A 14-year-old Autistic boy who went missing from his Queens, NY school may have drowned after running from a dog, the NY Post reports. Avonte Oquendo disappeared on Oct. 4 after walking away from the Riverview School in Long Island City. He was seen running from a dog in Hunter’s Point South Park, a short distance from his school. Police believe Avonte may have fallen into the East River after running from a dog. Avonte's family said the mute boy was petrified of dogs and water.
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Skeletal remains found in Queens, NY, might belong to Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old Autistic boy who went missing from his school in September.
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There is a new twist in the mysterious disappearance of a Michigan doctor. Authorities now know who Dr. Teleka Patrick cooked omelets and pancakes for in a scene from a bizarre romantic video. Patrick was reportedly obsessed with gospel singer Marvin Sapp, Target 8 News reports.
Patrick, a resident doctor at the Borgess Hospital in downtown Kalamazoo, vanished shortly after an unsuccessful attempt to book a hotel room on Dec. 5.
Police, who do not suspect foul play, had hoped YouTube videos would hold the key to Patrick’s disappearance. In one video, Patrick talks and sings to someone she refers to as “baby” and “love.”
In a request for a restraining order, the Grammy-nominated gospel singer wrote that Patrick was stalking him.
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Authorities have hit a dead end in the search for missing Michigan doctor Teleka Patrick, who vanished after an unsuccessful attempt to book a hotel room for herself.
Police, who do not suspect foul play, hope YouTube videos will hold the key to Patrick's disappearance. The romantic videos were created by Patrick about a month before she went missing on the evening of Dec. 5.
In one video, Patrick talks and sings to someone she refers to as "baby" and "love."
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A photo of a boy riding a NY subway train who was thought to be missing 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo has been identified. NYPD officers located the boy in the photo and determined he was not the missing autistic child who vanished after he walked out of his Queens, NY high school on Oct. 4.
“It was not Avonte. This person whose photo it was was in the precinct with his parents," a police spokeswoman told the Daily News.
The photo, taken by an unidentified teenager on Tuesday, lifted hopes that Avonte was alive, but Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he was "not hopeful" Avonte was still alive. Kelly later apologized to Avonte's enraged family.
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New York City police are investigating whether a sighting of a young boy riding a NY subway train is a missing autistic teen.
A teenager riding an E or F train on Tuesday told police he believed he saw 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, who went missing one month ago from his school in Queens, NY.
The teen said he approached the boy and asked him, “Hey, are you Avonte?” But the boy did not respond. The unidentified teen had the presence of mind to snap a photo of the boy before he got off the train.
When shown the photo of the boy on the train, Avonte's father said he wasn't sure if the boy was Avonte, who is unable to speak.
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Famed director Tyler Perry is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of two Florida men who went missing 10 years ago after separate encounters with a sheriff's deputy.
Yahoo News reports that Perry joined the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous at a news conference Thursday in Naples, Florida to offer the reward in hopes of learning what happened to Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos.
Santos and Williams disappeared after separate traffic stops by Collier County Sheriff's Deputy Steven Calkins three months apart in 2003. Calkins was never charged with either man's disappearance but he was fired in 2004.
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Blogger Nicola C. Mitchell writes that her 10-year-old god-daughter Jade Morris is missing under unusual circumstances, and the Nevada police refuse to investigate:
Good Morning Las Vegas. My 10 year old God-Daughter Jade Morris is missing. On Friday afternoon her step mother Brenda Jean Stokes picked her up and was arrested yesterday at the Bellagio Hotel after stabbing her co-worker. Now Brenda denies ever picking up Jade and no one has seen her. PLEASE SHARE THIS PICTURE ON ALL OF YOUR PAGES! PLEASE. If you have seen this baby, please DM me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and or contact the Clark County police department missing persons at (702) 828-2907.
Thanks to a tip from loyal reader Jennifer Hawthorne
Police are scouring the South for a toddler who hasn't been seen since Thanksgiving. According to published reports, Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott says they're still getting very little help from the mother of the missing toddler about that child's whereabouts.
The boy's mother, Zinah Jennings, 22, was taken into custody Dec. 24, when Jennings crashed her Dodge Neon into a tree near her home in Columbia, S.C.
Jennings' mother, Jocelyn Jennings Nelson, called Columbia police on Dec. 8 to report Jennings' 18-month-old son, Amir, missing. Amir's grandmother was concerned because her daughter had gotten into a separate car accident several days earlier and made "cryptic phone calls to other family members indicating her ongoing fight with depression is continuing," police said in a report.
"Zinah was not necessarily reported as missing," said Jocelyn, "It was the child that I was concerned with because I had actually seen her the night before."
Amir's biological father told police he last saw his son during Thanksgiving. That's when Jennings left Columbia en route to Atlanta with Amir to stay with her sister. Police were able to confirm that Jennings and Amir had indeed arrived in Atlanta. Police are analyzing video surveillance tapes to determine Amir's last location in Atlanta.
During 3 days of interrogation, Jennings told police, first, that she had no son. Then she told police that she left the boy with her sister in Atlanta.
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From ABC News:
Fayetteville police said Monday they have found the body of missing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.
She was last seen on the day she went missing being carried in the arms of a pedophile who was later arrested and charged with kidnapping Shaniya.
Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, 25, was taken into custody on Friday (Nov. 12) and charged with human trafficking, child abuse involving prostitution and filing a false police report.
The child's remains were located in an area bordered by Highway 87 south and Walker Road - just south of Sanford - during a second day of searching.
Davis was last seen alive at a Comfort Suites hotel in Sanford last week - the same morning her mother reported her missing from her Fayetteville home. Police say a surveillance video from the hotel showed the child with 29-year-old Mario McNeill.
The area where police found the body is about 7 miles from the hotel.
Thanks to loyal reader Oneal R. for the tip.
Somer Renee Thompson's body has been found in a Georgia landfill, according to Florida law enforcement officials.
The 7-year-old went missing on Monday (10/19) as she walked home from school about a mile from her Orange Park, Florida neighborhood. Thompson was arguing with another child when her older sister scolded her. Upset, Thompson walked ahead of the group and was never seen alive again.
Acting on a hunch, Florida investigators followed dump trucks heading for a Georgia landfill on the Florida/Georgia border about 48 miles from where Thompson was last seen.
Investigators found the girl's partially covered body amid the trash and refuse in the landfill. A positive ID was made from the clothes she was wearing and a birthmark.
"I fear for our community until we bring this person in. This is a heinous crime that's been committed," said Sheriff Rick Beseler.
Beseler said breaking the news to the girl's devastated mother was "the hardest phone call I've ever had to make in my life."
"This has been so unreal for the neighborhood," said Sharon Galloway, who lives across the street from the Thompsons. "I just hope they get that son of a gun and tie him up by his short hairs."
Florida police are interviewing 70 registered sex offenders in the Orange Park area.