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Post by NiteSpinR on Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:12 am


The Heidi Search Center for Missing Children was established in August 1990 after the abduction of 11-year-old Heidi Seeman from her neighborhood in Northeast San Antonio. On August 4, Heidi was abducted while walking home from spending the night at a friend's house. A search was initiated by her father and grew rapidly from a small group of family and friends to thousands in the community.
In the midst of the search for Heidi, another child, 7-year-old Erica Marie Botello was abducted while playing at her apartment complex playground in Southwest San Antonio.

Within a matter of hours, team leaders were dispatched from the Heidi command post to assist in the search for Erica. This team included Heidi's father, Curt Seeman.

On August 25, 1990, fear became reality when both girls were found murdered. Heidi's body was found in a rural area in Wimberly, Texas, 60miles from San Antonio. Erica's body was found in a storm drain less than one mile from where she lived.

According to the FBI, the search for Heidi was one of the largest and most expensive searches in our nation's history. Never before had so many people been involved in a search for one child over such an extended period of time. For 21 days over 8,000 volunteers searched each day, covering 1,200 miles and using over 50 miles of yellow ribbon as a symbol of the search. On August 11, 1990, then-mayor Lila Cockrell declared "Find Heidi Day", a day in which over 300,000 citizens of SanAntonio participated in a joint effort to search.

The Heidi Search Center has been in service for 16 years and serves to educate the community on abduction to try to prevent tragedies such as these from occurring again. We offer guidance, assistance and emotional support to families in and around San Antonio. We are a non-profit organization funded solely by donations from businesses and private individuals.
Since it's opening in 1990, the Heidi Search Center has assisted the families of 2,328 missing persons. And this is only the number of cases the Center has taken in. It is estimated that this many families or more have turned to the Center for emotional support and advice, with their loved one being located before there was even a chance to take in the
case. Knowing exactly how many families the Center has helped is simply impossible.

The following information comes from cases taken between 1990 and June of 2003.

2,328 total cases have been actively worked

This includes:

467 missing
1,664 runaways
146 parental abductions
35 stranger abductions
14 non family abductions
2 unknown or unavailable

611 males
1,717 females

2,178 recovered alive
89 recovered deceased
61 status unknown or not located

182 under age 10
440 age 11-13
840 age 14-15
441 age 16-17
419 age 18 & up
6 unknown or unavailable

1,349 Hispanic
132 African-American
719 Caucasian
123 Other (includes biracial individuals and other races not represented by the 3 main categories)
11 unknown or unavailable

Of 2,328 cases, 93% have been closed with the person(s) being returnedhome safely, 4% have been closed with the person(s) being locateddeceased and just 3% remaining open.

This means the Heidi Search Center has a 97% recovery success rate.
Although not all people are located alive, it is still considered a
success to have deceased loved ones located to provide closure to thefamily.

All services provided to families are completely free of charge.

Come and join us....
together we can make a difference!
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Normal Maj. Robert Eric Duncan, (Who was a former superior of SMSgt. Seeman at Randolph Air Force Base) Was The Prime Suspect in Heidi's Abduction and Murder

Post by NiteSpinR on Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:20 am

Heidi Seeman

Heidi Lynn Seeman, b. November 16, 1978, of San Antonio, Texas disappeared on Saturday, August 4, 1990. The daughter of Mrs. Theresa Seeman and Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Curt Seeman, Heidi was abducted just before noon as she was walked along Stahl Road to her home after spending the night with a friend. Her friend walked part of the way with her and later told authorities she noticed the same red car drive past them several times as they walked. After parting ways, the friend looked back a few moments later and saw that Heidi was gone.

A massive twenty-one day search ensued statewide, involving over 8,000 civilians, military personnel, and first-response workers aided by tracking dogs, helicopters, vehicles and horses. The search encompassed over 1,200 miles and according to the FBI, was one of the largest and most expensive searches in US history. Never before had so many people been involved in a search for one child over such an extended period of time. Over 50 miles of yellow ribbon was displayed throughout San Antonio and its environs as a symbol of the search. On August 11, 1990, then-mayor Lila Cockrell declared "Find Heidi Day," an event in which over 300,000 citizens of San Antonio came together to search for the missing girl.

Despite these efforts, Heidi would not be located alive. On August 25, 1990, Heidi's body was found in a rural area in Wimberley, Texas, 60 miles north of San Antonio.

Maj. Robert Eric Duncan, a former superior of SMSgt. Seeman at Randolph Air Force Base, was the prime suspect in Heidi's abduction and murder. Armed with a warrant, agents from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI), searched Maj. Duncan's home in Converse and collected a number of items that were taken into evidence.

