Six Climbers Reported Missing on Mt. Rainier; Helicopter Search Begun for 4 Clients of Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International & 2 Guides (Update: Climbers Feared Dead After 3000 ft Fall)

Six climbers have been reported missing on Mt. Rainier in Washington state. The six climbers set out Monday along White River Trail, then reached Thumb Rock on Tuesday, elevation 10,700 feet. The group was last heard from on Wednesday night by satellite phone when they reported they were going to turn around because of bad weather. A helicopter search for the missing climbers is focusing on the northwest shoulder of the mountain at the Liberty Ridge area, near where they were last heard from.

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Six climbers are missing on Mount Rainier, and a helicopter search was launched on Saturday for them, a National Parks spokeswoman said.

The missing group includes four clients of Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International and two guides. They were due to return from the mountain on Friday. When they did not return, the climbing company notified park officials, Park Ranger Fawn Bauer said.

“The last contact with them was at 12,800 feet,” Bauer said.

Mount Rainier, southeast of Seattle, stands at 14,410 feet and attracts thousands of climbers trying to reach its summit every year.

The search for the missing climbers is focusing on the northwest shoulder of the mountain at the Liberty Ridge area, near where they were last heard from, Bauer said. Saturday’s search includes a team of three climbing rangers on the ground and flyovers with a Hughes helicopter. An Army Chinook helicopter is on standby at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

UPDATE I: 6 climbers on Mt. Rainier believed dead after 3,300-foot fall.

All six climbers are believed to be dead after searchers then spotted debris and climbing gear but no signs of life at the site. It is believed that the bodies of all six climbers are there, and it appears they fell about 3,300 feet down the face of a steep rockfall. Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold said, “There is no viable chance of survival from such a fall.”

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A group of six climbers missing on Mount Rainier are all believed to be dead after plunging more than 3,000 feet down a steep rockfall at the peak’s upper elevations.

A helicopter search was launched for the missing climbers Saturday morning after they failed to return on time from a scheduled five-day ascent of the mountain.

Officials said searchers found climbing gear and detected pings from the climbers’ emergency beacons at the 9,500-foot level of the mountain. Their last known location before that was at 12,800 feet on Liberty Ridge.

“All indications point toward a fall of 3,300 feet from near the party’s last known location,” said Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold. “There is no viable chance of survival from such a fall.”

15 Year Old Marisol Rios & 14 Year Old Antonia Brito Missng Since 5/29/14 in Flagstaff, AZ

15 year old Marisol Rios and 14 year old Antonio Brito have been missing since Thursday, May 29, 2014 in Flagstaff, Arizona.  The two female teens failed to return home after being dropped off at Summit High School on Thursday morning. However, Brito and Rios were last seen together on May 29 at about 1 p.m. in the Sunnyside area. Rios had plans to go to the mall and was planning to be home at 2:30 p.m., but never returned. Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the missing teens who they believe are together.

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15 year old Marisol Rios

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14 Year Old Antonia Brito

Description of Missing Teens:

  • Marisol Rios is described as 5’4” and 130 pounds with brown shoulder-length hair with red highlights. She was last seen wearing a red long-sleeve shirt with buttons on the front.
  • Antonio Brito is 5’8” and 100 pounds with brown shoulder-length hair and was last seen in jeans, a T-shirt, a black jacket and black tennis shoes. Brito has blond streaks in the back of her hair.

If anyone has seen or has any information regarding the two missing teens’ whereabouts, please contact the Flagstaff Police Department at (928) 774-1414, or Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111.

Posted May 31, 2014 by
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9 Year Old Joey Cavallaro Missing Since 5/30/14 in Garretson, SD (Update: Body of Missing Boy Fund in Split Rock Creek)

9 year old Joey Cavallaro has been missing since Friday, May 30, 2014 near Garretson, South Dakota. He was last seen at Split Rock Park near Garretson on Friday at 10:30 a.m. The Argus Leader reports that land and water rescue efforts are stretched across the park, including Devils Gultch and Garretson. Searchers include members of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s department, Garretson Fire Department and Emergency Response.

