Tuesday, August 30, 2005

12-year old still missing with registered sex offender

12-year old Jodie Renee Collie is still missing and presumed to be with Phillip Daniel Denkler, a 27-year old registered sex offender who served a prison sentence for taking indecent liberties with a child.

According to Collie's mother, Kim Baker, the family new of Denkler but that no onein the family was aware of his criminal record or that he and Collie had been engaging in telephone conversations for the past few months.
"We're still hoping and praying," [grandmother] Dorothy Collie said Saturday. "I just don't know where this child's head was. I've never known her to do something so stupid.

Kimberly Baker, Jodie Collie's mother, said that her daughter met Denkler last year while visiting a relative. Denkler worked at a store near the relative's house, Baker said.

In the past week, Jodie spoke with Denkler over the phone almost every day, Baker said. Her family did not learn of the conversations until Friday, when they began inspecting phone records. Now, Baker thinks Jodie and Denkler planned their escape together. [The News & Observer]
Police say the abductor, Phillip Daniel Denkler, 27, is a registered sex offender. Denkler is 6-foot-1 and 150 pounds, with short black hair (there are conflicting reports whether his eyes are brown or green).

Denkler's beige 2005 Hyundai Sonata with North Carolina license plate number NMN-2630 (it is possible the license plate may have been switched to PSA-2000) was spotted in Barrow County Georgia and the search for the couple has now been expanded to cover Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, South Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama. Authorities have also contacted the Mexican Border Patrol.

Anyone who has information about this case is asked to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at (252) 972-1411 or 911.

UPDATE (8/30/05 9:20 PM EST): As mentioned the other day, Missing & Abducted has been trying to get Fox News to cover Amber Alerts, Jodie Collie's in particular. After 4 days, the email sent to comments@foxnews.com has been deleted w/o being opened. The only email that was read at Fox is the one to Alan Colmes - and that one appears to have been ignored. I guess the O'Lielly likes to complain about sex offenders and enforcement of Megan's Law at his
Make Your Head Spin Zone, but was not willing to cut into coverage in Aruba prior to Katrina taking precedence (and only cut into Katrina coverage for Natalee Holloway updates).

Luckily, it's just been reported that police have located Jodie (alive) in Des Moines, Iowa. Convicted child molester Phillip Denkler has still not been apprehended.

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