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065 - The Disappearance of Brandon Swanson

Nineteen year old Brandon Swanson had just completed his first year of college. Planning to spend his evening celebrating with friends, Brandon drove from his home in Marshall, MN to two separate gatherings. After leaving the second, near midnight, Brandon made the choice to take back roads rather than the faster and easier route of Highway 68. While driving on gravel back roads, Brandon got his car stuck in a ditch. Calling his parents for help, Brandon gave them directions to come and pick...


064 - The Disappearance of Rachel Cooke

Nineteen year old Rachel Cooke had been attending college in San Diego. There, she met and fell in love with a man with whom she hoped to create a brilliant and beautiful future. Rachel was pursuing a career in fashion, and she had completely fallen in love with California, which was entirely different from her small hometown of Georgetown, Texas. In December of 2001, Rachel returned home for the holidays. Her boyfriend came along, though he would return back to California before New Years....


UPDATE: 033 - The Disappearance of Heather Elvis

Short update episode regarding sentencing of a suspect in the Disappearance of Heather Elvis, examined in episode 33 of Trace Evidence. "Wounded" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


063 - The Mysterious Death of Norman Ladner

Seventeen year old Norman Ladner loved spending his free time on his family's land. He would walk through the 122 acre plot, exploring the open pastures and dense forestry. Fishing and hunting were two of his favorite activities, but on the night of August 21st, 1989, Norman didn't come home. After searching for over an hour, Norman's father made the terrible discovery of his son's body. Norman had died from a single gunshot wound to the head, and while investigators initially considered it...


062 - The Disappearance of the Clinton Avenue Five

It was a hot summer afternoon in Newark, New Jersey in 1978. Five close friends, Melvin "Ricky" Pittman (17), Ernest Taylor (17), Alvin Turner (16), Randy Johnson (16) and Michael McDowell (16) had all gotten together to play basketball at West Side Park.As the afternoon turned to evening, the friends went their separate ways, planning to meet up again later. They were going to help a local business owner move boxes in preparation for his purchase of a new home, grab a few extra bucks for...


061 - The Abduction of Angela Hammond

Twenty year old Angela Hammond was living in rural Clinton, Missouri. Everything in her life seemed to be coming together: she'd fallen in love, gotten engaged and was pregnant with her first child. The bright, sweet and beautiful young woman was excited for the days ahead and the future she was building.On April 4th, 1991, she had plans to meet her fiance, Rob, downtown for a night out. As the evening wore on, she found herself getting tired and decided she'd rather just go home. She...


060 - The Murder of Karina Holmer

Twenty year old Karina Holmer wanted to see more of the world beyond her Swedish home town. In the Spring of 1996, she decided to go to America, working as an Au Pair for a well to do family in the Boston suburb of Dover. At first, everything was going great, but soon problems began to rear their head.In letters home, the young woman went from positive and excited to negative and eventually, frightened. Karina promised to explain it all when she got home, but unfortunately, she would not...


UPDATE: Suspect arrested - 020 - The Abduction and Murder of Isabel Celis

Six year old Isabel Celis disappeared from her family's home in April of 2012. Despite extensive searches, nothing could be found. Rumor quickly built up suggesting that a member of her own family had been involved in the crime. In March of 2017, Isabel's remains were recovered in rural Pima County. Now, a year later, an arrest has finally been made which not only connects to Isabel and another young woman who was murdered, but which also exonerates her family.This short update episode...


059 - The Vanishing of April Pitzer

In her early twenties, April Pitzer found herself on the wrong side of the law. In order to wipe the slate clean, she agreed to become a confidential informant. She had no idea the dangerous world she was entering, and ultimately had to flee Arkansas when her identity was compromised. Years later, she was brought back to testify in a trial which sent over twenty members of a major drug ring to federal prison.April was never the same after that, scared and paranoid she began to fall into...


058 - The Disappearance of Jeramy Burt - Conclusion

Jeramy Burt was last seen on February 11th, 2007. Ninety six days later, the vehicle he had driven off in, his ex-wife's Mercury Cougar, was discovered abandoned and torched in the Bruneau desert in Southwest Idaho. The discovery of the car caused the Boise Police Department to officially launch an investigation into his disappearance.During the course of the investigation they examined his bank and phone records, revealing details about his final moments and the days after he vanished. His...


