June 29, 2005
Getting your throat slit, or being shot in the head, these are things we pray we would never experience. But a local woman experiences it almost everyday, and it helps solve crimes.
For 30 years, Noreen Renier, has been helping police solve crimes all over the country. But she does not do it by using forensics tools; instead she uses her mind, her psychic mind.
"I kept seeing this big stone, this big rock, there was a rock right there. And I gave them several other clues and when they found him, all the clues of course were there," recalled Noreen of one of her cases that she has worked on as a psychic investigator.
Desperate families or exhausted policemen send her an object belonging to a person who is missing or has been killed. The object gives Noreen the ability to mentally transport to the time and scene of the crime.
"[They give me] a toothbrush, a hairbrush, a shoe, and I just try to lead the police to where I see the person, the body," she explained.
Noreen works by meditating and going into a trance. She then becomes the victim and gives police clues about what happened before she died.
"I become the victim and I feel my throat being slit, I can feel my head hurting, or maybe a shotgun coming into me," she shared.
Noreen has worked on over four hundred cases, including the Scott Peterson case, where she supplied clues of where to find Laci's body. But she has not been used in the case on the minds of many area residents today, the serial rapist.
"I explained to [Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo] how I worked. And told him, no guarantees, but I would offer it to them free, just to see if I could help them find this rapist," said Renier. "But for some reason they haven't taken me up on my offer."
Longo said they are still investigating leads, but have not ruled out the possibility of Noreen's help.