Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Michelle McMullen, Missing Mother Featured at AMW

OverviewPennsylvania Mother Missing Or Maligned?
Michelle McMullen, 27, disappeared on Sept. 28, 2008 and police are reaching out to the public for information on this missing mom.
Michael and Rev. Lillie McMullen are desperately trying to hold on to hope that their daughter, Michelle McMullen, is alive somewhere in the world.
Their daughter went missing on Sept. 28, 2008 after dropping off her six-year-old son, Jayden, to a friend in Harrisburg, Pa.
Her family says after Michelle dropped off her son, she got back in her car and started the 17-hour drive back to school in Louisiana.
But speculation regarding Michelle's disappearance has cast a shadow over the search - sometimes putting the family at odds with law enforcement who believe Michelle may be running from the law.
Relatives say Michelle McMullen would never abandon her six-year-old son.
According to the family, in Aug. 2008, Michelle and her six-year-old son, Jayden, moved to Ruston, La., a small town next to Grambling University where Michelle was a student.
Though Michelle was trying to better her life, her parents say the transition was not without complications. Michelle had a difficult time finding a job and daycare for her son, so she made the decision to return Jayden to Harrisburg, Pa. where he would stay with relatives.
On Sept. 27, relatives say Michelle attended a school fair with friends in the afternoon. The family says no one noted anything out of the ordinary in her behavior. In fact, Michelle was said to be in good spirits and having a wonderful time with Jayden.
Her parents think Michelle made the drive from Ruston Saturday afternoon and arrived in Harrisburg on Sunday evening around 8:30 p.m. at which point Michelle dropped her son and his things off at a friend's house. Her parents say Michelle spoke to one person via phone and then got back on the highway to return to Ruston.
OverviewThey say Michelle called her friend around 9:30 p.m. from the road to check on Jayden and then ended the call -- telling her friend she would call her back later. According to relatives, cell phone records confirm that that was the last call Michelle made and no one has spoken to her since.
On Oct. 7, 2008, cops say Michelle's car was found abandoned near an exit near Hagerstown, Md. According to her parents, Michelle's vehicle had been parked across from the Mack Truck Plant security check point entrance 10 days earlier. Security staff reported the abandoned car to the Washington County Sheriff's office who confirmed that the 2002, black Honda Accord belonged to Michelle.
The car was found unlocked with the driver's seat leaned back. Inside, police retrieved Michelle's cell phone, purse, a pillow and additional personal items.
A team of investigators, air scent, tracking and cadaver dogs were brought in to search the area. According to relatives, the dogs were only able to track Michelle's scent for about 50 feet.
Police say they found nothing at the scene to suggest foul play.
Far from giving up, Michelle's family is working with private investigators combing through Michelle's phone records, checking with her friends on MySpace and Facebook as well as going through her e-mail accounts.
Cops: Missing, Yet Wanted
Susquehanna Township police say they are also looking for Michelle McMullen, the fugitive, not the missing person.
Before her sudden disappearance, detectives say Michelle was the focus of a police investigation -- an investigation of which she was aware.
A warrant for her arrest alleges forgery, theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking. Michelle allegedly stole over $19,000 from a Harrisburg church in Susquehanna Township, where she worked as an administrator. 
Detectives were in the process of making contact with Michelle to discuss the accusations when they learned that her parents had reported her missing to Harrisburg, Pa. police.
Walking a precarious line, Susquehanna Township police cops say Michelle is missing, yet wanted.
Pressing Forward Despite The Doubt  
Despite police suspicions, Michelle's father, Michael, makes a compelling case for his missing daughter.
While Michael realizes that Michelle is the focus of an investigation by Susquehanna Township police, he is sure that it was not enough to make his daughter abandon her son.
He believes something unexpected happened, but for the life of him he can't imagine what. He believes that Michelle was probably tired after making the long drive down from Louisiana and probably pulled over to get some shut eye before heading out again. Michael says, if Michelle were fleeing from authorities then she would have taken her belongings. He says, "How far can a person get without any money?"
Michael McMullen says Michelle's car sat parked across the way from a 24-hour manned-security office in a well lighted area at the entrance to the facility, yet its presence didn't evoke any concern from security personnel. It would be another eight days before anyone reported the abandoned vehicle to police. Why? What took so long?
Air scent dogs were called to the scene and were only able to track Michelle's scent for about 50 feet. "The length of a tractor trailer," her father says. A massive vehicle which could have hidden the car from view long enough for someone to commit their deeds and be gone before anyone noticed a thing.
With each day that Michelle is missing, his fear grows.
In order to combat the frustration, the sense of helplessness and to keep the case in the public eye, on Nov. 8, 2008, Michael headed down to Hagerstown with volunteers to conduct a search for his daughter -- a search that was organized by Black and Missing, Inc. (BAM) -- a non-proft organization based in Washington, D.C.
BAM's CEO, Derrica Williams, says, "When it comes to missing minorities, they don't really get the publicity and they like to associate our disappearance relating it to crime."
Michael McMullen believes that even though police may want to jump to the most convenient conclusion regarding his daughter and her disappearance, for him there are still too many unanswered questions.
Michael says, "Something has happened here. We need to focus less on a person's situation and more on finding her."
Harrisburg police detectives emphasize that since Michelle was reported missing on Oct. 1, 2008 by her parents, they continue to investigate her disappearance as a missing person's case. Susquehanna Township police are looking into the accusations against Michelle, therefore they consider Michelle a fugitive.
Michael McMullen doesn't care as long as the police stay focused on finding his daughter.
                            -- by Denni Michael Wagner, AMW Staff


Anonymous said...

hello they have her name spelled wrong says McCullen how can they be that inept makes u wonder

Anonymous said...

hello they spelled her NAME wrong on the maryland missing people network they have it as McCullen how that be so inept makes you worry about sloppy work...

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