Delayed-notification missing children

I’ve cobbled together a list of, I think, all the kids on Charley whose disappearances were not reported for a significant time period. It’s longer than I thought, alas, and took a long time to put together:

Nicholas Plaza, 5, missing from San Antonio, Texas on October 23, 2001. Not reported until November 21, nearly a month later. Believed murdered by Mom’s boyfriend. Mother pleaded guilty to injury of a child by omission and got 20 years; her boyfriend was convicted of injury to a child and got 67 years.

Sheri Johnson, 4, and her brother Michael, 10 months. Disappeared with their mother, Freda Denman, and her husband, Henry Harbison, from Independence, Missouri sometime in November 1974. Not reported until March 1975, presumably because the whole family was gone. It is believed Harbison killed his wife and her children, but this hasn’t been confirmed and none of them were ever found.

Barry “Bucky” Kephart, 11, missing from Albuquerque, New Mexico since August 22, 1981. Not reported for two days. Authorities believe his father, Barry Sr., beat him to death. Unfortunately the statute of limitations has expired for any crimes Barry Sr. might have been charged with.

Kyanja Vanwey, 17, missing from Des Moines, Iowa since September 14, 2005. Not reported missing until January 4, 2006, for unclear reasons. Thought to be a runaway.

Twins Brenttany and Brent Hughes, 4, their half-sister Sarena Glenn, 9, and their aunt Jennifer Hughes, 17. Disappeared from Fayetteville, North Carolina sometime in December 1996 with Robby Floyd, who was Jennifer’s sister and mother to the younger children. Not reported missing until August 1998, as Robby was frequently out of touch with her family. I’ve heard rumors to the affect that this family has been found, but I haven’t had any confirmation.

Peter Kema, 6, missing from Honolulu, Hawaii sometime in the summer of 1997. Not reported until January 1998. Suffered horrifying abuse, neglect and deprivation before his disappearance, and is thought to have been murdered by his father. No charges have been filed against anyone in his case.

Michelle Pulsfier, 3, missing from Huntington Beach, California sometime in July 1969. Not reported for OVER THIRTY YEARS — not for lack of trying on the part of her father, but because Mom, who had custody, packed up and moved in a tearing hurry and insisted Michelle wasn’t really missing. Thought to be murdered by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend. Both were charged with murder, but the boyfriend died before trial and Mom was tried twice and got a hung jury both times before prosecutors gave up.

Logan Nathaniel Bowman, 5, missing from Galax, Virginia since January 7, 2003. Not reported until January 23. Thought to be murdered by Mom and BF. (Notice a pattern here?) Mom pleaded guilty to child abuse, got fifteen years and testified at BF’s murder trial, but the charges were dismissed midway through; he was only convicted of child neglect, and got a year.

Aron Silverman, 17, missing from Norfolk, Virginia since June 5, 1993. Not reported for weeks because of his history as a runaway. Still classified as a runaway, but seventeen years is a very long time to be silent.

Karen Beth Kamsch, 14, missing from Pasadena, Maryland since the winter of 1976. Supposedly a report was filed in 1976, but there’s no evidence to support that, and the only known report was filed in 2007, TWENTY-NINE YEARS LATER. Foul play suspected, probably at the hands of family. No news in this case for the past three years.

Adam Herrman, 11 or 12, missing from Towanda, Kansas since sometime in late spring or early summer 1999. Not reported for TEN YEARS. Adoptive parents suspected. I’ve blogged extensively about this case.

Alexandria Suleski, 5, missing from Radcliff, Kentucky since October 23, 1989. Not reported for three days. Her father and stepmother were convicted of her murder in 1994.

Brianna Maitland, 17, missing from Montgomery, Vermont since March 19, 2004. Not reported for four days because she lived with a roommate and her roommate thought she was staying at her parents’ home. Foul play suspected.

Emily Machado, 2, missing from Berwyn, Illinois since March 14, 2008. Abducted by her non-custodial mother. Her father tried to report her missing, but the police wouldn’t accept a report for six months because she was with her mother. Emily’s parents never married and although her father had established paternity, it seems he didn’t have custody rights when Emily disappeared. He has now been awarded full custody.

Brenda Crowley, 16, missing from New York, New York since February or March 1980. Mom lied to the family about filing a missing persons report. We may never know why, because Mom died in 1981 — she was murdered by a man she knew in an unrelated incident. The lie wasn’t discovered until 1994 and Brenda’s sister filed a report at that time.

