MP of the week: Manuel Estrada

This week’s featured missing person is Manuel Enrique Estrada, a 79-year-old recent immigrant to the U.S. (from what county, I don’t know) who disappeared from Chino, California on September 18, 2012. He apparently just left the house one day, perhaps for one of the long walks he liked to take, and never returned. He didn’t suffer from dementia or anything like that, but I don’t have much on this case.

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MP of the week: Elissa Martin

This week’s featured missing person is Elissa Rachel Martin, who left her dad’s Campbellton, Florida residence on May 15, 2004 to go for a walk and never came back. She was 34 years old. Aside from the fact that Elissa has schizophrenia and left her meds behind, I don’t have much on this case.

I wasn’t able to post this yesterday because I spent Christmas with Michael and his parents and didn’t return home till this morning. I hope everyone had a good Christmas. Mine was okay, minimal drama.

MP of the week: Kevin McClam

This week’s featured missing person is Kevin Lamont McClam, who disappeared from Goose Creek, South Carolina on March 30, 1997, just days before his fifteenth birthday.

The circumstances of his disappearance are a bit strange to say the least. His clothes were found scattered along the road near a construction site, and a witness reported seeing him walking nearby, wearing only sneakers and boxers, “alone and not under duress.”

As in the Wojciech Fudali case, I just don’t understand this. If I saw a man or a teenage boy walking down the street almost naked, I think I’d call the police or at least ask him if he was okay. But I haven’t found any evidence that the witness actually interacted with Kevin.

There are two suspects in Kevin’s disappearance, both of whom would have been in their teens at the time. The police are pretty sure Kevin was murdered, but no one has ever been charged in his case.

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¬†possibility is that he was the victim of a hate crime and that’s why he’s missing.

That’s all.

Make-a-List Monday: Filipinos

MPs of Filipino descent. There are quite a lot of them in the US; for the uninitiated, the Philippines were an American colony between 1898 and 1946. Wikipedia says that Filipino people were in what is now the United States as early as the 16th century — as sailors, I would guess — and over 40,000 Filipinos have moved to the U.S. annually since 1979.

  1. Richard Paul Agor
  2. Annad Arkangel
  3. Rebecca Arellanosa
  4. Wayne Jason Ausa
  5. Christopher M. Bacsain
  6. Gloria Berreth
  7. Lynda Lee Bronaugh
  8. Aaron Bustamante
  9. Chester Caluya
  10. Karen Cardenas
  11. Joseph Paul Cordova
  12. David Samuel Cortez Jr.
  13. Glizer Dallago
  14. Rosemary Rivas Day
  15. Marilou Medina Dunlap
  16. Jeanette Gomez Espeleta
  17. Maria Pomona Cruz Estrada
  18. Keoni Alexander Fernandez
  19. Lance Sterling Fernandez
  20. Mason Christopher Fernandez
  21. Ann Marie Shaw Godbey
  22. Ann P. Hay
  23. Edgar Cruz Jamias
  24. Peter J. Kema
  25. Julie Aquisalas King
  26. Raymond Guy Kung
  27. Jerome Maeth
  28. Anna Jovita Mallari
  29. Maricel Tolentino Marcial
  30. Godofredo R. Masangya
  31. Michael Omas Masaoay
  32. Robert Gordofredo Mino
  33. Noah Pomaikai Montemayor
  34. Paul Henry Munoz
  35. Arnel Nagal Narvaiz
  36. Pamela Ann Pedro
  37. Manuelita Dejos Pierce
  38. Elizabeth Alfonso Pulido
  39. Diana Raquel Rojas
  40. Stacy Lee Sabal
  41. Daniel Borje Santiago
  42. Noel Borje Santiago
  43. Victorio Abueg Santiago
  44. Maria Theresa Santos
  45. Lulaida Morales Sejalbo
  46. Federico Ventura Supnet
  47. Melchor Tabag
  48. Alex Talosig
  49. Rachel Aquino Thomas
  50. Antonio Crebillo Torres
  51. Loida Gabon Wideman
  52. Rhonda Lynn Yocom

A cluster of resolves

Sometimes it seems like I don’t get a resolved case for a month and then suddenly get hit with a dozen at once. This next update will have five. So far. I’m linking to their casefiles but they won’t be up for much longer.

  • Runaway¬†Sualee Jeseenia Gonzalez Castro has been found alive, per NCMEC. She had been missing for two years and almost two months and is now 19 years old.
  • Runaway¬†Alondra Hernandez-Trujillo has also been found alive, per NCMEC. She had been missing for almost three years. She is now 18.
  • Convicted murderer Thomas Riffenburg has confessed to the killings of his girlfriend, Jennifer Anne Walsh, and their son, Alexander Mitchell Riffenburg, who had been missing from Palmdale, California since January 9, 2009. Jennifer was 23 and Alexander was only a year old. This article provides a lot of background info about their cases, more than I have on Charley. Thomas provided hand-drawn maps to where he’d buried their bodies, and the cops found remains and are awaiting DNA confirmation of their identities. I think I’ll resolve their cases now; it’s highly unlikely they’re anyone but Jennifer and Alexander.
  • A skull found in the woods 2001 has been identified as Ella Mae Williams, an 80-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s Disease who wandered from her Gainesville, Florida home on March 25, 1990. (The article incorrectly gives her age as 78.)

MP of the week: Patrice Smith

This week’s featured missing person is Patrice Lynae Smith, a 28-year-old missing from Little Rock, Arkansas since March 24, 2012. She was last seen in the company of Michael Curtis Robinson, her abusive boyfriend. She had an order of protection against him and he sounds like a general dirt bag.

Suspiciously, Michael Robinson disappeared at the same time Patrice Smith did, and later turned up without her. He was in prison last I knew though he might be out by now.