Sunday, June 21, 2009

Now Serving Rochester, NY

Mission Possible Investigations continues to see success and growth in many service and coverage areas throughout New York State. 

Mission Possible Investigations now offers the same services you would expect in a private investigations firm in Rochester, NY. 

For more information regarding updated services see our website at www.mpinvestigations.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mission Possible Investigations in search of Family Treasured Rowing Shell

“For most people, it would simply be a well crafted rowing shell, but for our family, it’s a part of my father and our family history. Finding it so we can purchase it back would mean everything to us,” said Eric Loew.

When Eric was 13, he and his father, Richard spent three painstaking years handcrafting the rowing shell. The shell was built in the basement of the family home where Richard had an extensive workshop in the basement. There, father and son built the shell together – of many things they made, the biggest item ever, in terms of length anyway. The shell was constructed of 1/16th inch thick cedar, in three layers over the mold. Two layers were put down diagonally and one lengthwise. Each strip was cut specially to fit just right, and stapled to the mold while the glue hardened. Then the staples were taken out, and the process repeated. Each layer was laminated to the layer below with epoxy. Initials reading RTL carved into the shell was a finishing touch.

It was a time consuming and lengthy process but worth it when the family spent countless hours rowing together on the Great Sacandaga Lake; spending time together and creating long lasting memories. Jean, Eric’s sister reminisces, “Early mornings were the best times to be out there, when the lake was like glass and mist was rising up out of the bay. I even have beautiful pictures from my wedding day of my father and other family using the shell on the lake.”

Then tragically in December 1991, Richard died following a car accident. Shortly after in 1992, Eric’s mother, in shock over her husband’s death. made the tough decision to sell the rowing shell. While Mission Possible Investigations was able to track down the woman who originally purchased the rowing shell from the Loews that’s where the trail runs cold. All that’s known at this time is that the shell was resold in the Capital District area a few years after the original sale in 1992. Little to nothing is known about the rowing shell’s current location-- a fact that saddens the family and frustrates investigators.

Mission Possible Investigations continues to look for the rowing shell, following up on the few leads left and contacting some rowing associations as a final option. Investigators are asking for community support in locating the shell. The last known purchase date was in the mid-1990s and was purchased in the Capital District.

Jean, Eric’s sister expressed the meaning of finding the rowing shell for their family, “The shell is a piece of my father. It was something he worked on, loved, enjoyed and was immensely proud of. I know I can never see him rowing his shell again on the lake, and that breaks my heart.” Jean adds, “What I want now is to see my brother, my children, who never met their grandfather, and others who knew and loved my father, gliding across the water in his shell. In a way, it would be bringing a piece of him back.”

Monday, February 9, 2009

Starting a Search

At one time or another all of us will search for someone we miss. Whether it’s a long lost family member, old friend, past co-worker or classmate or even during the course of work a missing heir or witness critical to a legal case, knowing how to search can save time and money.

First you really have to decide if it’s worth your time and energy to try to do the search yourself or to hire an investigation firm to conduct the search for you. Even if you hire a firm, the more information you know at the start of a location investigation the more money you will save. It’s always easiest to search if you have the person’s social security number, date of birth and correct name. More times than not, you’ll be missing the social security number and date of birth but that’s okay, the search is still possible.

Here’s where to start.

Always begin by using a well-known search engine such as Google or Yahoo.
Search a phrase rather than just key words and then search with a combination of their name and other identifying information you may know. Start with the last place you knew them from or other information you may have found out through the years. Remember it may be more difficult to search for a woman if her maiden name has changed. Try her first name and other identifying information or if you know her father’s name or if she had a brother search his name.

Could the person be deceased?
Searching these resources is a starting point. NTIS’ Social Security Death Master File - http://ssdmf.com
Internment.net - http://internment.net
National Obituary Archive - http://www.arangeonline.com/

If you have the individual’s name and a city and state the person resides or previously resided in try a reputable people search online. A note of caution though, that these sites usually have outdated information but it is a place to start.

Consider the following questions during your search?

Do you know anything about the individual’s educational background? A school may release directory type information such as name, address and degrees earned unless a student has given notice otherwise.

Do you know where the person works? The person may have an e-mail account through his or her job. Visit the company's Web site and use its directory.

Do you know the individual’s occupation? If the individual is in a professional occupation, you can try searching professional directories. Most professions have organizational directories online and available. Most of these state websites include a search engine for locating licensed professionals.

Was the individual in the military? Gisearch.com - http://gisearch.com/ and Military.com http://www.military.com/ has a buddy search feature. However, you must register to use the website.

Have there been any news articles or broadcasts about the individual? Check out: Newslink.org - http://newslink.org/index.html News, http://news.google.com/ or Yahoo! News, http://news.yahoo.com.

