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Indiana State Police(DELPHI, Ind.) -- The man who was photographed on a nature trail around the same time two Indiana girls disappeared is now the primary suspect in their murder, according to the Indiana State Police.

The bodies of two girls -- Liberty Rose Lynn German, 14, and Abigail Jay Williams, 13, both of Carroll County -- were found on Tuesday near a creek, roughly three-quarters of a mile from an abandoned railroad bridge, near Delphi, where they were dropped off Monday to go hiking, and an autopsy revealed their identities.

Little is known about the man in the photograph at this time, police said.

Previously, he had been labeled a person of interest, and police said he might only be a witness to the crime. Today, that status changed, according to police.

"Since Wednesday February 15th, law enforcement officers have distributed a photo of a person observed on the Delphi Historic Trail. The photo appears to depict a white male wearing blue jeans, a blue coat/jacket, and a hoodie," a statement from the Indiana State Police read.

Police referred to "preliminary evidence" that led their attention to the man in the picture, without detailing what it was.

"During the course of the investigation, preliminary evidence has led investigators to believe the person, in the distributed photo, is suspected of having participated in the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German," the statement added.

The case has garnered great attention in the otherwise peaceful area of rural Indiana from which the girls disappeared.

Thousands of people gathered in Delphi on Saturday to take part in a motorcycle memorial ride to commemorate the lives of the two girls.

Organizers for the motorcycle rally estimated that more than 3,000 people took part in the ride, while hundreds of spectators watched, according to the Lafayette Journal and Courier, a local paper.

The paper said that the downtown area of the small city overflowed with motorcycles and cars, who registered for $20 per driver and $5 per passenger to ride from Office Tavern Bar in Delphi to Whiskey and Wine Saloon in Monticello, and that the funds were split between the families of the two victims.

ABC affiliate WRTV in Indianapolis reported that residents of Delphi were applying purple ribbons to their homes and storefronts show their support for the victims and their families.

A manhunt for the killer had intensified prior to this announcement, and local police have been assisted by the FBI in the case.

"We are asking help from the public to help identify him so he can be contacted regarding what he might have seen," state police said in a statement on Wednesday, regarding the man in the photograph.

Investigators told ABC News that a search warrant was executed at a home in Delphi on Thursday night, but it did not yield anything of value to the investigation.

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Twitter/ jerzsteve (BAYONNE, N.J.) -- A pilot is alive after his small plane crashed into a Bayonne, New Jersey, residential neighborhood on Sunday morning.

The pilot, 56, was the only person on board the Piper PA-28 aircraft when it crashed at 10 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center and is in stable condition, ABC affiliate WABC-TV reports.

There were no other injuries reported. Four cars were destroyed or damaged from the crash, according to WABC-TV, and there were reports of downed wires and debris.

The FAA said it would investigate the cause of the crash.

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Connor Cox(LEONARDTOWN, Md.) -- Connor Cox's mom is an expert at getting revenge.

When Cox, who is a freshman at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, thought he was opening up his usual care package from his mom, what he found inside instead was trash.

"I got two boxes and I opened one and it had food in it and I realized there wasn't food in the other one," Cox, 18, told ABC News. "It was a bunch of trash, tissues [and] soda cans."

Cox, who is originally from Leonardtown, Maryland, immediately called his mother Terri to ask what was with the box of trash.

"[I said] 'Did you send me the wrong package? Why did you send me this?'" Cox said.

"[She said,] 'No, that's the trash you were supposed to take out,'" he added, laughing.

Cox, who is studying criminal justice, said he laughed hysterically about the gag gift, then tweeted a photo of the package, which quickly went viral.

The college student said he wasn't surprised that his mom pranked him.

"She has a good sense of humor," Cox said. "She's always really caring and she knows what to say at the exact time she should say it. She's a good mom."

Cox, who has three sisters, added that he has a rather unique relationship with his mom.

"It's not a normal mom-son relationship," he described. "She's kind of like my best friend ... it's special for sure."

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ABC News(LOS ANGELES) --  At least 5 people died after a powerful storm pummeled Southern California on Friday night, flooding numerous roadways in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Rescuers on Saturday in the community of Thousand Oaks found the body of a young man in his 20s who had been swept away by swift-moving waters, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said.

