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Jane Velez-Mitchell

Secret Service`s Foreign Orgy?; Police Call Mother of Missing Mom

Aired April 17, 2012 - 19:00   ET


JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST (voice-over): I`m Jane Velez-Mitchell coming to you live from New York City. Tonight, a scandal mushrooms. New details in the alleged Secret Service orgy in Colombia. Yes, we`re calling it an orgy, and we`ll tell you why in a second.

Did Secret Service agents and military personnel put the president`s safety at risk for a night of sexual debauchery and boozing of unprecedented proportions? The number of prostitutes allegedly involved has now skyrocketed.

Plus this...


VELEZ-MITCHELL (voice-over): Tonight, a body is found in the very area where the missing "People`s Court" mom vanished exactly five months ago. The discovery sends relatives of Michelle Parker on an emotional roller coaster. I`ll update the case and speak live to her sister.

Also, the search for a beautiful Fort Bragg soldier. Twenty-three- year-old Kelli Bordeaux last seen just after 1 a.m. on Saturday leaving a North Carolina bar. Now cops say she could be in danger. I`ll have the breaking details.

Plus, "Toddlers & Tiaras" superstar Eden Wood back in action, this time gearing up for her own reality spin-off, but she`s just 7 years old. Will a parade of cameras do more harm than good? I`ll talk to a former child star, and we`re taking your calls for the hour.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Secret Service agents had flings with prostitutes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Eleven agents are accused of bringing prostitutes to their hotel in Colombia just ahead of the president`s trip there.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then, of course, I`ll be angry.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Many of the agents are married. There are many women who are agents.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What`s legal in one country still could lead to a married man being blackmailed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Prostitutes are often used by foreign intelligence services as an effort to infiltrate the inner circle.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s an embarrassment for all of us.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s dumb. It`s stupid. It`s foolish. And they wrecked things for a lot of people.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are embarrassed by what happened in Colombia, though we`re not sure exactly what it is.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: It`s a sex scandal that just keeps getting worse and worse. Tonight new details in the alleged drunken sexcapades by Secret Service agents and military men ahead of President Obama`s arrival in Colombia.

Last night, we told you there were allegedly 11 prostitutes and 11 Secret Service agents involved in the alleged sex scandal in Cartagena, Colombia. Now we are hearing that -- are you sitting down, viewers? As many as 21 prostitutes were brought back to that hotel and that 11 Secret Service agents plus at least eight members of the military, possibly more, were involved. What on earth? What on earth? If true, this sounds like a debauched orgy of mammoth proportions.

And we are learning more about the troubled culture of the Secret Service. "The Washington Post," which broke the story now reporting the unofficial motto among married agents is wheels up, rings off. Meaning obviously, a plane trip is a license to cheat for these agents. (UNINTELLIGIBLE) that you`re looking at right there.

This is worse within an agency full of cheaters. These men were not on vacation. They were supposed to be protecting the president. And now we`re learning they allegedly went to a brothel and drunkenly bragged within earshot of witnesses about their supposedly secret role to protect the commander in chief, potentially putting his life in danger.


REP. PETER KING (R), NEW YORK: I know foreign diplomats overseas who have been with prostitutes and have had been drugged, had their laptops taken. In this case, just being around the Secret Service, inside that zone of security, with information about the president`s travel schedule, what his agenda is, and just the names of the Secret Service agents, when they`re going to be leaving and where they`re going to be going and all of that.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: I`ve got to tell you, this story is just getting worse by the minute. With me now, investigative reporter Jon Lieberman.

What have you been able to learn?

JON LIEBERMAN, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER: I spent time with law enforcement at brothels in this region of the country, and this is not the type of place where you want your Secret Service agents hanging out. You`re talking about lots of guns generally in these places. You`re talking about the criminal element in these places.

Here`s what we know at this point. Congressional leaders have been briefed, and they have been told that between 20 and 21 women were brought back to this hotel.

Here`s how it looks like the night happened. A bunch of agents and military go to this place that`s a strip club. The strip club doubles as a brothel. At some point, many of the agents reveal that they work for Obama and why they are in country at that point.

