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UPDATE: Amber Alert Cancelled In Case Of Kidnapped Starks County Infant, Mother Arrested

Photo above of Mia Graci Thompson, born September 6th, 2012

Photo of Kendra Meaker, left and Timothy Thompson, right. With baby Mia in the middle.

UPDATE: 09/27/12 Starks County, IL – Amber Alert Cancelled for 3-week-old Infant, Mother Arrested:

An amber alert has been cancelled for a Stark County infant, and her mother, Kendra Elizabeth Meaker, 19, has been arrested.

Authorities say 3-week-old Mia Graci Thompson has been found alive on the side of a rural road in Illinois. She was transported to a hospital to be examined. Doctors say she was hungry but overall she was in good condition.

Mia was found several hours ago, just after 7pm, roughly twelve hours after being reported missing.

The child’s mother was taken into custody in connection to the incident.

Baby Mia was reported missing Thursday morning, an Amber Alert was issued after Mia allegedly disappeared from the backseat of a vehicle.

Kendra Elizabeth Meaker, 19, said that she had both of her daughters in the backseat of the vehicle. The other child is 11-month-old Mercedes Grace Meaker. Kendra says that when she came out of post office she found only Mia missing. However, authorities say Kendra later told police she did not realize Mia was missing until after returning home.

I will update this story when information becomes available.

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Published: 09/27/12 – Amber Alert for Kidnapped 3-week-old Infant – Starks CO, IL:

 Kendra Meaker, 19, the mother of Mia Graci Thompson, pulled into the Toulon, Illinois, Post Office earlier this morning. Baby Mia was snuggled in her car-seat sleeping next to her 11-month-old sister, so Kendra decided to run in the post office real quick. She came back and didn’t notice Mia missing until her drive home and that is when panic struck.

An amber alert has been issued to the public for assistance in finding baby Mia, who was wearing a yellow onesie with a flower on the left shoulder.

Authorities say there were no witnesses to the kidnapping and they believe the three-week-old is in danger.

‘My wife called me and she was in a state of panic. She told me that our granddaughter, one-month-old Mia Graci Thompson had been abducted,’ said Mia’s grandfather, Ken Meaker.

Mia was born on September 6 to Kendra Meaker and Timothy Thompson.

Investigator’s are treating Miss Meaker’s vehicle as a crime scene but said they have ruled out all family members as suspects. But due to no witnesses, they have no legitimate leads.

Mia is described as a white female, 8 pounds and 21 inches long.

The family has asked for concerned citizens to pray for the safe return of their little girl.

Toulon, Illinois, is a small town about 150 miles southwest of Chicago.

Illinois Woman Disappeared On May 23rd, 2010 After Being Dropped Of At Amtrak Train Station (IL)

Benedetta Leigh Bentley

Jefferson COUNTY, Centralia, illinois.

Last known alive: May 23, 2010 at 15:16

Benedetta Bentley, also known as ”Beth,” a resident of Woodstock, has been missing since May 23rd, 2010. Beth was dropped off across from  the Amtrak Train Station in Centralia, Illinois about an hour before her 6pm train which was suppose to take her to Union Station, Chicago. The train left at 6pm and arrived in Chicago at 11pm that night but according to Amtrak records, along with Amtrak rider’s who were interviewed, Beth never boarded the train. 

The following day, on May 24th, 2010, when she did not arrive home as expected, a missing person’s report was filed by her husband with Woodstock Police Department. Searches were conducted in both Mt. Vernon and Centralia to no avail. She turned 43 years old on February 12th, 2012.

Photo of Beth (right) and a friend.

Description: Caucasian female, 5’7”, weighing approximately 170 pounds at the time of her disappearance. She has Platinum Blond colored hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black tank top and blue denim mini skirt and sandals (flip-flops.)

She was wearing a Pandora bracelet, her wedding ring, a large white purse and a name brand (Vera Bradley) pink and orange overnight bag.

Large Vera Bradley Bag, pink and orange, which held all of Beth’s overnight possessions.
She has an iPhone with a Ed Hardy-lookalike-casing. (But not real Ed-Hardy.)


Miles For Beth Bentley Campaign

How is works: You register at the site for “Miles for Beth Bentley” and navigate to the county you live in or are familiar with, search for any road way and adopt it. Once you adopt the road or street, you must register that information on the site. This effort will aid the search for Beth as it is imperative to locate information on her travels and or whereabouts. Each ADOPTED” road or street that is delivered posters door to door, will allow us to obtain knowledge on Beth and where might have been in her travels. This campaign is open to anyone who would like to help in this case.

Purpose: The concept for this campaign is to garner the attention of the general public and media outlets in an effort to aid in awareness of a missing mother, Beth Bentley; and to help identify areas of interest to conduct future search efforts.

Objective: To challenge citizens of the state of  Illinois to participate in locating Beth Bentley who remains missing. We hope to eliminate roads, streets and highways in search of any clue or tip she may have left behind. Our ultimate goal to locate missing, Beth Bentley and afford her family a resolution.

Link to Mapquest to the routes that Beth may have traveled. In and around the area of the blue line is the possible directions of travel.


