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Woman He Watched Plead for Son's Return Is Actually Mom

Boy abducted in China reunited with biological parents after 32 years

(Newser) - Li Jingzhi quit her job to search for her 2-year-old son after he was abducted from a hotel near their home in Xian, the capital of China's Shaanxi province, in 1988. She put up more than 100,000 flyers in 10 provinces and municipalities, and when that didn't... More »

Pandemic Has Slowed the Search for Missing Teen

'I’m worried she’ll be forgotten,' Julia Mann's mom says

(Newser) - Julia Mann was last seen just before heading to bed at her family's Georgia home on Feb. 20. By the next morning, the 17-year-old was gone, and she's still missing. Authorities say it appears she left home by choice, and her mother acknowledges she may have snuck out... More »

She Says Boy Was Too Tired to Walk. Now, a Grim Find

Body of 5-year-old found near Alaskan hiking trail after mom says she had to leave him to seek help

(Newser) - The body of a 5-year-old boy has been found near an Alaskan hiking trail days after his mother left him in search of help. Ketchikan's Jennifer Treat, 36, and her son, Jaxson Brown, had set out on the 13.7-mile Lunch Creek Trail on Revillagigedo Island on Wednesday before... More »

Searchers Find Girl, 4, After 2 Nights in the Woods

Vadie Sides was walking her dog when she got lost

(Newser) - About 300 people volunteered to join the search for Evelyn "Vadie" Sides, a redheaded 4-year-old who'd been reported missing Wednesday in rural Alabama, near Auburn University. About 48 hours later, they found her, unharmed, in a wooded area with her dog, WSFA reports. "No words are capable... More »

Grim Find in Case of Missing Colorado Boy

Officials say body found in Florida Panhandle is likely that of Gannon Stauch

(Newser) - Officials in Florida are delivering some bad news in the case of missing Colorado boy Gannon Stauch . CNN reports that a body was found in the Florida Panhandle this week, and it's likely that of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch, who vanished from Colorado Springs in January. Per a release from... More »

A Change to Those Involved in Lori Vallow's Case

She's down to one attorney

(Newser) - Lori Vallow says she is innocent of the charges against her, according to the sole attorney she has left. ABC News reports two of her lawyers removed themselves from her legal team on Friday, though a reason wasn't given. It wasn't the only shake-up to the players in... More »

After 4 Years, Remains of Missing Fla. Girl Found

Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Diana Alvarez murder case

(Newser) - Four years after she disappeared from her Florida home in the middle of the night, the body of 9-year-old Diana Alvarez has been found. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office tells the Daily Beast that the girl's remains were found by surveyors in a wooded area of Osceola County.... More »

Lori Vallow Was Once in a Much Brighter Spot

Former beauty pageant contestant was a 'Wheel of Fortune' winner

(Newser) - With bail bondsmen refusing to work with her , Lori Vallow remains jailed in Idaho on charges of felony child abandonment, obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime, and contempt of court, all related to the disappearance of her children , Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua "JJ" Vallow, 7. It's... More »

Cops Asked Him to Hand Over His Daughter. He Hit the Gas

Man dies after driving pickup truck into Kansas river; 2-year-old still missing

(Newser) - A Kansas mom who went to work as usual Wednesday morning soon started receiving concerning updates from locals that her boyfriend had been seen buying liquor at a grocery store, their 2-year-old daughter in tow. Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet tells NBC News that the unidentified woman called her boyfriend—... More »

Clothing on Body Matches Missing Girl's: Testimony

Evelyn Boswell's disappearance was reported last month

(Newser) - The clothing worn by a child found dead in Tennessee is a match for what a missing toddler was wearing when she was reported missing last month, an investigator said Monday. Officials have said they believe, but have not confirmed, that the remains to be those of Evelyn Boswell, a... More »

Authorities: Remains Are Likely Missing Toddler

Officials believe 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell has been found on Tennessee property

(Newser) - In a case "unlike anything," an apparent ending no one wanted. In what the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation calls a "heartbreaking update," NBC News and ABC News report that authorities believe remains found Friday on a Tennessee property are those of missing toddler Evelyn Mae Boswell.... More »

FBI Shares Last Photo of Lori Vallow's Daughter

Agency is asking for photos that may show the family in Yellowstone on Sept. 8

(Newser) - Steam rises from Yellowstone's hydrothermal features as 17-year-old Tylee Ryan hugs her 7-year-old brother, Joshua "JJ" Vallow. The photo taken Sept. 8, 2019, the last day Tylee was seen , was released Thursday by the FBI along with another photo showing JJ at the park with mom Lori Vallow.... More »

Gannon's Mom on Stepmom's Arrest: 'She Will Pay 100%'

Letecia Stauch arrested in connection with disappearance of Gannon Stauch, 11

(Newser) - The stepmother of Gannon Stauch, the Colorado 11-year-old missing since Jan. 27 , has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the boy. No body has been found, but authorities say they believe Gannon Stauch is dead. Letecia Stauch told investigators she last saw her stepson at home before he left in... More »

Mom of Missing Toddler Arrested

Megan Boswell, charged with false reports, implicates her own mom

(Newser) - The conflicting statements offered by the mother of a Tennessee toddler last seen in December but only reported missing a week ago have led to an arrest. Megan Boswell, mother of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of false reports, according to the Sullivan County... More »

Report: Lori Vallow's Girl Was Last Seen at Yellowstone

Meanwhile, her niece's ex-husband alleges that niece knows something

(Newser) - No clarity, but more potential threads to follow in the case of Lori Vallow, the Idaho mother arrested in Hawaii last week in connection with the disappearance of her two children. The first thread comes via the ex-husband of Vallow's niece, who filed paperwork in an Arizona court last... More »

Missing Toddler Case Is 'Unlike Anything' Before

Evelyn Boswell's mother didn't report her missing for over 2 months

(Newser) - A missing-toddler case made headlines Friday when the girl's grandmother was pulled over in a reportedly stolen BMW, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports. Angela Boswell, 42, and her companion William McCloud, 33, were arrested in North Carolina and charged with possessing stolen property. Whether this helps in finding Evelyn Boswell—... More »

Lori Vallow Has Been Arrested in Hawaii

Mother of 2 missing kids faces extradition to Idaho

(Newser) - Police still don't know where Lori Vallow's two children are, but they know exactly where Vallow is now—the cellblock of the Kauai Police Department. The Idaho woman, whose two children have not been seen since September, was arrested in Hawaii Thursday and is being held on $5... More »

A 3-Year-Old Went Missing. Good Thing Buddy Was There

Buddy's the family dog who protected the boy in the woods until he was rescued

(Newser) - Get those treats ready, because Buddy surely deserves them. First Coast News reports a 3-year-old boy who went missing in Florida this week is now "safe and sound," and it's partly because his family's dog was with him the whole time, keeping watch over him. Fox... More »

Neighbor Slit His Own Throat After Strangling 6-Year-Old

Authorities release more details about the murder of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her front yard after school was strangled by a neighbor who then killed himself , authorities said Tuesday. Faye Marie Swetlik died just hours after she was abducted, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher told reporters, per the AP . Her body was found nearly three days... More »

Missing 6-Year-Old Found Dead

Faye Marie Swetlik's body found in South Carolina

(Newser) - A tragic end to the case of the 6-year-old South Carolina girl who disappeared Monday after getting off her school bus : Faye Marie Swetlik was found dead Thursday, and a homicide investigation has been opened, authorities said. The body of a man also was found recently in the neighborhood where... More »

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