THERE'S been a surge of Amber Alerts sent out in recent weeks for children who have shockingly gone missing from parks and playgrounds.
From Texas to New York and from New Jersey to a Canadian playground, there's been a mysteriously growing number of children who have been abducted from parks in recent weeks, adding to fears of something more sinister.
Lina Sadar Khil, 3, of San Antonio
On Monday this week, little three-year-old Linda Sadar Khil was last seen at an apartment building playground in San Antonio at around 5PM.
An Amber Alert was issued for Khil, whose mom left the playground for a moment only to return and find her daughter missing.
Texas police have said they were able to identify most people were at the playground when Khil disappeared, but vowed they would bring every resource to the investigation.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the department was “sparing no assets, no resource, to try to find” Khil.
McManus added the 24/7 search is still ongoing, and said police are in full force at the apartment courtyard, adding no one is allowed in or out wihtout clearing a checkpoint with officers.
“And we will continue this until, hopefully, we find Lina. But we are not stopping at the end of the shift. This will be continuous," he added.
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“We’ve got a command line set up and we’re continuing to do this for the long haul if that’s necessary,” said McManus.
Christopher Dansby, 2, & Shane Walker, 1, of Harlem
Little Christopher Dansby went missing from a Harlem playground in 1989, and his disappearance is still a cold case to this day.
The two-year-old tot was playing at the Martin Luther King Playground on May 18, 1989 when he suddenly vanished.
The park saw an eerie coincidence just three months later when Shane Walker disappeared from the park on August 10.
"I turned my head and turned back, and Shane was gone," said Walker's mom, Rosa Glover.
Glover said she remembered a boy and a girl, a few years older than her son, asking to play with him, which she thought was odd given their age difference.
She agreed to let them push him in a swing as she sat on a nearby bench, but suddenly a man spoke to her on the bench, causing her to look away for a second and lose sight of her son.
"My heart just dropped," Glover said. "Not a day goes by that, that doesn't haunt me."
He should be turning 32 this year, with age progression giving an idea of what he might look like.
Dulce Maria Alavez, 5, New Jersey
Five-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez was playing in a New Jersey park in 2019 when she vanished suddenly without a trace.
The tot was playing with her 3-year-old brother at the Bridgeton City Park in Cumberland County when someone likely took her, the FBI said.
According to an FBI investigator into Alavez's case, she was likely abducted by a predator seeking the chance to take a child.
An image of Alavez, who would be 7 today, was made by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and would show what she likely looks like today.
There is a reward up to $75,000 for any information leading to her discovery.
Michael Dunahee, 4, Victoria, Canada
Michael Dunahee went missing from the Blanshard Elementary School playground in Victoria, Canada on March 24, 1991.
The then-four-year-old was just a short distance from his family and was in an area that police said was filled with people and spectators gathered for a touch football game.
In the 30 years since, Canadian police have received more than 10,000 tips and has had hundreds of volunteers and police officers help in the search.
The case remains one of Canada's largest missing child investigations.
Police have since released a drawing of what Dunehee would look like, hoping it would spur renewed interest in the case and bring him home.
To mom Crystal Dunahee, it's hard to look at what might be a photo of her son present day, but she said she and her family need answers.
"We've gone 30 years without knowing where Michael is, so if someone recognizes the new sketch of Michael, or knows anything, any little piece of information that can help us find closure, bring Michael back to us," she said in a police video.
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