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An Oklahoma dairy farmer disappears with a mysterious stranger – Unsolved Mysterious

Leonard_DiricksonFull Name: Leonard “Lenny” Dirickson
DOB: 7/25/58
DOD: 3/14/98
HT/WT: 5’10” – 200 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Gray
Other: Handlebar mustache at the time of his disappearance

Saturday, March 14, 1998, began as a typical morning at Leonard Dirickson’s dairy farm near Cheyenne, Oklahoma. Leonard and his 19 year old son, Jared, sat down to eat breakfast before a long day of chores.

Then, at 9 AM, a visitor arrived unannounced in a white pickup truck. Leonard spent several minutes talking to the driver of the truck. They did not appear to know each other, but their conversation seemed friendly.

When Leonard returned, he told Jared that the man wanted to look at one of his stud horses. According to Jared, his father found nothing unusual about the stranger:

“So he told me that he was gonna go with him. He said to stay here and… get some feed and go feed the cows, and he’d be back that afternoon.”

Jared Dirickson is still waiting for his father to come home. Nobody has any idea what happened to him. Police have found no signs of a struggle, no evidence of foul play, and no body. Their only clue is the mysterious man who came to Leonard’s house.

Lenny was spotted at a bar

Apparently, Leonard did not simply vanish immediately after leaving his home. Two hours later, a waitress claimed to have seen Leonard eating breakfast with another man at a local coffee shop.

Clif Gann was an Inspector for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation:

“They were sitting there in the restaurant. And the unknown man that we’re trying to identify was doing most of the talking, and Leonard was just drinking coffee and listening to the… man talk.”

The man at the diner matched the description of the man who picked Leonard up at his home. According to the waitress, there was nothing suspicious about the man’s behavior.

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Sketch of what the unidentified suspect looked like in 1998

Police checked the barn where Leonard kept his stud-horse. But Leonard never went there that day. An exhaustive investigation that followed turned up no information on Leonard’s whereabouts.

Then six months after he vanished, a man phoned police saying that Leonard Dirickson was in a bar in Amarillo, Texas. The man described Leonard in detail but told police he couldn’t reveal his name.

By the time local police arrived at the bar, both the caller and the man he claimed was Leonard Dirickson were gone.

The following day, the Roger Mills County Sheriff’s Department interviewed the bartender. She remembered the caller being at the bar and corroborated his story.

Joe Hay was the Sheriff of Roger Mills County:

“We had no reason to disbelieve it. It would almost stretch the imagination that a guy would dance around in a bar screaming and hollering, ‘It’s Leonard, it’s Leonard,’ and it not be Leonard. I believe he was in the bar in Amarillo.”

Before his disappearance, Leonard had gone through a painful divorce and was having business difficulties. Could he have just decided to walk away from it all? Jared Dirickson doesn’t think so:

“Me and my dad, we was together every day. Every morning, we’d go work, do the chores, and I’d go to school. I don’t think he would’ve ever left me and not ever come back to see me or nothing, ’cause…we was close, and I don’t think he’d have ever done that to me.”

If Leonard would not have left his son behind, the focus then switches back to the mysterious man. How did the stranger know where Leonard lived? And why was he asking about a horse that Leonard had not advertised for sale? Without a motive, the search for Leonard Dirickson will continue to be hampered.

Anyone with information on this cold case is asked to please contact: Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation – 1-800-522-8017

and/or

Texas Department of Public Safety – 800-346-3243

Source: Unsolved Mysteries

An Oregon teenager attends a county fair and never returns home

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Pictured: Jeremy Doland Bright

On August 14, 1986 Jeremy Bright, then, 14, went to the Coos County Fair in Oregon, and vanished off the face of the earth.

Fast forward…

Jeremy grew up in Myrtle Point, OR and that’s where his family and friends lived, but when his parents separated he and his sister moved a hundred miles away to Grants Pass, where his mother worked and attended school.

Every Summer the Coos County Fair rolls into Myrtle Point, Oregon.  For many, it’s a weeklong celebration.  To 14-year-old Jeremy Bright and his 9-year-old sister S’te (pronounced “Ess-tee”),  it was one of the highlights of each year and they rarely missed it. Because distance would have been a problem, their stepfather, Orville “Ole” Gulseth of Myrtle Point, had offered to take them in for a week that summer but he would need to get approval from his mother, Diane Beatty, now 55.

Beatty said yes. Something she will regret for the next 25 years.

