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08 Larissa Sam

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Larissa Sam went missing from Indianapolis Indiana in 2015

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007 Alianna DeFreeze

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The school system, witnesses, and the public failed 14yo Alianna Defreeze when she was abducted in Ohio.

But her parents are trying to make sure it doesn't happen again. 

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006 Marsa Gipson

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A rock thrown off an overpass, a woman dead, her murder unsolved. Can Marsa Gipsons murder be solved before its too late?This weeks episode is a quick one from Indiana. 

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005 Henryville II: The Library

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004 Henryville I: Introduction

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003 Brenda Sue Schaefer

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This weeks case takes us to Louisville, KY. It's a case that happened when I was 4, but one that I grew up hearing about. It was a notorious case for the area. To this day, the case is told as a cautionary tale about how even the most guilty suspect can still get away with their crime.

The 5th amendment of the constitution of the united states of america, reads in part “nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb”.

In today's terms, it means that if you are found guilty if a crime like murder, you can't be tried for the same crime again. It keeps prosecutors from trying a case over and over until they find a jury willing to convict.

It's meant to keep our system fair.

But like they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

In this case, that road lead to a home in Louisville, Ky. Where 1 person would die, and 2 people would get away with it, despite irrefutable proof being found

But, as sometimes happens, karma had the final say.

Brenda Sue Schaefer was 36 years old, loved by her family, friends, and coworkers. Born and raised in Louisville. Married right out of high school, the marriage only lasted 4 years, and the separation was hard on Brenda due to her strong religious beliefs. Afterwards, Brenda moved back in with her parents in a suburb outside of the main city.

Her next serious relationship was with dentist Jim Rush, this relationship would last 8 years, but ended due to disagreements and Jim's drinking.

In 1986, at age 34 Brenda's life took a turn, and unfortunately in a story that is all too familiar, red flags were ignored.

Brenda met 48 year old Melvin Ignatow in September of 1986. He was the father of 3 grown children, and shared a house with his mother. No one in Brenda's life really understood what she saw in him, but for whatever reason, the relationship continued. After only two months of dating, Ignatow proposed to Brenda. Ignoring her doubts, Brenda agreed, but refused to set a date for a wedding. Afterwards as is usually the case, Ignatows true personality came out. He became more controlling and abusive as time went on. Most of which Brenda tried to keep hidden from everyone. Brenda, a catholic, weary from failures of past relationships, and wanting to make things work, made excuses for Mel's behavior. He would berate her for being frigid, wanted her to engage in sexual acts she wasn't comfortable with, and eventually would start giving her pills. Pills that made her forgot what happened the night before. Once, Brenda even awoke to find Ignatow holding a rag soaked in chloroform near her face. He claimed he was only trying to help her relax.

Brenda eventually confided to friends. They told her to leave. They worried.

Despite not knowing what was really going on, Brenda's family still deeply disliked Mel. He was arrogant and demanding. They wanted Brenda to leave.

Brenda's boss, Dr Spalding, also saw part of this dark side. Ignatow would call Brenda repeatedly at work. Sometimes to yell at her.

Brenda still stayed.

Until 1988. 2 years into her relationship with Ignatow, Brenda had finally decided to leave. She had even started talking to her old boyfriend, Jim Rush again.

Ignatow could sense the end was coming, and he was not going to allow it to happen. Not on Brenda's terms. Ignatow contacted his ex girlfriend, Mary Ann Shore. Shore, who had continued a sexual relationship with ignatow despite his being with Brenda, would be described by the media and everyone else as overweight and unattractive compared to the slim and pretty Brenda. I think this characterization is unfair. What made Shore ugly was her personality, not her looks. She was selfish, rude, and did whatever Ignatow wanted.

Even the worst thing imaginable.

For a month, Ignatow and Shore plotted what they would do to an unsuspecting Brenda. They dug a grave in the woods near Shores house that was 6 feet deep, got their stories straight, and Ignatow even went so far as to make a checklist of the things he wanted to do to Brenda before killing her.

They finally put their plan into action on September 23rd, 1988.

That day Brenda and Ignatow agreed to meet so that Brenda could return some jewelry and officially break off the relationship.

Brenda ended up in Ignatows car, and Ignatow drove her to Shores house, claiming that he needed to pick something up.

As soon as they entered the house, Shore locked the door behind them, and the assault began. While Shore took dozens of photos, Ignatow made Brenda strip, grovel, and repeat his pre prepared script.

The assault began with Brenda being tied to a coffee table, beaten, sexually assaulted. Then taken to a bedroom, tied down, and sexually assaulted. The abuse and torture went on for hours. When Mel had finally checked everything off his list, he soaked a rag in chloroform and held it to Brenda's face until she was dead.

Afterwards, she was tied into a fetal position, wrapped in garbage bags, and buried.

At just 36 years old, just when she was finally ready to be free of her abusive relationship, Brenda Sue Schaefer was dead. But the indignity of what happened to her didn't stop with her death. The court system would deliver one last blow. It would shock a city, devastate Brenda's family, and reveal how easily some murderers can go free.

Brenda's family immediately knew something was wrong. Brenda's mother, who at the time was suffering from lupus, stayed up most of the night waiting for Brenda to come home. It was unlike her to not show up when she said she would, and by 3am, her mother was deeply concerned.

The next day, the 24th, Brenda's mother called Ignatow to see if he knew where Brenda was. Ignatow claimed he hadn't seen her since they parted company the previous day. Ignatow then contacted police to report Brenda missing.

On September 25th, Brenda's car was found abandoned on the side of Interstate 65. One of the rear tires was flat, the windows were smashed, and the radio had been stolen.

Where the car was found was only a half mile from Brenda's house. So police thought that had the car broken down, Brenda would have easily walked home.

When police went to the family news to tell the family Brenda's car had been located, Brenda's brothers strongly suspected she was dead. They also thought they knew who did it. When Ignatow arrived at the family home to help figure out where Brenda could be, the family found his crying and concern fake.

Weeks went by with no sign of Brenda. Her brother Tom, and his girlfriend Melinda went to police to inform them of their suspicions about Ignatows involvement. Before She went missing, Brenda had confided to Melinda that Ignatow had been sexually abusing her, and that she wanted out.

Police did eventually interview Ignatow. When they met him at his house, they were surprised that Ignatow had already prepared a written list of the days events.

Mel's timeline of that day went as follows:

He claimed that Brenda picked him up around 3pm

They went to boat show, but changed their minds because it was raining, and did not exit the car.

Instead they parked and talked.

Afterwards he said the two drove to an art fair, but once again did not exit the car.

Eventually Brenda dropped him off at home and left. He hadn't seen her since.

Ignatow even admitted he looked like a suspect.

Police were extremely suspicious, but had no evidence or leads to go on.

By february of 1989, the police had run out of leads.

But the people in Brenda's life had not given up. Brenda's boss, Dr. Spalding, knew that Ignatow had killed Brenda. He even went on local news saying so. He didn't have any proof, but he knew. People in Louisville knew too. The local paper, the Courier journal printed an article pointing to Mel Ignatow.

Frustrated that nothing was happening, Dr Spalding sent an anonymous letter to Ignatow in march of 1989. The letter threatened to kill Ignatow unless he revealed where Brenda's body was.

Spalding was arrested, and charged with threatening Ignatow.

In August of 1989 Mel was a witness in the trial of Spalding, Ignatow once again, under oath, claimed that he didn't know what had happened to Brenda.

In the end, Spalding was fined $300. He was happy to pay.

After that trial, in October of 1989, a little over a year since Brenda went missing, the local prosecutor decided to convene a grand jury and bring Ignatow in for questioning. This is where Ignatow would make his first mistake. During questioning, he mentioned Mary Ann Shore and that they had started their relationship again a month after Brenda vanished, something that the police weren't aware of before.

Detective brought Shore in for questioning, but no matter what they said or tactics they used, even after failing a polygraph test.

Shore still wasn't talking.

Not yet.

The grand jury decided to subpoena Shore. During questioning, Shore got caught in a lie after claiming she had only ever met Brenda once.

This caused Shore to get up and flea the room.

It all became to much for Shore and finally, during another round of questioning on Jan 9th 1990 she finally admitted that she had helped kill Brenda and knew where the body was.

She took a deal, she would plead guilty to tampering with evidence if she showed police the location of Brenda's body, and helped them catch Ignatow by wearing a wire.

Shore met with Ignatow and told him that the police had been pressuring her, and that she was worried the property behind her house would be developed soon.

Ignatow was furious, and berated Shore, explaining to her how she should deal with the police. Telling her that the hole they dug was deep enough. No one would find it.

