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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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Jennifer Buchanan, in this article  “Missing Michigan Girl’s Mother Says She Is ‘Completely Innocent’ After Body Found”.

MONROE, Mich. — As investigators await test results on a child’s body found by a southeastern Michigan river, the mother of a missing 5-year-old girl says she’s “completely innocent.”

Monroe County authorities said Sunday they’re pursuing leads as they wait for DNA evidence to confirm the body is that of Nevaeh Buchanan, reported missing May 24.

The child’s remains were discovered Thursday next to the River Raisin.

Jennifer Buchanan tells the Detroit Free Press she “didn’t have anything to do with” her daughter’s disappearance and doesn’t know who would want to harm her child.

According to Merriam-Webster, Innocent is defined as:

1 a: free from guilt or sin especially through lack of knowledge of evil : blameless

If you are a parent of a child you may want to read the stories of Amanda Brown, Jimmy Ryce and Junny Rios-Martinez. All three were murdered in Florida in the 1990’s by predators masquerading as “wolves in sheeps clothing”. Their stories underline the fact that evil does exist.

On September 11, 1998, 7-year-old Amanda Brown disappeared from her home. Willie Crain Jr., a convicted child molester, was found guilty of and sentenced to death for her murder. Her body has never been found.

On Sept. 11, 1995, Jimmy Ryce was abducted after getting off his school bus in the Redlands, south of Miami. Multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies led a three-month search for the child before his backpack was found in Juan Carlos Chavez’s trailer. Chavez, at the time a local ranch hand, led authorities to his dismembered body.

In Brevard County in 1991, convicted sex offender Mark Dean Schwab got out of prison five years early and abducted, raped, tortured and murdered 11-year-old Junny Rios-Martinez. Read the Mark Schwab appeal and it provides you some insight into how calculating Mark Schwab is. He preyed on multiple boys each time by coercing and threatening them in to compliance.

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You knew it would happen after Melissa Huckaby was arrested for the murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. Though a motive has yet to be provided, comments along the line of the one below have begun to pour in to this blog. The problem for these individuals is their comments, except for this one, won’t be posted here nor will any attempt be made to give them any forum for expressing their viewpoint. The fact that a child is murdered and it may or may not have involved a sex offender is no cause for celebration.

You mean all you people that was hating on all the Sex Offenders of the area just got your bubble popped? No it seems its not the dreaded sex offender that has a 3% recidivism rate with treatment but the Sunday School Teacher. Guess you all will have to start hating Sunday School Teachers…… or just stop hating!

For the record, these are, per the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics , the Sex offenders recidivism rates.


  • Of the 272,111 persons released from prisons in 15 States in 1994, an estimated 67.5% were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years, 46.9% were reconvicted, and 25.4% resentenced to prison for a new crime.
  • The 272,111 offenders discharged in 1994 accounted for nearly 4,877,000 arrest charges over their recorded careers.
  • Within 3 years of release, 2.5% of released rapists were rearrested for another rape, and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for a new homicide.
  • Sex offenders were less likely than non-sex offenders to be rearrested for any offense –– 43 percent of sex offenders versus 68 percent of non-sex offenders.
  • Sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison –– 5.3 percent of sex offenders versus 1.3 percent of non-sex offenders.
  • Sex offenders

  • On a given day in 1994 there were approximately 234,000 offenders convicted of rape or sexual assault under the care, custody, or control of corrections agencies; nearly 60% of these sex offenders are under conditional supervision in the community.
  • The median age of the victims of imprisoned sexual assaulters was less than 13 years old; the median age of rape victims was about 22 years.
  • An estimated 24% of those serving time for rape and 19% of those serving time for sexual assault had been on probation or parole at the time of the offense for which they were in State prison in 1991.
  • Of the 9,691 male sex offenders released from prisons in 15 States in 1994, 5.3% were rearrested for a new sex crime within 3 years of release.
  • Of released sex offenders who allegedly committed another sex crime, 40% perpetrated the new offense within a year or less from their prison discharge.
  • Child victimizers

