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Topeka Kansas Father of Three Missing from Motel – Where is Jason McNaughton?

Posted by KindraLore on September 26, 2008

Jason McNaughton Missing

Jason McNaughton Missing

31-year-old Jason Michael McNaughton and his wife were spending the night at the Motel 6 at 709 SW Fairlawn in Topeka, KS last Saturday night, September 20th. Its unclear why the couple were staying at the motel but according to his wife Jason stepped out of the room and never came back. The last time he was seen was around 11:40PM. According to reports there did not appear to be an argument or reason for Jason to leave and not return.

Jason was reported missing the next day by his mother and wife. According to friends and family, its unusual for the father of three to have just disappeared without a word. Police say they do not suspect foul play, however I have learned in covering missing person cases all these years is that is a standard response when they have no evidence to point one way or the other.

I did not find much media coverage on the case, which is also not unusual for adult male cases. I did find a Facebook page set up for him and the search for finding him. Not too much info there as well, just some touching photos of Jason with various family members.

Jason McNaughton with Grandparents at Graduation

Jason McNaughton with Grandparents at Graduation

Jason Michael McNaughton, 31, is described as a white man, 5’10”, weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone with information about McNaughton’s whereabouts to contact detectives at (785) 368-9400.

News Articles and Sources:

Have you seen this man?
Topeka man reported missing

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As the 7th Anniversary of Her Missing Son Passes, Kelly Jolkowski Helps Others

Posted by KindraLore on June 25, 2008

Jason Jolkowski

Jason Jolkowski – Missing Since 2001

One thing that happens when you have a drive to find and help the missing; you get to know about others are that do as well. Some like me just blog about the missing. Others like Kelly Jolkowski do something about it.

Kelly’s son, Jason Jolkowski vanished on June 13, 2001. Jason was just 20 years old and his car had been in the shop all week when he called into work and told them he had no way to get there. He told the manager he would walk but arrangements were made to meet at Benson High School eight blocks from his home.

He was last seen by his brother Michael bringing in the trash cans after trash pickup. He never made it to Benson High School, or at least by the time his manager got there to pick him up (30-45 minutes later), and has not been seen since.

His family has never given up on finding him and instead of feeling helpless, Kelly and her husband have not only continued to pursue answers in their son’s disappearance, but been instrumental in helping other families of the missing by establishing Project Jason.

Kelly is now pushing for new legislation as well as leading efforts to better use the national DNA database to help identify the estimated 40,000 to 50,000 unidentified bodies in the country.

Her efforts include encouraging families of the missing to enter their missing loved one’s DNA into CODIS (Combined DNA Index System), so that unidentified bodies can be compared.

She is also trying for legislation preventing remains of unidentified people from being cremated or buried without first identifying them, at least without a DNA sample to enter into CODIS.

According to Kelly, there are currently 8 states that have either put this legislation into place or are close to passing it, numerous other states are considering it.

Kelly’s son Jason Jolkowski disappeared from Omaha, Nebraska on June 13, 2001around 10:45am. He was wearing black dress shoes, black dress pants, a white Chicago Cubs or Sammy Sosa t-shirt and carrying his red work t-shirt. He was also wearing a blue Chicago Cubs baseball cap.

We are all still hoping that Jason is found or at the very least, Kelly and her family finally get the answers they need as to what happened to Jason.

I would like to personally thank her for her amazing compassion and work she has done for the missing.

For more information on Jason about this case or information regarding Project Jason, please visit their website.

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Missing – Jody Paul Bourgeois – St. Amant, Louisiana

Posted by KindraLore on March 29, 2008

Update 3/31/08 9:49AM

The search for Jody Paul Bourgeois ended Friday evening when his father discovered his son’s car, with the body of his son inside, submerged in New River Canal. See complete news article here.

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Jody Paul Bourgeois

Jody Paul Bourgeois

19-year old Jody Paul Bourgeois has been missing for a week now. According to friends and family, the last time Jody was seen was last Saturday morning, March 22nd at around 1:30AM when he had a party with some of his friends in St. Amant, LA. According to reports, it is believed that Jody Bourgeois may have been headed to Baton Rouge.

