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Meaghan from The Charley Project asked me to cover this case and introduced me to Kaya's sister Kristen. This case is mind blowing. I refuse to call Kaya by her "adopted name". So I refer to her as Kaya Kazzee.



Kaya Whitney Kazzee

The system in place to protect this precious angel failed her terribly.




Name:
Kaya Whitney Kazzee (Birth Name)
Kaya Marie Centeno (Adopted)
Date Of Birth:
5/23/2002 in Idaho
Hair & Eyes:
Both Brown
Height & Weight:
3'6 50 lbs (In 2002)
Last Seen: Rohnert Park, CA
Sometime between 2010 & 2012



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Details of Case

Kaya Kazzee was born on May 23rd, 2002 in Idaho. In 2007 Kristen and Kaya, along with another sister and a brother were taken into CPS Custody. I don't have the specifics as to why this occurred. Only that it did. Kristen was 10 at the time, Kaya was 5, the other sister was 4, and their brother was 3. They were fostered by the same couple that would go on to adopt them. In 2008, Kaya along with their other sister and brother were adopted by a Jose and Gina Centeno who lived in Rohnert Park, California. I don't have much on the other kids. I do have their names but I want to keep them out of this entry for reasons of privacy. And it's the right thing to do. This couple had taken kids in before the adoption. Kristen was not included in the adoption. The couple only took in that were ages 10 and under. (Hmmmm Wonder why?) Kristen was promised that she could continue to see her siblings, Which "Surprise" turned out to be a lie. Contact between Kristen and her siblings was completely cut off. Kaya was enrolled at John Reed Elementary (2nd Grade, 2010 to 2011) for a brief period before being taken out and "homeschooled". One could deduce why this would occur. One might presume they wanted to prevent a possible leak of information. What am I referring to? Well, Kaya seemed to "disappear" soon after being removed from school. After that occurred the Centeno couple seemed to keep a tight lid on the household. The kids never came out of the house at all. During this period they endured physical and psychological abuse for more than 10 years. And to top it off, The couple left the kids with an extended family in Mexico. While they stayed in California. The children were there for the past year and a half. Eventually and thankfully Mexican authorities rescued the kids from the couple. The kids were finally able to tell the authorities that their sister had been missing for more than 10 years. They were all brought back to the United States and the couple was arrested and are now facing charges for aggravated kidnapping with more likely on the way. Law Enforcement obtained Search Warrants and was able to corroborate the kids' stories of the abuse they had endured during the time in question. The kids have been placed in a safe home in Sonoma County, California. The couple is now in jail with a bond set at a hefty $18 Million. Not only did the government fail this girl by not checking in after she was adopted. But they failed her before that as well. The biological father's brother initially wanted to adopt the kids and CPS said no. The biological father's sister ALSO wanted to. And she was also denied. Instead, they gave them to these two monsters.


Analysis

Things like this make me sometimes not only ashamed to be an American. But ashamed to be a human. Everyday anyone can turn on a television and see someone excusing an idiots actions while making them, As well as themselves out to be a victim. People are rioting and looting all over the country for people's dumb actions. And let me make one thing clear. Protesting and Rioting are two different things. Anyone using 2 percent of their brains understands that. While all this is going on, This little girl who didn't do a damn thing to anyone got lost in all this. No one is rioting for her. No one is protesting for her. No one cares about her rights. Or the rights of her siblings. How about all of you ignorant people all over facebook and social media, All hyped up on the news cycle take a step back. Use that brain of yours. And see that there are REAL victims in the world EVERY DAY. None of you cared about any of this social justice until some idiot on the news started preaching their opinions to you. Where are you for Kaya? Where are you for Alicia Navarro? Where are you for Jennifer Lynn Fay? Where are the protests? Where is the outrage? Oh, that's right.... 5-year-olds don't watch the news. Nor do 6, 7 8, or 9-year-olds. Yeah, that's right. I guess the media can't get them all angry and have them riot anywhere. So they don't matter to them. I see how it is. Oh yeah, and you got idiots like this.....


