MP of the week (late, sorry): Jamie Travis

This week’s featured missing person is Jamie Jo Travis, a 27-year-old woman who disappeared from Peoria, Illinois on August 30, 2005. Unfortunately I don’t have any details on her disappearance. I checked her NamUs page hoping it would have new information, but all I could find was a note saying she may use the last name Wolgemuth.

If Jamie is still alive would be 39 this year.

Make-a-List Monday: Head and neck tattoos

This is a list of MPs who’ve got tattoos on their head, ears, face or neck. As ever, I might have missed a few people.

  1. Amada Abundez
  2. Deion Tremayne Akemon
  3. Kelly L. Allen
  4. Ronel Alsup
  5. Martha Elizabeth Anaya
  6. Tameka Anderson
  7. Leo Anicua
  8. Lakeisha Nichole Archie
  9. Darrell Lee Auck
  10. Steven Michael Babka*
  11. Jerome Baker III
  12. Ericka Lynn Ballard
  13. Edward Ray Clayton Bartram
  14. Morgan Aryn Bauer
  15. Michael Paul Bazan
  16. Charles Dwayne Bell Jr.
  17. Tori Jean Grace Bess
  18. David Wayne Blizzard
  19. Eric Lawrence Brown
  20. Latoya T. Brown
  21. Joseph Michael Bushling
  22. Ricky Lamar Caldwell
  23. David Antonio Cambray
  24. Amanda Rae Carroll
  25. Ashley Marie Carroll
  26. Doris Wade Carter
  27. Norma Cheryl Cornelius
  28. Dymashal Lashon Cullins
  29. Athena Joy Curry
  30. Rachel Lucille Cyriacks
  31. William Francis DiSilvestro IV
  32. Lisa Marie Douglas
  33. Jeanette DuPriest
  34. Kenny Dwayne Ebarb
  35. James Joseph Fisher
  36. Brittany Anne Ford
  37. Jeffrey Lee Franklin
  38. Dean Leslie French
  39. Steven Anthony Frick
  40. Edward Tyson Gatson
  41. Ricky Lee Goldstein Jr.
  42. Keyshia Graham
  43. Michael Lesly Green
  44. Timothy Soloman Green
  45. Jamie Christine Grossman
  46. Justice Paul Guidroz
  47. Mohammed Ata Hakimi
  48. Bilial Lamir Hammette
  49. Dianna Affana Hammonds
  50. Shelly Ann Hart
  51. Maegan Janean Hembree
  52. Jeannie Elizabeth Hernandez
  53. Mitchelle Deborah Hicks
  54. Paul Richard Hodgden
  55. Jonathan Terry Holley
  56. Joshua Davaughn Hollie
  57. Elizabeth Ann Hornbeck
  58. Jermaine Hunter
  59. Jerry Dwayne Isenhour
  60. George Erick James
  61. LaRhonda Cortory James
  62. Cynthia Gerri Jean-Pierre
  63. Keith A. Johnson Jr.
  64. Trina Lakea Johnson
  65. El Shawndrae Devon Jones
  66. Ronald Lee Justice Jr.
  67. David A. Kallenberger
  68. Jessica Ann Kinsey*
  69. Lisa Marie Knight
  70. Tami Faye Kowalchuk
  71. Margaret Leader
  72. John Lima*
  73. Jose Jesus Lopez
  74. Junier Lopez
  75. Wesley Irving Lovell Jr.
  76. Terry Lynn Lowery
  77. John Ray Ludolph V
  78. Franklin F. Martin
  79. Hector Lorenzo Martinez Jr.
  80. Manuel Gil Martinez
  81. Wendy Martinez
  82. Maria Antonia Mauricio
  83. John Ray Mendez
  84. Deanna Michelle Merryfield*
  85. Robert Edward Morales
  86. Noel Nathaniel Morris
  87. Benjamin Ray Munoz
  88. Laurel Elizabeth Newquist
  89. Miguel A. Oliveras
  90. Jessica Eileen Ortiz
  91. Angela Scott Owen
  92. Nathan David Perkins
  93. Jamie Nichole Peterson
  94. Marcie Tokeysha Peterson
  95. David Douglas Potts II
  96. Crystal Dawn Morrison Prentice
  97. Cherice Maria Ragins
  98. Tyran Jamal Reed
  99. Vanessa Reed
  100. Kara Denora Rigdon
  101. Kenneth John Ritchie
  102. Cindy L. Rivera
  103. Melvia Kaye Roarx
  104. Travis Dewayne Roberson
  105. Warner James Rose
  106. James Brian Rowe
  107. Ronnie Paul Russell
  108. Angelica Esperanza Sandoval
  109. Karissa Alline Schell
  110. Kelsie Jean Schelling
  111. Pedro Angel Seda
  112. Shantina Marie Smiley
  113. James Noel Stathum
  114. Louie Robert Taylor
  115. Amanda Michelle Thacker
  116. John Matthew Thrasher
  117. Andrew James Torii
  118. Darlene Marie Trujillo
  119. Angelica Marie Uballe
  120. Barry Kendal Vedder
  121. Darlene Ann Wallace
  122. Jacob Wallace
  123. Christine Lindsey Walters
  124. Amanda Lyn Ward-Romine
  125. Lindsay Marie Wells
  126. Beatriz Adriana Wheeler
  127. Jennifer Lynn Wilkerson
  128. Gary Curtiss Williams
  129. Herbert Lee Williams
  130. Starina Marie Woods

