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Which cases do you think have the creepiest, strangest or most baffling CCTV footage?

Many unsolved disappearances and murders feature CCTV footage that depicts a person's last known movements or perhaps even the perpetrator of a vicious crime. However, some clips are baffling or downright disturbing and leave us with more questions than answers. Some well known examples of unsolved cases in which eerie CCTV footage exists are as follows:

The disappearance of Trevor Deely

Trevor Deely vanished while on his way home from a Christmas party in Dublin, Ireland in 2000. The last known sighting of him was recorded on a bank's CCTV as he walked down Haddington Road. After this, he vanished into thin air and hasn't been seen or heard from since. A hooded figure can be seen following Trevor but this man was later identified and ruled out as a suspect.

CCTV footage: https://www.kildarenow.com/news/local-news/393489/missing-trevor-deely-uk-experts-to-examine-cctv-of-last-sighting.html

The disappearance of Andrew Gosden

Andrew Gosden was a 14 year old English teenager who vanished without a trace after travelling to London by himself. He was last seen on CCTV walking out of King's Cross station before he seemingly vanished into thin air. He has never been seen or heard from since.

CCTV footage: https://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2022-01-12/numerous-devices-seized-in-case-of-missing-teenager-andrew-gosden

The murder of Missy Bevers

Missy Bevers was a 45 year old fitness instructor from Texas who was brutally murdered in Creekside church of Christ in April 2016. Disturbingly, one hour before her killing, a figure dressed in SWAT riot gear can be seen, casually wandering the halls of the church. It's believed this individual is the perpetrator of the crime but nobody has ever been convicted and the identity of the individual on the CCTV has never been revealed.

CCTV footage: https://allthatsinteresting.com/missy-bevers

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2024/06/09
17:18 UTC

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The Disturbing Case of Rodney Grissom and Karen Lee

On May 26th, 1977, a call was made from a payphone in Lebanon, Oregon. Though having just shy of 20,000 residents, the city still possessed a small town charm that made members of the community feel safe and at ease. Crime was far from the first thing on their minds.

That day, 15 year old Karen Lee was the one at the phone booth. She'd been talking to a friend about her plans, and the exciting recent developments in her life. She was running away, going far from her hometown of Hillsboro, destined for the crystalline beaches of California. She certainly wasn't alone-- her friend, Rodney Grissom, a year her junior, was coming along. They had planned to start new lives in the Golden State, leaving behind their troubles in Oregon. As many did in those days, they were banking on the kindness of random strangers to get them there. Karen, however, felt lucky in this regard, as she had found someone to drive the two of them down south.

"Our ride is here. I have to go."

With these words, Karen hung up the phone. She would never be seen or heard from again.

Even as late as early June, the famous Oregonian rain falls in abundance. That spring was no exception, and for the next few days, a suspicious sort of mist blanketed the thick forests. It choked the narrow logging roads and the two-laned highways snaking their way through the uneven topography. By the time the rain stopped, and the hot summer sun beat down on the drying earth, both Karen and Rodney were long gone. They had been declared missing, but to say that investigators had their work cut out for them would be an understatement. Even excluding the dense Oregon backwoods surrounding Lebanon, the teenagers could have been absolutely anywhere.

It would take until the arrival of fall for any progress whatsoever. On November 7th, 1977, a logger making his way through a remote patch of woods in Linn County came upon a strange discovery. He approached the object, which was obscured by thick overgrowth, and realized that it was a bundle of clothing, tied together with rope. With the clothing were also other items, including a shoe, pieces of tattered but still legible paper, and a blanket. Wisely, the logger reported his findings to the local authorities.

The items were found to belong to Karen, who at this point has been missing for months. Of course, the whole thing struck detectives as strange. Particularly a striking detail-- her denim jeans had been intentionally cut in several locations. A whole four years later, Rodney's clothing and personal effects would be found only a quarter of a mile away-- his jeans, blue jacket, wallet with identification, and a wristwatch that had stopped at 4:50 on the 27th (which month and what exact time are unclear, but logically some apparent connections can be made). A custom made backpack was never found.

That's where the investigation left off, and it has remained frozen since then. No remains or any indication of the ultimate fate of Rodney and Karen have been discovered, but it is assumed that they are deceased. But there are some promising theories as to what happened on the fateful spring day.

In 1976, a police report fell on deaf ears after complainant failed a polygraph test and was judged to be of ill repute. We now know how unreliable polygraphs are, and we also know how implicit biases can lead to police failures and victims being left to fend for themselves. Such was the case here. Marlene Gabrielson was an indigenous woman. She was found to be drunk when she was brutally sexually assaulted by a stranger, and this disgustingly was held against her. And she failed a polygraph while her rapist passed with flying colors. All these factors led to the authorities abandoning Marlene, treating her reprehensibly instead of supporting her as she deserved. The attack on Marlene was perpetrated by a serial offender-- a highway mechanic named John Arthur Ackroyd. During the assault, Ackroyd had used a hunting knife to slice Marlene Gabrielson's clothing in an eerily similar way to how Karen's clothing was later found.

It was also similar to how the clothing of a young jogger by the name of Kaye Turner was cut. Turner's skeletonized remains were found near the town of Sisters, Oregon. The man who discovered those remains was none other than John Arthur Ackroyd, who collected the reward money. Ackroyd's stepdaughter, Rachanda Pickle, would later go missing, as would two other teenage girls whose skeletons were later found on the Oregon coast. Apart from the methodical cutting of clothing, there was another thread that bound these victims to one another. That was, of course, Highway 20, the long, sinuous highway stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Idaho border. An unidentified set of remains was discovered off the highway in 1976. Other women disappeared along this highway in the decades that Ackroyd spent haunting it like a specter, before his arrest for the murder of Kaye Turner in 1992.

John Arthur Ackroyd is dead, having died of natural causes in prison several years ago. He proclaimed his absolute innocence until the very end, refusing to disclose any information whatsoever. But for what it's worth, Rodney's mother believes that Ackroyd was her son's killer. As a methodical and organized predator who is highly suspected of committing a similar double murder in 1992, he was certainly capable of such an act. Furthermore, though Ackroyd in 2013 pled no contest to the murder and sexual abuse of his own stepdaughter, Rachanda Pickle, her remains have never been located. Ackroyd was very familiar with the dense forests surrounding Highway 20, which he had been traveling his entire life. It isn't difficult to see how Karen and Rodney's remains still haven't been recovered. But until that happens, there's no way to even begin tying Ackroyd to the crime. But my belief is that Ackroyd was a more prolific serial killer than we will ever know, responsible for many rapes and murders across Oregon from the 1970s until the 1990s.

Two innocent lives-- full of hope, full of promise, full of excitement for the future. Cut short by the actions of a stranger who took advantage of their situation. Though we'll likely never know what truly happened that day, we can only hope that with advancements in technology at some point true justice and closure will be delivered.

Additional Reading:

https://projects.oregonlive.com/ghostsofhighway20/marlene/

(Ghosts of Highway 20 is an excellent work by The Oregonian that goes more into Ackroyd's crimes)

https://charleyproject.org/case/rodney-lynn-grissom

https://namus.nij.ojp.gov/case/MP12090

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2024/06/09
11:23 UTC

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Pavol Rypal, an investigative journalist, wrote articles about organized crime. In 2008, he disappeared and never contacted anyone again.

Slovakia has multiple cases of murders or disappearances of investigative journalists, and this is one of them that isn't that heavily covered in Slovak media, so I decided to cover this case first.

A Dangerous Job

Pavol Rypal, 39 years old, was an investigative journalist known for exposing the operations of the Slovak mafia. He shed light on crime-related cases and the underworld in Plus 7 Days, Reporters of STV, Krimi SK, and Palba on TV Markiza. Pavol assisted many people who were wrongfully harmed by the state.

"Pavol Rypal was one of the journalists who tackled the most dangerous issues, such as organized crime in the state. Informing about the methods of serious crimes, large sums of money being siphoned, and sophisticated underworld transactions is treacherous terrain for a journalist and often proves inconvenient for many involved parties," says security analyst Juraj Zabojnik.

Last Cases He Worked on Before Disappearance

According to findings by Startitup reporters, just before his disappearance, Pavol was working on a large project involving hundreds of missing people whose cases remained unresolved.

Among the cases on Pavol's list was the disappearance of Katarina Hrozanyova, an ordinary woman, mother of two children, and an official of Slovenska sporitelna (the largest commercial bank in Slovakia). Her mysterious disappearance caught the attention of several journalists at the time.

Members of two rival gangs discussed the tragic fate of this ordinary woman. According to their testimonies, the Takac family, along with the Sator family, were involved in the kidnapping and brutal murder of 37-year-old Katarina. In 2005, an unknown man was supposed to pay a million crowns to the mafia for her liquidation.

The most feared killer from the Sator clan, Zsolt Nagy, known as Conty, allegedly marked the spot in the outskirts of the village of Blazov where he buried Katarina's body. However, her remains have never been found.

The Disappearance

Pavol disappeared on April 22, 2008, from a rented apartment on Rezedova Street in Bratislava, and no one knows where or why. The day before, he tended to work matters, arranged other meetings, and was last seen in Bratislava by the owner of the apartment. Yet, he remains unfound, and he has not contacted his family. Various theories about his disappearance exist, but evidence is lacking.

However, he did not vanish without explanation: he left a handwritten note for his girlfriend, instructing her to take the cats and dispose of his belongings. "I'm sorry, but I saw no other way out," the message read. "Disappearing is not easy; it's mentally taxing." There must be a serious reason behind it. "You have to sever lifelong ties with your closest family," said psychologist Anton Heretik, who also knew him personally, after his disappearance.

According to the police, he took 30,000 Slovak crowns in cash, a laptop and a camera with him.

Clues About Murder

In 2018, Plus Media reported information from his friend and colleague, Peter Nota. Peter received information about the location where Pavol's body was supposedly buried, apparently in Zazriva village, in the middle of a forest. Over the next two weeks, two more witnesses contacted him, confirming the same location. According to them, there are at least two to three other bodies buried in the area. One of them allegedly belongs to journalist Pavol Rypal, missing for more than a decade.

"Physical harm to him was mentioned by a witness for the first time half a year ago. Then a second witness from Germany spoke, followed by Jana Teleki. Later, I also received several anonymous messages, but I didn't pay them much attention," says Peter Nota.

According to his information, the main reason for Pavol's liquidation were promissory notes, either from TV Markiza or from Ducky. Peter believes that Pavol's body will be found concreted in a well in Zazriva.

"If journalist Pavol Rypal's body was buried in this location, it would definitely confirm that both cases involving promissory notes are connected and have the same owners. According to my information, in both cases, they were BIANKA promissory notes, and the signatures were either forged, even in Ducky's promissory notes, or they were signed later than claimed," Peter reveals.

Ducky's promissory notes were signed by Jan Ducky, director of the Slovak Gas Industry (SPP). Their consideration was supposed to be "services of a commercial and financial nature," which never materialized. The promissory notes were not registered in the accounting of the SPP and therefore it is not known to this day for what amount all the promissory notes were issued, but there is talk of several billion crowns. Some promissory notes could be blank even without specifying the amount. Ducky was found shot dead on January 11, 1999.

