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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #120 on: September 20, 2012, 05:19:39 AM »
When a 39-year-old man rambling approached some children saying "God told me to take him. God told me he's coming with me," and grabbed an innocent 4-year-old boy outside a Florida apartment complex, the 4-year-old's 7-year-old cousin put her moves into action. Frightened, she struggled with the man to let her cousin go. She chopped and kicked the abductor and states "Cause my mama always said safety is first."

Her struggle raised the attention of an adult who started beating the abductor while the 7 yo yelled "Let my cousin go, let my cousin go." The abductor got away.

But the 7 yo provided police with information that enabled them to apprehend the perp. He was charged with attempted kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Her mother is very proud of her and says her daughter was always interested in karate. The Miami police honored the hero as the city's youngest crime fighter.

Source:  NBC News  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/19/13961387-miami-girl-7-honored-for-fighting-off-would-be-abductor?lite=obinsite



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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #121 on: September 20, 2012, 10:29:35 AM »
Wow, what a brave little girl! I have always told my children that no matter what if anyone who you don't know comes to you asking if you would like to help find their puppy, or says they have candy for you, or tells you that they know your mommy and daddy you scream and run towards home and if the person touches you, you fight to get away, you do everything that you can to get to mommy and daddy. Every child should be tought safety first in these kinds of situations... IMO

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #122 on: October 27, 2012, 07:17:42 AM »
When Peter Benenson was born on July 31, 1921 there wasn't a United Nations. International human rights treaties did not exist; human rights organizations were pretty much unheard of; and the term "civil society" had a different meaning.

Yet, when Peter Benenson left this world on February 25, 2005 it was said "In comparison with the world into which he was born, Benenson left behind him one changed so fundamentally that it is hard to conceive of the scale of the transformation.

Some people make a difference in the lives of others; in fact they devote their life's work to it.

Bless Their Hearts.

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Peter Benenson Remembered

http://www.amnestyusa.org/about-us/amnesty-50-years/peter-benenson-remembered
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #123 on: October 28, 2012, 12:46:13 PM »
Sometimes they come home. Just ask Leilani Masumoto whose son was taken from her when the boy was 2 years old. They were reunited when Keoni was 7, five years later. They will celebrate their first Christmas together, again, thanks to some astute neighbors in Mexico that found the boy listed on a website listing missing children. Bless them.

Mother reunited with son 5 years after child's abduction.
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/26/14714364-mother-reunited-with-son-5-years-after-childs-abduction

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #124 on: November 22, 2012, 06:51:36 AM »
A simple conversation between a husband and wife in Indianaplis turned ugly. The wife, at home, and the husband on break at work checking in on the family. Imagine how the husband felt when his wife started screaming, "Someone just stuck their hand in the door."

With that the wife was soon overcome by a man approximately 35 years old and over 6 foot tall, heavy-set accompanied by a woman in mid-20's and two inches short of 6 foot, braided hair and two lip and one eyebrow piercings.

"Money, money," they demanded. "Give me the money or we take the baby." The perps hit the mother in the head with a gun.

"I don't have any (money)," the mother replied, and with that the female perp took the baby and took off towards the back door.

Maybe the husband was helpless miles away listening on the phone as his child was kidnapped, and the wife was too overcome but the couple's pit bull mix had a plan. He didn't let the would-be kidnappers leave the family's home with the baby. Nope, it wasn't happening.

The perp threw the baby back to the mother and only then, was the perp allowed to flee.

The perps fled the scene driving a 2002 to 2007 chocolate brown van with tinted windows that extend down the passenger side. There might be a dent in the passenger-side door, the police said. I wonder if the pit-bull made that statement too?

Blessings.

Source:  http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/dog-baby-kidnapping-165429685.html

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #125 on: December 23, 2012, 08:36:55 PM »
Missing for 32 years. Susan Marshall's parents never moved from the house they were living in when Susan went missing in hope that she would one day return. Sadly they died in 2009.  Susan's siblings had long (reluctantly) accepted that Susan must have died, too.  So, when they received the message on Facebook asking if they had a missing sister, they suspected a hoax, but asked for a picture anyways. The moment the picture appeared, they burst into tears of joy.

