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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Disappearance of Flagstaff (AZ) teens could be spurred by Jack Kerouac novel

Lauth Investigations
For Immediate Release
Contact: Thomas Lauth 317-954-1100
or Kym Pasqualini at

November 4, 2012 -  Joshua “Josh” Kinsolving and Madison “Madi” Baker, both 16-years old, left their homes in  Flagstaff, Arizona,on September 14, 2012. Both were reported missing to Flagstaff Police Department and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at Madi has Type 1 diabetes and did not take her medication with her. Authorities are concerned for the teen’s safety and both classified as Endangered Runaways in the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

The last time friends saw Josh and Madi, they were at Wheeler Park with some homeless people on the evening of their disappearance. From there the trail goes cold. The friends say one of the individuals was a “drifter” who goes by the name Joker, or sometimes Jester. The pair had backpacks and indicated they were heading to Las Vegas, Nevada. They could have also traveled to the coastal towns of California, Oregon, or Washington.

It is not uncommon for teens to dream of adventure and many easily lured onto the streets where they are at high risk of victimization. The lure for Josh and Madi seems to be even stronger as Josh has a love for the author, Jean-Louis “Jack” Kerouac. Kerouac was a popular novelist, often credited as being one of the forefathers of the hippie movement. His books such as “On the Road” and the “Dhama Bums” tell of his experiences with drugs, the homeless, poverty, and travel. Since Kerouac’s death in 1969, his literary prestige has grown and Josh’s interest in the author’s lifestyle may have been a contributor to the teen’s apparent decision to hit the road. Kerouac travelled everywhere with his notebook documenting his road experiences and it appears Josh and Madi may have left to experience the world, much like the author who he idealized.

The problem, the road is a dangerous place. When faced with no food or shelter children become easy prey to those with the intent to exploit them. Though the national scope of child sex trafficking is still uncertain, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), reports at least 100,000 children in the United States are trafficked each year. According to the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC), approximately 797,500 children under the age of eighteen are reported missing annually, calculating to nearly 2,185 children reported missing each day.

“It is imperative we find these children before something tragic happens,” says Kym Pasqualini, founder of Nation’s Missing Children Organization and the National Center for Missing Adults. Pasqualini now serves as an advocate and national expert on missing persons cases. “When kids are alone on the street, they are at extremely high risk to become the victims of crime.” 

Madison "Madi" Baker
Madison “Madi” Alexandra Baker
Endangered Runaway
DOB: 03/07/1996  Age: 16
Sex: Female              Race: White
Height: 5’5”             Weight: 120lbs
Hair:  Dyed black    Eyes: Blue
Date Missing: 09/14/2012
Missing From: Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Police Department 928.774.1414

Joshua "Josh" Kinsolving

Joshua “Josh” Drew Kinsolving

Endangered Runaway
DOB: 11/25/1995  Age: 16
Sex: Male                  Race: White
Height: 5’10”           Weight: 140lbs
Hair:  Brown                        Eyes: Brown
Date Missing: 09/14/2012
Missing From: Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Police Department 928.774.1414

About the Author: Kym L. Pasqualini is founder of the Nation’s missing Children Organization in 1994 and the National Center for Missing Adults in 2000. Kym is considered an expert in the field of missing persons and has spent 20 years working with government officials, law enforcement, advocates, private investigators, and national media.