Happy Memorial Day to all the people who have lost someone

Happy Memorial Day, everyone. I hope y’all had a good holiday and a safe one. Since Memorial Day was created to honor the nation’s veterans, especially the ones who were killed in action, I thought I’d make a list of military veterans who are on the Charley Project. Haven’t done a list in awhile. Service-related mental trauma has indirectly caused a lot of disappearances.

I put the branch, if known, in parentheses after the name. I doubt these are ALL the veterans on Charley but these are all the ones I know about.

  1. Debra Ann Allen (Navy)
  2. Larry Joe Ardley (Navy)
  3. Paul Philip Batson (Navy)
  4. Richard Gerald Bayne (unspecified)
  5. Ricky Lynn Benton (unspecified)
  6. Alvin Lamont Breed (Navy)
  7. Jesse Breedwolf (unspecified)
  8. William Brennan (unspecified)
  9. Jason Alen Brice (Army)
  10. Hattie Gertrude Brown (Army)
  11. Walter Lee Brown (unspecified)
  12. Jeffery Allen Burchett (Marines)
  13. Patrick Francis Carnes (unspecified)
  14. Walter Chambers Jr. (Army)
  15. Daniel Gerard Chervenka Jr. (Navy)
  16. John Darwin Chesley (unspecified)
  17. John Edward Christoph (Navy)
  18. Lawrence Scott Colton (unspecified)
  19. Patrick Michael Combs (Air Force)
  20. Donald Joseph Connell (Marines)
  21. Christopher Lee Cook (unspecified)
  22. Willie Cooper (Army)
  23. Jeffery Roosevelt Crider (Navy)
  24. Antonio Andrade Cruz (Army)
  25. Charles Christopher Dart (unspecified)
  26. Crist Nelson Dauberman Sr. (unspecified)
  27. Bobby Davidson (Navy)
  28. Darion Maurice Dawkins (Navy)
  29. Steven Wayne Dean (Army)
  30. David L. Decker (Marines)
  31. Arthur P. Deering (Marines)
  32. Lance Austin Martin Doan (Army)
  33. David Charles Dodge (Navy)
  34. Randy Stewart Doran (Marines)
  35. Lloyd Edward Downey (unspecified)
  36. Duwane Roy Dreher (Navy)
  37. Charles Ellsworth Duke (Army)
  38. Walter Dunson (unspecified)
  39. Michael Elkinton (unspecified)
  40. Ernest Newell Ellison (unspecified)
  41. William Michael Ewasko (Army)
  42. Ronald Leonard Farrell (Air Force)
  43. Jack Fisher (Army)
  44. Charles R. Fletcher (Army)
  45. Lander Stanhope Freeman (unspecified)
  46. Ryan Patrick Gaddy (Air Force)
  47. Troy Robert Galloway (Marines)
  48. Randolph Robert Hamm (Marines)
  49. Richard Burks Hart (unspecified)
  50. Richard Harvell (unspecified)
  51. Lisa Michelle Hatchell (Army)
  52. David Karl Heitman (Marines)
  53. Robert David Helphrey (unspecified)
  54. John T. Humphrey (unspecified)
  55. Brenda Maria Jackson (unspecified)
  56. Moise Shadrack James III (Army)
