Native American Heritage Month: Virginia Pictou-Noyes

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Virginia Sue Pictou-Noyes, a 26-year-old member of the Mi’kmaq Indian Nation who disappeared from Bangor, Maine on April 24, 1993. The Mi’kmaq are live in the maritime provinces and Quebec in Canada, and in northern Maine.

Virginia seems to have had a very sad life. She had her first baby at fourteen, and dropped out of high school in her junior year. Three additional babies later, she married Larry Noyes and had three children by him, making a total of seven. Two of Virginia’s children died in a house fire in 1990.

Virginia was allegedly assaulted by Larry and his brother, Roger, and had to be hospitalized. This article has some details about what happened:

[Virginia’s brother] Robert Pictou said there was a dispute inside the bar and Pictou Noyes started walking toward the door to leave.

“Larry ran up behind her and jump-kicked her out the door,” Robert Pictou testified.

“She fell on the pavement face first and he jumped on her. He pinned her down, he put his knees on her arms and proceeded to beat her. Her brother-in-law came after him, kneeled down next to his brother and proceeded to beat my sister in the face.”

On the day of her disappearance, after a visit from her husband and brother-in-law, she left the hospital without permission and was last seen at a truck stop trying to get a ride home. After Virginia disappeared, the charges against Larry and Roger were dropped, presumably because there was no complaining witnessed.

Foul play is suspected in her case, and Larry and Roger are the prime suspects in her disappearance. Roger is dead, and Larry is drifting around Bangor as a transient when he’s not in jail for some violent offense or other.

Pride Month: Allen Livingston

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 Allen Lee Livingston, a 27-year-old gay man who disappeared from Indianapolis, Indiana on August 6, 1993.

Livingston may have been a victim of the serial killer Herb Baumeister, who targeted young gay men in the Indianapolis area. However, his body wasn’t among the eleven unearthed on Baumeister’s property in 1996. So…shrug.

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.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Consuelo Vannausdle

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Consuelo R. “Connie” Vannausdle, a 31-year-old Filipino-American woman who disappeared from Lacey, Washington on April 25, 1993.

She may have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance, and her husband Mark said she was depressed and possibly suicidal, but the police doubt Mark’s claims.

Foul play is suspected in Consuelo’s disappearance, and Mark seems to be the prime suspect. He claimed she simply walked out on him and their two kids. He never reported her missing; her sister in California finally did in July, over two months after she was last seen.

In addition, Mark is definitely a violent man; in 2002, he shot a cab driver (not fatally) and stole the person’s cab. He pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and first-degree robbery and got a twenty-year sentence. In 2004, prison officials found steroids and an “escape kit” in his cell. Lovely man.

The coroner issued a death certificate for Consuelo in 2008. I hope their children were looked after by someone responsible.

(An aside: I find it interesting that “Consuelo” is a woman’s name, because almost all female names in Spanish end with A. In fact, Consuelo is the only one I can think of that ends with an O. You’d think it would be Consuela instead, but Consuelo is the norm. Shrug.)

Well, this is absolutely terrible

So I’m trying to ease back into things, still not feeling the greatest, and I ran Nelda Louise Hardwick‘s name through Newspapers.com and came across an awful story.

Nelda may have been killed along Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Mississippi on May 10, 1998, four and a half years after her disappearance from Lake Charles, Louisiana on October 14, 1993.

The unidentified woman was a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle on the interstate. In 2013, Nelda’s family identified the dead woman as her based on photos of the body.

The coroner was quoted as saying there was just “one chance in a thousand” that the body wasn’t Nelda, and speculated she was held captive the entire time and somehow managed to finally escape, only to be killed on the road.

An exhumation was duly ordered, but when they dug up the Jane Doe’s grave in St. Joseph Cemetery, they found a MAN in the coffin, not a woman. The judge ordered the proceedings stopped, writing, “Unfortunately, it appears that the remains at the Jane Doe headstone were not those of Jane Doe. Further, the chief medical examiner advises it is obvious that the location of her grave is unknown.”

So Nelda is still listed among the missing, and this Jane Doe is now missing as well and will probably NEVER be identified now.

I cannot imagine how devastating this must have been for Nelda’s family.

Congratulations to my friend Dan S. for solving a cold case

Dan S., a Florida journalist and Friend Of My Youth, found Juanita Bardin the other day. If the link to her casefile is broken (I’m planning on taking it down later today), Juanita disappeared from Vidor, Texas on May 17, 1993, at the age of 49.

Dan simply entered Juanita’s name into Google and poof, found her: a person with the same name and date of birth died in King County, Washington in 2012 and was buried in a common grave for the indigent.

He asked me to call it in for him, so I did. Confirmation came yesterday afternoon: it’s her. I talked to the Vidor police chief and he said he’d verified it by the tattoos.

Juanita has no family to grieve the loss/celebrate the finding. The closest relative the police chief could find was her ex-husband. She had one child, the daughter mentioned in the casefile, but her daughter died years ago — before Juanita did, and apparently without issue — so there’s no one left.

But at least she wasn’t murdered by Tommy Lynn Sells or anyone else, and at least the cops can stop looking for her.

Go Dan! *claps*

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.