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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

Reward Offered For Missing Arizona Girls

January 30, 2013 – TUSCON, AZ —

Investigators believe one man is the common link in two missing-girl cases.

11-month-old Estella Lovemore went missing this past Sunday, and 2-year-old Caroline Oddo has been missing since November, 2012.

Luis Palacio is officially considered a suspect in one of the cases and a person of interest in the other. Palacio is the biological father of Oddo. He’s also the boyfriend of Lovemore’s mother, Danielle Lovemore.

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The Tucson Police Department issued a felony arrest warrant in Palacio’s name accusing him of custodial interference in Oddo’s case. Meanwhile, Marana police consider Palacio a person of interest in the Lovemore disappearance.

Estella went missing Sunday when her mother reportedly took her from a birthday party at Gymnastics World in Marana. Richter Lewis, Estella’s father, said Child Protective Services told him that Estella had been abducted.

They said my daughter had been abducted by Danielle, and that’s pretty much all I heard about it from them,” Lewis said.

“I didn’t even have a Facebook account until last night, and I’m doing this just to find Ella. My main concern is trying to find my daughter and get her back home.”

Oddo’s mother, Anna Oddo, described Palacio as a violent man who hurt her and embarrassed her on several occasions.

She said she never witnessed Palacio hurting their daughter, but feels he is capable of doing so based on what he’s done to her.

Police say Estella Lovemore has already suffered a broken elbow and multiple bumps and bruises. Police did not determine how she was injured, but CPS removed her from her home.

Police say her mother’s reported abduction of her Sunday only placed her in harm’s way.

Marana Police Sgt. Jose Alvarez says, “Right now we don’t know where she’s at and we’re concerned for her safety. So until we find out further and know that she’s safe, we’re going to call her a missing and endangered person to give her heightened awareness.”

It is not entirely clear that Palacio and Lovemore are together, but police saw the couple together in November when Estella suffered her broken elbow, and Marana police say Lovemore is five months pregnant with Palacio’s child.

A reward up to $1,000 will go to the person whose tip leads to an arrest in each unsolved case.

If you have any information regarding this case please contact: Arizona CrimeStoppers 520-882-7463 (88-CRIME) (If you have information on a possible sighting, contact your local authorities asap.)

Source: Tuscon News Now

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Photo of Danielle Lovemore shows what she would look like with dark hair and sunglasses. This picture was taken from her Facebook page — Many of her public photos are from 2009 however, there is a couple of photos which were posted several months ago. Her profile is for the most part, private. However, she listed herself as a “Babysitter for Jennifer” and has a picture of two young girls as her cover-photo. She also lists under ‘places lived’ both Tuscon, Arizona and Oracle, AZ.

The Kidnapping & Murder of Adam John Walsh

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Photo of Adam Walsh which was taken the same year of his abduction and murder

Adam Walsh was a 6-year-old boy from Hollywood, FL. On the afternoon of July 27, 1981 Adam joined his mother, Reve Walsh, on a trip to Hollywood Mall, which is right across the street from Hollywood Police Department.  The main reason for the trip was so Reve could stop by Sears Department Store to purchase a few items, including lamps.

Adam was your typical, friendly boy so when he saw a couple of children playing video games in the arcade section of the store he asked his mother if he could stay behind and watch. Figuring she would be less than 75 ft away in the lamp section, she said yes and left her son who was happy and amused with the video games, behind.

That was the last time she would see her son alive.

“I said, ‘I’m going right over here to the lamp department,’ and he said, ‘Okay, Mommy, I know where that is,'” Reve told Nightline in a 2011 interview.

Police records in Adam’s case released in 1996 show that a 17-year-old ‘security guard’ asked four boys to leave the department store. Adam is believed to have been one of them. It is unknown why they were asked to leave.

Reve noticed fairly quickly (about 5-10 minutes) that the lamp she wanted wasn’t in stock and headed back to the arcade. Adam was nowhere in sight. She wasn’t initially concerned, figuring Adam ran off with some kids she went out to search for him, asking local shoppers if they’ve seen him. After searching for over an hour, Reve began to panick and called police.

