TN man missing after leaving for craigslist job

TN man missing after leaving for craigslist job
Joseph J. Williams

Joseph J. Williams of Claiborne County, Tennessee, went missing after responding to a craigslist ad for a job on April 25th. Family members say he went to go work on a job with someone named Ben he met on craigslist six months ago.

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.

Ga. man missing after trying to sell truck on craigslist

Ga. man missing after trying to sell truck on craigslist
Vicente Cruz

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.
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Craigslist caregiver charged with murder of missing TN man

Craigslist caregiver charged with murder of missing TN man
Pamela Bingham

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 best 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.

Body of missing man who hired caregiver from craigslist found

Body of missing man who hired caregiver from craigslist found
Pamela Bingham

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?

TN man missing after hiring caretaker from craigslist

TN man missing after hiring caretaker from craigslist
Ellis Vogt and ‘Janie’

59-year-old Ellis Vogt, of Fayette County, Tennessee, has been missing from his some since at least July 30th. Police are also looking for a woman known only as ‘Janie’, whom Vogt hired off of craigslist to work as a caregiver. Vogt has previously had a stroke and requires medication.

The unknown woman and Vogt may be traveling in Mr. Vogt’s 1999 dark green Plymouth Voyager with Tennessee handicap license plate 100DD31.

If you have information about where these two may be, call the Fayette County Sheriff’s hotline at 901-466-0030.

I’ll post updates as they become available and as time allows.

St. Louis veteran goes missing after leaving to buy car on craigslist

 Robert Polk
Robert Polk

22-year-old Robert Polk of St. Louis has been missing since Saturday after leaving to go buy a car on craigslist. Mr. Polk had previously served in the Army and had recently saved up enough money to buy a new car.

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.

I pray to God that is not the case here.

TN man missing after leaving for craigslist job

George Higgins
George Higgins

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.

Detroit woman missing after Backpage date

Cynthia Worthy
Cynthia Worthy

23-year-old Cynthia Worthy of Detroit went missing on Friday after meeting a man for a date. The CBS Local article says that Ms. Worthy met the man on a “social media escorting website”, however news station WXYZ states they met through Backpage. While Backpage is infamous for allegedly facilitating over 80% of all online prostitution in the US it does in fact have a personals section.

Worthy is described as a black female, 5 feet, 3 inches tall and around 200 lbs. with a medium complexion, red and auburn hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt with stone washed bottoms and tan sandals.

Anyone who has seen Worthy or may know of her whereabouts is asked to call Detroit police at 313-596-2200.

My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family that she is returned without harm.

UPDATE 8/18/015: Tragically Ms. Worthy’s body has been found.

Illinois man’s disappearance may have craigslist connection

Taylor S. Clark
Taylor S. Clark

19-year-old Taylor S. Clark of Madison County, Illinois has been missing since yesterday around 10:30 am local time. He may have been going to meet someone about selling his 2007 Nissan 350ZX that he had advertised on craigslist.

Clark is described as a white male standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds. He has light brown shorter hair and a full facial mustache and beard.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Clark or his vehicle, or may have information about his disappearance is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 618-692-4433, the investigation line at 618-692-0871, or the anonymous tip line at 618-296-3000.

Please share this and the news story I linked to especially if you live in the area, but please share it even if you don’t.

My prayers go out to Taylor’s friends and family in hopes of a safe return.

UPDATE 5/6/2015: Taylor’s car was found in Hazelwood, Missouri, but so far he has not been found. For what it’s worth it’s about a 40 minute drive from Madison County to Hazelwood according to Google Maps.

Arrest made in disappearance of SC mom who went on Kik date

AshleyPegram

Police in South Carolina have arrested 30-year-old Edward Bonilla and charged him with obstruction of justice in the disappearance of Ashley Pegram.

Police say that Bonilla allegedly told them that he dropped Ashley off at a gas station but surveillance footage shows Ashley get out of a car at the gas station and get back in. Then Bonilla is said to have changed his story and claims that he dropped her off near a trailer park.

What really has me fearing for Ashley’s safety is that her family says that Bonilla posed on Kik as an 18-year-old and called himself “Emoney Bon”. This is an old trick used by a number of child predators in order to lure younger victims. While Ashley is 28 by all reports she looks much younger than her age.

I’m still hoping against hope and praying to God that she’ll be found alive.

Edward Bonilla
Edward Bonilla

Pegram is described as a white female, approximately 5’01” and 140 pounds. She has brown shoulder length hair, brown eyes, and wears black framed glasses. She was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and black flip flops with sparkles.

If you have any information on Pegram’s whereabouts, call Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office at 843-832-0333, or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.