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.
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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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. 
- 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).
- 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.
Matthew Plutchak of 244 Parliament Circle. Matthew is a student at Mt. Ararat High School reported missing, Pic – Topsham PD Facebook
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.
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.
Woman Missing Since 2004 at Age 15 Found Alive in California … 41 Year Old Isidro Garcia Arrested and Booked on Suspicion of Kidnapping & Rape
Free after a decade …
An unidentified female victim, who was taken and reported missing in 2004 at age 15, has been found alive and her alleged kidnapper has been arrested. 41 year old Isidro Garcia was arrested and taken into custody by police on Tuesday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping and rape. According to reports, authorities say that Garcia was dating the mother of the unidentified victim in 2004 when the suspect assaulted and drugged her mother, then abducted the teenager and held her captive against her will at his his house in Compton, California. Garcia forced the girl to marry him in 2007 and she gave birth to a child in 2012. Isidro Garcia of Bell Gardens was arrested and booked for 209(b)(1) PC – Kidnap for Rape, 288(c)(1) PC – Lewd Act With Minor and 273(a) PC – False Imprisonment.
The woman initially went to police in Bell Gardens to report a domestic dispute, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
It was during that conversation she told officers she that was a missing person who had been kidnapped.
“She was in fact taken and held against her will for the past 10 years,” according to Bertagna.
Isidro Garcia was taken into custody on Tuesday on suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment, the Santa Ana Police Department announced Wednesday.
The victim was 15 years old in August 2004, when her mother reported that her daughter and the her live-in boyfriend went missing “after a domestic violence incident.”
The mother believed her partner, Garcia, had been sexually abusing the teen, but had no proof, according to police.
Santa Ana PD News Release: APD Detectives locate missing person after 10 years victim of kidnap and sexual assault.
Santa Ana PD Detectives locate missing person after 10 years victim of kidnap and sexual assault
In August of 2004, a 15-year-old was reported missing to the Santa Ana Police Department by her mother. The mother reported that her daughter went missing along with her cohabitant boyfriend, Isidro Garcia, after a domestic violence incident. At the time, the mother suspected Garcia of sexually abusing her daughter; however she had no evidence to support this belief.
On 5-20-14, the Victim, now 25-years-old, disclosed the circumstances of her disappearance to law enforcement.
The victim said in June of 2004, while living with her mother and sisters at 811 S. Fairview in Santa Ana, Isidro Garcia began sexually assaulting her. In August of 2004, after Garcia assaulted her mother, Garcia drugged the victim and drove her to a house in Compton. There, Garcia provided the victim with falsified identity documents and locked her overnight in a garage to prevent the victim from fleeing. Over the course of the following months and years, Garcia repeatedly told the victim her family had given up looking for her, and if she tried to go back to them, the family would be deported. The two moved on several occasions to avoid police detection. Garcia frequently physically and sexually assaulted the victim. Garcia arraigned for the two of them to receive employment at a night cleaning service, so he could keep a close eye on the victim.
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21 Year Old University of Cincinnati Student Brogan Dulle 5/18/14 in Cincinnati, OH (Update: Video Shows Missing College Student Looking for Phone)(Update: Found Deceased – VIDEO)(Update: Found hanged in building basement)
21 year old University of Cincinnati student Brogan Dulles has been missing since Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Brogan Dulles was last seen early Sunday morning in Clifton Heights at The St. Clair and Mac’s Pizza Pub. Dulle was last seen wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants between 179 East Mcmillan and 205 West McMillan. According to the police report, Brogan Dulle was last seen early Sunday morning when he left his East McMillan apartment to try to find his missing cellphone. A missing persons report was filed when Dulle did not show up for work at Mercy HealthPlex and Turpin Hills swim clubs where he is a swim coach and the family and friends could not contact him.
Brogan’s family has set up a Facebook page to help raise awareness and find Brogan Dulle.
Brogan Dulle was last seen early Sunday. He had been hanging out in Clifton Heights at The St. Clair and Mac’s Pizza Pub, according to a release. At about 2 a.m. as he was heading back to his apartment, Dulle realized he didn’t have his cellphone and decided to retrace his steps. He never returned home.
Dulle is 6 feet tall, weighs 145 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses.
