Still no computer…and Adam

To be fair, it isn’t the repair place’s fault. The part they need was back-ordered. The repair guy had it Fed-Exed to his house, at no extra cost. It might arrive tomorrow, and once it does arrive they say I can have the computer back the next day.

And in other news, the infamous 21st-century Thames Torso (as opposed to the 19th-century one, once thought to be a victim of Jack the Ripper) is said to have been identified. The boy, who was named “Adam” by investigators, was definitely from Nigeria — forensics established that — and the only clothes he had on, a pair of orange shorts, were sold exclusively in Germany and Austria. Authorities believe he was brought to the UK and sacrificed as part of an indigenous religious ritual.

Now, a Nigerian woman named Joyce Osiagede, who had originally been a person of interest in the case, claims she took care of Adam for a time when she was living in Germany, and that his real name is Ikpomwosa, and that he was five years old at the time of his death. She says the orange shorts originally belonged to one of her own daughters. Joyce denies having actually been involved in Ikpomwosa’s death and says she gave him to a man who later told her about the sacrifice ritual. You can read all about it at the link.

In spite of several papers trumpeting that Adam had been identified at last, I don’t think we can say that quite yet. It appears that Joyce only knew Ikpomwosa’s first name — so we don’t know his family name, who his parents are or where exactly he came from. And none of the above-mentioned story has been confirmed by police sources. They have apparently gone or are going to go to Nigeria to re-interview the witness. But I found a quote from here:

“It may be significant if it really is him because there may be others who knew him and can explain what happened to him, but Joyce has been spoken to several times and has not been a reliable witness.”

Admittedly, that quote hasn’t been confirmed either, it’s just cited as an unnamed police source.

It kind of reminds me of that story about the Box in the Box, how some woman claimed her parents had kept him in their basement for months and tortured him before killing him — a story a lot of people believe, but with little evidence to support it, and no evidence as to the child’s actual identity. (I’m not calling either that witness or Joyce Osiagede liars, I’m just saying these are similar situations with a murdered child without a name, and a plausible but thus far unconfirmed story behind the said child’s life and death.)

MP news roundup from around the world

KPVI News has run a story on Jon Clair Barrett, who’s been missing from Idaho since 2008. It looks like this will be first in a series on Idaho missing persons.

A body found in Dixie County, Florida in 1976 has been identified as James Berkeley Norris II, age 24, who’d been missing since 1974. It looks like he was killed shortly after his family last heard from him.

The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill mandating an Amber Alert for mentally disabled missing adults. Right now, the Amber Alert applies only for children 17 and under. The bill must be passed by the Senate and signed by the governor before it becomes law.

There are now AP photos of Edward Bryant and Austin Bryant, Colorado’s versions of Adam Herrman. The press is now speculating openly about murder, and the police admit they don’t have much hope of finding the children alive. Edward would now be 18, and Austin would be 15.

The body of Allen Lee Mosier, who disappeared from a Native American reservation in Washington in 2006, has been located in Shelton, Washington. A tree-thinning crew found him. The cause of death hasn’t been determined and the police haven’t said whether they suspect foul play. Mosier was 32 years old.

And down in Australia, some suspects have been named in the 1978 disappearance of Trudie Adams, who was 18.

There’s an article about Lamarst Alexander Porter Jr., an 18-year-old who was abducted and shot in 2003. His body was never found but evidence at the kidnap scene indicates he was almost certainly killed. Who abducted him, and why, remains a mystery. The article doesn’t really say anything new, but it’s good that this strange case got some more publicity.

The same paper also did an article on Kala Nwana, whose non-custodial mother took him to Cameroon in 2003. He was a year old at the time. According to the article, Kala’s mom returned to the US a month later without him; she apparently left him with relatives in the city of Douala. There hasn’t been any news of him since 2005. Cameroon is on the west coast in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s a very poor country without good health care. Kala apparently developed a growth on his head after he arrived there, and his father’s side of the family has a history of brain tumors and polyps.

I was sent this month-old article about Taj Narbonne. It provides many additional details about his disappearance. I wish the authorities had looked harder at his stepfather back when he disappeared in 1981. The case will be that much harder to solve now, if they can do it at all.

Possible lead in South African cold case

I found this article from a news site out of South Africa that says the police got a lead in the disappearance of five-year-old Florencia Langenhoven. She was abducted while playing in her front yard. A neighbor later confessed to kidnapping her and served ten years in prison, but he never disclosed her whereabouts. (Rather like Jillian Cutshall or Melissa Brannen.) According to the tip, Florencia is alive.

Why the headline says “girl missing for 20 years” is a mystery to me. Florencia was kidnapped in December 1993. That’s not even 18 years ago.

In any case, I hope this is a real tip and Florencia is located. She would be 22 years old today.

Cold case disappearance articles

I found several today, all from 14-year-old cases, oddly enough:

A Daily Item one for Jesus De La Cruz, a six-year-old missing fourteen years today from Lynn, Massachusetts.

A Tundra Drums article for Stella Evon, age seventeen, who disappeared fourteen years ago tomorrow from Bethel, Alaska.

And a Northern Life article and a Bay Today article for Melanie Ethier, a fourteen-year-old missing from New Liskeard, Ontario fourteen years ago tomorrow. She’s not on Charley cause there’s no American connection.

Also, an article about missing people in Botswana.