This lady said this regarding the couple. Let's forget Law Enforcement found evidence to corroborate the stories the kids said. Let's forget that they kidnapped the kids and took them out of the country. Let's forget they were arrested on charges are pending. Let's forget they literally "lost" kid for almost a decade and didn't report it.


Anyways, How the hell is it that no one from the government, Not one single person ever checked in on this kid? Or her siblings? This is unconscionable.










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The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety is asking for any information related to the whereabouts of Kaya Centeno or Kaya Kazzee. If you have seen Kaya or have any information, Please call the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety at 707-584-2612.
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Abducted, Murdered & Missing: 

Gayla Christine Schaper

I chose this case because it reminded me of Dorothy Jane Scott's case. And there isn't much about the case online. Which surprised me. I thought of contacting Gayla's former husband Ken Schaper. That was until I started reading more into the case. I decided against it. I just had an experience with a family on another case regarding re-opening old wounds. Sounds like the man has been through hell because of this. And I don't intend on having him relive it. I selected Holding Back The Years by Simply Red for this entry. It's the wrong year but I listened to it a few times while writing this entry. And the lyrics kinda fit the case in a way.



Gayla Christine Schaper




"She's still considered a missing person, officially," said Detective Earl Aston of the Latah County Sheriff's Office, but it's presumed she was murdered.

Date Of Birth: 5/1/1951 
Hair and Eyes: Blonde & Blue
Height & Weight: 5'8 & 128lbs
Parents: LaVerne & Connie Nelson
Husband: Ken Schaper (Owner of Dutch Boy Dairy)
Residence: 236 Rural Route 3 Box, Moscow, Idaho (Address has since been changed)
Date Missing: 6/29/1979
Missing From: Moscow, Idaho
Last Seen Wearing: Blue Sweater, Gold Shirt, Blue Levi Jeans 
& Sneakers




Details of Disappearance

This area is close to where Gayla was dropped off by her husband Ken that fateful evening.

On the evening of June 29th 1979 Ken Schaper dropped his wife off on Lynnville Road near State Highway 8 to feed her 2 horses. Ken had plans to go wash his car in town and return within the hour. Gayla was either going to her parents house (Woodlawn Hills) that was a few miles away, or back to the couples home. Both were within walking distance. When Ken returned within the hour Gayla was nowhere to be found. He checked both their house and her parents residence. The family began searching and when that became fruitless they notified the authorities later that day. 

In August of 1979, Around 2 months after Gayla's disappearance. Gayla's mother Connie Nelson received 2 calls from a person who sounded like her daughter. They stated they needed help and the calls ended abruptly. Law Enforcement installed a tape recorder at the residence in the hope that more calls would come in. None did. In the beginning, Gayla's husband was naturally the primary focus. But he was eventually discounted when he passed a polygraph in 1993.

Law Enforcement is on the record stating he was officially cleared of any wrongdoing and is not considered a suspect. When asked his opinion in the early years of the investigation, Ken stated someone was "out to get them and he didn't know who it was." He cited an incident on Good Friday of 1979 as an example. A little more than a month before Gayla vanished the couple received a letter in the mail on Good Friday. All it said was "You've sold out to the devil". 

The message was written in letters that were cut out of magazines and newspapers. He also stated the couple had received calls in the middle of the night in the months prior to Gayla's disappearance. Whether they were connected to the case is anyone's guess. Law Enforcement's opinion of the case evolved over time. At first they stated it was "Highly Unlikely" that Gayla was abducted.  As the years passed they changed that position. In 2008, Law Enforcement is on record stating they believed Gayla was abducted and murdered. And the motive was sexual in nature. 

Suspects

It was clear that early on in the investigation Law Enforcement had no suspects in Gayla's case. They even were so desperate they tried getting assistance from Dorothy Allison of all people. If you read the newspaper articles years later you can tell how much of an effect this had on Ken. He is quoted as saying "It's just been torture on me". Almost a year after Ken was cleared of any involvement in his wife's disappearance something happened in Moscow that you wouldn't think would be related to Gayla's disappearance. 