Nicole Bryner, 3, missing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since March 9, 1982. Not reported until March 11. Mom said she was kidnapped, but it later came out that her BF had killed Nicole and they’d buried the body and concocted the story together. BF confessed in 1986, but the charges were dropped for lack of evidence. Mom died in 2001. In 2006, BF was charged with homicide again in Nicole’s case and this time he pleaded to involuntary manslaughter.

James Higham, 16, missing from Youngstown, Ohio since January 3, 2002. Not reported for 28 days. James had mental and emotional problems and was homeschooled and living with foster parents with some loose connections to his family. The foster parents, who said he’d run away, were charged with neglect for waiting so long to report him missing. In 2007, foster mom confessed that she and foster dad had drowned James, dismembered the body and distributed the parts to various dumpsters. She pleaded to child endangerment and got four years. Foster dad pleaded to reckless homicide and got seven years.

Marlon Santos, 5 months, missing from Worcester, Massachusetts since November 5, 1998. Not reported for two days. His foster parents said they were too busy. Uh-huh. Foster parents are the prime suspects in Marlon’s case. No charges have been filed in that case, but the foster father later went to jail for sexually abusing other children.

Pilar Rodriguez, 3, missing from Hollywood, Florida since January 30, 1999. Not reported until February 22. Pilar’s father had let her go on vacation with her babysitter for a few weeks and he filed the reported after they didn’t come back. Babysitter said she witnessed her BF murder Pilar. In 2010, babysitter was charged with manslaughter by “culpable negligence,” meaning she failed to prevent Pilar’s death at the hands of someone else. BF has not been charged.

Mary Kitts, 17, missing from Fresno, California since sometime in July 1974. Not reported until November because her parents thought she’d run away. Mary had actually been murdered by a “friend” at the direction of another “friend.” The actual killer pleaded to second-degree murder and is probably out of prison now, though I’m not sure what sentence he got. The instigator got life and was later executed after he ordered the murders of some of the witnesses against him.

Mark Martin, 2, missing from Hazel Park, Michigan since August 31, 1981, along with his mother, Carolyn. Not reported until the spring of 1982. Mark, Carolyn and her BF (Mark’s father) were moving to Texas together. BF later came back alone and said Carolyn had changed her mind and he’d let her and Mark out of the car in Ohio. No charges filed, but foul play is suspected.

Walter Ackerson, 17, missing from Nye Beach, Oregon since March 24, 1990. Not reported until April 16. He was in the Job Corps at the time. His mom asked the Job Corps to report him missing and they said they would, but they didn’t really and she didn’t find out for three weeks. In 2010, one of Walter’s former Job Corps “friends” was charged with his murder.

Rocio Sperry, 15, missing from Colorado Springs, Colorado since November 10, 1987. Not reported until November 14. She was married and had a baby, and her husband and baby were in Florida at the time of her disappearance. He reported her missing upon his return home. In 2006, the serial killer Robert Browne pleaded guilty to Rocio’s murder.

Michelle Giusti, 1 year, missing from Port Townsend, Washington since March 5, 1963. Not reported for four days, for unclear reasons. She disappeared with her mother, Sharon, and ten-month-old sister, Clara (have no pic and therefore no link for Clara). Their car was later found abandoned. Little evidence is available in their case but their disappearances are considered suspicious.

Monique Daniels, 15, missing from Moore, Oklahoma since June 2, 1992. Not reported for eighteen months. Her mom and stepdad said they didn’t report it because they thought she had run away and would come back on her own; other relatives finally filed the report. There is evidence that the stepfather tried to cover up Monique’s disappearance, and foul play is possible in her case.

Christopher Szczepanik, 7, missing from Omaha, Nebraska since mid-December 2009. Not reported until January 8. He disappeared with his parents Vanderlei and Jaqueline, and they weren’t missed initially because it was Christmas vacation and everyone thought the family had just gone on a trip. It’s considered very suspicious, and some of the family’s employees were charged with using their credit cards after their disappearances.

Ta’Niyah Leonard, 11 months, missing from Bartow, Florida since October 19, 2002. Not reported until a day later. (This may not seem like an “extended time period” but come on, she was a BABY.) Each parent has said the other one killed the baby (though this didn’t stop them from hooking up and later producing another baby, which was immediately put in foster care) and the authorities can’t figure out which is the guilty party.

