Strasburg man returns home after week missing

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The Strasburg Police Department reports that Ray Franklin Peacemaker has safely returned home after nearly a week of being reported missing.

Family friends report that he originally left his apartment in Strasburg on May 26th to travel to the Bedford Speedway in Pennsylvania.

When returning home, he was rerouted due to construction and became lost near Alexandria.

The extra travel led to him running out of gas and he did not bring enough cash with him to fill up.

After running out of gas, he asked for help and was refused many times to the point he slept in his truck for six nights awaiting help.

He had only two bottles of water with no food or necessary medications.

On the seventh day, he attempted to seek help at a laundromat and a woman recognized him from the strong social media presence that grew surrounding his disappearance.

This good Samaritan offered him $20, a banana, and her phone number to call when he got home safely.

After a medical evaluation, he was released to his family.

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PCSO locates missing man near Kennedy’s Peak

The Page County Sheriff’s Office announced that Emeka Kolo was located at 9:16 am on Friday morning.

He was originally reported missing Thursday afternoon but had not been seen since Wednesday.

Law enforcement utilized a variety of methods to locate the 50 year old man originally from England including K9 teams, aircraft, boats, and drones in the Page Valley area.

Cell phone data was used to find a rough location off a trail near Kennedy’s Peak.

A K9 search team located Kolo several hundred feet over the side of the mountain.

He was extracted by search and rescue teams before being taken to Page Memorial Hospital for further evaluation.

Kolo was described as disoriented and left the scene in a stretcher.

Sheriff Chad Cubbage thanked the additional responders needed to help locate the man including Page County Fire and EMS, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Shenandoah Mountain Search and Rescue Team, Shenandoah River Outfitters, Virginia Conservation Police, Page County ECC, and the Luray Fire Department. 

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Missing Front Royal resident’s remains found

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The Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) announced the reception of  information last month from the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) regarding the discovery of unidentified human remains in their jurisdiction.

After DNA testing, statistical analyses and other facts and circumstances surrounding the case, it was determined that the remains were those of missing Front Royal resident Kevin Smith.

He was first reported missing on January 28th, 2020.

FRPD thanked FCPD, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science for their help on the case.

Chief Magalis added, “This is certainly not the outcome we had hoped for regarding the disappearance of Mr. Smith. We give our condolences to the Smith family during this very difficult time.”

If you have information regarding the case, contact Detective M. P. Galagher at the Front Royal Police Department.

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FCSO bloodhound locates missing person

Frederick County Sheriff’s located a missing and endangered person in Stephens City Friday afternoon.

The person was declared missing around 10 am when a son reported his 74 year old mother had left the residence.

The woman was found in a brushy thicket by Deputy Dan Clark and his Bloodhound Beau.

She suffered from mental health problems and had taken numerous prescriptions in an attempt at self harm.

She was then transported by Stephens City Fire and Rescue to Winchester Medical Center.

Sheriff Lenny Millholand wants to remind residents that if you have family members with conditions that can cause them to wander off, contact the Sheriff’s Office for more information on Project Lifesaver to help keep them safe.

Contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162 for additional information.

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VSP launches cold case website

Virginia State Police launched a pilot website in June with a number of “cold cases” throughout the state.

Since the start of the website, it has grown to include 44 unsolved homicides, nine missing persons, and seven unidentified persons reports.

State police have trained 19 local police and sheriff’s offices on how to access and upload cases.

The website is also available to the public and includes a searchable database with photographs, information, and who to contact for unsolved homicide, missing or unidentified person cases that have been unsolved for at least 5 years.

The database was created following legislation passed in 2020 that was sponsored by Virginia Delegate Danica Roem.

To access the database, click here.

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Page County Authorities seek a missing person

According to a Page County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) report Joshua Dee Bradford has been missing since Sept. 3.

Bradford is a white male with brown eyes and shaved head and was last seen getting into a vehicle in Luray and never returned.

Bradford is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.

He has the tattoos Ace and Jack on his neck, Haley on his shoulder and Josh across his back.

Anyone with any information on Bradford’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Page County Sheriff’s Office.

If you have information please contact Deputy Knowles at 1-540-743-6571.

Click here for pictures of Bradford and the vehicle he was seen entering.

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FCSO seeks help for missing person

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The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in searching for a missing person.

Amanda Michelle Carver, 26, was last seen in the Stephens City area on Thursday around 4 pm.

Amanda has blonde hair and blue eyes with a tattoo of birds on her collarbone and a triangle on her ankle.

She was wearing a t-shirt and shorts with a hair tie on her wrist.

If you have any information, please contact Investigator Travis Adamson of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162.

Click here to see a picture of the missing person.

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