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AMY VARGAS MISSING IN CANCUN
16 Year old Amy Vargas is missing while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico with her grandmother and great grandmother. Amy Vargas went missing on January 28, 2010 where according to Vargas’ grandmother while they were at the pool, Vargas asked to use the restroom and never returned. Vargas disappeared while taking a bathroom break from a pickup baseball game on the beach Thursday. According to authorities who interviewed resort employees, they believe Amy Vargas left the property with two other men.
Family members said they checked into Great Parnasus Hotel last Saturday and Amy Vargas disappeared on Thursday shortly after she spoke to her mother by phone.
“She said, ‘I’m with grandma. I’m fine. I love you and I’ll see you soon,’” said Vargas’ mother D’An Simmons.
Vargas’ grandmother said while they were at the pool, Vargas asked to use the restroom and never returned.
The family is convinced that she did not leave willingly. Who ever may have taken her knew what they were doing as investigators tried to track Vargas through her cell phone; however, it appears the phone was turned off shortly after she disappeared.
Eastpointe teen goes missing in Cancun
Simmons is preparing to fly to Chicago, where she will make a plea for an emergency passport to travel to Mexico to help in an effort to find Vargas.
“That is the only thing keeping me calm,” she said of the preparations. “I just want her back safe.”
Simmons said the FBI, police in Mexico and the resort’s security team are working hard to find her daughter and she praised their efforts.
The FBI office in Detroit on Saturday confirmed they had received a missing person report for an area juvenile but declined to comment further on the case.
Simmons said her daughter is no stranger to traveling safely and over the summer visited St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She said Vargas planned this trip to coincide with mid-terms wrapping up at Dakota High School; she is in the 10th grade.
If anyone has any information regarding the missing Amy Vargas please call Cancun police at 998-884-1913.
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
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.
23 year old Cassidy Clayton went missing on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 from 1995 Court Avenue in Memphis TN.According to reports, Cassidy Clayton has been missing since about 9:30 PM on 12/23/09.According to Cassidy’s mother, he has emotional issues, is considered bi-polar and does not have his medication.
The teen has been missing for days and according to his mother, Cassidy Payton has mental issues. Lisa Folis says her son does not have medication and she fears he could be in danger. He was last seen leaving his aunt’s midtown house in the 19-hundred block of Court Avenue two days ago. Folis says her son can’t take care of himself and hopes someone knows where he is. She says you won’t miss him, the 19-year-old could be carrying his teddy bear. Folis says emotionally, he’s like a child.
“He’s 19, but he’s a frightened child. He’s a frightened child right now,” says Folis. “He is 19 years old, he is an adult, but he’s bi-polar and he’s unmedicated. He’s terrified.”
See Pics of Cassidy Clayton HERE.
Cassidy Clayton Description:
- He is 6’2″ tall
- weighs around 150 pounds
- He was wearing Khaki cargo pants, a maroon sweatshirt, black shoes and a black fleece jacket.
23 year old Reyna Lopez has been missing in Oceanside, CA since about 1 AM Christmas Eve. Lopez has Downs syndrome and was last seen near the intersection of College Boulevard and state Route 76.
- 5 feet tall
- 140 pounds
- black hair
- brown eyes
- She was wearing blue jeans and a red sweatshirt when her family last saw her
An Oceanside woman with Down syndrome was reported missing Friday, Oceanside police said.
Reyna Lopez, 23, was last seen at 1 a.m. Christmas Eve at her home, near the intersection of College Boulevard and state Route 76, police said. The family reported the woman missing late Friday afternoon, police said.
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Reyna Lopez, please call the Oceanside Police Department Field Operations at (760) 435-4980.
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.
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
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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.
MISSING CHILD ALERT
- 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
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 email@example.com
- 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 Monkeys.net Missing Persons: Devon Hollahan.
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Maria Esther Aguilar, a Mexican reporter on organized crime has gone missing. Maria Esther Aguilar 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.”