Tag: Missing Persons

A Deadly River of Mud: Video of Brazil Dam Collapse Emerges

A week after a dam burst at a mine in southeastern Brazil, killing at least 115 people and leaving 248 others missing, new images and video footage have emerged showing the exact moment of the collapse. The failure of the dam on Jan. 25 — one of the deadliest mining accidents in Brazil’s history — […]

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200 People Missing in Brazil After Mining Dam Bursts, Officials Say

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — A mining dam burst in southeastern Brazil on Friday, flooding nearby homes, submerging cars and buses under a river of sludge and leaving 200 people missing, according to the rescue workers searching for them. The accident, in the town of Brumadinho, comes just three years after a dam burst in Mariana, […]

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Chinese-Australian Writer Yang Hengjun Disappears in China

SYDNEY, Australia — A well-known writer and former Chinese official with Australian citizenship flew from New York to China on Friday despite warnings from friends who told him it was too dangerous. Now, he is missing and appears to have been detained by the Chinese authorities. The writer, Yang Hengjun, did not answer his Chinese […]

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An American Disappeared in Syria 2 Years Ago. His Family Wants Trump to Help.

BEIRUT — Since disappearing in Syria nearly two years ago, an American therapist has missed the birth of one grandchild, then another. His family in the United States does not know where he is, who is holding him, whether he has the diabetes medication he needs or even whether he is still alive. They have […]

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Man Accused of Kidnapping Jayme Closs Targeted Her at a School Bus Stop, Authorities Say

BARRON, Wis. — The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents told investigators that he had spotted 13-year-old Jayme getting onto a school bus last fall and decided then that “that was the girl he was going to take,” according to court documents released Monday. The man, Jake Patterson, 21, was charged […]

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Suspect in Jayme Closs Case Targeted Her at a School Bus Stop, Authorities Say

BARRON, Wis. — The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents told investigators that he had spotted 13-year-old Jayme getting onto a school bus last fall and decided then that “that was the girl he was going to take,” according to court documents released Monday. The man, Jake Patterson, 21, was charged […]

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For Sheriff Who Led Search for Jayme Closs, No Sweeter Words Than ‘We Got Her’

CHICAGO — When Jayme Closs, 13, appeared along a rural Wisconsin road on Thursday, she ended an 88-day search by hundreds of investigators. Chris Fitzgerald, the sheriff of Barron County, Wis. — where Jayme’s parents were found dead in their home on the night that Jayme disappeared — was at the helm of that desperate […]

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Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Girl, Is Found; Man Is Accused in Abduction

GORDON, Wis. — A 21-year-old man was being held in the disappearance of a teenager, Jayme Closs, who had vanished from her rural Wisconsin home on the same fall night that her parents were found fatally shot there. Jake T. Patterson, 21, was being held pending formal charges of murder and kidnapping, the authorities announced […]

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Jayme Closs, Missing After Parents’ Deaths, Is Found Alive in Wisconsin, Authorities Say

A teenage girl who went missing from the house where her parents were killed has been found, the authorities said on Thursday night, three months after her disappearance rattled a small town in Wisconsin and prompted a large-scale manhunt. A suspect has been taken into custody. Jayme Closs, 13, was found on Thursday evening by […]

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In California’s Fires, Fear for the Missing: ‘I Loved Her. And I Don’t Know if I’ll Ever See Her Again.’

PARADISE, Calif. — Has anyone heard from Billy? Susan? Betty? Their friends at the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park want to know. Four days after a blaze called the Camp Fire ripped through the small town of Paradise, the sheriff’s office said that more than 200 residents are still missing. It is a staggering number in […]

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Families Search for Missing Loved Ones Amid California Fire Chaos

After the deadly and fast-growing wildfire began to threaten his hometown, Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Al Silva got in his four-door Buick sedan and fled west. His family made contact with the 91-year-old on Thursday night, when he was at a parking lot in Chico, Calif., Mari Irby, Mr. Silva’s great-niece, said. And then, silence. […]

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Mystery in a Small Town: A Quiet Couple Shot Dead, Their Daughter Missing

BARRON, Wis. — Cows and corn and silence stretch out on either side of Highway 8, beyond the Jennie-O turkey plant and nine churches that serve this town of just over 3,400. So when James and Denise Closs, a quiet couple who had lived in town for decades, were found shot to death in their […]

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2 Sisters Were Found Dead in the River, Duct-Taped Together. Police Have Few Answers.

A person strolling through Riverside Park last Wednesday afternoon spotted something jarring on the riverbank and called the police. There, below a small pier that juts out from the park at 68th Street, lay the bodies of two young women, bound together by duct tape at their waists and ankles. They had not been in […]

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His Body Was Behind the Wheel for a Week Before It Was Discovered. This Was His Life.

A neighbor walking his dog in the East Village saw the man one night, sitting motionless behind the wheel inside a parked car. Two days later, he was still there. The windows were up, the engine off — this during an August heat wave. The neighbor called 911. Soon the block of East 12th Street […]

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Mexico’s President-elect Rethinks His Campaign Promises

Mexico City — Winning Mexico’s presidency this summer did not slow down Andrés Manuel López Obrador: three months into his transition, he is traveling across the country to thank voters, replay his campaign promises and pledge, “I will not fail you.” But now there’s often an asterisk: “We wish we could give more.” Mr. López […]

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What We Know About the Missing Teen Whose Parents Were Shot to Death

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald speaking about missing teen Jayme Closs. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP) Over the past few days, haunting images of a teen girl with curly, sandy blonde hair and a dimpled smile named Jayme Closs have been almost inescapable. An Amber Alert issued Monday by the Barron County Sheriff in Wisconsin […]

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‘No Word From My Son’: Dozens Still Missing as Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Nicholas Sines was last heard from at his tiny apartment in Panama City more than a week ago. As Hurricane Michael was bearing down on the Florida Panhandle, his mother, Kristine Wright, urged her son to get out before it was too late. “I begged him,” she said. “Please go to […]

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Jamal Khashoggi Disappears, a Mystery Rattling the Middle East

LONDON — Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi dissident, met two friends for lunch last Monday in London to discuss a newspaper column he had drafted lamenting the lack of free speech in the Arab world. “Everyone is fearful,” he wrote. But Mr. Khashoggi appeared to have little fear about his plans for the next day: […]

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