I’ve got some cases with new photos for you (actually posted on November 30) and some updated APs as well (posted today).
- Paul Edward Buckley
- Dwayne Allen Chick
- Troy Whyle Moncrief
- Theodore Mark Stover
- Joseph Patrick Varvel
This week’s “Let’s Talk About It” case is Ricky Jean “Jeannie” Bryant, a child who disappeared from Mauston, Wisconsin on December 19, 1949, five and a half weeks after her fourth birthday.
Jeannie was one of four children. The day she disappeared, the two oldest kids were in school and Jeannie’s grandma was watching her and her brother. That day a fire broke out at the Bryant home and I think the house was a total loss. One of the things that got lost was Jeannie.
Although what happens appears to be no mystery at all, Jeannie’s family thinks she did not die in the fire and was abducted by a strange well-dressed woman whom her five-year-old brother claims he saw that day. The theory is that Jeannie’s biological father was not the same father as her siblings’, and she was taken to be raised by her father and his family.
I don’t know that much about the case — why her family thinks that, whether there’s any evidence that she was illegitimate, any of that. As far as I can tell, it’s been years since there’s been any press coverage about the case.
What do y’all think? Was this a tragic accidental death, or is Jeannie alive and well and a grandmother, even a great-grandmother, not knowing who she is? If she’s alive she would be 71 today.
Let’s talk about it.
This week’s MALM is of MPs who were last seen at the bus stop or bus station. It seems to me that people, especially women and children, are kind of vulnerable at bus stops. They’re often standing close to the curb, within grabbing distance of passing motorists. People who are waiting for the bus are often tired, distracted, perhaps hungry, perhaps with their hands full of shopping or whatever, and just generally not at their best. Maybe the weather is terrible; maybe it’s raining or snowing or blisteringly cold, or maybe it’s humid and 95 degrees in the shade. And anyone who’s waiting for a bus obviously wants to go somewhere, and if someone pulls up and offers them a car ride to their destination — especially if it’s someone they know — the person might just say yes.
I did exclude people who were last seen walking towards or away from a bus stop. There are quite a few of those. But if a person was at the bus stop about to leave, or was about to board or even had already boarded, I put them on the list (provided, in the latter instance, that the bus hadn’t left yet).
- Ashok Ankam
- Paget Renee Barr
- Carol Ann Batterman
- Susan Robin Bender
- James Elwood Brady
- Allen Briscoe Jr.
- Larhonda Marie Bronson
- Jose Moreno Caballero
- Fernando Paul Cardenas
- Kevin Andrew McCarthy Collins
- Ingrid Siomara Contreras
- Thwana Mithsell Darrough
- Kimberly Sue Doss
- Jeremiah Edward Foco*
- Mary Frances Gregory
- Gwendolyn M. Hooser
- Sandra Lee Hopler
- Rita Mae Hughes
- Barbara Ann Hutchinson
- Rochelle Maria Ihm
- Willie Mae Jackson
- Matthew Ellis Keith
- Joseph A. Krainak Jr.
- Alexandria Joy Lowitzer
- Faloma Luhk
- Maleina Quitugua Luhk
- Suzanne Gloria Lyall
- Heather Ann MacCrossen
- Kimberly Ann Mallard
- Pedro Castro Martinez
- Marta Alicia Michel
- Jackson Alexander Miller
- Alan Lee Morse
- Judith Erin O’Donnell
- Ariza Maria Olivares
- Carmen Maria Owens
- Byron Eric Page
- Francisco Robles Perez
- Annette Deanne Sagers
- Philistin Saintcyr
- Lloyd Melvin Thomas
- Kimberly Faye Thrower
- Delight Marie Watson
- John Albert Weichelt
- Billy Wellman
- Francis Loretta Heath Wells
- Nancy Debra Willis
This week’s Select It Sunday is Sharon Baldeagle (often named as Sharon Bald Eagle), chosen by Fluttergirl. She was twelve when she disappeared on September 18, 1984, and her case has for some reason fascinated me since I started getting interested in MPs, back when I was the same age that Sharon was when she was taken. I actually blogged about her once before, exactly three years and one week ago.
Sharon and a fifteen-year-old friend ran away from Eagle Butte, South Dakota, which is on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, the fourth-largest reservation in the U.S. Sharon was Native American, presumably Cheyenne River Sioux, and probably her friend was too. They were hitchhiking in Casper, Wyoming, almost a six-hour drive from home, when they got picked up by Royal Russell Long, a truck driver who took them to his house in Evansville. There he attacked them, raping the older girl and beating Sharon. Sharon’s friend escaped and went for help, but by the time the authorities arrived at the scene, Long and his other captive were gone.
