Saturday, June 8, 2019

List Series: Vanished After Fighting

It is always eerie when a person seemingly vanishes without a trace. However, the circumstances leading up to the disappearance can add yet another frightening layer to the case. There are many cases in which a person has gone missing after getting into an argument with someone. In such cases, many questions are raised, such as: Was this argument a continuation of an ongoing problem in the missing person's home life? If so, did they run away? Did the person go missing at a time when their emotional state was heightened, therefore making them more susceptible to danger? Or, perhaps the most common question in these cases: Is the individual who the missing person fought with responsible for their disappearance?

Below is a list of 8 such cases of people who vanished after getting into a fight with someone. All of the cases remain unsolved today.

8. Pshara 'Shara' Jones
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Pshara ‘Shara’ Jones vanished at the age of 20 on September 21st, 2015. She was last seen leaving her family’s home in Claremore, Oklahoma after an argument with her mother. According to Shara’s mother, Shara did this often when she was upset, but she always returned home after calming down. This time, however, Shara did not return. She left behind her cell phone and many other personal belongings. After two weeks passed without any sign of Shara, she was reported missing by her mother.

An investigation revealed that there were two bank transactions from Shara’s account on the night she vanished. Her bank accounts have never been accessed again. Shara also never picked up her prescription medication she was taking for bipolar disorder. She has not accessed any of her social media accounts since the day she was last seen.

Shara’s family members think that Shara met with foul play. She was reportedly struggling to cope with her mental illness prior to her disappearance. Due to this, her family believes that she was more susceptible to manipulation from a stranger. Shara remains missing today. [read more]

7. Jerry Castillo Jr.

Jerry Castillo Jr. vanished at the age of 21 during the early-morning hours of March 21st, 2015. The previous evening, Jerry spent dinnertime with his parents before leaving their El Paso, Texas home to attend a gathering with some friends from high school. At some point past midnight, Jerry left the gathering to pick up his girlfriend. The couple reportedly got into an argument that prompted Jerry to get out of the car to go for a walk to cool down. There was a sighting of him walking down the 11600 block of Pellicano Drive shortly thereafter. Jerry never returned to his car or to his family's home. The last known contact from Jerry is a text message that he sent a friend around 3am that morning. It only stated, "Please help me." Jerry did not answer any follow up calls or texts and he has never been seen or heard from again. 

Investigators and Jerry's family members are divided on what they believe happened to Jerry. Investigators do not believe foul play was involved in his disappearance, despite the fact that he sent a text asking for help shortly before he vanished. Jerry's parents, on the other hand, believe that somebody harmed their son. Jerry's case remains unsolved today. [read more]

6. Kortne Stouffer

Kortne Stouffer vanished after an argument with neighbors at her Palmyra, Pennsylvania apartment during the early-morning hours of July 29th, 2012. Kortne grew angry with her neighbors on the evening of July 28th, after police were called to the 21 year-old's apartment on a noise complaint. Kortne and her 20 year-old boyfriend, Bradley, were throwing a party at the apartment at the time. Bradley was arrested upon the police's arrival, as he was already on probation and house arrest for driving under the influence while underage. Kortne was infuriated by the arrest, and her friends attempted to calm her down by taking her downtown for a night out.

Unfortunately, Kortne's mood did not improving upon going out, and she was eventually kicked out of a bar for getting into a screaming match with a couple. Kortne and her friend Cody Pruett walked back to her apartment, where they encountered her neighbors. Kortne began screaming and yelling at them. One of those neighbors was a 44 year-old man named Todd Saksek, who lived in the apartment below Kortne. Witnesses said that they saw Todd and Kortne standing “chest-to-chest”, screaming at each other. The police were called for a second time and arrived around 3am. The police stayed until about 4am until everyone returned to their respective apartments. However, less than 30 minutes later, Todd called the police again after claiming that Kortne and Cody were stomping around her apartment. When they arrived, they noticed that the lights in Kortne’s apartment were off and they did not hear any noise—assuming the chaos had stopped, they let it go and left the apartment without knocking on the door. They did knock on Todd’s door before leaving the building, but he did not answer the door. Cody said that he fell asleep shortly after the stomping stopped and he woke up later that morning around 7:30am, Kortne was gone. She has not been seen or heard from again.

There are no known persons-of-interest in Kortne's disappearance. Cody was thoroughly interrogated and ultimately cleared of suspicion. It is unclear if Todd or any of Kortne's other neighbors were investigated. Kortne remains missing today. [read more] [case is also featured on season 8 of ID Channel's Disappeared]

5. Marlaquinta 'Marla' McGhee

Marlaquinta 'Marla' McGhee vanished after getting into a verbal and physical altercation with the father of her children on May 12th, 2015. That evening, Marla dropped her children off at her parent's home in Memphis, Tennessee before returning to her nearby home. A few hours later, Marla's parents received a phone call from the father of Marla’s children. He told them that Marla hit him in the face after an argument. He then called the police, but by time officers arrived on the scene, Marla was gone. Marla’s parents attempted to call her several times, but Marla never answered the phone. Her phone has since been shut off.

