MP news roundup from around the world

KPVI News has run a story on Jon Clair Barrett, who’s been missing from Idaho since 2008. It looks like this will be first in a series on Idaho missing persons.

A body found in Dixie County, Florida in 1976 has been identified as James Berkeley Norris II, age 24, who’d been missing since 1974. It looks like he was killed shortly after his family last heard from him.

The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill mandating an Amber Alert for mentally disabled missing adults. Right now, the Amber Alert applies only for children 17 and under. The bill must be passed by the Senate and signed by the governor before it becomes law.

There are now AP photos of Edward Bryant and Austin Bryant, Colorado’s versions of Adam Herrman. The press is now speculating openly about murder, and the police admit they don’t have much hope of finding the children alive. Edward would now be 18, and Austin would be 15.

The body of Allen Lee Mosier, who disappeared from a Native American reservation in Washington in 2006, has been located in Shelton, Washington. A tree-thinning crew found him. The cause of death hasn’t been determined and the police haven’t said whether they suspect foul play. Mosier was 32 years old.

And down in Australia, some suspects have been named in the 1978 disappearance of Trudie Adams, who was 18.

There’s an article about Lamarst Alexander Porter Jr., an 18-year-old who was abducted and shot in 2003. His body was never found but evidence at the kidnap scene indicates he was almost certainly killed. Who abducted him, and why, remains a mystery. The article doesn’t really say anything new, but it’s good that this strange case got some more publicity.

The same paper also did an article on Kala Nwana, whose non-custodial mother took him to Cameroon in 2003. He was a year old at the time. According to the article, Kala’s mom returned to the US a month later without him; she apparently left him with relatives in the city of Douala. There hasn’t been any news of him since 2005. Cameroon is on the west coast in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s a very poor country without good health care. Kala apparently developed a growth on his head after he arrived there, and his father’s side of the family has a history of brain tumors and polyps.

I was sent this month-old article about Taj Narbonne. It provides many additional details about his disappearance. I wish the authorities had looked harder at his stepfather back when he disappeared in 1981. The case will be that much harder to solve now, if they can do it at all.

Another media contact

Some TV producer lady called me. They wish to do a show on MPs and wanted my views on the subject. She said she’s looking for missing young adults, between about 18 and 30, who have vanished under unclear circumstances, relatively recently (within the past 18 months or so is best). She’s going to call back this weekend, when my computer will be out of the shop and I should have some names for her.

Computer still in shop

They said three to five business days. Well, not counting Friday (the day I took it in), this is Day Three. Two more to go, max. I hope.

Conversation with my father last night, after he agreed to let me borrow his laptop:

“Don’t worry, Dad, I won’t look at any of your nun porn.”

“I do not have any pornography on my computer.”

“Why did you know about the YouPorn site then?”

“I read about it in the New York Times.”

“Right. Just like those people who say they only read Playboy for the articles.”

Actually, I’m pretty sure the closest thing he has to porn on his computer is perhaps some pictures of cells dividing. For his desktop wallpaper he has a close-up photo of some kind of fungus.