Make-a-List Monday: College or University Clothes

This list is for people who disappeared while wearing clothes or jewelry with college or university logos, whether they were students or not. I attended both Hendrix College and Ohio State University (and my father still teaches at OSU), so I have a lot of their sweatshirts and stuff. I have also bought clothes from colleges I’ve got no affiliation with. I am, for example, the proud owner of a Vilnius University sweatshirt that was made to commemorate their 400th (!) anniversary in 1979. It’s still in great shape in spite of its age. Anyway:

  1. Tina Louise Bowen: Duke University
  2. Amy Lynn Bradley: unspecified college
  3. Kayla Mae Croft-PayneCentralia College and Washington State University
  4. Joseph Wayne Daggett: Uvalde Junior College (which I believe has been renamed South Texas Junior College)
  5. Stella Anastasia Evon: Georgetown University
  6. Joshua Cheney Guimond (maybe), St. John’s University in Minnesota. (Not to be confused with the St. John’s University in New York City.)
  7. Della Marie HillardHouston Baptist University
  8. Kenneth Wayne Hilscher: Texas A&M University
  9. Kimberley Kay KerseyUniversity of Paris
  10. Kevin Mitchell Kulek: University of Michigan
  11. Mary Shotwell LittleWomen’s College of the University of North Carolina (Which is no longer extant; it’s been absorbed into the University of North Carolina.)
  12. David Michael Martin: University of Oklahoma
  13. Cody Scott Matney: University of Florida
  14. Peter John McColl: University of California at Berkeley
  15. Benjamin Matthew McCullers: Georgia Southern University
  16. Thomas James MixonGeorgetown University
  17. Kristi Lynn Richardson (maybe): University of Wyoming
  18. Sheryl Lyn RucciCanisius College
  19. Edwin Collins Smith: Lester Junior College (no longer extant; I’m not sure what happened to it)
  20. Karen Jo Smith: Indiana University
  21. Lauren Susann Smith: Longwood University
  22. Angie Denise Tucker: Oklahoma State University
  23. Elizabeth Veloz: Georgetown University

Flashback Friday: Michael Causley

This week’s Flashback Friday is Michael Charles Causley, a sixteen-year-old who vanished from Los Angeles County, California on May 11, 1979. You don’t exactly need to be a genius to discern what happened to him: he was in a boating accident off the coast and is presumed drowned. His body was never recovered and probably can’t be recovered at this late date.

Make-a-List Monday: People in institutional settings

People who disappeared from nursing homes, residential treatment facilities, group homes, etc.

I have mixed feelings about residential treatment for minors (I’m not talking about places that just provide housing for foster kids although I do include them on this list). I am especially the for-profit facilities wealthy people send their teens to.

On the one hand, residential homes for children can provide wrap-around 24-hour care for a child to address their behaviors and/or emotional problems, and also provide the family with a respite from the child’s behaviors.

Like, I know a guy whose 14-year-old son is in a psychiatric residential treatment facility, paid for by the state. He’s had behavioral issues since he was a toddler, probably in large part because his biological mom was addicted to drugs (the boy is adopted), and he’s been hospitalized many times. The kid has a lot of very serious emotional/psychiatric problems, some of which can’t be cured, only mitigated. He’s basically too dangerous to keep at home. He threatened his father with a shovel once, and another time tried to crash their car while the father was driving. The boy’s father is (rightly so) concerned that after his son turns 18 he’ll wind up in prison, or worse, for something or other that’s pretty much beyond his control. Obviously residential treatment is necessary in a case like that. He’s been in, I think, two residential facilities so far, and is doing well in his current one. (He did well in the last one too but the state stopped paying after a year and they sent him home before he or his family was ready for it.) Not only is this boy getting therapy and medication and a structured environment at his treatment facility, but the 24-hour observation at the facility (mostly) keeps him from hurting himself or anyone else.

But on the other hand, there’s so much potential for abuse in these facilities, and when they go bad they tend to go REALLY bad. A few children have died in those places, and many more are abused by the staff or other residents. I’m not saying that all of those places are like that, but an uncomfortable percentage of them are.

And with the for-profit homes for wealthy families, a lot of them just want your money (tuition starts at like $5,000 a month and up, and the children can stay there for years at a time) and it seems many of the residents did not need residential treatment in the first places. I’ve heard of cases where a kid was sent to one of those facilities simply because they didn’t get along with their new step-parent. I’ve looked at the websites for those places and some of them are like, “Your child might need residential treatment if he refuses to clean his room or do chores around the house” or “Your child might need treatment if he frequently argues with you and doesn’t get along with his siblings and doesn’t obey the house rules, such as curfew.” Um…I’m pretty sure those are all normal teen behavior. And some of the sites also say things like, “If your child is at our facility and writes home to say there are rats here and the food is spoiled, don’t listen to him. He’s lying.” Yet many times those places have been raided by the state after multiple accusations of abuse, or the death of a child in their care, and they DO find rats and spoiled food and other indications of maltreatment. See the Fornits website for more details, including many testimonies from the alumni of various facilities. I’ve read a LOT about those places — there are dozens — and honestly I can think of only one I haven’t heard ghastly things about.

