24 Year Old Mother Heidi Monroy Found Dead … Three Children Missing in Jefferson Parish, LA, 14 Year Old Jessica Nicolle Monterroso, 4 Year Old Yojan Manuel Monterroso-Flores & 2 Year Old Jafet Abigaitl Monterroso-Monroy … 43 Year Old Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas Wanted for Second Degree Murder (Update: Suspect Arrested in Texas, Children Safe)

Jefferson Parish, Louisiana mom is dead and three children are missing …

43 year old Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas is wanted for second degree murder in the death of  24 year old Heidi Monroy. Police said that Monroy was found unconscious at her home in the 4000 block of Durand Street with a head wound. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s department is not only looking for Monterroso-Navas, but also three children are missing. Police are saying that Monterroso-Navas fled with his three biological children Sunday morning, including his daughter, 14-year-old Jessica Nicolle Monterroso, and two sons, 4-year-old Yojan Manuel Monterroso-Flores and 2-year-old Jafet Abigaitl Monterroso-Monroy.

Monterroso-Navas is from Honduras and may also go by the name of Wilson Rigoberto Mina. Monterroso-Navas was last seen wearing black pants and a blue shirt, according to a release from State Police. He walks with a limp.

Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas

 Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas wanted for murder

Deputies say Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, 43, faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Heidi Monroy, 24, who the sheriff’s office originally identified as his wife.

Deputies began looking for Monterroso-Navas after authorities responding to a medical call at 3:35 a.m. Sunday found a woman unconscious in a bathtub. Two of the couple’s children, a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old, had gone to a neighbor’s house to seek help, saying something was wrong with their mother.

Sheriff Newell Normand said Monroy had a head wound and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Normand said Monterroso-Navas fled with his three biological children, including his daughter, 14-year-old Jessica Nicolle Monterroso, and two sons, 4-year-old Yojan Manuel Monterroso-Flores and 2-year-old Jafet Abigaitl Monterroso-Monroy.

Jessica Nicolle Monterroso

Jessica Monterroso

Yojan Manuel Monterroso-Flores

Yojan Manuel Monterroso-Flores

Husband sought after wife’s slaying; 3 children missing – Jefferson Parish investigators issue Amber Alert.

Ernesto Oroschena, who lives in a neighboring apartment, said the two children were running up and down the stairs of the apartment complex yelling for help in Spanish.

“They were yelling, ‘My mother’s lying down’ and ‘My dad killed my mother,’ ” Oroschena said.

Those two children were identified as Victor Manuel Monterroso-Monroy, 8, and Marlin Jouahny Monterroso-Monroy, 5.

Paul Ross, who also lives in the apartment complex, said the family moved in about two months ago. He said he never witnessed any fighting between the couple.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Monterroso-Navas or his children is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or else call 911.

UPDATE I: Man arrested in Katy,Texas for murdering girlfriend in Metairie, LA.

Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies stated in a news release that 43-year-old Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, of Metairie, was arrested in a trailer park in Katy, Texas, late Sunday night.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, a man wanted for second degree murder in the death of his girlfriend in Metairie Sunday, has been arrested in Texas.

JPSO sent out a release early Monday morning indicating that Pedro Alberto Monterosso-Navas, also known as Wilson Rigoberto Mena, who was wanted for second degree murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend, has been arrested in a trailer park in Katy Texas.

All three of his children were with him at the time of his arrest, and are reportedly fine and are now in the custody of Texas authorities.

16 Year Old Jasmine Keilani from San Diego Missing Since 7/8/14 While Vacationing with Family in Kona, Hawaii (Update: Missing Teen Found Safe)

MISSING IN HAWAII …

16 year old Jasmine Keilani has been missing since July 8, 2014 in Kona, Hawaii. The San Diego, California teen was last ween on Tuesday morning, July 8, on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. She and her family were on vacation visiting Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island.

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Missing – Jasmine Keilani

Jasmine Keilani of San Diego was vacationing with family in Kona. She was last seen on the morning of Tuesday, July 8, on Alii Dr. in Kailua-Kona.

