Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Disappearance of Jepsy Amaga Kallungi

Jepsy Amaga Kallungi (26) missing from Colorado Springs, CO

Jepsy Amaga Kallungi has been missing since March 21st, 2019. The 26 year-old woman was last seen in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she lives with her husband Dane Kallungi. Jepsy moved to Colorado from the Philippines in 2017, after meeting Dane online that same year. Jepsy’s mother, who is living in Hong Kong, last spoke to Jepsy on March 20th. After days passed without hearing from her daughter, Jepsy’s mother reached out to Dane on social media. He replied, saying he has no clue about Jepsy’s whereabouts—and he has since deleted his social media accounts. 

On April 4th, Colorado Springs PD received a request for a welfare check to be done at Jepsy’s home. After being unable to contact her, the missing persons report was filed. Police questioned Dane, who told them that he believed Jepsy was preparing to traveling to the Philippines, Mexico, or Chicago to visit friends. However, there is not any known record of her traveling to any of those places.  

Since Jepsy’s disappearance, Dane has moved to California to live with his father. Dane also told Jepsy’s family that he and Jepsy had separated shortly before her disappearance, and that she had started seeing a new man named Travis. He reportedly said to Jepsy’s mother, “I hope she didn’t get into any trouble with him.” However, Jepsy’s family members and friends are not aware of her being close to a man named Travis and they were also unaware about her alleged separation from Dane. 

Colorado Springs PD is investigating Jepsy’s disappearance. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please contact them at (719) 444-7000.
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UPDATE (June 17th, 2021): According to the Bernalillo County custody list, Jepsy's husband Dane Kallungi has been arrested and charged with murder in the first degree. There have not been any mainstream media articles his arrest yet--so it has not been confirmed that he has been arrested for Jepsy's murder; though it seems likely that this is the case rather than a separate murder. However, Jepsy still remains missing. Updates on this case are expected. 

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Disappearance and Murder of Hailey Dunn

One of the last known images of Hailey Dunn(13), taken on Christmas Day 2010. She vanished from her home in Colorado City, Texas just two days later. In March 2013, her remains were found in Scurry County. Her death was labeled as a homicide.
 
Hailey had spent Christmas 2010 at her mother Billie Jean Dunn's Colorado City, Texas home, where they lived with Hailey's older brother David Dunn and Billie's new boyfriend, Shawn Adkins. According to those who were close to her, Hailey did not like Shawn and often felt afraid of him. Despite this, Hailey seemed to enjoy herself on Christmas. Her grandmother Connie Jones stated that Hailey was in good spirits that day--she was excited about the things she had gotten for Christmas, especially her new iPod. Unfortunately, this was the last time that Connie ever got to see Hailey alive--as she vanished just days later.

Hailey and David with their mother Billie, and her boyfriend Shawn Adkins

Billie reported Hailey missing on the afternoon of December 28th, 2010. She told police that Hailey was last seen by Shawn a day earlier. By Shawn's account, Hailey left the home on foot after telling him she was going to her father's house and then to her friend's house for a sleepover. However, Hailey's father Clint Dunn said that Hailey never arrived at his house--nor did she ever arrive at her friend's house. Said friend would later tell police that she and Hailey never actually had plans to meet up that day.

Investigators initially treated Hailey's disappearance as a runaway, but reclassified her case to a 'missing child' status just days later. In January 2011, Hailey's disappearance gained national attention after Nancy Grace and other mainstream media outlets reported on the case. Around this time, suspicions began to build against both Shawn and Billie. Many found Shawn's version of events questionable, especially because nobody was able to corroborate his statements. Additionally, many found the behaviors of both Shawn and Billie to be odd for people searching for a missing daughter. The couple reportedly hosted a New Year's Eve party just days after Hailey went missing. Shawn and Billie celebrated the new year as if nothing was wrong, then tearfully pleaded for Hailey's safe return during a publicized candlelight vigil a 48 hours later.