Earlier, in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, a falling tree brought down power lines and hit a car on Friday night. A 55-year-old man was electrocuted and pronounced dead at a hospital, police and fire officials said.

Two others died in separate car accidents on Interstate 15 in San Diego amid heavy rain. And a motorist was found dead in a fully submerged vehicle in Victorville in San Bernardino County, officials said.

In the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, two cars plunged into a massive sinkhole. At least one person was trapped when the first vehicle fell into the hole until rescue crews were able to pull the woman out of the car. She was transported to the hospital for injuries and her condition is unknown, according to ABC owned-and-operated television station KABC.

Minutes later, the sinkhole swallowed a second vehicle, which was unoccupied at the time, KABC reported.

 The massive Pacific storm swept into Southern California on Friday morning, bringing torrential rain and gusting winds to the region while also spreading precipitation north into the San Joaquin Valley and up to San Francisco.

Flash flood watches were in effect for Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties from Friday morning through Saturday morning. Forecasters said the weather system could be the strongest to pelt the region in years, if not decades.

"The storm looks to be the strongest storm to hit southwest California this season," the National Weather Service office for the Los Angeles region wrote. "It is likely the strongest within the last six years and possibly even as far back as December 2004 or January 1995."

 The storm was expected to generate a total of 3 to 6 inches of rain in Los Angeles County beaches and valleys and 5 to 10 inches of rain in south-facing foothills and coastal mountain slopes, according to the National Weather Service.

With soil already soaked from significant rainfall this winter, forecasters warned of the potential for flash floods and debris flows, especially near areas stripped bare by wildfires. Precautionary evacuations were requested in some neighborhoods.

As of 10 p.m. local time on Friday, more than 78,000 customers were affected by power outages in the Los Angeles area alone, where hundreds of trees and dozens of power lines had toppled, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

 The storm was expected to generate a total of 3 to 6 inches of rain in Los Angeles County beaches and valleys and 5 to 10 inches of rain in south-facing foothills and coastal mountain slopes, according to the National Weather Service.

With soil already soaked from significant rainfall this winter, forecasters warned of the potential for flash floods and debris flows, especially near areas stripped bare by wildfires. Precautionary evacuations were requested in some neighborhoods.

As of 10 p.m. local time on Friday, more than 78,000 customers were affected by power outages in the Los Angeles area alone, where hundreds of trees and dozens of power lines had toppled, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

 By Saturday morning, isolated locations had received up to 10 inches of rain. Parts of Ventura and San Bernardino counties had received over 8 inches of rain. The city of Los Angeles had received at least 2 inches of rain, according to ABC News meteorologists tracking the storm.

Heavy rain and high winds lingered over much of Southern California on Saturday morning. The rain is expected to move east as the day goes on, with the chance for scattered pockets of heavier showers in Los Angeles and San Diego. Drier weather is expected to move in Saturday afternoon and evening.

 Meanwhile, a new Pacific storm will take aim at Central California's coastline on Sunday.

"The worst is over for Los Angeles this morning," said ABC News meteorologist Daniel Manzo. "Next storm is on the way late Sunday and will focus on Central and Northern California."

The new storm could dump an additional 3 to 4 inches on Northern California, according to Manzo.

"This is another dangerous situation developing due to swollen water ways and saturated ground," Manzo said.

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Washington State Patrol(NEW YORK) --  A Washington State Patrol trooper who spotted a motorist violating the rules of the road is no dummy.

The eagle-eyed trooper spotted a driver attempting to outsmart the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane policy, by passing off a mannequin as a passenger.

HOV lanes are reserved for carpools, vanpools, buses, motorcycles or any vehicle carrying two or more people.

"Early this morning, a Tacoma trooper caught an HOV violator driving 81 mph with this young lady in the passenger seat," read a post on the Washington State Patrol's Facebook page, along with a photo of the lifelike violation. "In case you didn't know...this doesn't qualify for HOV lanes!"

Trooper Todd Bartolac, a public information officer with Washington State Patrol, tweeted, "Violator was ticketed for speed and the HOV violation. On the positive side they were both wearing their seat belts! #buckelup"

Tacoma Trooper catches a HOV violator driving 81mph in the HOV lane with this young lady as the violators passenger. pic.twitter.com/fDykwS4IYF

— Trooper T. Bartolac (@wspd1pio) February 17, 2017

Violator was ticketed for speed and the HOV violation. On the positive side they were both wearing their seat belts! #buckelup

— Trooper T. Bartolac (@wspd1pio) February 17, 2017

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, state troopers use their discretion to determine whether to issue a ticket or a written warning. The state's current fine for illegally driving in an HOV lane is $136.

