MP of the week: Richard Clark

This week’s featured missing person is Richard Victor Clark II, one of the few cases I have never updated in the nearly twelve-year history of the Charley Project. Clark was 21 years old when he disappeared from the central Texas city of Temple on August 7, 1992. If he’s still alive he’d be 45.

I doubt he’s still alive, though. I don’t have much on his disappearance but it really doesn’t look good.

Make-a-List Monday: Multiple MPs, same names

This is a list — or series of lists, more like — of cases where I’ve got more than one person on Charley with that first and last name. In a few cases the MPs were related to each other, but usually not.

I might have missed a few. This is kind of hard to search for unless you know where to go. I just found this list of common U.S. surnames and checked the first 50, and also added a few others from memory.

  1. Angela Darlene Allen
  2. Angela Elaine Allen
  1. Elizabeth Ann Allen
  2. Elizabeth Mary Allen
  1. Steven Eugene Anderson
  2. Steven Willard Anderson
  1. Michael Black
  2. Michael Ernest Black
  1. Barry Michael Brown
  2. Barry Scott Brown
  1. David Allen Brown
  2. David John Brown
  1. Gary Allan Brown
  2. Gary Oscar Brown
  1. Richard Lee Clark
  2. Richard Victor Clark II
  1. Steven Alexander Clark
  2. Steven Michael Clark Jr.
  1. John Davis
  2. John Davis Jr.
  3. John T. Davis
  4. John Wesley Davis
  1. Jose L. Gonzales
  2. Jose Luis Delgadillo Gonzales
  1. Jose Gonzalez
  2. Jose Guadalupe Gonzalez
  3. Jose Israel Gonzalez
  4. Jose Manuel Gonzalez
  5. Jose Mendez Gonzalez
  1. Michael Anthony Green
  2. Michael Lesly Green
  1. Claudia Berenice Guillen
  2. Claudia Jareth Guillen
  1. James Allen Harris
  2. James S. Harris
  1. James Richard Johnson
  2. James Woodford Johnson
  1. Michael Henry Johnson
  2. Michael Lloyd Johnson
  1. Theresa Diane Johnson
  2. Theresa Dianne Johnson
  1. Bobby Jones
  2. Bobby Wayne Jones
  1. Brian A. Jones
  2. Brian Edward Jones
  1. Raymond Jones
  2. Raymond Paul Jones
  1. Jose Enrique Medina Lopez
  2. Jose Jesus Lopez
  1. Barbara Martin
  2. Barbara Jean Martin
  1. Joseph Arthur Martin Jr.
  2. Joseph Patrick Martin
  1. Jesus Alvarado Martinez
  2. Jesus Avalos Martinez
  1. Maria De Jesus Martinez
  2. Maria De Los Angeles Martinez
  1. Richard Dean Roberts
  2. Richard K. Roberts
  1. James D. Robinson
  2. James Ezra Robinson
  1. Corey Domanic Smith
  2. Corey Nolan Smith
  1. James Cary Smith
  2. James Harold Smith
  3. James Oliver Smith
  4. James White Smith III
  1. Jerry Smith
  2. Jerry Dale Smith
  3. Jerry Edward Smith
  1. John D. Smith
  2. John Warren Smith Jr.
  1. Robin Gary Smith
  2. Robin Michelle Smith
  1. Vanessa Dawn Smith
  2. Vanessa L. Smith
  1. Everett Thompson Jr.
  2. Everett Thompson Sr.
  1. David Clayton Warner
  2. David Randall Warner
  1. Cheryl Nevone Williams
  2. Cheryl Talbert Williams
  1. David Aubrey Williams
  2. David Edward Williams
  1. Larry Dean Williams
  2. Larry Flenoy Williams
  1. Jennifer Lee Wilson
  2. Jennifer Marie Wilson

Select It Sunday: Brian Neil Hooks

Two people — named Andi and Andy, oddly enough — have asked me to do Brian Neil Hooks for Select It Sunday. The 21-year-old has been missing from Florence, South Carolina since September 24, 1988 — nearly 28 years ago. He may go by his middle name.

