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Kristen Modaferri - June 23, 1997 - NC
Post by FindCarrie on Sep 10th, 2004, 5:51pm

Missing since
June 23, 1997
5'8" tall, 140 lbs.
Dark Brown Hair
Dark Brown Eyes
Distinctive Dimples

Student from
North Carolina
State University,
Born 6/1/79.

Last seen leaving
Spinelli's Coffee Shop
in San Francisco
California, USA

Websites for Kristin Modaferri: - Website by Dennis Mahon cheesy
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Kristin Modaferri Profile on NCMA
Post by FindCarrie on Dec 10th, 2004, 10:12am

The namesake for Kristenís Law, Kristen Modafferi, is NMCOís first featured profile. Because of the lobbying efforts of Kristenís parents and NMCO along with sponsorship from North Carolina Congresswoman, Sue Myrick, Kristenís Law was passed unanimously and since June 2002, families have had the Center for Missing Adults, a division of NMCO, which provides a national clearinghouse for missing adults and to offers support services to their families. Please read on for more details about why Kristen is missed very much by the people who know her.

Kristen is the kind of person who wants to experience everything life has to offer before settling down. She is extremely intelligent with many accomplishments even though she has been missing since just after her 18th birthday. Not only was she studying Industrial Design at North Carolina State University, one of the top design schools in the country, she was also taking summer classes at the University of California at Berkeley while working two jobs, one a Spinelliís Coffee Shop, and another at the Cafť Museo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Sheís the kind of person that can do anything she puts her heart into like winning math competitions, speech and debate tournaments, receiving the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Writing Award, singing alto in an a cappella group, getting a full academic scholarship through the Park Foundation, and on her SAT test she scored 1570 out 1600 points total and still wanted to try it again until she had a perfect score. Kristen succeeds at what she does because she has natural talent along with a strong desire to do her best.

Not only is she an excellent student but she is a very caring person. Kristenís parents have received many e-mails from her friends listing the nice things she has done for them. For instance, during a cross country meet, one of the other girls on the team hurt her ankle but in the midst of celebrating the teamís win, Kristen saw her sitting alone and stopped celebrating to sit beside her to help console her friendís pain. And while many teenagers wouldnít be caught hanging around with their family, Kristen and her three sisters would have special bonding time when she would come home from college and go to the movies or out for ice cream with all of them. Even the smallest sister was included even though she is 11 years younger, Kristen would read, go to the park, or do art projects together with her.

Although Kristen is extremely talented, she is also just a typical personóshe loves pizza but hates Spinach. Kristenís mom, dad, three sisters, even her black and white cat, Pirate, (Kristen gave him that name because he has a black patch over his eye), and all her friends miss her very much and are continuing to keep up hope until she is found. For information about Kristen, please see her web profile at:

Re: Kirstin Modaferri - June 23, 1997 - NC
Post by Deborah on Feb 18th, 2005, 02:26am

Kristen had completed her freshman year in the School of Design at North Carolina State University, one of a close knit group of twenty-five students on full academic scholarship through the Park Foundation. Kristen was encouraged, like her fellow students, to plan an enriching "summer experience", either domestically or abroad, and be prepared to share the adventure with the group of Park Scholars on returning to NC State University for their sophomore year.

Kristen had researched and planned a summer filled with life experiences in a big city, San Francisco, where she would work, live on her own, and take photography courses at the University of California at Berkeley to compliment her design major. Departing for San Francisco on her 18th birthday, on June 1, 1997, she found employment Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Spinelli's Coffee Shop in the financial district of downtown San Francisco. She had just started a second job on weekends at the Cafe Museo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She was planning to start class at Berkeley on June 24, 1997. The day before, June 23, 1997,Kristen left work after her shift at Spinelli's, and completely disappeared without a trace. The case remains unsolved, but the determination of all of us to find the answers we need remains intact.

