Archive for January, 2013

Timeka Pridgen, then 16, vanished from her La Grange, NC home in the Spring of 2001

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Photo of Timeka Donyale Pridgen whose been missing for twelve years

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Age Progression to 19 years. She will be turning 28 this year.

Case Type: Endangered Missing

LA GRANGE, N.C. — Family of a missing teenager who vanished over one decade ago in La Grange, North Carolina, just east of Goldsboro, still need answers.

Timeka Pridgen, known as ‘Meka’ by friends and family, was 16-years-old when she was last seen at her Lenoir County home on May 12, 2001.

Pridgen’s mother, Cosandra Best, told journalist the last time she saw her daughter was at approximately 10PM on the night of May 12, 2001 in their living room on South Street in La Grange. She (Best) had come up and decided to relax and wait for her boyfriend, then 31-year-old Eric Moore. Instead she ended up falling asleep and didn’t wake up until midnight. By then, her boyfriend still didn’t show up and her daughter was gone.

“I started looking around to see if anything was missing, and I saw that the shoes that she was wearing was still there (and) her purse. That’s when the panic set in,” Best would later tell journalist.

After her daughter disappeared, Best learned from police that her boyfriend, Moore, had a dark past which included convictions for a sex crime, kidnapping, assault and theft. However, there is no proof that Best’s former boyfriend had anything to do with Pridgen’s disappearance.

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Wounds and closure will never go away for the family of Pridgen, who still reaches out over a decade after her disappearance. Torin Fisher, Pridgen’s sister, reached out to media by writing on CNN iReport, in February, 2011, almost 10 years after the teen went missing. The report said;

Torin Fisher from Kinston North Carolina. It’s been nearly 10 years since my sister Timeka Pridgen has went missing & its been difficult to deal with at times knowing the case is still open. The last time i saw my sister i was 12, we visited our father who was recovering from a heart attack, now im 23.

Here is more on the story:

It was May 12th of 2001 when 16 year old Timeka Pridgen of La Grange went missing. She has never been heard from or seen again.
Her mother, Cosandra Best, says she was taking a nap, waiting for her boyfriend, a relationship she was about to end…the night her daughter disappeared. She says her daughter brought her the phone and said he would be there in five minutes. That’s when Cosandra says she drifted back to sleep. “The next thing I heard was a door closing and a car driving off.”
When Cosandra woke up her daughter was nowhere to be found. “She, um left her shoes, her purse and it had money in her purse. This evening it rained and was cool and I knew she would not have walked out without her shoes on.”
Cosandra says Timeka had no reason to runaway. She describes her as a typical teen who had a love for drawing and her friends…friends who didn’t know where she was. Neither did Cosandra’s soon to be ex-boyfriend, who claims he was never there that night. Cosandra says, “My first gut instinct was he definitely knew what happened.”
But Cosandra says neither he, or anyone else, would be an immediate focus for police. Cosandra believes the investigation into her daughter’s disappearance was hindered because of the outcome of a missing persons case weeks earlier, involving a classmate of Timeka’s. “And lots and lots of resources were poured into that and it turned out to be a hoax.”
Cosandra says it wasn’t until a year later, at the insistence of an advocate on her behalf, that an SBI agent was assigned to the case.
Nine years later Cosandra says she would like to talk to her former boyfriend again about her daughter’s disappearance. He no longer lives in La Grange, but she knows how to get ahold of him. He’s in a North Carolina prison.
Eric Mercer Moore was convicted in 2006 on attempted second degree sexual offense. He’s serving twelve years behind bars. State records show years before Timeka went missing…he was convicted of second degree sex offense and kidnapping, served time and was released.
WITN called Eastern Correctional where Moore is currently behind bars, and requested an interview. Officials at the prison told us his answer was, “Absolutely not.”
Just like Timeka’s disappearance, whether Moore has any information that could help in this case will remain a mystery.
Cosandra continues to hold out hope that her daughter is still alive. As she reminisces over those drawings of hers, she hopes that one day, Timeka just might be able to finish the one she was working on when she vanished. “Everyday I miss her and I want so badly to know where she is and what happened.”

All Im Asking Mrs. Nancy Is For Help & For anyone to come forward who may have seen her.

Thank You

DESCRIPTION: At the time Tameka Pridgen went missing, she had braces, light brown highlights and both her ears were double pierced.

