Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Disappearance and Murder of Anjelica 'AJ' Hadsell

Anjelica 'AJ' Hadsell

Anjelica 'AJ' Hadsell vanished from Norfolk, Virginia at the age of 18 on March 2nd, 2015. At the time, AJ was a freshman at Longwood University and when she vanished, she was visiting her hometown while on spring break. When news about AJ's disappearance was initially reported, it was believed that AJ was last seen by a neighbor while driving away from her mother’s home on Millard Street. However, suspicion quickly fell upon AJ’s adopted father/ex-stepfather, Wesley Hadsell (pictured below). The day AJ was last seen, Wesley abruptly left his job around noon after telling his co-workers that he had to meet up with his daughter to give her some money. He returned about two hours later, but his co-workers stated that he appeared agitated upon his return and he ended up needing to take the rest of the day off. 

AJ and Wesley and AJ's high school graduation (spring 2014) 
Initially, it appeared that Wesley was going to great lengths to deflect suspicion away from him. In fact, within the first week of AJ’s disappearance, Wesley broke into a home and reportedly “found” AJ’s jacket. He claimed that the person who lived in said home kidnapped AJ, which is why her jacket was there. Wesley was arrested for breaking and entering after that, and many suspected that he actually planted the jacket there himself. At this point, Wesley was officially named a person of interest in AJ’s disappearance. The 38 year-old was already no stranger to the police–he was a convicted felon with previous bank robbery and burglary convictions.


As the investigation into AJ's disappearance continued, Wesley continued to publicly deny harming AJ, even after the investigators searched his motel room and seized his van. Inside the motel room, investigators found several rounds of ammunition; which he is forbidden to own as a felon. Inside the vehicle, investigators found a shovel, duct tape, and a pair of black work gloves. In April 2015, investigators received an analysis report on the van’s GPS, which revealed that it had been driven to an abandoned home close to the North Carolina border on the day AJ vanished. The report states that the van remained on the property for about 20 minutes. On April 9th, 2015 detectives went to the property and found AJ’s body buried in a ditch behind the abandoned home. News about AJ’s body being found spread quickly, but no arrests were made and investigators did not immediately reveal how they came across the property she was found on.

An autopsy revealed that AJ died of “acute heroin poisoning and homicidal violence.” Despite these findings, police still did not arrest or charge Wesley with anything related to AJ’s death. Instead, they pursued unrelated charges for unlawful possession of ammunition. Wesley was initially sentenced to 20 years for these charges, however he was re-sentenced in early November 2018 to 10 years. Around the time of these court proceedings, other court documents related to AJ’s case were unsealed. The documents reveal that another currently unidentified inmate stated that he “helped” Wesley with AJ’s disappearance, yet he did not reveal when or how. Just a few weeks later, on November 19th, 2018, Wesley was officially charged for AJ’s murder. It is unclear if the information in the unsealed documents led to the murder charges. A motive for AJ’s murder remains unclear at this time as well.

Many people strongly suspected he was responsible for AJ’s disappearance/death since the beginning, and AJ’s loved ones are glad to finally see that he has been charged. He currently remains behind bars and he awaits further proceedings. 

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UPDATE (Feb. 2020): Wesley Hadsell's murder trial began earlier this week, however on the second day in court a mistrial was declared. The judge overseeing the case declared a mistrial after Wesley reportedly decided he did not want to keep an agreement that his defense team had made with the prosecution prior to the trial beginning. The agreement regarded which parts of Wesley's previous criminal records would be brought up during the trial. Due to the fact that Wesley changed his mind about said agreement after the trial was underway, the prosecution did not have time to restructure their case and therefore asked the judge to declare a mistrial. A new trial is scheduled to begin in May 2020.


Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Disappearance of Jasmine Robinson

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Jasmine Robinson has been missing since February 18th, 2019. That day reportedly began as a regular day for the 23 year-old woman--she video-chatted with her sister that morning, and then went to work as scheduled. Jasmine returned to her Archer, Florida home around 8pm that evening and told her aunt she was going to bed. When Jasmine's aunt came by the following morning to take her to a doctor's appointment, Jasmine was not there. She has never been seen or heard from again.