  57. William Joseph Jamison (Army)
  58. Clarence Earl Jenkins (Army)
  59. Joseph Leon Johnson (Army)
  60. Ronald Lee Johnson (unspecified)
  61. Wilford Ray Johnson (Navy)
  62. Sidney Edward Johnston (Navy)
  63. Timothy Lee Keays (unspecified)
  64. Bonnie Rae Kelly (unspecified)
  65. Charles Ray Koller Sr. (Navy)
  66. Earl Kuhl (unspecified)
  67. James Charles Layne (unspecified)
  68. James Bernard Liedtka (Army)
  69. Peter G. Lorang (Marines)
  70. Randolph Duane Lovette (unspecified)
  71. Michael Pierce Madden (unspecified)
  72. Eddie Matthew Martin Sr. (Army)
  73. Harold Elmer Martin (unspecified)
  74. Sharon Ann Martin (Air Force)
  75. Alvin Edwin Matlock (Army)
  76. Christopher M. Milfort (Army)
  77. Kenneth Earl Mohler (Army)
  78. John Joseph Moore (unspecified)
  79. Jason Taylor Moorer (Air Force)
  80. James Dolan Morse (unspecified)
  81. Andrew Lee Muns (Navy)
  82. Gerald Myers (Army)
  83. Richard Neria (unspecified)
  84. Thomas Joseph Nigro (Army)
  85. Alma Louise O’Con (unspecified)
  86. Franklin Jay Osgood Sr. (Air Force)
  87. Marion George Perry (unspecified)
  88. David Robert Person (unspecified)
  89. Demakia Ann Phinizee (Army)
  90. Kenneth Michael Plaisted (Navy)
  91. Gerald Steven Polk (unspecified)
  92. Matthew Robert Potts (Army)
  93. James Floyd Powell (unspecified)
  94. Floyd L. Price (unspecified)
  95. Charles Anthony Radice (unspecified)
  96. Daniel Lee Reich (unspecified)
  97. Cory J. Rhinehart (Army)
  98. Beth Ann Ricketts (unspecified)
  99. Marcus Andrapolis Robinson (Army)
  100. Edwin Clark Rogers (unspecified)
  101. Christopher Domingo Saquic (Navy)
  102. Harold William Schroetter (Navy)
  103. Edward Robert Sekelsky (unspecified)
  104. Gertrude Vreeland Tompkins Silver (Army)
  105. Brandyn Simmons (unspecified)
  106. Ernest Stanley Slavik (Marines)
  107. Jerry Smith (unspecified)
  108. Herlinda Ann Soto (Army)
  109. John Smith South Jr. (unspecified)
  110. John Michael Spira (Army)
  111. Jason Matthew Spraggins (Coast Guard)
  112. A.W. Steed (unspecified)
  113. Ronelle Stephens (unspecified)
  114. Keith Harold Stompro (Army)
  115. Patrick Kevin Taylor (unspecified)
  116. Wade D. Taylor (Marines)
  117. Leo Paul Trabert (Army)
  118. Richard Earl Trimble (unspecified)
  119. Charles Albert Ulrich (Navy)
  120. Jeremy Michael Van Meter (Navy)
  121. Joseph Weber IV (Army)
  122. Jacob Wesley Webster (unspecified)
  123. John Albert Weichelt (unspecified)
  124. Cloudia Leslie Wells (unspecified)
  125. Ian Kirk Willcoxon (Navy)
  126. Charles D. Wilson (unspecified)
  127. Daniel Elton Windley (Navy)

