As such, I'll lead with this story from Florida.
A few weeks ago, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement made a seemingly innocuous update to the online record of former Department of Corrections inmate #621378.
The offender, Victor G. Wonyetye, Jr. who appears on the Florida Sex Offender Registry, is now listed as "Deceased."
Wonyetye was 69 years old, and had been paroled in 2012 after serving more than two decades in Florida prisons for a string of burglary-related charges.
Just prior to his death in December, he evidently violated the terms of his parole and was rearrested in Marion County (FL).
Police considered Wonyetye a lead suspect in two unsolved child abductions from the 1980s: 1) then eight-year-old Tammy Belanger disappeared while walking to school in Exeter, NH; and 2) another eight-year-old girl named Christy Luna vanished while walking to a grocery store to buy cat food in Greenacres City, FL.
Unfortunately, authorities were never able to gather enough evidence to charge this man (or anyone else for that matter) for either incident.
Followers of the cases always held onto hope that eventually Wonyetye would share information about these two missing girls, and that the victims' families would someday learn the truth about their loved ones.
Sadly, this suspect will now forever remain silent.
But, what if Victor Wonyetye, Jr. was linked to another active missing person case?
I have been researching him and hope to offer something useful in the near future.
In several upcoming posts, I'll discuss how this man became a person of interest in the Belanger and Luna cases, and offer a previously undisclosed yet possible connection of this career criminal to another unsolved crime.
For more of my posts on missing persons, you can click here.