Terri “Missy” Bevers

Terri “Missy” Bevers was a 45-year-old woman and mother to three children. Missy loved fitness and took it very seriously, she even ran her own fitness classes in Red Oak, Texas, where she lived.

On the 18th of April 2016, just after 4 am, Missy arrived at the Midlothian’s Creekside Church of Christ to set up for an early morning gladiator boot camp session.

At 5 am, Missy’s students arrived, and immediately called the emergency services. Missy had sustained a head injury, along with several stab wounds to her chest. She was unresponsive when found, and sadly Missy was pronounced dead not long after the paramedics arrived.

An investigation into Missy’s murder began immediately.

Upon reviewing the Church’s security footage, a disturbing discovery was made. It showed a person, who was dressed in riot gear (including a helmet, gloves, and shin guards), carrying a hammer and walking around the building. They were also wearing a vest with “police” written on it.

The person is between 5″2′ and 5″8′, they walk with a limp and their feet predominantly point outwards. It is unknown if this person is a man or a woman. It is highly believed that this person is responsible for the murder of Missy.

Footage of the person suspected to be responsible for Missy’s death. Credit: Youtube / Midlothian Police Department

Police thought initially that this may have been a robbery gone wrong, but when they searched the Church, nothing was missing. Nothing had even been taken from Missy after she had gone unconscious. So it seems as though this person was not here to rob, just kill.

The police went through Missy’s phone, and they found very intimate conversations on Linkedin. They also found some strange and unsettling messages from a man that Missy had shown to a friend before her death. Police are sure that Missy was in contact with her killer, though the names of the people she was talking to on Linkedin have never been made public.

Missy also posted a lot on social media about her boot camps and had even posted the night before about her boot camp. This, unfortunately, meant that anyone could see where she was going to be, and at what times.

Terri “Missy” Bevers. Credit: Dallas Morning News

After having his alibi confirmed, Missy’s husband, Brandon Bevers, was questioned by police if he could think of anyone that would want to harm Missy. Brandon said he didn’t know anyone who would want to harm her, and by the fact that Missy left her licensed gun in her car, it seems as though Missy didn’t think anyone would want to harm her either.

However, whilst Brandon told the police that he and Missy were both happy in their marriage, investigators found that their marriage was suffering severe financial issues as well as issues with cheating.

Brandon’s father, Randy, went to a dry cleaner with a woman’s shirt that was covered in blood on the 22nd of April. As this was only a few days after Missy’s murder, the worker called the police. Randy said that the blood had come from a dog fight, but police were not so sure as it looked as if someone had already tried cleaning the blood off themselves.

Eventually, the blood on the shirt tested positive for belonging to a canine. Randy was also in California at the time that Missy was murdered, so police could no longer consider him a suspect.

Weeks after Missy’s death, police found some more strange security footage. This time, they found a Nissan Altima driving around a car park for hours on the night of Missy’s murder. The video, which you can watch below, was released to the public. But no one came forward to say that they owned the car, nor did anyone seem to recognise the car.

The Nissan Altima seen driving suspiciously on the night of Missy’s murder. Credit: Youtube / SWFA

There was one more vehicle that the police needed help identifying, although this time they never realised the video to the public. It was a dark SUV that was seen leaving the Church at around 4:30 am the same morning that Missy was killed.

In autumn of 2019, police were able to connect a tip that had been called in several times to the dark SUV. This tip was regarding former Lancaster police officer Bobby Wayne Henry.

Bobby Wayne Henry was a former tactical police officer, who admitted to police that he still owned his riot gear but it didn’t fit him anymore. He had been suspended from the police force due to an aggravated sexual assault that took place in 1996.

He was working as a security guard and worked at Missy’s funeral. He also attended mass in the same Church that Missy was murdered in. Bobby had a similar car to the one the police were looking for, and he walked with a limp.

Whilst this all sounds promising, there was one problem with Bobby being the murderer. Bobby was 6″1′, whereas the person in the video is between 5″2′ and 5″8′, making him too tall to have been the killer. Also, when a forensic podiatrist compared Bobby’s walk and the killer’s walk, the results were inconclusive, meaning that they could not say for sure if it was Bobby or not. Eventually, Bobby’s alibi for the night of Missy’s murder was confirmed, which meant that he could no longer be considered a suspect.

However, when police searched Bobby’s devices, they found child pornography. In 2017, Bobby was arrested for child pornography charges. He spent 70 days in jail before being released without charge, and to my knowledge has not been charged for the child pornography that was in his possession.

Bobby denies having ever met Missy, and the police have said that he is not a person of interest in Missy’s homicide.

One thing is for sure, someone out there will recognise the person in the video or the car. I hope that it won’t be long until Missy’s family receives the justice that they so badly deserve.

Terri “Missy” Bevers. Credit: Dallas Morning News

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Diane Louise Augat

Diane Louise Augat was born on the 21st of February 1958 to her parents James and Mildred Young. Diane spent most of her childhood in New York, however, she would eventually relocate to Tampa, Florida along with her family.

During the last 1970s, Diane married Fredric Augat. The pair lived an idyllic life, with Diane being a home wife and taking care of their three children (2 daughters and 1 son) as well as keeping their home looking neat and tidy.

Sadly, after a period of unusual behaviour in the late 1980s, Diane was diagnosed with manic depressive disorder, which is what we know now to be bipolar disorder. Diane did take medication for her mental illness, however, over time she stopped taking the medication, which in turn made her illness worse.

