Archive for October, 2008

Florida unresolved AMBER Alert cases

Jarkeuis Adside

Jarkeius was abducted by three unknown males during an early morning home invasion robbery.

Zachary Michael-Cole Bernhardt

Zachary was last known to be sleeping in his bed on the night of September 10, 2000. At approximately 4 a.m. on September 11, 2000, he was discovered missing, and is missing under suspicious circumstances. He goes by the nickname Zach. He has a scar under his chin, a scar between his eyes on the bridge of his nose, and on the right side of his top lip.

Bryan Dossantos-Gomes

Bryan was last seen in the area of Estero, Florida. He may be in the company of a heavyset White Hispanic female with long straight black hair, wearing blue jeans and a black blouse. They may be traveling in a dark blue or black two door Chevy Blazer or Ford Explorer with dark peeling window tint. The vehicle may contain a baby seat. The companion is armed and should be considered dangerous.

Trenton Duckett

Trenton was last seen in the area of Lady Lake Saturday afternoon. He was last seen wearing a shirt, blue denim shorts, and no shoes. Anyone seeing Trenton’s mother, or her vehicle in the vicinity of the Ocala National Forest or the Orlando area on Saturday or Sunday 08/26/2006 or 08/27/2006 is urged to call. Trenton is biracial; he is Asian and white.

Note: Father and son found, Amber Alert canceled

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, police received an anonymous tip from someone who saw a vehicle that matched what they had seen on a billboard in the area that displayed information related to the Amber Alert.


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When the AMBER Alert went out more a missing Missouri teen and her suspected abductor, it included the licence plate number and vehicle description. It appears the car may have already been impounded by Omaha Police days earlier prior to the alert. Authorities often defend why an AMBER Alert is not issued when circumstances don’t meet the alert criteria suggesting missing child alerts or in this case a missing juvenile alert is as effective.  A juvenile alert was issued in this case so why weren’t authorities in Missouri informed of the impounded car?

Following some Friday night football excitement in Lathrop, Missouri, 14-year-old Christina Alley and 16-year-old Levi Carlson disappear.

The next day an Omaha police officer finds their car in Omaha’s Old Market. The license plate matched the AWOL Avalon reported missing by the Clinton County Missouri Sheriff’s Office.

“The officer had that information at the time that these were missing juveniles out of Missouri. However the vehicle was not reported stolen until the 19th, and there wasn’t an Amber Alert attached to this until the 21st,” said Lt. Darci Tierney of the Omaha Police.

Officers found the Toyota parked illegally in front of a driveway on October 18th, a day after the teens went missing. Nobody in Missouri said they knew about the car until a week later, when the two teens were found under the 35th Avenue bridge in Council Bluffs.

Action 3 News Omaha

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Florida recently became the 12th State to implement Silver Alerts issuing eight alerts since Oct. 8 th. Many law enforcement officials believe AMBER Alerts are not issued very often to avoid them being overused, In fact, according this 2007 AMBER ALERT Study Florida only issued six all year which was approximately 5% of the total issued all year nationwide.

Of the 227 AMBER Alerts issued between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2007, 188 cases resulted in a recovery, 48 of which were successfully recovered as a direct result of those respective AMBER Alerts being issued. Six (6) children were recovered deceased, and as of
February 20, 2008, when statistics for this report were generated, no AMBER Alerts issued in
2007 remained active.

In this article from First Coast News, FDLE Special Agent Dominick Pape was quoted as saying. “the Silver Alerts are proving to be successful: of the seven alerts that went out from October 8th through October 27th, two missing persons were found thanks to the Silver Alert”.

Would AMBER Alerts be considered successful if they resulted in a child being found 28% of the time?

There are still 370 reported missing children listed at the NCMEC between Jan. 1st and Dec 31st 2007.

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The Florida Legislature this year passed Senate Bill 502, the “Jennifer Kesse and Tiffany Sessions  Missing Persons Act.” Governor Crist today ceremonially signed the bill, which broadens the authority of FDLE’s Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse to provide assistance on investigations involving missing adults younger than 26 and missing adults age 26 and older who are suspected by law enforcement to be in danger.

