Seven-month-old Melissa McGuinn disappeared 24 years ago yesterday, and I found this article and this article about the case. There hasn’t been much publicity about it, although I think there would have been more if she had disappeared in 2012 instead of 1988. Melissa’s mother is still alive and hoping she’ll be found, and she has two brothers (one older, one younger). Her father died in 2008.
It’s a strange one: Melissa’s parents’ mentally disabled roommate, Wanda Reed, took the baby for a walk and came back without her less than ten minutes later. She told at least three different stories, none of them terribly plausible, about what happened, and that’s all anyone knows. Reed has the mental capacity of a four- to seven-year-old and it’s possible she doesn’t even really know what happened. I’m not even going to hazard a guess.
Jamie (I love you, Jamie) sent me another article: Clifford Friend has been indicted in the murder of his ex-wife Lynne, who disappeared from Miami in 1994 and has never been found. Unfortunately there’s no photograph of Lynne. So…anyone know where to find one? Lynne’s in the FDLE database so I have all the vital information on her, everything but a photo.
A lot of people have asked me about Timothy Carney, who disappeared from Butler, New Jersey in 2004. I found out last month that he was located, but under what circumstances I had no idea. Well, Jamie has sent me this article: Carney was actually found last September — seven years almost to the day after he vanished — and he’s alive and well, but he doesn’t want his family and friends to know where he is. Due to privacy laws, all the cops could do was say they’d found him and he was okay. So they closed his case. I had figured that was probably what happened, but it’s nice to have an article confirming it.
However, I don’t think it’s nice that the article says “Timothy Carney was never missing at all” just because he had left of his own accord. Plenty of people walk out of their lives and leave their families frantic, and just because they did it intentionally doesn’t mean they are not missing. You can say “Timothy Carney was never in danger” or something, but you cannot say he wasn’t missing, because he WAS missing for seven long years and the police and his family searched for him.
I hope he changes his mind and decides to at least give his mom and dad a phone call, or drop a postcard in the mail. I’m sure they would really appreciate it.
Just a few days ago I wrote how I found out that Eowynne Anderson (abducted by her mom) was dead and had been for a long time, but I didn’t know any details. Now, thanks to my good friend Annie Keller, I do know a few:
Eowynne died in Madrid in Spain at the age of four, less than a year after she went missing. Natural causes: heart failure, of unknown etiology. (At least, unknown to her left-behind family at this point.) Her father and stepmother found out about this when they located her death certificate.
I’m glad that she at least was not murdered, and that she (apparently) didn’t die of some piddling medical thing that could have been fixed with proper attention, like Diana Alagha did. (See Annie’s comment here for details on that particular tragedy.)
Meanwhile, Eowynne’s siblings Gisselle and Giovanni are still missing.
I keep getting “cannot find http://www.charleyproject.org” whenever I try to access it. I hope it gets itself back in gear by morning.