This can’t be right

I was just writing up the casefile for Luis and Mariel Encarnacion. The NCMEC poster says she’s 5’4 and 75 pounds! That’s both unusually tall for a nine-year-old girl and unusually emaciated, and she doesn’t look like a concentration camp inmate in the photograph. I’m going to write down 4’4 instead.

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6 thoughts on “This can’t be right

  1. Princess Shantae March 18, 2012 / 8:33 am

    It might not be a mistake. Kids that age can shoot up tall but still be very thin b/c they’re not in puberty yet. When I was 11 I was five foot two and weighed about 75 pounds. I was skinny but not sickly looking.
    But you’re right, Mariel doesn’t look like those numbers are quite right.

  2. amy March 18, 2012 / 11:37 pm

    Bet you it was 54″, which would make her 4’6″ and they misplaced their marks. If she’s 4’6 and 75 pounds she’d be a little chunky and her pics seem to bear that out.

  3. Princess Shantae March 19, 2012 / 11:00 am

    Have you ever seen the Idaho missing persons site? Sometimes they get their measuremenet way wrong so you have like, a teenage boy who is two feet tall and 150 pounds, or a girl who is seven feet tall and weighs 500 pounds. You can’t even explain those by thinking they got their marks mixed up.

    • Meaghan March 19, 2012 / 1:50 pm

      When I get listed heights and weights that bizarre, and there’s only one source, I just don’t put them up at all.

      In another case there’s this guy who was released from the county jail and vanished that same day, and according to the listed DOB he was only like 13 or 14 years old at the time. But it’s obvious both from his picture and the circumstances (and the fact that the source only lists adults) that he was no way that young. I could not find a correct DOB anywhere so he has no DOB, no age.

  4. Princess Shantae March 20, 2012 / 12:21 pm

    Once years ago somebody escaped from prison in Maryland, and they were saying he was six-foot-seven and 140 pounds. That didn’t sound right for the longest time, but come to find out he was a meth freak and also had full blown AIDS so it made sense then.

  5. kim March 21, 2012 / 6:37 pm

    4 foot 4 to 4 foot 6 sounds more like it. From her face pic she doesnt look emanciated. I run across alot of typos in height.

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