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Updated May 8, 2013 - 7:46 am

Cleveland rescues give hope that missing persons cases in Phoenix can be solved

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix Police say the rescues of three women who have been missing for 10 years in Cleveland are an incentive to keep working on the cases of missing people here in the Valley.

Many kidnappings don't have a happy ending.

"Stastically, your life span drops to a couple of hours if you're abducted," Phoenix Police Detective William Anderson said.

But Anderson believes the Cleveland rescues are an example of why the Phoenix Police's Missing and Unidentified Persons unit never quits looking for the missing here.

"There certainly is hope, and we don't want anybody to ever give up hope," said Anderson.

He said he's constantly thinking about the cases that he's involved in.

"Allisa Tierney. 17-year-old girl. She disappeared on the final day of her junior year," said Anderson. "Myron Trailor. He disappeared in 1988. A 13-year-old boy from south Phoenix. He was not the kind of kid who would be lured into a van with free candy or to pet a puppy. That's not something that would happen to him."

Anderson says the Cleveland case should also serve as a reminder that if you're ever a kidnapping victim, you should do whatever you can to get out of the situation.

Silent Witness missing kids cases in Phoenix:

Brandy Myers, missing since 1992

Myron Traylor, missing since 1988

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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