Thinking aloud about Winifred Long

I updated Winifred Long‘s case today with info I snagged from a newspaper archive. The new information is pretty significant, I think.

The only obvious theory that presents itself here is that her husband killed her. I’m not saying that because I believe it — I believe nothing. I only think it would just be the simplest explanation.

Yet there is a problem with that: Mr. Long (his first name was Alvin, btw) was a war veteran and lost both of his legs to a grenade blast. His arms and hands worked just fine, well enough for him to make a living as a carpenter, so he could still have killed his wife. But I don’t think it would have been possible for him to dispose of the body so thoroughly without help.

And who knows, it could very well have NOT been him at all. Over a million men get divorced per year; very few of those kill their wives. Perhaps Winifred met a random predator at the bus stop; perhaps he offered her a ride home in his car and that’s why she didn’t buy a ticket.

What I would REALLY like to know is this: did the police test-drive Winifred’s car? And if they did, did the car in fact have a faulty transmission?

MP of the week: Heather Riggio

This week’s featured missing person is Heather Marie Riggio, a 20-year-old woman missing from North Miami Beach, Florida since May 6, 2007 — nine years.

Heather had a troubled life prior to her disappearance; she was seeing a married man and she was involved with drugs, prostitution, and, far disturbingly, human trafficking. I don’t know whether that means she herself had been trafficked (that, forced into prostitution) or whether she merely associated with known traffickers, or even whether she actually was implicated in trafficking cases. In any case, not good. She has a criminal charge pending against her for felony drug possession.

I doubt this young woman is still alive. It seems like she would have resurfaced, or at least called home, if she could have.

Make-a-List Monday: Redheads

Red hair, says Wikipedia, occurs naturally in only one to two percent of the human population. I thought I’d do a list of the redheads on Charley.

This is a relatively long list. And…predominantly female. If I were to guess why that is, I’d say that probably a lot of them dyed their hair. Women color their hair more frequently than men. I excluded from the list people whom I knew for a fact had dyed their hair red, but I’m sure there are a lot of cases where I just don’t have that information. I also excluded people with ambiguously red hair — i.e. “blond/red” or “brown/red” etc.

When I’m writing up a casefile, in terms of hair and eyes, I will go by whatever colors my source says they are regardless of what the photo looks like. If my source doesn’t have that information, but I have a color photo, I will hazard a guess from the photograph as to hair color, but not to eye color unless it’s a super close up picture.  With Asians and African-Americans, absent evidence to the contrary, I assume their hair is black and their eyes, brown.

(Question: suppose a person dyes their hair some other natural hair color, and they disappear before any roots start showing, and then their body turns up — short of DNA testing, is there any way for the medical examiner or whomever to tell their hair was dyed?)

