Sunday, February 27, 2022

The Disappearance of Khiara Henry


Khiara Henry vanished at the age of 23 on July 21st, 2019. The San Diego native disappeared while on a solo trip to Hawaii. Khiara first arrived in Maui on July 18th. She checked into the Aston Maui Hill in Kīhei and spent the next few days taking various guided tours. On July 21st, Khiara decided to rent a car so she could take a one-day visit to Waiʻānapanapa in Hāna. She was seen around 2:00 PM at a Hertz Rental Car in Kahului, where she rented a black Nissan Sentra. This was the last known sighting of Khiara, and she has never been seen or heard from again. 

Surveillance footage of Khiara at the rental agency

On July 23rd, 2019, the Nissan Sentra was found in the gravel parking lot of Waiʻānapanapa State Park. Officials noted that the car appeared to be abandoned. However, Khiara was not reported missing at that time. Two days later, park officials contacted the Maui Police Department to make a "suspicious activity report" regarding the seemingly abandoned vehicle. 

Meanwhile, Khiara's family members reached out to authorities in Maui after several calls and texts to Khiara's phone went unanswered. On July 26th, 2019, it was announced that several of Khiara's items--including her luggage and identification--were found inside the car at Waiʻānapanapa State Park. It was at that point when it sunk in that Khiara was missing. She was officially reported missing shortly thereafter.

Searches for Khiara throughout Waiʻānapanapa State Park ended unsuccessfully. Many have speculated that Khiara had an accident while hiking, but this has yet to be confirmed. None of Khiara's missing items, such as her black backpack, cell phone, and rental car keys have been found. Additionally, the last known sighting of Khiara was at the rental car agency--not the park. Although her rental car was found at the park, it appears that nobody reported seeing Khiara herself at the park. However, the mileage in the rental car indicates that it was driven straight from the Hertz to Waiʻānapanapa.

Khiara's family members are still desperately seeking answers. They have set up a Facebook page to continue to spread awareness about Khiara's case. They have also raised a $25,000 reward for anyone with information on what might have happened to Khiara.

If you have any information that could help the investigation, please call the Henry's family hotline at 808-757-5102.

 

Saturday, February 26, 2022

The Murder of Lamonica Myers

 

Lamonica Myers was only 20 years old when she was found brutally murdered inside her Memphis, Tennessee home on March 1st, 2021. The young mother-of-two was found by her sons' babysitter. That tragic day was a Monday, and the babysitter was bringing Lamonica's sons back home after having them over the weekend. When the babysitter entered the residence at Pendleton Place Apartments, she found Lamonica deceased inside. Police were called, and Lamonica's death was quickly labeled as a homicide.

An autopsy revealed that Lamonica had been beaten to death. Lamonica's loved ones are still trying to figure out who killed her--and why she was killed. According to Lamonica's close friend Bre'anna Allen, Lamonica was seen and heard from on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021. Since she was not found until the following Monday, Lamonica's loved ones believe it is possible that she was killed before that weekend. Detectives have not confirmed this; however, they have released very little details about the investigation. 

Lamonica's murder remains unsolved. If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of her killer, please go here to submit an anonymous tip.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The Murder of Chanelle Wells

 


Chanelle Wells was shot to death inside her Indianapolis, Indiana home on July 19th, 2008. The then-29-year-old was born and raised in Indianapolis, and she still lived there at the time of her tragic murder. Chanell shared her residence with her husband, their children, and her cousin. She was very close with her other family members as well, especially her younger sister AshLynne. 

During July 2008, Indianapolis was hosting the annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration--a multi-day event full of music, education, and other celebratory events. Chanelle loved to attend this festival, but on July 19th, she stated that she was not interested in the festival's events that evening. Her husband Randy decided to attend the event without her. 

Although Chanelle had decided not to attend the Expo that night, she did not want to stay in that night. There had been recent reports of two separate home invasions in Chanelle's neighborhood that resulted in two women and their children being murdered. Chanelle did not want to be home alone in case intruders decided to break in. She called her sister AshLynne three times in a row but did not receive an answer. After that, Chanelle decided to go to bed early. 

Hours later, Chanelle's fears came true. Intruders broke into her home, and the house was ransacked. Chanelle was shot during the invasion. Her cousin and youngest daughter hid under the bed during the incident and called for help after the intruders left. Paramedics transferred Chanelle to the hospital, where she unfortunately passed away.

