Another one of those sad cases I hate

I was looking at the website for the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, which has a few MPs profiled. I saw one for Patricia Wood. Unfortunately I can’t put it on Charley because there’s no photo. The circumstances, what little is known of them, are very disheartening:

Patricia Ann Wood, born in 1972, disappeared from her home in Swanzey, NH some time around 1976. Her disappearance was not discovered by authorities until 1987, at which point it was determined that she had been missing for 11 years…

Garnell Moore, Brittany Williams, the Bryant kids, Adam Herrman, Erica Parsons, I’ve got another member of your club.

16 thoughts on “Another one of those sad cases I hate

    • Justin November 15, 2013 / 10:07 pm

      Way to go Jose. Nice find.

  1. NH November 15, 2013 / 9:36 pm

    Any others like this that could be Calidonia Doe? @ 18 in 1979? Never identified after all these years.

    • Meaghan November 15, 2013 / 10:42 pm

      Yeah, I saw that. Poor kid.

      • Meaghan November 16, 2013 / 4:37 pm

        Yeah, I’m going to put her up.

  2. mion November 16, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    Here’s another one to add to the ‘club’:

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/t/tillinghast_sheryl.html

    A missing persons report wasn’t filed until TWENTY-FREAKING-FIVE YEARS LATER.

    Christ, I’d freak out if my CAT went missing for a day, I can’t understand how you can go 25 years without doing literally anything to find your missing child…

  3. Princess Shantae November 16, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    Patty never had a chance. Nobody gave a damn for her, which is worse than just her being killed. Her stepmother’s ex knew something was wrong and did nothing. Who wouldn’t be scared to death and tell anybody he could think of if their son told them they’d seen a murder? He knew his ex-wife was violent since she’d attacked him with a knife, he knew Patty was miserable, his son tells him she’s dead and what happened to her, and he doesn’t do anything for years? He’s sorry now and he ought to be.

    • Meaghan November 16, 2013 / 4:02 pm

      To quote my beloved Robert Cormier, “Hell would not be anger but indifference.”

  4. Princess Shantae November 16, 2013 / 5:50 pm

    Remember Dear Marilyn in the newspapers? I forget exactly what her deal was but ppl wrote into her with all kinds of questions. Anyway the only thing I remember that she said that the opposite of love isn’t hate, its indifference. I think she’s right. You have to care in order to hate somebody, hate takes emotion; you can’t hate somebody who means nothing at all to you. Patty’s stepmother maybe did hate her, all those other ppl were indifferent.

    • Meaghan November 16, 2013 / 6:11 pm

      That makes a lot of sense. And it reminds me of another well-known axiom — I’ll quote from the movie Boondock Saints: “We must all fear evil men, but there is another kind of evil we must fear most of all. And that is the indifference of good men.” Patty’s stepmother hated her. And if just one other adult in her life hadn’t been so indifferent towards the little girl, maybe she would not have died.

    • NH July 14, 2014 / 11:43 pm

      There is a photo here. Although it is not so good.

      Where’s Patty? Decades later, question remains PATRICIA …
      http://www.unionleader.com/…/article?...
      Aug 18, 2013 – Patricia Ann Wood lived with her father, stepmother and three stepsiblings in the …

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