50 people in 50 days: Woman vanished after leaving bar
February 24th, 2011
08:37 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Woman vanished after leaving bar

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 29th case, and it will be shown Thursday at 9 p.m. on HLN.

Authorities say Tracy Ocasio (pictured) disappeared after a surveillance camera recorded her leaving an Orlando, Florida, bar with a man in late May 2009.

Her car was found abandoned the next afternoon about 200 yards from the home of the man, James Hataway, who told investigators she had driven him home and then left, according to police.

Ocasio's purse was in the car; her key, cell phone and identification were not found.

Ocasio, 27 at the time, met Hataway a week before.

Police said Hataway is a suspect, but has not been charged, in Ocasio’s disappearance. He is charged in an unrelated attempted-murder case.

50 people in 50 days: Morning news anchor never makes it to broadcast
Jodi Huisentruit, the morning anchor at KIMT in Mason City, Iowa, never made it to work on June 27, 1995.
February 23rd, 2011
04:54 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Morning news anchor never makes it to broadcast

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 28th case, and it will be shown Wednesday at 9 p.m. on HLN.

Jodi Huisentruit was running late for work as the morning anchor at KIMT in Mason City, Iowa, on June 27, 1995. When her producer called to wake her up, Huisentruit said she'd be there in 20 minutes. She lived only five minutes from the station, but she never made it there.

When police went to check on her apartment, everything appeared normal, but outside, police found signs of a struggle near Huisentruit's Mazda Miata. Her hairdryer, hairspray, a pair of red shoes and earrings were strewn across the parking lot. Drag marks were found nearby, but the 27-year-old blonde was nowhere to be found.

Rumors of her working in a casino in Reno, Nevada, or being abducted by an Arab sheik never developed into anything credible, and her body has never been found. Four years ago, Huisentruit was declared legally dead by a judge in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. But her family and friends are still looking for answers.

50 people in 50 days: Police believe man killed woman, took daughter
February 22nd, 2011
08:42 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Police believe man killed woman, took daughter

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 27th case, and it will be shown Tuesday at 9 p.m. on HLN.

Authorities say a missing girl might have been taken by her noncustodial father, whom they accuse of killing her mother.

Allyson Corrales was 3 when her mother was found fatally stabbed in her Kansas City, Missouri, apartment in March 2009. The girl was gone when the body was found.

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February 21st, 2011
10:41 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Girl vanished after taking day off from school

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 26th case, and it was shown Monday night on HLN.

Rachel Mellon was 13 when she disappeared from Bolingbrook, Illinois, on January 13, 1996.

She had stayed at home with her stepfather instead of going to school that day because she had a sore throat. Her stepfather said that he left the house while she was taking a nap, and that when he returned, she was gone.

Also gone were pillows from Rachel’s bedroom and a blue blanket. The temperature outside was below zero, and police say they believe the girl didn’t leave on her own. There was no forced entry to the home and the honor roll student’s coat, shoes and purse were all left behind.

50 people in 50 days: Utah woman vanished after dinner with friend, family
February 20th, 2011
10:45 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Utah woman vanished after dinner with friend, family

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 25th case, and it was shown Friday night on HLN.

Susan Cox Powell was 28 when she disappeared from West Valley City, Utah, in December 2009.

After an early dinner with a friend and her family, Powell said she wasn't feeling well, so she said she was heading to bed. Her husband, Josh Powell, says that on the last night he saw her, he decided to take his two sons camping, leaving home after midnight. He said his wife was asleep when they left, but she was gone when they returned home.

Police have said Josh Powell is a person of interest in the investigation into her disappearance. He has said that she might have run off with another man.

50 people in 50 days: Police say girl possibly taken to Mexico
February 17th, 2011
05:18 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Police say girl possibly taken to Mexico

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 24th case, and it will be shown at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on HLN.

Authorities say they believe Chioma Gray, who disappeared from her California high school in December 2007, may have been taken to Mexico by a man who was previously convicted for having an illegal relationship with the teenager.

Chioma, then 14, was dropped off by relatives at her high school in Ventura on the morning of December 13, 2007, but she was nowhere to be found when her mother tried to pick her up in the afternoon.

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50 people in 50 days: First milk carton case still unsolved
Etan Patz was last seen walking to a New York bus stop on May 25, 1979.
February 16th, 2011
06:41 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: First milk carton case still unsolved

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 23rd case, and it will be shown at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on HLN.

More than 30 years after Etan Patz's face became the first of a missing child to appear on a milk carton, authorities still aren't sure what happened to him.

Etan was 6 when his parents finally gave him permission to walk to a school bus stop alone in New York City on May 25, 1979. The stop was just two blocks from his parents’ apartment.

