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VANISHED: The Tara Calico Investigation

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An investigative podcast that explores the unsolved disappearance of the University of New Mexico student, Tara Calico, a 29 year-old mystery that is hailed by Investigative Discovery Magazine as one of their top ten unsolved cases. Come along with host Melinda Esquibel, a former classmate to Tara Calico & a filmmaker turned amateur investigator, as we examine the old case files from the Sheriff's office. Follow us on Twitter @VanishedPodcast on Facebook @Vanished: The Tara Calico Story on Instagram @Justice4TaraCalicoCopyright Mundo Maravilla 2017

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An investigative podcast that explores the unsolved disappearance of the University of New Mexico student, Tara Calico, a 29 year-old mystery that is hailed by Investigative Discovery Magazine as one of their top ten unsolved cases. Come along with host Melinda Esquibel, a former classmate to Tara Calico & a filmmaker turned amateur investigator, as we examine the old case files from the Sheriff's office. Follow us on Twitter @VanishedPodcast on Facebook @Vanished: The Tara Calico Story on Instagram @Justice4TaraCalicoCopyright Mundo Maravilla 2017

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Too much fluff

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Seems like a YouTube video that’s a few minutes longer than it has to be in hopes of getting another advertisement break but in a podcast each are about 20minutes longer. Witness testimony is important in a trial situation but this podcast has close to 5hrs on a truck description I’m glad police investigate crimes not these true crime podcasters all hoping to have the fame of Up and Vanished

Great Podcast !

By Dominatum - Sep 07 2019
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What a profound story with an enormous amount of detail.

iTunes Ratings

751 Ratings
Average Ratings
468
112
51
49
71

Too much fluff

By papabev - Oct 02 2019
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Seems like a YouTube video that’s a few minutes longer than it has to be in hopes of getting another advertisement break but in a podcast each are about 20minutes longer. Witness testimony is important in a trial situation but this podcast has close to 5hrs on a truck description I’m glad police investigate crimes not these true crime podcasters all hoping to have the fame of Up and Vanished

Great Podcast !

By Dominatum - Sep 07 2019
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What a profound story with an enormous amount of detail.

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VANISHED: The Tara Calico Investigation

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An investigative podcast that explores the unsolved disappearance of the University of New Mexico student, Tara Calico, a 29 year-old mystery that is hailed by Investigative Discovery Magazine as one of their top ten unsolved cases. Come along with host Melinda Esquibel, a former classmate to Tara Calico & a filmmaker turned amateur investigator, as we examine the old case files from the Sheriff's office. Follow us on Twitter @VanishedPodcast on Facebook @Vanished: The Tara Calico Story on Instagram @Justice4TaraCalicoCopyright Mundo Maravilla 2017

Rank #1: 3: Episode 2: Who are the two kids in this photo?

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In July of 1989 "A Current Affair" ran a photo that had been circulating for about a month within law enforcement. Once the photo aired friends of Patty Doel called her in Belen, NM to tell her that Tara was on the TV and it was not good. Within days the kids had been identified as Tara Calico & Michael Henley.

Jul 26 2017

42mins

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Rank #2: 10: Episode 5: Ishmael Delarosa - Part 2

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Ishmael B. Delarosa came across Tara riding her bike on September 20th, 1988. This episode recounts Ishmael's statement to the Valencia County Sheriff's Office on August 23, 1991 almost three years after Tara's disappearance. Its a LONG episode and at times difficult to listen to. It recounts Ishmael's statement WORD FOR WORD. Every um, uh, stutter, repeat of sentences is in here. I didn't want to cut anything out because there are a lot of important details in this statement and I wanted to keep the integrity of his statement. Ish had a mind for details and searched for the person driving the old Ford truck until the day he died. There are photos in the Case File section of the website for listeners to get an idea of where Tara was seen.

#TaraCalico #TrueCrime #Crime #Podcast #Investigation #NewMexico #ValenciaCounty

This episode is brought to you by #HelloFresh

Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @vanishedpodcast on FACEBOOK: @vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @justice4taracalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com

Copyright Mundo Maravilla 2010

Nov 10 2017

1hr 42mins

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Rank #3: 8: Episode 3: The Four Hunters

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Episode three goes over the statements of the four hunters. On their way home from hunting in the Corona area they came across Tara riding her bike and an old truck following her. Their statements helped find several clues in this case.

