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A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for 3-year-old Luke Finch who is beleived to have been abducted by his father, Paul Martikainen.

A Florida MISSING CHILD Alert ( Parental Abduction) has been issued for Luke Finch, last seen in the area of Taylor Park at Harrison & Delannoy Street in Cocoa Florida, wearing a blue sweatshirt, blue pants and black and red fire engine sneakers. The child may be in the company of Paul Martikainen, a white male, 35 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 176 pounds, blonde hair and green eyes. They may be traveling in a green Ford Explorer, with a dented rear bumper, tag number 142KEA.

According to the NCMEC:

A felony warrant was issued for the abductor on November 28, 2009. They may be traveling in a 1977 32-foot Bristol Model Sloop sailboat along the Mississippi River.

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of this endangered person, please contact the Cocoa Police Department at 321-639-7620

Update: Coast Guard rescues abducted 3-year-old boy
Child’s father, Paul Martikainen faces federal charge

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Date Missing: 11/27/2009
Missing From: Valrico County: HILLSBOROUGH
Birth Date: 2/17/2007
Age Disappeared: 2 yrs 9 months
Height: Unknown
Race: White/Hispanic
Hair: Black
Weight: 30
Sex: Male
Eyes: Brown

Narrative: A Florida MISSING CHILD Alert has been issued for Luis Martinez, a white/hispanic male, 2 years old, 30 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, last seen in the area of the 400 block of Silver Lane in Valrico, Florida wearing a red shirt.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of this child please contact the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office at 813-247-8200 or 911.

FDLE MISSING ENDANGERED PERSONS
INFORMATION CLEARINGHOUSE

1-888-FL MISSING
http://www.fdle.state.fl.us

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of this endangered person, please contact the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office at 813-247-8200

Update: Amber Alert: Two Year Old Luis Martinez Update

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement canceled a missing child alert for Luis Martinez this morning one day after the toddler from Valrico, Florida went missing.

Authorities believe Martinez may have fallen in a hole in the septic tank but they’re still awaiting a positive identification on the child’s body.

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Somer Thompson will be laid to rest on Tuesday. Her body was discovered at the Chesser Island Landfill in Folkston, Ga last week after she vanished while walking home from school. Her killer has not been caught.

Memorial for Somer, reward money grow

Reward
First Coast Crime Stoppers and the Justice Coalition announced a combined reward of $32,500 for tips leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Call the Sheriff’s Office at (877) 227-6911 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-8477 (845-TIPS) to remain anonymous or e-mail CART@claysheriff.com.

How to contribute
Anyone interested in assisting the family with expenses related to Somer’s death can do so at any area VyStar Credit Union. A bank account has been set up in the name of Somer Thompson with the account number 0702794000. Residents and businesses wishing to donate to the reward should contact the Justice Coalition at (904) 783-6312 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-8477 (845-TIPS). The Justice Coalition also has set up an account, number 3123504437, for people to donate to the reward at two Ameris Bank locations in Jacksonville – 888 Lane Ave. and 4835 Town Center Parkway.

Rally
A rally and fundraiser in support of the family will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Orange Park Town Hall, 2042 Park Ave. There will be an auction, bounce house, bake sale and more.

Funeral
Visitation (open): 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Orange Park, 1140 Kingsley Ave. Memorial service (open): 11 a.m. Tuesday at same location.Graveside service and burial (private): Tuesday, immediately following memorial service, Jacksonville Memory Gardens, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park (procession from Kingsley Avenue to Blanding Boulevard to cemetery property). Reception (private): Tuesday, immediately following burial, First Baptist Church of Orange Park.

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A child has been reported missing near Jacksonville, Fl. Somer Renee Thompson is listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children as Endangered Missing but not as an AMBER Alert.

Somer was last seen walking near her school on the afternoon of October 19, 2009. She was last seen with her hair in a ponytail tied with a red bow, wearing a maroon sweatsuit with a pink stripe, and a black tee shirt. She was carrying a purple Hannah Montana backpack and lunchbox.
Somer Renee Thompson
Authorities search for missing Orange Park girl
 

 

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing 7-year-old girl in the Grove Park neighborhood of Orange Park.
The child’s mother reported that the girl had not returned home from school Monday.
 
Summer Renee Thompson was last seen wearing a cranberry colored jumpsuit with pink-striped sleeves. She is 3-foot-5, weighs 65 pounds abd has brown hair in a pony tail. 
She was walking home from school near West Gano Avenue and Debarry Avenue with her sister and friends but separted from them about 2:45 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or (904) 264-6512.

Clay County Sheriff, Rick Beseler is now stating that a blue Nissan Sentra or SUV (conflicting statements in the internal report) occupied by two hispanic males and a women attempted to lure a child into their car approximately ten days ago in the same area. They are seeking information but are not sure if the incident is related to her disappearance.

There was no mention if the public had previously been made aware of this event. At this time there are no organized public searches being conducted by volunteers. The only searches are those by law enforcement.

Update 10-20-09: An AMBER Alert has been activated for her however she is listed at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement FDLE AMBER Alert site.

America’s Most Wanted (AMW) posted information concerning Somer. According to local news reports, Sean originally sent the two siblings to go “find” her. The mother was reported to have flagged down an officer not to have driven to the Sheriff’s Office.

