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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Malik Drummond: 2-year-old missing from Arkansas

An Amber Alert has been activated for Malik Drummond, 2, from Searcy, Arkansas.

Malik was last seen in his bedroom around 5:45 p.m. on Sunday on the 700 block of West Park Avenue. 

At first the police thought that Malik, who is autistic walked away from his home leaving behind his mom, Tanya and his twin sister, Aryanna. 

Aryanna even took Aryanna to the Children's Safety to see if they could get Aryanna to say if she knew what happened to Malik, but she would not speak, John Clifton, her grandfather told KATV news.

Dogs began searching for Malik that evening but they were not able to track him and police stated there is no water near where the boy lives other for some creeks and they were all checked. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hilda Kuenneke: Missing from Kentucky

Per email:
"Missing in Lousiville, Kentucky area with no money or coat. Could you please help spread the word? I have notified the police, called the hospitals and homeless shelters. She is new to the area as she was living at Colonial House in Shepherdsville (since last spring before that she lived in Faulmouth, KY) until she was sent to Baptist East to work on her medication. I live in Cincinnati and need help finding Hilda "Pam"ela Kuenneke. She is (58) 5'6 about 165 pounds shoulder length grey straight hair, very friendly (like a child) and needs help. Call 911 Missing Persons Squad at (502) 574-7120. You may call their anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD (5673) or toll free at 1-866-649-4479"

ANDRUE BUNNELL: Missing from Vancouver since October

ANDRUE BUNNELL, Age Now: 15, Missing: 10/13/2014. Missing From VANCOUVER, WA. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Vancouver Police Department (Washington) 1-360-696-4461.

Both photos shown are of Andrue. He was last seen on October 13, 2014.

Have you seen this child? ANDRUE BUNNELL

Pamela Jones: Missing from Arizona since 1993


Pamela Jones has been missing from Mesa, Arizona since November 3, 1993.

Unsolved Missing: Pamela Gay Jones
AKA: Pamela Stafford, Pamela Gentry
Missing From: Apache Junction, Arizona
Date Last Seen: Nov. 03, 1993
Age at time missing: 39 years old
Age in 2014: 60 yrs old
White/Female Hair: Brown, Med Length
Eyes: Brown, wears glasses
Height: 5'2" Weight: 140 lbs
Scars/Marks: bone chip from right shin, possible pock marks from rock salt on chest
Clothing: black ski jacket, black levi jeans ,white leather shoes Jewelry: yellow gold wedding band

Circumstance: Pamela went to pick up her husband from work at 2am from Mission Tortilla in Tempe, Arizona. They had been arguing and according to statements she got out of the car "in the middle of the desert" on McKellips / Usery Pass Road and began walking. Her husband said he couldn't get her back into the car. He decided he would go home and get her mom to come back and look for her. He came back that day and Pamela did not. She remains missing and would not have abandoned her children/family.

Police Agency: Maricopa County Sheriff's Dept at (602) 876-3868
Case# 1993-22833

Pamela Jones has been missing from Mesa, Arizona since November 3, 1993.

Tiffanie Adams: Missing from Indiana

Tiffanie Adams was last seen on Nov. 5, 2014. She was leaving her dad's home on N. Broad St. to go to her mother's home on Watson St. in Sullivan, Ind. 

The police have done a search for her and have used a SAR dogs to help them.

“Results from four different canine teams indicated that there was a residual odor present indicative of Miss Adams’ presence. Specifically the handlers believe that Miss Adams has been in the area within the last 12- 24 hours,” Sullivan Police Sgt.David Story told the News Barb.  “Participating agencies include, but are not limited to:The Sullivan City Police, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Sullivan County Emergency Management, Area 3 Search and Rescue teams, along with volunteers from the community. Local hospitals as well as other Law Enforcement agencies have also been contacted.”

Tiffanie has not had any contact with her family or has she communicated through her phone or social media since Nov. 4. 

Chief Jesse Morin did say that Tiffanie has warrants out of Greene and Hendricks Counties, which may keep her from contacting law enforcement.

Is Charles Ray Hicks responsible for the disappearance of these 7 missing Fort Worth women?

Deanna Null
Charles Ray Hicks, Jr. who was found guilty of killing a Pennsylvania woman in 2008, admitted that he had killed before, after he received a guilty verdict on Thursday.

The prosecution argued that Hicks decapitating and dismembering Deanna Null of Scranton before throwing her remains on the side of a Pennsylvania freeway.  Hicks stated that Null had died of a drug overdose first and because he was afraid of being arrested for drug use he never reported her death and decided to dispose of her body.  The jurors agreed with the prosecution and he will be sentenced later this month.

