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Thread: ND - AMBER ALERT: Reachelle Smith, 3, Minot, 16 May 2006

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dex
    Well that was an odd quarky kinda call, I hope and pray they look into it. He seemed kinda hesitant at first until I started getting more into detail, then he asked me to describe the man and I gave them the info I had. Keep your eyes out and let me know if anyone hears anything, he took my information in case he needed to get ahold of me again.
    IMO, it is very important that anybody ANYWHERE who believes they have seen a child resembling Reachelle should call in a tip immediately.

    It has been 8 days.

    She could be ANYWHERE, and she could be with ANYBODY.

    Maybe the child you saw was NOT her - and maybe they've received 199 sightings of that same precise child, but it is only the precise detailed info that you handed over that can lead the LEOs to the precise child to either identify her as Reachelle or else to eliminate her.

    AND if they eliminate this child, then when they receive future sightings of her, they'll already know that she's just a look alike.

    In a case of an active Amber Alert --- as opposed say, to a cold case decades old, I think you simply should CALL and let the LEOs decide the veracity of your tips.

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    I whole heartedly agree, there was something in his tone that struck me off guard, hopefully, it was the fact that I had detailed information.

    From my experience with LE in reporting things, no one seems to listen or take me seriously, and it's not like im some paranoid schizophrenic who calls in everything I hear. I remember last year someone threw a full beer bottle at my house that almost shattered my living room window where my son was playing on the floor, a few months later someone hit my bedroom window with a paintball gun, im assuming its an ex. Can't get LE to do anything about it. In another instance I caught a gentlemen walking through my backyard on crutches, looked injured, had gauze around his hands. Its a BIG backyard and he was booking it. I called LE and asked that they check up on him because of the looks of things, and told them he was going north and gave a description. Next thing I know, as I'm listening to the scanner, the dispatch has him going the opposite direction! They never did find him, I always hoped he was ok. You just don't see people like that normally, and I live kinda in the country. The LE here has alot to brush up on, thats why I contacted ND direct.

    Funniest thing about it, is thats the field I'm going into LOL.

    Hopefully for her sake, if it is her, they took me very seriously. I told him that it wasn't like I heard about her on the news, while I did think the girl looked like her, it wasn't until everyone starting telling me about the military and Colorado link that gave me goosebumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dex
    I could kick myself in the arse now for looking into this before now. The girl I saw had lighter hair, but some of the facial features strike me as familiar. I don't know if I've contaminated my own eye sight from looking at other pics of kids or what. Is this the first time this pic has been shown in her case? Im going to have my mother look at it, who was with me, and nonetheless walmart has surveilance if need be. Can you find the links that says his mother lived on air force base and the CO link???
    Dex, try this page. I hope I get the link right.
    http://www.minotdailynews.com/news/s...new24news1.asp

    Like I say, I hope I get the link right. I can't cut'n paste



    edited to try to fix it...

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    Dex...

    Ok, I think I got that link to work.
    Look at the bottom of the page to find that info you were looking for...

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    Today there's a large photo of her on the front page of the online edition of the paper, and her hair looks much lighter in color than how it appeared to me last night on TV.

    http://www.minotdailynews.com/index.asp

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    Ive been praying and waiting for any updates on this baby girl...

    Like many of you, i have a bad feeling this wont have a happy ending the guy commiting suicide and all...just makes me sick, they waited 4 days to report her missing.
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    Until tonight I wondered if the 22 yr old was actually the one who took her but I don't have any doubts now. On the news it said that the little one was put to bed at her aunts house. She was gone in the morning and the 22 yr old said that he had taken her to his mother's home. The aunt just accepted what he said and didn't even check to see if the little girl had clean clothes or anything else she might need at the 22 yr old's mother's house. Then we find out that the guy's mother had moved before that night or shortly afterwards.

    My question now is...why would this 22 yr old get that little girl up sometime in the night to take her to his mothers? Why would he have taken her without saying anything to the aunt first?

    I wonder if he did something to that little girl during that night. I don't know if the aunt was home asleep or if she was gone. Regardless, I wonder if he did something and he ended up killing her. He could have taken her body anywhere to get rid of it. Then when the aunt questioned the where abouts of the little girl he said he had taken her to his mothers. If that aunt had just made a phone call to the guy's mother she would have come to realize that no one was there. If she had gone over there she would have realized that the mother had moved if in fact she had already moved.