*maybe

Make-a-list Monday: Photographs of Tattoos Part II

Three years and one day ago I did a Make-a-List Monday of MPs who had photos or drawings of their tattoos in the casefile. Well, here’s a second list of MPs who weren’t on the first list — ones that I forgot the first time, or have been added since then.

  1. Joshua Scott Adams
  2. Richard Paul Agor
  3. Katelin Michelle Akens
  4. Mary Anne Alexie
  5. Jorgen Anderson
  6. Leo Anicua*
  7. Tobey Tweedy Baker
  8. Morgan Aryn Bauer
  9. Dana Jane Bruce
  10. Mark Travis Burkett Jr.
  11. Christopher George Cochron
  12. Stephen Joseph Davaris Jr.
  13. Marie Chantal Delly
  14. Heather Rachelle Elvis
  15. Keith Allan Fetter
  16. Megan Renee Foglesong
  17. Mark Duane Folz*
  18. Nikki Lyn Forrest
  19. Dean Leslie French
  20. Jose Angel Fuentes Jr.
  21. Kelly Gray Gaskins
  22. Joseph Paul Gauthier
  23. Robyn Leslie Hatcher
  24. Maegan Janean Hembree
  25. Robbie Lane Huff II
  26. Matthew Scott Hulse
  27. Jade Marie Humble
  28. David A. Kallenberger
  29. Ethan Bert Kazmerak
  30. Elizabeth Dawn Land
  31. Billy J. Lange
  32. Bryce David Laspisa
  33. Margaret Leader
  34. Evelin Milena Lemus
  35. Morgan Keyanna Martin
  36. James Wayne McAdams
  37. Felina Branch Metsker
  38. Brook Lynn Peck
  39. Lea Chali Porter
  40. James Martin Roberts
  41. Michelle L. Rice
  42. Eryk Krystyphyr Richards
  43. Kyle Thomas Rugg
  44. Tyler Scott Russom
  45. Larissa Marie Sam
  46. Jonathan Schaff
  47. Kelsie Jean Schelling
  48. Ashley Nicole Summers
  49. Jacob Tipton
  50. Cody Henry Turner
  51. Angelica Marie Uballe
  52. Jacob Wallace*
  53. Lisa Marie Wallace
  54. Tiffany Michelle Whitton
  55. Nickalus Jryon Wilfong Jr.
  56. Brandon L. Wood
  57. Starina Marie Woods

*I’ve got no photos of his tattoos below the case summary, but his face/neck/scalp tattoos are pretty obvious in the top pics.

Flashback Friday: Joyce Brewer

Gah, I have been neglecting my weekly features as of late and haven’t done a FF case since March. This one is Joyce Creola Brewer, a fifteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Grand Prairie, Texas on September 6, 1970.

