UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: PHYLICIA THOMAS

When a Pennsylvania woman becomes convinced her missing friend was murdered, she’s determined to figure out who killed her. After she goes missing herself, investigators are left to explore whether the cases are connected in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

The Charley Project: Phylicia Albina Thomas

17 Years Later, Family of Phylicia Thomas Asks for Help to ‘Bring Her Home’ (Bill OBoyle / Times Leader)

I-Team: “Where is Phylicia Thomas? (WBRE/WYOU-TV)

I-Team: “Where’s Phylicia?” Part 2 (Andy Mehalshick / WBRE/WYOU-TV)

Family Believes Phylicia Thomas’ Remains Are On Hunlock Township Property (Ed Lewis /Times Leader)

Family of Phylicia Thomas Still Looking for Answers 14 Years Later (Jade Jarvis/ Fox56 News)

Missing Woman’s Birthday Marked (WNEP16 News)

‘Person of Interest’ Hangs Himself in Cell (UPI)

Woman Vanishes While Investigating Dead Friend’s Disappearance (True Crime Daily)

If you know anything about the disappearance of Phylicia Thomas, please contact the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Investigations Bureau at 717-783-5524.

UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: JENNIFER CAHILL-SHADLE

When a Pennsylvania woman disappears without a trace, the only thing that seems certain is the likelihood of foul play. A contentious divorce, personal vulnerabilities, four mysterious men and other factors are explored in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

FBI Most Wanted, VICAP Missing Persons: Jennifer Cahill-Shadle (FBI.gov)

What Happened to Jennifer Cahill-Shadle? 4 Years After Her Disappearance, Police Trying New Approach to Investigation (Geoff Rushton / StateCollege.com)

Family and Police Still Searching for Answers 6 Years after Jennifer Cahill-Shadle’s Disappearance (Geoff Rushton / StateCollege.com)

Police Find New Leads in Woman Missing for Months (Lori Falce / The Centre Daily Times)

Unsolved in PA: Have You Seen Jennifer Cahill-Shadle? (Courtney Highfield / Local21News)

Authorities Pursue New Lead in the Disappearance of Jennifer Cahill-Shadle (Jennifer Miller / StateCollege.com)

Shadle Still Missing After Two Years (Lori Falce / The Centre Daily Times)

TV Show Features Local Missing Person Case as New Details Emerge (Lori Falce / The Centre Daily Times)

Two Years Later, Jennifer Cahill-Shadle Still Missing (Howard Sheppard / Fox43)

Jennifer Cahill-Shadle (Charley Project)

Substance Abuse and Victimization (NCJRS.gov)

Man Charged in 2016 Killing of Jean Tuggy (Geoff Rushton / StateCollege.com)

If you know anything about the disappearance of Jennifer Cahill-Shadle, please call the Ferguson Township Police Department at 814-237-1172. If you prefer to be anonymous, there’s an anonymous online tip form here, and information regarding Jennifer’s case is welcomed.

NO-BODY HOMICIDE CONVICTION: KELSIE SCHELLING

When a young Colorado woman disappears shortly after finding out she’s pregnant, investigators quickly zero in on a suspect. A case full of unbelievable twists and turns results in a rare no-body homicide conviction in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Mom Fights to Bring Pregnant Daughter’s Killer to Justice 8 Years After She Disappeared (ABC News / Allie Yang, Gerry Wagschal, Emily Wynn and Joseph Rhee)

Man Convicted in Slaying of Pregnant Girlfriend 8 Years After Disappearance (Dorian Geiger / Oxygen)

“I can honestly say I was scared at the time”: Donthe Lucas’ Neighbor Takes the Stand Tuesday (Kate Singh / Fox21 News)

Witness Testimonies Continue Friday in Donthe Lucas Trial (Kate Singh / Fox21 News)

Men’s Basketball: Donthe Lewis (NJCAA)

Where is Donthe Lucas Now? (Kriti Mehrotra / The Cinemaholic)

Donthe Lucas Interviews with Pueblo Police Presented During Trial for Kelsie Schelling’s Murder (Heather Willis / The Pueblo Chieftan)

Female Victims of Violence (Bureau of Justice Statistics)

Homicide: A Leading Cause of Injury Deaths Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women in the United States, 1991-1999 (American Journal of Public Health / Jeani Chang MPH, Cynthia J. Berg MD / MPH, Linda E Saltzman PhD, and Joy Herndon MS)

Photos of Schelling’s Car, Additional Physical Evidence Presented Monday in Donthe Lucas Murder Trial (Colette Bordelon / KOAA News)

Sara Lucas Testifies in Son’s Murder Trial (Brandon Thompson / Fox News)

“I Knew What I Was Doing” Woman Admits to Romantic Relationship with Donthe Lucas (Kate Singh / Fox News)

Donthe Lucas Admits to Moving Kelsie Schelling’s Car to St. Mary-Corwin in Taped 2017 Interview (Zach Hillstrom / The Pueblo Chieftain)

Donthe Lucas Trial: Kelsie Schelling’s Father, Stepfather Testify About 2013 Disappearance (Tracy Harmon / The Pueblo Chieftain)

