Some updated APs:
Here’s a list of others like her, who were abducted by strangers as babies and may very well be still alive out there not knowing who they are. I’m including cases of children 3 and under where non-family abduction is either the only explanation or is more likely than not, and it’s also more likely than not that the abductor(s) intended to either raise the child or give/sell it to someone who would. I’m not counting cases where it could be a non-family abduction but I have virtually no evidence available to say what happened.
- Christopher Enoch Abeyta, who would be 31
- Sabrina Paige Aisenberg, who would be 19
- Emmanuel Kalief Birts, who would be 27
- David Ezell Blockett, who would be 36
- Andre Terrance Bryant, who would be 27
- Christopher Milton Dansby, who would be 29
- Bryan Dos Santos-Gomes, who would be 10
- Paul Joseph Fronczak, who would be 52
- Elizabeth Dorothy Funchess, who would be 40
- Elizabeth Ann Gill, who would be 54
- Raymond Lamar Green, who would be 38
- Sausha Latine Henson, who would be 15
- Melissa Suzanne Highsmith, who would be 47
- Shaina Ashly Kirkpatrick, who would be 17
- Alexandra Marie McIntire, who would be 23
- Donel Jacoby Minor, who would be 32
- Vivian Paola Montanez Castellanos, who would be 30
- Mary Agnes Moroney*, who would be 88
- Saure Blizhaid Sanchez Vega, who would be 23
- Marlene Santana, who would be 31
- Aleacia Di’onne Stancil, who would be 22
- Tavish Sutton, who would be 23
- Angel Torres-Irizarry, who would be 41
- Jacqueline Vasquez, who would be 16
- Shane Anthony Walker, who would be 29
- April Nicole Williams, who would be 33
*Okay, Mary Moroney’s probably dead now just because of the passage of time, but there’s no reason to believe she didn’t live to adulthood.
Honorable mentions: Tiffani Claudette Wise, 2, and her half-sister Brandi Jondell Summers, 5, who would now be 41 and 45 respectively. It looks like the girls were taken by Brandi’s dad, Roy, but the case is, ah, a bit complicated, not a simple family abduction, and it’s likely they were raised by others. Brandi had cystic fibrosis, a very serious condition that is life-shortening even now and was much less treatable in 1977, and so she may be dead. But I haven’t seen any evidence that either of the children were murdered.
This has been all over the news so chances are you’ve heard it already: one of my oldest family abductions, the 1985 case of ten-month-old Kelly Ann Yates and her big sister, 3-year-old Kimberly Ann Yates, has been solved. The girls, who are of course now adults, turned up alive and well in Texas.
I haven’t removed their casefiles yet; you can still read them for now. This article from the Providence Journal also provides a really good grounding in the case.
And I want to address an issue that has come up time and time again in family abduction cases, particularly cases where the children were taken by their mothers: the assumption so many people make that the abductor must have been “saving” the children from an unfit and/or abusive parent.
Several of the news articles (such as this one) have brought up the fact that, before Elaine Yates took the children and vanished, there was a domestic argument between herself and Russell, and he struck her. However, if you check out my casefiles for the girls, I include the information that, according to Russell, he only kicked his wife in self-defense after she attacked him first and struck him several times.
I’ve had people being like “How do you know that’s really true” and “How do you know that’s the ONLY incident, maybe there was more.”
I don’t know. That’s the thing. But just because I don’t know does not mean I am going to assume, based on a single incident that did not result in charges and that may have been self-defense, that Russell was an abusive husband and father.
What is DEFINITELY true is that Elaine committed a serious crime and put Russell through a lot of pain and grief for the past 30+ years. Elaine’s offense is much worse than Russell’s offense, which was basically simple assault.
