Amazing People Behind the Scenes of Unsolved Cases

Elizabeth Pfeifer

Elizabeth Pfeifer

I met two individuals last week who spend their time probing into unsolved cases. While I’ve not pushed Elizabeth’s case in some time, I’m on track to bring more publicity to her missing persons case, while preparing this site for a full launch. During my networking efforts on Twitter, I found Vidocq and Joe Giacalone.

Vidocq of Defrosting Cold Cases and Joe Giacalone of Cold Case Squad have been kind enough to help publicize Elizabeth’s missing persons case, and both are quickly spreading the word. Defrosting Cold Cases featured a story about Elizabeth last week, and there is more to come. Vidocq asked me to guest blog and introduce Elizabeth – when the story is published, I’ll report back in another post.

By the way, it happens that Joanna Penn, of The Creative Penn, interviewed Joe Giacalone recently. I’ve admired Joanna for some time, and subscribe to her blog. It was a nice coincidence to find Joanna involved with crime stories. Be sure to watch the video; anyone who’s part of an unsolved case will appreciate the information.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes the heart, soul, energy, and time of many people to solve a case. I’m grateful to both Vidocq and Giacolone for taking Elizabeth under their wings. This unsolved case is too big for me to handle alone.

Thank you!

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  1. I am so happy you have had those that can hopefully help you find the answer placed in your path. I know of a similar story to yours, though my connection is in a roundabout sort of way. The pain that comes with having to relive the story over and over in hopes of finding answers can be overwhelming. Lean on those that understand. You certainly are not alone.
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    • Thanks, Angie. I didn’t talk about my sister for many years. It *was* too painful and I was tired of the “I’m sorry” and hesitant looks people gave when they found out I had a sibling who was missing and presumed dead. It’s not part of a professional environment, it wasn’t part of my work, and I did not want to be judged based upon that. (Because people judge – whether you like it or not.)

      Don’t feel sorry for me and don’t give me pity and please, don’t judge…it could (and does) happen to many families. None of us are immune to horrible things happening to those we love. I don’t want pity, I want answers. You seem to have a good grasp on how it feels, Angie – and you’re right, sometimes there’s nothing more I can do except have a good, long cry. After the tears have been shed, I pick up and go on with my life. I never asked for pity, I want answers.

  2. I am so sorry that you and your family have to go through something like this and my prayers are with you. It always amazes me when people stop to help, no matter what the situation, when people are in need. I hope you will find all the answers you need.
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    • Thanks, Chrystal. Believe it or not, there are many good people on this planet. More often than not, they’re unsung heroes and heroines. I believe in the goodness of others – if I didn’t, what else is there?

  3. I am so glad to see you getting some help and some exposure for this. <3

  4. I think it is wonderful that you are giving light to the people who do this important work. It is not easy and does not end in an hours conclusion like we have come to expect with television. It is amazing work done by people who have the determination and fortitude to stick with these cases.
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    • It is hard; I think that’s why so many people either aren’t interested, charge a hefty fee or give up.

      Thanks, Bailey – one way or another, I will find out what happened to my sister.

  5. So many families suffer through this very thing without the support or help necessary. Many families do not know where to begin asking for help when the local authorities have stopped looking. I think the information provided in your post could lead other families to people that could help them.

    • Very true, Jacqueline. With new technology and the web, it’s far easier to connect than when my sister went missing (1986), and even 5 to 10 years ago. I’m extremely thankful that folks are interested in combing through the case and keeping the heat on investigators – and the public. Someone knows what happened. It’s time for that person to speak up and tell the truth.

      Thanks for stopping by and reading – I really appreciate it!

  6. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a loved one in such a way. But I think it is wonderful that you are doing so much to bring her case to the public eye!
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    • It is one of the most painful experiences of my life. Not knowing how events played out yet knowing someone is hiding that information is a kick in the chest, and something you never get over. (Until you have the answer.) Thanks for your kind words…and for reading and commenting, Carrie. πŸ™‚

  7. I can’t imagine such pain either. Like you said though, the internet can be so helpful in these cases.

    • Thanks, Daisy…it means a lot to have you here, and to receive your support. πŸ™‚

  8. I am so sorry your sister has been missing but I am glad things seem to be moving along when it comes to finding the answers you seek. I understand the pain of losing a loved one as my family lost my brother 18 years ago to murder. I won’t go into the story right now but maybe someday I will start a blog about him. He was only 22 years old and I was 12 when it happened. Anyway, I hope you find the answers you are looking for. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Hugs to you and yours!
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    • Clarissa…I’m so sorry about your brother. It’s hard to lose someone you love, and when everyone is so young, it seems so pointless. So much life that could have been, and taken away before that person had a chance. My heart goes out to you and your family, too, and mucho hugs right back at ya! πŸ™‚

  9. I am so glad that your sister’s story is getting the exposure that every missing person deserves. You are doing a good work. I will pray that you and your family find the answers you are looking for>

    • Thank you, Penny. I hope to find those answers, too. πŸ™‚ I very much appreciate your kind words!

  10. Mike Kane says:

    Hi Laura,my name is Mike Kane. I was the one that picked up Elizabeth with Frank to go to the party. When I spoke with Gay last year, that was when I found out that she was still missing. I don’t have much memory on what happened that night but if you would like to talk please respond by email and we can set up something.

    Mike Kane

    • Hi Mike – Thanks for stopping by and reading – and leaving a comment. I’ll be in touch. Please spread the word – next month is 25 years that ya’ll left my parents’ home to go to the party. We have to move this case forward and resolve the remaining issues. Elizabeth deserves it and needs our help!

      Thanks again – I appreciate you coming forward. πŸ™‚


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