*** This episode was intentionally released on August 5th, which is what would have been Asha Degrees 30th Birthday*** On February 14th, 2000 A 9 year old girl named Asha Degree disappeared from Shelby, North Carolina. For reasons unknown, She had left home on her own sometime between 4 and 5 AM and was last seen walking in the dark on a narrow rural highway during a storm. A year and a half later a construction worker unearthed her book bag on the same highway over 20 miles from where she was last seen. Could the contents of her backpack hold the clues that can help solve her case? and does a new theory provide real answers as to where Asha was headed that morning 20 years ago and why she had to sneak out of her house to get there.
*** IN RECOGNITION OF THE 19th ANNIVERSARY OF PATTI’S DISAPPEARANCE, THIS EPISODE HAS BEEN REMASTERED. This is also a teaser to a new episode with updates on this case which will be coming out soon***. It was supposed to be the beginning of a new chapter in single mother Patti Adkins life. Instead, what was intended to be a week long vacation with a man she was making a new life with, became a 19 year long missing persons case with more questions than answers. At the heart of this case is a man and his wife who have remained silent and denied any knowledge of Patti’s disappearance for far too long...
Resources used for researching this episode:
TV show Disappeared, Season 3 Episode 2 : "Secret Rendezvous" Available on Apple iTunes
Crime Watch Daily 3 part series "Patti Adkins Vanishes Amid Alleged Affair"
Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was a pedophile, murderer and cannibal who terrorized children in at least two different states over the course of 3 decades. He remains a person of interest in 3 unsolved missing persons cases. The details of his crimes are horrific and can give you nightmares and possibly make you sick... don’t say we didn’t warn you...
Granger Taylor was described by many people as being a mechanical genius, with an uncanny ability to restore machines many had written off as junk. Before he vanished, he left a letter for his parents informing them he was leaving for a 42 month interstellar voyage aboard a UFO, do clues found years later prove he is no longer with us...Or did he really go where no man has gone before?
At 4 feet 9 inches tall and only 90 lbs, 22 year old Jamie Fraley was a small, but fiercely independent young woman who vanished in the early morning hours of April 9th 2008. Shortly after her disappearance her cell phone was found on the side of the road several miles from her apartment. Two months later, a shocking discovery would turn the case upside down and create more questions for investigators.
On February 11th 1979, five men, went fishing off the coast of Hawaii on a boat named the Sarah Joe. When the boat vanished in a sudden fierce storm and searches for her did not yield any trace or clues - The reasonable conclusion was that she had sunk taking her crew down with her. However, Inexplicably, a decade later -the Sarah joe was found beached on a small uninhabited island 2000 miles away and 100 yards away from the ruined vessel was a grave that held one of the missing men and a bizarre item intentionally buried with him- baffling everyone who has ever researched the case. Research links : https://www.historicmysteries.com/sarah-joe-mystery/
The misconduct complaint against Calkins in Felipe Santos disappearance has been re-opened- and new information is discovered. Calkins takes two polygraph exams, the second of which he fails - showing deception on a specific detail that he can’t (or won’t) provide an answer for.
This is episode one in a three part investigation series. In this episode we tell the stories of two men who disappeared from Naples, Florida within 3 months of each other. Their disappearances have one disturbing coincidence: both were last seen in the custody of Deputy Steve Calkins, a Police Officer for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
On January 29th 2013, 21 year old college student Elisa Lam vanished while on a solo trip to the West Coast during her stay at a hotel in downtown Los Angeles. During the investigation into Elisas disappearance, police publicly released a surveillance video from inside a hotel elevator showing Elisa acting strangely before she vanished. Then stories of the hotels dark past began to surface - stories of suicides, violence that happened inside its walls and serial killers who once lived there. Then, several weeks after she disappeared, hotel guests began complaining of a foul taste and smell in the hotel water. A maintenance man looking inside one of the rooftop water tanks found Elisas naked and decomposing body. After an autopsy the official cause of her death was ruled a drowning which did not answer the biggest questions of the case. How did she get to the hotel rooftop -which was inaccessible to guests? how did she end up naked inside of a water tank that was 8 feet tall, without a ladder, and then open the lid that was supposedly closed and weighed close to 80lbs? And what was with her bizarre behavior caught on the surveillance video? Was she playing what is known as the elevator game? This remains one of the most discussed cases on the World Wide Web with unlimited theories as to what events led to her demise. Links to research used in this episode: Civil case article: https://laist.com/2015/10/02/ elisa_lam_wrongful_death_suit.php.
On July 10th 2015, On what should have been a fun day in the great outdoors of Northern Idaho- a 2 year old boy named Deorr Kunz vanished from his parents campsite without a trace. In the years that have passed, Two private investigation firms have quit this case, accusing Deorrs parents of changing their stories and providing questionable timelines. The parents strange behavior eventually shifted the focus of the case onto them.
The following resources were used to put this episode together:
Audio of interviews Phillip Klein and his team conducted with Vernal Kunz, Jessica Mitchell and Bob Walton: https://www.facebook.com/KleinInvestigations/
Unedited Interview East Idaho News conducted with Vernal Kunz and Jessica Mitchell:
East Idaho News interview with Frank Vilt:
Isaac Reinwand interviews:
On November 5th 1975, a group of loggers in Arizona were returning home from a long day of wood cutting in the Sitegreaves National forest when they claim they encountered an object hovering in the night sky. One of the loggers, Travis Walton -exited their truck to get a closer look at it, when he was struck and rendered unconscious by a beam of light. Terrified, the other loggers fled, they returned minutes later and discovered Travis was missing. Five days later, Travis returned with a story that tests both skeptics and believers to this day. Was this an actual case of alien abduction, or an elaborate hoax? Recently discovered evidence may answer the questions surrounding this case.
Resources used to research this episode:
Larry King interview with Travis Walton, Mike Rogers and Phillip Klass on CNN:
Travis Walton on the TV Show Moment of truth:
"Profitable nightmare of a very real kind" article written by a former National Enquirer reporter which details the behind the scenes occurrences of the dealings with Travis and his brother as they attempted to get his story published:
Similarities between the events Travis describes in "Fire in the sky" and the book, "Have Spacesuit will travel"
On April 10th 2001, a home in Scottsdale Arizona exploded into flames. Hours after extinguishing the fire, investigators make a horrifying discovery, the badly burned bodies of 2 children and their mother- it is immediately evident to detectives they did not perish in the blaze. Missing from the scene is the family patriarch, Robert William Fisher - he has not been seen since. He was added to the FBI 10 most wanted list, but the 19 year manhunt for him has yielded very few clues.
Resources used for research in this show:
Where is Robert Fisher Documentary:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cusBVcuCPLw I will discuss my own personal experience interviewing spelunkers, hiking and searching in the Tonto national forest, Hellsgate wilderness and even crawling into the Club 41 and Redman caves plus every other hole in between looking for clues in a future YouTube documentary
Every 40 seconds someone goes missing in America, that’s 2,300 people each day, and nearly 1 million each year. Each one of those disappearances has its own unique story- a story that needs to be heard. The THEY DISAPPEARED podcast will tell those stories - choosing from the most talked about cases to the lesser known cases, from the most complex and baffling, to those that are missing that one vital clue that can help solve them. So join me on this journey and together we may be able to bring closure to one or all of these cases.