In the months that followed Hailey's disappearance, investigators followed many leads and obtained many warrants. Shawn and Billie took polygraph exams, and both reportedly failed. An abundance of additional evidence was gathered as well, but Hailey herself remained missing. Despite all of the evidence, Hailey's case appeared to grow cold as years began to tick by without any sign of her. That finally changed in March 2013, when human remains were found in a remote area of Scurry County. Over a month later, those remains were confirmed that of Hailey Dunn. Her death was classified as a murder. 

Although Hailey's remains were found years ago, no arrests have been made in the case. Her father Clint Dunn has continued to prioritize finding justice for Hailey. Clint, amongst many others, believes that Shawn Adkins and Billie Dunn are the persons responsible for Hailey's disappearance and death. The abundance of evidence in the case suggests this as well.

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Early into the investigation, detectives were able to obtain access to cell phone and bank records belonging to both Shawn and Billie. Said records revealed a bit more information about the events leading up to Hailey's disappearance. On the morning of December 27th, 2010, Shawn arrived at his job in Snyder around 6am. He then got into a fight with his boss and ultimately ended up quitting. Shawn left his job approximately 10 minutes after arriving. He told detectives that he went straight from Snyder to his mother's house in Big Spring...but the cell phone pings prove otherwise. Between 6:35 and 6:56am, Shawn's phone pinged off of a tower in Colorado City--an approximate 48 miles away from Big Spring. His phone did ping off of a tower in Big Spring later that day, between the hours of 9:38am-2:40pm. Shawn claimed that he was back in Colorado City at 3pm and saw Hailey for the last time at 3:15pm. However, the cell phone pings confirmed that Shawn was still in Big Spring at 2:40--making it very unlikely that he was able to travel back to Colorado City by 3pm.

Distance from Big Spring to Colorado City--approx. 40 miles. (Google maps)

Hailey's older brother David confirmed that Shawn was back at their home in Colorado City by 4pm. David reportedly returned to the house to find it locked. He banged on the door for 5 minutes before eventually entering the home through a window. Once inside, David noticed that Shawn was already inside the house with their uncle. The uncle was heard saying he could not believe anyone would hurt a child, to which Shawn replied, "it's like killing a deer." It's important to note that at this point, David was unaware that his sister had gone missing. Hailey was not reported missing until nearly 24 hours later. This conversation that David overheard took place approximately 45 minutes after Shawn claims that Hailey left the house to go to her father's house.

Later that evening, Shawn picked Billie up from her job in Snyder. The couple stopped at two different ATM machines, where Billie withdrew money totaling in $140. Billie originally said that money was withdrawn so they could by gas and groceries, but investigators stated that the couple used the cash to buy narcotics. It concerned investigators that Shawn and Billie were possibly using narcotics inside a home where children were present. Their concerns continued to build once investigators search the bedroom and computer that Shawn and Billie shared. These searches left investigators with over "250 pages of materials focused on mass murderers, serial killers, sexual sadism, and family member murders."There was also evidence found that Shawn accessed child pornography. 

On March 17th, 2011, Billie was arrested and charged after lying to police about the whereabouts of Shawn --who was reportedly in her house at the time police came to look for him. Billie claimed that her and Shawn were broken up by this point, but she still attempted to cover for him. In June 2011, she was sentenced to probation for the charges. Billie served her probation over 250 miles away in Travis County, where she moved after her arrest.

Billie Dunn in court (oaoa.com)

After this, news about Hailey's case seemed to fade. Shawn Adkins remained a person of interest, but he was not arrested or charged with anything related to Hailey's disappearance. It would be another two years before any significant updates in Hailey's case. Unfortunately, the next big update was the discovery of her remains in March 2013. After the remains were identified, her loved ones' worst fears were confirmed: Hailey had been murdered. Investigators have never publicly revealed her cause of death, but her father said that he was told she most likely died of blunt force trauma.

In the years that have followed the discovery of Hailey's body, Clint Dunn has dedicated himself to finding justice for his daughter. In recent years, he has used social media to plead for help and to share his thoughts on the case. Clint continues to maintain that both Shawn and Billie were involved in Hailey's death. He believes that Shawn attacked Hailey with help from Billie either in the attack itself and/or in covering up the crime. Clint also said that investigators do not often update him on the case, but he has continued to push for the arrest of both Shawn and Billie.

