MP of the week: Gerald Marks

This week’s featured missing person is Gerald Alexander Marks, a 57-year-old man who disappeared from Detroit, Michigan in September 2007. For some reason he wasn’t reported missing until May 2011, nearly four years later. I don’t know anything else about his case but wonder if he was transient or had no family, and perhaps that’s why his disappearance wasn’t reported sooner.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Nachida Chandara

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Nachida Keota Chandara, a fifteen-year-old girl of Laotian descent who disappeared from Phoenix, Arizona on March 14, 2007.

Nachida is classified as a runaway and is known to have been in Detroit, a full two thousand miles away, two months after she disappeared. She has been known to use several alias names, and some of the photos I’ve got for her look like mugshots. It sounds like she is or was being trafficked.

Some of the internet sleuths thought Nachida might be Fond du Lac Jane Doe, a young woman who was found dead in Wisconsin in November 2008. They were mistaken, but the speculation did cause one person to blog about her case.

MP of the week: Kevin Boney

This week’s featured missing person is Kevin Ray Boney, a 49-year-old Native American man who disappeared from Houston, Texas on April 1, 2007. Unfortunately, I don’t have much on this case. He was last seen at a movie theater, but I don’t know anything about the circumstances. He’s a diabetic, which is concerning.

Boney is NOT the “militia member” of the same name whose cousin disappeared in 2012.

A bunch of no-body homicide updates

So I re-posted all the Corpus Delicti lists last night and today (it’s been forever I know) and I took the chance to go through Not Concluded/Unknown Outcomes again to find out some of those outcomes.

The result is fifteen updated cases.

  • Cynthia Linda Alonzo: Eric Mora pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, got eleven years.
  • Abigail Estrada: Ruben Torres pleaded guilty to murder, got eighteen years but could be out in ten.
  • Cari Lea Farver: Shanna Golyer was found guilty, got life without parole plus 18 to 20 years for an unrelated arson.
  • Jarrod Devlin Green: Brandon Wheeler’s charges were dropped for lack of evidence.
  • Alice Kristina Wehr Hummel: Bruce Hummel was tried and convicted of the murder a second time, but an appeals court overturned his second conviction and he cannot be retried.
  • Charles Edward “Mississippi” Johnson: David Lint pleaded no contest to criminal homicide, got seven to fifteen years.
  • Zachary Matthew Malinowski: No conclusion yet, but suspect Javon Gibbs (allegedly) murdered someone else while out on bail in Malinowski’s murder.
  • Bernadine M. Montgomery: Tracie Naffziger pleaded no contest to being an accessory second-degree murder after the fact. She will testify against David Mariotti, whose trial is supposed to be early next month.
  • Sara Jo Mowrey: After alleged misconduct by the prosecution, Michael Baker pleaded guilty to solicitation to commit murder and being an accessory after the fact to murder, and got three years instead of the life sentence he’d have gotten if convicted of the original charges.
  • Catherine E. Nelson and Charles Martin Russell: Brian Ferry’s trial was early this year. The jury couldn’t reach a verdict and there was a mistrial.
  • Heath Riley Reams: Amanda Sanders-Bolstad pleaded guilty to manslaughter and got 25 years, with 20 suspended, but the prosecution is trying to get her suspended sentence revoked because she moved without telling the police.
  • Bret R. Snow: More details have been released about the crime and two additional suspects have been charged. Alvaro Guajardo is charged with murder, and Cheryl Sutton with kidnapping, conspiracy to commit murder, and leading organized crime.
  • Aaron Lamar Turner: One suspect, Bryan Byrd pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and got 20 to 40 years. (Also found an article about how Bryan was an academic star in high school and seen as a really great kid who had risen above his poverty and single-parent childhood, then he ruined his life in one weekend.) The second suspect, LaQuanta Chapman, was convicted and sentenced to death, but the sentence was overturned four years later and he got life instead. A third suspect has been identified, but has never faced charges. I think it’s because Chapman isn’t saying boo and they only have Byrd’s testimony to put the man at the scene. Also, not-very-fun fact: Chapman shot one of his dogs dead and dismembered the body in his attempt to cover up Aaron’s murder.
  • Rebecca Ann Ware: Timothy Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and got nineteen years, with credit for three years’ time served.

Black History Month: Jesse Edwards

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 Jesse Curtis Edwards Sr., aka J.C. Edwards, an elderly man in the early stages of Alzheimer’s who disappeared from Holly Bluff, Mississippi on November 4, 2007.

Edwards may have been seen walking down the road thirty miles outside of town shortly after he disappeared from his home. His daughter believes he may have been murdered, but I don’t have much on the case.

MP of the week: Angie Tucker

This week’s featured MP (missed last week due to that awful illness) is Angie Denise Tucker, a 33-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma woman who was last seen on November 3, 2007.

It’s pretty clear what happened to poor Angie and it isn’t good. She had a rape complaint pending against her ex-boyfriend, Allen Shields, at the time of her disappearance. Shields was pretty much a monster. Whether he was an actual serial killer isn’t clear but if he was not, it was only for technical reasons — possibly he didn’t quite reach the minimum number of bodies — and certainly it was not for lack of trying on his part. Angie may have been the first person he killed. But we may never know because he’s dead now.

MP of the week: Heather Riggio

This week’s featured missing person is Heather Marie Riggio, a 20-year-old woman missing from North Miami Beach, Florida since May 6, 2007 — nine years.

Heather had a troubled life prior to her disappearance; she was seeing a married man and she was involved with drugs, prostitution, and, far more disturbingly, human trafficking. I don’t know whether that means she herself had been trafficked (that, forced into prostitution) or whether she merely associated with known traffickers, or even whether she actually was implicated in trafficking cases. In any case, not good. She has a criminal charge pending against her for felony drug possession.

I doubt this young woman is still alive. It seems like she would have resurfaced, or at least called home, if she could have.