Tuesday, August 30, 2022

The Murder of Chrismely Hidalgo

 

Chrismely Hidalgo was only 22-years-old when she was found murdered on January 27th, 2013. The young mother lived in Paterson, New Jersey at the time of her death. Chrismely's body was found along the side of the road on the Route 22 west entrance ramp in Newark. She had been thrown from a vehicle that was traveling around 60 MPH, which caused her skull to crack. However, it was determined that Chrismely was already deceased by the time her body was removed from the vehicle. She had been strangled to death. 

Chrismely was reported missing by her family on January 26th, 2013 - just one day before her body was found. She was last seen near Union and Redwood Avenue in Paterson before her disappearance. Chrismely struggled with addiction, and she reportedly frequented that area to purchase drugs. Family members believe Chrismely was killed in that area of Paterson before her killer(s) disposed of her body near Newark.

During 2014, it was reported that Chrismely's family members were frustrated with the murder investigation. Chrismely's sister Yohanaka Isabel told reporters that she believes Paterson police let Chrismely's killer walk free. According to Yohanaka, DNA belonging to a man was found under Chrismely's fingernails. When police questioned this man, they noticed he had scratches on his face. The man denied involvement in Chrismely's murder; he stated that the scratches were due to "rough sex" that he had with Chrismely. Police let the man go after hearing that explanation. The man in question has never been publicly identified, nor has he been charged with anything related to Chrismely's case. 

Chrismely's loved ones do not believe that Chrismely had consensual "rough sex" with this man. In fact, they believe this man is a killer, and that police did not thoroughly investigate him. As previously noted, Chrismely struggled with addiction and was also reportedly involved in sex work. Many have speculated that police did not take her case seriously due to her lifestyle.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for missing persons/murder cases to be overlooked if the victim has struggled with addiction. These cases are often overlooked by not only the police department, but the media as well. The family of Chrismely Hidalgo believes that this issue is responsible for the lack of progress in her murder case. 

Over the years, very few updates have been provided. Detectives have not revealed any details about the investigation. Chrismely's murder remains unsolved. If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of her killer(s), please submit a tip.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Today in True Crime: August 29, 2022

Today's true crime anniversaries include two unsolved cases. Both cases involve indigenous Americans. According to the U.S. Department of Interior, "American Indian and Alaska Native people are at a disproportionate risk of experiencing violence, murder, or going missing." To learn more about this issue, visit this site.


It has been seven years since Elijah Runningbear 'Bear' Diaz vanished from his home in El Cajon, California. Bear was 20-years-old at the time of his disappearance. Like many 20-year-olds, he was in a stage of young adulthood where he was gaining independence. However, Bear was also struggling with his health at the time he vanished. Due to his diabetes, he was severely underweight, had limited mobility, and was unable to drive himself from place to place. 

Bear's mother was the last family member to have seen him. His mother dropped him off at his home around 10 PM the night before his disappearance. Bear sent one final text message over at hour later. He has never been seen or heard from again.

Around 4:00 PM the next day, Bear’s mother showed up at his house to bring him dinner. When she arrived, Bear was nowhere to be found and many items were missing from his home as well. The bedding was missing from his bed, along with his big-screen TV and about a week’s worth of his diabetes medication. His toothbrush, glasses, and phone charger were left behind. 

Bear's family members believe somebody took him from his home and harmed him. They have not given up hope in finding him, but unfortunately it appears the case has gone cold.

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My thoughts on this case...

Somebody obviously knows what happened to Bear. There's no way he left his home with all of that stuff on his own. The bedding being missing indicates, to me, that maybe something happened on the bed and the perp(s) removed it to hide the evidence. That being said, there aren't any reports on forensic testing done on the mattress/remaining parts of the bed...so who knows.

Bear lived in a neighborhood full of other Barona tribe members. I hate the thought of someone close to him being responsible for his disappearance, but unfortunately that is the case for most missing persons cases/murders. I really feel for Bear's family and I hope they find answers.

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It's been three years since 18-year-old Kaysera Stops Pretty Places was found deceased in Hardin, Montana. Prior to her untimely death, Kaysera lived in the area with her grandmother. She was last seen alive by her family members on August 24th, 2019, and she was reported missing on August 27th.

Two days after Kaysera was reported missing, her body was found in the backyard of a home in Hardin. Her death was deemed suspicious by authorities - but an exact manner and cause of death were unable to be determined. Kaysera's family members have criticized the quality of the investigation into her death. After the autopsy turned out inconclusive, Kaysera's body was cremated - making it impossible for further examinations to be done.

There is still hope that someone with information about Kaysera's death will come forward. Please do not let her name be forgotten!

My thoughts on this case...

So many unfortunate circumstances. I know nothing about cremation/morgue services but it seems as if a body should not be cremated until the investigation into the person's death is complete. The reports say that Kaysera was cremated without her family's consent. If that is true, shouldn't there be some legal repercussions? Either way, I feel frustrated for her family. An 18-year-old doesn't just end up dead out of the blue. Something sinister had to have happened.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

The Disappearance of Jasmine Host

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Jasmine Host has been missing since September 2017. The then-29-year-old lived in a residence in Gadsden, Alabama with her husband, Mark Host, their housemate, Rachel Sears, and several young children. Jasmine, Mark, Rachel, and the children were all planning to move to Dawson Springs, Kentucky prior to Jasmine's disappearance.

According to reports, Jasmine was last seen in the Gadsden residence on Noccalula Drive on the evening of September 15th, 2017. The members of the household planned to make their move to Kentucky the following morning. However, when the next morning arrived, Jasmine was gone. She has never been seen or heard from again. 

Mark, Rachel, and the children continued with the move to Kentucky, without Jasmine. This obviously raises suspicions about both Mark and Rachel, but they have denied involvement in Jasmine's disappearance. Various reports state that Jasmine's relationship with Mark was volatile, which raises even more suspicions about him. Still, no arrests have ever been made in relation to Jasmine's disappearance. 

Police have released very little information about Jasmine's case, but there has been a lot of speculation on social media about what might have happened. Inevitably, many people suspect that Mark and Rachel are responsible for Jasmine's disappearance. The two of them have since reportedly been arrested on unrelated charges, but they have still yet to be publicly identified as suspects in Jasmine's case. 

Jasmine remains missing today. There is a $5000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to Jasmine's whereabouts. If you have any valuable information, please submit a tip.
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Saturday, August 27, 2022

The Murder of Nicole Lovell


Nicole Lovell (13) disappeared from her family’s home in Blacksburg, Virginia after climbing out of her bedroom window during the early morning hours of January 27th, 2016. Prior to that morning, Nicole told her friends that she was planning to sneak out to meet up with her new 18-year-old boyfriend named David. This David was later identified as David Eisenhauer, an 18-year-old freshman at Virginia Tech.

