FBI Offers $20,000 for Return of Missing 2 Year Old Myra Lewis … Missing Since 3/1/14 in Camden, MS

2 year old Myra Lewis has been missing since Saturday, March 1, 2014. Myra Lewis was last seen at her parents’ home on Mount Pilgrim Road in Camden, Mississippi.  As per WLBT, Ericka Lewis, the child’s mother, said she last saw Myra when leaving to go to the grocery store. Myra and her sister were outside playing, and Ericka Lewis told them to go inside. The mother saw Myra walk back into the house with her sister, where the children’s father was.  Myra Lewis has not been seen or heard from since.

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Missing 2 Year Old Myra Lewis

The missing persons case is being treated as an abduction by the authorities and the FBI has has offered a $20,000 reward for the return of the missing toddler. Daniel McMullen, the FBI special agent in charge stated,  “We are confident that information will be uncovered which will lead to Myra’s return, and we continue to solicit the public’s assistance in locating this little girl.”

Authorities hope she’s still alive, and are offering a $20,000 reward for her return.

Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said.

She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

UPDATE I: Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said he believes Myra is alive, but said the investigation has moved from a search to an investigation.

Tucker also held a news conference Sunday, which was attended by a large group of Myra’s family.

“We feel confident that Myra’s somewhere in the area,” Tucker said.

Tucker said the investigation is still that of a missing child rather than an abduction, but Tucker said everyone who came in contact with Myra the day she went missing is a suspect — even Myra’s mother, Erika Lewis.

Peru Agrees to Extradite Joran van der Sloot to United States in 26 years in 2038 for Federal Extortion & Wire Fraud Charges in Connection with Disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba

Joran Van der Sloot, you can run, but you can’t hide … Peru has agreed to extradite Joran van der Sloot to the United States.

Joran Van der Sloot will be contradicted to the United States in 2038. Peru confirmed Sunday it will extradite Dutch convicted killer Joran Van der Sloot, serving a 28-year sentence here for murdering a young Peruvian woman, Stephany Flores, to the United States in 2038. Joran Van der Sloot murdered Stephany Flores five years to the day that he was also accused of killing Natalee Holloway in Aruba.  Van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the disappearance and death of Natalee Holloway, will be extradited to the United States, but only after he serves his sentence in Peru first. A federal grand jury in the United States indicted Van der Sloot on charges of extortion and wire fraud.

Joran Van Der Sloot será extraditado al cumplir su condena de 28 años.

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Natalee Holloway (Left) – Joran Van der Sloot (center) – Stephany Flores (right)

That’s how much time will pass before the prime suspect in the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway faces the American justice system.

Peru has agreed to extradite Joran van der Sloot to the United States, but only after he finishes serving a 28-year murder sentence, the Peruvian news agency Andina reported. The Peruvian court system sentenced him in 2012.

In the United States he’s been indicted on federal charges of extortion and wire fraud. American authorities accuse him of extorting money from Holloway’s mother by offering bogus information about her daughter’s disappearance.

For more information, updates, read others comments and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Forum: Natalee Holloway.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Still Missing: New Leads Explored in Plane Disappearance … Possibility Plane Turned Around and Went Down in the Andaman Sea, near Thailand’s Border (Update: Door of Malaysia Flight MH370 Possibly Found)

Amazingly, an entire 777 plane and all aboard are still missing without a trace …

The search continues for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that seems to have just vanished. Two hours after the Boeing 777 departed from Kuala Lumpur and was scheduled to land in Beijing, the plane disappeared from radar. The searches so far have yet to find any signs of the missing airline. Malaysian military officials said at a news conference on Sunday that the flight may have changed course and turned back toward Kuala Lumpur. However, the pilot appears to have given no signal to flight control that he was turning around attributing the change of course to indications from radar data. A mystery indeed. Terrorism is still not being ruled out. Sadly, Malaysian Airlines ‘fear the worst’ as missing plane mystery deepens.

Thailand’s navy is shifting its focus in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 away from the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, Thai Navy Rear Adm. Karn Dee-ubon told CNN on Sunday.The shift came at the request of the Malaysians who are looking into possibilities the plane turned around and possibly went down in the Andaman Sea, near Thailand’s border, Karn said.

Some are comparing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to the Air France flight, an Airbus A330, from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that crashed in the Atlantic midway through the flight without sending a distress signal. In that incident, all 228 aboard were killed.

UPDATE I: 9 nations join hunt for missing Malaysian aircraft.

