Missing children I’d really like to know more about

LaMoine Jordan Allen and his cousin Kreneice Marie Jones: You’d think I’d find SOMETHING about a pair of apparently kidnapped toddlers, but nope.

Marc James-Warren Allen. Everyone remembers Johnny Gosch and some people remember Eugene Martin, but there was a third boy who disappeared from Des Moines in the 1980s and no one seems to care.

Steven Anderson and David Williams: Two mentally retarded boys vanish off from the face of the earth and nobody seems to know a thing. From what little I know, I’d be looking hard at that school. It’s still in existence, but now called the New Lisbon Developmental Center.

Jeanine Camille Barnwell: “Last seen by her mother.” And what on earth does THAT mean?

Robert James Bowling: a three-month-old who disappeared with his eighteen-month-old sister, but she was found later. Alive? Well? Injured? Dead? I don’t know. Were the parents involved? I have no idea.

Andrew Lee Brown: There may actually be information available about his disappearance, but his name works against him here. Googling “Andrew Lee Brown missing” turns up 170,000 results; on Newslibrary I get 7,734 articles, none of which appear to be about the right Andrew.

Jennifer Anne Douglas: I once had an NCMEC contact (she has since vanished) and I actually asked her about this case, but she said the NCMEC doesn’t really know any more than what’s on her poster.

Jose Henriquez-Diaz: What’s going on here? I have nothing. I thought at first it might be one of those “disappeared during an illegal border crossing and probably died of exposure in the desert” cases, but Sells is actually quite a distance from the Mexican border.

Maria De Los Angeles Martinez: This case looks solvable. Were they able to identify the man Maria went away with? Why is there no AP of her?

Kevin Lamont McClam: There’s actually a decent amount of info in this case, but the whole “walking down the street in broad daylight in his underwear like he did it every day” thing is just bizarre.

Lydia Ann Perkins: There must be SOME reason why she’s listed on the FBI kidnappings page, but I have minimal info on her disappearance. She’s one of quite a few teen girls who aren’t listed as runaways, but where there’s apparently little evidence one way or another in their cases.

Francillon Pierre: Got nada. Was he Haitian, I wonder? His name sounds like he was.

Donnis Marie Redman: One of the oldest cases profiled by the NCMEC, she’s been missing more than half a century. She’d be sixty-six years old next month.

Justin Richardson: This looks like it might be a lost/injured missing case — I mean, it is in the Grand Canyon after all, a place famous for luring unsuspecting tourists to their deaths — but those are rarely profiled on the NCMEC. In any case, my searches have turned up zilch in the way of additional info.

Amanda Rivera: Much like Lydia Perkins, this teen girl apparently vanished without a trace. Since missing teens are pretty much automatically classified as runaways, I think there must be some evidence that Amanda didn’t run away. But if there is, I haven’t found it.

Annette Deanne Sagers: This has the makings of a great mystery novel or even paranormal. A mother disappears. Her young child disappears from the exact same spot almost a year later, leaving a note saying mommy to get her. It looks like the police are about as WTF as I am about this.

Eric Sernando Salguero Franco: I’m guess this was a border-crossing case, since Nogales is right on the border, but I don’t know for sure and would like to. He’ll be missing for a year tomorrow.

Jaquilla Evonne Scales: Little girl vanishes from bed in the middle of the night — but the police seem to be focusing on the family rather than an abductor. Why this didn’t get more press I don’t know. Perhaps because she is black. Perhaps because this disappearance was just a week before 9-11.

Fannie Fawn Stuart and Jessie Flo Stuart: I wrote about these girls last month, when I first posted their cases on Charley. I’m still curious about the circumstances of their disappearance.

Sophia Summer Tennis: One-year-old baby, possibly with “two adult men and two adult women.” Relatives? Kidnappers? Was the child sold? I have no idea.

Mary Anne Wesolowski: This girl — thirteen but looking younger — has been missing an awfully long time, and I can’t find anything on her. I did once see some postings written by someone who claimed to be her brother, but he didn’t provide any more information on her disappearance.

