The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have released an aged progression photo of what Colton Clark would look like today.
Posted by KindraLore on April 26, 2009
Posted by KindraLore on September 27, 2008
Since so many have been hitting my site regarding an old blog I wrote about Shawn Hornbeck’s story, I thought that I would go ahead and write this blurb.
I have backed off this case for the most part because Shawn is simply a hero to me in the way he has handled himself since he was rescued from the hands of a sick man known as Michael Devlin. I felt it was time to let him heal. I cannot imagine what he deals with still on a day to day basis because of his captivity at the hands of a monster.
I do know he got a lot of flack when he was first found and people including Bill O’Reilly wondering why he had not fled all these years when found out he had freedoms and did not run. I hope that if you still feel that way, you get your answers, and if not, walk a mile in his shoes.
CBS is airing Shawn’s first interview since the Oprah interview a year ago. It will be aired tomorrow night (Saturday September 27, 2008) at 9:00 EST on CBS.
God bless Shawn and his family.
For previous entries regarding this you can click here. Excuse the mess. I had transferred from one platform to another and my earlier entries did not come over as well, especially fonts and pics.
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Posted by KindraLore on June 23, 2008
Good news. Nicholas is alive and safe and back home with his family.
See Updated news link here.
Authorities are searching for 12-Year-Old Nicholas Dunn after he disappeared from his Parkville, MO home yesterday. Nicholas apparently had a fight with his parents regarding chores and left his home and was last seen in the Riss Lake area around 12:00PM Noon.
Police state he initially spent some of the day at a classmate’s home. The classmate’s parents were unaware people were searching for Nicholas at the time. They dropped him off at a home about a block away from his real home, where Nicholas told the family he lived.
Family and friends have distributed fliers overnight in the search for Nicholas, but so far there has been no sight of him.
Nicholas Dunn is described as being 4 feet and 11 inches tall and weighs about 90 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call the Parkville Police Department at (816) 741-4454 or the Tips Hotline at (816) 268-5086.
Posted by KindraLore on June 20, 2008
When researching this case I found there were so many questions and not many answers. One thing is a fact. In the early morning hours of September 11, 2000, 8-year-old Zachary Michael-Cole Bernhardt was fast asleep in his own bed at one point, but had vanished into the night at another.
Zach and his mother Leah Hackett lived in Clearwater, Florida in a modest apartment in Savannah Trace. According to police, Leah Hackett stated she had insomnia and could not sleep so she decided to go for a walk.
Accounts vary as to what happened next. Supposedly Leah went for a swim and a walk but her accounts vary from being gone fifteen minutes to two hours. When she returned she found Zach missing. It is unclear whether Law Enforcement ever considered Hackett a suspect but if so, it was not mentioned in anything I have read.
There was a name that did come up as a suspect in Zach’s disappearances however. His name is Kevin Jalbert. According to reports, Kevin Jalbert solicited an undercover officer to help him abduct rape and kill a young boy in Clearwater.
Jalbert, 42 was arrested in June of 2001 on charges after he told the undercover detective that he had kidnapped and murdered boys in the past and gotten away with it. Police would not reveal how they learned Jalbert was looking to abduct a child, but they set up a meeting with him in Clearwater with the undercover detective.
One of the things he told the detective was that he would use bleach to flush DNA evidence off his victim. Detectives found Clorox bleach and a funnel in Jalbert’s vehicle.
After Jalbert’s arrest, authorities searched his home and cars and found that his computer contained multiple images of child porn. It was also determined that he visited a landfill two weeks after the disappearance of Zach. He had also been considered a suspect in a child abuse case prior to 2000.
One interesting fact is that Jalbert lived in Savannah Trace, the same apartment complex as Zach, and in fact they were neighbors. Although Jalbert was never officially named a suspect in the disappearance of Zach Bernhardt and no evidence to support such a theory was ever found, in 2004 he was convicted on the charges stemming from his run-in with the undercover detective.
He was charged with numerous counts of child pornography as well as solicitation of premeditated kidnapping, sexual assault and murder. According to the Florida inmate website, Jalbert’s release date is not until 2038.
Kevin Jalbert – Currently serving prision sentence
Whether or not Jalbert had any connection to the disappearance of Zachary Bernhardt, it is very apparent that he is a sick individual and is where he should be for the safely of other children.
Another strange event happened that may or may not be connected to this case. In January 2002 a 5-year-old boy was kidnapped from Savannah Trace, again the same apartment complex from which Zach resided.
The boy was abducted from the parking lot complex. Witnesses, including playmates said they saw the suspect driving a white pick up truck with ice cream symbols. He was taken about 65 miles northeast of Clearwater to Sumter County where he was sexually assaulted and placed in a trash bin behind a closed restaurant at about 4 AM.
The child managed to crawl out of the dumpster and flag down a passing motorist who called 911.
Police stated they did not believe the abduction of the 5-year-old and the disappearance of 8-year-old Zach from the same apartment complex were related.
In another odd twist in the case, in September 2001 a photo of child bound and bruised was found outside a grocery store and was said to have had a striking resemblance to Zachary Bernhardt. The photo was of a blonde boy bound. It was found in the parking lot of City Market in a mountain town about 55 miles west of Denver, Colorado.
Police were never able to determine if the boy in the photo was actually Zach, or who the child was, or even if the child was alive for that matter.
