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Friday
May102013

Injured Child Appears, Disappears Into Woods, 911 Caller Claims

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MONTPELIER, Vt.) -- A Vermont driver called 911 Thursday afternoon to report that a small, injured child approached the driver’s vehicle and then abruptly took off into the woods and vanished.

Around 5:17 p.m., a driver, whose name was not released, called 911 and said that a girl, about 6 years old, went up to the car and identified herself as either “Angel” or “Angela,” according to information provided by the Vermont State Police.  She was missing a front tooth and said she had been hurt, police said.

State troopers, along with local sheriffs’ departments and other law enforcement agencies, are now searching a wide area around the West Rutland location of the sighting.

But Vermont State Police spokeswoman Stephanie Desaro said Friday that there were no reports of a missing child in that area.

According to the caller, the girl was white, had brown hair and was wearing a red skirt, white T-shirt, white flip-flops and a mood ring. The girl ran away from the caller’s vehicle and into the woods, according to the police statement.

Desaro said that authorities were still searching and seeking tips related to the girl, and expected to have more information later Friday.

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Wednesday
Mar272013

Police Locate Missing 10-Year-Old Girl in California

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A young girl who disappeared from her bedroom late Tuesday night was found in Woodland Hills, Calif., according to police.

The 10-year-old girl had apparently disappeared from her bed at  approximately 3:30 in the morning.  After a house-to-house search she re-appeared -- seemingly out of nowhere -- close to 12 hours later at a Chevron gas station.  

According to the Los Angeles Times, there was no sign of forced entry at the girl's home. However, the back door was left unlocked and a side gate was found to be open.

According to LAPD Captain Chris Pitcher, a suspect took the girl from her home and later dropped her off.

This young girl was taken to an area hospital to be checked out, as she has cuts and bruises. Police are now investigating multiple crime scenes and searching for the person who took the young girl.

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Sunday
Mar242013

Missing Milwaukee Girls Found, But Questions Remain

Comstock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- Two Milwaukee girls who went missing on Saturday night were dropped off at a police station on Sunday afternoon.

The parents of the two sisters, aged 9 and 4-years-old, told police that the girls went missing shortly after they were put to bed on Saturday night. An Amber alert was never issued, but the FBI was there to assist in the search efforts, which included dozens of squads and K-9 units.

Even though the girls are now safe, several questions remain. There was no sign of a forced entry into their bedroom. Also, it isn’t clear who dropped them off at the police station miles away from their house.

Police said that they were not in their pajamas when they arrived at the police station, and it’s believed that they were in fact dressed for winter weather in coats. This seems to be at odds with the parent’s claims that they had been put to bed.

Police are still piecing the case together.

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Saturday
Dec292012

Missing 17-Month-Old Found on University of Kentucky Campus

University of Kentucky Police Department(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- A 17-month-old California girl is in the custody of Child Protective Services in Kentucky since Friday after being reported missing more than two months ago.

Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra of Los Angeles was found Thursday at the University of Kentucky after two police officers received a phone call about a suspicious woman pushing a stroller on the university’s parking lot.

“This is an example of where the responding officers followed a gut feeling that something just wasn’t right with the situation,” said University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe in a news release on Friday.  “We have been working with the Child Protective Services, LAPD and the FBI to make sure that we get Alouette returned safely to her legal custodian.”

University police officers Jennifer Ockerman and Emily Smith watched as 62-year-old Maria Baltierra-Dejesus pushed a baby stroller in a school parking lot in below-freezing temperatures. The baby had no shoes, gloves or head covering, police said.

When the officers approached Baltierra-Dejesus, who claimed to be the child’s grandmother, she was uncooperative, police said.

After further investigation, university officers were able to locate the child’s birth certificate, which indicated the toddler was born in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department said the child was reported missing on Oct. 16 from the 700 block of West Olympic Boulevard near the business district of Los Angeles.

“The child’s mother, Dominique Baltierra, indicated [on Oct. 16] she did not know the whereabouts of her child and mother. The following day, she wanted to cancel the missing children’s report, citing the child and grandmother had been located,” said Norma Eisenman, public information officer for the LAPD. “When LAPD asked Baltierra to produce the child, the mother refused and was evasive.”

LAPD added that the Department of Children and Family Services simultaneously placed a warrant in its system for both the grandmother and child.

“University police arrested Baltierra-Dejesus on the warrant and the child was then placed into protective services,” said Eisenman.

