A cluster of resolves

Sometimes it seems like I don’t get a resolved case for a month and then suddenly get hit with a dozen at once. This next update will have five. So far. I’m linking to their casefiles but they won’t be up for much longer.

  • Runaway Sualee Jeseenia Gonzalez Castro has been found alive, per NCMEC. She had been missing for two years and almost two months and is now 19 years old.
  • Runaway Alondra Hernandez-Trujillo has also been found alive, per NCMEC. She had been missing for almost three years. She is now 18.
  • Convicted murderer Thomas Riffenburg has confessed to the killings of his girlfriend, Jennifer Anne Walsh, and their son, Alexander Mitchell Riffenburg, who had been missing from Palmdale, California since January 9, 2009. Jennifer was 23 and Alexander was only a year old. This article provides a lot of background info about their cases, more than I have on Charley. Thomas provided hand-drawn maps to where he’d buried their bodies, and the cops found remains and are awaiting DNA confirmation of their identities. I think I’ll resolve their cases now; it’s highly unlikely they’re anyone but Jennifer and Alexander.
  • A skull found in the woods 2001 has been identified as Ella Mae Williams, an 80-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s Disease who wandered from her Gainesville, Florida home on March 25, 1990. (The article incorrectly gives her age as 78.)
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Flashback Friday: Charles Francis

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Charles Christopher “Christy” Francis, a seven-year-old boy who disappeared from Santa Ana, California on April 9, 1979.  He’d gone to work with his dad that day. (I’m not sure why, cause it looks like it was a school day.) Dad delivered water tanks. Charles disappeared while waiting for his dad to pick him up.

There hasn’t been a lot of press about this, either back then or now, alas. The police had some suspicion that it might have been a custody matter, but they seem to have ruled that theory out.

MP of the week (late again, sorry): Benjamin McLaurin-Johnson

This week’s featured missing person is Benjamin McLaurin-Johnson, a baby who disappeared from San Francisco, California on January 13, 1995. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about the case. He’s listed on NamUs but not on the NCMEC, although the NCMEC clearly made that AP photo of him, since it’s got their logo on it. I have no actual photographs of the boy or any information about the circumstances of his disappearance, other than that he was last seen with his babysitter. Is the sitter a suspect? A fellow victim? I have no idea.

Some behind-the-scenes updates

Yeah, I’m sorry I’ve been kind of absent this month so far. I think I might have mentioned I’m taking some different medicine, cause my old medicine made me gain 40 pounds. This new medicine seems to work, as far as moods go, and I don’t think I’ve gained any more weight, but it’s interfering with my sleeping a lot. It seems like I can’t sleep more than four hours at a time. And four hours plus four hours does not eight hours make. I’ve been really tired and draggy and unable to accomplish much even when I’m awake.

Anyway, I am getting some stuff done today. I have:

Middle Name and Date of Birth Added

  1. Linda Lou Bean
  2. Nanette Evette Thomas
  3. Jacob Lewis Tipton

Date of Birth Added

  1. John Howard Friebely
  2. Adrian Genti Gokaj
  3. Pamela Diane Ingle
  4. Napoleon M. Ray
  5. Joe Saxton
  6. Chad Allen Scudder
  7. Lori Dee Wilson

Pictures Added

  1. David Antonio Cambray
  2. Maria Ann Monrean
  3. Kathy Pereira

AP Updated

  1. Amanda Alexandra Adlai
  2. Brittney Ann Beers
  3. David Michael Borer
  4. Bryan Keith Fisher
  5. Kyron Richard Horman
  6. Ayesha Faheem Khan
  7. Fatima Faheem Khan
  8. Sindy Jazmin Perez-Aguilar
  9. Jasmine Anne Marie Sajedi
  10. Stevey Howard Sommerville
  11. Vivian Aileen Trout
  12. Anna Christian Waters

MP of the week: Dorien Thomas

This week’s featured missing person is Dorien Deon Thomas, a nine-year-old boy who disappeared from Amarillo, a city in the Texas panhandle, on October 26, 1998. He was (probably) going for a bike ride around the neighborhood when he vanished, and, unusually, the bike disappeared with him and was never found.

Dorien will have been missing for twenty years next year. He’d be 28 now, if he is still alive. I suppose there is no hard evidence that he isn’t; Jaycee Dugard turned up alive after quite a long time. The most recent news article I found on his case was from last fall.