  1. Fawn Marlene Abell
  2. Rozlin Rochelle Abell
  3. Tammy Lynn Akers
  4. Elizabeth Ann Allen
  5. William Mark Alley
  6. Mary Corrine Amos
  7. Cora Andersen
  8. Michael Eugene Ashby
  9. Ericka Lynn Ballard
  10. Maria Guadalupe Barrientos
  11. Brooke Leonard Bennett
  12. Melissa J. Blevins
  13. Marylou Bostwick
  14. Helen Marie Voorhees Brach
  15. Bambi Luann Brantley
  16. David Glen Bratton
  17. Phyllis E. Brewer
  18. Christina Lee Byers
  19. Amanda Rae Carroll
  20. Merrian Lynn Carver
  21. Kawika David Benjamin Chetron
  22. Michael Tyler Clarke
  23. Edith Margaret Claver
  24. Terry Lynn Collier
  25. Patricia Alma Corbett
  26. Michele Luise Costantino
  27. Maud Crawford
  28. Joyce Gaines Crider
  29. Rebecca Ann Crist
  30. Lorena Cruz
  31. Joseph Wayne Daggett
  32. Kiplyn Davis
  33. Vali E. Davis
  34. Peggy Jo DeCoteau
  35. Nan Cecile Dixon
  36. Ruby Estelle Dorman
  37. Barry Keith Douglas
  38. Lynda Michelle Dunnavant
  39. Ann Marie Ellinwood
  40. Frances Collier Ewalt
  41. Elaine Joyce Fauver
  42. Daria Finn
  43. Robert Ray Fitzgerald
  44. Betty Jean Glovack Flurry
  45. Elizabeth Lea Franks
  46. Craig Allen Frear
  47. Mary Carol Hill Fredrick
  48. Lora Ann Gabbert
  49. Joanne Gladys Garr
  50. Michelle Renee Giusti
  51. Josefina Mojica Gonzales
  52. Steven Michael Gonzales
  53. Michael Shane Gordon
  54. Ann Gotlib
  55. Delores Raye Jones Griffin
  56. Michael Lawrence Griffin
  57. Ylva Annika Hagner
  58. Crystal Gayle Hall
  59. Bettye Jo Hart
  60. Kathy Sue Haskell
  61. Bryan Andrew Hayes
  62. Charlotte Heimann
  63. Mark Joseph Himebaugh
  64. Richard Dale Hitchcock
  65. William Hoag
  66. Michael John Hodge
  67. Margaret Kay Holst
  68. Jacquelyn Renee Hopper
  69. Stephanie Hunsberger
  70. Joanne Gaye Illerich
  71. Maurice Laron Jefferson
  72. Robin Lynn Jobson
  73. Curtis William Jones Jr.
  74. Ann Marie Kelley
  75. Bonnie Rae Kelly
  76. Joyce Lee Kennedy
  77. Margaret Mary Kilcoyne
  78. Maria Socorro Kimbrell
  79. Neal Forrest King
  80. Karen Margaret Kincaid
  81. Tracy Anne King
  82. Robert Lewis Kuhlman
  83. Kristine Kupka
  84. Karen Sue Laird
  85. Elizabeth Dawn Land
  86. John Francis Lango
  87. Deborah E. Larkin
  88. Bryce David Laspisa
  89. Heather Janelle Lewis
  90. Diana Renee Loewen
  91. Gordon Bethel Lopez
  92. Charles Franklin Lowell
  93. Lara Antonya Lykiardopoulos
  94. Penelope M. Madanat
  95. Anna Lee Manning
  96. Hilda Marcum
  97. Jim Craig Martin
  98. Eryn Beth McClary
  99. Teresa Darlene McCullen
  100. Thomas Leon McFarlin
  101. Andrew Memmelaar
  102. Patrick D. Merrill
  103. Dawn Mohn
  104. Michael Lee Montelongo
  105. Katrina Montgomery
  106. Westley Allen Moore
  107. Timothy Douglas Moreau
  108. Stacey Jane Morrison
  109. Fred Charles Moseley
  110. Rodger Keith Mosley
  111. Alexander Sol Olive
  112. Pamela Jane Page
  113. Tammy Sue Lynn Passineau
  114. Kirk Passmore
  115. Danyel Pauley
  116. Kenneth Brent Patterson
  117. Margaret M. Patterson
  118. William Dean Ponder
  119. Jennifer Fay Powers
  120. David Ceinon Rees
  121. Michael Alexander Reyes
  122. Richard Dean Roberts
  123. Barry Vincent Rodden
  124. Jesse Warren Ross
  125. Hannah Jane Rowell
  126. Michelle Lee Rust
  127. Janis Kay Sanders
  128. Cheryl Ann Scherer
  129. Patricia Ann Schmidt
  130. Lynn Louise Schuller
  131. Thomas Seibold
  132. Lisa Marie Sexton
  133. Agnes C. Shoe
  134. Irene Silverman
  135. Jack Jason Simmons Jr.
  136. Bennie Joe Smith II
  137. Chad Howard Smith
  138. Linda Sohus
  139. Laurie Louise Steiner
  140. Kimberly Lynn Stoner
  141. Fannie Fawn Stuart
  142. Katrina Dawn Sweaney
  143. Patricia Lynn Taylor
  144. Mary Kathleen Thill
  145. Laura Lynn Thompson
  146. Loretta L. Tinkham
  147. Sandra Kay Travis
  148. Rebecca Ann Triska
  149. Josephine Monique Vargas
  150. Denise Abigail Vasseur
  151. Dawn Marie Viens
  152. Paula Janet Waid
  153. Lisa Marie Wallace
  154. Marilyn Denice Waltz
  155. Brianna Christine Warnes
  156. Linda Darlene Holder Watts
  157. Judy Weemes
  158. Lewis Barrett Welch Jr.
  159. Rose Mary West
  160. Esther Lucille Westenbarger
  161. Terry Lee Westerfield
  162. Christina Maxine Whittaker
  163. Dorothy Williams
  164. Tina Raye Wilson
  165. Jana Mann Witt
  166. Virginia Lynne Wood
  167. April Rose Zane

