Native American Heritage Month: Sheila St. Clair

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 Sheila St. Clair, 48, who disappeared from Duluth, Minnesota on August 20, 2015. I do not know her tribal information.

She was planning to travel from Duluth to the White Earth Reservation, and may have tried to hitch a ride there. In any case she never arrived and was never seen again.

There was some media attention this past September, after the third anniversary of her disappearance. This article notes that her disappearance is “extremely suspect.”

Thinking aloud on one of today’s cases

From what information I have (which isn’t very much), the disappearance of Brian Lee Drew is pretty puzzling. He went missing three years ago from his home in Tucson, Arizona.

Drew’s NamUs page┬ámakes it look like he could have left of his own accord; he “mentioned going to Mexico to help feed the hungry.” But if he did, he left his vehicle and most of his stuff behind. I don’t know how he would have gotten to Mexico without those things.

If he did indeed cross the border there should be a record of that. NamUs said his wallet disappeared with him, but what about his passport? He should have needed one to cross the border — although I’m aware that American border officials are much more concerned about keeping people out than keeping people in.

His Facebook page is puzzling. In one of his last posts, less than a week before he went missing, he writes:

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I don’t know if he really was at risk or if he was just paranoid.

As is often the case, his Facebook was a rich source of photos of him, and photos of his tattoos as well. He had a bunch of them.

I hope he is alive and well and decides to contact his family soon.

Pride Month: Rusty Feasel

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is John Russell “Rusty” Feasel, a 47-year-old man who disappeared from Dallas, Texas on March 16, 2015.

Per this article, he had to have been either gay or bisexual, since the author of the article is another man and had dated him.

I heard from Rusty’s mother once, shortly after I posted his case originally. The Texas Department of Public Safety page for him gives his date of disappearance as 2014; it was 2015. She also told me the note he left, contrary to what the Dallas Voice article said, didn’t say Feasel wanted to disappear.

The circumstances of his disappearance are unclear.

This was his life

Irven Thomas Kuykendall disappeared three and a half years ago at the age of 79. In spite of his age he had a LinkedIn, and the details of his accomplishments, as told by Kuykendall himself, are touching:

When I went into the ophans home, 1-3-1942, I wasn’t made to go to school.. I had rather helped with the care of the livestock, cows, horses, mules, hogs goats, chickens. All except the horses and mules, were slaughted for food. Left there in 1-31-1953. Went into the Army. In those years, a person only had to be in excellent [health] and make a score of 31 on the entrance test. Today, a person has to be in excellent health and a high school graduate. I stayed in the Militery, intil 12-8-61. In 1986, while I was a patient at the V A Hospital, I took the test for GED and passed it on 2nd try.

R.I.P. Irven, wherever you are.

[EDIT: Kuykendall was also active on Ancestry’s message boards.]

Pride Month: Katelin Akens

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Katelin Michelle Akens, a nineteen-year-old who disappeared from Springfield, Virginia on December 5, 2015.

She was supposed to take a plane to Arizona that day, where she would live with her girlfriend and go to cosmetology school, but she never made her flight and her luggage was found in a ditch.

The police seem to be focusing on Katelin’s stepfather as a suspect; her suitcase was found just a few miles from his home, and he was the person who supposedly gave her a ride that day.

MP of the week: Shauntay Gilliam

This week’s featured missing person (sorry about missing last week) is Shauntay Gilliam, an eighteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Pleasantville, New York, a small town outside of New York City, on September 1, 2015.

Unfortunately, the info that was put on her NCMEC poster is all the info I have on Shauntay. One photo: big eyes, hair hidden under a scarf. Although she is missing from Pleasantville, the police in the nearby city of Mount Pleasant are investigating Shauntay’s case.

That is all.