Select It Sunday: Ke’Shaun Vanderhorst

Kristen Y. selected Ke’Shaun Bryant Vanderhorst as this week’s Select It Sunday case. Like Peter Kema‘s and Relisha Rudd‘s, this is a case that really gets to me. Also like with those two, it’s as if the system opened up whole knew cracks just for Ke’Shaun to fall through. What’s more, the 22nd anniversary of this adorable little boy’s disappearance is tomorrow, Monday. He vanished from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 25, 1995, at the age of two years and three months.

I wrote about the case on my blog seven years ago, inserting my own commentary into Ke’Shaun’s Charley Project casefile. Since then there’s been an additional development: last October, Tina was charged with murder — not in Ke’Shaun’s disappearance, but in the case of a 64-year-old man whom she allegedly stabbed 77 times before setting his body on fire. She was homeless at the time, and was charged with murder, robbery, arson and “causing a catastrophe.”

I can’t find anything else about the case and don’t know if it has yet been resolved. It often takes a long time to resolve murder cases, as long as several years, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Tina is still awaiting trial. It’s been less than a year since she was charged, after all.

I wonder if this murder charge has prompted authorities to take another look at Ke’Shaun’s case. I can only hope so. Tina needs to pay for what she did to her son, and 2 1/2 to 7 years for child endangerment isn’t nearly enough.

If he is still alive — and he almost certainly is not — Ke’Shaun would be 24 years old today.

Make-a-List Monday: The Gospels

Cody N. suggested I do a Make-a-List Monday for people named Matthew, Mark, Luke or John — that four Gospels in the New Testament. I actually did a list of people named some form of John last fall. Today’s list is for people named John (and ONLY John, not Jonathan or Evan or Sean or suchlike) who have been added since then, and for people named Matthew, Mark or Luke (first names only, variants not included).

JOHN

  1. John Michael Baham Jr.
  2. John Peter Fox
  3. John Howard Friebely
  4. John P. Suggs
  5. John Curtis Tensley
  6. John Graham Thompson
  7. John William Wingler Sr.

LUKE

  1. Luke Robinson
  2. Luke Adam Sanburg
  3. Luke David Stout
  4. Luke Townsend
  5. Luke Aaron Tredway

MARK

  1. Mark Wayne Adamson
  2. Mark Addison
  3. Mark Lindsey Bachelder
  4. Mark Anthony Berumen
  5. Mark Bonner
  6. Mark Lawrence Bosworth
  7. Mark Travis Burkett Jr.
  8. Mark Kamaki Cajski
  9. Mark Twain Celestine
  10. Mark Skinner Clarke
  11. Mark Alan Cohen
  12. Mark Allen Collman
  13. Mark Anthony Cook
  14. Mark William Cowardin
  15. Mark Norman Dantche
  16. Mark Randall Davis
  17. Mark Anthony Degner
  18. Mark Lee Doose
  19. Mark Jeffrey Dribin
  20. Mark Duane Folz
  21. Mark Allen Garnett
  22. Mark Thomas Gibson
  23. Mark Joseph Himebaugh
  24. Mark R. Hudson
  25. Mark Allen Husk
  26. Mark Douglas Jackson
  27. Mark Randall Johnson
  28. Mark William Kotlarz
  29. Mark Stephen Lemieux
  30. Mark Steven Martin
  31. Mark R. Marvin
  32. Mark Arthur Maty
  33. Mark Allen Merritt
  34. Mark Allen Miller
  35. Mark Allan Nichter
  36. Mark Julian Oldbury Jr.
  37. Mark A. Peal
  38. Mark Wade Potts
  39. Mark Donald Ramin
  40. Mark William Seelman
  41. Mark Lane Smith
  42. Mark Allen Thompson
  43. Mark D. Tomich
  44. Mark Raymond Tourney
  45. Mark Andrew Wilborne
  46. Mark Wendell Wilson
  47. Mark Eugene Yoli
  48. Mark David Zeichner

MATTHEW

  1. Matthew Glen Anderson
  2. Matthew Cameron Barrows
  3. Matthew Colter
  4. Matthew Wade Crocker
  5. Matthew Jonathan Curtis
  6. Matthew John Ferris
  7. Matthew Kirby Gale Jr.
  8. Matthew Paul Garnes
  9. Matthew Scott Hulse
  10. Matthew Ellis Keith
  11. Matthew Stephen McCaskey
  12. Matthew Alan Mullaney
  13. Matthew Nolan
  14. Matthew Jacob Salazar
  15. Matthew Vincent Sueper
  16. Matthew Chase Whitmer
  17. Matthew Stephen Wood