Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.

JVM Most Wanted: Where is Athena Curry?

JVM Most Wanted: Where is Athena Curry?

Athena Joy Curry vanished in the early morning hours of May 27, 2011. The then 20-year-old was last seen with her young toddler and her on and off again boyfriend Yusef Mujahed near Atlanta. According to Mujahed, Athena stormed off in the early morning hours after they had a heated argument where Athena stabbed him in the hand.  Police searched the area for any sign of Athena and chased down hundreds of leads but so far have not been able to find the missing mother.

Jane will speak with Athena’s sister tonight.  If you have any information please call the Atlanta Police Department’s Adult Missing Persons Squad at 404-546-4235

JVM Most Wanted: Where is Athena Curry?

JVM Most Wanted: Where is Athena Curry?

Athena Joy Curry vanished in the early morning hours of May 27th, 2011. The then 20-year-old was last seen with her young toddler and her on and off again boyfriend Yusef Mujahed near Atlanta. According to Mujahed, Athena stormed off in the early morning hours after they had a heated argument where Athena stabbed him in the hand.  Police searched the area for any sign of Athena and chased down hundreds of leads but so far have not been able to find the missing mother.

Jane will speak with Athena’s sister tonight.  If you have any information please call the Atlanta Police Department’s Adult Missing Persons Squad at 404-546-4235

JVM Most Wanted: Clifford

JVM Most Wanted: Clifford

11.  In the case of Steven Eugene Clifford,  11 is much more than a number.  It’s 11 faces.  11 people.  11 lives.  11 alleged victims.   All innocent victims – who trusted Clifford.  Most will never trust again.

When I was recently talking with members of the FBI about fugitives they’d like to see profiled on our new JVM Most Wanted segment – Clifford was at the top of their list.  From 1998 – 2002, local authorities and the FBI believe Clifford, a licensed chiropractor in California,  sexually assaulted 11 of his patients – including a juvenile. 

JVM Most Wanted: Who killed Sophia?

JVM Most Wanted: Who killed Sophia?

Sophia Ulloa, a 20-year-old single mother was stabbed to death right outside of her apartment and her killer is still on the loose. Ulloa, went to do some last minute Christmas shopping on December 23, 2000 for her then four-year-old daughter. She returned home around 1:00 AM and was unloading the gifts from her car when her mother says she heard a blood curdling scream. Her mother, Tina Montoya, says she raced outside and saw her daughter pointing down the street. She heard Sophia yelling to call 911. She hurried to do that but by the time she got back outside Tina says her daughter had died from her stab wounds.

Her killer was never caught and now we are asking for your help to provide new leads or any information you may have.

JVM Most Wanted: Who killed Sophia?

JVM Most Wanted: Who killed Sophia?

“Please do what you can.  She... can’t be forgotten.”

Those words come from Tina Montoya.  Tina wakes up everyday with a heavy heart because her best friend isn’t there.  In fact, her best friend was murdered a decade ago and the killer hasn’t yet been found.  She worked with her best friend at a diner near her home.  In fact, it was their home.  Tina’s best friend was her daughter, Sophia. 

Help find justice for the Chapmans

Help find justice for the Chapmans

When I picked up the phone, Jacque MacDonald was on the other end.  Jacque’s daughter, Debi, had been brutally murdered in 1988 while her 3 year-old daughter slept nearby.  Jacque went on a crusade to find Debi’s killer.  Nine years later, she helped get the lead that solved the case.  Now, she said, she needed my help.

Jacque works on behalf of victim’s and their families.  The story she told me was shocking.  An elderly couple in Merced, California killed in their home.  Then, the killer or killers burned down the house – most likely to destroy evidence.  What’s more,  the perpetrators had never been caught.  Police need leads and we need your help.  Jacque says she won’t rest until whoever did this to the Chapman family is found and put away.  Someone knows what happened to the Chapman couple.  Isn’t it time to do the right thing?

JVM Most Wanted: The Chapmans' story

JVM Most Wanted: The Chapmans' story

We are hunting down a vicious killer or killers who brutally murdered a loving couple in their California home. It happened the night of October 1, 2006. The couple, 91-year-old Bill Chapman and his 81-year-old wife, Lena, were home alone when they were assaulted and murdered.

The Chapmans lived in Merced, California, an artsy community in rural central California. It is not the kind of town known for this kind of brutal violence. The Chapman’s son Bill says police belive the killers are probably somewhere in the town of 78,000- right where they committed this heinous crime.

JVM Most Wanted: Brittany Phillips' story

JVM Most Wanted: Brittany Phillips' story

On September 27, 2004 a sexual predator brutally raped and murdered Brittany Phillips, a 19-year-old college student.  Phillips was raped and suffocated in her 2nd floor apartment in Tulsa Oklahoma. Police believe the killer either broke in through the French doors, or somehow had access to her apartment.

The killer has never been captured and the police have no suspects.

JVM Most Wanted: Brittany Phillips' story

JVM Most Wanted: Brittany Phillips' story

With Gratitude.  That’s the way Dr. Maggie Zingman signed her first email to me.  And under her signature was the following poem:

How I miss my dancing pony princess.

Help us bring a rapist to justice

Help us bring a rapist to justice

All victims deserve justice.  Some prefer to speak out publicly.  Some prefer to stay in the shadows – letting police work the case.  Some are lucky enough to get front page and national media attention. That kind of heightened awareness hopefully leads to a quick resolution of their case.   But the sad reality is this:  when the cameras and reporters leave – the victims are still left to grieve.  While the police work the case in relative anonymity – the victims wait.  And wait.  And wait. 

Brittany Stathers has been waiting for nearly 4 years.  I first spoke to Brittany a few months after a vicious rapist took her innocence and nearly her life.  From that first conversation, Brittany stressed to me she didn’t want this to happen to anyone else.  She had the courage to tell her mother what happened.  She had the courage to tell the police what happened.  Now, she’s had the courage to speak out to JVM Most Wanted for the entire world to hear.  Brittany refuses to be a victim.  Instead, she’s a fighter.  She is determined to not let this monster win.  What has struck me most about Brittany is her determination to do whatever it takes to get this person behind bars.   Just think if Brittany were your daughter, or sister, or friend.  Crime can strike at anytime, in any town.  Someone knows who did this to Brittany.  This predator told someone; bragged about it to someone.  Please do the right thing and if you know something – let us know.  Let the police know.  Police have DNA and they wouldn’t need to identify the source of their tip.  Do it for Brittany.  And, for the thousands of other victims who are waiting.  Waiting… and hoping.  

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