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January 24, 1998 | From Associated Press
Seven years of heartbreak gave way to joy Friday as the parents of a child kidnapped seven years ago in California were reunited with the girl they remember as a chubby, 14-month-old toddler. Pain overshadowed the joy, however, when officials disclosed that Crystal Leann Anzaldi, now 8, was physically and emotionally abused by the woman who masqueraded as her mother.
November 14, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Gunmen in El Salvador early Thursday burst into the offices of a human rights agency that focuses on children missing from the country's civil war, torching documents and taking away computers, activists said. The attack was a major blow against a group that had reunited numerous children with families from which they were wrenched in the 1980s. It follows by less than six weeks the abrupt closure of another human rights organization, one connected to the Roman Catholic Church, which had documented massacres and other egregious abuses over several decades.
April 5, 1990 | From United Press International
The mother of Johnny Gosch, the West Des Moines paperboy who disappeared seven years ago, said Wednesday she was stunned by the discovery of the body of a young man with a similar name. West Des Moines police thought they had a break in Gosch's baffling disappearance when Mexican authorities on Friday pulled the body of a young man from a drainage ditch in northern Mexico and identified him as John E. Gosch. The name was similar to John D. Gosch, who vanished on Sept.
David Westerfield was ordered Thursday to stand trial for the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam in a case that will depend heavily on DNA evidence. The decision by Superior Court Judge H. Ronald Domnitz came after a three-day preliminary hearing in which prosecutors presented evidence that small traces of the child's blood were found on Westerfield's jacket and recreational vehicle and that her fingerprints were found in the same vehicle.
October 22, 1993
A Torrance couple will remain in jail in Louisville, Ky., until they are tried on charges that they lied to the FBI about the disappearance of their deceased 5-year-old daughter, a magistrate ruled. U.S. Magistrate William Clark ordered Thomas and Roxanne Suleski detained until their Dec. 13 trial, saying that they were a flight risk. The FBI says Roxanne Suleski's 16-year-old daughter has accused the pair of abusing and killing their daughter, Alex Suleski.
It has been 4 1/2 years since Bernice Abeyta put her infant son, Christopher, to bed in his crib, 4 1/2 years since she last saw him. That was July 13, 1986, around midnight. Christopher slept with his parents in the master bedroom of their home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Four other children slept peacefully elsewhere in the house. No one heard anything unusual. But when Bernice Abeyta got up at 6 the next morning, 7-month-old Christopher was gone.
August 30, 1985 | MARC IGLER, Times Staff Writer
Faith Canutt's seven-year obsession came to a joyous halt Thursday morning just outside a truck stop in Topeka, Kan. The 35-year-old woman, who has become a leader in the nationwide campaign to find missing children, was vacationing with her fiance when she read a newspaper story that said authorities were trying urgently to find her. Her two daughters--abducted by her former husband from their Valencia home in 1978--had been found and they were back in Los Angeles with Canutt's parents.
April 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
Months of agonizing searches for a young girl who disappeared from Vallejo last year have apparently led to a rift among directors of a volunteer center set up in the girl's name. Marc Klaas, whose daughter Polly was kidnapped and murdered in 1993, has decided to stop working at the Xiana Fairchild Volunteer Center. Klaas cited disagreements among the center's directors as his reason for leaving.
August 11, 1990
A fair offering free fingerprinting, photographing and videotaping sessions will be held today in an effort to give police a head start in trying to find missing children. According to event organizer Lorrie Miller, fingerprints, hair samples and clothing descriptions can make a big difference when police are looking for abducted children. "Most parents just have a school picture of their child from the waist up.
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