Princess Perez, 2, missing from New York, New York since June 15, 1996. Not reported until 1998. Mom said Dad killed Princess; Dad said Princess died of natural causes and he decided to hide the body instead of report it. No criminal charges have been filed, though Dad was charged in family court with abusing his other children by murdering Princess in their presence.

Jody Ledkins, 14, missing from Kansas City, Missouri since May 23, 1985. Not reported until 1987. Jody was on probation at the time of her disappearance and her mom told the probation officer she was missing. The probation officer filed something like a PINS warrant (person in need of supervision), meaning the police should detain Jody if they came across her. Mom assumed this meant a missing persons report had been filed; not so. The mistake was not corrected for two years. Foul play is suspected.

Olisa Williams, 10 months, missing from Ann Arbor, Michigan sometime in June 1982. Most agencies give the date of disappearance as February 8, 1983 — perhaps that was the date it was reported, I’m not sure, I just know her disappearance was not reported right away. Her father is believed to have either killed her, sold her or given her away. No charges filed.

Barbara Cotton, 15, missing from Williston, North Dakota since April 11, 1981. Not reported for several days because they thought she’d run away. Foul play is now suspected. The prime suspect is a former boyfriend, but he is now dead. I don’t have anything else on this case.

Andrew Thompson, 8, and his brother Everett Thompson Jr., 11, missing from Chicago, Illinois since July 5, 1996. They disappeared with their parents, Everett Sr. and Lydia. Not reported for twelve days, because the entire family was gone. Lydia’s brother is the prime suspect. Foul play is suspected.

Barry Brown, 6, and his siblings Sheketah, 10, and Brandon, 2, missing from Port St. Lucie, Florida since July 25, 1985. Not reported until August. They disappeared with their mother, Carolyn, and, initially, their father, James. The older Browns were teachers and since they vanished during summer vacation, it wasn’t immediately noticed. It transpired that James had killed his entire family and disposed of their bodies in different locations. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in late 1985 and hospitalized until 1996, when he moved to a halfway house. He was released into the community in 1997. No word on what’s happened since, although it appears his mental illness is not fully controlled.

Brittany Williams, 7, missing from Richmond, Virginia since August 18, 2000. Not reported until January 2003. Brittany had AIDS and was living with a foster mother, Kim Parker, who specialized in caring for HIV-infected children. Parker covered up the disappearance by saying she’d sent Brittany to stay with friends. In 2003, she was sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud, for accepting state and federal aid for Brittany after Brittany was no longer with her. They think she’s guilty of a lot more than that, though.

Garnell Moore, 7, missing from Baltimore, Maryland since sometime in August 2002. Not reported until June 2005. Garnell’s parents were not part of his life and he appears to have been passed around to various apathetic relatives. It seems to be a situation where everyone thought he was with someone else, until they all got together and realized he wasn’t with any of them and come to think of it, they hadn’t seen him in a very long time. You can’t say Garnell fell through the cracks of the system, because he was never in the system in the first place — never enrolled in school, never under any kind of social services supervision. What happened to him is anyone’s guess, though I’d be looking hard at his aunt, who is the last person known to have had him.

Qua’mere Rogers, 2, missing from Syracuse, New York since sometime in July 2007. Not reported for two years. Dad, who was Qua’mere’s only caregiver, claims he gave him to a strange man who promised to keep in touch and then didn’t. Dad was charged with child abandonment, but that was dropped.

Rilya Wilson, 4, missing from Miami, Florida since January 18, 2001. Not reported until April 2002. The famous case everyone’s heard of, which exposed the weeping wounds in Florida’s foster care system. Rilya’s foster mom claimed someone claiming to be a social worker took Rilya away. The story was untrue and the ruse went undiscovered for over a year because the actual social worker who was supposed to be checking up on Rilya was not doing so and falsifying records to make it look as if she had. Foster mom was charged with murder in 2005, but she has yet to go to trial and frankly, the case looks very weak. I don’t doubt the woman killed Rilya, but can they prove it?

Rene Romero, 4, missing from Reno, Nevada since November 28, 1994. Not reported for some time — I’m not sure how long, months at least. His mom and her BF made like Michelle Pulsifer’s parents and up and moved so no one would notice Rene was gone. Mom pleaded guilty to Rene’s murder and the BF was convicted at trial. Each one had accused the other.

