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Dad Who Reported Son Missing Had Just Killed Him: Cops

Mom is also charged in death of 5-year-old with autism

(Newser) - Law enforcement and hundreds of volunteers spent days searching for a 5-year-old boy reported missing in Tennessee last week, but his parents already knew he was dead, police say. Joseph Daniels, 28, who on April 4 told authorities his son slipped out of the family's home in Dickson, admitted... More »

Dad Who Became Taxi Driver to Find Missing Girl Finds Her

Qifeng went missing from roadside fruit stand in Chengdu city in 1994

(Newser) - A small scar on the forehead. A habit of feeling nauseous when she cried. These are traits that a woman named Kang Ying and a child named Qifeng shared—helping to prove the two are one and the same. The BBC reports on the 24-year search for Qifeng, who disappeared... More »

Missing Girl, 9, Found Thanks to Reality TV Show

A viewer called in a tip about Mariah Martinez

(Newser) - A reality TV show about police officers is to thank for the recovery of a 9-year-old Texas girl who went missing in 2016. Mariah Martinez and her two younger brothers disappeared with their mother, Amanda Martinez, soon after a court ordered the children removed from Amanda's custody in the... More »

Note on Dollar Bill Could Be Cold-Case Clue

It names 11-year-old girl who vanished in Arizona in 1999

(Newser) - It happened in the 90 seconds it took her younger sister to dash home and back. Where Mikelle Biggs had last been seen riding her bike, waiting for an ice cream truck to arrive, her sister found only a discarded bike and a sprinkling of quarters. Nineteen years later and... More »

Missing Pa. Teen, 45-Year-Old Man Found in Mexico

Kevin Esterly is being charged with interference with the custody of a child

(Newser) - Authorities say a missing Pennsylvania teenager and a 45-year-old man who frequently signed her out of school without her parents' permission have been located in Mexico, reports the AP , and the man has been arrested. The Allentown Morning Call reports US and Mexican authorities found Kevin Esterly and 16-year-old Amy... More »

He Saw His Dad Murdered. Days Later, He Disappeared

Teen's mom has been charged in father's death

(Newser) - He's 14 years old, he saw his father murdered last summer, his mother has now been charged with the crime—and the FBI wants to know where he is. Jacob Caldwell and his two siblings saw father Robert Caldwell shot to death in a parking lot in Riverside, Ohio,... More »

Missing 5-Year-Old's Stepmom Arrested

She has been charged with endangering 2 children

(Newser) - The last person to see missing Kansas 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez has been arrested on charges of child endangerment. Police in Wichita say 26-year-old Emily Glass, the boy's stepmother, was taken into custody Wednesday and the case is now a criminal investigation, CBS reports. Deputy Chief Gavin Seiler says Glass... More »

FBI Joins Search for Missing Kansas Boy, 5

Lucas Hernandez hasn't been seen since Saturday

(Newser) - The FBI has joined police in Wichita, Kan., in the search for a 5-year-old boy who hasn't been seen since Saturday afternoon. Police say Lucas Hernandez was seen by his stepmother around 3pm before she showered and took a nap, ABC30 reports. The boy was reported missing at 6:... More »

Brothers Vanished in 2010. Box May Hold Clues to Their Fate

Police trying to determine if box of remains found in Montana could be tied to missing Skelton brothers

(Newser) - Three Michigan brothers went missing under odd circumstances in 2010, and now a box of remains in Montana may offer closure on their fate. Per MLive.com , Michigan State Police are exploring whether there's a tie between the disappearance of the Skelton brothers—9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander, and 5-year-old... More »

Mom's Boyfriend Accused of Abusing Mariah Woods

Court documents state mom knew about sexual abuse

(Newser) - Disturbing details have surfaced in the case of Mariah Woods, the North Carolina 3-year-old found dead days after she disappeared from her mother's home. According to court documents seen by the Jacksonville Daily News , Earl Kimrey, the mother's live-in boyfriend, was accused of sexually abusing the girl and... More »

