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Doyle
08-12-2003, 09:56 PM
http://www.find-missing-children.org/Posters/poster214.htm

Up2theminute
08-18-2003, 05:23 AM
Bianca Elaine Lebron
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance


Missing Since: November 7, 2001 from Bridgeport, Connecticut
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: June 26, 1991
Age: 10 years old
Height and Weight: 4'11; 115 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair; hazel eyes. Lebron has a birthmark on her forehead. Some agencies may spell her last name "LeBron."
Details of Disappearance here (http://www.angelfire.com/mi3/mpccn/lebron.html)
(w/ sketch & pic of possible van)

Doyle
11-08-2003, 07:30 AM
Deputy Sheriff Larry King of the Leon County Sheriff's Department said Thursday sheriff's deputies are not actively searching the Fort Myers area for Bianca LeBron, who was 10 years old when she vanished from the front of her Bridgeport school on Nov. 7, 2001. But they did go to the home of Jason Lara, 20, who was arrested in Florida on Oct. 23.
http://www.ctnow.com/news/local/hc-missinggirl1107.artnov07,1,4859141.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

Up2theminute
11-10-2003, 03:16 AM
bump

Up2theminute
11-10-2003, 03:17 AM
Doyle, Bianca has a duplicate thread in the regular missing section. It was back on earlier pages. I bumped it.

alpharee
11-10-2003, 11:20 AM
she's a very pretty little girl. I wish they'd find her safe but it's been so long now.
This totally scares me about schools. I can't believe they just "let" her leave without really knowing. I know here I had to fill out and sign a form when school starts to who can pick my child up. If they are not on the list, then they are not suppose to be able to pick them up. I guess this school didn't do that.

blueclouds
12-03-2003, 12:43 AM
ugggggg, this article says man involved in "romantic relationship" with Bianca?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE'S 10

Doyle
12-03-2003, 06:07 AM
An attorney for a Florida man who is being questioned about the disappearance of a 10-year-old Bridgeport girl told a judge Tuesday that he will conduct an investigation in an effort to clear his client.
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ct--missinggirl1202dec02,0,4011668.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

Doyle
12-04-2003, 06:23 AM
A 20-year-old Florida man, who police believe may have information on missing 12-year-old Bianca LeBron, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Superior Court to a forgery charge.
http://www.connpost.com/Stories/0,1413,96~3750~1806006,00.html

Doyle
12-20-2003, 05:09 AM
Jason Lara, 21, of Fort Myers, Fla., was questioned at length but never identified as a suspect in the disappearance of Bianca LeBronon Nov. 7, 2001. He maintained his innocence Friday as he left Superior Court in Bridgeport after being sentenced to a year's probation for interfering with police.
http://www.ctnow.com/news/local/hc-lara1220.artdec20,1,5926984.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

WasBlind
08-13-2004, 03:19 AM
For Bianca

fourboys
11-07-2004, 08:59 PM
November 7, 2004, 4:25 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Even after three years, Carmelito Torres still has hope that her daughter will be found unharmed.

Ten-year-old Bianca Lebron disappeared from outside Elias Howe School on Nov. 7, 2001. Police say the fifth-grader was waiting with other students to enter the school at about 8:30 a.m. when she told classmates she was leaving with an "uncle" on a shopping trip. The students saw her get into a brown-and-tan van with tinted windows.
It was the last time she was seen.

"Three years is a long time, and it's been very hard for us, but we still have hope that she will be returned to us," Torres said. "We would just appeal to the person who has her to let her go so that she can come home to us."

Police have had several sightings of a van that resembled the one she entered, but have not been able to develop solid leads. Police are still waiting for a break in the case.

"We are continuing our investigation and still interviewing people when we get leads," Sgt. Jesus Ortiz said. "As recently as a few weeks ago we were interviewing people. It never stops."

The girl's disappearance has been publicized through national media outlets, including the television program "America's Most Wanted," and People magazine. A total of $62,000 in reward money for information leading to her whereabouts remains unclaimed.

Last year, police questioned 20-year-old Jason Lara, who they believed might have had a relationship with Bianca. But they later released him after he continually denied knowing the girl's whereabouts.

