Navajo-language missing persons posters and more stories

From the border states: the the Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act has been approved by Congress and awaits the President’s signature to be signed into law. The Act is designed to enhance the recording and reporting of missing persons and unidentified persons along the U.S./Mexico border and includes several measures towards that end.

From Arizona/New Mexico: the FBI has released some Navajo-language posters about unsolved missing persons and murder cases that occurred on or near the Navajo Nation. The missing persons include Anthonette Christine Cayedito, missing from Gallup, New Mexico since 1986; Laverda Sorrell, missing from Fort Defiance, Arizona since 2002; and Jamie Lynnette Yazzie, missing from Pinon, Arizona since 2019. Serious question, and I mean no disrespect to the Navajo Nation: is there actually anyone who can read Navajo who cannot also read English, or are these posters more of a public relations exercise than anything?

From Arkansas: this article details the murder-without-a-body case of Christopher Todd Armstrong, who went missing from Magnolia on March 7, 1998. Although Kenny Wayne Whiddon Jr. pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case, served his prison term and was released in 2008, Armstrong’s body has never been found.

From California/Oregon: they’re still searching for Danielle Bisnell, who disappeared on December 10 last year, while traveling from Lebanon, Oregon to Redding, California.

From California: they’re still searching for Angela Marie Fullmer, a 34-year-old mother of three who disappeared from Mount Shasta, California on December 15, 2002.

Also from California: they’re still searching for Manuel Calderon, who disappeared from Hacienda Heights on September 8 this year.

Also from California: they’re released more info on a “few details” case I had, the disappearance of Amber Aiaz and her twelve-year-old daughter Melissa Fu from Irvine on November 22, 2019. According to Aiaz’s husband, a Chinese man and woman rendered him unconscious with an unknown substance and when he woke up his wife and daughter were gone. Very strange. If the police think this is a kidnapping, I don’t understand why this information didn’t appear in the news for over a year.

From Illinois: Angela Renee Siebke has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a newborn girl whose body was found floating inside a trash bag in the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois on April 11, 1992. Siebke lives in Ohio now, but in 1992 she was a resident of Orion, Illinois. DNA proved she was the unidentified baby’s mother.

Also from Illinois: they’re still looking for Requita “Aaliyah” Goff, who disappeared from Chicago on November 28, 2019.

Also from Illinois: they’re found remains believed to be of Kimberly Stewart-Whittington, who went missing from Harrisburg in September 2019.

From Montana: the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are creating a tribal community response plan for missing Native American people.

From New Mexico: This article states the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force, which was formed a year ago to address the problem of violence against Native American women, has made a “dogged but incomplete effort” in the face of the pandemic and incomplete data. The entire 64-page report is here.

From Texas: there’s an article about Rusty Arnold’s search for his sister Mary Rachel Trlica and her friends, Lisa “Renee” Wilson and Julie Ann Moseley, who all disappeared under strange circumstances from Fort Worth in 1974.

From British Columbia, Canada: They’re still looking for Randolph Quilt, a Xeni Gwet’in First Nation man who disappeared from Williams Lake on September 26. He wasn’t reported missing till November 29.

From Germany/the UK: two-year-old Emmanuel Biendarra, who was abducted from the UK by his mother in 2019, has been found safe in Germany and returned to Britain, where his searching father lives.

From Nigeria: the 344 abducted Nigerian boys mentioned in the last article dump have been freed. It turns out they were taken not by Boko Haram, but by bandits pretending to be Boko Haram.

From Singapore: A suspect, Ahmad Danial Mohamed Rafa’ee, has been charged with murder in the disappeared of Felicia Teo, a fine arts student who went missing in 2007. Teo’s body has never been found. A suspected accomplice in the murder, Ragil Putra Setia Sukmarahjana, has been named also, but the police haven’t located him yet; he is no longer in Singapore. This article has more info on the case.

