According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, as cited by a local mainstream news article, 48 people have gone missing in the state of Iowa in a span of merely 10 days.
According to a local KIMT3 news article:
“The Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce is doing its part to try and help those who go missing and become sex trafficked by teaching hotel employees and anyone else the signs of a person in danger.
They say people need to be looking out for anything out of the ordinary and report it to police. But with some many people gone missing, they say it hits close to home.
“We have so many events in our community so there’s always people you don’t recognize,” said Libbey Hahn, the Tourism Director for the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce. “That is worrisome because you might not notice people, so the key is just to notice people and just to be aware.””
The article pointed out that some of these people may have chosen to go missing on their own accord, but when you think about it, no sense can be made out of that many people all deciding to drop off the map at the same time in a sparsely populated, Midwestern state.
They say that out of 20 people recently reported as missing in the state, 17 are teenagers. Among them is a university student named Mollie Tibbetts.
The list of missing persons is as follows:
List of recently reported missing persons in Iowa
Name, Originating Agency, Age, Last contact
Mckenna Driver, Davenport, age 15, July 26
Erik Magnussen, Pottawattamie County SO, age 14, July 26
Anna Marousek, Des Moines, age 17, July 26
Daishaney Phillips, Davenport, age 16, July 26
Ashleigh Schossow, Cedar Rapids, age 13, July 26
Aryana Usher, Cedar Rapids, age 16, July 26
Emagehn Champagne, Clinton, age 17, July 25
Luke Cox, Council Bluffs, age 26, July 25
Christian Luhr, Fairfield, age 25, July 25
Serenity Wieman, Davenport, age 13, July 25
Tyron Woolery, Des Moines, age 16, July 25
Maydelin Guerra-Albatado, Des Moines, age 15, July 25
Alberta Harlan, Indianola, age 16, July 24
Belinda James, Council Bluffs, age 15, July 24
Asa Starr, Sioux City, age 14, July 24
Summer Williams, Des Moines, age 17, July 24
Yvette Avila, Cedar Rapids, age 17, July 23
Isabelle Buckman, Council Bluffs, age 14, July 23
Martin Smith, Ottumwa, age 57, July 23
Thomas Bishop, Cedar County SO, age 16, July 22
Shane Kellum, Cedar Falls, age 43, July 22
Mary Schultz, Sioux City, age 55, July 22
Kristen Golliher, Keokuk, age 32, July 21
Yaritza Arita, Des Moines, 15, July 20
Joesaiah Armstrong, Davenport, age 14, July 20
Madeline Francis, Davenport, age 15, July 20
Larry Hook, Iowa City, age 39, July 20
Nia How, Waukee, age 15, July 20
Joshua Wallace, Washington County SO, age 17, July 20
Nazario Campbell, Cedar Rapids, age 13, July 19
Caleb Rennie, Council Bluffs, age 19, July 19
Malachi Vanderpool, Cedar Rapids, age 15, July 19
Mackenzy York, Mason City, age 15, July 19
David Harn, Waverly, age 16, July 18
Mollie Tibbetts, Poweshiek County, age 20, July 18
Hunter Alberts, Keokuk, age 16, July 17
Jayvreon Quinn, Des Moines, age 15, July 17
The phenomena of missing people who are never found is quite a strange and horrifying thing. The ultimate defense against anything like this can only possibly be identified as self defense.
Awareness, alertness, and the arms necessary for sufficient self defense: that may be the best strategy to combat the individuals who would kidnap people for whatever reason they would commit such an egregious act.
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.