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Beloved Educator’s Body found. Murderer still unknown

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Beloved educator was found murdered in a wooded area outside the Red Cliff Indian Reservation. Who put her there and why? Investigators have tried to answer those two questions for fifteen years now.

Jody Ricard, 50 of Washburn Wisconsin loved life and spent her days helping others. She was very active and enjoyed camping and skiing. She attended her local church regularly and volunteered as an advocate for parents with disabled children. Jody also loved to teach. After homeschooling her children, she began to work in early childhood education. In 2003, she was teaching Native American children how to read and was the director of the Red Cliff Chippewa Even Start educational center. This is where she was on Friday, June 27, 2003, and it would be the last place she was seen alive.

Around 3 pm, Jody called her husband to tell him she should be home about 5 o’clock, but when she didn’t arrive her family began to worry. Investigators found Mrs. Ricard’s car still in her parking spot at the center. Her cellphone was inside the car, but her purse and briefcase were still in her office. There was no sign of the beloved school teacher. A massive search was conducted, and the local Native American community rallied forces to form search teams. All of the searches were futile until a man went searching for firewood near the Red Cliff Indian Reservation. In doing so, he stumbled upon the remains of the teacher.

Despite the ongoing investigation, the police haven’t been able to find the killer or a motive for the slaying of such a well-loved woman. If you have any information on this case, please contact the Bayfield County Sherrif’s Department (715) 373-6122

 

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What happened to Crystal Soulier?

 

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She was the second woman left there. Alone. Waiting. Hidden in the brushy embankment behind an adult novelty shop. Waiting. How did she get here? What happened? Who is she? Will anyone find her?

Crystal Soulier, 18 was dropped off at work in Cable, WI on October 1, 1996. Her car had broken down, but her dad would have it fixed by morning. Crystal worked in housekeeping at the Telemark Resort. After arriving, she discovered she didn’t have to work that night. Witnesses reported seeing the pretty blond arguing with her boyfriend in the parking lot. Crystal ended up getting a ride from an acquaintance who took her as far as Trego.

Witnesses claim Crystal said something about going to her grandmother’s house in Beloit.

Later the grandma received a strange phone call from Crystal. She seemed out of breath and possibly scared. There were a layover and Crystal didn’t want to wait. She wanted her grandmother to pick her up. Grandma couldn’t tell if she said she was at the bus stop or the truck stop. The call was cut short, and the teenager was never seen alive again.

A decomposing body was found dumped behind the Naughty but Nice novelty shop near Beloit, WI in March 1997. Strangely, this was the second body to be found behind the bookstore. Were the cases connected? Who was this person? Investigators found more questions than answers and the woman became a Jane Doe.

Meanwhile, a younger sister was fighting. Freedom Soulier had lost her best friend, Sara Bushland only six months earlier and now the nightmare was happening again. Her sister was missing, and everyone was claiming she ran away. Freedom knew the truth. Something bad had happened to her sister, and no one would listen.

While investigators were busy trying to identify the Jane Doe, Freedom was desperately searching. She created a little missing person poster and distributed them. Authorities used forensic reconstruction and tried to give Jane Doe a face. They made and distributed posters.

For those of you who follow my blog weekly, you will recognize the case I wrote about last week. (Sara Bushland). It would take four years and a huge coincidence before Jane Doe would be identified.

Freedom happened to see her poster at the police station. Beside her homemade poster, was the Jane Doe picture. The jewelry stood out to Freedom, and the odd forensic face was eerily familiar. She called the investigator and told them she was sure Jane Doe was her sister. August 2000 Jane Doe was identified as Crystal Soulier.

Why did it take so long to link the two? Come to find out, the investigators had Crystal’s dental records all along. They had been filed incorrectly and therefore passed over when the investigators searched their missing person’s records.

Surely now someone would listen to the little sister, right? Nope. Three years before Crystal being discovered behind the novelty shop, another woman was found there. Her name was Terryl Stanford. She was a prostitute from Chicago that had a habit of hanging around truck stops.

Investigators tried to link the two cases but found the only connection was the location. Strange enough, Crystal had been in Beloit visiting her grandmother when the body was discovered. It really freaked her out, and she talked about the case a lot.

While there isn’t much to connect Crystal to Stanford, there is a lot to connect her to Sara Bushland. First of all, Sara was Freedom’s best friend. Secondly, there were two rival groups of guys in the area. Some would call them gangs. There were about twenty people in this crowd, and both Sara and Crystal ran with guys from both groups.

Both girls were last seen arguing with their boyfriend about something. Both left without taking their money or belongings. Investigators claimed both women were always run even though family members disputed the claims.

The two girls went missing within six months of each other. Yes, they went missing from different towns, but all within a couple counties in northwest Wisconsin.

