Archive for August, 2012

Police Believe Kidnapper May Be In The Corpus Christi Area (Parental Abduction)

Aaron Cox,53 (Pictured) Is Suspected Of Kidnapping Daughter, Cara Cox, 11 (Pictured Below)

Photo Taken Of Cara Cox When She Was 8-Years-Old In 2009 (Now 11)

The U.S. Marshal‘s Office released photos of Cox, as well as an age-progression photo of Cara, showing what she would look like now, at age 11.

Updated Case → The U.S. Marshal’s Office believes a Florida man (father) accused of kidnapping his daughter may be living in the Corpus Christi, Texas, area.

Aaron Cox, 53, is wanted for the non-custodial parental abduction of his daughter Cara. Cox kidnapped his daughter in August, 2009, when she was 8-years-old and living with her mother.

Cara Cox is described as a white female, with hazel eyes and brown, strait hair. She has an oversized bite and a strawberry-shaped birthmark on the base of her neck.

Aaron Cox is described as a white man, five-foot eight-inches tall, 145 pounds with brown eyes and gray hair. He also has a birthmark on the base of his neck, and walks with a limp caused by a metal plate in his left leg.

Police said Cox may be using a false name.

If you recognize Aaron or Cara Cox, or have any information on this case, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 361-888-8477.

FLORIDA PARENTS BEWARE: Caught On Camera EX-Nanny Yelling And Being Rough With 13-Month-Old-Twins

DO NOT HIRE ‘Alina Williams’ FROM FLORIDA – A mother has posted a video onto youtube after Police stated there was not enough ”wrong-doing” to press charges. This means Alina is still out there, undetected, possibly watching YOUR children.

Alina was caught on camera not only sleeping on the job, but yelling at the 13-month-old twins for disturbing her sleep. She is seen yanking the twins, being harsh, sqeezing there faces and being rough. She is also seen ”teaching” one of the toddlers how to walk but is extra aggressive and yanks him up while being mean to the child for not walking to her standards.

The mother posted a description which reads – ”Watch our former Nanny Alina Williams, Pre Med Student, want to be Child Psychiatrist, care for our twin boys by sleeping on the job while the children are crying for food for an hour and a half while she sleeps, yell at them for waking her up, jerk and push them around, twist their faces and scream in their ears. Watch her jerk the 13 month old boy when he does not walk for her correctly. Would you want her to be your child’s future Doctor? Working Moms, please, consider this Cam. This all occured in one day! We need tougher laws to protect our children. Please leave contact information to sign a petition to amend the child abuse laws.”

WWYD? (Child Abductions)

A short clip uploaded on Youtube called ”What would you do?” This episode is about child abductions and it includes a set-up with a child actor and child predator, the child is calling out for help while telling the ”abductor” to stop. WWYD? Would you help the young girl or continue walking?

Does anyone help the young girl? Watch and find out.

Gabrielle Swainson Suspect, Freddie Grant, Indicated On Federal Ammo Charge

S.C. cheerleader vanishes without a trace

♦ Tuesday, September 18th, Marks ONE Month Since Gabrielle Swainson Disappeared

Click link for the latest update (09/19/12) on Gabrielle Swainson Suspect, Freddie Grant – Swainson kidnapping suspect indicted on federal ammo charge

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Updated: 09/14/12 – Columbia, SC  – Saturday marks four weeks since Columbia teenager Gabrielle Swainson disappeared from her home.

Deputies say the 15-year-old was taken against her will by 52 year old Freddie Grant back on August 18. Sheriff Leon Lott says his officers have obtained a warrant for Grant’s arrest, but have not formally charged him yet in Swainson’s disappearance.

Currently, Grant is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on a federal ammunition charge.

Sheriff Leon Lott says Grant was in a relationship with Swainson’s mother and had a key to their home. Lott says Gabbiee’s blood was found in Grant’s Elgin home and in a nearby junkyard.

Lott has gone on record to calling Grant a monster, something Grant’s attorney used in a failed attempt to get a gag order in the case.

Friday, News19 asked Lott about the effort to silence him.

“I’m worried about finding Gabbiee,” Lott said. “Anything I said has been the truth and I can back it with facts. I’m going to say what I’ve got to say and that’s the truth, and whatever I can say that’s going to help find Gabbiee then that’s what I’m going to do.”

