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    The Tara Calico story: The Charley Project: Tara Leigh Calico

    I'll summarize because I remember this story well; I've always been sort of sadly obsessed with it. This is one I'd love to see an answer to in my lifetime...

    She went out for a bike ride in Belden, NM in 1988 and has never been seen again. Witnesses may have seen her being followed by a dirty white 50s Ford pickup, but nothing is certain. Her mother found the only traces of her--a cassette of hers by the side of the road several miles away. There were bike tracks nearby and marks that may have indicated a scuffle. Later parts of her Walkman were found further away; her mother thinks she may have tried to leave a trail after she was abducted.

    In 1989, in Port St. Joe FL, a Polaroid photo was found in a parking lot. It depicted a girl in shorts and a tshirt, bound and with her mouth taped, with a similarly taped and bound little boy next to her. Forensics determined that the photo was taken in a white Toyota van; probably not by coincidence, that was the last vehicle that had been seen parked where the photo was found. The girl in the pic has a copy of the V.C. Andrews book "My Sweet Audrina" next to her; that was Tara's favorite author according to her mother, who also said that a scar on the girl's leg matched one Tara had. I do think that the pic looks like her.

    Law enforcement believed the girl in the photo had been seen walking on the beach earlier, with several male adults who seemed to be giving her orders.

    Nobody knows who the boy is/was. He was thought to be a missing kid (also from NM) whose remains were later found near where he'd vanished.

    Two other pics showed up in the ensuing years. One is another Polaroid, made on film not available until 1989. It shows the face of a girl with duct tape over her mouth. It's blurry but she apparently had the same cowlick and lazy eye Tara did; her mother thought it was her. A later Polaroid also surfaced but is thought to be a hoax. Neither of these photos has been shown to the public. Calico's mother died in 2006.

    Local Belden law enforcement say that they believe Tara was killed by a couple of boys who were harassing her in their truck the day she vanished. They have no evidence, though, and nobody's ever been arrested.

    It's a uniquely horrifying story. Whether or not Tara is the girl in the Polaroids is kind of a moot point. Even if she was already dead at the hands of juvenile thugs, something terrible was certainly going on in that van. IF that was Tara, or even if it wasn't, did those pics get lost deliberately--as a taunt from her kidnappers, or...was the victim trying to leave a clue for would-be rescuers who never came? There are hints of all sorts of unspeakable backstories here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FashionVictim View Post
    Great thread, and I'm glad there's no disturbing pics here.

    The boy in the box freaks me the fuck out. They dressed the body and propped it up and took pics!

    I don't want to click on the link and see the pic, so can someone explain the whole tara calico thing?
    What is the boy in the box? And yeah, the tara Calico thing is freaky, particularly when you toss the picture into the mix.

    *edit: just looked up Boy in the Box. I really hate pictures of dead people. They freak me out and this one in particular will give me nightmares.
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    The box in the box is the creepiest story. What ia strange is that he appeared to have old iv scars and surgical scars. Couldn't any doctor have recognized him?

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    The Maura Murray story has always fascinated me. She was going somewhere in her car(there are details suggesting she had planned on leaving her dorm to travel to another state), and it was found, with damage on a desolated road. They have no idea what happened to her.
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    This one about Ethan Patz always makes me sad. They have a pretty good idea who did it/what happened but I don't think the full truth will ever be known.

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    That's horrible, those poor people that Ramos scum needs to rot in hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    This one about Ethan Patz always makes me sad. They have a pretty good idea who did it/what happened but I don't think the full truth will ever be known.

    Will the Family of Etan Patz Ever Get a Chance to Learn the Whole Truth? -- New York Magazine
    How horrifying, poor baby
    I smile because I have no idea what's going on

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    This one about Ethan Patz always makes me sad. They have a pretty good idea who did it/what happened but I don't think the full truth will ever be known.

    Will the Family of Etan Patz Ever Get a Chance to Learn the Whole Truth? -- New York Magazine

    To take a child from their family is horrendous enough, but to deny them the truth about what happened, to leave them in an endless void of false hope and uncertainty, is a further cruelty beyond words. I hope this guy finally comes clean and gives them closure - and is then gutted in prison like the pig he is.