Many years have passed, but Chanelle's murder remains unsolved. Police reportedly had two persons of interest at some point throughout the investigation. One of those persons of interest was arrested on unrelated charges and was questioned about Chanelle's murder while behind bars--but investigators were unable to gain any new information in the case. Charges were never filed for either person of interest. The case has since gone cold

Chanelle's loved ones are hoping to someday find justice. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department asks that anyone with information that could help the investigation to please contact (317) 327-3811.

Monday, February 21, 2022

The Disappearance and Murder of Tyesha Bell

 


Tyesha Bell vanished at the age of 22 on May 10th, 2003. At the time of her disappearance, Tyesha lived in Aurora, Illinois, in an apartment that she shared with her sister. On the evening she vanished, Tyesha received a mysterious phone call that prompted her to leave the apartment. She never returned and was never seen or heard from again.

Tyesha's disappearance was quickly deemed suspicious by investigators. It appeared that Tyesha left home that evening with the intention of returning quickly. She left candles burning inside the apartment, and many of her personal belongings were left behind. Additionally, it was uncharacteristic of her to fall out-of-touch with her loved ones, especially her two young children. Investigators felt that foul play was responsible for Tyesha's disappearance very early on--but the case seemed to go cold quickly. 

In 2004, it was reported that police had searched the home of a potential person of interest. However, no other information was released. After that, news about Tyesha's case was far and few in between. 

Finally, in December 2020, human remains were found in a shallow grave in a wooded area of Kane County. Various clothing pieces and other items were also found in the area. Tyesha's loved ones were quickly able to identify the items as Tyesha's. Months later, DNA and dental records confirmed that remains also were that of Tyesha Bell.

Tyesha's exact cause of death still remains unclear, but police are now investigating her case as a murder. At this time, no arrests have been made. A tip line specifically for Tyesha's case has been set up by the Aurora Police Department. If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of Tyesha's killer, please call 630-256-5517.

The Disappearance of Chenell Renee Gilbert

 

Chenell 'Renee' Gilbert has been missing since June 9th, 2020. The then-42-year-old was last seen around 6:15 AM on Mars Drive in Indianapolis, Indiana. Renee was supposed to return to her daughter's house that afternoon, but she never arrived as planned. She has never been seen or heard from again.

Renee's 19-year-old daughter later used a location app to track Renee's phone. The last place where Renee's phone pinged was at the home of her ex-boyfriend. The phone was shut off shortly thereafter. Renee's daughter went to Renee's ex-boyfriend's house to see if she was there, and the ex-boyfriend claimed that Renee had been outside of the house that morning but had never come inside. The ex refused to let Renee's daughter inside the house, and he also later refused to let the police inside. 

Renee's ex-boyfriend has not been publicly named by news sources, but a Change.org petition calling for his arrest has identified him as a man named Bryan Lyons. Renee's family members stated that Lyons was abusive towards Renee throughout their relationship. Due to this, and due to his suspicious behavior when Renee was discovered to be missing, it's fairly easy to suspect that Lyons had something to do with Renee's disappearance. An article from April 2021 states that police did obtain a warrant to search Lyons' residence, but it is unclear what was found during the search. In October 2021, police reclassified Renee's case as a homicide investigation. Still, no arrests have been made. 

According to Renee's write-up on The Charley Project,  the police no longer consider Lyons a person of interest in the case. Other than that, it appears that very little other information about the investigation is available.

If you have any information that could lead to Renee's whereabouts, please contact the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at 317-327-6160.

Friday, February 18, 2022

The Disappearance of Jasmine Purvis

 

Jasmine Purvis has been missing since December 3rd, 2020. The 29-year-old woman was last seen near Carnation Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Jasmine reportedly left the area in a dark blue Chevrolet Tahoe SUV driven by an unidentified man. She never returned home and has never been seen or heard from again.

On the day Jasmine vanished, she called her grandfather and asked him to pick her up. Within a 15 minute span, Jasmine called the grandfather numerous times to ask him to hurry. However, by the time the grandfather showed up, Jasmine was gone. Jasmine's boyfriend explained that she said she had found another ride. All calls made to Jasmine's phone went unanswered, and it was eventually shut off.

Various sources state that Jasmine witnessed her friend being murdered just weeks before her disappearance. There is very little information available about this murder, but according to MissingSippi.org, the "vehicle seen leaving the crime scene is the same vehicle Purvis was last seen leaving in." Despite this information, investigators have yet to confirm that the murder and Jasmine's disappearance are related--though many believe this to be the case.

There is very little additional information available about Jasmine's case. A few months after she was reported missing, Hinds County deputies told reporters that there was very little progress in their investigation. At this time, no arrests have been made, nor have any suspects of persons-of-interest been publicly named.