To follow us on Social Media you can find us on Twitter @VanishedPodcast on Facebook at: VANISHED: The Tara Calico Story and Instagram @Justice4TaraCalico. You can check out our websites at VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com #TaraCalico #Justice4TaraCalico

Oct 09 2017

25mins

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Rank #4: 9: Episode 4: Ishmael Delarosa - Part 1

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Ishmael B. Delarosa came across Tara riding her bike on September 20th, 1988. Until his death in 2010 Ishmael felt like something wasn't right with the investigation. He gave several detailed accounts over the years of what he saw on that fateful day. #TaraCalico #TrueCrime #Crime #Podcast #Investigation #NewMexico #ValenciaCounty
Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @VanishedPodcast on FACEBOOK: @Vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @Justice4TaraCalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com Copyright Mundo Maravilla 2010

Oct 27 2017

35mins

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Rank #5: 5: From the Case File: The Los Alamos Evaluation

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Review of the Los Alamos National Labs evaluation of the photo of the two kids found in Port St. Joe, Florida with your host, Melinda Esquibel and producer Lindsay Olson. Is the girl in the photo #TaraCalico? We'll let you decide.

Aug 11 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #6: 12: Episode 7: Barron Freeman

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Barron Freeman came across Tara Calico riding her bike on September 20th while driving south bound and then north bound on Highway 47. Once Barron realized what he saw that day he tried for the next ten years to tell his story to the police, unsuccessfully. His statement was finally taken on September 23, 2008. Twenty years and three days after her disappearance.

#TaraCalico #TrueCrime #Crime #Podcast #Investigation #NewMexico #ValenciaCounty #Justice4TaraCalico
Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @VanishedPodcast on FACEBOOK: @Vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @Justice4TaraCalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com

Copyright Mundo Maravilla 2010

Dec 09 2017

49mins

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Rank #7: 23: Episode 16: Scott's Statement Part 1

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In this episode we hear Scott Cunningham's own statement to Valencia County Sheriff's department detectives James Purdy & Rene Rivera.  Scott was very close friends with Lawrence Romero, Jr..   He discusses a situation that happened after Tara disappeared which involved another young female.  

This episode is brought to you by:  

Ziprecruiter.com.  Upload your resume for free and use this link: zip recruiter.com/VTC.

To put pressure on the politicians please call the District Attorney Lemuel Martinez at (505)861-0311 and ask him to make arrests in this case. You can also call the Attorney General of the State of New Mexico Hector Balderas at (505)490-4060 and ask him to investigate the corruption in this case. If you would like to leave us a comment, question or a tip you can call us at (575)201-7444.

#TaraCalico #Justice4TaraCalico #FindTara #VANISHEDPodcast #VANISHED #VanishedTheTaraCalicoInvestigation #NewMexico #TrueCrimePodcast #TrueCrime #Podcast #AudioBoom #ApplePodcasts #Investigation #LawrenceRomero #ReneRivera #ValenciaCounty #TaraCalicoWasNewMexicoTrue

Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @vanishedpodcast on FACEBOOK: @Vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @justice4taracalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com.

Jul 13 2018

44mins

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Rank #8: 30: Episode 21: Snitches get Stitches

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In this episode we have a conversation with a friend to Lawrence Romero, Jr., Charles Houghton, Scott Cunningham and JJ Aguayo.  This individual comes forward and gives us insight into what was going on at that time with this crew of boys. 

This episode is brought to you by @ZipRecruiter and @Zola.

To put pressure on the politicians please call the District Attorney Lemuel Martinez at (505)861-0311 and ask him to make arrests in this case. You can also call the Attorney General of the State of New Mexico Hector Balderas at (505)490-4060 and ask him to investigate the corruption in this case. If you would like to leave us a comment, question or a tip you can call us at (575)201-7444.

#TaraCalico #Justice4TaraCalico #FindTara #VANISHEDPodcast #VANISHED #VanishedTheTaraCalicoInvestigation #NewMexico #TrueCrimePodcast #TrueCrime #Podcast #AudioBoom #ApplePodcasts #Investigation #LawrenceRomero #ReneRivera #ValenciaCounty #TaraCalicoWasNewMexicoTrue #Spotify 

Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @vanishedpodcast on FACEBOOK: @Vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @justice4taracalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com.

Oct 22 2018

50mins

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Rank #9: 20: Episode 13: The Henry Brown Statement

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This episode covers the statement made by Henry Brown.  The reason we bring this up is because former Deputy Methola has talked about it over and over on the internet and to the state police.  Methola report is different from what he is stating in the public forum and many people are referencing the report in documentaries, so we thought it was important to clear up any misinformation.