In the case of TV Markiza promissory notes, while the controversial Marian Kocner was in the limelight, he engaged in legal battles for significant sums. One such case involved the promissory notes. In mid-June 2016, the mafioso's company sued Pavel Rusko and Markiza TV for the payment of four promissory notes totaling 69 million euros. He claimed that they were issued years ago as part of a settlement over television with his former company, Gamatex. On February 27, 2020, the Specialized Criminal Court convicted Kocner and Rusko of forgery and sentenced them to 19 years in prison.

"In my opinion, the state knew who killed him, just like they did in Daniel Tupy's case," his colleague Peter Nota once wrote on social media.

He also said that he knows who killed him and that the person who ordered it is still alive, while the killer is dead.

Witness Testimony

"He said his name was Pavol Rypal, a journalist. He was stressed and disheveled," the witness conveyed to Peter Nota. The journalist allegedly recounted his entire story to him, omitting names. "He kept talking about how he had uncovered a case and they wanted to kill him. He said he returned to Bratislava because he had been spotted in southern Slovakia," the witness says. He supposedly traveled to the capital city on foot. He only had a laptop with him, which contained an exclusive story.

According to the witness, Pavol Rypal managed to unravel a major case involving the mafia, connections with politicians, and the procurement of information. "He kept repeating that they wanted to kill him," the witness recalls. Rypal allegedly told the witness that the people who wanted to kill him knew where he was and that if he didn't manage to escape abroad, they would execute him. According to the witness, he also complained that he worked on topics, but no one wanted to publish them, and that he had information no one else possessed.

"He claimed that we live in a time when the state knows that someone wants to kill you, but does nothing about it. He wasn't afraid of the mafia; he was afraid of the state," reads the blog. According to the witness, Rypal was supposed to leave the establishment between five and six in the morning. No one has seen him since.

State Concealment?

According to Peter Nota, there are individuals who possess comprehensive knowledge about this case. The archive regarding Pavol is allegedly located abroad. It's possible, colloquially speaking, that foreign intelligence services are involved. Peter says that certain foreign entities have meticulously tracked the behavior of Slovak politicians and oligarchs over the past 20 years. They've even mapped out the connections between the underworld and political leaders. In Slovakia, it's feasible to arrange for someone's demise. The famous quote of Pavol Paska (former speaker of parliament for the SMER-SD party) rings true: 'Win the elections and you can do anything.' This includes orchestrating kidnappings, murders, and theft...

Despite this, it's worth noting that the SMER-SD party has been in power for four election cycles, and they continue to hold power even now. Sadly, in the election polls, the populist, pro-Russian party still ranks first.

Family Convinced Pavol Was Murdered

Iveta Uhliarikova, Pavol's sister, also spoke about her brother at the launch of the book Slovak Mafia on the Aktuality portal. According to her, his family worried about him due to his work, and he was certainly in danger. Once, he was supposed to run home because a red light appeared on his shirt.

The family no longer believes that Pavol is alive. But they would like to find his body and bury him.

In 2018, his sister Iveta wrote on Facebook that she had learned the most terrible news: her brother had been murdered. She expressed her grief and revealed the fears that had haunted her and her family. Iveta's post reflected her struggle to remain strong while grappling with the devastating truth. She stated unequivocally that her brother, investigative journalist Pavol Rypal, was no longer alive, and she firmly believed that he had been murdered."

According to TASR, the search for Pavol is ongoing.

Sources:

https://www.zilinak.sk/clanky/27898/od-zmiznutia-novinara-pala-rypala-preslo-16-rokov-podla-sestry-ho-zavrazdili-interpol-ho-stale-hlada

https://www1.pluska.sk/krimi/nezvestny-novinar-palo-rypal-viem-preco-zomrel-sokuje-jeho-kamarat

https://www.startitup.sk/exkluzivne-palo-rypal-je-nezvestny-uz-15-rokov-pred-zmiznutim-pisal-o-katarine-hrozanyovej/

https://domov.sme.sk/c/23160212/pavol-rypal-zmiznutie-vyrocie.html

https://plus7dni.pluska.sk/domov/novinar-palo-rypal-je-nezvestny-15-rokov-odkaz-jeho-sestry-mrazi

https://www.ginn.press/news/palo-rypal

https://www.topky.sk/gl/541133/2150227/Dalsi-zavrazdeny-novinar--Vieme--ze-je-mrtvy--tvrdi-rodina-10-rokov-nezvestneho-Pala-Rypala

https://www.omediach.com/tlac/14264-nezvestny-novinar-pavol-rypal-je-nadalej-v-patrani

https://www.dnes24.sk/desat-rokov-od-zmiznutia-nezvestny-novinar-pavol-rypal-je-nadalej-v-patrani-313469

https://sarm.pluska.sk/pribehy/vrah-pala-rypala-nebeha-slobode-vysetrovanie-podla-jeho-kamarata-pokrocilo/3

https://www.topky.sk/cl/1002009/1699587/Nevysetrene-pripady-zmiznutych-novinarov--Jana-Kuciaka-popravili--kam-sa-podeli-Pejko-ci-Rypal-

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2024/06/09
07:54 UTC

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Over two decades ago, a mother of 3 vanished after a night of music - where is Regina Marie Bos?

Regina Marie Bos, a 40 year old mother of 3, disappeared under mysterious circumstances on October 17, 2000, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Born on October 6, 1960, Regina was a dedicated musician and a twice-divorced woman balancing her passion for music with while raising her 3 children.

On the night of her disappearance, Regina attended an Open Mic Night at Duggan's Pub, where she performed and socialized with friends. She was last seen around 1:00 a.m., leaving the pub with her guitar and music sheets. Regina had planned to pick up her boyfriend Michael and then head home. However, she never made it. Her car was discovered parked across the street from the pub, with her guitar and music inside the trunk with it slightly ajar, which by all accounts was very unusual for Regina as she considered her guitar an appendage to herself. There was no trace of her purse or herself. Her boyfriend Michael called the police at approximately 6:38am that same morning to report her missing.

The investigation into Regina's disappearance suggested possible foul play, given the abrupt halt in her routine and the absence of any signs indicating she left voluntarily. Over the years, both law enforcement and private investigators have pursued numerous leads, but none have led to answers.

In 2018, NBC News featured Regina's case in their Cold Case Spotlight, bringing renewed attention to her story.

In 2020, Lincoln Police reported over 1000 police reports in Regina Bos’ case. Her sister, Jannel Rap, continues to advocate for missing persons and commemorating the anniversary of Bos’ disappearance. Rap expresses the impact of her sister’s vanishing on their family. She channels her experience into the “Squeaky Wheel Tour”, which raises awareness for missing individuals globally. Despite the passage of time, Rap remains hopeful that someone knows the truth about her sister’s disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

https://charleyproject.org/case/regina-marie-bos

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/cold-case-spotlight/regina-bos-still-missing-18-years-after-vanishing-nebraska-n922341

https://www.klkntv.com/hope-still-alive-for-missing-lincoln-woman/

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2024/06/09
05:43 UTC

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Who was the New Bedford Highway Killer? An unidentified serial killer killed 11 sex workers in New Bedford, Massachusetts between 1988 and 1989. Two of the women's bodies have never been found either.

The New Bedford Highway Killer, also known as the New Bedford Serial Killer, was an unidentified serial killer responsible for the murders of at least nine women and disappearance of two others in New Bedford, Massachusetts, between 1988 and 1989. Here's a summary of the case:

The victims, primarily young women involved in prostitution or with histories of drug abuse, were found murdered and often left along highways or in secluded areas in and around New Bedford. The killer targeted vulnerable women, taking advantage of their marginalized status and the transient nature of their lifestyles.

The murders began in July 1988 and continued until April 1989, when the body of the last known victim, Robin Rhodes, was discovered. The victims had been strangled to death, and some showed signs of sexual assault. The killer's modus operandi and the similarities between the cases led investigators to conclude that they were the work of a serial killer.

Despite extensive investigations by law enforcement agencies, including the formation of a task force dedicated to solving the case, the identity of the New Bedford Highway Killer remains unknown, and the case remains unsolved. The lack of resolution has left a lasting impact on the community and the families of the victims, who continue to seek justice and closure for their loved ones.

The victims attributed to the New Bedford Highway Killer are primarily young women involved in prostitution or with histories of drug abuse. Here is a list of the known victims:

  1. Robbin Lynn Rhodes, 29, also referred to as “Bobbie Lynn” was found on March 28, 1989, along Route 140 southbound in Freetown by a search dog. She is believed to have gone missing sometime in March or April 1988. Rhodes had dated suspect Kenneth Ponte. She had a young child and was addicted to heroin and cocaine. While she was never involved in prostitution, she knew many of the other victims and was friends with victim Mary Rose Santos
  2. Rochelle Clifford Dopierala, 28, of Falmouth, disappeared sometime during late April 1988. Her body was found on December 10, 1988, in a gravel pit along Reed Road beneath a tree grove, about two miles from Interstate 195, by people riding ATVs. She was partially clothed and had been beaten to death. She had dated and stayed at the home of suspect Kenneth Ponte, who was arrested for her murder, but the charges were eventually dismissed due to a lack of evidence. This was the only time charges were brought in this case. Rochelle had testified against another man who had raped her, but he is not suspected in this case. She was last seen with victim Nancy Paiva's boyfriend, an ex-convict. He was cleared in both deaths and is not a suspect.
  3. Deborah Lynn McConnell, 25, of Newport, Rhode Island, was mother to one daughter. Deborah was last seen sometime in May 1988 by her father after the funeral of her mother at the local cemetery. She is believed to have been the third victim. Her body was found on December 1, 1988, off Route 140 northbound in Freetown, through a cadaver dog search. She was found nude with a bra wrapped around her neck.
  4. Debra Medeiros, 29, of Fall River lived with her mother. Debra was known to both police and family to have had long standing substance abuse issues but no record for prostitution. She was last seen by her boyfriend in New Bedford after a fight, and was reported missing on May 27, 1988. She was the first of the bodies found and she was identified in December 1988. Her body was found on July 3, 1988, by a woman who went to relieve herself just in the woods on the side of the road on Interstate 140 in Freetown. Her remains were severely decomposed with her body positioned on her back with her feet pointed towards the highway. Her cause of death was strangulation, she had a bra wrapped around her neck, and she was found only partially clad. Her boyfriend was ruled out as a suspect. After her death, her mother counselled drug and alcohol addicts in honour of her daughter's death
  5. Christina Monteiro, 19, was last seen sometime in May 1988 and has not been seen or heard from since. Christina had a child and had a known substance abuse history. She was a Cape Verdean American female with brown hair, brown eyes with scars on both wrists and a scar near her left eye. She was between 5’3 and 5’5 and was 110 lbs. She had initials and words tattooed on her arms. She was wearing a shirt, blue jeans and sneakers when she was last seen.
  6. Nancy Lee Paiva, 36, of New Bedford, was last seen walking home from a bar called “Whisper’s Pub” on July 7, 1988, after a reported fight with her boyfriend in the South End in the early hours of the morning. Nancy reportedly had substance abuse issues but was not known to be a prostitute. Nancy had gone to secretarial school, but dropped out. She was married at 19, divorced and had two teenaged daughters. Nancy was known as a very supportive mother and grandmother. At the time of her death, she had a steady boyfriend, who was a drug dealer known to police. Her relationship with her boyfriend had been dysfunctional with domestic violence issues. Her nude body was discovered beside Interstate 195 Westbound in Dartmouth on July 30, 1988, by two men who were riding motorcycles. Her body was found in the same position as victim Debra Medeiro's – on her back with her feet pointing towards the highway. Nancy's cause of death was also believed to be strangulation. Her boyfriend is not a suspect in her death
  7. Debra Greenlaw Demello, 35, was a mother of three; a fifteen-year-old daughter, Chandra and two boys who were eight and three respectively at the time of her death. She had struggled with substance abuse issues since her teenage years. She had walked away from a prison work-release program to which she had been sentenced due to a prostitution charge on June 18 and was last seen in New Bedford, on July 11, 1988. Her body was found off the eastbound Reed Road ramp of Interstate 195 by a state highway crew on November 8, 1988. Debra's nude body was in an area with trees with her clothing strewn in the branches. She was found with some belongings of another victim, Nancy Paiva
  8. Mary Rose Santos, 26, of New Bedford, was a mother of two, who was dropped off on July 16, 1988, by her husband, with whom she had recently reconciled, near the downtown bus station and last seen dancing at “The Old Quarterdeck Lounge” five hours later. Friends said her husband had no idea she was working the streets to help pay bills, and she was known to have a substance abuse issue. Mary Rose Santos’ nude body was found with a beer bottle on March 31, 1989, along Route 88 in Westport by two boys. Suspect Kenneth Ponte had represented Mary Santos in a civil case and helped her husband make flyers after her disappearance