The teenager is 5-foot-5, 125 pounds with brown eyes and brown shoulder-length hair with blond tips.

She was last seen wearing a tie-dyed top with faded denim shorts.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

UPDATE I: San Diego Teen Missing in Hawaii Found Safe.

Hawaii Island police confirmed that a 16-year-old San Diego girl who disappeared during a family vacation on the Big Island has been found safe.

Police said Sunday that Jasmine Keilani was found in Kona Saturday night and has been reunited with her family.

18 Year Old Timara Reynolds Missing Since 7/3/14 in Dorchester, MA

18 year old Timara Reynolds has been missing since July 3, 2014 in Dorchester, Mass. According to police, Timara was last seen at about 12 AM in the area of 11 Jerome Street in Dorchester. The Boston Police Depattment has put out the following announcement:

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in our efforts to locate Timara Reynolds, an 18-year- old white female described as having brown hair and brown eyes, 5’4” tall, 170 lbs. She was last seen wearing an orange tank top, a matching orange skirt, rainbow flip flops and a black hooded sweatshirt with the phrase “Yeah Buddy” on it.

Timara Reynolds

Missing: Timara Reynolds

If  anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Timara Reynolds, please call 911 or contact Dorchester District detectives directly at 617-343-4335.

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17 Year Old Angelic Tracy ‘Anji’ Dean Missing Since 6/23/14 in Camas, WA … May Be A Victim of Human Trafficking: “If You’re Reading This, I’m Either Missing or Dead.” (Update: Found Safe)

17 year old Angelic Tracy ‘Anji’ Dean has been missing since June 23, 2014 in Camas, Washington. The missing teen left an entry in her journal that read, “If you’re reading this, I’m either missing or dead.”   The police fear that  ‘Anji’ Dean may be a victim of human trafficking after mysteriously vanishing from her Camas home. Prior to her disappearance, “She had been telling some people for a while that she was involved in something, that she was in over her head, that she was scared.” Anji is described as 5-feet, 6-inches tall, weighing 135-145-pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. Anji was last seen wearing exercise clothes, black tights that stop at midcalf, white Nike tennis shoes with light green soles, and a white, razor-back tank top. She may also have a white backpack.

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A 17-year-old Washington girl missing for the last two weeks left a chilling message in her journal no mother should have to find.

“If you’re reading this, I’m either missing or dead,” the entry penned by Angelic Tracy ‘Anji’ Dean read.

Authorities fear she’s become a victim of human trafficking after mysteriously vanishing from her Camas home June 23.

The blue-eyed brunette left behind her cellphone, ID, bank cards and the eyeglasses she needs to see, according to the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVE), which is assisting in her search.

 Facebook: “Help Find Anji”

UPDATE I: Police believe missing Camas teen may be in danger.

Jorgensen said in recent months Anji had been dealing with what her family thought might be some episodes of “teenage angst” and “normal teenage girl depression.”

“Now we are kind of finding out that there was a different, underlying reason,” she said. “She had been telling some people for a while that she was involved in something, that she was in over her head, that she was scared. But they couldn’t get any more information than that out of her.”

Anji’s journal hints at some of those fears and troubles. In addition, she sent her boyfriend some ominous text messages the day she went missing, saying she was in danger, and that people had threatened to kill him and her family. Her boyfriend is cooperating with law enforcement.

“She has never been out on her own for more than a day,” Jorgensen said. “We assumed she was with her boyfriend, or something like that. We had the police talk to him as well. The moment we found out she wasn’t with him, that’s when we really started freaking out because we had no idea where she was.”

She left behind several items of importance including her prescription eyeglasses, bank cards, makeup and clothes, as well as some medications.

“What we see traditionally is if you’re running away from home because you don’t like the rules or you’re running away from something, that’s not against the law, but those types of individuals will take something with them,” Bart said. “If you’re being lured away, you are told to leave things behind so that nobody can track you. That’s the difference.”

