The search for AirAsia Fkight QZ8501 that went missing Sunday with 162 on board continues. However, some fear that the plane is at the “bottom of the sea”.
The search for a missing airliner with 162 people aboard will expand Tuesday, the Indonesian government announced.
Four additional areas will be searched, the national search and rescue agency said.
Seven zones were patrolled Monday, the second day of searching for AirAsia Flight QZ8501.
So far, the search has been fruitless.
“Our early conjecture is that the plane is in the bottom of the sea,” said Bambang Sulistyo, the head of the search and rescue agency. That belief is based on the plane’s flight track and last known coordinates.
Officials may need help from other countries for an underwater search, he said.
AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Missing:
AirAsia Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore with 162 individuals, 155 passengers (17 children & 1 infant) and 7 crew members, aboard has gone missing Sunday over the Java Sea. According to reports, the AirAsia plane took off Sunday morning from Surabaya, Indonesia and was about halfway to its destination to Singapore. The plane lost contact about 42 minutes after takeoff. According to Djoko Murjatmodjo, Indonesia’s acting director general of transportation, the last communication between Flight QZ8501 pilot and air traffic control was at 6:13 AM, when the pilot “asked to avoid clouds and bad weather by turning left and going higher to 34,000 feet.” The plane was last seen on radar at 6:16 AM and a minute later was no longer. A search for the missing airplane has found no sign of the plane.
Several hours of searching Indonesian waters turned up no sign of an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said.
Aircraft searching for AirAsia Flight 8501 called off the effort for the night and will resume at Monday morning, said Achmad Toha of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency. Some ships were continuing the search overnight, he said.
The plane took off Sunday morning from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, and was about halfway to its destination, Singapore, when it vanished from radar.
The last communication between the pilot and air traffic control was at 6:13 a.m., when the pilot “asked to avoid clouds by turning left and going higher to 34,000 feet.” It was last seen on radar at 6:16 a.m., and a minute later was no longer there, Djoko Murjatmodjo, Indonesia’s acting director general of transportation, told reporters.
More than 12 hours later, shocked family members huddled at the Surabaya airport from where the Airbus A320 had taken off, awaiting any news of the jetliner, operated by an airline whose parent company is based in Malaysia.
AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24hrs this morning.
At the present time we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but we will keep all parties informed as more information becomes available.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC.
At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service.
An AirAsia passenger jet carrying 162 people lost contact with Indonesian air traffic control early Sunday, gripping Southeast Asia with a second missing plane crisis in less than a year.
The search operation for the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 has been halted for the night, but big ships won’t return to shore and will leave their searchlights on, according to the Indonesian Transportation Ministry.
Before communication was lost, one of the pilots asked to fly at a higher altitude because of bad weather, officials said.
The aircraft, flying from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, went missing as it flew at 38,000 feet over the Java Sea between the islands of Belitung and Borneo — a heavily traveled shipping channel with shallow waters, according to Indonesian authorities, who are leading the search and rescue operations.
Rescuers scouring Indonesian waters for an AirAsia plane that went missing with 162 people aboard had turned up no sign of the missing jet more than 10 hours after it lost contact with air-traffic control, officials said Sunday.
After hours of scouring the Java Sea, Indonesian authorities called off the aerial search for the night. Achmad Toha of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said some ships in the area would continue looking for the missing plane overnight, according to The Associated Press.
UPDATE II: ABC News - Time Line of Events.
- Take off scheduled: 5:20 a.m. Sunday Surabaya time (5:20 p.m. Saturday ET)
- Take off actual: 5:36 a.m. Sunday Surabaya time (5:36 p.m. Saturday ET)
- Indonesia lost contact with plane, according to Indonesian transportation ministry: 6:17 a.m. Sunday Surabaya time (6:17 p.m. Saturday ET)
- Scheduled to land: 7:57 a.m. Sunday Singapore time (9:57 p.m. Saturday ET)
- Normal flight duration: 1 hour 21 minutes
- Duration of flight from takeoff to lost contact: 41 minutes
30 year old Zachary Jones has been missing since Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Eldersburg, Maryland. Jones was last seen at his Eldersburg home on the morning of December 23rd. He may be driving a tan 2005 Mercury Montego with Maryland plates reading JND089. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Zachary Jones.
Zachary Jones was last seen at his Eldersburg home on the morning of December 23rd, the sheriff’s office said.
Detectives do not know why he left or where he was going, but believe he left on his own accord, the sheriff’s office said.
Jones may be driving a tan 2005 Mercury Montego with Maryland plates reading JND089, the sheriff’s office said.