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    Teen drove into ditch, vanished as parents searched
    By Alexis Weed, Nancy Grace Producer


    Minnesota college freshman Brandon Swanson, shown with his sister, Jamine, disappeared in May 2008

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS
    -Brandon Swanson, 19-year-old college freshman, was celebrating end of classes

    -He called home shortly after midnight, said he'd driven into a ditch

    -Parents searched but couldn't find him; car was found miles away

    -Know something? Call the Lincoln County Sheriff at (507) 694-1664

    New York (CNN) -- It was the last day of classes, and Brandon Swanson, a 19-year-old freshman at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, was celebrating with his friends.

    Swanson called home shortly after midnight May 14, 2008, telling his parents he needed a ride because he had driven into a ditch in the neighboring town of Lynd, Minnesota. Annette and Brian Swanson immediately set out in their pickup to look for their son and his green Chevy Lumina sedan.

    "We got in the pickup to go to this spot where he felt he was," Brian Swanson recalled. He thought he knew exactly where his son was, about 10 minutes from their home in Marshall.

    "He was absolutely positive he knew where he was," Brian Swanson said. The parents stayed on the phone, talking to their son as they headed to pick him up.

    But when they arrived, there was no car and no Brandon. They turned around and flashed the lights on their truck.

    "We were saying, 'We're flashing our lights!' " Annette Swanson said. Over the phone, they could hear their son working the light switch in his car. Click-click, click-click.

    "Don't you see me?" he asked.

    "There was nothing," his father said, "absolutely nothing."

    Everyone grew frustrated.

    "At one point, he hung up on me, so I called him back and apologized," his mother said.

    Swanson told his parents he would walk back to his friend's house in Lynd. His father drove home to drop Annette off and then headed back to look for the teen. They exchanged calls just before 2 a.m. and eventually carried on a long conversation while the younger Swanson was walking, trying to direct his father to where he was.

    He told his father to look for him at a nightclub parking lot that was a popular meeting spot in Lynd. But at the 47-minute mark, the call ended abruptly. The teen shouted an expletive, and the phone went dead.

    It was the last time anyone heard from him.

    "We called at least five or six more times," his father said. "He never picked up the phone again."

    The Swansons turned to their son's friends for help. They searched all night, driving down dirt roads and through farmland. There was no sign of him.

    At 6:30 a.m., Annette Swanson called the Lynd Police Department to report Brandon missing, and officers eventually joined the search. They, too, came up with nothing, and a countywide request was dispatched to expand the search.

    The response was delayed because, officers pointed out, it was not that unusual for a 19-year-old to stay out all night after finishing college classes, Annette Swanson said.

    One remark stayed with her: An officer said that at his age, her son "had a right to be missing."

    Phone records later showed that the teen was nowhere near Lynd, where he told his parents he was. His cell phone calls were traced to a tower 20 miles away in Minnesota.

    That afternoon, Lyon County police found Swanson's vehicle in Porter, approximately 25 miles from Lynd.

    "It was off the side of a field approach, and the vehicle was hung up," Lincoln County Sheriff Jack Vizecky said. "It's sort of a sharp incline, nothing major but enough that the car would get hung up so the wheels are too high off the ground to get any traction."

    Nothing else unusual was found at the site, and officers could not determine which direction the teen had headed after he left the vehicle.

    "There's grass in the ditch and gravel on the road, so it's possible to leave that vehicle and not leave any tracks," Vizecky said.

    Investigators brought in search dogs, and they led investigators to woods by the bank of the Yellow Medicine River. The river's depth ranges from knee high in certain areas to 15 feet in others. At the time Swanson went missing, it was flowing high and fast.

    "There are two miles of the river in that area, and it took six hours to walk it," Vizecky said. He said he personally walked the river every day for 30 days.

    "At the time, the dogs indicated, and it was believed, that he must have fallen in the river in that area," he added. "So we searched that area, on the premise that he'd be washed downstream."

    But investigators are not convinced that the teen fell into the river. Vizecky said Swanson should have been found in the river or downstream, had he fallen in.

    Annette Swanson said she is not convinced her son drowned, either.

    "There really is nothing to indicate that he's in the river," she said. According to her, one bloodhound followed a scent from the stranded car down a gravel road to an abandoned farm.

