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« Reply #140 on: June 11, 2009, 06:38:26 PM »

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/19723128/detail.html

Search For Ocasio Turns Up Nothing
Area Known For Illegal Dumping Searched


POSTED: Thursday, June 11, 2009
UPDATED: 12:14 pm EDT June 11, 2009


 
OCOEE, Fla. -- There is still no sign of a missing Orange County woman after authorities from south Florida were brought in to help with the search.

Tracy Ocasio was last seen on May 27 after spending the previous night at the Tap Room bar in metro west. Surveillance from the bar shows her leaving with James Hataway.

A search team from Miami-Dade County helped search a 280-acre area in Ocoee that is known for illegal dumping. Police said Hataway, who is a person of interest in Ocasio's disappearance, worked for a company known for dumping things in the area.

Hataway has not been charged in connection with Ocasio's disappearance, but Ocasio's parents suspect he played a role.

"I almost wish they would just throw him in the general population and let them take care of him; that's what I hope," Liz Ocasio, said.

"If he is indeed involved, I hope he rots in hell," Joe Ocasio said.




NOTE:  It was nearly 6 months before Caylee Anthony's body was found and then it was found so close to the house.  Searching for someone especially in these wooded areas is very difficult.  
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« Reply #141 on: June 11, 2009, 08:05:39 PM »

Endless areas to search, so much water, so much wooded areas 
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« Reply #142 on: June 11, 2009, 11:43:10 PM »

NEW BLINK POST:

http://blinkoncrime.com/2009/06/11/tracy-ocasio-and-jennifer-kesse-missing-blink-on-crime-interview-about-suspect-james-hataway/

Tracy Ocasio and Jennifer Kesse Missing: Blink on Crime Interview about Suspect James Hataway
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« Reply #143 on: June 12, 2009, 08:33:32 AM »

Texas EquuSearch offers help finding missing Ocoee woman
Willoughby Mariano | Sentinel Staff Writer
12:11 AM EDT, June 12, 2009

The head of Texas Equusearch, a mounted search and recovery team, will arrive in the Orlando area today to see if he can help find a missing Ocoee woman, a representative for the organization said early this morning.

Tim Miller will meet with law enforcement, said Carolyn Todd, an administrator for the group. He is coming at the request of the father of Tracy Ocasio, 27. She disappeared May 27 after leaving the Florida Tap Room bar in MetroWest.

Ocasio left the bar at about 1:30 a.m. with James Hataway, 27, a person of interest in the case. Hataway is being held in Orange County Jail on unrelated charges.

Since Ocasio's disappearance, investigators have searched wooded areas in west Orange County for clues.

Equusearch has no search planned and is not looking for volunteers at this time, Todd said.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/orl-bk-ocasio-equusearch-061209,0,5667301.story
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« Reply #144 on: June 12, 2009, 03:04:23 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/orl-bk-hataway-dna-search-061209,0,5076259.story

Authorities checking DNA of man in missing-woman case
A DNA sample provided by James Hataway, the person of interest in the case of Tracy Ocasio, has been entered into a database

Anthony Colarossi

Sentinel Staff Writer

12:58 PM EDT, June 12, 2009

A DNA sample provided by James Hataway -- the person of interest in the case of missing Ocoee woman Tracy Ocasio -- has been entered into a database to check for matches in other suspected criminal cases in Florida and around the country.

Ocoee Police Detective Sgt. Mike Bryant said Hataway allowed officials to collect a DNA sample early on in their investigation.

"He consented to the swab. That was no problem," Bryant said.

The Combined DNA Index System -- or CODIS -- is used to find DNA matches and help solve violent crimes still being worked by law enforcement agencies around the country.

"This will match up with anything," Bryant said.

Hataway has been linked to Ocasio but has not been charged in connection with her disappearance. The 27-year-old was reported missing May 27. She was seen with Hataway at a MetroWest bar the night before. And her car was found a few blocks from Hataway's home in Ocoee. He is only a person of interest in that case.

But Hataway is charged with an attack on another woman in Seminole County. That charge stems from an incident that occurred last year. He also faces two minor charges in unrelated incidents in Ocoee.

Today, Bryant said Hataway is not suspected in any specific unsolved crime around Florida or outside the state. But as Ocoee Police have investigated the Ocasio disappearance, they've learned that other women have noted Hataway's flaring temper. And they've learned that he has visited Louisiana and Key West, for example.

