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True crime show to explore 1981 murder of Coralville woman

The 1981 slaying of a woman in Coralville, which took more than 20 years to solve, will be featured on a true crime drama show Sunday on the Investigation Discovery channel.

The show, “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” will explore the murder of 22-year-old Vicki Lynn Klotzbach and the 22 years it took investigators, with the help of strides in DNA testing, to win a conviction. The episode, “A Murder in Coralville,” will air at 9 p.m., the city said in a statement.

Klotzbach was reported missing Oct. 20, 1981, after she failed to show at work. Three days later, her partially nude body was found in a vacant cornfield in a rural part of the city, north of Interstate Highway 80 and west of Highway 218. She had been raped and shot once

Read more at: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2018/01/19/paula-zahn-investigatives-cold-case-murder-vicki-lynn-klotzbach/1046842001/

TV series chronicles Oklahoma murder case of young woman who wouldn’t back down





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Investigation Discovery tells story of woman killed in murder-for-hire plot

JACKSON, MI – The story of Frances Craig, stabbed to death in a murder-for-hire plot gone awry, is to be featured next week on the Investigation Discovery series “Unusual suspects: Deadly intent.”

An episode featuring interviews with Craig’s family and friends and Jackson County law enforcement authorities is to air at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, Investigation Discovery announced in a Wednesday, Oct. 18, statement.

Craig, 28, was a young mother of two, working in a restaurant and a clothing store, living in a “new dream home” on Timbercrest Trail, just east of the Country Club of Jackson, the program notes, and died in her bedroom in the middle of the night.

Three men, charged after more than a year of investigation and a secret grand jury, are serving life sentences for the crime.

“Evidence points to some of those closest to the young woman, but determined investigators continue to uncover new leads that guide

Read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2017/10/investigation_discovery_tells.html

‘Forgotten’ woman’s tragic story matters

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A film crew for one of those ubiquitous true crime shows was in town last week shooting an episode about a local murder case and needed to interview the journalist who covered the case.

They couldn’t find one.

Although Verenanda Flores, 24, had lived among us in Albuquerque, it was as if she had never existed here, her disappearance days before Christmas 2014 receiving little public notice save for a quick mention on TV news, a spot on Spanish radio, a notice from Albuquerque Crime Stoppers and an article in the Las Vegas (N.M.) Optic, her family’s hometown newspaper, nearly two months after her disappearance.

That her death went so unnoticed made her ending seem all the more sad.


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But she had mattered.

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Read more at: https://www.abqjournal.com/1054321/forgotten-womans-story-matters.html

Michele ‘Shelli’ Whitaker: ID’s ‘Gone’ Follows Missing Spartanburg Woman Found Alive

The Michele “Shelli” Whitaker (Michelle Shelly Whitaker) Spartanburg missing person case got some attention last night on ID’s Gone documentary crime series. The missing woman, also known as Michele “Shelly” Whitaker, vanished fifteen years ago. Her story made headlines and was featured on a crime show.


Six years after Michele Whitaker’s disappearance, she was found alive in Oregon. Gone on Investigation Discovery will recount the turmoil and anguish her family went through while trying to find her. It will also reveal what Michele Whitaker’s life was like during those years. The interviewees include Michele Whitaker’s mother, sister, and law enforcement officials.



The Investigation Discovery TV show Gone will dramatize the events leading up to the disappearance of Michele Whitaker. The 33-year-old woman vanished without a trace in August of 2002. She was last seen leaving a jail where she had been arrested for driving under the influence. Police officials released her

Read more at: https://tvcrimesky.com/2017/08/22/michele-shelli-whitaker-ids-gone-follows-missing-spartanburg-woman-found-alive/565

Investigation Discovery to feature case of Spartanburg woman who disappeared for six years

A former missing person case in Spartanburg will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Gone” on the Investigation Discovery network next week.

