Trace Evidence

by Steven Pacheco

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Trace Evidence is a weekly true crime podcast that focuses on unsolved cases, from chilling murders to missing persons. Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines each case, diving deep into the evidence and exploring the theories which revolve around them. For each unsolved case, there are the victims and their families, who want answers and the abductors and murders who hide the truth.For more information please visit: Trace-Evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepod

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Last updated on July 05, 2020, 1:36 am

#1

053 - Colorado Triple Murder

July 23, 2018 • 103m

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 investigate, authorities delayed for days.  Finally, when Paul's mother, and two friends found bullet holes, blood and hair at the company parking lot, Police launched an investigation.No suspects were named, though many have made links between the triple murder and Paul's then girlfriend, Teresa Donovan.  Paul was looking to split up and wanted Teresa out of his home by the very day he disappeared.  Teresa's sister was living with Lorenzo and her brother, Tom, had a vendetta against Paul.Blood found at the scene belonged to Paul and Sarah, as well as hair and fragments of flesh.  Police indicated that the quantity of blood signified fatal wounds.  No trace of Lorenzo was ever found.  Over the next nineteen years, many theories would rise to the surface including possible links to drug trafficking, insurance money or the Donovan family seeking revenge.What happened to Paul, Sarah and Lorenzo and why has it remained unsolved for nearly twenty years? Join host Steven Pacheco as he explores this deeply baffling and disturbing case.For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://www.westword.com/news/a-cold-case-frozen-in-time-5097544 | http://blogs.denverpost.com/coldcases/2014/02/07/colorado-cold-case-take-daughter-work-trip-young-girl/7932/4/ | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearances_of_Lorenzo_Chivers_and_Paul_and_Sarah_Skiba | http://unidentified.wikia.com/wiki/Paul_Skiba | http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/08/06/cold.case.sarah.skiba/index.html

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032 - The Disappearance of Steven Koecher

January 29, 2018 • 72m

Thirty year old Steven Koecher was born into a large family, to two loving parents in November of 1979. A quiet child who enjoyed laughing, sports and music, Steven was raised up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His faith was strong, and as he grew into an adult, he became even more devout. Between his large family, his church and his community, Steven was surrounded by the love and support of a great many people who thought extremely highly of him. In the winter of 2009, Steven went on a series of strange road trips which he never told anyone about. Then, one morning, he got into his car and drove out to a quiet neighborhood, where he parked his car and walked away from it, never to be seen again. His family was floored by his disappearance, and investigators were perplexed about the highly mysterious nature of it. Over the years, countless searches were conducted and there was even an attempt to link Steven's disappearance to that of a woman who had vanished just a week prior. Left with little evidence outside of cell phone pings and locations near Las Vegas, the case fell cold. Nearly six years after, there was a renewed vigor and new searches began, but again, they turned up nothing new. What happened to Steven Koecher and why was his vehicle left behind on a quiet neighborhood street? Did Steven choose to leave on his own to start over? Did all of the pressure in his life add up to the point that he made the dark choice to end his own life? In desperation for financial stability, had Steven become tangled up with sinister characters? Is it possible that illegal drugs crept into Steven’s life and lead him down a dark road? Or was Steven the victim of a random act of violence, or perhaps a violent act from someone he knew and trusted? Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines this baffling case and studies the question: Where is Steven Koecher?For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: http://www.lifedaily.com/story/strange-evidence-in-case-of-missing-utah-man-uncovered-six-years-later/ | https://www.facebook.com/findstevenkoecher/ | http://charleyproject.org/case/steven-thell-koecher | https://truecrimeledger.com/2017/04/30/where-is-steven-koecher/ | https://www.ksl.com/article/18488050/family-marks-2-year-anniversary-of-koecher-disappearance?print=1 | https://news3lv.com/news/local/gallery/finding-steven-nine-years-after-his-disappearance-family-still-hopes-him

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014 - The Disappearance of the Beaumont Children

