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Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.
Mark Twain

Most of the 2,726 children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) have no rewards payable for their save return. For those that do, there have been few updates in their disappearances. When rewards are announced, they seem to increase the number of tips concerning the missing child but in many instances the tips seem to be personal theories more than significant leads, so how effective are they?

At one time there was a £2.5m or at today’s exchange rate $ 3,776,429 reward for missing Madeleine McCann. The reward amount is no longer listed on the site so whether it is still available is unclear.

However, these are some other available rewards from some random missing children cases. In some instances they of are offered for information or for the child’s safe return, while in others it is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the abduction.

Amber Dubois            $60,000
Brittanee Drexel        $12,000
Adji Desir                   $23,000
Kara Kopetsky           $30,000
Trenton Duckett         $21,000
Haleigh Cummings     $25,500
Briant Rodriguez        $50,000
Victoria Stafford         $50,000
Jaliek Rainwalker (amount tbd)

 

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Yesterday marked the 2nd anniversary in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Today it has been two years since Kara Kopetsky was last seen leaving school in Belton, Mo. There is a $30,000 reward being offered for information that leads to finding Kara.

 

She is listed at the NCMEC as Case Type:Endangered Missing.

Kara Kopetsky

 

Missing teen Kara Kopetsky’s family wants answers

Seventeen-year-old Kara Kopetsky of Belton hasn’t been seen since May 4. All her family and friends have left of her are pictures like this, propped up against a vigil candle that her stepfather and mother, Jim and Rhonda Beckford, keep burning in their living room. Below, family photos of Kara as a happy child and with her brother, Thomas.

MISSING Kara (it’s pronounced CAR-uh) Kopetsky Last seen: May 4 at Belton High School Appearance: White female; 5 feet, 5 inches tall; 125 pounds; light brown hair; hazel eyes; scar on forehead What she was wearing: Blue jeans, black studded belt, gray T-shirt with white skulls on it, black and gray Vans sneakers with bleach splotches and black leather hobo bag If you have information: Call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS (816-474-8477)

Authorities also need help in finding Jesse Ross who was last seen on November 21, 2006. Although Jesse is missing from Chicago, Illinois he originally resides in Belton, Missouri.

Meanwhile, the search is continuing in SC for Brittanee Drexel. Her poster has been updated at the NCMEC with an additional photo.

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The story about,  Brittanee Drexel, a missing 17-year-old on spring break without her parents permission, has generated a lot of media attention and hopes are she is recovered unharmed. But why do some of these children, believed to be missing and endangered, receive no coverage at all?

At the NCMEC, there are 683 children listed under Case Type: Endangered Missing. One of them is Briana Marie Nagel . Unlike Brittanee, Amber Dubois  missing since Feb. 13, 2009 from Escondido, Ca. or Kara Kopetsky  missing since May 4, 2007  from Belton, Mo. whose stories were in the headlines, hers was not.

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There is this cryptic message describing the circumstances of her disappearance on her missing poster.

Although she is missing from Fort Washington, Maryland, the Allegheny County Police Department is interested in her whereabouts. Her ears are pierced. She was last seen wearing a navy blue hoodie, blue jeans and pink and white Reebok sneakers.

Alleghany County Police Department (Pennsylvania) 1-412-473-3000

Other Endangered Missing children have no information regarding their disappearances.

YASMINE RAYON ACREE
Missing Since: 1/15/08
Age Now: 16
Missing from: CHICAGO, IL

ROCHELLE DENISE BATTLE
Missing Since: 3/6/09
Age Now: 16
Missing from: BALTIMORE, MD

KAMYLE STEPHAINE BURGOS ORTIZ
Missing Since: 7/8/06
Age Now: 15
Missing from: SAN LORENZO, PR

ABIGAIL ESTRADA
Missing Since: 6/16/07
Age Now: 15
Missing from: HARLINGEN, TX

JOSE RAFAEL HENRIQUEZ-DIAZ
Missing Since: 6/3/07
Age Now: 15
Missing from: SELLS, AZ

ASHLEY NICOLE SUMMERS
Missing Since: 7/9/07
Age Now: 15
Missing from: CLEVELAND, OH

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Why did it take until Tuesday afternoon to enter Brittanee Drexel as a missing child at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)? Shouldn’t she have been entered into the NCMEC database once she was entered into the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computers? It would seem it would have been the ideal time to obtain a waiver from her parent or guardian, so it was on file at the NCMEC giving them permission to disseminate her photograph, if that is the reason for the delay.

