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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

Illinois Runaway Since October 14, 2011

Adrian Dunne is a 15-year-old teenager from Quincy, Illinois. He is listed as an ”Runaway” and was last seen exactly one year ago on October 14th, 2011. He may still be in the local area. If you have any information on this case or think you might of spotted Adrian, please contact: Quincy Police Department 1-217-228-4470 Or you can contact: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

Missing Since: October 14, 2011 Location: Quincy, IL Classification: Endangered Runaway Date Of Birth: July 26, 1996 Age: 16 Height: 5’3″ Weight: Approx 110 lbs Hair Color: Lt. Brown Eye Color: Brown Race: Caucasian Gender: Male

NOTE: There is very little information on this case due to the fact that it’s a ”Runaway” and media doesn’t pay attention to runaways, they focus in on those who are labelled ”Endangered Missing,” but one year is a long time to be running away, especially at that age. And if he is still out there hiding there must be a deeper reason that shouldn’t be ignored.

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.

Illinois Woman Disappeared On May 23rd, 2010 After Being Dropped Of At Amtrak Train Station (IL)

Benedetta Leigh Bentley

Jefferson COUNTY, Centralia, illinois.

Last known alive: May 23, 2010 at 15:16

Benedetta Bentley, also known as ”Beth,” a resident of Woodstock, has been missing since May 23rd, 2010. Beth was dropped off across from  the Amtrak Train Station in Centralia, Illinois about an hour before her 6pm train which was suppose to take her to Union Station, Chicago. The train left at 6pm and arrived in Chicago at 11pm that night but according to Amtrak records, along with Amtrak rider’s who were interviewed, Beth never boarded the train. 

The following day, on May 24th, 2010, when she did not arrive home as expected, a missing person’s report was filed by her husband with Woodstock Police Department. Searches were conducted in both Mt. Vernon and Centralia to no avail. She turned 43 years old on February 12th, 2012.

Photo of Beth (right) and a friend.

Description: Caucasian female, 5’7”, weighing approximately 170 pounds at the time of her disappearance. She has Platinum Blond colored hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black tank top and blue denim mini skirt and sandals (flip-flops.)

She was wearing a Pandora bracelet, her wedding ring, a large white purse and a name brand (Vera Bradley) pink and orange overnight bag.

Large Vera Bradley Bag, pink and orange, which held all of Beth’s overnight possessions.
She has an iPhone with a Ed Hardy-lookalike-casing. (But not real Ed-Hardy.)


Miles For Beth Bentley Campaign

How is works: You register at the site for “Miles for Beth Bentley” and navigate to the county you live in or are familiar with, search for any road way and adopt it. Once you adopt the road or street, you must register that information on the site. This effort will aid the search for Beth as it is imperative to locate information on her travels and or whereabouts. Each ADOPTED” road or street that is delivered posters door to door, will allow us to obtain knowledge on Beth and where might have been in her travels. This campaign is open to anyone who would like to help in this case.

Purpose: The concept for this campaign is to garner the attention of the general public and media outlets in an effort to aid in awareness of a missing mother, Beth Bentley; and to help identify areas of interest to conduct future search efforts.

Objective: To challenge citizens of the state of  Illinois to participate in locating Beth Bentley who remains missing. We hope to eliminate roads, streets and highways in search of any clue or tip she may have left behind. Our ultimate goal to locate missing, Beth Bentley and afford her family a resolution.

Link to Mapquest to the routes that Beth may have traveled. In and around the area of the blue line is the possible directions of travel.


If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Woodstock Police Department at 815-338-2131, Crime-stoppers at 1-800-762-7867, or Illinois State Police, Zone 7 Investigations at 618-542-2171.

Who is Benjaman Kyle? The living John Doe

Who is he? This living John Doe was given the name Benjaman Kyle. He would found in 2004 laying behind a dumpster, beaten and covered with insects and when he awoke his coma he didn’t know who he was or where he came from and despite receiving National attention no one has come forward claiming to know the unidentified man.

Pictured; Unidentified amnesia victim found on August 31st, 2004 naked, beaten and covered in fire-ant bites, behind a Burger-King dumpster in Richmond Hill, Georgia (right off exit 87 of I-95) Authorities couldn’t find any identification on the living ”John Doe”, and when he woke-up after being unconscious, he didn’t remember his name, where he came from, if he got assaulted, etc. He was given the name ”Benjaman Kyle.” It is believed that he attended some type of school or education. He is intelligent, highly functioning and well-mannered with a professional demeanor. He is also in good health and speaks fluent English in a Southern accent.

 Race/Sex: Caucasian, Male

Estimated age: 50-65 years old

Approximate Height and Weight: 5’11”; 240 lbs.

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male with graying hair, receding hairline. Blue-green eyes (although some reports state he has grey-eyes.)

Marks, Scars: Two parallel surgical scars on left elbow (from reparative surgery for broken elbow that may involve pins/plates implantation). Surgical scar on front of neck appears to be from cervical discectomy. Small round scar on left side of face near chin appears to be a puncture-type wound but believes it may be related to former tooth abscess. No tattoos. No body piercings.

Medical: Blinding cataracts in both eyes may have resulted from prolonged exposure to sun while unconscious prior to being found and brought to hospital.

Fingerprints: On file with the FBI in Savannah, Georgia.

Dentals: Three teeth missing from upper front and one tooth missing from upper right side of mouth. Not known whether dental problems occurred after or as result of mugging in August of 2004.

