Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Richard Haynes Jr. now missing 3 years, Kittitas, Washington

(He is listed in various places as "Richard Haynes Jr.", "Richard Lee Haynes Jr.", or by his nickname, "Cody Haynes".)
What happened to Cody?

The facts (from

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: September 12, 2004 from Kittitas, Washington
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: April 16, 1993
Age: 11 years old
Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'1, 90 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Haynes is addressed by his nickname, Cody. He has a round birthmark on his inner right thigh.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red hat and a red or gray coat.

Details of Disappearance
Cody resided with his father, Richard Lee Haynes Sr., his four sisters, and Richard's girlfriend, Marla Jaye Harding(sometimes referred to as "Maria Jane Hardin" or "Marla Harding-Haynes"), in a second-floor apartment in the 100 block of north Main Street in downtown Kittitas, Washington in 2004.
Cody disappeared from his family's home between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2004. He had refused to wash the dishes and Harding punished him by making him sit at the kitchen table for four hours before sending him to his bedroom at about midnight the previous day. Harding told Cody's sisters not to go near his room and told Cody not to leave the room for any reason. Evidently, no one checked on him for close to eighteen hours afterwards. Richard was at work when Cody was sent to his room, but came home later and then left the house in the early morning hours to look for car parts. He did not return until 4:00 p.m.
Cody apparently slipped out unnoticed during this time and arranged his stuffed animals on the bed to make it look like he was asleep. He took a black and green camouflage-patterned bag of clothing with him, but it was later found in a shed near his house. Investigators believe Cody may have hidden the bag there and planned to return for it later. His bicycle was also found in the shed.
There were a few possible sightings of Cody in the local area shortly after his disappearance. A neighbor may have seen him the morning he disappeared, and someone believes they saw him eating potato chips at Johnny's Serv-U later that day. Neither sighting has been confirmed.
Richard notified the police that Cody was gone after he arrived home again that afternoon. Authorities believed at first that the boy had run away from home because he was unhappy at the way he was disciplined, and that he might try to travel to his mother, who lives in Florida. She has served time in prison for child abuse and is not legally allowed to have contact with her son. Cody did not arrive in Florida and his mother has been eliminated as a suspect in his disappearance.
A week after Cody vanished, his sisters were removed from their father's home and placed into foster care. The removal order alleged abuse, neglect and lack of supervision in the Haynes household and was based mainly on the fact that the girls' brother, Cody, had been made to stay in his room for eighteen hours without being allowed to eat, drink, or use the toilet and without being checked on by an adult. Harding stated that he was a rebellious and deceitful child and needed discipline. Cody's sisters have since between declared dependent by the state and are doing well in foster homes.
Richard and Harding, who married sometime after September 2004, have hired lawyers and will not cooperate with investigators about Cody's disappearance. The rest of his family has cooperated fully with police. Before the Haynes children were taken from their home, Richard refused to allow police to question them. The Haynes daughters were remanded to foster care for six months, after which time the issue of their placement will be revisited. The family has a history with Washington Child Protection Services (CPS); late in 2001 and again in 2002, Richard was reported to CPS for possibly physically and emotionally abusing and neglecting his children. Witnesses stated that the Haynes children were made to stand outside for long periods in the wintertime without coats or shoes. Both times the allegations were found to be without merit. Cody was in the sixth grade in 2004; he and his sisters were originally public school students but became home-schoolers after the CPS complaints were made.
In February 2005, police obtained a warrant searched the Haynes residence. They had
interviewed Cody's sisters several times since their placement in foster care.
Initially the girls said nothing had happened to their brother, but later Cody's
oldest sister told investigators that he had been beaten severely inside his home the day he vanished. Police searched for traces of blood in the apartment's kitchen to back up the sister's story, but the flooring there had been replaced after Cody's disappearance and without the landlord's knowledge or consent. A second search was made and police seized a computer and Richard's Chevrolet Suburban. They also searched Harding's car. Authorities made what they termed a "significant discovery" during one of these searches, but have not elaborated on what exactly it was they found.
Cody may have left of his own accord, but after receiving the information from his sister investigators announced that he could be the victim of a homicide. They have no evidence that he was killed inside his home, but the fact that he has not been heard from in so long is indicative that he met with foul play. Due to his age and family background, Cody is considered to be in danger. His case was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in October 2005; it remains unsolved.

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

The possibilities:
- Cody was angry about being punished and ran away from home. (This was the initial police theory. However, it seems less likely that he would be missing of his own accord for this long, especially since he was only 11 when he disappeared.)
- Cody was angry and ran away, then later met up with someone who harmed him. (Maybe not the most likely scenario, but always possible.)
- Cody was killed by his father and/or stepmom. Perhaps he was caught sneaking out and was physically abused, which led to his death. (Normally we do not like to blame the families of the missing. However, this unfortunately seems very possible, especially once you read about his father's little trip that night.)
- Some have suggested a connection to that infamous pedophile/murderer, Joseph Edward Duncan III (most famous for the brutal killings of four members of Groene/McKenzie family). However, a poster on Websleuths reported hearing that this had been ruled out.
- Cody was abducted from his bedroom in the middle of the night. (Unlikely, but possible. There is no evidence of an abduction.)

A child's skull was found in a field in Ritzville, Washington, in the summer of 2005. Could it be Cody's? Local media has suggested both him and Sofia Juarez, missing from Kennewick, as possible matches, although DNA has yet to be successfully obtained from the skull. Until and unless it is identified as Cody's, I will continue to treat his case as a missing child.

1 comment:

Pam B said...

The remains found in Ritzville were not those of Cody. When carbon dated they were found to be 6 to 7 hundred years old. Cody is still missing and missed dearly.