I am sorry I did not post this yesterday. I have been extremely sleep-deprived lately and after my therapy appointment I went home and collapsed. Didn’t wake up until well after Michael got home.
Anyway, Wilson Happy is the new missing person of the week. An elderly Navajo man, he disappeared from Farmington, New Mexico on June 4, 2008 and I think the circumstances are suspicious: he went to the bank, withdrew $2,000, and then sat out in a car (not his, he didn’t have one) in the parking lot, looking nervous. And was never seen again. I can’t help but wonder if he was being robbed.
This week’s featured missing person is Barry Miles Pruett, who disappeared from Redding, California on January 5, 2008, at the age of 28. I’ve got two available photos of him: in one he is clean-cut, military even were it not for the goatee, and in the other he’s quite unkempt and looks like a homeless person.
There’s no reason to suppose Barry’s dead: although he hasn’t had contact with his family since his disappearance, he is known to have been alive (if not well) in El Paso, Texas in 2009 and 2010. El Paso is where he’d told his family he was heading, and it’s 1,346 miles from Redding.
Pruett suffers from the double whammy of both bipolar disorder (characteristic by drastic mood swings) and schizophrenia (characterized by psychosis) and may not even know who he is anymore. My guess is he’s living in a homeless community somewhere, perhaps even still in El Paso.
I managed to squeeze her in at 11:00 p.m.: Alesha Brookshier, missing from the town of Farmington in the northwest corner of New Mexico since September 28, 2008. She was 37 years old and owned a tanning business in Farmington, although she lived in nearby Atzec.
Although Alesha spoke to her sister just about every day prior to her disappearance, she wasn’t reported missing for ages. Alesha’s ex-husband never reported her missing. Her sister says she notified police six months later, but there’s no record of a report then either. One of Alesha’s cousins finally got the ball rolling eighteen months after she was last seen.
It isn’t clear what happened to this woman, although her ex-husband was charged with forgery and fraud after he cashed a $2,200 paycheck made out to her. Her ex-husband cashed another of her paychecks, worth $1,000, as well. He deposited the money in her account but withdrew it all for himself within a few days. Which doesn’t necessarily mean he’s responsible for his disappearance, but it does prove he’s dishonest and a thief.
Another possible indication of foul play: sometime in 2009 Alesha’s car was found burned in her hometown of Aztec.
I have more info on her case than I do on a lot of them, but it’s all rather vague. I wish I had more details.
As for me: I saw my family doctor this morning and she gave me a clean bill of health, and as for insurance etc the situation is not as dire as it appeared yesterday. (See my comment on another entry about what I learned from the police report on Monday.) I’ve been out most of the day, and when I got home I had a friend over for dinner and we watched the VP debate. I plan to fully return to work tomorrow.
This week’s featured missing person (which I, erm, totally forgot to add yesterday) is Sasha Davis, but it’s actually three people, not one: Sasha disappeared with her three-month-old daughter, Selah Davis, and an adult male companion, Jarib Bennett, who was not Selah’s father as far as I know.
The trio disappeared on February 15, 2008, from either the Bronx in New York City, or from Rochester, a city a good five and a half hours’ drive to the northwest. I put the Bronx because I usually list whichever city the MP was last in, but they were en route to Rochester and their car turned up there, which is an indication — albeit not a conclusive indication — that they did arrive there.
There has been very little press attention on this case and I could find nothing at all for the past three years. The only new info my searches today turned up is that Selah’s middle name is Lee — I’ll add that. I wish I had more info and I wish some news outlet would cover the case: I mean, SOMETHING happened to these three, they can’t just have vanished into thin air. And it’s been eight and a half years.
I think foul play was probably involved and the two adults are no longer alive, although Selah might be. If she’s alive she would be nine years old in October.
This week’s featured missing person is Pamela Pendley Biggers, a 52-year-old woman who disappeared from Panama City Beach, Florida on January 27, 2008. She actually lived in Hueytown, Alabama, a five-hour drive away, but was in Florida on business.
Pamela was under a lot of stress when she disappeared because her son was about to be deployed to Afghanistan. She was actually experiencing some serious signs of mental illness, including auditory hallucinations, and her doctor thought she might have developed schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but Pamela refused to see a psychiatrist.
If she had in fact only just gotten bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, her case was highly unusual; those illnesses usually develop in the late adolescent or early adult years, and Pamela was middle-aged. That said, it’s not completely unheard of for a person to start manifesting symptoms later in life. It’s also possible that, if Pamela did have one of those illnesses, she had been dealing with symptoms for a lot longer than is supposed. I was diagnosed with severe depression at 23; two years later, my doctor changed his mind and decided I was actually bipolar. In fact, I’d been dealing with symptoms since I was a child and just did a good job of hiding it.
In any case, Pamela must obviously be considered an at-risk missing person. There were some leads placing her in Ohio after she disappeared, but I haven’t found a whole lot of news about this. The most recent article I could find is two years old.
This week’s featured missing person is Larkie Toups, who was found wandering around in an intoxicated state in Bogalusa, Louisiana on New Years’ Day, 2008. Rather than arrest him for being drunk in public, the police took him to a hotel and got him a room. Two hours later a hotel employee noticed he was missing and had left his door open and his ID and room key inside.
The police believe Toups may have been robbed and killed on the night of his disappearance. Certainly he would have been vulnerable. I did my usual check and, to my pleasure, found an article on the case from 2015 that provides a lot more information than I had before, and a new picture of Toups as well.
Charley’s been down since Sunday. I don’t know why. It’s something to do with my host; apparently all the sites that Lizard Hill hosts are down right now. I’ve had Lizard Hill since 2004 and they’re usually very reliable so I don’t know what’s up.
In the meantime, today is Tuesday, so if I were able to update the site I’d be updating my missing person of the week. Of course I can’t update but I might as well talk about him on here: this week’s is Oscar Alexander Campos, a runaway from Antioch, Tennessee, which is in the Nashville metro area.
I don’t have much on Oscar, who was 16 when he left home following some kind of dispute with his parents. He could still be in the Nashville metro area or he could be in southern California. His hair was styled in a purple Mohawk at the time of his disappearance. He’s been missing since April 19, 2008 — eight years next month.