Three-year-old Evan Brewer of Wichita, Kansas, was unfortunately caught in a custody battle that may have cost him his life. His father, Carlo Brewer, had been concerned for the safety of his son while the boy was living with his mother, 36-year-old Miranda Miller. Miller and her boyfriend, 40-year-old Stephen Bodine, lived together in a home Miller rented. The couple had only been together since February.
At first Miller and Brewer shared custody through an informal arrangement, but then Miller allegedly started limiting Brewer’s visitation to the point where members of Brewer’s family had to send Evan gifts through a third-party. Mr. Brewer had even filed an order of protection for Evan stating Evan had been injured and was always filthy and didn’t have appropriate clothing. Miller continued to avoid authorities who kept trying to make welfare checks on Evan. Eventually Miller and Bodine were evicted from the rental property and while the landlord was cleaning out the property found a concrete structure where the smell of death permeated the area. The body of a small boy was found inside the concrete. The body may have been there as far back as March.
While DNA results will be forthcoming, Evan’s grandfather, former Wichita Mayor and current gubernatorial candidate Carl Brewer, confirmed the body belonged to Evan. So far no cause of death has been determined, but Miller and Bodine have been arrested. Miller was charged with aggravated interference with parental custody while Bodine was charged with aggravated assault. Carl Brewer had even tried reaching out to multiple government agencies including DCF and Governor Sam Brownback’s office to try to find his grandson.
I’ll post more updates as they become available and as time allows.
16-year-old Makayla Massey was last seen in her Victorville, California, home on August 25, 2017. Police say Makayla was using the social network/app MeetMe to possibly sell herself for sex. She reportedly posed as a 19-year-old with the names of Anita Green, Anitta Argintino, Anita Franchise, and Anita Massey. She is said to not have had her own cell phone, but instead used an iPod that has wifi capabilities.
Makayla Massey is described as a white female, five feet 4 inches tall and weighing 146 pounds. She has brown hair with lighter-colored hair at the ends, according to her mother, and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing gray sweat pants, a white shirt and carrying a black Adidas backpack.
Anyone with information regarding Makayla Massey’s whereabouts is urged to contact Detective Dana Weinberg at 760-243-1989, 760-559-5362, or the Victorville Sheriff’s Station at 760-241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or visit www.wetip.com.
MeetMe has been around since the MySpace days of social media and has devolved into nothing more than a hook-up site. Like most social apps, you don’t necessarily need a phone to access it. You can use just about any device that has wifi capability, like in this case, an iPod. Please, regularly check your kids’ devices for any activity that could put them in harm’s way.
Sadly, child sex trafficking is nothing new to social media. Pimps and traffickers have been using social media since the days of MySpace, luring impressionable kids with tales of money and fame only to turn them out on the street or online.
Anyone with contact information is asked to call the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 626-3385
While Mr. Williams’ disappearance may not be completely related to craigslist, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say it reminded me of the story of Richard Beasley. Beasley and an accomplice would place craigslist ads for non-existent ranch hand jobs. He killed three people who responded to his ads and almost killed a fourth. He committed these crimes because he was already facing jail time on other charges and was planning on stealing his victims’ identities in order to evade capture. Beasley was not only convicted of murder but was sentenced to death. He’s currently awaiting execution on Ohio’s death row.
My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Williams’ family in hoping for his safe return.
44-year-old Vicente Cruz, of Austell, Georgia, went missing after going to meet someone who wanted to look at his truck he was selling on craigslist. Mr. Cruz went missing in Atlanta on May 1st, however, his vehicle was located on the 2nd with blood inside the truck. Police say it’s too early to comment on the blood, but they do believe foul play could be involved. No arrests have been made and police are asking for the public’s help.
Cruz is described as 5-foot-9, 230 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, according to police. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, gray tennis shoes, green hat and a checkered shirt.
If you know any information about Cruz, you can call the Atlanta Homicide/ Missing Persons Unit at (404) 546-4235.
While I hope and pray Mr. Cruz is returned safely to his family and friends, this is already an all too familiar occurrence. In 2015, Bud and June Runion, also from Georgia, were lured to their deaths when they went to look at a muscle car that was advertised on craigslist. Their accused killer is said to have shot them both just so he could steal from the elderly couple.
Simply put, craigslist is the textbook definition of unsafe. The amount of violent crime committed through its pages is nothing short of staggering. As long as these crimes continue to pose a threat to life and limb craigslist should not be used for any kind of transaction. more “Ga. man missing after trying to sell truck on craigslist”
59-year-old Ellis Vogt, of Fayette County, Tennessee, went missing in the summer of 2016 after hiring a caregiver off of craigslist. Back in February, his body was found and the caregiver, Pamela Bingham, had been arrested for theft for being in possession of some of Mr. Vogt’s property.
Recently, it was made public that Bingham has been charged with second-degree murder. According to an affidavit, butcher knives were found next to Mr. Vogt’s body that matched knives that were missing from his kitchen. Bingham allegedly went to great lengths to throw anyone off her trail…
Investigators said they discovered a burn barrel still smoldering outside Vogt’s home. They also discovered blood-soaked towels, a DVR recording device for the surveillance system, and a crowbar.
And why did she allegedly brutally murder a man who was just looking for someone to assist him around his home?
Surveillance video captured Bingham in the Walmart parking lot of Oakland, Tennessee on July 30, 2016, the day after Vogt was reported missing. The video shows Bingham making purchases inside the Walmart, but does not show that Vogt was with her.
I would lay odds that everything she bought from Wal-Mart was probably trivial at worst and a flat-screen TV at best. This goes a long way in showing how low criminals who use craigslist are willing to stoop just to buy themselves some cheap crap.
I originally posted about 59-year-old Ellis Vogt, of Fayette County, Tennessee, here. He went missing during the summer of last year after hiring a caregiver off of craigslist only known as ‘Janie’ or ‘Jaynie’. Sadly, Mr. Vogt’s body was found earlier last month and was just recently identified.
Janie/Jaynie has been identified as Pamela Bingham after she was arrested in Oklahoma after being found in Mr. Vogt’s missing van. While no cause of death has been rendered yet, police have stated that Bingham is a person of interest in Mr. Vogt’s death. She is currently being held on $250K bond.
Hiring a caregiver from craigslist for either yourself or a loved one is a risky move. At best they could not be bonded or well-trained, and at the worst they could be a con artist, sexual predator, or even a killer. This article can help you on how to decide where to get a caregiver. It may cost a little more to avoid using craigslist, but isn’t it worth it for the safety alone?
Polk was last seen around 7 p.m. on October 3, wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants.
Anyone with information on Robert Polk’s whereabouts should contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at 314-444-5309.
Unfortunately this is a recurring event. Just this year Taylor S. Clark of Illinois and Bud and June Runion of Georgia were both killed after going to buy cars on craigslist. Criminals will either advertise a popular car at a lower than usual price or advertise a classic car that is hard to come by. Usually the goal is robbery, insisting that the buyer brings cash, but occasionally it ends up in murder.
34-year-old George Higgins of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, has been missing for close to a month. He left his home in order to take a maintenance job that he found on craigslist. His family spoke with him the day the job was supposed to start and that was the last time they spoke with him. The last location for Higgins’ cell phone was almost 90 miles away in Mineral Bluff, Georgia.
If you may have seen George Higgins call Soddy Daisy Police at 423-332-3577
As much as I’m praying for Mr. Higgins to be returned safely to his family I can’t help but be reminded of Richard Beasley of Ohio. Beasley used phony craigslist employment ads to lure several men to their deaths in order to steal their identities so he could avoid prosecution for other crimes. However I hope to God that’s not the case here.