*Headdesk right through the desk to the floor*

So I wrote up a runaway case off the NCMEC. Her name is Breanna. After I wrote up the basics from her poster, I was doing more research on the case for details to add to her casefile. She wasn’t in NamUs. I soon discovered why: an article saying she was found safe in August 2016.

I called the NCMEC about this and yup, she was found safe almost two years ago. But she’s still on their website. This is like the sixth time this has happened.

NamUs did have another Breanna listed, a young woman, so I decided to post that case instead. And the same thing happened: I wrote up the case with the NamUs details, then on further research discovered this Breanna had been found murdered in January 2017, only a few months after she disappeared. And she is still on NamUs.

I am seriously fed up.

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Pride Month: Martha “Clyde” Dicks

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Martha Ann Dicks, aka Clyde, who disappeared from Sumter, South Carolina on March 29, 1972.

Said to be a lesbian who sometimes dated men, I wonder if Martha wasn’t actually transgender. She had a man’s name for her nickname and she liked to wear men’s clothes.

Martha/Clyde is thought to have been a victim of the serial killer Donald “Pee Wee” Gaskins. She was 19 and possibly pregnant at the time of her disappearance.

Pride Month: Ramiro “Kimberly” Avila Jr.

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Ramiro Avila Jr., aka Kimberly. Avila disappeared on May 13, 2017 (one year and one month ago exactly) from Brownsville, Texas, at the age of 32.

NamUs says Avila is a trans woman, so that is what the Charley Project says also. However, in articles I found about the case, Avila’s brother was quoted saying Avila is gay. Shrug.

Regardless of the gender identity, although born male, Avila went out at night as a female sex worker named Kimberly, in makeup, wig and women’s clothing.

Per media statements given by family, Kimberly had been a regular in Brownsville for years and always came home when her working night was done. Except for the day when she suddenly didn’t.

So I got this email today

[For the past several days I’ve been house- and dog-sitting for my mom. She’s coming back tomorrow sometime and I can go home. I will resume website work including this week’s featured MP upon my return. To be honest I’ve been glad of the break.]

Hi Meaghan,

I am casting a new investigative TV docuseries on missing African American mothers.

I am the Manager of Development at Machete Productions, a female-owned and operated production house based in Los Angeles. We are working on a new series that will tell the stories of missing women who are unjustly left in the shadows of the Missing White Woman Syndrome that plagues American media. We specifically want to look at cases of mothers, as told from the POV of their children whom they are survived by.

The stories and messages here are potent; we simultaneously aim to bring awareness to the disparity in media coverage and investigative thoroughness of black missing persons cases (versus white cases), we want to address the impact of losing a mother on an individual level and social level (entire communities are plagued by these cases that go unresolved), and, most importantly, we want to bring in a new investigative team to try to find justice and closure.

I found The Charley Project while searching for details on Doretha Williams who went missing in Nov 2007. Due to the lack of public information available on these cases, it is very difficult to get in touch with surviving children. Teaming up with The Charley Project would be a vital resource during this casting process if you have access to surviving family members. I am curious if there is a way to blast out my casting call to surviving offspring of missing moms cases in your database?

Happy to hop on a call to discuss further.

Thank you!

Pride Month: Niija Council

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Niija Navea Council, a 20-year-old mother who disappeared from Philadelphia in September 2013. According to her social media, she is bisexual.

I only added Niija to the Charley Project this spring and the circumstances of her disappearance are very unclear to me. Her file on my site gives the date of disappearance as September 1; this was the date provided by all official sources I could see.

However, as I blogged in April, there is something more to the story than “last seen on September 1” and I really don’t know what the heck is going on with this one.

I feel her Charley Project casefile is incomplete at best and probably misleading but I never know how to treat social media as a source, particularly when its info contradicts that given by law enforcement.

As ever, I invite and appreciate input and further digging from you, my fine readers, without whom this blog would serve no purpose.

Pride Month: Katelin Akens

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Katelin Michelle Akens, a nineteen-year-old who disappeared from Springfield, Virginia on December 5, 2015.

She was supposed to take a plane to Arizona that day, where she would live with her girlfriend and go to cosmetology school, but she never made her flight and her luggage was found in a ditch.

The police seem to be focusing on Katelin’s stepfather as a suspect; her suitcase was found just a few miles from his home, and he was the person who supposedly gave her a ride that day.

Pride Month: Christine Markey

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Christine Marie Markey, a 22-year-old bisexual woman who disappeared from Oneida, New York on January 10, 1993.

She had an altercation with her live-in girlfriend on the night of her disappearance; their relationship was troubled. Their landlord saw them go into their apartment together, but what happened after that is a mystery.

Christine never picked up her last paychecks from either of her two jobs. Her disappearance is considered suspicious.