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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Michelle McMullen: FOUND



Police in Oakland, California, have arrested 30-year-old Michelle McMullen, who disappeared from Harrisburg in September 2008 while police were investigating the theft of more than $2,000 from a Susquehanna Township church where she worked. 

Investigators believed she took off — leaving her son behind — to avoid prosecution, while her parents said she was abducted. 

McMullen's story was the feature of Investigation Discovery’s “Disappeared” in February 2010 that was shown in multiple reruns, and police say they received a tip from a person who had seen the show. The episode, titled “The Long Drive Home,” led the Oakland Police Department's Fugitive Task Force to McMullen's job at a beauty supply store. 

She is being held in the Almeda County Jail awaiting extradition to Harrisburg to face charges of theft and forgery. 

McMullen knew of the church-theft investigation weeks before she disappeared, Susquehanna Township police said. In September 2008, she drove her 6-year-old son from Louisiana, where she was attending school, to stay with her parents in Harrisburg while she finished her schooling. Her family reported her missing after she didn't return to school. McMullen's car was found in Hagerstown, Md., a little more than a week after she disappeared.

McMullen's mother, the Rev. Lillie McMullen, said that her family has remained "prayerful" during the time her daughter was missing.

After hearing the news that her daughter had been located, she said, "We're excited and we're thanking God that's she's been found alive."

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/01/police_in_california_arrest_mi.html

58 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well my friend took her in and believed in her out here in Cali, she lied as to who she was and my friend employed her @ her shop. She has done my hair many times, I don't like this at all and I am happy she has been captured!

Anonymous said...

I have seen the show several times on ID about her disappearance...how could she do this to her son and parents?

Nikra said...

For a petty theft she left her child and parents to think she may be dead? Awful.

Anonymous said...

michelle had everything planned out from stealing the money down to her own disappearance for just $2,000. shes sick and doesnt realize her son needs her. i seen the show plenty of times and im glad shes captured.

Anonymous said...

She was actually charged with stealing $19,000, not $2,000 (per online news site Pennlive). As a first time offender and full time student she most likely could have plea bargained down to a lesser offense, made a repayment plan and gotten only probation (no jail time). She should not be on any missing person website, only fugitive websites. She is the type of person that makes it that much more difficult to get police and public help finding genuine missing persons. Everyone will remember the scam she pulled on her family, child, and the public. That is what makes the public skeptical about missing adults, and to me that kind fraud should be a chargeable offense. She should be very ashamed of herself, but I'm sure she is not. She is too selfish to feel shame or remorse.

cathie said...

Sick Ass Woman ! I knew watching that episode she had deserted her son, made me sick. There are REAL missing people. They should also bill her for the poilce hours spent looking for her no good lousy ass

Anonymous said...

Let me start by saying that I'm glad she was found alive. If you're feeling sorry for her, you might not want to read the remainder of what I'm going to write. This chick is a criminal...and the worst kind, one with no conscience who uses ANYONE in her path to further her cause. First of all, she's a thief. Secondly, she ABANDONED her child. She's led the police on a cross-country chase, which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars; and someone has to make restitution, one way or another. She committed fraud; she's had some aliases, she had to have duped folks out of money in order to live, and she hasn't paid the IRS a dime for those "under-the-table" jobs she had during her time on the run. ALL THAT for what was initially $10,000; which would have been a slap on the wrist! It doesn't make sense and I'd be interested to know what else was behind this stunt. Either way, I would love to see her prosecuted to the FULLEST extent of the law and doing some major time. She has set women, black women back MANY years with her foolishness. I feel for her son and the damage she's done to/caused him!

Anonymous said...

I had suspicions when I watched the show in 2010 and I never thought she was truly "missing." The parents seemed to be making lots of excuses and even they weren't believable. They seemed to be in denial. The police especially seemed to be on to her and never believed she was in danger. Silly girl. Her parents were like "oh, she's such a caring mother. she'd never leave her child..." That's exactly what she did. Plus, when she fled the hotel after being spotted they thought people were after her or something. Who'd want her and for what?! She was a criminal on the run. End of story.

Anonymous said...

I THINK THE FAMILY KNEW SOMETHING!!! THEY ALL WERE JUST TOO FAKE. SHE WALKED OUT THE SALON LOOKING LIKE MS. SUM DUMB FUM.

Miss I ssippi said...

