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#1 Jenn

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 08:48 AM

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Hannibal, MO — On Sunday, Nov. 15, the Hannibal Police Department received a report that Christina Whittaker was missing.

Whittaker, 21, was described as white, 5-foot-5, and weighing 180 pounds. She has brown eyes and red hair.

Whittaker was last seen leaving a bar in the 600 block of Broadway at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. She was wearing a white T-shirt, pink tank top, jeans, and pink and white Nike shoes.

The police reported Sunday there was no information to suggest foul play.

Anyone with any information regarding Whittaker is requested to contact the Hannibal Police Department at (573) 221-0987 or by using the crime tips link at www.hannibalpd.com.


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Christina M. Whittaker

Nov 17, 2009
BRENT ENGEL
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Hannibal, MO — .Police broadened their search for a missing Hannibal woman Tuesday, but did not suspect foul play.

Twenty-one-year-old Christina Whittaker disappeared at 11:45 p.m. Friday after leaving Rookies Sports Bar at 611 Broadway.

“There’s nothing to indicate foul play,” Police Capt. James Hark said Tuesday afternoon. “We’re not ruling that out, but we’re pursuing all angles at this point.”
Hark said detectives were conducting a wide search that included the assistance of a Missouri Water Patrol boat, the use of all-terrain vehicles and the help of other law enforcement agencies.

“We’ve been in contact with family, friends and acquaintances,” he said. “We’ve had officers go and knock on doors of places of previous known contacts. We’re blanketing every area we can think of.”

Hark said Whittaker’s family had been cooperative. He called the intensive search a “typical response” by his department to a missing persons report.

“We always broaden our scope,” he said. “We’re trying to follow up everything we can.

Information is really thin right now.”
Investigators said Whittaker met with friends Friday night at the downtown bar.

A police report indicated she was asked to leave by a bartender “due to her level of intoxication” and the fact that she became “disorderly with other bar patrons.”

Witnesses said Whittaker left the bar by herself and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, pink tank top and pink and white Nike tennis shoes.

“Other information from witnesses indicates while at the bar Christina was not only consuming a large quantity of alcohol but also taking prescription medication,” according to a police report.

Court records show Whittaker’s last known address as 1708 Ruby in the Oakwood neighborhood on the southwest side of the city.

People with information should call the department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (573) 221-0987.

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Police seek missing Hannibal woman

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
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HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Police in the northeast Missouri town of Hannibal do not suspect foul play as they continue to search for a 21-year-old woman missing since Friday night.

Christina Whittaker was last seen leaving a bar. The Missouri Water Patrol and searchers on all-terrain vehicles are also looking for Whittaker.

The Hannibal Courier-Post cites a police report saying Whittaker was asked to leave the bar because she was extremely intoxicated and was disorderly. Witnesses say she left by herself.


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Police still searching for missing woman 
Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 11:31 a.m.

Hannibal Police are asking again for your help to find a young woman, missing since Friday.

Investigators have been following every lead to find 21-year-old Christina Whittaker of Hannibal.

Eyewitnesses last saw her around midnight Friday when she was asked to leave Rookies Sports Bar in Hannibal.

Since then police have searched outlying areas as well as the Mississippi River on Tuesday, looking for any clues into her disappearance.

Captain Jim Hark with the Hannibal Police Department says investigators have followed every lead, even into other cities and with the help of other agencies.

But now they're out of leads...and are asking for your help to find this missing woman.

What is the Hannibal Police Department doing to find Christina Whittaker?

Captain Hark said, "We have our entire detective division working on this case. We've followed every lead. Right now we have no reason to suspect foul play but we're not ruling it out because we just don't know."

Captain Hark says Whittaker has been listed on the Nationwide network of missing persons since she was reported missing.

Whittaker has a six month old baby at home.

Anyone with information regarding Christina or her whereabouts should contact the Hannibal Police Department at 573-221-0987.

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#5 La Vina

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 09:51 PM

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Search for a missing Hannibal woman continues

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HANNIBAL, Mo.-Imagine not hearing from your daughter, or even having a clue as to where she is, for six days. That's what a Hannibal mother is struggling with tonight.

21 year old Christina Whittaker hasn't been seen or heard from since last Friday night. Police say that's when she left a downtown bar alone and intoxicated.

