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Arrest in 1993 Disappearance of 10-Year-Old Florida Girl, Andrea Gail Parsons

Handout/Martin County Sheriff's Office(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Police have arrested a 42-year-old man and charged him with murder in the case of a Florida girl who vanished almost 20 years ago.

Andrea Gail Parsons, 10, of Port Salerno, Fla., was last seen on July 11, 1993, shortly after 6 p.m. She had just purchased candy and soda at a grocery store when she waved to a local couple as they drove by on an area street and honked, police said.

Thursday, Martin County Sheriff's Department officials arrested Chester Duane Price, 42, who recently lived in Haleyville, Ala., and charged him with first-degree murder and kidnapping of a child under the age of 13, after he was indicted by a grand jury.

Price was acquainted with Andrea at the time of her disappearance, and also knew another man police once eyed as a potential suspect, officials told ABC News affiliate WPBF in West Palm Beach, Fla.

"The investigation has concluded that Price abducted and killed Andrea Gail Parsons," read a sheriff's department news release. "Tragically, at this time, her body has not been recovered."

The sheriff's department declined to specify what evidence led to Price's arrest for the crime after 19 years or to provide details to ABC News beyond the prepared news release.

Reached by phone, a sheriff's department spokeswoman said she did not know whether Price was yet represented by a lawyer.

Price was being held at the Martin County Jail without bond and was scheduled to make his first court appearance via video link at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning.

In its news release, the sheriff's department cited Price's "extensive criminal history with arrests dating back to 1991" that included arrests for cocaine possession, assault, sale of controlled substance, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of domestic violence injunction.

"The resolve to find Andrea and get answers surrounding the circumstances of her disappearance has never wavered as detectives and others assigned have dedicated their careers to piecing this puzzle together," Martin County Sheriff Robert L. Crowder said in a prepared statement. "In 2011, I assigned a team of detectives, several 'fresh sets of eyes,' to begin another review of the high-volume of evidence that had been previously collected in this case."

A flyer dating from the time of Andrea's disappearance, and redistributed by the sheriff's office after the arrest, described her as 4-foot-11 with hazel eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jean shorts, a dark shirt and clear plastic sandals, according to the flyer.

The sheriff's department became involved in the case after Andrea's mother, Linda Parsons, returned home from work around 10 p.m. on July 11, 1993, to find her daughter missing and called police, according to the initial sheriff's report.

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Sierra LaMar: Search For Missing California Teen Goes Underwater

ABC News (MORGAN HILL, Calif.) -- Nearly a month after her disappearance, the search for missing teen Sierra LaMar has moved underwater.

Divers searched two reservoirs near the teen's Morgan Hill, Calif., home but did not find any signs of the missing cheerleader.

Investigators plan to analyze underwater sonar images taken earlier this week.

Despite the severe weather much of the state experienced on Friday, volunteers plan to spend the weekend searching for LaMar, 15, who disappeared on March 16 while on the way to catch her school bus.

Police have received more than 1,200 tips but have few leads, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The teen's parents reached out to her friends, and grew more anxious when one friend said she wasn't in class earlier that day.

They decided to contact authorities around 5 p.m., after her high school sent them an email saying Sierra hadn't shown up for school that day.

"We want you to come back home. We know you will find your way back to us," Sierra's mother, Marlene LaMar, said at a vigil a week after her daughter's disappearance.

Marc Klaas, whose daughter Polly was kidnapped and murdered in 1994, is also on the case and has helped LaMar set up a search center.

Police found a bag belonging to the teen discarded near an intersection close to her home two days after she vanished.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza said her Juicy brand bag contained a neatly folded pair of pants and a T-shirt.

Investigators also found Sierra's cell phone on the side of a road in the opposite direction of her bus stop a day after her disappearance.

The charger for the teen's cell phone was found in her room at home, and the phone looked as if it had been tossed.

