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Three women who have been missing for a decade, found ALIVE just a few miles from where they lived (HUFFINGTONPOST)

a-CLEVELAND-GIRLS-404x304CLEVELAND — Two women who went missing as teenagers about a decade ago were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, within a few miles of where they disappeared.

Cheering crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where police said Amanda Berry (pictured left) Gina DeJesus (pictured right) and a third woman were found earlier in the day. The identity of the third woman hadn’t been confirmed.

Police didn’t immediately provide any details of how the women were found or what conditions they were in.

Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. DeJesus went missing at age 14 on her way home from school about a year later.

In January, a prison inmate was sentenced to 4 1/2 years after admitting he provided a false burial tip in the disappearance of Berry, who had last been seen the day before her 17th birthday. A judge in Cleveland sentenced Robert Wolford on his guilty plea to obstruction of justice, making a false report and making a false alarm.

Last summer, Wolford tipped authorities to look for Berry’s remains in a Cleveland lot. He was taken to the location, which was dug up with backhoes.

Berry’s mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalized for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006. She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter, whose disappearance took a toll as her health steadily deteriorated, family and friends said.

Two men arrested for questioning in the disappearance of DeJesus in 2004 were released from the city jail in 2006 after officers did not find her body during a search of the men’s house.

One of the men was transferred to the Cuyahoga County Jail on unrelated charges, while the other was allowed to go free, police said.

In September 2006, police acting on a tip tore up the concrete floor of the garage and used a cadaver dog to search unsuccessfully for DeJesus’ body. Investigators confiscated 19 pieces of evidence during their search but declined to comment on the significance of the items then.

No Amber Alert was issued the day DeJesus failed to return home from school in April 2004 because no one witnessed her abduction. The lack of an Amber Alert angered her father, Felix DeJesus, who said in 2006 he believed the public will listen even if the alerts become routine.

“The Amber Alert should work for any missing child,” Felix DeJesus said then. “It doesn’t have to be an abduction. Whether it’s an abduction or a runaway, a child needs to be found. We need to change this law.”

Cleveland police said then that the alerts must be reserved for cases in which danger is imminent and the public can be of help in locating the suspect and child.

Source of article: Huffington Post

Updated articles on case:

Chilling video captures the moment cops raided the home of Cleveland ‘kidnapper’ to free captors

Hi grandpa, it’s Mandy – do you still have my car? First words of kidnap victim to her grandfather after being released from Cleveland house of horrors

‘I would have reported him – brother or no brother’ – Ariel Castro’s brothers break their silence after to insist they knew nothing about female prisoners in home

Kidnap victim Michelle Knight is deaf in one ear and will need facial reconstruction surgery after years of brutal beatings at the hands of her captor

Authorities in Florida and Louisiana Have Issued An Alert For Two Children Abducted By Their Non Custodial Parents (UPDATED!)

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UPDATE – According to Yahoo News Joshua and Sharyn Hakken have been arrested after fleeing to Cuba with their non custodial children Chase Hakken, 2, and Cole, 4, whom were kidnapped on April 4, 2013 at their grandmothers Tampa, Florida home where they resided.

The suspects fled on a boat named “Salty” and sailed to Cuba where they were located and apprehended.

Both boys have been returned to their grandparents who has full custodial rights.

Joshua and Sharyn Hakken will appear in court Thursday, April 18, 2013 for the first time to face charges including kidnapping, child neglect, false imprisonment, burglary and interference with custody.

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Joshua Michael Hakken, 34, was listed as Endangered Missing on the Louisiana State Police Facebook page three days ago. After doing more research it appears as if he along with his wife, Sharyn Patricia Hakken, 34, kidnapped their two children, Chase Hakken, 2, and Cole Hakken, 4 from their grandmother who had custody of both boys in Tampa, FL.

The abduction occurred on the morning of April 4, 2013 and later that same day the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an AMBER Alert for both missing boys.

Both suspects are the biological parents of the two victims however, neither have any custodial rights.

