Archive for May, 2010

Angelica Santiago-Rizo missing two years

Today is the second anniversary of the disappearance of Angelica Marie Santiago-Rizo. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Maria Rizo, from Pleasantville, New Jersey. They may be in Colorado or have left the country and traveled to Nicaragua.

Angelica Santiago-Rizo

Above is a picture of Angelica. If you have any information as to her whereabouts, please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Pleasantville Police Department at 609-641-6100.

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Sara Lazo missing three years

Today is the third anniversary of the disappearance of Sara Yaneth Lazo. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Yaneth P. Lares, from Las Vegas, Nevada. They may have traveled out of state.

Sara Lazo

Above is a picture of Sara. Help bring her home to her father – if you have any information as to her whereabouts, please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at 702-828-3111.

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Bijanjon Kavoossi: Anatomy of a family abduction recovery

Child Find of America offers a series of yearly PDF files on their site that summarize some of the cases they have dealt with that year. I just recently found them, and one, although from 2006, shows a very good example of what can and should be done in a family abduction recovery.

Bijanjon Kavoossi was abducted by his mother from Ohio in 1996. Ten years later he was found in Greece. Child Find and NCMEC were working together to help with Bijanjon’s reunion with his father in the United States. They asked his mother not be arrested in front of him, and mentioned that a “domestic violence” situation in Greece may complicate matters. (The file is not more explicit about that and I am not sure the precise complications that may have resulted.) He was flown into JFK airport, where individuals with both organizations met with him and took him to the hotel where his father awaited him. The father had been told to bring pictures and familiar toys to make the reunion easier. Bijanjon reacted in a typical manner for most family abduction situations. He felt bad his mother had abducted him, but he was also concerned about whether he would see her again. He also wondered where his father had been, whether he loved him, and whether he had been looking for him. He met with his father again in an emotional reunion, and they began to build a relationship again both on what was in the past and what they might share in the future.

The whole situation was well thought out and gave attention to what would be a difficult situation. If not all family abduction recoveries have these circumstances, many should. It should stand as an excellent example.

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Mystic Salazar found safe

I have just received word from her family that Mystic Salazar has been found in Michigan. I have resolved her 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 Anastasiya Macy.

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Kristian Quintanilla found safe

I have just received word from NCMEC that Kristian Quintanilla has been found safe. I have resolved his case and if I find an article will post it here. The new case on the site is that of Mikael Lissouck.

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New case on site

A new case has been added to Jahi’s Pages, that of Sherry Petersen. Please check out this link and help find this missing person.

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Kevin Fleischmann and Jonathan and Matthew Nieto found safe

I have just received word from NCMEC that Jonathan and Matthew Nieto have been found safe, and word from NamUs that Kevin Fleischmann has been found safe. I have resolved their cases, modified anniversary posts 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 Ellisyia Santoso, David Santana, and Cathryn Luquin.

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Yet another bizarre missing persons connection

I was doing some web research for the case file of Gabriel Johnson, who I’ve posted about several times before and plan to add to the site in June. I learned that Elizabeth Johnson’s mother was Rosslyn Puckett. And her aunt (Rosslyn’s sister) was… Jane Puckett. Who went missing in 1977, believed to have been abducted, and was found safe last year.

Does it mean anything? Well, no, probably. But this is even weirder than the Shannon Dedrick/Paul Baker connection.

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And another family abduction victim

Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem. I had known about her case for some time but I was unaware her father was also charged with kidnapping her. She will be added to the victims list, and I am now too drained for tears.

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Alessa Ruiz missing ten years

Today is the tenth anniversary of the disappearance of Alessa Monserrat Ruiz. She was abducted by her non-custodial father, Ulises Adrian Ruiz, from Los Angeles, California. They may be in Juarez, Mexico.

Alessa Ruiz

Above is a picture of Alessa. Help bring her home to her mother – if you have any information as to her whereabouts, please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Los Angeles Police Department at 310-575-8401.

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