Hours after Nicole climbed out of her bedroom window, her parents found her bedroom empty, her window open, and a drawer pushed up to her windowsill that helped her climb outside. They immediately reported her missing. Investigators then began interviewing Nicole’s friends and neighbors. A few of those friends mentioned Nicole’s plan to meet up with an older boy named David. Three days later, David Eisenhauer was arrested. 

David Eisenhauer

David admitted to meeting Nicole online and to driving to her home during the early morning hours of January 27th so they could meet up in person. He said that he believed Nicole was 16 or 17 years old, but when he saw her that morning, he realized she was much younger and decided to leave. Investigators did not buy this story and charged David with Nicole’s abduction. Shortly thereafter, Nicole’s body was found on the side of the road near the Virginia/North Carolina border. She had been stabbed to death. David was then charged with murder in addition to abduction.

In a twist to an already tragic case, David later told investigators that he did not act alone. Fellow Virginia Tech freshman Natalie Keepers allegedly helped David in both the planning of Nicole’s murder and the clean-up of Nicole’s body. Natalie was subsequently arrested and charged with being an accessory to a felony before the fact and with concealing a body. 

Natalie Keepers

Many people have questioned why two young people with seemingly bright futures would commit such heinous crimes. It seemed likely that David's motive was to cover up his inappropriate relationship with Nicole - but he denied that the relationship ever actually came to fruition. Additionally, the question still remained: How did Natalie factor into all of this? The investigation eventually revealed the answers to some remaining questions - and what was found chilled the community to the bone.

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Linking David to Nicole.

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As previously stated, Nicole told her friends that she was going to meet up with an 18-year-old boyfriend named David before she went missing. It did not take investigators long to identify this "David" as David Eisenhauer. This is likely due to the fact that investigators uncovered several messages between Nicole and David Eisenhauer on the messaging app Kik. 

David himself admitted to meeting Nicole online, but said he did not know she was only 13 years-old. He also claimed that he left upon learning her real age and that nothing happened between them. However, the messages between David and Nicole indicate that they had met in person at least once before the night of January 27th, and that they had possibly gotten sexually intimate. 

This information finally revealed a potential motive for David - and as many people initially thought, it was to cover up to his inappropriate relationship with 13-year-old Nicole. 

The next part of the investigation revealed Natalie's involvement in all of this.


Natalie and David.

Natalie Keepers told investigators that she first met David at their freshman orientation at Virginia Tech. The two became close throughout the first semester. During the early second semester, David approached her with a problem about a younger girl. He reportedly explained that he met Nicole at a party and thought she was 18 but found out that she was only 13 after having sex with her. David said that Nicole was threatening to expose their relationship, and as a result, David and Natalie came up with a plan for David to kill Nicole in order to keep the relationship a secret. 

Natalie went on to describe David as a sociopath, and she referred to herself as a “sociopath in training.” When investigators probed her for more information about why she agreed to participate in the murder of a young girl,  Natalie told investigators that she was “excited to be a part of something special and secret.”

After David went through with the murder, he originally left Nicole’s body hidden at Craig Creek Road. Then, he enlisted Natalie’s help in moving Nicole’s body, removing her clothing, wiping her body with Clorox wipes, and dumping her on the side of the road near the state’s border. 

Investigators forensically linked Natalie to the scene after searching her dorm room. While there, investigators found a Minions blanket that belonged to Nicole, covered in blood. 

Court proceedings.

Both David and Natalie pleaded not guilty to all charges. David went to trial in 2018, but after four days of testimony, he decided to plead no contest. Essentially, he admitted that there was enough evidence to convict him, but he did not confess to committing the crime. In September 2018, David was sentenced to 50 years in prison. During his sentencing, David offered an apology to the Lovell family: “I am sorry for the pain my actions have caused for Nicole Lovell and her family.”

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On August 13th, 2018, Natalie Keepers pleaded guilty to concealing Nicole's body. At that time, Natalie still faced charges of being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder. Natalie’s guilty plea to the concealment of body charge was reportedly a legal tactic. Her attorneys hoped that this guilty plea would limit the evidence in the trial for the more serious charge of planning Nicole’s murder. Natalie still maintained her not guilty plea for that charge, and she went to trial in September 2018.

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On September 20th, 2018 Natalie was found guilty of her role in the death of Nicole Lovell. At her trial, the prosecution played a recording of a Natalie’s initial interrogation with investigators. During the interrogation she ultimately admitted to helping David plan Nicole’s murder, however she stated that she did not think that David would actually go through with the plan. Hours into the interrogation, Natalie spoke of the life she wanted to live and eventually began to cry, telling investigators, “David ruined my life.” She was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The Disappearance of Daniel Lambertson

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Daniel Lamberton has been missing since January 30th, 2010. 

The then-39-year-old was last seen in Aiea, Hawaii. On the evening of his disappearance, Daniel and his wife Theresa attended a church service at Farrington High School. The couple drove to the service separately, but met up once they arrived. 

Afterwards, Daniel and Theresa left in their respective vehicles at the same time - presumably to go back home. Theresa made it back to their residence in Pearl City, but Daniel never arrived. At some point after leaving the church, Daniel called Theresa twice, but she was driving and missed the calls. When she tried to call back, Daniel did not answer. He has never been seen or heard from again. 

Daniel was reported missing the following day. The vehicle he was driving vanished with him, leading many to fear that he had gotten into a car accident and/or had driven off the road. However, on February 2nd, Daniel's car was found abandoned in a parking lot along the north shore in Oahu. The car was locked, and many of Daniel's personal belongings were left inside. There was otherwise no sign of Daniel himself on the scene.

Searches for Daniel were conducted by both professionals and volunteers. Unfortunately, nothing was found. Years have passed, and there is very little information available about the investigation into Daniel's disappearance. Police have given very few updates. There has been a lot of speculation about what might have happened to Daniel, but nothing has ever been confirmed. Still, there are a few prominent theories. 

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While investigating Daniel's disappearance, police learned a lot about his background. Detectives wanted to learn about his job, his love life, his friendships - anything that could provide information about Daniel and/or his disappearance. Their findings seemingly did not uncover anything suspicious about Daniel or his life before his disappearance.

Daniel is originally from New Jersey, and he met his wife Theresa there in 2002.  The couple dated for years, and they eventually moved to Hawaii together. While there, Theresa worked as a nurse. Daniel got his real estate license and began working as a realtor. He originally worked for the Hawaii Realty Group, but shortly before his disappearance, he switched over to the Tropic Lighting Real Estate agency. Daniel and Theresa also were members and regular churchgoers at New Hope Christian Fellowship. 

