This is kind of appropriate

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.

Is it just me or…

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.]

Make-a-List Monday: Make-a-List Monday lists

A slight deviation from the program: at the suggestion of Kat, I’ve made a list of all the Make-a-List Monday lists in order of appearance. I started doing the Monday lists two years ago in April.

  1. People who were famous or had famous relatives
  2. People with botanical names
  3. State capitals list #1
  4. The suspects committed suicide
  5. People missing with their dogs
  6. State capitals list #2
  7. People named Mohammed
  8. People named Jesus
  9. People who are on Wikipedia
  10. Kidnappings for ransom
  11. Border crossers
  12. People with rare medical conditions
  13. People with rare first names, and a last name beginning with A
  14. People with cancer
  15. Last seen driving a Buick
  16. People with a master’s degree
  17. Octogenarians and nonagenarians
  18. Pacific Islanders
  19. State capitals list #3
  20. Caribbean islanders
  21. Twins
  22. Infants under six months
  23. Missing from tiny towns (eastern states)
  24. State capitals list #4
  25. Last seen driving a motorcycle
  26. People carrying Bibles
  27. Missing from the hospital
  28. Friday the 13th disappearances (1980s on)
  29. The deaf
  30. Autistic people
  31. The blind
  32. Either missing or born on February 29
  33. People wearing a Rolex watch
  34. People wearing a Timex watch
  35. People wearing a Casio watch
  36. People missing on the day of a lunar eclipse
  37. Car left at the airport
  38. Eastern Europeans
  39. Africans
  40. Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese
  41. People with two different colored eyes
  42. University of California alumni
  43. People with surgical plates in them
  44. School uniform wearers
  45. People named Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel or Seth
  46. Medical students and pre-med undergraduates
  47. People who are presumed to have committed suicide by jumping off somewhere that was not the Golden Gate Bridge
  48. Young people with dentures
  49. Babysitters
  50. Teens with bipolar disorder
  51. Ivy League and Ivy League type school alumni
  52. Men and boys with one of the most common names given to baby boys in 2012
  53. Women and girls with one of the most common names given to baby girls in 2012
  54. Small women
  55. Cases where I have photos of the missing person’s tattoos
  56. Minors with tattoos
  57. Central Americans
  58. Car accidents
  59. People who changed their names
  60. Walpurgis Night disappearances
  61. Mothers of many children
  62. People with “three dots” tattoos
  63. Cases where I have photos of the missing person’s clothes, shoes or jewelry
  64. People wearing miniskirts
  65. Models
  66. People with facial piercings
  67. State capitals list #5
  68. People who disappeared while swimming
  69. Sapphire jewelry wearers
  70. People whose cars were found burned
  71. Pearl jewelry wearers
  72. Confirmed child abuse homicides
  73. Barefoot people
  74. People who spoke limited to no English
  75. Multilingual people
  76. People with many siblings
  77. Birkenstocks wearers
  78. Dr. Martens wearers
  79. Cases with the word “rat” mentioned somewhere in them
  80. En route to Mexico
  81. Dog bite scars
  82. Community college attendees
  83. Flip-flop wearers
  84. State capitals list #6
  85. People in wheelchairs
  86. People in the process of a divorce
  87. World War II vets
  88. World War I vets
  89. Vietnam vets
  90. Accidental drownings
  91. Homicidal drownings
  92. People who went by their middle names
  93. Class ring wearers
  94. Married minors
  95. People who disappeared working at a gas station or convenience store
  96. People with really bad photos and last names starting with A through E
  97. Transients
  98. “Caution advised”
  99. Disabled or dependent adult persons
  100. Armenian-Americans
  101. People carrying at least $500 in cash
  102. People with really bad photos and last names starting with F through J
  103. People with limbs of unequal length
  104. People with Afro hairstyles
  105. People wearing sunglasses
  106. Asthmatics

Select It Sunday: Hattie Brown

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.

Flashback Friday: Melvin Horst

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.

MP of the week: Miguel Scott

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.

Make-a-List Monday: Asthmatics

People with asthma, obviously. My dad has asthma. He had a very bad attack when I was ten and nearly died. He hadn’t been troubled much by the condition since then, though.

  1. Walter Thomas Ackerson Jr.
  2. Stephan Mitchell Adams
  3. Mylette Josephine Anderson
  4. Charles Austin
  5. Stephen Shawn Austin
  6. Deborah J. Centeno
  7. Jasmine Kirlissa Collins
  8. Joshua Jayvaughn Davis Jr.
  9. Sarah Raquel Elsafi
  10. Kathern G. Fetzer
  11. Michael Bradyn Fuksa
  12. Alexa Denise Galdamez
  13. Brandon Rodrigues Graves
  14. Jeffrey Robert Gunderson
  15. Charles F. Hanlon
  16. Heriberto Herrera
  17. Mohamed-Ali Hilal Jaafar
  18. Rolando Salas Jusino
  19. Oscar Geovany Leyva
  20. Delwin Locklear
  21. Gene Wesley Lysle
  22. Ashley Renee Martinez
  23. Beverly Lofton Meadows
  24. Brandon Mema
  25. Kimberly Bumbalough Mimmovich
  26. Laura Marie Nimbach
  27. Carlos Pacheco
  28. Shy’Kemmia Shy’Rezz Pate
  29. Crystal Dawn Morrison Prentice
  30. Brittany Shante Robinson
  31. Heather Lindsay Silver
  32. Edwin Collins Smith
  33. Reachelle Marie Smith
  34. Shawn Eric Spencer
  35. Vicki Arleen Sundgaard
  36. Caleta Sade White
  37. Marvin Duane Witte

Select It Sunday: William Fite

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.]

Elisabeth Martinsson identified

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.