NCMEC search becomes slightly less terrible, and more news

I first complained about the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s search engine back in 2013, and things got even worse with later versions of it. However, when I checked today, they’d made yet another version, which is slightly better than the last. Like, you can now search based on how old the child was when they disappeared. That’s kind of nice, I guess.

You still don’t have the ability to search by category, which they axed in 2013. As far as I can tell it’s because the NCMEC decided to phase out categories. They did this because when people saw “Family Abduction” or “Runaway” they just automatically tuned it out. I can understand the logic of the NCMEC’s thinking there.

I added Duke Flores‘s case today. It’s pretty awful. Probably not as bad as Noah McIntosh‘s (I blogged about his case in March), but it’s still pretty bad.

The whole story about Duke’s murder being prompted by his attempt he was trying to kill his infant cousin looks a little sketchy at first glance. However, both women gave the police the same account of the alleged attempted murder, and I wonder if Duke, who had autism, was just unable to deal with the baby’s crying. Most people with autism (including me) are very sensitive to noises.

They tried to cover up his disappearance by saying they’d taken Duke to a psychiatric hospital. If he was indeed trying to kill his cousin, this would have been a perfectly appropriate action to take. Certainly much more appropriate than strangling him.

We’ll never know if he really tried to smother the baby or not; the only two people alive to tell the story aren’t exactly credible witnesses. But no matter what he did there’s no excuse for murdering a six-year-old child with a disability.

The thing about his mom and aunt taking the other kids along while they disposed of his body is horrifying. Though the alternative would have been leaving them alone at home, and they were both really little. Hopefully too little to remember this later.

I hope these women get what’s coming to them. They are probably not very popular in jail; most of the women prisoners are mothers too.

6 thoughts on “NCMEC search becomes slightly less terrible, and more news

  1. Ellen Tallabas June 25, 2020 / 11:34 am

    I am the wife of Anthony Johnson. One of your MPs . I thank you so much for keeping this site alive. Sincerely, Ellen Tallabas-Johnson

    • Mia June 26, 2020 / 11:48 pm

      Ellen, I know I speak for all of us when I say that I hope you get the closure you need on your husband’s disappearance.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan June 27, 2020 / 11:38 am

    Crunch, thanks for the information. I seem to remember another missing person case a teenager from that area. There was some belief that the two victims were similar in appearance. It’s interesting that the two women are related.

    I also came across a USA Today story that authorities had identified a Harold Warren Jarrell, who died in Lss Vegas in 1996, at the age of 67, as the offender in the abduction and murder of Kelly Prosser, on September 20, 1982 in the Columbus, Ohio area.

    Jarrell had been arrested for a sex crime with a child in 1977, and served 5 years. It appears he was not on any radar screens as t the time. However, my favorite police captain, from the movie Casablanca, would have rounded up the usual suspects.

    I would have thought they would be checking their records for guys with arrest records for this kind of activity.

    Hopefully, they will share his DNA on CODIS, so maybe he can be connected to other similar crimes.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan June 27, 2020 / 1:05 pm

    I checked and found the case of Lauren Ann Rahn, (14), who disappeared on the evening of April 26, 1980. As I understand it Denise Denault, supposedly lived a few blocks from Lauren. I seem to remember they may have looked alike, at least according to others. Also Rachel Garden (15) of Newton, disappeared on March 22, 1980. Rachel, disappeared about 30 days before.

  4. Christine June 28, 2020 / 10:44 am

    This story is horrifying, I’m sick to my stomach!

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