Posts Tagged ‘1990s’

MP of the week: Benito Velasquez

August 19, 2014

Hi all. I went to visit my dad for a few days. I’m back now. This week’s featured MP is Benito Ricardo Velasquez. He disappeared mysteriously with his little son Jose in January 1999.

I have no details on this father and son’s disappearance. Jose isn’t on the NCMEC, and NamUs, for some reason, only has Benito listed and doesn’t tell me anything I don’t already know. The city they vanished from, Calexico, California, is right smack on the Mexican border and I wonder if whatever happened to this pair happened in Mexico.

Select It Sunday: Everett Thompson Sr. and family

August 17, 2014

Selected by Michael (not my Michael, some other one) all the way back in November 2013: Everett Thompson Sr., who disappeared with his entire immediate family: wife Lydia and sons Andrew and Everett Jr. Missing from Chicago since July 5, 1996.

It’s not very often that an entire family vanishes without a trace like that, and this story reminds me of the sad sagas of the McStay family and the Jamison family. Unlike in those two cases, however, there’s a suspect in the disappearances of the Thompsons: Lydia’s brother, Kenneth White.

White was a violent man, he had threatened his sister and he was living with the family before they vanished. But if he harmed the Everett Sr. and his family, whatever happened may never be known because White killed himself in prison a year and a half after they vanished.

I suppose it’s possible the Thompsons went into hiding to get away from White — in fact there has been speculation as to where they might have run to — but that seems unlikely. It seems like they would have been found by now, or come out into the open after his death. But this case leaves a LOT of unanswered questions. Whose blood was on the clothes in White’s trailer? Where are the bodies?

MP of the week: Gladys Kidd

August 12, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is Gladys Stella Kidd, who disappeared from Rowan County, Kentucky in 1990, at the age of 71. In the very unlikely event that she’s still alive, she’d be 95 today.

Her disappearance reminds me of that of Mary Watkins and the other presumed victims of suspected serial killer James Carlin Toliver: a secret boyfriend, a large sum of cash taken from the bank…

MP of the week: AbdulNur Wilson

August 5, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is AbdulNur Wilson, a teenage boy who disappeared from Wilmington, Delaware in 1998. He was listed on the NCMEC site for a long time, classified as a runaway. He’s no longer on there, but he is on NamUs.

Given AbdulNur’s involvement with drugs and the length of time that’s passed since his disappearance, it’s entirely on the cards that he met with foul play. It seems like if he were still in the local area and still alive, they’d have found him by now.

Disappeared: Nathan Edberg, missing 15 years.

July 22, 2014

Originally posted on www.seanmunger.com:

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On April 14, 1999, at about 7:30 PM, a tall, powerfully-built young man walked into Decoy’s Bar and Grill on 4th Street in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, ordered a beer and chatted briefly with the bartender. The bartender, who knew this young man, noted he was unusually cheerful. It’s not known exactly how long he stayed, but at some point in the evening he left and got in his truck, but he left his wallet on the bar at Decoy’s. He then vanished off the face of the earth.

Nathan Edberg, age 21, was remembered as a cheerful, active young man who loved to play basketball. He was also devoted to his three younger siblings. He was going through a rough time in the spring of 1999, having just broken up with a girlfriend of 4 years, and his parents were divorcing. Friends and family had noticed he was depressed…

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Select It Sunday: Sidney Johnston

July 13, 2014

This case selected by Kat: Sidney Edward Johnston, missing since January 22, 1990 from Davenport, Iowa.

There are strange circumstances involved here, and possible evidence of a struggle at his house, including holes punched in the wall. However, I’m not sure if the holes happened around the time he disappeared, because the casefile mentions him having screaming arguments with two acquaintances at his house in the months before he vanished. (For what it’s worth, both of these people passed polygraphs.)

Johnston, always a frugal man and a loner, had been having financial problems and got into legal trouble before he vanished, and he asked his brother for money. At the same time, though, he uncharacteristically gave away $30k. It’s all very strange.

I haven’t updated his case since I added it to Charley in November 2010. Sidney would be 71 if he’s still alive today, which I suppose he could be. His car did disappear with him and was never located.

