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The New York Police Department searched a Manhattan basement Wednesday for at least the second time since July as part of its ongoing investigation into the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, the 6-year-old who vanished on his way to school.

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Mob boss' body exhumed from Vaticanupdated: Sun May 27 2012 14:00:00

The body of a mob boss was exhumed from a church in the Vatican in search for clues to a missing girl.

Missing children, perception vs. realityupdated: Fri May 25 2012 17:07:00

May 25, National Missing Children's Day, is a day on which we honor and remember missing children. This date was chosen specifically because it is the date in 1979 when 6-year-old Etan Patz went missing on his way to school in New York.

Police: Man in custody being questioned in 1979 Etan Patz caseupdated: Thu May 24 2012 09:15:00

A man in custody has implicated himself in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, Commissioner Ray Kelly of the New York Police Department said Thursday.

The day Etan Patz disappeared in '79updated: Thu May 24 2012 09:15:00

CNN's Susan Candiotti retells the day of Etan Patz's disappearance that became an infamous part of U.S. history.

Missing child case 'awakened America'updated: Thu May 24 2012 08:35:00

More than 30 years ago, 6-year-old Etan Patz vanished from a Manhattan street on his way to a school bus stop. His parents never saw him again.

No 'eureka' moment in Patz case yetupdated: Thu May 24 2012 08:35:00

"After Etan" author Lisa Cohen talks about the ongoing investigation into the disappearance in the Etan Patz case.

2 yr old missing, mystery man on beach?updated: Thu May 03 2012 22:23:00

A missing girl's sister claims seeing a mysterious man on the beach when she vanished, according to her father.

Man discovers he's missing childupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 12:17:00

Steve Carter learned his father reported him missing 35 years ago. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.

Madeleine McCann's mother says she felt violated by Murdoch paperupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 13:30:00

The mother of missing British girl Madeleine McCann felt "totally violated" when she saw her diary had been published in the News of the World newspaper, she told an inquiry into British press practices and ethics Wednesday.

Body found during search for missing 10-year-old in Texasupdated: Sun Oct 30 2011 22:24:00

Police in Carrollton, Texas, searching for a missing 10-year-old girl found the body of a Hispanic female Sunday afternoon and have stopped the search for the child.

Missing baby's mom: I was drunkupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 09:47:00

The mother of a missing girl in Kansas City, Missouri, admits she was drunk the night her infant daughter disappeared.

Mother: I was drunk when Missouri infant disappearedupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 17:52:00

The mother of Lisa Irwin, an 11-month old Missouri girl missing for nearly two weeks, said in an interview she was drunk the night the infant disappeared.

4 missing children from Tennessee, Missouri foundupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 14:02:00

Four children, including two who were the subject of an Amber Alert out of Tennessee, were among seven found safe Tuesday along with their alleged abductor, police said.

FBI in search for missing girlupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 19:10:00

The FBI is helping to search for a missing 11-year-old girl in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire. WCAX reports.

People.com: Madeleine McCann Turns 8, and Her Parents Keep Searchingupdated: Thu May 12 2011 12:52:00

Kate McCann talks about the search for her missing daughter in a new book released Thursday

Parents of Madeleine McCann document toddler's disappearanceupdated: Thu May 12 2011 10:52:00

Four years after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a British toddler who went missing in Portugal, her parents have written a book detailing their account of that horrible night.

McCanns discuss being accused of murderupdated: Thu May 12 2011 10:52:00

Kate and Gerry McCann talk to Piers Morgan about what it was like to be accused of killing their own daughter.

Police issue an Amber Alert for two Kentucky kidsupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 22:19:00

State police are searching Tuesday for two missing children after finding the bodies of two people in a home in south central Kentucky.

Father of abducted Virginia girl calls her safe recovery 'a miracle'updated: Mon Dec 13 2010 23:09:00

The father of a 12-year-old Virginia girl, who police say was abducted and taken on a week-long, cross-country trek by the man considered a prime suspect in her mother's death, on Monday thanked law enforcement, the media and the California woman who alerted police after spotting the girl.

