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Madeleine McCann remains missing but she continues to receive unprecedented media coverage. Her parents even recently met with Pope Benedict XVI which Gerry McCann describes on his blog at  Missing Madeleine the website established to aid in her search. The site now has reached another traffic milestone.

Website updated 13 hours ago.
142 million hits!
Can you Help? Click Here to find out how.
Portuguese Police on 00351 282 405 400
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

On the News & Downloads page, should you somehow be unfamiliar with her story, there are over 5 pages of news reports and downloads, posters available in multiple languages and banners available for other websites to post. It is difficult to comprehend with the worldwide coverage how she can still be missing.

There are some Foundations and Charities in the U.S. established to aid in various aspects of missing children issues but her website is setting a defacto standard for providing information, updates, and fundraising for an active missing child case.

Update: A quick search of the Help Find Trenton  site established to aid in the search for Trenton Duckett there is a glaring recent change as there is no link to make a Donation. You can go to the contact page and send an email for information on Donations.

This is in sharp contrast to Madeleine’s site where they provide multiple ways to make a donation providing frequent updates as to the amounts received.

The balance on 30/05/07, the fund account current stands at £374,352.75

Note:  approximately $740,861 U.S.

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Telecommunication experts from Britain have been attempting to trace the cell phone pings of resort guests the night Madeleine McCann  disappeared. A cell phone ping in simplistic terms is a signal sent by the phone in an attempt to connect to the carrier’s network via the nearest cell tower. Normally you may hear of a specific person’s phone being tracked to determine their movement but it is unusual when you hear about attempts to narrow a group of pings to a specific individual.

When Trenton Duckett disappeared last August, authorities attempted to establish a timeline using the pings from his mothers phone. It was hoped it would determine where she may have traveled the weekend he went missing. Unfortunately, authorities were unable to account for all of her time.

When CNET Reviews editor James Kim and his family disappeared in Oregon during a Thanksgiving road trip last November his cell phone pings were helpful in pinpointing his families approximate location.  This ZDNet article, “Turning cell phones into lifelinesdiscusses the technology as well as some of the pros and cons of GPS systems.

It isn’t the first time British Authorities have used cell phone pings in the search for missing children according to this Fox News  report.

The mobile telephone tracing technique was used to collect evidence that helped to convict Ian Huntley for the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in 2002.

Note: Cell phone pings have played a role in finding the body of a missing Missouri girl.

True Crime Blog:

 Less than a week after she was abducted from a Target parking lot in Overland Park, KS, it appears that Kelsey Ann Smith, age 18, has been found deceased in Missouri.

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One of the many recognized people during the National Missing Children Day ceremonies was another teenager who chose to get involved in the search for a missing child. Instead of building a websites  like 18-year-old Calum MacRae did for missing Madeleine McCann , he relied on his powers of observation. 

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) presented 16-year-old Mitchell Hults with its Citizen Hero Award. Searching their sites gives the impression he is the first recipient of the award as no previous winners are cited.

His information led to the recovery of two abducted Missouri boys and the arrest of Michael Devlin accused of their kidnappings. He was previously lauded for his ability to recall specific details regarding the vehicle believed to have been used in one of the abductions.

Previously he received a new pickup and a college scholarship for his efforts from others appreciative of his willingness to help.

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Memorial Day

In honor of our country’s other missing.

 

The White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress as an independent government agency. The Commission encourages Americans to honor the sacrifices of America’s fallen and the families they left behind.  It promotes acts of remembrance throughout the year and asks Americans to pay our debt of gratitude in memory of our fallen by giving something back to the Nation.  The Commission is also tasked to unite the country in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day.

Please take a moment to visit  “The White House Commission on Remembrancesite.

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In a post at True Crime Blog UK, “Continued Prayers For The Girl With The Teardrop Eye” there is a mention of the British charity Missing People  (formerly the National Missing Persons Helpline) which re-launched their website yesterday.

On their About Us page, they describe themselves as:

The UKs only charity that works with young runaways, missing and unidentified people, their families and others who care for them.

In Portugal Kate McCann in honor of International Missing Children’s Day attended a luncheon hosted by The Portugal Resident at the A Paleta restaurant in Lagoa.

The aim of the lunch was three-fold.

  • To raise funds for the Instituto de Apoio à Crianca (the Portuguese organisation which assists in the search for missing children in Portugal)
  • To remember the Portuguese children shown on the missing list produced by the Polícia Judiciária
  • To continue the focus on Madeleine McCann who has been missing for 23 days.

