Posted tagged ‘Kidnap’

Daughter Stolen 23 Years Ago Returns to Family

January 20, 2011

Incredible story!

Carlina White, who was separated from her family when she was kidnapped as a baby 23 years ago, has been reunited with her biological parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson.

From the Associated Press:

On Jan. 4, a woman known as Nejdra Nance, who was raised in Bridgeport, Conn., and now lives in Atlanta, contacted White, sending along baby photos that looked nearly identical to shots of Carlina posted on a missing children’s website. Nance told White she thought she may be her daughter.

“She said she just had a feeling, she felt different from the people raising her,” said Nance’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth White, 71. “She searched, and then she found Joy.”

Joy White contacted the New York Police Department to see if it could help investigate whether the woman was really Carlina White.

“It sounded legitimate and credible, so I had missing persons reach out to her,” said Detective Martin Brown, who fielded the call. DNA tests performed on Joy White, her ex-husband, Carl Tyson, and 23-year-old Nance matched, police said. Nejdra Nance was Carlina White.


Jaycee Dugard Discusses Kidnapping

October 14, 2009

The first photos are emerging of a grown up Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped when she was 11 and held captive here in the Bay Area for 18 years by a couple in a compound hidden in the backyard.

A amazing story which actually concluded with a happy ending. It’s just sad we can’t say the same for others such as Polly Klaas, from my hometown of Petaluma, and victims of tragedies such as Caylee Anthony.

From CNN:

Dugard is featured on the cover of the new issue of People magazine, smiling brightly in the photo, her face framed by long brown hair.

“I’m so happy to be back with my family,” Dugard told the magazine.

She lives in seclusion with her mother Terry Probyn and her two daughters, who police say were fathered by her captor Phillip Garrido.

“They live a surprisingly normal life, considering the circumstances,” said Terry Probyn’s stepmother, Joan Curry, according to the magazine.

Dugard spends her time riding horses and cooking and is considering collaborating on a book, People reported.

Garrido and his wife are accused of abducting Dugard in 1991 from a bus stop near her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, and keeping her in the compound behind their home in Antioch, California.

Exclusive Tour Of Casey Anthony’s Home Given During Interview

November 19, 2008

Local 6 News reporter Jessica D’Onofrio was granted an exclusive tour of the home of Casey Anthony’s parents, who say they have have proof that their granddaughter, Caylee Marie Anthony, is still out there, and alive.

While many do not believe that Caylee is still alive, the Anthony family continues to hold out hope. I did find it interesting that Cindy Anthony refused to talk about pictures showing her daughter partying at clubs during the time while Caylee was missing, though.

From Local 6:

Casey Anthony and her daughter lived in the Orange County home of George and Cindy Anthony, although Casey Anthony often stayed elsewhere, sometimes with Caylee.

“Having Thanksgiving come, it’s not going to be our normal, you know, our normal Thanksgiving,” Cindy Anthony said.

“A lot of people want to say, ‘Cindy and George are in such denial. Why can’t they see it the way we see it?'” D’Onofrio said.

“Until I know 100 percent, I am not going to give up,” Cindy Anthony said. “There’s no concrete evidence. There’s only circumstantial evidence.

“Cindy Anthony told D’Onofrio that Orange County sheriff’s detectives admitted to her that the evidence found in Casey Anthony’s car — the smell of death, a stain, decomposition of human remains — does not prove that Caylee is dead or that Casey Anthony killed her.

Cindy Anthony said she’s upset that the sheriff’s office has apparently rushed to judgment by not searching for Caylee.

“Elizabeth Smart. The police department there thought she was dead, but yet they followed up and brought Elizabeth home to Ed Smart,” Cindy Anthony said.

Elizabeth Smart was found alive nine months after she was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home in 2003.

Cindy Anthony recounted the days when her daughter was first bailed out of jail.

“Casey didn’t want to come in (her bedroom) at first because this is where she and Caylee spent most of their time,” Cindy Anthony said. “We got an air mattress and she wanted to stay in our room — and we have a big enough bedroom that she had a big enough space — for the whole first week.

“Casey Anthony’s bedroom is covered with pictures of Caylee, from ultrasound images to her birth and several pictures of them together.

“It became more comforting for her to be here. She’d sleep with (her) Teddy (bear). And it was hard. Very, very hard,” Cindy Anthony said.

Cindy Anthony said her daughter watched TV while she was home, including local news the day stories were being aired about tests indicating that a dead body was likely in her car trunk.