Father: Daughter's recovery a 'miracle'updated: Mon Dec 13 2010 23:09:00

The father of Brittany Smith, the 12-year-old Virginia girl missing since December 4, says her recovery is a miracle.

Police: Missing girl, alleged abductor panhandling before being foundupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 11:24:00

A missing Virginia girl and her alleged abductor were panhandling outside a San Francisco supermarket when someone nearby spotted them on Friday and alerted law enforcement, police said.

Despite hundreds of tips, Virginia girl remains missingupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 05:17:00

People from Florida to Ohio are being asked to help track down 12-year-old Brittany Mae Smith and her alleged abductor, Jeffrey Scott Easley, who was her dead mother's boyfriend.

Cops closer to finding Brittany Smith?updated: Fri Dec 10 2010 05:17:00

Cops have released a surveillance image from a Va. Wal-Mart they say is Jeffrey Easley and 12-year-old Brittany Smith.

2007: Elizabeth Smart: A look backupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 12:47:00

Brian David Mitchell will stand trial for allegedly kidnapping Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home in 2002.

People.com: Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping Trial Is Back Onupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 21:08:00

Brian David Mitchell is being tried on charges of kidnapping and sexual assault

Every parent's nightmareupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 15:55:00

HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell brings you the stories of five parents whose children were abducted.

Police confirm prosthetic leg belongs to missing girlupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 13:37:00

Police on Monday confirmed that a prosthetic leg discovered last week in a brushy area off a North Carolina road belongs to a missing 10-year-old girl.

Authorities find mattress considered key in search for missing girlupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 05:31:00

Four days after calling off a search for key evidence, investigators have located a mattress that they believe is important to their probe of a North Carolina girl who hasn't been seen for weeks.

Chief cries as Amber Alert now homicideupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 22:12:00

On HLN, a tearful chief of police explains a N.C. Amber Alert for a missing 10-year-old is now a homicide investigation.

Police: Stranger abduction 'less likely' in N.C. missing girl caseupdated: Sun Oct 10 2010 17:42:00

Authorities said Sunday that "a stranger abduction is less likely than once anticipated" in the case of a missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl.

Searchers find missing 4-year-old boyupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 16:49:00

Police say a 4-year-old Arizona boy reported missing was found by horseback riders Monday after an 18-hour search.

Missing 2 year old presumed deadupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 04:48:00

Authorities in Arizona now believe that 2-year-old Syler Newton, who went missing July 24th, is dead.

Parents urge public to help in search of missing boyupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 07:17:00

The parents of a missing Oregon boy have urged the public to continue helping authorities find their son.

Search for missing second-grader enters 5th dayupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 20:48:00

The search for a missing 7-year-old Oregon boy is now in its fifth day.

People.com: Portuguese Man Claims He Saw Madeleine McCann After Her Disappearanceupdated: Tue May 25 2010 15:28:00

Investigators are set to meet with Carlos Moreira who says he saw a blonde girl asleep in a van days after the British child went missing

Commentary: Amber Alerts are lifesaversupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 15:36:00

The murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu in Tracy, California, has brought America's Amber Alert program under the microscope. Sandra vanished in broad daylight on March 27.

The untold tale of family abductions: 3 girls missing, an international huntupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 13:46:00

Christine Belford agreed to let her ex-husband take their three daughters to Disney World for a two-week vacation. In August 2007, the Delaware mother kissed her little blond girls goodbye.

Cold Case: Etan Patzupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 13:22:00

Producer Rupa Mikkilineni talks to Nicole Lapin about the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, the first missing child featured on a milk carton.

Boy on milk carton still missing after 30 yearsupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 13:22:00

His was one of the first photos of a missing child to appear on a milk carton. Almost 30 years later, Etan Patz is still missing.

