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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A Mission Viejo woman who disappeared this month while reportedly walking to a casino on the Caribbean island St. Maarten never arrived at the resort, a spokeswoman said. Frank Cordes, 42, said his wife, Leta Lynn Cordes, 49, left their island vacation home -- where they had gone to spend the holidays -- about 11 p.m. Jan. 11 and walked to the Westin St. Maarten Hotel, about 10 minutes away.
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NATIONAL
January 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The bodies of a family reported missing more than a week ago were found in a car submerged in a creek, authorities said in Sparta. Foul play was not suspected, state trooper Chip Perry said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A Mission Viejo woman visiting the Caribbean island St. Martin vanished a week ago while on a nighttime walk to a casino, her husband said Friday. Leta Lynn Cordes was last seen Jan. 11 shortly before 11 p.m. when she left their vacation home for the Westin St. Martin hotel to gamble, her husband, Frank Cordes, said. "The Westin is about 10 minutes away walking time," Cordes said in a telephone interview from the island. "She had made that walk before."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2008 | John Spano
Dozens of volunteers continued to search Sunday for a hiker who used a cellphone to make a distress call from the San Bernardino Mountains more than a week ago. Eighty volunteers scoured mountains around the Green Valley Lake Campground for Dean Christy, an experienced outdoorsman who had gone for a hike when he was overtaken by bad weather Jan. 4. Mild temperatures this week led to renewed searching by crews using dogs, aircraft and helicopters equipped...
NATIONAL
January 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Heavy snow and high winds hampered the search for six snowmobilers from New Mexico last seen Friday near a 10,000-foot mountain pass in southern Colorado. Search and rescue workers were looking for the snowmobilers near 10,222-foot Cumbres Pass just north of the New Mexico state line, said a spokeswoman with the Colorado State Patrol. As much as 4 feet of snow has fallen in the area since the families went missing.
WORLD
January 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A plane crashed into the sea off Venezuela with 14 people on board, including eight Italians and a Swiss citizen. There was no immediate report on casualties. Search teams fanned out by air and sea to look for the twin-engine plane, which left Simon Bolivar International Airport near Caracas and hit the sea about 24 miles from Los Roques islands, said Gen. Antonio Rivero, Venezuela's emergency management director. Rivero said the five Venezuelans aboard included the pilot and co-pilot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2007 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
The search for a missing 19-year-old female college student brought together a diverse ensemble of volunteers Saturday hoping to find answers to a formidable question: What happened to Donna Jou six months ago? About 100 relatives and friends -- even a former girlfriend of the man police have named as their prime suspect in Jou's disappearance -- scattered throughout the Santa Monica mountains in Malibu looking for clues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Six months after the disappearance of a 19-year-old female college student, scores of volunteers are planning to again search the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu this weekend for any clues in her case. A Northern California Christian search group will lead the effort, the second privately organized search for Donna Jou in the Malibu area in the past three months.
WORLD
December 28, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
It was one of the more chilling attacks on U.S. troops: an ambush on an isolated highway that left four American soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter dead and three Americans missing. Seven months later, two of the soldiers have yet to be found, but Thursday the military announced a break in the case that could reveal their fate. A U.S. statement said two men had been arrested in Ramadi, about 60 miles from the scene of the May 12 attack.
WORLD
December 27, 2007 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Abid Raza Zaidi winces occasionally as he tells how police hung him upside down and beat him with leather straps to get him to confess to taking part in a deadly bombing in Karachi. He remembers being forced to stand for hours without rest, and the strange serenity he felt when police said they had determined he was guilty and would execute him in the morning. The police eventually let him go.
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