Vanished with Beth Holloway (2011): Season 1, Episode 7 - Imbo-Petrone/Gosch/Berrelez Tips - full transcript

Set in Philadelphia, West Des Moines, and Denver. Beth delves into three cold missing person's cases--a couple who vanished from the streets of downtown Philly, a teenage paperboy who became the first milk carton kid, and a little girl who loses her life but leaves behind a legacy of hope.

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Narrator: In Philadelphia,
a young couple

walks down a crowded
street and is never seen again.

Felice ottobre: Two
adults just vanished

off the face of the earth.

And no one saw anything.

Narrator: In Iowa,
the disappearance

of a 12-year-old paperboy
spawns a groundbreaking search,

and rumors of a
sinister conspiracy.

John gosch: It ran
chills down the spine.

It's like, this can't
be happening.

Narrator: And in Denver,
the race to find a missing child

leads her family on an
unbelievable mission.

-No child should be forgotten.

Narrator: Beth holloway is
on a cross-country journey

to help three families
uncover the truth

about their missing loved ones.

Now on vanished.

Beth holloway: In 2005,
I got the call telling me

that my daughter
Natalie had vanished.

Every parent's worst
nightmare became my reality.

And I asked the
world. To help me.

I found myself in an
unimaginable fight.

But my search for answers
gave me a new mission in life,

bring the missing home
and criminals to justice.

Narrator: Growing up
in south Philadelphia,

Danielle ottobre was
always known as a free spirit.

Beth holloway: What were
some of the passions and hobbies

that Danielle had?

Felice ottobre:
She loved to sing,

she was just a bowl of fire.

She would come into a room
and the whole room would light up.

John ottobre: As
she got older, Danielle

was in two or three
different bands.

And that was her hobby,
that was her passion, music.

Narrator: But in
2001, Danielle puts

her dreams of being
a rock star on hold.

In September, she marries
her boyfriend, Joe imbo Jr. soon

after, their son, Joseph
imbo the third, is born.

John ottobre: Once her son Joe
was born, she really you know,

buckled down.

Narrator: Danielle's
son is the love of her life,

but her marriage
quickly disintegrates.

In 2004, she and Joe separate.

And Danielle reconnects
with a childhood friend,

a local baker named
Richard petrone.

Beth holloway: Tell us
a little bit about Richard,

and about things that
were going on in his life.

-He was 100% no
matter what he did,

and he ran our bakery, and a
happy go lucky kind of person,

very laid back.

Stacey pelle: He loved to talk.

He loved to have a good time.

And he would always be
the one that cracked a joke,

or told a funny story,
or just did something

that always
lightened in the mood.

Narrator: Like
Danielle, Richard is also

a single parent,
and shares custody

of his 14-year-old
daughter Angela.

Marge petrone:
He cooked for her.

They went fishing.

He took her to concerts.

He was just an amazing father.

Narrator: In addition
to their children,

Richard and Danielle bond
over a shared love of music.

-They just seemed to enjoy
each other tremendously.

You know, they seemed
to have a lot of fun together.

Narrator: But after
a year of dating,

Danielle decides
to slow things down.

-She basically
decided that she was

going to take a
break from everything

and just be a mom to her son.

Little Joe was going to
be the only man in her life.

Narrator: But Richard petrone
won't give up that easily.

On February 16, 2005,
he asks Danielle for a date.

Danielle says yes, and
makes arrangements

with her ex-husband to
keep their son that weekend.

-It was just a spur
of the moment.

They were going to
meet and have a drink.

Narrator: Saturday, February
19, at 9:00 pm, Danielle meets

Richard at a bar
called abilene where

they run into Richard's old
friend Anthony Valentino,

and his soon to
be wife, Michelle.

-Danielle and rich were both
happy, smiling, very friendly,

good moods.

It was the first night
I ever met Danielle.

She seemed very sweet.

-We were having a good time,
we just had a couple drinks.

Narrator: But as the
evening wears on,

Danielle becomes
eager to go home.

She has an appointment in
the morning with Richard's sister,

who happens to be
Danielle's hairdresser.

