Native American Heritage Month: Shantelle Hudson

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Shantelle Hudson, a 16-year-old girl who disappeared from Dayton, Nevada on November 14, 1988. I do not know Shantelle’s tribal info.

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like the police did any real investigation in 1988, as Shantelle was a teenager and going through a rebellious stage, seeing friends her mom didn’t like, etc. The cops probably wrote her off as a runaway. Per her Charley Project casefile:

Authorities reopened her case after receiving an inquiry from one of her relatives in 1999. There has not been any activity on her Social Security number and investigators were unable to locate Shantelle through an extensive driver’s license search.

Shantelle would be 46 now if still alive, but all this radio silence indicates she may be deceased.

Native American Heritage Month: Valen Hotomanie

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Valen Roy Hotomanie, a 23-year-old man who disappeared from Wolf Point, Montana on November 15, 1995. I do not know Valen’s tribal information.

We know probably what happened to him and where he must be: Valen got into a fight with two men who threw him off a bridge into the Missouri River. The suspects were charged with aggravated assault, but were released for lack of evidence when Valen or his body was never located.

He’s probably in the Missouri or one of its tributaries, but that’s a lot of space to search in.

Native American Heritage Month: Ronda Harney

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Ronda Sue Harney, a 40-year-old woman who disappeared from Biloxi, Mississippi on July 21, 1994. I do not know her tribal info.

If still alive, Ronda would be 64 years old. But she had a high-risk lifestyle at the time of her disappearance and may be dead.

Native American Heritage Month: Wilson Happy

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Wilson Happy, a 68-year-old Navajo man who disappeared from Farmington, New Mexico on June 4, 2008. Unfortunately the only photo I have of him is from the 1960s and is, I think, a high school graduation photo; he’s wearing a mortarboard in it.

From the circumstances of his disappearance, it looks like he may have been robbed and murdered. He withdrew $2k from the bank and was last seen sitting in a parked car (he didn’t own a car btw) looking really nervous and as if he expected someone to be coming.

Native American Heritage Month: Dawn Nakedhead

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Dawn Michelle Nakedhead, a sixteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Fort Gibson, Oklahoma on October 18, 1991. (I had her middle name misspelled as “Mechelle.” It’s corrected now.) I do not know her tribe.

Dawn has a very large family and lived with her aunt, Joyce Green, at the time of her disappearance. It’s pretty common for Native American children to live with extended family members. She was last seen using the phone at a convenience store. She was going to stay the night with a friend in nearby Muskogee, but I guess she never arrived at her friend’s house.

Mystery U did a piece on Dawn in September; it includes an age-progression they made. The circumstances of her disappearance are unclear. Sadly, her mother, Lorene, died in 2017 without ever learning what happened to her, and at least one of her brothers is also deceased.

Native American Heritage Month: Walter Hawk

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Walter Hawk, who disappeared from Tuluksak, a Yupik village in Alaska, on July 13, 2016, at the age of 43. He is considered a vulnerable adult and apparently had a habit of wandering.

Hawk left a relative’s home in the early morning hours and never returned. Frustratingly, searchers actually saw him when they were combing through the wilderness, but he would vanish again before they could make contact. Like, they’d be in a plane or a kayak, and they’d see him walking along, but a good distance away, miles even, and they couldn’t get to him.

Apparently Hawk had a good set of legs on him and good wilderness survival skills; he was capable of making it on his own for some time. But two winters have passed and we’re going into a third now, and I don’t think he can still be alive in the bush.

Native American Heritage Month: Justina Kunayak

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Justina Mabel Kunayak, a 45-year-old woman who who disappeared from Nome, Alaska on November 18, 1990.

I don’t know much about Justina’s disappearance, but her casefile includes the following notice:

Approximately 20 members of Alaska’s Native American community have vanished or died under questionable circumstances in the Nome area since the 1960s. Authorities opened a probe into their deaths and disappearances, but they do not believe a serial predator was involved.

Every one of the eight Charley Project missing persons from Nome are Native American, and the following have that same notice: Donald Adams, Nathan Anungazuk and Eric M. Apatiki.

I found a Justina Kunayak Jr. mentioned in a article from January 2017; perhaps the missing Justina’s daughter. Justina Jr., at the time of the article’s publication anyway, managed a hotel in Anchorage.