I guaran-friggin-tee Marylinda Cordova was NOT 20 inches tall when she disappeared. That’s one and a half feet tall, and she was four. I think even infants are bigger than that. Even if it was a mistake and the submitter meant she was two feet tall, that’s still way too small. I found this chart saying the average height for a four-year-old girl is 37 inches — nearly twice what Marylinda’s is said to be.
I believe you have to have a height and weight when you enter a case into NamUs. My theory is that the submitter didn’t know and put in a wild guess.
I’m planning to put Marylinda up tomorrow. I will not include a height or weight. (The weight sounds more reasonable, only five pounds less than the average, so it will go in.) I’m hoping by this blog post to prevent people from emailing me saying I forgot to put those stats in.