Sometimes reading the comments section is useful

Reading the comments sections of most articles makes me lose my faith in humanity. But sometimes comments can yield useful nuggets of information. Take this HuffPo article about the Kevin Collins case: A commenter by the name of Paul Montoya posted saying, “My brother’s disappearance in 1975 is still unsolved No milk cartons no Amber alerts just missing….”

Charley’s got a Phillip Alfred Montoya who disappeared in 1975, from Fremont, California, which is only 40 miles from San Francisco where Kevin Collins disappeared. He was 14. I posted a reply to Paul Montoya’s comment asking if this was his brother. I’m hoping he will write back in the affirmative and perhaps supply more info on Phillip’s disappearance, as I don’t have all that much to go on.

Furthermore, a person who replied to Paul Montoya’s comment said his cousin disappeared in 1967 at the age of 11. Charley’s got two eleven-year-olds who vanished that year, Mark Wendell Wilson and William “Billy” Hoag. I’m guessing that if the cousin is one of those, it’s probably Mark, because (A) Mark’s case is a California one, like the one featured in the article, whereas Billy’s is from Missouri and (B) Billy disappeared with two other people and it seems like his cousin would have mentioned that. I asked that commenter for information also. I have NOTHING on Mark.

16 thoughts on “Sometimes reading the comments section is useful

  1. forthelost February 11, 2013 / 11:45 pm

    Phillip’s an older hispanic kid who’s a possible runaway. He wouldn’t get any attention even now. Even Mark Wilson might be too old.

    • Meaghan February 12, 2013 / 11:09 am

      According to the brother, they were Native American. But “Hispanic” is sort of by definition partially of Native American descent. Michael’s ancestors were Aztecs for example.

  2. Justin March 6, 2013 / 11:39 pm

    So did anyone get back to you?

    • Meaghan March 7, 2013 / 12:14 am

      No. Oh well, I tried anyway.

    • Meaghan March 27, 2014 / 10:15 am

      I can’t find the article; is there a direct link to it?

      • Rosie March 27, 2014 / 10:40 am

        I guess the story was only in the newspaper that came out yesterday. I scanned the article, is there a way I can send it to you?

  3. Rosie March 27, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    Meaghan, Did you receive the newspaper article?

    • Meaghan September 18, 2014 / 2:00 am

      I would love to hear more about your brother’s disappearance if you have it, and put it on my website. The Charley Project is a publicity vehicle that profiles cold cases throughout the U.S.

      • paul montoya September 20, 2014 / 4:12 pm

        My brother Philip is missed, our family was struck with two more losses 5 months later, two other brothers died,this caused much heart break for my folks and today it still hangs over my mom.I hope someday I can submit a dna sample to see if a john doe is out there. My mom has him in a cubby hole in her heart and that how she lives with it.I am a Christian and can only hope he is with Jesus ….

  4. Paul Montoya February 12, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I was watching long lost family on tv tonight pluged in my brothers name and here I am.
    Thanks for your work

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