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Missing 6-year-old boy may have disappeared weeks ago, investigators say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houston police say while 6-year-old Samuel Olson was reported missing on May 27, he may have disappeared weeks ago.

“All we have are reports. The last time we know, for a fact, he was in school and that was April 30th,” HPD Executive Assistant Larry Satterwhite told reporters Monday night.

The little boy just turned six over the weekend. On Monday, volunteers with Texas EquuSearch searched fields in southeast Houston.

WATCH: Investigators on missing boy: ‘No one seems to know where he is’

“We’re all trying to bring Sam home,” said Tonya Olson, Sam’s grandmother. “It was his birthday Saturday and it should have been the happiest day of his life.”

Theresa Balboa, who is Sam’s father’s girlfriend, said she last saw the child on last Thursday morning in the 8800 block of McAvoy Drive in southwest Houston.

“I was going to take Sam to school when his mother showed up with the police officer, or who I was under the impression to be a police officer, and they demanded me to release Sam,” explained Balboa on Monday.

However, Satterwhite said investigators have not been able to verify that and, in fact, Sam may have gone missing weeks ago. The last time anyone outside of his family saw him was at Holbrook Elementary in Cy-Fair ISD on Friday, April 30, according to police. The last day of school is June 3.

Satterwhite said the biological mother and father share custody of Sam, but one of the last places the little boy was reportedly seen was at an apartment on Gulf Breeze in southeast Houston that belongs to Balboa’s friend. Monday night, police executed a search warrant. Crime scene and homicide investigators were seen going in and out. Police impounded one vehicle.

“I’ve worked many, many of these cases. I don’t have a good feeling,” said Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller. “Nobody can find out anybody that’s credible that can tell us the last time he was seen and where.”

Sam is white, 3 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 50 pounds, authorities say. He has blue eyes and light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt with a red “Kool-Aid man” on the front, jean shorts and white “Buzz Lightyear” tennis shoes.

“I’ve literally tried to do everything from the very beginning to do what’s best for my son,” said Sam’s father, Dalton Olson. “That is my whole world and I can’t imagine if anything happened to him and I believe he’s still out there.”

If you have any information on Sam’s whereabouts, contact the Houston Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 832-394-1840.

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Missing Features: 2D Is A New Switch Platformer With All Of Its Features… Well, Missing

In a world filled to the brim with excellent platformers, how do you create a new game in the genre that does something a little different? Well, how about stripping away all of the features that make it a platformer in the first place?

Missing Features: 2D does exactly that, tasking players with not only unlocking new stages and abilities, but also the game’s fundamental mechanics and assets, too. You see, when the game boots up for the first time it fails to load everything correctly (on purpose), leaving it up to you to unlock your player character model, their running animations, and a variety of gameplay mechanics to essentially ‘create’ the platformer game you’re playing as you go.

Confused? Make sure to watch the trailer up above!

2D Is A New Switch Platformer

The great news is that the game’s available to play on Switch as we speak and is currently enjoying a 50% launch discount – yes, even some of the asking price is missing. At the time of writing, you can buy this one for just £1.79 / $ 1.99, so feel free to go ahead and download it if you’re intrigued.

Will you be giving this one a go? Don’t leave anything out in the comments.

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Texas EquuSearch volunteers look for any sign of missing Houston boy

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houston police detectives and Texas EquuSearch volunteers are searching for 6-year-old Samuel Olson.The little boy just turned six over the weekend and he has been missing since last week.

Theresa Balboa, who is Sam’s father’s girlfriend, said she last saw the child on Thursday morning in the 8800 block of McAvoy Drive in southwest Houston.WATCH: Investigators on missing boy: ‘No one seems to know where he is’

Sam is white, 3 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 50 pounds, authorities say. He has blue eyes and light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt with a red “Kool-Aid man” on the front, jean shorts and white “Buzz Lightyear” tennis shoes.

Tanya Olson, Sam’s grandmother, told ABC13 he’s missing two bottom teeth and another tooth was loose.

