Selected by Marilyn J.: Bernadine Paul, missing from Waterbury, Connecticut since June 7, 2000. I just added a new photo of her the other day but I have almost nothing on her disappearance. One of my “few details are available” cases, alas.
This week’s featured missing person, Kelley Zanon, is one of my dreaded “few details are available” cases. I only have the street she was last seen on and the spider tattoo on her shoulder for details. I added this case six and a half years ago and have never updated it since.
I was very excited today to come across this article from yesterday about Bernadine Paul, missing from Connecticut for 15 years. She’s one of the very few cases where I have never updated her file, even once, in the ten and a half years I’ve been running Charley. And alas, it looks like it’s going to stay that way because the article tells me nothing new. I even checked NamUs and there’s nothing on there I don’t already have. Sigh. But I thought I’d bring up the article anyway, if only to bring her case to the forefront for awhile.
So this morning I saw a neurologist at the University of Toledo about this incident. The appointment went reasonably well in that the neurologist was very professional and attentive, listened closely, took a lot of notes, etc. The bad news is the neurologist doesn’t know what happened. The good news is, whatever it was, it wasn’t a seizure, because people who are in the midst of a seizure can’t answer other people’s questions using clear, coherent, grammatically correct answers that indicate some kind of thought process is going on (even if those answers don’t make sense). The neurologist did not put me on any medicine or schedule another appointment for me to see her. She says what happened doesn’t seem to fit any diagnosis she can think of.
Best thing then is to eat my veggies (which I have been doing) and hope it never happens again. Chalk it up to “why does this always happen to me?”
Now, regarding those resolves I mentioned. I’ll do a real update tomorrow but in the meantime:
They have found the remains of Nilsa Arizmendi, Melanie Camilini and Daniel Whistnant (aka Janice Roberts). All of them, plus several others, are believed to be the victim of suspected serial killer William Devin Howell. He’s only been convicted of killing Nilsa thus far. All three of the victims vanished in 2003.
They’ve also found the body of Michael “Bradyn” Fuksa, who disappeared from Wheatland, Wyoming in 2009. This is a really sad case; his death was ruled a suicide. He apparently drove from his home in Olathe, Kansas to the middle of nowhere in Wyoming (actually I think the entire state is included in the middle of nowhere), got a flat tire, walked further into the middle of nowhere and shot himself. He was only 22 years old.
And they’ve found the body of Anne Josette Hill, a sixteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Edmond, Oklahoma last April. Two other teenagers have been charged with her murder. There was never much in the way of doubt as to the defendants’ guilt; both have confessed. But I’m glad her body has turned up.
He wasn’t on Charley but I thought I’d write about him anyway: one Euripides Cruz, who suffers from schizophrenia and was reported missing from Connecticut in 2008, has turned up in
New York City the village of Quogue, New York.
It looks like he’s been living rough in the Long Island area these past six years. His family knew he was probably in that area cause they kept getting bills from a particular hospital in Brooklyn. But then the bills stopped coming and they thought perhaps he had died. But he hadn’t.
A police officer saw Euripides and had a thought, and did a web search and discovered Euripides was listed as missing. He has since been reunited with his brother, niece and sister-in-law in Connecticut.
Still sick. And never bothered to change my MP of the week.
I had actually thought about writing about Mr. Dubbs myself, and gone to the extent of drafting a post, then changed my mind passed the honor to Sean instead. Predictably, he came out with something loads better that my half-assed “didn’t bother to thoroughly re-read the casefile and got a crucial detail wrong in my summary” so-called effort.
For Make-a-List Monday. A month ago I did a list of people who disappeared from the capitals of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas and California. Now Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Georgia:
Amy Ann Ahonen
Uvaldo Moises Anaya
Nonnie Ann Dotson
Jennifer Anne Douglas
Daphne Ronette Hope
Rebecca Ann Kellison
Jennifer Lynn Marcum
Anthony Steven Michael Moya
Irma Rosario Muneton-Cueto
Diana Judith Portillo
Ian Ashley Richardson
Alexander Joseph Talamantes-Bourg
Ligia Miranda Uribe-Ramos
Michelle Ileana Uribe-Ramos
Jesus Vizcaino Maldonado
Jose Vizcaino Maldonado
Maria Guadalupe Vizcaino Maldonado
Sofia Vizcaino Maldonado
Danielle Tamara Brown
Jeremiah Dominique Bryant
Eddie Albert Bunion
John Wesley Davis
Ali I’isha Gilmore
Erik Sol Patchin
Jerry Michael Williams
Gloria Jean Baird
Monica Renee Bowie
Carolyn Ann Brown
Dymashal Lashon Cullins
Athena Joy Curry
Desmond Santonio Dix
Gabriella Larasati Elprana
Raymond Lamar Green
Marion Bobby Gresham Sr.
