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Rochester NY Police Arrest Internet Perv John Vertrees on Amtrak Train with Missing 13 Year Old Long Island Runaway Girl

A 13 year old runaway girl from Long Island, NY has been found safe as 22 year old John Vertrees was arrested and hauled off a western bound Amtrak train in Rochester after 11 p.m. and was charged with unlawful imprisonment.

Vertrees, of Sacramento, Calif., traveled to Rocky Point and climbed into the girl’s bedroom window to spend a few hours with her on Wednesday, Suffolk County police said.

The girl used the window to slip out of her house at 4 a.m. Friday and left with Vertrees in a taxi, investigators said.

Suffolk police said they used phone and computer records to identify a suspect. Investigators said they believed Vertrees was headed back to California with the girl.

John Vertrees  was nabbed on a train bound for California as he lay sleeping in a car with a 13 year old Long Island girl he had met on the Internet.

After the two met in an Internet chat room in January, Vertrees traveled to the teenager’s home last week, police said.

April 4th, 2010 at 11:49am Posted by | arrested, child welfare, Exploited, Found Alive, Internet, Missing, Missing Teen, sex offender | no comments

21 Year Old Danielle T. Brown Missing Since February 5, 2010 in Tallahassee, FL

21 year old Danielle T. Brown has been missing since Friday, February 5, 2010, in Tallahassee, FL when she was last seen at 8:30pm leaving her residence in the 7200 block of Springhill Road. Danielle Brown was driving a 1994 Silver Buick with Florida Tag 694YBX and wearing South Pole brand jeans and a yellow shirt.

Danielle T. Brown description:

  • DOB: 08/03/1988
  • Race: White
  • Sex: Female
  • Height: 5’2″
  • Weight: 130lbs
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Red/Auburn

On February 8, 2010 the vehicle of missing Danielle T. Brown was located at approximately 10:00 am by the Pavo, Georgia Police Department. They responded to the report of an abandoned vehicle found at the Pavo City Refuse Site.

On February 8th, three days after Brown’s disappearance, her car was found at the Pavo, Georgia dump with the license plate removed.

Thirty-five year-old Elijah James, who authorities called her on again, off again boyfriend, is charged with stealing and burning Brown’s car.

Authorities and community members have searched Miccosukee, Florida; and more than 100 officers sifted through garbage in landfills in Thomas County.

“Hopefully they’ll find her because I know she’s got a family.” Said, Chastaine.

Pieces of Brown’s driver’s license and her cell phone were found in Beachton, Georgia on February 15th.

But, deputies still need more pieces of the entire puzzle to resolve her disappearance.

The fact thatBrown’s ex-boyfriend Elijah James has been arrested on arson and car theft charges is hardly a positive sign to this missing persons case. One, driving a vehicle of a missing person where the individual did not have permission to drive.Two, abandoning the vehicle in a dump so to hide the vehicle and three, burning the vehicle in an attempt to hide evidence. All terrible signs in finding Danielle T. Brown alive.

Brown’s ex-boyfriend, Elijah James, was arrested Tuesday on a first-degree arson charge after Brown’s car was found in the dump. The car had been damaged by fire. James, who is being held in the Leon County Jail, faced an additional charge of grand theft of a motor vehicle Thursday after witnesses said they saw him driving around Pavo alone in the car Saturday. Brown’s father is the owner of the car. He said James didn’t have permission to drive it.

Thursday, there were singed stumps and other pieces of wood in the dump. The woods surrounding the acreage were also searched. Twelve-to-15-foot bamboo-looking stalks filled the muddy city dump which is next door to a park on West McDonald Street in Thomas County. On the other side of the dump is a small pond where officers searched its murky depths with underwater gear.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 850-922-3300.

March 7th, 2010 at 06:48pm Posted by | arrested, Missing, Missing Adult, Pictures | 2 comments

22 Year Old Jessica Click-Hill Missing Since September 1995 Abducted at Age 8 Found Safe

Jessica Click-Hill has been missing for 14 years since September 1995 when she went missing at age 8. She simply vanished from her home in Walnut Creek, CA, near San Francisco.   A 22-year-old woman missing more than 14 years has been found safe in California, and her mother is accused of kidnapping her.

A 22-year-old woman missing more than 14 years has been found safe in California, and her mother is accused of abducting her.

