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The disappearance of Tara Calico

tara-calicoTara Calico, then 19, left her Belen, New Mexico home on the afternoon of September 20, 1988 to ride her bicycle on Highway 47. She, nor her bike, were  ever seen again despite numerous searches and media coverage including being featured on Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted, Vanished, Current Affair, etc.

Tara’s unsolved disappearance came back into the limelight when, on June 15, 1989, a woman found a picture in a parking lot outside a convenience store in Port St. Joe, Florida. A white van had previously been parked in the spot and the photo featured a teenage girl and an unidentified young boy, both were bound and gagged in the back of a van. It was speculated that the girl in the photo might be Tara Calico and that the boy was possibly Michael Henley, a 9-year old who vanished on a camping trip in NM the previous year. However, Michael’s remains were soon found in the same area he originally went missing.

Two other photographs featuring a gagged girl resembling Tara surfaced over the next few months, though they have never been released to the public.

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Photo of an unidentified young female and boy gagged and bound

There are many theories revolving around this case and it seems like the majority believe the young woman was kidnapped however, years after Tara went missing a Valencia County sheriff publicly stated his belief that she was killed the day she disappeared when two local residents accidentally hit her with their truck and disposed of her body, but he had insufficient evidence to make an arrest. But if this theory is true, then what’s the story behind the two kids in the photograph?

Tara Calico was born February 28, 1969 and would be 44 years old today.

Tara Calico: Gone Without a Trace – The Documentary Fan Page (Facebook)

Unidentified Remains of A Little Girl Found Over Three Decades Ago In Pascagoula, MS (“JANE DOE1982”)

Jane Doe1982This photo is a computer generated facial reconstruction done by a forensic artist at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Features such as eye color and hair style are the estimations of the artist to complete the image and should not be used as a significant marker for identification. The “DOB” and “Age Now” fields are approximations as well.

Classification: Unidentified Child
Name: JaneDoe1982
DOB: January 1, 1980 (approx)
DOD: 12/05/82
Located In:
Pascagoula, MS
Age Then: Believed to have been a toddler
Age now: 33 (approx)
Sex: Female
Race: White
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Unknown but believed to have been either brown or blue
Height: 2’6″
Weight: 20-25 lbs
NCMEC Case #: 1103997

 

 

Over three decades ago, on December 5, 1982, the unidentified remains of a young child were discovered in the Dog River which is located beneath the westbound lane of I-10 in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

The child, described as a toddler girl around two years old, is believed to have been deceased 1-2 days prior to discovery of her remains.

 Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

Mississippi Amber Alerts and Missing Children Cases

 

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.

FBI in Tampa Still Investigating the Disappearance of Robert A. Wiles Who Was Kidnapped For Random Several Years Ago

Photo of Robert Wiles taken in 2003

wilesClassification: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Robert Arthur Wiles
Nickname: Rob
Missing Since: 04/01/08
Missing From: Lakeland, FL
Date of Birth: September 23, 1981
Place of Birth: Sylvania, Ohio
Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Height: 5’9″ Weight: 165 pounds
Race: White Sex: Male
Scars/Marks: He has a hernia scar on his abdomen and acne scars below his ears and around his jaw line
Other: Wiles was a pilot, diver, fisherman, and an athlete

Robert Wiles, then 26, was employed by a family owned Toledo-based business, National Flight Services, which is an aircraft maintenance company. He was a business development manager at the company’s branch and on April 1, 2008 he was working one of his shifts at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Tampa, Florida when he suddenly disappeared. A co-worker told authorities he last seen Wiles at approximately 6:30PM and surveillance cameras show no sign of him after that time.

Wiles’ car was located abandoned in the parking lot at the family business, and he had missed a flight from Orlando to Dallas scheduled the day after his disappearance which immediately raised concerns.

robert-wilesA few days after Wiles went missing his parents, Thomas and Pamela Wiles in Ohio received a ransom letter demanding $750,000. The note was signed “Group X” and was emailed to them. His parents followed the notes instructions but no further demands were ever made.

According to reports, Wiles father had purchased kidnapping insurance for his company for the sum of $750,000 back in 2006, two years prior to his son’s disappearance. This indicates that whomever was responsible knew that information.

Authorities gathered enough evidence to arrest Stobert Lindell Holt, also known as Toby Holt, and on January 31, 2012 he was found guilty of manslaughter, extortion, and writing a threatening letter in connection with Wiles’ disappearance. However, Wiles has not been found.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Tampa, FL are seeking any information that will lead to the recovery of Robert Wiles.

Foul play is suspected.

