Archive for December, 2009

Rafael and Trinidad Gonzalez missing two years

Today is the second anniversary of the disappearance of Rafael and Trinidad Gonzalez Jr. They were abducted by their non-custodial father, Trinidad Gonzalez Sr., from Madison, Indiana. They are believed to be in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Rafael Gonzalez

Trinidad Gonzalez

Above are pictures of Rafael and Trinidad. If you have any information as to their whereabouts please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 812-265-2648.

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Bejohna Peres and David Rodriguez found safe

I have just received word from NCMEC that Bejohna Peres and David Rodriguez have been found safe. I have resolved their cases, modified the anniversary post so there are no dead links, and if I find any articles will post them here. The new cases on the site are those of Latoya Fleming and Saul Lopez-Ceron.

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Mani Karami found safe

I have just received word from NCMEC that Mani Karami has been found safe. I have resolved his case, modified the anniversary post so there are no dead links, and if I find an article will post it here. The new case on the site is that of Jairo Lopez and Fabiola Salomon.

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Seif Mahssen found safe

I have just received word in his anniversary post that Seif Mahssen has been found safe in Yemen. I have resolved his case. The new California Kids poster is of Ann Ellinwood and the new case file on the Adam Haseeb Memorial Pages is of Estrella Cordova-Arias.

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Why Jean Paul Lacombe should not be a poster child for the “protective parent” movement

I was recently made aware of the case of the missing child Jean Paul Lacombe. He was abducted by his father, Juan Lacombe Vega, which on paper sounds typical enough. However, his father got temporary custody by presenting the court with phony documents. And he had previously abducted his son to France after custody was turned over to his mother. That’s pretty brazen, but not totally out of the realm of possibility. When Jean Paul was turned over to his father, it was videotaped and he protested he didn’t want to go.

And now this case is being cited by the dubious “protective mother parent” movement as a case that somehow vindicates their theory that mothers who abduct only do so to save children from evil abusive fathers. Which is problematic in several ways. First, Vega didn’t win permanent custody in court; he got a temporary order which was rescinded the minute they found out he had used forged documents. Second, the only abductor in the case is Vega and he had a previous abduction under his belt. Third, there is no evidence I have seen that indicates the mother claimed abuse or that she was ever denied custody for reasons of “false abuse accusations.”

The case is a tragedy, and I wish for Jean Paul to be with his mother again as soon as possible. But if this case is supposed to somehow validate the mother-the-hero-abductor movement, it is doing so under shaky ground of their own theories.

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Chelsea and Zachary Smith missing twelve years

Today is the twelfth anniversary of the disappearance of Chelsea Paige and Zachary Stratton Smith. They were abducted by their non-custodial mother, Elizabeth Ann Stratton, and their non-custodial stepfather, Everett Huber. They may be in Costa Rica, Mexico, or the Dominican Republic.

Chelsea Smith

Zachary Smith

Above are pictures of Chelsea and Zachary. Help bring them home to their father – if you have any information as to their whereabouts, please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Antioch Police Department at 925-778-244

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Luis Castillo missing eleven years

Today is the eleventh anniversary of the disappearance of Luis Raul Castillo III. He was abducted by his non-custodial father, Raul Castillo Jr, from Niles, Michigan. They may be in Michigan or Texas.

Luis Castillo

Above is a picture of Luis. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Michigan State Police at 269-683-4411.

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New cases on site

The Adam Haseeb Memorial Pages have been updated. Please click on this link and help find these missing children.

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Father reunited with his abducted daughter

Father reunited with daughter after mother leaves country with her

SAN ANTONIO — A Christmas miracle for a father who has been searching for his daughter for nearly two years. Nine-year-old Camille Kaufman, taken by her mother in 2008 in Boerne, has been found. She is finally back home with her father in their new home in Houston.

The search for her was a very long, grueling and emotional one. It took Galen and investigators all the way down to the jungles of Costa Rica. After months of investigating, Galen and detectives found Camille and her mother, Lynanne Foster, hiding out with her boyfriend, Lance Brauer, and his family.

This link was provided in a previous post about Camille. Both this and some articles written before Camille was found indicate that her mother was behaving strangely before her abduction and was worried about such things as “chips implanted in children.” That is a typical psychotic delusion, and while psychosis is not always present in abductors, some could very well have that affliction. I suspected from the first write-up I did of the case there was more to it than I knew; most parents who have a joint custody agreement that allows for essentially equal time and has gone on for several years, as Camille’s mother and father had, do not suddenly abduct their children. (And of course a lot of the comments seem to imply Mom did it for a good reason, despite the fact that her mother’s complaints were about the United States and not her ex-husband.) Apparently her mother remains in Costa Rica; she will be arrested if she leaves the country. I do hope that she does that, and not merely out of a desire for punishment; children need both parents in their lives if they are fit.

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Camille Kaufman found safe

I have just received word in her anniversary post that Camille Kaufman has been found in Costa Rica. I have resolved her case and will post an article if I can find one. The new case on the site is that of Caroline Keyvani.

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