DOB: Sep 8, 1984 Sex: Female Race: Black

Age then: 16 Age Now: 28

Height: 5’7″ (170 cm) Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)

Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Brown

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Tameka D. Pridgen is asked to please contact: La Grange Police Department 252-527-5117

FBI Believes Young Woman Missing Since 2011 May Be Victim Of Human Sex Trafficking

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Photo of Alivia Christine Kail taken shortly before she went missing

ALLEGHENY, PITTSBURG, PA — FBI believe a missing Brookline resident who vanished after supposedly leaving for a trip to Florida with her boyfriend two years ago, may still be alive and may have been forced into a human sex trafficking ring.

Alivia Kail who is also known by family and friends as ‘Liv’, was 19-years-old when she went missing on March 4, 2011. According to her brother, Lance Kail, the young woman was at home packing for a trip to Florida that she and her boyfriend, Alexander Lorenzi, planned. The following day on March 5th, 2011 Alivia’s mother, Christine DiDiano, called Pittsburgh Police to report her daughter missing after not being able to reach her, which was unusual. PPD told DiDiano that because Kail is an adult, she would have to wait 24-48 hours before a missing persons report can be filed.

Several days later locals witnessed Lorenzi back in Pittsburgh, without Kail. When questioned about her whereabouts, he gives conflicting stories telling Kail’s family that she returned to Pittsburgh, but when Lance Kail, Alivia’s brother, went to speak with Lorenzi to find out where his sister was, his story begins to change and he tells Lance that she decided to stay in Florida. Lance felt something was also and got the Allegheny County Police to file a missing persons report.

When family and police pressed Lorenzi for more information, he cowered away, disconnected his phone line and lawyered up. A search warrant for Lorenzi’s home in Esplen, PA, was issued but nothing related to the disappearance of Kail was discovered. However, they did find drugs and a .22 Ruger that was in fact stolen. He was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, and cocaine possession.

Now in a startling new update, FBI agents in Pennsylvania, who became involved in the missing woman’s case, now believe she is alive and is being exploited/forced into a human sex-trafficking ring.

On Tuesday when the news broke out Kail’s mother, Christine DiDiano, told Channel 11′s Alan Jennings that she now has new hope that her daughter may be alive.

“It’s been long, almost two years, but I’m just so hopeful that we could get Alivia back. It doesn’t matter how, I just want her to come back,” Kail’s mother, Christine Kail, said. “I will never give up. So many people who love her just want her back.”

Resolution Hope, a Pittsburgh-based group who are dedicated to finding victims enslaved and trafficked, have teamed up with FBI to discuss the new discovery.

Name: Alivia Christine Kail (nicknamed ‘Liv’)
Missing Since: 03/04/11
From: West Mifflin, Allegheny, PA
Age then: 19 (21 now)
Hair/Eyes: Changed hairstyle alot. Natural brown although the last time she was seen, she had light brown, almost blond hair. Blue eyes
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Height: 5’0” (60 in)
Weight: 105 pounds (thin frame)
Other: A blue lily flower tattoo on right hip. Diamond stud nose piercing and pierced lip. Last seen wearing Black short-sleeved shirt and jeans, tennis shoes or UGG boots.

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Kail changed her hairstyle and color frequently — when she went missing she had lighter colored hair

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Liv Kail’s tattoo is similar to this photo of a blue lily

Missing: Alivia Christine Kail is a Facebook page related to the missing woman’s disappearance. Also, a website PA Liv Safe shows a timeline on this case and a picture of the missing woman’s tattoo and Lorenzi.

FBI agents say Pittsburgh, like many cities in the country and throughout the world, has a sex trafficking problem that needs to be addressed by law enforcement.

Polaris Project is a very informative website which is dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking and alerting the public on the crime.

NCMEC Case Number: NCMA1208482

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact: Pittsburgh Police missing persons unit is 412-323-7141 or the Allegheny Police Department – 412-470-1300 and your local authorities.

Source:
WPXI
True Crime Report
NamUs
Dormont Brookline Patch

Reward Offered For Missing Arizona Girls

January 30, 2013 – TUSCON, AZ —

Investigators believe one man is the common link in two missing-girl cases.

11-month-old Estella Lovemore went missing this past Sunday, and 2-year-old Caroline Oddo has been missing since November, 2012.

Luis Palacio is officially considered a suspect in one of the cases and a person of interest in the other. Palacio is the biological father of Oddo. He’s also the boyfriend of Lovemore’s mother, Danielle Lovemore.

