Posts Tagged ‘Missouri’

An AMBER Alert has been issued for a missing 16 year-old girl in Independence, Mo.

INDEPENDENCE, MO – Police in Independence, Missouri, have issued an Amber Alert for a teen who was last seen dropping a friend off at school on Wednesday morning.

Makenzie R. Green, 16, was last seen dropping a friend off at school in Grain Valley at 7:30 a.m. this morning. Her car was later found in a parking lot in Independence, Missouri with her cell phone, purse and belongings.

According to police, Green recently ended a relationship with her boyfriend, Curtis Lee Hagey, 16, and is believed to be with him. Authorities say that Hagey has recently made harmful threats toward her, and police and family are in fear for her safety.

Makenzie Green is described as white, 5’4″ and 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue Eagles sweatshirt and black Under Armor sweatpants.

If you have any information regarding Makenzie Green, please contact the Independence Police Department at 816-325-7333, or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

AMBER Alert-Independence
She hasn’t been listed at the Independence Police Department AMBER Alert link nor at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children AMBER Alert page hours after the alert has been activated which hopefully suggests she has been found. If not, why the delay?

Update 09-29-09: Independence cancels Amber Alert


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Elizabeth Olten, 9, left her friend’s house in St. Martins, Mo. around dusk on the evening of October 21, 2009. When she didn’t return home a short time later, her parents called police to report her missing.

Body of missing Missouri girl found; juvenile in custody

Authorities searching for a missing Cole County, Mo., girl have found a body and arrested a juvenile described as a “person of interest” in the case, authorities announced this afternoon.

The body of Elizabeth Olten, 9, of St. Martins was found deep in the woods away from the initial search area, Cole County Sheriff Greg White announced in a televised press conference. Authorities also recovered Elizabeth’s cell phone, he said.

The person of interest is an older juvenile who was acquainted with Elizabeth, White said. He did not provide the juvenile’s age or say how he knew Elizabeth.


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An AMBER Alert has been issued in Southeast Missouri for two children taken by their father, Edgar Daniel Langley, after he assaulted his wife, the children’s mother. Langley was last seen on Highway 53 in Poplar Bluff at 7 P.M. on 7/27/09. He made threats against the children’s lives and any police officer coming in contact with them.

Missing Child
Crystal Jolene Langley

Hair Color: Blonde Eye Color: Blue
Skin Color: White Age: 6YO
Height: 3FT6 Weight: 40LBS
Gender: Female
Description: No clothing description available.

Missing Child
Name: Edgar Daniel Langley Jr.

Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Blue
Skin Color: White Age:
Height: 3FT4 Weight: 37LBS
Gender: Male
Description: Last seen wearing a blue shirt and tan shorts.

Edgar Daniel Langley
Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Blue
Skin Color: White Age: 31YO
Height: 5FT9 Weight: 180LBS
Gender: Male
Description: Last seen wearing blue and white checked pajama pants and no shirt. He has a tattoo of a rose on his upper left arm.

Vehicle Information
Make: Chevrolet Model:
Color: Dark blue

If you have information, please contact New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, 573-748-2516

Update: The alert was canceled after the children were returned unharmed. The childrens’ father, Edgar Langley, is in custody, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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Listed at the NCMEC as Case Type: Endangered Missing 13-year-old Daniel Hauserwas allegedly taken by his mother after failing to appear in court concerning their refusal to allow doctors to treat him for Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer.

Brown County District Court Judge John R. Rodenberg ordered the family to have Daniel son X-rayed and choose an oncologist before a review hearing on Tuesday. The father appeared in court  but his wife and son did not. In court testimony, doctors have testified Daniel has a 90 percent chance of survival with treatment and a 95 percent chance he will die without it.

Daniel was last seen on May 18, 2009. He may be in the company of his mother, Colleen Hauser. A warrant was issued for Colleen on May 19, 2009. They may travel out of the country. Daniel may be in need of medical attention.

The parents are refusing conventional medical treatment based on religious grounds. The “religion” appears to be somewhat unconventional according to this Associated Press article.


The Nemenhah Band, based in Weaubleau, Mo., advocates healing methods tied to American Indian practices. The Hausers are not American Indian.