A few tiny updates, and a bit of thinking aloud

Sheldon Boyd has a new picture, as does Nicole Evelyn Silvers, and Shaliegh Sharrie Phillips has an updated AP, and Jesse Yancey‘s date of disappearance has been corrected; it had said May 31 but NamUs says it was actually May 28. I’ve also corrected his race; I had said he was white but NamUs says he’s Native American.

Now…is it just me or does Nicole Silvers’s disappearance look kind of suspicious? She was sixteen and the police claimed she was an emancipated minor. To quote this legal site:

A minor who is “emancipated” assumes most adult responsibilities before reaching the age of majority (usually 18). Emancipated minors are no longer considered to be under the care and control of parents — instead, they take responsibility for their own care… If a young person under the age of majority is emancipated, the parent or guardian no longer has any say over the minor’s life. An emancipated minor can keep earnings from a job, decide where to live, make his or her own medical decisions, and more.

In other words, if she was emancipated, Nicole did not need to run away.

There’s a bit of a rub, though — I saw a post on Websleuths from someone who said “According to her parents, Nicole was NOT emancipated.”

I don’t know what means — if she wasn’t emancipated why would the police claim she was? Was she in the process of getting emancipated? Or was it just a completely incorrect statement from the cops/media? I don’t know and I wish someone who does could get in touch with me. I haven’t said anything in Nicole’s profile about the disputed info because “info shared by police to the media” trumps “second-hand statement posted on Websleuths” in my mind.

Select It Sunday: Roger John Ellison

Selected by Michael W.: Roger Ellison, a seventeen-year-old senior who vanished from Cedaredge, Colorado on February 10, 1981. (I should have done this last Sunday. My apologies.)

Although many kids disappear en route to or from school, it seems very few of them actually disappear on the school campus itself. Roger did: he definitely made it to school that day, and was sighted putting stuff in his locker in the morning, but never attended class.

His case is classified as a non-family abduction and police believe he was killed shortly after he went missing. And there is someone the cops have in mind, a person of interest.

An unusual MWAB case

Here’s another murder-without-a-body case which I am, alas, unable to add to Charley due to lack of a photo of the victim.

I was randomly surfing MP sections of police department sites and noted Eli Sharclane listed with the Juneau, Alaska PD. Missing since 1977, a few weeks before his 20th birthday. Clothing description but no picture. I’d seen him on the Juneau PD’s website before, but this time I decided to Google him.

Well, it turns out he got thrown off a bridge on the night of his disappearance. This legal document tells all. The thrower, Peter Castillo, was charged with second-degree murder. He was acquitted of that, but convicted of ATTEMPTED murder.

This makes no sense to me: Sharclane apparently could not swim, he was drunk, and he got thrown 49 feet down to the river late at night. I looked up the temperatures in Juneau in 1977 and wasn’t surprised to learn that it’s cold there at night in late September. Sharclane, if he did not drown and he was not killed outright by the impact, would undoubtedly have frozen to death.

I did a look on Newspapers.com and found a Fairbanks Daily News-Miner article from 1959 that mentions Eli; it’s headlined “Two Infants Die in Flu Epidemic” and says eight babies, among them 15-month-old Eli Sharclane and his 1-month-old sister Donna, remained hospitalized. No articles about Castillo’s trial, though. I found Eli’s father’s obituary on Google; he died in 2003.

Eli’s listed on NamUs, btw, but the image provided is clearly not a picture of the victim.

I don’t know 100% what happened to Peter Castillo, but common sense would suggest he’s out of prison by now, and a records check turned up a 57-year-old by that name living in Juneau today.

My only hope is that someday Eli’s relatives will put up a Find a Grave notice for him with a photo. Just today I put up some pics on an MP I found on Find a Grave.