    Speaking of the guy's mother....I wonder if LE has checked up on her. If she hadn't moved before that night but right afterwards could she have the little girl with her? Maybe she didn't feel the little girl was being well taken care of and maybe the 22 yr old had convinced his mother that the little girl belonged to him.

    If the 22 yr old had been hit and knocked out and then the van was set up so he would die of carbon monoxide I would think that the ME will figure that out. I think he committed suicide because he did something to that baby and knew he would get caught and sent to prison. Heck, he even took the aunts van to commit suicide in!

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    This is all so confusing! I just question why the aunt never checked on Raechelle. Even if the boyfriend said he put her to bed, wouldn't it just be the "mother" instinct to check on her? I know she was the aunt, but she was raising this child as her own. I know when my little girl was small, I checked on her more than once during the night. She's 10, and I STILL check on her! Also, if the boyfriend told the aunt that Raechelle was at his mother's, wouldn't the aunt call to just check on her? Something just doesn't sit right here. I can't imagine going a few days w/o knowing the whereabouts of my child or not talking to her. I know if my dh told me he took my dd to his mom's at that age, I would still call to see how everything was going, heck, I would have been the one to pack! Raechelle was old enough for this aunt to talk to on the phone, given there even was a phone to call on. There is a big piece of this puzzle missing, and unfortunately boyfriend died w/ that piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbisangel
    I think he committed suicide because he did something to that baby and knew he would get caught and sent to prison.
    Unfortunately, I agree. IMO, it will be a miracle if this little girl is still alive.

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    I haven't heard anything back from ND LE, so Im wondering if they followed up or what.


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    The Minot Daily News: Search continues - - Minot Daily News

    ... officers and volunteers searched both Oak and Roosevelt parks. City workers started drawing water down in a dead loop of the Mouse River near Oak Park and also searched an area of the city landfill for possible evidence...

    Walter said the pumping would continue all night. "We're going to draw the water down as far as we can. It will be sometime (today) before it's finished.''

    Hanson said he requested the move because the Smith residence is located near the Oak Park loop...

    (Landfill) - He did not say whether authorities had any tips that led them to the landfill; however there was a report that Cowen had been seen dumping a garbage bag into a dumpster last week.

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    Leaving no stone unturned ...

    Grand Forks Herald | 05/26/2006 | MINOT: Police check with experts as search continues for 3-year-old

    Police say they have spoken with FBI behavioral scientists as well as psychics in their search for 3-year-old Reachelle Smith...

    Hanson said he still hopes to find Reachelle alive.

    "I'd be lying if I said we didn't think the possibility exists that she could be dead, because we're searching garbage dumps and rivers and such, but we want to cover all our bases," he said. "I still think there's a possibility that she's alive..."

    Cowen's mother has been questioned several times in Kansas, Hanson said. "We have no reason to believe that she's involved," he said.

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    Ya know the ironic thing about that, is im wondering what the psychic told them, there have been a few cases in ohio and each time they checked landfills and a river. Maybe they need to consult a different psychic sounds like the same answers are given for all missing persons. I know its standard, but i just dont have the feeling shes dead.

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    I just hope this little girl is found safe. But if not, she is more safe than she ever has been. She has lots of friends to play with in heaven. I would list the taken children but, unfortunately there have been too many, that have been taken too soon and the list would be endless.
    This is just my opinion.

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    I hope that your feeling turns out to be right, Dex, and that Reachelle is still alive. I must admit - although I'm happy that they are trying anything and everything they can to find this little girl, I'm always a little worried when they start calling in psychics. It makes me wonder if they've reached an impasse in the investigation.

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    AP Wire | 05/27/2006 | Search for missing N. Dakota girl being shut down

    Searchers looking for a missing 3-year-old girl began winding down their efforts on Saturday after bloodhounds failed to turn up any trace of Reachelle Smith.

    Police Capt. Al Hanson said any new leads would be checked out, but "we've had virtually no leads coming in," he said. "(The search) has pretty much been shut down."

    Searches might resume in the coming days, but nothing was scheduled Sunday, Hanson said...

    Authorities also finished draining a section of the river near the girl's home "as far down as we can get it," Hanson said. "The dogs were run past that this morning..."

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    "we've had virtually no leads coming in"

    BS. Now I know what the tone in his voice was for.

    From that statement I pray to god and everything holy I was wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dex
    "we've had virtually no leads coming in"

    BS. Now I know what the tone in his voice was for.

