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Apr 1, 2010
 
In chicago, there are hundreds of missing children listed. Out of all of them, in the last 30 years, there are only SIX that were stranger abductions.

Why are these cases ignored? Of them, 3 were young white females. One was a young hispanic baby, and two were black females, with a huge age difference between them. Of those two, one is thought to be a "hidden" accidental death by a parent.

The three while females were not far apart. Also, one resembles a abuducted child from Indiana, April Tinsley, who's killer is yet to be caught. Another Child in Indiana, Sarah Bowker of Indiana was also abducted and murdered around the same time.

Could it be that these girls were all victimes of the same killer? We know sex offenders are preferential when choosing their victims.

I believe these cases could POSIBLY be related. Investigate them with me.

Let's bring justice to:

TRUDY LEANN APPLEBY
APRIL MARIE TINSLEY
SARAH BOWKER
SARAH ELIZABETH AVON, and
TRICIA J. KELLETT
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Apr 1, 2010
 
We do want justice for all six, however, the privious post is to point out that those children's abductions may be related.

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Apr 1, 2010
 
TRUDY LEANN APPLEBY
Case Type: Non Family Abduction
DOB: Sep 4, 1984 Sex: Female
Missing Date: Aug 21, 1996 Race: White
Age Now: 25 Height: 4'8" (142 cm)
Missing City: MOLINE Weight: 75 lbs (34 kg)
Missing State : IL Hair Color: Brown
Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Blue
Case Number: NCMC822441
Circumstances: She was last seen getting into a silver or grey, box-type vehicle with an unknown white male. The male was described as having brown curly hair.

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Apr 1, 2010
 
Details of Disappearance Appleby's father departed from their family's residence to report to work at approximately 9:00 a.m. on August 21, 1996 in Moline, Illinois. A neighbor saw Appleby enter a silver or gray box-style vehicle, similar to a Chevrolet Celebrity, in the driveway of her home between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. The driver of the vehicle is described as being Caucasian and in his twenties at the time with curly brown or black hair worn long to his shoulders. The suspect was wearing a baseball cap. Neither Appleby nor her suspected abductor have been seen again. Her father reported her disappearance when he could not find her after he returned home from work. Authorities believe that Appleby may have known the vehicle's driver. Her family's residence was located off of the main road and was not visible from the street. Her case was initially investigated as a runaway but investigators now believe Appleby was abducted. Appleby took a swimsuit and a towel before departing from her home. She left approximately $200 behind, which her father said she saved for an upcoming vacation. Appleby's parents believe that David Whipple, the father of one of her friends, was involved in her case. He was convicted of child molestation charges after Appleby vanished. Whipple took several of his family members to Credit Island near Davenport, Iowa on August 21. Appleby frequently accompanied Whipple's relatives to the river. Her parents theorize that she may have been injured in an accident or was the victim of foul play during the excursion. Investigators have been unable to determine if Appleby accompanied Whipple's family to Iowa. He has never been named as a suspect in her disappearance, but authorities said he remained a person of interest. Appleby's case remains unsolved.

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Apr 1, 2010
 
April Marie Tinsley 04/01/1988
Unsolved Cold Case Homicide
Case Number 22-15479
Age: 8
Sex: Female
Race: Caucasian
Case Date: 04/01/1988
County: DeKalb and Allen
Location of Offense: Unknown
Circumstances: On April 4, 1988, the body of the victim was found in a ditch along CR 68 in southeastern DeKalb county. The victim had been missing from her neighborhood in Fort Wayne since the afternoon of April 1, 1988, when she never arrived home from school. The cause of death was ruled a homicide.
Anyone having information concerning this case, please contact:
Indiana State Police
District Investigative Commander
5811 Ellison Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
1-260-432

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Apr 1, 2010
 
Details of disappearance:
April was abducted about 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon as she walked to a friend's house through her south-central Fort Wayne neighborhood. Her disappearance prompted an immediate, massive search by 25 police and 50 neighborhood residents. A witness reported seeing a white man in his mid-30s pull April into a light-blue pickup, but neither was found.
Her body was found three days later at the bottom of a ditch along a rural DeKalb County road. The case stalled, but in May 1990, a teenage boy saw a man draw the message “I kill April Marie Tinsley. I will kill again” on a barn near the intersection of St. Joe Center and Schwartz roads. In 2004, a series of hand-written notes were left on mailboxes and bicycles threatening further killings such as Tinsley's. The notes contained misspellings and grammatical errors similar to the message left on the barn.