His 1995 white four-door Nissan Maxima is also missing. His family has repeatedly called his cell phone but states that now the phone’s voicemail box is full.

Jody’s mom said that it was unlike her son to disappear like this and that he had never done it before.

Jody’s family has distributed over 3,000 flyers all over the surrounding areas. Myspace bulletins have been posted about Jody Bourgeois and his disappearance. “If at least one person somewhere sees it….” Marchand, Jody’s mom stated. “It’s devastating. Now I know how other people feel when this happens. No matter how old they are, they are still your child.”

Jody Bourgeois

Jody Paul Bourgeois (or Jo Jo to his friends) is described as 5 ft 11 in tall, weighing about 180lbs. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a brown ball cap. He has hazel eyes and short blondish/brown hair. Jody has a dragon tattoo that begins at his wrist and runs up his lower left arm. The word “Caiden” is tattooed on his upper left arm, which according to Jody’s mom is the name of his 14-month-old son.

His vehicle is described as a white four-door Nissan Maxima, license plate number OIX 835.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 621-8301.

News Articles:
APSO seeking info on missing St. Amant man

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A Mystery in Tampa – Where is Charles London Beck?

Posted by KindraLore on March 21, 2008

UPDATE 3/21/08 6:53PM

Charles London Beck’s body has been discovered in a shallow grave and his girlfriend Nicole Sylvester as well as Byron Moorehead have been arrested in connection with his death. Beck’s Mercedes was spotted in an apartment complex parking lot. Police watched the car and eventually Sylvester and Moorehead rode up in a rental car and got into Beck’s Mercedes. They were initially arrested for auto theft but after Beck’s body was found, have since been charged with homicide. Click here for complete article.
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Charles London Beck
Charles London Beck

25-year-old Charles London Beck by all accounts is a very successful young man. Graduating from the University of South Florida with a four year Engineering degree, he finished in a little over half the time. According to reports, Charles was the oldest child and spoke to his mother sometimes several times a day.

The last time Charles Beck was heard from was on March 12th at around 11:00PM when he called his mother after returning from a business trip. His 2002 silver Mercedes C230K hatchback is also missing.

Hillsborough Sheriffs Department has since searched his apartment at 14505 Audobon Trace and according to reports found evidence leading them to believe he may be the victim of foul play. They are now searching for his girlfriend, 20 year old Nicole Sylvester.

Today they spoke with a friend of Nicole’s, Michelle Martin, a dancer at Fantasy Dolls. According to reports as well as records I have looked up myself on the HCSO website, Michelle was arrested today and is currently being held on violation of probation for previous unrelated charges of criminal mischief of $1000 or more.

I looked up Nicole Sylvester’s record on the HCSO website. News reports state that Nicole has a criminal record for domestic violence. The records I found of a 20 year old Nicole Sylvester with a previous criminal record of domestic violence as well. According to this article, the picture matches that of the same girl with the arrest record. Police also state Sylvester does not have a permanent home address but would stay with Charles sometimes.


Nicole Sylvester

The record of a Nicole Sylvester on the HCSO website

Charles’ mother Genevieve is beside herself with worry. “I can tell you, I’m lost, really lost… driving around, just don’t know where to go.” Charles Beck’s co-workers are equally concerned. They say that Charles is a very kind hearted and thoughtful person. They said he loves his job at Marlin Engineering and they’ve had to force him to take vacation.

Charles Beck’s Silver Mercedes hatchback has Flordia tag number W102LC.

