Posts Tagged ‘Amber Dubois’

Searching for updates on the disappearance of Amber Dubois, the Escondido, Ca. teen who was last seen on February 13, 2009, I ran across these articles “Despite split, teen’s family trying to stay focused ” and “ESCONDIDO: Governor offers $40,000 for arrest in Amber Dubois case

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered a $40,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the disappearance of missing Escondido teen Amber Dubois.

With Amber’s family offering $60,000 for the safe return of their daughter and the arrest of anyone responsible for her disappearance, the reward money in the case is now $100,000.

If you have followed the cases of Caylee Anthony and Haleigh Cummings, you may have noticed a familiar name, Michelle Bart. At one time, she was the spokesperson for the Anthony’s and Kid Finders Network. Apparently she is now a public relations specialist hired by Amber’s grandmother, Sheila Welch.

In phone interviews Tuesday, the parents said Welch has taken too much control over the search, hiring a public relations specialist against their wishes along with a private investigator.

“The whole thing is pretty ugly,” McGonigle said, adding that her mother has refused to allow for an accounting of what she estimates is $30,000 raised for the Amber Leeane Dubois Trust, which is controlled by the grandmother.

Welch said she has offered to sit down with Amber’s parents to discuss the trust but said they have refused to meet in person. She noted that her efforts have been driven by a sole purpose: To find her granddaughter.

The family’s split, she said, has not prevented her from moving forward on her own search.

Michelle Bart, the public relations specialist hired by Welch, said it’s unfortunate some of the family’s divisions have become public. She said the split has eaten away at her time, at least. When the parents criticized Escondido police earlier this month, for example, Bart had to explain that her camp still very much supports police efforts.

“I’ve used most of my time in the last two or three months doing damage control,” Bart said. “Amber should be the only priority. It should have nothing to do with fighting over a trust.”

Moe Dubois, Amber’s father, acknowledged there are strong family fractures. At times, the family’s message has been distorted by Welch and Bart, he said.

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There have been very little updates in the disappearance of Amber Dubois. She was last seen on February 13, 2009 and is considered by the NCMEC as Case Type: Endangered Missing.

Police have been attempting to identify a driver of a maroon or burgundy truck (originally reported as red) which was spotted on a surveillance video from the Escondido High School bus maintenance yard where she was last seen. Did the driver see anything or have any connection with her disappearance?

Police investigate possible link between assaults, missing teen


ESCONDIDO — Escondido police are investigating the possibility that a man suspected of molesting two girls in Wal-Mart stores in San Diego could be connected to the disappearance of Amber Dubois, who was last seen walking to Escondido High School more than three months ago.

The link they are trying to establish is a burgundy pickup that appeared in surveillance tapes in both cases.

In the Wal-Mart cases, which happened in two locations, a surveillance tape recorded a 25-to 30-year-old, 6-foot-tall white man who drove what appeared to be a burgundy, four-door, full-sized truck with a silver or chrome storage box in the bed. The model year is believed to be between 1998 and 2006.

The assailant molested 5-and 6-year-old girls. One molestation occurred April 1 at a Wal-Mart on College Grove Way in Oak Park and the other May 17 at a Wal-Mart on Shawline Drive in Kearny Mesa. Neither girl was seriously injured. No suspect has been arrested.


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Amber Dubois is listed at the NCMEC   under Case Type: Endangered Missing. When she initially was reported missing it was apparently assumed by authorities she was a runaway. Amber was last seen on February 13, 2009 walking to Escondido High School.

Vigil aims to raise awareness of abductions

Amber’s parents feared that she was abducted because she would have never gone with a stranger and has no history of running away. Escondido police told Amber’s mother, Carrie McGonigle, that it was a one-in-a-million-chance that she was abducted.

“I told them this is the one-in-a-million chance,” she said.

Should you have any information regarding her disappearance please contact the Escondido Police Department (California) 1-760-839-

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Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.
Mark Twain

Most of the 2,726 children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) have no rewards payable for their save return. For those that do, there have been few updates in their disappearances. When rewards are announced, they seem to increase the number of tips concerning the missing child but in many instances the tips seem to be personal theories more than significant leads, so how effective are they?

At one time there was a £2.5m or at today’s exchange rate $ 3,776,429 reward for missing Madeleine McCann. The reward amount is no longer listed on the site so whether it is still available is unclear.

However, these are some other available rewards from some random missing children cases. In some instances they of are offered for information or for the child’s safe return, while in others it is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the abduction.

