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Caitlin Winchester vanished on her first day as a 9th grader at North Atlanta High School in the upscale Paces neighborhood of Atlanta.

She was last seen walking along Northside Parkway near North Paran Road around 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5.

Caitlin's mother, Angela Winchester, said her daughter's cell phone was either turned off or is dead and they have no way of tracking her.

"I've been calling her number all through the night, all through the morning, and I even been able to reach her, and it just clicks. It doesn't even ring anymore," Angela Winchester told CBS46.

"With the phone... being off and dead and with the increasing rates of attacks and violence in the city recently, a mother's heart, a father's heart is wounded to even contemplate that possibility.

"So again, we're hopeful and we're prayerful and if anyone has any information on our sweet gurl please just help us bringer home."

Angela spoke with a bus driver who said many buses were running behind schedule that day. She said children were "hopping on the wrong bus" and pleading with bus drivers to take them home.

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Caitlin's father, Roger Winchester, said Caitlin told him she decided to ride the school bus home. She even texted him and told him she was on the bus stuck in traffic as late as 5:40 p.m.
 
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The school reviewed video on Caitlin's bus and did not see her on it.

Now police are considering the possibility that Caitlin may not have sent the text messages herself.

Caitlin was wearing a black long-sleeve top, a brown and red plaid Burberry skirt and a black face covering (see video below). Her brown hair was styled in long braids.

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She wore a Powerpuff Girls backpack similar to this one.

Family and friends circulated flyers with information about Caitlin in their Buckhead neighborhood.

Family members deny reports that Caitlin is a runaway or a problem child.

"Our child is a straight-A student, and she was so excited to start her French 3 class, Angela Winchester said on Friday.

There is a new Facebook group to help share information about Caitlin and how people can get involved in helping search for her.

Crime Stoppers is offering $100,000 for information leading to Caitlin's safe return. Anyone who knows her whereabouts is asked to call 404-802-2000.

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A 14-year-old student is still missing more than 72 hours after she was last seen leaving her high school in Northwest Atlanta.

Caitlin Winchester vanished on her first day of class at North Atlanta High School in the upscale Paces neighborhood near Buckhead in Atlanta.

She was last seen walking east on Northside Parkway toward North Paran Road around 4 p.m. Thursday, police say.

Caitlin went missing a day after two women were found dead in Atlanta-area parks. Atlanta police and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms insist a serial killer is not on the loose in Atlanta.
 
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Caitlin was wearing a black long-sleeve top, a brown and red plaid skirt and a black face covering (see video below). Her brown hair was styled in long braids. Her eyes are brown.

Caitlin's father, Roger Winchester, told police he last heard from her at 5:40 p.m. when she texted to say she was on the school bus.

The school reviewed video on Caitlin's bus and did not see her on it.

Family members deny reports that Caitlin is a runaway or a problem child.

A friend tweeted: "As we rapidly approach this Alert reaching 72-hours, as usual, doubt creeps in & accusations have now started to fly -- I want to confirm she's a Straight-A Student & Parents Are Solid."

Caitlin is the only child of Roger and Angela Winchester. She was raised in an upper-middle class neighborhood where household incomes exceed $100,000.

Caitlin's mother is a middle school theology teacher at Notre Dame Academy in Duluth. Ga.

"Our child is a straight-A student, and she was so excited to start her French 3 class, Angela Winchester said on Friday.

Roger Winchester is a senior information security engineer at Insight Global.

911 actress Aisha Hinds issued an urgent plea to help find the missing teenager.

Crime Stoppers is offering $100,000 for information leading to Caitlin's safe return. Anyone who knows her whereabouts is asked to call 404-802-2000.
 

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Atlanta police are asking for the public's help locating two runaways from southeast Atlanta.

Police say Aylissa Mosley, 13, and Kaliyah Miller, 12, went missing from Aylissa's home at 960 Constitution Road at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police are concerned for their safety because of the girls' ages.

Kaliyah was last seen wearing a white Champion shirt and blue jeans. Aylissa was last seen wearing a white Air Jordan shirt and blue jeans.

Kaliyah is 5'4" tall while Aylissa is 5'3" tall. Both girls have black hair and brown eyes.

The two girls are cousins and may be active on social media.

Anyone with information on the girls' whereabouts are asked to call the Atlanta Police Youth Squad Unit at 404-546-4260 or call 911.

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Police in California canvassed an apartment complex where adoptive parents lived before two brothers went missing without a trace.

Trezol and Jacqueline West previously lived at the Casa Loma Apartments in Bakersfield, with their six children, including missing boys, Orson and Orrin West, ages 3 and 4.