Around 11:30 pm, Danielle
decides to call it an evening.

Richard offers
to drive her home,

but his truck is parked
a few blocks away.

So after they say
their goodbyes,

the valentinos watch as
Richard and Danielle slowly

disappear down the street.

-I said, "I
love you man."

and that was the last
that we ever saw them.

Narrator: The next
morning, Danielle's brother,

John ottobre, knocks
on the front door

of his sister's condo.

-I promised Danielle I
would go over to her house

and fix a couple
things that were broken.

And she wasn't there,
and it concerned me.

Narrator: John has a copy
of Danielle's house key,

and lets himself in.

John ottobre: The dishes were
clean and on the counter top.

The bed was never turned down.

Right then and there, I
got a pit in my stomach.

I knew something was wrong.

I knew it from that minute.

Narrator: John calls
his mother felice.

She hasn't heard
from Danielle either.

But she has heard from
Richard petrone's sister,

who was equally as concerned.

-She said, "Mrs.
Ottobre, Danielle never

showed up to keep the
appointment that's not

like her."

I said, "No, no
that's not like her."

so I said, "Did
you talk to your mother?

Did your mother talk
to Richard?"

narrator: Felice contacts
Richard's mother, Marge

petrone, but Marge had some
shocking news of her own.

Richard is also missing.

Marge petrone: He always
answered his cell phone,


At that point, I
started to worry.

And I sent my sister,
who lives in south Philly,

to his apartment.

And he wasn't home.

-Now we're both in like, this
panic mode because it's... she

talked to her son the
way I talked to Danielle,

all the time.

Narrator: Even more
troubling, is the fact

that Danielle is supposed
to pick up her son at 3 o'clock

that afternoon,
but she never does.

So the ottobres and petrones
decide to reach out to police.

But it will be 48 hours
before the cops can

treat this as a
missing person's case.

Neither family
is willing to wait.

They formed their
own plan of attack.

John ottobre: And I just
went to the petrone's house.

At this point it was probably
11, 12 o'clock at night.

And I said, "Mr. Petrone,
what are we going to do?

And he said, "Let's go.

Let's just go."

-Johnny and I get in a
car, and we drive to the city.

And we drive all around
the south street area,

looking for the truck.

John ottobre: We knocked
on every police station door.

We hit every hospital.

We drove over three
Bridges back and forth.

Down the shoulder of the
road with our hazards on looking

in the woods, to see if maybe
they were in an accident.

Narrator: Despite the
efforts of both families,

the search for Richard and
Danielle comes up empty.

Felice ottobre:
It's just bizarre

that two responsible
people could just vanish off

the face of the earth
in a big giant truck.

And no one saw
anything, heard anything,

it just doesn't make
any sense at all.

Narrator: On
Monday, February 21,

local police formally
declare Richard and Danielle

missing persons.

But in an unexpected twist,
they label Richard petrone

as a possible
person of interest,

and speculate that Danielle's
decision to slow things down

might have sparked
a jealous rage.

Beth holloway: When
all this was transpiring,

they were beginning to
suggest a possible motive that

would have prompted
Richard to do this.

Marge petrone: I was horrified.

And they weren't
engaged to be married.

They were just
dating occasionally.

He understood you know,
that she wasn't ready,

or for whatever reason,
he wasn't upset about it.

Not at all.

Narrator: Marge petrone is
convinced her son is innocent.

But the Philadelphia
police aren't so sure.

As with many
missing persons cases,

they ask the FBI to assist.

The feds start by looking into
any cell phone or credit card

activity that might
have taken place

after Richard and
Danielle vanished.

Vito roselli: There is no
activity on their cell phones.

There's no activity on their
money cards or credit cards.

There's just no
activity, period.

Dave schratwieser: That
started police down the road

at looking at all the more
nefarious possibilities,

that they may have been
taken against their will.

Were they kidnapped?

Were they carjacked?

Where they you know,
taken at gunpoint?

Narrator: The FBI begins
pulling surveillance footage

from nearby Bridges
and toll roads.