What happened to Crystal? How did she end up just outside of Beloit? Why would she even go to her grandmother’s house when she knew her car would be ready by morning and she had a paycheck coming that day?

It has been 22 years and Freedom is still fighting for her sister. What happened to Crystal? Who did this to her?

If you have any information on this case, please contact the Burnett County Sheriff (715) 349-2121 or the Rock County Sheriff (608) 757-7925

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Missing in Wisconsin – Sara Bushland’s Story

 

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Sara Bushland stepped off the school bus at the end of her driveway. It was only 200 yards to the safety of her house, but she never made it there and no one has seen her since.

Sara lived with her mother and stepfather on a 65-acre plot outside of Spooner, Wisconsin. It should have been a peaceful place. The large house set nestled among the wooded acres and backed up to a beautiful lake. Surely, the troubled teen could find peace here, right? No. Paradise is only as good as the company you keep, and Sara’s family was dysfunctional and abusive.

Sara’s parents had divorced, and after a while, the teen girl chose to live with her mother and her new husband’s family. Sara stepped into a house full of stepbrothers and a manipulative stepfather. Jim Lambert, a former police officer, was also a hunter and was notoriously hunting illegally. He used his sons to poach deer and trap game illegally. He was a hard man and suspected in several arsons schemes that ended in insurance fraud.

To make matters worse, Sara was a victim of sexual abuse. It hasn’t been stated publically who was victimizing the teen girl, but it is a known fact that she was abused. Over time, she began to believe that’s the way a girl shows affection. This would cause her terrible trouble later when she became pregnant. Her mother & stepfather forced the teenager to have an abortion and then grounded the girl from leaving the house for any other reason besides school.

April 3, 1996, Sara was looking forward to her punishment ending the upcoming weekend. Her boyfriend, Travis, 21 stopped by the school on Sara’s lunch break, and the pair went to a friend’s house. Friends noticed a change in her demeanor when she returned. Her plans for the evening were quickly changed, and she was desperate to find a ride home from school. She claimed she needed to get back before her stepdad. If he read her diary again, she would be grounded for even longer. This story was strange considering her father was supposedly out of town and wouldn’t return until the next day.

Whatever the reasons, Sara couldn’t find a ride home and ended up riding the school bus. She stepped off the bus at the end of her driveway at about 4 pm. Students on the bus noted a dark-colored pickup truck had been following the bus and pulled into the driveway. Half an hour later, her stepbrother calls his dad saying Sara never came home.

The mother immediately returned home and began calling around trying to find her daughter. She traveled to a few places and continued searching. The stepfather didn’t change his plans and just returned home the next afternoon. By then Sara had been missing for 24 hours. Finally, they contact the police. No one knows why, but Sara’s case was classed as a runaway for three full years. The lack of investigation at the beginning was disturbing, to make it worse the local police wouldn’t allow Sara’s father to be involved.

After the case was reclassed as an endangered person, the police began zeroing in on the Lambert property. In 1999, they conducted the first of four searches. After Jim and Marie’s deaths in 2017, the police searched the property again. No information has been released on what was found, and Sara’s father and sister still don’t have an answer.

A book was recently published by Robert M. Dudley. It details this case and has much more information than what can be mentioned here. I will include the link.

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Searching for Sara Bushland by Robert M. Dudley

 

Sara’s sister has set up a facebook page for her that contains even more information and is updated regularly.

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If you have any information regarding this case, please contact WISCONSIN CLEARINGHOUSE FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN & ADULTS 1-800-THE-HOPE (1-800-843-4673)

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Missing Ballerina – The Jennifer Casper-Ross Disappearance

 

Jennifer Casper-Ross had achieved every little girl’s dream of becoming a professional ballerina. At the age of 19, she was the youngest to ever audition for the Greg Thompson Productions. Eleven years later she would disappear completely without a trace.

Jennifer went from ballet to working as a showgirl. She was featured on show posters, billboards, and commercials.

While working at Harrah’s she met and fell in love with a crewman named Sean Ross. They married and had one son.  Sadly, her career was cut short by an injury, and she began giving ballet lessons. Life was good until then, but she continued pressing forward battling her demons and trying to make a good life for her son. The showgirl glitz was pretty from the outside, but Jennifer was struggling with mental health issues and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her marriage was beginning to crumble as well.

Like many women, Jennifer suffered post-partum depression, and it spiraled down from there. That’s when her drug and alcohol use began, according to her husband. No one knows what happened between husband and wife, but the fighting came to a breaking point in the early morning hours of May 5, 2005, and Jennifer walked out.

Jennifer was seen at the Peppermill Hotel & Casino having a drink with a friend and some witnesses recall marks on her wrists and arms. Were they from abuse or were they self-inflicted? No one knows for sure.

