Major facepalm here

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety has a missing persons database, but it is very poorly maintained. Specifically, they have a habit of not removing MPs once they are located.

The problem is so bad that it’s got to the point that I refuse to list MPs from the New Mexico DPS database unless I can verify from another source that they are actually still missing.

Case in point, something I just saw while checking the database for a case that’s on NamUs:

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Yeah, Michaela? She’s on there twice as you can see. She disappeared on January 15 and then again on February 6. Same person, some photo. Camille has disappeared on November 23, January 18, and February 9.

Sigh.

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A bunch of no-body homicide updates

So I re-posted all the Corpus Delicti lists last night and today (it’s been forever I know) and I took the chance to go through Not Concluded/Unknown Outcomes again to find out some of those outcomes.

The result is fifteen updated cases.

  • Cynthia Linda Alonzo: Eric Mora pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, got eleven years.
  • Abigail Estrada: Ruben Torres pleaded guilty to murder, got eighteen years but could be out in ten.
  • Cari Lea Farver: Shanna Golyer was found guilty, got life without parole plus 18 to 20 years for an unrelated arson.
  • Jarrod Devlin Green: Brandon Wheeler’s charges were dropped for lack of evidence.
  • Alice Kristina Wehr Hummel: Bruce Hummel was tried and convicted of the murder a second time, but an appeals court overturned his second conviction and he cannot be retried.
  • Charles Edward “Mississippi” Johnson: David Lint pleaded no contest to criminal homicide, got seven to fifteen years.
  • Zachary Matthew Malinowski: No conclusion yet, but suspect Javon Gibbs (allegedly) murdered someone else while out on bail in Malinowski’s murder.
  • Bernadine M. Montgomery: Tracie Naffziger pleaded no contest to being an accessory second-degree murder after the fact. She will testify against David Mariotti, whose trial is supposed to be early next month.
  • Sara Jo Mowrey: After alleged misconduct by the prosecution, Michael Baker pleaded guilty to solicitation to commit murder and being an accessory after the fact to murder, and got three years instead of the life sentence he’d have gotten if convicted of the original charges.
  • Catherine E. Nelson and Charles Martin Russell: Brian Ferry’s trial was early this year. The jury couldn’t reach a verdict and there was a mistrial.
  • Heath Riley Reams: Amanda Sanders-Bolstad pleaded guilty to manslaughter and got 25 years, with 20 suspended, but the prosecution is trying to get her suspended sentence revoked because she moved without telling the police.
  • Bret R. Snow: More details have been released about the crime and two additional suspects have been charged. Alvaro Guajardo is charged with murder, and Cheryl Sutton with kidnapping, conspiracy to commit murder, and leading organized crime.
  • Aaron Lamar Turner: One suspect, Bryan Byrd pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and got 20 to 40 years. (Also found an article about how Bryan was an academic star in high school and seen as a really great kid who had risen above his poverty and single-parent childhood, then he ruined his life in one weekend.) The second suspect, LaQuanta Chapman, was convicted and sentenced to death, but the sentence was overturned four years later and he got life instead. A third suspect has been identified, but has never faced charges. I think it’s because Chapman isn’t saying boo and they only have Byrd’s testimony to put the man at the scene. Also, not-very-fun fact: Chapman shot one of his dogs dead and dismembered the body in his attempt to cover up Aaron’s murder.
  • Rebecca Ann Ware: Timothy Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and got nineteen years, with credit for three years’ time served.

MP of the week: Heather Bloom

This week’s featured missing person is Heather Bloom, a 28-year-old woman with Down Syndrome who was last seen in Berkeley, California on October 1, 2005. She probably disappeared sometime after that though.

People with Down Syndrome have various levels of functionality, and it sounds like Heather was at the lower end: non-verbal, wheelchair-bound and requiring “constant care and supervision.”

She was being cared for by her sister, Shari. After Heather’s parents reported her missing, the police tried to check on her welfare, but Shari wouldn’t let them in the house and they never actually saw Heather. The neighbors also said they never saw Heather either. Last I knew, Shari had moved to Norway — without her sister, presumably.

I did find this 2017 article which has more info about the case and additional pictures of Heather. Though the police are saying there’s no evidence she’s dead or in danger, honestly, to me it doesn’t look good. I mean, a person with those medical conditions would presumably have had to see doctors regularly. She was probably on Medicaid and Social Security disability. They should be able to track her if she was still alive.

Make-a-List Monday: Fighting with a Significant Other

A lot of people, when they disappear, their spouse or girlfriend or boyfriend claims the MP  got into some kind of argument with them, and one of the parties involved stormed away angrily, and the MP was never seen or heard from again.

I’m not saying it never really happens like that. I’m sure it does. But not always.

So I’m doing a list of people who disappeared after an argument with their significant other. I’m only doing fights with spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends and exes, not fights with other people. I am counting cases where the “left after an argument” story was later proven to be a lie. I am not counting cases where the MP was seen alive by a third party AFTER the alleged argument.

It’s quite a long list. And take note of the gender disparity.