  • Approximately 4,300 child molesters were released from prisons in 15 States in 1994. An estimated 3.3% of these 4,300 were rearrested for another sex crime against a child within 3 years of release from prison.
  • Among child molesters released from prison in 1994, 60% had been in prison for molesting a child 13 years old or younger.
  • Offenders who had victimized a child were on average 5 years older than the violent offenders who had committed their crimes against adults. Nearly 25% of child victimizers were age 40 or older, but about 10% of the inmates with adult victims fell in that age range.
  • Update: DA: Rape may be alleged in Calif. girl’s slaying

    TRACY, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say they’re considering rape and molestation allegations against the woman suspected of killing an 8-year-old Northern California girl and putting her body in a suitcase.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Huckaby was arrested Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering Sandra Cantu. The girl was a playmate of her 5-year-old daughter.

    San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Robert Himmelblau said Monday that a homicide charge against Huckaby could include the special circumstances of rape with a foreign object, lewd and lacivious conduct with a child and murder in the course of a kidnapping.

    Himmelblau wouldn’t provide more details. Huckaby is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

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    There are 44 registered sex offenders who live within a 5-mile radius of the Satsuma, Fl. home where Haleigh Cummings lives with her father and her father’s girlfriend. There is no way of knowing how many unregistered offenders live there.

    TALLAHASSEE— Just two years after the high-profile murders of Carlie Brucia and Jessica Lunsford prompted a new law requiring probation officers to more closely watch for violators, the Department of Corrections announced that 66 of them lost their jobs Thursday.

    The layoffs target those with less than a year of service and represent a 3 percent reduction in the probation officer force statewide, including six in the Tampa Bay area and 22 in South Florida. The cuts stem from last year’s budgetary cuts to the prison system, which is facing a $28-million hole in its balance sheet.

    “I truly regret having to take this action, but we have no other options given the current budget situation,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil.

    Cutting probation officers statewide “minimizes the impact to public safety,” said spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger.

    Are we left to hope they are right?

    Why are authorities stating  5-year-old Haleigh Cummings wouldn’t wander off yet 6-year-old Adji Desir might have? After all, Adji allegedly is developmentally disabled and has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old. The FDLE and FBI are inolved in both cases.

    art_haleigh_cummings_fdle                                         adji-desir

    She may not have wandered off at night because she is said to be  afraid of the dark, however, according to this Central Florida News 13 article, she has strayed before.

    Crystal Sheffield, Haleigh’s mother, admits the girl has wandered off before and was found in a canal.

    “It wasn’t like she wandered out. I mean, we were getting ready to leave. I told her father to get her and put her in the car. I had already put Junior, the baby, in the car. I went back in to get the bags and the baby’s stuff. I come out, Haleigh was not in the car, and I ran straight down to the canal, and that’s where she was,” Sheffield said.


    One of the people reaching out to the family of Haleigh Cummings is Josh Duckett whose son Trenton Duckett was believed by some to have been abducted from his room while his mother Melinda was in an adjacent room. George Anthony, the grandfather of murdered Caylee, is also reaching out though the circumstances regarding both childrens disappearances vary greatly.


    Authorities are saying they have interviewed most of the sex offenders in the area with no “suspects” however, it wasn’t too long ago, February 2005, that John Evander Couey kidnapped, raped, and murdered nine-year old Jessica Lunsford in in Florida. He too was initially interviewed by police but it took three weeks before his atrocities were discovered.  He now sits on death row. You can only pray that Haleigh has not met a similar fate.

    Mark Lunsford offers support

    Police say Cummings, just like Lunsford was abducted from her bedroom in the early hours of the morning. And just like in Jessie’s case, authorities are combing the area surrounding her house hoping to find any trace of the 5 year old.