Along with the confirmed victims, two women went missing during the time period associated with the New Bedford Highway Killer. They are:

  1. Christina Monteiro (19 years old) - Last seen on June 20, 1988, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She remains missing and has not been located or heard from since her disappearance.
  2. Marilyn Cardoza (20 years old) - Last seen on June 6, 1988, in New Bedford. She also remains missing and has not been located or heard from since her disappearance.

New Bedford Highway Serial Killer Mystery Remains Unsolved More Than 30 Years Later - CBS Boston (cbsnews.com)

The New Bedford serial killer murdered nine women in 1988 and was never caught | The Independent

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After 35 Years New Bedford Highway Killings Remain Unresolved (wbsm.com)

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2024/06/08
20:06 UTC

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Do you think that some adults who "disappeared" went to start brand new life or take a break from their daily lives? And then possibly and unfortunately ended up murdered or killed in an accident?

I am mostly talking about adults who are over the age of 18 who went "missing" or "disappeared." I am not referring to children or teens who are under the age of 18 who ran away from home or school for whatever reason, because legally the parents or schools officials have to report a missing children or charges could be filed. I am not trying to minimize children who kidnapped or teens who run away from bad home situations and I hoped they're found and safe but they are not the topic of discussion, though they can mentioned if they're found alive years later living their own life.

I want to delve more into the topic of adults who "run away" from home. There's a documentary on YouTube called Japan's Evaporated People, to provide better understanding of this topic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF5x_24kKOM . Another prime example of an adult who I think think went to take a break from their daily lives is Judy Smith. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_of_Judy_Smith Judy Smith for some reason was found about 600 miles away from Philadelphia where she was last with her husband. Smith's body was found in North Carolina. I know we don't know Judy's family or her thought process enough to make harsh and crass judgements. But I personally theorize that she wanted to take a break from her daily life and just relax. I watched a YouTube video about Judy Smith's murder and witnesses report that she was in good spirits and didn't seem to be outwardly nervous and scared of anyone in particular. And Smith was witnessed wearing hiking attire and had a backpack on her. So that makes me think she wanted to take break from her daily life or possibly start a new life but unfortunately got murdered in the process. Her murder remains unsolved. Singer-songwriter Connie Converse also comes to mind. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connie_Converse

There's a focus and rightfully so on children who run away from home but there's not too much research and media attention given on adults who "run away" from home, because in many cases, the police don't or can't afford to spend money and resources on looking for an legal adult who may want to remain keep their privacy and may not want to be found, especially they did disappearing acts before or there's evidence that they're safe and found and or they possibly left their abusive situation for their safety. The only exception would be if the said adult is a fugitive, or involved in a crime somehow or an endangered missing like they're old or mentally ill or disabled where them going missing would be put them in grave danger of getting killed or taken advantage of by a nefarious individual.

I was wondering did anyone know any adults or even teens in some cases, who went missing or disappeared who went on to either start a new life or take a break from their daily lives who either succeeded OR were unfortunately or probably got murdered, committed suicide, or killed in an accident?

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2024/06/08
19:29 UTC

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What case hits "close to home" for you?

There are some cases that just stick with us, and one big reason that cases tend to stick with me is that something about it just hits me "close to home." Sometimes it hits literally close to home- you may personally know someone connected to the case, or it could be in the town or city where you live. But some cases hit "close to home" in a more figurative way- there may be something about the victim or the situation that reminds you of yourself, or someone you know.

For me, a case that hits more figuratively close to home is that of Jennifer Kesse.

Jennifer was a 24-year-old woman who was living and working in Orlando, Florida, when she went missing on January 23, 2006. She had a boyfriend, with whom she vacationed with in the US Virgin Islands just a few days before vanishing; however, her boyfriend lived in a different part of the state, and Jennifer lived alone in the condominium she'd just bought in Orlando.

She was last seen the evening before her disappearance leaving work at 6:00 PM. She spoke with her father on the phone at around 6:15 PM, and then had a call with her boyfriend at 10:00 PM. That was the last time that anyone heard from her. She typically texted or called her boyfriend before leaving for work in the morning, and she didn't do either the day of her disappearance. He attempted to call her around 8:00 am but her phone went straight to voicemail. The fact that she didn't contact him that morning was unusual but didn't seem to be initially alarming for him, as he chalked it up to her having a meeting that morning. She was reported missing when she didn't show up to work and had not called out, which was unusual for her, and her employer notified her parents.

Her parents made their way to Orlando but called the manager at her condo complex to check on her. He entered her unit with a spare key, and reported that everything seemed to be normal inside the condo but that her car was missing. When her family arrived, they found signs that Jennifer had likely gotten ready for work that morning. There was a damp towel in the bathroom, the shower was still wet in the corners, makeup left out on the counter, and the t-shirt she'd worn to bed was on the floor. Her phone, keys, and purse weren't in the apartment, and as had been noted by the manager, her car was missing.

A few days after her disappearance, Jennifer's car was found parked at another apartment complex. Surveillance footage from that complex showed someone parking the car at around 11 am the day Jennifer went missing, getting out, and striding away. Frustratingly, the person's face was obscured by fencing, and you cannot even tell if the person is male or female. They were wearing what looked to be coveralls, similar to what a painter or maintenance worker might wear, and investigators were able to determine that the person's height was between 5'3 and 5'5. However, no other information about this person can be gleaned from the footage, Jennifer's family and friends did not recognize them, and they are still unidentified.

As always, investigators started looking at those close with her as potential suspects before moving outward. Her family were cleared early on, as was her boyfriend; they'd had an argument on the phone the night before, but he had an alibi that checked out. An ex-boyfriend was also looked at, as he had recently been wanting to get back together with her, but he was also eliminated as a suspect. A manager at her work was also looked at, because he had wanted to be in a relationship with her but she had turned him down. However, as with the others, he was eventually ruled out. There were renovations happening at her condominium complex and Jennifer had mentioned that some of the workers made her feel uncomfortable by catcalling her. The workers were not interviewed due to a language barrier, as most were non-English speaking (this really gets me- I find it hard to believe that a police force in Florida didn't have Spanish translators available) and they are almost certainly lost to follow-up by this point. No trace of Jennifer has been found in the 20 years since her disappearance, with no solid leads about what happened to her.

This case hits so close to home for me because Jennifer reminds me of myself in many ways- a young professional woman, living alone and trying to make her way in the world, with so much going for her. I am a bit older than her but live alone in an apartment building, and sometimes I do get worried about something happening to me as I'm leaving to go on a run at 5:45 am, coming home at 10 or 11 after a night out with friends, etc.

What cases really hit close to home for you, and why?

Sources:

The Charley Project

FOX News

CBS News

Person of Interest

Disappearance of Jennifer Kesse

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2024/06/08
18:50 UTC

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Missing In New Mexico:; Abraham Jimenez and Raquel Rodriguez vanished together in 2015

I wanted to kick off New Mexico with this double disappearance. This is one of those cases where there seems to be very limited information. Most of the sources I could find gave repetitive facts.

From most of the background information I could find Abraham was 74 years old in 2015 and his long time live in girlfriend Raquel Rodriguez who was 54 years old at the time. It seems the couple had been together for quite some time. It appears they had a quiet happy relationship.

According to most of the sources the couple lived in Hagerman, New Mexico. It was described as being "out in the country" on the outskirts of Roswell, New Mexico. The couple reportedly owned several animals together most specifically several dogs.

I could not find a report for the exact last time anyone actually spoke to Abraham, but on April 19th 2015 Raquel's son spoke to her at the home of Abraham and Raquel. This would be the last time anyone saw the couple. It would be the son of Raquel who reported his mother missing about a week later. He was not able to reach her or find her at the residence.

Raquel's van was later found abandoned about a mile from the couple's home. I do not know how much later but it seems to be within days of the reported disappearance. The van was said to be in perfect working order. Though there wasn't any real damage to the van it was said to be in a ditch resting up against a tree. I didn't see a lot of information on what if anything was found in the van.

The Chaves County Sheriff's Office stated at the time that they have found no evidence of foul play but believed there was a cause for concern. The Sheriff's Office stated that the couple had a number of animals at the home that were left without food or water which was said by loved ones to be uncharacteristic of the pair. They had never left without telling someone and having someone care for their pets.

The Sheriff's Office also stated at the time they had gone out and looked around and taken out four wheelers. They stated they had searched the entire area where the vehicle was found as well as the couple's residence.

Raquel's son stated he could think of no enemies who would want to harm the couple. He does however believe that they were abducted because it is uncharacteristic of them to leave without warning.

It seems when this first happened in 2015 there was some spotlight on the couple. But I could not find much media coverage for sources after 2015, it's now been 9 years since this double disappearance.

Part of me speculates that maybe law enforcement is keeping whatever they do have close to the vest, at least I hope that is the case. I did see in some of the older articles that law enforcement did not suspect foul play but the circumstances under which the pair vanished remain unclear.

This case is still listed as open. I know there isn't a heap of information to be gained from my summary of the case or the links that I can provide. I just hope that anyone who loves and misses the couple find answers someday.

The Chaves County Sheriff's Office is investigating at 575-624-6500

https://charleyproject.org/case/raquel -lucina-rodriguez

https://charleyproject.org/case/abraham-romero-jimenez

https://www.krqe.com/news/suspicion-surrounds-missing-new-mexico-couple/

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2024/06/08
18:33 UTC

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The horrific murder of Paiche Onyemaechi

Paiche Onyemaechi was a 25 year old Malawian woman who was brutally murdered after leaving her home in County Waterford, Ireland in July 2004. Despite numerous appeals and investigations, her murder has never been solved.

Paiche was the daughter of Leonard Unyolo, the then chief justice minister of Malawi. In the 1990's, she left Malawi to complete a course of study in London after enrolling on a business administration course. In 1999, she moved to Ireland as an asylum seeker with her Nigerian husband, a man called Chika Onyemaechi, and settled in Limerick for a time, where she had worked in lap dancing clubs and as a prostitute. In 2001, she relocated to Waterford with her husband where they had 2 children, Anthony and Andrew. They had both been granted Irish residency following the birth of their first child.

