Steve Fossett may have faked death according to Lloyds of London

Adventurer Steve Fossett, who disappeared in Nevada many months ago, may have faked his own death according to Lloyds of London investigators.

Update:  This may have been an unfounded internet rumor…. he was declared dead in February, not clear if payout made yet.

Here is a good summary of the situation

Obviously the insurance company has an incentive to challenge the finding that Fossett is dead, forcing them to pay some 20 million pounds in life insurance, but it’s also remarkable that no evidence of Fossett’s plane or body have been found so many months after extensive investigations.

Update: New Search

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Egyptian Translator Maree is free

Great news from Egypt where the translator helping Karl Buck, a journalism student reporting on conflicts in the country, had been jailed.   He’s been freed now and many are suggesting it was at least in part from the pressure brought by the online discussions of the incident.

CNN Reports

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Mohammed Maree Jailed in Egypt

Here is the latest news about Mohammed Maree from James Karl Buck, an American who was freed soon after his detention along with Maree, who remains in Jail in Egypt.

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This remarkable story is ongoing as the friend of journalist James Karl Buck still appears to be detained in Egypt after helping report on food riots and unrest there.   Mohammed Maree is missing as of Saturday Morning, last seen after a second and unauthorized detention by police.    Buck was released and is back in the USA.

More at Buck’s Blog

My angle over at WebGuild

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Mother and 3 year old child went missing from Houston, Texas over one week ago.

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=5969543&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

More here from ABC in Houston, where a 29 year old and her 3-year-old son went missing nearly one week ago.  Diemyen Do left with her son Saturday.
Case is handled by the Houston Police Department.
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=6004813

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Reno Alert: Find Briana Denison

Update:  Briana Denison was murdered     Police continue to search for the killer, who they belive is a serial rapist murderer.

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Briana Denison has probably been abducted in Reno, Nevada.    Click HERE for stories and pictures.

The story appears to be that Briana was sleeping at a friend’s house after a night out, and was abducted from that house, possibly by an ex-boyfriend.    Police are searching the neighborhood door to door for her.

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Atlanta, GA hiker missing on Freeman Trail – murder suspect in custody

Update:  It now appears Ms. Emerson may have been murdered by the man police sought and now have in custody.   

Meredith Emerson is lost after hiking on Tuesday with her dog in the Atlanta GA area: on Freeman Trail near Blood Mountain.

Police want to talk to a man who was seen with Emerson on the trail before her disappearance. 

More about this disappearance is HERE

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Nikki Ruiz search continues this weekend on Mount Tamalpais, CA

See Family website: http://www.helpfindveronicaruiz.com/  for more information and for tip reporting phone and info.
I just got this note from a friend of the Ruiz family, who are still looking for Veronica “Nikki” Ruiz after her disappearance from/on the Mount Tamalpais area in Bay Area, CA.

They are going to have a big effort on Saturday and Sunday and are in need of :

- People that are experienced hikers to go off the tracks (maybe you know hiking or mountain climbing clubs)

- Search and Rescue dogs and their owners

- Companies to donate breakfast, coffee and lunch for the volunteers

- Corporation to sponsor reward money for any information leading to the finding of Veronica

- Surveying airplanes or helicopters

- People within Yahoo to unlock the Yahoo email account. They have suspended the account and have been unresponsive for almost a week now.

- News coverage, TV station contacts, news papers etcetera

- Any practical ideas are really welcomed

Veronica’s cell phone signal, now off, confirmed that she is really on Mount Tam.

See Family website: http://www.helpfindveronicaruiz.com/  for more information

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Family *FOUND* in California Wilderness

A father and 3 children are missing in snowy forest land in Northern California.     The family was cutting their Christmas Tree on Sunday and appear to have gotten lost in the woods.   Their truck has been found and search is underway, but heavy snow and bad weather are hampering search efforts.

CNN Reports 

News from California SAR

The SAR teams do not want additional volunteers due to bad weather – they fear more could be lost.    One of the party is reported to be experienced with outdoor survival skills, so hopefully the group stuck together and created a shelter.   They had coats and temperatures, though cold, could be survivable with adequate shelter and water.

Map:   The general area appears to be the ghost town of Inskip, CA, Google map HERE

ABC News reports that Butte County SAR is searching cabins in the area where the family may have sought shelter.  

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Veronica Ruiz still missing in California – family website is active

There is a family website for the search for Veronica Ruiz http://www.helpfindveronicaruiz.com/

Veronica went missing and her last known location was on Mount Tamalpais in the Bay Area of California. Ruiz was
last seen early Monday December 3rd.

The official search has been called off but you can volunteer as follows:

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED. Keep the search alive.

This weekend’s (Dec. 15 & 16) search efforts will begin daily at DAYBREAK.
Please report for TRAIL ASSIGNMENTS at:

Holiday Inn Express
160 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 332-5700

See Family website: http://www.helpfindveronicaruiz.com/  for more information

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Veronica Ruiz missing – Last known location was Mount Tamalpais.

UPDATE:   There is a family website for this search
http://www.helpfindveronicaruiz.com/

Here is coverage from the Bay Area of missing Veronica Ruiz, who was last traced by a phone call to the Mount Tamalpais area, a light wilderness area between the sea and the San Francisco Bay.

Friends, family refuse to give up hope for missing Marin IRS agent

Demian Bulwa, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/09/07
Friends and relatives of a 25-year-old Internal Revenue Service agent missing for a week from her Mill Valley home refused to give up hope Sunday and organized volunteers to scour the steep Mount Tamalpais trails where the woman may have ventured after a…

Dozens of volunteers search for missing woman
Associated Press, 12/09/07
(12-09) 20:17 PST Mill Valley, Calif. (AP) — Volunteers continued searching Sunday for a 25-year-old woman who disappeared almost a week ago after she and her boyfriend of two years broke up. Veronica “Nikki” Ruiz, who works as an agent for the Internal…

MILL VALLEY – Mount Tamalpais search called off
Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/07/07
A search of Mount Tamalpais for a missing Mill Valley woman has been suspended, police said Thursday. About 100 police and other searchers had been looking for 25-year-old Veronica Ruiz since she was reported missing Monday night after failing to return…

Police call off search for missing Mill Valley woman
Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/07/07
A search of Mount Tamalpais for a Mill Valley woman missing since Monday has been suspended, police said today. About 100 police and other searchers had been looking for 25-year-old Veronica Ruiz since she was reported missing Monday night after failing to…

MILL VALLEY – Missing hiker sought on Mount Tamalpais
Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/06/07
Officers on horseback and rescue workers with dogs joined about 100 searchers Wednesday in the hunt for a 25-year-old Mill Valley woman who is believed to have disappeared while hiking on Mount Tamalpais, police said. Veronica Ruiz was last heard from…

Searchers looking for Mill Valley woman missing since Monday
Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/06/07
(12-05) 16:58 PST MILL VALLEY – Officers on horseback and rescue workers with dogs joined about 100 searchers today in the hunt for a 25-year-old Mill Valley woman who is believed to have disappeared while hiking on Mount Tamalpais, police said. Veronica

Search on Mt. Tamalpais for missing hiker
Associated Press, 12/05/07
(12-05) 12:33 PST Mill Valley, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of searchers are scouring the muddy eastern slope of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County for a hiker who has been missing since for two days. Twenty-five-year-old Veronica Ruiz didn’t report for work Monday at…
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