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Apr 1, 2010
 
Was there a connection?
Investigators Renewing Efforts To Solve
Murders Of Two Young Fort Wayne Girls
FORT WAYNE, Ind.(AP)— Investigators are
hoping their renewed efforts to solve the murders
of two young girls will calm the fears of many
Fort Wayne parents.
The rapes and suffocations of 8-year-old April
Marie Tinsley in 1988 and of 7-year-old Sarah
Jean Bowker last June have baffled investigators.
The best leads have been exhausted, and not a
single strong suspect has emerged in either case.
City, county and state investigators are joining
forces in an effort to crack the cases.
They met informally last week for the first
time to discuss new approaches on how solve the
killings and locate the man who had followed at
least 10 children.
One woman, whose daughter was once
approached by a suspicious man, says parents
should guard against developing a false sense of
security.
"We do rely on the police and the sheriff for
our children's safety, but they don't have the
manpower to do all that we want." said Lynne
Doctor.
"Responsibility falls back on parents, where it
should be anyway." she said.
In late September, months after Sarah
Bowker's death. Mayor Paul Helmke and Police
Chief T. Neil Moore met with more than 200 residents
of Lincoln Village and nearby housing
additions to calm fears that someone was preying
on children in their neighborhoods.
On June 14, Sarah's lifeless body had been
found about a half-mile away. In a six-week period
afterward, 10 instances of the same man
approaching children were documented in a
neighborhood newsletter. A child even cornered
the mayor to request more police patrols after
school.
Parents must give children better advice than
"don't talk to strangers" to assure their survival,
said child advocate Ken Wooden, a former investigative
reporter for ABC's ,"2.0/20" and CBS's
"60 Minutes."
Wooden, who spoke to parents in Fort Wayne,
said children do not perceive an engaging
stranger as a threat. Wooden has interviewed
convicted child molesters, pimps and murderers.
Wooden said children are targeted before an
abductor moves in and abductors seek children
who appear neglected, slight of build or out by
themselves.
Location also is important. Favorite hunting
spots for abduction are isolated shortcuts children
take on foot or on bicycles. Child abductors
frequently pose as -authority figures or request
assistance from children to gain their cooperation,
he said.
"It can be as simple as asking directions, or
saying:'My puppy's lost, would you help me
look for it?'" Wooden said. "We tell children that
adults should help other adults, not children."
Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Monday, March 25,1991
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Apr 1, 2010
 
SARAH ELIZABETH AVON
Case Type: Non Family Abduction
DOB: Jan 6, 1975 Sex: Female
Missing Date: Jul 21, 1981 Race: White
Age Now: 35 Height: 4'0" (122 cm)
Missing City: JOLIET Weight: 45 lbs (20 kg)
Missing State : IL Hair Color: Blonde
Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Brown
Case Number: NCMC600166
Circumstances: She was reported missing from her home at approximately 9:00 PM. Sarah has blondish-brown hair. She was last seen wearing a Joliet District soccer t-shirt, blue jogging pants with red and white stripes, and blue tennis shoes with a white stripe.

