Hanging in there, and I hope everyone else is too

I hope everyone is doing all right. Michael and I are doing fine; however, one person at his place of work has tested positive for COVID-19, and another is believed to have it, which is scary. Michael thinks it’s unlikely he was exposed to either individual because they work different shifts, and in different parts of the facility, than he does.

One of the things I’ve been doing is contributing to a subreddit set up in memorial of COVID-19 victims, basically posting links to obituaries and such. It’s scary how many stories I’ve come across of young healthy people getting very sick or even dying of this. One of my online friends has it, a young woman, and she’s in the hospital. A five-year-old girl with no preexisting conditions died of COVID-19 last week.

I mean, I know what the statistics are. I know that the overwhelming majority of people who get it survive. But it’s hard to focus on those numbers when you’re looking at a photo of a dead kindergartner.

On another note, a few missing persons have been found:

  • Eric Randolph Pracht, a 25-year-old Lakewood, Colorado paramedic who disappeared in July 2016, His skeletal remains were found on Green Mountain, but a cause of death hasn’t been determined.
  • Martin Hugh Sackler, whose family last heard from him in October 2004 when he was 41. He has been arrested in Mobile, Alabama, where he was apparently living under a false identity.
  • Michael Alexander Rickard, a 24-year-old man who disappeared from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania in March 2018. His remains were found along some railroad tracks in Bethel Park. There isn’t much information out there as to when or how he died, but the police are saying foul play is not suspected.
  • Cheryl L. Coker, a 46-year-old woman who disappeared from Riverside, Ohio in October 2018. Her skeletal remains were found by a mushroom hunter in Caeserscreek Township, Ohio; the coroner said it looked like they were just dumped there, not even buried. I know her husband has been a suspect in her case for some time, but they’re still trying to figure out the cause of death and whatnot.

16 thoughts on “Hanging in there, and I hope everyone else is too

  1. christie groves April 29, 2020 / 12:09 pm

    Thank you for the update. We had a longtime friend die, a Pilot that works with my Mom at Alaska Airlines. His wife still flies with my Mom, his name was Jarome -“Jerry” Spring. Real nice man. I hope Michael stays safe.

  2. wanda green April 29, 2020 / 3:20 pm

    Thank you for what you do for missing people! I will pray you and Michael are safe and remain COVID free! This must be frightening for an encounter so close!

    Wanda Green-Hayes, formerly Barnwell

    I contacted you when you bought up Jeanine Debnam Barnwell

    On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 12:04 PM The Charley Project Blog wrote:

    > Meaghan posted: “I hope everyone is doing all right. Michael and I are > doing fine; however, one person at his place of work has tested positive > for COVID-19, and another is believed to have it, which is scary. Michael > thinks it’s unlikely he was exposed to either individu” >

  3. KT Stanko April 29, 2020 / 3:47 pm

    Wow, I’ve been following Michael Rickard’s case since seeing it posted due to it being local for me. I didn’t realize his remains had been found. I wonder how many more people like him and Eric will be discovered by hikers or families out on walks, especially now that the weather is getting warmer.

    • forthelost May 3, 2020 / 10:12 am

      Unless there were some serious shenanigans with the DNA test, I can’t see how that Mary is fake.

  4. Patrick Kerrigan May 4, 2020 / 10:27 am

    I was checking out the missing persons from Collier County, Florida. I checked out the case of Lynn Chesser, who was reported missing by her son Daniel.

    I searched her online and found a Sun- Sentinel newspaper story from October 2, 1988, on which she was a registered agent for her son Daniel Hoolihan, who won an alligator hunting license. It appears that they were a mother-son combo, who hunted in the Everglades of western Broward County. It appears that the hunts took place in September.

    An interesting article about this activity. Some of the hunters actually doing their own skinning of the gators because of the limited capacity at licensed processors.

    If there is foul play in her disappearance then she might have put up a fight.

    Also, I find it interesting on how some online address directories still list these people living at the same location, even though they have been missing for 27 years, like Lynn Chesser.

