MP of the week: Jessie Barnes

This week’s featured missing person is Jessie Barnes, a 28-year-old mentally disabled woman who disappeared from West Point, Mississippi, a small town in the northeast part of the state, on July 7, 2000.

Although she had mental challenges, Jessie was relatively high-functioning and would sometimes “drop out of sight for a few days.” Her family got concerned and reported her missing after ten days because her grandma had died and she didn’t show up for the funeral.

I think if she is alive (and this seems unlikely) she may be on the streets somewhere. She has a daughter, and if still alive she would be 46 years old today.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: William Gu

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is William Gu, a 22-year-old City University of New York student who disappeared from Brooklyn on March 7, 2013. I’m not sure of his ancestry but Wikipedia says his surname is either Chinese or Korean.

William was supposed to meet a friend on Staten Island, but never showed up, and his car was found wrecked and abandoned in Somerset, New Jersey. His disappearance is especially worrying because William had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which causes “depression, paranoia, minor hallucinations and psychotic behaviors.”

William’s disappearance reminds me a lot of the disappearance of Sean Sidi, another young Asian man with a TBI who disappeared just two and a half months later, albeit on the opposite coast.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Le Tung Dinh

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Le Tung Dinh, a 38-year-old man of Vietnamese descent who was last seen standing in the doorway of his family’s apartment in San Diego, California on February 4, 1996.

Dinh was brain-damaged and mentally disabled, and couldn’t take care of himself, so he still lived with his parents. He apparently wandered away when his mom left him alone for a few minutes.

I wish I knew more about this case; I couldn’t find any articles about it in the newspaper archives. Dinh’s parents, who spoke only Vietnamese, are no longer in contact with the police, and NamUs says there’s no DNA available.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Wendy Kimura

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Wendy M. Kimura, a 28-year-old woman who disappeared from Cary, Illinois on May 21, 1999. I don’t know for sure but I think she’s of Japanese descent; Kimura is a Japanese surname.

Wendy was a Chicago resident who took the train to Cary on May 20, and spent the night with a friend. She was last seen walking along Route 14 the next day.

There isn’t a whole lot out there about the circumstances of her disappearance, but it’s worth noting that she has both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In June 2013, fourteen years after her disappearance, the cops searched the Fox River for her, but didn’t find anything.

MP of the week: Heather Bloom

This week’s featured missing person is Heather Bloom, a 28-year-old woman with Down Syndrome who was last seen in Berkeley, California on October 1, 2005. She probably disappeared sometime after that though.

People with Down Syndrome have various levels of functionality, and it sounds like Heather was at the lower end: non-verbal, wheelchair-bound and requiring “constant care and supervision.”

She was being cared for by her sister, Shari. After Heather’s parents reported her missing, the police tried to check on her welfare, but Shari wouldn’t let them in the house and they never actually saw Heather. The neighbors also said they never saw Heather either. Last I knew, Shari had moved to Norway — without her sister, presumably.

I did find this 2017 article which has more info about the case and additional pictures of Heather. Though the police are saying there’s no evidence she’s dead or in danger, honestly, to me it doesn’t look good. I mean, a person with those medical conditions would presumably have had to see doctors regularly. She was probably on Medicaid and Social Security disability. They should be able to track her if she was still alive.

Thoughts on today’s updates

It’s 11:47 p.m. as I type this, so perhaps by the time it’s finished, “today” will be “yesterday.”

For all the updated cases today, except Jahi Turner and Donna Mezo, you can thank Mion, who kindly gathered together a bunch of old newspaper articles about cases I had and emailed them to me.

Regarding my Donna Mezo update, I hope it clarifies the situation with her boyfriend’s death. Earlier I had said there was a suicide note and his death was ruled a suicide in spite of the fact that the gun used was found in “a nearby lake.” Well, I have since learned that “nearby” was more like “a few feet away.” I think what probably happened is that Jeffrie either threw or dropped his weapon into the water during or after firing it.

I found quite a lot on for Marcell Byers‘s case. His NamUs profile includes a clipping about how the people charged with kidnapping him disappeared and their lawyer had been threatened and maybe it was foul play.

Well, the two suspects did disappear, leaving a van shot full of holes, but I guess it was all just an attempt to evade prosecution because they were alive, back in custody and well enough to cop a plea less than a year later.

