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Police in North Carolina are asking for the public's help to find a missing lesbian couple who recently got engaged after moving in together.

Stephanie Mayorga, 27, and Paige Escalera, 25, disappeared shortly after moving in together. They have not been seen since April 15, the Wilmington Police Department said Monday.

The women recently became engaged though they haven't known each other long, Escalera's sister Stevie Jenkins told Oxygen.com.

She said one of the women left her cell phone behind on her bed. The couple's new roommate found the phone.

"They had only lived there a week or so before they went missing," Jenkins told Oxygen.com. "As I have been contacting her close friends, I have found that every single one of them had been blocked from her social media over the last week or two.

"It is normal for family to not hear from her, but not her closest friends. As I spoke with Stephanie's friends, they say it isn't normal at all that they don't hear from Stephanie."

Jenkins said Mayorga's phone had been cut off on April 15 -- the same day they vanished.

"Her boss says he tried calling her when she never showed the next morning."

Jenkins said her sister has had her share of troubles but said "she is an amazing person and has always pulled out making the right choices."

Police believe the women may be traveling in a dark grey Dodge Dart with South Carolina tags.

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Sandy Springs police are still searching for Sheree Whitfield's 77-year-old mother, Thelma Ferguson, who was last seen in March.

Whitfield, an original cast member on Real Housewives of Atlanta, said she last saw her mom on March 23 when she left her Sandy Springs home to go to a bank.

Ferguson was last seen wearing grey pants and a black shirt and driving a grey 2009 Honda Accord with Georgia tag RMZ5773.

Her family says she has no medical or mental problems.

In a post on Instagram.com, Whitfield said her mother has "taken personal vacations without letting the family know" in the past. "However, this is the longest she have gone without reaching out to anyone from the family or her friends."

She asked anyone with information on her mother's whereabouts to call Sandy Springs police at 770-551-6923.
 

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Please keep my mom and my family in your prayers! We all know that prayers can move mountains!!! I was hesitant to post my concerns for my mother's safe return because, although I have been in close contact with the police for the past two weeks, I'm also pretty private when it comes to my family. Also, in the past, my mom has taken personal vacations without letting the family know and we respect that side of her. However, this is the longest she have gone without reaching out to anyone from the family or her friends. Right now we are leaning on God and staying positive and prayerful for her safe return home. HOME is where the HEART is and prayer in numbers work. As we all continue to navigate through these uncertain times, remember the blessings of having each other.... Family is everything! I ask that everyone pray for my mother’s safe return home. And know that our family will be internally grateful. ???? **If anyone has any information we ask that you please call Sandy Springs police at 770-551-6923 or email the detective handling the missing persons case at rgehricke@sandyspringsga.gov. ?? Thank you!

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Lori Vallow, the mother of 2 missing children, has been arrested in Hawaii. She is being held on $5 million bail.

Vallow and her new husband, Chad Daybell (pictured), fled to Hawaii after police and federal agents in Idaho questioned them repeatedly about the location of Joshua Vallow, 7, and his sister, Tylee Ryan, 17.

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Vallow was arrested on Thursday in Kauai, a month after she missed a court-ordered deadline to bring the children to the Rexburg Police Department in Idaho.

Tylee and Joshua were last seen in September 2019, according to police. Surveillance cameras at an Idaho storage facility showed Vallow and Daybell removing heavy items from a storage unit.

Police served a search warrant on the storage unit, but did not disclose if any evidence was found.

The case has frustrated law enforcement who believe the children are deceased.

At least 5 people have died under suspicious circumstances in Vallow's inner circle, including her late husband, Charles, and Daybell's wife, Tammy, who told police that a man fired several shots at her in the weeks before she died mysteriously in her sleep.

Vallow and Daybell married 2 weeks after Tammy's death. Tammy's body was exhumed by police. Toxicology results are pending.

Vallow's first husband, Charles, was shot and killed by her brother, Alex, on July 11, 2019. Alex claimed he shot Charles in self-defense. Vallow was at home at the time of the shooting. She corroborated the story that her brother gave police.

