Missing Son Haunts Famous Photographer
Art Shay has photographed the famous, the notorious, the ordinary and people who were largely forgotten and ignored. Alive for nearly a century, he is a well known photographer and writer. His works are widely recognizable and have become part of history. He was also a family man who had several children. It is the mystery of his eldest son Harmon, that haunted him and his wife.
According to a piece that Art Shay wrote, his son was a genius. He had scored a perfect score on his college SAT Exams. He even invented his own electric rollerskate and personal computer years before Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were developing their famous companies. Harmon for all his positive attributes got involved in the taking of illicit drugs. Shay believes that his 20 year old son Harmon was murdered in the Hippie Drug lifestyle in the Miami Dade area in May of 1972. He was staying with his grandmother and step-grandfather and had phoned relatives the night of his disappearance they he had met people and would be back in a day or two.
He had dark colored hair and was around five foot nine according to relatives.
It is possible that he was murdered in the Miami or Fort Lauderdale areas of Florida. However, it is always a possibility that Harmon could have left his life behind to start a new one and cut off contact with his family. If you know anything about what may have happened to Harmon Shay please visit the contact page .
A Strange Series of Disappearances, Sinister or Supernatural?
Every state has areas which are deemed to be haunted and have folklore. For residents that live in or near Bennington, Vermont; questions still persist in several disappearance that occurred sixty years prior. From 1945 to 1950, several people vanished without a trace primarily in the woods near Glastenbury Mountain.
The first case happened on November 12, 1945 when a 74-year-old mountain guide named Middie Rivers got ahead of his group only to disappear. He had been last seen not far from U.S. Route 9 in the area of the Long River Trail Road.
Eighteen-year-old Bennington college student Paula Welden vanished while taking a hike on December 1, 1946, on the Long Trail. She had been seen by other hikers but the young lady from Stamford Connecticut never turned up anywhere since.
The saddest of the disappearances occurred in the middle of October in 1950 when eight year old Paul Jepson went missing from a farm where he and his mother were at. The mother claimed she left him alone to play, but he disappeared. A massive search took place but Jepson was never located.
The last confimred disappearance happened on October 28, 1950, when Freida Langer had to turn back to go home after falling on a hike with her cousin. The fifty-three year old never made it back. Several searches were done and on May 12, 1951, herskeletal remains were found near Somerset Reservoir. Her manner and cause of death were never determined.
There were other stories about a group of three hunters missing during the last 1940s. There is also the case of a man named Tedford who on December 1, 1949, vanished from a crowded bus. These two have never really been able to be confirmed but they add to a mysterious legend about the place.
It is likely that some of the missing could have died of exposure or hypothermia. Paul Jepson could have been abducted or worse a victim of homicide. Others have suggested that the area is a little type of Bermuda Triangle.
For more information about these disappearance visit these sites.
Fate of Legendary Scientist’s Daughter a Mystery
Albert Einstein is one of the most famous scientists and geniuses known to mankind. There is however, a strange mystery. What happened to his first child born in 1902? Some letters found between Einstein and his first wife, Mileva Marić, indicate that they might have had a child out of wedlock named Lieserl. According to fiction novelist Tim Symonds, there are three possible outcomes as to what may have become of Einstein’s first child. The child may have been adopted by a friend in Belgrade, Serbia. Another theory is that she may have been left at a home for severely physically and mentally-handicapped children. The third standard theory is that Lieserl could have died during a Scarlet Fever epidemic that took the lives of between 400 to 1000 children in the Novi Sad area at the time. However, after several years of investigating, author Tim Symonds has come to a startling conclusion, his ‘Fourth Theory’, that the child was a victim of a mercy-killing, with Einstein’s consent, at the age of 21 months.
For more information about this case you can purchase Tim Symond’s book which is fiction but explores what may have happened to the young girl.
