Jeffrey Michael Bratcher: Seven-year-old vanished in 1974

Jeffrey Michael BratcherSeven-year-old Jeffrey Michael Bratcher vanished in 1974 after a day out with his father, step-mother, and six siblings in Grays Harbor County, Washington. He has never been found.

About the Case

On June 15 1974, Jeffrey and his family were spending the day in Oceans City, Washington. The children went to play and were told to be back by 7:00 p.m. for dinner.

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Brian Randall Shaffer: Missing since 2006

Brian Randall Shaffer, 27, disappeared on a night out with friends at a local bar in 2006. He has not been seen since.

Brian Randall Shaffer
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About the Case

Brian Randall Shaffer, 27, was a second-year medical student at Ohio State University (OSU) in April 2006. In the early morning hours of April 1st, Brian attended the Ugly Tuna Saloona, a bar near OSU in Columbus, with a a couple of friends to celebrate the beginning of spring break. He and his girlfriend, Alexis Waggoner, who was not with him that night, were set to get on a plane for Florida on April 3rd to finish out the break. Brian was going to propose to Alexis on their trip.

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Helen Valdez: 80-year-old grandmother murdered in 2004

I was asked by a family member of the victim to write about this case. This is a New Mexico case and if you are familiar with my blog, you know I have written several cases involving murder and police corruption in that state. This may be one of them, so I am extremely happy to get exposure to this case for the family.

Update 01/22/17: Please note corrections made to this article at the end of “About the Case”.

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Jesse Ross: Vanished into thin air in 2006

19-year-old University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) student Jesse Ross disappeared from Chicago while at a mock United Nations conference. He has never been found.

About the Case

Jesse Ross
Jesse Ross

In November 2006, Jesse traveled to Chicago for a United Nations Conference at the Sheraton Inn Office and Towers. On November 20th, he phoned his parents and said he was having a blast. Everything was good.

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The 1988 Strawberry Trail Fire

This post is a little different from what I normally write. This case is officially solved, but I was asked by a Twitter follower of mine to write about it. Once I started researching it, I knew I wanted it on this blog. Thank you, Kathyann for suggesting this case!

The Strawberry Trail Fire, Dallas Texas, 1988

In the early morning hours of September 28, 1988, a fire broke out in a four-bedroom home on Strawberry Trail in Dallas, Texas. By the time fire fighters arrived, five children were dead; one survived. As the investigation began, law enforcement quickly realized this was not an accidental fire but an act of arson. Years would go by before suspects emerged.

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Jonathan Edward Hagans: Missing from Florida since 1968

Three-year-old Jonathan Edward Hagans disappeared June 11, 1968 while at the beach with his family. He has never been found.

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Jonathan Edward Hagans
Photo credit: The Doe Network

On June 11, 1968, the Hagans family, Joe and Marjean Hagans and their three children, including three-year-old Jonathan, decided to spend the warm summer day at the beach in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. At some point, Jonathan disappeared. Witnesses claimed they saw him following behind Joe as Joe walked towards a snack bar area.

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Corrie McKeague: Missing from England since September 2016

Corrie McKeague vanished without a trace after walking behind a bakery on September 24, 2016 in Bury St. Edmunds, England. He has not been seen since.

UPDATE March 9, 2017Corrie McKeague: Police ‘confident’ missing RAF gunner will be found in landfill site 

My thoughts on this latest development is at the bottom of the post.

About the Case

Corrie McKeague
Photo credit: Suffolk Constabulary

On September 23, 2016, Corrie McKeague, 23, from Fife, Scotland and a Senior Aircraftman in RAF Regiment’s 2 Squadron stationed at RAF Honington in England, drove from his base to Bury St. Edmunds for a night out on the town.

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