Long wasn’t arrested until the following year; by then he’d gone to New Mexico. He claimed Sharon was alive and well the last time he saw her, but let’s face it, what are the chances of that? He was convicted of two counts of kidnapping — that of Sharon and her friend — and died in prison 25 years ago.
Long was probably serial killer; he’s also a suspect in the cases of Carlene Brown, Christy Gross, Deborah Rae Meyer, Jayleen Dawn Baker, Charlotte June Kinsey, and Cinda Leann Pallett, who ranged in age from ten to nineteen. Carlene and Christy disappeared together from a rodeo in Rawlins, Wyoming in July 1974, and Deborah and Jayleen disappeared, nineteen days apart, from the same area in August of that year. Cinda and Charlotte from a fair in Oklahoma in 1981 — Long was actually charged with their murders, but the case was dropped for lack of evidence. Only Christy and Jayleen’s bodies were ever found.
I think it’s pretty obvious what must have happened to Sharon; I only wish her family had answers. Her father was alive as 2013 and still hoping to find her — he looked all over the country for her. I’m not sure if he’s still living as he had cancer in 2013, but I can’t find an obituary for him.
I wonder if anyone’s ever written a book about Royal Russell Long. Serial killers are a popular topic in literature, after all. If someone has, I’d love to read it.
Shannon Patrick Ketron was seven months old when he disappeared from Cordell, Oklahoma on June 17, 1982. I already wrote about him for Flashback Friday nearly two years ago. According to the only witness, Shannon’s mom, the baby was the victim of a bizarre abduction.
Ann Ketron said she was driving with the baby when she had to get something (out of the trunk maybe?) and pulled over to the side of the road. A man stopped and asked her if everything was all right. Then he said she looked like his ex-wife, knocked her unconscious, and took Shannon. Shannon was never seen again and the abductor was never identified.
That’s really weird. To begin with, I’ve never heard of a baby being kidnapped by a strange man. Furthermore, there seems to have been almost no press coverage about this case and very little information is available, and what little there is, is contradictory. I’ve seen claims that Shannon was almost two years old when he was taken, when in fact he was seven months, and I’ve seen the abduction date incorrectly given as July 17, 1982.
Shannon’s dad, Dustin Ketron, was in prison when he disappeared so presumably he’s not a suspect. Ann took a polygraph, but the results haven’t been released.
If Shannon is still alive, he’d have turned 35 last month. Do you think he is? Let’s talk about it.
This list is for kids who were abducted by parents or other relatives, and are now over the age of 18. In some of these cases, the MP has siblings who were abducted also and are still minors. Many of these children have been missing for a depressingly long time. I did not include cases where they believe the abductor killed the child after taking them.
I should emphasize that just because the kid is now an adult and still hasn’t resurfaced doesn’t mean they want to stay missing or were fleeing an abusive situation. Many times children are lied to by the abductor and told that their left-behind parent is dead, or that the left-behind parent was an abusive, horrible person and they’re better off without them.
Many victims of family abduction are young, below school age, and thus they wouldn’t have much, if any, memories of their former life. Even in cases of older children, it’s still possible to poison their minds against the left-behind parent. You have to consider the idea that children want to believe their parents have their best interests at heart. Especially in a situation where they have no other influences, it can be easy to convince them of things that are not true and alienate them against the other parent.
There’s also the issue of international abduction cases where the child/children were taken to a country (such as, say, Saudi Arabia) where women are not allowed to travel without the permission of a male relative. So, even if they wanted to come back, they can’t.
There is one case I know of where a girl was abducted by her father and taken to Mexico. She was very young at the time and her father told her that her mother was dead or had abandoned her, I can’t remember which. I don’t even remember her name. When the girl was 17, I guess her father’s conscience had been bothering him because he finally told her the truth about what happened, that he had stolen her from her mother and that her mother was alive and looking for her. The girl then traveled to the United States and eventually did locate her mother.
This happened like ten years ago — I know because remember writing about it on Websleuths and I haven’t been active on there in ages. I wrote that I was glad that the father owned up to what he had done and gave his daughter a chance to reunite with her searching mother. Other posters on the forum were angry at him, saying “I can’t believe you’re defending this man, he did something horrible.” Well, I wasn’t exactly defending him, and I freely admit that yes, he did do something horrible. But at least he eventually tried to do right by his daughter and his ex-wife, which is more than can be said for most abductors in such cases.
