Some more photos and APs

I was checking all my runaway cases the other day and wound up purging quite a few as no longer with the source site and probably recovered. I also found some more photos and age-progressions of people. As follows:

  1. Erika Brown (age-progression updated)
  2. Krystyn Rae Dunlap (age-progression updated)
  3. Francheska Sugel Martinez (age-progression updated)
  4. Misheila Sugel Martinez (age-progression updated)
  5. Tavis Robertson (seven new photos)
  6. Lutricia Steele (one new photo)
  7. Luzmeida Vargas Damazo (one new photo)

I’m a bit unsure about Tavis Robertson. I found this article saying a Tavis Robertson, age 18, was murdered in New Orleans last year. The Tavis on my site would have been 18 last year, and he’s missing from Gretna, Louisiana, which is right next door to New Orleans, and it was said that he might be in New Orleans.

Unfortunately I can’t find a photo of the Tavis who was murdered, to compare to the one listed as missing. He’s still listed as missing on the NCMEC, but the NCMEC has proven itself to be notoriously unreliable when it comes to removing resolved cases.

MP of the week: Stephanie Miles

This week’s featured missing person is Stephanie Gay Miles, a 33-year-old woman last seen in Puyallup, Washington on September 16, 1994. Her car turned up over six months later, in April 1995, when it was towed in Seattle, but I’m not sure if they figured out how long it had been there.

I was supposed to add her yesterday of course, but Michael came home from work unexpectedly early, and stuff happened, and I forgot. I am a poo-head. Mea culpa.

This is from December, but I didn’t see it till now

I wanted to blog about this story because it’s so awesome — a girl who vanished at the age of TWELVE has turned up alive and well eight years later — and at the same time, extremely sad.

The headline: Juárez girl found after missing for 8 years.

From the article:

[Viridiana] Santillan had been reported missing by her mother on March 2, 2010, officials said.

The girl’s mother at the time told authorities that she had last seen her 12-year-old daughter when she left home in late July 2009, the attorney general’s office said.

The mother said that she took eight months to report that her daughter was missing because the young girl would sporadically run away and always returned, but that this time she didn’t come back, officials said.

After she was located, Santillan told Morelos state investigators that she ran away from a hostile and abusive environment at home in Juárez, officials said.

That’s absolutely horrific, that a twelve-year-old girl had it so bad at home that she had to run away and never come back. And Viridiana’s story about a bad home environment is borne out by the fact that her mom didn’t report her missing for the better part of a year. Remember, she was only twelve.

Fortunately, although life on the run was initially very hard for her, it sounds like she’s in a much better place now:

Santillan told investigators that she spent several days as a vagrant in the streets of Juárez before ending up in a shelter with the help of a government social assistance program, known as DIF…

Santillan later got the opportunity to study in [Cuernavaca] and ended up staying in that old colonial city located south of Mexico City, officials said.

Santillan told investigators that she wants to remain in Cuernavaca and has no plans to return to Juárez, officials said.

I hope she has a good life from now on.

A long-ago disappearance and a repressed memory

I wrote up the case of Maxine Beatrice Green last night. The details, if true, are pretty horrifying. According to Maxine’s daughter Norma, her ex-husband, Hobart, raped Maxine and beat and strangled her to death and buried her body in a river bottom.

The problem with Norma’s story is that she says she repressed the memory and it only came back to her 25 years after the fact, and she has exactly zero hard evidence to support it.

That Norma herself believes the murder happened is evident in the fact that, after the police wouldn’t listen to her, she used her own money to have the alleged burial site excavated. That Hobart murdered his wife I can also well believe; he was a demonstrably violent man who later beat his baby son to death and buried the body on his farm.

But nothing turned up at Norma’s excavation site except a few buttons and some animal bones. They should have found at least Maxine’s purse, or part of it, or some of the contents of it, as Norma remembers the purse being buried with her mother.

It’s possible, I suppose, that every part of Norma’s story is correct EXCEPT the burial site. But I have some other questions:

  1. What about Norma’s sister, who was also alleged to be present at the murder and burial? What is she saying? How old was she at the time; was she old enough to remember any of this?
  2. What about Hobart’s girlfriend, who was also said to have been there? She is unnamed in the news articles. Does Norma know her identity, and was she ever interviewed?
  3. Maxine and Hobart had four other children. Where were they on the night in question, and do they remember anything?

I think Hobart must be dead by now. I can find no record of his death, but he’d be nearly 90 today and I can’t find him listed as an inmate in the Missouri Department of Corrections database.

Given how old the case is, and how Hobart was already in prison for life, I can understand that the police were reluctant to invest a lot of resources in this. But six children grew up with their mother, and it would be nice to know why, and where she is now.

I think I might have set a record for “smallest part of a person recovered”

I found out the other day that they discovered an itty bitty piece of Richard William Moss‘s body: a single vertebra (one of the sections of your spine) not far from where his car turned up a little over a year ago.

I think this is the smallest partial remains recovered where I resolved a case. I have a case up where they found a woman’s finger, but you can easily live without that.

Frankly I’m surprised they found even that much of Moss. He accidentally ran his car off a cliff in coastal California known as the Devil’s Slide in May 2017, but the accident wasn’t witnessed and no one realized what had happened until July. The rest of him has presumably been claimed by the ocean.

Moss isn’t the only person on Charley who met his end at the Devil’s Slide. In 1945, a 14-year-old girl named Thora Chamberlain was murdered and thrown off there. They never found her body, only her socks, wedged in the cliff face. Her murderer was identified, confessed and was executed.

Technical problems, please stand by

So M and I are having a bit of an internet issue at the moment. We are behind on our bill due to a car repair, but they promised not to suspend our account if we promised to pay in full on the fifth.

Instead something weird is happening: I can access some sites but not others, and I can access pages on my cell phone that I can’t access on Orville. Like, I can go to Google and Facebook on my PC, but a visit to Papajohns.com prompts a referral to my internet provider telling me to pay the bill. But I can access Papajohns.com on my cell phone. Meanwhile, the streaming apps on TV aren’t working at all. Shrug. And last night I couldn’t access Charleyproject.org but now I can.

I tried calling the service provider but they won’t tell me anything cause my name is not on the account. Shrug.

Hope this gets fixed soon and I can resume updates.