Recent photo of Benjaman Kyle

Benjaman talk’s of memories, some vague, some very detailed, but it seem’s any and all memories of the unidentified man, stop’s in the mid-80’s.

He cannot remember his name or any other identifying information. He does however, vaguely remember a few things from his past like memories of Indianapolis as a child, including the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, the Woolworth’s on the Circle, and the Indiana Theater showing movies in Cinerma. He remembers Crown Hill Cemetery, though not its name; the Scottish Rite Cathedral and the White River when “it was mostly just a dumping ground.” He also remembers grilled cheese sandwiches for a quarter and glasses of milk for a nickel at the Indiana State Fair. More specific memories place him in Indianapolis between at least 1954 and 1963. The earlier date is based on his recognition of the Fountain Square Theater,but not the Granada Theater in the Fountain Square area of town. The Granada closed in the mid 1950s. The later date is based on his recollections of a 2% retail sales tax that was enacted by the State of Indiana in 1963,and that the popular WLS Chicago radio station disc jockey Dick Biondi left the station that year over management issues.

Kyle also has memories of the area around the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has detailed memories of the subscription the library has to Restaurants & Institutions. He also remembers the Round the Corner Restaurant on the Hill, and the Flatirons and The Fox Theater near the Boulder campus. This places Kyle in the Denver-Boulder area in the late 1970s to early 1980s.In an interview with Channel 7 News in Denver, Kyle reported having memories of the controversy surrounding the construction of mass transit in Denver, at a time when the city still had no financing to proceed. Although the mass transit system in Denver went into operation in 1994, public debate over the construction of the system dates back to about 1980, consistent with the time period of the other memories that Kyle has about Denver and Boulder.

More specific memories of Boulder place Kyle there between 1976 and 1983. The earlier date is based on his memory that he arrived during the construction of the Pearl Street Mall in the downtown area, and shortly after the Big Thompson Canyon flood that occurred on July 31-August 1, 1976. The later date is based on the year that the King Soopers grocery store chain merged with Kroger.

During an October 16, 2008 interview on the television show of Dr. Phil McGraw, he recollected some minor memories he has, such as having brothers, being 10 years older than Michael Jackson (giving him a possible birth date of August 29, 1948), being around restaurant equipment, and that he attended a Catholic School.Through hypnosis, he has recalled a partial Social Security number 3X5-44-XXXX, consistent with numbers assigned in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana during the 1960s.

Benjaman Kyle has an unusually detailed knowledge of restaurant operation and food preparation equipment, leading to the belief that he may have once worked in these industries.

Still-Shot photo’s of Benjaman Kyle as a guest on the Dr. Phil TV-show. (Episode called ”Who am I?”)

 Ben’s case has been aired on local and national news. He has participated in Interview’s and talk-shows and was even a guest on Dr. Phil, in an episode called “Who am I?” which was aired October 16th, 2008, it again re-aired on December 31st, 2008. But as of September, 2012.

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Thanks to FTDNA this kit along with others were upgraded. He currently has, at 37 markers – Y-DNA, 1 genetic distance 2 match, 2 genetic distance 3 matches, 2 genetic distance 4 matches and 1 genetic distance 5 match. At 67 markers he has 1 genetic distance 5 match. All of his 37 and 67 marker matches are with the surname Powell. His predicted Haplogroup is R1b1b2.

Click here to join a Facebook page dedicated to finding the true identity of Benjaman Kyle.

Man arrested for attempted abduction of toddler

Kelly Davis plays with his 2-year-old daughter Myla in the front yard of their Zion home. On Aug. 25, 2012, a man tried to abduct Myla while she was playing on the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, but Davis intervened and chased the man down. (Credit: CBS)

Kelly Davis plays with his 2-year-old daughter Myla in the front yard of their Zion home. On Aug. 25, 2012, a man tried to abduct Myla while she was playing on the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, but Davis intervened and chased the man down.

(Credit: CBS)

Chicago, IL → A 55-year-old man with a previous criminal record allegedly tried to kidnap a 2-year-old Zion girl at Daley Plaza last weekend, but the girl’s father stopped him, then chased him down until police were able to arrest the man.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza has become a magnet for kids looking for fun in the Loop. Saturday night, it turned into a scary scene for a Zion family.

Kelly Davis and Amanda Green were watching their 2-year-old daughter Myla and her 4-year-old sister slide on the landmark when a man approached Myla and grabbed her arm, saying she was his daughter. “He was so adamant that he had a nickname, He called her Goldilocks,” Davis said. He said the man seemed to challenge him to a fight, then threw a punch. There was a scuffle before the man ran off. “I kind of shoulder-checked him to get away,” Davis said.

Green said, during the confrontation, most other people at Daley Plaza just stood and watched. “Everybody’s just standing there. Nobody did anything. Everybody just stood there staring at us the whole time,” she said.

After the scuffle by the Picasso, the man took off on foot, but he didn’t count on Davis giving chase. Davis followed the man for block after block – sometimes walking, sometimes running. “If he would’ve ran to the end of the city, I would’ve chased him to the end of the city,” Davis said. Finally, at the corner of LaSalle and Washington streets, Davis flagged down police, who grabbed the man, and arrested him. 

The man, identified as 55-year-old James Gates, was charged with attempted kidnapping and battery.

 Zion Dad Chases Down Man Who Tried To Abduct Daughter At Daley Plaza

Pictured: James Gates has been arrested for attempted kidnapping of A toddler.

“Because of that guy, my kids are going to have fears, and memories that no 2- and 4-year-old ever should,” Davis said.

Gates has a criminal record that includes drug and armed robbery charges.