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Sunday
Jul222012

FBI Believes Missing Iowa Girls Are Alive

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The FBI said they have evidence that leads them to believe that two missing Iowa girls are still alive.

"We believe the two girls are alive," FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault told ABC News. Breault said this belief was based partly on the evidence found Friday, but would not elaborate further.

Authorities reclassified the case as an abduction on Friday.

Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook, who are cousins, were last seen on July 13, riding their bikes near a lake in Evansdale, Iowa. A $50,000 reward is now being offered for information that would lead to their being found.

Elizabeth Collins' mother said she was overjoyed to hear the FBI say they believe the two girls are alive.

"That is amazing," Heather Collins said. "That is the best news we have heard all week...keep praying we will have them back..."

An FBI dive squad with sonar equipment Friday searched Meyers Lake, near where the girls' bikes were found on a nature trail. Officials said that they only continued to search the lake to be "100 percent" certain the girls were not in it. The girls' families have been adamant that they believe the girls are somewhere else.

"The girls aren't in the lake. We've all been convinced of that basically since Friday [July 13]," Craig Ceilley, a family spokesman, told ABC News Friday. Lyric Cook is 10; Elizabeth Collins is 8.

As the mystery grows about the cousins' disappearance, so does the list of questions surrounding Lyric's parents, Misty and Dan Morrissey. Both have been convicted of felony drug offenses and spent time behind bars. Misty served four years in federal prison.

Even their relatives acknowledge that the couple's troubled past could have played a role in the girls' disappearance.

"I can't rule that out, you know," Tammy Brousseau, the girls' aunt, told ABC News Thursday. "I want every stone unturned."

In the past week investigators have questioned both Misty and Dan Morrisey several times. Brousseau said Dan Morrisey at one point left a police interview because he felt he was being treated like a suspect.

"I can see Dan becoming very defensive after he's being told, you know, 'You killed your daughter and niece. You know you did. We have proof. We have evidence that you did this,'" Brousseau said.

Brousseau said the Morrisseys, who are separated, have a violent past that even involves a restraining order.

"At one point Dan had assaulted Misty and that's where the no-contact order came into place," she said.

On Wednesday night investigators went to a nearby hotel where Misty and Dan Morrisey were staying, but Dan claimed he was tired and wanted to go to sleep. The following morning Misty took a urine analysis and a polygraph test. However, Brousseau said the pair had been advised by their attorney not to speak any further to police or the media or submit to any more polygraph tests.

Capt. Rick Abben, the spokesman for the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, said Thursday that their silence was not helpful to investigators.

"It's a distraction for us, and why they wish to do that, I don't know," Abben told reporters. "We're asking for 100 percent cooperation. Why they don't want to do that, I have no idea."

Late Thursday Misty and Dan Morrisey were spotted leaving the authorities' makeshift command center in Evansdale, with Misty in tears.

"They have no idea about anything," Misty yelled as she left the building.

"Back off," said Dan as reporters gathered around them.

With the search for the girls now more than a week old, family members want the focus to be on the two cousins, not Lyric's parents.

"Let's focus on Elizabeth and Lyric. Let's leave the past where it belongs," Ceilley urged Friday.

If one family member is getting roughed up, he said, "they're all getting roughed up."

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Wednesday
Oct052011

Missing Missouri Baby: Amber Alert Cancelled as Search Continues

Kansas City Police(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Police have cancelled an Amber Alert for a missing 10-month-old infant believed to have been abducted from her crib in Kansas City, Mo., though the investigation and search for her continues.

Over 100 Kansas City police officers and FBI agents are searching for Lisa Irwin, the missing infant who was last seen at 10:30 p.m. on Monday asleep in her crib at her parents' home.  The massive search has also included canines, mounted patrol, a fugitive unit, and a narcotics and vice unit.  Police issued the alert for Lisa Irwin early Tuesday morning.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday police pulled the Amber Alert, which is meant to immediately inform the public of a missing minor who is believed to be at risk of serious injury or death.

"Although the investigation and search for Lisa Irwin continues, an active Amber Alert is no longer necessary in this case.  Lisa Irwin is still considered a missing/endangered juvenile," police Sgt. Stacey Graves said in a news release.

Kris Ketz with ABC's Kansas City affiliate KMBC-TV reported late on Tuesday that the K-9's were finished searching for the night and that the police search will continue Wednesday morning.

In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, police Capt. Steve Young said that police have exhausted everything possible at the original scene.  Young also said that there have been no indications at this point that the parents' story is "hinky" or problematic.  Lisa's mother was taken to police headquarters earlier on Tuesday for questioning and her father was not, but Young could not say why.

"You can say they are being held, but you can also say they are being cooperative," Young said.  "They're an essential part of the investigation, and we're continuing to talk to them."

Young confirmed that a neighbor said they saw someone walking down the street at night with a baby in a diaper, but he did not know if this tip had led investigators to any more information.  He said investigators do not have any "hard leads" or suspects yet.

