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Vicente Ignacio Beltran-Moreno Arrested in Kidnapping of Clay Moore

22 year old Vicente Ignacio Beltran-Moreno is in custody in Texas in relation to the kidnapping of Clay Moore. The suspect in the kidnapping of Clay Moore turned himself in to the FBI.

MANATEE – The 22-year-old Bradenton resident – the suspect in the gun-waving kidnapping of schoolboy Clay Moore 12 days ago – is in custody of the FBI in Texas, the sheriff says.

In a news conference, Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells says Vicente Ignacio Beltran-Moreno was the subject of a manhunt that led into Mexico, his home country. “We learned later (after the kidnapping) that he was in Mexico. An awful lot of effort has gone into getting him and getting him back here. He is is custody down in Texas,” Sheriff Wells said. (Bradenton Herald)

Man Arrested In Fla. Bus Stop Abduction

March 7th, 2007 at 03:48pm Posted by | abduction, arrested, kidnapped | no comments

AMBER ALERT Issued after Elementary School kidnapping in Everett, WA (Update: Cancelled)

An Amber Alert was issued today in Everett, WA after a Hispanic man reportedly abducted a child from the Discovery Elementary School. A 10 year old boy was on his way to school when a man in a blue van reportedly abducted the boy and put him in the van. The incident happened at about 8 AM at 120th Street Southeast and Meridian Avenue South.

Map of Everett, WA

The boy is described as 5 to 7 years old, about 3 feet 6 inches tall, and was last seen wearing a dark-colored knit cap and a dark-colored backpack.

The suspect is a Hispanic man in his early 20s, wearing a dark red raincoat, police said.

The van may be a Mitsubishi model, but witnesses did not report a license plate number. Police do not know what direction the van is heading but have alerted law enforcement and media agencies through Western Washington

Anyone with information should call 9-1-1 or contact the Snohomish County at (425) 407-3970


AMBER Alert cancelled, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has been unable to indentify a victim and has no further information on a possible missing child.

AMBER Alert for boy called off

March 5th, 2007 at 04:41pm Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, child welfare, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Children | no comments

Florida AMBER ALERT: 13 year old Clay Moore Abducted at School Bus Stop (Update: Found Safe)

There is an AMBER ALERT issued in Florida for 13 year old Clay Moore who was abducted at a school bus stop this morning. It appears to be a random kidnapping.

Printable Flyer from Florida Law Enforcement

Description of Clay Moore:

  • Moore is described as 5 feet tall
  • 100 pounds
  • long light brown or blonde hair; chin length, wavy hair
  • last seen wearing a green polo shirt and black jacket, both with Manatee School of the Arts emblem, khaki pants and red backpack

Description of suspect:

  • The suspect is described as a 5′ 6″-tall Hispanic man
  • He was driving a maroon truck.

Amber Alert Issued For Manatee Co. Teen Abducted At Gunpoint

PARRISH, Fla. — An Amber Alert has been issued for a boy who officials said was abducted at gunpoint Friday morning from a school bus stop.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow said the boy was taken just before 9 a.m. from the Parrish area. (WESH)

Anyone with information please call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-748-4501, extension 3596 or call 911.


Boy Sought in Florida Amber Alert Has Been Found

Clay More Found Safe, Suspect Still at large

UPDATE II: Arrest Warrent Issued for Vincente Ignacio Beltran Marino

(CBS4) Florida Police are closing in on a central Florida man suspected of abducting a Manatee County teen in a failed ‘kidnapping for ransom’ scheme.

At a news conference Sunday morning, Sheriff Charlie Wells said an arrest warrant has been issued for 22-year old Vicente Ignacio Beltran Moreno for Friday’s armed abduction of 13-year old Clay Moore from a crowded bus stop on Friday.

Moore, who was duct taped to a tree and left in a wooded area about 20 miles away from where he was taken, managed to free himself with a safety pin. He then walked until he found a farm worker with a cell phone. He called his mother at about 1-30 p-m. Wells says he boy wasn’t hurt except for scratches and scrapes.