Anyway. I’m rambling. On to the list:

  1. Steven Eugene Anderson
  2. Ella Michelle Andrews
  3. Frank Azpeitia
  4. Vonnie Lynn Bales
  5. Joseph Cleveland Batiste
  6. James Eric Bess
  7. Ricky Laverne Bethea
  8. Thomas Wilson Borum
  9. Damon Lee Boyd
  10. Fidelmar Liborio Cadenas
  11. Eugene R. Chaitowitcz
  12. Young Hwan Chang
  13. Apolino Contreras
  14. Jessie James Cooper
  15. William Charles Cordes
  16. Peggy Ann Cottrell
  17. Mary Alice Cox
  18. Madelyn Lee Diaz
  19. Maria Estrada-Torres
  20. Bob Parker Fasig
  21. Keiosha Marie Felix
  22. Forest Ferguson
  23. Daniel Fogg
  24. Barbara Frears
  25. Shawn Patrick Gallagher
  26. Ruvil Hale
  27. Daniel Kenneth Hall
  28. Justin Phillip Harris
  29. Bryan Andrew Hayes
  30. John Christopher Inman
  31. Kent Jacobs
  32. Kamau Jawara
  33. William Charles Jones
  34. Tracy Anne King
  35. Mark Leland Kirks
  36. Donald Kluge
  37. Robert Charles Livers Jr.
  38. Tommy Lee Lowery
  39. Robert Wayne McCullar
  40. Tyree McCune
  41. Beverly Lofton Meadows
  42. Anthony Daniel Medaris
  43. Johnny Lee Mills
  44. Steven James Needham
  45. Troy Kenneth Nelms
  46. William Fred Patient
  47. Cynthia Lorraine Perry
  48. Robert Thomas Pillsen-Rahier
  49. Blake Wade Pursley
  50. Eric Wayne Pyles
  51. Chen H. Ren
  52. Isaac Joseph Riley
  53. Richard K. Roberts
  54. Guillermo Rodriguez
  55. Chipley Charles Sanders
  56. Kenneth Arthur Schweighart
  57. Clayton Antonio Simmons
  58. Mouy Tien Tang
  59. Lowen Dean Thomas
  60. Ducong Trinh
  61. Marc Charles Welzant
  62. David Edward Williams
  63. Daniel Ted Yuen
  64. William Michael Zani Jr.

Flashback Friday: James Hires

This week’s Flashback Friday case is James William Hires, age 18, who disappeared from Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey on October 17, 1981. It looks like he may have left on his own: he was carrying $1,100 in cash (almost $2,900 in 2015 money, according to the Inflation Calculator), his car was found parked at the Philadelphia Airport, and he was supposedly sighted in San Francisco in 1983. No sign of James since then, though.

I can’t find much on this disappearance. The Whereabouts Still Unknown blog has an entry about James, although it doesn’t really say anything I didn’t know already. If James is still alive, today would be his 53rd birthday.

April MP news

Catching up on where I left off, here’s some of the latest missing persons news for this month so far:

A suspect has been charged with murder in the 1976 disappearance of Cynthia May Hernandez. This is almost a new record for the longest time between disappearance and charges and filed in a murder-without-a-body case. Sheila Lyon and Katherine Lyon‘s alleged killers were charged last summer, forty years after their 1975 disappearances. With Cynthia’s alleged killer it’s been only a few months short of forty years.

Colton Clark‘s aunt and uncle (and foster parents), Rex and Rebecca Clark, have been arrested for murder and child abuse in his case. As of yesterday evening, though, formal charges have not been filed against them. Authorities are digging on their property looking for Colton’s body.

They’re checking a well to see if Mark Wendell Wilson, who disappeared from Quincy, California all the way back in 1967, could be in it (or maybe have been in it at one time). The people doing the checking are not cops but students at Cal State Sacramento, and they’re checking the well for traces of Mark’s mitochondrial DNA. I think this is awesome. I highly doubt they’ll find anything but I still think it’s awesome. I was able to find the 2014 article referenced in the aforementioned link, and read it, but it doesn’t really tell anything about the disappearance that I didn’t already know.

They’ve found the body of Kelli Cox, a woman who disappeared in 1997 from Denton, Texas. She’s still on Charley right now but I plan to remove her case in today’s update. William Reece, a convicted kidnapper, lead authorities to Kelli’s remains and the remains of another person, probably Jessica Cain, who disappeared a month after Kelli did.

More pictures and updated APs

Lists of recent cases with added pics and updated age-progressions:


  1. Yasmin Rayon Acree
  2. Patrick Kennedy Alford Jr.
  3. Karla Daniela Barrera
  4. William Walter Brooks Jr.
  5. Nicholas Vincent Smith
  6. Aaron Cody Stepp
  7. Cynthia Lynn Sumpter
  8. Asante Anton Willoughby


  1. Kellisue M. Ackernecht
  2. Bruce Allan Caputo
  3. Sausha Latine Henson
  4. Tracy Marie Evans Hill
  5. Margaret Kay Holst
  6. Sherry Regina Hudson
  7. Sierra Sahara Thomas

Yes, I know the Charley Project is down

Charley’s been down since Sunday. I don’t know why. It’s something to do with my host; apparently all the sites that Lizard Hill hosts are down right now. I’ve had Lizard Hill since 2004 and they’re usually very reliable so I don’t know what’s up.

In the meantime, today is Tuesday, so if I were able to update the site I’d be updating my missing person of the week. Of course I can’t update but I might as well talk about him on here: this week’s is Oscar Alexander Campos, a runaway from Antioch, Tennessee, which is in the Nashville metro area.

I don’t have much on Oscar, who was 16 when he left home following some kind of dispute with his parents. He could still be in the Nashville metro area or he could be in southern California. His hair was styled in a purple Mohawk at the time of his disappearance. He’s been missing since April 19, 2008 — eight years next month.