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Joey Cavallaro

Joey Cavallaro was last seen at Split Rock Park near Garretson at 10:30 a.m., Captain James Hoekman said.

Hoekman described Cavallaro as 4 feet and 60 pounds; he was last seen wearing red Sketchers shoes and short.

Land and water rescue efforts are stretched across the park, including Devils Gultch and Garretson. Included in the search are members of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s department, Garretson Fire Department and Emergency Response.

If anyone with information on missing 9 year old Joey Cavallaro or his whereabouts, please call 605-367-4300.

UPDATE I: Body of missing 9 year old boy found in Split Rock Creek.

A missing 9-year-old boy from Garretson has been found dead.

According to the Minnehaha Sheriff’s Office, the body of Joey Cavallaro was found around 9:45 Saturday morning in Split Rock Creek.

Searchers started looking for Cavallaro Friday night after he went missing Friday morning in the Split Rock Park area.

16 Year Old Sandra “Sandy” Villereal Missing Since 5/23/14 in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, IL

16 year old Sandra Villereal has been missing since Friday, May 23, 2014 in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. According to authorities, Sandy Villereal was last seen on Friday in the 1700 block of South Ashland Avenue.

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Sandra Villereal, 16, was last seen Friday in the 1700 block of South Ashland Avenue, according to a missing person alert from Area Central detectives.

Sandra, who also goes by Sandy, is described as a 5-foot-4, 150-pound Hispanic girl with dark brown hair, brown eyes, a medium complexion and a birth mark on her right shin. She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black jogging pants and possibly glasses.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts should contact detectives at (312) 747-8380.

Posted May 29, 2014 by
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Nigerian Defense Chief Air Marshal Alex Badeh Says They Have Located the Missing 300 School Girls Abducted by Boko Haram … Fears Use of Force to Free Them Could Get them Killed (VIDEO)

Abducted Nigerian school girls supposedly found …

Nigerian Defense Chief Air Marshal Alex Badeh stated yesterday that the Nigerian military has located the nearly 300 abducted school girls taken by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram. However, he fears that if the military tried to free them, many of the girls could be killed in the process. Badeh made this announcement in front of thousands of protesters in front of the Defense Ministry Headquarters, but did not say anything specific about where the girls are located. The terror Islamist group Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 girls on April 14 from a boarding school in Chibok in northern Nigeria.

VIDEO – CNN

Nigeria’s military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country’s chief of defense said Monday.

Air Marshal Alex Badeh told demonstrators supporting the much criticized military that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added, “we can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”

He spoke to thousands of demonstrators who marched to Defense Ministry headquarters in Abuja, the capital. Many were brought in on buses, indicating it was an organized event.

Asked by reporters where they had found the girls, Badeh refused to elaborate.

“We want our girls back. I can tell you we can do it. Our military can do it. But where they are held, can we go with force?” he asked the crowd.

People roared back, “No!”

“If we go with force what will happen?” Badeh asked.

“They will die,” the demonstrators responded.

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.

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 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.

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Abraham Vargas

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.

UPDATE I: Car found; Abraham Vargas, his son Edwin still missing.

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.

3 Missing After Massive Mudslide in Mesa County, Western Colorado (Update: Search Called off for Clancy Nichols, Danny Nichols & Wes Hawkins)

Rescue teams in western Colorado are searching for three people missing after a four-mile long mudslide in Mesa County, about 11 miles from Collbran, Colorado. . The mudslide was estimated to be about 4 miles long, 2 miles wide and about 250 feet deep in some areas. The area is extremely remote and it is reported that there is no cell phone service. The individuals names have not been released.

Colorado authorities are searching for three people missing after a massive mudslide in Mesa County, the local sheriff’s office said late Sunday.

