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May 8th, 2013
11:56 AM ET

Ohio Girl still missing

Linda Summers is the step-grandmother to Katie Summers, who went missing in 2007 at the age of 14. She talks to Zoraida Sambolin on Starting Point about the on-going investigation into Ashley’s disappearance.

Ashley was last seen in the same neighborhood where the three missing women were found on Monday in Cleveland. Initially, investigators had speculated that the disappearance of Amanda Berry, Gina De Jesus and Ashley Summers were all connected. However, now that Berry and De Jesus were found with a third female Michelle Knight, what happened to Summers is still a mystery. Linda explains, “we’re putting out all hopes that they know of something,” and that through the investigation answers to many of the questions surrounding Ashley’s disappearance will be answered. The family is looking for “any information they can get” in regards to Ashley’s 2007 disappearance.

Summers was initially considered a runaway, however a serious of events lead the family to believe that was not the case. One instance that Linda Summers talks about occurred about four months after her disappearance. Linda believes that she saw Katie while driving down a local street at night. Linda states, “her hair was cut short and dyed blonde.” However, by the time Linda had the car turned around to verify it was her, “she had disappeared down an alley.”

Ashley’s family is remaining in contact with the police and FBI in regards to the investigation into Ashley’s disappearance. Linda says, “that all you can do is hope and pray,” for something good to happen.

May 2nd, 2013
10:52 AM ET

Police: Van in security video may be key in Heeringa search

The search is still on for 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa. She's the Michigan woman who may have been abducted from her job at a gas station on Friday night. Authorities released a detailed sketch of a man believed to be involved with Jessica's disappearance. According to several witnesses, he was seen talking to Jessica before she went missing.

Police also released a second video of a van driving away from the gas station within the time frame between the time Jessica's last transaction and her reported disappearance.

Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw shares the latest details in the search on "Starting Point" this morning.

Anyone who may have tips on the whereabouts of Jessica Heeringa can call Silent Observer: 231-722-7463 or Norton Shores Police Department: 231-733-2691

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May 1st, 2013
10:41 AM ET

Mom: Jessica Heeringa likely lured from work


(CNN) - Police have put a face with the description of a man suspected of kidnapping a Michigan gas station cashier.

Jessica Heeringa, 25, was abducted from an Exxon station in Norton Shores, where she was working alone sometime around 11 p.m. Friday, police have said.

Earlier they released a description of a suspect, a white male, about 6 feet tall, between 30 and 40 years old, with wavy hair parted in the middle. On Tuesday evening, police released a sketch of the suspect.

Police also are looking for a silver minivan - possibly a Chrysler Town and Country - that was seen at the gas station.

Jessica Heeringa's family, mom Shelly Heeringa & fiance Dakota Quail-Dyer, spoke with CNN's John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin on "Starting Point" this morning to discuss the ongoing search. Shelly Heeringa also explains why she thinks her daughter was likely lured from her post by someone she was familiar with.

People with information that may help find Jessica Heeringa are asked to call the Norton Shores police at 231-733-2691.

READ MORE: Sketch of suspect in Michigan abduction released

Filed under: MIssing person
March 13th, 2013
07:35 AM ET

Desperate search for devoted New Orleans teacher missing for two weeks – Nick Valencia reports


CNN) - Terrilynn Monette had no problem uprooting her life to help children. When the California native learned of the "teachNOLA" program, which sends educators to New Orleans to teach in impoverished areas, she packed her bags and headed to Louisiana. Her dedication and excellence in the classroom earned her a "Teacher of the Year" nomination in her district.

But after a night celebrating the accolade with friends, the 26-year-old vanished. That was almost two weeks ago. With each passing day, her family's anxiety compounds.

Hundreds of volunteers and police have scoured New Orleans, but are no closer to finding Monette. She left no clues behind.

This morning on "Starting Point," CNN's Nick Valencia reports on the desperate search to find Terrilyn Monette.

READ MORE: Devoted New Orleans teacher vanishes without a trace

Filed under: MIssing person
January 29th, 2013
10:28 AM ET

Search for missing NYC woman in Istanbul continues


The family of a New York woman last seen earlier this month in Turkey is pleading for help, and clinging to hope, as they try to find out what happened to her and bring her home.

Sarai Sierra traveled to Istanbul on January 7 and over the next two weeks chronicled her trip in photos. She last spoke to her family on January 21, the day before she was ticketed to fly back to New York City.

But they haven't heard from her since.

The trip to Turkey was Sarai Sierra's first outside the United States. A part-time student, part-time receptionist at a chiropractor's office and full-time mother of two, she also had a passion for photography - particularly taking photos of places and posting them on her Instagram account - according to her husband.

The New Yorker's plan was to capture the sights of Istanbul with a friend, but she ended up going alone because her friend wasn't able to make it, Steven Sierra said.

This morning on "Starting Point," Sierra's friend Magalena Rodriguez & Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) update John Berman and Brooke Baldwin on the latest in the search.

READ MORE: Family seeks help finding New York woman last seen in Istanbul

Filed under: MIssing person
June 22nd, 2012
01:34 PM ET

Mom of missing Fla. millionaire: 'He was struggling'

Ellen Aguiar, mother of missing Fla. millionaire Guma Aguiar, discusses her son's mental state before his disappearance.

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April 23rd, 2012
12:49 PM ET

Bordeaux family: It's not like Kelli to go AWOL

Kelli Bordeaux's siblings Matt Henson and Olivia Cox on the latest in the disappearance of their sister.

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