Alex mysteriously died on December 11, 2019 of unknown causes.

Vallow and Daybell are cult members who were preparing for the second coming of Jesus in July 2020. Daybell is not in custody, police confirm.

The search continues for Tylee and Joshua. Tylee was preparing to return to college at the time of her disappearance. Joshua, who was adopted, was diagnosed with autism.

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An attorney from Milwaukee who was reported missing after a night out in Atlanta died from injuries he sustained in a car crash in Clayton County.

Demetrice Allen was last seen on Dec. 6 when he stopped by TEN ATL, a bar in East Atlanta Village, to drink with friends.

Allen's best friend said Allen's next stop was The Graveyard Tavern on Glenwood Avenue. By 2 a.m., the group noticed Allen was gone.

In response to a text message from LaShauna Wint, Allen said he was heading to The Cookout restaurant on Moreland Avenue for a burger before going home.

Clayton County police were called to a multi-car accident with injuries in the area of Interstate 285 and Old Dixie highway.

Allen's 2015 BMW 328i was among the vehicles involved in the accident. He was determined to be the at-fault driver.

The 30-year-old employment attorney was described as "alert, conscious and combative" with police.

His injuries were not considered life-threatening, but his condition prevented police from identifying him at the accident scene.

Police following up with the hospital where Allen was taken learned he succumbed to his injuries. Hospital staff called the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, who took custody of his body for an autopsy in the GBI crime lab.

Allen's godmother, Daphne Handley, with whom he was staying, reported him missing on Dec. 8.

It wasn't until days later that police realized the deceased man was the attorney reported missing in local and national headlines.

Allen was in Atlanta to interview for a job in the legal department at Delta Airlines, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"He's overcome so many obstacles in life," said Wint before Allen was identified.

Wint said Allen lost his single mother about 10 years ago.

"He still pushed through and he finished college, top grades, got into the top law school," Wint told Fox6 Now. "He's just a fighter."

South Fulton Police announced Allen's death on Friday, Dec. 13. There was no explanation why authorities failed to contact his next-of-kin after he died.

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A man claims he is D'Wan Sims, a Detroit boy who went missing from a mall while Christmas shopping with his mother in 1994. D'Wan would now be 29 years old.

D'Wan's mother, Dwanna Harris, told police her son went missing while she was shopping with him at the Wonderland Mall in Livonia on Dec. 11, 1994.

Detroit police reviewed surveillance video from the mall at the time Harris claimed her son went missing. There were no sightings of D'Wan with his mother, leading police to believe D'Wan was never in the mall.

"I was here at the department and we looked at all of the video, we checked everything, and we never saw D'Wan with his mother," Taig told Detroit 4 News.

Sgt. Shelley Holloway told The Detroit Free Press in 2009 that investigators were "pretty confident D'Wan never made it to the Wonderland Mall."

Now a man on Facebook claims to be D'Wan. Detroit police were alerted to the man's Facebook post in which he claims he is the missing boy. Dailymail.com identified the man as Mike Cash.

Cash shared a baby photo of himself on Facebook, saying his baby picture bares a close resemblance to D'Wan when he was 4.

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But Internet users wondered how a man who was 4 when he went missing has a baby photo of himself.

Cash contacted the Detroit police who obtained a sample of his DNA. Police are skeptical of his story after he said he didn't want his information released to the news media.

"I guess what's odd is that he claimed that he didn't want any of this information out in the media and from what I understand he had put this out on social media," Livonia police Capt. Ron Taig told Detroit 4 News.

Cash spoke with Harris on Facebook, but he said she blocked him. He also asked her to meet with him at the Detroit police station, but she said she was not comfortable with that.

"She did contact and talk to this person and ask him about some personal information that only her and D'Wan Sims would know, like birthmarks," Taig said. "He wasn't able to answer those questions, along with the date of birth."

Cash complained in a Facebook post, saying Harris blocked him. "I need a f****** lawyer man," he wrote.

In a 1994 press conference, Harris complained she was being treated unfairly and compared to the Susan Smith case.

