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The Vanished is a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. Join host, Marissa Jones, as she explores each case often interviewing the loved ones who are still searching for answers.

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James Candy
On August 6, 2017, 17 year old James Candy climbed out of his bedroom window during the night and left his home in the Vegreville area of Alberta, Canada with only the clothes he was wearing and the lariat he used on the family farm. Earlier that evening, his parents had talked to him about his use of marijuana in their home after his mom found a small amount of it in the pocket of his jacket. Before he went to bed, he and his dad made plans to do some work the next day, agreed on a time, and said "I love you" to each other. This would be the last time James’ father spoke to his youngest son. The next day, his parents realized that he was missing and called the local police. Searches for James commenced, however, no trace of James has ever been found.If you have any information about James’ disappearance, you can call the Vegreville Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 780-632-2223.You can follow James’ story on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FindJamesCandyThis episode was sponsored by:Robinhood- Robinhood is giving listeners a FREE stock like Apple, Ford or Sprint to help build your portfolio! Sign up at Vanished.robinhood.com.ThirdLove- Go to ThirdLove.com/Vanished now to find your perfect-fitting bra AND get 15% off your first purchase!Cora- Go to Cora.life/VANISHED to get a one month free trial.Stamps.com- Go to Stamps.com and click on the radio microphone at the top of the homepage and type Vanished for a 4-week trial PLUS free postage and a digital scale with no longterm commitment.You can find episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month,go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code “WONDERY”.

James Candy

2019-03-1801:04:3114

Kevin Graves
On July 1, 2018, 28 year old Kevin Graves went missing while spending the weekend at the Electric Forest Music Festival in Rothbury, Michigan. Kevin was attending the music festival with his girlfriend and two of their friends when an alleged argument broke out between the couple. According to those with Kevin that day, he stormed off from them while acting erratic and he was never seen or heard from again.Kevin’s girlfriend notified the police that he was missing and she told his family that she couldn’t find him after the festival. Knowing this was unlike him, Kevin’s loved ones went into immediate action to try and find him.What they would uncover in their investigation would be a series of strange possibilities as to what happened to Kevin that day. They have considered everything from foul play to the idea that Kevin may have joined a cult.There is currently a $10,000 reward for information regarding his whereabouts.Anyone with information about the disappearance of Kevin Graves is asked to call the Oakland County Sheriff's Office at (248) 858-4950 or the Michigan State Police Hart Post (231) 873-2171.You can follow Kevin's case on Facebook at Help Us Find Kevin Graves.This episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Erika Gwynn. To find more of Erika's work, please check out her podcast at https://www.apexandabyss.com.This episode was sponsored by:Quip- If you go to Getquip.com/vanished right now, you'll get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush.Headspace- Start your journey to a healthier, happier life by subscribing to Headspace. Sign-up now at Headspace.com/Vanished for a free month trial.Liquid I.V.- Go toliquidiv.com and enter promo code VANISHED for 20% anything you order.You can find episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month,go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code “WONDERY”.

Kevin Graves

2019-03-1101:07:4317

Salvador Ramirez Part 1
On the afternoon of September 19, 1993, 28 year old Salvador Ramirez, or Sal as was known to loved ones, attended a family gathering at his brothers home in Yonkers, New York after dropping his mother off at JFK Airport. After the gathering, he played some soccer and then left to drive to Elmsford, New York, where he was to collect his two-year-old daughter from his estranged wife's home. A friend saw him driving in that direction but Sal was never seen again. That was over twenty-five years ago. He has long been described as a man who lived for his baby daughter, had no reason to disappear and showed no signs of mental distress.If you have any information regarding Sal’s disappearance, please contact the Yonkers Police Department at 914-377-7731.The episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Anna Priestland.This episode was sponsored by:Lending Club- Go to LendingClub.com/Vanished to check your rate in minutes and borrow up to $40,000.Ritual- Visit Ritual.com/Vanished to try their Essential for Women vitamins.Sleep Number- You’ll only find Sleep Number at one of their 575 Sleep Number stores nationwide. Visit sleepnumber.com/VANISH find the one nearest you.ThirdLove- Go to ThirdLove.com/Vanished now to find your perfect-fitting bra AND get 15% off your first purchase!You can find episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month,go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code “WONDERY”.

