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 Anthony L. Anterio, a 62-year-old gay man who disappeared from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 19, 1999.
(If you’re wondering why I’m adding all these men instead of women, it’s harder to find lesbian women on my site for some reason. I welcome suggestions.)
Anterio is missing under very suspicious circumstances — his partner, Tony Gillette, took his own life when the police asked to interview him. Gillette is believed to have murdered Anterio, but what he did with the body is unknown.
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 Wendy M. Kimura, a 28-year-old woman who disappeared from Cary, Illinois on May 21, 1999. I don’t know for sure but I think she’s of Japanese descent; Kimura is a Japanese surname.
Wendy was a Chicago resident who took the train to Cary on May 20, and spent the night with a friend. She was last seen walking along Route 14 the next day.
There isn’t a whole lot out there about the circumstances of her disappearance, but it’s worth noting that she has both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In June 2013, fourteen years after her disappearance, the cops searched the Fox River for her, but didn’t find anything.
So here’s a copy of the court filing in the Ashley Freeman/Lauria Bible case. It is horrific. I haven’t even read it yet myself and I know it’s going to be horrific.
I did glance at the first few pages and it looks like the sole living suspect, Ronnie Busick, was the lookout and two men who are beyond earthly justice actually killed Danny and Kathy Freeman. And of course, if Busick and his lawyer have any brains at all they’re going to dump as much blame as possible on the dead guys and paint him as an innocent bystander or something.
I had bad dreams last night about the girls being held captive by those men. Some real Silence of the Lambs type stuff.
Not gonna update today. I’ve been out all day and now I’ve got some things to do. I’ve got to deal with an email sent in with about a zillion corrections on one of my cases. And possibly take Michael to the hospital when he gets home, depending on how awful he feels. He’s been sick for awhile.
They’ve arrested a suspect in Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible‘s cases. The man, Ronnie Dean Busick, was charged with four counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of arson.
The police gave a press conference and said Busick and two other people, David Pennington and Warren “Phil” Welch, killed Ashley’s parents, set the fire and took the girls. They then held Ashley and Lauria captive for some time — the cops don’t know exactly how long, but days at least — and took Polaroid photos of them, which they showed to other people, and bragged about what they were doing.
Pennington and Welch are dead now. The cops have recovered the Polaroid photos and hope to locate the girls’ bodies. I hope they do, and quickly. It’s been eighteen years.
On August 20, 1999, Junelle Marquard, Dayna Menger, and Dayna’s son Dakota disappeared from Nekoosa, Wisconsin, apparently into thin air. And I cannot find squat about it.
NamUs doesn’t have Dakota listed for some reason, and Junelle’s case on there doesn’t have a photo. I was able to snag a high school photo of her from a pre-disappearance newspaper article from Newspapers.com. She played sports a lot in high school; I’m sure many coaches of girls’ teams would love to have a six-footer on board.
I was also able to find obituaries for relatives of both women. Junelle and Dayna were listed as having survived their relatives who died post-disappearance. Based on the obituaries I concluded they were not related to each other. I’m assuming they were just friends then.
I found a mention of a brother, Bryant, for Dayna, and thought I’d try to find him on Facebook or something, maybe he had photos or information about his sister on his profile. I discovered Bryant died in 2013, at the age of 39. It was mentioned that his infant son predeceased him. There’s more than enough sadness to go around in that family.
I wish I knew anything about a vehicle, whether a car disappeared with them and whether it was found. If a car did disappear with them and it wasn’t found, I’d be thinking they’re all in a lake or river somewhere.
Or perhaps — hopefully — they simply left town.
I wish I knew more.
I’ve just updated their cases so you can read about the sordid story of missing stepdad and stepdaughter Gary McCullough and Liehnia Chapin on Charley.
However, I highly recommend you check you the really wonderful two-part series on the case: After 10 years missing, is Lena Chapin still alive? and Cover-up, confession and what remains of Lena Chapin.
It is an absolutely awful and somewhat convoluted tale, and an excellent piece of investigative reporting on the part of the Salem News. Good job, guys!
Poor Lena. Poor Gary. I had kind of a deer-in-the-headlights feeling as I read what what down.
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 Shirley Anne Gladney. This 20-year-old woman disappeared from Okolona, a small town in northern Mississippi, on April 9, 1999. She was last seen walking away from her home to go pay an electric bill. She never returned and sadly that’s all I’ve got.