Smith is a South Carolina woman who claimed her 2 sons were kidnapped by a Black male during a carjacking. Smith later confessed to drowning her sons in a lake. She is now 48 and serving life in prison.

The Detroit Free Press reported in 2009 that Harris changed her name and moved to South Carolina.

D'Wan is still listed as missing on the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children website.

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Santa Ana, California police are asking the public's help in locating 19-year-old Mylinna Linder who went missing with her 1-year-old son, Montana Rashad Linder.

Police say Mylinna and Montana were last seen with her boyfriend, identified only as Vincent, at Jerome Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

The couple may be in the city of San Bernardino. Vincent is believed to be driving a champagne-colored late 1990s four-door Toyota Camry.

According to ABC7, Mylinna is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 150 pounds with jet black hair and brown eyes. Montana has black curly hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Det. Garcia at (714) 245-8408 or email agarcia3@santa-ana.org.

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A decorated Navy veteran who was reported missing two years ago was found deceased in his DeSoto, Texas apartment last week. Police say he had been dead in his apartment for three years.

The family of Ronald Wayne White reported him missing three years ago. But police said there was nothing they could do because Mr. White was an adult who traveled extensively.

"My son would call me at least twice a month," his mom Doris Stevens told WFAA. "He would call me from Egypt. He would call me from the Philippines. He would call me right from Dallas," she said.

One day three years ago, the calls stopped. His mom said she became suspicious when she couldn't reach him on his birthday in April of 2017.

Stevens said she never heard from her son again.

"All them days, holidays, I just suffered. Because nobody wanted to help find him," Stevens told WFAA.

Then, last week, management at the DeSoto Town Center Apartments on East Pleasant Run Road, checked apartments where the residents were not using water.

Maintenance personnel forced open the door to unit 1320 on the third floor. They found White's skeletal remains on the floor of his kitchen. He was 51 at the time of his death.

The medical examiner determined the time of death was approximately three years ago.

"When the medical examiner told me three years, my knees gave away," Stevens said. "Three years? And that's what I can't get past in my brain. I can't get past three years. My biggest question is, how in the world could my son have been dead in that apartment and nobody knows anything?"

Police said White's month-to-month lease and his other bills were paid through automatic withdrawals from his Navy retirement bank account. He had set up automatic payments because he traveled a lot.

White's apartment was relatively new construction, well-insulated and all the windows and doors were locked and sealed tight.

Approximately two years ago, a downstairs neighbor complained to management about a putrid liquid seeping through the ceiling.

Police said there was no sign of foul play in the apartment. "The way he was found, the way the apartment was arranged and so forth, there was zero indication of foul play," said Pete Schulte, a detective with the DeSoto Police Department.

White's family said he was a diabetic. Police found diabetic medication in the apartment. White was single, having divorced 20 years ago.

WFAA searched public records but were unable to find a Ronald White at the DeSoto address. Stevens said she didn’t know where White lived.

"It is sadness to see that a veteran, a decorated veteran, had to go out like this," said White's friend and fellow Navy veteran Jerry Hannon.

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An Atlanta college student who was reported missing last week was found dead on Friday. Alexis Crawford, a 21-year-old senior at Clark Atlanta University, was discovered dead in a DeKalb County park, WSB-TV reports.

Crawford's roommate, 21-year-old Jordyn Jones, led police to the body, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said at a press conference on Friday.

Crawford's family reported her missing on Nov. 1 when she failed to show up for class or work. She lived in an off-campus apartment with her roommate.

Jones reportedly confessed to her role in Crawford's death. Jones' boyfriend, Barron Brantley, 21, is also considered a suspect in Crawford's death, Shields said.

Atlanta police are in the process of securing arrest warrants for Jones and Brantley, Shields said.

"Jordyn had been Alexis' friend and her roommate," Shields said. "The case has come to one of the saddest conclusions possible and has been absolutely heartbreaking."

An emotional Shields said, "To all the APD investigators who worked on this diligently and around the clock. I say 'Thank you.' Thank you for treating Alexis like she was one of our own."