By all accounts, Daniel appeared to be a well-rounded person who did not have any known enemies. Due to this, his disappearance seems all the more mysterious. Still - there were some aspects of his life that have had been speculated about, and a few theories have emerged.

Relationship with Theresa.

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As previously stated, Daniel and Theresa met in 2002, while both were still living in New Jersey. They eventually moved to Hawaii together. The couple finally married in October 2009, after dating for seven years. Daniel vanished just a few months after their wedding.

Although Theresa was the last known person to have seen Daniel, it appears that she is not a suspect in the case. It was noted that the couple did not drive to the church service together on the evening of Daniel's disappearance. This was reportedly because Daniel had been running errands throughout that day, so they agreed to meet up at the service. 

There are some discrepancies about what the couple's plans were after church. Some reports state that Daniel and Theresa intended to go straight home, while other reports state that they were going to go out to dinner before going home. Either way, Theresa arrived at their planned destination - whether it was their home or a restaurant - and Daniel did not. 

Theresa reported Daniel missing the following evening. Some find it suspicious that Theresa waited an entire day to call police - but the fact that she waited that long is not necessarily be indicative that she is involved in her husband's disappearance. After all, Daniel is an adult, and many police agencies do not even bother looking into cases of adults who have not been missing for a full 24 hours. It's also completely possible that Theresa thought that Daniel would eventually show up. 

Others have also said that Theresa was/is not an active participant in the search for Daniel. However, in the early stages of the investigation, Theresa spoke to reporters and made a public plea for Daniel's safe return. 

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While it's true that several guilty people also have made similar pleas in an attempt to deflect suspicion, that may not be the case here. At this point, it's all speculation. Theresa has never been named a person of interest in the case. She has since remarried.

Some still believe Theresa knows more than she has disclosed - while others have pondered if there are other aspects of Daniel's life that may be a factor in his disappearance.

The Real Estate Work.

Daniel got his real estate license after he and Theresa moved to Hawaii. He enjoyed the work liked to meet new people while on the job. As previously noted, Daniel switched to a different realtor agency shortly before his disappearance. This is not particularly unusual for people working in this field, but there are rumors that the new real estate agency was involved in some shady business. The details of said "shady business" are not known, but there are several complaints about the company that can be found online. 

If the company Daniel worked for was actually involved in shady or illegal business, it's possible that this played in a role in his disappearance. Did Daniel know something he shouldn't have known? Or was Daniel set up by someone in the company? Police have not released any evidence to suggest this to be true - but it's certainly not impossible at this point. 

Many have questioned if the location that Daniel's car was found might have to do with his job as well. As previously noted, the car was found abandoned in a parking lot along the north shore in Oahu. This location is an approximate hour and a half's drive away from the church service that Daniel attended on the night of his disappearance. It's also about an hour's drive away from his home in Pearl City. 

It seems unusual that he would drive that far after leaving the church service, since reports state he intended to go to the same place as his wife that evening. With this in mind, some have speculated that Daniel might have received a call about a potential real estate listing that sent him to that area. It's possible that this explains the two phone calls he made to Theresa after leaving the church service; because he wanted to tell her that he would be getting home late. 

Again, this is not a confirmed theory, but simply another possible one. It also leaves many questions. If Daniel did, in fact, go to check out a vacant home - what happened afterwards? Was he sent there as a set up for his murder? If so, by whom and why?

The car's location in particular also leads to a few other theories. 

Finding the vehicle. 

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Daniel's car was found three days after his disappearance. There is reportedly no known connection between Daniel and the location where the vehicle found. It's possible he traveled there to meet someone, maybe for work, maybe for something else.

Another odd thing about the car's location is that there is no direct route to this spot from the church. It's been reported that he would have to drive in a loop, along the coastline and the mountains, to get to the spot where his car was parked. If Daniel went there immediately after leaving the church service, it is still unclear why.

The car was found close to the ocean - therefore creating a theory that Daniel might have ended up in the water. There are theories that he might have harmed himself, but his loved ones firmly believe he would never do such a thing. There is also a theory that he was murdered and disposed of in the water. Thorough searches have been conducted, but nothing was found.

Today.

Daniel remains missing. No suspects or persons of interest have been announced in the case. Unfortunately, it appears the case has gone cold.

The Honolulu Police are in charge of Daniel's case. If you have information that could help the investigation, please contact authorities at 808-529-3064.
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The Disappearance and Murder of Desiree Thompson


Desiree Thompson (30) vanished under suspicious circumstances on January 7th, 2012. While she was missing, it was reported that Desiree last seen that evening after a frightening incident with her estranged ex-husband, Edward 'Face' Gibson III (pictured below). There were reportedly several instances of domestic violence and encounters with the police throughout Desiree's relationship with Gibson. On the night of her disappearance, Gibson showed up at Desiree's home in California City, California unannounced. When Desiree answered the door, Gibson pointed a shotgun at her face. 

It appears that no shots were actually fired at that time, as Desiree was seen alive just a few hours after that incident. After that last sighting, she was never seen or heard from again.

Edward 'Face' Gibson III

Desiree is the niece of songwriter/producer Kenneth Howard Smith--who is most famously known for his work on Motown and D-Town Records. Smith reportedly used his numerous resources to help spread awareness about Desiree's disappearance, but unfortunately very few leads and clues turned up. Investigators also been searching for Gibson, who also vanished on the evening of Desiree's disappearance. 

It is believed that Gibson is on the run. He is wanted on charges of burglary, domestic violence, violating a court order, brandishing a firearm, and possessing a firearm as a felon. For years, Gibson also remained the only person of interest in Desiree's disappearance. 

In 2022, Desiree's case took an unexpected turn. During March, investigators received a tip that led them to a home in California City. A man named Jose William Lara, now 60, used to live in said residence. While there, investigators found blood splatters in the master bedroom and human remains in the backyard. The remains were not immediately identified, but Lara was subsequently arrested and charged with Desiree’s murder.

Jose Lara in court. (source)

It took months, but in July 2022, the remains were finally confirmed to be that of Desiree Nicole Thompson. The news of Desiree’s death AND the arrest of Lara has come as a shock to Desiree’s loved ones. For years, many believed that Desiree’s ex-husband Edward Gibson III was responsible for her disappearance. However, according to court documents, Desiree was the victim of an unfortunate attack by a stranger.

The court documents also state that police learned about Lara's potential involvement in Desiree's case after they were contacted by an informant. The informant told police that Lara had described, in detail, how he murdered a woman matching Desiree's description and then buried the woman in the backyard of his old residence. 

Lara was reportedly angry on the evening of Desiree's murder. He reportedly told the informants that he was at a party that evening, but while there, he was assaulted by three individuals who told him he was not welcome. Lara then left the party but returned to a nearby area a short time later in search of the people who assaulted him. While waiting, he came across two individuals - one who matched Desiree's description.

