English woman missing in Cyprus turns up decades later in Arizona, and other stories

Samuel Little, considered to be one of the U.S. most prolific serial killers, has died in prison at age 80. They’re still trying to locate/identify his victims.

In Arizona/England/Cyprus: they’ve found Lee-Tracey Miley, who was reported missing by her son in 2019 but had actually been out of touch with her family since 1991. She went on a vacation to Egypt that year, then traveled to Cyprus (an island nation in the Mediterranean) and never returned. Ms. Miley was located safe in Arizona. She claims she was injured in a car wreck in Cyprus and developed amnesia, and had no recollection of her previous life in Bournemouth, England.

In California: the recent arrest in Michaela Garecht‘s case has given hope for answers to the family of Amanda Nicole Eileen “Nikki” Campbell, a four-year-old girl who disappeared from Fairfield on December 27, 1991. The video clip in this link includes a color photo of Nikki which I had not seen elsewhere, and have added to her casefile.

In Florida: Steve Calkins, a former sheriff’s deputy, has been found not civilly liable for anything in the 2004 disappearance and presumed death of Terrance Deon Williams from Naples. It’s a very peculiar case. Williams’s family had filed a wrongful death suit against Calkins, who is the last person known to have seen Williams and was also the last person known to have seen another missing man, Felipe Santos, who had gone missing under nearly identical circumstances the previous year. The case had been forced into binding arbitration due to an error by the plaintiffs’ attorney, and the arbitrator ruled they had no case against Calkins.

In Iowa: it’s been nearly six months since ten-year-old Breasia Terrell disappeared from Davenport, and here’s a timeline of her case.

In Massachusetts: they’re still looking for Lisa Therisa Hazard, a 29-year-old woman who disappeared from New Bedford in March 2019. She had a drug problem and told her son’s father she was going to check into a rehab center in Fall River, but it’s unclear whether she even ever left New Bedford.

In Missouri: this article honors Marianne Asher-Chapman, who founded Missouri Missing, a nonprofit organization that helps families of people missing in Missouri and publicizes their cases. Asher-Chapman’s daughter, Michelle Angela “Angie” Yarnell, disappeared from Ivy Bend in 2003.

Also in Missouri: they’ve found the remains of Brandon L. Wood, a 23-year-old who disappeared from Mountain Grove in 2015. Curiously, the bones turned up in an area that had been previously searched.

In Ohio: this article talks about cold missing persons cases in Ohio, particularly in Butler County. It mentions Cynthia Louise Carmack, a 15-year-old missing from Hamilton since 1987, and Ronald Henry Tammen Jr., a 19-year-old Ohio University student missing from Oxford since 1953, among others.

In Oregon: this article is about the narrowly averted NamUs defunding and how it would have affected cold cases in that country.

In Texas: Fox San Antonio has released a recording of an interview police did with Elizabeth Johnson, mother of Gabriel Scott Johnson, who disappeared on December 27, 2009 at just seven months old. Elizabeth says she gave Gabriel to another couple to raise, but police have been unable to identify these people and think the child is probably dead. She was convicted of custodial interference and unlawful imprisonment, but acquitted of kidnapping, and was released from prison in 2014.

In Wisconsin: they’ve found the remains of Benjamin D. Bodwin, a 54-year-old man who disappeared from Athelstane in 2018. His death has been ruled a suicide.

In England: the police have released video footage of Steven Clark, a 23-year-old man who disappeared from Marske-by-the-Sea, Cleveland in 1992 and is presumed murdered. His parents were recently arrested and questioned, then released. They deny any involvement in their son’s presumed death and called the idea “absolutely ludicrous.”

In Russia: they’re still looking for Ayana Vinokurova and Alina Ivanova, two three-year-old girls who disappeared from Alina’s grandfather’s yard in a remote village called Sinsk in the far eastern part of the country back in 2013.

8 thoughts on “English woman missing in Cyprus turns up decades later in Arizona, and other stories

  1. Patrick Kerrigan January 1, 2021 / 1:16 pm

    Wait, a minute an English women is seriously injured in auto accident in Cyprus. So the local police never identified her, never notified the English embassy that one of their citizens was injured.

    Then her family does not report her missing for over 20 years. They are lucky that they found her alive.

    The death of Samuel Liitle, will effect the opportunity to identify more of his victims. Hopefully his DNA is on file.

    Maybe the media, will air a story on his passing. Maybe that would generate some leads

    • Meaghan January 1, 2021 / 1:18 pm

      The media has already run quite a few stories on Mr. Little’s passing; how do you think I heard about it? It was one of the most prominent Washington Post stories in yesterday’s issue.

  2. Dawn Marie January 1, 2021 / 8:58 pm

    Do we know for a fact Ms. Miley had an accident in Cyprus? If we only have her say-so? And it sounds like she was already estranged from her family before she went to Cyprus, so maybe she just up and left and started over.
    Little got a lot of coverage while he was alive and some more when he died. I saw him on 60 Minutes a few months ago. That man could really, really draw! It’s hard to believe he didn’t have any formal training at all, but he didn’t, barely even had school.

    • Meaghan January 1, 2021 / 9:00 pm

      Honestly I have my doubts about Ms. Miley’s story too.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan January 2, 2021 / 12:16 pm

    If I remember right there was a woman in Canada, who disappeared from her family. She was found many years later. She had moved away and remarried

  4. Patrick Kerrigan January 2, 2021 / 9:07 pm

    While looking for the status of a missing person from Oregon, I came across an article by Brenton Gicker in the Eugene weekly, titled “Out of the Void”. It is about Eugene’s dead, missing and unidentified people.

    He mentions the Charley Project, which is run by a dedicated person. He mentions several unsolved missing persons cases. He then mentions that NamUs shows 60 some people as missing from that neck of the woods, while the project shows only 30. But, he mentions your criteria for being listed.

    One of them is a 28 year old man, who comes from a well known family. It appears several members of his family have done time in prison.

    It’s an interesting article on missing persons from that area, and the effect it has on several families.

  5. missingmysteries January 3, 2021 / 11:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing the Ohio story. While I am a resident of WV, I’m only a few miles from the WV/OH state line, so we are in Ohio often. One Charley case from Ohio that stands out to me is Kristen Anderson. She actually lived in WV, I think she lived with her boyfriend, and then had problems so she literally moved to the other side of the river (and into Ohio) with a friend to get away from him.

    Well, she disappeared from her friend’s apartment where she was staying. But the apartments had video surveillance, it showed her boyfriend carrying her (probably dead) body out of the apartment and into his car trunk. A few days after this event, when he learned it was on video, he killed himself. So she’s never been found. I discovered an interesting article on a local website (weelunk) about “haunted” places in our town, and they interviewed a guy who owns the rental house where the boyfriend killed himself, about whether he thought the place was haunted. He did mention one very interesting thing: when he was cleaning out the apartment after the suicide, he realized that a large steel drum on the property was missing. This property also sits yards from the Ohio River. So anyhow, speculation that he put her in the drum and rolled her into the river is clearly a possibility.

    But I wonder if part of the reason it’s not yet resolved is because, while she was likely killed in Ohio, her remains are probably more likely to be in WV (on land but also including the river, as WV has jurisdiction of the Ohio River). So I don’t know how much, if any, searching by Ohio LE has been done in WV, or how much if any searching has been done by WV LE.

    I’d love to see the Ohio group from Texas Equusearch (from what I’ve read, the Ohio searchers are very good) com here and look for her, either in the river, or figure out where in WV he could have hidden her (like a place where he grew up, or hunted, fished, four-wheeled, etc)

    Sorry this is so long!

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