MP of the week: Angelia Hilbert

This week’s featured missing person is Angelia Spaulding Hilbert, a 22-year-old woman who disappeared after leaving work in Louisville, Kentucky on June 3, 1989. She was supposed to follow her parents (her in her car, them in theirs) to Owensboro, where they were moving, but never arrived there. I’m not sure at what point she became separated from her parents, but she was last seen in the area of Dry Ridge Road at about midnight.

For some reason she wasn’t reported missing until June 16; I don’t know if the police refused to accept a report before then, or what. On June 26, her car was found abandoned in a nightclub parking lot.

Some distinguishing info about Hilbert: she has a surgical scar on her back where she had metal rod inserted in her spine to correct scoliosis. Probably that rod has a unique serial number; medical devices of that kind usually do. She was pregnant at the time of her disappearance but I’m not sure how far along.

If still alive, Angelia would be in her mid-fifties today.

(Sorry forgot to put this up yesterday.)

The Charley Project at CrimeCon

So Michael and I arrived home from CrimeCon late Sunday night and immediately went to bed. Yesterday I basically spent all day recovering from the weekend; it was a thrilling but EXHAUSTING weekend. Today I had some appointments and so had to drive to those (an hour to and from) and also trying (successfully) to catch up on Charley Project social media and (unsuccessfully) trying to catch up on the emails. Tomorrow I plan to sit down and slam updates in.

So! CrimeCon. I’m so glad my wonderful husband joined me on this trip; in addition to being my emotional support human in the airport, he proved indispensable at the event itself. He came up with the ideas for most of the booth materials. We had:

  • A banner
  • A cardboard trifold display board from Dollar Tree with:
    • Materials about the Charley Project
    • An “about Meaghan” page
    • Some sample cases from the Austin area
    • A sign saying we were both vaccinated but would mask up on request
  • Free Charley Project merch:
    • Stickers saying “The Charley Project” in the same font/colors as on the logo on the site itself
    • Rubber wristbands in various colors saying “Charley Project” with the site URL
    • Business cards which you’ve seen on this blog before
  • Three binders to leaf through, with printouts in clear plastic sleeves:
    • “Our Story” with info about the Charley Project and its “employees” (aka me, our cats and the dog)
    • “Charley Project Cold Case Sample Book”; I tried to select a cross-section of the database
    • “Resolved Case Sample Book”; again, I tried to select a variety of resolved cases

Mom had been under the impression that we were going on a vacation or something, and was texting me being all like “So are you going to visit the Alamo?” And I was like “lol no.” In fact I don’t think either Michael or I ever left the hotel the entire time we were there. (Fortunately it was a super snazzy hotel.) We were far too busy.

So we set up the booth right after we arrived, and we hadn’t even finished setting it up when I was approached by a woman whose sister is on Charley; she wanted to thank me. Throughout the weekend Michael manned the booth, telling people about the Charley Project and offering our wares. I went back and forth between manning the booth and mingling, talking to people at the other booths and to CrimeCon guests and speakers.

As for the other presentations that were given at CrimeCon, though I had been interested in attending some of them, I went to exactly none of them. I spent all the time meeting people and talking to them about Charley and about the work the other people were doing.

I met loads of people, some of whom knew about the Charley Project, some of whom didn’t. I met quite a few people whose relatives were on my site. And our booth was situated right next to Gina DeJesus’s booth; the Cleveland kidnap survivor (who survived a carjacking also, just last month) has started her own organization, the Cleveland Family Center for Missing Children and Adults, to assist families of missing persons. I didn’t see much of Gina herself but did speak for awhile to her cousin and I think her aunt also.

While I was at CrimeCon, another speaker informed me that Sally Ann Hines, whose body was recently identified, was identified by someone who saw her on the Charley Project and recognized her as the woman in the composite sketch of the woman whose head was found in a bag in a Louisiana swamp. Someone had even written an article about how the Charley Project had helped with the identification, but no one told ME about it… until CrimeCon!

At one point, Nancy Grace walked up to my booth and basically told me she used the Charley Project as a source a lot, was very impressed by my work and wants me to call her producer to make arrangements to be on her show. And then she wrote down the producer’s number and walked back to her own booth leaving me slightly stunned in her wake. Like “did that really just happen?”

(She doesn’t look at all like she does on TV; without all that makeup and what have you, she looks like an ordinary sixty-something woman. She was also much nicer in person than on TV. I suppose that whole Judge Judy like persona is just that, a persona.)

