MP of the week: Khymbrly Scruggs

This week’s featured missing person is Khymbrly Marcella Scruggs, age 19, missing from Sacramento, California since January 12, 1980. I’ve never seen Kimberly spelled that way before. Whether she liked the spelling or not, it must have been a pain in a butt. I like the spelling of my name but it is inconvenient to have to correct everyone when they spell it wrong, and spell it out for people over the phone.

As for Khymbrly, the police believe the local rapist probably killed her. He dropped out of sight for months after her disappearance and, when he was located, the cops questioned him for twelve hours. He denied everything, they could prove nothing against him and they let him go. Later he was imprisoned for rape.

She has, apparently, been declared legally dead.

Make-a-List Monday: Hitchhikers

People last seen hitchhiking. I don’t count cases of people who may have been seen hitchhiking after their disappearance.

  1. Tammy Lynn Akers and Angela Mae Rader
  2. James Michael Baker
  3. Amy Billig
  4. Bonita Mara Bickwit and Mitchel Fred Weiser
  5. Peter Joseph Bonick
  6. Rosemary E. Hamilton Buck
  7. Kimberly Ann Cardarella
  8. Corinne June Groenenberg
  9. Clara Marie Grunst
  10. Andrea Joy Hall
  11. Michael Daniel Harp
  12. James Lee Haynes
  13. Frank H. Johnston
  14. Jeanette Kamahele
  15. James Thomas Kinskey
  16. Ronald David Kruska
  17. Linda Lee Lovell and Stephen Locke Packard
  18. Tammy Mahoney
  19. Teresa J. McDonald
  20. Terry G. Morris
  21. William Wright North
  22. Richard Paige Oliver
  23. Kathleen Helen Randall
  24. Althea Lanelle Rogers
  25. Rhonda Gayle Sansovich
  26. Stefanie Kelly Stroh
  27. Amadeo Vigil
  28. Jennifer Marie Wilmer*


Minutes before midnight

This week’s Select It Sunday case is Desmond Santonio Dix, chosen by Annie. He was kidnapped from Atlanta, Georgia at gunpoint on January 30, 1996, and was never seen again. He was seventeen years old.

Unfortunately, that’s all I know about this case. You’d think that such a kidnapping, even in Atlanta, would rate at least one or two articles in the paper, but if there were any I’ve been unable to find them. I checked his NamUs profile but they haven’t added anything new.

Well, this is embarrassing

I just went and corrected 150 casefiles and 25 resolved pages where I had misspelled the word “led” (as in “led to water”) like “lead” (as in “I will lead you to water”). It turns out I consistently misspell that word. I actually knew how it was supposed to be spelled, I just… forgot. Or something. I didn’t realize the problem until someone pointed it out to me.

Tracking down, correcting and posting all the pages with misspelled “leds” took two and half hours, though part of the time I was on the phone and was thus working more slowly than usual.

Good news

I got news about my nephew. I suppose he’s not entirely out of the woods yet, having suffered a nasty knock in the head and all, but he’s awake, he can talk, recognizes people and isn’t paralyzed. So it seems like he’s unlikely to either die or become a carrot.

I’m sure his parents are overjoyed. I myself am considerably relieved.

Yeah. So.

I have misplaced my microphone and could not do any videos for YouTube Saturday. Though, I admit, I didn’t look all that hard for it yesterday. I’ve got other problems on my mind.

Two of my nephews were in a serious car accident on Friday. They rolled their truck. One has already been discharged from the hospital, concussed and beat up but otherwise okay. The other, not so much. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt and got thrown from the vehicle. He’s in a medically induced coma right now and they won’t know what the damage is until they bring him out of the coma. Now, I don’t know squat about traumatic head injuries and very little about my nephew’s condition, but I can read between the lines. This is really going to suck.

Flashback Friday: Nathan Schlatter

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Nathan David Schlatter, who disappeared with his mother, Terri, from Tulsa, Oklahoma sometime in February 1985. Terri had fraud charges pending against her at the time of her disappearance, and at first when she and Nathan vanished the police thought she was just on the run. They don’t think that anymore. Terri’s husband Darrell, Nathan’s father, is a person of interest in their disappearances. He, however, is deceased; he took his own life in 1993.

Nathan is one of the few missing children who is not featured on either the NCMEC or NamUs databases. He was only a year and a half old when he disappeared, and would be 32 this month if he’s still alive.

What James Pflueger’s up to now

I re-watched Last Week Tonight‘s infrastructure episode and that got me thinking about the Kaloko Dam collapse, which caused the deaths of six people and one unborn baby. James Pflueger, the owner of the dam, was sentenced to seven months in jail for reckless endangerment — that is, one month for every life taken. Four of the bodies — Timothy Noonan, Carl Rotstein, about-to-be-married Daniel Arroyo and toddler Rowan Dingwall — were never found.

I knew he would probably be out of prison by now, but I Googled “James Pflueger” in hopes of finding his obituary. Alas, I didn’t see any evidence that he’s dead, but I did find out he was released last year and placed on home detention only weeks into his ludicrously short sentence, due to poor health. I found this editorial about it, which explains the state HAD to release Pflueger because he’s in such poor health and they can’t take care of him. It says the compassionate releases like that happen all the time and it had nothing to do with the fact that Pflueger is richer than God.

It seems like some people get all the breaks. Pflueger’s gotten plenty, though whether his compassionate release was one of them or not I cannot say.