On October 26th, 1993 During a drunken argument that was going on 4 hours, William Gale Hagedorn shot his live in girlfriend Joann Grace Romero in the side with a .38 Caliber handgun. She was rushed to the hospital where she later died. Hagedorn was later tried and found guilty. The couples relationship was always considered to be a violent one. I'm gonna be honest, William Gale Hagedorn was a straight up piece of shit. He beat women and was a drunk. Now how would this all be connected to Gayla do you ask? Well the Hagedorns lived across the street from the pasture where Gayla went missing. 

They actually owned the land that Gayla's horses were on. Oh and that's not all. According to Gayla's family Joann was killed because of what she knew William and his dad, Larry did to a woman inside a metal shop they owned in 1979. And they weren't the only ones who insinuated that they had something to do with Gayla's disappearance. Larry's own son almost spilled the beans. According to Law Enforcement when questioned about this William stated he "Didn't want to get his dad (Larry) in trouble". He then shut up and stopped talking about it. So I guess this means that being a complete waste of skin can sometimes be hereditary. 

Larry also happened to own an excavation business as well as a backhoe. Once privy to this information Law Enforcement took no time in searching for Gayla. Armed with a Search Warrant they immediately started excavating around Hagedorn's property. They uncovered some clothes specifically a blouse and some tennis shoes that were wrapped in some curtains. The clothing was described as being similar to the ones Gayla was wearing the day she went missing. In addition to the clothes, they also found 2 bone fragments. All the items were later sent to the FBI Crime Lab in Quantico. All that was said regarding these items was that there was nothing substantial enough to file charges. 

On a positive note they did find an illegally owned firearm at the residence. And as a result, they threw Larry's punk ass in jail because he was a convicted felon. Other than that Gayla's body was never found. Nor was Larry or his son William ever prosecuted for the crime. As the saying goes, No Body No Case." Which is bullshit by the way. But that is another story. 






Analysis

Seems as tho Law Enforcement checked out Larry Hagedorn before making their way back to him after his piece of shit son shot and killed Joann Romero. He is on record as taking a polygraph and passing it. Which is why the investigators probably didn't come back to him until after Romero's killing. I have a theory which is supported by the facts present. I believe that since Larry lived close to the Schaper's he got to see quite a bit of Gayla. The Schaper's owned a Dutch Boy Dairy and because of that were likely busy people. He probably saw them coming and going a lot. And you can tell right off how attractive Gayla was. Big gorgeous smile. She seemed like an overly nice person just by looking at her. So she probably said "Hi" to Larry whenever she saw him. And he prob saw her trotting around in some tight levi's and became obsessed. 

I believe he was likely behind the phone calls as well as the letter coming to the house. I believe he was waiting for an opportunity. There was virtually no way for him to know that Gayla was gonna be dropped off at the pasture while Ken left to get his car washed. I think he just saw it as an opportunity to do what he was wanting to do for a long time. Which means he was likely watching her and had been for a long time. He probably approached her with a gun and took her from that point. I can't fathom, And I don't want to, think of what she probably went through. While researching this case I found her yearbook pictures. And all I could think was that this beautiful young girl doesn't know the horror that awaits her in ten years. 

I'd hate to think he kept her alive for a period of time after her abduction. But if I am correct and he was planning this for some time. Odds are he probably did. 

Why do I say that? The calls to her mother 2 months after she vanished. Her mom was certain it was Gayla. Now I know most readers will think that a mother in her position will likely reach for anything in order to hope that her daughter was still alive. And you're right. But the calls suddenly stopped right after Law Enforcement put a recording system on their phone line. So that is either a coincidence or he knew. And it wouldn't be hard for him to find out. All he had to do was talk to his grieving, desperate, and lost neighbor Ken who was missing his wife. 

"How can I help Ken? Has there been any progress? Have you heard from Gayla?" And Ken being desperate would tell him the information he had. So something tells me its a good possibility that Gayla was alive for a good period of time. How long? There is no way of knowing unless William starts to tell his side of the story. And I believe he knows. When Law Enforcement questioned a family member of Joann's they stated they believed she was killed because she knew "Bill and Larry raped and killed a girl in that green metal shop at 3242 Lenville Rd. many years ago. And that girl was never found."

