It was Memorial Day weekend 1984.
Marjorie “Christy” Luna was eight-years-old and had just finished enjoying the beach in Greenacres City, Florida with her mom and sister.
When they got home, her mom and sister took a nap while Luna decided to walk the 400 yards from her home to her local grocery store to pick up some food for her cat.
On her walk back from the store, at 3:00 in the afternoon, Luna disappeared. She was never seen again.
According to The Charley Project, at least three known men have been named suspects since Luna went missing. One was Willis Rambo, who lived near Luna and her family and sometimes visited their house.
After Luna went missing he and his brother were charged with molesting Luna's best friend. He is currently serving time for molesting his stepdaughters. In regards to Luna's case, however, police couldn't find any evidence that tied Rambo to the crime.
Another suspect was Victor George Wonyetye, Jr. Wonyetye, who reportedly lived near Luna at the time of her disappearance and was seen near the grocery store around the time of her kidnapping.
As The Charley Project reports, he had a criminal record dating all the way back to the 1960s; some of his conviction included sexual assault. After Luna went missing, Wonyetye moved to New Hampshire where he also became a suspect in the 1984 disappearance of Tammy Lyn Belanger.
Wonyetye maintained his innocence and was never convicted of either kidnapping. He died in 2012 while serving time in a Florida prison for burglary. Some of the inmates claim he admitted to both kidnappings, but the evidence says otherwise.
33 years later, Luna's case still remains unsolved. Florida police are now using their social media platforms to help put her case back on the radar.
On the anniversary of her disappearance, the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office gave their Twitter account over to Luna's “perspective” for three days. According to WPTV, Luna's mother, Jennie Johnson, helped write the tweets:
The thread started by detailing the hours before she went missing:
It then acts out the actual kidnapping:
It continued with the start of the hunt for Luna:
It recalled the ensuing days:
And pointed out that the hunt continued on for 33 years:
As WPTV reports, the tweets, combined, have reached over two million people thus far. Many responded with how heartbreaking the tweets were to read:
Others understood why the tweets were necessary:
On June 1, for the first time in years, Luna's mom got in front of the camera to make one more plea for her now 41-year-old daughter:
“The weekend was torture...but excitement that it might finally bring her home. A lot of people don't watch the news anymore. They're on social media. So I thought wow, this is going to be awesome. It's going to reach so many people worldwide.”
Anthony Rodriguez, who works with the PBSO's media relations department, told WPTV that he hopes the tweets will spark old memories and emotions in people and eventually bring new leads.
And not only has this new campaign helped bring new awareness to this 33-year-old crime, but the director of the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, Nancy McBride, told WPTV it has also been great awareness for both parents and children as the summer vacation months draw near:
“Nothing beats the supervision of your kids and in the summer months when they're out and about more often and out later, that's even more important.”
It's unknown exactly how many new leads have come in since the campaign launched.