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Son, 27, desperately searches for his fugitive mother 17 years after she was charged with custodial kidnapping of him and his brother (DailyMail)

A man is desperately searching for his fugitive mother 17 years after she was accused of kidnapping him and his brother amid a custody dispute with her former husband.

Jonathan Wiegand, 27, still sleeps with a picture painted by his mother Linda under his pillow at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut, and said he does not know whether she is alive or dead.

But due to a lack of court resources, the charges against her have been dropped – so Jonathan hopes he will finally see her again.

‘I’m praying to God that she’ll come back now,’ Wiegand told the Hartford Courant. ‘It’s really affected my life. I’ve cried so many nights because of this.’

On the run: Linda Wiegand is pictured with her son Jonathan in 1993 - four years before she vanished after being accused of custodial kidnapping. The charges against her have now been droppedOn the run: Linda Wiegand is pictured with her son Jonathan in 1993 – four years before she vanished after being accused of custodial kidnapping. The charges against her have now been dropped

Linda Wiegand vanished after she was arrested in Las Vegas July 1996 with her two sons, whom she had allegedly kidnapped from their home in Connecticut.

At the time, her ex-husband, Thomas Wilkinson, had custody of Jonathan, who was 10, and his brother Benjamin Wilkinson.

She was charged with custodial interference and the boys were returned to their father. But when he caught day arrived, she never showed up.

Click here for full article published by MailOnline

The Disappearance of Michael W. Dunahee from British Columbia, CA

March 23, 2013 marks the 22nd anniversary since the kidnapping of Michael Dunahee, then 4. Click here to view anniversary video.

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  • Full Name: Michael Wayne Dunahee
  • Missing From:
  • Victoria
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • Birthdate: May 12, 1986
  • Date of Disappearance: March 24, 1991
  • Age Then: 4
  • Age Now: 26
  • Race: White Sex: Male
  • Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
  • Height: 3’0″ Weight: 51 pounds
  • Other: Michael was starting to show freckles when he disappeared

michael-dunahee-age-progressedAge progressed created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children showing what Michael may have looked like as a teenager.

Michael Dunahee was four when he vanished in Victoria, BC as he played in Blanshard Park Elementary School, also known as Blanshard Street Playground. He has never been found.

On March 24th, 1991 at approximately 12:30PM Michael’s mother, Crystal Dunahee pulled into the parking lot of Blanshard Park. She  was a part of a female football league and practice was being held at the field right beside the playground where Michael wanted to play. Michael’s father, Bruce Dunahee, reminded his son not to wander away from the playground or leave with any of the other children. He then took Michael’s younger sister, 16-month-old Caitlyn, and walked no more than 100 meters away to the side of the ball field to watch the game. About five minutes later Bruce looked over at the playground and it was empty. Michael was nowhere to be found.

Victoria Police were called and a search around the vicinity was immediately searched but he was never found.

Two other witnesses, in addition to Michael’s parents, told the police that they did see Michael playing in the park that day. His family was quickly ruled out as a possible suspect and it is believed that he was kidnapped.

Michael’s disappearance was National news for many year and was reported mainly in Canada and the US.

The case sparked one of the largest police investigations in Canadian history and to date, over 11,000 tips have been received and followed up on. However, despite the large number of tips, and dozen of searches, police do not have any solid leads in the case.

Michael’s mother Crystal has become an advocate for missing children’s issues in British Columbia, and currently serves as the president of Child Find British Columbia. The community of Esquimalt, part of the Greater Victoria metropolitan area, holds an annual charity event called the Michael Dunahee “Keep the Hope Alive” Fund Run to raise money for Child Find. 2013 will mark the 22nd annual run.

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Photo of Crystal Dunahee speaking out about Michael her missing, presumed abducted, son.

In 2002, Crystal lent her voice to support the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in calls to introduce an Amber Alert system in BC, stating that she believes her son would have been found had such a program existed in 1991. The Amber Alert system has since been implemented in most regions of Canada.

