Missing Person of the Week: Uma Sewpersaud

Yeah, I was going to do a Make-a-List Monday yesterday of people who disappeared on the fourth of July, but life intervened: I got more and more manic over the weekend and as a result I was awake for two and a half days in spite of lying quietly in bed most of the time. I developed an ear infection and due to the holiday weekend, no outpatient clinics were open, so I had to go to the hospital for treatment. I was bouncing off the walls by this point and they outright asked if I was on drugs. (I was not. Except the ones I’m supposed to be taking.) Then on Monday I finally crashed and slept. all. day.

Anyway. Today’s missing person of the week is Uma Davi Sewpersaud, a thirteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Orlando, Florida on January 28, 2002. Uma is either from Guyana or at least of Guyanese parentage. Guyana is in South America but culturally, it’s Caribbean, and almost half the population is of Indian (that is, Asian) descent, including Uma.

Anyway, the cops think Uma ran away. I hope she really did and hasn’t met with foul play. I mean, it’s been 15 years now. But if she went to Guyana, as the police believe she might have, maybe that’s why she’s fallen off the map.

Oh, and I would like to note (for people who want to identify bodies) that she was tiny, even for her age, when she disappeared. Less than four and a half feet tall and just 70 pounds. (At the same age I was 5’1 or 5’2 and around 90 or 100 pounds.) Maybe if she died shortly after her disappearance and her body was found, they might have thought it was of a younger girl.

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Some more “UnFound” podcasts

The guy who does the “UnFound” podcasts has just released three more. (My links for the MPs’ names direct you to their Charley Project casefiles; click on the “UnFound” link above to see the podcasts.) There’s:

The podcaster, Ed Dentzel, interviewed me by phone on September 21. We talked for about an hour, and afterwards, at his request, I emailed him a bunch of stuff. The September call was actually what they call a pre-interview. The real, public interview will be next week. In the meantime, Ed is going to send me an outline of how he’d like the interview to go, what questions he plans to ask me, etc., for me to examine and suggest possible changes if needs be.

Jahi Turner arrest warrant

They’ve released the arrest warrant in Jahi Turner‘s murder-without-a-body disappearance, outlining all the evidence against his stepfather, Tieray Jones. I have to say, it’s pretty damning. Particularly the diary entries, and multiple witnesses who contradicted Tieray’s version of what happened that day. I will provide more details in today’s update.

Murder charge in Jahi Turner disappearance

They have FINALLY charged Tieray Jones in the 2002 disappearance of his stepson, Jahi Turner. I’m pretty surprised they didn’t do it sooner. I know the police were pushing for a murder charge even less than a year after Jahi went missing.

Jahi was a beautiful little boy. I hope he finally gets justice.

MP of the week: Lian Fang Feng

This week’s featured missing person is Chinese native Lian Fang Feng, who disappeared from Queens, New York in 2002.  Another case of suspected spousal snuffage, alas. They were in the process of a divorce but were still living together, and blood was found in the home after Lian disappeared. She left behind her passport and her wallet, and her daughter said she didn’t speak English very well. Lian’s husband has had her declared legally dead and collected her million-dollar life insurance policy.

Charley Project quoted in the Washington Post

I was pleasantly surprised to see the Charley Project quoted in a Washington Post article about the Julian Hernandez case. I subscribe to the Post and get an email every day with several of their articles; the Hernandez one was one of those. Since I’ve already taken Julian’s casefile down, the Post linked to a cache of it.

The “Disappeared” TV show

Michael bought me Season 4 of the TV show “Disappeared.” I would like to own all seven seasons, for research purposes of course, but this is the only one I own now and the library doesn’t have the show so I’ll have to wait. I’ve been watching the first episode of season 4, the Rachel Cooke one, on my computer. I already know the story, pretty much, so right now I’m just harvesting photographs.