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He vanished five months ago after a cookout at his mother's home, a 33-year-old African American male in blue jeans and red Nikes. He smoked Newports and Marlboros, the authorities noted, and sported a tattoo on his right arm with the mantra, "Live by the sword, die by the sword." Now Gerald Leander Betts stares glumly out from the missing-persons Web site of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. A mute statistic. A son and brother mysteriously gone AWOL.
September 16, 2013 | Jenny Deam and Matt Pearce
As rain continued for a seventh day, inundating much of the state and creating a virtual moat around the closed Rocky Mountain National Park, Sandra Ellison waited at the Timberline Church here Sunday for the helicopters that would evacuate her parents, 86 and 85. But choppers couldn't operate in the torrential rain and heavy clouds. Her parents would have to wait another day to escape their flooded, remote community near Glenhaven. Like many others in Colorado, they remained trapped inside a slow-motion disaster that has washed out roads, broken bridges from their embankments and separated families.
The mystery surrounding the bizarre disappearance of the father of Chicago Bulls basketball superstar Michael Jordan was partially solved Friday when a body that had been found floating in a South Carolina creek on Aug. 3 was identified as that of James Jordan. Officials said that the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the chest. Jordan, 57, had been missing for three weeks and it wasn't until Thursday that the matter became public.
March 5, 2013
The full human cost of Mexico's bloody drug war during the last six years is only now becoming apparent. Nearly 70,000 people died and more than 26,000 went missing between 2006 and 2012. A scathing new report by Human Rights Watch casts substantial blame for the problem on the country's security forces, which it says have not only been implicated in many of the underlying crimes but have failed to adequately investigate claims by friends and family members of the victims. The result, the report says, is the "most severe crisis of enforced disappearances in Latin America in decades.
February 1, 1989 | BETTINA BOXALL and MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writers
The search continued Tuesday for the missing companion of a young woman killed in a shark attack last week, while news of the UCLA graduate student's violent death stunned classmates and faculty members on the Westwood campus. Members of Roy Jeffrey Stoddard's family were arriving at his Malibu home, still hopeful that he would be found alive, even though it has been more than five days since he set out from Malibu on a short morning kayaking excursion with his girlfriend, Tamara McAllister.
October 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
A man whose first wife vanished nearly 26 years ago in Ohio was arrested in her murder Tuesday and was named a suspect in his second wife's disappearance. Escondido police and the FBI arrested John David Smith, 49, of Oceanside at a custom vehicle company where he worked as an engineer. Smith is expected to be extradited to Wayne County, Ohio, to face a murder charge in the death of Janice Hartman, said FBI spokeswoman Jan Caldwell.
August 9, 2003 | Olga R. Rodriguez, Times Staff Writer
For 21 years, Darrell Forbis lived with anger and resentment against a mother he thought had abandoned him. "I couldn't understand why she had left without even leaving me a note," said Forbis, who was 12 when his mother mysteriously disappeared one day from their Marysville motel room. Part of that mystery was solved last week when authorities identified skeletal remains found in a 1980 Ford Thunderbird submerged in a Northern California lake. They were those of his mother, Mary Jane Gooding.
August 26, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A Denver police officer turned up in Utah after his mysterious disappearance prompted a weeklong manhunt, and he told investigators Friday that financial and personal problems compelled him to abandon his patrol car and head west on a motorcycle. David Hayhurst, 39, who had gotten a new apartment and a job at an auto-body shop in Reno, Nev., said he decided to return home after reading a newspaper account of the manhunt and deciding: "I couldn't do this to all those good people in Denver.
February 23, 2010 | By Richard Simon
As the House on Tuesday approved "Billy's Law," a bill designed to aid families searching for missing loved ones, Janice Smolinski had more than a casual interest. Her son, Billy, for whom the legislation is named, disappeared more than five years ago. The measure, which seeks to expand online public information on missing people and unidentified remains, comes in the wake of missing-persons cases that have drawn national attention, including that of Mitrice Richardson, 24, who disappeared after being released from the Malibu-Lost Hills Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in September without her car, cellphone or purse.
August 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
State officials in Baton Rouge said they were closing the center created to find residents missing after Hurricane Katrina. Officials and volunteers received reports of 13,400 missing people after Katrina hit Aug. 29, 2005. All but 136 were located. The Find Family Assistance Center helped locate residents scattered across the country in the chaotic evacuations.