Efforts to search for clues about what happened to Kristen continue, including talking to people on the streets, handing out countless "Help Us Find Kristen" flyers, revisiting the areas we believe Kristen had gone to during the three weeks before she disappeared. We, Kristen's parents, greatly appreciate the cooperation of our TV, radio, and newspaper contacts; they are instrumental in keeping Kristen's story alive. We have spread the word via the Internet, and through daily Email correspondence with members of the Kristen Search Team, which consists of Law Enforcement, Private Investigators, friends, neighbors, and many, many concerned parents of young girls and boys who are outraged that crimes like this are being committed against our children. Billboards are another means that we will use to make sure that Kristen is a familiar face to people driving their cars or riding the city buses. Someone knows what happened, and we will not give up on our goal to find that person.

We were featured speakers at the annual Missing Children's Day, an event designed to increase National awareness of the plight of missing children, to seek ways to enact legislation to help find missing children, and to keep hope alive for parents and families going through the trauma of having a missing loved one. The Vanished Children's Alliance, Child Quest International, 3 Children, and the Nation's Missing Children's Organization continue to work very hard to publicize details about Kristen and other missing persons -primarily by printing and sending out flyers to organizations and businesses throughout the country. The toll-free number of the Vanished Children's Alliance is the tip line that we have been using, asking anyone with information about what happened to Kristen after work at Spinelli's Coffee Shop on June 23, 1997, to call 1-(800)- VANISHED, anytime, day or night.

Kristen had a very good relationship with her parents and sisters, and was very excited about continuing her chosen program in Industrial Design back at North Carolina State in the fall of 1997. She left a $400 paycheck behind at Spinelli's, and she had paid for her planned course at the University of California at Berkeley ($925) out of her own savings.

We fear that Kristen is still at risk, unable to contact her family or friends. One other possible explanation is that she could have suffered a head injury, causing amnesia or some other mental trauma that has incapacitated her to the point that she can't remember her past, or is unable to think clearly enough to contact her family. In any event, we cling to the hope that she is still alive and we remain very proactive in the search to find her.

Our young men and women entering college are encouraged to venture out on "summer experiences". Companies looking for top prospects to hire seek out the creative students that have shown independence and initiative. Parents of these children realize that they too could someday get a phone call that their child is missing, just like we did. We gain strength as a family through your support and prayers, and we thank you for your kindness and generosity in getting involved in the Search for Kristen.
Re: Kirstin Modaferri - June 23, 1997 - NC
Post by Deborah on Feb 18th, 2005, 02:39am

An 'Open Letter' to those who have information on the disappearance of Kristen Modafferi and/or Kristin Smart.

We all miss Kristen Modafferi and Kristin Smart terribly. I assume you are already aware of that. Kristin Smart, sadly, is probably deceased. We hope Kristen Modafferi is still alive, but either way, she needs to be home with her family. She deserves that much.

There is already a $50,000.00 reward being offered by family for the recovery of Kristen Modafferi, and for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her disappearance. For Kristin Smart, the reward is $75,000.00

It has occurred to me that the reason why you have not come foward to collect the money is that you are smart enough to know that the Police are going to start asking you a long stream of some very interesting questions.

Depending on your direct or indirect involvement in either girl's disappearances, maybe you just decided collecting the reward money just isn't in your best interest.

What if you had a chance to collect some very serious cash and never have to identify yourself or answer any questions from anybody?

That is what I am offering.

In case you don't know, my name is Dennis Mahon and I am a close friend of the Modafferi's. I am not a cop, I'm not FBI, Sheriff, Private Investigator nor a member of any law enforcement agency.

I'm just a working stiff who is close to the Mod's and the Smart's.. All I want is to see an end to this madness that is really crushing some very nice people.

Spend an hour or so and peruse this website, you will get a sense of who I am.

You will be dealing with me. You give me information on Kristen and I will deliver the money to you. No questions asked!

You tell me where and when to leave the cash and I'll do it. No cops. You're in charge. You run the show.