Diane Louise Augat. Credit: Crime Junkie Podcast

In 1988, Diane was accused by the state of committing child abuse, as she is supposed to have claimed an excessive amount of unneeded treatment for one of her children. This is known as Munchausen-by-proxy today. Diane was later acquitted of these charges, but the state continued to press charges against her.

Fredric divorced Diane in 1991, and he took full custody of the children. The divorce just added to Diane’s already unstable mental health, and for the next few years, her mental health would fall apart.

Diane was in and out of local mental health facilities as well as jails. She was reported to talk to herself frequently, and during this period she would start drinking quite heavily and start using drugs. These only added to her mental health issues further, and she was involuntarily committed to mental health facilities at least 32 times.

The last time she was committed was in 1998, but she was released to her family members in the spring of that year. Diane’s mother, Mildred, has said: “She deeply needed institutionalized care.”

April the 10th, 1998. Diane had been staying with her sister in Hudson after being released from the mental health facility two weeks earlier. Diane’s sister left to go to a doctor’s appointment that morning, and when she returned, Diane was not there.

Diane had left her sister’s house at around 11:00am that morning, and had made her way to the Hay Loft Tavern, where she stayed until she was kicked out. Mildred said that Diane was kicked out by the bartender because she was: “Walking in circles.”

Diane’s family reported her missing on the 11th of April 1998. Whilst Diane had been known to go missing for a couple of days in the past, this was usually because she had either stopped taking her medication or had run out of her medication.

However, Diane was never seen alive again.

Diane Louise Augat. Credit: Facebook / Pasco County Sheriff’s Department

On the 15th of April, Mildred received a strange voicemail. A woman’s voice was saying “Help, help, help – let me out” The woman sounded tense and panicked by what was going on around her. There was then a few seconds of scuffling noises before a different woman was heard saying: “Hey! Gimme that!” before the voicemail ended.

Mildred instantly recognised the woman’s voice who sounded panicked – it was Diane.

When Mildred tried to call back, the name “Starlight” would appear as the caller ID, which suggests that the call came from a business with the same name. However, any attempts that Mildred made to call the number were unanswered. No one picked up the phone on the other end of the line.

There was a strip club with the name Starlight Lounge in the Tampa area at the time Diane went missing, however, it is unknown if it is connected in any way to Diane’s case.

On Thursday 16th of April, a man found a finger, that was painted with red nail polish, along U.S. Route 19, close to New York Avenue. After realising it was real, and not a prop as his girlfriend suggested, he contacted the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Using fingerprints, police were able to match the finger to Diane.

Authorities quickly started to search the area where her finger was found, with the hope of finding Diane either dead or alive. But no other trace of Diane was ever found in that area.

On the day that Diane’s case started to make the news, a convenience store manager found a pile of neatly folded clothes inside of an outdoor freezer. The convenience store was located in Odessa, Florida (25 miles north of Tampa) and is a store that Diane was known to visit frequently.

The manager recognised the clothes as Diane’s and immediately contacted her sister. Diane’s sister verified that this was indeed Diane’s clothing, and called the police. The police theorised that her clothes must have been put in the freezer some of the people she had been hanging out with within the days leading up to her disappearance.

The police also believe that the same group of individuals with who she was hanging out had started to loot her home. It is thought that Diane allowed this group to hang out and throw parties at her house whilst she wasn’t there, but in her absence, the group had started to move things out of her home without her knowing.

As the freezer had not been checked by staff in three weeks, it is very hard to estimate when the clothes were placed in the freezer. Diane had been missing for eight days at the time of the discovery of her clothes.

A few tips came in with potential sightings of Diane. One waitress said that she saw Diane on the afternoon of the 11th of April, walking along New York Avenue. This is close to where Diane’s finger was later found.

Diane’s case went cold until the 25th of November 2000, one day after an article about Diane’s case was published in the Tampa Bay Times.

On the 25th of November 2000, Terry Wilson (Diane’s sister in law) visited a convenience store along Highway 19 which is just north of Hudson in a neighbourhood called Viva Villas, where Diane was known to visit frequently. On top of the lottery ticket counter, Terry found a clear plastic bag that had “Diane” written on in a black marker.

Inside of the bag police found black eyeliner, Taboo perfume, bright pink lipstick, as well as a generic brand toothpaste which just so happened to be the same type of toothpaste that was issued at the mental health facility Diane was staying in just weeks before she went missing. The bag itself also appeared to be similar to those kept by patients at the mental health facility.

However, the answers as to who put the bag there, and why they put it there, are still unknown. The police checked the security footage of the store to see if they could find out who placed the bag there, but it doesn’t seem like anything came from this.

The only suspect in Diane’s case was a man named Gary Robert Evans. Gary co-managed the Coral Sands Motel, which was one of the locations Diane was last seen in, and also was quite close to another location she was last seen at. It was also in close proximity to the store where the plastic bag with Diane’s things was left.

However, investigators have never arrested or even (to my knowledge) questioned Gary in regards to Diane’s case. Gary reportedly passed away in 2012, so any knowledge or information he had regarding Diane’s case he took with him to the grave.

Diane was 40 years old at the time of her disappearance, and she has never been found dead or alive. There is a $3,000 reward for any information that leads to Diane’s whereabouts.

Diane’s mother, Mildred, has said: “She is in trouble. Big trouble. They’re properly torturing her. Did someone cut her up piece by piece? That’s what I think about. I hope she’s still alive…that they haven’t killed her yet.”

Diane Louise Augat. Credit: Facebook / Pasco County Sheriff’s Office

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Randal Paul Gary

Randal Paul Gary was a 50-year-old man who lived in Ontario, Canada. Randal had a 26-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, in which he had been divorced for several years.

