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)

UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: ASHA DEGREE

When a young girl vanishes into a dark and stormy night, investigators are baffled by her disappearance. One of the most mysterious unsolved cases in North Carolina history is explored in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this case:

Clues Sought in Disappearance of 9-Year-Old Who Disappeared 20 Years Ago (FBI)

Missing & Black: What Happened to Asha Degree? (Anslem Samuel Rocque / Jet Magazine)

National Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview (OJJDP)

Girl’s Disappearance Baffles Investigators (Star News, March 15, 2000)

Sleep Walking & Sleep Talking (AASM)

Sleepwalking (Mayo Clinic)

Items Found, But Still No Asha (Andrew Dys / The Star)

If you have any information about the disappearance of Asha Degree, call the FBI at 704- 672-6100 or the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office at 704 484-4822.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: LORI ZIMMERMAN

When a Maryland teen is abducted and murdered on her way home from school, the tragedy leaves a lasting impression on her community. Cold case investigators persevere decades later, striving to identify a killer they believe is still in the area in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Maryland Mysteries: Lorraine Zimmerman (WMAR-2 News)

Looking for Closure in Unsolved Murder of Lorraine ‘Lori’ Zimmerman (Herald Mail)

15-Year-Old’s Slaying a Mystery 27 Years Later (Washington Examiner)

Jeffrey Miles Pleads Guilty to Murder of Hagerstown Woman (Herald Mail)

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA v. JEFFREY ELDON MILES, SR. Appellant (casetext)

Skeletal Remains of 17-year-old Angie Daley Found on Farm in Washington Township (Denise Bonura / The Record Herald)

If you know anything about the murder of Lori Zimmerman, please contact the Maryland State Police Criminal Investigations Bureau at 410-653-4211.

UNSOLVED SUSPICIOUS DEATH: DEBBIE WOLFE

When a North Carolina nurse is found dead after being threatened by a stalker, investigators quickly write her death off as an accident. Questions abound in this episode of Last Seen Alive, such as: how does a body “accidentally” wind up in a barrel underwater?

Sources used to research this episode:

Debbie Wolfe (Unsolved Mysteries)

The Body in the Barrel: Questions Linger in 1985 Fayetteville Drowning (Michael Futch / The Fayetteville Observer)

Drowning is one of the hardest homicides to prove. These investigators want to change that. (Cara Tabachnick / NBC News)

Investigation of Drowning Deaths: A Practical Review (Erica J. Armstrong MD, Kevin L. Erskine)

Cold Water Immersion Syndrome and Whitewater Recreation Fatalities (David J. Farstad, MD1; Julie A. Dunn, MD2)

Help bring Debbie the justice she deserves!

If you have any information about the death of Debbie Wolfe, please contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at: (910) 323-1500 – OR – contact Fayetteville / Cumberland County Crime Stoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (click to submit a tip online).

UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: CLEASHINDRA HALL

When an Arkansas honors student and class valedictorian disappears just weeks shy of high school graduation, an explanation eludes investigators. Years later, hidden evidence is uncovered inside the walls at her after-school job, giving the case new life in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

 

Sources used to research this episode:

Video: Monday Night Mystery: Cleashindra Hall (KARK / Mitch McCoy)

Where is Cleashindra Hall? An Arkansas Mystery (NCMEC / Brenna O’Donnell)

Transcribed Interviews from Larry Amos Following Cleashindra Hall’s Disappearance (FOX16)

Unsolved: Cleashindra Hall (THV: 11)

Another Mother’s Day Passes as Laurell Hall Searches for Her Daughter Cleashindra (NBC News / Jane Herman)

Warrant Documents: Witness Statements Led to Amos Home Search in Hall Disappearance (Pine Bluff Commercial)

Officer Denies Wrong-Doing in Handling Evidence in Missing Woman’s Case (Pine Bluff Commercial / Ray King via FindCleashindra)

Honors Student Leaves Doctor’s Office, Disappears (CNN / Rupa Mikkilineni)

If you know anything about the disappearance of Cleashindra Hall, please contact the Pine Bluff Police Department at 870-541-5300.

UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: BRIAN SHAFFER

When an Ohio medical student disappears into thin air during a night out, a massive investigation fails to uncover any trace of him. One of the Midwest’s most baffling mysteries is explored in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research / write this episode:


The Missing: Brian Shaffer (ID Channel)

A Guy Walks Into a Bar … And Is Never Seen Again (MEL Magazine / Kirk Pepi)

Unsolved Mystery: 10 Years Later, Brian Still Missing (Dispatch.com / Mike Wagner)

Into Thin Air (NBC News / Rob Stafford)

Prevalence of Depression, Depressive Symptoms, and Suicidal Ideation Among Medical Students: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (PubMed / Lisa S. Rotenstein et all)

Dateline NBC’s Brian Shaffer Story (Video)

From the Archives: What Happened to Brian Shaffer? (Columbus Dispatch)

See also:

FindBrianShaffer.com (Family-Created Informational Site)

If you have any information on the disappearance of Brian Shaffer, contact the Columbus Police at  (614) 645-4545 or the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477. Or, submit an anonymous tip to Central Ohio Crime Stoppers online at their website: stopcrime.org.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: ENRIQUE ROMAN-MARTINEZ

When a group of paratroopers hits the beach for a laid-back holiday weekend, one of their own goes missing. Tragic evidence washes ashore and ignites one of 2020’s most devastating missing / murdered American soldier investigations in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research / write this story:

Inconsistencies in Account of Paratrooper’s Disappearance and Homicide Trouble His Family (Army Times / Kyle Rempfer)

Mystery Deepens As 911 Call Released in Case of Fort Bragg Paratrooper Whose Body Was Found in Outer Banks (ABC11 / Jessica De Nova)

‘It Was Such a Brutal Crime:’ Autopsy Report Shows 82nd Soldier Was Decapitated (The Fayetteville Observer/ Steve DeVane)

‘Corpse Dismemberment in the Material Collected by the Department of Forensic Science, Cracow, Poland’ (Legal Medicine / Tomasz Konopka, Marcin Strona, Filip Bolechała, Jerzy Kunz)

If you have any information about the murder of Enrique Roman-Martinez, please contact the Army Criminal Investigation Command at 910-396-8777, or click here to submit a tip online.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: REBECCA PARK

When a medical student and military reserve officer disappears during a run through a Philadelphia park, foul play is immediately suspected. The discovery of her body incriminates a deadly serial offender who remains nameless and at large in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research / write this episode:

Runner’s Life Was Rife with Promise, Rebecca Park’s Friends and Family Recall Her Strength, Energy (Natalie Pompilio / Philadelphia Enquirer)

Body Identified as Missing Student in Philadelphia (Los Angeles Times)

Literally the Calvary: Meet the Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Cops (Billy Penn)

Running While Female (Runner’s World / Michelle Hamilton)

FBI, Police Continue Search for Fairmount Park Rapist 16 Years Later (NBC Philadelphia)

DNA Tool May Help in Fairmount Park Rapist Cold Case (ABC6)

Search Continues for Fairmount Park Rapist (Northeast Times / William Kenny)

If you know anything about the murder of Rebecca Park, please call or text the Philadelphia Police Department tip line at: 215-686-8477.