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National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 21st Century Milk Carton … Missing Kid Saver

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has just come up with a high tech, 21 century version of the milk carton. Instead of missing children on a milk carton, missing children on your computer screen saver. Fantastic idea.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has launched a 21st century take on milk carton advertising: a downloadable computer screensaver that flips through photographs of missing kids.

A picture of missing 3-year-old Shahid Lowther-Ray who went missing in 2002 in California.

Developed in partnership with a private software company, Global Software Applications, the rotating screens display a missing child’s picture and profile, tailored according to the region of the United States where the computer user is located

The 21st Century Milk Carton

More than 4,000 children are missing, said the Center’s executive director, Bob O’Brien. The screensaver is a great way “to get more and more people engaged” in finding kids.

Since the milk carton advertising of the 1980s, the organization has tried working with private companies who fax and regular mail the pictures. Any method to get the pictures to the public works. One in six children featured has been found as a result of someone seeing their picture.

Screensaver replaces milk carton in missing kid search

Download a photo screensaver, and potentially save a missing child. That’s the message from the child-safety group behind the Amber Alert system.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) released in the last week a “Missing Kid Saver,” downloadable software for people running most Windows operating systems. The application will draw on idle computer power to display updated news, information and photos on missing or abducted children from the NCMEC.

August 10th, 2007 at 07:47am Posted by | Missing, Missing Children, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children | 3 comments

Texas EquuSearch Volunteers Help Search for Missing 5 Year Old Alondra Diaz-Garcia

5 year old Alondra Diaz-Garcia has been missing since June 1, 2007 when she was reportedly kidnapped by her non-custodial father, Reynaldo Diaz. She has not been seen since.

  • Alondra weighs about 38 pounds
  • brown eyes
  • brown hair
  • nearly 4-feet tall
  • was last wearing denim pants and a orange and yellow shirt

Texas EquuSearch volunteers are searching for the girl near Kendleton.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a warrant was issued for Diaz, 38, on July 2.

Mother frantic to find missing daughter last seen with her father

The girl’s mother says she and Diaz were divorced and he was scheduled to visit the girl June 1. The mother dropped her off with her father at a McDonald’s on Gessner and Bissonnet and hasn’t been seen since.

“I believe he is in Kendleton. He has a ranch there with his brothers and I am certain he has taken my daughter there,” said the girl’s mother Dorotea Garcia. (ABC 13)

UPDATE I: Local search for girl called off

A search for a missing Houston girl has been called off in an area in Kendleton and searchers will start looking elsewhere, an official with Texas EquuSearch said this morning.

No trace of Diaz-Garcia has been found, said Frank Black, search coordinator for Texas EquuSearch. He said searchers did not want to say exactly where they would look next as they did not want to potentially tip their hand to Diaz.

UPDATE II: Mother belived that ex-husband Reynaldo Diaz kidnapped Alondra Diaz-Garcia

She believes her ex-husband may have taken the girl to California or Mexico.

“He is a hot-tempered man. His reactions are very strong. He just did this probably on revenge,” Doroeta Garcia said.

She said he may have quit his job and taken $30,000 out of the bank before disappearing.

“Sometimes it’s a very dangerous situation, and sometimes it’s a situation where the parent may not be abiding by orders and hiding the child, and maybe not being physically harmed but some sort of emotional harm,” Harris Co. Assistant D.A. Jane Waters said.

In the case of Diaz-Garcia, a custody agreement had been in place since the divorce in 2005.

July 31st, 2007 at 06:58am Posted by | abduction, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Children, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Texas Equusearch | no comments

Barry Whitton Arrested in the disappearance of Kim Whitton and her daughter, Haleigh Culwell

Kim Whitton and her 11 year old daughter, Haleigh Culwell, have been sinning since June 21, 2007. However, they were not reported missing until June 28, 2007. They were not reported missing by Kim’s husband, Barry Whitton, but rather by one of her co-workers. Today, Barry Whitton was arrested on a separate matter weapons possession charge. So once again a “suspect” who the police refuse to call a suspect is a

Barry Whitton seems to have been arrested on the separate, unrelated charge so to get the real story out of his as to what happened to Kim Whitton and Haleigh Culwell.

Barry Whitton, 38, was charged with a weapons possession count that FBI spokesman Charles Regan of Birmingham is unrelated to the disappearance of his wife and stepdaughter. He previously had been convicted of receiving stolen property in 1988 and 1991, U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Jill Ellis said. (FOX)

So not only does Barry Whitton has a murdered previous wife who’s case was never solved or prosecuted, but he fails to ever report his present wife or step daughter missing. Do we really need to look any further?

