This week’s featured missing person is Michelle Amy Lokker, who disappeared from Allegan, Michigan on June 7, 2003, at the age of 29. Her clothes turned up in or near the Kalamazoo River after her disappearance. I had it as IN the river, but a post on this Websleuths thread says the following:
I knew Michelle as an acquaintance. She seemed like a kind, good soul and decent person. I think she wanted to become a vet or work with animal rescue or something like that, but unfortunately I think she may have been become depressed. The last time I saw her she was a shell of her old self, it was heartbreaking. The only thing that I heard was that it was assumed suicide since her car and neatly folded clothes were found next to the Kalamazoo River. The river was searched but nothing was ever found. I’ve never heard any more details than that.
I couldn’t find any news on Michelle, alas. She does have a distinctive brand on her hip and I’ve got a sketch of it.
This week’s Select It Sunday is Ashley Marie Eiffert, chosen by Ashley’s mom. This tiny (under five feet tall) nineteen-year-old disappeared from New Orleans on January 9, 2003. She was last seen arguing with someone on her cell phone. She left her vehicle behind, but it was reportedly broken anyway. Ashley has two tattoos and she was seven months pregnant.
Ashley’s mother told me she’s got a Facebook page, but I can’t find it. I wish I could find out more about her case. Hopefully her mother can provide me more info. I wonder how much attention the New Orleans police have given it; I’ve heard terrible things about that police department, and then of course Hurricane Katrina trashing the city two years later can’t have helped matters.
If Ashley is still alive, she’d be 34 now. Her child would be 14 this month.
I had another Executed Today entry run yesterday: three men who were alleged to have participated in a riot and machine-breaking in Nottingham. I think this entry is a good example of how well Jason (owner of the blog, aka the Headsman) and I work together. I submitted an entry about the hangings, and then he added the information about the motivations for the riot and how dubious the evidence was against the three condemned, which made the entry much better.
Some other things: after two postponements, I finally saw the pain management doctor about my headaches. I was impressed with him, actually. He told me he had “no idea” what was causing my headaches and then he was like “because of your symptoms, I get the idea that Treatment X might work. Or it might not. We don’t know until we try. So I’ll write the prescription, and next time you get a headache try Treatment X.” I’m supposed to call the office to report the results. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, they’ll try something else. Frankly, it’s nice to hear a doctor admit he doesn’t know what the answers are.
Yesterday and today I spent some time in purging cases from Charley — notably from New Jersey. I went over the entire state and removed a bunch of outdated cases. I also got some additional information on some of them. Stephen Davaris, for example, was declared dead last May, a presumed suicide. His family has actually kept in touch with the people who found his bag washed up on a beach in Ireland. I was struck by this because I’ve actually been to the Cliffs of Moher, in January 2003, about two and a half years before Davaris is presumed to have leaped to his death.
I was going to update yesterday but in the evening the internet unexpectedly kicked it and didn’t come back on for ages. I should get something up today.
I wasn’t able to do this yesterday because the internet was down all day. In fact it was down for much of today also; I wasn’t aware that it had come back up again until about half an hour or so ago.
This week’s featured MP is Marcus Deon Virgin, a 24-year-old Florida resident and father of four who vanished from Mobile, Alabama on May 8, 2003. Although he was involved with drugs and criminal activity, he has a family who misses him; I found this sad blog entry by the mother of one of his children. Other family members commented on it.
I was looking at NamUs’s newly added cases and saw one for a guy named Eddie Vanneiter. I knew I had an Edward Vannater on Charley and so I pulled him up, thinking they must be the same guy, just with slightly different names. But clearly they aren’t.
Edward vanished from Ohio in 2003; Eddie disappeared from Florida in 2000. Edward was 32; Eddie was 26. Etc. Edward is white; Eddie is black and, from what the details of disappearance says, probably a resident of the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. (If he was, he’d be the first Curaçaoan on Charley.)
It reminds me of back in the MPCCN days when the site featured two people named Carlina Francher. If I recall correctly, only did they share the same first and last names, they were also African-American teenage girls missing from New York City.
I’ll add Eddie…well…whenever. I can’t really promise to add anyone at any particular time because I’ve got so many cases in the inbox it’s ridiculous.
This week’s Select It Sunday was chosen by Denise: Gary James Swanson, missing from Aledo, Illinois since May 22, 2003. He was 32 years old and would now be 44.
It looks like Swanson left of his own accord, at least initially. He’d had a series of major setbacks in his life and possible PTSD, he left a note for his family, and he may have been seen hitchhiking in the area a week after his disappearance.
However, the bit about the burned car makes me wonder. If you want to disappear, abandoning your car might be a good idea, but why bother to set it on fire?
My usual search turned up nothing new in this case, except one new picture of him which I have added to his casefile.