50 people in 50 days: Tot disappears from bowling alley
Teekah Lewis would have turned 13 on July 4, 2010. Forensic experts created this age-enhanced photo of the missing girl.
February 11th, 2011
07:49 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Tot disappears from bowling alley

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 20th case, and it airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on HLN.

What began as a family night at the bowling alley turned into an evening that the relatives of Teekah Lewis will never forget.

The family took up two lanes in New Frontier Bowling Lanes in Tacoma, Washington, on a busy Saturday night in January 1999. Relatives of 2-year-old Teekah took turns watching her while she played arcade games. An uncle turned away to watch another relative bowl, and when he turned his attention back to where Teekah was sitting, she was gone.

The bowling alley made an announcement over the loudspeaker but it was too late. Police have only one clue - a witness said they saw a 1980s Pontiac Grand Am pull out of the parking lot around the time that Teekah disappeared. The vehicle was maroon with dark windows and a large spoiler.

When she disappeared, Teekah was wearing a green Tweety Bird T-shirt, white sweatpants and Air Jordan sneakers. She was carrying a clear fish-printed purse stuffed with Starburst candy. She would be 13 years old today.


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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: Boys visit father, never return home
Tanner, Alexander and Andrew Skelton have been missing since Thanksgiving.
February 9th, 2011
08:18 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Boys visit father, never return home

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 18th case, and it aired on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on HLN.

The Skelton brothers left their mother's home in Morenci, Michigan, on Thanksgiving Day for a custodial visit with their father and never returned.

Alexander, 7, Andrew, 9 and 5-year-old Tanner, are still missing, and police say the case has turned into a homicide investigation.

Their father, John Skelton, allegedly first told police he left the three boys with a woman, whom he identified as Joann Taylor, the morning before he tried to take his own life - in part to ensure that they did not witness his suicide attempt, police said. Skelton said Taylor was supposed to return the boys to their mother at their home in Morenci, a southern Michigan town of about 2,400 people about 40 miles west-northwest of Toledo, Ohio, on November 26, Weeks said. But the boys never arrived, and authorities said earlier they aren't certain she even exists.

John Skelton, now charged with 3 counts of parental kidnapping, says he would never hurt his children. His latest story is that he gave the boys to a group called United Foster Outreach and Underground Sanctuaries, but no such group was found to exist.


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Search continues for boy swiped from grandmother's arms
Juliani Cardenas was not in a car pulled from a California canal, police said.
January 22nd, 2011
01:30 PM ET

Search continues for boy swiped from grandmother's arms

A car pulled from a California canal Friday night was not the same vehicle a witness claimed he saw being driven into the water with a young boy trapped inside, the Stanislaus Sheriff's Department said Saturday.

Authorities are continuing to search the canal near the area where a 4-year-old boy was abducted earlier this week.

Police say Jose Esteban Rodriguez snatched Juliani Cardenas from his grandmother's arms Tuesday afternoon in the northern California town of Patterson.

Divers using sonar equipment were preparing to search the water Saturday, including one section of the 17-feet-deep canal that goes underground, said Raj Singh, a spokesman for the sheriff's department.

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Investigators search for woman in connection with 1987 abduction
The mother of a missing girl last saw her daughter on August 4, 1987 at a Harlem hospital.
January 21st, 2011
09:29 AM ET

Investigators search for woman in connection with 1987 abduction

Federal investigators joined local law enforcement in an effort to track down and prosecute Ann Pettway, who is suspected in the 1987 abduction of Carlina Renae White, according to a law enforcement source.

If arrested, Pettway would be prosecuted at the federal level, the source said.

White's mother said she never gave up hope that she would be reunited with her daughter, who had been missing for 23 years.

"I just always believed that she would find me," Joy White told the New York Post this week after seeing her 23-year-old daughter for the first time since she was just 19 days old.

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'America's Missing': Hasanni Campbell, 5, vanishes outside shoe store
Hasanni Campbell, 5, was last seen on August 10, 2009.
January 19th, 2011
09:46 AM ET

'America's Missing': Hasanni Campbell, 5, vanishes outside shoe store

Editor's note: HLN is airing a special "Nancy Grace: America’s Missing" with the goal of trying to find 50 people over the next 50 days.

Nancy Grace will take a look at several cases around the nation in hopes of  helping to solve them. This was the second case.