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The Tucson Police Department issued a felony arrest warrant in Palacio’s name accusing him of custodial interference in Oddo’s case. Meanwhile, Marana police consider Palacio a person of interest in the Lovemore disappearance.

Estella went missing Sunday when her mother reportedly took her from a birthday party at Gymnastics World in Marana. Richter Lewis, Estella’s father, said Child Protective Services told him that Estella had been abducted.

They said my daughter had been abducted by Danielle, and that’s pretty much all I heard about it from them,” Lewis said.

“I didn’t even have a Facebook account until last night, and I’m doing this just to find Ella. My main concern is trying to find my daughter and get her back home.”

Oddo’s mother, Anna Oddo, described Palacio as a violent man who hurt her and embarrassed her on several occasions.

She said she never witnessed Palacio hurting their daughter, but feels he is capable of doing so based on what he’s done to her.

Police say Estella Lovemore has already suffered a broken elbow and multiple bumps and bruises. Police did not determine how she was injured, but CPS removed her from her home.

Police say her mother’s reported abduction of her Sunday only placed her in harm’s way.

Marana Police Sgt. Jose Alvarez says, “Right now we don’t know where she’s at and we’re concerned for her safety. So until we find out further and know that she’s safe, we’re going to call her a missing and endangered person to give her heightened awareness.”

It is not entirely clear that Palacio and Lovemore are together, but police saw the couple together in November when Estella suffered her broken elbow, and Marana police say Lovemore is five months pregnant with Palacio’s child.

A reward up to $1,000 will go to the person whose tip leads to an arrest in each unsolved case.

If you have any information regarding this case please contact: Arizona CrimeStoppers 520-882-7463 (88-CRIME) (If you have information on a possible sighting, contact your local authorities asap.)

Source: Tuscon News Now

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Photo of Danielle Lovemore shows what she would look like with dark hair and sunglasses. This picture was taken from her Facebook page – Many of her public photos are from 2009 however, there is a couple of photos which were posted several months ago. Her profile is for the most part, private. However, she listed herself as a “Babysitter for Jennifer” and has a picture of two young girls as her cover-photo. She also lists under ‘places lived’ both Tuscon, Arizona and Oracle, AZ.

DAILYMAIL UPDATE; Gunman dead and boy hostage ALIVE after FBI agents storm bunker after ‘fearing for imminent safety of Ethan’

02/04/13, ALABAMA -

  • Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly stormed a school bus when it stopped to let off students and said he had to take two children hostage
  • Dykes is reportedly dead, but it is not known whether he was killed by police or committed suicide
  • Dykes held the six-year-old, known only as Ethan, in his homemade bunker for almost one week

Link to full article below..

Mugshot: Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, the suspect in the standoff, is believed to be deadJimmy Lee Dykes, 65, the suspect in the standoff, is believed to be dead

Saved: The boy, known only as Ethan, is believed to be ok after he was rescued from the bunker by FBI agents

The boy, known only as Ethan, is believed to be ok after he was rescued from the bunker by FBI agents

Hero: Murdered bus driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, was hailed as a hero for trying to stop the abduction of the children from his school bus. His wife said he loved all of the students he drove

Murdered bus driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, was hailed as a hero for trying to stop the abduction of the children from his school bus. His wife said he loved all of the students he drove

Long wait: Police say Jimmy Lee Dykes likely had supplies in his shelter to last weeks or months. He had previously spent eight days in the bunkerPolice say Jimmy Lee Dykes likely had supplies in his shelter to last weeks or months. He had previously spent eight days in the bunker

Click here for full updated article published by Dailymail

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01/30/13, ALABAMA — SWAT team in 24-hour siege as crazed gunman holds boy, 6, hostage in bunker after abducting him from school bus and shooting dead driver

  • Alabama State Police along with the FBI and bomb squads are involved in the stand-off of a gunman who murdered an Alabama school bus driver before kidnapping a child
  • Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly stormed a school bus when it stopped to let off students and said he had to take two children hostage
  • When driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, tried to stop Dykes, the gunman allegedly opened fire and killed him
  • Dykes took a an autistic boy, 6, with him and retreated to a makeshift bunker he dug in the ground
  • Boy is watching TV and has received medications through a PVC pipe that sticks out of the ground and runs into the fortified hovel
  • The standoff is taking place outside Midland City, Alabama, which is a rural town in the deep southeast of the state, near the Florida border

