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This page contains a list of names of children lost during program (LDP) or at some point shortly after the program.


Lost during program

In the 1980's

See subpage: Victims in 1980's.

In the 1990's

See subpage: Victims in 1990's.

After year 2000

Name Age Program Date Cause of death (If investigated or published at all)
Michael Ibarra-Wiltsie 12 (R) Eckerd Youth Alternatives February 5, 2000 Restraint - 300 pound staff member restrained the 65 pound boy by lying on the top of him [1]. Mother killed herself and his sibling in 2005. She never recovered from his death [2].
Sabrina E. Day 15 (R) North Carolina Group Home February 10, 2000 Restraint [3] [4].
Randy Steele 9 (R) Laurel Ridge February 6, 2000 Restraint [5]
Willie Wright 14 (R) Southwest Mental Health February 4, 2000 Restraint [6]
Candace Newmaker 10 (R) Evergreen Attachment Center April 18, 2000 Died during re-birth [7] [8]
William "Eddie" Lee 15 (R) Obsidian Trails Wilderness Camp September 18, 2000 Restraint [9]
Dionte Pickens 14 (S or M) Three Springs Detention October 2000 Suicide or murder. The leather belt he was found hanging from was not supposed to have been in his cell [10] [11]
Tanner Wilson 11 (R) Facility in Gerard, Iowa February 2, 2001 Restraint. A staff member - Lori Ann Ingham - was charged [12].
Stephanie Duffield 16 (R) Shiloh Residential Treatment Center February 11, 2001 Restraint [13] [14]
Ryan Lewis 14 (S) Alldredge Academy February 13, 2001 Necktie party [15] [16]
Angela Miller 17 (S) Echo Glen Children's Center March 1, 2001 Suicide [17]
Tony Haynes 14 (N) America's Buffalo Soldiers (Arizona) July 1, 2001 Heat stroke [18] [19]. Staff was sentenced, which are rare.
Valerie Ann Heron 17 (A) Tranquility Bay, Jamaica August 10, 2001 Official recorded as accident, but several vitnesses have seen a suicide note being destroyed by staff [20] [21].
Aaron Albert Grey 16 (N) Alberta Children's Group Home December 21, 2001 Frozen to death during an attempt to escape [22]
Katherine Lank 16 (N) Red Rock Ranch Academy January 13, 2002 Fell to her death [23]
LaTasha Bush 15 (R) Daystar Residential Treatment Center February 14, 2002 Restraint [24]
Matthew Goodman 14 (R) The Lindens February 6, 2002 Restraint [25]
Erica Harvey 15 (N) Catherine Freer Wilderness Program May 27, 2002 Neglect [26] [27] [28].
Ian August 14 (N) Skyline Journey July 13, 2002 Neglect - heat stroke [29] [30].
Charles "Chase" Moody 17 (R) On Track Wilderness (Brown School) October 14, 2002 Restraint [31]
(Unknown) 15 Catherine Freer Wilderness October 20 2002 Unknown reason [32]
Jamal Odum 9 (R) New Hope For Children S.C. 2003 Restraint [33]
Orlena Parker 15 (R) Devereux Cleo Wallace March 10, 2003 Restraint [34].
Corey Baines 16 (A) Catherine Freer Wilderness March 26, 2003 Head crushed by tree - recorded as accident [35].
Daniel "Danny" Jack Matthews 17 (B) Pinellas County Juvenile Detention May 31, 2003 Fatal fight in prison [36]
Jerry Trivett 15 (R) High Pointe, Oklahoma June 1, 2003 Restraint [37].
Omar Paisley 17 (M) Miami Dade Regional JDC, Florida June 2, 2003 Ruptured appendix [38]
Maria Mendoza 14 (R) Krause Children's Center October 12, 2003 Restraint - ruled homicide [39].
Unidentified Boy 16 (S) Island View July 2, 2004 Hanged himself at the facility. The facility promised to conduct an evaluation [40]
Karlye Newman 16 (S) Spring Creek Lodge October 8, 2004 Necktie party [41]
Matthew Meyers (unknown) (UI ) Lonestar Expeditions September 9, 2004 Unknown cause [42] [43]
Roberto Reyes 15 (N) Thayer Learning Center November 3, 2004 Neglected illness [44][45]
Garrett Halsey 13 (R) Grafton School, Inc December 23, 2004 Restraint [46]
Travis Parker 13 (R) Appalachian Wilderness Camp April 21, 2005 Restraint [47]
Linda Harris 14 (R) Chad Youth Enhancement Ctr. September 18, 2005 Restraint [48]
Shirley Arciszewski 12 (R) Group Home, Charlotte, SC September 2005 Restraint [49] [50] [51]
Kasey Warner 13 (UI) Via Quest Behavioral Health October 8, 2005 Under investigation [52]
Willie Durden 17 (M) Cypress Creek Juvenile Correctional Ctr. October 13, 2005 Medical [53]
Christening "Mikie" Garcia 12 (R) Star Ranch Youth Camp December 4, 2005 Restraint [54]
James White 17 (NC) Summit Quest (PA) December 12, 2005 Undiscovered enlarged heart [55]
Martin Lee Anderson 14 (R) Bay County (Sheriff's) Boot Camp January 6, 2006 Restraint [56]
Joey (Giovanni) Alteriz 16 (R) Via Quest (Summit Quest) February 4, 2006 Restraint [57]
Angellika Arndt 7 (R) Northwest Counseling & Guidance Clinic May 26, 2006 Restraint [58] [59]
Lenny Ortega 12 (A) Star Ranch Youth camp May 30, 2006 Accident [60]
Natalynndria Lucy Slim 17 (UI) Presbyterian Medical Services July 13, 2006 Under investigation [61]
Dillon Peak 14 (UI) De Soto Outward Bound Camp June 17, 2006 Neglected Illness [62] [63]
Elisa D. Santry 16 (UI) Outward Bound Wilderness July 16, 2006 Under investigation [64] [65]
Rocco D. Magliozzi 12 (M) SUWS Idaho July 28, 2006 West Nile virus treated too late [66] [67]
Alex Cullinane 13 (M) Back to Basics Christian Military Academy August 12, 2006 Untreated illness [68]
Unidentified Boy 15 (UI) Tryon Boys Juvenile Rehabilitation Center November 18, 2006 Possible death due to restraint [69] [70]
(Unknown male) 16 Aspen Achievement Academy April 2007 Necktie party [71] [72]
Caleb Jensen 15 (UI) Alternative Youth Adventures May 2, 2007 Neglected infection [73] [74]
Brendan James Blum 14 (UI) Youth Care/Aspen Education Group June 28, 2007 Neglected illness [75] [76]
Katherine Rice 16 (OD) KidsPeace May 2, 2008 Overdose [77]
Faith Finley 17 Parmadale Family Services December 13, 2008 Restraint - suffocated on vomit [78] [79]