“I’ve literally tried to do everything from the very beginning to do what’s best for my son,” said Sam’s father, Dalton Olson. “That is my whole world and I can’t imagine if anything happened to him and I believe he’s still out there.”

Over the weekend, Tanya told ABC13 that a man who claimed to be a police officer showed up demanding to take the boy.
“I’ve worked many, many of these cases. I don’t have a good feeling,” said Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller. “Nobody can find out anybody that’s credible that can tell us the last time he was seen and where.”

If you have any information on Sam’s whereabouts, contact the Houston Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 832-394-1840.

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MISSING: 85-year-old man last seen Wednesday in east Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Authorities need your help to find a missing 85-year-old man last seen earlier this week in east Houston.

Ismael Casilla was last seen Wednesday around 6 p.m. in the 4400 block of Dallas Street.

85-year-old man

Casilla is a Hispanic man, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has white hair and brown eyes.

Casilla was last seen wearing a red shirt and brown shorts.

If you have any information about Larkins’ disappearance, call the Houston Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 832-394-1840.

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Deer Park HS senior gets sweet surprise after graduation yard sign goes missing

DEER PARK, Texas (KTRK) — In Deer Park, the community celebrates graduating seniors at Deer Park High School in a variety of ways, one of which is displaying their graduation photos along one of the busiest streets in the city.Aubrey Madison thought she was going to be able to take part in that special moment. When she went to go look for her picture, it was nowhere to be found.

“That was my poster,” she said. “I wanted to see it and be able to take a picture and be honored. I wanted people to see me and it wasn’t there. I was super upset.”Madison said earlier in the day, her mother took a photo of her sign in the ground with all the other graduates and told her how proud she was of graduating. Later that day, after Madison got off of work, she took a trip to Center Street to look at it herself.

When she got there, it was gone.

“Not even a whole day went by and mine was already gone,” she said.

The student said she doesn’t know who would’ve taken the sign along with the joy her and her mother shared.”It was just sad because it wasn’t even up 24 hours,” Madison said.

She then took to Facebook and posted about her missing sign. A fellow Deer Park resident, David Hernandez, decided to make Madison two custom signs.

“I was really happy, it mean a lot to me,” Madison said.

Hernandez said he felt bad for the teen and this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so he was going to do what he could to make her graduation one to remember.

“I have a daughter, I wouldn’t want her to feel that way,” Hernandez told ABC13 during a phone call.Hernandez said he wishes Madison the best of luck.

“I couldn’t be more thankful for him, it just really made me grateful,” Madison said. “It’s awesome he’s still putting kindness in this world.”

Madison and her mother are now proudly displaying her new graduation sign in their front yard, all thanks to a fellow neighbor.

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Missing hiker's family gives back to mountain rescue organizations

Nearly five years after Dave Cook went missing while hiking Maroon Bells, his family started a campaign to raise money for the team that searched for him.