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50 people in 50 days: Missing woman's vehicle found wrecked
February 15th, 2011
04:06 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Missing woman's vehicle found wrecked

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 22nd case, and it will be shown at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday on HLN.

Lori Ann Boffman was last seen on the evening of August 5, 2006, when she is believed to have gone out for a drive in Liberty Township, Ohio.

Her vehicle was found the next day in a nearby town, abandoned and wrecked. She didn't have a cell phone, and her purse and identification were left at home. Police say they don’t know whether Boffman - then 45 years old - or someone else was driving the vehicle.

50 people in 50 days: Police say woman might have been abducted
Stephanie Low, 22, of Wausau, Wisconsin, was reported missing in October.
February 14th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Police say woman might have been abducted

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 21st case, and it will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday on HLN.

Police say they have reason to believe that Stephanie Low was taken against her will four months ago.

Low, 22, of Wausau, Wisconsin, was reported missing after friends went to her apartment October 10 and didn't find her. Low's two dogs were inside but were without food and water.

Police haven't discussed the evidence that they say points to an abduction.

Low's family has searched local rivers and parks, and the state crime lab has analyzed evidence taken from her apartment. But investigators are running out of leads, and her parents recently appealed to the public for help, offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to her whereabouts.

February 10th, 2011
06:46 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Searching for a 9-year-old boy

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 19th case, and it aired Thursday night on HLN.

In June 1998, Scott Kleeschulte had just finished his last day of school in St. Charles, Missouri. The 9-year-old's family had plans for a dinner celebration. After getting off the bus, Scott headed home change clothes and planned to go to a friend's house to play.

Scott never showed up. A storm came through that afternoon. Scott was afraid of storms so his parents first thought he was at his friend's. It wasn't long before they realized the child had disappeared.


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50 people in 50 days: Air Force nurse vanished while on leave
Nonnie Dotson's relatives say they haven't seen her since she left her brother's Colorado home on November 19, 2006.
February 8th, 2011
07:59 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Air Force nurse vanished while on leave

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 17th case, and it airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on HLN.

Just four months before she was to end her military duty, Nonnie Dotson disappeared while visiting relatives in Littleton, Colorado, in November 2006.

Dotson, then a single 33-year-old mother, was an intensive-care nurse at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. She was on a pre-Thanksgiving holiday when she disappeared.

She was supposed to meet friends at a smoothie shop about a half-mile from her brother's home. She left the home on the afternoon of November 19, but she didn't appear at the smoothie shop. When her 16-month-old daughter woke up crying the next morning, her family realized that Dotson hadn't returned.

Police said there was no activity on her bank accounts, credit cards or cell phone. No suspects have been named.


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50 people in 50 days: Mother of 3 vanished day after argument
February 7th, 2011
09:16 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Mother of 3 vanished day after argument

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 16th case, and it aired Monday night on HLN.

Friends and relatives of Margaret Haddican-McEnroe thought she might have just been blowing off steam when she vanished from her Warren Township, New Jersey, home a day after an argument with her husband in October 2006. She actually had left her home on the day of the argument - October 9, 2006 - to cool off at her parents' house before returning that night.

Her husband says that his wife - then a 29-year-old volunteer firefighter, Army veteran and mother of three – was at home when he left for an errand on October 10, and she was gone when he returned. He said she left behind her cell phone, SUV and their 5-month-old daughter, who was alone in a crib. About $11,000 was missing from the home, he said.

The husband didn't call police until two days later. When asked why, he said that they'd had an argument and that she had a history of walking out, disappearing for a few days, and then returning when she'd calmed down, CNN's Rupa Mikkilineni reported in 2008.


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50 people in 50 days: Boy vanished from Oregon school
Kyron Horman's stepmother says she last saw him walking to his classroom at his elementary school last year.
February 4th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

50 people in 50 days: Boy vanished from Oregon school

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 15th case, and it aired Friday at 9 p.m. on HLN.

Kyron Horman was 7 when he disappeared on June 4 in Portland, Oregon. His stepmother says she last saw him that day at his elementary school, walking down a hallway toward his classroom.

Kyron never made it to that classroom, though a photo places him at a science fair at the school earlier in the day. Law enforcement personnel have not named any suspects or people of interest.


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50 people in 50 days: California girl snatched from parking lot in '88
This poster featuring Michaela Garecht's picture was distributed after she was abducted in November 1988.
February 3rd, 2011
07:10 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: California girl snatched from parking lot in '88

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 14th case, and it aired Thursday night on HLN.

Michaela Garecht was abducted in November 1988, when she was 9, in Hayward, California, according to a friend who was with her.

Michaela and her 9-year-old friend rode their scooters to a market on a Saturday morning to purchase candy and soda, Michaela's mother, Sharon Murch, has said.