It’s disturbing that Marcell was never found. All this over a gold chain. The Zuppos pleaded no contest to kidnapping, meaning they didn’t even admit they were guilty. They’d be out of prison by now and I’m not sure what they’re up to these days. I think Gerald Sr. may be dead; someone with the same name and birth year died in North Carolina in 2003.

Tejin‘s case is just sad. (Also, NamUs has him listed as a girl? I admit you can’t really tell from the pictures. If I hadn’t found some articles on his disappearance I’d have been none the wiser.) I found his Facebook page and one picture was of him holding a little turtle, whom Tejin called “my son.” This was just a few months before his presumed death.

Julie Davis‘s case is sad too. Judging from the Facebook page created for her, she was lost for awhile before she disappeared. They only have the one not very good quality and out-of-date photo of her, and from the Facebook page her family apparently wasn’t really clear on when they’d last heard from her. They mentioned getting a letter from her “around 1985 or 1986.” (I’m not sure where NamUs’s date of disappearance comes from.)

She was just sixteen years old and already out on her own, almost four hours from her hometown.  I know things were a bit different back in the eighties, but that’s still pretty unusual. I wonder if she was in foster care. Obviously her family cares about her or they wouldn’t be trying to find her. I hope she’s alive out there and doesn’t even know anyone is looking, and isn’t a Jane Doe somewhere, or worse, dead and never found.

For this case, normally I’d have listed her as just regular “Missing” but then I saw the detail about the track marks and thought “drugs” and upgraded her case to “Endangered Missing.” Question: do track marks ALWAYS mean drugs? There are some medical conditions that require a person to get frequent injections; do those people get similar scars?

Ashley Lynn Thomas has such striking eyes, so big and dark against her pale skin and hair. I hope she’s okay. I hope she and the baby are both healthy and being looked after.

Stuart Owen Collins got a big update today. (Thanks again, Mion!) It does sound like something bad happened to him, and one inevitably wonders about the woman he was with, and even more so about her husband.

With Paul Egan (another big update there) the whole rendering theory is just awful to contemplate. The police seemed to suspect Paul’s friend. They said his friend was not a suspect, but they also made a point of saying they couldn’t confirm the friend’s story.

It could have happened something like this: Paul and his friend got into some kind of argument at the plant after hours — his friend was a foreman, Paul a technician — and things got out of hand something went horribly wrong, and his friend is panicking and thinks “well, there’s this rendering machine, if I just chuck him in and keep my mouth shut, no one will ever know.” I doubt such places had security cameras in 1975. The rendering machine was designed to grind up horses; a human corpse would be easy.

Of course that’s all supposition. I did look up the friend in the Florida DOC database and on Facebook and couldn’t find anyone by that name. I did find a mention of a person by that name (and a photo of that person) from 1970, five years before Paul disappeared. Nothing since then. I wonder if I’ve got the spelling of his surname right.

As far as the note Elsie Elsinga left behind — and her daughter’s poo-pooing the significance of that note — I don’t know. Her daughter said something like “How could someone of that age have done anything to mess up their life?” But perhaps Elsie’s “possible mild depression” was more significant than her daughter thought.

For Helen Robinson, I wonder if she decided to take a plane to visit one of those CB radio friends she had, and maybe something happened that prevented her from coming back. It was two solid years before her van turned up; by then, the weeds might have grown over the flight records. Robinson is definitely dead now; I don’t think she would have lived long in any case, because of her emphysema.

I added 27 updates and I’m very pleased with my work output today. I hope y’all have noticed how much more productive I’ve been ever since the site got redesigned. It takes less time to add/update stuff, since I don’t have to write all the code by hand, or hand-add case names to the lists.

Make-a-List Monday: People with diabetes

Quite a long list. Both Type I and Type II are included. It’s worth noting that diabetes can make a person really loopy and even cause amnesia if their blood sugar goes haywire.

