Flashback Friday: Michelle Doherty Thomas

Michelle Thomas‘s case barely qualifies as a Flashback Friday: FF cases are meant to be older than me, and it appears Michelle disappeared just a few hours before I was born: October 5, 1985, from Santa Fe, Texas. Her case is one of the distinct minority of Charley Project cases that have NEVER been updated in the over ten years I’ve run this site.

I don’t have much on Michelle, other than the interesting facts that she was a police informant, and that she could have been the victim of a serial killer. In her picture she looks very eighties, with the feathered hair and everything. Frozen in time.


One of the Charley Project Irregulars (people who frequently send me information and links to articles about MPs; I took the term from Sherlock Holmes) sent me this article¬†about one Shonna Wesley, who’s been missing since 1981.

I wish the article had more information. Yes, it has a photograph — the only existing photograph, it says — of Shonna. They interviewed her daughter, who provided a few details about her disappearance. But:

  1. Exactly when did Shonna disappear? Do they even know? I’m thinking it was sometime in late May, but I’m not 100% sure on that.
  2. Can we have a physical description of Shonna?
  3. What about her age at least? Surely they know that?
  4. Where is a contact number to reach law enforcement in case you know anything?

That kind of stuff — or lack of stuff, really — drives me nuts.

MP of the week: Elvia Morales

This week’s featured missing person, Elvia Morales, was abducted more or less forcibly from her home by a family acquaintance when she was only fourteen years old. Apparently they had been having an “inappropriate” relationship, this in spite of the fact that he was twenty-plus years older than her, married and a father. A day later, Elvia called home to say she was okay and to not look for her. She hasn’t been heard from since.

It seems likely that Elvia is alive if not well, and that she and her abductor, Juan Martinez Martinez, may be in California or more likely in Mexico. It’s very sad to have her ripped from her family and her childhood cut short like that. My guess is she’s tied down with a couple of kids now.

Elvia will turn 20 years old in just a few days. She’s been missing five and a half years.

I get to do public speaking now

My dad’s a member of the local Lions Club¬†and just now he called me up and said he had volunteered my services as a speaker for sometime in March, assuming I was okay with the idea. I said I was. I’ve never spoken in public about Charley, but I did a presentation about gemstones before a college geology class (twice), and I’m certainly not shy. I’ll have plenty of time to prepare, six weeks or two months, and a lot of the audience will be people I know. It should go all right.

Lack of technology will be an issue. I used a PowerPoint presentation on a projector for the gemstones presentation; the Lions Club’s clubhouse doesn’t have one. I may just have to rely on dead trees. I will, of course, pass out business cards.

A pretty good NamUs article

I posted it on Charley’s Facebook page but thought I’d also share it here: an article from the Denton Record-Chronicle, explaining how NamUs works and what it’s capable of doing.

I wonder how many Charley Project cases list NamUs as a source. I’m sure it’s thousands, perhaps the majority of cases now. Certainly I have enough NamUs cases lying around that I have yet to put up. They’re way ahead of me.

Make-a-List Monday: Presumed accidental drownings

This is a list of people who are presumed to have been victims of an accidental (that is, non-homicidal, non-suicidal) drowning.

