This list is of MP cases that have some connection to the Great Lakes. Probable drownings being the most obvious kind, of course.
I nearly drowned in Lake Michigan when I was five. It was a hot summer’s day and I was in four feet of water, surrounded by happy vacationers at the public beach, but when you’re only three and a half feet tall and can’t swim and your family is all at their own beach a quarter of a mile away, things can go bad very quickly. Fortunately I was fished out and dragged ashore just before I crossed the point of no return, and a police officer who was present pounded life back into me.
- Khristine Renee Smith
- Mel L. Wiley
- Mistie Nicole Murray
- Charles Rutherford Jr.
- Michael Steven Bickel
- Michael Black
- Patricia Blough
- Renee Bruhl
- James Robert Hysong Jr.
- Sofia Khan
- Ann Miller
- David Randall Warner
- John Lipuma
- Stacy Ann Aragon has two
- Maria Socorro Kimbrell has two
- Laura E. Mason has three
Oh, and I replaced the first picture of Sandra Breed with a photo of slightly better quality, and replaced Pauline Lorraine Klumpp‘s picture with a color version of the same.
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 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.
- Sheketah Michele Brown, 10 (father)
- Shakeima Ann Cabbagestalk, 10 (stepfather)
- Kristopher Charles Loesch, 10 (mother and mother’s girlfriend)
- Reagan Cordell Uden, 10 (stepfather)
- Karen Zhou, 10 (stepfather)
- Haleigh Breann Culwell, 11 (stepfather)
- Richard Lee Haynes Jr., 11 (father and stepmother)
- Adam Joseph Herrman, 11 or 12 (adoptive parents)
- Barry James Kephart II, 11 (father)
- Billy Sena, 11 (mother’s live-in boyfriend)
- Richard Loren Uden, 11 (stepfather)
- Terry Lee Westerfield, 11 (stepfather)
- Debra Jean Cole, 12 (mother’s live-in boyfriend)
- Crystal Gayle Dittmeyer, 12 (stepfather)
- Ivy Matory, 12 (stepfather)
- Jaliek L. Rainwalker, 12 (adoptive father)
- Doreen Jane Vincent, 12 (father)
- Melinda Karen Creech, 13 (mother)
- Kelly Jean Harris, 13 (stepfather)
- Rachel Marie Mellon, 13 (stepfather)
- Rachanda Lea Pickle, 13 (stepfather)
- Ricky Lane Thomas Jr., 13 (stepfather)
- Aundria Michelle Bowman, 14 (adoptive father)
- Toni Lynn McNatt-Chiappetta, 14 (father)
- Christina Marchell Richart, 14 (foster mother; her biological uncle’s wife)
- Monique Christine Daniels, 15 (stepfather)
- Tammy Sue Rothganger, 15 (stepfather)
- Jason Sims Jr., 15 (parents)
- Bethany Anne Sinclair, 15 (mother’s live-in boyfriend)
- Joyce Irene Cogburn, 15 (male temporary guardian)
- William Dale Gunn, 15 (stepfather)
- Josephine Yvette Cogburn, 16 (male temporary guardian)
- Margarette Ann Cuauhtli, 16 (adoptive father)
- Mindi Chambers, 17 (father)
- 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.
This list is for MPs who were working as police informants at the time they disappeared, or had done so in the relatively recent past. I wonder if I should automatically classify such individuals as “endangered missing”, as being a police informant certainly carries a risk, depending on who you’re informing on and for what. Also, a lot of police informants, even before they began information to the cops, were leading high-risk lifestyles: many of them get caught in criminal activity of their own and broker deals to get their charges reduced or dismissed by providing details on other people’s crimes.
There’s always the theory that the MP went into witness protection, but the problem with that is the witness almost always resurfaces to testify at the ensuing criminal trial(s), or at the trial(s) the police testifying saying they got the information from the MP and they’re now in witness protection.
Anyway, informants. Strange how so many of these are women, a much higher percentage than I would have expected.
- Melanie Dee William
- Evelyn Ann Frisco*
- Michael Eugene Golub
- Michael Wayne Grimes
- Carolyn Jean Long
- Joshua Jerome Mahaffey
- Cynthia Lynn Maine
- Barbara Elizabeth Miller
- Daniel Sites
- Michelle Doherty Thomas
- Virginia Alice Welch*