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Missing Persons and Nonprofit Organizations on Twitter

Do you tweet? I began using Twitter right around the time my good friend Lily Aramburo disappeared, over two years ago. I knew I had to do something. As a Social Media Strategist, I used my know-how to start a blog, created a MySpace for Lily and Facebook Cause, and turned to Twitter to create awareness and to try to get media attention for Lily. I update my network daily, sharing news, Amber Alerts and all types of information related to missing person cases, not just Lily’s case. My content comes from all over the web. My twitter handle is @yogini

Social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace can be very effective in the search for missing children and adults. But Twitter is not a broadcast-only medium. It is a community. Sharing, retweeting and commenting is very important.

Help support the families of those missing one tweet at a time. One Follow or Retweet may help bring a missing person home!

Here’s a list of missing persons and support organizations for families of the missing that tweet:


You’re invited to join the Twitter group for Amber Alerts and news related to Missing Persons. All you have to do is post an update about a missing person and add the tag #missingpeople to your Tweet.

If you’re using Twitter to raise awareness for a missing person or if you Tweet for a nonprofit organization supporting missing persons; please leave a comment with your Twitter handle.

You have the power to get people involved and ultimately generate new leads and public interest for a missing loved one.

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Lindsey Baum and Jaliek Rainwalker are Missing, You can Help!

The latest episode of The Missing features the cases of Lindsey Baum missing from WA and Jaliek Rainwalker missing from NY state. Please take a moment to watch the video.

Please help raise awareness for these missing children by sharing this video with your friends and social networks. Together we can make a difference!..

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Mayor’s Take 25 Children’s Safety Event in South Florida

South Florida friends, I have great news to report. Well, actually it’s an event I’m very excited for.. I’m happy to announce that Miami Mayor Carlos Alvarez is hosting a Take 25 Children’s Safety event for National Missing Children’s Day! Check out the details below and if you’re in Miami on May 20th, please swing by and show your support. I’ll be there with my children and I hope to meet you and yours!

What: Mayor’s Take 25 Children’s Safety Event
When: 5/20/2009 2:00:00 PM – 5:00:00 PM
Where: Mas Canosa Center, 250 SW 114 Avenue
Sweetwater, FL 33174
Get directions

Details: This event will provide daycare children and afterschool program children with safety demonstrations, hands on interaction with police and fire personnel to discuss the importance of children’s safety, and an educational puppet show that will emphasis child safety tips. In addition, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez will hold a press conference to heighten awareness about children’s safety issues, with a focus on prevention and encouraging parents, guardians, and other trusted-adult role models to spend time talking to kids and teaching them ways to be safer.

For more information contact: Suzanne Salichs at (305) 375-1216.

Parents, don’t miss this excellent opportunity to teach your children about safety!

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Missing Children and Take 25 Campaign

May 25th is National Missing Children’s Day . Events are being scheduled across the country to raise awareness about the importance of safety and as a reminder of our nation’s missing children . The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Take 25 Campaign asks parents to take 25 minutes of their day to talk to your kids about safety.

National Missing Children’s Day is around the corner. It’s a perfect opportunity for law enforcement, public servants, advocates and volunteers to give back to the community. We all know violent crime (kidnappings, sexual assault, car jacking, murder) are a daily occurrence. Every day thousands of children are reported missing. Many are never found. Many of the kidnappings/abductions end tragically in rape, assault and death.

I’m pleased to announce that we will be hosting one of these events for the 2nd year anniversary of Lilly Aramburo’s disappearance, to coincide with National Missing Children’s Day in South Florida. Lilly went missing June 1, 2007 from Miami, FL. She is still missing. More about Lilly Aramburo.

More information about the upcoming safety awareness event coming soon. If you’d like to help out with the organizing/promoting of this event, please contact me or leave a comment on this post (or any post). If you’re a family member of a missing person and would like your loved one featured on our missing persons wall, please contact me or leave a comment. We’d like to partner up with local residents who care about the safety of our children and loved ones, as well as any like-minded organizations. Together we can make a difference.

If you’d like to connect with me on Twitter my feed is here. Please share this blog to help raise awareness about Lilly and other missing loved ones. Don’t forget to Subscribe to the Justice in Miami feed to ensure you don’t miss any news or updates.

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Here’s another episode from the good people at TheMissingTV, featuring the cases of Allyson Corrales and Tangena Hussain. Both beautiful little girls are missing.

