Catching up

After much strenuous effort I am just about caught up on all the backlog that accumulated over the last two months while I was post-traumatically stressed. I now have less than thirty cases to my “to add” folder, down from over sixty. And about the same amount of cases in my “to update” folder. Yay!

Not that this is any time to relax, though. I know if I turn my back for five minutes I’ll wind up with 350983409 cases waiting to post again.

In other news, I am writing a play. It’s an adaptation of a book, meaning I don’t have to think up (most) of the stuff on my own, but it’s still a demanding project, more difficult than I had anticipated. I don’t have much hope of seeing it performed anywhere, but it’s a good exercise anyway.

NCMA rescued?

A lot of my readers are aware that the National Center for Missing Adults has been facing severe financial problems for the past three years, through no fault of their own. What I understand happened is this: The federal government asked NCMA to help find people scattered by Hurricane Katrina. NCMA guessed it would take $50,000 to do this, so this is what the government gave them. In fact, the project (which was a great success by the way) cost loads more than that, but the feds refused to give NCMA any more money, so they’ve been in the red ever since.

NCMA has been appealing for the federal government to pass a law that would fund them the way it funds the NCMEC. They only wanted about a million dollars, in comparison to the NCMEC’s $40 million. But what with the economy as it is now and everyone trying to cut on domestic spending, it just wasn’t happening. NCMA would have shut down long ago if it weren’t for the dedication of their founder, Kym Pasqualini, who sold her own property and stuff to keep the organization afloat. It’s a real shame, too, because NCMA provides an excellent and irreplaceable service to missing adults and their families.

However, it looks like a solution has been found. NCMA is going to merge with another missing person organization, Let’s Bring Them Home. They’re scheduled to re-launch on October 10. (Just in time for the Charley Project’s fifth birthday on October 12!) According to the article, “The merger, effective immediately, will allow NCMA financial stability for the first time since 2006… Employees at both former organizations will be retained.”

I hope this merger turns out to be as good as it sounds and NCMA can get back on its feet and expand its valuable services.

Clark Handa Article

There’s an article about Clark Handa, who was abducted for ransom twenty-five years ago and never seen again. I’m really glad to see the article, as I really didn’t have a lot of information about Clark’s disappearance. His family hadn’t talked to the media before this.

As the article notes, the crime is “bizarre.” Offhand I can’t think of any ransom abductions of children in the United States past 1950 or so, besides Clark’s. It occurs very frequently down in Mexico — in fact, kidnapping is a huge and growing problem there — but almost never in the United States. I have to wonder if the ransom note wasn’t a ruse, a la Jon Benet Ramsey.

Article about Monica Carrasco

I found this article about sixteen-year-old Monica Carrasco, who’s been missing nearly six years now. The article doesn’t really say much but at least it gets her name back in the news again.

Monica was an absolutely gorgeous girl; in her pictures she looks like a model. It’s not really clear what happened to her. She had recently been released from the hospital where she was treated for depression and anorexia, and she was mad at her mom for some reason so she went to live with her aunt and uncle. She got up and left the house in the middle of the night, wearing only her nightgown, and never came back. Some theorize her medications caused her to become disoriented and that’s why she wandered off, but if so, what happened to her after that? I’m a little surprised her case did not get more publicity than it did, given the mysterious circumstances and Monica’s good looks.

I think she must be dead. Who runs away in only a nightgown?