At some point there`s an exchange of money between the owners of this brothel/strip club and some of the agents, allegedly. At that point almost two dozen girls end up back at the hotel with these Secret Service agents who are supposed to be doing advanced work.

Look, you put alcohol, testosterone and downtime together and sometimes -- in this case this is what happens -- and the sad thing is that I can`t believe that this is the first time that something like this has happened.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: By the way, just for your own benefit, you weren`t at the brothel with the military men for entertainment. You were there as part of undercover investigation.

LIEBERMAN: Right. I said I spent time with law enforcement. I was in "America`s Most Wanted." We were going after a perp in neighboring Ecuador.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Right. OK. The allegations are becoming increasingly jaw-dropping in this case, frankly. Twenty-one prostitutes brought back from this well-known brothel, and it`s called the Pleyclub.

Now, "The Washington Post" reports that one of the owners of the Pleyclub is apparently American or Canadian. Agents allegedly paid at least 60 bucks. Some say it`s a lot more, and reports are varying on this, to bring these women back to the hotel. The story broke when an agent and a prostitute got into a battle over payment.

Here`s what is scaring me, Mark Eiglarsh, criminal defense attorney and like everyone else in this panel, taxpayer. It`s the level of the depravity.

And by the way, you`re looking at generic footage. We`re not going to say that any of these individuals that are members of the Secret Service were involved in that trip. So don`t look at these people and think they were involved.

But it`s the level of depravity. If, indeed, these allegations are true, to me, it says that the agency is rancid, that there is a systemic corruption and a culture of depravity within the Secret Service. And I chose my words carefully.

This many guys don`t agree to do something with -- by the way, two of their supervisors as a part of it, allegedly, if this was not something that happened before and it wasn`t completely co-signed and a-OKed by the culture, Mark.

MARK EIGLARSH, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I will choose my words carefully. Irresponsible, at a minimum. Poor choices.

Concerning as a taxpayer and as a citizen that people who work for the Secret Service may not be able to keep secrets if they`re bragging about guarding Obama. And also, if they`re inviting girls back to their hotel room, not paying the girls, you know, that concerns me.

My advice for these guys and anyone thinking of doing this is any time you`re considering inviting girls back to your hotel room under these circumstances who have the name Cinnamon, Amber, Toileta and Fallopia, you might want to think twice.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But you know, ha ha ha. And I appreciate your humor? But this is...

EIGLARSH: Thank you, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: ... not funny, in my opinion. I think, as a taxpayer, I don`t know a story that has horrified me as much as this one in recent memory because these are the people who are supposed to protect the United States. These are the people who are supposed to keep secrets.

And they`re also supposed to be representing America, 50 percent at least of whom are women. It`s incredibly disrespectful to women. ABC News reporting these agents bragged to the prostitutes that they were there to protect Obama, and two agents referred to as GS-14, which is the very highest level. They earn six figures annually.

Pat Brown, criminal profiler, I`m going to say it again. I think, first of all, the idea that the White House is asking the Secret Service itself to investigate internally is a crock. You`re asking a boys` club to investigate itself? What do you think is going to happen there?

Secondly, this is clearly the tip of the iceberg. They have done this before. I`d be willing to bet the house on it. I can`t prove that. That`s just my gut. Twenty-one people? Twenty-one women? Eleven agents plus at least eight military men? You know, almost 20 guys, possibly more? They don`t just jump up spontaneously and make this decision on the spur of the moment.

We know now that there`s this unofficial motto, "wheels up, rings off." I think there needs to be a wholesale congressional investigation and a complete dismantling and reassembling of the Secret Service.

PAT BROWN, CRIMINAL PROFILER: Well, here`s my problem with all of this, Jane. I almost -- sorry, I almost did laugh when I heard about this because I`m, like, what`s new on the face of the planet? This has been going on for decades with every group of men that goes out of the country away from their wives, away from their girlfriends. It happens. Not all of the men do this. Some of the men are very honorable. Some of the men take themselves seriously and don`t put themselves in bad positions.