Investigators with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are interested in speaking to an African-American male, approximately 25 to 35 years of age, with a goatee, who drives a light blue older model, square body Volvo. He was seen by a neighbor dropping Anji off in front of her home on June 23 at 4:30 p.m.

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Missing Persons Poster – Facebook: HelpFindAnji

UPDATE II: Nancy Grace – Missing teen victim of human trafficking?

Nancy Grace interview the mother of missing teen Anji Dean, Lynda Jorgensen, and Dave Mack, syndicated Talk Show host.

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Pic- Screen grab from Nancy Grace: Click HERE to watch VIDEO

For other updates, read others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Angelic Tracy “Anji” Dean.

If anyone has any information on Anji’s whereabouts or disappearance, please contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and urged to contact Detective  Scott Kirgiss at (360) 397-2028.

UPDATE II: Missing Camas teen Found Safe.

Missing Camas teen Angelic “Anji” Dean was found safe by police Wednesday afternoon at the Clackamas Town Center in Oregon. The 17-year-old had been missing since she left her home near Southeast 192nd Avenue on June 23.

Investigators said they received about 150 phone tips about the girl’s whereabouts, and numerous tips through social media. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit was able to locate Dean at the mall in Clackamas County, interview her and reunite her with her family, according to a news release from the agency.

“This is an active investigation that includes the crime of human trafficking,” Sgt. Kevin Allais said in the new release.

Dean’s mother, Lynda Jorgensen, spoke with reporters Wednesday at the family’s home in Camas shortly after getting the call from Detective Scott Kirgiss that her daughter had been found.

“We’re very, very thankful that she’s OK,” Jorgensen said.

12 Year Old Talaija Dorsey Missing Since 7/1/14 in St. James Parish, LA (Update: Mother’s Fiance John D. Celestine Arrested on Obstruction of Justice)(Update: Body of Missing Talaija Dorsey Found Deceased)

12 year old Talaija Dorsey has been missing since Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014 in St. James Parish, Louisiana. She was last seen at her home on Pelican Street in St. James. Talaija Dorsey was discovered missing about 7 a.m. when a friend came to pick her up for summer camp. When Talaija’s mother went to get her, she found that her daughter was not in her bedroom.

A 12-year-old girl went missing early Tuesday morning and the the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding her.

Talaija Dorsey, who’s described as five-foot and three inches, was last seen at her home on Pelican Street in St. James. Dorsey has brown eyes and black hair.

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If anyone has information on her whereabouts, you’re asked to call the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-562-2200.

UPDATE I: Deputies & Citizens Continue to Search for missing St. James girl, Talaija Dorsey.

On Friday deputies extended their search all the way to Jefferson Parish.

On Saturday Sheriff Martin said deputies continued to search the fields around Dorsey’s residence and along the highways.  Sheriff Martin says deputies in surrounding parishes continued their searches as well.

Deputies have been focusing their efforts on less-traveled, rural routes along Highway 3127 in St. Charles Parish. It’s the route Talaija’s soon-to-be stepdad, John Celestine, 42, drives to work everyday.

Deputies are concentrating more and more on Celestine, but have yet to identify his as the suspect. He is being held on obstruction charges in this case. Deputies also say he has a prior, out-of-state arrest for child cruelty against a family member, though he was not charged ultimately in that case.

UPDATE II: John D. Celestine arrested on felony obstruction of justice and a false communication count.

Authorities have made an arrest in the disappearance of a 12-year-old, booking the fiancé of the girl’s mother on obstruction of justice, St. James officials announced late Wednesday.

Deputies booked John D. Celestine, 43, who lived in the Pecan Street home with the family, on felony obstruction of justice and a false communication count, said Maj. Sid Berthelot, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Celestine was being held in the parish jail in Convent awaiting setting of bail. Because of the potential of additional charges against Celestine, investigators are not releasing further information, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

UPDATE III: Body of missing 12-year-old found in St. James Parish.

Officials have announced that the body of a missing 12-year-old girl has been found.

The announcement was made during a Sunday afternoon news conference.