“This was an absolute kidnapping for ransom,” Wells said, “The person wanted money in exchange for Clay Moore.”

February 23rd, 2007 at 12:11pm Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, Found Alive, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Teen, Pictures | no comments

Body Found in Arizona Identified as Missing Jacquelan “Jackie” Hartman

The sad but expected news has been confirmed. The body that searchers found earlier Jackie_Hartmanthis week in a remote section of Arizona was that of missing and presumed murdered Jackie Hartman. Having spoke briefly in the past with Jackie’s dad, David Hartman, our hearts and prayer go out to the Hartman family.

Jacquelan “Jackie” Hartman, of Gilbert, was found dead Monday near Arizona 87, northwest of Saguaro Lake, by an all-terrain vehicle rider. Hartman was believed to be dead after police found her bullet-ridden clothes in a dumpster the day after she went missing in late January.

Hartman’s father, David Hartman, declined to comment Wednesday, saying he and his family were still processing the news. The family members spent much of the past three weeks searching around Gilbert and in remote areas along Arizona 87 after Hartman disappeared. (AZ Central)

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday. Jonathan Ian Burns  has already been indicted on first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and weapons misconduct in connection with the case. Having now found Jackie’s body, there will be no reason why Burns does not pay for his crime. This is the evidence that was needed to solidify the police’s case against Burns.

Jackie Hartman … Rest in Peace.

February 21st, 2007 at 11:32pm Posted by | abduction, Crime/Murder, Missing, Missing Teen, sex offender, sexual assault | one comment

Brian L. Rooney, Suspect in Michelle Gardner-Quinn Murder Tried on an Unrelated Sex Charge

How often do we hear about a murder or rape suspect being held on an unrelated charge when being investigated for another crime? In Brian Rooney’s case he is being tried for an unrelated sex crime. Brian Rooney was charged in the murder of UVM student Michelle Gardner Quinn. However, first he must face sexual assault charges against a former girl friend.

Still, the sex-assault case won’t be ready for trial until late 2007, Gretkowski told Judge Michael Kupersmith during a 20-minute hearing in Vermont District Court in Burlington.

Rooney, 36, of Richmond pleaded not guilty Oct. 19 to one count of repeatedly sexually assaulting a former girlfriend between 2002 and 2005, and another count of inciting a felony on an accusation he tried to hire someone to kill the woman after their relationship ended.

A gag order Kupersmith issued in the Gardner-Quinn case bars participants from making public comments about the proceedings outside the courtroom. (Burlington Free Press)

February 17th, 2007 at 11:22pm Posted by | abduction, Brian Rooney, Crime/Murder, kidnapped, Michelle Gardner-Quinn, sex offender, sexual assault | no comments

American soldier, Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie, being held hostage in Iraq

From Rusty at The Jawa Report, a video posted on a Shiite Islamist website has emerged of an American soldier, Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie, being held hostage.


(click on picture for link to video)

Altaie was born in Iraq but immigrated to the United States. Even though he was much older than the average U.S. serviceman, he volunteered right after the Iraq war broke out. He felt it was his duty to help the effort and his native language skills were much needed. Not only that, but here was a chance to serve both his adopted country and the country of his birth.

Pray for his safe release.

February 15th, 2007 at 01:13pm Posted by | abduction, Hostage, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Adult | 2 comments

FBI Releases New Details in Kidnapping of Marissa Graham …

An Amber Alert was initially issued for 10 year old Marissa Graham in Oklahoma. She was reportedly abducted by a white male approximately 35–40 years of age. Later the next day Marissa Graham was found safe in Clovis, NM getting away from her abductors vehicle at a gas station. The suspect remained at large.

The FBI has recently released some new information in the case of Marissa Graham’s abduction. The FBI is presently offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and or conviction of the person or persons who kidnapped Marissa.

Graham was abducted about 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 while collecting donations for a basketball fundraiser in Texhoma and was driven to Goodwell, Okla., where the suspect stopped near a grain elevator, said FBI agent Michael Ward. “At this point, the suspect is believed to have engaged in a cell phone conversation with an unknown person … (and) inquired as to the media coverage and police response to the abduction,” Ward said. (Examiner-Enterprise)

There seems to be one important change from the initial accounts of the 10 year old’s escape from her abductor. It appears that the kidnapper opened the trunk latch and released Marissa.