It was reported that prior to her murder, Paiche had gone missing on a number of occasions but had always returned. However, on July 10th 2004, her husband reported her missing for the last time. He told police that she had left on July 8th and hadn't returned. He hadn't worried immediately due to her history of vanishing but that he was concerned that she still hadn't returned. Garda confirmed the last sighting of Paiche was at 5pm on July 8th in Pickardstown, approximately 7.5km from her home in Herblain Park in Waterford City. On July 13th, a woman discovered Paiche's remains by Brenor bridge in County Kilkenny, approximately 30km from her home in Waterford. She had been savagely beaten and decapitated and her decomposing body was wrapped in black plastic bags. Her head has never been found and Gardaí believe it may have been taken as a trophy.

Her husband, Chika, was interviewed by Gardaí but was released without charge. However, when Garda searched their family home, they noticed that areas of carpet had been cut out and removed. Strangely, Chika went missing in strange circumstances mere days after her body was found and no trace of him has ever been discovered. Garda have now stated that they are concerned for his well-being due to the circumstances in which he vanished but to date, he has never been located. Numerous leads were followed, including theories that she may have been murdered due to her work as a prostitute or that her killing was linked to voodoo. However, these didn't lead anywhere and the trail ran cold.

In 2004, Gardaí received an anonymous letter that contained information about her killing and even named alleged perpetrators. Two men were arrested in August 2004 in relation to her killing but they were released without charge. A woman who was interviewed was also released. In 2005, Garda stated that they had submitted a file to the prosecution service and that charges were imminent. However, this never went anywhere and nobody was ever formally charged with her murder. In 2006, a Nigerian man named Chijioke Ezekwem was charged with failing to disclose information in relation to Paiche's murder.

Paiche's father flew to Ireland for her funeral and met with the then justice minister, Michael McDowell. McDowell stated that he would do everything in his power to find her killers. Arrangements were also made for Paiche and Chika's 2 children to return to Malawi to live with her father in light of Chika's mysterious disappearance.

It's been almost 20 years since Paiche's horrific murder and nobody has ever been convicted for the inhumane killing. Despite numerous appeals for information, interviews with her family and fresh eyes examining her case, it remains unsolved with no justice ever being served.

Sources: https://www.munster-express.ie/community-notes/someone-knows-what-happened-to-paiche/

https://irishunresolvedmysteries.home.blog/2020/07/21/paiche-onyemaechi-kilkenny/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Paiche_Onyemaechi

https://m.independent.ie/regionals/herald/anniversary-plea-to-missing-husband-over-headless-body/27919010.html

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2024/06/08
13:53 UTC

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Who Killed Jean Ellroy?

Jean Ellory was born Geneva Hilliker in 1915 in Wisconsin. After graduating High School, she moved to Chicago to study nursing. After *that*, she moved to Los Angeles in the late 1930s. She got married in Arizona in 1940, but the marriage was quickly over, and none of Jean’s family ever met her first husband.

In 1947 she married Armand Ellroy, a man who existed on the fringes of Hollywood - he was briefly Rita Hayworth’s manager, and also claimed to have had an affair with her. For her part, Jean claimed she’d seen John Dillinger be killed. Two months pregnant on the day she got married, her son Lee Earle Ellroy, was born in 1948.

Lee would later claim his mother “majored in booze and minored in men.” In 1954, Jean and Armand would divorce, and Lee moved with his mother first to Santa Monica, where she worked at Packard Bell, and then to El Monte, east of Los Angeles.

Though Lee would spend three weekends a month with his father, Armand would apparently watch Lee and Jean in their new home at night.

One Saturday in June 1958, with Lee with his father, Jean went out. She was seen with a blonde woman and a “swarthy man” at the Desert Inn in El Monte. The man may or may not have been Mexican, and only one person there heard him speak: a waitress he ordered coffee from. Later, Jean and the Swarthy Man - but not the Blonde - at Stan’s Drive In. Staff there were supposed to get the license plates of cars, in case they dined and dashed, but in this case, it didn’t happen, and nobody knows who the dark green Oldsmobile they were in belonged to. Neither the Blonde nor the Swarthy Man have ever been identified.

The next morning, Sunday, 22nd June 1958, Jean’s body was found by Little Leaguers outside Arroyo High School. She’d been strangled and her body dumped in bushes about a mile and a half from the Desert Inn.

Armand Ellroy believed his wife had been murdered by the Swarthy Man after turning down a threesome with him and the Blonde, and that’s probably as close as we’ll get to an answer to what happened; Jean was raped and murdered by a man who will never be identified.

Steve Hodel believes that Fred Sexton, a friend of his father, George Hodel, killed Jean, but there’s no evidence they ever met, and I’m wary of Steve Hodel given that he thinks his father killed Elizabeth Short.

There *is* however one connection with the Black Dahlia murder. A few years after Jean’s murder, Armand Ellroy gave his son a copy of the book *The Badge* by Jack Webb, which featured Short’s murder. Attempting to come to terms with the unsolved killing of his mother, the young Ellroy would transfer his feelings onto another Los Angeles unsolved murder. Lee would grow up, change his first name, and write some books about murder, the LAPD and the 1940s and 50s.

Who was the Swarthy Man? Did he kill Jean? Why did the Blonde never come forward? Was she scared? Did the Swarthy Man ever kill again?

Here’s a longer look at the murder https://venetianvase.co.uk/2022/04/16/the-murder-of-jean-ellroy-the-search-for-answers/

And here is an article written by Jean’s son in 1994 https://www.gq.com/story/james-ellroy-murder

28 Comments
2024/06/08
13:52 UTC

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In 2008, the remains of 17-year-old Martin Kollar were found on Urpin Mountain with a knife in his chest. Who killed Martin?

First of all, let me say that I am a lurker on this subreddit and love reading about unresolved mysteries, but I don't see many Slovak ones covered. So, I decided to cover some myself. Unfortunately, I don't think this case has ever been covered in English, so I decided to translate it to the best of my ability.

The disappearance

Martin Kollar disappeared on December 4, 2000, in broad daylight. For years, his parents, the police, and even Interpol searched for him in vain. His father said that they unknowingly walked for hours around the very place where a pensioner eventually found his remains.

Since Martin's disappearance, many leads appeared, both real and false. His parents continued to believe he was alive, but circumstances seemed to prevent him from coming forward.

That Monday morning, when 17-year-old Martin took the bus from Salkova (the village where he lived) to the Grammar School on Tajovsky Street, nothing seemed out of the ordinary, according to his parents. However, the boy did not return home that evening.

"We decided to go looking for him. He didn't go to restaurants or discos. He had no reason to stay out and never did," his parents recalled.

They searched the city, phoned classmates, friends, and hospitals. An hour after midnight, they informed the police.

"We didn't sleep for weeks. We put up and distributed posters with his photo, but nothing," said his father, Andrej Kollar.

The trail ends in a trolleybus

Martin was heading home after school and waited with his friends for trolleybus number 1. He boarded it alone and was last seen on the trolleybus. This trolleybus does not go directly to Salkova; it has many stops around the city, including the train station, which is nearby the Urpin trail. For clarification, he usually used this specific trolleybus to get close to the bus or train stop where he could board another bus or train to his village. However, since he never arrived home, it means that he must have gotten off and gone somewhere else.

The police checked the records from the chip cards in the trolleybuses, confirming that Martin had indeed boarded, but none of the passengers had spoken to him or seen him get off. His chip card was never used again, despite having enough credit on it.

The police and his parents say they don't see any motive for his murder. Classmates and friends allegedly had no information that could help in the search for Martin.

The first clues appeared three days after Martin's disappearance. One girl said she saw him and a friend at a disco. Even the dressing room attendants concluded from the photo that it could have been him. The friend with whom he was supposedly there denied everything. "He didn't go to discos, and if he did get there, why wouldn't he get in touch?" reflected his mother, Bronislava.

Discovery of the skeleton

In 2008, eight years after Martin disappeared without a trace, a 67-year-old man from Banska Bystrica made a horrific discovery in the bushes on the mentioned hill. "These are the remains of bones with a stabbing instrument in part of the chest," confirmed Banska Bystrica regional police spokeswoman Petra Babulicova. Consequently, the investigator has already started a criminal prosecution for murder.

A school backpack, a notebook, and a document bag were also found among the skeletal remains, well hidden in the bushes. Shortly after Martin's disappearance, his parents founded a foundation called Hope, which helps parents of missing children. Until the last moment, they believed that their son was still alive.

Additional info as a Slovak who has visited Urpin

If you are a fit person, it's not hard to climb Urpin. The mountain has a low elevation of 510 m AMSL (1,673 ft) and is accessible by several hiking trails from the center of Banska Bystrica. When I was younger, I was aware that teenagers went to do drugs and drink alcohol on Urpin. There were bottles everywhere on the trail up. I just don't find it realistic that someone would murder Martin in another place and then drag him up there. Also, December is typically very cold in Banska Bystrica, with snow and freezing temperatures. While it's become less severe in recent years, the winter of 2000 must have been incredibly cold.

Pictures of Urpin:

https://www.visitbanskabystrica.sk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Urpin.MZ_.9.jpg

https://www.visitbanskabystrica.sk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Urpin.MZ_.4.jpg

https://www.visitbanskabystrica.sk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IMG_7333.jpg

https://www.visitbanskabystrica.sk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IMG_7249.jpg

https://www.visitbanskabystrica.sk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Urpin.MZ_.8.jpg

https://www.visitbanskabystrica.sk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IMG_7375.jpg

https://www.visitbanskabystrica.sk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IMG_7405.jpg

Sources:

https://www.cas.sk/clanok/82524/roky-nezvestneho-martina-niekto-dobodal/

https://www.sme.sk/c/3977438/syna-hladali-osem-rokov.html

https://www.blesk.cz/clanek/zpravy-krimi/94328/roky-nezvestneho-martina-nekdo-ubodal.html

https://www.sme.sk/c/570784/stopa-po-martinovi-sa-koncia-v-trolejbuse-rodicia-nestracaju-nadej.html

41 Comments
2024/06/08
07:29 UTC

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Circleville Writer Theory: (At least) 2 writers?

If you don't know the story, read this first: https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/rrh499/who_was_the_circleville_letter_writer/

I don't believe it was just one person. There are 2 different handwritings that I've seen in the letters. Both use capitol letters but one writing is short and blocky, while the other looks taller and skinnier. Now people say that Paul Freshour had to be innocent because he was in prison when letters were still coming in. He even received letters in prison. But I don't believe he was innocent. He knew that Ron Gillispie figured out who the writer was prior to his death. How would he know that? Also, while in prison, the tall skinny handwriting stopped. I believe this was his handwriting. Same handwriting on the threats to Ron's wife who even found Paul's gun behind the sign. While in prison he received a letter saying "I told you two years ago. When we set em up. They stay set up." We? Who told him this two years ago? Obviously he should remember who would tell him that and if he confessed who told him that, clearly that's who the writer is. So why wouldn't even give the name? Sounds like an accomplice to me. One that probably believed Paul was an idiot for getting caught. There are also many times in the letters where it says "we". For example, in one of the letters sent to Ron, it says "We know what kind of car you drive ... We know where your kids go to school ..." We?: Who is this we? Also, why do the letters just stop once Paul is out of prison. I could be off, just a theory I thought of when researching this interesting mystery. Still doesn't explain who the other writer is. For all we know there could have been even more than 2.. How else would there be so many eyes and ears on everyone's personal life in town? What are your thoughts?