So not only does he know. He was involved. It turns my stomach thinking about this. I hope that sick son of a bitch is getting raped in prison everyday for what he and his dad did to Gayla. I hope there is an actual hell and that piece of shit Larry is burning for eternity. I'd piss on the evil bastard's grave. Yeah, Larry is dead. He died in 2005. I wish I knew more about the bone fragments that were found. As well as the clothing. But since the investigation is still active they won't release that info. Even if the case is cold as ice. 

Pretty obvious I think Gayla was murdered. No reason for her to leave. Especially on foot. And if the Schaper's had another vehicle Ken would've noticed it missing. And I don't think she got lost and perished. That pasture isn't that big. And based upon her plans she seemed familiar enough to walk a few miles. 

The Schapers seemed to have a strong marriage. And she also partly owned Dutch Boy Dairy. It's impossible for me to imagine her leaving to start another life. She didn't have any known means or reasons to do it. There is another possibility that the calls and the letter the couple received were entirely unrelated to the Hagedorns. Ken even stated at one point he thought Gayla was taken by a few people who had previously visited the farm in the months prior. He thought that because they kept insisting on talking to her instead of him. Hmmmm Wonder why???? 

Probably two guys who just liked to talk to a pretty cowgirl. I mean hell if we took the case out of the equation and I was asked who would I rather have a conversation with....Gayla or Ken.....Hmmmmm That's a tough one! But back to the letter and calls. Larry may have known about them. And decided that if he were to abduct Gayla that day. The authorities as well as Ken would likely try and connect her abduction to those incidents. I doubt it. But it's a possibility. 

I may be way off base here with my speculation. I usually don't speculate. But the known facts of this case lead me to my theory. And there is too much circumstantial evidence that leads back to the Hagedorns. As I stated Larry's guilty ass died in August of 2005 and his evil cowardly son is still serving life for Joann's murder. Gayla's father LaVerne died in 2016 after a 2 year battle with cancer. He died never knowing what happened to his daughter. Looks as if as of at least 2016 Connie is still kicking. 

I hope she gets answers before she passes on. Ken later on remarried and has been so for over 30 years now. He is still haunted by the day in question. Which is why I didn't try and contact him. I hope he is at peace in some way. Until next time.

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Missing: Army Veteran Thomas Phifer

I did this case mainly because some websites leave this case open to interpretation. Not many databases have Tom in them. But the ones that do say something along the lines that Kay was also missing. So I started with her. I also did it because I have been on a Veteran kick lately. These guys really need not to be forgotten. Lionel Richie's "Hello" was Number One on the Billboards at the time. (Irony) What a Year for music.



Thomas Phifer



Date Of Birth: 
9/30/1955
Height & Weight:
6'0 & 160 lbs
Hair & Eyes:
Brown Hair
Brown Eyes
Other:
Disk in back of Neck


Details of Disappearance

Note: I really couldn't find much on any either of these 2 people. I only tried a few hours though. Kay was divorced a little more than 2 years before this incident. And Tom Phifer attended Muskegon High School in 1971. He was a Sophomore at that time. He didn't attend the year prior or the year after. I tried finding some relatives on Facebook to see if I could get any more info on this incident. I saw some Phifers in the Muskogee area of Michigan. But I don't think they are direct relatives. As far as I ascertain, He was the son of a Barbara Jean Temple-Phifer and a Reverand Clardie Phifer. (Both deceased). There are some really easy questions I wish I had answers to. Like what his rank was and whether he was active or reserve.  

On May 18th 1984 Tom Phifer and Kay Francis Hollis left Denver, Colorado at around 6pm en route to Grand Junction. The trip would have probably taken a little over 5 and a half hours. They both left in a Green 1972 Ford Pinto with Colorado License Plate AGB319. Neither would arrive at their destination. On Sunday June 3rd, 1984 36 Year Old Kay Hollis' body was pulled from the Colorado River. She had apparently drowned. There was no signs of foul play. According to the Newspapers she was identified through fingerprints and there were no signs of trauma found during the autopsy. Tom as well as the car were unaccounted for. At the time Sheriff's Deputies were still attempting to figure out where the car might have went off the road. According to Sheriff's Investigator Mike Smith there was a good possibility the car along with Tom Phifer were still in the river. "We don't really know what happened." he is quoted as saying. 

