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Missing In Missouri: The Phoenix Coldon Mystery

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A black SUV slowly pulled out of a driveway in Spanish Lake, MO. The vehicle is found 25 miles away in the roughest part of St. Louis. The door was slung open, the engine left running, and the driver was missing. What happened to this beautiful young college student? Seven years later her grieving parents still pray for answers.

Phoenix Coldon, 23 had recently moved back into her parent’s home in the Spanish Lake suburb of St. Louis Missouri. The deeply religious family upbringing had sheltered the young woman from the dangers of the world around her. On the outside, the smart, outgoing Phoenix had a bright future ahead of her. She was a fencing champion, a talented pianist, and made friends easily. She was surrounded by love, how could this sweet girl go awry? I wish I knew.

On December 18, 2011, Phoenix and her mother attended morning services at their local church. The pair made a stop on their way home but arrived in the early afternoon. Around 3 pm, her father noticed Phoenix walk out to her black SUV and pull out of the driveway. He didn’t think much about it until she didn’t return. What happened to his lovely daughter? Phoenix had lived away from home for a while, but as long as she lived under their roof, she never stayed out past 2 am. The next morning Phoenix was nowhere to be found. Unfortunately, when Goldia Coldon tried to file a missing persons report she was informed her daughter was of age and the report wasn’t taken seriously. Goldia tried to explain that her daughter still lived at home and had always come home on time. Finally, the report was taken, but that wouldn’t be the only obstacle the parents would face. They quickly found that getting media attention was nearly impossible.

Within three hours of the SUV leaving the driveway, the vehicle was found abandoned in one of the roughest places in East St. Louis. The location was only 25 miles from her home, but it was a world away from the quiet life she led. No one could understand why she would go to East St. Louis. The vehicle brought on more questions, a few conspiracy theories, but unfortunately no answers.

For seven years it has been told this way:

The 1998 Chevy Bronco was found parked in the traffic lane on the corner of 9th St & St. Clair Ave, East St. Louis, Illinois. The driver’s door was open, and the engine was running. The initial reports claimed there wasn’t anything left in the vehicle. The 911 call came it at 5:27 pm on December 18, 2011, and the officer arrived on the scene at 5:35 pm. Here is where the problems begin. For seven long years, people were working with this story with these facts. It leads people to believe that poor Phoenix was pulled from her vehicle in a violent way. The Bronco was found next to Interstate 70 which is known as the human trafficking highway. This made investigators immediately think of this possible scenario. I’m not so sure, and I will tell you why.

When conducting interviews for the documentary “The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon,” the hosts speak with the first officer on the scene. This interview would shake up the entire investigation. The attending officer claimed the vehicle was not running when he came upon it, and the driver’s door was not open. Where did this story come from then? Who knows?

The Double Life of Phoenix:

Investigations tend to kick up all your dirty little secrets and seems Phoenix wasn’t as saintly as initially described. Everyone has their problems, and it appeared the 23-year-old was struggling with her share of difficulties. Phoenix was homeschooled for most of her education and many wonder if she was too sheltered and just decided to break out and try something new. In fact, she did move out of the house when she started college. But, if her home life was so restricting and terrible, then why would she move back into her parents’ home in early 2011. This theory doesn’t hold water with me. There are many other ways to leave the nest.

Phoenix was leading a double life of sorts. After her disappearance, her parents discovered she kept a separate cell phone just to speak with friends she thought her parents wouldn’t approve of. Also when she had rented an apartment earlier, she wasn’t living with a female friend. Going against her religious upbringing, Phoenix was living with her boyfriend; Michael B. Supposedly, she was on the phone with Michael B. on the day she disappeared, but frankly, nothing seems for sure in this case. If Michael B. was the last person to talk to her, then why do investigators adamantly claim he wasn’t involved in her disappearance. It’s strange to hear an investigator say that they are 100% sure someone wasn’t involved. Maybe the guy was in jail, or in the hospital, I don’t know. But everything was so vague, and it’s hard to understand why the police wrote him off as a person of interest.