The children may be traveling to or through Louisiana since their abductors have ties to the Slidell area which is the reason for the Louisiana alert. The suspects may be driving in a black 2006 GMC pickup bearing University of Florida license plate U95KT.

The suspects description:

  • Joshua Hakken stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Sharyn Hakken stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has blue-green eyes and short, curly brown hair.

The victims description:

  • Cole Hakken (bottom lefr) stands 3 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 44 pounds.
  • Chase Hakken (bottom right) stands 3 feet tall and weighs 33 pounds. Both youths have brown hair and brown eyes.

Citizens are advised not to approach the two suspects. Instead, call 911, your local law enforcement agency or the Hillsborough County, Fla., sheriff’s office at (813) 247-8200.

Jenica Frederick (12) – Endangered Missing

UPDATE – Jenica Frederick has been located safe and is back home with family.

Sabrina Allen Kidnapped In Austin, TX (UPDATE: Found!)

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UPDATE – Sabrina Allen has been found and is back in the US. Her mother is currently being held in Travis County Jail.

Photo of Sabrina at age four, taken the year she was kidnapped
Victim’s Description
Full Name: Sabrina Fair Llorens-Allen
Known Alias: Sabrina Fair Llorens
Birthdate: May 30, 1997
Date of Disappearance: April 21, 2002
Missing From: Austin, Texas
Age Then: 4
Age Now: 15 (Will be turning 16 in May 2013)
Race: White Sex: Female
Hair: Naturally Blond however, her abductor has frequently changes her hair style and color threw out the years
Eyes: Dark Blue
Ht/Wt: 3’6″ / 35 lbs at time of abduction
Possible Location(s): New Mexico / Mexico / USA
Other: Sabrina has a fair complexion. She has a mole on her right knee and a small scar on the bridge of her nose. Sabrina has pierced ears and wears a silver cross necklace

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Age progressed photos showing what Sabrina may look like as a teenager. Her nickname as a child was Brina.

Dara Llorens is wanted by the FBI who has a felony warrant out for her arrest.

Dara kidnapped Sabrina Llorens-Allen in Austin, TX on April 21, 2002 when she was just 4-years-old. She fled to Mexico and were spotted a year later in June 2003 in Mexico City using the names Blanca Aurora Fabian Uribe and Adriana Fabian Uribe but managed eluded authorities.

Sabrina-Dark-Hair-Missing-ChildIn 2003, witnesses in Mexico, including teachers say little Sabrina’s hair was dark and was dyed so much that her hair was thinning and she was on the verge of going bald. Dara constantly changed Sabrina’s hair style and color to avoid detection, and although she is a natural blonde her color could be any shade, especially now as a teenager. The witnesses told police that Sabrina was thin and had lost weight and was reportedly suffering physically and psychologically. Sadly, she hasn’t been seen since 2003 and would be turning 16 years old this year. By now she may have vague memories of her father, who misses her very much. Many relatives are hoping to reunite with her again someday soon.

The still-shit photo shown to the left shows Sabrina with dark-colored hair. It was taken by a witness in New Mexico prior to Dara finding out that the police were on to her, prompting her to take Sabrina yet again, and flee to an unknown location.

Dara is the biological non-custodial mother of Sabrina. Prior to the abduction she had supervised visitation however, a court then overturned the ruling and she was not allowed unsupervised visitation due to being mentally unstable. She decided to break the law, take a child away from her family and loved ones, and avoid authorities for over one decade.

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Photo of Dara M. Llorens taken prior to 2002.

Full Name: Dara Marie Llorens
Known Aliases: Deena Marie Guerrero, Deena Marie Llorens, Deena Marie Lamont, Deena Marie Patel, Dara Marie Groves, Deena Marie Peterson, Deena Marie Green, Dara Marie Allen, Dara Marie Rose, Deena Aguilar.
DOB: January 19, 1970
Age Then: 32 Age Now: 43
Race: White / Hispanic
Sex: Female
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 100 pounds
Marks/Scars: Has surgery scars on her legs, and walks with a mild limp.
Possible Location(s): She may have taken Sabrina to New Mexico or Mexico, but they could also be in your own home town. Please look for them.

