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The disappearance of Tara Calico

tara-calicoTara Calico, then 19, left her Belen, New Mexico home on the afternoon of September 20, 1988 to ride her bicycle on Highway 47. She, nor her bike, were  ever seen again despite numerous searches and media coverage including being featured on Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted, Vanished, Current Affair, etc.

Tara’s unsolved disappearance came back into the limelight when, on June 15, 1989, a woman found a picture in a parking lot outside a convenience store in Port St. Joe, Florida. A white van had previously been parked in the spot and the photo featured a teenage girl and an unidentified young boy, both were bound and gagged in the back of a van. It was speculated that the girl in the photo might be Tara Calico and that the boy was possibly Michael Henley, a 9-year old who vanished on a camping trip in NM the previous year. However, Michael’s remains were soon found in the same area he originally went missing.

Two other photographs featuring a gagged girl resembling Tara surfaced over the next few months, though they have never been released to the public.

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Photo of an unidentified young female and boy gagged and bound

There are many theories revolving around this case and it seems like the majority believe the young woman was kidnapped however, years after Tara went missing a Valencia County sheriff publicly stated his belief that she was killed the day she disappeared when two local residents accidentally hit her with their truck and disposed of her body, but he had insufficient evidence to make an arrest. But if this theory is true, then what’s the story behind the two kids in the photograph?

Tara Calico was born February 28, 1969 and would be 44 years old today.

Tara Calico: Gone Without a Trace – The Documentary Fan Page (Facebook)

Several Unidentified Females Found In 2009 In Pima County, AZ

In 2009 there have been many discoveries regarding unidentified remains in the Pima County, Arizona area. No composite sketches have been created however, there are many similarities including the race, sex and area in which the victims were found. Also, some of the remains have been in the area months prior to discovery.

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Jane Doe #1 – The remains of victim #1 were found by hunters on November 12, 2009 in a remote desert area in Amado, Pima County, Arizona. 

Race: Hispanic Sex: Female
Estimated Date of Death: Months prior.
State of Remains: Not recognizable – Partial remains with soft tissues.
Cause of Death: Unable to determine.
Estimated Age: 15-22 years old.
Approximate Height and Weight: 5’0″ to 5’4″
Weight: Unknown
Hair and Eye Color: Brown hair and unknown eye color.
Clothing: Black pants with a pouch sewn into waistband, shirt with sequin,
silver-colored braided/woven belt with silver-colored rings on belt, green shorts,
red underpants, gray socks, purple and gray shoes, and three black
and three colored hair ties.
Dentals: X-rays and photographs are available. Teeth #1 and #16 are not fully erupted.
Tooth #11 is rotated distally 90 degrees, composite ML. Tooth #19 is composite F. Tooth #30
is composite F, O.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office
Bruce Anderson
1-520-243-8600
Agency Case Number: ML09-02314; NamUs 6406

Jane Doe #2 – The skeletal remains of victim #2 were discovered by minutemen on November 4, 2009, just one week prior to Jane Doe # 1 being found. This unidentified female is also being described as Hispanic and was also found in a desert area of Casa Grande in Pima County.

Estimated Time of Death: Months prior.
State of Remains: Not recognizable – Partial skeletal parts only.
Cause of Death: Unknown.
Estimated Age: 30-45 years old.
Approximate Height: 4’11” to 5’3″
Hair: Wavy, bleached blonde hair, 24″ long.
Eye Color: Unknown
Marks/Scars: Monochromatic tattoo on the posterior right shoulder
with the inscription “La Santa Muerte” and a figure wearing a hooded robe
holding a scythe.
Clothing: Black denim pants with stars on back pockets, long-sleeved
cotton shirt, black belt, black bra, black panties, black sock with multi-colored
stripes, and athletic shoes.
Dentals: X-rays and photographs are available. Tooth #22 is rotated distally.
Other: Also located with the victim were an “Ace Wrap” elastic bandage, and a
manila envelope containing three pieces of paper with written numbers.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office
Bruce Anderson
1-520-243-8600
Agency Case Number: ML09-02305; NamUs 6416

Jane Doe #3 –  The partial remains of a young Hispanic female were found on October 15, 2009 in a desert area in San Miguel Village known for undocumented migrant traffic (immigration).