Clint and Hailey Dunn

Clint Dunn's appeals on social media caught the attention of an unnamed individual who reportedly found several items belonging to Hailey in a public place during late spring/early summer 2011. The individual who found the items was in middle school at the time, and did not know Hailey or about her disappearance. Due to this, the individual did not tell authorities about finding the items. Years later, in 2019, the individual--now an adult--saw one of Clint's posts about Hailey's case. It was then that the individual remembered that one of the items found years earlier had the name 'Hailey Dunn' on it. The individual then messaged Clint to tell him about it. The items and the location where they were found have not been publicly revealed, but Clint stated that they were found in an area that was searched numerous times in the initial stages of the investigation.

As of today, Hailey's case still remains unsolved. There is a $15000 reward in place for anyone with information that leads to the arrest of Hailey's killer(s). If you have any information that could help the investigation, please go here to submit an anonymous tip.
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UPDATE (June 15th, 2021): Shawn Adkins has been arrested and charged with Hailey’s murder. Over 10 years after Hailey’s disappearance and death, the only known person-of-interest has finally been charged in connection with her case. Shawn is currently behind bars in Howard County on $2 million bond. This news is currently unfolding and more updates are expected.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Murder of Tristyn Bailey

 


Tristyn Bailey was brutally murdered during the early morning hours of May 9th, 2021. The young girl was only 13 years-old. A 14 year-old named Aiden Fucci has been charged as an adult with Tristyn's murder in the first degree.



Tristyn was a 7th grader at a Patriot Oaks Academy in St. Augustine, Florida. She was a cheerleader and beloved member of the community. While it does not appear that Tristyn and Aiden Fucci ran in the same social circles, they still knew each other. Aiden also attended Patriot Oaks Academy, and he and Tristyn lived in the same neighborhood in St. Johns County. 

On the morning of May 9th, Tristyn's family members awoke and quickly realized that Tristyn was not anywhere inside the house. By 10 AM, Tristyn's parents called 911 to report her missing. Her parents told the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office that they had last seen her around midnight. However, after speaking with various other teens in the neighborhood, the Sheriff's Office learned that Tristyn was seen around 1:15 AM at the Durbin Amenity Center--which is within walking distance from her house.
Investigators looked at surveillance cameras in the neighborhood, and ultimately found footage of two people matching the descriptions of Tristyn Bailey and Aiden Fucci walking together on Saddlestone Drive at 1:45 AM. Around 3:30 AM, the same surveillance camera captured only one person--presumably Aiden--walking back in the other direction. 

A search for Tristyn in the surrounding area was conducted. Around 6 PM, a searcher found a body in a wooded area near a retention pond, located just east of Saddlestone Drive. Shortly thereafter, the body was identified as that of Tristyn Bailey. She had been stabbed numerous times. 

Investigators questioned Aiden Fucci very early into the investigation. He reportedly made many conflicting statements. At some point, Aiden was into the back of a police car. While in the vehicle, he posted a selfie to Snapchat with the caption, "Hey guys has inybody (sic) seen Tristyn lately." It's unclear if this selfie was taken before or after his arrest. Aiden was finally arrested around 3:30 AM on May 10th, after police found various items and pieces of clothing covered in blood in his bedroom. 



Members of the community were shocked not only by Tristyn's violent death, but also by the fact that another child in the community was being charged with her murder. Many were also shocked by Aiden's seemingly insensitive Snapchat that he posted regarding Tristyn's disappearance. In the days and weeks that followed Aiden's arrest, many more appalling details about the case were revealed.

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Aiden was initially charged with second-degree murder. Following his arrest, many social media posts surfaced from other teens who claimed to be involved in the crime. These posts also seemingly supported Aiden and contained disparaging messages about Tristyn. Investigators looked into these Instagram posts and accounts, but have maintained that Aiden was the only one who participated in the act of murdering Tristyn. 