Elaine will get a chance to tell her side of the story in time, but until then, I am a bit sickened by how some people people are automatically giving her the benefit of doubt. People don’t generally do this for most other crimes. Someone commented on my Facebook page about this case saying “some people do this [kidnap their own children] for a good reason.” Well, sometimes people who rob banks do it for a good reason — perhaps they have seven children and no food in the kitchen and they’re behind on the mortgage and about to be turned out of house and home into the frozen cold, and they really, really need the money. But nobody makes such remarks in response to news stories about bank robbery.
I cannot speak specifically on the Yates case because I don’t have all the facts. What I can say is this: in most family abduction cases, the abducting parent is not trying to protect the child or give it a better home. Most abducting parents take their children in order to spite the other parent. They hate their ex and want to hurt them in the worst way possible, by taking away the most precious thing in their lives.
Furthermore, parental abduction is child abuse. Most of the victims are lied to, told that the left-behind parent is dead or doesn’t want them anymore. In many cases the children are shifted from pillar to post, forced to live a lie, use false names, etc. Many times they don’t have access to education or health care while they’re missing, aren’t allowed to have friends, aren’t allowed to live a normal childhood.
I hope Kelly and Kimberly Yates prove willing to at least give their father a chance to get to know them again. That’s most important. I think it’s also important, though, that they follow through with prosecuting Elaine. I don’t think people should be allowed to get away with this sort of thing. The fact that it’s been thirty years does not lessen the gravity of what she did.
As several people have already told me, Kamiyah Mobley has resurfaced alive and well in the small town of Waltersboro, South Carolina. After EIGHTEEN YEARS. She is, I believe, the youngest person profiled on the Charley Project; she was abducted from the hospital in Jacksonville, Florida only hours after birth, on July 10, 1998.
It’s much like the story of Carlina White: Kamiyah was raised under the name Alexis Manigo, and thought her abductor was her mother. A couple of months ago, “Alexis” started to suspect there was more to the story, and DNA testing has just verified her true identity.
The abductor, 51-year-old Gloria Williams, has been arrested and will be extradited to Florida to face kidnapping charges. Her prior criminal offenses include welfare fraud and writing bad checks. If convicted of kidnapping, she could get a life sentence. (Carlina’s kidnapper got twelve years.) If you ask me, in cases like this, the abductor ought to have to serve AT LEAST one day for every day the child was missing.
From what little has come out so far, Kamiyah/Alexis grew up in poverty and moved around a lot across several different states. She was able to graduate high school, though. It says Williams is married, but I don’t know whether she was married to this man when Kamiyah was taken or whether he was complicit in the abduction.
I am delighted for Kamiyah’s family, though I feel very sorry for Kamiyah herself; she must feel absolutely torn to bits right now. The sheriff was quoted as saying Kamiyah/Alexis “appears to be a normal 18-year-old woman” who is “taking it as well as you can imagine.” A neighbor said, “She wasn’t an abused child or a child who got in trouble. But she grew up with a lie for 18 years.”
Maybe Carlina can offer some advice to Kamiyah. I know Elizabeth Smart reached out to Jaycee Dugard after the latter was found alive.
A few articles:
- Newborn abducted in 1998 found alive; woman charged with kidnapping
- Kamiyah Mobley speaks to accused kidnapper in court, tells her she loves her
- South Carolina woman blows kiss to ‘daughter’ after waiving extradition
- Baby Kamiyah kidnapped hours after birth in Jacksonville, found alive 18 years later
- Newborn Kamiyah Mobley, stolen from Jacksonville hospital 18 years ago, found safe; arrest made and reunion coming
- Woman Stolen at Birth Learns True Identity; ‘Momma’ Charged
- Expert says outcomes like Kamiyah Mobley’s ‘just doesn’t happen’
This list is of kids who were under 18 when they disappeared, who had serious medical conditions. I’m talking about the sort of thing that would have them frequently hospitalized and/or put in special education classes at school.