Hannibal Police Chief Lyndell Davis says the department has five investigators working this case trying to find anything that will lead them to the whereabouts of Christina Whittaker. He says there's nothing to indicate foul play, but it has not been ruled out.

While the investigation continues, Christina's family holds out hope for her safe return. "We love her and we have to have her home.

"Next Thursday's Thanksgiving and I can't have it without her," said Cindy Young.

Christina Whittaker's mom Cindy can't remember the last time she's gone this long without speaking to her daughter.

"She has never gone a day in her life without talking to me on the phone or in person and has never, ever taken off," included Young.

Which is why Hannibal Police are putting forth a full effort in finding out what happened to Christina Whittaker, who's also the mother of a young child.

"We're utilizing any leads that we have. All the credible leads we have and even some not credible just to make sure we're not over looking anything," said Chief Lyndell Davis.

Investigators say Christina was last seen at Rookies Sports Bar last Friday night around 11:45 p.m. Witnesses say she left the bar by herself and may have also been taking prescription drugs in addition to drinking alcohol.

With little else to go on, Chief Davis says his department is using every resource it can to help solve this case.

"We've also asked assistance from other state agencies, including water patrol. They did an investigation of nearby waterways, just in case. Thus far we've had no success in locating the lady," included Davis.

But police and Christina Whittaker's family continue to hope for tips that could bring her home.

"No matter how small you may think it is. It could be what brings her home," included Cindy Young.


Christina Whittaker is five feet, five inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown eyes and red hair.

If you have any information, please call the Hannibal police department@573-221-0987.

A Facebook page dedicated to the safe return of Christina has also been set up, providing up to date information.

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Hannibal police continue search for missing woman

Hannibal Courier-Post
Nov 23, 2009

Hannibal, MO — .The search for a missing Hannibal woman entered its second week with no new leads.

Twenty-one-year-old Christina Whittaker disappeared at 11:45 p.m. Nov. 13 after leaving Rookies Sports Bar at 611 Broadway.

Investigators have said there’s nothing to indicate foul play, but have not ruled anything out.

Investigators said Whittaker met with friends at the bar, but left alone. Records show

Whittaker’s last known address as 1708 Ruby in the Oakwood neighborhood on the southwest side of the city.

Whittaker is described as white, 5 feet 5 inches tall with a weight of 180 pounds. She has brown eyes and red hair.

People with information should call the department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (573) 221-0987.

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Name: Christina Whittaker

Alias: Christina Whittaker Young
Date of Birth:  03/25/1988
Date Missing:  11/13/2009
Age at time of disappearance:  21
City Missing From: Hannibal
State Missing From: MO
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height:  5 ft 6 in
Weight:  130 lbs.
Hair Color: Red
Hair (other): Shoulder length, naturally curly, but may straighten
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Fair-light

Identifying Characteristics: Christina has a tattoo on her back, an outline of an angel 10" long and 8" wide on her left shoulder and a tattoo on her left ankle of a green Care Bear about 3" tall.

Clothing: She was last seen wearing a blue jeans, a white v-neck top wth a pink tank top underneath, new white Nikes with a pink stripe.

Jewelry: Wears a ring with a pink stone and cluster of diamonds about 1/2" long.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Christina was last seen at Rookies Sports Bar around 11:45 p.m. Witnesses say she left the bar by herself and may have also been taking prescription drugs in addition to drinking alcohol.

Medical Conditions: Christina has fibromyalgia, is bi-polar, and suffers from depression.

Investigative Agency: Hannibal Police Dept
Agency Phone:  (573) 221-0987
Investigative Case #:  2009-030080

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Whittaker’s mother praying for a miracle
She has been missing since Nov. 13


Nov 28, 2009
BEV DARR
Hannibal Courier-Post

Hannibal, MO — .“I knew from the first day something was very, very wrong,” said Cindy Young, whose 21-year-old daughter, Christina Whittaker, has been missing from downtown Hannibal since Friday, Nov. 13.

“They found her phone on the ground on South Seventh Street,” a few blocks from the bar where she was last seen, Young said.

“She has a 6-month-old baby,” she added. “I know she did not run off. She has never did it in her life.

“She called me constantly during the day - she wouldn’t go half a day without calling me,” Young said. “I cannot remember one day in her lifetime I have not talked to her on the phone or in person. There have been time she’s had two phones, texting on one and talking on the other.”

