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Sunday
Feb052012

Police Search for Kidnapped Alaska Teen

Comstock/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- A $12,000 reward has been offered for information on the whereabouts of a teenage girl who police say was kidnapped toward the end of her shift at a coffee stand in Anchorage, Alaska.

Samantha Koenig, 18, was last seen Wednesday evening on surveillance video that showed her leaving the Common Grounds Espresso stand with an armed man, who police said was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and possibly a baseball cap.

All of the coffee stand’s cash was also missing.

Koenig filed for a protective order against a man in November, the Alaska Daily News reported, however the order was not issued after she failed to appear in court.

The newspaper reported at least two dozen detectives are working to sort through leads in the case.

“This isn’t in Samantha’s nature. She’s a good-hearted girl. This doesn’t need to be happening to her, so we need to find her as soon as possible,” said Koenig’s boyfriend of nine months, who asked to be referred to by his first name, Dwayne.

Koenig’s father announced at a press conference Saturday that a $12,000 reward, donated by friends and family, is now being offered for information about his daughter’s whereabouts.

Koenig’s friends and family are collecting donations to put towards the reward.

“We’re giving out lime green ribbons for donations. It’s her favorite color,” Dwayne said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec212011

Missing Kansas Student: Husband Believes She Was Kidnapped

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- Though police say all possibilities are being considered in the case of missing Kansas student Aisha Khan, her husband of five months firmly believes she was kidnapped.

"My message to the kidnapper is, let her go," Waseem Khan told ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday. "You have the power to let her go and I will completely forgive you if you let her go."

Aisha Khan, 19, was last heard from on the morning of Dec. 16, when she left her sister a troubling voicemail, saying that while she was studying for finals at an outdoor picnic table, a drunk man had been harassing her and attempted to kiss her before she hit him and he took off.

Though Khan's message is disturbing, some have noted that her voice is strangely calm as she speaks. This has led to questions about whether the disappearance could be a setup or a runaway situation, but police are staying mum on the matter.

"It's still classified as a missing person and that hasn't changed since day one," Overland Park police spokeswoman Michelle Koos told ABC News. "But we have dedicated our resources as though it's the worst-case scenario."

Koos would not comment on whether police are considering that the situation could be staged, saying only that police are "looking at all different angles."

Investigators are looking for clues in Khan's personal life, including her cellphone, iPod touch and social media accounts. Some have questioned whether her devoutly Muslim family may have arranged her marriage against her will.

But those close to Khan refuse to believe she could have taken off without warning.

"She doesn't do anything without her phone," Khan's cousin Sana Habib said. "Her leaving her stuff out like that is not her."

Aisha's cellphone, backpack and other items were at the University of Kansas picnic table where she had been sitting, but she was nowhere to be found.

Khan was last seen around 11 a.m. on Friday at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. She is a student at the Johnson County Community College, which partners with the University of Kansas, which is why Khan was on the campus.

Police have interviewed family, friends, students, faculty and construction workers that were working nearby. Police said construction workers and a faculty member believe they saw someone that matched Khan's description walking away from the area alone, but police have not yet confirmed if it was Khan.

FBI agents are assisting the Overland Park Police Department in the investigation. Searchers on foot and on horseback have searched the campus, nearby woods, a creek bed, park and a nearby golf course to no avail.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov252011

Family of Missing Orlando Woman Releases Final Voicemail

ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The family of the Orlando woman who disappeared more than a week ago after appearing on "The Peoples' Court" has released her final voicemail -- along with a new batch of photos -- in the hope that someone would recognize the missing mother of three.

Michelle Parker, 33, left a nine-second message for her father on the day before she vanished, asking him to call her.

"Hey dad...it's about 8:40. This is Michelle on Wednesday morning," she said on the voicemail. "I know that you're at work, but call me when you have lunch or you have break or the end of your day."

The following day, Nov. 17, Parker disappeared after she dropped her 3-year-old twins off at the house of their father, her ex-fiance Dale Smith, with whom she had a tumultuous relationship. Smith's house was the last place Parker was seen.

Parker's family hopes someone may recognize Parker's voice, her face or even her jewelry in the newly released photos. It hopes that finding the cross-shaped necklace or ring she was wearing when she went missing could bring the family one step closer to finding her.

Parker's family members spent Thanksgiving Day worrying about their missing sister and daughter, but sister Lauren Erickson said she is still thinking positive thoughts.

"I'm thankful that my sister has not been found in a bad way, because every day that doesn't happen, I still have hope that she's still out there somewhere," she told ABC News.

