8 Year Old Everett Streko Missing Since 7/16/15 from Green Brook, NJ … Taken by Bio Parents, Michael & Amy Streko
8 year old Everett Streko has been missing since Thursday, July 16, 2015 from Green Brook, New Jersey in Somerset County. Authorities stated that Everett Streko was last seen by his grandmother, his legal guardian, at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday at her home on Kings Court in Green Brook Township. It is believed that the missing boy has been taken by his biological parents, Michael and Amy Streko. Everett is described as 4 foot tall, weighing approximately 60 pounds, with Green eyes, Brown hair, Fair skin.
Missing: 8 Year Old Everett Streko Missing
Authorities are searching for a young boy who police say was illegally taken from his legal guardian by his biological parents.
The New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit and local authorities are looking for Everett Streko, an 8-year-old boy described as being 4-foot tall and weighing approximately 60 pounds, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday morning. He has green eyes, brown hair and fair skin, they said.
Michael and Amy Streko, Everett’s biological parents, are in violation of a court order and are wanted on a charge of child interference, authorities said.
Everett was last seen by his grandmother/legal guardian at 10:30 p.m. Thursday at her residence located on Kings Court in Green Brook, authorities said.
Friday morning, the grandmother noticed that her daughter-in-law Amy Streko, 32, who is Everett’s biological mother and was also living at the residence, was missing along with Everett and all of the child’s personal belongings, authorities said. She’s driving a gray, four-door 2007 Ford Focus with NJ registration Y96-FHN, authorities said.
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Michael and Amy Streko and their son, Everett, or anyone who may have observed their vehicles can contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Major Crime Unit at 908-231-7100, Green Brook police 732-968-1188 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-8477.
Mary Nunes Missing Since 2004 from New Hampshire Finally Found Trying to Enter the United States … 50 Year Old Scott Kelley Arrested for Non-Custodial Kidnapping
19 year old Mary Nunes found after a decade …
Mary Nunes has been missing since November 2004 in New Hampshire when at the age of 8 years old, she was kidnapped and taken to Costa Rica by her step father Scott Kelley and mother amid a custody dispute in 1996. The girls mother claimed she did so because the father, who had full custody was abusive. However, the authorities never believed those claims and never filed any charges against the missing girls father. Mary Nunes had been missing more than a decade when authorities got a tip that Scott Kelly and Mary Nunes were attempting to gain passports to return to the United States. The authorities allowed them both to be issued temporary passports and when they arrives to the United States.
50 year old Scott Kelly was arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia by US Marshall’s last Wednesday at 2PM. Kelly is currently in custody at a Clayton County jail and awaiting to be extradited to New Hampshire where he will face kidnapping charges of an 8 year old girl. Mary Nunes’ mother, Genevieve Kelley, had previously returned to the US in 2014 and turned herself in to the authorities. Genevieve Kelley remains on track for a May 8 trial after Judge Peter Bornstein on March 24 denied a motion to dismiss the state’s charge of custodial interference pending in Coos County.
According to a spokesperson with the U.S. Marshals, 50-year-old Scott Kelly has been wanted in New Hampshire since November 2004 when he was accused of the non-custodial kidnapping of Mary Nunes, who was 8-years-old at the time.
Police say that on April 13, Kelly and Nunes, now 19, went to the U.S. Consulate in Costa Rica to request passports to return the U.S. It was at this time that police say they discovered the warrant for Kelly and realized Nunes was reported missing.
Police say a temporary passport was issued for both Kelly and Nunes and they were allowed to return to the U.S. When they arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, police say Kelly was immediately arrested.
When they arrived in Atlanta on Wednesday, U.S. Marshals were waiting, and arrested Kelley.
“Nunes was interviewed to ensure her health and safety and was allowed to continue to her final destination. Kelley is currently being held at Cobb County Jail pending extradition to New Hampshire.”