Vito roselli: All
the Bridges going

to New Jersey,
Delaware memorial bridge,

all Bridges were checked.

most of the cameras

are catching folks
going through the toll,

normally only when
somebody blows

through a toll, the
cameras zoom in a car.

So there's no luck there.

John ottobre: As the
hours and the days went on,

it was nothing,
it was so surreal.

But I knew in my heart that
something was terribly wrong.

I just knew it.

Narrator: After a
night on the town,

Danielle imbo and
Richard petrone

vanish into a
throng of party goers

on Philadelphia's south street.

Nearly two months have
passed, and investigators

are no closer to
solving the case.

But on April 13, 2010,
a bizarre chain of events

begins to unfold, and yields
the first true break in the case.

It starts with the arrest of
a seasoned criminal named

Robert Carey.

Dave schratwieser:
Robert Carey is

a well-known knock-around
guy from the fishtown section

of Philadelphia.

And he had quite a
reputation as being

a tough guy, a violent
guy, a guy with a temper.

And at some point,
became a suspect

in a massive drug investigation.

Carey was jailed in that case.

And a day later, Carey
hung himself in jail.

Narrator: But not before
Carey allegedly tells

several associates
that he'd been

hired to kidnap and execute
Danielle imbo and Richard


Dave schratwieser: People
who, realizing he was dead,

were now not afraid, and
started to come forward

saying, Carey said, you know,
I was down on south street

that night.

You know that situation with
that couple on south street?

That was me.

-When they told you
this, how did that hit you?

-The only thing that
they've ever said,

was that it was murder for hire.

That's what they believe it was.

Which you know,
is hard, very hard.

-I knew that you were
coming to that point

that you just wanted
answers at any cost,

you just wanted to know.

Narrator: But who
would hire Robert Carey

to kill Richard and Danielle?

The FBI floats the idea that
Richard might have owed money

to a drug dealer or a bookie.

-They were beginning to
suggest a possible motive.

Marge petrone: And I told the
FBI, my son wasn't a gambler,

he didn't do drugs,
he was a worker.

He just worked and
took care of his daughter.

Narrator: A thorough
background check

proves Marge petrone is right.

Her son has no ties to drug
dealers or illegal gambling.

Even so, the
murder for hire theory

continues to gain
traction with the FBI,

and over the next several
months, dozens of leads

pour in.

Vito roselli: We dug
up yards in New Jersey

and outside of Philadelphia.

We've had cadaver dogs
searching yards and houses,

all based on what
we thought were

promising leads at the time.

Narrator: None of these
leads culminate in an arrest.

But clues picked
up along the way

provide the FBI with
an ever expanding

the volume of
circumstantial evidence.

Vito roselli: We have
countless phone records.

We have countless
financial records.

We have talked to
a number of people

that have said different things.

We have all that
information which

led me to believe
that this was done

at somebody else's request, I.E.

Murder for hire.

Narrator: But with the
self-proclaimed trigger-man

dead, investigators
are having trouble

moving the case forward.

Vito roselli: We
have not identified

an official suspect
in this investigation.

We'll follow through on
anything, within reason,

to help us get
to that next step.

John ottobre: I don't even
care who's responsible anymore.

I just want to bring her home
and say goodbye the right way.

I want everybody to
have an opportunity

to say goodbye to probably the
most wonderful person they've

ever known.

-I truly believe due
to all your hard efforts,

that it will pay off one day.

And you'll get the
answers you've

been so desperately seeking.

I know you could never
imagined the journey ahead of you.

-I just miss him so much.

Narrator: Richard
and Danielle were last

seen in south Philadelphia
on February 19, 2005.

Richard is 5 feet 9 inches
tall, and has blue eyes.

Danielle is 5
feet 5 inches tall,

with brown hair and Hazel eyes.

If you have information
about Danielle or Richard,

please go to mylifetime.

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Coming up, west des
moines, Iowa, 1982.

12-year-old Johnny gosch has
a Sunday morning paper route,

until one morning, he vanishes.

Jim rothstein: A young
boy delivering newspapers,

which every god-fearing
American kid wants to do,

ends up disappearing.