I knew it!! about 30 minutes in I said to my mom, "she's on the lamb!!!" The biggest clues were: What abducted person/case you ever heard of: 1. the victim parks their car in a low traffic area(what the heck was she doing out there, eRRRummm, madame, Louisiana is the other way west) who would stop her, much less drag or take her unwillingly, she looks a little too burley to go without a good struggle. 2. Who in the world drives alone with thier wallet resting on the front seat????3. 3. Doors were locked?? "Wait Mr.Kidnapper, Let's lock the doors please!!" 4. Scent goes cold after 30ft? 5. Sighting in WV!!! Come on I don't think all those ppl are confused. I believe likewise what some poster said above me; there is simply a little more to this story than what meets the eye....1st clue...Who in the heck bypasses all those decent/better/above quality HBCU's and Ivey Leagues to travel 1500 miles away to go to Grambling?? Full-ride scholors or fellows would skip that offer, especially with a kid?? The gas alone will exceed tuition. Have you seen Ruston, LA or Grambling...I have passed it at least twice a month on I-20 when i lived in Dallas and traveled home...I smell a rat!

Malcolm said...

She should get an episode on "I Almost Got Away with It"

Anonymous said...

So true Malcolm I said the same thing she had me feeling bad for her I wonder when was she gone. Bk I just wanna know what she was thinkn

MacBook Pro Ho said...

LOL @Malcolm! Yes! & I agree that she's messing things up for people who are legitimately missing. What a shame that she would be so stupid & selfish. She has to be some sort of sociopath. I kinda believed she was really missing (because what normal person would leave their child for so long) but thought it was strange how the Dad was so defensive on Disappeared. & he said something like "people ask how can I be so calm in such circumstances.." Well now we know why! Shame on you Michelle & your crazy parents!

BTW I do remember the show Disappeared stating she stole $20k! I liar is also a cheater..is also a theif..!

Anonymous said...

How could she just leave her son he should have been her nimber one priority but guess not. She should loose all her visitation rights

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Anonymous said...

I watched the piecce on her on the disapperance show; I was floored. I sat there in shock, listening to her parents adamantly believing and swearing up and down that their daughter must have been abducted. Even after the truth came out, they were trying to justify their daughter's wacky behavior. Something is wrong with her mentally. She made a mountain out of a mole hill by going on the lame for stealing $2000. I think she ran b/c she was ashamed and scared about what her parents were going to think. Crazy events, just plain old crazy!

Anonymous said...

You know, this is just sad! Some1 said it right in a previous comment! She is a selfish person who needs a psych eval. Cause she is clearly mentally ill! I have no respect for her! She is a thief and a liar! Can't get any lower! Wow! O stupid bitch! (Excuse me for my language but the more I think about wht she's done to her fam, friends, and BABY, I'm disgusted!)

Anonymous said...

Everyone's comments had me crying, tickled :) I love to hear what different people think. Letting her and the parents have it. Oh, it was not $2000 but $10,000-19,000; oh yeah, she was scared of getting locked up and becoming big bertha's b@#ch!

Anonymous said...

Typical @ Anon
(June 11, 2011 11:06 p.m.)

Anonymous said...

She is a sick and twisted individual. To leave her child? That's not a mother! Also my husband is a police officer, they have enough things to worry about...not some idiot who made it seem like she went missing! Also to say she lost her id in Hurricane Katrina really pisses me off...people lost their lives, homes, everything they've known and for some dumb bitch to make people feel bad for her to give her a job at that hotel...wow!

Maybe they'll let her do hair in jail!

Anonymous said...

I just seen the show for the first time last night. This story really hit close to home. I attended LA Tech University which is neighboring school to Grambling. I graduated in May of 08. You know how many times I've been on a road trip, while were on breaks....weekends. I-20 is a long dark highway...just the thought that something bad happened to this young black mother. While she was driving back to Ruston, leaving her young son behind. To later find out that this girl took her ass all the way to Oakland....I'm sure she had help planning this out.

Anonymous said...

What a selfish calculating individual. Wonder if she ever considered the shame her son might feel someday. Outrageous. Abandoned for a few bucks.

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Anonymous said...

As heinous as her actions are, to bring race into it as an issue? Ignorant generalization of ONE persons act! Typical stupidity.

ladybebe28 said...

This was a waste of a tv show it is plenty of real missing mom not missing thieves I mean we complain about the news coverage for black women and they choose to do a show on a women that they knew was not missing just a waste if time could of been a slot for somebody worth trying to find Michelle is a disgrace to all please focus more on more black women and kids that are missing black white we all need justice and deserve to be found

ladybebe28 said...