The circumstances of Joyce’s disappearance — last seen stomping out of the house after a fight with her parents — might indicate she ran away. If so she’s been gone for a VERY long time, obviously — 46 years, almost 47 — but it’s by no means impossible that she’s still alive.

If she is not, or for that matter if she is, a good way to identify her would be the extensive burn scars on her torso and left arm.

If she’s still alive, Joyce would be 62 today, and maybe a grandmother or something.

Let’s talk about it: Mimi Boomhower

This time I’d like us all to discuss one of my oldest cases: Mimi Boomhower, who’s been missing for nearly 70 years. She disappeared from Los Angeles in 1949, at the age of 48, and was never seen again. Her case got a fair amount of attention at the time, probably because her deceased husband had been a wealthy businessman and Mimi herself was quite the socialite. Contemporary press articles often called her “the merry widow.”

Mimi was childless and her closest living relatives were siblings who lived on the East Coast, but she had plenty of friends, and they all swore that it was completely unlike her to just drop out of sight without telling anyone where she was going. Yet I found a seeming contradiction in the news accounts: when she DID drop out of sight, her friends assumed she’d just gone off on a short trip and would be back in her own sweet time, and so she wasn’t reported missing for the better part of a week. I have to wonder if her friends knew more than they disclosed.

The only trace of her they ever found was her purse, which got left in a phone booth with a note saying “We found this on the beach Thursday night.” The police never found out who left it there, but they noted the purse didn’t look like it had been exposed to sand or water. And anyone who’s been anywhere near a beach knows that sand gets into everything.

It’s worth noting that, although she kept up appearances, she was having financial problems and was pawning things and selling other things at a loss and taking out loans and so on. A judge found it necessary to declare her legally dead a whopping eleven days after she was last seen, just in order to allow her attorney access to her accounts so he could keep paying on her home equity loan and the bank wouldn’t foreclose on her house. (The judge subsequently reversed his decision and declared that Mimi was legally alive after all. Seven years later, she was declared dead a second time. Shrug.) Mimi’s furniture and her late husband’s big game trophies were sold off after she disappeared to cover her debts, and I learned that one of the buyers discovered his new elephant head had tusks made of plaster-of-paris rather than ivory — presumably Mimi had sold off the ivory earlier.

Nevertheless, she can’t have been TOO hard-up. She was wearing $25,000 worth of jewelry when she disappeared, after all. That’s $25,000 in 1949 dollars, too. Factor in inflation and that jewelry would be worth over $250,000 today.

Mimi’s friends and associates all said she was neither suicidal nor thinking of eloping. One of her closest friends was quoted as saying, “We’ve ruled out everything but foul play.” Yet they couldn’t think of anyone who had a reason to hurt her, either.

Offhand the only sensible explanation I can think of is this: Mimi had arranged to meet someone, possibly to talk about selling or pawning more of her jewelry or something. Maybe this person was of the sketchy variety and that’s why she didn’t tell her friends about it. And this person, rather than buying whatever Mimi was selling, simply killed her and took it for himself.

But in that case, where’s the body? And can there have really been NO SUSPECTS AT ALL over the years? ‘Tis a puzzlement.

Let’s talk about it.

MP of the week squeaked in: Nigel Jay

This week’s featured MP (added at 11:26 p.m., whew!) is Nigel Shervanti Jay, a 33-year-old African-American man who disappeared from Oakland, California on April 7, 2013. I don’t have a whole lot on his disappearance, other than that it’s considered suspicious. Nigel has two tattoos, one of which is of a spatula — perhaps related to his job as a cook.

MP of the week: Larissa Sam

This week’s featured missing person is Larissa Marie Sam, a 22-year-old woman who disappeared from Indianapolis on June 21, 2015. After work she went to her uncle’s house and had a few drinks, leaving at 4:30 a.m. She never arrived home and her car was found abandoned, with a flat tire.

Larissa’s family thinks she might have been a human trafficking victim. She was certainly an attractive woman, and within the age range for sex trafficking. If that is true, then the best bet for finding her may lie with some of her customers, who must surely have noticed those tattoos. The one on her chest is very large and unique.

If she’s not being held captive, though, I think it’s pretty unlikely she’s still alive.