In an era when people create all manner of fake online identities, a strange case has emerged out of France of a missing child that only ever existed on a Facebook page. French police have called off the search and charged the woman allegedly responsible for the disturbing hoax.
Take a look at the case of missing child Madaleine McCann, who disappeared on May 3, 2007, from the Portuguese resort where her family was vacationing. The case is in the news again as police say the leading suspect is a man who died in 2009, but the search for Madaleine continues.
Cases prominent in the media of children reported missing in 2011. Since then some of the children have been recovered safely, some confirmed dead, but many are still missing.
Neither Police, nor her parents, are giving up on missing child Madeleine McCann. Continuing investigative efforts have led police to a German man wanted for questioning in connection with the child’s 2007 disappearance. Two sketches have been released to the public in efforts to identify this man.
Though her stepmother later said 10-year-old Zahra died on September 24, 2010, she didn’t report her missing until October 9. Read the tragic story of a young girl whose fight with cancer was an inspiration to those around her, and whose gruesome murder garnered international attention.
In an effort to force the hand of investigators, who have not made any arrests in the 2011 disappearance of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, her mother, Trista Reynolds, announced that she will start divulging unreleased details about evidence in her daughter’s disappearance starting this month.
Carlie Brucia disappeared on Super Bowl Sunday 2004. Though her mother called 911 immediately, the amber alert was not issued until 18 hours later when police found a surveillance video of the girl’s abduction. By then it was too late.
On June 4, 2010, the last known photo of Kyron Horman was taken by his stepmother, who accompanied him to the science fair at his elementary school that morning. Before leaving at 8:45 a.m., she said she watched him walk towards his classroom. He was never seen again.
On May 25, 1979, Etan Patz disappeared. Etan was 6 years of age when he was abducted and has become one of the most famous missing children of the 20th Century.
Update: Charice Beaumont has been found unharmed. Authorities in Provo, Utah, are searching for a teen who’s been missing since Monday. Charice Beaumont, 14, was last seen leaving home to walk to Dixon Middle School around 8:30 a.m. She never made it to school; authorities say she was not in any of her classes.