Recap:

  • Tall skinny handwriting stops while Paul is in prison
  • Many letters say "we"
  • Paul knew that Ron figured out who the writer was... right before he died.
  • Paul receives a letter in prison that proves Paul has talked to the writer and is retold a specific conversation
  • The letters stop all together when Paul is released from prison in 1994
21 Comments
2024/06/08
00:08 UTC

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In the Summer of 2003, 54-year-old Dennis Wayne Foster was found murdered in his rural Paris Crossing, Indiana home. Sadly, his case remains unsolved.

Alarms were raised in the unincorporated community of Paris Crossing, Indiana, on August 21st, 2003, when a concerned resident noticed the unusual prolonged absence of his neighbor, 54-year-old Dennis Wayne Foster. In December 2002, Dennis had received a devastating diagnosis; stage 4 lung cancer. In January, he was told he had six months to live.

Aware of Dennis's recent diagnosis, both friends and family made efforts to check on him regularly. After nearly two days without seeing him, Dennis’ concerned neighbor conducted a welfare check. Unanswered knocks at the door prompted the neighbor to look inside, where he found Dennis motionless on the floor. The neighbor promptly contacted authorities.

Responding officers swiftly made entry into the log cabin. There, on the floor amidst a pool of blood, lay the body of Dennis. A cursory examination revealed a single gunshot wound to the head as his apparent cause of death.

Despite finding no signs of forced entry, detectives did discover Dennis’ home had been ransacked. The perpetrator/s absconded with several valuables, including an unspecified number of firearms.

A pillar of his close-knit community, Dennis hailed from nearby Seymour, Indiana, where he spent three decades at the Cummins Engine Company. Following a divorce in the 1980s, Dennis relocated to Paris Crossing. Utilizing a backyard sawmill, he constructed a two-story log cabin nestled amidst the trees on his expansive 35 acre property. There, he established a small engine repair shop, and indulged in his passion for the outdoors through archery, fishing, and hunting.

Dennis's most defining characteristic, however, was his immense generosity. He had a reputation for readily offering assistance to local residents facing hardship, even at times placing himself at risk or succumbing to exploitation in his eagerness to help.

The investigation into Dennis's murder commenced quickly. A small pond on the property was dragged, but yielded no results of investigative value. Detectives also examined a safety deposit box belonging to Dennis at the local bank, however the contents of the box were never undisclosed.

Detectives also conducted multiple interviews with individuals from Dennis's social circle, including friends, family, neighbors and other acquaintances. Among them was 53-year-old Paul Stucker, though the nature of their relationship remains unclear.

Following Paul’s 2014 conviction for the 1983 murder of 34-year-old Johnny Hodge, he was again questioned regarding Dennis's death. Paul and Johnny had been incarcerated together at the Michigan City, Indiana facility in 1983, when Johnny, who was serving a life sentence for a double homicide, was found fatally burned within his locked cell. Though authorities eventually gathered sufficient evidence to convict Paul in Johnny’s murder, a connection to Dennis’ death was never established.

Dennis's family tragically suspects his generosity may have contributed to his demise. They theorize the perpetrator was someone he sought to assist;

WAVE3 NEWS 2007

“Dennis Foster's family wasn't surprised he died four years ago. In fact, they were preparing for the 54-year old's death, but they weren't prepared for his murder.

Foster's only daughter, Denise, says there were almost no limits to her father's kindness and generosity, especially to those with little or no money. She says the people he helped often took advantage of him -- and spooked her.

Denise says "he had made friends with people I was afraid of, that I had become very conscious about taking my kids to see him, of doing unannounced visits."

Denise believes her father was likely trying to help the person who ended up murdering and robbing him. She can't understand why someone would kill him. You see, Foster had Stage Four lung cancer, and had only a month or so left to live.

"So I was shocked when I found out he had actually been murdered," Denise said. "I had resolved myself to the fact I was going to lose him to cancer."

Denise is convinced the killer's still in southern Indiana. That's why she asked us not to use her last name or say what city she now lives in.

"We've got some new information on this case," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

Police believe they're a tip or two away from solving this four-year old murder case, and Goodin says investigators want to catch Foster's killer. "This person was in the last days of their life and someone's cold-hearted enough to kill them and end their life even sooner than it was going to happen."

Dennis was laid to rest in Commiskey, Indiana’s First Marion Baptist Church Cemetery. Sadly, his case remains unsolved.

Sources

Newspaper Clippings/Death Certificate/Photos

Find a Grave

Wave3 Article

Dennis’ Home

16 Comments
2024/06/07
18:31 UTC

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Over thirty years ago, a 31-year-old mom of 2 left her home to purchase ingredients for Christmas cookies, but she never returned. Where is Norine Higuchi Brown?

Intro/Summary

Over thirty years ago, on the evening before her 32nd birthday, 31-year-old wife and mother of two Norine Higuchi Brown set out from her home to purchase ingredients for Christmas cookies. She never returned home. The mystery of what happened to this dedicated mother on that chilly December night in 1990 continues to haunt those who knew and loved her.

Background:

Norine Higuchi Brown, a beloved mother, daughter, wife, and friend, was born on December 13, 1958. She grew up on Long Island, attending Uniondale High School. After graduation, Norine worked in an office before meeting and marrying John Brown. The couple had two children and lived in New Hyde Park, Long Island. Norine eagerly looked forward to celebrating the festive season with her family.

Last Known Movements:

On December 12, 1990, Norine spent the afternoon shopping for Christmas presents with her children and her sister Susan. They visited Santa before leaving the mall and dropping Susan off in Franklin Square. Norine then returned to her home. According to John Brown, later that night, around 11:00 PM, she left to buy ingredients for Christmas cookies but never came back.

Discovery of Norine’s Car:

The next day, December 13, 1990 at 8 AM, Norine’s friend, Elaine Comando, received a call from John Brown, Norine’s husband, asking if Norine had spent the night at her home. He explained they had a “minor argument” last night and she didn’t come home. Elaine has not hosted Norine the night before nor had she seen her. When Comando checked the Pathmark supermarket where Norine was supposed to shop for Christmas cookie ingredients, she found Norine's car parked there, locked and loaded with wrapped Christmas gifts. Norine's purse, containing $45, was inside, but her wallet and identification were left at home.

Search Efforts:

Norine’s husband, John Brown, a fireman, filed a missing person report, and fellow firefighters joined the search for Norine during the first week of her disappearance. No one recalled seeing Norine in the Pathmark that night, although an employee remembered seeing her car shortly after 11:00 PM. Norine preferred shopping late to avoid crowds, making her late-night trip not unusual for her.

Investigation and Suspicions:

John Brown publicly stated he believes Norine was murdered, mentioning a witness who reported an argument in the Pathmark parking lot that night. However, no official report of such a fight exists. Some sources say that John Brown opted not to assist in the search for Norine, instead choosing to secure custody of his children and cut ties with Norine’s family.

Elaine Comando suggested that Norine and John had a tumultuous relationship and suspected John might be responsible for Norine’s disappearance. Additionally, Norine’s sister told News 12 in the early '90s that John and Norine had a rocky relationship and that she believes John killed her. Despite these suspicions, John Brown has never been named a suspect and has since remarried.

Ongoing Efforts:

In 2017, Norine’s friends, including Elaine Comando, reunited to revive her case, working with the Nassau Police Department to keep her disappearance in the public eye. An article published in June of 2019 reports that Nassau's Homicide Squad is “looking into” a well in the backyard of the apartment building Norine and her husband lived in, referring to the well as a “place of interest.” Despite extensive searches and investigations, Norine Higuchi Brown remains missing, and the search for answers continues.

Sources:

NewsDay

Doe Network

The Charley Project: Norine Higuchi Brown

NamUs: Norine Higuchi Brown

Bronx News

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2024/06/07
17:22 UTC

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The disappearance of LePerry Williams Jr.

In November 2019, 28-year-old LePerry Williams Jr. made a distressing phone call to his father, LePerry Williams Sr., urging him to move his grandmother out of Houston, TX because he had people mad at him. LePerry Jr. lived with his grandmother at the time. Alarmed, LePerry Sr. drove 3 hours from his job to talk to his son in person. LePerry Jr. showed his father a chilling text message: a photo of his grandmother's house, indicating someone knew where he lived.

LePerry Sr. pushed his son for answers, but became frustrated by his son's reluctance to disclose more details; LePerry Sr. insisted he not stay at his grandmother’s house. This led to a heated argument, and LePerry Jr. angrily walked away from his grandmother's home near Ridge Creek Drive and South Post Oak Road in Fort Bend County. Later, he texted his father, mentioning his phone was dying and that he was going to find a charger. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Initially, LePerry Sr. believed his son was merely angry and would eventually respond. However, by March 2020 - four months of no contact - he filed a missing person's report.

LePerry Jr. was an introvert with few friends, and had started working at a local restaurant about a year before his disappearance. He began socializing more with co-workers and staying out late, which his father believes led him into dangerous associations.

In February 2021, detectives requested dental records after a body matching LePerry Jr.'s description was found in Galveston, TX. However, following the 2021 ice storm, it was determined the body was not his.

In May 2022, a surprising lead came when a letter addressed to LePerry Jr. arrived at his grandmother's home in Houston. It was from an apartment complex in Tampa, Florida, seeking unpaid rent from 2021. Detectives investigated and found the apartment appeared to have been used by squatters, with no trace of LePerry Jr.

Despite extensive searches and investigations, no substantial leads have emerged regarding LePerry Jr.'s fate. His father remains determined to find answers.

"I can't enjoy my life until I know what's going on with him," said LePerry Sr. The case of LePerry Williams Jr. remains unsolved.

https://charleyproject.org/case/leperry-dushawn-williams-jr

https://www.fox26houston.com/news/man-receives-creepy-text-message-hours-before-disappearing-from-fort-bend-county.amp

22 Comments
2024/06/07
00:36 UTC

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Canadian Missing Person: Sébastien Lavallée, missing since January 10 2021

Sébastien Lavallée (39 years old) has been missing from Pointe Calumet, Québec since January 10 2021.

He has:

  • green eyes
  • brown hair (short at the time of disappearance)
  • visibilly missing teeth, implants & dentures
  • height 168 cm weight 85 kg
  • last seen wearing beige boots (ankle height), black coat & white t-shirt
  • multiple tattoos: full sleeves & chest (multiple photos available on RCMP page)

On January 10th, Sebastien told his mother he was going for a walk around the lake in MRC des Deux-Montagnes, but never returned.

Mr. Lavallee was participating in a high risk lifestyle and may have been experiencing severe mental health symptoms at the time of his disappearance. He had been released from jail 2 days early for vehicle theft and breaking into someone's home. His family states Mr. Lavallee was experiencing a psychotic break and was unaware of his actions.

His family said they had been urging him to get help for his symptoms unsuccessfully before he went missing, but he would become very angry when approached about it.