    From that statement I pray to god and everything holy I was wrong.
    Surely America's Most Wanted will have a segment on Reachelle this evening -- and then you could call them up with your information. Then there will be a record of it, and LEOs more likely to follow up the tip.

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    I think I would be tempted to call back and ask to speak to one of the detectives on Reachelle's case. I would just ask if they've had a chance to check that license plate number and the person who owns the vehicle. I would let them know that you read the article in the paper and it sounded like they had gotten very few leads so you were curious to see where your lead went.

    Do you know anyone who works for the police department anywhere? I would be tempted to contact that person...if you know one...and ask them to check that license plate and tell you the name and address of the person who owns the vehicle. I would probably go park near the home and see what was happening there That's me though. If the cops won't check out that lead then someone else should if you can get a name and addresss that is. It might be nothing but it very well could be something. I wonder if there is a way to check a license plate number on the net. Heaven only knows you can check out everything else on here.

    Wouldn't that be something if LE neglected to check out your tip and you did it yourself and found it to be Reachelle with that man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dex
    "we've had virtually no leads coming in"

    BS. Now I know what the tone in his voice was for.

    From that statement I pray to god and everything holy I was wrong.
    They may have checked out your tip but sadly, it may have been one of only a few. It never hurts to check up though if you're worried that they didn't take you seriously. Maybe you could check the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Maybe they have a different number you can call.

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    Amber Alert Case (Reachelle's page)

    Contact: If you have information (on Reachelle), please contact North Dakota Highway Patrol, 701-852-0111

    Through NCMEC:

    Report a Sighting of a Missing Child

    Please report any information regarding a missing child to our Call Center. We have operators available 24-hours a day to receive "sightings" by telephone or via the Internet.

    Telephone

    Internet

    Telephone

    Call our toll-free Hotline at 1-800-THE-LOSTģ (1-800-843-5678) 24-hours a day.

    http://as00.estara.com/icons/smallpill_wht_grndot.gif (There's a "button" called "push to talk" on the site -

    The Push to Talkô system allows you to use your Internet connection to report a sighting. If your computer is equipped with a microphone and speakers you can speak to a Call Center Specialist.

    You can also ask one of our Call Center Specialists to call you back by supplying a telephone number.

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    The number at the top is the number I called, I even asked for the officer in charge that they put on one of the pages, and they said he wasn't employed there. So I said I think I have a possible lead for Reachelle Smith, and they transferred me. I did spot another gentlemen that drove another vehicle going the same route that I saw them coming from, that looked very similar to the man I saw driving the SUV with her in it. I have located him and am waiting to drive by to see if I spot the SUV outside. I didn't want to give LE the new information because I "could" be wrong on the second spotting of the man and dont want to deter them from looking into the prior information. I wouldn't be as suspicious about the second one, but I have my reasons which I'll keep to myself just incase they might stumble acrossed this board.

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    Dex, I'm glad you called that information in. Sadly, there are sooo many cases where cops don't take leads seriously because they have certain theories in mind, and if your info doesn't fit their theory, they assume it to be a false lead, rather than following it up. It is interesting that Cowen's Mom was at one time living at that same airforce base. It said that Cowen was into drugs. I certainly hope he didn't sell this girl to someone for money or drugs!!

    Do what you feel in your heart. I once read of a case where a woman saw something she felt suspiscious in a store, and she called the cops. They didn't do anything about it. Wish I could remember the details, because it is very interesting. Since they wouldn't do anything about it, she went back to the place where she saw what she saw, and either she herself asked the store to show their surveillance, or there was a detective in the store at the time, and she told him about it. Anyway, she didn't give up. Had to keep coaxing and begging for someone to follow up on it. I think she and the detective went to some couple's place after someone knew the people on the surveillance, and they said the little girl with them was theirs. Later on, they found out the people gave them the wrong names, and this girl actually had been abducted and a few weeks later were able to get her away from them. They had been abusing her for a long time.
    so You do what your heart tells you.
    Follow up on that license plate number. Do NOT assume the cops will.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dex
    The number at the top is the number I called, I even asked for the officer in charge that they put on one of the pages, and they said he wasn't employed there. So I said I think I have a possible lead for Reachelle Smith, and they transferred me.
    If you feel that you're not being taken seriously, try the number to contact NCMEC directly - the 1-800-THE-LOST number.

    I commend you for following your gut on this. Keep on pushing until they listen.

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    anymore info yet?

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