MP of the week: Thomas O’Daniel

This week’s featured missing person (a day late, sorry) is 29-year-old Thomas Clyde O’Daniel and he went missing a very long time ago: May 15, 1958. It’s been nearly sixty years.

Thomas called his family from Phoenix and said he was going to hitchhike to Yuma, Arizona. Google Maps says Yuma is about a three-hour drive from Phoenix, but back in 1958 it may have taken longer. He never got in touch with his family again and I don’t know whether he arrived in Yuma. In fact, I don’t really know anything.

This case is pretty much a complete blank. The only thing I could find online was a post on Ancestry from what is probably his daughter. Other than that I’ve got nothing.

Anything could have happened to this guy. It’s even possible, though only just, that he’s still alive somewhere, perhaps chilling in a nursing home — he’d be in his late eighties by now.

Skelton case brings back memories of older one

I’m sure everyone knows by now about the disappearances of Alexander, Andrew and Tanner Skelton. Their parents were in a custody battle and their father had abducted them before. Last week Dad took them for a visit and, he says, dropped them off with a lady friend so they wouldn’t see him kill himself. His suicide attempt failed, the boys are missing now and the police don’t think Skelton’s lady friend exists. This article provides a good summary.

This case reminds me very much of a 52-year-old one recently put on the NCMEC: Myrisha Campbell, age 3, and her 11-month-old brother, A.J. The children’s father, A.J. Sr., also took them for a visitation and then tried suicide — successfully in his case. Before he died he made statements to the effect that he had killed the children, and he said as much in his suicide note. In spite of an extensive search the two children’s bodies were never found. I suppose the NCMEC posted them in a last-ditch hope that the bodies might turn up and need to be identified. Their poor mother. I don’t know if she’s still alive. I can’t imagine how she managed to survive such a tragedy.

Nothing new under the sun.

Those poor kids — the Skelton boys and the Campbell children — look so cute and contented in their pictures. Sigh.