I’ve added a couple of pictures of MPs:
This week’s featured missing person is Alexis Dillard, who is male. A KU senior, he vanished on December 11, 1992, after a night out drinking with his fraternity brothers in North Lawrence, Kansas. There’s a theory that he drowned in the Kansas River, possibly while trying to swim across. He was 22.
And yes, I’m aware that suspect Pedro Hernandez was convicted of Etan Patz’s murder and I’m aware I have to re-write his entire casefile. That’ll be my task for tomorrow.
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
Chosen by commenter Alpha75, Matthew David Pendergrast disappeared from Memphis, Tennessee on December 1, 2000. He was 23 years old and within weeks of graduating from Rhodes College when he dropped off the map.
From writings Matthew left behind when he disappeared, it looks like he might have had a nervous breakdown of some kind. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder both usually develop in a person’s late teens or early twenties. However, the cops don’t seem to be buying into the mental illness theory and are focusing on possible foul play instead.
Disturbingly, Matthew’s journal said something about going into the water, and they found his vehicle and the clothes he’d been wearing near a swamp. Whatever happened to him, he was probably naked or nearly so.
I did find this long feature article about Matthew’s disappearance in Memphis Magazine.
I’ve spent much of today combing through Newspapers.com looking up stuff on specific old MP cases when I came across a column in the March 27, 1983 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, written by someone named Elinor Klein. It was about how her brother disappeared when he was 17 years old, and the devastation it caused in her family.
I’m pretty sure I have never heard of this case. But I’m not 100% sure because Elinor Klein never said what his name was, or the town he disappeared from. Just that he was 17, a freshman at an unspecified, possibly Ivy League college, and that he was born on February 22, 1937 and disappeared on November 8, 1954. She even includes his picture with the column. But not his name!
I checked NamUs; there’s only two 1954 disappearances in there, and both are of females. I would love to be able to put this young man on Charley if I can. If he was still missing in 1983 — nearly thirty years after he was last seen — he’s probably still missing now.
I looked up more information about Elinor Klein hoping that would lead me to her brother’s identity. Turns out Elinor was still alive as of 2008 and her maiden name was Friedman. I also learned she had a son named Willy at age 40; the St. Louis Post-Dispatch column says, “When my child was born a few years ago… I named my son after my brother and my father.”
Still not enough to go on. Darn it.
See the below images screenshot from Newspapers.com’s PDFs, the column about the missing boy (Willy Friedman?):
On the bright side, Ms. Klein’s column did yield at least one nugget of information that’s of use to me: there were pictures of random missing children scattered across the bottoms of the first two pages, including one of Holly Hughes that’d I’d never seen before. It even shows her teeth! I added it.
The guy who does the “UnFound” podcasts has just released three more. (My links for the MPs’ names direct you to their Charley Project casefiles; click on the “UnFound” link above to see the podcasts.) There’s:
- Rose Marie Gayhart, a 23-year-old missing from Florida since 1985; I don’t have much on her presently
- Joshua Cheney Guimond, a 20-year-old St. John’s University junior who disappeared from Minnesota in 2002
- Kelly Lundy Rothwell, a 35-year-old Florida police academy cadet missing since 2011
The podcaster, Ed Dentzel, interviewed me by phone on September 21. We talked for about an hour, and afterwards, at his request, I emailed him a bunch of stuff. The September call was actually what they call a pre-interview. The real, public interview will be next week. In the meantime, Ed is going to send me an outline of how he’d like the interview to go, what questions he plans to ask me, etc., for me to examine and suggest possible changes if needs be.
I have written several times about coming across traces of a missing person online from before they became missing. It’s an eerie feeling.
This popped up in one of the recent Virginia cases I added. I found a comment the missing man wrote on a blog post just a few months before his disappearance; he complained that his daughter had made false claims about him in court and gotten a restraining order against him for no reason.
Today I was grabbing random cases off of Charley to add to its Twitter feed — I’m stored up for the rest of the month, and even if I get run over by a bus the Tweets will go up automatically — and came across Alex Talosig, one of my “few details are available” cases. He’s on the CDOJ database but not NamUs and I’ve got nothing on his disappearance.
So I Googled him. And, although I still have nothing on his disappearance, I found out Alex seems to have attended Ohlone College in the spring of 2012, two and a half years before his November 2014 disappearance, and he’s quoted in their campus newspaper in an article about the school’s Health Fair. Ohlone College is a community college in Fremont, California, half an hour’s drive from Santa Clara, where my Alex Talosig disappeared from, so I’m reasonably sure the Alex Talsoig in the article is the same guy:
Student Alex Talosig enjoyed the abundant amount of information through handouts. “I did not know about the services but a lot does not pertain to me,” said Talosig.
He has been to the Ohlone College Health Center and used its services.
“They helped me get medication because I’m from a low income family,” said Talosig. “The health center does a lot to give help to students.”
I found a few Facebook profiles for people by that name and one of them looks like it could be my Alex. That profile hasn’t been updated since 2013, before my Alex disappeared. The only clear photo that’s publicly viewable looks a bit like my Alex, but I’m not sure; he’s wearing sunglasses in the picture and the angle isn’t great.
So what happened to you, Alex? Where have you been for the past 22 months? I hope you’re all right.