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She Was Kidnapped and Killed. Her Dad Can't Get Funeral Visa

NC Gov. Roy Cooper hopes authorities will reconsider

(Newser) - The father of a North Carolina teen who was abducted from outside her Lumberton home on Nov. 5 and whose body was found after a three-week search has been blocked from attending her Saturday funeral. Noé Aguilar—the Guatemalan father of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar—was immediately denied a temporary visa... More »

Body ID'd as Missing NC Teen

Hania Aguilar, 13, was kidnapped Nov. 5

(Newser) - A body found in North Carolina has been preliminarily identified as a 13-year-old girl kidnapped outside her home, investigators said Wednesday, ending a three-week search involving hundreds of investigators, the AP reports. Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill told reporters at a news conference that state crime lab tests indicate the... More »

A Kidnapping of 78 on Sunday, a Release by Tuesday

Good news after mass child abduction in Cameroon

(Newser) - All 78 students kidnapped by anti-government separatists in Cameroon Sunday have been freed, officials now say, but the ordeal isn't over for everyone. The BBC reports that the children taken from Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda are now being questioned by authorities before they get to go home to... More »

Suspect Nabbed in Murders of Girls Who Vanished Years Apart

Police say Christopher Clements killed Isabel Celis, 6, and Maribel Gonzalez, 13

(Newser) - A registered sex offender jailed since last year has been charged in the kidnapping and killing of two Arizona girls who went missing in 2012 and 2014, authorities announced Saturday. Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, was indicted on Friday by a grand jury on 21 criminal counts, including murder and kidnapping... More »

Cops Seeking Missing Kid Rescue 11 From Compound

2 heavily armed men arrested in New Mexico

(Newser) - Police looking for a missing 3-year-old boy at a remote compound in northern New Mexico didn't find him—but they did rescue 11 other children who were living in the most squalid conditions they'd ever encountered. Police say the starving children were living with five adults in an... More »

One Dad's Joy, Another's Heartbreak in Kidnap Case

Kamiyah Mobley, 18, reunited with biological parents; man who raised her is overwhelmed

(Newser) - The biological family of an 18-year-old snatched when she was a newborn is rejoicing at her discovery, but one person who's not celebrating is Charles Manigo. The baby he named Alexis Kelly—the baby he thought was his daughter—was really Kamiyah Mobley, who was allegedly abducted by his... More »

Cops: Boy, 11, Helped Save Girl From Kidnapper

Texas boy saw man snatch girl off scooter

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was saved from a kidnapper thanks to the impressive actions of 11-year-old TJ Smith, say police in Wichita Falls, Texas. TJ tells KAUZ that he saw alleged kidnapper Raeshawn Perez grab the girl when she was playing outside Saturday afternoon. "She was riding her scooter and... More »

3 Kids Vanished in 1966. Police Still Get Hundreds of Tips

Case of missing Beaumont children rocked Australia

(Newser) - On Jan. 26, 1966, Australian Jane Beaumont, 9, had been tasked with watching her two younger siblings at the Glenelg beach, as she had done on past occasions. Except this time, Jane, 7-year-old Arnna, and 4-year-old Grant never returned to their suburban Adelaide home. Though police had some clues to... More »

Cops: Father, Son Kept Teen Girl Chained in Basement

The girl says she was kept captive for more than a year

(Newser) - A father and son were arrested early Thursday after allegedly keeping a 13-year-old girl shackled in their basement and feeding her old scraps of food for at least a year, WTOL reports. The girl was discovered running away from home Wednesday night in downtown Toledo. She claimed her stepfather kept... More »

Would-Be Baby Snatcher No Match for Brave Nanny

'I thought he was going to take it'

(Newser) - A dedicated babysitter fought off a man who was allegedly trying to take a 4-month-old baby away from her Tuesday morning in San Bernardino, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. According to CBS Los Angeles , Carmen Perez had just put baby Chloe into her stroller when a man started hustling... More »

