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Back from Toledo, will do a proper update tomorrow

May 14, 2015

So this morning I saw a neurologist at the University of Toledo about this incident. The appointment went reasonably well in that the neurologist was very professional and attentive, listened closely, took a lot of notes, etc. The bad news is the neurologist doesn’t know what happened. The good news is, whatever it was, it wasn’t a seizure, because people who are in the midst of a seizure can’t answer other people’s questions using clear, coherent, grammatically correct answers that indicate some kind of thought process is going on (even if those answers don’t make sense). The neurologist did not put me on any medicine or schedule another appointment for me to see her. She says what happened doesn’t seem to fit any diagnosis she can think of.

Best thing then is to eat my veggies (which I have been doing) and hope it never happens again. Chalk it up to “why does this always happen to me?”

Now, regarding those resolves I mentioned. I’ll do a real update tomorrow but in the meantime:

They have found the remains of Nilsa Arizmendi, Melanie Camilini and Daniel Whistnant (aka Janice Roberts). All of them, plus several others, are believed to be the victim of suspected serial killer William Devin Howell. He’s only been convicted of killing Nilsa thus far. All three of the victims vanished in 2003.

They’ve also found the body of Michael “Bradyn” Fuksa, who disappeared from Wheatland, Wyoming in 2009. This is a really sad case; his death was ruled a suicide. He apparently drove from his home in Olathe, Kansas to the middle of nowhere in Wyoming (actually I think the entire state is included in the middle of nowhere), got a flat tire, walked further into the middle of nowhere and shot himself. He was only 22 years old.

And they’ve found the body of Anne Josette Hill, a sixteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Edmond, Oklahoma last April. Two other teenagers have been charged with her murder. There was never much in the way of doubt as to the defendants’ guilt; both have confessed. But I’m glad her body has turned up.

And this is quite late in the day, but they found the body of Misti Whitfield, age 35, who vanished from Tampa, Florida on May 2, 2013. She left behind five children.

On a cheerful note, both Kyanja Vanwey and Alondra Diaz-Garcia have turned up alive and well. Alondra’s recovery made the news, She had been missing almost eight years and Kyanja for nearly ten.

Delores Gonzales found at last

April 24, 2015

Not too long ago Charley added the case of Delores Gonzales, a seventeen-year-old girl — married and a mother of two, in spite of her youth — who vanished in 1973 from Gulfport, Mississippi. Well, now we know what happened to her: her husband murdered her and dumped her body in Alabama, where it was located but remained unidentified for forty years.

Per this article:

Spencer Walker, district attorney for Choctaw, Clarke and Washington counties, said DNA testing solved the disappearance.

“Detectives found her remains in 1974 with two gunshots to the skull,” Walker said. “The murder investigation is still open, but at least we could get the family this bit of closure.”

The investigation restarted in 2012 when Jason Kokoszka was taking inventory before the Alabama Department of Forensic Science moved to a new building.

“He found the remains and realized DNA testing had never been done,” Walker said. “After that, he sent the remains to numerous locations for every DNA test possible.”

Two shots to the head. That’s cold.

They’re pretty sure they know who did it to her: her husband, Robert Lane Gonzales. Unfortunately, Mr. Gonzales died in Florida years ago. He got away with murder.

Flashback Friday: Paula Pope

April 24, 2015

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Paula Ann Pope, who disappeared nine days before her 19th birthday in 1972. Paula and her husband were staying at a California campground and she wanted to see a rock concert in Nevada and they got into an argument because he couldn’t go with her. (From what I recall, he couldn’t leave the state because he was on parole or probation or something, though I didn’t say that in the casefile.) Paula went stomping off and never returned.

It’s kind of up in the air what happened to her, I guess. Last seen talking to “motorcycle types.” I suppose it’s not inconceivable that she left on her own, but it seems unlikely, especially after all this time. It’ll have been 42 years in September. Paula would now be 61 years old.

Select It Sunday: Rachael Garden

April 18, 2015

This week’s Select It Sunday case was chosen by HennyLee: Rachael Elizabeth Garden, who disappeared from Newton, New Hampshire on March 22, 1980, at the age of fifteen. Newton is, curiously, just 35 miles from the town where Laureen Rahn, another petite brown-haired girl only a year and a half younger than Rachael, disappeared a month later. This may just be a coincidence though.

As for Rachael, she sounds like a pretty typical teenager of that time, a bit rebellious but not overly so, fond of her pet horse. The three guys she was last seen talking to had bad reputations. One of them later served time for rape and one them (not sure if it’s the same one) reportedly confessed to killing Rachael, but his statements were not verified.

There was a recent article about the case but it doesn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. The police believe Rachael met with foul play, if only because of the time that has passed since her disappearance — 35 years now. If she’s still alive she’d be 50 years old today.

Flashback Friday: Diane Webb

April 17, 2015

This week’s Flashback Friday is Diane Webb, nee White, an eighteen-year-old who disappeared under unclear circumstances sometime in 1960. If the information on her casefile is to be taken at face value (that is, if you believe her husband’s story), it would appear that Diane didn’t meet with foul play but simply left of her own accord and lost touch with her loved ones. She may not even know anyone’s looking for her.

