Friday, April 28, 2006

Missing in 2006: Lonnett Jackson--Hazelwood, Pennsylvania

Article and picture from
Apr 20, 2006 11:50 pm US/Eastern
City Police Search For Missing
(KDKA) PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh Police are searching for a woman missing
for over a week.
Forty-six year-old Lonnett Jackson was last seen on April 12th in Hazelwood
near her home on Chaplain Way.
Police say Jackson has threatened suicide in the past and suffers from
severe depression.She is believed to have taken an overdose of pain medication
before leaving home.
She has also been without her daily medication for the past 7 days.
Jackson is described as being an African-American female about 5' 6" tall,
192 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on Jackson's whereabouts should contact the
Pittsburgh Police Missing Person Squad at 412/323-7141 or the Pittsburgh Police
Headquarters at 412/323-7800.

I have also seen her name spelled as "Lonnet Jackson".

Alicia Markovich now missing 19 years--Blairsville, Pennsylvania

After she walked out during an argument with her dad, did she intentionally run away, or did something more sinister happen? It's now been 19 years, and police do not have solid leads on the disappearance of Alicia Markovich. Read on....

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: April 26, 1987
from Blairsville, Pennsylvania
Classification: Endangered Missing
Of Birth: February 20, 1972
Age: 15 years old
Height and Weight: 5'2,
120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, blue eyes.
Markovich's ears are pierced.
Clothing Description: A white crop top with
red, yellow and blue stripes, jeans and white tennis shoes.

Details of
Markovich's mother had custody of her in 1987 and they resided
in Windber, Pennsylvania. Markovich was visiting her father at his home in
Blairsville, Pennsylvania on April 26, 1987. She and her father had an argument
regarding her mother's request for additional child support for Markovich at the
time. Her father told authorities that Markovich walked out of his residence
abruptly during the argument and never looked back towards the house. He called
after and told her to return home by 8:00 p.m. Markovich never arrived and has
not been heard from again. She was carrying a pair of purple sunglasses at the
time of her disappearance.
Markovich's case is classified with many law
enforcement agencies as that of an Endangered Runaway, but some investigators
believe she may have not intended to leave voluntarily for an extended period of
time and could have become a victim of foul play. There were no leads in her
disappearance until October 2000, over 13 years since Markovich was last seen.
Her father received an anonymous letter at his home which detailed his
daughter's possible murder and burial location in Pennsylvania. The letter was
postmarked from New Bedford, New Hampshire. Authorities traveled to New Bedford
and questioned the person whose name was written on the return address of the
envelope. The unidentified individual had no knowledge of Markovich's case, nor
was he or she familiar with the Blairsville, Pennsylvania area. The person is
not believed to have been the author of the letter.
Investigators searched
an area identified in the note as Markovich's burial location in late 2000.
Authorities will not specify where the search took place, but did state that the
region was along the Conemaugh River outside of Blairsville. No evidence was
discovered during the initial search, but another attempt may take place
sometime in the future. Investigators are uncertain if the letter was a hoax,
but are exploring all possibilities.
Markovich was a freshman at Windber
High School at the time of her disappearance, and was a member of the school's
track team. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Pennsylvania State Police

You can also call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

You can print a poster of Alicia here.

Text and photos from the Charley Project ( Alicia around the time she disappearance and what she might have looked like at 31.

James Kos now missing six years--Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Have you heard of James Kos? He's been missing six years now, as you can tell from the title. Perhaps if he gets some attention, investigators can at least get some leads in his case, if not find him.
James' info and photo from the Charley Project (

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: April 22, 2000
from Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Classification: Missing
Date Of Birth:
January 11, 1958
Age: 42 years old
Height and Weight: 5'7, 132 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Blond hair, hazel eyes. Kos wears
eyeglasses. His nickname is Jim.