Weeks later his arrest, Aiden's charges were upgraded to first-degree murder. At this time, prosecutors decided to try Aiden as an adult as well.  It was then revealed that Aiden's friends had told investigators that Aiden has expressed that he wanted to kill someone. While he did not name Tristyn or any other specific target, Aiden did reportedly tell friends that he wanted to kill someone by bringing them into the woods and stabbing them. It appears that Aiden did exactly this to Tristyn. The stabbing was also particularly brutal. Tristyn had been stabbed over 114 times. 49 of her wounds were defensive wounds--indicating that she had fought for her life. 

While Aiden has not confessed to stabbing Tristyn, he did reportedly admit that he was with her on the night of her murder. He reportedly told police that he and Tristyn left a mutual friend's house together and got into an argument shortly thereafter. Aiden also admitted that he shoved her to the ground. Since he has already made numerous conflicting statements, it is unclear if investigators believe this version of events--however they are certain that he is Tristyn's killer. 

In early June 2021, Aiden's mother Crystal Lane Smith was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in this case. She's accused of scrubbing the jeans Aiden wore on the night of Tristyn's murder in their sink. Forensic testing on the sink revealed that there were traces of blood in the drain. Crystal has been released on bail, however Aiden remains in custody. Their charges are pending. 



Monday, June 7, 2021

The Disappearance of Mia Santiago

 


Mia Santiago vanished in Brooklyn, New York City on August 20th, 2005. There is very little information about Mia's disappearance, and the details that have been shared on various sources have been conflicting. What is known is that Mia was only 16 years-old at the time of her disappearance. Mia was reportedly last seen getting into a cab with an unidentified man in the 300 Block of Rodney Street. She has never been seen or heard from again.

Before delving into more details, it is important to note the following information: various online postings/sources refer to Mia as transgender. Other sources use Mia's birth name and he/him pronouns. In this post, Mia will be referred to with she/her pronouns--however there will be some direct quotations that refer to Mia with the previous name and he/him pronouns. These quotations are provided for objective and informative purposes only. 

As previously stated, there are very few details available about the circumstances surrounding Mia's disappearance. However, there has been a lot of online speculation. In 2018, a post about Mia's disappearance was featured on The Charley Project's blog. A commenter on the post suggested that Mia might have been a victim of the Long Island Serial Killer (LISK). The comment reads, "Most people who follow true crime believe that Tyrell Santiago is the “unidentified asian” male found dead at Gilgo beach and is believed to be murdered by the LISK. The victim was found wearing women’s clothing (Tyrell was Transgender) and vitals all match up as well as the composite sketch. They have the victims DNA but for some reason Santiagos family will not give a family dna sample to see if they match up. Something to do with old fashioned family views on sex etc."


Another commenter shared a link to a Reddit post from a subreddit about the Long Island Serial Killer. The Reddit post reads, "Asian male isn't even Asian at all. In fact it's nearly certain he is Tirrel Santiago, a 16 year old trans kid from Brooklyn. He dressed as a female and went by the name Mia. He went to a special theater high school in Times Square and he disappeared one block north of Christopher St. He was last seen getting into a cab with an unknown male. Why hasn't SCPD run the DNA tests for a match? Because they can't get the family to give them a sample. The area he disappears from and the fact he was a 16 year old kid tells us he wasn't some sex worker who was dressed in female clothes posing a female and was beaten when the LISK discovered he had a penis."

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It's unclear where the detail about Mia's family refusing to give a DNA sample originated. In fact, about a year after these comments were posted, a commenter named Keisha replied and stated that she is Mia's sister. Her comment reads,  "Listen I am his sister we never had a problem giving in DNA PLEASE STOP. I need information is this is my brother." In response to the comment containing the Reddit post, Keisha commented, "Please stop with the rumors." 



These comments suggest that Keisha and other family members do not believe that Mia is this unidentified person found at Gilgo Beach--but this has not been confirmed. Still, to this day, the deceased person remains unidentified and Mia remains missing. 

If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact the NYPD at 212-694-7781.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

The Disappearance of Lauren Spierer

 


Lauren Spierer vanished at the age of 20 during the early morning hours of June 3rd, 2011. She remains missing to this day. 

