Posts tagged ‘July 2013’

The disappearance of Tara Calico

tara-calicoTara Calico, then 19, left her Belen, New Mexico home on the afternoon of September 20, 1988 to ride her bicycle on Highway 47. She, nor her bike, were  ever seen again despite numerous searches and media coverage including being featured on Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted, Vanished, Current Affair, etc.

Tara’s unsolved disappearance came back into the limelight when, on June 15, 1989, a woman found a picture in a parking lot outside a convenience store in Port St. Joe, Florida. A white van had previously been parked in the spot and the photo featured a teenage girl and an unidentified young boy, both were bound and gagged in the back of a van. It was speculated that the girl in the photo might be Tara Calico and that the boy was possibly Michael Henley, a 9-year old who vanished on a camping trip in NM the previous year. However, Michael’s remains were soon found in the same area he originally went missing.

Two other photographs featuring a gagged girl resembling Tara surfaced over the next few months, though they have never been released to the public.

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Photo of an unidentified young female and boy gagged and bound

There are many theories revolving around this case and it seems like the majority believe the young woman was kidnapped however, years after Tara went missing a Valencia County sheriff publicly stated his belief that she was killed the day she disappeared when two local residents accidentally hit her with their truck and disposed of her body, but he had insufficient evidence to make an arrest. But if this theory is true, then what’s the story behind the two kids in the photograph?

Tara Calico was born February 28, 1969 and would be 44 years old today.

Tara Calico: Gone Without a Trace – The Documentary Fan Page (Facebook)

The Unsolved Murder of Sylena Jo Dalton And The Kidnapping Of Her 2 Month Old Infant Still Unsolved

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Photo of Baby Allyson taken in 1998 as a newborn

Allyson Dalton has been missing since the morning of July 27, 1998 when she was just an infant. Her mother, 20-year-old Sylena Jo Dalton, was murdered at their second-floor apartment on 175 South Charles Street, Apartment B-8, Strasburg, Virginia and Allyson was kidnapped at the scene.

Both Sylena and Allyson were last seen alive by a family member at 7:45 AM but when a co-worker arrived at the apartment later that afternoon she came upon Sylena’s body on the couch. She had been stabbed to death and 2 month old Allyson, along with several baby bottles, were nowhere to be found.

Neighbors stated they heard no screams or disturbances.

Authorities believe both the murder and abduction took place between 9:15am – 10:30 am.

In 2001 Sylena’s mother filed a wrongful death suit against her daughter’s former boyfriend, Daniel E. Pompell, seeking $1.5 million in damages. She claims that Pompell killed Sylena and kidnapped Allyson. It is unknown if she was successful in the suit. At the time of the murder Sylena had listed Pompell as the baby’s “probable father” on paperwork filed with the state Division of Child Support Enforcement, according to a warrant filed in Fauquier County. The warrant also stated that he was at Dalton’s apartment “at the approximate time of her death” and “angry about the possibility of additional financial obligations on him if paternity of the child was proven”.

Police did search the Warrenton home of Pompell, then 29, but found no sign of Allyson and no evidence that would point to him.

The murder weapon has never been located and baby Allyson, who would be a teenager today, remains missing.

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The photo to the left is a composite sketch showing what Allyson may look at 12 years old.

Classified: Non-Family Abduction
Full Name: Allyson Kathleen Dalton
Missing From: Strasburg, VA
Date of Birth: May 17, 1998
Date of Disappearance: 7/27/98
Age Then: 2 months Age Now: 15
Missing From: Strasburg, VA
Sex: Female Race: White
Hair: Brown Eye: Blue
Height: 1’8″ Weight: 8 lbs
NCMEC Case#: 850707

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Virginia State Police 540-829-7766
And/Or Virginia State Police – Bureau of Criminal Investigations 1-800-572-2260
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST

Missing NY Baby Levon Wameling Last Seen At His Utica Home Six Weeks Ago

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Recent photo of Baby Levon who has last seen alive over six weeks ago

Levon Wameling has been missing for over six weeks. He was last seen at his home in Utica, New York on the night of May 29, 2013.

