A slew of MP articles

As I figured would happen, in the wake of Amanda-Michelle-Gina there have been loads of newspapers all over the country doing articles on THEIR cold case missing persons cases. Here are a few (I’m not including articles that are just lists of names and NCMEC posters):

Man’s hope for missing daughter renewed: for Sharon Baldeagle. This case was one that grabbed me early on. I remember encountering it when I was twelve or thirteen, and finding just enough details to frustrate me horribly: the NCMEC poster at the time said something like “Sharon was last seen in Evansville, Wyoming after being kidnapped by a suspect who is now in custody. Sharon has never been found. FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED.” I couldn’t find any details anywhere about the kidnapping, the suspect, etc., for the longest time. Now I know quite a bit more of course but I was still happy to see the this article appear, because Sharon hasn’t had any press that I know of since Royal Russell Long’s death twenty years ago.
El Paso boy, 14, disappeared 30 years ago: for Ruben Humberto Herrera. This case is kinda similar to Sharon’s actually, in that it’s a presumed non-family abduction and he was last seen with some identified person who later turned up without him. The article doesn’t really say anything new.
Case Cold But Not Closed: Still Searching for Missing Aiken County Boy: for Jeremy James Grice. Not much in this article, but the police seem to be saying it’s entirely possible he’s still alive. He was young enough that he may not know he’s missing or remember who he used to be.
The family of a local woman missing for 9 years says amazing story in Cleveland gives them hope: for Sarah Nicole Vitt. Has a new photo and a few details.
Five years after Brandon Swanson’s disappearance, the porch light’s still on: for Brandon Victor Swanson. A detailed article here, though it doesn’t look like there’s anything new to put on Charley.
After 30 years, search for Bobby Joe Fritz continues: for Robert Joseph Fritz. This case is indeed, as the police detective quoted in the article says, “a head-knocker.” He seems to have just vanished into thin air, like Jeremy Grice mentioned above. And like Jeremy, he was just young enough at the time to have been raised as someone else and not even know it.
Local woman still has hope of finding missing child: for Alexandra Marie McIntire. This is exceptionally sad because the case is so solvable. They know exactly who the abductor is. They know where she lives and what she does for a living. Even I know those things, though I didn’t give the woman’s name or exact location on Alexandra’s Charley Project page. I really don’t understand why nothing was done in this case and why the police just didn’t seem to care. I’ve been in touch with Alexandra’s mother. She was only nineteen years old when this happened. She was deeply traumatized, of course, and has never had another child.
A cold case, a sister’s final hope: for Anthony Peter Tumolo. His sister thinks he’s dead and only hopes to recover his body.
Cleveland gives Caokia, Ill. investigators hope: for Gary James Shanley. Not much here; one of those “who knows what happened to him, but it probably wasn’t good” cases.
62-year-old woman awaits reunion with her sister, who’s been missing since 1970: for Denise Marie Sheehy. First article I have ever seen on this case. It looks like the “Woodside, New York” Denise disappeared from is actually just a neighborhood of Queens in New York City. She went missing on her sister’s birthday, and it looks like they were a close family.
27 years later: Abeyta family still hopeful missing son will be found: for Christopher Enoch Abeyta. This is another case that’s always caught my eye, perhaps because Christopher is only six weeks younger than I am.
Holding out hope missing Bridgeport girl is alive: for Bianca Elaine Lebron. The video has an interview with her grandmother, who still lives in the same house as she did when Bianca disappeared. The police detective in charge of her case thinks she could still be alive.
Myron Traylor: Valley 13-year-old went missing 25 years ago: for Myron Timell Traylor. Myron’s parents are both dead, but his aunt was interviewed for this article. She thinks he’s dead. I think she’s right.
Investigator to re-open 22-year-old murder case: for Deborah Jean McKneely. The police think it was a “domestic-related incident.” She was in the middle of a nasty divorce. No prizes for guessing who was responsible for this, then.
Ohio captive case gives hope to families of missing: for Cynthia D. Coleman. Rasheeyda Robinson Wilson and Jahi Marques Turner are also mentioned.
On Mother’s Day, Cleveland case lifts hope missing children are not lost: for Michaela Joy Garecht and Phoenix Lucille Coldon. Those two cases aren’t related; they just happened to be profiled in the same article.
Las Vegas detective compares unsolved 1999 missing person case to ‘a scar on your heart’: for Karla Carolina Rodriguez. There’s not anything in this article that I haven’t got, as there’s plenty of stuff on Karla’s Charley page. She is one of those very rare cases that’s a true stranger abduction. Even Elizabeth Smart and Gina DeJesus’s kidnappers had met them before.

16 thoughts on “A slew of MP articles

  1. Kristy Gault May 18, 2013 / 9:54 pm

    I have noticed there has been a lot of press for missing persons, and a lot of renewed interest in missing persons websites. This is a good thing. I have also noticed a lot of cases being highlighted in the news I have never heard of before, so that’s a REAL good thing. It’s been sort of bothering me though, that this case has given so many renewed hope, and I hope this isn’t a hurtful thing in the end. A very fine line there. I also hope this encourages some police departments to re-open some cold cases and give them a fresh look.