Estimated Date of Death: 2004-2007.
State of Remains: Not recognizable – Partial skeletal parts only.
Cause of Death: Unknown.

Estimated Age: 16-21 years old.
Approximate Height and Weight: 5’3″ to 5’7″ and unknown weight.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Unknown hair and eye color.
Clothing: “Tallino” brand jacket (size M), and “76,” “Z,” or “Zeta” brand shoe.
Dentals: X-rays and photographs are available. Mandible not located.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office
Bruce Anderson
1-520-243-8600

Agency Case Number: ML09-02128; NamUs 6413

Jane Doe #4 – The remains of a young female victim were found on September 27, 2009 by a jogger walking his dog in Little Tucson Village. The race of the victim is unknown however she is believed to be in her teenage years.

Estimated Date of Death: Months prior.
State of Remains: Not recognizable – Partial skeletal parts only.
Inventory: Cranium, C1, C2 fragment, R ribs 1 and 2, L rib 1.
Cause and Manner of Death: Unknown.
Vital Statistics
Estimated Age: 14-18 years old.
Approximate Height and Weight: Unknown.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Hair and eye color are unknown. Race is unknown.
Clothing: None located.
Dentals: X-rays and photographs are available. Mandible was not recovered. Teeth #6, #7,
and #10 fragmentary. Tooth #16 not erupted. Teeth #8 and #9 have mesial caries.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office
Bruce Anderson
1-520-243-8600

Agency Case Number: ML09-02024; NamUs 6392

More Pima County Unidentified Cases;

Victim discovered on August 9, 2009 in Robles Junction, Pima County, Arizona.
Victim discovered on July 13, 2009 in Green Valley, Pima County, Arizona.
Victim discovered on April 6, 2009 in Sasebe, Pima County, Arizona.

Portland Sisters Still Missing Twelve Years After Their Mother Was Found Murdered In A Nevada Desert

shaina-ashley-kirkpatrickPhoto of Shaina taken shortly before her 2001 disappearance.

Classification: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Shaina Ashley Kirkpatrick
Date of Birth: April 27, 1999
Date of Disappearance: April 4, 2001
Missing From: Portland, OR
Age Then: 1
Current Age: 13
Race: White Sex: Female
Height: 3’0″ Weight: 24 pounds
Hair Color: Blonde Eye Color: Blue
Marks/Scars: Shaina has a triangle-shaped birthmark on the back of her head

NCMEC Case Number: NCMC911559

 

SHAINA ASHLEY KIRKPATRICKAge progressed photo showing what Shaina may have looked liked at 7 years old. She will be turning 14 in a few weeks.

Exactly one week ago today marked the 12th anniversary since the disappearance of Shaina Kirkpatrick, then 1, and her newborn baby sister, Shausha.

Kimyala Henson, the mother of both girls, had planned to take them on vacation to Sacramento, California and they were being joined by Henson’s friend, Christina Mayer and a man whom Mayer introduced as her husband, Curtis. They left their Portland home on April 4, 2001 enroute to Sacramento and although they are believed to have made it to California it is unclear if they made it to Sacramento.

It has been confirmed that on April 5, 2001, less than 24 hours after leaving their Portland home Henson and her daughters had travelled to Redding, California and were seen at Shasta’s Lodge with both Mayer and Oehring. This was the last confirmed sighting of the two girls and the last time their mother would be seen alive.

Henson’s murdered remains were located on April 29, 2001 in a Nevada desert but Shaina and Shausha’s whereabouts are still unknown.

Steven Kirkpatrick, the boyfriend of Henson and the father of both Shaina and Shausha had told authorities that both he and Henson had never met Curtis prior to April 2001 and police would soon learn that ‘Curtis’ was in fact Frank Oehring, a fugitive from Missouri who had a warrant out for his arrest at the time due to attempting to murder his ex-wife. According to his former wife Henson had led a group of Satanists and Mayer was a member.

Just over two weeks after both girls disappeared, on April 20, 2001, both Mayer and Oehring were discovered in a vehicle at a rest stop in Collier County, FL. Mayer was dead upon discovery after being shot to death and Oehring was near death suffering from a gun shot wound to the head. He died just days later at the hospital.

