Dearborn, MI – I haven’t seen a lot of news reporting on this, but police are looking Brenna Kathleen Machus, a Dollar Store employee who hasn’t been seen since her co-worker was shot dead inside the store Monday night.
Detectives believe Machus was abducted from the store after her co-worker, Joseph Orlando, was shot. His body was found by staff on Tuesday morning when they arrived to open for the day and found his body. They also found the store was in disarray and someone had targeted the cash drawer as well as the store safe.
What they did not find was 20-year-old Machus, although her car was found outside in the parking lot. Police reviewed surveillance footage inside the store that captured a suspect dressed in a dark hooded jacket, blue jeans and white shoes, as he entered the store at around 7.30 p.m. on Monday.
Despite the heat, he is wearing a jacket with a hooded sweatshirt over his head and drawn to cover the majority of his face.…
HARVEY, LA – The body of a missing six-year-old girl has been found in a dumpster in the apartment complex where she lived.
The parents of Ahlittia North reported her missing after her stepfather woke up Saturday morning to find her missing, along with a queen-sized blanket, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
On Monday, police said they had a person of interest in North’s disappearance – the 20-year-old nephew of North’s stepfather. Matthew Flugence lived on the same block and has an outstanding warrant against him for an alleged sexual battery of an 11-year-old. According to JPSO Col. John Fortunato, police have been unable to locate him.
North’s body was found early this morning, inside a dumpster near the end of the apartment complex where she lived. The dumpster was removed at around 5 a.m., and FBI agents showed up a couple of hours later to help deputies with the case and to question other residents.
Fortunato said that the weekend search included garbage bins near the residence, including sifting through garbage collected from several cans and dumpsters.…
Lancaster, PA – Two teens spotted a missing 5-year-old girl inside a car and chased after it until the vehicle stopped and let her out.
According to the reports, Jocelyn Rojas went missing while playing in the front yard of her home. Her mother notified police and searched for the girl for about two hours with no luck. That is until two teens on bikes decided to help out.
About a half-mile from Rojas’ home, they spotted a girl inside a maroon or burgundy sedan that matched Rojas’ description. The two teens chased after the car for fifteen minutes until the car finally stopped and let Rojas out.
“”As soon as the guy noticed we were chasing him, he stopped at the end of the hill and let her out and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom,” said 15-year-old Temar Boggs.
As you can imagine, Rojas’ friends and family are extremely grateful and took turns hugging Boggs after Rojas was safely returned.
“He’s our hero.…
Spotsylvania, VA – I know it’s late, but there has been a possible abduction in Virginia I just read about and thought I would get something posted about it. A witness told police they watched a man grab a kicking, screaming boy and forced him into a van before taking off at a high rate of speed.
It happened in Spotsylvania, Virginia at around 1:45 p.m. near the intersection of Smith Station Road and Holleybrooke Drive. A resident called police to report seeing a man force the boy inside the van and sped off, running stop signs to get away. The boy was reportedly fighting to get away, screaming for help and biting the suspect. Investigators on the scene found an abandoned gray BMX bicycle the boy was believed to be riding before the van approached him.
The boy is described as a 10-12 year old white male, 5 feet tall, slim build with brown hair that extends to the middle of his neck. He was wearing a red and white horizontal striped pullover shirt with dark colored cargo shorts.…
Jacksonville, FL – The body of Cherish Perrywinkle, the 8-year-old abducted from a Jacksonville Walmart, was discovered near a church in Jacksonville, Fla. Saturday morning. Donald James Smith, a registered sex offender recently released from prison, has been arrested and charged with her murder.
The girl’s mother, Rayne Perrywinkle, said she and her three children met Smith Friday evening at a dollar store. She says Smith overheard her saying she couldn’t afford to buy her daughter a dress, and offered to help her out using his wife’s Walmart gift card.
She said that at first she thought Smith was “creepy and annoying,” but seemed like he truly wanted to help her and her family. “Part of me wanted to believe this was a blessing for my children,” Perrywinkle said. She may have wanted to trust that initial gut instinct, as Smith is described as “a man with a very extensive criminal history.” He was previously convicted of attempted kidnapping and lewd and lascivious assault on children and just released from custody on May 31.…
Cobb County, GA – A 13-year-old girl missing for a month was found hiding in the room of a 21-year-old man she’d met over the Internet.
Cobb County College student Joshua Measroach, 21, apparently used social media to convince a 13 year old girl to come with him after communicating online for three months. On May 2nd, Joshua drove the 50 mile distance to the girl’s Newton County home to pick her up and take her with him back to his room in Cobb County. The incident was initially thought to be a runaway situation as several of the girl’s personal effects were taken from her room.
The girl’s parents helped police with the investigation noting she was an avid user of social media websites. It’s undoubtedly through her online activities that police were able to find the girl holed up with Joshua Measroach. It’s there the girl and Joshua had engaged in various sexual acts during her month-long stay. It’s unclear whether she was being held against her will, but considering she went willingly with him, I have a feeling she was there on her own accord – at least initially.…
DAYTON, IA – The search for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard is still ongoing after she and a 12-year-old girl were both abducted by 42-year-old Michael Klunder, a registered sex offender who committed suicide hours after the younger girl escaped.