“He was here for a week during the fair,” said Beatty during a 2009 interview at her Eastside home as she pored over photos of her missing son from a time when Pac-Man and Van Halen were all the rage. “He was only here for a week. If I would have said, ‘No,’ about him coming up to the fair, I would still have him.”

“Instead of them veggin’ in Grants Pass for a week, while I worked and went to school, I thought that would be a great little trip for them,” “I have regretted it ever since.” said Beatty.

It was a Thursday on August 16, 1986 and Jeremy decided to bring his best friend, Johnny, with him to the fair. The two would go off while his little sister walked around the fair with their step-father.

Around 4:45pm., Jeremy made a long distance call to his mother to check in with her and to let her know that he was having a good time at the fair. She told Jeremy she’d be back in Myrtle Point in two days to pick him and his sister up.

Five hours later at 9:40 PM, Jeremy showed up at a local tavern owned by his grandmother.  There he met his stepfather and asked to borrow some money. It was the last time Jeremy was ever seen by his family.

Two days later, Diane arrived in Myrtle Point as planned.   She went to pick up Jeremy at his stepfather’s house, but her son never showed up:

“I went in and on the TV set was his house keys from our Grants Pass apartment and his wallet and his new watch that he told me he’d bought. I knew when I found those things that he was around somewhere because he wouldn’t leave without them.”

On Saturday night, Diane was worried enough to contact the police. At first, Sergeant Steve Dalton of the Coos County Sheriff’s Department believed Jeremy had simply run away:

“He did like the fair. There was the thought that perhaps he was hiding out, intending to leave with the fair people and I’ve explored that possibility in every way that I can think of. However in this particular case, I’ve talked to family members and friends of him that knew him well. And he was just not, from what I can learn, the type of kid who would have struck out on his own.”

On Sunday, August 17, 1986, the fair closed down. Myrtle Point was buzzing about Jeremy’s disappearance, and gradually, conflicting stories began to emerge. According to one rumor, Jeremy attended one of Myrtle Point’s many parties, and drank a beer laced with a powerful drug. Another story claimed that three older teenagers showed up at a local swimming hole and harassed Jeremy and his friends. According to Sergeant Dalton, this information came from a jailhouse informant:

“They subsequently took him to a cabin, maybe within ten miles of the Myrtle Point area, and attempted to nurse him back to health… he died as a result of that injury, either from loss of blood or from infection or what have you. That same source… indicated that his body would found within 200 feet of this cabin in a shallow grave.”

Police searched the area surrounding the cabin but found nothing. For Diane Bright, the rumors about her missing son were difficult to handle:

“All of them are hard to think about. Every time I’d hear a new one, I have nightmares for a week or so. The one that I hope is not what happened is one where he suffered for two weeks before he died and they buried his body, because the thought of him suffering for two weeks just makes me sick.”

Jeremy Bright has scars on his forehead and nose and a mole on his chin. The prime suspect in his disappearance recently died in prison, and there are no new leads. However the case is still open.

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Age progressed photo of what Jeremy Bright may look like at age 33. He would be turning 41 this year.

Case Type: Non Family Abduction
DOB: May 25, 1972 Sex: Male
Missing Date: Aug 14, 1986 Race: White
Age Now: 40 Height: 6’0″ (183 cm)
Missing City: MYRTLE POINT Weight: 140 lbs (64 kg)
Missing State : OR Hair Color: Brown
Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Green

Case #:
86-245
NCIC #:
M-229352950
NCMEC Case #:
NCMC600424

Anyone with any information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact:

Coos County Sheriff’s Office Missing Persons Unit: 1-541-396-3121
Or
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

You can also contact:

A Toll-Free Hotline: (1-800-282-7155) which is maintained by the Clearinghouse to receive any information on missing children. Clearinghouse business number 503-934-0188

Source:
Unsolved Mysteries (UM)
Victims Heartland
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Oregon State Police

Disappearance of Jennifer Marcum last seen at the Denver International Airport

Jennifer Lynn Marcum – Missing since: February 17, 2003 Location: Denver, Colorado

→ On the Morning of February 17, 2003, Jennifer Marcum, 25, drove her brown four-door 1999 Saturn to the federal detention center in Denver to visit her boyfriend, Steve Ennis, who was suspected of being involved with running a large distribution ring for the drug Ecstasy. Shortly after the visit at approximately 11:00am, she was seen near the Denver International Airport. That would be the last time her family and friends would hear from their loved one.

Shortly after she went missing her vehicle was spotted in the airport parking-lot, abandoned. Authorities first initial guess was that she boarded a plane. They searched the area, asking airport employee’s if they’ve seen the young woman, they also checked all flights that departed on 02/17/03 but Jennifer wasn’t on any of them. They looked at her cell-phone records but the phone calls stop abruptly around the same time she disappeared.

