Something really weird and scary happened to me today that’s caused me to rethink some things. I don’t want to go into details about it other than to say it had nothing to do with Charley and right now I’m fine. Except I might not be updating for some time. Or I might stay up half the night tonight writing updates, and post like 20 tomorrow, who knows.
This week’s Flashback Friday case is eleven-year-old Billy Sena, who disappeared from Albuquerque, New Mexico with his nine-year-old cousin, Mary Lou, in 1979. They were last seen en route to the post office; they never made it. This case is somewhat unusual. If you don’t count runaways, family abductions and accidents, the Charley Project doesn’t have that many cases of children who disappeared together like that.
The Sena children’s cases didn’t come to my attention until a couple of years ago, and there hasn’t been any press about them in some time. Last I heard, which was in late 2011, the police were trying to locate and question Billy’s mom’s then-boyfriend as well as another woman who had lived at the Sena residence at the time. I have no idea whether authorities have located these people or if they’re even still alive or what.
But I assume the investigation is still active, even if it hasn’t been in the news. It’s not too late to find out what happened to Billy and Mary Lou Sena.
According to the Susan Cox Powell Foundation, true crime authors Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris will be “launching” their book about the Powell case on Friday at the Puyallup Public Library. The book is called If I Can’t Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children. It came out a week ago.
I hadn’t heard of this book. But I’ve placed a hold for it at the library.
Hi all. Once again I put out a call for suggestions for Select It Sunday. This coming Sunday will have to be a male MP, but I’m open to female MPs for future weeks.
This week’s featured missing person is Domanick Still, missing from Wynne, Arkansas since 2009. He was 27 years old at the time. I don’t have much on him.
Michael had made some changes to my computer, and after that I couldn’t get my graphics program to load. It crashed every time I tried. I couldn’t update as I wasn’t able to do the necessary cropping and editing of pictures. Well, I finally fixed it. I just reinstalled the program and it works fine now. Go figure. So anyway, I should be able to update now.
Tad DiBiase, a DC-area prosecutor and creator of the No Body Murder Cases website, has a book coming out in November, to be called No Body Homicide Cases. He sent me a flyer for it. It’s not a true-crime book but rather a how-to guide for police and prosecutors involved in such disappearances. From the flyer:
How do you prove someone is guilty of murder if there is no body? This practical guide for police and prosecutors provides an expansive look at both the history of no-body murder cases and the best methods to solve them and present the case in court. The author takes readers step by step from the first days of the homicide investigation through the end of the trial. The book is an essential resource for all investigators and a roadmap to a conviction for prosecutors.
The book is listed at $70 so I won’t be able to buy it. But I’m sure I can obtain a copy through my local library or the Ohio State University library system, via my father. I plan to read the book or at least skim it.
I’m having some software problems that are making it hard to update. I’m going to try (again) to fix them today, though.
In the meantime, check out today’s Executed Today entry. It’s a horrific story.
Missing persons who are native to a Central American country — as defined between Guatemala and Panama.
Nobody (though there are several who are thought to be there, or planned to travel there, or had been there before they went missing)
Sandra Yaneth Aguilar-Granados (I think)
Oscar Giovanni Garcia-Calles
Samuel Esay Garcia-Calles
Katya Marie Lyne
Cecilia Elizabeth Newball
Kimberly Abigail Orellana
Jose Francisco Fuentes Pereira
Eric Fernando Salguero Franco
Tilsia Peralta Martinez
I decided that, since today is both Sunday on Memorial Day Weekend AND National Missing Children’s Day, this week’s Select It Sunday case would be selected by yours truly. I thought I’d do a child who disappeared on May 25. There weren’t many of those, and I didn’t want to do Etan Patz as he would be too obvious. So I picked Teresa Marie Barbusca, missing from Stockton, California since 1999. She was sixteen and a half.
The Doe Network has a little bit more about Teresa than I do, this information from a Sacramento Bee article that ran in December 1999. Her NamUs profile also provides additional information. I’ll have to update her case. She was last seen in Stockton, but actually lived in Sacramento with her mother’s cousin. She had supposedly been hanging out with street kids, drinking and using hard drugs at the time of her disappearance. Teresa’s mom decided to move to Sacramento to be with her, and Teresa was unhappy about it. She disappeared two weeks later.
There seems to be little doubt that she did in fact run away, at least at first…but what happened to her later on? She was living a risky lifestyle and she’s been missing for fifteen years without a word. I hope she’s still out there and will call home, or call the NCMEC hotline, and at least let them know she’s alive.
Teresa would be 31 years old today. She and I share a birthday.