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Chicago Police Are Trying To Locate Two Missing People (UPDATE)


03/21/13 UPDATE: Sadly, Michelle Manalansan, 27, has been located deceased in Pilsen apartment complex in Chicago, IL. She was last seen alive on February 9, 2013 in the 300 block of East South Water Street in Chicago. 

Manalansan was a student at Harold Washington College and had regularly frequented the downtown area of Chicago prior to her death.

Police are still working on the disappearance of another Chicago resident. Both cases are separate.

25-year-old Samuel Jones was last seen near the 2700 block of South Western Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago on March 2, 2013.

Full Name: Samuel Jones
Age: 25
Race: Black Sex: Male
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 190 pounds
Clothing: He was last seen wearing a denim, grey hoodie, blue work pants and black work boots.

Anyone with information regarding these cases are asked to please contact:
Detectives from the Chicago Police Department (312) 747-8380.

Charquita Gardner From Chicago Has Been Missing For Over One Month

gardner-missing-chicagoCHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) –
Police are searching for a South Side woman who was last seen in early February.

Charquita Gardner, 54, was last seen Feb. 1 at 6:45 a.m. driving her car in the 7900 block of South Ashland Avenue, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.

Family members have not heard from Gardner since Jan. 28 and reported her missing Feb. 23, the alert said.

Her vehicle was impounded on Feb. 2 after the driver, who was not Gardner, was arrested, the alert said.

Police describe Gardner as 5-foot-4, 160 pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should contact Area South detectives at (312) 745-6110.

 Source: My Fox Chicago

Mexico Native Recently Added To FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives


Mugshot photo of Fidel Urbina

A former auto-mechanic charged with kidnap, rape and murder  has been on the run for over a decade and recently added to FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives.

In March of 1998 Fidel Urbina allegedly kidnapped a Chicago woman and brought her to an auto repair shop where he beat and raped her. He then forced her into his car, took her to his house and again beat and raped her. She was eventually able to escape and call police who in return, captured and arrested Urbina. A judge released him on bond in October, 1998 and during that time, Urbina abducted Gabriella Torres, a 22-year-old Chicago woman. He again beat and raped the woman only this time, the victim didn’t make it out alive. She was strangled to death by Urbina and he placed her body in the trunk of a vehicle and drove to Gage Park in the 2300 block of West 50th Street, Chicago, IL and lit the car on fire hoping to destroy any trace of evidence. Fidel Urbina fled and hasn’t been seen since.

“These crimes have demonstrated his violent nature and the need to locate and apprehend Urbina before he can strike again,” said Robert Grant, a FBI agent working on this case. “We are hoping that the publicity associated with this case, along with the significant reward being offered, will lead to his arrest.” 

Both crimes occurred in Chicago, Illinois and both woman were Chicago locals. He has ties to the area and although FBI suspected he fled back to his home Country of Mexico and could be hiding out in Durango, Chihuahua and Juarez, due to ties. FBI also believe it’s possible he snuck back into the U.S. under a different identity. He also most likely altered his appearance to avoid detection.

Aliases used by Fidel Urbina include Lorenzo Maes, Fernando Ramos and Fidel Urbina Aguirre, Fidel Urbina Aguirre, Lorenzo Fidel, Lorenzo M. Maes, Marcos Antonio and Victor Urbina, “Tonorio”, etc.

According to the FBI, Urbina is the 497th person to be placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list since it was established in 1950. He is so dangerous, he replaced former Tennessee fugitive Adam Christopher, a convicted child killer who shot and killed himself in June, 2012 after being confronted by authorities.

Urbina is described as Hispanic male, 6” tall with a medium build and an olive complexion. He weighs roughly 170 pounds. He has black hair and is known to change his hairstyle, brown eyes, and has pockmarks’ and acne on his right cheek. He would have turned 37 last year in 2012.

A reward of $100,000 is being offered for anyone with information that will lead to the capture of Fidel Urbina. Click here to view Urbina’s FBI Poster. — His case has also been featured on America’s Most Wanted. To watch the clip which was last aired on June 15, 2012, click here.