Authorities say Klunder abducted the two girls after they got off a school bus on Monday, luring the girls into his truck with the promise of them making money cutting grass. He then took the girls to a hog confinement farm about 15 miles south of Dayton.
There’s not a lot of details regarding what happened once the girls were at the farm, but the younger girl somehow managed to escape Klunder and make a run for it. She ended up at a neighboring farm where two men found the girl as she was crawling to them underneath a wire fence.
She was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, but had no shoes. She also had a thick zip tie cable around one of her wrists that one of the men cut free before grabbing a gun and running towards the hog confinement facility.…
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Would-be kidnapper David Jesus Hernandez is in custody after a New Mexico mother, alerted by a group of teenagers that he’d just taken her 4-year-old daughter, chased the man down, ramming his vehicle with her own.
The woman, who wasn’t identified, apparently didn’t know that the 31-year-old kidnapper had shoved the girl out of the car before the chase began.
“Albuquerque police Chief Ray Schultz said neighbors began yelling, which is what made the suspect push the child out of his car,” KOAT TV reported.
KQRE reported that the mother was in contact with Albuquerque police during the hot-civilian-pursuit, which started shortly after six p.m. on Indian School Rd, near the family’s apartment.
The chase lasted all the way through the North Valley and finished in the Southeast Heights, when the feisty mom went all Grand-Child-Theft-Auto on Hernandez, and slammed her car into his. Hernandez abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot.
Police launched a manhunt which included more than two dozen officers going door-to-door in efforts to locate Hernandez, as well as a helicopter equipped with heat-seeking capabilities.…
SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA – Police in Sacramento are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who grabbed a 7-year-old girl walking with her mother and threw her in the trunk of a car before driving off.
According to reports, the girl was walking with her mother Saturday afternoon when a man pulled up to them in a dark green or blue four-door Sedan with tinted windows. He got out of his car, snatched the girl in broad daylight, then tossed her in the trunk before speeding off. Luckily, the girl was able to escape because when the man tried shutting the trunk, her foot kept the lid from closing all the way.
Christina Covey said she heard tires screeching and ran out of her house to see what was going on. She saw the girl laying on the ground after she had tumbled out of the trunk of the suspect’s car, which was still nearby. The girl got up and ran to Covey and her husband telling them, “he stole me; he stole me.”
By this time, the man had already taken off in his car and rounded a corner.…
Ontario, Canada – Ontario police are asking for the public’s help in locating 32-year-old Timothy Bosma, who was last seen Monday after taking two men for a test drive in the pickup truck he was trying to sell online.
Bosma was reported missing by his wife Monday night after he never returned home from meeting two men interested in buying his black 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 diesel pickup with the Ontario licence number 726 7ZW. On Thursday afternoon, police found Bosma’s cellphone in an industrial complex in west Brantford.
Police were able to track the cellphone they believed the suspects used to contact Bosma which led them to a man in Etobicoke. He told police he was also selling a truck and had met two men that he took on a test drive. He said the men were suspicious and he found it odd that they arrived at his business on foot. They did not buy the truck, and the man was not harmed.
“He thought it was odd, because of the size of the vehicle.…
NORTON SHORES, MI – Police are asking for the public’s help in finding 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa, an Exxon Mobil gas station attendant believed to have been abducted from her job.
Heeringa made her last sale at 11 p.m. Friday night, but 15 minutes later a concerned customer called police to report there were no employee at the open gas station.
According to Heeringa’s mother, her daughter’s purse and keys were found in the store and their was evidence she had been preparing to close up the store.
“She was going to get out in 15 minutes,” Shelly Heeringa, Jessica’s mother, told ABC News. “In 15 minutes that store would’ve been closed and she would’ve been on her way home.”
Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw said it does not appear robbery was the motive, as the store’s cash drawer was left untouched.
There are no surveillance cameras at the gas station, which I bet won’t be the case for much longer, so police are asking for the public’s help.
Norton Shores Police Department have received one tip that has investigators searching for a silver minivan, possibly a Chrysler Town & Country, that was last seen in the area prior to Heeringa’s disappearance.…
Georgetown Township, MI – Police in Michigan have arrested an 11-year-old boy after they say he abducted a 6-year-old boy last week.
The 6-year-old was playing in his front yard last Wednesday afternoon when the older boy lured him out of his yard, grabbed him the neck and jacket, then forcefully led him down the street and across some railroad tracks.
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Bennett did not give much details about what the 11-year-old did or said to lure the boy out of his yard aside from stating that it was “rather intricate for an 11-year-old to come up with.”
When the stepmother of the younger boy noticed her son was no longer playing in the yard, she went out and began searching for him. Lucky for her, a school bus driver had noticed the two boys walking down the street and felt something wasn’t right. Mainly because the older boy was leading the younger boy by the collar of his jacket, and the younger boy looked scared.…
GRIFFIN, GA — Here’s another sad one for your Christmas Eve. Police have arrested 40-year-old Shane Collett for the death of Skylar Dials, the 9-year-old who went missing on Friday and was later found dead in a wooded area near her home.