The Daily Sentinel: 6/7/1984 (Grand Junction)

Analysis

I think there is a good probability that whoever was driving may have fallen asleep at the wheel. Hence why the detective were having a hard time trying to figure out where the car actually went off the road. There were likely no skid marks. And whoever was driving didn't have an opportunity to react in time. If they left around 6pm. And it takes around 5 and a half hours to get to Grand Junction. (without stops) You're looking at arriving around midnight or later. Tom is prob still in the car in the river somewhere. I did look to see if any John Doe's matched him and they didn't. I also searched for news articles about finding bodies in the river after. And there was one not long after they found Kay. But the investigator stated in certain words it wasn't Tom. There were a few other pics of Tom I found but they were such low quality I didn't include them. I couldn't find one of Kay at all. I'm really surprised that dumbass David Paulides hasn't taken off with this case yet. It has his bullshit spin story written all over it. Just imagine him on Coast to Coast...

Paulides: "Well George they found one body.....There were no signs of trauma to the body at all.....And they were even able to fingerprint her after she was supposedly in the river for more than 2 weeks. So rigor mortis didn't even set in yet..... 

Noory: "OH MY! So David are you saying that it's possible that she may have been placed in the water at a later time?"

Paulides: "Well George, I have been asked that every time I discuss this case. And it's a good possibility. I mean the investigators couldn't even determine where the car went off the road. So I always ask myself, Did it even go off the road to begin with?"

Noory: "Are you saying David, Are you saying you think there is a possibility the car along with Tom aren't even in the river to begin with?"

Paulides: "Well they have never recovered either have they George? There were no signs of it ever going in the water. This might be something we can't even begin to comprehend. Do you know how many Bigfoot sightings there are in the State of Colorado on a yearly basis?"

Noory: "Hold that thought David, And we'll be back after a word from our sponsors."

Meanwhile I've slipped into a boredom induced coma listening to the dipshittery afoot on Coast to Coast. Alright until next time you all. Thanks for reading.

Shurlock






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Tom's 1971 Muskogee High School Sophomore Yearbook Picture

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Quick Entry #13: Missing Marine: Donald Joseph Connell




Personal Information


Date of Birth: 10/31/1958 (28 when he went missing)

Height & Weight: 6'0 & Around 165 lbs

Hair & Eyes: Both Brown

Parents: Donald S. Connell & Dolores P. Connell (Both Deceased)

Siblings: Anita Connell-Gifford, James T. Connell & Laurie Connell (Deceased)

Date Missing: December 2nd 1986 (Desi Arnaz dies of Lung Cancer this day)

Missing From: Newport. RI

Education: Graduate of Middletown High School (Rhode Island), Class of 1977





Newport Police Department: 401-847-1306

Case Number: 08-31602-OF

Namus: MP30939

Stand By Me-Ben E. King (1986)


Life and Disappearance

Donald Joseph Connell or “Donnie” was born on October 31st 1958. He is the son of a Former Marine and Real Estate Manager Donald S. Connell & his wife Delores Patricia Mello-Connell. Delores worked for the Rhode Island Unemployment Office for 18 Years before retiring in 2004. Interesting fact about Donnie's dad, He was one of only 300 Marines to actually land on Japan during World War 2. Donnie graduated from Middletown High School in 1977. He was a very athletic and strong young man. He was a gifted Basketball Player and was a Co-Captain of his team. Donnie's team was the underdog that in 1976 went on the win the Rhode Island State Basketball Title. I read his play was likened to that of one Pistol Pete Maravich. Donnie followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Marines after High School. On December 2nd 1986 Donnie left his parents house at 6 Record St on foot en route to his sister's house that was a street over. (Don't have that address) His sister was driving to her house during that time. When she arrived Donnie was not there. And no one has seen him since. Donnie was reported missing by his dad 10 days later on his sister's birthday. One would reason that Donnie's sister wasn't concerned and probably thought Donnie had changed his mind or something came up. That is likely why he was reported missing 10 days later. Donnie's disappearance didn't get a single newspaper article or anything. Literally nothing on this man's disappearance. Which is why I wrote this entry. I did reach out to Donnie's sister Anita on Facebook. But she probably hasn't seen the message yet. And I can't request her because I am in Facebook Jail for “bullying” a suspect involved in a Missing Persons case. Hopefully she reads this entry. Donnie isn't on the Doe Network yet and that's due to the United States Government being administratively inept in getting Anita Donnie's medical records. 

