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Boy Finds $10,000 in Kansas City Hotel Room

Adam Gault/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A curious 10-year-old boy rummaging through the drawers of his family's Kansas City hotel room came across a stash of $10,000, and he and his father turned it over to police.

It's not clear when -- or if -- they will get the money back.

Tyler Schaefer, 10, and his father Cody were staying at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Kansas City last Saturday when the boy did his usual searching through closets and drawers.

"He's one of those kids that likes to look for stuff," Cody Schaefer told ABC News affiliate KMBC.

Tyler hit the jackpot when he found the cash, but didn't get to keep it for long. His father turned the money over to two policemen who were at the hotel.

The police were just as shocked as the Schaefer family that such a large sum of money was lying in a hotel room. But they were also suspicious that no one has come forward to claim the money.

"Generally if someone was missing $10,000 someone would call back, but no one has called back," Capt. Tye Grant of the Kansas City Police Department told ABC News. "Wouldn't you think if you lost $10,000 you would get it back?"

The manager of the Hilton Airport Hotel refused to comment.

The Schaefers may eventually get the money, but it will be 19 months before they can be sure the money is theirs.

Under Missouri law, the Schaefers must file an affidavit within 10 days stating where and when they found the $10,000. A judge will confirm the value of the money, and send a copy to the clerk of the county commission.

The family must then wait 40 more days and if no one has claimed the money, the Schaefers need to put a notice in a newspaper advertising the unclaimed sum for three weeks in a row.

If the money is still unclaimed six months after the circulation of the last advertisement, then it can go to the Schaefers.

However, there is a one year period in which the owner of the money can come forward and expect reimbursement from the Schaefers.

Cody Schaefer does not seem bothered by the fact that he and his family may not receive the money, nor does he regret the decision to hand the money over to the police.

"We didn't have the money when we got there, so it doesn't change much," Schaefer told KMBC.

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Boy Rescued in Alabama Standoff Is 'Laughing, Joking' with Family

ABC News(MIDLAND CITY, Ala.) -- The 5-year-old boy held hostage in a nearly week-long standoff in Alabama is in good spirits and apparently unharmed after being reunited with his family at a hospital, according to his family and law enforcement officials.

The boy, identified only as Ethan, was rescued by the FBI Monday afternoon after they rushed the underground bunker where suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, was holding him.  Dykes was killed in the raid and the boy was taken away from the bunker in an ambulance.

Ethan's thrilled relatives told ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday that he seemed "normal as a child could be" after what he went through and has been happily playing with his toy dinosaur.

"He's happy to be home," Ethan's great uncle Berlin Enfinger told GMA.  "He's very excited and he looks good."

"If I could, I would do cartwheels all the way down the road," Ethan's aunt Debra Cook said.  "I was ecstatic.  Everything just seemed like it was so much clearer.  You know, we had all been walking around in a fog and everyone was just excited.  There's no words to put how we felt and how relieved we were."

Cook said that Ethan has not yet told them anything about what happened in the bunker and they know very little about Dykes.

What the family does know is that they are overjoyed to have their "little buddy" back.

"He's a special child, 90 miles per hour all the time," Cook said.  "[He's] a very, very loving child.  When he walks in the room, he just lights it up."

Officials have remained tight-lipped about the raid, citing the ongoing investigation.

"I've been to the hospital," FBI Special Agent Steve Richardson told reporters Monday night.  "I visited with Ethan.  He is doing fine.  He's laughing, joking, playing, eating, the things that you would expect a normal 5- to 6-year-old young man to do.  He's very brave, he's very lucky, and the success story is that he's out safe and doing great."

Ethan is expected to be released from the hospital later Tuesday and head home where he will be greeted by birthday cards from his friends at school.  Ethan will celebrate his sixth birthday on Wednesday.

Officials were able to insert a high-tech camera into the 6-by-8-foot bunker to monitor Dykes' movements, and they became increasingly concerned that he might act out, a law enforcement source with direct knowledge told ABC News on Monday.  FBI special agents were positioned near the entrance of the bunker and used an explosive charge to gain access and neutralize Dykes.

"Within the past 24 hours, negotiations deteriorated and Mr. Dykes was observed holding a gun," Richardson said.  "At this point, the FBI agents, fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child."

Richardson said it "got tough to negotiate and communicate" with Dykes, but declined to give any specifics.

After the raid was complete, FBI bomb technicians checked the property for improvised explosive devices, the FBI said in a written statement Monday afternoon.

The FBI had created a mock bunker near the site and had been using it to train agents for different scenarios to get Ethan out, sources told ABC News.

