Posts Tagged ‘abduction’

Authorities in Texas have issued an AMBER Alert for abducted 14-year-old DIANA IZAGUIRRE. Police are looking for VICTOR GARCIA IN HER abduction.


Name: Victor Garcia
Hair Color:
Brown Eye Color: Brown
Skin Color: White
Age: 27
Height: 5FT5 Weight: 170LB
Gender: Male

Vehicle Information
Make: Mercury Model: Grand Marquis
License State: TX License Text: 3VGWH

The suspect was last heard from in PRIMERA, TEXAS. Law enforcement officials believe this child to be in grave or immediate danger. If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the PRIMERA POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 956-544-0860.

Update: Brownsville police say 14-year-old safe after Amber Alert

An anonymous tip through Brownsville police crime stopper’s led to the safe recovery Tuesday morning of Diana Izaguirre, 14, of Primera, a police spokesman said.

Her suspected abductor, Victor Garcia, 27, has been charged with marijuana possession, Brownsville police Sgt. Jimmy Manrrique said. He was expected to be arraigned this morning in Brownsville on the marijuana charge.


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Is someone attempting to abduct children from a mall in Akron, Ohio?

Officials investigate attempted abductions at mall

A stranger has twice in the past four weeks taken the hands of 3-year-old girls in apparent abduction attempts at Chapel Hill Mall, Akron police and mall officials said.

In each case, the child’s mother thwarted the abduction attempt, and the stranger fled. No child has been injured.

Akron police are trying to determine whether the same man is responsible for both attempts.

Authorities have also alerted area police agencies and the media to bring attention to the case.

After the murder of Nancy Bochicchio at the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton, Fl., you would think most mall might have upgraded their security systems.

How safe is your mall? Would you be surprised to learn other Simon Properties, which owns the Town Center in Florida, are lacking when it comes to surveillance cameras even after this tragedy? Though promises were made to upgrade security at the Town Center Mall, some mall properties have no “Eyes-in-the-skies”, except for those in specific stores.

Is the lack of surveillance cameras an industry issue? Chapel Hill Mall is owned by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc

Ted Martin, the mall’s general manager, said the shopping center is safe, patrolled by off-duty Akron police officers and private security. He said some stores have cameras, but there are no cameras in common areas such as the food court.

He said such crimes can happen anywhere at anytime, and he hopes news of the crimes will put parents on alert. The mall has been in continual contact with police to discuss security, he said.

”The safety and well-being of our shoppers and retailers’ employees are our top concern,” Martin said.

They do have aggressive security procedures regarding  behavioral code of conduct  for visitors to the mall. Perhaps they will add no abducting children to the already extensive list.

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Murdered at the Mall

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On the CBS show Criminal Minds a team patterned after the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit becomes involved with a different case each week.

CRIMINAL MINDS revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own.

In this week’s show “Season 4: Episode 21: A Shade of Gray” about a series of child abductions and murders Rossi made this frightening statement. 

“99% of abducted children are killed in the first 24 hours”

Dramatic statistics but not actually correct, at least according to the Case Management for Missing Children Homicide Investigation report by the Washington State Attorney and the U.S. Department of Justice- Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention. The statistic quoted is for those children who were abducted and murdered not for all abducted children.

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. Approximately 40% of these children are murdered or never recovered.

  • 46.8% of abducted children who were murdered were found dead in less than an hour .
  • 76.2% of abducted children who were murdered were found dead within the first 4 hours.
  • 88.5% of abducted children who were murdered were found dead within the first 24 hours.
  • 97.9% of abducted children who were murdered were found dead within 7 days.

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    2006 Child Abduction Murder Study

    If the shoe fits

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    A Canadian AMBER Alert wasn’t issued nor is she listed at the NCMEC as missing from Canada. She has been positively identified in a school surveillance video walking with an unidentified woman.

    Police say the “person of interest,” appears to be between 19 and 25 years old with long black hair, and in the video is seen wearing a white winter parka and tight blue jeans.

    Victoria Stafford missing flyer

    WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Two days after Victoria ‘Tori’ Stafford went missing, police in southern Ontario are appealing for a woman seen in a surveillance video with the girl to come forward.

    The eight year old has been missing since Wednesday afternoon, when she was supposed to have walked home from school in Woodstock, 45 kilometres east of London, Ont. The Oxford Community Police Service, along with officers from neighbouring police departments, have canvassed the area for clues into Stafford’s disappearance.

