Erica is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of investigative news reporting experience. As a searcher, she has more than 2,000 hours in-field looking for missing/murdered persons. Erica studied journalism at Purdue University — where she was Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper her junior and senior years — and holds certifications in Photography, Photojournalism, and Editorial Management from the Newspaper Editor’s Program at Ball State University. She has worked as a staff reporter up to station manager in more than 15 newspapers, television and radio stations across Indiana, Ohio and Texas. As an intern with Camandago Investigations, Seattle, WA, she created and co-hosted both Missing Persons News and ‘The Shellee Hale Show’, the first-ever missing persons’ radio show on KKNW-Seattle. In 2012, she founded Victims News Online, and has been a returning guest analyst for Court TV Network since 2021, working with families across the country to provide answers on their cases. Erica is also a Licensed Private Investigator with Jensen Investigations of Indiana (Agency Lic#PI22300017, Lic#PI22300017M1) who combines her journalism experience and PI resources to offer the most to her families and clients. She is a member of the National Organization of Victims Advocates (NOVA), the Society of Professional Journalists, and holds the following certifications from the National Institute of Health (NIH): developing a missing persons’ protocol, investigative strategies, DNA analysis of forensic-based evidence and cold cases strategies.
As Founder of Moms on a Mission, Christine’s team first partnered with VNO in 2012 to locate missing Candi Brown from Indiana. That case led to a partnership with more than 40 missing persons safely located and four murderers behind bars. Chris studied biology and chemistry in the medicine program at Purdue University, and is Search-and-Rescue (SAR) trained to lead water and ground rescues throughout the Midwest, with more than 5,000 hours in-field. Christine is also a Licensed Private Investigator (Agency Lic#PI22300017, Lic#PI22300017S2) with Jensen Investigations of Indiana, and a licensed Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for LaPorte County, Indiana, Child Protective Services (CPS).
Clint joined VNO in 2015 to help other families cope with the disappearance of a child or loved one. In December 2010, Clint’s 13-year-old daughter, Hailey, was kidnapped and murdered in Colorado City, Texas. Clint partnered with our team to identify new forensic testing when the case was stalled, leading to a felony murder arrest in 2021. As Managing Editor of VNO, he handles much of the social media and works directly with families in his situation, as a peer counselor and confidant, as well as investigative reporter. With more than 3,000 searching hours in the field, Clint specializes in cases involving dangerous areas, homeless missing, or those which require searches in rough terrain. Clint is a student at Ivy Tech College, studying History and Anthropology, with the goal of helping other families locate and identify human remains.
Bailey joined VNO in 2015 as an intern through her high school newspaper. A graduate of New Prairie High School, Bailey studied journalism in college before moving into the healthcare industry.
Kat joined VNO in 2013, through our partnership with Moms on a Mission. Kat holds a criminal justice degree from Ivy Tech University, and specializes in flyer distributions, ground searchers, and water searches.