August 16, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
After a fourth day of searching failed to produce the body of a missing diver, Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives said they are now investigating her disappearance and plan to interview her husband. Rebecca Weiss, 50, was reported missing Saturday by her husband after she did not return from diving in a cove near the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. Alan Weiss told authorities she went alone to the cove to free dive. They are both experienced divers. When she didn't return, Alan Weiss went to look for her and found her car in the parking lot and her dive bag where she entered the water, authorities said.
June 9, 2011 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Prime-time stars — they're dropping like corpses on "CSI. " Word leaked late Tuesday that Laurence Fishburne will leave CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" after just 2½ seasons as Dr. Raymond Langston. CBS hasn't picked a replacement yet, but with Ashton Kutcher substituting for Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men," CBS will start the 2011-12 season with new leads on at least two of its signature series. Meanwhile, the exit of Christopher Meloni as a detective on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" has thrown that show into disarray, with Mariska Hargitay signed on for a reduced role and executives in an 11th-hour scramble to make a deal with costar Ice-T.
January 16, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
John Singleton hadn't directed a film in six years, and he was in no rush to make another one. "I didn't want to do a movie just to do another movie," said the auteur, who last stepped behind the camera for a feature film for the 2005 Mark Wahlberg- Andre Benjamin revenge picture "Four Brothers. " "I wanted something that felt adventurous to me. " The adventure he found comes in the form of "Abduction," a conspiracy thriller starring "Twilight" teen pinup Taylor Lautner that comes to theaters Sept.
January 7, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police detectives said Thursday they are investigating at least four missing persons cases as a result of publicizing photos seized from the South Los Angeles property of Lonnie Franklin Jr., the Grim Sleeper serial slaying suspect. The Los Angeles Police Department received hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and other tips last month after releasing about 180 photographs of unidentified women that were found in a trailer and garage belonging to Franklin. Franklin, 57, is charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder ?
December 19, 2010 | Lisa Dillman
They were braced for the deflating prospect of overtime, having played a ragged, wobbly final minute. But then the wildly unexpected unfolded on the free-throw line: Chicago star Derrick Rose, having made his first free throw with 0.8 of a second remaining, missed the second one. Overtime would not be needed at the United Center. The Clippers escaped with a 100-99 victory over the Bulls on Saturday night, giving Coach Vinny Del Negro a moment to savor in his first game back here since being fired by the Bulls in May. "He just came in and said, 'Thank you, that was the best present,'" said Blake Griffin, who had his 15th consecutive double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds.
April 5, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
The fliers for Amber Dubois were posted across Southern California, volunteers scoured fields and parks, police followed hundreds of tips -- but six months after the teenager's disappearance, her family still had no answers. Then search dogs Quincy and Jack were put on the case, tugging their handlers down the same streets Amber strolled the day she vanished, and hopes lifted. It didn't matter that some scientists and dog handler associations considered it highly improbable that canines could trace a human scent months old, or that Quincy and Jack weren't bloodhounds, the typical tracking breed.
Sheriff's investigators got some unexpected help in identifying a man believed to have committed four armed robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley over the weekend--from a missing person's report filed by the man's wife. The man, Kevin Crotty, 28, of Castaic, was arrested Sunday after he was shot in the shoulder by a clerk as he attempted to rob a liquor store in San Fernando, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.
June 30, 1986 | CRAIG LEE
"Do you hear me? Do you care?" Well, you couldn't really hear Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons at the Palace on Friday night as she sang this oh-so-profound line from the group's hit, "Words," to a sold-out crowd (who obviously did care). Neither apparently could Bozzio hear herself because she constantly left the stage to confer with the soundman. Sound problems weren't the only distraction plaguing the first live show in more than a year by this harbinger of Hollywood New Wave.
March 29, 2010 | By Carla Rivera
Breahna Dawson last saw Mitrice Richardson during a service at the Pomona church they both attend. Dawson remembers the young woman's warm greeting and bright smile. There wasn't much conversation, but she appeared happy and at peace, Dawson said. In the six months that Richardson has been missing, Dawson and other members of New Direction Community Church have prayed daily for her safe return and spent many hours passing out fliers. On Sunday, several church members joined a group of volunteers in skid row in downtown, part of an expanded search that included teams in Malibu, Calabasas, Santa Monica and Hollywood.
March 20, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
The day after a jury voted for the death penalty for serial killer Rodney James Alcala, police detectives released a trove of photographs of women and children they seized more than 30 years ago from a storage locker the killer rented just as police were closing in on him. Detectives said they wanted to know who these people were and whether they might have gone missing during Alcala's murder spree in the late 1970s. Since then, detectives have spent their days fielding a flood of phone calls from people whose loved ones have been missing for decades.
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