Randy black people not the only people that do stupid shit so that was uncalled for yes it was dumb but really the name calling uncalled for go n pray for yourself focus on finding the missing other than calling people the n word and I guess typical is shooting up school is typical cause u mad with mommy n daddy your comment has pissed me off mr n word grow up

gracehatter said...

I wonder now that has been a year if her parents have accepted that it was her and what has happened with her charges?

Anonymous said...

Just saw the episode of "Disappeared" and it seems to me that Michelle was thriving well, considering her size. I think her parents need to come to grips with the fact that their daughter is not who they think she is. The poor son is the victim. Abandoned by father and mother. A simple crime has spiraled into a tornado of mess. What's the latest? Is faking your disappearance a crime? Will she have to pay restitution?

Anonymous said...

What was her sentence?

Anonymous said...

Yes, has anyone heard of the charges/conviction she received?

Christine said...

Most def Michelle made decisions that devastated many... My prayers are for her young son who has to sort all this out in his lil' head. When u say ur prayer lift him up..

Patience said...

Watching this episode for the third time...and I an more disgusted now then the first time I seen it...I have a 4 year old son and I could never imagine leaving him behind for any reason...the irony behind this story is that she had no care for nothing else but her own selfishness...and now for her actions that poor baby has to grow up a statistic (motherless, fatherless, and left alone to figure out why? alone) because I'm sure his grandparents have not grasped on to who there daughter really is...this is sad and I'm glad they caught her...too bad she don't give a damn about the people she hurt along her thieving little ways, thats obvious! God please bless Jayden's life, mind, body, heart and spirit. Allow him the chance that his mother did not.

praveen said...

The mystery to me is did she steal the money so she had a bankroll to escape from her parents who seem like they could be one of those well meaning but clueless strict religious homes? Maybe her having a kid out of wedlock was her way of sticking it to her parents? And then running away was her final revenge? She must be messed up psychologically.

Or did she embezzle the money and then the fear of getting caught made her worry what her parents would think and she just wanted to disappear from their world? Either way she seems to have some psych issues.

I dont even care about the 19K but the amount of resources and time she wasted.

Anonymous said...

Crazy ol woman! Feel bad for her son. He didnt deserve this

Anonymous said...

This is to her parents - yall are freaking idiots - just watched the "Disappear" series on your case - She is a loser and abandoned her kid and your taking up for her and not believing stuff they are telling you - I actually laughed at the end when you just can not see what a loser she is and --- hanging flyers SHE WAS 90 MILES FROM YOUR HOUSE UNREAL

Toronto Thug said...

I just watched this on ID... WOW her parents pissed me off, just realized that your child is no angel & deal with it. A lot of parents are in denial about their children. Yes they might have come from you (the parents) but somewhere along the way she went south and abandoned the morals she was taught as a child...

ALL THIS FOR 19K ARE U KIDDING ME??? Like i saw in one of the earlier mentions she would have gotten a 1st time offence charge which woulda been nothing... probably a repayment plan... NOW i think they should lock her ass up for at least 7 years let her ass sit and marinate behind prison cells for what she's done to her poor son.... Many people are dying to have children and you abandon yours FOR NINETEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS in theft..... which at the time it was only reported to be 2 thousand... so technically this DUMB ASS CHICK ran away for something one could making working overtime in one month? c'mon Michelle

Anonymous said...

Sorry but her son doesn't need her. Not a woman like this. This isn't the kind of woman I would ever want raising a child.

Anonymous said...

Whatta selfish poor excuse for a human-being!! I hope they toss her ass in prison, cuz ya know criminals like that hardly ever change...They'll take whatever they can get their grimy hands on, and step all over anyone & everyone in the process!! She's filth...pond scum, and she can go to HELL.

Anonymous said...

Yes this programme comes on ib London! The stress her child and parents went through must have been unimaginable! All the time she was at the other end of a phone line and chose not to call! Thats sad!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't have said it better. None knows her thoughts. Everyone is different. Yes, mortally, she was wrong. But. Who the hell are we too judge. it's funny people who criticize, don't like there own demons to be reviled.

Anonymous said...

