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The disappearance of Tara Calico

tara-calicoTara Calico, then 19, left her Belen, New Mexico home on the afternoon of September 20, 1988 to ride her bicycle on Highway 47. She, nor her bike, were  ever seen again despite numerous searches and media coverage including being featured on Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted, Vanished, Current Affair, etc.

Tara’s unsolved disappearance came back into the limelight when, on June 15, 1989, a woman found a picture in a parking lot outside a convenience store in Port St. Joe, Florida. A white van had previously been parked in the spot and the photo featured a teenage girl and an unidentified young boy, both were bound and gagged in the back of a van. It was speculated that the girl in the photo might be Tara Calico and that the boy was possibly Michael Henley, a 9-year old who vanished on a camping trip in NM the previous year. However, Michael’s remains were soon found in the same area he originally went missing.

Two other photographs featuring a gagged girl resembling Tara surfaced over the next few months, though they have never been released to the public.

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Photo of an unidentified young female and boy gagged and bound

There are many theories revolving around this case and it seems like the majority believe the young woman was kidnapped however, years after Tara went missing a Valencia County sheriff publicly stated his belief that she was killed the day she disappeared when two local residents accidentally hit her with their truck and disposed of her body, but he had insufficient evidence to make an arrest. But if this theory is true, then what’s the story behind the two kids in the photograph?

Tara Calico was born February 28, 1969 and would be 44 years old today.

Tara Calico: Gone Without a Trace – The Documentary Fan Page (Facebook)

Portland Sisters Still Missing Twelve Years After Their Mother Was Found Murdered In A Nevada Desert

shaina-ashley-kirkpatrickPhoto of Shaina taken shortly before her 2001 disappearance.

Classification: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Shaina Ashley Kirkpatrick
Date of Birth: April 27, 1999
Date of Disappearance: April 4, 2001
Missing From: Portland, OR
Age Then: 1
Current Age: 13
Race: White Sex: Female
Height: 3’0″ Weight: 24 pounds
Hair Color: Blonde Eye Color: Blue
Marks/Scars: Shaina has a triangle-shaped birthmark on the back of her head

NCMEC Case Number: NCMC911559

 

SHAINA ASHLEY KIRKPATRICKAge progressed photo showing what Shaina may have looked liked at 7 years old. She will be turning 14 in a few weeks.

Exactly one week ago today marked the 12th anniversary since the disappearance of Shaina Kirkpatrick, then 1, and her newborn baby sister, Shausha.

Kimyala Henson, the mother of both girls, had planned to take them on vacation to Sacramento, California and they were being joined by Henson’s friend, Christina Mayer and a man whom Mayer introduced as her husband, Curtis. They left their Portland home on April 4, 2001 enroute to Sacramento and although they are believed to have made it to California it is unclear if they made it to Sacramento.

It has been confirmed that on April 5, 2001, less than 24 hours after leaving their Portland home Henson and her daughters had travelled to Redding, California and were seen at Shasta’s Lodge with both Mayer and Oehring. This was the last confirmed sighting of the two girls and the last time their mother would be seen alive.

Henson’s murdered remains were located on April 29, 2001 in a Nevada desert but Shaina and Shausha’s whereabouts are still unknown.

Steven Kirkpatrick, the boyfriend of Henson and the father of both Shaina and Shausha had told authorities that both he and Henson had never met Curtis prior to April 2001 and police would soon learn that ‘Curtis’ was in fact Frank Oehring, a fugitive from Missouri who had a warrant out for his arrest at the time due to attempting to murder his ex-wife. According to his former wife Henson had led a group of Satanists and Mayer was a member.

Just over two weeks after both girls disappeared, on April 20, 2001, both Mayer and Oehring were discovered in a vehicle at a rest stop in Collier County, FL. Mayer was dead upon discovery after being shot to death and Oehring was near death suffering from a gun shot wound to the head. He died just days later at the hospital.

It was determined that Oehring was responsible in what police have called a ‘murder/suicide’. He also left behind letters detailing their plan to steal Henson’s birth certificate. Mayer had assumed the murdered woman’s identity in Las Vegas, NV shortly after they met up with her in Oregon. Nothing in the letter indicated they were responsible for the murder of Henson nor the disappearance of her two daughters however, common sense and the circumstantial evidence points to them and police believe they had something to do with it.

They two girls are considered at risk.

Shausha-Latine-Hensonshausha-hensonBoth photos are of Shausha as an infant. The first one is a photo taken at the hospital after her January 2001 birth, and the second photo shows Shausha as a 2 month old, her age when she went missing. Artists were unable to create an age progressed photo due to her age and lack of details.

