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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 (http://www.missingkids.com) to find more information about these and other missing children.