SILVIA PETTEM
THE BOOK LODE, LLC

Historical Research & Writing

WELCOME

I grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then followed my mother’s advice to go somewhere “different” for college. In 1965, I moved to Boulder, Colorado. Now, more than five decades later, my roots are still in the East, but my heart – and my passion for researching and writing about history – is in the West. Colorado has remained my home. Here you will learn more about my books, articles, current projects – and about me. Thanks for visiting my website. (Visitors to www.boulderjanedoe.com are redirected here, as that site has now merged with this one.)

Stumped on a cold case? Need historical context for a research project? Looking for people or places in Boulder County, Colorado? Contact me for more information.

Silvia Pettem, © 2017

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BOOK NEWS

THE LONG TERM MISSING: HOPE AND HELP FOR FAMILIES will be released by Rowman & Littlefield in March. Contact Silvia Pettem for information on a pre-publication discount.

THE LONG TERM MISSING empowers families and gives them hope by providing them with the tools they need to become their long-term missing person’s advocate while proactively searching for their loved ones.

Why Finding the Missing is Important
Categories of Long-term Missing Adults
Children: Helping to Bring Them Home
Proactive Police
Civilian Searchers
Celeste’s Sister Sara: Found Alive in Mexico
NamUs: An Investigative Tool
Become Your Long-term Missing Person’s Advocate
Gather Information, Document, and Do the Research
Pitfalls and Legalities
Retrospect –– Inside a (Previously) Cold Case
Final Words

Silvia Pettem writes from the heart. Her engaging narrative is packed with real-life stories and is a must-read for family members as they journey from heartache to hope.

R. H. Walton, EdD
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Program, Utah State University
Author of Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques


Just released in the United Kingdom ––


HANDBOOK OF MISSING PERSONS (edited by Morewitz and Colls) published by Springer International. Pettem and Walton are co-authors of the chapter, “Investigation of Long-term Missing Persons as Cold Case Homicides: An American Perspective.”

Handbook of Missing Persons



RECENT ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS REFERENCING PETTEM’S BOOKS ON COLD CASES AND MISSING PERSONS:

The Business of Books, Rowman & Littlefield, "Daily Camera," December 29, 2016Lake Station brings in cameras to crack cold case, “Chicago Tribune,” October 15, 2016

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

RESEARCH SPECIALTIES:
Long-term missing persons
Unidentified remains
Cold case homicides
Boulder County, Colorado, history