Bartolac said the mannequin was one of the most life-like he has ever seen, according to ABC affiliate KOMO in Seattle.

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Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- President Trump's motorcade was struck by a 2x4 in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday, according to authorities.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said a vehicle in the motorcade was struck by what was believed to be a small, hard object on Southern Boulevard between Parker Avenue and Lake Avenue.

After members of the motorcade and the Secret Service returned to the scene to search the area and look for witnesses, a juvenile from a local middle school confessed to throwing the object and implicated four other students, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Charges will be filed with the Palm Beach County States Attorney's Office, officials said.

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Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images(KATY, Texas) -- Norma McCorvey, a woman at the center of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, has died at 69.

McCorvey became "Jane Roe" as the plaintiff in the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision when she was in her 20's and trying to get out of an unwanted pregnancy.

In a complete reversal years later, she joined the pro-life movement and converted to Roman Catholicism.

Joshua Prager, a journalist working on a book about Roe v. Wade, confirmed her death to ABC News and said she died of heart failure at an assisted-living home in Katy, Texas.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented McCorvey for a period of time after the decision, offered her condolences and called McCorvey a "very complicated person."

"Even though at the end of her life Norma thought women should be prevented from having an abortion and that abortion should be criminalized, her legacy will be Roe v. Wade, which has provided  millions of women the legal right to choose abortion, a right which remains under attack and which I am committed to protect," she said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A man has been charged in a shooting on Chicago’s West Side last week that killed two people, including a toddler, and wounded a pregnant woman, police said Saturday.

The Chicago Police Department said Devon Swan, 26, was charged overnight with first-degree murder for his alleged role and connection to the triple shooting on Valentine's Day that killed 2-year-old Lavontay White and the toddler's uncle, 26-year-old Lazaric Collins.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Chicago Police Commander Brendan Deenihan said the investigation is ongoing and authorities are searching for more suspects.

Video of the tragic incident was streamed live on Facebook, police said. The little boy was riding in a car with his uncle down an alley in the city's North Lawndale neighborhood when they were each shot in the head on Tuesday. The two were pronounced dead at local hospitals, according to police.

A 20-year-old pregnant woman, who was driving the car, was also wounded in the shooting. She and her fetus are expected to survive, according to police.

Police said the violence was gang-related and they believe Collins was the intended target of the shooting which stemmed from a dispute between him and a group of individuals.

Authorities said the uncle was a gang member with a criminal history. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Collins was convicted of felony charges of burglary and armed robbery and was released on parole last June.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WESTON, Fla.) -- Fighter jets were scrambled in Florida Friday night to intercept an unresponsive plane that violated restricted airspace over President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, creating a sonic boom that alarmed some residents, officials said.

Some residents mistook the loud sound from the F-15 jets for an explosion, but the Broward Sheriff’s office confirmed that the noise was from a military exercise.

“The intercept required the Air Force F-15s from Homestead Air National Guard Base to travel at supersonic speeds, a sound noticed by area residents, to get to the general aviation aircraft where they were able to establish communications,” NORAD said in a statement of the incident, around 7 p.m.

"The intent of military intercepts is to have the identified aircraft re-establish communications with local FAA air traffic controllers and instruct the pilot to follow air traffic controllers' instructions to land safely for follow-on action."

The Broward Sheriff’s office said 911 centers were flooded with phone calls about the incident.

Booming sound heard in @CityofWeston and nearby cities was from military planes headed to Palm Beach County. Please don't tie up 9-1-1.

— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 18, 2017

The boom was felt and heard from Weston to Boca Raton, which is located about an hour north of Miami, the sheriff's office said.

Twitter users in multiple cities reported that they heard a loud explosion-like sound. Some users also said felt an impact that shook their windows.

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artolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A Denver man of Pakistani descent who was arrested in West Los Angeles Thursday, possessed weapons and explosive devices, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

The man -- identified Friday as Adam Nauveed Hayat, 35, of Denver, by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California -- was found with knives and possibly flew to L.A. while following an ex-girlfriend, according to police.