August 20, 2017 • 86m

Nine year old Jane Beaumont was tasked with looking after her siblings, seven year old Arnna and four year old Grant on a day trip to the beach. The children were in the middle of their summer break, and on January 26th, 1966, while much of the country was celebrating Australia Day, Jim Beaumont had a business meeting so his wife Nancy allowed the children to take the five minute bus ride down to Glenegl beach. They had gone many times before, and had even visited the previous day. On this day, though, while the rest of the country was enjoying the holiday, it would become a nightmare for the Beaumont family. The children failed to return home on the 12pm bus as their mother had told them, and when they weren’t on the 2pm or 3pm buses, Nancy Beaumont was frantic. When Jim arrived home from work, the two began searching, but when they failed to find any trace of their children, they contacted the police who would launch the largest search effort in Australian history to that time. Witnesses would come forward to report sighting of the children in the company of an unidentified man in the hours and minutes before they vanished. Over the past fifty-one years, multiple theories have developed and a list of suspects has slowly grown. A psychic visited the country to lend his abilities to the search, but his efforts reaped no additional leads and as the case grew cold police found themselves frustrated and confused as to how three children could simply disappear without a single trace of them ever being located. Among the most popular police theories was that the children had been abducted. What happened to the Beaumont children? Were they abducted by a stranger, or perhaps someone they knew? Were they swept out to sea, never to be found? Is it possible they chose to run away, or did something yet unpredicted happen? Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines the most infamous child disappearance in the history of Australia and tries to sort through the myths, misinformation and fifty-one years worth of speculation and grief. For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_the_Beaumont_children | https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/australia/beaumont-children-harry-phipps-named-as-person-of-interest-as-investigation-uncovers-possible-burial-ground-ng-b88721903z | https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/vigilantes-hunt-convicted-paedophile-in-southeast-asia-to-quiz-him-over-the-missing-beaumont-children/news-story/3b98bd95e647a49d7b323d58d741e7a2 | https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/03/05/crime-kidnap-ransom_n_9203824.html | https://www.smh.com.au/national/boys-diary-puts-paedophile-on-glenelg-beach-when-beaumont-children-went-missing-20170607-gwmd2r.html | https://www.news.com.au/national/crime/parents-of-beaumont-childrens-tortured-wait-goes-on/news-story/fb533bc2a34d59bacea04713d1b03732

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075 - The Disappearance of Christian Ferguson

April 04, 2019 • 75m

Christian Ferguson was born with a life threatening disorder and nearly died in his first three days. Once the doctors were able to diagnose him, treatment was assigned and it was believed Christian could live a normal, healthy life.Following his parents divorce, and a bitter dispute in court, Christian's father, Dawan T. Ferguson was granted full custody while his mother, Theda, has visitation. Theda filed multiple claims against Dawan for neglect and child abuse, though these were never proven and the court did not accept them.In 2001, Christian suffered a setback in which his condition worsened and he seized and fell into a coma. He suffered severe brain damage which inhibited his abilities and required full time supervision and care. While multiple nurses noted poor conditions at his home, Christian remained with his father.In June of 2003, Theda won a court case in which she proved Dawan was denying her visitation. Dawan was ordered to give Theda back visitation starting on June 14th, but sadly, Christian would be gone by then.On June 11th, Dawan called 911 to report that his vehicle had been stolen with Christian inside. Two hours later the vehicle was discovered, but Christian was nowhere to be seen. Over the course of the next sixteen years, investigators would uncover an avalanche of evidence suggesting Christian had been neglected, abused and possibly, murdered.What happened to Christian Ferguson and what secrets remain in the mind of the man who was charged with taking care of him?Official Police Report: https://www.riverfronttimes.com/media-archive/3190198.0.pdfUse promo code TRACE19 for 10% off a standard pass to CrimeCon! Visit CrimeCon.com to register now.For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/vanishing-act-six-years-after-the-fact-the-disappearance-of-nine-year-old-christian-ferguson-remains-a-mystery-a-riverfront-times-special-r/Content?oid=2482476 | http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/f/ferguson_christian.html | http://missingchildren.wikia.com/wiki/Christian_Ferguson | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TimEheyILzw | https://www.riverfronttimes.com/media-archive/3190208.0.pdf | http://www.lookingforanangel.org/home-about | https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/police-think-christian-ferguson-dead#stream/0 | http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/where-is-christian-ferguson/article_8f72178e-5254-5b3f-b1d8-9e98743f64b2.html | https://soundcloud.com/user-365827123/where-is-christian-ferguson | https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-mother-walks-for-son-other-missing-children/article_89527e92-b241-11e1-b0c6-001a4bcf6878.html

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025 - The Murder of Terri 'Missy' Bevers

