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Missing Boy Found Safe ... in Toy Claw Machine

3-year-old wandered to bowling alley across street

(Newser) - A frantic search for a missing toddler in Lincoln, Neb., ended happily—and hilariously. The 3-year-old boy, who had slipped out of his home while his mother was in the bathroom, was found happily playing with stuffed animals inside the claw machine of the bowling alley across the street. An... More »

Girl's Suspected Kidnapper Found Dead in DC Park

No sign of missing 8-year-old after apparent suicide

(Newser) - Police searching a park in Washington, DC, for the body of an 8-year-old girl kidnapped a month ago have instead found the body of the suspected kidnapper. Khalil Tatum, 51, was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in the 700-acre Kenilworth Park, reports the New ... More »

Madeleine McCann Suspect Turns Out to Be Dead

Euclides Monteiro died in a tractor accident in 2009

(Newser) - On Wednesday, British police asked the public for information on an unnamed suspect they were hunting in connection with Madeleine McCann's disappearance. Yesterday, a source close to Portuguese investigators revealed to the Guardian the supposed identity of that man: Euclides Monteiro—who died in a tractor accident in 2009.... More »

Madeleine McCann Case: Cops Eye Earlier Sex Attacks

Man broke into homes, got into bed with young girls: police

(Newser) - Police are on the hunt for a suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance: a man with "a very, very unhealthy interest in young white female children." Officials now say a tanned, dark-haired man is suspected in a series of burglaries in Algarve, Portugal, near where the British child... More »

Secret Dossier Handed Over in Madeleine McCann Case

Details burglaries, child abuse in area where she went missing

(Newser) - The long-running investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann appears to be heating up again. In October, Portuguese police officially reopened their investigation into the British 3-year-old's 2007 disappearance. Now, they've handed over to British police secret files covering burglaries near the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz,... More »

39 Years After Sisters Vanished, Suspect Named

Police looking for information on carnival ride operator

(Newser) - Sheila Lyon, 12, and her sister Katherine, 10, went to see an Easter exhibit at a Maryland shopping mall on March 25, 1975, and were never seen again. Some 39 years later, police yesterday named a person of interest in the case, Reuters reports. Lloyd Lee Welch, now 57 and... More »

Woman Finds Son Who Vanished 30 Years Ago

A phone from Border Patrol led Kathy Amaya to her missing son

(Newser) - For 30 years, Kathy Amaya has been looking for her son, David, who went missing as a child. For that same amount of time, David has believed that same mother discarded him. That misconception persists no longer. As NBC 7 reports, David was abducted as a child by his father,... More »

Family Missing After Bizarre Call Found Dead

Bodies in abandoned house near burned car

(Newser) - An entire family who went missing in Mississippi under strange circumstances has been found dead: Three bodies, believed to be those of of Atira Hughes Smith (also referred to as Atira Hill), 30; her husband Laterry Smith, 34; and her son, Jaidon Hill, 7, were found in an abandoned house... More »

Portugal Reopens Madeleine McCann Case

Police back on the investigation after promising leads emerge in Britain

(Newser) - Portugal is following Britain's lead in the Madeleine McCann case and officially reopening its police investigation, reports AFP . The 3-year-old British girl disappeared while on vacation with her parents in Portugal in 2007, but investigators there closed the case the following year after casting suspicion on her parents. Scotland... More »

Greece Mystery Girl: 'Promising Leads' Surface

Charity following up calls from American parents

(Newser) - The discovery of a mysterious blonde girl at a Roma camp in Greece has spurred more than 10,000 phone calls and emails to the charity trying to identify her. Smile of the Child says it has heard from many parents whose children have gone missing, and it is following... More »

Madeleine McCann Case: Cops Want to Find This Man

'Massive steps forward' made after review of evidence

(Newser) - More than six years after Madeleine McCann vanished from a resort in Portugal, police may have made a breakthrough in the search for the British child. British police officers analyzing data gathered after her disappearance in 2007 have released computer-generated images of a man they suspect could be key to... More »

Teen Missing After Mom, Brother Found Dead

Adrian Navarro, 16, isn't considered suspect in Nevada murders

(Newser) - The search for a Nevada teen has entered its fourth day—after police found his mother and brother stabbed to death last week. Newsy reports: More »

Baby-Snatching Grandma, Boy Found After 13 Years

Woman faces felony in grandson's abduction

(Newser) - A teenage boy who was kidnapped as an infant has been reunited with his father thanks to a school official's suspicion. When Sandy Hatte, 60, tried to enroll the boy at a school in northern Missouri, the official contacted police and discovered the boy had been abducted 13 years... More »

Kidnappers Demand $10K Ransom for 14-Year-Old Girl

Ayvani Hope Perez was taken from Georgia home yesterday

(Newser) - The family of an abducted 14-year-old Georgia girl has received a ransom demand from her kidnappers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Ayvani Hope Perez's family is trying to raise the $10,000 demanded by the two men who originally broke into their home early yesterday looking for jewelry and money.... More »

Girl, 14, Abducted in Home Invasion

Suspects were trying to rob Georgia home

(Newser) - A terrifying story out of Georgia ends with a missing 14-year-old girl: Police say two men broke into a Clayton County home around 2:15am today looking for money and jewelry. When the mother living there didn't have anything to turn over to them, they shot the family dog... More »

Katie Beers' Captor Found Dead in Prison Cell

John Esposito's death doesn't appear suspicious

(Newser) - Another kidnapper is dead : John Esposito, the man convicted of holding a 10-year-old girl prisoner for 17 days in a suburban New York dungeon, was found dead in his Sing Sing prison cell last night, the state Department of Corrections said today. The death is under investigation but does not... More »

Mom: New Clues in 3-Year Search for Kyron Horman

Volunteers comb Portland for missing boy

(Newser) - A breakthrough at last in the Kyron Horman case? The mother of the Oregon boy who disappeared on June 4, 2010, says a search in the Portland area turned up "a lot of things and possibly evidence." Around 60 volunteers and 10 search dogs were involved in the... More »

Father to Abducted Teen: If You Get a Chance, Run

Body of brother might have been found

(Newser) - Police are still hunting for James DiMaggio, suspected of killing a female friend of his in California and abducting one or possibly two of her children. Police originally thought DiMaggio left with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, but now it appears that Ethan never made it that... More »

Calif. Murder Suspect May Have Victim's Kids

Cops seek man who is believed to have killed woman, another child in fire

(Newser) - Cops in San Diego County think a man suspected of murdering a woman and child is on the run with two more children, reports CBS Los Angeles . Authorities are looking for James Lee DiMaggio, 40, and think he abducted Hannah Anderson, 16, and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan. The hunt began... More »

Cop: Grandma Admitted to 1998 Killing—of Grandkid

Lois Janish later recanted story about beating Coral Hall

(Newser) - Coral Hall went missing on Sept. 22, 1998, when she was 14 years old. Her body has not been found, but police may have finally figured out what happened: A detective told a Flint, Michigan, judge this week that Hall's grandmother admitted to killing the girl. Lois Arlene Janish,... More »

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