Michele Whitaker disappeared in 2002 without any clues to her whereabouts. Then, on the sixth anniversary of her disappearance, she was found alive.

She has since returned to the area and is living a productive life, said her mother, Laura Andrews.

The episode highlights Andrews’ effort to find answers. An argument between mother and daughter about Whitaker’s rebellious behavior prompted her to leave, according to a statement from Investigation Discovery.

Andrews said by phone this week that Whitaker left because she felt no one would care if she was gone.

“She would sometimes not speak to me in a few days but something told me that it was different. Her not being around even for a few days,

Read more at: http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170818/investigation-discovery-to-feature-case-of-spartanburg-woman-who-disappeared-for-six-years

Demi Helenius: Missing Oregon Woman’s Car Found After Landmark Worldwide Seminar Disappearance

Demi Helenius, also known as Demi Helenius-Culley, is an Oregon woman who vanished without a trace over the weekend. Now, police say her car has been found. The Washington County Sheriff’s office stated they need help finding the 23-year-old missing woman. Demi Helenius disappeared on the night of Saturday, August 5, after attending a Landmark Worldwide self-help conference at the Embassy Suites hotel in Portland, Oregon. Update: Demi Helenius was found safe in Roseburg.


According to police, Demi Helenius-Culley was last seen at the Landmark Worldwide conference, which ended at about 10 p.m. Landmark Worldwide Forum attendees say Demi went to lunch at 6:00 p.m. and never returned for the last half of the conference. Worried family members say Demi Helenius also failed to return home. All calls to her phone have gone unanswered. Losing communication with her family is unusual for Demi Helenius. She normally talks to someone by

Read more at: https://tvcrimesky.com/2017/08/08/demi-helenius-missing-oregon-womans-car-found-after-landmark-worldwide-seminar-disappearance/485

2008 murder of transgender Greeley woman Angie Zapata brought back into national spotlight

A Colorado man is currently serving a life sentence in prison after being found guilty of killing 18-year-old Greeley resident Angie Zapata, who was born Justin Zapata.

The case, which resolved in 2009 when a jury found 31-year-old Allen Ray Andrade guilty, is receiving a new dose of national attention from the network Investigation Discovery, which plans to run a feature on the 911 calls placed immediately after Zapata’s sisters found her bloodied, battered body in her apartment.

For those unfamiliar with the murder, here is background on the case:

On July 17, 2008, Zapata was found dead in her Greeley apartment. An autopsy determined the cause of death was blunt-force trauma.

Thirteen days later, Andrade was arrested in Thornton in connection with Zapata’s death.

Investigators learned Zapata met Andrade on the Internet and brought him to her home in Greeley. After learning that Zapata was a transgender woman, an enraged Andrade struck Zapata repeatedly with his

Read more at: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/2008-murder-of-transgender-greeley-woman-brought-back-into-national-spotlight

Missing Mount Laurel, New Jersey woman to be featured on investigative TV show on Sunday

MOUNT LAUREL — When Danielle Imbo and her friend didn’t return to her home after a night out in 2005, there were few clues, and while the 12 years since have yielded some leads, mystery still surrounds her disappearance. 

The missing-persons case of the 34-year-old Imbo and Richard Petrone, 35, of Philadelphia, will be featured on the documentary series “Disappeared” on the Investigation Discovery channel Sunday at 9 p.m. The series will take viewers through the details and timeline in the case and feature interviews with an investigator and family members of the victims. 

In 2015, investigators said they had promising leads in the case of a couple who vanished from a Philadelphia bar on Feb. 19, 2005. The FBI said at the time that Imbo and Petrone were the victims of foul play, likely in a scheme orchestrated by more than one person. In 2008, authorities said they were pursuing a possible murder-for-hire

Read more at: http://www.theintell.com/news/crime/missing-mount-laurel-new-jersey-woman-to-be-featured-on/article_cdfe37be-4d16-11e7-b355-7bd699627a99.html