ASPEN, Colo. — In September 2016, Dave Cook set off to conquer a couple of 14ers in the Aspen area. It was a normal venture for the experienced climber from New Mexico who has always been drawn to the mountains.
His plan was to climb Pyramid Peak and Maroon Bells. He took off on a Monday and planned to return to a friends’ place in Aspen Tuesday night. But when Tuesday night came, he wasn’t back.
“The next morning we talked to search and rescue and decided he had just gotten a late start and his trip probably got pushed out,” said Maureen Cook, Dave’s wife. “We waited a day then kicked off the search. We just didn’t have good news and then ran into weather constraints during the week.”
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Maureen said she was up in Aspen from New Mexico for nine days as Mountain Rescue Aspen searched for her husband. They never found him and had to suspend the search. That’s when Maureen went home.
“It just really caught me off guard,” Maureen recalled. “We didn’t have sadly a search and rescue plan and I do regret that. He was just so well trained. He had been in the Marine Corps and did mountain training. He was just prepared for every climb and was in great shape.”
Nearly five years after Dave went missing, Maureen and their three children decided it was time to honor him and Mountain Rescue Aspen. The family created and launched the campaign ‘Dave Gives Back‘ as part of National Search and Rescue Week, which ran May 16 – 22.
“Our hope is just to raise awareness so that search and rescue can have the resources they need to be successful,” Maureen explained. “They were pivotal in everything that took place in the early days of the searches. Even throughout the winter when there was snow cover everywhere and we had nothing that we could do. They would reach out to me on a regular basis and ask how we were doing.”
Maureen said Mountain Rescue Aspen brought her family comfort in a way that nobody else could. After saying thank you for years, she wanted to put some action behind her words, thinking of the other families that might be in her position one day.
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“It’s so amazing that these people put their lives on the line and risk their safety for others,” said Maureen. “They did it for so many hours for our family and we are just forever indebted to them and we hope that we can help give back to them in so many ways.”
The ‘Dave Gives Back’ campaign is funded through merchandise sales and donations. The family is launching the campaign in a phased approach. The first round of donations will all go to Mountain Rescue Aspen.
The shirts all have Dave’s eight missions written on them, taken from a notecard he had posted above his desk:
  1. Have a positive attitude
  2. PT and live healthy
  3. Motivate yourself and others
  4. Earn respect
  5. Set goals
  6. Live with integrity
  7. Mentoring
  8. Have fun
Maureen said her family continues to model those eight missions and hopes the campaign will push others to do the same.
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Austin police asking for help finding missing 85-year-old man with medical condition

(KTLA) – Huntington Beach police arrested 149 people after a massive crowd descended on the California beach Saturday for a party promoted in a TikTok video. The crowd grew “unruly,” police said, prompting them to declare an unlawful assembly.

The young party-goers were invited to the event dubbed “Adrian’s kickback” in a viral video, which garnered over 3 million views and caught the attention of local police, who worked with agencies in neighboring cities to prepare for the mass gathering.

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Missing 20-year-old woman found at Ben Taub hospital after being last seen May 15

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Authorities have located a 20-year-old woman who had been missing since May 15 on Houston’s south side.Genesis Rachel Barrondo was located at Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital. Authorities said she arrived May 15 shortly after 2 a.m. after being hit by a vehicle.

Barrondo’s mother, Olga Barrondo, and step brother, Jason Hernandez, returned to the area where they were told the incident happened on 610 East near Cullen Boulevard. When looking around the area, a family member saw Barrondo’s shoes on the side of the freeway. The location is about 15 minutes away from Barrondo’s last known location. Her family said they still do not know what exactly happened.”We have no idea what happened or what they were doing out here,” Hernandez said. “We are just coming back from the hospital, getting the information. They told us they picked her up at this location.”

Hernandez said an investigator called the family Saturday morning saying there was a person in intensive care that matched the Barrondo’s description.

Olga confirmed that it is in fact her daughter. When the family made it to the hospital, they were told Barrondo is in a coma.

Doctors said they are waiting to see if she shows any movement or signs of improvement.

Hernandez said they have faith that Barrondo will wake up. Olga asks that the community pray for her daughter.”If someone saw what happened that night, please let us know,” Hernandez said. “We just want to know the truth.”

The family said Barrondo sent her mother a text last weekend saying she was going to eat with a co-worker after work and that one of her co-workers was going to give her a ride home.

“Genesis sent the message to her mother, ‘I’ll see you soon’,” Hernandez said as he translated for Olga. “Then, whenever we were waiting around like 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m., that’s when the co-worker sent Olga a text message like as if she knew her for a long time, but in this case we’ve never seen her before.”

Hernandez explained that the co-worker said Barrondo was going to stay the night, but Barrondo never made it home. That’s when her family filed a missing persons report.

Hernandez also said they are not sure if investigators are looking into the co-worker, but the family has not been able to get in touch with that individual.”Whenever Genesis gets well soon, she’s for sure going to speak about what happened that night,” Hernandez said. “So, hopefully we can have an idea of what exactly happened that night.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Houston Police Department or anonymously send in a tip to Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

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Family of missing Texas State student offers $10,000 reward 5 months after his disappearance

CALDWELL COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — It has been five months since a Texas State University student disappeared mostly without a trace.