    Update 04-13-09: Tara McDonald a mothers plea

    “I know in my heart she is OK and that it’s just a matter of time before we find her.”

    “Wherever she is, if she can find a phone, a window, any way she can get back to us. If she can call, if she can get away, just to fight to come home.”

    “Nobody can even begin to imagine what our family is going through.”

    “I just want everybody to continue your prayers and keep looking and don’t give up because we’re not going to give up for a second until she is home safely.”

    Update 04-15-09: Tori Stafford’s parents take lie detector tests

    WOODSTOCK, ONT. – Victoria Stafford’s estranged parents have taken lie detector tests and their previous relationships are under intense scrutiny even as a small army of friends, family and strangers continues to search for their missing 8-year-old daughter.

    While Oxford Community Police refused to comment last night on the polygraph tests, friends of Tara McDonald and Rodney Stafford, Victoria’s parents, said the two underwent the tests over the Easter long weekend.


    Update 04-17-09: OPP takes over case of missing Woodstock girl.

    WOODSTOCK, ONT. – The Ontario Provincial Police are taking over the lead in the investigation for missing eight-year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford, Oxford Community Police Chief Ron Fraser said Friday.

    Fraser introduced Det. Insp. Bill Renton of the OPP, who will spearhead the provincial force’s efforts in tracking down Tori, at a news conference in the southwestern Ontario city.

    “It is now our belief that is an abduction,” said Renton.

    Update 04-22-09: Witness helps Canadian missing girl case

    WOODSTOCK, Ontario, April 22 (UPI) — Canadian police in Woodstock, Ontario, said Wednesday a witness helped them create a composite sketch of a woman last seen with a missing 8-year-old girl.


    View America’s Most Wanted (AMW) case overview.

    Authorities are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who abducted Tori.

    Update 05-05-09:  THE CANADIAN PRESS

    WOODSTOCK– Surveillance video that captured the moment eight-year-old Victoria Stafford was abducted also caught a glimpse of a “vehicle of interest” that investigators are trying to identify, police said today.

    Update 05-20-09: Father of Tori Stafford says arrests made in girl’s disappearance

    Police in Woodstock, Ont., have arrested two people in connection with the disappearance of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford.

    The child’s father, Rodney Stafford, told CBC News on Wednesday morning that police have told him two arrests have been made, but he was not able to provide any further information.

    Stafford said he expects to receive more information later in the day.

    There is no information on the fate of the little girl.

    Update 05-21-09: The alleged suspects in the murder of Victoria have been identified

    May 20 (Bloomberg) — Canadian police have arrested two people in connection with the abduction and murder of an 8-year- old girl in southern Ontario.

    Victoria “Tori” Stafford disappeared April 8 after she left her school in Woodstock, Ontario, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Toronto. Video surveillance tapes near the school showed a girl matching Tori’s description walking with a woman. Tori’s body has not been recovered.

    Police in Oxford County today said Michael Rafferty, 28, was charged with first-degree murder and abduction and Terri- Lynn McClintic, 18, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder and abduction. They appeared in court today in Woodstock, and their first hearing has been put off to May 28, Oxford Police Chief Ron Fraser said at a news conference.

    Note: Michael Rafferty is also being identified as Michael Thomas C.S. Rafferty

    Update 05-25-09: Search for missing girl’s remains continues

    Investigators trying to find the remains of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford appealed to the public Sunday to be on the lookout for a grey, cloth- covered seat from a suspect vehicle seized Friday.

    “Police are seeking help from the public in locating the entire rear seat of this vehicle that has been removed,” a news release from the Oxford Community Police Service said.

    “Police are asking everyone to check their properties for the grey cloth coloured seat and report it to police immediately. If located, police investigators ask that it not be touched, simply report it to police immediately and without physically touching it, try to protect it from the elements until investigators can attend the scene.”

    Const. Laurie-Anne Maitland would not say where the car was found.

    Late Friday, Oxford police released an image of the vehicle believed to be “significant” to helping them find Victoria’s remains.

    Maitland said they were appealing to anyone who may have seen a blue 2003 four-door Honda with black spray-paint over portions of it at the Home Depot store in Guelph, Ont. on April 8 – the day Victoria was abducted.

    Update 05-26-09: New video in Tori Stafford case was seized weeks ago

    What may become a key piece of evidence in the Victoria (Tori) Stafford investigation has been in police hands since the night the little girl disappeared.

    Investigators, though, say there was no way to know what they were looking at on that date.

    A video still of the blue car now believed connected to the April 8 abduction — released last week by Oxford Community Police — was taken from Woodstock gas-station footage investigators seized within hours.