Urbina is considered armed and dangerous and authorities ask you to NOT attempt to confront him, but instead call 9-1-1 immediately.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: Chicago FBI Office at (312) 421-6700 and/or your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

Unidentified Black Female Discovered in 1980



Photo above is a facial reconstruction done by a forensic artist at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Items such as eye color and hair style are the artist’s estimations to complete the image, and should not be considered as significant markers for identification.

Case Type: Unidentified
DOB: Sex: Female
Found: Sep 23, 1980 Race: Black
Age Now: 17-25 Height: 5’6″ (168 cm)
Missing City: CHICAGO Weight: 133 lbs (60 kg)
Missing State : IL Hair Color: Black
Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Brown
Case Number: NCMU1106799

On September 23, 1980, an unidentified black female was found in a shipping waterway in the south Chicago suburbs in Illinois.

She had a reddish tint to her hair and was wearing a pink or red hair comb. The deceased young woman was dressed in a blue sweater, a tan bra, and a navy blue zipper sweater which may have had a floral print. There were two sponge hair rollers found near the body which the victim was also believed to have been wearing. She had a silver ring on the third finger of her left hand, a gold earring in the shape of a spade in her left ear, and a gold crescent-shaped earring in her right ear.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children by calling 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

Source: NCMEC

Fourteen years later and (illegal) female still eludes authorities for the murder of one child and the abduction of another


Photo of Alicia Leonor Banuelos

PALATINE, IL — Banuelos, then 31 from Mexico, was living illegally in Illinois when she lost custody of her four year old daughter, Lyric Garcia, in 1997. Around the same time police had charged her for first degree murder for the death of her youngest child, a newly born baby girl.

On April 29, 1997, Banuelos returned to a Palatine home where she was living at the time. She had worked an overnight shift at a grill factory and then slept through the afternoon. She awoke to labor pains and went to her bathroom where she delivered her daughter without medical attention. The infant, who was not given a name, was born healthy and only lived the first moments of her short life before she was drowned by the hands of her own mother.

She was arrested shortly after. Lyric, the eldest daughter, had been placed in a guardian’s custody pending the result of the murder and custody trail.

Banuelos was scheduled to begin trial on October 12, 1999 for the murder. Two days before trail, on October 10, 1999, during a monthly visitation, she had gone by her sister’s house upset over a meeting with her lawyer. It is unknown what exactly transpired at the meeting but her other sister, who was also at the house, suggested that the three of them (her, Banuelos and Lyric) spend their visit at the local Chicago mall, to get their mind off the custody issue and upcoming court date.

While at the mall, Banuelos snatched Lyric and took off and both of them haven’t been seen or heard from since.

For nearly fourteen years, she has been on the run, evading murder and kidnapping charges in Illinois. She is believed to have travelled back to Mexico.

FBI was eventually involved in the case and Banuelos is listed on their website. According to the FBI, calls were made to a hotel in Zacatecas, Mexico, where she is believed to have friends.

There have been no sightings of Banuelos since 1999, and officials said they do not know if Lyric, who would now be around 17 or 18, is still alive.

 Alicia Banuelos will be turning 46 in the year 2013.

Banuelos FBI’s Most Wanted Poster for her physical description and other information.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:  FBI (Chicago) 312-421-6700.

Searches Being Conducted In Plainfield, Romeoville For Missing Mother Of Three

Police are searching for Linda Fellenbaum, 33, from Joliet in Illinois, who was last seen alive on Sunday October 21

Pictured: Linda Barr Fellenbaum with one of her three children

UPDATE 11/07/12 JOLIET, ILLINOIS — Searches being conducted in Plainfield, Romeoville for missing mother of three: 

Family, friends and volunteers combed areas along Renwick Road near Plainfield Sunday, searching for clues in the disappearance of a young Joliet mother,according to the Herald-News.

Deborah Barr said her daughter, 33-year-old Linda Barr Fellenbaum, was last seen leaving her boyfriend’s home at 3608 Crockett Court in Joliet’s Old Renwick Trail subdivision, located off Renwick Road near I-55.