Cause of death

  • (H) Homicide
  • (S) Suicide
  • (R) Restraint
  • (N) Negligence
  • (NC) Natural Causes
  • (A) Accident
  • (M) Medical
  • (B) Beating
  • (BA) Boating Accident (drowning)
  • (UI) Under Investigation
  • (UK) Unknown
  • (OD) Overdose

Lost after leavning the program

Due to privacy issues we don't state cause of death unless it is stated in the reference.

Name Age Program Date Cause of death (If investigated or published at all)
David Poprik 20 Carolina Springs Academy and Tranquility Bay January 2000 Gunshot wound [80]
Corey Murphy 17 Paradise Cove and Spring Creek Lodge March 21 2000 ?? Gunshot wound [81]
Evan Leonardus Koch 22 Carolina Springs Academy July 14 2004 Unknown - died in bed [82]
Randi Koetz 17 Casa by the Sea April 9 2005 Necktie party [83][84].
KERRY LAYNE BROWN 25 Brightway Adolescent Hospital and Tranquility Bay June 6 2006 Unknown [85]
Carter Lynn (unknown) Tranquility Bay June 7 2006 Under investigation - maybe necktie party [86] [87].
Lukas Nathaniel Swanson 18 Cross Creek Programs December 2006 Overdose [88] [89]
Kaitlyn Vallery (Unknown) Red River Academy August 27, 2006 Downing in bathtop [90][91].
Daniel Crane 17 Sunhawk Academy February 18 2007 Traffic Accident [92]
Marc Epstein (Unknown)) Darrington Academy September 11 2007 Traffic Accident [93][94]
Michael Joshua Reuben 22 Academy at Swift River September 2008 Overdose [95]

