I am so sick of this

The disappearance of little Jeremiah Oliver has got me thinking about all the other children out there who disappeared under similar circumstances — i.e. their disappearances were not reported for weeks or months or years, and there’s a good chance it was their own parents or guardians that harmed them. I thought I’d list their names again, and the lengths of time that passed in between time of disappearance and MP report.

Logan Bowman — 20 days
Austin Eugene Bryant — 8 years
Edward Dylan Bryant — 10 years
Adam Joseph Herrman — 9 years
James. P. Higham III — 28 days
Peter J. Kema Jr. — 3-4 months
Garnell Monroe Moore — 2 years
Erica Parsons — 1 year
Michelle Kelly Pulsifer — 32 years
Qua’mere Sincere Rogers — 8 months
Rene Alberto Romero — not sure, something less than 4 years
Dwight Stallings — 6 weeks
Aarone Thompson — 1 year, maybe?
Brittany Renee Williams — 2 years
Rilya Shenise Wilson 1 year
Patricia Wood — 11 years

I’m sure there are more. It’s just these are the only ones I can think of at present.

I’ll repeat what I said on this blog almost five years ago:

When you think about it, it could be shockingly easy to conceal your child’s disappearance, particularly with very young children who aren’t old enough to be enrolled in school (or who, like Garnell Moore, were never registered for school even when they got old enough). Families move away and lose touch. Kids are sent to live with relatives and aren’t seen anymore. If it was a single parent with one child and not much of an extended family, or if two parents collaborated and kept it a secret among themselves, and they kept their story straight, the lie could hold indefinitely. I read a book once about a scheme where parents would send their more troublesome teenage offspring to a rural “boarding school,” when in fact they were knowingly sending them to a facility that killed them and hid their bodies.

It seems to me that the main problem we have to deal with here (besides abusive and/or abetting family members) is a lack of community, a lack of neighbors looking out for neighbors, or extended family looking out for extended family. To give you an example of a case that DIDN’T turn into one of the kinds of disappearances listed above, I refer you to my Executed Today article about William Showers, who slaughtered his two grandsons after telling everyone they were getting adopted by a family in Texas. Who knows, Showers could have gotten away with murder had the neighbors not noticed that his story didn’t add up. They went to the cops within a few days, who launched a search for the boys and found their bodies.

Now, I’m not going to say that everything was rosy back in Ye Olden Times and people looked out for each other. In those days it was probably just as easy to conceal a child’s disappearance and it probably happened just as often, if not more so. But if more people paid attention to what was going on around them, instead of saying “it’s not my business” or simply not caring, maybe the disappearances on my list would have been reported sooner or maybe they wouldn’t have happened in the first place.

If nothing else, we need to learn some kind of lesson from the stories of the children listed above. This kind of thing should never happen at all.

16 thoughts on “I am so sick of this

    • Eliyah Dawahda January 6, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Nikole is alive! Had they searched outside of the box, they may have found her. She is alive and now she is well. She grew up with a fake identity by not so nice people. She was unaware of her true identity until this past summer when it was discovered that the birth certificate she was using was a fake. After informing authorities DNA samples were collected on 09/27/2017. After which the poster was changed from endangered missing to just missing and race was changed from biracial to other. Her granddaughter that’s about the age in the picture is a splitting image in comparison. She wonders how can her story still be so interesting yet no cares to hear from her and her ordeal. If interested in hearing from her respond. She has had a very difficult and different life and now desires love and support.

      • Meaghan January 6, 2018 / 10:23 pm

        How do you know all this?

      • Eliyah Dawahda January 7, 2018 / 11:36 am

        On September 27, 2017 my wife DNA was obtained by law enforcement. Still waiting on the results.

      • Meaghan January 7, 2018 / 11:38 am

        I hope it turns out she is Nikole.

      • Emily Bennett August 29, 2018 / 4:46 pm

        If this is true, I would love to know this information. I knew this family and this little girl. The story haunts me. I would love to know that she is alive.

  1. myfibroexperience December 19, 2013 / 10:32 pm

    I totally agree…my mom was in a very abusive situation and trying to keep us safe but I still don’t understand how she could have waited so long…

  2. Orla December 20, 2013 / 5:39 am

    Also, this little guy who seems to have been missing a few weeks before he was reported

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/j/jennings_amir.html

    And this comment is not about the above case, but a general comment about these types of cases…..I get families. I know how people can be. But some of these kids were let down not only by the parent that disappeared them, but also by the extended family who could have done more and who ought to have known that they were at risk of harm.

  3. Karen Klinesmith Weber December 20, 2013 / 9:05 am

    All of these cases are disturbing on so many levels. It disgusts me that in the case of James Higham III, the person who not only murdered him but chopped up his body and placed it in different Dumpsters around the city got only 7 1/2 years. There is seriously something wrong with our justice system.

    • forthelost December 20, 2013 / 12:27 pm

      I got an email once from one of the people implicated in his death, irate that I’d said… they were implicated in his death.

  4. Brooke December 20, 2013 / 10:09 am

    The case that sticks with me and haunts me is little Christian Ferguson. If you google his name, you can read the actual case reports about how he was treated when he was alive and the events that led up to his disappearance. It may only have been a day or two before his father called the police, but it is absolutely heartbreaking. http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/f/ferguson_christian.html

    • Meaghan December 20, 2013 / 4:24 pm

      I don’t think that can be right. The article is over two years old; I think if there really was a third kid missing, details would have been released and he’d be on NCMEC and stuff like his brothers. I do know they did adopt a third child, Austin and Edward’s bio-brother.

  5. Mischa December 20, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    I hope they found the third kid alive and well.

  6. Holly December 24, 2013 / 12:13 pm

    Amanda Nicole Eileen Campbell will be missing for 22 years this Friday, December 27. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

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