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Missing Child Alert Issued For 3 Year Old Luke Finch from Cocoa, FL … Possible Parental Abduction by Paul Martikainen (Update: Boy Found Safe)

Florida authorities have issued a “Missing Child Alert” for 3 year old Luke Finch. Police are saying that they believe this to be a parental abduction. Luke Finch went missing on November 28, 2009.  The child may be in the company of 35 year old Paul Martikainen. Martikainen is the boys father who was in the middle of a court appointed visit with his son when Paul Martikainen abducted Luke Finch.

Paul Martikainen (left), Luke Finch (rt)

Officials say Luke Finch, was last seen in the area of Taylor Park at Harrison & Delannoy Street in Cocoa Florida, wearing a blue sweatshirt, blue pants and black and red fire engine sneakers.


  • Luke Finch, He stands about 2 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 33 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes.
  • The boy was last seen in the area of Taylor Park at Harrison and Delannoy streets in Cocoa, wearing a blue sweatshirt, blue pants and black and red fire engine sneakers.
  • The child may be in the company of Paul Martikainen, 35, and the pair may be traveling in a green Ford Explorer with a dented rear bumper and tag number 142KEA, police said.
  • Martikainen is described as a white male, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 176 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes.
  • Martikainen has a tattoo of a cross with Jesus and tribal tattoos on his back and a tribal tattoo on one of his thighs

Martikainen was under supervision because of a prior history of child abuse allegations against his son.

Anyone with information regarding the location of the boy is asked to contact the Cocoa Police Department at 321-639-7620.

Update I: Police still search for man wanted for abducting 3-year-old son from Cocoa

Investigators said this afternoon they are considering expanding the search statewide with the help of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, after receiving several tips and reports of sightings of Luke outside Brevard County. A Florida missing-child alert has been issued for the boy, Cocoa police said.

The father-son visit was being monitored by a court-appointed supervisor because of previous allegations of child abuse against the boy, police said. Martikainen managed to elude the supervisor, and he and the boy have not been seen since 1 p.m., police said.

UPDATE II: Arrest Warrant Issued for Paul Martikainen

A “Missing Child Alert” has been issued for Luke Finch as well as an arrest warrant for the tot-dad, Paul Martikainen. It is believed that the two are on a sail boat sailing in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard has deployed fixed wing air craft and have asked boaters to be on the look out for any sightings of a battleship gray sailboat.

UPDATE III: Missing Dad, Son May Have Left St. Pete in Sailboat

Late Saturday, a witness called authorities and said they had seen Martikainen’s Ford Explorer at the Salt Creek Marina, said Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Barbara Matthews.

Police found the Explorer at the St. Petersburg marina and interviewed witnesses who reported seeing Martikainen and the boy get into a 32-foot gray Bristol sailboat.

“We found out (Martikainen) had a boat there and people saw Paul and Luke in a dinghy going out to a boat,” Matthews said.

UPDATE IV: Luke Finch Found Safe, Reunited with Mother

The three-day search for a 3-year-old Cocoa boy abducted by his father during a supervised visit at Riverfront Park ended today with his safe recovery from a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico.

Three-year-old Luke Finch, whom authorities said was abducted by his father and taken to sea, was reunited with his mother Christa Finch in Fort Myers Beach, the U.S. Coast Guard announced this afternoon.

Finch was rescued this morning about 140 miles southwest of Fort Myers Beach on 32-foot sailboat operated by his father Paul Martikainen.

Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana O’Leary said the sailboat sank as it was being towed to the Coast Guard Station on Fort Myers Beach.

No one was hurt.

Missing boy, father rescued today by Coast Guard

November 29th, 2009 at 03:23pm Posted by | abduction, Found Alive, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Children, Pictures | 6 comments

31 Year Old Italian Chef Angelo Faliva Missing Aboard “Coral Princess” Sailing from Aruba to Colombia between Nov. 24 & 25

31 year old Italian Chef Angelo Faliva is missing aboard the Princess Cruises “Coral Princess” sailing from Aruba to Cartagena, Colombia. Faliva was last seen on a deck of the Coral Princess at about 8:30 AM Thursday. The FBI is investigating the disappearance. Angelo Faliva is believed to have gone overbaord.

