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Does it take psychic ability to envision various horrible outcomes when a child goes missing? After reading the first paragraph of her biography, is further comment necessary?

It is my belief that all who emanate from G_D possess HIS Spirit within them. We all have an innate ability to recognize truth. His Spirit Resists that which is false. When someone is being false with you, His Spirit Gives you a signal. Maybe within the pit of your stomach or maybe you have an unprovoked sense of anger, or a sense to resist the person who is false with you, but whatever your bell is it rings in danger. That Spirit Clashes with that which will be harmful to you. It is only your ego which denies the truth and attempts to assuage your own fears, due to your conflicting desire. Desire and ego mask your inner truth, which is the voice of the clairvoyant.


 Psychic makes claim to reward money in Cantu case

TRACY — A Southern California woman is in a dispute with Tracy police over whether her psychic predictions helped them solve the Sandra Cantu murder case.

She thinks she’s entitled to at least a portion of the reward money, totaling more than $30,000, but Tracy police say they never used any information provided by any psychics during the investigation.

Dani Pedlow, based in Los Angeles, said she predicted the little girl would be found in a “barranca—” a Spanish word for canyon or ravine — and that she was killed in a church, and the killer was someone in the trailer park the little girl called home.

Pedlow said she helps solve crimes for a living and recently helped find a Las Vegas runaway and described on a New York radio show how police would capture a serial killer.

She was contacted by a local resident who is also one of her clients.

Update 05-03-09:Tracy Farmworker to Receive $20,000 Cantu Reward

TRACY, CA – A Tracy dairy farmworker who found the remains of 8-year-old murder victim Sandra Cantu last month will receive a reward of more than $20,000 for the discovery, a Tracy police spokesman confirmed Saturday.

Jose Luis Franco, 40, is expected to get a check later this month from the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation, Tracy police Sgt. Tony Sheneman said.

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When Adji Desir went missing in Immakolee, Fl. an AMBER Alert was not activated. There were none activated in Escondido, Ca. following the disappearance of Amber Dubois nor in Tracy, Ca. in the case of Sandra Cantu. The reason given by authorities, none of them met the criteria for activation.

Critics argue if the alerts are issued too often, people will become desensitized thus ignoring them. So why isn’t this “boy who cried wolf” scenario a concern for states with Silver Alert programs?

There were 128 Silver Alerts activated in North Carolina in 2008. Forty four of them were between Oct-Dec. An additional 67 have been issued as of March 2009.

Silver Alert Criteria

ALL of the following statutory criteria must be met before the N.C. Center for Missing Persons will activate a Silver Alert:

  • The person is believed to be suffering from dementia or other cognitive impairment- regardless of age
  • The person is believed to be missing – regardless of circumstance
  • A legal custodian of the missing person has submitted a missing person’s report to the local law enforcement agency where the person went missing
  • Law enforcement reports the incident to the NC Center for Missing Persons

  • This is in sharp contrast to the number of AMBER Alerts. There were 8 alerts activated for all of 2008 with an additional 5 being activated as of March 2009.

    AMBER Alert Activation Criteria

    ALL of the following statutory criteria (GS §143B-499.7) must be met before the NC Center for Missing Persons will activate an AMBER Alert.
    The child is:

  • 17 years old or younger
  • believed to have been abducted,
  • not taken by a parent (unless the child is in danger)
  • not believed to be a runaway or voluntarily missing
  • and the abduction has been reported to and investigated by a law enforcement agency.
  • Are the AMBER Alert criteria too strict or the Silver Alert criteria too lenient?

    Read a summary of all AMBER Alert activations in N.C.

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    A suitcase discovered by farmworkers at about 10 a.m. yesterday contained the body of missing Sandra Cantu. Her remains were found in an area previously searched. Farmworkers were draining apond to water a field at a dairy farm on Bacchetti Road when the container was discovered. An autopsy is schedule for this morning.

    (CNN) — Authorities found the body of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu in a suitcase in a dairy-farm pond near her California home on Monday.

    Sandra Cantu, 8, disappeared on March 27. Her body was found at a dairy-farm pond near her Calilfornia home.

    The girl had been missing since March 27 from her home in Tracy, California. Police did not identify a suspect.

    News of the girl’s death devastated her family, Tracy police spokesman Tony Sheneman said.

    “They have just experienced the unimaginable,” Sheneman said.