A total of nine nations have so far joined the multinational efforts in search for a Malaysian Airlines jetliner that went missing Saturday morning on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board.

Over 40 hours after Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, vanished over the South China Sea, Thai navy on Sunday night sent a vessel to help find the missing plane, Thai Prime Minister’s Secretary General Suranand Vejjajiva said.

Earlier in the day, Australia announced its air force will send two P-3C aircraft to join the hunt for the missing aircraft.

Currently, a total of 34 aircraft and 40 ships are in hunt for the missing plane, with which the contact was lost along with radar signal at 1:20 a.m. local time on Saturday when it was flying over the Ho Chi Minh air traffic control area in Vietnam, said Director General of Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman at a press conference Sunday evening.

Among them are those sent by Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam and China.

UPDATE II: Missing Malaysia plane possibly ‘disintegrated’ mid-air.

Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner with 239 people on board are narrowing the focus of their inquiries on the possibility that it disintegrated in mid-flight, a senior source said on Sunday.

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished after climbing to a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing in the early hours of Saturday, but search teams have still not been able to make any confirmed discovery of wreckage in seas beneath the plane’s flight path almost 48 hours after it took off.

“The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet,” said the source, who is involved in the investigations in Malaysia.

UPDATE III: The Pentagon reviewed initial surveillance data from the location where the plane disappeared and did not find evidence of an explosion.

Using a system that looks for flashes around the world, the Pentagon reviewed preliminary surveillance data from the area where the plane disappeared and saw no evidence of an explosion, said an American government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the subject matter was classified. A team of aviation experts led by the National Transportation Safety Board was on its way to the area.

UPDATE IV: Door of Malaysia Flight MH370 Possibly Found.

Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object on Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane’s doors, as international intelligence agencies joined the investigation into two passengers who boarded the aircraft with stolen passports.

UPDATE V: Plane-Debris Searchers Find Suspected Aircraft Window Piece.

Vietnamese searchers looking for a missing Malaysian Airline Boeing Co. 777-200 said they found a suspected window or door fragment as efforts to learn the plane’s fate extended to scrutiny of security camera images of two passengers using stolen passports.

Le Van Minh, a Vietnamese coast guard commander, said in a telephone interview today that the fragment is suspected to be part of a plane’s emergency door or window, and that rough seas and darkness were preventing crews from retrieving it. Ships are still searching the area for the piece, which was spotted by helicopter 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island, Minh said.

UPDATE VI: ‘Yellow Object’ Spotted in Sea Wasn’t Life Raft.

Helicopters were scrambled on Monday to a floating “yellow object” that rescue teams believed could be a life raft from the missing Malaysian Airlines plane – but it turned out to be a false alarm.

Pham Quy Tieu, Vietnam’s vice transport minister and deputy head of the its rescue committee, said that a search plane had initially been unable to get close enough to determine what it was.

However, officials later said it was a “moss-covered cap of a cable reel.”

UPDATE VII: ABC News reporting that Oil Slick Samples, Debris Not Connected to Missing Jetliner.

Clues in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 remain elusive, with authorities unable to connect debris or oil slick samples to the missing jetliner.

An orange object spotted this morning — originally thought to be a life raft — had nothing to do with the plane wreckage, Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue told ABC News. The item turned out to be an orange circular side cover of an industrial cable reel. Reports of a different suspicious floating object emerged Sunday, but that object was later ruled out as being connected to the missing jet by Vietnam and Malaysian authorities.

Additionally, oil slick samples found about 100 nautical miles from Malaysia’s east coast of Kelantan, just south of the point of last contact, turned out to have no connection to the missing plane after analysis by Malaysian authorities.

AMBER ALERT Issued for 11 Year Old Caitlyn Marie Virts Missing Since 3/6/14 in Dundalk, MD (Update: Maryland Girl F Safe in Florence, SC … Timothy Howard Virts Arrested)

An AMBER ALERT was issued for 11 year old Caitlyn Marie Virts who had been missing sunce Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Dundalk, MD. Caitlyn was last seen in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday.When police arrived to the home of the missing girl after some one in the home had reported a cardiac arrest, they found Caitlyn’s mother, 36 year old Bobbie Jo Cortez, deceased in her bedroom. Police believe Caitlyn was abducted by her father, Timothy Howard Virts, who police said was not supposed to have contact with her. An arrest warrant had been issued for Timothy Howard Virts in connection with her death.

The 11 year old Maryland girl is said to be traveling with her father, 38 year old Timothy Howard Virts, and believed to be driving a lack 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland license plates 5AJ4458.

