MP of the week: Yousef Almetnawy

This week’s featured missing person is Yousef Almetnawy, who was four years old when he and his sister Iman, age one, were abducted by their mother from Euless, Texas on August 25, 1999.

Disturbingly, the children and their mother, Ghada Abdel Said, may be on the run with Ghada’s brother, Yaser Abdel Said, who is wanted for a double murder: he allegedly shot and killed his two teenage daughters, Sarah and Amina, in 2008.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Gabriel Martinez

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 Gabriel Martinez, age 19, who disappeared from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25, 1999. His left ear is pierced and he may have a tattoo on his right wrist.

Martinez’s car turned up in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Holly Road. By the time this was reported, it had been there for weeks. Although it’s uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning, he may have been involved with a gang when he went missing.

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like there’s been any news about his case in years. If still alive, Gabriel would be 38 today.

Pride Month: Anthony Anterio

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.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Wendy Kimura

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.

Reader discretion advised

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.

Holy crap!

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.

Would love to know more about this

On August 20, 1999, Junelle MarquardDayna 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.