"We are still awaiting her safe return as is her family," Howe Principal Lourdes Delgado said.
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ct--missinggirl1107nov07,0,7414987.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

Trino
11-07-2004, 09:31 PM
Don't be so quick to blame the schools, Alpha. She disappeared at 8:30 a.m. while waiting to go INTO the school. School doors have designated times to open, so kids will be supervised. It sounds like she did this on her own. Maybe she walked to school, or maybe her parents let her off. If she had been my daughter, even if I had driven her, I probably would have left her off with the other waiting students BEFORE school. Who would have thought she would have truanted at age 10?

bugaboo
07-28-2005, 08:43 AM
Hi everyone! I'm new here, but have been reading posts for a while now. I looked around to see if anyone had posted about Bianca, but couldn't find anything in this forum. I'm from CT, and would love to see some new information on this case. It's just plain odd. Bianca disappeared from in front of her school on November 7, 2001. She told friends she was going to the mall with her "uncle" , right before she got into a tan or brown van that pulled up in front of the school. She hasn't been seen since.

There is a sketch of a suspect, but I haven't heard much of anything in a few years about this case. I just wanted to share in case anyone happens to know anything. Thanks!

http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/kidnap/lebron.htm

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/without_a_trace/missing_person/lebron_bianca.shtml

(By the way, that cbs site has some interesting cases in the archive as well)

Jenn
07-28-2005, 01:52 PM
Hi there Bugaboo. Welcome to WS! I remember this case well. Such a sweet, adorable little girl. There is a thread here for Bianca. Here is the link:
http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26&highlight=Bianca+Lebron

KT Can
07-28-2005, 03:02 PM
Yes, I remember this little girl very well. So sad. The million dollar question is who is this "uncle" person? Has there been any new information released over the years?

smile22
07-30-2005, 07:11 AM
hi im from ct too and i often wondered about the case myself. i wonder if this "uncle person" was like talking to her before and luring her into his life then bam he kidnaps her and then the rest is a mysterie check out http://www.angelfire.com/ct3/unsolvedct/ its got pictures with cases biancas case is listed on there as well as other children including the 1973 disaperance of janice pockett who went riding her bike at age 7 and vanished its been over 30 years and still no answers

bugaboo
11-29-2005, 04:12 PM
Just wanted to make sure she is not forgotten. She's got to be somewhere...

http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/lebron_bianca.html

Bobbisangel
11-29-2005, 07:07 PM
I wonder what led LE to believe that the guy they questioned in the beginning even knew this young girl much less that the two were having a RELATIONSHIP??? I wonder if LE did more than just talk to that guy? This little gal has been missing for an awful long time and someone out there has gotten away with murder....so far.

Rle7
02-27-2007, 02:38 AM
It was a disappearance that dominated headlines and led newscasts five years ago and police say it is by no means a cold case.

Bianca Lebron was just 10-years old when she went missing in Bridgeport and despite rewards, intense police work and many leads, authorities are still trying to find Bianca. As for Bianca's family members, the wait has been agonizing.

"It's hard getting up in the morning and wondering where my niece could be," said Bianca's aunt Gertrude Reboira.

The last time anybody saw Bianca was in November 2001 when she left the courtyard of Elias Howe School and got into a van with tinted windows. A man was behind the wheel and according to witnesses, Bianca acted as if she knew the man. Bianca told classmates she was going to the mall with her uncle. To this day, Bianca's mother can not make sense of that.

"I always have that in my mind. Why did she leave with that person? Why doesn't she call? A lot of things go through my mind because Bianca was a good girl," said her mother Carmelita Torres.

The FBI is working with Bridgeport Police, but time, reward money and boxes filled with tips have not led to an arrest.

Bridgeport police officers Jesus Ortiz and John Meyer head up the investigation and they remain optimistic that the case is solvable.

http://www.wtnh.com/global/story.asp?s=6146204

missacorah
02-27-2007, 09:23 AM
Bianca obviously knew that what she was doing was wrong and that her family wouldnt approve, hence her decision to meet the man at school and not have him collect her from her home that day. She also had the sense to describe him as her uncle so deep down she knew that him being with her was somehow wrong.

However she was at an impressionable age and was maybe flattered by this weirdos attention, no matter how wrong it was. Maybe she left for good with him willingly and just didnt come back for whatever reasons. Could she have fallen pregnant and been ashamed?

Just long shots...

Bobbisangel
02-27-2007, 08:33 PM
This girl was only 10 years old and in the fifth grade! How would she have been having a relationship with an older person? Her going with him must have been pre-arranged for him to show up at the school and her to go right over to him. Did she have a uncle that no one has thought to look at after all of this time? A friend of the family that she called "uncle?" Seems like every family has a close friend that their kids call their uncle even though he isn't.
Maybe the "uncle" had talked to her the night before and said that he wanted to take her shopping at the mall. If this girl didn't have much she would have been thrilled. He could have even borrowed a vehicle from someone or rented one so he wouldn't have been identified.

