April MP news

Catching up on where I left off, here’s some of the latest missing persons news for this month so far:

A suspect has been charged with murder in the 1976 disappearance of Cynthia May Hernandez. This is almost a new record for the longest time between disappearance and charges and filed in a murder-without-a-body case. Sheila Lyon and Katherine Lyon‘s alleged killers were charged last summer, forty years after their 1975 disappearances. With Cynthia’s alleged killer it’s been only a few months short of forty years.

Colton Clark‘s aunt and uncle (and foster parents), Rex and Rebecca Clark, have been arrested for murder and child abuse in his case. As of yesterday evening, though, formal charges have not been filed against them. Authorities are digging on their property looking for Colton’s body.

They’re checking a well to see if Mark Wendell Wilson, who disappeared from Quincy, California all the way back in 1967, could be in it (or maybe have been in it at one time). The people doing the checking are not cops but students at Cal State Sacramento, and they’re checking the well for traces of Mark’s mitochondrial DNA. I think this is awesome. I highly doubt they’ll find anything but I still think it’s awesome. I was able to find the 2014 article referenced in the aforementioned link, and read it, but it doesn’t really tell anything about the disappearance that I didn’t already know.

They’ve found the body of Kelli Cox, a woman who disappeared in 1997 from Denton, Texas. She’s still on Charley right now but I plan to remove her case in today’s update. William Reece, a convicted kidnapper, lead authorities to Kelli’s remains and the remains of another person, probably Jessica Cain, who disappeared a month after Kelli did.

MP of the week: Christi Jo Nichols

This week’s featured missing person is Christi Jo Nichols, a 22-year-old mother of two who disappeared from the town of Gothenburg in central Nebraska two weeks before Christmas in 1987.

Although her then-husband, Mark, says she simply left him,the police disagree and are investigating this case as a possible homicide. What person who’s run away ditches their car, their purse and the suitcase they packed? Whenever a person disappears and their car is left behind, I tend to think that it was probably not voluntary, unless there’s evidence to the contrary (i.e. a bus or plane ticket). Especially in a state like Nebraska, I should think, you really need a car to get anywhere.

The most recent article I could find about this case was from 2012.