MP of the week (a day late, sorry): Beverly Ribley

Yeah, so yesterday afternoon I had written a bunch of updates, then I had to leave the house for my weekly therapy appointment, and upon my return I felt awfully tired and lay down for a nap, and didn’t wake up until it was too late to post said updates.

Well, they’re up now, and my new MP of the week is Beverly Joan Ribley, missing from Spring Valley, California on April 27, 1975 — 42 years ago. She’d be 71 if she were still alive, but I doubt that she is.

I also added new pics of JoJo Boswell and Tiffani Amber Streling yesterday.

Select It Sunday: Carla Vicentini

Vivi D., a woman from Brazil, asked me to profile fellow Brazilian Carla Vicentini. I was going to make her my MP of the week but decided to do a Select It Sunday case for her instead.

Carla was 22 and living in Newark, New Jersey on a cultural exchange program when she disappeared on February 9, 2006. Vivi D., when asking for me to give the case some publicity, said, “There was not a lot of publicity in her case since she was a student in Brazil, she was there only a month when it happened.” Carla’s Charley Project casefile notes that her case “has been well-covered in the media in Brazil and in Portuguese-language newspapers in New Jersey, but the mainstream American press has given it little attention.”

I haven’t updated Carla’s case since 2009, but I ought to. I found this 2010 article and this 2015 article, both from the Star-Ledger newspaper, with additional details about her case.

She was a very attractive young woman, didn’t speak much English, and was perhaps a bit naive — she grew up in a small farming community in Brazil, and Newark is a pretty rough city. She was last seen leaving a bar with a strange man; my guess is he was either a trafficker or, more likely, a garden-variety predator who wouldn’t take no for an answer, and that he knows what happened to her. The problem is that he has yet to be identified.

Yeah, so I’ve been up all night

Spent all of yesterday evening and all night working on updates — first yesterday’s and then today’s. I posted twenty updates for yesterday and twenty for today — and today it was all new cases.

What I really like is when I can add cases that aren’t on NCMEC or NamUs. Like, sometimes I’ll randomly browse through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement database (which, though quite comprehensive for the state of Florida, is little known and has almost no pictures), and as I find cases I could potentially add I will keep plugging their names into Google and other online databases and archives, cross-referencing wherever I can so I can get photos of these MPs and put them on Charley.

It’s a really satisfying feeling for me to be able to add these previously overlooked cases. And I can hope that by adding them to Charley I can prompt other people to start entering them into NamUs, trying to make matches with UIDs, etc. And even in cases that are already in NamUs, I can often find additional information, photos, etc., that is worth putting out there.

But now my back is killing me and I don’t have any lidocaine patches for it. (En route home from the Cormier funeral in Massachusetts, a bottle of makeup remover came open in the trunk of my car and emptied its contents over everything, including my lidocaine patches, which were ruined. And they cost $8 each!) I think I’m going to gulp down a few Tylenol and maybe rub some Tiger Baum on the stiff muscles and try to go to bed.

Not sure what to do with this one

CDOJ has got a case in their database that puzzles me: one “Anuradha Fnu“, missing from Fremont, California on March 24, 2015.

The thing is, I’m quite sure that’s not her name. The letters “FNU” are used on official documents in this country to stand for “Family Name Unknown.”

I Googled “Anuradha” and that seems to be a common first name in India. That makes sense for this woman; CDOJ says she’s Indian.

I tried Googling “Fnu India” in hopes of discovering that “Fnu” was also a real Indian name, but nope. Instead I found this page written by this poor sap who moved from India to the U.S. only to have his surname mistakenly listed as Fnu on all his documents. (His real surname was listed as part of his first name.) He wrote his story to tell other people in the same situation how to correct the mistake.

I don’t know whether I should just put this woman up on Charley as “Anuradha Fnu” or whether I should just list her as “Anuradha” and explain that her last name isn’t available.

Thoughts, anyone?

Flashback Friday: Lilli Dunn

Flashback Friday’s case (first time in awhile, I know) is Lilli Marlene Dunn, a 29-year-old Southgate, Michigan woman who was abducted from her own garage in the early morning hours of July 31, 1980. Two witnesses saw a man dragging Lilli, kicking and screaming, into his car, but they thought it was just a domestic quarrel and didn’t intervene.

It’s possible Lilli was a victim of the serial killer Coral Eugene Watts, but he was never charged in her case and he died in 2007.

Not on Namus, Part III

An * at the end of a name means their case is in NamUs but without a photo attached.

