MP of the week

I had a really great time at my boyfriend’s family reunion this past weekend. I saw people I hadn’t seen in two years and won’t see for another two, and everyone was happy to see me and we all got on spendidly. I got a t-shirt for my trouble, too. I’d post a picture of me wearing it but it’s got his last name on it and I think he’d object.

Anyway, for my missing person of the week, it’s Wendall Elton Lankford. This case is one a you might call “underexposed.” Other people would call it “boring.” It is one of those “few details are available” cases which I haven’t updated since I first created the casefile in the autumn of 2010. He was 42 years old when he disappeared from the tiny town of Coldspring (pop. 853 at last count) in eastern Texas on September 6, 2008.

7 thoughts on “MP of the week

  1. Michael July 1, 2014 / 10:36 pm

    Glad you had a good time Meaghan; it’s always great to see family.

    Speaking of this case and others, I often wonder how many of these people choose to disappear versus abduction. I was nearly abducted as a child so I know the threat is real. But in case like these where there’s little to no information it makes one wonder. Have there ever been studies or research on this?

    • Meaghan July 1, 2014 / 10:59 pm

      I was also nearly abducted as a child, by a neighbor. I was about four. It was until I was much, much older, like fourteen, that I realized what he had tried to do to me.

      I can tell you the vast majority of adults who disappear have walked away on their own — but I can also say the vast majority of those turn up in a day or a week or so. How many people who have been missing for longer than a year — that is, people who could be on Charley — and have walked out on their own, I cannot say.

  2. battersearanger July 2, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    Why on this blog entry I don’t know but I thought I would use it to tap out a line to praise you for the wonderful job you do on Charleyproject. I live in the UK but first came across your site when I followed up a missing person sign I saw when on vacation in the US. I can’t even remember which person it was but my following up brought me here a short time later. Four years later, and having had a person go missing in my family at one time since, I am still visiting, finding it tremendously affecting that you devote so much of your time to missing people, whether they are ones fiercely and actively in the public eye, or like this one, someone who appears to have slipt out of view and whose case is underexposed. Keep on with your super work.

  3. Angie July 5, 2014 / 11:32 am

    Just out of curiosity I Googled this guy and according to public records he’s 52 (so would have been 46, not 42, when he disappeared I guess?) and it says he lives in New Caney, TX, which is about 30 miles away from Coldspring. It’s got to be the same guy considering he has the exact same name.

    That coupled with the fact that there’s no info about his disappearance at all, makes me think that maybe he’s not missing anymore but the family just never bothered to close the case? It also says he’s married, idk about you but if my husband was missing for 6 years I’d be publicizing the hell out of it online. Just my thoughts.

  4. Elaine Franklin Potter September 26, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Wendell Elton Lankford was my nephew; his mother was Shirley Lankford Wallace. Shirley died on September 5th of this year not knowing what happened to her son. Elton, as the Family called him or Buddy, his sisters called him; was her only son. Not knowing what happened to him; I believe made her give up on life. He was married and had 5 children. As for as I know nobody has ever said anything about them in this so-called investigation. What has happened to them; where are they? Makes a person wonder!

  5. J.T. June 1, 2021 / 1:39 pm

    Elaine you know I loved Elton like a brother. I’ve heard several stories of what happened to him. I don’t know if they are just stories or if they’re real real. The police should talk to his sons now that they are grown men.

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