Colombian maritime authorities searched Sunday for an Italian chef believed to have gone overboard from a U.S. cruise ship off Colombia’s Caribbean coast, officials and the man’s family said.

There were different accounts about when and where Angelo Faliva, 31, was last seen as the Princess Cruises “Coral Princess” sailed from Aruba to Cartagena, Colombia, between Nov. 24 and 25.

Princess Cruises spokeswoman Julie Benson said Faliva was last seen on a deck at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, when he spoke with another crew member as the ship neared Cartagena.

His family, however, said they had been told that he had unexpectedly walked out of the ship’s galley at about 8:15 p.m. the night before, while he was working the dinner shift, and never returned and hadn’t been seen since.

The family suspects that there was an accident or homicide. Princess Cruises spokeswoman Julie Benson said that Faliva’s cabin had been sealed, the ship has been searched and its CCTV footage reviewed. However, no cameras captured video of a crew member going overboard.

The Faliva family said it was alerted Thursday that he had been reported missing and that a life preserver was also missing, with its nighttime illumination flares torn off and left aboard the ship.

“He surely didn’t jump off. It wasn’t suicide,” his sister Chiara Faliva told The Associated Press from the family’s home in Cremona. “We think there was an accident or a homicide.”

Italian chef missing at sea on Caribbean cruise

The commander of the Colombian Coast Guard station in Cartagena, Lt. Javier Sanchez, said officials there received a report from the “Coral Princess” at 10 a.m. Thursday that one of the cooks had last been seen the night of Nov. 25 between 7-8 p.m. when the ship was navigating Colombian waters near La Guajira.

But like the Princess spokeswoman, he too said the Coast Guard received word from the ship later Thursday that a person had seen the chef at about 6 a.m. Thursday morning.

The ship docked in Cartagena at 10 a.m. Thursday. By 3 p.m., the Coast Guard began searching for the chef, using a helicopter and two boats.

The search continues, using boats. “The case is not closed,” Sanchez said.

An Italian Foreign Ministry official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said Italian embassy officials in Bogota were working with Colombian maritime authorities conducting the search and that the FBI was expected to investigate as well since the ship is part of the U.S.-based Carnival Corp. cruise empire.

The family is hoping Venezuelan maritime authorities also will take part in the search since the ship passed through Venezuelan waters during the time Faliva is believed to have gone overboard.

November 29th, 2009 at 03:07pm Posted by | Cruise ship, Missing, Missing Adult | one comment

22 Year Old Devon Hollahan, Missing Since Attending Concert in Frankfurt, Germany on Nov. 21, 2009 (UPDATE: Found Deceased)

22 year old Devon Hollahan has been missing since he attended a concert on November 21, 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany. Hollahan was last seen at approximately 3:00 am when he and a friend were traveling back to a hostel following the concert. According to the friend, he was traveling back to a hostel with a friend, who stopped to ask for directions. When the friend turned back around, Hollahan was gone.

Hollahan’s father, Jeff Hollahan, told NBC’s “Today” show on Friday that hearing his son had vanished is “every parent’s worst nightmare.” Jeff Hollahan plans to travel Sunday from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., to Germany to help search for his son. Devon Hollahan had been teaching English in Prague since July.

Devon Hollahan and his friend Josh Friedman had traveled to Frankfurt, Germany from Prague to attend a concert by the band Portugal The Man on November 20. Hollahan works as an English teacher in Prague. According to accounts, Hollahan and Friedman had been drinking beer following the concert.

Hollahan and Friedman had been drinking beer and were “tipsy” after attending an after party with the band, his father said. They then took a taxi to central Frankfurt to find their hostel around 3 am, getting out at the Hotel Luxor before heading to the Taunusalange metro station – on the edge of the city’s red light district. Friedman turned away from Hollahan to ask someone for directions, but when he finished, his friend was gone. “It was in a matter of just one-and-a-half to two minutes,” Hollahan’s father Jeff told The Local from a television news studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he was preparing to make an appeal for help in the search for his son.