Lara told the informants that he was angry about being assaulted and wanted to get revenge - and it did not matter who received it. He subsequently invited Desiree over to his house under the guise of drinking beers together. Lara said that once she was there, he bashed Desiree's head into a mini-fridge and then stabbed her to death. Later, he buried her in his backyard. 

Although Lara confessed to the informant, he has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges. His case is currently pending. 


 

Monday, August 22, 2022

The Disappearance of Sabrina Hatheway


Sabrina Hatheway has been missing since December 2014. The then-23-year-old vanished in Worcester, Massachusetts. Sabrina's family members last saw her at her aunt's home on December 21st, 2014. Sabrina told her aunt that she was going for a ride with a friend and would be back shortly. She never returned. 

Family members grew concerned after days passed without any contact from Sabrina. Those concerns intensified when she did not show up or call anyone on Christmas. Sabrina's loved ones eventually learned that her boyfriend Kevin Crozier was the last person to have seen her. Sabrina and Kevin had been living together in a house owned by Kevin's grandmother on Dixfield Road, but Sabrina had moved out about a week before her disappearance. According to family members, Sabrina's relationship with Kevin was volatile—which further contributed to their concerns when Sabrina fell out-of-touch.

Kevin would later claim that on the evening of December 21st, he and Sabrina went to a gathering at a friend's house. Both drank at the gathering, and they ended up being driven home by a friend to the residence on Dixfield Road. Kevin stated that both he and Sabrina passed out shortly after arriving home. He said that when he woke up the following morning, Sabrina was gone. 

After Sabrina went missing, events followed that built even more suspicions against Kevin Crozier. Still, he has never been charged with anything pertaining to her disappearance. As such, the events following Sabrina's disappearance further deepen both the mystery and tragedy surrounding her case.

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Less than two weeks after Sabrina vanished, on New Year's Day 2015, authorities were called to the Dixfield Road residence in response to a fire. An investigation later revealed that the fire was a result of arson. A news report about the fire states that "investigators discovered a burn pattern leading through three rooms in the house. A K-9 alerted to the presence of a potential accelerant on the bed, floor and hallway. " 

The house following the fire. (Worcester Sun)

Evidence eventually pointed to Kevin Crozier himself being responsible for the arson at his own home. Police learned that Kevin had offered $1,000 to men named Scott Phelan and Lionel Bermudez in exchange for their help burning down the house. The men reportedly claimed that Kevin wanted to burn down the house to collect the insurance money, but it was later revealed that the house was not actually insured. All three men were subsequently held on arson charges.

From left to right: Kevin Crozier, Lione Bermudez and Scott Phelan

There has been speculation that Kevin actually wanted to burn down the house to cover up evidence related to Sabrina's disappearance. Given that he was the last person to see Sabrina at the residence that he later conspired to burn down, this speculation is not surprising. It also appears that Sabrina's cell phone activity ceased while she was at the Dixfield Road residence. While this could be explained by a dead battery, the cell phone has never been turned back on and it has never been recovered by investigators. 

Kevin has denied any involvement in Sabrina's disappearance, but Sabrina's family members believe he is lying, and they have grown frustrated with his perceived lack of cooperation. In April 2017, Sabrina's mother Brenda Hatheway reportedly learned that the house on Dixfield Road was going to be torn down. According to family members, this news was very upsetting to Brenda. Sabrina's aunt/Brenda's sister Lisa Mallett-Hatheway explained that "[Brenda] was convinced there was still evidence [at the house] that could help find her missing daughter." 

Lisa also stated that Brenda had been sober for years prior to this incident, but in April 2017, she turned to alcohol to ease her pain. What happened next would mark yet another tragic event for the Hatheway family. 

Sabrina and her mother Brenda (Worcester Telegram)

On April 30th, 2017, Brenda and her boyfriend Joe Kenedek partook in a night of drinking. Brenda and Joe had been together for years and they have a son together. In 2017 the couple lived together in an apartment in Webster. Their relationship was rocky, and it was evident on the evening of April 30th. According to witnesses, Brenda and Joe spent much of the night arguing. At some point, their fight turned physical. Joe was seen severely kicking and beating Brenda in front of their residence. Brenda died later from her injuries. 

Joe Kenedek was charged with second-degree murder in connection to Brenda's death. He later pleaded guilty and is currently serving a 7-to-10-year sentence. Brenda's sister Lisa is now raising Brenda and Joe's son. 

Brenda passed away without ever finding answers about what happened to Sabrina. In 2020, Lisa told reporters that she knows Joe is the one responsible for Brenda's death, but she holds Kevin Crozier somewhat responsible as well. Lisa stated that Brenda was very frustrated because she believed that Kevin was denying knowledge of Sabrina's whereabouts. Lisa believes that these frustrations are what drove Brenda to begin drinking again. 

On May 25th, 2018, Kevin Crozier was sentenced to six years and one day for the arson charges. He received credit for the three years he had already served. In April 2020, Kevin was paroled. 

Meanwhile, Sabrina remains missing to this day. Sabrina's loved ones still believe that Kevin is responsible for her disappearance. He has never been charged with anything related to Sabrina's case. Still, there have not been any other publicly reported suspects to date. There also is very little information about any other clues that might lead to a suspect other than Kevin Crozier. 

Sabrina's family members now fear that the truth about what happened to Sabrina may never be revealed. In April 2021, Kevin and another individual were shot on John Street in Worcester. Kevin was taken to the hospital, but further updates on his condition were not reported. 

Sabrina's disappearance remains unsolved. The Worcester Police are in charge of the case. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please contact Worcester Police at (508) 799-8600.
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Today in True Crime: August 22, 2022

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It's been 10 years since Hannah Truelove was reported missing from her home in Gainesville, Georgia. The following evening, the 16-year-old girl was found murdered in a wooded area near her residence. Hannah had been brutally stabbed to death. 

Hannah was last seen alive around 7:30 PM on August 22nd, 2012. She was hanging out with other teenagers who lived in the same apartment complex. Hannah never returned to the apartment she lived in with her mother. Her mother reported her missing by 10:00 PM that evening. Unfortunately, Hannah was found deceased less than a day later. 

At the time of her murder, Hannah did not have her cell phone after her parents had taken it away. Therefore, it was difficult for police to determine who she had been in touch with during the days leading up to her murder. Several people have been investigated over the years, but no arrests have ever been made. Detectives otherwise have remained quiet about the status of the investigation. 

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My thoughts on this case...

Obviously an incredibly tragic case. It also seems solvable to me. Hannah was only missing for a day and was found near her residence. It seems incredibly likely that someone she knew was responsible for her death. But since a decade has passed without an arrest... I guess it's possible that Hannah was the victim of a random perpetrator too. Someone definitely knows something. 