After Hicks was found guilty, Monroe County First Assistant DA Michael Mancuso told the media that Hicks told him that he had also killed five other women in the Ft. Worth, Texas area before he moved to the Poconos.  Hicks lived in Burleson before moving to Coolbaugh Twp., Penn. 

This shocking news has everyone wondering who those five women could be. Mancuso believed that what Hicks was saying could be true and further investigation needed to be done. 

When the information came out, the Monroe County district attorney’s office considered dropping the death penalty against Hicks in exchange for information on those murders he’s suspected of committing, but he failed to provide sufficient information to seal the deal, a county detective told the Times-Tribune

“There was an offer made that, if he disclosed what happened in our case here and provided information — he’s been a suspect in Texas for some time — then there would be talk of removing the death penalty from the cases,” Detective Serfass said. “He didn’t give complete information and believable information.”

So, now we are left wondering if Hicks was telling the truth. 

Because Hicks stated that the murders happened in Ft. Worth I concentrated my efforts in that area.  And since Hicks is 40-years-old I stopped my search and didn't go back any farther than 199 when Hicks would have been around 16-years-old. 

At first look I found these three women. 
Elsha M. Rivera missing since Feb 1, 2004
Sonia Ronquillo missing since Dec 12. 2004
Glenda Gail Furch, Sept. 27, 2007

After more research, I crossed these women off the list because even though their bodies have not been found, three different people were found guilty for killing each woman.

With help from my friends on MPofA on Facebook I was able to come up with a list of women that have been missing and you probably have never heard of any of them before now.

Melinda L. Schmidt, age 44, was last heard from on October 27, 2007 from Ft. Worth, Texas. She has not been seen or heard from since.

 Faith Mwaura, 25, went missing in 2002 from Fort Worth, Texas.

Janice Faye Benson was 37 when she went missing on Feb. 4, 2000 from Fort Worth, Texas.

Vannita Mayberry, was 30 years old when she went missing on March 5, 1997.  Although she lived in Saginaw she was last seen in Ft. Worth in a diner. 

Melissa Crabill
, was 30 years old when she was last seen on April 1, 1995 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Felecia Johnson, was 22 when she was last seen on Feb. 3, 1994 in Fort Worth, Texas.

 Christina Chandler, AKA: Chrystal Chandler, Chris Zeger, Chrissy Chandler was 29 when she was last seen on Sept. 30, 1990 in Fort Worth, Texas.

So, if Charles Hicks is telling the truth, anyone of these above women could be one of his victims.  That is, if he is telling the truth. 

Harold Mayes: Missing from North Carolina since 1980

Janice Benson was 37 when she went missing on Feb. 4, 2000 from Fort Worth, Texas.  She has not been seen since.  She has a scar in the shape of a cross on her back and a scar on the back of her left forearm. 

Jeffrey Mays and Ted Wall, 22, of Hatteras Inlet were last seen at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 1980 about 16 miles southeast of the inlet on a 23-foot boat, the Sea Ox.   The crew from the Edgar Styron told the Coast Guard that they helped them repair the engine.

What is a mystery about the case is the Sea Ox was considered unsinkable but after
two weeks of searching by all authorities and covering 211,000 miles of ocean, they were never found.

"The Sea Ox boats are filled with foam flotation that can keep them just under the surface even when swamped," reported The Virginian-Pilot. 

One Coast Guard Report stated that the boat or what appeared to be the boat was seen heading southwest at a high rate of speed.   

Eric Krieger was a friend of Jeffrey's and he told the Triblive that about  six years after Jeffrey went missing he was at Shirley Mays, Jeffrey's mom's house. 

"I was looking out the window and watching these two guys get out of two pickup trucks. These guys had long hair, jeans, big boots, and flannel shirts and it was at the end of May," said Krieger. "They were talking and I was watching them when all of a sudden one guy whips out a pair of binoculars and looks up at the house. I thought I saw a ghost."  Krieger thought the man looked like Jeffrey.  "This guy is staring at me through the binoculars and I'm walking toward them. There's a girl in each truck and a dog in the back of each truck. The one guy drives up the beach road; the other guy who looked like Jeff, drove past me and waved. Jeff had a funny type of wave and this guy waved exactly the same way as Jeff."