But there`s always a portion of them that go out. They find ladies, they find prostitutes and have a good time. It`s not right, but they do it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Pat -- Pat -- Pat -- Pat, let me interrupt you. You`re telling me that all men -- essentially your attitude, which, listen...

BROWN: I did not say all men. I said some men.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But in this case it sounds like almost all. Where were the dozen men who said, "No, I don`t want to be part of this? I`m married"? You`re saying all of these men are unhappily married, because most of them are married.

BROWN: I didn`t anything about being unhappily married. I`m saying that just knowing history this is not something brand new and oh, my God, I can`t believe this happened.

What I see is happening is one guy got really stupid. He got cheap and he caused a huge ruckus, which then broke out all of the information that they`re like -- wow, now they`re going to find out we do this stuff which normally is just covered up. And that is probably true with many, many agencies.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I`m glad I`m not sophisticated. I`m glad I`m not cynical because this disgusts me, and my feeling is don`t be married if...

BROWN: I agree.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: ... you think that your chance to take off is to dump your ring and go with a prostitute. The chance of disease, the chance of bringing disease back.

BROWN: You`re talking about -- you`re talking about honor and marriage. I`m talking about something completely different.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I understand what you`re saying, but I find that this is a very unhealthy melding of what is supposed to be some sort of law enforcement capacity or protective capacity with personal life. It disgusts me on any . And you don`t even hear of a football team or a basketball team doing this.

Let me go to Tim from North Carolina briefly. Tim, your question or thought, Tim.

CALLER: Yes, ma`am. I just wanted to make a brief statement. And that would be that this is standard ops for these guys and for military and for law enforcement on vacation and conferences, and this one here had a snafu that got out of control and now everybody makes a big deal out of it. This has happened through many presidencies and it`s going to continue to happen, no matter what Obama says. It will continue to happen.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: You`ve been shopping (ph) here, Jon.

LIEBERMAN: Well, luckily Mr. Obama`s trip went off without a hitch. Just think of the conversation we`d be having if there was huge security fallout from this.

But look, these guys were never going to get away with it. The women had to leave I.D. at the hotel desk.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Let me tell you. It didn`t go off without a hitch, because they didn`t talk about the summit. All the diplomats were talking about the scandal. It was a huge distraction. It was an international embarrassment.

And I refuse, as a woman and as an American, to believe that this is business as usual. I, frankly, am horrified.

And if you want to cheat, don`t get married or get divorced. And if you want to cheat in a group, well, I don`t know, go be a pimp. Don`t be - - don`t be representing our country.

Got to leave it right there. Later, coming up in just moments, a beautiful soldier from Fort Bragg disappears. I`m going to talk to her mother and her sister. Everybody is looking for this private 1st class. We want to find her. We want to be a part of the solution to find this beautiful young woman as soon as possible.

But next, Florida mom Michelle Parker vanished months ago after appearing on "The People`s Court." Her sister updates us on the search. We`re taking your calls: 1-877-JVM-SAYS. There were some breaking developments that didn`t pan out today, but we are going to talk to the family about this emotional roller coaster.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I know she knows that we`re looking for her. I know she feels it and she`s tough, and I know she`s hanging in there for those kids.




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, breaking news in the disappearance of a woman who vanished right after battling it out on "The People`s Court" with her ex.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you kill her?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The family needs to have her returned.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re being relentless in this investigation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is killing me!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The question remains: where could Michelle be?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The children`s father was the last person to see her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A, they know he`s violent and b, police are calling him the prime suspect in Michelle`s disappearance.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: From day one I thought it was Dale. Day one I thought he did it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She doesn`t deserve this. Let her go. I am begging you to let her go. We want her home. OK?


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Breaking news tonight in the disappearance of a woman who vanished right after battling it out on "The People`s Court" with her ex.


MICHELLE PARKER, MISSING WOMAN: He put his hands on me and he shouldn`t have put his hands on me prior. He shouldn`t have left me three or four times during the past year and a half that we`ve been together. He took my own truck and left me at SeaWorld.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Mother of three Michelle Parker disappeared five months ago today. As if on cue, cops called Michelle`s mother today, because they thought they might have found Michelle`s remains. Imagine getting that phone call? As it turned out the remains did not belong to Michelle, but to an unidentified man.

