MP of the week: Elaine Ford

This week’s featured missing person is Elaine Ford, a 29-year-old woman who was last seen in Cleveland, Ohio on May 21, 1990. I don’t have any details about her disappearance, unfortunately. She wore a Jheri curl wig at the time of her disappearance, as well as a black or brown skirt. She has a scar on her left hand and a knot on her neck.

If still alive, Elaine would be 58 today.

I hope everyone is okay. Someone at Michael’s workplace tested positive for the coronavirus. He remains in good health but I think it’s a not a matter of if he gets sick but when. Not necessarily because of that person at his work (they worked different shifts and in different areas of the facility), but just because this virus is extremely contagious and is likely to get basically everywhere before they can come up with a vaccine. It’s pretty scary.

All my family and my loved ones remain in good health, thank goodness. I did have an online friend who got infected, and she was hospitalized for a time but she is at home recovering.

6 thoughts on “MP of the week: Elaine Ford

  1. missingmysteries May 13, 2020 / 7:46 pm

    Elaine is cute, and looks like she is truly enjoying herself in that photo. It’s a shame we don’t have any contacts with her family; I’m sure we’d get more info on her disappearance if we did.

    • libraryjobber May 17, 2020 / 4:07 pm

      I wonder if Elaine Ford was an early victim of Anthony Sowell.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan May 14, 2020 / 12:36 pm

    It bugs me the lack of details, on many missing person cases. It’s the same with many cold case homicides, that cause of death is withheld to make sure that if they interview the person, that they will know the circumstances on how they killed the victim.

    Yet, in other cases we have most of the details on where they were last seen or heard from. What they were doing. Also, how many criminals have been convicted even though the victim has been identified and the basic cause of death has been released.

    I think when a case has been cold for more then 10 years, some detail could be released that might jog the memory of someone that could provide an investigative lead.

    A number of years ago, I contacted an a detective with the Philadelphia Police Department about some stolen medical equipment from a local hospital there. It was an area that I had some experience with and done many years of researching.

    He was upset that I had called him. I said law enforcement asks for help from the public. So, I am the public.

    I had called a number if other agencies all over the country about this problem. I always got a thanks for the information, and his reaction threw me.

    Off course, I don’t know if there was the same interest by members of the public as there is now, with some many sites that cover missing persons and cold cases.

    Also, if you get a chance do a little reading about Frances Glessner Lee, woman that is considered “The Mother of Forensics and Crime Scenes”. Very interesting what she accomplished for the time.

    But, then were several women in certain fields that accomplished a lot. One if them was Elizebeth Friedman, and the other is Agnes Meyer Driscoll.

    • JustinChristoph May 15, 2020 / 9:57 am

      Contacting law enforcement can get weird. Some detectives are very interested and appreciative and others act like you are trying to sell them timeshares at their child’s funeral. Each detective has their own way of doing things and controlling information is a big thing with all of them. I’ve talked to many and you have no idea what reaction you are going to get when you call them. Some wouldn’t even confirm that a missing person that their LE agency was the investigating agency was missing at all.

  3. Vincent May 15, 2020 / 1:37 pm

    How confusing, the sagas of the two Brian Burnses!

  4. Sonya May 15, 2020 / 11:49 pm

    Yes, it is scary. Hopefully Michael won’t get it, or you either. I read that even when it doesn’t affect somebody too seriously, i.e. no hospitalization needed, that it can still knock you for a loop. Somebody posted an article about having coronavirus in the relatively early days, and she was sleeping something like 16 hours a day before she recovers. Though I suppose it varies. With any luck, perhaps the coronavirus will stop infecting people soon.

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