A reward of $100,000 is being offered for any information on the possible whereabouts of Michael Dunahee, or the arrested and conviction of those responsible for his disappearance.

We Will Never Forget Michael Dunahee is a Facebook page created with hundreds of followers.
A website, MichaelDunahee.Ca, was also created.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Victoria Police Department (250) 995-7444
And/Or
Child Find 1-800-387-7962

Unsolved Kidnapping With A Twist

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Photos of Michael Anthony Floyd shortly before he was kidnapped

In 1975, Franklin Delano Floyd, then 32, turned up in Oklahoma City going by the name “Trenton B. Davis.” With him was a young girl named Suzanne whom Floyd claimed was his daughter. Over the next decade, Suzanne and Floyd moved from town to town, using a variety of aliases. In 1988, Suzanne, then 17, gave birth to a son, Michael Anthony Floyd. Floyd claimed to be the boy’s father. He then married the woman he claimed was his daughter. Then in 1990, when Michael was 2, Suzanne was killed in a mysterious hit and run accident. Floyd is the prime suspect, however, he has never been charged due to lack of evidence. After the hit-and-run, Floyd left Michael in foster care and vanished.

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These two photos show Suzanne Davis as a young woman and child

Michael was placed with a foster family in Choctaw, Oklahoma City. According to the foster parents, he had many difficulties including limited muscle control, and was nonverbal and often hysterical. They claimed that he was considered at the age of two to be the mental equivalent of a 9-month-old child, but said that when he entered foster care he began to thrive, making good developmental progress.

Six months after abandoning Michael, Franklin Floyd was arrested on a parole violation. At that time a routine blood test revealed that Franklin Floyd was not Michael Hughes’ biological father. When Floyd got out of jail, he requested Michael be returned to him. His request was denied.

On September 12, 1994, six-year-old Michael was a first-grader at Indian Meridian Elementary School when he was kidnapped by Franklin D. Floyd. Floyd walked into the school claiming to be the boy’s father, and forced the principal at gun point to Michael’s first grade classroom. He then kidnapped Michael AND the principal and ordered the principal drive his pick-up truck. When they came upon a wooded area, Floyd forced the principal out of the truck, handcuffed him around a tree and sped off with Michael. Several hours later the principal was discovered and rescued, but Michael Hughes was still missing.

Police were on a manhunt for Franklin Floyd and the case became National news. During the investigation they discovered that Michael’s mother, Suzanne Davis, was NOT Franklin Floyd’s biological daughter, and they believe she was also kidnapped as a child by Floyd.

Two months after the kidnapping, Floyd was arrested in Louisville, Kentucky. Michael was not with him. When police pressed him for more answers he would only say that Michael was in a foreign country and was being taken care of.

Franklin Floyd is serving a life sentence for kidnapping Michael. He insists that the first-grade boy is alive and safe, but he refuses to tell anyone where Michael is, or who is sheltering him.

However, three years after Michael was kidnapped, Floyd’s sister went to police with new information.

Floyd’s sister, Dorothea Leonard never knew Michael when her brother snatched him at gunpoint and triggered a two-month nationwide manhunt. She claims that Michael was murdered by Floyd shortly after the kidnapping.

Leonard said that Floyd confessed to her in a prison call that he drowned the first-grader in a motel bathtub. She said the boy spent his last tragic moments of his life defying the man who claimed to be his father.

Floyd told her he dunked the little boy under the bath, allowing him to surface three times to angrily ask the “brat” whether he loved him. Michael shoved Floyd and said no, which angered Floyd. When he refused to say yes he was killed for it.

Leonard said she is made the story public because she does not want her brother “to get away with murder.” Floyd has been a suspect in at least two deaths but has never been charged with murder.

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Age progressed photo of what Michael Hughes might have looked like as a teenager. He will be turning 25 this year.

