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    VERNON — The search for three young girls who went missing in the 1960s and 1970s continues, and family members were assured Thursday the cold cases are being actively investigated.
    “We haven’t forgotten,” Tolland County State’s Attorney Mathew Gedansky said. “We think about them every day. We’re going to keep working.”
    In order to consolidate the investigation, the Tolland County Cold Case Squad was formed in 2014 to examine the disappearances of Lisa White, Janice Pockett, and Debra Spickler.
    Spickler was 13 when she went missing July 24, 1968, Pocket was 7 when she was reported missing July 26, 1973, and White was 13 when she went missing Nov. 1, 1974.
    A $50,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of anyone connected to each of the disappearances.
    Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who moved to Tolland three weeks before Pocket disappeared, consoled Mary Engelbreht, Pocket’s younger sister, and Aprille Faletti, White’s younger sister, who were present this morning.
    “Just know that our state, our community are always thinking about them,” Wyman said of the missing girls. “We will not forget them. Hopefully someday we will find out the answers to the questions that all of us have.”
    Spickler’s family lives out of state and was unable to attend, Gedansky said.
    He introduced and praised members of the squad, including Chief Inspector Jack Edwards, who Gedansky called “critical to this initiative.”
    Gedansky said the squad “would not have gotten off the ground without him.”
    Members of the squad include detectives and officers from Connecticut State Police and the Vernon Police Department, as well as analysts from the Chief State Attorney’s Office.
    “It’s a great team,” Gedansky said.
    While “there was great police work” during the initial investigation, technology has evolved and the squad intends to put modern practices to work with the cold cases.
    With 95 tips that the squad has followed up on, 50 different interviews, and thousands of reports to be scanned into a computer system, the squad hopes the new technology will lead to breaks in the cases.
    Detectives also have searched three sites, and intend to search multiple others, which Gedansky said the squad was planning today.
    A one-hour podcast also is scheduled for May.
    When initially formed, the squad was also focusing on human remains found in 2013 in the woods off West Street.
    Last year, those remains were identified through DNA analysis as those of Carol Shapiro of Manchester, who was 43 years old when she went missing from her North Main Street apartment in August 2007.

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    A Connecticut cold case task force formed 19 months ago to investigate the disappearance of three young girls in Tolland County in the late 1960s and early 1970s has identified a number of possible suspects and searched three locations, according to reports.
    The Hartford Courant is reporting that Matthew C. Gedansky, state's attorney for Tolland County, delivered an update on the status of the Tolland County Cold Case Squad during a briefing at the Superior Court in Rockville.
    The squad was established in October 2014 to jointly investigate the cases of three children who went missing between 1968 and 1974: Debra Spickler, 13, Janice Pockett, 7, and Lisa White, 13.
    The squad consists of representatives of the Connecticut State Police, the Vernon Police Department and the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Tolland
    "I think we're making tremendous progress," Gedansky told the Courant. "For 40 years these cases were dealt with individually. Detectives consulted with each other and worked together, but this is a new approach."
    According to the Courant, Gedansky said the task force has received 95 tips and interviewed 50 people. It is also scanning all paper documentation in order to make a searchable computer database. Given the amount of documentation associated with the three cases, it may take a year to complete the scanning.
    Spickler was last seen at Henry Park, 120 South Street, Vernon on July 24, 1968. She lived in Mystic, Connecticut, but was staying with relatives in Vernon at the time of her disappearance. She was last seen walking alone in the direction of the Henry Park swimming pool. At the time she went missing, she was wearing green polka dot shorts, a white sleeveless shirt and white sneakers.
    Pockett left her home by bicycle on the afternoon of July 26, 1973, and was last seen riding her bicycle in the area of Anthony Road and Rhodes Road in Tolland. Her bicycle was found on the dirt portion of Rhodes Road. An extensive search of the area failed to locate her. Janice, who had blond hair and blue eyes, was last seen wearing Navy blue shorts with a design, and a blue and white striped jersey.
    White was last seen walking on Prospect Street in Rockville after visiting with a friend during the evening of November 1, 1974. Lisa lived approximately two miles from Prospect and was on foot that evening. Lisa had blond hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing green pants, tan work boots and a denim jacket.
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has authorized rewards of $50,000 each or $150,000 total for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for these crimes.
    Anyone with information on any of these cases, may call the Tolland County Cold Case Tip Line at (860) 870-3228 or send an email to the Tolland County Cold Case Squad. All information will be kept confidential.

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