Having trouble with the mysteries disappearance, Denver police asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for assistance but despite dozens of tips, searches, interviews and media publicity, Jennifer Marcum’s remains missing.

FBI investigating Jennifer’s case heard that she may have had plans to travel to the Spokane area of Washington and possibly New York but it is unknown if she arrived at either destination and foul-play is suspected. Many people believe Jennifer’s disappearance is connected to her boyfriend’s illegal activity, but no evidence proves this theory. According to Steve, Jennifer would frequently visit him at the prison and its possible that someone may have known her routine and followed her after the visit. Police do have a suspect in the case but without a body to prove a crime there is little they can do.

Suspect: Scott Kimball, a convicted serial killer who is currently serving 70 years in prison is also a suspect in several other unsolved cases including the disappearance of Jennifer. In November, 2010, Kimball wrote a nine page later to a news outlet proclaiming his innocence in several cases involving murdered/missing woman, saying he wasn’t in the areas at the time the crimes were committed.

Photo of Scott Kimball at one of his trails for a separate crime

Photo of Jennifer with longer, brunette hair, which is her natural color. She changed her style dramatically prior to her disappearance.

Description: Caucasian female standing 5’6” tall and weighing approximately 120 (slim body frame.) She has naturally brown hair (although she frequently dyed it light) hair blue eyes. Both her ears were pierced at the time of her disappearance and she also had breast implants with unique serial-numbers on them. She was wearing a intrauterine device which is used for birth-control.

Aliases: May use the last names Hoyle or Wiggin

Date of birth: June 15, 1977, Jennifer was 25-years-old in 2003 and would be 34-years-old this year.

 If you have any information regarding Jennifer Lynn Marcum, you’re asked to please contact: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at 303-629-7171

North Carolina’s Oldest Missing Person Case

11/09/12, NORTH CAROLINA — A native of Bladenboro, Leila Bryan and her husband, E.C. “Eddie” Bryan, lived at Carolina Beach. The couple worked for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Leila had been enrolled in nursing school when the couple became engaged and were married. Bryan got her an office job at the railroad. Leila’s mother disapproved of the marriage, as Eddie was divorced.

The weekend of the disappearance, Mary Rachel, 4, and Leila, 36, were headed for Bladenboro to visit her family. Because of tension between her husband and mother, Eddie decided not to accompanying his wife and daughter. (Some reports claim the two were suppose to stop at a local food market as well.)

She planned to leave either Friday or Saturday, possibly riding with her brother, Berry Lewis. Mary Rachel’s Sunday shoes were polished, and several rings Leila always wore were found at the Raleigh Street home. The rings were Leila’s favorites, and she rarely left home without them, according to friends.

On May 10, 1941, Eddie Bryan told investigators that Leila said she was driving to a store a few blocks from their home. Bryan later told investigators that Mary Rachel asked to ride along.

Leila Bryan (36)

Mary Rachel Bryan (4)

At Carolina Beach at the time, according to town records, there was a small grocery store catering to fishermen and vacationers, a store similar to a general store, and a combination grocery/ department store. All three of the stores were in the same general area, near the modern intersection of U.S. 421 and Channel Drive. Where Leila went shopping that evening, if she did, has never been discovered. Neither mother nor child was ever seen again.

Pictured: Aerial Shot of Carolina Beach

Berry Lewis went to Carolina Beach to visit his sister around 9 p.m. on May 10, 1941. Lewis awakened Bryan, who told his brother-in-law that Leila had gone to the store. Lewis apparently drove around the beach for an hour or so, looking for Leila and Mary Rachel. Figuring he must have somehow missed them, he returned to the Bryan home, located in the 200 block of North Raleigh Avenue. Leila Bryan’s 1935 Ford coupe was still missing. Husband, brother, or both called police.

Bryan told police he was making concrete forms in the couple’s garage when Leila had come home around 6:30 p.m. and made supper. Leila and Mary Rachel had spent the afternoon on the beach.

Local attention was intense as well-Leila’s family was well-liked and widely known in the Bladenboro area. Searchers were combing the island and the surrounding areas for any clue of Leila, Mary Rachel, or the Ford coupe. Professional divers searched areas where a car could be driven into the Cape Fear River, Snow’s Cut, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Officers visited gas stations from 50 to 100 miles away, since Eddie Bryan told investigators he didn’t think the Ford had more than half tank of gasoline when Leila left.

