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Man Says He Saw Girl Carried Away in 1970

Cheryl Grimmer vanished from Fairy Meadow beach in Australia at age 3

(Newser) - Cheryl Grimmer's family has waited 53 years for answers about her disappearance from a beach in Australia. "I won't sleep until it's over," her brother Ricki said. There's a new glimmer of hope for resolution, after a man told a BBC true crime podcast...

Missing 6-Year-Old's Mom Charged With Capital Murder

Police in Texas are still searching for body of Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez

(Newser) - The mother of a missing 6-year-old Texas boy has been indicted by a grand jury on charges including capital murder. Cindy Rodriguez-Singh fled the country with her husband and six other children in March, around the time an Amber Alert was issued for Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez, who is now presumed dead....

Portugal Police to McCanns: We're Sorry

Law enforcement delegation offers apology to parents of missing toddler over handling of case

(Newser) - Madeleine McCann vanished in 2007 from a Portuguese holiday home while vacationing with her family, and now, more than 16 years later, police there have extended an apology to her parents for the way they handled the investigation at the time. The BBC reports that a senior law enforcement...

Kidnapping Charges Filed After Girl's Remarkable Rescue
Break in Kidnapping Case:
Suspect Dropped Off a Note
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Break in Kidnapping Case: Suspect Dropped Off a Note

Craig Ross Jr., 47, is accused of abducting Charlotte Sena, 9, and demanding a ransom

(Newser) - She'd been missing two days, but the saga of 9-year-old Charlotte Sena ended with unexpectedly good news : She is safe and sound, having been rescued from a stranger's cupboard thanks to an unexpected break in the case. Meanwhile, 47-year-old Craig Ross Jr. is being held without bail in...

9-Year-Old's Parents Got Ransom Note After She Vanished

Charlotte Sena was found safe after she disappeared at New York campground

(Newser) - Before Charlotte Sena was found safe two days after disappearing while bicycling at a New York campground, the 9-year-old girl's parents received a ransom note at their home, authorities say. Fingerprints found on the note, as well as cellphone pings from the area where Charlotte was last seen and...

9-Year-Old Who Vanished While Camping Is Found Safe

New York State Police say a suspect is in custody

(Newser) - The search for a New York girl who disappeared while on a family camping trip has ended in relief. "Charlotte Sena has been located and in good health," New York State Police said Monday evening in a statement, per ABC News . "A suspect is in custody."...

Cops Drew Their Guns. They Didn't Expect What Came Next

Runaway 10-year-old boy, 11-year-old sister drove 200 miles in mom's car before they were busted

(Newser) - Cops say two Florida tweens said to be upset about a punishment handed down by their mom decided to run away—by taking their mom's car and trying to drive to California. Per the AP , the Alachua County Sheriff's Office became involved when deputies pulled over a sedan...

Missing Toddler Found in Woods With 2 Furry Protectors

Michigan police say one dog guarded 2-year-old, while another served as her pillow

(Newser) - The case of a missing toddler in Michigan had a happy ending earlier this week, but it was how she was found that bolstered, once again, dogs' status as man's best friend. Michigan State Police showed up at the home of a 2-year-old girl in Menominee County's Faithorn...

'Material' Collected in Madeleine McCann Search

Unknown material will be examined by experts in Germany, but the search has ended

(Newser) - The search for Madeleine McCann at Portugal's Arade Dam reservoir has ended with no answer to the mystery of the British girl's 2007 disappearance—at least not yet. It did result "in the collection of some material," authorities said Thursday, per the New York Times . Portuguese...

Cops Have 'Good Reason' for New McCann Search

Search begins at Portugal's Arade Dam, frequented by suspect

(Newser) - Another search is underway for Madeleine McCann. Police officers were seen digging Tuesday near Portugal's Arade Dam, some 30 miles from where the British toddler vanished in Praia da Luz in 2007. "About 20 officers with rakes and hoelike tools spread out in a line and began poking...

2nd Missing NYC Boy Found in Hudson River

Both boys, ages 11 and 13, were found in the waters off Manhattan

(Newser) - Two young friends went missing in New York City earlier this month, and the bodies of both have now been recovered from rivers off Manhattan. Police found the body of 11-year-old Alfa Barrie of the Bronx Saturday in the Hudson, reports FOX 5 . On Thursday morning, they found the body...

Illinois Girl Vanished 6 Years Ago, Turns Up in North Carolina
She Was Abducted 6 Years Ago.
A Netflix Watcher Found Her
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She Was Abducted 6 Years Ago. A Netflix Watcher Found Her

Illinois' Kayla Unbehaun, 15, turns up in North Carolina; mom is arrested

(Newser) - In November, the Netflix series Unsolved Mysteries featured an episode on family abductions, including the case of Kayla Unbehaun, who vanished from South Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 9 after a visit with her mom, who didn't have custody of her. Nearly six years later, Kayla, now 15,...

Boy Who Went Missing at State Park Sheltered Under Log

Nante Niemi spent 2 nights in the Michigan wilderness but is fine

(Newser) - If you had a less-than-stellar weekend, 8-year-old Nante Niemi has got one up on you. The second-grader was camping with his family in Michigan's Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park when he went missing Saturday afternoon while collecting firewood, reports the Detroit News . More than 150 rescuers combed roughly 40...

Cops: Missing Boy's Family Took Off to Turkey Without Him

Texas authorities are now looking for 6-year-old Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez, not seen since November

(Newser) - Family members say they haven't seen Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez since November, but an Amber Alert wasn't issued in Texas until last weekend—and now, authorities say the 6-year-old boy's family traveled overseas two days before that red flag was sent up. Cops from the town of Everman on...

Girl, 8, Found Alive 4 Years After Vanishing

Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez had last been seen with her biological mother in 2018

(Newser) - Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez vanished during a supervised visit with her mother, who did not have custody of her, at a Washington state shopping mall in 2018, when she was 4. A year later, her mother was arrested in Mexico, but the little girl was not found—until now. The...

Washington Boy, 8, Missing Since June Found Safe

Breadson John was with an aunt in another state

(Newser) - Authorities have been searching for Breadson John, an 8-year-old boy from Washington state, ever since conducting a welfare check at his home in June after neighbors expressed concerns. Last week, he was found safe multiple states away. The FBI says it learned that the boy's grandfather flew with the...

Missing Missouri Children Found in Florida Supermarket

Their non-custodial mother, Kristi Gilley, is arrested

(Newser) - Police in Florida have located two children who were abducted from Missouri almost a year ago, reports WFLA . The children were discovered in a supermarket in High Springs with their mother, 36-year-old Kristi Gilley, who does not have custody of them. All three were using different identities, say police. Gilley...

Caretaker of Missing 4-Year-Old Is Arrested

Search continues for Athena Brownfield around Cyril, Oklahoma

(Newser) - Oklahoma police are searching for a 4-year-old girl who was reported missing Tuesday after her 5-year-old sister was found wandering alone in Cyril. A postal worker spotted the 5-year-old and called police, who charged 31-year-old Alysia Adams with two counts of neglect on Thursday. Police say the two girls were...

NC Parents Waited Weeks to Report Girl's Disappearance

They failed to notify law enforcement that Madalina Cojocari was missing, cops say

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl from North Carolina has been missing for a month—though authorities say they only learned that a week ago. Police have charged the girl's mother and stepfather with failure to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement. They say the couple only notified Madalina...

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...

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