Alexia Reale, 5, missing from Elk Grove, California since May or June 1997. Not reported until the autumn of that year. Alexia’s mother and stepfather forced her and her sister to drink bleach and subjected them to other abuse and, when Alexia died, they burned her body. They covered up the disappearance by saying Alexia had gone to live with her biological father, and the terrified sister went along with the story for months until a teacher noticed the signs of abuse and the police got involved. Then the story came out. Both of Alexia’s parents were convicted of murder and child abuse in 2000.

Christina Richart, 14, missing from Ozark, Arkansas since the summer of 1999. Not reported for six years. Christina lived with her aunt and uncle, who covered up her disappearance by saying she’d gone to California to live with another relative. The deception wasn’t discovered until 2005, although in the meantime one of Christina’s brothers was removed from the home due to abuse allegations. Authorities believe the aunt drowned Christina, but so far the only criminal charges against the couple have been for making false statements to the police.

Aarone Thompson, 6, missing from Aurora, Colorado since around 2003 or so. Not reported until November 2005, when her dad and stepmom tried to claim she’d run away from home after a family argument. Their story collapsed as it became increasingly clear that Aarone wasn’t living in their home and hadn’t been there in a long time. It seems that one caregiver or the other killed the child and then covered it up. Unfortunately the stepmother died before she could face charges, but Dad was convicted of child abuse resulting in death in 2009.

UPDATE: Whoops, forgot a few. I knew I would.

Ke’Shaun Vanderhorst, 2, missing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since September 25, 1995. Not reported until October 13. Mom said he’d been taken away by the state and her family bought that story for awhile, until an aunt became suspicious and went to the police. Mom was a crack addict who’d already lost custody of two sons. Four other children died in infancy in the 1980s, all supposedly of natural causes. Ke’Shaun was born in prison. Mom told several different stories to explain his disappearance, including one where she sold him to a woman and another where he was kidnapped. She was jailed for child endangerment in 1996; no other charges related to this case were filed.

Logan Tucker, 6, missing from Woodward, Oklahoma since June 23, 2002. Not reported until July 7. Mom used the old “the state took him away” story and the lie held for awhile. In August 2007, Mom was convicted of Logan’s murder. The jury deliberated only two hours.

41 thoughts on “Delayed-notification missing children

  1. TexasRose October 2, 2010 / 3:24 am

    Re Bucky Kephart…there is no statute of limitations on murder, and despite their apparently being no body, the case of Nicholas Plaza demonstrates it is possible to bring charges w/o a body.

    • Meaghan October 2, 2010 / 4:31 am

      There is no statute of limitations on first-degree murder. But there are statutes of limitations on manslaughter, which is probably what Barry Sr. was guilty of. This is why he hasn’t been charged — the prosecutors might be able to prove he beat Bucky to death, but they wouldn’t be able to prove he intended to do it, so they couldn’t get a murder conviction if they tried, and no other option is available now.

  2. Sara October 2, 2010 / 6:42 am

    There was also Marx Barnes and his mother. I think their father/husband (boyfriend?) waited a few weeks to report them missing too. Gee, I wonder why?

  3. Candice October 2, 2010 / 7:02 am

    Wow. I find this very sad. It seems in most cases they weren’t reported because they were murdered by family…

  4. Jer October 2, 2010 / 7:55 am

    I saw the story about Michelle Pulsifer on Dateline NBC. I did a google search for her and found your website. I then spent the better part of a day reading through cases and found profiles from my home town. So that’s why I started reading your blog and reading your website.

  5. Jaime October 2, 2010 / 8:53 am has an article on missing Coral P. Hall. She went missing in sept of 1998.

  6. J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. October 2, 2010 / 10:51 am

    Ever-so-curious as to why Nicholas Plaza is said to be “missing from Austin, Texas,” when the lad lived, and was last seen – and the resulting court cases were tried – in San Antonio, a quite larger, more vital, city seventy miles to Austin’s south – albeit without the hip élan and trendy name recognition of the latter.

    • Meaghan October 2, 2010 / 11:53 am

      *double-checks* Damn, you’re right. NCMEC says San Antonio. I’ll have to correct that.

  7. Jeanne October 2, 2010 / 11:15 am

    I am speechless. So many.

