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Archive for January 16th, 2009

In the Endangered Missing case of  Giovanni Colon-Gonzalez there have been conflicting stories as to how he disappeared. Giovanni was last seen on August 15, 2008 at approximately 4:00 p.m. His mother has said he was allegedly dropped off at his father’s home on August 15, 2008. His father denies he ever was left in his care.

In Cleveland, Demitrius Duncan, the father of a missing 6-month old girl has been arrested after leading police to her body. His 17-year-old girlfriend, Olga Vazquez, was allegedly asleep on a couch when the child went missing. Initially the godmother of the child reported her disappearance to police.

Body of Missing 6 Month Old Baby Found in Dumpster

The police were called by the girl’s godmother. Police arrested the girl’s parents, Demetrius E. Duncan, 19, and an unnamed 16-year-old girl from the city’s West Side. They were arrested on suspicion of child endangering after detectives said they were given conflicting information about their activities Wednesday evening. Four others were also held for questioning.

Detectives say that Duncan told police he “went out to sell drugs”, and upon returning, the baby was no where to be seen. He said he had been out between 1:30pm and 3:00pm selling crack.

MyFox Cleveland  has reported he has been arrested previously.

Juvenile Court records indicate both the mother and Duncan have been in trouble before. Duncan was charged with assault and found in possession of crack cocaine in 2003. The baby’s mother was accused of lying to Cleveland Police in 2007.

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In Immokalee, Fl., 6-year-old Adji Desir has been missing since last Saturday evening.

As mentioned in other posts, mainstream media has reported hundreds of  police officers and volunteers have been involved in the search of the Farmers Workers Village.  An AMBER Alert was not issued as he was not believed to have been abducted.

Though Sheriff’s Office officials believe the number of agents would be slightly scaled back, roughly 300 law enforcement officials — 100 of which are Collier County deputies — are expected to continue the search Friday, with boats and airboats joining the effort, Partington said.

“The search for Adji has been just phenomenal,” said incident commander Lt. Tom Smith, in an interview Thursday. “We started off with 80 officers or so the first night. It jumped to 150 the next of couple of nights and yesterday we had over 300 officers here searching. And today it was nearly the same.”    Naples Daily News

 

Yesterday, a  17-person FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team assisted in search efforts. The FBI also has its Behavioral Analysis team reviewing the case.

The CARD team is a resource apparently available to local authorities. Experts all agree time is critical when a child is missing especially if the child may have been abducted. If a child is developmentally disabled with an inability to communicated, as has been reported, you would hope this resource was notified early in his disappearance.

It’s a fearsome thought: a child snatched by a stranger. Who investigates these crimes? We do. It’s our job to handle cases of child abductions.

In 1932, Congress gave the FBI jurisdiction under the “Lindbergh Law” to immediately investigate any reported mysterious disappearance or kidnapping involving a child of “tender age”—usually 12 or younger. And just to be clear, before we get involved there does NOT have to be a ransom demand and the child does NOT have to cross state lines or be missing for 24 hours.

Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Teams

It is the mission of the FBI’s Crimes Against Children Unit to provide a quick and effective response to all incidents of crimes against children. The first few hours after a child is abducted are critical, and that is why we have established the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Teams.

The CARD Teams are designed to deploy teams of 4–6 experienced personnel to provide on-the-ground investigative, technical, and resource assistance to state and local law enforcement. The CARD Teams consist of Crimes Against Children investigators who have in-depth experience in child abduction cases. The nationwide CARD Team consists of 48 members, with two full teams serving each region of the country. They work closely with FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit representatives, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime Coordinators, and Crimes Against Children Coordinators.

In addition to their unique expertise, CARD Teams are capable of quickly establishing an on-site command post to centralize investigative efforts and operations. Other assets they bring to the table include a new mapping tool to identify and locate registered sex offenders in the area, national and international lead coverage, and the Child Abduction Response Plan to guide investigative efforts.

CARD Teams are primarily involved in non-family child abductions, ransom child abductions, and mysterious disappearances of children. They work with state and local law enforcement to protect and save the lives of innocent children.

Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 1-239-793-9300, the Tampa FBI office at 1-866-838-1153 (toll free) or the Miami FBI office at 305-944-9101

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