Continuing with Phoenix’s secrets, we also find out that she had been dating another man from school also named Michael. We will call him Mike#2. It was later determined that Mike #2 had a violent nature with women when his ex-girlfriend came forward to talk to investigators. She would eventually have to file a restraining order against him. Could Mike #2 have anything to do with Phoenix’s disappearance? The ex is unsure. He did seem to be overly interested in the case but said it was just because he had known her.

“Why are you worrying about someone who’s dead?”

Those are the words that fell from the lips of Mike #2 when his ex-girlfriend continued to question him about his interest in this case. How did he know she’s dead? More importantly, what are investigators doing about it?

Phoenix’s Best Friend:

When interviewed by the investigators for the documentary, Phoenix’s next door neighbor and best friend came forward to talk with the hosts. She claimed to know some things about her friend and had been afraid to say anything in the beginning. This friend claims Phoenix had grown paranoid in the last few months before her disappearance. She claimed Phoenix talked about leaving and even said she was afraid something terrible was going to happen to her. She claimed Phoenix was driving around with a large knife tucked in beside the drivers’ seat of her Bronco. Strangely, this knife wasn’t found in the abandoned vehicle.

Honestly, I don’t know what to do with this. Yes, there is evidence to show that Phoenix had gotten mixed up with a rough crowd, but why would the friend just now be showing up to talk? Why would she talk on camera if she were so afraid? She didn’t even ask for them to hide her identity. I don’t know. Maybe she is legit, but I find it funny when someone who’s afraid to come forward suddenly jumps into the limelight of television.

The Fateful Video:

When the hosts spoke with the family, they were given a bunch of evidence and documentation the family had collected over the past seven years. In this pile of evidence was a “selfie video” of Phoenix. In this video, we see the true nature of Phoenix’s mental anguish. She felt like she couldn’t turn to anyone and she just wanted to start over. After watching the film, it is apparent that Phoenix’s life was spiraling out of control. What had she gotten involved with? Why did she say she would have been better off to stay the way she used to be?

Investigators came back to the poor parents and said they believe the runaway theory. Of course, if this is true, she sure did a great job hiding her identity for seven years. I still think if she’s alive she was lured away by someone. I don’t believe she would go through all of this without stashing away some clothes and building an identity for herself ahead of time. Her family still thinks she was forced into the sex trade. They even interviewed local prostitutes and visited the strip clubs hoping someone would recognize their daughter.

Tragedy upon Tragedy:

During the most difficult time of their lives, the Coldon family should be surrounded by loving friends and supportive strangers. Instead, their misfortune has been compounded by grief upon grief. A few days after Phoenix went missing, Goldia received a phone call from a female claiming to be her daughter. Police tracked down the caller to find it was a 14-year-old prankster from California. Who would do such a thing?

If that weren’t bad enough, the Coldons spent every dime they had trying to investigate their daughter’s disappearance. When they had spent their savings and were nearly wiped out they got a tip out of Texas claiming their daughter was in a prostitution ring. This caller needed money to buy her out. Of course, the grief-stricken parents gave them the money only to find out it was another horrid hoax. This one left them nearly homeless. Their family home was behind, and the lender was threatening to foreclose. A stranger stepped in and helped negotiate a quick sale for the family. Although they avoided foreclosure, they still lost their family home.

“It’s just money, and it’s just a house,” Goldia said. “It wasn’t a home when she’s not there.”

Sightings & Rumors:

To make this case even more bizarre, the private investigator says there is evidence that Phoenix had been taking money from her parents’ safe and had found out she had two separate birth certificates. One certificate was with the Coldon name, and the other was with her mother’s maiden name. The parents’ deny this, but why would their own private investigator say this? Also, when tracking down the maiden name theory, investigators found a person by that name living in Alaska. They made the trip up there only to find out the person at the given address had never heard of Phoenix. Could that be a coverup? Could Phoenix really have run away and used a random address? Who knows.

