KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

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Post by twinkletoes on Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:23 pm

onehope wrote:This reminds me of Gabriel Johnson.
They know who took Katherine. Don't think they know anything about Gabriel. Both very sad.

I think they need to water board the truth out of her father. I'm sure he murdered her. JMO.

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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by onehope on Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:27 pm

twinkletoes wrote:
onehope wrote:This reminds me of Gabriel Johnson.
They know who took Katherine. Don't think they know anything about Gabriel. Both very sad.

I think they need to water board the truth out of her father. I'm sure he murdered her. JMO.
Both disappeared with a parent,is the common link. I still think if someone had Gabriel they would have come forward. The same with Katherine. They could only keep her in secrecy for so long. I fear you are probably right about Katherine's fate.Odd they found her clothes. Did I read that correctly?

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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by TomTerrific0420 on Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:46 am

onehope wrote:
twinkletoes wrote:
onehope wrote:This reminds me of Gabriel Johnson.
They know who took Katherine. Don't think they know anything about Gabriel. Both very sad.

I think they need to water board the truth out of her father. I'm sure he murdered her. JMO.
Both disappeared with a parent,is the common link. I still think if someone had Gabriel they would have come forward. The same with Katherine. They could only keep her in secrecy for so long. I fear you are probably right about Katherine's fate.Odd they found her clothes. Did I read that correctly?

Yes, you did. In reference to Wed June 29th....
Police say they've located the clothing that
she was wearing when she was last seen Wednesday but say there's no new
information on her whereabouts Monday.

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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by twinkletoes on Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:10 am

onehope wrote:
twinkletoes wrote:
onehope wrote:This reminds me of Gabriel Johnson.
They know who took Katherine. Don't think they know anything about Gabriel. Both very sad.

I think they need to water board the truth out of her father. I'm sure he murdered her. JMO.
Both disappeared with a parent,is the common link. I still think if someone had Gabriel they would have come forward. The same with Katherine. They could only keep her in secrecy for so long. I fear you are probably right about Katherine's fate.Odd they found her clothes. Did I read that correctly?
I didn't remember Gabriel disappearing with a parent.

I think there are so many of these devastating cases sometimes they all run together in my brain, especially when I'm up in the wee hours unable to sleep.

Yes, you read it correctly. Sadly, I think that is proof that she is dead.

Wish one of his jail mates would beat the truth out of him

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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by twinkletoes on Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:01 am

Amber Alert remains active for missing ‘Baby Kate’ Katherine Phillips

July 9, 2011

Amber Alert remains active for missing ‘Baby Kate’ Katherine Phillips
Follow the Baby Kate case on Facebook and Twitter

Ludington, Michigan- On July 9, 2011, an Amber Alert for missing
four-month-old “Baby Kate” Katherine Shelbie Elizabeth Phillips remains
in effect as searchers continue to scour wooded areas looking for the
missing child. Baby Kate has been missing since June 29, 2011 and is
believed to be in extreme danger. She was last seen with Sean Michael
Phillips who has since been apprehended and taken into custody. Though
many fear the sweet four month old child is dead, Sean Michael Phillips,
21, has told his daughter’s mother, Ariel Courtland, 19, that she is
alive.

Katherine Phillips “Baby Kate” was last seen at Birch Lake Apartments
at approximately 1:00 pm., on June 29, 2011 with the man believed to be
her father, Sean Phillips. Baby Kate was last seen wearing the outfit
shown in the photo to the left. Her outfit has since been found, but
Baby Kate remains missing.

Kate’s mother has taken a polygraph and passed and has been an avid
searcher for her missing daughter. The search for Kate now includes
federal and state authorities as well as the U.S. Coast Guard, the
Michigan State Police, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.
Sean Michael Phillips has been charged with kidnapping and his bond is
set at $50,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 13, 2011.
Authorities describe him as uncooperative.

