Fund May Pay to Hire Investigator in Missing Nevada Girl Case

A court settlement may pay to add a private investigator to the search for Everlyse Cabrera, who was 2 years old when she disappeared in June 2006 from a southern Nevada home where she had been in foster care.

Dara Goldsmith, a lawyer appointed by the court as the little girl's guardian, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal she planned to ask the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to release funds for the move from $300,000 paid by a company that insured foster parents Manuel and Vilma Carrascal.

The settlement from United National Insurance Company was deposited Oct. 5 with the U.S. District Court clerk's office.

The Carrascals initially told police the girl let herself out of the house and wandered away. Family members then stopped cooperating with North Las Vegas police and asserted their Fifth Amendment rights not to have to testify against themselves during depositions for the civil lawsuit.

As part of the settlement, the Carrascals have been dropped from a civil lawsuit brought by the missing girl's parents, Ernesto Cabrera and Marlena Olivas. The Carrascals' adult son remains part of that case.

The federal court lawsuit originally named eight people and Clark County Family Services as defendants. It alleges that the county put the girl in jeopardy by placing her with foster parents who were poorly screened, trained and supervised.

"We all want the same result," Goldsmith said, "for no other child to be lost or injured while in the foster care system."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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