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 Caitlyn Marie Virts

An Amber Alert has been issued by the Maryland State Police in reference to an 11-year-old female missing from the Dundalk area and Baltimore County police say she is connected to a homicide investigation.

Caitlyn Marie Virts was last seen in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday. She is described as a white female, 5 feet tall, 80 pounds, and possibly wearing glasses. It is unknown what she might be wearing.

Caitlyn is believed to be with her father, Timothy Howard Virts. He is described as a 38-year-old white male, 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds. He should be driving a black 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland license plates 5AJ4458.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-887-7320 or 911.

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UPDATE I: Bobbie Jo Cortez’s death investigated by police as a homicide.

Cortez’s death is being investigated as a homicide. Police said Friday that Cortez died as a result of sharp force injury and that she had multiple cut wounds to her upper body. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday for her official cause of death.

Detectives have confirmed that Cortez was alive Wednesday and that she lived at the house with three children — Caitlyn, her twin sister and a boy — and two adults whose relationships with the victim have not been verified.

“The (other) children are safe and in custody of family members at an undisclosed location,” Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.

Police said they believe the children and the two other adults were in the house when Cortez was killed, Armacost said Friday.

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Timothy Virts Arrested

UPDATE III:  Caitlyn Marie Virts found safe in Florence, SC … Timothy Howard Virts Arrested.

The Baltimore County girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been located, authorities said Friday night.

“We found her,” the Baltimore County police said of the 11-year-old girl, Caitlyn Marie Virts.

She was found unharmed in a motel in Florence, S.C., the police said. Also found there was the man the FBI said was her father, Timothy Howard Virts.

An arrest warrant had been issued for the father, in connection with the death of her mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, of Dundalk, Md., the county police said earlier.

Missing Maryland Girl Found; Father Charged With Murder.

The girl was found unharmed, according to a statement by the Baltimore County Police Department.

“Detectives will be traveling to South Carolina as soon as possible to continue the investigation,” said Corp. John Wachter in a statement.

#Virts is in police custody and will be returned to Maryland “pending an extradition process,” the statement said. Police hope to return the girl home as soon as possible.

Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 Goes Missing 2 Hours After Take-off, 227 Aboard Including 3 Americans (VIDEO) (Update: Oil Slicks Spotted)(Update: Terrorism Not Ruled Out) (Update: Two Stolen Passports)

An entire Malaysia Airlines 777 goes missing …

ABC News is reporting that a Malaysia Airlines 777, Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12:55 a.m., and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m has gone missing two hours after take-off. Flight MH370 simply vanished from the radar.  There are a total of 239 aboard, that includes 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board the Boeing 777-200 aircraft. including three Americans.

A Malaysia Airlines flight with 227 passengers on board – including two adult Americans and an infant – has gone missing and a search and rescue team has been deployed to locate the aircraft, a spokeswoman has confirmed to ABC News.

Flight MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:55 a.m., and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., the airline said. It went missing two hours into the flight and disappeared off the radar at 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude).

The airline said there are 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members on board the Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

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Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident :

  • Media Statement – MH370 Incident released at 7.24am: Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014). Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.
  • 2nd Media Statement: We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. Subang Air Traffic Control reported that it lost contact at 2.40am (local Malaysia time) today.
  • 5th Media Statement: Sepang, 8 March 2014:  The families of all passengers on board MH370 are being informed. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants) and 12 crew members.

An international search and rescue mission was mobilized this morning. At this stage, our search and rescue teams from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam have failed to find evidence of any wreckage.

The sea mission will continue while the air mission will recommence at daylight.

For the passenger manifest of MH370, click here.

The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on-board are Malaysians.

 The plane last had contact with air traffic controllers two hours after it took off 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, the airline said on Saturday

UPDATE I: Planes spot oil slicks in search for missing flight.

Vietnamese air force planes on Saturday spotted two large oil slicks close to where a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 went missing earlier in the day, the first sign that the aircraft carrying 239 people had crashed.

The oil slicks were spotted late Saturday off the southern tip of Vietnam and were each between 6 miles and 9 miles long, the Vietnamese government said in a statement. There was no confirmation that the slicks were related to the missing plane, but the statement said they were consistent with the kinds that would be produced by the two fuel tanks of a crashed jetliner.

UPDATE II: Terrorism not ruled out in disappearance of Malaysia Airlines jet.

Malaysian officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane Saturday said they were not ruling out terrorism — or any other causes — as reports emerged that two Europeans listed on the passenger manifest were not aboard and may have had their passports stolen.