On Friday, the LAPD confirmed Baltierra-Dejesus was the grandmother to the 17-month-old baby.

At the time of her arrest, evidence of wire transfer receipts from Baltierra-Dejesus’ family members were found in the woman’s possession.

“Family members were financially supporting the alleged grandmother since the baby has been missing, since October, while she’s been on the run with the child,” said Monroe. “We’ve received word [that] on one occasion she’s tried to leave the country with the baby, possibly a second time.”

Monroe said Baltierra-Dejesus tried to flee to France or Holland.

“She received passports issued while she was in California, which dated a week before the child went missing in October,” said Monroe.

University police have charged Baltierra-Dejesus with endangering the welfare of a minor and custodial interference. Further charges will be made from the state of California.

As of Friday, Baltierra-Dejesus had not requested an attorney, Monroe said.

The police are also trying to determine why Baltierra-Dejesus chose to come to Kentucky, according to Monroe.

Baltierra-Dejesus is currently being treated at a university health care facility. Once she’s released, university police will transfer her to Fayette County Detention Center in Lexington, Ky., where she’ll await extradition from California.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Monroe.

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Monday
Jan302012

Ayla Reynolds Case: Blood Found in Home Belongs to Missing Girl

ABC News(WATERVILLE, Maine) -- Blood discovered in the home of the father of missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds did come from the girl and was, "more blood than a small cut would produce," the girl's family says investigators told them.

The family of the missing girl posted on the website set up to help find the 20-month-old on Sunday, sharing the details that investigators told them about the scene where the tot disappeared from her crib in December.

"What [police] were unwilling to confirm to the press, but left to our discretion, is that it has already been determined to be Ayla's blood," the statement said. "Even in light of this evidence we are more determined than ever to find out what has happened to Ayla and we still cling to the hope that she is alive and will be returned to us.  We urge anyone that has information about Ayla to come forward now and unburden yourself of the truth."

Ayla Bell Reynolds' father, Justin DiPietro, told police last month that he believed his daughter was snatched from the bedroom of the Waterville, Maine home she shared with him between her 8 p.m. bed time on Dec. 17 and when he checked her bedroom in the morning.

Within days what began as the search for a missing child turned into a criminal probe, after investigators discovered blood in the basement of the home.  The fact that blood was discovered in the home has only recently been revealed, as it, "would have interfered with the investigation," said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

DiPietro, 24, and Trista Reynolds, 23, Ayla's mother, who does not live in the home and was forced by Child Protective Services to place Ayla in DiPietro's full-time care when she checked into rehab, have taken police-administered lie-detector tests.

Reynolds told ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston that the test administrator concluded that she could not complete the test because of a medical condition.

DiPietro has said publicly that he passed the test, though Maine State Police would not comment on his claim.

No one has been charged in the case, which has included law enforcement's aerial and foot searches of an icy river near DiPietro's home and the draining of a local stream.  The searches have yielded no clues.  A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Ayla.

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Sunday
Nov132011

Sky Metalawala: Police Expand Search for Washington Boy

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(BELLEVUE, Wash.) -- Authorities and volunteers are expanding their search efforts Sunday for a 2-year-old boy from Washington who has been missing for a week.

Police said they are doubling back on their earlier work and retracing their steps to find Sky Metalwala.

Without any significant leads, police are growing doubtful that they'll find the boy alive.

"Every hour that passes, this case becomes more and more disappointing for us that we haven't found something to lead to his discovery yet," Bellevue police Maj. Mike Johnson said.

K-9 units have covered the ground, hoping to pick up the scent of the missing toddler as dive teams combed the waters, looking for any clues.

On Saturday, police scoured a park near the apartment complex where Sky lived with his mother, Julia Biryukova.

Biryukova told police earlier that she left Sky alone in her car after she ran out of gas and walked off for help. When she returned to her silver Acura SUV, the child was gone, she told police.

According to police, Biryukova did walk to the Northtowne Chevron Service, but she never bought gas there, police said.

Instead, she spent time walking around a wealthy neighborhood where she reportedly didn't ask anyone for help, officials said.

When detectives checked to see how much gas was left in her car, they found enough for her to have continued driving.

Investigators took her car for a test drive, to see if it had any mechanical problems that would have forced her to leave it on the side of the road.

Police said they are now convinced it didn't have engine trouble and there was plenty of gas in the tank.

"I'll let the evidence speak to itself, which is there was gas in the car and was able to drive and operate. That's not what Julia told us," Bellevue police Maj. Mike Johnson said.