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Analysis

I need more information on this disappearance before I even begin to try and give an analysis as to what I think may have happened. One thing is sure, No one is picking on this guy. Not by themselves and not without a weapon. I don't think he up and left. Doesn't seem to be a reason for him to do it. Although my knowledge of this case is limited. Hopefully his sister contacts me. 

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"It's one of those sweet sorrows that opens up a lot of pain," said sister Suzanne Jeppson Tate. "We've suffered a great loss as a family from him not being with us." 



Reed Taylor Jeppson

Date Of Birth: 5/28/1949

Parents: Edward Mayer Jeppson & Elizabeth Taylor Jeppson (Both Deceased)

Address At Time: 1951 Browning Ave. Salt Lake City, Utah

Missing Since: 10/11/1964

Missing From: Salt Lake City, Utah

Height and Weight: 5'4 & 145lbs

Hair & Eyes: Blonde & Blue

Wearing: White Cotton Shirt, Blue Jeans, Reversible Parka (Black on One Side, Blue on Other) Sneakers

Other: Wore Braces on Top and Bottom Teeth. Reed was a Sophomore at East High School in Salt Lake City.



I do want to say I did reach out to Reed's family for this entry. I think I may have surprised them the way I did it. Sometimes I am more forward than I should be. Be that as it may, They were extremely nice to me. And they stated they didn't wish to rehash the incident over again. And that they believe the case is in the right hands. (LE) As much as I wanted to disagree with that. My common sense kicked in and was telling me that nothing was gonna change their minds. So I thanked them and left it alone. I must say I was extremely disappointed. However, I do understand. I hope they change their minds. If anyone else reads this and they knew Reed please contact me if you think you may have something vital. Or even if you just want to tell me a story about how Reed was as a kid. Anything. The video below is from May 25th 2010.



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Dancing In The Street (Popular at the Time)



Details of Disappearance

Note: Most every website says he went missing on the 12th. But if they read the news articles it clearly states he went missing after Sunday School. Sunday was on the 11th. The 12th was a Monday. I took for granted everyone would get the date right. I even made a poster with the wrong date. So I am guilty of it too. 


Reed was last seen on the 11th of October in 1964 at around 1:30 pm walking his 2 german pointer dogs behind the old St. Mary's of the Wasatch building in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to that he had come home from Sunday School and changed his clothes. He changed into some blue jeans, a reversible parka, a white t-shirt, and some gym shoes. His sister Suzanne reminded him of dinner and he was off with the 2 dogs. That was the last time anyone saw him again. It's possible he had up to $40 on him. A lot of the entries on other websites also state both dogs went missing and never found. And that is not correct. One came back after 2 weeks. It's actually in one of the articles. And that is a vital key to the case in my opinion. (Salt Lake Tribune 2-27-65) (Turns out I read that incorrectly. One of the dogs had previously ran away THEN came back. It didn't come back after Reed disappeared.) Law Enforcement was pretty lost in regards to Reed's disappearance. I can't blame them. It looks like they questioned friends and even tried tracking down a lead that he may have went to Kansas City for some reason. They said they exhausted all leads and the case was closed a some years later. 

St. Mary's at the Wasatch: This building is no longer there. The school was closed in 1970. I read a housing division is there now. Reed was supposedly seen walking his 2 dogs behind this building on the day in question. 