In addition to the knives, law enforcement found explosive devices at a Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver, where he had stayed. None of the devices were detonated prior to being found.

Hayat made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Friday afternoon where he was read his rights and advised of the charge pending against him. He was ordered held without bond and ordered removed to Colorado. He will eventually be transferred by the U.S. Marshals Service for further court proceedings.

Hayat is charged with one count of possession of firearms not registered with the National Firearms and Registration Transfer Record. The penalty on that charge is not more than 10 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.

He is a veteran of the U.S. military and served in Iraq and sources close to the investigation told ABC News that the man had sent letters to Veterans Affairs complaining about his treatment by the agency.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the man was on the radar of law enforcement agencies prior to his arrest.

He was arrested at a Holiday Inn on La Cienenga Boulevard, which is a major thoroughfare that runs North to South through Los Angeles.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House and Department of Homeland Security said Friday that they are not planning to use the National Guard to apprehend and arrest undocumented immigrants, despite a "preliminary draft memo" that indicated doing so was a possibility.

"The President and the White House has never had that as part of any plan to use the National Guard in any capacity for that," White House Deputy Spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday.

But a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security told ABC News there was in fact "a very early, preliminary draft memo” that included language to utilize the Guard to, as the memo put it, "perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension, and detention of aliens in the United States."

The proposal would have covered 11 states -- those bordering Mexico as well as those adjacent to them.

This senior official confirmed that the memo, circulating online, appears to be an authentic version of that early draft, but that the latest version had removed any reference of using the National Guard as a law enforcement and immigration force.

DHS officials insist Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly never saw that version of the document and that his name appears on it only because he would be the person who ultimately signs off on it.

Kelly has seen the latest version and his name still appears on it, according to this official.

"The Department is not considering mobilizing the National Guard for immigration enforcement," a spokesman for DHS said.

Using the National Guard for the purpose of border protection is by no means unprecedented. There were two major border protection efforts that employed the Guard under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama: operations Jump Start in 2006 and Phalanx in 2010. But neither were along the scale of what this plan was proposing. The biggest difference being the proposal to allow Guardsmen to arrest people.

Operation Jump Start authorized National Guard to do border enforcement and construction of a fence, but they were there to observe and report and were not involved in law enforcement. Under Obama they were mainly doing overflight and surveillance, working with law enforcement on the ground. They weren’t arresting people.

Nevertheless, the DHS is adamant there is no longer any proposal to use the National Guard to arrest illegal immigrants and that this draft never made it to the secretary's desk for consideration.

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Handout via WLFI(DELPHI, Ind.) -- The rural city of Delphi, Indiana, has been rocked by the unsolved murders of two teenage girls, whose bodies were found a day after they disappeared on a nature trail near the city.

Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were first reported missing by their families on Feb. 13 after they did not return from a hike, according to authorities.

A widespread search was immediately launched for the girls. On Tuesday, a volunteer discovered the bodies of German and Williams in the woods by Deer Creek.

 

Here is the area where Delphi teens were found dead. Property owner points out its very rough terrain @rtv6 pic.twitter.com/Kq9gm271r0

— Mike Pelton (@MikePeltonRTV6) February 16, 2017

 

Based on "the way the bodies were found," state police believe the girls were murdered, Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley told ABC News.

So far, no one has been arrested. However, authorities have released an image of a man they believe is a person of interest in the double-homicide case.

The man was photographed on a nature trail around the same time German and Williams were hiking before they disappeared, according to state police.

"We are asking help from the public to help identify him so he can be contacted regarding what he might have seen," state police said in a statement Wednesday.

Investigators also told ABC News that a search warrant was executed at a home in Delphi on Thursday night, but it did not yield anything of value to the investigation.

Meanwhile, the double-murder mystery has left the tight-knit community of Delphi heartbroken and fearful.

"Delphi is one of the safest places, and now, to think something could have happened here in our own town -- it's scary," resident Melissa Deal, a family friend of the two girls, told ABC News.

Another family friend, Kevin Kolonginsky, told ABC News he was shocked that such a "horrible" thing could happen in the nature trail near the town.

 

Here is the Monon High Bridge, where teens Abby Williams and Libby German were last seen alive Monday @rtv6 pic.twitter.com/yp5Na2eN3X

— Mike Pelton (@MikePeltonRTV6) February 16, 2017

 

"We have a wonderful trail system here, that's one of the beautiful things about living here," Kolonginsky said. "And this is as horrible a thing that could happen to an asset like that for a town and to the children of our town."

