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.

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.

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click on pic to watch video via KTLA5

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.

Daily Commentary – Wednesday, May 21, 2014 – Yesterday Was Jennifer Kesse’s 33rd Birthday

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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.

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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.

Police, family looking for missing UC student.

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.

UPDATE II: Volunteers continue to search for missing University of Cincinnati student Brogan Dulle.

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.

UPDATE IV: The Cincinnati Police Chief confirms Brogan Dulle was found dead in a building close to his apartment Monday night.

 

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.”

UPDATE V: Missing University of Cincinnati sophomore Brogan Dulle found hanged in building basement.

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 Missing Since 5/15/14 in Queens, NY (Update: Found Safe)

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.

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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.

UPDATE I: Aunt Says Missing Queens Teenager Was Stressed About School.

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Pic – Find Aidan Norvez

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.

UPDATE I:  Aidan Norvez has been found!

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 Autistic Boy Eliceo Cortez Missing Since 5/16,2014 in Brooklyn, NY (Update: Found Safe)

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.

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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.

14-year-old autistic boy is missing after he didn’t come home from Brooklyn school.

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.

UPDATE I: Police Release New Images Of Missing Autistic Teen Eliceo Cortez.

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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.

UPDATE I: Mother Says Missing Autistic Brooklyn Teen Spent Weekend At Times Square Dave & Busters.

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.

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