Charles Beck's Mercedes

Charles Beck’s 2002 Silver Mercedes C230K Hatchback

If you have any information about the case call the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Links and Articles:

Police Think Missing Engineer Is Victim Of Foul Play

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A Vanishing in the French Quarter – The Search for John Delatte

Posted by KindraLore on February 29, 2008

 Update 3/20/08 4:14PM

(Thanks to a poster here named Anniemaj for the heads up). A sad and tragic ending to this case. They have pulled John Delatte’s vehicle from a ravine and confirmed that a body inside it is the 28 year old missing man. Read full story here. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras. Parades and beads. A time for fun and celebration. This Fat Tuesday was also a time of heartbreak and worry for one family when someone they loved disappeared into the night.

February 5, 2008, also known as Fat Tuesday, 28-year-old John Delatte was celebrating in New Orleans with his family and friends in the French Quarter.

John Delatte Mardi Gras
John and Melissa Delatte and their children on Fat Tuesday

After attending parades and festivities that day, John Delatte left the hotel he, his pregnant wife and three children were staying at to join up with some old friends at a bar called Razzoo around 7:00PM. John is a Marrero, Louisiana native and moved to Dallas, Texas after Hurricane Katrina.

John Delatte Missing
John Delatte

A friend of John’s who was bartending at Razzoo’s remembers seeing him that night at the bar and reported seeing him leave the bar that night between 10:00 –11:00PM. That would be the last time anyone saw John Delatte.

His cell phone was last used at 11:02PM that evening. His ATM card was subsequently used four times nearby at DejaVu, Rio, Double Play, and 432 Bourbon for $50 to $100 transactions, the last being about 5:00AM on Ash Wednesday. John’s 2004 Red Ford Expedition with Texas license plates NVWM87 is also missing.

John Delatte and Family
John and Melissa Delatte and their three children

Melissa Delatte, John’s wife extended her stay as long as possible in New Orleans to search for her husband. She is adamant that her husband would not leave her and their children. “If it was his choice, he would be here with us. The only way he would not be here is if someone took that choice away,” she said.

According to his family, it was not in Delatte’s character to just walk out on his three children and wife that is six months pregnant. They fear the worst.

As I have seen time and time again in missing adult cases, police do not suspect foul play. Melissa Delatte states that since police have not found John’s vehicle, it is her opinion that they just think he left on his own accord.

The family has circulated fliers all around the New Orleans area and have set up a website in hopes of finding John Delatte or what happened to him. One of the interviews I watched with Melissa and her son was heartbreaking. The son states nothing could have happened to his Daddy because he was the strongest man on earth.

John Delatte is also the soul provider for his large and growing family and unfortunately now finances are now also a concern. Melissa says she knows John would not leave them that way.

There have been no clues to John Delatte’s disappearance. His family is desperately searching for answers. Have you seen John Delatte?

John was last seen wearing the exact clothes in the first photo. A gray LSU shirt and khaki shorts. John Delatte is 6′, 200 lbs, brown eyes, black/shaved hair. He has a black panther tattoo on his right shoulder. His red 2004 Eddie Bauer Ford Expedition with Texas plates is still missing as well.

Related Videos:

Related Links:

BringJohnHome.Com
Mansfield family baffled by father’s French Quarter disappearance
Man disappeared during Mardi Gras

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Missing Arkansas Business Man John Glasgow is a Mystery

Posted by KindraLore on February 24, 2008

John Glasgow

 Update 2/29/08 11:30AM

According to the latest article in Arkansas Business, the relationship between CDI and half-owner Dillard’s Inc was under tremendous stress in the days right before John Glasgow, CDI’s chief financial officer disappeared.

On Friday January 18th, just ten days before John disappeared, Melinda Glasgow said that she saw her husband in tears for only the 2nd time in 16 years after a difficult meeting with Dillard’s executives; the first was when his mother died. According to his wife he said it had been the worst day of his life.

A week later on January 25th and three days before his disappearance, John Glasgow completed a draft of a letter to Dillard’s CEO William Dillard II.

In a joint response Thursday to questions submitted by Arkansas Business and the first response since Glasgow’s disappearance, Dillard’s and CDI said: “Neither Dillard’s nor CDI believe any money was misappropriated by John Glasgow or any other member of CDI’s management.”

