Kidnapped child rescued!
Tessie has been reunited with her mother!
We're thankful to the many people who gave their time and prayers and contributed to the search for Tessie.
We're happy to report that even after 9 months apart, Tessie recognized her mother straightaway, and smiled and waved hello to her. Their reunion was filled with laughter, singing and playtime.
|Statement for the court,
at the sentencing of the kidnapper
Written and sent Monday, October 25,1999
I'm sorry that I'm unable to attend this sentencing in person. I hope that Mr. ( ) has clarified my reasons for missing this important event. [The defendant had made threats toward the mother.]
I'd like to thank the people who gave their time and energy to retrieve a little girl from a nightmare:
* The policemen who took the report and initiated the case.
Thank you all for the help and support that you gave us throughout this ordeal.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is the ONLY website at which you need to register your child as missing. NCMEC is a non-profit system with federal affiliation; they work with the law enforcement divisions on your case. Most other "list your missing child here" websites are hosted by people who'll contact you and promise to find your child in exchange for large amounts of money. If you need that kind of help, look for legitimate private-investigator listings, or recovery sites that don't ask you to "register" your missing child in their database -- don't get duped by people who risk children's lives for money.