Missing girls in Cleveland

A short awhile ago, the FBI profiled the disappearance of Ashley Summers on its website. I wondered why they had done so, since she was listed as a runaway. Now I know: according to this article, the police think Ashley’s disappearance may be linked with Amanda Berry and Georgina DeJesus. Amanda and Georgina are also profiled on the FBI kidnappings page.

All three girls disappeared from the same vicinity in Cleveland. They were all in their teens; Ashley and Georgina were 14, and Amanda was almost 17. Right now the cops are thinking one or more of the girls might have been forced into prostitution. I guess that’s slightly less horrible than the alternative that a serial killer is operating in Cleveland.

Or perhaps the disappearances are unrelated. Perhaps Ashley (who definitely did run away, though what happened to her afterwards is anyone’s guess) is hiding out somewhere and simply doesn’t want to get in touch with her family and friends. I certainly hope so. I don’t have a lot of optimism for the other two, though.

Katherine May Wilson’s killer sentenced

Barry Vincent Manion, the killer of Katherine May Wilson, whom I referenced in this post, has pleaded guilty. He’s been sentenced to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in ten years, but he is 61 years old now and perhaps he will be dead by then.

Manion made a full confession, saying he strangled Katherine after he wanted to have sex with her and she resisted and ran away. He’s lead police to a place where he says he disposed of the body, but due to inclement weather they haven’t begun searching yet. They may not find it. After thirty-eight years there may be very little left to find. But at least Manion’s going to prison, and Katherine’s family can have a little closure.