Jasmine was 6 to 7 months pregnant at the time of her disappearance. According to Jasmine's sister, Jasmine was upset with the father of her unborn child because he was constantly calling her on her personal number and at her work number. Jasmine reportedly did not want a relationship with this man. Her family members believe that he could be involved in Jasmine's disappearance, but he has not been publicly identified or named as a suspect at this time.

Jasmine also had an upcoming court date prior to her disappearance. She was charged with theft in September 2018 after she allegedly stole a cell phone and sent money to herself using a cash app on the phone. When Jasmine was first reported missing, there was speculation that she might have run away to avoid going to court. However, her family members do not believe this to be the case--as Jasmine had told them that she was planning to plead guilty, which would result in her being required to pay restitution and serve probation. 

Detectives have not released many details about evidence they have gathered, but they did state that they believe Jasmine was not alone when she left her home on the night of her disappearance. They are encouraging anyone with information about her disappearance to come forward. There is an $8000 reward in place for information that could lead to her whereabouts. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact the Alachua County Sheriff's Office at 352-367-4083.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Disappearance of Kyla Porter


Kyla Porter went missing at the age of 19 on February 15th, 2008. She was last heard from that evening, when she called her sister from a party in Holiday, Florida. Kyla told her sister that she would be home within the hour, but unfortunately she never returned home and has never been seen or heard from again.
Kyla had recently moved back to Florida from Georgia shortly before her disappearance. Her fiance was jailed on drug charges back in Georgia, so Kyla decided to return to Florida to be with her family. Kyla’s family members said that Kyla would often leave for days at a time in the past, however she never stayed out-of-touch for too long. This time, Kyla left behind her identification, purse, and winter clothing. Due to this, her family members do not believe she is missing on her own accord.
Kyla’s family members are not the only people who suspect foul play. In fact, after her disappearance, a rumor circulated that Kyla attended a party in Moon Lake on the night she vanished. Many believe that a person at the party might have harmed Kyla, however it has never been confirmed that Kyla was actually there. Despite this, investigators suspect that foul play is responsible for Kyla’s disappearance as well.
Kyla remains missing today. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please contact the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office at 800-854-2862.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Disappearance of Christopher Sylvia


28 year-old Christopher Sylvia left his San Diego, California home on February 12th, 2015 after telling his friends that he was going to hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Christopher was an avid hiker and outdoorsman, so this did not seem unusual to anyone close to him. Four days after he left, on February 16th, 2015, Christopher called his roommate and asked him to meet him at a Buddhist temple located on Chihuahua Road the following day.
Christopher’s roommate showed up at the temple at the agreed upon time the next day, but Christopher was nowhere to be found. After waiting for a bit, the roommate decided to return home. Initially, the roommate was not worried; he just assumed that Christopher decided not to go to the temple after all. However, shortly thereafter, other hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail found Christopher’s identification, sleeping bag, backpack and other belongings lying in an open area near the temple. There was no sign of Christopher anywhere nearby, and he has not been seen or heard from again.
Christopher’s mother describes him as an experienced hiker, and has said that it is uncharacteristic for him to go hiking alone and leave all of his gear behind. An extensive search of the area turned up no clues to his whereabouts. Christopher’s family is hoping to find answers about what happened to him; and his case is still open. If you have any information that could lead to Christopher’s whereabouts, please contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at 858-974-2143.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Disappearance of Michael McClain

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Michael McClain vanished during the early-morning hours of April 21st, 2019. The 29 year-old lived in Manchester, New Hampshire at the time of his disappearance, but he was last seen at a nightclub in nearby Nashua. Michael was at the club with friends when a fight broke out between two women. He reportedly knew one of the women, and he attempted to separate the two women when the fight escalated outside of the building. Police arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, which led the crowd of people to disperse in different directions. At that point, Michael's friends became separated from him. He never returned to his friend's house to retrieve his car and has never been seen or heard from again.

Michael's last known contact was with his boss, who he called shortly before 2am on the morning of his disappearance. During the phone call, Michael reportedly told his boss,"They're after me. More than one."When his boss tried to call him back, there was no answer. Michael's phone pinged one final time near a McDonald's on East Hollis Street. Nobody has been able to reach him since. Michael's bank accounts and social media accounts have been inactive since his disappearance as well. 