Narrator: As the search
for Johnny unfolds,

a terrifying theory emerges.

-They were kidnapping
and selling children.

-Human trafficking
is driven by money,

more money, and more money.

Narrator: Beth holloway
sets out to learn the truth

about the heartbreaking
and groundbreaking

search for Johnny gosch.

-We put the picture
on the milk carton.

That was the very first
one that ever took place.

Beth holloway: When
a child is missing,

parents will cling
to any information

that gives them hope.

But one family's 30 year
mission to find their son

has brought them face
to face with evidence

almost too shocking to believe,
and too frightening to ignore.

Narrator: West des
moines, Iowa 1982.

Fifth-grader Johnny gosch
is his parents pride and joy.

John gosch: Johnny
was a great kid.

He would do
anything for anybody.

Noreen gosch: He was
a delightful little guy,

so happy, and just fun
to have in the house.

And he would be so
kind to other people

as he started to grow up.

Narrator: At the
age of 12, Johnny

decides he wants to
make some money.

He begs his parents to take
on a paper delivery route.

-What was he saving for?

-He was saving
for a a dirt bike.

-I know you had to be
so proud of his decision

to take on a paper
route, to earn money.

-He was a special kid

narrator: Johnny's parents
agreed to the paper route,

with one condition.

Noreen gosch: The
only thing that I said,

was that one of us, the
parents, his dad or myself,

had to be with him when he
did the route because he was

getting up before daylight,
going out in the dark.

Narrator: But on Sunday,
September 15, 1982,

Johnny decides to do
the paper route by himself.

At 5:45 am, while
his parents sleep,

Johnny slips out of the house.

An hour later, the phone
rings at the gosch residence.

-It was a neighbor saying
they didn't get their paper.

And they said,
"What's wrong?

Is Johnny running
late today?"

and it was the first
time it ever happened.

Narrator: Johnny's
father immediately begins

searching the neighborhood.

John gosch: I
went out and started

looking, going from block to
block, and didn't see anything.

And I kept looking,
and looking, and looking.

And I knew
something wasn't right.

Didn't know what, but
something wasn't right.

And that's when
the panic set in.

Noreen gosch: Johnny's father
came back and said, "He's gone.

His wagon is sitting up
at the corner full of papers.

The bundles had
not even been cut.

Something is
definitely wrong."

narrator: The gosches
track down the other paper

boys that work with Johnny,
and they tell a terrifying story.

-The paper-carrier saw this
person in this Ford Fairmont

stop, back up,
and talk to Johnny.

Noreen gosch: The guy said,
"Hey kid, where's 86th street?

And Johnny turned to
the older boy and said,

"there's something
wrong with this guy."

he said, "I'm scared.

I'm going home."

narrator: According to the
paper-carriers, as soon as

Johnny started walking
away, another stranger

began following him, on foot.

Noreen gosch: We don't
feel that Johnny even

realized he was being
followed because the man stayed

a ways behind.

Narrator: Fearing
something terrible

has happened, the
gosches contact the police.

The officer at the time knew
that this wasn't a runaway,

this was something
that was serious.

So he called in area
officers to come in and start

doing a canvas of
the neighborhood.

Narrator: The police
quickly discover

that a neighbor witnessed
what happened to Johnny next.

At the end of the
block, Johnny was

ambushed by the Ford
Fairmont and the man

seen following him on foot.

Noreen gosch: The car pulled
up, somebody jumped out.

And just like that,
they both grabbed him,

threw him in the car, and
they took off screeching tires

and running a stop sign.

-I know your heart
must have sank, Noreen.

-I began calling friends
that we had all over the city,

asking them to organize
search parties, to do something.

-We searched all around
the des moines area.

Our basement
became a copy center.

I don't know how many hundreds
of thousands of flyers we did

send out, but that was
part of the first reaction.

Narrator: The search
lasts several weeks,

but Johnny isn't found.

Noreen gosch: You'd pray
that they would find something,

but you would
pray that they didn't.

