Back in the saddle again

I am quite happy to have returned to my usual updating. I had a lot to catch up on! These last few days I’ve been suffering from really bad hay fever and have just sat in bed, working on the computer. Yesterday I felt horrible and didn’t get out of bed most of the day except to go to the bathroom. I missed class. I ached all over and my nose was running like a faucet and there were no allergy meds in the house. Finally in the evening I dragged my carcass next door to my minister neighbor friend, and she gave me some Claritin that helped a little. I feel somewhat better today, but still snuffly.

Anyvague, highlights of the recent updates:

Nadia Dabbagh has made contact with her mom. This adorable little two-year-old was kidnapped by her father in 1990. He took her to Syria, dumped her with relatives, and went to Saudi Arabia. Nadia’s mother, Maureen, launched on an active and vocal campaign to have Nadia returned to her, but the Syrian government mostly refused to cooperate. Frankly, I didn’t think she’d ever see Nadia again. Well, Maureen emailed me last night to say Nadia, who is now 20, had gotten in touch with her. I don’t know any details, but I am so happy for them. Hopefully Nadia can return to the US and get to know her mother again.

Sherry Sellers, a 50-year-old who disappeared from Tuscaloosa, Alabama last January, has been found in the trunk of her own car. She left a suicide note when she disappeared, and the police concentrated their searches on nearby rivers because Sherry had earlier said if she killed herself, she’d do it by drowning. Sherry’s car was parked in the garage and they checked it, but didn’t find anything of interest and didn’t notice any smell. She had locked herself in the trunk with the only set of keys, so they couldn’t get the trunk open and for some reason they didn’t bother to call a locksmith or anything. Finally her family did, and they found the body. The police have apologized for their oversight.

A guy named Jason Gross has been charged with murdering Rochelle Battle, a sixteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Baltimore like March. Very little information has been released about the murder case. I don’t even have a picture of Gross. I did do a criminal record check on him and found out he’s got a record for all sorts of things, including sex assault.

The police have announced they think Haleigh Cummings was murdered and they have some suspects in her disappearance, whom they haven’t named yet. Odds are these suspects include Misty Croslin, her father’s girlfriend, and Joe Overstreet, Misty’s cousin. There’s an unconfirmed story that Overstreet went to the Cummings home that night looking for a gun to steal, couldn’t find it, and put a knife to Misty’s throat and kidnapped Haleigh instead. I don’t know why Overstreet would have done that, or why Misty wouldn’t have called the cops after he did. I don’t even know whether this story is true or not. But the cops searched a river for evidence and brought Misty (who’s in jail for drug charges) to the search site. They didn’t find anything though.

I just added the cases of Ronkeya Holmes and her daughter, Masaraha Ross. As the story goes, Ronkeya sent Masaraha to live with her father, Lester Ross. Later Ronkeya wanted her back, but was unable to even speak to Masaraha on the phone. Lester always claimed she was asleep or out. Ronkeya drove to Lester’s house to pick up Masaraha in early October last year and Lester promised to turn her over, then reneged. Ronkeya returned to her own home in Georgia and went to the police at that point. A few weeks later she went back to Florida to try again to pick up Masaraha. Then both of them disappeared, and Lester’s cousin was arrested driving Ronkeya’s car. Lester claims he met Ronkeya at a Wal-Mart and gave her their daughter and that was the last he saw of them, but the police looked at the Wal-Mart surveillance cameras and didn’t see any of them on there. So far the cops have been pretty quiet about this case, but it sounds very much like Lester did something to his daughter, then had to stop Ronkeya from finding out. I wonder when was the last time anyone besides Lester saw Masaraha before her reported disappearance.

14 thoughts on “Back in the saddle again

  1. Jaime April 27, 2010 / 9:45 pm

    I am so glad for Nadia Dabbagh mother. I hope their is a reunion for them in the future. I also hope that they find Haleigh Cummings even if she is now dead I hope that she doesn’t become one of the kids that remains forever lost.

  2. Jaime April 27, 2010 / 9:49 pm

    I am also wondering about Anthonette Cayedito’s profile you don’t mention the phone call placed to the police dept. about a year after she went missing. Unsolved Mysteries aired the part about the phone call in case you were wondering I never forgot that episode. I still wonder if she is still alive and especially after Jaycee Dugard’s recovery.

    • Danielle April 29, 2010 / 3:19 pm

      I saw that episode on Unsolved Mysteries and her mom said it was the girl on the phone b/c of the way the girl pronounced their last name.

    • Justin April 29, 2010 / 9:44 pm

      I wonder if anyone has compiled a list of missing children abducted by strangers who they believe has a better than average chance of still being alive and in captivity. I know it is almost impossible to determine, but I always thought that Anthonette Cayedito may have been it.

      I do think that several runaways were probably forced into prostitution and died anonymous deaths, but not too many abducted children. Some evil guy who just wanted his own personal sex slave has been the case with the ones who were recovered like Jaycee or Elizabeth Smart.

      • forthelost April 30, 2010 / 1:02 am

        Well, for the infants and some of the toddlers, I suspect they might still be alive, but merely unaware they were abducted.

      • danielle April 30, 2010 / 4:43 am

        I agree with forthelost

      • Sara April 30, 2010 / 4:02 pm

        Wasn’t there a case at some point where a mother and baby disappeared together, and it later turned out that the mother had been murdered and her child (a girl, I’m pretty sure) was given up for adoption by the murderer (the boyfriend/father?) and had no idea the circumstances of what had happened? I think it was in the past five years or so.

      • Justin April 30, 2010 / 10:15 pm

        Sara: I believe you are thinking of Lisa Stasi and her infant daughter Tiffany Stasi. The mother was murdered by serial killer John Edward Robinson Sr. in Kansas in 1985. Lisa has never been found, but Tiffany was recovered alive in 2000.

  3. Kat April 28, 2010 / 2:55 am

    Annnnnnnnnnnd, ok. Glad to have you back. I did want to comment after the crazy previous post but did not want to get in the way of any pissing match as they say here. A. I think you should report that email as a tip to whoever in whatever case that was, I think they keep track of that. B.
    WELCOME BACK. Lovin the updates, hope all is well with you.

  4. Wendy April 28, 2010 / 3:30 pm

    Glad you’re back, Meaghan! And hoping your hay fever gets better. Allergies suck!

  5. Danielle April 29, 2010 / 3:19 pm

    WELCOME BACK! I told you, Meaghan, your loyal fans will be here for you!

  6. forthelost April 30, 2010 / 10:05 pm

    Sara – yes. The girl was named Tiffani Stasi.

  7. Sara May 1, 2010 / 3:52 am

    Forthelost and Justin, thank you, that was it! I’m amazed you knew what I was talking about considering how many details I misremembered. From the most recent articles on Tiffany/Heather, it sounds like she’s had a very difficult time dealing with what happened to her mother and the circumstances of her adoption. Understandably so– it’s a horrific thing to discover. I wonder if she is in contact with her father and her mother’s family?

  8. Kat May 2, 2010 / 3:07 am

    That was a pretty prominent case, got more so after suspect was arrested. Aren’t too many mother/daughter cases. THough if they could find the rest of his victims/ suspected victims, that would be great too! A lot of closure. That song in the beginning of Cold Case Files behind the Paula Godfrey case still haunts me, I’d love to know what it was they used for that. was very effective.

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