The Critical Cold Case Situation
More than 211,000 homicides committed since 1980 remain unsolved. Nearly one quarter of a million potentially dangerous people are in our society and have not answered for their crimes. Currently less than 65% of homicides will be solved, about one in every two homicides you hear about and the curve is showing no sign of an uptick. More than 600,000 individuals go missing in the US each year; in 2017, 27,000 of those missing persons were children. A common thread in the news, “Sheriff's Office asking for public's help with ...” ECCMPI addresses this critical by educating people on the problem and training them to be part of the solution.
Founded in 2019, the Eagle Cold Case & Missing Person Institute (ECCMPI) has its focus on the most violent and tragic crimes that affect our communities: Homicides and Missing Persons. Law enforcement agencies across the Country have limited, defunct, or no Cold Case or Missing Person divisions meaning these cases are not being actively investigated in all Law Enforcement agencies. This fact has families, friends and communities of victims reeling for answers. Unsolved violent crimes leave potentially dangerous people in our neighborhoods.
ECCMI Founder, James Carsten, a retired (22years) U.S. Army Interrogator/Human Intelligence Collector and CID Criminal Investigator, brought his vision to fruition by training teams to analyze cold case homicides and assist Law Enforcement in their efforts to solve these heinous crimes. His vision has gained traction and drew a positive reaction from many whom have joined the efforts. 2020 brought an opportunity for growth with the merger of the non-profit, The Unfinished Files, an investigative and content creation organization, founded by Tyler Ryan and Brian Setree, examining major cold and missing person cases. Expanding the group of experienced investigators to include prosecutors, law enforcement, private investigators, family members of victims, and behavior experts, ECCMPI is uniquely positioned to address this growing and pressing need.
To address the critical need, the ECCMPI brings the unique 3CE training to seasoned Law Enforcement officers, investigators and individuals. Framework is set to engage these altruistic members of society to join together to build the facts of the case by; going back to "first vantage point" (the first point in the past where an examiner can visualize the scene/incident), identifying all available sources of information, gathering all available information without bias and building actionable intelligence products to show what is known and unknown, and showing logical and viable forward progressing investigative leads. These teams are helping law enforcement, families of victims of violent crimes and will potentially build safer neighborhoods.
Like a rare illness or sudden homelessness, most don’t think about this crisis until it happens in their family or community. One cold case homicide is one too many/one missing person is one too many. Join us and be the voice of change.
ECCMPI and The Unfinished are looking for dedicated volunteers, interns, advisors and more. If you are interested in serving, click below for more information.
ABOUT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Eagle Cold Case and Missing Person Institute is governed by a Board of Directors, who create and oversee the implementation of the operation of the ECCMPI, as well as programming, education, investigations, fundraising, 501(c)3 compliance and all other operational matters.
The Members of the ECCMPI Board of Directors, who volunteer their time, expertise and experience are an eclectic group of professionals, ranging from law enforcement, military intelligence, corporate leadership, private investigation, education, technology, law, and of course, non-profit administration.
The Board of Directors, let by an Executive Committee, practices the standard Roberts Rules of Protocol, commonly accepted for the operation of non-profits, and meets monthly. An annual meeting is also held each January to recap the previous year, and work on the vision for the following year and years.
In addition to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the ECCMPI relies on advisory members, and of course volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the ECCMPI, as an Advisor, Volunteer, or Board service, please click the button below.
We also have Internship opportunities available.
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Karen Karlak is a Certified SC Paralegal. Prior to relocating to South Carolina she spent 16 years in the non-profit sector serving at risk children and 20 years in the graphic art world.
Karen has extensive continuing education in business management, grant writing and has completed the 3CE training program. She proudly serves the ECC&MPI and has a passion to help families of victims of violent crimes find the truth.
Board Vice President
James Carsten is the Founder and President of Eagle Investigative Services, Inc. He is a U.S. Army CW2, Retired. James’s career included the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command as a Special Agent, Team Chief, Special Agent in Charge, and Task Force Commander. He was also in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command as an Interrogator, Strategic Debriefer, and Human Intelligence Collector.
James is a subject matter expert in Strategic Investigative Planning, Advanced Interviewing Techniques, and Advanced Investigative Technologies. He conducted and managed criminal investigations into Persons and Property Crimes, Frauds, and Counter Drug. He is also a Certified Forensic Experimental Trauma Interviewer (FETI).
Matt Thornton is VP, Business Development, for Eagle Investigative Services, Inc. Matt has been a licensed investigator for 5 years. Prior to joining Eagle, Matt was an entrepreneur for 8 years, as a premier business coach and educator for transitioning military veterans.
Prior to this, Matt spent 40 years in Manufacturing, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales, and Sales Leadership with world class companies. He is a graduate of Indiana State University, with a BA in Business Management, and has completed extensive continuing education throughout his career.
Tyler Ryan is an award winning television and radio personality, podcast host, and investigative journalist. Tyler also is a seasoned criminal investigator, having served as a police officer for well over 20 years. His investigative chops were cut working narcotics, sexual based crimes, and child abuse.
Tyler and fellow Board Member Brian Setree founded The Unfinished Foundation and Unfinished Files Podcast in 2019.
Tyler currently hosts the ABC Columbia morning program, serves as a meteorologist for the show, and is an investigative journalist. He also serves with the Newberry County Dive Team as a Team Leader and Captain.
Brian is an experienced investigator, and a Veteran law enforcement officer with well over two decades of service. While in law enforcement, Brian in nearly every area of the job, including the road, undercover narcotics cases, cold cases, death investigations.
Brian and fellow Board Member Tyler Ryan created The Unfinished Files and Cold Case Investigations, as a non-profit organization.
Currently, Brian in a private investigator, and along with his wife Jennifer operate Setree Investigations.
Jennifer Setree, along with her Husband and fellow ECCMI Board Member, operate Seetree Investigations. She specializes in case research, digital forensics, and more.
Bethany Miles is currently a prosecutor in the Special Victims Unit in Columbia, South Carolina. Having prosecuted criminal cases for over a decade in the statewide and local prosecutor’s offices, she has worked everything from the sexual exploitation of minors, child sexual abuse, adult sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking to homicide by child abuse and murder.
In 2019, Bethany founded Milestones of South Carolina, a non-profit 503(c), whose mission is to create a better tomorrow for children in foster care by helping them celebrate the milestones in their life in a meaningful way.
Throughout college and law school, Bethany worked at the National District Attorneys Association where she worked on trainings across many areas of the legal field.
Bethany received her Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2009.
Sandy Coots is a television and podcast producer and writer with over 20 years experience in the industry, spending many years focusing on the crime beat at a television station in Flint MI.
Sandy has a passion for story telling, believing that "everyone has a story to tell.
She and her husband moved to the Palmetto State several years ago, and she is committed to the mission of the ECC-MPI.
Howie Comen is a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division licensed private investigator, holding license #30.
Through his time, he has investigated cases worldwide, including cases in Nigeria, England, France, Canada, and Mexico. He has worked on many types of cases, including homicide, cold cases, wrongful death, criminal defense, and even cases involving local and national political figures.
He has spent all of his life since college trying to bring about interfaith, racial, tribal, and gender equality issues. Howie is also the Co-Chair of the American Diversity Report, based in Chattanooga and Nairobi.
Courtnay M. Laws, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, graduated Suma Cum Laude with a double major in Business Management and Real Estate along with a Minor in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. Courtnay obtained her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law and currently practices commercial and residential real estate law.
Courtnay served on the Membership Committee of the Poinsett Club from 2009-2014, and was the Junior Member Social Co-chair of the Poinsett Club from 2009-2013. She also served on the board of Switch from 2016-2018. She was the President of the Masters of Success BNI group and is one of the original founding members of her chapter.
Since 1999 Kimberly has worked with several different law enforcement and court agencies on the local and county levels.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Strayer University with a degree in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, she joined Setree Investigations as a private investigator analyzing and performing Domestic and Criminal Defense Investigations.
Kimberly has trained in several analytical courses including the Eagle Cold Case 3CE course and uses this same methodology on each case she investigates.
Crystal Scott is originally from Virginia Beach Virginia. In 1991 her elementary school friends & neighbors, 9 year old Daniel Geier and 7 year old Scot Weaver were brutally murdered by a teenager who lived in their same townhome complex. Having lost her good friend Daniel and little Scot has always stuck with Crystal and sparked a desire in her to help families with missing or murdered loved ones.
Crystal is going back to school for her criminal justice degree. She has completed the 3CE training program, Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation training program, Forensic Facial Reconstruction training program, & the Challenging Forensic Science: How Science Should Speak to Court training program. She interns with Setree Investigations & she was the Vice President of Professionals in Excellence BNI group and was one of the founding members of the chapter.