I hope everyone is well. I am pretty excited about CrimeCon and am getting ready for it. The dog will stay with Michael’s parents while we’re gone. The cats can have the house to themselves for a weekend. The dog had a half-birthday party (in case she doesn’t make it to her 17th birthday in November, I mean she seems fine but let’s be realistic here) that coincided with the Memorial Day barbecue. We invited our friends and their dogs. The birthday girl ate two-thirds of a steak, one and a half hot dogs, half a hamburger, and some doggy ice cream.

MP of the week: Rosemary Day

This week’s featured missing person is Rosemary Rivas Day, a 27-year-old woman who disappeared from Jacksonville, Florida on May 21, 2011 — ten years ago this week. She was last seen at her apartment in her car, which was found abandoned two months later.

It’s not clear what happened here. According to her dad, Rosemary was in an abusive relationship and was afraid. However, she also suffered from depression and is classified as disabled (whether from the depression or from something else, I’m not sure). When her car was located the police found “unspecified information” inside which could indicate her whereabouts; however, nothing turned up and it’s been two years.

Rosemary is of mixed white and Asian (Filipino) descent with very long, thick brown hair, glasses and small scars on her arms. She was 27 when she was last seen and, if still alive, would be 37 today. Her birthday is just the day after mine.

Going to CrimeCon

I am happy to announce (and I’ve been wanting to announce this happy news for ages now) that in June I am going to CrimeCon in Austin, Texas! I am one of the speakers. My speaking time is Sunday, June 6 at 9:00 but I will be around on the other days too; Michael is coming with me and we’re going to set up an information booth and meet people and stuff.

I had always wanted to go to CrimeCon since I first heard of it, but I could never afford to go before, and last year’s event was canceled cause pandemic. This year, because I’m a speaker, it doesn’t cost me anything to attend.

I am sure I will have a blast and meet lots of cool people. Maybe some of them will be you guys.

MP of the week: Ira Yallup

This week’s featured missing person is Ira Kennedy Yallup Sr., who disappeared from the Lone Pine fishing site on the Columbia River near The Dalles, Oregon on May 20, 2010. He was 47 years old at the time and would be 57 or 58 today, if still alive.

Because Yallup was last seen at a “fishing site” I initially assumed he probably drowned and listed him in the Lost/Injured Missing person category. However, when I decided to make him MP of the week I thought I’d look up more info on the site and discovered more than just fishing happens there: people actually live there, some year-round, some just during the fishing season, which lasts from spring to fall.

Although one resident described Lone Pine as a “close-knit community” in this article, the residents of the site live in some pretty bad conditions as this 2021 article makes clear:

At Lone Pine, blankets and boards cover broken windows on trailers and campers, some of which don’t even have doors. There is only one bathroom and two outdoor water spigots. One picnic shelter has been walled off and is being lived in, but two other picnic shelters have burned down. There is no fire hydrant at this encampment, and only one rutted lane, in and out.

It’s an extremely sad story involving the Columbia River dam and a bunch of broken promises to the Native Americans whose original villages and fishing sites were drowned when the dam was built.

Ira Yallup’s case is one of those “few details are available” ones and I don’t know if he was a year-round inhabitant of Lone Pine, was just there for the fishing season, or was visiting or what. Perhaps he drowned, or perhaps something else happened to him. I really can’t say.

46th anniversary of Wendy Eaton’s disappearance

As this article notes, 15-year-old Wendy Eaton disappeared from Media, Pennsylvania on May 17, 1975, 46 years ago today. She was walking away from her home, towards the downtown area, when she vanished. Dogs tracked her scent to an intersection, then lost the trail, suggesting a car picked her up.

There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of evidence as to what happened to her (though the article does provide a clothing description I hadn’t had previously). If she’s still alive, Wendy would be 61 today, turning 62 on the 26th. Sadly I think she’s still fifteen.

Suspected serial killer charged with Tianna Phillips’s murder

In December last year, Harold Haulman was charged with the murder of a 26-year-old woman. Well, he’s been charged with a second homicide in the same county, the murder of Tianna Phillips. Tianna disappeared from Berwick, Pennsylvania on June 13, 2018. (The article says July 13 but I think that’s wrong. NamUs says June.)

Tianna had a boyfriend, but was apparently also seeing Haulman, who was married. Haulman has confessed to the homicide, and his wife is apparently also a major witness against him. She said that after Tianna’s boyfriend called Haulman’s house to say he knew she was seeing him, Haulman got angry and threatened to kill either Tianna or the boyfriend. He later told his wife he had killed Tianna, and when she didn’t believe him he showed her photos of a woman’s dead body. From this article:

Haulman’s wife told police that several months after the crime had occurred, she went with him back to the site. She said he wanted to collect some of the evidence there. He took with him, he told police, black trash bags that he then filled with clothing and some of Phillips’ body parts. He stashed them in these dumpsters behind the AMC Theaters in Scott Township.

