Nathaniel Brettell

Brettell, NathanielName: Nathaniel Brettell.
Died: January 21, 2021 (Last seen; body not found).
Age at death: 56.
Cause of death: Unknown homicide.
Location: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.

Details:
Nathaniel’s friends Amanda and Regan remember him as “a loyal, caring person”. He was polite to others, but he was an introvert with only a few friends. He liked to keep a steady routine, and made a conference call to his friend Amanda every Thursday. When he missed a call, his friends called police to check on him.

During the wellness check, police were attacked by a knife-wielding man, who was then arrested and jailed while the police officers were treated for their injuries. In his room, police found Brettell’s blood, but no body.

Despite the lack of a body, police believe Nathaniel was murdered and are looking for his body.

References:
Sister of missing Etobicoke man Nat Brettell refuses to give up hope he’ll be found alive
Missing man now subject of Toronto homicide investigation remembered by friend as ‘loyal and caring’

Duke Flores

Photo of a small boy with tan skin and curly brown hair, grinning at the camera with his eyes nearly shut.Name: Duke Flores.
Died: April 25, 2019 (Missing).
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Missing, presumed dead (Mother and aunt arrested for murder).
Location: Apple Valley, California, USA.

Details:
When Duke’s mother reported him missing, the six-year-old had already been missing for two weeks. Soon thereafter, she was arrested for child cruelty; a few days later, she and Duke’s aunt were charged with murder. Police are keeping the details of the case secret. However, a landfill is being searched for the body, which may have been put in a Dumpster.

If you have seen anything or know anything, contact:
Detective Narcie Sousa, 909-387-3589.
Sheriff’s dispatch, 909-387-8313.
Anonymous tips, 800-78-CRIME or wetip.com.

References:
Community Mourns 6-Year-Old Boy Police Believe Was Murdered
Apple Valley: Mother, aunt arrested for murder of missing 6-year-old boy, authorities say
Apple Valley Mother, Twin Sister Booked on Suspicion of Murder as Search for Missing Boy Continues
Murder charges filed against mother of missing 6-year-old Duke Flores of Apple Valley
Detectives arrest Jakee Raquel Contreras (mother) and Jennifer Rachel Contreras (aunt) for the…
Apple Valley: Mother, aunt arrested for murder of missing 6-year-old boy Duke Flores
Homicide Detectives Search Victorville Landfill for Body of Missing Boy; Mom, Aunt Charged With Murder
Duke Flores case: Mother, aunt charged in Apple Valley boy’s murder as detectives search landfill
Mother, aunt plead not guilty in murder of missing 6-year-old Apple Valley boy Duke Flores

Hevin Jenkins

Hevin JenkinsName: Hevin Dakota James Lee Jenkins
Died: December 15, 2005
Age at death: 2
Cause of death: Drowning (?)–Body Not Found
Location: Hurricane, West Virginia, USA

Details:
Hevin was staying with his aunt when he "disappeared": She reported that she had had the boy in her car when it was stolen with him inside it. But when police, who didn't believe her, asked her for the real story, she admitted that Hevin had had a seizure and died, and she had put him in a garbage bag and thrown him into the Ohio river.

Even this was a lie. When questioned, her boyfriend told police that Hevin's death hadn't been natural. His aunt had drowned him because the boy soiled himself.

Hevin's body has never been found, but he is missing and presumed dead. His aunt was convicted of second-degree murder and her boyfriend of being an accessory after the fact.

References:
Hevin Dakota James Lee Jenkins
Woman charged in her autistic nephew's death

Shane Graham

Name: Shane "Moo" Graham
Died: July 2000
Age at death: About 10
Cause of death: Unknown. Missing; presumed dead
Location: Florida, USA

Details:
When Shane's 18-year-old sister was discovered abandoned in a parking lot, she told police that she and her ten siblings, including Shane, had all been adopted, then neglected and abused, by a mother who just wanted them for the money she could get for caring for them. All eleven children had special needs.

Police found Shane's siblings–eight still with their mother and one, who had been abandoned earlier, living on his own. All were suffering from lack of education, social isolation, and abuse. They were malnourished, living in constant fear, and had scars from being restrained with cable ties. They had never been to school or seen a doctor. And they told police that, some time in 1999 or 2000, Shane had been very sick, and then had died.

Adoption records showed that Shane had Down syndrome, autism, and sickle-cell anemia. He was called "Moo" because that was the only sound he could make. The last time anyone saw Shane, his adoptive mother had taken him from a babysitter's apartment in July of 2000, and returned shortly thereafter without him. His siblings remember that she had wrapped him in a blanket or put him into a plastic tub and said she was taking him to the hospital or to a doctor. Then she left, and they never saw Shane again.

A tip came in, vague but from a reliable source, that Shane's mother might have buried him in the yard nearly ten years ago. Shane's mother had moved her captives regularly to avoid investigation, so police tried to find Shane's body by using radar and cadaver dogs to search several backyards. They never found a trace of Shane, who is still missing and presumed dead.

Shane's mother was charged with fraud and abuse and was sentenced to twenty years in prison. She refuses to tell anyone what happened to Shane.

Shane's siblings are all adults now. Some are on their own; others are living in group homes. They are still recovering from their hellish childhoods.

References:
Shane Graham and 10 Siblings
Children adopted by Judith Leekin

Disabled North Koreans

Multiple disabled North Koreans, Names Unknown
Died: Early 1990s; reported by a defector in 1999.
Age at death: All ages, primarily children.
Cause of death: Fatal biological and chemical weapons testing.
Location: North Korea.

Details:
As reported by defectors from North Korea, disabled North Koreans are considered to be unworthy of life. Disabled children are taken from their parents, either purchased or taken by force, and "disappear" into "closed hospitals". Whether they are mentally or physically disabled, the government has decided that these North Koreans' best contribution to their government is to be used for human biological and chemical weapons testing, which is usually fatal. The North Korean government prefers to claim that there are no disabled people in North Korea.

When famine strikes, the disabled are given no food rations, and most die. There are also reports that people with dwarfism were sent to a remote mountain village, with the men castrated, so that they could not have children; this village is now mostly deserted.

References:
North Korea's disappeared: regime 'performs experiments on disabled people before leaving them to die'
Under Kim Jong Un, North Korea Tested Chemical Weapons On Disabled Children, Defector Claims
KOREA Pyongyang using disabled children to test chemical and biological weapons