Dean Click told police his daughter, Jessica Click-Hill, who was 8, vanished in Sept. 1995 from their home in Walnut Creek, Calif., near San Francisco. He said he believed she may have been taken by his wife at the time, Wendy Hill. A warrant was issued for Hill’s arrest in 1996, but she disappeared. The FBI issued a second arrest warrant in 1997, for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

The mother, Wendy Hill, was arrested after being spotted at a local Claim Jumper restaurant in Monrovia, CA.

March 6th, 2010 at 02:08pm Posted by | abduction, arrested, Found Alive, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Children, Pictures | no comments

11 Year Old New Kent County Girl Alexis Cartwright Missing in Virginia (Update: Girl Found Safe, Father Arrested)

11 year old Alexis Cartwright is missing in New Kent County, VA since Sunday, January 3, 2010.  Alexis Cartwright was last seen at the Cumberland Children’s Hospital in New Kent, and may be in the custody (abducted) of her father, 55-year-old Lemuel Cartwright.  Alexis Cartwright is believed to be in danger. Alexis Cartwright could be headed to Bath, N.C. with a 55-year-old man.

On today’s date at approximately 3:00 p.m. Mr. Lemuel Cartwright of Bath County, North Carolina visited his 11yr old daughter at Cumberland Hospital which is located in New Kent County, Va. Mr. Cartwright’s daughter, Alexis Cartwright is currently in the custody of North Carolina Social Services and was placed at Cumberland Hospital due to certain medical needs.

She was removed from the facility by her father without the permission of North Carolina Social Services or the hospital.

Alexis Cartwright Description:

  • white female – 11 years old
  • 5 foot 3 inches
  • weighing 137 pounds
  • sandy blond hair
  • and blue eyes
  • last seen wearing a blue Aeropostale coat, yellow/green shirt and blue jeans.

Lemuel Cartwright Description:

  • white male – 55 year old
  • 6 foot 7 inches tall
  • brown eyes
  • brown hair
  • He may be driving a blue 1993 Dodge Ram pickup truck with North Carolina plates XYZ – 8450.

Virginia State Police issue endangered child alert for 11-year-old Alexis Cartwright

If anyone has any information, please contact the police at 1-800-822-4453 or (804) 966-9500 or the Virginia State Police at 1-800-VACHILD (822-4453).

UPDATE I:  Police find missing Alexis Cartwright, abduction suspect in Manning and Lemuel R. Cartwright

An 11-year-old girl and the man suspected of abducting her have found in Manning, according to a State Law Enforcement Division press release.

Lemuel R. Cartwright, 56, is accused of abducting his daughter, 11-year-old Alexis Cartwright, on Jan. 3.

Manning police found the two at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy. The girl was in good condition, according to the release.

January 3rd, 2010 at 11:54pm Posted by | abduction, arrested, Endangered Persons Alert, Found Alive, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Children | no comments

8 Month Old Arizona Boy Gabriel Scott Johnson Missing Since December 26, 2009

Police are searching for an 8 month old Arizona boy Gabriel Scott Johnson who has been missing since December 26, 2009. Gabriel Scott Johnson was last seen with his mother, 23 year old Elizabeth Johnson. Her car has not been found, it is a white, 1995 Oldsmobile Delta 88, with Arizona license plate AGZ4214.

Tempe, AZ Police media release regarding missing Gabriel Scott Johnson

Authorities do not know why Elizabeth Johnson, 23, was in San Antonio over the course of five days with her son Gabriel, said Sgt. Steve Carbajal, a spokesman for Tempe Police. Police are concerned for the safety of the boy, 8 months old, because his mother made previous threats against him.

On Wednesday, Johnson was arrested in Miami Beach, Fla.,. Gabriel was not with her.

She left Arizona with her son on Dec. 18, arrived here on Dec. 22 and left around Dec. 27, according to a police press release.

Johnson failed to appear on Dec. 28 for a custody hearing in an Arizona courthouse and a warrant was issued for her arrest for custodial interference, Carbajal said.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


  • Missing Date: Dec 27, 2009
  • DOB: May 3, 2009
  • Age: 8 Month(s)
  • Sex: Male
  • Race: White
  • Height:  2’0″ (61 cm)
  • Weight:  20 lbs (9 kg)
  • Hair Color: Lt. Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Gabriel Scott Johnson, please call Tempe Police at (480) 350-8311 or Silent Witness at (480) 948-6377.

