40-year-old disappearance finally resolved

Margret Dodd disappeared from Beckley, West Virginia on September 7, 1977 — nearly forty years ago (I won’t quibble over two months). She was 27 years old and was witnessed being dragged, screaming, into someone’s car.┬áJames Hendree subsequently demanding a $10k ransom for her safe return. An FBI agent posed as Margret’s dad to meet Hendree for the handoff, and wound up shooting him after an altercation.

Margret’s body was found on Bolt Mountain in 1993, but it wasn’t identified until now. According to this article, her family recognized the clothes and jewelry found with the body, and mitochondrial DNA confirmed the match.

I’m happy for her family. The police are still investigating the case and there might be prosecutions in the future, as it seems unlikely that Hendree acted alone.

MP of the week: Lucia Perez

This week’s featured missing person is Lucia Chilel Perez, who disappeared from Worthington, Minnesota sometime in late June 2011, possibly June 27. A mother of three, she left with a guy to go looking for work. The man subsequently returned without her. He has a history of violence and gave an explanation for Lucia’s disappearance that turned out to be false. The police are understandably calling him a person of interest.

Make-a-List Monday: State Capitals #10

The last of the state capitals lists. See the previous 9:

Alabama — California
Colorado — Georgia
Hawaii — Iowa
Kansas — Maryland
Massachusetts — Missouri
Montana — New Jersey
New Mexico — Ohio
Oklahoma — South Carolina
South Dakota — Vermont

Richmond, Virginia

  1. Jamal Abdul’Faruq
  2. William Adkins
  3. Alex Felipe Bolanos-Martinez
  4. Doris Ann Brown
  5. Benjamin Lloyd Coffey
  6. Randall William Collins
  7. Melanie A. Davis
  8. William Keith Dean Jr.
  9. Jonathan Samuel Dorey
  10. Lander Stanhope Freeman
  11. Annie Doris Horne
  12. Hazel Alice Klug
  13. Laverne Denise Lewis
  14. Robert Sidney Long
  15. Benjamin Andrew Lott
  16. Richard William Miller Jr.
  17. Patricia Ann Schmidt
  18. Joseph Slaughter
  19. Elizabeth Ann Thomas
  20. Jaisle Elizabeth Thomas
  21. Stephanie Collette Wallace
  22. Brittany Renee Williams
  23. Jimmy Lewis Williams III

Olympia, Washington

  1. David Reuben Boniske
  2. Michelle Renee Maitland
  3. Donna Gail Manson
  4. Lynenne Lavette O’Neill
  5. Shantina Marie Smiley

Charleston, West Virginia

  1. Bobby Eugene Adams
  2. Robert L. Shaffer
  3. Starina Marie Woods

Madison, Wisconsin

  1. Patricia Gail Arnold
  2. Robert Lewis Christian
  3. John Edward Christoph
  4. Danius W. Johnson
  5. Wook Kim
  6. Amos Kale Mortier
  7. Rita R. Rahn
  8. Jeanette Louise Zapata

Cheyenne, Wyoming

  1. Casey Franklin Harper

That’s all, folks.

Select It Sunday: Elizabeth Acton

Susan P. asked me to re-share Elizabeth Jean Acton‘s casefile on the Charley Project Facebook page. I thought I’d do one better and do a Select It Sunday about her.

Unfortunately I really don’t know anything about Elizabeth’s disappearance. The 41-year-old woman was last seen in Montross, Virginia on August 24, 1994. That’s all I know. Wikipedia says that Montross is the county seat of Westmoreland County, but it’s really tiny; the population was 315 people in the last census. It’s in northeastern Virginia, right near the coast.

If anyone can give me some more information about Elizabeth Acton’s case I’d be most grateful.

MP of the week: Edward “Ashton” Stubbs

This week’s featured missing person is Edward Ashton Stubbs, who goes by his middle name. He was less than a week shy of his 16th birthday when he walked away from his summer job in Dickinson, North Dakota and vanished on June 17, 2013.

Most agencies classify Ashton as a runaway. His family was quoted as saying he had health issues. I can’t figure out what those issues were, but I’m wondering if they were mental health issues rather than physical, since he was working a construction job and laying drywall. But I don’t know.

If Ashton is still alive, and I hope he is, he’d be 20 years old by now.

More tattoo muttergrumbling

NamUs has posted a new case which I already had on Charley, that of Latrice Belton. The NamUs casefile has more info, including another photo of Latrice and info about her tattoos. But as ever, the information about the tattoos is kind of ambiguous.

