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April 5, 2001 | MICHELLE MALTAIS, michelle.maltais@latimes.com
Nearly 360,000 children are kidnapped every year, according to a study by the U.S. Justice Department. If the unthinkable happens to you or someone you love, first get law enforcement involved and file a formal report. They'll take it from there. But the Web can help supplement the search. The Department of Justice has a guide on its site written by professionals and parents who have had a child abducted. At http://www.usdoj.gov/01whatsnew/contents.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It has been 12 years since 3-year-old Laura Bradbury of Huntington Beach vanished during a family camping trip at Joshua Tree National Monument, sparking a nationwide search and a change in the way the police and public view missing children. The Bradbury case and several other highly publicized child abductions in the early 1980s heightened awareness and spawned an unprecedented campaign to place the pictures of missing children on billboards, shopping bags and milk cartons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It has been 12 years since 3-year-old Laura Bradbury of Huntington Beach vanished during a family camping trip at Joshua Tree National Monument, sparking a nationwide search and a change in the way the police and public view missing children. The Bradbury case and several other highly publicized child abductions in the early 1980s heightened awareness and spawned an unprecedented campaign to place the pictures of missing children on billboards, shopping bags and milk cartons.
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February 11, 1998 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Oregon man was awarded custody Tuesday of his long-lost daughter in the bizarre case of a toddler kidnapped in San Diego in 1990 and found in November in Puerto Rico by a social service worker who noted that the 9-year-old had the same birthmark and smile as the photo of the missing girl. The disappearance of 14-month-old Crystal Anzaldi sparked one of the largest missing persons investigations in San Diego history, and the case had remained a mystery ever since.
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October 18, 1991 | PATRICK MOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the sweltering evening darkness last week, several dozen grim people were shuffling into the Westminster Civic Center to play out the latest chapter in a tragedy. Their faces were ghostly and somber in the glow of the candles they carried, and the flickering light fell on several posters and T-shirts bearing the likeness of the 11-year-old girl they were there to try to save. They had gathered to keep alive the search for Jaycee Lee Dugard, formerly of Garden Grove, who was abducted a few blocks from her South Lake Tahoe home June 10 as she walked to a school bus stop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What do plumbing trucks have in common with milk cartons? Helping find missing children, at least some of them. A few months ago, Norm Wigginton and Rebecca Gold of Wigginton's Plumbing in Sylmar put three blown-up pictures of missing children on the sides of three of their business trucks so the photographs could be seen in the Southern California neighborhoods the trucks serve.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 15-year-old boy missing for more than two years rejoined ecstatic family members Thursday after a social worker in Florida spotted his face on a Web site that posts photographs of missing children. The boy, who was 12 when reported missing, was met by his tearful mother, brother and several friends at San Diego's Lindbergh Field after an FBI agent escorted him from Florida.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six years ago, Daniel Ilic and his younger brother, David, caught in the middle of a custody battle, were taken by their father from their home and mother in Arizona. The boys were found a year later, abandoned in an apartment in New Jersey. Last week, Daniel, now a 12-year-old aspiring actor, was instrumental in identifying another missing boy whose photo he recognized in a magazine as that of a neighbor.
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April 20, 1988 | JAMES F. SMITH, Times Staff Writer
On an autumn afternoon a decade ago, 10 men armed with submachine guns jumped from three cars on a busy street in Montevideo, Uruguay, and seized Argentine exiles Claudio and Monica Logares and their 23-month-old daughter, Paula. The men beat up Claudio, put hoods over the heads of all three captives and drove off with them.
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November 19, 1997 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As FBI agents in San Diego and Puerto Rico continued to investigate the 1990 kidnapping of 14-month-old Crystal Leann Anzaldi, her parents said Tuesday they never gave up hope that their daughter would be found alive. "This just put me into tears," Jeffrey Anzaldi, the child's father, said of the news that Crystal, now 8, had been found. "I was so happy I couldn't talk. All I could do was sit in a chair."
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