When the suspect drove to an Allsup’s convenience store in Clovis, Ward said the man activated the automatic latch for the vehicle’s rear door and let the girl out of the vehicle. The girl then walked into the store and notified store employees, who called police.

FBI Press Release:


(Sorry, error with sketch that was previously posted)

February 8th, 2007 at 12:01am Posted by | abduction, child welfare, Found Alive, kidnapped, Pictures | no comments

Could Michael Devlin have Been Involved in the Death of Dalton Mesarchik

Ever since Michael Devlin was arrested on kidnapping charges of Shawn Hornbeck and 13-year-old Ben Ownby, he has been suspected of being possibly involved in other cases in Missouri. Could Michael Devlin be a serial kidnapper, sexual predator and murderer? Could Devlin be linked to the unsolved Murder of Dalton Mesarchik?

Besides the kidnappings of Shawn and Ben, a special task force made up of federal, state and local police agencies is looking into whether Devlin was involved in other unsolved missing child cases in rural areas of eastern Missouri.

The investigation also has crossed into Illinois, where Livingston County Sheriff Robert McCarty said Wednesday investigators are looking for links between Devlin and the unsolved 2003 killing of 7-year-old Dalton Mesarchik, but so far have found nothing.

Dalton was abducted from his front yard in Streator, Ill., on March 26, 2003. A fisherman found his body in the Vermilion River the next day. (Yahoo News)

7 year old Dalton Mesarchik went missing on March 26, 2003 from the front yard of his home. The following day, Dalton’s body was located in the Vermillion River; however, no suspect was ever arrested for Dalton’s murder. Police at the time interrogated sex offenders in the area, to no avail. Dalton Mesarchik was found with his hands bound and tied.

The 2003 murder case is now receiving national exposure due to the arrest of Michael Devlin and the fact that he had abducted, not just Ben Ownby but Shawn Hornbeck as well.

Grace’s show featured the Mesarchik killing and it’s possible link to Michael Devlin of Kirkwood, Mo., who is accused of kidnapping two teenage boys, including one who was missing for four years.

Livingston County Sheriff Bob McCarty previously told the Pantagraph the department was interested in Devlin.

“We will consider any and all leads,” McCarty said earlier this month. “We will look at a time line to see if he has any ties to the Streator area in 2003.” (Pantagraph)

January 31st, 2007 at 06:05pm Posted by | abduction, Crime/Murder, Michael Devlin, sex offender, William Ownby | one comment

Amber Alert issued in Arizona for Isidro Ramirez, 1, and Noemi Ramirez Ramirez, 20 (Update: Both Found Safe in CA)

An AMBER ALERT has been issued in Arizona for the abduction of 1 year old Isidro Ramirez and his mother 20 year old Noemi Ramirez. The suspect is a Hispanic male six foot 180 pounds between 22-24 years old He has a muscular build with light brown pants and black tennis shoes. Noemi Rameriz, was forced into vehicle around 4:30 this morning.
AMBER ALERT: Abducted from East Mesa, Arizona driving Blue 1990 Chevrolet Ex-Cab Truck-Lowered with Wide Wheels with chrome rims, Diamond plating along the bed, Playboy bunny sticker in back window, white flames on front windshield. Arizona license plate number 709 SCM.

The mother reportedly yelled to a witness that she was being taken to California.

Victim Name: Isidro Ramirez
Age: 1
Height: 2′
Weight: 40
Hair Length: short
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Last Wearing: White T-shirt and diaper. Has 1/2 inch scar on right side of forehead and 1 inch dark mark on lower back.
Gender: Male
Race: Hispanic

Victim Name: Noemi Ramirez Ramirez
Age: 20
Height: 5′
Weight: 170
Hair Length: Long
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Last Wearing: Victims mother-White Tank Top, Black Spandex Pants W/ White Rose on Left Leg
Gender: Female
Race: Hispanic

Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately or anyone with any information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (602) 876-1011

UPDATE I: The mother told police her daughter shouted that she was being taken to California

The mother told police her daughter shouted that she was being taken to California and that she did not know the men abducting her, reported the East Valley Tribune.

