This week’s Flashback Friday case is Fred Donald Miller, who disappeared from Hagerman, Idaho on August 17, 1968. He was driving at the time, having picked up two male hitchhikers who have been identified. Both Fred and the car were never seen again.
The police don’t believe Fred disappeared voluntarily. Whatever happened to him in 1968, though, he’s definitely dead now: he was born in 1902 and if he was still alive, he’d be 114 years old. I think at least some of his six children are still alive, however.
If Fred was the victim of foul play, whoever did it may also be deceased by now. It’s been almost 50 years, after all. This can, however, actually be a good thing for the investigation. If the killer or killers are dead, anyone else who has knowledge of what happened to Fred and has said nothing (out of fear, out of love, whatever) can come forward with it now, knowing there’s nothing to lose by doing so.
Gotcher vids, hot and fresh: eleven of them to be exact, covering sixteen MPs. In chronological order:
Alfred James Grimes and Sammy Lloyd Jackson, 1968
Barbara Aurora Burhans, Carmen Garcia and Diego Garcia, 1982
Jasmine Kirlissa Collins and Melissa Ann Collins, 1991
Keith Chau and Ai Wei Kaung, 1995
Ruben David Felix, 1997
Yim Yeung Tsui, 1998
Yamaira Vivian Montes-Gonzalez, 2000
Sonya Lynn Bradley, 2002
Yaroslav Victorovich Iventyev, 2003
Joey Lynn Offutt, 2007
Marizela C. Perez, 2011
Sean Munger has written about Donna Michalenko on his blog. The case is 45 years old and Donna would be an old woman if she is still alive. Which she could be, I suppose. Although “foul play is suspected in her case” I don’t know why that is, whether there’s concrete evidence like blood or something, or just four and a half decades of silence.
Donna disappeared from Kief, ND, which might well be the smallest town listed on the Charley Project. The population was 97 the year she disappeared, which seems like New York friggin’ City to what it is now: 13. THIRTEEN.
MP news that is not about Josh Powell’s cowardly murder/suicide:
The Morning Sentinel in Maine has done an article about cold case missing children there; it mentions Douglas Chapman, Cathy Moulton, Kimberly Moreau, Kurt Newton (why isn’t he on NCMEC?) and Bernard Ross. The article quotes the Charley Project in several places.
In New Zealand they’re digging for the body of Jefferie Hill, a two-year-old who disappeared in 1968. The dig site is at the property of a former neighbor, whom Jefferie’s mother thinks was involved in the disappearance. The neighbor died in the 1980s.
Per Annie of For the Lost: this four-month-old article about Natasha Paula Corley, who was abducted by her mother and probably taken to Mexico back in 2006. Natasha was a year and a half at the time and would now be six years old. Her father, Keith, stated she and her mother simply vanished one day when Keith showed up to get her for a visitation.
This article talks about Guy Pyke and Carol Wood, both of whom vanished from central New York in the nineties. Guy’s wife of over 50 years died in January.
The body of Jason Wing has been identified. He disappeared in August 2010 at the age of 21 and was found last week, shot to death. Dustin J. Trimm has been charged with second-degree murder in his case.
I hope to be able to update tonight. I was able to get connected to the internet at Shya’s, but the connection there is really bad, really slow.