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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.

Arkansas AMBER Alert; Sidney Randall (14 years-old)

Sidney_RandellThe Walnut Ridge Police Department has requested activation of a Morgan Nick AMBER Alert, Level 2. The child’s safety is feared. Point of contact for additional information is Chief Richy Thatcher who can be contacted by calling 870-886-2525.

Age now: 14 years-old
Sex: Female
Skin: White
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Green
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Weight: 85 pounds
Description: The child’s date of birth is 07/15/1998. Her hair is just below shoulder length. She was last seen wearing a brown Aeropostale jacket.

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

Walnut Ridge Police Department
Call: 870-886-2525

Texas AMBER Alert Issued For Infant Who Is Believed To Be In DANGER

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Victim – Missing Child
Name: Rayden Dominguez
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Skin Color: Age: 2 months old
Height: Unknown Weight: 11 pounds
Gender: Female
Description: The baby has a strawberry birthmark on her upper lip.

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Suspect:
Name: Silvia Menchaca
Hair Color: Dark Brown Eye Color:
Skin Color: White/Hispanic Age:
Height: 5 feet 6 inches Weight: 120 pounds
Gender: Female Race: White/Hispanic
Tattoos: The suspect has a Marine emblem tattoo on her lower back with “Dillon” underneath.

Missing From: Humble, TX
Issued for: Texas: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, Wharton
Circumstances: Humble Police Department has issued an Amber Alert for missing 2-month-old Rayden Dominguez. She is believed to be with her biological non-custodial mother, Silvia Menchaca, who was last seen with the baby in Humble yesterday, Saturday, February 9th around 7pm.

The mother suffers from depression and is off her medication and the child is believed to be in danger.

Anyone with information about the suspect or child is asked to call the Humble Police Department immediately at: 281-446-7127.

If you have information, please contact Humble Police Department, 281-446-7127

Abduction hoax triggered four-hour Amber Alert after California woman made up story

02/02/13, OAKLAND — Oakland police: Abduction hoax triggered four-hour Amber Alert –

A woman who claimed her husband assaulted her, then abducted a nonexistent 18-month-old daughter could face charges for wasting local and state resources after the fraudulent report sparked an hours-long manhunt, police said late Friday.

Officials canceled a statewide Amber Alert that had been up for four hours Friday morning after determining the report was a hoax and the child does not exist, a police spokeswoman said.

“We are going to talk to the (Alameda County) District Attorney’s Office about what charges will be filed,” said Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson. “Investigators will discuss the false reporting (of a crime) and (false) use of the Amber Alert system.”

The woman made up a name for the child — Isaza Tolefree — and described her as a black female with black hair and brown eyes, wearing a pink shirt with blue bears on it and holding a yellow and orange Tigger blanket, police said.

Police have declined to release the woman’s name, but she has been interviewed at police headquarters and will likely be interviewed again in the coming days.

Also on Friday, police arrested Kim Tolefree, the woman’s 47-year-old husband, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon as well as a domestic abuse charge after police said he backed his truck into the woman’s car during a heated argument at their East Oakland home. The two, who do have an older child together, have a long history of domestic problems. They were scheduled to attend an unrelated court hearing in Oakland on Friday for a prior domestic abuse case, authorities said. The couple did not go to the hearing.

The incident began about 12:45 a.m. Friday, when officers were called to a home near 94th Avenue and Holly Street on a report of a car crash. The woman told arriving officers that Tolefree had pistol-whipped her, then got in his truck and chased her fleeing car down the street, ramming into her vehicle and causing her to crash, police said. She told officers Tolefree took the child from her car at gunpoint and drove away.

An Amber Alert was issued for the girl about 4 a.m. and canceled about 8 a.m. after officials learned she had fabricated the abduction.

“The investigation determined that the couple does not have an 18-month-old child and that the kidnapping had not occurred,” Watson said in a statement. “The investigation did determine that Tolefree assaulted the woman with his vehicle. A firearm was not located.”

There was not a child seat in the woman’s car, police said.

Tolefree surrendered to police Friday morning after seeing the Amber Alert in search of him and his truck, Watson said.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call the Oakland Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Division at 510-238-3641 or the tip line at 510-637-0298.

