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The Vanished is a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. The Vanished goes beyond conventional news reports to take a deep dive into the story of a different missing person each week. Host Marissa Jones brings you exclusive interviews with family members, friends, law enforcement and experts. What will The Vanished uncover next?

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The Vanished is a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. The Vanished goes beyond conventional news reports to take a deep dive into the story of a different missing person each week. Host Marissa Jones brings you exclusive interviews with family members, friends, law enforcement and experts. What will The Vanished uncover next?

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Poor Dedication to this Craft

By Edith Victoria - Jan 07 2020
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Unfortunately, little dedication to craftsmanship or storyline. It seems to be poorly researched, and the monotoned narrator relies primarily on unreliable testimony to construct any sort of narrative. This piece is also riddled with minutes upon minutes of advertisements.

Too Much Time Focused on Family

By Niesy B - Jan 07 2020
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I want to like this podcast but there is way too much audio of interviews with the family/friends of the missing person. It is wonderful that the host is giving the family and friends a platform to speak about their missing loved one but in my opinion it does not make for an interesting true crime podcast.

iTunes Ratings

8402 Ratings
Average Ratings
6612
850
395
258
287

Poor Dedication to this Craft

By Edith Victoria - Jan 07 2020
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Unfortunately, little dedication to craftsmanship or storyline. It seems to be poorly researched, and the monotoned narrator relies primarily on unreliable testimony to construct any sort of narrative. This piece is also riddled with minutes upon minutes of advertisements.

Too Much Time Focused on Family

By Niesy B - Jan 07 2020
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I want to like this podcast but there is way too much audio of interviews with the family/friends of the missing person. It is wonderful that the host is giving the family and friends a platform to speak about their missing loved one but in my opinion it does not make for an interesting true crime podcast.
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Latest release on Jan 13, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Jhessye Shockley Part 1

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Five-year-old Jhessye Shockley was reported missing on October 11, 2011. She was last seen at her home in Glendale, Arizona. This is Jhessye's story. Special thanks to: Fox 10 Phoenix Alexandre_Navarro freemusicarchive.org/music/Alexandre_Navarro/

Jan 22 2016

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Rank #2: Jhessye Shockley Part 2

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Five-year-old Jhessye Shockley was reported missing on October 11, 2011. She was last seen at her home in Glendale, Arizona. This is part two of Jhessye's story. This episode features Brooke, a child therapist and producer and host of Actual Innocence. Special thanks to: Brooke from Actual Innocence Link to her podcast -itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/actua…nce/id1102237078 Link to her website - www.actualinpod.com/ Fox 10 Phoenix Alexandre_Navarro freemusicarchive.org/music/Alexandre_Navarro/

Jan 29 2016

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Rank #3: Lexy Anne Stacy

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Lexy Anne Stacy was a kind-hearted and independent-thinking young woman raised by two loving parents in Colorado's eastern plains. At 21, Lexy's BFF was her mother, Cindy, and she had three years in at the Westminster Walmart, where was named Employee of the Month, was well-liked, and made easy friends. Very much her own person, Stacy's tattoo sleeves and make-up heavy aesthetic were extensions of her vibrant and cheerful personality.

But Lexy's technicolor world dimmed after she met Daniel Perkins on her 21st birthday. Perkins, a self-professed erudite and ladies' man, soon wreaked havoc in the Stacy household, driving a wedge between Lexy and her parents, and eventually Lexy and her friends. In the spring of 2015, Perkins gave Lexy a laptop to pawn because he didn't have an ID. What he didn't tell her was that he'd stolen it from her friend's house. Soon, a felony warrant was issued for her arrest.

Things only got worse. Despite his previous failures as a criminal, Perkins robbed a bank in late May 2015, and was swiftly arrested. Nevertheless, Lexy exploited a clerical error to spring her sweetheart from the pokey. They've been on the run ever since.

Where they are is anybody's guess. In late July 2016, a Missouri woman named Sheena Cox attempted to extort $2,000 from Lexy's heartbroken parents in exchange for information on their daughter's whereabouts. Disturbingly, Sheena implied Lexy was being held against her will, but records also show Sheena has been embroiled in a variety of real estate schemes.

This week's investigation traces Lexy's whereabouts to a faux-utopia called Astral Valley, where Cox and Co. masquerade as peace lovin' hippies but may very well be involved in darker dealings behind the scenes? How can two cash-poor kids travel unnoticed for so long? We explore these questions and more in this episode of The Vanished.

