Have you seen Ayla Reynolds?It
was a rough year for children in America in 2012. The tragedy at Sandy
Hook Elementary is freshest on our minds, of course, but this was the
year when 672 of the 715 children reported missing to the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children disappeared here in the United States. From baby Ayla Reynolds to Iowa cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins,
we have spent countless hours tied to our computer screens willing
miracles to happen, for little ones to be reunited with their distraught
Wonder what has happened to them? Here's a look at the latest on the cases that made us hug our own little ones closer in 2012:
1. Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins:
The Iowa cousins took off on a bike ride in July only to befall
tragedy. The bodies of both girls were discovered earlier this month by a
hunter in a wildlife area. Police are still investigating the case to
determine who caused their death, and the reward for information that provides them answers is climbing.
2. Ayla Reynolds:
Her disappearance in late 2011 carried over into the near year as
police in Maine searched desperately for the little girl. As of today, a
full year later, Ayla's remains one of only threemissing child cases in Maine to remain unsolved. Anyone with information that could bring Ayla home is asked to call Waterville Police at 207-624-7076.
3. Dylan Redwine:
The 13-year-old Colorado boy disappeared while visiting his dad over
the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one has heard from him since. The
teen's dad reported seeing him asleep before heading out to do some
early morning errands, but when he returned the boy was gone. A reward for information leading to his return has risen to $20,000.
4. Jessica Ridgeway:
Teenager Austin Sigg was arrested in October and accused of murdering
the 10-year-old Colorado girl. In the months since, prosecutors have
added to the charges, most recentlyaccusing Sigg of sexual assault of the little girl. He is expected to return to court in February.
5. Autumn Pasquale: The mother of one of the accused killers of 12-year-old Autumn turned her son in to police in New Jersey. Since then, the 15- and 17-year-old offenders have been going through court proceedings in juvenile court, but a judge has barred the media from entering.
6. Saanvi Venna:
There was hope that 10-month-old Saanvi would survive after being
abducted from her grandmother's care -- even though grandma had been
murdered. Those hopes were dashed with the discovery of the baby's body
in October and the arrest of close family friend. Raghunandan Yandamurihas
pleaded not guilty to second degree murder, but there is talk that
Pennsylvania authorities may seek the death penalty in the case.
7. Isabel Celis:
The 6-year-old disappeared from her Tucson, Arizona bedroom this
spring, striking fear in hearts of parents everywhere that even at home
kids are not safe. Seven months later, there are still no answers for
the Celis family. If you have information that can bring her home, call
police at 520-882-7463.
8. Jhessye Shockley:
Also from Arizona, Jhessye Shockley went missing in October 2011, but
the case of the missing 5-year-old carried over into 2012 as
investigators continued to come up empty. The little girl's mom, Jerice
Hunter, allegedly left her with older siblings the day she disappeared.
Since then police haven't been able to track down the little girl. But
they opted to arrest Hunter anyway, charging her earlier this year with
first degree murder and child abuse in September. The case is still
winding its way through the courts, and police continue to search for
the little girl.
9. Lisa Irwin:
It's been more than a year since the 10-month-old disappeared from her
Missouri home, but parents Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley have
desperately tried to keep their daughter's case in the news in an
attempt to find her. This fall they revealed that they still buy her
toys and clothes. If you have information that could help bring this
little girl home, call police at 816-474-TIPS.
Which of these cases hit you the hardest?
Image via National Center for Missing & Exploited Children