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Missing in Michigan – Jody Lynn Brant

Episode 106  – Memorial Day weekend, 1994. Sixteen year old Jody Lynn Brant leaves her home in Gwinnett County Georgia to make the 12 hour drive north to Oakland County Michigan.

Jody Brant, age 16, 1994.

She’s planning to spend the long weekend with her cousins in the Pontiac area. Jody never arrives and days later, her car is found torched in a remote part of Monroe County Michigan.

If you have information about Jody’s case, please contact the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.

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Additional reading: 

The Charley Project 

June 1994 article from The Toledo Blade 

 

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103 Missing in Michigan – Bernice Gray

On the morning of December 26, 1991 Bernice Gray dropped her toddler daughter off at day care and headed for work. Gray didn’t arrive at work, and wouldn’t be seen again. Days later her bloodstained car was found abandoned in Detroit.

Bernice Gray was last seen on December 26, 1991 in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

It would take a decade for the man responsible for her disappearance and murder to be brought to justice.

Additional reading:

The Charley Project

Find a grave

 

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101 Missing in Michigan: Carlee Jade Morse

On a warm August night in 2010, 15 year old Carlee Jade Morse of Westland stepped out of her apartment to speak with a friend. She would never be seen alive again.

Justin Yoshikawa and Nick Cottrell are currently in prison for her murder, but no sign of the missing teenager has ever been found.

Carlee Morse, just weeks before she vanished.

Special thanks to Westland Police for their assistance in creating this episode.  If you have information as to the whereabouts of Carlee Morse’s body, please contact them at 734-722-9600

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92 Missing in Michigan – Lisa Knight

On June 8, 2012 Lisa Marie Knight met up with her former husband, Lloyd Frey, they had plans to visit their youngest child.

The visit never happened. Lisa made a 10:30p phone call to a friend, and then she vanished.

 

Lisa Knight, 2012 – note the chest tattoo.

Det/Sgt Harshberger of the Michigan State Police is in charge of Lisa’s case and he’s determined to locate Lisa and bring those responsible for her disappearance to justice.

If you have any information on Lisa’s disappearance you’re asked to call Michigan State Police Alpena Post at 989-354-4101.

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91 Macomb County Dig – BONUS

In this bonus “mini-sode” we discuss the dig for the bodies of up to seven women happening in northern Macomb County. The life and crimes of convicted murderer Arthur Ream, touch on the Oakland County Child Killer and review the cases of missing women from the metro area that could be uncovered in the search.

Kimberly King c 1978

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86 Missing in Michigan: Flint

Between September of 2009 and December of 2018 ten women have vanished from Flint and the surrounding area. While some of these cases have limited information available, I’ve tried to put as much out there as possible in the hope that they can find their way back home.

This episode was created because in November of 2017 the partial remains of two women were found in Broome Park. MLive story 

Elizabeth Land 2009

Sylvia Galvan 2011

Jina Collins 2013

Laquandra “Shay V” Slater 2016

Teresa Towne Woolard 2016

Misty Kerrison/Steiber 2017

Brianna Vibert 2017

Presley “Amy Jo” Rau 2017

Claudia Wilson 2017

Erica Toins 2017

If you are interested in reading more about the city of Flint:

NPR Story: The Making of a Crisis 

Jalopnik: What GM did to Flint

LA Times, 1987 Fisher Body Plant fades into history

 

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84 Rachel Timmerman

In 1847 Michigan became the first English speaking territory in the world to abolish the death penalty.

In 2002 Marvin Gabrion was sentenced to death for the murder of Rachel Timmerman in Newaygo County, Michigan.

This story starts in the early part of the 1800’s, visits Michigan’s last execution in 1938 and asks the heartbreaking question, where is Rachel Timmerman’s 11 month old daughter?

One of the last photos of Rachel and her daughter, Shannon.

 

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74 Missing in Michigan – Kimberly King

In September 1979 Kim King slipped away from her friends house, made a late  night call to her sister and was never seen or heard from again.

 

Could her case be related to the Oakland County Child Killer?

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58 The Penn State Shooting

In September of 1996, 19 year old Jillian Robbins opened fire on the Penn State Campus. When the smoke cleared, one student was dead, one seriously injured and Jillian was in need of medical attention.

 

Photo credit: Timothy Gyves

 

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Music courtesy of Luke Superior.

 

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56 #MissingMarissa

***Marissa was located safe in 2018. ***

Sixteen year old Marissa Escareno has a good life, she is a pretty girl, in good health. She lives in a loving home and earns good grades. In mid-February of 2017, there was a shift, Marissa wasn’t acting like herself. By March 3, she was gone, disappearing in the middle of the night, leaving behind her cell phone, clothing, cosmetics and ID.