OCTOBER 28, 2008 – Yesterday, the families of missing toddlers, teenagers and adults traveled to the state Capitol for Missing Children’s Day. They were joined by Governor Charlie Crist, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Gerald Bailey, educators, law enforcement personnel and public officials to remember Florida’s missing children and to recognize the state’s child protection efforts…

…During Monday’s 2008 Florida Missing Children’s Day ceremony, the Governor signed the “Jennifer Kesse and Tiffany Sessions Missing Persons Act,” legislation that bolsters the state’s ability to locate endangered missing adults.


Official Tiffan Sessions website

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A plea has been made from Jennifer Hudson’s  MySpace account for her missing nephew. A $100,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of her nephew.

Thank you all for your prayers and your calls. Please keep praying for our family and that we get Julian King back home safely. If anyone has any information about his whereabouts please contact the authorities immediately. Here is a picture of Julian and what he was last seen wearing. Once again thank you all for being there for us through this tough time.

The Hudson Family

In a statement released by police:

“Jennifer Hudson and her family are offering a reward of $100,000 for the safe return of her nephew Julian King who has been missing since Friday, October 24th,” said the statement, released by Lisa Kasteler. “We ask that all inquiries be directed to the Chicago Police Department, Area 1 Detective Division at 312/747-8380. Jennifer and her family appreciate the enormous amount of love, support and prayers they have received while she and her family try to cope with this tragedy and continue the search for Julian.”

Update 10-27-08 Body of Jennifer Hudson Nephew, Julian King, Possibly Found

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — The Cook County medical examiner’s office is investigating reports on Monday of a child’s body found in an SUV in Chicago, a spokesperson for the office told CNN. The white SUV where the child’s body was found is taken away to be examined by investigators.

The Chicago Tribune — citing the medical examiner’s office — reported that the body of a boy was found Monday morning in a white SUV connected with Julian King, the missing nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson.

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There appears to be no question that AMBER Alerts help recover missing children.

2007 AMBER Alert Study
Information about the time between when the child was reported missing and the AMBER Alert’s activation was available in 106 cases. Hoaxes and unfounded cases were excluded in the statistics because a child was determined not to be missing in those AMBER Alert cases.
Forty (40) AMBER Alerts were issued within 3 hours from when the child was reported missing, with all cases resolved. Sixteen (16) cases were activated within 4 to 6 hours from when the child was reported missing, and 19 cases were issued within 7 to 12 hours.

Annually, there are approximately 115 children in the U.S. who are victims of a “stereotypical” kidnapping. These crimes involve someone the child does not know or a slight acquaintance who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently. Statistically in non-family abductions those children who were abducted and murdered.

  • 44% of abducted children who were murdered were found dead in less than an hour .
  • 74% of abducted children who were murdered were found dead within the first 4 hours.
  • 91% of abducted children who were murdered were found dead within the first 24 hours.

2007 AMBER Alert Study

Seventy-five cases (75) had a recovery the same day the child was reported missing, and 80 cases had recoveries the following day, totaling 82% of all AMBER Alerts with recoveries in 2007.

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The Chicago Police Department have a confirmed child abduction that occurred at 7019 S Yale, Chicago, IL. Julian King is a male black, 7 years old, 4 feet 11 inches, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, wearing a brown polo shirt with stripes and khaki pants. Suspect vehicle is a white 1994 Chevrolet Suburban, Illinois registration, X584859. Anyone with information should call 9-1-1 and advise they have an Amber Alert report. This concludes this Amber Alert issued by the Illinois State Police.


(CHICAGO, Ill.) – The Illinois State Police issued an Amber Alert on Friday evening after a 7-year old boy, Julian King, was abducted in Chicago. Singer and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s mother, 57-year old Darnell Donnerson, and her 29-year old brother, Jason, were found shot to death, the result of an apparent domestic disturbance, and her nephew was abducted by the suspect, police say.

The suspect, William Balfour, was taken into custody Friday evening. Hudson’s nephew, 7-year-old Julian King is still missing, and Balfour is refusing to cooperate with police or supply information, according to WFLD-Chicago. No charges had been filed at last report.

Update 12-02-08: Police arrest Balfour in Hudson slayings
Suspect was 2 days from parole hearing that could set him free

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