Roxann Martinez, a Witness in the Donthe Lucas Murder Trial, Shot and Killed in Denver (Heather Willard / The Pueblo Chieftain)

If you know anything about the location of Kelsie Schelling’s remains, please contact the Colorado Bureau of Investigation at (719) 647-5999.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: MAGGIE LONG

When a Colorado highschooler stumbles across a crime in progress, it costs her her life. Investigators search the Rocky Mountain foothills for answers in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

FBI Investigating Maggie Long’s Unsolved Murder As a Potential Hate Crime (Allison Sylte / 9News NBC)

Nearly 2 Years After Maggie Long’s Murder, Family Decides to Sell Home in Park County (Lance Hernandez / ABC7 Denver)

Expanded Homicide Offense Counts by Park County Sheriff’s Office (FBI UCR Crime Data Explorer)

‘This is not a cold case’: Maggie Long’s Sisters Not Giving up Two Years After Teen’s Murder (Noel Brennan / 9News NBC

Still No Arrest in Maggie Long Murder (Walter L. Newton / The Flume)

Two Years Later, Maggie Long’s Murderers Still at Large (Kelly Kirkpatrick / The Flume)

Family Friend Shares Message from Family of Maggie Long (Bobbi Sheldon / 9News NBC)

3rd Suspect Sketch Released in Maggie Long Killing (Janet Oravetz / 9News NBC)

Federal Agents Bust Burglary Ring Targeting Asian-American Business Owners (Annie McCormick / 6ABC News)

Colorado Police: Three Arrested in Asian Targeted Burglaries (Patty Nieberg / AP News)

If you know anything about the murder of Maggie Long, please call the FBI tip line at 1-800-225-5324, or submit a tip online at fbi.gov/tips.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: KELLE ANN WORKMAN

When a young Missouri woman is abducted from a cemetery and murdered, her violent death haunts her rural community. The Ozark Mountains overshadow a heartbreaking mystery in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Kelle Ann Workman (Find A Grave)

Report: Kelle’s Killer(s) Can Still Be Caught (Webster County Citizen / Fred Spriggs)

Untitled July 6, 1989 Article (Douglass County Herald)

Unsolved Slaying Haunts Family (Springfield News Leader, 1990, via Newspapers.com)

24 Year Old Woman Missing Since Friday (Douglas County Herald, 1989, via Newspapers.com)

Body of Missing Woman Found in Christian County (Douglas County Herald, 1989, via Newspapers.com)

Slaying Suspect Sticks by Alibi in Workman Case (Springfield News Leader, 1995, via Newspapers.com)

July 1996 Article (Springfield News Leader, 1996, via Newspapers.com)

Tommy Lyn Sells (Serial Killer Information Center, Radford University / Dr Mike Aamodt)

 

If you know anything about the abduction and murder of Kelle Ann Workman, please call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department at 417-683-1020, or submit a tip to the FBI at fbi.gov/tips.

UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: PAULA DEL MUNDO

When an experienced traveler disappears from one of the busiest airports in the country, her family is left desperate for answers. A tropical getaway takes a nightmarish turn in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Family Searching For Fil-Am Trans Woman Who Went Missing At Dallas Airport (Klarize Mendenilla / Asian Journal)

Search Continues for Trans Woman Pauline Del Mundo Missing Since Last September (Tammye Nash / Dallas Voice)

Family Desperate for News of Missing Trans Woman, Pauline Del Mundo (Dallas Voice)

Florida Transgender Woman Vanishes During Layover at Dallas Airport (H. Alan Scott / Newsweek)

Mysterious Disappearance of Fil-Am Paula Del Mundo Still Unsolved (Cristina DC Pastor / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Transgender Tampa Woman Vanishes DuringLayover in Dallas, Family Says (Josh Sidorowicz / WTSP News)

Community United Effort (CUE)

Homicide Rates of Transgender Individuals in the United States: 2010–2014 (Alexis Dinno, ScD, MPH, MEM / American Journal of Public Health)

Texas Leads the Nation in Transgender Murders (Lauren McGaughy / Dallas News)

Man Admits to Shooting Transgender Woman in Hate Crime, Police Say (Karma Allen / ABC News)

Man Arrested in Death of Transgender Woman, 2 Others (Terry Wallace / AP News)

Man Charged with Murdering Transgender Woman and 2 Others in Dallas (Derrick Bryson Taylor / New York Times)

If you know anything about the disappearance or whereabouts of Paula Del Mundo, please contact the Dallas Fort Worth Airport Police at 972-973-3553. 