 

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NMCD 2007

 

 

 

 

 

In Memory of Etan Patz

On May 25, 1979, 6-year-old Etan Patz grabbed his school books and gave his mother a goodbye kiss before leaving to catch the bus to school. Etan’s mother was never to see him again. In the months and years that followed, Etan became the symbol for lost children all over America. Then, in 1982, President Reagan proclaimed May 25, the anniversary of Etan’s disappearance, as National Missing Children’s Day. Each year since, the U.S. Department of Justice has held a ceremony to commemorate missing children and to honor men and women across the nation who have worked tirelessly to recover missing children and reunite them with their families. Sadly, Etan was never found, but National Missing Children’s Day continues to be a fitting tribute to his memory.

To view a video and read a guide titled:

 What About Me? Coping with the Abduction of a Brother or Sister

click here

Since Madeleine McCann’s disapearance, there are no non-family abduction cases listed at the NCMEC though there are 286 open cases prior to May 3, 2007. There are 359 lost, missing or injured cases in total. These have taken place since May 3rd.

IHSAN DENIZ
Missing Since: 5/21/07
Age Now: 13
Missing from: EINDHOVEN, Netherlands

WIDED HAMMOUD
Missing Since: 5/7/07
Age Now: 3
Missing from: VENLO, Netherlands

ZAINAB HAMMOUD
Missing Since: 5/7/07
Age Now: 4
Missing from: VENLO, Netherlands

MADELEINE BETH MCCANN
Missing Since: 5/3/07
Age Now: 4
Missing from: PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal

STEPHANOS RODRIGUEZ
Missing Since: 5/19/07
Age Now: 13
Missing from: ENFIELD, CT

Update:  Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, May 31, for 13-year-old Stephanos Rodriguez, whom the chief medical examiner confirmed Sunday drowned accidentally last week.

MICHELLE VINKE
Missing Since: 5/13/07
Age Now: 15
Missing from: BREDA, Netherlands

There have been 89 total children in all Case Types since May 3.

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North Carolina’s Most Wanted Representatives

Taking a non-political stand various individuals, groups and organizations formed an action group called, “Jessica’s Law Now North Carolina.” The Group formed in response to the apathetic lawmakers, who are dithering about Jessica’s Law rather than making a solid difference toward protecting our children. This formed coalition is tired of all the prolonging games and excuses our lawmakers make when it comes to our children.

 

Jessica’s Law Now North Carolina has issued warrants, for North Carolina’s Most Wanted Representatives. Who are not full filling their duties expeditiously, by pushing H.B. 933 out of committee they are failing, when it comes to protecting our children. The following representatives have failed to necessitate a stand to help pass HB 933 Jessica Lunsford Act aka. Jessica’s Law. We need to remind our North Carolina Representatives of the importance of protecting our children from sex offenders.

 

For any questions on these charges see our website: www.jessicaslawnownc.org

 

Warrant Requires:

To contact each North Carolina Representative listed below and remind them not to fail our children. Time has come do something now and pass HB 933 Jessica Lunsford Act aka. Jessica’s Law Now!

 

Issued Warrants

 

Representative Dan Blue (Wake Co.) Chairman Judiciary II Committee.

 

N.C. House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 2207
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-5752 or 919-833-1931

Email: Danb@ncleg.net

 

Representative Julia C. Howard (Davie and Iredell Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1106
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-5904 or 336-751-8567

Email: Juliah@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Debbie A. Clary (Cleveland and Gaston Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 303
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-715-2002 or 704-480-1407

Email: Debbiec@ncleg.netor www.repclary.com

 

Representative Tim Moore (Cleveland Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 604
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-4838 or 704-482-4441

Email: Timm@ncleg.net

 

Representative Charles C. Thomas (Buncombe Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 418C
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-715-3012 or 828-681-5516

Email: Charlest@ncleg.net

 

Co-Chairs:

Representative Cary D. Allred (Alamance Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 606
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5905 or 336-229-1980

Email: Carya@ncleg.net

 

Representative David Almond (Montgomery, Stanley, Union Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1315
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-5908 or 704-888-5212

Email: Davida@ncleg.net

 

Representative Jeff Barnhart (Cabarrus, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 608
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-715-2009

Email: Jeffba@ncleg.net

 

Representative Joe Boylan (Moore, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 501
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5903 or 910-295-5712

Email: Joeb@ncleg.net

 

Representative Larry R. Brown (Davidson, Forsyth, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 609
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5607 or 336-972-4256

 

Representative George G. Cleveland (Onslow, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 504
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-715-6707 or 910-346-3866

Email: Georgec@ncleg.net

 

