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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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A false report was given to authorities by two boys in Florida resulting in an AMBER Alert being activated for an unknown girl. It has yet to be determined if the parties involved will be charged.

Amber Alert for Missing Florida Girl Based on False Report

An Amber Alert issued for a missing girl in Port St. Lucie turned out to be a false report, Florida officials said Wednesday.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman Mike Morrison said the agency is in the process of canceling the alert.

WPEC said two boys are behind the hoax, telling police at about 7:25 a.m. Wednesday that they saw a 7-year-old girl snatched and put into a white van as she walked in a Port St. Lucie neighborhood.

Based on their story, authorities reported that the girl was last seen wearing a blue skirt with a pink or purple shirt. Her name was never released. The alert mentioned that she might be with two men possibly driving in a white van.

Police launched a massive air and ground search for the vehicle and the girl and went to the homes of about 105 sex offenders in the area, WPEC reported.

It wasn’t known whether the boys would be charged.

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Shannon Dedrick has been found.

CHIPLEY, Fla. — Florida authorities have found a missing baby alive under her baby sitter’s bed and say they’re planning to charge the baby sitter, her husband and the child’s mother.

Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock said early Thursday that investigators found 7-month-old Shannon Dedrick in a box at Susan Elizabeth Baker’s home near Chipley, a rural Panhandle town. The child had been missing for five days.

According to The News Herald and ABC affiliate WMBB, Channel 13 in Panama City, Susan Baker’s son, Paul Baker, went missing on March 5, 1987 in Beaufort South Caroina.

In a bizarre twist, WMBB said Baker’s stepson disappeared more than two decades ago and has never been found. Paul Baker was 3 years old when he was reported missing on March 5, 1987. Susan Baker and her husband, James, had been living in Beaufort, S.C., at the time.

“Susan Baker told police she put him [Paul] down for a nap that day and returned to find him missing. Deputies and police searched the area around their home for several days but found no trace of the little boy,” according to a synopsis of the case by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The Bakers were arrested but never indicted in Paul’s disappearance, WMBB said. However, during the investigation authorities found Paul’s 6-year-old sister had several broken bones and sores on her body.

Susan Baker was convicted of beating the girl and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the center said.

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A Missing Child Alert has been issued for missing 7 month old Shannon Lea Dedrick . She was last seen at her residence in Chipley on October 51, 2009. She has a circular birthmark on the inside of her right leg.

CHIPLEY – Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock confirmed that there is a “person of interest” in the disappearance of 7-month old Shannon Lea Dedrick some time Saturday. Aside from shooting down rumors, however, Haddock gave little new information about the case.

Haddock also said that Internet rumors that the mother had confessed to burying the baby were not true, and there was no search underway at the old landfill on South Boulevard. The site is being used for the various search teams participating in the hunt for the missing child.

Haddock said the two adults living at 793C Brown Street have been interviewed but he would go into any specifics about what investigators learned. Haddock also refused to release the names of the adults or release the name of the person of interest.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is hosting the National Amber Alert Training Symposium in Tampa, Florida. Some of the discussions are concerning the success of the AMBER Alert system. But, is the AMBER Alert criteria too strict thus not used often enough?

Earlier this year in Florida, A 6-year-old boy,  Adji Desir, went missing in Immokalee, Fl. An AMBER Alert was not issued because authorities believe he is missing and not abducted.

IMMOKALEE — It is every parent’s worst nightmare.

As the search for 6-year-old Adji Desir entered its 24th hour Sunday, more information about the boy emerged, though officials continue to regard the boy to be missing and not abducted. For that reason, said Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten, an Amber Alert has not been issued for the boy.

“We did not put out an Amber Alert because it’s not a confirmed abduction,” said Batten. “He’s missing. He walked out of his house. Nobody saw anyone take him. Nobody saw him get into a car, that we know of.”

Adji, who was described as 3 feet tall, 45 pounds, with short black hair and dark eyes, is developmentally disabled, according to his family. He understands Creole, his family’s dialect, but is nonverbal and has the intellect of a toddler.

Last week, in Orange Park, Florida an AMBER Alert was issued for Somer Thompson whose body was later found in a Georgia landfill. The alert was activated the day after she was reported missing. Ironically, like Adji, Nobody saw anyone take her. Nobody saw her get into a car, that we know of. She was last seen running ahead of her siblings on her way home from school.

Amber Alert’s record shows it can make a crucial difference

In Texas, leaders there credit a network of regional communications for its 100 percent success rate. Since 2002, 42 Amber Alerts have been issued; they have all resulted in happy endings, said Al Lowe, a regional Amber Alert coordinator in Texas.

Similarly, in New York since 2000, children in all 25 Amber Alert cases were reunited with their families.

Florida, meanwhile, has issued 147 Amber Alerts since 2000. Investigators successfully resolved 142 of those cases. Hodges took a closer look at the cases and discovered that in 45 of them, people indicated that the system played a direct role in the child’s recovery.

Last week an AMBER Alert was activated and cancelled for Mitchell Romero in Denver City, Texas. There has been no happy ending for him yet.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Amber Alert for a missing Denver City toddler has been canceled.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued an Amber Alert for 3-year-old Mitchell Romero on Friday. The search was discontinued about 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Officials have not yet located the child.

Though most people would agree the AMBER Alert can be an instrumental tool in finding missing children, there still is much debate as to whether the criteria to activate them is too strict. There are 342 missing children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for Florida,202 for Texas and 112 for New York. Most of them did not meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert to be activated.

According to a Washington State, 2006 Child Abduction Murder Study, time is of the essence when a child goes missing.

In 76 percent of the missing children homicide cases studied, the child was dead within three hours of the abduction–and in 88.5 percent of the cases the child was dead within 24 hours.

It would be interesting to know the average time it takes for law enforcement to activate an AMBER Alert.

Related Post: AMBER Alert time between missing and recovery

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“We’re coming for you. We’re gonna get you”, is Deina THompson’s warning in this video. Does Deina have a hunch who the person is or is she in shock and speaking in generalities? When asked about what she would say to “them”, after describing one bad apple, Deina Thompson’s response (at approximately the 1.23 mark of the video) was, “I don’t know, I mean it could be my …..” before stopping herself. Who she may have been referring to is unclear.

Search the The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), 171 hits from Florida Zip-code (32073) for City Orange Park, County Clay

Search Florida Sexual Offender/Predator Registry

Address Searched 1643 MILLER ST (Grove Park Elementary School)
ORANGE PARK , FL 32073
Radius 5 Miles
Offenders/Predators found 130

Search Family Watchdog registered offender map
search criteria: 32073
254 offenders
10 non-mappable offenders

Dense Population of Sex Offenders in Fla. Case Is Alarmingly Typical

Law enforcement officials have interviewed at least 75 registered sex offenders who live within a 5-mile radius of the second grader’s home on Orange Park, Fla., but state officials say there are some 161 convicted offenders in that area.

 

It makes you wonder how many offendors there really are.

Top 16 Lures Of Child Predators

Stranger Danger and child lures

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