I'm doing this because first and foremost, we just want Kristen home. We'll worry about prosecution (if a crime has been comitted ) at another time.


I have put out a call to our friends all over to pledge a dollar amount to pay you for your information. You yourself can see exactly what everyone else can see..

Regarding this "Pledge" program, everything is out in the open. There are no secrets.

You contact me however you choose. Email, letter, telephone, whatever. Tell me what you know. I will be acting on 0% trust. I'm not taking your word for anything so you might as well deal with that right now.

Once I can verify that your information is solid, truthful and accurate, I will alert all the people who pledged money that we got the break we have been looking for. Ultimately, it will be the girl's mom and dad who decide the information is good.

Once I get the "go ahead" from the family, I will have the money in 48/72 hours and I will follow whatever instructions you give me.

I am making a public promise to Kristen Modafferi and Kristin Smart right here and now:

. "I will not involve the police in this matter."

My motive is strictly to find out what happened to Kristen Modafferi and Kristin Smart.

Here is my contact info:

Dennis Mahon

c/o Modafferi

3610 Plantation Rd

Charlotte, NC 29270
Re: Kirstin Modaferri - June 23, 1997 - NC
Post by FindCarrie on Feb 27th, 2005, 8:31pm

I just had to say that I noticed that the Kristin Modaferri Foundation is going to be at the Cue Center meeting on April 1st and 2nd. I think Deborah should come on and go with us! cheesy
Re: Kirstin Modaferri - June 23, 1997 - NC
Post by Deborah on Feb 27th, 2005, 8:49pm

wink wink If that is the one in Wilmington, you can be sure I will be there, remember we were talking about going together. Matter of fact I wish everyone could go with us. I have already made my plans to go.
Re: Kirstin Modaferri - June 23, 1997 - NC
Post by FindCarrie on Feb 27th, 2005, 8:53pm

on Feb 27th, 2005, 8:49pm, Deborah wrote:
wink wink If that is the one in Wilmington, you can be sure I will be there, remember we were talking about going together. Matter of fact I wish everyone could go with us. I have already made my plans to go.


You gotta get in touch with Cue and tell them who you are and get registered and all that good stuff.

If u've seen this already, then just ignore it. This is going to be a KILLER meeting. Want all our hard working people there.

Re: Kirstin Modaferri - June 23, 1997 - NC
Post by FindCarrie on May 21st, 2005, 11:22pm

Washington, D.C. Ė Today, U.S. Representative Sue Myrick (NC-9) introduced a bill that would reauthorize Kristenís Act, a law that created a national database to search for missing adults as a result of foul play. Kristenís Act originally passed the US House and Senate and was signed into law in 2000, but it expires at the end of 2005. This bill will reauthorize funding so the program can remain operational for the next 10 years.

ďWe passed Kristenís Act in 2000, because there was no system in place to help locate missing adults. In the last 5 years this program has given families hope that there is a system in place that may bring their loved ones back to them. Iím introducing this bill so that Kristenís Act will continue to benefit missing adults for at least another 10 years,Ē said Myrick. ďA parent should never have to hear that they canít be assisted because their loved one is too old.Ē

Kristen Modafferi, for whom the Act is named, was an 18 years old Charlottean when she vanished in June 1997. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children could not help her family search for Kristen because she was 18, and thus considered an adult. Rep. Myrick took up the cause championed by Kristenís family, and hundreds of other families in similar situations, and introduced Kristenís Act.

The reauthorization of Kristenís Act will authorize the Attorney General to make grants to public agencies, or nonprofit private organizations, to maintain a national resource center and information clearing house for missing and unidentified adults. These adults must be determined by law enforcement to be missing due to foul play. It will also provide training to law enforcement agencies, state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations
For Kristen Modaferri on 6-1-05
Post by FindCarrie on May 31st, 2005, 11:17pm

Happy Birthday to Kristen Modaferri on 6-1-05. Hoping that answers can be found soon for her disappearance. She's still missing but she's never been forgotten

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Modafferi Family Offers Support For Aruba Search
Post by FindCarrie on Jun 23rd, 2005, 05:44am

CHARLOTTE -- On the eighth anniversary of their daughter's disappearance, a local family is lending support in the search for Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

Kristen Modafferi was an 18-year-old from Charlotte who was doing a summer study program at University of California at Berkeley when she disappeared.