And each time they
would come back

and didn't find a body, that
was reason to be hopeful.

Narrator: While the
police continue searching,

the gosches enlist the
help of a private investigator.

He puts forth a
disturbing theory,

that Johnny might
have been kidnapped

by an organized
group of pedophiles.

Jim rothstein: If you'd
look at these kidnappings,

you have to first figure out
what type of kidnapping is it.

Is it a parental or
custodial kidnapping?

Is it a pedophilia
type of kidnapping?

John gosch: Taking kids for
prostitution rings, pornography

rings, you know whatever,
ran chills down the spine.

It's like, this can't
be happening.

Narrator: But six months later
in Oklahoma, a bizarre incident

gives the theory credence,
and provides investigators

with the first break
in Johnny's case.

Beth holloway: Six months
after Johnny's disappearance,

you learn that he is alive.

What happened?

-This woman was at
a convenience center,

and a young boy
came running up to her

and screamed, "I am
Johnny gosch, please help me.

I've been kidnapped.

Before the woman
could do anything,

two men came around
the side of the building,

grabbed him, put him back
in a car, and then took off.

Narrator: Police are
unable to track down

the car or its passengers.

And despite the
sighting in Oklahoma,

two years pass
without any new leads.

Then on August 12, 1984,
13-year-old Eugene Martin

is abducted from the
streets of west des moines.

Like Johnny, Eugene
is in the middle

of his Sunday
morning paper route.

-The similarities are obvious.

They're just about the same
age, both paper-carriers, just about

the same time of year.

-Two young boys,
now suddenly vanishing.

-It just created panic.

People wouldn't let
their kids out of the house

alone because they didn't
know who would be next.

Narrator: A year and a
half after Eugene Martin's

disappearance a third young
boy, 13-year-old Mark Allen,

also vanishes from the
streets of des moines.

Frank Santiago: One of the
things that came out of this,

is that nobody knew
how bad the problem was.

We had no concept about how
many children were being abducted.

Narrator: The kidnappings
prompted the gosches

to take a revolutionary
approach to finding their son,

and to helping others whose
children have vanished.

John gosch: We put his
picture on the milk carton.

That was the very first
one that ever took place.

I remember going to the
dairy in Iowa and said, hey,

can we do this?

And he thought it
was a good idea.

Narrator: The idea takes off.

Soon missing children are
being profiled on milk cartons

across the country.

Many of these children
are ultimately found,

not Johnny gosch.

John gosch: It's a bad dream.

It really is.

People would come up and
say, well, we know how you feel.

And I would think, no you don't.

Narrator: In 1982,
12-year-old Johnny gosch

vanishes while delivering
his morning paper route.

Seven years later,
the gosches are still

searching for their son.

John gosch: There's
no time for a pity party

when this stuff happens.

If parents don't
look for the kids,

nobody else is going to do it.

Narrator: Finally,
in may of 1989,

there's a break in the case.

A Nebraska convict by
the name of Paul bonacci

tells the police that
he knows firsthand

what happened to Johnny.

Noreen gosch: Paul
bonacci said, "I

helped with the Johnny
gosch kidnapping.

I was the one in the car.

I was in the backseat.

I was the one that jumped
out and grabbed Johnny's legs,

while the man who followed
Johnny grabbed his shoulders."

-they had a couple
of pictures of Johnny,

and they said that this is the
one that they wanted to get.

Narrator: Bonacci says
he's part of a vast network

of sexual predators operating
across the midwest, a network

that ensnared bonacci himself,
when he was a teenager.

Jim rothstein: How bonacci
was a victim, who was also used.

These children, after
they have been molested,

they themselves become
part and recruit other kids

to be put into this.

And as long as a boy
behaves, he can survive.

Narrator: Noreen sets
up a face-to-face meeting

with Paul bonacci in prison.

-I feel so bad about it because
of what they made me do.

Noreen gosch: Bonacci broke
down and just cried when he saw me.

And he said, "I'm so sorry.

I'm so sorry for what I did,
but they forced me to."

narrator: Noreen
is certain she finally

knows what happened to her
son, but her husband isn't so sure.

