I heard from some person who’s investigating Shemaeah Gunnell‘s disappearance on behalf of Alvie Copeland Kiles, the man who was convicted of killing her, her baby sister and her mother. Kiles is on death row in Arizona. Anyway, the person wanted to know why Shemaeah was still listed as a missing child since Kiles was convicted in her death. He said there were reports that she had been sold for drugs and was in Mexico or something.

I wrote back explaining about why MP cases are still publicized even in the case of a murder conviction. (Shemaeah’s no longer on the NCMEC though.) It would be great if the little girl was still alive, but I’m not holding my breath. And frankly, I’m looking forward to writing an Executed Today entry for Kiles.


4 thoughts on “Huh.

  1. Kat February 12, 2013 / 11:10 am

    Stranger things have happened, but again, no breath holding. And what is with the investigating? Protesting all the way to the chamber or something? If you think about it, there are many cases that will be on the books forever. Think Dorothy Arnold and the like. There are also many UID’s that will be around long after I’m gone as well. Sad, but true.

  2. BellasPaw February 12, 2013 / 8:56 pm

    OT…but imagine being 25 and not allowed to move out of your family home! I think her beau helped spirit it her out of the country. I hope Dorothy found fulfillment in her life.

    • Meaghan February 13, 2013 / 12:43 pm

      Things were different back then — it was typical for a woman to remain in the family home until she left in either a white dress or a pine box. At the time, a female was basically considered property of either her father or her husband. Many people, including many women, would be a bit shocked to find out some woman had moved out on her own.

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