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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 »

Neighbors Say She Went for a Bike Ride, Didn't Come Back

Suzanne Morphew's husband offers $100K reward after she vanished on Mother's Day

(Newser) - A Colorado mom of two reportedly set off on a bike ride on Mother's Day and has been gone since, and now there's a $100,000 reward in the case. Per CBS Denver , the husband of 49-year-old Suzanne Morphew is offering the cash for information on her disappearance... More »

2 Missing Women Are Linked to Murder Suspects

Heather Grogg, Danielle Tyler thought to be in danger in Maryland

(Newser) - The FBI and Maryland State Police are searching for two women last seen in early April who have ties to accused murderers. Heather Grogg, 33, worked as a live-in babysitter at the home of David Sanford Jr., one of three men charged in the March 18 murder of Jonathan Riddle.... More »

Cops on Tycoon's Missing Wife: 'Clearly Planned Deception'

Norway's Tom Hagen arrested on suspicion of murdering spouse, who vanished in 2018

(Newser) - One of Norway’s wealthiest men was arrested Tuesday in connection with his wife's 2018 disappearance and held on suspicion of murder or complicity to murder in a case that police had earlier thought was a kidnapping. Tom Hagen, a real estate investor and owner of an electric company,... More »

RFK Granddaughter, Her Son Vanish While Canoeing

Witnesses saw two people struggling in Chesapeake Bay's high winds

(Newser) - Authorities were searching Friday for the daughter and a grandson of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend after a canoe they were paddling in the Chesapeake Bay didn't return to shore. Gov. Larry Hogan identified the missing as Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and McKean's 8-year-old son,... More »

He Was Cutting the Grass. Then, a Body Under a Mattress

Worker discovers remains of missing mom Tiffany Smitherman Osborne in Alabama industrial area

(Newser) - A worker cutting grass in an industrial area made a grisly discovery this week—the body of a missing mom of three who vanished after reportedly leaving her home in Midfield, Ala., in February. Sergeant Michael Jeffries of the Midfield Police Department says the worker found the decomposing body of... 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 »

Burned Skull of Teen Mom Missing Since 2010 Turns Up

Prosecutor says 'multiple witnesses ... ought to be pretty nervous' in case of Paige Johnson

(Newser) - The remains of a teenage mother who disappeared in Kentucky nearly a decade ago have been found across the state line in Ohio. Paige Johnson was just 17 when she vanished in Covington on Sept. 23, 2010, after going to a party with friends. Various searches failed to turn up... 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 »

Missing Teen Cowgirl Found Dead

Britney Ujlaky was last seen getting in a green pickup truck with a mystery man in Nevada

(Newser) - A 16-year-old cowgirl who volunteered at a local Nevada ranch grooming horses and who hoped to one day be a rodeo queen and makeup artist will never get that chance. Per the AP , the Elko County Sheriff's Office says the body of Spring Creek teen Gabrielle Ujlaky, called Britney... 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 »

Mother of 3 Vanishes After Leaving Home

She left newborn with boyfriend to go to store

(Newser) - Family members are pleading for the public's help in finding Tiffany Smitherman Osborne, a mother of three who disappeared after leaving her home in Midfield, Ala., three weeks ago. Police say Osborne's boyfriend has told them she went out around 11pm on Feb. 17 to walk to 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 »

She Vanished From a Beach. Now, Her Husband's Arrest

Sonam Saxena accused of 2nd-degree murder during family's annual Hawaii vacation

(Newser) - A Washington state family's annual Hawaii vacation has ended in apparent tragedy, with the dad now in police custody. People reports that 43-year-old Sonam Saxena, a product manager for Google Cloud, has been arrested on one count of second-degree murder after he told cops his wife disappeared after a... More »

Police Tie Neighbor's Death to 6-Year-Old Girl's

Evidence found in trash can connect cases

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina have decided the deaths of a 6-year-old girl and an adult neighbor, whose bodies were found the same day, are one case. While searching trash cans in the neighborhood, investigators found something listed on the missing person flyer for Faye Marie Swetlik, who was found dead... More »

Young Couple Missing for Days Found Dead in California Forest

Bodies of Paul Stockwell, Ria Williams discovered near Big Bear Lake

(Newser) - The bodies of a young couple who hadn't been seen since Jan. 29 have been found near a Southern California hiking trail. Officials say the bodies of Paul Arthur Stockwell Jr., 29, and his girlfriend, Ria Gabriella Williams, 27, were found around 1:30pm Monday. Deputies who were looking... More »

Missing Kids' Mom Left Town—and Left Behind a Storage Unit

Items belonging to Joshua 'JJ' Vallow and Tylee Ryan found in Idaho unit

(Newser) - The mother of the Idaho children who have been missing since September left the state at the end of November—and left behind a storage unit full of children's items. Detectives who executed a search warrant on the storage unit found bikes, a scooter, and other sports equipment; winter... More »

Mom Misses Deadline to Bring Missing Kids to Idaho

Lori Vallow could now be extradited from Hawaii

(Newser) - The mother of two children missing since September failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to bring the kids to authorities in Idaho on Thursday. That clears the way for a judge to potentially hold Lori Vallow in contempt of court, a legal move that could allow prosecutors to seek to... More »

Woman Missing for 6 Years Found in Submerged Car

New Jersey woman was last seen in 2014

(Newser) - Diving contractors clearing debris from the Salem River in southern New Jersey alerted authorities after a grim discovery: A badly mangled vehicle that appeared to have human remains inside. Inside the vehicle, authorities found the body of Vanessa Smallwood, who was last seen at a dry cleaning business in Cherry... More »

They Went to Mexico to Collect Rent. Then They Vanished

Bodies believed to be missing California couple discovered in Tijuana, son-in-law arrested

(Newser) - They went to Mexico to carry out their landlord tasks and never came home. Now, bodies found buried in mud at one of their properties are believed to be those of Jesus Guillen, 70, and his 65-year-old wife, Maria Lopez, authorities say. Per KFMB , the couple traveled to Tijuana on... More »

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