Archive for the ‘unidentified’ Category

A bit of general MP news

October 15, 2012

I finally finished writing up the resolved cases — well, almost all of them. They can go with the next update.

Two non-profits in Europe have started this thing where 404 Not Found pages become missing children posters. They’ll say “Page not found, neither is ____ _____” with a photo and vitals. I think that is an impressively clever idea and hope it catches on.

Bianca Jones‘s dad has been found guilty of killing her, in spite of the fact that her body hasn’t been found. Barely two years old at the time of her disappearance, she’s been missing less than a year. The authorities believe her father, D’Andre Lane, killed Bianca in anger after she had a potty accident. He says she was kidnapped during a carjacking.

Also in Detroit, they’ve put out an appeal to identify John D108 Doe, who was found wandering around the streets and has been living in a group home since 2008. He may actually have been homeless in Detroit as far back as 2004. John Doe isn’t violent, but he can’t take care of himself and needs constant supervision. He has schizophrenia and is nearly mute. From his picture I’d guess he was in his late thirties or his forties. His state guardian says if his family is identified but can’t or won’t take care of him, she’ll continue to do it.

Idling again and feeling down

October 9, 2012

As all of you have noticed I’m sure, I haven’t done much either Charley-wise or blog-wise. I’ve got like 25 cases to resolve and I don’t want to do them. Ugh. I’m not feeling good, either physically or mentally. Every year, for a day or so, hay fever kicks me flat on my butt — and that’s today. The mental thing is, I think, partly on account of how I’ve been playing fast and loose with my crazymeds lately. That tends to put me in an Emil Dorian kind of mood. But this too shall pass.

And, in the latest in very old MP news. (And yes I will update today, though it may not be much.)

Missing: Montana woman hopes to close one of Rawlins’ darkest cases: this is about Carlene Brown and has a much better version of Charley’s photo of her. Carlene and a friend disappeared from Rawlins, Wyoming way back in 1974. (Michael would have been about six weeks old at the time.) The following month, Deborah Meyer and another girl vanished — separately — from the same town, which Wikipedia says has a current population of about 10,000. Two of the missing girls were found, but not Carlene or Deborah. They are presumed to be victims of a serial killer.

This is about a Jane Doe rather than an MP, but anyway, forensic testing has determined that the long-unidentified Princess Doe, who was murdered in New Jersey in 1982, was probably from Arizona originally but spent time in the Northeast for several months prior to her death.

There’s also this detailed article about Norine Boyd, who disappeared from Idaho in 1988. I hadn’t seen much press on her before. There’s a little bit there that I didn’t already have.

And there’s an article plus a video about Donella “Jeannie” Coultas, missing 33 years in December. Her family thinks her husband did it. He says they had an argument and she just left. As per usual.

Some very cold cases

August 7, 2012

They’re still trying to find Eileen Williams, a nineteen-year-old girl from Ontario, Canada who disappeared while hitchhiking to Prince Edward Island in 1962:

Police all but rule out the possibility Williams either committed suicide or simply chose to deliberately disappear on her own to never be found by friends or family. The most practical assumption, a former detachment commander for Montague RCMP told The Guardian a few years back, is that the young woman was picked up while hitchhiking and met her untimely end some point thereafter at the hands of the driver and/or other occupants of the vehicle.

And they’re searching for a girl who’s been missing from Oroville, California since 1973. She was fifteen at the time and lived in a group home. She was listed as a runaway, but the cops got a tip that her body was buried in the foundation of a local home, and they’re digging. I wish they would release the MP’s name. I have no idea who she is and I’m quite sure she’s not one of my cases.

And they’re still trying to identify Princess Doe, a teenage girl who was found brutally murdered in a cemetery in Blairstown, New Jersey in 1982. For awhile they thought it was Diane Dye, who ran away from California in 1979, but she’s been ruled out. They have a pretty good idea who Princess Doe’s killer is, but no idea who she herself is. I’m confident they can give a name to her. After all, they were able to identify Dorothy Gay Howard 55 years after her death.

Back to work

May 15, 2012

I spent last week, and the week before that, sulking. Then the computer went up in smoke and I got a new one and had to set it up and everything. (Oh, and play the old Oregon Trail game that I just rediscovered.) But I promise you, I will update today. And get back on to regular updates again. Pinky swear.

And, in the meantime, some international MP news:

They’ve opened up a mobster’s tomb looking for the remains of Emanuela Orlandi, a teenager who was kidnapped from the Vatican City in 1981. (The mobster was killed in 1990.) Her disappearance is all spooky and mysterious: “Various theories have tied the presumed kidnapping to intrigue involving the Italian secret services, organized crime, even the attempt to assassinate John Paul II — or possibly all three.” Though what organized crime, the Italian secret service, etc., would want with a fifteen-year-old girl is a mystery to me.

A dumbass travel agency used a photo of Madeleine McCann in an ad. Of course her parents are appalled and everyone else wonders how these people could be so tasteless. More to the point, I wonder why on earth the ad people thought this would be appealing to potential customers. “Go to Europe! Visit beautiful resorts where children get kidnapped!”