So this third list leaves over 300 cases for the NamUs folks to add. I think I’ll take a break now, maybe watch a TV show or two, then get back to my own work.

  1. Laurent Abecassis
  2. Mark Wayne Adamson
  3. Guma Leandro Aguilar
  4. Pauline Aragon
  5. Deanza Marie Arnold
  6. Mya Nicole Ayala
  7. John Clifton Ballenger
  8. Jonathan Arash Barmaki
  9. Danielle Tamara Brown
  10. Michael Henry Brushingham*
  11. Leanda Burgess
  12. Timothy D. Canada
  13. Jose Manuel Chavez-Perez
  14. Stanley Louis Chism Jr.*
  15. Stuart Owen Collins*
  16. Stephen Joseph Davaris Jr.
  17. Christina L. Dean
  18. Alexis Dillard
  19. Haydee Fernandez
  20. Jaime Fernandez Jr.
  21. Gaynor Gillies
  22. Travis Avery Greaves
  23. Paulino Guzman III
  24. Naomi Nalani Hagerman
  25. Jeffrey Keith Hegwood
  26. Christine Heller
  27. Terry Henry
  28. Robin Denise Appel Herring
  29. Cedric Horn
  30. Corina Johnson
  31. William Ray Keyes
  32. Aaron Levar Lane
  33. Qiuqun Liu
  34. Yuniel Llano-Sosa
  35. Jimmie Love Jr.
  36. Tessie Mangohig
  37. Craig Everett Mason
  38. Arizona McCalla
  39. Bruce Anthony McCurdy
  40. Karen Guadalupe Mejia
  41. Randall K. Menard
  42. Marvin Efrain Mendez-Perez
  43. Michael Francis Mergen
  44. Salar Jaafar Mohammed
  45. Sylvanna Morris
  46. Jon Kevin Neff
  47. Belinda Frances Norred*
  48. Ahmad Solaiman Nourzaie
  49. Wesley Harvard Lee Oldbury
  50. Lawrence Olmstead
  51. Annie Ruth Paul
  52. Timothy Pelas
  53. Nathan David Perkins*
  54. Robert Keith Perkins
  55. Donny Ray Peterson
  56. Sable Alexandria Pickett
  57. James Edwards Randell
  58. Robert Rasmussen
  59. Cynthia Ramirez Rico*
  60. Joseph Gerald Riley
  61. Steven Richard Roach
  62. Gary Robinson
  63. Christian Alexis Rodriguez
  64. Russ Rolnick*
  65. Edward Blane Russell*
  66. Nauman Saghir
  67. Henry C. Salvatori
  68. Michael Robert Santavenere
  69. Silas Joseph Savant
  70. Rosena Emelia Shelton
  71. Faith Smith
  72. Michael Edward Smith
  73. Stephen E. Smith
  74. Harinder Jit Singh Sodhi
  75. Melinda Stewart
  76. Catherine Monique St. Gregory
  77. Henry Stith
  78. Allison Nicole Strout
  79. Aaron Tarango
  80. Shamari Taylor
  81. Tina Teal
  82. Rodney Lee Tolliver
  83. Willie Triplett
  84. Cora Bobbie Turner
  85. Angelica Marie Uballe
  86. Therese Rose Vanderheiden-Walsh
  87. Mackenzie Ward
  88. Jonathan Michael Wheby
  89. Nickalus Jryon Wilfong Jr.
  90. Jeremy Todd Wilson
  91. Lori Dee Wilson
  92. Alfred Wrighten
  93. Nathan Francis Yazzie
  94. Olson Yazzie
  95. Elia Zarate

Congratulations to my friend Dan S. for solving a cold case

Dan S., a Florida journalist and Friend Of My Youth, found Juanita Bardin the other day. If the link to her casefile is broken (I’m planning on taking it down later today), Juanita disappeared from Vidor, Texas on May 17, 1993, at the age of 49.

Dan simply entered Juanita’s name into Google and poof, found her: a person with the same name and date of birth died in King County, Washington in 2012 and was buried in a common grave for the indigent.

He asked me to call it in for him, so I did. Confirmation came yesterday afternoon: it’s her. I talked to the Vidor police chief and he said he’d verified it by the tattoos.

Juanita has no family to grieve the loss/celebrate the finding. The closest relative the police chief could find was her ex-husband. She had one child, the daughter mentioned in the casefile, but her daughter died years ago — before Juanita did, and apparently without issue — so there’s no one left.

But at least she wasn’t murdered by Tommy Lynn Sells or anyone else, and at least the cops can stop looking for her.

Go Dan! *claps*