From Taiwan: they’ve found a woman, identified only as Hsieh, who went missing from Changhua County twelve years ago when she was only eleven years old. She was apparently abducted by her non-custodial mother and turned up in Kaohsiung in an “undernourished state” weighing only 36 kilograms, or 79 pounds. To keep Hsieh from being found, her mom had confined her to their apartment and not let her go to school or to the hospital. When she was reunited with her father and brother, she no longer recognized them, and she “appeared to be suffering from social behavioral disorders.” No wonder, after being imprisoned in an apartment for over half her life. Such an awful story.

13 thoughts on “Navajo-language missing persons posters and more stories

  1. Patrick Kerrigan December 18, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    The story on the three girls missing from the shopping mall, is quite complicated. One girl is in high school and married to the guy, her sister was hooked up with.

    Then the sister is living with them due to some issues with another boyfriend. She also was offered a chance to join them, and she stays home.

    Her brother and the other victims families believe she knows more then she is telling. Also, she may have written the supposed letter.

    But, then she hopefully would know that her sister never used the formal name of her husband. However, how many people knew where she lived.

    • Meaghan December 18, 2020 / 5:24 pm

      I wonder if Rachel was made to write that letter, and intentionally addressed her husband by a name she never used as a duress signal.

  2. missingmysteries December 18, 2020 / 10:22 pm

    OT but a thought on one of the recent updates:

    Melissa Fu was 5’11” and weighed two hundred pounds at age 12 when she went missing? I wonder if the original source info in her case was incorrect. I just have a hard time imagining a 12 year old girl at 5’11” and 200 pounds. Slightly possibly one or the other (height OR weight) but not both. At least if a 12 year old was that size, you’d think there would be a related medical diagnosis. Maybe there is, it just hasn’t been shared.

    • Meaghan December 18, 2020 / 10:25 pm

      I wonder about both their sizes—they are exceptionally tall for women of any size, and particularly for Chinese women. I think in many parts of China most women are only about five feet tall. And of course at 12 Melissa is still a child. But all the sources I’ve seen have listed the same HWs.

      • missingmysteries December 18, 2020 / 10:31 pm

        I thought the same, that such a size would be incredibly abnormal for a Chinese girl. If the sources have the same info, it seems to have an air of legitimacy…unless the original source (ie info from China) was incorrectly converted from the get go.

        Also, another OT comment, I wonder if Wesley Wayne Firth possibly suffers from the same or similar hereditary disease that I do. It can cause high arches, hammer toes (like his fifth toe as described) and can cause weakness in the Achilles’ tendon. I’m not sure if it will help find him, but I hope his family is aware of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (and its medical coding, Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy). The issues listed for him are all symptoms/complications of CMT.

      • Meaghan December 18, 2020 / 10:34 pm

        I first heard of Charcot-Marie-Tooth earlier this year. A 12-year-old boy in Chicago died of coronavirus in May. He was one of the first children in the country to die of covid, and the articles mentioned he had Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease as well.

  3. missingmysteries December 18, 2020 / 10:43 pm

    …to continue about Wesley Firth, I should point out that it seems his physical issues were bilateral (such as, both Achilles’ tendons, both foot arches, both hammer toes) and that fits with a more systemic illness rather than one weak limb/ankle/foot. It does sound quite a bit like Charcot-Marie-Tooth. Again, I don’t know if such a diagnosis will help his case, but maybe it will give his family and investigators additional info when comparing his DNA to possible matches (as a hereditary disease, there are specific gene defects related to it, and his DNA might help with this).

    • missingmysteries December 18, 2020 / 10:54 pm

      Oh wow. A 12 year old with CMT? That’s tough. I was (and am) very lucky; I had only a few sporadic symptoms up until my early 30s. Mine literally turned on overnight (I learned later that hereditary diseases can, in fact, remain “dormant” and be triggered by something). And that led to ten years of medical Hell. I’ve seen at least five neurologists, two rheumatologists, three neurosurgeons, one endocrinologist, and have been told “it’s not Lupus!!!” more times than was said on House, lol.