This episode is brought to you by:  

simplecontacts.com/vanished promo code: vanished for a $30.00 discount.

and by Molekule.com enter Vanished at checkout for a $75.00 credit.

To put pressure on the politicians please call the District Attorney Lemuel Martinez at (505)861-0311 and ask him to make arrests in this case. You can also call the Attorney General of the State of New Mexico Hector Balderas at (505)490-4060 and ask him to investigate the corruption in this case. If you would like to leave us a comment, question or a tip you can call us at (575)201-7444.

#TaraCalico #Justice4TaraCalico #FindTara #VANISHEDPodcast #VANISHED #VanishedTheTaraCalicoInvestigation #NewMexico #TrueCrimePodcast #TrueCrime #Podcast #AudioBoom #ApplePodcasts #Investigation #LawrenceRomero #ReneRivera #ValenciaCounty #TaraCalicoWasNewMexicoTrue

Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @vanishedpodcast on FACEBOOK: @Vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @justice4taracalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com.

Apr 20 2018

20mins

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Rank #10: 16: Episode 10: Timeline

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Episode 10 is about the timeline of Tara's bike ride and disappearance. It includes a map of where she was and at what time, where items were found and where she disappeared.  With my co-host Lindsay Olson we go over the letter, timeline and map that Patty Doel left behind and note important parts of Tara's ride.  We also include two interviews.  One was a friend to Lawrence Romero, Jr.  and the other is Jack Cole, Tara's boyfriend at the time of her disappearance.  

If we focus on the victim and the crime scene it will teach us about our suspects.  

To put pressure on the politicians please call the District Attorney Lemuel Martinez at (505)861-0311 and ask him to make arrests in this case. You can also call the Attorney General of the State of New Mexico Hector Balderas at (505)490-4060 and ask him to investigate the corruption in this case. If you would like to leave us a comment, question or a tip you can call us at (575)201-7444.

#TaraCalico #Justice4TaraCalico #FindTara #VANISHEDPodcast #VANISHED #VanishedTheTaraCalicoInvestigation #NewMexico #TrueCrimePodcast #TrueCrime #Podcast #AudioBoom #ApplePodcasts #Investigation #LawrenceRomero #ReneRivera #ValenciaCounty #TaraCalicoWasNewMexicoTrue

Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @vanishedpodcast on FACEBOOK: @Vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @justice4taracalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com.

Copyright Mundo Maravilla 2010

Feb 23 2018

47mins

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Rank #11: 21: Episode 14: Scott Cunningham Part 1

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In this episode we hear a taped interview by then Detective James Purdy and Rene Rivera with the Valencia County Sheriff's office from 1999.  They are interviewing a person close to Scott Cunningham who was good friends with Lawrence Romero, Jr. and Charlie Houghton.  She discusses a situation that happened after Tara disappeared which involved another young female.  

This episode is brought to you by:  

Zola.com. To sign up with Zola and receive a $50 credit towards your registry, go to ZOLA.com/vanished

To put pressure on the politicians please call the District Attorney Lemuel Martinez at (505)861-0311 and ask him to make arrests in this case. You can also call the Attorney General of the State of New Mexico Hector Balderas at (505)490-4060 and ask him to investigate the corruption in this case. If you would like to leave us a comment, question or a tip you can call us at (575)201-7444.

#TaraCalico #Justice4TaraCalico #FindTara #VANISHEDPodcast #VANISHED #VanishedTheTaraCalicoInvestigation #NewMexico #TrueCrimePodcast #TrueCrime #Podcast #AudioBoom #ApplePodcasts #Investigation #LawrenceRomero #ReneRivera #ValenciaCounty #TaraCalicoWasNewMexicoTrue

Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @vanishedpodcast on FACEBOOK: @Vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @justice4taracalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com.

Jun 01 2018

23mins

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Rank #12: 19: Episode 12: JJ Aguayo - JJ Hampton

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In this episode we discuss the differences between Paul Zeiler and JJ Aguayo's interviews with the Sheriff's office.  We also get to hear a story about an incident where JJ took a girl to a place that Tara may have been too and an INFORMANT interview that collaborates the story.  JJ Aguayo / JJ Hampton has a long history with police and has admitted to seeing Tara on the road on September 20th, 1988.  

To put pressure on the politicians please call the District Attorney Lemuel Martinez at (505)861-0311 and ask him to make arrests in this case. You can also call the Attorney General of the State of New Mexico Hector Balderas at (505)490-4060 and ask him to investigate the corruption in this case. If you would like to leave us a comment, question or a tip you can call us at (575)201-7444.