Sean Michael Phillips and Ariel Courtland have an older child: Haley, who is three-years-old.
If you have information regarding Baby Kate's whereabouts you are
asked to call the Mason-Oceana dispatch at 231-869-5858 or the Ludington
Police Department at 231-843-3425. You may also call 911.
You may see a video report in the player to the left.
Baby Kate wearing the outfit she was last seen in
Credits: Family Photo
Video: Amber Alert issued for four month old Baby Kate

Video: Amber Alert issued for four month old Baby Kate

http://www.examiner.com/amber-alerts-in-national/amber-alert-remains-active-for-missing-baby-kate-katherine-phillips#ixzz1Rpv6iMVz

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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by kiwimom on Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:17 am

Millerton search ends




Monday, July 11, 2011The search for baby Katherine Phillips continues, but no longer in the Millerton Road area. Nor are any volunteer searches planned for today,After eight days of searching the swampy land, law enforcement on Sunday
ended its Millerton Road-area search in Victory Township for the
missing girl. Mason County Sheriff Jeff Fiers said the search had
“negative resolve.”

“That entire area was covered and there was nothing there that we could find,” Fiers told the Daily News Sunday. Fiers said search and rescue personnel came from all over the state to
volunteer at the approximate 5-square-mile site west of U.S. 31 to Amber
Road north to the Lincoln River and south to Dewey Road. He said Saturday’s search at that site would be the end of the search operation there. Another area officials have been concentrating on has been the Ludington
Area Schools forest, with access off North Jebavy Drive between Johnson
Road to the south, Bryant Road to the north and Sherman Street to the
west.Search operations Friday and Saturday eliminated about three-quarters of the school forest.
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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by twinkletoes on Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:17 am

Volunteers needed of search in Baby Kate case

Reward fund being established

Steve Begnoche - Managing Editor

Monday, July 11, 2011

Volunteers are being asked to help complete the search of the Ludington
Area Schools forest Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. as investigators continue to try
to find out what happened to Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips. "Baby Kate"
has been missing since June 29 when last seen in the car of Sean Michael Phillips
at Birch Run Apartments on Tinkham Road in Ludington.The infant would be five
months old Tuesday.

Ludington Police Chief Mark A. Barnett said volunteers, 18 and older
with photo id, are being asked to help assist fire and law enforcement
personnel in the search Tuesday. Volunteer searcher are asked to bring
water, wear footwear appropriate for a wooded search, brightly colored
shirt/vest and a carry walking stick to move aside vegetation. The search area
is bounded by Jebavy Drive, Bryant Road, Sherman St. and Johnson Road/Tinkham
Avenue.

A reward fund is also being established. The Ludington/Scottville Area
Chamber of Commerce has agreed to receive donated funds to establish a
reward for information related to this investigation. Any funds donated
to be used as a reward for resolution of the sbduction of Katherine
Phillips must meet the following criteria:The amount of the reward will
be based on the amount donated to Silent Observer for that purpose.

Once the reward amount is set for this case it will be paid to the
person's) supplying information resulting in the recovery of the
victim-Katherine Phillips AND the successful prosecution of the suspect.

If there is more than one source of information the reward will be split
by Silent Observer, based on information supplied by law enforcement
and on the significance of each tip.All funds are to be submitted to Lakeshore Silent Observer c/o
Ludington/Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, and should be in check
form.

Donations in amounts exceeding $100.00 that are not paid out in the
resolution of this case may be returned to the donor if so desired.

If donations of $100.00 or more are not requested to be returned those
funds will be retained in the Silent Observer Fund for future Silent
Observer tips related to other investigations.Receipts are available upon request for donations exceeding $100.00.Donations in the amount of less than $100.00 will be retained in the
Silent Observer fund for payment of any reward related to this case, or
any other rewards related to information supplied to Silent Observer.

The search of the Millerton Road area concluded on Saturday evening. Investigators are continuing to receive, analyze and follow-up on leads that continue to come in. When other geographical areas of interest
emerge they will be searched. Investigators would still like to speak with anyone that saw Phillips
during the hours of 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29. He was reported to have been seen at the Wendy’s Restaurant and near the Birch Lake Apartments during that time.Anyone with information is asked to contact Mason-Oceana 911 at 231-869-5858.Phillips is lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $500,000 bail charged
with abduction. He has exercised his right to remain silent.

Persons wishing to provide information anonymously can call Silent Observer @ 888-STOPCRIME (888-786-7274). Anonymous information can also be provided at HYPERLINK "http://WWW.LSOTIP.COM" WWW.LSOTIP.COM or by texting “LSOTIP and your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).


