Parent and child disappearances

I put together a list of cases where parent and (under eighteen) child or children disappeared together (not counting the family abduction ones):

Four-year-old Aqueda Arias and her pregnant mother, Guadalupe Castro
Five-month-old Marx Barnes and his mother, Charlotte Moriarty
Six-year-old Abby Blagg and her mother, Jennifer (later found dead, husband convicted of murder)
Two-year-old Kimberly Boyd, her mother, Sarah, and a friend, Linda McCord (neither of them listed on Charley)
Six-year-old Cynthia Britto, her mother, Wendy Camp, and her aunt, Lisa Kregear
Six-year-old Barry Brown, his brother Brandon, his sister Sheketah, and their mother Carolyn (father later admitted to their murders, found not guilty by reason of insanity)
Four-year-old Rosa Camacho and her mother, Rosa Delago (later found murdered)
Seven-month-old Jasmine Collins and her mother, Melissa
Eleven-year-old Haleigh Culwell and her mother, Kimberly Whitton
Four-month-old Jeremy Dages and his mother, Bonnie
Three-month-old Selah Davis, her mother, Sasha, and a friend, Jarib Bennett
Three-year-old Ptah Diamond and his father, James
Thirteen-year-old Neil Alan Eddleman, his father, Neil Wayne, and a friend, Gary Lisk (later found dead)
Two-year-old Claudia Jareth Guillen and her mother, also called Claudia
Six-year-old Julie Guthrie, three-year-old Timothy, and their mother, Leslie
One-year-old Royce Henson and his mother, Kathleen
Two-month-old Sausha Henson, her sister Shaina Kirkpatrick, and their mother, Kimyala Henson (later found murdered)
Five-year-old Alex Hernandez and his pregnant mother, Evelyn (later found murdered)
Fifteen-year-old Michalle Houchman, her brother Mitchel Salomon, and their parents Elaine and Sol Salomon (family not listed, suspect charged with murders but acquitted)
Four-year-old twins Brent and Brenttany Hughes, their sister, Sarena Glenn, their mother, Robby Hughes Floyd, and their aunt, Jennifer Hughes
Six-year-old Madyson Jamison and her parents, Bobby and Sherilynn
Five-year-old John Jacobson and his mother, Sandra
Ten-month-old Michael Johnson, his sister Sheri, and their mother, Freda Denman
Seven-month-old Kelsi Krum and her mother, Kelli
Three-year-old John Nguyen, four-year-old Kristina, and their mother, Van “Stephanie” Nguyen
One-year-old Isabella Pastrana and her mother, Holly Codario (later found dead)
Six-year-old Rene Perez and his pregnant mother, Cecilia Newball
Fourteen-year-old Danielle Pitcher and her mother, Dorothy
Five-year-old Grace Reapp and her mother, also called Grace (father charged with murder, but died before trial)
Two-year-old Masaraha Ross and her mother, Ronkeya Holmes
Seven-year-old Daniel Santiago, his brother Noel, and their father, Victorio
Fifteen-year-old Bethany Sinclair and her mother, Tina
Nine-year-old Sarah Skiba, her father, Paul, and a friend, Lorenzo Chivers
Eleven-year-old Nicholas Smith and his mother, Edyth Warner
Two-year-old Daniel Spangle and his mother, Denise Fagot
One-year-old Fannie Stuart, her sister Jessie, and their mother, Mary
Seven-year-old Christopher Szczepanik and his parents, Jaqueline and Vanderlei
Eleven-month-old Shannon Verhage and her mother, Rachel Timmerman (later found murdered, an acquaintance was convicted)
Three-year-old Brandon Wade and his mother, Paula

Bonus batch:
Seven-year-old Angelica Livingston and her grandmother, Portia Washington
Nineteen-year-old Suzanne Streeter, her mother, Sherrill Levitt, and a friend, Stacy McCall
Eleven-year-old Annette Sagers and her mother, Korrina Sagers Malinoski, who disappeared from the same place almost a year before. Annette left a note saying her mother had come to get her.

Not all of them, certainly, but all I can think of at the moment.

Interview with nice Portland lady

A reporter from the Portland Tribune in Oregon interviewed me by phone. (Of course, it would be pretty amazing if she’d done so in person.) She plans to write about old, cold missing kid cases in comparison to the new, hot Kyron Horman disappearance. I showed her all my Oregon missing kids, including little Betty McCullough from 1941, and told her my feelings and thoughts about the media and missing kids. Business as usual.

Major breakthrough in Walter Ackerson case

As one of the blog readers alerted me, there has been a HUGE breakthrough in the 1990 disappearance of Walter Ackerson, a case I had known little about until today. Three men have confessed to his murder. One beat the crap out of him and, together with the other two, threw him off a bridge, probably still alive. The two accomplices have immunity to testify against the primary killer, who is facing a whopping ten years. All four of them were enrolled in the Job Corps at the time of the murder.

This Bellingham Herald article is the best I can find on the subject. Though long, it’s well worth the read, telling the whole story behind Walter’s life, disappearance and death. This article sets my teeth on edge. Walter and his family were totally screwed over by the police (who never really bothered to investigate what happened) and by the Job Corps (who were negligent and dishonest, lying repeatedly and deliberately to everyone from Walter’s mom to members of Congress.) If either of those two institutions had done their damn jobs, Walter’s murder would probably have been solved quickly and his body recovered.

Too little, too late. Were it not for the murderer, Troy Culver, voluntarily confessing after all this time (not because the police were after him but because he was in a drug program that required him to make amends for his past bad acts), then there would be no case at all.

Poor Walter. I hope his mother and grandmother can get some solace after all this time, but right now they’re hurt and they’re angry, justifiably so, because they’ve been screwed over to an order of magnitude.