 

America’s Most Wanted did a segment on Sabrina’s Case.

On the website, Find Sabrina, her father wrote a message for Sabrina;

A message from your daddy: Happy Birthday, punkin. I can’t believe you’re 15. For two years it was just you and I, and you were the center of my world. Now it’s a distant memory. I can only imagine how distant it is for you. But I’m still looking for you, and I’ll never stop. You’re old enough to start asking questions about how you got where you are, and to learn the truth. Please come home. I love you and I miss you.
Feliz cumple, mija. No puedo creer que ya tienes 15 años. Durante dos años estuvimos nada más tú y yo juntos, y tú eras el centro de mi mundo. Ahora es un recuerdo distante. No puedo ni imaginarme lo distante que es para ti. Pero sigo buscandote, y nunca lo dejaré. Tienes la edad suficiente para preguntarte cómo llegaste a donde estás, y para saber la verdad. Por favor regresa. Te quiero y te extraño.

A reward of $20,000 is being offered for those with information leading to the rescue of Sabrina Allen.

Klein Investigations and Consulting are making their number one goal to find Sabrina. Contact Mr. Klein at philipklein@gt.twcbc.com if you have any information regarding Sabrina’s and/or Dara’s whereabouts.
Austin Police Department (512) 974-5000
Texas Department of Public Safety (800)346-3243

Corpus Christi Man Found SAFE!

 

 

 

UPDATE: Justin Lawrence has been FOUND SAFE!

According to Missing Justin T. Lawrence, a Facebook page created by loved ones, he was located alive in Austin, TX on March 8, 2013.

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Case Type: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Justin Trevor Lawrence
Date of Birth: July 20, 1976
Last Seen In: Corpus Christi (Nueces County) TX
Missing Date: 03/03/13
Age: 36
Race: White Sex: Male
Height: 6’3″ Weight: 190 pounds
Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Hazel
Clothing: Last seen wearing a beige long sleeve shirt, brown polyester pants and black canvas shoes.

Trevor Lawrence has been missing for over 24 hours. He was last seen March 3, 2013 accompanied by his black dog, driving his black 2005 Toyota Corolla with Texas license plate # SWY389.

Although it’s only been one day since he was last seen, TXDPS has labelled his case “Endangered”. More details will be available as the investigation continues. Much of the media hasn’t yet picked up on the story and most likely wont until at least several days, so in the meantime those in the Corpus Christi and surrounding areas should be on the lookout for the missing man and his dog/vehicle.

Case Number: M1303001

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Texas Department of Public Safety, Missing Persons Clearinghouse
at (512) 424-5074 and/or 1-800-346-3243

Oregon Teen, Bedria Williams, Found SAFE!

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Feb 9, 2013 UPDATE — Bedria Williams was found safe, according to Missing Bedia Williams Facebook page which is handled by the missing teen’s family.

An update status posting 5 hours ago;

FOUND!!! Bedria was found safe early this morning. The search is cancelled. I want to thank each and everyone of you for lending your help, for praying, and for dedicating endless hours to bring my sister home safe. Please continue to keep Bedria and my family in your prayers as we begin to heal. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ♥

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Feb 2, 2013 — Oregon Teenager, Bedria Williams, Missing Since January 11, 2013

Bedria Williams is a 15-year-old teenager who is ran away from her Creswell home in Oregon on January 11, 2013. According to family, she was last seen in Sacramento, California eight days later on January 19th, and her family has received a phone call about a possible sighting in Michigan, although the sighting in Michigan is believed to be unconfirmed.

She hasn’t been seen or heard from since January 19, 2013 and her family is very worried. They believe she may have travelled back to Oregon or possibly Washington, but may be anywhere.

