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MA TAJ NARBONNE: Missing from Leominster, MA - 31 March 1981 - Age 9

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Sundance, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. Sundance

    Sundance Active Member

    Taj, circa 1981; Age-progression to age 40 (circa 2011)
    Missing Since: 03/31/1981
    Missing From: Leominster, Massachusetts
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date of Birth: 06/18/1971 (48)
    Age: 9 years old
    Height and Weight: 4'0, 65 pounds
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A faded blue denim jacket with faded yellow sleeves, a light blue and orange long-sleeved sweatshirt or a yellow sweatshirt with a picture of the cartoon character Donald Duck on it, blue dungarees, and either moccasins or no shoes and socks.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Taj's teeth are decayed.
    Details of Disappearance
    Taj resided with his mother, Annette Dean, and his stepfather, Clarence Dean, at an apartment in the 10 block of Naples Street in Leominster, Massachusetts in 1981. He disappeared from bed in the middle of the night, taking his slippers with him but no other clothes. He has never been heard from again.

    Annette called her mother, Eunice Narbonne, at approximately 8:00 a.m. to report that Taj was not in the family's yard and could not be located. She stated his slippers were also missing. A search of the area produced no clues as to his whereabouts. Eunice says Taj was afraid of the dark at the time he vanished. The temperature that morning hovered around freezing.

    Annette initially believed that her son left of his own accord to get away from his stepfather, but Taj was never located and at nine, it is unlikely that he had the capabilities to disappear without a trace. Eunice said that he called her the evening of his disappearance and asked her to come and get him, saying he was afraid. She told him to go to sleep.

    Annette, who was nine months pregnant at the time, told authorities that Taj was terrified of Clarence and did not want to live with him, and he often lived apart from his family as a result. Taj's grandparents stated Clarence detested Taj, and suggested racial issues were to blame; Clarence is African-American.

    Taj himself had told his teacher and his best friend that he was being abused at home. Annette was frightened of Clarence's temper and planned to leave him and take Taj and her other child, age one, with her. She delayed her departure, however, due to her pregnancy.

    Annette stated that the day Taj came back home, Clarence arrived at 11:30 p.m. He and Annette had a beer together and went to bed at about midnight. She woke up at 1:30 a.m. and realized she was alone in the bed, and got up to look for Clarence.

    She accidentally knocked over some bottles and then told Clarence he'd better go to Taj's room in case he was frightened by the noise. Annette then returned to bed. When she woke up in the morning, Taj was gone.

    The clothes she'd laid out for him to wear were still there, and she found a note reading "I'm going away because I don't want to live here anymore. I don't have to listen to anybody anymore."

    Police procedures involving missing children were much different in 1981 than they are today. It was about a week before Taj's disappearance was publicized. His family placed advertisements in several newspapers and hired a private investigator to assist with the search, but none of the leads went anywhere.

    In 1982, Clarence was sentenced to six years in prison for kidnapping and stabbing his estranged wife. He and Annette divorced in 1983. She went into hiding with her children for a time after Clarence was released from prison.

    Clarence suffers from mental illness and is now a resident in Bridgewater State Hospital. Annette has since remarried and moved to New York; she now goes by the name Annette Long.

    Authorities searched a barn on Pleasant Street in Leominster in June 1989, over eight years after Taj disappeared. The barn was less than one mile from his family's residence. Investigators stated that they searched for his remains, but no evidence was located. Wal-Mart sponsored a billboard profiling Taj's case in October 1996, 15 years after he was last seen in Leominster.

    Taj was a fourth-grade student at Fall Brook School at the time of his disappearance, and is described as an intelligent, well-mannered and soft-spoken child who was mature for his age. He saw the school guidance counselor on a regular basis to talk about his problems.

    Taj never had any contact with his biological father, who died in 2009. His mother and grandparents are still alive and still live in Leominster. His case remains unsolved and continues to be classified as a non-family abduction.

    Investigating Agency
    • Leominster Police Department 617-537-0741
    Source Information
    Information copied from The Charley Project: http://charleyproject.org/case/taj-narbonne
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  2. Sundance

    Sundance Active Member

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  3. guess who

    guess who Bronze Member

    I think we can all guess as to who is responsible for his disappearance.

    And the mom is 9 months pregnant and drinking! :gaah:
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  4. Sundance

    Sundance Active Member

    Yup. What do you think? Did he leave of his own accord or do you think Clarence killed him?

    Yeah... very bad. Maybe only Clarence had the beer and she just sat with him? I don't know. I don't mean to insult her but despite being pregnant, she should have left and stayed with some family, like her mother for instance. Taj was being abused and that is not right, plus it led to his disappearance.
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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    The support for women involved in domestic violence situations wasn't prevalent in 1981 like it is now. I remember hearing hushed conversations about women who were being beaten by their husbands and the comments were typically about how it was "too bad" but outsiders didn't believe getting "in the middle" of a married couple's "personal business".

    As far as if I think Clarence had a role in Taj's disappearance, YES! I absolutely believe he knows exactly where LE can find Taj.
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  6. Sundance

    Sundance Active Member

    Ah, okay. I guess I could see how that could make a domestic violence victim feel helpless and not know where to turn.

    I believe so too. I'm wondering if the note was actually left by Taj. They could have had the handwriting analyzed/compared to what he wrote, say, on his school assignments.
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  7. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I was wondering myself why she would have a 1 Yr old and be 9 Mths Pregnant. 3 Mths after she gave birth she got Pregnant again. She could have taken "Birth Control" where the scumbag Stepfather wouldn't have known. And drinking Pregnant. Was her choice. And a very bad one. Your 9 Yr old son was way more important than that scumbag. I'm sure he would be alive today if she acted on that. Because I don't think a 9 Yr old could have successfully ran away. And especially the items with him and the clothing he was wearing.
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  8. Redrover

    Redrover Well-Known Member

    I wonder what Clarence's story was for that night? According to the mother, she asked him to go check on him after she knocked over some bottles...what did he state happened after that? Secondly, was the note confirmed to have been written by Taj by hand writing experts? Additionally, if you know that your son his deathly afraid of a man, to the point he lived away from you and him for awhile, why would you send him in to check on your son and see if he was woken up by the noise and scared? Did she think that if it did in fact wake him up and scare him, the sight of a man he is deathly afraid of would help him fall back to sleep? So much does not make sense in what was reported about his disappearance and more is going on here than can be easily gleaned from the information available in my opinion.

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