Randal Gary. Credit: Vancouver Missing Persons

For many years Randal worked in the hospitality industry, but when he reached his late 40s he decided to train to become a psychotherapist. During the spring of 2003, Gary launched his own psychotherapies business called “Quick Fix.” Despite a slow start, Randal was feeling optimistic about the future of his business.

On May the 7th, 2003, Randal brought 100 advertisement slots on a Toronto radio station to advertise his business.

On May the 9th, 2003, Randal flew from Toronto to Vancouver, British Columbia. It was here that he boarded the cruise ship Veendam. He was taking an Alaskan cruise as a vacation before becoming really busy with advertising his new business back at home. Randal had also mentioned to a friend that he hoped to meet a new woman onboard the cruise.

Many customers onboard the cruise ship remember Randal. He had told some that it had been a lifelong dream of his to cruise Alaska. However, when the boat stopped in Skagway and Juneau, towns in Alsaka, Randal did not get off the boat.

Randal only got off the boat in Ketchikan, Alaska. But instead of doing some sightseeing and touring the town, he brought 13 postcards and sent them to his friends and family, with most of the postcards simply saying “Love, Randy” on them.

At 6:19pm that same day, Randal left the ship once again and went back into Ketchikan. He was only gone for 9 minutes before he came back onto the cruise ship. It is not known where he went, or what he did in the 9 minutes he was away from the ship.

Ketchikan Cruise Port. Credit: CruiseHive.com

After stopping in Ketchikan, on Friday, May 16th 2003, the cruise ship started heading back to Vancouver. The cruise ship was scheduled to arrive back in Vancouver on the morning of Sunday, 18th of May.

Whilst Randal was on board the ship, he spent a lot of his nights in the ship’s casino, and he would often sleep in late. Randal also kept the “Do Not Disturb” sign on his door during the duration of his trip and the one time he saw a steward inside of his cabin, he told the steward to get out.

In fact, because Randal was so adamant that he didn’t want the steward inside of his room, the steward had complained to his supervisor because he was not able to carry out his job properly.

On the evening of Friday, 16th of May, Randal eat dinner and then went over to the cruise ship’s casino.

When the time came on Sunday the 18th of May to disembark the cruise ship, Randal was expected to settle his bill of $127 before leaving the boat. However, Randal was nowhere to be seen. A member of the cruise ships team went over to Randal’s room, to find the “Do Not Disturb” sign was still hanging from his door.

The member of the crew eventually managed to get inside Randal’s room. They found that the bed looked as if someone had lied on top of it, but had not been slept in. All of Randal’s possessions were still inside of the room, including his important items such as his passport, credit cards, driver’s license, cash and even the keycard to get inside of his room.

To add to this, Randal had diabetes. His insulin, along with his blood sugar log, was found in the room. Upon further inspection, they found that the last time Randal had logged his blood sugar was Thursday the 15th of May. There was also a box of viagra in the room, with one pill missing.

There was also an empty bottle of expensive champagne, an empty bottle of red wine, and a half-drunken bottle of rye in Randal’s room. Strangely, there were no drinking glasses found in the cabin.

Crews searched the cruise ship, but no trace of Randal was ever found. As of 2022, Randal has never been found dead or alive, and he has not contacted any of his friends or family.

What makes this case even harder, is that investigators can’t be sure if Randal disappeared on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Investigators think that Randal most likely went missing on Friday night after leaving the ship’s casino.

However, three customers on board the ship said that they saw Randal on Saturday.

One woman said that she spoke to him whilst they were waiting for an elevator. Another person said that they saw Randal talking to a blonde-haired woman at the afternoon tea. Later on Saturday night, an elderly man said that he saw Randal outside of his cabin, and it looked as if two women were leaving his cabin. Randal had his arm around a woman who is described as being in her 30s and having shoulder-length blonde hair.

The women have never been identified.

Investigators have said that they are not sure if the customer accounts are reliable, as people tend to lose track of the days when they are on a cruise, and that they could have seen Randal on Friday instead of Saturday.

It was then also discovered that one of the cabin members entered Randal’s room on Saturday and did a quick clean up. This could explain why no drinking glasses were found in Randal’s room because they had already been cleaned up. But, if the steward had cleaned his room, then why did they not take the empty champagne and red wine bottles?

It could be that the alcohol was drunk sometime after the steward had cleared the room and that whoever had been drinking took their glasses with them.

The police concluded that Randal Gary was not a victim of foul play, so therefore they did not dust the cabin for any fingerprints. Randal’s family were upset with the response from the Vancouver police, as not only did they not fingerprint the cabin, the police also took no photos of the inside of Randal’s cabin.

There are a few theories as to what could have happened to Randal Gary.

One theory is that Randal threw himself overboard to commit suicide. Randal’s friends and family say that this is not what happened, as Randal had no history of mental illness, and he did not appear to be suicidal. Randal was also very much looking forward to running his new business back in Ontario, and he was optimistic about the future. Furthermore, if he did want to commit suicide, he could have easily overdosed on insulin rather than jump into the freezing ocean.

There is also a theory that Randal accidentally fell overboard, perhaps his blood sugar was too low and he became disorientated and accidentally fell over the railings. However, Randal’s family say that he was always extremely careful with his diabetes and that he didn’t drink alcohol so there was no chance of him becoming drunk. Investigators also examined the ship’s railings, and they said that because they have been designed to be considerably difficult for anyone to go overboard.

Another possibility is that Randal is still alive, and he chose to disappear. Shortly before going on the cruise, Randal had told a friend about a fantasy he had which was to leave his old life behind and start again somewhere new. After his disappearance, Randal’s family discovered that in 2001, Randal had won $150,000 on the lottery, but he did not tell anyone.

