MP of the week: Toby Coleman

This week’s featured missing person is Toby Ray Coleman, who disappeared from New Caney, Texas on May 19, 1997, a month after his eighteenth birthday. He was last seen after he came home from a party, bleeding from a fight he’d gotten into. After his parents cleaned and bandaged his injury, he left home again and never came back.

Foul play is suspected in Coleman’s disappearance. Unfortunately, the police refused to accept a missing persons report for over three months, by which time I’m sure the case was already cold.

17 thoughts on “MP of the week: Toby Coleman

  1. Patrick Kerrigan March 12, 2019 / 1:42 pm

    I find it weird that the local police refused to take a report for three months. If he had disappeared 30 years ago, that was the mindset, he ran away and will come back. They should have taken a report immediately. Off course, he had turned 18. But still, he was involved in a fight at a party, and was injured. So maybe the people he had the fight with had criminal connections, and maybe the local police may had connections to these people. I could see

    Their are numerous cold cases and stuff in Iowa, and some of the known details seem to point to failures of local police to investigate, or not properly handle the crime scene. I however get upset that they did not seek further assistance from other agencies.

    The is most likely more to this case that we don’t know about. That frustrates me because we known law enforcement holds stuff back in many cases. Yet, after 20, 30, 40 years, its about time to reveal that tidbit. How many homicides have taken place, and the police have not revealed the cause of death.

    • marsyao March 12, 2019 / 2:38 pm

      Maybe local cops thought this was just a fight between teenagers so it was no big deal? I don’t think his wound was very severe since he needed no medical treatment, from his case file he left home before and adding the factor he was 18 which means he had the right to leave, so local cops just shrugged and paid no attention, a mistake from hindsight of course, wonder did the cops at least talked to that “female companion’ ?

      I found a court record, I think it possible is his, how many Toby Coleman in New Caney, Texas with a middle name started with R ? (, interestingly this charge was filed on August 26, 1997 against a Toby R Coleman of New Caney, Texas for Theft, I wonder what was the offense date?

      • john turner May 13, 2019 / 3:04 pm

        Could have been the Same Toby Coleman, He was missing for 3 months when that was filed. I he was available He or one of his parents would have made sure the check was cleared. And the so called party was a group of Young people convening art a trailer park which went on every weekend. The police should have picked this case up.

    • Ivana March 13, 2019 / 2:36 pm

      What a shoddy police work. They should have taken a report immediately, as there was assault with a weapon ( broken bottle IS a weapon that can be deadly) , death treats and what not. Case file states: ” a man cut his left forearm with a broken beer bottle and threatened to kill him.”..if it was another teenager, it would most probably read “another teenager” or “guest at the party”. If they say “a man” that is in most cases over 20 or over 25 years old male. And, yes, what about that female companion?

  2. marsyao March 12, 2019 / 2:44 pm

    This is what his mother said on Websleuths
    “My Son left home to go to go hang out at Bills 3 Gs trailer park on May 19,1997 and got in a fight with some guy there having a birthday party. Things started getting crazy and. He(Toby) hit the guy with a beer bottle and it broke. Toby took off running and the guy picked up the broken bottle and threw it at Toby and cut his arm open, The guy hollered at Toby I’m gonna kill you punk. He came home with a Tshirt wrapped around his arm and bleeding badly. I cleaned him up and bandaged his arm I have no idea who the guy was.. He would not call the police, later he called a friend (a girl) and left the house and never came back The girl said she dropped him off and never saw him again and has since moved from the area.. He was 18 so the Police told me He was an adult and he didn’t have to come home if he didn’t want to. so they wouldn’t take a missing persons report until Aug 25 1997. we have submitted DNA for comparison to any unidentified persons they find. It has been 19 years now and they are just now offering a reward for information on old cold cases in the area. If you know anything about his disappearance, Please do the right thing and speak up now.”

    so the the theft charge was filed one date after the filing the missing person report

    • Meaghan March 12, 2019 / 2:48 pm

      Perhaps the theft charge was done solely so the police would have an excuse to pick him up if they found him? I’ve heard of parents doing that with their missing kids, filing minor charges against them as a way to increase the methods to find them.

      • marsyao March 12, 2019 / 2:51 pm

        That made sense, this charge was about >$20 <$500

  3. marsyao March 13, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    79 years old and 81 years old ladies went camping, I am speechless

    • Meaghan March 14, 2019 / 7:21 am

      Yeah, they were really big on it too. Olief in particular. Her 60yo son said if the water got too shallow to row during low tide, she’d get out of the boat and drag it behind her till she could row again. If she ran out of food, she’d shoot a squirrel or catch a few crayfish and cook them over the fire.

      It sounds like these two very experienced and capable swamp campers trusted too much in their experience and capabilities when they decided to go out in the tail end of a hurricane. Sadly that regularly happens with outdoorsy people; they get so much confidence in themselves that they lose their natural caution and that can be deadly.

      Swamp-ready as their little rowboat may have been, I doubt it stayed afloat long if they got blown out to open sea.

  4. marsyao March 14, 2019 / 5:25 pm

    Am reading Steven Aiello’s case, I will be damned, son of header of New York Police Department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation had connection with the Gambino/Genovese families

    • Meaghan March 14, 2019 / 7:08 pm

      The articles I read made kind of a big deal that Aiello Senior had no idea Steve was even involved in that, or that Steve had even testified in court.

      • marsyao March 14, 2019 / 9:16 pm

        he was either utterly incompetent on his job or he was lying,

  5. Patrick Kerrigan March 14, 2019 / 7:35 pm

    Speaking of the Gambino Family, the head guy was bumped off outside his Staten Island home. It will cause some in-fighting. Also, who approved this hit, and why. We don’t normally hear much about organized crime.

    • marsyao March 14, 2019 / 9:20 pm

      Mafia in nowadays is just a shell of what they used to be, Mafia Dons in their early years would roll in their grave, had they known now Mafia family boss, underboss and consigliere would act as government witness against their members in the court,

  6. Patrick Kerrigan March 15, 2019 / 10:44 am

    I agree that the Mob, is a former shell of itself. This is especially true here in Chicago. They had a major federal trial a few years ago, that convicted the local guys for a number of mob hits over the years.

    Also, there was the Greylord Investigation, that took down a number of crooked judges in Cook County, and a few lawyers too.

    • marsyao March 15, 2019 / 1:23 pm

      In the old day, American Mafia did follow some code of conduct, if they had some problem with you,they would kill you but they usually would not harm your family, and they would not kill someone in front of his family, if killing of Cali was a mafia hit, then thing must be changed in recent years

  7. Patrick Kerrigan March 15, 2019 / 5:30 pm

    For general information, an unidentified woman known as “Jane Annie Doe, was identified through DNA genealogy as get this “Anne Lehman. She was 16 when she disappeared either in 1970 or 1971, from Washington. Her skeletal remains were found in Josephine County, Oregon. They traced her through relatives in New Zealand, Canada, and Europe. That must have been a job, tracing her down. I don’t know if she was ever reported missing.

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