Kreiger and Shirley believe that Jeffrey might be in Alaska, and Shirley wrote a book, "Outer Banks Piracy, Where is My Son Jeffrey" which details money laundering and drugs on the Outer Banks.  She believe her son may have gotten wrapped up in it and because of that can't come home. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Felecia Johnson: Missing from Fort Worth since 1994

Felecia Johnson, AKA: Felecia Rochelle Cox, was 22 when she was last seen on Feb. 3, 1994 in Fort Worth, Texas.  She has red hair and brown eyes and is 5'4" tall.  
Felecia has a cesarean scar and her two top front teeth are dentures and she wears glasses.

Christina Chandler: Missing from Fort Worth since 1990

Christina Chandler, AKA: Chrystal Chandler, Chris Zeger, Chrissy Chandler was 29 when she was last seen on Sept. 30, 1990 in Fort Worth, Texas. Christina has brown hair and brown eyes and is 5'2" tall.  
Christina sometimes wears glasses and has a scar on her right leg and a skin discoloration on her right ear.  She has a tattoo of a unicorn on her back, a rose on her stomach and a peacock on her chest.  Her car was found abandoned in Lubbock, Texas.

Melissa Crabill: Missing from Fort Worth since 1995

Melissa Crabill, AKA: Melissa Gail White, Melissa Gail White-Crabill was 30 years old when she was last seen on April 1, 1995 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Melissa is 5'4" tall with brown hair and brown eyes. 
Melissa was last seen wearing a blue jean vest, blue jeans, and Guess shoes.  She was reported missing when she did not return to her residence. Melissa left behind her husband and four-year-old son.

Vannita Mayberry: Missing since 1997 from Fort Worth

Vannita Mayberry, AKA: Vanita Mayberry, was 30 years old when she went missing on March 5, 1997 from Fort Worth, Texas.  She was last seen in a diner in Fort Worth and then called a friend and asked for a ride to her home in Saginaw.   When family came looking for her, her television was on and her four dogs were in the mobile home. She was brown hair and hazel eyes.
Vannita has an "I" shaped scar on her right cheek, two small brown birthmarks on her back, cigarette burns on both legs and scars on both wrists.  She was last seen driving a gray 1989 Hyundai bearing Texas license plate GFF06N.

Kristen Charbonneau: Missing since 2005 from Fort Worth

Kristen Charbonneau, AKA Devon was 24 when she was last seen on Aug. 11, 2005 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Kristen has brown hair and brown eyes and is 5'3" tall. 
She was last seen leaving a club.

Faith Mwaura: Missing from Fort Worth since 2002

Faith Mwaura was 25 when she went missing in 2002 from Fort Worth, Texas.  She has black hair and brown eyes and is 5'4" tall. 
Faith was experiencing some personal difficulties when she disappeared.

Tina Moody: Missing from Fort Worth since 1998

Tina Moody, AKA: Tina Marie Jackson, Tina Marie Moore, Tina Jackson Moody, and Tina White was 32 when she went missing on March 3, 1998 in Fort Worth, Texas. 
 Ms. Moody has scars on her abdomen, right arms, right eye, left forearm, forehead, face, left cheek, and on her nose.  She was last seen driving a black 4 door 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Ciera bearing Texas plates WGC83R.

Janice Benson: Missing from Fort Worth since 2000

Janice Benson was 37 when she went missing on Feb. 4, 2000 from Fort Worth, Texas.  She has not been seen since.  She has a scar in the shape of a cross on her back and a scar on the back of her left forearm. 

Melinda Schmidt: Missing from Ft. Worth since 2007

Melinda L. Schmidt, age 44, was last heard from on October 27, 2007 from Ft. Worth, Texas. She has not been seen or heard from since. There is a $10,000 reward.

Melinda has a scar on her abdomen and a discoloration on her right ear and a tattoo on her butt.  She is 5'4" tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  There are two different dates that she was last seen 2007 and also 2008.

Melinda also goes by Mindy Schmidt, Melinda Schmidt Zeller, Irene Schmidt, Zeller Schmidt and Melinda Zellr.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Missing Person Wendy Kathlene Hudakoc Naples Florida November 15, 1998


Wendy Kathlene Hudakoc

  • Missing From the 2900 Block 50th Terrace SW, Naples, FL 34116
  • Date Missing November 15, 1998
  • Date of Birth August 12, 1984
  • Height 5’6 130 lbs
  • Eyes : Hazel eyes,
  • Skin: a light complexion, and a thin build.
  • Teeth: Braces on top and bottom teeth
  • Hair: Light brown, straight, shoulder-length hair.
  • Ears: Both Pierced left one has two piercings
  • Birthmark: Back of neck
  • Scar: Left hand
  • Wearing: a red, white and blue tank top and jeans the last time anyone saw her.