    Jigar Patel, the owner/operator of the Norwich Avenue gas station, saw the video clip and recognized the backdrop as being his parking lot, which is about a five-minute drive from Tori’s school

    Update 05-30-09: Police tell Tori Stafford’s dad they may never find her remains

    WOODSTOCK, Ont. — The father of Victoria Stafford says police have told him to prepare for the possibility they may never find his daughter’s remains.

    Tori went missing on April 8 and six weeks later police arrested 28-year-old Michael Rafferty and charged him with first-degree murder.

    Terri-Lynne McClintic, 18, who was originally charged with being an accessory, has since had her charges upgraded to first-degree murder.

    Update 07-22-09:
    Police confirm the remains found Sunday near Mount Forest are those of the missing Woodstock girl

    WOODSTOCK — It may be several weeks before the body of Victoria (Tori) Stafford is returned to her loved ones.

    Investigators confirmed yesterday that remains found Sunday near Mount Forest are those of the Woodstock girl who disappeared April 8, but further forensic tests could delay a formal funeral by as much as a month, the Stafford family says.

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    In a previous post about Fergus Falls, Mn. then in an article from the Daily Journal, Police Chief Tim Brennan discussed the role of the NCMEC. Previously they had not been used but he suggested he would not hesitate to utilize their services in the future if the circumstances warranted.

    Yesterday at the WestRidge Mall, a 17-year-old girl was abducted by gunpoint by her stepfather from a parking lot according to the Fergus Falls Police Department. An AMBER Alert was activated. There is a report she has been found.

    Girl, 17, found after Amber Alert issued in Fergus Falls kidnapping; suspect also located

    Authorities have located a 17-year-old girl reportedly abducted at gunpoint by her step-father, who was found shortly after the girl called police in Fergus Falls, Minn., early this morning.

    Authorities have located a 17-year-old girl reportedly abducted at gunpoint by her step-father, who was found shortly after the girl called police in Fergus Falls, Minn., early this morning.

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    In yet another violent abduction, a 4-year-old was abandoned at a highway rest stop by the alleged killer of his mother. Charlie Myers, 22, was later arrested in connection with the murder.

    Man arrested in Ohio mom’s murder, son’s abduction

    Police in Ohio have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the death of a Dayton mother and the kidnapping of her 4-year-old son, who was later abandoned at a highway rest stop.

    Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer identified the suspect as Charlie W. Myers of Harrison Township, Ohio. Plummer said the man confessed to involvement with the case and is being held in connection with an aggravated murder. Formal charges have not been filed.

    Jenny Nelson, 29, was shot by an intruder last Friday in her Dayton home as she was getting her son, Will, ready for bed. The boy, who will turn 5 on Saturday, was kidnapped and later abandoned at a rest stop on I-70 outside of Columbus.

    Chronology of events in slaying of Ohio mom

    Dec. 17: Eddie and Jennifer Nelson’s car is stolen from a parking garage in Columbus.

    Jan 2: _ Maryland couple finds 4-year-old William Nelson alone at a highway rest stop west of Columbus. He tells them a stranger came into their Dayton-area home, shot his mother, took him in a car and dropped him off at the rest stop. Authorities find the body of Jennifer Nelson in her home. The stolen car is found nearby.

    Jan. 4: Authorities find the car they believe was used to abduct the boy in the parking lot of a Columbus flea market. Three Columbus men are questioned about the crime.

    Jan. 5: Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer announces the arrest of Charlie W. Myers, 22, of Columbus, saying Myers confessed to involvement in the case.

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    There are 20 missing children reported as missing in Arkansas at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. All but three are under 18 years-old. The most familiar name may be that of Morgan Nick . She was abducted by an unknown white male while she was playing at a ballpark in Alma, AR on June 9, 1995.  The States AMBER Alert is named after her.

    The youngest are Anna Rose Gray and Hopi Scout Gray who were abducted by their non-custodial mother last year.

    While you can understand the need to be better prepared to handle potential missing children cases, there seems to be plenty of opportunities to learn from previous unsolved ones.

    TIMES RECORDSeveral area law enforcement agencies will participate in a drill Wednesday searching for a “missing child” in Fort Smith.

    The drill, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will involve at least 70 participants from area police agencies. Agencies will work together in an effort to get a feel for a real missing/abducted child call, said Sgt. Adam Holland of the Fort Smith Police Department.

    Known as “Operation Hope,” the drill has been in the planning stages for the last nine months.

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