Chosen by commenter Alpha75, Matthew David Pendergrast disappeared from Memphis, Tennessee on December 1, 2000. He was 23 years old and within weeks of graduating from Rhodes College when he dropped off the map.
From writings Matthew left behind when he disappeared, it looks like he might have had a nervous breakdown of some kind. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder both usually develop in a person’s late teens or early twenties. However, the cops don’t seem to be buying into the mental illness theory and are focusing on possible foul play instead.
Disturbingly, Matthew’s journal said something about going into the water, and they found his vehicle and the clothes he’d been wearing near a swamp. Whatever happened to him, he was probably naked or nearly so.
I did find this long feature article about Matthew’s disappearance in Memphis Magazine.
The Charley Project website is back and open for business again. I got an email from my host saying there’d been a DDoS attack and it took several hours to fix.
As for me, I might have finally gotten used to this medication adjustment that’s been kicking my butt. Yesterday my coordination was completely shot and I was afraid to drive anywhere and I had a very hard time even typing. Today all is well.
Yeah, so the Charley Project has been down since very early this morning at least. I don’t know why or how long this is going to continue.
As you were.
What’s going on with this NCMEC poster? Hailey Sandoval disappeared at the age of one year, yet she’s classified as a runaway. And the poster doesn’t even give the name of the city she disappeared from, only the state. That narrows it down to 163,696 square miles.
I checked and Hailey is on CDOJ with more information: she was taken by her mother, who was then sixteen years old. She disappeared from Lynwood.
Why the NCMEC didn’t put this crucial information on the poster is beyond me. Shrug. I checked to see if the mother is also listed in the NCMEC database; she is not.