I remember this case when it first happened. I'd love to see it solved someday.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Today in True Crime: August 21, 2022

 

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Kimberly Day Jacobs vanished in Honolulu, Hawaii 14 years ago today. The then-47-year-old woman lived in a Waikiki apartment with her husband, Stan Jacobs. According to Stan, Kimberly was resting when he left their apartment around 6:00 PM. When he returned by 8:00 PM, she was gone. Kimberly has never been seen or heard from again.

It has never been believed that Kimberly went missing on her own accord. It's uncharacteristic of her to be out-of-touch with her family, especially her daughter. Kimberly also left behind all of her personal items, including her passport and credit cards. Many have speculated that Stan is involved in her disappearance, but he has never been arrested or charged with anything related to the case.

There are some conflicting reports about Stan's potential involvement.  Kimberly's page on the Charley Project states that Stan has cooperated with the investigation. Still, Kimberly's family members believe that he knows more than he has revealed.

Kimberly's disappearance remains unsolved.

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

The Murder of Michele Neurauter

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รข€œ Michele Neurauter (pictured left) was brutally murdered by her ex-husband Lloyd Neurauter (pictured top right) in August 2017. Lloyd was assisted by their 19 year-old daughter Karrie Neurauter (pictured bottom right).
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Michele Neurauter (pictured left) was brutally murdered by her ex-husband Lloyd Neurauter (pictured top right) in August 2017. Lloyd was assisted by their 19-year-old daughter Karrie Neurauter (pictured bottom right).

The Neurauters lived in Corning, New York. Lloyd was allegedly abusive, which was a main contributing factor to their split. After Michele and Lloyd divorced, Michele remained in the home with their children, while Lloyd moved out. In 2014, their oldest daughter Karrie moved to Syracuse to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Over time, Lloyd grew tired of having to pay Michele alimony and child support for their 14-year-old daughter. He wanted to stop these payments and gain custody of the 14-year-old. In early August 2017, he contacted Karrie to enlist her help in killing Michele. According to Karrie, her father gave her an ultimatum. He said that if Karrie did not help him kill her mother, he would kill himself. Karrie then agreed to help, and the two put a plan together.

On August 28th, 2017, Karrie and Lloyd executed their plan. The two entered Michele’s home and unplugged all electronic devices to hide their presence in the house. Then, Karrie distracted her 14-year-old sister while Lloyd entered Michele’s bedroom and strangled her to death. Karrie then helped Lloyd stage the scene to make it look like Michele had hung herself.

Police did not believe that Michele’s death was a suicide from the beginning. Both Karrie and Lloyd lied to the police and denied that foul play was involved in Michele’s death. Over the next few months, police continued to investigate. Eventually, the chilling truth was revealed.

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The investigation.

While trying to piece together the events leading to Michele's death, police decided to wiretap Karrie’s phone. Very shortly thereafter, they recorded a phone conversation between Lloyd and Karrie that was quite incriminating. Karrie knew she was going to be questioned by the police about Michele’s death, and Lloyd gave Karrie instructions on what to say. 

Lloyd was heard saying, “Tell them ‘I’m sorry, I’ve got a counseling appointment back in New Jersey tonight, I’ve gotta get to my counseling appointment. And tell them this had been really hard on you.” Then, with a laugh, Lloyd asked Karrie: “Could you cry?”, to which Karrie responded, “I might.”

It took months for police to put all the evidence together. Eventually, the true nature of Karrie's relationship with her father Lloyd was revealed. Karrie lived with Lloyd following his divorce from Michele. In the years that followed, Lloyd coerced and manipulated Karrie and their other daughter into turning against their mother. Karrie especially turned a special allegiance towards her father. Many believe Lloyd tricked his children into believing their mother was a bad person.

Investigators finally received warrants for Lloyd and Karrie’s arrests in January 2018. Karrie was arrested at her home in Syracuse. Lloyd led police on a chase to the top of a 5-story parking garage in Princeton, New Jersey. He threatened to jump, before an officer tackled him and he was eventually taken into custody.

The charges.

Karrie was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree custodial interference, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree conspiracy. She initially pleaded not guilty, but then eventually accepted a deal and pleaded guilty to second degree murder. As part of the plea deal, Karrie also agreed to testify against her father at his trial.

Lloyd was charged with first-degree murder, and he also initially pleaded not guilty. Just two weeks before his trial, though, he changed his plea to guilty and admitted to killing Michele. He also admitted to coercing Karrie into helping him by threatening suicide. Due to this admission, Karrie was able to plead to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The sentencing.

On December 4th, 2018, Lloyd was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Days later, Karrie was sentenced to 1-3 years. Michele’s family members stated that they expected Karrie to receive a much longer sentence, however they are actually happy with the outcome. In fact, Karrie’s grandmother stated that this is “what Michele would have wanted.” 

List Series: The Final Victim

Many missing persons/murder cases involve perpetrators who have committed a similar crime before. Unfortunately, some offenders harm several victims before finally getting caught and/or put away for good. The below list contains cases of a violent criminal's final victim; the victim that finally put the criminal away for life. 


Brianna Denison

During the fall semester in 2007, students at the University of Nevada Reno were on high alert. While most college students are worried about passing their exams, female students at UNR were worried for their physical safety - as it appeared there was a serial rapist on the loose. Several sexual assaults had been reported in the area, and many of the victims were female UNR students. 

In September 2007, a female student was grabbed by a male as she walked towards her car in a campus parking lot. The male attacker shoved her to the ground and groped her. She fought him off and the attacker fled. In December 2007, another young female student was abducted from her apartment and sexually assaulted. The young woman said her attacker forced her into his car, he drove her to a secluded area, raped her and beat her, then drove her back to her apartment. 

On January 20th, 2008, another frightening situation occurred around the UNR campus: a girl vanished into thin air. 19-year-old Brianna Denison had been visiting her friend, who was a student at the university. Brianna slept on her friend's couch on the evening of January 19th. When her friend awoke the next morning, Brianna was gone. There was a bloodstain on the pillow she'd slept on. Police were called, and a search for Brianna was launched. 

Investigators conducted forensic testing on the pillow found with a bloodstain. DNA from both Brianna and an unidentified male who had been linked to the December 2007 assault were found on said pillow.  At that point, it was clear that whoever was responsible for the December 2007 assault was also responsible for Brianna’s disappearance. On February 15th, 2008, Brianna's body was found hidden under tree limbs in South Reno. An autopsy confirmed she had been raped and strangled.