At the request of a newspaper, officers in Pinellas , Florida, began searching for the woman when the pair was reported spotted nearby. Officers questioned some of Eddie Bryan’s family who lived in the area, but no clues were located. Stories and advertisements were placed in newspapers across the country as leads and suspected sightings were checked and rechecked.

Officers thought they had a break later that summer when someone found a piece of automobile windshield in Snow’s Cut (a large canal connecting the Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway north of Carolina Beach). It was just a few feet offshore, out from a little beach. It was in maybe 18 inches of water at the outside, and had been there for a while. Investigators determined the glass could have come from a 1935 Ford, but couldn’t be sure. The windshield fragment was sent to the SBI lab in Raleigh, but as the case grew cold over the years, the glass disappeared.

Investigators examined three possible fates of Leila and Mary Rachel: Leila could have committed suicide, taking her daughter with her, by driving into the Waterway, the Cape Fear River or off Snow’s Cut;
Leila could have run away, hiding her own and Mary Rachel’s identities to escape what some reported was an unhappy marriage;
or, the woman and child were murdered, and their bodies hidden, and the car dismantled or destroyed.

Investigators never found sufficient evidence to suggest anyone killed Leila and Mary Rachel. No one was ever charged. Nor was there an indication by friends or family that she had ever considered suicide.

 

According to the State Bureau of Investigation, the case is now closed.

Anyone with information regarding this case or others please call the CUE Center for Missing persons tip line at 910-343-1131.

Source: NCMissingPersons

Baby Kidnapped Over A Decade Ago Still Missing

This segment of unsolved mysteries was aired on August 28, 2001, several months after the kidnapping. Jacqueline’s case was also aired on America’s Most Wanted (web exclusive.)

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Photo of Jacqueline Castaneda taken shortly before she was kidnapped

Birth name: Jacqueline Castaneda-Vasquez
Location of incident: 
Avondale, Phoenix, Arizona
Date of birth: 
January 14, 2001
Date of abduction: 
May 6, 2001
Other: 
She is described as a Caucasian/Hispanic female with brown hair and brown eyes and a heart-shaped birthmark on her upper arm. On the day the baby was kidnapped, she was wearing a white outfit and was strapped into a green and white car seat. She would be 12-years-old (and turning thirteen in a couple of months.)

Short description of abduction: Jacqueline Vasquez was just a baby when she was last seen at a swap meet located on 12300 West Buckeye Road located in Avondale, AZ.  At the time of her disappearance, Jacqueline was wearing a white outfit and was strapped into a white and green car-seat carrier. She has a heart-shaped birthmark on her upper right arm.
According to police, the baby’s father dropped off Vasquez and her family at the event Sunday morning. An older family member ran a booth at the meet. Despite leads from the local community, Jacqueline has not been seen since she disappeared. Police have no suspect’s, but they would like to speak to the woman in this sketch

Full story: In May of 2001, Olivia Castaneda arrived at a swap meet outside Phoenix, Arizona, with two of her three  children, Niely Castaneda who was just a toddler, and Jacqueline Castaneda who was 4-months-old going on 5-months, and the children’s grandmother (a.k.a Olivia’s mother)

“My husband dropped me off there with my two babies, my two year-old Niely, and Jacqueline, my four month-old baby. I took Jacqueline out of the car with her car seat, and Niely, I took her walking.”

Before meeting her mother inside, Olivia needed to use the rest room. She finally found a portable bathroom. Finding it too cramped and dirty, she made a decision that would lead to tragedy:

“Jacqueline couldn’t fit inside, so I just took my two year-old, Niely, inside the rest room ’cause she could have walked away if I left her outside. I was in the rest room, like, for a minute, when I came out, Jacqueline wasn’t there anymore.”

Hoping that her mother had taken the baby, Olivia rushed into the swap meet:

“I felt more upset and more nervous when I saw my mom was by herself. She didn’t have the baby. And that’s when I felt I was going to die. I mean, I just–I didn’t know what to do.”

After 20 minutes of searching booth to booth, the police were called. According to Sgt. Mark Lucas of the Avondale Police Department, they immediately sealed off the swap meet:

“There was an officer stationed at all the exits and along the fence line. And as cars were leaving, we would check the vehicles as they left. As people were leaving the side exits through the gates, we would go ahead and check them, make sure they weren’t carrying an infant or had a car-carrier.”

Witnesses reported a suspicious woman lurking around the rest-room shortly before the kidnapping and a vehicle speeding away moments after the incident. The vehicle is described as a  red, full-size, (possibly Ford) Pick up truck. According to the website “25missingpersons,” authorities have not yet connected the vehicle to the abduction.