Dr. Nunes made the following statement Wednesday: “We love Mary and are overjoyed that she is alive and back in the US. Our hearts and home are open to her, and we will do everything we can to insure she remains safe and healthy. We remain concerned about her emotional and physical well-being. We look forward to the day our family is finally reunited.”
4 Month Old Khalieyah Pitts & Her 24 Year Old Mother Tabitha Rantanen Missing Since 2/17/15 in Portsmouth, NH (May Have Fled to Greenfield, MA)
4 month of Khalieyah Pitts and her 24 year old mother, Tabitha Rantanen, have been missing since Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Portsmouth police have been searching for the 4 month old and the tot-mom following a court order was issued by the Portsmouth Family Court for the state to take custody of the child, Khalieyah Pitts. NH DCYF was granted emergency custody of the infant at Rochester District Court on Feb. 13. According to authorities, the 24 year old mother has no known address in the New Hampshire Sea cost area. Tabitha Rantanen also has mental health and active substance abuse issues.
Portsmouth police Capt. Mike Schwartz stated that the mother, Tabitha Rantanen, was aware of the court order and fled with the baby. Schwartz said the baby was not in anyone else’s care and was not abducted. The police believe that Tabitha Rantanen is no longer in New Hampshire. It is believed that she may be in Greenfield, MA, as she has family in the area. A felony warrant has been issued for Tabitha’s arrest on a charge of interference with custody. Rantanen is described as being 5’2 and about 120 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Left to Right: Khalieyah Pitts, Tabitha Rantanen
Police said 4-month-old Khalieyah Pitts and her 24-year-old mother, Tabitha Rantanen, who may be going by “Tabi Pitts,” have been missing since Tuesday. On Tuesday, a court ordered Rantanen to surrender custody of her daughter. Police said once she became aware of the order, she fled New Hampshire with Khalieya.
Police said they may be near Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Family members expressed concern about Rantanen’s mental condition and substance abuse.
Police in New Hampshire and Massachusetts are working together to search for a “mentally unstable” mother who took her daughter.
Sgt. Dan McCarthy informed 22News that the Greenfield Police Department is assisting the Portsmouth NH Police Department search for 4 month old Khalieyah Pitts.
The New Hampshire Child Protective Services was granted emergency custody of Khalieyah by court order on February 13th. Sgt. McCarthy said the mother, 24-year-old Tabitha “Tabi” Rantanen, took Khalieyah and fled the state. She was last known to be in Greenfield where she has family.
Anyone with information is asked to call Greenfield Police at (413) 773-5411, Seacoast Crime Stoppers at (603) 431-1199 or Portsmouth Police at (603) 610-7649.
Greg Allen’s Pursuit of his 4 Year Old Missing Daughter Sabrina Allen is Over After 12 Years … Kidnapped to Mexico by Mother, Dara Marie Llorens
After twelve long years, a fathers fight is finally over … He never gave up hope.
A father’s pursuit to get her missing daughter back is finally over. After 12 years, Greg Allen has been told that his daughter Sabrina Allen has been found. However, any reunion with her father is on hold as over the years her mother manipulated her by telling her he, Greg Allen, was a bad guy, a wife beater, and child molester. In April 2002, a then 4 year old Sabrina Allen was visiting with her non-custodial mother, Dara Marie Llorens, as part of a court agreement, when the mother abducted her daughter and took her to Mexico. The search is now over, Sabrina Allen has been found. Dara Marie Llorens is in custody and has been shared with aggravated kidnapping and custodial interference. She is being held on $300,000 bond.
On that day, Llorens allegedly violated a court-ordered child custody agreement and disappeared with her daughter during a scheduled weekend visit, the FBI said in its wanted bulletin for Llorens.
Llorens was supposed to return the daughter to her father two days later. He was the primary guardian, the FBI said.