He never actually mentioned the murder or Brenda.

But police thought they had enough, and on January 19th 1990 they arrested Ignatow at his home.

Despite thorough searches of Ignatow and Shores homes, no physical evidence was found that could tie ignatow to the murder.

Later that day, Brenda's body was finally recovered. Her family finally knew what had happened to Brenda. 6 months later, Brenda’s mother finally succumbed to her battle with Lupus. 7 months after that, Brenda’s father died.

Ignatows lawyer argued that his client wouldn't be able to get a fair trial in Louisville, so the judge agreed that the trial would be held in a different city about 100 miles away and the trial began in December of 1991.

It did not go well for the prosecutor. Shore, they key witness, performed badly on the stand. Dressed inappropriately and laughing, she didn't come across as credible. Ignatows lawyer used her behavior and testimony to claim that she was the real murderer of Brenda.

Since Brenda had been buried for over a year, the physical evidence on her body was gone, leaving the prosecutor with no evidence to tie Ignatow to the murder either.

Ignatows lawyer also argued that the audio was bad, and that you couldn't tell exactly what Ignatow was referring to being buried. Ignatows lawyer proposed that his client was actually referring to a safe that his clint and shore had buried.

For reasons that still confuse everyone else to this day, the jury only took 6 hours to decide that Melvin Ignatow was not guilty of murdering Brenda Sue Schaefer. He was cleared of all charges.

On December 23rd, 1991, Ignatow left the court a free man.

Louisville residents, the prosecutor, police, and even the judge were angry at the jurors. When pressed about their decision, the best reasoning the jurors had was that the case simply wasn't strong enough.

Mary Ann Shore, following through with her plea, was sentenced to 5 years in prison in February of 1992.

But prosecutors were not finished with Ignatow. Unable to convict him on murder, they decided to try and catch him on perjury charges.

They charged him with perjury over his testimony in the murder trial.

Detectives asked the new owners of Ignatows old house if they could search it again, but were denied. However luck would be on their side. Just a few days before Ignatows perjury trial began, a carpet installer working in Ignatows old house found an air vent hidden under some carpet. Inside he found something that would have changed the entire outcome of Ignatows murder trial. Inside the vent, wrapped in baggies, was the jewelry Brenda had taken to Ignatow the night of her murder. Along with the jewelry, dozens of rolls of undeveloped film. Police were called.

After developing the film, which resulted in over 100 pictures, a terrifying timeline of Brenda's last few hours emerged. Pictures from the beginning, to the end, of Brenda's assault and torture were on the film. And although Ignatows face was never in the frame, police were able to match moles on his body to the ones in the pictures.

Ignatow was convicted of perjury, and sentenced to 8 years in prison. During the sentencing, Ignatow made a statement admitting the the murder. During which he turned to the members of Brenda family in the court and said, “She died peacefully.”

But due to having previously been in jail when he awaited his murder trial and good behavior, he was released after just 5 years.

Prosecutors still weren't done.

They charged him for perjury again for lying under oath in the trial against Brenda's boss, Dr Spalding. Ignatow was found guilty again, and sentenced to 9 years in prison.

In 2004, Mary Ann Shore died while in hospice care at the age of 54.

Ignatow was released in 2006 and lived in a house just 4 miles from where he had murdered Brenda.

By all accounts, he was still as smug as ever but tried to keep to himself.

In 2008, fate, karma, or whatever you call it, finally caught up to him.

On September 1st, 2008, almost 20 years after he tied Brenda to a coffee table to rape and torture her, Melvin Ignatow was found dead in his apartment.

Ignatow had bled to death, alone. He had fallen on his coffee table and cut open his head and arm.

If you’re being abused and need help, you can contact the national domestic violence hotline at 1−800−799−7233.

If you’ve been a victim of sexual assault or rape, even at the hands of your partner or spouse, you can contact the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1 800 656 4673.

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002 Eliazar Ruiz

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When a young child goes missing, you expect a certain sequence of events to happen.

The caregiver searches everywhere they can think of.

They contact the police.

Then the news.

There are searches, pleas, hope.

You expect to see family and friends out, trying to do everything they can to find answers, never giving up.

And even if the caregiver is the one responsible, still, someone notices that the child is missing. Other family members, daycare, neighbors. Someone will notice that a child has just vanished. Surely kids can't just go missing without anyone noticing?

