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Arrest Made in Murder of 7-Year-Old Kentucky Girl

The arrested is a local father of five who went to school with the victim's dad

(Newser) - Kentucky police have made an arrest in the murder of 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin, WHAS reports. Timothy Madden was arrested Friday in connection with the crime and is facing charges, though no charges have been released, according to WKRN . WKYT reports the 38-year-old Madden is from the same small town—Scottsville—... More »

Girls Missing Since 2013 Found on Minn. Farm

Police believe they were hidden by group critical of family courts

(Newser) - Minnesota authorities on Wednesday located two teenage sisters from Lakeville who have been missing for more than two years. The girls were found at a horse farm in western Minnesota after police executed a search warrant, Lakeville police Lt. Jason Polinski told the Star Tribune . Gianna and Samantha Rucki, now... More »

7-Year-Old Murder Victim Got 'Lost in a Crowd'

No arrests made in killing that has shaken Ky. town

(Newser) - It took less than a half-hour for the lives of Gabriella Doolin's parents to go from normal to nightmare. The 7-year-old girl was found dead 25 minutes after she disappeared from a youth football game in Scottsville, Ky., Saturday night, and police have confirmed that she was murdered. Gabriella'... More »

Mystery Girl Found in Small Town Stumps Authorities

They're calling her Nina and looking for anyone who recognizes her

(Newser) - Authorities are hoping the media can help solve the mystery of young girl found alone in a park in a small Croatian town last month, Sky News reports. Authorities are calling the girl Nina, though they have no idea what her name is or how old she is; they initially... More »

Missing Teen May Have Asked Reddit for Help

The person who posted wanted to keep father out of trouble

(Newser) - What do you do when you find out you were kidnapped as a child and your life has been a lie? That question was posed to Reddit users—more than a month before the case of Julian Hernandez surfaced—by a poster who appears to have been the 18-year-old himself,... More »

Teen Finds Himself on Missing Kids Database

He was kidnapped in Alabama 13 years ago

(Newser) - Julian Hernandez was missing for 13 years and he didn't know it. Authorities say the 18-year-old was kidnapped by his father in 2002 and taken from Alabama to Cleveland, where they lived under fake names, KENS 5 reports. Hernandez only discovered the truth this fall when he started applying... More »

Police Hunt for Baby Mom Allegedly Put in Creek

Sarah Lane Toney, 33, is being held on an unrelated warrant

(Newser) - Police are scouring a creek outside Myrtle Beach, SC, for a missing infant who disappeared under suspicious circumstances involving her mother. Details are sketchy, but police say they responded to a call about a suspicious person at a home near the creek in Socastee around 10:30am Tuesday, reports the... More »

Person of Interest Named in 1989 Child Abduction

He was arrested on unrelated child pornography charges

(Newser) - For the first time since an 11-year-old boy was abducted in Minnesota almost exactly 26 years ago, authorities have identified a person of interest in his disappearance, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Jacob Wetterling was riding his bike to rent a video with his brother and a friend on Oct.... More »

Only 4 Officers Still Hunting for Madeleine McCann

The British girl disappeared in Portugal in 2007

(Newser) - The UK's Metropolitan Police has reduced the number of officers looking for a 3-year-old girl who disappeared from her family's vacation home in Portugal eight years ago from 29 to four, NBC News reports. Officials announced the change Wednesday, saying most avenues of investigation had been completed while... More »

Girl, 11, Found in Freezer Had Been Missing for a Year

'I'm really upset that we let this child down'

(Newser) - The body of a Florida 11-year-old girl who had apparently been missing for more than a year—though authorities say no one reported her disappearance or questioned her whereabouts—was found in a freezer that her mother left at the home of some family members, police said Monday. "I'... More »

2 Boys Found Safe After Night Spent in the Woods

They wandered off from campsite

(Newser) - Two young cousins were found alive Friday, nearly a day after they wandered away from a campground in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky and spent the night missing in rugged terrain while rescuers mounted a massive search for them in the popular recreation area. The boys, ages 5... More »

Toddler Missing for 2 Days Found in Field

Rainn Peterson doing well in hospital

(Newser) - Little Rainn Peterson was playing with her two siblings at her great-grandparents' home in Ohio Friday night when she went missing. Her family reported her disappearance and a search was started—and on Sunday night, one of the volunteer searchers found the 2-year-old girl in a field about half a... More »

Reporter Covering Missing Kids Ends Up Finding Them

The brothers, ages 7 and 9, were trying to play hooky

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania newspaper reporter covering the disappearance of two young brothers ended up being the one to find them this week, the AP reports. The boys, ages 7 and 9, never got on their school bus Tuesday morning in Boalsburg, and police launched a search. About 90 minutes later, the... More »

Boy Still Missing 4 Years After Mom Killed Herself

'You'll never find him,' said suicide note left by Timmothy Pitzen's mother

(Newser) - An Illinois mom who killed herself four years ago after going on the run with her 6-year-old son left an ominous suicide note behind that, so far, has proven true. "You'll never find him," Amy Fry-Pitzen wrote of little Timmothy, whom she had taken out of kindergarten... More »

Chemical Sleuthing Adds Another Clue to Baby Doe Puzzle

Isotopes in hair, teeth of girl found on Boston beach suggest she was transient

(Newser) - The "first big break" in Boston's Baby Doe case came earlier this month when tests discovered local pollen on the dead girl's clothing and blanket. Now another clue has emerged, thanks to the chemical detective work of a Utah lab: After analysis that compared oxygen isotopes in... More »

Missing Boy, 10, Found Alive

Malachi Bradley had been taught survival skills

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy who disappeared while hiking with family in eastern Utah has been found alive more than 24 hours after he got lost while looking for mushrooms near a remote mountain lake. Malachi Bradley survived by curling up between some rocks as temperatures as dipped into the upper 30s... More »

Sheriff: Lost 5-Year-Old Didn't Survive First Night

He lay down in forest and never woke up

(Newser) - Jerold Joseph Williams, the 5-year-old boy who died after wandering off to chase grasshoppers during a camping trip, appears to have died of exposure, the local sheriff's office says—but his ordeal wasn't prolonged and he didn't suffer at the very end. Instead, a sheriff's office... More »

5-Year-Old Lost Chasing Grasshoppers Turns Up Dead

Jerold Williams vanished in Kaibab National Forest Aug. 6

(Newser) - The search for a missing 5-year-old boy in Arizona has come to a tragic end. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office has confirmed on Facebook that the body of Jerold Joseph Williams was found last night in Kaibab National Forest, where he disappeared while camping last Thursday. Police tell NBC... More »

Teen Charged After Body of 8-Year-Old Calif. Girl Found

Police believe body found in dumpster is that of Madyson Middleton

(Newser) - The search for an 8-year-old girl who went missing while riding her scooter Sunday afternoon has apparently come to a sad end. The chief of the Santa Cruz Police Department says a body found in a dumpster last night is likely that of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, the AP reports.... More »

2 Boys Vanish Aboard Fishing Boat

14-year-olds went missing Friday off coast of Florida

(Newser) - On Friday afternoon, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen bought $110 worth of gas for their 19-foot fishing boat and set off from Jupiter, Fla., in the direction of the Bahamas, in what NBC News reports is the last sighting of the two 14-year-olds. The two boys were reported missing when... More »

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