Sabrina Allen, age 4 (left) – current (right)
Sabrina Allen has been missing since she was allegedly abducted by her non-custodial mother in 2002. \Sabrina and her mother, Dara Llorens, were found in Mexico and brought back to the United States Tuesday. Llorens is currently being held on an aggravated kidnapping charge in the Travis County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bond. Sabrina was taken to an undisclosed location for medical evaluation, CNN reports.
Sabrina, who was last seen by her father when she was 4, is now 17. She and her mother were found Sept. 30 in a small town Southeast of Mexico City by a joint task force that included the FBI,US Marshals Service and Mexican federal agents.
The break in the case came in the form of a confidential tip received four weeks ago, reports CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano. Federal agents, working with their Mexican counterparts, hatched a daring rescue plan that finally paid off on Tuesday.
Gregory Allen said there were three simple things he was looking forward to.
“Love and happiness. And family,” he said.
Sabrina, now 17, is dealing with the trauma and re-adjusting to life back in the U.S. with the help of a therapist.
When she’s willing to see her dad again, Allen said he knows exactly what he’ll say.
“I’m going to ask her if I could give her a hug.”
Allen said there’s no timetable for his reunion with Sabrina, that he will wait until she is ready.
Greg Allen’s obsession with finding his missing daughter began more than a decade ago, when the mother finally made good on a threat and fled with the daughter from Texas to Mexico, according to him and authorities.
Sabrina Allen was a month away from turning age 5, and the visit with her non-custodial mother, Dara Marie Llorens, was supposed to last only a weekend in April 2002, as part of a court agreement.
But that weekend visitation in Austin lasted 12 years and finally ended Tuesday, when Mexican and U.S. authorities said they found the girl and her mother living in seclusion in a small apartment in a town between Mexico City and Puebla. The mother will face charges in Travis County, Texas, said Dan Powers, an FBI assistant special agent in charge in San Antonio, Texas.
So much time has passed that Allen’s daughter is all but grown, now 17 years old. Moreover, his daughter has been told over the years that her father was “a bad guy” and “a wife beater” — all false accusations, Allen declared.
AMBER ALERT Issued in Austin, TX Area after Kidnapping of 2 Year Old Missing Cheyenne Infinity Johnson (Update: AMBER ALERT Canceled After Standoff, Cheyenne Infinity Johnson Safe, 33 Year Old Jesse William Thomas Arrested)
An Austin-area AMBER ALERT was issued Friday night for 2 year old Cheyenne Infinity Johnson in Houston, TX as authorities believed that the 2 year old girl was in grave or immediate danger. Cheyenne Infinity Johnson was abducted by her father, who who no longer has parental rights. Thomas is considered dangerous and has multiple arrests for past family violence.
Police say Thomas showed up to his mother’s house on Friday and she refused to let him in. “He then went around to the back of the house, kicked in the door and took the child,” Austin Police Detective J.J. Schmidt said.
Police later received information that Thomas was at a UHaul store and a short pursuit followed. Authorities said Thomas reached speeds over 100 miles per hour as he fled from officers with the girl inside.
Thomas was driving black 2005 Mercury Marquis 4-door with Texas license plate number DN3F648. The car has 22-inch silver rims and damage to the rear bumper.
Police say Thomas, 33, is considered dangerous and should not be approached. He has been arrested several times and has been charged with family violence in the past.
DESCRIPTION: Cheyenne Johnson
- White female
- 2 ½ feet tall
- 25 lbs.
- Brown hair
- Brown eyes
- Last seen wearing a navy blue shirt with flowers and navy blue shorts
DESCRIPTION: Jesse Thomas
- White male
- 6’01’ in height
- Approx. 220 lbs.
- Last seen wearing a gray t-shirt and blue jean shorts
2-year-old safe after father surrenders during SWAT standoff
UPDATE I: Standoff in NW Harris County with suspect from central Texas Amber Alert.
A 2-year-old girl is safe after authorities arrested a suspect linked to an Austin-area Amber Alert Saturday morning, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.
