Maybe you remember the video from its heavy rotation on MTV. Maybe late at night you were flipping channels and saw the video or ran across it on YouTube. Everyone who knows the video for Runaway Train by Soul Asylum can remember in some way seeing it. It was what the video showed, pictures of actual missing people, that made people notice the video immediately.
The video was used as a PSA and Soul Asylum thought it would be a great way to bring attention to a new audience, their teenage and young adult fans, while also stressing why running away isn’t the answer. The video is still a reminder 17 years later that children missing in America is still an important issue and groups like the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) need help to bring children home safely.
The video was released in 3 different versions in the United States with different pictures of missing children and adults in each video. When the video was played in other countries missing children from that area were substituted in the video. But, what happened to the children and young adults featured in the Runaway Train video? What was their fate? Were they ever found and reunited with their families? The following are the names and information for several people featured in the videos that are still missing.
Wilda Mae Benoit – Still Missing
Wilda Mae was last seen at her home in Creole, Louisiana on July 23rd, 1992. She was wearing a hospital scrub gown after having been just released from the hospital with a shoulder injury. She was heavily sedated at the time. Her family said they left her at home for a period of time and when they returned she was gone. Originally classified as a Runaway in 1992 the case was updated to Missing Endangered in 2005.
Byron Eric Page – Still Missing
Byron disappeared from a bus stop on the corner of Overhill and Slauson Streets in Los Angeles, California on January 29th, 1992. He had been planning to take the bus from his house to a music warehouse in the area where he disappeared from. Byron never returned home or entered the business that day. Foul play is suspected in his disappearance.
Christopher Matthew Kerze – Still Missing
Christopher was sick with a fever the day he went missing on April 20th, 1990 from his home in Eagan, Minnesota. According to his family he had stayed home from school and they left him alone while they went to work. When they returned home Chris and the family’s blue Dodge Caravan was missing and a letter was left saying he would return later that night. Christopher has never been seen or heard from again. The caravan was found abandoned one week and 20 miles from home later. Police believe he left on his accord.
Martha Wes Dunn – Still Missing
Martha was 15 years old when she went missing from her family’s home in Daingerfield, Texas on September 5th, 1990. Police believe Martha may have run off with an older male companion and was in need of medical attention when she disappeared. Police and family believe after she left home, Martha either stayed in the local area or started a new life in Oklahoma. Her case is still unsolved.
Curtis Anthony Huntzinger – Resolved
Curtis went missing on May 19th, 1990 from Blue Lake, California after leaving his family home. Originally thought to be a runaway Curtis’ case was changed to Endangered Missing 10 years after he went missing. In December 2008 a friend of the Huntzinger family, Steven Daniel Hash, was arrested in connection with Curtis’ disappearance. In court Hash tried to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter but the judge refused to let him plead. Hash led authorities to Curtis’ body in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Blue Lake in December 2008.
Thomas Gibson – Still Missing
Tommy Gibson was reported missing from his front yard in Glendale, Oregon by his father Larry Gibson on March 18th, 1991. Tommy’s father said he left the boy alone in the yard when he went out for a jog at 11:30AM and when he returned Tommy was gone.
Originally classified as a kidnapping the case ended up taking a dramatic turn when Tommy’s father, a deputy sheriff in Glendale, was arrested for his murder based on a statement from Tommy’s sister Karen that she saw her father hit Tommy then carry his limp body out of their house and place him in the back of his police car. Larry Gibson was convicted of manslaughter in 1995 and released from jail several years later. He still continues to insist he had nothing to do with his sons disappearance and still actively posts online for information about his son.
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