Black History Month: Shy’Kemmia Pate

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 Shy’Kemmia Shy’Rezz Pate, an eight-year-old girl who disappeared from Unadilla, Georgia on September 4, 1998.

Shy’Kemmia appears to have been abducted. Everyone in her family was cleared as a suspect, but the theory is that whoever did take her was someone she was familiar with. That could mean a lot of people — I mean, a neighbor, a teacher, a stocker at the corner store? She didn’t live in the greatest neighborhood.

I think it’s important to note that Shy’Kemmia had significant health problems, and the result is that if she is ever located, dead or alive, it should be easy to identify her. She had bad kidneys and a weak bladder and had to wear Pull-Ups — not exactly common in a grade-schooler — and she was also wearing a leg brace due to a displaced kneecap. She had surgery for the kidney issue and has a scar on her back at the waistline from this.

I highly doubt she’s still alive, for medical reasons alone; she would have needed regular treatment to survive to adulthood. But if Shy’Kemmia is still alive she would now be thirty this year.

Native American Heritage Month: Kimberly Mullens

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 Kimberly Doreen Mullens, a 33-year-old woman who disappeared from Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 1, 1998. I don’t know her tribe.

The circumstances of her disappearance are suspicious, as she was in an abusive marriage. Her husband said she simply left him after an argument, but that’s the kind of story we hear a lot.

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.

Black History Month: Shannon Darnell Harris

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 Shannon Darnell Harris, who disappeared from Houma, Louisiana on October 10, 1998. This date also happened to be his thirtieth birthday.

Harris visited his mom in Houma that day, then left to take a bus back to Dallas, Texas, where he was living and going to art school. He apparently never made it to the bus stop. Foul play is suspected in his case and it may have been drug-related; he was involved with drugs.

MP of the week: Dorien Thomas

This week’s featured missing person is Dorien Deon Thomas, a nine-year-old boy who disappeared from Amarillo, a city in the Texas panhandle, on October 26, 1998. He was (probably) going for a bike ride around the neighborhood when he vanished, and, unusually, the bike disappeared with him and was never found.

Dorien will have been missing for twenty years next year. He’d be 28 now, if he is still alive. I suppose there is no hard evidence that he isn’t; Jaycee Dugard turned up alive after quite a long time. The most recent news article I found on his case was from last fall.

Sorry guys, I promise I’ll update today

Yeah, I meant to start updating Charley again on Sunday and that didn’t happen. I was a lot more tired from that trip than I thought, and it kind of flipped my sleep schedule around as well. I don’t use my computer much if at all after about nine o’clock p.m. because Michael gets home from work then.

Was going to update yesterday after going to my therapy appointment. I would have gotten home at five p.m., but due to unforeseen circumstances I didn’t make it back home till seven, then Michael arrived home an hour early from work.

Anyway, the missing person of the week is Arturo Flores Vasquez, who disappeared from the border town of San Ysidro, California in 1998, the day before his birthday. (I ought to do a list of people who disappeared on or very close to their birthdays. Sofia Juarez is another that comes to mind.)

And I had another Executed Today entry that ran yesterday: Edward Hogsden, hanged in 1831. Another child abuse case, although it was sexual abuse in this case. It’s a terrible story, almost as bad as the last one.

MP of the week: Shy’Kemmia Pate

This week’s featured missing person is Shy’Kemmia Shy’Rezz Pate, a beautiful eight-year-old girl who’s been missing from Unadilla, Georgia for nearly twenty years now: September 4, 1998. There hasn’t been a lot of news about this disappearance, but on the face of it it’s a non-family abduction — by who, they don’t seem to know.

The family has a Facebook page set up for the little girl, nicknamed ShyShy.