Jones is described as having brown hair and blue eyes. He is about 6’2″ tall and weighs 190 pounds, the sheriff’s office said. Jones may be wearing a black wool coat.
Search Continues for 60 Year Old Hiker Jim Griffin Missing Since 12/22/14 in Olympic National Park in Washington State
60 year old Jim Griffin has been missing since December 22, 2014 when he went for what is believed to be a day hike at Olympic National Park in Washington state. Friends of Griffin reported him overdue when he did not arrive at a dinner party on Wednesday Christmas Eve. Griffin’s backpack was found Thursday about a half-mile from the Olympic Hot Springs trailhead.
A 60-year-old Port Angeles man has been missing in Olympic National Park since he went on a day hike on Monday.
Park officials told The Peninsula Daily News a backpack belonging to the hiker was found in the Olympic Hot Springs Trail area, but there were no other signs of him.
Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes says friends of Jim Griffin reported him overdue when he did not arrive at a dinner party on Christmas Eve. His car was found at the Olympic Hot Springs trail head.
His car was found parked at the Olympic Hot Springs trailhead.
“It’s a 2½ mile walk into the hot springs,” Maynes said.
“We understand that this is a place he enjoys going to quite a bit.”
No photo of him was immediately available. Maynes said park officials are seeking one.
Three people searched Wednesday night, Maynes said.
They began at about 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., she said, and spent the night in the field before searching until noon on Christmas Day.
So sad and heartbreaking …
The body of missing 4 year old autistic boy from Jayden Morrison has been found in a pond in Little River, SC Friday morning. The 4 year old boy from White Plains, SC had been visiting his grandmother who lived in Little River, when he went missing the day before Christmas. Jayden was reported missing about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, December 24, 2014 after his grandmother, Carolyn Sumpter, noticed he was not with his two siblings after his mother, Tabatha Morrison had left for a shopping trip to Wal-Mart. Many individuals from throughout South Carolina and even North Carolina had been searching Friday morning for Jayden; however, the Horry County Coroner Robert Edge confirmed that the boy’s body had been found.
Jayden Morrison – Horry County, SC, Police Department Facebook page
The body of an autistic 4-year-old boy from Westchester County who had been missing since Christmas Eve has been found in South Carolina.
Coroner Robert Edge told local media outlets that the body of Jayden Morrison was found in a pond in Little River on Friday morning.
The White Plains boy went missing while his grandmother was watching him as his mom shopped for presents.
AMBER ALERT Issued for 2 Year Old Tristan Blue Missing Since 12/23/14 in Raleigh, NC (Update: Father, Steven Daniel Blue Charged With Boy’s Murder)(Remains Found ID’d as Tristan Blue )
Raleigh, NC toddler missing on Christmas Eve …
An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 2 year old Tristan Blue, who has been missing since Wednesday morning, December 23, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tristan was last seen Wednesday morning around 7:45 by his father at his home at the Arbor Creek Apartments off of Buck Jones Road in the 5400 block of Portree Place. The Amber Alert was issued for Tristan late Wednesday afternoon after he was reported missing at 1:15 p.m. Police initially said they believed the child may have wandered outside. The ground search for the boy was called off due to darkness, and will resume Thursday morning.
- light-complected black male
- 3 feet tall and weighing about 35 pounds
- 1-inch-long black hair and a faded scratch on his forehead.
- Last seen wearing a Batman shirt and black and gray sweatpants. It’s believed he may have had on a pair of yellow and gray sneakers. He also had a blanket with him.
Tristan Blue, a 2-year-10-month old male, was last seen at his home around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday by his father at his home at the Arbor Creek Apartments off of Buck Jones Road. Police initially said they believed the child may have wandered outside.
Tristan is described as 3 feet tall and weighing about 35 pounds. He is a light-complected black male with 1-inch-long black hair and a faded scratch on his forehead.
When last seen, he was wearing a Batman shirt and black and gray sweatpants. It’s believed he may have had on a pair of yellow and gray sneakers. He also had a blanket with him.
An Amber Alert was issued for Tristan late Wednesday afternoon after he was reported missing at 1:15 p.m.
The search for missing Raleigh 2-year-old Tristan Blue has now turned into a homicide investigation after Raleigh police charged Tristan’s father with murder.
Steven Daniel Blue, 31, has been charged with murder and has been transferred to the Wake County Detention Center. He is being held without bond.
Tristan’s mother, Briana Dangerfield, 25, has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse in connection with the case. Dangerfield was also transferred to the Wake County Detention Center and is being held under a $100,000 bond. Neighbors said the news was heartbreaking for the community.
