People I’ll be taking off Charley when I get a chance. I say “partial list” because I’ve probably forgotten a few. Most of these are not happy endings.
Christina Adkins, 18 and five months pregnant, missing from Cleveland, Ohio since January 10, 1995. Her skeletal remains were found earlier this month off of Interstate 90. Elias Acevedo has been charged with killing Christina and another woman, as well as raping two little girls. There are a whopping 293 counts in his indictment.
Terrance Beghin, 26, missing from Port Charlotte, Florida since November 1, 1986. His car turned up in a canal in Punta Gorda, Florida earlier this month, with his body inside.
Robert Brown, 49, missing from Fort Worth, Texas since November 1, 2007. Robert’s sister wrote me to say he was found deceased in June and identified by DNA this month. She didn’t provide any other details, but given the man’s health problems I would guess it was natural causes.
John Cotton Jr., 4, missing from Placentia, California since December 4, 2009. His mom had abducted him to Zambia, which has not signed the Hague Treaty, so there was no way to get him back. In a wild stroke of luck, John’s dad found out his son had gone to visit a relative in the Netherlands, which IS a Hague Treaty country. He was able to get him back — although it did take three months. They’ve returned home to California.
Chrystal Gallegos, 14, missing from Bowling Green, Florida since January 18, 2009. She was a runaway, and was found safe this month.
Pamella Jackson and Cheryl Miller, both 17, missing from Vermillion, South Dakota since May 29, 1971. David Lykken, a former classmate of theirs who was later convicted of kidnapping and raping another woman, was charged with Pamella and Cheryl’s murders in 2007. The charges had to be dropped, as it turned out the police informant who reported hearing Lykken’s confession had lied. It turns out that the girls almost certainly did not meet with foul play at all: last month, the authorities found their car lying belly-up in a local creek. There were skeletal remains inside. That’s good enough for me.
Leah Johnson, Thomas Rios and Jimmy Williams, aged 18, 18 and 16, missing from Sayre, Oklahoma since November 20, 1970. In mid-September, the police stumbled across their car, with human skeletal remains, in Foss Lake. Like the aforementioned Miller/Jackson disappearance, it looks like these kids just had an unfortunate accident. Although it may be years before they’re officially identified, the police think they know the truth now.
Erick, Jonnathan and Joshua Nassar, aged 7, 12 and 9, missing from Davie, Florida since July 8, 2003. A presumed family abduction. They were found this month.
Joseph Pike, 35, missing from Surry City, North Carolina since June 16, 2009. His partial skeletal remains were found in the woods in April and identified early this month. They don’t know how or when he died.
Teresa Reyes, 17, missing from Albuquerque, New Mexico since July 1, 1998. Her skull — with the lower jaw and all but one of the teeth missing — was found in a dry creek bed about 65 miles from Albuquerque in 2004, but wasn’t identified until last month. There was no trauma to the skull and no indication of how she died.
Angela Tiyetta Terry, 27, missing from Laurinburg, North Carolina since May 21, 2004. Her remains were found in the local area a few weeks ago and have been identified; a lot of people wrote me about it. The cause of death, etc., is still under investigation.
Doris Anne Wood, 42, missing from Newark, Delaware since July 28, 1997. Her husband died this spring in Alabama, and as a result the storage unit he held in Kentucky was put up for sale. The guy who bought it found Doris’s bones in a bag inside. Robert Wood got away with murder.