So I wrote up a runaway case off the NCMEC. Her name is Breanna. After I wrote up the basics from her poster, I was doing more research on the case for details to add to her casefile. She wasn’t in NamUs. I soon discovered why: an article saying she was found safe in August 2016.
I called the NCMEC about this and yup, she was found safe almost two years ago. But she’s still on their website. This is like the sixth time this has happened.
NamUs did have another Breanna listed, a young woman, so I decided to post that case instead. And the same thing happened: I wrote up the case with the NamUs details, then on further research discovered this Breanna had been found murdered in January 2017, only a few months after she disappeared. And she is still on NamUs.
I am seriously fed up.
Yes, I am aware that Simorali Nieves has dark skin and textured black hair. No, I did not make a mistake when I wrote her race down as Caucasian. Yes, I double-checked. Every source I could find says she’s Caucasian.
So if a mistake was made, it wasn’t mine; I have to work with what I’m given. I am hoping this post will stop some people from emailing me “correcting” her casefile.
I’ve addressed this before, the issue of how some databases are not updated as well as they should be, and sometimes they have people listed as missing who have actually been found already. You might ask me: what do I make sure such cases don’t make their way onto my site?
The short answer would be “the best I can.”
Some databases are such serious offenders in this regard that I simply won’t list their cases at all unless I have independent proof that the person is still missing. (Lookin’ at you, New Mexico.) But I’ve learned the hard way that NO database is completely free of listings of “missing” people who were actually found months ago.
I also do things like check for active social media profiles. If a database has Mary Smith listed as missing for over a year, but Mary Smith has a personal Facebook page and it is definitely her and it definitely had recent activity, chances are Mary is not missing.
This is hardly a perfect way of going about it, but it generally works pretty well most of the time.
So Preston has significantly improved the advanced search function, and he says that all the problems the site was having with the Internet Explorer browser have been resolved. I don’t have Internet Explorer myself so I’ll just take his word on that.
Yeah, I was up all night working on these. Go me.
- Suzen Cooper: The cops have GOT to know who this unidentified third party is. After all, Rachael took a plea deal and one of the conditions of the plea was to be honest with the authorities about what happened (though she claims she doesn’t know where Suzen’s body is). So where is this Mystery Man and why hasn’t he been charged?
- Tamara Lynn Elbertson: Does anyone know what sort of medical conditions can cause that droopy eye? Maybe a stroke? My mom’s first husband (before she met my dad) has something similar and I was told he was dropped on his head when he was a baby, but I’m not sure that was meant entirely seriously.
- Kito Royal Felton: Not mentioned in the casefile, but Kito may be one of those people where the line between “missing” and “on the run” is pretty thin. Right around the time he disappeared, a woman and her teenage son, Susan and Laurier Myrick, were shot to death in north Tampa and the articles said Kito was sought for questioning. I don’t think the murder has been solved.
However, he’s listed as missing both on NamUs and FDLE, he doesn’t have any active warrants that I’m aware of, and he was simply wanted for questioning in the murders, not named as a suspect, so…I dunno.
- Jared Baptista Germano: I studied his Facebook page pretty carefully. I don’t know what happened to him, but I hope he is missing because he wants to be. Jared had a troubled past and an extensive arrest record in Florida and North Carolina.
His Facebook is public and is pretty open about his background; it says he studied criminal justice in the educational institution called “prison”. Per Jared’s posts, he had a meth problem, which would explain the arrests. But his Facebook says he had gone through rehab, got clean, was working and was generally trying to make a decent go of it.
Wherever he is, he’s managed to avoid getting arrested again, which is a significant departure from his prior lifestyle. That could mean he’s leading a law-abiding life somewhere or it could mean he’s dead.
Incidentally, Jared has a brother who looks JUST LIKE him. The brother also has an arrest record and I thought one of his mug shots was of Jared till I realized one person had neck tattoos and the other didn’t. Then I saw a photo on Jared’s Facebook of him and his brother side my by side and was like, “Ah, okay, here’s your double.”
- Teresa Gossage and Alfred Hoffman Marshal: I’m very proud of getting these two up because their case is notorious in local history and they’re not listed on ANY database. They’re not even on the Missouri Highway Patrol’s list of missing persons, perhaps because they vanished on federal land. I found their names by accident while looking for something else.
Fort Leonard Wood, by the way, is some 61,000 thousand acres spread over the Missouri Ozarks. My bet is TC and Al are still somewhere on the base. And I’m pretty sure Mr. Thornton is responsible. It would be a very strange coincidence if he wasn’t.
- Sarah Necaise: She appears to have an active Facebook page — at least, there’s a page under that name, with a young woman who lives in Mississippi and resembles the missing girl. Hmm. An active page doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve been found.
Again–I try not to judge the police because I’m not a police officer and I don’t know the procedures and everything. But I am a bit confused by law enforcement’s actions in David Standish‘s case. Specifically this:
The houseboat was eventually destroyed by the police after they’d thoroughly checked it.
Why would they do this? The houseboat was Standish’s private property and his home. Surely it should at least have been given to his heirs? We know he had a family.
Can anyone who knows more about police procedure than I do possibly enlighten me as to why this may have been done?
So a case I added yesterday, Niija Council, is a “few details” case, but I had plenty of photos, including pics of her tattoos, from Niija’s Facebook page. (She also put a photo of herself on a page called Team Bisexual. Maybe I could profile Niija for Pride Month in June.)
The thing is, Niija has posts on her Facebook from AFTER her official date of disappearance, September 1.
I don’t know whether September 1 was the date she was last physically seen by anyone, or if they just mean she was last seen sometime in September, or what. On September 11 she made four posts:
Later in the month she changed her profile picture multiple times, the last time on September 23. The comments on her September 16 profile picture change indicate people were pretty worried about her:
So I dunno what was going on there. It’s a struggle to piece what exactly happened from what I’ve got to work with. I hope Niija is alive and well somewhere.
Incidentally, I wish I could read the words tattooed on her neck and chest. I posted pictures of them on her casefile but I can’t tell what they say. Here’s larger photos below (the neck picture is from before she added the stars and squiggles) if you want to help me out: