About

I am the sole webmaster/owner/creator/administrator/whatever of The Charley Project, one of the largest missing persons databases on the internet. I live and breathe missing people. On my website I only write the facts of a person’s disappearance, not what I think about it. But I can’t help forming opinions, about specific cases and about missing people in general, and that’s what this blog is for.

59 thoughts on “About

  1. Chantelle Morin January 19, 2009 / 9:52 pm

    Hi my name is Chantelle Morin and I’ve created a website for my dear friend who lost her baby sister at Grundy Lake Park Ontario Canada, unfortunately there is no police record because they can’t find it for some reason. The only proof we have of her existence is the newspaper articles we have posted. Please visit our website http://www.dianeprevost.info for more information about her case.

    How can we get her information listed on your site?

    Thank you for your time

    Chantelle

    • Brenton September 3, 2016 / 8:28 pm

      LOCAL NEWS: Mother finds closure four years after her hiker son went missing

      The remains of James Dutton, of Eugene, were found Aug. 24 in the Three Sisters Wilderness

      By Saul Hubbard, The Register-Guard, SEPT. 3, 2016

      Four years after he went missing, Cynthia Boucher now finally knows that her son, avid hiker James Dutton, died where he most liked to be.

      Dutton’s skeleton was found Aug. 24 by a hiker about 100 feet off the French Pete Trail in the Three Sisters Wilderness, Boucher said Saturday. Dutton, who was 31 when he went missing in June 2012, was found near his backpack and two cans of bear spray, in the steep, heavily forested area. His pants were still on but his torso was bare. With no evidence of trauma or gunshot wounds, authorities suspect Dutton died of hypothermia, Boucher said.

      “I didn’t think I’d live to see him found,” Boucher, who is 69, said. “I’m so truly blessed. It’s an answer to my prayers.”

      Discovering that her son’s death does not appear to have been a violent one was a huge relief, added Boucher, who lives in Vancouver, Wash.

      “I remember one time I was out (in the area he was found) and I was looking up at the trees. I thought ‘This is exactly where he would have wanted to be,’ ” she said. “Those trees are bigger and more beautiful than the spire of any church.”

      The Lane County Sheriff’s Office didn’t respond Saturday to a request to confirm Boucher’s account. The office has not made any announcement about Dutton in the 11 days since he was apparently found.

      The search for Dutton, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who was studying alternative medicine in Eugene, got off to an inauspicious start. The single, unemployed man didn’t tell anyone he was going hiking in that rugged part of the Cascades. That meant the first search party didn’t get underway until six weeks following Dutton’s disappearance, after his truck was found at the French Pete trailhead. The permit slip in his vehicle indicated he was going on a three-day hike.

      Dutton’s remains were found about four miles from the trailhead, Boucher said.

      She speculated that Dutton “might have gotten tired and laid down.” Or he might have lost the trail in the dark, she said, while acknowledging that she’ll probably never know for sure.

      But Boucher said that the discovery of Dutton’s skeleton brought her much-needed closure nonetheless. She thanked and praised the hiker who found him as well as Eugene detective Jeff Donoca who worked on Dutton’s case and the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

      “I can’t tell you how many times I saw the back of someone’s head in the supermarket and had to get a closer look because it looked like him,” she said. “I was always looking out for him. That never went away.”

  2. shirley February 25, 2009 / 12:09 am

    can you please tell me why there is no update since 2006 on the cas of karen spencer please. i knew this girl she was a godd child. what is being done why dont we know anything else. dont here family deserve better then this. you see on tv that they solve cold cases all the time. damm get a phycic something . they have solved very old cases. its time we find out something . dont let my friend die an be forgotten .an the person resposibal must pay an pay dearly for what he or she has done

    • Meaghan February 25, 2009 / 8:25 pm

      There’s been no update since 2006 because there’s nothing to update. I’ve received no additional information on her case.

      • Amy Stewart December 26, 2009 / 10:29 pm

        Karen was my best friend from 3rd grade -6th grade and then I moved. She was so much fun and full of life. I was very fortunate to reconnect with her 1 month before her disappearance. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about her or her family. I wish this case would be reopened. There were a lot of things that could have been done differently by law enforcement and feel that things were definitely overlooked. My heart goes out to all who loved her.

  3. Bart July 12, 2009 / 8:42 pm

    Why are there no incident reports for your attack? I’m calling the dept. on Monday, and I think I know why.