- Patrick Kennedy Alford Jr., 7 (ADHD and possibly emotional problems)
- Steven Eugene Anderson, 17 (moderately mentally disabled)
- Marble Ace Arvidson, 17 (behavioral problems, classified as a special needs child)
- Kevin Jay Ayotte, 3 (developmentally disabled, hearing-impaired and with limited speech skills)
- Nicholas Patrick Barclay, 13 (ADD)
- Allison Taylor Bayliss, 15 (Asperger’s Syndrome aka high-functioning autism)
- Emad Ali Ben-Mrad, 3 (hearing-impaired)
- Samuel Savage Becker Boehlke, 8 (Asperger’s Syndrome)
- Edward Dylan Bryant, 9 (ADHD)
- Fidelmar Liborio Cadenas, 10 months (unknown, but said to be “medically fragile”)
- Monica Cassandra Carrasco, 16 (anorexia and depression)
- Kevin Andrew McCarthy Collins, 10 (dyslexia)
- Cassie Kay Compton, 15 (possible bipolar disorder or depression)
- Jeremy Ray Coots, 4 (severely hearing-impaired)
- Carla Rebecca Corley, 14 (epilepsy)
- Chris Andrew Cunningham, 6 (seizures)
- Christopher Gage Daniel, 7 (unspecified, just says he’s classified as a special needs child)
- Mark Anthony Degner, 12 (developmentally delayed with bipolar disorder)
- Landon Lee Deriggi, 13 (severely hyperactive, visually impaired and learning-disabled)
- Adji Desir, 6 (severely mentally disabled and almost completely nonverbal)
- Christian Taylor Ferguson, 9 (severely physically and mentally disabled due to a prior stroke, needs life-sustaining medication)
- Andrea R. Gonzalez, 5 (severe emotional and behavorial problems)
- David Eduardo Gosnell, 3 (developmentally delayed)
- Ember Skye Graham, 6 months (epilepsy)
- Kenneth Warren Hager, 11 (mentally disabled and mute, severe epilepsy)
- Jyrine Kyese Harris, 2 (ostogensis imperfecta, aka brittle bones)
- Justin Phillip Harris, 13 (mentally disabled and cannot function without psychiatric medication)
- Bryan Andrew Hayes, 13 (developmentally delayed with bipolar disorder)
- James P. Higham III, 16 (mentally disabled with developmental and emotional issues)
- Mark Joseph Himebaugh, 11 (emotionally disturbed with behavioral problems and possible OCD)
- James Richard Howell, 9 (hyperactive)
- Elisabeth Ann Huster, 9 (hyperactive)
- John Christopher Inman, 17 (seizures)
- Danny Randall Jackson, 12 (ADHD)
- Tiahease Tiawanna Jackson, 10 (diabetes, high blood pressure, a kidney disorder and learning disabilities)
- Hevin Dakota James Lee Jenkins, 2 (autistic and nonverbal)
- Shanta Marie Johnson, 3 (exposed to cocaine in utero; classified as a special needs child)
- Lenoria Eleise Anne Jones, 3 (exposed to cocaine in utero, had ADHD)
- Barry James Kephart II, 11 (dyslexia)
- Adam Benjamin Lake, 17 (Crohn’s Disease)
- Patricia Ann LeBlanc, 15 (“unspecified condition that may endanger her welfare”)
- Marjorie Christina Luna, 8 (hearing-impaired)
- Louis Anthony MacKerley, 7 (hyperactive and learning-disabled)
- Dennis Lloyd Martin, 6 (learning-disabled and slightly developmentally delayed)
- Tiana Neshelle Martin, 10 (Graves Disease, a potentially fatal autoimmune disorder)
- Ashley Renee Martinez, 15 (bipolar disorder)
- Clayton Lynn McCarter, 15 (mentally disabled)
- Betty McCullough, 10 (deaf and mute, and said to be terminally ill though I’m not sure why)
- Alexandra Marie McIntire, 7 months (premature, developmentally delayed, lung problems)
- Brandy Lynn Myers, 13 (brain damage)
- Tristen Alan Myers, 4 (severe behavioral problems, possibly had ADD, was possibly mentally disabled)
- Amy Sue Pagnac, 13 (seizures and possibly bipolar disorder)
- William Fred Patient, 16 (ADHD, bipolar disorder and substance abuse issues)
- Larry Wayne Perry, 9 (moderately mentally disabled)