This girl was just a little girl. I can't imagine her being mature enough to plan to go away with someone or be into relationships with anyone. That doesn't make sense to me. If she had been a couple years older but not at 10 yrs.

missacorah
02-28-2007, 05:10 AM
I know what you mean. My daughter is 12 and I cant imagine her having any ideas like that for a good few years to come. I guess the point I was trying to get across was that you never know what these sorts of people tell the kids to get them to go with them.

Bobbisangel
03-04-2007, 02:29 AM
I wonder if this "uncle" was actually the uncle of one of Bianca's little friends or maybe someone that a little friend called "uncle?" I just find it telling that Bianca would tell her school friends that her uncle was picking her up. Ten year olds aren't old enough to think things through and come up with a cover story. I wonder if the young man that they questioned was friends with or related to anyone that Bianca's knew? Some way Bianca knew the person who picked her up.

hoppyfrog
03-21-2008, 07:34 PM
http://www.connpost.com/breakingnews/ci_8652936

21 March 08

City officials have agreed to pay $750,000 to the family of Bianca Lebron, a 10-year-old whose disappearance from a city school nearly six and one-half years ago sparked controversy over local school security and an unsuccessful nationwide search.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, which still must be approved by the City Council, the city will make six yearly payments to the girl's family of $125,000.

much, much more at link

gaia227
10-30-2008, 12:46 PM
Bumping

According to the Topix forum - Biance did have a great-uncle name Jose Reboira who was dating and lived with Luz Gonzalez who just happens to be the mother of Jason Lara.

Jose Reboira died of an alleged drug overdose shortly after his sister (bianca's great aunt) called the police to tell them that Jason Lara fit the description. The only other person present when Jose died was Luz Gonzalez - Jason Lara's mother......

hoppyfrog
07-25-2009, 09:29 PM
http://www.courant.com/community/bridgeport/hc-web-bridgeport-girl-search-0722jul23,0,3228637.story

22 July 09

State and local police spent about two hours digging up a section of Bridgeport (http://www.courant.com/topic/us/connecticut/fairfield-county/bridgeport-%28fairfield-connecticut%29-PLGEO100100201020000.topic)'s Seaside Park Saturday in an effort to find the remains of a 10-year-old girl who disappeared nearly eight years ago from outside her city school, the Connecticut Post (http://www.connpost.com/localnews/ci_12884549) reported.

Bianca Lebron disappeared when she left Elias Howe School property in November 2001.

more at link

hmg
10-07-2009, 04:07 PM
Bumping for Bianca. What a sad case...

Bobbisangel
10-10-2009, 03:29 PM
I wonder who the person was that made away with this little girl? I still think that it was someone that she actually called "uncle." Maybe the uncle of a school friend or someone that someone in her family knew and refered to this person as "uncle." She knew him from somewhere and he must have told her to call him "uncle" such and such. I don't think she was in a relationship with this person because she was still such a baby.

I think she had seen him at someone's house right before she left with him and he told her he would pick her up at school that day and they would go to the mall...he would buy her such and such..something that he knew she would like to have. She must have trusted him because she felt that she knew him and just went right with him. The promise of getting something at the mall would have reeled her right in.

I wonder if LE got a description of this man from the people who saw her get in the van with him? If I was in LE I would have been checking up on any male relatives of any of her friends that she spends time with at their homes and looking for any males who hung out at her relatives homes. It has to be someone connected with someone that she knows well.

I'm glad that her parents won their suit. This little girl never should have been allowed to leave the school with just anyone.

Angels_Not_Forgotten
10-12-2009, 03:43 PM
I agree Bobbisangel. I wonder, though, WHY would any 12 year old girl be hanging around ANY man that isn't family? shoot, being family doesn't even stop the madness :( There apparently was concern that she was meeting the Jason Lara guy, he's 21. WHERE would she know him from? Would we know more about "uncle" at that point?

JulieR
10-12-2009, 10:33 PM
http://www.connpost.com/breakingnews/ci_8652936

21 March 08

City officials have agreed to pay $750,000 to the family of Bianca Lebron, a 10-year-old whose disappearance from a city school nearly six and one-half years ago sparked controversy over local school security and an unsuccessful nationwide search.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, which still must be approved by the City Council, the city will make six yearly payments to the girl's family of $125,000.

much, much more at link

This link don't work anymore, but from the little posted here that just don't sound right. Why would the city officials pay this money? I am very sorry the little girl is missing, but it's not the fault of the school or the city....what am I missing here?