Lott say his department has followed up on more than 400 Crimestoppers tips. If you know anything that can help with this case, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

(WLTX is the source of the article above)

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South Carolina; Updated – 9/4/12 – Freddie Grant, Suspect In Gabrielle Swainson’s Disappearance, Person Of Interest In Two More Cases;  Freddie Grant, a man charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson, is also a person of interest in
the case of another missing South Carolina woman and the unsolved homicide of a
S.C. man, reports the Charlotte Observer

Pictured; Freddie Grant (Police Photo)

Police in Elgin County have said Freddie Grant is a ”person of interest” in two additional cases and are looking into it further. Daniele Lee Wood, 36-years-old who was killed in October 2011 and the disappearance of Adriana Laster, 28-years-old who was last seen a year ago in September 2011 with Grant in S.C. According to CBS news, Laster is a mother of an 11-year-old daughter who said that she and her mother would keep in touch daily until September 2011 when the calls stopped. She is now living with her Grandmother in S.C.

According to CBS affiliate, a report from March 2011 says officers found Laster crying as she lay on the ground. It said Grant “grabbed her by the hair and slammed her face into the side of his mother’s house and dragged her to the car.” The report says they fought on the way home from with Grant “pouring some sort of fuel on her” in the car. The report went on the say Grant slammed Laster’s head into a brick wall. Police found and photographed various cuts, bruises and other injuries on her body. It’s believed that Grant and Laster spent time in Homestead before relocating to South Carolina.

Adriana Laster refused to press charges and according to a Police report, she was 3-months pregnant in what was a consented sexual-encounter with Grant. This was shortly before her disappearance.

Grant, who has been charged with kidnapping Gabbie Swainson, has not been cooperating with Police who continue with the help of the community and friends and family of the missing teen.

Richland County, S.C. Sheriff Leon Lott believe Gabby is still alive. “We believe that she’s alive. Where and how, I don’t know.” Said Lott.

”He’s a monster,” said Lott speaking of Freddie Grant.

Anyone with information about Laster or Grant is urged to call Crime Stoppers in South Carolina at 1888-CRIME-SC.

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Previous Updates Below

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♦ Gabrielle Chloe’s Disappearance, Freddie Grant Not Leading Police To Here Whereabouts ♦

→ Gabrielle Chloe Swainson, a 15-year-old cheerleader from Richland County, South Carolina, has been missing since August 18, 2012. She disappeared between 3 am and 7:30 am. Gabrielle’s mother, Elvia Swainson, left her daughter at home to work.

When Elvia got home, she heard the alarm clock ringing. She then called out to her daughter but Gabrielle did not respond, so Elvia went to check on her. That was when Elvia noticed her child was missing.

Elvia told ABC News that she called Gabrielle’s cell phone, but there was no answer. Chandra Cleveland-Jennings, a private investigator that the Swainson family hired, explained that Gabrielle does not have a habit of running away.

When police did search Gabrielle’s room, there was nothing missing from her room. All of her clothes were there as well as her pocketbook. “Police have been unable to locate a signal on the girl’s cell phone. There was also no sign of forced entry or signs of struggle. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office now believes Gabrielle may have been abducted.” Now police have arrested and charged 52-year-old Freddie Grant, a friend of the Swainson’s family, with kidnapping Gabrielle. Police actually “found blood and DNA from the South Carolina teen on duct tape near the man’s home…Authorities believe Grant forced the teen from her home in Columbia and took her to his home in Elgin, S.C.”

According to police, Grant is refusing to assist in locating Gabrielle.

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UPDATE; Published 8/28/12 by (CBS/AP) ↔ COLUMBIA, S.C. – Investigators charged Freddie Grant with kidnapping in the disappearance of 15-year-old Gabrielle “Gabbiee” Swainson after her blood was found on duct tape near his home, authorities said Tuesday.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said 52-year-old Grant was a family acquaintance and did yard work for the Swainson family. The sheriff was holding out hope that Gabbiee will be found alive, and more than 100 officers are combing through a junkyard across from the suspect’s home in Elgin on Tuesday looking for the missing teen. “I haven’t given up hope of finding her and bringing her home. That’s what we’re operating under, that she can be found,” Lott said. “He’s only charged with kidnapping.”

Grant was uncooperative when investigators first asked him if he knew where Gabbiee was, and hadn’t been any more helpful since he was charged with kidnapping on Monday.

Gabbiee was last seen by her mother around 4 a.m. on Aug. 18 asleep in her bed. Her mother said Gabbiee was gone when she returned home from work several hours later. All the teen’s clothes, her purse and her cellphone charger were still in the home, authorities said.