    As the hours pass, Haleigh’s face is becoming more and more familiar. Police hope that will help bring her home. Lunsford hopes for the same. Though he says there’s little he can do to ease the pain of a father searching for his little girl, he makes it clear Cummings has his support.

    “Just hang in there man. You’ve got a long ways to go and there’s a fight. There’s fight and there’s a fight when it’s all done too. I hope to see you there,” offers Lunsford.

    In 2007, John Couey was convicted of Jessica’s abduction and rape and sentenced to death. Lunsford has since lobbied for the Jessica Lunsford Act which toughens laws regarding sex offenders. It was passed in 2005.

    Update 02-16-09:    Authorities Searching for Florida Girl Notified of Missing Sex Offender

    Police searching for missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings were notified about a missing Florida sex offender, but stopped short of calling the man a suspect in the girl’s disappearance, Ocala.com reports.Chad Eugene Reynolds, 25, was last seen Feb. 1 leaving his mother’s home in Ochlawaha, Fla. — about two hours from Haleigh’s home — police said. He was reported missing on Feb. 4.

    Reynolds reportedly borrowed a car from a friend and then later called to say the vehicle had broken down near the Marion/Lake County Lines, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The car was located in an undisclosed location south of Marion County, but Reynolds was nowhere to be found.

    Reynolds was sentenced in Putnum County — the same county where Haleigh was reported missing Feb. 10 — to seven years in prison for armed burglary and lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12. The incident happened in September of 2002.

    MSNBC      Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rick Ryan

    Ryan dismissed reports that a missing or absconded sexual predator from nearby Marion County was connected to Haleigh’s disappearance. While a warrant is out for the arrest of Chad Reynolds, Ryan said deputies checked out reports that the offender had connections or family ties in Putnam County and found them unfounded.

    Update 02-16-09: Fire guts Fla. trailer where Jessica Lunsford died

    HOMOSASSA, Fla. — A suspicious fire has burned down a Florida mobile home where 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford was raped and murdered four years ago this month

    The crime by a repeat sex offender prompted lawmakers in Florida and other states to pass Jessica’s Law, a set of stricter rules for tracking and convicting sex offenders.

    Update 02-19-02: Putnam County Sheriff’s Department has made an arrest of a sexual predator, Timothy Randolph Loucakis. They said he is not presently a suspect but was in violation of his GPS monitoring boundaries. The residencial address he lists which is at the National Sex Offenders Registry is approximately .8 mile from Haleighs home.

    There was also a possible sighting of Haleigh outside Knoxville, Tn

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    In the alleged abduction of  a A 15-year-old Austin girl, the kidnapper was able to flee via a Greyhound bus which  has prompted her mother to ask for your help.


    Maybe you can assist me. My daughter and David Michael Snyder were allowed to leave on a Greyhound bus with no ID required and no questions asked. I am wanting to try and enact a law which would require that buses be forced to require valid picture ID on all passengers. To date, buses are pretty much allowed to do what they want and no one over-sees their activities. This is why they are the chosen mode of transport for criminals like David Michael Snyder. I would really appreciate any help you could offer or any advise you could offer. Thanks so very much. I appreciate it.

    Melissa Trimble

    In September, Sheila Crump allegedly abducted her child from Utah and fled to Tennessee aboard a Greyhound bus.

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.(ABC 4 News)

    Emergency room personnel treated Vanessa for about two hours.  And what’s mother doing all this time?  Midvale Police Sergeant John Salazar said, “She made a number of calls from the hospital.”  Without an escort, Crump was free to plan an escape.  And without an escort, the PCMC staff would have no idea she did not have custody of her baby.  At 3:25 a.m. Wednesday, Sheila Crump was given care instructions by nurses and Vanessa was released in her care. 

    Midvale police detectives now believe that after leaving the hospital, she stopped briefly at a house in Taylorsville, then got a ride to the Greyhound station where she caught a bus to Nashville, Tennessee on a ticket paid for by her biological mother.

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