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:
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.
This list is for kids who were abducted by parents or other relatives, and are now over the age of 18. In some of these cases, the MP has siblings who were abducted also and are still minors. Many of these children have been missing for a depressingly long time. I did not include cases where they believe the abductor killed the child after taking them.
I should emphasize that just because the kid is now an adult and still hasn’t resurfaced doesn’t mean they want to stay missing or were fleeing an abusive situation. Many times children are lied to by the abductor and told that their left-behind parent is dead, or that the left-behind parent was an abusive, horrible person and they’re better off without them.
Many victims of family abduction are young, below school age, and thus they wouldn’t have much, if any, memories of their former life. Even in cases of older children, it’s still possible to poison their minds against the left-behind parent. You have to consider the idea that children want to believe their parents have their best interests at heart. Especially in a situation where they have no other influences, it can be easy to convince them of things that are not true and alienate them against the other parent.
There’s also the issue of international abduction cases where the child/children were taken to a country (such as, say, Saudi Arabia) where women are not allowed to travel without the permission of a male relative. So, even if they wanted to come back, they can’t.
There is one case I know of where a girl was abducted by her father and taken to Mexico. She was very young at the time and her father told her that her mother was dead or had abandoned her, I can’t remember which. I don’t even remember her name. When the girl was 17, I guess her father’s conscience had been bothering him because he finally told her the truth about what happened, that he had stolen her from her mother and that her mother was alive and looking for her. The girl then traveled to the United States and eventually did locate her mother.
This happened like ten years ago — I know because remember writing about it on Websleuths and I haven’t been active on there in ages. I wrote that I was glad that the father owned up to what he had done and gave his daughter a chance to reunite with her searching mother. Other posters on the forum were angry at him, saying “I can’t believe you’re defending this man, he did something horrible.” Well, I wasn’t exactly defending him, and I freely admit that yes, he did do something horrible. But at least he eventually tried to do right by his daughter and his ex-wife, which is more than can be said for most abductors in such cases.
- Jehad Ahmed Abuhamda (was 13, is now 18)
- Berania Teresa Agapito (was 11, is now 18)
- Wendy Agapito (was 14, now 20)
- Gloria Aguilar (was 13, now 21)
- Amina Ashraf Al-Jailani (was 9, is now 20)
- Layla Ashraf Al-Jailani (was 7, now 18)
- Sarah Molouk Amiri (was 3, now 26)
- Cameron Jeffrey Anderson (was 12, now 28)
- Kyle Nicholas James Anderson (was 9, now 25)
- Rachel Marie Anderson (was 13, now 30)
- Yareli Marlem Barajas (was 12, now 19)
- Anastacia Marie Argentova-Stevens (was 5, now 19)
- Emad Ali Ben-Mrad (was 3, now 19)
- Shoshana Kaila Black (was 2, now 22)
- Reuben Bennett Blackwell II (was 2, now 23)
- Halle Patricia Bobo (was 6, now 18)
- Jacob Allen Bobo (was 9, now 20)
- Ebrahim Bozorgi (was 6, now 23)
- Zafar Bozorgi (was 1, now 19)
- Miranda Elaine Budiman (was 4, now 22)
- Angela Estella Burns (was 1, now 21)
- Natasha Alexandra Augusta Carter (was 10, now 26)
- Brittani Nicole Dolbear (was 3, now 22; today is her birthday)
- Olivia Addison Edwards-Tuttle (was 8 months, now 26)
- Sarah Raquel Elsafi (was 9, now 18)
- Tariq Ahmed Elsafi (was 12, now 26)
- Joseph Zachary Ernst (was 10, now 18)
- Marcus Antonio Farina (was 9 months, now 25)
- David Eduardo Gosnell (was 3, now 21)
- Antonia Guerrero (was 12, now 23)
- Stephanie Guerrero (was 13, now 24; tomorrow is her birthday)