Full Name: Shausha Latine Henson
Date of Birth: January 26, 2001
Age Then: 2 months
Current Age: 12
Race: White Sex: Female
Height: 24 inches Weight: 16 pounds
Hair: Brown Eye: Unknown (believed to be brown)
Marks/Scars: Shausha has a red mark on the top / side of her head and had suffered a broken collarbone at birth NCMEC Case #: NCMC911559

FBI in Portland have been investigating this double disappearance and both girls are listed under FBI Missing Persons list.

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

Portland Police Department (503) 823-0479
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

Joshua Hakken Located In Cuba By CNN Reporter, Says He’s Father Wanted For Abducting 2 Sons (HuffingtonPost)

Children Kidnapped FloridaA CNN reporter claims to have located and talked to the man wanted for abducting two children and sailing them to Cuba.

Reporter Patrick Oppmann says he found suspect Joshua Hakken at a Havana marina and confirmed that he was the father of 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase Hakken, who arrived in Cuba on Monday.

Joshua Hakken wouldn’t answer any questions, and Cuban security reportedly told Oppmann to leave. But Oppmann also claims he saw a child on Hakken’s boat, as well as a woman matching the description of Hakken’s wife.

Authorities allege that Hakken entered his mother-in-law’s home in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, tied her up and left with Cole and Chase. From there the family took the treacherous journey from Florida to Cuba.

The boys had been living with Hakken’s mother-in-law since last year after Hakken lost custody of them due to drug possession charges. Police say he tried to abduct them before, by taking them from a foster home at gunpoint.

It’s yet unclear what, if anything, authorities can do to retrieve the family from Cuba. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and FBI are investigating.

Source: Huffington Post

FBI in Tampa Still Investigating the Disappearance of Robert A. Wiles Who Was Kidnapped For Random Several Years Ago

Photo of Robert Wiles taken in 2003

wilesClassification: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Robert Arthur Wiles
Nickname: Rob
Missing Since: 04/01/08
Missing From: Lakeland, FL
Date of Birth: September 23, 1981
Place of Birth: Sylvania, Ohio
Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Height: 5’9″ Weight: 165 pounds
Race: White Sex: Male
Scars/Marks: He has a hernia scar on his abdomen and acne scars below his ears and around his jaw line
Other: Wiles was a pilot, diver, fisherman, and an athlete

Robert Wiles, then 26, was employed by a family owned Toledo-based business, National Flight Services, which is an aircraft maintenance company. He was a business development manager at the company’s branch and on April 1, 2008 he was working one of his shifts at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Tampa, Florida when he suddenly disappeared. A co-worker told authorities he last seen Wiles at approximately 6:30PM and surveillance cameras show no sign of him after that time.

Wiles’ car was located abandoned in the parking lot at the family business, and he had missed a flight from Orlando to Dallas scheduled the day after his disappearance which immediately raised concerns.

robert-wilesA few days after Wiles went missing his parents, Thomas and Pamela Wiles in Ohio received a ransom letter demanding $750,000. The note was signed “Group X” and was emailed to them. His parents followed the notes instructions but no further demands were ever made.

According to reports, Wiles father had purchased kidnapping insurance for his company for the sum of $750,000 back in 2006, two years prior to his son’s disappearance. This indicates that whomever was responsible knew that information.

Authorities gathered enough evidence to arrest Stobert Lindell Holt, also known as Toby Holt, and on January 31, 2012 he was found guilty of manslaughter, extortion, and writing a threatening letter in connection with Wiles’ disappearance. However, Wiles has not been found.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Tampa, FL are seeking any information that will lead to the recovery of Robert Wiles.

Foul play is suspected.

Wiles will be turning 31 this year.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Federal Bureau of Investigation – Tampa Florida Office 866-838-1153 and/or
Your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

 

 

Debora G. Moody Disappeared From Her Long County Mobile Home In The Winter of 2007

debora-gail-moodyClassified: Missing
Full Name: Debora Gail DeLoach Moody
Missing From: Ludowici, Long County, Georgia
Birthdate: April 22,1965
Missing Date: Tue, 12/04/2007
Age Then: 42
Age Now: 47
Race: White
Sex: Female
Weight: 116
Height: 5′ 6″
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Scars/Marks: Has a scar on her right leg extending from her right ankle to her knee, and a surgical scar on her neck due to neck surgery a couple of months prior to her disappearance
Other: Debora wears prescription glasses

 

Debora Moody has been missing for over five years. She was last seen at her mobile home on Smiley Street off of Highway 196 in Ludowici on the evening of December 4, 2007.

Debora was an employee at C & S Construction and was working on the morning she went missing. Later that day at approximately 3:45PM she went to visit a friend at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, GA and after that she went to pick-up another friend in Liberty County and the two went back to Debora’s home.

According to the friend, Debora was acting normal and nothing seemed amiss. She stayed at her home for roughly 2 hours before heading home. Shortly after, Debora seemingly vanished.

Less than a week later, on December 10, 2007, after failing to get in touch with her, a relative contacted Long County Sheriff’s Office and filed a missing persons report.