UPDATE I:  Mother Elizabeth Johnson has been arrested in South Florida

Elizabeth Johnson, the 23 year old mother of missing 8 month old Gabriel Scott Johnson who was last seen on Dec. 26 has been arrested by Miami Beach police in Florida.

Elizabeth Johnson, 23, of Tempe, Ariz., was taken into custody Wednesday by Miami Beach police.

Authorities said Johnson disappeared with her 8-month-old son, Gabriel, on Dec. 18 — but the boy remains nowhere to be found.

Officials said they were concerned, because Johnson reportedly made threats to harm the boy in the past.

UPDATE II:  23 year old Elizabeth Johnson Charged with Felony Kidnapping, Child Abuse and Custodial Interference

January 3rd, 2010 at 11:35pm Posted by | abduction, abused, arrested, child welfare, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Children, Pictures | one comment

5 Year Old Natalie Flores Abducted in Phoenix, AZ on 12/25/09 (Update: Found Safe)

5 year old Natalie Flores was abducted on Friday, December 25, 2009, in Phoenix, AZ as she played outside of her home. The Police have issued an Amber Alert.

Natalie Flores Found Safe!!!

She was playing outside with her two sisters when a man ran up and kidnapped her. He took a picture of her elder sister and also tried to lower the pants of one of her sisters according to KPHO News.

Witnesses saw the abduction and watched the man put Natalie in his truck. However, they could not stop the abduction in time.

The kidnapping occurred in the Saddleback Mountain apartments at 12430 N. 19th Avenue in Phoenix. Natalie and her sisters reside with an aunt who is her legal guardian. Her parents live in another state.

Description of Natalie Flores:

  • Natalie is age 5
  • about 4 feet tall
  • weighs around 60 pounds
  • She has curly red, medium-length hair, freckles
  • When last seen, she was wearing blue pants, a pink shirt, and white and pink sneakers.

Description of Suspect:

  • suspect is a “white male, between 30 and 40 years old
  • with blond or gray hair
  • 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9
  • weighs 180 to 190 pounds
  • wearing a gray shirt and peach knee-length shorts.”
  • The suspect may be driving a brown truck with an Arizona state plate of 3HG-774 or 3HG-377 or GHG-337 or 3HG-774N or other similar numbers. The truck may be visibly damaged as a witness said the truck hit a vehicle as it was fleeing the scene of the kidnapping.

UPDATE I: A Christmas Miracle … 5 Year old Natalie Flores Found Safe, rescused by the police.

Finally, a good outcome to a child abduction story.  5 year old Natalie Flores has been found safe and the suspect is in police custody.

UPDATE II: Phoenix Police Find Abducted 5-Year-Old Girl

A 5-year-old girl abducted by a man as she played outside her Phoenix home Friday was rescued hours later after police chased down the suspect’s pickup and found her “alive and well” inside, officials said.

December 26th, 2009 at 01:38pm Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, arrested, child welfare, Exploitation, Exploited, Found Alive, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Children, molestation, Pictures, sex offender | 2 comments

11 Year Old Sarah Haley Foxwell Missing Since 12/22/09 from Salisbury, MD (Thomas Leggs Arrested)

11 year old Sarah Haley Foxwell has seen missing since December 22, 2009 from Salisbury, Maryland. Sarah Haley Foxwell was last seen when she went to her room about 9:30 PM wearing fuzzy red pajama bottoms with Christmas trees on them and a pink John Deere T-shirt.  Sarah Haley Foxwell was discovered missing early Wednesday when a relative went to check on  Sarah and her 6-year-old sister.

“She wasn’t in her room,” Lewis said. He said there was no evidence of forced entry to the home where the girls live with their aunt, who is their legal guardian. Leggs is a former boyfriend of the aunt, officials said.

A “juvenile witness” awoke during the night Tuesday and saw Sarah leave the bedroom with “Tommy,” and said he was wearing blue jeans, an orange jacket and white sneakers, the charging document says.


Registered sex offender Thomas Leggs, left – Sarah Haley Foxwell, rt

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

  • Missing Date: Dec 22, 2009
  • Sex: Female
  • Race: White
  • Age: 11
  • Height:  4’8″ (142 cm)
  • Weight:  78 lbs (35 kg)
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue 

30 year old Thomas J. Leggs, a registered sex offender has been charged with kidnapping and burglary and was in custody.