The lead investigator said that the one part of this disappearance that he can’t stop thinking about is the 9 minute trip off the boat in Ketchikan. 9 minutes is not a very long time to be able to do anything on the port, however, there was a payphone close by that Randal could have used. If Randal did call someone in those 9 minutes, who did he call? And what was the call about?

It is speculated that if Randal Gary left the cruise ship alive, he could have gone to Arizona. Randal had told several friends that he had a desire to move there. Randal also made a few trips to Arizona around the same time he won the $150,000.

Randal’s family are also convinced that it was not him who drank the alcohol that was found in his room. They say that he hated champagne, and would not have been drinking it. On top of that, Randal was allergic to rye, so there is no chance that he would have drunk that.

Randal’s family think that he possibly met with foul play, and they believe that at least one person on the ship knows what really happened to Randal.

If Randal is still alive, he would be 69 years old.

Randal Gary. Credit: Vancouver Missing Person

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Eklutna Annie

Eklutna Annie is the name given to an unidentified victim of serial killer Robert Hansen. Her skeletal remains were found by workmen in a wooded area, just one mile south of Eklutna Lake Road in Eklutna, Anchorage, Alaska in July 1980.

She was between 16 and 25 years old at the time of her death, and her body had been discovered several months after her murder. It is thought she was murdered sometime in 1979. Her cause of death was a single stab wound to the back.

In 1984, serial killer Robert Hansen admitted to murdering Eklutna Annie. He said that he picked her up from downtown and told her he was going to take her back to his home, although he couldn’t remember if she was a prostitute or an exotic dancer. Hansen said that she was wearing blue jeans, a sweater, and a brown leather jacket when he picked her up.

Once Jane Doe realised that he wasn’t driving towards his home, she asked him to turn around and drop her back off in Anchorage. He told her that he was driving towards another safe location and that it was just a little further down the road, to which she responded “Well, I’m not!”

Hansen then pulled a gun to her and said: “You do exactly as I say and you won’t get hurt.”

Hansen said he then drove in the direction of Eklutna lake, where his car became stuck on a desolate road. After persuading her to help him free his car from the mud, Eklutna Annie attempted to run. Hansen chased after her, grabbed her by the hair and tripped her to the ground.

Eklutna Annie tried so hard to overcome his efforts, screaming “Don’t kill me! Don’t kill me!”. Hansen said he tried to calm her down by assuring her he was not going to kill her. She then responded by saying “You are! You’re going to kill me!”. Hansen then stabbed her in the back with a black-handled knife as she lay face down.

Robert Hansen was sentenced to 461 years without the possibility of parole for the murders of Eklutna Annie and three other women. He was also known to have raped and assaulted over thirty Alsaken women and murdered between 17-21 victims.

Eklutna Annie is described as being petite in stature, and most likely a white woman although she did have a degree of Native American heritage. She was between 4ft 11in and 5ft 3in, and her hair was between light brown and strawberry blonde.

She (Eklutna Annie) deserves just as much as a search for her people as any other victim, as any other survivor.” – Autumn Smith, an advocate for missing and murdered women, reflecting on the ongoing efforts to identify Eklutna Annie.

A sketch of Eklutna Annie. Credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Daylenn Pua

Daylenn Pua, who often went by the name “moke”, was an 18-year-old boy who loved nothing more than exploring and hanging out with friends and family.

In February 2015, Daylenn was staying with his grandmother in Waianae, Honolulu County, Hawaii. He told his grandmother that he wanted to hike along the Stairway to Heaven, also known as the Haiku stairs, but his grandmother told him that the stairs were closed down and that local authorities were not letting anybody onto the trail.

The Haiku Stairs are a 2,922 steep step steel structure that provided foot access to former US Navy communication facilities on the island of O’ahu in Hawaii. The station and the trail were officially closed to the public in 1987.

Despite his grandmother’s warnings, on the 27th of February 2015, Daylenn decided to go and hike the Haiku Stairs.

Throughout the day, Daylenn sent several photos of himself to his family, which showed that he was on the trail. At around 11:00am, the photos stopped. Since then, no one has seen or heard from Daylenn.

Daylenn’s family studied the photos in such high detail, that in one photo, they managed to spot a man sneaking in the bushes. The man has never been identified, nor has he come forward to police. What was he doing on the trail that day? And why was he hiding in the bushes?

A zoomed-in look at the man hiding in the bushes in the background of one of Daylenn’s photographs. Credit: Hawaii News Now

Daylenn’s family suspect that the man may have been following Daylenn, and that he may be the reason for his disappearance.

Despite extensive searches carried out by the fire service, drone operators, volunteers and even the U.S. Navy, no trace of Daylenn has ever been recovered.

What happened to Daylenn?

Daylenn Pua. Credit: Strangeoutdoors.com

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Heather Danyelle Teague

On the 26th of August, 1995, 26-year-old Heather Danyelle Teague was sunbathing on Newburgh Beach in Henderson County, Kentucky.

At around 12:45pm, a witness who was observing the beach area through a telescope, saw Heather get dragged by the hair and into the woods at gunpoint. Heather has not been seen or heard from since.

Heather Teague. Credit: 103gbfrocks.com

The witness said the person who took Heather was a caucasian man who stood at around 6″0′ and weighed approximately 210 to 230 pounds. He had brown hair and a bushy beard and was wearing jeans with no shirt. He was also wearing a wig and mosquito net.

Police searched Newburgh Beach later the same day, and they managed to find part of Heather’s bathing suit close to the abduction site. They also found some additional evidence, but nothing that was significant enough to give them any hints as to where Heather might have been taken.