To see a small composite sketch photo of the unknown suspect please click: Charley Project.

Witnesses description of the woman matched and a sketch of the woman was made, but she has yet to be identified.

But despite police standing by exits, the baby was never rescued and her family remains heartbroken.

Many people have had their own theories and assumptions, one being, that the kidnapper was a female who couldn’t have children of her own and desperately wanted a child and jumped at the first opportunity to steal another mother’s baby to raise as her own. Police list her possible locations as “National” however, she could be ANYWHERE and authorities are hoping that somebody is alert and recognizes the child who will be turning thirteen on January 14, 2013. The most identifying characteristic is the heart-shaped birthmark on her arm.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children came out with an age-progressed photo of what Jacqueline might of looked like at age 6, today, she would be 12-years-old.

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Age-progressed photo of what Jacqueline might of looked like as a younger child

If you have any information regarding this case, you are urged to contact: Avondale Police Department (Arizona) – 1-623-932-3660 Or leave a tip by calling: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST  – Other options: Contact the nearest FBI Office NCIC #M-321554928

For any possible sighting outside the United States, contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate NCIC #M-321554928

Or leave an anonymous tip by going to Unsolved Mysteries Official Site.

Unsolved Disappearance of The Springfield Three

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The Springfield Three

Age-progressed photo of Stacy McCall showing what she may look like at age 38.

Full Name: Stacy Kathleen McCall
DOB: Apr 23, 1974
Date of Disappearance: June 7, 1992
Age Then: 18
Age Now: 38
Missing From:
SPRINGFIELD
MO
United States
Race: White
Sex: Female
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5’3″ (160cm)
Weight: 120lbs (54kg)

Age-progressed photo showing what Suzanne Levitt might look like today, at 39-years-old.

Companion Type: Victim (Daughter of Sherrill Levitt)
Full Name: Suzanne E. Street
Nickname: Suzie
DOB: March 9, 1973
Date of Disappearance: June 7, 1992
Age Then: 19
Age now: 39 
Missing From: Springfield, MO
Race: White Sex: Female
Hair: Blonde Eyes: Blue
Height: 5’5″ Weight: 105 pounds

Age progressed photo of what Sherrill Elizabeth Levitt might look like at 68 years old

Companion Type: Mother of Suzanne Streeter
DOB: Nov 1, 1944
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Female
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5’0″ (152 cm)
Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg)

On June 7, 1992, the Springfield Police Department were notified of the unexplained disappearances of three females from a residence in central Springfield, Missouri.

Sherrill Levitt her daughter Suzie Streeter and Suzie’s best friend Stacy McCall were missing.

The parents of Stacy  were concerned when they couldn’t reach any of the three, which was highly unusual, and they immediately filed three missing person reports.

Upon officers’ arrival, the house bore no signs of a struggle, but rather the appearance of the missing women being abducted. All personal property were still at the home. Property including purses, money, cars, keys, cigarettes, the family dog, etc, that wouldn’t normally be left behind.

Stacy McCall and Suzie Streeter graduation photo

Graduation photo of Stacy and Suzanne

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Photo of Ms. Levitt

Stacy and Suzanne had graduated from high school the day prior and were last seen at approximately 2:15AM on the night of June 7, 1992 when they left a graduation party in a nearby community en route to the Levitt/Streeter home at 1717 E. Delmar, Springfield. It appeared as though they had arrived at the residence because their clothing, jewelry, purses, and vehicles were still at this location.

Suzanne’s mother was last heard from at approximately 11:15PM that night when she talked with a friend on the phone. According to the friend, Sherrill appeared normal and nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary. She was talking about painting a chest of drawers. It appeared as though her bed had been slept in when friends and police arrived to check the residence.

With the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and numerous other law enforcement agencies, an extensive investigation into the lives of the missing women has been conducted. Theres been no positive leads concerning the reason for their disappearance or their location. It’s as if they vanished into thin air. One of the few main tips were from local witnesses who reported seeing a shady green van. Police were never able to locate this van but it looks similar to the one below.

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This cold case has received high National Attention and has been aired on many popular TV shows including America’s Most Wanted, Unsolved Mysterious, Investigation ID, etc. The airings drew in hundreds of tips and all of them were followed up on to no avail and over two decades later, this case remains unsolved.

MPD and FBI believe the three females were abducted and believe their disappearance is related to foul play. A reward of over $40,000 is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) involved.