Michelle`s ex-fiance and the father of their twin, Dale Smith Jr., has been the sole suspect according to police in Michelle`s disappearance since last November. Did I mention he`s a former hot body contestant? There he is. Smith also got a very long rap sheet and a very short temper, as we witnessed from this ABC footage.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Smith, do you have anything to say about this?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On the way into Wednesday`s emergency custody hearing, Smith shoved our photographer.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: This poor family`s been living an emotional roller coaster. Laurel -- Lauren Erickson, Michelle Parker`s sister, tell us about the call you got today.

LAUREN ERICKSON, MICHELLE PARKER`S SISTER: Today, actually, my mom called me after Detective Marsi (ph), the lead detective on the case, called her to inform her this morning that there had been a body found in the Orlando area, but that it was male and that if she heard about it, if the news got a hold of it that it wasn`t Michelle. So he was pretty holding off a panic.

So we got a hold of that information that we wouldn`t panic so he headed us off. And it did kind of hit the news that it was a possibility that it was Michelle, but it -- the case that happened today had nothing to do with her.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: It must have been an emotional roller coaster. On the other side of the break we`re going to talk to you about what you and your family have been through as we search for this beautiful woman. Let`s try to help next.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: A missing soldier next, but here`s your "Viral Video of the Day" as we take a little laugh break.






UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My wife is out there and everybody`s searching and let`s hope we find her and bring her home.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s tough for you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s tough. The longer we wait, the -- we`re running out of time.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Missing woman`s dad. Michelle Parker has an 11-year- old son from another relationship. He claims Dale Smith attacked his mom in front of the three kids. We`ve seen Smith`s temper and he`s considered a suspect in the disappearance and let`s watch that clip again from ABC.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Smith, do you have anything to say about this?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On the way into Wednesday`s emergency custody hearing Smith shoved our photographer.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. And you can see that he has an extensive rap sheet. Matt Morgan, you`re Michelle Parker`s family attorney. What is happening with this case? He is called by police a prime suspect. Has the family had any word on where this investigation stands?

MATT MORGAN, ATTORNEY FOR MICHELLE PARKER`S FAMILY: At this point that`s the unfortunate thing. They don`t have any direction as to where the criminal investigation is going and when, if any time, charges will be filed.

And so, you know, they remain hopeful that somebody will be held accountable for their daughter and the daughter`s disappearance and their sister`s disappearance, but at this point in time, unfortunately, since they have no body, there`s nothing that can be done as far as prosecution.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: No, there`s an odd situation here. And I know you want to be very diplomatic, Lauren, but the person who`s the prime suspect has custody, is that correct? Of Michelle`s children, two by him and then the older boy?

ERICKSON: No. The twins are his children. He has custody of them.


ERICKSON: Austin now lives with his father.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Oh, OK. So how does that play out? Do you get a chance to see the twins, and is that awkward, given the nature of this?

ERICKSON: We haven`t seen them at all recently, no.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: How is your mom doing? How are you doing?

ERICKSON: It`s tough. We just celebrated a holiday weekend and -- it was -- it was really tough.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: We want to help find your sister. This all happened in a very small area. We`ve got information about cell phones. It`s a very complicated case. Are you any closer than you were than the day she disappeared?

ERICKSON: I`m sorry. Are we any closer to what?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Are you any closer to knowing what happened than the day she disappeared?

ERICKSON: Unfortunately, the last big break that we had in this case was finding the cell phone. And they have had team after team research through everything and every piece of evidence collected, but the unfortunate part is that there`s just not enough to show where she might be.

That`s just the biggest question that we all want to know, and that`s the first thing I think about when I wake up, the last thing I think about before I go to bed. It`s -- we don`t know.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, our hearts go out to you. And one of the reasons we`re doing this story is to keep your sister`s photograph out there in the hopes of jogging somebody`s memory. Say something, if there`s somebody out there who knows something, what would you say to them?