Iowa Cold Cases has a detailed file for him. A commenter suggests that the changes in Johnston’s behavior before his disappearance could have been caused by a brain aneurysm. I doubt we’ll ever know.

New MP of the week

July 8, 2014

I don’t think I’ll be able to update today — I’m up and around, but still my throat still hurts horribly and I’ve fallen behind on emails and a zillion other things. But here is your missing person of the week anyway: Rita Rahn, who disappeared from Madison, Wisconsin in 1997. I don’t have much on her. I can only hope she’s still alive.

Make-A-List Monday: People who vanished on Independence Day

July 7, 2014

A pretty self-explanatory title here: people who went missing on July 4, the day we here in the US celebrate our independence.

Dennise Jeannette Sullivan, 1961
Carlene Brown, 1974
Nancy Perry Baird, 1975
Gus Henry Hoffman Jr., 1978
Peggy Jo DeCoteau, 1979
Sherry Melissa Eyerly, 1982
Theresa A. Kawash, 1982
Elizabeth Ann Maggard, 1984
Margaret Elaine Diaz, 1988
Ruth Marlene Mello, 1989
Luke Robinson, 1990
Luther Valentine Smith, 1991
Leonard Lane, 1995
Charles Paradis, 1995
Wanda Lillian Thompson, 1995
Robert Lee Webb, 1995
Peter Connolly, 1996
Sandra Payne, 1996
Adan Jacquez Hernandez, 1997
Quinn Renard Woodfolk, 1998
Brooke Leigh Henson, 1999
Carlos Vicente Carrillo, 2000
Crystal Ann Arensdorf, 2001
Darlene Marie Trujillo, 2001
Letron David Burress, 2002
Marc David Oestrike, 2002
Laverda Sorrell, 2002
Nancy Zoe Dennis, 2004
Christopher Scott Hansen, 2004
Jenett King, 2005
Anthony Joseph Luzio Jr., 2005
Luis Rodriguez-Hernandez, 2005
Jacob Lee Heckart, 2007
George Darrell Herrington, 2007
Joey Lynn Offutt, 2007
Jose Nery Guillen, 2008
Patrick Jay Valente, 2008
Daffne Stephane Cabrera-Mendieta, 2009
Dana Townley Boshell, 2012

Select It Sunday: Teresa Barbusca

May 25, 2014

I decided that, since today is both Sunday on Memorial Day Weekend AND National Missing Children’s Day, this week’s Select It Sunday case would be selected by yours truly. I thought I’d do a child who disappeared on May 25. There weren’t many of those, and I didn’t want to do Etan Patz as he would be too obvious. So I picked Teresa Marie Barbusca, missing from Stockton, California since 1999. She was sixteen and a half.

The Doe Network has a little bit more about Teresa than I do, this information from a Sacramento Bee article that ran in December 1999. Her NamUs profile also provides additional information. I’ll have to update her case. She was last seen in Stockton, but actually lived in Sacramento with her mother’s cousin. She had supposedly been hanging out with street kids, drinking and using hard drugs at the time of her disappearance. Teresa’s mom decided to move to Sacramento to be with her, and Teresa was unhappy about it. She disappeared two weeks later.

There seems to be little doubt that she did in fact run away, at least at first…but what happened to her later on? She was living a risky lifestyle and she’s been missing for fifteen years without a word. I hope she’s still out there and will call home, or call the NCMEC hotline, and at least let them know she’s alive.

Teresa would be 31 years old today. She and I share a birthday.

MP of the week: Leanne Hausberg

May 20, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is Leanne Marie Hausberg, a fourteen-year-old girl who disappeared under mysterious circumstances from Brooklyn, New York on March 18, 1999. She’s been missing now for longer than she’d been alive prior to her disappearance. The late nineties was when I first became interested in missing persons cases, and I remember looking at her poster with a certain interest, in part because at fourteen she was relatively young for a runaway.

For years Leanne was classified as a runaway, but it’s unclear what happened to her and her family believes she came to harm. Beyond that I don’t have much on her. If she’s still alive, she’ll be thirty in August.


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