- Austin Cole Hernandez (was 4 months, now 20)
- Ethan James Hernandez (was 2, now 18)
- Leonid Jacobson (was 3, now 21)
- Jesse Robert Kaslov (was 1, now 19)
- Jewel Koranteng (was 2, now 19)
- Mario Lopez* (was 6, now 18)
- Sandra Lopez (was 11, now 21)
- Sarah Anne Lord (was 3, now 22)
- Bianca Isabella Lozano (was 1, now 23)
- Ezra Lok Lui (was 2, now 19)
- Brandon Mema (was 2, now 18)
- Ray Preston Morrison IV (was 2, now 21)
- Diana Judith Portillo (was 12, now 18)
- Soomaiiah Jalaaluddeen Quariishi (was 7, now 23)
- Kyle Ivor Rae (was 2, now 22)
- Melissa Erin Reiter (was 1, now 25)
- Andrea Michelle Reyes (was 1, now 19)
- Alejandra Rivera-Romero (was 8, now 20)
- Wesley Rivera-Romero (was 6, now 18)
- Nadia Rougebianni (was 2, now 18)
- Stacy Ann Kathleen Rudolph (was 13, now 29; today is her birthday)
- Isabella Saileanu (was 2, now 18)
- Domingo Sanchez Gonzalez (was 11, now 19)
- Esmit Sanchez Gonzalez (was 15, now 23)
- Deborah Lyyn Sanders (was 1, now 34)
- Nicolas Marcel Santin (was 12, now 23)
- Emily Michelle Sawyer (was 3, now 33)
- Adam Osama Shannon (was 4, now 19)
- Kamelia Maria Spencer (was 2, now 19)
- Caroline Victoria Teague (was 4, now 19)
- Bethany Maria Tiner (was 3, now 23)
- Gabrielle Torres (was 12, now 21)
- Vivian Aileen Trout (was 2, now 22)
- Therese Rose Vanderheiden-Walsh (was 5, now 32)
- Prathima Venkatesan (was 8, now 18)
- Charles Jason Vosseler (was 3, now 33)
- William Martin Vosseler (was 2, now 32)
- Brianna Christine Warnes (was 2, now 23)
- Takoda Tei Weed (was 6, now 18)
- Tiffany Susan Westford (was 2, now 25)
- Kelly Ann Yates (was 10 months, now 32)
- Kimberly Ann Yates (was 3, now 35)
- Christopher Louis Zaharias (was 3, now 32)
- Lisa Mae Zaharias (was 1, now 30)
*Mario’s case was probably a family abduction; at least it stands to reason that it was. He and his three siblings were in foster care, with Mario and Joel placed in the same home, and the boys vanished together and their biological parents disappeared at the same time. (Mario’s brother has since been found.) He’s still classified as “endangered missing” though, and I don’t think warrants have been issued for his parents.
- Douglas Charles Chapman
- Allyson Corrales
- Amber Nicole Crum
- Carlos Alberto Reyes
- Sarah Rachel Tokier
- Jacqueline Vasquez
Also, Norma Houghland has a new picture, courtesy of Peter Henderson’s Facebook page.
[EDIT: And the number of photos of Lucero Sarabia has doubled from six to twelve, thanks to this recent TV bit on her and this Facebook page set up in her memory. Seven years ago I blogged about Lucero. Not about her case exactly but about the awful judgy things people said about her, about how she had DARED to go to a party to celebrate Thanksgiving and SHE DYED HER HAIR OMG I MUST CLUTCH MY PEARLS and so on.]
I had hoped to add some new cases today, but I’ve only been working five hours and my upper back is starting to go. I do, however, have a fine set of updated cases warming in the oven.
I found out from the “No Body” Twitter feed that Delano Wilson‘s father, Willie Wilson who’d been charged with killing him, has been found not guilty. That’s quite unusual; even in MWAB cases, most people in this country that face criminal charges either plead out, or get convicted at trial. If you look at my list of convictions in MWAB cases, it’s more than three times longer than my list of acquittals. I think the rate of MWAB convictions is so high because, without a body, all other aspects of the case must be very strong, airtight as it were.
And apparently the case wasn’t airtight here. This article says the prosecution pointed out that Willie Wilson invented a story about his son being kidnapped, a story that was easily disproved, and said the only reasonable explanation why Willie dreamed up the abduction story is because he killed Delano. But there was almost no physical evidence to speak of, or witnesses, and I’m thinking perhaps at least some of the jury members were like “I know he’s guilty, but…” The law says if there is reasonable doubt, the jury must acquit the defendant.
That poor baby was only six weeks old.