Angels_Not_Forgotten
10-13-2009, 10:14 AM
I agree Julie, It is VERY sad. I know before my son's school (starts at 9:15, elementary) they have from 9-9:15 where the kids are supervised. I wonder if her school started earlier and someone was supposed to be watching over the kids? I know on the link it said before school, but if it were RIGHT before school...hmm...I still don't see it though. :( so so sad.

gaia227
10-13-2009, 10:21 AM
I think the issue was that Bianca's parents felt once they dropped her off at school she would be under supervision yet she was able to leave the premises. She even TOLD a teacher along with fellow students she was going shopping with an uncle and the school let her leave with this man without ever identifying who he was or if this was approved by her mother. He did not have to sign her out at the office or anything. They just let her walk away and get in the car with some strange guy without ever verifying who it was. I am sure it is strict policy of most schools that no child can leave or be signed out by anyone other than a parent unless they have been notified by the parents. School administrators did even know she was missing until a day after her disappearence. Her teacher simply marked her as absent. When I was in school if a child had an unexcused absence the parents were always called.

I don't have children but I do see Bianca's parents perspective. I would expect that once I drop my children off at school they are being closely supervised and would not be allowed to leave with strangers. That teachre who heard Bianca talking about leaving with her uncle should have been more diligent. I know I would find it very strange if I was a teacher and an uncle was coming to pick up a student from school before classes and then when I saw some young guy sitting in a car in the parking lot waiting for her I hope I would be diligent enough to call Bianca's parents to see if this had been arranged. That teacher was fired if I remember correctly.

Here is Bianca's Charley Project page. I didn't see it here.

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/l/lebron_bianca.html

JulieR
10-13-2009, 10:52 AM
Thanks gaia, that explains it much better. I thought she wasn't at school yet (like walking to school) when she left with the so called uncle.

gaia227
10-13-2009, 12:20 PM
Yeah, she was at school already when she left with him. He was reportedly sitting in the parking lot waiting for her. Pretty scary, huh?

hoppyfrog
10-13-2009, 01:44 PM
I'm going to move this thread over to the Missing/Located Discussion forum so that we can discuss, speculate, opinionate (is that a word?) more openly.

Thanks,

Hoppy

gaia227
10-13-2009, 04:21 PM
Thank you Hoppy!

amber1
11-25-2009, 12:33 AM
bump:)

Patience
08-13-2010, 05:41 PM
Whatever happened to Bianca Lebron.

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/lebron.htm



BIANCA LEBRON http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/lebron.jpg

Patience
08-13-2010, 05:44 PM
Bianca Lebron missing case on you tube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLiRVIxeTWk

ctaylor
11-08-2011, 05:17 PM
http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/connecticut/10-years-since-bridgeport-girl-vanished


10 years since Bridgeport girl vanished

Updated: Tuesday, 08 Nov 2011, 12:46 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 08 Nov 2011, 12:46 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) - It has been 10 years now since a then-ten-year-old Bridgeport girl disappeared.

It was exactly 10 years ago Monday when Bianca LeBron was standing outside of her school, saw a brown van approaching on the street and got inside of it. She hasn't been seen since.

It happened around 8:30 in the morning on Nov. 7, 2001. Bianca was lined up with her classmates getting ready to head into school for the day when police say she saw someone she knew, a man she referred to her friends as her 'uncle' inside of a brown van that had pulled up behind the school.

"Her friends were out there," said Detective John Burke, "she turned to her friends and says 'hey my uncle is going to take us to the mall do you want to go?' and her friends declined and got in the van and hasn't been seen since."

.....

amber1
03-09-2012, 12:03 PM
Beautiful little girl, I hope she is found there's still hope.
There are so many children who go missing off of school grounds, this scares me. As a parent, I expect school to be a safe haven for my child, but when you hear stuff like this, it's like a haven for child predators as well.

necco
03-10-2012, 11:50 AM
The "uncle" could have been any male adult she knew. In the south, people use "sir and "ma'am", in the area Bianca is from, it is not uncommon for all adults to be addressed with a title. If they are familiar enough to not be called "Mr." or "Ms.", the titles of "Aunt" and "Uncle" are often used as a sign of affection or for friends of the family.

Bianca was under supervision at the time of her disappearance. While there are strict rules about picking up children from school around here, they are sometimes ignored if the child knows the adult and there aren't specific custodial issues expressed to the school. This, however, is usually at dismissal. I find it very odd that the teacher let her go BEFORE school, even if she knew the person. The Bridgeport School System seriously tightened their policies after Bianca disappeared.