The missing teen’s family is reaching out to the public for help in locating Bedria.  The teen’s sister has created a Facebook page Missing Bedria Williams and the teen’s sister regularly leaves status updates reaching out to her sister and the public for help. One of the status updates is a message from their family to the public —

Thank you to each and every one of you who has shown us support. Today my family wanted to share what little we do know about Bedria’s case so that it may help us find her. We are continually fighting each day to find her and bring her home, we love her so much!

After leaving school 1/2 way through the day we believe she traveled to Portland, Oregon on the night of 1/11/13, where she may have made contact with an ex-con. From there, it is clear from a series of phone calls that she somehow made her way to Sacramento, California – My Step-Mother received a restricted phone call from a woman who said she saw Bedria in Michigan, she also said that Bedria was safe but didn’t want to come home. We were able to trace the phone call and found out that it was a Sacramento phone number, the phone call was not made in Michigan. It is clear this woman was lying. The police did not make contact with this woman so my father called this same Sacramento phone number and they told him that Bedria was with them. While attempting to go to Sacramento to find Bedria, my Dad received a phone call from the same number and was told that he was never going to see his daughter again. The Sacramento Police looked for Bedria at the house where the phone number was registered, but she was not there.
This was on 1/19/2013 and we haven’t heard anything since. There is a very real problem with sex trafficking in Sacramento, and we are extremely worried that she will get caught up in it.
I have contacted all of the news stations in both Portland and Eugene Oregon, as well as the stations in Sacramento. So far I have not been able to get our story aired on any station. I was told that they do not cover stories like Bedria’s because she ran away. 4 Days after the news station told me this, they aired a story about a 14-year-old boy who had just run away.

Please help by continually posting this story and Bedria’s page so that we can find her, bring her home, and start the healing the process.

WE LOVE YOU BEDRIA!

Bedria is described as a fifteen-year-old African-American female, 5’2” tall, weighing approximately 124 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Bedria Williams is asked by her family to please contact: Sacramento Police Department – (916) 264-5471 or the Sacramento Detective Unit – (916) 808-0560 (Anyone with a possible sighting is asked to called 911 as well.)

Kidnapped Teen tells of her horrific ordeal after she was snatched at the mall by stranger and held at gunpoint for two days before escaping

PUBLISHED: 11:05 EST, 27 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:29 EST, 27 January 2013 by MailOnline – Dailymail.co.uk

A teenage girl missing for two days alerted authorities to come and rescued her after sneaking a Facebook message to her mom, before escaping in the night when her alleged kidnapper fell asleep.

The 16-year-old Johnstown,Colorado, resident said that she had been walking through a local supermarket’s parking lot on Tuesday when 38-year-old David Calderon asked her for a lighter, before bundling her into his car.

Holding her at gunpoint, Calderon allegedly made her accompany him on drug runs around town and is facing charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, unlawful sexual contact, felony menacing, child abuse and assault.

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The unidentified teenager spoke to ABC News 7 in Denver, Colorado, about her terrifying experience
The unidentified teenager spoke to ABC News 7 in Denver, Colorado, about her terrifying experience

‘I’m a little paranoid that when he gets out of jail he’ll try to find me or something,’ she told 7NEWS with the permission of her mother and a victim’s assistance advocate.

‘He was really really creepy, saying he wanted to be with me forever and make me his queen.’

‘He said if I did leave he would find me and shoot me.’

The unnamed girl, of Johnstown, Colorado, was last heard from at around 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

David Calderon, 38, is now facing multiple charges, including kidnapping and child abuse charges after allegedly bundling a 16-year-old teen into his car and holding her against her will for two days
David Calderon, 38, is now facing multiple charges, including kidnapping and child abuse charges after allegedly bundling a 16-year-old teen into his car and holding her against her will for two days

Witnesses told investigators that the teen sent messages from her cellphone and Facebook account at that time, saying she was ‘with a guy named Dave’ and ‘scared.’

Click here for full article and video by Dailymail

Amber Alert Cancelled For 4-month-old Pasadena Baby Kidnapped On Friday

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Pictured Above: Kaitlyn Lavois (victim)

Pictured Below: Robin Lavois (kidnapper)

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UPDATE – 01/13/13, PASADENA, TEXAS — Amber Alert Cancelled For 4-month-old Pasadena Baby Kidnapped On Friday

An Amber Alert issued for a 4-month-old girl who was taken by her grandmother is canceled after they are both found, police say.