“This slide is unbelievably big,” said Lt. Phil Stratton with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. It’s estimated to be about 4 miles long, 2 miles wide and about 250 feet deep.

The mudslide followed a day of rain and is located about 11 miles southeast of the town of Collbran, a community of about 700 people in western Colorado.

VIDEO – CNN

UPDATE I: Search halted for 3 missing after Colorado slide.

The search for three ranchers who disappeared after a huge mudslide in a remote part of western Colorado was called off Tuesday as authorities turned their attention toward monitoring for another potential slide.

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said the slide remained too unstable to continue looking for the men.

“We don’t want to create any more tragedy than we already have,” he said.

The three men were checking on problems with an irrigation ditch caused by an initial slide Sunday when a large chunk of a ridge broke off, sending soggy earth spilling like wet cement for 3 miles. The slide is about three-quarters of a mile across and several hundred feet deep at the center.

The men were Clancy Nichols, 51, who also worked as a county road and bridge employee; his son Danny Nichols, 24; and Wes Hawkins, 46, who worked for the local water district.

15 Year Old Lorien King & 16 Year Old Hunter Pike Missing Since 5/23/14 in Bellingham, Washington … Runaway

Two Whatcom County girls, 15 year old Lorien King and 16 year old Hunter Pike has been missing since Friday, May 23, 2014 in Bellingham, Washington. The two teens have apparently ran away; however, it is not known why. It is believed they may be taking public transportation toward California. Bellingham Police spokesman Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said that Pike and King may be using the aliases Jordan Hawood and Skylar Davenport. Obviously they must have received such information from a friend that the girls told of their plans.

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Left to Right: 16 Year Old Hunter Pike – 15 Year Old Lorien King (Pic via Bellingham PD Twitter)

The two Whatcom County girls, Hunter Pike, 16, and Lorien King, 15, were believed to possibly be heading toward California using public transportation, Bellingham Police spokesman Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said.

The teens made comments early Friday that made their friends concerned for their well-being, Vander Yacht said, and “then they were gone.”

Around 8 p.m. Friday, shortly after family members reported the girls missing, the department posted their pictures on Twitter.

“We’d like to get them back to their family,” Vander Yacht said. “Use of social media is one of the best ways we can do that.”

Police were initially concerned about the teens’ welfare, but after a series of tips came in from people who had seen their photos on social media, it appeared they were OK, Vander Yacht said.

It was not clear why the two were running away, Vander Yacht said.

Twitter: Bellingham Police @BellinghamPD

Sunday, May 25, 2014 is National Missing Children’s Day

Sunday, May 25 is National Missing Children’s Day.

National Missing Children’s Day is an annual observation in the United States designed to highlight the problem of child kidnapping and abduction. It is observed on May 25 because that is the date in 1979 that 6 year old Ethan Patz disappeared on his way to school in New York City, NY. National Missing Children’s Day was first observed in 1983  when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan.

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National Missing Children’s Day is commemorated this Sunday, May 25 and aims to remind the public of the numerous cases of America’s missing children.

The most recent study conducted by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children states, that approximately 800,000 children younger than 18 were reported missing in one year.

National Missing Children’s Day has been commemorated in the United States on May 25, since 1983, when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan.

It falls on the same day as the International Missing Children’s Day.

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10 Ways to honor National Missing Children’s Day:

1. Share a poster.
2. Take the Pledge.
3. Like us on Facebook and Twitter.
4. Make sure your wireless AMBER Alerts are activated.
5. Get a free lapel pin and wear it.
6. Change your profile cover photo.
7. Give.
8. Bookmark the anniversaries page.
9. Make a Child ID.
10. Know what to do if you see a missing child.

