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August 27th, 2009
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Missing girl found? More stories of child abduction cases

Shawn Hornbeck, 15, smiles next to his stepfather, Craig Akers, after four-year-long abduction
Shawn Hornbeck, 15, smiles next to his stepfather, Craig Akers, after four-year-long abduction
Steven Damman disappeared from outside a bakery in 1955.
Steven Damman disappeared from outside a bakery in 1955.

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This morning, 29-year old Jaycee Dugard walked into a northern California police station, claiming she was abducted 18 years ago.

As we learn more about the details surrounding this case, we look at other cases in which abducted children were found, or came forward, years after their disappearances.

Shawn Hornbeck was missing for four years before he was found.  Last seen riding his bike at age 11, Shawn was found in a man's apartment in St. Louis, Missouri in 2002.

Click here to read Shawn's story.

And for more than a half-century, Jerry and Marilyn Damman wondered what happened to their 2-year-old boy, who mysteriously vanished outside a Long Island bakery.  Now, 54 years later, a Michigan man claims he is the missing child whose name was Steven Damman.

Click here to read more about Stephen Damman.

Want to learn more about solved and unsolved child abduction cases?  Visit the website for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    I'm glad 360 is covering this story – hopefully other abducted children will see the report and know that they can go to the police and get help for themselves so they can go back to their families. Too many missing – too many parents wondering desperately what happened to their child.

    August 27, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  2. Ginger

    Jaycee Dugard walked into the CONCORD POLICE station not in San Francisco. The news got it all wrong! Concord is like 30 miles outside San Francisco. Concord is also near the city Antioch where she was being held by the man who kidnapped her.

    August 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  3. Anne H

    Can't believe NOLA is interesting to anyone outside of LA. Don't forget about Steven Stayner and how badly his recover went.

    August 27, 2009 at 9:22 pm |
  4. mary

    How can you ask Elizabeth Smart to comment on the freed missing girl when Elizabeth was gone for less than a year. Her trauma pales in comparison to the girl who was found this week. It was surley horrific for Elizabeth, but she only lost 9 months of her life.

    August 27, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  5. Mark

    When Jaycee was first abducted, why didn;tthe cops interview and search the premisis of all registered sex offenders in the area.?

    Also, the fact that they had an early description of the car used in the abduction and still couldn't find it, should shows that the car was parked/hidden in close proximity.

    The cops really blew this one.

    August 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  6. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Such stories are so impressive. I would like to know more about. I would even know how we can prevent it.

    August 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Please, don't focus on this too much? I was really looking forward to the NoLa show. Nancy Grace can do the abducted child cases too, for ground reporting Anderson is the best!

    August 27, 2009 at 6:31 pm |