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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 »

New Name Surfaces in Madeleine McCann Case

2 witnesses identify same person after image release

(Newser) - After airing computer-generated images of a possible figure in the Madeleine McCann case on a BBC show last night, London police have fielded more than 700 calls and 200 emails regarding the missing British girl, they say in a statement . What's more, two witnesses offered the same name after... More »

Third Eye Blind Wife Kidnapped Own Kid: Cops

Kristi Fredianelli involved in twisted case

(Newser) - Kristi Fredianelli, 36, was arrested Sept. 19 for allegedly kidnapping her own 6-year-old daughter. Why is this not just news, but gossip? Because Fredianelli is married to Anthony Fredianelli, who was the lead guitarist of Third Eye Blind until 2009. She was wanted on a fugitive warrant in Nevada, where... 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 »

Hannah Anderson on Dead Kidnapper: 'He's a Psycho'

Talks about James Lee DiMaggio, ordeal online

(Newser) - No need to wait for Hannah Anderson's first big TV interview: The teen has already discussed her kidnapping ordeal in surprising detail online. Hannah answered anonymous questions on ask.fm starting Monday night, and the mother of one of her close friends confirmed to the AP that the postings... More »

Cleveland Suspect's Son Wrote Article About Captive

Young Castro quoted Gina DeJesus' mom

(Newser) - A strange twist in the Cleveland kidnapping: Ariel Castro—the man arrested yesterday after three women kidnapped a decade ago escaped his home —has a son of the same name who wrote a 2004 newspaper article about the disappearance of one of those women, Gina DeJesus. The younger Ariel... More »

Cuba Hands Over Hakken Family to US

Boys head back to grandparents, mom and dad cool heels in jail

(Newser) - The Hakken family is back on US soil this morning, after Cuba handed the foursome over to US custody without ado. Josh and Sharyn Hakken, accused of abducting their two sons and sailing off to the island nation, are sitting in a Florida jail; they face charges including kidnapping, grand... More »

Ex-Con Charged in 'Unspeakably Traumatic Attack' on LA Girl

Disturbing details of crimes released

(Newser) - Tobias Summers, the recently released prisoner suspected of abducting a 10-year-old LA girl last week, has been charged with 36 counts of sexual assault, kidnapping, and first-degree burglary, the LA Times reports. A second man, Daniel Martinez, who is believed to have driven the getaway car, according to the AP... More »

Portugal: We Won't Reopen Maddy Probe

'No new elements,' says police head

(Newser) - Despite Scotland Yard's belief that Madeleine McCann may still be alive , Portuguese police said today they will not reopen the case, AFP reports. "There are no new elements at the moment that would allow for the reopening of the inquiry," says the deputy head of the criminal... More »

Baby Kidnapped in 2004 to Be Reunited With Mom

Houston case is solved, as is one near Syracuse

(Newser) - Two moms will get reunions with children who were kidnapped years ago, neither one by a stranger:
  • Houston: Miguel Morin disappeared in 2004 at age 8 months with a woman his mother considered a friend, reports Click2Houston . Police finally got a break this week when the woman's sister called
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Girl, 7, Foils Would-Be Kidnapper at Walmart

Thomas A. Woods charged with attempted kidnapping

(Newser) - Scary security footage from a Georgia Walmart shows a man attempting to snatch a 7-year-old girl, who manages to get away from him. Authorities have charged Thomas A. Woods, 25—who was on parole after a conviction of voluntary manslaughter—with attempted kidnapping, the AP reports. The girl, whom the... More »

Tortured Teen Held 10 Years by Dungeon Keeper: Cops

Case 'makes you want to cry,' says Philly police commissioner

(Newser) - Police rescued eight children from a Philadelphia home where four mentally disabled adults were found chained in a cellar . The kids ranged in age from a 2-year-old to a 19-year-old girl, who had been snatched 10 years ago and tortured so horribly it " makes you want to cry ,"... More »

Catholics Stole 300K Babies From Mothers

Secret network sold kids to more devout couples

(Newser) - A secret network of priests, nuns, and doctors have stolen up to 300,000 babies from mothers in Spain and sold them to other parents, a BBC documentary shows. Their scheme: Tell the mother her baby died in childbirth, and sell the newborn to a more devout and wealthy couple.... More »

Kansas City Baby Girl Vanishes From Crib

Dad arrives from work before dawn to find daughter gone

(Newser) - Missouri police have launched a massive manhunt for a baby girl who vanished from her crib in the middle of the night. "We've exhausted everything we can at the original scene," said a police spokesman. "We've opened up the crime scene and are doing everything... More »

Abducted Toddler Found Sitting on Family's Sofa

Kidnapper sneaks child into family's house at 3am

(Newser) - A 3-year-old Canadian boy who was kidnapped five days ago has been returned home apparently unharmed, appearing on his family's sofa before dawn as mysteriously as he disappeared, reports the Toronto Sun . Police, who had 60 officers on the case, suspect a convicted sex offender took Kienan Hebert from... More »

New Mexico Man Who Saved Girl Is Illegal Immigrant

Antonia Diaz Chacon becomes new face in debate

(Newser) - A new twist to the story of a New Mexico man hailed as a hero for saving a 6-year-old girl from a kidnapper: Antonio Diaz Chacon is an illegal immigrant. The 23-year-old has been married to an American and living in the US for four years, but he gave up... More »

Video Shows Nancy Garrido Luring Girl Into Van

DA says she made up to 20 such videos for her husband

(Newser) - Authorities released more video today made by Phillip and Nancy Garrido that showed how they prowled for victims. In the latest, Nancy is shown luring a girl into their van and videotaping her doing the splits, reports AP . "That's it. Can you go all the way down?" says... More »

Jaycee Dugard Was Garrido's 5th Victim

Also: Video footage reveals Garridos filming girls in park

(Newser) - Jaycee Dugard was Phillip Garrido's fifth victim—so how did Garrido never become a suspect in her disappearance? That's what the El Dorado County District Attorney's office plans to look into. The DA's office yesterday released undistributed materials related to the case, including a map of... More »

Jaycee Dugard: I Can Finally Say My Name

Kidnap victim deals frankly with ordeal in new memoir

(Newser) - After 18 years in Phillip Garrido's backyard hell, one might expect Jaycee Dugard to be joyless and withdrawn. But Diane Sawyer instead encounters a fiercely devoted 31-year-old mother, a rape survivor who confronts her ordeal unflinchingly, and a vibrant woman savoring each tiny freedom in her new life—like... More »

Elizabeth Smart Hired by ABC News

Kidnapping victim will discuss missing person cases

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart knows firsthand what it's like to be kidnapped—and she'll soon be sharing that perspective as an ABC News contributor. She'll appear on Good Morning America and possibly other programs "when there are missing children or missing-person cases in the news," an ABC... More »

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