Now, the family of 21-year-old Jason Landry is offering $ 10,000 for information that helps bring their son home. 

“No matter what the circumstance is, no matter what the end result is — we want to know,” Jason’s dad, Kent Landry, said. “We want to know the truth.”

Jason’s family announced on a Facebook page created to find him that starting May 17 through Aug. 1, they’ll be offering the reward to anyone who has details.

  • Jason Landry's family offers reward in return for information about his disappearance (via Facebook)
  • Jason Landry's family offers reward in return for information about his disappearance (via Facebook)

The family’s Facebook post reads in part:

“This offer requires that the information provided by the claimant is the direct and proximate cause of the location and return of Jason Landry. The information must be specific, adequate, timely and actually used by law enforcement, search agencies or other appropriate entities to find and return Jason to his family. The successful claimant must provide sufficient and clear written details that enable search and law enforcement teams to locate and return Jason.

The post goes on to say that simply providing nonspecific information or descriptions of where Jason may be isn’t sufficient enough to receive the reward. Only information that has the recommendation from PM Investigations will be considered, the post said.

According to the family, the reward will be divided equally if there is more than one person who comes forward with substantial information.

“It’s really hard for me to imagine that no one knows nothing,” Kent said.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said Jason was driving home for Christmas break in mid-December when he crashed his car on Salt Flat Road near Luling. There’s about an hour gap from when investigators believe the crash happened and when Jason’s cell phone data stopped.

  • Jason Landry's crashed car (Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Photo)
  • Jason Landry's crashed car (Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Photo)
  • Jason Landry's crashed car (Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Photo)

“Is it possible that he passed that night from exposure and cold and all those things — yes, it’s possible,” Kent said. “But, I also know that search entities have moved heaven and earth to search the area.”

Kent said they’ll take all tips seriously.

“He’s my boy, we love him,” he said.

According to Kent, they’re putting a time limit on the reward period, so tipsters are more motivated to come forward. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said Crime Stoppers usually only helps with financial rewards in bigger areas.

  • Jason Landry, 21, left for home in Missouri City from Texas State on Sunday, but he didn't make it there, authorities said. (Photo courtesy of KPRC)
  • Texas State University student Jason Landry
  • Photos of missing Texas State student Jason Landry (Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Photos)

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State pension warning: You may be missing out on £3,000 & free TV licence – check now

The State Pension is just one of the payments which is overseen by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Each year, many people from right across the country receive the payments they are entitled to during their retirement. Based on National Insurance contributions, a person usually needs 10 years of qualifying NI to get any state pension at all, and 35 years or more to get the full sum.
The Government states, however, some may get less than the full state pension if they were contracted out before April 6, 2016.

While the state pension is based on National Insurance contributions, there is another payment which could help those of state pension age. 

Pension Credit is designed to provide Britons with extra money to help with living costs if they are over state pension age and on a low income.

The sum tops up a person’s weekly income to £177.10 if they are single, and to £270.30 if in a relationship – known as Guarantee Credit.

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In the same sense, Britons may also be missing out on the chance to secure a free TV Licence. 

TV licence payments historically did not have to be met by older individuals as part of a key entitlement in later life.

However, following an important rule change in August 2020, this is no longer the case.

Now, the majority of over-75s are required to pay for their TV licence, which is worth £160 per year.

Those who believe they are entitled to a free TV Licence, but who aren’t getting one, are encouraged to reach out to TV Licensing for further information.

But for those who are yet to claim Pension Credit, there is other action which needs to be taken.

Perhaps the easiest endeavour to undertake is to visit the Government website and use its Pension Credit calculator.

This tool informs Britons whether they are eligible for Pension Credit, and how much they could receive.

Individuals will, however, need to have specific details to hand in this regard.

These include:

  • Earnings, benefits and pensions
  • Savings and investments

People can apply online, via phone, or by post, and can start an application up to four months before reaching state pension age. 

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