Investigators began questioning the family and anyone who knew the girl. Grant was an obvious target because he was a convicted felon and deputies became even more suspicious when he refused to cooperate, Lott said. Bullets were found in Grant’s home, leading to a federal weapons charge. Additional searches uncovered his DNA and Gabbiee’s DNA on duct tape with blood on it found near his house, the sheriff said.

Grant is being held without bail at the Lexington County jail.

Lott said investigators are checking to see whether Grant is involved in the disappearance of a 28-year-old woman last year.

Investigators said Adriana Laster, who lived with Grant in Elgin, has been missing for nearly a year. Laster disappeared in September 2011, but wasn’t reported missing until March of this year by her grandmother in Homestead, Fla., Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown said.

Grant and Laster lived together and had a troubled relationship. Brown said his officers were called to their home several times, culminating in an April 2011 charge of criminal domestic violence against Grant. Police pressed forward with the misdemeanor even though Laster asked them to drop the case. Grant was convicted and paid a fine, Brown said.

SOURCE: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57501866-504083/gabrielle-swainson-freddie-grant-charged-with-kidnapping-missing-sc-teen-sheriff-hopeful-shes-alive/?tag=re1.channel

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Suspects Still Wanted In 2007 Shooting Death Of Ronald Yonuss (Caught On TAPE)

  ♦ To watch video, click the link below ♦

 

On March 3, 2007 twenty-three-year-old Ronald Yonuss (pictured) was murdered by three men as they followed him into the entrance of the Admiral Hill Building on Commandants Way in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Officers found Ronald shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday bleeding in his
apartment building. He was pronounced dead at Whidden Hospital. All three suspects looked like young adults, two black males and one who looked Hispanic or Caucasian.

The suspect were caught on camera and although two were shown with there faces covered, one of the three men had his face visible as he talked on his cell-phone. It looked as if Ronald’s homicide was a hired-murder as the Victim didn’t seem to know who his killers were as he walked by.

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Caught On Tape (Ronald Yonuss is blurred out of the video because his family didn’t want his final moments of life on display.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGbprOv6MgY

Do you recognize any of these men? Call the Chelsea PD’s anonymous tip line at 617-466-4880 or the Suffolk DA at 617-727-8817.

New Composite Sketch Of Johnny Gosch Created

New Composite Sketch Of Johnny Gosch Created

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has created a new photo of what missing paperboy Johnny Gosch would look like today at about age 40.

Gosch disappeared on Sept. 5th, 1982 in West Des Moines while delivering newspapers. He was 12 at the time of his disappearance.

Townsend woman, 23, last seen leaving Boston Medical Center – UPDATED 8/30/12: Amanda Dold Has Been Located Safe

→ Amanda Dold (Pictured)
LATEST UPDATE PUBLISHED 8/30/12 – Townsend Woman Found In Boston

TOWNSEND — A 23-year-old Townsend woman who had been missing for more than a week was found in Boston Wednesday morning.

Boston police were holding Amanda Dold on a warrant of apprehension issued out of Ayer District Court. Townsend police are expected to bring Dold to Ayer District Court for a hearing, but a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said Dold was not in court Wednesday.

In a press release issued by Townsend Police Chief Erving J. Marshall, officers began tracking a cellphone that police suspected Dold was using. Boston police officers were able to identify an area in the city where the phone was being used and Dold was ultimately located. Marshall said a female claiming to be Dold contacted Townsend police Tuesday to say she was fine, but would not say where she was. She told officers she had been receiving information from friends that people were looking for her, and she also saw news reports that she was missing.

When contacted by phone Wednesday afternoon, Dold’s father, Fran, said he didn’t know the specifics of how his daughter had been found, but he was happy she was safe. “I’m very happy. I don’t know what condition she’s in and what’s going on or anything. I’m most definitely thrilled,” he said. “I feel like I don’t have that two-ton weight on my chest anymore. I owe a lot of people thanks. There were a lot of people out looking for her. It’s better than the ending that could have been.”

Fran Dold said Tuesday that Amanda was last seen at Boston Medical Center on Aug. 16 about 3 p.m., and since then she had not contacted her family, updated her Facebook page or made contact with friends. He said she had been staying at a residential drug-rehabilitation facility in Roxbury, and had been clean and sober for three months before vanishing. He said his daughter disappeared without a change of clothes, and without her cellphone, and he feared the worst had happened.