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Alabama Standoff: Authorities Maintaining 'Open Line of Communication' with Hostage Suspect

WDHN(MIDLAND CITY, Ala.) -- Alabama police have an "open line of communication" with the retired Alabama trucker who took a 5-year-old autistic boy hostage from a school bus and was holding him in his underground bunker.

"Through our communication, we've been able to -- he's told us that he has electric heaters and some blankets inside, that he's taking care of [the boy]," Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said on Saturday.

Olson said he was "limited" in what new information that he could provide, but expressed gratitude for the growing concern regarding the condition of the child.

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Dying Kentucky Boy Comes Closer to World Record for Most Christmas Cards

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SALYERSVILLE, Ky.) -- Under the Christmas tree was everything 9-year-old Dalton Dingus had hoped for -- an iPad and an iPhone, a big red toolbox filled with real tools just like his grandpa's, and a stack of Christmas cards nearly as tall he, each with the same wish: that he live to break a Guinness record, and for a long, long time after that.

For a month now, cards by the hundreds of thousands have come from all over the world -- well wishes and Christmas greetings from cities and countries the of which the Kentucky boy never heard before.

The cards have come from Germany and Ukraine, from South Carolina and South Korea. They're written in languages Dalton cannot read, but they all deliver the same message, a wish that the little boy could set a Guinness record for receiving most Christmas cards before he succumbs to a disease that has already made it virtually impossible for him to breathe.

As far as his mother, Jessica Dingus, is concerned, "It's a Christmas miracle."

At first, the cards came in slowly. A family friend had posted an appeal for well-wishes on Facebook. Dalton's mother would display them on the mantel and in his room beside his bed. Most came from neighbors and friends, a few from friends of friends.

That first post on Facebook went viral, spreading across the Internet, getting picked up by a local newspaper and other media.

Miss Kentucky showed up at Dalton's house in Salyersville, Ky., carrying some cards. So did a unit of Kentucky State Troopers and the star of Animal Planet's Call of the Wildman.

By Wednesday, his mother estimated the boy had received 504,269 cards.

On Christmas Eve alone, the postal service delivered 30,000 individual letters, plus 1,972 packages, some of which were filled with cards and 55 express packages, said David Walton, a spokesman for the US Postal Service. UPS and FedEx delivered hundreds more.

Dalton has stage four cystic fibrosis. In October, his mother said, "Doctors had given up on him."

"We left the hospital to come home. They gave him two to eight days to live," Jessica Dingus told

Dalton takes 18 different medicines every day, including "lots of pills and antibiotics," his mother said.

He goes through 12 liters of oxygen a day and wears a face mask to help him breathe, making him look like a miniature fighter pilot with an interest in coloring and playing with LEGO blocks.

For weeks since the cards started coming, Jessica Dingus said, Dalton's health has improved.

"He's doing pretty good now," she said. "It's just been the best Christmas ever.

"He's excited for the first time in a long time," she said. "He's smiling more. He's laughing more, he's beginning to become how he was two years ago.

"I think just knowing people really do care for him, that the cards let him know people love him, it has all helped," she said.

The cards can longer fit in Dalton's home. The letter carrier can't fit them all in her truck anymore, and a local television reporter has taken to filling a trailer to bring all the cards to Dalton's grandfather's church.

There, at the Bethlehem to Cavalry Apostolic Church, dozens of volunteers, 50 of them on Christmas Eve alone, sorted the mail fire-brigade style, forming lines and handing off the letters to empty the trailer.

The volunteers count the cards and open and read each of them, flagging special ones to be brought to Dalton for him to read.

"We're looking for those special cards we think Dalton would like to read. One little girl said she wished he was her boyfriend," said Debra Williams, a volunteer at the church.

"The big majority of the town has sent cards or is helping out. Everyone just wants to do what we can. We're all just praying and hoping," she said.

Despite some reports that Dalton had already broken the record for receiving the most Christmas cards, spokeswoman Jamie Panas said Guinness, "currently does not monitor a category for this."

However, Guinness does have an old record on the books. As of 1992, the last official time Guinness allowed for a Christmas card category, Canadian Jarrod Booth had collected 205,120.

Jessica Dingus told that she has since registered Dalton in the hopes the record keepers will open a category for him.

There are some reports that Dalton has only until Dec. 31 to break the record, but Panas said that was not true.

To send Dalton a Christmas card, address it to: Dalton Dingus HC 62 Box 1249 Salyersville, KY 41465.

