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A Survivor’s Story – The Smart Family

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Pictured above, Ed Smart and photo of Elizabeth Smart at the age of fourteen, she turned 25 on November 3, 1987

Police photo of Brian Mitchell Davis. 59, will spend the rest of his life in a United States Penitentiary, a high security federal prison in Tuscon, Arizona.

Police photo of Wanda Eileen Barzee, the wife of Brian David Mitchell and his accomplice. She was sentenced to fifteen years in prison and five years probation upon release, she will be approx 72 years old at that point. Barzee will also have to register as a sex offender.

 

 
Before dawn on June 5, 2002, Elizabeth Smart, then 14, was kidnapped from her bedroom. Her captors, Mitchell and Barzee, forced her to wear a burqa to hide her identity but nine months after her June abduction, an alert citizen identified Elizabeth threw her eyes, the only part of her body that wasn’t covered. She was found alive on March 12, 2003, nine months after her abduction just a few miles from her home, Her abduction and recovery were widely reported in North American media and internationally.
 
Elizabeth’s ordeal and recovery were widely reported and the subject of a Lifetime made-for-TV movie and non-fiction book. Ten years later, she is still an inspiration to many victims of abduction. She had gone to Congress to support sexual predator legislation and the AMBER Alert system, and on July 26, 2006, she spoke after the signing of the Adam Walsh Act. In May 2008, she traveled to Washington D.C. where she helped present a book, “You’re Not Alone,” published by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has entries written by her as well as four other recovered young adults. In 2009, Smart commented on the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugardstressing that dwelling upon the past is unproductive. On October 27, 2009 Elizabeth spoke at the 2009 Women’s Conference in California hosted by Maria Shriver, on overcoming obstacles in life. 

On July 7, 2011 it was announced that she would be a commentator for ABC News, mainly focusing on missing persons.

Ed Smart has become a nationally renowned spokesperson for child protection, advocating for legislation and non-profit organizations that focus on the prevention and recovery of missing children. Ed works with and serves on the board of several non-profit agencies including, the National Child ID program, sponsored by the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association), radKids; and the I Keep Safe program from the Governors’ Spouses Coalition for Internet Safety. Ed is also a member of the State of Utah’s Amber Alert committee and a frequent guest speaker for Law Enforcement and other agencies involved in protecting children from predators. 

Click WIKI: Elizabeth Smart for additional information on this case.
Check out: The Elizabeth Smart Foundation
National Child Identification Program
IKeepSafe Internet Safety Coalition

A Survivors Story – The Tamara Brooks Foundation

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→ On July 31, 2002 Tamara Brooks, then sixteen years old, and Jaci Maris, were kidnapped from Quartz Hill, California. The local Sheriff’s Department issued California’s first Amber Alert which mobilized and united 13 government agencies in an intense effort to locate the girls. The alert was successful. The girls returned to the safety of their families but the story did not end there.

On October 2, 2002 the President hosted the first White House Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children. Experts and surviving families from across America convened to share and rally around best practices for making America safer for all children. Sharon Brooks emerged as a vocal advocate for children and the passage of the federal Amber Alert law.

As a mother of four children and an educator Sharon has always been keenly aware of the need to keep children safe. But the kidnapping and assault of her daughter in 2002 made her cognizant of the fact that our nation needs far more than child safety education. Both Sharon and Tamara have become renowned speakers on the importance and effectiveness of the Amber Alert program. Each, in their own right, speak at conferences of law enforcement personnel sharing their experiences so that officers will be more conscientious about the experiences of victims and their families. Sharon is a passionate advocate for victim and surviving family counseling so that they can begin the healing process. She is an equally passionate advocate for legislation that will bring criminals who commit crimes against children to justice and keep them off the streets. Sharon shares her story, time and efforts in this arena in the hope that one day our nation will not need to issue any Amber Alerts and that children will be safe.

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About Tamara Brooks Foundation:

Tamara is a vibrant and outspoken young woman who, after being abducted in 2002, continued with her life as a high school student in California to become Valedictorian of her graduating class. Tamara is not just another violent crime “survivor” – Tamara excels in life – she helps empower others by presenting at various events around the country. Her goal is to help other victims of childhood violence, not just to survive – but to excel in life.

Click here to view the Tamara Brooks Foundation

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone and always remember to stay SAFE!