After Heather’s disappearance, a man by the name of Marvin Ray “Marty” Dill was pulled over by police in a routine traffic stop that was happening because of Heather’s abduction. Marvin was driving a red and white Ford Bronco, which was identical to a vehicle that a witness saw parked next to Heather’s car on the day of her abduction.

Whilst searching his car, police found two guns, two knives, duct tape, rubber gloves, rope and bloodstains on the inside of the tailgate. Marvin also strongly resembled the man the witness had seen on the beach with Heather that day.

The police got several tips that suggested Marvin was connected to Heather’s disappearance, so in August 1995 the police went over to Marvin’s house to question him. However, Marvin became aware of the police presence and told his wife to leave the house. Marvin then shot himself before the police could ask him any questions, or even go inside his house.

Sketch of the man suspected to be responsible for Heather’s disappearance. Credit: andthentheyweregone.com

After Marvin had died, the prosecutors gathered evidence against him and went to a grand jury. Marvin’s wife was called in as a witness, but she invoked her fifth amendment rights and refused to answer any questions regarding Heather’s abduction.

There was one other suspect in Heather’s case, a man named Christopher J.Below, whose home was Henderson, Kentucky. Christopher pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 1991 death of Kathern Fetzer, and he served an 11 to 18-year sentence for her death.

Police think that Christopher may have been involved with Heather’s death as she looked very similar to Kathern, both women had long dark brown hair and were around 5″0′ and 100 pounds. It is also thought that Christopher is responsible for the disappearance of Mary Kushto, Shaylene Farrell and Kristina Porco.

It is also known that Christopher, Marvin and Heather all knew people in common, but if they knew each other is unknown. It is also theorised that perhaps Christopher and Marvin kidnapped and attacked Heather together, but there is no evidence to support this.

Despite the suspects, there have been no arrests in Heather’s case. Heather has not been found dead or alive, and no one has seen or heard from her since the 26th of August 1995.

Heather Teague. Credit: CourirerPress

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David Glenn Lewis

David Glenn Lewis was a 40-year-old man who went missing during the last weekend of January 1993. It was SuperBowl weekend, and David was looking forward to supporting his favourite team the Dallas Cowboys as they played against the Buffalo Bills. David’s wife Karen, and their daughter Lauren, decided to spend the weekend in Dallas together doing some shopping – leaving David alone in the house to watch the SuperBowl game.

On Sunday the 31st of January, Karen and Lauren returned home. When they arrived home, they found that the lights and TV had been left on and that the VCR had been recording the SuperBowl. David’s wedding ring was found on the kitchen counter, and the dryer was on. There were also two freshly made turkey sandwiches in the fridge. But David was nowhere to be found.

Karen thought that David had either gone to do some errands at work, or he had gone to watch the SuperBowl somewhere else. But when he had missed two appointments on Monday and had not made any contact with Karen, she filed a missing person report.

David Glenn Lewis. Credit: Lost and Found Blog

Police began to put together a timeframe of what David did over the weekend, to see if there were any clues as to where he might have gone.

On Thursday, 28th January, David left his workplace early, saying that he wasn’t feeling very well. He used his credit card to buy some gas, and then he taught his government night class at Amarillo College, with the class finishing at 10pm. This is the day that Karen and Lauren left to go to Dallas.

On Friday, one of David’s church friends saw him dashing through the Southwest Airlines terminal at Amarillo Airport. The friend said that David had no luggage with him.

Saturday the 30th of January is the last day there was a verified sighting of David, though it is not clear as to who saw him. $5000 was deposited into David and Karen’s joint bank account, and neighbours reported seeing his red Explorer parked outside of his house.

On the 31st of January, the day that David went missing, there are no reports or sightings of David. However, it is believed that David, or someone, was at the family’s home to start the VCR recording of the SuperBowl. The VCR didn’t have a time function, so the recording must have been set manually. Investigators have estimated that the recording was started at around 5:15pm that evening.

On February 2nd, David’s red Explorer was found in front of the Potter County Courts building in downtown Amarillo. His house keys and car keys were found underneath his floor mat, and his chequebook, credit cards and driver’s license were also found inside of his car which was normal for David.

A red explorer, similar to David’s car. Credit: Cars.com

Around the time that David went missing, police found that two plane tickets were purchased under the name of “David Lewis”. The first ticket was brought on the 31st of January and was from Amarillo to Dallas. The other ticket was purchased on the 1st of February, and was from LA to Dallas, with a stopover in Amarillo. In 1993, you didn’t need ID to buy a ticket or to fly, so police have no idea if it was actually David who brought these tickets.

David’s family were certain that he would not have left voluntarily as he was incredibly devoted to his family. Karen did say that when David worked as a judge, from 1986 to 1990, he received several death threats. He had also recently told her that his life was in danger, but he wouldn’t give her any more information than that.

David was due to fly to Dallas the next week to testify in a deposition for a $3-million conflict of interest lawsuit against his former law firm; Ham, Irwin, Graham & Cox that was started by a wealthy client. David’s lawyer in the lawsuit said that he doesn’t think the deposition would have been anything that would have brought any harm to him. However, Karen said that after David went missing, the files he had about the deposition went missing as well.

After 11 months of investigating, the Amarillo Special Crimes Unit declared that David had purchased the plane tickets, and since there was no evidence of foul play, they said that David went missing voluntarily.

There were two more sightings around the time David went missing, however, these are not confirmed to be David, though there is a high chance it could be. On the 1st of February, a Sheriff’s Deputy saw a man taking photos of a red Explorer outside of the Potter County Courts Building – which is the same place where David’s red Explorer was found.