According to the Herald-News, nearly 50 people showed up to search for Fellenbaum, including her mother and her sister, Sarah Ogeto. Friends, family and volunteers knocked on doors and searched fields, but ultimately did not turn up any hard clues, Ogeto said.

“I’m hoping that we find some information from someone — some kind of evidence of what direction she was going in that can help us to find her,” Ogeto told the newspaper. Click here to read the entire article.

Based out of the parking lot at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, searchers walked fields and marshy areas near Renwick Road, looking for signs of the missing mom in a search area that stretched into Romeoville, Plainfield, Crest Hill and Joliet.

Barr told Patch her daughter was last seen Oct. 21 walking away from boyfriend Donald Wolak’s Crockett Court home — leaving behind her car, cell phone and even her shoes, her mother said.

Wolak, meanwhile, filed a report with Joliet police, alleging Fellenbaum stole a “large sum” of cash from him, along with a gun. Police said the couple argued over the missing money on Oct. 21, and Wolak told police she then fled the house. According to police, a neighbor backed up Wolak’s story, saying he saw Fellenbaum leaving the Crockett Court home.

Barr said the mother of three would not willingly disappear for weeks without telling her family where she was going.

“This is 100 percent out of character for her,” she told Patch.

The day she vanished, Fellenbaum had reportedly met with a Chicago man for tryst the two allegedly set up on Craigslist, the man claimed. But after meeting with the man in Naperville, Fellenbaum reportedly changed her mind and backed out.

Source of above article: Romeoville.Patch.Com

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11/05/12, JOLIET, ILLINOIS —  Joliet mother missing after argument with boyfriend – 

A mother-of-three has been missing for two weeks following an argument with her boyfriend over ‘a handgun and a large sum of cash’.

Police are searching for Linda Fellenbaum, 32, (also some report her age as 33) from Joliet, IL who was last seen alive on Sunday October 21, 2012 by Donald Wolak, 40, who had been in a relationship with Linda for two months after meeting on the Internet.

According to Wolak, Linda showed up at his Crockett Court residence on Sunday, October 21 and they both started arguing. Apparently Wolak was accusing Linda of stealing a large amount of cash and a gun and in the heat of the argument Woklak said Linda fled on foot leaving her vehicle, shoes, cell-phone and other possessions behind.

She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

The missing woman had reportedly planned to pick her son up from her mother’s home the day after her disappearance, but never showed up, which Barr told the Herald-News was unlike her daughter.

Less than a week before Linda’s disappearance, on October 16, 2012 Wolak filed a police report. In the report he wrote an alleged theft of his gun. He then told officers he assumed she had returned on October 21 to give him back his gun and his money and when she didn’t he got upset but so far claims he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

Family and friends don’t believe Wolak’s story and don’t believe Linda just ran off especially without her possessions and vehicle and without contacting them.

In a surprising twist, a unidentified man from Chicago, IL has come forward, telling police that he had replied to a ad on Craigslist posted by Linda and the two met up at a Naperville hotel for a discrete hook-up just hours before her disappearance. According to the unknown male, Linda wrote in the ad that she was just visiting the town and would be leaving within the next day. He said the two of them met at 4pm on October 21, ‘in the hotel parking lot’ but Linda ended up backing out last minute, she went missing four hours later. The unknown man added: ‘We never ended up doing anything.’ 

Pictured: Craigslist logo

A Facebook group was set-up by the missing mother’s family titled Linda Barr Fellenbaum Missing Person

Family joined with police Yesterday to search for the missing woman in Romeoville and the neighborhood where she was last seen, but so far nothing has come up and Linda’s whereabouts remain unknown. Authorities are now asking the public for assistance.

A release from the family describes her as an African American female adult, 5′ 9″, weighing approximately 145 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes, a mole on the top edge of hairline and a scar on her left knee.

According to the release, Linda’s mother says she grew up in Rockford, Ill., and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee.

She had reportedly moved to Joliet from the nearby Hinsdale, Ill., which is located about 20 miles from Chicago.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Joliet State Police Department – (815) 740-5160

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I will update this story when information becomes available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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