MP of the week: Darius Miniotas

This week’s featured missing person is Darius Miniotas, a 29-year-old who disappeared from Carteret, New Jersey on November 19, 1994.

Now, I have nothing on Miniotas’s disappearance, but a look at Newspaper.com’s archives turned up a 1989 Asbury Park Press article mentioning a Darius Miniotas of the right age. This Darius was on the crew of a Lithuanian yacht that showed up in Atlantic Highlands. I’m pretty sure it’s the same person; Carteret is a coastal town. I wonder if Darius had moved to the US by the time of his disappearance, or whether he was just here on shore leave.

MP of the week: Hakan Karacay

This week’s featured missing person is Hakan Karacay, a Turkish immigrant who’d been living in the United States for eleven years when he disappeared from Clifton, New Jersey in 1999. The car he was driving, actually his brother’s, turned up on a remote road in the Adirondacks in New York five days later; the battery was dead and the tank was empty.

It’s a peculiar case. I wish I had more information about it.

Fannye Bryant

I came across a mention of a very old MWAB case in an article about an already-existing Charley Project case today: Fannye Bryant, an elderly woman who disappeared from Freehold (I think), New Jersey on July 19, 1976. Various accounts give different ages for her, but according to her Social Security Death Index listing, she was 68. Her former foster son, 22-year-old Jesse Goodwyn, confessed to her murder a few days later and was convicted, but Mrs. Bryant’s body was never found. This court appeals document from 2008, denying him parole, is a good summary of the case.

I’ve found plenty of details about the murder, and I found Mrs. Bryant’s date of birth, but I can’t find a picture or any physical description of her. Which means no casefile.

If any of you could turn up a photograph of her, I would very much appreciate it.

That is all.

Flashback Friday: James Hires

This week’s Flashback Friday case is James William Hires, age 18, who disappeared from Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey on October 17, 1981. It looks like he may have left on his own: he was carrying $1,100 in cash (almost $2,900 in 2015 money, according to the Inflation Calculator), his car was found parked at the Philadelphia Airport, and he was supposedly sighted in San Francisco in 1983. No sign of James since then, though.

I can’t find much on this disappearance. The Whereabouts Still Unknown blog has an entry about James, although it doesn’t really say anything I didn’t know already. If James is still alive, today would be his 53rd birthday.

MP of the week: Kenya Hickson

This week’s featured MP is one of the few I’ve never had the opportunity to update: Kenya Hickson, missing from Newark, New Jersey since 2001. While I don’t have much here, what details I do have don’t look good for her at all: history of substance abuse, spent enough time on the streets to to have a “street name”, disappeared from Newark which is not exactly the safest city in the world. Right now it’s got the second-highest murder rate in the country.

Regardless of whatever life choices Kenya made, she is someone’s daughter, possibly someone’s sister or mother too. She deserves to be found.

Not-Paul Fronczak identified

This story actually ran on July 2, but I didn’t find out about it till now: “Paul Fronczak” has been identified. In a nutshell, for people who aren’t familiar with this case: a newborn named Paul Fronczak was abducted from a Chicago hospital in 1964. In 1965, a toddler who was about the age Paul would have been was found abandoned in New Jersey. The Fronczak family thought he was their missing son, but the identification could not be conclusively established due to unavailability of DNA testing, etc., at that time, so they had to go through adoption procedures. There the matter rested until 2012, when “Paul” had himself tested and found out he was not related to his presumed parents. This made national news and the baby Paul Fronczak was re-listed as missing at the time.

Well, according to the article I linked to above, not-Paul Fronczak has been identified by a “genetic genealogist” as a child named Jack, one of five kids in his family. His parents and one of his siblings are dead now; two are still alive. Jack has a twin sister named Jill (groan) and she’s missing. The twins disappeared shortly before their second birthdays, but their parents never told anyone; both sides of their family thought the children were living with the other side. The family’s last name has not been released as of yet, but relatives told not-Paul “dark tales” about the parents.

In other words, this seems like a Michelle Pulsifer type case. You gotta wonder how many times this sort of thing used to happen back in the days before computerized public records and what have you.

I wonder if Jill was also abandoned somewhere and is still out there, not knowing who she really is. It seems a lot more likely, though, that she died about fifty years ago.

Meanwhile, the real Paul Fronczak remains among the missing. What a bizarre case.