Wiles will be turning 31 this year.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Federal Bureau of Investigation – Tampa Florida Office 866-838-1153 and/or
Your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

 

 

Angela Hudson Went Missing In Rockingham County, NC on September 20, 2001

angela_hudsonClassification: Missing
Full Name: Angela Hudson
Nickname(s): Angie
Missing From: Ruffin, Rockingham County, NC
Date of Birth: April 20, 1968
Date of Disappearance: 09/20/01
Age at Disappearance: 33
Age Now: 44
Race: White Sex: Female
Height: 5’7
Weight: 120 lbs
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde
Tattoo(s): Red scorpion on back. Chinese dragon on upper right shoulder. Egyptian hieroglyphics on right ankle.

Angela was 33-year-old and a mother of two young children when was last seen on the morning of September 20, 2001 by a family member while at her home on the 9700 block of NC700 in Ruffin, North Carolina. Before leaving, she told family that she needed to run an errand and failed to return home. She didn’t take her vehicle, purse nor her two children.

She will be turning 45 in a few short weeks and her case remains cold.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is asked to please contact:
Rockingham County Police Department (336) 634-3232

Source of information: NC Missing Persons (clicking the source will also show you other NC missing person cases.)

Jonathan Brackett – Missing From Carolina Beach

jonathan-brackett-missingClassified: Missing
Full Name: Jonathan Kyle Brackett
Missing From: Carolina Beach, NC
Date of Birth: October 11, 1990
Year of Disappearance: 2009
Age Then: 18
Age Now: 22
Race: White Sex: Male
Hair: Brown Eye: Blue
Height: 5’9″ Weight: 150 lbs
Clothing: Last seen wearing a t-shirt and shorts

Jonathan Brackett was last seen on the evening of August 1, 2009. He had left work and was seen walking near a wooded area in a neighborhood in Surf City / Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

The CUE Center for Missing People along with ATVs, cavalier dogs, police, volunteers and loved ones searched locally in Surf City but he was never located.  — There were no signs of him in the woods, but according to Monica Caison with the CUE Center, that’s a sign that he may still be alive.

Jonathan’s family believes he spent a lot of time with relatives in the neighborhood he was last seen in. They said he had no mobile phone or identification on him and hold out hope that one day he will be found.

Jonathan was part of his High School’s wrestling team before graduating. He enjoyed playing sports, had many friends and a good family background with no reason to run away.

NCMEC Case#: NCMA1132821

Help Find Missing — JONATHAN KYLE BRACKETT is a Facebook page created by family. It was last updated on Jonathan’s 21st Birthday Oct 11, 2011) — He will be turning 23 in October 2013.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
CUE Center at (910) 232-1131 and/or (910) 232-1687
Carolina Beach Police Department at (910) 458-2540.

Debora G. Moody Disappeared From Her Long County Mobile Home In The Winter of 2007

debora-gail-moodyClassified: Missing
Full Name: Debora Gail DeLoach Moody
Missing From: Ludowici, Long County, Georgia
Birthdate: April 22,1965
Missing Date: Tue, 12/04/2007
Age Then: 42
Age Now: 47
Race: White
Sex: Female
Weight: 116
Height: 5′ 6″
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Scars/Marks: Has a scar on her right leg extending from her right ankle to her knee, and a surgical scar on her neck due to neck surgery a couple of months prior to her disappearance
Other: Debora wears prescription glasses

 

Debora Moody has been missing for over five years. She was last seen at her mobile home on Smiley Street off of Highway 196 in Ludowici on the evening of December 4, 2007.

Debora was an employee at C & S Construction and was working on the morning she went missing. Later that day at approximately 3:45PM she went to visit a friend at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, GA and after that she went to pick-up another friend in Liberty County and the two went back to Debora’s home.

According to the friend, Debora was acting normal and nothing seemed amiss. She stayed at her home for roughly 2 hours before heading home. Shortly after, Debora seemingly vanished.

Less than a week later, on December 10, 2007, after failing to get in touch with her, a relative contacted Long County Sheriff’s Office and filed a missing persons report.

When police searched her home they found her purse in her house, her car sitting in the driveway and her dog on a leash in the front yard. There was no indication of foul play. Surprisingly, she didn’t take her purse and her dog in the front yard indicated she was planning to come back soon.

Family members including Debora’s parents and (grown) son lived in Florida not too far from the Georgia Border. They spent alot of time in Georgia assisting in the investigation and searching. They claim she was in the process of a divorce and described her as an independent woman who enjoyed the country life. They say it is very uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning and believe something happened to her.

Due to the lack of evidence her case is being listed as a missing person rather than a crime.

Some reports spell her first name as “Deborah” however, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spells her name as “Debora”. According to the GBOI website, she could be going by her middle name, Gail.

Her case is listed on America’s Most Wanted with the latest airing on February 23, 2008. Her episode is posted on AMW but is currently unavailable.

She will be turning 48 in several weeks.

 

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Long County Sheriff’s Office 
Long County Sheriff’s Office – Captian Nickey Anderson (912) 545-2118 E-Mail: nickeyanderson@longcountyso.org
And/Or
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Kingsland Office
912-729-6198