Frantic 911 call launched yearlong Caylee dramaupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 11:37:00

One year ago, a sheriff's dispatcher in Orange County, near Orlando, Florida, received a strange 911 call. A small child was missing -- and had been for a month.

People.com: Police Focus on New Suspect in Hunt for Madeleine McCannupdated: Fri May 22 2009 15:28:00

Raymond Hewlett, 64, is currently hospitalized, but could be linked to the missing girl

McCann's waiting for Madeleineupdated: Fri May 01 2009 21:32:00

Watch Oprah's interview with the parents of missing child Madeleine McCann on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Monday May 4.

People.com: Madeleine McCann's Parents Head to U.S. for Oprah Specialupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 15:40:00

Just a day after the two-year anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance, her parents will appear on the talk show

'We want our Haleigh home'updated: Fri Feb 20 2009 14:07:00

The family of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings asks for her safe return.

Missing Florida girl's relatives plead for her returnupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 14:07:00

The father and grandmother of a missing 5-year-old Florida girl pleaded Thursday for her return, and said police had uncovered some promising leads.

Haleigh gone, sitter not home?updated: Wed Feb 18 2009 11:58:00

Police received a tip that babysitter Misty Croslin may not have been home when 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings went missing.

Police probe teen's account in case of missing Florida girlupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 11:58:00

Police searching for a missing 5-year-old girl are investigating whether the woman who reported her gone was at home at the time the girl vanished, an officer working on the case said Wednesday.

Police follow new leads in search for missing Florida girlupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 10:48:00

Investigators are pursuing several new leads in the case of a missing 5-year-old girl in Florida, they said Tuesday.

Father of missing girl vows no revenge if child returnedupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 19:25:00

The father of a missing 5-year-old Florida girl made a renewed plea Thursday for the return of his daughter.

Tucked in bed, girl takenupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 19:25:00

Tucked in her bed, a 5-year-old girl was taken from her home in the middle of the night.

Jennifer Hudson's sister begs for missing son's returnupdated: Sun Oct 26 2008 07:24:00

The sister of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson made an emotional appeal Saturday for the safe return of her 7-year-old son, who disappeared after a double shooting Friday on Chicago's South Side.

Anthony defense taken to taskupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 22:18:00

Prime News host Mike Galanos spars with a Casey Anthony defense spokesman over the media's handling of the case.

Caylee Anthony's mother pleads not guiltyupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 22:18:00

The mother of missing Florida toddler Caylee Anthony has pleaded not guilty to killing the 3-year-old, who has been missing since June.

Casey Anthony arrested again in theft caseupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 08:21:00

The mother of a missing toddler on Monday was arrested in connection with an alleged theft from one of her friends, Florida authorities said.

Maddie taken by pedophile?updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 08:46:00

Newly released evidence shows Madeleine McCann may have been taken for a pedophile ring. ITN's Juliet Bremner reports.

Reports: Maddie taken by pedophile ringupdated: Thu Sep 11 2008 08:46:00

British police were told in March this year that missing girl Madeleine McCann may have been kidnapped by a pedophile ring which followed her three days before her abduction, according to reports.

McCann case pics releasedupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 12:49:00

Pictures have been released in the case of missing British girl Madeleine McCann. ITN's Robert Moore reports.

New twist in missing girl caseupdated: Tue Jul 22 2008 17:45:00

Nancy Grace reports on a new development in the case of a missing 2-year-old Florida girl.

Father of missing girl speaksupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 22:14:00

Nancy Grace speaks to father of a missing 12-year-old Vermont girl. Police call her uncle a "person of interest."

McCanns cling to hopeupdated: Sat May 03 2008 10:24:00

The parents of Madeleine McCann still hope to find her alive. CNN's Emily Chang interviews them.

Police: Hunt for Madeleine goes onupdated: Sat May 03 2008 10:24:00

Portuguese police are still investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance a year after the British toddler vanished without trace from a beach resort villa, a senior detective said on Saturday.