Anyone with information that could help the investigation is being asked to contact the Hinds County Sheriff's Office at 601-352-1521 or the Criminal Investigations Division at 601-974-2914.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The Disappearance and Death of Brittany Palmer


Brittany Palmer has been missing since August 22nd, 2020. The 23-year-old vanished in Jacksonville, Florida. Brittany was last seen at a friend's home in the New Town neighborhood, near Baldwin Street and Barber Street. She was reportedly in that neighborhood to visit with a friend's mother. At some point during this outing, Brittany called her own mother, Vontria Mobley, and expressed that she was upset over some money that had been taken from her. Vontria told Brittany to call her back later, but unfortunately, she never did. Brittany also never returned home. 

During the early morning hours of August 24th, Vontria received a phone call from Brittany's phone. When Vontria tried to call back, an unidentified woman answered the phone and said that she had purchased the phone from someone. Since then, Brittany has never been seen or heard from again. 

Brittany's loved ones describe her as a very trusting person, and they fear that someone she trusted might have taken advantage of her. Six years before her disappearance, Brittany was involved in car accident which caused a traumatic brain injury. She also walked with a limp as the result of the accident and had to travel with a cane or walker. Brittany injuries and trusting nature likely made her an easy target to those with the wrong intentions. 

Shortly before her disappearance, Brittany had gotten into a fight with friends who she believed had stolen money from her. It's unclear if these accusations are related to her disappearance, but her loved ones believe that there is a possible connection. 

Brittany remains missing today. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please contact authorities at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.

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UPDATE (February 16th, 2022):
 
Brittany's remains have been found.

Various reports state that remains of a 'Jane Doe' were found at abandoned cemetery at the intersection of Moncrief Road and Edgewood Avenue in October 2020--just a month and a half after Brittany vanished. In February 2022, DNA tests helped positively identify the 'Jane Doe' as Brittany.

The discovery of Brittany's remains has led to more questions than answers. The medical examiner reportedly said that there is no evidence of foul play or trauma, but the cause of death has not yet been determined. A toxicology report is still ongoing.

As of right now, the death is not being investigated as a homicide. However, Brittany's mother Vontria has questioned this. "She didn’t just automatically walk into a gravesite," Vontria told reporters. "Somebody knows something."

 The investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information that could help, please contact Jacksonville authorities. 

Saturday, February 12, 2022

The Disappearance of Kayla Mason

 

Kayla Mason vanished at the age of 23 on July 30th, 2019. At the time of her disappearance, Kayla lived with her grandparents in Toledo, Ohio. She had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but it appeared to her family that Kayla was coping well, as she was working full-time and regularly visiting her four-year-old daughter, who lived with Kayla's mother. Kayla's family members immediately became concerned when they learned she had not shown up to her job. Kayla also left behind a note at her grandparents house that said she was bad at goodbyes. She never returned home and has never been seen or heard from again. 

Kayla reportedly left with an inactive cell phone, a tent, and some clothes. The majority of her other personal belongings were left behind. Kayla's family members were extremely concerned for her wellbeing, but they were initially unable to get any help from police. When they first tried to report Kayla as missing, police told them that she did not fit the criteria to be classified as missing due to the fact that she was an adult and she left behind a note that indicated she left on her own accord. 

Over the next five months, Kayla's family members had to investigate on their own. They spoke to Kayla's friends and called jails and hospitals--but were unable to find anyone who had seen or spoken to Kayla. In December 2019, Toledo police finally agreed to investigate Kayla's disappearance, and she was officially listed as a missing person. 

Since then, very few details about the investigation have been revealed. Kayla remains missing today and her family is still searching for answers. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact Toledo police at 419-245-3340.

The Disappearance of Davohnte Morgan

 

Davohnte Morgan has been missing since May 5th, 2020. The then-28-year-old vanished while on a trip to Mount Shasta, California with his girlfriend. The couple was staying in a hotel in Mount Shasta when they got into an argument. According to Davohnte's girlfriend, she broke up with him as a result of the argument. Later, his girlfriend took a walk and passed by Davohnte, but the two did not speak. Davohnte never returned to their hotel room, nor did he ever return to his home in the Bay Area. He has never been seen or heard from again.

After Davohnte was reported missing, investigators learned that he was captured by multiple different surveillance cameras as he walked around Mount Shasta on the morning of May 5th. The cameras reportedly captured him walking around several places downtown--but the footage has otherwise not provided any clues as to where Davohnte ended up. His bank accounts have not been used since that day, nor has his cell phone. 