According to SCNow.com:  

Police entered Drexel’s description into the National Crime Information Center database on Sunday.

 

On the NCMEC site they have tips of what to do should your child “runaway”. Some of them are:

Make sure law enforcement enters your child’s name and description into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) databases. Law-enforcement agencies across the country have access to NCIC. This information will not give your child a record with law enforcement, but it may aid in his or her safe return.
If your local law-enforcement agency won’t enter information about your child into NCIC’s databases, the FBI will. The Missing Children Act of 1982 mandates this. Contact your nearest FBI field office for help.

If your local law-enforcement agency won’t enter information about your child into NCIC’s databases, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will. The Missing Children Act of 1982 mandates this. Contact your nearest FBI field office for help.

Remember no matter what you have been told, there is no law requiring a waiting period for reporting a child, who is younger than 21, to law enforcement or for entry into NCIC. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Pub. L. No. 109-248) mandates entry must be made by law enforcement into NCIC’s Missing Person File within 2 hours’ receipt of a report of a missing or abducted child.

Make sure that law enforcement passes on the necessary information about your child to the missing-child clearinghouse within your state or territory.

If you have not done so,report your missing child to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist. Ask about other missing-child organizations throughout the United States that may assist in the search.

Searching for updates on another missing teen, Kara Kopetsky  is listed at the NCMEC as Endangered Missing. She has been missing since May 4, 2007.

Teen argued with teacher, left school and vanished

When Kara didn’t come home from school as usual, her family — mother Rhonda, stepfather Jim and stepbrother Thomas — grew worried. They filed a missing persons report later that afternoon.
Police told them they believed Kara was a runaway, and that she’d come back on her own in a few days.

Other children  last seen walking to or from school are Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes  last seen in Jacksonville, Fl. on Feb 10, 2005 and Amber Dubois  last seen on Feb 13, 2009.

Update 05-05-09: When hearing of a Texas based non-profit group in Myrtle Beach to help in the search for Brittanee you may think it is Texas Equusearch who recently helped search for Caylee Anthony in Florida but you would be mistaken as there are members of another Texas based group the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children.

“We’re still looking for her,” Knipes said. “She could be a runaway, a missing person or an abduction. We don’t have a label on it.”

Also Monday, two representatives from the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children arrived in Myrtle Beach to assist in the search, according to Bob Walcutt, executive director. The Texas-based group’s mission statement is to “prevent abductions and runaways and to recover missing children by fostering a Triangle of Trust among law enforcement, community and a missing child’s family.”

Update 05-06-09: Crime Stoppers offers reward up to $1000 in Brittanee Drexel disappearance


The public is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers if they, or someone they know, have any information regarding the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, or of any other crimes, by phone at 1-888-274-6372 (1-888-CRIME-SC), or on the web at http://www.5541111.com. Anonymous text tips can be sent to Crimes Stoppers by starting a new text message to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “CSL”. All contact remains anonymous and tipsters could earn a reward up to $1000.

Update 05-09-09: N.Y. pastor offers additional $10,000 for info on missing teen

An Albany, N.Y., pastor has offered to pitch in $10,000 of his own money to up the reward for information regarding Brittanee Drexel, a missing 17-year-old from Rochester, N.Y.

Pastor Charles Muller of Victory Christian Church said he regularly works with teens in his community through mission centers and anti-violence projects. However, when he read about Drexel, who went missing April 25 during a trip to Myrtle Beach, it hit close to home.

Update 05-14-09: Police Investigate Possible Sighting of Missing New York Teen Who Vanished in Myrtle Beach

Police are investigating a possible sighting at a gas station of missing New York teen Brittanee Drexel, who disappeared while on spring break in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Capt. David Knipes said detectives are reviewing surveillance camera footage from a Scotchman convenience store at a gas station in Socastee, S.C., after a woman fitting 17-year-old Drexel’s description was reported to have been there Thursday morning.