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Home of Missing Colo. Boy's Father Searched

Handout(VALLECITO, Colo.) -- While the search continues for 13-year-old Dylan Redwine, who went missing from his father's home 10 days ago in Vallecito, Colo., investigators no longer believe that he ran away.

Instead, the La Plata County Sheriff's office issued a warrant to search the home of Dylan's father, Mark Redwine, Thursday.

"We are not calling Mark Redwine a suspect," La Plata County Sheriff's spokesman Dan Bender said in a prepared statement. "It was only prudent to do a more thorough search of that house and property for any information that can help direct us to Dylan."

Fifteen members of the search task force arrived at Mark Redwine's home Thursday, including members of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI, according to the sheriff's office.

La Plata County Sheriff spokesman Dan Bender told ABC News that when Dylan was first reported missing, authorities checked Dylan's father's home to see if the boy was there. Dylan was visiting his father for the Thanksgiving holiday (his parents are divorced) as a result of a weeklong court-ordered visit.

"We were checking the basement and other rooms, we were seeing if there had been something left on the bed, like his cellphone," Bender said. "We weren't doing a very meticulous search."

Bender said that investigators have ruled out that he ran away, and suspect Dylan may have been abducted or kidnapped. They are also considering foul play.

"We're still hopeful that if it was an abduction, we're hoping we can find Dylan and we're hoping that we can find him alive," he said.

At 1:00 p.m. local time, Bender told ABC News that investigators were still at Redwine's home and "will leave when they feel that they've searched all they needed to search."

The missing boy's mother, Elaine Redwine, had told ABC News she thought her ex-husband may have been involved in their son's disappearance.

The task force is also continuing investigations in the Vallecito Reservoir area for Dylan. The La Plata County Sheriff's Office requested that anyone with video footage or photographs of vehicles traveling between Durango, Colo. and Vallecito Lake, Colo., taken between 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, and 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, make a copies available to the task force.

Dylan Redwine was reported missing on Nov. 19 by his father, who said he went out to run some errands that morning and left the boy at his home in Vallecito. When he returned home, Dylan was gone, he said.


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Boy on Heart Transplant List Found After Being Kidnapped from Hospital

Pixland/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- A boy awaiting a heart transplant was found outside of Chicago after he was taken from a St. Louis hospital by his father, who does not have custody of his son.

An Amber Alert and a SARAA missing child alert were issued for Porter Stone, 5, after he was taken from the hospital by his 33-year-old father, Jeffrey Stone, at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday.  The father then called Tiffany Stone, the boy's mother who has sole custody of him, to inform her that he was taking their son.  Tiffany Stone was reportedly at the hospital at the time her son was taken.

Illinois State Police issued a statement Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. ET that they had located the boy along with Jeffrey Stone and the man's mother, 59-year-old Rhonda Marie Matthews.

Three felony warrants were issued for kidnapping, interfering with custody and endangering the welfare of a child against Jeffery Stone and Matthews.  Both Jeffrey Stone and Matthews are now in custody, and the boy has been taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

The boy's parents are currently separated and, according to the boy's uncle, a custody battle has been waged between the two.

Porter Stone is next in line for a heart transplant at St. Louis Children's Hospital, according to ABC News affiliate KSDK.  He was reportedly discharged Tuesday afternoon after several days in the hospital, according to officials, so he could be monitored by doctors closer to home in the Kansas City area.

Officials said that Porter, who has been treated over the past several months at St. Louis Children's Hospital for cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle, left the hospital wearing an IV bag, which continuously infuses medicine into his vein.  He was thought to have enough of that for approximately the next 24 hours. 

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Etan Patz May Have Disappeared Just Steps from Home

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Authorities on Friday began the first full day of digging for new evidence in the Etan Patz case following the startling discovery that the missing child may never have made it off his own New York City block.

Patz's 1979 disappearance sparked a massive city-wide search then, but now the FBI and New York City police believe they may find evidence in what was at the time a handyman's basement workshop, just steps away from where the boy was last seen.

The dig is taking place in a small basement room that belonged to Othniel Miller, now 75, and which was also frequented by the case's longtime prime suspect, Jose Ramos.

Federal agents and New York City police began Thursday to tear up the concrete floor of the basement at 127 Prince St. in the SoHo section of Manhattan.

Patz was 6 when he disappeared on the morning of May 25, 1979, soon after leaving his parents' apartment at 113 Prince St., the first time he was to walk to the school bus stop by himself.

Prosecutors reopened the cold case two years ago and began focusing on the Prince Street basement room following a positive hit by NYPD and FBI cadaver dogs.

