Pride Month: Hartanto Santoso

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 Hartanto Teguh Santoso, a bisexual man who disappeared from Kirkland, Washington on February 19, 2001, at the age of 31.

Santoso was an immigrant from Indonesia who worked as a nursing assistant to help support a large family back in his native country. What’s happened to him isn’t a mystery: he was abducted from his apartment and murdered by his former friend, Kim Heichel Mason. Mason is serving life without parole for the murder.

Ooh, this is a problem

So I just added the case of Charles Edward Tear, missing from Fargo, North Dakota, to Charley. And there’s an issue. Namely this:

Tear’s NamUs profile gives the date of disappearance as June 29, 2011. But this article has it as June 29, 2001.

One or the other of them is clearly wrong, but I’m damned if I know which. The difference is simply the slip of a finger, a typo. Oh, and ten full years.

I’m going with what NamUs says for now, but I wish I was more certain that was accurate. NamUs isn’t always correct. (Case in point: Tejin Thomas is still listed as a girl on there.)

Black History Month: Jaquilla Scales

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 Jaquilla Evonne Scales, a four-year-old girl who disappeared from her family’s Wichita, Kansas home during the early morning hours of September 5, 2001.

There hasn’t been a great deal of press about Jaquilla’s disappearance. It doesn’t help that she was born to a teen mother in a poor African-American family, but I think whatever media attention her disappearance would have gotten was eclipsed by the terrorist attack on September 11.

I was fifteen years old, and I was on vacation in New England when 9-11 happened. I remember, flying home just a few days later (my mom and I had the plane practically to ourselves), hoping to find out more about Jaquilla’s case when I got home. I never did find out much.

It’s entirely possible that she was abducted — there were no signs of forced entry, but there was a door to the house that didn’t lock. I wish there had been more media attention when she disappeared; she might have been recovered if there had been.

Black History Month: Irene Kouame

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 Irene Kouame, a seventeen-year-old girl who disappeared from Pasadena, California on August 23, 2001. She’s from the sub-Saharan African nation of Cote d’Ivoire aka the Ivory Coast, and was in the U.S. on an exchange program.

Irene is classified as a runaway. Perhaps she simply didn’t want to return to her home county, a third-world nation that saw a coup in 1999 and, after her disappearance, two civil wars inside of a decade.

Irene would be 33 years old today.

MP of the week: Raymond Poland

This week’s featured missing person is Raymond Samuel Poland, a 35-year-old man who was last seen in Erie, Pennsylvania on August 22, 2001. Since he wasn’t reported missing for a year, I’m not sure how they fixed the date of his disappearance, but that’s what I’ve got.

Poland was an occasionally homeless alcoholic who had trouble keeping a job because of his problem. I think he may still be alive and just unaware that his family’s looking for him, or he may be a John Doe in some far-off part of the country.

Select It Sunday: Masayuki Kubo

This week’s Select It Sunday is Masayuki Kubo. I’m not sure who suggested it, Kat maybe. Blog commenter Hennylee put together a lovely spreadsheet of suggestions for me to go off of.

Kubo was 80 years old and suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease when he disappeared from Honolulu on June 23, 2001. He had a history of wandering off from home and getting lost, and then one day he went for a walk, got lost, and never came back.  There were possible sightings of him in the local area after his disappearance, leading to speculation that he was still alive, but I doubt that’s true anymore.

Let’s Talk About It: Kristopher Charles Loesch

Yeah, so I’ve decided to turn this “Let’s Talk About It” thing into a feature for as long as I can find strange cases with a lot of twists and turns and unanswered questions. Let’s make it Thursday’s, yeah? Juanita Oxenrider‘s one last week got a decent response so I’ll run with it.

So this Thursday I’d like to talk about Kristopher Charles Loesch. His official place and date of disappearance are given as May 16, 2001 in Post Falls, Idaho, when he was ten, but that’s kind of open to question. In fact, just about everything about Kristopher’s disappearance is open to question.

Whatever the case may be, Kristopher, who had been attending school under an alias name and living with a guardian, dropped out of sight around 2000 or 2001. His school never got any requests to forward his transcripts anywhere else. The guardian was later imprisoned for fraud.

Both of Christopher’s maternal grandparents were murdered in separate incidents in the 1990s, and the authorities think his mother, Tina Loesch, was involved. She was dating another woman, Skye Hanson. In 2008, warrants were issued for the couple’s arrest for the murder of Tina’s mother, and they were broadcast as fugitives on America’s Most Wanted. A few hours later, they killed themselves out in the desert near Tucson, Arizona. They left a very long suicide note saying they were innocent of murder. I’m not sure if the note mentioned Kristopher at all.

It seems the authorities didn’t start looking for Kristopher in earnest until after his mother’s and her girlfriend’s deaths in 2008, by which time he would have been 18. The most recent article I could find on the case dates from 2011; Kristopher’s uncle (Tina’s brother) still hopes for some kind of resolution, both in the murders and in his nephew’s disappearance.

He could be anywhere on this earth. Wherever he is, though, I doubt he’s still alive.

So what do y’all think? I yield the floor to you.