Police said that after Biryukova visited the gas station she called a friend who picked her up and took her back to her two-door silver Acura, where they allegedly discovered the boy was missing.

Sky's father, Solomon Metalwala, said Wednesday that he thinks Biryukova is connected with his son's disappearance.

Metalwala has agreed to take two polygraph tests, but Biryukova has refused to be tested, telling investigators that she has been too disturbed to participate.

Police have made a public appeal for Biryukova's cooperation, and have also asked the public to help.

Biryukova's attorney declined requests for comment to ABC News.

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Tuesday
Nov082011

Mother of Missing Toddler Refuses Lie Detector Test: Police

Bellevue Police

(BELLEVUE, Wash.) -- Julia Biryukova, the mother of the 2-year-old toddler who went missing Sunday in Bellevue, Wash., has refused to take a lie detector test.

Police made the announcement Tuesday as detectives began focusing their search on the area surrounding her Redmond apartment.

Biryukova told police she was driving her two children to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue because her younger child, Sky Metalwala, wasn't feeling well. She said she ran out of gas on 112th Avenue, a two-way street that borders Interstate 520, so she and her 4-year-old daughter trekked about a mile to a nearby gas station, Northtowne Chevron Service, leaving Sky in the car.

Police said she then called a friend, who took her to her car about an hour later. But when they returned to the two-door silver Acura, Biryukova said, the boy was gone.

"We continue to invite her to take a polygraph and as of yet she has not taken one," said Bellevue police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate, adding that Sky's mother did allow police to search her car and the inside of her home.

Biryukova is allegedly in the middle of a difficult divorce with her husband, Solomon Metalwala. He hasn't seen either of his two children in "several months," police said. Metalwala took a polygraph test Monday, but the results were inconclusive, something Iafrate said is "not unusual." He volunteered to take another test Tuesday.

Clay Terry, one of the attorneys representing Metalwala, was not immediately available for comment. But he told ABC News affiliate KOMO that his client is "exhausted" and hadn't slept much since his son disappeared.

The father of two has kept out of the spotlight, making one brief, soft-spoken public statement to reporters Monday outside his lawyer's office, saying, "Please just return him back, like I just said to the police officers, the hospitals and the fire department. Please."

Police have emphasized they aren't naming any suspects yet, but they do suspect "foul play."

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Monday
Aug012011

Celina Cass Found? Girl's Body Discovered in Connecticut River

FBIUPDATE: Authorities have confirmed that the body found in the Connecticut River is in fact 11-year-old Celina Cass. They are calling her death "suspicious." An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

(WEST STEWARTSTOWN, N.H.) -- Searchers say they found a girl's body that police fear could be that of 11-year-old Celina Cass, who has been missing from her New Hampshire home since July 25.

The body was found in the Connecticut River not far from Cass' home, Vermont prosecutor Vincent Illuzzi told ABC News.

The identity of the body, which was discovered between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday morning, hasn't been determined yet, Illuzzi said.

"First we have to decide the cause of death, whether it was accidental or homicide...what was the manner of death and where...And that will lead to further questions and further investigation," Illuzzi said.

Illuzi, an Essex county prosecutor, said his county borders Coos County in New Hampshire, which is why he was notified.

The body was found on the New Hampshire side of the river, near a dam, according to ABC News' affiliate WMUR which reported crews were searching the area near the Canaan Hydro-Dam.

According to WMUR, at about 10:45 a.m. Monday a dive team emerged from the water and Assistant Attorney General Jane Young arrived on the scene.

The FBI recently offered a $25,000 reward for any information as to Cass' whereabouts, while an anonymous citizen offered an additional $5,000.

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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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Saturday
Nov272010

Michigan Boys Missing, Last Seen With Father's Internet Friend

Image Courtesy - WXYZ-TV Detroit(MORENCI, Mich.) -- Three Michigan boys are missing and believed to be in danger.  An Amber Alert has been issued in Lenawee County for the children, last seen with a woman the boys' father met over the internet.

Their father is in the hospital and the woman, Joann Taylor, was supposed to drop the children off with their mother Friday afternoon.  That didn't happen.

Andrew Ryan Skelton is nine years old.  His brother, Alexander William Skelton is seven and the third missing brother, Tanner Lucas Skelton, is five.

Taylor, who drives a silver van, lives in either Jackson or Hillsdale County but authorities are not sure which.  Police have not specified exactly why the children -- under the woman's care -- are believed to be in danger.

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