Salvador Ramirez Part 1

2019-03-0400:45:2611

Laura Nimbach
On February 17, 2009, 22 year old Laura Nimbach went missing. According to reports, Laura’s last interaction was with a police officer in St. Petersburg, FL. Laura allegedly told the officer that she had been at a domestic violence shelter the previous day, but had left for unknown reasons. Laura was in the midst of leaving a highly abusive relationship and was currently without a permanent place to stay. She had been bouncing around from friends homes to shelters. After this interaction Laura Nimbach told the officer she would make her way to another shelter, but after they parted ways Laura was never seen or heard from again. In the days following her disappearance, Laura was due to make an appearance in court to testify against her abuser, but she never showed up.If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Laura Nimbach please call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office 727-582-6333You can follow Laura's case on social media at What happened to Laura Nimbach.This episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Erika Gwynn. To find more of Erika's work, please check out her podcast at https://www.apexandabyss.com.This episode was sponsored by:Article- Article is offering my listeners $50 off their first purchase of $100 or more! To claim, visit Article.com/MIA and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout.Flamingo- Get the Flamingo shave set, a $22 value, for just $16 plus FREE SHIPPING when you visit ShopFlamingo.com/VANISHED.Brooklinen - Visit Brooklinen.com and use promo code MIA for $20 off AND free shipping.You can find episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month,go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code “WONDERY”.

Laura Nimbach

2019-02-2501:05:2820

Kayla Unbehaun
On July 4, 2017, while Americans all over the United States were celebrating Independence Day with barbecues, fireworks, and quality family time, 9-year-old Kayla Unbehaun was spending time visiting her mother in Wheaton, Illinois. The following day, her father, Ryan Iskerka, left work and went to pick up his daughter, Kayla. However, when he arrived at Kayla’s mother’s residence, Kayla and her mother, Heather, were nowhere to be found. Heather’s father and uncle told Ryan that Heather had taken Kayla camping in Wisconsin but Ryan knew that something wasn’t right and immediately called police. In the 18 months that have passed since that day, Kayla and Heather have not been seen or heard from. Heather Unbehaun currently has an active warrant for felony kidnapping.Link to more information on sovereign citizens: https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/news/stories/2010/april/sovereigncitizens_041310/domestic-terrorism-the-sovereign-citizen-movementIf you have any information about Kayla’s disappearance, please call the South Elgin Police Department at 847-741-2151.You can follow Kayla's case on social media at Bring Kayla Home.This episode was sponsored by:Robinhood- Robinhood is giving listeners a FREE stock like Apple, Ford or Sprint to help build your portfolio! Sign up at Vanished.robinhood.com.ThirdLove- Go toThirdLove.com/Vanished now to find your perfect-fitting bra AND get 15% off your first purchase!Quip- If you go to Getquip.com/vanished right now, you'll get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush.

Kayla Unbehaun

2019-02-1801:19:3427

Grundy County Jane Doe
On October 2, 1976, a farmer and his young granddaughter were riding a tractor through the fields of Seneca, Illinois. The farmer saw what he thought to be a deer laying in a ditch and wanted to show his granddaughter. As he approached, he found a young woman, nude, her head covered in a plastic bag and a sweater. The farmer drove back home and notified authorities. Soon after, the Grundy County Sheriff’s officers arrived and found a young black woman dead of a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities tried to identify the woman but no one came forward. They were unable to match her to any missing persons reports. Six weeks later, on Thanksgiving Day, she was buried in an unmarked grave in a local cemetery. 43 years later, she remains unidentified. On this episode of The Vanished, we are taking a look at the other side of missing persons cases; the unidentified.Jane Doe's case was re-opened last year. Deputy Coroner Brandon Johnson and Chief Coroner John Callahan join us to speak about their mission to give Jane Doe her name back. This episode also includes an interview with Cook County Detective Sergeant Jason Moran who is assisting with Jane Doe's case and also working to identify the remaining unidentified victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Finally, we spoke to Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick from the DNA Doe Project about what they are doing to help solve cold cases just like Jane Doe's. If you have any information about Jane Doe’s identity or her murder, please contact Grundy County Deputy Coroner Brandon Johnson at 815-941-3359 or email him at bjohnson@grundyco.org.You can follow Jane Doe’s story on Facebook at facebook.com/grundycountycoldcase.This episode was sponsored by:Lending Club- Go to LendingClub.com/Vanished to check your rate in minutes and borrow up to $40,000.Headspace- Start your journey to a healthier, happier life by subscribing to Headspace. Sign-up now at Headspace.com/Vanished for a free month trial.Article- Article is offering my listeners $50 off their first purchase of $100 or more! To claim, visit Article.com/MIA and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout.You can find episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month,go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code “WONDERY”.