External Links

References

  1. Remembering Michael Wiltsie, Teen Advocate USA
  2. Mom 'never the same' after child's death, BY RICK CUNDIFF, December 1 2005
  3. Other True Crimes - Topic #130, a thread on jameson's WebbSleuths message board
  4. Body Count, a thread on Fornits webforum
  5. 29 kids in 2 1/2 years died in state's care - 2 stopped breathing while restrained recently, by Kelley Shannon, Dallas Morning News, April 18 2000 (Re-print from Project Nospank)
  6. Autistic boy dies while being restained by attendants, By Chris Schreiber, Nurse.com, Posted 3-21-2000
  7. About Candace Newmaker on Wikipedia
  8. Excerpts from video of the "birth" and death of Candace Newmaker, The Millenium project
  9. Charge in Wilderness School Death, The Associated Press, September 20, 2000 (Reprint from project Nospank)
  10. Teen’s hanging death in private-run center spurring investigation, Columbia Tribune, September 14 2001
  11. 3 Springs Research Project-Active, a thread on Fornits webforum
  12. Statement of the Attorney General's Office: Charge is filed in the death of Tanner Wilson, Iowa Attorney General
  13. Case NO. 01-03-00490-CV, DAYSTAR RESIDENTIAL, INC. AND SHILOH TREATMENT CENTER, Appellants V. MARK W. COLLMER, Appellee]
  14. DayStar RTC, Manvel Texas, hope4kiz website (article mentions the death)
  15. SON DIES AT WILDERNESS CAMP, PARENTS SUE, CHARLES SHUMAKER, THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE, 12/20/2002 (Reprint from Internation Survivor Action Committee
  16. Support eases pain of suicide, By STEPHANIE BARRY, The Republican, November 18 2007
  17. News Clips— Changes due at Echo Glen?, By Rick Anderson, The Seattle Times, June 6 2001 (Reprint from Teen Advocate USA)
  18. About the death
  19. About the case, Court-TV
  20. Want Your Kid to Disappear?, Legal Affairs, July/august 2004, Nadya Labi
  21. No More Nightmares at Tranquility Bay?, Alternet, January 23, 2006, John Gorenfeld
  22. More stringent group home rules urged, By Doug Brown, Herald-Tribune staff (Reprint from the FAS Community Resource Center website)
  23. Utah's residential treatment programs: Eight dead kids and counting..., Wasatch Watcher, October 13 2007
  24. DayStar RTC, Manvel Texas, hope4kiz website (article mentions the death)
  25. Institution Agrees To Changes Following Matthew Goodman Death, By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express (International Disability Rights News Service), July 7 2005
  26. GAO finds abuses at 'tough love' camps for troubled kids, By Ken Dilanian, USA TODAY, October 10 2007
  27. The Panda girl, By Alyssa Bachman
  28. Video from the GAO hearings, Youtube
  29. Five teens have died in programs since 1990, AP news (Reprint from Salt Lake Tribune)
  30. After a teen's death, a wilderness therapy program heads to court, Salt Lake Tribune (Reprint from the homepage of the Cult Awareness and information centre)
  31. Teen died after banned restraint used, By Jonathan Osborne, AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF, October 23, 2002
  32. Press Release at Strugglingteens.com - a Industry marketing firm Article in English language
  33. Safer restraints in group homes?, by HEATHER VOGELL, April 28 2005 (Reprint from Kathi's Mental Health Review)
  34. Pinned Down - Devereux Cleo Wallace cited for violations of restraint policy in the death of 15-year-old Orlena Parker, By KATHRYN EASTBURN, Colorado Springs Independent, JULY 24 2003
  35. Tree limb victim identified as SR boy, International Survivor Action Committee Article in English language
  36. In loving memory - Daniel J Matthews
  37. From Pennsylvania to Oklahoma - and the end of the line at age 15, By John Sullivan, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 27, 2007
  38. Someone will pay for Omar Paisley's agony, By Dennie Quill - contributor, Jamaica Gleaner, March 5 2004
  39. Girl's restraint death is ruled a homicide, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, October 18 2002
  40. Teen facility targets suicide prevention, State ordered steps be taken after hanging, by Amy Boi Bryson, Desert Morning News, July 30 - 2004
  41. Desperate Measures, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 1999
  42. Lone Star Expeditions - Thread about the death - Fornits Webforum
  43. Former Alvin High student dies at camp, The Facts, September 23 2004
  44. 14 Year old Dies at Thayer Learning Center
  45. Missouri boot camp part of national investigation, By STEVE ROCK, The Kansas City Star, October 3 - 2007
  46. Lawsuit against Grafton dismissed, By Erica M. Bush, The Winchester Star, October 18 2007
  47. Death at youth camp ruled homicide, by JILL YOUNG MILLER, CRAIG SCHNEIDER, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 2 2005 (Re-print from International Survivor Action Committee)
