14 episodes

Introducing True Crime P.I., an investigative podcast that explores Missing and Unidentified cold cases from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

True Crime P.I‪.‬ Dana Poll

    • True Crime

Introducing True Crime P.I., an investigative podcast that explores Missing and Unidentified cold cases from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

    Cold Case Clip-Jody Lee Ledkins 1985

    Cold Case Clip-Jody Lee Ledkins 1985

    On Thursday, May 23, 1985,  14 year old Jody Lee Ledkins went missing from Kansas City, MO. Initially, the police thought that she had runaway but in 1997, the Kansas City police department reclassified her case as a probable homicide. 

    At the time of her disappearance, Jody Lee Ledkins was 5 ft 1 in tall and weighed 90 lbs. She had blondish, brown hair and blue eyes. She also had a small mole under her chin, a large birthmark under one of her arms, an appendectomy scar and she wore large round glasses. 
    Her mother, Karen Stratton refuses to give up hope that one day her daughter will call or return home. 
    Jody has been missing for 36 years. If you have information regarding the disappearance of Jody Lee Ledkins, please contact the Kansas City Police Department at  816-889-1442  or the National Center For missing and exploited children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

    If you're interested in an interactive experience,  click here to access Jody Lee Ledkins' case file on Uncovered.com.

     200,000 plus cold cases aren’t going to solve themselves, I have partnered with Uncovered.com to bring you what I am calling… Cold Case Clips!  A Cold Case Clip is basically a minisode…a short version of a case. I will provide the audio while Uncovered provides the photos, timeline, map, important people and validated sources.

    As part of our partnership, Uncovered  is offering True Crime PI Listeners the opportunity to join their community for just 1 dollar. Use the code PI10 at check out and you'll receive a $10 discount for Uncovered’s Community level membership. The membership link and the promo code are listed below. So what are you waiting for…become a member today…. Let's solve a cold case!

    Membership Link: www.uncovered.com/membership 
    PROMO CODE: PI10
    Sponsor: Uncovered
    Here’s how it works, Uncovered.com is a digital cold case database. Each visualized missing, murdered or suspicious death cold case includes a case summary, pictures, an interactive map and timeline, links to source information, calls to action and more. In addition to the database,  Uncovered is building a true crime community focused on turning interest into advocacy. I joined Uncovered a little over a year ago and have been impressed with their training opportunities and their commitment to thoughtful citizen detective work. Community members engage in independent  and collaborative research. As a member of  Uncovered, I am inspired by the work that is being done to bridge the gaps and bring attention to these cases

    Sources: 
    Uncovered.com -Jody Ledkins' Case Summary
    Charley Project
    KSHB 41 Digital Article
     
    Music:
    Seedy Streets and Come Out and Play written and performed by the very talented Darren Curtis at DarrenCurtisMusic.com

    Ad Music - Slick Move by David Renda/ Fesliyan Studios 

    • 11 min
    This is NCMEC with John Bischoff. V.P., Missing Children Division

    This is NCMEC with John Bischoff. V.P., Missing Children Division

     This episode mentions child abduction, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. These words are used in context to describe support services provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
    Today, we will discuss the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the amazing work the Center does to support families, law enforcement and the community. 
    If you are anything like me when someone says NCMEC you think of age progressions and missing person’s posters. But the truth is NCMEC does so much more. Join me as I talk with John Bischoff, Vice President- Missing Children Division, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Discover the role NCMEC plays when a child goes missing, their relationship with law enforcement, how they turn data into solutions and the support they offer families. Don’t miss this episode. 
     As Vice president, John oversees all US missing children’s cases, both in the states and abroad.  He also manages the  (1-800-THE-LOST®) tipline and call centers. For those of you who might be wondering...John began his career in cyber security at America Online. After 13 years at AOL, John accepted a position at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in mass care and emergencies. At FEMA, John was responsible for post disaster family reunification.  After a couple of years at FEMA, John took a position at the National Center for Missing and Exploited children. If you are interested in learning more about John’s credentials you can read his bio here.
    This episode is dedicated to Adam Walsh and his parents, Reve and John. Adam was born on November 14, 1974.  4 months and 13 days before his 7th birthday,  Adam was abducted and murdered. Over the past 47 years, Reve and John Walsh have been advocating for missing children. Their unwavering determination to enact change, led to the creation of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Since its inception in 1984, NCMEC has helped law enforcement recover over 355,000 missing children.
    Special thanks to John Bischoff for sharing his time and knowledge me, so that I could share it with you.

    Sources:
    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    For NCMEC’s Forensic Artists, Every Face Tells A Story, Every Child Has A Name
    Music:
    Seedy Streets and Come Out and Play written and performed by the very talented Darren Curtis at DarrenCurtisMusic.com

    • 24 min
    The Disappearance of Sandra Kay Powell

    The Disappearance of Sandra Kay Powell

    Sandra disappeared from South Bend, Indiana on March 11, 1987 just 4 days shy of her 17th birthday.  Sandra is described as an African American female with black hair and brown eyes who stood 5 foot 5 inches tall and weighed about 130 lbs. At the time of her disappearance, Sandra attended Washington High School.

    The year prior to Sandra’s disappearance was a rough one, she witnessed the murder of a friend, received threats, testified at trial, became pregnant and was told by the father that he was planing to marry someone else. Did any of these events cause her disappearance. Authorities have never been able to answer this questions. 
    We all know people don’t just disappear, someone knows something, someone heard or saw something. If that someone is you, please contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-The-Lost or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-7867.