Andi thinks Brian may be a John Doe whose skeletal remains were found in in St. Louis, Missouri in 1992. The decedent, who is estimated to have died sometime between 1989 and 1992, had been stabbed to death. About that suggestion, I have no comment. Matching MPs with UIDs has never been my thing.

Someone, a relative I think, set up a Facebook page for Brian. The most recent post as of this writing, dated June 24, would resonate with anyone who has a missing loved one:

I would do anything to talk and hug you one last time! You cross my mind more than I see your face, I pray for you more than you may hear my voice, I miss you more than you think and I love you more than you know sometimes you just have to be strong keep yourself from breaking You will never know how much you miss hearing a voice until that voice is silenced forever…the worst thing in this world is not knowing where you are we miss you an love you so much the pain of you not being here is unreal at times it’s been to long for us not to know what happen to you […] The worst goodbyes are the ones that are never said, And never explained…

Brian was either gay or bisexual, and had a boyfriend at the time of his disappearance. The boyfriend claims he simply “ran off” without saying where he was going, and never came back. That’s a story I’ve heard many times before. Another source I found claims Brian’s boyfriend gave three different stories to explain Brian’s disappearance, and also says the man had been convicted of murder.

That certainly doesn’t look good. Almost 30 years of complete silence looks even worse.

Some more little updates

The Virginia State Police has put up a TON of MP cases I haven’t seen/heard of before. I added seven today and I’m nowhere near done. Except the next few updates to be Virginia-dominated. For some existing cases, I got extra photos from the VSP. Oh, and the NCMEC has sent a few APs as well. The lists:


  1. Dwayne Allen Chick
  2. Crist Nelson Dauberman Sr.
  3. Christopher Ray Douthat
  4. Thomas Lee Duesterhaus
  5. Shawn Darnell Givens
  6. Rachel Nicole Good
  7. William Christopher Hensley Sr.
  8. Harold Ray Jones Jr.


  1. Keiosha Marie Felix
  2. Christian Miguel Sanchez
  3. Veronica Nichole Sanchez
  4. Domingo Sanchez Gonzalez
  5. Esmit Sanchez Gonzalez
  6. Esther Valdez

Straddling the line

Apropos of nothing, I thought I’d talk about a tricky issue I often have to deal with in writing up casefiles to put on Charley.

A lot of the MPs on the Charley Project met their end through domestic violence — either child abuse or intimate partner abuse. Of course the abuser is not going to admit to murder, so he (I’m using the male gender pronoun merely for convenience) will say his partner simply left him, or his child ran away or was abducted.

And then as the investigation progresses, the police will poke holes in the abuser’s story. Sometimes the cops will talk to the media about the inconsistencies and evasions and so on, and announce that the abuser is the prime suspect in the disappearance. But not always. Sometimes the police say nothing at all.

A few months ago I saw a Facebook post about a certain missing child. The child’s parents say he simply disappeared during the night; the police think otherwise and believe his parents murdered him. The Facebook post said my casefile for this boy was “full of lies” and they put up a screenshot of the casefile with the word “LIES” in big red letters across it.

I went back to that casefile and had a look, trying to figure out what the Facebook person was talking about, and I realized they were upset because I put the parents’ version of the disappearance on there. And then — this is the important part — I said that basically everything I’d just written probably did not happen and here’s what the police think REALLY happened, and summed up the evidence against the parents and so on.

That’s what I usually do in cases like that: I sum up the suspect’s version of what happened, followed by what the police believe happened. So it’s two different stories I’m telling. I feel like I have to include both in order to give the complete picture. So yes, in a way, that boy’s casefile was “full of lies”, lies his parents told. But I made it clear that those particular statements lacked credibility.

I’m doing the best I can with what I have to work with, and I think the whole “telling two stories” is a good policy. But the problem arises when the police have said little or nothing about a case.