ERICKSON: I would -- I would ask them if they understand what they`ve done, if they understand how many lives they`ve changed and what it`s like for this family to drive down the road and see a Hummer and have our hearts drop and not see my niece and my nephew.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: We have to leave it there. Our hearts go out to you.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We`re getting word that a Fort Bragg soldier is missing and police say she may be in danger. She is 23-year-old Private Kelli Bordeaux. She was last seen Saturday. She is stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HLN HOST: Tonight, a frantic search for a beautiful soldier after she vanishes from a North Carolina bar. Just moments ago her family pleaded for her safe return.


OLIVIA COX, MISSING WOMAN`S SISTER: My sister is missing. She is -- she`s the most amazing person I know. Her friends and family love her very much. If anybody knows anything, please contact the Fayetteville Police Department.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Cops say 23-year-old Private 1st Class Kelli Bordeaux was last seen at 1:20 a.m. Saturday morning.

I want to go out to Olivia Cox, the sister of this missing woman; this beautiful, petite missing woman, 99 pounds, 5 feet. I understand you`ve gone to the area to look for your sister. Tell us what you want to get out there because we want to help find your sister, Olivia.

COX: That`s what I want to get out there. I just want my sister to come home. I just want to find her safe. I just want her to come home. That`s the -- that hits the head on the nail.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I just want you to know that I understand you`re going through a hellish time, a crisis and our hearts go out to you. We want to be helpful. That`s why we explore the facts because by seeing your sister`s face there, maybe somebody knows something. How did you get the call? How did you find out that your sister was missing?

COX: My brother-in-law Michael, her husband called me and asked when was the last time I talked to her because the Fort Bragg had contacted him trying to find her when she didn`t show up on Monday and then we came here immediately to find her.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Have you been looking around the area, this Froggy Bottoms? Have you been looking around that area looking for her?

COX: Personally, I have not. I am letting the police do their job the best that they can. I`m not trying to heed (ph) the investigation. I want them to do everything they can to find my sister and I`m trying to do my part to get her home.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, good for you.

I want to ask you this question. Did -- does her husband live with her at Fort Bragg or how does --

COX: That`s a question that I can`t answer.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok. Let`s try to piece together the key facts from Kelli`s last known whereabouts. Friday night, Kelli goes to the bar. Like a lot of 23-year-olds and you need to relax and have a little time off after working. It`s called Froggy Bottoms.

She`s last seen leaving the bar Saturday morning at 1:20 a.m. And then the entire weekend goes by before the Fort Bragg officials reported her missing to the police on Monday morning.

So my concern is why the delay? Those first 24 hours are absolutely crucial. Olivia, have the authorities out there given any -- any indication as to why they waited from -- it`s Friday night essentially into Saturday morning. 1:20 a.m. Saturday morning, so Saturday day like 9:00, 10:00 Saturday she would not have turned up.

Is there any explanation as to why we were told about this case until Monday morning? That`s 48 hours.

COX: No, ma`am. We -- as soon as we found out that Kelli was missing I mean everybody jumped into action; as soon as we knew that Kelli wasn`t where she was supposed to be.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Joanna Henson, the mother of this --

COX: Johnna (ph).

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Johnna -- sorry, Johnna Henson, my apologies -- the mother of this beautiful, missing Kelli Bordeaux. Tell us about your daughter. We can see from her picture that she`s beautiful and we know she`s petite and 99 pounds, 5 feet tall, 23 years old; we understand she`s married. What else can you tell us about her because this information may be important to somebody?

JOHNNA HENSON, MOTHER OF MISSING WOMAN (via telephone): She`s very outgoing. She`s very goal-oriented. I can`t imagine someone wanting to hurt her. She`s very likable. Everyone that comes in contact with Kelli loves Kelli. She`s a fun person to be around. And I just can`t imagine this is even happening right now. I just --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I`m so sorry.

HENSON: I can`t believe (ph) -- I just can barely function without knowing where my daughter is at this point --

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I`m so sorry -- there`s no words -- honestly, Johnna, there`s no words. Our hearts go out to you. We want to be helpful. This is a race against time.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Have police told you anything because they had said something public that is a little disturbing, but again, we`re searching for the truth and that`s the only reason that we repeat anything that might feel hurtful at all. The police is saying that there is some information we gathered that makes us concern for her safety. That`s from the Fayetteville police.

