Posts Tagged ‘Donna Jou’

Sadly, it is not uncommon to read stories of adults in their 20, 30,40’s or older preying on children in their teens or younger. Parents are often shocked when informed their child may have been abducted or molested by someone they met on the Internet.

Defenders of Sex offenders are quick to point out children are more likely to be victimized by someone they know, as if to diminish their behavior, which may explain why offenders troll the Internet to lure or groom unsuspecting victims. Often cloaked in the veil of anonymity, they send text messages to unsuspecting teens, engage in chat rooms discussions pretending to be much younger and target victims in on-line social networks such as Facebook and MySpace.

The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area in North Carolina recently ran an article about sex offenders and MySpace in their State

Cooper: 2,100 sex offenders in N.C. found on MySpace

The state attorney general’s office says the social networking Web site MySpace has found nearly 2,100 registered sexual offenders from North Carolina among its user ranks.

MySpace says it has removed the offenders.

According to the office of Attorney General Roy Cooper, MySpace turned over the names in response to a subpoena. Cooper’s office says it’s requested similar information from Facebook, another popular social networking site.

The actions are the latest in a push, made by Cooper and other states attorneys general, to remove registered sex offenders from the sites, which are popular among children. In 2007, MySpace handed over to Cooper’s office the names of 245 registered offenders who were using the site.

In return, both MySpace and Facebook agreed in 2008 to strengthen their protections for children.

Should all sex offenders be removed from Social Network sites regardless whether children are present?

Another site, Craigslist, which offers free on-line classified advertisements, has been a site predators have trolled searching for potential victims and recently come under attack for ads placed by escorts services.

On June 23, 2007, a Donna Jou may have met her fate at the hands of John Burgess

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Deborah Kalai Fourzan, (14), has been missing since February 2, 2009 from Tecumseh, Ok.  She is believed to be with James Reimer.


Fugitive, Teenage Girl May Be Headed To Anime Conventions  

Cops in Oklahoma are looking for 40-year-old James Reimer because they believe he took off with 14-year-old Deborah Kalai Fourzan.

In January, Crystal took away Kalai’s cell phone and discovered sexually explicit text messages — that seemed to be coming from Reimer.

Reimer was a close friend of Kalai’s mother Crystal Vanbuskirk and her husband, Richard.

 Chioma Gray, (16), may be in the company of Andrew Tafoya, (22). A felony warrant is on file for Andrew. They may travel to Mexico in a white 2008 Acura TSX with the California license plate 6AXX928.  Andrew has multiple tattoos.  Neither have been seen since.

In a new development in the case of missing Amber Dubois, police have a search warrant for Amber’s Yahoo account. Her status as Endangered Missing hasn’t change and hopefully her account may provide them with new clues.

EXCLUSIVE: New details surface in Amber Dubois case
Missing Escondido teen’s Web activity focus of search warrants

ESCONDIDO —- Friends of missing Escondido teenager Amber Dubois told police last month that the girl had been chatting with boys online, a situation that drew concern from one of her friends, according to court records obtained Friday.

And a forensic probe of the computer used by Amber and her family revealed a bump in Internet activity in the week before the teen’s disappearance, according to an affidavit Escondido police filed last week to get a warrant to look at the computer communications of Amber, who went by the screen name “wolfintheend.”

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There is sure to be much speculations as to why the family of Adam Herrman did not report him missing. His adoptive mother, Valerie Herrman, said she didn’t report him missing because she feared authorities would remove his siblings. Some believe it may have more to do with the approximately $58,800 the family collected from the state prior to his 18th birthday. Other possible explanations may be found in this publication.

Runaway/Thrownaway Children: National Estimates and Characteristics

NISMART stands for the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children. These studies were undertaken in response to the Missing Children’s Assistance Act (Pub. L. 98–473), which requires that the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) conduct periodic studies to determine the number of U.S. children reported missing and the number of children recovered during a given year. NISMART consists of several complementary studies designed to estimate the size and nature of the Nation’s missing children problem.


Adam Herrman wan’t reported missing for nine years. You might be surprised searching the reported missing children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), to learn that of the total 2,712 reported missing children, approximatley 30-40% of them are over 18-years-old.

A child continues to be listed if they went missing prior to turning 18-years-old. There are other special circumstances such as in the disappearance of 21-year-old  Donna Jou.

