This week’s Flashback Friday case is Dermot Faulkner Kelly, who disappeared from Oglesby, Illinois on January 30, 1972, at the age of sixteen. The circumstances of his case make it unclear whether he died in a drowning accident/suicide or, perhaps, left of his own accord to make a new life elsewhere. If he did run away he didn’t take anything with him, and there hasn’t been any sign of him since 1972.
This list is of kids who were under 18 when they disappeared, who had serious medical conditions. I’m talking about the sort of thing that would have them frequently hospitalized and/or put in special education classes at school.
- Patrick Kennedy Alford Jr., 7 (ADHD and possibly emotional problems)
- Steven Eugene Anderson, 17 (moderately mentally disabled)
- Marble Ace Arvidson, 17 (behavioral problems, classified as a special needs child)
- Kevin Jay Ayotte, 3 (developmentally disabled, hearing-impaired and with limited speech skills)
- Nicholas Patrick Barclay, 13 (ADD)
- Allison Taylor Bayliss, 15 (Asperger’s Syndrome aka high-functioning autism)
- Emad Ali Ben-Mrad, 3 (hearing-impaired)
- Samuel Savage Becker Boehlke, 8 (Asperger’s Syndrome)
- Edward Dylan Bryant, 9 (ADHD)
- Fidelmar Liborio Cadenas, 10 months (unknown, but said to be “medically fragile”)
- Monica Cassandra Carrasco, 16 (anorexia and depression)
- Kevin Andrew McCarthy Collins, 10 (dyslexia)
- Cassie Kay Compton, 15 (possible bipolar disorder or depression)
- Jeremy Ray Coots, 4 (severely hearing-impaired)
- Carla Rebecca Corley, 14 (epilepsy)
- Chris Andrew Cunningham, 6 (seizures)
- Christopher Gage Daniel, 7 (unspecified, just says he’s classified as a special needs child)
- Mark Anthony Degner, 12 (developmentally delayed with bipolar disorder)
- Landon Lee Deriggi, 13 (severely hyperactive, visually impaired and learning-disabled)
- Adji Desir, 6 (severely mentally disabled and almost completely nonverbal)
- Christian Taylor Ferguson, 9 (severely physically and mentally disabled due to a prior stroke, needs life-sustaining medication)
- Andrea R. Gonzalez, 5 (severe emotional and behavorial problems)
- David Eduardo Gosnell, 3 (developmentally delayed)
- Ember Skye Graham, 6 months (epilepsy)
- Kenneth Warren Hager, 11 (mentally disabled and mute, severe epilepsy)
- Jyrine Kyese Harris, 2 (ostogensis imperfecta, aka brittle bones)
- Justin Phillip Harris, 13 (mentally disabled and cannot function without psychiatric medication)
- Bryan Andrew Hayes, 13 (developmentally delayed with bipolar disorder)
- James P. Higham III, 16 (mentally disabled with developmental and emotional issues)
- Mark Joseph Himebaugh, 11 (emotionally disturbed with behavioral problems and possible OCD)
- James Richard Howell, 9 (hyperactive)
- Elisabeth Ann Huster, 9 (hyperactive)
- John Christopher Inman, 17 (seizures)
- Danny Randall Jackson, 12 (ADHD)
- Tiahease Tiawanna Jackson, 10 (diabetes, high blood pressure, a kidney disorder and learning disabilities)
- Hevin Dakota James Lee Jenkins, 2 (autistic and nonverbal)
- Shanta Marie Johnson, 3 (exposed to cocaine in utero; classified as a special needs child)
- Lenoria Eleise Anne Jones, 3 (exposed to cocaine in utero, had ADHD)
- Barry James Kephart II, 11 (dyslexia)
- Adam Benjamin Lake, 17 (Crohn’s Disease)
- Patricia Ann LeBlanc, 15 (“unspecified condition that may endanger her welfare”)
- Marjorie Christina Luna, 8 (hearing-impaired)
- Louis Anthony MacKerley, 7 (hyperactive and learning-disabled)
- Dennis Lloyd Martin, 6 (learning-disabled and slightly developmentally delayed)
- Tiana Neshelle Martin, 10 (Graves Disease, a potentially fatal autoimmune disorder)
- Ashley Renee Martinez, 15 (bipolar disorder)
- Clayton Lynn McCarter, 15 (mentally disabled)
- Betty McCullough, 10 (deaf and mute, and said to be terminally ill though I’m not sure why)
- Alexandra Marie McIntire, 7 months (premature, developmentally delayed, lung problems)
- Brandy Lynn Myers, 13 (brain damage)
- Tristen Alan Myers, 4 (severe behavioral problems, possibly had ADD, was possibly mentally disabled)
- Amy Sue Pagnac, 13 (seizures and possibly bipolar disorder)
- William Fred Patient, 16 (ADHD, bipolar disorder and substance abuse issues)
- Larry Wayne Perry, 9 (moderately mentally disabled)
- Robert Thomas Pillsen-Rahier, 15 (behavioral and emotional problems)
- Bianca Noel Piper, 13 (ADHD and severe bipolar disorder)
- Angelo Gene Puglisi, 10 (epilepsy)
- Blake Wade Pursley, 14 (seizures, partial paralysis, and learning and behavioral problems)
- Eric Wayne Pyles, 12 (severe emotional and behavioral problems)
- Jaliek L. Rainwalker, 13 (severe emotional and behavioral problems including reactive attachment disorder, exposed to cocaine and alcohol in utero, can be violent)
- Natasha Marie Shanes, 6 (epilepsy, developmentally delayed)
- Jason Sims Jr., 15 (said to be autistic and nonverbal)
- Austin William Sparks, 15 (severe emotional problems)
- Roland Jack Spencer III, 3 (mentally disabled, hearing-impaired, can’t really walk, seizures)
- Aleacia Di’onne Stancil, 9 months (premature, born addicted to drugs)
- Brandi Jondell Summers, 5 (cystic fibrosis)
- Amber Jean Swartz-Garcia, 7 (hearing-impaired)
- Ricky Lane Thomas Jr., 13 (severe behavior problems, could be violent)
- Wilfredo Torres (learning disability)
- Daffany Sherika Tullos, 7 (epilepsy)
- Alissa Marie Turney, 17 (ADHD)
- David Clayton Warner, 12 (epilepsy)
- Brittany Renee Williams, 7 (AIDS)
- David Edward Williams, 13 (mentally disabled and has seizures)
- Fredrick James Workman, 15 (ADHD and ODD — that is, oppositional defiant disorder)
- Daniel Ted Yuen, 16 (depression and other emotional problems)
This week’s Flashback Friday case is Ronald LeRoy Zellmer, who disappeared from Sioux City, Iowa on April 6, 1985 at the age of 31, and his car was found abandoned on a bridge just over in the border in Nebraska during the wee hours. Zellmer had depression and the police don’t seem to be sure whether he committed suicide or whether something else, such as abduction, happened to him.