“The plan has been to generate some media attention so we can get more eyes and ears on the street that are familiar with his description in case someone sees him or remembers something from early Saturday morning,” he said.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts was asked to contact the following people:

  • Jeff Hollahan 602-571-4547 or
  • Franz Seitz at the US Consulate, Frankfurt: 011-49-69-7535-2516 or 011-49-175-726-8343
  • Christian Shults, ARSO, U.S. State Department: 011-49-170 634 3343
  • Josh Freidman, Prague: 011-420-773-695-268

UPDATE I: Still No Clues into Scottsdale Banker’s Son Missing in Germany … Kidmapping Suggested as Motive

Some in the German media have suggested that this might be a kidnapping because the father of the missing man is a VP with a local branch of Morgan Stanley. However, if that were the case there would be some contact and a ransom offer. Is it more possible that the usual responsible individual became irresponsible and got involved with some unknown people who might have  taken advantage of him? Or did the drinking and tipsy behavior turn into an accident that could have cost him his life?

The story that is being told by the friend does not seem to be the full one, IMHO.

UPDATE II: US father in Germany to search for missing son

UPDATE III:  Body of an American student who disappeared in November has been recovered from Frankfurt’s Main River

The body of missing Devon Hollahan has been positively identified through DNA.  The police state that Hollahan drown and was most likely intoxicated at the time. The investigators do not suspect his death could have been caused by another person.

DNA tests have proved that the man found dead in a river near Boppard, Germany, was the missing 22-year-old U.S citizen who was living in Prague, the German police confirmed yesterday, AP news agency has reported.

The analysis has also proved that the young man, who disappeared without a trace in Frankfurt am Main a month ago, got drowned.

Police: Body found in river missing American man

German police said Tuesday that the body of a man pulled from the Rhine River last week has been identified as missing 22-year-old American Devon Hollahan.

Frankfurt police said that Hollahan, of Arizona, who was reported missing Nov. 21, was positively identified through DNA testing. His body was pulled from the Rhine Dec. 15 near the town of Boppard, which is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Frankfurt.

Police said that Hollahan died from drowning and that foul play is not suspected, adding that he likely fell into the River Main in Frankfurt under the influence of alcohol and drifted into the Rhine. The two rivers intersect near Mainz, about 22 miles (36 kilometers) southwest of Frankfurt


To discuss the case more, get updates and provide your thoughts and opinions, go to Scared Missing Persons: Devon Hollahan.

November 27th, 2009 at 10:20am Posted by | abduction, Devon Hollahan, Found Deceased, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Adult, Pictures | one comment

AMBER ALERT Issued for Missing One Month Old Baby Boy Angel Miguel Perez in North Charleston, South Carolina (UPDATE: Found Safe, Kidnapper Arrested)

An AMBER ALERT has been issued by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division for 1 month old baby boy Angel Miguel Perez. The one month old boy was taken from a vehicle parked at a post office on 6401 Rivers Avenue. The boy was last seen at approximately 5:00 pm on November 23, 2009.

Missing Child Name:  Angel Miguel Perez

  • Hair Color: Short black hair
  • Eye Color:  Brown
  • Skin Color:  Hispanic
  • Age:  1MO
  • Weight:  11LBS
  • Gender:  Male   
  • Description:  The child’s date of birth is 10/17/2009. The child was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue pants, white shoes, and a blue hat.

According to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor said Angel’s mother left the boy in her idling vehicle as she went to drop off mail. When she returned, Angel Miguel Perez was gone.

A witness told police a woman left with the child in a gray, four-door compact vehicle with a spoiler.

The 11-pound infant was wearing a blue shirt, pants and hat.

The suspected abductor is a black female in her mid-20s, about 5-foot-1 and 175 pounds, wearing a blue and white striped shirt.

Suspect Name:  Unknown Unknown

  • Hair Color:  Black
  • Eye Color:  Brown
  • Skin Color:  Black
  • Age:  Mid20′s
  • Height:  5FT1
  • Weight:  175LBS
  • Gender:  Female   
  • Description:  The suspect has straight black hair between ears and shoulders. The suspect was last seen wearing a blue and white vertical striped shirt and possibly wearing boots.

