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Identity of abandoned baby found fourteen years ago still unknown

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Baby Doe was found alive in Northeast USA (DC)

The unidentified infant was discovered abandoned in the Unit Block Rhode Island Avenue. N.E. Washington D.C.. She had a knitted white blanket with sky blue with a pinkish/orange boarder on top of her, and was wearing a white one-piece sleeper with colorful construction machinery and dalmatian puppies printed on it. She was also wearing a hand-knitted light purple sweater and bonnet.

The baby is now fourteen but her parents identity remains unknown.

  • DOB: Mar 15, 1998
  • Date Found: Mar 20, 1998
  • Age Then: Several days
  • Age Now: 14
  • Height: 1’7″ (48cm)
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Race: Black
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 5lbs (2kg)
  • Hair: Black
  • Missing From: Washington DC
  • Country: United States

Anyone with any information on the possible identity of this child is asked to please contact: 

D.C. Police Department Missing Persons
(202) 576-6768

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST

Source: NCMEC

Yuan Wang, Originally From China, Disappeared In 1998 After Getting Off Her Fairfax County School Bus

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The left photo was taken shortly before her disappearance and the right photo is age progressed to nineteen years. She will be turning 27 this year.

  • Full Name: Yuan Xia Wang
  • Nickname: Incha
  • Missing From: Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Date Of Birth Used: September 13, 1986
  • Age Used: 12 years old (she told authorities she was twelve when arriving in the US however, it is possible that she was as old as fifteen.)
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5’6″ (168 cm); 118 lbs (54 kg).
  • Race:: Asian (Chinese) Gender: Female
  • Hair: Black Eyes: Black/Dark
  • Clothing: Last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jacket, jeans and white sneakers
  • Yang spoke Mandarin Chinese and had very limited English skills at the time of her disappearance.

On August 25, 1998, twelve-year-old Yuan Wang was smuggled from China to the United States. They were taking her to Washington D.C. but their plan foiled at Dulles International Airport when one of her smugglers, a Thai citizen named Chaichana Klaharn pretended that she was his niece. Security at Dulles International Airport arrested the smugglers and in September, 1998, they were sentenced to four months in jail for passport fraud.

Meanwhile, Yuan was sent to temporary live at a Fairfax County, VA foster home. She spoke Mandarin and had very limited English so a Mandarin speaking babysitter was sent to care for her. She also started attending Holmes Middle School.

Less than two months later on October 21, 1998 at approximately 3PM, Yuan got off her school bus near Lincolnia Road and Deming Avenue in Alexandria. She was supposed to take a cab to a 3:30PM Doctors appointment but when the cab showed up, Yuan was gone. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Searches threw out Fairfax yielded no clues.

A decade after she disappeared, in 2008, investigators said they thought Yuan could be in Kansas City, Missouri, although it’s not confirmed.

Investigators have a few theories including the possibility that her smugglers kidnapped her, forcing her to work (also known as trafficking.). Or she ran away out of fear that she’d be deported back to China. Her foster family stated that although Yuan seemed very smart and appeared content with her new life, they didn’t get to know her well enough to know if she was capable of running away. Investigators are also not ruling out the possibility that she was abducted by a stranger. She is classified as “Endangered Missing”.

Agency Case Number: 982941432

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

Fairfax County Police Department
703-691-2131
or
Your local FBI/Police

DC Mother Turns 27 In Two Days, It Will Be The Third Birthday Since Her Disappearance In The Fall Of 2010

Thursday, January 31, 2013 will be a typical day for many, just another end to another month. But for the family of Unique Harris, a missing mother of two boys who will be turning 27, this will be the third birthday without her

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Pictured: Unique RaQuel-Leona Harris

Missing Since: October 9, 2010 from Washington, DC
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: January 31, 1986
Age Then: 24 Age Now: 27
Height: 5’7″ Weight: 125 pounds
Hair Color: Brown; Dark brown roots, auburn strands.
Eye Color: Brown
Race: Black Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo on left arm and
back. Unique (upper right arm), Richard & U’andre’ (lower back).
Pierced ears. Mole on upper lip. Learning disability.
Clothing: White shirt and gray pants.
Jewelry: Matching gold necklace & earrings with garnet
red beads. Sterling silver necklace with safety pin clasp.

Unique Harris was 24-years-old when she was last seen in her Washington D.C. apartment on October 9, 2010 with her children and her young cousin, Talaya Reed. The four of them were eating popcorn and watching a movie and Unique was relaxing in comfortable clothes which included a white t-shirt and grey pants, believed to be sweatpants. When the movie was over Unique put her two boys to bed, then went to bed herself. Her cousin, who also stayed the night, went to bed as well.

The following morning at approximately 9am, her cousin woke up and noticed Unique was missing and called her mother to tell her and ask if she had spoken to her. Her mother said she had not talked to her since the day before.

At first they weren’t too concerned, thinking she may have went to the store but the more time that went by, the more worried her family became.

Unique’s grandfather, Richard Harris, stopped by the apartment later that afternoon where he came across the two children and cousin, but Unique still wasn’t home. He went into her bedroom and found her glasses lying on a pillow. This discovery immediately turned Richard from worried to frantic because Unique cannot see without her glasses and would have never left them behind. Police in Washington DC were then called but despite media attention, searches and interviews, the missing mother’s whereabouts remain a complete mystery.

Family and loved ones miss her dearly, with one family member, a cousin, writing in March, 2012 on Facebook:

“Cuzzin where ever u are We Love You So Much!!! The devil is busy but we will not stop praying …we all need you.”

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Photo of Valencia Harris, Unique’s devastated mother who’s been searching for her daughter for over two years. Richard has a tiny mole above the right corner of his mouth. Sometimes Valencia touches it, lightly, the way she used to touch the mole on his mother’s face, before she disappeared. The missing mother’s other child, U’Andre’, shares his mother’s wiggling feet, the ones Valencia used to dress up in white booties. Booties she never threw away and still has today, barely unscuffed, at her Temple Hills home. Her daughter never scuffed them because Valencia never put her down as a baby, because when she was born, Valencia looked at her and thought: “I can’t believe I made this. I made this, this special baby.” — However, for over two years, she’s been mourning the possibility that she may never she her special baby ever again.

I am not able to post videos at the moment, for some reason. However, click Valencia Harris plea for help in finding her missing daughter to watch a YouTube video of Unique’s mother pleaded for help in locating her missing mother. Video was uploaded by Black And Missing

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

DC Metropolitan Police Department
Det. Jacqueline S. Middleton
202-698-1276

Source:
Washington Post
Black And Missing
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NAMUS

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)

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

Source:
America’s Most Wanted
ABC News
Wikipedia
NCMEC