Sebastian's whereabouts are currently unknown and his family is very concerned for his well being.

He is listed as missing on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website and an article was written about his disappearance & struggles with mental health in le journal de Montreal

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2024/06/06
22:48 UTC

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Who killed 32 year old Kris Moon-Jake?

SEE BOTTOM OF POST FOR IMPORTANT PHOTOS IN THIS CASE

On February 12, 1998, Kris Moon-Jake met up with a group at the Oasis Casino in Mesquite, Nevada. The Oasis was a popular place to drink and gamble. This group included cousins and friends of Moon-Jake, as well as two unidentified men.

Sometime that night, there was an argument and Moon-Jake was removed by security. CCTV images have been released showing Moon-Jake exiting the casino with at least the two unidentified men. The two men were said to be citizens of Mexico and noted as regular patrons of the Oasis. The first man who is seen on the footage walking to the casino exit with Moon-Jake is identified by a cowboy hat. The Man in the Cowboy Hat is then captured leaving through the exterior doors with a man in a unique jacket.

A witness puts Moon-Jake, the Man in the Cowboy Hat, the Man in the Jacket, and others taking separate cabs to the Stateline Casino and the Virgin River Casino. According to this witness, he last saw Moon-Jake in a back booth of a restaurant.

However, that was not the last contact anyone would have with Moon-Jake. Kris called her sister and left a voicemail message asking for a ride from Mesquite. Her sister did not pick up the call.

On February 13, 1998 Moon-Jake's body was found at Old Highway 91, milepost 4.4 in some brush. Her remains were covered with a blue blanket and she had died of blunt force trauma from multiple blows to the head.

Moon-Jake's body was found by a father and daughter looking for firewood. This location is described as the desert between Littlefield, Arizona and Mesquite, Nevada.

Investigators say that two other bodies found in the area in the prior four months were unrelated to Moon-Jake's case. Despite the questions surrounding the two unidentified men captured on camera at the Oasis Casino, the Mohave City Sheriff's Office Media Specialist Steve Johnson communicated that there were no suspects. A coworker of the Man in the Cowboy Hat told investigators that he did not return to work the following day and never collected his last paycheck.

The Oasis shut down its casino in 2010 and demolished in 2013.

What happened to Kris Moon-Jake? Is it true that there are no suspects identified in this case? Did the unidentified men exhibit any odd behaviors that night? Does anyone who worked alongside these men remember anything about their name, age, or where they were from?

CCTV IMAGES AT: https://news3lv.com/news/local/mohave-county-sheriffs-office-seeking-suspects-in-1998-cold-case-investigation

https://www.abc15.com/news/crime/arizonas-coldest-cases-family-asking-for-answers-after-1998-death-of-kris-jake-moon

https://www.deseret.com/1998/3/1/19366676/body-found-in-arizona-is-that-of-cedar-city-woman/

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2024/06/06
16:52 UTC

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What happened to Relisha Rudd?

Intro/Summary

Relisha Rudd, an 8-year-old girl from Washington, D.C., went missing on March 1, 2014. Living with her mother, Shamika Young, and three brothers at the D.C. General homeless shelter, Relisha was last seen with Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the shelter. Despite being reported missing weeks later, the search for Relisha intensified when Tatum’s wife was found dead, and Tatum himself was discovered dead from an apparent suicide. Multiple theories have emerged, including human trafficking and systemic failures by child welfare services. Despite extensive investigations, Relisha remains missing, highlighting significant gaps in the protection of vulnerable children

Background and Early Life

Relisha Tenau Rudd was born on October 29, 2005. She lived with her mother, Shamika Young, and three brothers at the D.C. General homeless shelter. Relisha was described as a bright and happy child, despite the challenging circumstances she and her family faced. Her teachers and those who knew her recalled her vibrant personality and her love for playing with her friends. She was known for her beautiful smile and her enthusiasm for life, even in the face of adversity.

Timeline of Events

March 1, 2014

  • Relisha Last Seen: Relisha Rudd was last seen in the company of Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the D.C. General homeless shelter where Relisha lived with her family. Surveillance footage captured Tatum and Relisha walking down a hotel hallway. This footage was the last known sighting of Relisha.

March 19, 2014

  • Amber Alert Issued: An Amber Alert was issued for Relisha after it was discovered that she had been missing for several weeks. The alert identified Kahlil Tatum as a person of interest. It was later revealed that Relisha had been absent from school for extended periods without proper intervention from child welfare authorities.

March 20, 2014

  • Tatum's Wife Found Dead: Andrea Tatum, Kahlil Tatum’s wife, was found shot to death in a hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland. This discovery intensified the search for Relisha and Kahlil Tatum, with authorities considering the possibility that Relisha was in grave danger.

March 31, 2014

  • Tatum Found Dead: Kahlil Tatum was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a shed at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C. Despite extensive searches in the park, no trace of Relisha was found.

Investigation and Public Response

The investigation into Relisha Rudd's disappearance has been extensive, involving multiple law enforcement agencies, community volunteers, and public appeals. Authorities have faced significant challenges due to the delay in reporting her missing and the lack of immediate action by child welfare services. Despite these efforts, Relisha has not been found, and no new significant leads have emerged.

Relisha's family, particularly her grandmother Melissa Young, has been vocal in criticizing the handling of the case and the systemic failures that contributed to Relisha's disappearance. The community has held vigils and marches to keep Relisha's memory alive and to call for justice and accountability. Her case has become a symbol of the need for better protection and support for vulnerable children living in difficult circumstances.

Theories and Speculation

Several theories have emerged regarding Relisha's disappearance:

  1. Human Trafficking: Some believe that Relisha may have been sold or trafficked. This theory stems from the delay in reporting her missing and the fact that she was seen with Tatum at various locations known for trafficking activity.

  2. Homicide by Kahlil Tatum: Given Tatum's violent history and the murder of his wife, many speculate that Tatum may have harmed Relisha before taking his own life. However, no physical evidence has been found to confirm this.

  3. Negligence and Systemic Failure: Critics argue that the failure of child welfare services and the shelter system to monitor and protect Relisha played a significant role in her disappearance. Her prolonged absences from school went unnoticed, and her living conditions were not adequately supervised.

Current Status

As of now, Relisha Rudd remains missing. The case is still open, and the Metropolitan Police Department continues to seek information that could lead to her whereabouts. Her disappearance has left a profound impact on the community and continues to serve as a reminder of the importance of safeguarding vulnerable children. The case has also spurred discussions on the need for improvements in the child welfare system to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

What theory resonates with you the most? How could the system have protected Relisha?

Sources

29 Comments
2024/06/06
16:01 UTC

83

Finnish cases?

Hi people!

A Finnish person here, and wondering about cases from here, that are less known.

There’s the well known ones like Piia Ristikankare, Kyllikki Saari, Bodom case and Raisa Räisänen. If any other Finnish people (or of course people from other countries) have any cases that come to mind, comment here!

Here’s the english links for the cases I mentioned in this post, in case anyone is interested. Not sure they’re super packed with information since a lot of people probably don’t care about our cases outside of Finland 🥲

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Piia_Ristikankare

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyllikki_Saari

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Bodom_murders

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Raisa_R%C3%A4is%C3%A4nen

21 Comments
2024/06/06
13:31 UTC

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Long Island serial killer to be charged in more murders.

*Edit - Rex Heuermann was charged on 6/6/24 in the murders of Sandra Costilla and Jessica Taylor

Tomorrow morning, Rex Heuermann, the alleged Long Island serial killer will be indicated on charges in the murders of two more women and it's very possible that Heuermann will be linked to more murders before the year is up. The Gilgo Beach serial killings were a series of killings between 1996 and 2011 in which the remains of 11 people were found in Gilgo Beach, located on the South Shore of Long Island, New York, United States. Most of the known victims were sex workers who advertised on Craigslist. Heuermann, 60, has pleaded not guilty to killing four women -- Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy, Amber Costello and Maureen Brainard-Barnes - whose remains were found near Gilgo Beach along Ocean Parkway.

Recent massive land searches in the woods in Manorville and the North Sea (where Sandra Costilla was found in 1993), and in Heuermann's Massapequa Park home, where evidence is believed recovered from the basement, have resulted in the expected new charges. Traditionally it was speculated that there were multiple killers active in the area at time of the Long Island serial killer, but if Heuermann is charged in the Manorville murders then it's likely he will be linked to most if not all the bodies found, including the murders of a female toddler and her mother. A press conference is expected at 11am Eastern time.

https://abc7ny.com/post/gilgo-beach-suspect-serial-killer-rex-heuermann-expected/14916082/

https://www.cnn.com/2024/06/03/us/gilgo-beach-killings-suspect-report-additional-murder-charge/index.html

130 Comments
2024/06/06
03:01 UTC

140

What was the true cause of death of drag queen Lorena Xtravaganza? Murder of tragic accident?

Lorena Escalera (October 14, 1986 – May 12, 2012), known by her stage name Lorena Xtravaganza, was a Latino transgender drag queen famous for her impersonations of celebrities.

Lorena Escalera was born in Puerto Rico and while there worked as a makeup artist. When she turned 18 Escalera relocated to New York City. While in New York Escalera chased her dream of become a performer. She joined the The House of Xtravaganza(a artistic group famous in the queer New York ballroom scene). This group was featured in the landmark 1990 documentary, "Paris is Burning".

As a member of House Xtravaganza Lorena began walking balls and earning prize money. It was here in this environment she claimed the name stage, La'reina Xtravaganza which was bestowed to her by admiring fans. Xtravaganza also had a second job as a model.

On May 11, 2012, Escalera brought a pair of men back to her Furman Avenue apartment. At about 4 a.m., a fire engulfed the apartment in which Xtravaganza residented. A passer-by on the street rushed into the four-story building ,frantically pounding on doors to alert residents. Late being and official investigation this good Samaritan, allegedly observed two men arguing outside the apartment.

According to a neighbor. In the ensuing panic of trying to exit the structure. Everyone but Escalera fleed into the street. Firefighters arrived, as did law enforcement officers from the 83rd Precinct. When the blaze was extinguished, at 4:37 a.m., Escalera was discovered still inside her home "unconscious and unresponsive" laying on her bed. Paramedics on site declared her dead at the scene.

Though blaze seem suspicious a likely case of arson. Investigators found no evidence of accelerant being used to start the fire. However Escalera's roommates believed supar electrician work as being the actually culprit. Later it would be determined as having been a victim of strangulation.

"Transgender Star Lorena Escalera's Murder Still Unsolved a Year After Death"

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/nyregion/woman-in-group-of-transgender-performers-dies-in-brooklyn-fire.html

"Woman Dies in a Brooklyn Fire That Is Deemed Suspicious"

39 Comments
2024/06/05
23:27 UTC

1,808

What smaller detail connected to a case fills you with dread and makes you feel discomfort?

What smaller detail connected to a case fills you with dread and makes you feel discomfort?

Any case makes me feel uncomfortable and at it's core is tragic. For the loss of life and how heart breaking it is to read up on someone going through such a horrific event. In particular any cases involving a disappearance or something related to mental health are always tough to read about.