John gosch: He was
saying a lot of things

that were kind
of hard to believe.

I would say about 40% of it
was the truth, and 60% of it

was made up.

Noreen believed this kid
100%, and... but I didn't.

Narrator: In 1992, bonacci
is released from prison

and tells his story on the TV show
"America's most wanted."

as part of the show,
bonacci leads a film crew

to an abandoned
ranch in Colorado,

where he claims Johnny
gosch and countless other boys

were once held captive.

Paul bonacci: This is where
they kept some of the kids,

hidden away underneath
the house here.

I almost couldn't do it, to
even go near the house.

Because I got up
there and I just...

The memories flooded
back of the last time

I was here, and living here.

Because this is the last place
I've ever seen Johnny gosch at.

Narrator: Shortly after
bonacci's segment airs,

Noreen is contacted by a
young man named Jimmy Gibson.

He also claims to have
been at the ranch with Johnny.

-Were there any
proof of life questions

that you could ask Jimmy?

That he could answer correctly,
to make sure that you knew

it was your Johnny?

-I asked and verified
about the birthmark

that Johnny had on his chest.

And Jimmy described
the shape of it

perfectly, along
with other things

that Johnny told him,
that he had in his room.

That information had never
been in a news story, never,

and Jimmy knew it.

Narrator: Jimmy
Gibson also tells

Noreen about a
horrible identifying Mark

that all the boys held
captive at the ranch now bear.

Noreen gosch: The brand is what
they call "The rocking x".

Like a half of a
circle, and then

there's an x in the center.

Jimmy had that brand on his leg.

Paul bonacci carries that brand.

Jimmy told us that Johnny
also carries that brand.

Narrator: It's a story
almost too sadistic to be true.

But investigators
are already familiar

with the notorious
"Rocking x".

Jim rothstein: In
the underground,

we started observing and hearing
about the "Rocking x"

in about 1968, '69.

We had followed it out
to somewhere in Colorado

where there was a "Rocking
x" Operation going on.

That was the last I knew of it.

And then when Johnny came along
and I saw to "Rocking x" Again,

I immediately knew what the
"Rocking x" Was.

Narrator: Jimmy Gibson claims
that many of the young boys

managed to escape
the ranch where

"rocking x"
Held them captive.

Among them was Johnny gosch.

But Jimmy has no idea
where Johnny is now.

To Noreen, Jimmy
Gibson's story gels

with everything she knows
about her son's disappearance.

Johnny's father
doesn't think so.

John gosch: It
was like, there was

too many lies being laid
out the table in front of us.

Narrator: The
differences of opinion,

coupled with the
strain of losing Johnny,

eventually drives a
wedge between them.

11 years after
their son vanished,

Noreen and John gosch divorce.

John gosch: Oh it just
tears you apart basically.

Especially when you
got opinions, each of us

had opinions of what may
happened, or how it happened,

or who could have been involved.

Narrator: Years pass,
and the gosches are still

no closer to finding their son.

But according to
Noreen, one night in 1997,

a miracle happens.

-There was a knock on your door.

-I said, "Who is it?"

he said, "It's me, mom.

It's Johnny.

Can I come in?"

and I knew it was him.

I could feel it was him.

-Now he's a 27, 28-year-old man.


And I thought he
was home to stay.

Narrator: But
according to Noreen,

Johnny tells her it's unsafe
for him to even be talking to her.

And just three hours
after walking back

into his mother's life,
Johnny vanishes again.

-He said, "I can't stay.

I'm only here for a short time.

I need your help.

I want these men arrested so
that we can live freely."

narrator: As soon
as Noreen gosch

makes the encounter
public, Johnny's father

questions its validity.

I was hoping it was true.

But the way she
described it, did not

seem very believable at all.

Narrator: Has Noreen's
grief deluded her

about the truth surrounding
her son's disappearance?

It seems that way
until one day in 2008,

when Noreen receives an
anonymous letter containing

a chilling set of pictures.

Noreen gosch: I
pulled out this picture

of Johnny bound and gagged.