It was determined that Oehring was responsible in what police have called a ‘murder/suicide’. He also left behind letters detailing their plan to steal Henson’s birth certificate. Mayer had assumed the murdered woman’s identity in Las Vegas, NV shortly after they met up with her in Oregon. Nothing in the letter indicated they were responsible for the murder of Henson nor the disappearance of her two daughters however, common sense and the circumstantial evidence points to them and police believe they had something to do with it.

They two girls are considered at risk.

Shausha-Latine-Hensonshausha-hensonBoth photos are of Shausha as an infant. The first one is a photo taken at the hospital after her January 2001 birth, and the second photo shows Shausha as a 2 month old, her age when she went missing. Artists were unable to create an age progressed photo due to her age and lack of details.

Full Name: Shausha Latine Henson
Date of Birth: January 26, 2001
Age Then: 2 months
Current Age: 12
Race: White Sex: Female
Height: 24 inches Weight: 16 pounds
Hair: Brown Eye: Unknown (believed to be brown)
Marks/Scars: Shausha has a red mark on the top / side of her head and had suffered a broken collarbone at birth NCMEC Case #: NCMC911559

FBI in Portland have been investigating this double disappearance and both girls are listed under FBI Missing Persons list.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:

Portland Police Department (503) 823-0479
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

The Mystery of The McStay Family Disappearance

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Last month marked the 3rd anniversary since a family of four mysteriously vanished from their Southern California home.

Joseph McStay; his wife, Summer; and their two children, Gianni and Joseph Mateo, have not been heard from since the night of Thursday, February 4, 2010. A neighbor’s security camera was triggered at 7:47PM when the McStays white 1996 Isuzu Trooper left the family’s home in a quiet cul-de-sac on Avocado Vista in Fallbrook, CA. The neighborhood is described as the “friendly village,” and is about 18 miles from the Pacific Coast and some 50 miles north of San Diego.

Loved ones contacted authorities less than 24 hours after failing to reach the family. When police entered their house they found eggs on the kitchen counter and bowls of popcorn in the living room. Their two dogs were also in the house but not a single trace of the McStays.

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The McStay family home

On February 8, 2010, four days after the family mysteriously disappeared police believed they found a reliable lead. The family’s locked and abandoned Isuzu Trooper was located in San Ysidro, just two blocks from the US / Mexico border. Surveillance video taken that night shows a family fitting the description of the McStays walking into Mexico although it hasn’t been confirmed if it was indeed them. Many don’t think it. I mean why would a successful couple with a nice house in a safe neighborhood leave suddenly without saying so much as a goodbye to their family and loved ones. It makes little sense.

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The McStays Trooper

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Still shot from the surveillance video showing four individuals who resemble the McStay family crossing the US Mexico Border. It has never been confirmed if it was indeed the missing family and nobody has come forward claiming to have been the family shown in the video.

Cell tower records reveal that the two mobile phones belonging to Joseph and Summer McStay last pinged a pair of T-Mobile towers along Highway 76 in Bonsall, at a point seven miles west of the family’s home in Fallbrook.

After the 7:47 p.m. departure that Thursday night, Joseph McStay’s mobile phone – a T-Mobile G1 Android – received no further incoming calls. It made only one outbound call.

At 8:28 p.m., Joseph McStay’s phone dialed his business partner Chase Merritt. Records indicate a call duration of one minute. No further calls or text were ever made or received.

It is now being reported that the call to Merritt was made from within a one-and-a-half mile radius of a cell tower that sits beside the old Bonsall bridge that spans the wide and densely overgrown bed of the San Luis Rey River.

The mobile phone belonging to Summer McStay registered its final call at 4:42 that same Thursday afternoon. Disconcertingly, though, her phone continued to receive text messages after the disappearance – eight, in total. Three texts sent by family friend McGyver McCargar arrived on Friday. The last four texts, including two messages from Dan Kavanaugh, an associate of Joseph McStay, arrived on Saturday. The final text message registered at 10:59 a.m., presumably just before the mobile phone’s battery was exhausted.

