MP of the week: Charles Radice

This week’s featured missing person (which I didn’t do yesterday cause I was at an early Independence Day thing) is Charles Anthony Radice, a 76-year-old World War II veteran who disappeared from Lancaster, California on May 15, 1995.

Curiously, his adult grandson, whom he lived with, didn’t bother to report him missing. Sounds pretty sketchy to me, but I don’t know much else about it, so who knows what happened there.

Pride Month: Mark Shumaker

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 James Mark Shumaker, who usually went by Mark. He disappeared from Tampa, Florida on October 20, 1995, at the age of 32.

There’s some suggestion that his disappearance is connected to the murder-without-a-body case of Jason Galehouse and the disappearances of other gay men in the Tampa area, but I kind of doubt it. That said, after 23 years, it’s likely Shumaker did meet with foul play.

Pride Month: Robin Reed

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 Robin Reed, a 15-year-old gay boy who disappeared from Petaluma, California on January 24, 1995.

It’s no mystery what happened to Robin; he was seen jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He was struggling to cope with his sexuality and had been bullied at school. The students at his high school created a Gay/Straight Alliance in his honor after his death.

His body has never been recovered.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Dawood Kullo

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 Dawood Kullo, a 39-year-old of Pakistani descent who disappeared from Houston, Texas on March 27, 1995.

Kullo had an argument with his girlfriend and stomped out the day he disappeared. I normally consider give the significant other a serious side-eye in such cases, but Kullo was seen at a bar after the argument so who knows what happened to him. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of information.

About his name: the Arabic version of David is pronounced something like Dah-ood and it’s transliterated in a lot of different ways, such as Daud, Daoud, Da’ud, and…Dawood. Pakistanis speak Urdu, not Arabic, but both Pakistanis and Arabic speakers are all mostly Muslim, and what I’m trying to say here is that Kullo’s name is basically “David David Kullo.”

I wonder if “David” is actually a nickname/Anglicization rather than his legal middle name, especially as NamUs has his name given as “Dawood (David) Kullo.”

Black History Month: Edgar Orlando Forbes

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 Edgar Orlando Forbes. He was 21 and a student at the University of West Florida when he disappeared from Belle Glade, Florida on October 28, 1995.

Forbes got into an argument and left the house at 2:15 a.m., wearing only a t-shirt and boxer shorts. He was never seen again and the car he was driving, a Honda Civic Del Sol, never turned up either.

If I were a betting person, I’d say he and the car are probably in one of Florida’s numerous waterways.

MP of the week (late again, sorry): Benjamin McLaurin-Johnson

This week’s featured missing person is Benjamin McLaurin-Johnson, a baby who disappeared from San Francisco, California on January 13, 1995. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about the case. He’s listed on NamUs but not on the NCMEC, although the NCMEC clearly made that AP photo of him, since it’s got their logo on it. I have no actual photographs of the boy or any information about the circumstances of his disappearance, other than that he was last seen with his babysitter. Is the sitter a suspect? A fellow victim? I have no idea.

Select It Sunday: Ke’Shaun Vanderhorst

Kristen Y. selected Ke’Shaun Bryant Vanderhorst as this week’s Select It Sunday case. Like Peter Kema‘s and Relisha Rudd‘s, this is a case that really gets to me. Also like with those two, it’s as if the system opened up whole knew cracks just for Ke’Shaun to fall through. What’s more, the 22nd anniversary of this adorable little boy’s disappearance is tomorrow, Monday. He vanished from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 25, 1995, at the age of two years and three months.

I wrote about the case on my blog seven years ago, inserting my own commentary into Ke’Shaun’s Charley Project casefile. Since then there’s been an additional development: last October, Tina was charged with murder — not in Ke’Shaun’s disappearance, but in the case of a 64-year-old man whom she allegedly stabbed 77 times before setting his body on fire. She was homeless at the time, and was charged with¬†murder, robbery, arson and “causing a catastrophe.”

I can’t find anything else about the case and don’t know if it has yet been resolved. It often takes a long time to resolve murder cases, as long as several years, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Tina is still awaiting trial. It’s been less than a year since she was charged, after all.

I wonder if this murder charge has prompted authorities to take another look at Ke’Shaun’s case. I can only hope so. Tina needs to pay for what she did to her son, and 2 1/2 to 7 years for child endangerment isn’t nearly enough.

If he is still alive — and he almost certainly is not — Ke’Shaun would be 24 years old today.