Summer Moon-Utah Wells, only 5-years-old, went missing from her rural Tennessee home in Beech Creek on June 15, 2021. Her parents reported her missing to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office that evening at approximately 6:30 p.m. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) issued an Amber Alert the following morning.
Summer has the lightest, beautiful blonde hair and big blue eyes, weighing only 40 pounds and standing 3 feet tall. She was wearing gray pants, a pink shirt, and possibly barefoot.
Investigators asked residents living near Ben Hills Road to check any trail or surveillance cameras that may contain images of…
It was September 20, 1988, a beautiful sunny day in Belen, New Mexico. Tara Calico, 19, decided to go out for her daily bike ride at approximately 9:30 a.m. that morning.
Normally, the beautiful teen would ride with her mother, but there had been an incident where her mother had felt they were followed by a motorist and she no longer felt comfortable going along. She encouraged Tara to carry mace, but Tara had told her mother no.
The ride typically took two hours. Joking, Tara asked her mother Patty Doel, to come and get her around noon if she…
Ted Bundy once called himself the only man with a Ph.D. in serial murder. He was proud of the fact that he abducted, raped, and murdered approximately 30 women between 1974 and 1978. The true number of victims will never be known, but experts suspect there may have been up to 100. Lynda Ann Healy was one of them.
Ted Bundy’s Early Life
Ted Bundy was born Theodore Robert Cowell to Eleanor “Louise” Cowell at the Lund Home for Unwed Mothers in Burlington, Vermont, on November 24, 1946. His father’s identity was never determined with any degree of certainty. …
It was June 2009, in rural McCleary, Washington, on a warm summer night. The unimaginable happened just a couple weeks before Lindsey Baum’s 11th birthday. The beautiful brown-eyed girl with light brown hair vanished while walking home alone.
A Safe Place
McCleary, Washington, is a small town with a population of only 1,600 and located in Grays Harbor County. In 2009, Melissa Baum was newly divorced and looking for a fresh start in a beautiful new place. She found her vision in McCleary and moved from Tennessee to the town with her two children, Lindsey, and Joshua. …
On July 6, 1973, Linda Ann O’Keefe, 11, woke up for summer school at her home in Newport Beach, California. She put on the dress her mother had made for her. It was a pretty dress with light blue flowers and dark blue trim. She then put a ponytail in her hair, put on her white ankle socks and dark blue shoes, and headed out the door. Her piano teacher would be picking her up that day.
Alisha Bromfield-Anicich, 21, was a graduate of Joliet Catholic Academy and a student at Western Illinois University. She was only one semester away from graduating with a degree in forensic psychology and criminal justice. Alisha was a go-getter and pursuing her dreams.
Rachel Burkheimer, 18, was murdered by those she trusted. Her family had reported her missing on September 27, 2002, in Snohomish County, near Everett, Washington. The day of her disappearance she had told her family she was driving a friend to the airport and never returned home.
Her body was found in early October 2002. Two men were quickly arrested, including Rachel’s boyfriend — more arrests would follow.
A Bright Light
Rachel was a beautiful young woman who was described as funny, giving, and a prankster. With a smile that could light up the room, she never forgot a birthday…
Every day murders go unsolved. The families of the people who have innocently been sexually assaulted, kidnapped, and violently murdered wait for justice, sometimes for decades, with many perpetrators going on to commit even more brutal murders.
According to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), there are currently over 250,000 unsolved murders, increasing by approximately 6,000 unsolved homicides annually. This leads to growing caseloads for law enforcement, draining resources, and makes it difficult for law enforcement agencies with limited budgets.
However, in recent years, the families of unsolved murder victims have seen a glimmer of hope with the use…
It was a beautiful summer day on July 25, 1985. Two sisters, Rozlin Rochelle Abell, 18, and younger sister Fawn Marlene Abell, 15, were last seen at their home in the vicinity of 59th and Rockwell in Bethany, Oklahoma. Rozlin had told her parents she was going to look for a job that afternoon.
The girl’s brother, Otto Abell, Jr. came home that afternoon and overheard his sisters talking as they were headed out the door.
According to the Oklahoman, Otto Jr. remembers one of the girls saying, “Hurry up. …
It was approximately 4:35 p.m. on March 1, 1992. A female truck driver pulled over to check her fuel tanks on the Interstate 80 turnoff at the Bitter Creek rest area, in the southern state of Wyoming.
While standing by the truck, in the distance, she could see what she thought was a pile of trash at the bottom of a ridge. The trucker decided to descend the embankment and take a closer look. She was shocked to see it was the lifeless, nude body of a young woman lying face down in the snow. …
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