November 05, 2017 • 55m

Terri Bevers, better known as Missy, dedicated her life to helping others. She was a follower of God, a believer in charity and caring for those who couldn’t care for themselves. She met Brandon, the man who would become her husband. Renewed by this love, and driven to contribute as she always dreamed, Missy went back to school and received a teaching certificate, taking a job working as a special education instructor. Missy was popular, a beautiful woman in great shape with a far reaching social media presence. On the morning of April 18th, 2016, Missy was scheduled to conduct a fitness class at Creekside Church in Midloathian, Texas. The weather report called for rain, but Missy was determined and posted on Facebook that the workout was going forward, regardless of the weather. She went to bed early, her class was at 5am and she needed to arrive early to set up for it. She arrived at the church at 4:20am, but what she didn’t know is that someone was inside, waiting for her. At five am, when members of her class arrived, they found Missy unconscious and unresponsive. She was bleeding from multiple puncture wounds to her head and chest, the victim of a vicious and violent assault. EMT’s arrived, but it was too late to save her and Police immediately began investigating. They were able to review the churches security cameras and what they saw was as baffling as it was frustrating. At approximately 3:50am, an unknown assailant had broken into the church by busting out the glass in a side door. The suspect was dressed in complete SWAT gear, all black, with a vest and a helmet. The bulk of the tactical gear combined with the helmet made identification impossible, and even went so far as to conceal the probable gender. All police were able to determine was that the killer had entered the church, carrying a hammer or a mallet, broken several windows inside and opened various doors before moving in the direction of the entrance Missy Bevers would later use. The suspect appeared to have a foot or leg injury impeding his or her walk, and police believe that the walk suggests a female more than a male, but they cannot confirm this. Further investigation revealed a car in the area just hours before the crime was committed, but despite their pleas for information, neither the driver nor the car has ever been located. A year later, and the case remains as confusing and tragic as it was the day Missy’s body was discovered. Who would murder this beautiful, giving and doting mother of three? Could it have been a jealous husband looking for revenge? Did her own father-in-law choose to stand up for a wrong he felt was committed against his son and things went too far? Was Missy a victim of circumstance who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? Was this a professional hit, paid for by someone who had wanted revenge or did Missy fall victim to the wife of a man she may have been conducting a secret relationship with? Join host Steven Pacheco as he attempts to navigate the convoluted and complex story of this horrifying and mystifying case of unsolved murder.For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/04/17/killed-missy-bevers-year-later-fitness-instructors-slaying-midlothian-church-still-unsolved | https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/internet-sleuths-muddy-waters-and-wreck-lives-in-missy-bevers-murder-investigation-9129736 | http://www.fox4news.com/news/new-video-surfaces-in-missy-bevers-murder-mystery | https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/crime/still-no-answers-one-year-after-missy-bevers-murder/431968162 | https://www.crimeonline.com/2017/07/11/exclusive-missy-bevers-husband-speaks-out-for-first-time-in-over-a-year/ | https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/family-of-murdered-fitness-instructor-missy-bevers-speaks-out-718165059733 | https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Hunt-Continues-for-Missy-Bevers-Killer-as-1-Year-Anniversary-Nears-419652663.html | https://people.com/crime/missy-bevers-texas-murder-update/

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012 - The Strange Murder of Robert Wone

August 06, 2017 • 74m

On August 2nd, 2006, thirty-two year old Robert Wone kissed his wife goodbye for the last time, and went to work for the day. He would spent his evening at a Continuing Law Education course, and then wanted to meet his overnight staff at Radio Free Asia where he’d recently begun working.Rather than taking the train home that night with his wife, as was his normal routine, he had made arrangements to stay with his friend, Joseph Price, in his Townhouse in Washington DC. Shortly after his arrival at Price’s home, everything becomes a puzzling tale of confusion and contradictions. Robert Wone is stabbed to death sometime between his 10:32 arrival and the 11:49 call to 911. Emergency Medical Technicians are disturbed by the scene they find, and the behavior of Joseph Price, his domestic partner Victor Zeborsky and their sometimes lover and roommate Dylan Ward. The bloody knife found in the room doesn’t match the stab wounds, drafted emails on Wone’s blackberry don’t make sense and the story of a home invader isn’t supported by the evidence. In an event where details are copious and evidence points one way, the witnesses statements contradict the conclusions of police. While the three men believe Robert was murdered by a stranger, Police are convinced they know more than they are saying. Accusations of sexual assault and sadomasochistic domination cloud an already blurry vision of the evening. Who murdered Robert Wone, and for what reason? Join host Steven Pacheco as he investigates this strange case of murder and searches for the answers.For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/08/10/10-years-later-wone-murder-remains-mystery/ | https://abovethelaw.com/2010/02/new-details-emerge-in-the-robert-wone-murder-casewhat-the-heck-is-the-erostek-et302r-electrical-shockwave-generator/?rf=1 | https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/jun/28/mystery-robert-wone-death | https://www.mediaite.com/online/murder-blog-at-center-of-coverage-of-d-c-crime-mystery-set-for-trial/ | https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Robert-Wone-Murder-Mystery-Resurfaces-93919184.html