Details of Disappearance
Kos was
last seen leaving his place of employment in Monroeville, Pennsylvania on April
22, 2000. He never returned to his residence and has not been heard from again.
Few details are available in his case.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Monroeville Police Department

You can print a poster of him at

Georgina DeJesus now missing two years--Cleveland, Ohio

The following article comes from I found it at the Angels Missing forum (

Sunday Marks 2 Years Since Cleveland Girl Disappeared
UPDATED: 7:03 am EDT
April 3, 2006
CLEVELAND -- Sunday marked the two-year anniversary of the
disappearance of Gina DeJesus.
DeJesus disappeared April 2, 2004, from West
105th Street and Lorain Avenue.
As part of the two-year commemoration, the
family planned to host a candlelight vigil to remember all missing Ohio children
at 5 p.m. Sunday at West 104th Street and Lorain Avenue.
There have been
several tips provided in the case, but they have not led to finding DeJesus.
DeJesus' mother hasn't given up hope that someone might recognize her
daughter's face and come forward with information.
If you have information,
call Cleveland police at (216) 623-5118.
You can also contact the Missing
Children's Task Force at (888)-660-5437.
A $25,000 reward is being offered.
An alternate number for the Cleveland police is (216)-621-1234. You can also call the Cleveland Crimestoppers at (216) 252-7463 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). You can also email

More information on Gina from the Charley Project (

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: April 2, 2004 from
Cleveland, Ohio
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth:
February 13, 1990
Age: 14 years old
Height and Weight: 5'1 - 5'3, 130 -
140 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes. DeJesus's
nicknames are Gina and Taz. She is right-handed. She has a small scar under her
chin, a light brown birthmark on her right leg, and another birthmark on the
right side of her chest. DeJesus's ears are both pierced once in the lobes, and
she has an additional piercing in the cartilage of her right ear. She is
supposed to be wearing eyeglasses, but they were left behind when she vanished.
Clothing Description: A white or tan shirt, a white or sky-blue sweater or
hooded sweatshirt, black hip-hugger stretch pants or blue jeans with flaired
bottoms, a pale blue or white hooded jacket, pale blue Phat Farm shoes, and
large silver hoop earrings. Photographs of some of the clothing are posted below
this case summary.

Details of Disappearance
DeJesus was last seen
walking home from Wilbur Wright Middle School in Cleveland, Ohio on April 2,
2004. She was in seventh-grade special education classes at the school. She left
the school on Parkhurst Drive at about 2:30 p.m., and walked with a friend to
West 105th Street and Lorain Avenue. DeJesus gave fifty cents to her friend so
the girl could call her mother and ask if they could go to DeJesus's home
together. The mother said no, so the girls parted ways and DeJesus walked at
least one more block on Lorain Avenue before disappearing near a phone booth
(tracker dogs later lost her scent on 104th Street). She has never been heard
from again.
DeJesus was about thirty blocks from her home on West 71st
Street when she vanished. Her mother gave her $1.25 to ride the public transport
bus home, but she decided to walk home instead after giving part of the money to
her friend. When she walked home, DeJesus usually arrived by 3:35 p.m. Her
mother started looking for her at 3:45, and called police at 5:30. Police
initially investigated her disappearance as a runaway case. She was grounded for
two months days before she disappeared, after being caught smoking, and was very
upset because of his. However, her family says that is uncharacteristic of her
especially with her mother's birthday coming up on April 8. Now investigators
are saying there is no evidence that DeJesus left of her own accord; they are
investigating her case as an abduction case.
DeJesus disappeared only a few
blocks from where another teenager, Amanda Berry,
disappeared in April 2003. Berry has not been found and abduction also is
suspected in her case, but investigators have not uncovered any links between
her and DeJesus. They are investigating the possibility that a kidnapping and
rape on March 22, 2004 is connected to DeJesus's disappearance. A teenage girl
said a man abducted her when she was waiting for a bus on west 40th Street and
Denison Avenue in Cleveland. He sexually assaulted her and then released her.
That crime is unsolved and authorities are not sure if it has anything to do
with DeJesus's disappearance.
A week after DeJesus vanished, police
announced that they were seeking a Hispanic man in connection with her
disappearance. He is described as 25 to 35 years old, 5'10 and 165 to 185
pounds, with green eyes, a goatee and a pencil-thin beard. Investigators have
released a composite sketch the individual, which is posted below this case
summary. He was seen near Wilbur Wright Middle school before DeJesus vanished.
He is believed to have been driving a white or light blue car with a unique
bumper sticker; the bumper sticker may have had an image of a wolf on it.
DeJesus is described as naive, friendly and trusting and not streetwise. Her
case remains unsolved.

