UPDATE: Raul Renato Castro killed the boy because he worried he'd tell about being molested. See update after the jump...
Alex went missing on Friday, and was found in the dryer the next day
When 4-year-old Alex Christopher Mercado went missing Friday in Mendota, California, the Fresno County Sheriff's Department began an immediate search. But it didn't bring a happy ending the next day.
He was found stuffed in the dryer at a home where his babysitter lives next door. Alex had been killed and then hid in the dryer, police say. A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion on murder...
|Police believe her mom took part in the abduction|
Shannon's parents reported her missing Saturday morning, saying she had vanished from their rural trailer home sometime between 3 a.m. and 11 a.m. that morning. Washington County sheriff's deputies conducted a massive search, with police and volunteers going arm-and-arm through the brush to find the girl...
|Sharon left for ballet lessons and was never seen again alive|
It was 27 years ago that 16-year-old Sharon Thor was slain after preparing to leave her home in Franklin Township, New Jersey, for one of her twice-weekly ballet lessons. When she left at 5:30 p.m. on October 26, 1982, she was never seen again alive.Prior to leaving home that evening, Sharon received a telephone call and appeared to be pleased to hear from the caller. The conversation was brief, but it was obvious that she had wanted her privacy with the caller -- she took the corded phone as far as it would reach, to the stairway that led to the cellar, so that her parents could not hear...
|St. Louis police say the young girl's murder is the worst they've ever seen|
|Jessie Foster disappeared from her expensive North Las Vegas home without a trace|
Jessie, as she preferred to be called, was born on May 27, 1984 in Calgary, Alberta, but moved with her mother to British Columbia when she was 3-years-old and attended school, grades K-11, in Kamloops before moving back to Calgary to live with her dad, where she finished school...
|Why no one checked on Shannon before 11 a.m. is anyone's guess|
Sometime between 3 a.m. and 11 a.m., seven-month-old Shannon Lea Dedrick disappeared from her family's trailer home in Chipley, Florida. Police are releasing few details in the case -- not even the parents' names -- making the whole affair a mystery.
Why Shannon wasn't checked on before 11 a.m. Saturday morning remains up in the air, but police were summoned to the home moments later. The private drive to the trailer is rarely traveled, and neighbors say a strange car would have surely been noticed...
|He lived with his frail stepmom, making it easy to kill and hide the bodies|
Sowell made spare money scrapping for metal to sell. And since he refused to pay stepmom rent because his dad owned the house, he could use his meager earnings to drink and do dope. Neighbors say he often invited them in to party -- especially the women. Once he got them in the house, they were on his killing grounds.
His stepmom was too frail to climb stairs, so she didn't know what Anthony was doing on the third floor. But according to police, that's where he raped and killed at least six women, then strangled them before burying them in the house...
|Clifford Lambert, a retired art dealer known for his taste in younger men, vanished without a trace|
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|Relatives say Elizabeth was much too shy to get in a car with anyone|
Relatives say 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten is extremely shy, afraid of the woods and the dark. So when she began her walk home from a friend's house Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., then suddenly disappeared, police knew they weren't dealing with a runaway.
More than 300 cops and volunteers are searching the wooded, muddy terrain near her home in St. Martins, Missouri. It's a quarter-mile walk from her friend's to her own home, and Elizabeth usually cut through neighbors' yards as opposed to walking down the county highway that runs past their houses. Relatives believe she was much too shy to get into a car with anyone, and would have screamed if someone tried to grab her...
|Three people tried to lure another 5-year-old into a car only days before Somer vanished|
Second-grader Somer Thompson was walking home from Grove Park Elementary School Monday with her twin brother and her 10-year-old sister. She reportedly got into a fight with another kid, so she decided to run home ahead of them.
But when the two other kids arrived at their Orange Park, Florida home, Somer wasn't there. And she hasn't been seen since. Police are worried that her disappearance may be the work of pedophiles. On October 10, three people tried to lure a 5-year-old girl into a car in the same area...