"We know he has traveled a lot," Bryant said. "This is all -- just in case. This is a way of reaching out statewide and nationally, if we have to."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been involved with the processing of Hataway's DNA and other samples taken during the Ocasio investigation, Bryant said.

He added that his office has not heard from another police department inquiring about Hataway or mentioning another unsolved case.

"This is something [the DNA collection] we would do anyway," Bryant said.

Although Hataway willingly provided his DNA sample, Bryant said investigators would have obtained a warrant to secure the sample if he had not consented.

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« Reply #145 on: June 12, 2009, 05:52:39 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,526038,00.html

OMG!! what is up with people!!!
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« Reply #146 on: June 12, 2009, 07:53:33 PM »

http://www.wesh.com/news/19736084/detail.html#



Equusearch Joins In Ocasio Search
Ocoee Woman Missing Since May 27


POSTED: 12:31 pm EDT June 12, 2009
UPDATED: 6:45 pm EDT June 12, 2009


ORLANDO, Fla. -- The head of search organization Texas Equusearch is scheduled to lead a search for missing Ocoee woman Tracy Ocasio in western Orange County this weekend.

Tim Miller arrived at about 4:45 p.m., the organization said. Ocoee police said the group will conduct land and water searches while the police department and other agencies would work on leads as they come in.

"I somehow fear that this is not going to turn out the way that we hope," Ocasio's mother, Liz Ocasio, said. "But we can only do our best to find her."

Equusearch uses horses to cover large, undeveloped areas. The organization said it is not currently seeking volunteers.

Ocasio, 27, has been missing since May 27. Ocoee Police have said that they have a person of interest in the case, James Hataway, 28, who remains jailed on unrelated drug and battery charges. He was transferred to the Seminole County jail on Friday.



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Ocasio last seen was at the Florida Tap Room in Metro West. Surveillance video showed her walking out of the bar with Hataway.

Police said Hataway told them Ocasio gave him a ride and he hasn't seen her sense.

Her yellow Chevy Cobalt was later found abandoned in Ocoee about 15 miles from the bar and not far from Hataway's home.

Hataway was charged Tuesday with the battery of a Seminole County woman last August. The woman came forward after Ocasio's disappearance and said Hataway had tried to kill her. Police are also looking at possible connections between missing woman Jennifer Kesse and missing Apopka man Chris George.

A search of an area used for illegal dumping that police said Hataway used to frequent ended Thursday with no new information, police said.

CrimeLine is offering a $5,000 reward for information about Ocasio's disappearance.
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« Reply #147 on: June 13, 2009, 09:22:26 AM »

Hey Klaas -

So, that's Hataway's most current booking photo? How very interesting . . . changes his outward persona considerably to not see his tats, facial/ear piercings & jewelry, that his face is clean-shaven and his head is not shaved/shined. Clearly, those are all part of the 'tough guy' persona he typically likes to put on . . .
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« Reply #148 on: June 13, 2009, 09:45:04 AM »

There is a small group of TES on the ground this morning in the search for Tracy. The announcement only went out to TES registered members so I won't post where they are meeting, etc. I just wanted to wish them luck and safety.
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« Reply #149 on: June 13, 2009, 09:47:49 AM »

There is a small group of TES on the ground this morning in the search for Tracy. The announcement only went out to TES registered members so I won't post where they are meeting, etc. I just wanted to wish them luck and safety.
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« Reply #150 on: June 13, 2009, 11:13:51 AM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-bk-tracy-ocasio-james-hataway-061309,0,7737938.story

Suspect in disappearance of Ocoee woman makes 1st court appearance
By Anika Myers Palm | Sentinel Staff Writer
10:59 AM EDT, June 13, 2009

James Hataway, a person of interest in the disappearance of an Ocoee woman, made his first appearance in a Seminole County courtroom this morning.

A judge placed a bond of $250,000 on Hataway, with a special condition that if he is released, he must wear a GPS monitoring device. Hataway, 28, next will appear in court at 1:30 p.m. July 28.

The judge appointed a public defender for Hataway. He was appearing in court to face prior Seminole County charges, including aggravated battery and burglary. He is accused of choking a woman who gave him a ride home from a bar in 2008.

Hataway was brought into the courtroom wearing a gray-blue Seminole County Jail uniform. He did not speak to the judge.

He had been booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility at 1:14 p.m. Friday from the Orange County Jail.

Tracy Ocasio disappeared May 26 after watching an Orlando Magic game at the Tap Room, a bar in Orlando's MetroWest neighborhood.

Footage from the bar's security cameras showed Ocasio leaving the bar with Hataway.He told Ocoee police that he did not see Ocasio after she dropped him at his home, but police later found her car near his home.