When questioned by police about Phillips’ disappearance, Haulman said he never picked her up that night.

Haulman was charged in December of 2020 for the murder of Erica Shultz. Her body was discovered in the same location where Haulman told police he killed Phillips.

So that’s happened. And according to this article, that may not be all: Haulman has “links” to Ashley Marie Parlier, a 21-year-old mentally disabled and pregnant woman who disappeared from Battle Creek, Michigan in 2005. I wonder if he was the father of her child and/or if they met on a dating app (or site? did apps exist in 2005?), which is where Haulman met both Phillips and his other victim, Erica Schultz.

MP of the week: Mercedes Toliver

This week’s featured missing person is Mercedes Zaevon Toliver, an eighteen-year-old black girl who left her Prescott, Arkansas home after an argument at around midnight on December 17, 2016. She was never seen again.

There doesn’t seem to be much out there to suggest might have happened to her. I do think it’s unlikely she left on her own, though, since she didn’t take anything other than her phone and $20, and since she was a responsible young woman who was planning to join the Air Force. I wonder if someone grabbed her while she was walking to her aunt’s house.

Mercedes’s nickname is Cede. I’m not sure if it’s pronounced “Say-dee” like the “cede” in her full name. She’d be about 23 if still alive.

MP of the week: Benjamin Gray

This week’s featured missing person (sorry, I forgot to do it yesterday and earlier today) is Benjamin Franklin Gray, a 50-year-old man who disappeared from Montrose, Colorado on May 30, 1978. He was a rancher and he and a friend went out to lease some cattle that night. His friend said he dropped Gray off at a Montrose bar in the early hours of May 31. He has never been heard from again. After his disappearance, his checkbook was found on a mesa near his family’s ranch.

I find it strange that Gray’s friend lawyered up and wouldn’t cooperate with the investigation after the initial interview with police. But no one has been named as a suspect and authorities have found no hard evidence of foul play… and no evidence supporting any other theory either. Gray was just gone.

He’d be 93 years old today.

Social media update, and contemplating a language change

I am happy to say I now have Facebook access back and no longer need to keep running to my husband’s office to use his account. Hopefully I can avoid further troubles with the platform but honestly I have my doubts. During my time away I encountered, and commiserated with, many people online who had been kicked off Facebook for no good reason, and sometimes no reason at all, and unless the platform makes major changes I think things are only going to get worse.

So posts on the Charley Project Facebook page have resumed as before. Need I also remind you the Charley Project is on Twitter?

I’m also happy to report that I’ve had no side effects from Thursday’s COVID-19 vaccine, other than a sore arm. It was very sore yesterday and much less so today. I also have a sniffly nose, but I’m pretty sure that’s just pollen.

Now on another topic: Occasionally I have adjusted the Charley Project’s vocabulary to fit with the times. For example, I stopped saying “confined to a wheelchair” after it came to my attention that, for people who cannot walk, a wheelchair is not a tool of confinement but liberation. Instead I started saying “uses a wheelchair” or “needs a wheelchair for mobility.” I also changed “committed suicide” to “died by suicide” because suicide is no longer a crime in most jurisdictions, and referring to the act as if it was still a crime contributes to the stigma against it and against people who die in this way, most of whom were suffering terribly.

Josh Duggar’s recent arrest (is anyone surprised? not me!) has got me thinking: I’ve seen a trend, in some publications, to replace the term “child pornography” with “child sexual abuse images.” I think it’s a good change. Adult pornography, whatever feelings you might have about it, is legal in most jurisdictions throughout the world, and participants are doing it voluntarily and are usually paid. Child pornography is obviously not legal and the participants are being exploited and abused, and the term “child sexual abuse images” reminds a person of what is going on in those pictures and videos and the crime that must be committed to produce them.

So I’m thinking of making the change myself, and changing all references of “child pornography” on the Charley Project to “child sexual abuse images” instead.

Thoughts, anyone?