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7/18/2014 - Bernard Vaughn, Jr. Homicide
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On July 21st, 2010 family members discovered 17-year old Bernard Vaughn, Jr. dead in his home at 1001 S. Mayflower Rd. lot 24 in South Bend.  Vaughn had apparently lived there alone for some months. 

Evidence at the scene indicated that several shots were fired inside the residence.  Vaughn died of gunshot wounds. 

Two weeks earlier, Vaughn testified in a homicide trial.  However, at this stage of the investigation there is no definitive indication that his death is connected. 

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6/5/2014 - Elkhart Elderly Victim
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On November 28th, 2010, Elkhart Police and medics were called to a home in the 500 block of Prairie Street.  During the night, two suspects broke into the house and tied up the 88-year old female resident.  They ransacked her home, stole several items, and left the victim severely beaten and terrorized.  She was discovered the next morning by family members, and was admitted to a local intensive care unit with multiple injuries, including broken ribs. 

This was the second time in a week this house had been burlgarized.  In both cases, a TV and jewelry were stolen, and police believe the same suspects were involved. 

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5/29/2014 - Alicestein Wheeler Homicide
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At 5:20 p.m. on May 29, 2011, a neighbor walking near the vacant home at 741 N. Lawndale in South Bend saw the body of a woman behind the house and called 911.  South Bend Police and medics arrived to find 49-year old Alicestein Wheeler.  An autopsy confirmed she died from a gunshot wound.  Alicestein lived with her family less than a half mile from where she was found. 

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5/23/2014 - Brigid Marshall Homicide
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On May 23, 1991, 20-year old Brigid Marshall was sleeping in her family home on Clayton Street in South Bend when her mother left to run errands at around 11:00.  Police believe an unknown suspect forced open a door on the screened porch, then entered the home through an unlocked patio slider. 

Brigid`s mother found her body at about 1:30 when she went up to her bedroom to check on her.  Brigid`s hands were bound, and she had been strangled. 

Police believe the initial motive was burglary.  Several rooms were ransacked.  Military medals resembling those in the below photo, and pieces of costume jewelry were also taken. 

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5/2/2014 - Sargent Micek
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Twenty-five years ago on May 4th, 22-year old Sargent Micek left his home on Fox Street in South Bend at around 10:00 p.m.  He went with a friend to the former Cap `n Cork bar at the corner of Lasalle and Niles Avenue.  At about 3:30 a.m., he called his mother from the Bear`s Den tavern, formerly downtown on Michigan Street. 

Sargent never returned home and is presumed dead.  Over the years there have been a few leads, but this case remains unsolved. 

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4/4/2014 - Lakeside Home Invasion
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On Friday night, July 13, 2012, after 11 p.m., 61-year old Ann Dawson had fallen asleep on her living room sofa at 8770 East Road in Lakeside, Michigan. She awakened to see a man dressed completely in black.  He struck her in the head with a gun and demanded money.  The suspect struck her multiple times in the head and bound her wrists and legs.  He dragged her up the stairs, breaking bones in her wrist and arm in the process.  Mrs. Dawson is recovering, but had to undergo multiple surgeries. 

The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money, but enough that those who know him may have noticed a sudden cash flow. 

Although he wore a mask, Mrs. Dawson could tell he was a white male with large brown eyes, possibly in his twenties, about 5`7" with a thin build.

Through fundraising efforts, the family has raised a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.  As with all rewards, this will be paid in cash, completely anonymously. 

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3/14/2014 - Kelly Diego Malczynski Homicide
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On the morning of March 17, 1993, the body of Kelly Diego Malczynski was found outside 925 S. Ironwood Drive in South Bend.  He had been shot once in the head.  Witnesses heard a single gunshot the night before around 11 p.m.  Kelly did not live in the area and it is not known why he was there. 

It`s rare for a crime to occur without someone else knowing something about it.  Kelly`s family and homicide investigators need your help.  Please, do the right thing.  Contact Crime Stoppers.  You could receive a cash reward of $1000 if your information leads to an arrest. 

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3/8/2014 - Natalie Moton Homicide
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On the morning of December 14, 2001, the body of 22-year old Natalie Moton was discovered in her home at 1145 Oak Park Ct. in South Bend.  She had been shot multiple times. 

Whoever killed her left Natalie`s 2-year old daughter alone to cry herself to sleep as her mother lay dead downstairs for hours. 

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3/2/2014 - Steven Kraft Disappearance
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The evening of February 15, 2001, 12-year old STEVEN KRAFT was walking his family dogs near his home in the 2100 block of Holly Drive in Benton Harbor.  His family became alarmed when Steven failed to return home for dinner.  They reported him missing that night. 

An extensive search began.  Steven`s footprints were followed to the Harbor Haven Ministries, about a block away on Irving Street.  Various searches were conducted in the months and years that followed, to no avail.  Steven has not been heard from since, although his family remains hopeful. 

Below is an age-progressed photo showing what Steven might look like now at age 25. 

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2/9/2014 - Steven Niswonger fatal hit & run
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Around 7 p.m. on February 9, 2011, 40-year old Steven Niswonger was struck and killed by a dark-color SUV as he was walking along State Road 933, south of the state line.  The driver was traveling northbound, and left the scene. 

First responders performed CPR, but Niswonger was pronounced dead at the scene.  A witness described the suspect vehicle as a possible Jeep, with Indiana plates. 

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