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Case of the ducknappers

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So what happened to the "ducknappers" in Tampa that someone followed a few weeks ago?

The writer is referring to a story the Times ran June 20, by reporter Richard Danielson, about Tampa City Council chairman Charlie Miranda seeing two men using nets to haul ducks from the Hillsborough River.

Miranda questioned the men and when they drove off without answering, he followed them 8-10 miles to an apartment complex near the Florida State Fairgrounds. He jotted down the truck's license plate and reported it to the Tampa Police Department.

Danielson checked with police Wednesday and provides this update:

The case is still open. Tampa police have been in contact with police in Sarasota, which was where the pickup truck that Miranda saw appeared to be registered. So far, authorities haven't located the truck or its owner to ask what involvement he or she might have had in the incident Miranda saw.

"Until we get more concrete information, more tips from the community, we're kind of at a standstill," Tampa police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor said.

Deported children

How many undocumented illegal immigrant children from Central America have been deported?

Deportations of undocumented Central American children have increased in the past month.

As of Aug. 5, according to the New York Times, 209 migrants were deported from the emergency detention center in Artesia, N.M., which opened in late June and holds more than 600 women and children.

The United States also returned 12 girls and nine boys to Honduras on July 14, and more than 40 children were returned to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on July 18.

More than 57,000 undocumented children, most from Central America, who entered the country from last October through June, are being detained.

Abducted pupils update

What happened to those 300 schoolchildren in Nigeria? Have they been located? Did the world forget about them?

About 70 of the almost 300 girls abducted April 14 by terrorist group Boko Haram from the all-female Government Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria, have escaped, but most remain missing. The Nigerian government has claimed it knows where the girls are located, but is hesitant to attempt a rescue because the missing girls could be harmed in the process.

About 100 U.S. troops have been sent to Nigeria to assist, USA Today reported. Boko Haram is a militant Islamist group that is responsible for more than 12,000 deaths since 2009, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said in May.

Compiled from Times and wire reports. To submit a question, email jbooth@tampabay.com.

Q&A: 08/07/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:10pm]
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