Volunteers like Dave Rader with the Ohio chapter of Texas EquuSearch said he wants to help out.
“We actually seen it on the news and you know it just seemed like the kind of kid that just wouldn’t up and walk away and I felt like we had to do something,” Rader said.
Rader said he and his group cannot officially help search until the Cincinnati Police Department gives him the green light, but he’s ready to go when called upon and will at least give the family guidance on how to conduct searches.
“We’ve got trained professionals to go out with the search teams to show them what to do and what not to do,” said Rader.
“We would like to thank everyone who has searched, posted, shared or tweeted in our efforts to find Brogan, including those who love him and know what a wonderful and caring young man he is. We also want to thank the many complete strangers who are working so hard to help find Brogan,” Dulle’s family said in a statement.
UPDATE I: Video shows missing man looking for phone.
Cincinnati police said they have video that shows a missing man shortly after he left his apartment.
Assistant Chief James Whalen said a man investigators believe is Brogan Dulle, 21, was seen on video near his apartment around 2 a.m. Sunday apparently searching for his cellphone in the street. He was carrying a light of some sort to help see better, Whalen said.
Friends and family members of the UC sophomore handed out fliers at a booth at the Taste of Cincinnati Saturday afternoon.
“We always hope, try to stay positive,” volunteer Janelle Maxwell said. “It’s just getting harder and harder as the days go, because there’s nothing, no leads, no nothing.”
They said they plan on being at the food festival all weekend in hopes of getting new tips about Dulle’s whereabouts.
“It’s possible he could be out here or someone here could have seen him, so this is a really, really important spot to be to just get the word out,” volunteer Darla Maxwell said.
UPDATE III: FBI joins search for missing Brogan Dulle.
A family spokeswoman says the FBI is now involved in the search for missing University of Cincinnati student Brogan Dulle.
If you have any information or tips about Brogan Dulle’s whereabouts, please contact Cincinnati District 4 Police at 513-765-1212 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.
The body of Brogan Dulle has been found in a vacant part of a building next door to where he lived. The death is believed to have been self-inflicted; however, the coroner has not made a final determination of death. Tragic, just tragic. Our prayers go out the to family and friends of Brogan Dulle. Rest in Peace.
The Cincinnati Police Chief has confirmed Brogan Dulle was found dead in a building close to his apartment Monday night. Police were called shortly after 9p.m. Monday evening to a building on East McMillan between Maplewood and Paris St. The 911 call came from the landlord of the building where Dulle was found. Chief Blackwell described the initial call appearing to be a, “burglary in progress.” Upon further investigation by police they were able to determine there was a deceased male in the building. Local 12′s Curtis Jackson asked Chief Blackwell and the Hamilton County Coroner, Dr. Lakshmi Samarco, if the death appeared suspicious. Blackwell responded, “At this point obviously he’s been missing for seven days. So we think it appears, at this point, emphasis on it appears right now at this point, self inflicted.”
A University of Cincinnati sophomore missing for more than one week was found hanging in a commercial building next door to his apartment Monday evening, a bottle of wine and a crowbar on the ground next to his body, police said.
The landlord of the medical supplies building next door found a male intruder in the building’s basement, she told police in an emergency call, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
18 year old Aidan Norvez has been missing since Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Queens, NY. The Brooklyn Tech senior went to Central Park with friends after taking an exam and then told them he was taking a subway home to Queens. Aidan Norvez was last seen at about 4 p.m. on the ‘Q’ train, in the vicinity of Central Park. Norvez never made it home and hasn’t been seen since. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, a navy blue shirt, dark brown jeans and gray sneakers. He is also Type 1 diabetic who depends on insulin.
Facebook: Find Aidan Norvez.
Aidan Norvez, 18, is a Type 1 diabetic who depends on insulin.
His family says the Brooklyn Tech senior went to Central Park with friends after taking an exam.
He told them he was taking a subway home to Queens, but hasn’t been seen since.
His parents say he was not wearing his medical alert bracelet at the time.
Norvez is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.
He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, a navy blue shirt, dark brown jeans and gray sneakers.
