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- September 21, 2009
- Vol. 72
- No. 12
An Expert Says There Is "Real Hope" That Other Missing Kids—Like These, in Age-Progressed Photos Below—Can Be Returned Safe to Their Families
Alma, Ark., June 9, 1995
Morgan Nick was only 6 years old when she vanished from a Little League game. Colleen Nick, 44, her mother, has moved into a new house since then but still has a room waiting for her daughter. "Over the door is painted, 'Each heart is whispering home, home at last,'" she says.
Harlem, May 18, 1989
Christopher Dansby was barely 2 years old when he vanished from a playground. His mother, Allison Dansby, 46, believes someone took her child and sold him. "I hope he was raised by someone who loved him, who took care of him and didn't abuse him," she says. "I hope he comes back."
Tucson, Jan. 11, 1996
The day she vanished without a trace, 7-year-old Karen Grajeda went roller-skating in the courtyard of her apartment building. She took her skates home about 6 p.m., then went back out to play. "I believe she's alive," her mother, Rosalba Lozoya, told the Tucson Citizen in 1999.
Valrico, Fla., Nov. 24, 1997
Steve Aisenberg remembers putting his 4-month-old daughter Sabrina to bed in her crib. The next morning she was gone. The Aisenbergs believe the kidnapper wanted a child of his or her own. "We hope someday Sabrina sees her picture and wonders if this is her," says Aisenberg, 46.
St. Joseph, Minn., Oct. 22, 1989
Patty Wetterling, 59, still dreams about how she and her son Jacob will bond if he ever comes home. "For me it's on a beach in Europe," she says. "It's just us building that bridge." Jacob was 11 when he was abducted by a masked gunman while on his way home with friends.
Del Haven, N.J., Nov. 25, 1991
Maureen Himebaugh, 57, lives in the same house as she did when her 11-year-old son Mark was abducted after he went to watch a nearby fire. Police found his left shoe about 75 yards from his home. "I won't move," she says, "because I still have that dream that Mark could walk through that door."
ANOTHER PHILLIP GARRIDO VICTIM?
Hayward, Calif., Nov. 19, 1988
Police say Phillip Garrido is a possible suspect in the disappearance of Michaela Garecht, who was abducted outside a Hayward, Calif., grocery store in 1988. Like Jaycee Dugard, Michaela, 9, was snatched off the street. She also bears an uncanny resemblance to Jaycee, whose return has stirred up mixed emotions in Michaela's mother, Sharon Murch, 55. "I am so happy for her and her family," says Murch, "but I just scream in my heart, 'Why couldn't it have been Michaela?'"
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