As news about Whittaker’s disappearance continues to spread - including informing the Nancy Grace show on CNN - Young is asking for prayers from the public, along with tips from anyone with information that might help find her daughter.

At the request of Wesley Neff, leader of the NEMO K-9 unit, a candlelight vigil took place Tuesday night, Nov. 24, outside Rookie’s Sports Bar  at 611 Broadway, where Whittaker was last seen on Nov. 13.

“We prayed for her return and for a holiday miracle that she would make it home by Thanksgiving,” Young said. “I know if there was any way possible, she would have.

“We have prayer lines, and I put her in God’s hands,” Young said. “I had to. I know He is watching over her.”
She said a search for Whittaker was done door-to-door, along with a search of the riverbank and Bear Creek.

The family did not celebrate Thanksgiving. “I have her turkey she bought in September, and when she gets home, we will cook her dinner then,” Young said.
The family is accepting donations for a reward, with details on the Web site, findchristina.com. She is described on the Web site as being  5-foot-6, 130 pounds, with blue eyes and red hair. It also has a copy of the poster about her daughter, which she offered to e-mail anyone requesting it.

“We have $2,000 toward a reward and have a bank account set up at the Bank of Hannibal,” Young said. It is in the name of her husband, Alex Young, whom Christina considers her dad, she said. “Her dad has been with us since she was 2 years old. We have always been there when she has needed us.”

Police following all leads, no new information to report

“I have to give them credit,” Young said of the Hannibal Police Department, which has been investigating all leads since Whittaker’s disappearance was reported on Sunday, Nov. 15.

“They have all worked on this case and worked hard on it,” Young said. “There is only so much they can do. What we need is people to come forward. If there is anybody in the bar that said anything, it could be something. Everybody needs to call all those tips in.”

Anyone with any information regarding Whittaker is requested to contact the HPD at (573) 221-0987 or by using the crime tips link at www.hannibalpd.com. Tips may be posted anonymously.

Capt. Jim Hark, HPD assistant chief, explained that Whittaker was last seen at about 11:45 p.m. Nov. 13 leaving the bar in the 600 block of Broadway. “We know from witnesses that evening that she was told to leave the bar,” he said.
It was not unusual that the family waited until Sunday to report her missing, Hark said. “It’s not uncommon to have a person gone for a day or two, but after that, we start taking a hard look at what is going on.

“We have not had any new information,” Hark reported. “It is still the same situation, and we will continue to investigate any new leads.”
Regarding rumors about vehicles being involved, Hark said “we have had so many different leads - cars mentioned and trucks mentioned - but none of those leads has been successful in locating her. ... Her mother has worked with the detectives. The family and police have worked together quite a bit.”
Hark explained that when a missing person is reported the details are immediately posted on NCIC, a nationwide computer system, “so if anyone outside this area would stop her, it would show her identified as a missing person.”

This is the first case of this type the HPD has had in some time, Hark said. “Not in recent history have we had someone gone this long. Usually they end up being located. They contact family, and they have left town. This is a little bit out of the ordinary.”
Still, he added, “there is nothing that can point us in the direction of foul play or in any other direction. We don’t have any clear evidence to lead us either way right now.”

Young explained that Whittaker talked to her boyfriend at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and said she had a ride and would be home about midnight. “She told him she was going to stop by a restaurant and bring him something to eat.” That was the last time the family heard from her.

Whittaker loved holidays and was excited about Thanksgiving, her mother said. “And she had plans to go to a birthday party that Saturday, the day after she was missing.”

Some people have been reporting rumors to the family, which has been very upsetting, Young said. “I wish people would be sensitive. It’s a heart-breaking time. ... I would not wish this on any family.”


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Missouri police seek help finding missing woman.

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PEORIA — .Police in Hannibal, Mo., are seeking help in locating a missing woman believed to have been in the Peoria area recently.

Christina Whittaker, 21, was last seen in Hannibal on Nov. 13. According to police, Whitaker has a small child whom she would not willingly leave and requires medication that she has not had access to since going missing.

Whittaker was seen at Raedene's Country Cafe in Creve Coeur at about 4 a.m. Monday, according to information distributed by Peoria police. She is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds, with red hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Whittaker's whereabouts is asked to contact Hannibal police at (573) 221-0987.

