Friday, August 11, 2006

Cynthia Day now missing 16 years, National City, Illinois

Update (Sept. 3): While it may not be connected to efforts from this blog, on August 24, two different media outlets in St. Louis, KSDK NewsChannel 5 and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, ran stories on Cynthia. To read them, follow the links.
This week I hoped that Cynthia L. Day could get some media coverage, too. I emailed one newspaper, two TV stations, and two radio stations, all in the St. Louis area, in hopes I could help get that for her. I knew it was a long shot, but I still thought it could work. I put "local missing woman" in the subject line, to try to get their attention. I invited all the readers of this blog to help, too. Hopefully, some of you did, and I thank you if you were one of them. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have worked. At least, I haven't found any yet. (If you have, please let me know.) Maybe I should have emailed sooner. (I only did on August 7, three days beforehand.) Maybe there weren't enough of us. Maybe I should have marked the email "urgent". Maybe they didn't think it would do any good, since she's been gone so long. Whatever the reason, whatever the excuse, it doesn't change that Cynthia's daughters, Melody and Kim, have spent 16 years without knowing what happened to her. Her story on The Charley Project, a website which covers missing people who have been gone for longer than six months, is shorter than most, probably just because not much is known. But here it is (profile at http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/d/day_cynthia.html):


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: August 10, 1990
from National City, Illinois
Classification: Missing
Date of Birth:
November 11, 1952
Age: 37 years old
Height and Weights: 5'2, 125 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Blonde hair, blue eyes. Day is missing a
canine tooth on the left side of her mouth. She has a scar on her lip and a
hysterectomy scar on her abdomen. Her nickname is Peaches. Day has previously
fractured her pelvic bone.

Details of Disappearance
Day was last seen
at a Washrack in in the vicinity of the 100 block of St. Clair Avenue in
National City, Illinois on August 10, 1990. She has never been heard from again.
Few details are available in her case.
Some agencies state that Day
disappeared from East St. Louis, Illinois or Fairmont City, Illinois. She is
from East St. Louis and that city's police are investigating her case.

Investigating Agency If you have any information concerning this case,
please contact:
East St. Louis Police Department
618-482-6724
OR
618-781-7934
OR
Cleveland Police Department
216-621-1234

But that doesn't tell you much. Like, for instance, the fact she was a mom--and a grandma. Or of the struggle to get Cynthia some news coverage, which I have now had a bit of a firsthand experience with. Kelly Jolkowski, founder of Project Jason and mother of missing Nebraska man Jason Jolkowski, documented this well in a blog entry called "Ten Seconds for Mom". (Read it at http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com/2005/09/91205-ten-seconds-for-mom.html.)

Cynthia's website, http://www.findcynthia.com, has the two pictures above, other photos, letters, poems, a copy of a newspaper article from two years ago, flyers....Check it out!
Her family has also set up a MySpace profile to help find her, http://www.myspace.com/findcynthialday. Recently, there have been stories of MySpace being used for good (instead of just the common stories about its connections to crime), so hopefully this can be another one of those times! Some other missing people's families have set up MySpace sites, too. (Some of them are included as "friends" on Cynthia's page.)
You can leave a message for Cynthia's family at http://www.findcynthia.com/cgi-bin/guestbook.cgi.

You can print a poster of Cynthia at http://www.theyaremissed.org/ncma/gallery/ncmaprofile_all.php?A200401797S.

Go to findcynthia.com!
Banner available under the "Links" section of Cynthia's site. You can get the HTML coding to put it onto your own website.

4 comments:

Findcynthia said...

Just wonderful I tell ya. Words could never express how grateful my family and I are for you devoting this section to my precious mother. Keep up the magnificant work!!

Melody
Daughter of missing Cynthia Day

Findcynthia said...

This is such a beautiful gesture on your behalf. Thank you very much for all you do and keep up the magnificant work.

Melody
Daughter of missing Cynthia Day

Findcynthia said...

Mommy finally received some media coverage on Thursday. Her story was aired on NBC on their 6 o'clock news hour. Finally........

Findcynthia said...

Mommy finally received media coverage. It was aired this past Thursday on NBC on their 6 o'clock news hour.