Fred Wright: Another “vanished from the house in the middle of the night but there was zip about it in the news” kid.

I do not doubt that I will eventually find info for at least some of these cases. After all, only a year ago I knew frustratingly little about the Uden family, and now I know a decent amount. Patience, patience. Something will crop up.

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39 thoughts on “Missing children I’d really like to know more about

  1. Aimee May 15, 2009 / 4:34 pm

    I’m going to guess race played a factor in why there’s so little info about some of these cases, but I reckon you already know that and probably better than me.
    It is very strange that Marc JW Allen has so little info on him, when Gosch and Martin have so much. I know the Gosches made it a point to keep their son’s story alive, and since Martin was also a paper carrier I imagine some of John’s publicity rubbed off on him. But what about Allen?
    I do think that the Jones/Allen thing would have gotten more media coverage if it had happened today, even if much of it would have been of the “Why aren’t they getting more airplay?” kind of airplay.
    It crossed my mind at the time of Scales’s disappearance that she might have been overshadowed by 9/11, but I don’t really think so, since there was very little publicity of it between the time she vanished and the day of the bombings.
    Some of the cases, I’m betting it’s just that it occurred so long ago and a lot of newspapers don’t put all their archives up online. Porbably could find some more info on some of them by visiting/calling the towns where they happened and actually digging through files the old-fashioned way.

    • Meaghan May 15, 2009 / 4:45 pm

      It occurred to me after I wrote this entry to dig through Ancestry.com and see if I could come up with any info — not about the disappearances themselves, of course, but about missing people and their families. So far I think I’ve just wasted the $20 membership fee. The only thing I’ve found is a birth record for Donnis Redman. She was born in Los Angeles and her mother’s maiden name was Moris. You can order a copy of the birth certificate, but only if you know the full names of both parents, which I do not.

  2. Aimee May 15, 2009 / 5:29 pm

    I wonder if Redman’s case got any media play at the time, since, if I remember right, she was thought to gone off to get married.

  3. Donna May 16, 2009 / 7:46 pm

    I have wondered about the case concerning Donnis for years. She was last seen with her boyfriend, but whatever happened to him? Was he ever questioned? I agree that race plays a bigger role in some of these missing children cases than anyone really knows. What about the 5 Black Boys vanishing from Newark, NJ in 1968. I asked a friend of mine who lived in the area, and she had no idea what I was talking about. Hmmmmm. I read the info about a missing child , and often wonder why I had never even heard that child has been missing, usually for years before the public is made aware of it. Relatives, friends and neighbors need to be more vigilent and take note when a child vanishes.

  4. Aimee May 16, 2009 / 8:20 pm

    Today, what with so many different news media, websites, etc. a lot more cases of every description become known, if not well-known to the public. But still, if a non-white kid (or evena white kid of “low socioeconomic background”) goes missing, he or she will get much less airplay, and as I said, if he does make the news it’s likely to be more about “why this kid who’s gone missing isn’t getting the same media attention as Little Suzie Playgroup, who is white and lives in a gated development.”
    I remember when Alexis Patterson disappeared in Milwaukee. Elizabeth Smart and Danielle Van Dam had gotten tons of publicity, and though I certainly can’t say anything about her local news outlets’ coverage, the mention I ever saw of her in the national press was precisely one of those “Why is she not getting more of our attentnion” pieces.
    Waxing analytical here: those kind of pieces strike me as one of those things that cause a brief flash of “white guilt” or “privileged guilt” or something, without really sinking in and seriously distrubing your average reader/viewer’s conscience.
    And that, in turn, takes the focus away from trying to locate the missing subject and more toward things, which, all things considered, are not very helpful to the search effort.

  5. Karen May 16, 2009 / 10:20 pm

    Unsolved in the News has a reprint of an old article about Jessie Flo and Fannie Fawn Stuart. Apparently they disappeared with their mother. I wonder if Mary Elizabeth Stuart was ever found?