Later on the same day, a taxi driver said that someone who resembled David’s appearance paid him in cash to drive him from a hotel to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. The taxi driver said that the man seemed very nervous, and was carrying around a stack of $100 bills.

11 years passed, and there was no new evidence or leads in David’s case. That is until Washington State Police Detective Patrick Dutter read an article from the Seattle Post, which documented a series of shortcomings in the way police handled adult missing person cases.

After reading this, Patrick then searched for all the John and Jane Doe’s in his area and started to come up with a list of possible victims as to who these John and Jane Doe’s could be.

One John Doe looked strikingly similar to a man who had gone missing from Amarillo, Texas, in 1993. It was David Glenn Lewis.

The one thing that John Doe was missing was glasses, as David wore distinctive glasses. Patrick dug around and was able to verify that John Doe was actually carrying his eyeglasses in his pocket when he was discovered.

Patrick then contacted the Amarillo Police Department and sent over a tissue sample and the victim’s shoes. The police then compared a DNA sample with DNA from David’s mother. The DNA tests were a match, and David had finally been found.

The circumstances in which David had died, though, seemed to complicate matters further. David had died in a hit and run on a two-way highway very close to Moxee, Washington and around 10 miles from Yakima Airport. He died at 10:24pm on February 1st, 1993. He had travelled close to 1,600 miles and had died just over 29 hours since he was thought to have put the SuperBowl on to record at his home.

According to witnesses, David was walking down the centre of the road in pitch black. One driver who was worried about the man’s safety turned around to warn others, but it was too late. He discovered David’s body on the side of the road. Reports of a Chevy Camaro leaving the scene were told by eyewitnesses, but the driver who killed David has never been found.

No drugs or alcohol was found in David’s system. What is even more strange is that David needed glasses to see, but witness reports say that he was not wearing them that night. They were found in a pocket. David was wearing a military uniform and work boots – clothing that David’s wife is adamant he did not own.

Clothing similar to what David was wearing the night he died. Credit: Army Navy Shop

Once John Doe was confirmed to be David, his family were in total shock and confusion. They said that David had no known ties to the area where he was found. To add to this, to get to Yakima from Amarillo would have taken a 23-hour-long car trip or several hours by plane. There were no direct flights that day. So how did David get there in such a short amount of time?

A weird coincidence is that one of David’s childhood friends, Johnny Lee Baker, disappeared from his home on the 21st of June 1994. Johnny was a pharmacist and well known in the local community. Johnny has never been found.

Johnny Lee Baker. Credit: Lost and found blog

There have been a few theories as to what happened to David, and why he was acting so out of character in the days leading up to his disappearance.

The first is that David’s life was actually in danger like he had mentioned to his wife. He could have thought that by leaving the area he would be protecting his family, and buying the different plane tickets would throw whoever was after him off his track. The tragic end to David’s life was just an accident, and not something that he had planned or wanted to happen.

But the biggest question to this theory, is that if David had been running from someone or something, why would he then walk in the middle of a highway, late at night, without his glasses on? Why would he intentionally put himself in dangers way if he had spent all that time trying to avoid danger?

The second theory is that David was struggling with some mental health issues. It could be that the danger David was in was only in his mind, and he was fleeing from something or someone that wasn’t a true threat to him or his family. One psychologist actually commented on an online post about David’s case, and said that it sounded very likely that David was struggling from a “dissociative fugue state.”

According to Verywell Mind, dissociative fugue state is a type of amnesia that can be reversed, where a person may become confused about their identity, personality and memories. It can last from hours to weeks, and many people who suffer from it tend to go travelling, which is unplanned and may even establish a new life in a new location.

Whilst this might explain why David was acting so bizarre in the days leading up to his disappearance, there are no records of David having suffered from any mental health issues in the past, nor are there any records of him suffering a traumatic event.

Part of David’s obituary reads as follows: “Your love and devotion have been missed so very much. You touched so many lives while you were here. How sad that many of your dreams were left unfulfilled. We know that God is using you for his almighty work.”

We will never know what was going through David’s head as he travelled across the country that weekend.

David’s Grave. Credit: Lost and Found Blog

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Mekayla Margaret Kim Bali

At 6:41am on the 12th of April, 2016, 16-year-old Mekayla Bali messaged her friend Oksana, asking her to drive her to the bank. Mekayla said that she had $5000 in her bank account, although later searches would show that she had nowhere near that amount. Oksana declined to take her to the bank.

At 8:20am, Mekayla went into Sacred Heart High School, where she attended her classes. She went to her locker, and then 6 minutes later she left the school through a back entrance.

Between 8:50 and 8:55am, Mekayla walked to a bank and was seen talking to someone on the phone on the CCTV footage. When a bank worker opened the shutters, Mekayla ended her phone call and asked to withdraw $55 from her account.

At 9am, Mekayla entered a pawn shop to try and sell a silver ring. However, the owner declined as the price was too low.

Mekayla Bali. Credit: Internation Missing People

At 9:15am, Mekayla went into a Tim Horton’s/Wendy’s and ordered a drink. She sat in a booth with a backpack next to her, and as she never took a backpack to school, it is thought that she was intending to leave Yorkton, Saskatchewan, where she lived. Mekayla was looking at the doors and windows in what appeared to be a nervous manner.

At 9:23am, Mekayla left, only to come back in and go out through the other exit. At 9:49am, she re-entered the Tim Horton’s/Wendy’s, this time she was on the phone with someone. She then sat at a booth that was facing the door. It is unknown who she was on the phone with at this time.