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Missing Hannibal woman may have been seen in Peoria-area restaurant


Published: 12/2/2009 | Updated: 12/2/2009
By RODNEY HART Herald-Whig Staff Writer

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The search for a Hannibal woman missing since Nov. 13 has expanded to Iowa and central Illinois.

Christina Whittaker, 21, disappeared late that night. She was last seen at Rookies Sports Bar in the 600 block of Broadway in Hannibal.

Family and friends have searched from Keokuk, Iowa, to Peoria, Ill. They say they may have caught a break Sunday when Whittaker was reportedly seen in the East Peoria and Creve Coeur area.

They were in the Peoria area Tuesday to continue the search.

"We've got a couple of good leads," said Whittaker's mother, Cindy Young, in a phone message. "We had a woman in a (Peoria area) restaurant say she may have been in there Sunday morning, crying and upset. It seemed like she was hiding from someone."

Whittaker was reportedly seen in Raedene's Country Cafe in Creve Coeur between 4:30 and 5 a.m. Sunday. Creve Coeur is next to East Peoria and is in the Peoria metropolitan area.

East Peoria Police Chief Ed Papis confirmed this morning local law enforcement agencies are looking for Whittaker.

The Young family enlisted the help of Wesley Neff, owner of Northeast Missouri K9 Search and Rescue. Neff uses a German Shepherd search dog named Zeus, who tracked Young's scent south of the bar a few days after she disappeared.

Neff said he went with family to Creve Coeur Sunday afternoon and his dog may have hit on her scent again in the restaurant area.

Neff used a shirt worn recently by Young to help his dog track the scent.

"We got some pretty good indications over there (in the Peoria area)," Neff said. "He gave me a couple of positive indications, about as positive as can be ... We spent about 3 1/2 hours, and we talked to at least four people who said they may have seen her."

A woman who owns the restaurant where Whittaker may have been Sunday described her "perfectly," Neff said, and she even called other customers who saw her.

"She looked at Cindy Young and said, 'You have to be her mom,' " Neff said. "She looked like her, and she even described the way she walked."

Hannibal police say they were told Whittaker met with friends at Rookies Nov. 13. She was asked to leave by the bartender after she became intoxicated and disorderly with other patrons, police said.

Witnesses said Whittaker left by herself. Witnesses also said Whittaker not only was consuming large amounts of alcohol but also was taking prescription medication.

The family is working with law enforcement in the Peoria area and putting up flyers asking for information.

Neff said family is stopping short of saying Whittaker might have been kidnapped.

"I'm not saying that, because local law enforcement won't back us up, but that's a very good possibility," Neff said. "I know she is not thinking clearly. She never went a day without talking to her mother."

Neff said he came back to his home in Hannibal Monday while the family stayed to continue the search.

"I believe they will find her," Neff said. "I believe in a mother's intuition. If something happens to her child, she feels it, and she doesn't have that. She believes in her heart her daughter is there, and I can't discount people saying she is there."

Whittaker was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, pink tank top, jeans, and pink-and-white Nike tennis shoes. She weighs about 130 pounds and her hair is shorter than seen in recent photographs, family members say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hannibal Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (573) 221-0987.


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Missing Hannibal woman may have been spotted in Central Illinois

By BRENT ENGEL Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted Dec 02, 2009 @ 07:00 AM

Hannibal, MO — Police are investigating a report that a missing Hannibal woman may have been spotted at a restaurant in Central Illinois.

In an exclusive interview with the Courier-Post, a waitress said 21-year-old Christina M. Whittaker came into Raedene’s Country Cafe in Creve Coeur between 4:30 and 5 a.m. Sunday.

“It was definitely her,” said the waitress, Beth Taylor. “I’m 110 percent sure.”
Taylor said Whittaker’s long, red hair had been dyed black or dark brown, but that her facial and physical features matched those in a photo later shown to cafe workers by police.

Taylor said Whittaker came into the cafe alone with no purse or pocketbook and was wearing a pink short-sleeved shirt and black pants.

“She was upset,” Taylor recalled. “She had no coat on. She seemed to be shook up.”
Taylor said Whittaker looked over her shoulder several times as if someone was watching her.

