December 19, 2007 |
Prosecutors in Aruba closed their investigation of the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, saying they still believe that three young men were involved in her death but can't prove it. They dismissed the case against the three young men who had been rearrested last month. None of the men talked in custody. If they were put on trial, the lack of evidence "would lead to an acquittal," the public prosecutor's office said in a statement. Holloway disappeared May 30, 2005.
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December 17, 2007 |
The body of an elderly woman was discovered Sunday in the front passenger side of a crumpled car in a San Fernando Valley towing company's yard -- a day after paramedics had removed her son from the same vehicle after a crash, authorities said. The woman, whose identity was not released, had apparently been left in the car at the accident scene in Tarzana even as her son was taken to a hospital, police said.
December 9, 2007 |
A British man who was declared dead after disappearing at sea five years ago masterminded an elaborate life insurance fraud to pay off family debts and also lied to get a false passport, police said Saturday. John Darwin was declared officially dead after an apparent 2002 canoeing accident, but turned himself in to police a week ago, claiming to have amnesia. Police allege he faked his death in order to clear his family's debts and said he would appear before a court Monday.
December 8, 2007 |
A judge ordered the release of the last of three suspects rearrested last month in the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, ruling that the evidence was not strong enough to continue holding him. Joran van der Sloot was arrested Nov. 21 along with Surinamese brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, who were released Dec. 1 with a similar ruling. The three were the last people known to have seen Holloway, who vanished May 30, 2005. They have denied involvement in her disappearance.
December 6, 2007 |
A Briton who claimed amnesia when he turned up at a police station five years after he went missing while canoeing in the North Sea has been arrested on suspicion of faking his death so his wife could collect insurance money. John Darwin, a former prison officer, had been declared dead when his canoe's wreckage washed ashore, and his reappearance has become front-page news.
November 29, 2007 |
A missing Kansas college student believed to be the victim of foul play apparently led a double life as an Internet porn star by the name of Zoey Zane. Nude photos of 18-year-old Emily Sander appeared on a Zoey Zane website before she vanished, and investigators were looking into whether her modeling had anything to do with her disappearance Friday. Sander's brother, Jacob, confirmed that the nude woman pictured on the site is his sister.
November 27, 2007 |
The wife of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, who disappeared in September after taking off in his single-engine plane from a Nevada airstrip, asked a court to declare him legally dead. The request is a step toward resolving the legal status of the 63-year-old Fossett's estate, which according to court papers is "vast, surpassing eight figures in liquid assets, various entities and real estate," said attorney Michael A. LoVallo, who filed the petition in Chicago.
November 23, 2007 |
When Daniel Scagnelli's best friend went missing this month, he turned to an unusual source for help -- Facebook, the ubiquitous social-networking website popular with college students and young adults. Scagnelli asked more than 400 friends linked to his Facebook page to spread the word about Kyle Fleischmann, who disappeared Nov. 9 after leaving a saloon in Charlotte, N.C. So far, about 56,000 people have joined Scagnelli's Facebook group and more than 1,700 messages have been posted.
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November 21, 2007 |
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives were searching Tuesday for three grandchildren of Rep. Gary G. Miller (R-Diamond Bar) who were believed to have been kidnapped by their mother. Detectives were dispatched to the 22000 block of Cello Drive in Diamond Bar late Monday to investigate the suspected abduction of the three boys, Deputy Oscar Butao said. The oldest child, Brian, is 8 and his brothers, Evan and Christian, are 6-year-old twins, Butao said.