Amber Alert: 1 Month Old Baby Abducted

The suspect was last seen driving a four-door Honda Accord, late model, and gray in color.

UPDATE II: Angel Miguel Perez Found SAFE … 19 year old Woman Kidnapper ARRESTED!!!

One month old Angel Miguel Perez has been found safe at a home in Summerville about 12:30 AM Wednesday. The 19 year old woman who kidnapped Angel is in police custody and has been arrested. Her name has yet to be released. According to reports, the North Charleston and Summerville police went to the home on a tip.

Finally, a happy and safe ending to a missing persons story.

More updates abd details posted at Scared

November 24th, 2009 at 09:14am Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, Found Alive, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Children, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children | one comment

Mexican Reporter on Organized Crime Maria Esther Aguilar Goes Missing on November 11, 2009

Maria Esther Aguilar, a Mexican reporter on organized crime has gone missing. Maria Esther María Esther Aguilar CansimbeAguilar disappeared on November 11, 2009 after Aguilar recently broken a series of stories on local corruption and organized crime for the paper. María Esther Aguilar Cansimbe was last seen on November 11 near her home in Zamora.

Authorities in the western Mexican state of Michoacan are investigating the disappearance of a journalist who wrote about organized crime.

Michoacan state’s attorney general says police are looking for people who had contact with Mexican reporter Maria Esther Aguilar before she disappeared on Nov. 11.

The weekly newspaper El Cambio de Michoacan says Aguilar recently broken a series of stories on local corruption and organized crime for the paper.

Journalist Reported Missing in Southwestern Mexico

“Thursday marked nine days since journalist Maria Esther Aguilar Cansimbe disappeared from her home at a residential complex on the north side of the city, without her family thus far knowing anything about her whereabouts,” the daily said in its online edition.

It added that the only information known thus far is that on Nov. 11 “the journalist, who specialized in crime reporting, received a telephone call on her mobile; she left her home and nothing has been known of her since.”

November 21st, 2009 at 12:05pm Posted by | Missing, Missing Adult, Pictures | no comments

20 Year Old Presbyterian College Student Heather Brooke Isbell Missing Since November 9, 2009 in Clinton, South Carolina

20 year old Presbyterian College student Heather Brooke Isbell has been missing since November 9, 2009. Heather Brooke Isbell was last seen around 5 PM on the Presbyterian College campus in Clinton, SC. According to police reports, Isbell failed to show for a tennis team picture. She could also nor be reached by cell phone.

Police say at this time that they do not expect foul play; however, are concerned about her safety.

 Missing: Heather Brooke Isbell

Clinton Public Safety Director Stacy Drakeford said that a missing person report was filed for 20-year-old Heather Brooke Isbell on Tuesday. They said that Isbell was last seen at about 5 p.m. on Monday.


  • 20 year old white female
  • height: 5 feet 7 inches
  • weight: 130 pounds
  • brown hair and brown eyes.

Heather Brooke Isbell was last seen driving a silver Toyota Tacome with license tag EYM260 by a fellow student. At this point police do not suspect foul play; however, according to sources it is considered out of character for Heather to just not show for a scheduled event and just disappear.

Family and Friends Praying For Return Of Missing College Student (VIDEO)

Prayers are pouring in for the safe return of a missing Presbyterian College student.  20 year old Heather Isbell, a sophomore on the school’s tennis team, disappeared on November 9th.  “She is the young lady everyone wants to be around,“ says family pastor Kenny Moore.  He says the Isbell is full of faith, giving her time on yearly mission trips.  It’s unlike Heather to “just disappear”, he says.  “The family is precious,“ he says through tears.  “When there’s someone out there you love, what do you do?  Your hands are tied.“

Police have seized her computer and are searching it for web sites she may have visited prior to her disappearance.

If any one has any information regarding there whereabouts of Heather Brooke Isbell, please call Clinton Public Safety at (864) 833-7512. If you can help investigators find her, you are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text a tip to “CRIMES” beginning with the term “TIPSC.”

