Who Is Dumping Cars in The River At Flatrock in Gladwyne? WHY?

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So this notice came out from Lower Merion:

Sent: 9/11/2009 1:53:55 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Lower Merion Township: Boat Ramp at Flat Rock Park Temporarily Closed

Boat Ramp at Flat Rock Park Temporarily Closed
Posted Date: 9/11/2009 1:45 PM
The Lower Merion Township Parks and Recreation Department has announced the temporary closure of the Flat Rock Park Boat Ramp due to an obstruction at its entrance.

Crews are working to clear the entryway and notification will be made when the ramp is reopened.

So I asked a friend in Gladwyne what was up and this is what I was told:

they are looking for the girl that is missing and had Philadelphia divers come in to look for a car that might have something to do with her. They found 5 to 7 cars on the bottom off the Flatrock ramp.

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So Flatrock Park is problematic to me, always has been. Always something funky going on. And now they don't find the poor missing woman but they do find that some jerks are dumping cars? I hope they look for old V.I.N. plates and fine the people if they can find them. Why can't Lower Merion keep a better handle on Flatrock Park? It's yet another reason to feel sorry for the River Roaders.

6ABC: Local/StateSchuylkill searched for missing womanFriday, September 11, 2009 | 6:36 PM

Image and video hosting by TinyPicLOWER MERION TWP., Pa. - September 11, 2009 (WPVI) -- Search crews combed the Schuylkill River looking for a car belonging to a missing woman.

A dive team from Philadelphia examined several cars found submerged near a boat launch along the Schuylkill River.

They wanted to know if any of them belong to 29-year-old Toni Lee Sharpless, a Chester County woman who has been missing for nearly three weeks.

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You are right it is a weird park, but I do like it, and I am glad that it's there and open to the public, but it does feel iffy at times.

Still, EZ access to our public navigable waterway is critical and should increased whenever possible. I have used the launch area a bunch of times to kayak quickly to the rim of the dam and for longer paddles upstream.

Seems to me that some sort of Big Brother remote video surveillance might be the answer.

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Seems to me that some sort of Big Brother remote video surveillance might be the answer.

Sorry, but that does not fly with me. Before you know it, every street in Lower Merion will have a government camera aimed down it.

Also, it takes away from the enjoyment of being outdoors and fishing down there if I knew somebody in the township building was watching my every move.

Remember, those who give up essential liberty for temporary security deserve and receive neither.

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I was thinking of a single camera pointing at the boat ramp, but you are right, it is a slope too slippery for me too.

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Britain has a such a massive and Orwellian surveillance state that citizens have Taken Things Into Their Own Hands. For smaller government cameras, the generally passive French are even sneaking up on them and spray painting the lenses. These are not criminals who want to get away with crimes in the majority of cases, but rather fed-up citizens. All these cameras do is create animosity between the citizenry and the government. On top of that, they Fail To Reduce Crime as criminals learn to work around them. However, the government certainly knows every move law-abiding citizens are making. The average Londoner is filmed by over 300 different government surveillance cameras a day. Orwell's prophecy about an all seeing government in London has certainly come true.

No doubt in my mind certain Lower Merion commissioners would love to do this to their subjects. I think they used the surveillance cameras on top of the new township building a ways back and their bragging to Main Line Times that they could watch citizens shopping in Suburban Square and get license plate numbers off moving cars on Lancaster as a test case for public reaction, but I blasted that in a responding Main Line Times op-ed and we thankfully have not heard anything of it since.

As I understand it, though, the new communications center in the township building was set-up with multiple screens that do have the ability to monitor just about every inch of Lower Merion with government surveillance cameras if citizens let them get away with implementing it.

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British Graffiti Artist Banksy's take on government cameras on every corner.

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I was just thinking about this. Wouldn’t this woman's cell phone provide her last known location - at least with a working cell phone.

She had just texted so she had a working cell phone on her. Even if she did not have GPS activated, you can still get the cell tower coordinates of her route and general location from her cell provider through triangulation.

Thus, you can get a general idea of where she traveled and in what direction within the range of cell towers.

Now if she met with foul play and her cell phone was deactivated or thrown away to prevent tracking, the trail stops there. If she did not meet with foul play, the trail stops at the last general coordinate of where she drove her car off the road.

Thus, law enforcement should have an idea if she was even in the location of Flatrock Park. Perhaps since she was in Gladwyne at a home they cannot pinpoint it any closer than the home and Flatrock Park, but the police can certainly tell if she traveled further outside Gladwyne.

So, assuming the police did their job and checked the movement of her cell phone, and since they say they have no evidence of foul play, you can conclude her last location was in the Gladwyne area per her cell phone and from where the police are searching.

This poor woman is probably either in some ravine in the Gladwyne area or in the water at Flatrock - or she met with foul play, her cell phone was dumped in Gladwyne, and her car will eventually be found abandoned in North Philly or in the garage of the person who kidnapped her (there is also the unlikely event she is on a beach in Cancun having decided to drop out of sight, but that does not appear likely from facts presented).

Sad story all around. I hope for the sake of the family this is resolved soon.

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