What have they told you? Why did they say that?

HENSON: I`m not exactly sure. They told me that they think someone picked her up and, you know, took her to the bar and she had a good time at the bar and, you know, did karaoke and was acting silly and having fun. And then supposedly someone was going to give her a ride home from the bar, but that`s where the story doesn`t I think quite add up.

I don`t think she got home from the bar. And supposedly the person who dropped her off -- something supposedly spooked her in the car. She told them one time that something spooked her that she didn`t want to get out of the car, but yet she got out of the car.

That`s the part I don`t understand. If something spooked her why would she get out of the car and go, you know, forward?


VELEZ-MITCHELL: You`re saying something spooked her about what? About the person she was with?

HENSON: I`m sorry?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Wait, you -- I don`t understand -- I don`t understand the spooking. This might be important. You`re saying when did something spook her?

HENSON: Supposedly when the guy that was giving her a ride home was taking her to her apartment. He got to her apartment and something spooked her, and she didn`t want or she said no, no, no, just let me out here instead of taking her like around the corner to her apartment or whatever, but I don`t understand that. If someone creepy spooked her she wouldn`t get out of the car.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, wow. Pat Brown, criminal profiler, it sounds like they`ve spoken to the person. Don`t quote me here in the sense that I don`t know. I`m just trying to extrapolate. It sounds like they may have spoken to the person who drove her home who gave police this information that something spooked her so she said let me out somewhere else and that was the last time she was seen. What do you make of it, Pat Brown?

PAT BROWN, CRIMINAL PROFILER: Well, I think, Jane, they`re going to have to look at a number of directions. First of all, whether that guy`s story has any truth to it or he`s just making that up. Secondly, whether she did get out some place and somebody was walking along or coming along with a vehicle or a stranger. They also have to look at the fact maybe she didn`t want to be seen arriving home with this man in the vehicle and that`s what spooked her so she wanted to get out some place else then walk in not having that person connected with her.

So I think they have a bunch of angles to look at and they`re going to have to look at them all equally.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, Johnna Henson, I have to ask you, does your daughter live with her husband? We just need to clarify that. This could be important. I`m not trying to embarrass. She`s a private 1st class; I have no idea how that operates. Is she able to live with her husband or not?

HENSON: Right, yes. She lives -- her and Michael live in the apartment there in Fayetteville. He was down in Florida visiting with his father that lives in Florida. But he was certainly (ph) coming back. I mean they were having some marital problems, but the person that drove her home wasn`t, you know, any kind of person to her. I think he was just a friend of hers.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: So she wasn`t stationed on the base. She was living in an apartment off the base?

HENSON: Right.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok. With her husband.

HENSON: Right.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Mark Eiglarsh, your thoughts?

MARK EIGLARSH, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, first, my heart goes out to Miss Henson. I would obviously focus on the person who drove her home. I would look for video surveillance. You know, I`m no fan of Big Brothers, but in a case like this, and the ones we talk about, Jane, more cameras available. I`m hoping in the future we`re going to know and be able to solve these crimes instantly simply by ordering videotape.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: And Jon Leiberman, investigative reporter, you see -- let`s see that map again. You see that there`s the bar and there`s the base. What do you make of it because we`re getting interesting information from --

JON LEIBERMAN, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER: Yes, well police have clearly canvassed the area and talked to people. One thing they`re going to zero in on is this marital relationship. They need to rule out the husband as a potential suspect, but they`re talking to people who know Kelli and her husband, too. So they can help build a narrative, not only of that night, but of all of the circumstances of this disappearance.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Johnna henson, have you spoken to your daughter`s husband?

HENSON: Yes, I have. Michael, yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And what does he tell you? Is he looking for her?


HENSON: He`s in a panic.