In November 2008, an anonymous person told police that a man named James Biela had behaved in a way that matched the behavior of the reported suspect in Brianna’s case. Biela refused to give police a DNA sample, but his girlfriend provided police with a DNA sample from their son. After that, police were able to positively link Biela's DNA to the DNA they had on file. Biela was subsequently arrested and charged with raping and killing Brianna, kidnapping and sexually assaulting another student, and raping a third student. He was convicted in June 2010, and he currently sits on death row. 



Chelsea King
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Chelsea King was only 17 years-old when she was abducted and murdered in the San Diego area. On the afternoon of February 25th, 2010, Chelsea went for a run near Lake Hodges and never returned home. Police immediately searched the area where Chelsea was last seen and found a pair of her socks and her underwear. Those items were sent to forensic testing, where investigators found a DNA match to somebody who was already in CODIS: a registered sex offender named John Albert Gardner III. 

Police brought Gardner into custody as the search for Chelsea continued. Then, on March 2nd, 2010, police announced that Chelsea’s body was found in a shallow grave located just 10 feet from the lake’s shore. Gardner was then charged with rape and murder in Chelsea’s case. He was also charged with the attempted rape of another woman at Lake Hodges months before Chelsea’s disappearance. 

Gardner was clearly not a first-time offender. In 2000, he was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl. Gardner served 5 years in prison before being released in 2005.
With that in mind, investigators began to wonder if he was responsible for the disappearance of another local young girl: Amber DuBois of Escondido. Amber vanished at the age of 14 while walking to school. Her disappearance occurred on February 13, 2009 - just under a year before Chelsea's disappearance. Amber was still missing when Gardner was charged with Chelsea's murder. Since police had Gardner in custody, they were able to question him about Amber. He initially denied involvement, but eventually he led investigators to Amber's remains in a remote area outside of San Diego. Gardner was subsequently charged with Amber's murder as well.

On April 16th, 2010, Gardner plead guilty to both Amber and Chelsea’s murders in exchange for the death penalty being taken off the table. In court, Gardner admitting to kidnapping, raping, and stabbing Amber to death in February 2009. He also admitted to dragging Chelsea to a remote area around Lake Hodges, where he went on to rape, strangle, and bury her there in February 2010. Gardner was sentenced to life in prison, where he remains today.



Tyler Thomas

Joshua Keadle (pictured right) had a reputation at Peru State College in Nebraska. In 2010, Keadle was 28 years old. This was much older than most of the other students, yet he still lived in a dorm on campus. Female students typically avoided him; he creeped them out and there were rumors about him being a sexual predator. 19-year-old Tyler Thomas (pictured left) was one of the several female students who tried to steer clear of Keadle. 

It appears that Tyler and Keadle were initially friendly with one another. Some reports say that Keadle had taken Tyler out on a date, but Tyler was not interested in him afterwards. Like many other girls, Tyler had begun to feel creeped out by Keadle. She told her friends that she wanted to avoid him. Around that same time, two other female students reported to the school that Keadle had sexually harassed them. He was allowed to remain on campus while the sexual harassment claims were investigated.

During the early morning hours of December 3rd, 2010, Tyler vanished while walking from an off-campus party back to her dorm. She sent a text shortly before 1:30 AM to say that she was lost - despite the fact that someone had spotted her just a few hundred feet away from her dorm building around the same time. Tyler never made it back into the building. Her friends were immediately concerned when she did not return - not only because she was intoxicated, but also because it was frigidly cold outside, and Tyler was not wearing a coat. She was reported missing by 3 AM.

It did not take long for Joshua Keadle to appear on the investigator's radar. He was questioned about Tyler's disappearance, but he denied having any interaction with her at the time she vanished. Police quickly learned this information was false, and Keadle was arrested and charged with providing false information to police. Once he was behind bars, other girls began reporting him to police. Another Peru State student told police that Joshua had sexually assaulted her three times on Halloween - which was roughly a month before Tyler disappeared. Joshua was then additionally charged with false imprisonment and felony rape. Then, yet another young girl came forward and said that Joshua had sexually assaulted her in 2008 - when she was just 15 years old. He was charged with rape for that case as well. 

After these charges were brought about, police were nearly certain Keadle was responsible for Tyler's disappearance. However, he continued to deny it. He admitted to picking Tyler up on the morning of her disappearance and driving to a boat dock in Peru. Keadle claimed that the two of them smoked marijuana together and then Tyler offered to perform a sexual act on in exchange for a ride to Omaha.  Joshua explained to investigators that, after the sexual act, Tyler accused him of rape and the two got into an argument that turned physical. He then claimed that he left Tyler at the dock around 2 AM before returning to his dorm to shower.

Police did not believe this story, but Tyler remained missing, and there was still not enough evidence to charge Keadle with anything related to her case. Keadle was eventually convicted for the sexual assault charges and was serving his sentence when he was finally charged with Tyler's murder in 2017. Police were finally able to charge him after a witness came forward and said Keadle had confessed to murdering Tyler.  

Joshua was convicted of second-degree murder in 2020. He is currently serving a 71-year sentence. 



Sheri Carter

Sheri Carter had a gut feeling about Jimmy Dac Ho the moment she met him. It was January 31st, 2011. Jimmy had come to Sheri's apartment in Boynton Beach, Florida after responding to an online escort ad that Sheri had posted online under the alias "Stephanie". Reports state that 29-year-old Sheri was escorting online in hopes of making money to go to law school. She was expecting Jimmy when he arrived at her residence, but she quickly changed her mind about sleeping with him. Sheri felt something was off with him - and he frightened her a bit. 

Unfortunately, Sheri's gut feelings about Jimmy were absolutely correct. He had a history of violent behavior towards women. Jimmy violently attacked his wife in 2004, causing him to get fired from his job as a police officer in Broward County. He was rejected from several different other police departments before finally getting hired as an officer for Florida Atlantic University in 2006. While there, Jimmy was reported several times for sexual harassment, excessive force, and intimidation. He had also gotten in trouble for making lewd comments to female students and employees. However, Jimmy did not get fired and was still employed at FAU when he went to Sheri's residence in January 2011. 

It is believed that Jimmy grew angry with Sheri after she told him she was not going to sleep with him. He then handcuffed her and shot her in the abdomen and in the neck. The shot to Sheri's neck shattered her spine and instantly paralyzed her. Jimmy fled the scene after shooting her, leaving her there for dead. Sheri's boyfriend later found her clinging to life. She was transported to the hospital, where she unfortunately succumbed to her injuries. 

After reviewing Sheri's phone records, police linked Jimmy to the crime scene. He was questioned, and he confessed to shooting Sheri, but he said he acted in self-defense. He said that it was actually him who had decided he was not going to have sex with Sheri, and that angered her because she was not going to get paid. Jimmy said he handcuffed Sheri to subdue her after she tried to attack him with a knife. He then said that his gun went off on accident. Police did not buy his story, and they subsequently charged Jimmy with kidnapping and murder.

