Song about Kay Kanaki

Per the person who runs the Missing in California Twitter account, a local singer/songwriter composed a song about Kay Kanaki (who, incidentally, is male), who disappeared in 1986 and is one of my “few details are available” cases.

You can listen to The Ballad of Kay Kanaki here, or buy the mp3 for 99 cents on Amazon here. The lyrics seem to imply foul play may have been involved. I wish I knew more.


More recommended reading

I’m still writing up this man’s casefile, but I wanted to share some articles about it.

This is another case of excellent small-town investigative reporting, detailing a VERY messed-up story (in all senses of the word) out of Pennsylvania, involving Thomas Hayden, a man who dropped out of sight in 2011 and wasn’t reported missing for six years.

As in the Chapin/McCullough case I talked about yesterday, it’s pretty clear what happened and who did it. Unlike in that case, though, it looks like justice is coming along here.

Presenting: Discovery of blood, hair in Foodsaver bag opens unsolved mystery of missing Dover Twp. man

Thank you, Facebook peeps!

As anyone who looks at the Charley Project knows, I try to include as many photos of an MP as possible, and pictures of their tattoos as well, if I can get them.

Occasionally I’ve had to reach out to the crowd on the Charley Project’s Facebook page to ask about photos of an MPs’ tattoos. What happens is I’ll be looking at photos of the person (often on their own personal Facebook page) and see a tattoo but I can’t figure out what it’s supposed to be, or what the words are supposed to say. It doesn’t help that all that I know about tattoos is from watching episodes of Ink Master.

That happened again with this guy. The published info about his disappearance mentioned the “Zoey” tattoo, but the photos on his own Facebook page showed he had others.

I couldn’t figure out what that thing on his chest was supposed to be — I guessed “a stylized snake” or “a fancy ribbon” or suggested it might be something “tribal.” Within seconds, Facebookers responded: it was the astrological sign for Leo, except in reverse, since it was taken with a mirror. (I don’t know anything about astrology either.)

I also was pretty unclear on what the words on his left arm were — it looked like “Joy Meeu” to me. Facebookers answered me immediately and said “Self Made” was much more probable.

Thanks, Facebookers! You contributed invaluable information to William’s casefile. In fact, it was someone on Facebook who verified for me that William was still missing in the first place. I wasn’t 100% sure since the only real source of information was a Facebook page about his disappearance, and it hadn’t been updated since July.

And on another note, I really wish someone would add this guy on NamUs or something. He’s only listed with United Legacy and I can’t find any articles about him or anything. He apparently left of his own accord. but that doesn’t mean he stayed gone of his own accord.

Some recommended reading for you

I’ve just updated their cases so you can read about the sordid story of missing stepdad and stepdaughter Gary McCullough and Liehnia Chapin on Charley.

However, I highly recommend you check you the really wonderful two-part series on the case: After 10 years missing, is Lena Chapin still alive? and Cover-up, confession and what remains of Lena Chapin.

It is an absolutely awful and somewhat convoluted tale, and an excellent piece of investigative reporting on the part of the Salem News. Good job, guys!

Poor Lena. Poor Gary. I had kind of a deer-in-the-headlights feeling as I read what what down.

MP of the week: Andreas Marts

This week’s featured missing person is Andreas Marts, who disappeared from Leavenworth, Kansas on July 16, 2010. He was 25 years old.

He’d probably be pretty easy to recognize if still alive, as he suffers from progressive hemifacial atrophy, aka Parry–Romberg Syndrome, a disorder that causes shrinkage of the tissues on the side of his face. He’s had multiple surgeries with all kinds of hardware installed to mitigate the damage, but his face does look kind of different.

Alas, the police believe Marts probably drowned. He had schizophrenia and he told people he was going to “cleanse himself for God” in the Missouri River, which was in flood stage at the time of his disappearance.

Black History Month: Dwayne Martin

In honor of Black History Month I’m profiling one African-American MP every day on this blog for the month of February. Today’s case is Dwayne Edwin Martin, a Marine Corps veteran and diner employee who disappeared from North Little Rock, Arkansas on December 11, 1987. He was 23 years old.

There isn’t a lot of evidence available in this case, but foul play is suspected. Martin had just cashed a paycheck and may have had the money on him when he disappeared, but it wasn’t much, just $148. The inflation calculator says that would be about $317 today.

It’s uncharacteristic of Martin to leave without warning and he may have been involved with drugs. This case is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Black History Month: Jamir Richardson

In honor of Black History Month I’m profiling one African-American MP every day on this blog for the month of February. Today’s case is Jamir Bashir Richardson, a 30-year-old who disappeared from Wilmington, Delaware on May 14, 2012.

The circumstances seem to indicate suicide: Jamir was despondent over the loss of his job and had told his wife he felt suicidal, and his car was found abandoned next to the Christina River with all his stuff inside.

However, the bodies of most suicide victims are found, and Jamir’s never was. I wonder how thoroughly they searched the river for him.