According to reports, Utica Police were notified when an attorney contacted them informing them that Levon’s father, Jevon Wameling, 27, left the child on his Jay Street front porch at 11:30PM on May 29th while he went around to unlock the back door, and when he got into the house and opened the front door, Levon was gone.

It was only after 2 weeks, on June 11, 2013 when the child’s mother and Levon’s stepfather confronted Jevon that he claimed the baby was missing and possibly kidnapped.

Utica police and New York State Police K-9 units spent hours searching the streets and wooded areas around 748 Jay St. for any clues about what happened to Levon but so far have come up empty. They have asked others to NOT form search parties while the investigation is underway.

Levon was last seen wearing only a diaper according to his father. He is now 11-months old and his whereabouts remain unknown.

Levon Wameling – Missing Baby is a Facebook created which has already received 568 likes. The family of Levon Wameling is asking the public to please ‘like’ and ‘share’ the Facebook page in hopes that somebody who saw something will remember and speak up.

Classified: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 8/31/12
Date of Disappearance: 5/29/13
Race: Biracial (White/Black)
Sex: Male
Height: 2’0″ Weight: 20 lbs
Hair: Black Eyes: Brown

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Utica Police Department (NY) 1-315-735-3301
And/Or
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)
You can also leave an online CyberTip Report with NCMEC.

Janice Pockett Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony

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Photo of Janice Pockett taken shortly before her 1973 disappearance

Friday, July 26, 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of Janice Pockett’s disappearance and presumed abduction and her family has an invitation for anyone and everyone which they’ve posted on Janice Pockett – missing since July 26, 1973, a Facebook page with over 1, 238 likes.

The town of Tolland, CT is honoring my sister by placing a memorial bench at Cross Farms Recreational Complex, just a short distance from where she disappeared in 1973. A Dedication Ceremony will be held on Friday July 26, 2013, the 40th anniversary of her disappearance. Everyone is welcome – please come and help us remember Janice.

Name of Memorial: Janice Pockett Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony
Date: Friday, July 26, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Cross Farms Recreation Complex Tolland, Connecticut

Janice Pockett was a 7-year-old child from Tolland, Connecticut when she vanished on the afternoon of Thursday, July 26, 1973. She had caught a butterfly earlier that morning about three-tenths of a mile up the road from her home, and hid it under a rock. She left her home on her green bicycle to retrieve the butterfly but never made it. Her bicycle was found on Rhodes Road near the intersection of Anthony Road but Janice was never found.

Janice was born on October 15, 1965 and would be 47 today. So far there have been no main suspects in her alleged kidnapping and nothing to indicate she was murdered however, almost 4 decades later any hopes for a safe return have dwindled.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact:

Connecticut State Police at (860) 685-8000
You can also email family of Janice Pockett at mapeanevca@sbcglobal.net

Mother of missing woman bitter over killer’s release

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Photo taken in 2008 of Michael Yarnell a.k.a Honeymoon Suspect

News Tribune article published July 8, 2013 – A Morgan County man is scheduled to be released today from the Tipton Correctional Center after serving four years of a seven-year sentence for the death of his wife in 2003.

And the mother of the victim is not happy.

Michael Yarnell, 43, accepted a plea agreement in June 2009 on one count of first-degree involuntary manslaughter, if all other charges were dismissed against him.

Yarnell was charged with multiple felonies in 2008 after he allegedly confessed to killing his wife, Michelle “Angie” Yarnell, and leading her family and authorities to believe she ran away with another man.

“The reason he’s getting out now is that he was so successful in hiding her body, which is the evidence,” said Angie’s mother, Marianne Asher-Chapman. “To this day, we have never have found her remains. She is still a missing person.”

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Photo of Angie Yarnell who vanished almost one decade ago

Investigators testified that Yarnell admitted shoving his wife, causing her to fall off the couple’s deck at their Ivy Bend home in late September 2003.