The fact that she invited her friends along makes me think this was not a planned elopement on her part.

CMac2
03-10-2012, 12:09 PM
Is it possible that the truck Bianca got into WAS her uncle's truck (or one similar to it), but unexpectedly, JL was actually inside driving? Depending on the weather that morning, Bianca could have seen what she believed to be her Uncle's car, but due to the outside glare, was unable to clearly view who was behind the wheel. She could have hopped in, assuming her uncle had arrived to pick her up, only to see JL instead. She might have still gone with him, after realizing it was not, in fact, her uncle, as JL was well known to her uncle's family, and therefore, perhaps known to her as well. He could have simply said, "your uncle told me to come get you- he's still taking you to the mall later, but he got busy and sent me to pick you up" or something.

The fact that Bianca asked a classmate if she'd like to join her and the "Uncle" on this trip to the mall makes me think A) she really believed her uncle was coming to get her that morning to take her to the mall and B) didn't believe she was doing anything wrong. If she was sneaking off with someone, she wouldn't have invited a girlfriend to come along too. JMO.

amber1
03-12-2012, 01:30 AM
Her disappearance reminds me of a sexual predator/ sex offender situations I have seen on the news/read about. Maybe this is a situation much like Jaycee Dugards? Jaycee was easily overlooked, maybe Bianca is too, they could be out of the country.
I wonder if registered sex offenders have been checked out?
This is her FB page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Finding-Bianca-Lebron/244629328332

Search Park for Remains:
http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Cops-search-Seaside-Park-for-Bianca-Lebron-s-472.php
News 2011:
http://fairfieldcountyind.com/2011/05/22/mystery-of-girl%E2%80%99s-disappearance-remains-unsolved/

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
03-07-2013, 12:25 AM
NamUs - https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/4033/0/

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
05-19-2013, 12:15 AM
Holding out hope missing Bridgeport girl is alive

[snip]

Bianca LeBron disappeared in Bridgeport back in November 2001 when she was just 10-years-old. Her family is still hoping she will be found alive someday.

"I just want for us to get a call one day like that. To say Bianca's found, she's in the hospital, go get her," said Sonia Torres, Bianca's grandmother.

[snip]

The so-called 'uncle' has never been found. Any leads that have come in have turned up empty.

More: http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/fairfield_cty/holding-out-hope-missing-ct-girl-is-alive#.UZhRPMpujX-

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-14-2013, 02:02 PM
10 Cases Of Students Vanishing From Their Schools

9 - Bianca Lebron

Ten-year-old Bianca Lebron was a fifth-grade student at Elias Howe School in Bridgeport, Connecticut. On the morning of November 7, 2001, she arrived for classes and told her friends and teacher that her uncle was going to take her shopping that day. At approximately 8:30 AM, she was seen climbing into a brown van with tinted windows, which was being driven by a Hispanic male in his twenties. Because everyone at school assumed this man was Bianca’s uncle, they did not think her departure was unusual and her teacher simply marked her absent for the day. This is the last anyone ever saw of her.

However, Bianca did not actually have an uncle and no one from her family owned a brown van. As a result of this misunderstanding, Bianca was not reported missing until later that night. A potential suspect was Jason Gonzalez, a 20-year-old acquaintance of Bianca’s who had reportedly been seen kissing her. He left town a month after Bianca’s disappearance and did not provide a statement to police for nearly two years. While Gonzalez does resemble the composite sketch of the driver and had a friend who owned a brown van at the time, he did provide an alibi for that morning. After declaring her daughter legally dead, Bianca’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school for allowing her to leave with this unidentified man, but she still has no answers about what happened to her daughter.

http://listverse.com/2013/07/11/10-cases-of-students-vanishing-from-their-schools/

DianeElaine
06-04-2014, 04:59 PM
I don't quite understand how anyone could have described what the "uncle" was wearing while he was seated in the brown van with tinted windows at the school that morning. Did a witness approach the van with Bianca and take note of his apparel---right down to what he was wearing on his feet? Doesn't make any sense to me.

Does anyone know how these details came to be reported? I'm stumped.

CMac2
06-06-2014, 10:20 PM
Didn't Angie Houseman (St. Louis, MO area) say she was going to go shopping with her uncle the day she disappeared too? I do not believe the cases are related, but that schools allow these kids to leave with so-called "relatives" without permission from a child's legal guardian is terrifying.

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