Malaysia’s director general of civil aviation told a news conference Saturday night that authorities had reviewed closed-circuit TV footage of passengers and their luggage and hadn’t seen anything of concern. But Prime Minister Najib Razak cautioned that it was “too early” to come to any conclusions, and other officials said nothing was being ruled out of consideration at this point.

CNN VIDEO – Odd to lose contact while cruising

UPDATE III: Full manifest published online by the Malaysia airline listed the American passengers aboard Flight MH370 as 51 year old Philip Wood, 4 year old Nicole Meng, and 2 year old Yan Zhang.

CNN VIDEO – Plane loses contact with airline, Tim Tilman, Aviation Expert … This Sounds Bad.

UPDATE IV: Austrian Ministry: Passenger on Malaysia Flight Used Stolen Austria Passport

A passenger on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was traveling with a stolen Austrian passport, Austria’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

A 30-year Austrian whose name was on the passenger list for the flight wasn’t on board. His passport was stolen in Thailand in 2012, a ministry spokesman said, confirming a report in German newspaper Die Welt.

The airline contacted the Austrian embassy in Kuala Lumpur about the one Austrian listed as a passenger, but an embassy check showed the man’s passport as stolen. The man is currently in Austria.

From NBC News, Stolen Passports Prompt Terror Concerns in Missing Jet, Officials Say

A terrorism analysts stated, “It is unusual for one person to board a plane with a stolen passport and very rare for two to do it.”

U.S. officials told NBC News on Saturday they are investigating terrorism concerns after two people listed as passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet turned out not to be on the plane and had reported their passports stolen.

The officials said that they had found no clear link to terrorism, and that there are other criminal reasons, for example drug smuggling, that stolen passports might be used to board a plane.

But the revelations, hours after the jet disappeared over the South China Sea without sending a distress signal, significantly changed how U.S. officials looked at the disaster. U.S. officials said they were checking into passenger manifests and going back through intelligence.

“We are aware of the reporting on the two stolen passports,” one senior official said. “We have not determined a nexus to terrorism yet, although it’s still very early, and that’s by no means definitive.”

UPDATE V: Time line if events for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370:

  • 12:41 a.m. – The Boeing 777-200, carrying 227 passengers from 14 countries along with 12 crew members, takes off from Kuala Lumpur.
  • 2:40 a.m. – Air traffic control in Subang, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, loses contact with the plane about two hours after takeoff. According to the Vietnamese military officials, the plane was just about to enter Vietnam’s airspace when its communications systems went silent.
  • 6:30 a.m. Saturday – The flight is scheduled to land in Beijing.
  • 7:24 a.m. – Malaysia Airlines announces it had lost contact five hours earlier with the flight.
  • 11:14 a.m. — Malaysia Airlines holds a news conference confirming the loss of contact with its aircraft.

UPDATE VI: Passenger list adds to questions – Two men whose names appear on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 manifest had reported their passports stolen.

CNN:

Uncertainly over the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was further compounded Saturday by reports that two men whose names matched those on the passenger manifest had reported their passports stolen.

Malaysian authorities apparently did not check the stolen documents on an international law enforcement agency database, CNN has learned.

After the airline released a manifest of the 239 people on the plane, Austria denied that one of its citizens was on the flight as the list had stated. The Austrian citizen was safe and sound, and his passport had been stolen two years ago, Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss said.

Similarly, Italy’s foreign ministry confirmed that no Italians were on the flight, even though an Italian was listed on the manifest. Malaysian officials said they were aware of reports that the Italian’s passport was also stolen but had not confirmed it.

UPDATE VII: Malaysia says debris spotted off Vietnam not from missing plane.

The debris spotted by a Singapore search team about 100km south-southwest of Vietnam’s Tho Chu island was not that of the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, said Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

Azharuddin however, said that though oil spills were found but there has been no confirmation yet.

“There was oil spill found but we are in the verification process now as to whether the oil spill came from the missing aircraft. However, we have not received a report yet,” he said during the press conference in Sepang on Sunday.

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33 Year Old Karla Villagra-Garzon Missing Since 2/24/14 in Elizabeth, NJ (Update: Karla Villagra-Garzon Found Dead, Husband Charged With Murder)

33 year old Karla Villagra-Garzon has been missing since February 24, 2014 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. According to her husband, Abayuba Garzon, told police that his wife said she was going to the Walgreens on Newark Avenue to get medicine for their 2 year old daughter at about 10:30 p.m. The Garzon’s home is on the 800 block of East Jersey Street, she walked to the store at 600 Newark Avenue. However, Karla Villagra-Garzon never made it to the store, according to surveillance video. Her husband reported her missing the following morning to police and has been cooperating in the investigation.