Jimmy went to trial and was ultimately convicted in 2014. He is currently serving two life sentences. 


Samantha Koenig
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Israel Keyes (pictured right) had been committing horrendous crimes in various parts of the United States for over a decade before he was finally caught in 2012. His final victim was 18-year-old Samantha Koenig (left) of Anchorage, Alaska. Keyes abducted Samantha from her workplace; a coffee stand called Common Grounds. He had scoped out that coffee stand for quite some time before kidnapping the young woman. Keyes told Samantha he was kidnapping her for ransom, but it was a lie. He eventually brought Samantha to the home he shared with his girlfriend and 10-year-old daughter. Keyes bound and tied Samantha up in a shed next to the house. Then, he obtained Samantha's debit card and PIN number. Later, Keyes sexually assaulted and strangled Samantha. 

Investigators caught up to Keyes in Texas on March 13th, 2013. He was found after he used Samantha's debit card in several different states including Arizona, New Mexico, and then Texas. Officials were eventually able to track him down in the town of Shepherd. Keyes was arrested and charged with kidnapping. Eventually, he confessed to killing the young woman and he told investigators where to find her remains in a lake in Palmer, Alaska. 

Keyes recollection of Samantha's abduction and murder was shocking and horrifying enough - but what Keyes went on to tell investigators was even more horrific: Keyes had killed before. In fact, he considered himself to be a skilled serial killer. Keyes would purposely target victims in different states to avoid detection. He admitted to killing certain victims - including Bill and Lorraine Currier of Vermont - but was not forthcoming about other victims. As of today, Keyes in the prime suspect in 2 murders that occurred in Colville, Washington in the late 90s. He is also the prime suspect of a string of murders that occurred in Boca Raton, Florida during 2007. 

Keyes is a person of interest in several other unsolved murders too - but unfortunately, investigators were never able to learn about all of his victims. In December 2012, Keyes killed himself in his jail cell. The only victim that investigators were ever able to get the full story about was his final victim - Samantha Koenig. 



Michaela 'Mickey' Shunick
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Michaela 'Mickey' Shunick was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time during the early morning hours of May 19th, 2012. The 22-year-old had spent the evening at a concert with friends in Lafayette, Louisiana. Mickey then went to a friend's house on Ryan Street before eventually beginning to ride her bike back to her family's house. She had plans to go to her younger sister's high school graduation in the morning. Unfortunately, Mickey never made it home. She was reported missing by her parents around 5 PM the next day.

Throughout the investigation, detectives obtained surveillance footage from cameras of businesses along Mickey’s route home. Around 1:48 AM on the morning of May 19th, Mickey was captured riding her bike on St. Landry Street. A white truck was also spotted driving in the camera’s frame as well. Days later, Mickey's bike was found under Whiskey Bay Bridge. The bike had damage consistent with being hit by a vehicle. Investigators then worked to find both the truck in the surveillance footage AND the truck's driver. Eventually, it was determined that the truck belonged to a 33-year-old man named Brandon Scott Lavergne. 

At that point, investigators were sure that something awful had happened to Mickey, as Lavergne was already in their system as a sex offender. In 2000, he was convicted of aggravated oral sexual battery. Lavergne served 10 years in prison before being released in 2010. In July 2012, detectives learned he had failed to re-registered as a sex offender. As a result, Lavergne was arrested. Once in custody, Lavergne was also charged with kidnapping and murdering Mickey - even though her body had not yet been found. 

Lavergne initially did not cooperate following his arrest - but investigators were still able to identify him as the prime suspect in the 1999 murder of Lisa Pate. At his court appearance on July 18th, 2012, Lavergne was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder - for both Lisa and Mickey, respectively. A few weeks later, Mickey's body was found buried on a property off of Louisiana Highway 10 in Evangeline Parish.

Ten days after Mickey was found, Lavergne decided to plead guilty to both murder charges in exchange for the death penalty being taken off the table. At his sentencing, it was revealed that Lavergne purposely struck Mickey's bike with his truck in hopes that she would accept a ride home from him. Once inside the truck, Mickey realized she was in danger. When she reached for her cell phone to call for help, Lavergne threatened her with a knife. Mickey then sprayed Lavergne in the face with mace, but he was eventually able to wrestle it away from her. Mickey then grabbed Lavergne's knife and began to stab him. Lavergne was able to wrestle the knife away from Mickey. Once he had control of it, he stabbed Mickey four times, causing her to collapse. 

Thinking she was deceased, Lavergne started to drive to a secluded area approximately 40 miles away, where he planned to dump her body. However, during the drive, Mickey unexpectedly shot up and lunged at Lavergne with his knife, stabbing him in the chest. Then, Lavergne pulled out his semi-automatic handgun and shot Mickey in the head, killing her instantly. Injuries on both Mickey and Lavergne prove that Mickey fought hard for her life. The injuries she inflicted on Lavergne were labeled as life-threatening. Those injuries and scars also helped lead to Lavergne's conviction. He will remain in prison for the rest of his life.



Hannah Graham
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University of Virginia student Hannah Graham vanished during the early morning hours of September 13th, 2014. The 18-year-old had become separated from her friends while walking to a party. Hannah sent her last text to a friend around 1:20 AM, saying she was lost. She never returned to her dorm and was never seen or heard from again.

Hannah's disappearance immediately raised alarms with investigators, as they were still working to solve the disappearance and murder of another young girl in the Charlottesville area that occurred 5 years earlier. In 2009, 20-year-old Morgan Harrington vanished after attending a concert on the UVA campus. Much like Hannah, Morgan also got separated from her friends on the night of her disappearance. Morgan's body was found approximately 3 months later, on a remote property about 10 miles away from where she was last seen. An autopsy confirmed she had been murdered. 

By the time Hannah vanished, investigators already knew that there was a serial offender in Virginia - they just did not know the person's identity yet. In 2005, a young woman in Fairfax, Virginia was attacked and raped by a man while she was walking home from the grocery store. Her rapist fled, but investigators were still able to gather his DNA. When Morgan Harrington's remains were found in 2010, investigators were able to determine, through DNA analysis, that the Fairfax rapist and Morgan's killer were the same person. When Hannah went missing in 2014, investigators feared that this person had struck again. 

While investigating Hannah's disappearance, detectives found surveillance footage of her walking around the university's mall area shortly before she vanished. In the footage, Hannah is shown stumbling through the mall by herself when an older, unidentified man approaches her and puts his arm around her. That man was later identified as Jesse L. Matthew Jr. He was taken into custody on September 24th, 2014 and charged with kidnapping and intent to defile. With Matthew now in custody, investigators were able to compare his DNA to the DNA from the other unsolved cases. As suspected, the DNA samples were a match. At that point, investigators knew they had a serial predator on their hands. 

