November 19, 1997 |
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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March 12, 2000 |
In his darkest hour--on the day his daughter disappeared without a trace--Ken Miyasaki felt that the police were his brightest hope. An officer from the Culver City Police Department took his report about how 13-year-old Ariane Miyasaki had ditched school with a friend and then unsuccessfully tried to withdraw $4,000 from a bank in Santa Monica.
December 23, 1996 |
It's Christmas time and that means child-stealing season is with us once again. Take the case of Eugia Edwards Morse who, according to authorities, boldly snatched her three children from the sidewalk in front of their school in this suburb east of San Diego. The aspiring actress hired a singing-telegram service to create a distraction one morning while she hustled her children, ages 10, 8 and 5, into a car and sped off into hiding.
January 24, 1998 |
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.
January 28, 1991 |
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.
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August 30, 1985 |
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 |
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.
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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.
November 7, 1994 |
Police departments investigating reports of missing or abducted children should assume foul play and quickly ask parents to submit to polygraph tests, according to a new Justice Department report. Advance copies of the 220-page manual, billed as a guide to case investigation and program management, were used by law enforcement agencies investigating the South Carolina case of Susan Smith, who reported the abduction of her two sons Oct. 25 but was charged with their murder last week.