He said that "from now on, kids on trails will have their moms and dads with them."

Delphi's mayor, Shane Evans, told ABC News Friday that the loss of German and Williams has been "surreal" for the city's residents.

"This is difficult time for everyone," Evans said. "I think a double-homicide is rare anywhere, but it's extremely rare for the city of Delphi."

The 27-year-old mayor said the last homicide in the city he could remember happened when he was in middle school.

Evans said Delphi is a "generally very safe and friendly area" where "people wave when they see each other on the streets."

Despite the heartbreak, Evans said that the community has come closer together in "an outpouring of support" for each other, the girls and their families.

Hundreds of people in Delphi and other communities in Carroll County showed up on Tuesday to try and help find the two girls after they were reported missing, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley.

 

Volunteers are gathering at the Delphi Municipal Building to search for Abby & Libby. The 13 year old girls went missing yesterday. pic.twitter.com/89TuzGcarm

— Jillian Deam (@JillianDeam) February 14, 2017

 

"You got to realize this is rural Indiana," Riley told ABC News. "Most of the people born and raised here stay here. People are family. Everyone knows everyone."

News that the girls were found murdered really hit the community hard, according to Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby.

"It's not like anything we've had in our past," Leazenby told ABC News. "This one has a different feel to it. These were wonderful girls ... this was their innocence taken away from them at a very young age."

The mayor said that the city's people will likely "continue to carry on, but with increased vigilance and more acute awareness of their surroundings in the interim."

"We all had hope we'd find the girls alive, but then that hope turned into sorrow when their bodies were found, and then that sorrow turned into frustration and anger for whoever did this," he said.

As law enforcement continue to work around-the-clock to find the girls' killer, the community has set up several public events in the coming days to honor the lives of German and Williams.

 

People are uneasy here, but businesses all over Delphi are showing support for Liberty German and Abigail Williams. pic.twitter.com/OKJdu0qd5z

— Madeline Buckley (@Mabuckley88) February 17, 2017

 

Viewings for both girls are being held on Feb. 18 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Delphi High School gymnasium, ABC's Indianapolis affiliate WRTV reported.

 

Family tells me the viewing for the two Delphi teens killed this week will take place Saturday from 4-8p at Delphi High School. @rtv6

— Mike Pelton (@MikePeltonRTV6) February 16, 2017

 

Brad Henry, a longtime friend of the Williams family, told WRTV that Williams was a wonderful young girl who was taken way too soon.

"It’s tragic, and there are really no words to describe it," Henry said. The lack of answers has the small community rattled the most, he noted.

"It impacts everybody, especially if you have children," Henry said. "People move away from the city to small towns to get away from this kind of thing, and you think it’s never going to happen and when it does it's total chaos and it's total shock."

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iStock/Thinkstock(BLYTHE, Calif.) -- Valley State Prison in Chowchilla is a men’s prison in California where inmates can get beauty school training, like everyone else in the state.

"I like doing the facial stuff," Juan Brizuela, 36, an inmate at Valley State told ABC News. "It’s a real intimate moment that you have with your client, you trust one another."

Brizuela was convicted of second degree murder when he was 15 years old and received a sentence of fifteen years to life in prison. Before coming to Valley State he was held for 18 years at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, California.

"I hadn’t touched another person in 18 years, so when I had to do my first haircut I couldn’t and [the instructor] had to do it for me," Brizuela said. It took him 9 months in the cosmetology program to feel comfortable touching other people, he said.

Inmates aren’t allowed to touch staff or other inmates, and there are a lot of rules when it comes to personal space, according to Lieutenant Ronald Ladd, Administrative Assistant and Public Information Officer at Valley State.

Lt. Ladd said that Valley State was previously a women’s prison. But because of a decrease in the female inmate population and the need for more male institutions, the institution became a male prison in 2013.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has identified Valley State as a "re-entry hub," according to its website, which includes rehabilitation programs, educational and vocational training, like the cosmetology program, for its population.

"We asked the male inmates if they were interested in a cosmetology program when the prison first converted," Ladd told ABC News, "and we were surprised at how many were interested."

