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Abducted Twins Are Found 175 Miles Apart

Kyair and Kason Thomass found safe after Ohio kidnapping; suspect arrested

(Newser) - An infant has been found alive in Indianapolis three days after he and his twin brother were abducted outside an Ohio pizzeria; a suspect has been arrested in their kidnapping. "A photo is worth a thousand words," the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department tweeted Thursday night, showing 5-month-old Kason...

She Vanished From Her Home. A FedEx Driver Has Been Arrested

Tanner Lynn Horner is accused of abducting Athena Strand, 7, from her Texas home, killing her

(Newser) - After an intense search for a missing girl involving the FBI, the US Marshals Service, the Texas Rangers Division, and the state's Department of Family and Protective Services, grim news out of North Texas. At a Friday night press conference , Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin announced that the body...

Cops: Person of Interest in Family's Kidnapping Tried to Kill Himself

Jesus Manuel Salgado is in critical condition

(Newser) - Update: A person of interest in the disappearance of a California family is in custody and is in critical condition after trying to kill himself, police say. Authorities say 48-year-old Jesus Manuel Salgado's suicide attempt happened before law enforcement tracked him down, the Fresno Bee reports. Four family members,...

'That's the Girl! That's the Amber Alert Girl!'

Disturbing details emerge on alleged kidnapping of rescued Mikell Debina, 15, on Hawaii's Big Island

(Newser) - A 15-year-old girl allegedly snatched off a beach on the island of Hawaii is now safe and sound once more, and details are emerging on what may have happened during the 24 hours she was missing. A release from the Hawaii Police Department reported that Mikella Debina was found in...

Ex-Superintendent Allegedly Lured 2 Kids Into His Car

Police allege William Morrison offered to pay the children to babysit

(Newser) - As recently as 2017, William Morrison was an Ohio schools superintendent. On Thursday, he was arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap two children in Huntington, W. Va. The Columbus Dispatch reports the 59-year-old, who now lives in that city, allegedly pulled up to a 9-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl he...

DA: Kidnapping Suspects Made 3 Other Attempts on This Baby

One San Jose suspect allegedly posed as a CPS worker

(Newser) - Investigators in San Jose say two suspects accused of kidnapping a 3-month-old boy from his home last month made at least three earlier attempts to snatch the boy. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office said Thursday that suspect Jose Roman Portillo showed up at the family's home...

After Father's 14-Year Search, Abducted Boy Is Found
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After Father's 14-Year Search, Abducted Boy Is Found

Chinese couple had been looking for Sun Zhuo since he was taken in 2007

(Newser) - The story of their quest for their missing son inspired a hit 2014 movie. Now, seven years later, a cinematic ending. CNN reports that a couple who've searched the ends of China for their boy since 2007 were reunited with him on Monday. Sun Zhuo, now 18, was taken...

Rescued 4-Year-Old Doing Well, With New Charges in Case

Terence Kelly, 36, hit with charges in case of Cleo Smith, who went missing for 18 days in Australia

(Newser) - Update: A 36-year-old man has been charged in the case of a 4-year-old Australian girl found safe Wednesday after vanishing 18 days earlier. Terence Darrell Kelly appeared Thursday in a Carnavon court, where he was charged with forcibly or fraudulently taking or enticing a child under 16, per the BBC...

Girl Taken in 2007 Is Reunited With Mother

Police say Jacqueline Hernandez was brought to Mexico by her father

(Newser) - The police department in Clermont, Fla., has taken the unusual step of releasing a photo of a mother hugging her daughter. But this was no ordinary hug. It shows Angelica Vences-Salgado embracing 19-year-old Jacqueline Hernandez in Laredo, Texas, near the border with Mexico, reports CBS News . The two hadn't...

Cops: Mom Foils Kidnapping, Man Arrested at Hospital

Five-year-old boy scared but OK

(Newser) - A brave New York mom saved her 5-year-old son from an alleged kidnapping Friday. Police say Dolores Diaz was walking with her three kids in Queens when James McGonagle, 24, jumped out of a parked car and snatched her son Jacob. Diaz and her other two kids ran after him....