After he sat with her for a while, they said Yarnell “freaked out” and loaded Angie’s body in a car with the intent of driving her to Versailles, but eventually took the body to a boat ramp at the Lake of the Ozarks, loaded her into a canoe and eventually “lost” her in the water.

Yarnell then fled the area and wasn’t found by authorities until August 2008.

“I will never understand how our criminal justice system allowed a liar like Michael Yarnell to lead them to such a path, fabricating a story which was nothing more than a self-serving lie to save his own skin from a life sentence or even a death sentence,” Asher-Chapman said.

Asher-Chapman’s experience led her to co-found Missouri Missing, a group dedicated to helping families of missing persons try to find their loved ones by connecting them with various resources, many associated with law enforcement, and keeping missing person cases out in the public.

Despite being able to help many since found the group in 2007, Asher-Chapman still has a hard time dealing with how her daughter’s case has been handled.

“The justice system in the case of my beloved daughter has done little more than to denigrate and insult her and her family and friends, and in no way, has brought any degree of true justice to we who has suffered at the hands of this dangerous predator,” she said.

“It gives him full freedom to continue to harm others.”

Source: News Tribune

Andrew Finley – Endangered Missing – New Mexico

andrew-finley-endangered-missing39-year-old Andrew Finley has been missing for several months and authorities are concerned for his well-being as he does not have his medication on hand.

According to missing persons websites Finley was last seen in Santa Fe, NM on February 7, 2013.

Little information is available on this case.

Sex: Male Race: White
Hair: (Light) Brown Eyes: Brown
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 180 lbs
Other: Has a tattoo on his right arm

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Eldorado Sheriff’s Office (505) 428-3720

Terrilynn Monnette, Missing New Orleans School Teacher Has Been Located Deceased

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June 7, 2013 UPDATE — Sadly, 26-year-old Terri Monnette has been found deceased 98 days after she was last seen leaving Parlay’s Bar, a local bar in New Orleans, Louisiana.

For months Slidell police, family, friends and volunteers have been scouring City Park and the surrounding areas looking for the young woman and this past Saturday she was located by Mark Michaud, the leader of the Slidell Police Department’s dive team.

Michaud, 49, had gone to Bayou St. John on his 17-foot boat during his free time. Scanning the waters with a portable sonar device, he found a submerged car close to a bridge at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Wisner Boulevard.  He then grabbed his gear, dove in and saw a black Honda Accord – the same make and model as Monnette’s car. He then studied the license plate. It read, “WUN 494.”

It was Monnette’s car, and instead was a badly decomposed body in the driver’s seat — It was Terri Lynn Monnette. Cause of death: Drowning.

Rewind to 98 days: It was a Saturday night, March 2, 2013 and the West Bank elementary school teacher had been hanging out at Parlay’s bar in Eastern New Orleans. She had been drinking and having a good time with friends and co-workers and was what some described as intoxicated. At one point she was seen resting in her vehicle. Witnesses and surveillance cameras then saw  her speaking to a man in the parking lot around 4AM. The cameras show the both of them going their separate ways. She disappeared shortly after taking a right out of Parlay’s parking lot.

It seemed that the vehicle was pointed the way Monnette would probably have been going on March 2 after she drove away from Parlay’s bar in the 800 block of Harrison Avenue about 5 a.m. — the last time anyone saw her.

Click here for more information on this update.

03/11/13 UPDATE — Texas EquuSearch has been contacted and are now promoting Terrilynn’s missing case on their Web page. You can also download her missing poster and/or leave a donation. Your donation to Texas EquuSearch will be used for search missions, equipment, fuel, food, lodging for the Search Coordinators and expenses associated with the operation of their Mobile Command Center. Additionally, donations will be used for their day-to-day operating expenses.

Family, friends and concerned people in the community attended a prayer vigil last night at Wilson High School.

If you have any information you’re urged to please contact: Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500, or the New Orleans Police Department (below).

Terrilynn Monnette, a 26-year-old West Bank school teacher, was last seen in the early hours of Saturday morning, March 2, 2013.