For instance in the case of Asha Degree the backpack that was located was determined to be a children's bag. That already sounded the alarm bells in my head. Add in that picture of a little girl that nobody was able to recognize and instantly i felt my heart sink

Frauke Lives this case instantly seemed very unsettling. Fraukes answers she gives over the phone to her male friend always made me feel freaked out What seemed to be responses she was threatened into giving in regards to her whereabouts. I can't even comprehend the terror and pain both of them experienced.

https://www.wnct.com/on-your-side/crime-tracker/cold-case-files/cold-case-files-the-disappearance-of-asha-degree/

https://medium.com/@nikyoung/seven-days-of-calls-then-silence-46214de81393

1627 Comments
2024/06/05
21:15 UTC

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Missing In Louisiana: 2 year old Wesley Morgan vanished in 2001, he may still be alive.

At the age of 17 Ruby Havard gave birth to a healthy baby boy on March 14th 1999. A year after baby Wesley was born Ruby and Wesley's father, Dewey Morgan, separated. However they both continued to share custody of little Wesley. They also both continued to reside in different areas of Clinton Louisiana.

By the year 2001 Ruby, then 19, and Wesley were living with her 37-year-old boyfriend Burnell Hilton Jr. They resided in a rental home in the Bluff Creek community in Clinton. Little Wesley still saw his father regularly.

On May 15th 2001 at 10:05 a.m. on a Tuesday morning Ruby Havard called the police to report little Wesley was missing. Captain Howard Weathers responded to the call at the address in Clinton on Highway 63. Ruby informed Captain Weathers that she and little Wesley had been on the front porch at around 9:45 a.m. Wesley was playing with some puppies on the front porch and Ruby states that she went inside for no more than 5 minutes to boil some eggs. When she came back outside Wesley was gone she searched herself for 15 minutes before calling the police. Burnell Hilton was reportedly not at home at this time.

It appears that a search kicked off relatively quickly. By nightfall on May 15th Louisiana State Police joined law enforcement from 5 regional jurisdictions in assisting the Clinton Police Department in searching homes and questioning neighbors. Meanwhile local firefighters led over 200 volunteers, including Wesley Morgan's biological father Dewey, along with prison inmates from two local prisons combing through the thick woods and low hills on horseback, foot and four wheeler. By the end of the week cadaver dogs had joined in the search as well. National Guard helicopters scanned for heat signatures in the surrounding woods. FBI employed ultraviolet lighting to search three vehicles for blood stains.

After the extensive search ended East Feliciana Chief Deputy, Paul Perkins stated that they had combed and recombed the woods. He stated that if little Wesley were in the areas that they had searched they or the dogs would have found him. The case then went to a criminal investigation.

A retired officer named Richard Sobers reached out to the Sheriff's Department. He had been a lifelong resident of the East Feliciana Parish and was frustrated with the lack of progress in Wesley's case. He stated that he wrote several letters offering to help but they went ignored.

Richard Sobers then persuaded the FBI's New Orleans and Baton Rouge divisions to create a joint Child Abduction Deployment team and offer a $10,000 reward. As a result of his efforts the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children developed an age progression photo of Wesley and it was displayed on over 21 digital billboards in Southern Louisiana.

In most everything I've read the authorities do not necessarily seem to suspect foul play here. They believe that Ruby either sold or gave away Wesley. They stated that both Ruby Havard and Burnell Hilton failed polygraph tests in 2001. Not long after Wesley disappeared Ruby and Burnell split up.

On January 3rd 2008 the Jackson Police Department charged Ruby Havard with attempting to sell another infant child for $2,000 before he was born. Ruby's lawyer argued that this $2,000 was for prenatal care from a couple that hoped to adopt the baby and not in fact a payment for a baby. Those charges were later dropped. Burnell Hilton was charged with attempted murder in 2001 in a separate incident.

Investigators questioned Ruby several times after Wesley's disappearance and she denies any involvement. She states publicly that the police are biased against her because of her lifestyle.

According to Richard Sobers when he tried to organize a candlelight visual to remind people of Wesley's story he states he was threatened by several members of Wesley's family with a lawsuit if he did not stop pursuing this.

No one has been charged with anything in this case. They've simply been named as persons of interest. Little Wesley Morgan very well could have been part of an illegal adoption. His loved ones can only hope that he is still alive and wherever he went he was loved his whole life. They still seek answers to what really happened to that blue-eyed, blonde haired 2-year-old little boy in 2001.

https://charleyproject.org/case/wesley-dale-morgan

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/cold-case-spotlight/fbi-investigating-disappearance-louisiana-boy-wesley-morgan-15-years-later-n626511

https://bayoujustice.com/2023/05/what-happened-to-little-wesley-morgan/

I am closing out the Louisiana series for now with this case. I hope Wesley is alive and well and has lived a full wonderful life.

49 Comments
2024/06/05
21:04 UTC

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**Eighty-two women have been ruled out… who was San Juan Capistrano Jane Doe (2014)?**

Eighty-two women have been ruled out… who was San Juan Capistrano Jane Doe (2014)?

A blue windbreaker embroidered with a volleyball and the words, “Coach Williams”.

A distinctive gold dental bridge.

Multiple forensic reconstructions and portraits.

Eighty-two missing women considered.

Despite all of this, San Juan Capistrano Jane Doe has remained unidentified for a decade. Her remains were found in a rural area of Caspers Wilderness Park, an 8,000-acre preserve in southeast Orange County, California. Investigators estimated that the remains had been there for at least six months, and while unclear, believe the woman may have been the victim of homicide.

San Juan Capistrano Jane Doe was determined to have been between the ages of 30 and 60 years old at the time of her death, and of a petite build. She may have broken her nose at some point in her life. She had wavy, shoulder-length brown hair with highlights. In addition to the windbreaker (manufactured by Auburn Sportswear, size small), the woman was found with a pair of dark yoga pants with light stripes down the side, a pink speckled cap-sleeve shirt, and a bright green hair scrunchie.

In 2015, a forensic artist created a portrait based on a CT scan of the woman’s skull. Five years later, investigators unsuccessfully attempted to develop a genetic profile from the woman’s DNA. In 2023, Intermountain Forensics of Salt Lake City successfully developed a genetic profile with DNA taken from one of the woman’s teeth. This year, researchers at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s Investigative Genetic Genealogy center haven untaken efforts to identify San Juan Capistrano Jane Doe utilizing the dental DNA sample, and have so far determined that she is of Latin American descent. Carl Koppelman, a forensic artist, updated the woman’s portrait to reflect her ethnicity more accurately.

Sources:

  1. Unidentified Wiki: San Juan Capistrano Jane Doe
  2. NamUS: Unidentified Person/NamUS #UP12250
  3. TheDoeNetwork: 1361UFCA – Unidentified Female
  4. Orange County Sheriff’s Department: 14-00097-WI
  5. February 29, 2024: KTLA5: “Authorities seek help identifying remains found in Orange County”
  6. Ramapo College of New Jersey: Cases in Progress
14 Comments
2024/06/05
19:38 UTC

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Three abandoned infants (2017, 2019, 2024) have been revealed to be siblings

There are years that go by that no babies are abandoned in London. In 2017, 2019, and 2024 three different black babies were found abandoned in a park. They were wrapped up in blankets and bags. Two of these instances occurred when temperatures were so cold that the babies could have died if they were not discovered quickly.

Like many European countries England has laws about disclosing details of the minor victims of crime. They have decided to lift these laws in this instance because they have determined that the babies are genetic siblings. They hope that disclosing this and other details will help the public identify their parents and prevent further child abandonment/endangerment.

Discussion question: what do you think could lead a couple to abandon MULTIPLE babies? It would seem that once it happened once they would try to prevent it from happening again.

https://www.cnn.com/2024/06/04/uk/london-abandoned-babies-gbr-intl/index.html

292 Comments
2024/06/05
15:10 UTC

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Woman claims to be Cherrie Mahan, Pennsylvania 8-year-old missing since 1985.

Wikipedia article on disappearance

Cherrie Mahan disappeared after being dropped off by the school bus at her usual stop. A friend who was also on the bus confirmed that Cherrie got off and started to walk home. She never made it to her house where her mother and stepfather were waiting. The only real clue in the disappearance was a van with a distinct mountain/ski mural on one side which was reported by witnesses in the area around the time Cherrie disappeared. Cherrie was declared legally dead in 1998.

This week, a woman posted in a Facebook group claiming to be Cherrie. The Mahan family does not believe the woman’s story, saying that multiple women have come forward with similar claims in the years since Cherrie’s disappearance, and all have been proven false. Police are currently working to contact the woman who made the Facebook post.

Newsweek article about this latest identity claim

I’m very inclined to agree with Cherrie’s family that this woman is not Cherrie. It seems like we’ve had several hoax claims like this in the last year or so. I remember some guy claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen and another social media post about a woman’s long-lost sister whose details lined up with the St Louis Jane Doe. If this really were a reappearance of Cherrie, I don’t recall a stranger abduction of a school-aged child where the victim safely reappeared after any longer than the Jaycee Dugard case of 18 years. Cherrie has been missing for over 39 years.

206 Comments
2024/06/04
22:54 UTC

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Body of a woman is discovered by the side of the road; Investigation finds out that she died due to bleeding caused by uterine hemorrhage and that she was dragged to the place where she was found- Who was the Muskogee County Jane Doe? (2006)

Hello everyone! As always, thank you for all your comments and votes under my last post about Charlotte Lester- I hope that she will be found soon and save.

Today I'd like to highlight a case of a Jane Doe.

DISCOVERY

On the 27th of April, a body of a woman was discovered in Webbers Falls, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA. She was spotted by a passerby traveling down a county road about a half-mile west of Ross Road. The woman was found in a ditch beside the gravel road in the morning hours, and investigation has concluded that she has been placed there when she was already dead at around midnight, meaning that she has been deceased for about 12 hours. Marks either on her body or on the ground (it's not clear) indicated that she has been dragged to the spot and placed, not dumped or thrown from a car. She was in a semi-seated position, clutching a bloody towel over her lower abdomen. No ID was found on her body or near her. There were no signs of sexual assault or other type of struggle on her body.

Her cause of death was intense vaginal hemorrhage, believed to be caused by either a botched abortion or a miscarriage, which happened in the first trimester of pregnancy. Jane's exact ethnicity isn't known to this day; Earliest reports said that she was Hispanic, but nowdays it's believed that she could've been Native American (Oklahoma is home to the Muscogee Nation), White (specifically Greek), South Asian or mixed. She was believed to be 20-40, but more modern estimates say that she was most likely in her 30s. She was estimated to be 5' 3"(63 inches / 160 cm) and about 150 lbs (68 kg). Jane's hair was brown with a reddish tint, and about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) long; Her eyes were also brown. Her ears were pierced twice, but she wasn't wearing any earrings. She had a scar below umbilicus and one scar on right shin that showed suture marks. Jane was wearing a white long-sleeve turtle neck, a sports bra, black jogging pants with double white stripes on outside of legs, yellow pedal pushers/capris, panties, a pair of socks, two leather bracelets and also bracelets made out of cloth and elastic. Her dentals, fingerprints and DNA are all available- her fingerprints were ran through a database, but they didn't lead to her identification, meaning that she had no criminal history.

CONCLUSION

Due to the fact that Doe was dragged to where she has been ultimately found, it means that another person was involved in her death, or at least in placing (since it can't really be called hiding) her body. It leads me to believe that whatever happened to Jane, it had to be at nefarious in at least some way, and it wasn't a case of a woman having a natural miscarriage and dying by accident/lack of proper medical care by herself.