 Source: Mercury News

The Kidnapping & Murder of Adam John Walsh

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Photo of Adam Walsh which was taken the same year of his abduction and murder

Adam Walsh was a 6-year-old boy from Hollywood, FL. On the afternoon of July 27, 1981 Adam joined his mother, Reve Walsh, on a trip to Hollywood Mall, which is right across the street from Hollywood Police Department.  The main reason for the trip was so Reve could stop by Sears Department Store to purchase a few items, including lamps.

Adam was your typical, friendly boy so when he saw a couple of children playing video games in the arcade section of the store he asked his mother if he could stay behind and watch. Figuring she would be less than 75 ft away in the lamp section, she said yes and left her son who was happy and amused with the video games, behind.

That was the last time she would see her son alive.

“I said, ‘I’m going right over here to the lamp department,’ and he said, ‘Okay, Mommy, I know where that is,'” Reve told Nightline in a 2011 interview.

Police records in Adam’s case released in 1996 show that a 17-year-old ‘security guard’ asked four boys to leave the department store. Adam is believed to have been one of them. It is unknown why they were asked to leave.

Reve noticed fairly quickly (about 5-10 minutes) that the lamp she wanted wasn’t in stock and headed back to the arcade. Adam was nowhere in sight. She wasn’t initially concerned, figuring Adam ran off with some kids she went out to search for him, asking local shoppers if they’ve seen him. After searching for over an hour, Reve began to panick and called police.

By the end of that week this case was National news, thousands of fliers with the smiling, brown-haired boy were published and posted all over cities and towns and eventually made their way out-of-state. But by then, it was too late.

 Two weeks (16 days) after Adam went missing his severed head was found in a drainage canal more than 120 miles away from home. The rest of his body has never been located.

From the beginning, the Walshes were disappointed with the Hollywood Police Department.

First, the Walshes say the cops didn’t take the missing persons case seriously enough. Then they say the police botched the murder investigation.

“It was one nighmare after another,” John Walsh said.

The prime suspect was Ottis Toole, an admitted serial killer who was in prison for many other crimes.

“You keep killing and killing and it gets easier and easier and it don’t really bother you,” Toole once told Texas law enforcement.

Toole made 24 documented confessions to killing Adam Walsh, including a 1984 videotaped interview with Texas Rangers. During the interview, he said, “I kind of feel bad about that Adam Walsh kid.”

“That is,” he said, “the youngest child I ever killed.”

Toole even had the gulls to write to the Walsh family, demanding $5,000 in exchange for telling them where the rest of their child’s remains were.

“I read that letter and went into the bathroom and threw up,” John Walsh would later tell Nightline in an interview. “I said, ‘This son of a bitch. We have to figure out a way for him to tell us what happened.”

In the decades that followed, Adam’s case remained open. Toole continued to recant his confessions about being the killer several times and for years he was never charged. Many people believed he was admitting guilt simply for the fame and to be remembered. They believed this because he never proved his guilt and wouldn’t tell police where the rest of Adam’s body was.

For years the case went unsolved and the Walsh family felt like they were the ones doing all the investigating. It became frustrating but they were not going to let their child’s name go down in vain.

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The Walsh Family – John Walsh in the middle, Reve Walsh (right) and daughter on the left

At the time there were no missing faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alert system in place to alert the public if a child goes missing, no National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, nothing. To a family who’s missing a child each minute feels like eternity and the Walsh’s were determined to change this.

They didn’t want other families to go through the tragedy they went threw and for the families who have gone threw unsolved tragedies. They were determined to catch as many predators and criminals as they possibly could.

Prior to his son’s murder, John Walsh was a partner in a hotel management company in Hollywood, Florida. After his son’s kidnapping and murder, he became a strong human and victims rights advocate, criminal investigator and the creator and host of America’s Most Wanted which has helped save thousands of missing people and solve crimes. Walsh is also a part owner of Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington D.C.