Investigators have arrested the parents of a missing 2-year-old boy, charging his father with murder and his mother with misdemeanor child abuse, Raleigh police said Thursday morning.
“Investigative developments overnight by Raleigh Police Department detectives have led the Tristan Blue missing-person case in a new direction,” spokesman Jim Sughrue said in a statement.
Steven Daniel Blue, 31, and Briana Loriel Dangerfield, 25, both of 5416 Portree Place, #1, Raleigh, were taken into custody Thursday morning. Blue was being held in the Wake County jail without bond; Dangerfield was jailed under a $100,000 bond.
Police launched an intensive search for Tristan, who was 2 years and 10 months old. By 6 a.m. Thursday, they charged the child’s father, Steven Daniel Blue, 31, with Tristan’s murder. Dangerfield, 25, was charged with leaving the child at home unattended while she went to work.
Late Friday, detectives found human remains at Beaver Lake Dam in connection with the investigation. Those remains were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for identification, police said in a news release. The detectives had help from the Apex Underwater Recovery Team.
Police have not said Tristan’s body has been found or what led to Blue’s arrest.
If anyone as seen or has any information regarding the whereabouts of Tristan Blue, please call 911 or the Raleigh Police Department’s tip line at 919-834-4357.
Police said Monday that, although a positive identity isn’t yet available, they have concluded that human remains found late Friday in a lake in northern Wake County belong to a Raleigh 2-year-old who has been missing since last Wednesday.
More tests are needed to confirm that the remains are those of Tristan Blue, but police said the remains, which were found in Beaver Dam Lake, “are consistent with those of a child of Tristan Blue’s age.
16 year old Eleanor Tillman has been missing since Thursday, December 18, 2014 in Bedford County, Virginia. The Sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in finding Eleanor Tillman who has mental health issues and ran away from home. The missing teen did not return home from school on Thursday. Tillman suffers from mental health issues and does not have her medication.
Eleanor Tillman, 16, did not return home from school on Thursday, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Tillman has ties to the Bedford and Roanoke areas. The release said Tillman suffers from “mental health issues” and does not have her medication.
If anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of missing Eleanor Tillman, please call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827.
Amber Alert Issued for 6 Year Old Alexandria Delong Missing Since 12/20/14 in Austell, GA (Update: Found Safe, Returned Home)
An AMBER ALERT has been issued for missing 6 year old Alexandria Delong. She was last seen on Saturday, December 20, 2014 in Austell, Georgia. Alexandra DeLong was taken from her grandmother’s home in Austell by her biological father, 27 year old Robert Troy DeLong. Authorities have located the vehicle reportedly used in the abduction, a a 2012 Toyota Corolla, however, Alexandria and the bio dad were not inside.
Police said Alexandra DeLong was taken from her grandmother’s Austell home by 27-year-old Robert Troy DeLong, the girl’s biological father.
According to investigators, Robert broke into the home and physically struggled with the grandmother and another woman inside before taking the girl.
Robert drove away in a 2012 Toyota Corolla with Ga. tag PIF 7877.
Alexandra is 4 feet tall and weighs 40 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown, shoulder length hair. She was only wearing her pajamas when she was taken from the home.
If you have any information please contact the Cobb County police department at 770-449-3911.
UPDATE I: Kidnapped 6-year-old girl returned home safely.
Cobb County police say a 6-year-old girl who was kidnapped has now been returned home.
On Saturday evening, police issued an Amber Alert for Alexandra Delong after she was taken from her Austell home wearing just her pajamas.
Sunday, at about 9:15 a.m., police say the little girl was dropped off at her Austell home.
Police say they have also made contact with her father, 27-year-old Robert Troy Delong and continue to investigate.
AMBER ALERT: 5 Year Old Kenneth White Missing Since 12/18/14 in Berne, NY (Update: Boys Body Found 12/19/14) (Update: 19 Year Old Tiffany Van Alstyne Charged and Arrested in Boys Death)
ARREST MADE IN CASE OF MURDERED 5 YEAR OLD KENNETH WHITE …
On Thursday, December 18, 2014 the Albany County Sheriff’s Office activated the New York State AMBER Alert for missing 5 year old Kenneth White and began investigating the child’s abduction that occurred on Thatcher Park Road, in Berne, New York, at about 1:20 p.m. According to initial accounts, Kenneth White was being watched by the 19-year-old daughter of his legal guardians when the two men entered the house, pinned the woman to the floor and took the child.
Two suspects forced entry into a home and abducted a 5-year-old boy, police said.
They fled the scene in an unknown make, 2-door black pickup truck with an unknown license plate. The truck was last seen traveling on Thatcher Park Road, police said.
