The recent acquittal of Casey Anthony on first-degree murder charges in connection with the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, has left many wondering what happened. With Anthony’s not guilty verdict, the crime (if there was one) remains unsolved. Caylee Anthony joins a long list of unsolved child deaths. Many of them, like Caylee, have achieved international prominence. These include JonBenét Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty pageant star killed in her Colorado home in 1996 and Azaria Chamberlain, a 9-week-old Australian girl who disappeared in the Australian Outback (and who may or may not have been eaten by a dingo). READ MORE HERE
UNSOLVED Kidnappings, Homicides & Missing Persons
Unsolved means there is not enough evidence to convince a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a defendant is guilty. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one in four homicides remains unsolved each year. Polly Klaas® Foundation is a member of the Association for Missing and Exploited Children Organizations (AMECO), an international association of nonprofit organizations that serve missing and exploited children, their families and law enforcement.
Holly Piirainen, 10, disappeared on Aug. 5, 1993, after she and her brother went to a neighbor’s to play with puppies. Her brother returned without her.
JonBenet Ramsey, 6 —In 1996, the Christmas night murder of JonBenét in her Boulder, CO home shocked America. No arrests were forthcoming. Despite a national obsession with this case, nobody really knows what happened.
Molly Bish, 16, was a high school junior who just started a summer job as a lifeguard. She disappeared in the town of Warren, Mass.
They Unexplained Death of Caylee Anthony— This case being categorized as unsolved is a technicality. Nobody has been found guilty of her murder. Even though her mother claims she died of an accidental drowning.
Casey Anthony Latest News — Case history, documents, transcripts and recent updates by the Orlando Sentinel.
When Caylee vanished — A toddler is missing, and Casey Anthony, her mom, is accused of her murder on Dateline MSN
Casey Anthony Trial Updates — Investigation Discovery
Okfuskee County, OK. Taylor Paschal Placker,13, and Skyla Whitaker,11, were walking on a county road near Taylor’s home in the late afternoon of June 8th, 2008. Numerous shots were fired at the girls from two guns.They died at the scene. The case is open and active. A reward of $160,000 is offered. If anyone has information, they are urged to call the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017
On September 20, 1997, the body of Leah Rochelle Mahseet, a 16-year-old Cheyenne-Arapaho student was discovered on a county road north of Geary, Oklahoma. She was last seen alive at a Geary Conoco gas station, September 14, 1997, at about 9:00 p.m. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Blaine County Sheriff’s Office are handling the investigation. A $15,000 reward is offered.
Elsie Paroubek, a five-year-old daughter of Czech immigrants in Chicago, went missing on April 8, 1911. An intense police investigation covered three states. It was commonly believed she was stolen by Gypsies or Travellers. Her body was found a month later.
The Grimes sisters, Barbara, 15 and Patricia,13, disappeared December 28, 1956, in Chicago, after going to a theater about a mile a way to see Love me Tender, an Elvis Presley movie with a total of $2.15 between them. At around 9:30 pm, they were in the theater’s popcorn line. The movie ended at 11 pm. At 2:15 am, their mother reported them missing, resulting in Chicagos largest missing-persons search. Elvis Presley publicly asked the girls to come home. Their cut, punctured, bruised, nude bodies were found overlapping each other, beside an icy road on January 22, 1957. The bodies were believed to have been there for several days under a snowfall and preserved by low temperatures. The cause of death was ruled exposure. Police were never able to determine what happened to the sisters. Photos | Cook County Sheriff’s Office. There is a current book out on this case: Murder Gone Cold by Tamara Shaffer.
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February 10, 2009
Haleigh Cummings is believed to have disappeared from her home in Satsuma, Florida, approximately 75 miles east of Gainesville, during the early morning hours of February 10, 2009. Reportedly, Haleigh was last seen asleep in her home the night before she was discovered missing.
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