Despite making sure to get plenty of sleep on Thursday night and Friday night, by Saturday evening I was dead on my feet, and my presentation was first on the lineup for the next morning. Not wanting to make a complete disaster of the presentation, I wound up going to bed, without any dinner, at 7:00 p.m. Saturday. I didn’t wake up again till 7:00 a.m. We had to be checked out of the hotel by 11:00 a.m. and at the airport to catch our flight home by as soon as possible after that, so we were packing up and I was trying to make myself look good for my 9:00 a.m. presentation.

I had feared I would get tongue-tied and forget everything I was supposed to say, but fortunately the presentation went awesome!

I’m not sure how many people attended because there were all these bright lights on the stage and the audience was in darkness and I couldn’t really see anyone beyond the first row, but I know over 170 people had pre-registered. And basically I told everyone about who I was, and what the Charley Project was, and brought up a few cases from it that touched my heart (Peter Kema and Garnell Moore), and brought up several examples of cases that had been solved as a direct result of the Charley Project. (And I forgot to mention Sally Hines among the examples. Phooey. She wasn’t in the PowerPoint I made in advance for the presentation, cause, well, I didn’t know about her at the time.) My presentation got loads of applause and some people have told me it was the best one they saw at CrimeCon!

I am so happy I went. I met so many awesome people and had a great opportunity to share with others about how the Charley Project can help solve cases.

Now I suppose I need to call Nancy Grace’s producer. Her TV persona isn’t what I would choose for myself, but being on her show could really be a great opportunity to further get the word out there.

MP of the week: Kristian Justice

This week’s featured missing person is Kristian Dejuan Justice, age 7 months, who disappeared with his six-year-old half-sister, Kaylah Neveah Hunter, from Detroit, Michigan on May 24, 2014.

Kristian’s father is Erin Maurice Justice. (Kaylah has a different father.) Erin had been married to the children’s mother, Alicia Marie Fox, for only four months when the couple separated and Alicia moved out with both kids. June 6, nearly two weeks after the children were last seen, Kaylah missed her kindergarten graduation ceremony and their family reported Alicia, Kaylah and Kristian missing. On June 9, Alicia’s body was found in the basement of a vacant home in Detroit.

Erin was subsequently arrested in Atlanta and charged with murder in Alicia’s case. He had left town on May 29. Although Erin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 45 to 80 years, he never revealed what happened to the children.

Authorities can only hope that Kristian and Kaylah are still alive. There has been no indication of their whereabouts since 2014.

Off to CrimeCon tomorrow

Michael and I are packed and ready to head off to the airport at the crack of dawn tomorrow (at least it feels that way). We will have a layover in Dallas then will arrive in Austin at 1:37 pm.

We’ve set up a display board for our booth. One of those cardboard trifold things covered in taped-on printouts. Unfortunately it is like 1.5 inches too wide for my suitcase. I’m really hoping they let me take it on the plane but if they don’t, we are bringing extra copies of the print-outs and will buy another board in Austin.

The TV network Oxygen is sponsoring CrimeCon. They interviewed me via Zoom yesterday. I think they’re interviewing all the speakers.

I hope all goes well. I think it will. And if things start to go sideways Michael can help me. We are staying at the hotel where the conference is being held.

We’ve already dropped the dog off at his parents’ house for the weekend and I already miss her. But Michael’s parents love Kinsey and will take good care of her and make sure she eats her special treats for her joints.

I’ll let y’all know how it goes.

Happy Memorial Day to all the people who have lost someone

Happy Memorial Day, everyone. I hope y’all had a good holiday and a safe one. Since Memorial Day was created to honor the nation’s veterans, especially the ones who were killed in action, I thought I’d make a list of military veterans who are on the Charley Project. Haven’t done a list in awhile. Service-related mental trauma has indirectly caused a lot of disappearances.

I put the branch, if known, in parentheses after the name. I doubt these are ALL the veterans on Charley but these are all the ones I know about.