Key facts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

  • The most recent, comprehensive national study for the number of missing children estimated in 1999:
  • Approximately 800,000 children younger than 18 were reported missing.
  • More than 200,000 children were abducted by family members.
  • More than 58,000 children were abducted by nonfamily members.
  • An estimated 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. These “stereotypical” kidnappings involved someone the child did not know or was an acquaintance. The child was held overnight, transported 50 miles or more, killed, ransomed or held with the intent to keep the child permanently.
  • To find the number of children missing from a specific state or territory contact the state’s Missing Child Clearinghouses.
  • The first three hours are the most critical when trying to locate a missing child. The murder of an abducted child is rare, and an estimated 100 cases in which an abducted child is murdered occur in the U.S. each year. A 2006 study indicated that 76.2 percent of abducted children who are killed are dead within three hours of the abduction.
  • The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 193,705 missing children since it was founded in 1984. Our recovery rate for missing children has grown from 62 percent in 1990 to 97 percent today.
  • The AMBER Alert program was created in 1996 and is operated by the U.S. Department of Justice. As of April 2, 2014, 688 children have been successfully recovered as a result of the program. [3]
  • As of Dec. 2013, NCMEC’s toll free, 24 hour call center has received more than 3,899,964 calls since it was created in 1984. Information about missing or exploited children can be reported to the call center by calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

Internet Safety key facts:

  • 93 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 go online.
  • Of children five years old and younger who use the Internet, 80 percent use it at least once a week.
  • One in 25 children ages 10 to 17 received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact.
  • Four percent of cell phone owning teens ages 12 to 17 say they have sent sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude messages to others via text message.
  • 15 percent of cell phone owning teens ages 12 to 17 say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.

16 Year Old Matthew Plutchak Missing Since 5/20/14 in Topsham, ME (Update: Now Considered a Runaway)

16 year old Matthew Plutchak has been missing since Tuesday night, May 20, 2014 in Topsham, Maine. Matthew Plutchak was last seen walking on Main Street in Topsham Tuesday night at 10:30 pm Goodwin’s Volvo and Dairy Queen. It has been reported that Plutchak was being picked up by someone at Dairy Queen; however, he never returned home.

Topsham Police said Wednesday that they are looking for a 16-year-old boy who was last seen walking on Main Street in Topsham Tuesday night.

Police said Matthew Plutchak was seen walking on Main St. in Topsham at 10:30 p.m. between Goodwin’s Volvo and Dairy Queen. He was reportedly on his way to being picked up by someone at Dairy Queen. He has not returned home.

He was last seen wearing a green graphic type sweatshirt and cargo shorts.

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Matthew Plutchak of 244 Parliament Circle. Matthew is a student at Mt. Ararat High School reported missing, Pic – Topsham PD Facebook

UPDATE I: Police, game wardens call off search for Topsham teen.

Following a report that missing Topsham teen Matthew Plutchak was seen Tuesday night on Main Street, local police, firefighters and the Maine Warden Service called off a search they launched Wednesday morning.

Topsham police, game wardens and a search dog from the Bath Fire Department searched trails in the area Wednesday morning, but called off the search at about noon after receiving a positive confirmation that someone saw Plutchak on Main Street at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

UPDATE II:Topsham Police Department – Facebook.

There is not much progress to report tonight in the Matthew Plutchak missing person case. The case is still actively being investigated, but it appears there are people out there who may have information about Matthew’s whereabouts that are refusing to cooperate beyond saying he is fine and will return home at some point. This is an active missing persons case, anyone who has any information is asked once again to contact the Topsham Police, 207-725-4337.

UPDATE III: Missing Topsham teen staying with friends in Bath – Matthew Plutchak now considered runaway.

Topsham police say a missing teen is now considered a runaway after they learned he was staying with friends in the Bath area.

Police said police had been looking for 16-year-old Matthew Plutchak, who was last seen Tuesday night.

Topsham police said with the help of Bath police, they have located three separate addresses in Bath where Plutchak has been staying.

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Matthew Plutchak, please call  Topsham Police at  207-725-4337.

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