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FBI in Tampa Still Investigating the Disappearance of Robert A. Wiles Who Was Kidnapped For Random Several Years Ago

Photo of Robert Wiles taken in 2003

wilesClassification: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Robert Arthur Wiles
Nickname: Rob
Missing Since: 04/01/08
Missing From: Lakeland, FL
Date of Birth: September 23, 1981
Place of Birth: Sylvania, Ohio
Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Height: 5’9″ Weight: 165 pounds
Race: White Sex: Male
Scars/Marks: He has a hernia scar on his abdomen and acne scars below his ears and around his jaw line
Other: Wiles was a pilot, diver, fisherman, and an athlete

Robert Wiles, then 26, was employed by a family owned Toledo-based business, National Flight Services, which is an aircraft maintenance company. He was a business development manager at the company’s branch and on April 1, 2008 he was working one of his shifts at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Tampa, Florida when he suddenly disappeared. A co-worker told authorities he last seen Wiles at approximately 6:30PM and surveillance cameras show no sign of him after that time.

Wiles’ car was located abandoned in the parking lot at the family business, and he had missed a flight from Orlando to Dallas scheduled the day after his disappearance which immediately raised concerns.

robert-wilesA few days after Wiles went missing his parents, Thomas and Pamela Wiles in Ohio received a ransom letter demanding $750,000. The note was signed “Group X” and was emailed to them. His parents followed the notes instructions but no further demands were ever made.

According to reports, Wiles father had purchased kidnapping insurance for his company for the sum of $750,000 back in 2006, two years prior to his son’s disappearance. This indicates that whomever was responsible knew that information.

Authorities gathered enough evidence to arrest Stobert Lindell Holt, also known as Toby Holt, and on January 31, 2012 he was found guilty of manslaughter, extortion, and writing a threatening letter in connection with Wiles’ disappearance. However, Wiles has not been found.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Tampa, FL are seeking any information that will lead to the recovery of Robert Wiles.

Foul play is suspected.

Wiles will be turning 31 this year.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Federal Bureau of Investigation – Tampa Florida Office 866-838-1153 and/or
Your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

 

 

The disappearance and possible abduction of Heather Teague

heather-teagueClassification: Missing (Believed to have been abducted)
Full Name: Heather Danyelle Teague
Birthdate: April 25, 1972
Missing From: Spottsville , KY
Age Then: 23
Current Age: 40
Race: White Sex: Female
Height: 5’2″ Weight: 100 lbs
Hair: Wavy Brown
Eyes: Green
Marks/Scars: Heather has a red, round birthmark on her right buttock. Her spine is noticeably curved as a result of Sculiosis.

 

Heather Teague lived in Henderson County, Kentucky during the Summer of 1995.

On August 25, 1995 Heather went to a beach on the Ohio River in Spottsville, Kentucky, something she regularly did when the weather was nice. The river was rather secluded and Heather was seen sunbathing by a sole witness who was on the other side with his telescope viewing the surrounding areas.

Shortly after, the witness noticed a bearded adult man grabbing Heather from her lounge chair and forcefully drag her into a wooded area. He later saw her in a red Chevette being held down by her hair. Initially he assumed it was a boyfriend either angry or pulling a prank. It wasn’t until he heard about the woman’s disappearance that he put two and two together and contacted police with his accounts. Kentucky State Police haven’t been able to confirm the witness accounts of events however, they don’t doubt it and the abduction scenario has been the main focus for years.

Her case received national news and was featured on TV shows including America’s Most Wanted. Hundreds have conducted searches threw out the years and many were interviewed but unfortunately, she remains missing.

Mark Hill was a suspect in Heather’s disappearance but committed suicide not to long after being questioned.

 

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Animated photos of Heather Teague which are posted on her family’s website (listed below)

Heather will be turning 41 in exactly one month from today and her family have not moved on and still hope for answers and closure. Her mother, Sarah Teague, has searched endlessly since that Summer day seventeen years ago. She has also kept a diary of all the events. Click Where is Heather Teague to read excerpts from her deepest thoughts for her missing daughter.