“I offered her something to drink and she didn’t want anything,” Taylor said.
Whittaker asked for a pen and a piece of paper. Taylor said Whittaker wrote something down, but the waitress said she couldn’t make it out.

“She kept asking to use the phone,” Taylor said. “I said ‘Is it a long-distance number?’ She said no.”

Whittaker apparently called a woman in nearby Pekin, but did not get an answer.
A woman later called the restaurant asking why she’d gotten a call placed from the cafe’s number, but apparently didn’t recognize Taylor’s description of Whittaker.

At the time, Taylor didn’t know Whittaker had been missing since Nov. 13, when she left a downtown Hannibal bar alone.

“I thought she was just calling for a ride,” Taylor said. “I wish I would have known (about Whittaker’s disappearance) because I would have tried to keep her here.”

Taylor said Whittaker left the cafe and walked across the street. Taylor watched from a window, but lost sight of Whittaker as she stepped behind a building.

Taylor said she did not see Whittaker get into a car. Police used tracking dogs, but the animals couldn’t pick up a scent.

The missing woman also may have been spotted at a bar a couple blocks from the cafe Saturday night, Taylor said.

Taylor met Sunday with Whittaker’s mother, Cindy Young, and other family members.
“They kept hugging me over and over,” Taylor said.

“We’ve been praying for God to put people in our path to help us and He has,” Young said. “I feel we’re getting closer.”

Creve Coeur is part of the Peoria metropolitan area, and sits on the east side of the Illinois River.

Young said she and helpers have been putting up posters featuring Whittaker’s photo in Creve Coeur, Peoria, Pekin and other communities.

“If she’s in this area, something’s got to turn up,” said Young, who is staying at a local motel. “We’re just trying to follow leads.”

A Creve Coeur police spokesman said an investigation continued, and Peoria authorities also had been notified.

Hannibal Police Chief Lyndell Davis said his department had called Peoria area authorities early in the investigation after family and other sources had said Whittaker might have gone to Central Illinois.

Davis said he hadn’t sent detectives to the region yet, but was keeping in contact with authorities.

Davis called the case a “priority” for his department, but cautioned against speculation.
“The information that was given to us (by other law enforcement agencies) didn’t yield any successful results,” Davis said. “We can only act on facts.”

Davis said his detectives had followed up on dozens of possible leads and looked at “several areas” where Whittaker may have gone.

“We have explored those extensively,” Davis said.

Davis said tips were welcome and could be made by calling police at (573) 221-0987 or logging on to www.hannibalpd.com.

“We don’t want to discourage people,” Davis said. “If they feel like they know something, give us the information (but) if it’s not based on any grain of truth, keep it to yourself.”

Whittaker is described as five feet six inches tall with a weight of 130 pounds.
Family members told police Whittaker has a six-month-old child who she would not willingly leave and requires medication that she has not had access to since Nov. 13.
“I know she’s out there somewhere,” Young said.

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 02:08 PM

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Conflicting reports of missing Hannibal woman 

By Chad Douglas
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 at 2:51 p.m.

More questions than answers in the case of Christina Whittaker.

She's the Hannibal woman who's been missing since November 13th.

Some media agencies report Whittaker may have been spotted early Sunday morning in the Peoria area.

KHQA spoke with Captain Jim Hark with the Hannibal Police Department Wednesday afternoon about that.

He told us his department was aware of the possible sighting on Monday, but after an investigation by HPD and police in the Peoria area, nothing substantial was found.

The department is still following leads and would like any tips you may have.

However, Hark tells KHQA any lead that's based on rumor can really hamper the investigation.

The Hannibal Courier Post spoke exclusively with a waitress who said she waited on someone who could have been Whittaker on Sunday.

That waitress claims it was Whittaker, but that her red hair had been dyed dark brown or black.

If you'd like to read that article, here's a link:

http://www.hannibal....entral-Illinois

The Hannibal Police also says it's spoken to that waitress, but that conversation didn't help the investigation.

This case is also getting some national attention.

CNN's Nancy Grace has a link to the story on her website, and tonight at 7:30, Brent Engle is set to be interviewed about the case on CNN Headline News.

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Website set up for tips on Hannibal missing woman

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Christina M. Whittaker

Dec 11, 2009
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Hannibal, MO — .A Website has been set up for tips leading to the discovery of missing Hannibal woman Christina M. Whittaker.

