The New York Times has a featured article about runaways and the life they face on the streets. None of this is new information, of course. The facts that runaways are usually running away from some sort of serious problem and that they frequently engage in illegal activity to survive has been documented since the 70’s. Still, more coverage of the issue is needed as many still do not consider it a serious problem.
Archive for October, 2009
The blog appears to be getting hits from a site in Polish. The pictures seem to indicate it’s about wrestling, but since I speak no Polish I’m not certain that’s the case.
If someone from there speaks English and Polish I’d appreciate knowing what that is all about.
This is a term I use, for lack of a better one, to describe the missing with no details. Sometimes it is over many years. Typically these cases are ones that I get a poster notice from NCMEC from and it merely says where the person was last seen. Occasionally it’s not even that – the poster for Bob Boyes has no text on it at all. There has to be more than what’s on the poster; the information about a scar and what he was last wearing aren’t on there but wound up on the Doe Network and the Charley Project anyway. Searches of news archives have yielded nothing about him. Aleacia Stancil is another. I’m fairly certain an infant can’t just vanish with no information. But I’ve found none. A few cases – Princess Perez, Rene Romero, and Skyla Marburger are some – have no details on the poster, but it’s still easy to find some information on what happened to them. (All three are probably dead: Princess and Rene killed by a parent, Skyla supposedly of natural causes.) Sometimes the poster gives a bit of information that is no help – Robert Bowling vanished with his sister, who has since been found. But who took them in the first place? Was she found alive or deceased? Jose Fuentes Pereira was only seven when he was last seen. One online source mentions he might be in New York, but he’s far too young to have left on his own. Could he be with a relative? He’s listed on the California Missing Persons Registry as a runaway, but that could be a clerical error. It’s not limited to very old cases, either. Sergio Rivera was only ten. Same issue; really too young to run away but no other details given to help.
These are not teenagers who may have run away; they are children under the age of ten. The information might be out there but not online, as in the case of the Matory sisters, Yolanda Williams, and Sir-Kristopher Marshall. Only Sir-Kristopher has family looking for him, and the circumstances were sketchy until I called the investigating department and asked what was going on. Unfortunately, I can’t do that in every single case I wonder about. Hopefully an article or other information will pop up on the case as it often does.
I have just received word from NCMEC that Brianna Ballout has been found safe. I have resolved her case, modified the anniversary post so there are no dead links, and if I find an article will post it here. The new case on the site is that of Meili Wood. Also, Steven Lamb has been added to the California Kids pages.
The case of Sylvia Lee has been added to the California Kids section of the site. Please check out the link and help find this missing child.
I have just received word from NCMEC that Samantha Hernandez Almanza has been found safe. I have resolved her case and if I find an article will post it. The new case on the site is that of Tanya Morales.
I just found a podcast on international parental kidnapping. Patrick Braden, father of abducted Melissa Braden, speaks on the subject. It’s almost ninety minutes long, but it’s well worth a listen and covers a lot of the bases of the problem.
I have just received word from NCMEC that Emily and Javier Aguilera, Nashwah El-Sayed, Ismael Garcia, and Secilia Zamudio have all been found safe. I have resolved their cases, modified anniversary posts so there are no dead links, and if I find any articles will post them. The new cases on the site are those of Rafael and Trinidad Gonzalez, Brent, Brett, and Bryan Wurm, and Brenda Gomez.
I have just received word from NCMEC that Ramon Delgadillo Godinez has been found safe. I have resolved his case and if I find an article will post it. The new case on the site is that of Jasmine Sajedi.