Except, they can.

Some children slip through the cracks.

Unnoticed.

Unreported.

Until it's too late.

As was the case with 4 year old Eliazar Ruiz.

In 2015, Eliazars mother Ashley, had to make a decision about what to do with her young son. Ashley was in trouble with the law again, and wouldn't be able to care for him while she went to prison. This wasn't the first time this had happened. Reports show that in 2009 and 2010, Children and family services found that Ashley was providing insufficient parental care for her oldest two children. The father if those 2 children was awarded custody, but he hadn't seen is 3rd child, Eliazar since he was a year and a half old.

With no other real options, as some of her family had also had trouble with the law, Ashley decided to place Eliazar in the care of his godmother, who so far has remain unnamed by authorities.

When you look at pictures of Eliazar, you see a seemingly typical healthy, happy, normal toddler. He had beautiful big brown eyes, curly black hair, and a beautiful smile. And you wonder what he would have grown up to be, if he’d been given the chance.

Exactly when and how someone took away Eliazars chance to grow up, remains a mystery.

From what we know, July 4th of 2016 would be the last time anyone from Eliazars immediate family saw him alive. His grandmother, Dawn, saw him that day, and reported that everything seemed fine. She didnt have any concerns about his safety or well being. It seemed that Eliazars godmother was treating him well.

But months later, with Dawn became worried that she hadn't seen or heard from the godmother. She thought maybe the godmother had left the state, and hadnt told anyone. Dawn claims that she became so concerned, she tried to file a missing persons report for Eliazar with the local police. However, she says she was told by police that because she wasn't a parent or custodial guardian, she couldn't file a missing person report for her 4 year old grandson.

It is unclear as to why Eliazars mother, Ashley, didn't file a report.

But with Dawn unable to file a report, and no one else trying to find him, nothing happened.

No one else reported Eliazar missing, there are no records of him being in the system for children and family services, no one could get ahold of his godmother. It's as if the little boy just vanished, and almost no one cared enough to look.

Even when the worst outcome came on September 20th of 2017, Eliazar would still be a phantom, someone found, but not known.

That morning, at an abandoned home on Longmead Avenue, a landscaper saw a suspicious garbage bag behind the house. The landscaper became suspicious and decided to cut open the bag, and upon doing so discovered skeletal remains.

Police were immediately called to the scene. There was some immediate confusion as to who the remains actually belonged to.

You see, a few months earlier in July, at the house next to the abandoned one, a 50 year old man named Daniel Sloane had been murdered and dismembered. Police initially thought the remains were his, since Sloanes head, arms, and legs had never been recovered.

But the medical examiner quickly determined that the body was that of a young child, who had been dead for at least a few months. An autopsy was performed to help identify the cause of death and look for clues as to who the child could be. Unfortunately, the cause of death for Eliazar remains undetermined. Even with no cause of death, police are still treating the case as a suspicious death, for obvious reasons.

On September 25th, with no identification readily available, Dr Linda Spurlock the assistant

professor of anthropology from Kent State University, examined the skeleton to obtain demographic information for a forensic sketch that could be released to the public.

On October 10th, DNA results determined that the child was male, and the police used this to try and compare him to possible matches in the missing persons database.

With no new leads or identification, the police and medical examiner held a joint press conference on December 6th. Together they pleaded for the public's help in identifying the child, and released the sketch that Dr Spurlock had worked on. They were still unable to identify the victims race, and even though cause of death was undetermined, they were treating it as suspicious considering how the body was disposed of and that it seemed no one had reported the child missing.

That same day, media outlets and and community partners started to distribute the sketch and even put up a billboard to try and identify the young victim.

On January 8th of 2018, news outlets once again ran the story hoping to generate leads. This time, it finally worked.

The next day, January 9th, police finally received the tip they had been waiting for. While in prison, Eliazars mother, Ashley, had seen the sketch on tv, and thinking the sketch looked a lot like her son, contacted police.

A DNA test was performed to compare Ashleys DNA, and a few days later they finally got their answers.

The young child found in garbage bags behind an abandoned home was Eliazar Ruiz.

And, unfortunately, that's where the case has stayed for the last 5 months. The cause of death for Eliazar still has not been determined, and no one has been arrested or listed as a suspect in his death.

