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After Snapchat Messages, Mom Fears Teen Being Held

Brianna Herrmann, 15, has been missing since April 29

(Newser) - Brianna Herrmann, 15, has been missing since April 29. That was when she reportedly sneaked out of her San Diego home and vanished—though not entirely without a trace. The car she made off in, her mother's, was found abandoned in early May; potential sightings of her in LA... More »

Mom Reunited With Teen Daughter Missing for 8 Years

Another teen was released kicking and screaming to Dorotea Garcia last month

(Newser) - A Mexican prosecutor says DNA tests on Alondra Diaz match the US mother who has been searching for her for eight years. Jose Martin Godoy Castro said late yesterday that tests show Alondra is the daughter of Houston woman Dorotea Garcia, who has searched for the girl since Alondra's... More »

5 Days After Boy Wanders Off, a 'Miracle'

Luke Shambrook, 11, survived 4 days and nights in the Australian bush

(Newser) - In what some are calling a "miracle," an 11-year-old autistic boy has been found safe five days after wandering away from the Australian campground where his family was staying. Dozens of volunteers, including fellow vacationers, joined the search for Luke Shambrook after he vanished Friday from the Candlebark... More »

Missing Boy's Body Found in Family's Septic Tank

It's not yet clear what happened to Noah Thomas

(Newser) - Noah Thomas' mother says her 5-year-old was watching cartoons in his Pulaski County, Va., home on Sunday when she took a two-hour nap. She woke up and he was gone. Yesterday, his body was found in a septic tank on his parents' property, USA Today reports. Investigators have yet to... More »

Cops Dig for Sisters Lost in 1975 Cold Case

Sheila and Katherine Lyon disappearance remains unsolved

(Newser) - Investigators armed with fresh leads have gone digging for the bodies of two young girls who went missing long ago, the Washington Post reports. Sheila and Katherine Lyon vanished 40 years ago this week—on March 25, 1975—at a shopping mall in suburban Maryland. But investigators have kept looking,... More »

Boy, 3, Dies After Wandering Out in Cold

Toronto in mourning after Elijah Marsh's lonely death

(Newser) - Toronto is in mourning after the horrifying death of a 3-year-old boy who wandered outside at night wearing only a T-shirt, pullup diaper, and winter boots. Little Elijah Marsh is believed to have left his grandparents' apartment at around 4am yesterday morning, opening two more doors—the second of which... More »

Amber Alerts Coming to Facebook

Users in area where child has gone missing to receive alerts on mobile phones

(Newser) - Facebook users in the US will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them. The social network is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send the alerts to users' mobile phones if they're in a search area... More »

Boy Missing Since Christmas Eve Found Dead in Pond

Jayden Morrison, 4, apparently wandered away from grandma's home

(Newser) - An autistic 4-year-old boy who went missing on Christmas Eve was found dead yesterday in a South Carolina pond. Jayden Morrison disappeared while his family was visiting his grandmother in Little River. His mother went shopping and left her three children at the house, and minutes later, around 5:30pm,... More »

Mother Dead, but 4 Missing Brothers Found Safe

Police rescue them after highway standoff with dad

(Newser) - Four California brothers missing since Friday and sought in an Amber Alert have been found safe. The Perez boys, ages 6 to 11, went missing along with their parents, Daniel and Erica Perez, and yesterday , authorities found one of the family's cars—with Erica Perez's body inside. Police... More »

Boy Behind Wall Texted Mom to Help Police Find Him

13-year-old missing for 4 years was found 'where no person should be'

(Newser) - "Thank you. Thank you." Those were the first words Gregory Jean Jr. spoke to police on Saturday when they peeled back a wood panel in an upstairs closet and found him crammed in the space between the garage and attic, WXIA reports. But the officers had help from... More »

Bizarre Details Surface in Boy-Behind-Wall Case

Neighbors saw Georgia boy working on roof

(Newser) - While investigators try to untangle the strange case of a 13-year-old boy found hidden behind a fake wall in a Georgia home, the people accused of hiding him aren't going anywhere: Gregory Jean, the boy's father, and his partner, Samantha Joy Davis, have been charged with false imprisonment... More »

Boy Missing 4 Years Found Behind False Wall

His father and stepmother are charged with cruelty to children

(Newser) - A boy reported missing four years ago by his mother was reunited with her today after police found him hidden behind a false wall at an Atlanta-area house, reports WSB-TV . The 13-year-old boy's father, stepmother, and three others have been charged with false imprisonment and cruelty to children. Police... More »

10 Years After Vanishing With Child, Mom Surfaces

Genevieve Kelley turns herself in; whereabouts of Mary Nunes unknown

(Newser) - In the midst of a bitter custody battle, Genevieve Kelley took her 8-year-old daughter and vanished in November 2004. Over the past decade, the US Marshals Service followed up on tips that had them looking for the New Hampshire woman—along with new husband Scott Kelley, daughter Mary Nunes , and... More »

Missing Pa. Boy Found on Island 7K Miles From Home

Authorities say Billy Hanson's dad sailed them more than 5K miles to Niue

(Newser) - A 9-year-old boy reported missing in September has been found safe—on a tiny South Pacific island more than 7,000 miles from his home in Pennsylvania. Billy Hanson's mom reported the boy missing after he didn't come back from a visit with his father in Seattle, so... More »

Parents Still Searching for Missing Boy 25 Years Later

Family of Jacob Wetterling, abducted at age 11 in Minn., keep focus on his case

(Newser) - Twenty-five years is a long stretch by most measures, but especially when a parent is looking for a missing child. Patty and Jerry Wetterling of Minnesota have known this interminable passing of time since their 11-year-old son, Jacob, was abducted on Oct. 22, 1989. But as the 25th anniversary of... More »

Missing Girl Found 12 Years Later in Mexico

Sabrina Allen, who disappeared when she was 4, located near Mexico City

(Newser) - Sabrina Allen, a Texas girl who went missing at the age of 4 in 2002, was found alive in a small town southeast of Mexico City yesterday and is now back in the US, the Austin Police Department confirms to ABC News . Private investigator Philip Klein tells ABC that Mexican... More »

Reporting on Missing Boy, Reporter Spots Him

WFTS reporter Cameron Polom was in the right place at the right time

(Newser) - Early the morning after a 10-year-old boy was reported missing in Tampa, Fla., a TV reporter went to the boy's street to cover the story. Then he spotted a small boy who looked like the one reported missing. WFTS reporter Cameron Polom tells Today.com : "He's looking... More »

Cops: SC Dad Killed His 5 Kids

Timothy Ray Jones led police to bodies in garbage bags

(Newser) - Grim news from the South: Police in Mississippi say a South Carolina man has confessed to murdering his five young children, who were found in individual garbage bags buried near a highway in Alabama. Timothy Ray Jones, who had primary custody of the three boys and two girls ages 1... More »

Cops: Parents Took Ailing Boy From Hospital

Britain's Ashya King has brain tumor, was last seen in France

(Newser) - Police are searching for a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor whose parents took him out of a British hospital and were last seen in France. The press office for Jehovah's Witnesses said today that Ashya King's parents were followers, but that there was no indication... More »

Couple Charged With Kidnapping 2 Amish Sisters

Police suspect they were planning to go after more victims

(Newser) - Police say they've caught the abductors of two young Amish sisters in northern New York, reports AP . Stephen Howells, 39, and girlfriend Nicole Vaisey, 25, are charged with kidnapping, and St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said today there was a "definite potential" that the couple would have... More »

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