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MPD has six open missing person cases

By Terri Richardson trichardson@marshallnewsmessenger.com
Jan. 27, 2011 at 9:35 p.m.

BEVERLY MEADOWS

There are six active missing person cases, considered open investigations by the Marshall Police Department, as detectives have conducted years of follow-up attempts to bring them home or provide closure to their families, according to a press release.

"Investigators have collected DNA samples, which are submitted to the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, from the closest family members of each individual missing," Lt. Patrick Clayton said in the release. "These DNA submissions are entered into a nationwide database used for comparison purposes with unidentified bodies and skeletal remains throughout the country."

The following investigations are ongoing by the MPD Criminal Investigations Division and are listed in the order of disappearance:

Teresa Lanette Barnett

Teresa Lanette Barnett was 30 when she was last seen on Aug. 7, 1987, in the 200 block of East End Boulevard North at the old Eckerd Drug store. That day, her husband Wayne Barnett, let her out about 10:30 a.m. that morning to shop and left the vehicle at the store for her, according to her husband. When she did not return home, he went to the store and found the vehicle was still parked in the same place. Ms. Barnett's purse was found a few days later at South Washington Avenue and Lakeview Drive.

Danny Joe Riley

Danny Joe Riley was 43 at the time of his disappearance from Marshall in August 1992. His family did not notify the Marshall Police Department of his disappearance until 1999, when his relatives stated Riley had not been in contact with them since 1992. No other information regarding Riley's disappearance was available.

Casey Gene Morgan

Casey Gene Morgan was 39 when he disappeared about 4:30 a.m., Aug. 8, 1997, from the Waffle House where he worked. Morgan was last seen by co-workers when he left the restaurant, and his vehicle was later located in a wooded area on some former family land, sold prior to the disappearance, in Marion County. Authorities  searched the area where the vehicle was found, but Morgan was not found.

Lakiesha

Trenail Buckner

Lakiesha Trenail Buckner was 16 when she disappeared Aug. 14, 1999, from her East Fannin Street residence in Marshall. Initially suspected to be a runaway juvenile, she never returned home, and her family members never heard from her after she disappeared. Numerous publications have been distributed through the Center for Missing and Exploited Children throughout the country along with age progression images.

Fredrick Joseph Boehm

Fredrick Joseph Boehm was 23 when he disappeared on Jan. 25, 2001, from a residence in the 3000 block of Victory Drive. Known as "Little Joe," he left walking in the late evening hours west on Victory Drive and has not been seen since. MPD  efforts have included follow-up interviews with  family and friends, and a search of an abandoned water well  by  a diving expert from the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Beverly

Lofton Meadows

Beverly Lofton Meadows was 48 when she was last seen Dec. 26, 2008, from the 200 block of West Merritt Street. She was a resident of Community Care Nursing Home and was last seen at 6 p.m. at the facility. Ms. Meadows removed her ID bracelet, which activates door alarms, and left on foot. Investigators have issued several press releases with photographs  to businesses and the media in hopes of finding her, and nearby creeks and abandoned properties in the city have been searched. There was never a documented sighting of Ms. Meadows after that day.

Before living at the nursing home, Ms. Meadows lived at 723 Marcella Lane off Farm-to-Market 31 in the Elysian Fields area and was dependent on numerous medications she did not have access to before leaving. Her mother lives in Shreveport, La., and her family once lived in the Florien, La., area.

Anyone with information on these cases is urged to contact the Marshall Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 903-935-4540. Anonymous calls may be directed to the Marshall/Harrison County Crimestoppers hotline at 903-935-9969.

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