Dear Sir or Madame;
I am Kathy Kupka and Gil Alba is my private investigator. I could have told you over 5 years ago that he deserved to be investigator of the year because he saved my life.
My sister, Kristine Kupka, disappeared in October of 1998. The police did nothing and I didn’t know what to do . . . then in stepped Gil. From that time on, he has never given up, never forgotten Kristine, always followed up on every lead, respected my loss, always acted positively and has always been optimistic that one day we would find Kristine.
Gil’s skills never cease to amaze me. He is a master when it comes to talking to people, taking the time to get them to answer the questions he needs without them even knowing it. He is ingenious when it comes to getting around road blocks. He doesn’t stop, but instead is able to figure out then take another approach to get to the information he needs. He always has a grand plan and the big picture in his mind and I trust him implicitly.
During the time he was a detective in the NYPD, the people he helped didn’t even know how lucky they were. My experience with the NYPD was horrible and he has restored my faith that there are competent, caring, brilliant detectives out there to help others. He has done far more than the police in my sister’s case. Often times, he has shared important information with them or done work they should have done.
I am so lucky to be writing this testimonial because I am so lucky to have Gil.
"My experience with the NYPD was horrible...he has restored my faith..."-Kathy Kupka
I'm very pleased to hear that you are awarding Gil Alba with Private Investigator of the Year this upcoming May. If were up to me, he'd win every year.
I am a friend of Kristine Kupka's, who has been missing since Oct. 1998. She was pregnant with Darshanand Persaud's baby--he was adamant she not have his child--she left with him that day and never came home. There has been no official charge to Persaud, as he retained the aid of a lawyer immediately, and so Kristine's friends and family have had to deal with the horrific reality with no closure for over five years.
Thank God Kristine's sister Kathy found Gil.Gil has been the one ray of light in this bleak situation. He constantly makes leaps and bounds in Kristine's case. I feel that if it weren't for him the police wouldn't be nearly as close to solving the case as they are, and if it weren't for him, those of us who love Kristine would simply feel like people can literally get away with murder. Gil reminds us that we won't let that happen. We will have closure; we will find Kristine's body; we will see a murder trial. I cannot stress enough how much Gil's diligence, intelligence and compassion have given us all not just hope for finding Kristine, but belief that we will find her, and we will have peace.
Gil is a kind, loving and brilliant man. These are the factors that anyone hiring a private investigator must look for. If all those in this field of work could strive to be like Gil, then there would be many more cases solved and loved ones given closure.
My name is Cheryl Gassler from Bangor, PA and I am writing this on behalf of Mr. Gil Alba. Mr. Alba was contacted by our lawyer who could no longer help us in locating our missing 19yr. old son.
We met with Mr. Alba and told him our story of how our son never returned to his apartment after visiting home on April 3, 2003. He left no notes, told nobody anything (he had 2 roommates), just disappeared. Mr. Alba said he usually didn't do these kind of searches, but something pulled him towards this case and he said he would do it.
We had a clue to go on through our son's cell phone that he was somewhere in Canada. Mr. Alba went there and a very short time gave us some good news that he had found him safe and well, but needed some time before talking to us. Mr. Alba encouraged our son to call us even if he didn't want to come home, just so we knew he was ok. It was a few days after Mr. Alba had returned home that we heard from our son and that he wanted to come home.
If not for Mr. Alba, our son might have taken a different way out and our story wouldn't be a happy one. But it did turn for the best and Mr. Alba deserves more than any award you could give him. Words alone can't say enough or how I feel about him and what he did for us.
"Gil has great sensitivity in dealing with others. He is respectful, caring and dedicated in his pursuit of the truth."-Ed Petersen
My name is Marie Cilento. I met Mr. Alba in June 2003, when I brought to him, what I believed to be unusual circumstances surrounding the death of my brother. Not only was Mr. Alba compassionate and understanding, but, more importantly, he believed in me and the fact that there was more to my brother's death then the NYS Police were willing to see. To this day, the NYS Police still feel nothing out of the ordinary took place.
Mr. Alba interviewed many, many individuals; uncovering more than the naked eye could have possibly seen. Uncovering more than the local authorities were ever willing to find.
Our family will be eternally thankful to Gil Alba for listening when all we wanted was to be heard. For allowing our family some piece of mind, when we thought we'd lost our minds. There isn't a doubt in my mind, and heart, Mr. Gil Alba deserves more than the "Investigator Of The Year" award.
l have had the pleasure and honor to have worked with Gil Alba in both my capacity as an FBI Agent of 27 years and as a private investigator/consultant for the past 3 years. He is an individual of high moral character, integrity, an excellent investigator and a true professional.
Gil has great sensitivity in dealing with others. He is respectful, caring and dedicated in his pursuit of the truth. He is always well prepared, relentless in his questioning and quick to spot deception. I think what makes him unique is his determination to go after the tough cases, the cases that most investigators would look to avoid. He enjoys a challenge and is quick to come to the aid of the underdog, which is an admirable and commendable trait. He is loyal, committed to his work, and a trusted friend,
In my opinion, the Associated Licensed Detectives for the State of New York could not have made a better or more deserving choice for "Investigator of the Year" than Gil Alba. I wish him all the very best and look forward to working with him for many years to come.
"I was able to witness first hand his respectful treatment of everyone he encountered during the course of an investigation as well as his thoroughness and his ability to get right to the crux of the matter, weeding out extraneous information that might well lead a less gifted investigator down a series of dead ends."-Thomas Fitzgibbon
My name is Tom Fitzgibbon and I joined the NYPD in 1962, as a police officer, in an era when The Police Department was trying to change its image to that of a more caring, open and accountable Department.
In the early seventies, I was assigned to an investigative unit where I met and worked with Gil Alba for most of that decade.
I was able to witness first hand his respectful treatment of everyone he encountered during the course of an investigation as well as his thoroughness and his ability to get right to the crux of the matter, weeding out extraneous information that might well lead a less gifted investigator down a series of dead ends.
Although I retired from the NYPD in the mid eighties and moved to Florida, I still communicate with Gil and consider him a lifelong friend. I remember Gil, not for any specific case, but rather for the conscientious manner with which he approached and handled everyone of the hundreds, if not thousands of cases he handled when we worked together.
Det. NYPD Retired
James R. Buckley
I have spent more than 30 years in law enforcement, assigned to the Major Case Squad and became the commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. Having worked every imaginable type case, I am completely familiar with conducting a thorough and proper criminal investigation, one that will lead to a successful prosecution.
Mr. Alba is a credit to law enforcement. He rose through the ranks of the NYPD's Detective Division to become a First Grade Detective. He was in fact a "first grade detective." In the private sector, Mr. Alba continues to excel at his profession.
His case solving abilities are admirable. Gil truly knows how to conduct thorough and complex investigations and to see them through to the end with a successful conclusion. When you think of Gil Alba, you are reminded of qualities such as dedication, honesty and integrity, dependability, and a never quit attitude.
Gil is the epitome of a quality individual who still cares about victims and all of society. He did not become jaundiced as a result of his career. I personally salute and congratulate Gil for his accomplishments both in and out of law enforcement and as a private detective. He really deserves the title, "Detective of the Year."
James R. Buckley
Buckley Petersen Global
"If not for Mr. Alba, our son might have taken a different way out and our story wouldn't be a happy one."-Cheryl Gassler
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