New York Mystery
It’s a mystery approaching five decades. What happened to 16 year old Denise Marie Sheehy? She was last seen in 4800 block of 46th street in the borough of Queens New York City on July 7, 1970. She had an argument with her mother and left her house without any belongings. At the time, she had a boyfriend but he was visiting relatives out of state in Pennsylvania. He is not considered a suspect in this case. At first it seemed like she ran away, but as time has gone by, it is likely she encountered foul play. Her parents are both deceased, however her two sisters are still actively looking for her. At the time of her disappearance, Denise was five foot three and just over a hundred pounds in weight. She had brown hair and eyes. At the time of her disappearance she wore a gold ring with her initial DS.
If you have any information about this case please call the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Service at 1-800-346-3543.
Fate Of Man With Dementia Still Unclear
It was December 3rd, 1946 when 72 year old when Davis C. Faunce went missing from the Dartmouth Infirmary at 3am with just his undergarments on. A search went on for several days afterward but no traces of the Dartmouth, Massachusetts resident were ever found. At the time of his disappearance, Faunce was suffering from a form of Dementia. It is possible that he was trying to get back to his home and died of hypothermia. But it is odd, that despite the uses of bloodhounds his trace was lost. One bloodhound lost his scent near Pauline Street which is not far from New Bedford. In 1955, remains were found an unidentified man (who hung himself) in the town of Fall River, a medical examination did not identify the remains as Faunce. IT is not known if those remains found a wooded area on a path from Bellrock Road in Fall River were ever identified. Despite the passage of time, the grandchildren of Davis Faunce still wonder what happened to their grandfather.
An Alleged Trip to the Mall Ends in a Disappearance
The suspect in the van On November 7th, 2001 10 year old Bianca Lebron was about to start her day at Elias Howe Elementary school in Bridgeport when she got into a beat up older model brown and tan van driven by a hispanic male estimated to be in his mid-twenties. Since then her family has not seen the fifth grader. She was last seen wearing beige pants, a brown and green camouflage shirt and a jean jacket. That day, Bianca had told friends that she was going to the mall with her uncle. According to her family, she has no Uncle. Bridgeport Police want to talk to the man that owned the van that Bianca entered. He may be responsible for abduction, know what happened to her or have some important clues. He is described as a hispanic male in his mid-twenties, average height and build. Black kinky hair with sideburns and a large nose. Bianca is hispanic and is described as being 4’11, 115 pounds, black hair with hazel eyes. She has a mole/birthmark on her forehead. Her picture is shown at the left. Police do have a strong suspect and for additional information about this case and suspect please click here. If you have any information on the disappearance of Bianca LeBron please contact the Bridgeport Police Department at (203)332-5533.
Vanished Without A Trace
Perhaps no case in Connecticut history with the exception of the Martha Moxley murder in Greenwich has received more national attention than the disappearance of ten year old Connie Smith. During July 16th, 1952, the young Wyoming girl who was staying at Camp Sloane in Salisbury had wandered from the campgrounds after some rough play with fellow campers. She was seen heading for the village of Lakeville (near the border with New York) walking along Route 44 in Salisbury, thumb extended looking for a ride. That was the last recollection anyone has had of the young camper being alive. Following the disappearance, there was a massive manhunt. Police scoured the New York/ Connecticut border for clues and her possible remains. Police also had numerous potential suspects which included the camp cook, the camp caretaker, nearby workers and deliverymen.
Eventually the case went national on the Art Linkletter show and while it garnered much needed publicity for the case, it produced many dead end leads and false confessions. Now fifty years later, there is still no trace of Connie Smith. Her father still ever hopeful, never gave up on trying to find her alive. Author Michael Dooling recently wrote a book about her disappearance named, “Clueless in New England” .
Is There A Connection Between the Disappearances and Deaths of these Women in New Haven?
Evelyn Frisco was forty two years old, when she was last seen in New Haven, Conecticut of June 2004. The New Haven resident had not had an easy life, she battled substance abuse issues, served prison time for criminal offenses and was at times a prostitute. Law Enforcement and members of her family believe she is dead and probably a victim of foul play. According to her family, Frisco had given information to the New Haven Police that led to an arrest of a drug dealer. The family believes that someone could have paid Frisco back. One of Frisco’s friends was a woman named Lisa Calvo. Calvo was also a prostitute who battled substance abuse issues. She was last seen in October of 2005. New Haven Police have released a statement indicating if the two disappearances were connected. At the time of her last sighting, Frisco had blue eyes, blonde hair, weighed 125 pounds and was 5 foot 2. She has a tattoo of a butterfly or a rose on her shoulder, a scar on her leg and she wore upper dentures.
