More than 600,000 men, women and children are reported missing in the United States each year.
Please take a few moments to read the stories of this week's missing people. If you recognize one of them, help end a family's uncertainty by contacting the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Typically someone, somewhere knows or sees something that could help law enforcement recover a missing person. And whether you realize it or not, that someone could be you.
Anne Arundel County Police
Twenty-one-year-old Philip Dane Kasparites, of Glen Burnie, Md., was last seen at his home on Nov. 7. According to police, Kasparites voluntarily left his residence after an argument with his grandfather. Authorities said they are concerned for the missing man's safety because he allegedly made suicidal threats. Kasparites is described as 6 feet tall. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Philip Kasparites is asked to call the Anne Arundel County Police Department
at (410) 222-8610.
Volusia County Sheriff's Office
Aldon Kellum, 33, of DeBary, Fla., was last seen on Oct. 28, when he left home for a work assignment in Mobile, Ala. Kellum's mother reported him missing on Oct. 31, because she was unable to reach him. No further information is available. Kellum is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 185 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. At the time of his disappearance, he was driving a black 2003 Dodge truck with license plate 342PQP. Anyone with information is asked to call the Volusia County Sheriff's Office
at (386) 668-3830.
Amarillo Police Department
Joseph Dominic Lugo, 13, of Amarillo, Texas, was last seen on Nov. 7, when he left Northwest Texas Hospital before receiving medical treatment that he needs, police said. According to the Amarillo Globe-News
, the teen could be in danger because of health issues. Lugo is described as 115 pounds and 5 feet 1 inch tall. He has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Amarillo Police Department at (806) 378-9452.
Hayward Police Department
Authorities in Hayward, Calif., are trying to locate 77-year-old Edward Moore. According to KTVU.com
, he was last seen at his residence on Nov. 7. Authorities said Moore takes medication for dementia and diabetes. He is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 200 pounds. He has gray hair, brown eyes and an unidentified tattoo on his left forearm. Moore was last seen wearing a green shirt, camouflage shorts, white socks and sandals. Anyone with information about Edward Moore's whereabouts is asked to contact the Hayward Police Department at (510) 293-7000.
Metropolitan Police Department
Tenisha Moss, 15, of Washington, D.C., was last seen on Nov. 2, in the unit block of Anacostia Avenue, SE. No additional information on her disappearance has been released. Moss is described as 124 pounds and 4 feet 7 inches tall. She has black hair and brown eyes. The teen was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue cut-off jeans and black shoes. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tenisha Moss is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or the department's Youth Investigations Division at (202) 576-6768.
El Dorado County Sheriff's Office
Nov. 1 was the last time family members saw 15-year-old Juliet Riffey, of Shingle Springs, Calif. According to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office
, Riffey was last seen at her home. Authorities said Riffey has a cleft lip, "which causes her to become easily ill." She is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds. She has dark blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at (530) 642-4720.
South Berwick Police Department
Authorities in Maine are investigating the disappearance of 16-year-old Kimberly M. Sanborn. According to police, Sanborn, of South Berwick, disappeared earlier this week and was spotted in Portsmouth, N.H., on Nov. 6. Authorities believe the teen may have boarded a bus, but her destination is unknown. Sanborn is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs 145 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Berwick Police Department at (207) 384-2254.
Prince George's County Police Department
Authorities in Oxon Hill, Md., are seeking the public's help in locating 73-year-old Robert Lee Taylor. According to WUSA 9 News
, Taylor was last seen at the Rivertowne Commons Shopping Center On Nov. 5. He reportedly suffers from dementia. Robert Taylor is described as 300 pounds and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He has a gray mustache and a scar on his left elbow. Taylor was last seen wearing a gray sweater, black leather jacket, blue jeans and black shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prince George's County Police Department's Regional Investigation Division-Central at (301) 390-2160.
Montana Division of Criminal Investigation
Police in Montana say they now suspect foul play in the disappearance of Nicole Waller, a 32-year-old mother of three who has been missing since Feb. 14. Investigators say Waller was en route to her home in Kalispell when she vanished. Her 1999 Ford Explorer was later found abandoned on the outskirts of Poplar. Investigators said this week they do not believe Waller would abandon her children and could be the victim of a homicide. The missing mom is described as 5 feet tall and 165 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation at (406) 791-2709 or the Flathead County Sheriff's Office at (406) 758-5600. A "Find Nicole Waller
" page has been created on Facebook.
Cincinnati Police Department
reports Ohio police are trying to locate Brittany Walls. The 21-year-old from West Prince Hill was last seen in the 500 block of Trenton Avenue on Nov. 4. Authorities said Walls has two piercings on her lower lip and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. No additional details on her disappearance have been released. Anyone with information on Brittany Walls whereabouts is asked to contact the Cincinnati Police Department at (513) 263-8300 or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3542.
George "Skip" Zelaya, of Homosassa, Fla., has been missing for nearly eight years. According to Zelaya's daughter, Kathleen Howarth, her dad was last seen by his ex-wife on January 13, 2005. Five days later his car was found parked at a shopping center off Highway 19. Zelaya's wallet was found under the seat and was empty, all but for some photographs and his social security card. Investigators conducted a search of the area, but were unable to find any clues. On Jan. 25, 2005, Zelaya's brother allegedly received two envelopes in the mail. One contained Zelaya's driver's license and check card, the other envelope contained three checks, along with a note that read: "After you cash this there should be about 1,300.00 left use the card pin … or use the checks. Remember, you're on the account too. Sorry. Skip." The following day, a friend of Zelaya's ex-wife contacted his brother and informed him that she had received an envelope with an audio tape. The tape allegedly contained recordings of conversations Zelaya's ex-wife had with her friends about other men. Despite the indication that he had ran off, Zelaya's family members refused to give up the search and hired a private investigator to look into the case. The exact details of his investigation have not been made public, but it left the investigator and Zelaya's family convinced that he did not disappear of his own accord. At the time of his disappearance, Zelaya was 61 years old, 130 pounds and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He had brownish gray hair and blue eyes. He uses glasses and has a full set of dentures. For more information, visit Findgeorgeskipzelaya.com/
. If you have information regarding Zelaya's disappearance, please contact the Citrus County Sheriff's Office at (352) 726-1121.
Each and every missing person, regardless of age, race, gender and circumstance, deserves to be found. Please join us in our campaign to raise awareness by sharing the link to this story on your social media accounts.