Just thought you would want to know what it looks like when siblings reunite after one, missing for over three decades, returns to the family. Susan is in the lower left corner of the attached picture. It's a wonderful image, isn't it?

It happens. Happy holidays.

For Susan's full story:
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/real_life/4596917/I-was-lost-for-32-years.html
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #126 on: January 11, 2013, 10:35:07 AM »
http://www.edmontonsun.com/2013/01/10/indiana-boy-missing-since-1994-found-in-minnesota


Indiana boy abducted in '94 found in Minnesota

 First posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:51 AM MST | Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:57 AM MST
 

Richard Wayne Landers Jr. went missing in Indiana nearly 20 years ago and has been found alive, well and married in Minnesota. (File)

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #127 on: January 11, 2013, 07:26:40 PM »
The circumstances suggested her departure was unplanned. She was wearing black pajamas pants and a grey t-shirt; no shoes or coat. The house didn't appear to be broken into and one thing her family concluded and the authorities concurred--with the major snowstorm that hit leaving frigid winter weather 13-year-old Brooklyn Gittens would likely be a victim of the elements if she wasn't found.

Gitten's grandfather Craig Hiller made the plea during a news conference, one that way too many of us on Unsolved have witnessed in our lifetime. Please come home. She had run away before, but came back shortly after. This was different. Was she taken? Did someone with less than good intentions pick her up? The police said there were no signs of forced entry and likely she left or was forced to leave out her bedroom window. Her family didn't think she would have gone without her shoes or coat if it was her choice.

So some 1,000 volunteers joined in the 17-square-mile search around her Salt Lake City, Utah, suburb of Herriman.

Then her grandmother received the call Thursday morning; even though she went missing Tuesday at bedtime. Brooklyn called from WalMart in South Jordan, nearly seven miles away. Officers located the child; they suspect she was harbored by someone. They are trying to find out who, but Brooklyn isn't talking yet. The authorities are concerned because they suspect her departure was unplanned.

The police are calling this a successful investigation, thanking the community efforts, the public safety personnel and the media's response. We agree...we agree.

Welcome home, little angel.

Source:  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/11/16463314-missing-13-year-old-utah-girl-found-unharmed?lite&lite=obinsite

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #128 on: January 11, 2013, 07:47:17 PM »
What would you do if you saw a toddler in nothing but a short-sleeved onesie being pushed in a stroller on a windy, frigid (29 degree) night by what appeared to be a grandmotherly 62-year-old woman on the University of Kentucky campus? What if you had a "gut feeling" that something was amiss?

Two University of Kentucky officers, Jennifer Ockerman and Emily Smith, thought it odd the toddler didn't have any shoes, gloves, hat or anything to protect her face. There were no missing children reports in Kentucky that matched the description, yet the officers were more than curious.

Come to find out Little Alouette Day-Moreno-Baltierra was with her grandmother Maria Baltierra-Dejesus; and the officers learned she shouldn't be. Alouette belonged to the State of California, but she was in Kentucky and grandma was registered as living in New York. Go figure. It is not clear where Alouette's parents are or why the State of California didn't know where she was, or how she came to be where she was found. Or, what grandma was doing on campus. Little Alouette who is 17 months old can't really explain much.

For now, though, she is in warmer circumstances in the custody of the Kentucky Child Protective Services which is working with the LA Police Department and the FBI to return her to California. Grandma was booked on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a minor and custodial interference. Wonder if California should be investigated by the Child Protective Services, as well, before the child is handed over to the system that lost her; I wonder if they were even looking for her.

It was a good thing, perhaps, that the officers were looking out for Alouette. Someone has to.

My hopes and prayers go out to you, may you find safe, warm, and caring love soon. If only the system could care about her as much as the officers had.

Source:  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/29/16239339-officers-gut-feeling-leads-to-recovery-of-missing-la-toddler?lite&lite=obinsite
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #129 on: February 10, 2013, 11:48:07 AM »
The Telegraph, a U.K. newspaper, ran reminders of why there is hope... So far we have 18 who have been found alive. Is there more?