Check back for updates.


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« Reply #151 on: June 13, 2009, 01:33:39 PM »

EquuSearch Searching For Missing Ocoee Woman
Posted: 12:35 pm EDT June 13, 2009

OCOEE, Fla. -- The same group that spent weeks searching for Caylee Anthony’s body is back in Central Florida looking for 27-year-old Tracy Ocasio who hasn’t been seen in more than two weeks.

Texas EquuSearch is searching the area in Ocoee where Ocasio’s car was found after she disappeared. So far crews have not found any signs of Ocasio.

Saturday morning, Jimmy Hataway, the prime suspect in Ocasio’s disappearance, made his first appearance before a Seminole County Judge on unrelated charges.

Hataway is charged with aggravated battery of a Casselberry woman. His bond was set at $250,000.

EquuSearch will continue searching for Ocasio Sunday. They are asking the public for their help. They are especially in need of volunteers with horses and ATV’s.
http://www.wftv.com/news/19744891/detail.html
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« Reply #152 on: June 13, 2009, 02:14:22 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-bk-tracy-ocasio-james-hataway-061309,0,7737938.story

Search for missing Ocoee woman continues as suspect makes court appearance
By Anika Myers Palm | Sentinel Staff Writer
1:11 PM EDT, June 13, 2009

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About 50 people were on site at Vignetti Park in Ocoee about 8 a.m. today to begin a search of nearly 300 nearby acres with the hope of finding some sign of Ocasio, who disappeared after watching an Orlando Magic game at the Tap Room, a bar in Orlando's MetroWest neighborhood.

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"We will work until a few minutes before dark," said Lisa Hoffman of Texas EquuSearch. Hoffman and another Texas member, Tim Miller, traveled from Texas to assist Florida team members with today's search for Ocasio.

The EquuSearch team is asking more people from the Orlando area to assist in the search. They need people who are willing to search the wooded area on foot as well as searchers with ATVs or horses. The horses must have a current Coggins test, said Carolyn Todd, an administrator for EquuSearch.

People who are willing to participate in the search must report no later than 8 a.m. to Vignetti Park at 1906 Adair Street in Ocoee. They also are required to be 18 or older with photo identification, and must be able to bring their own food, insect spray and sunscreen.

Check back for updates.


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« Reply #153 on: June 13, 2009, 08:44:10 PM »

We wish Tim Miller and Texas Equusearch good luck in their efforts to help find missing Tracy Ocasio in Florida.

They will certainly need the help of volunteers for the search.

Tim Miller & Texas Equusearch Join the Search for Missing Tracy Ocasio in Florida

http://scaredmonkeys.com/2009/06/13/tim-miller-texas-equusearch-join-the-search-for-missing-tracy-ocasio-in-florida/
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« Reply #154 on: June 13, 2009, 09:15:31 PM »



http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/orange_news/061209equusearch_tracy_ocasio

EquuSearch searches for
Tracy Ocasio
Group seeks volunteers for Sunday
morning search
Updated: Saturday, 13 Jun 2009, 2:43 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 12 Jun 2009, 1:51 PM EDT

Texas EquuSearch is requesting help from the public in the search for 27-year-old Tracy Ocasio.

The group, which most recently made trips to Florida to help search for Caylee Anthony, Jennifer Kesse, and Haleigh Cummings, is requesting volunteers on foot, horseback and with ATVs. (Horses have a current Coggins test.)

Volunteers must be 18 years old or older and have a valid photo ID. Organizers ask that volunteers bring their own food, water, bug spray and sunscreen and dress appropriately in long sleeves, boots and hats.

Those wishing to help in the search are asked to report to the command center at John Vignetti Park, 1906 Adair Street, Ocoee, Fla. by 8 a.m. Sunday.

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« Reply #155 on: June 14, 2009, 01:40:33 PM »

http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Sidebar/2009/6/14/tracy_ocasio_timeline.html

Timeline: Tracy Ocasio’s Disappearance
Sunday, June 14, 2009 8:52:23 AM

The following is News 13’s timeline in the case of missing Ocoee woman Tracy Ocasio, 27.

The timeline begins at the bottom of this page, with the latest developments added on top.

See Description Below



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June 12, 2009
Texas EquuSearch arrived in Central Florida to help look for Tracy Ocasio. James Hataway willingly provided a DNA sample to Ocoee police.

June 11, 2009
Police searched for clues in a wooded area where they said James Hataway used to visit and illegally dump debris he collected from a lakeside cleaning job.