A High Risk Operations Unit was sent to a standoff near a Ross Department Store at Texas 249 and Spring Cypress in northwest Harris County, where the 2-year-old’s father was holding her hostage.
Authorities said Jesse Thomas, 33, abducted Cheyenne Thomas from her south Austin home Friday afternoon.
According to KXAN, an Austin NBC-affiliate, Thomas showed up at his mother’s house on Anita Drive Friday afternoon, but she refused to let him in. “He then went around to the back of the house, kicked in the door and took the child,” Austin Police Detective J.J. Schmidt told KXAN.
According to the Austin Police Department, Thomas’ parental rights had been relinquished. He has been arrested several times and has been charged with family violence in the past.
Missing 2 year old Cheyenne Infinity Johnson is now safe and the standoff is over.
9 Year Old Braiden Stow Missing Since 7/15/14 in Smyrna, GA … Believed to Be with Father, Ryan Stow (Update: Father & Son Found Safe in Alabama)
9 year old Braiden Stow has been missing since Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Smyrna, Georgia. Police believe that Braiden is in the company of his father, Ryan Stow. It is also thought that the two could be at a camp site. Ryan Stow is believed to be driving a burgundy 1995 Buick LeSabre with Georgia tag number 34618QC.
- Ryan Stow was described as being 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, green eyes and several tattoos.
- Braiden Stow is described as being 4-foot-8 , 60-65 pounds, blond hair and blue eyes. Braiden was last seen wearing shorts, a T-shirt and blue and yellow Rebook slippers.
Ryan Stow, left – Braiden Stow, right: pic – Smyrna Police
Stow said police responded to a call at the Oakdale Drive address, where they had received reports of a person threatening suicide. Additional investigation indicated that Stow had made 35 threats to commit suicide-by-cop. Graeff said Stow had left the home before police arrived.
Investigators said they believe Stow and his son are in the area — possibly at a camp site.
Ryan Stow is described as a white male, 6-feet-1-inch tall, weighing 160 pounds with green eyes and several tattoos. Braiden Stow is described as being 4-feet-8-inches tall, weighing 60 to 65 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. Braiden was last seen wearing shorts, a t-shirt and blue-and-yellow Reebok slippers. Ryan Stow is believed to be driving a burgundy 1995 Buick LeSabre with Georgia tag number 34618QC.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Plumb with the Smyrna Police Department at 404-596-1973, or to call 911.
Amber Alert Issued for 2 Year Old Edwin Vargas Missing Since 5/23/14 in Los Angeles, CA … Abducted By His father, 27 Year Old Abraham Vargas (Update: Vehicle Found)
An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 2 year old Edwin Vargas on Friday morning, May 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. The boy was kidnapped by his father, 26 year old Abraham Vargas, while the child’s mother Beatrice Lopez was loading her son into her car in front of her apartment complex in the 1000 block of Lorena Street at 6:30 a.m. Vargas is believed to be driving an Orange Nissan Quest, license number 7CIN189, with tinted windows and damage on the driver’s side. The suspect, Abraham Vargas, is described as wearing a red shirt and jeans. The little boy is wearing a red sweatshirt and blue sweatpants. Beatrice Lopez had a restraining order against Vargas. California Highway Patrol and Border Patrol have been notified that the police suspect Vargas may be heading for Mexico. He had threatened in the past to take the toddler from her several times in the two years since the couple broke up, saying he would take the boy to Veracruz, Mexico.
2 Year Old Edwin Vargas
The boy, Edwin Vargas, was allegedly kidnapped by his father from Boyle Heights early Friday.
His father, Abraham Vargas, 27, allegedly took the boy from Lopez, his ex-girlfriend, police said.
The kidnap happened while Lopez was loading her son into her car in front of her apartment complex in the 1000 block of Lorena Street at 6:30 a.m., said LAPD Capt. Gary Lopez.
