I just realized that Memorial Day and National Missing Children’s Day in America both fell on the same date this year: today. Memorial Day is primarily thought of as a day to commemorate deceased loved ones, particularly veterans, but I’m sure it’s very meaningful for families and friends of the missing too. I know that in many cases a family will, after a period of time, hold a memorial service and sometimes even put up a gravestone in the cemetery.
In honor of this day I’d like to bring to your attention the Missing Veterans website, which publicizes the disappearances of veterans who vanished from the United States and other countries too.
I was thinking of making Contina Venice Patton tomorrow’s MP of the week. I Googled her name to see if I could find anything new about her and came up with these mug shots for a Contina Venise Patton in Fulton County, Georgia, eight years after Contina Venice Patton disappeared from Flint, Michigan.
It’s really hard to tell with faces, but I think the mouth and the nose are very similar.
[UPDATE: Yeah, I called it in to the Flint Police. Of course I got an answering service cause it’s Memorial Day and all but I left a message explaining that I didn’t think Contina was really missing anymore and they ought to take her case off NamUs.]
The number of people that “like” the Charley Project’s Facebook page had been creeping up to 4,000 and I’ve been watching to see when it broke through. Well, Angel G., you are the 4,000th “like.”
I wish I had concert tickets to give you or something.
This week’s Select It Sunday case was chosen by Ted: Hattie Gertrude Brown, age 48, missing from Halifax County, Virginia since May 16, 2009. Hattie dropped her adult nephew, Derek Brown, off at a party in the wee hours of the morning and was last seen in her car afterwards. The car was found abandoned and burned months later. Derek is considered a possible suspect in her case, but he’s never faced charges.
I found this article published on May 13 this year, which provides a little more info than I had previously: notably, that she left behind “critical” medication. I had known she was taking medicine and left it behind but didn’t realize it was “critical.” Since she went missing a few of her eleven siblings have died.
This week’s Flashback Friday case is one of the Charley Project’s oldest: Melvin Charles Horst, a four-year-old boy who disappeared from the small town of Orrville in northeast Ohio two days after Christmas in 1928. Melvin had gone out with some friends to play with one of his Christmas toys. Then he said he would be walking home. Melvin never arrived home but they did find the toy in his front yard.
They actually charged five suspects with Melvin’s abduction after he disappeared, and two of them were convicted, but were released after a few months when it turned out the key witness in the case, a neighbor boy, had lied about what he’d seen. That same child (who seems to have been quite the fibber) went on to accuse his own father and another man of killing Melvin, but that story didn’t hold up either.
In the extremely unlikely event he’s still alive, Melvin would be 90 or 91 years old today.
This week’s featured missing person is Miguel Sonny Scott, a nineteen-year-old young man who vanished from Bremerton, Washington on October 27, 2011. His jaw was broken at the time he went missing and had been wired shut. He was very skinny — only 116 pounds at 5’10-ish — and the pictures show a lovely smile.
I haven’t been able to find any recent news about Miguel. His loved ones have made a Facebook page for him; his family thinks he may be dead. I don’t know much about this case; it seems like he just vanished from sight.
This case was selected by, um, me, because I haven’t asked you guys for selections lately and couldn’t find anybody to do. Further selections by readers would be welcome. Comment or email me with names. Anyway, William Neal Fite. Age 38, he disappeared from Hernando, Florida on August 4, 2000.
I don’t have a whole lot on him. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has more, but something odd: I was sure that (A) I’d seen that photo before and (B) it wasn’t William Fite. I did a bit of looking (via reverse image search) and discovered that the photo was of a man identified on both Charley and the Doe Network as Daniel Sites, also missing from Citrus County. Yet the information accompanying the photo on the CCSO website was clearly about William, not Daniel. Someone needs to tell them they posted the wrong image. I suppose I’ll give them a call tomorrow or something.
[EDIT: Wait, I just realized that link wasn’t to the CCSO site at all, but to another site that copied off the real CCSO site. Ah well.]
21-year-old Elisabeth Martinsson disappeared from Kentsfield, California on January 17, 1982 (my idol Robert Cormier’s fifty-seventh birthday, incidentally). She was from Uddevalla, a city in southwestern Sweden, and had come to California to study. This article from an English-language Swedish publication says Elisabeth’s remains were found outside San Francisco “just a few years ago” but not identified till now.
Her body will be returned to Sweden to be buried with her parents.