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Missing Missouri Baby Abigale Lynn Woods Found Alive

Breaking News from Fox, Abigale Lynn Woods found alive. It has been confirmed. The tragic case of the abduction is over with a happy ending.



UNION, Mo. —  A family spokesperson says that little Abigale Woods has been found and is safe and well, FOX News has confirmed.

Abby Woods found alive

St. Louis (KMOX)  — Eleven day old Abby Woods, the infant kidnapped from her home on Friday, has been found alive.   Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke made the announcement this afternoon, with tears in his eyes.  Family members quickly spread the news.  Abby was found, not far from her home in Londell, Missouri.   She has been taken to a hospital.  Initial reports are that the baby is in good condition.  Police earlier identified a suspect in the case.  There is no information , at this time, concerning the suspect.


Amber Alert cancelled, child safely recovered near Lonedell, MO, suspect in custody.

UPADATE: Baby Abby Woods Found Alive

“The family is elated and thankful to everyone in the community who prayed for them,” McCarthy said. “The baby was hydrated, nourished and in good condition when she arrived at the hospital.”

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke told KSDK-TV in St. Louis on Tuesday evening that the baby was found alive in an abandoned house near Lonedell, not far from where the crime occurred. Toelke said a woman has been arrested. (11 Alive)

CNN: Suspect Gives herself up through intermediary

The child was reported to be in good condition at a hospital Tuesday. The baby’s relatives were told a female suspect was in custody, Petzold said.

The child was found within five miles of the family’s home, authorities said. She has been reunited with her family.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said the suspect gave herself up through an intermediary. The woman matched a description given by the mother, he said.

September 19th, 2006 at 06:32pm Posted by | Abigale Lynn Woods, Found Alive, Missing Children | one comment

Trenton Duckett’s Toys & Picture Found in Trash During Initial Search of Duckett Home

It is no surprise that law enforcement probably considered Melinda Duckett a suspect fromTrentonduckett cfn the out set of the disappearance of Trenton Duckett. Melinda would have been the last one to have put Trenton to bed and the first one to have noticed he was missing. The disappearance also took place under Melinda’s roof. However, now we are learning some more details to the original searches performed by the police upon gaining the initial search warrants.

Police asked to search her apartment on Aug. 27 — the night she reported Trenton missing. Investigators went to court to get a search warrant, and they searched her home early Monday morning.

“There were two search warrants served. One on the original night of the disappearance, or I guess that would actually be the following morning, early in the morning hours, and that was as the case wore on and it became apparent after interviewing the parents that the child had indeed disappeared,” said Capt. Steve Rockefeller of the Leesburg Police Department.

Upon searching the home the police found some interesting items:

Law enforcement officials told the WESH 2 I-Team that police found freshly painted walls in some places, and in the back, trash that was allegedly thrown out by Duckett was filled with Trenton’s toys.

But what grabbed investigators’ attention were the pictures, officials said. They said a lot of pictures of Trenton, including the sonogram printout from when Duckett was pregnant, were all thrown away in the trash.

Learning such details it becomes all that much more tragic that Melinda Duckett committed suicide. Authorities being able to question her in whatever manner might have shed some light on all of this as to “Where is Trenton Duckett”?  Authorities have been searching at Ocalla National Forest and have turned up the following so far.

1. This past Sunday, divers in Farles Lake in the Ocala National Forest found a white garbage bag.

On the bag, investigators discovered a substance that some believed was blood and holes that appeared to be from alligator bites. The bag was sent to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab in Jacksonville for analysis, and forensic tests showed that the substance on that bag is not blood.

2. Law enforcement officials also said divers found a large piece of asphalt about 10 feet away from the bag. The lake is in a remote woodland where there are no paved roads.

3. The search in the Ocala National Forest has also turned up what could be a child’s shoe. Forensics experts are examining the shoe. (WESH)

The family is trying to work out the details to offer a $5000.00 reward.

The Eubanks’ church fund is in addition to the reward offered by Crimeline. In order to get that reward, tipsters need to call 800-423-TIPS. Police are also urging anyone with information to call the main investigative number at 800-CALL-FBI.

September 19th, 2006 at 05:27pm Posted by | child welfare, Missing, Missing Children, Reward, Search and Rescue, Trenton Duckett | 2 comments

Black Scarf Found of Potential Kidnapper of Baby Abigale Lynn Woods … Who Takes a Child?

Authorities investigating the disappearance of  Abigale Lynn Woods have located a black scarf near the home where she was abducted. The 21 year old mother, Stephenie Ochsenbine, had told police early on that her attacker was wearing a scarf.


On the fifth day of the investigation, Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke was hoping the drawing, as well as a picture of a black scarf that was recovered near the home on Saturday, would generate new clues.


The drawing shows a woman with dark hair wearing a baseball cap, and Ochsenbine told authorities the woman also was wearing a scarf. Toelke said she is believed to be between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-8 and is heavy, perhaps about 200 pounds.

He called the scarf a “pretty significant piece of evidence” that he would like the public to see. (FOX News)

The question has arose as to what type of individual would take a child in such a violent manner. The mother, Stephenie Ochsenbine, was stabbed several times including having her throat slashed. During the violent altercation to take baby Abigale, the other younger child was left behind unharmed. What motivates someone to perform this crime?


A composite sketch of the woman wanted in connection with the kidnapping of
Abigale “Abby” Lynn Woods.

The recent kidnapping of Abigale “Abby” Lynn Woods has dominated the local news and reached the national media because of the urgency to find the newborn. Statistics show there have been roughly 200 baby abductions in the U.S. in the last two decades.

Bausman said even with a small, statistical sample, there is a pattern in the cases.

“I would not be surprised if this woman was unable to have children but maybe is using a child to shore up a relationship or maybe she recently experienced a still birth or miscarriage and felt this incredible void and she saw a way to fill that.”

Bausman doubts birth announcements on yard signs instigated this or most other abductions.

“We don’t need to be reacting to this in a closed mouth fashion of don’t put yard signs up, don’t announce to the world I’ve had a baby because these people tend to do their homework before they commit such crimes,” said Bausman. (KSDK)

Experts: Baby abductors driven by need, mental trouble

What drives a stranger to snatch a mother’s newborn?

Experts theorize it could be desperation, mental illness or lack of conscience.

But a retired FBI special agent who led a study of 120 baby abductions in the U.S. over 10 years said most women who steal infants are driven by the belief a child will resolve a problem in their lives. And that problem primarily is a desperate need to preserve a relationship with a man.

“Typically, they come from a subculture where their worth is intrinsically tied to bearing children,” said Ken Lanning, who spent 20 years in the FBI’s Behavior Science Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.

They figure that once they come up with a child – and they devise elaborate plans to achieve that – “they’ll live happily ever after,” he said. (Belleville News Democrat)


September 19th, 2006 at 02:08pm Posted by | abduction, Abigale Lynn Woods, Amber Alert, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Children, Pictures | one comment