Grundy County Jane Doe

2019-02-1101:28:0017

Dale Williams
On May 27, 1999, 42-year-old Dale Williams, a body shop owner in Nucla, CO, got a phone call from a stranded motorist asking for assistance. Dale, being a well-liked and helpful individual, agreed to come to the aid of this stranded person. Though, this was not something he typically did in his line of work. A friend of Dale's was visiting his shop when the call came in and thought it was a woman based on the conversation.On his way to the motorist, Dale stopped and spoke to a friend of his at a local gas station and he indicated to them what he was up to while he was out and about that day, but he never told them exactly who he was going help. This interaction is the last confirmed time anyone saw or spoke to Dale Williams.Later, Dale’s wife called to see where her husband was. It was not unusual for Dale to lose track of time when he was focused on his work, but by the next morning and seeing no sign of Dale anywhere, his wife decided to report him missing.Dale’s pick-up truck was found later that year in July of 1999. It was submerged in a swimming hole but there was no sign of Dale anywhere. Almost 20 years later, Dale is still missing and his case remains unsolved.This episode features one of Dale’s daughter’s, Tonee, and his brother, Dick.If you have any information about Dale's disappearance, please call the CBI Grand Junction office at 970-248-7500.You can follow Dale's case on Facebook at Missing: Dale Williams.This episode was co-researched and written by Marissa Jones and Erika Gwynn. To find more of Erika's work, please check out her podcast at https://www.apexandabyss.com.This episode was sponsored by:Robinhood- Robinhood is giving listeners a FREE stock like Apple, Ford or Sprint to help build your portfolio! Sign up at Vanished.robinhood.com.Ritual- Visit Ritual.com/Vanished to try their Essential for Women vitamins.Sleep Number- Come in during the Ultimate Sleep Number event and save 50% on a Sleep Number 360 Limited Edition smart bed. You’ll only find Sleep Number at one of their 575 Sleep Number stores nationwide. Visitsleepnumber.com/VANISH find the one nearest you.You can find episodes of The Vanished, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month,go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code “WONDERY”.

Dale Williams

2019-02-0400:55:5320

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kencora wright

have his family contacted a psychic?

Mar 18th
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Dea Applegate

the detective should be taken off the case. the mere tone of his voice indicates that he doesn't care and isn't invested in finding Kevin. he has written him off as an addict. also, they need to get those phone records.

Mar 13th
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Apple Betty

That detective is a complete douchbag!! From the very beginning he made assumptions about drug use and basically flippantly wrote Kevin off because of his personal beliefs about the music festival. Then he compared the case to a 13 year old girl. Dude, a person is missing, he us a human being, have some fucking compassion or get a new job!!! I really loathe people like this especially when they are supposed to be helping a family look for their son.

Mar 13th
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agenamarie1221

Can law enforcement hire people with compassion? Good grief!

Mar 11th
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Moira

That police sergeant sounds like a real jerk. His phone, bank accounts and credit cards have not been used since his disappearance and the cop thinks he's still alive? This cop obviously couldn't care less about this guy or his family. Very sad.

Mar 11th
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Angela Dougherty

The detective acts like he doesn't care b/c he was at fest and involed in a "subculture"... cuz you know what goes on at those places.... seems like an ass

Mar 11th
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Ryan O

I’m done with wondery #teamswordandscale

Mar 10th
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kencora wright

his first baby mother know what happen to Salvador

Mar 9th
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Eugenia

I really hate these cases where the police drop the ball from the start.

Mar 7th
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Lori Husted

sad ;/

Mar 6th
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Chad Becker

This is one of those cases where the lack of evidence may have law enforcement looking for the wrong crime & guilty party. It does sound like a kidnapping but......

Mar 4th
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Vicki Frasier

maybe she had a mental illness no one new about maybe that's why she was on drugs as well just wondering

Mar 4th
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Lori Husted

Soooooo sad ;(

Mar 3rd
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Lindsay Lee

Another thought. Based on his account of the court dealings, I'm surprised the judge didn't question Heather's mental health and order some kind of evaluation. I mean, it may have happened and that part didn't make the cut, but I don't recall any mention of a diagnosed mental illness and that would be relevant to the story.

Mar 1st
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Lindsay Lee

This one destroyed me. This father sounds like such a genuinely kind, amazing human, and I feel like he has extended more kindness to his child's mom than 99.5% of people would in this scenario. I'm sending love and light in hopes of Kayla's safe homecoming.

Mar 1st
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Gina Terrell

I loved this episode and the Subsatnce Abuse Professionals explanation of addiction

Feb 27th
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Mike Duke

I tuned in after several months and WOW! How much ad money does it take to do research through phone calls and Google? Must have a land line, maybe? You can get a cell phone with a tiny portion of the ad money and call for free. Or could it be that someone has gotten accustomed to free cheap money? Hmmmmm. I wonder.

Feb 27th
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Timothy Carlaw

I haven't watch the whole thing yet bit this is horrible no family nor kid for that matter should be put through this

Feb 22nd
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Timothy Carlaw

Timothy Carlaw it sounds like because the mother took the child everyone doesn't care a whole lot despite like we are told actually a lot of times when a non-condensing parent takes a kid it can be by force. honestly I just feel this whole thing could of been handled so much better and a young girl is missing because of the negligence or lack of care by the law I just feel if more was done things may be different.

Feb 22nd
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Frizz Matic

what was your take

Feb 20th
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Tammy Rawls

Have they tried hiring a private eye? Praying for the family.

Feb 19th
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Lindsay Lee

Tammy Rawls My thought as well! Maybe one will feel moved to help the family.

Mar 1st
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