More than four dozen volunteers got up early to spend the Thanksgiving holiday searching for Parker. On most days since Parker disappeared, hundreds have been part of the search party, which Thursday combed a two-mile radius from a tower that transmitted the last call sent from her phone, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Parker's iPhone has still not been located.

Police have said that her ex-fiance Smith is not a suspect, but details about their stormy life together that sent them to "The Peoples' Court" have begun to emerge.

Appearing on the courtroom show, Parker and Smith battled over whether she had to pay for a $5,000 engagement ring she tossed away during one of their spats. The judge ruled the two should split the cost.

In the episode, the couple hurled accusations at each other and fought nastily. A court reporter called their relationship a "fatal attraction."

Parker's family has conceded that Smith's relationship with Parker was volatile, but it has also described Smith as a dedicated and loving father who cared for Parker, even when the two didn't get along.

Parker, who also has an 11-year-old from a previous relationship, had been trying to move on with her life and was happy in a new relationship with a man named Nate Mitchell.

Parker's friend Angela Launer told ABC News that she spoke to Parker on Thursday morning and knew that her friend was scheduled to bartend that night, and was dropping the children off with Smith.

But Parker's family began to realize something was amiss when Parker's 11-year-old let the family know he was home from school and his mom wasn't around.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug012011

Father Pleads for Missing N.H. Girl to "Come Home"

Goodshoot RF/Thinkstock(Stewartstown, N.H.) -- Police deny they have given up hope that missing 11-year-old New Hampshire girl Celina Cass will be found alive, and the state has asked for manpower and equipment from neighboring states to aide in the search.

In a news conference Sunday evening, Celina's biological father, Adam Laro, spoke publicly for the first time, saying, "Come home. Whenever you are ready to come home, daddy is ready for you."

At the news conference, New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jane Young insisted that it's still a missing persons case. Additional aeronautical support has been brought in for the search, she said.

On Saturday, the FBI announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to Celina's return, and an anonymous member of the community added another $5,000 to the reward total, Young said.

FBI agent Kieran Ramsey said Saturday the reward would also cover information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for Celina's disappearance.

Celina has been missing since last Monday night from her home in Stewartstown, a New Hampshire town with 900 residents that is just one mile from the Canadian border. It is not a wealthy area, so authorities are hoping this reward could be a huge motivation for someone to come forward.

Officials said that they have received 150 tips.

Before the news conference Sunday, neither Celina's mother nor her stepfather had spoken to the media and had requested "absolute privacy."

Court documents obtained by ABC News reveal that Wendell Noyes, Celina's stepfather, has a troubled past.  Noyes, 47, was involuntarily committed to a hospital in 2003 because of schizophrenia and arrested for threatening an ex-girlfriend, according to court documents.

Noyes was charged with violating a protective order held by his ex-girlfriend and for criminal trespassing, criminal threatening and hindering apprehension.

The girlfriend, who lived with her two kids at the time, said that Noyes broke into her home while she was sleeping, lifted her mattress and slammed it down and then threatened to throw her down the stairs.

While awaiting trial, a judge ruled Noyes incompetent to stand trial and ordered him to be involuntarily placed in a hospital. Judge Richard Hampe wrote that Noyes' mental illness creates "a potentially serious likelihood of danger to himself and others."

A forensic examiner deemed Noyes a paranoid schizophrenic who likely developed his mental illness while in the Air Force, according to court documents.

Noyes has not been named a suspect in the disappearance. No suspects have been named.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan282011

Teacher Vanishes, Leaving Cryptic Note on Blackboard

Photo Courtesy - Ross Police Department/KGO-TV San Francisco(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Police are searching San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for a teacher who mysteriously disappeared after leaving a cryptic message on her classroom blackboard.

English teacher Debra Schmitt, 53, scrawled "Thank you everyone" on her Tierra Lind High School classroom's chalkboard, but did not show up to class on Jan. 20 and has not been seen since.

Authorities found her classroom keys in the room. At her Ross, Calif., home police found her house keys, identification, purse and car parked outside.

Police said there were no indications that Schmitt had been abducted, but a cousin told ABC News that the teacher and mother of a 14-year-old boy had been upset and dealing with a number of personal issues.   Linda Czarnik said Schmitt's husband filed this month for divorce and several close family members had died recently. One relative, a policeman, was killed by a drunk driver on Thanksgiving.

On Wednesday, police searched Phoenix Lake and Ross Creek outside San Francisco where she liked to hike, but did not find anything.

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