Descriptions of victim and suspect:
Vargas is Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs about 180 pounds. He was wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans.
His son, Edwin Vargas, is Hispanic, 2 feet tall, with brown hair and eyes. He was wearing a red sweatshirt and blue sweat pants.
Authorities say they have found the vehicle used by a man suspected of kidnapping his 2-year-old son Friday in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, but father and son remain missing.
At about 12:20 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said the car Vargas allegedly drove off in — an orange Nissan Quest — was located in East Los Angeles.
Anyone with information is asked to call either 911, 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) or the Los Angeles Police Department at (323) 342-4185.
8 Year Old Relisha Rudd Missing Since 2/26/14 in Washington, DC … Amber Alert Issued (Update: 51 Year Old Kahlil Malik Tatum Wanted in Andrea Denise Tatum’s Murder)(Update: DC Police: “We cannot ignore the possibility that he may have killed her.”)(Update: Dive Teams Search Waters of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens)
An AMBER ALERT was issued for Relisha Rudd on March 8, 2014; however, 8 year old Relisha Rudd has been missing since February 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. She was last seen Feb. 26 at the D.C. Shelter for Families on the grounds of the old D.C. General Hospital in Southeast. Relisha is believed to be in the company of Kahlil Tatum, who works as a janitor at the shelter. According to the Relisha’s mother’s fiance, Antonio Wheeler, the mom gave permission to Khalil Tatum, a janitor at the shelter, to take her daughter. Relisha had been missing since late February, but here disappearance was only brought to the attention of police on Wednesday when officials with D.C. Public Schools realized she hadn’t been showing up for class. Better late than never, I guess. Relisha is described as a black female, standing 4 feet tall and weighing between 70 and 80 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and a medium complexion.
Police were searching a homeless shelter next to a Washington, D.C., jail Thursday after missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd’s mother was taken away.
The mother’s fiance said the woman gave permission to Khalil Tatum, a janitor at the shelter, to take her daughter.
“She said she is at Mr. Tatum’s house she’s good,” said Antonio Wheeler, fiance. “I seen Mr. Tatum today and he said he would bring my daughter back.”
Wheeler said he asked Tatum again later.
“I asked him, he said, ‘She is my house… would bring her back when I get off work today,’” Wheeler said.
That never happened, Wheeler said.
Authorities released surveillance footage of Tatum and Relisha taken on Feb. 26 at the Holiday Inn Express located at 1917 Bladensburg Road in Northeast D.C.
The search for Kahlil Tatum led to the Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill. Upon further room to room searches at the hotel, the body of 51 year old Andrea Denise Tatum, the wife of Kahlil Malik Tatum, was found dead. An arrest warrant has been issued for Kahil Tatum for the murder of his wife. The police believe Relisha Rudd is traveling with Kahlil Tatum, who may be armed and dangerous, either on foot or in a different vehicle.
Since Relisha Rudd has disappeared and the events that followed, according to Shamika Young, the mother of missing Relisha, DC Child and Family Services have taken custody of her other children three children, ages 7, 5 and 4.
Left to Right, Relisha Rudd, Kahlil Tatum. (Metropolitan Police Department)
A man has been charged with killing his wife and may be traveling with an 8-year-old D.C. girl who has been missing for more than three weeks, authorities said.
Prince George’s County Police have obtained an arrest warrant charging Kahlil Malik Tatum, 51, of Southeast Washington with murder in the death of his wife, Andrea Denise Tatum, the police department said in a news release.
The body of Andrea Tatum, 51, was found Thursday in a motel room in Oxon Hill, where Prince George’s County officers had gone to assist the Metropolitan Police Department in its search for Relisha Tenau Rudd, who was reporting missing earlier in the week.
Police say a truck sought as part of the search for a Washington, D.C., girl has been found in Maryland, but police are still looking for the girl.
