MPs last seen wearing their school uniforms.
Strange that four of the five should be Hispanic. Are Hispanic children more likely to attend parochial schools?
This week’s Flashback Friday case is Janet Ann Kramer. She was thirteen and living in a group home for girls when she disappeared from Willmar, Minnesota. Presumed to have run away. The date of disappearance is given as January 1, 1971, but I wonder if that’s accurate. January 1 seems a strange date to run away on, especially in Minnesota, and that date is often used when the person disappeared at some unknown date in a particular year.
I Googled “Willmar Minnesota group home” and found a website for an organization that operates girls’ and boys’ group homes in the area, but their girls’ home isn’t old enough to be Janet’s. Presumably Janet’s group home has long since closed.
In any case, I have almost no information on her. A friend believes she looks a little like me. The resemblance is more obvious when you check out this photo of myself at Janet’s age.
Janet’s been missing for over forty years. If she is still alive — and I suppose there’s no evidence to indicate she’s not — she would be 56 years old today.
Per the Chicago Tribune: Yasmin Acree‘s adoptive mother, Rose Starnes (who was also her aunt by marriage) has died. She was 57. Natural causes. According to her family, she had diabetes and kidney problems.
For years, Starnes was tormented by not knowing what happened to Yasmin, said her older daughter, Shakelia Johnson. The woman spent a lot of time searching the neighborhood and city, but she also lay in bed crying, feeling helpless. Many times it seemed the case wasn’t important to anyone but her, Johnson said.
I hope she’s at peace now, and maybe knows what happened to Yasmin.
This list was created by Annie Keller of For the Lost fame. (She still really really needs donations to her dental fund, btw. It’s a worthy cause, and right now she only has about one-third of the sum required.) Anyway, the list is for people who have what’s called Heterochromia iridum, or eyes that are not the same color. Certainly it’s a striking distinguishing characteristic. Here we go:
In alphabetical order:
There’s finally an article giving info about Stephen Shawn Austin, a teenager who vanished from El Paso, Texas sixteen years ago. Stephen, it would appear, had been in trouble with the law and disappeared the day after his first meeting with his probation officer. A cousin reported seeing him in 1999, but that hasn’t been confirmed, and other than that, NO ONE has seen or heard from Stephen since 1997.
Kristin Denise Smart‘s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Paul Flores, the man they believe was responsible for her disappearance and probable murder. (Incidentally, I think they’re right. The guy is a scumbag.) Unfortunately, according to this article, the suit is hanging in limbo because the police refuse to release info from what they term is an active investigation. Kristin’s family says they hardly care anymore what happens to Flores and they just want to know what he did with their daughter.
As about a zillion people have told me, Nathan Slinkard has returned home from Mexico. Nathan was five when he was abducted, along with his three-year-old sister Sydney and seven-year-old brother Andrew, from Greenfield, Indiana in 1997. The children’s non-custodial mother, Trena Slinkard, took them. Last week Nathan (now 23) walked into the U.S. consulate in Guadalajara with documents proving his identity. He’s been reunited with his searching father. Sydney and Andrew are still missing, but apparently they’re well aware of their father’s existence and know they’re free to go back to the U.S. should they so choose. I hope they do. This is the best possible outcome for a long-term family abduction case.
Speaking of family abductions, the police are still searching for Bethany Tiner, who was abducted by her mother at the age of three in 1997. Bethany’s parents divorced in 1996 and Dad got full custody of both Bethany and her sister. For some reason, when Mom took off, she only took the younger child. Bethany is 20 years old now, wherever she is, and has half-siblings she’s never met and doesn’t know about.
And, from abroad:
The cops think they’ve more or less solved the 1957 disappearance of eleven-year-old Moira Anderson from Scotland. Alexander Gartshore, a convicted child rapist, is the prime suspect in her case and the authorities say that if he hadn’t died in 2006, they would have indicted him by now. Even Gartshore’s daughter, a friend of Moira’s, believes her father was the killer. But where the child’s remains were disposed of is anyone’s guess.
Meanwhile, in Australia, the police are digging up someone’s backyard looking for the remains of Marilyn Wallman, a 14-year-old who disappeared in 1972.
This week’s featured MP is Christina Lynn Lewis, a sixteen-year-old girl who was last seen in New Bern, North Carolina in 2000. As with Alexander Ferguson, this is a case with frustratingly little information available: it isn’t clear how, or even precisely when, Christina disappeared. She would be 30 years old today.
Members of the extended Parsons family have told the media that a family court judge denied a motion to return Casey and Sandy’s not missing children to their care.
Their adopted daughter Erica disappeared in late 2011 or thereabouts; no one’s sure exactly when, and her parents’ explanations for her disappearance (and why they never reported it) have been one lie after another. Their other children were taken from them after Erica’s disappearance was finally brought to law enforcement attention in 2013.
According to the relatives, the judge told Casey and Sandy that in order to get custody of their other kids back, they will have to produce Erica. Fat chance of that happening. I’m reasonably sure that Erica is dead.