SPECIAL NOTE: This case was initiated pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 5779. The individual pictured on this poster was reported missing when he or she was between the ages of 18 and 20. Law enforcement has entered this case in the FBI National Crime Information Center database and has asked NCMEC to disseminate this poster.

Missing and over 18-years-old in Kansas:

Missing Since: 9/26/08
Age Now: 18

Missing Since: 4/27/98
Age Now: 27

Missing Since: 11/18/06
Age Now: 18

Missing Since: 9/12/81
Age Now: 32

Missing Since: 4/15/88
Age Now: 38

Missing Since: 1/16/95
Age Now: 29

Missing Since: 1/11/00
Age Now: 25

Other missing children in Ks.

Missing Since: 11/2/08
Age Now: 15

Missing Since: 9/2/07
Age Now: 15

Missing Since: 5/19/07
Age Now: 8

Missing Since: 9/4/08
Age Now: 3

Missing Since: 7/24/08
Age Now: 15

Missing Since: 9/5/01
Age Now: 11

Missing Since: 9/24/06
Age Now: 7

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While MySpace may immediately come to mind when parents are informed their child may have been abducted by someone they met on the Internet, more stories are beginning to involve Craigslist which offers free on-line classified advertisements. Last year, it was believed to have been how Donna Jou may have met her fate at the hands of John Burgess.

In Texas:

A 15-year-old Austin girl was found in New Jersey Wednesday kidnapped, police say, by a man she met on the Internet.

Transit police in New Jersey arrested John Snyder, 33, on one count of kidnapping. He was on a bus with a 15-year-old Austin girl.

That 15-year-old’s mother says her daughter put an ad on Craigslist in July, which started an inappropriate dialogue with Snyder.

Correction: His name was erroneously reported as John Snyder, his name is David Michael Snyder.


“Once you travel beyond a 120-mile radius with a subject under the age of 17 without the consent of the guardian or parent then you are basically committing the offense of unlawful restraint” says Detective James Scott of A.P.D.’s Missing Persons unit.

Detective Scott also says that more charges may be filed against Snyder pending the outcome of the investigation.

A background search done by KVUE shows that David Snyder was arrested in May of this year on a warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child from another case.

The age for sexual consent in Texas is 17.

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Missing 20 year old, Brooke Leigh Henson disappeared from a small town in South Carolina in 1999. Though not a child, had she gone missing today, she may have been entered into the NCMEC database, similar to missing 20 year old Donna Jou under this provision.

SPECIAL NOTE: This case was initiated pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 5779. The individual pictured on this poster was reported missing when he or she was between the ages of 18 and 20. Law enforcement has entered this case in the FBI National Crime Information Center database and has asked NCMEC to disseminate this poster.



In the summer of 2006, Lisa Henson received the call that she patiently waited seven years for – police had found her missing niece, Brooke, enrolled at Columbia University and were on their way to meet her. But just as Henson’s greatest hope was realized, it was quickly dashed when police discovered that the woman they had found was not Brooke. In fact, they had stumbled onto the trail of Esther Reed, a young woman who is still outsmarting them all.

Esther Elizabeth Reed  disappeared from her Seattle home in the summer of 1999, right around the time of Brooke Henson’s disappearance from her home in Travelers Rest, S.C. While Brooke was a free spirit, Esther was a sullen teen, a gifted chess player whose intelligence far exceeded her age and, as police would uncover, one whose life became a cross-country con of fake identities and frustrated dreams.

From Seattle to Arizona to California, Chicago, Boston and New York, among others, Reed has reinvented herself as a career chess player, a debate champion and even an Ivy League student attending Columbia and Harvard Universities. Over the course of her journey, Reed has used at least four different names, seduced military personnel, and allegedly stolen over $100,000 in student loans.

With a federal indictment and the Secret Service on the hunt, Reed, a high school dropout remains one step ahead, giving authorities a run for their money. “She is not Esther Reed. She is not Brooke Henson,” says John Urquhardt a Sergeant with the King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle, Washington, “but she is somewhere and she is somebody.”

Now, 48 HOURS MYSTERY launches its own investigation in conjunction with local police, private investigators, friends and family, and obtains exclusive interviews with one of Esther Reed’s victims, a number of former lovers, an ex-con in Chicago, and a medical student who remained best friends with Reed for years, never suspecting what she was really up to. Additionally FBI consultant Frank Abagnale, whose exploits as a phony pilot, lawyer, and doctor inspired the motion picture “Catch Me If You Can,” weighs in on the case.