Madeleine McCann an 'icon' one year onupdated: Sat May 03 2008 04:51:00

Madeleine McCann has become an icon for missing children, her parents said Friday on the eve of the anniversary of the British toddler's disappearance from a Portuguese holiday resort.

McCanns push for Amber Alertupdated: Thu Apr 10 2008 18:31:00

CNN's Paula Hancocks reports on the McCanns' call for a U.S.-style alert system for missing children across Europe.

Possible Madeleine sightingupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 08:30:00

A Dutch tourist may have seen missing British girl Madeleine McCann at a restaurant in France.

Papers sorry for accusationsupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 08:30:00

Newspapers apologize for reporting that the McCanns were behind their daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

Madeleine McCann possibly spotted in France, family says updated: Wed Feb 20 2008 18:04:00

A Dutch tourist says she recently spotted missing 4-year-old Madeleine McCann at a French restaurant near Montpellier, McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said Wednesday.

Scruffy man clue in Madeleine disappearanceupdated: Sun Jan 20 2008 13:54:00

The family of missing British child Madeleine McCann released two sketches Sunday of a man who may be linked to her disappearance last May from a holiday resort in Portugal.

Suspect sketch in McCann caseupdated: Sun Jan 20 2008 13:54:00

The McCann family produces a sketch of a possible suspect in Madeline's disappearance. ITN's Harry Smith reports.

Reports: Madeleine's parents prime suspectsupdated: Fri Jan 04 2008 13:11:00

The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann have been named as prime suspects in the disappearance of their daughter, according to media reports.

McCann mediaupdated: Fri Jan 04 2008 13:11:00

International Correspondents looks at the media coverage of the Madeleine McCann?s disappearance.

Missing girl updateupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 01:27:00

Portuguese investigators head to Britain as a witness speaks out about Madeleine McCann. CNN's Emily Chang reports.

Madeleine McCann's father returns to workupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 09:34:00

The father of Madeleine McCann has returned to his job as a cardiologist in central England, nearly six months after he stopped work to conduct a massive and public search for his missing daughter.

People.com: Reports: New Photo Not Madeleine McCannupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 15:12:00

UPDATE: British and Spanish reporters claim to have found the girl that some believed might have been Madeleine McCann. London's Evening Standard says the girl is actually a 5-year-old from the village of Zinat in Morocco, the BBC reports. More to come...

Missing girl's family plans ad blitzupdated: Sat Sep 15 2007 17:36:00

The family of Madeleine McCann, the British girl who vanished in Portugal more than four months ago, will launch a massive advertising campaign aimed at keeping the search for her a public priority.

Missing girl saga continuesupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 19:26:00

Emily Chang reports from Rothley, England, on the media encampment outside Madeleine McCann's home.

McCann family must keep quietupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 10:56:00

The McCanns will hear soon whether they'll face charges in the case of their missing daughter. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Prosecutors to receive McCann caseupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 10:56:00

After questioning the parents of a missing British girl last week, Portuguese police will hand over the Madeleine McCann case to the prosecutor's office Monday, police chief inspector Olegario De Sousa told CNN.

Portuguese police call parents suspects in missing British girl caseupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 22:26:00

After wide-eyed English toddler Madeleine McCann vanished in May from her family's seaside vacation apartment in Portugal, her parents, Gerry and Kate, stepped in front of television cameras and made wrenching, heartfelt pleas for her return.

People.com: UPDATE: Mom Is a Suspect in Madeleine McCann's Disappearanceupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 20:12:00

The mother of missing child Madeleine McCann has been named a suspect in her daughter's disappearance and could be arrested, a family spokeswoman said Friday.

People.com: Madeleine McCann's Parents Create Missing Kids Site on YouTubeupdated: Sun Aug 12 2007 06:02:00

The parents of missing child Madeleine McCann have launched a new channel on YouTube to allow people to post videos, images and information about their missing children.

