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Dwyer has been missing since Friday morning, Oct. 11. This story has all the elements of a big national story. (PHOTO: WITI-TV)

Missing Milwaukee woman a story made for national TV


It's not often that I am surprised by the television media. Generally speaking I think both the local and national media are pretty predictable.

That's why I am stunned that CNN, Fox News, big Chicago stations, and you can also throw in a few of those tabloid newspapers aren't camped out in Milwaukee covering the case of Kelly Dwyer.

Dwyer has been missing since Friday morning, Oct. 11. This story has all the elements of a big national story.

It's got a good-looking 27-year-old girl who, it appears, was a bit of a social butterfly. She worked at a pretty high-end fashion store, Lululemon, a Third Ward standout. It's got a boyfriend who was questioned about the disappearance and who was then arrested on drug charges. You can see the criminal complaint here.

Here is the first paragraph of the police report.

"Detective Tammy Tramel-McClain reports that on October 14, 2013 she interviewed the defendant regarding the disappearance of Kelly Dwyer. The last time Ms. Dwyer was seen was on October 10 at the defendant's apartment. The defendant is the sole occupant of the apartment. The interview took place inside of the defendant's apartment ... The defendant stated that he was friends with Ms. Dwyer and that she would come over to his apartment a couple of times a week to 'do lines.' The defendant indicated that this meant they would snort powder cocaine together. The defendant did not indicate that Ms. Dwyer ever came to his apartment and did not use drugs. The defendant stated that he would always pay for the cocaine. The defendant stated that on the evening of October 10, Ms. Dwyer came to his apartment; he provided her with $300 to buy an 'eight ball' (3.5 grams) of cocaine; they met an unidentified individual and purchased the cocaine; and they returned to the defendant's apartment where they used cocaine together."

The guy who was arrested and charged is Kris V. Zocco, who lives on Prospect Avenue on the East Side.

Dwyer's mother, Maureen Dwyer, said she had been worried about her daughter for a while.

A website called TheLost Missing quotes the mother as saying "Kelly has been acting recklessly lately" and she believes Dwyer has been meeting guys on a website called OKCupid. Dwyer's mother worries that her daughter may have met someone through that site that she couldn't handle.

If you watch the national news you see stories now about whether the Republican Party can survive after the government shutdown, a pair of gypsies in Europe who may have kidnapped a little girl and a doctor in Utah who may have killed his wife so he could be with his mistress.

All salacious stories, but I don't think they come close to the missing Kelly Dwyer story. So, come on CNN, send Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Piers Morgan our way. You won't be sorry.

Talkbacks

sandstorm | Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:10 a.m. (report)

mra, that wasn't Begel's point at all. this is a despicable article by a despicable man who should have been put out to pasture a long time ago. i really hate to break it ti Andy Tarnoff, but Begel is just killing your site's rep. i don't know...maybe he keeps the "page hits" coming, but i do know with him on your staff the entire site's rep is taking a beating.

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NancyBotwin | Oct. 25, 2013 at 3:26 p.m. (report)

I find it odd that even local media hasn't been paying a lot of attention to this story. A woman from our community has been missing for 2 weeks now and the police have been silent on the status of their investigation and whether other young women in our city might be at risk. And yet, it's this story has basically flown under the radar.

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mra904 | Oct. 25, 2013 at 10:39 a.m. (report)

I am a friend of Kelly's and I do not find this offensive. It is reality and the Milwaukee Police Department is doing a horrible job of keeping friends, family, and the public informed of any details. Therefore, we have to rely on the media for new information, and while this is difficult, as most media outlets have conflicting stories, it is critical to keep Kelly's face and story exposed to the public so anyone with information may come forward. While it is becoming harder to do with each day that passes, it is also crucial to maintain a positive and optimistic outlook, and pray that Kelly makes it home safely.

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kmn12 | Oct. 24, 2013 at 7:53 p.m. (report)

The way you worded this is quite offensive, Dave. Kelly is my friend's best friend, a real human being, not some made-up character from a story. "A story made for national TV," "You won't be sorry"...sounds a little insensitive if you ask me. This is someone's life we're talking about. It's not a "story made for national TV," it's reality.

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emills81 | Oct. 24, 2013 at 4:43 p.m. (report)

It does read like an episode of dateline NBC.

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