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087 - The Mysterious Death of Bobby Fuller

August 20, 2019 • 64m

Bobby Fuller was finally living his dream as the front man of a band that was rising up the charts. While everything seemed to be going perfectly, there were some issues behind the scenes.Bobby was reportedly unhappy with his record contract and felt that changes were being made to his music that he didn't approve of. He began speaking up about his intentions to walk out on his contract and return home to El Paso.A meeting was set for the morning of Monday, July 18th, but Bobby would never arrive. At approximately 5pm, Bobby's body was found in his car, soaked in gasoline. Witnesses said Bobby appeared to have bruises on his body, dried blood on his shirt and scrapes on his arms but the coroner would rule his death due to accidental asphyxiation.Bobby's cause of death was later changed to accidental asphyxiation, but for those close to the singer, they believe something more sinister happened. Did Bobby Fuller end his own life in the midst of his rise to stardom, was it a terrible accident or did someone kill the twenty-three year old and stage the scene?For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://www.healthline.com/health/gasoline#causes | https://www.ranker.com/list/famous-musicians-who-committed-suicide/celebrity-lists | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Fuller | http://www.angelfire.com/music5/archives/fuller.html | https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/short-life-strange-death-bobby-fuller/ | https://elpasotimes.typepad.com/morgue/2011/07/1982-broken-melody-the-death-of-bobby-fuller.html | http://dirtcitychronicles.blogspot.com/2012/05/death-by-misadventure-bobby-fuller.html | https://www.thedonrocks.com/single-post/2017/11/17/The-Mysterious-Death-of-Bobby-Fuller | https://conshystuff.com/the-murder-of-bobby-fuller-a-rock-roll-mystery/ | http://www.americanstandardtime.com/2015/03/10/fought-law-strange-mysterious-death-bobby-fuller/ | http://www.classicbands.com/RandyFullerInterview.html | https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jul/16/the-short-life-and-mysterious-death-of-bobby-fuller-rocknroll-king-of-texas | http://www.legacy.com/news/celebrity-deaths/article/the-death-of-bobby-fuller | https://books.google.com/books?id=tmnYK4rTBA4C&pg=PA41-IA1#v=onepage&q=matches&f=false | https://ultimateclassicrock.com/bobby-fuller-death/ | https://www.houstonpress.com/music/things-to-do-listen-to-gerry-beckleys-five-mile-road-11337081 | https://www.laweekly.com/new-book-may-finally-put-to-rest-the-mystery-of-bobby-fullers-death/ | https://books.google.com/books?id=fdvoZRLEs7EC&pg=PA146#v=onepage&q&f=false | https://www.waybackattack.com/fullerbobbyfour.html | http://www.nortonrecords.com/bobby-fuller/?sort=alphaasc | https://www.loudersound.com/features/66-from-66-the-bobby-fuller-four

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076 - The Abduction of Danny Goldman

April 16, 2019 • 67m

Seventeen year old Danny Goldman was a senior at Miami Beach High School approaching both graduation and his eighteenth birthday. A smart young man from a well to do family who split his days between repairing electronics and spending time with his girlfriend. The future offered so many possibilities.Sadly, Danny wouldn't see that future. On March 28th, the day before his eighteenth birthday, an unknown gunman entered the family home and demanded $10,000. When they didn't have that cash in the house, the man took Danny with him and said he'd call later to arrange a ransom. The man never called and Danny was never seen again.The initial investigation didn't discover much and soon the case began growing cold and fading from the spotlight. It wouldn't be until 46 years later than a team of volunteer investigators would break open incredible information suggesting that Danny's abduction may had connections to the mafia under Santo Trafficante, a corrupt Sheriff's department and even Danny's own girlfriend's father.Was this a case of a random crime or one which involved mafia associates, corrupt law enforcement officers and even the head of the mafia in South Florida?For more information on this case, visit: https://surfsidekidnapping.org/site/Use promo code TRACE19 for 10% off a standard pass to CrimeCon! Visit CrimeCon.com to register now.For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://surfsidekidnapping.org/site/ | http://flashbackmiami.com/2017/03/21/danny-goldman-kidnapping-cold-case/#lightbox[group-8913]/10/ | https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Detectives-Take-Another-Look-at-1966-Surfside-Kidnapping-Cold-Case-173226921.html | https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16742857/danny_goldman_kidnapping_29_march/ | https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/in-depth/article1948689.html | https://www.wlrn.org/post/nearly-five-decades-later-kidnapping-still-haunts-surfside-s-former-mayor | http://charleyproject.org/case/daniel-jess-goldman | http://janeshistorynook.blogspot.com/2013/06/discrimination-on-miami-beach-and-first.html | https://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/03/27/new-clues-uncovered-in-1966-kidnapping-of-danny-goldman/ | https://www.miamisao.com/publications/grand_jury/1960s/gj1966s4.pdf