And I literally could
not get my breath.

There were two other
pictures in the packet.

One had three boys laying on
a bed, all bound and gagged.

Narrator: Are the pictures real?

The boys in the photos bear no sign
of the "Rocking x" Brand,

nor do they resemble the
two missing des moines

boys, Mark Allen
and Eugene Martin.

But one of them does bear
a strong likeness to Johnny.

Noreen is convinced it's him.

Noreen gosch: I took my
photos to the police department.

And when I opened up the
folder and they saw the pictures,

they kept saying, "Oh
my god, it's Johnny.

It's Johnny."

narrator: However,
authorities will not publicly

confirm the boy in
the photo is Johnny.

And many people familiar
with the case, including

Johnny's father,
doubt their authenticity.

John gosch: I could
tell it wasn't him,

and didn't have
to go any further.

Something to do with the
shape of his ankles and his legs.

I know he had long
legs, but it's just,

something wasn't right.

He was 5 foot 7,
and looking at that kid,

I would probably
put him at 5' 4".

It just wasn't him.

Narrator: Whether the photos
are real or not, one fact remains.

Nearly 30 years have passed
since Johnny gosch disappeared

on his Sunday
morning paper route.

And in the decades
since Johnny first

appeared on the now
legendary milk carton,

a lot has changed,
both in the way

sexual predators
network with each other,

and in the way law
enforcement hunts them down.

Jim rothstein: The
interesting thing

about that is, on the
computer, no matter when

you punch that key,
somebody can follow it.

-What do you hope
for your future, Noreen?

-I hope I live long
enough to bring

some resolution to these cases.

To help this young boys
so they can be free one day,

and just live a normal life.

Jim rothstein: We
can fight terrorists,

in god unbelievable
parts of this world,

but we can't find a kidnapper
in west des moines, Iowa?

-I always still think of
Johnny as a 12-year-old,

instead of 41 years old,
what he would be today.

Walking down the
streets, I'm looking at faces

and trying to think
what would he look like.

But, down deep, I'm still
looking at 12-year-old.

And, that's a hard thing.

Narrator: Johnny
gosch was last seen

in west des moines,
Iowa in September of 1982.

He has light brown
hair, blue eyes,

and a birthmark on his chest.

He may also bear the
"Rocking x" Brand.

Today, Johnny
would be 42, and may

resemble the man depicted
in this age progression photo.

Mark Allen has brown
hair and blue eyes.

He would be 39 years old.

Eugene Martin would be 40.

He has brown hair
and brown eyes.

If you have information about
Johnny gosch, Eugene Martin,

And click on the tips button.

Beth holloway: When
a person goes missing,

every moment counts.

The speed that a
search begins can

make the difference
between life or death.

In one Colorado case,
the effort of an unlikely hero

inspires a lifelong mission
to save time, to save lives.

Narrator: May
1993, alie berrelez

is a precocious five-year-old
living in a blue collar

suburb of Denver with
her mother marivel,

and just down the road
from her grandfather, Richard.

Beth holloway:
Tell us about alie.

-She was a beautiful little
girl, energetic, full of life,

enjoyed everything that
a five-year-old enjoys

doing, playing outside,
jumping, running.

She was very talkative,
very smart, very bright.

Narrator: May 18, 6 pm,
alie, her mom, and alie's two

little brothers, have
just returned home

from grocery shopping.

Marivel berrelez:
She was kinda antsy.

And I thought I would let
her outside for a little while,

while I put away the groceries.

I could look out the
kitchen window and see her.

Plus, I left the door open.

So I wasn't really too worried.

Narrator: Moments
later, the afternoon

takes an unthinkable turn.

Marivel berrelez: When I went
out to get her, she was gone.

-The first thing that
came out of my mouth

was that my daughter
had been kidnapped.

Marivel berrelez: I knew

something had happened.

Narrator: Moments after
receiving marivel's 911

call, police arrived
on the scene.

The only eyewitnesses are alie's
brothers, Benjamin and Samuel.

But Benjamin is only two
years old, and Samuel is three.