Authorities said the phone provided no clues, nor did investigators find any helpful clues on her computer.

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Florida Mom's Disappearance Called 'Highly Suspicious'

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(MIRAMAR, Fla.) -- The estranged husband of a Florida mother of three who vanished nearly a week ago called her disappearance "unusual" after she did not pick up their children from him at the scheduled time.

Vilet Torrez, 38, seemed to have vanished without a trace, police said. The Miramar, Fla., woman's car was found in her driveway. None of her personal belongings were inside.

Torrez's husband, whom she separated from two months ago after 15 years of marriage, said he had the couple's three children for the weekend.

"That Friday night she said, 'Make sure the kids call me' and she told my little girl to call her," Cid Torrez told ABC News. The couple have three children Vilet, 12, Cid Jr., 7, and Marcus, 4.

Torrez said his wife had a new boyfriend whom he had met and had been "around" since she was reported missing. It was unknown whether the person Vilet Torrez went to dinner with on Friday was her new date.

Over the weekend, she failed to show up for her work at a bathroom remodeling store.

When the devoted mother did not pick up her children on Sunday at 7 p.m., Torrez said he became worried. He left Vilet a voicemail before calling her mother and reporting her missing to police.

Police have few clues, but called the mother of three's disappearance "highly suspicious."

"She basically just disappeared," said Tania Rues, spokesperson for the Miramar Police Department. "We talked to co-workers who said she is very reliable and responsible. For her to go a day without speaking to her kids is unlikely as well."

Rues said it was too early to speculate whether foul play was involved, since the case was opened on Monday.

Torrez's father and brother held a press conference Wednesday and pleaded for her return.

"We're destroyed," her brother, Javier Blanco, 32, said, according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I'm extremely worried. If your sister, your brother, your close relative, all of sudden vanishes into thin air, you're distraught."

Cid Torrez has been caring for his children since his wife's disappearance.

"I'm emotional," he said. "She was wonderful. She took her time with the kids. She is a good mother."

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One Year Later, Kyron Horman Still Missing

BringKyronHome[dot]org(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Saturday marks one year since the disappearance of Kyron Horman, who was seven-years-old when he was last seen in Portland, Oregon on June 4, 2010.

The investigation into the boy’s disappearance is ongoing, and investigators say it will take a more technical focus beginning July 1, according to ABC News’ Portland affiliate KATU-TV.

Investigators say they will be looking at technology-based forensics, while following up on leads that were developed over the period of time, as they try to find some answers into the whereabouts of the now eight-year-old boy, who was last seen walking toward his Skyline Elementary School classroom after he had proudly displayed his science fair project on tree frogs.

KATU-TV reports that the FBI, Department of Justice, the district attorney's office and the sheriff’s office are continuing to work on the case.

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Weather Hampers Search for Missing Tennessee Woman

Goodshoot RF/Thinkstock(PARSONS, Tenn.) -- Bad weather is hampering search efforts to find Holly Bobo, the Tennessee woman dragged into the woods by a man dressed in camouflage.

Thunderstorms and tornado warnings are slowing down investigators and community members searching the dense west Tennessee woodlands Friday.

"We're waiting right now to see when this weather pattern will pass through. When it passes through, then we will be back out in the field searching again," Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt said.

The 20-year-old woman's brother saw the abduction on Wednesday from inside the family's home in Parsons, Tenn. Her brother called 911 and said a man wearing camouflage dragged the woman from the carport of her family home toward the woods.

"It's very possible that he could have known her, could have known her daily routine. We're following up on everything we possibly can," Wyatt said.

Bobo is a cousin of Whitney Duncan, a country music singer and a finalist on the television talent show Nashville Star.

Almost 400 volunteers searched for the nursing student on foot, on horseback and using ATVs on Thursday. Pink ribbons and pictures of Holly Bobo are posted all over the close knit community of 2,500 people. The community is offering a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to her safe return.

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

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