This article with worrying information about Clayton McCarter’s medical conditions prompted me to make a list of runaways with medical problems.
- Nova Cierra Awe: “may be in need of medical attention”
- Hailey Eli Burns: Asperger’s Syndrome and past behavioral problems, takes medications which she doesn’t have with her
- Lurline Michelle Bergeron: history of drug abuse
- Emily Bracamontes: “may be in need of medical attention”
- Jason Wayne Dennis: suicidal
- Martha Wes Dunn: “may be in need of medical attention”, heavily involved with drugs
- Shimeaka Renee Gibson: lupus
- John Christopher Inman: has a shunt in his skull, needs anti-seizure medication which he doesn’t have with him
- Janteyl Danielle Johnson: pregnant
- Ashley Renee Martinez: bipolar disorder
- Clayton Lynn McCarter: ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, mentally disabled and functions at a five-year-old level, takes psychiatric medication
- Cynthia Lorraine Perry: history of drug abuse
- Rachel Geraldine Pratt: pregnant
- Cindy D. Valle: pregnant
- Glenna Jean White: needs medication
- Daniel Ted Yuen: depression and emotional problems, possibly a danger to self and others
- Elsa Janell Wind: possibly pregnant
- Fredrick James Workman: ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, needs medication
This week’s Select It Sunday is Ashley Marie Eiffert, chosen by Ashley’s mom. This tiny (under five feet tall) nineteen-year-old disappeared from New Orleans on January 9, 2003. She was last seen arguing with someone on her cell phone. She left her vehicle behind, but it was reportedly broken anyway. Ashley has two tattoos and she was seven months pregnant.
Ashley’s mother told me she’s got a Facebook page, but I can’t find it. I wish I could find out more about her case. Hopefully her mother can provide me more info. I wonder how much attention the New Orleans police have given it; I’ve heard terrible things about that police department, and then of course Hurricane Katrina trashing the city two years later can’t have helped matters.
If Ashley is still alive, she’d be 34 now. Her child would be 14 this month.
I’ve been up all night doing this and that and have been combing over the under-eighteens on NamUs that have no photos, looking to see if I can find some photos. I found one for Tebble Anita Garrett, but it’s several years out of date; I found an archived article on Newspapers.com from when she ran away in 1985. She got found two and a half weeks later.
More interestingly, I found a 2001 obituary for a Mildred Armstrong of Greenville, South Carolina — Tebble disappeared from Pickens — that mentions one of her survivors as “a daughter, Tebble Garrett, who disappeared in 1991.”
NamUs says Tebble disappeared in 1988. I wonder if perhaps her family heard from her or saw her at some point in 1991? Or did they merely report her missing in 1991, when in fact she dropped out of sight years earlier?
She definitely disappeared more than once, and the NamUs profile indicates Tebble had some serious difficulties by 1988: she was seventeen, pregnant, had needle marks on her arms and four street names. By that point I wouldn’t be at all surprised in her family quite wasn’t sure when they’d seen her last, poor girl.
This list is of teenagers and adult women (and one preteen, sigh) who were in the last trimester of pregnancy when they disappeared. If it’s uncertain how far along they were, I’ve included them in the list provided the upper end of the time frame is within the final trimester.
You’ll note how foul play is suspected in many of these cases. The most common non-natural cause of death in pregnant women in the United States is homicide. Plus, if you’re that far along, it’s not really the best time to just walk (waddle?) away from everything.
- Karen Farmer Beard
- Holly Lynn Davis Calbaugh
- Vickie Carriere
- Guadalupe Barajas Castro
- Michelle Ngan Ho Chan
- Cynthia Dyann Coleman
- Jan Andre Cotta
- Erin M. Davis
- Ashley Marie Eiffert
- Jeanette Gomez Espeleta
- Angelina Joy Evans
- Samantha Jean Hopper
- Linda Ann House
- Shelia Diane Hughes
- Crystal Sue Hunt
- Amanda Kay Jones
- Amparo Lopez
- Celina Janette Mays
- Cecilia Elizabeth Newball
- Geraldine Ann Obregon-Gingles
- Ashley Marie Parlier
- Lucero Sarabia
- Sandra Ann Sollie
- Lindsay Marie Wells
Happy Halloween, everybody.
I’ve finished my updates for today — nothing terribly exciting, just a bunch of runaways and some small case details. (Does anyone think the conversation Shelia Diane Hughes had with her sister the night before her disappearance is incredibly creepy? Perhaps it meant nothing, perhaps they were just discussing mortality in general, I don’t know. But it seems very suspicious to me, given what happened later. I wish I knew the context of her statements.)
Anyway, as I often do, I made a little tiny few case updates of the kind I don’t usually add to the updates page:
- Lisa Jane Borden has a new picture, emailed to me by a Charley Project irregular whose name I don’t know.
- Amy Lee Fandel‘s age-progression has been updated. I’m not sure why hers was done and her brother Scott‘s was not.
- Edward Joseph Garlinghouse Jr. has an alias name and a few alias dates of birth, courtesy of NamUs. Edward, incidentally, is a hero, as you can tell by the circumstances of his disappearance. I thought I should mention that.
- Janteyl Danielle Johnson‘s name is pronounced “Jon-tel” so I added that in her distinguishing characteristics. I had thought it might be Jan-tayl or something.
This is a list of teens who are classified as runaways, and who were either pregnant or possibly pregnant at the time they disappeared, or they already had a kid whom they took with them. I don’t count teen runaways who left their children behind.
- Janteyl Danielle Johnson
- Jessica Ann Kinsey (maybe)
- Sara Savannah Miller
- Mariela Roblero Bravo and her one-month-old son, Wisley Tojil
- Astrid Piola Rodriguez and her two-month-old son, Dylammsteven Miralda-Rodriguez
- Shayna Mariah Saine-Garcia
- Alicia Marie Scott
- Cindy D. Valle
- Elsa Janell “Lilly” Wind
So here’s one of my own.
I want to bend the rules a bit and talk about a case I just added to Charley last night: Samantha Jean Hopper, courtesy of the new Arkansas MP database. NamUs also had Samantha but without a picture, so I wasn’t able to add her to Charley before.
Per NamUs, Samantha was eight months pregnant and disappeared with her one-year-old daughter, no details provided for the child. The Arkansas MP database had a one-year-old girl named Courtney Holt who disappeared from the same city (Russellville) on the same day (September 11, 1998) so I took a leap of faith and decided this must be Samantha’s daughter. No picture for baby Courtney, though, so she doesn’t have her own profile. I also don’t know her DOB. I wish I did. There’s a huge difference, developmentally speaking, between a one-year-old who just turned one, and a one-year-old who’s almost two.
I can’t find anything about Samantha or Courtney in the news archives or anything.
In spite of the paucity of details this case strikes me as ominous. Why would a heavily pregnant young woman and her baby/toddler vanish into thin air like that? Who was that “friend” they were going with? Did the friend come back? What kind of concert were they attending?
I tried Googling the phrase “little rock” concert and the dates “september 11, 1998” and “september 12, 1998” to see if what bands were playing in the city at that time, but I could find nothing. Hardly surprising, 18 years after the fact, but frustrating nonetheless.
I’ve never cared for a baby or been pregnant, but it seems to me that if I were dealing with both situations at the same time, a concert doesn’t sound like it would be a lot of fun. I suppose it would depend on the concert, how the pregnancy was going and how manageable the child was/whether there was child care available. Certainly something like a mosh pit would be out of the question.
I’d love to know what’s going on with this case. Most importantly, I want to know why there has been no news or anything for nearly two decades.