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Newtown: Sandy Hook donations missing, $70,000 and charity’s co-founder vanish

The Newtown "Sandy Hook donations missing" news report is raising the question of what happened to $70,000 and what happened to one of the co-founders involved in raising the charity money. “A charity created in the wake of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., cannot locate more than $70,000 it raised,” reports the Associated Press on Jan. 11, 2014.

Donations missing
Donations missing
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Just one week after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012, the Nashville charity 26.4.26 began raising money through marathons to help Sandy Hook. The charity, which began on Dec. 22, 2012, raised a total of $103,000.

Last January, a nonprofit youth sports center in Newtown received $30,000, but no one knows what happened to the more than $70,000 missing Sandy Hook donations.

One of the co-founders of the 26.4.26 Foundation, Ryan Graney, said that she filed complaints with the FBI and Tennessee attorney general’s office in September after she had discovered suspicious charges to the foundation’s PayPal account.

Her partner, co-founder Robbie Bruce, who was in charge of the charity’s finances, had presented the $30,000 to the nonprofit youth sports center in Newtown in January but no one has been in contact with him for almost a year, “and his whereabouts are unknown,” reported Sky News.

After the news of the missing Newtown Sandy Hook donations broke, the charity foundation stopped its fundraising efforts. However, so far there have been no signs of either the $70,000 or of Robbie Bruce.