If that’s not enough twists for you, here’s another one. Two years after Phoenix went missing one of her church friends was on an airplane coming home from Vegas when she saw Phoenix in a group of well-dressed women. She called out her name, and strangely the woman looked at her.

“Do I look like someone?” was the woman’s response. Two men were with the group, and the crowd moved past the stunned friend. Was this really Phoenix? The concerned woman immediately reported the incident to airport security. The entire place was searched, but no one found Phoenix or the group of people. Was this really Phoenix? Were the ladies high priced escorts and the men their bouncers, or was this a random group of people?

Through all the chaos, hoaxes, and turmoil Goldia and Lawrence Coldon are still searching for their precious baby girl. Where is Phoenix Coldon? Who took her? Did she go on her own? Is she still alive? These questions and more torment the poor mother causing panic attacks and even a heart attack. If you have any information or if you have seen Phoenix, please contact the St. Louis County Police Department 314-615-5317

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The Hollow Gaze – The Linda Sherman Mystery

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Outside a popular Mexican restaurant, nestled beneath the Yucca plant peered the hollow eyes of a human skull. The morbid sight caused two customers to call over the manager who quickly phoned the police. A nearby cemetery was being relocated at the time, so the skull was placed on a shelf in the mortuary and nearly forgotten until an anonymous letter arrived at the Vinita Park Police Department a year later.

“Bridgeton P.D. has L. Sherman’s Skull.”

Who was the anonymous tipster? Why was Linda Sherman’s skull strategically placed in front of her husband’s favorite drinking spot? Was it to intimidate him, or was it because he couldn’t remarry since she hadn’t been officially declared dead?

This fateful tale began a decade earlier with the marriage of two high school sweethearts. Linda Lutz and Don Sherman decided to marry after Linda became pregnant. Neither teenager had graduated high school, but both were determined to make it work. Don graduated a few months later and went to work at a gas station to help provide for his family. Linda gave birth to a baby girl during summer vacation that year and named the child Patty. When the fall semester rolled around, Linda was back in school determined to complete her senior year. The couple rented a house next door to Linda’s parents, and Patty stayed with Linda’s mother. Life was difficult, but the couple seemed to be happy in the first few years.

Between the strain of young love, parenthood, and financial woes the couple’s relationship quickly became toxic. Linda repeatedly left Don and took their daughter only to reconcile a short time later. Linda even went as far as to file for divorce once, just to then call it off. At one point Linda got a restraining order taken out against her husband claiming he was mentally unstable. Somehow, Don always found a way back into his wife’s good graces, and life moved on. Things would take a drastic turn in the spring of 1985 however.

The couple worked opposite shifts, and Don became increasingly paranoid about his wife’s activities. Her brother, Dennis reported his brother-in-law was obsessed with Linda’s every move. A short time before her disappearance, Don claimed to have seen Linda at a restaurant with a male coworker and another female. Was this a casual lunch with two coworkers, or was she cheating on him? No one would ever know for sure because Linda filed for divorce again. Eleven days later she would disappear altogether.

On April 22, 1985, Linda arrived home around 2:15 am from her night job. Don claims they had a discussion about her late arrival before she fell asleep on the couch. Early the next morning, Don takes their 9-yr-old daughter Patty to school. Patty recalls this was very odd because her mom always dropped her off at school. Patty told Unsolved Mysteries that her mother was still on the couch facing the back. The thought it was strange when her mother didn’t get up and kiss her goodbye. The child had no way of knowing that she would never see her mother again.

Don claims he returned home later that evening around 6 pm to find Linda in a panic because she was running late for work. She took off in her ’71 Volkswagon Beetle in a hurry. Linda never reported to work that evening, and after prodding by the family, Don files a missing persons’ report two days later. He claims his wife had left him again and said an overnight bag was missing from the house. While Linda had left him before, there was one major difference this time around. Linda always took Patty with her. This time Patty was left behind with her father.