Link to full article by MailOnline below

Out in force: Dozens of local police officers, Alabama State Police troopers and federal agents from the ATF and FBI swarmed the area where the boy was being held captiveOut in force: Dozens of local police officers, Alabama State Police troopers and federal agents from the ATF and FBI swarmed the area where the boy was being held captive
Gearing up: A bomb squad unit is also on hand to deal with any possible explosive devices in the roadGearing up: A bomb squad unit is also on hand to deal with any possible explosive devices in the bunker
Panic: A suspect, identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly held up a school bus Tuesday in Midland City, Alabama, shooting dead the bus driver and taking a boy hostagePanic: A suspect, identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly held up a school bus Tuesday in Midland City, Alabama, shooting dead the bus driver and taking a boy hostage
Witness: This student said the gunman ranted about needing a 'child' to 'get the law off his back' - likely a reference to his court appearance that was scheduled for todayWitness: This student said the gunman ranted about needing a ‘child’ to ‘get the law off his back’ – likely a reference to his court appearance that was scheduled for today
Safe: Parents hugged their children tightly after the ordeal on the bus. Witnesses say the gunman was looking for a hostage because of his legal troubleSafe: Parents hugged their children tightly after the ordeal on the bus. Witnesses say the gunman was looking for a hostage because of his legal troubleClick here for full article published by Dailymail

Body of Missing Lambertville Woman, Sarah Majoras, Believed To Have Been Pulled from Lake

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Sarah Majoras, 39, a bartender who’s been missing since the early morning hours of Saturday, has been found deceased

01/31/13 LAMBERTVILLE, NJ — Body of Missing Lambertville Woman, Sarah Majoras, Believed To Have Pulled From Lake - 

Family and friends are mourning the death of their loved one after divers pull body from a frozen lake not too far from where the woman went missing.

Although the remains have yet to be identified,  many believe it’s missing bartender, Sarah Majoras, 39, who vanished one week ago after leaving John and Peters bar, where she worked as a bartender.

The discovery came after a shoe believed to have belonged to Majoras was discovered in the lake.  According to reports, authorities said they were investigating reports Majoras had been approached by an unidentified man the night she disappeared. However, police are still investigating  and haven’t yet found any evidence to point to foul-play.

In a strange twist, Majoras was found at the same area where her former friend, David Anderson from Ottsville was found in 2000. Anderson was in a band and was reported to have been seen walking in the same area on his way to Majoras’s boyfriend when he fell into the water and drowned.

Majoras disappeared shortly after leaving John and Peters bar in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Surveillance video spotted the woman walking alone on New Hope Lambertville bridge at approximately 2AM Saturday morning, taking a left turn onto Lambert Road.

“We’ve all been searching for Sarah and we were hoping that she would be coming home safe. We even joked that when we find her she needs to buy us a couple of beers or something, you know,” George Altonen, a friend of Majoras who was also employeed at John and Peters bar said when speaking to NJ reporters.

Altonen went on to say:  “Sarah was just a beautiful and wonderful person and she’s going to be loved and missed for the rest of my life,” said Altonen. “All our hearts go out to Sarah, Sarah’s family and her boyfriend Adam. She was a very funny woman. She was witty, she was very smart, a very super smart woman, you know…she always had a smile on her face.”

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01/29/13, LAMBERTVILLE, NJ — Lambertville Resident, Sarah Majoras, Missing Since Saturday -

A Lambertville, New Jersey resident has been missing for five days now.

According to friends and family, Sarah Majoras, 39, was at John in Peters bar in New Hope, PA, her play of employment, on Friday night going into the early morning hours of Saturday, January 26, 2013. At approximately 2AM, Majoras was seen crossing the New Hope Lambertville bridge, making a left turn onto Lambert Lane.

She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Investigators have released still-shots photos from surveillance, showing Majoras walking alone the night she disappeared. They hope releasing the photos will generate new tips that will help them solve this mystery.

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10AM this morning search crews and volunteers met up at 333 Rago Arts North Main Street in Lambertville, NJ and searched in muddy, chilly conditions for hours but the  missing woman’s whereabouts remain unknown.

