Another example of seeing them living

I have written several times about coming across traces of a missing person online from before they became missing. It’s an eerie feeling.

This popped up in one of the recent Virginia cases I added. I found a comment the missing man wrote on a blog post just a few months before his disappearance; he complained that his daughter had made false claims about him in court and gotten a restraining order against him for no reason.

Today I was grabbing random cases off of Charley to add to its Twitter feed — I’m stored up for the rest of the month, and even if I get run over by a bus the Tweets will go up automatically — and came across Alex Talosig, one of my “few details are available” cases. He’s on the CDOJ database but not NamUs and I’ve got nothing on his disappearance.

So I Googled him. And, although I still have nothing on his disappearance, I found out Alex seems to have attended Ohlone College in the spring of 2012, two and a half years before his November 2014 disappearance, and he’s quoted in their campus newspaper in an article about the school’s Health Fair. Ohlone College is a community college in Fremont, California, half an hour’s drive from Santa Clara, where my Alex Talosig disappeared from, so I’m reasonably sure the Alex Talsoig in the article is the same guy:

Student Alex Talosig enjoyed the abundant amount of information through handouts. “I did not know about the services but a lot does not pertain to me,” said Talosig.

He has been to the Ohlone College Health Center and used its services.

“They helped me get medication because I’m from a low income family,” said Talosig. “The health center does a lot to give help to students.”

I found a few Facebook profiles for people by that name and one of them looks like it could be my Alex. That profile hasn’t been updated since 2013, before my Alex disappeared. The only clear photo that’s publicly viewable looks a bit like my Alex, but I’m not sure; he’s wearing sunglasses in the picture and the angle isn’t great.

So what happened to you, Alex? Where have you been for the past 22 months? I hope you’re all right.

11 thoughts on “Another example of seeing them living

  1. Medea September 13, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    The profile was updated twice in june 2014 from what i see.

  2. Keelan September 14, 2016 / 10:21 am

    The “my Alex” repeated several times in a paragraph got my head spinning. Not only is it annoying and a bit tacky, but also creepy you are (jokingly – I hope) claiming possession of this person. Even if you are joking it is still disgraceful of you to add some type of joke to a very sensitive and serious subject (at least to his family). I also find it quite interesting you’ve added nothing on the day of September 11th which was on your “select it Sunday” day. The least you could’ve done was share a list of those who went missing on that day, give the families some help but instead a total disappearance until the 12th. But I guess some need a total timeout, 24 hours, to reflect on how stupid the US was to inflict a terrorist attack on themselves. I’m not too shocked on the occasional disastrous posts/vibes I see on here, but today I felt the need to comment.

    • Meaghan September 14, 2016 / 1:04 pm

      Keelan, I was saying “my Alex” simply to differentiate him from the several other Alex Talosigs that exist. I don’t own him; it’s just quicker than saying “the Alex who is missing.” This isn’t the first time I’ve done that, but you’ve never complained before.

      If you think I don’t provide adequate coverage of certain topics on my blog, maybe you could start your own blog about topics you’re interested in. I might even link to it; I give shout outs to other MP and true crime blogs I like. And it would certainly be more productive than your complaining about everything I do.

      The reason I didn’t blog at all on Sunday and haven’t updated the site these past few days is because my back locked up from spending too much time at the computer doing that glut of updates last week. I’ve been in a lot of pain and can barely turn my neck at the moment. I’ve been trying to stay away from the PC in general to avoid making things worse than they already are. I’m starting physical therapy again as well.

  3. Keelan September 14, 2016 / 10:23 am

    I’m sorry, it’s not “a bit tacky”. I just reread the “my Alex” paragraph. It’s pathetic and needs to be rewritten. Beyond tacky.

  4. Natalie September 14, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Chill people. If you don’t like what you see go somewhere else with your miserable attitudes. Meaghan volunteers her own time to charley project and can do as she pleases. Take your comments and go do one 😃

  5. diamondlil16 September 14, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    It’s not a collective. There is only one misanthrope here, who has chosen that Meaghan must answer to her/him. So who does the surly one answer to? Beyond “tacky” to make scurrilous remarks about America regarding the 9/11 mass devastation.

  6. Levi September 14, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    Aw, someone let Keelan the troll out of the basement!

  7. Tara September 14, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    Meaghan, I’m sorry that you have to deal with such tacky comments on your blog. 99% of your readers very much appreciate the work you do in raising awareness for those who need a voice. Thank you, I love reading your blog.

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