You can go to Heather’s Website for additional information and articles on her case or join the Where is Heather Teague Facebook page.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Kentucky State Police (270) 826-3312

And/Or

Heather’s mother, Sarah Teague (270) 824-8343
You can also email WhereIsHeatherTeague@Yahoo.Com

Parents Of Missing Journalist, James Foley, Who Was Kidnapped By Syria Gunmen On Thanksgiving Day, Speak Out

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Photo James Foley which was taken in Aleppo, Syria, in July, 2012

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Photo of Diane & John Foley, parents of  James Foley who are appealing for his safe release after not hearing word from him in over six weeks after the reporter was allegedly abducted by unknown gunmen in Northern Syria

James Foley also known as “Jim” to family and friends, is a 39-year-old Boston Native and foreign freelancer who was kidnapped in northern Syria on Thanksgiving Day.

According to reports, parents John & Diane Foley from Rochester, NH, say their son was in northern Syria covering the civil war for Agence France Presse when he was kidnapped on November 22nd by unidentified Syria gunmen near the village of Taftanaz, in the northern province of Idlib.

“We just don’t know anything,” Diane Foley said. “We don’t know who has him.”

Initially, the Foley’s had chosen against reporting the incident and appealing for help, hoping it would help with their son’s release. But over one month later, after not hearing word, the concerned family have decided to come out with his abduction, and appeal to his kidnappers for his safe return.

They have also created a website, http://www.freejamesfoley.org, and have asked the public for help by signing their petition.

The website comes less than one year after the Foley’s launched a very similar appeal when James was kidnapped by pro-Gaddafi (Government) Forces. He was held captive in Libya for six weeks before being released.

‘We want Jim to come safely home, or at least we need to speak with him to know he’s okay,’ said John Foley, the father of James Foley.

‘Jim is an objective journalist and we appeal for the release of Jim unharmed. To the people who have Jim, please contact us so we can work together toward his release.’

According to Huffingtonpost, twenty-eight journalists were killed in Syria in 2012, including South African photographer Anton Hammerl, who was shot during their capture and left to die in the desert.  The deaths in Syria alone has prompted the Committee to Protect Journalists to name Syria the most dangerous country in the world to work in last year

Case of a Missing Toddler Kidnapped Five Decades Ago In New Jersey Reopened

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Left photo shows Billy Jones shortly before he vanished and the right photo is an age-progressed photo of what little Billy might look like as a grown adult

Name: Billy Jones
Hair: Blondish/Brown Eyes: Blue
Height: 3’6″ (at time of disappearance)
Weight: 35 pounds (at time of disappearance)
Race and Gender: Caucasian Male

Date of disappearance: 12/17/62
Location: Vineland, New Jersey

William “Billy” Jones, Jr. was born in Bridgetown, NJ on March 5, 1959. Shortly after, his family moved to 302 Taylor Ave, which was a ‘nice’ neighborhood in Cumberland County, in Vineland.

Like many children, Billy, who was three months shy of his 4th birthday, and his younger sister, Jill Jones, were energetic and enjoyed playing outside. On December 17, 1962, the 3-year-old asked his mother if he could play outside with his sister. It was a snowy day that Winter and the two youngsters were spotted by a neighbor at 11:45am, bundled up in their snowsuits, playing outside the (neighbors) house. The neighbor suggested that the two youngsters go home.

During this time, Billy’s mother was preoccupied. She was feeding her infant and noticed Billy was gone when she heard a knock at the door around 12:45pm and opened the door to find Jill standing alone, carrying a plastic bottle.  Barely two at the time, Jill was unable to communicate fully but managed to tell her mother that “the bogeyman” took Billy. She went outside looking for Billy. He had suddenly vanished and the only known witness was to young to speak full sentences and explain what had occurred.

The police were called immediately and they did door-to-door interviews but no one claimed to have seen the young boy or anything unusual. Police, firefighters, National Guard, and hundreds of volunteers searched locally for days on foot, boat and by air. The tot’s disappearance became national news and many believed a child predator was responsible.

But despite the attention of media, Billy’s whereabouts remain unknown.

Billy reportedly had a dime in his pocket that was given to him by his mother earlier that morning. Both parents have since passed away.

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Jones family home – Photo taken in 1965, three years after Billy went missing

Click here for additional photos of Billy Jones

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Photo of Jill Jones, now 52, speaking about her brother’s disappearance during an interview

The missing tot is one of the many children who are listed on the FBI website and in 2009, authorities reopened this case, which is one of the oldest unsolved cases of a missing child under 5  in the state of New Jersey.