 

Ten Halloween Safety Tips

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Everyday there seem’s to be another (attempted) child-abduction, it’s scary! Especially in the Denver, CO area, and with Halloween coming up i’ve decided to post ten very important safety tips to ensure a happy and safe Halloween.

♦ Ten Halloween Safety Tips:

1. Children should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adult or at the very least, a large group.

2. If a parent isn’t going to accompanied their kids, a talk about ”stranger danger” before Halloween is a MUST! (Ex: Being aware of their surroundings, never walking off alone, never go inside a strangers house when your trick-or-treating and don’t hesitate to scream if you have to.)

3. Trick or treat in areas that are well known and do not wonder into unknown neighbourhoods

4. All candies (‘treats’) need to be carefully inspected to make sure they have not been tampered with. If you find a suspicious candy, you need to contact the police.

5. Children need to be told to stay away from stray animals

6. Children should wear be wearing comfortable sneakers and masks that do not interfere with their vision. It is much better to create a face mask using make up.

7. Children need to watch for any vehicles on the road very carefully and not run across the streets. (avoiding the streets altogether would be idle if possible. Many people drink on Halloween and foolishly drive putting everyone in danger.)

8. Children should wear clothing that is easily visible in the dark – reflective materials are the best. You can even purchase reflective stickers which are inexpensive and sticks right on.

9. CARRY A CELLPHONE. (Incase you’re ever in a situation that needs immediate assistance.) And if your child(ren) will be going out without you make sure they have a phone handy (if possible.) Also have them check in at-least once at a specified time.

10. If you have even the smallest doubt about letting your kid(s) go trick-or-treating TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS and organize a party for children in the neighbourhood or plan up something fun for your child(ren.)

Wanted: Christopher Maffei wanted for kidnapping his two children in California and stealing a yacht UPDATE: Children and stolen yacht FOUND

Wanted: Christopher Maffei wanted for kidnapping of his two children and stealing a yacht, may be heading to Mexico

  • Christopher Maffei, 43, is accused of abducting his two children Brooklynn,  three, and Devin, two, from their mother’s home in San Francisco
  • Police allege he stole a yacht and may be  heading to Mexico or Thailand

On the run: Christopher Maffei, 43, is accused of abducting his two children

Police are looking for Christopher Maffei (43) – Pictured

 

UPDATE 09/08/12 – Two children were rescued Friday from a sailboat that was stolen by their father, who is accused of abducting them from their mother’s home on the Peninsula, authorities said.

The Coast Guard, FBI and South San Francisco police had been tracking the 40-foot sailboat Unleashed, which was sailed from a harbor in Alameda on Tuesday. Police said earlier that day, Christopher Maffei had removed his 3-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son from their mother’s home while she was out.

The children’s rescue came hours after the guard spent most of Friday following the boat as it slowly sailed down the rugged central California coastline. Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz said a guard airplane followed the boat south to Monterey Bay, where the rescue occurred.

“A Coast Guard cutter approached the vessel and just started talking to them,” Coast Guard spokesman Thomas McKenzie said. “He put his hands up and surrendered without incident.”

Maffei’s daughter Brooklynn and son Devin were being examined by medical personnel and would be reunited with their mother, McKenzie said.

Maffei is the former boyfriend of the children’s mother, Jennifer Hipon. She told reporters that she was at a courthouse filing custody documents on Tuesday when Maffei went to her house and took the children from her elderly mother.

South San Francisco police say that after running off with the children, Maffei drove to the harbor in Alameda and left on the 40-foot sailboat. He sailed the boat out the Golden Gate, and headed down the coast, police said.

A fisherman spotted the sailboat off the San Mateo County coast on Friday, and law enforcement started a slow-speed chase as they tried to intercept the vessel, police said.

McKenzie said the stolen boat was recovered and would be returned to its owner.

SOURCE: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/09/07/2-south-san-francisco-kids-recovered-from-stolen-yacht/

The Kidnapping Of Jaycee Lee Dugard – Before And After

Photo Of Jaycee Taken Same Year She Was Kidnapped.

Jaycee Dugard was 11-years-old and a fifth grader who was excited about an upcoming field trip that she was supposed to attend. She woke up early in the morning and remembers dressing in her favorite ‘all pink outfit.  There was one particularly embarrassing question she wanted to ask her mother that morning, If she could start shaving her legs. She remembers vividly that her mother was in a rush to get to work and forgot to give her a kiss, something she regularly did. Jaycee didn’t think much of it and knew she would get her kiss later that day when she returned home from school.

