Here's a Christmas miracle after years of searching, a Fort Worth family has found their long-lost daughter and sister 51 years after she was kidnapped. More recently, they also organized a Facebook page named Finding Melissa Highsmith and solicited help in finding their missing relative. Barnett, a flight attendant, and Todd got married in December 1991 in Beaufort. Paislee Shultis, now 6, was . Because of her frequent appearances on television to talk about the problem of missing children, her case had become well-known and the media was excited about reporting the story. Barzee was later sentenced to 15 years in prison, but released in September 2018. For 18 years, Mobley lived in South Carolina with Williams, her husband, and her other kids as Alexis Manigo. "My mum died in 2015 at the age of 94, but before she passed away she still really really missed Jia Jia. When her mother fell unconscious shortly before her death, Jingzhi guessed she was thinking of her grandson. Hoping to build a case, law enforcement sought and was granted court permission to bug the Aisenbergs kitchen and bedroom. The family and the caller set up a meeting at a racetrack in Daytona, Florida, Webster said. If I didn't try to control my emotions, I might really go crazy. But, in fact, detectives now believe Ms. Carmichael had killed the child shortly after two of her other children were born. An Oklahoma woman has been identified as "Baby Holly" a child who went missing over 40 years ago after her parents' cold case murder. 2023 BBC. Mother, son and father all wept together. Twenty years, 10 months and two weeks after her daughter vanished, Cynthia Haag was inside the row house she refused to abandon - lest her missing child come back - when her phone started to ring. For months, authorities "pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme," and "led officials to recruit 2,000 volunteers for a massive ground search on October 23," to no avail. I felt that would make me feel even more hurt, that the son I had been searching for, for 32 years, wouldn't accept the love and hug I give him," Jingzhi says. They were found after five weeks, and Berchtold, charged with kidnapping, was sentenced to serve five years in jail, though he only ended up serving 10 days. In the picture, mother and son stand side by side, looking like exact replicas of each other, overjoyed finally to be reunited. It seems I'm not alone, STEPHEN POLLARD: It's often the self-proclaimed anti-racists who are the foulest of the lot. In 2002, a 15-year-old Chamberlain was watering her friend's plants when a man drove up in a car and asked her to come closer so he could give her a brochure, she told Crime Watch Daily. The couple's family members had not heard from them since October 1980, according to the statement, while Baby Holly was left at a church in Arizona, Webster said. Thirteen-year-old Closs went missing from her Wisconsin home on October 15, 2018, the same night her parents were found fatally shot inside. After 32 years and more than 300 false leads the search was finally over. There were so many volunteers helping us find our children - I felt very touched by this," Jingzhi says. Marlene made the discovery when she walked into the kitchen that morning and noticed the garage and a side door open. It had a huge impact on me. 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That changed last year, when investigators used genetic genealogy to positively identify the bodies as Florida couple Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse Jr., according to Paxton. Berry gave birth to their child, a daughter, in 2006. Barnetts disappearance prompted a probe by the FBI, which obtained a warrant for her arrest in April 1994. Cookies collect information about your preferences and your device and are used to make the site work as you expect it to, to understand how you interact with the site, and to show advertisements that are targeted to your interests. Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra told CBS. "Before the meeting, I had a lot of worries. I was very disappointed. During this time, mother and son spent time looking at old photos, which both of them had hoped would awaken Jia Jia's memory of his childhood before he went missing. On one longer-than-usual trip in the same year that Jia Jia vanished, she took a long-distance bus to another town in Shaanxi, and then a bus into the countryside in search of a couple said to have adopted a boy from Xi'an who looked just like Jia Jia. Her elderly mother also served as a reminder to keep looking for her son. 