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December 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities flew a Dutch man back from the Netherlands to the Caribbean after he was re-arrested as a suspect in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in 2005. "We have evidence that she is dead," Aruba prosecutor Hans Mos said. He said Joran van der Sloot, 20, will appear before a judge Monday as authorities seek to hold him for at least eight more days while pursuing the case against him and two others.
November 23, 2007 | David Zucchino, Times Staff Writer
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.
November 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Three young men previously detained as suspects in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway were rearrested Wednesday on the basis of new evidence, the public prosecutor's office said. Dutch student Joran van der Sloot and two Surinamese brothers, Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in voluntary manslaughter and causing serious bodily harm that resulted in the death of Holloway, the office said in a statement.
November 21, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
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.
November 10, 2007 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
For years, the family of Kathleen Savio has insisted that her police officer ex-husband was involved in her 2004 death. They refused to believe an inquest's finding that she had accidentally drowned. Her body had been found face down in an empty bathtub. They said Savio had feared her husband, a veteran police officer in the middle-class suburb of Bolingbrook.
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