20-year-old Columbia College student Jay Polhill disappeared on Sunday, April 30, 2010 from Chicago, Illinois. Two days later, his body was found in the Calumet River near 126th Street – 20 miles from his downtown college dorm.
An autopsy revealed Jay suffered severe head injuries before drowning. There was no evidence of drugs and alcohol, or sexual assault despite the fact he was found wearing only a T-shirt.
Jay’s case baffles police and remains unsolved today.
Jay’s last image was captured on his dorm security camera the day he went missing. He walked out of the building on South State Street with his camera strapped around his neck and his laptop in a bag. Both have never been found and his wallet is also missing.read more
On July 29, 2002, 30-year-old Nikki LaDue January was found dead shortly before 10:00 a.m. from a single gunshot to her head. Her body was located on the balcony of her third floor condo in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
Despite evidence to the contrary, within two hours after police arrived, her death was ruled a suicide. Her family has often said Nikki would not have committed suicide.
Nikki had been married to Phil January for less than two years and both were employed at Grand Casino. Friends described January as a jealous control freak who Nikki feared. Once a fun-loving, happy woman, Nikki became a loner who was afraid to socialize with her fellow workers. January often had his spies watching her.
Nikki had a five-year-old son, Zachary, from a previous marriage to co-worker, Mike Williams. Nikki adored Zack, so the notion that she would intentionally do something to take herself completely away from him forever seemed ludicrous to those who knew her.read more
On Thursday, June 2, 2011, Indiana University (IU) Bloomington student Lauren Spierer, 20, went out with some friends to Kilroy Sports Bar in Bloomington, Indiana. Lauren, who had just finished her sophomore year at IU Bloomington , was last seen by a male friend walking to her downtown Bloomington apartment at approximately 4:15 a.m on June 3rd.
I have been asked by a classmate of Joseph Helt to write an article on this blog about him. I am completely honored to do so as I first read about Joe’s case two weeks ago, and it really touched my heart.
This post is dedicated to Joe Helt and his friends & family. May there be justice one day.
In 1987, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States, glam and pop metal bands topped the music charts, and The Simpsons first appeared on The Tracy Ullman Show.read more
On August 19, 2003, 11-year-old Heaven LaShae Ross left her Northport, Alabama trailer in Willowbrook Trailer Park, walked 50 yards to her school bus stop on Hunter Creek Road, and vanished into thin air.
About the Case
At 7:00 a.m. Heaven, nicknamed Shae, left her home and headed to the bus stop. Her 13-year-old sister, Alex, had left five minutes before. The bus would arrive at the stop at around 7:25 a.m.read more
On March 26, 2003, seven-year-old Dalton Mesarchik of Streator, Illinois disappeared from his home while waiting for the church van to pick him up.
According to early reports, Dalton was waiting in his enclosed porch around 6:15 or 6:30 p.m. for the church van to pick him up.(Some later reports say Dalton went to wait outside the home at 6:45 p.m.)
About 7:00 or 7:15 p.m., Dalton poked his head inside to tell his mother, Michelle Mesarchik, he was still waiting.read more