Live Coverage; NEWS CONFERENCE ON MISSING LAMBERTVILLE WOMAN

Loved ones created a Facebook page Find Sarah Majoras which has already gained over 11, 5000 ‘likes’. One of the administrators for the Find Sarah Majoras Facebook page debunked some rumors going around. He said:

“I would like to post FACTS here that have been given by the police and Mayor only. Please no speculation or hearsay. To dispel any myths that I’ve heard already. The dogs did not pick up a scent, there were no texts or calls from her phone. All your help is greatly need, she is a true friend to all of us and we want to find her asap.”

Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Sarah Majoras is asked to please contact: Lambertville Police Department at 609-397-3132.

Kevin Collins Missing: San Francisco home searched in case of 10-year-old’s 1984 disappearance

(AP) SAN FRANCISCO – Police searched a home in San Francisco on Tuesday in connection with the high-profile disappearance of a 10-year-old boy nearly 30 years ago.

San Francisco police said in a statement that the examination of the backyard and garage of the house near the city’s Haight-Ashbury district was a “follow up to the cold case investigation” into Kevin Collins’ disappearance. They said the current residents aren’t suspects.

A law enforcement official said a “person of interest” in Kevin’s disappearance lived in the house at the time. That person has since died.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the search warrant used to inspect the property was sealed.

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Photo of 10-year-old Kevin Collins

Ann and David Collins, parents of missing Kevin Collins, on March 2, 1984 holding a missing poster. / AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File

During the search, cadaver dogs indicated the presence of remains under the concrete in the garage. Police said a preliminary review of the remains showed them to be animal bones, but the San Francisco medical examiner’s office was conducting further tests.

Police didn’t disclose what prompted investigators to seek a search warrant and renew the probe into the case. The FBI and the Alameda County sheriff’s department contributed to the search Tuesday.

Renewed interest in the case, which included a memorable milk carton image of the freckled-faced Kevin, put his mother on an emotional roller coaster, especially when the remains turned out to be animal bones.

“Mostly I’m just numb,” Ann Collins, 72, said. “To see them digging in a building so close to where he disappeared was shocking.”

Collins and her husband divorced, and she moved to the San Francisco suburb of Concord after an intensive search for her son.

“It would be nice to have closure,” she said. “But then a part of me, you know, doesn’t want to find him like that.”

Kevin was last seen waiting for a bus in the neighborhood after basketball practice at St. Agnes School in Haight. Following his disappearance, a local search that included the plastering of his photograph on posters throughout the city blossomed into one of the first child disappearances to garner national attention. His photograph was on the cover of Newsweek in 1984.

Source of article: CBS News

DC Mother Turns 27 In Two Days, It Will Be The Third Birthday Since Her Disappearance In The Fall Of 2010

Thursday, January 31, 2013 will be a typical day for many, just another end to another month. But for the family of Unique Harris, a missing mother of two boys who will be turning 27, this will be the third birthday without her

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Pictured: Unique RaQuel-Leona Harris

Missing Since: October 9, 2010 from Washington, DC
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: January 31, 1986
Age Then: 24 Age Now: 27
Height: 5’7″ Weight: 125 pounds
Hair Color: Brown; Dark brown roots, auburn strands.
Eye Color: Brown
Race: Black Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo on left arm and
back. Unique (upper right arm), Richard & U’andre’ (lower back).
Pierced ears. Mole on upper lip. Learning disability.
Clothing: White shirt and gray pants.
Jewelry: Matching gold necklace & earrings with garnet
red beads. Sterling silver necklace with safety pin clasp.

Unique Harris was 24-years-old when she was last seen in her Washington D.C. apartment on October 9, 2010 with her children and her young cousin, Talaya Reed. The four of them were eating popcorn and watching a movie and Unique was relaxing in comfortable clothes which included a white t-shirt and grey pants, believed to be sweatpants. When the movie was over Unique put her two boys to bed, then went to bed herself. Her cousin, who also stayed the night, went to bed as well.

The following morning at approximately 9am, her cousin woke up and noticed Unique was missing and called her mother to tell her and ask if she had spoken to her. Her mother said she had not talked to her since the day before.

At first they weren’t too concerned, thinking she may have went to the store but the more time that went by, the more worried her family became.

Unique’s grandfather, Richard Harris, stopped by the apartment later that afternoon where he came across the two children and cousin, but Unique still wasn’t home. He went into her bedroom and found her glasses lying on a pillow. This discovery immediately turned Richard from worried to frantic because Unique cannot see without her glasses and would have never left them behind. Police in Washington DC were then called but despite media attention, searches and interviews, the missing mother’s whereabouts remain a complete mystery.