Sadly she never made it to school.

She left her Lake Tahoe home to head for the bus stop but not before waving goodbye to her Stepfather, Carl Probyn. As she made her way up the street a vehicle suddenly sped up and swerved, cutting her off. An unidentified man quickly rolled down the window and hit Jaycee with a stun-gun, causing her to fall over in the bushes. He then quickly opened the door, grab Jaycee and sped off.

Mugshots Of Phillip & Nancy Garrido

The only thing Jaycee could do was scream which alerted her stepfather who near the garage at the time. He didn’t have his car keys so he jumped on his mountain bike and chased the car but lost sight of it and had to turn around and rush back home where he contacted authorities.

Carl has told of his anguish at  helplessly seeing his stepdaughter being kidnapped as she made her way to the bus stop that Morning. He remembers being outside that morning, just meters away from Jaycee.

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Carl Probyn holding a framed photo of 11-year-old Jaycee

By the time police arrived Jaycee was on a frightening three-hour journey to the Garridos Antioch, CA home. When they arrived, she was led to his secluded backyard and tied in one of his sound proof sheds where she was continually abused sexually,  mentally, emotionally and physically for the next 18 years. Garrido threatened her and her family if she ever attempted to run away. Nancy played the “good cop” and pretended to care about the girls feelings. She would also pretend to ‘sneak in’ sandwiches to gain the little girl’s trust.

For years some suspected Probyn of being involved with Jaycee’s disappearance. A couple of years after the abduction, Jaycee’s mother, Tracy Probyn filed for divorce four years after Jaycee was abducted. According to Carl Probyn, the stress of Jaycee’s abduction was too much and he tells how she could never  forgive him for not doing more on that fateful day.

 “I feel very happy that Jaycee is living her life… But I have  to say that right now, I don’t think the odds are very good that I will ever see  her again,” He added: “Looking back, maybe I regret I did not give her more hugs. Terry’s family thought I was mean to her. I think they thought I was the  reason Jaycee did not run away from the Garridos. But I can tell you now, I  really cared for that girl.” Carl said.

Jaycee’s mother, Terry Probyn, was frantic and distraught as most mothers would be. She did everything possible to get Jaycee’s name out there, including making a song called ”Jaycee Lee”

Click here to listen to “Jaycee Lee”

Terry Probyn Pictured, Singing ‘Jaycee Lee’ in a studio

The community came together very quickly and helped Terry and her family. Pink balloons, Jaycee’s favorite color, were tied everywhere. Jaycee’s face was on every pole in Lake Tahoe, California. . Soon her face was on major news channels around the US,  and every year on the anniversary of the kidnapping the community came together to march for justice and answers. Her mother never gave up hope.

Jaycee’ would later state during an interview that during the first few days of her captivity, she seen the news casting her story as she layed helplessly tied in a sound-proof shed in the back of the Garrido home.

Over  the 18 years she remained missing, Jaycee suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her captor and two pregnancies. She was in pain as she laid in labor alone in the shed until Philip came home and gave her codeine to ease the pregnancy pains. The two daughters she had were aged 11 and 15 at the time of her reappearance. (Jaycee’s youngest daughter starlit was 11-years-old at the time Jaycee was found, the same age Jaycee was when she was kidnapped. Her eldest daughter, Angel, was 15-years-old in 2009, the same age Jaycee was when she gave birth too her.)

Angel and starlit were made to believe by Garrido that Jaycee was their older sister, they found out the truth in 2009, when Phillip and Nancy Garrido were arrested and Jaycee was reunited with her family. From the beginning Jaycee is very protective of the two young girls, and wants them to live a happy-normal life. She also didn’t want media to snap any photos of them but new curiosity of the public would make this really hard so she allowed one photo of the two girls, neither of their faces are shown, just there backside and hair, their side view is blurred.

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Photo Of Jaycee’s Daughters, starlit and Angel

When Jaycee was rescued her case became headlines around the world. Paparazzi tried endlessly looking for Jaycee and her daughters, whose photos were not yet released. FBI placed the family in an undisclosed location and guarded them from the public eye.

Since then, photos have been released and Jaycee has even done an interview with Ann Curry. This was done to keep paparazzi away.

