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Jackie Dene Hay


What Happened To These Kids?

Every day in this country, children go missing. Some wander away from home or go to a friend’s home without letting their parents know. Some are taken by family members. Many are found safely. Others are never found.

Sometimes the parents of these missing children make sure that everyone knows about their missing child. They go to the police and the media and never give up or quiet down until they find information about their child. A few of these parents are lucky – they find their children alive.

Sometimes children go missing and you might hear something on the local news – sometimes you don’t even hear about them at all. Some of these children are seemingly forgotten. I have written about one of those “forgotten” missing children – Jaquilla Scales. But she is only one of many.

Jackie Dene Hay went missing September 12, 1981 when her family was getting ready to go on an outing. She was last seen walking away from a park in Topeka, Kansas. Some said they saw a man following her. Police picked up a suspect that same night, but let him go. There are not many clues in the case.

Christina Lynn Carter disappeared in 1973. Her parents were going through a divorce. Many people thought that Christina’s mom had taken her and hidden her. In October of that year, Christina’s mother, Janet was found dead. She had been suffocated. Christina was never found.

A first grader at the time of her disappearance, KAREN ROSALBA GRAJEDA, has not been seen since she went out to play in front of her apartment building in Tucson, Arizona in January of 1996. She had been playing with her sisters and friends, none of whom saw what happened to her. There was a suspect in her case, a Hispanic or Caucasian male who appeared to be between 30 to 46 years old, with light brown hair and green or hazel eyes. He was about 5’7” or 5’8” and weighed around 170 pounds.

There are many other children who are missing. You can go to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ( to find more information about these and other missing children.

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epigramman 5 years ago

...I really do think this is one of the most important hub subjects I've ever read my special friend and I will proudly post this to my Facebook page with a direct link back here - and thank you so much for making my day with your royal endorsement of my humble little hubspace - coming from such a fine writer as yourself - it really means a lot. lake erie time ontario canada 3:18pm

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

This is a great hub! Good idea too - keeping the word alive is the only way to recover these kids.....and I applaud you for trying to do your part and bring these forgotten children home. I will do my part and share....thank you!

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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

I was watching tv one day and they were talking about the "forgotten" kids...thought I would share so that maybe someday someone would have some closure...I'm going to do some more later...

funnyfaces 5 years ago from canada

once again, you've blown my mind with your excellent writing skills, and your love for children. I think that you might be "just a teacher" but you also are a fantastic lady with a huge heart, just waiting to love on someone. Thanks again for informing me more about this ongoing issue. :)

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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

funnyfaces - thanks again for the kind comments!

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Sometimes they turn up alive, but usually they don't. I support incarcerating child molesters for life, first offense.

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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Even if not found alive, I hope that they are found. The families need some kind of closure...

I agree with you, but I'm not sure "incarcerating" is the word I would use :)

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Unless they kill their victim, our legal system won't allow anything more than incarceration. But, far too often, they get out and then start killing their victims. Therefore, I think they should be deemed a menace to society and be locked up permanently, first offense.

I would prefer executing them, first offense. After all, it's not like society need molesters, is it?

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

an important hub you've shared.. but it does really pull at my heart--

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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

I plan to do more in the future...

pg558gp 4 years ago

"AWARENESS-For the missing British Citizen-Madeleine McCann", still missing and still missed. Madeleine will be approaching her 9th birthday in May 2012. Madeleine has a loving family in the United Kingdom; who love and miss their Madeleine beyond words. Please keep a look out for Madeleine McCann, and please visit the official find Madeleine website for full information. God Protect all Children, thank you.

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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

pp588gp -thank you for your reminder! Hopefully the right people will see this and little Madeleine will return home safely! Prayers are with her family..

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