    Follow us on instagram and twitter, like our True Crime PI Facebook page and join our facebook group to discuss the case featured in each episode. If you enjoy this podcast please, take a minute to rate and review it. Ratings and Reviews  attract listeners and ultimately result in more exposure for these cases.  Visit my website at truecrimpi.com to suggest a case and if you’re feeling generous, click on the Buy me a Coffee link to support this podcast. Thank you for listening. 
    Sources:
    Various Articles 1985-1987 South Bend Tribune
    Newspapers.com - Clippings available upon request.
    Ourblackgirls.com
    Family Asking For Help Finding Missing Daughter- ABC57

    Missingkids.org
    Charlie Project
    NamUs
    Doenetwork.org

    Special Thanks to Sargeant David Young for talking with me about Sandra's case.

    Music: Seedy Streets and Come Out and Play written and performed by the very talented Darren Curtis at DarrenCurtisMusic.com

    • 23 min
    The Who, What, and When of Season 2 + Season 1 Update!

    The Who, What, and When of Season 2 + Season 1 Update!

    Hello, True Crime PI Fans, I’m your host Dana Poll. Did you know that, In the United States there are more than 200,000 unsolved missing, murdered and unidentified persons cases? Last season I covered the case of an unidentified Jane Doe, this Season, I am  shifting my focus from the unidentified to the missing.  In Episode 1, I will investigate the case of Sandra Kay Powell, a pregnant teen, from South Bend Indiana who disappeared in 1987. Episode 2,  will feature an  interview with John Bischoff, Vice President- Missing Children Division-National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I will then be releasing a series of episodes on the Disappearance of Lonene Ray Rogers; a deaf mother from Meadville, Pennsylvania. Lonene disappeared on January 7, 1981. This series will include interviews with Lonene’s sister, daughter and her son.

    Season 1 Updates:
    Cobb County Jane Doe and Saginaw John Doe!

    Follow us on instagram and twitter, like our True Crime PI Facebook page and join our facebook group to discuss the case featured in each episode. If you enjoy this podcast please, take a minute to rate and review it. Ratings and Reviews  attract listeners and ultimately result in more exposure for these cases.  Visit my website at truecrimpi.com to suggest a case and if you’re feeling generous, click on the Buy me a Coffee link to support this podcast. Thank you for listening. 

    Music: Seedy Streets and Come Out and Play  written and performed by the very talented Darrin Curtis at DarrinCurtisMusic.com.

    • 7 min
    Saginaw John Doe - Unidentified, Carbon County Jane Doe and Grace Doe-Indentified

    Saginaw John Doe - Unidentified, Carbon County Jane Doe and Grace Doe-Indentified

    On October 8, 1988, the Saginaw Police department was contacted by a resident of an Apartment house located in the 400 block of Carroll Street. According to Lieutenant Kendziorski, the resident noticed that one of the apartment doors was ajar. After taking a look inside and seeing what appeared to be a deceased person the resident called the police.  When police arrived they discovered the body of a 16-20 year old african american male, with a shotgun wound to his face.

    Saginaw John Doe and his family need our help. If you are interested in helping to crowdfund this case, please visit www.dnasolves.com and click on Saginaw John Doe. Every little bit helps and brings us a step closer to identifying him. 
    If you can’t donate but would still like to help, I have created a shareable post with a  link to Saginaw John Doe’s DNAsolves.com page.  You can find it on our True Crime PI Facebook and Instagram pages. Please take a moment to share this post with your friends and followers. Together we can help find the missing , give the unidentified back their names and provide answers to  the families who have been forced to carry the unbearable burden of not knowing. 
    As I was editing this episode, I received news that 2 more Does have been identified through DNA profiling and Genetic Genealogical research and one of the identifications has led a suspect being charged with criminal homicide. 
    Carbon County (Beth) Doe Identified as Evelyn Colon
    Grace Doe Identified as Shawna Garber

    These two young women were brutally murdered. Their cases were cold with little hope of ever being solved. Today, they became the perfect example of why identifying the unidentified is so important. 
    www.dnasolves.com/articles/saginaw_john_doe/The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)Who is Saginaw John Doe (1988)?Saginaw Police and Othram team up in hopes of identifying teen killed in 1988Saginaw police partner with Texas DNA lab to ID teen killed in 1988

    • 17 min
    And Now...We Wait!

    And Now...We Wait!

    In this episode, I share comments from Amy Hutsell, Human Trafficking, Child Abuse and  Sexual Assault, Program Director at the Georgia, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and from the Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office regarding grant funding and DNA Profiling/Genealogical Research for Our Doe.  

    It is exciting to think that we are closer to solving this case than we have ever been before, but for now...we wait. Our role in this investigation is complete; we dug deep, asked questions, connected with and shared our findings with the people who can take this investigation to the next level. The ball is now in their court. I trust that they will do their best to identify Our Doe and and her killer.
    In addition, I answer listener questions, discuss an upcoming Bonus Episode and what I have planned for Season 2 of True Crime PI.

    I will be taking a short break before I return for Season 2. So, if you enjoy listening to True Crime PI, please follow or subscribe on your favorite podcast player, so that you never miss an episode. 

    Thank you for listening!
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    • 15 min

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