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    CA - Valerie Ann Larkin, 38, Needles, 31 Dec 1985

    The Doe Network has a new listing for Valerie Ann Larkin. She went missing in 1985. It is classified as voluntary missing. She was 38 at the time.
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1812dfca.html

    There is a bellydancer who is quite celebrated. Based in Dublin, she has travelled to many countries dancing (she never mentions the U.S. specifically). She claims to have gotten her dance instructor accredidation in 1982 and the photo below was taken in 2005 ... its possible she is the missing 58 year old Valerie??? I read a whole bunch of articles about the dancer and they don't mention her age (although they do mention that she began to lose her eyesight around 1992).

    One more reason why I think its possible....
    They are both petite (Valerie the dancer is a size 8)

    Valerie the missing is " Female of unknown race", which I found odd as she looks caucasian... maybe this was noted because the missing Valerie had an accent... maybe an Irish accent?

    To read more (and more photos) of Valerie Larkin from Dublin go to:
    http://www.ncbi.ie/news/artical_view...&artical_id=42
    or her personal site: http://www.bellydanceireland.com/ (text and photos appear to be from 1995-2000)


    Photo taken of the dancer Valerie in April 2005:

    <<< photo taken of the missing Valerie Ann Larkin
    <<< File photo of the dancer

    I'm wondering if I should send an email to the dancer asking if she was ever in the States in 1985? What do you guys think? Do you think its possible its her?
    Last edited by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed; 05-04-2010 at 01:46 AM. Reason: updated doe network link

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    The resemblance is striking. I think you should...

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    Thanks for the support GeorgiaGirl! I find it hard to decide sometimes whether I should contact someone or not.

    I did send off an email. There is an autoresponder that sends a message that says "Thank you for your email, please call me at..." and gives a telephone number. I'll wait a couple of days as this might be set up because she's blind and taking a phone number is easier than reading an email (although I suspect she has someone who reads them, or the computer reads them aloud).

    Anyway, if I don't hear back in a few days I may just call her....

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    I wonder where the Doe Network got the phone number. Valerie's case on the California DOJ has an incomplete number: 909-38-7-36. I wrote them (the DOJ) about that and was waiting to post Valerie's case until I got the number.

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    I decided to send the Missing Person's unit an email.

    I told them that the telephone number was incorrect on the site... and the Doe Network's number is also most likely wrong too as its a different area code from what I found online.

    I have not, as yet, received a confirmation of receipt.

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    Wow - that is an interesting one, Pondering! The fact that she is listed as voluntary missing (no foul play suspected) and the striking resemblance (my gosh, the *eyes*!) makes me think you may have just made a match! Please keep us posted.....

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    Just in case I'm missing something (which wouldn't surprise anyone! ) where does it say in the Doe Network page that her disappearance was voluntary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowangel
    Just in case I'm missing something (which wouldn't surprise anyone! ) where does it say in the Doe Network page that her disappearance was voluntary?
    I must be blind too

    But the phone number on Doe Network is:
    San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department - Hesperia Station
    909-387-3545

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    It doesn't say its voluntary on the Doe Network - but it does on the source document referenced) see the link at the bottom of the Doe Network page.

    The 909 area code on the Doe Network is suspect, to me, as I looked up San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department - Hesperia Station on the net and it gave me a reference to the City of Hesperia, which has an area code that starts with a 7. Therefore, I think the number is wrong.


    I sent the information to a police link on that page.

    It could be a different place... don't know... I have not yet received a confirmation that the email was received....

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    Because the dancer Valerie and the missing Valerie have the same name, it is possible that they are related - and that's why there is such a strong resemblence.

    It might not be her at all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PonderingThings
    The 909 area code on the Doe Network is suspect, to me, as I looked up San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department - Hesperia Station on the net and it gave me a reference to the City of Hesperia, which has an area code that starts with a 7. Therefore, I think the number is wrong.
    PT... several years ago many states in the US changed area codes for entire states. The need to make more numbers available was the reason. This may be the reason the area code is different or wrong. The site may not thought to update the change.

    My area code was changed and I find it still listed wrong on many sites who don't think to update the phone numbers.

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    YaYa that makes a lot of sense! Hopefully with MeggilyWeggily and I bringing it to their attention, they'll correct/confirm the right telephone numbers.

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    If I may, the classifications (voluntary missing, etc) on the California DOJ are extremely tentative and I don't put much weight to them. Several times I've come across people listed as "voluntary missing" on the DOJ, and subsequent research proved that they almost certainly did NOT voluntarily disappear.
    I really wish they'd keep their database updated better, especially removing old cases. They've got people on there that were found years ago.

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    Wow MeggilyWeggily how sad! I can't imagine being listed as missing, then being found, then being missing again (at least clerically)!!!!! Also, what a waste of resources!

    Or being a family member, who suspects their loved one is a victim of a crime, then sees an official missing persons site that says they voluntarily went missing - how crushing!

    Hopefully the clerical stuff will be cleared up after the holidays... I will be checking both sites, in the new year, to see if anything has changed. I will also be contacting them again (after the holidays) if they don't confirm receipt of the email.

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    Update: I got a nicely worded "thanks for the tip" email, the Captain is going to ask his Detective Sergeant to check it out.

    Hopefully that means they'll also correct their telephone number.

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