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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by kiwimom on Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:20 am

Ludington's Baby Kate remains missing;
Preliminary examination for accused kidnapper, Sean Michael Phillips,
scheduled for Wednesday


Updated: Monday, July 11, 2011, 6:23 PM
Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips, 4 months

LUDINGTON — The search for missing Ludington baby Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips will continue Tuesday as authorities
regroup and continue to field tips from the public about the child's whereabouts.Authorities spent all weekend looking for the missing 4-month-old girl,
most recently in the Millerton Road area in Mason County's Victory
Township where the parents of her accused abductor, Sean Michael
Phillips, 21, live. The eight-day search of that swampy, heavily
wooded area ended Sunday, producing no new information that would help
authorities solve the case.Now the Ludington Police Department is
seeking volunteers Tuesday to help complete a search of what it terms
"the school forest," an area bounded by Jebavy Drive, Bryant Road,
Sherman Street and Johnson Road.Volunteers, who must be at least
age 18, are asked to report at 3:30 p.m. to the Leviathan disc golf
course on Jebavy north of Johnson. They are advised to bring a photo
I.D., water, footwear appropriate for a wooded search, brightly colored
shirt or vest and a walking stick to move aside vegetation.
Phillips remains lodged in the Mason County Jail, charged with kidnapping. He is being held on $500,000 bond.
A preliminary examination has been slated for 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Authorities
also have searched an area bordered by U.S. 31, Amber Road, the Lincoln
River and Dewey Road, and the Ludington Area Schools forest.

REWARD FUND
The Ludington/Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce has agreed to
receive donated funds for the establishment of a reward for information
leading to the recovery of Katherine Phillips and the successful
prosecution of a suspect in her abduction.

• Checks should be made out to Lakeshore Silent Observer and sent to
Ludington/Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, 5300 W. U.S. 10,
Ludington, 49431. Only checks will be accepted.


• Donations exceeding $100 that are not paid out in the resolution of this case may be returned to the donor if so desired.

• Receipts are available upon request for donations exceeding $100.

• Donations less than $100 will be retained in the Silent Observer
fund for payment of any reward related to this case, or any other
rewards related to information supplied to Silent Observer.

Meanwhile, Phillips, who is being represented by Muskegon attorney Annette Smedley, isn't cooperating with authorities.He
has refused to reveal the whereabouts of the infant, whom Phillips
claims is not his biological child. The baby girl's mother, Ariel
Courtland, 19, insists the child is his. The couple has a 3 1/2-year-old
daughter, Haley.Courtland said she and Phillips got into an
argument in his vehicle parked outside her Ludington apartment at 922 E.
Tinkham before he drove off around 1 p.m. June 29 with the baby in the
vehicle. That was the last time she saw the infant, police said. The couple was arguing over parenting issues, Courtland said.Phillips
was arrested a few hours later at his parents' home, 280 Millerton, in
Victory Township about five miles north of Scottville, without the baby
in his care. Phillips refuses to tell anyone what happened with the
infant, but has told Courtland, when she visited him in jail, that the
baby is alive, Courtland has said.Anyone with information is asked to contact Mason-Oceana 911 at 231-869-5858.Those
wishing to provide information anonymously can call Silent Observer at
888-STOPCRIME (888-786-7274). Anonymous information can also be provided
at HYPERLINK "http://WWW.LSOTIP.COM" WWW.LSOTIP.COM or by texting “LSOTIP and your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).
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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by onehope on Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:13 pm

Preliminary exam adjourned in Baby Kate abduction case
Suspect attends brief hearing at courthouse in Ludington
Jennifer Linn Hartley - Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A preliminary hearing for the suspected kidnapper of missing infant Katherine “Kate” Phillips was adjourned until Aug. 3.
A brief hearing was held in 79th District Court late Wednesday morning for Sean Phillips, 21, of Scottville, who has been charged with kidnapping for Kate’s disappearance.

http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/59229-preliminary-exam-adjourned-in-baby-kate--abudction-case

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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by twinkletoes on Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:26 am

Ground search ends in "Baby Kate" abduction case

Polce have searched all areas they had received tips about.

