Rank #1: Introducing Over My Dead Body
What happens when a seemingly-perfect marriage ends in a nasty divorce and someone ends up dead. Listen to Over My Dead Body today wherever you’re listening to this or visit www.wondery.fm/omdb
Rank #2: Lexy Anne Stacy
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.
Rank #3: Rachel Cooke
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
Rank #4: Amos Mortier Part 1
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.
Rank #5: Alexis Camry Scott
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 email@example.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. For more information on our sponsors, please visit: http://www.thevanishedpodcast.com/sponsors/.
Rank #6: Brenda Sue Davidson
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. This episode was sponsored by: Lantana Hummus - Visit https://lantanafoods.com and use their product locator to find it at a store near you. CBS All Access: Visit CBS.com/VANISHED for your FREE trial of CBS All Access and don't miss their newest original series, One Dollar. Handy - To get your first 3-hour cleaning when you sign-up for a plan, visit Handy.com/VANISHED and use promo code VANISHED at check-out.
Rank #7: Ebby Steppach
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. "
Rank #8: Kimberly Moreau
On May 10, 1986, 17-year-old Kimberly Moreau had planned to attend her High School junior prom in her hometown of Jay, Maine. She had an argument with her boyfriend, Mike, and she was so upset that she refused to go to the prom. Instead of going to the prom, she had hung out with a friend, Rhonda. The two girls met up with two 25 year old men; Brian Enman and Darren Joudrey. They cruised around that day with the men in a white Pontiac Trans Am. Kim came home around 11:00 PM that night. Her parents weren't home, they working at the local VFW that night. One of her sisters, Karen, was home with her boyfriend, Bob. She told her sister that she’d be back in about an hour, but Kim would never make it back home that night. She has now been missing for 32 years. Kim’s father, Richard, has never stopped searching for his daughter. He has one goal in mind, he just wants to find Kim. To follow Kim's case on Facebook, you can join Kimberly Moreau missing from Jay,ME. You can also follow Finding Kim. If you have any information about the disappearance of Kimberly Moreau, please call 207-743-8282 or 1-800-THE-LOST. The episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Anna Priestland. This episode was sponsored by: Liquid I.V. - Use the code VANISHED to get 20% off your order at https://liquid-iv.com ! Visit GETQUIP.com/Vanished and get your first refill pack FREE with a Quip toothbrush. Lending Club- Go toLendingClub.com/Vanished to check your rate in minutes and borrow up to $40,000.
Rank #9: Madeline Jones and William Jones-Gouchenour
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. For more information about our sponsors, please visit: http://www.thevanishedpodcast.com/sponsors/.
Rank #10: Amanda Kay Jones
In August of 2005, 26-year-old Amanda Jones was pregnant with her second child, a boy that she planned to name Hayden. Amanda was a single mom who was extremely close with her 4-year-old daughter. On August 14, 2005, she had plans to meet the alleged father of baby Hayden, Bryan Westfall, to discuss his role in the baby's life. She dropped her daughter off and left to meet him at the Hillsboro Civic Center in Hillsboro, Missouri. Amanda promised to be back in a couple hours. When she didn't return, her family grew concerned because she was so close to her due date. They were worried that she may be experiencing a medical emergency. They began frantically searching for her and found her car parked at the Civic Center. Amanda's mom, Bertha, contacted Westfall who told her several conflicting stories about what transpired that day. Amanda and baby Hayden remain missing and Bryan has refused to speak about Amanda's disappearance for almost 13 years. If you have any information about the disappearance of Amanda Jones, the FBI is currently offering a $20,000 reward. You can submit a tip anonymously online at tips.fbi.gov or by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI. You can also contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at 636-797-5562. If you would like to follow Amanda’s case on Facebook, her family runs a group called Find Amanda Jones. This episode was sponsored by: Ritual- Visit Ritual.com/Vanished to try their Essential for Women vitamins. Brooklinen- Visit Brooklinen.com and use promo code MIA at check-out for $20 off and free shipping. Sleep Number - Visit SleepNumber.com/VANISH or any of the 550 Sleep Number stores nationwide and mention that Marissa from The Vanished sent you. Blue Apron- Get $30 off your first order and with free shipping by visiting BlueApron.com/Vanished. Madison Reed- Visit https://www.madison-reed.com/ and use code VANISHED for 10% off plus free shipping.
