Make-a-List Monday: Cars left at airports

This list was created by Carl Koppelman: Charley Project MPs whose cars were found abandoned at airports after they disappeared. Sometimes the MP walked out of their lives (or rather, flew out); more often someone wanted to make it LOOK like they walked out of their lives.

Cynthia Colleen Allegro
Ina M. Arnall
Barbara Ann Bockwith
Duane David Brown
Wendy Susan Byron
Marie Jane Carlson
James Elworth Craven
Joseph Wayne Daggett
Charles Robinson Davies III
John Wesley Davis
Angela Joan DeLawder
Patricia Alice Faulkner
Alejandro Flores Jr.
Kathy Mae Brownfield Goad
Haskell Wilson Gonzales
Bonnie Lynn Haim
James William Hires
Ruth Ann Homberg
Jonathan Bruce Jackson
Richard Kirchmann
Norvice Landon
Dagmar Louise Linton
Robert Donald Linton
Timothy Joseph Lynch
Stephanie Anne Lyng
Joseph Mack Maples
Jennifer Lynn Marcum
Robert G. Marvin Sr.
Jean McKinney
Helen Ann Morgan
Timothy Douglas Moreau
Judie Kay Lowery Munguia
Genevieve Munoz
Magdalena O. Perez
Stacy Ann Peterson
Frank M. Pozar
Tessie E. Pozar
Ann Mineko Racz
Grace Marie Canto Reapp
Betty Irene Redmond
John Patrick Rowan Jr.
Beverly Gail Sabo
Angela Pitz Smith
Deling Sun
Lisa Alaria Szasz-Lazzaro
Dang Tang
John Michael Vengrin
Paul Alan Vogen
Jerry Alfred Wolking Sr.
Jack Scott Wood
Nancy Wroblewski

14 thoughts on “Make-a-List Monday: Cars left at airports

  1. Carey D January 13, 2014 / 1:05 am

    I knew this would be a longer list. Why airports, assuming they didn’t leave on a plane? To make it look that way, or hard to find their car? always wondered
    (Never flown)

    • Angie January 13, 2014 / 9:32 am

      There was an episode of the Sopranos where a character was killed and afterwards the mob left her car in the long-term parking lot of the airport. Some of those cars are left there for a really long time apparently, and the parking lot is huge, so it could be a really long time before the car was discovered and by then potential leads might have evaporated. Honestly I think there are probably more cars of missing people at airports than we think. Really creepy if you think about it.

  2. Lisa Patterson January 13, 2014 / 1:07 am

    Every time I drive by our airport parking, I think about this very list! When I drive by our landfill, I think of how many people now reside eternally there. A few years ago they planted lots of flowers in front of the landfill, so I guess at least they have those.

    • Carey D January 13, 2014 / 1:12 am

      The landfill thought is an awful reality.

  3. Madelaine January 13, 2014 / 2:06 am

    Noticed an error: Dang Tang links to Timothy Douglas Moreau.

  4. Jose January 13, 2014 / 6:35 am

    Elizabeth Kenyon?

  5. Holly January 13, 2014 / 8:21 am

    I think the reason why cars are left at airports are to throw off the investigation. Make it seem like there’s a chance that the person could have walked out of their life and put focus on the problems that could have made them want to do that. For instance, Grace Reapp. I do not think and have never thought she and her daughter, Gracie, walked out of their life. I think her husband killed them and disposed of their bodies somewhere.

  6. Kat January 13, 2014 / 12:12 pm

    I would have thought this list would have been longer, not that that is a good thing. Also, there have been more than one victim found in their trunk parked at an airport in murder cases. These lots are HUGE. When I got married in Vegas, we got back at night and even though we had the lot/space number written down, we still couldn’t find the damn car. Let me tell you, that particular airport lot has to be the size of a football stadium, at least. Unless you are up on it, it has to be next to impossible to notice a car parked there for ages. Same with parking garages.

  7. Lia January 14, 2014 / 9:47 am

    I know some lots will make chalk markings to track cars left for “excessive” amounts of time, and then investigate, but plenty of people might really take a 3-4 week trip and leave their cars behind legitimately. In a big airport like O’Hare or LAX, it could take a long time to notice.

    • Angie January 14, 2014 / 10:44 am

      Although judging by how quickly the cars were found in these listed cases (the longest by a large margin was 6 months) I think law enforcement must probably have a protocol to check nearby airports if someone goes missing with their vehicle. My fiance once told me that there are some cars in long term parking that have been there for so long, they have visible dust on them.

  8. CarlK90245 January 14, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    A MP not listed in Charley – Debra Cressotti was the person whose disappearance made me think of this list.

    Also, if you’ve read the book A Beautiful Child (about the Sharon Marshall mystery), you might remember that Franklin Floyd’s victim Cheryl Commesso drove a red Corvette that was also found in an airport parking lot after her disappearance. Her bones were found a few years later, and she remained unidentified for a few years after that.

    • Eastharp September 8, 2014 / 4:15 am

      @CarlK90245 do you mind me asking did you know Debra Cressotti?

  9. Justin July 31, 2015 / 4:19 am

    I just saw that they found part of a skull on property Bonnie Lynn Haim used to live in. Workers digging out an old pool in the backyard of a home where 23-year-old Haim lived found what appeared to be a skull. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to the home on Dolphin Avenue in Jacksonville on December 14, 2014 after the workers called 911.

    No word if they managed to get DNA from it. They usually have to get DNA from the marrow when dealing with skeletal remains and I know that DNA is available for Bonnie from her NamUs webpage at https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/21088.

    Article is at http://www.news4jax.com/news/remains-found-at-missing-woman-home-are-human/30464092

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