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The mother of missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams has stopped cooperating with the police investigation into her disappearance.

Authorities say Taylor was last seen alive when her mother, Brianna Williams, put her to bed in her Jacksonville home around midnight on Tuesday. Brianna told police that when she woke up the next day, she noted Taylor was gone and the back door was unlocked.

A car that was parked in the home's driveway was towed to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to be searched for evidence, according to 11 Alive News.

Taylor was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama pants. Brianna Williams phoned 911 to report Taylor missing, but she has since stopped cooperating with Florida authorities, according to NBC News.

Police say Brianna, a Navy petty officer, stopped cooperating after they noticed inconsistencies in her story.

"Yesterday we were talking to her about some inconsistencies in her statement and that's when she chose to stop cooperating with us," Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams told reporters on Thursday.

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Sheriff Williams, who is not related to the family, said Brianna is not considered a suspect at this time, according to NBC News.

"We remain hopeful that we'll find Taylor," he added. "We're not going to stop on our efforts to locate her and there's not one scenario or theory that we're not exploring and every possibility is being looked at."

Florida Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.

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A suspect has been arrested in the disappearance of Alabama college student Aniah Blanchard, 19.

Ibraheem Yazeed was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in Florida late Thursday, Nov. 7, according to published reports. Yazeed was booked into the Escambia County Jail at 2:32 a.m. on Friday, Nov 8. He was treated for injuries he sustained while resisting arrest.

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Yazeed, 30, was out on bond in a different kidnapping and attempted murder case. A judge revoked his bond on Thursday. He was arrested in 2012 for attempted murder and again in February 2019 for kidnapping and attempted murder.

Blanchard was last seen at a gas station convenience store in Auburn, Alabama, near her apartment on Oct. 23. The suspect, Yazeed, was also seen on surveillance video in the same convenience store at the same time.

Blanchard had communicated with her roommate just before midnight on Oct. 23. She said she was on her way home, but minutes later she sent another text telling her roommate she was with someone named "Eric".

When her roommate asked who Eric was, Blanchard texted back, "I just met him." Her family reported her missing on October 24.

Two days later, Blanchard's car, a black 2017 Honda CR-V, was found abandoned at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama, nearly 60 miles away from where she was last seen alive.

There was extensive damage to the right bumper, right wheel well and right passenger side door. Her family said the car was not damaged when they last saw her on Oct. 23.

Evidence recovered from inside the car led investigators to believe Blanchard was harmed and a victim of foul play.

Blanchard is the stepdaughter of heavyweight UFC MMA fighter Walt "Big Ticket" Harris, 36. He used social media and his contacts in the UFC community to help get the word out about her disappearance.

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Harris first met Blanchard when she was 3 years old in 2003, when he started dating her mother, registered nurse and entrepreneur Angela Haley-Harris.

He said Blanchard and her older brother, Elijah, felt like his biological children. "I knew I had to protect her and take care of her," Harris says.

Harris said Blanchard has a "heart of gold." Years ago, when his wife worked the night shift at a hospital, Blanchard helped out with her two younger siblings, his and Angela's biological children. She was very responsible and helped to change their diapers, he said.

"She's a selfless kid and she always put people before her," Harris says. "She has a huge heart. She's my everything."

"It's hard, trying to stay strong," Harris tells PEOPLE magazine. "[But] as the head of my house I have to say strong because I know she needs me to be strong to find her."

Blanchard's biological father, Elijah Blanchard, is hopeful she will be found alive. "We say a special prayer every night for our daughter's safety," he said.

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Mr. Blanchard left his family when his children were very young. He is married to prominent Alabama attorney Yashiba Glenn-Blanchard. The Blanchards are pictured on the left with Aniah Blanchard's mother and stepfather, right.

"Her family loves her, and we want her home," Elijah Blanchard told The Montgomery Advertiser on Monday. "She's special to me. She's special to our family. She's special to her friends."