When police searched her home they found her purse in her house, her car sitting in the driveway and her dog on a leash in the front yard. There was no indication of foul play. Surprisingly, she didn’t take her purse and her dog in the front yard indicated she was planning to come back soon.

Family members including Debora’s parents and (grown) son lived in Florida not too far from the Georgia Border. They spent alot of time in Georgia assisting in the investigation and searching. They claim she was in the process of a divorce and described her as an independent woman who enjoyed the country life. They say it is very uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning and believe something happened to her.

Due to the lack of evidence her case is being listed as a missing person rather than a crime.

Some reports spell her first name as “Deborah” however, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spells her name as “Debora”. According to the GBOI website, she could be going by her middle name, Gail.

Her case is listed on America’s Most Wanted with the latest airing on February 23, 2008. Her episode is posted on AMW but is currently unavailable.

She will be turning 48 in several weeks.

 

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Long County Sheriff’s Office 
Long County Sheriff’s Office – Captian Nickey Anderson (912) 545-2118 E-Mail: nickeyanderson@longcountyso.org
And/Or
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Kingsland Office
912-729-6198

Geneva Mother, Michelle Parker, Still Missing Over Two Years Later

 

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Photo of Michelle Lee Parker and a cross necklace she owned and was wearing at the time she went missing

Michelle Parker was a 32-year-old mother of twin children from Geneva who vanished from South Orlando, FL on November 17, 2011. She was last seen at approximately 4PM and her Black HC Hummer with has a glow logo on the back window, was found abandoned the following day at the 4700 Block of Walden Circle, which is a part of town she didn’t normally frequent. Many volunteers joined in with police and loved ones to search for the missing mother but she was never found.

Some might remember watching Michelle on an episode of People’s Court in front of Judge Marilyn Milian. The episode that Michelle appeared in — she was disputing having to pay for an engagement ring given to her by her then ex-fiance, Dale Smith, then 33. The episode (which can be seen here in a very low-quality recording), she was looking for $5,000 back for the engagement ring he gave Parker — which she threw over a hotel balcony in an alleged drunken fit of rage. Judge Milian decided that they should both bear the burden of the ring’s cost, while encouraging them to cooperate in the raising of their twins. Milian ruled in favor of Smith and awarded him $2,500. After the case the two were able to make statements. In the interview with Parker after the ruling, reporter Curt Chaplin described the relationship as a “fatal attraction,” and Michelle, visibly upset, swore the relationship was over.

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Still-shot photo of Michelle on People’s Court

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Photo of Dale Smith and Michelle during their relationship

Later that same day of the courtroom appearance Michelle’s brother received a one-word incoming text message from her cellphone, saying “Waterford,” which is a neighborhood in Orlando. Family members thought this was odd because Parker usually writes a lot, and sprinkles in emoticons in her texting. They didn’t receive anymore texts despite asking to explain further. She didn’t return the following day to her shift as a bartender and that’s when worried turned to panic.

Suspicion immediately turned on her ex-fiance who was supposedly one of the last known people to have seen her alive. He immediately became a person-of-interest however, police  cleared him of any involvement, saying he has been very cooperative with the investigation and no evidence to indicate he had anything to do with her disappearance. Many still have their suspicion.

Click here for more information on Smith and his relationship to Michelle prior to her disappearance.

Michelle Parker Missing Person, a Facebook page created by loved ones who still seek out answers. The latest status update was posted on February 20, 2013.

I’m down on this side of town to check out vendors for my wedding .. I find my self wanting to throw up, cry and hit something all at the same time. Last time I was here my sisters face was plastered all over, and people were walking the streets searching for her. I miss her so much an she’s supposed to be here for days like this. But some dirt bag took her whole life away. I haven’t forgotten and will still Never Give Up..

Michelle Parker is described as a White female with straight brown hair, 5’6″ tall and a thin frame. She is now 34 years of age. She was last seen wearing jeans and a blue long-sleeved Florida Gators shirt.

A reward of over $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the recovery of Michelle or the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Orlando Police Department (321) 235-5300 and/or Florida Crime Line 1-800-423-TIPS

Tiffany Perkins – Endangered Runaway – Last Seen In Miami

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Name: Tiffany Perkins
DOB: April 5, 1996
Missing: Nov 17, 2012
Age: 16 years old
Eyes: Brown
Race: White
Age: 16 years old
Sex: Female
Weight: 117 pounds
Height: 5’3″
Hair: Blonde
Missing From: Miami, Florida

Tiffany Perkins has been missing since November 17, 2012 from Miami, FL. She is listed as an Endangered Runaway and may still be in the local area.

When she was last seen, her hair was dyed red. She has freckles and a tattoo of a shooting star on her right foot.

Not too much information is available on this case however, she is still considered missing and her details are being passed threw out different social media websites.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)
Miami Police Department (Florida) 1-305-579-6111