[Updated Wednesday at 9:43 a.m.] Hasanni Campbell, who suffers from cerebral palsy and wears braces on both legs, went missing after being with his father outside a shoe in Oakland, California on August 10, 2009.

His foster father, Louis Ross, remains the prime suspect in the missing person case. He was the last to see the 5-year-old boy after leaving him in the car and going into the store with his sister. Suspicion has surrounded Hasanni’s foster parents who were both arrested on suspicion of murder but were never charged.

"We never believed Hassani made it to Oakland on the day he was reported missing," Oakland Police Department Sgt. Gus Galindo told Nancy Grace Tuesday night in an interview.

Asked if he believed Campbell was actually murdered at his home, Galindo told Grace: "based on my knowledge of the case, yes, I do."

However his parents maintain they had nothing to do with the murder and have kept up a website to try and ask for his safe return.

"Born on September 24, 2003, the first few of years of his life were not the most ideal but that withstanding there is a potential in him that many overlook because of a lack of understanding about his condition," his family says on a missing person's website. "Diagnosed with Cognitive Delays and Cerebral Palsy, umbrella term used to describe a disease that affects a person's motor skills, Hasanni is not unlike any other child. Some of his favorite things are SpongeBob, Spiderman, playing in the little pool we have set up in the backyard, and being read to. Hasanni loves the water. He would always ask, is it going to rain today? or Is that the beach as we drove home?

"If you saw him you would most likely think of him as a child small for his age that would seem talkative or quiet depending on his mood at that time."

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'America's Missing': Lindsey Baum, 10, 'just never made it home'
Lindsey Baum was last seen on June 26, 2009.
January 18th, 2011
09:10 AM ET

'America's Missing': Lindsey Baum, 10, 'just never made it home'

Editor's note: HLN is airing a special "Nancy Grace: America’s Missing" with the goal of trying to find 50 people over the next 50 days. Nancy Grace will take a look at several cases across the country in hopes of  helping to solve them. This was the first case.

Ten-year-old Lindsey Baum was at her friend's home six blocks in away in McCleary, Washington, on June 26, 2009.

"It was just a normal beautifully sunny day," her mother Melissa Baum recalled.

Her friend's mom thought she should begin the walk home before it got too dark.  She was last seen at 9:15 p.m. in the neighborhood

"She just never made it home," Melissa Baum said.

Baum spoke with HLN's Nancy Grace on the first night of a series that aims to find 50 people in 50 days.

"We saw this as an opportunity to try and go back and look at the cases that remain unsolved and try again," Grace said about the special.

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Nancy Grace’s goal: Find 50 people in 50 days
January 17th, 2011
08:46 PM ET

Nancy Grace’s goal: Find 50 people in 50 days

Nancy Grace's new show, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," debuts tonight on HLN.

Nancy is dedicated to finding missing persons in the United States.  The program, which relies heavily upon audience participation, urges viewers to find people as well as bring attention to victims whose stories never made it to the airwaves.

Nancy and her team are utilizing social media, CNN iReport, phone lines and their show to achieve the goal of finding 50 people in 50 days.

Tonight’s debut program will feature the case of  Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl from Washington state who went missing in 2009 as she walked home from a friend’s house.

CNN spoke to Nancy just prior to the show’s live premiere.

CNN: What inspired you to focus your show solely on missing persons?

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'America's Missing': After leaving friend's house, Lindsey Baum disappears
Lindsey Baum was last seen on June 26, 2009.
January 17th, 2011
03:36 PM ET

'America's Missing': After leaving friend's house, Lindsey Baum disappears

Editor's note: HLN is airing a special "Nancy Grace: America’s Missing" with the goal of trying to find 50 people over the next 50 days. Nancy Grace will take a look at several cases across the country in hopes of  helping to solve them. This is the first case.

Ten-year-old Lindsey Baum was at her friend's home six blocks in away in McCleary, Washington, on June 26, 2009, when her friend's mom thought she should begin the walk home before it got too dark.

She was last seen at 9:15 p.m. in the neighborhood and never made it home.

Baum’s story will be the first installment featured Monday night on "Nancy Grace: America’s Missing" live at 9 p.m. ET only on HLN.