A woman who was staying with the family and monitoring Casey Anthony’s release from jail said Casey Anthony reacted to the stories by saying, “Several people borrowed my car in the past.

“Protesters were camped out in front of the Anthony home at that time, and Cindy Anthony said Casey Anthony peered out of a window the night her father got into a heated argument. Casey Anthony called 911, urging authorities to arrest the protesters.

Cindy Anthony said going into Caylee’s room is not easy to do.

“This is Caylee’s room. It’s very hard to come into now. And people are going to start to send Christmas presents already to Caylee,” Cindy Anthony said. “I open the door a couple of times a week. I was in her room earlier today, sitting and reflecting and crying.”

Cindy Anthony said she will likely go Christmas shopping for Caylee, too.

“I think about the days she’d go into her little cottage and she’d ring the little doorbell and she’d go, ‘Ding dong,” said George Anthony from his back yard.

Casey Anthony’s brother, Lee, 26, who was visible when Caylee first went missing, has not been seen as much lately.”He’s trying to sustain his income for himself. I mean, he hasn’t worked for two-plus months. It’s hard for him to work every single day,” George Anthony said. “This can tear a family apart if you let it.”The Anthonys said they have proof that Caylee is alive, and they plan on holding a news conference later this week to discuss the details.”

Meanwhile, investigators are still trying to get more information out of George and Cindy with little success,” D’Onofrio said. “They believe they have a lot of information they’re keeping from them. Detectives still want to talk to Cindy about the smelly clothes in Casey’s car she washed. They also believe George and Lee know more than they’re willing to share.”

A Tribute To Caylee Anthony

November 9, 2008

I don’t usually write posts without any new news or updates but I saw this great tribute montage video to Caylee Anthony on Niecey456’s Weblog and I had to repost it for everyone to have the opportunity to view. Thanks Niecey for finding this!

Although I don’t specifically write only about this missing 3 year old girl, the case has pulled me in. I’ve discussed before that I have a 3 year old girl and she means the world to me. You can see my family picture here on my profile I believe. I can’t see why anyone would do anything to harm a child like this.

Also, being from Petaluma, California, I was closely tied to the Polly Klaas case from back in October of 1993. My little brother was in her class, my family knew her family and we all helped out in the search for Polly. The town is a very small, and close knit community. We all know that, that case ended with police being led to a shallow grave in Cloverdale, California, just 45 minutes North of Petaluma.

I hold out hope that someday they will find little Caylee Marie alive. But at this time, my hope is very dim and grows dimmer with each and every passing day. If she is no longer with us, I hope that they find her body so that the family can provide her with the burial that she deserves. Thoughts?

Kidnapped Las Vegas Boy’s Grandfather Arrested

October 18, 2008

Investigators in Las Vegas, Nevada say that the grandfather of a kidnapped 6-year-old boy has been caught in Southern California after police named him a person of interest in the abduction.

From CBS:

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s records show Clemons Fred Tinnemeyer, who was last seen in May and was reported missing last month, was arrested last night in the city of Riverside.

A nationwide “Ambert Alert” has been issued for his grandson, Cole Puffinburger, who was abducted from a Las Vegas home Wednesday morning by three men posing as police officers.

Police believe the men were Mexican drug dealers and that the kidnapping at gunpoint was a “message” to his grandfather.

“Tinnemeyer has stolen a large sum of money, all proceeds from illegal drug activity,” Las Vegas police Capt. Vincent Cannito said.

Cole’s mother and her boyfriend were tied up at their house Wednesday as Cole was abducted by two men. Cannito said a third man was believed to be involved.

OJ Simpson Found Guilty of All Charges

October 4, 2008

A jury has reached a verdict in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping case and Simpson has been found guilty of all charges. Simpson was found guilty on all 12 charges stemming from a September 2007 confrontation in a casino hotel room in which he and five cohorts departed with hundreds of items of sports memorabilia. Simpson and a co-defendant, Clarence Stewart, face 15 years to life.

From the New York Times:

The items were in the possession of two memorabilia dealers, Bruce L. Fromong and Alfred Beardsley, who were led to believe a prospective buyer was coming to browse the goods. Instead, Mr. Simpson and his group burst into the room and, according to several witnesses, at least one gun was brandished.

The jury of nine women and three men mulled weeks of testimony as well as hours of surreptitious audio recordings of the planning and execution of the event by Thomas Riccio, a memorabilia auctioneer who arranged the confrontation.

Here is a timeline of the major events dating back to the death of Nicole Brown Simpson from Fox News:

June 12, 1994 — O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman found dead in Los Angeles.