‘We’re just trying to find out if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts or if anyone might know who may have been involved in his disappearance,’ FBI Special Agent John Mesisca told FoxNews.com. ‘Back then, he was last seen wearing a snowsuit … What we’re trying to do is get the word out and develop any new leads and resolve the case in any way we can.’

Jill Jones, now a grown woman, still wonders what happened to her brother. The now 52-year-old believes her brother is still alive and believes whoever took him, was trying to replace a lost/deceased child.

‘It’s a gut feeling for me, I know he’s alive,’ she told FoxNews.com. ‘There’s never been a body found, never been anything found. I don’t believe he’s dead.’  She goes on to say, ‘I really believe that,’ she said. ‘I don’t think he was murdered. I really believe someone lost a child and they took Billy to replace him.

Jones has put alot of thought into that Winter day, evening going as far as seeing a hypnotist.

The family had a pet dog at the time, named “Babycakes” and according to Jones, Billy had a special bond with him. Authorities say Billy loved dog’s in general, and would do anything for dogs, so it’s possible that someone with an animal, a dog in particular, could have easily lured the toddler away.

According to the FBI website, Billy was last seen wearing a light blue or grayish snowsuit with a navy collar and silver buttons, a hat that matched his snowsuit and tan high-top crepe-soled shoes with yellow laces. He also has a vaccination scar which is shaped like a giraffe on the back of his left arm between his elbow and shoulder. He would have turned 53 years old this year.

‘I do believe he’s still out there, I just don’t know how to find him,’ said Jones ‘Maybe this is the year.’

If you have any information regarding this cold case you’re asked to please contact:

Vineland Police Department (New Jersey) 1-856-696-1212 or contact: The National Center of Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

The Girl in The Box

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Photo of Colleen Stan also known as “The Girl in The Box”

Colleen Stan was a 20-year-old female who was abducted and forced as a sex-slave by a couple on May 19, 1977 while hitchhiking from her hometown of Eugene, Oregon to Red Bluff, California to visit a good friend who lived in Westwood. She had wanted to surprise her friend for her birthday, which was coming up soon and she was willing to travel the 400 miles to do so.

Of course Colleen knew that walking the 400 miles would be crazy. She figured she’d hitchhike down Interstate 5, which was very popular to do in the 70’s despite the obvious dangers.

She made good time, catching rides that took her pretty far along her way. By the afternoon, she had gotten 350 miles towards her destination to the town of Red Bluff and with less than 60 miles to go, she was actually going to be earlier then she initially anticipated.

She evaluated each person who stopped to offer rides to make sure they “appeared safe”, and had even turned down two potential rides when she did not feel right about them, so when a blue Dodge Colt stopped on the road with a man, woman and baby inside, Colleen was relieved and did not hesitate to get in the vehicle.

The couple introduced themselves as Cameron and Janice Hooker. They were young, clean-cut and friendly and Colleen remembered hoping into the backseat overjoyed.

“I was thanking my lucky stars,” she would later say in an interview.

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Cameron Hooker (left) and Janice Hooker (right)

The Hookers were making friendly conversation, asking where she was heading, and Colleen was very comfortable until she noticed Cameron looking at her through the rare-view mirror, which gave her a bad gut feeling. But, despite her instincts and an opportunity to run while at a gas station restroom, she stayed and rationalized that man wouldn’t do anything to her in front of his wife and child and got back into the vehicle and they drove off.

They drove for another mile or so until Cameron appeared to make up his mind about something.

The Hookers mentioned that they were very close to some spectacular ice caves and they wanted to make a quick stop. A passive Colleen would have rather forgo the trip to see ice caves and gone straight to her friend’s home but she didn’t object and figured a quick stop wouldn’t hurt. She was already making good time, right?

Cameron drove down a dirt road that seemed to take them to the middle of nowhere and then stopped the car, turning the key to shut off the engine. His wife got out of the car holding the baby. Suddenly Colleen found a knife pointed against her throat. Cameron ordered her to put her hands above her head and asked her if she was going to do whatever he said. She froze in fear. She didn’t know what else to say except, “Yes.” He then handcuffed, blindfolded, bound, and gagged her.