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John Walsh (pictured) has been a strong human and victims right advocate for many years and continues to speak out and help other families of crimes

Reve Walsh rarely speaks out about her child’s murder. In 2011, she sat down with Nightline ABC to discuss a new book “Bringing Adam Home,” which tells the story of her son’s case and the tragedy they went threw.

“When all this was going on, I just thought to myself, I can’t wait till it’s 20 years or 25 years,” Reve said. “I don’t care about getting old, I just want this experience of my life to be that far away from me because I thought it would be different. It’s really not.” Reve told Nightline.

The Walsh family had dedicated their lives to helping other families find their missing relatives, children, etc. Over the years they’ve helped find thousands of missing people and criminals. They were not going to let their son’s horrific murder go in vain. But still, the frustrations grew each year Adam’s case continued to go unsolved.

“I cannot go to my grave not doing everything I can possibly do,” she said. “We are going to get a cold case detective, we are going to start from the beginning, and have this man work this case. I don’t care if you go to work just to pay the bill of this private investigator.’ And John said, ‘I know the guy.'”

That guy was Joe Mathews, a retired police detective who had briefly been involved in the Walsh case early on and was critical of how it was handled.

After combing through the case file, Mathews made a major discovery: a roll of film from the crime scene of Ottis Toole’s car — it was film that the original detectives never bothered to have developed. Pictures show bloody footprints on the driver’s side of Toole’s car. On the rear floorboard of the car — where Toole admitted to tossing Adam’s severed head — pictures show the bloody outline of a face.

“I have a blood transfer from Adam’s face onto the carpet — you can actually see his image. It’s as clear as the shroud of Turin, Veronica’s veil. It’s clear,” Mathews said.

He showed the picture to the Walshes.

“To me, it was the one thing that a mother knows, is that this is their child, that this picture is their child,” Reve Walsh said. “This is the piece of evidence that ties everything together for me and I can go to my grave knowing that not only that I did everything I could but that I found my answers in that photo.”

In December 2008, based on the evidence presented by Mathews — who is also one of the co-authors of “Bringing Adam Home,” — the new Hollywood Police Department Chief Chad Wagner officially closed the case, definitively naming Ottis Toole, who had since died in prison, as the man who killed Adam. Wagner apologized to the Walshes for mistakes that he said were made early in the investigation.

It’s been over 32 years since the kidnapping and murder of Adam John Walsh and his family never gave up on him and didn’t let his case go down in vain. America’s Most Wanted is still helping law enforcement solve thousands of crimes and they plan to continue for as long as they possibly can.

Click here to learn about the Adam Walsh Children’s Fund & The Adam Walsh Act

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New Boston police join missing person network

The New Boston Police Department announced Tuesday they have become a participating member of the A Child is Missing Alert Program.

The program is similar to what the state has in the Amber Alerts, but the A Child is Missing Alert Program places actual calls to local citizens — more than 1,000 calls within 60 seconds. The alert message will include the age of the missing person, a description of the person, their clothing description, and the last known time and location of where the person was seen. The alert covers under persons under the age of 21 and disabled and elderly persons, often with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“Once an officer takes a missing person report that falls under the guidelines of his program, we will place a immediate call to the A Child is Missing Alert Program operators who then will input the information into their automatic data system and a recorded message will be sent out to all local telephone numbers in the New Boston and Scioto County areas, informing our local citizens of the alert,” said New Boston Police Capt. Steve Goins.

The standard Alert Program utilizes computer mapping and enhanced satellite imagery to select an appropriate calling area, and will call between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., unless significant extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise. Police departments also have access to 24-hour alert calls. Unlisted phone numbers and cell phone numbers can also be entered into the database at http://www.achildismissing.org to receive alert calls.

According to the program, a child is reported missing in the United States every 40 seconds.

Goins said getting missing persons information out to the general public in a quick and timely manner is a major factor in helping find the missing child or elderly person before they are hurt. The more people in our area that can assist the police in going out in their neighborhood and helping to look for the person, the more likely the outcome will be successful in finding the person.

“This program will most definitely benefit the department in how we search and look for missing persons. The program is also a free service to all law enforcement agencies,” Goins said.

Source: Portsmouth Daily Times

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.)