She had gone to Parlay’s bar in the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in the Lakeview section of Crescent City with friends on Friday night going into early Saturday morning. According to witnesses including some of her employees, she had been drinking and was seen having a good time with several friends. Some reports claim that she was intoxicated, which could have rendered her vulnerable.

An eyewitness told police that he saw the missing teacher with an unidentified man in the bar’s parking lot, according to information on the missing person’s flyer that Monnette’s family has been distributing.

The manager of Parlay’s bar handed over video surveillance to police which show Monnette with an unidentified male walking to her car at approximately 3:45AM in the Parlay’s parking lot. They were in the car for a little while and then the man is seen getting out and going into his own vehicle. Both cars are seen driving off in opposite directions. This was the last spotting of Monnette and she hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

The bar’s general manager confirmed the eyewitnesses account, telling WGNO that the two talked in the parking lot “for a little while,” and that the bar’s video surveillance showed they left in separate cars. “He went one way, she went the other,”

Monnette’s mother also told police that between 3:30AM – 4AM, she had went to her vehicle to sleep because she had consumed alcohol beverages and didn’t want to drive under the influence.

Family and friends became immediately concerned and say it is uncharacteristic of Monnette to be away this long without contacting anybody. They have been searching and distributing missing person flyers with her photo and description on it. The posters have also been spreading threw out social media websites, especially Facebook.

Loved ones and volunteers gathered at Parlay’s bar at 7:30AM Thursday (03/07/13) to search. They walked through City Park banging sticks in bushes and searching through shrubs, hoping to find some sign of Monnette. City Park is a large park consisting of many yards, and searching will likely take more than a day.

Toni Enclade, the mother of Terrilynn Monnette, is adamant that her daughter will return to her safely.

“I really believe that she’s OK,” Enclade said with a firm nod of her head, as others searched the high grass near the City Park driving range behind her. “I’m very hopeful.”

Although hopeful, tension is rising and many are anxious.

Police are not only searching for Monnette, but are also trying to locate her 2012 three-door black Honda Accord with Louisiana license plate # WUN494.

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Photos of searches that were conducted this past week for the missing teacher who hasn’t been seen in over one week

Terri Lynn Monnette is described as a black female with a light complexion, long-brown hair and brown eyes, 5’8″ tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a long-sleeved green and gray striped shirt (some reports state that she was wearing a pink and yellow striped sweater.)

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An Internet user posted this picture warning which has been passed along. However, to avoid rumors surfacing, a commenter posted that their cousin also works for NOPD and says this is simply not true.

A Facebook page called Terrilynn Monnette was created, as well as the Facebook group Prayers to Find Terrilynn Monnette. It unknown at the moment who exactly runs the pages however, comments from those closest to Terrilynn are regularly posted.

Terrilynn Monnette is missed by many. Some of the comments posted on the Facebook support pages include;

My son keeps asking me has anyone found his teacher yet. Its really making my heartache to have to tell him no. I just keep telling him to say an extra special prayer at night with his bedtime prayers. Ms. Monnette IS a wonderful person that these children spend most of their day with. I cant speak for anyone else, but I’m tired of seeing the hurt /sadness in his eyes. PRAYERS GOING UP RIGHT NOW….. LORD FIND HER IN JESUS NAME.. AMEN

Fam, my heart is so full to see so many people working TOGETHER for such a noble cause, to FIND Terrilynn ♥ in all that you do please KEEP PRAYING!! Now it’s officially been over a week since our love one has been missing, but look how much we have accomplished via Social Media and by word of mouth… We’ve made such an impact and I sincerely want to THANK every one of you, keep praying, keep saying her NAME, keep telling her Story, keep showing her Picture… So glad to hear that the story made the news in CALI! God is So Good!! — with Alquincia Pope-Boston and 2 others.

Dozens of photos have also been posted including Terrilynn Monnette teaching her class.

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If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact:
New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) (504) 821-2222.

Updates;
Volunteers search for missing N.O. teacher – The Advocate
Search party launched in Lakeview for missing teacher – Nola