This episode is brought to you by:

www.ziprecruiter.com. My listeners can sign up for free at RipRecruiter.com/VTC.

and by www.Zola.com.  To sign up with Zola and receive a $50 credit towards your registry, go to ZOLA.com/vanished

#TaraCalico #Justice4TaraCalico #FindTara #VANISHEDPodcast #VANISHED #VanishedTheTaraCalicoInvestigation #NewMexico #TrueCrimePodcast #TrueCrime #Podcast #AudioBoom #ApplePodcasts #Investigation #LawrenceRomero #ReneRivera #ValenciaCounty #TaraCalicoWasNewMexicoTrue

Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @vanishedpodcast on FACEBOOK: @Vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @justice4taracalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com.

Copyright Mundo Maravilla 2010

Apr 06 2018

20mins

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Rank #13: 17: Episode 11: Paul Zeiler Part 1

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This episode is brought to you by www.ziprecruiter.com. My listeners can sign up for free at RipRecruiter.com/VTC.

In this episode we listen to Paul Zeiler's interview with Detective Willy Garley and Tony Scazzero of the Valencia County Sheriff's Department. The details of his interview differ from his friend JJ Aguayo and what he remembers from the accounts of the morning of September 20th, 1988.  If you are having a hard time hearing this interview you can move to the next episode Episode 11: Paul Zeiler Part 2 for the recap.

To put pressure on the politicians please call the District Attorney Lemuel Martinez at (505)861-0311 and ask him to make arrests in this case. You can also call the Attorney General of the State of New Mexico Hector Balderas at (505)490-4060 and ask him to investigate the corruption in this case. If you would like to leave us a comment, question or a tip you can call us at (575)201-7444.

#TaraCalico #Justice4TaraCalico #FindTara #VANISHEDPodcast #VANISHED #VanishedTheTaraCalicoInvestigation #NewMexico #TrueCrimePodcast #TrueCrime #Podcast #AudioBoom #ApplePodcasts #Investigation #LawrenceRomero #ReneRivera #ValenciaCounty #TaraCalicoWasNewMexicoTrue

Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @vanishedpodcast on FACEBOOK: @Vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @justice4taracalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com.

Copyright Mundo Maravilla 2010

Mar 16 2018

53mins

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Rank #14: 13: Episode 8: Witness One

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Witness One is the first person to come across Tara Calico riding her bike on September 20th while stopped at the stop sign on Rio Communities Blvd aka Highway 47. Witness One was friends with Tara. They waved at each other as she passed by and she saw the truck following behind her. When she found out that Tara had gone missing she told her boyfriend that she saw Tara that morning. Deputies came to interview her and had her identify the two men she saw in the vehicle.

This episode is brought to you by Zola.com.

#TaraCalico #TrueCrime #Crime #Podcast #Investigation #NewMexico #ValenciaCounty #Justice4TaraCalico Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @VanishedPodcast on FACEBOOK: @Vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @Justice4TaraCalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com

Copyright Mundo Maravilla 2010

Dec 23 2017

31mins

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Rank #15: 26: Episode 18: Tony Scazzero - VCSO Undersheriff

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In this episode we hear Undersheriff Tony Scazzero's thoughts to what he thinks happened to Tara Calico.  This interview was recorded by Don Dongess for VSCO when Sheriff Rene Rivera re-opened the case.  Tony Scazzero was the Undersheriff for Sheriff Anthony Ortega.  This was the administration AFTER Sheriff Lawrence Romero left office.   Rest in Peace Tony!!!

This episode is brought to you by: TomBoyZ, Zola & RXBAR. 

To put pressure on the politicians please call the District Attorney Lemuel Martinez at (505)861-0311 and ask him to make arrests in this case. You can also call the Attorney General of the State of New Mexico Hector Balderas at (505)490-4060 and ask him to investigate the corruption in this case. If you would like to leave us a comment, question or a tip you can call us at (575)201-7444.

#TaraCalico #Justice4TaraCalico #FindTara #VANISHEDPodcast #VANISHED #VanishedTheTaraCalicoInvestigation #NewMexico #TrueCrimePodcast #TrueCrime #Podcast #AudioBoom #ApplePodcasts #Investigation #LawrenceRomero #ReneRivera #ValenciaCounty #TaraCalicoWasNewMexicoTrue #Spotify 

Please follow us on Social Media on Twitter: @vanishedpodcast on FACEBOOK: @Vanished The Tara Calico Story and Instagram: @justice4taracalico to keep up to date please visit: VanishedPod.com or TaraCalico.com.

Aug 24 2018

42mins

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