November 11th, 2009 at 12:13am Posted by | Missing, Missing Adult, Missing College Student, Pictures | one comment

4 Year Old Jaelyn Rice Missing since July 16, 2009 in Wheelersburg, OH

4 year old Jaelyn Rice has been missing since July 16, 2009. Her mother, Cherish N. Lewis, is presently in Scioto County Jail on contempt charges. Although Jaelyn Rice was missing since July 16, she was not initially listed as missing until her father, Stephen A. Rice, of Tampa, FL issued a missing persons report. It had been treated as a domestic dispute as the mother knows where the child is but refuses to tell authorities.

Jaelyn Rice Lewis2

Prior to the filing, the incident was being treated as a domestic dispute because the mother reportedly knows where the child is but refuses to give the whereabouts of the child to authorities.

The mother, Cherish N. Lewis, of 709 Herms Hill Road, Wheelersburg, is incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail, and according to Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini, has been ordered to remain in jail until she reveals the whereabouts of the child.

Jaelyn Rice Description:Jaelyn Rice Lewis1

  • DOB:  Aug 8, 2004
  • Missing:  Jul 16, 2009
  • Age Now: 5
  • Sex:  Female
  • Race:  White
  • Hair:  Blonde
  • Eyes:  Blue
  • Height:  3’6″ (107 cm)
  • Weight:  40 lbs (18 kg)
  • Missing From: WHEELERSBURG, OH
  • Jaelyn has a scar on the right side of her forehead. She is missing a tooth on the bottom left side of her mouth. Jaelyn may go by the nickname Jay.

Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse

After Scioto County Sheriff’s Detective Jodi Conkel contacted the father in Florida, he filed the report, “because he’s the custodial parent, and he did not know where the child was at that point and time.

Donini said, after a discussion, he determined it was not a missing person case because the biological mother knew the child’s whereabouts.

“We brought her (Lewis) out and questioned her and asked if the child is missing. And she basically said no, she knows exactly where the child is,” Donini said. “She’s just not going to tell the judge.”

Donini said his office was in communication with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and with Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn, and the decision was made not to enter the child’s name in the registry.

Search for 5-Year-Old Missing Girl Jaelyn Rice Continues

The girl’s mother, Cherish Lewis of Wheelersburg, Ohio, was jailed nearly a month ago for refusing to tell a judge where her daughter was hidden.

The mother’s sister, Jessica Lewis, is now wanted by police for interfering in custody.

Officials with a legal aid group assisting the Lewis family said evidence shows the father is an abusive parent, allegations the rice family denies.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini said this investigation is frustrating because it puts a 5-year-old child in the middle of some adult legal differences.

November 1st, 2009 at 06:27pm Posted by | abduction, Missing, Missing Children, Pictures | 5 comments

The Dana Pretzer Show On Scared Monkeys Radio – Sunday, November 1, 2009 – Special Guests: Clint Van Zandt, Steph Watts, Robin Sax and Catherine Harper Lee


Listen to the Dana Pretzer Show Tonight at 9 PM on Scared Monkeys Radio

Tonight Dana Welcomes Special Guests:

  • Clint Van Zandt, Retired FBI Agent and Security Expert will be discussing Somer Thompson, the murdered Fla 7 year old and Morgan Harrington, the missing Va Tech coed?
  • Steph Watts, TV Producer and Crime Reporter discusses some of the High Profile Cases in the News like the recent gang rape of a 15 year old girl while bystanders looked on and did nothing at a Richmond, CA High school Home Coming Dance. He will also be discussing the case of missing Haleigh Cummings.
  • Robin Sax, Former Sex Crimes Prosecutor will be discussing all things crime in this weeks edition of  “Nothing But The Sax”. She will be joined by special guest, Catherine Harper Lee, the Executive Director of The Justice League of Ohio discussing the Jaelyn Rice missing persons case.

November 1st, 2009 at 06:05pm Posted by | child welfare, Crime/Murder, Missing, Missing Children, Missing College Student | one comment