I mean he was in Florida when that happened when she went missing and he`s just -- he`s beside himself. I don`t think he`s a point of interest at all. He loved my daughter deeply, deeply, and I don`t think he`s got anything to do with it at all.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Oh, yes. Listen, if he`s in Florida and he`s not in North Carolina he has nothing to do with it. You`ve determined that he was in Florida, then that`s fine. We always look at the immediate people around a person who disappears.

HENSON: Right.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Johnna, one of the best things we can do for you is to do the story over and over. That`s how often these cases get solved. I`m hoping you`ll come back tomorrow and appear on camera with us and help us keep your daughter`s picture out there. And we`re going to do some investigating on this end and see what we can find by talking to people who might have been at the Froggy Bottoms.

So will you join us tomorrow so we can continue searching together for your daughter?

HENSON: I`m probably going to be in Fayetteville tomorrow. I`m making arrangements now to get there to do whatever I can.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Our hearts go out to you. We will be in touch.





VELEZ-MITCHELL: Oh, my gosh. There have been a lot of hot moments on "Dancing with the Stars", but that may have been the hottest last night. Contestant Maria Menounos planted a huge one, kiss, that is on dance partner Derek Hough. Suddenly her salsa went from mild to super spicy. And get this, it was the second time the pair have locked lips on stage this season.

But even before that, Maria raised eyebrows and got temperatures heated up by getting down and dirty with Dr. Drew. There it is right there. We slow mo`d it. He was in the audience and still got sucked into the salsa. Maria made sure to thank him afterward. Listen to this.


MARIA MENOUNOS, "DANCING WITH THE STARS" CONTESTANT: Thank you to Dr. Drew for allowing me to attack him.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: His wife almost staged an intervention you know.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: With me tonight, the one and only Dr. Drew, part of our HLN family. We`ve got to take another look, Dr. Drew. You and Maria shaking her things at you.

You know what? I saw that and I was, like, we have to talk to Dr. Drew. What was it like being there front and center with Maria doing that dance and shaking her booty, and how does the wife feel about all of this?

DR. DREW PINSKY, HLN HOST: Well, Jane, really, you have to ask me what it`s like with Maria Menounos in a bikini basically molesting me? It was ok. As bad things go, it was amongst the best, as they say. Certainly my wife, if you notice in this footage as well, there she is there getting molested by Derek -- you see that. She`s got Derek going at her and Maria going at me. And strangely, I don`t think my wife noticed that Maria was on me until she saw this footage and then I was in trouble.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Very clever diversion.

PINSKY: But that was good. We had a great time -- we had a great time.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Very clever diversion.

PINSKY: It was fun to see those guys. Yes, indeed it was.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Not everybody was crazy about the kiss. Listen to judge, Carrie Ann`s reaction from ABC. This is interesting.


CARRIE ANN INABA, JUDGE, "DANCING WITH THE STARS": I`m going to say, though, just being old-fashioned fuddy dud like my good friend, I don`t think you needed a kiss. I think that was a sell-out. Like dance is about the illusion of passion. Don`t go at it right there in front of all of us. Save it for back there.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: I love Carrie Ann, though, she`s a huge animal lover. I met her at the Genesis Awards and the Humane Society.

Dr. Drew, I`ve got to say, you`ve known many of these contestants and how intense is the pressure on them? I mean, I was there to watch Nancy Grace compete, and she invited me, and I was thrilled. I couldn`t believe. It was like "The Hunger Games". These people look like they`d kill each other not to get eliminated.

PINSKY: Yes. Isn`t that crazy, Jane? But here`s what happens. First of all, remember, the conceit here is these are people that don`t know how to engage and don`t know how to dance and they`re being held to a high-level standard of almost professional performance night after night and week after week and they get deeply invested in this.

At the same token, this is the part that people don`t quite understand or appreciate is that they`re spending pretty much every moment of every day and certainly every free moment of every day with their dance partner, engaged in this competition and after two or three weeks of doing nothing but first of all, hanging out with this person that you develop this very close, physical, intense, mentor relationship with and competing in this environment, it`s almost like being in a sensory deprivation tank where this becomes your life.

And naturally enough they start really taking it quite seriously. And let`s face it. I mean there`s a lot at stake. People are scantily clad. They`ve been working all week at this thing. It`s something they don`t know how to do and suddenly they`re doing it and they don`t know if they can.