Around 5 a.m. she used her friend’s cell phone to call her father in Las Vegas. She told him she wanted to come to visit, then she took a cab to a local taxi business on Gentry. There she hoped to see her mother who usually worked the graveyard shift. Unfortunately, her mother was off. Witnesses say she was seen climbing a fence and walking off. No one has seen her since.

The husband called in a missing persons’ report the next day. Reports say the investigators found two blood-stained notes. After testing, they confirm that they were written by the missing woman and it is her blood. Were they written under duress? Was the medication and alcohol mix causing her to lose control? Maybe, but there’s more.

 

On the opposite side of this dark spectrum is the young woman with a 3.9 GPA at the University of Nevada. In 2001, she had been inducted into the Dean’s List. She had majored in veterinary medicine but switched to bio-medical engineering and was awarded the NASA national space grant college and fellowship program in 2000. She was smart, passionate and independent. Was her world really crashing down, or was it brought down?

Strange tidbit:

Three months after his wife’s disappearance, Ross divorces his missing wife and files for sole custody of their son. Who does that?

If you have any information about this case please contact the

Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2155

 

More Info:

The Charley Project

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Synova Ink’s Youtube video

 

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Where Are All Wisconsin’s Women Going? Another Woman Missing 30 Years

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Cheryl Spaeth-Duvall has been missing for approximately 30 years. I say approximately because no one seems to know exactly when she vanished. After not hearing from her for two months, her ex-husband calls in a missing person’s report. This isn’t odd on his part since she would go a month sometimes without calling. Why didn’t her live-in boyfriend call?

Cheryl was 38 years old when she went missing from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was reportedly living with her boyfriend John Neuser on a dairy farm out on South Parkview Rd. There is very little information to go on in this case, but in 2007 family members convinced the local police department to reopen Cheryl’s case.

Neuser continued to live on the dairy farm long after Cheryl’s disappearance and didn’t move until 2006. After the case was reopened the police searched both his previous and current properties for evidence in this case. They would not comment on what they found but hoped new advances in forensic science will solve this decades-old cold case.

Cheryl’s Stats:

  • Hair: Blond
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Height: 5′ 2″
  • Weight: 100lbs.
  • previously broken foot
  • 13 sets of ribs instead of standard 12

The police have labeled the ex-boyfriend as a person of interest, but are quick to say that he is not currently a suspect and has not been charged. It has been reported that Neuser has hired an attorney and is not cooperating with police.

If you have any information concerning the case of Cheryl Spaeth-Duvall, please contact the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department at 920-683-4200.

 

More information:

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17235417/24_jan_2008_missing_woman_case_still_a/

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17614923/20_may_2012_cheryl_spaeth_duvall/

 

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A Lie, An Alias, & the Other Woman: The Sandra Bertolas Story

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On April 24, 1988, Sandra Bertolas left her family’s home in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin to confront her ex-boyfriend. Not only did he give her an alias, but he was hiding the fact he was in a long-term relationship with another woman. Frustrated, she told family members that she was going to meet him in West Allis. The 20-year-old was never seen again. Her car was found a few days later abandoned in a bowling alley parking lot.

Sandra Bertolas was pretty, spunky, and smart. She loved makeup, fashion, and was studying cosmetology at the Waukesha County Technical College. Sandra was the youngest of eight children and seemed to have everything going her way until April 1988. She attended the wedding shower of a friend earlier in the day. There, she confided to friends that her boyfriend was cheating on her. To make matters worse he had also given her a fake name.

Family members say she left home around 7 pm. Her boyfriend had called and begged her to meet with him. She finally agreed and told her family that she was going to meet him before she left. When she hadn’t returned by midnight, her father became worried and started calling the local hospitals. Perhaps she had been in an accident. Sandra always called home.

The following June, a tip came in that lead the authorities to Mount Olivet Cemetery. Search dogs were brought in and focused on a 12-foot area around a grave that had been open at the time of Sandra’s disappearance. after getting permission the authorities opened the grave and searched in hopes of finding the missing woman. She was not there.

While many families keep hoping that their missing relatives will be found alive, the Bertolas family firmly believes that their beloved Sandra is deceased. They have a grave plot reserved for her in Saint Anthony’s Cemetery right next to her father’s grave. Her father died in 2010 never knowing what happened to his sweet Sandra.

The family hopes after 30 years someone will come forward with some information that will lead to the remains of their loved one. If you have any information please contact:
Menomonee Falls Police Department
Lt. D. Mueller
262-532-8700

Agency Case Number: I88-1528

More information on this case:

Missing Thirty Years

Charley Project

All information used to create this content is a matter of public record and can be easily found online. Any participation or alleged involvement of any party mentioned within this site is purely speculation. As the law states an individual is Innocent until PROVEN guilty. ©2017-2019. All rights reserved.