    Police have not identified any suspects in the girl’s disappearance, but they have searched several homes in connection with two men who live in the mobile home park.Authorities have also towed four cars from the mobile home park which are being examined by a team of investigators from the Tracy Police Department and the FBI.

    Tracy Press: Update 1 a.m. Tuesday: Hunt for a killer begins in earnest

    A caravan of FBI agents pulled into the mobile home park just before 10:30 p.m. Monday, though no announcements of an arrest was made. At about 11:45 p.m., agents pulled up to search the Clover Road Baptist Church Missionary Independent at 1100 W. Clover Road.

    The search brings to five the number of homes that have been searched in the mobile home park, and at least four cars have been towed from there since search warrants were first obtained March 30, police said.

    Three in the park have so far been tied to the investigation. Frank Wohler is a 60-year-old martial arts instructor who said he kissed Sandra on the lips at the park’s swimming pool two years ago. Christian Sinclair, 49, was arrested March 30 for interfering with police as they searched his home. And on Friday, David Slayter, 44, got in a car with police for an interview as they searched his home, though police made a point to say he was neither detained nor arrested.

    “We will determine the person or persons responsible for this reprehensible act, and we will bring them to justice,” Thiessen said.

    Update 04-08-09: Town mourns its lost child as police look for clues

    The pastor of the Clover Road Baptist Church, 77-year-old Clifford Lane Lawless, is not a suspect according to Tracy police spokesman Sgt. Tony Sheneman in this Tracy Press article.

    Lawless, a pastor of the church since 1981, has no criminal history and no civil lawsuits against him in San Joaquin County, court records show. The only property he owns in San Joaquin County is his mobile home.

    But the Clover Road Baptist Church seems as physically isolated from the rest of the city, one of the last buildings on a dead-end street, as it seems culturally set apart from other churches in town.

    Several Tracy pastors said they don’t know that much about Lawless; he doesn’t join the 15 or 20 other pastors in town for Thursday prayer breakfasts.

    Tim Heinrich of the Crossroads Baptist Church said Lawless declines to network with fellow pastors in town. Other pastors said the church has few events and focuses on church history because it disagrees with some of the tenets of others churches.

    No one in the neighborhood surrounding Orchard Estates said they attend the Baptist church — surrounded now by yellow crime-scene tape. About a dozen neighbors said they don’t know anyone who does and that it has a tiny congregation.

    Folks from a Jehovah’s Witness church across the street from Clover Road Baptist said they’ve never talked to anyone from the congregation. Pastors, members and elders of a handful of other churches in northern Tracy said the same thing.

    According to ABC News:

    “It’s not as big a mystery as it was,” before, said Tracy, Calif., police Sgt. Tony Sheneman to ABCNews.com, “and we believe we’re getting significantly closer.”

    “We’re hopeful that we will have something in the next couple of days,” he said.



    According to FOX NEWS, Tracy Police Sgt. Tony Sheneman told reporters today that investigators haven’t recovered the instrument used to murder Sandra Cantu, but said her death is being classified as a homicide.

    CBS News is reporting today, Thursday, the Tracy Police are examining an envelope left at the makeshift memorial for Sandra. There were also gloves found in the crawl space of the church being evaluated.

    TRACY, Calif. (CBS13/AP)

    A note left outside the mobile home park where 8-year-old Sandra Cantu lived and was last seen is being investigated by Tracy Police. The outside of the note read “From Sandra, To My Killer”, was left at the site of a former memorial for Sandra early this morning after workers had cleared away the hundreds of notes, balloons and stuffed animals left to remember Sandra.

    At about 8:30am, a crime scene van arrived at the mobile home park to collect the note. Tracy police Sgt. Sheneman said a crime lab is examining the note, but he said he did not think it was related to Sandra’s death.

    Update 04-10-09:  Public service set for next week for Sandra Cantu

    TRACY, Calif.—Members of the public will be able to attend a memorial for the eight-year-old Tracy girl who was found dead Monday after disappearing from her home.

    Tracy police say the family of Sandra Cantu has set a public service for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Tracy’s Merrill F. West High School.

    The service will be held in the school’s gym, which holds about 2,500 people. Overflow seating will be available in the school’s cafeteria.

    Police in Tracy have dismissed earlier reports that a “significant arrest” in connection with the Sandra Cantu murder investigation would be made today. A Sunday school teacher whose daughter Sandra went to visit the day she disappeared and who is familiar with the area the suitcase was found in said her suitcase was stolen.