A common theory is that Jane was a victim of a botched abortion- she had the procedure done illegaly and improperly, which lead to her bleeding out to death, and one or more of the people involved got rid of her body. In 2006, abortion in the first trimester was legal in Oklahoma thanks to Roe v Wade, but in 2014, the state only had three abortion clinics (I'm not sure how it was in 2006). There's a chance that Jane had to resort to a back-alley abortion due to not having access to a proper clinic.

Another theory was that Jane was in the US illegally, which is why she or people she was with didn't reach out to a proper medical facility in case of a miscarriage. It's also possible that she was exploited in some way too, so she mattered little to whoever was using her. There's also a theory that she might've been a domestic abuse victim, but there's no info on if she had any bruises or other trauma on her body.

I believe that there's a high chance that Jane will be identified soon. Her DNA is available, so doing her genetic genealogy is a matter of time and funds.

This case has moved the local community- Jane was about to be buried in a pauper's grave due to no family or friends stepping up and identifying her, but a local couple has funded a proper grave for Jane, and dozens of people showed up to her funeral. She's currently resting at the New Hope Cementary in Hulbert, Oklahoma. A part of her inscription says "FOUND IN FOREVER'S PEACEFUL SLEEP / KNOWN ONLY TO GOD, LOVED BY STRANGERS".

If you have any info about Jane Doe's identity, contact the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office at (918) 687-0202 (case number 12042706-1).

SOURCES:

  1. doenetwork.org
  2. NamUS.gov (includes facial reconstruction)
  3. oklahoman.com
  4. newson6.com
  5. findagrave.com (includes a non-graphic post mortem photo)

Jane Doe's websleuths.com thread

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2024/06/04
20:26 UTC

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Non depressing mysteries?

It seems like most of these threads seems to involve gruesome murders, or at least someone likely dead, in one way or another. I thought maybe I'd kick off a topic where we discuss less depressing mysteries. Unfortunately, the first one that comes to mind was actually solved about ten years ago.

However, I think it's an interesting story nonetheless. It concerns gargantuan eels (that don't exist). So here is my contribution to this thread that probably won't go anywhere :-).

The Mystery of the Giant Eel Larvae

When the oceans were even less known than today and systematic ichthyology was getting seriously underway, in certain warm oceans they would very rarely find unusually large eel larvae. You can see a you-tube video of a mid-sized one here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UqlpHG5Z3E#:\~:text=These%20leptocephali%20are%20about%20300,may%20be%20ribbon%20eel%20larvae.

Now you may be asking yourself, "Who the hell cares?" Well here is the thing: when eels metamorphose the adults look almost nothing like the larva, which are much smaller than the adults. Take a look at this page about the European eel:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_eel

Scroll down to the image of the life cycle. Here is another one for the American Eel:

https://www.hww.ca/en/wildlife/fish-amphibians-and-reptiles/american-eel.html

Again, scroll down and check out the life cycle.

See how tiny and weird the leptocephalus larvae is? In European eels the leptocephali max out at 5 mm, and the adults are up to four feet long. So if you find larval stage of an unknown species that's a few feet long and scale it up, it implies that there should be some adult eel out there that's absolutely enormous, far larger than any bony fish that we are aware of. Perhaps on the order of 60 or 100 feet long. Perhaps this monstrously large undiscovered eel was the inspiration for sea serpent stories?

This was an unsolved mystery for a long time. It took use ages to even figure out the life cycle of the European eel. We figured that one out first basically because it was a common European food fish. Until very recently, the vast majority of adult eel species that we knew of, we had never even seen the larvae...or didn't recognize them if we had seen them.

Well more recently DNA sequencing has made it a hell of a lot easier to figure out what species a random fish that you find belongs to, or at least what other species it's related to if it's a new one. It turned out that different species of eels vary a lot in how much of the adult body size they achieve before they metamorphose into the adult body form. Instead of a monstrously large eel, what they had discovered was a strange species that gets up to nearly the size of an adult before it goes through metamorphosis. Mystery solved.

If you look in really old cryptozoology references (like from the 1980s and earlier) you will find these enormous efts / leptocephalus larvae mentioned. In any case, not really much of a mystery now since we solved it.

However, I'm wondering if there are any good ones still floating around that I'm not aware of. The Roman Dodecohedrons is a good one from this board:

https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/mp34s1/the_mysterious_roman_dodecahedron/

79 Comments
2024/06/04
20:24 UTC

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Did Gustaf Westin murder Alvina Andersson in 1953?

Now, this one might get a bit complicated.

Alvina Andersson was a 71 year old woman who'd just been walking the local graveyard in Medåker with a friend. "When I die", she told her friend, "I want to be buried with my mother and father" and had pointed towards their grave.

She and her friend had departed after that. That was the 29th June 1953 and early next morning she had wanted to visit her nephew. She never had kids of her own, but her nieces and nephews had gotten to be more or less like her own.

There ended up being a miscommunication here unfortunately - Alvina was supposed to be at her niece in the day and then go to her nephew in the night time. She never arrived at either location; however both ended up assuming that since it was a hot day, she'd just be at the other person.

Her niece, Maja, did start to grow concerned towards the night and called Erik, Alvina's nephew. His daughter Sigrid answered and confirmed that Alvina had never gotten there. Concerned they joined up and started searching for her.

Unfortunately, by the side of the road they found her hat. Erik went into the woods and found the body of his beloved aunt.

She had been raped and murdered - in the quiet town of Medåker, just a bit away from Arboga where I grew up, tension started building up. Who had done this? Needless to say, this was an uncommon crime and police started swarming the place.

Eventually they narrowed it down to the suspect Hans Gustav Westin, born 1921. He was from Långsele - a city up in Norrland. His wife and child had said he had rage outbursts. His co-workers had said he was quiet, but had told them about depression issues and wanting to do "something big" and then disappearing.

The reason why Gustaf was suspected was because a 12 year old girl had seen whom is believed to be him. He had asked her where she was going - she was going to Flemingsberg and had panicked, wanting to get away from the big man with 1921 tattooed on his knuckles. Unfortunately - no pictures of Gustaf seems to exist, making him a bit of a mystery.

A bloody shirt, which looked like his, was found at the scene. The police hunt was on, but unfortunately, Gustaf was never found. There were reports of cows being milked at night, but the cops considered it paranoia in the little town of Arboga. Hans Gustaf Westin was eventually pronounced dead a decade later and the cops believed he had committed suicide by throwing himself in one of the many mine shafts in the area.

But did he?

Source:

https://www.hemtrevligt.se/hemmetsjournal/artiklar/brott-mysterier/20240602/medakersmordet-alvina-andersson-1953/

A Swedish forum: https://www.flashback.org/t3142424

Alvina's family tree: https://www.genvagar.nu/show.asp?PersonId=477015

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2024/06/04
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Greg Hart: A Police Covered Up or A Drunken Accident?

On March 16th, 2010, the lifeless body of 23 year old Greg Hart was discovered. His battered body, half submerged in the Woonasquatucket River. The circumstances of the investigation and the conclusion have since remained contentious. His family says that Greg Hart was murdered and covered up by the police. The police contend it was nothing more than a drunken accident.

Disappearance

At approximately 10:00 PM on March 13th, Greg Hart left his home alongside some of his friends to Providence, RI. He was visiting a friend who was on leave from the Airforce. He graduated from UMass Amherst last year and landed his first job. Greg and his buddies decided to go to the Red Room, a bar, to celebrate and hang out.

At approximately 1:10 AM or 1:21 (sources differ), Greg called a friend who traveled alongside him to the bar, for about 8 minutes. A few minutes later, a disturbance happened in the Red Room. It is unclear if it is related to Greg Hart disappearance and what was the disturbance itself. Police didn't investigate.

At approximately 1:30 AM or 1:40 AM, friends and the bartender reported seeing him leaving the Red Room. Friends believed that he was going to an IHOP that was across the Woonasquatucket River. That was the last time he was seen.

Missing

During the two days he disappeared the Providence Police Department (PPD) didn’t seem to care. They organized no search parties. Greg Hart’s family had to organize search parties themselves. His grandfather offered rewards to find Greg Hart. It also noted that Greg Hart’s friends were uncooperative to Greg’s family.

On March 16th at 2:45 PM, two friends who were not affiliated with the group at the Red Room discovered Greg Hart’s lifeless body wedged against a tree limb. However, sources differ on ths location of his body. On the Wicked Local, Greg Hart's brother said that Greg's body was found several miles upstream along the Woonasquatucket River. However, in a recentBoston25's article released in 2017, "His body was found than a mile away at the river" It unclear if it upstream or downstream.

Autospy

However, the family brought up his injuries. The medical examiner believed it was caused by the fast flowing Woonasquatucket River. The police and the medical exam Greg Hart’s body was taken for an autopsy. It was found by the medical examiner that he had a BAC of .25, nearly three times of the legal limit. A .25 BAC most importantly would cause loss of balance, staggering, and double vision.

However, the family brought up his injuries. The medical examiner believed it was caused by the fast flowing Woonasquatucket River. The police and the medical exam

Discrepancies

Now, there are many discrepancies towards the investigation. I will list them out.

Greg’s Phone

The PPD first reported that they found Greg’s phone at the Red Room’s parking lot. However, it changed that they found Greg’s phone in Greg's pocket. They were also unable to recover data from the phone.

When returned to the family, it was in 5 pieces. They gave it to TechFusion, a company that specializes in data recovery and repairs. Techfusion believed that the phone was never submerged in water because they have experience in repairs that are water damage. It also noted that an indicator that shows that the phone was submerged in water was scratched off.

Red Room and Police

Greg’s family believed that the investigation had a clear conflict of interest. The Red Room’s property was owned by a PPD detective. He was also the same initial investigator for Greg Hart. The owners of the Red Room were owned by the wife of a different police detective. Greg Hart’s family believed the case was tainted by a conflict of interest.

Also, The excuse for bringing up no search party by the PPD? They were gathering cadets.

Medical Examiner

The medical examiner for Greg Hart was convicted in court. However, he was convicted of personally profiting from autopsies and hiding the income in the past. He also refused subpoenas in two unrelated cases.

Experienced Swimmer

Greg Hart was an experienced swimmer and diver. Yet, he had extensive injuries like bruising, smashed nose, small cuts, and smashed eye socket. The street he was crossing had a rail to prevent falls too. Then again, it was raining heavily during that time. It was also raining during his drunken stroll. The river was flowing strongly too.

Greg Hart’s family argue that he only visited IHOP during the summer and not out of the rain but it is a moot point though.

Summary

It is in my opinion that he drowned. There was no elaborate police cover up. All the hijinks and discrepancies, especially the phone mystery, are red herrings. The family can't believe that he could Greg Hart's death happens this way. However, I believe it. Dude walked across the bridge very drunk while it was raining at night. He could’ve slipped and fallen over the railing. Perhaps, he tumbled hard enough to cause the injuries on the autopsy. Even the most experienced diver could die against a strong river while drunk and injured.

Sources

Norwood High grad pulled dead from river in Providence - Wicked Local

Doctor being considered as Oklahoma's chief medical examiner pleaded guilty to ethics violations

Greg Hart , Justice Against the Law (for local news coverage)

Family Cites New Evidence in Mysterious Providence Death

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2024/06/04
13:45 UTC

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