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Maleah Davis Has Been Found. Now, the Quest for Justice

Houston PD 'will not rest until justice is served in this case'

(Newser) - The search for Maleah Davis has come to a close. Police on Monday confirmed that human remains found in a garbage bag along an Arkansas road last week are those of the missing Houston 4-year-old. Click2Houston reports a cause of death has yet to be determined. Activist Quanell X had... More »

Cops: We Think We've Found Maleah

Human remains found in Arkansas will be tested to see if they're missing Houston 4-year-old

(Newser) - The search for little Maleah Davis may be over. Human remains were found in Arkansas Friday, and police think they may be the missing Houston 4-year-old , per the New York Daily News . "Do we believe that it's possibly her? Yes. But can we confirm it right now? No,... More »

A Deal Was Reached. Then He Led Cops to Niece's Body

Murder suspect Alex Whipple described as 'broken down,' 'confused'

(Newser) - After a five-day search, a body believed to be that of a missing 5-year-old Utah girl has been found exactly where her alleged killer said it would be: less than a block from her family's Logan home. Alex Whipple, 21, invited to stay at the home Friday following a... More »

Uncle Charged With Murder in Case of Missing Girl, 5

Elizabeth "Lizzy" Shelley's body has not yet been recovered

(Newser) - The uncle of a missing 5-year-old Utah girl was charged with murder Wednesday after police said they found her blood on his watch and sweatshirt and his handprint in what appears to be blood on a piece of plastic pipe, the AP reports. Alex Whipple, 21, was charged in the... More »

Uncle in Custody After 5-Year-Old Girl Disappears

Police say Utah man is not cooperating

(Newser) - Police are appealing for the public's help in the desperate search for Elizabeth Jessica Shelley, a 5-year-old Utah girl who was last seen around 2am Saturday. Police in Logan City say Alex Whipple, the girl's 21-year-old uncle, is the main suspect, but he isn't cooperating with authorities,... More »

Cops Deliver Sobering Message on Missing 4-Year-Old

'I'd be lying' to say Maleah Davis will be found alive, Houston police chief says

(Newser) - Even though Derion Vence was arrested almost two weeks ago in the case of missing preschooler Maleah Davis and charged with tampering with evidence relating to a corpse, Houston police weren't explicitly saying they thought the 4-year-old had been murdered. That all changed Thursday, when Chief Art Acevedo said... More »

Mom, 3-Year-Old Son Vanish in Oregon

Karissa and Billy Fretwell missing since May 13

(Newser) - An Oregon mom and her 3-year-old son have not been seen or heard from since May 13. The family of Karissa Alyn Fretwell, 25, and son William (Billy) Fretwell reported the pair missing last week, the Salem Statesman Journal reports, and Salem police are asking the public to report any... More »

'Best News Ever': Missing Toddler Found After 3 Days

'That child is a true Kentucky mountain boy'

(Newser) - "This is the best news ever," the Magoffin County Sheriff Department said in a Facebook post after 22-month-old Kenneth Howard was found alive almost three days after he wandered away from his rural Kentucky home. The sheriff's office says the toddler is being treated for dehydration, but... More »

Search for Missing Girl Shifts to Haunted House

Searchers say they had tip from Houston police

(Newser) - The search for missing Houston 4-year-old Maleah Davis has shifted to a haunted house attraction south of the city. Members of the Texas EquuSearch search and rescue organization said teams searched the area near Creepy Hollow in Rosharon, KTRK reports. Tim Miller of EquuSearch tells KHOU that the organization received... More »

Man Who Said 4-Year-Old Abducted Is Now Charged

Houston police charge Darion Vence after finding blood evidence of ex-fiance's missing daughter

(Newser) - The man who reported a 4-year-old Texas girl had been abducted from him last weekend was arrested near Houston on Saturday and police say they have found blood in his apartment linked to the girl. Darion Vence was arrested without incident, Houston police said. He was charged with tampering with... More »

