Some more international MPs

I just did blog entries about MPs from Iceland (via Oregon) and Norfolk in the UK. I thought I’d write about a few more international ones.

There’s a “coronial inquiry” (not sure what that is; the equivalent of an American grand jury investigation maybe?) going on, investigating the disappearance of Linda Davie. She was born in New Zealand, but living in Sydney, Australia when she went missing. On April 6, 1980 she went to visit her boyfriend, who was hospitalized, and this was the last time anyone saw her. A few days later he got a letter saying she was going away for a few days but would return and visit him again. She never resurfaced, and she left all her stuff behind at her apartment.

Also in Australia, they’re investigating a new lead in the disappearance of 14-year-old Eve Askew, who vanished from Tasmania on November 17, 1991. The cops have released a sketch of a person of interest in her case. Eve has a pretty distinctive appearance: in addition to flaming-red hair, she’s got unusual thumbs that apparently look like they were pushed down and never grew back up. Sadly, according to this article Eve’s parents are both dead now (a car accident in 1996) and, of her five three siblings (she is the youngest), her two brothers and one sister are estranged. The sister and one of the brothers still live in Australia, but the other brother lives in the UK now and they all haven’t spoken to each other in years. You might view it as another lottery family here.

In East Yorkshire, UK, the cops are re-investigating the disappearance of Russell Bohling on March 2, 2010. He was 18 when he vanished and his car was later found abandoned on a clifftop. His family attempted (without success) to file a lawsuit against the police, saying they had botched the investigation. The Daily Mail said Russell’s parents had given him £300,000 (that’s around $463,000 in American money) to help him start his own company, and they are afraid he was killed over the money.

Many of you have probably heard of Jakadrien Turner, a 14-year-old runaway (not on Charley) who was mistakenly deported to Colombia. After she ran away she was arrested and gave a false name, Tika Cortez. Unfortunately, Tika Cortez turned out to be a real person, a 22-year-old illegal immigrant from Colombia with outstanding criminal charges. Jakadrien, who never ‘fessed up to the truth, was put on the next plane to Colombia, found a job, stayed there nearly a year, and got pregnant. Eventually her searching grandmother found her on Facebook. ICE is still trying to sort it out; Jakadrien was fingerprinted before she was deported, and this should have proved her identity, or at least proved that she wasn’t the person she claimed she was. Also, she’s black and doesn’t speak Spanish.

Well, now Jakadrien is back in the US (CNN; MSNBC; WFAA-TV; Fox News) and has been reunited with her family. A lot of people are making nasty remarks directed at both sides: stupid ICE for screwing up, stupid girl for running away and lying etc. What I wonder is this: what was she running from that was so terrible that she was willing to get herself deported to a third-world country to stay away? I have never heard of anything like this, although I know of another runaway girl, the American-born child of Polish immigrants, who was ALMOST deported to Poland before she admitted to her true identity and was returned to her family.

In Australia, an eight-year-old girl who disappeared along with sex offender Augustine Winter Miller was found alive (along with Miller) in the outback several days after they went missing. Unfortunately, the child (unnamed in the press reports) was very dehydrated when she was found — as might be expected, given that she’d spent several days in the Australian Outback smack in midsummer. She was in such poor condition when the rescuers located her that she died only a short time later.

It’s not really clear whether there was any foul play involved in this. Miller, whose sex offense was a consensual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, had permission to take the child on a hunting trip. (The woman who had custody of the girl was his live-in girlfriend. Some articles say the custodial carer was a relative, but this one says she wasn’t a blood relation) Maybe he intentionally “got lost” so he could harm the child in his care, but it sounds like they were just on a real hunting trip and really got lost. Miller was also in pretty poor shape when they were found and had to be hospitalized. He has been charged with possessing an unlicensed firearm and is now out on bail as the case is under investigation. This article has a picture of him. Miller says he is afraid for his life because he thinks the girl’s relatives might attack him.

7 thoughts on “Some more international MPs

  1. Princess Shantae January 7, 2012 / 7:32 am

    I saw the Jakadrien story in the paper and on TV. She’s quite the slick little operator if you ask me. Looks to me like as soon as she found out she was going to be deported she’d think uh oh, this is serious, and tell her lawyer, hey, I’m not really Tika and I don’t come from Colombia.
    Sounds like she just plain didn’t want to come back home, and I hope her mom will take a good hard look at what the home life was like and why this kid worked so hard to get so far away.
    BTW, the Montana missing site seems to be working all right now.

    • Meaghan January 7, 2012 / 9:45 am

      My dad says the reason most kids run away from home is that either they were being abused, or they believe they were being abused (i.e. they think it’s horrible that their parents won’t let them date a convicted felon twice their age who is their one and true love). I think that’s quite accurate.

      I figure either something very bad was going on with Jakadrien’s life, or she is/was a wild child who wanted to be able to have sex and take drugs and so on. She apparently did both while in Colombia.

      Which is not to say that ICE didn’t screw up. They should have verified her identity before they shipped her off. It looks like they took her prints but never bothered to process them, and now the taxpayer — who presumably bought her ticket south — are going to have to pay for her ticket north.

      • Diane January 11, 2012 / 6:35 pm

        I feel like once she gets back to America, she desperately needs to be forced to serve major community service at homeless shelters in order for her to appreciate what she’s got. I’m with Princess Shantae above in seeing this girl as a budding con artist who’ll do anything and everything for herself and herself alone, and while that isn’t the actual definition of sociopathy, it’s almost as bad.

        And as for your dad’s rationale about most runaways — I can see how some runaways might be running away from a bad home situation, but this is so very clearly an example of the latter that I don’t feel bad for this girl at all. In fact, I think she’s gotten off very easily. Too easily. Hence the need for her to toil over and serve in a facility where she can keep constant contact with those people who would do almost anything for a roof over their heads, food in their bellies, a warm bed to sleep in at night, etc.

  2. Princess Shantae January 7, 2012 / 11:52 am

    The newspaper this morning said the government in Colombia helped find her a place to live and helped her get a job ina call center. Her Spanish can’t be all that bad if she was able to deal with the government agencies down there.

    • Meaghan January 7, 2012 / 3:09 pm

      I don’t see why she should have to be able to speak English to deal with the government. English is taught in school in Colombia, and most educated Colombians speak it well. Also, the government program she was in is for immigrants who have been sent home, and it stands to reason that there would be provisions for immigrants who forgot Spanish — or never learned it to begin with, if they emigrated as children.

  3. Melissa January 9, 2012 / 6:21 am

    Hi there. Long-time follower, first-time poster. I am Australian and I just wanted to let you know, as you said you were unsure, a coronial investigation is an investigation by a coroner (in our system not a medical examiner, but a magistrate, which is like a judge in lower courts), for the purpose of finding out a number of things (identity of a deceased persom, when they died), and most relevant to this case, on the balance of probabilities, If the person is dead, how they died, if anyone is responsible. The emphasis is on establishing facts, not the guilt or innocence of any party. A coroner cannot charge anyone with any crimes, but can refer matters to the Directors of Public Prosecutions and they can decide whether to pursue charges. Hope that helps! Is that anything like your grand jury system?

    • Meaghan January 11, 2012 / 6:50 pm

      Thanks for clearing that up. It’s not like a grand jury investigation then; grand juries investigate criminal matters and can issue indictments against people.

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