Awhile back I got an email from an MP’s sister. She said she wanted me to change some things in the MP’s profile because her boyfriend, the last person known to have seen her, was the prime suspect in her disappearance and the cops didn’t believe she had ever been to the store that day like the boyfriend said.

The problem, though, was that I have nothing to back that up. The police have never gone public saying the boyfriend’s story is a lie and he might have murdered the MP. I could find not a single database entry or news article that said that. And if I can’t get an on-the-record source, I have to leave things as they are, with only the boyfriend’s story given, because that’s the only account that’s out there right now.

Much as I would have liked to, I knew it would be a bad idea to change the MP’s casefile in that way just because a non law enforcement source emailed me and told me to do it. If my source was lying or mistaken, publishing such info could get me in a lot of trouble. Even if it was accurate information, the police were probably keeping quiet about it for a reason and I wouldn’t want to hinder the investigation.

So there you go.

Flashback Friday: Grace Zoeller

This week’s FF case is Grace Loretta Zoeller, who disappeared from Phoenix sometime in August 1960 — not sure when. In fact I’m not even 100% sure it was August; NamUs says she went missing “around August.” Sigh.

There are two photos, one of which seems to be a wedding picture. And a notation that Grace left behind nine children — NINE! At 29 years old!

Given that they have the approximate address where Grace was last seen, I don’t know why they’re unsure as to the date.  Beyond that I’ve got doodly squat.

If she’s still alive Grace would be nearly ninety years old now. I don’t have enough information to speculate whether she met with foul play, or merely walked away.

Thinking aloud about Winifred Long

I updated Winifred Long‘s case today with info I snagged from a newspaper archive. The new information is pretty significant, I think.

The only obvious theory that presents itself here is that her husband killed her. I’m not saying that because I believe it — I believe nothing. I only think it would just be the simplest explanation.

Yet there is a problem with that: Mr. Long (his first name was Alvin, btw) was a war veteran and lost both of his legs to a grenade blast. His arms and hands worked just fine, well enough for him to make a living as a carpenter, so he could still have killed his wife. But I don’t think it would have been possible for him to dispose of the body so thoroughly without help.

And who knows, it could very well have NOT been him at all. Over a million couples get divorced per year; very few of those divorces result in murder. Perhaps Winifred met a random predator at the bus stop; perhaps he offered her a ride home in his car and that’s why she didn’t buy a ticket.

What I would REALLY like to know is this: did the police test-drive Winifred’s car? And if they did, did the car in fact have a faulty transmission?

MP of the week: Heather Riggio

This week’s featured missing person is Heather Marie Riggio, a 20-year-old woman missing from North Miami Beach, Florida since May 6, 2007 — nine years.

Heather had a troubled life prior to her disappearance; she was seeing a married man and she was involved with drugs, prostitution, and, far more disturbingly, human trafficking. I don’t know whether that means she herself had been trafficked (that, forced into prostitution) or whether she merely associated with known traffickers, or even whether she actually was implicated in trafficking cases. In any case, not good. She has a criminal charge pending against her for felony drug possession.

I doubt this young woman is still alive. It seems like she would have resurfaced, or at least called home, if she could have.

Make-a-List Monday: Redheads

Red hair, says Wikipedia, occurs naturally in only one to two percent of the human population. I thought I’d do a list of the redheads on Charley.

This is a relatively long list. And…predominantly female. If I were to guess why that is, I’d say that probably a lot of them dyed their hair. Women color their hair more frequently than men. I excluded from the list people whom I knew for a fact had dyed their hair red, but I’m sure there are a lot of cases where I just don’t have that information. I also excluded people with ambiguously red hair — i.e. “blond/red” or “brown/red” etc.

When I’m writing up a casefile, in terms of hair and eyes, I will go by whatever colors my source says they are regardless of what the photo looks like. If my source doesn’t have that information, but I have a color photo, I will hazard a guess from the photograph as to hair color, but not to eye color unless it’s a super close up picture.  With Asians and African-Americans, absent evidence to the contrary, I assume their hair is black and their eyes, brown.

