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.
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.
This week’s Flashback Friday case is actually two cases: Rodney Lynn Grissom, a 14-year-old who disappeared from Albany, Oregon on May 24, 1977, and Karen Jean Lee, a 15-year-old who disappeared from Cornelius, Oregon two days after Rodney. I’m guessing they were boyfriend and girlfriend.
It looks like Rodney and Karen ran away from home, but it’s likely they ran into a spot of bother not long afterward. Some of their stuff was later found off a remote logging road in Washington County, Oregon. Cornelius is a town in Washington County; Albany is in Linn County.
There has been no indication of Rodney and Karen’s whereabouts for nearly forty years now. Karen has a Facebook page about her disappearance, but there’s not much there. Rodney is listed on the NCMEC, but Karen, for some reason, is not.
This week’s featured missing person is Norman Basil Pappas. This slender, fresh-faced 19-year-old disappeared from the small town of Carmel, California on July 26, 1993, a month shy of his twentieth birthday.
And that’s all. This case is pretty slim pickings: “Few details are available.” I can’t find anything else about Norman or his disappearance from any of my usual sources.
If Norman Pappas is still alive, he would be 43 years old this coming summer. I’d love it if anyone who knew him or his family or anything about this case could comment or at least shoot me an email.