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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Unsolved Missing Children Cases

Vanished, unexplained, and still missing. [Numerous] missing persons cases remain unsolved, forever filed as open investigations. Though many cases attract national attention and are broadcasted on multiple news mediums, many fall into obscurity. Here are some eerie and bizarre unsolved missing children cases you [maybe] haven’t heard about:

Molly Bish, a 16-year-old lifeguard, disappeared in 2000 in her hometown of Warren, Massachusetts. She was last scene when her mother, Magi Bish, dropped her off at a local swimming hole, where she worked. Molly’s towel, backpack and first-aid kit were still there at the scene when officials were notified of her disappearance, just a couple hours after her boss realized Molly was not at her post. A massive search under the supervision of Worcester County District Attorney John Conte and hundreds of volunteers at the time was the most costly in Massachusetts’ history. It surfaced no leads or answers. Three years later, after no strong leads, a piece of Molly’s clothing was discovered on a wooded hillside about five miles from where she was last seen. With further searching of the area, Molly’s bones were uncovered. Although there have been suspects tied to her disappearance, no evidence could link anyone to Molly Bish’s disappearance and murde. Website

A case from 1966 was reopened in 2007 after police reviewed television archive footage that appeared to show one of South Australia’s most notorious convicted killers at the scene of an early search for three missing children: Jane, Arnna, and Grant Beaumont, last seen on Glenelg Beach in 1966. The footage revealed the identity of a young man who had a striking resemblance to a youthful Bevan Spencer von Einem, who was suspected but never convicted of killing four young men in the late 1970s, known as the Family Murders. There have been several cases of child murder where the killer returned to the crime scene to observe investigations. In this case, no concrete evidence could be established linking Mr. Einem to the murders; the case remains unsolved. Website

Sierra LaMar, from Morgan Hill, California  missed her bus to Sobrato High School and his been missing since March 2012. A suspect driving a red 1998 Volkswagen Jetta is thought to be linked to her disappearance. Twenty-one-year-old Antolin Garcia Torres, a Morgan Hill resident, was arrested on May 21, 2012 after officials found DNA in his car, a likely match to that of Sierra’s. The case made national headlines and galvanized the Morgan Hill community, where volunteers and sheriff's deputies continued to search. Sierra's family continues to hold out hope she will be found alive, while search parties attempt to return her body to the family. The search is ongoing to solve Sierra’s disappearance. Website

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Child Quest International is dedicated to the prevention and recovery of missing, abused, and exploited children. If you are in need of services aimed at locating and reuniting missing children with their loved ones, or know someone who is, please contact us at 888-818-HOPE. Child Quest International never charges a fee to law enforcement or searching families for our services

Original article, 8 Bizarre Unsolved Missing Person Cases You Haven't Heard About, by Jessica Straight on June 18, 2012. Reprinted with permission on July 10, 2012.

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