Stephen Birch, a South African real estate developer, initially unconnected to the case of Madeline McCann, developed an interest her disappearance, as people often do in high-profile missing child cases. Birch however, went quite a bit further, conducted his own unofficial investigation, and now believes he may have found Madeline’s grave.
Gabrielle Swainson, 16, has been missing since August 18, when her mother came home from an overnight shift to find that her daughter, who had been in her pajamas and asleep, was gone. With no sign of the girl, no forced entry, and no leads, police were unable to issue and Amber Alert for the missing teen. Even now police are still piecing together what happened, and Gabbiee is still missing.
Ariel Courtland stated in an affidavit that she does not want to marry for love, but to find out what happened to her daughter. As weird as this may sound, she’s not the first to think of it.
Jhessye Shockley, 5, seems to have joined the growing ranks of children reported missing by their killer, often a parent. On September 6 police in Glendale, Ariz., arrested Jerice Hunter for the murder of her daughter Jhessye after she was indicted by a grand jury.
Investigators are not saying what other evidence they collected that could connect Freddie Grant to missing child Gabrielle Swainson. Grant, who has a prior criminal record, is in custody on a weapons charge and is a person of Interest in two other cases. Gabrielle is still missing.
The South Carolina cheerleader went missing sometime between the afternoon of August 18 and the morning of August 19. Gabbiee, 16, is described as a black female, about 5-feet-2-inches tall with black hair. She was last seen wearing pink and black pajamas.
University of California, Davis student Linnea Lomax, 19, left the Sutter Medical Center outpatient facility in Sacramento on June 26, 2012, and has not been seen since. Now seven weeks later, searchers have found her notebook.
Skylar Neese, 16, of Star City, W.Va., has now been missing for over a month. On the evening of July 7, Skylar came home from her job at Wendy’s, hugged her parents and told them she loved them. Then, her father recalls, she said she was tired and went to her room. Surveillance footage taken from the family’s apartment complex shows Skylar leaving the apartment through a window and willingly getting into an unknown sedan.
Police returned to continue the search at the site of the market where Pedro Hernandez claims to have killed Etan Patz. No announcements have been made.
An endangered child alert has been canceled after Tennessee teens Courtney Hawkins and Dillan Stewart were found safe near Gainesboro. Police were able to trace the young couple using cell phone signals, and pulled them over in a traffic stop. Police say Dillan and Courtney were running away, and had a third juvenile in the car. They are now facing charges.