Since Holloway disappeared four weeks ago, Kristen's mother Debbie has felt her family's pain.

Now a foundation set up in Kristen's memory by family friend Joan Petruvski is helping Halloway's family.

They're donating money to help send a special search team to Aruba.

Money from the Kristen Foundation is still helping Kristen's family.

This summer the foundation is paying for Debbie and her husband to fly out to San Franciso, where they'll be meeting the new detective who's now investigating Kristen's case.
Eight years after her disappearance, search contin
Post by FindCarrie on Jun 23rd, 2005, 05:47am


On the eighth anniversary of her daughter's disappearance, Debby Modafferi will return to California, the last place her daughter was seen.
Eight years ago Thursday, 18-year-old Kristen Modafferi disappeared while attending school in California. Because she was an adult, police waited to begin their search.

"Any parent knows you never give up hope," Debby Modafferi said. "You never stop searching for those answers."

The trip to California was funded in part by selling bracelets through The Kristen Foundation, an organization the Modafferis set up to raise money to help other's dealing with similar problems. The Modafferi family also pushed Congress to pass Kristen's Act, which set up a National Center for Missing Adults.

"They need investigators. They need billboards. They need travel expenses to help in the search for their loved one," Joan Petruski, who heads the foundation.

Petruski plans to send a search team and a bracelet inscribed with the slogan "Expect miracles" to the Holloway family, currently looking for their daughter in Aruba. Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared nearly a month ago while on trip celebrating her high school graduation.

[The Holloway story] is breaking my heart because it's so similar to Kristen's," Debby Modafferi said.

While in California, Debby Modafferi plans to meet with the new detective put on her daughterís case and put up a new billboard with her daughter's picture
K. Modaferri added to Doenetwork Database
Post by FindCarrie on Jan 23rd, 2006, 5:09pm

Kristen has been added to the Doenetwork database. Please see the case description below:
TV Blurb of Kristin Modaferri on MISSING
Post by FindCarrie on Jan 31st, 2006, 05:17am
Search Continues for Missing College Student Eight
Post by FindCarrie on May 6th, 2006, 3:18pm

OAKLAND, CA (KCBS) -- A missing persons case that has baffled Bay Area law enforcement has received a renewed sense of hope.

In June 1997, Kristin Modafferi a student North Carolina State University was last seen leaving her job at a coffee shop at the Crocker Galleria in San Francisco. She never returned to her Oakland apartment and police were called.

She was taking summer school classes at UC Berkeley.

A bloodhound picked up Modafferi's scent at the Cliff House but she has never been seen again.

Now Oakland Police Sergent Arturo Bautista says a new detective is looking at the case. "Fresh new eyes are always good to review the case and look at it fresh from a different perspective and consider other possible theories related to the case," he said.

In addition a large billboard has been erected at the 9th Street exit off the Bay Bridge.

Modafferi mother Debra hopes that will generate interest especially of a blond woman who was last seen with her daughter. "We have repeatedly asked for this blond haired woman to come forward with any kind of information," she said.

A $50,000 reward is being offered in the case. The FBI now considers the case a criminal kidnapping.
FBI Now Heading Missing Girl Case
Post by FindCarrie on Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:14am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Eyewitness News learned Thursday night the FBI has taken over the investigation into the disappearance of Kristen Modafferi.

Friday marked nine years since Modafferi went missing from the San Francisco/Oakland area in California. Her disappearance has been reclassified as a criminal kidnapping instead of a missing persons case. The FBI's involvement meant a more proactive investigation. The Oakland Police Department was the lead agency investigating.