  1. Debra Ann Allen (Navy)
  2. Larry Joe Ardley (Navy)
  3. Paul Philip Batson (Navy)
  4. Richard Gerald Bayne (unspecified)
  5. Ricky Lynn Benton (unspecified)
  6. Alvin Lamont Breed (Navy)
  7. Jesse Breedwolf (unspecified)
  8. William Brennan (unspecified)
  9. Jason Alen Brice (Army)
  10. Hattie Gertrude Brown (Army)
  11. Walter Lee Brown (unspecified)
  12. Jeffery Allen Burchett (Marines)
  13. Patrick Francis Carnes (unspecified)
  14. Walter Chambers Jr. (Army)
  15. Daniel Gerard Chervenka Jr. (Navy)
  16. John Darwin Chesley (unspecified)
  17. John Edward Christoph (Navy)
  18. Lawrence Scott Colton (unspecified)
  19. Patrick Michael Combs (Air Force)
  20. Donald Joseph Connell (Marines)
  21. Christopher Lee Cook (unspecified)
  22. Willie Cooper (Army)
  23. Jeffery Roosevelt Crider (Navy)
  24. Antonio Andrade Cruz (Army)
  25. Charles Christopher Dart (unspecified)
  26. Crist Nelson Dauberman Sr. (unspecified)
  27. Bobby Davidson (Navy)
  28. Darion Maurice Dawkins (Navy)
  29. Steven Wayne Dean (Army)
  30. David L. Decker (Marines)
  31. Arthur P. Deering (Marines)
  32. Lance Austin Martin Doan (Army)
  33. David Charles Dodge (Navy)
  34. Randy Stewart Doran (Marines)
  35. Lloyd Edward Downey (unspecified)
  36. Duwane Roy Dreher (Navy)
  37. Charles Ellsworth Duke (Army)
  38. Walter Dunson (unspecified)
  39. Michael Elkinton (unspecified)
  40. Ernest Newell Ellison (unspecified)
  41. William Michael Ewasko (Army)
  42. Ronald Leonard Farrell (Air Force)
  43. Jack Fisher (Army)
  44. Charles R. Fletcher (Army)
  45. Lander Stanhope Freeman (unspecified)
  46. Ryan Patrick Gaddy (Air Force)
  47. Troy Robert Galloway (Marines)
  48. Randolph Robert Hamm (Marines)
  49. Richard Burks Hart (unspecified)
  50. Richard Harvell (unspecified)
  51. Lisa Michelle Hatchell (Army)
  52. David Karl Heitman (Marines)
  53. Robert David Helphrey (unspecified)
  54. John T. Humphrey (unspecified)
  55. Brenda Maria Jackson (unspecified)
  56. Moise Shadrack James III (Army)
  57. William Joseph Jamison (Army)
  58. Clarence Earl Jenkins (Army)
  59. Joseph Leon Johnson (Army)
  60. Ronald Lee Johnson (unspecified)
  61. Wilford Ray Johnson (Navy)
  62. Sidney Edward Johnston (Navy)
  63. Timothy Lee Keays (unspecified)
  64. Bonnie Rae Kelly (unspecified)
  65. Charles Ray Koller Sr. (Navy)
  66. Earl Kuhl (unspecified)
  67. James Charles Layne (unspecified)
  68. James Bernard Liedtka (Army)
  69. Peter G. Lorang (Marines)
  70. Randolph Duane Lovette (unspecified)
  71. Michael Pierce Madden (unspecified)
  72. Eddie Matthew Martin Sr. (Army)
  73. Harold Elmer Martin (unspecified)
  74. Sharon Ann Martin (Air Force)
  75. Alvin Edwin Matlock (Army)
  76. Christopher M. Milfort (Army)
  77. Kenneth Earl Mohler (Army)
  78. John Joseph Moore (unspecified)
  79. Jason Taylor Moorer (Air Force)
  80. James Dolan Morse (unspecified)
  81. Andrew Lee Muns (Navy)
  82. Gerald Myers (Army)
  83. Richard Neria (unspecified)
  84. Thomas Joseph Nigro (Army)
  85. Alma Louise O’Con (unspecified)
  86. Franklin Jay Osgood Sr. (Air Force)
  87. Marion George Perry (unspecified)
  88. David Robert Person (unspecified)
  89. Demakia Ann Phinizee (Army)
  90. Kenneth Michael Plaisted (Navy)
  91. Gerald Steven Polk (unspecified)
  92. Matthew Robert Potts (Army)
  93. James Floyd Powell (unspecified)
  94. Floyd L. Price (unspecified)
  95. Charles Anthony Radice (unspecified)
  96. Daniel Lee Reich (unspecified)
  97. Cory J. Rhinehart (Army)
  98. Beth Ann Ricketts (unspecified)
  99. Marcus Andrapolis Robinson (Army)
  100. Edwin Clark Rogers (unspecified)
  101. Christopher Domingo Saquic (Navy)
  102. Harold William Schroetter (Navy)
  103. Edward Robert Sekelsky (unspecified)
  104. Gertrude Vreeland Tompkins Silver (Army)
  105. Brandyn Simmons (unspecified)
  106. Ernest Stanley Slavik (Marines)
  107. Jerry Smith (unspecified)
  108. Herlinda Ann Soto (Army)
  109. John Smith South Jr. (unspecified)
  110. John Michael Spira (Army)
  111. Jason Matthew Spraggins (Coast Guard)
  112. A.W. Steed (unspecified)
  113. Ronelle Stephens (unspecified)
  114. Keith Harold Stompro (Army)
  115. Patrick Kevin Taylor (unspecified)
  116. Wade D. Taylor (Marines)
  117. Leo Paul Trabert (Army)
  118. Richard Earl Trimble (unspecified)
  119. Charles Albert Ulrich (Navy)
  120. Jeremy Michael Van Meter (Navy)
  121. Joseph Weber IV (Army)
  122. Jacob Wesley Webster (unspecified)
  123. John Albert Weichelt (unspecified)
  124. Cloudia Leslie Wells (unspecified)
  125. Ian Kirk Willcoxon (Navy)
  126. Charles D. Wilson (unspecified)
  127. Daniel Elton Windley (Navy)