Lauren was born and raised in Scarsdale, New York. At the time of her disappearance, she was a student at Indiana University and was living in Bloomington, Indiana. Lauren spent the evening of  June 2nd and the early morning hours of June 3rd drinking and partying with her friends. She was reportedly last seen leaving her friend Jay Rosenbaum's apartment around 4:30 AM. Lauren never made it back to her own apartment and was never seen or heard from again. 

There are many different reported witnesses/friends who saw and spoke to Lauren before she vanished. It was noted by many different people that Lauren was noticeably intoxicated in the hours leading up to her disappearance. She reportedly drank heavily that night, and had also possibly snorted cocaine and/or pills. Throughout the night, Lauren lost her shoes, phone, purse, and keys. She also reportedly fell a few times and obtained bruises on her face and body. 

This information has been provided to investigators by the various witnesses/friends who saw her that night. From this information, investigators have been able to compile a detailed timeline of the events leading up to her disappearance. Despite this timeline, Lauren's fate remains a mystery. However, the timeline has lead a few theories about what might have happened.

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Before Lauren's disappearance:

Around 12:30 AM on June 3rd, witnesses saw Lauren leaving her apartment with her friend David Rohn. The pair then went to Jay Rosenbaum's apartment, where they also met up with fellow IU student Cory Rossman. The group then went to a local bar called Kilroy's around 1:45 AM. Lauren and Cory then left the bar around 2:30 AM. By this point, Lauren was quite intoxicated and reportedly left both her cell phone and shoes at the bar.

After leaving Kilroy's, Lauren and Cory walked back to Lauren's apartment building. While there, they encountered another friend who noticed Lauren's level of intoxication and asked if she was okay. Cory and this friend reportedly got into a physical altercation during this interaction. Cory and Lauren then left the building shortly thereafter. Around 2:50 AM, security cameras captured Lauren walking through an alley between College Avenue and Morton Street. Her purse and keys would later be found in said alley. 



A few minutes later, Lauren and Cory arrived at Cory's apartment. Cory's roommate noticed that both of them were very intoxicated. The roommate helped escort Cory to his bed, and also tried to persuade Lauren to spend the night at the apartment. Lauren reportedly refused and said she would eventually return to her own apartment. However, by 3:30 AM, Lauren returned to Jay Rosenbaum's apartment. While there, Jay noticed that Lauren had a bruise under her eye. It's presumed that Lauren got the bruise from a fall earlier that night, but she reportedly was unable to tell Jay how she got it. 

According to Jay, Lauren left his apartment on foot around 4:30 AM. He said that he last saw her walking southbound towards College Avenue. This is the last reported sighting of Lauren, and she has never been seen or heard from again. Lauren's boyfriend, Jesse Wolff, reported her missing the following day after he was unable to get ahold of her. 

Theories on her disappearance:

In the years following Lauren's disappearance, three main theories have been established about what might have happened. One theory is that Lauren was taken advantage of by an opportunist. It's known that Lauren was intoxicated that night. It's possible that she crossed paths with the wrong person on her walk back to her apartment. 

Another theory is that Lauren came to harm at the hands of somebody she knew and trusted. It's been reported that certain people who were interviewed after Lauren's disappearance were unable to provide a verifiable alibi. Despite this, investigators have never formally identified anyone as a suspect.

The third theory is that Lauren died accidentally that night. She was intoxicated, and she was also suffering from a heart condition that required her to take daily medication. It's been speculated that Lauren possibly passed away at some point during the night, and the individuals who were with her disposed of her body to avoid being implicated in her death. 

None of these theories have been confirmed, however investigators believe it is likely that Lauren encountered one of these three scenarios. She remains missing today. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please contact the Bloomington PD at 812-339-4477.

Monday, May 31, 2021

The Disappearance of Aaliyah Ramirez

 


Aaliyah Ramirez has been missing since April 27th, 2021. The 14 year-old was last seen leaving her father's home in Syracuse, Indiana. Aaliyah was supposed to walk to the nearby school bus stop, but she never arrived. She was reported missing later that day, after her school called to notify her family about her absence. 