Amber Dubois            $60,000
Brittanee Drexel        $12,000
Adji Desir                   $23,000
Kara Kopetsky           $30,000
Trenton Duckett         $21,000
Haleigh Cummings     $25,500
Briant Rodriguez        $50,000
Victoria Stafford         $50,000
Jaliek Rainwalker (amount tbd)


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The story about,  Brittanee Drexel, a missing 17-year-old on spring break without her parents permission, has generated a lot of media attention and hopes are she is recovered unharmed. But why do some of these children, believed to be missing and endangered, receive no coverage at all?

At the NCMEC, there are 683 children listed under Case Type: Endangered Missing. One of them is Briana Marie Nagel . Unlike Brittanee, Amber Dubois  missing since Feb. 13, 2009 from Escondido, Ca. or Kara Kopetsky  missing since May 4, 2007  from Belton, Mo. whose stories were in the headlines, hers was not.

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There is this cryptic message describing the circumstances of her disappearance on her missing poster.

Although she is missing from Fort Washington, Maryland, the Allegheny County Police Department is interested in her whereabouts. Her ears are pierced. She was last seen wearing a navy blue hoodie, blue jeans and pink and white Reebok sneakers.

Alleghany County Police Department (Pennsylvania) 1-412-473-3000

Other Endangered Missing children have no information regarding their disappearances.

Missing Since: 1/15/08
Age Now: 16
Missing from: CHICAGO, IL

Missing Since: 3/6/09
Age Now: 16
Missing from: BALTIMORE, MD

Missing Since: 7/8/06
Age Now: 15
Missing from: SAN LORENZO, PR

Missing Since: 6/16/07
Age Now: 15
Missing from: HARLINGEN, TX

Missing Since: 6/3/07
Age Now: 15
Missing from: SELLS, AZ

Missing Since: 7/9/07
Age Now: 15
Missing from: CLEVELAND, OH

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When Adji Desir went missing in Immakolee, Fl. an AMBER Alert was not activated. There were none activated in Escondido, Ca. following the disappearance of Amber Dubois nor in Tracy, Ca. in the case of Sandra Cantu. The reason given by authorities, none of them met the criteria for activation.

Critics argue if the alerts are issued too often, people will become desensitized thus ignoring them. So why isn’t this “boy who cried wolf” scenario a concern for states with Silver Alert programs?

There were 128 Silver Alerts activated in North Carolina in 2008. Forty four of them were between Oct-Dec. An additional 67 have been issued as of March 2009.

Silver Alert Criteria

ALL of the following statutory criteria must be met before the N.C. Center for Missing Persons will activate a Silver Alert:

  • The person is believed to be suffering from dementia or other cognitive impairment- regardless of age
  • The person is believed to be missing – regardless of circumstance
  • A legal custodian of the missing person has submitted a missing person’s report to the local law enforcement agency where the person went missing
  • Law enforcement reports the incident to the NC Center for Missing Persons

  • This is in sharp contrast to the number of AMBER Alerts. There were 8 alerts activated for all of 2008 with an additional 5 being activated as of March 2009.

    AMBER Alert Activation Criteria

    ALL of the following statutory criteria (GS §143B-499.7) must be met before the NC Center for Missing Persons will activate an AMBER Alert.
    The child is:

  • 17 years old or younger
  • believed to have been abducted,
  • not taken by a parent (unless the child is in danger)
  • not believed to be a runaway or voluntarily missing
  • and the abduction has been reported to and investigated by a law enforcement agency.
  • Are the AMBER Alert criteria too strict or the Silver Alert criteria too lenient?

    Read a summary of all AMBER Alert activations in N.C.

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    A child in Jacksonville, Fl. is reported to authorities as missing on Sunday night so why does it take until Tuesday night before police ask for the public’s help? She isn’t listed at the NCMEC as a missing child.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville police on Tuesday evening asked for the public’s help to find a missing 13-year-old girl. Authorities said, Tatiana Ballenger was last seen Sunday on the Northside of Jacksonville. According to her parents, Tatiana has diminished mental capabilities and is in need of medication.

    Note: Thursday is her 14th birthday.

    Missing Teen Girl Found On Westside
    Girl Found On Her 14th Birthday

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Four days after her parents said their daughter disappeared from their Northside home, police have located the now-14-year-old girl.

    Tatiana Ballenger was found in an abandoned home on the Westside Thursday afternoon — her 14th birthday

    In southwest Florida, a 6-year-old with diminished mental capacity, Adji Desir, remains missing after disappearing on January 10, 2009.

    Many in Jacksonville recall the disappearances of  Mark Degner & Bryan Hayes. They were  last seen on February 10, 2005.

    In Greenwich, NY. the search continues for missing Jaliek Rainwalker.

    An Alabama 13-year-old,  Haleigh Culwell, and her mother were last seen on June 21, 2007.

    Fourteen year-old Amber Dubois went missing on February 13, 2009 in Escondido, CA. and has not been seen since.

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