The case of the missing business man has continued to baffle everyone. With more than 700 missing people in Arkansas, Glasgow was probably the only one that acquired a $300,000 bonus just days before disappearing.

His older brother and Little Rock lawyer Roger Glasgow agreed: “Every scenario you can imagine has a great big hole in it that you just can’t bridge. It seems he had every reason to stay and no reason to run away.”

Click here for the complete Arkansas Business Article on John Glasgow.

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UPDATE 2/28/08 3:35PM

No new information on this case or where missign John Glasgow may be. Here is an interesting article though on missing adults and how its so important to have media.

Also, see video below of John Glasgow posted on youtube by findjohnglasgow.com. This is for the purpose of seeing him and how he looks and speaks. Sometimes its much better than a photo.

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On January 28th John Glasgow, the chief financial officer for CDI Contractors of Little Rock, was last seen leaving his home on South Lookout Street around 5:30AM that morning. Glasgow was reported missing when he failed to show for work.

The next day John’s Volvo SUV was found at Mather Lodge in Petit Jean State Park, unlocked with his laptop and cell phone still inside. According to authorities, the car was wiped clean of any finger prints and it is there belief that he may have never been at the lodge. They also stated that they believe John Glasgow may have been the victim of foul play and may have been abducted.

John Glasgow SUV

John Glasgow’s Volvo SUV

The company that John worked for is a multi-million-dollar company that is currently going through an ownership transition after the death of its founder. Glasgow had mentioned to family and friends of a recent strained business relationship with the CDI construction company’s equal partner, Dillard’s Department Stores.

According to reports, Dillard officials had questioned some of Glasgow’s accounting practices and Glasgow mentioned one particular call from a Dillard executive as “threatening” in terms of business consequences.

Whether or not those facts have anything to do with John Glasgow’s disappearance remains to be seen. Surveillance cameras of the parking lot of CDI have been reviewed and John is never seen making it to work. No money has been reported missing from the company and Glasgow’s credit cards and bank account have not been used since his disappearance.

A tourist from Tennessee provided law enforcement with two time stamped photos at the lodge in which it shows John’s SUV in the parking lot on the day that John disappeared, refuting earlier reports that the vehicle was not in the parking lot until the following day.

John Glasgow SUV
Glasgow’s SUV is the second from the left

The reward for information of John Glasgow has now jumped from $5,000 to $70,000.

See News Report Video Below:

Update: Family Needs Help Searching for Missing Man

Links and Articles:

Tourist Photo Aids in John Glasgow Search
The Glasgow case
Family Website – Find John Glasgow

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More College Students Missing Without a Trace – Nicholas Garza & Michael Barbiere

Posted by KindraLore on February 23, 2008

Update 4/7/08 11:06AM

A body has been found matching the description of  Michael Barbiere. There is no sign of foul play and an autopsy has been scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday. Read complete article here.

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Update 3/28/08 4:20PM

As the snow on the Middlebury campus grounds melts, the mystery of where Nick Garza is deepens.

Once again, on Thursday a large scale ground search was conducted for the 19 year old college student, or at least clues to his whereabouts. Still, after missing for a month authorities still have no clue where the young man disappeared to.

Read complete article here.

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UPDATE 3/14/08 4:48PM

I received an email this morning from a family member of Michael Barbiere about some of the details that have been misconstrued in the media or are just plain false

The following are facts that need to be cleared up in the case of Mike and his disappearance:

  1. Although Mike was drinking the night he went missing, he did NOT have 20 drinks, and in fact was seen in numerous pictures taken and from onward he was drinking WATER.
  2. Mike was wearing an arctic snow-mobile type jacket and hat when he left the bar so he was dressed appropriately for the weather.

There was also mention that within the past few weeks another man (29 year old) has gone missing in Breckenridge as well as a young woman being drugged and raped

I will look into those instances later this eve and possibly update on that. However, I did want to make these facts known, as I know its very important for the families of the missing to have the most accurate information out as possible.
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Update 2/28/08 3:41PM

Update on Michael Barbiere. Nick’s mother went to Colorado looking for clues and information on what happened to her son. Police suspended the search for Barbiere after finding no evidence of his whereabouts. During the search, 58 searchers and three dogs found no clues as to where he went.