The child is identified as Kenneth White. He is described as a white male with short, brown hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 3 feet 5 inches and weighs about 45 pounds.
Kenneth was last seen wearing jeans and a checkered white short-sleeve shirt.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall. The suspect was last seen wearing black clothing, including a ski mask, black boots and black gloves.
There was a second suspect, unknown race, wearing similar clothing.
Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the Albany County Sheriff’s Office at 866-NYS-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.
The Amber Alert for Kenneth White, the 5-year-old boy abducted from his Albany-area home Thursday afternoon, has been cancelled after the boy was found dead, state police announced.
The Amber Alert was canceled at 11:46 p.m. Thursday. A police K-9 unit found White’s body near the trailer he was abducted from, WNYT in Albany reported.
Apple told the Times Union that authorities have a “person of interest” in White’s death. His death is being considered a homicide, CBS 6 in Albany reported.
An arrest has been made in the death of 5 year old Kenneth White; however, it is not who or what was initially expected. It turns out the initial account by the 19 year old babysitter was a hoax. Tiffany Van Alstyne, the boys cousin, has been charged with second degree murder. She was arraigned today and plead not guilty. She is being held without bail.
Tiffany Van Alstyne
Authorities have arrested a 19-year-old woman in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy who police say was falsely reported to have been abducted from a home in upstate New York.
Tiffany Van Alstyne is charged in the death of Kenneth White, who authorities say was strangled and also suffered blunt force trauma to the head, reports CBS affiliate WRGB. The accused is a cousin of the victim. VanAlstyne’s parents have been the legal guardians of Kenneth, his twin sister and a 4-year-old sister since September.
Police began to question Van Alstyne – the daughter of Kenneth’s legal guardians. As cops interviewed Van Alstyne, they say her story began to fall apart. “Reports of the masked men and the black truck, those are false,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple told reporters on Friday morning. “We caught some contradictions in two different statements that were taken, so a few flags had popped. It’s a horrific case. We lost a 5-year-old child, a senseless death, who left behind a twin sister and a 4-year-old sister.”
Police believe that Van Alstyne killed White in the house and dumped him outside. “He was basically thrown away like a piece of trash,” said Sheriff Apple. “It is sinful and it is sad.”
On Friday, police charged Van Alstyne with second-degree murder as her mother, Brenda Van Alstyne, looked on. During the arraignment, Brenda Van Alstyne said that her daughter suffers from bi-polar disorder, The Times Union reported. Tiffany Van Alstyne pleaded not guilty and was sent to the county jail with no bond.
Amber Alert Issued 12/13/14 for Missing 4 Year Old Ricardo Alekzander Lara after Mother Found Dead at a Denton, TX Business … POI, 23 Year Old Ricardo Lara Martinez
An AMBER ALERT was issued Saturday night, December 13, 2014 for missing 4 year old Ricardo Alekzander Lara after his mother, Maria Isabel Romero Medina, was found murdered at a Denton, Texas business. The 4 year old boy has not been seen since 12/12/14. Police are looking for the boy’s biological father, 23 year old Ricardo Lara Martinez, in connection with his disappearance and Martinez is also a “person of interest” in the death of 27 year old Maria Isabel Romero Medina. She was killed inside her workplace Saturday night at Sanchez Tax and Insurance at 1111 East McKinney Street shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday after a customer found the door locked. The Amber Alert was issued due to fears that the child could be in “grave danger.”
Police believe that the two may be on foot and still in the Denton area. However, no details were provided on where or when he was last seen in Denton.
Ricardo Lara Martinez Description:
- 23 year old Hispanic male
- brown hair and brown eyes
- 5′-5″ tall and weighs 150 lbs. Police did not say what he was wearing, and no vehicle information was available.
Ricardo Alekzander Lara Description:
- three feet tall, weighs 55 lbs.
- brown hair and brown eyes.
- He may have been wearing a blue shirt and shorts.
Left, Ricardo Lara Martinez – right, Ricardo Alekzander Lara
Police were seeking the boy’s biological father, 23-year-old Ricardo Lara Martinez, in connection with his disappearance. Martinez was said to be a “person of interest” in the death of 27-year-old Maria Isabel Romero Medina.
She was killed inside her workplace Saturday night, Sanchez Tax and Insurance. Police won’t say how she was killed, but did say that Medina and Martinez were in a custody battle.
Denton police said Sunday that someone reported seeing the child and his father at a Houston convenience store. Martinez is also said to have ties to Chicago, Springfield, Missouri and Mexico City.
If you have information on the child or suspect’s whereabouts, contact the Denton County Sheriff’s Office at (940) 349-8181 or 911.