Sheriff Willy J. Martin, Jr., said that 12-year-old Talaija Dorsey’s body was found around 10:20 a.m. Sunday at the edge of a cane field in a wooded area. During the news conference Sheriff Willy said that he took Dorsey’s disappearance personally.  He also said that he discovered the body himself.

UPDATE IV: Mother’s fiancé officially named suspect after missing girl found dead in St. James Parish.

The sheriff did confirm that Talaija’s mother’s fiancé, John Celestine, 43, who had been named a person of interest in the case and was charged with obstruction of justice, has been upgraded to a suspect. He is being held at the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail in Convent, and reportedly has not been cooperating with investigators. Louisiana State Police are working forensics at the scene and hope to uncover evidence within the next couple of days to move the case forward.

Martin said he found the body around 10:20 a.m. Sunday. State Police Lt. Todd Toloudis said Martin was searching for the body alone this morning when he found it.

Its Been 9 Years Since George Smith IV Went Missing on his Honeymoon with Jennifer Hagel Smith Aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line “Brilliance of the Seas” … CBS 48 HOURS: “Murder at Sea?” … $100,000 Reward (VIDEO)

It has been 9 years since George Smith IV went missing aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise line “Brilliance of the Seas” … the mystery an unanswered questions continue.

It has been none years since George Smith IV went missing while on his honeymoon with  Jennifer Hagel Smith aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line “Brilliance of the Seas”. Since that fateful day, July 5, 2005, George’s family, his parents George and Maureen and sister Bree, have fought to learn the truth of what happened the night that George Smith went missing. The Smith family is certain that it was no accident.  They appeared on CBS 48 Hours Saturday night, Maureen Smith said, “I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that my son was murdered on that cruise ship.” The family has renewed their push to solve the case, they are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading directly to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for their son’s disappearance.

George’s sister Bree says it the best as she told ’48 Hours’, “I think the reward will propel people forward.”  People need to come forward and tell what they know and there needs to be justice.”

George Smith Missing

Nine years ago – July 5, 2005 – George Smith IV vanished from his honeymoon cruise in the Aegean Sea. His body has never been found.

Contrary to what authorities have said, his mother, Maureen Smith, is certain it was no accident.

“I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that my son was murdered on that cruise ship,” she tells CBS News’ 48 HOURS.

Now, in a renewed push to solve the case, the family of the Greenwich, Conn. man says they are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading directly to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for their son’s disappearance

Watch the Full ’48 Hour’ VIDEO – Murder at Sea

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Family continues pursuit for answers … JUSTICE FOR GEORGE!!!

The reward and media surge come three months after the family launched a Facebook profile to post evidence and information relating to their ongoing search for justice.

“We’re definitely not giving up,” Bree Smith said. “We started our Facebook crusade by releasing evidence we have collected about George’s disappearance. Between the Facebook crusade and the reward, we are hopeful this is the year we will get justice for George.”

 

Search Continues for 19 Year Old, Pregnant Military Wife Erin Corwin Missng Since 6/28/14 in San Bernardino County, CA (Update: Erin Corwin’s Car Found)

19 year old  Erin Corwin has been missing since Saturday, June 28, 2014. Corwin, a military wife, who is 3 months pregnant, was last seen at 7 AM leaving her marine base Twentynine Palms home en-route to Joshua Tree National Forest (map). The sheriff’s department said Erin Corwin’s car is a 2013 Toyota Corolla with California license plate 7CJX519. KTLA.com reported, the Corwins, who have been married for a year in a half, are originally from Oak Ridge, TN.  Her husband, Jonathan Wayne Corwin, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, told police his wife planned to visit the park to scout out a desirable location for a family outing during an upcoming visit with her mother.  Her husband reported her missing the next day.

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Erin is a white female adult, 5’02″, 120 lbs., Brown hair, Blue eyes and is three months pregnant. She has no history of medical and/or psychological issues. Erin was last seen driving a blue, 2013 Toyota Corolla with California license plate number 7CJX519.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department updates.