When the girls left the store, they began to walk home, forgetting they had rode their scooters. They realized their mistake and went back to the store, but Michaela's scooter was missing.

She soon found it.

"Michaela spotted it in a parking lot next to a car and went to get it, and when she bent over to pick up the scooter, a man jumped out of the car, grabbed her from behind, threw her into the car and took off with her," Murch said in 2009.


Filed under: 50 People in 50 Days • Crime • TV-Nancy Grace
50 people in 50 days: Texas girl vanished after leaving bus
February 2nd, 2011
11:51 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Texas girl vanished after leaving bus

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 13th case, and it aired Wednesday night on HLN.

Alexandria "Ali" Lowitzer, 16, was last seen getting off a bus just three houses down from her Spring, Texas, home on April 26.

Shortly before that, she spoke to her mother about her plans to pick up her paycheck from a restaurant just a half-mile walk from the bus stop. Restaurant employees say Ali never made it there.

Police classified her as a runaway. There is no sign of foul play, but her parents feels that something terrible has happened to their daughter.

50 people in 50 days: Girl disappeared on spring break
Brittanee Drexel was 17 when she disappeared in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in April 2009.
January 31st, 2011
03:22 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Girl disappeared on spring break

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 11th case, and it will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday on HLN.

For two years, police have been looking for Brittanee Drexel, a teenage girl who disappeared during a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Drexel, of Rochester, New York, was last seen in Myrtle Beach on April 25, 2009, disappearing after going for a walk about 8 p.m. She was 17 at the time.

This past weekend, the second-largest search for Drexel was launched with the help of 200 trained volunteers from the Center for Missing Persons. Volunteers covered heavily wooded areas on foot and with the help of ATVs, horses and dogs.

50 people in 50 days: Teen vanished while visiting sister
Phylicia Barnes of North Carolina disappeared last month in Baltimore, Maryland.
January 31st, 2011
03:19 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Teen vanished while visiting sister

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This was the 10th case, and it aired Friday night on HLN.

Phylicia Barnes, a 17-year-old honors student from Charlotte, North Carolina, disappeared in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 28 while visiting her sister. She told an acquaintance that she was hungry and might have left her sister's apartment to get something to eat. Barnes' coat and purse were gone, but her credit card was left behind.

Police are focusing on a dozen people who saw the teenager shortly before she vanished. No one has been identified as a suspect or person of interest in the case.

50 people in 50 days: Woman was to meet with alleged father of her unborn child
Amanda Jones reportedly was to meet the man she thought was the father of her unborn child at the Hillsboro, Missouri, Civic Center horse grounds.
January 27th, 2011
02:34 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Woman was to meet with alleged father of her unborn child

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com news blog "This Just In" will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the ninth case, and it will air on HLN at 9 p.m. ET.

Amanda Jones has not been seen since August 14, 2005, when she was 26.

The loan processor was last seen at the Civic Center in Hillsboro, Missouri, at the horse grounds. Jones was allegedly meeting the man she believed to be the father of her unborn son at the center. Her car was found at the center, unlocked with her purse still inside. She has not been seen since that day.


Filed under: 50 People in 50 Days • Missouri • TV-Nancy Grace
50 people in 50 days: Prosecutor disappeared during day off
Ray Gricar was just months from retirement when he vanished in April 2005.
January 26th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Prosecutor disappeared during day off

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com news blog "This Just In" will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the eighth case, and it will air on HLN at 9 p.m. ET.

The disappearance of Ray Gricar is a mystery that continues to haunt the town of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

Just eight months away from retirement as a 20-year prosecutor, Gricar vanished after taking a day off from work to take a scenic drive. When he was not heard from for 12 hours, Gricar's girlfriend reported him missing on April 15, 2005.  The next day, his red and white MINI Cooper was found in an antique mall parking lot his cell phone still in the car, but his sunglasses and keys missing.

There have been many false sightings over the last five-plus years, but nothing to fully draw police to any one of the three theories they've had since day one of Ray's disappearance: Either he walked away from his life, met with foul play, or committed suicide.

50 people in 50 days: Search for Texas mom
Julie Ann Gonzalez of Texas went missing in March.
January 24th, 2011
12:37 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Search for Texas mom

Nancy Grace's new show, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com news blog "This Just In" will feature the stories of the missing.

On Monday, the show looks at 21-year-old mother and pharmacy technician Julie Ann Gonzalez. Her estranged husband, George De La Cruz, saw her last on March 26 when she picked up their daughter. Two days later, police found Gonzalez's vehicle abandoned in a Walgreen's parking lot in south Austin, Texas. She has not been seen or heard from since then.


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