At 10:12am, Mekayla texted her friend, Shelby, saying: “Hey, I need help” only to text again a few minutes later saying “Nevermind, I figured it out”.

At 10:43am, Mekayla asked a woman to rent a room at a hotel for her, to which the woman declined. At 10:45am, Mekayla left the cafe whilst on the phone with someone.

Between 10:45am and 11:55am, Mekayla’s whereabouts are unknown.

At around 12pm, Mekayla went back to her school, where she met with some of her friends. She told them she was going to take a bus to Regina. It is thought that Mekayla was in possession of two phones at the time she was at her school.

At 12:02pm, Mekayla left school for the final time. She went to a bus depot, and after discovering that the bus she wanted to board wasn’t leaving until 5:00pm, she left.

Mekayla then went to the UFC Bus Depot, where she had a meal at a Trail Stop restaurant inside of the depot. There is no CCTV footage of her at this destination. Between 1:00pm and 1:45pm, Mekayla left the depot and has not been seen or heard from since.

Mekayla was captured on CCTV on the day she went missing. Credit: NBC NEWS

By 7:00am the next morning, Mekayla had been reported missing, and her mobile phone had been switched off. It is thought that Mekayla did not buy a ticket at the bus depot, and no one knows where she went after leaving the depot.

An Instagram account in Mekayla’s name was discovered after she went missing. The account had a few hundred followers, but no activity and the “about” section only had one word written: Goodbye. This account can’t be found anywhere on Instagram.

Just two months before she went missing, Mekayla posted this message onto her social media, along with a picture of her Snapchat profile: “Looking for Snapchat friends because I have none in real life. Add me…please don’t be a greasy fuck and send me gross ass nudes. Just looking for a friend.”

It is highly likely that someone reached out to her the day she posted that, and that Mekayla had planned to meet whoever it was, potentially in Regina.

Mekayla was texting a man named “Christopher”, and she told friends that Christopher was planning on visiting Saskatchewan. Mekayla’s ex-boyfriend, who she was still close with, told police that Christopher had told her that he was planning on visiting Saskatchewan to visit his mum. Police did search Christopher’s home, but they found no evidence of him being in Canada at the time of Mekayla’s disappearance.

Christopher later told CBC News that Mekayla had attempted suicide in the past, but that she was feeling better in more recent weeks.

In more recent developments, it has been revealed that Mekayla may have been using the chat service KIK. KIK allows the messages you send, and receive, to remain private. It is suspected that Mekayla was talking to someone through this app, and arranged to meet them sometime in April when she went missing.

Authorities suspect that Mekayla may have been kidnapped and forced into human trafficking, possibly by someone that she was talking to online.

At the time of her disappearance, Mekayla had several scars across her body, which possibly came from two front teeth.

If you have any information about Mekayla’s disappearance, please contact Interpol or your local Police Department.

Mekayla is age-progressed to 18 years old, wearing her glasses. Credit: International Missing People / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Lady in the Fridge

On the 29th of March, 1995, the body of a young woman was discovered inside of a gold, 1983 Frigidaire refrigerator that had been dumped inside of a ditch along Bacon Island Road, in the Delta area which is just west of the city of Stockton, California.

The fridge had been tied shut with rope, and the woman’s body had been wrapped in a quilt and a Hilary brand sleeping bag. Jane Doe was found bound with electrical tape and gagged by a sock. She had died due to blunt force trauma to her head.

A bedsheet the Jane Doe was wrapped in. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Jane Doe was between 24-45 years old at the time of her death. She stood approximately 5″5′ and weighed approximately 110-130lbs. She was a white female, and probably had strawberry blonde or red hair. Her nails had been manicured, and her teeth were in very good condition, she only had a few fillings and there were signs that she cared for them on a daily basis. She did not have any visible tattoos or scars.

It is estimated that Jane Doe died between 1 to 9 months before she was found.

She was wearing a blue sweatshirt, Levi shorts in size 30-32, Victoria Secret Bra in size 34B, a fruit of the loom t-shirt, multicoloured knee-high socks with toes, and Gorilla hiking boots. In 1996, the Gorilla hiking boots were worth $120.00

Jane Doe was also wearing a one-third carat wedding ring, and investigators found a leather band which they believe was part of a charm necklace. Ornaments that could have been on the necklace were found in her pocket.

Photos of the items found with the Jane Doe. Credit: Never Forget Me/Facebook

Based on the evidence at the scene, detectives think that woman was either estranged, divorced or separated from her husband at the time of her death. They also think that her charm bracelet broke during a fight that occurred, and the victim must have put the ornaments from the bracelet into her pocket before she died.

Police have said that the items inside of the refrigerator have led them to believe that the fridge at least came from the East bay area, some of the cities associated with the items are Richmond, Antioch, Pittsburgh, Oakley, and Brentwood.

The electric tape that was used to bound the victim was purchased at a military surplus store in Oakley. There was also an unopened bag of ice from the Glacier Ice Company Co which is produced in Freemont and shipped only to the East Bay. There were also miniature milk cartons inside the icebox which are primarily used in hospitals, schools, and institutions.

The Glacier Ice Bag was found with the victim. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

The refrigerator serial number revealed that it had been manufactured in Pennsylvania, and then sold in Oakland, California. Based on the contents, police think that the fridge probably originated between Highways 680, 580, 4, and Interstate 5.

Some investigators believe that Jane Doe may have fallen victim to serial killer Terry Rasmussen, who was active at the time of her murder. She was also killed in a similar manner to his other victims. However, this has never been confirmed.

Her DNA is available and has been added to the NamUs database.

