboy Bunny shirt www.defunkd.comAtlanta Constitution- Woman’s body Not Yet identified in Cobb https://www.newspapers.com/clip/26484687/cobb-county-1984-whtfem/Chemical and Engineering News : Thirty years of DNA forensics: How DNA has revolutionized criminal investigations | September 18, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 37 Ryan Forensichttp://ryanforensicdna.com/touchdna/Theme Music - Royalty FreeSeedy Streets and Come Out and Play by Darrin Curtis https://www.darrencurtismusic.com/Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
Introducing True Crime P.I., an investigative bi-weekly Podcast that explores Missing and Unidentified cold cases from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. M57CxhQzNX693PnwLcFkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/truecrimepi)
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Barbara Weaver-Kilman

love this podcast great voice

May 20th
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Mark Dragone

Dana, awesome podcast! You are really making a difference.

Feb 23rd
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Mark Dragone

Loved it! I've been interested in serial killers for as long as I can remember. I can't wait for your next podcast.

Jan 15th
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