      I think this background makes me especially cognizant of the Charley entries of people with chronic and or painful conditions. Because I know that if I were going to run away by choice, the first thing I’d pack is my pain medications.

      So when these folks end up on Charley, and the dreaded “…left all of their medications behind”, I sense foul play. Likewise, there are Doe Network entries where the Doe was found to have been suffering some horribly painful ailment at the time of death. My heart goes out to them.

  4. missingmysteries December 18, 2020 / 11:43 pm

    Okay, one more OT if you’ll allow it. Because the topic of this post has to do with the Southwest, I wanted an opportunity to share this case with your readers. It’s an unidentified John Doe from my state of WV. While we don’t know if he has ties to the southwest, he most likely is from Mexico or South America, and if this post gets to the right audience, it could solve his case.

    He apparently drove his truck (which, while having its VIN, did not lead to an ID) off the side of a ridge and the truck vaulted 300 yards (!) over the ridge until it landed in a small field in an area that is reasonably populated. The field owner only found the truck, and its ejected, deceased driver, when he was checking the field for deer season. I’ve been to the spot where he went over the road, and I can see how the accident happened. He was likely driving 55, didn’t see the signs that said 45mph and, immediately after, 35mph. He failed to negotiate the turn, and likely still going around 55mph, drove through the only spot with no guardrail (it’s eerie, and I have pictures).

    So since 2009, this man has been unidentified. He had a fake ID on him (a Georgia driver’s license) and while in a truck with a VIN, hasn’t been identified. If this can be shared by any Mexican or South American readers, please do share it. You can find his case by searching Doe Network dot .org, geographical cases, West Virginia males.

  5. Patrick Kerrigan December 19, 2020 / 1:50 pm

    That reminds me of driving back from Yorktown, VA. We were going through the mountains on I-64, and the speed limit changes very quickly, plus there are many sharp turns.

    Once we got through the mountains, I picked up speed going through the capital of West Virginia, and all of a sudden saw the sign for the West Virgina State Police Academy.

    I thought it might be nice to slow down to the speed limit.

  6. missingmysteries December 20, 2020 / 12:12 pm

    Another OT comment: somehow I got to reading a court case from California and recognized the name of a victim was a CP entry, Mary Sue Kitts. This appeal is filled with crazy testimony, such as:

    ”In early 1977 defendant brought some new employees, Allen Robinson and Benjamin Meyer, into his crime family. He told Meyer he previously “had a broad helping them who got mouthy so they had to waste her” and that “she sleeps with the fishes.” He warned Meyer, “If you bring anybody in my house that snitches on me or my family, I’ll waste them. There’s no rock, bush, nothing, he could hide behind ….” When Meyer asked what would happen if defendant was arrested and could not make bail, defendant replied, “you’ve heard of the long arm of the law before? Well don’t underestimate the long arm of this Indian. I will reach out and waste you.”

    For further reading, see the link. https://law.justia.com/cases/california/supreme-court/3d/42/1222.html

  7. Patrick Kerrigan December 20, 2020 / 1:47 pm

    I was researching the disappearance of Janice Matney, from Ottawa, Illinois. One online directory claims n.v s that she moved to the Ottawa address in 2007.

    That was like five years after she supposedly disappeared from there. All the other addresses she had were in Sacramento. Except for an address in Rockford, Illinois in 2003, supposedly.

    I wonder if her medical issues, contributed to her disappearance. Plus having a boyfriend who is a registered sex offender, did not help either.

  8. Patrick Kerrigan December 20, 2020 / 2:11 pm

    MissingMysteries, I read your attached article. I just love a family, that robs, burglarized and murders. It’s important that they work together.

    Plus the defendant loved children, and helped that one woman get rushed to a hospital.

    The only issue I have is that Mary Kitts parents supposedly were not in rush to report their daughter missing. At least according to some online articles.

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