The Website can be found at www.findchristina.com. It features pictures, a description and contact information for the Hannibal Police Department.

“Somebody’s got to know something,” Whittaker’s mother, Cindy Young, said Friday. “If they can give us a tip anonymously, maybe that will help.”

Whittaker, 21, has been missing since she left a downtown Hannibal bar on Nov. 13.
A waitress in Creve Coeur, Ill., reported seeing Whittaker on Nov. 29, but the sighting was not confirmed.

Whittaker is five feet six inches tall and weighs 130 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes.

People with information should call Hannibal police at (573) 221-0987.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 07:04 AM

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Benefit planned for missing Hannibal woman 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 4:40 p.m.

HANNIBAL, MO -- Two months ago Wednesday, 21-year-old Christina Whittaker of Hannibal went missing.

KHQA spoke to her mom, Cindy Young, Wednesday afternoon.

She said a benefit is being planned next month; however, a location has not been established yet.

The family hopes to use the money to hire a private investigator to find Christina.

Right now, the family is looking for donations from businesses to raffle and auction off.

Young said police continue to follow hundreds of leads, still out of the Peoria area, but so far police haven't come up with anything.

There's a benefit account set up at the Bank of Hannibal for anyone wishing to donate.


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Posted 15 January 2010 - 09:13 AM

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Hannibal woman has been missing for two months, but mother determined to find her

Published: 1/15/2010 | Updated: 1/15/2010
By RODNEY HART Herald-Whig Staff Writer

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Cindy Young refuses to give up hope.

Her daughter, 21-year-old Christina Whittaker, has been missing for two months. Her disappearance sparked national attention and tips she might have been spotted in the Peoria, Ill., area, but the trail has gone cold.

Young thinks her daughter is still alive and wants to come home.

"I have to believe that. If I don't, I'd end up losing my mind," Young said. "I have to stay positive."

Whittaker was last seen in a Hannibal bar the night of Nov. 13. Her family has searched through three states and in the Peoria and Pekin area, following a lead that she may have been spotted in a Creve Couer restaurant in late November

Authorities say Whittaker was under the influence of alcohol when she left a Hannibal bar Nov. 13 after being kicked out for harassing other patrons. Young says she has been told her daughter was drinking shots of tequila.

Whittaker apparently asked for a ride home from several people after leaving the bar. Young said her daughter's cell phone was found on the sidewalk near the corner of Seventh and Lyons, not far from the bar on Broadway where she was kicked out.

Cindy Young believes people have information about her daughter's disappearance.

"There's people out there that know stuff," she said. "It's very frustrating. If they saw her that night (Nov. 13), if they have any information, please come forward and contact us or the police."

Young said a benefit is planned and donations are being accepted to hire a private investigator.

Alex Young, Christina's father, is a transporter for an Indiana company. A former carpenter, he is selling his tools to raise money to pay for the private investigator.

The Youngs are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to her safe return. There is also a Web site with information.

Whittaker, the mother of a 8-month-old child, recently was arrested for driving with a revoked license. She missed a Dec. 18 court appearance. Court records show a warrant was issued for her arrest with a $1,000 cash-only bond.

Young said she and the father of the child, who is not married to Whittaker, are taking care of the infant.


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Posted 06 February 2010 - 08:55 AM

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Family, friends to hold benefit for missing Hannibal woman Published: 2/5/2010 |

Updated: 2/5/2010

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A benefit for the family of a missing Hannibal woman takes place today at the Shirley Bomar Community Building, 253 Munger Lane.

The event begins at noon with a bake sale and carryout spaghetti dinners. The eat-in spaghetti dinner starts at 5 p.m. and is $10.

There wll also be a silent auction during the day and a live auction at 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds will go to a reward fund, with money being offered for the safe return of Christina Whittaker. She disappeared from Hannibal three months ago.

Parents, family and friends say they are still hopeful she will return home.

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 03:27 PM

Christina has been placed on Project Jason's 18 Wheel Angels campaign. A special poster has been made for her and can be downloaded and printed for placement. More information about the program, and the link for the poster can be found here:

http://projectjason.org/18wheel.shtml

In addition to the campaign, Christina was also featured in a national trucking publications, either Independent Contractor or TruckJobSeekers. These free magazines are distributed in truck stops nationwide and have a circulation of about 150,000.