He placed a large, metal-hinged box made out of plywood over Colleen’s head. It was heavy and had dense insulation in between its double walls, and a neck hole that near choked her.  The interior was carpeted, which impeded her ability to breathe. Wearing this, she could not eat, drink, hear, or see.

Cameron then covered her with something heavy which to Colleen, felt like her sleeping bag she brought with her.

She heard the car start back up again and sobbed to herself, wondering what was going to happen. After feeling the car stop for a few minutes, it started back up only to stop again a short time later.

The Hooker’s had taken their new victim to their home.

Google map showing the house that the Hooker’s lived and kept Colleen as a sex slave

Inside a house, Cameron removed the box that he’d placed over her head.  He then led Colleen down some steps into a dark cellar. He indicated that she was to stand on a Coleman ice chest and then told her to lift her hands over her head. Then he used a leather strap to tie her wrists to pipes. As he removed each item of her clothing, she felt him trembling.  She was still blindfolded, but she could sense that he was building up to something.  Uncomfortable as all of this was, it was nothing compared to what came next.

He removed the chest that was supporting her weight, and she hung there, suspended in the air.  Colleen kicked and screamed to be let down.  He then told her, in a sarcastic tone, to “go ahead and scream,” And told her that if she continued screaming that he will cut her vocal chords, like he did with past victims, leading her to believe she wasn’t the first. He then left her hanging in the downstairs cellar by herself.

 He started to hit her with something that hurt, both front and back. Colleen shrieked out for help, but that only made him hit her more.  She realized he was using a whip.  He then left her hanging, with her tiptoes just barely brushing something.  She could see beneath the blindfold that a pornographic magazine lay on the floor, featuring a naked woman hung up just as she was.

Shortly after being tortured, His wife came downstairs and the both of them had sex right in front of Colleen, as some sort of ‘celebration’ for their new ‘sex-slave.’

After that, he made her sit inside another locking box, and when he closed it, she discovered that she could not move.  Then he placed the head box back on her head.  She was now completely immobilized and barely able to breathe.  She began to scream, drawing her captor back.  He placed a strap over her chest that constricted her breathing even more, forcing her to stop making noise.  Then he left her like that for a very long and frightening night. She thought she was going to die. Her simple wish that morning to surprise her friend and wish her happy birthday, had turned into the worst experience of her life, and it had only just begun.

She would spend the next seven years, until she was 27, kept against her will. Raped, tortured, abused, starved and kept in a box, humiliated and degraded to the point that she was considered brainwashed, and was too fearful to ask for help. She was made to wear the head-gear and gag daily and slept in “the box”, which kept her from seeing, hearing, eating, and reduced her capacity to breath.

The box, shown re-constructed as evidence during the trail of the Hookers

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A sketch of what Colleen would have appeared like in the box

She was referred to as ”K” and had been so malnourished, her hair started falling out and she started losing a large amount of weight.

Click CRIME LIBRARY for the full story and read more on Colleen Stan and how she managed to finally escape her abductors and alert authorities.

Photo of Colleen Stan which was taken at Cameron Hookers trail

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Birthday photo of Colleen Stan

Photo of Colleen Stan, taken decades after her kidnapping ordeal. Colleen had her own words of wisdom for another kidnapped survivor, Jaycee Lee Dugard, the child kidnapped at age 11 and who was discovered 18 years later as a mother of two, still being held captive by her abductors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido. - CBS Exclusive: Woman Imprisoned in Coffin for 7 Years Has Special Message for Jaycee Dugard

Abducted man found bound and gagged in trunk during routine traffic stop – CAUGHT ON TAPE

LOUISVILLE, KY — Newly released dash cam video from a Louisville Metro police cruiser shows the discovery of a convenience store clerk who was bound and locked in the trunk of his own car.

WLKY obtained the video and an interview the victim gave police immediately after his rescue.

Shawn Bloemer was leaving work at a Circle K in Jeffersontown on Aug. 4 when he was accosted by two men and a woman.

Attack: Shawn Bloemer was allegedly kidnapped, gagged and bound and shoved into his car trunk

Photo of Shawn Bloemer, 22, kidnapped for four terrifying hours before his expired license plates saved him

The 22-year-old was beaten, tied up, a towel was wrapped around his head and then he was thrown in the trunk.

“Before they closed the trunk, they said, ‘This isn’t personal. We need your car,’” Bloemer said.

