Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Felita Ruark

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Felita Ruark, who disappeared from Madison, Georgia on June 24, 1990, the day before her 27th birthday.

The circumstances of Felita’s disappearance are unclear: she was supposedly going to meet up with her soon-to-be-ex-husband in Jackson, Mississippi, where he lived. That’s more than a six-hour drive. But her husband says he never saw her or even had plans to see her. Shrug.

Her car later turned up at the Madison Wal-Mart, meaning that if she did plan to go to Jackson, she probably never even made it out of town. That doesn’t look good at all.

I couldn’t find anything about Felita’s disappearance on Newspapers.com, but I did find this from the Yazoo Herald, a Mississippi paper, printed on February 24, 1990, exactly four months before her disappearance:

felita

I’m quite sure it’s the same Felita. The name isn’t exactly common, and as I previously noted, the missing woman’s husband lived in Jackson.

5 thoughts on “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Felita Ruark

  1. M. May 15, 2018 / 10:05 am

    In honor of Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month, could you do a post on Maleina and Faloma Luhk? They’re the elementary school aged sisters who vanished from the tiny Pacific island of Saipan in 2011 while waiting for their school bus. No trace of either sister has been found.

    It’s such a baffling case considering the fact that both girls were taken and have not been found, especially considering the size of the island. May 25 is the anniversary of their disappearance.

    Thanks for all you do!

    • Meaghan May 15, 2018 / 5:15 pm

      Sorry, all the slots are filled for this month. Might do an anniversary post though.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan May 16, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    I find interesting that Felita Cervantes Ruark, had submitted her petition for citizenship on July 25, 1989, at the age of 26. Also, her husband or to be ex-husband James Garland Ruark, died at the age of 33, on October 31, 1996.

    He served in the U.S.M.C., from March 4, 1980 to January 3 1985. He is buried in Bostwick, Georgia. It makes me wonder, what the cause of death. Also, would be nice to read his obit.

    • Meaghan May 16, 2018 / 10:04 pm

      Interesting. I wonder what caused his death. 33 is horribly young.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan May 17, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    I wonder if he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina. The marines and their families stationed there drank or bathed in water that had high levels of industrial sovents, benzene, and other chemicals. The 9-year daughter of a senior enlisted marine died of cancer.

    Mrs. Ruark had an address in Jacksonville, North Carolina. In fact someone with her full name supposedly still lives there.

    The problem with the water dates from the late 1950’s to the late 1980’s. I wonder if his early death, is connected to the problems.

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