National Hispanic Heritage Month: Petrita Harris

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 Petrita Sista Harris, nicknamed Pat, a 60-year-old woman who disappeared from Magnolia, Arkansas on June 30, 2000.

A neighbor reported Harris missing, which is unusual — usually a relative does that. Perhaps she had no relatives. The neighbor didn’t file the report until July 10. When the police went to Harris’s home, they found the TV on and the kitchen door open — indications that Harris did not leave voluntarily, or if she did, she didn’t intend to be gone long.

I haven’t been able to find much news about this disappearance. If Harris is still alive, she’d be 79 today.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Rosio Beltran

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 Rosio Monica Beltran, a 26-year-old who disappeared from North Richland Hills, Texas on September 9, 2000.

All indications are Beltran was the victim of a homicide. She met a man, Mario Pietro, at a nightclub and went back to his place, and neighbors heard the sounds of fighting and screaming. Later, Beltran’s blood was found at Pietro’s residence.

Unfortunately, the prime suspect is dead; Pietro stole a car and took off, and two days later, after a confrontation with police, they shot him dead when he pointed a gun at them. It turned out to be a BB gun.

Rosio Beltran was from Peru and was in the US working as an au pair and learning English. She planned to return to Peru and become a teacher, but that never happened.

She would be 45 today.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Carmen Gonzalez

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 Carmen Marta Gonzalez, a 37-year-old woman who disappeared from Santa Fe, New Mexico, a popular tourist town, on New Years’ Eve, 2000.

She checked into a Day’s Inn, intending to stay one night, but never checked out and was never seen again. Her van (which she was supposed to return to the rental company on December 30) turned up in “a snow-filled canyon” in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, which is a range in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.

As far as I can determine, the spot where the van was found isn’t too far from Santa Fe. Just what Carmen was doing in Santa Fe is unclear; it’s possible she planned to spend the New Year there, or she may have been thinking of moving to the area. She’s originally from Puerto Rico and worked as a nurse at a hospital on the on the Zuni Indian Reservation.

Black History Month: Monique and Sidney Smith

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 actually three rolled into one: sisters Monique Rae Smith, one month old, and Sidney Keara Smith, one year old, and their mother, eighteen-year-old Jennifer Dawn Lancaster. They all disappeared together from Topeka, Kansas on May 12, 2000. The children are biracial, black and white, and their mother is white.

The family’s car was found at an apartment complex a week later, and that doesn’t look good to me at all. However, I have been able to find very little information on this case, no articles, nothing.

If Sidney and Monique are still alive, they’d be 19 and 18. Jennifer would be 37.

Native American Heritage Month: Peggy Humber

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 Peggy Ilene Humber, a 44-year-old woman who disappeared from Bakersfield, California on June 23, 2000. I do not know what her tribe was.

Shortly after Peggy disappeared, her car turned up abandoned in the Sequoia National Forest. She is missing under suspicious circumstances.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Isidro Limon Jr.

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 Isidro Limon Jr., who was 23 when he disappeared from Weslaco, a city in the southern tip of Texas, on September 14, 2000.

His case got some press attention around the fourteenth anniversary of his disappearance, such as this article (which mentions the Charley Project), after the local Crime Stoppers put out an appeal.

Foul play is suspected in Isidro’s case. The cops said he was involved in unspecified “illegal business dealings” and had made enemies in his personal life.

Well, that’s it for this year. I’ll probably repeat this for National Hispanic Heritage Month in 2019.

I’ve never done this before

So the other day I added the case of Jaret Jerome Senegal, a 30-year-old man who disappeared from Crowley, Louisiana on November 7, 2000.

He’s not listed anywhere else except the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified & Missing People. That database did not have a photo of him. This recent article on Louisiana missing persons mentions Senegal, but it didn’t have a photo either.

I did all my usual digging and the only remotely usable photo I could find was one of Jaret at the age of about six years old, part of a group photo published in a 1976 newspaper. There was one other photo, also published in a newspaper, of Jaret with his boxing club as a teenager, but it was of such poor quality that all you could see was a Jaret-shaped black silhouette. Clearly, not usable.

I felt pretty unhappy about having to use the 1976 photo, but then again the only available photos of Ivon and Inisha Fowler are of them as infants, so there you go.

I’m hoping that now that Jaret is on Charley, that might kick-start something and someone can find a more recent photo of him.