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Iran Frees Man Arrested While Walking to World Cup

Santiago Sanchez was arrested in Iran on his way to Qatar

(Newser) - A Spanish soccer fan who was detained in Iran as he tried to make his way to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup has been released. In January of that year, Santiago Sanchez started traveling by foot from Madrid to Doha, documenting his journey on social media; he was arrested...

Teen Abducted in 2017 Talks Escape From 'Anti-Vax' Mom

Reunited with his grandmother, Alex Batty plans for more normalcy in his future

(Newser) - A kidnapped teenager who escaped his mother to be reunited with his grandmother and guardian in the UK, says he lied a little about the journey that brought him to be found wandering through southern France on Wednesday. Alex Batty initially told police he spent four days walking through the...

Body Found 25 Years Ago in Lake Finally Has a Name

Arkansas' Roger Dale Parham, whose body was found in Kentucky, had been an FBI fugitive

(Newser) - Nearly 25 years after a body was found wrapped in chains and anchored in a lake in Kentucky, authorities have identified the individual as a man who was on the run from the FBI. Roger Dale Parham was arrested for rape involving a minor in Arkansas in November 1998 and...

Years After Vanishing, He Sent a Text: 'I Want to Come Home'

Alex Batty, allegedly kidnapped from the UK by his mother, was done with nomadic life

(Newser) - The vehicle's headlights silhouetted the exhausted teenager walking alone in the rain in deepest rural France, with a skateboard tucked under his arm. "I said to myself, 'That's strange. It's 3am in the morning, it's raining, he's all by himself on the road...

'Falling 1,000 Feet From a Trail Is No Joke'

Hiker Ian Snyder, missing for 3 days in Hawaii, is found bruised and with broken bones, but alive

(Newser) - A California man rescued last week after vanishing while on a Hawaiian hike is now revealing details about his three-day ordeal. Ian Snyder had headed out on Oahu's Koolau Summit Trail on Dec. 4, but he never returned at day's end, reports USA Today . In a press conference...

UK Boy Missing for 6 Years Is Found in France

Alex Batty, now 17, apparently walked away from a commune where he'd been living

(Newser) - A British youth who disappeared six years ago at age 11 has been found alive and well in France, reports the BBC . A delivery driver told a French newspaper that he stopped to offer Alex Batty a lift as the teen was walking with a backpack in heavy rain on...

Woman Missing 4 Days Found in 'Miracle' at Canyon Floor

72-year-old Penny Clark of Idaho rescued Saturday near Melba

(Newser) - For four long days, 72-year-old Penny Clark sat with her damaged car, which had traveled some 200 yards into a canyon, unable to climb out. Thankfully, she was discovered Saturday after two campers spotted the vehicle near the Canyon County village of Melba and called police, believing it might be...

Coast Guard Calls Off Search for Man Lost in 'Sneaker' Wave

54-year-old was swept out to sea off California coast, along with granddaughter, 5, who died

(Newser) - A little girl is dead and her grandfather remains missing after a wave swept them both out to sea near California's Half Moon Bay. The search for the two began Saturday afternoon at Martins Beach, which USA Today notes is about 30 miles south of San Francisco. The 5-year-old...

Police Suspect They've Found Missing Filmmaker's Body

Ross McDonnell was last seen at Breezy Point Beach in Queens on Nov. 4

(Newser) - New York police say they may have located the remains of Ross McDonnell, 44, an Irish filmmaker who was last seen on Nov. 4. A 911 call on Friday reported a partially dismembered body washed up on Breezy Point Beach in Queens, NBC News reports. The remains have not yet...

As Storm Raged Through Acapulco, One Man's Last Message

'It's really horrible,' sailor Ruben Torres recorded himself saying as Hurricane Otis struck Mexico

(Newser) - During the first minutes of Oct. 25, when Hurricane Otis roared into Acapulco Bay with 165mph winds, sailor Ruben Torres recorded a 10-second audio message from a yacht called the Sereno. "All things considered, I'm all right, but it's really horrible, it's really horrible, it's...