Hannah’s remains were found on October 18th, 2014, on an abandoned property in Albemarle County, Virginia. Matthew was subsequently charged with the kidnapping and rape for the 2005 case and with the murders of both Morgan and Hannah. He took an Alford plea and was ultimately convicted in 2016. Matthew was sentenced to life in prison.


Jessica Runions

Whenever a person goes missing, family members are going to worry. The disappearance of 21-year-old Jessica Runions was no exception. When she vanished during the early morning hours of September 9th, 2016, Jessica's family members were very concerned. They grew even more concerned when they learned that Jessica had last been seen by Kylr Yust, after the two of them left a party together in Grandview, Missouri. This was worrisome because Kylr Yust was already a person of interest in the disappearance of another young girl: Kara Kopetsky of Belton, Missouri.

Kara and Kylr were in a relationship as teenagers - ages 17 and 18, respectively. Their relationship was tumultuous, and it ended with Kara seeking a restraining order against Kylr. Days after the order was issued, Kara vanished. Kylr confessed to several people that he was responsible for Kara's disappearance, but he denied it to the authorities. Over the years, Kylr would go on to abuse new girlfriends and engage in other violent behaviors. He would go on to be charged with several different offenses, including animal abuse and domestic assault. 

At some point, Kylr developed a relationship with Jessica Runions. The two met through Jessica's boyfriend, Jaxxon Mallett. Jessica reportedly went through a pattern off-and-on relationships with both men. It is believed she was dating Jaxxon in September 2016, but she attended a party with Kylr just hours before she disappeared. Due to Kylr's violent past, many immediately suspected he was involved in Jessica's disappearance. Those suspicions were amplified when Jessica's car was found burning near 95th Street and Blue River Road. Police then went to speak to Kylr, who had burn marks all over his face. He was subsequently arrested and charged for knowingly burning a vehicle.

All the while, both Jessica and Kara remained missing. Kylr was not speaking to investigators about their disappearances. What finally brought Kylr to justice happened by pure luck just a few months later. On April 3rd, 2017 a mushroom hunter found a set of remains in a rural area of Cass County, Missouri. When authorities arrived and conducted a more thorough search of the area, they found a second set of remains. Those remains appeared to have been there for much longer than the first set of remains that were found. It only took a few days to confirm that the first set of remains belonged to Jessica. While everyone else already knew the second set belonged to Kara, that was not officially confirmed until August 17th, 2017. 

Kylr Yust was charged with killing both Kara and Jessica on October 6th, 2017. In 2021, a jury convicted Kylr of voluntary manslaughter for the death of Kara, and second-degree murder for the death of Jessica. He was later sentenced to life in prison plus 15 years. 



Reagan Tokes


Reagan Tokes was an Ohio State University student who fell victim to an opportunistic crime by a sick predator on February 8th, 2017. 21-year-old Reagan had finished a shift at Bodega Cafe in Columbus and was walking to her car when she was approached by Brian Golsby. Golsby abducted the young woman at gunpoint by forcing her into her own car. He forced Reagan to drive to various ATMs around town to withdraw money. 

Golsby eventually forced Reagan to drive to Scioto Park, where he sexually assaulted her. Then, he forced Reagan to get out of her vehicle and walk, naked, into the park. There, Golsby shot Reagan twice in the head, killing her. Reagan's body was found the following evening. 

It did not take investigators a long time to identify Golsby as a suspect. A cigarette butt was found in Reagan's car, containing Golsby's DNA. Golsby was already a registered sex offender, so his DNA was in the system. He had been committing violent crimes ever since his youth and racked up an extensive juvenile record. In 2010, after Golsby was an adult, he abducted a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old son at knifepoint. He threatened both the woman's and the child's life, then orally raped the woman in front of her child. Golsby forced the woman to bring him to her home, where he robbed her. 

Eventually, Golsby was arrested and charged with abduction, sexual assault, and robbery. However, the female victim was too frightened to testify in court. As a result, his charges were reduced to robbery. Golsby was sentenced to 6 years in prison and was eventually released in November 2016 - just months before Reagan's murder.  In the short time that Golsby had been out of jail, he violated parole several times. He was supposed to be wearing a GPS tracking device, but he was not actively monitored. From January 24th to February 7th, Golsby committed several robberies and physical assaults. Still, he was not being monitored by a parole officer or any other type of law enforcement. Due to this, he was able to abduct, rape, and murder Reagan Tokes. 

In March 2018, Brian Golsby was found guilty on all counts of kidnapping, rape, and murder. He is currently serving a life sentence. 


Erika Shultz

Erica Shultz was reported missing by her sister on December 6th, 2020. The young 26-year-old lived in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania at the time of her disappearance. Erica's sister was alerted after Erica failed to show up for work, which was uncharacteristic of her. Erica had autism and was also suffering from diabetes. This made her disappearance even more concerning, as she did not have any of her medication on her at the time she vanished. 

Through both phone records and information from Erica's friends, investigators learned that she had been seeing a man she knew as "Dave". Authorities soon learned that this man's true identity was Harold Haulman III. Erica and Haulman met on a dating app and had been seeing each other before her disappearance. By the end of December 2020, Haulman decided to cooperate with the investigation. He led investigators to Hobbie Road in Columbia County, where they found Erica's remains. Haulman was subsequently charged with murder.

Once in custody, Haulman also confessed that he was responsible for the disappearance of another young woman: 25-year-old Tianna Phillips of Berwick, Ohio. Tianna vanished in June 2018, after telling her friend that she was going to be picked up by a man she also knew as "Dave". Much like in Erica's case, this "Dave" ended up actually being Haulman. 

Tianna and Haulman had been having an affair that Haulman's wife reportedly knew about...but when he learned that Tianna's boyfriend also knew about it, Haulman 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 struck 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.

While facing charges for both the murders of Erica and Tianna, Haulman confessed that he was responsible for yet another disappearance that occurred years earlier. A young woman named Ashley Parlier vanished in Battle Creek, Michigan during 2005. As Haulman's court dates for both murders were approaching, he asked investigators if they could combine all three cases in court because he did not want to go to trial. However, up until that point, investigators were only aware of Haulman's involvement in Erica and Tianna's cases - Ashley had not yet been brought up. As such, Haulman later confessed to murdering Ashley as well. 

Haulman pleaded guilty to murdering both Erica and Tianna so he could avoid the death penalty. He was subsequently given two life sentences. He is still awaiting further court proceedings in Ashley's case. 

The Murder of Yvonne Torch

image source The morning of June 9th, 2004  began as a regular day for Yvonne Torch . The 31-year-old woman went to work that day at her bus...