Joan Petruski, the director of the Kristen Foundation, said she has new hope Kristen will be found. "With the FBI coming in now, it's so important," said Petruski. "Maybe they can dig deeper into those people she was around at the time."
Search still on for missing woman
Post by FindCarrie on Jun 24th, 2006, 7:07pm

CHARLOTTE -- It has been nine years since Charlotte native and North Carolina State University student Kristen Modafferi disappeared while on summer break in San Francisco.

The case remains unsolved, but her family has not given up on their search.

According to the Kristen Foundation, which was established in her name, her status as a missing person has been changed to criminal abduction.

The foundation has posted six new billboards around the area where she might have last been seen.

Bones Found Near Where Charlotte Teen Went Missing
Post by FindCarrie on Feb 7th, 2007, 6:16pm

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. -- Human bones have been found not far from the area where a teen from Charlotte disappeared nearly a decade ago.

Kristin Modafferi was spending time in San Francisco in 1997 when she went missing.

A utility worker found bones in Santa Clara County, Calif., just outside of San Francisco, on Wednesday.

Investigators say the bone are of an adult and have probably been in the location no more than three years.

Those bones have been sent to the coroner's office where workers will try to extract DNA to determine whose they are.
Family on edge over bones
Post by FindCarrie on Feb 8th, 2007, 10:08am

By Connie Skipitares
Mercury News

Not a day goes by that Jess and Georgette Sanchez don't think about their daughter, Jeanine Harms, the 42-year-old Los Gatos woman who disappeared nearly six years ago.

``We talk about her every day, about all kinds of things we remember about her,'' said Jess Sanchez, 79, of Campbell.

But this week, as news surfaced that a collection of human bones was discovered in the Santa Cruz Mountains, their conversations turned into anxiety. The nervous parents once again face the possibility that the remains could be those of Harms.

The anxious waiting isn't new. Several times over the years, the remote woods of the Santa Cruz Mountains have yielded human remains. Each time, the tormented parents steel themselves. Each time, they hope it is Harms so they can have closure. But they also are terrified about facing her death.

``Every time we hear about remains being found we don't know if we should be glad or sad,'' Jess Sanchez said. ``We have always hoped that before we die that her remains are found so we can bury her.''

Harms, an employee at Sunnyvale's Fujitsu, disappeared in July 2001 after a late-night date with Campbell architect Maurice Xavier Nasmeh, whom she had just met that night. Police say he was the last person to see her alive at her Los Gatos duplex. Nasmeh was arrested more than three years later and charged with her murder, despite the absence of a body.

The 6th District Court of Appeal will hear arguments this month over whether police overstepped a warrant to search Nasmeh's car, which yielded critical evidence. Nasmeh has been in Santa Clara County Jail without bail since his December 2004 arrest.

ID to take time

The Sanchezes' phone has been ringing constantly this week with calls from family and friends asking about the discovery of several dozen bones -- part of an adult torso along a steep, wooded ravine near Bear Creek Road. The Santa Clara County coroner's office and sheriff's department says it's far too soon to make a positive identification. That could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, according to sheriff's Sgt. Ed Wise.

``Every time the phone rings now I jump a little,'' Georgette Sanchez said. ``I don't know what kind of news it's going to be.''

Sanchez said she had a hard time sleeping Tuesday night. ``Everything was running through my head. We went to bed with the 11 o'clock news, then we got up at 5 a.m. on Wednesday to see if there was anything new.''

So far the only description of the bones is that they are of a small-framed person, although not a child. Age and gender are not known. Harms was 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed about 120 pounds.

Other missing woman

Deborah Modafferi, the mother of 18-year-old Kristen Modafferi, who disappeared almost 10 years ago in San Francisco, says she tries not to get worked up over news of remains found in the Bay Area.

``This has happened a number of times,'' said Modafferi, who lives in Charlotte, N.C. ``We don't overreact. We don't allow ourselves to overreact, not until we hear some real news.''