    TRACY – A Sunday school teacher who lives at the mobile home park where 8-year-old Sandra Cantu went missing from claims someone stole her black, waterproof rolling suitcase the same day the Tracy girl disappeared.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Huckaby told the Tracy Press in a phone interview today that she had left the black suitcase near her Kia SUV, reportedly towed by police recently, the day she was heading to her grandfather’s church, the Clover Road Baptist Church, where she teaches Sunday school.


    Update 04-11-09: Sunday School Teacher Arrested in Murder of 8-Year-Old Sandra Cantu


    A Sunday school teacher, who was one of the last people to see 8-year-old Sandra Cantu alive, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping and killing the young girl, FOX San Francisco affiliate KTVU reported.

    Melissa Huckaby, 28, was taken into custody at 1 a.m. Saturday after voluntarily going to police for questioning nearly five hours earlier


    Update 04-13-09: Prosecutors Consider Rape Claim in Slaying of Sandra Cantu

    California prosecutors say they are considering rape and molestation allegations against the woman suspected of killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu and stuffing her body into a suitcase.

    San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Robert Himmelblau told The Associated Press today that a homicide charge against Melissa Huckaby, 28, could also include the special circumstances of rape with a foreign object, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and murder in the course of a kidnapping.

    Update 04-17-09  On Good Morning America, GMA, Melissa Huckaby’s ex-husband had this to say about her. He is allegedly seeking custody of their daughter. It was discussed whether he feared for his daughter’s safety prior to the murder of Sandra.

    “I do believe the emotional issues came into play quite often in her lifetime,” Johnny Huckaby told “Good Morning America’s” Chris Cuomo in an exclusive interview.
    “She did suffer from depression. She did have issues with … her self-persona, who she saw herself as,” Huckaby, 26, told “GMA.”

    However, in the interview he also expressed shock and disbelief at her involvement.

    “My initial reaction was shock and complete disbelief,” Johnny Huckaby said. “It’s not something you want to think anyone possibly [is capable] of doing — let alone somebody that you knew. And that’s a mother of your child.”

    Update 04-20-09: Huckaby tied to January missing girl report

    Melissa Chantel Huckaby, 28, is tied to a report that someone in January took a 7-year-old girl to a park for four hours and brought her back high on muscle relaxers.

    The incident was reported on January 17 by a family in the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park. Huckaby lived in the same complex, also where 8-year-old Sandra Cantu lived before police found her dead body on April 10. Police arrested Huckaby four days later on suspicion on kidnapping, raping and killing Sandra.

    The January report alleges that someone took a 45-pound blue-eyed dark-haired girl to a park. The woman and the child were gone for four hours, from about 1:30 to after 5 p.m., according to the police log. The woman who took the girl drove a purple Kia Sportage, according to the report.

    Update 04-23-09: Missing girl’s mother pointed finger at Huckaby early

    The mother of a girl who went missing in January told police to check out Melissa Huckaby immediately after she heard that 8-year-old neighbor girl Sandra Cantu disappeared late last month.

    Lora Polk, 41, came back from work on Jan. 17 to find her 7-year-old daughter gone. Huckaby, 28, took her — along with her own 5-year-old daughter — without permission from the family, Polk said this morning in an interview at the Tracy Press. Polk called police to report the missing girl. Hours later, she took her to the hospital, where doctors say they found muscle relaxers coursing through her 45-pound body.

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    There are 2,746 missing children listed at the NCMEC, along with 348 abductors associated with their abductions.  Of those, 233 victims fall under Case Type: Non-Family Abduction  with eight of the cases having  abductors associated  with them (click on the link for details).

    Morgan Nick
    Missing Since: 6/9/95
    Age Now:
    Missing from: Alma, Ar

    Diana Gonzalez
    Jose Barrera-Pacheco
    Missing Since: 10/15/05
    Age Now: 32
    Missing from: Raeford, Nc

    Maria Valdez
    Jaime Cheo
    Missing Since: 6/15/06
    Age Now: 31
    Missing from: Ogden, Ut

    Kamiyah Mobley
    Missing Since: 7/10/98
    Age Now: 41
    Missing from: Jacksonville, Fl

    Michael Hughes
    Franklin Delano Floyd
    Missing Since: 9/12/94
    Age Now: 65
    Missing from: Choctaw, Ok

    Bryan Dossantos-Gomes
    Missing Since: 12/1/06
    Age Now:
    Missing from: Fort Myers, Fl

    Stacie Madison
    Susan Smalley
    Missing Since: 3/19/88
    Age Now: 39
    Missing from: Carrollton, Tx

    Ke’shaun Vanderhorst
    Missing Since: 9/25/95
    Age Now:
    Missing from: Philadelphia, Pa

    Since January 1st  2009, there are 349 missing children listed at the NCMEC.  There are no victims  listed under Case Type: Non-Family Abductions, however, theses children are all Case Type: Endangered Missing. 