- Robert Thomas Pillsen-Rahier, 15 (behavioral and emotional problems)
- Bianca Noel Piper, 13 (ADHD and severe bipolar disorder)
- Angelo Gene Puglisi, 10 (epilepsy)
- Blake Wade Pursley, 14 (seizures, partial paralysis, and learning and behavioral problems)
- Eric Wayne Pyles, 12 (severe emotional and behavioral problems)
- Jaliek L. Rainwalker, 13 (severe emotional and behavioral problems including reactive attachment disorder, exposed to cocaine and alcohol in utero, can be violent)
- Natasha Marie Shanes, 6 (epilepsy, developmentally delayed)
- Jason Sims Jr., 15 (said to be autistic and nonverbal)
- Austin William Sparks, 15 (severe emotional problems)
- Roland Jack Spencer III, 3 (mentally disabled, hearing-impaired, can’t really walk, seizures)
- Aleacia Di’onne Stancil, 9 months (premature, born addicted to drugs)
- Brandi Jondell Summers, 5 (cystic fibrosis)
- Amber Jean Swartz-Garcia, 7 (hearing-impaired)
- Ricky Lane Thomas Jr., 13 (severe behavior problems, could be violent)
- Wilfredo Torres (learning disability)
- Daffany Sherika Tullos, 7 (epilepsy)
- Alissa Marie Turney, 17 (ADHD)
- David Clayton Warner, 12 (epilepsy)
- Brittany Renee Williams, 7 (AIDS)
- David Edward Williams, 13 (mentally disabled and has seizures)
- Fredrick James Workman, 15 (ADHD and ODD — that is, oppositional defiant disorder)
- Daniel Ted Yuen, 16 (depression and other emotional problems)
This week’s Select It Sunday case was chosen by Tracy S.: Shannon Dale Verhage, who disappeared from Cedar Springs, Michigan on June 3, 1997, just twelve days from her first birthday.
It’s “virtually undisputed” what happened to Shannon: Marvin Gabrion killed her, along with her mother, nineteen-year-old Rachel Timmerman, and dumped them both in a lake in a national forest. Gabrion had raped Rachel shortly after Shannon’s birth, and Rachel and Shannon disappeared just a few days before Rachel was to testify against him. He later allegedly said he “killed the baby because there was nowhere else to put it.”
Michigan doesn’t have the death penalty, but because Rachel was killed on federal land, her murder was prosecuted under federal law and Gabrion was sentenced to death. He’s never been charged in Shannon’s disappearance, or the murder of a man whose body was found in the same lake, or the disappearances of two others he’s suspected of killing.
Shannon Patrick Ketron was seven months old when he disappeared from Cordell, Oklahoma on June 17, 1982. I already wrote about him for Flashback Friday nearly two years ago. According to the only witness, Shannon’s mom, the baby was the victim of a bizarre abduction.
Ann Ketron said she was driving with the baby when she had to get something (out of the trunk maybe?) and pulled over to the side of the road. A man stopped and asked her if everything was all right. Then he said she looked like his ex-wife, knocked her unconscious, and took Shannon. Shannon was never seen again and the abductor was never identified.
That’s really weird. To begin with, I’ve never heard of a baby being kidnapped by a strange man. Furthermore, there seems to have been almost no press coverage about this case and very little information is available, and what little there is, is contradictory. I’ve seen claims that Shannon was almost two years old when he was taken, when in fact he was seven months, and I’ve seen the abduction date incorrectly given as July 17, 1982.
Shannon’s dad, Dustin Ketron, was in prison when he disappeared so presumably he’s not a suspect. Ann took a polygraph, but the results haven’t been released.
If Shannon is still alive, he’d have turned 35 last month. Do you think he is? Let’s talk about it.