- Jehad Ahmed Abuhamda (was 13, is now 18)
- Berania Teresa Agapito (was 11, is now 18)
- Wendy Agapito (was 14, now 20)
- Gloria Aguilar (was 13, now 21)
- Amina Ashraf Al-Jailani (was 9, is now 20)
- Layla Ashraf Al-Jailani (was 7, now 18)
- Sarah Molouk Amiri (was 3, now 26)
- Cameron Jeffrey Anderson (was 12, now 28)
- Kyle Nicholas James Anderson (was 9, now 25)
- Rachel Marie Anderson (was 13, now 30)
- Yareli Marlem Barajas (was 12, now 19)
- Anastacia Marie Argentova-Stevens (was 5, now 19)
- Emad Ali Ben-Mrad (was 3, now 19)
- Shoshana Kaila Black (was 2, now 22)
- Reuben Bennett Blackwell II (was 2, now 23)
- Halle Patricia Bobo (was 6, now 18)
- Jacob Allen Bobo (was 9, now 20)
- Ebrahim Bozorgi (was 6, now 23)
- Zafar Bozorgi (was 1, now 19)
- Miranda Elaine Budiman (was 4, now 22)
- Angela Estella Burns (was 1, now 21)
- Natasha Alexandra Augusta Carter (was 10, now 26)
- Brittani Nicole Dolbear (was 3, now 22; today is her birthday)
- Olivia Addison Edwards-Tuttle (was 8 months, now 26)
- Sarah Raquel Elsafi (was 9, now 18)
- Tariq Ahmed Elsafi (was 12, now 26)
- Joseph Zachary Ernst (was 10, now 18)
- Marcus Antonio Farina (was 9 months, now 25)
- David Eduardo Gosnell (was 3, now 21)
- Antonia Guerrero (was 12, now 23)
- Stephanie Guerrero (was 13, now 24; tomorrow is her birthday)
- Austin Cole Hernandez (was 4 months, now 20)
- Ethan James Hernandez (was 2, now 18)
- Leonid Jacobson (was 3, now 21)
- Jesse Robert Kaslov (was 1, now 19)
- Jewel Koranteng (was 2, now 19)
- Mario Lopez* (was 6, now 18)
- Sandra Lopez (was 11, now 21)
- Sarah Anne Lord (was 3, now 22)
- Bianca Isabella Lozano (was 1, now 23)
- Ezra Lok Lui (was 2, now 19)
- Brandon Mema (was 2, now 18)
- Ray Preston Morrison IV (was 2, now 21)
- Diana Judith Portillo (was 12, now 18)
- Soomaiiah Jalaaluddeen Quariishi (was 7, now 23)
- Kyle Ivor Rae (was 2, now 22)
- Melissa Erin Reiter (was 1, now 25)
- Andrea Michelle Reyes (was 1, now 19)
- Alejandra Rivera-Romero (was 8, now 20)
- Wesley Rivera-Romero (was 6, now 18)
- Nadia Rougebianni (was 2, now 18)
- Stacy Ann Kathleen Rudolph (was 13, now 29; today is her birthday)
- Isabella Saileanu (was 2, now 18)
- Domingo Sanchez Gonzalez (was 11, now 19)
- Esmit Sanchez Gonzalez (was 15, now 23)
- Deborah Lyyn Sanders (was 1, now 34)
- Nicolas Marcel Santin (was 12, now 23)
- Emily Michelle Sawyer (was 3, now 33)
- Adam Osama Shannon (was 4, now 19)
- Kamelia Maria Spencer (was 2, now 19)
- Caroline Victoria Teague (was 4, now 19)
- Bethany Maria Tiner (was 3, now 23)
- Gabrielle Torres (was 12, now 21)
- Vivian Aileen Trout (was 2, now 22)
- Therese Rose Vanderheiden-Walsh (was 5, now 32)
- Prathima Venkatesan (was 8, now 18)
- Charles Jason Vosseler (was 3, now 33)
- William Martin Vosseler (was 2, now 32)
- Brianna Christine Warnes (was 2, now 23)
- Takoda Tei Weed (was 6, now 18)
- Tiffany Susan Westford (was 2, now 25)
- Kelly Ann Yates (was 10 months, now 32)
- Kimberly Ann Yates (was 3, now 35)
- Christopher Louis Zaharias (was 3, now 32)
- Lisa Mae Zaharias (was 1, now 30)
*Mario’s case was probably a family abduction; at least it stands to reason that it was. He and his three siblings were in foster care, with Mario and Joel placed in the same home, and the boys vanished together and their biological parents disappeared at the same time. (Mario’s brother has since been found.) He’s still classified as “endangered missing” though, and I don’t think warrants have been issued for his parents.