If anyone has seen or has any with information regarding the missing Queens teen, please contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
I am happy to report Aidan has been found. He is safe and in good health. I would like to thank the thousands of people who have participated in the search, the posting of the flyers, the sharing on FB, and phone calls to the NYPD on the family’s behalf. I am truly amazed by the concern of total strangers across the city and across the country. There were periods when I doubted the outcome would be positive. With each passing day, as I witnessed the efforts of friends and complete strangers, my hope was restored.
Thank you all who participated!*
14 year old Eliceo Cortez has been missing since Friday, May 16, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY. Eliceo was last seen at 105 Oriental Blvd. around 2 p.m. Correction, the missing autistic teen was last seen around 3 pm on Friday at the Sheepshead Bay subway station on the Q line. Cortez was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black Converse high-top sneakers.
Eliceo Cortez of 2119 Beverly Road was last seen in front of 105 Oriental Boulevard on Friday afternoon. He is 6? 1? tall and weighs 135 pounds, and has a long scar down his back.
He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black converse hi-top sneakers.
In addition to autism, Eliceo is suffers from other mental disorders, according to police.
Cops are looking for a missing 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared after leaving his Brooklyn school and boarding a city bus.
Eliceo Cortez was supposed to take his school bus home from the Leonard M. Goldstein High School in Manhattan Beach Friday. But instead, he was last seen getting on a nearby B49 bus at Oriental Blvd. near West End Ave. about 2 p.m.
He never showed up at his home in Ditmas Park.
Reavis said cops told her a train conductor spotted her son riding a Q train in Sheepshead Bay Friday. His mother said he regularly cut class but had never disappeared overnight on his own.
Police have released new photos of a missing autistic teenager and updated his last known whereabouts.
Authorities now say 14-year-old Eliceo Cortez was last seen at the Sheepshead Bay Q-line train station around 2:38 p.m. Friday. Police had previously said he was last seen at 105 Oriental Blvd. around 2 p.m
If anyone has any information with regards to this missing person, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
The mother of a 14-year-old autistic boy from Brooklyn who was found safe after he disappeared on Friday said her son spent the weekend playing games at Dave & Busters in Times Square, 1010 WINS reports.
Eliceo Cortez was found in good health in the area of Oriental Boulevard around 7 a.m. Monday, police said. Sources said a school guidance counselor heading to work spotted Eliceo on the street, CBS 2?s Andrea Grymes reported.
Imprisoned Murderer Joran van der Sloot to Marry 23 Year Old Leydi Carol Figueroa Uceda, Pregnant With His Child … Weddings & Parenthood, Things Natalee Holloway & Stephany Flores Will Never Experience
Just one more vindictive poke in the eye to Natalee Holloway’s Family …
May 2005 Natalee Holloway goes missing in Aruba while on vacation with other teens from Mountainbrook, Alabama and Joran van der Sloot was and still is the primary suspect in all rational thinking people’s minds in her disappearance and death. Five years to the day that Natalee went missing, May 2010 Joran van der Sloot murders 21 year old Stephany Flores and later confesses to the crime and is eventually found guilty and sentenced to 28 years in prison in Peru. Now May 2014, Joran van der Sloot through his attorney tells the world that the sociopath is getting married in a couple of weeks to 23 year old Leydi Carol Figueroa Uceda, who is pregnant with his child. Coincidence, hardly.
Sadly, neither Natalee Holloway nor Stephany Flores will ever be able to experience the joys of marriage or being a parent. Yet this sociopath is allowed to do both. One day there will be a reckoning Joran and it will not be pretty.
Hey Leydi, you may want to rethink the nuptials … it did not work out so well for the two girls above being near “The Sporter,”Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores
He’s serving a 28-year sentence for killing a Peruvian woman. He’s also the main suspect in the disappearance of an American teenage girl. But these days, Joran van der Sloot is more focused on his wedding plans than his legal situation.
Maximo Altez, van der Sloot’s Peruvian defense attorney, told CNN the 26-year-old Dutch national is getting married “in late May or early June” to a Peruvian woman he befriended in the prison in which he’s being held in Lima, the capital.
“They met when she was visiting a relative in prison. They became friends and spent a lot of time together in his cell,” Altez said. “Unlike The United States, here in Peru loved ones or relatives can see inmates inside their jails.”