Prince George’s County Police said Friday that the unoccupied truck described in an Amber Alert seeking 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was found parked in Chapel Oaks.
UPDATE II: Search for missing Relisha Rudd intensifies to area of area of Kenilworth Park. … Kahlil Malik Tatum May Have Killed Relisha Rudd.
“We’re not making any assumptions, but I think it’d be prudent for us at this time to make sure we’ve searched – and this is a very large area – searched this area very well,” said D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. “We cannot ignore the possibility that he may have killed her.”
The search of the aquatic gardens area of Kenilworth Park was prompted by evidence the man, identified as Kahlil Malik Tatum, 51, spent time there after the last credible sighting of Relisha Tenau Rudd, 8, on March 1.
“On March 2, we know that Mr. Tatum purchased, among other items, a carton of black, 42 gallon, self-tie contractor trash bags within the District of Columbia,” Lanier said at a news conference near the search area. “Not long after that purchase, Mr. Tatum was in the area of the aquatic gardens for a period of time.”
D.C. police spokesman Hugh Carew said dive teams were searching the Anacostia River in the 700-acre park in Northeast Washington, DC.
The search for missing 8-year-old girl Relisha Rudd resumed Saturday, with dive teams continuing to sift through the waters of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for possible remains.
The search for Relisha, last seen alive on March 1, enters day three at the heavily wooded park in Northeast Washington.
It began with a foot search Thursday, after authorities discovered Kahlil Malik Tatum, the man suspected of abducting Relisha, spent more than two hours in that area shortly after purchasing a number of 42-gallon contractor style garbage bags, a shovel and lime on March 2.
Police ask anyone with information on Relisha’s whereabouts to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, the Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.
Amber Alert Issued in Los Angeles, CA for 4 Missing Boyle Heights Children (One year Old Twins Janet & Veronica Felix, Justin Felix, 5, and Enrique Felix, 7) … Parents Enrique Felix and Rosa Chairez Sought in Adduction (Update: 4 Children Found Near US-Mexico Border, Parents Remain at Large)
An AMBER Alert was issued at 5 am Saturday in Los Angeles, California for 4 missing Boyle Heights children kidnapped by their mother, Rosa Chairez, and father, Enrique Felix, from their maternal grandmother’s home. The children’s names are, one year old twin girls, Janet and Veronica Felix, 5 year old Justin Feliz and 7 year old Enrique Felix. The children were first reported missing Friday, March 14, 2014 around 12:30 p.m., after Rosa Chairez and Enrique Felix took them by force. The vehicle used in the abduction was a dark-colored PT Cruiser that was missing the right rear hubcap and had paper license plates. Previously, the Department of Children and Family Services had removed the children from their biological parents and placed them in protective custody with the grandmother.
Police believe that the parents may be headed to San Diego, CA or Mexico.
Click on pic to watch VIDEO – Above, Parents Enrique Felix and Rosa Chairez, Justin Felix, 5, and Enrique Felix, 7
An Amber Alert was issued early Saturday morning after four children were reported missing from their maternal grandmother’s home in Boyle Heights, authorities said.
The children were first reported missing Friday around 12:30 p.m., after their mother, Rosa Chairez, and father, Enrique Felix, took them, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert around 5 a.m. Saturday.
Description of kidnapping suspects.
Enrique Felix, 28, was described as Hispanic with black hair, brown eyes, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing around 220 pounds. Felix was reported to be physically violent towards Rosa Chairez and their children, police said.
Rosa Chairez has red hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 150 pounds.
One Year Old Twins Janet and Veronica Felix (Credit: LAPD)
Description of missing children.
Janet Felix, 1, black hair, brown eyes, 2 feet tall, approximately 20 pounds.
Veronica Felix, 1, black hair, brown eyes, 2 feet tall, approximately 20 pounds.
Justin Felix, 5, black hair, brown eyes, 3 feet tall approximately 50 pounds.
