Homelessness and “endangered missing”

You might recall that earlier this month I asked y’all whether a prostitute should automatically be classified as “endangered missing.” Well, here’s another question: what about homeless people? Should I automatically categorize them as endangered?

On the one hand, many if not most homeless people have drug and/or mental health issues, and even if they don’t, that way of life makes them extremely vulnerable to crime and other terrible things. On the other hand, homeless people do tend to drift around and many of them are deliberately out of touch with their loved ones and don’t want to be found.

So, what do you think?

MP of the week: Joan Tetter

Resumed after a few weeks’ holiday, this week’s featured missing person is platinum-blonde registered nurse Joan Marie Tetter, who vanished from Tampa, Florida on March 21, 1988. She was 30 at the time and would be 58 now.

I can’t find out anything much about Joan’s disappearance or about Joan herself, though I did find this memorial mention with her high school alumnae assocation. She apparently graduated from Kenmore East High School in western New York.

A question

I have got a question about NamUs that I hope someone will answer: why do they sometimes put up MP cases with no law enforcement contact number, or contact information of any description at all? I’m not talking about historical cases like from the twenties or something. I’ve seen this happen with recent cases too. This one, for instance. I’d like to post it on Charley but I can’t put up a case without LE contact (unless it’s a historic one that is).

Is there some specific reason or reasons to leave out LE contact information, or is it simply an oversight?

Okay, this is really creepy

Per ABC Chicago (for some reason), they’ve have discovered the bones of a child hidden in some outdoor planter boxes in San Francisco. There’s some speculation that the bones are from Kevin Collins, a San Francisco child whose disappearance is legendary, but so far the authorities have released exactly nothing by way of information. No cause of death, no gender or approximate age, etc.

Whoever this is, I hope the cops are able to identify him/her quickly and put some family’s agony to rest.

Given my morbid mindset and the work I do, I often speculate what would be the best way to hide a body. I’d never considered planter boxes before. That idea does have some merit I admit, though you’ve to wait until the remains were skeletal and no longer smelly.

Flashback Friday: James McNeely

This Flashback Friday case is not a mystery: James Willard McNeely was on a flood rescue mission when he himself got into trouble with his boat and presumably drowned. That was on April 8, 1972 — 43 years old. McNeely would be in his late seventies if he were still alive today.

I do hope McNeely was given all the honors awarded to cops who die in the line of duty.

Prostitution and “endangered missing”

I am, as I have said, going through all my cases looking for errors. So far I’ve been making good progress. But there’s an issue I thought I’d address with you blog readers.

There are a number of things about an MP case that will cause me to automatically list them as “endangered missing” rather than simply “missing”: such as if they are under 18 or over 65, if they left their car or other belongings behind, if they have any type of medical condition, etc.

My question: should I add prostitution to that list? After all, it is a high-risk lifestyle. But is that enough to assume that any prostitute who’s dropped out of sight is probably endangered?


This is a new one

So I’m writing up more runaway cases this morning, trying to catch up, and I just came across something unusual: Sunia Sultana‘s disappearance is being investigated not by the police, per se, but by the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. Never seen that before.

The only reason I can think for this is that one of Sunia’s parents is a diplomat or some other foreign dignitary. I have no idea what country she’s from. I tried looking her up in Interpol’s missing persons database, but no dice.


I’m on fire today

I had a great deal of fun working on today’s updates, and plan to have even more fun tomorrow. I was just now writing up tweets to run on the CharleysMissing Twitter account later this month. It had fallen by the wayside and hadn’t run any tweets for like ten days, but now it’s set to go until at least December 31.

(By the way, the Twitter account now has 896 followers. Four more would put it up to 900. I’m just sayin’.)

A lot of times, to find cases to tweet about, I search for some random keyword and then pull cases that look interesting to me. Tonight one of the keywords I searched for was “horse.” I found a lot of intriguing cases with the word “horse” in them somewhere. Including one where a guy was last seen at a stable and some jackass, presumably the person responsible for the man’s disappearance, SHOT HIS HORSE. The horse died a few days later. Who the heck does that? I can only think that maybe the horse tried to defend the missing man from an attacker, but his dog was also present and wasn’t harmed.