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UPDATE I: Missing military wife’s car found; still no sign of pregnant 19-year-old.

According to the police, Corwin’s 2013 blue Toyota Corolla was found in Twentynine Palms on Monday. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said, “They felt it was necessary for those investigators to get involved early on. They said there were some suspicious circumstances.”

California police recovered a missing pregnant woman’s car — but they’re still not sure where she is.

Erin Corwin’s Toyota Corolla was spotted close to her Twentynine Palms home on Monday after the 19-year-old Marine wife went missing on Saturday, KTLA reported.

Corwin, who is three months pregnant, was last seen Saturday morning when she left the Marine base where she lives with her corporal husband to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

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Facebook: Jonathan Wayne Corwin

UPDATE I: Witness Says Erin Corwin Voluntarily Drove Off with Another Man Before Vanishing.

Michael Beasley lives on Bagdad Highway, near the location where a Twentynine Palms Water District employee spotted Corwin’s abandoned, blue Toyota Corolla on Monday, June 30.

Michael Beasley tells San Diego, California, TV station CBS 8 that on the morning of Saturday, June 28, after Corwin left her at home in Twentynine Palms, reportedly for a solo day trip to Joshua Tree National Park, he saw her meet a man, exit and lock her blue Toyota, and then climb into the man’s red sedan.

“They were just sitting and chatting,” said Beasley. “If she wanted to get out of the car and say, ‘I don’t want to be in this car,’ she could have.”

The pair then drove off together in the man’s vehicle, he said.

San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com

UPDATE II: Search for missing Marine’s wife enters 21st day.

If anyone has any information on Corwin’s whereabouts, please call the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division-Homicide Detail at 909-387-3589. Callers who wish to remain anonymous should contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-27463 (1-800-78-CRIME).

33 Year Old Nefertiri Trader Missing Since 6/30/14 in New Castle County, DE (Update: Police Raise Case to a Gold Alert, Believed Abducted/Kidnapped)

33 year old Nefertiri Trader has been missing since Monday, June 30, 2013 in New Castle County, Delaware.  Nefertiri Trader, mother of three, is believed to have been abducted from her home. Police say based on an eyewitness report, Nefertiri Trader was carried out of  her New Castle home on Freedom Trail at about 4 a.m. Monday by force. Trader was reportedly forced into her vehicle, a silver 2000 Acura RL with Delaware license plate 404893.  Authorities are calling the missing persons case suspicious.

VIDEO – CBS Philly

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Missing: 33 Year Old Nefertiri Trader

A witness told police one person forced Trader into the car, Duffy told The News Journal on Tuesday night.

That person was believed to be a man, she said, but no description was available.

“No one has seen her or heard from her since,” Duffy said.

Trader’s car is a silver 2000 Acura RL with Delaware license plate 404893, she said.

Police do not know whether Trader was driving when her car left the Saddlebrook neighborhood, Duffy said.

She was described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 124 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone with information on Trader’s whereabouts to contact Detective B. Shahan at (302) 395-8110 or bshahan@nccde.org, give tips at www.nccpd.com or www.tipsubmit.com, or call Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

Missing and Kidnapped Jewish Teens Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar & Naftali Fraenkel (Dual Israeli-American Citizenship) Found Deceased in West Bank … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Vows, “Hamas Will Pay”

The search for three missing teens in Israel has come to a sad, savage and bloody end …

19 year old Eyal Yifrah, 16 year old Gilad Shaar and 16 year old Naftali Fraenkel, who had dual Israeli-American citizenship, have been missing since June 12, 2014 have been found murdered in the West Bank north of Hebron. The three went missing while hitching home from a West Bank religious school. Israeli officials said at the time that one of the teens called a police emergency line said: “We’ve been kidnapped.” They were not heard from again.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowing “Hamas will pay.”

