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Body of Missing 6-Year-Old With Autism Is Found in Dumpster as Relative Taken Into Custody

The slain body of a missing 6-year-old Washington boy was found in a dumpster early Tuesday morning, and the victim’s 19-year-old male relative is in police custody, PEOPLE confirms.

Dayvid Pakko, who had mild autism, stayed home sick from school on Monday. His mother went to work and he was left under the supervision of an unidentified adult.

Pakko was reportedly last seen in his home at 2:30 p.m. and was reported missing to police at 5 p.m. Monday evening, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton tells PEOPLE.

About 50 search and rescue personnel and more than 200 local volunteers searched for Pakko throughout the night, Ireton tells PEOPLE, describing the support from the community as “pretty amazing.” The victim’s body was discovered just before 2 a.m. in a dumpster just across the parking lot from Pakko’s apartment complex.

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Texas Toddler Missing After Father Allegedly Made Her Stand Outside for Not Drinking Her Milk

 

A 3-year-old Texas girl is missing after her father allegedly left her outside at 3 a.m. on Saturday to punish her for not drinking her milk, reports say.

Sherin Mathews has been missing since Saturday and her father, 37-year-old Wesley Mathews, has been arrested in connection with her disappearance, a Richardson Police Department spokesperson confirms to PEOPLE.

Mathews allegedly told police that he ordered Sherin outside in the early morning hours, telling her to stand next to a tree across an alley from their Richardson home, the Associated Press reports, citing an arrest affidavit. When he allegedly went to check on the toddler about 15 minutes later, Sherin was gone, according to the AP.

Little Sherin was last seen wearing black pajama bottoms, pink flip flops and a pink shirt, police said in a statement. Officials noted that the toddler suffers

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Missing Woman Is From Same NC Town as 3 Others who Vanished and Were Later Found Killed

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information about a 20-year-old woman missing since early September who vanished from the same North Carolina town as three other women who disappeared within the past year and were later found killed, PEOPLE confirms.

The Lumberton Police Department is asking for help in locating Abby Patterson, who was last seen getting into a brown Buick on Sept. 5.

Patterson stands 5-foot-7 and has brown hair and brown eyes.

According to police, she also has a birthmark on the back of her left thigh and a tattoo of a bird on her shoulder. She was wearing brown shorts and a white shirt when she was last seen.

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Maura Murray Missing: Maggie Freleng Talks Oxygen Series – People

Investigative journalist Maggie Freleng, an ardent true crime fan, has found herself in the middle of a true crime story of her own — gripped by a simple, seemingly unanswerable question: What happened to Maura Murray?

Murray, like Freleng, attended the University of Massachusetts, though years apart. Murray disappeared without a trace while she was still a student, when she packed up her things at the Amherst campus and drove north to New Hampshire.

Much remains unclear about what happened after Murray left school, though it appears she vanished near a snowbank in New Hampshire where her car crashed on Feb. 9, 2004.

In the intervening years, the mystery of her going missing has spread throughout the Internet, inspiring intense rumor and conspiracy, as well as fact-based reporting from reporters.

Freleng, one such example of the latter, spent months in the area digging into the case and the theories around it. (She first

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On the trail of truth in case of missing UMass student

AMHERST — When University of Massachusetts Amherst nursing student Maura Murray disappeared without a trace in 2004, the mystery drew local and national attention.

How was it that, in the few minutes between when she crashed her car into a snowbank in New Hampshire and when the police arrived, she could have vanished, leaving no footprints in the snow, no scent for tracking dogs, no message?

Why had she withdrawn all her money from her bank account? Why did she email a professor to lie about a fictitious death in the family as the reason she would be missing upcoming classes?

Murray’s disappearance happened to take place the same month that Facebook launched. Her case’s perplexing details took root in the fertile soil of the all-consuming social media age and, cultivated by countless amateur sleuths, blossomed into blogs, forums, comments, books and podcasts.