  6. forthelost May 17, 2009 / 5:25 pm

    And I see Justin Richardson has a myspace missing page. Have you contacted them?

    • Meaghan May 18, 2009 / 2:09 am

      Yeah, Gaelle sent it to me yesterday. It really just frustrates me even more — the tantalizing bits about him having “problems” and stuff. Runaway? Suicide? But I never cold-contact family members. I wait for them to come to me.

  7. Anthony May 18, 2009 / 1:25 pm

    The seven words “few details are available in (this) case” can be translated, “law enforcement dropped the ball on this one.”

    • forthelost May 18, 2009 / 1:34 pm

      Not always. Sometimes people literally just vanish and seem to leave no clues.

  8. Anthony May 18, 2009 / 1:54 pm

    A point well-taken, but the keyword here is “seem.”

    For whatever reason, it is too often the case that law enforcement fails to release information to the public which might assist in solving cases.

  9. T.T. May 18, 2009 / 6:09 pm

    I hope as well that more info comes up about these missing children (a personal saying I have is “Someday we’ll know. Someday.”, which I hold onto firmly, even in the case of Donnis Redman, who went missing when my own parents were little children).

    Similarly to the missing children, there are cases of missing adults with either little, no, or sketchy information about them. Such two cases are Daniel Ryan and Mamie Brown, both of whom went missing in 1998. Daniel, who’s now 35, went missing at the age I am now in the middle of the night in the Bronx. I wouldn’t be as worried as I have been if all of his belongings weren’t kept behind or that the bartender at the bar where he was last seen was not subsequently murdered two years later. You can’t help but wonder what, if anything, did he know. And Mamie, who’ll be 80 in November, went missing in the evening on her way to the pharmacy. One could speculate that since she was was wearing all black clothing, that someone may not have seen her and hit her and didn’t want the crime to be discovered or that she may have gotten lost if she didn’t know the way. I have to agree with the fact that race and other demographics have played a role in why these cases have not been heard of, particularly Mamie, who’s not even on NCMA. I just wish there was all the information in the world and exposure to help find these people. I don’t know them personally, but I would only hope if something were to happen to someone in my life, I’d want everything done to help them.

  10. emma l May 19, 2009 / 5:16 pm

    This post just depressed me beyond belief.

  11. Dan May 21, 2009 / 3:08 am

    Those are really sad cases.

    I would like to know more about the “The Clinton Avenue Five”

    Randy Johnson, 16, Michael McDowell, 16, Melvin Pittman, 17, Alvin Turner, 16, and Ernest Taylor, 17,

    They all were last seen together getting into a truck and they haven’t been seen since.

    These kind of cases just break your heart.

  12. Amy White January 18, 2010 / 12:50 pm

    I would like to know more about Heather Robinson, the daughter of Lisa Stasi- not about her life now, because she Ms. Robinson deserves her privacy, but about the circumstances surrounding her birth. It has been assumed that Lisa Stasi was killed by J E Robinson, but her remains have never been found. While I am convinced that Lisa Stasi was in fact tricked or forced into giving up her daughter, I am not convinced that she was killed right away. Also, I see many physical and circumstantial similarities between Lisa Stasi and an unidentified woman found in Arkansas in 1991.

  13. Sandy Bausch January 19, 2010 / 11:35 pm

    Donnis Marie Redman was also known as “Pinkie” by her family. Her boyfriend at the time, Michael James Griffin has not been found and because he was 18 at the time was not reported as “missing” by his family. Or law enforcement could not take it serious that he was missing and not just a run away off on his own some place.

    I have not been able to find any information on his car being found in Williams, AZ so far no newspaper reports of that nor of finding any unidentified male. Of course there was a finding of remains in the area near Flagstaff around that time, now known as Little Miss X who was once thought to be the remains of Connie Smith. We have not found where the remains of LMX are located in Flagstaff, the records they say are a mess or none existing.

