High-profile cases of child abductions that captivated the nation and instilled fear in the hearts of parents everywhere.
Some famous cases of people who were lost and never found, some under very mysterious circumstances.
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.
When a child goes missing, investigators often don’t have to look far from the family home to find their suspect.
Not much is known about the young woman whose body was discovered on the edge of a cornfield in rural Racine, Wisconsin. She had been murdered just hours before a man walking his dog discovered her just after 6 a.m. on July 21,1999. Cause of death was determined to be multiple injuries; she showed signs of torture.
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?
A fleet of trucks that drive across Oregon and Washington will now bear an age progression image of Kyron Horman, who went missing from his elementary school at age 7.
California teen Diana Zamora Cardenas, 16, was last seen October 29 at her Hanford home with her month-old daughter, Davina Alcala. Police believe Cardenas, with infant in tow, may be on the run with Nicolas “Nico” Alcala, 19. Alcala, Cardenas’ boyfriend and the father of her baby, is wanted in a Fresno County homicide, police say.
On July 27, 1981, 6-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted from a Florida mall. He was later found decapitated. Adam’s father John Walsh, determined to prevent such crimes, went on to host America’s Most Wanted. A look at this and other child abductions.