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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.

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

Jenica Frederick (12) – Endangered Missing

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

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.’

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