Progress report

Yeah, so all the cases for A, B, O, Q, U, V, X, Y and Z are totally done. I’ve also done probably a few hundred cases in other letters of the alphabet.

All those little girls who disappeared from the San Francisco Bay area where Timothy Bindner was a suspect are all done. The Green River victims are done, as are Bundy’s victims, and Mack Ray Edwards’s victims, the Clinton Avenue Five, etc. Also, anyone with the name “Brandon” or “Brandy/Brandi.”

When cases are connected, I fix them up all at once. And if I search for a name or part of a name and more cases pop up than the one I was specifically looking for, I do them all. Like, there’s a guy with the last name “Brand” and I searched for “Brand” to fix up his case, and in addition to him, up popped up all the people named Brandon or Brandi or Brandy. So I did those too.

I’ve been using lidocaine patches and Advil and somehow my back has not given out yet.

This is all my fault, really. A large part of the reason I didn’t want to upgrade the website before is because I knew how much work would be required to convert every single case to the new format. So I stalled…and the Charley Project got bigger…and now that I finally HAVE upgraded, I’ve got *checks* 9,898 cases to switch over.

Nothing to do but power through.

22 thoughts on “Progress report

  1. Alice January 20, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Don’t worry. You can do it, Meaghan!

  2. Justin January 20, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    It had to be done. You will feel a huge weight off your back when all the bugs are worked out.

  3. christie January 20, 2018 / 11:59 pm

    Thank you hun. My Chimney leaked so I am repairing the walls, drinking tea, painting and listening to true crime, while I work away. I had to climb up in the attic and remove all the old insulation around the chimney which was really hard squatting over and kinked my back, it never ends these back issues, but the show must go on. Keep up the great work.

  4. Gioia January 21, 2018 / 9:21 am

    Ya I just came back on Charley after months of not being here and was super confused at the new website format and lack of all the cases. Had no idea it was being upgraded. I do kinda miss the old design but this one will be cool and I will get used to. Can’t wait for it all to be finished – thanks and keep up the good work!

    • Lz January 21, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      It looks like that was from 2011, and that that case file has already been resolved.

    • Meaghan January 22, 2018 / 10:03 pm

      Duly noted, thanks.

      • christie January 22, 2018 / 10:56 pm

        She is still a missing person, she has not been found yet, her family just had a funeral for her to declare her dead to get custody of her young child. FYI she is still needing to be brought home.

      • Meaghan January 23, 2018 / 9:15 am

        Duly noted again.

  5. Julie January 24, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    I have a request!!
    Previously, when you would read a casefile under the Geographical Index, that file would then be colored blue. The links stay white now after you’ve gone into it. I like to go through your cases state by state – and entire states can’t be done in one sitting, so it was very helpful to be able to tell before where I had left off. And then it was also clear when new ones were added because they weren’t blue yet. Know what I mean?
    Can your friend make that happen? Please?

    • Janny January 24, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      I second the motion if it can be done. Thank you so much. So much work and you are so appreciated.

  6. erussell123 January 24, 2018 / 1:46 pm

    Hi Meaghan,

    I’ve admired your website for a long time and was wondering if there was anything you would like some help on. I would be happy to devote some time to it if you would be interested.

    Thanks

  7. Patrick Kerrigan January 25, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    I called NamUs, this afternoon in regards to an error on their entry for Betty Jean Sissac. They referred me to their regional director for Illinois. I mentioned using the Charley Project and other sites. She was not exactly in support of the Charley Project, Doe Network, Websleuths, etc.
    Which made me wonder since the spokesman for them Todd Matthews was a civiian who figured out who the unidentified “Tent Girl” was.
    Also how many other cases of missing person’s and unidentified were solved with input from those damn pesky civilians who spent their free time trying to help them.
    It’s interesting that law enforcement seeks the public’s help, but it seems they don’t care for our help.
    It reminds me when I called law enforcement agencies around the country. I used to research incidents of stolen medical equipment, mainly from hospitals. As a detective at a VA hospital, I had some experience with an incident. Also, I could provide information on regards to other investigative resources. Most of the investigators apppreciated the information.
    Well, I called a detective with the Philadelphia Police Department. Well, he wanted to know why I called him. I should have told him, because he had a lousy bedside manner.

    • christie January 26, 2018 / 1:24 pm

      They don’t care PERIOD, I find flaws in the data as well, I also have matched several human remains and they give me the run around as to why the persons are still on NamUs. You need to start your own NamUs account like I have just re-enter the person and re-submit them. Call the local person on the case, no NamUs they are awful. I don’t know why, they hate us soooo much.

    • Vision Jinx January 26, 2018 / 7:46 pm

      I find that offputing. I mean Charley and the Doe Network use sources for their casefiles and websleuths is highly monitored by moderators and has strict rules regarding what you can post, and also makes sure any info you post has a reliable source (I am a member of WS). These aren’t like Reddit where anyone can post anything (they have rules too but have had problems with reliability in cases like Lyle Stevik lately. Someone anonymous claimed to know who he is, but decided not to report it and ensued a fire storm).

  8. whereaboutsstillunknown January 26, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    Actually I agree but if you ever see Dustin as the contact, he is the exception, very helpful and responsive.

    • christie January 26, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      He never helps me at all anymore not since the auto message comes up, I only have luck with Michael Nance and Melissa now. Dustin use to be great but then he told me he was over worked and if I could start doing the data entry myself for all the people and does unentered, I was like sure, but still it’s hundreds.

  9. Patrick Kerrigan January 28, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    I guess they want to run errors through law enforcement as a filter. It might be that they trust us want to be investigators. But, we have seen numerous stories on missing persons over the years where they never really investigated a disappearance. Also how many cases they never made a case report that the person was reported missing.
    I remember at the VA doing a non-criminal information report where I tracked down a patient after he had been discharged because the doctor had some test results to pass along. I spent time entering the report into the computer then tracking down a phone number, and called the patient and gave the phone to the doctor. But, the few minutes work needed to be documented. Also, I was officially off the clock

    • christie January 28, 2018 / 10:21 pm

      Yes, you’re right. One case Adrian Ann Bailey from my state WA. Reported by the Grandmother when she went missing but the parents actually filed the report with Missing Children ten years later. There is such little info on her. So sad she was very young. Thanks for being a person that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Best, Christie

      • Meaghan January 28, 2018 / 10:26 pm

        Andrea Bailey actually.

      • christie January 28, 2018 / 10:30 pm

        Yes, I typed wrong sorry. I didn’t catch it.

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