By the end of that week this case was National news, thousands of fliers with the smiling, brown-haired boy were published and posted all over cities and towns and eventually made their way out-of-state. But by then, it was too late.

 Two weeks (16 days) after Adam went missing his severed head was found in a drainage canal more than 120 miles away from home. The rest of his body has never been located.

From the beginning, the Walshes were disappointed with the Hollywood Police Department.

First, the Walshes say the cops didn’t take the missing persons case seriously enough. Then they say the police botched the murder investigation.

“It was one nighmare after another,” John Walsh said.

The prime suspect was Ottis Toole, an admitted serial killer who was in prison for many other crimes.

“You keep killing and killing and it gets easier and easier and it don’t really bother you,” Toole once told Texas law enforcement.

Toole made 24 documented confessions to killing Adam Walsh, including a 1984 videotaped interview with Texas Rangers. During the interview, he said, “I kind of feel bad about that Adam Walsh kid.”

“That is,” he said, “the youngest child I ever killed.”

Toole even had the gulls to write to the Walsh family, demanding $5,000 in exchange for telling them where the rest of their child’s remains were.

“I read that letter and went into the bathroom and threw up,” John Walsh would later tell Nightline in an interview. “I said, ‘This son of a bitch. We have to figure out a way for him to tell us what happened.”

In the decades that followed, Adam’s case remained open. Toole continued to recant his confessions about being the killer several times and for years he was never charged. Many people believed he was admitting guilt simply for the fame and to be remembered. They believed this because he never proved his guilt and wouldn’t tell police where the rest of Adam’s body was.

For years the case went unsolved and the Walsh family felt like they were the ones doing all the investigating. It became frustrating but they were not going to let their child’s name go down in vain.

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The Walsh Family – John Walsh in the middle, Reve Walsh (right) and daughter on the left

At the time there were no missing faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alert system in place to alert the public if a child goes missing, no National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, nothing. To a family who’s missing a child each minute feels like eternity and the Walsh’s were determined to change this.

They didn’t want other families to go through the tragedy they went threw and for the families who have gone threw unsolved tragedies. They were determined to catch as many predators and criminals as they possibly could.

Prior to his son’s murder, John Walsh was a partner in a hotel management company in Hollywood, Florida. After his son’s kidnapping and murder, he became a strong human and victims rights advocate, criminal investigator and the creator and host of America’s Most Wanted which has helped save thousands of missing people and solve crimes. Walsh is also a part owner of Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington D.C.

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John Walsh (pictured) has been a strong human and victims right advocate for many years and continues to speak out and help other families of crimes

Reve Walsh rarely speaks out about her child’s murder. In 2011, she sat down with Nightline ABC to discuss a new book “Bringing Adam Home,” which tells the story of her son’s case and the tragedy they went threw.

“When all this was going on, I just thought to myself, I can’t wait till it’s 20 years or 25 years,” Reve said. “I don’t care about getting old, I just want this experience of my life to be that far away from me because I thought it would be different. It’s really not.” Reve told Nightline.

The Walsh family had dedicated their lives to helping other families find their missing relatives, children, etc. Over the years they’ve helped find thousands of missing people and criminals. They were not going to let their son’s horrific murder go in vain. But still, the frustrations grew each year Adam’s case continued to go unsolved.

“I cannot go to my grave not doing everything I can possibly do,” she said. “We are going to get a cold case detective, we are going to start from the beginning, and have this man work this case. I don’t care if you go to work just to pay the bill of this private investigator.’ And John said, ‘I know the guy.'”

That guy was Joe Mathews, a retired police detective who had briefly been involved in the Walsh case early on and was critical of how it was handled.

After combing through the case file, Mathews made a major discovery: a roll of film from the crime scene of Ottis Toole’s car — it was film that the original detectives never bothered to have developed. Pictures show bloody footprints on the driver’s side of Toole’s car. On the rear floorboard of the car — where Toole admitted to tossing Adam’s severed head — pictures show the bloody outline of a face.

“I have a blood transfer from Adam’s face onto the carpet — you can actually see his image. It’s as clear as the shroud of Turin, Veronica’s veil. It’s clear,” Mathews said.

He showed the picture to the Walshes.

“To me, it was the one thing that a mother knows, is that this is their child, that this picture is their child,” Reve Walsh said. “This is the piece of evidence that ties everything together for me and I can go to my grave knowing that not only that I did everything I could but that I found my answers in that photo.”

In December 2008, based on the evidence presented by Mathews — who is also one of the co-authors of “Bringing Adam Home,” — the new Hollywood Police Department Chief Chad Wagner officially closed the case, definitively naming Ottis Toole, who had since died in prison, as the man who killed Adam. Wagner apologized to the Walshes for mistakes that he said were made early in the investigation.

It’s been over 32 years since the kidnapping and murder of Adam John Walsh and his family never gave up on him and didn’t let his case go down in vain. America’s Most Wanted is still helping law enforcement solve thousands of crimes and they plan to continue for as long as they possibly can.

Click here to learn about the Adam Walsh Children’s Fund & The Adam Walsh Act

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America’s Most Wanted
ABC News
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Felony Warrant Still Active For Non-Custodial Mother Who Kidnapped Daughter In NY On November 21, 2001

Annette Carla Clark ** New Paltz, NY * 2001

PARENTAL ABDUCTION: Annette Carla Clark was abducted by her non-custodial mother on 11/21/01 in New Paltz, New York and taken to New Mexico.

Age-progressed photo of what Annette might look like at thirteen-years-old. She would be seventeen years old this year.

Missing Since: November 21, 2001 from New Paltz, New York
Classification: Family Abduction
Date Of Birth:March 1, 1995

Age: 5 (now 17)

Height: 4’2″ (in 2001)
Weight: 55 lbs. (in 2001)
Hair Color: Light Brunette
Eye Color: Brown
Race: Hispanic
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears
AKA/Alias: May use her middle name “Carla” and/or
the last name “Torres”.
Case Number: NCMC926736

WANTED: Gloria Torres Velez Clark has a felony warrant for kidnapping is on file for Velez who is believed to have abducted Annette before fleeing to Mexico.

Relation to victim: Kidnapper

Date of birth: June 25, 1955

Date of incident: November 21, 2001

Sex/Race: Hispanic Female

Hair/Eyes: Brown/Brown

HT/WT: 5’1” – 110lbs

 
 
 → In November 2001, Annette Carla Clark was abducted from New Paltz, New York to Cuernavaca, Mexico by her non-custodial mother, Gloria Torres Velez Clark. Her father, Steve Clark, has full custody of Annette and has been searching for her. There is a U.S. federal warrant for the arrest of Gloria Torres Velez Clark.
 
Annette’s maternal grandmother, Victoria Velez Aranda, lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Annette has been seen at her home numerous times. Gloria’s siblings also live in or near the area and the family continues to hide Annette and Gloria.
 
Gloria Torres Velez and Annette Carla Clark were last seen in the town of Colima, state of Colima, Mexico in October of 2007. Annette was placed in a DIF (Mexican family services) facility and returned to her mother in an extrajudicial (illegal) action before her father could complete pending legal action to have her returned to the United States.
 
Throughout this ordeal, Mexican agencies and officials have acted with deceit, criminality and malfeasance, violating international law and international agreements such as the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the UN Convention on the Rig hts of the Child. These agencies and officials have also violated Mexican criminal statutes against the abduction and hiding of a minor. The actions of DIF (Mexican family services) in Cuernavaca and Colima have been particularly reprehensible. Mexican conduct in this case is one small example of a larger problem of a failed state.
 
