CA CA - Michael Negrete, 18, Los Angeles, 10 Dec 1999

Discussion in '1990's Missing' started by WasBlind, Jan 31, 2004.

  1. ThePhantom

    ThePhantom Well-Known Member

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    People do seemingly disappear into thin air all the time. Where did Roger Ellison, Suzy Lyall, Josh Guimond, Jason Jolkowski, Brian Shaffer, and Jesse Ross (just to name a few) go?
     
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    It resembles him very much.
     
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    Wonder if the figurine found with the uid could somehow be linked to Michael N?
    Have you seen this child? JOHN DOE2003
    "Found with the remains was a white ceramic figurine of a female child."
     
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    This looked so promising but I've been looking around the internet and can't find out if they've identified the body yet. All I found was there are a lot of victims out there in Santa Clarita.
     
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  9. Lapcas

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    I haven't heard anything about those remains being identified as Negrete.

    This case has haunted me for years because I was at UCLA when it happened. In fact, two years prior, I had lived in Dykstra Hall on the same floor he was living on when he disappeared. It just never made any sense.

    Security in the dorms was tight. To get into any building, you had to have your student ID scanned and there were security cameras. There would no reason for anyone over, say, 21 to be near the dorms, especially because UCLA only guaranteed housing to freshmen at the time, so I'm not sure who the unidentified stranger they've talked about could have been. The bus stop his scent was tracked to was quite far; I'm going to guess almost a mile and mostly up a steep hill.

    Other things to consider: UCLA is in a super fancy area; it's bordered by Bel Air, Westwood, and Holmby Hills (where the Playboy mansion and the Spelling estate were). While there is a notable homeless population in Westwood Village, the idea that one would have wondered that far out of the village and into the dorm area on the one night a kid went out in the middle of the night is very unlikely; I would say the same for someone trolling a victim. Why go to a campus with security at 4 am and hope you find someone walking around? There's also paid security driving around all of those adjoining neighborhoods 24 hours a day.

    I know some previous posters said that the buried under the construction scenario is unlikely, but it's what I've always thought was the most likely scenario. There was an absurd amount of construction going on at the time; Dyksta didn't even have a dining hall or parking lot during the 97-98 school year (when I lived there) because they had been demolished for new construction. I don't if that had changed by 1999 or not, but I do know that much of the construction was around Dykstra and we were constantly having to take new detours and routes as the construction developed. I was recently on campus and the campus housing area was unrecognizable. That he could have fallen given the state of things during my time living there is not out of question. I don't know how construction people approach pouring cement, though.

    The other thing I've wondered is if he might have been secretly gay (I'm not sure, but I believe his family is Catholic) and he had arranged to meet someone but didn't tell anyone in order to keep that a secret. Things were different then, and people weren't as accepting about that. Perhaps he was on some online site in the middle of the night and decided to get picked up by the wrong person? He was obviously computer savvy. I certainly don't want to spread rumors, but that is one of the few things I could think of that would account for how he would come to be picked up by a dangerous person at all.
     
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    Welcome to Ws Lapcas, thanks for the insight and interesting speculation!
     
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    ......………Bumping for Michael!!!…...…...
     
  12. Lapcas

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    Also, because I've been thinking about this more since I posted . . . I wonder if someone accidentally hit him in a car and freaked out and dumped his body somewhere. Honestly, the idea of some drunk driving college student hitting him while he was wondering around seems far more likely than a predator going after him. I wonder if A) you would be able to tell on the paved road where something like that occurred, and B) if the police checked. The road he was on was an internal loop on the UCLA campus with outlets on either side; there wouldn't have been any through traffic. It just occurred to me, although I don't know anything about how hit and runs are detected . . .
     
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