Wendy Hudakoc, was 14 years, when someone phoned Wendy at the family’s Golden Gate home around 11 p.m. on Nov. 14, 1998, a Saturday night. Her mother, Shelley, and stepfather, Dan Campbell, were in Tampa for the weekend. Her sister, Sharlene Hudakoc-Boyatt, then 16, was at home with a friend. Dan’s co-worker was staying with the three girls. “She took Dan Campbell’s pager and said to Sharlene, ‘If I get busted, call me right away and I’ll come right home.’” Sharlene, then a Naples High junior, decided not to go to the party.

What We Know

  1. Ron DePeppo was 20 years old at the Time
  2. Ron DePeppo was asked to leave the party as he was frowned upon
  3. Everyone at the party seen Wendy leave with Ron DePeppo
  4. The time they left was between 2:00 and 2:30am
  5. There was no communication with Wendy Hudakoc after Ron DePeppo and Wendy Left
  6. Ron DePeppo's car caught fire December 1, 1989 Evidence was apparently destroyed
  7. Witnesses and family have taken and passed lie detector test
  8. Ron DePeppeo has refused to test
  9. Ron DePeppo's parents hired him a attorney
  10. *** Witnesses stated that Ron Deppeo and Wendy Hudakoc were the only two people in the vehicle

Witness Statements

Best Friend

  1. The only one responsible is the guy that she left with.
  2. He was creepy and I got a bad feeling from him.
  3. We all told him to take his hands out of his pants or leave.
  4. She didn't make a phone call.
  5. She didn't know anybody named Jeff that we hung out.
  6. I know the guy was lying.
  7. She had to go home cause she had snuck out
  8. She was my best friend.

It's so sad!

Collier Sheriff Video “Case Files: Wendy Hudakoc”

Collier Sheriff Video “Case Files: Wendy Hudakoc”

Donald Folden: Senior missing from Norwalk

Donald Folden is missing from Norwalk, Calif. since Nov. 7.  Please keep an eye out for him. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

John Cunningham: Missing from Illinois

John Cunningham Jr., 27, was last seen on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. in a Cook County forest preserve near 104th and McCarthy in Palos Park.   He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, black sweatpants with white stripe and no shoes and was “distraught” when he left home.

The family has offered a $10,000 reward. 

“We’ve had volunteers of up to maybe a 100 to 125 people canvassing the residential areas, handing out flyers and we even had Homeland Security, who happened to be in town, volunteer a hundred of their people to help us,” John Cunningham Sr. said.
Anyone with information can contact police at 708-865-4896.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Looking back at the McStay case and the arrest of Chase Merritt Part Two

Chase was arrested in Chatsworth
UPDATE:  11/20/14 - The pre-preliminary hearing was moved as most expected to Jan 30, 2015, as Ponce, Merritt's attorney had a lot of documentation to go over that no one could have been able to get through by now.  Ponce did also say that Merritt has a heart condition and that he wanted the trial to move quickly.

Chase Merritt

When Chase Merritt was arrested I had no idea until the media began calling me Friday morning. I was caught completely off guard and I believe Patrick was, too, because I am sure he would have called me if he had known before that day.  At this writing we have done little communicating as he has told me he needs to process everything.

This is completely understandable when just a few years back, Patrick asked me to write a story stating that he in no way believe that Chase had anything to do with the families disappearance

I gladly quoted Patrick and let the public know why he exonerated Chase, and now Patrick finds out the person that he publicly stood up for turns out to be the one arrested for his own son's murder, it is no wonder he needs to process it all, as well as admit to himself that he had been duped.

As I go over old interview video's of Chase, it is hard to see anything deceptive.  When he is asked how he thought the McStay's were killed, after their bodies were found in the desert, he responds he absolutely had no clue, but now we know per the SBCSO he  single-handedly hit them over the head in their own home.

And if it turns out that Chase is guilty, (please note although he has been arrested for four counts of murder, he is innocent until proven guilty…..America) we know at this time that Chase allegedly knew all along how they were killed and lied about it, but then there was so much more Chase said that was the truth.  In the videos he seems to be bragging when he states he was the last one to see Joey, and that he talked to Joey many, many times over one day.  Phone records that I have seen proves this information.  Then there is the very last phone call that he chose not to answer.  Yes, that was also shown on the phone records, but now we have to question if that was actually Joey that was calling or possibly Chase himself using Joey's phone.  