Amanda Dold and her mother, Michelle, were arraigned in Fitchburg District Court earlier this month on motor-vehicle larceny charges and intimidation of a witness charge, respectively. Both were summonsed based on accusations by Michelle Dold’s niece, Jennifer Frederick, 30, of Fitchburg, who was also recently charged with trying to break into a Leominster diner. According to court documents, Frederick claims Amanda Dold and her boyfriend stole her 2002 Ford Explorer in May after Dold asked for a ride. Frederick told police she drove Dold to pick up her boyfriend from a drug-rehabilitation facility and then to their home on Elm Street to get gas money. Frederick claims she waited for 15 minutes and then went inside to find them both passed out on the floor with drug needles beside them.

She said she woke up the pair and Dold asked Frederick to bring her to Mt. Vernon Street in Fitchburg. Frederick said she would but wanted to drop her daughter off at home first. While she did that, Dold and her boyfriend allegedly drove off with the car. The SUV was found later that same day on Franklin Street and there appeared to be no damage done. But the windows were open and the key was still in the ignition. Frederick alleges that Michelle Dold told her to drop the charges against her daughter and her boyfriend or she would “take her on a ride that she has never been on in her life.”

Both Michelle and Amanda Dold are due back in court Sept. 27.

SOURCE: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/local/ci_21433357/townsend-woman-found-boston

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Paige Valise Johnson Has Been Missing Since 9/23/11 From Covington, Kentucky

To learn more about Paige Johnson’s disappearance please click the video provided, which will link you to updates on her case.

Video created by Paige’s loved ones, photos provided by Donna. A ten minute video thats played with music, which shows photos of Paige Johnson from an infant all the way to 2010, the year she vanished.

Video description reads – ”Paige Johnson has been missing since Sept 23,2010. Her mom and dad are broken hearted. I have known Paige since she was born and I wanted to make sure that everyone sees the people who love her and that she is loved. How would you feel if you did not know where your child was. She is17 years old. No one has heard from her since Sept 23,2010. If you have any information on Paige’s whereabouts please contact the Covington, KY Police at 859-292-2222 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. http://www.missingkids.com – 1-800-THE-LOST”.

Isabel Celis Still Missing Over Ten Months After She Vanished From Her Tuscon Home

Video was uploaded on YouTube shortly after Isabel M. Celis vanished.

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Full Name: Isabel Mercedes Celis
Missing City/State: Tuscon, AZ
Age at Disappearance: 6 Current Age: 7
Race: White/HispanicGender: Female
Height: 3’8″ Weight: 44 pounds
Hair: Strait, Light Brown (she was last seen with her hair braided into two long braids)
Eyes: Hazel
Clothing: Isabel was last seen wearing a blue tank-top, dark (navy) blue basketball shorts.
Other: She is also missing two front teeth. She has had her ears pierced prior to her disappearance.

Isabel was last seen at her Tuscon, Arizona home on the night of April 20, 2012. Her mother had put her to bed at approximately 11PM and then went to bed herself. She woke up early the following morning, got ready for work and left at 6:30AM. She didn’t check on Isabel so had not realized she was missing until shortly after 8AM when she was alerted by her husband (Isabel’s father), Sergio Celis, who had went to wake up the children and noticed Isabel wasn’t in bed.

A search in and around the house yielded no sign of the little girl but Mr. Celis did notice a screen from one of the windows was compromised, the blinds had been shoved aside.

By this point the police were called and a local search was immediate. Authorities asked the family questions and then asked neighbors if they’ve seen the missing child but it’s as if she had vanished.

Many local searches were conducted, posters were created and social media was booming with information on Isabel’s disappearance. Thousands of dollars were spent on her investigation and over $60,000 was raised on a reward for information. But despite the local and National attention and the reward fund, her case remains unsolved.

It didn’t take long before theories started arising among the community and among reporters and journalists.

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Candle light vigils were done locally family, friends and community took part in it, holding onto hope that the missing girl would be found safe. One vigil held on the evening of July 27, 2012 was attended by family including Sergio Celis, despite a previous voluntary agreement with Child Protective Services in Arizona that he could not be around his family and sons.

KVOA, a local Tuscon news cast, made an attempt to asked the Celis family about this but they refused to comment. KVOA then attempted to contact CPS but were not given a response.

There has been a good amount of suspicion around the father and family, including Isabel’s mother, had and still has defended him threw all the media assumptions, calling him “a great father”.

Isabel Celis: Mom Attends Vigil, Defends Husband

Earlier that same week, on July 22, 2012, two young children had called law enforcement pretending to be Isabel Celis. The call was immediately suspicious however, despite for clues the police investigated. $5,000 later they had found proof  that the call was a hoax. The callers were two little girls, sisters, who were at home with their mother and used a cell phone to contact police. It’s unclear (and unlikely) that the children’s family had any charges filed against them and the incident was dropped by police.