    "It was a long trail ... about three miles," she added. The new trail path also led to the Yellow Medicine River. "The dog actually jumped in the river, jumped back out, worked the trail up to another gravel road and then lost the scent," she said.

    Vizecky leaves open the possibility of foul play.

    "The only thing would have been if someone was in the shadows, and they got him that way," he said. "I can't say there wasn't someone else there, but I can't find any evidence of it."

    Cadaver dogs and searchers, he explained, should have found a body or some evidence if Swanson had succumbed to the elements.

    "I can't explain why clothing, belongings wouldn't surface," Vizecky said. "I can't explain why after searching for three weeks, [the dogs] could not smell anything."

    The Swansons want to know what happened to their son.

    "You know people don't vanish into thin air, but it sure seems like he did," Annette Swanson said.

    The couple is responsible for the enactment of Brandon's Law, which became effective in Minnesota on July 1, 2009.

    The law requires authorities to conduct a preliminary investigation without delay when a missing persons report is received.

    Brandon Swanson has brown hair and blue eyes, stands 5'6" and weighs 125 pounds. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a white or black hat twisted to the side, and a white short-sleeved shirt

    Anyone with information that could lead to the whereabouts of Brandon Swanson is asked to call the Lincoln County sheriff at (507) 694-1664.

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    That's a sad story. They all are, really.
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    These are two I guess, personal, unsolved mysteries.
    Help Find Ron Boychuk
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    CBC News - North - Search for missing Whitehorse-bound plane focuses on Alaska

    These are the only two major searches I've been on so far (the latter I was a spotter) and it still sort of bugs me that we never found any trace of these people I understand that it's a part of being SAR, and circumstances that you can't control come into play big time. I'm confident in civilian and military spotters, but I can't help but feel, "what if I was right over the area and missed them" sort of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L1049 View Post
    These are two I guess, personal, unsolved mysteries.
    Help Find Ron Boychuk
    and
    CBC News - North - Search for missing Whitehorse-bound plane focuses on Alaska

    These are the only two major searches I've been on so far (the latter I was a spotter) and it still sort of bugs me that we never found any trace of these people I understand that it's a part of being SAR, and circumstances that you can't control come into play big time. I'm confident in civilian and military spotters, but I can't help but feel, "what if I was right over the area and missed them" sort of thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FashionVictim View Post
    The Maura Murray story has always fascinated me. She was going somewhere in her car(there are details suggesting she had planned on leaving her dorm to travel to another state), and it was found, with damage on a desolated road. They have no idea what happened to her.
    This one freaks me out as well, I think she was distraught over something, had been drinking, and got into the accident. I do think she was planning on taking some time away, but I don't think it was permanent. I think she freaked when she got into her accident because a) she had just gotten into an accident in her dad's car, and b) she had been drinking. It's cases like this that make it clear how quickly something can happen though. From what I remember, neighbors heard the accident and saw the aftermath. The bus driver stopped to help her and she declined help (he was a somewhat imposing figure, so that makes sense). She said to not call the cops, probably because of what I said before. He went home and called the cops anyway because he was concerned for her. Other neighbors saw him leave and saw Maura standing by the trunk of the car. She may have stuffed something into the tailpipe, which makes no sense. They said a few cars passed by, nothing out of the ordinary. Then she just disappears. Bloodhounds pick up her scent to awhile down the road, and then...nothing. She was either picked up voluntarily or involuntarily. It all happened within minutes. She definitely was upset about something though, as others saw her crying in the days before the first accident in her dad's car. It makes me sick to my stomach, to think these families have no closure.
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    Default Las Cruces, New Mexico bowling alley massacre

    I was a fan of the 'Unsolved Mysteries' show with host Robert Stack, and one episode really disturbed and gave me the willies:

    [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIXTwX0xvXY&feature=related[/YOUTUBE]

    It haunted me that they never found the killers. I found that they did a documentary last year so hopefully one day the victim's families will get some measure of closure:

    Documentary Examines Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre - News Story - KFOX El Paso

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- It was one of the most horrific crimes to ever take place in Las Cruces. But as time passes, fewer and fewer people are even aware of the incident. However, there is now someone trying to change that.

    “This is easily one of the five most disgusting things I've ever heard about. Maybe top three, this is as bad as you get,” said documentary film maker, Charlie Minn.