What if this case had been called foul play in the beginning?

A ripoff report about Chase back
in 2006
If SDPD had taken this case seriously and seen it for what it was a crime scene and not a crazy couple that spontaneously decided to leave the U.S., this case would have been solved years ago, and that is what bugs me the most about this case.  Although there were all kinds of strange things found inside the McStay home, many you have heard before, like the eggs left on the counter, and the dogs alone, there is also the sheets removed from the beds and the tens of thousands of dollars that were withdrawn from the McStay business account, that started the day they went missing, which by the way, the SDPD told Patrick they could do nothing about.  

It amazed me all that he knew and all the documentation that he had (read the reason Patrick believes his family met with foul play) and I would ask him what the SDPD thought about that and he stated they were not interested. We can only imagine how it would have been different if the police had believed Patrick and the rest of his family, when they said it was foul play.

I wonder if this had happened in Cincinnati or Boston or Los Angeles, would those police departments seen it as a crime scene and then subsequently processed it as such.  Would they have brought in a cadaver dog and maybe even done some forensic checking for blood.  See my story on Did Police Rush to Judgement on What Happened to the McStays?

Other SDPD Cases

There have been many other times, where the SDPD have been criticized for their
Marilane Abueg
investigative.  Like the case Signon San Diego reported back in October 30, 2011 about the Marilane Abueg case.  Her murder trial ended in a hung jury and then a dismissal by the San Diego Superior Court because the "sheriff's Department failed to investigate the case for nine years after Marilane's body was found."   Wells, the Judge on the case stated "clear negligence" by sheriff's detectives for failing to do even the most basic investigation when the crime occurred," reported Sign On San Diego."  Benny Abueg, Mailane's father stated at the time he did not believe detectives pushed hard enough to solve his daughter's killing.

Lately, the SDSD has been criticized for their conclusions on two high profile cases.  They ruled the cause of death for Rebecca Zahau as suicide.   The SDSD stated she committed suicide by jumping off the balcony of the Spreckles' Mansion where her boyfriend lived, but many feel that the investigation was incomplete and she was murdered because she was found with her arms and legs tied.  The reenactment that News 8 did shows the bed moving 7 inches from the wall, which was noted to not have moved at all when SDSD investigated the scene.  Many wondered why SDSD themselves did not do a reenactment themselves.

Hannah Anderson
There is also many who do not agree with the SDSD findings on the Hannah Anderson case. Sheriff Gore stated early on that Hannah was a victim in every sense of the word, but many wondered if she was.  CBS-8 News reports that there was one known surveillance video the police never picked up that showed Hannah and DiMaggio together located at the Mountain Top Market in Boulevard and there was also three other surveillance cameras that could have had video on them.  One at the Golden Acorn Casino in Boulevard, across the street from Sweetwater High School where DiMaggio supposedly picked up Hannah on August 3, and the surveillance video from Sweetwater High School where cheer camp was that day.  The principal said detectives never picked up a video, let alone talk to any school officials regarding the incident.  Why not?  Probably because the police had already decided their determination was right, so why bother to go get the videos.  The videos would have probably proven the SDSD very right or very wrong.


The motive that would cause a man to not only kill another but his whole family is hard for us to fathom.  I can only suppose that the thought was that the children could identify him.  What would have driven someone to that point could have been money, but Joey never was a taker.  He gave jobs and money to many, many people in his life without asking for anything back.  Even when he was taken advantage by an individual who was threatening to destroy his business if he didn't give him money, Joey responded by not calling the police but by diplomatically writing a letter of his disappointment in the persons character and giving him the money with the promise that person would leave his family alone forever.

It would seem to me that if money had been the murderers motive, that Joey would have handled it the same way.  If the person had wanted a bigger cut, or cash up front, Joey would have gladly gave it to them.  There would have been no need to kill him to get what they wanted, especially when Joey's demise meant the demise of any future for the company and partners or workers of the business. 

If anything, it may have been that Joey wanted an explanation why the orders weren't not being filled and where was the money going that was given to make these orders, and either in frustration, or anger, the killer decided to silence the questions for good.