If Diane is still alive, she would be 73 years old in on April 20.

MP of the week: Caleta White

April 14, 2015

This week’s featured missing person is Caleta Sade White, missing from Tukwilla, Washington since August 22, 2006. A pretty girl with a sweet smile, she was eighteen years old. Last seen taking a bus to her boyfriend’s place; she never arrived there.

I found this Facebook page made for her, which has some photos not featured on her Charley Project casefile.

Select It Sunday: Angelica Longoria

March 22, 2015

This Select It Sunday was chosen by Gus, Angelica Maria Longoria‘s brother. All the databases I can find claim she disappeared from El Monte, California on November 23, 1985 (see below). She was was fifteen in 1985, but for some reason the bigger photo of her on her NCMEC poster is of her at the age of nine or ten. (I think she’s older in the inset photo.) The only reason I can think of why they might have done that is, unlike the other photos that are available, the older photo clearly shows Angelica’s chipped tooth. If Angelica’s height and weight at the time of her disappearance are accurate she was quite small for her age, only 4’8. I was taller than that at eleven years old.

In approximately 2006, Justin Jackson-Mann, a Charley Project blog reader and my good friend, wrote to law enforcement asking for information about her disappearance. He got this response:

The missing case was reported in 1999, However she was last seen in 1983 (according to our reports). The missing is now 36 yrs old. We were close to finding her in Illinois when she left her home quickly with no forwarding information and we believe that she does not want to be found.

And that’s all I have.

Make-a-List Monday: Transients

March 16, 2015

A list of people who were “transient” at the time of their disappearance. Meaning, I believe, homeless or semi-homeless (sofa-surfing, for example).

  1. Bettina Minnie Antone
  2. Wade Michael Aughney
  3. Julia Christine Aul
  4. Garrison Duane Baker
  5. Tori Jean Grace Bess
  6. Christina Carol Burnett-Pitts
  7. Bobbi Ann Campbell
  8. Johnny Harold Campbell
  9. Brandi Natasha Cole
  10. Alexander Lamar Crear
  11. Kayla Mae Croft-Payne
  12. Dean E. Dawson
  13. Rosendo Lopez Delrio
  14. Susan Kay DeLuca
  15. Donald James Denninger
  16. Harlan James Dennis
  17. Philip Verne Deshayes
  18. Patricia Jane Dixon
  19. Roxann Ellison
  20. Jason Jesse Erthal
  21. Nellie Florence Cornman Flickinger
  22. Terry Steven Fox
  23. Shawn Patrick Gallagher
  24. Lou Allen Goettsch
  25. Douglas E. Goodwin
  26. Jaime Ramirez Gutierrez
  27. Dhartri Hadley
  28. Stanley Walker Harris
  29. Carlos Amendos Herriford
  30. George Darrell Herrington
  31. Samantha Ann Howell
  32. Mark Inhoffe
  33. Donald Lee Izzett Jr.
  34. Raymond Alan Johnson
  35. Bobby Wayne Jones
  36. Diane Renee Loewen
  37. Tamala Jean Longway
  38. Brian Kent Martin
  39. Rosemma Mendenhall
  40. Misty Michelle Mock
  41. John J. Moore
  42. Laura Marie Nimbach
  43. Tawnya Fay Parker
  44. Duane Earl Patterson
  45. Louis Edward Payne Jr.
  46. Atticus Louis Pearson
  47. Tiffany Marche Phelps
  48. Raymond Samuel Poland
  49. Kathleen Helen Randall
  50. Tellie Jo Simmons
  51. Dawn Ann Solensky
  52. Shaun David Steward
  53. Edward Brian Tandler
  54. Kyle Frank Tolley
  55. Marvin Leo Walvatne
  56. Timothy Dale White
  57. Cheryl Nevone Williams
  58. Deborah Yvonne Wims

Select It Sunday: Cheryl Scherer

March 15, 2015

Suggested by Laura: Cheryl Ann Scherer, a red-haired teenager who was last seen working alone at a Scott City, Missouri gas station on April 17, 1979. (Okay, Laura actually suggested I add Cheryl to this list, but I couldn’t find any Select It Sunday suggestions for this week, so…)  She disappeared, along with $480 in cash from the register.

Cheryl may have been a victim of the deadly serial killer duo Ottis Toole and Henry Lee Lucas. They were in the area at the time and Lucas says he kidnapped and killed a girl, but authorities were never able to prove Cheryl was that girl and Lucas had a long and storied history of making up “confessions” to crimes he didn’t commit. Both men are dead now so I doubt the truth will ever be known.

Make-a-List Monday: Gas station and convenience store employees

March 2, 2015

MPs who disappeared while working at a gas station or convenience store. I only count the person if they actually disappeared during their shift, not if they disappeared somewhere else and just happened to have a gas station/convenience store job.

  1. Heidi Marie Allen
  2. Nancy Perry Baird
  3. Lynn Burdick
  4. Kelly Bergh Dove
  5. Jessica Lynn Heeringa
  6. Cheryl Ann Kenney
  7. Andy Joe Lepley
  8. Deborah Deann Poe
  9. Madeline Teresa Ponds
  10. Rebecca Kathleen Reid


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