MP of the week: Eugene Brown III

This week’s featured MP (which was supposed to go up yesterday I know) is Eugene Brown III, a 23-year-old black man who disappeared from Detroit, Michigan on November 15, 2008.

He was seen at a casino on the evening of the 14th, and was heard from (I’m assuming he called someone or they called him) at 1:00 a.m. on the 15th. Later, his car was found abandoned and burned, which doesn’t sound good at all.

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Pride Month: Martha “Clyde” Dicks

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Martha Ann Dicks, aka Clyde, who disappeared from Sumter, South Carolina on March 29, 1972.

Said to be a lesbian who sometimes dated men, I wonder if Martha wasn’t actually transgender. She had a man’s name for her nickname and she liked to wear men’s clothes.

Martha/Clyde is thought to have been a victim of the serial killer Donald “Pee Wee” Gaskins. She was 19 and possibly pregnant at the time of her disappearance.

Pride Month: Ivory Green

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Since yesterday’s case didn’t run yesterday like it was supposed to, I’m putting up two today. Yesterday’s case is Ivory Francis Green, a 17-year-old girl who disappeared from Utica, New York on March 6, 2004.

I don’t know what Ivory’s sexual orientation is but she liked to wear boys’ clothes and could be mistaken for one.

For years she was classified as a runaway, and some agencies classify her as that still, but now foul play is suspected. Ivory hung out with some sketchy people including drug dealers. The police haven’t said much, but they think they know what happened to her.

So I got this email today

[For the past several days I’ve been house- and dog-sitting for my mom. She’s coming back tomorrow sometime and I can go home. I will resume website work including this week’s featured MP upon my return. To be honest I’ve been glad of the break.]

Hi Meaghan,

I am casting a new investigative TV docuseries on missing African American mothers.

I am the Manager of Development at Machete Productions, a female-owned and operated production house based in Los Angeles. We are working on a new series that will tell the stories of missing women who are unjustly left in the shadows of the Missing White Woman Syndrome that plagues American media. We specifically want to look at cases of mothers, as told from the POV of their children whom they are survived by.

The stories and messages here are potent; we simultaneously aim to bring awareness to the disparity in media coverage and investigative thoroughness of black missing persons cases (versus white cases), we want to address the impact of losing a mother on an individual level and social level (entire communities are plagued by these cases that go unresolved), and, most importantly, we want to bring in a new investigative team to try to find justice and closure.

I found The Charley Project while searching for details on Doretha Williams who went missing in Nov 2007. Due to the lack of public information available on these cases, it is very difficult to get in touch with surviving children. Teaming up with The Charley Project would be a vital resource during this casting process if you have access to surviving family members. I am curious if there is a way to blast out my casting call to surviving offspring of missing moms cases in your database?

Happy to hop on a call to discuss further.

Thank you!

Pride Month: Niija Council

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Niija Navea Council, a 20-year-old mother who disappeared from Philadelphia in September 2013. According to her social media, she is bisexual.

I only added Niija to the Charley Project this spring and the circumstances of her disappearance are very unclear to me. Her file on my site gives the date of disappearance as September 1; this was the date provided by all official sources I could see.

However, as I blogged in April, there is something more to the story than “last seen on September 1” and I really don’t know what the heck is going on with this one.

I feel her Charley Project casefile is incomplete at best and probably misleading but I never know how to treat social media as a source, particularly when its info contradicts that given by law enforcement.

As ever, I invite and appreciate input and further digging from you, my fine readers, without whom this blog would serve no purpose.

Pride Month: Tirrel Santiago

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Tirrel Santiago, a sixteen-year-old who disappeared from Brooklyn, New York on August 20, 2005.

It’s noted that Tirrel “may dress in women’s clothes.” I have very little information on his disappearance, so I don’t know if he’s transgender or gay or just gender-nonconforming. The photos show someone who could be either male or female.

He was last seen at 306 Rodney Street, which is in the Williamsburg neighborhood. Google Street View shows a church at that address, specifically St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. It seems unlikely that Tirrel was attending religious services — August 20, 2005 was a Saturday — but perhaps there was some other event at the church that day.

I wish I knew more. Tirrel must have parents, siblings, friends, people who care about him, and it’s been almost thirteen years.

Pride Month: Dashad “Sage” Smith

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Dashad Laquinn Smith, who not long before her disappearance had started using a new name, Sage. Sage was last seen in Charlottesville, Virginia on November 20, 2012, just weeks before her twentieth birthday.

It took me awhile to figure out Sage’s identity. The original articles about her said she sometimes dressed as a woman but specifically said she wasn’t trans. However, this feature article explains that Sage, who had previously identified as a gay man, had started identifying as a transgender woman. So here we are.

Sage’s life wasn’t easy.  It isn’t easy for most trans people, particularly trans women of color. She spent time in foster care in childhood after her mom was deemed unfit. Her apartment was paid for by the state because of the foster care thing, but she was working minimum wage jobs and barely getting by. She was studying cosmetology and dreamed of better things.

Not that much is known about Sage’s disappearance, because the person of interest in her case, Erik McFadden, the last person known to have seen her, went on a runner and hasn’t popped back up yet in five and a half years. Hmm…

It doesn’t look good. McFadden isn’t the only person of interest — some of Sage’s other acquaintances seem sketchy — but you have to wonder what is compelling him to stay out of sight for this long. And meanwhile, Sage has a loving family who misses her very much.