    Rochelle Denise Battle
    Missing Since: 3/6/09
    Age Now: 16
    Missing from: Baltimore, Md

    Sandra Cantu
    Missing Since: 3/27/09
    Age Now: 8
    Missing from: Tracy, Ca

    Tiffany Chapman
    Missing Since: 3/5/09
    Age Now: 13
    Missing from: Hobart, Ok

    Allyson Corrales
    Missing Since: 3/6/09
    Age Now: 4
    Missing from: Kansas City, Mo

    Haleigh Ann Marie Cummings
    Missing Since: 2/10/09
    Age Now: 5
    Missing from: Satsuma, Fl

    Adji Desir
    Missing Since: 1/10/09
    Age Now: 6
    Missing from: Immokalee, Fl

    Amber Leeanne Dubois
    Missing Since: 2/13/09
    Age Now: 14
    Missing from: Escondido, Ca

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    Reminiscent of the disappearance of  Adji Desir earlier this year,  Sandra Cantu is missing from her Tracy, Ca. home. An Immokalee, Fl. 6-year-old, Adji vanished from his grandmother’s Farm Worker Village home on Jan. 10. He was last seen walking away after playing with other children. An AMBER Alert wasn’t issued because Florida authorities believed there were no signs of an abduction. He remains missing.

    In the disappearance of Sandra, she was last seen after playing with a friend. An AMBER Alert wasn’t issued as it is not beleived by authorities that an abduction has taken place.

    (CNN) — Eight-year-old Sandra Cantu came home from school, kissed her mother, and left to color and play with a friend who lived a couple of houses down.

    That was at 3 p.m. Friday.

    By Tuesday — despite an intense search by hundreds of search-and-rescue personnel and volunteers over three days — the little girl in the pink Hello Kitty T-shirt and black leggings had yet to be found.

    The mysterious disappearance of Sandra from the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park in Tracy, California — about 60 miles east of San Francisco — has baffled law enforcement officials. A dozen different agencies are looking for her.

    It isn’t clear if this man is involved with her disappearance, however his actions are disturbing to many. Some media outlets are reporting Sandra was “friendly” with older men in the neighborhood but not defining what “friendly” means. Most describe her as a typical outgoing second-grader who has a bubbly personality.

    Man who kissed missing girl questioned

    A man who lived in a trailer behind the one in which Sandra Cantu lives has been questioned three times by police, but he’s no more a suspect now than anyone else, investigators say. Glenn Moore/Tracy PressPolice have questioned a martial arts instructor three times about his alleged sexual interaction two years ago with an 8-year-old Tracy girl missing since Friday.

    Police and the family have confirmed that the man — whose name and age police, family and neighbors withheld — had reportedly kissed Sandra Cantu on the lips while she was swimming in the mobile home park’s pool two years ago. Sandra’s 15-year-old brother Thomas Fortin suggested he might be in his 40s or 50s.

    The man lives behind the home of Sandra, who was last seen around 4 p.m. Friday before the family reported her missing. More than 73 hours have passed since then.


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    Eight year old Sandra Cantu  has been missing since last Friday in Tracy, California located  about 60 mile east of San Francisco.

    Sandra was last seen on March 27, 2009. She may still be in the local area. Sandra was last seen wearing a pink Hello Kitty shirt and a striped dress.

    According to the Tracy Press:

    The Tracy Police Department has set up a mobile command post on West Clover Road as a helicopter searches the area for an 8-year-old girl who has been missing since Friday afternoon.

    Sandra Cantu was last seen at 4 p.m. Friday, and the official search began at 8:15 p.m., police said. She was supposed to be at a friend’s house in the Orchard Estates mobile home park, where she lives, but she wasn’t found there.

    Police have searched all night. The FBI, California Highway Patrol, San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, Tracy Volunteers in Police Services, Tracy Community Emergency Response Team, Tracy Fire Department and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are helping in the investigation.

    Sandra is described as 4 feet tall and 85 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a pink Hello Kitty T-shirt and black leggings.