Michael's loved ones do not believe he is missing on his own accord. His case is being investigated by the Nashua Police Department. If you have any information that could lead to Michael's whereabouts, please contact authorities at (603) 594-3583.
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The Disappearance & Death of Kristian Burnstad


Kristian Burnstad (32) vanished on February 7th, 2017. According to his parents, Kristian was at their home in Enumclaw, Washington on February 6th–a day prior to vanishing. There was apparently an “altercation” between Kristian and his parents, but the details of that altercation have not been revealed. However, his parents said that he was “not in good condition” at that time and angrily left the home afterwards.

A few hours later, Kristian’s parents said that he returned to their home to grab a few belongings and then left again. A friend apparently drove Kristian back to his parent’s home the following day around 1:30pm and then dropped him off. Unfortunately, Kristian never made it inside his parent’s house and has never been seen or heard from again. A few days later, Kristian’s mother said that she found his belongings scattered around their property.

Friends of Kristian have said that he was a well-known drug user, but was clean at the time of his disappearance. One particular friend stated that she thought Kristian was at odds with his parents prior to vanishing, and that his parents were ashamed of having a son that abused drugs. Some accused Kristian’s parents of not being involved in the search for their son whatsoever. Kristian’s parents said they were devastated by their son’s disappearance, and they denied these claims.

Over a year later, in September 2018, the Enumclaw Police Department received a tip about remains that were possibly linked to a missing persons case from 2017 in the 3880 block of 258th Avenue. No further information was provided. When officers arrived to investigate, they found the remains. A few weeks later, those remains were identified to be that of Kristian Burnstad. His cause of death is currently undetermined and an investigation is ongoing. The medical examiner was unable to provide any insight into his cause of death. 

Rest in peace, Kristian. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Disappearance of Sara Graham

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Sara Graham
 (18) has been missing from Fairmont, North Carolina since February 4th, 2015. That morning, Sara borrowed her father’s van to drive to her job at Wal-Mart. She never arrived at work, and the van she was driving was found abandoned in an open field. There were no signs of a struggle near the van. According to witnesses, the van was parked there as early as 6:45am, but the police did not arrive on the scene until around noon.
Prior to her disappearance, Sara had recently moved to North Carolina from Texas. She moved in with her father and stepmother, who both worked for the sheriff’s department. Her stepmother was fired shortly after her disappearance for reasons that have not been released to the public. Investigators have not publicly named any suspects or persons of interest in Sara’s case, however, many locals have shared their own theories on social media. The most prominent local rumor is that Sara’s stepbrother was in love/infatuated with Sara and that he killed her when she rejected his advances. This of course has not been confirmed, but Sara’s birth mother and close friends do not believe that she is voluntarily missing. 
The FBI is actively investigating the case. If you have any information about Sara and/or her case, please report it here.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

List Series: Disappearances from Hospitals/Facilities

A list of cases in which a person vanished while or after receiving treatment at a hospital or facility. All of these cases remain unsolved today.

5. Lori Dee Wilson

Lori Dee Wilson vanished from a rehabilitation facility in Juneau, Alaska on March 24th, 2016. The 30 year-old woman was receiving inpatient treatment for her drug addiction at the time of her disappearance. Lori Dee had struggled with drug addiction for years, and had finally decided to get clean after she was informed that she needed throat dilation surgery. She was scheduled to have the procedure done in August of 2016, however her doctor told her that she needed to be sober in order for the surgery to happen. As a result, Lori Dee's family helped her check into Rainforest Recovery Center in Juneau, Alaska, located hours away from her home in Dillingham. Her first few first weeks at the treatment center appeared to be going well. According to her sister, Lori Dee was making progress. In fact, the two spoke on the phone the day Lori Dee was last seen, and her sister said that Lori Dee seemed very optimistic. However, just hours later, Lori Dee snuck out of the treatment center through a ground floor window. She has never been seen or heard from again.

Years have passed, and no trace of Lori Dee has been found. Police could not find any evidence that a crime was committed--especially because she left the facility voluntarily. However, it is uncharacteristic for Lori Dee to be out-of-touch with her loved ones for this long and her family members are worried for her safety. Her case remains unsolved today. [read more]

4. Brandi Shontay Brown
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23 year-old Brandi Shontay Brown has been missing since September 2016. A few days before vanishing, Brandi got into a car accident and had to spend a few days at Sinai Grace Hospital located in Detroit, Michigan. The exact date of her release from the hospital is unknown, but Brandi was last seen the day she was discharged and has never been seen or heard from again.

