Four unhappily resolved cases

All in a very short time period I’ve got four people on my website who have been found deceased. From the bottom (I’ve decided, for no particular reason, to go in reverse alphabetical order):

Thomas Joel Zinza, age 42, who disappeared from Emlenton, Pennsylvania in February 2008. He left his home in Alaska, flew to Ohio, checked into a hotel in Pennsylvania and then vanished. His remains have been found in the ever-popular “wooded area” in Allegheny Township, Pennsylvania. Very little information is available, but the police don’t suspect foul play. Thomas suffered from schizophrenia and was apparently in crisis at the time of his disappearance, afraid people were trying to kill him. Thomas’s brother James, who was also thought to be mentally ill, disappeared from Arizona in 1992. No clues.

Dwight Nolan Tobyne, age 56, disappeared from Scottsdale, Arizona in November 2009. His disappearance wasn’t reported till July of this year because his wife, Shari, told everyone he’d gone on an extended trip. Dwight and Shari were having marital problems and Dwight had decided to separate after 35 years of marriage. Suspicion fell on Shari and the police put her under surveillance. In August, they arrested her for murder and she admitted to shooting Dwight, but said it was an accident. Well, the police have announced that parts of Dwight’s body were found in three different Arizona counties last December, but the connection to him wasn’t made until now. Shari is awaiting trial for first-degree murder.

Lisa Parker, 16, disappeared from Chicago, Illinois on April 17, 2007. This case was classified as a runaway. NCMEC notified me recently that she’d been found deceased, but I can’t find any information about this.

Dustin Ray Miller, 22, disappeared from Kings Mountain, North Carolina on August 12, 2009. Last month his body was found in a disused quarry, and then identified this month. No cause of death can be determined, and the police think this was either an accident or a suicide.

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12 thoughts on “Four unhappily resolved cases

  1. Candy October 9, 2010 / 7:53 pm

    How sad. I feel so bad for their families.
    Also: Do you automatically get updates from the NCMEC because you are associated with missing people? (not investigation cases but running a website?)

    • Meaghan October 9, 2010 / 8:05 pm

      No. They send updates to whoever subscribes to their updates listings. Unfortunately the updates aren’t always 100% complete. Like, I know sometimes other people on the subscription list get resolved notices that I do not. And they don’t always tell you if they’ve updated a poster as opposed to just added or removed one.

      • Candy October 9, 2010 / 8:41 pm

        Oh, OK. I`ll go subscribe then-I was always wondering how.

  2. CarlK90245 October 9, 2010 / 8:24 pm

    Lisa Parker was one of the many missing females submitted as a possible match to Fond Du Lac Jane Doe in Wisconsin.

    I am wondering if she was FDLJD.

  3. Kat October 9, 2010 / 8:31 pm

    Question, Meaghan, and I apologize if I asked you this before, I just forgot…did you ever hear anything more about the Ray Griecar case? I posted (or tried to) and article from the local paper about them reinterviewing people, etc, and I haven’t heard anything since and it has been a few months.

    • Meaghan October 9, 2010 / 8:38 pm

      Nay, I have heard nothing.

      • Kat October 9, 2010 / 8:40 pm

        Well, shoot. I was hoping they had made some progress.

  4. Kat October 9, 2010 / 8:32 pm

    Gricar. My bad.

  5. Princess Shantae October 9, 2010 / 10:57 pm

    Wow, that must of been one heck of an accident, Shari!

    • danielle October 14, 2010 / 11:10 am

      yep….to have three different places? ewww…plus she did not report it for like 8 months

  6. Jaime October 10, 2010 / 7:56 am

    mercurynews.com has an article about a man that tried to abduct 2 sisters from Pinole, California. All I could think about reading that article was Amber Swartz-Garcia. They also have a sketch of the man.

  7. Jamie Brouhard December 29, 2013 / 12:39 am

    I was watching the story about the Tobyne’s tonight on ID Investigation Discovery channel. Then as most people do I begin googling… Ahhhh admit it most of us our guilty of this…

    Such a very sad story. I watched Shari’s daughter Jennifer cry and talk about Shari. I just wanted to hold her and take away her pain. When you look at people’s lives around you, you often wonder what happened? How did they get there? The only thing I can do is pray for them. Thanks for your blog. Many people are missing and not forgotten. Thank you for posting.

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