Tangena Hussain has been missing since 10/02/08. The 2 year old toddler disappeared from a gas station in Detroit, Michigan under mysterious circumstances.She was last seen wearing a brown long sleeved shirt with a cartoon character on the front, white cargo pants, and gold sandals. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Detroit Police Department 313-596-2300 or National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST).

Allyson Corrales has been missing from her residence in Kansas City, Missouri, since March 6, 2009. She may be in the company of her father, Luis Corrales. A felony warrant has been issued for Luis. Allyson’s mother was found deceased on March 6, 2009. Allyson’s life is in serious and immediate danger. They may travel to Manassas, Virginia or Houston, Texas. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Kansas City Police Department (Missouri) 1-816-474-8477 or National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) .
Please pay close attention to the posters and photographs of missing children. Be aware and stay vigilant. You never know when your observation could make a difference. A missing child is everyone’s responsibility. It’s a community issue. If you’re a parent or caretaker, make sure to do everything in your power to safeguard your children from predators and those who seek to do them harm. Make child safety a priority!
  • Search the National Sex Offender Public Registry at
  • Use age-appropriate activities to teach children ages 5 to 17 how to stay safer on the Internet with
  • Take 25 minutes to teach your children about safety (online and off). Minutes of prevention can make a huge impact in the life of a child.
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The 17 Year Search for Abducted Child Sigourney Chisholm

Sigourney Teresa Chisholm is missing. She was abducted by her mother, Patricia O’Byrne May 1993. Patricia is wanted for child abduction. Sigourney is 17 now. Her grief-stricken Dad, Joe Chisholm, has been searching for his daughter for 17 long, painful years. But he’s not giving up!

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From Joe Chisholm’s blog:

“Sigourney was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Patricia Joan O’Byrne, on May 17, 1993 from Toronto, Ontario. Patricia, also goes by the name Trish or may be using an alias. On the 15th of May 1993, following a custody dispute with the father, O’Byrne left a message stating that she was leaving the country with her daughter, Sigourney. Patricia is wanted on charges of child abduction; there is a warrant for Patricia’s arrest. Abduction is a crime, even if the child is your own. The only consideration of the Chisholm family now, however, is to be reacquainted with Sigourney. The family treats this not as a legal or criminal matter, but as a family dispute – a solvable family dispute. They have been traced to London, Tunbridge Wells, Kent and Devon. It is believed they could be in Spain now.”
Help this family reunite! Visit the website for more information
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Missing Baby Update: It Was All A Lie

Talk about waste of time and resources! I can’t understand why someone would make up such a drastic lie just to cover up a miscarriage. Police are saying it was a desperate attempt to fix a broken relationship. Nearly 20 detectives worked the case during Christmas Eve and Christmas. Now police want McCormick to pay for the resources that were used in the search.

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Police: Missing Baby Story Was A Hoax

The search in Florida for a missing toddler with ties to Massachusetts has been called off – because it was a hoax.
Miami police had been looking for help in their search for 6-month-old Riley Buchness, who was reportedly last seen by his mother December 23 in Miami. 
It turns out there is no Camille and there is no Riley.

Miami police said Friday that the whole story was fabricated by the woman who claimed to be the missing child’s mother.

That woman, Megan McCormick, has now been charged with filing a false police report.

According to Miami police detective Freddy Ponce, McCormick made up the story about her missing 6-month old son to cover up the fact that she had a miscarriage six months ago and didn’t want her ex-boyfriend, John Buchness, to know the truth.

Police say Buchness had no knowledge of the miscarriage and was in Miami to meet his son for the first time.
That’s when the story started to fall apart.

Search for Missing Miami Baby

What a nightmare for a parent to experience… The parents of a 6 month old toddler are desperately looking for the whereabouts of their baby boy. The baby was last seen with his babysitter, Camille on December 23rd. She’s described as five feet six inches tall, weighing about 130 pounds, with dark brown hair halfway down her back and a gap between her teeth. She speaks with a heavy French accent.

If you’re in Florida, please keep your eyes open for this baby and look out for a red Acura with a Massachusetts license plate. Police ask anyone with information to call Miami Police at 305-579-6630 or 305-579-6619.

