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 actually two cases, the twins Chengxu Wang (male) and Zhaoxu Wang (female). They were five when they disappeared from Champaign, Illinois on February 7, 2015.
Per the NCMEC, the twins were abducted by their non-custodial mother. My guess is she’s taken them back to her country of origin, which my guess, based on the children’s names, would be China. Though it could be Singapore or Malaysia or any country where a lot of people are Chinese.
Anyway, if the children were victims of international family abduction, it’s unlikely they can be returned unless the mother chooses it. I don’t think China has signed the Hague Convention of the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. I’m not sure any Asian country has.
This week’s featured missing person (sorry about last week, it wasn’t a good week) is Deklon Ford, who disappeared on May 6, 2015. He was only six months old at the time, and would be four years old now.
He and his mom, 28-year-old Brittany Anne Ford, disappeared together, and although the place of disappearance is given as Columbus, Ohio, they were “last known to be” in Hardin, Montana. Brittany’s car (which had Georgia plates, incidentally) was found abandoned on Highway 87 between Billings, Montana and Sheridan, Wyoming, but I’m a bit hazy as to which state it was in.
I’m not sure under what circumstances they’re missing, but they have a Facebook page set up for them, and Deklon’s dad set up a GoFundMe for search funds.
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 Raheem Blaton Bordueax, a 22-year-old last seen in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 7, 2015.
That night he went out, supposedly to hang out at a nightclub with friends, and never returned. I don’t have anything else on his case, unfortunately. If he’s still alive, Raheem would be about 26 today.
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 Rosalita F. Longee, an 18-year-old woman who disappeared from Wapato, Washington on June 30, 2015. Although I don’t know her tribe for sure, Wapato is located within the boundaries of the Yakama Indian Reservation.
I don’t know much about Rosalita’s disappearance, just that she left home after an argument. She is mentioned in this October 2018 article about indigenous women who went missing or were murdered on or near the Yakama reservation; her name was added to the list after the fact, and the article quotes the Charley Project as a source. The only additional info I could glean from it is that her nickname is Rose.
I got all the photos of Rosalita from her Facebook page; she enjoyed taking selfies and the most recent one was posted six months before her disappearance.
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.”
This week’s featured missing person is Timothy W. Gibson II, a 39-year-old man who disappeared on March 25, 2015, shortly after being treated and released from a Sedalia, Missouri hospital.
Beyond those details, I don’t have anything on him, including the reason he was taken to the hospital.
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 makes 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:
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.