'She said he had been crying all night, that it was screaming and wouldn't let her sleep,'' said the superintendent, Johana Rivera. She was not home at the time, and Ms. Rivera took his phone number and promised to pass it along. Knight, Berry, and DeJesus were all abducted by Ariel Castro and held in his Cleveland, Ohio, home for a decade. Mobley has a strained relationship with her birth mother, Shanara, but is close with her father and grandmother. She wasn't sure how her son would feel about her. The network also generated many more leads, though sadly none brought Jia Jia any closer. However, on January 10, Closs was found outside the small town of Gordon, about an hour from her home. Beers' case terrified the nation when a phone call she made from captivity was released to the public. Melissa Highsmith was raised with the name Melanie. Couples living in cities could have only one child, while those in rural areas could have a second if the first was a girl. For nine months, she was repeatedly abused and sexually assaulted. Melissa Highsmith, middle, is flanked by her mother Alta Atapenco and father Jeffrie Highsmith. Monday 18 May was chosen as the day for their reunion. A suspect in the deaths of her parents and her kidnapping was taken into custody. A family friend and neighbor, Robert "B" Berchtold, convinced her mother to let her go horseback riding with him, but instead he drugged Broberg and staged a kidnapping to make it look like they had both been taken. "I believe Tina's finally resting in peace knowing Holly is reuniting with her family.". Through her work with Baby Come Home and other organisations over the past two decades, Jingzhi has helped connect 29 children with their parents. Afterwards, I kept hearing my son's voice. Eight months later, on April 21, 2003, Castro kidnapped 16-year-old Berry, under the guise of giving her a ride home from her job at Burger King. Could be. In the familys statement, another sister Sharon Highsmith, who lives in Spain and plans to meet Melissa this Christmas described how her relatives had turned to law enforcement officials for assistance. ''There are no babies on that side of the building. Call for millions to take part in 'Homage of the People' to King Charles at the coronation sparks backlash NANA AKUA: Why I'm thrilled by the invitation to pledge my 'true allegiance' to King Charles III, MICK HUME: An oath of allegiance to the King? After their reunion, Jia Jia spent a month in Xi'an, taking turns staying with his birth mother and father. PUBLISHED: June 10, 2022 at 6:45 a.m. | UPDATED: June 10, 2022 at 7:01 a.m. (CNN) A woman who was left at an Arizona church as a baby has been identified through DNA . Holly is 42 years old and "alive and well," living in Houston, Paxton said. Clouse was about a year old when her parents' bodies were found in January 1981, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Her parents left a note saying they would meet her on a famous bridge 10 or 20 years later. He saw a worm on the ground. The woman said that the couple had joined their religious group and no longer wanted contact with their families and were giving up all of their possessions. I'm a doctor and here are the 5 signs you may have intestinal parasites, Why I've ditched a lifetime of possessions and downsized at 70 for my children, How to give yourself a natural facelift for just 25p! The following week, police took blood samples to do a new round of DNA tests and the results proved beyond any doubt that they were mother and son. Webster said the women were reportedly taken into custody, but investigators haven't found a police report about the incident, which Webster said wasn't unusual given how long ago it happened. So she hurried to that town and when she got there, again at night, spent hours going from one hotel to another, trying to track them down. His erratic behavior led to a police officer to request a meeting with him, Bocanegra, Dugard, and the two children. She wants to see the culprits punished for putting her through 32 years of anguish, and changing her life and Jia Jia's. Apantencos roommate handed Melissa over to the babysitter, who allegedly abducted her and never returned her. "I felt as though my heart had been emptied.". The family of . But in an affidavit tendered to the court, Savanna described Barnett as 'an amazing woman, having raised both myself and my brother and always giving us the support we needed to become the people that we are'. For. It was Aug . She said: 'It's been nearly 30 years, he should return,'" Jingzhi says. I also felt that if they could have this day, I definitely could have this day too. "I whispered in my mother's ear: 'Mum, don't worry, I will definitely find Jia Jia,'" she says. Marlene said she awoke one day to a heart-racing message from the woman that she may be Sabrina. The note came via Facebook in November, according to ABC. Melissa Highsmith was just 22-months old in 1971 when she was allegedly abducted by a woman who was hired to babysit her, according to posts by the family over the years. The results are pending. A policeman looked me right in the eye and said, We think you know what happened. . I don't want any more suffering. At a bond hearing, a prosecutor further claimed the tapes had even captured Steven talking about being high on cocaine the night Sabrina vanished. A call