Motive is so crucial for a case because it shows the reason from a persons character or statue in life or relationship which caused the person to do what they did.  It is usually broken down in to three categories, biological, social and personal.  When the court has to determine if someone is guilty they also have to determine the motive and if it was premeditated.  The accused will go through psychiatric evaluations.   If a murder is considered an emotional, spontaneous act, which clouded the accused judgement, the accused could be facing manslaughter and not cold-blooded murder.  Because of this I am sure Chase's attorney has cautioned Chase to stay quiet.  We are going to see a lot of twists and turns on this case before it is done.

Just a few minutes ago tonight I read the court documents and they use the word  malice aforethought.  I looked it up on an online legal dictionary and it stated that "n. 1) the conscious intent to cause death or great bodily harm to another person before a person commits the crime. Such malice is a required element to prove first degree murder. 2) a general evil and depraved state of mind in which the person is unconcerned for the lives of others. Thus, if a person uses a gun to hold up a bank and an innocent bystander is killed in a shoot-out with police, there is malice aforethought. (See: malice, murder, first degree murder)"

But, there is one thing that is really bugging me about all this.  The money.  Money began leaving Joey's account the day that he went missing and not by the person that is currently being accused of the crime.  It continued to be withdrawn with the amounts getting larger and larger.  Even though Patrick told the SDPD about it they did nothing to stop it, because the individual had the password to the account.  It wasn't until the bank stepped in, was the transferring of the money stopped.    Is it a coincidence or is there more than one person involved in this case.  If there is, it can change everything, and in particular the motive, which goes from emotional to premeditated.

No one should be labeled voluntarily missing

I believe that Patrick will go down in history for his vigilance to solve the mystery of his family's disappearance.  But he is not alone with going to the ends of the earth to find answers about his family.  Jerry Kinner has asked the police over and over again to dig in an area where they believe his murdered brother, Larry Baker is laying.  Kristin Smart's parents along with friend Dennis Mahon have asked for the police to dig in an area for their missing daughter, where a cadaver dog has alerted.  There is a huge list of families waiting for the authorities to find the time and or money to look for their missing family members, who the authorities believe have walked off on their own, just like the McStay family.   

Patrick told People Magazine, "There should be a law that no one can be labeled voluntarily missing."

I hundred percent agree.  There needs to be a committee that looks over missing people cases before they are "labeled" in a certain category and this includes the catch-all "runaway" category that is overly used to classify teens. 

Right now there are 18 men who have gone missing in San Francisco starting in 2010
18 missing men from San Francisco
and they have all been classified as voluntarily missing.  In other words, authorities have stopped looking for them per the department's policy. 

Isn't it about time we found these missing in weeks instead of waiting for years or never? Yes, it is, but that can only be done when policy and procedures are mandated and followed by all 50 states.

In the 1970s, a brand new federal single unified command was created to combat the war on crime.  Maybe it is time to create a new single unified command for handling missing person cases.  It would help the local police departments to be able to hand over the cases that they don't have the (wo)manpower or money to continue to investigate, anyway.  With the San Bernandino Sheriff's Office, as an example, we can see what can happen when authorities have money and staff to pursue a case  

As I mull over this case, as I do many, the ones that do stick out in my mind the most is the ones with the missing children.  It is hard for me to think about how many children have disappeared in this world and are never seen again.  After the media goes to the next top story that child is forgotten by most.  Remember, Lisa Irwin, Delano Wilson, Hassani Campbell or Isabel Celis?  It's an odd world, I think, where authorities stop actively looking for missing people, especially children.  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Looking back at the McStay case and Chase Merritt - Part One

Wheatlands Avenue recording studio
Almost a year to the day I was standing in the lobby of a recording studio helping to produce a live music show when I received a call from Patrick McStay, the father of missing Joey McStay, his wife, Summer and their two children, Gianni and little Joey. (Read more about the conversation here).

Early on in the McStay case

I had written a lot of stories on the missing McStay family and one of my readers told Patrick to read my stories.  I began communicating with Patrick through emails and later phone calls and text messages, and I voluntarily searched for a private investigator who was willing to look into the case.  In the end the PI was frustrated with the case and felt finding the cell phone that was probably lying underneath the  Bonsall Bridge needed to be done.  He was the first to bring up that a search for the McStay's in the area where the cell phone pinged, was never done.  Through social media a group cameogether to go search in that area, but I was told they had to disband as authorities would not allow them to search.

Around this same time, Rick Baker called me after Patrick and him had worked out a deal where Rick was going to do some leg work and write about the experience.  Since Rick called me because of Patrick I felt I could tell him some things that I had discovered.  Soon those things became his things.  Later I would find him repeating what I said as his own words.  I cut off my communications with him, but he continued his research and hounding of the McStay family, until it intruded into their lives so badly, they publicly denounced Baker.  Last I hear, he has been shunned by the police, community and any media that ever had anything to do with him.   