Four days later, Linda’s Volkswagon Bug was found abandoned at the St. Louis Lambert Airport. The doors were locked, and some of her belongings were inside. The police opened the unlocked trunk half expecting to find the missing woman inside, but she wasn’t there. Five years passed without any movement on the case. It looked like Linda was lost forever.

June 28, 1990, two TSA workers were having lunch at the popular Casa Gallardo restaurant near the airport when one of the women noticed an eerie gaze peering out from under the well-manicured sidewalk area. There between the gravel and Yucca plants were the hollow eyes of a human skull. The restaurant manager quickly called the police, and soon the place was swarming with crime scene investigators. Coincidently, the nearby graveyard was being relocated to expand the airport at this time, and investigators thought this could be a prank. The Bridgeton P.D. checked their missing persons’ reports and didn’t have a missing female, so they simply placed the skull on a shelf at the mortuary.

A year later the Vinita Park Police Department received an anonymous unsealed letter. It contained one sentence stamped in purple ink. There were no fingerprints and no DNA. It read, “The Bridgeton P.D. has L. Sherman’s skull.” This sentence had been stamped on the back of a flyer for the Casa Gallardo restaurant.

The investigators were skeptical at first. How could a police department ten miles away have Linda’s skull and they not know about it? All skepticism flew out the window however when they made the phone call and found out the truth. Ten days later the skull would be identified as Linda Sherman’s using dental records.

Police suspicion had always been on the husband, but now it was falling harder on Don’s shoulders. To make matters worse, the Casa Gallardo was one of Don’s favorite drinking spots. He visited the restaurant at least twice a week and had even been there the night the skull was found. Could this be a coincidence or was someone trying to taunt the man?

Don gave the police several different theories as to his wife’s disappearance and demise. First, he claimed she had run off with another man and abandoned her child. Then, he claimed she had gotten mixed up in drugs, and someone killed her because she knew too much. None of Don’s theories held weight with the authorities, and although several sites claim he has been cleared as a suspect, I could not find evidence of this. When the police chief was interviewed for Unsolved Mysteries, he clearly stated that Don Sherman was the one suspect that he could not clear. Even Patty believes her father killed her mother.

Strange fact about Don Sherman: While it has no official bearing on the case, just before Don’s marriage to Linda Don’s mother was convicted of shooting and killing Don’s father. Could this violence have damaged Don psychologically and caused him to be abusive to Linda? Who knows?

After watching the Unsolved Mysteries episode, I found one thing strange about the interview with Don Sherman. Every time he mentions Linda he refers to her full name. Who calls their deceased wife by her full name as if talking about a stranger?

The official theory: Don killed his wife when he found out she had filed for divorce again. When Patty saw her mother on the couch, she was already dead. He takes Patty to school, disposes of his wife and continues. Five years later, he isn’t granted a divorce because Linda hasn’t officially been declared dead. Suddenly, her skull shows up outside his favorite drinking hole. When the investigators don’t connect the dots, an anonymous letter arrives at the police station.

An ex-girlfriend claims Don admitted to her that he had killed Linda, but there wasn’t enough evidence to prove it. Police Chief Michael Webb spent his career chasing leads in this case but died in 2009 never knowing what happened to Linda Sherman. His son said it has become a family obsession and hopes it will be solved one day. Don died in 2015, and Linda’s brother Dennis died in 2016. It would seem this mystery will outlive the participants. Where is Linda’s body? What happened to this young mother?

If you have any information, please contact the Vinita Park P.D. 314-499-6090

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Further Reading:

The Occult Museum

The Riverfront Times

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Unsolved Mysteries

 

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Lynn Messer Mystery

 

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Devout Christian mother & grandmother walks out of her home amid a thunderstorm in the early morning hours of July 8, 2014. Through the downpour, across the muddy fields, through the gates, and past the electric fences, Lynn Messer’s body was found a mile from her home two years later. How did she get there with double hip replacements and a broken toe? Why were all of her belongings found at home including her medical walking boot?