Pasadena police said Robin Lavois took Kaitlyn Lavois from a day care in the 600 block of Fairmont Parkway on Friday. Lavois did not have permission to take Kaitlyn, officials said. They had last been seen in the Baytown area about 9:30 p.m., investigators said.

Detectives said the baby and grandmother were found on Saturday morning.

Kaitlyn’s father, Jonathan, said when they heard their baby had been taken, they looked everywhere for Robin.

“We we out on the road til about 2 or so last night, scouring Baytown, Pasadena, looking for any sign where she could be hiding up or just getting any kind of information we can. Alerting the health clinics.” said Jonathan. “She made a comment the baby was sick or something like that.”

Jonathan said the baby appeared to be fine, but she was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Lavois was taken into police custody for questioning. Investigators said the case will be turned over to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be filed.

Lavois has a criminal history that includes charges of violating a protective order, assault of a family member and evading arrest. All of those charges were in 2007.

Source of updated article: Click2Houston

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01/12/13, PASADENA, TX — AMBER ALERT: 4 month old Pasadena baby kidnapped on Friday

Pasadena Police Department has issued an Amber Alert for a 4-month-old Pasadena baby missing from Baytown, Texas since Friday. Authorities believe the two could possibly be en route to Louisiana or Massachusetts.

Kaitlyn Lavois grandmother, Robin Lavois, took the child from a Pasadena daycare facility without the permission or knowledge of the girl’s parents. They haven’t been seen or heard from since.

She was last seen in the Baytown area at approximately 4:30 p.m. Yesterday, 01/11/2013 and is believed to be driving a green four-door, 1996 Toyota, Camry with Texas license plate 784CGH.

It is unknown how the woman managed to kidnap the child at the facility or if she had previously been on an emergency contact list.

At this time, there are very little details on the woman but relatives of the child say the abductor is 48 years of age and “unstable“.

Relatives of the missing girl are reaching out through Facebook in hopes that people from all over will be aware of this alert. The missing girl’s’ aunt wrote in a post that the abductor is her former sister-in-law who went to high school in Houma, Louisiana and college in Massachusetts. She also visited Bristol County, MA in the fall of 2011. according to her Facebook page and visited Bristol County, Massachusetts in November 2011.

Kaitlyn Lavois is described as a four-month old Caucasian child, brown hair, brown eyes. 1’8″ and 14 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding this case is being asked to contact: Pasadena Police Department at (713) 477-1221 or 911 (for any sighting contact your local authorities.)

Richard Landers, Boy Kidnapped In 1994, Says Grandparents “Were In The Right”

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Photo of Richard Wayne Landers a.k.a Michael Wayne Landers as a child

New man: Pictured outside his home in Browerville, Minnesota Michael Jeff Landers faced reporters as a 24-year-old married and expecting father

ALL GROWN UP: Richard Landers Jr (pictured) will soon be a father himself

01/13/13, HUFFINGTONPOST UPDATE — Richard Wayne Landers, Missing Boy Found As Adult, Says Grandparents ‘Were In The Right’

BROWERVILLE, Minn. — An Indiana mother whose former in-laws allegedly abducted her son nearly 20 years ago was not homeless at the time, the woman’s lawyer said, refuting claims that the grandparents needed to step in because she was unable to care for the boy.

Authorities searched for the then-5-year-old Richard Wayne Landers Jr. for years, but the case went cold. They eventually found him living with his paternal grandparents in the small central Minnesota town of Browerville. He had changed his name in 2006 to Michael Jeff Landers.

Lisa Harter and the boy’s father, Richard Wayne Landers Sr., did live in a car for three days at one point, but at the time of the boy’s disappearance in 1994, Harter had moved into an apartment, attorney Richard Muntz told The Associated Press late Friday.