Missing From: Choctaw, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: 03/21/88
Date of Abduction: 09/12/94
Age Then: 6 years old
Age Now: 24 years old
Height and Weight Then: 3’10” / 45 lbs
Race/Gender: White male
Hair/Eyes: Brown hair; brown eyes.
Marks, Scars: He has a scar on his forehead
Clothing: Last seen wearing a blue shirt with red sleeves, matching (red and blue) shorts, and black sneakers

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Oklahoma City FBI
405-290-7770
OR
Choctaw Police Department
Missing Persons Unit
405-769-3821

NCMEC #:
NCMC795152

NCIC Number: M-766727107
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source:
The Doe Network
Missing 87975
Find A Grave

 

 

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Unsolved Kidnapping of Rolando S. Jusino While Playing At A Puerto Rico Park

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Photo of Rolando S. Jusino taken in 1994

Rolando Jusino was 4-years-old when he was abducted on July 7, 1999 at approximately 4PM while he played at a local park at Urbanization Colinas De Plata, Toe Alta in Puerto Rico, not too far from his home. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

The San Juan FBI became involved in the case. At the time of the abduction, this case was wide-spread threw out PR. Many theories and rumors were spread, and many tips were called in including unconfirmed sightings of the little boy in the Dominican Republic, United States and as far as Spain.

Full Name: Rolando Salas Jusino
Date of Birth: 10/12/94
Date of Disappearance: 07/07/99
Missing From: San Juan – Puerto Rico
Height: 4’0” Weight: 54 pounds
Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Gender: Male Race: Hispanic/Caucasian (According to the FBI, although some agencies have him listed as Black/Hispanic.)
Clothing: Last seen wearing a green T-shirt with dark shorts and black and white shoes.
Other: Has asthma. He spoke Spanish at the time of his abduction and went by the nickname Rolandito.

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Age progressed photo of what Rolando Jusino might look like as a teenager. He would be 18 today.

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

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
1-787-754-6000

Centro Estatal Para Niños Desparecidos
1-787-729-2646
or 1-787-475-922

DAILYMAIL UPDATE; Gunman dead and boy hostage ALIVE after FBI agents storm bunker after ‘fearing for imminent safety of Ethan’

02/04/13, ALABAMA –

  • Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly stormed a school bus when it stopped to let off students and said he had to take two children hostage
  • Dykes is reportedly dead, but it is not known whether he was killed by police or committed suicide
  • Dykes held the six-year-old, known only as Ethan, in his homemade bunker for almost one week

Link to full article below..

Mugshot: Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, the suspect in the standoff, is believed to be deadJimmy Lee Dykes, 65, the suspect in the standoff, is believed to be dead

Saved: The boy, known only as Ethan, is believed to be ok after he was rescued from the bunker by FBI agents

The boy, known only as Ethan, is believed to be ok after he was rescued from the bunker by FBI agents

Hero: Murdered bus driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, was hailed as a hero for trying to stop the abduction of the children from his school bus. His wife said he loved all of the students he drove

Murdered bus driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, was hailed as a hero for trying to stop the abduction of the children from his school bus. His wife said he loved all of the students he drove

Long wait: Police say Jimmy Lee Dykes likely had supplies in his shelter to last weeks or months. He had previously spent eight days in the bunkerPolice say Jimmy Lee Dykes likely had supplies in his shelter to last weeks or months. He had previously spent eight days in the bunker

Click here for full updated article published by Dailymail

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01/30/13, ALABAMA — SWAT team in 24-hour siege as crazed gunman holds boy, 6, hostage in bunker after abducting him from school bus and shooting dead driver