(Kim Whitton)

Barry Whitton seems to have a history of wives going missing. Barry Whitton’s first wife was a victim of an unsolved homicide. His first wife was eventually found murdered and buried. Whitton told investigators she had left him. I think we are starting to sense a pattern. Making matters even worse, the father of missing Kim Whitton was unaware of Barry Whitton’s past. Whitton had actually lied to his father in law as to how his previous wife died. Its pretty damming when one cannot tell the truth how one’s previous wife died, if they have nothing to hide.

(Haleigh Culwell)

Whitton’s father, Jerry Compton, said Friday that her husband, Barry Whitton, “seems like a pretty nice fellow.” He said he was surprised to learn about the circumstances of the death of Michelle Whitton, Barry Whitton’s previous wife.

“He told me his first wife died from an overdose,” Compton said. “But I found out last night that she was murdered.”

Several weeks after her unexplained disappearance, Michelle Whitton’s body was found partially buried in 1997 on a hillside in the Powell community about 15 miles from their Dutton home. No one was arrested in her death. Authorities said her death was a homicide but never disclosed how she died. (Huntsville Times)

Sand Mountain Search for Missing Woman

Whitton arrested

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July 13th, 2007 at 11:01pm Posted by | Missing, Missing Adult, Missing Children, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children | one comment

Amber Alert Issued for 12 year old Zina Linnik in Washington State (Suspect Asian in White Van?)

An Amber Alert has been issued for 12 year old Zina Linnik who has been missing since around 9:45 pm on July 4, in an alley behind her house.

(Zina Linnik)


  • Linnik is described as a blonde
  • 4-foot-11-inch-tall Ukrainian girl
  • weighs 80 pounds
  • reportedly wearing a pink T-shirt, pink/orange/yellow
    capri pants and red flip-flop sandals at the time of her disappearance.
  • Her hair was in a ponytail.

State authorities issued an Amber Alert for Linnik, who was last seen around 9:45 p.m. on July 4, in an alley behind her house, Tacoma police said.

Witnesses reported hearing a scream and seeing a man get into an older, gray van and drive away.

Police said the driver of the van might or might not have been an Asian male as he was described earlier by police. (FOX NEWS)

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tacoma police at 253-591-5963.

Tacoma girl, 12, snatched from alley

An Independence Day celebration turned into a nightmare for a Tacoma family late Wednesday night when their 12-year-old daughter vanished, the victim of an apparent abduction.

The girl’s father, Michael Linnik, heard a scream from the alley in the back of the family house, then ran outside to see a van speeding from the area.

Police are searching for Zina Linnik, who was last seen around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday in the alley in the 2500 block of South J Street. They’re also seeking an older-model gray van seen leaving the neighborhood.


Nation Center for Missing & Exploited Children

UPDATE I: Police searching for 2 possible witnesses to girl’s disappearance

Two people were seen at a bus stop near the home of 12-year-old Zina Linnik around the time she disappeared, according to Tacoma police.

Spokesperson Mark Fulghum said the two were seen at the bus stop at 25th and South ‘J’ Street before and after the time the girl disappeared. Police are now trying to find the two people in hopes they may have new clues that could aid the investigation. Police urge anyone with information on the two people to contact them.

The license plate of the van contains the numbers 1677, but a complete license number was not available. (KOMO-TV)

July 6th, 2007 at 07:43am Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, Missing, Missing Children, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Zina Linnik | 13 comments

Kendrick Jackson has been missing 1 year since April 7, 2006

Its has been a little over a year since 3 year old Kendrick Jackson went missing. Kendrick JacksonThere are still no answers as to what happened to Kendrick Jackson. Some one out there has to have seen something. If so, please contact the police.

Even though Kendrick’s family is holding out hope that the boy is alive, Houston police homicide investigator Edward Gonzalez said today the investigation has been classified as a homicide, because foul play is considered likely.

Gonzalez urged anyone with information about the year-old case to come forward. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

“There is someone out there who saw something,” Gonzalez said. “Maybe they fear retaliation, and that’s why they didn’t come forward.”

Kendrick was staying at the west Houston apartment of his father, Roderick Fountain, when he disappeared April 7, 2006. His father said the boy walked out of the apartment as he was doing laundry.