Missing girl found hidden under staircaseupdated: Wed Jun 06 2007 16:41:00

A 15-year-old girl who had been missing for nearly a year was found Wednesday, locked in a small hidden room under a staircase in a West Hartford, Connecticut, home, police said.

Judge denies bond for bunker kidnap suspectupdated: Mon Sep 18 2006 09:43:00

A 14-year-old girl sat huddled with her mother in a South Carolina courtroom Monday evening as a judge denied bond for the man accused of kidnapping her and holding her in an underground bunker for 10 days.

Body found in apartment may be missing girlupdated: Fri Apr 14 2006 20:50:00

A district attorney said he plans to seek the death penalty against a Purcell, Oklahoma, man who was arrested after the body of a girl was found in his apartment.

Then & Now: Elizabeth Smartupdated: Fri Nov 04 2005 11:19:00

In March 2003, missing Salt Lake City, Utah, teenager Elizabeth Smart was found alive after being kidnapped and held captive for nearly nine months. Almost three years after her ordeal, the 17-year-old high school senior's life is getting back to normal, and she works as a quiet activist for missing children.

Louisiana trying to find 500 foster childrenupdated: Fri Sep 16 2005 14:49:00

Louisiana officials working to rebuild families torn apart by Hurricane Katrina are being especially challenged in trying to locate some 500 foster children still unaccounted for by guardians.

Police seek sex offender, missing girlupdated: Sat Jul 23 2005 18:11:00

Authorities are searching for a convicted sex offender suspected of taking an 8-year-old girl from her home near Reno, Nevada, according to the Lyon County Sheriff's Office Saturday.

Nancy Grace: Idaho tragedy underscores plight of missing childrenupdated: Thu May 26 2005 10:34:00

As I write, Shasta and Dylan Groene, beautiful 8- and 9-year-old sister and brother, remain missing. We learned they were gone on May 9, along with the distressing news that their mother and brother were murdered along with a family friend.

$100,000 reward posted in Idaho Amber Alert caseupdated: Tue May 24 2005 04:47:00

Hoping to generate new leads in a case that has puzzled investigators, authorities on Monday announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of the two missing children in Idaho or for information that could lead to those responsible in their presumed abduction.

Authorities rule out sighting updated: Fri May 20 2005 05:03:00

Authorities have ruled out a purported sighting of two missing Idaho children at a Bonners Ferry, Idaho store, said a spokesman for the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.

Police find Idaho 'person of interest'updated: Wed May 18 2005 02:57:00

A man sought for questioning in an Idaho triple homicide contacted authorities Wednesday, and deputies hope he can help lead them to two missing children, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Florida girls found after Amber Alertupdated: Thu May 12 2005 12:38:00

An Amber Alert has been canceled for two Florida children allegedly taken from their home in Kissimmee, Florida, by their father, police said Thursday.

Then & Now: John Walshupdated: Thu Mar 17 2005 13:22:00

In 1981, when the decapitated head of his abducted 6-year-old son was discovered, John Walsh pledged to turn his grief into action. More than two decades later, Walsh is a well-known victims' rights advocate and host of the long-running TV show "America's Most Wanted."

Amber Alert girl foundupdated: Thu Mar 03 2005 13:38:00

Police in Stockton, California, on Thursday night said a 12-year-old Guatemalan girl, who was the subject of an Amber Alert, has been found in nearby Tracy, California.

Amber Alert issued for missing N.C. childrenupdated: Sat Jan 15 2005 16:11:00

Two North Carolina children are missing after being kidnapped at gunpoint by their biological parents Saturday morning, officials said.

Baby found in Kansas might be missing girlupdated: Fri Dec 17 2004 04:41:00

Authorities believe an infant girl found at the home of a Kansas woman is the same baby taken from her mother's womb Thursday after the mother was killed in Missouri.

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