They found Gerald Twibey, a man who disappeared from a British mental hospital in 1985. Actually, they found him back in 1985 in the River Colne, but he’s been unidentified all this time and lying in a pauper’s grave. Now (although the DNA tests were inconclusive) they’re pretty sure the dead body is Gerald, sure enough to return the remains to his family. Some funeral home did the service for no charge. Nice of them.

A body found in Fox Lake in Ontario Nova Scotia, Canada has been identified as Ray Peter O’Connell, a 32-year-old who had been missing for almost eight years. The cause of death hasn’t been determined but it isn’t being treated as suspicious.

Sad story: Jeanne Overstreet found at last

April 17, 2012

Jeanne Geneva Overstreet, a nineteen-year-old girl who’d been missing from Tucson, Arizona since 1982, has finally been located. Or, rather, she was located only fourteen months after her disappearance, and it wasn’t until now that they identified her body. Her skeletal remains turned up near a highway in Pima County, Arizona.

The cause of death couldn’t be determined and I suppose the case will be closed now that identification has been established. It’s a shame, because there’s a good chance this poor girl was murdered. At least Jeanne’s family knows what happened now. They had a memorial service for her yesterday.

Article about unidentified DeKalb County, GA boy

December 23, 2011

Found this article about a five- to seven-year-old boy whose body was found in DeKalb County, Georgia back in 1999. They still have no idea who he is, but have named him Dennis.

Toxicology reports found acetaminophen and anti-nausea medicine in Dennis’ system.

“This child appeared to be well cared for,” said forensic investigator Greg Johns said. “And for him to just be dumped out like that and all these years with nobody coming by, it just makes it that much more unusual.”

I should note here that the kid was wearing Timberland boots. Timberland is not a cheap brand. Their website says kid-sized boots cost about $80 a pair, depending on the model — and this for a shoe the child will outgrow in six months or a year.

The medical examiner’s analysis in 1999 found no signs of trauma and no cause of death could be determined. Investigators believe the remains were in the woods for three to six months before they were found, putting the possible date of the death late in 1998.

It reminds me a lot of the Boy in the Box case. I think chances are “Dennis” was never reported missing. As I’ve noted before, it’s sickeningly easy to conceal a child’s disappearance for years.

Recent correspondence

November 25, 2011

A few days ago I had someone write me suggesting a possible UID match for one of my cases. I wrote back referring her to NamUs and the Doe Network. She wrote me again, and again I referred her. Then — I think she was genuinely bewildered — she replied, saying she didn’t understand why, if I had this humongous website, was I not interested in trying to solve the cases. After all, she’d sent me this possible match and I didn’t seem to care about it.

I do wish people would take the time to actually look at my FAQ — or even just the first few words of the text on Charley’s frontpage — before they contacted me. I really felt kind of bad. But the fact is, I have no interest in making matches and would be hopeless if I tried, seeing as how (as I’ve written here before) all people look alike to me. And even if I had concurred with her about the match, I’m a civilian and not the person to send tips too.

I think I’ll stick with what I’m good at: cataloging and publicizing these MPs so OTHER people have an easier time making matches.

Daniel Morcombe maybe found

August 22, 2011

They’ve found three human bones in the Queensland forest where they think Daniel Morcombe was buried. Also they found shoes, of the same brand Daniel was wearing when he disappeared. But it will take DNA tests to prove the remains are his, and those might take weeks.

I hope it’s him. I’d be very surprised if it wasn’t.

Articles:
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Australian
The Herald Sun
The Brisbane Times

Latest MP news

August 17, 2011

There is an article about Christine Nelson, who disappeared from Eugene, Oregon in 1986. She was 25. Her husband seems to be the prime suspect in her disappearance. The article doesn’t have any new information, but it’s nice that she got out in the spotlight for a moment.

I found this article about Shawn Tischler, a 30-year-old man who’s been missing from Long Beach, California since May. Shawn has schizophrenia and is very vulnerable. I must have scores of MPs on Charley who have schizophrenia or a related illness. Many of them become homeless. It’s tragic — all the more so when they get beaten to death by the cops, which happened recently in the case of Kelly Thomas from Fullerton, California. (Warning: that link has a picture of Kelly’s face just after the beating. It may just make you lose your lunch.)

There are new developments in the disappearance of Brandy Hall, who disappeared five years ago today from Malabar, Florida. She was a firefighter, as was her husband. The FBI has gotten involved in the case, which is presumed to be a homicide. Brandy left behind two small children.

The trial has begun for Valdeir Gonclaves-Santos, accused of murdering Vanderlei Szczepanik, his wife Jaqueline and their seven-year-old son Christopher. The Szczepanik family, who were immigrants from Brazil, disappeared at Christmastime in 2009. Valdeir’s wife is expected to testify. The police believe he killed the Szczepaniks to steal their money. They left behind 100k in cash and uncashed checks, and 20k in the bank, but their bank account was drained down to just $1,000 by January.

The police have identified the body of Lyubov Lutysk, who was listed on the Charley Project (and still is as of this writing, but I’m going to take her off). She was 49 when she went missing from Kent, Washington in January 2010. She had talked about being depressed and wanting to disappear. Her remains were found in the brush near Clark Lake Park in Kent. Foul play is not suspected.

NMI bones not missing girls

August 14, 2011

Although they have not been identified, authorities have determined that the bones are from a male around 70+ years old. Therefore, highly unlikely to be the missing Faloma or Maleina Luhk.


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