Jaycee Lee Dugard - The reappearance of Jaycee Lee Dugard 18 years after she was abducted has been hailed as a "miracle" by her stepfather, but there have been several similar cases in recent years

Natascha Kampusch - An Austrian schoolgirl who disappeared at the age of 10 became a media celebrity when she was found eight years later in August 2006. She had been kept for eight years in a small cellar underneath a garage in a suburb of Vienna. Her kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil, threw himself in front of a train shortly after she escaped.

Elisabeth Fritz - Another Austrian, Elisabeth Fritzl was held captive by her sadistic father Josef in a cellar beneath their family home for 24 years. She was repeatedly raped and forced to bear seven of his children, three of whom she raised in the dungeon while three were taken upstairs to live "normal" lives. The seventh died soon after birth. Elisabeth's plight was only uncovered after she slipped a note in the pocket of her daughter Kerstin's pocket when she went for treatment at a local hospital. Josef Frizl was sentenced to life in jail in March this year.

Shannon MatthewsDanielle Cramer - A 15-year-old girl who went missing in June 2006 was discovered by police a year later, locked in a secret understairs cupboard in West Hartford, Connecticut and pale due to a lack of sunlight. Police had gone to the house to arrest Adam Gault, 41, whom they suspected of murder, but instead managed to free Danielle

Natasha Ryan - A teenage Australian girl who had been missing for nearly five years reappeared during the trial of a man the prosecution said had confessed to murdering her. Natasha Ryan was found in a cupboard in a house she shared with her boyfriend, aged 18 in 2003.

Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby- Last January, police in America were stunned when they found Shawn Hornbeck, who had gone missing in October 2002, at a flat in St Louis. The police had been searching for missing 13-year-old William Ownby. Michael Devlin was arrested and charged with kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Elizabeth Smart - Nine months after 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart disappeared in 2002, the pretty blonde teenager reappeared a few miles from her family home in Salt Lake City. She was in the company of a married couple, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Ileen Barzee. Their trial was postponed indefinitely as they were found to be mentally incompetent.

Charlene Lunnon and Lisa Hoodless - Two 10-year-old girls were missing from their home in Hastings for three days in 1999 before they were discovered safe and well near Eastbourne. They were found after a suspicious member of the public alerted police after a massive police search failed to find them. A man was arrested.

Fusako Sano - This ten-year-old girl was kidnapped at age ten in November 1990 by Nobuyuki Sato and held in captivity for nine years and two months. She was found when the kidnapper's mother told police her son had been acting strangely.

Patricia Hearst - The 19-year-old heiress was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army from her home in Berkeley, California. In April 1974, she was photographed wielding a gun while robbing a bank in San Francisco. She asserted that she was committed to furthering the aims of the Symbionese Liberation Army and described herself as an urban guerilla. She was arrested and sentenced to 35 years' imprisonment, though she only served 22 months.

Steven Stayner and 5-year-old boy - The seven-year-old boy was kidnapped in Merced, California, in December 1972 and held for seven years by Kenneth Parnell. Stayner escaped in 1980, taking with him a five-year-old boy who Parnell had also abducted.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/6105152/Jaycee-Lee-Dugard-other-abducted-children-who-were-found-alive.html

We can also add:

Richard Wayne Landers, Jr. - An Indiana boy, 5, abducted in 1994 was found 19 years later in Minnesota using a different name. His paternal grandparents, Richard E. and Ruth A. Landers, upset at custody arrangements abducted Richard and lived under aliases.

New Brunswick Survivor (after being kidnapped by Romeo Cormier) - Trying not to put her name here so she can have some semblance of privacy after what she has been through. She was abducted at the mall after a work shift. She escaped when he went out to shop, a truck driver happened upon her and took her to a police station.

Calgary Survivor (after being kidnapped by Dustin Paxton) - After being severely tortured and dumped at a hospital, this victim escaped his captor, but with lifelong brain injury and many, many scars.
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #130 on: February 18, 2013, 12:59:37 PM »
A great (an unexpected) outcome for everyone involved.     