Analysis

Obviously there is a Foul Play aspect here and I am missing it. Even though I am not seeing it. The newspaper accounts of the time state there is no evidence of foul play. And they even closed the case due to that. However, When the case was reopened in 2010 something obviously changed someone's mind. A member of Law Enforcement said (paraphrasing) "Someone in the community knows something about this case". I think the family believes that too. Law Enforcement searched a gully near Clayton Middle School in 2010. Dog's initially sniffed an area out and hit on something. But nothing was found after they started digging. That was one of the questions I wanted to ask the family. What prompted the change? My personal opinion will likely differ with everyone else's. I think he probably got lost in the elements, Or had an accident and didn't make it out. Most everyone is looking for the "sexy" explanation. Like a child molester or a jealous classmate. (One idiot on YouTube even said something about Mormons and Aliens being responsible) I'd hate to be a child molester trying to pick on this kid. Reed was on the football team and had recently scored his first touchdown. He was a good size too. That would've been a bad idea!  Like I said above, In one of the articles it mentions that one of his dogs came back after 2 weeks. I dunno which one that was. According to reports he had one adult and one pup. If I were to guess I'd bet it was the adult.  It probably scrounged around for food and eventually made its way back. I mean that part alone makes me believe there was no foul play here. Who's gonna let the dog go after 2 weeks? If you think hard enough you can find a reason for anything. (Yeah I'm dumb) If you look at the picture of St. Mary's at the Wasatch I have above, You'll see how little was actually behind the building when that pic was taken. There is actually nothing behind the building. I don't have an exact date when that particular picture was developed. Since the building was there from 1926 to 1972 it would have to be in that window. I have so many questions I wish I had answers to. I don't believe ran away. If he did, He picked a poor time to do it. And who runs away with two dogs? He could've just left in the middle of the night. He was a popular kid and had every reason to stay. He had a healthy family life as well. If you watch the news story you'll see how strong of a family they are. They have never given up.  Unfortunately, I do not think he is still alive. Nor do I believe there was foul play involved at this time. I'm open to it. At this point I just don't see it.




Salt Lake Tribune: October 17th 1964 


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PERSONAL INFORMATION


Harvey Eugene “Gene” Whitacre




Date Of Birth: 10/6/1926 (Kokomo, Indiana)

Parents: Harvey Whitacre & Eva Mina Nicholson-Whitacre

Siblings: Ira Whitacre, Ben Whitacre, James Robert Whitacre, Sarah Catherine Whitacre, Mary Lou Whitacre,  Martha Jean Whitacre, Elma Rose Whitacre

Address Prior to Enlistment: 1211 East Mulberry St. Kokomo, Indiana

Date Missing: 6/30/1947 (Some reports say 7/1/1947)

Missing From: From a Bowling Alley in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Bernallilo County)

Height & Weight: Around 5'9 Around 155 lbs

Hair & Eyes: Both Brown

Wearing: Army Issue Casual Dress (Pants, Shirt, Tie, Hat & Boots)

Rank: Corporal-Technician 5th Grade

Stationed: Sandia Base, Albuquerque, NM (Now Kirtland AFB) as part of a

Special Weapons Project.

Other: Wore Very Strong Prescription Glasses (Could NOT see without them)


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EARLY LIFE


Harvey Eugene Whitacre was born on October 6th, 1926 to Harvey and Eva Whitacre in Howard County, Indiana. (He went by Gene) Both parents were in their 40s when he was born. His father was a farmer and his mother, Like many of her generation was a housekeeper. The Whitacre's had a large family consisting of 7 boys and 4 girls. Gene graduated from Kokomo High School in 1944. After schooling Gene worked at the Kokomo Tribune as an apprentice to his brother Ben in the composing room for 18 months. In November of 1945 Gene registered for the Army, And within 2 years was stationed at the Top Secret Sandia Base in Albuquerque, NM that was run by the the United States Department of Defense. The base was not only the principal Nuclear Weapons Research Center at the time. It also played a major role in the country's nuclear deterrence capabilities for years after its creation in 1946. In 1971 the base merged with Kirtland AFB.