  1. David Jonathan Allen
  2. James Edward Amabile
  3. Latrice Shay Armstead
  4. Larry Richard Baker Sr.
  5. Jon Clair Barrett
  6. Janice L. Beck
  7. Terrance Paul Beghin
  8. Gerald Leroy Bingham
  9. Billie Bob Black
  10. Brian Richard Bleyl
  11. Lori Ann Boffman
  12. Maria Senorina Bolanos-Rivera
  13. Kevin Ray Boney
  14. Mary Elenor Wolf Brenion
  15. Brent Dewayne Brooks
  16. Michael Ralph Brougham
  17. Gary Lee Brumley
  18. William Kelly Buntain
  19. Shirley Elizabeth Butler
  20. Paul Ward Cain
  21. Chip Michael Campbell
  22. Willie Charles Carswell
  23. Richard Lee Clark
  24. George James Contos
  25. Joseph Paul Cordova
  26. William Scott Currier
  27. William Andre Davcev
  28. Arthur P. Deering
  29. Donald Richard Delaney
  30. Marie Chantal Delly
  31. Ruby Estelle Dorman
  32. Lloyd Edward Downey
  33. Devonne Dubose
  34. Robert F. Duerr
  35. Julie A. Earley
  36. Nicholas Jonathan Echols
  37. Jonathan Wayne Edmond Jr.
  38. Demetrius Jermain Elder
  39. Elsie M. Elsinga
  40. Thomas Kern Fleming
  41. Mark Duane Folz
  42. Earnest Edward Francis
  43. Herman Matthew Gamble
  44. Randal Paul Gary
  45. Richard Gary Jr.
  46. Stella Vera Gies
  47. Valerie Glenn
  48. Jose Gonzalez
  49. Yu Chin Chang Goodson
  50. Rupinder Kaur Goraya
  51. Howard V. Gratteau
  52. Adela Guzman-Mendoza
  53. Johnathan Lee Hamilton
  54. Scott Douglas Hamilton
  55. Charles Floyd Hanlon
  56. Ralph Edward Healey
  57. Thomas J. Hearn
  58. Mary Alice Helm
  59. Una Mae Herd
  60. Samuel Lee Hernandez
  61. Wendy Hiehle
  62. Charles Franklin Huff
  63. Rochelle Maria Ihm
  64. Tiahease Tiawanna Jackson
  65. James Jamison
  66. Sherline Johnson
  67. Tammy Lee Jovaag
  68. Ali Kamhaz
  69. Deward R. Killion
  70. Hee Chol Kim
  71. Marcella Krulce
  72. Earl Kuhl
  73. Heather Nicole Kullorn
  74. Emmett Earl Kyzer
  75. James Charles Layne
  76. Sandra Lee Lemire
  77. Nancy Lewis
  78. Richard Mark Linse
  79. Robert Charles Livers Jr.
  80. Joe Max Long
  81. Robert J. Long
  82. Amparo Lopez
  83. Thomas Edward Manizak
  84. Godofredo R. Masangya
  85. Beverly Lofton Meadows
  86. Francisco Solano Mendez
  87. Marta Alicia Michel
  88. Kimberly Bumbalough Mimmovich
  89. Robert Gordofredo Mino
  90. Lark Loraine Montague
  91. John Edward Morgan
  92. Rolf Neslund
  93. Tammy Lorraine Niver
  94. James Randolph Olsen
  95. Nydia Oyuki Ortiz
  96. Glinver Keith Osborne
  97. Gabriel Ovando
  98. Richard Gary Parker
  99. Cherryl Lamont Pearson
  100. Janel Irene Peters
  101. Robert Mark Peters
  102. Diane Christine Pierce
  103. Harry Eugene Plyler
  104. Shirley Gertrude Pullen
  105. Verna Marie Richardson
  106. Isaac Joseph Riley
  107. Juan Rivera
  108. David Paul Ruggiero
  109. Barbara Kettell Rushton
  110. Michelle Lee Rust
  111. Scott Anthony Sartain
  112. David Wayne Schroeder
  113. August Richard Schwabenland
  114. Xavier Sepulveda
  115. Marsilene Smith
  116. Tammyetta Michelle Spaulding
  117. Dennison Clark Stookesberry
  118. James Joseph Thompson
  119. Shirley Ann Carpenter Trapp
  120. Larry Franklin Trent
  121. Cordell Eugene Piere Turnage
  122. Joseph D. Vanderhouwen
  123. Luis M. Vargas
  124. Kara Enid Vaughn
  125. Antonio Vega
  126. Robert Lee Vendrick
  127. Leonard Coleman Williams III
  128. Katherine Sybil Worsky
  129. Mickey Wright Sr.
  130. Barbara Zakon