If you spot Annette or her mother in Mexico, do not contact Mexican agencies. Please contact the FBI or Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, or contact us at this site. The abducting family will react with hostility if you approach them about this matter. Annette will likely exhibit traits of extreme parental alienation and Stockholm Syndrome.
 
International parental kidnapping is a serious form of child abuse. Help reunite Annette with her father, Steve Clark, and other family members who continue to look for her, with the hope she will have a chance to come home to the life that was stolen from her.
 
Annette’s ears are pierced. She uses the name Carla. She also uses her mother’s maiden name Torres Velez. Annette is light-skinned.
 
Annette has a fraudulent birth certificate issued by the municipality of Jiutepec in the state of Morelos.
 

Investigating Agency
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact:
New York Police Department (NYPD)
1-845-691-2922
OR
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
(800) 843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

 
You can also leave a anonymous tip to Annette’s loved ones by clicking HERE.
 

WWYD? (Child Abductions)

A short clip uploaded on Youtube called ”What would you do?” This episode is about child abductions and it includes a set-up with a child actor and child predator, the child is calling out for help while telling the ”abductor” to stop. WWYD? Would you help the young girl or continue walking?

Does anyone help the young girl? Watch and find out.

Amber Swartz’s Story

 

School Photo of Amber Swartz

Amber Swartz was just a couple months away from her eighth birthday when she was kidnapped around 4:15pm  on June 3, 1988 while playing in her front yard, she has not been seen or heard from since.

Kim Swartz, Amber’s mother, wouldn’t normally let Amber play alone but let it slide, knowing there next-door-neighbors were going to be home soon. Kim would check outside every 15-20 minutes and when she went to check on her, a little past 4pm, she noticed Amber wasn’t in eyesight and began looking for her.  She opened the door and called out for her and got no reply, that’s when she went out and noticed the jump-rope Amber was skipping on was also missing. After realizing her daughter wasn’t around, Kim became frantic and called Pinole Police Department, who came shortly after.

Amber’s story quickly received national attention due to the rarity of stranger abductions, especially in her town located in Pinole, California

Pinole Police along with the community came together to help search for the little girl. Police made stops to every house in the neighborhood, asking if anyone happen to see the missing girl. Amber’s face along with details of her disappearance were plastered on every pool in Pinole. People couldn’t get the image of the missing child out of their head and parents were fearful, paying extra close attention to their children and refused to let them play outside or walk to school by themselves.

On June 4th, one day after Amber disappeared, PPD located a pair of pink socks near the Swartz home. The Socks were found on A baseball diamond by the creek that flows behind Amber’s home. According to Investigators, this particular place had already been searched and it is believed that they were left after the initial search. Kim believes the socks may have belonged to her daughter, but wasn’t positive at the time. The same day, a witness claimed she seen someone matching the young girl’s description at Alvarado Park around 5o’clock PM being roughly handled by an adult white male being thrown into a car near the park’s entrance. The witness described the unknown man, saying he looked around 40 years of age, between 5’7” and 5’8”, and weighing approximately 160-170 pounds. He was driving an older model four-door general motors car, tan in color. Police were never able to identify the man and aren’t sure if the young girl was infact Amber.

For many years, Timothy Bindner was one of the main suspect’s in Amber Swartz abduction and possible murder.  Bidner was also a suspect in several other missing/murdered cases, including the disappearance of Michaela Garecht, Ilene Misheloff, Tara Cossey and Amanda Campbell.  But, over two decades later, police  were able to link DNA to the real culprit in Amber’s abduction. Curtis Dean Anderson.

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Left; Amber Swartz, photo taking shortly before her disappearance Right; Curtis Dean Anderson, Amber’s kidnapper and killer

Police link Curtis Dean Anderson to the murder of Amber Swartz-Garcia

If you would like more detailed information regarding the kidnapping of Amber Swartz-Garcia, click: Charley Project: Amber Swartz

The Amber Foundation for Missing Children – Providing assistance to the families of children who have been abducted by a stranger.