The Brittanee look-alike used the ATM about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, left the station’s store and then drove away in a red Dodge Stratus with New York license plates, Knipes said.

The vehicle’s plate number is EJS-9543.

Update 05-15-09: Police Determine Look-Alike Is Not Missing New York Teen Who Vanished in Myrtle Beach

Update 06-03-09: Brittanee Drexel Update

In five weeks of searching, there has been no sign of Brittanee Drexel. There have been dozens of leads and sightings. None have panned out.

Brittanee’s mother, Dawn Drexel, has been in South Carolina since the beginning. She is determined as ever, but she told News 10NBC by phone Wednesday she’s emotionally spent.

“This is very, very difficult because you don’t know, you just don’t know if she’s still here with us…or she’s not….But we’re trying to keep hopeful that we can find her still,” Drexel said.

Drexel has traveled to Charleston and points in between, talking to people, handing out flyers. This weekend, Brittanee’s story will air on “America’s Most Wanted.” That gives Dawn Drexel hope.

“I’m trying to get her on national television and keep her face out there so if somebody did see something or heard something, that they would come forward.”

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When a child goes missing there is at times a love/hate relationship with the media. Some seek it at all cost while others attempt to avoid any delving by the press into their personal lives.  While some argue the race,  gender or age may dictate the amount of coverage, it appears the cirmcumstances surrounding the child’s disappearance and the actions of family members can play a significant role.

In May of 2007, Madeleine McCann’s disappearance demonstrated new levels of interest through an on-line web campaign and pleas from celebrities. The site findmadeleine garnered millions of hits and millions of dollars were raised in efforts to find her. In the end however, she remains missing.

London-Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine’s 2007 disappearance from a Portuguese resort sparked an international manhunt, told lawmakers that the mass-media coverage of the search for his child degenerated into a voyeuristic “Kate and Gerry show.”

“Our family have been the focus of some of the most sensationalist, untruthful, irresponsible and damaging reporting in the history of the press,” he told a panel of lawmakers investigating media standards, privacy and libel.

Similar complaints have been voiced by the father of  Haleigh Cummings who has been missing for over a month from Satsuma, Fl.

Fox News- The father of missing Florida girl Haleigh Cummings claimed he doesn’t want the media to focus on his personal life — a day after getting married and flying to New York to appear on national TV.

Ronald Cummings, 25, and his new bride, 17-year-old Misty Croslin, appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” Friday morning. They got married Thursday in Putnam County, Fla. then flew to New York.

Cummings said he didn’t know what his personal life had to do with national television, and stressed that the media needs to get his daughter’s face out there.

Another family which may be unhappy with press coverage, for different reasons, are the adopted parents of  missing Jaliek Rainwalker,  Stephen Kerr and Jocelyn McDonald. The adoptive father, Stephen Kerr was named a person of interest“ in his disappearance .

 In the case of murdered Caylee Anthony, her grandparents have often been at odds with the media. They have been the subject of countless stories with their every move covered since she first was reported missing. At times they seemed to try to avoid being in the spotlight only to generating more interest in possible motives concerning their actions. The mother of murdered Caylee continues to generate interest from many as she awaits trial for her alleged involvement.

Orlando Senteniel-In the pre-Anthony days, jail spokesman Allen Moore said, he typically would log 80 to 120 contacts with news reporters per month. In July — when Caylee was reported missing and Anthony first jailed — Moore logged 357 media contacts.

By August, the volume of media contacts grew so large that Moore estimates it at 463 for the month.

“In the 12 1/2 years I have worked as P.I.O. [public information officer] for Orange County Corrections, no case has generated this much media activity for such a long period of time,” he said.

Those not expressing concerns with the media are the families of these missing children.

Adam Herrman 

Adji Desir 

Amber Dubois 

Trenton Duckett

Mark Degner & Bryan Hayes

 Kara Kopetsky 

 Amy Fitzpatrick

Angel Villegas Cano

Joanna Delcarmen Cano Pedraza, (15) and Angel were last seen on March 4, 2009. They may be in the company of Rodrigo Villegas (19). A felony warrant is on file for Rodrigo. They may travel to Mexico. Joanna’s ears are pierced. CAUTION MAY BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

Bryan Dossantos-Gomes

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In this article from the Korea Times, “Missing Child Search Costs $570,000“, it doesn’t mention rewards that may be offered but does cover some tangible and intangible costs. At the current exchange rate, 1 USD = 1403.8 KRW (Korean Won).
  