June 6, 2009
Ocoee police released surveillance video from the Florida Taproom showing Tracy Ocasio leaving with a man investigators said was James Hataway.

June 3, 2009
A $5,000 reward was offered for information regarding Tracy Ocasio’s disapperance. Apopka police said James Hataway is connected to another missing person -- Christopher George, 29, who was last seen in February 2009.

June 2, 2009
An anonymous woman came foward, claiming James Hataway tried to kill her less than a year before after she gave him a ride home. Hataway was denied bond on drug charges.

June 1, 2009
Investigators named James Hataway, 28, a person of interest in Ocasio’s disapperance, identifying him as the last person seen with Ocasio, who gave him a ride home from the Florida Taproom. Hataway was arrested on unreleated drug paraphernalia charges at his Ocoee home.

May 27, 2009
Tracy’s car was found in Ocoee.

May 26, 2009
Tracy Ocasio was captured on surveillance video leaving the Florida Taproom bar, in Orlando’s Metrowest district, with a man.




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Tracy Ocasio Description
White Female, 27 years old
Height: 5 feet, 6 inches
Weight: 124 pounds
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Last seen wearing: Black tank top, Blue jeans, Green and white hat, Black hooded jacket

Call CrimeLine at (800) 423-TIPS (8477) if you have any information
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« Reply #156 on: June 15, 2009, 09:27:57 AM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/orl-bk-tracy-ocasio-missing-ocoee-061509,0,2089135.story

Volunteers search again for missing Tracy OcasioEquuSearch and other volunteers will search for Tracy Ocasio, who disappeared May 27.
Walter Pacheco | Sentinel Staff Writer
8:16 AM EDT, June 15, 2009

Volunteers are again joining the Texas EquuSearch team this morning as they look for missing Ocoee resident Tracy Ocasio.

EquuSearch is holding a staging area for volunteers at Vignetti Park, 1906 Adair St., Ocoee. Volunteers are urged to wear long-sleeve T-shirts, sturdy shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat.

This is the third time the Texas-based volunteers, who also searched for Caylee Marie Anthony in Central Florida in 2008, look for the missing 27-year-old woman. Ocasio disappeared May 27 after watching an Orlando Magic game at a MetroWest pub.

Investigators said James Hataway, of Ocoee, is a person of interest in the case. Surveillance footage from video cameras the Florida Tap Room showed Ocasio leaving the bar with Hataway. He was the last person to see her.

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« Reply #157 on: June 15, 2009, 12:49:55 PM »

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/local/061509ocasio_search



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Updated: Monday, 15 Jun 2009, 12:42 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 15 Jun 2009, 6:03 AM EDT

OCOEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) - Texas EquuSearch volunteers are searching two wooded areas today in their search for missing 27-year-old Tracy Ocasio. The first area is approximately 300 acres and is near the area of Bluford Avenue and Colonial Drive.

The second wooded area is about 100 acres and is situated near Lakewood Avenue and 17th Street.

The search team is still looking for help, especially those who have horses and ATV's.

Anyone 18-years-old or older who is interested in helping is asked to meet at the Command Center located at 1906 Adair Street in Ocoee. Volunteers are asked to bring their own foot or water, wear long sleeves, sturdy shoes and a hat.

On Sunday, Ocasio's parents said they knew they understood at this point that they would be looking for a body. "We still hope for a miracle, you still have to have that there. We know it just doesn't look good at this point. We're just looking for strength so we can get through this period," Joe Ocasio said.

Investigators said James Hataway remains the only person of interest in the case. He remains jailed on unrelated charges.

Texas EquuSearch's Tim Miller said after meeting Tracy's parents over the weekend, he and his volunteers will continue to search until they find Tracy. "We are real curious about the suspect and where his comfort areas are. We know he lives right here," Miller said.

Miller and his 30 EquuSearch volunteers and 90 volunteers from the community searched for Tracy's body on Sunday.
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« Reply #158 on: June 15, 2009, 01:35:43 PM »

Tim Miller - wow. Bless his big giant heart. What an incredible human being, always willing to go out on a limb, do whatever it takes to find a way to help. He hasn't let the experiences from such cases as Natalee, Caylee, etc., keep him from doing whatever he can. Don't know about you all, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mr. Miller.

Lots of good karma due to come to this man . . .
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« Reply #159 on: June 15, 2009, 02:12:55 PM »

Indeed, many of us have loved Tim for a very long time...especially Sunny  lol
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