Thomas J. Leggs, 30, a registered sex offender, has been charged with kidnapping and burglary and was in custody, authorities said. Officials said that he is Sarah’s aunt’s ex-boyfriend and that their relationship ended about a month ago.

Why on earth do these woman date sex offender?Do they think they will actually change? That they won’t be attracted to little girls? Oh wait, they have changed, they have been cured. What are these woman thinking that they would knowingly date a registered sex offender who raped a teenager. In the process they expose all children around them to this animal.

Lewis said interviews with the children in the house, as well as other evidence, convinced investigators that Leggs abducted Sarah. Lewis said that Leggs, who works as a laborer in a wood and counter business, was refusing to cooperate.

Leggs, who authorities said lives in Salisbury in an outbuilding on property his parents own, is registered as a sex offender in Maryland and Delaware.

According to Maryland’s sex offender registry, Leggs has a conviction for a third-degree sex offense. Wicomico officials said the victim in that crime was a young girl.

According to a Delaware Web site, Leggs is a “high-risk” offender who was convicted in 2001 of raping a teenager.

Authorities were asking for information from anyone who might have seen Leggs’s vehicle, a 2003 champagne-colored Dodge Ram pickup, between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday. Officials ask that anyone with information about Sarah’s disappearance call the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office at 410-548-4891.

Police searching for missing girl; registered sex offender in custody

The suspect is known to the girl’s family, according to a police official.

Earlier Wednesday, the search focused on a radius about three miles in either direction of Sarah’s residence, Wilson said.

A police command center was established about noon Wednesday at a church on Zion Road at Zion Church Road, a location that is central to the residences of both the girl and the suspect, Lewis had said.

UPDATE I:  11 Year Old Sarah Haley Foxwell Found Deceased

To discuss the case further, provide your opinion and get updates … go to Scared Missing Persons: Sarah Haley Foxwell.

cross posted at Scared

December 25th, 2009 at 02:49pm Posted by | abduction, arrested, Exploited, Found Deceased, Missing Children, molestation, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Pictures, sex offender | no comments

15 Year Old Charged with First Degree Murder in the Death of 9 Year Old Elizabeth Olten

A 15 year old juvenile has been charged with first degree murder in the death of 9 year old Elizabeth_Olten2Elizabeth Olten.  Elizabeth Olten went missing on October 21, 2009 and was found 2 days later in a wooded area by investigators.

Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and volunteers began searching for the girl quickly, and continued that search Thursday and Friday, until Elizabeth’s body was found about 2:40 p.m. Friday.

“It was in the woods, several hundred yards away from the houses,” White said. “We had been (searching) through that area more than once.

“The body was very well concealed.”

He would not be more specific about how the body was hidden, or whether the place where it was found also was the crime scene.

The name and gender of the juvenile charged has not been released. However, the unnamed teenage suspect is not related to Elizabeth but was acquainted with her and is from the same area just west of Jefferson City.

Authorities said Saturday that a 15-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of a 9-year-old central Missouri girl found in the woods two days after she went missing.

Police did not release the teen’s gender or name and provided few other details about the person suspected of killing Elizabeth Olten. Cole County Sheriff Greg White has said the teenage suspect is not related to Elizabeth but was acquainted with her and is from the same area just west of Jefferson City.

According to Missouri state law, children as young as 12 can be charged as adults with first-degree murder.

With Olten’s body, came the formal charge from Juvenile Court Administrator Michael Couty.

“Alleging a 15-year-old committed an offensive murder in the first degree,” Couty concluded.

Stringent Missouri juvenile laws protect most information in the case.

565.020. — First degree murder, penalty–person under sixteen years of age not to receive death penalty

October 25th, 2009 at 09:17am Posted by | abduction, arrested, Crime/Murder, Found Deceased, Missing, Missing Adult, Pictures | 3 comments

9 Year Old Elizabeth Olten Missing Since October 21, 2009 in St. Martins, MO (UPDATE: Found Deceased, Police have Person of Interest)

9 year old Elizabeth Olten has been missing since October 21, 2009 in St Martins, Missouri. Elizabeth Olten left her friends house at approximately 6:15 pm to return home. The distance between the two houses was about a quarter of a mile and the walk should have taken no more than 10 minutes.


Elizabeth Olten never arrived home.

