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 Aaron Tapasoa, a seventeen-year-old boy who disappeared from Miami, Florida on October 17, 2008.
Most agencies classify Aaron as Caucasian, but I made a judgement call and I believe he’s much more likely to be of Pacific Islander descent, for the following reasons:
- His appearance
- The fact that he “may have traveled to Samoa”
- Most importantly, the surname Tapasoa is almost entirely unique to Aaron himself, but the surname Tapusoa (a slight respelling) comes from the Pacific Islands.
If I’m wrong I’ll eat my words.
Getting back to Aaron, it says he associated with the homeless population and spent a lot of time on the beach. He’s classified as a runaway. Wherever he is, I hope he’s alive and well.
In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Wilson Happy, a 68-year-old Navajo man who disappeared from Farmington, New Mexico on June 4, 2008. Unfortunately the only photo I have of him is from the 1960s and is, I think, a high school graduation photo; he’s wearing a mortarboard in it.
From the circumstances of his disappearance, it looks like he may have been robbed and murdered. He withdrew $2k from the bank and was last seen sitting in a parked car (he didn’t own a car btw) looking really nervous and as if he expected someone to be coming.
This week’s featured missing person is Tamika Howard, a 37-year-old who disappeared from Newark, New Jersey on May 25, 2008. She had a high-risk lifestyle, with a drug problem, an arrest record and a history of prostitution. Perhaps because of this, her mom didn’t report her missing for three months.
It’s possible Tamika simply moved on, as there were reported sightings of her plying her trade at Penn Station in New York City after her disappearance. But I wonder if she’s still alive; it seems unlikely that someone with her history could have avoided law enforcement attention for over a decade.
I discovered that skeletal remains found in Mason City, Iowa in May of this year have been identified as Cerilla Ann Doyle, an ex-cop from Bentonville, Arkansas who disappeared from there in the autumn of 2008.
Investigators note there is “no indication of foul play.” Mason City is over 500 miles due north from Bentonville.
I’ve gotta wonder what happened and I don’t have much. Cerilla’s husband had died several months before her disappearance, after a long illness, and there were reports that Cerilla was suicidal, but her family denied this. Why did she leave Bentonville and leave all her things behind? What brought her to Mason City? Did she know anyone there? Did she deliberately go there to die?
Unless her family decides to disclose further information, I suppose we’ll never know. RIP Cerilla.
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month I’m featuring a Hispanic missing person every day from September 15 to October 15. Today’s case is Griselda Aguirre, a fourteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Hartford, Connecticut on July 30, 2008.
She’s classified as a runaway and said to possibly in the company of “an adult male and a young male child” — perhaps her own son and his father? I don’t know anything else.
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month I’m featuring a Hispanic missing person every day from September 15 to October 15. Today’s case is the disappearances of siblings Ximena Paola Granados, 1, and Sergio Paul Granados, two and a half, who went missing from Pomona, California on July 30, 2008.
The Granados kids are classified as family abductions; authorities believe they were taken by their non-custodial mother and father, possibly to Mexico. However, I can’t find any info on the parents and I don’t know if any warrants were ever issued for them.
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month I’m featuring a Hispanic missing person every day from September 15 to October 15. Today’s case is actually two cases, cause the people disappeared together: Rosario Imelda Pacheco-Flores, age 28, and her boyfriend Luis Fernando Castillo Villafana, 30, who disappeared from Phoenix on April 7, 2008.
Foul play is suspected in both cases, but unfortunately I don’t know much about the circumstances of Luis and Rosario’s disappearance.