  2. Kristy Gault May 18, 2013 / 9:56 pm

    Oh, I forgot to say, I wish that the three females just located deceased in Oklahoma would have got a little more coverage before this story broke.

    • Meaghan May 18, 2013 / 10:03 pm

      I saw that photo of the grave. It was awful. I mean, you could tell which one was which by the clothes, and see what positions they’d been lying in and everything.

      • Kristy Gault May 18, 2013 / 10:05 pm

        I didn’t see that. I thought that story was astounding, that they found them after all of this time. I don’t understand why they have the owner of the property in custody, but not the woman who allegedly dropped them off at the Wal-Mart.

      • Meaghan May 18, 2013 / 10:08 pm

        Because he’s the one who lead them to the bodies. He’s charged as an accessory to murder, I believe. Which means the police think the murders were committed by someone else for whom they don’t have enough evidence to charge yet.

  3. holly May 18, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    I hope the recent increase in.media coverage for missing people will re-new some investigations. Like that of Amanda “Nikki” Campbell,who I have nicknamed “the forgotten child of the missing”. It’s appalling how little there is out there about her – nearly nothing. And police seem to have simply stop investigating her case. From what I can tell. Her case seems to be a rare stranger abduction as well. I hope some answers are found one day.

    • Meaghan May 18, 2013 / 11:17 pm

      Do you think Tim Bindner was involved?

      Christmases for families of MPs tend to suck pretty bad. Probably all the more so for Nikki’s family, since she disappeared just two days later.

      • holly May 19, 2013 / 12:56 am

        I used to think for sure he was. But I now think perhaps someone else was involved. He’s definitely a very unusual person and I have not, in my personal theory, ruled him out. The thing is…nothing and I mean…nothing has been discovered of her. Not clothes. No evidence. No reported sightings,that I have been able to find. Its like Nikki simply disappeared. No one,after nearly twenty two years,has come forward to say anything about her. Its just highly unusual is all..

  4. Peter Henderson Jr. May 19, 2013 / 7:52 am

    Meaghan what was your take from the article about Denise Sheehy?

    While I doubt it will ever be solved unless there is a deathbed confession it sounds to me like the answers were always in the Woodside section of Queens. Now that we know the augment with her mother was over drinking I think the person or persons she most likely ran to that day were the people she was with earlier.

    Its important to remember that the drinking age in New York was 18 when Denise vanished so its not like she was necessarily hanging out with those much older then her.

  5. Princess Shantae May 19, 2013 / 8:22 am

    You would think the Oklahoma case would of had a lot more publicity than it did and maybe it would if the three in Cleveland hadn’t turned up right around the same time. That kind of family drama Wendy and them were having usually makes good copy.
    Yes I think Tim Binder was involved in Amanda Campbell’s case, and Michaela Garecht’s and Amber Swartz’s case. Curtis Anderson or no Curtis Anderson. Binder shows up too close to too many cases to call it just a coincidence or him being just weird.

    • holly May 19, 2013 / 1:01 pm

      Tim Bindner is definitely a weird one. I do not think Curtis Dean Anderson is involved. For several reasons. However I think somehow Michaela’s,Amanda’s,and Amber’s cases are all related. There are too many similiarities in all three. I know Michaela’s case is still very much open and investigated through her mom’s blog. However Amanda’s seems to be stagnant or a cold case and Amber’s is closed – sadly. I just hope someday soon these two will get a fresh new look. They deserve it.

    • holly May 19, 2013 / 2:47 pm

      I agree. I’ve read some very damning evidence against Bindner. Its really hard to discern whether he is involved or not. Bindner is an extremely intelligent opportunist too. He’s not your average kidnapper,if he is involved, to any degree. As far as Amanda’s case, the police just don’t have enough to all out hold Bindner as a suspect – although he has long been the main one. But it seems they just stopped at him and closed everything up on her case. There’s a danger in only focusing on one avenue because it prematurely leads to a dead end.

      • Kim May 19, 2013 / 11:58 pm

        Myron Traylors disappearance has moms creepy boyfriend all over it. I can’t believe the DA never went after him based on circumstantial evidence which is still enough to possibly get a conviction.

  6. Aniela May 20, 2013 / 9:27 am

    The Alexandra McIntire piece implies Alexandra had been left with the caregiver while her mom drove cross-country. That aspect reminds me of this news story: http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/biological-mother-makes-mission-of-contesting-adoption-after-31-years/1268810. In both cases, a young mother left her child with a caregiver for several days or weeks; in both cases, the child seems to have been illegally adopted by the caregiver or someone close to her. Sad that Arsena likely won’t even get the amount of closure the woman in Florida has.

    • Meaghan May 20, 2013 / 12:12 pm

      Alexandra’s mother couldn’t take care of her because of the baby’s medical needs, the mom’s military obligations and the fact that the baby’s father was stationed with the military on the other side of the country. She’d gotten really close to the caregiver and saw her as a mother/older sister figure. The caregiving arrangement was just supposed to be temporary, but Arsena totally had the wool pulled over her eyes and then the police wouldn’t do anything to help her. It’s an extremely sad story.

    • Meaghan May 20, 2013 / 12:43 pm

      The article you linked to is very intriguing and sad. I shared it on the Charley Project FB page.

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