You can print a poster of Gina here.
Gina's website: Here you can download flyers, mailing labels, business cards, and an online banner with Gina's info.

Pictures: Gina (Charley Project); her coat, shirt, and pants(A.M.Y.); her shoes, sketch of possible suspect (Charley Project).

FOUND SAFE: Nicole Marnich

My previous post centered on three girls who have been recovered. You may also notice a fourth girl whose information has been removed from my blog:
Dear Poster Partner:
Nicole Marnich missing from McKees Rocks, PA, has been recovered. Please
discontinue dissemination of this poster. Your participation in this program has
made a valuable contribution to this recovery.
Please remove and discard any posters on this case that you have placed in
public view.
Thank you for your support.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Visit our web site at

(Announcement posted at
I have seen other NCMEC announcements where they specifically mentioned that a child was found deceased, so it should be safe to assume that Nicole was found alive.

Easter Miracles and Reflections

As I stood and sat in church on Easter Sunday, my thoughts drifted to my missing people. After all, Easter is one of those holidays which are celebrated all over the world. First I thought of three recently located girls whom I have started to consider my Easter miracles:

The previous week I had checked my email and found one from the From Whispers to Roars forum (where I am a member) entitled "The GREATEST News!!". I thought it could be about someone being found alive, and I opened it even though I doubted it would be one of mine. Little did I know:

Hi Everyone,
I am shouting it from the roof tops. Our member kenosp
(Joaquin Burgos) is Claudia Perez's Grandfather. He posted a wondeful message
tonight on the forum. Here's what it said:

"God Bless all of you
for your help, last night Claudia Perez walked right in my door and that was the
mirical I had asked GOD for and got, she's ok and safe thanks each and all of
you for all your great help"

so thrilled at this news and had to share it with you all.

has Officially been moved to Found/Resolved.

And I am sending this
to Grandpa so I will say from us all


Claudia Perez*'s safe return appeared in many places. Several days after Easter I would find an article about it, which I may post in the future. But anyway, on that Easter Sunday I could easily imagine Claudia and her grandfather sitting in church together--maybe at the same time I thought this, since Florida and my home state of Pennsylvania are in the same time zone--while people gave thanks for her homecoming.

My second miracle is not so famous. One day I was looking over old entries and noticed that Liliana Ivette Brito's picture no longer showed up. I could no longer find her on the NCMEC website, so I started wondering if she had been found. Finally, the day after I found out about Claudia, I read this simple sentence on the National Voice for Children: "Liliana Brito missing from Carpentersville, IL, has been recovered." I have no idea how close it really was to Easter, but she is still worth mentioning.

My third Easter miracle never appeared on this blog except the index. Nevertheless, I have decided to share a note I found on From Whispers to Roars ( about Harriett Cossell, missing since January from Uniontown, Pennsylvania:

Dear Poster Partner:

Harriett Cossell missing from Uniontown, PA, has been recovered. Please
discontinue dissemination of this poster. Your participation in this program has
made a valuable contribution to this recovery.

Please remove and discard any posters on this case that you have placed in
public view.

Thank you for your support.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Visit our web site at

I thought of Shasta Groene and Tanya Kach, whose families were probably happy to be able to celebrate Easter with them. And then there were Purvis Parker and Quadrevion Henning. These two missing boys from Milwaukee weren't "my" missing people, but I had gotten to know them through an April 14 story on The Early Show. I also saw the very next day on The Saturday Early Show that two bodies which appeared to belong to children were found in a nearby lagoon. The autopsies were scheduled for that night. Just before Easter! I didn't know that Sunday morning wheter they really were Purvis and Quadrevion**, and their families might not have known yet either, but their holiday was probably marked by pain.

