Years ago, I met Laurie Travis Schirmer, at the New York State Missing Person’s Day after I spoke to the families about my sister, Heidi M Allen, and her kidnapping case. Laurie and I have a connection, both our sister’s are missing. Laurie’s sister, Rose Marie Gayhart, disappeared from North Fort Myers on March 14, 1985. Laurie is an advocate for missing persons, especially, her sister Rose.
Laurie is the one who introduced me to Diana Trepkov. Diana is a forensic artist, professional speaker, and now a podcaster. Diana’s passion and desire to help families of the missing is a blessing. To talk to Diana is like talking to a long-lost friend. Her calm openness when you talk invites you to share from the depths of one’s heart. My first interaction with Diana was in 2013 when she used her forensic artist talents to develop an age progression for my sister, Heidi. If you click on the age progression, you’ll be linked to an article written by Steve Yablonski with the Oswego County Today newspaper.
Since this first “meeting”, Diana and I have kept in touch through social media. Diana started a podcast this year, “Can I Help Find Your Missing Loved One?” It's a must listen if you like true-crime. http://www.canihelpfindyourmissinglovedone.com
Since starting her podcast, she’s interviewed:
I shared Diana’s new podcast on my social media so others can learn of her selfless dedication to the families of the missing, and in hopes that someone listening might be able to help bring home someone else’s missing loved one. The day Diana messaged and invited me to be her guests, I teared up and was shaking. I accepted. I thanked God for her generosity and invitation. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share Heidi and her kidnapping case. Thank you Diana for all you do for the families of the missing and your heart to bring all the missing home.
You can listen to my interview with Diana Trepkov by clicking here. In addition, I embedded a link to her podcast, “Can I help find your missing loved one?” on the sidebar of my blog so you can follow her too. Happy listening! Feel free to visit any of the Youtube videos, book links, and other podcasts after reading today’s blog and listening to her interview with me. You are blessings I count!
More About Diana Trepkov
Diana P. Trepkov is a Forensic Artist, Author, Lecturer, Producer & Host of the Podcast, “Can I Help Find Your Missing Loved One?" She is best known for her work in forensic art. She started off her career volunteering at the Durham Rape Crisis center to help victims of crime. Throughout Canada and the United States, she has been an artist for many years and has been involved in 230 law enforcement cold cases to date, which involved her forensic artwork techniques. Ms. Trepkov has helped to solve high profile cases in the United States.
Ms. Trepkov has appeared on national television shows, such as CTV’s Canada AM, CTV news, Global News, Rogers TV, CTV National News, Mystery TV, WINK Florida News, GTA’s Most Wanted, First Local, My Community Rogers TV, CP24 NEWS, ABC 15 Phoenix, History Channel, Nancy Grace, CNN World News Live, CNN Headline News live with Ali Velshi, CNN Breaking News with Brooke Baldwin regarding Baby Doe from Boston and News 14 Carolina, and was featured as the cover story for PI Magazine, which is an international magazine and the cover story for Blue Line Magazine. She was recently on CBC Radio The Current-To catch a criminal, police sketches. Her forensic artwork has been published all over North America in various newspapers.
Ms. Trepkov has written articles for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Agenda. She was a presenter for the FBI Conference and was awarded a plaque. Ms. Trepkov was featured in the Toronto Star Newspaper “Face to Face with 2 Doomed Franklin members.” Another article was written in the World in Brief Exclusive Sunday Post in Scotland regarding the Franklin Expedition titled “170 years on, is this a face from one of the Navy’s darkest hours?” Diana’s work on the Franklin Expedition was featured many times in the Above & Beyond Magazine – Canada’s Arctic Journal (First Air, The Airline of the North).
Her work on the 1845 lost Franklin Expedition and the facial reconstructions have been displayed at the Canadian Museum of History with several other institutions both internationally and within Canada. The exhibition was open at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, UK before travelling to Canada. Diana presented a lecture about the Lost Franklin Expedition facial reconstructions at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in September 2016.
Ms. Trepkov previously worked for the York Regional Police Service in the Forensic Identification Bureau and previously served as a Toronto Police Auxiliary officer with the Toronto Police Service. She is a member of the Toronto Police Victim/Witness Advocate Committee. She is a good standing member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police since 2005, The Canadian Liaison for The Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State (ALDONYS) and Alba Investigations, Inc. Her articles have been published in Blue Line Magazine, which is Canada’s national law enforcement magazine and H.Q. which is the official magazine of The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.
Her forensic artwork has also been featured in Unsolved: True Canadian Cold Cases a book by R. J. Hoshowsky. Diana's first book was published in April 2011 and is called "Faceless, Voiceless- From Search to Closure, A Forensic Artist's Inspirational Approach to the Missing and Unidentified." Diana also has 4 children books published. These books have a mission and that is to help prevent children from going missing and to help them make the positive choices in life.
Click on the book cover to learn more about each book and/or to order through Amazon.
For families of the missing,
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323