Anyone with information regarding Mrs. Levitt, Miss Streeter, and Miss McCall is requested to contact the Springfield Police Department (MO) 1-417-864-1810
Or you’re urged to leave a contact: National Center Of Missing & Exploited Children – 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) and/or Crime-Stoppers – 417-869-TIPS (8477)
All calls/tips are anonymous.

To read a statement from the parents of Stacy McCall, Click here
For additional details regarding this case, Click here (Charlieproject)
For additional information on potential suspects and links to articles, click: Wiki – Springfield Three

Possible Bones Of Michaela Garecht Discovered, Family waiting on lab results.

Pictured; School photo of Michaela Joy Garecht taken shortly before her disappearance.

Published: 10/11/12 - HAYWARD, CA - The family of Michaela Garecht is awaiting results of lab tests to tell them if a bone fragment found in a Linden well in San Joaquin County belongs to the Hayward girl who went missing 24 years ago.

Hayward police said Thursday morning that a 3-inch bone fragment unearthed with other remains in February was originally sent to an Arizona lab and has been forwarded to a Virginia lab for further analysis.

“We don’t have any definitive answer as to whether this is a bone from Michaela,” Hayward Police Sgt. Eric Krimm said. It will be several weeks before results are available, he added.

Michaela’s mother, Sharon Murch, said Wednesday that she believed the remains are likely those of her daughter,

who was 9 when she was kidnapped outside a Hayward corner store on Nov. 19, 1988.

Krimm said the age of the victim and the time period it was believed to be from were the only two clues linking the bone to Michaela’s disappearance.

Hayward police received the fragment about two weeks ago. It was unearthed in February in a Linden well, which is believed to hold the victims of the so-called “Speed Freak Killers.” The fragment belonged to a child between the ages of 5 and 13, police said, and Hayward officers hand-delivered it to a lab in Arizona “for testing in the possibility it may be that of Michaela.”

It is now at a Virginia lab for more tests, Krimm said Thursday.

The bone fragment was originally delivered to Joan Shelley, the mother of 16-year-old murder victim JoAnn Hobson, after it was excavated from the Linden well earlier this year. The remains were originally identified as those of her daughter, and returned to her family for burial. But rather than bury the remains of her daughter, who vanished in 1985, Shelley sent the them to Dr. Eric Bartelink, director of the California State University, Chico Human Identification Laboratory.

In Bartelink’s report, he states the use of large earth moving equipment led to “significant commingling” of the remains in the well, and that at least two other individuals were mixed in with the Hobson’s remains.

In total, 28 human bone samples were selected for DNA testing, the report states.

Asked why she might send the bones for analysis even though she had been told they were her daughter’s, Krimm said: “I think Ms. Shelley was looking for confirmation and closure.”

The report opens up the possibility that other victims of the “Speed Freak Killers” may have been unidentified. Krimm said Thursday that Hayward police had custody of other bones that were believed to be from other victims.

“The other bones — we have not even (attempted) to figure out who they belong to,” Krimm said. The department was working with the FBI to figure out how to proceed with those remains, he said.

Herzog and Shermantine were convicted of four murders and suspected in the deaths of as many as 15 people in and around San Joaquin County from 1994 to 1998. They were arrested in 1999. The pair were nicknamed “The Speed Freak Killers” because of their methamphetamine addiction. Herzog’s first-degree murder convictions were overturned by an appeals court and he was granted parole, but he committed suicide in January.

Source: Mercurynews (Staff writers Eric Kurhi, Katie Nelson and The Stockton Record contributed to this article. Reach Daniel M. Jimenez at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.)

Beauty Queen Mysteriously Vanishes In Cocoa Beach, FL, In The Summer Of 1982′

NOTE: CLICK VIDEO SCREEN TO WATCH PART TWO OF UNSOLVED MYSTERIES EPISODE OF THIS CASE.

Missing Person: Tami Lynn Leppert
Last seen: July 6th, 1983
Location: Cocoa Beach, FL
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
DOB: 02/05/65
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 103 lbs.
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Blonde

Tammy Lynn Leppert was a an 18-year-old model and actress from Cocoa Beach, Florida. She was a rising star, beautiful and popular. By age four, Tami had already entered her first very first beauty pageant and by age sixteen, she had participated in 300 pageants, bring home 280 crowns. By the time she was 18-years-old, she quickly began building an impressive resume which included numerous modeling and acting jobs including playing parts in Little Darlings, Spring Break, Scarface, etc.