Terry, Jaycee, along with her two daughters have been in away from media trying to live there new-life as normal as possible. Jaycee has does interviews and had been on the cover of people magazine numerous times, she stated she did this to keep paparazzi’ at bay, and to fill in the publics curiosity and let them know how she and her family are doing. Jaycee and her mother Terry have been catching up, they been horseback-riding, cooking, relaxing, going on secluded vacations, etc.

Mother And Daughter: Jaycee And Terry Smiling Together.

Phillip was on parole in 1992 as a high level re-offender and Jaycee wasn’t the first person he kidnapped and raped.  In 1976 when Garrido was a young man in his 20’s, he kidnapped a woman who now goes by her married name, Katherine Hall.  She said she was 25 years old when Garrido attacked her in South Lake Tahoe (The same town from which Dugard was abducted) when she went to buy food. He tapped on her car window saying he needed a lift as his car was broken down. He overpowered her, bound, gagged and handcuffed her. (For more information on the Katherine Hall Abduction in 1976, please click link provided.)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/02/phillip-garrido-katie-hall-jaycee

Photo Of Katherine Hall in 2009

As for Phillip and Nancy, well, they won’t be ruining anyones family or life ever again.

Phillip Craig Garrido, 58, and his wife Nancy Garrido, 54, were sentenced for kidnapping and other charges on June 2, 2011. Philip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years’ imprisonment; his wife received 36 years to life. Nancy would be lucky if she was still living by the time her parole comes up and if she is, she most likely will get denied.

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Jaycee Lee Dugard Now

Links To Related Articles Below:

Jaycee Dugard Story: Lawsuit Filed Against US Government for Allowing Kidnap

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Jaycee Lee Interview & Other Articles Regarding The Case

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Jaycee Dugard Marks Her First Year of Freedom: Article Published in 2010

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Photos & Additional Articles – The Kidnapping Of Jaycee Lee Dugard

Endangered Missing – Faith Christina Shirley – Update: Found Safe

UPDATE: WHISNews21 is happy and relieved to report that as of this morning Faith Christina Shirley is no longer a missing person. We have received confirmation  from two of her friends namely Rebecca Dishman and Jan Linden.

This is the full confirmation received from Rebecca a few minutes ago: I am a personal friend of the Shirley family. As of this morning around 7:00 am both of Faith’s older sisters, Ashley Wilson and Heather Hatcher had posted FB statuses saying that Faith was found alive and safe and was in police custody waiting for her family to pick her up. Please feel free to check out this story with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Dept. 904-630-0500 Anyone who answers that number should be able to answer you questions (Per my brother-in-law who is an officer with JSO) We are so grateful that Faith is alive and OK! God is so good! – Source – WHISNEWS

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▬► There are rumors circulating the net stating Faith has been found, these rumors are NOT TRUE! Faith has been Missing since July 18th, 2012. A Source claims she left her cellphone, backpack and ID at her house but took her IPAD.

Faith was last seen wearing a purple v-neck shirt and navy blue shorts with flip-flops.
She does not have any piercings or tattoos.
She is 5’7″ and 130 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

If you have information to help locate her please call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department at 904-630-0500 (or) 904-630-2627 and refer to CASE NUMBER: 12-5322105

(I wanted to post a photo showing faith with her hair pulled back and a photo with her hair down due to the fact that people can look different with separate hairstyles.)

Faith, a home-schooled teenager, has brown hair, hazel eyes, 5’7 weighing around 130LBS and is described as a typical ‘girly girl’. She was last seen on JULY 18TH 2012

According to information collected on the net, Faith was standing on the corner of “Scott Mill Road and Kelsey Place” alone at 10 PM. She took her iPad but left behind her other possessions including her cellphone. Many theories arise, did she meet someone? Did that someone tell her that he/she would pick her up on the corner of Scott Mill Road? Did that someone tell her to NOT bring her cellphone? Maybe they were afraid police would trace the phone back to them and they’d get in trouble? (in trouble for being ‘over age’, warrants, etc) Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions but a 15-year-old teenager, leaving suddenly, waiting on a particular street corner at 10pm with no phone leads me to assume she was waiting for somebody.

– She could be anywhere so even if you reside outside of Florida,  Please keep a lookout for this young girl.  Check your surroundings (neighborhood/neighbors, hotels/motels, etc). – It takes a village!

If you have any information regarding Faith Christina Shirley’s disappearance – PLEASE CALL Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500

Also, there are Facebook pages set up regarding Faith’s disappearance. Just type ”Faith Christina Shirley” in the

Facebook search panel for updates and to show support to those closest to Faith.