In July 1996, an Article 32 proceeding, the military equivalent of a grand jury, was held to determine whether sufficient evidence existed to bring charges against Duncan. In September, the proceeding ruled that there was not enough evidence available to prosecute Duncan. The case eventually went cold remains unsolved to this day.

Heidi is still remembered in San Antonio. The Heidi Search Center for Missing Children was established in her memory in August 1990. The center assists families, communities, and law enforcement agencies throughout the United States in locating and recovering missing children. In addition, the center provides parents with the informational tools to help safeguard their children from child predators.
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Case 90/400893, August 4, 1990
On Saturday, August 4, 1990, after spending the night with a friend, 11-year-old Heidi Seeman was walking home when she was abducted. Her friend, who had walked her halfway home, last saw Heidi at Stahl Rd. and Willow Run, on San Antonio's Northeast side.
A witness in this case described a shiny red car, with tinted windows and a thin red stripe down the side, seen driving in the neighborhood in a suspicious manner, just prior to Heidi Seeman being abducted.
On Saturday, August 25, 1990, the decomposed remains of Heidi Seeman were discovered in an isolated property off County Road 220 in Hays County, Texas. An autopsy performed on the complainant led Medical Examiner Dr. DiMiao to rule the cause of death a homicide.
Over the years several leads have been investigated and suspects developed, but not enough evidence has been found for police to file a case against anyone.
Police are asking for your help in finding the person or persons responsible for this senseless murder of a young girl.

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Post by lisette on Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:44 am

Suspect's Wife Fired in Charlottesville, VA in 2007

The city school system has fired the new principal for Greenbrier Elementary before she could even start her job, Dana Hackett reports for NBC 29. The reason, oddly, is that her husband was once a suspect in a San Antonio murder case eleven years ago. Maj. Robert Eric Duncan had been the boss of the father of the 11-year-old victim at Randolph AFB. A military grand jury had filed charges against him in the 1990 murder, under military law, but they ultimately concluded (in 1996) that there wasn’t enough evidence against him. The girl’s family recently requested that the case be reactivated, believing that an investigation into Duncan by a local TV station had provided the evidence necessary to convict him, and the Texas Rangers agreed to take on the case. Presumably this affects Duncan’s wife because the TV station’s investigation showed that she’d provided a pair of conflicting alibis for her husband. All of this leaves Greenbrier without a principal and the Duncans in the middle of moving to Charlottesville. The erstwhile principal is hinting at legal action, but Virginia employment law probably leaves her out of luck.

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Newly Hired Principal Let Go Due to Past

Reported by Dana Hackett
July 10, 2007

Last Thursday, Charlottesville City Schools announced they'd hired a new principal for Greenbrier Elementary. Tuesday, they announced Debra Duncan no longer has the job. The reason for the sudden rejection starts with a 17-year-old murder investigation.

That murder investigation involved Debra's husband, Eric Duncan. He was a person of interest at one point in a murder case involving a young girl in 1990, but there wasn't enough evidence for a trial and he was never convicted. Now, Monday's job rejection is opening some old wounds.

The Charlottesville school system made the announcement Debra Duncan was hired last week, but four days later things changed with a phone call. "My wife was told the board would not approve her contract," stated Eric Duncan.

The Duncans didn't want to go on camera, but Mr. Duncan talked to NBC29 on the phone. "My wife inquired as to why. The answer was: because of something they found on the internet," shared Duncan. They found information about him.

Eric Duncan was the prime suspect in a 1990 murder investigation involving 11-year-old Heidi Seeman in San Antonio, Texas. Investigators never found enough evidence to try him and he was let off.

So now, more than a decade later, the Duncans have moved on. They dropped their jobs and their life in Indiana to move to Charlottesville. They flew into town this weekend to look for a home. "To give up a position that you have in understanding...as in, promises you're going to get a new one... She has no job," said Duncan.

But now feeling helpless, jobless and soon to be homeless, the Duncans just want to know why the school system wouldn't let them explain the situation. "They wouldn't even talk to her and it's breaking her heart," shared Eric Duncan. "It didn't involve my wife at all. It involved me." What now? "We don't know what to do...literally...We don't know what to do," said Duncan.

Tuesday morning, the school system sent out a statement by email saying "due to unforeseen circumstances, Mrs. Duncan will not be joining the staff of Charlottesville City Schools." As far as those "unforeseen circumstances", they won't comment on personnel matters.

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