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Saturday, March 5, 2011

An Earl challenge


Life is ironic.

I was out hiking this morning and thinking of upcoming missing person anniversaries. It was way too early on a Saturday, and without coffee, I was drawing blanks on March anniversaries. Besides running this website, one of the things I do is to notify the media on missing person anniversaries, so that was the reason for my brain search of anniversaries.

By two miles into the hike I was still vacuous, rotating between thoughts of the great cat fight in my bedroom last night (I have three cats), what room to tackle first with spring cleaning, upcoming birthdays and missing persons. Mind skipping away, I came across this very odd picnic area a little after the two mile marker. It had a a big rock announcing "Earl's picnic area." Out in the middle of nowhere and there's a picnic area. It had to have some sort of historical tie to it because I cannot see the average family walking 2 miles in deep forest to get to this site. (I couldn't find anything in a quick research)

Later, I got home and looked up anniversaries and did a two second pause when the first one that came up was Earl Distance. He disappeared March 3, 1991 in Baltimore.

I'd like to say Earl was giving me dimwit I a hint out there in the woods. After all, it was rather coincidental that I'm trying to recall missing person anniversaries and come across his name in the woods. However, the sign easily could have said David's picnic area and could be correlated to another case on the site. Since I tend to be a little more logical than to dismiss coincidences as a spiritual encounter, I didn't believe Earl was out there giving me a sign.

However, I do find myself wondering about the person's life when things like this happen.

I have an odd relationship with people I've never. I often think about them and wonder what their lives were like when they were alive, how they saw the world, and most often, if they shared the same hobbies as me. I've done this a thousand times in the last decade with missing and unidentified persons cases, trying to scrutinize their clothing, what their personalities were like, what their hobbies were, and so on.

With that, as soon as I found Earl's anniversary date, I found myself quickly trying to find out what his hobbies were again. Of course, today I wondering if he was a hiker as I am. So I immediately went to his case file. On his profile it says he disappeared wearing red sweat pants and athletic shoes, so I immediately analyzed if in 1991 that would be something you'd hike in. In 1991 it was quite popular to walk around in sweat pants all the time. Where he disappeared was in the middle of the city. I could not find any local trails in that area.

He was thin though, 170 lbs at 6'2, perhaps a little on the skinny side. He did have a beard that was significant of the great outdoors at that time period. He had a happy grin and a full beard. His picture embraces contentment. Not enough to determine if he was a hiker. But more importantly than that, is just where is Earl?

I'd really like to know more about Earl and am wondering if there's anyone interested in helping me learn more. If you can find anything in researching Earl's case, please let know at marylandmissing@yahoo.com

Also, while I'm at it, we need some volunteers in these areas:

  • Blog contributors
  • Eyes to tell us of bad links on the site
  • Event planners for a vigil for Jane Doe Frederick in July

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Missing 20 years

Christine Ann Jarrett
Missing since January 3, 1991 from Elkridge, Howard County, Maryland.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: December 21, 1956
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 34 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'2"; 180 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Blonde hair; green eyes. Pierced ears. Wears glasses. Blood Type (O-)
  • Marks, Scars: 4" to 5" scar on left side of neck, 2" to 3" scar on right hip.
  • Clothing: Black stretch pants, blue and white hooded jacket, black dress shoes with open toes.
  • Jewelry: Wears a 14 karat gold necklace with a cross that a has a small diamond in it.
  • Dentals: Available. Dental records reflect missing teeth, replacement teeth, crown, multiple filings etc.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Jarrett left home on foot after a verbal argument with her husband on the night of January 3, 1991. She put her sons to bed shortly before 22.00 that nigh. Sometime after her husband fell asleep, between 22.00 and 24.00 she left the house and walked out of their rural neighborhood. It is believed left with $4,000 in cash, which she withdrew from her bank account two weeks earlier.

At the time of her disappearance the couple had two small children ages 5 and 10 that friends and family say she would have never abandoned.
No other movement has been recorded on Jarrett's bank account and she has not contacted any family or friends. She also had $6,400 available on her credit card when she left but that card has not been used.
Jarrett was declared dead by the courts on January 20, 1998.
Foul play is suspected.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Howard County Police Department

Agency Case Number: 91-00953

NCIC Number: M-208604014
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.