Posted tagged ‘Kidnapped’

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.


Missing California Girl Resurfaces 18 Years Later

August 27, 2009

A woman who was kidnapped from a bus stop as an 11-year-old child back in 1991 has turned up at a California police station after 18  years. A convicted sex offender and his wife have been arrested in relation to the kidnapping.

Wow! I remember when this happened. I can’t believe that she appeared today! And less than 45 minutes from where I live in a town that I pass quite often. Crazy!

From CNN:

A sex offender admitted to authorities that he abducted an 11-year-old girl who has been missing from South Lake Tahoe, California, since 1991, California corrections officials said Thursday.

The 18-year mystery about what happened to Jaycee Lee Dugard, last seen being grabbed as she walked to her bus stop, ended with a routine parole check.

On Tuesday, Phillip Garrido, 58, was reported to parole authorities after he was seen with two small children at the University of California at Berkeley, said Scott Kernan, undersecretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The next day, a parole agent ordered Garrido to appear for questioning and he did so, accompanied by two children and a woman, Kernan told reporters.

During questioning, he admitted to having abducted Dugard in South Lake Tahoe, and said the two children were his, Kernan said.

He and and his wife, Nancy, were taken into custody and held at the Concord, California, jail. An officer at the jail said the two had been booked and were ordered held on $1 million bail, but were no longer there.

From the Associated Press:

Jaycee Lee Dugard was reunited with her mother, who was overjoyed to learn the daughter she feared dead was actually alive.

It was not immediately clear how Dugard spent the 18 years since she was abducted as a blond, ponytailed child outside her South Lake Tahoe home.

Police said she recently walked into a Northern California police station with Phillip Garrido, 58, one of her alleged captors. He and his wife Nancy Garrido, 54, were arrested for investigation of kidnapping and conspiracy on Wednesday, police said.

Phillip Garrido is also being held for investigation of rape by force, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and sexual penetration, said Jimmie Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department.

Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 50 years in prison and served nearly 11 years in Nevada for a federal kidnapping conviction, said Suzanne Pardee, a spokeswoman for Nevada state prisons.

He also served seven months concurrently for a conviction for rape by force or fear at the medium-security Northern Nevada Correctional Center. Pardee said Garrido was paroled in August 1988.

A public records search showed Garrido as president of a company called God’s Desire.

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.

A Parents Worst Nightmare: Babies Stolen from Their Beds

September 5, 2008

I saw this story on MSNBC today and it struck a chord. It’s a fear all parents must face and as a father of a 3 year old girl and a one year old boy, I’ll admit that the fear of this happening goes through my head every once in a while. It can be scary taking the kids to the mall and letting them play on the playground, always having to keep an eye on them to ensure their safety. I’ve always been a relaxed parent, but unfortunately in our society, its not as easy as it once was.

The story of Casey Anthony and her daughter Caylee has led me to wonder what some parents are thinking and if some should even be allowed to have children. I have followed this case from the beginning (I know, it’s on Nancy Grace every night) Granted, the evidence may be stacked against Casey at this time, and the public may believe she is guilty (myself included) but we must go through the process of determining what actually happened first. I know as a parent, I would give up my own life anytime to save that of my children. No hesitations whatsoever.

From the article:

More new babies are being kidnapped from public places — homes, parking lots and shopping malls — even as improved awareness and better security have cut the number of newborns snatched from the nation’s hospitals and health centers.

That’s according to just-released research that tracks every new parent’s rare-but-possible nightmare: A stranger stealing the baby.

Between 1993 and 2006, the number of infants taken by non-family members in hospitals and health settings, often by people impersonating nurses or other staff members, fell by nearly half, compared to an earlier period. At the same time, however, the number of babies kidnapped from homes and public places nearly doubled, according to a study published in the latest issue of the American Journal of Nursing.

Fewer than 10 babies taken each year
Overall, the number of infant abductions by non-family members fell from about 13 a year to fewer than 10, according to the data from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. That’s a drop from the high of 18 babies under age 6 months kidnapped by strangers in the U.S. in 1987.

And it’s only a tiny fraction of the more than 4.3 million babies born in the U.S. each year, emphasized John B. Rabun Jr., executive vice president and chief operating officer for the NCMEC.

“There’s no epidemic,” Rabun said. “This is important because we can prevent it.”

Of the 121 abductions logged in the first study, 76 occurred in hospitals or health centers and 45 occurred in other locations. By the second study of 126 kidnappings, only 40 occurred in health care locations, while 86 happened in private homes, parking lots and other public places.