Sometimes reading the comments section is useful

Reading the comments sections of most articles makes me lose my faith in humanity. But sometimes comments can yield useful nuggets of information. Take this HuffPo article about the Kevin Collins case: A commenter by the name of Paul Montoya posted saying, “My brother’s disappearance in 1975 is still unsolved No milk cartons no Amber alerts just missing….”

Charley’s got a Phillip Alfred Montoya who disappeared in 1975, from Fremont, California, which is only 40 miles from San Francisco where Kevin Collins disappeared. He was 14. I posted a reply to Paul Montoya’s comment asking if this was his brother. I’m hoping he will write back in the affirmative and perhaps supply more info on Phillip’s disappearance, as I don’t have all that much to go on.

Furthermore, a person who replied to Paul Montoya’s comment said his cousin disappeared in 1967 at the age of 11. Charley’s got two eleven-year-olds who vanished that year, Mark Wendell Wilson and William “Billy” Hoag. I’m guessing that if the cousin is one of those, it’s probably Mark, because (A) Mark’s case is a California one, like the one featured in the article, whereas Billy’s is from Missouri and (B) Billy disappeared with two other people and it seems like his cousin would have mentioned that. I asked that commenter for information also. I have NOTHING on Mark.

Feature story on Missouri’s second “missing trio”

The Hannibal Courier-Post has done this three-page story on the 1967 disappearances of Craig Dowell and the brothers Joey and Billy Hoag. Last month was the 45th anniversary of their disappearances.

The three boys are presumed to have become trapped in a cave they were exploring after it collapsed on them, but a search turned up nothing. However, as the article notes, the search might not have been as thorough as it should have been. I suppose there’s always the possibility that they were abducted or something, but I think that’s quite remote.

There’s a book about the case, but from the reviews I don’t know if it’s worth the price tag of almost $16. And my library doesn’t have it — in fact, according to Worldcat, no libraries have it. It seems to me that if an author wants to promote their book they should send some free copies to a bunch of libraries, at least locally. I can’t tell you how many wonderful books I’ve found just randomly browsing shelves.