Sandia Base: Building 828 circa 1945(ish)


Before Disappearance-Alb Journal: 6/12/1947


Kokomo Tribune: 7/8/1947


Alb Journal: 7/12/1947


Freeport Journal Standard: 7/17/1947

Greensburg Daily News: 7/21/1947


DETAILS OF DISAPPEARANCE


Corporal Gene Whitacre was on a 24hr leave from Sandia Base where he was stationed in Albuquerque,NM on 6/30/1947. Corporal Whitacre was the treasurer of a league that was bowling at an alley on the outskirts of Albuquerque the night he disappeared. Since he was treasurer of the league, It is reported that he was carrying around $500 in cash the night he disappeared. One July 3rd his blood stained shirt, hat and his prescription glasses were found in an alley a few streets over from the bowling alley. It was reported that Gene was practically blind without his glasses. The shirt appeared to have 2 tears in the back that are consistent with stab wounds. Since Gene wasn't stationed at an ordinary armed forces base, and all officers (and non officers) had to be accounted for at all times. They immediately took notice of his absence and declared him AWOL. Local Law Enforcement and well as the FBI was notified and an investigation was underway. The Federal Government was obviously concerned as his absence could be interpreted as a possible security breach that could have an impact on national defense. However, the investigation soon went from one of a possible security breach, To a probable robbery based on evidence and the amount of cash he was carrying at the time. Other than his shirt, hat and glasses, nothing of any value was ever recovered. The case soon went cold. No suspects were ever hinted at or publicly named. He was eventually declared deceased in 1954 and his brother (and former coworker at the Kokomo Tribune) took over his estate since Gene was not married. (No kids)

Kokomo Tribune: 1/23/1954



Analysis


It's easy to try and make a spy case out of this. Or even a conspiratorial one. Gene worked at a Top Secret installation and was likely privy to classified information. Whether that information was of any significance at a national level is anyone's guess. The official government position was his clearance didn't give him access to anything that would damage national security. But anyone with half a brain knows that even if it did, The government wouldn't admit to it then or now. I have read online that his family's phones were bugged for years afterwards by the F.B.I. Not sure how they would know that. But if that were true, That kind of a reaction makes you wonder what kind (If any) damaging information he had at his disposal. Although, One could also look at it as the government just covering their bases. If you look at everything in a logical fashion. The government's position (As well as local LE's) on Gene's disappearance was probably the correct analysis to make based upon the facts. There is no reason to think Gene was a spy of any sort. The fact that his shirt, hat, and glasses were found validates the analysis more than anything else. Yes, One could speculate that those were left behind to make it seem as tho there was a robbery. A good way for a spy to to fool the government into thinking he is dead. But that's what they do in the movies. Not in real life. No spy ever wants to leave a trail of evidence behind. That is just asking to get caught. Not to mention very foolish. However, One could also speculate Gene could've met with someone he was passing information to. And that something occurred during the transaction and he was killed as a result. But again, Why would they leave evidence behind? Again, That would be foolish. You're just asking to get caught doing that. I think it is more likely that robbery was the motive. Could it have been one of the people in the league? You can't count anything out. But remember this occurred at a bowling alley. Many people were there. It wouldn't be hard for a person (Or a few) to notice Gene collecting cash for his league and simply keep their eyes on him. The interesting thing to me is how the culprit(s) could get him away from the others in the league. Maybe he stayed after the league was done bowling? Maybe they got to him when he was walking to his car? It is logical to presume they went to the same bowling alley for league. Maybe Gene had a routine of staying for a period of time afterwards? It's easy to go down a rabbit hole just thinking about it. The fact of the matter is whoever is responsible did indeed get Gene alone. (Presumably alone) Or at least in a vulnerable position. My opinion based on all that is known is that Gene was robbed and killed for the money he had in his possession. Whether it was someone he knew or didn't know really doesn't matter at this point. Odds are they are long gone at this point. I felt it was important to write this entry because this man needs remembered as a good young man. A PATRIOT who died way too young at the hands of scum. I don't believe there is any conspiracy here. I did find an interesting article regarding the base dated August 26th of 1947. A little over a month after Gene went missing. You'll find it at the bottom of the entry. 
One more thing, Some of you may notice the site changing a lot in the next few weeks. And that is because I finally got myself someone who knows what the hell they are doing with web site designing. Her name is Felicity and she is truly a god send. So she is gonna be undoing all the bullshit I've done over the years and try and make the site more presentable. 





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