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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Way back in the day in July 2014, commenter “Purple Prowler Book Reviews” suggested I run LaMoine Jordan Allen or Kreneice Marie Jones for Select It Sunday. These two toddlers disappeared together on May 10, 1992 from outside Woodville, a little southwestern Mississippi town near the Louisiana border.
Both LaMoine and Kreneice’s respective families actually lived over the border in Edgard, but that day they made the approximately two-hour trip to Woodville to attend a Mother’s Day church service. The kids — LaMoine was two and Kreneice, three — vanished together while playing outside a store after the event was over. It appears they were abducted.
Frustratingly, I can find VERY little about this even after combing through paid news archives. And there are contradictions in what I do have — as of this writing the Charley Project says the kids’ families were friends, but many reports have it that LaMoine and Kreneice were, in fact, cousins. Of course, those things are by no means mutually exclusive, and probably not a factor in their actual disappearances, but it would be nice to know whether there was in fact a blood relationship or not.
This is a case that might have been solved much earlier had the Amber Alert existed in 1992. I just wish I knew more about it. I will keep digging.