Surveillance cameras captured Marla leaving her apartment complex during the early morning hours of May 12th. She left the complex in her vehicle, which vanished with her. Marla has never been seen or heard from again. Her family members believe she intended to return that evening, as it is uncharacteristic of Marla to leave her children behind. The father of Marla's children has been questioned, but has not been named a person of interest at this time. Marla remains missing. [read more]

4. Bianca Carrasco
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Bianca Carrasco vanished after an argument with her husband Daniel Carrasco on May 1st, 2016. The argument between the 27 year-old and her husband Daniel was apparently not an isolated incident. According to Bianca's sister, Bianca was fed up with Daniel and wanted a divorce. He had apparently drained the couple's bank account and had been controlling of Bianca since the beginning. Bianca had also started seeing another man--which Daniel had also found out about after he had gone through his wife's phone.

Bianca and Daniel's marriage was troubled from the start. Bianca was only 18 years-old when they married, after she fell pregnant with their first child. Before marrying Bianca, Daniel was actually married to Bianca’s aunt. When Bianca first met Daniel, he was considered her uncle. According to Bianca’s sister, Daniel isolated Bianca from the rest of the family after they got married, and Bianca had not spoken to her mother in almost five years.

On the evening of her disappearance, Bianca and Daniel got into an argument. According to Daniel, he left for work in his truck in the midst of the argument, taking their youngest child with him. Daniel said Bianca left their San Antonio, Texas home on foot shortly thereafter, leaving their older two children behind. He said that he last saw her walking down the street alone as he drove past her in his truck. Bianca never returned home and was reported missing the following day. Despite all of the suspicions against Daniel, he has never been publicly named as a suspect in Bianca’s disappearance. Bianca remains missing today. [read more]

3. Jessica Masker

Jessica Masker vanished after an argument with her cousin during the early morning hours of April 15th, 2013. The 24 year-old mother-of-one had been struggling in the days leading up to her disappearance. In fact, on the day before she vanished, Jessica was involuntarily committed to the hospital after possibly taking a drug overdose. She apparently checked out of the hospital a few hours later and went to stay with her cousin. However, Jessica and her cousin got into an argument which prompted Jessica to angrily leave the home around 4:30am. She called her mother shortly after leaving, saying she was afraid because two men “came at her wrong.” After that, Jessica has not been seen or heard from again.

Jessica’s family believes that she left her cousin’s house that morning to go get drugs. They also worry that she may have been attempting to meet up with her abusive boyfriend. Said boyfriend has been questioned in the case, and claims to have no information about Jessica's whereabouts. While both authorities and family members do not believe him, there is currently not enough evidence to prove otherwise. Jessica's cousin is not considered a suspect at this time. Jessica remains missing. [read more]

2. Jasmine Moody
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Jasmine Moody vanished after arguing with her girlfriend Brittany Gurley on the evening of December 4th, 2014. At the time, the 18 year-old college student was visiting spending Thanksgiving break with her girlfriend Brittany's family in Detroit, Michigan. Both Jasmine and Brittany were students at Texas Women's University, and Jasmine is originally from Texas herself. On the evening of her disappearance, Jasmine and Brittany reportedly got into an argument over something Brittany saw on Jasmine’s Facebook. Brittany’s mother, Sonia, claims that she witnessed Brittany storming out of the house to blow off steam during the argument, and then a few minutes later, she witnessed Jasmine storming out of the house as well. Sonia states that Jasmine had her belongings with her, which suggested that she intended to leave. Brittany, who was still outside, claims that she encountered Jasmine and encouraged her to come back inside—stating that it was dangerous for her to be wandering around Detroit since she was unfamiliar with the area. In an effort to get Jasmine to stay, Brittany claims she grabbed Jasmine’s belongings from her and headed back to the house, expecting Jasmine to follow. However, Brittany claims that Jasmine did not follow her and that when she returned outside, Jasmine was nowhere to be found.

Jasmine’s mother, Lisa, does not believe Sonia or Brittany’s stories. Lisa maintains that it does not make sense that Jasmine would attempt to leave the night of the 4th when she was already scheduled to fly back to Texas the next day. She also does not believe that Jasmine would wander the streets of an unfamiliar city by herself. Lisa does believe, however, that Sonia and Brittany know what happened to Jasmine on that night and have not been forthcoming to police. At this time, nobody has been named as a suspect in Jasmine's disappearance. She remains missing today.  [also on the 'Missing Far From Home' list]

1. Nikki Forrest

Nikki Forrest vanished at the age of 19 on September 25th, 2010. She was four months pregnant at the time she went missing, and she was living with her godmother in Piqua, Ohio. In the hours leading up to her disappearance, Nikki got into two separate arguments. The first one was between Nikki and her godmother. This argument reportedly prompted Nikki to back her bags and leave the home. She then went to her boyfriend's home in Troy, Ohio. This man is also believed to be the father of Nikki's unborn child.

However, said boyfriend later would tell police that he got into an argument with Nikki over her child's paternity. He stated that he placed her suitcase outside on the front porch, kicking her out of the house. A few minutes later, the boyfriend said that a blue car pulled up in front of his house, and that Nikki got inside the car and drove off. She has never been seen or heard from again.

Nikki's boyfriend is considered a person of interest in her case, but he has never been publicly identified. In 2017 authorities announced that they decided to dig up his property after cadaver dogs tracked the scent of human remains in his backyard. Investigators have not revealed what they found at the search, but it has been reported that two pieces of “significant evidence” were located. At this time, Nikki remains missing and there have otherwise been very few updates on her case. There are also no public records of her ever giving birth to her child. Nikki's boyfriend has never been charged with anything related to Nikki's disappearance and she remains missing today. [read more] [also on the 'Missing and Pregnant' list]

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