The last known sighting of Brandi occurred shortly after she was discharged from Sinai Grace. She was seen on Seven Mile Rd & Forrer St, located on the west side of Detroit—about two miles away from the hospital. The circumstances around how Brandi actually left the hospital are unclear. It’s possible that she walked to the last place she was seen, or she could have taken a cab or been picked up by a friend. This information is not available, and there are unfortunately very few details available about Brandi’s case overall. Still, Brandi's family members do not believe she would voluntarily abandon her daughter and they also do not believe she is missing on her own accord. Brandi's case remains unsolved today. [read more]

3. Tereina Jones

Tereina Caitlin Jones was 21 years-old when she vanished on September 8th, 2017. She was last seen after leaving a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Tereina never returned home and was never seen or heard from again. It is unclear why Tereina was at the hospital that day, and unfortunately very few details were made available about her disappearance.

In August 2018, remains were found in desert area near 11th Street and Alameda Road. It took months for the remains to be identified, but in April 2019 they were positively identified as that of Tereina Jones. Investigators have not released a cause of death at this time, but they do believe that foul play was involved. Tereina's case remains unsolved today. [read more]

2. Stevencia Barlatier
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Stevencia Barlatier (21) was eight months pregnant when she vanished without a trace on November 26th, 2017. She was last seen at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, Florida. She has never been seen or heard from again. At first, Stevencia’s family members were not worried, as it was not uncommon for her to drop out of sight for days at a time. However, Stevencia was due to give birth in December 2017. When her family had still not heard from her by December 31st, they reported her missing.

After years of silence in her case, it was revealed in 2019 that Stevencia's body was found in a remote area over 50 miles away from where she was last seen. Her death is being investigated as a homicide but no suspects have been publicly named at this time. [read more]

1. Jeanette 'Jenny' Herum
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29 year-old Jeanette “Jenny” Herum gave birth to a baby boy at the Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center in Santa Cruz, California on November 22nd, 2012. Just a few hours after the birth, Jenny walked out of the hospital without her newborn baby and never returned. There is no known explanation as to why Jenny left the hospital, and she was never heard from again after that.

It is unclear if anybody was at the hospital with Jenny when she gave birth. Despite the fact that Jenny vanished under seemingly suspicious circumstances, her family did not report her missing until 2014—two years after she was last seen. Her family said that they were initially not concerned when Jenny first came up missing; she had disappeared for stretches at a time in the past and they were used to going a long period of time without hearing from her. When Jenny was finally reported missing, authorities classified her as voluntarily missing. News about Jenny’s disappearance was not distributed to the media until 2015.

Months later, in early 2016, a couple taking a walk spotted human remains and notified the Santa Cruz sheriff’s office. In March 2017, the remains were identified as those of Jeanette Herum. Authorities are calling Jenny’s death suspicious, and it is still being investigated. The case remains unsolved today. [read more]

The Disappearance of Joshua Wright



Joshua Lee Wright
 vanished in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 2nd, 2018. He was last seen in the area of Moosewood Avenue and Bowling Green. Joshua never returned to his mother’s home and has never been seen or heard from again. He was reported missing four days later, on February 6th, 2018.
Shortly after his family reported him missing, Joshua’s family started receiving very grim messages from anonymous callers. One of the anonymous callers told Joshua’s family that Joshua was deceased and his body would be found once his truck was located. However, his truck was located the day after he was reported missing–but there was no sign of a body anywhere. The truck was located at an abandoned home in South Fairmont. The street where it was found is primarily made up of abandoned houses, making it impossible for investigators to track down any witnesses who might have seen someone park the car. Additionally, investigators did not find any footprints, shell casings, or any other evidence of a struggle near the car.
Joshua’s family members continued to receive anonymous calls telling them that Joshua was dead. According to Joshua’s niece, the anonymous callers told them that Joshua’s body would never be found and that they should stop looking. These phone calls have never been traced. Investigators believe that foul play is responsible for Joshua’s disappearance as well. In fact, detectives have stated that the investigation has led them to believe that Joshua was kidnapped and murdered.
The Cincinnati Police are continuing to search for Joshua. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact authorities at 513-352-6943.

The Disappearance of Shemika Cosey

Shemika Cosey disappeared at the age of 16 on December 29th, 2008. The teen girl lived with her mother in Berkeley, Missouri at the time of ...