Finally, there are the families whose loved ones are still missing. In particular I thought of the Holloway/Twitty family, probably since I had bought Natalee's father's book the day before, and of Georgina DeJesus, for some unknown reason. Maybe it was because she disappeared in another April, two years earlier. I did not want these and the other families to have to go through another Easter of not knowing. I know it seems a stretch that every single missing person on my index could be found within a year, but surely at least half could be. So please, won't you take another look? And whatever you do, please pray for them. Pray for all of them, that as many as possible can be found while they are still alive. But if it is too late for that, if they are dead, maybe even that would be better than the not knowing.

*In this entry I am refering to Claudia X. Perez, who had been missing from Wildwood, Florida. She is not to be confused with Claudia Veronica Perez of Houston, Texas, who is still missing.

** It was later confirmed that those bodies did belong to Purvis and Quadrevion.

Monday, April 3, 2006

Toni McNatt-Chiappetta--Clairton, Pennsylvania

Here is some proof I found on From Whispers to Roars( that Tanya Kach's story is giving families of long-term missing people hope. The original is available at
Tanya Kach's story resonates with those with missing family
By Jill King

Sunday, April 2, 2006
Leah Keeney's heart stopped when she heard the
story of Tanya Kach.
"It hit way too close to home," said Keeney, whose
little sister, Toni McNatt-Chiapetta, vanished from a Clairton intersection in
Like Kach, Toni was 14 years old when she disappeared.
But unlike
Kach, who resurfaced March 21 after 10 years -- during which she said she was
held captive in a McKeesport bedroom -- Toni is still missing.
"The first
thing I thought was that this might be what happened to Toni," said Keeney, 46,
who now lives in McKeesport. "I bet she's out there still. My sister didn't just
fall off the face of the earth. Someone knows something."
Kach's story
resonates with relatives of missing children and gives them reason to hope, said
Joann Donnellan, spokeswoman for the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children. Donnellan said families have called the center after hearing about
Kach's re-emergence and wondered whether their children might be in similar
Donnellan said most runaways, as Kach was, return home within a
few months or, at most, three years. She said the center knows of 14 cases of
children who remained missing for 10 years before resurfacing. Those cases were
classified as runaways or non-family abductions, Donnellan said.
"It is rare
for this to happen, but it does happen," she said. "We never give up hope here.
Our motto is 'Never Forgotten' and a case is never closed here until the child
is found, one way or the other. This Tanya Kach case shows that very
unbelievable things can happen. You have to keep hope alive."
Smart, the Utah teen who vanished from her Salt Lake City bedroom in June 2002,
is perhaps the best-known example of a child who resurfaced after a lengthy
disappearance. Smart was found alive in March 2003 in the company of a homeless
street preacher who had done work in Smart's home.
Smart, then 14, traveled
to different states with the man, Brian David Mitchell, and his wife, Wanda
Eileen Barzee. Mitchell was wanted for questioning in Smart's disappearance and
someone called police after spotting him with two females in a Salt Lake City
parking lot.
When police questioned the three, Smart wouldn't reveal her
identity. Experts later theorized she was under Mitchell's control and that's
why she didn't try to escape.
When Kach, a troubled teen and frequent
runaway, disappeared, police questioned teachers and staff at Cornell Middle
School, where Kach was an eighth-grader. They interviewed dozens of people. The
FBI got involved.
She was gone, but not far.
For the better part of 10
years, Kach said, she was kept locked in an upstairs bedroom of a Soles Street
home, held captive and sexually exploited by Thomas John Hose, 48, who was a
security guard at what is now Cornell Intermediate School.
Hose was charged
with child sex crimes and faces a preliminary hearing Thursday along with Judith
Sokol, 57, a former McKeesport beautician accused of helping Kach and Hose
conceal their relationship.
Gwen Elliot, a former commander with the
Pittsburgh police who oversaw the family crisis and sex assault unit,
investigated missing persons cases for years. She wasn't involved in the Kach
investigation, but said it seems like police did everything they could to try to
find her.
"If you hide someone well enough, even the police might not be
able to find them," Elliot said.
Keeney said Tanya Kach has given her new
hope that her sister -- who now would be 38 -- is alive somewhere.
a chance that someone took her, hid her, controlled her and brainwashed her so
bad that she doesn't even know who she really is," Keeney said. "She could be
living somewhere thinking she's someone else and not know that there are people
out there still looking for her, still wanting her to come home. I have to
believe that."

