MP of the week: Alesha Brookshier

I managed to squeeze her in at 11:00 p.m.: Alesha Brookshier, missing from the town of Farmington in the northwest corner of New Mexico since September 28, 2008. She was 37 years old and owned a tanning business in Farmington, although she lived in nearby Atzec.

Although Alesha spoke to her sister just about every day prior to her disappearance, she wasn’t reported missing for ages. Alesha’s ex-husband never reported her missing. Her sister says she notified police six months later, but there’s no record of a report then either. One of Alesha’s cousins finally got the ball rolling eighteen months after she was last seen.

It isn’t clear what happened to this woman, although her ex-husband was charged with forgery and fraud after he cashed a $2,200 paycheck made out to her. Her ex-husband cashed another of her paychecks, worth $1,000, as well. He deposited the money in her account but withdrew it all for himself within a few days. Which doesn’t necessarily mean he’s responsible for his disappearance, but it does prove he’s dishonest and a thief.

Another possible indication of foul play: sometime in 2009 Alesha’s car was found burned in her hometown of Aztec.

I have more info on her case than I do on a lot of them, but it’s all rather vague. I wish I had more details.

As for me: I saw my family doctor this morning and she gave me a clean bill of health, and as for insurance etc the situation is not as dire as it appeared yesterday. (See my comment on another entry about what I learned from the police report on Monday.) I’ve been out most of the day, and when I got home I had a friend over for dinner and we watched the VP debate. I plan to fully return to work tomorrow.