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#11

026 - The Disappearance of Leah Roberts

November 12, 2017 • 64m

Twenty-Three year old Leah Roberts had lived a difficult life and suffered multiple tragedies. By the time she was twenty-two she had lost both of her parents and been involved in a near fatal car accident. Desperate for a way to deal with her grief, and in order to find herself and her true dreams, she embarked on a secret trip. On March 9th, 2000, she left her home in North Carolina, heading for Desolation Peak in Washington state. She was on the trail of her favorite author, Jack Kerouac, and though she had two older siblings and a close knit group of friends, she chose to tell no one. Her sister, Kara, reported her missing on Monday, March 13th, and five days later received startling news. Leah's white jeep cherokee had been found in Whatcom County, WA. It was at the bottom of an embankment, smashed up and abandoned. Worse yet, there were no signs of Leah anywhere. A massive search was conducted, and an investigation launched but Leah was never found nor was any trace of her, outside of her jeep. Over the next seventeen years, Police would continue to be baffled and perplexed by this incredibly unusual disappearance. Did Leah Roberts choose to run off in hopes of starting a new life? Was she overcome by her grief and made the desperate choice to end her life? Was Leah severely injured in the crash and died somewhere in the wilds of the Washington wilderness? Or, was Leah a victim of foul play and not even present when her jeep went rolling over a cliff? Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines and attempts to unravel the curious details and mystifying riddles of this mind boggling disappearance. For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Leah_Roberts | https://www.wral.com/nc-wanted-questions-surrounding-disappearance-of-raleigh-woman/14546488/ | https://seanmunger.com/2013/08/22/disappeared-leah-roberts-missing-13-years/ | https://coolinterestingstuff.com/the-mysterious-disappearance-of-leah-roberts | https://donnagore.com/2014/08/17/the-legacy-of-leah-toby-roberts-and-the-on-the-road-to-remember-tour-with-the-cue-center-for-missing-persons-2014/

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#12

020 - The Abduction & Murder of Isabel Celis

October 01, 2017 • 82m

Six year old Isabel Celis was tucked into bed shortly after her mother, Becky, braided her hair for her little league game the next day. By 11pm, the light was out and Becky made her way to bed. Isabel's father, Sergio, fell asleep on the couch watching a baseball game, just a few feet from his daughter's bedroom door. When he went to wake her at 8am the next morning, she was nowhere to be found. After a frantic search of the home, Isabel's brother found that her bedroom window was open and the screen was laying in the backyard. Sergio placed a call to 911 to report his daughter missing, though this call, and Sergio himself, would become targets of great speculation later on. Becky raced home from work to meet the police and a massive search was launched. Forensic examination of the house discovered strange clues, including blood stains. Searches of the neighborhood and surrounding areas came up empty. Police immediately determined it to be a case of child abduction, though they wouldn't specify if they believed a family member was involved. Despite Sergio's insistence that he did not know where his daughter was, many doubted his statements as well as those of an older cousin, Justin Mastromarino, who hired a lawyer and fled town shortly after Isabel vanished. For five long years, Isabel's case was worked until, sadly, in March of 2017 her remains were discovered in rural Pima County. Police Chief Magnus wouldn't say much, but he did specify that it was not a random discovery. Many began to wonder who had led the police to her remains, and why no suspect had ever been officially listed. Who abducted and murdered six year old Isabel Celis? Was it a completely random act from a total stranger? Did her family conduct a massive coverup to conceal a fatal accident? Or, was a family member involved in this tragic and horrifying case? Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines the heartbreaking Abduction and Murder of Isabel Celis, examining over 500 pages of police reports in an attempt to navigate this confusing and complex case. For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2017/04/29/tucson-funeral-missing-isabel-celis/307921001/ | https://tucson.com/laestrella/ciudad/isabel-celis-vanished-years-ago/article_0e040a88-6dc9-5fde-8887-41e9862f886f.html | https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/31/us/arizona-isabel-celis-remains-found/index.html | https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arizona/articles/2017-03-31/the-latest-missing-tucson-girls-remains-found-in-desert | https://people.com/crime/missin-isabel-celis-found-dead-tucson-arizona/ | http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/25470789/private-investigator-isabel-abducted-by-one-of-three-people/ | https://www.kgun9.com/news/crime/family-issues-statement-regarding-disappearance-of-isabel-celis | https://www.azfamily.com/father-family-member-knows-something-about-missing-isabel-celis/article_a2b3ca91-923f-56da-886a-eebd0951a2b3.html | https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/3tpf5l/6_year_old_isabel_celis_unresolved_disappearance/#bottom-comments | https://www.reddit.com/r/news/comments/62ou63/remains_of_isabel_celis_missing_arizona_girl/ | http://statement-analysis.blogspot.com/2012/09/isabel-celis-comprehensive-analysis.html | https://www.scribd.com/document/343663382/Tucson-Police-Department-Isabel-Celis-Report-4