Some of these text messages to Summer McStay pinged the same T-Mobile tower as Joseph McStay’s phone call on the night of the disappearance. The other text messages pinged a companion tower on the opposite side of the river.

“Summer McStay’s phone was not buried, and wasn’t submerged. It was not broken. It was switched on, and for two days it was within reach of the T-Mobile tower by the old Bonsall bridge.”

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Joseph’s mother, Susan Blake, writes to her son Joseph all the time. “I send him e-mails,” she says, “keeping him updated on what’s going on.”

She hasn’t received any answers. All she can do is hope that she’ll see him and her grandchildren again one day.

Those closest to the missing family remain hopeful that they are still alive even though it’s been three years and not a single confirmed spotting.

“If you look at the clothing that they were wearing at the time, it coincides with when the vehicle was found; it leads you to believe that was them crossing the border,” Investigator Dennis Brugos said. “I can’t say definitively it’s them, but it’s a high probability.”

But Joseph’s mother isn’t convinced.
“My son’s meds were in that car,” she tells CNN. “My son has asthma and doesn’t go anywhere without the meds on him. And to have babies go without car seats. This is the stuff that doesn’t add up.”

Mike McStay says he is unsure if it was his brother and family in the video. “The best is that the children appear to be size appropriate, but I could never get an ID off the adult. Even if it were them crossing, we still don’t know to what intent. We don’t know if it was under duress or willingly.”

“My brother is out there. I want what everyone wants, a phone call, a letter, something. I don’t want to know why he left. We just have to know that they are OK.” says Mike.

Mike McStay is familiar with the theories speculating on what might have happened including one presented in the new book, “No Goodbyes: The Mysterious Disappearance of the McStay Family.”

Author Rick Baker says his own investigation including reviewing hundreds of personal e-mails, shows that Summer and Joseph were having problems and that their relationship was, in his words, about to “explode.” Baker speculates, among other things, that at least one of the family members may have met with foul play.

“I personally believe that Summer probably killed Joseph and we should be looking for Summer and the two kids, rather than a family of four that decided to just flee on their own,” Baker told 10 News.

He said personal emails from Summer indicated that she was a “very unhappy … conflicted woman” before the family vanished. Still, he admits that he doesn’t have all the answers in the bizarre case.

“If I should discover that you have ignored this message and keep digging around I will turn on you,” wrote Summer to Joseph in 2007. “I’m so sick of your nosy (expletive). You’d better stop or we’re over”

“I must say… this is one of the nastiest e-mails I (have) ever gotten…So foul, I can’t believe it came from you,” Joseph’s email reply said.

Mike McStay bristles when asked to comment on Baker’s suggestion. “I don’t know how he sleeps at night,” McStay says of the author. “I suspect he’s looking for money. He’s a good manipulator and knows how to twist things. He’s just trying to sell books.”
Blake, the mother, says there were many inaccuracies in the book. “It was very hard to read all this, very heartbreaking, the accusations.”

Baker says he is donating all of the book’s profits to a search and rescue organization in Houston. He is also offering $25,000 cash to anyone who can lead him to any of the four missing McStay family members.

Police dug into the family’s background. Summer McStay had stayed home to raise her children but planned to return to work prior to the family’s disappearance, her brother-in-law said.

Mike McStay calls sister-in-law Summer McStay an “incredible mom.”

Joseph McStay owned Earth Inspired Products, a company that built custom water features for high-end commercial businesses around the world, says Mike McStay, his younger brother.

Younger sibling Joseph McStay would have turned 6 on January 31, 2013 and Gianni McStay would be 7 now.

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Right; Gianni Left; Joseph

Thousands of tips and leads were followed, as well as searches and National media attention but police are nowhere closer to solving the mystery.

“This is definitely an unusual case,” says Lt. Glenn Giannantonio of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department’s homicide division “At this point we are no closer to finding them than on the day they disappeared. I know that sounds horrible, but we just don’t know what happened to them.”

Giannantonio cautions there is no evidence to indicate foul play. “Everything leads us to believe the disappearance is voluntary. It’s still categorized as a missing persons case,” he says.

“We have to rely on facts and evidence. We don’t want to publicize unsubstantiated theories. Everyone has theories, however we can’t come out and say this is what actually happened unless we have something to back that up. Other people can, but that’s not the business we are in.”

