MP of the week: Francisco Sanchez

In case you’ve been living under a rock these last several days, I’ll have you know that protests and riots, sparked by one too many horrific incidents of police brutality, have lately broken out all over the country. So I thought I’d make this week’s featured missing person Francisco Javier Sanchez, a man who disappeared during the Los Angeles riots of 1992. (The Los Angeles Riots were also sparked by police brutality, in this case the beating of Rodney King, and the acquittal of the four police officers involved.)

Sanchez, a 38-year-old immigrant from Guatemala, was last seen in Los Angeles on April 30, 1992, the second day of the riots. He had only recently arrived in the country and lived with relatives on Adams Boulevard. He vanished without a trace that afternoon, leaving his last paycheck uncollected, and was never seen again.

As to whether his disappearance is related to the riots, no one knows. But something happened to him and I don’t think it was anything good.

If still alive he’d be 66 today.

MP of the week: Arisoneide Gosselin

This week’s featured missing person (I forgot to put it up yesterday, sorry) is Arisoneide Oliveira Gosselin, who disappeared from Turlock, California on May 28, 1992. She was 31. She was from Brazil and moved to the US at age 23, after she married an American.

Whether her disappearance is related to her troubled marriage I don’t know, but it seems highly likely that she met with foul play. She appears to have been a responsible person and a devoted mother, and she left all her belongings behind as well as her kid, and her husband was using drugs and in no position to take care of the child.

Anyone have any idea how to pronounce her name?

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Gustavo Machado

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month I’m featuring a Hispanic missing person every day from September 15 to October 15. Today’s case is Gustavo Machado, a 44-year-old biracial black/Hispanic man.

Machado suffers from severe mental illness and was a patient at the now-defunct Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains, New Jersey when he initially disappeared in 1992. He was 33 years old. He resurfaced in Paterson, New Jersey on November 13, 2003, where I guess he was arrested; the photo taken of him at that time looks like a mug shot. He hasn’t been seen since.

Machado has a lot of tattoos, including several of writing in Spanish. If he’s still alive he’d be 60 years old and, probably, still living underground.

MP of the week: Walter Grant

This week’s featured missing person is Walter Sidney Grant, a 61-year-old Native American man who disappeared from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 17, 1992.

He was homeless at the time of his disappearance, and for that reason (and his age–he’d be in his late eighties now) I doubt he’s still alive. He had distinctive tattoos, and I hope if his body is located, he can be identified.

Black History Month: Maxine Gray

In honor of Black History Month I’m profiling one African-American MP every day on this blog for the month of February. Today’s case is Maxine Gray, a 30-year-old woman who disappeared from Mount Pleasant, Texas on April 5, 1992. Mount Pleasant is in the northeast corner of the state.

Unfortunately I have almost nothing on Maxine, only a little about the car she was driving: a black 1965 Chevy Malibu, which must have been distinctive. Even the photo I’ve got for her isn’t of the greatest quality.

If by chance any of Maxine’s relatives or friends see this post, I’d love for them to contact me. If she’s still alive she’d be about 57 years old today.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Martha Maxwell

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month I’m featuring a Hispanic missing person every day from September 15 to October 15. Today’s case is Martha Martinez Maxwell, a 41-year-old woman who disappeared from Fort Worth, Texas on May 10, 1992.

Her family got a letter from her saying she was leaving her husband Jeffrey, but they don’t believe the letter was genuine because she would normally have just called them. Martha also left her documents, her car and her child behind.

Prior to her disappearance, Martha had been the victim of severe abuse at Jeffrey’s hands. In 2012, he was sentenced to life in prison for the unrelated kidnapping and rape of a 62-year-old woman whom he’d held captive in a special secret compartment in his house for thirteen days.

Sadly, it’s not too hard to surmise what must have happened to Martha.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Jorge Acosta

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month I’m featuring a Hispanic missing person every day from September 15 to October 15. Today’s case is Jorge Acosta, a twelve-year-old boy who disappeared on November 1, 1992 from Los Angeles, California.

I’ve wondered about Jorge’s case for a long time because he’s always been listed as a runaway, and continues to be listed as such, but he was only twelve years old, and he’s been gone for 25 years now. That is very unusual.

I wish I knew more details about his disappearance. If he’s still alive, Jorge would now be 38 years old.

MP of the week: Anna Manning

This week’s featured MP (I missed last week, sorry) is Anna Lee Manning, who disappeared from Danville, Kentucky on November 19, 1992. She was 23 years old and left behind a young daughter. She wasn’t reported missing until early 1994.

The obvious possible suspect in Anna’s disappearance would be abusive husband, but he was not involved — he was in jail when she disappeared, and that’s about as good an alibi as you can get, short of being dead. Foul play is suspected in her case.

The admirable Unsolved Appalachia blog, which I’ve been mining as of late, ought to profile this case.

MP of the week: Alexis Dillard

This week’s featured missing person is Alexis Dillard, who is male. A KU senior, he vanished on December 11, 1992, after a night out drinking with his fraternity brothers in North Lawrence, Kansas. There’s a theory that he drowned in the Kansas River, possibly while trying to swim across. He was 22.

And yes, I’m aware that suspect Pedro Hernandez was convicted of Etan Patz’s murder and I’m aware I have to re-write his entire casefile. That’ll be my task for tomorrow.

Select It Sunday: Brenda Lambert

This case was chosen by ChristynShawn K.: her sister, Brenda Gail Lambert, has been missing from Bluefield, a small town in southern West Virginia, since July 26, 1992, and ChristynShawn had asked me to highlight Brenda’s Facebook page. I can do one better.

Brenda left all her belongings behind at home, including her car and the clothes she was wearing when she was last seen. She had filed a domestic violence complaint against someone, not sure who, before she disappeared. She was 23 years old and would be 47 today.

Five months later, in January 1993, Brenda’s boyfriend, 24-year-old Mark Anthony Cook, also disappeared without a trace, and he hasn’t turned up either. Either the cases are related or it’s a heck of a coincidence. Foul play is suspected in both disappearances.