Well, that was stupid

I just found a Facebook page for Samatha Clonch, whose 1999 disappearance is one of those “shrug, I have no idea what happened here” cases I mentioned in my previous entry. The Facebook contained very little info other than that she was in eighth grade at the time. But the posters’ comments were distressing: a lot of them had been Samatha’s classmates and they had had NO IDEA she was missing all this time. When she vanished from their midst they assumed she moved or something and nobody bothered to tell them otherwise.


Even if the police did think Samatha had run off to Mexico (and they did think that, at first anyway), you’d think they’d have taken the trouble to interview her classmates to see if anybody knew anything. But it appears not. And now almost 13 years have passed.


6 thoughts on “Well, that was stupid

  1. M86 August 1, 2012 / 3:31 am

    That is unreal… Henderson, TX looks like a small town… Which usually spells disaster in missing people cases, unless the state or FBI, etc is involved. But at the same time, large metros can overlook missing peoples’ cases.

    If you’re going to be a cop, know the basics! Plain and simple!

    • holly August 1, 2012 / 2:28 pm

      You’re right. Reminds me of several other cases,one in particular comes to mind. Where more information has come out over the years and recently a shrine erected near an abandoned shed with pictures and news reports of the child. The investigators response was “we couldn’t track down who put it up”. Really?!?! Do they not think that area could bear some significance to finding this child who’s been missing for twenty-one years? Its like some cases are simply given up on. Very very sad.

  2. Margie August 1, 2012 / 11:20 am

    Samatha disappeared Sep. 9. I imagine school had just started. I wonder if Samatha had just moved to Henderson. If so, it might explain her classmates assumptions. If she had just moved to Henderson, she had no time to make friendships. Strange that there is not much info on this case. Small town/teen gossip, seems something more should come out on her disappearance.

    • Meaghan August 1, 2012 / 11:31 am

      I think if it was her first school year there, and school had just started, chances are no one would remember her at all. But several people did.

  3. Laura October 1, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    No Samatha had been a life long resident of Henderson. I had several classes with her growing up. She was tall, quiet, and soft spoken. Henderson is a small town in east texas of about 15k people. We all thought she moved, she lived literally around the corner from the middle school. I remember several years later, I was in high school and saw her at the local Wal-Mart with some guy. We made eye contact and I told my mom, hey I thought she moved! It wasn’t until later that I saw her “missing child” poster. I regret not speaking to her that day but if her friends and community were made known of her disappearance, we could have helped.

    • Beka March 26, 2017 / 11:56 pm

      Laura, are you saying you saw her in a local Wal-Mart after she disappeared? The family needs that information and a description of the guy. They are still looking!

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