Dec 03 2016

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Rank #4: Alexandria Joy Lowitzer

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On the afternoon of April 26th, 2010, 16-year-old Alexandria Joy Lowitzer, or Ali as she was known, got off of her school bus across from her home in Spring, Texas. Ali, a sophomore at Spring High School, wanted to walk up to her new workplace, The Burger Barn. She had a paycheck to collect and she told her mom she might be able to pick up a shift that afternoon. Her mom, Jo Ann, was reluctant because Ali had only been working there a few weeks and she hadn’t walked there before. Ali pleaded with her mom until she gave in.

Two boys got off the bus with Ali and noticed she lagged behind, not walking as she usually would towards her home, but going the opposite way, out of the neighbourhood in the direction of the Burger Barn.

Ali didn't make it to The Burger Barn and was never seen or heard from again.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Ali Lowitzer, please contact the Harris County Sheriff's Office 713-221-6000.

The episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Anna Priestland.

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Jan 14 2019

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Rank #5: Chance Englebert

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On July 6, 2019, 25-year-old Chance Englebert spent the day golfing with family in Gering, Nebraska. He left with his wife, Baylee, and their infant son.  Together, they went to Baylee's grandparents’ house to pick up a few things. According to Baylee, it was in her grandparents’ driveway around 7:30 PM that Chance got out of the car and walked away heading toward Terrytown. He was seen on surveillance walking in that direction.  He’s never been seen again.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Chance Englebert, please call the Gering Police Department at (308) 436-5089.

Follow Chance's case on Facebook at Help Find Chance Englebert.

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Oct 28 2019

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Rank #6: Paul Miller

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On July 13, 2018, Paul and Stephanie Miller were finishing up their vacation in southern California and preparing to drive to Las Vegas to catch their flight home to Ontario. That morning, Paul told Stephanie he wanted to get in one last quick hike. Stephanie decided to stay behind and finish packing up their belongings while Paul headed off to the Joshua Tree National Park for a short hike on the the 49 Palms Oasis Trail. Paul was spotted on the trail but he never made it back to their motel room. In the hours after he went missing, a massive search ensued. Despite extensive search efforts, no trace of Paul has ever been found.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Paul Miller, please contact the National Park Service at Joshua Tree 760-367-5500 and ask for the Chief Ranger's Office.

UPDATE: Human remains were located near the trail in December of 2019. On January 12, 2020, it was announced that they confirmed the remains to be Paul.

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Nov 04 2019

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Rank #7: Dona Mae Bayerl Part 1: Lost in the Night

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38-year-old Dona Mae Bayerl disappeared on May 6, 1979 after and argument with her husband, John. Dona Mae was the devoted mother of two young girls, 7-year-old Jodie and 4-year-old Jackie. Dona Mae has now been missing for 39 years. For this series, I spoke to Dona Mae's sister, Joan, her daughter's Jodie and Jackie, and Detective Westphal who is currently investigating her disappearance. In this first part, we are going to dig into the events leading up to Dona Mae's disappearance and what followed in the next several months.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Dona Mae Bayerl, please contact Detective Westphal at 262-679-5652. You can follow Dona Mae's case on social media at Dona Mae Bayerl -Missing since May 1979.

With a case this old, many witnesses are now deceased. A couple podcast hosts lent their voices to help bring these statements to life. Mo Blackwell read statements from Estelle, Dona Mae's mom. You can find her show here: Targeted: True Crime Domestic Violence. The voice of Dona Mae's best friend, Betty, was Haley Gray who hosts Murder Road Trip.

February 2019 UPDATE: John Bayerl has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Dona Mae remains missing.

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May 19 2018

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Rank #8: Amos Mortier Part 1

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Amos Mortier's friends were puzzled when he stopped returning calls the week of Nov. 8, 2004, but that was a small mystery compared to the mystery they stumbled into when they entered his unlit house in the swampy outskirts of Madison, Wisconsin. In this first installment of a special three-part series, The Vanished probes the circumstances around the 12-year-old mystery that has confounded everyone from the small town detective on up to the DEA special agent who gave the case a special assist.