Lisa's mother put her down to sleep at approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday night, according to police.  When Lisa's father arrived home from work at around 4 a.m., he went into her room to check on her and discovered she was missing.  The parents immediately called police.

"They saw the window and the screen appeared that it was tampered with," Officer Darin Snapp, public information officer for the Kansas City Police, told ABC News.

Authorities believe Lisa has been abducted and that the suspect entered and exited through the bedroom window. Police said there is no indication that anything else was taken from the house.

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Sunday
Apr172011

Search Continues for Abducted Tennessee Student

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(PARSONS, Tenn.) -- Hundreds of police and volunteers combed the woods in three Tennessee counties Sunday, searching for Holly Bobo, the 20-year-old college student abducted outside her home Wednesday.

"We got lots of volunteers and we're continuing to do searches throughout the county in other areas and looking (for) any type of leads that could help us in bringing Holly back," Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent John Mehr said.

A reward of $25,000 for information leading to Bobo's return and the arrest of her kidnapper was announced Saturday evening.

Investigators said that contrary to initial reports, Bobo was not dragged by a camouflaged kidnapper, as there were no drag marks. She was confronted Wednesday by a man in hunting camouflage who forced her to go with him into the woods, Mehr said.

Bobo's 25-year-old brother Clint watched from inside the home, but did not believe she was being abducted until later. He saw the stranger from behind and believed it was his sister's boyfriend.

The officer said that neither Bobo's brother nor her boyfriend were suspects. "We are confident of that," he said.

Authorities on Sunday say they had no leads on the identity of Bobo's abductor.

Bobo's father said Thursday that he believed the man may have been someone who knew the young nursing student and knew the family's routines.

"It might have been somebody close, somebody that kind of knew our routine and when I left and when she left [his wife] and when my daughter left to go to school, is what I got in my mind," Dana Bobo said. "But I don't know what for sure."

Police said they are considering the same theory.

Bobo is five-feet-three and weighs 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans.

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Friday
Jan212011

Police Hunt Woman Who Raised Kidnapped Carlina White

Carlina White pictured with her daughter. Photo Courtesy - Family of Carlina White(NEW YORK) -- The woman who raised kidnapped girl Carlina White for 23 years has dropped from sight as federal and New York law enforcement officials launched fresh probes into the girl's disappearance from a hospital in 1987.

Anne Pettway, the woman White called "Mom" while growing up, has several aliases, as well as a criminal history that includes charges of embezzlement, forgery, theft and drugs.  She's currently on parole for embezzlement charges in North Carolina, the New York Post reported.

Pettway left her home in North Carolina and did not turn up at her mother's home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where she told the Post earlier this week she was heading.

Authorities have not named Pettway as a suspect.  Pettway has defended herself saying that she was a good mom.

"I just hope that the officials be able to get her in their hands, so we can just hear her side of the story now," White told the New York Post.

Carlina White has since been reunited with her biological parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, and has described a childhood of abuse, telling the New York Post that the woman hit her and threw things like shoes at her.

At just 19 days old, Carlina White was abducted from Harlem Hospital on Aug. 4, 1987.  Her worried parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, had taken their feverish baby to the hospital.

The family claims a woman disguised as a nurse took Carlina White.  The woman had reportedly just lost her own baby.

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Thursday
Jan202011

Kidnapped Daughter Reunites with Family After 23 Years

Photo Courtesy - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(NEW YORK) -- Carlina White, separated from her family when she was kidnapped as a baby 23 years ago, followed her instincts to reunite with her biological parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson.

On Aug. 4, 1987, worried parents Joy White and Carl Tyson took their feverish baby daughter to Harlem Hospital's emergency room.  The visit turned into horror when little Carlina, 9 days old, was kidnapped.

The family says a mystery woman who had been hanging around the hospital for weeks disguised as a nurse was responsible for the kidnapping.

A $10,000 reward was offered for the safe return of the baby girl, but years passed without her return.  The parents never gave up hope.  They took the money won in a lawsuit from the city and established a trust fund for their daughter in the event of her return.

Carlina was taken to Bridgeport, Connecticut, and, later, Atlanta where she was given a new name, Nejdra Nance, and was raised by a new family, unaware for 23 years that her biological family was actually in New York City.

When Carlina White was unable to get a driver's license and saw no biological resemblance to the people she was living with, she grew suspicious and decided to take matters into her own hands.

She began looking at web sites for missing children, including the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children.  Searching for her birth year, she spotted a photo of a baby along with a composite of how the child would look at 19.  The photos looked eerily similar to the baby photos Carlina White had at the house where she was living in Georgia.

Carlina White called the center's hotline and said, "I don't know who I am."

The photo connected her to Joy White.

Carlina White, who is now a mother of her a five-year-old little girl named Samani, met with her biological family last weekend.

Police are now searching for the woman who kidnapped Carlina White. Since Carlina was so young when she was kidnapped, it's possible that she could have lived with more than one family as a child and doesn't remember. 

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