Toronto baby wrongly pronounced dead after outdoor birthhttp://ca.news.yahoo.com/toronto-baby-wrongly-pronounced-dead-outdoor-birth-011040019.html

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« Reply #131 on: February 18, 2013, 02:08:25 PM »
Wow, the little tyke had an angel on her shoulders. As for the mother, she can be happy that her labor pains were just "not feeling well".  :)

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« Reply #132 on: March 17, 2013, 04:44:18 PM »
Did you hear the story of a mother of four from Scotland turned sleuth? Marie Parent was a mother who had run a bed and breakfast in Scotland. She returned to Canada in 1990 to reintroduce herself to her estranged father. While here, she learned of the disappearance of Louise Ellis, an Ottawa writer who had fallen under the romantic spell of Brett Morgan a convicted killer. Ellis had lobbied for his early release from prison where he was serving for robbery and fraud. In 1994 they dated. In April 1995, she disappeared.

Marie Parent knew Brett Morgan was the prime suspect. She took an interest in the case. So much so that the LE, who were wiretapping his phone calls still, questioned her motives, then asked her to go undercover for them. She agreed. She acted the reporter and gained Morgan's trust to the point she would record interviews with him. Morgan played the doting partner that was still searching for her.

Morgan would talk to Parent about "ifs" and speculations about ground being too frozen to bury a body, and how carrying a dead body is like shifting a sack of potatoes. She played it off like she thought he was just speculating. Morgan took Parent  to a wooded area  and dangerously put a bandana around her neck saying he thought she was cold. She knew he had strangled his first victim, so this had become dangerous. She refocused him. 

He tried to develop a romantic relationship with Parent.

The second time he took her there he lead her to Ellis' corpse. She saw something and pointed it out to him. It was Ellis' badly decomposed body. Not being able to admit he knew the body was there he put on a doting husband show. Then his eyes glazed over. She thought perhaps he had begun to think he now needed to kill her since she knew too much. She comforted him.

When safe, she contacted the police. He was arrested. Convicted. Sentenced in 1997 to life in prison with no parole for 25 years. He died in 1998 of hepatitis C.

It was a cold case to the LE. For Parent, it took six weeks to solve. She testified against him in court.

Sometimes, strangers solve cases. Hope.

http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Mother+four+turned+sleuth+catch+killer/8054068/story.html

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« Reply #133 on: March 27, 2013, 05:29:12 AM »
A teenager who was kidnapped by Floribert Nava, a 45-year-old woman, was forced into a car by threat of handgun and made to drive towards Philadelphia. The quick thinking teen saw police had a car pulled over on the shoulder of the road, so the kidnapped teen rammed the car she was forced to drive into the Delaware River Port Authority police cruiser.

The police found a handgun, duct tape, trash bags and latex gloves in the car. The teen may have just saved her life and others. The teen was reportedly kidnapped over an argument that involved the adoption of a newborn baby, and the perp was making her drive to where the adoptive parents were located. The article did not say what relationship Nava may have had with any of the parties involved.

Sometimes LE are in the right place at the right time.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/kidnapped-teen-saves-self-crashing-cop-car-142615190.html
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #134 on: May 05, 2013, 03:34:40 PM »
Retired Ontario music teacher Jack Hurd was vacationing in a small village south of Nantes, which is near the Bay of Biscay in France. An area school girl is probably glad he was.

The girl, 11, was allegedly abducted from her school and sexually assaulted. Her mouth was taped and her limbs tied up and she was left in a field.

Hurd was touring the area in his car when he saw what appeared to be a "creature jumping up and down in the distance." He thought it was an animal, odd. But when he got closer, he realized it was not.

She was trying her hardest to get his attention, the only way she knew.

He didn't speak French, nor did he know where the police station was, but he put her in his vehicle and drove to a neighbor's house.

She was able to describe her abductor and his car. A 26-year-old man was arrested.

Blessings.

Source:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/04/15/ottawa-man-rescues-kidnapped-girl-in-france.html