Her family called police when she did not arrive home by 7 p.m

Elizabeth Olten description:

  • 9 years oldElizabeth_Olten2
  • approximately 5’2″ tall
  • weight 102 lbs
  • brown hair
  • brown eyes
  • last seen wearing a pink scarf, shirt and sweater, along with blue jeans and white sneakers.

Authorities to widen search for missing 9-year-old

Cole County Sheriff Greg White said local law enforcement would work  in an expanded search area tomorrow morning as part of a continued effort to locate 9-year-old Elizabeth K. Olten, who disappeared Wednesday night. The original area of interest has been searched thoroughly at least two times by nearly 300 volunteers, White said.

The search for a missing nine year old girl near Jefferson City has been called off for the night and will resume Friday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cole County Sheriff’s Department at 573-634-9100.

UPDATE I: Body of Elizabeth Olten Found in Wooded Area

The search for 9 year old missing Elizabeth Olten has come to a sad and tragic end. Elizabeth Olten’s body was found in a wooded area. Police are also saying that they have a “person of interest”. What is even more bizarre is that the person of interest is a juvenile.

Cole County Sheriff Greg White told reporters Friday that the person of interest and Elizabeth were acquainted. White would not give any details about the person of interest except to say the individual lived in the area west of Jefferson City and was older than Elizabeth.

Police said the juvenile led searchers to the nine-year-old’s body in a wooded area.

Body of missing 9-year-old girl found in central Missouri

Cole County Sheriff Greg White said a juvenile, described only as a “person of interest,” was taken into custody. The juvenile was acquainted with the girl, Elizabeth Olten, White said.

The sheriff not give any details on how Elizabeth died or about the juvenile in custody except to say that the person lived in the area west of Jefferson City and was older than the girl.

White said police found written evidence and that the juvenile led searchers to Elizabeth’s body in a wooded area. He did not elaborate.

UPDATE II: VIDEO from KSHB of the police press conference discussing the discovery of deceased Elizabeth Olten.

The juvenile person of interest is an acquaintance of 9 year old Elizabeth Olten. Her body was found in a heavily wooded area. An arrest has been made of an individual older than Elizabeth Olten.

Discuss the case, provide your opinion and get updates at Scared Missing Persons Forum: Elizabeth Olten.

October 23rd, 2009 at 12:53am Posted by | arrested, child welfare, Crime/Murder, Found Deceased, Missing, Missing Children, Pictures | 2 comments

Missing Jaycee Lee Dugard Found Safe & Alive After 18 Years in SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, California

Jaycee Lee Dugard had been missing since June 10, 1991 when as an 11 year old girl walking to the bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, CA she was abducted by two individuals. She had not been heard or seen from since.

Jaycee Lee Dugard

18 years later … Jaycee Lee Dugard is found alive and safe. In a missing persons case of don’t ever give up hope, 29 year old Jaycee Lee Dugard has been reunited with her family.

Sadly, Jaycee Lee Dugard had been held as a sex slave by Phillip Garrido, a previously convicted sex offender and kept Dugard in the back yard of his property. According to Fox40 News, Dugard bore several children for sex offender Phillip Garrido. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department stated that the two children were kept in “complete isolation” and had not been to school or a doctor. (Video)

Authorities tell FOX40 News that Dugard bore several children for sex offender Phillip Garrido, who kept her in a backyard device — possibly a shed — as a sex slave for both Garrido and his wife, Nancy Garrido.

Both Phillip and Nancy Garrido were arrested as suspects in the kidnapping case. Authorities say Nancy Garrido was with Phillip Garrido at the time of the abduction and matches the suspect’s description obtained by eyewitnesses in 1991. The Garrido’s Antioch home was searched for evidence Thursday morning.

Authorities with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Adult Parolee Operations report a parolee agent helped crack the 18-year-old kidnapping case while following up on a tip that Garrido was seen with two small children on the campus of UC Berkeley. The diligent questioning of the parolee officer led Garrido to reveal the kidnapping of Dugard. Further questioning revealed Dugard and Garrido were the parents of the two children.

Suspect Admits Abducting Girl Missing For 18 Years

Two suspects are in custody. They were moved Thursday afternoon to the El Dorado County Jail from the Contra Costa County jail where they had been held since their arrest Wednesday.

August 27th, 2009 at 05:57pm Posted by | abduction, arrested, child welfare, Exploited, Found Alive, kidnapped, Missing Children, molestation, Pictures, Rape | no comments

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