(Question: suppose a person dyes their hair some other natural hair color, and they disappear before any roots start showing, and then their body turns up — short of DNA testing, is there any way for the medical examiner or whomever to tell their hair was dyed?)

  1. Fawn Marlene Abell
  2. Rozlin Rochelle Abell
  3. Tammy Lynn Akers
  4. Elizabeth Ann Allen
  5. William Mark Alley
  6. Mary Corrine Amos
  7. Cora Andersen
  8. Michael Eugene Ashby
  9. Ericka Lynn Ballard
  10. Maria Guadalupe Barrientos
  11. Brooke Leonard Bennett
  12. Melissa J. Blevins
  13. Marylou Bostwick
  14. Helen Marie Voorhees Brach
  15. Bambi Luann Brantley
  16. David Glen Bratton
  17. Phyllis E. Brewer
  18. Christina Lee Byers
  19. Amanda Rae Carroll
  20. Merrian Lynn Carver
  21. Kawika David Benjamin Chetron
  22. Michael Tyler Clarke
  23. Edith Margaret Claver
  24. Terry Lynn Collier
  25. Patricia Alma Corbett
  26. Michele Luise Costantino
  27. Maud Crawford
  28. Joyce Gaines Crider
  29. Rebecca Ann Crist
  30. Lorena Cruz
  31. Joseph Wayne Daggett
  32. Kiplyn Davis
  33. Vali E. Davis
  34. Peggy Jo DeCoteau
  35. Nan Cecile Dixon
  36. Ruby Estelle Dorman
  37. Barry Keith Douglas
  38. Lynda Michelle Dunnavant
  39. Ann Marie Ellinwood
  40. Frances Collier Ewalt
  41. Elaine Joyce Fauver
  42. Daria Finn
  43. Robert Ray Fitzgerald
  44. Betty Jean Glovack Flurry
  45. Elizabeth Lea Franks
  46. Craig Allen Frear
  47. Mary Carol Hill Fredrick
  48. Lora Ann Gabbert
  49. Joanne Gladys Garr
  50. Michelle Renee Giusti
  51. Josefina Mojica Gonzales
  52. Steven Michael Gonzales
  53. Michael Shane Gordon
  54. Ann Gotlib
  55. Delores Raye Jones Griffin
  56. Michael Lawrence Griffin
  57. Ylva Annika Hagner
  58. Crystal Gayle Hall
  59. Bettye Jo Hart
  60. Kathy Sue Haskell
  61. Bryan Andrew Hayes
  62. Charlotte Heimann
  63. Mark Joseph Himebaugh
  64. Richard Dale Hitchcock
  65. William Hoag
  66. Michael John Hodge
  67. Margaret Kay Holst
  68. Jacquelyn Renee Hopper
  69. Stephanie Hunsberger
  70. Joanne Gaye Illerich
  71. Maurice Laron Jefferson
  72. Robin Lynn Jobson
  73. Curtis William Jones Jr.
  74. Ann Marie Kelley
  75. Bonnie Rae Kelly
  76. Joyce Lee Kennedy
  77. Margaret Mary Kilcoyne
  78. Maria Socorro Kimbrell
  79. Neal Forrest King
  80. Karen Margaret Kincaid
  81. Tracy Anne King
  82. Robert Lewis Kuhlman
  83. Kristine Kupka
  84. Karen Sue Laird
  85. Elizabeth Dawn Land
  86. John Francis Lango
  87. Deborah E. Larkin
  88. Bryce David Laspisa
  89. Heather Janelle Lewis
  90. Diana Renee Loewen
  91. Gordon Bethel Lopez
  92. Charles Franklin Lowell
  93. Lara Antonya Lykiardopoulos
  94. Penelope M. Madanat
  95. Anna Lee Manning
  96. Hilda Marcum
  97. Jim Craig Martin
  98. Eryn Beth McClary
  99. Teresa Darlene McCullen
  100. Thomas Leon McFarlin
  101. Andrew Memmelaar
  102. Patrick D. Merrill
  103. Dawn Mohn
  104. Michael Lee Montelongo
  105. Katrina Montgomery
  106. Westley Allen Moore
  107. Timothy Douglas Moreau
  108. Stacey Jane Morrison
  109. Fred Charles Moseley
  110. Rodger Keith Mosley
  111. Alexander Sol Olive
  112. Pamela Jane Page
  113. Tammy Sue Lynn Passineau
  114. Kirk Passmore
  115. Danyel Pauley
  116. Kenneth Brent Patterson
  117. Margaret M. Patterson
  118. William Dean Ponder
  119. Jennifer Fay Powers
  120. David Ceinon Rees
  121. Michael Alexander Reyes
  122. Richard Dean Roberts
  123. Barry Vincent Rodden
  124. Jesse Warren Ross
  125. Hannah Jane Rowell
  126. Michelle Lee Rust
  127. Janis Kay Sanders
  128. Cheryl Ann Scherer
  129. Patricia Ann Schmidt
  130. Lynn Louise Schuller
  131. Thomas Seibold
  132. Lisa Marie Sexton
  133. Agnes C. Shoe
  134. Irene Silverman
  135. Jack Jason Simmons Jr.
  136. Bennie Joe Smith II
  137. Chad Howard Smith
  138. Linda Sohus
  139. Laurie Louise Steiner
  140. Kimberly Lynn Stoner
  141. Fannie Fawn Stuart
  142. Katrina Dawn Sweaney
  143. Patricia Lynn Taylor
  144. Mary Kathleen Thill
  145. Laura Lynn Thompson
  146. Loretta L. Tinkham
  147. Sandra Kay Travis
  148. Rebecca Ann Triska
  149. Josephine Monique Vargas
  150. Denise Abigail Vasseur
  151. Dawn Marie Viens
  152. Paula Janet Waid
  153. Lisa Marie Wallace
  154. Marilyn Denice Waltz
  155. Brianna Christine Warnes
  156. Linda Darlene Holder Watts
  157. Judy Weemes
  158. Lewis Barrett Welch Jr.
  159. Rose Mary West
  160. Esther Lucille Westenbarger
  161. Terry Lee Westerfield
  162. Christina Maxine Whittaker
  163. Dorothy Williams
  164. Tina Raye Wilson
  165. Jana Mann Witt
  166. Virginia Lynne Wood
  167. April Rose Zane