  4. AL October 13, 2009 / 3:19 pm

    Hi… I was recently reading about the disappearance Johnny Gosch and I found a website with a lot of information in regards to his disapearnce. Here is the website: http://www.johnnygosch.com/. What striking about this website is that they mention about a boy name Marc James-Warren Allen who disappeared within a two year period of Jonny Gosch and Eugene Martain, all from the same town. I look him up in your website and didn’t see much information about him, other than he left his home and never returned. My Suggestion is that these three boys or cases are similar to each other. The only difference is that, I think, Marc wasn’t a paper boy and the other two were. I thought you should link all three like you have Jonny and Eugene linked together.

  5. Jerry February 11, 2010 / 9:49 am

    I have a couple questions about a very old case, “Jimmy Wayne Wilson” he disappeared during an outing on a house boat at englebright lake in California, I know you only post the facts as they are provided, but your post lists his DOB as 10/06/54, its 10/16/54, and it states he walked away from the house boat leaving his two sons and a friend behind, it was his brother, his nephew (his brothers son) and Jimmy’s son. Yuba County Sheriffs office provided you the information. With that said, I would like to ask about an article that appeared in the Appeal Democrat regarding human remains that were found a few miles from where Jimmy disappeared, they were skeletal remains, and said the remains were a male, of about the same height, they stated the remains indicated that the victim appeared to have either ridden horses or motorcycles for much of his life, (Jimmy was slightly bow legged and walked with his heals together) there were two articles that appeared in the appeal democrat regarding these remains one on 10/25/08 the other on 1/8/09, there were so many significant simalities, but I have never been able to find out if the remains were identified, or if the two cases are connected, any suggestions.

    • jeff February 8, 2011 / 4:19 pm

      I checked the two appeal democrat dates (10/25/08 and 1/8/09) in the microfilm on my lunch today. The two articles may not related to Jimmy Wayne Wilson. Wilson walked away from a houseboat on englebright. I thought he went missing at englebright lake (on the Yuba River). These two articles refer to skeletal remain found near the feather river in Sutter County (they were the le in charge of the investigation). Englebright lake is not near Sutter County, it borders Nevada County. Chico State archeologists conducted the study for the Sutter county remains. I am sure you could contact them to find out. I haven’t seen houseboats on the Feather for a very long time. It’s been at least 15 years since I saw anything that would resemble a houseboat on the Feather in Sutter/Yuba County besides the lakes of course.

    • Tamra May 22, 2011 / 3:02 am

      Just curious – are you a relative of Jimmy’s? His brother, Jerry, who was the one with him at the time of his disappearance died previous to your posting, so I’m wondering who “Jerry” is that has posted this question. Thanks.

    • Tamra July 8, 2014 / 3:34 pm

      In reply to the poster, Jerry, above. I am still curious if you are a relative of Jimmy’s? You obviously have a lot of knowledge of Jimmy based on your message. Thank you!

      • Meaghan August 9, 2014 / 9:08 pm

        I updated it yesterday. It’s just that I only cover cases that are at least a year old.

  6. Siamak Nikbakht Sangari February 16, 2010 / 5:04 pm

    To whomit may concern,

    I Siamak Nikbakht Sangari father of my abducted son, Fidel Nikbakht Acosta. There is a posting on your site and there has been new update that NCME applied to the posting. I believe your site and other organization basica work closly with NCME. Could you please update this poster with new information.

    Thank you for your help,

    Siamak Nikbakht Sangari

  7. wanda March 18, 2010 / 12:06 am

    I Don’t no where you mgot infomation on Jeffery scot McFy but his brithday is wrong an he went missing from piedmont alabma not anniston,al this is his sister.he was born on july 30 1966 he has been took off missing person on the calhoun county web site ,dont understand that unless they no something i dont.

  8. tina July 15, 2010 / 3:30 pm

    Here is an update to a case about two missing boys, a family abduction.

    http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sirens/tags/jill-haugen/

    Anthony and Jamey Connington were abducted in 1998 by their mother. She was just sentenced to a year with time served. The boys are set to return to live with their father soon.

  9. Jake Thomas July 21, 2010 / 7:04 pm

    Hi, I’m trying to get in touch with Meaghan Good for a story I’m doing. Could you please shoot me an e-mail with the best way to contact you?