  • Alabama State Police along with the FBI and bomb squads are involved in the stand-off of a gunman who murdered an Alabama school bus driver before kidnapping a child
  • Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly stormed a school bus when it stopped to let off students and said he had to take two children hostage
  • When driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, tried to stop Dykes, the gunman allegedly opened fire and killed him
  • Dykes took a an autistic boy, 6, with him and retreated to a makeshift bunker he dug in the ground
  • Boy is watching TV and has received medications through a PVC pipe that sticks out of the ground and runs into the fortified hovel
  • The standoff is taking place outside Midland City, Alabama, which is a rural town in the deep southeast of the state, near the Florida border

Link to full article by MailOnline below

Out in force: Dozens of local police officers, Alabama State Police troopers and federal agents from the ATF and FBI swarmed the area where the boy was being held captiveOut in force: Dozens of local police officers, Alabama State Police troopers and federal agents from the ATF and FBI swarmed the area where the boy was being held captive
Gearing up: A bomb squad unit is also on hand to deal with any possible explosive devices in the roadGearing up: A bomb squad unit is also on hand to deal with any possible explosive devices in the bunker
Panic: A suspect, identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly held up a school bus Tuesday in Midland City, Alabama, shooting dead the bus driver and taking a boy hostagePanic: A suspect, identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly held up a school bus Tuesday in Midland City, Alabama, shooting dead the bus driver and taking a boy hostage
Witness: This student said the gunman ranted about needing a 'child' to 'get the law off his back' - likely a reference to his court appearance that was scheduled for todayWitness: This student said the gunman ranted about needing a ‘child’ to ‘get the law off his back’ – likely a reference to his court appearance that was scheduled for today
Safe: Parents hugged their children tightly after the ordeal on the bus. Witnesses say the gunman was looking for a hostage because of his legal troubleSafe: Parents hugged their children tightly after the ordeal on the bus. Witnesses say the gunman was looking for a hostage because of his legal troubleClick here for full article published by Dailymail

DC Baby Kidnapped 30 Years Ago Still Missing Today

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Above is a photo of April Nicole Williams as a newborn – below is a age-progressed photo of what April may look like at 27 years of age.

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April Williams was born August 17, 1983 in Washington D.C., Baby April was 3 months old when she was kidnapped on December 3, 1983 by an unknown female. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since, nor has her abductor been identified and brought to justice.

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An artist drew a composite sketch based on the description of the unknown abductor. Keep in mind that the description is based on what the kidnapper looked like in 1983, and she may look entirely different now that she’s 30 years older so it’s important to try an focus on certain facial features including the eyes, shape of face, nose, etc. A very good identifying factor is the mole (or birthmark) witnesses said they seen on the woman’s right cheek. She is described as a black female who had reddish hair (at the time), about 5’3” – 5’4”, weight unknown (although she is described as thinner rather than heavy.)

According to police she may have gone by the name “Latoya”, although it may have been a street name or an alias.

Strangers, esp females, who abduct babies are typically rare. When it does happen many speculate that the unknown woman could have fertility issues and may have kidnapped the child to raise as her own. This gives more hope to one day finding April Williams alive. April would be turning 30 this year and could be a mother herself, not realizing the ‘mother’ who raised her was actually a criminal who kidnapped her.

Baby April was last seen wearing a blue sleeper with a red number one along with a pink and white snowsuit. She has a birthmark on her right wrist.

Case Type: Non Family Abduction
DOB: Aug 17, 1983 Sex: Female
Missing Date: Dec 3, 1983 Race: Black
Age Now: 29 Height: 2’0″ (61 cm)
Missing City: WASHINGTON Weight: 11 lbs (5 kg)
Missing State : DC Hair Color: Black
Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Brown
Case Number: NCMC708557

A Facebook page called Are you the kidnapped April Williams? was created and has only gained 98 ‘likes’ despite millions of Facebook users on the internet daily. The abductor could have kidnapped April to raise her as her own child. She would be 30 years old this year and may be a mother herself, not realizing she is a kidnapped victim.

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

Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099

Or leave a tip with:

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

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.’

Click here for full article and video by Dailymail