An exciting day all around

The entire world is cheering at the rescue of Amanda, Gina and Michelle. I am, of course, cheering along with them. On a personal level it’s exciting for me cause I’ve been contacted by several reporters and did a phone interview with a French media outlet. (No, I can’t find the interview on their website yet.) I believe this was actually a live interview which they translated into French for the benefit of their viewers. They asked for a picture of me and I supplied this one because it was taken only about six months ago and unlike in some of my other photos I don’t look like I’m twelve years old.

They wanted to talk to me about Ashley Summers, another missing girl from Cleveland, and whether her case might be related to the others. Saying “I don’t know” didn’t seem altogether helpful, but I was happy to provide details of Ashley’s disappearance anyway. It’s good to be able to use these girls’ being found as a springboard to provide publicity to other cases. I expect a lot of communities are going to have articles like “Have you heard about the girls that were found in Cleveland after being missing for ten years? Well, here’s some missing persons from OUR area.” Several reporters have written me asking if I have contact info for the families of other missing people; I’m quite sure this is what they have in mind.

Several outlets have used Charley as a source in their write-up on these cases. For example, Reuters, and this Native American news site. (Amanda Berry is part Native American.) Also Wikipedia. I expect other people have used Charley too but haven’t bothered to credit me. Ah well.

Hey, they’re all welcome to it. The more the merrier. This is, after all, sort of what the Charley Project is designed for. A publicity vehicle, like I say on my front page. Happy I could be of service, etc.

14 thoughts on “An exciting day all around

  1. Marilyn Berry Rogers May 7, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    This just goes to show how important you and the Charley Project are to keeping missing men, women and children in the public’s eye.

  2. Jane May 7, 2013 / 7:16 pm

    Charley is really a good site. Meaghan- did you hear about police finding Hailey Dunn’s body? Not every case can turn out the one today. 😦

  3. Peter Henderson Jr. May 7, 2013 / 8:30 pm

    Meaghan a personal observation from today’s new reports. I stumbled upon Elizabeth Frank’s case, and her brand new picture today, while looking for information about Michelle Knight, 20.

    Michelle is the first, oldest, kidnap victim miraculously recovered alive yesterday in Cleveland, Ohio.

    ‘Nightmare over’ news banners said, after Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found ten year or more after last seen alive.

    I know about Amanda and Gina, their cases were frequently reported in the news. But I knew nothing about Michelle.

    A quick review showed she was not listed at NamUs, the Charley Project, the Doe Network, the North American Missing Person’s Network, not even the Ohio Attorney Generals missing persons website.

    Michelle Knight, online anyway, simply did not exist.

    It’s very early in this story, maybe I missed a link, maybe Michelle was never reported missing in the first place. But maybe this story will demonstrate a very sad but still prevalent theme. A few get all the news– the vast majority of others — equally lost, get nothing.

    follow up to a online friend.

    Thanks Dena, that UK news report about Michelle confirms what I felt may be the case.

    Every time one of these cases are solved, the long missing person found alive, we learn a tiny bit more.

    Every time the accepted paradigm gets tweaked a bit. Hopefully those entrusted with finding our missing, learn a bit.

    After all, if all those currently listed as missing today died on 911, or on a distant battlefield, it would be considered a profound national tragedy. No expense would be spared to find the reason why they vanished.

    But the missing disappear singularly, one by one, not in groups. They go missing day after day, year after year, only remembered by their local community, their family, their friends

    But in each case, and there are thousands of them, countless lives are never the same.

  4. Kat May 8, 2013 / 6:17 pm

    I say leave them up for a while, anyone who saw Charley credited or heard about it on other blogs or whatever will come here, and curiosity will keep them here and check out other cases, the more eyes on mps the better! The Daily Mail from the UK has multiple articles posted by the hour, some great, some not so much, but it has helped me in consolidating all the news. I was glad to read of Jaycee Dugard and family and some other mps/families being able to comment at the Hope Awards. And as always, John Walsh is awesome.

  5. Idyla (@idylarocks) May 9, 2013 / 11:20 pm

    I kind of prefer for pages to stay up for a bit after they’ve been resolved with the older cases. It’s nice to kind of refresh my memory and know their story.

  6. Cattt May 10, 2013 / 1:31 am

    Good for you! Someone Facebook’d the article and it had alot of comments. I mentioned knowing about them from the Charley Project.

  7. Mark Ryder May 10, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    Firstly, it’s a disgrace that Michele Knight was not being looked for by the rozzers (Rozzers = English slang for Cops). I can understand people wanting to go off and be by themselves for a while, or a very long time (I’m that way inclined myself), but almost no-one cuts off ALL contact with their family and friends forever. When someone has suddenly disappeared and from that point on no birthday or Christmas cards are sent to anyone by them, and they don’t make or receive any phone calls, and no-one has an address for them, it almost certainly means something VERY BAD has happened to that person. When will the police (in whatever country) wake up to this fact? Also, am I the only person who thinks the sketch of the man acting suspiciously in the Georgina DeJesus case at the time of her abduction (featured at the end of The Charley Project page for her) looks like one of the brothers of you-know-who… I’m just saying. Doesn’t it resemble O.C (brother of A.C)? I think it does. What do you think? (Message for any lawyers: I’m just suggesting a resemblance. I’m NOT saying anyone is guilty of anything).

    • Idyla (@idylarocks) May 11, 2013 / 7:06 pm

      I think the main reason they weren’t putting as much effort into her case is that her family wrote her off as a runaway as well.

      • Peter Henderson Jr. May 12, 2013 / 7:52 am


        Michelle was not a runaway. When her family reported her missing police told them she was a voluntary missing adult and I feel sure they added that braking off all contact with them was not against the law.

        That was the beginning and end of their investigation into Michelle’s disappearance. They did not list as missing anywhere. If instead of three live victims, police had found three sets of skeletal remains Amanda and Gina would have been quickly identified, but Michelle would have remained a Jane Doe for many months, maybe years, possibly never identified.

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