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Apr 1, 2010
 
Twelve years after Sarah vanished, Will County Sheriff's police began excavating property on the southeast side of Joliet in the hope of recovering the little girls remains. The search, based on a death-bed map drawn by the former property owner, was unsuccessful. The property owner's son, fifteen at the time of Sarah was abducted, implicated himself in her disappearance and death, according to his relatives, but he denied involvement when questioned by law enforcement. He has never been charged. Newspaper reports in 1993, at the time of the property search, indicated that the possible suspect was a "long time mental patient who now lives in California".
I hope California has been watching him. Really watching him.
Sarah Elizabeth Avon is forever trapped in time - a six-year-old child, playing on the streets on a hot summer night, when this was a different world. A world absent the media blitz that may have happened today, a world without an Amber Alert system, a world without the resources that may have helped bring thousands of people out to search, a world where we thought she would be safe on her own block.
Closure. Now there's a word. I don't know that Sarah's family would agree, but I don't believe they still are looking for closure after 27 years. I think that happened the day that they realized, truly accepted, that Sarah wasn't coming home. What they need is justice. Someone knows something, someone saw something on the hot July night. We must join her family in not forgetting Sarah. We're the only voice she still has, her only advocates. Even after 27 years, Sarah Elizabeth Avon is still six - she is someone's child - she is missing.

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TRICIA J. KELLETT
Case Type: Non Family Abduction
DOB: May 31, 1973 Sex: Female
Missing Date: May 7, 1982 Race: White
Age Now: 36 Height: 4'0" (122 cm)
Missing City: CHICAGO Weight: 70 lbs (32 kg)
Missing State : IL Hair Color: Blonde
Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Blue
Case Number: NCMC601784

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Apr 1, 2010
 
Circumstances: Tricia's photo has been age-progressed to 36 years. She was last seen playing in the street near her home. She has a space between her front teeth.
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Apr 2, 2010
 
I can't get over how much the one looks so much like Aril Tinsley. If someone hade a "type," This sure is close to it!
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Apr 2, 2010
 
Unfortunately people, especially children, go missing every day. There are a great number of methods in place to help find the missing BUT one very obvious method is totally ignored, not to say impossible until WrapMail ( www.wrapmail.com ) developed its technology: email. Not email-blasts BUT using the emails people send every day anyway (one-on-one emails)!
Corporate and Government employees send emails ever day, these emails go to the public, business and government agencies but when they arrive they are plain black on white.
Each of these emails could have a wrap surrounding the email that in addition to information and links to the respective websites also could feature pictures of missing adults and/or children. WrapMail, Inc.’s technology allows for dynamic rotation so that every single email that is sent out could feature new missing kids so that all the missing is exposed to the receiving audience. There are already RSS feeds out with data on missing kids that can be incorporated into a WrapMail. This is the milk carton of the 21st Century!
These pictures have embedded hyperlinks that lead to pages with more details (such as more pictures, last seen, clothes worn, last seen with etc).
There are about 50 billion emails sent every day; one-on-one emails that is, every one of them could be looking for missing children.
The bottom line is that these emails are sent every day anyway – why not use them for something good? WrapMail offers their solution for free for approved organizations (organizations that focus on finding missing adults and children) as they, like everyone else, send external emails every day. WrapMail further offers its clients to incorporate this feature for free either with just an amber alert or a rotation of missing people with every outbound email.

Please also see this article: http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/cover0829...

WrapMail looks for missing Florida children with every email sent by one of our employees.

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Apr 2, 2010
 
Victoria wrote:
I can't get over how much the one looks so much like Aril Tinsley. If someone hade a "type," This sure is close to it!
She does have a resemblance to April, these cases appear to be laying on a shelf and need to be revisited.