Oct. 3, 1995 — Simpson acquitted of two counts of murder in Los Angeles.

February 1997 — Simpson found liable for compensatory and punitive damages in wrongful death civil lawsuit; ordered to pay $33.5 million to Goldman, Nicole Brown Simpson estates.

July 1997 — Bank claims Simpson’s Brentwood mansion in foreclosure sale. Goldman family lawyers seek Simpson assets to satisfy civil judgment.

September 1997 — Simpson moves out of Brentwood house.

Feb. 16, 1999 — Simpson’s Heisman Trophy, other memorabilia auctioned; bidder later sets them afire.

Oct. 24, 2001: Simpson cleared of all charges in a Florida case involving an alleged road-rage incident. He is represented by attorney Yale Galanter.

Nov. 20, 2006 — Publisher cancels book, “If I Did It,” amid controversy. Simpson calls ghostwritten book a fictional account of how he might have killed his ex-wife and her friend.

July 30, 2007 — Federal bankruptcy judge in Miami awards the rights of Simpson’s canceled “If I Did It” book to the Goldman family to satisfy wrongful death judgment.

August 2007 — Simpson fan, memorabilia dealer Alfred Beardsley calls collectibles broker Thomas Riccio to arrange sale of Simpson items in Las Vegas.

Aug. 21, 2007 — Riccio tells FBI that Simpson plans to confront a collector he believes is peddling stolen Simpson memorabilia; testifies the FBI told him it was a civil matter.

Sept. 12, 2007 — Simpson arrives in Las Vegas for friend Tom Scotto’s wedding.

Sept. 13, 2007 — The Goldmans publish Simpson’s book under the title: “If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer.”

Sept. 13, 2007 — Simpson, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, Walter “Goldie” Alexander, Michael “Spencer” McClinton, Charles Ehrlich and Charles Cashmore confront memorabilia dealers Beardsley and Bruce Fromong in Riccio’s room at Palace Station casino hotel. Riccio secretly records it. Beardsley, Fromong report an armed robbery.

Sept. 14, 2007 — Simpson tells The Associated Press no guns were involved and some of the items taken had been stolen from.

Sept. 15, 2007 — Police arrest Alexander at McCarran International Airport. Simpson attends Scotto’s wedding in Las Vegas.

Sept. 16, 2007 — Simpson arrested at The Palms.

Sept. 17, 2007 — Stewart surrenders to police, turns over items taken from hotel room. Fromong hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering heart attack.

Sept. 18, 2007 — McClinton surrenders to police. Simpson, McClinton, Stewart, Alexander charged with nine felonies, including kidnapping.

Sept. 19, 2007 — Simpson freed on $125,000 bail, returns home to Miami. Beardsley arrested on California parole violation. Cashmore surrenders to police.

Sept. 21, 2007 — Ehrlich turns himself in at court.

Oct. 15, 2007 — Cashmore, Alexander take plea deals, agree to testify against Simpson.

Oct. 29, 2007 — McClinton takes plea deal, agrees to testify against Simpson.

Nov. 14, 2007 — Las Vegas judge binds Simpson, Stewart, Ehrlich over for trial in state court on 12 charges, including kidnapping, conspiracy, armed robbery. Alexander depicts Simpson as mastermind of scheme to recover possessions. McClinton testifies he brought two guns, wielded one, gave another to Alexander. Cashmore testifies he went along to help Simpson carry items.

Nov. 16, 2007 — Simpson leaves recorded phone message with bail bondsman Miguel Pereira to tell Stewart about how upset Simpson is about preliminary hearing testimony.

Nov. 28, 2007 — Simpson, Stewart, Ehrlich plead not guilty to all 12 charges.

Jan. 11 — Pereira retrieves Simpson from Miami, brings him to Clark County jail pending hearing on whether the Nov. 16 message violated court order not to contact co-defendants.

Jan. 16 — Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass reprimands Simpson, doubles his bail to $250,000.

March 7 — Glass postpones trial from April 7 to Sept. 8.

Aug. 4 — Ehrlich takes plea deal, agrees to testify against Simpson.

August — Nevada Supreme Court denies several requests by Stewart’s lawyers to sever his case from Simpson’s or to delay trial.

Sept. 8 — Jury selection begins for Simpson, Stewart on 12 charges, including kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy, coercion, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon.

Sept. 15-Oct. 1 — Trial testimony.

Oct. 2 — Closing arguments.

Oct. 3 — Jury returns verdict.