INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY TAKES AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE SEARCH FOR RECENTLY MISSING PERSONS WITH ALL-NEW SERIES "LAST SEEN ALIVE"
-- Six-Episode Series Premiering Sunday, June 1 at 9/8c Reunites Families with Lost Loved Ones Or In Ongoing Cases, Urges Viewers to Come Forward with New Leads --
May 13, 2014
(Silver Spring, MD) - We've all witnessed the national impact of an Amber Alert when a child goes missing, with police and media mounting a major operation to find them. Unfortunately, cases are rarely investigated with the same urgency when the missing person is over the age of 18 or considered a possible runaway, leaving devastated loved ones lost and alone in their search for answers. Investigation Discovery's new series LAST SEEN ALIVE follows the emotional and action-packed journeys of 12 families-turned-detectives as they chase down leads, interview potential witnesses, and travel cross-country in the hope of reuniting with their recently missing relatives. Beginning with the moment the person was last seen alive, episodes chronicle the search efforts of a desperate family with everything to lose, aided by a skilled investigator determined to turn chase down every lead. Though the status of these investigations could change at any minute, many concluded filming with heart-warming resolutions, some with tragic endings, while others remain open and active to this day. The six-episode first season of LAST SEEN ALIVE premieres Sunday, June 1 at 9/8c only on Investigation Discovery.
"LAST SEEN ALIVE is a natural evolution in storytelling for ID. Our viewers have always been moved by stories of families desperate to find missing loved ones, sometimes after decades of anguished searching," said Kevin Bennett, general manager of Investigation Discovery. "LAST SEEN ALIVE affords ID the rare opportunity to make a profound impact on recent missing-persons investigations, using our national platforms on air and online to bring much-needed attention to ongoing cases. We hope ID viewers can help produce a new lead that just might be the missing link to bringing a person home."
More than 700,000 people go missing every year in North America, and every hour they stay lost lowers the odds of their safe return. The five investigators featured throughout LAST SEEN ALIVE have proven track records of locating missing persons despite the odds being against them. Monica Caison, Tom Klatt, Kelly Townsend, Amber Cammack, and Christine Burke rely on years of experience as missing-person experts, law enforcement officers, police detectives, and private investigators to guide families in their search for answers and do much of the heavy lifting.
The first four episodes are:
A Mother's Love premieres Sunday, June 1 at 9/8c
- Scarlett DeLoach
Had been last seen April 30, 2013 in Reidsville, NC -- Age at the time of disappearance: 16
Nine months ago, 16-year-old Scarlett DeLoach disappeared from her North Carolina home in the middle of the night. Her mother enlists the help of missing-persons expert Monica Caison to chase leads, including the possibility that Scarlett's boyfriend and his mother helped her run away. A promising tip eventually leads to an isolated house in rural Virginia. But when the chase becomes another dead end, it's up to Monica to switch gears and take a radical new approach.
- Nicole Martindale
Last seen September 24, 2013 in Sarnia, Ontario -- Age at the time of disappearance: 18
For five months, Julia Martindale has been searching for her 18-year-old daughter, Nicole. Believing she's on the run with her dangerous outlaw boyfriend, Brandon, has left her in a constant state of anxiety. When local police run out of leads, private detective Tom Klatt steps in to take over. The investigate lead after lead until the case takes a dramatic turn when Nicole suddenly surfaces and makes contact.
A Cry For Help premieres Sunday, June 8 at 9/8c
- Alexandria "Ali" Lowitzer
Last seen April 26, 2010 in Spring, TX -- Age at the time of disappearance: 16
Fifteen-year-old Alexandria "Ali" Lowitzer gets off a bus in Spring, Texas, and disappears without a trace. Convinced she was abducted, her parents have been looking for her ever since. Now four years later, they've uncovered a new lead that takes them to a crack house in Columbus, Ohio. Their private investigator, Amber Cammack, is determined to bring Ali home and risks her life by going undercover to rescue her, but the situation proves more lurid and dangerous than anyone ever imagined.
- Cameron William Remmer
Last seen October 6, 2011 in San Francisco -- Age at the time of disappearance: 31
With plans to expand his medical marijuana business, Cameron Remmer heads to San Francisco with a $30,000 wad of cash, checks into a luxury hotel, and then vanishes. When law enforcement agents have exhausted their resources, Cameron's siblings decide to work the case themselves. Their private investigator, Tom Klatt, considers foul play as one possible scenario while Cameron's sister fears he may be on the streets, unaware of his own identity.
Into the Night premieres Sunday, June 15 at 9/8c
- Dakota Kilpatrick
Last seen July 24, 2013 in Eager, AZ -- Age at the time of disappearance: 16
In Arizona, 16-year-old Dakota Kilpatrick sneaks out of a group home, and her family fears her obsession with social media may have led her into the arms of a dangerous predator. The last time Dakota ran away, police found her in Phoenix. Private investigator Tom Klatt - with help from fellow PI Kelly Townsend - start the search there, but an online clue soon leads to a bleak corner of Tucson.
- Robin Putnam
Last seen July 8, 2012 in Salt Lake City, UT -- Age at the time of disappearance: 25
In New York City, Doug and Cindy Putnam are searching for their son, Robin. He disappeared from an overnight train as it made a stop in Salt Lake City, and they spent more than a month scouring the area for clues. Now, a year later, they believe he's in Manhattan and are joined by private investigator Christine Burke to follow leads wherever they may go. The problem is that it seems Robin may not want to be found.
Shattered Lives premieres Sunday, June 22 at 9/8c
- Brianna Kraemer
Last seen January 29, 2014 in Tucson, AZ -- Age at the time of disappearance: 15
More than a week has gone by since Brianna Kraemer left her Tucson school, stepped into a car, and vanished. It's not the first time the 15-year-old has disappeared. Last time, Brianna was lured away by a dangerous local family who had her selling drugs on the street, and Brianna's parents believe the family is once again involved. The couple's private investigator, Kelly Townsend, starts by planting a GPS tracker on one of the suspect's vehicles. From there, the chase is on.
- Jeffrey Boucher
Last seen January 13, 2014 in Whitby, Ontario -- Age at the time of disappearance: 52
For the past two months, Kirsten Boucher has been desperately searching for her missing husband. A devoted father and popular schoolteacher, 52-year-old Jeffrey hasn't been seen since he went out for an early-morning, mid-winter jog in their suburban Toronto neighborhood. Local police unleashed one of the largest missing-persons searches in its history but found nothing. Now private investigator Tom Klatt is on the case.
After each episode, visit InvestigationDiscovery.com and ID's social media handles (see below) for more information about ongoing missing-persons cases. On ID's CrimeFeed.com, P.I.s will also share their reflections on the investigations and update viewers on how the families are doing.
LAST SEEN ALIVE is produced by Cineflix (LKA) Inc. with Charles Tremayne, Kim Bondi, and Sherri Rufh as executive producers, and Jeff Vanderwal as series producer. For Investigation Discovery, Eugenie Vink is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel, and Discovery Fit & Health.