The cosmetology training consists of book work, hands on training with mannequins first, then real clients and, lastly, a written test that allows the student to obtain their California State Barbering and Cosmetology License after they’ve completed 1,600 hours of training.

They learn everything from human anatomy and psychology to the business of cosmetology to the different textures of hair and what chemicals to use for those hair types, Brizuela said.

He is the second male inmate at Valley State to receive a cosmetology license, he said, and he enjoys helping other inmates get ready for the licensing exam. When he’s not practicing his newfound trade, Brizuela is preparing for life outside of prison in a parole preparation program.

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ABC News(PUEBLO, Colo.) -- Troy Griffin walked across a bridge in Colorado, searching for a body.

He brought search dogs and a team of volunteers with him, but his main set of tools are his visions.

Griffin is a self-proclaimed psychic detective. Shunning the crystal ball, tarot cards and tea leaves of his fellow intuitives, he says he uses his psychic powers to solve crimes.

"I've worked on … about a 100 cases overall," Griffin said.

He says he's built a business out of bringing the paranormal into police work, charging up to $250 an hour for his investigative work.

He recently worked a missing person's case that gripped the nation. Kelsie Schelling, 21, was eight weeks pregnant and disappeared in February 2013 after making a late night drive from her home in Denver to see her boyfriend in Pueblo, Colorado. Her family never saw or heard from her again.

Nearly four years after her unsolved disappearance, Schelling's mother Laura Saxton is still searching for her daughter and is grateful for Griffin's help.

"We just want her back, and well do whatever it takes to get her back," Saxton said. "Any time you can find anybody who sincerely wants to help it means a lot because people come and go very quickly."

Using Griffin's supposed psychic intuition and some anonymous tips, they searched a sparsely populated area in Pueblo, Colorado, where Griffin was trying to clue in on any sign of Schelling.

Griffin said his visions are "like watching TV, but just little clips,” and he’ll get overwhelming feelings of nervousness and anxiety.

"It's nothing to do with the victims, it's just how I know or how I use my directions," he said. "When I pick up the feeling I have to go and follow that ... So I have in my mind a vision of where I think her body may be that’s what I’m searching for."

As they combed through rocks and riverbeds at two different points of interest, Griffin appeared to pick up a bunch of different energies.

"I feel nauseous, sometimes I feel like I can't breathe," he said.

But hours of searching led to no real clues pointing to Schilling’s whereabouts.

"I don't feel Kelsie here at all," he said finally.

Back at his office located outside of Denver, the walls are covered with files, maps and addresses from what he says are his cases. Griffin said he had previously made contact with Schilling when he first met her mother.

"When I contacted Kelsie, it was more just apologies -– ‘I'm sorry mom, I didn't mean for it to happen. I didn't know,’” Griffin said. “[Her mother] Laura is never going to have closure unless she finds something.”

In the six years he’s been in business, out of 100 cases, Griffin claims he has an 18 to 20 percent success rate, but defended those numbers.

“When you look at murder cases and unsolved missing persons, they're very few percentage that actually get solved,” he said.

But of the roughly 100 cases Griffin claims he worked on, Griffin could not provide one example to ABC News to verify that he contributed to a police investigation. Even with the Kelsie Schilling case, when contacted, the Pueblo police department told ABC News they had “no official contact” with Griffin and were “unaware” of his investigation.

When asked how police departments typically receive his offer to help, Griffin said, “It really depends on what a detective or detectives believe in,” but that he was “lucky” if he got a “50/50” shot.

Rhonda Sheya said she is a former client turned friend of Griffin’s, and that she turned to him for help the day after her brother-in-law Danny Sheya mysteriously went missing in December 2014.

“He said, ‘I believe that he is within a few minutes of your home, a few miles, maybe five miles of your home. I see him surrounded by water and a few miles from your home,’” Sheya said. “I was like, ‘Water? There was no water on the route that we were searching.’”

Tragically, Danny Sheya’s vehicle had gone off the road on a dangerous stretch of road in Colorado and was found two days later by passerbys. Rhonda Sheya credits Griffin with helping them find closure.

"It does cross your mind that this a little bit out there," she said. "It's not exactly what mainstream people believe or think. It was desperation. You get desperate. At some point you're grasping at straws. You don't care. You just want your loved one back.”