    Cheers,
    Jake

  10. Samantha August 15, 2010 / 6:44 pm

    I noticed when doing a search for New Hampshire (where I live) on this site that two cases both had anonymous letters sent from locations in New Hampshire. New Hampshire is a very small state, so the letters could be related to each other.
    One From New Bedford NH in Oct 2000 for Markovich, the other from Manchester NH in Feb 2001 for Orsborn, both detailing possible murder and appox. burial locations. Other similarities; the girls were both 15 at the time, and both girls were 5’2″, both went missing during spring months.

    The police should compare the two letters to see if they may have been sent by the same person, I feel it is at least worth looking into.

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/o/orsborn_colleen.html
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/markovich_alicia.html

    • Meaghan August 15, 2010 / 6:47 pm

      Call them and tell them that, then.

  11. Nikki LaDue January September 16, 2011 / 11:19 am

    There is a person leaving messages on many of the missing or mysterious deaths on the internet. On you site she appears as Kim Scott. She called the Nikki LaDue January Tip line last night and left 3 long messages similar to what is on your site. Is there anything you can do to stop this malicious behavior?

    • Meaghan September 16, 2011 / 5:16 pm

      I don’t think it’s “malicious.” I think she’s just mentally ill.

  12. J West October 5, 2011 / 11:19 am

    I just finished “We Is Got Him” about the Charley Ross case. I really enjoyed it. Probably nothing new except the author points out discrepancies in the number of Mosher’s children and perhaps Charley was hidden among them for awhile.

  13. docgod October 31, 2011 / 12:38 pm

    Hi
    I’ve just found your blog by random route and am trying to figure out if it can help me. My son went missing in New Zealand in 1992 – we have his website at http://www.qismissing.com
    I’d be so pleased if you could add his name – Quentin Godwin – to your site – the wider we spread the word the more slim chance of getting some news.
    Many thanks
    Sarah Godwin

    • Meaghan October 31, 2011 / 12:40 pm

      Unfortunately my site only covers U.S. missing people. But I can make a blog entry for Quentin. Have you contacted the Doe Network? I think they do NZ cases.

  14. docgod October 31, 2011 / 12:50 pm

    Hi Meaghan
    Thanks so much for your instant reply and for all the work on behalf of missing people and their families. I’ll contact the Doe network immediately but if you can post a link to our website it’d be just so good.
    Thanks again
    Sarah

  15. Cynthia C. Arevalos November 24, 2011 / 4:53 pm

    I have some old newspaper articles about my missing brother’s disappearance. If you would like for me to send them to you, let me know. He is listed under Rogelio R. Cerda/Roger R. Cerda.

  16. NH December 1, 2011 / 10:54 pm

    Any idea how many resolved cases turn out to be foul play vs not?

    Also how many do ultimately get resolved over various time frames vs not? Anything that helps get resolution? (potentially your site)

    • Meaghan December 1, 2011 / 11:40 pm

      I don’t keep those statistics, but you’re welcome to poke around in the resolved section.

  17. DW January 26, 2012 / 11:44 pm

    As I am being drawn into the world of missing people following one of you cases (on this very objective website – although not all of the participants are objective) I am perplexed by the following question that you may have insight on. Are there more missing people or more unidentified remains – John and/or Jane Doe’s. What does it mean if there are mor lost or mor found people? And what is the potential overlap?

    • Meaghan January 27, 2012 / 1:56 am

      I don’t know the answer to your question. I can tell you that a lot of people who disappear are never actually reported missing — usually adults who have a tendency to wander, either do to substance abuse or mental illness issues or just their personalities. Sometimes these people are called the “missing missing.”