Oct 13 2016

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Rank #9: Rachel Cooke

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Rachel was just 19 when she vanished while jogging in her quiet neighborhood in Georgetown, Texas. Fifteen years later, her disappearance is still a mystery. Many people witnessed Rachel running that morning but no one witnessed what happened to her. Was she abducted by a stranger or did someone she know have a motive to harm her? There will be a memorial run for Rachel this weekend. You find more information here: http://www.active.com/georgetown-tx/running/distance-running-races/rachel-cooke-memorial-run-2017 For more information on the free self-defense class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/williamson-county-sheriffs-office-self-defense-academy-for-children-tickets-28865611822

Jan 06 2017

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Rank #10: Laura Nimbach

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On February 17, 2009, 22 year old Laura Nimbach went missing. According to reports, Laura’s last interaction was with a police officer in St. Petersburg, FL. Laura allegedly told the officer that she had been at a domestic violence shelter the previous day, but had left for unknown reasons. Laura was in the midst of leaving a highly abusive relationship and was currently without a permanent place to stay. She had been bouncing around from friends homes to shelters. After this interaction Laura Nimbach told the officer she would make her way to another shelter, but after they parted ways Laura was never seen or heard from again. In the days following her disappearance, Laura was due to make an appearance in court to testify against her abuser, but she never showed up.

If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Laura Nimbach please call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office 727-582-6333

You can follow Laura's case on social media at What happened to Laura Nimbach.

This episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Erika Gwynn. To find more of Erika's work, please check out her podcast at https://www.apexandabyss.com.

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Feb 25 2019

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Rank #11: Alexis Camry Scott

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20-year-old Alexis Scott disappeared from Peoria, Illinois after attending a party in the early morning hours of September 23, 2017. There have been many conflicting stories about the details of that night making it hard to find the truth. Several weeks before Alexis vanished, she went through a frightening ordeal while on a trip to Las Vegas. Is her disappearance related to what happened during that trip?

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Alexis Scott, you can email her mom, April, at psaprilove@gmail.com. You can also contact April through a Facebook group that has been created for Alexis called Alexis Camry Scott Campaign. Please message tips to an administrator of the group instead of posting them publicly. You can reach the Peoria Police Department at 309-673-4521. To remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 309-673-9000.


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Jan 26 2018

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Rank #12: James "Martin" Roberts Part 1

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19-year-old Martin Roberts was last seen in Boone, NC on April 21, 2016. He left his apartment and was captured on a surveillance video around 12:30PM. After that, he vanished and no trace of him has been found. If you have any information about Martin's disappearance, please contact Crime Stoppers at

(828) 268-6959 or Boone Police at (828) 268-6900.

Apr 13 2017

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Rank #13: Kayla Unbehaun

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On July 4, 2017, while Americans all over the United States were celebrating Independence Day with barbecues, fireworks, and quality family time, 9-year-old Kayla Unbehaun was spending time visiting her mother in Wheaton, Illinois. The following day, her father, Ryan Iskerka, left work and went to pick up his daughter, Kayla. However, when he arrived at Kayla’s mother’s residence, Kayla and her mother, Heather, were nowhere to be found. Heather’s father and uncle told Ryan that Heather had taken Kayla camping in Wisconsin but Ryan knew that something wasn’t right and immediately called police. In the 18 months that have passed since that day, Kayla and Heather have not been seen or heard from. Heather Unbehaun currently has an active warrant for felony kidnapping.

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If you have any information about Kayla’s disappearance, please call the South Elgin Police Department at 847-741-2151.

You can follow Kayla's case on social media at Bring Kayla Home.

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Feb 18 2019

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Rank #14: Ebby Steppach

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18 year-old Ebby Steppach was last seen in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 24, 2015. The next day, her brother was able to reach her by phone but she sounded confused and lost. No one has seen or heard from Ebby since. Her car was located in a park 5 days later, all of her belongings were inside. Her family spent the next 8 months fighting to get the Little Rock Police Department take her case seriously.  In that time, critical evidence was lost but now with renewed interest from the homicide unit, there is hope that Ebby will be found. 


*May 2018 UPDATE*

"The family of Ebby Jane Steppach would like to share the latest update with those of you on this page as well as other media outlets. On Tuesday, May 22nd, investigators with the Little Rock Police Department informed the family that human remains had been found at Chalamont Park, which is where Ebby’s car was found on October 30, 2015.

As of today, May 23rd, investigators conclusively identified the remains as Ebby’s and notified the family of those results.

The family would like to thank all of you who have supported efforts to find Ebby. It has been through your support, many prayers and God’s strength that they have been able to make this journey. God hears and answers all prayers. Yesterday, God answered the family’s prayers to find Ebby.

They are thankful for the life they got to share with her and ask for continued support and prayers as they work through this difficult time. "

Mar 17 2017

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Rank #15: Noah Brandon Davis Part 1

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Twenty-four year old, Noah Davis, vanished from Ringgold, Georgia in July of 2014. The truck that he was driving was found across state lines in East Ridge, Tennessee. I interviewed his brother, Joshua Wright, for the show. He has gone to great lengths to find Noah despite a strained relationship with the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department.