Steve Begnoche - Managing Editor

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Thirteen searchers led by Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett and Mason County Sheriff Jeff Fiers completed what, for now, is the final ground search in the case of the missing infant, Katherine Phillips.At about 2:30 p.m. Saturday the searchers finished searching an area near Meyers Road south of the railroad tracks south of U.S. 10.Nothing was found, Barnett said.

The site, like others searched since "Baby Kate" was reported missing more than two weeks ago after last being seen in the vehicle of Sean Michael Phillips at Birch Lake Apartments in Ludington,was one police had received a tip about, Barnett told the Ludington Daily News.

All the tips of sites for potential searches have now been checked out and answers to the whereabouts of the baby who would now be 5 months old have failed to turn up answers as to what happened to her.

The searchers, sweaty and hot, and some with soaked feet from searching in the heavily vegetated and wet area, filed onto a emergency vehicle van when the search came to an end.

"It's been a long two weeks," Fiers told the Daily News.Sean Phillips is being held in Mason County Jail on $500,000 bond on a charge of abduction.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the infant or of Sean Michael Phillips on June 29 is asked to contact Mason-Oceana 911 at 231-869-5858.

Persons wishing to provide information anonymously can call Silent Observer @ 888-STOPCRIME (888-786-7274).

Anonymous information can also be provided at WWW.LSOTIP.COM or by texting “LSOTIP and your tip to 274637 (CRIME).

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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by onehope on Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:11 pm

911 call about Baby Kate abduction
Jennifer Linn Hartley - Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ariel Courtland, the mother of missing infant Katherine “Kate Phillips,” told a 911 dispatcher kidnapping suspect Sean Phillips was giving Ariel and Baby Kate a ride to a DNA test at the hospital when he took off with the infant.
After a Freedom of Information Act request by the Daily News, Mason-Oceana 911 released the 911 call made by Courtland to report Kate’s abduction just after 1 p.m. June 29 from outside of her home in Birch Lake Apartments.

Kate was last seen in Sean Phillips’ vehicle outside of the apartment. In the call, Courtland said she forgot her keys and went back into the apartment to get them when Sean drove off with Kate.

“Um, the father of my child took our daughter and I don’t know where he’s at with her and she’s my daughter he has no legal rights over her. I was supposed to take her for a DNA test at 1 o’clock and, um, for him, for child support, and he came over and I thought he was going to give us a ride there, so we got in the car and then I forgot something in my house, so I ran back up stairs to get… my keys and I came back down and they’re gone,” Courtland told the dispatcher.

Courtland then tells the dispatcher that Sean already went to his appointment.


See the full story in today's print and eEditions of the Ludington Daily
http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/59359-911-call-about-baby-kate-abduction

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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by twinkletoes on Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:15 am

Marney Rich Keenan

When people go missing, families turn to Missing You Foundation
Michigan nonprofit's volunteer investigator driven to help families and police

Unless you're Casey Anthony, when your child is missing, you want to get word out far and wide. You want search parties organized. And you want help with law enforcement and news media.

What you want, in essence, is a Jamie Jones.

Jones' official title is chief investigator for Missing You Foundation, a Michigan-based nonprofit that helps families of the missing find their loved ones.

But Jones , 48, of Albion really is more of a jack of all trades in the missing persons arena. He could be calming down a frantic mother one minute and organizing a search party of 75 volunteers to be on the ground on an hour'svnotice the next.

On Monday, Jones, who works as a restaurant and catering chef, was steeped in his most recent case — that of the missing 4-month-old Katherine "Baby Kate" Phillips of Ludington. He would not leave his home office, otherwise known as command central.

"It's an adrenaline thing," Jones said.

"The first week that this happened, I hardly slept. Maybe two, three hours a night. Especially in the beginning when time is of the essence I can't walk away from this chair."

"Baby Kate" went missing June 29.

Sean Michael Phillips, 21, who has been arrested on kidnapping charges, allegedly abducted the child outside the Ludington apartment where the baby lives with her mother, Ariel Courtland, and the couple's 4-year-old daughter, Haley. While Phillips refused to cooperate with authorities on the whereabouts of the infant, search groups have been combing the area daily.