You have all heard me say many times that I would not say what I thought happened to the McStays.  I had my own theories, but that was all they were and theories are really only fiction stories.  There were many theories from other people that I quickly dismissed. Because of my own background, I knew they were not in a witness protection program, and I did not believe the cartels had anything to do with it.  I knew Summer was not trying to poison Joey and she certainly did not kill him and run off.  I believed there was only two scenarios,  One, they did walk away as a family or two, someone close to them had killed them.  I wanted to believe they were alive somewhere in this world and would have held that thought forever if they had not have been found, as I couldn't bear to think they had been murdered, and we lived in a world where people would kill children.    

Although Patrick himself suffered through much criticism for his brashness, underneath it all was a man that only had one thing on his mind and it was to find his family, even though deep-down he knew they were probably dead, because he knew they would never just disappear from his life.

Many times as I wrote stories about the McStay's, some even requested by Patrick,  I would have to ask Patrick to refresh my memories on some details so I was correct on my facts.   While I worked on 100s of cases a month, he only had one and he was an encyclopedia of knowledge that to this day the San Diego Police Dept. never took advantage of. It amazed me all that he knew and all the documentation he said that they were not interested.

McStay's Found

When he called me that fateful night, I was torn between producing the radio show and the devastating news that he had just told me.  Trying to explain to a room full of people I was alright, even though I had been told the strangest, most devastating news I had ever heard, was difficult and a little embarrassing.  From puzzled glares across the room, to what is wrong, when I got off the phone, it was hard to handle without breaking into tears.  Although I was sad about the McStays, and in particular the children, I was just as concerned about a man hundreds a miles away, alone with his grief. 

By the next morning we both were overwhelmed with media calls and activity as we relayed information back and forth.  I was exhausted by that afternoon and I knew he must have been far worse off than I.  The thought of his ability to keep going, fueled me.

The days slowly began to quiet down and I was haunted by who could have possible done this to the McStays.  When Michael Mcstay, Joey's brother mentioned tire tracks leading to the grave I had to know more.  Google map is an armchair detectives favorite tool, and the tire tracks leading to the graves was unmistakable.

I had questions I needed answers and I answered my own question in the article, which you can read by clicking here.  I tried my best to take my readers on the journey with me as I researched and came up with what vehicle I felt left the tracks as well as why I felt the tracks were still visible. I went over whether they used a shovel or a backhoe. I truly believed there was evidence there that was invaluable and would help narrow down who might have done such a thing.

Through the research I did on the tires left at the grave sights, I surmised that someone must have put them in the back of a truck and thrown a tarp over it, or piled something on top like firewood and driven them to the location. 

Even though this information helped to narrow down suspects in my mind, it was not anything definite.  I was still speculating as to who might have done this.  I never stumbled on who might have killed Joey or Summer, but I always did with the children.  It was hard for me to see a child killer in the eyes of any of the people that I considered who might have done this.  And I was not alone, as many professionals in the field I spoke to could not either.  Who in the world would be capable of killing two small children? 

In the comments I as asked if I had any thoughts on Chase's truck being spotted at or near the McStay home that fateful night...I know back in the crevices of my mind that someone, I believe a neighbor said they saw a white truck parked outside the home.  I believe that it was either said in the video when Michael was inside the home or it was information I picked up else where but it was during that time that Michael was there that a white truck was mentioned.  I am sure that the police are aware of any times that a white truck was seen in that area now, and I bet the information will be kept quiet until the time it is needed to come out.  I know of no other time that a white truck was seen there.  The Isuzu evidently was seen parked backed into the driveway, which it was not normally seen like that.  That leaves it open to theories as to why it was backed in, and one of them could be that it was used to transport and I could be completely wrong about the truck being used.
Read part two on Monday

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Amanda DeGuio: Missing from Philadelphia

Upper Darby Police Department is attempting to locate Amanda DeGuio 24 years of age who has been missing from her Drexel Hill home since the first week of June 2014. DeGuio is known to frequent the areas of Upper Darby, Clifton Heights, and the Overbrook section of Philadelphia. When DeGuio left her residence she left empty handed, no cell, credit cards, clothing, etc. She has not contacted any family members, and has two children that were left behind with her mother. Anyone that has information on the whereabouts of Amanda DeGuio is asked to contact Criminal Investigator Brad Ross of the Upper Darby Police Department at (610) 734-7677.