    Anyone with information that would be helpful in the investigation is asked to call the Tracy police at 831-4550 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

    Note: Her picture has been updated at the NCMEC – Sandra Cantu

    A nonprofit group, the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation, has offered a $5,000 reward for information that would help police find Sandra. Tracy Crimestoppers and the FBI already said they’d award $2,000 for information leading to her whereabouts. 

    Anyone with information about Sandra’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Tracy police at 831-4550, Tracy Crimestoppers at 831-6847 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678.

    Update 03-31-09: Police Search Homes of Two Men in Case of Missing 8-Year-Old California Girl

    Police are investigating two men they say are “persons of interest” in the disappearance of an 8-year-old California girl.

    Sandra Cantu was last seen 4 p.m. on March 27, when a surveillance video camera recorded her walking away from her family’s mobile home in Tracy, Calif. Her mother reported her missing at about 8 p.m.

    A Tracy police spokesman said officers searched the homes and towed the vehicles of the two men Monday.

    Items collected in the searches were turned over to the FBI crime lab for analysis.

    Police are not saying why the two men attracted the attention of investigators. Their names have not been released





    Is one of the suspects, identified as Chris Sinclair, an innocent bystander similar to Robert Murat and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann?

    ABC7 News:

    One of the two people of interest is a man named Chris Sinclair. FBI agents arrested him at his house Monday night on an unrelated matter. He says when it comes to the disappearance of Sandra Cantu, he is an innocent man

    Update 04-01-09: Six search warrants served in missing girl case

    TRACY — Investigators on Tuesday were searching three impounded vehicles for clues in the case of an 8-year-old Tracy girl who has been missing for nearly five days.
    The vehicles were taken to the Tracy Police Department Monday night as six warrants were served. Four were on residences in the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park, where all three vehicles were seized and where Sandra Cantu lives and was last seen. Another was served at a Tracy martial arts school, and the last at a home in Oakdale.
    Tracy police Lt. Jeremy Watney said he could not reveal what was taken from any of the sites.
    “At this point we haven’t ruled anyone out,” Watney said. “We haven’t arrested or detained anyone directly related to the case.”
    Watney said that two people were named in the search warrants and were deemed “persons of interest” by investigators. No arrests relating to Sandra’s disappearance have been made.

    Update 04-03-09:   Mike Galanos, CNN  Headline News (HLN) is reporting  a Hello Kitty shirt has been found at the dump which is being searched in her disappearance. Searchers are scouring the Tracy dump for evidence in the case of missing Sandra Cantu. He has not stated the shirt is linked to her but only that it is similar to the shirt she was last seen wearing.

    The reward has been increased to $26,000.

    Update 04-06-09: There are two new developments in her disappearance according to KCRA 3 News; one involves the discovery of a container and the other her father’s criminal past.

    Container Probed In Cantu’s Disappearance

    In the same article her father’s criminal past is revealed.

    While the girl’s father, Daniel Cantu, is not a suspect in the case, details have emerged about his criminal past.

    A search of court records in San Joaquin County Superior Court showed five criminal cases involving Daniel Cantu dating between 2001 and 2005. Charges included possession of a controlled substance; resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer; possession of a controlled substance for sale; and possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe.

    Records also show the court assigned Cantu to drug court at one point, but he was dropped from the program.

    According to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Cantu was sentenced to two years in prison for possession of a controlled substance for sale. He served 13 months between September 2005 and October 2006.

    Update 04-07-09: Murdered Sandra Cantu

    SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. — A sealed container was found Monday in a San Joaquin County irrigation ditch, and investigators haven’t ruled out the possibility that it could be related to the disappearance of Sandra Cantu.

    San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department spokesman Les Garcia said the container is considered a suspicious item.

    A suitcase discovered by farmworkers at about 10 a.m. yesterday contained the body of missing Sandra Cantu. Her remains were found in an area previously searched. Farmworkers were draining apond to water a field at a dairy farm on Bacchetti Road when the container was discovered. An autopsy is schedule for this morning.

    Update 04-10-09:  Public service set for next week for Sandra Cantu

    TRACY, Calif.—Members of the public will be able to attend a memorial for the eight-year-old Tracy girl who was found dead Monday after disappearing from her home.

    Tracy police say the family of Sandra Cantu has set a public service for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Tracy’s Merrill F. West High School.

    The service will be held in the school’s gym, which holds about 2,500 people. Overflow seating will be available in the school’s cafeteria.

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