Special odor-absorbing pads were placed in the room, capturing the scent of human remains -- even decades old -- that police cadaver dogs were able to detect.

Investigators then twice interviewed Miller before obtaining a warrant and beginning the dig.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said an array of new technology unavailable to law enforcement in 1979, including x-rays and black lights, are being used in the investigation. The new investigation is also reexamining the decades-old assumption that Patz was abducted by convicted pedophile Jose Ramos. Ramos, now in prison for an unrelated case, was never charged with Patz's abduction.

The preparations for the search included mapping the basement, making sketches, taking photographs and other procedures for collecting evidence. According to sources, the area of the basement where the dog picked up the scent appears to be one that had been resurfaced with fresh concrete at or shortly after the time of Patz's disappearance.

The basement was searched in 1979, the year the boy disappeared, but the floor was never dug up.

Since then, drywall has been put up over the room's brick walls. The drywall will be removed and the bricks examined and tested for blood evidence using advanced forensic techniques that were not available three decades ago, officials said.

The floor will also be dug up in a search for human remains, clothing or other evidence.

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Child's Body Recovered from New Mexico Well

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(CARLSBAD, N.M.) -- After hours of work, rescue teams in southeastern New Mexico recovered the body of a 4-year-old boy from the bottom of a narrow 30-foot well Monday morning.

"They did recover the boy, just a short time ago," Carlsbad Fire Department Battalion Chief Ron Steven told ABC News.

The Carlsbad Police Department confirmed to ABC News' Albuquerque affiliate KOAT that the boy, Samuel Jones, was dead.

A number of rescue teams including police, firefighters, construction workers and mining crews worked through Sunday and into Monday morning to reach Jones.  The teams had to dig into the hole at a slanted angle in order to avoid a collapse.  They reached him at about 7 a.m. MT.

"They dug a huge hole surrounding a small diameter hole he fell into to access him," Steven said.  "There was some hand digging at the last little bit."

Jones' body was put into an ambulance and taken away from the site.

Authorities believe the young boy fell down the 30-foot hole, which has a diameter of only 14 inches.  On Sunday, the Carlsbad Fire Department said they determined that the conditions of the fall would not be survivable due to low temperatures and a lack of oxygen at the bottom of the hole.

The boy disappeared from his home Saturday afternoon where he was last seen playing in the yard with some young cousins.  It was originally believed that he had been abducted.

An Amber Alert issued for Jones was canceled on Sunday after the discovery of a hole on a property next door to his house.

A detective shined a light into the hole and saw what appeared to be a body.  A camera that was sent down showed clothing that appeared to match what Jones was last seen wearing, according to KOAT.

An official cause of death has not yet been determined.

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Missing Mute Autistic Boy Found Alive in Virginia

ABC News(HANOVER COUNTY, Virginia) -- A 9-year-old autistic boy missing since Sunday has been found alive on the property of a Virginia quarry, about three quarters of a mile from where he went missing.

"Robert Wood Jr. has been found and reunited with his family," said Hanover County Sheriff Col. David Hines during a news conference.

A citizen found Robert lying in the fetal position and fully clothed, Hines said. The boy was flown to a hospital by helicopter and reunited with his family.

"He was alert," Hines said. "I will say he was in serious but good shape.

More than 1,000 volunteers assisted in the search for the boy who had been missing since Sunday, when he disappeared while hiking. Hanover County sheriff's officers said Robert, who does not speak, ran off from his father while they were visiting North Anna Battlefield Park on Sunday.

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4-Year-Old Joyrides Mom’s Car

Photodisc/Thinkstock(FULLERTON, Calif.) -- A 4-year-old California boy got behind the wheel of his mom’s SUV and went on a wild ride after she left him unattended in the car.

The boy, whose name has been withheld by police, was traveling with his mom around 4 p.m. Thursday when she pulled over to the Summit House restaurant in Fullerton, Calif.

While his 27-year-old mom got out of the car to use a pay phone, the nimble toddler unbuckled his car seat, jumped behind the wheel, put the vehicle in gear and sped away, police said.

He managed to sideswipe another vehicle, cross into oncoming traffic, roll the car over, see it land back on its tires and just keep driving. The boy drove about a third of a mile in all before the car hit trees and came to a stop.

“We’re still investigating how all this happened,” Sgt. Andrew Goodrich of the Fullerton Police Department said.

No bystanders or fellow drivers were hurt, and police said the child sustained minor to moderate injuries. The SUV was badly damaged.

“He was very fortunate,” said Goodrich.

The Fullerton Police Department’s traffic unit and family crimes detectives are investigating the accident, the Orange County Register reports.

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