On March 12th, 2021, a post about Davohnte's disappearance was published to a forum on ewucrew.com. The website is dedicated to a YouTube channel called "Explore With Us", which primarily focuses on unsolved mysteries and true crime. The user who posted to the forum included details about Davohnte's case that have not been disclosed in any mainstream media articles about his disappearance. The post reads, in part, "The day after he went missing his girlfriend posted many Instagram videos saying very crazy things such as “we’re having a party tonight for my friend Karma and Vohnte is going to be there”. The girlfriend also gave his belongings away the day after he went missing." If these details are true, it obviously raises questions about Davohnte's girlfriend--however, she has not been named a suspect in the case at this time; nor has she been publicly identified.

The post on ewucrew.com also states that Davohnte has a childhood friend who lives in Mount Shasta who also might be withholding information about the case. "The friend knew the parents of Vohnte since he’s very young and he not try contact them to them he went missing," the post reads. "When Vohnte’s parents knocked on the door the childhood friend answered. The friend’s girlfriend stated “Davohnte is dead". Despite these details, the post also states that the police do not suspect Davohnte's girlfriend or the childhood friend. 

The details in this post have not been corroborated by police or the media, and there is otherwise very little other information available about Davohnte's case. He remains missing today. If you have any information that could lead to his whereabouts, please contact MSPD at (530) 926-7540.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

The Disappearance and Murder of Kara Nichols

 

Kara Nichols has been missing since October 9th, 2012. She was only 19 years-old at the time of her disappearance. Kara was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During her early teen years, Kara began using drugs, and she struggled with addiction throughout high school. She graduated from a local alternative high school and then got a job as a waitress. Around the same time, Kara began to pursue a career in modeling as well. Unbeknownst to her parents, Kara had also been working as an escort since she was 17 years old. 

During the summer of 2012, Kara's parents moved to Chicago, Illinois. Kara initially moved with them, but continued to struggle with drug addiction. She later decided to return to Colorado Springs, and ended up moving into a house there with three male roommates. Kara also returned to her previous waitressing job and continued to pursue modeling. She created a Model Mayhem profile to help her network with more agencies and photographers.

It appeared that Kara was getting more and more work as a model. In fact, on the evening of her disappearance, Kara told her roommates that a friend was picking her up and driving her to a modeling job. Unfortunately, she never returned home and was never seen or heard from again. 

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Over the following two days, Kara's brother attempted to contact her several times but was unable to get in touch. On October 12th, 2012, Kara's brother reported her missing--but police initially did not take the case seriously. Kara's brother was told that Kara is an adult and was free to remain out-of-touch. However, Kara's family members knew something was wrong--as it was uncharacteristic for her to not contact them. 

As weeks passed without any sign of Kara, the investigation finally began to progress. It was discovered that Kara's cell phone pinged one final time at 11:45 PM on the evening of her disappearance. The phone appeared to be traveling towards Denver. In November 2014, investigators announced that they wanted to talk to two brunette women who were seen with Kara on the evening of October 9th. It's believed that both women were associates of Kara's through the modeling/escorting business. Neither women have ever come forward, nor have their identities been discovered. 

One of the persons of interest (click to enlarge)

Over the years, there have been numerous reported sightings of Kara. Some have reportedly seen her accompanied by a man in the area of Fillmore Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The witnesses stated that Kara appeared frightened of the man. Still, these sightings have never been confirmed and this man has never been identified. 

In May 2014, a recording was released of Deputy Sheriff Cliff Porter admitting that he had "cut corners in regards to the investigation" and did not look into certain pieces of evidence in the beginning of the case. Kara's family members are frustrated by the lack of urgency in her case. They've placed a monetary reward for anyone with information about her disappearance in hopes that it will encourage someone to come forward.

Today, authorities believe that foul play was involved in Kara's disappearance. She remains missing today. If you have any information that could lead to Kara's whereabouts, please call 719-634-7867 to submit an anonymous tip. 

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UPDATE (February 2022):

Kara's remains have been found. A man named Joel Hollendorfer has been charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. 

Investigators interviewed Hollendorfer several times throughout their investigation into Kara's disappearance. Phone records showed that Kara and Hollendorfer had been in contact several times on the night she vanished. Hollendorfer told investigators that he had solicited Kara's escort services, but they never actually met up. 

Investigators also attempted to interview Hollendorfer's wife, Kristina, but she initially did not cooperate. Then, in early 2022, Kristina finally broke her silence. She spoke to investigators and said that Hollendorfer had admitted to her that he "accidentally killed an escort he hired and buried her body on top of an old horse grave on his parent's property." On February 3rd, 2022, investigators searched said property and found human remains. Days later, it was confirmed that the remains belonged to Kara Nichols.