Photo found in parking lot of Denver, CO Grocery store in 2001
Some thought Zachary’s mother Leah Hackett had something to do with the disappearance, reasoning that it would have been a mighty strange coincidence that Zach was taken in such early morning hours and in such a small window frame. How did the abductor know Leah Hackett was gone? Did they watch the apartment? According to her, it was random that she went out that night so it would not have been conducive to anyone’s time frame or logical for that matter for someone to be sitting and watching that apartment at 2 AM in the morning.
According to reports, over the previous 14 years before Zach’s disappearance, Leah Hackett had a list of 11 different addresses. In fact, Leah and Zach were facing eviction when Zach went missing for non payment of rent, which would have been the second eviction in less than two years.
Some think that it wasn’t Leah Hackett at all but Kevin Jalbert that had something to do with Zach’s disappearance. After all, he lived right there, he had bragged that he had recently killed a boy and evidence pointed to the fact that he was certainly warped. Jalbert to this day has never admitted any role in Zach’s disappearance though.
Then there was the pick up truck with the ice cream symbols. Could the man that abducted a 5-year-old from the Savannah Trace parking lot and assaulted him, leaving him in the trash bin; could he have been the one that had something to do with Zach’s disappearance?Could it have been someone totally different? Someone neither authorities nor anyone else know about? What happened to Zachary Michael-Cole Bernhardt?
Zachary Bernhardt would be 17 today. The above photo is an age progressed photo of what he might look like today.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Clearwater Police Department
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Posted by KindraLore on June 20, 2008
Do you recognize this cute little guy?
On April 9, 2008 he was located by Baltimore City Police Department wondering by himself in the street. He was on the 3000 block of Rucket Ave, Baltimore City, Maryland. Little is known about this child including his name. He has braided hair and appears to be about three years of age. He is 2’6″ tall and weighs 25lbs with black hair and black eyes.
Anyone with information that may lead to the identity of this child should contact the Baltimore City Department of Social Services at 443-423-6300.
Posted by KindraLore on May 8, 2008
Posted by KindraLore on March 29, 2008
Still no sight of Jeffrey Stone. He has been missing since March 24th after he left his home around 12:30PM that day after a disagreement with his stepmother, Lynn Stone about cleaning his room. According to reports, he left with his dogs. However, his dogs have since returned with no sign of where Jeffrey went.
A ground search ensued for the 15-year-old with a 100 or more volunteers, many on horseback. There have been no credible sightings of Jeffrey or any evidence pointing to where he has gone.
His father, Jeff Stone gave an emotional plea for Jeffrey’s safe return. “After 10 days of a severe emotional roller coaster, our family wants Jeffrey back.” Stone said. “All we ask is that anyone who knows where he is or has seen him to contact police. Read full article here.
There is not much info or media coverage on a missing Gadsden, Alabama teen that I could find. 15-year-old Jeffrey Blake Stone disappeared Monday, March 24th while walking to his home on Littleton Cutoff Road between noon and 1 p.m. He has not been seen or heard from since.
Jeffrey is a student at Sardis High School. He is described as 6-2 and weighs 155 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes and was wearing a tan Carhartt jacket, plaid shirt, jeans and a baseball cap when he was last seen.
Anyone with information about Stone is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 546-2825.
Officials need help finding missing teen
Posted by KindraLore on March 22, 2008
According to public records, James Rex Clark is currently out on bond and is charged with Feloniously Pointing Firearm. There is also a protective order against him by his neighbor and the one mentioned in the article, Clifford Lowery.
In the March 14, 2008 edition of the Seminole Producer, an article described an incident in which James Rex Clark (Former adoptive father and uncle of missing Colton Levi Clark) is being investigated for allegations of pointing a gun and shooting it as his neighbors, Doretha and Clifford Lowery by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department.
See previous article from the Seminole Producer in which Clifford Lowery wrote into the Point of View column, describing an incident that happened about a month before Colton Clark disappeared. This is the same incident as described in the point of view article.
Posted by KindraLore on March 10, 2008
The March 8th edition of the Seminole Producer Newspaper had a letter written to the paper by the next door neighbor of James Rex and Rebecca Clark. Below is that article.
A few things came to mind as I read this article. First, that Colt was so upset about this neighbor contacting “his daddy”. The second is that although Mr. Lowery said he saw Colt on many occasions before, that incident was the last time he saw Colt which he states was at least a month before Colt went missing. He saw every other member of that family BUT Colt after that day, yet all the sudden no Colt.
I have heard this (not seeing Colton at least a month before his disappearance) before from others and I would like to know if ANYONE in Seminole saw Colt anytime close to his disappearance? When was the last visible sighting of this boy that was confirmed by a non-family member?
Lastly, I think it scary that Rex Clark has more than 30 guns. I would also like to know that since the Clarks were receiving government assistance due to disability, no employment, and for the boys; how he could afford such an arsenal? Especially since a large portion of it was coming from acting as “caregivers” to the boys.
Posted by KindraLore on January 7, 2008
A Seminole local I have been speaking with about Colton for a long time now, emailed me and told me that the Seminole Producer came out with a new article on Colton Clark. I was so excited, thinking that there must have been a break in the case, especially when I read the headlines. Then I started reading and became even more excited, as it sounded as though Colt had been found alive and well with his biological mother Terry Clark! It was not to be though.
I am so glad that at least his story is still out there and that law enforcement is still pursuing his case. Hopefully one day, we will find Colton or at least find out what happened to him.
The Seminole Producer is a paid subscription site now, so i have of course paid for the article and here it is. Please click on the images if you want to enlarge and view the complete article.
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