Thousands of volunteers searched for the boy. Houston police homicide investigator Roger Chappell said Fountain became a suspect because of “red flags” in his statements. (Houston Chronicle)

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

April 7th, 2007 at 08:28pm Posted by | Kendrick Jackson, Missing, Missing Children, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children | one comment

Jacquelyn Mohan Missing Since September 23, 2006 … Endangered Runaway

Jacquelyn Mohan – Missing Since September 23, 2006


DOB:  Sep 29, 1989
Missing:  Sep 23, 2006
Height:  5’5″ (165 cm)
Eyes:  Blue
Race:  White
Age Now:  17
Sex:  Female
Weight:  110 lbs (50 kg)
Hair:  Blonde 
Missing From: CLEARFIELD, UT
United States 

Jacquelyn was last seen on September 23, 2006. She may still be in the local area. Jacquelyn’s ears are pierced twice. Her navel is pierced. Jacquelyn has a scar above her right knee. Her nicknames are Jackie and Barbie. 

If you have any information about this child please contact Clearfield Police Department (Utah) 1-801-525-2800.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

March 22nd, 2007 at 10:05pm Posted by | Missing, Missing Teen, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Runaway | no comments

Chilling … 60,000 Sexual Predators Missing in the United States

It is paramount that we know the location where sex offenders live in the United States. All too often we let these predators slip through the crack and melt into society, only to offend again. It should be mandatory upon their sentencing and parole that they “must” register. This is and should never be an option. More attention should be given to sexual predators as its only a matter of time before they strike again and escalate the assaults.

Annual registration is required for 10 years for people convicted of kidnapping, luring a child, indecent assault, incest and promotion of a child for prostitution and six similar crimes.
Rape convictions and convictions for eight other types of crime, including those convicted of a sex crime while classified as a sex offender, are sexually violent predators who must report quarterly to state police for life.

Offenders must file a report with state police within 48 hours after changing their address, workplace or school they are attending, or after leaving prison.

Sexual offenders moving into the state or leaving the state must notify state police within 48 hours. (Daily Courier)

Why do we let sex offenders off the hook? Their movement from state to state falls under the radar when they fail to re-register in their new locality. It is obvious that not having an updates registry can lead to tragedy. We need to look no further than the heinous abduction, rape and murder of Jessica Lunsford. We need to know where these people are. It is not about their rights. This is about the rights of innocent and unsuspecting children. Innocent people’s rights should not be trampled by animals.

States don’t know where to find at least 60,000 sexual predators because the offenders fail to report their address to police, a national children’s advocate said.

There is no doubt that sex predators non-compliance in registering should be considered a felony. Non-registration should result in a trip back to prison, no questions asked. A sex predator’s non-registration should be considered intent to commit another act. It is actually shocking the number of states who just seem not to care about protecting children and adults against sex predators. What are these politicians thinking? Are they pandering to the sex predator vote?

Unlike Pennsylvania, where noncompliance is a felony, there are 25 states where it’s a misdemeanor. Allen notes there are about 26,500 offenders in Ohio, 24,000 in New York and 11,000 in New Jersey.

Pennsylvania notifies neighbors when a violent predator moves in or enrolls in a college or university after serving a prison sentence. Some states rely on offenders to do that, Allen said.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimate there are a staggering 603,000 registered sex offenders in the US. There is at least another 100,000 that are non-compliant. A new Special Analysis Unit has been created by NCMEC
to search databases, analyze information, and help identify and locate
these fugitives.

The question remains as to why so many states do not take sexual predators serious. Why have they not passed harsher penalties for those that have offended? Especially when they know there is such a high percentage of those that will repeat and in doing so trying to hide from their past actions by not registering. The following state laws are a disappointment, to say the least.

There are 25 states where noncompliance with one or more registration duties may be treated as only a misdemeanor: Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

  • In four states, when a sex offender moves from one state to another state, the responsibility to notify the new state is placed solely on the offender himself: Delaware, District of Columbia, Kansas, and Utah.
  • In eight states, the law is ambiguous as to whether the state or the sex offender must notify a new state when the offender moves: California, Kentucky, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.
  • In only seven states, when a sex offender fails to register, it is mandatory for parole to be revoked and the sex offender to be returned to prison: California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, and West Virginia. (NCMEC)

In July of 2006, Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and
Safety Act.
Politicians, stop dragging your heals. This is about protecting the publics safety and children. This is nothing to politicize. This is problem that needs to be addressed NOW! When dealing with sex predators, you are either with us or against us. There is no middle ground.

March 6th, 2007 at 12:43pm Posted by | child welfare, Exploitation, Exploited, Jessica Lunsford, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, sex offender, sexual assault | one comment

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Partners with National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

This idea has been a long time in coming and makes a lot of sense. The TSA will be partnering with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to distribute AMBER ALERTS at airports nationwide. The more eyes the better. This is a great and welcome idea.