The latest addition to the media ecosystem surrounding

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Texas Family Desperately Searching for Mom of 2 Who Went Missing Right Before Hurricane Harvey

The day before Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, realtor and mother of two Crystal McDowell told her followers on Facebook to “stay safe out there!” Hours later, she would go missing herself — in a mysterious disappearance that still has Bayton police searching.

Crystal was scheduled to pick up her two children, 5 and 8, from her home with ex-husband Steven McDowell on Aug. 25, CBS News reported. Relatives told the outlet Steven said she was going to drive the kids to Dallas to ride out the storm.

But Crystal never showed. And according to her uncle and coworker Jeff Walters, she also missed a meeting with a client earlier that afternoon, CBS News reported.

By Aug. 26, Crystal was reported as a missing person. Seven days later, the search for her continues — with police recently finding her 2013 black

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2 Arrested After Missing Pregnant Woman’s Newborn Was Allegedly Found in Their Apartment: Police

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a pregnant Fargo, North Dakota, woman after a newborn believed to be the missing woman’s baby girl was allegedly found in their apartment, PEOPLE confirms.

On Thursday, William Henry Hoehn, 32, and 38-year-old Brooke Lynn Crews were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, Fargo Police Chief David Todd said at a news conference on Friday.

The arrests come as police continue to search for 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was eight-months pregnant when she vanished on Saturday.

Police said Crews’s and Hoehn’s apartment is in the same building where LaFontaine-Greywind lives with her parents and 16-year-old brother.

Investigators had the pair under “constant surveillance” this week, trying to determine if LaFontaine-Greywind was being held against her will, Todd said.

Hoehn and Crews remain behind bars

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California Teacher Is Desperately Searching for Her Missing Husband After Spanish Terror Attacks That Killed 14

Heidi Nunes and her husband, Jared Tucker, were on a romantic tour through Europe to celebrate their first year of marriage when tragedy struck.

After traveling through Paris and Venice, Italy, the California couple made it to the popular Las Ramblas tourist district in Barcelona, Spain, where they were enjoying drinks Thursday evening when a van barreled into the hot-spot in what authorities are calling a terror attack, NBC News reports.

“Next think I knew there’s screaming [and] yelling,” Nunes, 40, told NBC. “I got pushed inside the souvenir kiosk and stayed there hiding while everybody kept running by screaming.”

Moments before the incident, Tucker told his wife he was going to the bathroom, Nunes said. That’s the last time she saw him.

From left: Heidi Nunes and Jared Tucker
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Missing Husband of Utah Blogger Found Dead in Creek Weeks After Vanishing: Family Is ‘Deeply Pained’

The body of a 30-year-old Utah father who vanished in late July after acting strangely has been recovered from an area creek, PEOPLE confirms.

Paul Swenson’s body was found floating in Mill Creek in South Salt Lake, Utah, about 4 p.m. on Sunday, about 30 miles from his home, according to investigators. He was last seen alive on July 27 and was heading to Salt Lake City, authorities have said.

His cause and manner of death have not been released, pending the toxicology test results. The medical examiner did rule out foul play as contributing to Swenson’s death.

Authorities have said he made little sense when he spoke to relatives hours before disappearing. He was reported missing later that day by his wife, Ashlee Swenson, who runs a popular style and design

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Body of Missing Paul Swenson Found in Utah Creek – People

The body of a 30-year-old Utah father who vanished in late July after acting strangely has been recovered from an area creek, PEOPLE confirms.

Paul Swenson’s body was found floating in Mill Creek in South Salt Lake, Utah, about 4 p.m. on Sunday, about 30 miles from his home, according to investigators. He was last seen alive on July 27 and was heading to Salt Lake City, authorities have said.

His cause and manner of death have not been released, pending the toxicology test results. The medical examiner did rule out foul play as contributing to Swenson’s death.

Authorities have said he made little sense when he spoke to relatives hours before disappearing. He was reported missing later that day by his wife, Ashlee Swenson, who runs a popular style and design

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