Somer left school at 2:50 p.m. that Monday, and was walking home from school with her twin brother, her 10-year-old sister, and some friends when she ran ahead of the group, toward her home.

Somer’s siblings arrived home safely at about 3:05 p.m. without her and no one has seen her since.
 
Their mother’s friend, Sean Patton, was at the house and asked the children where Somer was and they said she walked off.

  

Sean and the kids searched for Somer for an hour. when Somer’s mother called, Sean told her Somer had not made it home.

She left work immediately and stopped at the Sheriff’s Office on the way home to report her daughter missing.

Detectives in southern Ga are reported to be searching a Landfill. They are believed to be searching for a body. Another missing child with ties to Georgia is Haleigh Cummings. Her birth mother Crystal Sheffield lives in Baker County Ga.

FOLKSTON, GA — The search for Somer Thompson is now involving a landfill in Georgia.
An official with Waste Management has confirmed to First Coast News that officials, including those from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, are searching through the Chesser Island Landfill near Folkston, and they are looking for a body.
It is not confirmed now what body they are looking for, but Clay County does have investigators on the scene.

Landfills searched as part of Somer Thompson disappearance investigation

ORANGE PARK — Clay County officials are searching two landfills, as part of the investigation into the disappearance of 7-year-old Somer Renee Thompson.

Mary Justino, a spokeswoman for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, said Rosemary Hill landfill near Green Cove Springs and the Chesser Island Landfill in Folkston, Ga., were targeted by investigators.

Trash from the neighborhood where Somer’s family lived is taken to Rosemary Hill, then transferred to the Georgia landfill. Justino said the searches are a “precautionary measure” and are not based on a tip or a lead in the case.

County Manager Fritz Behring said Rosemary Hill was searched Tuesday. Investigators are at the Folkston landfill today.

 
Child’s Body Found In S.E. Georgia Landfill
Clay County Sheriff ‘Fears’ It Is Body Of 7-Year-Old Somer Thompson

 

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Clay County authorities report that the body of a small child was found in a landfill near Folkston, Ga., where Orange Park’s garbage is dumped.

“We hope and pray that it’s not the body of Somer, but the garbage that was in that area was collected from Orange Park,” Beseler said. “We hope and pray that it’s not the body of Somer, but the garbage that was in that area was collected from Orange Park,” Beseler said.

Clay County detectives found the body about 3:30 p.m. at a the Chesser Island Landfill in Charlton County.

Officials have not positively identified the body however, Somer’s mother stated earlier in the day there was a birthmark visible on one of her legs. The lower extremeties of the discovered body were able to be seen by authorities according to reports.

An autopsy is scheduled for today in Georgia.

Somer’s father: Birthmark on body found in landfill matches daughter’s

 
The legs of a child were found protruding from garbage picked up in Clay County and transferred to the Chesser Island Road Landfill in Folkston, Ga., said Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler.

While no positive identification has been made, Somer’s father Samuel Thompson said detectives had identified a circular birthmark on his daughter’s shin.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beesler has confirmed the body found is that of missing Somer Thompson.

Detective Recognized for Urging Search that Led to Somer

ORANGE PARK, FL — The idea of searching the Georgia Landfill, where Somer Thompson was found, came from Clay County Sheriff Detective Bruce Owens.

 

A vacant house is being searched at 1080 Gano Dr by FDLE which is the last known sighting of Somer by witnesses. On the map, B is her school, A is 1080 Gano and C is her home.

1080 Gano

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Haleigh Cummings, is missing and possibly endangered according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).


 

(CNN) — A Florida court has approved the divorce of the father of Haleigh Cummings, a Florida girl who disappeared in February, and the girl’s stepmother, a key witness in the case.

Ronald Cummings, 25, cites irreconcilable differences in ending his short marriage to his 17-year-old wife, whom he married more than a month after Haleigh went missing from her father’s home in Satsuma, Florida, on February 9. Cummings has made several public pleas for information in her disappearance.

Related Post: Missing from Satsuma Florida

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John Couey died of natural causes in prison. Jessica Lunsford, 9-year-old, was buried alive after having been raped, kidnapped and ultimately murdered by him. His privacy is protected, hers was not.

Convicted child killer Couey dies in prison, Florida officials say


(CNN) — A Florida death-row inmate convicted of abducting and murdering 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford in 2005 has died, prison officials said Wednesday.

John Evander Couey, 51, died at 11:15 a.m. ET of natural causes, a Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman told CNN. He had been taken to a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital from Florida State Prison in Starke, Florida.

Because of privacy laws, no further information could be released by the Department of Corrections.

A source close to the case told CNN that Couey’s death was not unexpected and he had been ill for some time.

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Police are draining a pond in Palatka, Fl that apparently had not been previously searched.

SATSUMA, FL — Lots of activity in Putnam County has led to dozens of calls into First Coast News, claiming the body of Haleigh Cummings has been found.

Officials tell First Coast News they are dredging a pond in Palatka, but will not confirm if it is related to a search for Haleigh.

At her home in Welatka, Haleigh’s paternal great-grandmother, Annette Sykes told First Coast News’ Jennifer Lindgren she’d gotten word of police activity in the Stokes Landing area south of Palatka.

Sykes says raced to the scene, to find deputies and investigators working in the woods. When Sykes questioned the investigators and asked if they were looking for Haleigh, she says they would not give her a yes or no answer, and told her she could not get any closer to the scene.

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