Sylvia Cuttitta identified after three years

Sylvia Cuttitta vanished without a trace from Staten Island, New York in January 2010, at the age of 50. In August that year, people on a fishing boat in Ocean City, Maryland found her skull in the ocean. Her tibia turned up off the coast of New Jersey in 2011. They weren’t identified until now, though.

It’s kind of amazing she turned up at all. It’s been my observation that if a person disappears in the ocean (well, Sylvia was last seen on dry land, but obviously she wound up in the ocean somehow) and you don’t find them after a few days or a few weeks, they’re gone forever. Her family is lucky in this respect. Now at least they know what happened to her.

What they’ll probably never know is when she died, or how.

(And on a side note: what is the correct term these days for people whose occupation is fishing? I wrote “fishermen” at first but that seems sexist. Then again, I think the fishing industry is still pretty male dominated. I settled for “people on a fishing boat” but that’s pretty cumbersome…anyway. Not that important. Carry on.)

What the heck were you thinking?

Seriously, NCMEC, I am annoyed with you. Why on earth did you make those changes to your search page? It is like 90% less useful now. You used to be able to search by name, place of disappearance, date of disappearance, age, height and weight, hair, eyes, race, type of disappearance and where the kid might be. Now it’s just name, place of disappearance and date. And you’ve got a cookie or something that automatically sets the place to whatever state the viewer happens to be in, so if I want to search for kids missing from outside Indiana, I have to change it myself. And in the results, the kids’ middle names aren’t visible anymore. You have to Google their names to find ’em.

Why on earth would you do this? Mind you, I’ve raised my eyebrows before at some of the things you’ve done, but I understand you’ve got rules and stuff and have to comply with the wishes of those that fund you (re: the government). Did the government tell you to make a ludicrously dumbed-down search page? I’ve only been using it for the past few days and already it’s driving me crazy(er).

A birthday

Abby Jo Blagg would have turned 17 today. She disappeared from Grand Junction, Colorado in 2001, at the age of six, along with her mother Jennifer. Jennifer turned up dead. Michael Blagg is doing life in prison for his wife’s murder but they never charged him in Abby’s case. They had more proof with Jennifer — the body, for one thing — and it’s not like he’ll be going free anytime soon, so I can understand why they chose not to pursue charges in Abby’s case.

Where is Abby, Michael?