    There has been some evidence found in police storage that is being tested for DNA, however because of the material has degraded it will take a longer time to extract the DNA. Meanwhile I still search for both information on LMX, Donnis Redman, Michael Griffin and Connie Smith.

    Anyone with thoughts, ideas or discussion on any of these please leave a message.

    Donnis and boyfriend were not married in Las Vegas or Reno that has been checked, at least not in either of those names.

  14. Candice August 13, 2010 / 7:43 pm

    I’d really like to know more about Bob Louis Boyes. I can’t find ANYTHING on him. The NCMEC gives nothing at the circumstances. I hate when I can’t find anything.

  15. Shir September 18, 2010 / 11:17 am

    In the Annette Sagers case it was the stepfather who found the note at the bus stop. He also notified police. It sounds a bit too coincidental that after his wife goes missing, his stepdaughter goes missing from the same exact spot and he is the one who finds the note the stepdaughter supposedly left there. Apparently no one else saw it there and no one saw anyone pick up Annette. It´s possible that the note was never actually “found” there. It´s also possible that Annette was said to have gone missing from the same spot as her mother to make it look like her mother took her. I wonder if the stepfather was properly investigated in Annette´s and her mother´s cases.

  16. Shir September 18, 2010 / 11:40 am

    Annette´s stepfather and the father of Korrina´s two sons, Steven Malinoski, was the last person to see Korrina. Steven told investigators that Korrina had gone for a drive between 11 and 11.30 at night. Nobody had seen her after that and her car was found parked and locked near the gated entrance to Mount Holly Plantation the next day. Her boss had begun to look for her and discovered her car. I have to wonder if Korrina ever left for a drive during the night. Apparently she was not seen by anyone else during the night than Steven Malinovski. The fact that he was also the one who found Annette´s note in the afternoon after so many people had waited there for bus, sounds suspicious to me. Why didn´t any of the other people at the bus stop see the note and why didn´t they see anyone pick up Annette? Annette was there at 7 a.m. and the note wasn´t found until that afternoon. She also had a dog with her, and if the dog didn´t bark, it was likely that whoever picked her up (if she was in fact picked up) knew her and the dog.

    • Meaghan September 18, 2010 / 11:45 am

      Interesting. What’s your source for all this?

      • ADH October 9, 2010 / 7:49 pm

        I wasn’t the one who posted that info but I do know where it is, type “annette sagers” in google search then click “news” then “archives” and you will see an article from 2002 which explains the parts about taking a drive and the boss looking for the vehicle.

        Btw there is more info on Patricia Action’s case in articles in the Google news archives too.

  17. Candice February 7, 2011 / 4:30 pm

    Just to point out; with some of these, you update the AP but not the age/time it was updated. Justin Richardson and Kreneice Marie Jones being the cases in question here. (Megan Ginevicz and Christopher Abeyta too)

  18. patti August 6, 2011 / 2:20 am

    you are so right i am totally annoyed. how can you help if everyone was last seen at home period !! i am confused & frustrated

  19. Sandy Bauscch December 17, 2011 / 3:34 pm

    Still waiting to hear about the Donnis Redman and Michael Griffin case, as far as I know there has been no movement with anything. I would also like to know more about the Little Miss X case, as some evidence has been discovered in Flagstaff, but DNA has not been undertaken yet. The discovery was more than two years ago! I know the crime labs are backup, and this being a sixty plus year old case there is no rush, or so it seems, but there are still family members waiting to resolve the not knowing of their loved ones.

  20. Sarah December 28, 2011 / 9:30 pm

    Re: Mary Anne Wesolowski:

    My mother was friends with her and only lived a short distance away. My mom claims that everyone was very “hush hush” about the whole thing and that she has also accused a family member just a week before of sexually abusing her. My mother thinks that detail is related to her case. She remembers very little mention of her disappearance in the newspapers and that people seemed to want to forget about it as soon as possible.

  21. rachel d June 1, 2012 / 7:57 pm

    i have been extensivly researching chiristopher abeyta’s disappearance and thats how i came across robert bowling i cant find any information on him or how his sister was located do you know any more on him or have a link?