There is currently a $10,000 reward for the missing man. More here.

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Update 2/27/08 10:38PM

An update on this case for Nick Garza. Texas EquuSearch will be aiding in the search for Nicholas Garza and going to Vermont. According to a family member, their arrival has been hampered by the weather. I will update when there is more information available.

There is also a $20,000 reward for information leading to Nick’s whereabouts. Please go to NicholasGarza.org for more information.

See video below regarding Nick Garza’s disappearance.

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Is it just me or does anyone else start to see a pattern here? Is it far-fetched or just coincidence that young college age men are disappearing never to be found again?

As I blogged in the Brian Shaffer case and again with Kyle Fleischmann and Justin Gaines. Again with Joshua Szostak, all of these guys are young college students, missing after leaving a party or a bar. Matthew Wilson is another one that vanished recently and the only one that was not reported leaving a bar, party or social event. Where are they going?

Nick Garza

On February 5th Nicholas Garza was last seen around 11:30PM after a social gathering at Middlebury College in Vermont. He was last seen leaving Allen Hall where his dorm room was not wearing a winter coat, his coat later to be found in his room. Reports state he only spent a half and hour at the nearby dorm and was not drinking alcohol. Cell phone records indicate that Nick called a friend shortly after leaving the social gathering but that the friend did not pick up. His cell phone has not been used since.With lots of snow and temperatures dipping into the single digits, it was doubtful he would have been out in the elements for long without a winter jacket. His possessions such as his laptop and ipod remained in his dorm room.

According to reports, Natalie Garza of Albuquerque, N.M., and Nicholas’ mother had not heard from him since February 5th. With the college’s winter break into full swing, being from January 31st to February 10th, Nicholas was not reported missing until a full five days later as it was thought that Nicholas may of left campus for break. Natalie Garza notified campus security Sunday, February 10th when she had not heard from her son in a full week.

Nick was described by family and friends as a good student, highly motivated, a non-partier, a kid who spoke with his mother nearly every day, and a college freshman with a lot of friends.

“He is a socially well-adapted, level-headed child who has a lot to give to this world and really wanted to come here to learn,” his mother, Natalie Garza, said on Wednesday.

Nothing about Nick Garza’s character suggests he would ever run away or hitch a ride with a stranger. No history of mental illness or drug and alcohol problems. No reason to disappear.

“We have found nothing on the background we’ve done on him through family or other students or former acquaintances that anyone had any issues at all. He seemed to be a fairly normal student,” said Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley.

Search crews combed the 350-acre campus but found no sign of Nick Garza.

Police have continued to search snow piles in a number of areas on the campus, looking for Garza or any evidence that might lead to his recovery, Middlebury Police Officer Vegar Boe said.

“Because of all the snow that’s been plowed, those piles are being carefully taken apart,” he said Sunday.

On February 19th over 200 students, faculty and members of the community held a vigil for the freshman college student. Attendees wrote message to the Garza family and lit candles in front of the Mead Chapel.

There have been no leads as to where the 19-year-old has gone.

Michael Barbiere

Alphonse “Michael” Barbiere, 23, has been missing since early Friday, February 8th when friends said he left a bar in blizzard conditions around 1:30AM after having at least 20 drinks at a martini bar in Breckenridge, Colo . Barbiere, who is from New Jersey, was vacationing with friends.

Although more than 2000 miles apart, like Nick Garza, Mike Barbiere left late at night in the snowy conditions without a winter coat. Since Mike’s disappearance many have come forward from the bar he was last seen. None are considered suspects.

Search and rescue teams from as far away as Fort Collins looked all over the Breckenridge area have searched for the 23-year-old man, but found no signs of Michael Barbiere. According to reports I have read, police have written Mike off as being drunk and succumbing to the elements.