    And he’s referring to the Las Cruces Bowling Alley massacre that occurred on Feb. 10, 1990 when two men walked into the bowling alley and shot seven people in the head, including a 2-year-old. Four people died instantly.

    “When I first heard of it in 1990, it really affected me," said Minn. “I was almost tortured by it because of the degree of unfairness and the barbaric nature of how kids were shot.”


    And believe it or not, Minn has no connection to Las Cruces. He simply remembers hearing about the horrific event on the news. But because of that, today Minn begins day one of what's to be about an 85-minute documentary on the horrific murder. Today, he would interview some of the people involved in the case, like one of the survivors.

    “I'm shocked not everyone knows about what happened," Minn said. "This is such a small city."

    With his documentary, he's trying to reach out to as many people as possible.

    “Far and wide, north pole to south pole,” he said.

    He has one ultimate goal in mind.

    “Hopefully, this documentary will motivate someone to speak up, because I think somebody knows something, so maybe this will help solve the case,” said Minn.

    But, unfortunately there is not much to this case other than the sketches drawn 19 years ago of what the two men may look like.

    “Some days I wake up and I think there is hope,” said Minn. “Other days, I mean it's been 20 years. No solid leads, no suspects, not even an arrest.”

    Nonetheless, Minn said it's worth a try.

    “These killers could be in Miami, Fla., lying out in South Beach. Someone has seen something, someone has heard something. It's a big world we live in and someone has to speak up,” said Minn.

    Minn and his film crew will be at the New Mexico State University Corbett Center on Sunday at 3 p.m. and invite anyone out there who may have anything to say about the incident.

    The Las Cruces Police Department urges anyone with information regarding the case to call Crime Stoppers at 575-526-8000.

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    Great thread!

    I was addicted to Unsolved Mysteries as a 6th grader. Man did I scare myself letting my imagination run wild after watching the show!

    I hadn't heard of the Dyatlov Pass mystery before, that was an interesting read. Here is another website that has good solid info on it:
    Dyatlov Pass Accident - The Mystery Begins

    Dyatlov Pass Incident - Questions and Answers

    This is what they say about the avalanche theory:
    The seemingly obvious answer to this mystery is that it was an avalanche. Why don’t people believe that this is the case?

    The answer to this question has been compiled by a combination of review, first hand testimony and personal investigation. The evidence against an avalanche is as follows:

    At the time of discovery, the specific location of the incident did not have any obvious signs of an avalanche having taken place. Many people have assumed that because the search and rescue party seen in old photographs had snow prods there must have been considerable movement of snow. In actual fact the snow prod is merely standard rescue equipment.

    A study of the area using up-to-date terrain-related physics has revealed that the location is not conducive to the formation of snow build up of the kind that causes an avalanche.

    "More than 100 expeditions to the region have been held since the event took place and none of them have ever reported conditions that might create an avalanche in this location."
    The first bodies were found within ten days of the event and only covered with a shallow layer of (atmospheric) snow. Had there been an avalanche of sufficient strength to sweep away the second party then these bodies would have been swept away as well.

    The condition of the tent when it was discovered indicated that it had not been impacted with any form of snow flow of sufficient strength to knock over the poles. Put another way – it had collapsed laterally not horizontally. This is clearly visible in the photographs.

    An avalanche would have left “Flow” patterns and other “debris” distributed over a wide area. Neither of these indicators were ever found.

    An avalanche of sufficient strength to “sweep” four people into a ravine – beyond the tree line – some 1.5 kilometres from their tent should have produced two results. Firstly it would have caused far more serious and different injuries and secondly it would have damaged the tree line at the point of impact. Neither of these conditions were ever observed.

    The "dangerous" conditions sometimes referred to by proponents of the avalanche theory were observed in April and May when the snow falls of winter were melting. During February, when the incident occurred, there were no such conditions. In addition, the so called conditions were observed in a different location with significantly steeper slopes and cornices.

    An analysis of the terrain, the slope and the incline indicates that even if there could have been a “miraculous” avalanche, its trajectory would have bypassed the tent.

    Dyatlov was an experienced skier and the much older Alexander Zolotarev was studying for his Masters Certificate in ski instruction and mountain hiking. Neither of these two men would have been foolish enough to allow the camp to be established anywhere in the path of a possible avalanche.

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