Hmm, last person to see Karla Villagra-Garzon wa the husband, who would let his 33 year old wife walk to a drug store at 10:30 pm in Elizabeth, NJ and the cameras at the Walgreens never caught her on camera? One might want to ask when was the last time she was seen by anyone else not named Abayuba Garzon.

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Karla Villagra-Garzon

On Feb. 24, Karla Villagra-Garzon told her husband, Abayuba, she was going to the Walgreens on Newark Avenue in city to get medicine for their 2-year-old daughter.

That was the last time her family saw of the 33-year-old woman.

Abayuba Garzon told police his wife left the couple’s home on the 800 block of East Jersey Street about 10:30 p.m. and walked to the store at 600 Newark Ave., police Lt. Daniel Saulnier said.

Villagra-Garzon is described as 5-feet tall, 120 pounds, with long black hair and brown eyes.

If any one has any information or knowledge of Villagra-Garzon’s whereabouts or about her disappearance, please call Detective Louchan Holmes at (908) 558-2032 or the Elizabeth police Communications Center at (908) 558-2111.

UPDATE I: Missing Elizabeth, N.J. Mom Karla Villagra-Garzon Found Dead Husband Charged With Murder.

The body of  Karla Villagra-Garzon was discovered inside a vacant brick building in Chatham Township Tuesday night. As I speculated above, the story of missing 33 year old Karla Villagra-Garzon never made much sense the way described by her husband, Abayuba Garzon. No man in his right mind would allow their 33 year old wife to walk to a drug store at 10:30 pm in Elizabeth, NJ to get medicine for their child. Abayuba Garzon then did not report her missing until the next morning. Sorry, but this one was a no-brainer and pointed to the husband from the outset. As previously stated, “One might want to ask when was the last time she was seen by anyone else not named Abayuba Garzon.” Why? Because he was the one who committed the crime.

A mother from Elizabeth, N.J. has been found dead more than three weeks after she was reported missing, and her husband has been charged with her murder.

Karla Villagra-Garzon, 32, was found by police late Tuesday in a vacant home on Southern Boulevard in Chatham Township, Morris County – about 20 miles from Elizabeth, Union County prosecutors said.

Rivas has been charged with first-degree murder and other offenses in Garzon’s death, prosecutors said. He was ordered held on $2 million bond by New Jersey Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue.

Zachary Rye Adams Indicted on Aggravated Kidnapping and First Degree Murder Charges in Death of Holly Bobo, Missing Since April 13, 2011 in Parsons, TN (VIDEO – Police Press Conference)

27 year old Zachary Adams was been charged with aggravated kidnapping and the first degree murder of Holly Bobo. A Decatur County grand jury returned an indictment against Zachary Adams. Holly Bobo was been missing since April 13, 2011 in Parsons, TN when she was seen being lead away into the woods from her home by a man wearing camouflage. Last week, search warrants were executed at property off Highway 69 in Decatur County that was owned by Zach Adams.

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Zachary Adams – Pic: Decatur County Sheriff’s Office

Murder and kidnapping charges were filed Wednesday in the disappearance of Parsons, Tenn., nursing student Holly Bobo, marking the first major break in the case since she vanished nearly three years ago.

A Decatur County grand jury returned an indictment against Zachary Adams, 27, whose property was searched by law enforcement Friday in connection with Bobo’s disappearance.

The announcement was made during a news conference Wednesday held jointly by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, and the 24th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

When TBI Director Mark Gwyn read the charges against Adams — especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder — there were audible gasps and a few screams from the audience.

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UPDATE I: West Tennessee DA will consider whether to pursue death penalty in Holly Bobo case.

It was simply heart-breaking watching today’s press conference when TBI Director Mark Gwyn referenced that the Decatur County grand jury returned an indictment against Zachary Adams of first degree murder. You could hear several audible gasps of grief and crying. Just simply crushing. The DA’s office will review the case to consider whether it is a death penalty case. One has to wonder whether Adams will accept a deal for life in prison if he provides where Holly Bobo’s body is located.

A West Tennessee prosecutor said his office will consider whether to pursue the death penalty against a 29-year-old man indicted on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder in the case of Holly Bobo.

A grand jury indicted Zachary Rye Adams on Wednesday. He remains in jail on a $1 million bond on an unrelated charge.