Phillip Cloudpiler Landis founded Nemenhah about a decade ago and calls himself its principal medicine chief. He said it was prompted by his own bout with cancer, which he claims to have cured through diet, visits to a sweat lodge and other natural remedies.

Landis served several months in prison in Idaho for fraud tied to the sale of natural remedies. Nemenhah members are asked to pay $250 to join and an annual $100 fee.

SLEEPY EYE, Minnesota (CNN) — The father of a cancer-stricken 13-year-old boy taken by his mother to avoid the boy undergoing chemotherapy appealed Thursday for his wife to return home with the youth.


“Please bring Danny home so that we can decide as a family what Danny’s treatment should be,” Anthony Hauser said, reading haltingly from a piece of paper he held in one hand outside the family’s house.

“I know you’re scared and I feel that you left out of fear, maybe without thinking it all the way through,” he continued. “Danny is my son and the rest of the family is worried sick about Danny, how he is and how he’s going to come out.

“Please call me and let’s talk about how you can come back here and we can get this worked out, what’s best for Danny.”

Update 05-23-09: Leader of Internet-based group urges fleeing mother and cancer-stricken son to return home

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man runs an Internet-based group that’s in the spotlight because of one of its members fled with her cancer-stricken son to avoid chemotherapy.

Philip Cloudpiler Landis leads the Nemenhah (nuh-MEHN’-hah) Band, which he says has about 4,000 members across the U.S. He calls it a religion based on natural healing.

Nemenhah Band website

Anyone with information should contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) or the Brown County Sheriff’s Office (Minnesota) 1-507-233-6700

In another case of a mother on the run, an AMBER Alert is still active for James Ashley Harris who was abducted by his mother, Kira Shaw, on May 11th.

Anyone with information should contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) or the Statesville Police Department (North Carolina) 1-704-878-3406

Update 05-22-09: Authorities have cancelled the AMBER Alert for James Harris. He has been found. Additional details are unavailable.

Update 05-25-09: Minn. cancer patient back home, sees doctor

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — A 13-year-old cancer patient and his mother who spent nearly a week on the run to avoid chemotherapy must again place the boy’s medical fate in the hands of a judge. And this time, an attorney said she believes they’ll do what the court orders.

Jennifer Keller, the attorney who helped return Colleen and Daniel Hauser to Minnesota on Monday, said the mother will continue to seek permission to use alternative treatments for her son’s cancer “that aren’t toxic.”

“But she’ll abide by what the court says,” Keller said.

Daniel and Colleen Hauser arrived back in Minnesota about 3 a.m. Monday on a private jet after fleeing the state nearly a week earlier, prompting a nationwide search.

Update 05-28-09: Daniel Hauser will stay with parents after they agree to chemotherapy

NEW ULM, Minn. – A judge returned 13-year-old Daniel Hauser to his parents’ custody today despite objections from the Brown County attorney in New Ulm.

During a one-hour hearing, Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg asked both parents, Anthony and Colleen Hauser, if they understood that Daniel needs chemotherapy to save his life. Both said: “Yes.”

The judge then said: “I take you at your word” and transferred his custody back to the parents.

Calvin P. Johnson, the attorney representing the Hauser’s, on May 20th said his case was one of Love vs Power. Apparently now it is about Money and Communication.

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Joshua Childers has been missing since May 4th. He is believed to have wandered away from his home near Arcadia, Mo. about 11:30 a.m. Monday.


Case Type: Endangered Missing
DOB: Mar 10, 2006
Sex: Male
Missing Date: May 4, 2009
Race: White
Age Now: 3
Height: 3’0″ (91 cm)
Weight: 35 lbs (16 kg)
Missing State : MO
Hair Color: Blonde
Missing Country: United States
Eye Color: Blue
Case Number: NCMC1121982
Circumstances: Joshua was last seen on May 4, 2009. He was last seen wearing a blue and green long-sleeved shirt, a pull-up diaper, and no shoes.

If you have any information, please call the Madison County, MO Sheriff’s Department at (573) 783-2234.

Update 05-06-09: Mo. boy found alive 2 days after wandering away

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy has been found alive two days after he wandered away from his rural Missouri home.

Madison County Sheriff David Lewis says Joshua Childers was found Wednesday, about 50 hours after his disappearance. His condition was not immediately known and the circumstances were not immediately disclosed.

