Carlene Tengelsen’s mom dies

I’ve been informed of this article that went out yesterday: Carlene Sessions Tengelsen‘s mother died on December 21, at the age of 83. This is her obituary, which says Carlene preceded her in death, along with another daughter. Carlene still has two living siblings though.

I wish the NCMEC would make a poster for her. I wish we could find out what happened. It’s been almost 45 years, and Carlene would be sixty years old in the unlikely event that she’s still alive.

Make-a-List Monday: Older children where a parent is suspected

This list is for kids over the age of ten where one or both of the child’s parents (or step-parents, or guardians) is a suspect or possible suspect in their disappearance, or the circumstances indicate they could be involved. I’m not talking about family abduction cases, I mean cases where they think the parent killed the child. I’m including murder-without-a-body cases.

Child abuse and neglect occurs at all ages, of course, but it’s my understanding that child abuse deaths in older kids are relatively rare. I don’t know much about this sort of thing but my guess would be it’s because older kids are both less fragile and more capable of defending themselves than infants and toddlers.

I’m grouping these kids in alphabetical order by age, and the suspect is in parentheses. In a lot of these cases, other family members — siblings or a parent — are also missing.

  1. Sheketah Michele Brown, 10 (father)
  2. Shakeima Ann Cabbagestalk, 10 (stepfather)
  3. Kristopher Charles Loesch, 10 (mother and mother’s girlfriend)
  4. Reagan Cordell Uden, 10 (stepfather)
  5. Karen Zhou, 10 (stepfather)
  6. Haleigh Breann Culwell, 11 (stepfather)
  7. Richard Lee Haynes Jr., 11 (father and stepmother)
  8. Adam Joseph Herrman, 11 or 12 (adoptive parents)
  9. Barry James Kephart II, 11 (father)
  10. Billy Sena, 11 (mother’s live-in boyfriend)
  11. Richard Loren Uden, 11 (stepfather)
  12. Terry Lee Westerfield, 11 (stepfather)
  13. Debra Jean Cole, 12 (mother’s live-in boyfriend)
  14. Crystal Gayle Dittmeyer, 12 (stepfather)
  15. Ivy Matory, 12 (stepfather)
  16. Jaliek L. Rainwalker, 12 (adoptive father)
  17. Doreen Jane Vincent, 12 (father)
  18. Melinda Karen Creech, 13 (mother)
  19. Kelly Jean Harris, 13 (stepfather)
  20. Rachel Marie Mellon, 13 (stepfather)
  21. Rachanda Lea Pickle, 13 (stepfather)
  22. Ricky Lane Thomas Jr., 13 (stepfather)
  23. Aundria Michelle Bowman, 14 (adoptive father)
  24. Toni Lynn McNatt-Chiappetta, 14 (father)
  25. Christina Marchell Richart, 14 (foster mother; her biological uncle’s wife)
  26. Monique Christine Daniels, 15 (stepfather)
  27. Tammy Sue Rothganger, 15 (stepfather)
  28. Jason Sims Jr., 15 (parents)
  29. Bethany Anne Sinclair, 15 (mother’s live-in boyfriend)
  30. Joyce Irene Cogburn, 15 (male temporary guardian)
  31. William Dale Gunn, 15 (stepfather)
  32. Josephine Yvette Cogburn, 16 (male temporary guardian)
  33. Margarette Ann Cuauhtli, 16 (adoptive father)
  34. Mindi Chambers, 17 (father)
  35. Alissa Marie Turney, 17 (stepfather; legally adopted her)

Honorable mention: Richard Gorham, 11. His mother’s live-in boyfriend is a suspect in his disappearance. However, Richard was living with his grandfather, Roland Himebrook, when he went missing. Himebrook disappeared too.

Erica Parsons’s body found

A Charley Project Irregular who is also a Facebook friend messaged me within fifteen minutes of the news breaking: they’ve found the body of Erica Parsons. As of this writing, very little information has been made public, but we know that Sandy Parsons, Erica’s sorry excuse for an adoptive father, lead the police to her remains. Erica’s parents never reported her missing; her older brother did, twenty months after the last time he saw her.

I’ve blogged about Erica’s case several times, the last time in 2014. You can read the details of her dreadful home life and “morally bankrupt” parents on her Charley Project casefile. She was tiny: at thirteen years old she was less than four and a half feet tall. There’s reason to believe her growth was stunted due to malnutrition.

Both Sandy Parsons and Casey Parsons, Erica’s mother, are in prison right now for fraud, because they collected benefits from the government for Erica after she was no longer in their care.