Photo of Richard Wayne Landers Sr. father of kidnapped boy

Muntz said that when Harter and Landers Sr. divorced, Harter – who has mild developmental disabilities_ temporarily moved into a group home that wasn’t equipped for children. The grandparents obtained custody and filed for guardianship, he said. After Harter moved into an apartment and gained custody of her son on weekends, she filed a petition to expand her custody rights when she remarried.

“The judge gave her custody on a trial basis, and before she could get him, that’s when they left,” Muntz told the AP.

Todd County Sheriff Peter Mikkelson has said the investigation was ongoing and the case will be forwarded to federal authorities for possible charges, perhaps related to non-custodial kidnapping.

Michael Landers seems to have understood his circumstances and lived willingly with his grandparents.

Neither he nor his wife immediately responded to telephone or Facebook messages. But postings from each of their Facebook accounts appeared Friday night and Saturday on the Facebook page of KARE-TV in Minneapolis, suggesting that the grandparents did what was necessary.

A posting from Michael Landers said: “For you people who jump to conclusions you should find out the whole story I was where I needed to be. My `grandparents’ were in the the right I dont care what anyone else thinks.”

Click here for full updated article and video by the Huffingtonpost

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01/12/13, (DAILYMAIL) UPDATE – The happy family life of father-to-be abducted by his grandparents at age five and found almost 19 years later

  • Richard Landers Jr taken from Indiana home by his paternal grandparents in 1994 is pictured for the first time as an adult calling himself Michael
  • His wife is expecting a child and the couple live on the same plot of land as grandparents who are now facing charges
  • Mother and father say they want to renew contact but he and his wife say grandparents were ‘in the right’

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Michael Landers (pictured below) and his wife Bobbie (pictured above) are now expecting their own child and have posted ultrasound images and messages about how excited they are on Facebook

A man abducted by his grandparents at the age of five lives next door to them with his new wife and is preparing to be a father himself.
The impression of a close and happy family life was emerging in the case of Richard Landers Jr, now 24, who was kidnapped by his grandparents as a young child.
Police found the grandparents and Landers almost 19 years after he went missing in an operation, praised by his parents, Lisa Harter and Richard Landers Sr, who had almost given up hope of seeing him again.
But both Landers and his new wife have praised rather than criticized his parents. In a Facebook post Bobbie Landers said his grandparents kept her husband ‘safe’ as a child.

Baby: Michael Landers and his wife Bobbie, pictured left, are now expecting their own child and have posted ultrasound images and messages about how excited they are on Facebook, pictured right
‘His “grandparents” didn’t follow the law, but they did what was right. Sometimes, our US laws don’t help or protect the people they should. He was 5. He remembers his birth parents and what they were like,’ it said.
‘He had been living under his grandparents care since he was a 6 month old baby. He was where he wanted and needed to be to be safe and become the man he is today, my husband and best friend.’
Rather than the appearance of someone held against his will, Landers, who changed his name to Michael himself at age 18, has defended the grandparents who kidnapped and raised him.
He is now preparing to be a father himself with his wife Bobbie, who has two sons from a previous relationship.
They all live on one plot of land in Long Prairie, just outside Browerville, Minnesota and the young couple have been happily posting on Facebook about the upcoming birth of their child.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL UPDATED ARTICLE BY DAILYMAIL.CO.UK

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01/11/13 – WOLCOTTVILLE, INDIANA — Five year old Kidnapped in 1994 Is Found ALIVE living in Minnesota

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Left: Lisa Harter the mother of Richard Wayne Landers (pictured right) was “overjoyed” when she heard that authorities located her missing son, Michael Wayne Landers Jr.

Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was just 5 years old when he and his paternal grandparents, who were upset over custody arrangements, disappeared from Wolcottville, a town about 30 miles north of Fort Wayne. Nineteen years later, news that he has been found living under an assumed name in Minnesota left his mother overjoyed and “jumping up and down,” her husband said Thursday shortly after police announced the break in the case.

