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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

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

21 Year Old Kidnapped & Missing Courtney Beard Found Injuried But Alive

Courtney Beard, a mother of two who was kidnapped while going to work at the Green Oak Township Olive Garden by her ex-boyfriend 23 year old Brandon Jay Smith of South Lyon from the parking lot at about 5:20 p.m. Friday after a “physical altercation” occurred as the woman was heading to work.

Kidnapped Courtney Beard found injured by alive

It was first believed Smith had a gun, but witnesses said he had a knife, police said.

Antrim County sheriff’s deputies found Beard at about 5:49 a.m. Saturday at a remote hunting cabin north of Mancelona that Green Oak Township Police Chief Robert Brookins said belongs to a Smith family member.

There is good news in the end from this story as Courtney Beard was found injured but alive in Antrim County early Saturday morning. Courtney Beard suffered from wounds and hypothermia.

Beard had been injured and was suffering from hypothermia from reportedly walking for several hours in the snow to reach the cabin. She was flown by helicopter to Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord for emergency medical treatment.

The nature of her other injuries was not immediately known. The reason for the altercation also was not immediately known, but police said Smith was on electronic tether from a domestic violence case involving Beard. His criminal record also includes a misdemeanor conviction for assault and battery.

Brandon Jay Smith was also at the cabin with Courtney Beard and was taken into custody and arrested.  It is reported by police that Brandon Jay Smith is on probation in connection with a recent assault against Courtney Beard.  Beard’s family says he was ordered to stay away from Courtney Beard, but apparently removed his tether before the alleged kidnapping. The judicial system needs to throw this individual in jail before this stalking winds up in murder.

January 3rd, 2010 at 12:15pm Posted by | abduction, Found Alive, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Adult, 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

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

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

Oscar, Karla and Fernando Casanova Found in Mexico … Missing Since 2008

Missing since 2008, an AMBER ALERT has ended as Oscar, Karla and Fernando Casanova were found in Mexico safe. The three children had been missing since April 11, 2008 after their mother was found dead with a plastic bag over her head in her home.


Oscar, Karla and Fernando Found Safe in Mexico City, Mexico

The Chicago police announced Friday that Oscar, Karla and Fernando Casanova were placed under the custody of a family member after they were flown to the city from Mexico City.

They were missing since April 2008 after their mother, Sofia Garcia, 30, was found dead inside the closet of their home in the Northwest Side.

Police are still investigating the homicide case.

Their father, Benito Casanova, who had been named in an arrest warrant on child abduction charges, is not in custody.

September 5th, 2009 at 05:14pm Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, Found Alive, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Children, Pictures | no 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

AMBER ALERT Issued in CA for 13 Year Old Cynthia Irene Hernandez Abducted by Her Uncle Juan Cuella Hernandez (Update: Found Safe)

An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 13 year old Cynthia Hernandez who was taken by her 45 year old Juan Hernandez. Cynthia Irene Hernandez was abducted Friday night, according to police. Hernandez abducted the 13 year old after an argument with the girl’s mother over child care at the mother’s home on Pickering Avenue in Whittier, CA.

Amber_alert_Cynthia Herdandez

13 year old Cynthia Hernandez abdducted by Juan Hernandez

The argument continued outside the house, according to police. When Cynthia’s mother tried to take her back inside the home, Juan Hernandez allegedly grabbed her and pushed her into his truck.

The suspect then drove away with Cynthia in an unspecified direction, authorities said.

Juan Hernandez is wanted for the abduction of Cynthia as well as a parole violation. He has told family members in the past that he carries a handgun, possibly a .380 caliber semi automatic.

Suspect Juan Hernandez Description:

  • 5 feet,10 inches tall
  • 240 pounds
  • tattoos of the letter “B” on his left and right upper chest and a tower on his left upper arm
  • Police say Hernandez has told family members he carries a handgun.
  • Believed to be driving a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup, California license 8N84118.

Cynthia Hernandez Description:

  • 5 feet 11 inches tall
  • brown hair
  • brown eyes
  • She was last seen wearing a pink shirt, denim skirt and white shoes
  • She’s an asthmatic and is without her medication

If anyone has any information regarding the where abouts of Cynthia Hernandez or Juan Hernandez, please call Whittier police at (562) 945-8249.

Statewide alert issued for abducted teenager

Cynthia Hernandez, 13, was reportedly taken from her home in Whittier California at around 7:45 p.m. by her paternal uncle, according to a report issued by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services at 2:45 a.m.

Whittier police looking for abducted 13-year-old girl

The alleged kidnapping occurred around 7 p.m. Friday outside the girl’s home in the 6300 block of Pickering Avenue, police said. The girl’s uncle, Juan Cuella Hernandez, and her mother were involved in an argument outside over child care, the Whittier Police Department said in their blog.

When the argument escalated, Juan Hernandez allegedly grabbed his teenage niece and pushed her inside his two-door black 1994 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a California license plate 8N84118. Hernandez then drove off in an unknown direction, police said.

UPDATE I: 13 Year Old Cynthia Hernandez Found Safe

The Amber Alert has been canceled as 13 year old Cynthia Hernandez was found safe Saturday night at approximately 9 PM in San Dimas, CA. Her uncle, Juan Hernandez, was arrested and taken into custody.

 Cross-posted at Scared

August 1st, 2009 at 09:38pm Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, Found Alive, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Teen, Pictures | one comment

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