  5. Thanos6 May 5, 2020 / 6:13 am

    I’m trying to find information on a case I saw on an episode of “The New Detectives.” Donna Martin, ran away from her home in Louisiana in 1976. The episode was about facial reconstructions and age progressions, and in this segment, her mother Geneva had an age progression done of Donna. But it ended without a resolution.

    I can’t find any information about this case, except a transcript of the episode (here: http://zhishisj.lib.bnu.edu.cn/ylwhvod/%E5%AD%97%E5%B9%95/YL_09XJ08.txt ).

    I don’t know if names or other details were changed, but I can’t imagine they would be if the mother wanted to find her daughter, hopefully still alive.

    • Chrissie Smith July 31, 2020 / 6:04 pm

      The names you listed are correct. I havent seen the episode to verify anymore. Ive been searching everywhere for this case to no avail. Mrs. Geneva passed away. Since that time no other work has been done. Livingston pretty much dropped the case and Louisiana State site doesn’t list anything about Donna.

  6. Patrick Kerrigan May 5, 2020 / 6:01 pm

    I read the article, and there is no mention of Geneva reporting her daughter missing. The daughter goes to grandma’s. Then to Aunt Peggy’s, and then runs away. Then a friend of Donna’s she took her to live with a couple in Baton Rouge. There is reference to any law enforcement agency or investigator.

    In the body found in the canyon, we know that Deputy Watson is on the case, and what he does to identify the victim. Then he identifies the boyfriend as the bad guy.

    A year or two authorities finally put a name to a girl found murdered in Ohio. She had been known as the Buckskin Girl, because she was wearing a buckskin jacket. Her mother never reported her missing. She was just waiting for her to walk in the door.

    • Chrissie Smith July 31, 2020 / 6:06 pm

      I’m sure she was reported missing. Livingston in the past is not know for their detective work in the 70s.

  7. Patrick Kerrigan May 8, 2020 / 5:40 pm

    I like that there have been a number of arrests in cold cases. One was a truck driver living in Waterloo, Iowa, and is tied to three murders. One on Tennessee, and two in Wyoming. They tied the cases through DNA. They are also looking to see if he was connected to another murder of a store clerk on Iowa. Also, possibly to the Tammy Zwicki case.

    Maybe we can resolve more cold and missing persons cases this year.

  8. Dee May 10, 2020 / 11:27 pm

    I had a question, I came across a missing person via CUE:

    that of Ben Bingham. When I googled him, not many results were found. However, there were 2 FB posts about him, linking an old Charley Page profile, that no longer works. Normally, I can then just search a name within the website, as I know when you did the update way back the old links no longer work. However, I don’t see anything for him anymore. I also searched in the resolved cases section for Ben – Benjamin- Ben David, etc. No luck. 

    Just out of curiosity I figured I’d ask if there was any reason it was gone (or if I’m just becoming slowly dumber by the day in quarantine and can no longer use a search function properly lol)

    • Meaghan May 10, 2020 / 11:28 pm

      I often purge (remove) cases that are presumed to be closed if I have no other information as to when, where and in what condition the person was located.

      • Dee May 10, 2020 / 11:30 pm

        Makes sense – thanks so much for the quick reply!

  9. E.P. May 11, 2020 / 11:55 pm

    Hi Meaghan,
    First off, I really admire your work on the Charley Project. I was researching Song Im Joseph’s case on newspapers.com and came across another photo of her besides the one on her Charley page; doesn’t seem to have been posted anywhere else online, either. Just thought you might be interested in being made aware of this in case you ever wanted to put up another photo of her. It’s from a News Journal article from the 20th of October 1992.

  10. Patrick Kerrigan May 12, 2020 / 8:00 am

    I came across a story of a 13 year old from Pennsylvania. He took the families mini-van and took off. Supposedly, he changed the license plates and purchased gas. He was found in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Makes me wonder.

    I like the story of the 5 year old driving in the family SUV to California to purchase a fancy sports car, that his folks would not buy. He had $3.00 with him. Maybe he was going to trade in the SUV

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