For more information on Baum, her description, and information to contact authorities, visit Nancy Grace's blog.

iReport: Your stories of missing loved ones

Other resources:
FindLindseyBaum.com

CUE Missing Persons: The hunt for Lindsey Baum

CNN affiliate KATU's coverage of Lindsey Baum case:

Police focusing on person of interest in missing girl case
More surveillance video released in search for Lindsey Baum

Search still active for Lindsey Baum

Lindsey Baum's disappearance still a mystery

Mother's heartfelt plea to get 'her baby back'
North Carolina honors student Phylicia Barnes, 17, disappeared three days after Christmas.
January 17th, 2011
02:34 PM ET

Mother's heartfelt plea to get 'her baby back'

Editor's note: CNN anchor Don Lemon talks about how the mother of missing 17-year-old Phylicia Barnes made an emotional plea for her daughter's safe return.

I first heard about Phylicia Barnes on Twitter and Facebook over the holidays.  The North Carolina high school honor student had gone to visit her half sister in Baltimore and disappeared three days after Christmas.

Viewers were asking why they hadn't seen her story on CNN. I didn't have an answer for them. Unfortunately, I was on vacation and spending time with my family. But I immediately began to research her story. I found a few articles in the Baltimore papers but not much else.

In those reports, police speculated that the lack of national media response was because the 17-year-old is African-American. They were calling it Baltimore's version of  Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who disappeared in Aruba. But still not much national attention was given.

Case of missing N.C. honor student still a mystery

So, when I returned to work, I asked my producers to reach out to Barnes' family and police in Baltimore. Both agreed to appear on CNN to answer questions.

I met Barnes' mother, Janice Sallis, shortly before we went on air. She gave me a long hug and thanked me for covering her daughter's disappearance on CNN. Her grief was palpable. I couldn't imagine how she was even able to get out of bed and travel to CNN and appear on national television. She said it was only through the grace of God that she was able to make it through the past few weeks, not knowing where her child was and whether she was even alive.

Sallis told me and anyone listening that she believes her daughter is still "with us." Sallis said she believes her daughter is alive but fears she is being tortured somewhere.

And in a surprising moment, Sallis turned to the camera and made a direct and emotional plea to anyone with information on her daughter's disappearance. It was stunning and sad to watch. But I'm glad she did it.

Although police suspect the teenager would have received more coverage if she were white, her mother didn't want to dwell on that aspect. She said at this point race and social issues weren't important to her. She just "wants her baby back."

Let's hope that happens.

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The day's most popular stories
Students mourn at a candlelight vigil Wednesday night at Millard South High School in Omaha, Nebraska.
January 7th, 2011
10:51 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

7 reasons to have sex: Some surprising benefits of sex are beginning to be explored, among them, that not only does being healthy support your sex life, but sex actually supports your health.

'Maybe I'm gay,' James Franco says: He's played gay men in the movies "Milk," "Howl" and the upcoming "The Broken Tower," so it's not unexpected that there is constant speculation about James Franco's sexuality.

Focus now on woods, river in search for teen: Investigators and rescue teams will continue their search Friday for a missing 13-year-old Texas girl, focusing near a densely wooded area and along the Colorado River.

Slain assistant principal had sent pupil home: A Nebraska high school senior had been called out of class to speak with an assistant principal just hours before he returned to school and fatally shot her, Omaha Police said.

Hunt under way for missing teen: A 16-year-old North Carolina girl who disappeared while visiting family in Baltimore continues to be the object of an intense search by authorities.

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Missing Virginia girl found alive, police say
December 10th, 2010
06:41 PM ET

Missing Virginia girl found alive, police say

Brittany Mae Smith, 12, and her alleged abductor, Jeffrey Scott Easley, have been found alive, police in Roanoke County, Virginia, said in a statement.

Easley was taken into custosy, the statement said.

Earlier Friday, police released new video showing the girl and her alleged abductor, shopping at Walmart last Friday. Police believe her mother was killed on the same day.

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Police: Missing Alabama siblings believed killed
December 5th, 2010
09:59 PM ET

Police: Missing Alabama siblings believed killed

Police in Mobile, Alabama, said Sunday they are "actively searching" for the bodies of two young children believed killed by their father and stepmother.

Authorities began investigating a missing persons report on Jonathan DeBlase, 3, and his older sister Natalie, 4, on November 19. However, the children have not been seen since late June, said Officer Christopher Levy, spokesman for Mobile police.

The children's father, John Joseph DeBlase, 27, was arrested Friday. He faces two counts of aggravated child abuse and two counts of abuse of a corpse, Mobile police said in a statement. Stepmother Heather Keaton was arrested earlier in Louisville, Kentucky, and faces two counts of willful abuse and neglect of a child, police said.

