I have just received word from both Namus and her family that a body found in California in May 1969 has been identifed as Elizabeth Ernstein. This unfortunately is exactly how her family thought the case would end, but they have received closure. I have resolved her case. The new cases on the site are those of Daniel Goldman and Heather Moggy.
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I have just received word that Sylvester Lopez was found deceased in 1989 and identified in April. While this is not the ending anyone hoped for, at least his family has closure. I have resolved his case and modified the anniversary post so there are no dead links. The new case on the site is that of Nestor Juarez Rios. Also, Christopher Mauriello has been added to the Adam Haseeb Memorial Pages.
The “poster partner recovery” emails I get usually are good news and well received. Except ones like this.
It is with great sadness and deep regret that we notify you that Eowynne Anderson missing from Lynnwood, WA, has been located deceased. Please discontinue dissemination of this poster.
Please remove and discard any posters on this case that you have placed in public view.
We greatly appreciate your part in our efforts to reunite families and look forward to your continued support.
Thank you for your support.
And of course she wasn’t taken by some stranger. She was taken by her mother.
I have seen many articles that have stated that Chevelle Wheeler’s remains have been located and identified from a well in Linden, California. As someone was already convicted of her murder this is no more than what one could expect, but her family now has closure. I have resolved her case. The new case on the site is that of Walter Ackerson.
Today is the twenty-third anniversary of the disappearance of Sylvester George Lopez. He was last seen in Eureka, California.
Above is a picture of Sylvester. If you can, please go to the link above and print out his poster. If you have any information as to his whereabouts please contact the Eureka Police Department at 707-441-4300.
Mira and Yaanis Mellersh were abducted by their mother from Germany in 2010; they were supposed to be living in England with their father. A few days ago they were found dead in Turkey, killed by their mother who then committed suicide. I have always hated the fact the British press uses the phrase “tug of love” for parental kidnapping, but the fact that many news outlets are continuing to use the phrase when the two children involved were murdered is frankly quite stunning. They have been added to the victims page. I don’t have the energy to cry over these anymore.
Adam Haseeb would have been sixteen years old today.
He would probably be excited about learning to drive and considering what he would do with himself after he graduated from high school. He’d almost be an adult. By all rights, his mother should have been thrilled with a day like today. Any parent should be. There are all sorts of things that he should be doing right now.
But he was abducted by his father and died in an accident in Syria, along with his father. No, not a murder, but if he hadn’t been abducted he would probably be here to celebrate this day. But he didn’t see his sixteenth birthday; he didn’t even see his tenth.
Adam Haseeb’s death affected me profoundly. It still does. His death was the third in a recent series (at the time) of children abducted by a parent who were found deceased. Perhaps that was the reason it affected me so much. Perhaps it was just Adam himself – a cute little boy with short hair, ears that stick out, and a big smile. Whatever the reason, if he had not died I probably would have not spent the last seven years throwing myself into the world of parental kidnapping. He was the one that inspired me to create a section of For the Lost for family abductions, which is now by far the biggest section of the site. I named them after him and his picture is on every page of the photo directory. He is perhaps my best example of the tragedy of family abductions. I have talked to his mother on occasion. I cannot even begin to imagine the grief she must still feel, but I hope she can take comfort in the fact he is not forgotten. Until I die, I will use his story as the inspiration for work on the behalf of those children who are still kidnapped, still missed by their parents.
Happy birthday, Adam. You are very much loved.
Today is the twenty-sixth anniversary of the disappearance of Chevelle Yvonne Wheeler. She was last seen entering a red pickup truck outside of Franklin High School in Stockton, California. She is believed to have met with foul play and a man has been convicted of her murder, but her remains have not been discovered.
Above is a picture of Chevelle. Unfortunately, her case has been closed, although she remains missing. If you have any information as to her whereabouts, please contact For the Lost from our website, or call the San Joacquin Sheriff’s Office at 209-468-4427. If you can, please contact the San Joacquin Sheriff’s Office and ask them to re-open Chevelle’s case.
After a week of vacation, I get home to find another family abduction victim. Madeline Samaan-Fay was abducted by her father on August 7, 2011. For some reason, even though she was believed to be in danger with her father, and there was both an abductor and vehicle description, an Amber Alert was not issued for five days. They were found dead in her father’s car on Sunday. Probably another murder-suicide.
When a child goes missing under unknown circumstances, the parents are often blamed and accused of doing something to the child.
When a child is kidnapped by a parent, most people seem to assume the child must be safe.
Does that contradiction bother anyone else?
I have just received word from the Doe Network that Rodney Stewart has been found deceased. While this is not the ending I would have liked, at least his family now has closure. I have resolved his case and modified the anniversary post so there are no dead links. The new case on the site is that of Ramona Price.