A few tiny updates, and a bit of thinking aloud

Sheldon Boyd has a new picture, as does Nicole Evelyn Silvers, and Shaliegh Sharrie Phillips has an updated AP, and Jesse Yancey‘s date of disappearance has been corrected; it had said May 31 but NamUs says it was actually May 28. I’ve also corrected his race; I had said he was white but NamUs says he’s Native American.

Now…is it just me or does Nicole Silvers’s disappearance look kind of suspicious? She was sixteen and the police claimed she was an emancipated minor. To quote this legal site:

A minor who is “emancipated” assumes most adult responsibilities before reaching the age of majority (usually 18). Emancipated minors are no longer considered to be under the care and control of parents — instead, they take responsibility for their own care… If a young person under the age of majority is emancipated, the parent or guardian no longer has any say over the minor’s life. An emancipated minor can keep earnings from a job, decide where to live, make his or her own medical decisions, and more.

In other words, if she was emancipated, Nicole did not need to run away.

There’s a bit of a rub, though — I saw a post on Websleuths from someone who said “According to her parents, Nicole was NOT emancipated.”

I don’t know what means — if she wasn’t emancipated why would the police claim she was? Was she in the process of getting emancipated? Or was it just a completely incorrect statement from the cops/media? I don’t know and I wish someone who does could get in touch with me. I haven’t said anything in Nicole’s profile about the disputed info because “info shared by police to the media” trumps “second-hand statement posted on Websleuths” in my mind.