Sunday, August 7, 2011

Falling Off the Face of the Earth

Missing
by Robert A. Waters

Lindsey Baum
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It’s been more than two years since Lindsey Jo Baum vanished. On June 26, 2009, at about 9:30 p.m., the ten-year-old began walking home from a friend’s house in McCleary, Washington. It was still daylight and only a short walk through the quiet residential neighborhood where she lived. But during that brief window of time, she disappeared. A desperate search yielded no real leads. There were no descriptions of an automobile that might have picked Lindsey up, no eye-witness to the abduction. The story went national for a time but soon reporters found new cases and vanished just like Lindsey. A $35,000 reward is in place. A website has been formed to disseminate information about the case. And while a mother waits, hoping for an Elizabeth Smart-type rescue, a monster roams the country trolling for new victims. If you have any information, please contact Grays Harbor County Information Tip-line (866) 915-8299.

Holly Bobo
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It’s been going on four months since Holly Bobo walked into a dense forest near her home and vanished. It is believed that Holly was forced or coerced to go with a kidnapper dressed in camouflage. John Mehr, a detective with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, explained, “[Her abductor] actually had an arm holding her, so we feel she knew she was in fear of her life, so she was compliant with his commands." The twenty-year-old nursing student lived in Parsons, Tennessee when she went missing. Her brother, Clint Bobo, said he saw Holly walking from her home into the woods with an unknown man. A massive search was launched immediately. It has been reported that blood was found in the woods, and that other items belonging to Holly were located--none of that, however, has been confirmed by tight-lipped investigators. There is an $85,000 reward. If you have any information, call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 800-824-3463.

Michael Wayne Dunahee
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On March 24, 1991, four-year-old Michael Wayne Dunahee was kidnapped from a playground in Vancouver, British Columbia. Michael's mother was playing a flag football game while his father watched from the stands. In the crowds of people, the boy vanished. For twenty years, the family has kept his room the same as it was when Michael went missing. Police obtained his DNA and have checked it against several look-alikes, but none have turned out to be Michael. In one case, a suspected child-killer was found to have had a collection of missing persons posters of children, including one of Michael. He died before police were able to determine his whereabouts on the day of the abduction. Was the boy snatched so his abductor could have a child? Or was there a more sinister motive? Anyone who has information about the case should call The Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 877-318-3576. You may remain anonymous.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Lindsey Baum's disappearance is still very actively being investigated. The task force is dedicated and busy.