Rank #11: Johnathan Lee Hamilton - Part 1
26-year-old Johnathan Lee Hamilton left his home in Houston, Texas on May 2, 2015. Two days later, he showed up a couple hours away in the town of Bastrop, Texas. He abandoned his vehicle in a Best Buy parking lot, it had run out of gas. Several people in the town of Bastrop, including police, interacted with Johnathan that day and then he simply vanished without a trace. In this first part of Johnathan’s story, we’re going to dig into the days leading up to his disappearance up until the last time that he was reportedly seen on May 4th. If you have any information about the disappearance of Johnathan Lee Hamilton, you can send tips on Facebook through Johnathan Lee Hamilton Missing or you can contact the Bastrop Police Department at (512) 332-8600 or (512) 332-8603 or you can even mail it to them anonymously at 104 Grady Tuck Ln, Bastrop, TX 78602. For more information about our sponsors, please visit: http://www.thevanishedpodcast.com/sponsors/.
Rank #12: Jamison Lemons
28-year-old Jamison Lemons disappeared from Savannah, Georgia on May 7th, 2017. After he finished his shift at work, Jamison went to his grandmother’s house for Sunday dinner. He then returned to his home that he shared with his girlfriend, Brittani. That evening, Brittani saw Jamison leave in a truck with a man that she only knew by a nickname. That was the last time that anyone saw Jamison. If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jamison Lemons, please call CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020 or Captain Dailey at 912-663-4138. If you would like to contact Jamison’s family directly, please call 912-631-9759. To follow his case on social media, please follow Let’s Find Jamison D Lemons on Facebook. You can also submit information to his family on Facebook. UPDATE- The results came back from DNA testing that was mentioned in this episode and it determined to match Jamison. Justin Jammison has been arrested and charged with murder and concealing a death. Sponsors this week include: Visit GETQUIP.com/Vanished and get your first refill pack FREE with a Quip toothbrush. Go to TryWinc.com/Vanished to get $20 off your first shipment of Winc wine. Shipping is covered. Get your first month supply of Nutrafol for $10 with a subscription by visiting Nutrafol.com and using the code Vanished at checkout.
Rank #13: Phoenix Coldon
On December 18, 2011, 23-year-old Phoenix Coldon was last seen backing out of her driveway. Her 1998 Chevrolet Blazer was found later that day abandoned in East St. Louis, Illinois. The Blazer was found running with the driver-side door open. Her purse was found in the vehicle but Phoenix was no where to be found. Special thanks to: Hannah for helping with the episode! Alexandre_Navarro freemusicarchive.org/music/Alexandre_Navarro/
Rank #14: James "Martin" Roberts Part 1
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.
Rank #15: Dona Mae Bayerl Part 1: Lost in the Night
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. This episode was sponsored by: Visit GETQUIP.com/Vanished and get your first refill pack FREE with a Quip toothbrush. Go to TryWinc.com/Vanished to get $20 off your first shipment of Winc wine. Shipping is covered. Sleep Number - Visit SleepNumber.com/VANISH or any of the 550 Sleep Number stores nationwide and mention that Marissa from The Vanished sent you.
Rank #16: Holly Cantrell
40-year-old Holly Cantrell disappeared from McAlester, Oklahoma on January 20, 2017. That morning, she got her kids off to school and then left home for work. She was a physical therapy tech at McAlester Regional Health Center. Just a few minutes before noon, Holly clocked out for her lunch break. Holly never returned to work and she was never seen again. That evening, her husband became concerned when she hadn’t returned from her shift at the hospital and decided to take a ride over to see if he could find her. He found her truck parked at the hospital but no sign of Holly. Over the past 18 months, there have been many twists and turns in Holly’s case and two people close to Holly remain persons of interest. But what happened to Holly on January 20th, 2017 remains a mystery. If you have any information about the disappearance of Holly Cantrell, please call the McAlester Police Department at (918) 423-1212. To follow Holly's case on social media, please join Hope for Holly on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/HopeForHollyC/ This episode was sponsored by: Liquid I.V. - Use the code VANISHED to get 20% off your order at https://liquid-iv.com ! Visit GETQUIP.com/Vanished and get your first refill pack FREE with a Quip toothbrush. Lending Club- Go toLendingClub.com/Vanished to check your rate in minutes and borrow up to $40,000.