The Israeli air force conducted strikes early Tuesday morning against 34 targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks against Israel’s southern communities. It was not immediately clear if the airstrikes, which targeted Hamas and Islamic Jihad assets in the strip and came after more than 20 rockets were fired into southern Israel over the past two days, resulted in any casualties, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Also on Tuesday, a Palestinian who Israel said was a member of Hamas was shot dead when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out an arrest raid in the West Bank. The man was the first casualty since the bodies were found.

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UPDATE I: The Times of Israel: What happened on the night of the kidnapping.

The three teens were waiting at Geva’ot Intersection, west of the settlement of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem, soon after 10:15 p.m, looking to catch a ride heading west on Route 367 toward Beit Shemesh and from there to locations in central Israel where each of them lived.

Inside the Hyundai, Israel alleges, were Hamas terrorists Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme.

Recognizing, too late, that the car was not an innocent Israeli vehicle, one of the teens called the police at 10:25 p.m. and whispered, “We’ve been kidnapped.” The call was transferred immediately to a senior officer, who continued to ask questions but received no reply. The call lasted for 2:09 minutes and was then cut off. The officer called the number eight more times, but received three busy signals and reached voicemail five times.

The kidnappers, apparently realizing that a call had been made, shot the three teens dead soon afterwards in the backseat of the car, military sources said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday night that they were murdered “in cold blood.”

VIDEO – CNN

UPDATE II: Israel Launches Airstrikes in Gaza Strip.

Israel said it launched a series of airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday. The military said the strikes hit 34 targets and injured four Palestinians across the Hamas-controlled territory.

It also said approximately six rockets hit Israel, including two that struck an area north of the city of Sderot. No damage or injuries have yet been reported.

Israel launches Gaza air strike after bodies of missing teens found.

Israel bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking at Hamas after finding the bodies of three missing teenagers whose abduction and killing it blames on the Palestinian Islamist group.

Israel’s security cabinet, which held an emergency session late on Monday and was due to meet again on Tuesday, was split on the scope of any further action in the coastal enclave or in the occupied West Bank, officials said. The United States and regional power-broker Egypt urged restraint.

The military said aircraft attacked 34 sites, mostly belonging to Hamas, though its statement did not link the strikes to the abductions. Palestinian medics said two people were slightly wounded.

The military cited 18 Palestinian rockets launched against Israel from Gaza in the past two days.

The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.

Missing California Firefighter Michael Herdman Found Dead One Mile Away From Where He was Last Seen Alive (Update: Coroner Rules Death Accidental)

36 year old Michael Herdman has been found dead about 3/4 of a  mile away and 1200 feet up from where he was last seen alive in in Los Padres National Forest. Herdman’s body was found. Herdman’s body was discovered at 10 a.m. Friday by a pilot flying overhead and they called in searchers to that area. The body lay over terrain and was partially covered by brush. Through dental records a positive ID was made but it is not yet been determined what caused the firefighters death.  Herdman was last seen Friday, June 13 on a cliff above the Sespe River in rugged terrain of the Los Padres National Forest.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said there was was no sign of foul play. Michael Herdman is survived by his wife and daughter.

Michael Herdman

A California firefighter who went missing two weeks ago during a camping trip after he ran after his dog has been found dead among rugged terrain in Los Padres National Forest, authorities said Friday.

Michael Herdman, 36, ran after his black lab, Duke, the night of June 13 while he was barefoot and wearing just a T-shirt and shorts.

The wayward pooch was found Saturday in a parking lot where his owner had parked his car — about 12 miles from where Herdman and buddy Taylor Byars, 27, had set up camp along a river bottom in woods outside the city of Fillmore.

The partially covered body was spotted by a helicopter and eventually recovered. Authorities are unsure if he fell or how exactly Herdman died.

Press Conference for deceased Michael Herdman

UPDATE I: Coroner says Missing Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman died instantly in a cliff-side fall.

Arcadia Firefighter Mike Herdman died instantly after falling from a cliff in the Sespe Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“The injuries were significant enough that when the fall occurred it caused immediate death,” said Armando Chavez, chief deputy medical examiner. “He’d fallen off the edge of a mountain or a cliff.”

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