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August 18th, 2008
03:57 PM ET

Have you seen these missing girls?

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Before Caylee Anthony, there was Stephanie, Ekaterina, Tarlesha, and Emma; girls and teenagers who vanished without a trace in Orlando. They are gone, their faces and stories now occupy a space on the web page of the Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

While the curious and the cameras descend outside the Anthony home, it’s important to remind people that other families in the city are desperately waiting for their daughter to come home. Let’s take a closer look at some of the missing juveniles from Orlando.

Stephanie Evon Basley disappeared on February 3, 2008. The 17-year-old was last seen wearing a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers. Authorities are hopeful someone will come forward with information on Stephanie’s whereabouts. Right now, all they have to work with is she might be in the company of a man named Terence Johnson.

On January 11th of this year. Ekaterina Nesterenko went missing. Ekaterina, who is also known as “Russia” turns 16 at the end of this month. She is 5’6”, approximately 160lbs., with brown hair, green eyes and a pierced tongue. Police suspect she was the victim of a crime.

Tarlesha Patterson was 16 when she disappeared December 7, 2007. Standing 4’1” and weighing 132 lbs, investigators continue to track down leads in her case, along with that of Emma Lorene Vaughn. Also known as Christine, Emma vanished in 1982 when she was 15 years old. According to the Criminal Investigations web site, Emma left behind a newborn son.

A brief case summary for each of these missing juveniles is on the Orlando Police Dept. web site. Take a look at them. Maybe their faces will be familiar, maybe you can help find out what happened to them.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
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  1. Mary

    Missing children should be highest priority for every state and country
    The amber alert is a excellant tool, but in this case Caylee it was far to
    late(31 days). Now you have this bounty hunter puting his 2 cents in.
    Now if they stay at Cindy & Georges and they start yelling at Casey I can see the parents barging into the room and interfereing.That is not going to work. I would cover that room with Caylee's pictures and if they have her voice on tape I would play it over and over. Maybe that would move that cold witch. I hope this storm is not washing things away.

    August 19, 2008 at 6:26 am |
  2. Jo Anne Cummings

    As Americans, we are a visual nation, more and continuous pictures should be posted

    August 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  3. melany from ST LOUIS

    I hope everyday, even for just 15 seconds each program, you guys can continually show pictures and info of missing children from caylee anthony back down to years before. I am sure, family of missing kids that are still hoping they would find their beloved children would really appreciate that. REMEMBER THE TWO BOYS FOUND IN MISSOURI. ONE THAT HAD BEEN MISSING FOR YEARS AND ONE JUST 5 DAYS AGO WERE FOUND TOGETHER ALIVE?
    LET'S KEEP THE HOPES UP FOR THESE MISSING BABIES/KIDS.

    August 18, 2008 at 9:51 pm |
  4. Paul

    Please list ALL the Girls Pictures either our country has changed for the worst or we have never heard enough about these crimes in the past.

    August 18, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  5. Michael J Arch, Sacramento. Calif.

    speaking of Caylee did authorities ever scan the ' new cement pad ' in the grand parents back yard ? There were cases in the past were authority have found bodies under cement drive ways or walk ways around homes ..The shovel that the mother used ? Did the authorities investigate that? CNN lacks forum blog on this subject I wish they would have more of an open forum for viewers like you and I .

    As for more horror stories of missing children and teens I am all for using a micro chip – skin implanted , that can sound alarms triggering a satellite link up to track down suspected missing children ... Its a bold program one that can be improved on with more effort I see abduction cases lowering on average – nationally and then internationally .

    August 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  6. Adam T. San Antonio, TX

    where are the photos of the other missing girls?

    August 18, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  7. Stacy

    Interesting that your article is about other missing girls, yet you still choose to post the picture of the adorable toddler.

    August 18, 2008 at 5:22 pm |