Joshua Easley: Missing from Ogden

Joshua “Josh” Easley, age 25 has been missing from North Ogden, Utah since April 21, 2014. He is 5’8” tall and weighs 165 lbs., with Black hair and Hazel eyes. If you have any information please contact the St. George Police Department, Detective Minnick at (435) 627-4380 or Private Investigator Marki Davis at (801) 719-9494, or we help the missing-tip line (866) 660-4025

Jayme Bowen: Missing from Columbus

Jayme Bowen, 22, is missing from Columbus, Ohio since April 10, 2014.  The mother of two was last seen in South Columbus on the way to her parents' house.

Anyone with information regarding Jayme's whereabouts is asked to call 1-855-BCI-OHIO.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Suspect arrested in the McStay murder case

After years of finger pointing and guessing by the public, the police have arrested a man who they believe is a suspect connected to the death of the McStay family, Charles Chase Merritt.

For residents of San Diego County the McStay family is very well known.  Joey, Summer and their two sons disappeared from their Fallbrook home in 2010.  Although it was suspected they went to Mexico, because of some grainy footage at the border, it was three years later when they were found buried together in a grave near Victorville.

I spoke to Patrick last year when he told me that his family had been found.  I remember this horrible sinking feeling and it was a conversation I will never forget.  Click here to read it.

There were many names that were being thrown around that could have killed the McStay family and with all the digging being done by many armchair detectives, many made sense.  One name that was being thrown around though Joey's own dad did not believe he had anything to do with it.  Patrick McStay asked me to let everyone know that he did not suspect Chase had anything to do with his family going missing.

"I want everyone to know is that the online interview with Chase, reported incorrect information and appears that someone may have said I suspect Chase, that is blatantly false! Another family member has told people all along he suspected Chase. I can tell you personally my son, Joey always spoke highly of Chase. Oh sure we discussed (Joey and I) Chase many times however Joey liked Chase and Chase always spoke highly of my son. I have personally had several conversations with Chase and do not in any way suspect Chase Merritt."

According to CNN, Chase was arrested on Wednesday.  This is three days after Patrick posted, "There is really nothing new that can be released at this time. However I can tell you there a number of leads and tips being investigated by the SBCSD. One of the problems is the number of people involved in information being verified that may not have been mentioned or known in prior investigations. I can honestly tell you there are a number of names not known in the past but are now being investigated."

After Patrick's post I fully expecting a new name to be brought up, instead the police arrest someone that many had thought was guilty years ago. 

The causes of death of the McStay family was “blunt force trauma,” according to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s office.

Fisher said evidence was found at the desert burial site to tie Merritt to the murders, and numerous conversations with Merritt have yielded information but the department “isn’t discussing” what exactly the evidence is or what Merritt told authorities. - See more at:
Sgt. Fisher said evidence was found at the desert burial site that tied Chase to the murders, and conversations with Chase have yielded information but "the department “isn’t discussing” what exactly the evidence is or what Merritt told authorities."

We can only guess right now what drew the authorities to Chase.  I can't help but wonder if the tire marks at the scene of the grave sight might have something to do with it.  From my research I believe the tires marks were done by a Chevrolet Silverado or a Ford 250 or 350.  If you look at the comments below the story I researched and wrote back in 2013, you will see that someone posted that Chase Merritt drove a Chevy Silverado 2500.   Read more here.  And there is that lie detector test that Chase said he voluntarily took.  Chase told the Daily Mail, "After I’d finished, Brugos’s partner said to me, "well there are a couple of inconsistencies" but that was just them trying to trick me into saying something. I didn’t hear any more about it after that."

I recently read about the Salomon Family case.  A San Fernando family of four that went missing back in 1982.  Papers belonging to them were found scattered along the freeway near the desert.  Authorities suspected Harvey Rader of murdering him and believed he killed Sol first and then went back and killed the wife and two children, because the wife knew that Rader was with Sol, and would certainly tell the police they were together.  Rader was never convicted of the crime.  But, it makes you wonder if the same thing didn't happen with the McStay's.  Was Joey killed first and then because Summer knew who he was with, she was killed also along with the children?  But, according to the authorities no.  They are saying that all four were killed at their home in Fallbrook.  Which probably explains why there were no sheets on the bed.

Patrick posted on Sunday,

"I remain confident the SBCSD will solve this case and I remain supportive of the investigation and the SBCSD. I have direct contact with the Lead Investigators and am confident in their abilities and sincere commitment."

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