I hope everyone is well. I am pretty excited about CrimeCon and am getting ready for it. The dog will stay with Michael’s parents while we’re gone. The cats can have the house to themselves for a weekend. The dog had a half-birthday party (in case she doesn’t make it to her 17th birthday in November, I mean she seems fine but let’s be realistic here) that coincided with the Memorial Day barbecue. We invited our friends and their dogs. The birthday girl ate two-thirds of a steak, one and a half hot dogs, half a hamburger, and some doggy ice cream.

MP of the week: Rosemary Day

This week’s featured missing person is Rosemary Rivas Day, a 27-year-old woman who disappeared from Jacksonville, Florida on May 21, 2011 — ten years ago this week. She was last seen at her apartment in her car, which was found abandoned two months later.

It’s not clear what happened here. According to her dad, Rosemary was in an abusive relationship and was afraid. However, she also suffered from depression and is classified as disabled (whether from the depression or from something else, I’m not sure). When her car was located the police found “unspecified information” inside which could indicate her whereabouts; however, nothing turned up and it’s been two years.

Rosemary is of mixed white and Asian (Filipino) descent with very long, thick brown hair, glasses and small scars on her arms. She was 27 when she was last seen and, if still alive, would be 37 today. Her birthday is just the day after mine.

Going to CrimeCon

I am happy to announce (and I’ve been wanting to announce this happy news for ages now) that in June I am going to CrimeCon in Austin, Texas! I am one of the speakers. My speaking time is Sunday, June 6 at 9:00 but I will be around on the other days too; Michael is coming with me and we’re going to set up an information booth and meet people and stuff.

I had always wanted to go to CrimeCon since I first heard of it, but I could never afford to go before, and last year’s event was canceled cause pandemic. This year, because I’m a speaker, it doesn’t cost me anything to attend.

I am sure I will have a blast and meet lots of cool people. Maybe some of them will be you guys.

MP of the week: Ira Yallup

This week’s featured missing person is Ira Kennedy Yallup Sr., who disappeared from the Lone Pine fishing site on the Columbia River near The Dalles, Oregon on May 20, 2010. He was 47 years old at the time and would be 57 or 58 today, if still alive.

Because Yallup was last seen at a “fishing site” I initially assumed he probably drowned and listed him in the Lost/Injured Missing person category. However, when I decided to make him MP of the week I thought I’d look up more info on the site and discovered more than just fishing happens there: people actually live there, some year-round, some just during the fishing season, which lasts from spring to fall.

Although one resident described Lone Pine as a “close-knit community” in this article, the residents of the site live in some pretty bad conditions as this 2021 article makes clear:

At Lone Pine, blankets and boards cover broken windows on trailers and campers, some of which don’t even have doors. There is only one bathroom and two outdoor water spigots. One picnic shelter has been walled off and is being lived in, but two other picnic shelters have burned down. There is no fire hydrant at this encampment, and only one rutted lane, in and out.

It’s an extremely sad story involving the Columbia River dam and a bunch of broken promises to the Native Americans whose original villages and fishing sites were drowned when the dam was built.

Ira Yallup’s case is one of those “few details are available” ones and I don’t know if he was a year-round inhabitant of Lone Pine, was just there for the fishing season, or was visiting or what. Perhaps he drowned, or perhaps something else happened to him. I really can’t say.