Psychic-based crime solvers are not a new phenomenon. There was five seasons worth on the Court TV reality series called "Psychic Detectives." There have been other hits such as "The Mentalist" and "Medium." They were even spoofed on "South Park."

But psychic readings, especially those in the public eye, have not been exempt from scrutiny. One example was a 2004 reading famed psychic Sylvia Browne performed on "The Montel Williams Show" for the mother of then-missing girl Amanda Berry. Browne told Berry’s mother that her daughter was dead, but nine years later, in May 2013, she was found alive.

Prior to her death in November 2013, Browne released a statement saying in part, "I have been more right than wrong. If ever there was a time to be grateful and relieved for being mistaken, this is that time."

But still, Berry's mother died believing her daughter was dead when she wasn't. Critics called Browne a "grief vampire" taking advantage of a grieving parent. Griffin denied that's what he's doing in the Schilling case.

"I waited for her mom to tell me what she thought,” he said. “I don't say you're dead or you're alive. I say I have feeling. I'm never going to tell you if you're dead or alive. If I feel strongly, I'm still not going to tell you.”

But he did tell Schilling's mother how she was murdered, saying that he believed strangulation was involved. If it turns out he’s wrong, Griffin said it would be time for him to "consider a different career."

"I don't take advantage of people that are grieving. Most are referred to me from what I did. I don't charge them,” he said. "I'm not coming with false hope either way. I'm not here to tell you yea or nay. I'm here to help.”

Griffin said he’s not taking any money from Laura Saxton or any other grieving Schilling family members. He said he makes most of his money doing psychic readings, which he charges $140 an hour for people who come to him.

Famed skeptic Joe Nickell's office in Buffalo, New York, is a shrine to cases he claims to have debunked over the years, including psychic detectives.

“What people should realize is psychics cannot do what they claim to do,” Nickell said. “They have been reviewed by mainstream science, and they can't do it. If they can do it, let's see that they do it.”

Nickell said psychics use a series of mentalist tricks often referred to as “retrofitting.”

"[It] could be defined as ‘after-the-fact matching,’” he said. “In other words, the detectives have a missing person. They assume the person might be dead, but they're looking to find that person. In comes the psychic, often ingratiating himself or herself with the family, forcing the police, pretty much, to have to pay attention to the psychic.

"The psychic will say things like, 'I see water. I'm getting the number 7. I see some sort of tall structure,' and so on. They call these clues," he added.

But Griffin said he's isn't bothered by critics who don't believe in his work.

"What I say to skeptics is, if you have never been in the people's shoes that I walk with, don't judge or put opinion on it until you really know if it's real or not," he said. "The only way you're going to know is if there's ever a day that you need somebody like me. Then you'll know. Before then you'll probably never believe in me but the people that I help and walk away with closure moving forward. They're the ones who believed in me. That's why I continue to do what I do."

To this day, Kelsie Schilling remains missing, and her mother’s painful search for the daughter who never came home continues.

“I have to try and keep hope to keep going because I know if I give up then it just goes away and Kelsie's forgotten,” Saxton said. “I will just try and find my hope and my drive wherever I can find it and whoever is brought into my life to make that happen and right now [Griffin] has been brought in my life.”

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Raymond Boyd/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An Ivy League university informed more than 200 students that they'd been accepted earlier this week, but it turned out to be a mistake.

Columbia University said it accidentally sent acceptance emails to 277 prospective students on Wednesday and then recalled them.

The university said the notices "incorrectly implied" that they'd been admitted to its Mailman School of Public Health Master's program. Columbia said it sent a follow-up email within an hour saying the initial notice was sent erroneously.

Columbia attributed the mix-up to "human error" and said it is working to strengthen its procedures.

"We deeply apologize for this miscommunication. We value the energy and enthusiasm that our applicants bring to the admissions process, and regret the stress and confusion caused by this mistake," Julie Kornfeld, Vice Dean for Education at Columbia University, told ABC News in a statement on Friday.

"We are working assiduously to strengthen our internal procedures in order to ensure that this mistake does not happen in the future," the statement continued.

The university did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for additional information on what will happen to those students' applications.

Columbia is not the first university to make such a mistake.

In 2015, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh said it mistakenly informed 800 applicants that they were accepted into their master’s program in computer science, the university said on its website.

And just last year, the University of Buffalo sent out 5,109 acceptance letters in error, according to CNN.

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