Barbiere’s older brother, Bob, said his family is offering $10,000 to anyone with information on his whereabouts.

There have been no signs or leads as to where any of these young men have gone.

Also, while I’m comparing the cases, is it me or do these four guys (Kyle Fleischmann, Justin Gaines, Michael Barbiere and Brian Shaffer) not bare a striking resemblance to each other?

Missing Men

*2/25/08 11:23PM

Normally I put updates at the top of my blogs, but I feel it flows better with this story here. One thing that just dawned on me is this: Justin Gaines was last seen at Wild Bill’s in Duluth, GA on Thursday night, November 1st. (Technically Friday morning at 2:00AM). Kyle Fleischmann disappeared from Buckhead Saloon in Charlotte, NC in the early morning hours of Friday morning at 2:15AM (was at the club also on a Thursday night) on 11/9/07.

Michael Barbiere went missing EARLY Friday morning around 1:30AM. Justin Gaines went missing EARLY Friday (or for those of us that haven’t gone to bed still Thursday, Kyle – same thing. All of them on Thursday night/early Friday morning. All of them the first week of the month.

Brian Shaffer disappeared Friday night (or early Saturday morning – last seen at 1:15AM) on 3/31/06 OR 4/01/06 if you want to get technical (as far as it being the early morning). Also the first week of the month.

In other words, 3 of these guys went missing on the first Thursday night, all technically Friday morning of the month between 1:30 and 2:15AM. One of them was on a Friday night technically Saturday morning (still the first week of the month) at 1:15AM.


Links and Articles:
Two Missing Men Are Likely Buried in Snow
College holds vigil for student
8 Women Come Forward; Still No Clues To Missing Man

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Hunting the Hunter – The Search for Greg Williams

Posted by KindraLore on January 8, 2008

Greg Williams

Update 4/29/08 4:47PM

According to a poster here (see comments) the body of Greg Williams was found this morning. I have searched the news and have not found anything as of yet. My prayers are with the family.

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According to friends and family, it was not unusual for 47-year-old Greg Williams to go hunting or leave his home on Stafford Road in Waterville, NY to go walking in the near by state forest. However, this time Greg did not return.

Greg Williams was last seen on New Years eve around 9:00PM. The next day family members found a note left by Greg that he was going coyote hunting. On January 2nd the state police conducted an aerial search of the area and State Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Officers conducted a search with snowmobiles. A command post was established at the Waterville Fire Department and at some point crews did find footprints in the snow.

However, yesterday’s weather hampered the search with unusual temperatures that melted the snow and deteriorated any previous footprints made by the Waterville man. Authorities are hopeful because Greg is known to carry a survival kit with matches, food and other survival items.

Yesterday at least 145 volunteers converged on the area focusing on the Tassel Hill state land area where Greg Williams was known to hunt. Police suspended the ground search today however, but state they will continue to investigation and will reconvene the ground search with forest rangers upon new leads.

Anyone with information regarding Williams is asked to contact police at (315) 366-6000.

Related News Articles:
Latest On Search For Missing Hunter
Police suspend ground search for Waterville man

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This Month’s Featured Case – Brian Shaffer

Posted by KindraLore on January 4, 2008

January 2008

Brian Shaffer

Brian Shaffer

The Disappearance

Brian Shaffer was a second year med student at Ohio State University in the spring of 2006. His mother had battled a devastating and fatal illness with cancer and his girlfriend, Alexis Waggoner had been visiting her family.

Spring Break was about to be in full swing and Brian and his ex roommate Clint Florence headed out that Friday to have some drinks at the local bars.

Brian & Clint
Brian Shaffer and his friend Clint Florence

The two men arrived at the Ugly Tuna Saloon around 9:15PM and had a few shots. He and Alexis spoke on his cell phone around 10:30PM. Brian and Clint then left the Ugly Tuna Saloon around 11:00PM and walked to Short North Tavern and then to another bar around 11:40PM. By 1:15AM they were back at the Ugly Tuna where their evening had begun.