Enrique Felix, 7, brown hair, brown eyes, 4 feet tall approximately 70 pounds.
Four Southern California children allegedly taken by force from their grandmother’s home by their non-custodial parents were located near the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday morning, bringing an end to the Amber Alert issued by authorities for the children.
Officials deactivated the Amber Alert and said the children were found safe at around 10:15 a.m. They were turned over to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the San Ysidro Port of Entry near San Diego.
The children’s parents, however, remained at large and may have possibly crossed the border into Mexico, according to officials.
Anyone with information was asked to contact LAPD Hollenbeck Detectives at (323) 342-8900. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).
14 Year Old Michaela Bruce Missing Since 2/25/14 in Springfield, OH … Abducted by Mark Edwards for Second Time, Felony Arrest Warrant Issued
14 year old Michaela Bruce has been missing since Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in Springfield, Ohio. According to reports, Michaela Bruce was abducted by 44 year old Mark Edwards for the second time since September 2013. Authorities say Edwards is known to be a survivalist, aka bum, hobo. With his pending trial coming up in March 2014 for the abduction and six counts of unlawful sex with a minor from the September incident where the two ran away, this most likely prompted his incident. The Sheriff’s office believes that Michaela Bruce, and the public could be at risk if the suspect, Mark Edwards, attempts to do something desperate to escape capture. With this being the second abduction of the 14 year old girl, when captured it is not going to end well for this suspect.
She likened her daughter’s relationship with Edwards to being in a “cult.”
“It’s like her little brain has been drilled over and over and over that he loves her. I trusted him. His daughter was my daughter’s best friend. His wife was my friend,” Tammy Bruce said.
Michaela Bruce (left) – Mark Edwards (right)
UPDATE I: Police receive numerous tips on the two and spotted rental car they were in but cut off pursuit.
Earlier Wednesday night, Fred Stegner, who operates the Springfield Soup Kitchen, 830 W. Main St., told News Center 7 Edwards and Bruce visited the facility sometime before 8 p.m. Tuesday. That would have been roughly an hour before the girl’s mother reported her missing at 9:02 p.m. in German Twp., near Springfield.
Edwards eats at the facility regularly, Stegner said, but Tuesday night was the first time anyone there has seen him with the girl. There were 200 to 250 people there at the time. Springfield police and sheriff’s deputies showed photos of the man and girl to volunteers Wednesday morning.
Edwards “came in with the blond lady,” Stegner said. “I didn’t know she was 14 until I came in today[Wednesday], but many volunteers told me they saw them.”
Also Wednesday evening, sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Young said deputies have continued to receive hundreds of tips, the most credible of which is that Edwards and Bruce may have been near State Route 235 and Interstate 270 late Wednesday morning. Deputies also searched several vacant houses in the area where Edwards and the girl abandoned a rental car he was driving.
Acting on one of the early tips, deputies responded to a Knight’s Inn on West Main Street in Springfield at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to look for Bruce and Edwards. Items believed to belong to Edwards and Bruce were located in a room. The state bureau of criminal investigation is analyzing items found in that room for DNA, Young said.
Deputies later spotted that rental car and pursued it but cut off that pursuit when the car ran a red light. Authorities found it abandoned at Rebert Pike and Cottage Drive in Springfield. A search of the area did not turn up Edwards or the girl. Officials said Edwards’ wife rented the vehicle Tuesday.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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UPDATE II: Edwards was arrested in September 2013 for abduction of Michaela Bruce and faced a March 4 trial date on six counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and interference with custody involving Bruce.
Edwards was arrested in September 2013 when he was found with Bruce after she went missing from her school bus stop. At that time, Edwards and the girl werefound in a green Ford Expedition in the 3300 block of Ohio 41. She was hiding in the rear of the vehicle under blankets. Deputies found a Taser, knives, condoms, a spear and other items in the SUV. Officials have said Edwards is known to be a survivalist.