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084 - The Murder of Tracey Lynn Kirkpatrick

July 23, 2019 • 73m

****This week's episode is sponsored by NATIVE. Visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code TRACE for 20% off your first order.****On March 15th, 1989, seventeen year old Tracey Lynn Kirkpatrick went to work in Frederick, Maryland. The high school senior was focused on saving money to contribute to her college fund, and liked the independence working afforded her. Sadly, Tracey would never return home.At approximately 10:50pm, a security guard working at the mall in which she was employed made a grisly discovery. Tracey had been stabbed to death by an unknown assailant and there were no suspects. Her family was devastated but hopeful that the culprit would be brought to justice.Three months later, an anonymous caller told a haunting story about his involvement in Tracey's murder. Investigation into the caller would unveil a bizarre story which some believe, and others chalk up to a cruel prank.Thirty years later and Tracey's case remains unsolved. The suspect list is slim, rumors are rampant and there are even some who believe the entire investigation was purposefully botched to cover up for the son of a well known member of the community.Who murdered Tracey Lynn Kirkpatrick and will he ever face Justice?For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9588951/tracy-lynn-kirkpatrick/photo | https://www.localdvm.com/news/local-news/womans-family-still-seeking-answers-30-years-after-her-murder/ | https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1990/03/17/call-to-confession-line-recharges-probe-of-md-slaying/e572659e-07fe-4003-81a8-46365c71e3c7/?utm_term=.2c41537d461b | https://unsolved.com/gallery/tracey-kirkpatrick/ | https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/cops_and_crime/who-killed-tracey-kirkpatrick/article_53efa27e-793f-5871-8719-435bd265f58f.html | https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/family-members-gather-on-th-anniversary-of-one-of-city/article_fb21adab-c039-5240-a2c3-e1c87343e134.html | https://www.newspapers.com/image/281380754/?terms=tracey%2Blynn%2Bkirkpatrick%2Bfrederick%2Bmaryland | http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19900318&slug=1061629 | https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fredericknewspost/obituary.aspx?n=donald-charles-barnes&pid=168497555&fhid=9950 | https://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-154261.html | https://www.localdvm.com/news/police-to-employ-new-strategy-in-tracey-kirkpatrick-cold-case/ | https://www.newspapers.com/image/91919057/?terms=Kirkpatrick%2BServacek | https://www.newspapers.com/image/521796678/?terms=tracey%2Blynn%2Bkirkpatrick%2Bfrederick%2Bmaryland | https://www.newspapers.com/image/91919057/?terms=tracey%2Blynn%2Bkirkpatrick | https://www.fredmag.com/who-killed-tracey/

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016 - The Shocking Murder of Candace Hiltz