Hollendorfer was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence shortly thereafter. His charges are pending while he remains behind bars in El Paso County. 

Monday, February 7, 2022

The Disappearance of Jennifer Blackmon


Jennifer Blackmon has been missing since December 22nd, 2020. The then-35-year-old was last seen in River Rouge, Michigan. On the day of her disappearance, Jennifer's car was broken down, so she borrowed her daughter's car so she could to drive to work as a notary public. Jennifer never showed up to her job in River Rouge and has never been seen or heard from again.

The car Jennifer was driving was later found abandoned in the 500 block of Frazier Street. It was located near the home she used to live in with her ex-husband. Jennifer and her ex were going through a divorce at the time of her disappearance. She had recently moved into an apartment with their children, while her ex remained in their house. Phone records indicate that Jennifer and her ex-husband were in communication on the day of her disappearance. In fact, Jennifer's last outgoing call was made to him. 

Jennifer and her ex-husband reportedly had a tumultuous relationship. According to reports, police had been called to the couple's home on more than one occasion prior to their breakup. Despite this, police have not named the ex-husband--or anyone--as a suspect or person of interest at this time. 

Jennifer remains missing today, and there is unfortunately very little information available about the investigation. If you have any information that could help lead to her whereabouts, please contact 1-800-SPEAK-UP to submit and anonymous tip. 

Sunday, February 6, 2022

The Disappearance of Rajah McQueen

 

Rajah McQueen has been missing since June 26th, 2021. The 27-year-old vanished in Cleveland, Ohio, and she was last seen at a gas station on Harvard Avenue. Reports state that Rajah was seen leaving the gas station around 7:30 AM in her silver 2018 Nissan Sentra. Rajah has not been seen or heard from since then.  

At the time of her disappearance, Rajah was home for summer break from Rosedale Bible College, where she was studying music. Rajah's loved ones were immediately worried when she was discovered to be missing. Her family members stated that she would not leave behind her two children or stay out-of-touch with her family. According to a missing persons' poster, Rajah's family members were especially concerned about her safety due to a possibly abusive relationship

Throughout the investigation, Cleveland police were able to determine that Rajah's vehicle was spotted once again on June 26th, just a few hours after Rajah left the gas station. The Nissan Sentra was captured by surveillance footage around 11:15 AM, heading west on Harvard towards Broadway. However, Rajah was not the one driving the car. Additionally, police noticed that there was at least one bullet hole on the passenger side door of the car. The bullet holes had not been there when Rajah was at the gas station earlier that morning. 


Both Rajah and her vehicle have not been seen since that day. Investigators have acknowledged that Rajah’s disappearance is suspicious, but they have otherwise not released a lot of information about the case. In January 2022, an article was published saying that progress in the investigation has been made, but further details were not disclosed. Rajah’s cousin was quoted in the article, stating We have made progress, absolutely. We have enough information as we have a picture of what is going on. But there are still things that we don’t know.” 

Rajah remains missing today. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please contact 216-623-3138.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

The Murder of Chantila Wooten


Chantila Wooten was murdered inside her Aurora, Colorado residence on October 8th, 2010. The 24 year-old woman grew up in Denver, and had only lived in her Aurora residence for about a month at the time of her death. Chantila worked as a nursing assistant at a nursing home and was described by her family members as a kind, happy, and fun-loving person. A motive for her murder remains unclear. 

According to reports, police were called to Chantila's residence on Clinton Street around 3:30 PM on the day of the murder. Once police arrived, they discovered that Chantila had been attacked and killed. An autopsy later confirmed that she died from sharp-force trauma. Very few other details about the death have been revealed.

The Adams County Police Department called a press conference four days after Chantila's murder. At the conference, a spokesperson for the police department announced that the investigation was in "a fragile place" and that no other details could be revealed at that point. Chantila's sister Kayla Coleman also spoke at the conference, and she announced that she believed Chantila was killed by somebody she knew. "It had to be someone she knew," Coleman said. "She was very trusting. Her heart was too big."

Years have passed since Chantila's brutal murder, and still no arrests have been made. In 2018, Chantila's family once again appealed to the public for anyone with information to come forward. Other than that, it appears that there have been very few updates in Chantila's case. 

Chantila's case remains opened, and there is a monetary reward available for anyone with information that could lead to her killer. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please call the tip line at 720-913-7867.
 

The Disappearance and Death of Danielle Griffith

image source The morning of May 17th, 2019 began as a fairly typical day in the town Tumwater, Washington. It was a partly cloudy day, and ...