YouTube Saturday: Five vids, one taken down

[Argh, I meant this to run a day later. Oh well, you get it early this time.]

This week it’s three females, one male. I had Florence Dumontet’s video taken down on account of her being found, and that’s why I posted one more female case than male, to maintain the sex balance. In chronological order:

Brian Joseph Page, 1975

Anthony Tyrone Woodson, 1981

Megan Elizabeth Garner, 1991

Shakeima Ann Cabbagestalk, 1993

Kelsey Emily Collins, 2009

(Out of curiosity, I looked up the surname “Cabbagestalk” on Ancestry.com and discovered it’s very rare. Only a few families in South Carolina and Florida have that name. If you meet one, chances are the person is related in some way to Shakeima. It’s one of those cases where I know just enough details to drive me crazy.)

Flashback Friday: Brian “Joe” Page

Thankfully, my brother WAS able to fix my mom’s car; we thought he might need to order parts or something. So I am relieved of my chauffeur duties. And by the way, any ideas for Select It Sunday?

This week’s Flashback Friday is for Brian Joseph Page, aka Joe, a teenager who vanished from Salem, Oregon on January 12, 1975. His car, a Volkswagen, vanished along with him and was never found either. Joe was 16.

It’s relatively uncommon these days that I have a kid’s case that I’ve got no details for. (Adult cases, on the other hand…) But Joe’s case is one of those. I have absolutely nothing on him besides what’s in the last paragraph. My search for information is hindered by how common his name is; there must be hundreds, maybe thousands, of Brian Pages out there.

Well, with what I have to work with, my theory is this: when a person disappears without a trace and there’s no evidence of foul play but also no evidence they left on their own, and their car goes missing too, often they’ve gotten in a car accident in such a way that the car can’t be found. Usually they drive into a body of water, but I remember one kid in Utah who ran his car off the road into a canyon and wasn’t found for a year or so.

At sixteen years old, Joe Page would have been an inexperienced driver, and I wonder if his disappearance was caused by a tragic accident. It’s unlikely that his car would be as missing for nearly forty years, but given recent events, it’s certainly possible. Oregon has some pretty deep lakes.

But really, I have no idea.