Missing Girls Found in Raid on Cult Compound

Police say they were kidnapped by their father

(Newser) - Two Utah girls have been found safe nearly three months after they were allegedly kidnapped by their father, who family members feared had betrothed them to a polygamist sect leader. John Coltharp, said to be 33 or 34, was arrested in Sanpete County Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and obstruction... More »

After Arrest, Cops Find Missing 3-Year-Old's Body

Police found Mariah Woods in a creek about 25 miles from NC home

(Newser) - Tragic news in the case of Mariah Woods, the 3-year-old girl whose mother says she disappeared from her North Carolina home Sunday night: Police have recovered the toddler's body in a creek, reports the AP , barely a day after they arrested the mother's live-in boyfriend. Earl Kimrey, 32,... More »

Girl, 3, Disappears From NC Home Overnight

FBI releases photos of woman, toddler in Walmart

(Newser) - Law enforcement officers and volunteers have flooded the area around a North Carolina home in the search for a 3-year-old girl whose mother says she vanished after she was put to bed Sunday night. Mariah Kay Woods was reported missing around 6:45am Monday after her mother discovered she was... More »

Teen Last Seen on Labor Day May Have Witnessed Murder

There have been some odd twists in the case of Jabez Spann

(Newser) - A Florida teenager who has been missing since Labor Day may have witnessed a murder a week before he vanished, according to a newly surfaced police report. The report seen by the Herald-Tribune states that 14-year-old Jabez Spann was leaving a home in Sarasota on Aug. 28 at the same... More »

Warrant: Dad Has New Claim on How Missing 3-Year-Old Died

Sherin Mathews 'was coughing and her breathing slowed' after he 'assisted' her in drinking milk

(Newser) - A Texas father is facing life in prison after police say he changed his story regarding his missing 3-year-old daughter , admitting she died while he "physically assisted" her in drinking milk, the Washington Post reports. Wesley Mathews was arrested Monday night after "voluntarily" providing a new statement to... More »

Father of Sherin Mathews Changes Story, Gets Arrested

He's been charged with felony injury to a child

(Newser) - The Texas man who claimed his adopted 3-year-old daughter disappeared after he put her outside at 3am as punishment was arrested Monday, a day after a child's body was found . Police say Wesley Mathews was charged with felony injury to a child after visiting a police station with his... More »

Body Found in Search for Girl Who Was Put Outside at 3am

Sherin Mathews, 3, was told to stand outside on Oct. 7 for not finishing her milk

(Newser) - Police in a Dallas suburb say they've found the body of a small child not far from the home of a 3-year-old girl who's been missing since earlier this month. Richardson police say the child's body was discovered in a culvert as authorities using dogs searched for... More »

Cops: Mom Left Toddler in Maze, Realized Morning After

3-year-old had already been rescued by the time she called

(Newser) - Family members tell police they didn't notice that a 3-year-old boy was missing when they left a corn maze in Utah on Monday night. Nor did they notice his absence at bedtime, or overnight. Indeed, it was shortly before 8am Tuesday that the mother of the boy finally called... More »

Girl, 3, Missing After Being Sent Outside for Not Drinking Milk

Father arrested for alleged child endangerment

(Newser) - A 3-year-old girl who was sent outside in the wee hours of Saturday morning as punishment for not drinking her milk has not been seen since. Police say Wesley Mathews, 37, told them he sent his toddler daughter Sherin out of the family's Richardson, Texas, home around 3am and... More »

42 Years After Sisters Vanished, a Guilty Plea

Case of two young sisters murdered in Maryland had been cold for decades

(Newser) - More than 40 years after the disappearance of two young girls shocked a suburban Maryland community, one of the men believed responsible is set to plead guilty. On Sept. 12, Lloyd Lee Welch , 60, is expected to enter a guilty plea in a court in rural Bedford County, Virginia, for... More »

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