Indiana State Police said the now 24-year-old Landers was found in Long Prairie, Minn., thanks in part to his Social Security number. His grandparents were living under aliases in a nearby town and confirmed his identity, investigators said.

Police declined to say whether the grandparents will face charges, citing the ongoing investigation.

Landers’ mother, Lisa Harter, was “jumping up and down for joy” when investigators told her a few days ago that her son had been found, her husband Richard Harter told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

He said his wife is “the happiest woman on earth.”

Harter said he and his wife were working with an attorney and hoped to reunite with his stepson soon. Police said Landers is married and expecting his first child.

Harter declined further comment and referred questions about the case to his attorney, who didn’t immediately return phone messages Thursday. Investigators declined to release the names under which Landers and his grandparents had been living.

Police said the boy’s paternal grandparents, Richard E. and Ruth A. Landers, abducted him in July 1994 because they were “upset over pending court proceedings” regarding his placement.

Police spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz said it appears the boy’s father was never in the picture. Lisa and Richard Harter had married a year earlier.

Authorities believe the grandparents took the boy from their home in Wolcottville and fled. They were charged at the time with misdemeanor interference with custody, which was bumped up to a felony in 1999. But the charge was dismissed in 2008 after the case went cold.

Investigators reopened the case in September when Richard Harter turned over the boy’s Social Security card to an Indiana State Police detective. That turned up a man with the same Social Security number and date of birth living in Long Prairie, Minn., about 100 miles northwest of Minneapolis. A driver’s license photo for the man appeared to resemble Landers, police said.

Indiana State Police then contacted Minnesota law enforcement agencies, which began investigating along with the FBI and the Social Security Administration.

The grandparents were found living in nearby Browerville, Minnesota
“By all accounts, it didn’t appear he suffered from any abuse, either physical or mental,” Galaviz said.

Written and published by: FOXNEWS

California Toddler Missing Since October Found Underdressed In Stroller With Woman Claiming To Be The Child’s Grandmother

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Photo of Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra, a missing California toddler who was found alive with a woman claiming to be the child’s grandmother at the University of Kentucky in Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY — Two University of Kentucky police officers have found a toddler whose mother reported her missing to the Los Angeles Police Department a couple of months ago.

Campus police officers Jennifer Ockerman and Emily Smith spotted a woman pushing a stroller with a  little girl strapped into the seat on December 27, 2012.  They were concerned because the child was under-dressed in the cold weather. According to reports, she was not wearing shoes, socks or a jacket and without hesitation, the officer’s approached the two of them.

“It was obvious that the infant looked like she had been out in the weather for a while,” University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe said. “Her face was red, she was showing some signs of potential frostbite or hypothermia. So, we did take the initiative to go ahead and get the child some medical treatment.”

The woman, identified as 62-year-old Maria Baltierra-Dejesus, tried to shield the toddler’s face, claiming to be the her grandmother and refused to answer questions. She was immediately placed under arrest.

The child was identified as 17-month-old Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra and upon further investigation, authorities discovered that the Alouette is a missing child from California. Her mother had apparently reported her missing to the Los Angeles Police Department 10 weeks prior on October 15, 2012.

Alouette has been placed in the temporary custody of Kentucky Child Protective Services while Baltierra-Dejesus faces charges of child endangerment and custodial interference. She could face felony charges in California for taking the child.

Meanwhile, authorities are still trying to figure out why Baltierra-Dejesus, who had a New York address, was in Kentucky or whether she really is the child’s grandmother. They did find Alouette’s birth certificate in Baltierra-Dejesus’s possession along with the a passport with evidence showing she tried to leave the country twice.

Baltierra-Dejesus has been “very uncooperative,” said Monroe.

“We’re not sure exactly who she is at this point. We’re still trying to locate that,” Monroe said. “It’s very strange … Honestly, it was just kind a coincidence that she ended up here.”

“This is an example of where the responding officers followed a gut feeling that something just wasn’t right with the situation,” Monroe said Friday.

Alouette Day Moreno Baltierra is said to be doing good and will be reunited with her family soon.