about Holly Marie. He has his own way of thinking. Mobley was located after a series of tips late last year to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, according to the sheriff. At first Esposito told authorities he had taken her to an arcade and that she had gotten kidnapped there, but surveillance footage proved that wrong. He didn't provide details about who found her, and did not say when she was found at the church. But I couldn't carry him. Family members last heard from the parents of "Baby Holly" in 1980. Has missing baby Sabrina Aisenberg at last been found? Altogether, Jingzhi visited 10 Chinese provinces on her search. "The very first thing that ran through my head when we heard Holly was found was the call that I got eight months ago about my sister's death," Tina Clouse's brother, Les Linn, said in a statement. Ray Ferrari, commander of the Cold Case Squad, said he knocked on Ms. Carmichael's door at 7:40 p.m. Friday and explained that he had a warrant to search her apartment. MORE: Florida police search for missing mom after son found alone in parking lot. The family was living in another apartment a few blocks away, and detectives think she took the body with her when she moved to the new apartment nearly two decades ago. "We were successful in our efforts to locate her and reunite her with her biological family.". "My mind went blank. Two-year-old Elijah Wong and 7-year-old Donnie Simmons were found during a traffic stop a month after they were reported missing. It didn't occur to me that I wouldn't be able to find him.". "My office diligently worked across state lines to uncover the mystery surrounding Hollys disappearance," Paxton said. Wissam Mohamed was reunited with his mother . Williams was sentenced to 18 years in prison in June 2018. Then she realised that they should work together to find their son. Knight had been missing for 12 years, Castro for 10, and DeJesus for nine. It was one of those children, Andre, who helped authorities discover the body of what he later learned was his twin sister. All rights reserved. On the day of the reunion, China Central Television (CCTV) ran a live broadcast which showed Jia Jia walking into the ceremony hall at the Xi'an Public Security Bureau, calling out "Mother!" Once the bodies were identified, the family began searching for Baby Holly, who was recently reunited with the family after many years, Paxton said. They formed a network spanning most provinces in China. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. "The whole family slept well last night.". Donnie was reportedly taken at gunpoint . Adopted and raised by another family, Andre went to the building at 94-01 Rockaway Parkway three weeks ago looking for his birth mother, a woman he had never met. First time she has been seen in 20 years: Savanna Harris Todd (right) pictured for the first time since disappearing as a baby in 1994. 13 incredible stories of children who were kidnapped and escaped. Im grateful we have vindication for my mom.. Though the Aisenbergs told ABC they have decided not to be in contact with Hillsborough sheriffs officials, the lead investigator on the case said, We are still currently focused on trying to find Sabrina Aisenberg and bring this case to a resolution.. Barnett was charged with international parental kidnapping and two counts of false statement in a passport application after being captured on November 4. All without success. ''She would sometimes complain about those noises but I never thought there would be anything like this,'' said Ms. Rivera, the superintendent for 15 years. The neighbor said that Closs approached her while she was walking her dog, and was so unnerved that she refused to say her name. She has maintained a job while in Australia and managed to get a mortgage on her home. In recalling the years she has known Ms. Carmichael, Ms. Rivera said yesterday that in retrospect, much of her behavior was odd and inexplicable. In late December 1980 or early January 1981, the families of Clouse's parents received a call from a person who identified herself as "Sister Susan," Webster said. When she got close enough, he put a gun to her neck and forced her to get in his trunk. Meanwhile officials were dropping broad hints in the press about their suspicions concerning the Aisenbergs. "This is something that makes my heart ache," Jingzhi says. During the search for his mother, Andre had also learned about an aunt, who then asked him whether he had looked up his twin sister. 