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12-Year-Old Fla. Girl Last Seen 5 Days Ago

A $20K reward is now up for grabs, as cops say they've exhausted all their leads

(Newser) - Hundreds of people have scoured Pensacola, Fla., in recent days in the hope of finding a missing 12-year-old girl. Now, they hope a $20,000 reward will lead to answers, as the local sheriff tells the Pensacola News Journal that "we have literally exhausted all" of their leads. The... More »

Teacher Suspected in Teen's Kidnapping Spotted at Walmart

Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas were caught on surveillance video

(Newser) - A 50-year-old teacher was caught on security cameras at a Walmart in Oklahoma two days after he allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Tennessee, the Oklahoman reports. Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas are seen in the video—taken March 15 but not confirmed or released until Friday—using cash to... More »

Girls, 13, Who Went Missing While Hiking Found Dead

Bodies are confirmed to be those of Liberty German and Abigail Williams

(Newser) - Two 13-year-old Indiana girls had Monday off from school and were dropped off at a popular hiking spot in Delphi, but didn't show up when it was time for them to be picked up—and on Tuesday, their bodies were found. On Wednesday, police officially identified the bodies as... More »

Boko Haram Releases New Video of Chibok Girls

Demands release of fighters, says some girls have been killed in airstrikes

(Newser) - A video that appears to be from Boko Haram says some of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls have been killed in Nigerian airstrikes and shows one of the alleged victims pleading for authorities to release detained militants so the girls can be freed. The video posted Sunday on Twitter shows a... More »

Young Girls Keep Disappearing in the Bronx

Councilman reads 14 names from last 2 years

(Newser) - Girls seem to be vanishing without a trace in the Bronx. In what a New York City councilman describes as a "disturbing" trend, some 14 girls, aged 12 to 19—who are mostly black and Hispanic—have vanished in the borough in two years. "Every other week our... More »

One of 219 Girls Snatched by Boko Haram Found

She was reportedly held captive for 2 years

(Newser) - One of the 219 missing girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria, and held for two years has been found, multiple sources are reporting. The woman's uncle tells the AP 19-year-old Amina Ali Nkeki was found by Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday. The BBC cites activists claiming the woman... More »

2 Years After Chibok Girls Taken, a 'Proof of Life' Video

But government skeptical it was shot recently

(Newser) - Thursday marks an awful anniversary for families of the nearly 300 girls kidnapped from their school in Nigeria: It's been exactly two years since Boko Haram staged the mass abduction in Chibok. Now, a video has emerged that appears to show some of the girls, a "proof of... More »

Case of Teen Girls Missing Since 1999 Gets Fresh Look

The night Ashley Freeman's parents were killed, she and Lauria Bible disappeared

(Newser) - On the penultimate evening of 1999, Danny and Kathy Freeman were shot to death in their mobile home just outside of Welch, Okla., and their home was set on fire. But when police arrived on the scene, the Freemans' daughter, Ashley, and her best friend Lauria Bible, both 16 and... More »

Nigeria Rescues 300 Girls, Women From Boko Haram

They do not include the 200 girls taken last year in Chibok

(Newser) - Nigeria's army says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram, reports CNN . In a sign of just how widespread this kind of kidnapping is, however, those rescued do not include the approximately 200 girls taken from a school last year—the ones who drew worldwide... More »

One Year Ago, Boko Haram Took the Chibok Girls

Amnesty hopes Nigeria's new government can still find missing girls

(Newser) - A year after more than 200 girls were taken from their homes in Chibok by Boko Haram militants, 219 will lead a procession through Nigeria's capital of Abuja today in honor of those who have not yet been found. A witness tells the BBC she saw more than 50... More »

Boko Haram: All Kidnapped Girls Are Married Off

Abubakar Shekau appears to dash any hopes of their freedom

(Newser) - The leader of Boko Haram says in a new video that the 200 girls his group kidnapped will never go home: All have been converted to Islam and married off, declares Abubakar Shekau with a laugh. "If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead... More »

Boko Haram Kidnaps 25 More Girls

And there's no sign that original abducted girls will go free

(Newser) - Skeptics took a we'll-believe-it-when-we-see-it approach to the news that Boko Haram had struck a deal to release the 200 or so abducted girls in its custody. A week later, those skeptics are looking like the smart ones. Not only have no girls been set free, but Reuters reports that... More »

One of Nigeria's Missing Girls Is Found

'Traumatized' young woman either escaped or was released

(Newser) - Though talks are underway with Boko Haram militants to secure the release of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, one may have escaped on her own. A woman, identified as one of those kidnapped by the al-Qaeda-linked group in April, was found "heavily traumatized and not very stable" Wednesday,... More »

Prisoner Swap for Kidnapped Girls? Militants in Talks

Boko Haram seeks return of 30 commanders: CNN

(Newser) - Boko Haram militants have been meeting with officials to discuss the possible release of some 200 girls kidnapped in April, CNN reports. Talks between two top Boko Haram figures and officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Nigeria's government hinge on the possibility of a prisoner... More »

US Planes May Have Seen Missing Nigerian Girls

It suggests they might be freed in some kind of exchange

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has a report raising hopes about the 200 or so Nigerian girls still missing after being kidnapped by Boko Haram . US surveillance planes have on at least two occasions spotted sizable groups of girls in remote locales in northeastern Nigeria. The girls had been moved by... More »

63 Girls Escape Boko Haram

Nigerian military says it killed 53 rebels

(Newser) - Scores of girls and young women have managed to escape from Boko Haram militants, Nigerian authorities say—though more than 200 schoolgirls seized in April are still missing. The 63 who managed to escape were among 68 people kidnapped last month when the Islamist radicals invaded a village, slaughtering the... More »

Nigeria: We've Made Arrest in Missing Girls Case

Businessman 'actively participated' in mass kidnap

(Newser) - Nigeria's military says it has arrested a businessman who belonged to a vigilante group fighting Boko Haram but was secretly a member of the extremist group himself—and "participated actively" in the kidnap of more than 200 schoolgirls in April. The military says the businessman was part of... More »

'Happy Ending' Not Likely in Hunt for Nigerian Girls

Soldiers losing morale as president avoids Chibok

(Newser) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan today called off what was to be his first reported visit to Chibok since hundreds of girls were taken from the town last month. The AP reports security reasons were a factor after news of the visit leaked and reports surfaced of fresh attacks in the... More »

Hashtag Activism Might Make Things Worse

Columnist thinks these retweets provide false sense of accomplishment

(Newser) - You've no doubt come across the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, designed to draw attention to the plight of Nigeria's kidnapped girls . DA Lovell has, too, but after a few initial retweets, she's giving it a rest, she writes at the Root . The problem is that hashtag activism like this... More »

Nigeria Reverses, Will Deal With Boko Haram for Girls

Meanwhile, US begins flying search missions

(Newser) - Nigeria might be open to negotiating with Boko Haram after all. Special Deputies Minister Tanimu Turaki tells the BBC that if the militant group really is willing to trade the captive school girls for jailed jihadis, it should send a representative for talks. Earlier the country's interior minister had... More »

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