September 03, 2017 • 81m

Candace Hiltz was a seventeen year old single mother, a junior at Brigham Young University and a newly accepted student to be at Stanford Law School. She dreamed of becoming a Supreme Court Justice. She had a brilliant level of intelligence, a ferociously protective personality and a great affinity for the law. All of that was destroyed when she was brutally murdered. Her family sought answers, but ultimately discovered that the men charged with solving her murder may have in fact been involved in it. On August 10th, 2006, a Deputy from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department in Colorado arrived at the Hiltz family home. He questioned Dolores Hiltz in regard to the whereabouts of her son, James. Sometime during the questioning, Dolores’ daughter Candace became angry by his demeanor and told him to leave. The Deputy threatened to arrest Candace, who then threatened to expose him for taking bribes from local drug dealers. Three days later, the Hiltz family dog went missing. It was later found tied to a tree and had been killed with a hatchet or small ax. Two days later, on August 15th, Dolores left the home to run some errands. She arrived home three hours later and found her granddaughter unsupervised and crying in her crib. There were pools of blood on the floor and drag marks. Dolores made the grisly discovery of Candace’s body. She had been shot multiple times, wrapped in a green comforter and shoved beneath a bed. The investigation was shoddy from the beginning: The crime scene wasn’t protected and sealed, evidence was left behind and the prime suspect was Candace’s brother, James. After he was apprehended, he was charged with for breaking into a home and stealing some items, but not the murder of his sister. Over the next ten years, no new leads were developed nor evidence discovered. The Hiltz family and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department engaged in a rather public exchange of contradictory statements. Candace’s autopsy showed she had been shot by two to three different weapons and at least two assailants as several shots were projected into her front and back simultaneously. However, there were several errors and contradictions in the report. Then, out of nowhere, a man who purchased an abandoned storage unit discovered vital pieces of evidence related to the murder which had been stolen from evidence and kept there but the Deputy who ran the entire investigation, the very one who had that altercation with Candace. Theories began to build up accusing the Sheriff’s department of a cover up and even of being complicit in the murder itself. The lead investigator retired amid a torrent of accusations, and just months after, was brought up on charges for his mishandling of evidence as well as tampering with official paperwork. Was Candace Hiltz murdered in a random act of violence? Did the father of her daughter lash out and take her life? Did her brother James lose control and murder his own sister? Or did the lead investigator play a much more vital role in the very murder he was investigating? Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines the details of this tragic story and tries to follow all of the twists and turns in the Shocking Murder of Candace Hiltz. For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://www.chieftain.com/13ae7a39-779e-5494-8b2f-63507935e91f.html | http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/news/canoncity-local-news/ci_31976079/robert-dodd-trial-reopened-wound-candace-hiltz-family | https://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/07/05/robert-dodd-fremont-candace-hiltz/ | https://apnews.com/cf46b27427fc489fb6f76665f6a8e1d7 | https://www.facebook.com/WeWontForgetThem/posts/more-information-on-candace-hiltz-17-ive-included-2-articles-in-one-post-each-i-/1643756095638421/ | https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186744576/candace-hiltz | https://kdvr.com/2018/05/17/family-wants-former-detective-caught-with-evidence-in-a-storage-unit-to-serve-time/

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043 - The Bizarre Disappearance of Bryce Laspisa

April 25, 2018 • 97m

Bryce Laspisa was the average American college student. He was bright, charming and liked to have fun at every possible time. During the Summer of 2013, he stayed at home with his parents, eagerly anticipating his return to Sierra College, in Rocklin, California. Within two weeks of his return, in August of 2013, Bryce's friends and girlfriend were growing concerned about his drinking and odd behavior. Over the course of a three day period Bryce would give away valuable items, break up with his girlfriend and embark on a mysterious drive into desolate area of California. On the night of August 29th, after sitting in Buttonwillow for nearly thirteen hours, he began his drive home to Laguna Niguel where his worried parents waited. Just after 2am, Bryce called home to say he was going to stop and rest. Just three hours later, his SUV would be found flipped on its side and Bryce was nowhere to be found. Nearly five years later and the circumstances surrounding Bryce's disappearance continue to confuse and confound his family, investigators and everyone who examines his case. What happened to Bryce Laspisa? Did he choose to run away from his life and start a new? Is it possible that he was suicidal? Did the combination of alcohol and drug use result in an altered state of consciousness? Could a head injury have left him without his memory, or, did Bryce become the victim of a random act of violence? Join host Steven Pacheco as he explores this disturbing and tragic story, which many have described, as the male version of Maura Murray. For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://trafotoz.com/2017/12/23/unsolved-bryce-laspisa/ | https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/disappeared/full-episodes/road-to-nowhere | https://www.kcra.com/article/divers-search-lake-for-missing-sierra-college-student/5868737 | https://www.christianpost.com/trends/body-at-castaic-lake-could-belong-to-missing-student-19-year-old-bryce-laspisa-video.html | https://www.theodysseyonline.com/where-is-bryce-laspisa | https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/tag/bryce-laspisa/ | https://www.hometownstation.com/tag/bryce-laspisa

