Seeing them living once more

With recent cases, it’s pretty common to find the missing person’s social media accounts from prior to their disappearance and get to learn about them, their personality, their likes and dislikes. For older cases, pre social media, this is less common, but it still happens sometimes.

Today, out of nowhere, I decided to look up Monterrio Holder on the newspaper archives, simply because his name is unique enough that I thought I might find something. As it turns out, Monterrio was an athlete when he attended Washington High School in Indianapolis and college in Tennessee. He did play football, but his real talent was in track, specifically jumping.

He was one of Indiana’s top high jumpers in his time. He did a 6’8 high jump as a seventeen-year-old in 1988. In 1989, as a high school junior, he made an attempt at a city record in the high jump and, though he missed it, he did account for all 28 of his track team’s points in that competition. In March 1994, just months before his disappearance, he competed at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship and finished third in the high jump, 7’3. The Indianapolis Star had several photos of him at competitions, some of them mid-jump. I added three to his casefile.

Nothing about his disappearance, however. What happened to this young man?

3 thoughts on “Seeing them living once more

  1. Laura February 10, 2021 / 6:48 am

    Hi Meaghan. One of the photos on Monterrio’s page looks like the photo of a dead person. I was wondering what is that about. There’s no explanation in the description. Thank you

    • Meaghan February 10, 2021 / 7:21 am

      It was taken as he was doing the high jump. He was upside down, going over the bar.

      • Laura February 10, 2021 / 7:33 am

        Oh wow. It looks a bit eerie! Thank you for clarifying that.
        And Meaghan, I really like your blog posts: I enjoy the description of the detective work that goes into bringing all these stories to life. Also your writing style is always straight to the point and yet has the power to engage. You have the ability to catch one or two details that suddenly drag you into the story and makes you wonder and want to know more about the person. (I hope that makes sense, English is not my first language).
        Hopefully one day you will gather some of these stories into a book.
        Greetings from Italy!

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