Our thought and prayers are with the family and friends of Holly Bobo. God Bless.

UPDATE II: Country music star Whitney Duncan, cousin of kidnapped and murdered Holly Bobo, tweeted after the devastating news from the TBI press conference.

Duncan tweeted shortly after the charges were announced. “Words can’t describe the heartbreak,” she wrote. “Thank u for the prayers.”

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For more updates, read others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Holly Bobo.

16 Year Old Michaela Wells (USA National Miss Nebraska Teen) Missing Since 3/2/14 in Bellevue, NE … Possible Runaway? (Update: Found Safe in Indianapolis, IN)

16 year old Michaela Wells, a USA National Miss Nebraska Teen, was reported missing Monday, March 3, 2014 in Bellevue, Nebraska. Michaela Wells was last seen at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday by her parents, at her home in the Golden Hills Subdivision at 36th Street and Highway 370 in Bellevue. Michaela took out the trash around 8:30 p.m. Sunday wearing jeans, a dress coat and slip-on black pumps, but did not return. Wells is white, 5-feet-6, 120 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. Her family does not believe Wells ran away, but the authorities are not so sure. Wells’ name has been entered into the state and national law enforcement database as a missing juvenile; however, the Bellevue police don’t suspect foul play.

Facebook: Michaela Wells.

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Wells told her family she was stepping outside to take out the trash. She was wearing jeans, a dress coat and slip-on black pumps. She left her heavy winter coat and cellphone inside the house.

Twenty minutes passed before Wells’ family grew worried that she hadn’t returned. Her father looked inside and outside the house. He then drove around the neighborhood searching for her.

Her parents first thought Wells had seen a friend outside and hitched a ride to IHOP. But she didn’t return home that night or the next.

Wells’ mother, Theresa Norris, filed a police report at 9 p.m. Monday.

“When she says she’s going to step out of the house for a minute, she always comes back in,” Norris said. “It’s not like Michaela to disappear without telling us.”

Hmm, slip-on black pumps to take out the trash? I will say this, the extent of time she has been missing is a bit troubling. However, whether she ran away or was taken, she needs to be found and returned home.

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Bellevue teen missing since Sunday night

However, Norris said Wells is not the type to take off and not say anything.  In fact, Norris said, the girl wasn’t even dressed for the weather.

“This isn’t a sign of a teenager saying, ‘I’m gonna go run away on you,’” Norris said.  “It’s just not like her.”

Norris said police have searched the girl’s cellphone and other electronics to determine whether the girl had plans to run away. Police have not yet ruled that out.

UPDATE I: Let me just follow up by saying, that I hope that the police are correct in that this may be a teen runaway and that there was no foul play involved. That being said, there is a part of me that always harkens back to the case of Tim Miller’s missing daughter Laura, who the police first dismissed as a runaway. A note to all, we do consider everything.

UPDATE II: No Evidence of Abduction in Case of Missing Teen.

Bellevue Police Chief Mark Elbert has stated that this is not the first time Michaela has left home. However, in the earlier instances she returned the following day.

Bellevue Police Chief Mark Elbert says his department is devoting a great deal of resources to locating Michaela Wells who disappeared on Sunday night.

Asked at a news conference Wednesday afternoon if there was any evidence that she was abducted or in danger, the chief said, “I cannot confirm either one of those to be true.”

He said police do not have information that she was abducted against her will but he said that possibility is part of their investigation. He says he’s not ruling that out.

For more updates, others comments and opinions regarding this case or to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Michaela Wells.

Anyone with information about Wells can contact the Bellevue Police Department at 402-293-3100.

UPDATE III: 16 Year Old Michaela Wells Found Safe in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A Bellevue girl missing for about four days was found safe Thursday night in Indianapolis.

Michaela Wells, 16, was located at a residence there about 8:20 p.m. Authorities took her into custody and said she is in good health.

Officer Laurie Synowiecki, a Bellevue police spokeswoman, declined to say whether Michaela left home voluntarily or against her will.

She declined to provide further details, including whether anyone in the case had been arrested.

The FBI and Indiana authorities assisted in locating the girl.

UPDATE  IV: Missing Nebraska teen queen turns up with boy in Indy.

She was found in Lawrence, Ind., at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday, and members of the FBI and the Bellevue Police Department informed Michaela’s mother, Theresa Norris, soon after that her daughter had been found safe, according to a news release from Bellevue police.

Michaela was found by FBI agents inside a home with a male juvenile and told officials that she had left her home of her own accord, according to the release. The release did not mention the age of the male.

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