  18. Maytruthprevail January 27, 2012 / 12:39 pm

    Hello, I have a website concerning the missing child Trenton Duckett. I have researched this case for over 5 years and have been publishing public documents obtained from FDLE and various law enforcement agencies, as well as personal letters, interviews and pictures pertaining to the investigation. It is my opinion that LE has been looking in the wrong direction, and were very short sighted in believing that Melinda Duckett was the prime suspect. In your article you stated that no one saw Trenton Duckett alive since Friday August 25, 2 days before he went missing. The grandparents Nancy and Billy Eubank spent the most part of Saturday with Melinda and Trenton and on Sunday at approximately 11:30 am there were two witnesses who testified they saw Trenton with Melinda at Wendy’s Restaurant and passed a polygraph. Also Melinda’s cell phone pings put her in that exact area on Sunday at that exact time. However, the tainted Leesburg Police Department (Richard Giles, detective now retired and “busom buddy” of Team Trenton leader Laurie Konnerth) adamantly refused to accept this information as credulous, as this did NOT support the police theory that Melinda staged the abduction and hid Trenton from his father. One of my over 100 articles is titled “Who Took Trenton- Part Two”. This article contains documents and pictures, as well as Melinda Duckett’s statement as to whom she believed took Trenton. The website is http://www.duckettbucket.blogspot.com. I am putting out as much info on this case that I can hoping that readers can help solve this crime, bring Trenton home, and put the bad guys in jail so that Melinda may rest in peace.

  19. Billy Leeth January 29, 2012 / 8:15 pm

    My name is Billy Leeth and I live in Tuscumbia,Alabama. My daughter went missing on Oct 17th 2011. I seached for her for nearly 2 months before her mutilated remains were found,and so far 3 people have been arrested with her murder and a 4th will be indited in connection to the murder.During the time I searched for my daughter Amanda Taylor ,I created a Face Book Page called Our Daughter Amanda Taylor Is Missing in efforts to get the word out about her missing.Face Book has turned out to be a great tool as I was able to get her name in front of thousands of people. You see we could not get the media to cover her story. As a result of my daughter’s missing and murder we at Our Daughter Amanda Taylor Is Missing’s page have started a nationwide petition for an alert system for missing adults calling it Amanda Alert For Missing Adults.We have this petition linked on our Face Book Page. Again the name of the page is Our Daughter Amanda Taylor Is Missing.

  20. Andrea March 2, 2012 / 7:52 pm

    You are amazing for running the site and keeping up the blog as well. I’m sorry to hear that you get harassed, but I thought I’d comment and let you know how much others like me support you! Keep up the good work, Meaghan! 🙂

  21. NH March 3, 2012 / 12:11 am

    I second this comment. In particular I appreciate your objective candor.

  22. Lloyd & Barbara (Terrie's Mother) March 16, 2012 / 4:30 pm

    Can you tell me why you have not age progressed Terrie Lynn Hefner’s photo on your site? Also have you checked the new added information about her that is now listed on the Namus site? Please do if you have not thanks, we are kin to Terrie and want to see her found alive yet.

    • Meaghan March 16, 2012 / 6:50 pm

      I just haven’t gotten to it yet. I have round about 60 NamUs updates waiting to be processed, not counting other updates that don’t come from NamUs. I’ll do it though.

  23. andres g botello April 17, 2012 / 4:07 pm

    Francisco Javier Mendoza is my brother in law. PLEASe HELP OUR FAMILY ITS GONA B 18 YEARS SINCE HIS DISAPPRARANCE N WE STIL NEED HELP MANY CLUES BUT NO TRUE ANSWERS. THANX YOU

    • Meaghan April 17, 2012 / 4:11 pm

      I recommend you join Project Jason at projectjason.org They’re a support group for missing persons’ families and also spread awareness, put up posters, etc. The founder’s son disappeared over ten years ago.

      • a.b. April 18, 2012 / 12:24 am

        How can We continue to search for our Loved one with Limited financial resources? Missing since june 94′

      • Meaghan April 18, 2012 / 12:37 am

        Kelly Jolkowski, the Project Jason lady, probably has some advice for you. Since she’s had firsthand experience looking for a missing loved one, and knows a lot of others with firsthand experience. I strongly urge you to get in touch with her. I can offer only limited help; I’m a civilian who’s never had anyone I know go missing and I just run the Charley Project website and blog.

  24. Lloyd Mark Savage April 19, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    Please send me the website or email to Kelly Jolkowski the Jason Project lady. thanks so I can get in touch with her.

  25. Helena Warren September 2, 2012 / 4:44 am

    Hi Meaghan,
    Saw this article and thought it may be some use for your resolved page. Been reading charley for years, you should be very proud of what you have achieved. … Article follows.
    Remains found in a shallow grave in 1969 have been positively identified as those of Elizabeth Ernstein, pictured, a 14-year-old who vanished a year earlier in Redlands, California.