"It's heart-wrenching because Aniah is such a people person," Elijah Blanchard told The Advertiser. "For someone to try to take advantage of that, someone who was probably just trying to be nice and try to go home, it's heart-wrenching."

He denied social media reports that his daughter arranged to meet a man she met on a dating app. Mr. Blanchard said that's not in her character.

"I never thought twice that Aniah was meeting anyone at any time of night. I just know her personality and the type of girl she is. My daughter was at the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.

A task force of a dozen law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the Auburn Police Department, and Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, are involved in the investigation.

Reward money for information in the case has grown to $105,000.

This post was edited to correct the date of Yazeed's arrest.

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More than 120 law enforcement officers and community residents are searching for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams in Jacksonville, Florida.

The girl went missing from her Brentwood home in the 600 block of Ivy Street around midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Her mother, Brianna Williams, told police she put Taylor to bed around midnight on Tuesday.

When Brianna woke up at 7 a.m., she said Taylor was missing and the back door was open. Taylor was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama pants.

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A car that was parked in the home's driveway was towed to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to be searched for evidence, according to 11 Alive News.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, have joined in the search for the child.

Officers went door to door at the Paradise Island Apartments, near Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road. Boats were brought in to search a shallow pond near the apartments.

Police say Taylor's mother is cooperating with the investigation.

"Taylor is the most important thing here right now," JSO Chief T. K. Waters said. "We are very concerned, but we are going to search and we will continue to search throughout the night in hopes of finding Taylor."

Florida Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information on Taylor Williams. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.

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Forensic evidence recovered from a car belonging to missing 19-year-old student Aniah Blanchard shows she was the victim of foul play, according to officials.

Blanchard, who attended Southern Union Community College in East Alabama, went missing on Oct. 23.

Her damaged black 2017 Honda CR-V was located two days later at an apartment complex in Montgomery, about an hour away from Auburn.

Auburn police examined evidence recovered from the car and "determined that she was harmed and is considered to be a victim of foul play," officials said, according to KCTV5. Police didn't describe the evidence found in the car.

Blanchard was last seen on surveillance footage on Oct. 23 at a convenience store in Auburn. Police dismissed rumors that she ran away and doesn't want to be found.

"She had been with her family earlier that day. Very close with people here in Auburn, roommates," Auburn Police Chief Paul Register told CNN affiliate WFSA. He added that it was unusual for her to be out of contact with her family.

Blanchard is light skinned with long hair, 5-foot-6-inches tall, and weighs about 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black dress, tan duck boots and black stockings.

Blanchard is the step-daughter of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Walt Harris. The total reward for information in the disappearance of Blanchard has increased to $80,000, including $25,000 donated by UFC athlete Jon Jones and an additional $25,000 contributed by an anonymous family from Homewood, Alabama, according to KCTV5..

Previously, UFC president Dana White contributed $25,000 to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey's initial $5,000 reward.

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One of two people detained in connection with a missing 3-year-old Alabama girl has been freed on bond.

Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Derick Irisha Brown, were taken into custody as persons of interest in the abduction of Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney.

Stallworth was charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute after investigators found the images on his cell phone. None of the images were of Kamille. Both suspects denied any knowledge of the missing girl.

Jail records obtained by AL.com show Stallworth posted a $500,000 bond at 3:22 a.m. Thursday.

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Brown remains in jail with no bond. She is being held on unrelated charges of abducting her three children from DHR custody. Police say Brown also goes by the name Quentesa Jackson.

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Kamille was abducted by 2 people from a child's birthday party on Saturday, Oct. 12. Witnesses say she was pulled into a dark SUV parked outside a public housing project in Birmingham around 8:30 p.m.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued for Kamille, but Police Chief Patrick Smith said precious time was lost because the family delayed reporting her missing for several hours.

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Hopes were dashed on Wednesday after the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office falsely reported Kamille was found safe around noon.

An hour later, Birmingham Police confirmed Kamille was still missing and had not been found, despite the Jefferson Co. Sheriff's confirmation of her location.

A Crime Stoppers reward for information in the case has increased to $26,000.