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Lake Search Completes Family Tragedy in Minnesota

3 young children, parents are dead in suspected murder-suicide

(Newser) - Update: This story has been updated throughout with new developments. The bodies of three young children and a woman believed to be their mother have been recovered from a Minnesota lake, and authorities say the deaths are being investigated as murder-suicide, per the AP . The body of the children's...

Sound Coming From Sewer Was Cause for Celebration

Boy in Germany found after being trapped for 8 days

(Newser) - Hearing a noise come from a manhole cover sounds like an ominous happening, but in the German town of Oldenburg, it was a joyous occurrence. The sound—which euronews describes as "whimpering"—turned out to be made by an 8-year-old boy who had vanished on June 17. A...

Daughter Found 42 Years After Parents' Deaths

Holly is alive and well, Texas reports, and has met her relatives online

(Newser) - When the bodies of her parents were found in a wooded area of Houston in 1981, there was no sign of their infant daughter. "I prayed for more than 40 years for answers," said Donna Casasanta, the child's grandmother, CNN reports. She's now received at least...

Cause of Death Revealed for Boy Found Stuffed in Suitcase

Child died of 'electrolyte imbalance'; authorities still trying to ID him

(Newser) - Update: There's still no word on the ID of a young boy whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Washington County, Ind., last month, but a cause of death has now been determined. Official autopsy and toxicology reports reveal that the boy, described as Black and around...

2 Girls Vanished. The Media Told Us About One of Them

Elizabeth Smart's disappearance got tons of press. Alexis Patterson's didn't

(Newser) - You almost certainly know the name Elizabeth Smart. You almost just as certainly don't know the name Alexis Patterson. The Milwaukee 7-year-old vanished on her walk to school roughly one month before Smart was taken from her Utah bedroom in 2002. In a lengthy piece for USA Today , Gina...

Prosecutor: New Evidence in Madeleine McCann Case

Hans Christian Wolters said it's not forensic evidence

(Newser) - A German prosecutor was unequivocal in a TV interview Wednesday: "We are sure that he is the murderer of Madeleine McCann." Hans Christian Wolters was speaking of Christian Brueckner, the German national who was declared a formal suspect in the case less than two weeks ago. Wolters has...

Girl Who Vanished on 5-Minute Walk Home Found Dead

Iliana 'Lily' Peters was 10

(Newser) - Ten-year-old Iliana "Lily" Peters was reported missing around 9pm Sunday when she didn't return home after a visit to her aunt's house, just four blocks—a five-minute walk, per her dad—away. Little more than 12 hours later, the case came to the worst possible end when...

With Google's Advice, Boy, 9, Slips Onto Cross-Country Flight

Young sneak was returned safely after 1,677-mile trip in Brazil

(Newser) - Assuming his parents would be no help, a 9-year-old boy in Brazil turned to Google and searched for "how to get onto a plane unnoticed." Then he did it, winding up 1,677 miles from his hometown of Manaus after a flight to Guarulhos, the Mirror reports. Emanuel...

Girl, 3, Disappears From San Antonio Playground
Reward Grows to $250K
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Reward Grows to $250K for Missing 4-Year-Old

Lina Khil was last seen on a San Antonio playground on Dec. 20

(Newser) - Update: The search for a young girl who went missing from a Texas playground in December goes on. KSAT reports the reward in the case has been increased to $250,000, thanks to offerings from the local Crime Stoppers and the Islamic Center of San Antonio. Lina, who turned 4...

Mother of Missing Kentucky Girl Arrested in Kansas
Body of Missing Girl
in Kentucky Is Discovered
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Body of Missing Girl in Kentucky Is Discovered

Mother, boyfriend charged in death of 4-year-old Serenity Ann McKinney

(Newser) - Update: A sad end to the long search for 4-year-old Serenity Ann McKinney in Kentucky—authorities have found her body in a wooded area, reports WAVE . Serenity was last seen alive on Christmas Eve of 2020. Her mother, 21-year-old Catherine McKinney of Shepherdsville, and her mother's boyfriend, 26-year-old Dakota...

