Some more little updates

The Virginia State Police has put up a TON of MP cases I haven’t seen/heard of before. I added seven today and I’m nowhere near done. Except the next few updates to be Virginia-dominated. For some existing cases, I got extra photos from the VSP. Oh, and the NCMEC has sent a few APs as well. The lists:

NEW PHOTOS

  1. Dwayne Allen Chick
  2. Crist Nelson Dauberman Sr.
  3. Christopher Ray Douthat
  4. Thomas Lee Duesterhaus
  5. Shawn Darnell Givens
  6. Rachel Nicole Good
  7. William Christopher Hensley Sr.
  8. Harold Ray Jones Jr.

AP PHOTOS

  1. Keiosha Marie Felix
  2. Christian Miguel Sanchez
  3. Veronica Nichole Sanchez
  4. Domingo Sanchez Gonzalez
  5. Esmit Sanchez Gonzalez
  6. Esther Valdez

A few tiny updates, and a bit of thinking aloud

Sheldon Boyd has a new picture, as does Nicole Evelyn Silvers, and Shaliegh Sharrie Phillips has an updated AP, and Jesse Yancey‘s date of disappearance has been corrected; it had said May 31 but NamUs says it was actually May 28. I’ve also corrected his race; I had said he was white but NamUs says he’s Native American.

Now…is it just me or does Nicole Silvers’s disappearance look kind of suspicious? She was sixteen and the police claimed she was an emancipated minor. To quote this legal site:

A minor who is “emancipated” assumes most adult responsibilities before reaching the age of majority (usually 18). Emancipated minors are no longer considered to be under the care and control of parents — instead, they take responsibility for their own care… If a young person under the age of majority is emancipated, the parent or guardian no longer has any say over the minor’s life. An emancipated minor can keep earnings from a job, decide where to live, make his or her own medical decisions, and more.

In other words, if she was emancipated, Nicole did not need to run away.

There’s a bit of a rub, though — I saw a post on Websleuths from someone who said “According to her parents, Nicole was NOT emancipated.”

I don’t know what means — if she wasn’t emancipated why would the police claim she was? Was she in the process of getting emancipated? Or was it just a completely incorrect statement from the cops/media? I don’t know and I wish someone who does could get in touch with me. I haven’t said anything in Nicole’s profile about the disputed info because “info shared by police to the media” trumps “second-hand statement posted on Websleuths” in my mind.

Flashback Friday: Cynthia Gooding and Teresa Alfonso

This week’s Flashback Friday case — like my MP of the week for this week — actually multiple cases: Cynthia Robin “Cindy” Gooding, age sixteen, and her twelve-year-old friend, Teresa Armanda “Terry” Alfonso. The pair disappeared from Marathon, a small town in the Florida Keys, on August 20, 1974 — exactly 41 years, 11 months and 8 days ago.

Teresa and Cindy were dropped off at a movie theater and planned to hitchhike to a party. I’m not sure whether their parents knew about the party or whether they were allowed to go. The girls may have said they were going to see a movie when they really planned to go to the party.

I’m not sure of much of anything in this case; there is very little information available. In 2007 an article about Florida Keys missing persons and UIDs talked about Teresa a little bit and had a quote from her mom, but the article didn’t have any info I could use and, worse, didn’t even mention Cindy at all. That seems like lazy and irresponsible journalism to me; even if they  couldn’t find any of Cindy’s relatives to interview, they should have at least said Teresa disappeared with another girl.

(I did, however, find a 2010 article from the Key West Citizen. I had to buy it on Newslibrary. It talks only about Teresa, but does mention she disappeared with her friend Cynthia Gooding, and has some background info for Teresa and Cindy that I’ve added to her casefile.)

I wondered about the serial killers Gerard John Schaefer and Gerald Stano, both of which preyed on young girls and women in Florida in the 1970s, but Schaefer was imprisoned by 1974 and Stano’s stomping ground seems to have been central Florida, not nearly as far as south as the Keys. (I’m basing this on the back that Susan Basile and Gail Lorraine Joiner, both suspected Stano victims, disappeared from central Florida towns more than a five-hour drive north of Marathon.) This Instagram post (which doesn’t mention Teresa) suggests Cindy was a victim of the serial killer Donald “Pee Wee” Gaskins, but I have no idea where that source is getting the information from. As far as I know Gaskins only claimed victims in the Carolinas, but I don’t know much about him.

Those men certainly weren’t the only psychopaths running around the southern U.S. in the seventies, though. If I were to guess, I’d say probably the girls were hitchhiking and got picked up by the wrong person.

A bit of background info

I don’t think I’m going to add it to her casefile, but I found out about another tragedy in Trinia Williams‘s family: her mother’s husband was murdered in 1969, shot by a neighbor during an argument. The murder is rather infamous in Columbus history because, although it doesn’t appear to have been racially motivated, it did spark a race riot which featured firebombings, another person being killed, hundreds of people getting arrested, and 1,200 National Guardsmen being called in to restore order.