Joran van der Sloot is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2038; but according to his attorney the 28 year sentence can be reduced considerably “for good behavior.” However, Van der Sloot is then supposed to be extradited to the United States to face extortion charges. Some have speculated that Joran is marrying his prison conjugal visit partner to help him become a Peru citizen and some how lessen his chances for extradition to the US. However, as stated above by HLN correspondent Jean Casarez, there is no benefit for Van der Sloot to get married. So why? Can you just say spite from the sociopath and one more way to harass Beth Holloway and Natalee’s family. It is not lost that this is the anniversary of her death and disappearance.
EXIT QUESTION: WILL JORAN VAN DER SLOOT AND HIS SOON TO BE BRIDE LEYDI CAROL FIGUEROA UCEDU HONEYMOON IN ARUBA?
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Daily Commentary – Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – “I Can Forgive You But I will Never Forget”, Michelle Knight.
- 11 years after her kidnap, victim Michelle Knight writes a book detailing her ordeal
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82 Year Old Casey Kasem of ‘American Top 40′ Fame is Missing … Judge Appoints Casey Kasem’s Daughter Kerri Kasem as Temporary Conservator of Her Father Suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (Update: Casey Kasem Found in Washington State)
BIZARRE AND SAD …
82 year old Casey Kasem, the longtime radio host of ‘American Top 40′ has been reported missing by his daughters. Sadly, the famed radio host who every week provided a count down of the ‘Top 40″ music hits and told us to ‘Keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars’ now suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease and can no longer speak. Many will also remember Kasem as the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon “Scooby Doo. He has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem. However, the former radio host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children’s knowledge and has not been seen since. A judge has ordered an investigation as to the whereabouts of Casey Kasem. Jean Kasem’s attorney Craig Marcus said he did not know where the radio personality was but that he was “no longer in the United States.” Kasem’s daughter believes that her father’s wife fled the country, or possibly went to an Indian Reservation.
Sadly, there has been a long running battle between the children of Casey Kasem and his wife, Jean Kasem. Many of you may remember Jean from her role on the TV comedy hit ‘Cheers’ as the tall blonde who would enter the bar saying, “hi, gang at Cheers.”
A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality’s wife said the former “Top 40” host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children’s knowledge.
Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered a court investigator and adult protective services to find out where Kasem is being treated and report back to the court. Kasem, 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease, can no longer speak and has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem.
A judge Monday named famed radio countdown host Casey Kasem’s daughter as the temporary conservator of her ailing father, a spokeswoman said.
The conservatorship is in effect until June 20, when a hearing is scheduled on whether to make the conservatorship permanent, according to the Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman Patricia Kelly.
“Justice was finally served! I just won temporary conservatorship over my father’s healthcare. We have been vindicated by the court. Thank you for your prayers, well wishes and support through this entire ordeal,” Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, posted on her Facebook page soon after the order.
American Top 40 January 31, 1981 … I remember hearing this like it was yesterday.
NBC News: Radio Icon Casey Kasem Is Ill and Missing.
In an interiew Monday night, Kerri Kasem told NBC News that she saw her father last Tuesday at a medical facility that she did not name. She described the “two-to-three hour” visit as “incredible” because he “had a smile ear to ear and told us he loved us.”
“Some of the staff said they’ve never seen him so animated and happy,” Kerri Kasem said in the interview, which will be broadcast Tuesday on TODAY. “When we went to leave, we said ‘Dad, we’re going to be back really soon.’ And he said ‘When?’ That’s the last time I saw him. That night he was taken from the facility.”
Missing radio icon Casey Kasem has been found.
Kasem’s family confirmed early Thursday that the longtime “American Top 40″ host had been located in Washington state, three days after a California judge ordered an investigation into the 82-year-old’s whereabouts.
Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies performed a welfare check Tuesday at an address provided by California Adult Protective Services, according to CNN affiliate KOMO.
Authorities found Casey and his wife visiting others at a home. The couple told deputies they were on vacation, sheriff’s department spokesman Scott Wilson told the affiliate.
After determining Casey was not in distress and was receiving appropriate care, the deputies left.
“We are grateful to local authorities for finding my Dad,” Kasem’s daughter Kerri said. “We are one step closer to bringing him home.”