Family and loved ones miss her dearly, with one family member, a cousin, writing in March, 2012 on Facebook:

“Cuzzin where ever u are We Love You So Much!!! The devil is busy but we will not stop praying …we all need you.”

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Photo of Valencia Harris, Unique’s devastated mother who’s been searching for her daughter for over two years. Richard has a tiny mole above the right corner of his mouth. Sometimes Valencia touches it, lightly, the way she used to touch the mole on his mother’s face, before she disappeared. The missing mother’s other child, U’Andre’, shares his mother’s wiggling feet, the ones Valencia used to dress up in white booties. Booties she never threw away and still has today, barely unscuffed, at her Temple Hills home. Her daughter never scuffed them because Valencia never put her down as a baby, because when she was born, Valencia looked at her and thought: “I can’t believe I made this. I made this, this special baby.” — However, for over two years, she’s been mourning the possibility that she may never she her special baby ever again.

I am not able to post videos at the moment, for some reason. However, click Valencia Harris plea for help in finding her missing daughter to watch a YouTube video of Unique’s mother pleaded for help in locating her missing mother. Video was uploaded by Black And Missing

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:

DC Metropolitan Police Department
Det. Jacqueline S. Middleton
202-698-1276

Source:
Washington Post
Black And Missing
NAMPN
NAMUS

DC Baby Kidnapped 30 Years Ago Still Missing Today

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Above is a photo of April Nicole Williams as a newborn – below is a age-progressed photo of what April may look like at 27 years of age.

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April Williams was born August 17, 1983 in Washington D.C., Baby April was 3 months old when she was kidnapped on December 3, 1983 by an unknown female. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since, nor has her abductor been identified and brought to justice.

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An artist drew a composite sketch based on the description of the unknown abductor. Keep in mind that the description is based on what the kidnapper looked like in 1983, and she may look entirely different now that she’s 30 years older so it’s important to try an focus on certain facial features including the eyes, shape of face, nose, etc. A very good identifying factor is the mole (or birthmark) witnesses said they seen on the woman’s right cheek. She is described as a black female who had reddish hair (at the time), about 5’3” – 5’4”, weight unknown (although she is described as thinner rather than heavy.)

According to police she may have gone by the name “Latoya”, although it may have been a street name or an alias.

Strangers, esp females, who abduct babies are typically rare. When it does happen many speculate that the unknown woman could have fertility issues and may have kidnapped the child to raise as her own. This gives more hope to one day finding April Williams alive. April would be turning 30 this year and could be a mother herself, not realizing the ‘mother’ who raised her was actually a criminal who kidnapped her.

Baby April was last seen wearing a blue sleeper with a red number one along with a pink and white snowsuit. She has a birthmark on her right wrist.

Case Type: Non Family Abduction
DOB: Aug 17, 1983 Sex: Female
Missing Date: Dec 3, 1983 Race: Black
Age Now: 29 Height: 2’0″ (61 cm)
Missing City: WASHINGTON Weight: 11 lbs (5 kg)
Missing State : DC Hair Color: Black
Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Brown
Case Number: NCMC708557

A Facebook page called Are you the kidnapped April Williams? was created and has only gained 98 ‘likes’ despite millions of Facebook users on the internet daily. The abductor could have kidnapped April to raise her as her own child. She would be 30 years old this year and may be a mother herself, not realizing she is a kidnapped victim.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is asked to please contact:

Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099

Or leave a tip with:

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

NC Child, then 9, leaves her home in the middle of the rainy night and has been missing ever since

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Left photo is Asha Jaquilla Degree Right photo is age progressed to 19 years. She will be turning 32 this year

There was a thunderstorm happening in Shelby, North Carolina on Valentines Day, 1990 when Asha Degree, then 9, disappeared from her bed at her Shelby, NC home. Harold Degree, Asha’s father, last seen her sleeping in her bed at 2:30am but when they went to wake her up at 6:30am she was not in her bedroom and they contacted police and they, along with Asha’s parents and volunteers, immediately started searching the neighborhood. They noticed her book-bag was missing as well, indicating she left on her own accord. But why would a nine-year old child leave in the middle of the night during a thunderstorm?

Police asked the public if anyone may have seen Asha that night and witnesses came forward and reported seeing her walking along North Carolina Highway 18 right by Shelby at approximately 4am. One motorist told police he was concerned wondering why a little girl was walking along the Highway alone so late and circled by three times and noticed her run off into the woods.

