MP of the week: Tarasha Benjamin

This week’s featured missing person is Tarasha Benjamin, a seventeen-year-old girl missing from Selma, Alabama since June 26, 2010. I don’t have a lot of detail on this case but the circumstances look suspicious to me: they found her car parked on the roadside, facing the wrong way, and it had been broken into.

I know it’s been awhile since I updated. I hope to resume today.

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

Attention everyone, a public service announcement

I got an email from someone who I think may have been a former classmate of Rebecca Rodriguez, who disappeared in 1977 with her older sister, Evangeline Silva, and her sister’s boyfriend, Kenneth Beltram. (I don’t have pics of them so no casefiles for those two.) I don’t know who the person is because they didn’t identify themselves and sent the email from their phone; I just have the phone number.

Anyway, the person said the only photo that I (and NamUs) have for Rebecca is wrong. It’s a school yearbook photo and there were two girls named Rebecca Rodriguez in that class. The person sent me a scan of the yearbook page with the two Rebeccas side by side. I’ve changed my Rebecca’s photo accordingly. I thought I should let people know this.

Select It Sunday: Miriam Cavallo

Chosen by Jaclyn: Miriam A. Cavallo, who disappeared from Los Angeles, California on November 23, 1983. She was 19 at the time and was a high school classmate of a friend of Jaclyn’s, apparently.

Other than the area she disappeared from — Victory Boulevard and Topanga Avenue — and the time — 11:30 p.m. — I’ve got exactly zilch on Miriam’s disappearance. Nothing. Nada.

I would love it if a family member or someone else who knew her would reach out to me, either by email at or in the comments on this blog.

If she is alive, Miriam Cavallo would be 51 today.

Holy wow, what happened here?

I was looking at Charley’s visitor stats and noticed that last month my average was nearly 19,000 independent visits a day. My usual average is 9-10,000 visits a day. When I looked at the page for April at first I thought there was a mistake, because most of the days seemed to hover around 10,000, sometimes more, sometimes less.

Then I saw April 21 and 22. 30,509 visits for April 21. And a whopping 198,839 visits for April 22.


The number of visits for the days after that are elevated, but not hugely so — around 15,000. And surprisingly, the most-visited casefile is not Peter Kema‘s, but Tammy Leppert‘s.

Did something big happen in Tammy’s case that I’m missing? The only thing I can find is that Tammy was the subject of this Reddit thread.