Lynn Messer lived on a nearly 30-acre farm in Bloomsdale, Missouri with her husband, Kerry. Over three decades of marriage provided the couple with two boys. They were a farming family working from sun up to sun down, and Lynn loved it. Her husband, however, spent much of his time in Jefferson City as a conservative lobbyist for Christian and family values. He was an advocate for homeschooling, gun rights, right to life and so on. From the outside, it looked like the perfect family, but looks can be deceiving.

Around 4 am on the morning of July 8th, Kerry Messer said he was awakened by the thunderstorm and noticed his wife wasn’t in bed. This wasn’t unusual since she had trouble sleeping sometimes. He expected she was downstairs sewing or working on one of her many projects. When he looked throughout the entire house, he became alarmed and drove the half mile across the farm to where his youngest son, Abram lived with his wife, Elizabeth. A bleary-eyed Abram answered the door expecting the news to be horrible, but instead, his father pointed towards an ATV parked by the house.

“Did you bring that home last night or this morning?”

Abram stood there a little confused before explaining that he had driven the ATV home after work the night before as he had done on many occasions. Kerry walked back towards his truck and before climbing in he turned and told his son that he couldn’t find his mother. By 8:15 both of Kerry and Lynn’s sons were on the farm looking for their mother. The eldest son, Aaron called the authorities in to help. In the meantime, Kerry sent Abram out to rotate the cattle and send them into the other field. Why this was important at the moment, Abram wasn’t sure, but he followed through and did what his father asked him to do.

The local authorities searched, and they called in help from bigger counties to help. The entire farm was laid out in a grid pattern, and volunteers formed a line marching across the farm not once, but three times. The beloved 52-year-old grandmother was gone. For the next two years, the police investigate the case tirelessly, but no answers came. The search dogs had picked up Lynn’s trail at one point, but it was quickly lost.

Meanwhile, the devoted husband and political activist ran a Facebook page in honor of his missing wife. Every day he posted a biblical scripture reference, a picture of his wife, and a short story of their life together. Every moment with her was beautiful except for one problem. Some of the family members seem to remember these brief recaps of Lynn’s life very differently from the way the grieving widower portrayed them. When comments were made to contradict Kerry the comments would be hidden or deleted. The page is strictly censored, and some family members felt excluded entirely.

Two years after she went missing, Lynn Messer’s remains were found on the edge of her property about a mile from the house. In a sad twist of fate, it was her son and grandkids that found Lynn’s skeletal remains. A week later Kerry granted an interview for the local media still quoting scripture and proclaiming his wife into the hands of God, but many in the community were beginning to suspect the worst.

To make matters even worse, Kerry shocks everyone when he announces his marriage to a family friend in 2018. He adamantly proclaims that the relationship began after Lynn disappeared, but the family is skeptical and claims he was acting strangely around this woman for a long while before Lynn’s death. While I’m not saying he is guilty, but it does make the deal look a little worse for the husband of a missing woman.

Abram has taken the difficult stance and has publicly stated that he feels his father is hiding the truth. Instead of talking to his son about his feelings, he fires his youngest son and kicks them out of the house on the farm that they had lived in for twelve years. You can’t blame anyone for looking at the husband as a suspect. It’s standard procedure to eliminate those closest to the victim first.

The fighting between family members reached a boiling point at the time of Lynn’s memorial service. Many people weren’t allowed to attend the ceremony for their loved one. This wasn’t going to end well. Finally, after petitioning the church, the memorial service was canceled until the family could work it out.

During all the chaos one question remains. What happened to Lynn Messer? There have been several theories pop up, and I will address a few of them.

Theory #1:

She had a habit of going for long walks when she was stressed out. Why would she go during a thunderstorm at four in the morning? She had a minor foot injury. If she was going for a walk in the woods would it not be wise to wear the medical footwear to protect her toe?