  1. Breiton Scott Ackerman
  2. William Mark Adair
  3. Jason Scott Adkins
  4. Timothy Allen Adkins
  5. Robert Scott Agathluk
  6. Edward Ryan Makua Hanai Aikau
  7. Joel Allen Amundson
  8. William Anderson
  9. John C. Anstess
  10. Joel Anthony Ariza
  11. Jefferson Brian Arms
  12. Andrew James Armstrong Jr.
  13. Daniel Jay Arroyo
  14. Earl Atkinson
  15. Shawn Farzad Attaie
  16. Mark Lindsey Bachelder
  17. Bobby Linwood Barbers
  18. Eric Joseph Barbree
  19. Thomas Basgier
  20. Lillie Ioni Beden
  21. Brooke Leonard Bennett
  22. Anthony R. Biernes
  23. Jason Edward Bjaranson
  24. Michael Black
  25. Avery Bryant Blakeley
  26. William Ward Bleakley
  27. John F. Bolden
  28. Shari Renae Booth
  29. Samuel Wheaton Bower
  30. Laurence Kailanii Brannum
  31. Carl Brennick
  32. Gary Shawn Bryant
  33. John Arthur Butler
  34. Nicholas Howard Buttle
  35. Theodore Gerard Cabugos II
  36. Robert Bernard Canuelle
  37. Antreas Chester Cantrell
  38. Alfred Guy Cardell
  39. Percy Ray Carson
  40. Michael Charles Causley
  41. Rogelio Realme Cerda
  42. Kawika David Benjamin Chetron
  43. Austin Jay Childs
  44. Jin F. Chin
  45. Daniel Lee Cho
  46. John S. Claypool
  47. Christopher Michael Colyer
  48. Jack Leon Cooper
  49. Victor Marquis Cooper
  50. Michael Timothy Costello
  51. James Donald Crockett
  52. Walter E. Culp Jr.
  53. Nicole B. Cuomo
  54. Dennis Allen Cyncor-McMillan
  55. Mitchell Leslie Darlington
  56. Lynn Sherwood Deibert
  57. Lorree Lee Dennis
  58. Raul Marrero Diaz
  59. Christopher D. Dickinson
  60. Charles L. Dillon
  61. Germano Dilorenzo
  62. Rowan Grey Makana Fehring Dingwall
  63. Long Manh Duong
  64. Benjamin Alan Eder
  65. Neil Alan Eddleman
  66. Neil Wayne Eddleman
  67. Michael David Ewing
  68. Stanley Roscoe Fadden
  69. William Farrer
  70. Joshua Price Feebeck
  71. David Dalton Field
  72. Daria Finn
  73. Alexandra Marie Flores
  74. William Henry Forshee Jr.
  75. William Henry Forshee Sr.
  76. Ian Dennis Foster
  77. Joseph Osell Frazier
  78. Bernhard Fricke
  79. Austin Dominique Fuda
  80. Matthew Kirby Gale Jr.
  81. Edward Joseph Garlinghouse Jr.
  82. Juan Gravado
  83. Katie Michelle Gray
  84. Hannah Griffith
  85. Joseph Michael Gutierrez
  86. Muna Mahamud Haji
  87. Jared Hamrick
  88. Caleigh Anne Harrison
  89. Jason Roy Henderson
  90. Remigio Herrera Hernandez
  91. Nathan Richard Hiatt
  92. Silvestre Reyes Hidalgo
  93. William Harry Hollingsworth
  94. Vladimir Horak
  95. Craig L. Hoskie
  96. Patrick Lynn Hume
  97. Keith D. Humenik
  98. Eugene Harold Hyatt
  99. Jeffrey Stewart Christian Immel
  100. Pavel Ivanov
  101. Kyle David Jansen
  102. Michael Davis Jeffreys
  103. Bobby Jones
  104. Tommy Joe Jones
  105. James Joseph Kane III
  106. David Scott Keller
  107. Alonzo Lee Kent IV
  108. Richard Antoine Keppi
  109. Sofia Khan
  110. Myung Ki Kim
  111. Prateep Korsapati
  112. Gregory James Kulijan
  113. Kumiko Kurimoto
  114. Ka Ming Kwan
  115. Heath Jens Laetari
  116. Aaron Guy Lamson
  117. Troy Le
  118. Joong Pyo Lee Sr.
  119. Ivy Marie Leinen
  120. Frank C. Leone
  121. Romina J. Leone
  122. David Eugene Lewis
  123. Anthony Hyatt Lobdel
  124. Christopher John MacQuarrie
  125. Robert Jason MacRae
  126. David William Madott
  127. Courtney Marcher
  128. Noel Annette Marcotte
  129. Barbara Martin
  130. Barbara Jean Martin
  131. Kenneth R. Martin
  132. Joseph Marusak
  133. Alexander Robert Masters
  134. George F. Mateo
  135. Ashley Nicole Martin Mauldin
  136. Benjamin W. McDaniel
  137. Robert Donald McKinney
  138. Eugene T. McCommon
  139. James Willard McNeely
  140. Richard Kirk Meyers
  141. Elisa Ann Micallef
  142. Greg Mickey
  143. Daniel Gregory Miller
  144. Robert Charlton Miller
  145. Judd Miller
  146. Brandon Mouton
  147. Kent Lionel Munro
  148. Robert Nakashima Sr.
  149. Frank Charles Neill
  150. Bach Van Nguyen
  151. Benson Van Nguyen
  152. Timothy Wendell Noonan Jr.
  153. Mark Julian Oldbury Jr.
  154. Ronald Michael Osborne
  155. Franklin Jay Osgood Jr.
  156. Christopher James Panchyshyn
  157. Kirk Passmore
  158. Michael Pearcy
  159. David Raul Pennisi
  160. John Anthony Perez
  161. Jose Perez-Miranda
  162. Charles Jacob Persho
  163. Duy Quang Phan
  164. Richard Andrew Rader II
  165. Robert Richard Remmer
  166. James Anthony Reynolds
  167. Rachel Ann Rhodes
  168. Thomas Andrew Richmond
  169. Todd Ripplinger
  170. Carla Roberson
  171. Modesto Robles Jr.
  172. Beth Ellen Rogers
  173. Carl Wayne Rotstein
  174. Charles Rutherford Jr.
  175. Luke Adam Sanburg
  176. Efren Ramirez Sandoval
  177. Angel Manuel Santiago
  178. James Wayne Sellars
  179. Sinho Steve Seo
  180. Roderick A. Shade
  181. Omar Kahlil Shearer
  182. Randy R. Sitter
  183. Tatyana Smirnov
  184. Corey Domanic Smith
  185. Darren Christopher Smith
  186. Austin Sparks
  187. Jewel Mahavia Strong
  188. Mary Jean Sylvestre
  189. Dominic Daniel Thomas
  190. Jeremy Michael Thomas
  191. Gary Lee Thompson
  192. Joel G. Thompson Jr.
  193. Wilburn Leeroy Thompson
  194. Hieu Tan Truc
  195. Anthony Juan Turner
  196. Kami Luella Vollendroff
  197. Arthur James Warren Jr.
  198. Erik Whaley
  199. Mark Andrew Wilborne
  200. Charles D. Wilson
  201. Scott Allen Wright
  202. Michael Zapletal
  203. John Edward Zimmerman II
  204. Mitchell David Zimny

Jennifer Kesse missing nine years

Ilya pointed out that today is the 9th anniversary of Jennifer Kesse‘s apparent abduction from her apartment in Orlando. This case seems so solvable and I know the cops are still investigating leads, and she got more publicity than most — even her own Wikipedia entry — yet there’s been no trace of Jennifer since her disappearance and no suspects have been named in her case.

She was a bright young thing, with a shining future ahead of her, before something dark came into her life and now she’s gone.