Joshua wandered away about 11:30 a.m. Monday from his home near Arcadia, a small town near the border of Madison and Iron counties, about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Police were called 45 minutes later.

According to Fox4KC, Joshua Childers was located about 4:05 Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say he was located by a Madison County resident by the name of Donnie Halpin about three miles from his home


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How can an AMBER Alert be issued for an abducted child with no pictures yet they are avaiable in this article, Amber Alert Issued for Bollinger County Boy? The article was posted Wednesday, Dec 31, 2008 @04:02am CST however he isn’t listed at the NCMEC as an active AMBER Alert nor as a missing or abducted child. (Note: he has been added as of 5:52am to the NCMEC AMBER Alert site with pictures and as an Endangered Missing child). The Missouri Highway Patrol site reminds us of the risk associated with any delays informing the public.

“Seventy four percent of children that are kidnapped and later found murdered are killed within the first three hours after being taken…”
University of Washington Study

2006 Child Abduction Murder Study

At the Missouri State High Patrol site clicking on the AMBER Alert portal icon will provide you an opportunity to purchase a child ID kit but if you click on Missouri, the page simply refreshes. However, click on Past Alerts (even though it is an active one) and the details are there sans pictures.

An AMBER Alert has been issued for a missing boy in Missouri.

Jacob Humphrey was abducted by John Wilfong from a residence on highway 51 in Patton Mo where his foster mother was found dead, the victim of an apparent homicide. Both subjects left in a gold 99 GMC Yukon MO 557NAN. There is no direction of travel.
Name: Jacob Humphrey
Age: 9 years
Race: White
Gender/Sex: Male
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 4’9″
Weight: 86lbs
Clothing: Unknown
Other: None


patton-moUpdate 12-31-08 Teen suspect in Patton shooting arrested, juvenile safe

BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. — A teen suspect in a Patton, Mo., murder and kidnapping was arrested this morning and a juvenile he allegedly abducted was safely recovered, according to Bollinger County sheriff-elect Leo McElrath.

Investigators located John W. Wilfong, 17, of Patton, and the male juvenile around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at a house in Marble Hill, McElrath said.

They had spent the night there, staying with friends of their foster parents, he said.

When the residents saw the news on television Wednesday morning they realized that the boys staying at their house had been reported missing, and they notified police, McElrath said.


Update 01-01-09 Detective: Patton teen confessed that murder of guardian was planned

Contrary to previous reporting, Wilfong was not a foster child of Ackman, according to Brian Hauswirth, a spokesman with the Missouri Department of Social Services. Wilfong was not in state custody, therefore he didn’t have a foster parent, said Hauswirth. He said the department is cooperating with investigators.
However, Ackman was a licensed foster mother in Missouri, Hauswirth said, but Wilfong wasn’t in the state’s custody.

Ackman and her husband Mickey were granted guardianship of Wilfong in November 2003. The Ackmans applied for guardianship of Wilfong in 2003, under protest by his natural mother.

In 2002, Wilfong’s father, Henry J. Wilfong, was charged with first degree murder in Wayne County, Mo., and is currently held at Fulton State Hospital after the court found him mentally incapable of standing trial.

A preliminary hearing for Wilfong has been set for Feb. 17.

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The past couple of years there has been controversy surrounding many of the charities and foundations established by parents of missing children. The latest to come under scrutiny is run by the parents of, Shawn Hornbeck, who was found and the foundation established to help find others, Shawn Hornbeck Foundation.

Shawn Hornbeck Foundation Still Lacks Oversight

Five months after the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation promised an audit of its financial records and said it would quickly file overdue reports with the IRS, neither has been completed, according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

The IRS requires them to file a form 990 outlining expenditures which they apparently haven’t done according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

A 990 form is a report that tax-exempt organizations earning more than $25,000 per year are required to file with the federal government. Akers told the BBB that the foundation’s income was beneath that $25,000 threshold for two of the six years of its existence, but it still intends to file reports for those years.

It is easy to understand not filing for the years when the donations were less than the threshold. The concerns are how much did the organization earn in those years when earnings were over $25,00 and how was the money spent? You might think these would be two common questions most people would expect to be asked when establishing any charity whether it is registered with the IRS or not.

Foundations and Charities

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