Theory #2:

Perhaps she had accidentally taken the wrong medication and had an adverse side effect. Six months before her death, Lynn had a minor car accident when she had taken a sleeping pill by mistake. I don’t think if she took a sleeping pill she would have wondered a mile away from the house, but who knows. This theory cannot be thoroughly debunked.

Theory #3:

She wondered outside to commit suicide. Lynn battled depression and had dealt with it for many years. Her son claims she had been on antidepressants for a decade or more. Here is the problem with this theory and it involved the actions of her husband on the morning of her disappearance.

The police ask Kerry the standard questions when they ask him if his wife had a history of depression. Kerry fired back a quick hateful no. The officer asked if she had ever taken antidepressants and received another firey negative response. Abram was quick to rebuff his father’s statements and claimed that his mom had taken antidepressants for years. Why did Kerry respond this way? Was he embarrassed by his wife’s issues? Why would he lie? When the officer asked if Lynn had ever tried to harm herself, he received the same heated response, but when they questioned Abram and his wife they found that Lynn had thought about suicide six months prior.

Theory #4: 

This one is brought up by Abram in a newspaper article in the Missouri Times. He noticed a marked difference in his mother’s stress levels before her disappearance but blamed it on her father’s death several months earlier. This is all before anyone ever knew about the future girlfriend. Lynn had called a close friend who she called asking for prayer. Then Lynn went to see this longtime family friend. Afterward, Lynn’s stress levels increased dramatically. Even before Lynn’s disappearance, Abram commented on how his father acted around this family friend. Now, this family friend is his stepmother. Why did Lynn feel the need to visit this person and why was she so stressed afterward? Why did she disappear two weeks later?

Theory #5:

Lynn Messer having suffered great emotional stressed walked into the woods and took her own life. Afterward the devoted, highly conservative husband not wanting her reputation tarnished covered up the entire thing.

I will leave the theories to you, but after four long years, Lynn Messer is still waiting for justice. Her remains were sent for examination, and the ruling came back as undetermined. Will we ever find out what happened to her? Was her husband unjustly accused, or is the powerful lobbyist hiding a dark secret? Only time will tell.

As always if you have any information about this case, please contact the Ste. Genevieve County Sherrif’s Office at 573-883-5820

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Shot in Savannah – The Brandon Tyree McCullough Cold Case

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He stepped outside of his apartment to smoke his last cigarette. No, he wasn’t quitting the habit. He would be shot and killed with the lit cigarette still hanging from his mouth. Who would kill the beloved Brandon Tyree McCullough? Why was he beaten up the week before his death? Who was the man seen fleeing the scene? Most importantly, why has this case gone unsolved for nine long years?

Brandon T. McCullough was the eldest son of Audry McCullough, and like all mothers, she had high hopes and dreams for his future. Unfortunately, those dreams would be destroyed when she got the news that her son had been shot in the head outside his apartment building.

On December 27, 2009, Tyree, as he was lovingly called, stepped outside of his apartment to smoke a cigarette never knowing that it would be his last. A lone gunman walked up to the man and shot him point blank in the head with a .38 caliber weapon. The police report stated there were powder burns on Tyree’s hat. Tyree slumped against the wall and witnesses reported seeing a tall, slender black male with dreadlocks fleeing the scene. Witnesses also describe seeing a two-toned Ford F150 pickup with the driver matching the previous description.

Tyree was taken to a nearby hospital but died a few hours later. During the investigation, another witness claimed she had witnessed a Gray Gallant with four black males before the shooting. She found it odd because as soon as she stepped out into the breezeway, the car hurried away. This witness also reported an incident that happened a week before the death of Tyree. She saw a tall black man running from the breezeway just moments before Tyree stumbled down the stares with a torn shirt and a shoulder injury.

Could this man be the shooter? Who were the four men in the gray Gallant and why did only one of them return?

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Missouri’s Missing – Dana Bruce

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A single mom goes out for a much-needed break one Saturday night in the rural town of Sedalia, MO. She meets a good ole’ boy in a red Ford truck and decides to ask the sitter to stay the night. She stops by the house just before midnight to pay the sitter’s extra fees, but never returns home. Ten years and a thousand rumors later the family is still at a loss. Where is Dana Bruce?