Police spoke with neighbors after the family moved to a new home in California City in September. The Wests reported the two boys missing from their home on December 21.

Trezol told police the boys were playing outside when he went to gather firewood at a back gate. His wife was inside the home wrapping gifts, he said.

"I came in the house. I saw them there, went into the house, came back out, didn't see them there," he said.

Police searched the house and dug up the backyard. They said the couple have been cooperative, but there is evidence that the couple know more than what they are saying.

"They did something," said the boy's biological mother, Ryan Dean, who arrived from Bakersfield to help with the search. "I feel like my kids are somewhere around here. I can feel it."

The couple's four other children -- two adopted and two biological -- have been taken into protective custody.

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Chad Daybell, the new husband of Lori Vallow, was arrested after human remains were unearthed at his Idaho property.

Vallow is the mother of 2 children, Joshua Vallow, 7, and his sister, Tylee Ryan, 17, who have been missing since September. She was arrested in Hawaii in February and extradited to Idaho where she is being held on $1 million bail.

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Daybell was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of concealing or destroying evidence after police in Idaho executed a search warrant at his home in Fremont County.

"During the search of the property, investigators found what appears to be unidentified human remains," chief of police Gary Hagen said.

Vallow and Daybell fled to Hawaii last year after police and federal agents in Idaho questioned them repeatedly about the location of the children.

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Vallow 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 believed the children were deceased.

At least 5 people -- including Vallow's ex-husband, Charles, and Daybell's wife, Tammy -- have died under suspicious circumstances in Vallow's inner circle.

Tammy 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.

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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Police are having no luck finding Huxley, the 5-year-old boy who was "rehomed" by Youtube vlogger Myka Stauffer and her husband James.

YouTube viewers lashed out at the couple after they gave up their adopted son because his autism and other special needs made him too difficult to handle.

The couple adopted Huxley from China in 2017 when he was 2-years-old.

The state of Ohio launched an investigation into the case, and the police are now involved because the boy can not be located in Ohio.

"We're very aware of this case," Tracy Whited, Delaware County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, told BuzzFeed News. "We are investigating, but it is an active case, and as such, we cannot divulge too much information just yet."

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Buzzfeed confirmed that Huxley is not being cared for by the state of Ohio. The county sheriff's office said it's working with "several other agencies" to find Huxley.

Fans of the couple's popular YouTube channel began asking questions after pictures of the boy were removed from their Instagram account and they acted like he never existed.

The couple was criticized for exploiting Huxley for profit on their YouTube channel. According to Today, major brands cut ties with the couple following the intense backlash. Brands including Playtex Baby, Danimals, Suave, Chili's, and Big Lots have announced they will no longer partner with the Stauffers.

In response to the constant questions, the couple, who have four other children, recorded a video explaining that Huxley was "rehomed" with another family who could better address his needs.

The Stauffers said "numerous medical professionals" told them Huxley would need a "different fit."

"We've been trying to get his needs met and help him out as much as possible." James Stauffer said.

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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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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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Police in Alabama have identified the remains of a young child as that of missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams of Jacksonville, Florida.

The remains were recovered after a tip led the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department's Urban Search and Rescue team to a wooded area in Marengo County.

Taylor's mom, Brianna Williams, was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony child neglect and giving false information to police.

Williams, 27, attempted suicide on Tuesday by taking an overdose of drugs at the U.S. Naval Air Reserve Station, where she works as a chief petty officer in the Tactical Operations Center.

She was airlifted from the Naval base to a hospital where she is listed in critical condition, AJC.com reports.

Taylor was last seen alive when her mother put her to bed on Nov. 6 in her Jacksonville home. Williams said when she awoke the next morning, Taylor was gone and the back door was unlocked.

Williams, who is from the Alabama area, stopped cooperating with law enforcement after they found inconsistencies in her story.

"She has not spoken to us since Wednesday and she was the last person to see Taylor," Sheriff Mike Williams said during a press conference on Monday. "She is a person of interest in this case and we still need her cooperation in our efforts."

Williams' black 2017 Honda Accord was towed from her driveway after a cadaver dog alerted officers to the trunk area.

Police also questioned the Navy Petty Officer about a Craigslist.com advertisement for a babysitter that was placed a day before Taylor was reported missing. The ad mentioned a babysitter "bailed on" Williams.

Police are asking the public to come forward if they saw Taylor with Williams or the car traveling between Florida and Alabama in the past six months. The Honda Accord has tinted windows and black rims.

More than 120 law enforcement officers and volunteers were involved in the search for Taylor.