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter

 

It takes about 570 million won ($570,000) and 840 days on average to find a missing child if the disappearance lasts more than one year, a report showed, Monday.

The Child Fund analyzed 2,207 missing children cases reported since 1986 that took more than one year to return the child home. 

The average cost includes 28 million won for advertisements, 12 million won for transportation and lodging fees and 14 million won for psychiatric treatment.

In addition, some 500 million won is spent indirectly, the civic group said, citing the parents’ loss of income during their search.

But the loss from a missing child can be much higher if considering disputes or sacrifices such as the divorce of the parents, renunciation of further pregnancies or less affection to siblings, it said.

e3dward@koreatimes.co.kr

 

Does it make you curious about the costs associated with finding a missing child in the U.S.? The figures aren’t readily available. The news headlines will mention rewards but the articles seldom, if ever, outline actual search costs.

The NCMEC  receives approximatley $30 million in Federal Funding but it is difficult to determine from their annual report how much is actually spent on missing children as opposed to fighting cyber crime.

National Mandate and Mission

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s®(NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

There are two offices located in south Florida’s east and west coasts (Naples and Lake Park). How active these offices are in the searches for Adji Desir or Haleigh Cummings is unclear as NCMEC/Florida is descibed as the central point for NCMEC child-protection education and prevention.

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Leonard Padilla had offered a $25,000 reward if  Haleigh Cummings was returned by midnight Saturday February 14th assuming she was abducted.

In the disappearance of Adji Desir, there is a reward of $23,000 from multiple sources being offered for information leading to his recovery.

A $50,000 reward for Kara Kopetsky soon to end on February 17th for the missing Belton, Mo. teenager.

At one time there was a $225,000 reward for information that would help find Caylee Anthony.

 

In the missing case of Dominick Arceneaux, is a reward being offered?

Update: Andre Arceneaux, Dominick’s father:

“My family, my in-laws and friends from all over the United State, since I’m in the military, we all got stuff set up, setting up to where we can raise a $15,000 reward, if we can pull in more, we’re gonna do more.”


 
These rewards don’t include the costs of searching for the child. The news media will discuss the number of volunteers or charitable organizations involved but not the actual costs incurred by the communities. In the case of an AMBER Alert being issued, the law enforcement costs are rarely made available in terms of resources utilized except in cases where it may be determined to be based on false information and even then they simply provide estimates of a few thousand dollars.

In May 2007, three-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing from her hotel bedroom in Portugal while her 2-year-old twin siblings slept nearby. She remains missing.

In addition to the money spent by the fund for search efforts, UK police reveal Madeleine bill has exceeded $787,475. It isn’t clear if it includes the costs of the Portuguese Police investigations.

The hunt for Madeleine McCann cost Leicestershire Police more than £500,000, it has been revealed.

Madeleine was aged almost four when she vanished from a holiday flat in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, in May 2007.

Published reports indicate the Find Madeleine fund raised nearly £2 million in donations between May 2007 and March 2008. 

Funds spent:

  • £815,000 on the search $1,162,956
  • £111,522 for legal costs $159,135
  • £123,573 for campaign management $176,331
  • £250,000 on private detectives $356,735

Update 05-28-09: According to the Palatka Daily News:

Putnam County Florida commissioners have approved the transfer of $164,729 to the sheriff’s office budget from several grants, including $35,000 from the state to help defray costs associated with the search for Haleigh Cummings, a 5-year-old Satsuma girl who disappeared on Feb. 10.

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Kara disappeared from Belton, MO on May 4, 2007. She was last seen leaving Belton High School. 

Next week a temporary additional $50,000 reward , offered for Kara’s safe return by her birthday on 2/17/09, will end should she not be located.

Kara Kopetsky
View Kara Kopetsky missing  poster

If you have any information that can lead to locating Kara, please contact one of the authorities listed below.

  • Belton Police Department (816) 331-1500
  • TIPS HOTLINE (816) 474-TIPS

All Calls can remain anonymous

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