Missing You Foundation was contacted by the child's family shortly after the Amber Alert was posted. Jones got right to work creating the Facebook page: "Katherine Shelbie Elizabeth Phillips — Missing in Michigan" complete with downloadable fliers for people to print and post. (In 12 days the site had more than 2.5 million hits.) He helped organize search parties, and on a 90-degree-plus day, he made sure that 30 cases of water were delivered to the volunteers.

Collaborating with the local Chamber of Commerce and radio stations, Jones also started a donation drive to raise money for a reward.

Through his close ties with notables in the field (like child advocate Marc Klaas and bounty hunter Bobby Brown), Jones pressed and got the TV host Nancy Grace to write about the "Baby Kate" case on her blog.

This is all nonpaid, straight-from-the-heart work for Jones, who first volunteered in 2007 in the search for Mary Lands of Marshall. Lands was a 39-year-old medical billing clerk who disappeared from her home under suspicious circumstances.

"It gets in your blood," Jones said. "I just really want to help bring closure to these families. You can deal with death. It's hard, but you can deal with it. It's the unknown that tears you apart."

"Jamie is amazing in that he is not classically trained but he is the best investigator I know," says Missing You Foundation founder Shannon Dingee-Kramer, 35, of Okemos. "His passion for this work is so great. He just seems to have a never-ending supply of it."

The idea for the nonprofit — which offers search and rescue resources, volunteers, dog handlers and a liaison between families, media and law enforcement — arose out of a family tragedy for Dingee-Kramer. "My mother was killed in 1997," she said. "Because there was so much mystery surrounding her death and I'd felt so powerless, I decided I wanted to give families in these horrible situations the power that I didn't have. I can't fix what happened to my mother, but I can help these families not feel so helpless."

Kramer estimates that since 2000, Missing You has helped out in hundreds of cases in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. The organization is called for help in everything from child abductions and nonparental custody disputes to Alzheimer's patients and runaways.

Integral to the success of the organization is Missing You's imperative that they work in tandem with law enforcement. "We help search for missing people; we don't solve cases," Kramer says.

As far as Baby Kate is concerned, Jamie Jones knows the longer the wait, the less likely there will be a good outcome. Still, he is undeterred. "My feeling," he says, "is that she's alive and well. And until I find otherwise, we have 100 percent hope that she is coming home. She is out there somewhere; we just have to find her."


http://detnews.com/article/20110713/OPINION03/107130364/When-people-go-missing--families-turn-to-Missing-You-Foundation#ixzz1SpnsCD9q

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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by twinkletoes on Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:04 pm

Psychoanalyst doubts reasoning for disappearance of Baby Kate given by mother

July 25, 2011

Psychoanalyst doubts reasoning for disappearance of Baby Kate given by mother

Baby
Kate missing since June 29, 2011 Please call the Mason Oceana dispatch
at 1-231-869-5858 or the Ludington Police Department at 1-231- 843-3425
with information

Nancy Grace brought attention to the case of Katherine
Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips who is also known as “Baby Kate" on her July
22, 2011 HLN program. The now five month old infant has been missing
since June 29, 2011 after the man believed to be her biological father,
Sean Michael Phillips, drove off with her in his vehicle, leaving Kate’s
mother behind. The three were headed to a hospital where paternity
testing awaited Kate and her mom, Ariel Courtland. Courtland, 19, says
the goal was to prove that Sean Phillips, 21, was the Michigan infant’s
birth father so that a court order could be placed forcing him to pay
child support. Courtland has also told authorities that Phillips did
not want his parents to know the couple had another child.
Psychoanalyst Bethany Marshall spoke live on the Nancy Grace show and
addressed some of the reasons Phillips may have had for the abduction.
An Amber Alert was issued for Baby Kate and at this point, authorities
will not say whether they believe Kate is alive or dead.

Taking issue with the claim that Phillips was motivated by his
parents Bethany Marshall stated, “I don`t for one minute believe the
reason this happened is that he didn`t want to tell his parents. I
think he was just manipulating the mother of the baby.

