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.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Augustine Moreno

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 Augustine Moreno, a 35-year-old man who disappeared after crossing from Mexico into the U.S. on May 20, 2000. I’m not sure why he went to the U.S.; whether it was just a day trip or if he intended to stay there or what.

Moreno has schizophrenia, and sometime after he went missing his brother got a call from someone saying Moreno was in Stockton, California (that’s around five hundred miles north of border). There’s been no indication of his whereabouts since.

MP of the week: Jessie Barnes

This week’s featured missing person is Jessie Barnes, a 28-year-old mentally disabled woman who disappeared from West Point, Mississippi, a small town in the northeast part of the state, on July 7, 2000.

Although she had mental challenges, Jessie was relatively high-functioning and would sometimes “drop out of sight for a few days.” Her family got concerned and reported her missing after ten days because her grandma had died and she didn’t show up for the funeral.

I think if she is alive (and this seems unlikely) she may be on the streets somewhere. She has a daughter, and if still alive she would be 46 years old today.

Pride Month: Charles Toliver

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 Charles Lee Toliver, a gay man who disappeared from Oak Ridge, Tennessee on February 4, 2000. He was 30 years old.

Toliver’s disappearance is suspicious and his former roommate seems pretty sketchy, but it’s really not clear what happened.