Before Finding Girl Under Stairs, Officers Found Her Bedroom

Father claimed it was only set up in case Paislee Shultis returned home: police

(Newser) - Police long suspected Paislee Shultis, a child missing for two years in New York , could be found in the home of her biological parents, who do not have custody of her. They just couldn't prove it—until a tip arrived Monday. "This tip was fresh, it was factual....

After Girl Missing 2 Years Was Rescued, a Happy Meal

Paislee Shultis was reported missing in July 2019

(Newser) - Update: After the dramatic rescue of Paislee Shultis, police were driving the 6-year-old to the police station when they passed a McDonald's. The girl, who had been scared when she was initially found hiding with her mother, mentioned she hadn't eaten there in a long time, so detectives...

Anti-Vax Dad Has Been Hiding Girl, 7, for Months

Canada's Michael Jackson defying court orders in effort to 'protect' daughter from vaccine

(Newser) - A Canadian woman says she hasn't seen her 7-year-old daughter in two months since the girl's father took her away to prevent her receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, despite two court orders mandating her return. Mariecar Jackson of Regina, Sask., is pleading for help in locating her daughter Sarah,...

The Strange Fate of the Baby Handed Over Kabul Airport Wall

Little Sohail Ahmadi spent months with a stranger before being reunited with his grandfather

(Newser) - Desperate parents handed their baby handed over a barbed-wire topped wall to a soldier during the fall of Kabul Aug. 19, 2021, and couldn’t find him afterward . Finally, they know where he is. Sohail Ahmadi’s parents handed their 2-month-old infant over out of fear he would be crushed...

Cops Search Home of Harmony Montgomery 2 Years On

5-year-old was only just reported missing

(Newser) - Authorities searched the last known residence of Harmony Montgomery on Saturday to investigate the disappearance of the New Hampshire girl, who vanished in 2019 at age 5 but was not reported missing until late last year, per the AP . Law enforcement agencies were working at a home in Manchester, officials...

She Was Last Seen in 2019. Now Dad, Wife Are Held

NH police desperately searching for Harmony Montgomery, last seen in Manchester

(Newser) - New Hampshire police arrested a man in connection with his young daughter's 2019 disappearance on Tuesday, and a day later also nabbed his wife. The mother of Harmony Montgomery contacted Manchester police in November, saying she hadn't seen her daughter in more than six months, per the AP...

After Father's 14-Year Search, Abducted Boy Is Found
After Father's
14-Year Search,
Abducted Boy
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After Father's 14-Year Search, Abducted Boy Is Found

Chinese couple had been looking for Sun Zhuo since he was taken in 2007

(Newser) - The story of their quest for their missing son inspired a hit 2014 movie. Now, seven years later, a cinematic ending. CNN reports that a couple who've searched the ends of China for their boy since 2007 were reunited with him on Monday. Sun Zhuo, now 18, was taken...

Missing Tennessee Boy, 3, Found Safe in California

Amber Alert had been issued for Noah Clare

(Newser) - Update: Missing 3-year-old Tennessee boy Noah Clare and his 16-year-old cousin Amber Clare have been found "safe and sound" in San Clemente, California, authorities say. Jacob Clare—Noah's father and Amber's uncle—has been taken into custody. Clare and the children, who had been missing since Nov....

Police: Missing Girl's Hand Signal Saved Her

16-year-old got help from passing motorist, and police arrested her driver

(Newser) - A teenage girl used a hand signal popularized on TikTok to signal for help. The 16-year-old from North Carolina had been missing for days when she was rescued Thursday, USA Today reports. James Herbert Brick, 61, of Cherokee, North Carolina, was arrested in Laurel County, Kentucky, and charged with unlawful...

Rescued 4-Year-Old Doing Well, With New Charges in Case

Terence Kelly, 36, hit with charges in case of Cleo Smith, who went missing for 18 days in Australia

(Newser) - Update: A 36-year-old man has been charged in the case of a 4-year-old Australian girl found safe Wednesday after vanishing 18 days earlier. Terence Darrell Kelly appeared Thursday in a Carnavon court, where he was charged with forcibly or fraudulently taking or enticing a child under 16, per the BBC...

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