Dianna Affana Hammonds
Artdrunetta Lareann Hobbs
Douglas Morris Jarmon II
Sabah Nasheed Karriem-Conner
Katie Dell Kemp
Mary Shotwell Little
Lydia Michelle McDuffie
Shannon Denise Melendi
Robert Lee Mitchell
Daryl Edward Nicholson
Cheryl Bernita Parks
Elliott Calhoun Rountree
Hazel Ruth Smith
Brenda Ann Walters
Mary Ann White
Nikita Michelle Wingo
Christoph R. Zahn
…there’s something in the news about the unsolved disappearance of four-year-old Rosa Marie “Rosita” Camacho and the murder of her mother, Rosa Delgado, who was found dismembered in a lake and not identified for two years. The prime suspect in the case is Julio Camacho, who is Rosa’s ex-boyfriend and Rosita’s father. And, disgustingly, he was a cop, one who abused his position to sexually exploit women.
Julio was convicted of two counts of rape and imprisoned, but he’s never been charged in Rosa’s death or Rosita’s disappearance. He’s gotten out of prison now, lives in Virginia and is registered as a sex offender. The article I linked to (which provides a great deal more info about the case than I’d previously known) notes that he had to pay $188 a week for Rosita’s support. And he was already paying support for two children from a previous marriage, and in 1993 he was determined to be the father of still another woman’s child and ordered to pay an additional $600 a month.
I realize that there’s inflation and $188 or whatever was worth more in 1993 than it is now, but it’s such a piddling amount of money to (probably) commit two murders over.
Reminds me of Jay-Quan Mosley, whose so-called father killed him and his mom over a good deal less: $40 a week. $2,000 a year. A month’s rent for a substantial percentage of the population. A semester’s tuition at community college. Not the price of a decent used car. What the heck is wrong with some people?
Rosita Camacho would be 20 years old this June…if she’s alive.
91-year-old Thomas Drew wandered confusedly away from his rural Connecticut home five years ago last Saturday and never returned. This article talks about his disappearance within the context of the problems trying to take care of old people who can’t really take care of themselves, but are not in nursing homes.
Drew’s kids had hired a live-in companion for him and also another, backup caretaker, but neither of them were licensed. The live-in guy was out all afternoon and when he returned, the other caretaker said Drew had “gone for a walk” just a few minutes before. He was never seen again.
I wonder how the old man, who reportedly had very limited mobility (wrote “nobility” at first, ha), suffered a lot of falls and couldn’t even get out of his church without assistance, could have “gone for a walk.” And more to the point, how he could have vanished so completely. This is not to imply that Mr. Drew met with foul play or that anyone lied about the circumstances of his disappearance. I know that people with dementia have been known to wander tremendous distances. My opinion, though, is that Mr. Drew probably isn’t very far from home. He’s probably lying out in the woods somewhere nearby. Sometimes people disappear and their bodies turn up, years later, only a hundred or two hundred yards from where they vanished.
Anyway, the article explains how it’s difficult to make sure elderly people get the care they need. Thomas Drew was apparently well-to-do (he’d been a clothing designer who graduated from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology) and his daughters, neither of whom lived nearby, had power of attorney over his affairs, so presumably they could afford to hire people to look after him. Of course, even that proved to be not enough. And what about old people who aren’t wealthy and don’t have living relatives, or their relatives don’t know or don’t care that they’re into such bad shape? Earlier this month I wrote about two old ladies, one of them more than 100 years old, who vanished and weren’t missed for YEARS.
In Connecticut at least, there are “mandated reporters” who, if they know an elderly person can’t manage on their own anymore, are required to tell the state so the state can provide assistance. It’s just like with child abuse. But according to the article, only “licensed physicians and nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists and anyone providing care through a nursing home or agency are among mandatory reporters.”
Both of Thomas Drew’s caretakers weren’t licensed, so they weren’t mandated to report anything and they didn’t. Perhaps they thought they could handle it; perhaps they simply didn’t have enough experience to realize just how bad things had gotten; perhaps they didn’t know you could report this sort of thing, who knows. And, as Charley Project readers are well aware of, even if a person is in a nursing home, that doesn’t mean they can’t disappear.
It’s a big problem, and it’s going to get worse because the U.S. has an aging population.
I just think it’s really sad that Thomas Drew, who had lived to be more than 90 years old, had to (presumably) die under those conditions.