  22. Tracy May 25, 2013 / 11:19 pm

    Annette Deanne Sagers case sounds like IMO, that daddy is responsible. The mother didn’t disappear and take only 1/3 of her kids.

  23. Christina Griffin Hull May 12, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    My children are related to Donnis. We refer to her as Pinky. Her cousin, John, is the grandfather of my children. I was married to his son, Jason for 10 years and am still close to their family. As the older generations of the family are passing away, I have come into possession of Pinky;s things. I have a box of letter and cards but nothing I have found has any relevance to her disappearance. There is a page of her scrapbook where she refers to the boyfriend she was last seen with but the card is missing. It is a complete coincidence that my maiden name is Griffin. It almost makes me want to find answers even more.

    • Justin May 14, 2014 / 5:55 pm

      I checked with the California Department of Justice about her boyfriend whom she went missing with whose name was Michael Lawrence Griffin. They said he is not in their system as a missing person. I need to contact the LASD and see what the situation is with him

    • Carole La Counte October 20, 2014 / 5:25 pm

      Hi Christina Griffin Hull my name is Carole La Counte (maiden name White) I was friends with Pinky when we were kids. Her & her mom lived in our house with us for a while @ 410 Arcadia Dr. San Pedro which was torn down along time ago. My Aunt Pauline White used to know Michael Griffin one of his relatives used to go to the same church in San Pedro. I always wonder what happened to her. The last time i seen her she was 13. Her mother Marie passed away several years ago. I have some pictures of Pinky & me together. Was there anything about me in her scrapbook or her stuff ?

      • Shari Salem-Kizziar September 2, 2015 / 10:30 pm

        Hi Carole, How interesting that you knew Pnky! Could you elaborate on some of what you said? What was the reason Pinky and her mom lived with you for awhile? I have been unable to locate any old news articles about this at the time it happened. Was it just never reported due to everyone thinking they eloped or what? I would love to see the pictures.

      • Carole La Counte September 5, 2015 / 1:09 am

        Hi, 1st of all let me start by saying this Christina Griffin Hull (do you see her message above mine & Justin’s) She says all that stuff about how they knew her & were related & has her scrapbook & stuff well i have left her so many messages & never got a response so she is probably just lying about all that & i don’t know why maybe for attention who knows but anyway i really knew her & her family. We lived in a big house with maids quarters that were made into a little house & we had horses & all the rooms had fireplaces in them. It was a huge property but the way it has been torn down years ago (very sad) everyone loved that house. We had several relatives & people that would come live with us for whatever reason like my Aunt Pauline & Uncle Hal lived there we they 1st got married until they could find another place to live. Pinky & her Mother Marie lived there for about 4 or 5 years can’t remember exactly & also not sure the reason they lived there but Pinky was one of my best friends. I do know she had a Boyfriend named Michael Griffin & he worked at a grocery store called McGowan’s in San Pedro as that was where they lived in San Pedro. We heard rumors that they went to Arizona to get married. I’ve never heard from her since but i do have 2 pictures of us together in those old photo booths that takes pictures on a strip of 4 & i have one of us & some other friend of ours standing in our patio at that house but i don’t know how to get the pictures on here. I don’t see anywhere that you can attatch a photo. If you can help me with that i would be glad to post the pictures.

      • Carole La Counte September 5, 2015 / 11:18 pm

        I hope we can figure out how to get the pictures on her so far i only have 3 but i have more somewhere else i just don’t know where they are packed away at.

  24. Shir January 29, 2016 / 4:23 am

    Annette’s brother has given more information about her case in her Websleuths. He says Annette’s family had started proceedings to get her custody and custody hearing was supposed to be a few days after her disappearance. He also says Korrina and Steve fought frequently but he doesn’t think Steve was smart enough to pull this off since he was a drug addict. He has also posted several photos of Annette, Korrina and Thomas Steven Malinoski.

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