If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Woodstock Police Department at 815-338-2131, Crime-stoppers at 1-800-762-7867, or Illinois State Police, Zone 7 Investigations at 618-542-2171.

Who is Benjaman Kyle? The living John Doe

Who is he? This living John Doe was given the name Benjaman Kyle. He would found in 2004 laying behind a dumpster, beaten and covered with insects and when he awoke his coma he didn’t know who he was or where he came from and despite receiving National attention no one has come forward claiming to know the unidentified man.

Pictured; Unidentified amnesia victim found on August 31st, 2004 naked, beaten and covered in fire-ant bites, behind a Burger-King dumpster in Richmond Hill, Georgia (right off exit 87 of I-95) Authorities couldn’t find any identification on the living ”John Doe”, and when he woke-up after being unconscious, he didn’t remember his name, where he came from, if he got assaulted, etc. He was given the name ”Benjaman Kyle.” It is believed that he attended some type of school or education. He is intelligent, highly functioning and well-mannered with a professional demeanor. He is also in good health and speaks fluent English in a Southern accent.

 Race/Sex: Caucasian, Male

Estimated age: 50-65 years old

Approximate Height and Weight: 5’11″; 240 lbs.

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male with graying hair, receding hairline. Blue-green eyes (although some reports state he has grey-eyes.)

Marks, Scars: Two parallel surgical scars on left elbow (from reparative surgery for broken elbow that may involve pins/plates implantation). Surgical scar on front of neck appears to be from cervical discectomy. Small round scar on left side of face near chin appears to be a puncture-type wound but believes it may be related to former tooth abscess. No tattoos. No body piercings.

Medical: Blinding cataracts in both eyes may have resulted from prolonged exposure to sun while unconscious prior to being found and brought to hospital.

Fingerprints: On file with the FBI in Savannah, Georgia.

Dentals: Three teeth missing from upper front and one tooth missing from upper right side of mouth. Not known whether dental problems occurred after or as result of mugging in August of 2004.

Recent photo of Benjaman Kyle

Benjaman talk’s of memories, some vague, some very detailed, but it seem’s any and all memories of the unidentified man, stop’s in the mid-80’s.

He cannot remember his name or any other identifying information. He does however, vaguely remember a few things from his past like memories of Indianapolis as a child, including the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, the Woolworth’s on the Circle, and the Indiana Theater showing movies in Cinerma. He remembers Crown Hill Cemetery, though not its name; the Scottish Rite Cathedral and the White River when “it was mostly just a dumping ground.” He also remembers grilled cheese sandwiches for a quarter and glasses of milk for a nickel at the Indiana State Fair. More specific memories place him in Indianapolis between at least 1954 and 1963. The earlier date is based on his recognition of the Fountain Square Theater,but not the Granada Theater in the Fountain Square area of town. The Granada closed in the mid 1950s. The later date is based on his recollections of a 2% retail sales tax that was enacted by the State of Indiana in 1963,and that the popular WLS Chicago radio station disc jockey Dick Biondi left the station that year over management issues.

Kyle also has memories of the area around the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has detailed memories of the subscription the library has to Restaurants & Institutions. He also remembers the Round the Corner Restaurant on the Hill, and the Flatirons and The Fox Theater near the Boulder campus. This places Kyle in the Denver-Boulder area in the late 1970s to early 1980s.In an interview with Channel 7 News in Denver, Kyle reported having memories of the controversy surrounding the construction of mass transit in Denver, at a time when the city still had no financing to proceed. Although the mass transit system in Denver went into operation in 1994, public debate over the construction of the system dates back to about 1980, consistent with the time period of the other memories that Kyle has about Denver and Boulder.

More specific memories of Boulder place Kyle there between 1976 and 1983. The earlier date is based on his memory that he arrived during the construction of the Pearl Street Mall in the downtown area, and shortly after the Big Thompson Canyon flood that occurred on July 31-August 1, 1976. The later date is based on the year that the King Soopers grocery store chain merged with Kroger.

During an October 16, 2008 interview on the television show of Dr. Phil McGraw, he recollected some minor memories he has, such as having brothers, being 10 years older than Michael Jackson (giving him a possible birth date of August 29, 1948), being around restaurant equipment, and that he attended a Catholic School.Through hypnosis, he has recalled a partial Social Security number 3X5-44-XXXX, consistent with numbers assigned in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana during the 1960s.

Benjaman Kyle has an unusually detailed knowledge of restaurant operation and food preparation equipment, leading to the belief that he may have once worked in these industries.

Still-Shot photo’s of Benjaman Kyle as a guest on the Dr. Phil TV-show. (Episode called ”Who am I?”)

 Ben’s case has been aired on local and national news. He has participated in Interview’s and talk-shows and was even a guest on Dr. Phil, in an episode called “Who am I?” which was aired October 16th, 2008, it again re-aired on December 31st, 2008. But as of September, 2012.

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Thanks to FTDNA this kit along with others were upgraded. He currently has, at 37 markers – Y-DNA, 1 genetic distance 2 match, 2 genetic distance 3 matches, 2 genetic distance 4 matches and 1 genetic distance 5 match. At 67 markers he has 1 genetic distance 5 match. All of his 37 and 67 marker matches are with the surname Powell. His predicted Haplogroup is R1b1b2.