Dashcam video: Kidnapped clerk found in trunk

Bloemer told police he was driven around for three hours with his kidnappers making several stops, including one to buy drugs in the downtown area.

As the suspects headed back toward the store and contemplated what to do with Bloemer, a Metro officer pulled over the car and almost immediately became suspicious.

“There was a small gap in the tail light of my car where I could see the red and blue flashing lights,” Bloemer said. “He came back and started asking about insurance; that’s when I began pounding and kicking the hood yelling.”

Saved: Police pulled over the vehicle for a routine traffic stop and heard thumping coming from the trunk

Not knowing what to expect or who might be inside the trunk, officers pointed their weapons at the back of the vehicle as the trunk was popped.

Discovery: The dashboard cam footage shows police finding Bloemer tied up in the trunk

Still-shots from the police cruiser showing Bloemer being rescued

Video also show’s the abductors getting arrested.

Watch raw dash cam video  | View images from dash cam

Click WLKY for part 2 of this article published 11/30/12

The Polly Klaas Foundation

Who is Polly Klaas?

Polly Hannah Klaas was a twelve-year-old girl from Petaluma, California. Polly was a pretty, brown-eyed, fair-skinned youngster with dimples. She wore her wavy, dark hair past her shoulders and had a lifelong fear of the dark.  She could not get to sleep unless there was a little light on.  She was scared of a mysterious bogeyman and of the possibility of being kidnapped.  It was something she had discussed often with her parents. Her father, would recall with bitter irony how he had assured his daughter “that everything would be all right, I would always be there to protect her.”

School photo of Polly Klaas

According to loved ones, Polly had a good sense of humor and enjoyed dressing up like an old lady and hobbling about with a cane, which she would use to suddenly whack someone on the behind.  She also enjoyed making people laugh by imitating a chihuahua by sticking her tongue out and rolling her eyes.  Friends thought she did a good Elvis Presley imitation.  Polly also had a sarcastic streak.  Once when the family was trying to eat dinner through little sister Annie’s loud crying, Polly commented, “Gee, that’s relaxing.”

On the night of October 1, 1993, Polly was having a slumber party when a strange man holding a knife snuck into the Klaas family home and entered Polly’s room, frightening Polly and her friends. He then tied up all the girls and put pillow cases over their heads. The intruder then took a sobbing Polly off into the night.

Her friends stood back-to-back trying to untie themselves. When that didn’t work, one girl was able to bring her hands under her feet to free herself. The girls then awakened Polly’s mother, who immediately called the police.

People in her home town and throughout the world helped search for her and two months after her abduction, she was located deceased.

Polly’s body was found on December 3, 1993 and by that time over 2 BILLION images of Polly Klaas had been distributed worldwide.

From the very beginning the search for Polly Klaas was conducted using the Internet, which had never been done before.

Previously, missing child posters were blurry reproductions that were photocopied, faxed, and hand distributed.

But this was 1993, the dawn of the “Information Super Highway.” The day after Polly was kidnapped, two Petaluma residents, Gary French and Bill Rhodes, contacted the police department to inform them that Polly’s missing child poster could be digitized, resulting in a crisp recognizable image.

French and Rhodes were joined by a third person, syndicated computer columnist Larry Magid, who contacted several Internet networks with world-wide clientele of more than 20 million users.

Polly’s crisp, recognizable, missing child poster soon received a far wider distribution than any previous missing child poster, which is one of the reasons why so many people know about Polly Klaas.

Polly was very close to her family but especially her father, Marc Klaas, the founder of the Polly Klaas Foundation.

Marc Klaas, Polly's father

Photo of Marc Klaas

Barry Bortnick wrote in Polly Klaas: The Murder of America’s Child, “Polly spent most holidays and weekends with her dad, who ran a Hertz rent-a-car office in San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel. Wherever Polly’s family moved, Marc Klaas was there. He worked as a teacher’s aide in some of Polly’s schools.” Joe Klaas said, “They had an incredible relationship” and remembered that “If anyone made a joke about Marc, she would jump to his defense.”

The Polly Klaas Foundation is a national nonprofit dedicated to the safety of all children, the recovery of missing children, and public policies that keep children safe in their communities. Since the founding in 1993, the Foundation has used our compassion, experience and professionalism to help more than 7691 families find missing children.

Click here to read the abduction and murder of Polly Klaas

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