TSA will distribute AMBER Alert messages through the communications system of the national Transportation Security Operations Center (TSOC). As soon as NCMEC is notified that an AMBER Alert has been issued by law enforcement, the TSOC will relay that information to FSDs at relevant airports. FSDs will receive information such as photos and descriptions of the abducted child, the suspect and vehicle. (PR Newswire)

February 8th, 2007 at 11:54am Posted by | child welfare, Missing, Missing Children, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children | no comments to Distribute on-line Amber Alerts to its Subscribers has teamed up with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to distribute Amber Alerts to is on-line community. has recently come under fire for the exposure it creates to younger subscribers and predators. The on-line alerts will begin today on MySpace. MySpace still has a ways to go in protecting its on-line networking community; however, this addition of on-line Amber alerts makes sense. Teenagers and those of college age that predominately make up MySpace would be the first to know if teens had gone missing. Disseminating the information and fast internet responses may help enable police in the battle to find missing persons.

The online alerts, which will begin Tuesday, will be sent to all users in the ZIP codes where it was issued. They will appear in a small text box at the top of a user’s portfolio. The user can click on the box for more information, including a photo of the missing child and a description of the suspect. (CBS News)

MySpace also announced two safety features designed to protect members’ privacy.

The site will now require people signing up for an account to provide a working e-mail address and verify their identity by responding to an e-mail sent to the listed address. This is a practice common with other online services, but MySpace has been hesitant thus far because of fears the confirmation messages might end up mistakenly in spam filters. The site, open only to those 14 and over, will also offer a tool to prevent any member under age 18 from being contacted by adults, and vice versa. The tool, however, is optional and relies on self-reported ages. (Fox Reno)

My Space still has a ways to go in providing safety to its users as there is presently a law suit by four families against the networking internet giant. to Send Out Amber Alerts

MORE SAFETY FEATURES As part of its safety program, MySpace now requires all new members to register with a valid e-mail address, which they say helps law enforcement track down potential predators. New applicants will receive a verification e-mail with a link requiring them to click back and verify their identity. U.S. senators Charles Schumer and John McCain said last month they planned to introduce legislation that would require convicted sex offenders to register active e-mail addresses, expanding the existing requirements that they register personal information with local municipalities. The database of e-mail addresses would let social networking sites like MySpace bar offenders from their services by cross-checking new applicants against the database. (FOX)

January 23rd, 2007 at 04:58pm Posted by | Amber Alert, Internet, Missing, Missing Children, Missing Teen, My, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, sex offender | no comments

Search Continues for Purdue Student Wade Steffey … into Missouri

The search continues fro the missing 19 year old Purdue University student Wade Steffey. Investigators went to Missouri to check out two suspects, 27 year old David Bradley and 21 year old Jeffrey Thurman who were charged in the beating death of 56-year-old Ricky Haynes of Farmington, MO.

Investigators questioned two suspects in a Missouri murder who were believed to have been in the Lafayette area when a missing Purdue University student was last seen.

But police don’t believe the men they talked to over the weekend were involved in the disappearance of 19-year-old Wade Steffey, a freshman from Bloomington. He was last seen early on January 13th leaving a party at the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house on the north side of campus.

Purdue spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg says while police don’t think the men are involved in Steffey’s case, they did request D-N-A samples from the men just in case. (WAVE 3)

The National Center for Exploited Children announced Sunday it will take up the case of Purdue University student Wade Steffey

The announcement came a day after hundreds of students and two police K-9 units scoured West Lafayette for Steffey’s cell phone and other clues about his disappearance. The search failed to yield any new evidence.

To help with the investigation, Purdue University several days ago asked its trash hauler to begin setting aside garbage collected in the area, said university spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg. The goal is to prevent the disposal of evidence investigators might have overlooked. (Boiler Station)

UPDATE: Ex-FBI Agent, Profiler Join Search For Missing Student

A retired FBI agent and a former profiler for the agency has joined the investigation of a Purdue student’s recent disappearance, authorities said Monday.

The two will be working on the case of Wade Steffey through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Information on the missing student also was being added to the center’s national database. (The Indy Channel)

Also from earlier reports that the authorities were looking at two suspects from Missouri. Update, “Authorities: Missouri Murder Suspects Not Involved In Steffey Disappearance.”

January 22nd, 2007 at 06:07pm Posted by | Missing, Missing College Student, Missing Teen, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Wade Steffey | no comments

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