In the last 90 days her family has been on a whirlwind. Sporadic calls and online appearances by Marissa raise their hopes, only to have them dashed again when she goes silent. It is her family’s belief that Marissa, who turned 17 on Mother’s Day, is somewhere in the Detroit area. Perhaps mixed up with the wrong crowd, or worse.

In this episode I speak with Marissa’s sister, Julia who tells Marissa’s story and shares her family’s experiences in trying to bring their girl home.

WXYZ Detroit did a web story about Marissa’s case.


Marissa’s NCMEC poster.

If you see Marissa, please contact the Detroit Police 313-596-5400

54 Missing in Michigan – Chelsea Bruck

October 25, 2014. 22 year old Chelsea Bruck attends a huge outdoor halloween party/concert in a wooded area outside of Monroe, Michigan. Dressed as Poison Ivy in a long plum colored wig, and leaf trimmed green leotard the tall blonde spends the evening at the party with friends. After getting separated from her friends she is trying to find a ride home after 2:00 a.m.

Chelsea in street clothes and in costume the night she was murdered.

The person she accepts a ride from is someone from a nightmare. Chelsea is gone, vanished.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s department works the case hard, calling in assistance from dozens of agencies. In spring 2015 pieces of Chelsea’s costume are discovered in Flat Rock Michigan, but no sign of the missing woman. Weeks later her badly decomposed remains are located. In 2016, almost two years after she vanished an arrest is made. 27 year old Daniel Clay, a friend of one of her coworkers, is arrested after his DNA is found on Chelsea’s bloody costume.

Daniel denies murdering Chelsea, despite clear evidence that she received a brutal beating. In May 2017, a jury finds him guilty of murder and concealing her body. He will be sentenced on July 13, 2017

The many arrests of Daniel Clay.

Canada’s Missing – Luc Joly Durocher

On a snowy March night in 2011, 20 year old Luc Joly Durocher was separated from his friends and disappeared forever.

Luc with his father, Rob Joly.

While Luc left his coat, cell phone and glasses behind, he was wearing dark jeans, black sneakers with green stitching, a gray t shirt and a very distinctive purple belt.

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, in conjunction with the Ontario Provincial Police, is offering a reward of $50,000 for anyone who comes forward with information concerning the person or persons responsible for Joly-Durocher’s disappearance

Anyone with information is asked to call Near North Crime Stoppers at 705-476-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.

There are 13 missing persons cases in North Bay. The case of Phillipe Guerin is the oldest, dating back to 1966.

Four Stories – The Missing

The theme this week is motherhood, and, of course, Michigan. We explore four lesser known cases from Michigan of missing persons, including a mother and her young son.

Kim Larrow was last seen in Canton, Michigan June 1981. Her half sister and cousin are still hoping she will be found.

Kim Larrow was staying with her mother in Canton, Michigan the summer of 1981. She said she was meeting a friend for ice cream, or possibly headed to a party at Hines Park. Kim was never seen again.
Kim Larrow was staying with her mother in Canton, Michigan the summer of 1981. She said she was meeting a friend for ice cream, or possibly headed to a party at Hines Park. Kim was never seen again.

Dawn Silvernail was recovering from the birth of her second child, a son, when she vanished from her Hazel Park home in 1991. Her disappearance wasn’t reported for years. Her husband is a person of interest in her case.

Dawn Silvernail was discharged from Providence Hospital after delivering her second child. She was never seen alive again.
Dawn Silvernail was discharged from Providence Hospital after delivering her second child. She was never seen alive again. Her husband is a person of interest in her disappearance.

Carolyn Martin reunited with her boyfriend, Hamparsoum Kirezian and he planned a move to Texas with Carolyn and their toddler son, Mark. Carolyn never arrived in Texas. She and her son haven’t been seen since.

Carolyn and Mark Martin disappeared on the way to Texas.
Carolyn and Mark Martin disappeared on the way to Texas.

Kellie Brownlee had a difficult home life and often stayed with friends. In May of 1982 she skipped school to apply for jobs at Twelve Oaks Mall, she would never be seen again. Was she killed by her stepfather or did a well known predator come through the area and end her life?

Kellie was close with her mother but her step father made her home life difficult.
Kellie was close with her mother but her step father made her home life difficult.

Episode 12 – The Skelton 3

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton were last seen on Thanksgiving Day, 2010 in Morenci Michigan. Their mother let them visit their father for the holiday. They haven’t been seen since.

Photo with age progression
Photo with age progression

Their father, John Skelton claims that he gave the boys away to a group that will protect them. He was sent to prison for custodial interference, if the boys are found alive, he could be released.

John Skelton remains in prison.
John Skelton remains in prison.