Rank #17: Alexandria Joy Lowitzer
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. This episode was sponsored by: Liquid I.V.- Go to liquidiv.com and enter promo code VANISHED for 20% anything you order. Poshmark - Visit Poshmark.com or download the Poshmark App and get $5 off your first purchase with the invite code Vanished5.
Rank #18: Christopher Abeyta Part 1
7-month-old Christopher Abeyta disappeared from his crib on July 15, 1986. His family lived in a quiet neighborhood of Colorado Springs, Colorado and were in the habit of leaving their doors unlocked. No one heard anyone come in and take Christopher that night but by morning, he was gone. Panic immediately set in when no one could find the baby. They ran downstairs to find the front door left open. The investigation focused on the family for a long time but in recent years, a person of interest has been identified. Even though detectives focused so much on the family, that didn't stop the Abeyta's from searching on their own. One of Christopher's sisters, Denise, joined me for this episode. In this first part of the story, we will go over the first 23 years of the search for Christopher. In Part 2, we will discuss the more recent developments. If you have any information about the disappearance of Christopher Abeyta, please call 1-800-THE-LOST or Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000. You can follow Christopher's case at findchristopher.com or https://www.facebook.com/findchristopher/. This episode was sponsored by: Blue Apron - Get $30 off your first order and with free shipping by visiting BlueApron.com/Vanished. ADT- Get the ADT Security Starter kit including a security panel, keypad, motion sensor, two entry sensors, indoor camera and keyfod. Get it all professionally installed for $49.00 by visiting ADT.com/podcast. Sleep Number - Visit SleepNumber.com/VANISH or any of the 550 Sleep Number stores nationwide and mention that Marissa from The Vanished sent you. Visit Havenly.com/Vanished to get 25% off your design package.
Rank #19: Desirea Ferris
18-year-old Desirea Ferris left her home in Liberty, Missouri on May 1st, 2017. She had planned on hanging out with her sister and some friends. It was also her mom’s birthday and she had promised to be home to celebrate but that never happened. The activity on Desirea’s phone stopped in the early morning hours of May 2nd and her family hasn’t seen or heard from her since. They have been able to narrow down the areas of her last cell phone pings but searches of those areas haven’t lead to any clues. There are some horrible rumors circulating about what happened to Desirea that night but no one will talk about where she might be. If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Desirea Ferris, you can contact the Liberty Police at 816-439-4701. There is a tip hotline and that number is 816-474-8477. You can call Spike with tips at 816-462-2139. There is also a PO Box that you anonymously send in tips to: Bring Desirea Home PO Box 886 Kearney, MO 64060 You can follow this case on Facebook: Bring Desirea Ferris Home For more information about our sponsors, please visit: http://www.thevanishedpodcast.com/sponsors/.
Rank #20: Jenna Van Gelderen
25-year-old Jenna Van Gelderen was housesitting for her parents while they were on vacation in Canada. She was last seen on August 18, 2017. She called a friend in the early morning hours of the 19th and that's the last time anyone spoke to Jenna. It is believed that she disappeared from her parents' house in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia sometime after that call. If you have any information about the disappearance of Jenna Van Gelderen, please contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is offering a $7,000 reward the Van Gelderen family is offering $10,000 for Jenna’s safe return . There has been an email set-up that you can send tips to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can contact the DeKalb County Police Department at 770-724-7600 x4. Since this story aired, the reward has been raised significantly. Crime Stoppers is now offering $25,000 and Jenna's family is also offering $25,000. If you have any information, the reward now totals $50,000. Follow Jenna's case on Facebook at Help Find Jenna Van Gelderen. For more information on our sponsors, please visit: http://www.thevanishedpodcast.com/sponsors/.