“I think he had a desperate plan all along. He hoped he could give
the baby up for adoption, but I don`t really think that was the plan. I
think that there was desperation, a compulsion to commit homicide that
was building up because he did not want to pay for child support for
this baby for the rest of his life. And we know, a financial
incentive.”

http://www.examiner.com/amber-alerts-in-national/psychoanalyst-doubts-reasoning-for-disappearance-of-baby-kate-given-by-mother

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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by twinkletoes on Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:52 am

Community continues to support search for Baby Kate

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It’s been four weeks since infant Katherine “Kate” Phillips was last seen in a car outside of her mother’s Ludington apartment.Baby Kate would now be 5 months old. She has been missing since June 29 when she was last seen in the car of Sean Phillips outside of her mother’s apartment at Birch Lake Apartments, according to mother Ariel Courtland’s report to the Ludington Police Department.

A few hours later, Sean Phillips, who Courtland has said is the baby’s father, was located at his parents’ Millerton Road home without Kate. He has been lodged in the Mason County Jail on a kidnapping charge since then.

Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett said tips are still trickling in on the case. Police are still looking for information on the whereabouts of Kate or of Sean Phillips on June 29.

Kate’s story has gotten attention across the country, which means tips have come in on Kate from much farther away than west Michigan.

In some situations, calls have come in saying a baby that looked like Kate was sighted out of the area the day, or days, before the caller made the tip.

But locating a baby after a tip comes in so long after the sighting is difficult.

“We’re following up when we have the ability,” Barnett said.

He urged anyone who may see the infant to contact the local police department immediately. For example, if someone thinks they see Kate out of town, to call that town’s police department immediately.

If local authorities receive an out-of-the-area tip, they can ask police in that area to follow up.

Locally, Barnett said police have reviewed surveillance tapes at businesses when tips have come in saying a baby that looked like Kate was spotted.

A reward fund has been established for information related to the case.

As of this morning $1,410 has been donated. Anyone wishing to donate toward the Silent Observer fund may send it to the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, 5300 W. U.S. 10, Ludington, MI 49431. Include “Baby Katherine Reward Fund” on the memo line of the check.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the infant or of Sean Michael Phillips on June 29 is asked to contact Mason-Oceana 911 at (231) 869-5858.

To remain anonymous, call Silent Observer at 888-STOPCRIME (888-786-7274), visit WWW.LSOTIP.COM or text a tip and the code “LSOTIP” to 274637 (CRIMES).

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Re: KATHERINE "Baby Kate" PHILLIPS - 4 Months (6/2011) - Ludington (NW of Grand Rapids) MI

Post by kiwimom on Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:02 am

'I thought they'd find Kate next day'

Ariel Courtland still holds out hope for baby

Updated: Friday, 29 Jul 2011, 9:08 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 29 Jul 2011, 5:50 PM EDT



LUDINGTON, Mich. (WOOD) - Though it's been a month since her 4-month-old daughter, Katherine Phillips, disappeared, Ariel Courtland is holding out hope.
"I just want Kate home with me," Courtland told 24 Hour News 8 on Friday. "I had plans for her future."
The baby went missing, allegedly snatched by the man believed to be her father, Sean Michael Phillips, from outside Courtland's apartment just before he was to undergo a paternity test.
He's currently in jail, and is expected in court next week on a kidnapping charge.
"I
thought they'd find Kate like that day or the next day, definitely not
being a month later and still haven't found any leads, pretty much
nothing," she told 24 Hour News 8 on Friday. "They're still pretty much in the same spot they have been."
She said she's heard whispers and comments, some online and some to her face, about the case.
"To
me, I don't understand why there are people out there who are being so
negative towards me. There are people who are out there, I don't even
know them, being so mean to me, so hateful," she said. "My baby was
taken from me, and they're being hateful and just rude and mean. How
could you possibly think I had something to do with my daughter's
disappearance?"
24 Hour News 8 asked the Ludington Police Chief whether or not Ariel is believed to know baby Kate's whereabouts.
"I think what we have right now is one person charged and that's Sean Michael Phillips," Chief Mark Barnett said. "He's been charged with the information we've received and that's really all I'd say about that."
Courtland said, when she finds Kate, she'll take her two daughters and move away. She wants a fresh start for her family.
Sean
Phillips' kidnapping preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday. A
judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to send him to
trial.
24 Hour News 8 will continue to track this story.
http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/nw_mich/I-thought-theyd-find-Kate-next-dayis

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