    Full Story:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2197044/Elizabeth-Ernstein-Remains-43-years-ago-shallow-grave-identified-girl-14-vanished-orange-grove-walk-home-school.html

    I think she’s listed on Charley, but am away on holiday so can’t search from my stupid Itouch.
    Cheers
    Helena

    Sent from my iPhone

  26. Helena Warren May 7, 2013 / 2:27 am

    Amanda berry
    Gina DeJesus
    Michelle Knight
    Have been found alive.
    Apparently they had been kept tied up in a basement in Cleveland. Horrible Fritzl type story but at least they are alive.
    Another one for your resolved page. 🙂
    Helena

  27. Shauna May 8, 2013 / 11:36 pm

    Hi Meaghan..
    I had contacted you a couple years ago about a girl that was featured in the Soul Asylum video ‘run away train’ and then located. I found this story about her in people magazine.. and I know she was on the Leesa Gibbons show, which is where I first heard of the story. Elisabeth Wiles (sp?)
    .http://archive.people.com/people/archive/jpgs/19931004/19931004-750-144.jpg

  28. Alice January 28, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    Please consider adding my blog Defrosting Cold Cases to your blogroll. It has about 130 unsolved case discussions. (unsolved homicides and missing persons). Thanks!

  29. Jesper Wachtmeister February 17, 2014 / 2:57 am

    Hi Meaghan
    I’m a Swedish documentary film maker who presently is doing research for a film about people who have chosen to disappear. I’m aware that this kind of cases are not the main purpose of your website, rather missing people, but since you seem to be an absolute enyclopedia in disappearing cases I thought I could perhaps at least ask.
    I am looking for people who have chosen to “disappear”, change identity, life, location. I am fully aware of the fact that the people who still are gone, I will not be able to get in contact with. But I know there are people who have reappeared – either because they have been found by someone, or they have reemerged/come back. I’m interested in finding people who have been gone for at least more than a year.
    You probably come to think of many such cases, and I don’t know if there are any cases that you feel stand out. Perhaps there is someting about the reason they chose to try to disappear, or the way they came back, or that they didn’t abandon (or have) a family they left behind.
    Would really apreciate any suggestions you might have.
    Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions for me,
    Best regards
    Jesper

    • Cindy May 1, 2016 / 9:44 am

      My brother is one who would fit the bill here, so to speak. He chose to run away in 1975 as a 15 year old in Texas
      and is still missing today. I am currently researching public records to find him but he has done a good job of staying missing. His birth name is Rogelio Realme Cerda- once had Jesus as a first name but that was removed. I have no idea when or why but I am younger than him so a lot does not make sense to me.

  30. Brighid August 9, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    i’m curious as to why the website hasn’t been updated since august of 2013?

    • Brighid August 9, 2014 / 9:15 pm

      thanks – i’d wondered why the chronological listings stopped about a year ago. i appreciate the response.

  31. gianlucarampini January 3, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    hallo,
    my name is Gianluca, i write from italy. I see yo have one of Dave Paulides books. Or more then one? I am struggling to buy them, but they are not available on his website. Do u think there is any chance u can sell it to me?

    thank you anyway.

    PS: why are u so interested in missing people?

  32. Cindy January 9, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    My brother is one who chose to disappear and is still missing to us. My mother did receive two mysterious phone calls: one this past Christmas and on New Year’s.
    Find my brother and you get to ask him why he chose to disappear.
    http://www.missingsince1975.blogspot.com

  33. Deb April 21, 2016 / 12:34 am

    Dear Meaghan,

    First I want to say thank you for all of the great work you are doing with the Charley Project.

    I have a question about Charlotte Moriarty. You have both her and her son, Marx Barnes, listed under your resolved cases. For Charlotte, you wrote, “Charlotte was apparently located as well, although this has not been confirmed.”

    None of the articles I have read about Marx/Steve Carter mentioned anything about Charlotte being found. I was wondering where this information came from? And, since it is unconfirmed, would you consider relisting her? A blog entry about this would be really interesting.

    Best wishes,

    Deb

  34. Michelle Perkins January 14, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    Hello, Meaghan.

    I have a bit more information on Irene Mathewson, the 69 yo woman who disappeared Sept 30, 1985 in South Miami. She was the baker at an elementary school at the time. I was her manager and friend. I still get emotional every year around the time of her disappearance, which occurred right after my birthday. I’d like to share a bit more, but not via this format. Please contact me to discuss this strange and disturbing event.

    Thanks.

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