The Vanished Podcast

The Vanished Podcast


The Vanished is a podcast that explores missing persons cases, seeking answers and justice for those who have disappeared.


Enrique Rios and Elijah Moore  

16 year-old Enrique Rios and 17 year-old Elijah Moore are friends and attend a construction training program together as part a program through their school. Enrique was last seen in his home in Esparto, California on the evening of October 17, 2016. A few weeks later, on November 4, 2016, Elijah vanished after being cashing his check at California Check Cashing in Woodland, California. Their families have struggled to get law enforcement and the media interest in their cases. After speaking with their families, we reached out to Derrica N. Wilson, president of Black and Missing Foundation, for some assistance.

Donald "Donnie" Messier  

Donald Messier is as vanished as vanished gets. The 34-year-old Vermont native was on the rebound in October 2006 following a painful divorce. On the night of Oct. 14, 2006, Donnie went to Waitsfield, to enjoy himself at another of the epic parties thrown by a longtime buddy. Those there that night say Donnie left the party by himself between midnight and 2:30 a.m. on October 15, 2006. No one has seen him or his big-red pickup since. Over the following weeks, forests were searched and waters dredged, but the mystery behind Donnie's whereabouts only deepened. After giving it their half-hearted best, Vermont State Police determined Donnie wasn't a victim of foul play, suspecting he skipped out on the only life he's known or, perhaps, killed himself in the backcountry. For the last 10 years, his family has believed otherwise. "I have heard some 'interesting' stories about how [he] just dropped off the face of the Earth with [his] truck," Donnie's father wrote on Facebook on Oct. 15, 2014. "Those responsible need to start looking over their shoulders because what goes around comes around." In this investigation, Marissa and Nathan eye the conspiracy of silence around the party Donnie went to that night, discovering that if you listen closely enough you begin hearing the secrets others have left embedded in the silence around them.

Amos Mortier Part 4  

In this final installment of Amos Mortier's story, Vanished producer Nathan Comp gives us a peek into the evidence he says points to someone other than Big Jake Stadfeld, who police have eyed as their main suspect for the last 12 years. Former Det. Shannan Morgan, who headed the investigation into Amos's disappearance for nearly eight years, gives her reasons for fingering Stadfeld over all these years, despite the fact that nothing came from her probe. In this jaw-dropping finale to our four-part series on Amos Mortier's befuddling disappearance, you have a front-row seat to a missing person investigation run amok.

SPECIAL FEATURE:  Exclusive Interview with Margie Milutinovich  

Margie Milutinovich has searched for her son, Amos Mortier, since he went missing on Nov. 8, 2004. After questioning tracts of the investigation in the local press, Fitchburg, Wisconsin detective Shannan Sheil-Morgan all but cut Margie out of the loop. As state prosecutors launched a secret John Doe investigation into the circumstances around Amos's disappearance, Margie was left in the dark about whether anything was even being done to find her son. Her relationship with law enforcement only deteriorated over time as Margie learned important leads weren't being followed up, as people she suspected of being involved went unquestioned, and as detective Morgan herself made unprofessional comments, such as blaming the investigation for "ruining [her] marriage." A feature-length documentary film called "What Happened to Amos?" is currently in production. The documentary follows The Vanished producer Nathan Comp's decade-long effort to help Margie find the truth about her son's disappearance. Nathan has shared a lot from that effort over the last three episodes. In part four we will explore detective Morgan's theory and Nathan will unveil his findings for the first time ever. In this exclusive interview with Margie, Nathan asks Margie about her experience with law enforcement, what more could be done to find the vanished, and what her hopes are for finding her son. SIDENOTE Nathan is writing and co-producing the feature documentary, What Happened to Amos?. Directed by filmmaker Kristina Motwani, the documentary follows Nathan's quest to help Margie get the answers authorities refused to give her. The film is 40 percent complete, but it needs your help. Production costs are currently being raised via Kickstarter so the film can be finished and released next year. To date, just under $8,000 of the $30,000 goal has been raised. Please help bring this film to the big screen by contributing here at . Any amount helps and there are many cool prizes to choose from when you contribute. Contributions from listeners of The Vanished will be mentioned in the film credits, receive a personal thank-you from Nathan, as well as a framed page of his production notes from the Amos Mortier episodes.

Amos Mortier Part 3  

Amos Mortier vanished on November 8, 2004. Rumors relating to Amos's whereabouts begin to swirl and his core group of friends fall under a cloud of suspicion, as the investigation ramps up. The double-life Amos led comes into clearer focus as those closest to him get caught up in the unrelenting motions of justice –– or in this case, perhaps, injustice. Her is the link for the trailer and kickstarter for What Happened to Amos?

Amos Mortier Part 2  

Amos Mortier has been missing for over a week when searchers make an emotional discovery a few doors down from his Lacy Road residence. Rumors relating to Amos's whereabouts begin to swirl and his core group of friends fall under a cloud of suspicion. As the investigation ramps up, the double-life Amos led comes into focus as those closest to him get caught up in the unrelenting motions of justice –– or in this case, perhaps, injustice.

Bonus: Holly Grim Part 2  

Holly Grim vanished on November 11, 2013. Holly has been found and charges were announced earlier today. If you have not listened to Part 1, you can find it at but I also included a quick rundown of the case in this episode.