I'm not judging this chick. No one knows What this girls mentally was. I don't care if u met her. Or think you knew her. Her parents didn't know she would do this. She. Has chosen her destiny.money makes alot of demons. If you steal from a church. There's some really issues playing in your mind. She had to explain to her parents,and her son why money was more important. And, she was set to go too school at Grambling U. Stop judging, and pray first her family, and son. What would any one of you do if your business came in the open. Let the court decide her fate. She already stole from God, she will get what's coming to her. But, I wouldn't call her a disgrace.. just morally unethical. Damn she stole money. Not murder.

Anonymous said...

I just watched the show and I'm hopping mad!!!She turned her bk on her family and child to become a criminal??The parents didn't endear themselves to me either because they seem to think she was abducted when all evidence pointed to something else.Stupid ppl.

Anonymous said...

I live across the street from where her car was found. Did they ever find out how she got to Martinsburg from Hagerstown? There's a McDonalds and a Awful House off that exit too so she may have asked someone to take her that was at one of those restaurants. I couldn't imagine leaving my child for anything. Heartless! The Knights Inn in Martinsburg is a dump! I find it hard to beleive that a family friend was staying there and te family knew nothing. There are many hotels in that area and thats one of the skankiest.
Well I hope she gets prosecuted and charged for the hours spent looking for her. I kick myself for feeling sorry for her while watching the show. I actually thought about walking over and looking around where her car was. If she could scam so many people and run that far over a small first offense, she must have been narking for the police or something to run like that. Thats why the parents were insisting people had abducted her.

Anonymous said...

The parents are more disgusting than the thieving daughter. Any normal parent would be delighted that a missing daughter had been found, even if she was a wanted fugitive. Here, the parents apparently know that she is a fugitive (one who has abandoned her child and her parents), and so they don't want her to be caught.

Compare their reaction to the reaction of boyfriend in another episode of Disappeared whose girlfriend disappeared. When people suggested to him that maybe she ran off with another guy, his reaction was " My God, I have she has, because that would mean she's still alive!"

Anonymous said...

Dauphin County
McMullen pleads guilty to theft and forgery charges, released on probation


Posted: Jul 12, 2011 5:18 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 13, 2011 6:15 AM EDT
Michelle McMullen stole thousands from a Dauphin County church, ditched her little boy, and had been on the run for years. Tuesday, McMullen pleaded guilty to theft and fraud charges, and surprisingly, walked out of jail a free woman.

McMullen had been locked up for about seven months. Prosecutors agreed to give her credit for time already served. So despite convictions on four felony counts, McMullen left prison without handcuffs. Her court days aren't over just yet. There's still the matter of repaying the money she pocketed.

McMullen, 30, was all smiles as she left Dauphin County Prison. Prosecutors were happy for other reasons.

"It's great to get resolution to this case because now that she's been sentenced, she's under court supervision and has been ordered to pay the money back to the church," Dauphin County prosecutor Jenni Allen said. "That, of course is the goal, to make the church whole again, now that they've been victimized by the defendant."

Progress Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Susquehanna Township is where McMullen had been working as a secretary. She was reportedly fired for poor performance.

Church leaders later realized more than $12,000 was gone. Court documents revealed McMullen wrote herself checks and gave herself raises without permission.

"Our theory was that she took the money and held it for herself," Allen said.

In 2008, McMullen vanished. She left her 6-year-old son with a baby sitter. McMullen was considered a missing person at first, then a fugitive. About a week after she went missing, police filed theft and forgery charges. The TV shows "Disappeared" and "America's Most Wanted" picked up the story.

"It was helpful because those tips led to her initially being apprehended, and now she was brought back to this jurisdiction to face the consequences of her actions," Allen said.

In January of this year, McMullen was spotted in California, thanks to national attention her case received. By late February, she was back in the midstate. Had McMullen not taken off, prosecutors said she might have spent less time behind bars, or at the very least, been done with her probation by now.

"So the time she was on the run, most folks would have finished up supervision in that length of time," Allen said.

"It's conceivable she may not have even done the seven months?" abc27 News asked.

"That would have been possible, certainly, just by standing up and being accountable for the charges and her actions," Allen replied.

McMullen's layer and prosecutors are at odds over how much money she stole. McMullen will be in court for a restitution hearing next month. That's when a judge will officially decide the amount to be repaid to the church. The pastor did not want to comment Tuesday about McMullen's guilty pleas.

Anonymous said...

That's a damn shame!!!!!! This fool need her ass WHOOPED wasting us tax payers money looking for her SORRY BEHIND.

