What about this headline?

Eight years ago I wrote a blog entry about potentially problematic headlines for articles about missing persons and crime victims. That is, headlines that point out info about the MP or suspect that might be seen as shaming them. I was reminded of this entry cause I just found another such headline:

Police seek missing cross-dresser from Jennings

I’m inclined to let this headline go. The fact that Eddie Johnson was a cross-dresser was news to me until I saw the article. And he was, apparently, wearing a woman’s kind of wig when he disappeared, though I can’t tell from the clothing description whether they were women’s clothes or not. The inevitable┬ápossibility is that he was the victim of a hate crime and that’s why he’s missing.

That’s all.

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MP of the week: Raymond Poland

This week’s featured missing person is Raymond Samuel Poland, a 35-year-old man who was last seen in Erie, Pennsylvania on August 22, 2001. Since he wasn’t reported missing for a year, I’m not sure how they fixed the date of his disappearance, but that’s what I’ve got.

Poland was an occasionally homeless alcoholic who had trouble keeping a job because of his problem. I think he may still be alive and just unaware that his family’s looking for him, or he may be a John Doe in some far-off part of the country.

Facebook is so useful

I’ve lately found Facebook incredibly useful for missing persons related things lately. These days I’ll always check to see if the MP either had their own Facebook page, or has one set up for them to publicize their disappearance. Mostly it’s useful for finding photographs, but I often find other information too.

Tonight I was taking advantage of a burst of energy to write up cases for the next update. I had a bit of a conundrum with the first one I wrote up: NamUs said his middle name was “Donte” and the FDLE database said it was “Dante.” He’d been missing since 2002 so clearly he hadn’t been on Facebook, but I looked to see if his family had set up a page for him. Turns out they had. There’s not much on it, but I found out that NamUs and FDLE are both wrote and his middle name is “Dant’e.”

So there’s that, anyway. A middle name isn’t a whole lot, but I’d certainly not want to post incorrect info, and before I found the Facebook page it was basically a toss-up between “Dante” and “Donte.”

MP of the week: Bruce Falconer

This week’s featured missing person is Bruce Falconer, a 21-year-old Marine who disappeared from Bismarck, North Dakota on February 20, 1981, after a night out with his friend Tim Jewell. Jewell disappeared also, but his body was found in 1992. I suppose by then there probably wasn’t much left, but the authorities ruled the cause of death as exposure and they think Bruce probably died of exposure too.

Their car got stuck in the mud along the Missouri River and I guess the two men left to get help, but got lost. Winter weather in North Dakota is no joke, and probably both of them had been drinking.

I do think it’s slightly odd that Jewell’s body was recovered and Falconer’s wasn’t. You’d think they’d be close together.

Yeah, so this is the first time I’ve been to my computer in a few days. I’ve got a horrible cold and have mostly been lying in bed and reading a bit and sleeping a lot.

Some behind-the-scenes updates

Yeah, I’m sorry I’ve been kind of absent this month so far. I think I might have mentioned I’m taking some different medicine, cause my old medicine made me gain 40 pounds. This new medicine seems to work, as far as moods go, and I don’t think I’ve gained any more weight, but it’s interfering with my sleeping a lot. It seems like I can’t sleep more than four hours at a time. And four hours plus four hours does not eight hours make. I’ve been really tired and draggy and unable to accomplish much even when I’m awake.

Anyway, I am getting some stuff done today. I have:

Middle Name and Date of Birth Added

  1. Linda Lou Bean
  2. Nanette Evette Thomas
  3. Jacob Lewis Tipton

Date of Birth Added

  1. John Howard Friebely
  2. Adrian Genti Gokaj
  3. Pamela Diane Ingle
  4. Napoleon M. Ray
  5. Joe Saxton
  6. Chad Allen Scudder
  7. Lori Dee Wilson

Pictures Added

  1. David Antonio Cambray
  2. Maria Ann Monrean
  3. Kathy Pereira

AP Updated

  1. Amanda Alexandra Adlai
  2. Brittney Ann Beers
  3. David Michael Borer
  4. Bryan Keith Fisher
  5. Kyron Richard Horman
  6. Ayesha Faheem Khan
  7. Fatima Faheem Khan
  8. Sindy Jazmin Perez-Aguilar
  9. Jasmine Anne Marie Sajedi
  10. Stevey Howard Sommerville
  11. Vivian Aileen Trout
  12. Anna Christian Waters

MP of the week: Wilson Happy

I am sorry I did not post this yesterday. I have been extremely sleep-deprived lately and after my therapy appointment I went home and collapsed. Didn’t wake up until well after Michael got home.

Anyway, Wilson Happy is the new missing person of the week. An elderly Navajo man, he disappeared from Farmington, New Mexico on June 4, 2008 and I think the circumstances are suspicious: he went to the bank, withdrew $2,000, and then sat out in a car (not his, he didn’t have one) in the parking lot, looking nervous. And was never seen again. I can’t help but wonder if he was being robbed.

Flashback Friday: Donald Ewalt

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Donald Cary Ewalt, missing from El Centro, California on October 4, 1979 — 38 years ago this past Sunday. He was last seen in the company of three males and foul play is suspected in his disappearance. Ewalt was 22 at the time and would be 60 today.

For some reason the Texas Department of Public Safety is assisting. Shrug.

I checked for him in the Newspapers.com archives and found an article from 1972 in the Opelousas Daily World, a Louisiana paper, about a 15-year-old by that name. My Donald would have been that age in 1972. The Louisiana Donald had run away from home and gotten a job at Grand Canyon National Park, but after several weeks the park authorities got suspicious and called the cops, who called his parents, who sent him the bus fare to come back home.