Representative Lorene Coates (Rowan ,Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 633
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5784 or 704-636-6976

Email: Lorenec@ncleg.net

 

Representative William A. Current, Sr. (Gaston ,Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 418A
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5809 or 704-864-0337

Email: Billcu@ncleg.net  or  www.CurrentforNCHouse.com

 

Representative Bill Daughtridge (Nash, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 306A1
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5802 or 252-442-5526 Ext. 238

Email: Billd@ncleg.net

 

Representative Jerry C. Dockham (Davidson, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1213
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-715-2526 or 336-859-2281

Email: Jerryd@ncleg.net

 

Representative Nelson Dollar (Wake, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1209
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-715-0795 or 919-233-8399

Email: Nelsond@ncleg.net

 

Representative Dale R. Folwell (Forsyth, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 508
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5787 or 336-748-0046

Email: Dalef@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Phillip Frye (Avery, Caldwell, Mitchell, Yancey, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1019
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-5661 or 828-765-4925

Email: Phillipf@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Mitch Gillespie (Burke, McDowell, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1008
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-5862 or 828-652-5548

Email: Mitchg@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative W. Robert Grady (Onslow, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 302
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-715-9644 or 910-455-9359

Email: Robertg@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Mark K. Hilton (Catawba, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1021
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-5988 or 828-464-9006

Email: Markh@ncleg.net

 

Representative Bryan R. Holloway (Rockingham, Stokes, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 502
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5609 or 336-985-0826

Email: bryanh@ncleg.net

 

Representative Linda P. Johnson (Cabarrus, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1006
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-5861 or 704-932-1376

Email: Lindajo@ncleg.net

 

Representative Carolyn H. Justice (New Hanover, Pender, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 306A3
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-715-9664 or 910-270-4604

Email: Carolynju@ncleg.net

 

Representative Carolyn K. Justus (Henderson, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1023
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-5956

Email: Carolynj@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Ric Killian (Mecklenburg, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1010
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-5886

Email: Rick@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative James H. Langdon, Jr.( Johnston, Sampson, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 610
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5849 or 919-894-5797

Email: Jhl@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative David R. Lewis (Harnett, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 509
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-715-3015 or 910-892-6171

Email: Davidl@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Daniel F. McComas (New Hanover, Co)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 506
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5786 or 910-343-8372

Email: Dannym@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Pat McElraft (Carteret, Jones, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 603
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-6275 or 252-342-0693

Email: Patm@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Wm. C. “Bill” McGee (Forsyth, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 531
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5747 or  336-766-4481

Email: Williamm@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Wil Neumann (Gaston, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 510
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5868 or 704-825-4077

Email: Wiln@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Louis M. Pate, Jr. (Wayne, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 503
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5755 or 919-658-6170

Email: Louisp@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Karen B. Ray (Iredell, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1025
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-5741 or 704-660-5961

Email: Karenr@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Mitchell S. Setzer (Catawba, Iredell, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1204
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-4948 or 828-241-3570

Email: Mitchells@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Edgar V. Starnes (Caldwell, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 602
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-733-5931 or 828-326-9653

Email: Edgars@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Bonner L. Stiller (Brunswick, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 306A2
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: 919-301-1450 or 910-278-5379

Email: Bonners@ncleg.net

 

 

Representative Thom Tillis (Mecklenburg, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1002
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-733-5828 or 704-248-2980

Email: Thomt@ncleg.netor www.thomtillis.com

 

 

Representative Trudi Walend (Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, Co.)

 

NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1015
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Phone: 919-715-4466 or 828-883-3790

Email: Trudiw@ncleg.net

Sub-committee:

Chairman of the Sub Committee

Jimmy Love (Harnett/Lee, Co.)

Email: jimmyl@ncleg.net

Phone: (919) 715-3026

        

Tim Moore (Cleveland, Co.)

Phone: 919-733-4838

Email: Timm@ncleg.net

 

Jennifer Weiss (Wake, Co.)

Email: jenniferw@ncleg.net 

 Phone: (919) 715-3010

                 

 

Alice Borsden (Alamance, Co.) 

Email: aliceb@ncleg.net

Phone: (919) 733-5820

                 

Pat Hurley (Randolph, Co.)

Email: Path@ncleg.net

Phone:(919) 733-5865

                 

Karen Ray (Iredell ,Co.) 

Email: Karenr@ncleg.net

Phone:  (919) 733-5741

                

Joe Kiser (Lincoln, Co.)

Email: Joek@ncleg.net

Phone: (919) 733-5782

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