057 - The Disappearance of Jeramy Burt - Part 1

Thirty-three year old Jeramy Burt was putting his life back together. After an affair with his lawyer, his wife, Kim, filed for divorce and the two went their separate ways, though they were forever bonded through their young daughter. Jeramy regretted his mistakes and worked hard to make amends and regain Kim's trust. After his lawyer tried to coerce him into lying under oath in an attempt to frame her assistant, Jeramy recorded their conversations and testified against her in front of the...


056 - The Disappearance of Jamie Fraley

Twenty-two year old Jamie Fraley was working hard to put her life on track. After a life wrought with health issues as the result of complications are birth, she had gotten a slow start. Unable to complete high school, or obtain a driver's license, she struggled to strike out on her own and put a future together.In 2006, everything changed when she moved out on her own, met the man of her dreams and entered a GED program. She had recently tried to help a friend overcome a drug addiction, and...


055 - The Disappearance of Tionda and Diamond Bradley

On July 6th, 2001, ten year old Tionda Bradley was looking after her three year old sister, Diamond while their mother, Tracey went to work. The children were reportedly last seen by their mother at 6:30am, and when she returned home at 12:30 they were nowhere to be found. All that was discovered was a note, allegedly written by Tionda, saying that the girls were going to walk to the store and then a nearby school.Tracey searched for the girls, and didn't call the police until 6:30 that...


054 - The Mysterious Death of Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen was one of the most well known and prominent reporters in American history. Her tenacious personality and intense columns examines major stories of her time, including the murder trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard and the Cuban Missile Crisis. While her readers loved her dynamic style, powerful figures in Hollywood and Intelligence Agencies were not fans of her work.After the assassination of President, and her close friend, John Kennedy in November of 1963, Dorothy dedicated her...


053 - Colorado Triple Murder

On February 7th, 1999, in Westminster, Colorado, thirty-nine year old Paul Skiba brought his nine year old daughter, Sarah, to work at his moving company while covering a shift for an employee. They were met by Lorenzo Chivers, one of Paul's employees, to go out on a job. The three drove off in a moving truck and were never seen again.Police initially believed the disappearance was related to a custody battle between Paul and his ex-wife, Michelle. Despite friends and family urging them to...


052 - The Murder of Irina Yarmolenko

Twenty year old Irina "Ira" Yarmolenko was finishing up her sophomore semester at UNC Charlotte in May of 2008. She planned to begin her junior year at UNC Chapel Hill where she would pursue a career in Public Health, an area near and dear to her kind and compassionate sensibility. Tragically, Ira would never begin her junior year.On May 5th, 2008, just days after her twentieth birthday, Ira began her day by taking a final exam. She had another scheduled for 5pm, and so she ran some errands....


051 - The Disappearance of Logan Schiendelman

Logan Schiendelman had just finished his first year of college as Washington State University. He had spent a little too much time having fun, and not as much attending classes, and so he wasn’t able to return and instead planned to get a job, put some money in his pocket and see where the world would take him. He was on a journey of self discovery, hoping to find his place in life, and within his own community. On May 19th, 2016, he told his grandmother that he’d had an epiphany but before...


SOLVED: 010 - The Bizarre Murder of Arlis Perry

Case Update: Episode 10 - The Bizarre Murder of Arlis Perry has been SOLVED On June 26th, 2018, Deputies of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department moved to execute a search warrant on suspect Steve Blake Crawford, the security guard who originally found Arlis Perry's body. During the execution of that warrant, Crawford committed suicide with a self inflicted gunshot wound. This is a short episode discussing the events of the day and the news about how this case was solved and the state...


050 - The Vanishing of Brandi Wells

Twenty-three year old Brandi Wells was beginning to put her life back on track. After a failed marriage and traveling throughout Texas, she moved to Brownsboro, just twenty minutes away from her hometown of Tyler. She re-enrolled in college, to pursue a degree in education, and had just gotten a new job. Things were looking up. On August 2nd, 2006, Brandi decided to go out for one last night of fun before she had to focus on her studies and job. This night, she would decide to go to...


049 - The Disappearance of Kayla Berg

Fifteen year old Kayla Berg was excited to move back to her hometown of Antigo, Wisconsin after spending the previous two months in Texas with her mother, Hope. While Texas hadn't worked out for the pair, Kayla was looking forward to seeing her father and brother, as well as all the friends she had left behind.Kayla returned on August 2nd, 2009, and immediately took advantage of the dwindling weeks of summer before she'd be returning to High School as a Junior. Living with her grandparents,...