  8. Kat October 2, 2010 / 12:06 pm

    i’m all for the list, but I find the “delay” of a few days to be less offensive than the months or YEARS in some cases. Not that every minute doesn’t count, but a chronic runaway or some such….not that young kids are, but I’m just saying. I have one friend with an three sister family, and the kids stay here and there all the time due to school being in a different district and all. If the whole house went up, no one might know for a day or so, not due to lack of love, just communication sucks. I know, this sounds lame, but I tend to look at months or years as more of an offense. And I think there are more than on this list. And many more not reported, just look at all the John/Jane Does.

    • Meaghan October 2, 2010 / 3:05 pm

      Yeah, it seems that “extended time period” ought to vary based on the child’s age. I can understand not reporting a teenager missing for a few days or a week if they have a runaway history. But not reportiing a baby’s disappearance right away is highly suspicious.

      • Kat October 2, 2010 / 6:37 pm

        I totally agree with you. I talk to my family practically every day, but if I had gone missing in college, it would have taken a day or two. But a child or a baby….no excuse.

  9. danielle October 2, 2010 / 12:14 pm

    Wow…you worked so hard on this list. Too bad it’s so long….It’s so easy to kill a child and get away with it. You work soooo hard and you do such a good job!
    Seems like only recently have police depts and the community have taken missing people/small children seriously.

  10. Tracey Reitterer October 2, 2010 / 2:23 pm

    Meaghan, do you know if family members to all these missing persons have been contacted to submit DNA to compare to found human remains over the years? (especially siblings, if the parents of the missing have died since the disappearances) It would be awful to know some of these cases remain unsolved, even tho family DNA could link them to remains found over the years and no one in LE thought to take it from the surviving family members. Also, if there is no proven follow up to the 5th case listed, (Robby Floyd, Jennifer, Brenttany & Brent Hughes & Sarena Glenn) do you think they could have gone off the road into a body of water while moving from one state to another?? Did police ever track the route they would have taken?? Earlier this year, they found a van submerged in a canal in Florida with a mother & her kids who had been missing for over a decade. Police now summarize due to the shape of the van & weather conditions in the area at the time, she accidentally went off the road in a bad storm & it was just a tragic accident, not foul play as they originally considered. Just wondering….I live in Balto Co, MD, not far from Pasadena & I remember when the Karen Kamsch story broke in 2007. You’re right, no further word on what was removed from that well & sent to anthropologists in DC & AA Co PD is very tight lipped about that case. Me personally, I believe it was family related & the grandmother covered for someone in her family & took the secret to her grave. Such sad cases, all of them, but that one especially, because Karen died at 14 & no one knew to look into it for 29 years. So many murderers walking loose in this world….
    Tracey in MD

    • Meaghan October 2, 2010 / 9:27 pm

      I’ve wondered about the car accident theory myself for the Hughes case. It’s a bit of a strange case, though, with unclear circumstances.

      Jennifer Hughes is still listed on NCMEC and it says on her poster that “she may be with family members who have also been reported missing.” For some reason the younger children are not listed anymore.

  11. danielle October 2, 2010 / 4:50 pm

    What about the mother of the missing/murdered child who says nothing until she divorces the boyfriend. Then 15 years later she tells the cops what really happened. That gets me so angry at the mom of the child!~

    • Kat October 2, 2010 / 6:38 pm

      Oh yeah. Sick. What about the Laura Thompson case, just coming to light? She KNEW about this when she married the guy, stayed married to him for almost two decades, and NOW she’s afraid for her life? She turned him in to get back at him. They outta charge her too. There must be laws in some states for this.

      • danielle October 2, 2010 / 8:49 pm

        I totally agree….she was the case I was thinking of when I wrote my post.

      • Meaghan October 2, 2010 / 9:29 pm

        I agree that the witness’s actions — or rather lack of action — in the Thompson case are pretty terrible. But:

        1) Better late than never
        2) Without her, there would be no case at all

      • Princess Shantae October 2, 2010 / 11:08 pm

        Oh and they always hide behind their so called battered woman syndrome, which is no excuse and is disrespectful to women everywhere. Just b/c you are a woman does not mean you can just blame your own bad actions or your not acting when you should on a man. You don’t get to throw away yoru responsibilities that way.

  12. Zoe October 2, 2010 / 5:40 pm

    Scariest is the ammount of those parents/ caregivers who were never charged with anything …

    And I feel so bad for children who end up with BAD foster parents, generally there was a good reason they were removed from actual parents/ relatives and they go somewhere just as bad.