The tattoo section reads thusly:

tattoo right leg “Lebaron” and “Larry Ross”
tattoo right leg – heart

That doesn’t sound confusing, but then I saw this photo of one(?) of Latrice’s tattoos in the photo section. The photo would suggest that the “Lebaron” and the “heart” tattoos are not separate tattoos, but rather components of a single tattoo. You know, since the photo shows a heart with “LeBaron” on it.

Given the text info and the picture I can see as many as three possibilities:

  1. There are two tattoos, one of a heart with “LeBaron” on it and one reading “Larry Ross”
  2. There are two tattoos, one of the heart with “LeBaron” on it and one reading “LeBaron and Larry Ross”
  3. There are three tattoos, one of the heart with “LeBaron” on it, one reading “LeBaron”, and one reading “Larry Ross”

I hate having to do guesswork like this.

Make-a-List Monday: Female veterans

This CNN article says women comprise only 14.5% of the American armed forces overall. I’ve had several relatives serve in the military, but only one woman: my niece, who is in the Air Force and stationed in Minot, North Dakota right now. (Hi, Ali!) I thought I’d do a list of female veterans from the Charley Project.

  1. Angela Abbrederis
  2. Gloria Jean Baird
  3. Hattie Gertrude Brown
  4. Susan Carroll Cassell
  5. Regina Renee Cox
  6. Nonnie Ann Dotson
  7. Selena Marie Edon
  8. Gina Marie Ellison
  9. Margaret I. Haddican-McEnroe
  10. Lisa Michelle Hatchell
  11. Marina Miquelle Kissinger
  12. Elaine Faye Lehtinen
  13. Bonnie Rae Kelly
  14. Sharon Ann Martin
  15. Sheila Kathleen McBroom
  16. Frances Morales
  17. Debby Lynn Oberg
  18. Alma Louise O’Con
  19. Beth Ann Ricketts
  20. Shirley Gibbs Russell
  21. Veyda Maria Sellers
  22. Herlinda Ann Soto
  23. Virginia Alice Welch

Flashback Friday: Beatrice Calderon

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Beatrice Susan Calderon, last seen in San Jose, California on August 17, 1971. She was 33 years old at the time of her disappearance and would be 79 today if she’s still alive.

Unfortunately, I know doodly squat about the circumstances of her case.

This has literally never happened before

You know I’ve really been on a roll lately with updates. I posted 20 for today just a few minutes after midnight, went to bed, woke up in the early morning hours and now I’ve started on tomorrow’s updates already.

Anyway, I wanted to bring up a case I’m going to add tomorrow: Kori Glossett, missing from Ohio since late June or early July 2016. I really don’t know much in the way of details yet because I haven’t actually started researching writing the case yet, but things are kind of contradictory — one source I’ve seen gives the place as Van Wert, Ohio and the date as “approximately” July 1, and the other other source says it was Middle Point, Ohio and the date was June 24.

Anyway, the reason I’m writing about Kori is I’m 95% certain I went to school with close relatives of his.

A set of twins named Michael and Michelle Glossett were in my class at the Lincolnview school district in Van Wert County when I was growing up. Lincolnview is a super rural district, to the extent that it doesn’t actually have a town attached to it, but one of their campuses was in Middle Point and many of the students came from there. (And I will note that the name of the town is Middle Point with two words, not Middlepoint, as the link above says. Just makes me wonder how many other errors are out there on state databases and stuff that it would take a local to spot.)

Given the proximity and the surname and the fact that both Michael and Michelle are listed as “friends” on Kori’s Facebook page (along with five other Glossetts), I’m sure Kori has got to be a close relative of those kids I attended school with. Probably not a full brother, because Michael and Michelle are biracial (black and white) and Kori is listed as white. But perhaps a half brother or a cousin.

I actually saw Michelle at a gas station in Van Wert a few months ago, and I was aware of Kori’s disappearance at the time, but I didn’t think to ask her about it until I’d already left.

I’ve never actually known anyone from my life prior to my missing persons involvement who had a relative that disappeared and stayed gone this long. I do have a longtime friend whose grandfather (I think?) disappeared, and he asked me for advice on what to do about it, but the missing man was found (dead, alas) a week or so later.

Anyway. I’ll do the best I can for Kori.

[EDIT: Gah, this is proving difficult. The published information about Kori’s tattoos may be inaccurate. I found photos of the tattoos on his Facebook page but they’re not clear enough to read. See Charley’s Facebook page. Sigh.]