When the cops identify whoever is responsible for Erica’s disappearance and death — and I think we all have a pretty good idea who did this — I can only hope they get the book thrown at them.

Let’s Talk About It: Kristopher Charles Loesch

Yeah, so I’ve decided to turn this “Let’s Talk About It” thing into a feature for as long as I can find strange cases with a lot of twists and turns and unanswered questions. Let’s make it Thursday’s, yeah? Juanita Oxenrider‘s one last week got a decent response so I’ll run with it.

So this Thursday I’d like to talk about Kristopher Charles Loesch. His official place and date of disappearance are given as May 16, 2001 in Post Falls, Idaho, when he was ten, but that’s kind of open to question. In fact, just about everything about Kristopher’s disappearance is open to question.

Whatever the case may be, Kristopher, who had been attending school under an alias name and living with a guardian, dropped out of sight around 2000 or 2001. His school never got any requests to forward his transcripts anywhere else. The guardian was later imprisoned for fraud.

Both of Christopher’s maternal grandparents were murdered in separate incidents in the 1990s, and the authorities think his mother, Tina Loesch, was involved. She was dating another woman, Skye Hanson. In 2008, warrants were issued for the couple’s arrest for the murder of Tina’s mother, and they were broadcast as fugitives on America’s Most Wanted. A few hours later, they killed themselves out in the desert near Tucson, Arizona. They left a very long suicide note saying they were innocent of murder. I’m not sure if the note mentioned Kristopher at all.

It seems the authorities didn’t start looking for Kristopher in earnest until after his mother’s and her girlfriend’s deaths in 2008, by which time he would have been 18. The most recent article I could find on the case dates from 2011; Kristopher’s uncle (Tina’s brother) still hopes for some kind of resolution, both in the murders and in his nephew’s disappearance.

He could be anywhere on this earth. Wherever he is, though, I doubt he’s still alive.

So what do y’all think? I yield the floor to you.

Seeing Ida Mae Lee living…maybe

I’ve decided to add a bunch of super-old cases to Charley today, beginning with Ida Mae Lee, who disappeared in 1956. She was working at a hotel at Grand Canyon National Park at the time.

Anyway, I went to Newspapers.com and searched for the phrase “Ida Mae Lee” Arizona and found some interesting results:

The Arizona Republic, December 1, 1953:

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(There were several other mentions of Ida Mae Lee attending Arizona State; an October 1953 article says she lived in Nutrioso, which has a current population of 26. There’s also articles from January and March name Ida Mae Lee among the honor roll students at Round Valley High School, which is in Eager, Arizona, a 21-minute drive from Nutrioso. And in 1952, Ida Mae Lee and some of her fellow Round Valley HS students staged a fashion show.)

And then there’s this, from the Arizona Republic, September 21, 1955:

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I’m pretty sure the Ida Mae Lee who married Mr. Jones is the same one that attended Round Valley High School and Arizona State; note the reference to Nutrioso in the marriage announcement. And I think that photo looks an awful lot like NamUs’s picture of the Ida Mae Lee who vanished in 1956 — though I’m not prepared to swear to that, I am not good at all at identifying faces.

So, the 64k question then, assuming all these Ida Lees are in fact the same person: what happened to Mr. Jones during the 14 months before Ida vanished? The fact that she’s listed as missing under her maiden name suggests they were separated or divorced by then.

I did find this obit for a Niles Lee Jones who died in Mesa, Arizona in 2011, age 76. No mention of any survivors, but a search of addresses for Mr. Jones mentions Nutrioso, Arizona as well as other cities.

 

Removing information

Sometimes people will write me and, for one reason or another, want me to remove information from my casefiles. I’m not talking about mistakes, I’m talking about details that are correct, but the person wants them removed for one reason or another. I thought I’d write an entry about some of the reasons this happens.

