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She Vanished From Her Home. A FedEx Driver Has Been Arrested

Tanner Lynn Horner is accused of abducting Athena Strand, 7, from her Texas home, killing her

(Newser) - After an intense search for a missing girl involving the FBI, the US Marshals Service, the Texas Rangers Division, and the state's Department of Family and Protective Services, grim news out of North Texas. At a Friday night press conference , Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin announced that the body...

FBI Says Missing Toddler's Remains Found in Landfill

Quinton Simon's mother was arrested last week

(Newser) - The FBI on Monday confirmed that the bones found in a Georgia landfill are those of a toddler who had been reported missing last month and whose mother was arrested last week on charges including murder. The FBI used DNA analysis to confirm that the bones belonged to 20-month-old Quinton...

One of US' Oldest Kidnapping Cases Has a Surprise Ending

Melissa Highsmith, abducted as a baby in 1971, meets parents, siblings for first time

(Newser) - Last month, Jeff Highsmith vowed to not give up looking for his sister, Melissa Highsmith, who was kidnapped as a baby in Fort Worth, Texas, more than 50 years ago. "I have to try," he said of his recently ramped-up efforts to find his older sibling, spurred by...

He Vanished Looking for Friends. Now, a Neighbor Arrested

Michael Vaughan disappeared in July 2021

(Newser) - On July 27, 2021, Michael Vaughan, who had recently turned 5, slipped out of his house in Fruitland, Idaho, and started knocking on neighbors' doors, looking for older neighborhood kids to play with, his mom says. Now, a neighbor the family does not know has been arrested in his disappearance....

5 Missing Texas Boys Found, in Another State

Mom, boyfriend arrested in Baton Rouge, La.

(Newser) - Five siblings who went missing from the Cypress, Texas, area early Tuesday have been found, albeit in another state. Harris County Constable Ted Heap says that the boys, ranging in age from 7 to 14, were located safe in Baton Rouge, La., and their mother and her boyfriend have been...

Cops Offer Grim Update on Missing Ga. Toddler

Police say toddler Quinton Simon is likely dead, and his mother is 'prime suspect'

(Newser) - A Georgia toddler reported missing more than a week ago is likely not alive, police said this week in a grim update, adding that all eyes are now on his mom. "We are saddened to report that CCPD and the FBI have notified Quinton Simon's family that we...

Cops: Person of Interest in Family's Kidnapping Tried to Kill Himself

Jesus Manuel Salgado is in critical condition

(Newser) - Update: A person of interest in the disappearance of a California family is in custody and is in critical condition after trying to kill himself, police say. Authorities say 48-year-old Jesus Manuel Salgado's suicide attempt happened before law enforcement tracked him down, the Fresno Bee reports. Four family members,...

9 Months Later, Case of Lina Sardar Khil Still Baffles

The 'New York Times' digs in

(Newser) - Lina Sardar Khil is still missing nine months after vanishing from a San Antonio playground . The 3-year-old's story has received wide coverage, but the New York Times goes deeper, filling in some backstory on the family, the specifics of the day she disappeared, and where things stand today. Edgar...

Missing Girl's Case Is Now a Homicide Investigation

Harmony Montgomery hasn't been seen since 2019

(Newser) - The search for Harmony Montgomery , a New Hampshire girl who disappeared in 2019 at age 5 but was not reported missing until late last year, is now considered a homicide investigation, authorities said Thursday. Investigators have concluded that Harmony was murdered, New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said at a...

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
for Missing 4-Year-Old
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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....

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