Legislation passed to deal with the migrants who die trying to cross the border, and other stories

In Arizona: the death toll of migrants crossing the U.S./Mexican border through the Arizona desert reached 227 last year. This is a 58% increase from 2019.

In Florida: they’re still looking for Christine Muriel Flahive, a 42-year-old woman who disappeared from Punta Gorda on January 5, 1995. Per the article, the primary suspect is Jonathan Payne (who is also named in Christine’s Charley Project casefile) and unfortunately he’s been dead for a decade.

In Illinois: the police are trying to find Victoria Puzinas, who disappeared from the Albany Park area of Chicago on November 25, 2019. She was 54 years old at the time, suffers from mental illness and was homeless.

In Massachusetts: they’re still looking for 59-year-old Abbie Flynn, who disappeared from Gloucester on February 2, 2020. She had a party planned at her house, and a few hours beforehand she went out for a walk and never returned.

In Kentucky: the police have located Kenneth Davis Jr., who had been missing from Harlan County since October. He is alive.

In Ohio: the police are still looking for David Alan Tackett, who was last seen in Miami Township on September 8. He was 56 years old at the time, and it’s notable how skinny he was: 5’7 and somewhere between 100 and 125 pounds.

In Oregon: they’re still trying to identify a Jane Doe whose body was found in Polk, County, Oregon in September 1996.

In Tennessee: the Holly Bobo Act, which increases the age limit from 18 to 21 for endangered or missing adult alerts, is now in effect. From now on, missing people age 18 through 20 will be classified with the children.

In West Virginia: they’re still looking for John Jesse Wiley, a 41-year-old man who disappeared from Morgan County sometime in 2018. He wasn’t reported missing till last April.

In the border region: an article about the Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act, bipartisan legislation that “opens up funding for the network of state and local governments, humanitarian organizations, forensics labs and medical offices that respond to migrant deaths on a day-to-day basis.” This should lead to a lot of unidentified migrants getting their names back.

In Europe: two children who were kidnapped from the Netherlands by their mom in 2014 have been found safe in Innsbruck, Austria. Their searching father is delighted.

8 thoughts on “Legislation passed to deal with the migrants who die trying to cross the border, and other stories

  1. Jack S January 6, 2021 / 4:35 pm

    I don’t use Facebook because of the reasons, so I never got to see your news links before the recent moderation terribleness you’ve been going through. If it’s not too much trouble, I’d really appreciate it if you could keep posting news story links here at the blog too, even after you’re posting on Facebook again?

  2. Patrick Kerrigan January 7, 2021 / 1:18 pm

    She is hosting a party, and decides to go for a walk. I am missing something with that, and wonder if something else was going on. There is no mention of health issues.

    I have been thinking about the known circumstances on the kidnapping and murder of Morgan Violi of Bowling Green, Kentucky on July 24, 1996.

    The van used in her kidnapping was stolen in Dayton. Ohio, on Julyc23,1996. She is kidnapped and found murdered in White House, Tennessee.

    The stolen van is left in a rest stop in Franklin, Tennessee. A white in color Ford van, was seen parked for several hours at a run down farm house in White House, Tennessee.

    These locations are located on Interstate – 65. White House is north of Nashville, and Franklin is south of Nashville.

    Morgan, was found brutally murdered near the farm house.

    It appears like a planned kidnapping, although there is no mention of a ransom. Also, ita’s a long way to travel to kidnap a kid.

    • Meaghan January 7, 2021 / 1:19 pm

      The party hadn’t started yet; guests didn’t arrive for another two hours. Plenty of time to take a walk.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan January 7, 2021 / 1:18 pm

    She is hosting a party, and decides to go for a walk. I am missing something with that, and wonder if something else was going on. There is no mention of health issues.

    I have been thinking about the known circumstances on the kidnapping and murder of Morgan Violi of Bowling Green, Kentucky on July 24, 1996.

    The van used in her kidnapping was stolen in Dayton. Ohio, on Julyc23,1996. She is kidnapped and found murdered in White House, Tennessee.

    The stolen van is left in a rest stop in Franklin, Tennessee. A white in color Ford van, was seen parked for several hours at a run down farm house in White House, Tennessee.

    These locations are located on Interstate – 65. White House is north of Nashville, and Franklin is south of Nashville.

    Morgan, was found brutally murdered near the farm house.

    It appears like a planned kidnapping, although there is no mention of a ransom. Also, ita’s a long way to travel to kidnap a kid.

  4. KT Stanko January 7, 2021 / 2:54 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Facebook problems! It sucks you can’t even get somebody else to post for you. After you’re “let out,” if you want to add people in case this happens again, I’d be happy to help.

    I do appreciate reading these updates in this format. You’re really good at summarizing, which is not a skill everyone has.

  5. Brian Lockett January 9, 2021 / 10:01 pm

    Was the Jane Doe ID’ed in the few days after the story that you posted? That’s weird.

    https://www.oxygen.com/the-jane-doe-murders/crime-news/the-jane-doe-murders-what-happened-to-kathy-buxton
    “McClary and her team were able to locate a possible match, a woman named Kathy Buxton, who was around the right age and had been living near the area where the crime occurred. After locating her sister, Linda Amsler, McClary asked her for DNA to prove the Jane Doe was Buxton.”

    • missingmysteries January 11, 2021 / 12:40 pm

      I wondered the same thing, but I think I maybe they kept it under wraps because of the upcoming tv show. Doe Network had updated that she was identified last month I think, but with “no further details” including her actual name. But I Googled it and found an article that did name her, and I’m pretty sure I did that back in December.

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