However, Jane Velez Mitchell, host on HLN and other media sources questioned whether these little girls knew something. Maybe overheard or had some type of link to the case.  It’s odd how children would call pretending to be a 6-year-old missing child. Maybe an adult figure tricked or threatened them into doing it or its possible that they were acting out something they knew about or were afraid of.

Velez-Mitchell acknowledged that as a child she made prank calls. So have many others. Heck, I even called 911 at age 4 pr 5 (it was the only number I had known by heart), but quickly hung up. That didn’t stop police from showing up at my home however. — The point is, most of us made a prank call as a child, but, tell me, have you ever pretended to be a missing child? Would you have done that as a youngster? I wouldn’t and I don’t know anyone who would have.

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Isabel’s disappearance has gotten a good amount of National attention including being featured on Nancy Grace and America’s Most Wanted. Each with different theories as to what could have happened to the missing girl.

Bring Isa Home is a website created to bring awareness to this case. On the front page it states a $60, 500 reward is being offered for those with information leading to the (safe) recovery of Isabel or the arrest and conviction of those suspected in taking her.

Find Isabel Mercedes Celis is one of the many Facebook pages created to spread around awareness, information and support regarding the case. It’s the Facebook page believed to be run by loved ones.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact: Tucson Police Department (520) 791-4444 and/or 88-CRIME (520)882-7463 (collect calls accepted)
You can also text the number 274637 and type ”tip259” followed by your message. 911 are urgent for any sightings of the missing child.

 

Angel ”Ito” Garcia Still Missing Almost One Year Later (CT)

♦ Missing Since October 21st, 2011 ♦

→ Angel Garcia (19) disappeared approximately ten-months-ago, he was last seen on Friday, Oct. 21st at approximately 11:30am in the vicinity of Newfield and New Britain avenues located in Hartford, Connecticut. He was riding a red Honda 85 cc dirt-bike with multiple stickers on it.

Pictured: Angel Garcia’s Dirt-bike

Angel (then 19) decided to ride his dirt-bike on home-made trails, which is located on the eastern-boarder of the Connecticut river in east Hartford.

It was a hobby Angel enjoyed and took part in often. He called a friend that afternoon and they set-off to ride there bikes. It was reported that sometime during the day, Angel and his friend seperated.

He never made it and hasen’t been seen or heard from since.

His dirt-bike has never been recovered as well.

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Crews have searched the area around Newfield Avenue where the young man was last seen,  A large group of family and friends gathered at the search site, which is, coincidentally, behind the home of a friends uncle.

Police equipped with K-9 units, both rescue dogs and cadaver dogs have searched the area to no avail. Police also brought ATV’s to search the rough terrain and wooded areas.

There has been no activity on his bank records, cellphone nor has he contacted friends and family who miss him very much and want answers. Many stated Angel’s disappearance is suspicious due to him not being the type to ”run off” or ”start a new life”. According to those who new Angel, he was very close to his parents and spoke daily to them. He would never willingly disappear and he had no reason to.

Angel’s family are desperate for answers and have asked the public to please come forward if you know or might know anything regarding there sons disappearance or the disappearance of his dirt-bike.

“He said he was riding his dirt bike and that he was gonna call me when he was done,” said Garcia’s girlfriend Omayra Serrano. “And I waited for his call and he never called me, and he told me he was gonna meet me at the house, but he never came.”

“he’s never done this before,” said Garcia’s aunt Sue Santana, “never. This is not him. He don’t never do this. He’s never done this before.”

♦ Angel Garcia was nineteen in Oct.2011 and would be twenty as of 2012. He is a Hispanic male with brown hair that may be worn in a ponytail, and brown eyes, 5’8” and weighing approximately 180 pounds. One, possibly both of Angel’s ears are pierced according to Charlie-Project. He also has scars on both knuckles, his chin and he knee. He has three moles, one on his chest between his nipples, one on his upper back and one on his upper lip.

♦ He was last seen wearing a grey-hooded-sweatshirt along with blue jeans and black sneakers with a red-design on them.

For additional infomation and too support Angel’s family and friends, Click the Facebook page, ”Missing Angel Garcia” http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Missing-Angel-Garcia/259646090813257

Anyone with information into Garcia’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Juvenile Investigate Division at 860-757-4236. Or the Hartford Police at (860)757-4000 OR (860)757-4242

All Calls can be made anonymous to protect your identity.