Calvo was 4 foot 11 and weighed 110 pounds. She had brown hair and eyes and had tattoos on her right leg and thigh. Calvo was forty years old at the time of her last sighting.
Another case of a woman with substance abuse issues was that of Cassandra Mead of East Haven. She was found strangled to death in late August of 2011 at Union and Water Street. What is unusual is that the area is a block away from the New Haven Police Department. The 21 year old had a criminal past and had suffered from Bi-Polar disorder. The murder was particularly brazen because it is near the downtown and so close to a police presence.
If you have any information about any of these cases please call 203-946-6316.
More than A Decade Later, Hartford Woman Still Remains Missing
Sandra Santiago was a twenty-nine year old mother of four who was last seen at the El Comeriano Cafe on Walnut Street in Hartford, Connecticut on the evening of September 27, 1998. She was described as white/hispanic with brown hair and eyes. She was five foot four and weighed 100 pounds. She had needles tracks on both arms and most likely had drug addiction issues. Police believe that she is probably the victim of foul play. One of her daughters was ten years old, when Sandra disappeared. She is now past her mid-twenties. If you know what happened to Sandra Santiago please contact the Hartford Police Department at 860-527-6300. You can remain anonymous.
A Phone Call, A Car Arrives, A Man Goes Missing
Israel Rosado was last seen alive leaving his girlfriend’s apartment on Race Street in Bristol, Connecticut. That was May 13, 2004. According to police reports, the 21 year old New York City native had been in criminal court earlier that morning. That afternoon, he had received a phone call and later got into the car of an unknown person. Rosado is described as five foot five inches, 130 pounds and being of the hispanic ethnicity. He wears his hair in cornrows and has a birth mark on his neck under his chin. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Israel Rosado you are asked to call the Bristol police at 860-584-3000. To view a poster of his disappearance click here.
Are there Similarities in the Disappearances of Three Young Men?
Three men ranging from the ages of 19 to 24 mysteriously disappear in different towns during the nineteen eighties.
Keith Lalima (middle picture) was a father of a young child who lived with his girlfriend at his mother’s house. On May 7th 1981, he had an argument with an individual outside the Village Green Cafe in Norwich. He was last seen walking in the direction of where he lived, the nightclub he was last seen at was located at Maple Street and West Main Street. It is possible that the person he was seen having a confrontation with could have had something to do with his disappearance.
Charles Lassell Jr, (pictured with glasses) was nineteen years old when he was last seen at the intersection of Coogan Boulevard and Jery Browne Road in the town of Stonington. He was waiting for a bus to take him to college. He never did take the bus and the last person to see him alive was his father on October 27, 1981.
Kenneth Reed was believed last seen at his family’s residence in the town of Norwich on March 24th, 1989. He had no known problems or enemies. His car was found later that night but he was not in it. Earlier that day he had left his job at the Bee Bee Dairy at the Norwichtown Mall, in Norwich. He had gotten coffee on the way home and that is where the trail ends.
There is no link between the disappearances of the three except location. Norwich and Stonington are not far from each other. Kenneth Reed worked in Norwich despite living well over an hour away. For more information about these cases visit the Charley Project for the following cases. Keith Lalima, Charles Lassell Jr. and Kenneth Reed .
If you have any information about the following case please call either the Norwich Police Department at 860-886.5561, the Stonington Police Department at 860-599-4411, or the Connecticut State Police at 860-685-8190.
Vanished and Not Seen Since
What Doreen might look like today Doreen Vincent was last seen leaving her family home on the evening of June 5, 1988 in Wallingford, Connecticut. Since that time, no one has seen the then 12 year old with brown hair and hazel eyes. At the time of her disappearance her ears were double pierced and had a small mole on her abdomen. It is possible that she was a victim of foulplay by someone that she might have known or even a relative. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Doreen Vincent please call the Wallingford Police Department at 203-294-2800. Other information about this case can be viewed at the Doe Network.