Mike and his mother get reported sightings of the McStays on a regular basis. They come from all over the country. Mike, who says he chases them all down, recently received a tip from Belize, where his brother owned property.

“Every time one comes your heart pumps and you hope to God that this is it,” Blake says, “and when it’s not you fall apart. It’s heartbreaking and very hard.”

Blake says the search for her family is the biggest fight of her life. “I refuse to give up. I hope to God, but at the same time it’s been three years.”

A website was set up to help find the family, McStayFamily.Org, which features a blog that is still updated.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact:

San Diego Sheriff’s Office 858-974-2321 or 858-565-5200 after-hours.
Tips can also be called in anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 888-580-TIPS(8477). A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by CrimeStoppers for information leading to an arrest.

Jenica Frederick (12) – Endangered Missing

UPDATE – Jenica Frederick has been located safe and is back home with family.

Avigail Acevedo – Missing Since December 2008 – Abducted by Non Custodial Father

Avigail  AcevedoVictim’s Description
Relation: Daughter
Full Name: Avigail Acevedo
Missing From: Greenfield, CA
Date of Birth: Sept 6, 2005
Date of Disappearance: Dec 21, 2008
Age Then: 2 (almost 3 at the time)
Age Now: 7
Race: Hispanic Sex: Female
Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Height: 3’6″ Weight: 35 lbs
Marks/Scars: Birthmark on upper right leg, pierced ears
Clothing: She was last seen wearing a multi-color striped long sleeve blouse, blue denim pants and pink boots
Possible Location(s): National / Mexico

Avigail is being concealed by her father, Jaime Acevedo (aka Rivera, DOB: 12/13/1972) and according to the website http://www.dojapp.doj.ca.com/, they were last seen on December 21, 2008, in Greenfield, California.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Greenfield Police Department
Phone Number: (831) 674-5111
Case Number: GG0803066

One Year Later And Morgan Hill Teen, Sierra LaMar, Remains Missing

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  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Full Name: Sierra Mae LaMar
  • Missing From: Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, CA
  • Birthdate: October 19, 1996
  • Missing Date: 03/16/12
  • Age Then: 15
  • Age Now: 16
  • Hair: Brown although it was dyed black prior to her disappearance
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 5’2″
  • Weight: 110 pounds Sex: Female
  • Build: Thin
  • Race: White Sex: Female
  • Clothing: Sierra was last seen wearing a black “San Jose Sharks” sweatshirt with the Sharks logo on the front, and “Stonehouse” as well as the number “16” on the back.
  • Other: She has a 4′ inch scar on her back, and a mole on her neck.

 

Several days ago marks the 1st year anniversary since Sierra LaMar went missing. She was last seen on the morning of March 16, 2012 in the area of Santa Teresa Avenue and Dougherty Avenue in Morgan Hill, California. At that time, she was preparing to leave her home on foot on her way to catch the bus to Sobrato High School, where she attended. Sierra never made it to the bus or school that morning and has not been heard from since.

Many theories have surfaced regarding Sierra’s case including possible abduction by a sexual predator. Below are some articles related to the theory.

Sierra LaMar Missing: California Teen May Have Been Abducted By Experienced Sex Offender – HuffingtonPost

Sierra LaMar Update: Authorities Say Missing California Teen Most Likely Abducted – HuffingtonPost

Sheriff Smith says Sierra LaMar is dead, Morgan Hill man is the killer – MercuryNews (Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said DNA and other evidence leads her investigators to believe missing teen Sierra LaMar is dead, and that a 21-year-old Morgan Hill man is her killer…) However, the sister of the Mogan Hill suspect says he is innocent, according to CBS NewsSierra LaMar Update: Sister of murder suspect Antolin Garcia-Torres says “it’s not him”

The missing teen is now on the FBI’s Top Missing Persons List.

Sierra use to attend Washington High School in Fremont, CA prior to her switching to Sobrato.

Find Sierra LaMar is a Facebook page created for support and updates. It has over 19,400 followers.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office (408) 808-4500 (after hours 408-299-2311)
or the anonymous tip line at (408) 801-4431