Click here to join a Facebook page dedicated to finding the true identity of Benjaman Kyle.

Man arrested for attempted abduction of toddler

Kelly Davis plays with his 2-year-old daughter Myla in the front yard of their Zion home. On Aug. 25, 2012, a man tried to abduct Myla while she was playing on the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, but Davis intervened and chased the man down. (Credit: CBS)

Kelly Davis plays with his 2-year-old daughter Myla in the front yard of their Zion home. On Aug. 25, 2012, a man tried to abduct Myla while she was playing on the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, but Davis intervened and chased the man down.

(Credit: CBS)

Chicago, IL → A 55-year-old man with a previous criminal record allegedly tried to kidnap a 2-year-old Zion girl at Daley Plaza last weekend, but the girl’s father stopped him, then chased him down until police were able to arrest the man.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza has become a magnet for kids looking for fun in the Loop. Saturday night, it turned into a scary scene for a Zion family.

Kelly Davis and Amanda Green were watching their 2-year-old daughter Myla and her 4-year-old sister slide on the landmark when a man approached Myla and grabbed her arm, saying she was his daughter. “He was so adamant that he had a nickname, He called her Goldilocks,” Davis said. He said the man seemed to challenge him to a fight, then threw a punch. There was a scuffle before the man ran off. “I kind of shoulder-checked him to get away,” Davis said.

Green said, during the confrontation, most other people at Daley Plaza just stood and watched. “Everybody’s just standing there. Nobody did anything. Everybody just stood there staring at us the whole time,” she said.

After the scuffle by the Picasso, the man took off on foot, but he didn’t count on Davis giving chase. Davis followed the man for block after block – sometimes walking, sometimes running. “If he would’ve ran to the end of the city, I would’ve chased him to the end of the city,” Davis said. Finally, at the corner of LaSalle and Washington streets, Davis flagged down police, who grabbed the man, and arrested him. 

The man, identified as 55-year-old James Gates, was charged with attempted kidnapping and battery.

 Zion Dad Chases Down Man Who Tried To Abduct Daughter At Daley Plaza

Pictured: James Gates has been arrested for attempted kidnapping of A toddler.

“Because of that guy, my kids are going to have fears, and memories that no 2- and 4-year-old ever should,” Davis said.

Gates has a criminal record that includes drug and armed robbery charges.

Wanted: Lane Bryant Shooting Still Unsolved

Wanted: Lane Bryant Shooter

Description: He is an African American male, 25-35 years old 5’9″ – 6′ tall with a husky build. Composite sketch shows what the Suspect would look like with cornrolls/braids and a doe-rag on.

Incident: The Lane Bryant shooting was an incident of mass murder and armed robbery at a Lane Bryant clothing outlet in the Brookside Marketplace in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois, United States, that occurred on February 2, 2008. The shooting resulted in five fatalities, and the injury of another.

Police do not know the identity of the shooter. Police released a sketch of the suspect on February 11, 2008.

Details: Four customers, a part-time employee, and the store manager, were taken to the back of the store and shot. Five of the women were killed, and the part-time employee was wounded and survived. Police found the victims shortly after receiving an emergency call at 10:45 a.m. The gunman was described as a black man with thick, cornrowed hair and a receding hairline, along with one braid lying over the right side of his face at cheek level and decorated with four light-green beads on the end. Police believe it was a robbery “gone awry.”

The victims are: Connie R. Woolfolk, 37, of Flossmoor; Sarah T. Szafranski, 22, of Oak Forest; Carrie Hudek Chiuso, 33, of Frankfort, Illinois; Rhoda McFarland, 42, of Joliet, the store manager; Jennifer L. Bishop, 34, of South Bend, Indiana.
The identity of the survivor is protected by police and has not been released to the media.

Aftermath: The shopping center was closed and locked down while being searched. It was reopened after police found that the gunman had left the immediate area. Some months after the shooting the store has been closed and the building has since been permanently closed.

Then Senator Barack Obama, who was elected President in November that year, released a statement following the killings:

I was deeply saddened to learn about the shooting in Tinley Park, and my heart goes out to the victims’ families. This kind of violence is unacceptable — not just in a shopping center where we’re supposed to feel safe, but wherever it occurs. And as the facts become clear, I hope the authorities find and prosecute whoever is responsible for this tragedy.

A $100,000 reward, half of which was donated by Lane Bryant’s parent company, Charming Shoppes Inc., was offered for information leading to the gunman’s arrest. On February 6, 2008, Lane Bryant announced the establishment of The Lane Bryant Tinley Park Memorial Fund in honor of the five women who were killed. Lane Bryant also offered to pay for the victims’ funerals.

The Steve Wilkos Show, being taped in Chicago, profiled the suspect of the shooting at the end of one episode since the incident.

Please call (708) 444-5394 with any information about this crime. You may also call your Local Police Station. All calls/tips will be 100% annoymous.

- Infomation Provided was Taken From Wikipedia -


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