UNSOLVED SUSPICIOUS DEATH: AUTUMN LEE STONE

When a young mother discovers a shocking secret about her fiancé weeks before their wedding, her life is turned upside down. Her death soon follows, and experts struggle to determine whether it’s a homicide or an unlikely suicide in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Undetermined: A Suspicous Death at Seattle’s Green Lake and an Investigation’s Limit (Daniel Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Father Accused of Assaulting 5-Week-Old Girl (Erik Stevick / Herald Net)

Father Sentenced to 5 Years for Abuse of Baby (Diana Hefley / Herald Net)

Family Searches for Answers in the Death of Autumn Stone (Siemny Kim / Kiro 7 News)

The Arterial Supply to the Central Nervous System (TeachMeAnatomy.info)

Examining the Intersections between Child Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence (Alessandra Guedes, MA MSc and Christopher Mikton, PhD)

Suicidal Ligature Strangulation Without A Knot–A Case Report (Kumar Pmv, Ahmed N and Anand Rayamane / Science & Justice)*

*Warning: Graphic medical / autopsy imagery.

If you have any information about the death of Autumn Lee Stone, please contact the Seattle Police Department at (206) 625-5011.

UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: MIKE HEARON

When a Tennessee outdoorsman disappears in a remote area on the outskirts of a national park, he leaves behind a loving family and a thriving business. Extensive  search efforts fail to solve a mystery that unfolds in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

(Video) Mike Hearon: Man Missing in Mountains (WBIR News)

The Charley Project: Michael Edwin Hearon

Happy Valley’s Sad Mystery: Sons Reflect on Father’s Mysterious Disappearance (Knoxville News / Robert L Wilson)

Search Continues for Missing Blount Man (Knoxville News Sentinel)

NAMUS: Michael Hearon

Google Maps: Happy Valley, Tennessee (35°36’32.3″N 83°57’26.7″W)

When to Use Low or High Gear on an ATV (ATV Helper)

Illegal Pot Operations In Public Forests Are Poisoning Wildlife And Water (NPR)

Keeping Safe If You Come Across a Marijuana Grow Site (US Forest Service)

Tennessee Marijuana Laws and Penalties (NORML.ORG)

Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis 2009 (National Drug Intelligence Center)

Home Distilling (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau)

What is Snaring? (Lilongwe Wildlife Trust)

Investigators: Evidence Supports Theory Morgan Co. Man Who Disappeared in 2017 Crashed into Tree (WBIR News)

Morgan County Rescue Squad Looking for Missing Man (1057 News)

If you know anything about the disappearance of Mike Hearon, please contact the Blount County Sheriff’s Department at 865-273-5001 or click here for information on how to anonymously submit a tip online or via text.

UNSOLVED TRIPLE HOMICIDE: THE SHORT FAMILY

When an entire family is murdered in the dead of night, the investigation is complicated by a law enforcement agency teeming with secrets. Small town Virginia meets major crime in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Who Killed Jennifer Short? A FOX8 News Exclusive (Fox8 News)

Short Case Timeline (Ryan Falls / Martinsville Bulletin)

Remains are Those of Va. Child (Washington Post)

Cassell Silent on Paternity (Martinsville Bulletin)

Short Family Murders Still Unsolved After 10 Years (Fox8 News)

Man Couldn’t Have Killed Three, Friends Say (Star News Online)

Friend: Witness Wasn’t Fleeing (Tom Steadman, Jennifer Fernandez / News & Record)

Rockingham County Sheriff Announces DNA Analysis Results (CNN)

Henry County Sheriff Frank Castle Says Lemons Felt Maligned (News & Record)

Va. Sheriff and 19 Others Charged in Drug Scheme (Maria Newman / NY Times)

Juvenile Justice Bulletin, June 2000 (Department of Justice)

Gerald R. HOOPER, Petitioner-Appellant v. D.A. GARRAGHTY, Warden; Attorney General of the State of
Virginia, Respondents-Appellees (US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit)

Lover’s Lane Murder Baffles Va. Police (The Free Lance Star, Dec. 27, 1978 ed.)

Open Case Virginia: Fire Fuels Fresh Suspicion About Short Family Murders (WDBJ7 News)

Short Family’s Former Henry County Home Destroyed by Fire; Cause Unknown (WSLS News)

If you know anything about the murder of the Short family, please call the FBI’s major case contact center at 1-800-225-5324, or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: LINDSAY HARRIS

When a young New York woman trades her small town for the glittering lights of Las Vegas, her short life is torn away by a predator. The mystery surrounding her death spans the country, crossing paths with a possible serial killer in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Mutual Misery When Daughters Disappear (Abigail Goldman / Las Vegas Sun)

Man Linked to Unsolved Murder Arrested on Prostitution-Related Charges (8 News Now Las Vegas)

Family Grieves, Yet Feels Relief (Lawrence Mower / Las Vegas Review Journal)

Nov. 23, 2005 Anderson Cooper 360 Transcript (Anderson Cooper / CNN)

Why Do Women Choose Street Prostitution in Las Vegas? (Las Vegas World News)

Prostitute Homicides: A Descriptive Study (Journal of Interpersonal Violence / C. Gabrielle Salfati et. al.)

What We Know About Sex Trafficking, Prostitution, and Sexual Exploitation in the U.S. (World Without Exploitation / Jody Raphael et al)

DNA Match Identifies Legs Found Along I-55 (Jayette Bolinski / The State Journal Register)

Lindsay Harris (Heather Sutphin / Neal Falls Investigation Blog)

Probe Widens After Suspected Serial Killer Slain (CBS News)