I assumed at first that Roy Beasley was Trinia’s father, but the math says not: he died five years before Trinia was born.

Whilst trying to find more info on Trinia’s case I found this, but it wouldn’t let me play the video. More’s the pity; I have little enough as it is and would have liked some more.

Gosh darn it

I was working just now on adding/updating APs for cases. I know the NCMEC had released a new AP for Kathryn Quackenbush, which had previously had none at all, even though she’s been missing for 35 years. I had bookmarked the poster and I went back to it… and the AP is gone.

Muttergrumble. Why on earth would they go to all the trouble to make one and then remove it? Maybe it’s a mistake. I don’t know who to email about it but I might call the hotline.

I looked elsewhere online — on Kathryn’s NamUs profile, and in a Google Image search — but that AP is well and truly gone. I wish I had grabbed it right away.

Sometimes the NCMEC adds info to posters, only to remove the info about five minutes later. They added an extra photo of Stephen Beard to his poster and I snatched it up straightaway because I had a feeling it would be gone soon, and it was, within a day or two.

At least I just noticed something that IS still on Kathryn’s poster that I don’t currently have: her nickname is Kitty. I’ll put that up anyhow.

I wish I knew more about her case. Newspapers.com has several hits for both “Kathryn Quackenbush” and “Kitty Quackenbush” but they’re all for someone who clearly isn’t my missing teenager.

Make-a-List Monday: Seizures

A list of MPs with who suffer from or may suffer from seizures. I include cases where people are taking medication and might get seizures as a withdrawal symptom if they stop abruptly.

Fun fact: many people on the autism spectrum, perhaps as many as one-third, also suffer from epilepsy. Which kind of makes sense, since both autism and epilepsy are neurological disorders. I don’t have epilepsy, but when I was sixteen I did have a grand mal seizure for no reason whatsoever. I was standing there talking to my dad, holding a pop, and then I remember seeing black and white spirals, and suddenly I was sitting on the couch and had somehow managed to spill pop all over my butt. (You know, the butt I was sitting on. I’m still not sure how that happened.) Dad said I started twitching and stuff and jerked my arms out in front of me like a zombie. I remember I had a splitting headache for the rest of the day.

  1. Robert Albert Ahtonen
  2. Tonia Gay Aldrich
  3. Joann Angel
  4. Keith Edward Bamford
  5. Troy Donovan Burnett
  6. Randall William Collins
  7. Carla Rebecca Corley
  8. Jan Andre Cotta
  9. Chris Andrew Cunningham
  10. Hope Renee Curry
  11. Charles Daniels
  12. William Francis DiSilvestro IV
  13. Gary Dale Finck
  14. Jennie Lee Fisher
  15. Carol Jean Freeburg
  16. Noemi Gonzalez
  17. Donald Ray Goodman
  18. Jeremy Wayne Goodwin
  19. Ember Skye Graham
  20. Kenneth Warren Hager
  21. Ruvil Hale
  22. Jamie E. Harper
  23. Samuel Lee Hernandez
  24. Jesse Albertine Hoover
  25. Garrett Thomas Hughes
  26. Mark Inhoffe
  27. John Christopher Inman
  28. Refugio Isaguirre
  29. Nancy Lynn Jason
  30. Eulace King
  31. Michael S. King
  32. Peter Sean Kosky
  33. Wallace John Landry
  34. Robert Charles Livers Jr.
  35. Cheresa R. Lordi
  36. Shelley Diane Luty
  37. Tomas Santos Magdaleno
  38. Courtney Marcher
  39. Robert Wayne McCullar
  40. Cynthia Renea Milstead
  41. Steven Martin Moline Jr.
  42. Amy Sue Pagnac
  43. Timothy Scott Parry
  44. Steven Daniel Paul
  45. Angelo Gene Puglisi
  46. Blake Wade Pursley
  47. Rudolph David Rangel
  48. Gregory Wilson Reynolds
  49. Richard Allen Rhyne
  50. Gerald Rihlmann
  51. Tammy Dawn Risenhoover
  52. Robert J. Rithaler Jr.
  53. Tristan Markey Rivera
  54. Travis Dewayne Roberson
  55. Jackie Robinson
  56. William Robert Rochelle
  57. Reynaldo Rodriguez
  58. Laurel Lea Rogers
  59. Dudley Truett Scott
  60. Silas Sessions Jr.
  61. Reginald Jermaine Short
  62. Walter F. Smith Jr.
  63. Natasha Marie Shanes
  64. Terry Allen Shepherd
  65. Danielle Marie Sleeper
  66. Roland Jack Spencer III
  67. Jerry Tang
  68. Autumn Marie Traub
  69. Daffany Sherika Tullos
  70. Joseph D. Vanderhouwen
  71. David Clayton Warner
  72. Joseph Weber IV
  73. Ronald Eugene Westwick
  74. David Edward Williams
  75. Larry Williams