“She walks out of the house and heads down 18 South towards Shelby. Several people say that they see her. But no one stops to make sure she’s OK. She runs off into the woods. And no one has seen her since.” Cleveland County Sheriff’s Det. Pete Hamrick said in an interview ten years after the disappearance.

“She was scared to death of dogs,” Harold Degree said. “I never thought she would go out of the house.”

Her mother, Iquilla Degree, said she believes her daughter packed her school bag and put clothes in it.

“The theory is that some time during the night she gets up,” Hamrick said.

Searches along Highway 18 were conducted that same day and during the search they found a shed within the woods and inside the shed they found Asha’s hair-barrette, along with some empty candy wrappers. Asha however, was never located nor did police find any evidence to indicate what might have happened to her, although they strongly suspect foul-play.

Over one year later Asha’s back-pack was found buried along Highway 18 in Burke County. This deepened Charlotte County Sheriff’s opinion that Asha met with foul-play and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Charlotte became involved.


CCSO and FBI are still hoping that one day they will receive a lead that will finally bring this case to a close.

Date of Birth:  August 5, 1990
Date of Disappearance: Feb 14, 1990
Age then: 9 Age Now: 32
Height: 4’6″ (at time of disappearance)
Weight: 60 pounds (at time of disappearance)
Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Gender: Female Race: Black

NCMEC Case Number: NCMC879788

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is asked to please contact:

FBI Charlotte at (704) 672-6100, your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also leave an online TIP on the FBI Website or contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) by calling 1-800-THE-LOST

Source:
NCMEC
ABC News
Find A Grave
FBI Website

Missing Maury County Teen Amber Elizabeth Cates

 

Missing Since 04/11/04 from Maury County, Columbia, Tennessee

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Photo of Amber Elizabeth Cates at 16-years-old.

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Amber has naturally brown hair but was known to dye her hair lighter at times. According to one of the last people to have seen her alive, she had purchased hair-dye the day of her disappearance.

Amber Cates, then 16, was a teenage girl who grew up in Spring Hill, TN and moved frequently to several States including Georgia and Texas before ending back up in Tennessee where she settled down in a foster home.

According to family and friends, when Amber hit her mid-teens she started rebelling and hanging out with the wrong crowd. She would drink and even occasionally experimenting with drugs, so it wasn’t a surprise that when she went missing in 2004, police considered her just another runaway. However, many who knew the missing teen immediately knew this wasn’t the case.

On April 11, 2004, Amber was seen leaving her mother’s Maury County home with a male friend, James Gordon.  She was supposed to go on a two-day Spring-break trip but when she failed to return a missing persons report was filed with Maury County Sheriff’s Department. Gordon was questioned and he told police that the two of them left her mother’s Tracy Lane home in his car, a gold Mazda. They stopped at a store so Amber could purchase hair-dye and then she met-up with another male friend, Ronald Inzurriaga, who is also known by his street name “California” Inzurriaga.

Authorities tracked down Inzurriaga in an Alabama prison where he was serving time for an unrelated case. He told them he picked up Amber and the two hung out for a short while and during that time the two stopped at a store where Amber purchased hair-dye and he dropped her back off in Columbia with another guy who he didn’t know.

MCSD  were at a dead-end and brought in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help aid them in this case but despite the added help, this case remains unsolved.

  • Some reports say James Gordon became Amber’s legal guardian several days before she disappeared while other reports say the teen’s sister was her legal guardian.
  • Amber never used her Social Security account number
  • She had a driver’s license, but there’s been no record of any infractions.
  • Some websites list Amber Cates as “Endangered Runaway” but she is considered “Endangered Missing” by both the police, FBI and major missing children websites like NCMEC and Charlie Project.
  • NCMC1110243 Amber’s National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Case (ID) Number.

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Age-Progressed photo of what Amber Cates may look like at 22. She will be celebrating her 24th birthday in several days on 02/03/13
Date Of Birth: February 3, 1988
Age Then: 16 Age Now: 24
Height: 5’5″
Weight: 100-125 pounds
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Race: Caucasian
Gender: Female

Case Number: 2007-C-02299

Amber Cates Missing FBI Poster is posted on the FBI website which also has contact information for anyone with information regarding the case.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Maury County Sheriff’s Department at 931-380-5733 or 931-388-5151
and/or
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

Source:
FBI Website
Charlie Project
NAMPN
Project Jason
NCMEC

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