Native American Heritage Month: Damon Boyd

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 Damon Lee Boyd, a 29-year-old Ojibwe man who disappeared from Itasca County in northern Minnesota on May 27, 2014.

Boyd has both an alcohol problem and some mental illness issues, and he’s been in several treatment centers in the past. He was last seen after “leaving” a residential facility in Polk County, Minnesota. I don’t know whether he was properly discharged from that facility, or absconded.

According to the Facebook page set up for him, he may have been in the Fargo, North Dakota area after his disappearance.

Native American Heritage Month: N’Cita Blue Thunder

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 N’Cita Blue Thunder, a 17-year-old girl who disappeared from Beach, North Dakota, a small town on the Montana border, on July 9, 2014. I do not know N’Cita’s tribal info, but it’s noted that her Native name is Black Lance.

Curiously, I can’t find any other trace of N’Cita other than what’s on NamUs. You’d think she’d have had a social media account, but if she did, I can’t find it. Though she was under eighteen when she disappeared, she isn’t listed on the NCMEC.

And I can find out precisely zilch about the circumstances of her disappearance. Few details are available.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Tilana Williams

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 Tilana Catarina Williams, a 20-year-old who disappeared from Auburn, Washington on July 1, 2014.

This is another case about which I know nothing about the circumstances of her disappearance. I did find this Google Plus account and this MySpace that I think might be hers; the photos resemble her, but I’m not sure and I certainly don’t want to accidentally use pictures that are of someone else.

If Tilana is alive — and I’ve find nothing to suggest she is not — she would have turned 25 last week. If that MySpace is hers, she may go by the nickname Lana.

If anyone happens to see this blog who knew Tilana, I invite them to comment below or shoot me an email.

Four year anniversary of Myra Lewis’s disappearance

As the Clarion-Ledger pointed out in this article, today it’s been four years since toddler Myra Lewis disappeared from outside her Camden, Mississippi home. If still alive, she’d be six years old, probably in kindergarten by now.

I blogged about Myra’s case last year. I still wonder if she simply wandered away and perhaps drowned, but there was a pretty extensive search and they presumably checked the local ponds. I hope she’s still alive.

MP of the week: Trukita Scott

This week’s featured missing person is Trukita Jaquita Scott, a 24-year-old and mother of two who disappeared from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 25, 2014.

It’s a sad case, the all-too-familiar tale of a young woman’s life destroyed by domestic violence. They basically know who did this, and the man sounds like a potential serial killer, but he has never been charged in Trukita’s case.

Black History Month: Zaden McKnight

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 Zaden Alexander McKnight, a four-year-old boy who disappeared from Dayton, Ohio on March 25, 2014. Zaden went missing with his mother, Nichelle. Nichelle’s body was found near the Stillwater River two and a half weeks later. She’d been murdered.

Zaden is presumed murdered too, and the police are pretty sure what happened and who did it. Antwan Anderson, Nichelle’s ex-boyfriend, and Tonisha Harris, another woman Anderson had dated, are the prime suspects in the cases.

Neither of them have been charged in connection with the actual homicides, but Harris was imprisoned for using Nichelle’s bank card and later for evidence tampering, abuse of a corpse and failure to report a crime.

A cluster of resolves

Sometimes it seems like I don’t get a resolved case for a month and then suddenly get hit with a dozen at once. This next update will have five. So far. I’m linking to their casefiles but they won’t be up for much longer.

  • Runaway Sualee Jeseenia Gonzalez Castro has been found alive, per NCMEC. She had been missing for two years and almost two months and is now 19 years old.
  • Runaway Alondra Hernandez-Trujillo has also been found alive, per NCMEC. She had been missing for almost three years. She is now 18.
  • Convicted murderer Thomas Riffenburg has confessed to the killings of his girlfriend, Jennifer Anne Walsh, and their son, Alexander Mitchell Riffenburg, who had been missing from Palmdale, California since January 9, 2009. Jennifer was 23 and Alexander was only a year old. This article provides a lot of background info about their cases, more than I have on Charley. Thomas provided hand-drawn maps to where he’d buried their bodies, and the cops found remains and are awaiting DNA confirmation of their identities. I think I’ll resolve their cases now; it’s highly unlikely they’re anyone but Jennifer and Alexander.
  • A skull found in the woods 2001 has been identified as Ella Mae Williams, an 80-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s Disease who wandered from her Gainesville, Florida home on March 25, 1990. (The article incorrectly gives her age as 78.)