She Borrowed a Car and then went Missing
It was June 15th, 1977 when 27 year old Eddy Segal borrowed her roommate’s 1969 Oldsmobile to visit the gym Woman’s World in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Segal was a New Jersey native who had lived in Tampa, Florida before she moved to Nashua, New Hampshire. The vehicle she had borrowed was found on a logging round about a mile and a half from Wheeler Road in Hollis, New Hampshire. The keys were found around 150 feet behind where the car was parked. Some of Segall’s belongings were found but she was not. She never made it to the gym. Segall was around 118 pounds and was five foot one. It is possible that more than one person could have been involved. If you have any information about this case, please call the Hollis Police Department 603-465-7637.
Rumors Still Swirl Around About Former Hartford Cop’s Disappearance
August 16th, 1981 was the last time on record that anyone saw 47 year old Andrew Economou. The married former Hartford Police Officer was a millionaire businessman who owned a succesful restaurant in Rocky Hill. His mistress was supposedly the last one to see him alive in a Hartford Parking Lot. From there, rumors and stories have swirled that he may have started a new life overseas or was a victim of murder. Decades later, there are stories of gambling debts and associations with mob figures that point to something sinister having happened to the father of three. But before he disappeared, Economou left several notes to his family that if he disappeared that they should look at one of his associates. When he was last seen by his mistress, he had a bag of cash that was estimated to be between fifty to a hundred thousand and that he was going to New York City for a business deal. Almost ten years after his disappearance, his family petitioned a Connecticut Court to have Andrew Economou declared deceased. To date, he is still missing. His fate unknown.
Decade later, New Britain Man Still Missing
Steven Raymond is a white male who is 5’10 inches tall and 165 pounds when he was last seen on July 28, 1998. His last known whereabouts were in the area of South Street and Stanley Street in New Britain, Connecticut. He was 47 years old at the time of his disappearance. There is no indication as to whether he was the victim of foul play. IF you have any information about the whereabouts of Steven Raymond, please call the Cold Case Unit at 1-866-623-8058.
Questions Persist as to What Happened to Bridgeport Woman
For over two decades, the disappearance of Omayra Velasquez has frustrated law enforcement and haunted her family. October 16th, 1993 at 8 o’clock is the last time she may have been seen. The twenty-one year old was last known to be at the place she resided at on Taylor Drive in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After she was last seen, she may have gone to a social club located on Iranistan Avenue and Gregory Street. She may have been with an unidentfied man. It is possible she was abducted or a victim of homicide. If you know anything about the whereabouts of Omayra Velasquez, please contact the Bridgeport Police at 203-576-7621. You can remain anonymous. For additional photos of Velasquez please visit http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/v/velasquez_omayra.html
A Supposed Day at the Town Fair Leads to a Disappearance
On October 3rd, 1973, Roger Day had planned to skip school by travelling north from his home in Porter, Maine to go the Fryeburg Fair which was more than 20 miles away. He was reported missing by his father when he didn’t return home the next day. He is described as a white male with auburn/brown hair and hazel eyes. He also had a middle finger tip that was smashed in an accident earlier in his life. When he left home, he was last seen wearing a denim jacket, jeans, a purple sweatshirt as well as sneakers. At the time he vanished, he was five foot seven and a hundred and thirty pounds. Police believe that after all these years, foul play could be involved.
If you have any information about this case, please contact the Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit-South, at 1-800-228-0857 or at (207)657-3030.
What Happened To American College Student
Skye Lynn Budnick loved Japanese culture. She was student at Central Connecticut State University and from the town of Southington. On April 1, 2008, the twenty-one year old took a one way flight to the Hokkaido island of Japan and has not been heard from since. Japanese Authorities believe that she may have been headed to the city of Sapporo. Her family is concerned because Skye has suffered from depression and had stated in the past her willingness to commit suicide in Japan. Years later, her family does not know where she is. She may have killed herself, met with foul play or started a new life. Her family misses her and wants answers. If you have information about the whereabouts of Skye Lynn Budnick please contact the US Consulate in Sapporo Japan at 011-641-1115.
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