During the Summer of 1982′, Tami was a cast in a teen movie ‘Spring Break.’ When Spring Break was getting ready to wrap up, she went on a weekend trip with her cast-mates. When she returned, family and friend’s began to see a change in her. She grew reclusive, paranoid and on edge, as if someone was trying to harm her. “Sometimes I’d ask her, what was on her mind, if anything was bothering her. And she’d usually change the subject or she’d say oh, nothing you know and then try to laugh it off.” Said Wing Flannagan, a family friend.

According to her mother, Linda Curtis, she (Tami) asked a strange question at one point: “Then she said Mom, what would you say if I told you somebody was trying to kill me. I just took a deep breath, and I said, do you think somebody’s trying to kill you, Tami? She said, yes.”

She revealed a ‘hint’ to her family and friends, saying she “saw something she shouldn’t have.” During one hysterical fit she brought up money laundering. After speaking to the local police and seeing a psychiatrist, she began to improve slightly.

But in 1983, Tami Lynn was offered a small part in the big budget Al Pacino film, “Scarface,” which began shooting in Miami in March of 1983. She stayed with a family friend, Walter Liebowitz. According to Walter, all went well until the fourth day of filming:

“I received a call from the casting director to tell me that Tami had a breakdown on the set. They said that it was a scene where someone was supposed to be shot and had artificial blood spurt out. And they said when Tami was watching the scene, she started crying hysterically and it got so bad that they had to take her to a trailer. She was in a tremendous state of fear, anxiety… What it was that caused this great fear in her I don’t know. When I spoke with Tami’s mother, I told her that she should take Tami to a doctor and also take her to the police to find out of the problem was psychological or if there was some basis in fact that someone was actually trying to kill her and get to the bottom of it.”

On the afternoon of July 6th, 1983, she left her home with a male acquaintance. She left her house without money or shoes and according to this acquaintance, an arguement broke out between the two and he ordered her out of his car near a glass-bank parking lot in downtown Cocoa Beach. She carried no ID with her, had no purse with her. She was never seen or heard from again.

The case first aired on Unsolved Mysteries on September 16th, 1992.

Attempted Murder Of Jennifer ”Jenny” Pratt – UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

NOTE: Click the video screen for part 2 of the Jenny Pratt Episode.

Jenny Pratt was 16-years-old and a tenth-grader at her local high-school. Friend’s and family described her as outgoing, popular and pretty, she even had dreams of becoming a model when she grew up.

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Photo of Jennifer Pratt

 

Jenny met a man named Curtis Croft who said he was seventeen, but after falling for him  it soon became apparent that Curtis was not 17 but 24. Many said Curtis could have easily passed for a 17-year-old.

“He looked 17. Further on down the road I found out he had been in jail for drugs and that he was 24 years-old. Just bad news for a 16 year-old kid.” said Diane Strom, Jenny’s mother.

Jenny was clearly smitten by her new boyfriend, who was described as a ”bad boy”, and against her parent’s wishes she stayed with him.

On April 25, 1987, after hanging out for several hours, Curtis went to bring Jenny home before her 12PM curfew. The two set off on a motorcycle borrowed by a friend of Curtis, Jenny was sitting in the back, holding onto him, and was wearing a helmet when the two were stopped at a red-light. Suddenly out of nowhere a light-colored pick-up truck carrying several young men drove by and shot a 2 by 4, hitting Jenny in the back of her head. She immediately went unconscious and the unidentified culprits sped off.

She had to be air-lifted to the hospital and ended up in a coma with significant brain damage which left her with severe physical and mental functioning problems. The blow from the board that struck her was great enough to actually crush the skull and that caused immediate shut down of her brain.

Amazingly, three months after the attack, Jenny Pratt came out of her coma. At first she seemed incapable of thought or action but after 12 weeks she started physical therapy. Seven months later, Jenny began to speak.  A year later, she could walk. However, she will have mental and physical disabilities for the rest of her life due to the unprovoked attack.

Jenny Pratt nor her family and friends can understand why anyone would be motivated to commit such a heinous attack.

“Why was somebody mad at me? What did I do to them to hurt them?”

Authorities have an idea.

Curtis Croft was interviewed more than once, and his story changed more than once. He told them he didn’t get the chance to identify the shooters, as they were going 55-miles-per-hour, but authorities immediately suspected Curtis of lying about what he knows. A mock-test was done, also known as a ”dummy experiment”. In the 55 mile-an-hour reconstruction, the board swung by the assailant fell about fifty feet from the scene of the crime. But after the accident, police found the board only a few feet from the spot where Jenny was attacked. The second reconstruction played out at only 10 miles an hour. The mannequins sustained injuries very similar to the ones Curtis and Jenny actually received, and this time, the board fell right next to the motorcycle. Authorities said that if the truck was moving 55-miles per hour, that Jenny and Curtis would have been instantly, proving Curtis lied.