Anonymous said...

I just now watched the show, and like everyone else, I seemed to have been in shock and fooled, wondering wth happened to her, until it got about to the point where it said there had been a siting at the Knights Inn.. after that I just got angrier and angrier the more I watched, until the very end. WTH would make a woman that has a 6 year old baby boy that is supposed to be the light of her life, leave and stay gone for 3 whole damn years, never intending on EVER returning to her then motherless child, or let her parents know hey I'm still alive at least, but I'm too much of a scumbag of society to ever return or want to make some sort of a life for my child who keeps asking when's mommy gonna come home? I cannot BELIEVE she only got 7 months jail time for a 3 year wild goose chase. I agree, custody should not be given back to her, but I'm sure it already has been.

Anonymous said...

Just saw this episode tonight & it made me angry too.
Not only because she left her son & parents worried sick, but also because of the way she manipulated people into feeling sorry for her.
An abusive boyfriend & losing her id in Katrina?? Please! She doesn't have a clue about being abused or losing everything. What she has "lost" she willingly gave up.....her beautiful son

Anonymous said...

I just watched this show and read the previous comments and also read the update. She should have been made to repay the state for some of the hours and money spent by two departments looking for her. This is such a shame! As a mother I can not imagine not seeing my baby for three years! Three WHOLE years, not for 2000 or 20000. But this chick did all of this for around 10 grand is she crazy!!! So I guess her son and finishing school wasn't that important after all! The friend knew all the time what the real deal was.

Anonymous said...

What she did was incomprehensible, but I also remember somewhere in the bible that it states he that is without sin cast the first stone (John 8:7). She got caught in her mess where as many of us didn’t get caught in the things that we’ve done or it wasn’t made public knowledge so we think it’s okay to point the finger at this young lady whose sin was made public. (Matthew 7:5) Well guess what? “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. I too was upset when I saw the show and the conclusion, but it’s not for us to judge. Yes she deserves punishment and if it wasn’t for the BLOOD of JESUS who paid the ULTIMATE price for all of us, we wouldn’t even have the opportunity that we have to condemn others, but He came that we might have life and it more abundantly. My prayer is that she has seen through her wrong and can make amends with the “Heavenly Father” who is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness!!!

Anonymous said...

True that! What a sick woman. Her poor son..

Anonymous said...

I just watched this episode and read everyone's comments. I think Michelle dishonesty was inherited from her parents. They seemed very dishonest and I believe they knew their daughter was a thief, liar and a bad mother. Those parents used police to locate their wayward daughter. Who knows if she was ever enrolled in college in LA. Seriously, the whole family hid behind the church.

Another thing, Michelle did not want to be a mother and didn't care about leaving her son behind. Michelle's parents did not want to raise their grandson and had the police locate her under false circumstances.

The entire family should be on "American Greed".

Paula said...

Well I like to give people the benefit of the doubt but the court records don't lie....this wasn't the first or even second time she had stolen from someone. She has a definite problem. I feel bad for her son. I just saw a rerun of her story and decided to do a followup search....just disappointing.

Anonymous said...

Just saw the updated version of Disappeared and am disgusted I guess that she was very afraid in the beginning, but to continue to leave your parents and son ignorant that you are alive and well is unforgivable. I can honestly understand why in the beginning her parents were insistent that Michelle's disappearance had to be investigated as an abduction. After some of the more obvious signs of Michelle's voluntary disappearance were found, per parents were so wrong to find fault with everyone else but their daughter - Michelle's friend, and especially the police. as a retired police officer's wife, this is very common. I wonder if her mother, who is a reverend, has ever thanked the police for their hard work, or apologized for her and her husband's public doubts and criticism? May god bless Jaden.

Anonymous said...

I just watched the show. I am speechless. I have a very good friend who was abducted many years ago and very little effort was put into finding her...She's still missing. This story angers me because the time that was put into finding her could have been spent on someone who was really in trouble. I feel for her family. My heart bleeds for her child. I pray for them all.

Anonymous said...

what they need to announce that this heffa has been found, this is the third time I'm watching disappearance and she has been found.

Anonymous said...

I watched this on Disappeared and it is disgusting that she would leave her family just so her lies and deceit wouldn't be detected.

Her parents are in major denial and they need to hold their daughter accountable for the things that she has done.

God bless the child that is caught in the middle of all this mess.

m said...

What a liying a$$ bitch! I'm disgusted! F her!

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