If you know the county they may be in or were in the past, check voter registration rolls at county courthouse

If you know the individual’s name and the city and state where they resided, try the reference book often referred to as the "City Index" It is a compilation of census data that practically every town with a library maintains.

As you work, you’ll find that once you have a little information to, other information will begin to come more easily. If you are able to pull past addresses, talk to the current owners and see if they know any information or check the post office for forwarding information. As you begin to obtain information, make calls and check with neighbors, old co-workers, family or others you can find to help you locate the person.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Finding Your Birth Family

Survey’s have shown that a large percentage of those adopted have searched at one time or another for their birth families. Whether you are searching for your birth parents or searching for the child you placed for adoption the first initial step you must take is to identify your birth family member’s name. Ask questions to your adoptive parents, other family and friends of the family if necessary.

Locate all documents that you can including amended birth certificate, petition and final decree of adoption.

Contact the State or agency where the adoption took place and seek out the non-identifying information. This non-identifying information may help in the search. Some of this information may include: health status, medical history, ethnic origins, education and religion. Non-identifying information may also include the parent’s ages at time of birth, the age and sex of other children, hobbies, general geographical location, and even the reasons for the adoption.

Contact the Records Department of the hospital where you were born. While it’s unlikely you will be able to obtain information, you might find someone who is willing to help.

Try to get as much information as you can from the adopted family as in the beginning they will be your best resource.

Make sure you register at one of the state and national reunion registries.

Some state's laws forbid the opening of sealed adoption records. Although, sealed records can be opened by court order. Consulting with an experienced attorney before pursuing court action will be critical in the process.

If you are able to find the important identifying information, your search can be conducted in much the same way as any other locate investigation. If you are not able to find your birth family member’s name, the search will really be next to impossible but calling our to discuss some further options.


Finally, call us and see how we can further assist you in your search.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Searching for Jaliek

Jaliek Rainwalker, a local Greenwich boy that has been missing since November 2007. Because of our past and current work with missing and abused children, we felt that we could and should lend our expertise to this investigation. Its been a long road and we have still not found Jaliek.I think that we have more answers than we had when we started. Much of the work we have done has been completed under the radar of the media and others involved in the case.

We learned early on that most involved had one specific opinion about what happen to Jaliek.It would have been easy for us to become involved, take in only the information we were provided and form our opinion on what we were being told. However, any good investigator will tell you, you have to keep an open mind and let the evidence dictate where you go with a case not let your preformed opinion dictate the slant on the evidence that's found.

We followed all sorts of leads. We looked into several angles including Jaliek running away, being abducted, being sold and having been murdered. Roughly 12 months into our investigation, we have a pretty good timeline of events formed based on facts from law enforcement and what we have found through interviews. We have a general idea of what we think has happened and we continue to search even in the winter. We once said that we won't quit until Jaliek is found and we meant that.

I guess I'm writing about this because its been awhile since we have commented on the case. I'm sure many believe that we have given up or stopped our work, we have not. We still read the blogs, although we don't comment, we still follow up on leads that may come our way and still continue our searches.

We will continue our work until Jaliek is found and justice is served.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New MPI Gear

One of the most fun additions to our business for the start of 2009 is new Mission Possible Investigations gear available to all. There is something for just about everyone. Whether you would like your own Mission Possible Investigations shirt, travel mug, sweatshirt or clock, its all right here: MPI Gear

We have ordered some items for our staff and found that the golf shirts and tote bag are of great quality and the shirt is very comfortable. The tote has served as a the perfect casual bag for carrying my laptop, cords and random files.

Check it out today and promote Mission Possible Investigations.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year, New Look

As we ring in 2009, Mission Possible Investigations has revamped its image. Our new logo can be seen on this blog and on our website. We are excited about our new look as we have not had an actual logo our first year in business. This was a big step for us. As Jamie will tell you, he strives for perfection in his case work, his business development and all things business related. He worked hard and diligently to find the perfect look for Mission Possible Investigations. I think he succeed and more importantly, those of you that gave us feedback along the way, think we did as well. Thanks to all of you that have supported us since our inception and those who respond to our requests and became our basis for informal market research. We appreciate what you tell us!

As we move into 2009, we will continue to send our newsletters with informative articles on a range of topics. Last year, we had much success with our articles---many can be found as the basis for this blog. We had great success with our criminal defense articles, missing persons and insurance fraud. Many of you took our survey at the end of 2008, and we will take your advice on new topics and case stories as we create our new newsletters.

You spoke and we listened to what you wanted for this blog as well. This year we will blog more often, talk about current national cases and connect more with you our readers. We will still include some of our educational articles here but to make sure you catch all of them, please sign up for our newsletter on our website. www.mpinvestigations.com

Thanks to all and we wish all of you a prosperous and healthy 2009!