  1. Brent Marshall Acomb
  2. Ganignunt Aiemsakul
  3. Debra Ann Allen
  4. Elizabeth Mary Allen
  5. Angela Renae Ambrocio
  6. Lucely Aramburo
  7. Marilyn Anne Arnhold
  8. Julia Christine Aul
  9. Maria Guadalupe Barrientos
  10. DonaMae Bourgeois Bayerl
  11. Janice Kay Baze
  12. Shaquita Yolanda Bell
  13. Christine Blackburn-Wiles
  14. Lori Ceci Bova
  15. Erica Monique Bradley
  16. Eric Lawrence Brown
  17. Robert Fulton Browning
  18. Jarrett Lee Burton
  19. Bianca Zannette Carrasco
  20. Cynthia Laura Castellano
  21. Josephine Carroll Chatraw
  22. Florence Anne Coker
  23. Donella Jean Coultas
  24. Lisa Ann Crouse
  25. Athena Joy Curry
  26. Joseph Paul D’Aquisto Sr.
  27. Michele Rene Dickerman
  28. Charlotte Denese Doles
  29. Kathleen Durst
  30. Julie A. Earley
  31. Jon A. Feider
  32. Maureen Erin Fields
  33. Rita H. Fioretti
  34. Eugene Francis Fish
  35. Shannon Lynn Fischer
  36. Teresa Lyn Fittin
  37. Megan Renee Foglesong
  38. Nikki Lyn Forrest
  39. Windy Gail Fox
  40. Elizabeth Lea Franks
  41. Angela Marie Fullmer
  42. Inez Garcia
  43. Claudine Jaquier Gifford
  44. Zeta D. Gordon
  45. Cheryl Lynn Hall
  46. Teresa Faye Hammon
  47. Gerard J. Hanrahan
  48. Richard William Hardie
  49. Michael Curtis Hawley Jr.
  50. Lesley Anne Herring
  51. Tammy Ann Hill
  52. Joshua Davaughn Hollie
  53. Donna Lee Ingersoll
  54. Taalibah Fatin Bint Islam
  55. Julianne Cecilia Jaillet
  56. Typhenie Kae Johnson
  57. DeCorrius Brandon Jones
  58. Kerry Jones
  59. Pamela Gay Jones
  60. Anna Bertha Kenneway
  61. Jenett King
  62. Pamela Fay Kuich
  63. Mary T. Kushto
  64. Jamie Jean Laiaddee
  65. Cassandra Ann Lalonde
  66. Mary Denise Lands
  67. Edas Joseph Lauzon
  68. Ann Lombard
  69. Sylvia Alice Lwowski
  70. Dorothy Leishman Wood Madden
  71. Janet Gail Levine March
  72. Maria De Jesus Martinez
  73. Michael Dale McLaughlin
  74. Stephen Victor Meeks
  75. Debra Marie Melo
  76. Robert Allen Meredith
  77. Liliana Stella Moreno
  78. Kimberly Doreen Mullens
  79. Liza Murphy
  80. Christi Jo Nichols
  81. Georgia Darlene Nolan
  82. Kim-Marie O’Connell
  83. Patricia Lee Otto
  84. Roberta Musquiz Pagan
  85. Maria De Lourdes Pahl
  86. Roxanne Elizabeth Paltauf
  87. Patrick James Pfeiffer
  88. Anjanette Piotrowski
  89. Lea Chali Porter
  90. James Lee Proctor
  91. Abraham Jonathan Ramirez
  92. Dorothy Jean Richardson
  93. Susan Renee Riedling
  94. Lonene Ray Rogers
  95. Maryanne Jane Ruffini
  96. Judith Ann Ruggirello
  97. Catherine A. Runte
  98. Saunders Cloie Rymer
  99. Shannon J. Salisbury
  100. Kejuan L. Sarter
  101. Kelsie Jean Schelling
  102. Ernest John Schmidt
  103. Christina Levonne Schutz
  104. Ruth Marie Severance
  105. Barbara Jane Shumac
  106. Tina Marie Sinclair
  107. Catherine Lynne Sjoberg
  108. Angela Pitz Smith
  109. Davinia Ann Sterling
  110. Tynesha DeVonna Stewart
  111. Deborah Alice Sucher
  112. Louie Robert Taylor
  113. Tyler Marie Thomas
  114. Darlene Marie Trujillo
  115. Juliet Theresa Turner
  116. Patty Inez Brightwell Vaughan
  117. Tracie Denise Vicent
  118. Dawn Marie Viens
  119. Lisa Marie Wallace
  120. Jimmy Dale Whitfield
  121. Michael D. Wilk
  122. Jeremy Todd Wilson
  123. Edward Louis Winans
  124. Jennifer Kay Wix
  125. Nancy Wroblewski
  126. Londa Lynn Young
  127. Mildred Patricia Zentner

Select It Sunday: Roxanne Sims

I haven’t done one of these in quite awhile, but Lisa D. asked me to write about Roxanne Marie Sims, an eighteen-year-old who disappeared from Portland, Oregon in 1977-ish.

Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all I know of this case — not even the exact year of her disappearance, never mind the day — or her eye color for that matter.

I checked her NamUs page to see if any more info had been added, and only found something about a possible scar. I checked Newspapers.com and found no mentions of her.

Roxanne must have a family out there who’s looking for her, or friends. I would love it if someone could come forward with more information on her disappearance. She might well be still alive and have no idea she’s missing.

Ooh, this is a problem

So I just added the case of Charles Edward Tear, missing from Fargo, North Dakota, to Charley. And there’s an issue. Namely this:

Tear’s NamUs profile gives the date of disappearance as June 29, 2011. But this article has it as June 29, 2001.

One or the other of them is clearly wrong, but I’m damned if I know which. The difference is simply the slip of a finger, a typo. Oh, and ten full years.

I’m going with what NamUs says for now, but I wish I was more certain that was accurate. NamUs isn’t always correct. (Case in point: Tejin Thomas is still listed as a girl on there.)