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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Navy ships and aircraft as well as Coast Guard rescuers continued their search Thursday evening for two Navy sailors who disappeared while kayaking off San Nicolas Island on Wednesday. Authorities said the two Seabees, who had been stationed on the island for the last two weeks, were last seen about noon Wednesday in two, 6-foot blue-and-white kayaks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A child molester suspected in the disappearance of a Rancho Santa Margarita college student was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for failing to register as a sex offender, as the missing woman's friends and relatives demanded his help in their search. "All our waking moments are focused only on finding our daughter and discovering what has happened to her," Reza Jou, father of 19-year-old Donna Jou, said on the steps of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
NATIONAL
October 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The mystery of Atlantic City's missing mayor appeared to be close to a conclusion, with a request from City Council members before a judge to declare his office vacant. An attorney for Mayor Bob Levy explained that the town leader's two-week disappearance involved time at a Somerset County clinic known for treatment of substance abuse and mental-health issues. He is now at his home, the attorney said.
WORLD
October 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
As many as 15 Pakistani troops were missing after several days of fierce fighting with pro-Taliban militants near the Afghan border that left scores dead, the army said today. The troops disappeared after militants attacked security posts and a foot patrol near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan region, the military said. The fighting came as Gen. Pervez Musharraf tries to secure another term as president, vowing to shore up Pakistan's troubled effort against Islamic extremism.
NATIONAL
October 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Ground searchers found the wreckage of a plane carrying nine sky divers and a pilot that crashed in the rugged central Cascades. There was no immediate word on whether there were any survivors. The missing Cessna 208 Grand Caravan left Star, Idaho, near Boise, Sunday evening en route to Shelton, Wash., northwest of Olympia, but did not arrive as scheduled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2007 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
A suspect in the disappearance of a Rancho Santa Margarita college student had his bail on an unrelated criminal charge doubled Tuesday to $500,000. John Steven Burgess, 35, is being held in a Los Angeles jail on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. O.C. authorities have named Burgess a suspect in the disappearance of Donna Jou, 19, who was last seen by family June 23 when Burgess picked her up for a date. He has not been charged in the case.
WORLD
October 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Three African Union peacekeepers were still missing after 10 were killed in an attack on their outpost in Darfur, the AU said. Seven were hurt, including one in critical condition. The missing were believed to be wandering the desert in a war zone around the base in Sudan. Earlier, the AU said 23 peacekeepers were unaccounted for, but 20 of them had reached another peacekeeping base.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
It's hard to believe it's only been a year since American television fielded two competing missing-persons dramas -- NBC's "Kidnapped" and Fox's "Vanished," which themselves disappeared without a trace in fairly short order. (Amazing how time and TV plow mercilessly on.) Now, coming fortuitously late to that party, we have "Five Days," an HBO miniseries produced "in association with the BBC," although the more accurate formulation is probably the one applied to its original U.K.
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