Native American Heritage Month: Walter Hawk

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Walter Hawk, who disappeared from Tuluksak, a Yupik village in Alaska, on July 13, 2016, at the age of 43. He is considered a vulnerable adult and apparently had a habit of wandering.

Hawk left a relative’s home in the early morning hours and never returned. Frustratingly, searchers actually saw him when they were combing through the wilderness, but he would vanish again before they could make contact. Like, they’d be in a plane or a kayak, and they’d see him walking along, but a good distance away, miles even, and they couldn’t get to him.

Apparently Hawk had a good set of legs on him and good wilderness survival skills; he was capable of making it on his own for some time. But two winters have passed and we’re going into a third now, and I don’t think he can still be alive in the bush.

Native American Heritage Month: Justina Kunayak

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Justina Mabel Kunayak, a 45-year-old woman who who disappeared from Nome, Alaska on November 18, 1990.

I don’t know much about Justina’s disappearance, but her casefile includes the following notice:

Approximately 20 members of Alaska’s Native American community have vanished or died under questionable circumstances in the Nome area since the 1960s. Authorities opened a probe into their deaths and disappearances, but they do not believe a serial predator was involved.

Every one of the eight Charley Project missing persons from Nome are Native American, and the following have that same notice: Donald Adams, Nathan Anungazuk and Eric M. Apatiki.

I found a Justina Kunayak Jr. mentioned in a article from January 2017; perhaps the missing Justina’s daughter. Justina Jr., at the time of the article’s publication anyway, managed a hotel in Anchorage.

Native American Heritage Month: Anthony Sam

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Anthony Kitsap Sam, who disappeared from Auburn, Washington on April 17, 1996, at the age of 29.

I’m not 100% sure of Sam’s tribal info, but if this man is his father, that would make him Tulalip (pronounced tuh-lay-lip). Unfortunately I can’t find anything about his disappearance.

Native American Heritage Month: Peggy Humber

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Peggy Ilene Humber, a 44-year-old woman who disappeared from Bakersfield, California on June 23, 2000. I do not know what her tribe was.

Shortly after Peggy disappeared, her car turned up abandoned in the Sequoia National Forest. She is missing under suspicious circumstances.

Native American Heritage Month: Damon Boyd

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Damon Lee Boyd, a 29-year-old Ojibwe man who disappeared from Itasca County in northern Minnesota on May 27, 2014.

Boyd has both an alcohol problem and some mental illness issues, and he’s been in several treatment centers in the past. He was last seen after “leaving” a residential facility in Polk County, Minnesota. I don’t know whether he was properly discharged from that facility, or absconded.

According to the Facebook page set up for him, he may have been in the Fargo, North Dakota area after his disappearance.

Native American Heritage Month: N’Cita Blue Thunder

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is N’Cita Blue Thunder, a 17-year-old girl who disappeared from Beach, North Dakota, a small town on the Montana border, on July 9, 2014. I do not know N’Cita’s tribal info, but it’s noted that her Native name is Black Lance.

Curiously, I can’t find any other trace of N’Cita other than what’s on NamUs. You’d think she’d have had a social media account, but if she did, I can’t find it. Though she was under eighteen when she disappeared, she isn’t listed on the NCMEC.

And I can find out precisely zilch about the circumstances of her disappearance. Few details are available.

MP of the week: Tamika Howard

This week’s featured missing person is Tamika Howard, a 37-year-old who disappeared from Newark, New Jersey on May 25, 2008. She had a high-risk lifestyle, with a drug problem, an arrest record and a history of prostitution. Perhaps because of this, her mom didn’t report her missing for three months.

It’s possible Tamika simply moved on, as there were reported sightings of her plying her trade at Penn Station in New York City after her disappearance. But I wonder if she’s still alive; it seems unlikely that someone with her history could have avoided law enforcement attention for over a decade.