Charley Project mentioned in master’s thesis

A Dutch woman named Nathalie Swinkels wrote to me to say she’d mentioned, and cited, my site several times in her master’s thesis, Stay Away From Missing Persons’ Cases On The Internet: Should managers and users of missing persons’ websites be afraid of copyright infringement and defamation?

It’s a very interesting thesis actually. It turns out the author’s been following the Charley Project and my blog for years.

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11 thoughts on “Charley Project mentioned in master’s thesis

  1. Holly August 19, 2013 / 10:34 pm

    Ok. I read the Updates for today. And the case or lack thereof, I should say, of Sturgis Lee Wittenburg really has me puzzled. For several reasons. First, how is she? Second, there’s nearly zilch out there about her disappearance – really- noth-ing. Third, her picture makes it very hard to tell if she’s an adult or a child. The ones where there’s not much information really get to me.

    • Meaghan August 19, 2013 / 10:42 pm

      Those cases always depress me.

      • Jose August 20, 2013 / 3:03 pm

        I think Sturgis is a toddler wearing a wig? I read she was a year old.

      • Meaghan August 20, 2013 / 4:38 pm

        I’m quite sure that DOB was a mistake.

  2. Idyla (@idylarocks) August 20, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    A child that young can have that much hair AND wear glasses. If their vision is incredibly poor, they need them that early. I wonder if her case is just new to the internet and more will get posted. Someone bothered to get her glasses and they MUST me missing her.

  3. Holly August 20, 2013 / 9:28 pm

    I read she was 14 months old. Her whole case simply bewilders me. I know she disappeared in 1997 but there are no missing notices in the news, or reports about her disappearance – nothing. Surely, there’s a story there. Sorry to keep rambling but this case really has me bewildered. Aside from that, I truly hope she was simply taken by someone who wanted to raise a child or by a family member. But there’s just …nothing. Meaghan, I hope you feel better soon. I know you’ve been down.

  4. Abra August 20, 2013 / 9:47 pm

    Sturgis is an odd name especially for a girl. I’m assuming it has some meaning behind it. Perhaps it is a family name. I’m assuming alot here, but it seems as if you give a child a name with some sort of meaning behind it that you have to care about her at least somewhat and would make some effort to publicize her disappearance. I could be totally wrong, though.
    I do wonder if she was in the care of her family or the state.

    I agree that she doesn’t resemble a 14 month old.

    • Holly August 21, 2013 / 11:33 am

      I agree with you.

  5. Kat August 20, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    She might very well have a medical condition too. The puffy face thing, I know there is a name for it, and I think it goes along with being very short/small. I think she is an adult, albeit one with no family it seems to publicize her case.

  6. Princess Shantae August 21, 2013 / 12:26 pm

    She’s certainly an odd-looking little person, no matter how old she is.
    I don’t think Sturgis is a very nice name at all. It makes me think of that place up in South Dakota where they have all the bikers every year.
    Maybe it had some meaning to herb parents, but maybe not. Even if it did it doesn’t mean they realy cared for her. Rilya Wilson’s mother named her that because she said it stood for Remember I Love You Always, but she pretty much abandoned her right from the start.

  7. Holly August 23, 2013 / 2:22 pm

    If she was abducted at the age of 14 months old, she would not remember her parents or caretakers. She would remember the person or people who became her “parent” or “parents” later. Permanent memories typically begin around the earliest age of 2. I hope she is out there somewhere.

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