Curtis was a drug-dealer who had a history. In 1985 he was caught for selling cocaine and  some suspect him of getting into an argument with drug-dealers who then attempted to have him killed, but missed and hit Jenny.

Jenny’s parents hired private investigator Louie Crisafi, who interviewed students at Jenny’s high school, and based on the evidence and interviews he concluded that Curtis was the target of the incident, not Jenny.

Two years before the attack, in 1985, Curtis had been convicted of dealing cocaine. By cooperating with the police, he had served less than half of his sentence.

Sgt. Jim Byler:

“He developed a reputation as a snitch when he got himself in trouble. And young people, particularly young people involved in drugs, tend to look down on somebody who develops that reputation.”

“We do believe that Curtis did, in fact, see those people. Curtis continuously told us that he has been threatened, that he has basically informed on people before and was very, very frightened that he would be killed. And he was already being threatened not to talk in this case. And we have reason to believe that what he’s saying to that effect is true.”

Jenny’s case was aired on Unsolved Mysteries on December 4, 1988, which generated alot of calls and tip, which all lead to dead-ends. During the episode, Diane Strom had alluded that she’d almost rather Jenny had died, rather than having to suffer mentally and physically for years to come.

Statement by Louie Crisafi: “We need somebody in the community with half the courage of Jennifer Pratt. Somebody who just knows the one missing link, the one thing that’ll tie this whole case together, because I really think that all we’re missing is one small link. And someone out there has it.”

Jenny Pratt is still living in Carlsbad, CA and she will always be mentally impaired. As of 2012, almost twenty-five years after the attack, she still has not received Justice and Curtis Croft, who is still living in California as well, and who is still keeping quiet til this day.

Alot of the information was originally published on Unsolved Mysteries under Jenny’s case. Also, Click here to view opinions, theories and rumors on the Jenny Pratt case.

The Mysterious Disappearance Of Selena Eden

The Mysterious Disappearance Of Selena Eden

Missing Since October, 1990 from San Francisco, California.

♦ Selena Edon was driving home from Union Hall in Downtown San Francisco, on November 29th, 1989, when she got into a serious car accident. A truck swerved and collided into her car. She was admitted to the hospital as an Unidentified ”Jane Doe” for 7-days due to her papers and I.D. disappearing in the aftermath of the car accident, she was left in a coma for six weeks and when she came out of the coma, she had brain damage, her left eye was permanently damaged, and she suffered painful migraines. According to a friend, Laurie Gallagher, Selena had lost a significant amount of her memory. She also had to relearn every and had the mind of a child, in a way.

Two month’s after the car-accident, Selena moved back to San Diego to live with her parents as she tried to recover but her migraines left her in periods of extreme confusion and frustration.

 

“Things like that would upset her. That’s when I noticed her frustration more and more. And she wanted to be on her own, but the more she pushed it, the more confused she was becoming.” Said Clarissa, Selena’s mother.

 

About one year after the car accident, Selena moved back to San Francisco. Her family was hesitating but eventually let her move back.

“She was very happy to be in San Francisco and to be around her friends, but she didn’t appear healthy enough to be on her own. She was very unaware of a lot of things. I think she definitely needed somebody to be with her you know, to help her.” Said Clarissa.

Clarissa also said: “She was evasive with me and that wasn’t like her. She would tell me everything you know. I said, Selena, what you need to do, you need to come back home. And she said well don’t worry if you don’t hear from me in a month or two. And then she said I’ll be calling you soon, and hung up and that’s the last I’ve heard from Selena.”

 

Selena would keep in touch with her family regularly, but, in October of 1990, her regular calls to her mother suddenly stopped and when her family couldn’t reach her, they hired a detective to look for her. The missing woman was spotted in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, despite her telling her parent’s she was leaving town. Detective’s followed all the leads, but Selena Edon was never found.

Her family believes she is alive somewhere, lost and confused, possibly living with amnesia. Other’s however, are unsure and suspect foul play.

As of 2012, Selena Edon’s disappearance is still unsolved.

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Selena Edon was born March 17th, 1962. She has black hair, brown eyes, standing 5’7”, weighing approximately 110-pounds in 1990. She also walks with a limp and wasn’t involved in a relationship in the months leading up to her disappearance.

On 02/09/94, ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ aired Selena’s disappearance. Call’s came in but nothing ever came out of it, they were either false tips, or mistaken identity.

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