I mean when I think about possibly participating in something like that, I just cringe. The idea of it just absolutely makes me crazy.

But it`s something that --


VELEZ-MITCHELL: I think you would be fabulous.

PINSKY: Well, thank you, Jane. I appreciate that.


PINSKY: It was fun to be a part of and, by the way, I remind people that Jane is going to be on my show and we`re talking a little bit about the war on women and I`ll be talking about a drug-addicted judge who has done some nasty things.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Got to leave it right there. Love you, Dr. Drew. See you later.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: "Toddlers & Tiaras" next but first a little laugh break.








VELEZ-MITCHELL: That was pint-sized beauty queen Eden Wood singing her theme song "Cutie Patootie" on YouTube. Eden is a legend among the kiddie pageant crowd and she became a huge star on TLC`s "Toddlers & Tiaras". But now after a long and storied career, she is retiring from the pageant circuit to spend time with her own new reality show. That`s right. She has gotten a new reality show of her own. Here is a peek from Logo.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She conquered the pageant stage.

WOOD: I`m real, real famous.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And her star is on the rise.

WOOD: Watch out, world.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But don`t think she`s just another pretty face.

WOOD: I`m Eden Wood, diva.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: At the tender age of 7 Eden is ready to share her wisdom with the world. Watch this from "The Wendy Williams Show".


WOOD: My TV show is about Eden`s world and it`s about helping other kids get to the top of pageantry. So I`m just going to Kentucky, Japan, all this stuff. And it`s really fun for me because I love helping these other kids.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Joining me from L.A., former child star himself, Paul Peterson, also president of A Minor Consideration which protects child actors. Paul, we have all seen what reality shows do to adults, how they change, cameras following them 24/7. Is this a good idea to put a little kid into that type of situation?

PAUL PETERSON, PRESIDENT, A MINOR CONSIDERATION: You know, childhood, Jane, is a terrible thing to waste. The idea that this 7-year-old is the author of her fate is absurd. This is about stage mom. This is about managers. This is about entertainment values that are obviously harmful. Dr. Drew should be intervening here.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I have to tell you that we did invite Eden and her mom on, and we had a very nice conversation, but they sent us an e-mail and said she wants to have a day off with no TV and it`s going to be just me and my baby so we can maintain her normal life. So I wanted to put that in there.

This isn`t Eden`s first business venture. Let`s, first of all, before we comment watch this commercial for her "Cute Camp" on YouTube.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You need to come to "Cute Camp" and find out exactly what it means to be a true glitz pageant girl.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: "Cute Camp" will turn your hot mess into one of pageant`s best. We`re coming to you with glitzy glamour and gorgeous.

WOOD: After "Cute Camp" come to my pageant "Cutie-Patootie Pageant".


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Paul, how about the trust, will her money that she makes be put in a trust for her adulthood by law?

PETERSON: No one has any idea. First of all, she is not working in California where the children own the money they earn. You know, we were able to successfully change the laws here in California.

I want to know what everybody is being paid. What`s the manager getting? What`s the mom being compensated? What`s the producer of this show being paid? Because this child needs protection; you know, fame doesn`t go away just because you take a day off. It follows you, and if you think she`s going to have fun when she goes back to regular school, watch out.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right, well listen, I don`t know where it`s being shot. I have no idea if it`s California or not, but we`re going to have more on the other side.

Stay right there.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Paul, the mom, you see right there, she is not worried. She thinks this is wonderful and she can handle it. Why are you so concerned as a former child star?

PETERSON: Well, because the stage parents don`t really understand what`s happening and what the consequences are. You know, I have stage parents of my own. I had to live with that.

The problem is these images are never going to go away ever. And the world that this young child is now inhabiting has dangers. There are predators out there. There are risks. Ask JonBenet Ramsay`s father if he thinks it`s a good idea to have been involved.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, listen I don`t think we should ever predict something gruesome for a child. I think -- my concern more is that it could affect her ability to be real.

But I want to thank you, Paul. And I wish that little girl the very best.

Nancy next.