'Baby Holly' found alive after missing for over 40 years after parents were murdered Family members last heard from the parents of "Baby Holly" in 1980. . Garrido had previously been in jail for 12 years for raping another woman. But she also talked about hearing a wailing baby, even though the building superintendent repeatedly assured her that no children lived anywhere near her apartment. The couples who buy them are childless, or have daughters but no sons, and most of them come from the countryside. The Texas Office of the Attorney General collaborated with the Lewisville Police Department, the Volusia County Sheriffs Office in Florida, the Arizona Attorney Generals Office, the Harris County Sheriffs Office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to close the case. They were completely soaked, extremely heavy," Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra told CBS. She began asking if anyone had seen Jia Jia in the neighbourhood of the hotel. Pre-abduction, Beers had been living with her abusive godmother and her husband, who was later convicted of sexually abusing her. Please enter valid email address to continue. Tina and Harold Clouse with baby Holly in an undated photo. Our family has suffered at the hands of agencies who have mismanaged this case, Sharon Highsmith said. She's also spreading her message on TikTok by sharing how she has overcome her trauma, mental awareness, and tips about PTSD. Even then she didn't give up. Investigators believe the group traveled around the Southwest U.S., including in Arizona, California and Texas, and had been seen in the region asking for food, Webster said. He ended up shooting himself when he was cornered by the police in 2002. But there are still many families looking for their missing children and many grown children looking for their birth parents. GP appointments crisis laid bare as figures show family doctors are cramming in up to 60 patients per day. Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? The couple had been on the run since 5 January until their arrest on . Sounds more like the stuff of a Stalinist people's republic. If convicted of the charges she is facing, Barnett could spend three years in prison on the kidnapping charge and 10 years on each of the two passport counts. Ms. Carmichael had once given Ms. Rivera a baby doll she said had belonged to he daughter and made her promise to never give it away, she recalled. Through her work with. Jia Jia continues to live in Chengdu while Jingzhi still lives in Xi'an. Chamberlain has used her experience to help others. It's been weeks since a newborn baby in Florida went missing. Donna Casasanta got the call this week, a call she's spent half of her life praying for. Knight, 21 at the time, was the first to go missing on August 23, 2002. We are very close.". A photo of Holly Clouse before she went missing and an age progression photo of her. grabbed off the street near her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, on June 10, 1991, missing when he was 7 years old, on December 4, 1972, eventually abducted 6-year-old Timothy White, Sixteen days after Timothy went missing the two hitchhiked 40 miles from Parnell's home, convinced her mother to let her go horseback riding with him, spent about a month in jail before being transferred to a psychiatric facility where he spent about six months, died in 2005 due to an intentional overdose. I thought perhaps he had got lost. After resting, she set off and found the woman and the child. My mum was worried I would have a mental breakdown," Jingzhi says. Savanna Harris Todd has been. "To go from hoping to find her to suddenly meeting her less than 8 months later -- how miraculous is that?" Webster said two women brought Clouse to the church. Six-year-old Paislee Shultis was found in 2022 after being missing for over two years. She has also been vocal in her support for Williams, whom she still calls "mom.". To go from hoping to find her to suddenly meeting her less than 8 months later - how miraculous is that? Two years after the initial kidnapping, he took Broberg again, this time to Pasadena, California. While Ms. Carmichael has no criminal record, the police said she has a history of child abuse, and two of her three other children were sent into foster care long ago. According to her and Steve, the woman has several reasons to feel there may be secrets in her past, including the fact that she has no baby pictures before the age of 1. Seeing their child go back to them, I had hope that one day my child would return to me," Jingzhi says. Smart was 14 years old when 48-year-old drifter Brian David Mitchell broke into her home in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 5, 2002. A missing person poster for Melissa Highsmith. Melissa Highsmith went missing in 1971 . Officially the Aisenbergs were charged only with lying to police about their involvement in the disappearance of Sabrina. Jingzhi assumed he would quickly be found. The revelation of Sabrinas fate so many years later would mark the final twist in a case that once made national headlines not just for the details of the disappearance but also because the Aisenberg family soon fell under suspicion. ': Images Released of Girl Abducted from Bowling Alley in 1999 When It Was Mom's Turn to Bowl, Missing Mich. Her favourite picture is the first they took together, the day after their reunion, when they spent time alone in a park.