    • Meaghan October 2, 2010 / 9:33 pm

      Unfortunately there’s always been a shortage of good, loving foster parents. It’s a thankless job, you get paid very little and you have to put up with a lot of crap. I think the ones who stick it out and take loving care of those unfortunate kids are heroes. Too bad there aren’t enough of them and the state is stuck with farming kids out to some less than stellar people.

      My own mother was a foster parent for a time back in the seventies, while at the same time married with a few of her own. (I found this out when I was looking through some old photo albums and found pictures of kids whom I didn’t recognize.) The minister who used to live next door to me (she recently moved away) was a foster-to-adopt parent. She agreed to take care of a kid for the weekend, twenty years ago, and the rest is history.

  13. marycarney October 2, 2010 / 9:00 pm

    I cannot remember when a blog post affected me this much. My mother’s heart just breaks at the thought of a child truly lost, or abducted by some pervert, but the delay in reporting the ‘disappearance’ of a little one, and the web of lies that cover the truth…. and the obvious implication of the parent(s) – it literally turns my stomach.

    • Meaghan October 2, 2010 / 9:16 pm

      The case that always struck me as particularly sad was Garnell Moore. This child wasn’t reported missing for all this time, not out of malice, it seems, but out of sheer INDIFFERENCE. Nobody knew him. He pretty much didn’t exist. And you have to wonder how many kids there are out there that are the same way, except their disappearances NEVER get reported.

  14. Kat October 4, 2010 / 2:37 pm

    Mentioned already, Marx Panama Barnes and what about Royce Henson? Thye dped with the moms…if I missed it, sorry…..

  15. Clara Arlene Johnson January 23, 2011 / 11:31 pm

    Sharon Johnson and her two babies, no investigation, reported four days later I think her husband must of noticed when he came off his big tractor on his own farm and his wife and two kids decided to take a vacation or something. Was Mr Giusti born without brain cells. MK ULTRA abducted 100,000 children a year from 1963 – present and fathers seemed to be in the military. What a bunch of nothing those police did nothing. And her I am alive but I am a missing person with brainwashed amnesia. But I could never forget what my mom looked like and how she sang to us

    • Crystal July 21, 2011 / 8:50 am

      I am confused about this…are you still ocnsidered missing? Do you remember anything?

      • donna oliveri August 9, 2011 / 7:27 pm

        yes I remember the day and being taken away. I was little but I saw the whole crime. Why are there no pictures of Clara and no investigation into the husband. Why would he report it four days later.I am in therapy and my doctor is trying a technique for amnesia.I remember my mom Sharon and the farm. Port Townsend is the capital of the free masons and the Illuminati. The US kidnapped children especially if they had been part of the 13 bloodlines in the New World Order. That whole town last name are Johnson’s. That was Sharon Louise Giusti’s last name. I contacted Ted Gunderson a ex FBI MK ultra investigator but he is dying. The port Townsend Police were so afraid when I called he hung up on me. That is great police work. She was abducted for her children red hair blue eyes by The Finders and taken to China Lake Base and Josef mengele and DR gottlieb experimenting and also sold children to many Satanic families in the US in the 1960’s.This country and the missing agencies don’t give a rats ass about helping missing people and that is why we stay missing.I will find my mother’s grave and I will give her dignity in putting her in a peaceful place,. Her husband lives in Shelton
        Washington. We know he has a reserved seat in hell so for his sake stay alive as long as you can because God will
        punish him for taking away the lives of me,my sister and my mother.

    • James Martin September 3, 2012 / 10:04 am

      I am James Martin son of Leona Johnson ( Sharons sister) , Grandson son Carl and Florence Johnson ( Sharons parents) of Pt Townsend Wa. Can you please provide any details to prove you are who you say you are ?

  16. Ann-marie April 4, 2011 / 2:44 pm

    I was wandered off at the Norman Manley int’l aiport in kingston Jamaica some where in 1972 when I was almost two I was snatched by a woman named carmen I was wearing a yellow dress matching socks and shoes and a bonnet with a ribbon around it. If my parents are out there and sees this please contact me via email I look hispanic with a mixture of black

    • Crystal July 21, 2011 / 8:48 am

      Have you been to the police, I would assume so, but if not, wouldnt they be able to help you? were you ever reported missing?