The mother did not report the incident until almost 2 p.m., due to the fact that she only spoke Spanish and was trying to find a translator, police told the Tribune. The Amber Alert was launched at about 8:30 p.m. (Fox News)

UPDATE II: Baby who was subject of Amber Alert found, along with mom

PHOENIX An Amber Alert issued early Monday morning for a one-year-old Mesa youngster has been canceled.

The Department of Public Safety says little Isidro Ramirez and his mother, 19-year-old Noemi Ramirez, were located this morning in Blythe, California, and both appear well. (KVOA)

UPDATE III: Missing Arizona Mom, Infant Son Found in California

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said little Isidro Ramirez and his mother, 19-year-old Noemi Ramirez, were located about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in Blythe, Calif., by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. (Fox News)

January 30th, 2007 at 12:39am Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, Found Alive, Isidro Ramirez, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Adult, Missing Children | no comments

Missing 6 year Old Girl Found after Amber Alert Issued: Registered Sex Offender George Richard Horner Still at Large (UPDATE: Horner Arrested)

An Amber Alert has been issued in Arizona. Police are on the hunt for 6-year-old Olivia Alvarez, who was allegedly abducted from her home near Phoenix, Arizona this morning. She is believed to be in the company of George Richard Horner, 26, who was convicted in 2004 of sexual conduct with a minor and is a registered sex offender.

According to Louisiana’s online sex offender registry, Horner was convicted of sexual conduct with a minor in Pinal County in 2004. He listed an address in Maurice, La. Vasquez said Horner was also registered as a sex offender with his office. (Fox News)

UPDATE I: An AMBER ALERT in AZ successfully located a missing 6 year old girl who was abducted earlier this morning by registered sex offender, Richard Horner. However, registered sex offended Richard Horner is still at large.

The suspect, George Richard Horner III, 26, is still on the loose.

Horner is a registered sex offender in Louisiana.

Police say the suspect was driving a 1993 teal green Nissan Pathfinder with Louisiana license plate PKL-399. He is believed to be headed to Lafayette, La.

The little girl is in police custody in the Casa Grande area. Horner reportedly released her in a residential neighborhood after hearing radio reports that police were looking for him. (AZ Family)

There has been some dispute as to the relationship between George Horner and the 6 year old girls mother.

UPDATE: Mom speaks in press conference. It was she who notified the police. She was not aware he was a sex offender, “Or he would not have been within 100 million miles of my house!” Alvarez met Horner through a mutual friend, and said she trusted him because a good friend did. (Digital Journal)

UPDATE III: Arizona Police Seek Suspect in Sexual Assault, Kidnap of 6-Year-old Girl

Officials had initially identified Horner as the mother’s live-in boyfriend, but Lt. Scott Elliott later said Horner had only been staying at the home after being introduced to the mother by a mutual friend. The Associated Press initially identified the girl but is no longer doing so because she is believed to have been sexually assaulted.

Horner was supposed to take the girl to school Friday. But the mother called police after her call to her house from work went unanswered and after being told the girl wasn’t at school.

UPDATE IV: Suspect in Kidnapping (George Horner), Sexual Assault of 6-Year-Old Arizona Girl Arrested

George Richard Horner, registered sex offender, was arrested Saturday morning.

George Richard Horner, 26, was located at about 10:30 a.m. near the town of Coolidge by an investigator who had been searching for him, sheriff’s spokesman Mike Minter said.

Horner was found in the Nissan Pathfinder SUV deputies had been seeking since the incident and was taken into custody without incident, Minter said. He was being questioned by detectives Saturday afternoon. (Fox News)

January 26th, 2007 at 08:41pm Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, arrested, Exploited, Found Alive, Missing, Missing Children, sex offender, sexual assault | 2 comments

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