While it may be easy to have anger towards Ashley for what lead her to be away from her son, we must remember that she is ultimately not responsible for his death.

Suspicion immediately falls to the godmother who had been taking care of Eliazar since 2015, but so far, her name has not been released. Even if Eliazars death was somehow accidental or natural, which seems unlikely, it is still a terrible thing to have simply discarded him like garbage. Whomever harmed Eliazar or took part in leaving his body needs to come forward.

This is another case where someone knows something. But unlike so many other cold cases, Eliazars case is new. The crime is still fresh in people's minds, and someone knows something.

A child should not be able to disappear.

The person or persons responsible need to be held accountable.

If you have any information about the death of Eliazar Ruiz, please contact Cleveland police at 216 623 5000.

Eliazar is not the only child to go missing without anyone looking. In 2014, the FBI conducted a raid and rescued 168 children from sex trafficking, some as young as 11.

Some of the children had never even been reported as missing.

How many other unreported missing children out there is unknown, but unfortunately, most of them are most likely being trafficked like the children from the raid.

For more information on how to help missing and exploited children, and to find ways to support the efforts, please visit the National center for missing and exploited children website at www.missingkids.com

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In 1995 the population of Winslow, in south west Indiana was around 868, a number that hasn't changed much over the last 23 years. With a population that small, almost everyone knows each other, so the news of someone going missing is even more of a shock to the community.

Most of these missing person cases are solved relatively quickly. Usually because the person left on their own for reasons they didn't share with anyone. That's why when you try to report an adult missing, police prefer to wait a few days unless there is evidence that there is foul play involved.

In instances where the missing person did not disappear of their own free will, the person responsible usually gets caught. They confide in the wrong person, taunt the police, brag about it, leave enough evidence behind for the police to use.

But sometimes, someone goes missing, and we never find the answers for what happened to them, or who did it. The family and community are left with questions and heartache, but no closure. No justice.

On November 21st, 1995, 32 year old Patrick E King, aka Pat, became a missing person, and to this day, what happened to him and why are still a mystery.

There are several theories about what happened to King and who was behind it. There have been searches and suspects, but Kings body has never been found and no clear motive for his disappearance and probable murder has been made public.

What is known, is that King most likely died on November 21st, 1995.

That day, a friend saw King talking to two men in a silver or gray car. King then told his friend he had to go, and got into the car with the two men. He hasn't been seen since.

The next day, Kings green 1991 Ford Ranger was found in a marshy area of Gibson county near the Patoka river, in an area called Snakey Point. The area the truck was found is 10 to 15 minutes away from Winslow.

The trucks license plate was missing, and investigators found blood, hair, and fingerprints in

the truck. In 1995 DNA testing was still in the very early stages and the amount of blood found was too small to test without destroying it. Police decided to preserve the evidence in hopes that one day DNA testing would become more efficient and it could help them catch the killer or killers.

The truck being found near Snakey point was suspicious because it is unlikely King would have driven it there himself. Kings family told police that he had recently repainted the truck, and refused to risk damaging the paint by driving down gravel roads.

The road to get to snakey point was a gravel road at the time.

Police searched the area around the truck but were unable to find more clues.

8 days later, on December 1st 1995, Kings longtime girlfriend, Michelle Peters, made an urgent call to the police.

She reported that her car had been rammed by a black and gray 1987 Oldsmobile.

When she stopped her car, two men got out and approached her. The driver began shooting into her car. 8 shots were fired, 3 into the windshield, and 5 into the hood. Michelle claims that the man firing the gun was Danny Sumner. She then claimed that, Sumners half brother Paul Wiscaver smashed the cars headlights.

Michelle was unhurt.

I couldn't find any information as to why Danny and Paul had attacked Michelle. Both men were described as friends of King, so it isn't far fetched to presume that they also knew Michelle.

When police initially arrested the two men, they found blood on the passenger side door handle of the car they were driving. Inside, they found an army jacket that also had blood on it, and the name ‘Wiscarver’ written on the inside. Detectives collected samples to be saved for later testing.

The brothers were charged with Felony confinement in relation to attacking Michelle, but in May 1997, charges were dropped.

After that, Patrick Kings case went cold.

It wasn't until 11 years after Kings disappearance that the case was reopened. In 2006, Pike county prosecutor Darrin Mcdonald was going through cold cases and discovered that the blood and hair from Kings truck and the car Danny and Paul were driving had never been tested.