  17. S@ss@fr@s July 16, 2011 / 10:52 am

    Zahra Baker (10 years old, disabled) in North Carolina – disappeared in late 2009 for several weeks – parents reported but probably long after she was dead. Step mom wrote a false ransom note. Believed that her stepmother Eliza Baker cut her up with a hacksaw and disposed of her. Prosthetic limb was found then remains found in several locations after step mom led the police to where she buried her. Zahra was a cancer survivor but could not survive the abuse and torture of her stepmother.

  18. Dee August 9, 2011 / 10:46 pm

    I think what Elizabeth Smart is doing is a very good thing and good for her!

  19. Dee August 9, 2011 / 10:49 pm

    As for Caylee’s Law I believe that it will help and I think that only parents or guardians that are guilty of hiding something will be found guilty under this law. There are certain things stated in it for example ive heard alot of people say that there is no way to prove time of death etc and a lot of innocent people will go to jail, however it states an hour with the DISCOVERY of the death. I do see how it can cause problems as well though. Its a very tough decision. I think it needs to be on a state level for sure and that there needs to be provisions within the law stating very sepcific regulations if it is passed.

  20. Diane January 3, 2012 / 9:54 pm

    I know this is an old entry, but it was rather interesting how Nicholas Plaza was mentioned first here. I say “interesting” because some of his family members (who carry the “Plaza” surname) own and operate a Mexican restaurant located within walking distance of the home I was raised in for the first thirteen years of my life. My parents and I went there to eat numerous times and, before the quality of the food went significantly downhill and I started suffering food poisoning from eating there, I carried on the tradition as a young adult who lived several miles away in another part of town. When the news broke about Nicholas Plaza, I didn’t think much about any possible Nicholas/Plaza’s Mexican Restaurant connection until I went there about a month after the case made big local news and saw a huge missing person’s poster for Nicholas hanging near the register. It was almost banner-sized. So the family who owned Plaza’s were clearly very interested in finding Nicholas.

    I think I also remember it being concluded unofficially by nearly everyone in town that this was probably yet another case of a kid who was severely abused by the mom’s boyfriend (*rolls eyes*), except the dirtbag boyfriend here probably killed Nicholas. Not sure if that’s something on Nicholas Plaza’s case file, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was. BTW, I’m really sick and tired of all the local news stories involving young moms whose boyfriends abuse their kids so severely that they’re put in the hospital. I don’t know whether this is endemic to this town or if this happens elsewhere in the country, but it seems like there are a lot of young local women who are mothers of young children who want a man in their lives so much that they accept these dirtbags into their lives who are tasked almost immediately to babysit their kids (who are typically under the age of five) and then beat them or slam them into walls until they’re rendered unconscious. I’m sick of that and wish these women would swear off all relationships while their kids are still so young, or at least carry on these relationships with a higher degree of skepticism and refuse to fully let these boyfriends into their lives until they know for sure what kind of people these guys are.

    *ahem* Sorry. I’ll get off my soapbox now.

  21. Diane March 24, 2012 / 6:25 pm


    Holy shit!!! I just went to Mark Steven Martin’s profile and he is JUST 48 HOURS OLDER THAN I AM, I KID YOU NOT. That is freaking the ever loving shit out of me. I never expected in my life to go, “Oh my God, this missing person is almost exactly my age.” I even have a series of photos of me as a 2-year-old where I look a lot like a girl version of this kid, except they’re full-body photos of me sitting down in my little pink romper outfit (frilly blouse and girly pants) on a dark wooden chair. I wonder if Olan Mills also took Mark’s photo.

    BTW, the fact that he and his mother Carolyn (who’s about 12 years younger than my mom was) were supposed to be driving down to my place of birth and hometown is rather eerie too.

  22. Angelique June 19, 2014 / 9:09 am

    Monique Daniels did not run away. It is sickening that you can kill your kid, and get away with it. What is even more sickening is when it happens in your family and all of your family members turn away, move on and act like nothing happened and she didn’t even exist. For the record… Monique was smart, funny and loving. I will miss her everyday of my life. She very much existed. It is my forever prayer that her remains will be found. She deserves justice, and the coward who did this will get what he deserves along with EVERY family member who turned away.

  23. Alice December 15, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    Why are many of these children? Why are so many probably killed by their caretakers? Brianna Maitland, I can understand. But why do people want to hurt their children? If they killed them and there’s undeniable proof, why not confess? It may take off a death sentence!

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