Stepfather: Men Knocked Me Unconscious for 24 Hours, Took Girl

Maleah Davis was reported missing over the weekend in Texas

(Newser) - Maleah Davis, 4, was removed from her home along with her two brothers last August after allegations of physical abuse and a head injury Maleah had suffered. In February, a judge ordered the siblings returned to their home, with CPS maintaining temporary conservatorship and visiting the home at least once... More »

Parents of Missing Boy No Longer Cooperating With Police

Andrew 'AJ' Freund vanished Wednesday night in Illinois

(Newser) - The parents of a missing Illinois child have stopped talking to police as investigators focus on the family home and call it a crime scene, ABC7 reports. The story began Thursday in the city of Crystal Lake when 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund's parents, Andrew Freund Sr. and JoAnn... More »

No Bail for Man Who Claimed to Be Missing Child

Judge decides Brian Rini is a flight risk

(Newser) - A US magistrate ordered an Ohio man to remain jailed without bond Tuesday on a charge that he lied to federal agents about being a missing child from Illinois. Authorities in Kentucky charged Brian Michael Rini, 23, of Medina, Ohio, on Friday, a day after DNA testing proved he wasn'... More »

Hope, Then Devastation: Details Emerge on Missing Boy Hoax

Investigators: Brian Rini says he learned about Timmothy Pitzen, who vanished in 2011, from TV

(Newser) - An "astounding" story turned into a crushing blow for the family of a missing Illinois boy, and now there are a slew of questions surrounding the man who prosecutors say impersonated him. A young man turned up in the streets of Newport, Ky., on Wednesday, claiming to be Timmothy... More »

Man Who Claimed to Be Timmothy Pitzen Is 23

Cops say he is 'known schemer' Brian Michael Rini

(Newser) - The person who claimed to be 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen , giving false hope to the long-missing Illinois child's family, is actually a 23-year-old man described by police as a "known schemer." Police in Newport, Ky., say the man found wandering in the city Wednesday has been identified as... More »

Teen Is Not Long-Missing Boy: FBI

FBI says DNA disproves teen's claim that he is Timmothy Pitzen

(Newser) - Hope briefly flared that Timmothy Pitzen, the Illinois boy who went missing at age 6 in 2011 , had been found Wednesday in Kentucky . That hope died Thursday when the FBI announced that the teenage boy who claimed to be Pitzen was not actually him. "DNA results have been returned... More »

Teen Found by Police Gives Astounding News

Timmothy Pitzen has been missing since his mother died in 2011

(Newser) - A boy found by Kentucky police Wednesday says he's Timmothy Pitzen, 14—and if he is, that's long-awaited news. Newport residents called police about a suspicious boy walking the streets in a hoodie with a bruised face, who later said he had just escaped two kidnappers at a... More »

He Hired Teen to Babysit. That May Have Been a Ruse

Louisiana girl, 15, has been missing since last week and is believed to be with Cory Disotell

(Newser) - A 15-year-old Louisiana girl has been missing since Thursday, and authorities say she may be in the company of her neighbor, a 47-year-old man. Domeanna Spell had been the babysitter for Cory Disotell's family, WAPT reports, though KATC reports that the babysitting job was a ruse and that there... More »

'It Felt Like I Was Dreaming': Boy Abducted in 2017 Found

Police say Joshua Graham's non-custodial father took him out of state

(Newser) - A 9-year-old boy who went missing in 2017 was found safe Saturday morning, ABC News reports. Police say Joshua Graham's father took the boy from Texas without informing his mother; in February 2018, his mother was granted sole custody. The boy was eventually reported missing under the status of... More »

'Absolute Miracle': Missing Sisters Found Alive in Woods

Sheriff says 4-H training helped them survive

(Newser) - "This is an absolute miracle," Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said Sunday after two little girls who went missing on Friday were found alive in rugged terrain in northern California. Honsal said 5- and 8-year-old sisters Caroline and Leia Carrico were found by a volunteer fire chief and... More »

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