Missing 16 Year Old Girl Reunited with Her Family
Destanee Villarini was lured away from the home she shared with her father and sister in Temple Terrace by a 26-year-old man. The man had befriended her over a period of time and eventually convinced Destanee to sneak out and hide out with him. Destanee’s father called the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Department and Child Watch of North America to help find his daughter.
Don Wood of Child Watch of North America said, “The Hillsborough Sheriff’s Department did a great job in helping track down the abductor and rescue Destanee. This was an example of how it needs to be done in every case”.
Destanee is staying with family friends while she begins her healing process. “It will take some time for her to understand that she was a victim here,” said Don Wood of Child Watch. “It is not uncommon for young girls who have been manipulated by an older man to think they were willing participants. This is part of the abductors brainwashing and young girls are vulnerable to the street smart con men that prey on these young girls.”
Destanee’s father Raoul Villarini was appreciative of all the help he received from the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Department and Child Watch of North America. “I can’t begin to express my gratitude for the help they provided and continue to provide through the ordeal my family has endured.”
Child Watch of North America is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the prevention and recovery of missing, abused, and exploited children. Child Watch has always believed that education is an essential element in keeping our children safe. Providing awareness and safety education to children, teens, pre-teens, and parents is the foundation for our goal to prevent abductions and victimization.
For more information about Child Watch of North America visit www.childwatch.org.
Child Watch is a program of the Crisis Relief Network www.crisisreliefnetwork.org.
Child Watch is pleased to announce that 14-year-old Harley Miller has been rescued earlier today.
OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. - Harley Miller, 14, was last seen Monday morning when authorities believe she left with a man she met online. She was located Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities arrested Robert Louis Coggins, 36, of Kissimmee, Florida with the following charges: Interstate interference with Custody and Enticing a Minor for Indecent Purposes. Additional charges may be forthcoming locally as well as in Florida.
Coggins remains in the custody of the Orange County Florida Sheriff's Office.
Child Watch was contacted directly by Hartley's family late Monday evening. Child Watch provided support and investigative assistance. We are thrilled Hartley is safe and will continue to work with the family through the reunification process.
GREENFIELD — A boy abducted by his mother during a custody battle 18 years ago has been reunited with the Greenfield family that never stopped hoping he would return. He isn’t a boy anymore, of course. Nathan Slinkard was 5 years old when his mother took him, his brother and sister and disappeared. Today, he is 23. Nathan returned to the United States last week from Mexico, where law enforcement long suspected Trena Slinkard had taken her three children when she violated a court visitation order in 1995.
Nathan’s father, Steven Slinkard, met him at Indianapolis International Airport last Wednesday after several days of working with U.S. authorities in Mexico and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to assure Nathan’s safe passage back to the United States.
Since Nathan’s return, law enforcement officers have been walking a fine line between honoring the newly reunited family’s request for privacy and seeking out information to break open a cold case that has confounded investigators for almost two decades.
It’s a delicate balance. Nathan’s brother, Andrew; and sister, Sydney, are still in Mexico. Law enforcement officials hope a smooth transition home for Nathan will show his siblings that they, too, are welcome to come back. Today, Andrew is 25. Sydney is 21.