This list is for cases where one of the MP’s parents (or both, in theory, though I don’t think there are any of those) committed suicide after the MP went missing. I’m sure the tremendous strain caused by the missing child contributes significantly to depression, etc., which leads in turn to the person’s death. I have decided not to include cases where the parent was a suspect in the MP’s disappearance.
- Rogelio Realme Cerda
- Frederick Andrew Holmes
- Katya Marie Lyne
- Diane Nguyen Robbins
- Anna Christian Waters
- Alan John Westerfield and Terry Lee Westerfield*
*I know it doesn’t say that in their casefiles, but the boys’ biological father killed himself several years after they vanished.
This week’s Flashback Friday is Charles Howard Bolter, a 69-year-old man who disappeared from Waterford, California two days before Christmas in 1972. His car was found abandoned sometime after his disappearance with the keys still in the ignition, and this is the last sign of him.
Nine days before his disappearance, Bolter was robbed by three men who forced him to withdraw $30,000 from his bank accounts. (According to the Inflation Calculator, that’s the equivalent of about $165,000 in today’s money.) As far as I know, no suspects were ever arrested or identified. Although the robbery might suggest Bolter met with foul play — perhaps the perpetrators decided to silence him — his family thinks he may have taken his own life. If he did so, he certainly hid himself very well.
I don’t think we’re ever going to find out what happened to Charles Bolter. It’s been over forty years, after all. If he were still alive today he’d be 111 years old.
Out of curiosity, I checked out the jumpers on this week’s list and compared them to the Golden Gate Bridge jumpers I have listed. I chose to include only those where either the cops specifically said they were sure the person had jumped, or there was a witness or the person’s stuff was found in the water. I left out those who merely left their car parked near the bridge, though I’m sure many of those also died there.
There were 21 names and as far as ages are concerned, they just about corresponded with the other list: most of them young, seven in their twenties, four in their teens (two of them only fifteen, sigh). However, in the previous list, there were almost as many females as males. Not so with the GGB list: eighteen males and only three females.
According to John Bateson’s wonderful book on the subject of Golden Gate Bridge suicides, three-quarters of the jumpers are male. 3 of 21 is only fourteen percent, though. But I suppose the additional difference might be explained by the fact that that male bodies, being heavier, might sink deeper and be less likely to be found than female ones, which is why they would appear on Charley. Just a hypothesis, mind.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: put up a barrier already. People are dying while you complain about it ruining your precious view.
I’ve written before about the numerous Golden Gate Bridge suicides on Charley. The number of total deaths is something now over 1,500, and that’s only the official ones. If your body isn’t found, or if it’s found far enough away from the bridge that there’s some doubt you jumped from there, or if there’s any other excuse to keep you off the list, your death isn’t included in the tally.
It’s been in the news that they’ve decided, or are in the process of deciding, or something, to put up a safety net under the Golden Gate Bridge. Frankly I think a net is a stupid idea, but it’s better than nothing.
I thought I’d make a list of Charley Project MPs who are presumed to have jumped off other bridges, cliffs, etc into bodies of water and never emerged. I should emphasize that these are all voluntary jumps, not cases of someone being thrown into the water or falling accidentally. I did decide to include a guy who shot himself on a bridge, whose body fell into the water and wasn’t recovered. I left out the baby whose mother jumped off a bridge with her child in her arms.
Each name tells a particularly sad story. I should note that, as you can see for yourself, many of these victims are terribly young. The average age of these eighteen individuals is 29.4, the median age is 23, five of them were in their twenties and five of them were 18 or younger.
Adrian Ferreras Almario, 17
Steven Earl Applegate, 17
Zachary A. Aylsworth, 22
Thomas Redd Evans, 51
Jennifer Ha, 17
Corey Michael Lang, 32
William Jeffers Lank, 42
Maricel Tolentino Marcial, 27
Priscilla Giordano McKee, 44
Brian Keith Morrison, 25
Lynenne Lavette O’Neill, 42
Roseline Pawai, 40
Mark Wade Potts, 45
Hilary Harmon Stagg Jr., 16
Sandra Stricklin, 24
Donna Lee Urban, 23
Charles White Whittlesey, 37
Chanier Corey Winns, 18