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November 25th, 2010
09:08 AM ET

Boys found alive after 50 days at sea

For three boys from the Tokelau Islands the word miracle has a whole new meaning.

After going missing following a sporting event in October, and after several unsuccessful searches by New Zealand's air force, they were presumed dead. About 500 people on the island held a memorial service for them.

But for Samuel Perez and Filo Filo, both 15, and Edward Nasau, 14, this story ended in the most unbelievable way - being rescued by a tuna ship near Fiji after 50 days at sea.

Since October 5, the three survived with limited supply. They shared a single raw seagull and drank a tiny bit of rainwater. They eventually resorted to drinking small amounts of sea water, Australia's Herald Sun reported.

On Wednesday afternoon, their saga finally came to an end when the tuna boat, the San Nikunau, saw their small aluminum boat floating in the middle of open waters. They were and 750 nautical miles (1,300 km) away from where they went missing.

'We got to them in a miracle," the first mate, Tai Fredricsen, told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"They were in reasonably good spirits for how long they'd been adrift," Fredricsen told the Herald Sun. "They were very badly sunburnt. They were in the open during the day up in the tropics there. But really they just needed basic first aid."

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November 15th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Ohio sheriff cites possibility missing 3 are dead

Officials searching to find a missing Ohio woman, her 10-year-old son and a family friend more than five days after they disappeared said they want to remain optimistic, but can't ignore the evidence, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Department.

"We have to be realistic about the possibility that these folks are dead," Sheriff David Barber said Monday in Mount Vernon.

Tina Herrmann, 32, remains missing, along with her 10-year-old son, Kody Maynard, and her 41-year-old friend, Stephanie Sprang.

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November 12th, 2010
04:06 PM ET

Remains of Zahra Baker found, police say

Investigators have found human remains that they believe are of Zahra Baker, Hickory, North Carolina, Police Chief Tom Adkins said Friday. Investigators have been looking for the 10-year-old girl since October 9.

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November 3rd, 2010
07:44 PM ET

Bone found in search for missing North Carolina girl

Search teams have discovered a bone that may be related to the disappearance of 10-year-old Zahra Baker, police in North Carolina said Wednesday.

The bone will be sent to the medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill for further examination, the Hickory Police Department said.

In the past week, the Hickory Police Department said it has recovered key pieces of evidence in the search for the 10-year-old cancer survivor, who was reported missing by her stepmother on October 9.

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October 27th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Prosthetic leg believed to belong to missing N.C. girl

Investigators have found a prosthetic leg that they believe belonged to missing North Carolina girl Zahra Baker, Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said Wednesday.

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October 25th, 2010
10:04 PM ET

Stepmother joins police on search for missing N.C. girl

The stepmother of a missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl joined police as they searched for the girl's body Monday, the same day the girl's father landed behind bars.

Elisa Baker, who police said last week admitted to writing a fake ransom note a day after the girl's disappearance was reported, was taken by police to a search site near a home she lived in three years ago, according to CNN affiliate WSOC.

Earlier on Monday, shortly after 3 a.m., Adam Troy Baker was arrested in Catawba County on eight charges, including five counts of submitting worthless checks and three counts of failing to appear in court.

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October 20th, 2010
01:56 PM ET

Authorities searching landfill in case of missing N.C. girl

Police were searching a North Carolina landfill Wednesday for "a piece of evidence" in the case of a missing 10-year-old girl, Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said.

A team from Hickory police and agents from the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation and the FBI were participating in the search at the Foothills Environmental Landfill in Lenoir, North Carolina, Hickory police said in an earlier statement.

Zahra Clare Baker was reported missing October 9. However, no one other than a family member has reported seeing her since September 25, when a woman reported seeing her at a furniture store, police said. Authorities have said her disappearance is being investigated as a homicide.

The landfill search could take up to five days, Adkins told reporters at a news conference Wednesday. He was tight-lipped about what investigators are searching for, saying only that interviews had led authorities to "this piece of evidence that we believe is in the landfill ... we hope that if we find this evidence, that it will provide a good, solid timeline that will assist us in working this case."

"We are not looking for [Zahra's] body in the landfill at this time, no," he said.

Adkins asked that anyone outside Zahra's family who had seen her in the past month contact authorities.

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