Mcdonalds obtained a court order for the brothers to provide DNA samples, as well as got a sample of Kings DNA for comparison.

Along with similarities in the car King was last seen getting into, two confidential informants came forward alleging that Paul Wiscarvers and his wife, Bonita had been trafficking marijuana into the county.

Informants told police that Bonita had threatened a man, named Brian Like. Saying that if Like didn't pay them the money he owed, then Paul would kill him the same way he has killed Patrick King.

Since I couldn't find any updates to this, it's unlikely that any of the DNA linked the 3 men together and the brothers have never been charged in the disappearance or murder of King.

Danny and Paul were not the only possible suspects in the case. A few years later, someone else would emerge as a person of interest.

In 2009, 14 years after King went missing, police got a search warrant to search the property of Kerry A. Thomas.

A witness told police that Kerry made claims that he was the one who killed King. The witness claimed Kerry killed King because King had stolen several guns from Kerry. Kerry then supposedly said that after he murdered King, he buried the body beneath his garage. The witness claimed Kerry said he would be moving Kings body soon.

Police arrived at Kerry's residence with excavation equipment and cadaver dogs. Police reported that one dog did alert at the concrete covering the garage, and the other had given possible signs of finding something. A local construction company that police consulted said that the way the garage floor was built was unusually thick.

Bones were eventually found under the floor and sent for testing to see if they were human. I couldn't find any updates on this, which means the bones were most likely not human.

Kerry was charged, but not with anything related to Kings disappearance.

Kerry had threatened to blow up the local court house if he was convicted on seperate charge of criminal confinement unrelated to King.

Kerry ended up taking a plea deal for the charges of possession of a destructive device, machine gun possession, and intimidation.

2009 was the last time Kings case was in the spotlight, and not much has been said since.

It's been 23 years since Patrick E King was last seen alive, and he was eventually declared dead. But his family has never given up hope and is still trying to find answers.

Unfortunately the area that King went missing from is surrounded by multiple bodies of water and wooded.

If King's body was left in the area, it is unlikely that he will ever be found. If his body was disposed of elsewhere, the odds of finding him are even worse. It seems that the only way the King family will get closure is from someone telling the police what they know.

Police haven't released a motive as to why King went missing, or why his girlfriend Michelle was attacked a few days later, but I have some theories of my own as to what happened when King was killed.

Even though blood was found in his truck, it wasnt enough for police to believe King had been killed inside of it. And with there being no mention of blood found in the area surrounding the truck, it's unlikely King was killed there.

I think it's most likely that King was killed in a different location than his truck. Most likely whoever left the truck there and took off the plates was trying to delay King being reported as missing.

It's even possible that the blood found in the truck was from the killer, who had Kings blood still on his hands or body when he dumped the truck.

The fact that the truck was left where it was also leads me to think that there was more than one person involved, at least in the truck being left.

Snakey point is in an area not well traveled, so I think it's unlikely that whoever left the truck walked back to town. It is most likely that whoever dropped off the truck was followed in another car by their accomplice and drove back with them.

Was King killed by Danny Sumner and Paul Wiscarver because of drugs? There is no mention of King having a criminal record or history of drug abuse.

I find it odd that after King was most likely dead, the brothers targeted Michelle. They could have killed her, but didn't. Was this incident linked to King and meant to scare her so that she wouldn't go to police? Or was it completely unrelated?

Is it just a coincidence that the car the brothers drove bears a resemblance to the witnesses description the the car king was last seen getting into, with two men. Remember, Sumner and Wiscarver were described as friends of King, and it's unlikely King would have gotten into a car with two strangers.

While it's also possible King was murdered for taking Kerry Thomas guns, the guns in question were never recovered or linked to King. I also didn't find any other information linking King and Thomas.

Patrick King deserves to be found, and his family deserves to finally have him back. It's been 23 years, and his family has not given up.

It seems that the only way to solve the case, is for his killer to confess to police. This is unlikely, though, so we have to hope that whoever is responsible for Kings murder slips up and tells someone who will finally call the police.

Kings case is currently listed as a cold case on the Indiana State Police Website. I’ll prove a link in the show notes.

If you have any information on the disappearance and possible murder of Patrick E. King, please call the Indiana state police at 1 800-852-3970. Or contact Gibson County Sheriff's office at 812-385-3496.

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