Carlie Trent's Rescuer: God 'Gave Us a Clue'

She was found near barn searchers skipped a day earlier

(Newser) - Stuart Franklin says it was little more than luck that led him to discover 9-year-old Carlie Trent and the uncle who allegedly kidnapped her on private property on Tennessee's Clinch Mountain Thursday. "There's a lot of abandoned cabins in the area and it's a lot of... More »

Good Samaritans Rescue Carlie Trent, Hold Uncle at Gunpoint

Authorities say she was abducted by her uncle last week

(Newser) - Authorities say a 9-year-old girl abducted by her uncle last week in Tennessee was found Thursday, WATE reports. According to the AP , authorities are crediting two Good Samaritans for rescuing Carlie Trent and apprehending her uncle, Gary Simpson. Donnie Lawson and Roger Carpenter heard law enforcement believed Simpson and Carlie... More »

Cops: Here's What Uncle Bought Before Kidnapping 9-Year-Old

'If he's capable of kidnapping a child he's capable of anything'

(Newser) - Authorities are combing through more than 1,200 leads in a desperate search for a 9-year-old girl they say was abducted by her uncle May 4, WATE reports. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel , 57-year-old Gary Simpson picked Carlie Trent up from her Tennessee school, telling staff her father had... More »

Boy's Summer With Dad Turns Into His Kidnapping

Inside Alissa Zagaris' quest to get Leo back

(Newser) - When Alissa Zagaris' ex-husband asked her to send him their then-10-year-old's vaccination records, she said no way. Son Leo was in Greece visiting his father for the summer, per stipulations of the couple's divorce. But just days before the boy was to return to Indiana, Nikos Zagaris called... More »

School Aide Thwarts Alleged Abduction En Route to Work

'It was kind of like a superwoman power thing. I can't believe it did that!'

(Newser) - Sandra Ferguson, a teacher's aide at Sutter Elementary School in Antioch, Calif., recognized a student at the school sitting in the front seat of a car while Ferguson was on her way to work Friday. Not recognizing the man, and noticing the 11-year-old girl looked frightened, Ferguson stopped and... More »

Cops: Mom Fights Off Man Trying to Pull Baby From Car

The man has been charged with kidnapping

(Newser) - Police say a man tried to kidnap a baby from a car in a McDonald's parking lot, but her mother and another relative fought him off. Police in the Atlanta suburb of Norcross say the family left McDonald's yesterday morning. The mother buckled her 10-month-old daughter into a... More »

Wash. Kids Thwart Man From Swiping Toddler

Siblings, 2 teenage passersby give chase

(Newser) - A man who grabbed a 22-month-old boy Sunday from a stroller in Washington state probably didn't think he'd be foiled by the boy's young sister and two teenagers. Owen Wright was being watched by a babysitter at a park when he got snatched, and his 8-year-old sister... More »

One Year Later, Still No Sign of Relisha Rudd

The man she was last seen with has since killed his wife and himself

(Newser) - It's been a year since 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was last seen on hotel surveillance video and reported missing, and while there has been a lot of peripheral drama surrounding the case, no clear steps have been made toward finding the girl. At the time, Relisha had been living in... More »

How Technology Led to a Child's Abduction— and Rescue

iPod helped authorities find girl said to have been talking to man online

(Newser) - The story of a 12-year-old girl's kidnapping fuels concerns about the dangers of the Internet—even as it demonstrates how today's devices can come to the rescue, Ars Technica reports. The Baltimore-area girl, identified in court as Jane Doe, communicated with several men via Xbox Live and social... More »

Amish Plan 'Garage Raising' for Couple Who Returned Girls

Grateful family 'won't take no for an answer'

(Newser) - Jeffrey and Pamela Stinson don't need a barn, so the Amish community plans to hold a "garage raising" for the upstate New York couple who returned two young girls who had been kidnapped and sexually abused . The couple tell the Watertown Daily Times via the AP that the... More »

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