Kristen Modafferi, a student at the University of California-Berkeley, vanished one afternoon in 1997 after leaving her summer job at a San Francisco coffee shop.

The Sanchezes say that as difficult as it is, they have no choice but to wait for the results of DNA tests that authorities hope will identify the bones. They are trying to prepare for the idea that their wait could finally end.

``We've lived with this so long now,'' said Jess Sanchez, a quiet former high school principal. ``We just have to cope. We have no choice.''
Search for human remains widens
Post by FindCarrie on Feb 20th, 2007, 09:44am

By Connie Skipitares

Santa Clara County sheriff's detectives returned to the Santa Cruz Mountains Friday to search a ravine off Bear Creek Road where several dozen bones forming a human torso were found 16 days ago.

Authorities have not been able to identify the remains, but they did announce Friday that the bones are likely those of an adult between the ages of 16 and 24. Gender cannot be determined because no pelvis or skull was found.

The bones have yielded no DNA, said Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Wise. ``So we wanted to make an extra effort to go out there again and try to identify the remains. We'd like to try to get some answers for some of the families out there.''

Wise said Friday night that searchers found nothing at the site. They plan to return today.

The remains have sparked a great deal of interest among families of several missing persons. Among them are 18-year-old Kristen Modafferi and 33-year-old Elizabeth Whited, both of San Francisco; 27-year-old Tony Jenkins of San Jose; 42-year-old Ylva Hagner of Palo Alto; and 42-year-old Jeanine Sanchez Harms of Los Gatos.

Wise said the new search wasn't sparked by any tips or new discoveries by anyone in the Bear Creek Road area. ``Sometimes, when you investigate something you see it one way so you try to think about how else you can go at it. We just thought `Hey, what else can we do to make an effort above and beyond what we normally do?' ''

Wise said it isn't uncommon for scavenging animals to drag parts of bodies away, so detectives wanted to expand the scope of their original search.

After searching Feb. 5-7, about 40 bones -- ribs, arms, spine and collarbone -- were found in about a 30-square-foot part of a steep ravine off Bear Creek Road near Summit Road. No clothing or personal effects were found.

The bones were not buried, but had been covered by leaves, brush and tree limbs that fell on the forest floor over a few years. Some of the bones stuck up out of the brush.

About 15 detectives from the sheriff's department and the Campbell Police Department, as well as three cadaver dogs, took part in the new search, which Wise said was scheduled to end at dusk Friday.

The Campbell Police Department was involved because officers already had been working with the sheriff's department on crime scene training. Campbell officers joined sheriff's detectives in their initial search in early February.

That search took place a few days after a Pacific Gas & Electric contractor found the bones Feb. 1. He called authorities Feb. 5 to report his discovery, on the upper part of a ravine off Bear Creek Road, near Summit Road just south of Los Gatos.
Tenth anniversary of girls' disappearance
Post by FindCarrie on Jun 23rd, 2007, 11:00pm


Charlotte, N.C. -- It's a case that has stumped investigators for a decade.

Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the day Kristen Modafferi disappeared in the San Francisco area. Modafferi is from the Charlotte area and members of the group founded in her name -- the Kristen Modafferi Foundation -- are making sure she isn't forgotten. Members held a fundraiser at St. Matthew Catholic Church on Ballantyne Commons Parkway Saturday, selling bracelets and cookbooks with her graduation picture on them. All the proceeds will go to the foundation which helps in the search efforts for Kristen and other missing people.

Kristen was 18 years old and had just finished her freshman year at NC State when she disappeared. She was working and studying in the San Francisco area at the time. Foul play is suspected, but police don't have many leads.

Most recently, the case has received some help from the FBI.

Kristen's parents say it still feels like yesterday when she disappeared, and they refuse to give up hope.

"We still have hope that someday we will have answers to what happened to Kristen," said Debbie Modafferi, Kristen's mother. "We believe in our hearts that some day we will be reunited with Kristen. Maybe not here on earth, but we will be reunited."