Brian Video 1
Brian returning to the Ugly Tuna

Brian can be seen in the grainy surveillance video returning to the Ugly Tuna around 1:15AM. He can also he seen on the foyer near the escalators speaking with some girls that Clint knew. He then walks out of the bottom right side of the camera and Brian Shaffer disappears into thin air.

Brian Video 2
Brian – last images of him

By 2:00M its closing time. Clint calls Brian on his cell phone and it goes straight to voicemail. He goes to the men’s room and looks for him but Brian is not there either. Eventually Clint assumes Brian has left and he leaves as well.

Saturday, April 1st Alexis continuously tried to call Brian with no luck. The couple had plans to leave town for a Spring Break vacation in Florida that following Monday. By Sunday she was scared and knew something was not right.

A Mystery

One baffling aspect of this case that still perplexes law enforcement today is the fact that Brian could not be seen on surveillance leaving the bar after he had re-entered. Both bar exits are covered by cameras, as is the escalator in which you see Brian enter and leave and enter again.

Outside the bar, out of camera view, are stairs and an elevator that lead to the first floor. Once on the first floor, the only way out, without being seen on tape, would be through a service exit that leads to a construction site, with doors to the street.

Exit Ugly Tuna
Only exit not covered by cameras

Brian’s credit cards, bank account and cell phone have not been used. There have been no significant leads to indicate what happened that Friday night.

Connections or Coincidence?

Since 1997 at least eight college men were found dead in local rivers after a night out at local taverns or bars in the mid-west. Many started to wonder if there was a serial killer in our midst, preying on vulnerable inebriated men.

The series of deaths began in July 1997, when the body of 19-year-old Richard Hlavaty was found in the Mississippi. In 2004 the body of 21-year-old UW-La Crosse wrestler Jared Dion was also found in the Mississippi river. In September 2006 UW-La Crosse basketball player Luke Homan was again found in the Mississippi and a month later police classified the death of Chris Jenkins, a University of Minnesota student as a murder and not accidental.

According to a criminologist at Minnesota’s St. Cloud State University, more than twenty college-aged men had drowned after disappearing from bars or parties since 1997 in an area from Minnesota to Ohio.

However, in September of 2007 after La Crosse police asked the FBI’s National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime to review their investigations, the FBI stated that they had found no evidence to support a theory of a serial killer and contributed the deaths to excessive drinking. Some are not convinced however and think they police are trying to avoid publicity.

One name that has continuously been linked with Brian Shaffer’s disappearance is that of Anthony “Tony” Luzio. On the evening of July 3, 2005 Tony had gone to a friend’s house to play cards. Afterwards he stopped at a local hangout and around 2:30AM Tony and a group of friends went to a party, one mile from Tony’s parents house in Powell, Ohio.

Tony was last seen leaving the party at 4:00AM, presumably to his apartment. That was the last time anyone ever saw Tony Luzio again. His 2004 Honda Civic is also missing and has never been recovered. He disappeared just 15 miles from where Brian Shaffer disappeared.

In November of 2005 29-year-old Mohamed Rihani also disappeared in the same close proximity after leaving his residence in the vicinity of Riverview Drive and Olentangy River Road in Columbus, Ohio. He too was driving a Honda Civic, black in color. Both he and his vehicle have vanished.

Where it Stands

Since Brian Shaffer’s disappearance, other college-aged men have also disappeared, although not close in vicinity to the disappearances of the previous mentioned men.

In November of 2007 18-year-old Justin Gaines disappeared from Wild Bill’s in Duluth, Georgia and just one week later Kyle Fleischmann disappeared from the Buckhead Saloon in Charlotte, North Carolina. December 23, 2007 21-year-old Joshua Szostak disappeared after leaving the Bayou Café on North Pearl Street in Albany, New York.

It does seem that young males have a false sense of security when being out and about, thinking that nothing can happen to them. All these young men that were mentioned were in good shape and seemed very capable of taking care of themselves. However, once alone and intoxicated, one can become vulnerable and a victim.