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039 - The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam

March 26, 2018 • 99m

Twenty-one year old Elisa Lam decided to take a break from college. She wanted to take a trip, out of Canada and down into the United States to see California. Her trip involved stops in San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz. Embarking on her trip in January of 2013, Elisa visited San Diego and then went to Los Angeles where she had booked a three day stay in the notorious Cecil Hotel, at that time known as the Stay on Main Street. She shared a room with two roommates, but was moved after reports of 'odd behavior.' Having maintained contact with her family every day, they grew worried when on January 31st, she failed to call and they couldn't reach her. Elisa was reported missing, and a fervent search began. When no trace of Elisa could be found, police released surveillance footage from an elevator at the Cecil showing Elisa behaving erratically. The video sparked a wide array of theories, and a heated debate about whether Elisa was hiding from someone, or perhaps, on drugs. Nearly three weeks after she vanished, Elisa's body was discovered inside one of the water tanks on top of the hotel. Guests had complained of foul tasting, discolored water. How Elisa ended up in the water tank and whether or not foul play was involved has sparked controversy ever since. What led to Elisa's death? Theories abound including government cover ups, an urban legend about an elevator game and rumors of a cursed hotel possessing her. Was it purely an accident, as the autopsy report would state? Did Elisa's mental illness contribute to her death? Did someone murder the young woman and get away with it? Join host Steven Pacheco as he navigates the baffling twists and turns of one of the most confusing and captivating true crime cases ever, examining the haunting question: What happened to Elisa Lam? For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Elisa_Lam | https://www.historicmysteries.com/what-happened-to-elisa-lam/ | https://www.rebelcircus.com/blog/creepy-circumstances-surrounding-elisa-lams-death/ | https://www.ranker.com/list/elisa-lam-theories/lyra-radford?page=2 | https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/tag/elisa-lam/ | https://people.howstuffworks.com/did-elisa-lam-end-up-dead-in-hotel-water-tank.htm | https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/elisa-lam/ | https://www.deadgoodbooks.co.uk/hanna-jameson-elisa-lam-the-last/ | https://medium.com/@jddean/elisa-lam-s-autopsy-report-98c3ec03c309

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019 - The Vanishing of Brianna Maitland

September 24, 2017 • 72m

Brianna Maitland was a smart, independent seventeen year old woman working two jobs and sharing an apartment with a childhood friend. She had dreams of moving out of rural Vermont and experiencing the exciting life of a big city while pursuing a beautiful future. She had some struggles, but had gotten her life together, acquired her GED and was ready for whatever the world had to throw her way. Five weeks after the infamous disappearance of Maura Murray, on March 19th, 2004, Brianna would leave her night shift at the Black Lantern Inn and drive off into oblivion, never to be seen nor heard from again. Over the night, several witnesses spot her abandoned car, its headlights shining into the road while its rear bumper was smashed into a vacant farmhouse. There was no sign of Brianna and no one would know she was missing for days. During the investigation, more questions were raised than answered and even the police themselves come under fire for mistakes made early on in the case. Despite hundreds of volunteers, and police man hours, the mystery of what happened to Brianna Maitland remained unsolved. Then, in 2016, some twelve years after her disappearance, the Vermont State Police revealed that they were in possession of DNA recovered from the car which they believe belongs to the likely abductor and murderer. Did an old rival murder Brianna to protect herself from an assault charge? Did Brianna’s drug dealing friends decide to eliminate her over a debt? Is there any connection between the fate of Maura Murray and Brianna Maitland? Or does the word of a convicted killer’s sister change all the possibilities? Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines the mysterious Vanishing of Brianna Maitland and the sordid list of people she once called friends, among whom may be the person responsible for her disappearance. For more information please visit: https://www.trace-evidence.comhttps://www.patreon.com/traceevidence Social Media:https://twitter.com/TraceEvPodhttps://www.instagram.com/traceevidencepod/https://www.facebook.com/groups/traceevidencepodMusic Courtesy of: "Lost Time" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Brianna_Maitland | https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/disappeared/videos/brianna-maitland-vanishes | https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/cold-case-spotlight/police-family-ask-public-help-14-year-old-missing-persons-n852866 | http://charleyproject.org/case/brianna-alexandria-maitland | https://www.facebook.com/BriannaMaitland/

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