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Police: Missing Florida Boy May Be In Mass. Car

The search for a missing toddler in Florida has ties to Massachusetts.
6-month-old Riley Buchness was last seen by his parents December 23 in Miami.
Police did not offer details of his disappearance, other than he was with a woman by the name of “Camille.”
Riley, who is white and about a foot tall was last seen wearing a white onesie with blue jeans.
His hair is in a mohawk style, he has one tooth, and a fake tattoo of an anchor on his left arm.
He’s believed to be with a 20-to-30 year old woman named “Camille.” Her last name is not known. She speaks with a heavy French accent. She is white, 5-feet-5 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds, with very long brown hair, brown eyes, and a gap between her teeth.
Police say Riley and Camille are possibly traveling in a red Acura, possibly with a Massachusetts license plate.

Investigators are asking anyone who sees the child or the car to contact their local police department immediately.


FBI Offers 25K Reward for Info on Murder of 3 Year Old

I just came upon this article in the Miami Herald and wanted to share it with you. I can’t imagine the suffering this little girl’s family has had to endure. If anyone knows anything about the 1987 murder of 3-year-old Julie Magliulo in North Lauderdale, please do the right thing and contact the FBI at 1-800-225-5324.

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Broward child’s 1987 murder to be reopened

The Broward Sheriff’s Office and the FBI plan Wednesday morning to announce the reopening of the late 1980s case of a 3-year-old girl found killed in West Broward.

On June 8, 1987, Julie Magliulo walked outside her family’s home near North Lauderdale. Her parents never saw her alive again.

Her skeleton was found about 10 months later, dumped about 20 miles away in what then was a barren swampland, and now is the city of Weston.

Her disappearance was selected as part of an initiative by the FBI’s Crimes Against Children Unit, which includes Child Abduction Rape Deployment Teams, FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said Tuesday.

”This was one of the five that was picked from around the country,” Orihuela said.

The FBI has offered a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Those with information are asked to call 1-800-225-5324.


Suggestive Reading: Media Bias: Only White Kids Get Abducted

Check out this article on Mom Logic about media bias as it relates to race and missing children. I really appreciate their mention of the good works by Black and Missing But Not Forgotten. A blog dedicated to those that are missing and black. Thanks for all you do, Deidra! Unfortunately, there are many who say they are dedicated to missing persons, but none focus on missing minorities in general.

As stated by the Media Bias article, “Thousands of kids go missing each day — so why do we never seem to hear about the African-American children?” Great question, Mom Logic! Thanks for bringing this issue to the forefront.

Media Bias: Only White Kids Get Abducted


Sign Missing Persons Day Petition – Change the World!

Consider this. On any given day, there are as many as 100,000 active missing person cases in the United States, and every year, tens of thousands of people vanish under suspicious circumstances.

According the FBI, National Crime Information Center (NCIC) there are 105,229 active missing adult cases in the United States as of 1/1/2008. And 6,954 active cases of unidentified persons. Keep in mind, it is not yet mandated by law for law enforcement to include the Unidentified persons into the NCIC database. Many cases are never reported to law enforcement or entered into the NCIC. If it were fully utilized to its potential can you imagine the results?

With that said, take a moment to reflect on all the missing children, missing mothers, all the countless missing…worldwide. Think of their mothers, family & friends – what must it feel like to realize your loved one has VANISHED. I understand that this is not something you may enjoy doing. Ordinary folks don’t think of such depressing things. But can you just imagine for a second, the hell it must be to not know where you’re son/daughter is? The panic, fear & rush of thoughts, are they being harmed; are they alive/dead…? What a helpless & horrific experience for a human being to have to endure! Every missing child and adult is someone’s son or daughter, wife/husband, sister, grandmother, friend; This is an enormous problem throughout the world.

How about signing a petition for a Missing Persons Day to honor the missing and their families? I think it would be very helpful. The petition has the potential of making that day manifest! It would emphasize awareness of the suffering families around the world experience on a daily basis and encourage conversation and media attention (needed so desperately). It would help create change. No matter what country you live in, sign it and kindly forward to your friends. You can make a difference right now.


Ideas for Searching For Your Child

Below is a very good resource in case your child goes missing. No one likes to think about such depressing ideas. But the reality is it’s best to educate yourself before the unthinkable happens.
Parents, it’s very important to have recent photographs of your child and their fingerprints, if possible. I would suggest ordering a safety ID Kit from one of the many nonprofit organizations out there. If your child goes missing, there are many organizations available to help you.

Ideas for Searching For Your Child | Laura Recovery Center