Dana Bruce, 23 was the mother of two young children; Dylan 4 and Destiny 2. Her mom’s night out has lasted ten years, and now her children have no recollections of their devoted mother. Their grandmother, and now legal guardian, keeps their mother’s memory alive with pictures and scrapbooks. It’s all these two children have left. Dylan is now a teenager, and it’s been reported that he reads the online reports about his mother every few weeks.

Dana had a problematic upbringing being bounced between foster homes and spending some time in a girl’s group home in Sedalia as a child. She seemed determined to give her kids a better life and tried to make something of herself, but by 23 she was still searching for Mr. Right. On the night of October 4, 2008, her search leads her to Malone’s Bar in downtown Sedalia. Video surveillance last records her around 11:30 pm. A short time later she is seen with a man driving a newer model Ford F150. Dana returns home to pay the babysitter the extra fee for agreeing to stay the night and was never seen again.

Authorities tracked down the man in the red truck and questioned him. A short time later he skipped town. He was later arrested in Georgia on possession of an illegal substance and driving on a suspended license. This man has been classed as a person of interest but hasn’t been publicly named.

Rumors abound in the small rural town, and many of them are far-fetched, but the local police assure the public that they have doggedly tracked down each one. Some locals blame her ex. Some locals believe she is underneath the concrete at the nearby Pro-Energy construction site. Police could not verify either one of these so-called leads.

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Phantom Disappearance – Carmen M. Owens

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A quiet, somewhat reclusive woman buys a bus ticket to Green Bay and vanishes. Her medicine is still at home, and she carries nothing but a purse. Did she even get on the bus? Did she get off the bus? No one knows, and now 20 years later her existence is almost erased from memory. What happened to Carmen Owens?

These cases are the hardest for me to write about and not because of the lack of information. The thought that someone can disappear and be forgotten is devastating. Carmen Owens was a quiet woman who lived a somewhat reclusive life. She had a few friends in Shawano but only seemed close to her mother, Verona Owens.

Carmen walked to the local grocery stores and coffee shops and frequently visited the library where her mother worked. She was an avid reader, but there are no records of what she was reading. The library hadn’t installed a computer system as of 1998. Perhaps she was checking out a book on starting a new life. We will never know.

The lack of information about this 41-year-old woman is frustrating for the police and armchair detectives alike. 

Verona Owens died in 2009 hoping her daughter would walk through her door one day, but that still hasn’t happened.

Greyhound employees cannot say if Carmen reached Green Bay, or even if she ever boarded the bus in Shawano.

One thing we do know for sure is the fact that Carmen frequently traveled to a shopping mall in Green Bay, WI with her mother. Perhaps this is why the woman left without her luggage or her required medications. Maybe she was going on a shopping trip and planned to return.

There’s a strange twist to this case that makes people wonder. When police searched her home, they found some names written on an envelope.

“Ashthanoth, Athanor, Carmen Owens Farnam.”

Were these names the scribblings of a mentally unstable woman on medication? Or, were these names aliases she planned to use when she ran away?

The police also found a notebook with names of apartments for rent in the Green Bay area, and they found a map of Minnesota. What did all of this mean? Did she run away? Why haven’t they found her if she rented an apartment under an alias? Why didn’t she take any of her belongings? Why did she leave behind the medication for her mental health issues?

The Shawano Police Department hasn’t given up on the case, and they hope to find her one day. Owens’ information was entered into several national databases in hopes of locating the missing woman. They collected and stored her DNA from items they found in her home. The police also plan to place her picture on the back of playing cards to distribute to prison inmates. So far none of these tactics have yielded any results.

I implore you to share this woman’s story and her picture everywhere possible. Please don’t let this woman be forgotten. She needs to be found, and you can help make a difference.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Shawano Police Department at (715) 524-4545.

 

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