Toni's Charley Project profile
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: November 5, 1981
from Clairton, Pennsylvania
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: May 31, 1967
Age: 14 years old
Height and Weight: 5'2, 105 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Blonde hair, hazel eyes. McNatt-Chiappetta
has a mole on the left side of her neck. Some agencies refer to
McNatt-Chiappetta as Toni Lynn McNatt.
Clothing Description: A black jacket
with Clairton Band imprinted on the back and Toni imprinted on the front and
orange trim around the waist and cuffs.

Details of Disappearance
McNatt-Chiappetta left her family's residence in Clairton,
Pennsylvania on November 5, 1981. She was headed to an evening rally at her high
school, which was located about two blocks from her home. McNatt-Chiappetta was
last seen walking on Miller Avenue and Mitchell Avenue at approximately 7:15
p.m. She never arrived at the rally and has not been seen again.
planned to question Dean Maksin, a former friend and neighbor of
McNatt-Chiappetta's family, in August 2001 regarding her disappearance. Maksin
was charged with sexually assaulting another woman in the area in 2001.
Investigators interviewed Maksin after Chiappetta vanished in 1981, but he was
not considered a possible suspect until after his arrest for the unrelated
charge 20 years later. McNatt-Chiappetta's family said that she would have
trusted Maksin at the time of her presumed abduction. There have been no arrests
in Chiappetta's case.

Investigating Agency If you have any information
concerning this case, please contact: Pennsylvania State Police 412-929-6262

You can print a poster of Toni here. (Before printing, be sure to change your page setup to "landscape", or part of her age progression photo will be cut off.)

Photos from The Charley Project: Toni around the time she disappeared, what she might have looked like at age 37.

Lonene Rogers - Hayfield Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Lonene's info and photo from the Charley Project (
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: January 7, 1981 from
Hayfield Township, Pennsylvania
Classification: Endangered Missing
of Birth: October 18, 1951
Age: 29 years old
Height and Weight: 5'5, 140
Distinguishing Characteristics: Sandy brown hair, gray eyes. Rogers
has a freckled complexion and pierced ears. She has had her tonsils removed.
Clothing Description: Possibly a navy blue peacoat, blue jeans and high
brown boots.
Medical Conditions: Rogers is almost totally deaf and cannot
speak fluently as a result.

Details of Disappearance
Rogers was last
seen at her home in the Littles Corners area of Hatfield Township, Pennsylvania,
ten miles northwest of Meadville, on the evening of January 7, 1981. She got
into an argument with her husband that evening. Later that night, he woke up and
realized Rogers was not in bed with him. He assumed he was asleep on the couch.
When Rogers's husband woke up the following morning, however, he realized she
was not in the house at all.
Rogers left behind her hearing aids, car, and
other personal items. She also left her two young children. The evening she
disappeared, there was a severe snowstorm. Her husband initially assumed she
left of her own accord and would eventually return, but she never did and has
never been heard from again.
Rogers's husband, who is also deaf, cooperated
with the police investigation and is not considered a suspect in her case.
Little evidence is available in her disappearance; it remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency If you have any information concerning this case,
please contact: Pennsylvania State Police 814-332-6911

You can also call the Crawford County Crime Stoppers at (814) 337-1111.

