Three years later, and we don’t know what happened to this child. Let’s remember there are countless missing children whose names we don’t even know. We don’t know what happened to them either, and may never know. There’s 48 cold cases of missing kids in Maryland alone.
Every 40 seconds a child goes missing in the United States, and a familys life is changed forever.
Fourteen years ago, Crystal Marie Haag was one of those children.
It was April 26, 1997. Crystal was planning on helping her friend babysit a family member that day. When they got to the house, Crystal decided to wait outside while the friend went in to gather the children. When the friend came back out, Crystal was gone. Assuming maybe Crystal just went home, the friend went about her day.
Later that night, she got a phone call. It was Crystals mother. She wanted to know where her daughter was. Crystal never came home that night.
The friend was surprised and told Crystals mother she thought Crystal had gone home hours ago. Crystal never did come home. At the age of 14, Crystal had disappeared.
Detective Terrence Parker was assigned Crystals case in 2003. She is now one of 48 cold cases actively being investigated by the Baltimore City Police Missing Persons Unit.
There’s a lot more than Maryland’s 48 out there. I searched of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for kids that have gone missing in the last three years. The result: 1,293. Of those, 1,289 went missing between June 16, 2008 (the date Caylee Anthony was last seen) and July 5, 2011 (the date of Casey Anthony’s acquittal). Caitlin Marie Perez-Abad came up at the top of my search. She went missing from Boulder City, NV, on April 5, 2011, and may be an endangered runaway. Near as I can tell, no one has found her. But I found her Flickr feed and this picture.
The Collier County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office and more than 100 officers from nearby agencies have desperately searched for Adji Desir, a 6-year-old boy who has been missing since January 2009.
Police say Adji, whose nickname is “Ji Ji” (pronounced “Gee Gee”), was at his grandmothers home for the day while his mother was working. The boy’s grandmother lives in Farm Workers Village in Immokalee, Fla.
Adji was last seen around 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009. Investigator Maria Butrico with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office told AMW that Adji went outside to play with some friends and at some point, he disappeared.
Search crews canvassed the area, and a billboard with Adji’s photo and description is scheduled to go up on the corner of Main and First Streets in downtown Immokalee.
Police are hoping that Adji just wandered off and is lost, but they have to look into the possibility that the child was abducted. Police have not found any evidence to indicate that there was any foul play.
Adji was last seen wearing a blue shirt with thin yellow stripes, blue shorts with pink flamingos down the sides, and gray and black sneakers.
Police say it’s important to note that Adji is developmentally disabled. He understands Creole, but cannot speak it. He is only able to speak about five words in English.
If you’ve seen missing child Adji Desir, call our Hotline at 1-800-CRIME-TV right now.
There are many, many more. Too many.
If there was any justice in the world, we’d know what happened to them.