  • If the MP was involved with criminal activity before their disappearance or had a drug problem etc., some families are embarrassed and/or afraid people will not care about the MP because of that. In fact, I’d say that’s probably the most common reason I’m asked to remove factual information. That kind of thing is really difficult for me to deal with. On the one hand, I don’t want to cause the families more pain. But on the other hand, I don’t want to conceal information that could very well be pertinent to the disappearance. Sometimes I am willing to take it down, but not always. Here are several examples:
    In many cases, the only photo(s) are available for the MP are mug shots. More than once, I’ve had family members ask me to remove the mug shots. If I have other photographs available, I’m willing to do that. In one case I was able to convince the MP’s relative to let me keep the mug shot up. I pointed out that in all the other photos, the MP was wearing a hat, and only from the mug shot could you tell that he had significant male pattern baldness. This could be important for people trying to match this MP with John Does, I said. The relative agreed with my reasoning and the mug shot stayed up, alongside two regular pics.
    In one case, my MP was a young man who sold used cars for a living. I made a note that although he was never charged with any crimes, the police believed some of the cars he was selling were stolen and he had been under investigation when he disappeared. I heard from the MP’s sister, asking me to remove that piece of information. She didn’t say why, she just said, “The family would like that to be removed.” I took it off. I didn’t particularly want to, but I decided to do it anyway — in part because they asked nicely.
    I have another case where the MP’s sister wrote me a few years ago, very angry about my casefile, and demanding I remove several parts, including the part about the MP being an exotic dancer. I wrote back explaining that I really couldn’t do that: you really can’t tell the story of this disappearance without that particular detail. If the MP had last been seen at the library or the mall, that would be one thing, but she was last seen leaving the club where she worked, accompanied by a customer who was later charged with her murder. Plus, the MP’s father and boyfriend had also been in touch with me, and neither of them had a problem with my saying she was a dancer. Anyway, the MP’s sister is still pretty mad at me about this. I know she’s gone around to other websites badmouthing me and calling me nasty things, words I can’t repeat on this PG-13 level blog.
    Even more strangely, I had a case where all my information came from the local police, who had the MP listed on their site with the missing persons in their jurisdiction. The MP was a known prostitute with a drug problem and was last seen getting into an unknown vehicle in a bad part of town known for its prostitution and drug activity. All of that was on the police department website. I got an email from the MP’s niece, saying “That’s all lies, how dare you, we’re filing a big lawsuit for defamation blah blah blah.” I wrote back telling her I’d got the info directly from the cops, and she wrote back saying the police were liars and the family was going to sue them too. I took the trouble to run a background check on the MP and yup, there were arrests for prostitution offenses. Why the family was lying to me about this, I don’t know. Their whole attitude about the case seems counterproductive: I know that the cops asked them for a DNA sample to compare with a Jane Doe, and the family refused to provide the sample for months before they changed their minds.
  • In some cases, the family would like to protect the MP’s privacy. I’ve seen this happen several times when it comes to HIV and AIDS. There’s such a stigma against AIDS that in cases where the MP was HIV-positive, a few families have asked me to remove that. I have always done so.
  • For resolved cases, I regularly get requests for notices to be removed from that page. Usually the person doing the request is the no-longer-MP themselves. Sometimes, if the MP was found deceased, it’s a family member who doesn’t want their picture on the internet anymore. I always comply with those requests. In fact, the only situation where I will refuse to take down a resolved notice is in the family abduction cases where the abductor wants it removed. Um, no. I’m not going to cater to the whims of criminals, thank you very much. If the CHILD wrote me wanting to be removed, that’s one thing, but I’m not going to do what the ABDUCTOR tells me.
  • I also get occasional requests to remove the casefiles of MPs who are obviously deceased — either MWAB cases, or cases where there was a shipwreck or something like that. Family members ask that they be removed for the same reason that people want their deceased relatives taken off the resolved page — they’re grieving and they just don’t want that stuff on the internet anymore. I remove those cases when asked.
  • In one case I was writing about an MP whose husband (I think — my memory is fuzzy) was the prime suspect in her disappearance. The husband was later arrested for robbery and I mentioned the name of his partner-in-crime in that case. Years later, I got an email from the partner-in-crime, asking me to remove his name. He explained he was out of prison and off drugs and trying to get a job and become a productive member of society and all that, and although my casefile made it clear that no one thought HE was involved in this woman’s disappearance, he didn’t want his name mentioned in that context. I can’t blame him. I have no idea what I thinking when I mentioned him in the first place; I shouldn’t have done so. I removed his name and thanked him for being so nice about it and not yelling at me.

A bit of background info

I don’t think I’m going to add it to her casefile, but I found out about another tragedy in Trinia Williams‘s family: her mother’s husband was murdered in 1969, shot by a neighbor during an argument. The murder is rather infamous in Columbus history because, although it doesn’t appear to have been racially motivated, it did spark a race riot which featured firebombings, another person being killed, hundreds of people getting arrested, and 1,200 National Guardsmen being called in to restore order.

I assumed at first that Roy Beasley was Trinia’s father, but the math says not: he died five years before Trinia was born.

Whilst trying to find more info on Trinia’s case I found this, but it wouldn’t let me play the video. More’s the pity; I have little enough as it is and would have liked some more.