Missing 6-Year-Old's Mom Charged With Capital Murder

Police in Texas are still searching for body of Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez

(Newser) - The mother of a missing 6-year-old Texas boy has been indicted by a grand jury on charges including capital murder. Cindy Rodriguez-Singh fled the country with her husband and six other children in March, around the time an Amber Alert was issued for Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez, who is now presumed dead....

Portugal Police to McCanns: We're Sorry

Law enforcement delegation offers apology to parents of missing toddler over handling of case

(Newser) - Madeleine McCann vanished in 2007 from a Portuguese holiday home while vacationing with her family, and now, more than 16 years later, police there have extended an apology to her parents for the way they handled the investigation at the time. The BBC reports that a senior law enforcement...

The Coast Guard Called Off Its Search. Then, a Lone Life Raft

Sailor who went missing 2 weeks ago found alive in life raft off coast of Washington state

(Newser) - On Oct. 12, two fishermen set out from Washington state's Grays Harbor in a 43-foot vessel called Evening, set to return three days later. They never came back, however, and were missing for two weeks—until Thursday, when one of the men, floating in a life raft, was rescued...

Missing Professor Might Be in Danger
Missing Professor
Might Be at Risk

Missing Professor Might Be at Risk

Heikki Rantakari failed to show up for class at University of Rochester

(Newser) - Heikki Rantakari failed to show up for the class he was scheduled to teach Saturday morning at New York's University of Rochester, and now police say they believe the 44-year-old might be in danger. Rantakari, who is an associate professor of economics and management at the university as well...

Friends Retracing Route Find Missing Motorcyclist

Taylor Boyle began trip Sunday morning in Tennessee, was spotted Tuesday night

(Newser) - An extensive search by law enforcement, a private search and rescue team, friends, and strangers paid off when a missing motorcyclist was found alive days after a crash in Tennessee. Taylor Boyle, who was last seen by his family about 10am Sunday, was spotted by friends off the road at...

California Is Getting Nation&#39;s First &#39;Ebony Alerts&#39;
California Is Getting
Nation's First 'Ebony Alerts'
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California Is Getting Nation's First 'Ebony Alerts'

System will highlight cases of missing Black youth

(Newser) - California is tackling racial disparities in missing-person cases with the nation's first "Ebony Alert" system. A bill recently signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom authorizes law enforcement agencies to ask the California Highway Patrol to issue the alert when young Black people are reported missing, CNN reports....

He Vanished on a &#39;95 Road Trip. Now, &#39;Papa&#39; May Be Found
Crews Cleaning Storm Debris
May Have Solved a Cold Case

Crews Cleaning Storm Debris May Have Solved a Cold Case

Officials think remains in Florida river were those of Alabama's James Aaron Toole, who vanished in '95

(Newser) - Twenty-eight years ago, an Alabama father set out on a road trip to Florida, never to be seen again. Now, a cleanup crew clearing debris from August's Hurricane Idalia may have solved the missing-persons cold case of James Aaron Toole, after stumbling upon human remains in a Chevy Cavalier...

Body of Colorado Woman Missing Since 2020 Found

Charges against Suzanne Morphew's husband were dropped last year

(Newser) - Searchers have found the remains of a woman who was reported missing on Mother's Day in 2020 after she did not return from a bike ride near her home in the Salida area in southern Colorado. Agents with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation found the remains of Suzanne Morphew,...

Missing Toddler Found in Woods With 2 Furry Protectors

Michigan police say one dog guarded 2-year-old, while another served as her pillow

(Newser) - The case of a missing toddler in Michigan had a happy ending earlier this week, but it was how she was found that bolstered, once again, dogs' status as man's best friend. Michigan State Police showed up at the home of a 2-year-old girl in Menominee County's Faithorn...

Cruise Ship Returns Minus a Passenger

Kevin McGrath last seen around 2am Monday aboard Carnival Conquest, bound for Miami

(Newser) - A 26-year-old man has been reported missing after his Carnival cruise ship returned to Florida, apparently without him. Kevin McGrath left Miami aboard Carnival Conquest on Friday for a Labor Day weekend cruise to Bimini, in the Bahamas. However, McGrath wasn't accounted for when the ship returned to Miami...

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