Aaliyah leaving her father's home

Aaliyah was reportedly struggling in her home life in the months leading up to her disappearance. According to various social media posts, Aaliyah's mother had kicked her out of the house a few months prior. After this, Aaliyah went to stay with her aunt. However, this was short lived--as Aaliyah's father went to court to petition for full custody. The judge granted her father's request, despite the fact that Aaliyah did not want to live with him. In fact, she wrote the judge a letter requesting to stay with her aunt. In the letter, Aaliyah wrote that she did not want to live with her mother OR father--as she faced abuse in both homes. Despite this, the judge still placed her with her father.

Part 1 of the Aaliyah's letter to the judge (click to enlarge)
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The judge's ruling also reportedly banned Aaliyah from having any contact with her boyfriend. It is unclear why her parents did not want her to contact him--as he lived in Florida and it was primarily a long distance relationship. Aaliyah met this boyfriend while staying with her grandmother in Palm Beach City. Aaliyah's grandmother allowed her to see the boyfriend, but her parents did not--which caused further rifts in her relationship with them. 

Investigators believe that Aaliyah is no longer in Indiana. It's speculated that Aaliyah had help getting out of the state, but authorities still believe she is in danger. Prior to vanishing, Aaliyah was a dancer at the Indiana Ballet Conservatory in Indianapolis. Many members of the dance community have been sharing her story hopes of spreading awareness about her disappearance. 

Aaliyah is described as 5'9" and approximately 138 lbs. If you have any information that could help locate her, please contact the Syracuse Police Department at 574-267-5667.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Disappearance of Tianna Phillips


Tianna Phillips has been missing since June 13th, 2018. The 25 year-old woman was last seen in Berwick, Ohio. Tianna reportedly left a residence in Berwick at some point between 11pm and 12:30am and never returned home. She has never been seen or heard from again.

Tianna left behind two young sons who are now in the care of a relative. It is very uncharacteristic for her to be out-of-touch with her loved ones and it is not believed that she is missing on her own accord. Tianna's Facebook has not been updated since she went missing, but she was active on the site prior to her disappearance. In fact, just hours before she vanished, Tianna posted the following on her Facebook page: "FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW... ME AND SCOTT ARE NOT TOGETHER HE THREW ME OUT... WE ARE BROKE UP AND THATS HOW ITS GOING TO STAY...." 

Tianna's Facebook post from the day of her disappearance

After Tianna was reported missing, people began commenting on the Facebook post, asking if her ex-boyfriend Scott had been investigated. Some have replied stating that Scott has cooperated with the investigation, but there are still some commenters who have questioned whether or not this is true. Other commenters on the post have indicated that Tianna might be avoiding her family--but her family denies this and believes she was harmed.

Tianna remains missing today. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please go here to submit an anonymous tip. 
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UPDATE (May 2021): A man named Harold Haulman III has been charged with Tianna's murder. It's been revealed that on the night of Tianna's disappearance, she told a friend that she had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend and that a man named Dave was going to pick her up. It's believed that "Dave" was actually Harold Haulman.

Before being charged with Tianna's murder, Haulman had already been charged with the murder of 26 year-old Erica Shutlz. Erica vanished in Michigan and was reported missing on December 6th, 2020. Cell phone records linked Erica to Haulman. The two had reportedly met on a dating app. By late December 2020, Haulman decided to cooperate with police and led them to Erica's remains in a wooded area off Hobbie Road. It's believed that this is the same location where Tianna was killed.

Tianna and Haulman also reportedly met on a dating app years earlier. Haulman was married, but his wife knew of their affair. However, once Haulman learned that Tianna's boyfriend also knew about their affair, he grew angry. On the evening Tianna's disappearance, Haulman took her to the spot off Hobbie Road under the guise of starting a bonfire. Instead, Haulman reportedly stuck Tianna with a hammer several times, stabbed her, and slashed her throat. Haulman later confessed to his wife that he had killed Tianna. Months later, Haulman and his wife returned to the murder site to gather Tianna's remains, which they later placed in a dumpster. Her remains have still not been found.

Haulman III remains behind bars as both murder cases are pending. He is also currently being investigated for his potential involvement in other cases of missing women. 

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