Independent Contractor and TruckJobSeekers are two of Target Media Partner's many publications. In partnership with Project Jason, they each feature two missing persons each per month. You can pick up your free copies at a local truck stop, but if it's far from you, you may want to call and ask if they carry that magazine. These are NOT with the regular for purchase magazines.

We hope this helps in the search for Christina. Please consider printing and placing a poster in businesses in your community.

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 03:31 PM

Story written by Christina's mother for the 18 Wheel Angels campaign:

Missing My Christina

Christina went missing from Hannibal, MO on November 13th, 2009. She was out with friends and then left the bar. We were told she was going to different bars looking for a ride home. We believe she fell victim to someone who may have taken her against her will. Her phone was found on the ground a block and a half from the bar. There was a hit and run at the very same address on that night.

Christina has never been away from home before. She has an 8 month old baby that she adores and we are extremely close. She used to call me constantly everyday. It’s been many weeks now since I have heard her voice. She had already done much of her Christmas shopping and was very excited about her baby’s first Christmas, which she has now missed. It was the first holiday she has ever been away from her family in her life.

We have heard rumors that she was taken to Peoria, IL area and is being drugged and forced into stripping and prostitution. I believe that could very well be possible. My daughter did drink with her friends sometimes and was on prescription medications for bi-polar disorder. She’s a good girl with a big heart who trusts everyone, which could have been what placed her into this situation.

The Hannibal Police have done a thorough investigation but has turned up nothing. Someone knows something but is not coming forward. If you have any information, please contact the Hannibal, MO Police at 573-221-0987.

Please keep praying for Christina’s safe return. Thank you and God bless....

Cindy Young, Christina’s mother

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 12:22 PM

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Hart column: Missing woman's family disappointed in direction of 'Steve Wilkos Show' appearance

Published: 2/23/2010 | Updated: 2/23/2010

In retrospect, Cindy Young regrets appearing on a nationally syndicated talk show.

During Monday's broadcast of "The Steve Wilkos Show," taped about a month ago, Young appeared with her husband, Alex, to talk about the November disappearance of her daughter, Christina Whittaker.

Whittaker vanished after becoming intoxicated and getting kicked out of a bar in Hannibal, Mo. Her family has spent the months since her disappearance searching for her and still believes she's alive.

The Youngs thought they were going to talk about Christina, to make a plea for help in finding her. Perhaps they should have done their homework.

Wilkos is a Jerry Springer protege who apparently has made his name in the talk show world by being confrontational. An alert reader called us Monday morning to tell us The Whitaker taping would be on.

Also appearing on the show was the father of Christina Whittaker's baby daughter, Dustin Johnston, and Christina's boyfriend, Travis Blackwell. They were flown to Connecticut, and given lodging and a modest stipend for expenses, Young said.

Basically Wilkos interviewed each person separately, then brought them all together on the stage at the end. Wilkos pointed out that Blackwell had failed two polygraph tests (administered by the show's own "polygraph expert") when asked if he had anything to do with Christina's murder.

When Blackwell began acting nervously, Wilkos pounced.

Blackwell repeatedly denied having anything to do with the murder. All the while, Wilkos' bodyguards stood in front of a sobbing Alex and Cindy Young and had to physically separate the various parties several times.

"I am so disappointed in them," Cindy Young said Monday afternoon. "We went on the show to get help to find Christy, and all they did was make Travis look like a monster."

With the crowd shouting "Steve, Steve," Wilkos said Blackwell could have been out the night Whittaker disappeared to confront her after she was kicked out of the bar. Wilkos went so far as to suggest Whittaker could have had an accident and hit her head. Blackwell could have panicked and then dumped her body in the Mississippi River, Wilkos said.

"I don't remember that part," Cindy Young says. "I was so upset. They just shock you, you know."

Young says Blackwell took a polygraph test at the Hannibal Police Department after the show and passed. Blackwell comes to her house "every day to check on me," she said.

"I know he would never do anything to hurt her," Young says. "He was here that night Christina disappeared. My son and his girlfriend were right across the hall. He was here."

Young said representatives from the show called and asked if she would come back "after Christina was found."

"I wouldn't hold my breath," she says.

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