  48. COME TO A MASS MARCH IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, ON APRIL 26, 2008 TO PROTEST THE ABUSE OF YOUTH IN JUVENILE DETENTION CENTERS!, Its about time Black Panther Party Legacy & Alumni
  49. No Charges In Girl's Restraint Death, By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express, January 11 2005
  50. Millions wasted. The cost? Kids' lives - Troubled children: Trapped by greed, by PAM KELLEY AND ERIC FRAZIER, Charlotte Observer - Staff Writers (Re-print on the website of Grandparents for children)
  51. Shirley Arciszewski (1992 - 2004), Find a grave
  52. Kasey Ryan Warner (1991 - 2005), Memories of hope
  53. Changes recommended after teen inmate's death - A state agency releases a report calling for training and equipment after the incident at the Cypress Creek facility, By JIM ROSS, St. Petersburg Times, April 14 2006 Re-print from International Survivor Action Committee)
  54. Youth swept down creek dies, By Gerard MacCrossan, Kerrville Daily Times, June 1 2006 (Reprint from Hope4Kidz)
  55. Family Seeks Answers in Boy's Death, WFMZ-TV, February 9 2006
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  57. Family Seeks Answers in Boy's Death, WFMZ-TV, February 9 2006
  58. Angellika 1999 - 2006, In memory of
  59. Remembering Angellika "Angie" Nicole Arndt, Teen Advocate USA
  60. State revokes Star Ranch’s license, By Aurora Meyer, Kerrville Daily Times, June 17 2006
  61. Natalynndria Lucy Slim b. October 20, 1989 - d. July 13, 2006, Teen Advocate USA
  62. Boy dies after illness at offender camp, by Greg Martin, Sun Herald News archieve, June 26 2006
  63. State inspects Outward Bound program, by Greg Martin, Sun Herald News archieve, July 16 2006
  64. DANGERS THAT CAN CAUSE OR LEAD TO…, The best of Boston everyday
  65. Forever Sixteen, South Boston Online
  66. Guest Book for Rocco D. Magliozzi
  67. Boy infected by West Nile dies in Idaho, Idaho Press Tribune
  68. Camper who died refused food, cadets say, 13-year old cadet at private Fla. military academy collapsed while camping, MSNBC, August 14 - 2006
  69. Death At Tryon Boys Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, Teen Advocate
  70. Why Did Darryl Die?, New York Times Editorial, August 28 2008 (Reprint on the webpage of COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF YOUTH (CAFETY))
  71. suicide at aspen achievement academy, a thread on a myspace survivor group
  72. Four recent Utah deaths in treatment programs - Facility put on probation, but free to take new clients], By Kirsten Stewart, Salt Lake Tribune, October 13 2007 (Reprint from International Survivor Action Committee)
  73. Caleb Jensen Blog
  74. Caleb Jensen 1991 - 2007, In memory of
  75. Four recent Utah deaths in treatment programs - Facility put on probation, but free to take new clients], By Kirsten Stewart, Salt Lake Tribune, October 13 2007 (Reprint from International Survivor Action Committee)
  76. BRENDAN BLUM: A DEATH IN UTAH, blog
  77. KidsPeace conducting own investigation into death of 16-year-old, By Dan Berrett, Pocono Record, May 6 2008
  78. Teen's death in Parma is ruled homicide, By Rick Armon, Beacon Journal staff writer, January 06 2009
  79. Teen's Death Ruled a Homicide, a thread on Fornits webforum
  80. The Program woke us up, marketing material from WWASP
  81. Lost Boy - Painful journey through childhood ends with tragedy in Texas, BY LOU KILZER, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 2000
  82. Obituanries 2004, New Transcript
  83. Butterflies are Kisses from God...., Myspace memorial site
  84. Red river survivor Kaitlyn Vallery gone - RIP, a thread on the anti-wwasp message board
  85. [IN LOVING MEMORY OF KERRY LAYNE BROWN] - A life cut short, COALITION AGAINST INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILD ABUSE
  86. I’m Not Going Away, Would You?, By Isabelle Zehnder, Ezine Magasine, October 9 2006
  87. For the Children! - Help stop the abuse , neglect and deaths in Florida,s Juvenile Justice System
  88. Campana: No room for denial for family, by Dan Campana, Kane County Cronicle, January 1, 2007
  89. One more - Lukas Nathaniel Swanson - OD due to PTSD, a thread on the antiwwasp forum
  90. Kaitlyns Promise
  91. Red river survivor Kaitlyn Vallery gone - RIP, a thread on the anti-wwasp message board
  92. Teen killed in SUV rollover had recently turned his life around, parents say, by Kyle Jorrey, Sun Valley Acorn, February 23 2007
  93. Marc Epstein (17) drowned after crashing his new Toyota Scion into a canal, mydeathspace
  94. Possible former detainee died, a thread on the anti-wwasp message board
  95. Dad helps others after son's struggle with addiction, By Kathy Uek/Daily News staff, The Metrowest Daily News, September 24 2008