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Donald Smatlak: NCMA poster

I found out today on From Whispers to Roars( that there is now a poster of Donald available from the National Center for Missing Adults:

Endangered Missing Adult
If you believe you have any information regarding
this case that will be helpful in this investigation please contact: North Versailles Police Department at (412) 823-1111

Name: Donald David Smatlack
Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
Alias / Nickname: Donny
Date of Birth: 1980-07-15
Date Missing: 2006-01-28
From City/State:
North Versailles, PA 15137
Missing From (Country): USA
Age at Time of
Disappearance: 25
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 73 inches
Weight: 230 pounds
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Complexion: Light
Identifying Characteristics: Pierced ears, very small
scar on lower left side of lip, tattoo of a Chinese symbol in the center of his
back in black ink, tattoo of his name in Chinese on the middle of his chest in
black ink, tattoo of a Chinese symbol on his right shin in black ink, wears a
goatee, small gap in top teeth, previously broken finger and toe (unknown
Clothing: Usually wears oversized shirts or sweaters, baggy jeans
with a belt, tan boots, suede jacket.
Jewelry: Diamond studs in both ears,
gold chain, gold bracelet on left wrist.
Circumstances of Disappearance:
Unknown. Donald last had contact with family via phone at approximatley 4:00pm
at his residence in the 1000 block of Logan Rd. in North Versailles, PA. He
informed family he was going to visit a friend in Delmont, PA and never made it.
His vehicle, described as a silver four door 2003 Mazda 3, was later found at
Meyran Ave. and Louisa St. in Oakland, PA. He has a medical condition and may
need medication.
Investigative Agency: North Versailles Police Department
Phone: (412) 823-1111
Alternate Phone: (412) 473-3000
Case #: 2006-00977
NCIC #: M-645469494

You can print your own at
Donald's website: (On there his name is spelled "Smatlak", so I am leaving that spelling in the title of this post.)

Audrey May Herron's story in psychic series

For quite a while now, Project Jason's Voice for the Missing blog has been featuring stories on psychic involvement in missing persons cases. Some of them featured guest writers talking about their own experiences, and the most recent one was Audrey May Herron's best friend, Marie Parker. She talked about the experience she had on the Montel Williams show during an episode with notorious psychic Sylvia Browne. Read her post at It includes a link to to video of the episode from their website.
For more info on Audrey, see my previous post on her at The photo accompanying this post comes from the Charley Project, which features a complete profile of Audrey at

All posts in the series are prefaced by the initials "PMP" for your reference. All of them are written by Kelly Jolkowski, mother of missing Nebraska man Jason Jolkowski and founder of Project Jason, unless otherwise noted. A complete list of the ones so far:
1. intro (also includes a list of all the posts in the series):
3. a guide to terminology used by psychics:
4. Psychics trying to "help" find Jason Jolkowski:
5. continuation:
6. another psychic trying to "help" in Jason's case
7. guest written by Catherine a member of the James Randi Foundation, which investigates psychics
8. guest written by Janice Smolinski, mother of missing Connecticut man William "Billy" Smolinski, Jr.
9. yet another psychic trying to help find Jason Jolkowski:
10. and still another...:
11. continuation:
12. guest written by Luke T., another member of the James Randi Education Foundation
13. guest written by Dana Ames, co-founder of United Response Search and Rescue Team; first one on Sylvia Browne:

Please note the disclaimer featured in the posts:

We understand that many people believe that psychics are effective in
solving crimes and finding missing people. Please keep in mind that the goal of
this series is to help families understand techniques used by persons making
these claims and make better decisions about the use of psychics. Project Jason
and its volunteers cannot act as a clearinghouse for persons claiming success in
using paranormal means to locate missing persons. We will be unablBlockquotee to respond
to emails or other correspondence sent to us from persons making these claims or
persons offering information about or referrals to psychics. We instead invite
those persons to present their evidence to the members of the James Randi
Education Foundation. They have a forum available for you to discuss your