Today Brian’s father (as well as all the other families of these missing men) continues the quest to find answers and to find his son. After all, not knowing is the hardest.

Related Links:

FBI: No Serial Killer in River Drownings
Find Brian Shaffer
Brian Shaffer’s Myspace
Dateline – Into Thin Air
Dateline NBC Video – Into Thin Air

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Vanished into thin air – Matthew Wilson

Posted by KindraLore on December 28, 2007

Matthew Wilson - Missing

Update 6/15/08 11:23AM

Matthew Wilson’s vehicle has been located in Berkeley, California on Saturday. It had apparently been abandoned for some time. In reading the article, it looks as though LE believe Matthew may have left of his own accord due to the fact of some odd purchases that were made shortly before his disappearance.

According to the article:

Matthew Wilson withdrew $500 from his checking account and bought charcoal and matches, a car cover and window shade before his disappearance, prompting police to believe he may have left on his own accord.

“Some of the purchases he made that were made before he left may have been purchases someone would have made if they were going to do some traveling,” Taylor said.

His mother Cathy Wilson said it would be out of character for her son to leave without communicating with his family.

She now believes, however, that he may have left on his own volition.

“If he’s safe and he’s away because he wants to be, that’s fine,” she said. “I just want to know that he’s safe.”

Read Complete Article here.

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Update 1/7/08 12:16PM

Rice University in Houston is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Matthew Wilson. The family put up $10,000 as well, making the reward $20,000. The family is hoping the reward will lead to answers.

News Article

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Update 1/4/08 8:55PM

There have been absolutely no new updates in this case. Matthew is still missing and this case remains a mystery. I would like to post a picture of his car, license plate and what Matthew may look like clean shaven and with shorter hair.

Matthew Wilson Car
2004 Silver Dodge Neon with Oklahoma License Plates
Matthew Wilson License Tag
Matthew Wilson

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Original Blog

Just as in my previous blog about Joshua Szostak, once again another college student is missing. This time it’s Matthew Wilson. Matthew’s case is different than Joshua, Kyle or Justin’s though. All three of their disappearances involved leaving a bar late a night.

By all accounts Matthew did not drink, nor smoke. He drove a conservative vehicle and normally walked to and from the campus to his apartment. Matthew was an excellent student, making straight A’s and maintaining a high grade point average.

Matthew was a Computer Science major at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He had an off campus apartment he shared with a roommate, Elliot Harwell. Harwell first noticed Matthew missing on December 16th. He states that he last saw him the day before on the 15th around noon (I have read another article that states he last saw him on the 14th) working on his finals in his room. Police later learned that Matthew failed to drive a friend to the airport on the 15th as he had promised.

With finals, Elliott Harwell too was busy and reportedly left the apartment and did not return until the next day, December 16th. Two days later he filed a report with the Rice police.

Matthew just disappeared into thin air.

At first authorities thought that Matthew was probably hold up somewhere, studying for finals. Now however, almost two weeks later with finals come and gone, Christmas over, they know something is horribly wrong.

Although there have been no signs of foul play, Matthew did withdraw $100 and $400 from his bank account at 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. from an automated teller machine in a shopping center where students often do their laundry on December 14th. His family and authorities said that was an unusual transaction. His car is also missing.

His mother maintains that not only had she never known him to make such a large withdraw at once, she also says Matthew had paid December’s rent and Matthew still had another $1,000 left in his account, which has remained untouched.

Authorities have stated that there is nothing to suggest that Matthew was coerced or made to withdraw the money as he was back in his apartment that evening with his roommate.

Matthew’s cell phone was left in his apartment, however his backpack is gone.

Matthew Wilson is described as white, 5 ft. 7 inches tall, 135lbs, with green eyes, glasses and a curly red beard and hair. His car is a 2004 silver Dodge Neon with Oklahoma license plate 863 MCZ.

Houston Crime Stoppers has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to felony charges in the case.

Last News Article on Matthew Wilson

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