Amos Mortier Part 1  

Amos Mortier's friends were puzzled when he stopped returning calls the week of Nov. 8, 2004, but that was a small mystery compared to the mystery they stumbled into when they entered his unlit house in the swampy outskirts of Madison, Wisconsin. In this first installment of a special three-part series, The Vanished probes the circumstances around the 12-year-old mystery that has confounded everyone from the small town detective on up to the DEA special agent who gave the case a special assist.

Megan Foglesong  

What happens when a young woman from Illinois returns to the small Kansas town that chewed her up and spit her out once already? Megan Foglesong was a warm and energetic girl raised in a loving two-parent home in Oneida, IL, a small Midwestern town that, with its population of 750, must have felt like a big city compared to Alden, Kansas, population 148. But sometimes its in the small towns people find the biggest problems. In Alden, Megan became BFFs with her biological mother, Pam, who was unsettlingly competitive with her daughter. Together they drank, chased men, and took selfies in the bathroom together. But it wasn't all fun and games, especially once love struck a fearful tone, spurring her hasty return home after discovering those who love you can really hurt you the most. But once the bruises healed and her heart had warmed, Megan began to miss the party down in Bleeding Kansas, so she returned to Alden, to mom, to love... to be loved. Then one day –– and no one knows what day it was –– she was gone. Poof! Lost in the prairie dust and howling wind.

Bradley Dale Ross II  

In Episode 47, What Happened to Bradley?, we take you to Coliseum and State, the intersection of two boulevards in Fort Wayne where, around 10 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2004, two men were struck by a 2004 Dodge Stratus that ran a red light. The driver of the Stratus fled and has never been identified. Investigators assumed Bradley Dale Ross was behind the wheel. After all, the vehicle belonged to his fiancée, Sarah. But Bradley’s sister tells The Vanished that he would never have dropped off the grid as many believed he has, not with a child on the way. In this episode, show producer, Nathan, and The Vanished host and creator, Marissa, grapple with a timeline that doesn’t line up as neatly as it should. Things get stranger still when we called detective Cary Young and realized a missed connection may have allowed a murder to slip through the cracks.

BONUS: Jessica Heeringa Part 3  

This is a quick bonus episode to share the HUGE announcement that was made in today in Jessica's case. I have included the entire press conference that was held today along with a couple other clips. If you have not listened to the other episodes about Jessica, start there first.

BONUS: Introducing Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape  

Today, we bring you a special preview of Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape, a new audio drama podcast told week after week. Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape will feature stories about crime, mystery, love, conspiracy… Some will be dramas; some will be comedies. All of them will bring you an immersive audio experience, where instead of watching the action you can picture yourself in the middle of it. Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape is brought to you by Wondery, the podcast network that The Vanished is a part of. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Jacob Tipton  

24 year-old Jacob Tipton was last seen in Berea, Kentucky on April 23, 2016. Two weeks later, his vehicle was found over two hours away, abandoned in a cemetery in rural Hart County, Kentucky. Jacob's mom, Tonja, spoke with me for this episode.

Vernon "Cody" Matthews  

Cody headed to Pollock Pines, California for his college summer break. When he got there, he found that the cabin had been robbed. He last spoke with his mom on June 6, 2014 right before heading out for a hike. A massive search began the next day but no trace of Cody has ever been found. His parents moved to Pollock Pines to search for him and tragically, their home was destroyed in a fire just three months later, on Cody's 24th birthday. Cody's parents, Vern and Cyndi, shared their story with me for this episode.

Deanne Hastings  

Deanne Hastings vanished from Spokane, Washington on November 4, 2015. I interviewed her brother, Carson, for this episode. Deanne's story is full of bizarre twists and turns. Was she drugged and kidnapped like she claimed to grocery store employees? A man is currently incarcerated for using her credit cards after her disappearance but Deanne is still missing.

Janteyl Danielle Johnson  

Janteyl was 15 and pregnant when she disappeared from her home in Newark, Delaware on February 3, 2010. Did she run away? Did someone have a motive to make her vanish? I interviewed Claudia Rivero who covered Janteyl's disappearance for NBC10 back in 2010. She is currently making a documentary called "Where is Janteyl?" You can find more information at

George Tony Sandoval  

George Sandoval vanished from the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada on Sunday, June 21, 2015. He was last seen on surveillance footage in an elevator around 4:30AM. George was in a relationship with Treigh Imsand when he disappeared. Treigh spoke with me about the circumstances surrounding George's disappearance.

Mitchel Weiser and Bonnie Bickwit  

Mitchel and Bonnie left Narrowsburg, NY on July 27, 1973. They had planned to hitchhike to Watkins Glen, NY to see Summer Jam. Summer Jam was a concert that featured The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead and The Band. It is estimated that between 600,000 and 800,000 people attended the show. The two teens never made it back home to Brooklyn. Did they even make it to the concert?

Edward "John" Abeyta  

John Abeyta disappeared on June 29, 2016 just 12 hours after he had gotten into a serious automobile accident just outside of Rocky Ford, Colorado. I interviewed his wife, Martha, and cousin, Leora to gain more insight into John's actions leading up to and after the accident.

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