Diana Braungardt: Missing from MO since 1987

Diana Braungardt
Diana Braungardt

On March 11, 1987, 18-year-old high school senior, Diana Braungardt finished her shift at the local Venture (now Kmart) and headed out to her family’s 1982 yellow Ford escort in the parking lot. It was 10 p.m. and she was going home where she resided with her mom and dad.

When Diana hadn’t returned home after a certain time, her parents, Jane and Marvin Braungardt drove to the Venture store. They found her car in the parking lot but no sign of Diana anywhere. read more

What Happened to Michelle Vilborg?

michellevilborg50-year-old Michelle Vilborg from Bay Minnett, Alabama, was enjoying a 5-night cruise to Mexico on board Carnival Cruise Line’s Holiday ship with her husband, Sven on June 15, 2009. She was celebrating turning the big 5-0.On this last night together, the couple had explored the boat, ate at a buffet, and enjoyed a couple of drinks while planning the next day’s events. At this time, Michelle had taken some medication for seasickness.

Sven stated that the couple returned to their cabin at about 10:30 p.m. Michelle decided to take a shower before turning in for the night. Sven heard her turn the shower on before falling asleep. 45 minutes later the stopping of the cruise ship woke him up. At 11:00 p.m., a witness claimed he or she heard a big splash in the water and alerted ship authorities. When the cruise ship came to a stop between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., Sven immediately worried about Michelle because she was no longer in the cabin. A ship-wide alarm had gone off, people were cramming the hallways, and he knew this meant someone had gone overboard. After a head count by authorities, Michelle was the only one missing. read more

James Scavone: Missing Since 1999 from Cruise Ship

scavone_jamesIn the early morning hours of July 5, 1999, in international waters between Miami, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico, 22-year-old James Scavone vanished from Carnival Cruise Line’s Destiny ship. James was on the cruise ship with his best friend, Jeff, and 12 members of Jeff’s family for a seven-day trip to the Caribbean.

At around midnight, James and his friends had been at the ship’s disco enjoying a few drinks. 30 minutes later, according to the friends, James felt sick and departed to his cabin. He planned to stop at a restroom on his way.

He has never been seen again.

When his friends returned to the cabin at 3:00 a.m., they assumed James had met someone and would return in the morning. By 10:00 a.m., James still had not returned so the friends went to the ship’s authorities to have him paged. read more

Evil at Sea: The Disappearance of Amy Bradley

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Amy Bradley, photo taken 10 hours before her disappearance

On March 24, 1998, while cruising with her family on the Royal Caribbean International ship, Rhapsody of the Seas, 23-year-old Amy Bradley vanished without a trace. The ship was on its way to Curacao, Antilles.

What started out as a family vacation turned into a parent’s worst nightmare that continues to this day.

Amy is still missing.

In the early morning hours of March 24th, Amy was dancing at a ship disco with Alister “Yellow” Douglas, a band member of “Blue Orchid” who performed on the ship. Amy was videotaped dancing with Yellow. read more

Where is Sherry Ann Milton?

“Help me, please. Where are you? This is unbelievable.”

milton_sherry3Those were the last words Sherry Ann Milton, 26, spoke in a voice mail message to her boyfriend at around 2:30 a.m. on August 14, 2005.

Sherry, who lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, disappeared shortly thereafter and has never been seen again.

On the evening of August 13th, Sherry and a friend drove to Birmingham, Alabama to enjoy a girls night out. Afterwards, the girls headed down Interstate 20/59 to head back home. At around 2:00 a.m., they stopped at an Exxon gas station near the exit ramp at 19th Street and Avenue V in Ensley so the friend could get a book of matches. read more

NM Police Corruption Series: The Disappearance of Teresa Reyes

This is the last post in my series on New Mexico Police Corruption.

photo source realcrimes.com
photo source realcrimes.com

On July 1, 1998, seventeen-year-old Teresa Reyes disappeared from her parents apartment in Albuquerque, New Mexico sometime after 11:00 p.m. and has never been found.

Earlier that evening, Teresa, or Terry as she was known to friends and family, was hanging out with her cousin, Tyfanni Sedillo. The girls stopped at a gas station to use the payphone. While there, five guys in a cream-colored van, 20-21 years old, approached the girls, asking them if they wanted to go to a party. These guys were later described by Terry’s friend as being “Mexican-gang type”, heads shaved, and wearing baggy pants. read more

Where is Vikki Vukelich? Mother Missing Since 1991

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On February 23, 1991, Vikki L. Vukelich was last seen by her husband, David, in their home on Tulip Drive in Glenwood, Illinois. According to David, the couple got into an argument about a party. He went to bed and Vikki slept on the couch. When David awoke the next morning, his wife was gone, and there was an empty wine glass in the living room. read more