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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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Where are the celebrities lining up to raise awareness of missing 5 year-old Spanish girl Mari Luz Cortes? Why is there no listing at the ICMEC or NCMEC ? In fact if there are an estmated 200 missing children from Spain, as the article No fuss, no fanfare for Spain’s own Madeleine suggests, why are only 20 children listed at either site?

Madrid, Spain, April 29, 2005– The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (International Centre) today announced a new web site that extends to Spain its global network of web sites that help find missing children. The web site, http://es.missingkids.com, was created with the cooperation of Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA), the Spanish Police, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Last summer was the launch of this YouTube channel which has been viewed over 728,552 times. Why are there no videos for these missing children?

Alexandria, VA – August 10, 2007The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), in partnership with Google’s YouTube, and The Find Madeleine Campaign today announced the creation of a new initiative that will provide worldwide exposure to information and videos of missing children. A new YouTube Missing Children’s Channel has been created exclusively for posting videos of missing children. The new channel can be found at www.youtube.com/DontYouForgetAboutMe and will be operational today.

Update 02-12-08  There have been no major updates to the disappearance of Mari Luz Cortes. Her family continues to bring attention to her case.

Typically Spanish-Hundreds of people marched through the streets of the Andaluz capital of Seville on Monday to call for the safe return of Mari Luz, the five year old gypsy girl who has been missing from her home in Huelva for more than four weeks. It was headed by her parents, Juan José Cortés and Irene Suárez, and they have now contracted the services of a private detective agency to help them find their daughter.


The Helping To Find Madeleine group organised the campaign. Some 17,400 packs were produced, costing the Find Madeleine Fund £3,000. An e-mail version of the posters was also being sent out to thousands of addresses.

The launch comes a day after Portugal’s justice minister, Alberto Costa, said the police investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance was “approaching the conclusion.”

Update 02-17-08  Missing Amy’s parents offer cash reward

THE parents of missing Irish expat Amy Fitzpatrick have offered a cash reward for information on her whereabouts.

Stepfather David Mahon revealed yesterday he was prepared to pay a “substantial” amount of money to anyone who could help unravel her mystery disappearance





















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After hearing of the birth of Nancy Grace’s twins, I wondered how many of those searching for information on the unidentified child “Baby Grace” would instead find news regarding the birth of Nancy Grace’s twins. Surprisingly, in a celebrity crazed world, the majority of searches produced stories regarding the possibly murdered child found last week in Galveston.

ATLANTA (AP)— Nancy Grace is now the mother of twins, after doctors induced labor two months before her due date. Grace, host of legal affairs talk show “Nancy Grace” on CNN Headline News, gave birth to a boy, John David, and a girl, Lucy Elizabeth, on Sunday, said CNN spokeswoman Janine Iamunno.

At the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) there are 11 missing female children listed between the ages of 2-3 years-old. None, at first glance, appear to be missing “Baby Grace”.

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In 1986 two writers for the Denver Post, Diana Griego and Louis Kilzer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Their series of articles published in May 1985, “The Truth about Missing Children” provided an in-depth study of “missing children.” The articles revealed that most were involved in custody disputes or runaways. At the time it helped to mitigate national fears stirred by exaggerated statistics.

Those fears were resurrected a dozen years later for readers of Dennis Lehane’s book “Gone Baby Gone“.  His story involved the victim of a stereotypical abduction. Though he references about 300 cases per year where children are never found or returned, there are roughly 115 such cases today. 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.

The movie version of his 1998 crime thriller hits theatres on Friday October 19th. There are some comparisons between, Madeline O’Brien, the actor portraying the missing child in the movie based on age and physical similarities to real life missing child Madeleine McCann however they stop there. 

Real life videos of missing children  YouTube and Missing Children

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Since debuting earlier this month, “YouTube channel, “Don’t you forget about me” has received over 245,000 channel views. There are now 39 videos listed on their site. Most are pleas for missing Madeleine McCann. The average video is less then a minute. Click on link to view at YouTube.


Laura Bush (English)


David Beckham (English)

Niall Quinn


In addition to the videos listed above, several members of the English Rugby team have made pleas for Madeleine safe return.

Martin Corry

Andrew Gomarsall (English)

Lewis Moody (English)

Shaun Perry (English)

Phil Vickery (English)

Jonny Wilkinson (English)

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When Madeleine McCann was first reported missing David Beckham and Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, offered their support. Following David and Harry’s arrival to the U.S., Gerry McCann is coming to America according to Sky News.

Gerry McCann will be in the US tomorrow to talk to American politicians and child abduction experts.

But he is also reportedly hoping to meet the wife of President Bush during his three-day trip.

Have there been any outspoken U.S. politicians or even child abductions experts publicly advocating for Madeleine’s safe return? There has been periodic updates at America’s Most Wanted (AMW) and the occassional effort to increase ratings for the justice themed/interview/debate shows but most only cover the initial report of the child missing, an anniversary date of their disappearance and the resolution should there be any.

Some Legislators have difficulty even passing effective legislation or funding it opting instead for the group photo ops.

He is also scheduling a visit to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

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.

NCMEC was established in 1984 as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to provide services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered, and sexually exploited children. Pursuant to its mission and its congressional mandates (see 42 U.S.C. §§ 5771 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. § 11606; 22 C.F.R. § 94.6),

NCMEC 2006 budget breakdown

The NCMEC receives annually approximately

    Federal Funding   $35,964,299
    Contributions          $7,779,775
    Special Events.        $2,673,365

Total Revenue & Support (including interest/investment)  $50,321,623.

(Source: NCMEC 2006 Annual Report)

Though there have been no recent updates at the “Find Madeleine” site,

Donations of £901,234.89 or $1,852,308 have been received to the fund to date.

Update 07-24-07 Gerry McCann is making the rounds of the American morning news shows at ABC, CBS and NBC. The main question being asked is why they chose to leave her and the twins alone that evening. His paraphrased response was that they were only 50 yards away and likened it to eating in their garden with a view of the apartment.


Note: Show Info 

Airs Weekdays at 10 p.m. ET

According to her blog, Greta Van Susteren will be airing an interview with Madeleine McCann’s father tonight.

Show transcript

Related Posts:

Magic and Missing Madeleine

Missing Madeleine McCann

Legislation Posts:

North Carolina Representative Chairman Dan Blue

NC House Bill 933

A call to apathy

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In his blog Gerry McCann thanks JK Rowling for all her support.

Ms Rowling, who lived in Portugal for several years, has offered amazing support in the search for Madeleine. As well as offering a large reward for Madeleines safe return she has also added information on Madeleines abduction on her own site with a link back to our homepage.

If you haven’t been to the JK Rowling website you should. Click on the links (hint the glasses) and look on the book shelf. It is a very creative way to tell the story of a missing child.

Now if only something very magical would happen and she be safely returned.

Update 07-21-07  The hoopla surrounding “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” may not have produced the desired results in the search for Madeleine. There is no immediate list of retailers who may have displayed the poster. It doesn’t appear any of the major U.S. News Agencies covering the book’s release on air (CBS, NBC and ABC nor cable news networks) either mentioned or showed her poster in their reports. A quick Internet search will not even return an image of the poster which was to have been displayed.

“I fervently hope that posters displayed prominently in shops all over the world when the new book comes out will help find Madeleine McCann and will raise the profile of the many other missing children in different countries,” Rowling said.

Fox News 

Similar to the hype surrounding the FA Cup and the anticipation of her video being seen worldwide, the build up to the book release may have helped spur interest but seemingly failed to deliver in the end.

 The poster can be viewed at the ICMEC.

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