Marivel berrelez: As
much as he could speak,

he mentioned that
a man took her.

But we don't know the man
was, and he didn't know either.

He just must have seen
somebody take her, walk off with her.

Narrator: In a
matter of minutes,

investigators have organized
a massive search party.

But 72 hours later,
there's still no sign of alie.

-Police officers, the
firefighters, the volunteers,

they covered about
400 square blocks.

And it just wasn't bringing
the information that we needed.

It wasn't bringing alie home.

Narrator: That's
when investigators

decide to call in a
unique breed of police

officer, a bloodhound
named yogi.

Bobbie Garrett:
Yogi was amazing.

He really was.

He has a tool that we,
as people, don't have.

His nose can pick up scent
500 times better than a human.

Narrator: Once
on the scene, yogi

is provided with what's
called a sense object.

In alie's case, it's a t-shirt
she has recently worn.

-Yogi followed that scent
with nose down, tail up.

And he was on hot pavement.

He was on highways.

There was traffic.

There was exhausts.

There was the hot Colorado
sun beating down on him.

Narrator: After tracking
alie's sent for nearly 15 miles,

yogi leads investigators
to an isolated canyon road.

There, police
discover a small canvas

bag lying next to a creek bed.

-It was almost like
getting punched in the gut.

You knew that you
didn't want to go and look.

And you knew
that it probably was,

but you kept hoping
that maybe it wasn't.

And when it was
confirmed that it was alie,

everybody's heart just sunk.

Marivel berrelez:

To be able to hold
her and touch her.

But of course, I would have
been tampering with evidence.

It's like I lost my sight.

I couldn't see.

I think I just was so scared.

Narrator: Although several
suspects are investigated,

ultimately no one is charged
with alie berrelez's murder.

To this day, the investigation
into alie's death remains open.

But the berrelez family remains
indebted to amazing work

done by yogi.

Marivel berrelez: I was able
to say my goodbyes to her.

I know that he was the one
that brought her back home.

And I was very thankful that
yogi was available to do that.

-So today, I'd like to
say that the children

of the state of Colorado.

Narrator: The berrelez family
is so grateful for the work done

by yogi, that they
decide to start the alie

foundation, a nonprofit
organization dedicated

to the training of search
and rescue dogs like yogi.

Marivel berrelez:
My father wanted

to have a foundation
in alie's memory.

And we came up with the name
abducted lost innocent enough.

Narrator: Alie's
grandfather Richard

is so dedicated to
the cause, he becomes

the organization's lead trainer.

-What if yogi had been
there within the hour?

Maybe our granddaughter
would have been found.

My goal would be to
be there within the hour,

and hopefully
find that child alive.

That would be my
greatest accomplishment.

In my heart and soul, if I
could do that for a child,

then that would be
a great tribute to alie.

Narrator: It doesn't take long
for Richard berrelez's dream

to come true.

In 1994, a young girl vanishes
during a massive snowstorm.

Police call in
Richard's first trainee,

a young bloodhound
appropriately named alie.

In a matter of a
couple hours, alie

tracks the girl to a
snow-covered parking lot,

not far from her home.

-We got a call from the
officer who had the dog.

And he says, "Richard,
I have good news.

The dog that you
donated has saved a life.

She was found
just in time."

so that was great news.

-Your work paid off so
beautifully, and so quickly.

And Richard, you
were able to save

the life of this little girl.

Narrator: In doing
so, the alie foundation

transformed Richard
and marivel's tragic loss

into a lasting legacy.

-I don't want
people to forget alie.

I don't want them
to see her just

as another child
that was murdered.

No child should be forgotten.

Narrator: If you have
information about any

of the missing
people seen tonight,

please go to mylifetime.

and click on the tips button.

-What is the Johnny
gosch law, Noreen?

-The Johnny gosch
law was created

to ensure immediate
investigation on a missing

child, rather than
waiting 72 hours.

-And how many states
today have adopted?

-Seven that I know
of, and there may

be more that have added
throughout the country.

But at the time, that's
what our push was,

was to get at least the states
throughout the midwest on it.