Skylar was last seen alive at around 11 am Friday as she took a 30 to 40-yard path through the woods near her home to get to a friend’s house. Skylar’s friend lived with her mother, the homeowner, and Collett — who had moved into the home a few months earlier.
“Skylar had been given permission to go to her friend’s house to play. The family had said it was common for Skylar to walk that route to play with her friend,” Sheriff Wendell Beam said. “They each walked back and forth. The houses were in clear sight of each other.”
Police were called at around 3:45 pm after Skylar’s aunt went to pick her up for a family outing and was informed she had never made it to her friend’s home. …
Anchorage, Alaska – Israel Keyes, the man who confessed to abducting and murdering 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, was found dead in his cell Sunday morning from an apparent suicide.
Karen Loeffler, the U.S. Attorney for Alaska, held a news conference Sunday afternoon informing the press that Keyes had been found dead in his cell at the Anchorage Jail that morning. They dd not reveal how he killed himself, only that foul play was not suspected and that he was alone in his cell at the time of his death.
Koenig disappeared while working as a barista at a coffee stand in Anchorage. Even with surveillance video capturing Koenig being abducted by an armed man wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap, it took months before police in Texas would announce they had arrested 34-year-old Israel “Izzy” Keyes after he used Koenig’s stolen debit card.
Shortly after the self-employed contractor’s arrest, he would confess to murdering Koening and told investigators where her body could be found. Dive teams would find Koenig’s body trapped under the ice of Matanuska Lake.…
Greenville, TX — The body found in a trunk on the side of a Texas highway has been identified as Alicia Moore, the 16-year-old who disappeared after getting off her school bus last week.
Surveillance camera footage captured Moore as she exited her school bus at 3:25 p.m. Friday, one block from her home. Her family contacted police that night, but they said that Moore was considered a runaway and to wait until Monday. An Amber Alert was (rightfully) not issued, as it did not fit the criteria, and a press release would not be issued about Moore until Monday.
With no other recourse, Moore’s family turned to social networks to get the word out and handed out fliers. On Tuesday, a body was discovered 40 miles away inside a furniture trunk alongside a rural stretch of Texas highway. That body would later be identified as Alicia Moore’s. An official cause of death has not been released, but the case is being treated as a homicide.
During a press conference yesterday, Greenville Police Chief Dan Busken said there was trauma to the body. …
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — A former Westminster police detective has killed himself just hours before he was to be sentenced after being found guilty of raping a 24-year-old woman he abducted from a mall.
Back in 2010, the victim was leaving her cocktail waitress job at Dave & Buster’s in the Ontario Mills Mall, when 33-year-old Anthony Nicholas Orban forced her at gunpoint to drive to a strip mall in Fontana. There he proceeded to beat and sexually assault the woman for more than an hour. Luckily, she was able to escape out of an unlocked door of her SUV and Orban fled the scene.
It didn’t take police long to identify Orban as a suspect as his dumbass left his registered service revolver in the victim’s vehicle. He was arrested, charged, and kicked off the force. He pleaded not guilty and insulted a jury’s intelligence by claiming he was insane at the time of the attack.
He said that a dose of the drug Zoloft had triggered hallucinations and suicidal and homicidal fantasies days before the rape and that since he does not recall committing the crime, he should not be held accountable for his actions.…
Westminster, CO – Police in Colorado have made an arrest in the Jessica Ridgeway murder case and are expected to charge 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg with her murder and the attempted abduction of a jogger last year.
Sigg lives about a block from Ketner Lake Open Space and about 1½ miles from where Jessica was last seen walking to school on Oct. 5. He was arrested Tuesday night after police received a tip that led them to his home.
The Associated Press is reporting that Sigg’s mother is the one that called police. “I made the phone call, he turned himself in. That’s all I have to say,” she said.
Sigg is expected to be charged with the attempted abduction last year as well as two counts of murder in the first degree, second-degree kidnapping charge, among others. The Ridgeway family were notified of the arrest.
“We notified the Ridgeway family this morning about the arrest and we hope that it will give them some measure of closure,” Chief Birk said, adding that he hoped it provided some comfort to the community.…
Westminster, CO – Police are now saying that there is a definitive link between the murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway and the attempted abduction of a jogger last May.
Jessica was last seen Oct 5 after leaving her home to walk to school. Her dismembered body was later discovered in Pattridge Park Open Space near an abandoned mining shack.
Last Memorial Day, a woman was jogging on Ketner Lake Open Space when a man tried to cover her face with a chemical-soaked rag. She was able to escape and described her attacker as an 18 to 30 year-old light-skinned male with brown hair and a medium build, about 5-feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Police say these to incidents are related, but are not revealing exactly how they have linked the two cases. “We are able to make a definitive link,” said Westminster Police Department spokesman Trevor Materasso. “We recognize the public may have questions about what constitutes that definitive link and we’re asking for their patience.…