Jul 23 2016

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Rank #16: Brenda Sue Davidson

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13-year-old Brenda Sue Davidson disappeared from Woodbridge, Virginia on March 4, 1974. Her little sister, Lisa, was just seven at the time. She grew up believing that Brenda ran away. When Lisa grew up, she decided that she wanted find her sister. When she began asking around, the stories didn't seem to make sense. She started to wonder if her father's abuse had gone too far and if the runaway story was a cover-up.

Lisa desperately wants to find answers and is looking for anyone who may have known her family back then.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Brenda Sue Davidson, please call the Prince William County Sheriff's Office at 703-792-6500 or 1-800-THE-LOST.

You can follow Brenda's case on Facebook at Find Brenda Sue Davidson. You can also message Lisa through the Facebook page.

The episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Anna Priestland.

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Sep 13 2018

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Rank #17: Damien Sharp

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22-year-old Damien Sharp was last seen on May 25, 2002.  He was having friends over to his apartment for Memorial Day and left saying that he would be back in a bit.  He never returned and no trace of him has ever been found.  I spoke with Damien's mom, Janeane Shanahan, for this episode.   Also mentioned in this episode- Lori Ceci Bova Yolanda Bindics  Find Damien Website Cue Center for Missing Persons Ripe for the Picking - http://amzn.com/1929382006 (book mentioned in episode) More information on the Ride to Find'em - https://ridetofindem.wordpress.com

May 19 2016

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Rank #18: Madeline Jones and William Jones-Gouchenour

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Madeline Jones and her 8 month old son, William, disappeared from their Mesa, Arizona home on June 15th, 2017. The following day, her father, Roland "Alex" Jones called 911 to report that they were missing. Leading up to their disappearance, Madeline and her ex-husband had gone through a nasty divorce and custody battle. The court had just awarded joint custody to William’s father, Jacob. A witness has come forward claiming to have seen Madeline dye her hair and dress William as a girl shortly before disappearing. All court documents and police reports referenced in this episode can be found in the Facebook group Missing: Bring Baby William and Madeline Jones Home.


UPDATE: After this podcast first aired, Cassie and Roland "Alex" Jones were arrested on September 27, 2017. William and Maddie were located safe on October 2, 2017.


For reference, the important people mentioned in this episode include:

Jacob Gouchenour - William's father

Madeline "Maddie" Jones - William's mother, missing since June 15, 2017.

William Jones-Gouchenour - The son of Jacob and Madeline, missing since June 15, 2017.

Cassie Jones - The mother of Maddie Jones.

Roland "Alex" Jones - The father of Maddie Jones.

Kelci - Maddie's friend.


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Sep 20 2017

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Rank #19: Kevin Graves

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On July 1, 2018, 28 year old Kevin Graves went missing while spending the weekend at the Electric Forest Music Festival in Rothbury, Michigan. Kevin was attending the music festival with his girlfriend and two of their friends when an alleged argument broke out between the couple. According to those with Kevin that day, he stormed off from them while acting erratic and he was never seen or heard from again.

Kevin’s girlfriend notified the police that he was missing and she told his family that she couldn’t find him after the festival. Knowing this was unlike him, Kevin’s loved ones went into immediate action to try and find him.

What they would uncover in their investigation would be a series of strange possibilities as to what happened to Kevin that day. They have considered everything from foul play to the idea that Kevin may have joined a cult.

There is currently a $10,000 reward for information regarding his whereabouts.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Kevin Graves is asked to call the Oakland County Sheriff's Office at (248) 858-4950 or the Michigan State Police Hart Post (231) 873-2171.

You can follow Kevin's case on Facebook at Help Us Find Kevin Graves.

This episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Erika Gwynn. To find more of Erika's work, please check out her podcast at https://www.apexandabyss.com.

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Mar 11 2019

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Rank #20: Larry DeWayne Hall

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In this episode, I interview author Christopher Martin about his book Urges: A Chronicle of Serial Killer Larry Hall. Hall initially confessed to killing four women but over the years has admitted to 39. Join us while we discuss Hall's M.O and victim profile and try to connect the dots between the victims and the killer. Hall traveled all over the U.S. and only a few of his victims have been confirmed. Stay tuned for state-by-state episodes that will follow where we will discuss the individual disappearances. Special thanks to Christopher Martin for being on the show!  Here is a link to the book www.amazon.com/Urges-Chronicle-S…rry/dp/1451589948

Mar 31 2016

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