Let’s hope that one day this woman gets her identity back.

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Todd Geib

Todd Geib was a 22-year-old man who worked during the day for Hager Distribution Inc in Wyoming, and during his free time, he loved nothing more than hanging out with friends, spending time outdoors and playing sports.

Todd Geib. Credit: Oxygen.com

The 11th of June, 2005, was just a normal Saturday for Todd. At around 7:30pm, he left his apartment (291 Moon Court in Casnovia, Michigan) that he shared with his cousin to meet some friends at the Half Moon Bar & Grille.

At 9:30pm that evening, Todd and his group of friends left the Half Moon Bar & Grille and headed towards a keg party that had a bonfire that was taking place behind an apple orchard, which was around two miles north of White Road in Casnovia, Michigan.

The area where the party was held contained around 6miles of grass that came up to your hips. There were around 100 people in attendance at the party that evening.

At 12:45am, a fight broke out at the party. It is unknown if Todd was involved in the fight or not, but it was around this time that Todd decided to leave the party, and make the mile and a half walk back to his shared apartment on 291 Moon Court. Whilst it is possible that Todd was seen walking along the road, it is mostly thought that Todd leaving the party was the last time he was seen.

At 12:47am, Todd called his friend who had dropped him off at the party earlier. During the phone call, Todd said that he’d “had enough”, and then at 12:51am he called the same friend again, and told them that he was “in a field” before the call cut off. The friend then called Todd back but was only able to hear either someone breathing or the wind. Two more attempts were made to call the friend back, with the last attempt ending at 12:57am.

Todd’s phone was never used again, and neither was any of his credit cards.

Over the next few weeks, over 1,500 searchers thoroughly searched the area surrounding the party and the road that Todd was walking on three separate times. They also had an aircraft fly over the area, looking for any evidence of Todd. The searches came up empty every single time.

Just 21 days after the searches had ended, a couple who were walking in the area, found Todd’s body in Ovidhall Lake, which is located just north of the intersection between Peters and White Road, and was only two miles away from Todd’s home.

The location of the lake where Todd’s body was found. Credit: Oxygen.com

Todd’s body was found standing upright in the lake, and as a witness recalls: “His head and shoulders were sticking out of the water”. Police ruled that Todd had drunk a bit too much, as his blood alcohol level was 0.12, and he decided to go for a swim which resulted in him accidentally drowning.

Many people, including Todd’s mother, Kathy Geib, strongly disagree with the police’s conclusion, and it is not hard to see why.

The position of Todd’s body when it was found. Credit: Oxygen.com

Firstly, when the searches were taking place, the search teams went through the area with the lake three different times and never saw Todd’s body, which by the description the witness gave, would have been extremely hard to miss.

Secondly, Todd was found fully clothed and with his wallet in his pocket. Whilst some may say that because he was drunk he didn’t care or think about removing his clothes or wallet, others think that it is highly strange for someone to go for a swim fully clothed. To add to this, the autopsy found no trace of water in Todd’s lungs, which you would get if he had drowned.

Dr Micheal Sirkica presented photos of Todd’s crime scene, as well as the autopsy notes to 18 other forensic pathologists at the 2009 medical examiners conference. All of the forensic pathologists agreed that Todd had only been dead for a maximum of 2 to 3 days before being placed, leaving 18 days of Todd being missing.

Furthermore, a team of investigators, former New York Police Department detectives Kevin Gannon, Anthony Duarte, Michael Donovan and professor of criminal justice Dr Lee Gilbertson, have concluded that Todd was actually abducted and held on the land for a while before being placed in the lake at a later time.

They have also said that it is possible that Todd could be a victim of the smiley face killers, a group of unknown serial killers who target college-age men before dumping their bodies in water and leaving their signature graffitied smiley face nearby.

Whilst there have been some reports of a smiley face being graffitied on a tree nearby, there has been no official confirmation on this.

To prove this theory more, Dr Lee Gilberston met with Dr M Eric Benbow, a forensic biologist, to re-examine Todd’s case. Dr Benbow did say that if Todd’s body had been in the water for 21 days, he would have expected to see “more biofilm, more slim buildup.”

Todd’s body was found with no insects on the clothing, mouth or ears, and Dr Benbow has said he would have expected to see insects in and on Todd’s body within minutes or hours of the body being placed there. When they visited the exact lake where Todd was found, Dr Benbow said: “if a body was here, it would be colonised with some type of aquatic insect.”

Dr Benbow decided to run a test using swine carcasses, in which he placed the carcasses into an experimental pond dressed in clothing similar to what Todd was found in.

Dr Benbow used five carcasses and sampled three of them every other day whilst leaving the other two untouched for the whole 21 days. From his experiment, Dr Benbow found that by day 1, insects has started collecting inside of the carcass, and by day 5 the insects had laid eggs. On day 21, the carcasses completely collapsed from insect activity, and the clothing was covered in a thick layer of green biofilm algal.

Given our experiment, I find it very surprising that Todd’s body had no reported insect activity and the clothing had no algal development…Based on our study, it is unlikely that Todd’s body had been in the lake for 21 days” Dr Benbow said, speaking to former Detective Kevin Gannon and Dr Lee Gilbertson.

Former Detective Kevin Gannon and Todd’s mother, Kathy, presented the conclusion of this test, alongside some other evidence, to the Michigan State Police. This granted Kathy a meeting with the Muskegon County Prosecutor, who has requested a full analysis of the discoveries made by Dr Benbow and his team.

Kathy is currently waiting to hear to see if re-investigation into Todd’s case will be opened.

Todd Geib. Credit: Oxygen.com

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