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REH wrote:
Unfortunately people, especially children, go missing every day. There are a great number of methods in place to help find the missing BUT one very obvious method is totally ignored, not to say impossible until WrapMail ( www.wrapmail.com ) developed its technology: email. Not email-blasts BUT using the emails people send every day anyway (one-on-one emails)!
Corporate and Government employees send emails ever day, these emails go to the public, business and government agencies but when they arrive they are plain black on white.
Each of these emails could have a wrap surrounding the email that in addition to information and links to the respective websites also could feature pictures of missing adults and/or children. WrapMail, Inc.’s technology allows for dynamic rotation so that every single email that is sent out could feature new missing kids so that all the missing is exposed to the receiving audience. There are already RSS feeds out with data on missing kids that can be incorporated into a WrapMail. This is the milk carton of the 21st Century!
These pictures have embedded hyperlinks that lead to pages with more details (such as more pictures, last seen, clothes worn, last seen with etc).
There are about 50 billion emails sent every day; one-on-one emails that is, every one of them could be looking for missing children.
The bottom line is that these emails are sent every day anyway – why not use them for something good? WrapMail offers their solution for free for approved organizations (organizations that focus on finding missing adults and children) as they, like everyone else, send external emails every day. WrapMail further offers its clients to incorporate this feature for free either with just an amber alert or a rotation of missing people with every outbound email.
Please also see this article: http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/cover0829...
WrapMail looks for missing Florida children with every email sent by one of our employees.
Thank you this is interesting information.

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Apr 2, 2010
 
I found this post about Sarah Elizabeth Avon, this poster was someone that knew her:
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I was 2 years old when Sarah went missing. My Grandma lived a few houses away on Old Richards and still does. I can rememer the day her family decided to move. My aunt was best frieds with Sarah and Marie and she came walking to down the alley from playing with Marie and her face was red and wet from tears. She said Marie is moving because of what happened to Sarah. I remember walking down the alley and talking to Marie through the window and asking her to come out and play and she could not. Everybody still wonders what happened to her and they had another huntch as well. A man who lived near by who was supposed to be a cousin to the girls and is also now a known rapist was said to be a suspect. My Grandma said he liked Sarah and used to come up and get her. Strangley like her. After that happened the kids still ran wild in the streets for years and nothing like that happened over there again. Its a very strange case. I used to walk around the block alone at 4 and 5 years old over there, we played outside until hours after it was dark. Rumor also has it that Marie moved back to Joliet. My Grandma would like to see her again. Old Richards isn't that big so if Marie ever sees this I hope she goes to see her if she has not already.

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Apr 2, 2010
 
Another poster that knew Sarah Elizabeth Avon:
Sarah, Marie and I were friends. I was only 5 when Sarah dissappeared but I remember the helicopters, and the police and the dogs everywhere, especially around the ravine. My mom used to babysit Sarah and Marie. We moved away shorlty after Sarah dissappeared and I have always kept her and her family in my prayers. I think of them often and I pray that justice will one day be found for Sarah and her family.

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Apr 2, 2010
 
TRICIA J. KELLETT: A poster's comment


Bumping with a possible connection. Tricia was abducted by a man in a blue 1979 Dodge or Pontiac from Chicago. In 1995, a mentally disabled woman named Stephanie Gibson was last seen with a man named Arlie Ray Davis. He drove a 1979 light blue Dodge Dart. Admittedly, Tricia was a child, and Stephanie was an adult. Arlie is suspected of having killed other women and was convicted of killing another IL woman. He was profiled and it was said that he had a sexual dysfunction and felt inferior to women. Prostiitutes in the area identified him and said that he was very abusive to them and most of them would not accept a "date" with him.
If he is a serial, Tricia could have been one of his first vics, she would fit the profile, basically. He went for hookers, and mentally disabled women, a child is not a far cry as a first victim. Tricia's abduction was obviously not done by someone with a lot of experience, she was taken in broad daylight, off a street where people were close enough to get a look at his license plate.

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Apr 5, 2010
 
I'm still researching these missing Chicago little girls one at a time, will update as I go.
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Apr 6, 2010
 
I find it amazing how close these girls are to Video Guy's different homes over the years. Why is he not researching THESE cases that are right in his own back yard? I marked them all on Google Earth, and it was very Startling.

Instead, he is arguing cases in Indiana and Ohio. Even one in Pennsylvania. Why ignore the ones so close to home? Something I will point out to LR for sure.

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