The search for missing, abducted teen Kathlynn Shepard, 15, has intensified after the man believed to have been her abductor, Michael Klunder, 42, was found dead four hours after her abduction. Investigators are also looking for a connection between this case and the 2012 abduction and murder of two Iowa cousins.
In each of these three remarkable cases, a missing child was found alive years after disappearing. Compare the age progression images created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children with photographs of these missing kids as adults today.
Jaycee dugard was abducted by Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy in view of her family home in Lake Tahoe in 1990. She was foudn alive in 2009 with two daughters by Garrido, who had kept her as his sex slave in his back yard.
Jessica Heeringa, 25, was scheduled to close the Exxon station in North Shores, Michigan, where she was working alone late on Friday, April 26, 2013. She never closed, and has not been seen since. There were no security cameras at the gas station, so police are relying on the public for tips.
For parents faced with the nightmare of a child snatched by a stranger, a ransom note left in the empty bassinet can serve as a beacon of hope. Here are five famous ransom notes from the cases that captivated America.
Holly Bobo was abducted on April 13, 2011, as she left the house. Last week, nearly two years to the day after she was taken, a neighbor’s dog found what investigators believed was Holly’s purse. Today her mother, who saw the purse, confirmed that it is not her daughter’s.
A look at what happens when regular folks stand up to crime.
High-profile cases of kids abducted by strangers that captivated the nation and instilled fear in the hearts of parents.
When a child is missing–and later found murdered–authorities often don’t have to look far from the home to find a suspect.
Not every single missing teen case can reach Elizabeth Smart-level popularity. But what happens when a teenager who’s a near opposite of Smart disappears? Does the public have the same sympathy for an African-American transgender teen as they do for a wholesome blonde?