Peter Van Sant reports 48 HOURS MYSTERY: “Capture the Queen,” on Saturday, Dec. 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The broadcast is produced by Miguel Sancho. Chris O’Connell is the associate producer. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

The Brooke Leigh Henson Official Website.

Update 02-04-08

(CNN) — A high school dropout who stole the identity of a missing South Carolina woman and used it to gain admission to two Ivy League colleges has been arrested, police said Sunday.Esther Reed, who allegedly used a missing woman’s ID to get into colleges, was arrested by U.S. Marshals.

A fugitive for more than a year, Esther Reed was arrested Saturday by U.S. Marshals in suburban Chicago, said Clark Brazier, a spokesman for the police department in Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina.

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Most of us are familiar with social networking sites MySpace, Facebook and the negative publicity they have received regarding the potential for on-line predators. Not everyone though is as aware of the possible dangers of on-line ads. This Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article outlines some of the crimes which are taking place.

Craigslist — a site where its users can find anything from concert tickets to used furniture to a hot date — was founded by Craig Newmark in San Francisco in 1995. He started it as a hobby, listing events happening around the city. Since then, it has evolved into a worldwide service available in 450 cities and more than 50 countries.

According to company officials, Craigslist has 30 million users each month who post more than 25 million listings.

Katherine Ann Olson, 24 was murdered after answering an ad on Craigslist.org according to NBC’s KARE11. She was searching for employment and apparently had previously turned to online wanted-ads.

The founder of Craigslist.org believes the death of a Twin Cities woman is the first murder ever linked to the website.“I can’t recall a single case like it,” Craig Newmark tells KARE 11 News. “This is the worst that I can recall.”

Craigslist.org was in the news earlier this year after Donna Jou went missing.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. — An anonymous donor has offered a $15,000 reward for the safe return of a university student who disappeared when she went out with a man she met on the Internet site Craigslist.org, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.

Update 10-30-07

 MINNEAPOLIS —  A 19-year-old Savage man was charged with second-degree murder Tuesday for allegedly killing a woman who answered an online job posting for a baby-sitting job.Michael John Anderson allegedly shot Katherine Ann Olson in the back and killed her, according to a criminal complaint filed in Scott County District Court. His bail was set Tuesday at $1 million.

More information on Donna Jou’s disappearance.

Update 2009: In a new Craigslist related crime, Accused Craigslist killer faces charges in Rhode Island

(CNN) — A medical student accused of killing a masseuse in a Boston, Massachusetts, hotel room will be charged in a hotel assault in Rhode Island, the state attorney general said Monday.

Accused “Craigslist killer” Phillip Markoff is now facing additional charges in Rhode Island.

Police said the attacker in both cases apparently responded to the victims’ listings on the Craigslist online classified ad site.

Philip Markoff, 23, will be charged with assault with the intent to rob, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a handgun and use of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, said Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch.

The charges stem from an April 16 robbery attempt at a Holiday Inn Express in Warwick, Rhode Island.

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John Burgess was sentenced recently for failing to register as a sex offender according to the L.A. Times.  After posting $250,000 bail earlier on the charges, he had been able to remain free.

A child molester suspected in the disappearance of a Rancho Santa Margarita college student was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for failing to register as a sex offender, as the missing woman’s friends and relatives demanded his help in their search.

He remains a suspect in the disappearance of Donna Jou who went missing in June though no charges have been filed. Donna Jou  is listed at the NCMEC based on the following criteria.

SPECIAL NOTE:This case was initiated pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 5779. The individual pictured on this poster was reported missing when he or she was between the ages of 18 and 20. Law enforcement has entered this case in the FBI National Crime Information Center database and has asked NCMEC to disseminate this poster.

Update 03-18-09: Convicted sex offender charged in SDSU student’s death

LOS ANGELES — A convicted sex offender was charged in connection with the 2007 death of a San Diego State University student, prosecutors said Tuesday.

John Steven Burgess, 36, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, sale or transportation of heroin and cocaine and a misdemeanor count of concealment of an accidental death in 19-year-old Donna Jou’s death, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors contend that the crimes occurred on June 23, 2007. That was the last day Jou was seen. Her body has never been found, officials said.

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