Cops Rescue 6-Year-Old Kidnapped by Stranger

Girl was snatched off Louisville street

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl snatched from a Kentucky street by a stranger was rescued within 30 minutes thanks to police and an alert witness. Two Louisville Metro Police officers located the suspect's vehicle last Friday after a witness who started following the car gave them part of the license plate...

Girl Who Fought Off Kidnapping Gets Big Surprise From Star

Mariska Hargitay showed up for remote chat with Alyssa Bonal on 'Today': 'You're amazing'

(Newser) - The awe-inspiring story of a Florida girl who fought off an attempted abduction just saw yet another happy ending. Alyssa Bonal, 11, who's been making the media rounds since a man tried to kidnap her Tuesday from her bus stop in Pensacola, has impressed the public with her quick...

Girl Who Fought Off Alleged Kidnapper Had a Strategy

Florida girl deliberately marked him with blue 'slime' to help police catch him

(Newser) - What it comes down to is that an 11-year-old girl was a lot smarter than the man police say tried to kidnap her. Dramatic video emerged this week of a girl identified only as Alyssa fighting off and escaping from a man police describe as a would-be kidnapper in Pensacola,...

Girl Reported Odd Encounter. Weeks Later, Something Worse

11-year-old being hailed for fighting off attempted bus-stop kidnapping

(Newser) - That she escaped was incredible. That it was caught on video, ditto. An 11-year-old Florida girl is called a "hero" by law enforcement who say she fought off an attempted kidnapper while waiting for the bus on Tuesday morning. She was waiting at her Pensacola bus stop around 7am...

Newborn Taken, Woman Held In Assault With Bear Spray

Police say the attacker met the new mom on Facebook

(Newser) - A Canadian woman is accused of kidnapping a newborn after overpowering a family with bear spray. Police say the accused met the new mom on Facebook and brought over a gift on Friday. She returned to her Ottawa home Sunday afternoon with bear spray, CTV News reports. According to police,...

Cops: Toddler Lured From Church Found Safe

2-year-old boy was kidnapped in Virginia Sunday

(Newser) - A 2-year-old boy kidnapped from a church in western Virginia has been found safe, authorities say. The Giles County Sheriff's Office said Monday afternoon Noah Gabriel Trout was found in Alleghany County and is now in the hands of FBI agents and Virginia State Police tactical team members, the...

42 Freed After Abduction, With a President's Warning

Those released in Nigeria include 27 students seized from school in northern part of country

(Newser) - An official says 42 people, including 27 students who were abducted two weeks ago from a school in northern Nigeria, have been freed. Mary Noel-Berje, chief press secretary for the Niger state governor, told the AP on Saturday that those released have arrived in the state capital, Minna. "We...

Missing North Carolina Girl Found
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Missing North Carolina Girl Found

Savannah Childress was abducted, found safe in Arkansas

(Newser) - Savannah Grace Childress, 14, was abducted from her home in Denton, NC, on Feb. 11—but on Saturday night, she was found safe. She was with suspect William Ice, who had communicated with her via online platforms, in Arkansas when police spotted his SUV, which was linked to the abduction...

Cops: Ex-Congressional Candidate Flew Across US to Abduct Child

Nathan Larson, who served time for threatening a president, runs site glorifying child rape: authorities

(Newser) - In an "extremely disturbing" story out of Colorado, a man authorities say is a white supremacist and pedophile was arrested in Denver last week for allegedly abducting a 12-year-old California girl he'd met on social media. ABC News reports that Nathan Daniel Larson, 40, was detained at Denver...

Complaint Details Backstory of Case of Boy Left at Goodwill

Jeremy Fitzgerald allegedly made ransom demand before taking boy across state lines

(Newser) - Two people in Tennessee are facing federal charges of kidnapping a 2-year-old boy later found abandoned at a Goodwill store in Mississippi. Authorities say 34-year-old Jeremy Fitzgerald of Memphis told the boy's mother that his sister would watch the toddler while he took her to Nashville on Sunday. But...

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